USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

PROSOURCE AGAIN REWARDS SPEED IN 2016

ProSource Consultants of Grand Saline, Tex. will continue its popular "fast qualifier" awards program during the 2016 USAC National racing season, benefitting drivers who post the fastest qualifying time for events in USAC's Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget Series.

Buck and Betty Rice, whose company provides engineering and project management to oil & gas producers and other industrial businesses with environmental contamination issues, will also honor the driver posting the most USAC National fast qualifiying efforts during 2016 at the annual USAC Night of Champions Banquet in Indianapolis, Ind. in December.

"I am always excited to see the USAC season commence," says Buck Rice. "The USAC races are always the most competitive in the country and Betty and I try to make as many as we possibly can. It is our pleasure to be able to honor these brave drivers with their accomplishments and we look forward to another tremendous year of racing."

The $10,000 pledged by ProSource will be split amongst the three National racing series, with a $100 cash award presented at each race and a $2,500 bonus awaiting the most proficient fast qualifier at season's end. Eligibility for the $2,500 bonus will be contingent on displaying the ProSource decals on each side of the car during the events.

In 2014 Rico Abreu captured the season-end award, while last year's award winner was Chase Stockon.

The 2016 USAC National racing calendar at present encompasses 82 total events.

 

 

CLAUSON CLAIMS "WINTER CHALLENGE" TITLE; HODGES WINS FINALE, CLAUSON TAKES PRELIM

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Ind. emerged as the champion of the five-race "Winter Challenge" USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car series, posting three wins, a second and a fourth the past two weeks at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, N.M. won Saturday night's 30-lap finale in his Jackson Compaction/Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim/Ostrich after a race-long duel with Clauson, who finished second. R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis Jr. and Mike Martin rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag. Johnson and Davis took second and third in the final "Winter Challenge" standings.

"This is awesome," said Hodges in victory lane. "It's hard to put into words. There's nobody better than Bryan, so it's great to be able to beat him." Hodges passed Stevie Sussex on lap two and led the rest of the way despite constant pressure from Clauson.

Clauson won Friday night's 30-lap prelim in the Mike Martin owned Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd's Racing machine. He led the final 27 laps after passing Brian Hosford on lap four. Stevie Sussex led the opening lap and finished second ahead of Johnson, Davis and Hodges.

The USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Cars are now idle until March 4 when they visit The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway for the 5th FVP "Sin City Showdown."

FINAL 2016 WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS: 1-Bryan Clauson-355, 2-R.J. Johnson-327, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-314, 4-Josh Hodges-313, 5-Brian Hosford-230, 6-Mike Martin-224, 7-Dennis Gile-198, 8-Kenny Perkins-198, 9-Bob Strait-155, 10-Tom Ogle-153.

 

 

CLAUSON BECOMES 6th USAC DRIVER TO 100 WINS

Bryan Clauson has become the sixth driver in USAC history to score 100 race victories during a career. He is also the youngest, at age 26, to reach that feat.

He achieved the century mark last Friday night at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. by winning the 30-lap USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car "Winter Challenge" special event. Clauson's total includes two Silver Crown wins, 34 in National Sprint Cars, 36 in National Midgets, seven in Kenyon Midgets, nine West Coast Sprint special events, 5 regional Midgets, 3 Western Midgets, 3 CRA Sprints and a National Midget special event.

In contrast, Rich Vogler leads the all-time category with 171 victories. A.J. Foyt has 162, Sleepy Tripp 161, Mel Kenyon 131 and Dave Darland 109. Foyt was 33 when he reached 100, while Vogler was 34, Tripp 35, Kenyon 49 and Darland 47.

Tracy Hines is next on the all-time list at 97 wins.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST “Special Event” SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

January 30, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "5th Winter Challenge" - “Arizona Speed Week”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tony Everhart (#55 Everhart), 6. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 7. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins), 8. Dillon Tanner (#11W Tanner). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 4. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 6. Guy Weedman (#27W Weedman), 7. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Spencer Hill (#56 Hill), 7. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Tom Ogle, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Brian Hosford, 11. Kenny Perkins, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Bob Strait, 15. Larry Gibson, 16. Guy Weedman, 17. Will Perkins, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Dillon Tanner, 20. Tony Everhart, 21. Stevie Sussex. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Sussex, Laps 2-30 Hodges.

FINAL WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS:

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 4 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – “FVP Sin City Showdown”

 

 

CLAUSON CLAIMS CANYON ON NIGHT #4 OF WINTER CHALLENGE

Peoria, AZ........Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana quickly made his way to the front of the field from his 5th starting spot in his Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd's Racing-sponsored, Mike Martin-owned number 16B, and took home the checkered flag on the fourth night of the "Winter Challenge" at Canyon Speedway. Clauson's car owner and teammate Mike Martin got the early jump on the field to lead the first lap of the feature before Brian Hosford took the point, leading laps two and three. Clauson charged to the front of the pack, taking the lead for good on the fourth lap and cruising to his third win in four starts in the 2016 "Winter Challenge" series, beating Stevie Sussex to the line by a 3.35 second margin. R.J. Johnson, Charles Davis, Jr., and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five. Clauson holds the advantage in the "Winter Challenge" point standings heading into Saturday night's final round of the five-race mini-series.

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: January 29, 2016 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway - 5th "Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Bob Strait (#45 Strait), 5. Matt McCarthy (#5x McCarthy), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21z Burkhart), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Will Perkins (#50x Perkins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 3. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 4. Larry Gibson (#2x Gibson), 5. Guy Weedman). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Brian Hosford, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Dennis Gile, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Guy Weedman, 15. Kenny Perkins, 16. Will Perkins, 17. Larry Gibson, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 20. Kyle Danielson (#17K Danielson). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Martin, Laps 2-3 Hosford, Laps 4-30 Clauson.

NEXT SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST "Special Event" SPRINT CAR RACE: January 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway - 5th "Winter Challenge" - "Arizona Speed Week"

 

 

 


PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK DATE GOES TO
LANCO'S CLYDE MARTIN MEMORIAL SPEEDWAY

Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. has joined the 2016 USAC Pennsylvania Midget Week slate. The one-eighth-mile dirt oval will host the third night of the four-race swing, on August 16.

"We are beyond excited and proud to host an event of this magnitude," said Lanco President Jim Harrington, Jr. "We know what a jewel we have in the Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and now we can showcase our track and facility to a national touring group - the USAC National Midget Series. We can't wait until the stars of USAC take on the Clyde Martin clay."

Pennsylvania Midget Week opens on Sunday, August 14 at Susquehanna Speedway and will continue at Path Valley Speedway Park on Monday, August 15. Following the Tuesday, August 16 date at Lanco's will be the Wednesday night, August 17 finale at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown. The race at Lincoln will be part of the 2016 Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge," which affords unprecedented opportunities to USAC participants and opens the avenue to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The August 16 race will mark USAC's initial visit to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway and is expected to be hotly-contested, as based on previous appearances in the Keystone State. All four events of Pennsylvania Midget Week will also be co-sanctioned by the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC), bringing together the best drivers of both sanctioning bodies.

"Everyone involved with ARDC is very excited about the development of Pennsylvania Midget Week and the confirmation of this event at Lanco," says ARDC President Wayne Lesher. "Lanco as a facility is ready for an event of this magnitude. Our competitors are all looking forward to taking on the best of USAC that week, and the addition of Lanco looks to be one of the most highly-anticipated events in central Pennsylvania this year."

"We are truly excited about the Pennsylvania Midget Week slate and the addition of Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway," says USAC Midget Director Levi Jones, who scored Pennsylvania victories on his way to 2010 and 2011 Eastern Storm Sprint Car titles. "The Eastern race fans are among the most devoted in the nation and we are pleased to be bringing our National Midget Series to their backyard."

 

 

"ROLLIE BEALE CLASSIC" SILVER CROWN RACE AT TOLEDO APRIL 30 NOW INCLUDES NON-WING SPRINT INVITATIONAL

The April 30 Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic" at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway salutes one of America's most revered open-wheel drivers, the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Champion who passed away two years ago.

Beale was especially proficient on the pavement at Toledo, winning five times between 1971 and 1976. in continuing to salute his legacy, the track will also include a special non-wing Sprint Car invitational as part of the unique open-wheel "doubleheader."

Conducted under Spartan (Mich.) Speedway rules, the Sprint portion of the program will include practice, qualifying, heats and a 25-lap feature.

"We are pleased to offer our race fans this doubleheader," says track owner and promoter Ron Drager. "The combination of the two divisions creates a new event for us at Toledo and should be an exciting attraction for open-wheel fans."

Members of Rollie Beale's family are expected to be on hand for the events, which will include a 100-lap race for the USAC Silver Crown machines. Practice on April 30 begins at 6 pm. Additional race information and a complete time schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGETS SET TO MAKE DEBUT IN 2016

The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget (MTM) Series is pleased to announce its plans for the 2016 season featuring affordable production automotive and motorcycle-based engine rules. The series will offer competitive racing against full fields of cars with members competing for USAC points series recognition including the opportunity for the series champion to attend the USAC Banquet in Indianapolis next December. The series will focus on two Midwest race facilities known for their commitment to open wheel, non-wing racing: Montpelier Motor Speedway in Indiana and Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio with additional facilities a possibility.

The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget Series is led by the project team that administered the USAC Midwest HPD series in 2015 and co-sanctioned a series of races with area mini sprint associations at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway as well as Ohio venues at Waynesfield Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Atomic Speedway, and Jackson County Speedway.

Montpelier Motor Speedway is well known in open wheel racing circles as the home of the Montpelier Midget Series and, in 2016, will host a USAC National Midget Series' "Indiana Midget Week" event as well as a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series race. Since 2012, the track has offered an inclusive rules package that permitted national midgets, "D2"-style midgets with production automotive engines, and mini sprints to compete side-by-side. In partnership with the track, the USAC MTM Series will bring a unique "race within a race" format for 2016. USAC MTM-legal cars will compete at ten of the Montpelier Midget Series races, running a practice, heat, a B-Main (if needed), and an A-Main against all midget entrants and will be eligible for standard purse payouts. However, each night's program will also feature a USAC "Shootout" race, limited to MTM cars only, in which USAC points will be earned and additional bonuses will be paid to top finishers.

Waynesfield Raceway Park as committed to a four race "Thunder and Lightning' series as the USAC MTM cars will compete against the track's American Mini Sprint Association (AMSA) Lightning mini sprints. A standard race format will apply (Heats and Feature) with all USAC members (both auto and motorcycle-based) receiving points for their finishes. The race will be open to all mini-sprints that meet AMSA rules.

Final details are being completed regarding rules, USAC memberships, points series, and purses. Please "Like" USAC MTM's Facebook page at facebook.com/midwestthundermidgets to receive updates, or e-mail questions to USACMidwestthundermidgets@gmail.com.

The series would like to hear from all interested racers with "D2" legal cars and can assist in connecting potential racers with individuals selling cars or offering MTM legal powerplants. Please visit montpeliermotorspeedway.com and waynesfieldmotorsportspark.com for track schedules and other information. Please do not contact the racetracks for questions regarding rules.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT USAC: Effective for the 2016 season, the United States Auto Club (USAC) is implementing a new structure for the HPD/Focus midget series, recognizing the growing interest in production-based automotive and motorcycle-powered midgets. For 2016, USAC will expand rules which previously limited power plants to the Honda distributed by USAC and the grandfathered Ford Focus engines. Moving forward, the series will use standard midget chassis specifications with a production-based engine formula allowing crate or junkyard engines as long as rules are met. Rules have been designed to target output in the 200 to 220 horsepower range, discouraging the use of expensive aftermarket internal engine components.

USAC Racing Director Levi Jones will oversee a structure of regional clubs with each club responsible for developing a schedule of race events within their region, administering race day activities such as lineups, payouts and tech inspections, and overseeing any local point series. Local clubs will be given flexibility to adapt rules as necessary to maintain the integrity of their series with the goal of developing a single national rules package in the future. Existing USAC clubs such as the Eastern Pavement, Western Dirt, Western Pavement, and Northeast Dirt will be joined by an expanded Midwest region, made up of two clubs in Indiana/Ohio and Illinois.

USAC is seeking to position this midget series between Karts/.25 Midgets/TQ Midgets and National Midgets/Sprint Cars from a purchase price and mechanical complexity perspective, providing a logical progression for both drivers seeking to develop a career as an open wheel racer as well as grassroots drivers seeking an affordable option to pursue their hobby.Details of each club's schedule and rules package will be posted to usacracing.com/news in the coming months.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE SET FOR 24 EVENTS IN 2016

The blueprint for the 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedule has plans for a 24-race schedule that includes 20 races in the "Golden State" of California with events at eight different venues and two separate stops in the state of Arizona.

The season launches at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on March 5 with the "Sokola Shootout" with the first of 12 USAC/CRA Series appearances at the southern California half-mile dirt oval throughout the season. Other dates at Perris include April 16, May 28, June 11, July 2, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 15, concluding with the prestigious 21st running of the "Oval Nationals" with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

The series will make stops at Ventura Raceway on May 7 and Santa Maria Raceway on July 1. In September, the series hits the road for the "California Sprint Week" series that includes a rigorous schedule of six races in an eight-day span starting off with two nights at Calistoga Speedway on Sept. 3-4, before moving to Petaluma Speedway on Sept. 5. After a two-day break, the teams head to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico on Sept. 8, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville on Sept. 9 and conclude on Sept. 10 at Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

The USAC/CRA series makes two trips to the state of Arizona in 2016. First, the series travels to Canyon Speedway in Peoria for back-to-back nights of racing on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The season's penultimate events are the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek for two events in consecutive nights with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Mar 5 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Apr 16 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
May 7 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
May 28 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jun 11 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jul 1 - Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria Raceway
Jul 2 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Jul 30 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Aug 27 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Sep 3 - Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 4 - Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 5 - Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 8 - Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 9 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway (California Sprint Week)
Sep 10 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds (California Sprint Week)
Sep 24 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Sep 30 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway
Oct 1 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway
Oct 15 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
Nov 4 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 10 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 11 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)
Nov 12 - Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway (with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars)

 


 

5th "WINTER CHALLENGE" CONCLUDES AT CANYON FRI.-SAT.; HODGES WINS SUNDAY FEATURE, CLAUSON TAKES 2 PRELIMS

The 5th "Winter Challenge" concludes this weekend at Canyon Speedway and Bryan Clauson takes an 18-point lead over R.J. Johnson into the final two events in the special five-race USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint Car series. Races are planned this Friday and Saturday night at the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Peoria, just north of Phoenix, Ariz.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, N.M. sped to victory in Sunday night's 30-lap feature after taking the lead from Clauson on lap 22. Hodges emerged from a torrid three-way battle for the lead with Johnson and Clauson to post the victory. Trailing Hodges and his Parts Plus/Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim/Ostrich were Johnson, Clauson, Charles Davis Jr. and Shon Deskins.

Clauson piloted Mike Martin-owned machines to victory in Friday and Saturday night 30-lap prelims. He snatched the lead from Davis Friday and led the final 18 laps in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd's Racing entry to beat Hodges, Davis, Johnson and Dennis Gile.

On Saturday, Clauson encountered mechanical problems in his original entry, then hopped into Martin's backup Sherwin Williams/Jonathan Byrd's Racing machine and proceeded to win his heat race and the 30-lap feature! He passed Davis on lap 18 and was followed at the checkered flag by Johnson, Davis, Hodges and Brian Hosford.

Clauson previously won the "Winter Challenge" title in 2013 and is trying to become the first two-time champion. Other champions have been Tracy Hines (2012), Dave Darland (2014) and Ryan Bernal (2015).

2016 "Winter Challenge" Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-212, 2-R.J. Johnson-194, 3-Charles Davis Jr.-192, 4-Josh Hodges-188, 5-Dennis Gile-155, 6-Brian Hosford-146, 7-Kenny Perkins-127, 8-Mike Martin-117, 9-Tanner Grau-98, 10-Bob Strait-95.

 

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPECIAL EVENT SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

January 22, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway – "2016 Winter Challenge"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 7. Connor Strait (#58 Strait). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Mason Keefer (#12K Keefer), 5. David Dykes (#4 Dykes), 6. Will Perkins (#50X Perkins), 7. Bob Strait (#45 Strait). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11W Turner/Wheeler), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 4. Guy Weedman (#27 Weedman), 5. Matt McCarthy (#5X McCarthy), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Kenny Perkins, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. Guy Weedman, 13. Bob Strait, 14. Will Perkins, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. David Dykes, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Tye Mihocko, 20. Connor Strait. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Davis, Laps 13-30 Clauson.

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS:

NEXT SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPECIAL EVENT SPRINT CAR RACE: January 23 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – "2016 Winter Challenge"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS READY

FOR 21 EVENT SLATE IN 2016


Twenty-one events are set for the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series season with races at eight different venues in Arizona, Nevada and California.

Five non-points-paying "Special Events" will open the season on January 22-23-24-29-30 in the "Winter Challenge:" a series of races held in conjunction with the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona.

The first points race of the season for the West Coast Sprints will also be held with the Southwest Sprints in a battle for series bragging rights at the "Sin City Showdown" as part of the FVP "Outlaw Showdown" at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway on March 4.

The first of seven series events at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California commences on March 11-12 with two complete shows on consecutive nights at the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval. The West Coast Sprints will also make trips to Tulare on April 9 alongside the USAC Western Midget Series, April 23, May 14 and another doubleheader weekend on July 22-23.

Other events scattered throughout the state of California in 2016 include a visit to Bakersfield Speedway on March 19. The series offers three trips to Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on April 2, June 25 with the Western Midgets, and the West Coast Sprint Series season's final points race on August 13.

Santa Maria Raceway hosts the West Coast Sprints on June 18 and August 6 while Ocean Speedway in Watsonville welcomes the series on August 12. The series will make its debut as part of the festivities for the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway with a non-points-paying "Special Event."


2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
Jan 22 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 23 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 24 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 29 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Jan 30 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
Mar 4 - Las Vegas, NV/The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Mar 11 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 12 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Mar 19 - Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield Speedway
Apr 2 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Apr 9 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Apr 23 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
May 14 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jun 18 - Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Jun 25 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Jul 22 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Jul 23 - Tulare, CA/Thunderbowl Raceway
Aug 6 - Santa Maria, CA/Santa Maria Raceway
Aug 12 - Watsonville, CA/Ocean Speedway
Aug 13 - Hanford, CA/Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Nov 24 - Ventura, CA (SE)/Ventura Raceway

 

 

28 DATES SET FOR 2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS


A total of 28 races are on tap for the USAC Southwest Sprint Series this year, including nine "special events."

The season gets underway with this weekend's "Winter Challenge" openers at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. Five nights of racing at Canyon are considered special events and do not carry points, so the championship season actually begins in the "Sin City Showdown" as part of the FVP "Outlaw Showdown" March 4 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. That event also features participants of USAC's West Coast Sprint Car Series.

Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek hosts the finales - the "Western World Championships" - November 4-5, the sixth and seventh scheduled appearances of the series there this year.

In between, races at Yuma Ariz. (Cocopah Speedway) and Casa Grande, Ariz. (Central Arizona Speedway) are on tap.

The four-race "Freedom Tour" in August returns at Lawton and Sapulpa, Okla. and Wichita and Dodge City, Kans. and the NMMRA co-sanctioned "Border Tour" returns to El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico in September.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix has swept the last three USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships and has a record 29 career victories.


2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series Schedule

January 22 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 23 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 24 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 29 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
January 30 - Peoria, AZ (SE)/Canyon Speedway
March 4 - Las Vegas, NV/The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 26 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
April 9 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
April 23 - Yuma, AZ/Cocopah Speedway
April 30 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
May 7 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
May 28 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
May 29 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
June 11 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
July 2 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
July 30 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
August 17 - Lawton, OK (SE)/Lawton Speedway
August 18 - Sapulpa, OK (SE)/Creek County Speedway
August 19 - Wichita, KS (SE)/81 Speedway
August 20 - Dodge City, KS (SE)/Dodge City Raceway Park
September 2 - El Paso, TX/El Paso Speedway Park
September 3 - Las Cruces, NM/Southern New Mexico Speedway
September 17 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
October 15 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
October 22 - Peoria, AZ/Canyon Speedway
October 29 - Casa Grande, AZ/Central Arizona Speedway
November 4 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway
November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ/Arizona Speedway

 

 

“5TH ANNUAL WINTER CHALLENGE” BEGINS FRIDAY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 19, 2016… On Friday, January 22nd, the “5th Annual Winter Challenge” will kickoff the new season for the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars. Showcasing five-races in nine nights, Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Arizona will host the non-point “Arizona Speed Week.” Racing will start at 5:00pm on weekends and 7:00pm on weekdays. In addition, the track will have an open practice on Thursday, January 21st, from 6pm to 9pm. For more event, ticket, and practice information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the mini-series will pay at least $2,000-to-win each night and drivers that claim the January 24th and January 30th events will take home $4,000. The action packed cards will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars vs Pure Stocks, Modlites, and Mini Sprints. USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series rules apply for the “Winter Challenge.”

Last year, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) joined veteran drivers “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana), Tracy Hines (Wilkinson, Indiana) and Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) as champions of the popular mini-series. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 ART, Bernal earned two victories, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) won the opener, and rain washed out the last two nights at Tucson.

Darland, Hines, and Clauson are tied for the most wins in “Winter Challenge” history with three victories. The Midwest drivers are followed by Bernal, five-time Arizona Champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona), and Bacon with two triumphs. Three-time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona), Colby Copeland (Roseville, California), Jon Stanbrough (Avon, Indiana), and Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) have one win to their credit.

Visiting drivers will have to contend with a strong Arizona contingent featuring Johnson, Davis, 2014 Western World Champion Matt Rossi (Glendale), Stevie Sussex (Tempe), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma), 1997 ASCA Champion Josh Pelkey (Peoria), Brian Hosford (Gilbert), Andy Reinbold (Gilbert), Nick Aiuto (Camp Verde), Dennis Gile (Phoenix), “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria), “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix), Josh Shipley (Peoria), Chris Bonneau (Phoenix), Shon Deskins (Waddell), and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Discounted six day passes for VIP Suite, Reserved, and General Seats are available. Advance tickets are on sale now and more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).
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WINTER CHALLENGE CHAMPIONS:
2012-Tracy Hines, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Dave Darland, 2015-Ryan Bernal

WINTER CHALLENGE MAIN EVENT WINS:
3-Bryan Clauson, 3- Dave Darland, 3-Tracy Hines, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Colby Copeland, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jon Stanbrough, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2016 WINTER CHALLENGE SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
January 21: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Open Practice, 6-9pm)
January 22: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 23: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 24: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
January 29: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($2,000-to-Win)
January 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ ($4,000-to-Win)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

"WINTER CHALLENGE" USAC OPENERS AT CANYON

The 2016 "Winter Challenge" opens this weekend at Canyon Speedway in Peoria, Ariz. as the USAC racing season officially debuts.

The five-race series kicks off this weekend with races Friday, Saturday and Sunday, serving as "special event" non-points races for the USAC Southwest and West Coast Sprint Car Series.

R.J. Johnson and Danny Faria Jr. are the respective Southwest and West Coast Champions, Johnson capturing his third consecutive Southwest title last year and Faria repeating his 2013 West Coast title in 2015.

The multi-faceted program also includes IMCA Modifieds, Stocks and Pure Stocks, plus Modlites and Mini-Sprints.

Last year's "Winter Challenge" winners included Brady Bacon and Ryan Bernal, who won two of the three races. Other 2015 Canyon Speedway USAC Sprint winners included R.J. Johnson (3), Stevie Sussex (2), Matt Rossi, Mike Martin, Damion Gardner and Mike Spencer.

The "Winter Challenge" concludes with races January 29 and 30 at Canyon Speedway.

 

 

LAURA STOCKON MEMORIAL AT ROUTE 45 RACEWAY BRINGS AMSOIL SPRINT SLATE TO 47 RACES

The "Laura Stockon Memorial" is set for October 15 at Route 45 Raceway in Flora, Ill. The race brings USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car slate to a record 48 races. It'll mark the first appearance of the USAC Sprint Cars at the Illinois oval. The Illini State hasn't seen USAC Sprint Cars in 10 years. The series also return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City July 29 and 30, where Josh Wise was victorious in 2006.

The race will feature a 32-lap main event, saluting the life of the late mother of USAC driver Chase Stockon, who won last year's ProSource Fast Qualifier championship and finished third in the final AMSOIL standings. Mrs. Stockon passed away in 2012 after a bout with cancer.

Chase, who led the 2015 AMSOIL standings for 2-1/2 months at the start of the season and for a week during July, looks forward to the race honoring his mother. "My mom is still a large part of the way I live my life on and off the track. I would say that she also had the biggest influence on my mindset and helping me mature mentally to be one of the top drivers in the nation without a wing. It means a lot that a track wanted to host this race in honor of my mom, and even more that USAC wanted to be involved with it. My whole family loves racing and that we get to run a race in my mom's memory"

USAC Racing Director Levi Jones, an Illinois native, is excited about the return of the AMSOIL series to his home state. "It's been a decade since that Granite City race and it'll be good to get back," he says. "We hope that this race establishes another USAC tradition and we anticipate a banner field of cars and drivers to honor the memory of this great lady."

Continuing with the reference to the family car number of 32, drivers will vie for a winner's paycheck of $5,032 in the race which will feature 32 laps on Route 45 Raceway's quarter mile dirt oval.

"We have made a lot of facility upgrades since taking over the track, and this is the next step for us in the improvements at our track," says race organizer B.J. McCammon. "Hosting a race of this magnitude is exciting and lets our fans witness the best sprint car racers in the country right here as their last event of the season in the Midwest."

 

 

PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK EXPANDS TO 4 RACES;
SUSQUEHANNA SELECTS SUNDAY DATE


"Pennsylvania Midget Week" has expanded to four nights in 2016 with the addition of a Sunday, August 14, race at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown.

The four race swing already includes Monday and Wednesday night races at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run and Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown respectively and Tuesday night's venue remains to be finalized.

Rico Abreu swept both Pennsylvania races last season, winning races at Path Valley and Lincoln. This year's swing is part of an expanded 24-race schedule which spans seven states, beginning in Illinois in March and ending in California in November.

"The enthusiastic Pennsylvania fans have enabled us to create a true "Midget Week" in the Keystone State," says USAC National Cordinator Jason McCord. "We are excited about the addition of Susquehanna and look forward to announcing the fourth race in the near future."

USAC Midget Series Director Levi Jones adds: "the intense competition generated in 2015 which produced a history-making finish for the National Championship has carried over into the new year. We expect one of the fiercest battles for the championship in recent years and the Pennsylvania swing will certainly be pivotal in determining this year's champ."


2016 USAC National Midget Championship Calendar

March 19 - DuQuoin, IL (I)/Southern Illinois Center
April 8 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
April 9 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
May 31 - Montpelier, IN/Montpelier Motor Speedway
June 1 - Gas City, IN/Gas City I-69 Speedway
June 2 - Putnamville, IL/Lincoln Park Speedway
June 3 - Bloomington, IN/Bloomington Speedway
June 4 - Lawrenceburg, IN/Lawrenceburg Speedway
June 5 - Kokomo, IN/Kokomo Speedway
June 17 - West Memphis, AR/Riverside International Speedway
June 18 - West Memphis, AR/Riverside International Speedway
August 3 - Beloit, KS/Solomon Valley Raceway
August 5 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks
August 6 - Belleville, KS/Belleville High Banks
August 14 - Newberrytown, PA/Susquehanna Speedway
August 15 - Spring Run, PA/Path Valley Speedway Park
August 16 - TBA/TBA
August 17 - Abbottstown, PA/Lincoln Speedway
September 24 - Rossburg, OH/Eldora Speedway
October 6 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 7 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 8 - Granite City, IL/Tri-City Speedway
October 21 - Wayne City, IL/Wayne County Speedway
November 24 - Ventura, CA/Ventura Raceway


 

 

STENHOUSE STEALS "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" GLORY FROM CAR OWNER CLAUSON

 Du Quoin, Illinois.......Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. conjured memories of his breakout 2007 USAC season, as the Olive Branch, Mississippi driver returned to midget racing on Saturday night and passed Bryan Clauson with three laps to go for the win in the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget special event at the Southern Illinois Center. Stenhouse was caught up in a lap-one logjam but recovered after restarting the event in the 20th and last position before making his way forward to the $3,000 payday. After heat races and qualifying races accumulated finish and passing points to set feature lineups, Bryan Clauson earned the pole, but fellow front-row starter Tyler Thomas looped his mount in turn-one to set off the six-car stack-up. All six cars were able to restart.

Clauson led early and encountered the tail of the field on lap six, but that was no deterrent. Behind him, Joey Saldana worked to the inside of Chase Briscoe on lap nine to take the second spot. The pace was fast at the front, with the first half of the race clicking off with just one caution.

On lap 34, third-running Spencer Bayston looped in turn-one but was able to keep going, drawing a caution flag but assuming his position in the field as it was deemed an inadvertent yellow. Thomas, who was putting on a show with his drive back through the field without the aid of cautions, benefitted from that to take the third spot.

Saldana shadowed Clauson after flashing just behind on lap 27. He finally tried a slider for the lead on lap 44, but Clauson was able to hold him back. As Saldana slid up in turn-four, Thomas took his shot at second and had a head of steam into turn-one, riding up and over Saldana as both cars went spinning to bring a caution with eleven laps to go.

On the restart, Stenhouse went after his teammate Bayston for the second spot as Clauson pulled away. He started to smoke at the head of the field with less than ten laps to go, though, and Stenhouse started to close. One final caution with four laps to go gave Stenhouse his chance at Clauson for the win.

On the restart, Stenhouse ran high through turns one and two, hitting turn-three with a head of steam as he slid up in front with the lead in turn-four. Clauson didn't give in, though, and he countered with a slider of his own that Stenhouse was able to hold off. Over the final two laps, Stenhouse covered the bottom by sliding across each set of corners, winning by .657-seconds in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation #17 Spike/Esslinger.

"I ran it in as hard as I could on that restart and knew that if I could get a good run off of two, I could slide him. I thought I would clear him, but he just hung right there with me. I had to go back in my head and think what I would do back in 2007 running USAC. It was eventful, and it was such a blast. I passed some cars top and bottom, but I was shocked when I saw Thomas and Saldana crash, and knew then we had a shot. Winning for Tim (Clauson) as a car owner is special after all he has done to help me race midgets still and for Richard & Jennifer Marshall at Priority Aviation. It was so much fun racing with Bryan, and being able to beat him makes you feel really good about racing a midget again," Stenhouse said.

Clauson held on for the second spot in the Rusty Kunz/Joe Dooling Racing - B&H Contractors #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"We were just trying to get it home - we weren't quite good enough and the engine started to give a little at the end, but we still probably had enough if I didn't make a couple wrong decisions late. I left the door open, and he took it. I saw the 17 coming on the board and knew he'd go big, and this is a huge win for him. It's great for our team, as well, and it shows what great people we have even with our leader down a little and needing bed rest," Clauson said.

Bayston held off Andrew Felker by .045-seconds to finish third in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation Services #39 Spike/Esslinger.

"Those guys were putting on a show up there, and I really wanted to get up there and duke it out with Ricky and Bryan for the win. You can't pick two better guys out here. I probably dialed myself out just a bit. I'm really proud of what our team could accomplish without our leader Tim Clauson. It's difficult not having him here, but he still led us and we had great help, and Tyler Ransbottom does a great job on these cars. It was a great night for us," Bayston said.

Felker finished fourth in the 66 Truck & Salvage - MelMark #11A Boss/Stanton Mopar, and Briscoe rounded out the top-five in the Jeff & Jill Davis - Quick Racing Products #33D Triple X/Honda.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: December 19, 2015 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center -"Junior Knepper 55"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joey Saldana (#17x Saldana), 2. Shane Cottle (#71x Love), 3. Parker Price-Miller (#9p Ronk), 4. Jody Rosenboom (#14R Rosenboom), 5. Anton Hernandez (#37 Felker), 6. Joe B. Miller (#3B Neuman), 7. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson), 8. Devin Camfield (#6c Camfield). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Shane Morgan (#15m Zero), 4. Hunter Lane (#0H Zero), 5. Travis Young (#11 Young), 6. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 7. David Camfield (#16c Camfield). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#33D Davis), 2. Katlynn Leer (#77K Leer), 3. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 4. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 5. Chase Hill (#11H Felker), 6. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 7. Jake Griffin (#6R Rosenboom), NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 3. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr (#17 Clauson), 5. Chad Wheeler (#88w Wheeler), 6. Hunter Schuerenberg (#55 Knepper), 7. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 8. Alex Hill (#19p Ronk). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Bruce Jr. (#18 Team OneEight), 2. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 3. Logan Jarrett (#29J Jarrett), 4. Brian Shirley (#3s Neuman), 5. Alex Watson (#41 3W Racing), 6. Chris Dyson (#16K Kruseman), 7. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 8. Chris Urish (#14 Casson). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Allgaier (#7JA Motorsports Marketing), 2. Gage Walker (#7x Walker), 3. Dalton Camfield (#86c Camfield), 4. Cory Kruseman (#21K Kruseman), 5. Matt Westfall (#14w Bordner), 6. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 7. Ryan Jamison (#51JR Jamison), 8. Colin Parker (#0c Zero). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Shane Cockrum (#66 Amati), 3. Matt Ponder (#5H Hoppe), 4. Rusty Dukes (#88D Sawyer), 5. David Hair (#29 Hair), 6. Gavin Harlien (#11K Kruseman). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 2. Zach Hampton (#35x Three-Five), 3. Tyler Robbins (#35 Robbins), 4. Ryan Greth (#4G Lesher), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Tyler Courtney (#7K Irwin), 7. Bobby Jackson (#0A Zero), NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #1: (10 laps) 1. Nelson, 2. Neuman, 3. Griffin, 4. Harlien, 5. Westfall, 6. Pierce, 7. C.Cottle, 8. Hunter. NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Miller, 2. Dyson, 3. Jamison, 4. King, 5. Urish, 6. Courtney, 7. Jackson, 8. Campbell, 9. Bell, 10. Roney. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Adler, 2. Thomas, 3. Bayston, 4. Young, 5. Morgan, 6. Lane, 7. Greth, 8. Robbins, 9. Dalton Camfield, 10. Bruce. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Stenhouse, 2. Saldana, 3. Briscoe, 4. Leer, 5. Peck, 6. Siner, 7. Jarrett, 8. Welch, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Hair. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Felker, 2. Kruseman, 3. Hernandez, 4. Walker, 5. Robinson, 6. Darland, 7. Loyet, 8. Shirley, 9. C.Hill, 10. Hampton. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Price-Miller, 2. Clauson, 3. Dukes, 4. Allgaier, 5. Rosenboom, 6. Wheeler, 7. Ponder, 8. Watson, 9. S.Cottle. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Skylar Hunter (#0D Zero).

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Stenhouse, 2. Walker, 3. Morgan, 4. Robinson, 5. Loyet, 6. Wheeler, 7. Shirley, 8. Young, 9. Nelson, 10. Neuman, 11. Welch, 12. Robbins, 13. Bruce. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Siner, 3. Dukes, 4. Leer, 5. Miller, 6. C.Hill, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Ponder, 9. Dyson, 10. Rosenboom, 11. Lane, 12. Watson, 13. Hampton. NT

FEATURE: (55 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Andrew Felker, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Tim Siner, 7. Daniel Robinson, 8. Anton Hernandez, 9. Justin Peck, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Justin Allgaier, 13. Katlynn Leer, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Joey Saldana, 17. Parker Price-Miller, 18. Cory Kruseman, 19. Shane Morgan, 20. Rusty Dukes. NT ---------------------------- **Bell flipped during practice. Devin Camfield flipped during the first heat. David Camfield flipped during the second heat. A.Hill flipped during the fourth heat. Dyson and C.Cottle flipped during the fifth heat. Roney flipped during the first last chance qualifier. Bruce flipped during the first qualifier. Shirley flipped during the third qualifier. S.Cottle flipped during the fourth qualifier. Welch flipped during the first B-Main. Hampton and Watson flipped during the second B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-51 Clauson, Laps 52-55 Stenhouse.

Saturday night's "Junior Knepper 55" was only the 7th indoor dirt midget race in USAC's history and the first since 1990. Previous winners on the dirt include Gary Bettenhausen (3/8/69) & (3/11/72), Lee Kunzman (3/9/69) and A.J. Foyt (3/14/70) who each won at the Houston (TX) Astrodome. Sleepy Tripp won a pair of features at the Reno (Nev.) Livestock Events Center on 3/12/88 and 2/10/90.

After Saturday night's race in DuQuoin, the winners of the last two USAC Midget indoor races are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Southern Illinois Center) and Tony Stewart (Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum Expo Center). Ironically, Stenhouse's last USAC win prior to Saturday night was in a Tony Stewart-owned midget in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in 2007.

Bryan Clauson swept the podium of the "Junior Knepper 55" by being associated with the top-three finishers in Saturday night's feature. He is the owner of the first and third place cars driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Spencer Bayston, respectively. Clauson, himself, drove to a 2nd place finish in his RKR/Dooling Racing entry.

Stenhouse's victory marked the first time the Bryan Clauson Racing team won a USAC feature without Bryan Clauson behind the wheel. It's also the first win for the Clauson team since November 16, 2013 in a USAC Midget feature at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona.

Stenhouse's win also marked the first indoor USAC Midget victory by a driver in the state of Illinois since Michael Lang won at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago on January 5, 1991.

Joey Saldana made his first USAC feature start since a USAC Sprint Car appearance at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on July 27, 1991.

The 62 cars entered in the "Junior Knepper 55" provided the largest car count for a USAC Midget race since 64 cars appeared in the 2008 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale Speedway.

Saturday night's race was the first USAC Midget event held in DuQuoin, Illinois since Sleepy Tripp won a 50-lap race on the dirt mile at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 1979.

This was the third USAC-sanctioned event to take place at the Southern Illinois Center. The two previous USAC events were Ford Focus Midget Series races held in 2005 won by Robbie Ray and Brad Loyet.

Saturday's field marked the largest car count of the season for a USAC Midget event, surpassing the 53 cars that appeared at the October 23 race at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Bryan Clauson led the first 51 laps of the race before Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. passed him for the lead with just 4 laps to go. The 51 laps led to begin a feature by a driver who did not go on to win the race were the most by a driver in a USAC Midget race since Tracy Hines led the first 62 laps before being passed by eventual winner Zach Daum in the 2011 "Hut 100" at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

The "Junior Knepper 55" was the first-ever 55-lap feature in the history of any of USAC's three national championship series (Silver Crown, National Sprint & National Midget).

The 13 flips at DuQuoin were the most ever in a USAC event, breaking the record of 12 flips in the "Oval Nationals" USAC National Sprint Car event at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on November 2, 2006.

 

USAC GOES INDOORS FOR FIRST TIME IN 8 YEARS AT DuQUOIN SATURDAY
IN "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT



The USAC Midgets go indoors for the first time since 2007 this Saturday night, December 19, as the Southern Illinois Center on the grounds of the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fair plays host to the inaugural "Junior Knepper 55."

The 55-lap, non-points USAC "special event" honors the famed car owner Walter "Junior" Knepper, who fielded the familiar yellow number 55 in USAC National Sprint and National Midget competition for several years, scoring a combined 58 series victories with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler, and Steve Knepper behind the wheel.

The Nick Knepper/Derek LeMaster promotion begins a new tradition at the Southern Illinois Center with the newly-created event, but midget racing is not new to the indoor facility in DuQuoin. Recent winners indoors at DuQuoin include Joey Saldana (2014), Tony Stewart (2012), Bryan Clauson (2011) and Casey Shuman (2010).

Saturday night's race marks the 166th USAC Midget race held indoors dating back to Gene Hartley's victory in the very first USAC-sanctioned race at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Memorial Coliseum on January 8, 1956. Michael Lang won USAC's last indoor midget race in the state of Illinois at Chicago's Rosemont Horizon in 1991. Sleepy Tripp won the most recent USAC Midget race held in DuQuoin, Illinois in 1979, taking a 50-lap feature outdoors on the "Magic Mile" located adjacent to the Southern Illinois Center. Tripp also won the most recent USAC indoor midget race on dirt in 1990 at the Reno (Nev.) Livestock Events Center. Saturday night will also be the first USAC-sanctioned race held indoors since a 2007 midget feature won by Tony Stewart at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Expo Center.

Nearly 50 drivers and cars have already pre-entered for Saturday night's event including some of 2015's most accomplished USAC drivers that include AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner, USAC Midwest HPD titlist Alex Watson and Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Spencer Bayston. Former USAC series champions Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman, Josh Lakatos, Brad Loyet and Travis Young are entered as well as past USAC National feature winners Hunter Schuerenberg, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Urish and Matt Westfall.

The pit gates open for the "Junior Knepper 55" at 8am Saturday, while spectator gates open at 5pm. The program is set to begin with hot laps at 6pm and racing is scheduled to start with heat races at 7pm. General admission tickets for adults are $20 with tickets for children 6-12 set at $10, while children 5 and under get in free. Pit passes are $35.

TheCushion.com will broadcast the event live on Saturday, December 19 and can be purchased for $22.99 ($20.50 for Premium and VIP Members).
2015 "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55"
PRE-ENTERED DRIVERS & CARS

CAR # NAME/HOMETOWN TEAM
0 Johnny Murdock/Dallas, TX Zero Motorsports
0A Bobby Jackson/Detroit, MI Zero Motorsports
0c Colin Parker/Martinsville, IN Zero Motorsports
0D Skylar Hunter/Afton, IA Zero Motorsports
0H Hunter Lane/Milo, IA Zero Motorsports
1T Tony Roney/Herculaneum, MO Rich Roney
3B Joe B. Miller/Millersville, MO Jim Neuman
3N Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IL Jim Neuman
3s Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL Jim Neuman
3w Alex Watson/Columbus, OH Greg Watson
4 Damion Gardner/Corona, CA Klatt Enterprises
4G Ryan Greth/New Cumberland, PA Wayne Lesher
05 Brad Loyet/Sunset Hills, MO Loyet Motorsports
5c Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL Rick Cottle
5H Matt Ponder/Festus, MO Dennis Hoppe
5x Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN Steve Peck
6K Josh Lakatos/Pasadena, CA Kruseman Enterprises
6R TBA Jody Rosenboom
7 Gage Walker/Indianapolis, IN Brian Walker
11 Travis Young/Franklin, IN Travis Young
11A Andrew Felker/Carl Junction, MO Danny Felker
11H Chase Hill/Truckee, CA Danny Felker
11K Gavin Harlien/Mesa, AZ Kruseman Enterprises
14 Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL Ciltrak Promotions
14R Jody Rosenboom/Rock Rapids, IA Jody Rosenboom
14w Matt Westfall/Ludlow Falls, OH Steve Bordner
15 Tim Siner/Dupo, IL James Siner
15m Shane Morgan/Morton, IL Shane Morgan
16K Chris Dyson/Pleasant Valley, NY Kruseman Enterprises
17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS Bryan Clauson Racing
19 John Campbell/Belleville, IL William Campbell
21K Cory Kruseman/Ventura, CA Kruseman Enterprises
29 David Hair/Camby, IN Ed Hair
33D Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN Jeff & Jill Davis
35 Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL Scott Robbins
39 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN Bryan Clauson Racing
39c Payton Pierce/Bridgeport, TX Bryan Clauson Racing
50 Daniel Adler/St. Louis, MO Mike Adler
51J Ryan Jamison/Mediapolis, IA Ryan Jamison
52c Isaac Chapple/Willow Branch, IN Isaac Chapple Racing
55 Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO Steve Knepper
57 Daniel Robinson/Wayne City, IL McCreery Motorsports
57K Kevin Studley/Plainfield, IL Kevin Studley
63 Bryan Clauson/Noblesville, IN RKR/Dooling
71 Robert Bell/Colfax, IA Bell Motorsports
88 Tyler Nelson/Olathe, KS Tyler Nelson
88D Rusty Dukes/Fair Grove, MO Jon Sawyer
91 Dereck King/Vienna, IL Jack Harris
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK Brian Thomas
"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE:
Saturday, December 19, 2015

SERIES:
USAC Midget "Special Event"

TRACK:
Southern Illinois Center (DuQuoin, IL) - 1/6 mile, slightly-banked dirt oval

EVENT:
Inaugural "Junior Knepper 55"

STARTING TIMES:
Pit gate open: 8:00am
Spectator gates open: 5:00pm
Hot Laps: 6:00pm
Heat Races: 7:00pm

TRACK ADDRESS:
655 Executive Dr, Du Quoin, IL 62832

TRACK PHONE:
Promoter Nick Knepper (618) 960-0992
Promoter Derek LeMaster (618) 558-1226

TRACK WEBSITE:
agr.state.il.us/dq/ & facebook.com/events/155253048162627/
PREVIOUS USAC "INDOOR" MIDGET
FEATURE WINNERS IN ILLINOIS

12/17/60 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bob Tattersall
1/14/61 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bob Wente
2/4/61 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bob McLean
3/25/61 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bob Wente
1/13/62 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Jimmy Davies
3/24/62 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Chuck Weyant
1/12/63 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Ronnie Duman
3/23/63 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bobby Grim
3/21/64 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Bob McLean
3/21/64 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Ray Elliott
3/5/83 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Conv. Center Jerry Nuckles
3/10/84 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Conv. Center Alan Brown
3/29/86 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Conv. Center Blake Hollingsworth
12/13/86 Chicago, IL Rosemont Horizon Ken Schrader
1/10/87 Rockford, IL Metro Centre Kevin Olson
12/5/87 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Steve Lotshaw
3/19/88 Chicago, IL Rosemont Horizon Danny Pens
12/3/88 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Mel Kenyon
12/10/88 Chicago, IL Rosemont Horizon Kevin Olson
1/6/90 Chicago, IL Chicago Amphitheater Russ Gamester
1/5/91 Chicago, IL Rosemont Horizon Michael Lang

 

 

 

SWANSON, BALLOU, HINES SHARE SPOTLIGHT
AT FRIDAY'S 60th "NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" CELEBRATION


USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Robert Ballou and Tracy Hines shared the spotlight along with other 2015 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 60th USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.
Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Ballou, of Rocklin, Calif. and Hines, of New Castle, Ind., earned National championships. Swanson was a repeat Silver Crown titlist, Ballou the AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Hines the Honda Midget champ.
Hines also secured the USAC Triple Crown Championship, adding the Midget title to his previous championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint series. He was presented the coveted True Speed Triple Crown ring by Nelson Stewart, father of the award sponsor, Tony Stewart.
Car owner National champions for 2015 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Ballou (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).
Emcees Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.
Among items presented to the 2015 champions were Keys to the City of Indianapolis from the Mayor's office, trophies, plaques, Hoosier jackets, medallions, distinctive art canvases and remote-control TRAXXAS trucks.
Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned include Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, Calif. (West Coast Sprints) and R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Southwest Sprints).
Other 2015 champions included Ronnie Gardner of Norco, Calif. (Honda Western Midgets); Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. (DMA Midget); Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio (HPD Midwest Midget); Cody Jessop of Madera, Calif. (HPD Western Midget), Shawn Buckley of Simi Valley, Calif. (HPD Western Dirt Midget); Dylan Nobile of Clovis, Calif. (HPD Western Pavement Midget); Chris Lamb of Colfax, N.C. (HPD Eastern Midget) and Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. (HPD Western Restricted Midget).
Also honored for their 2015 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s ActionTrack USA, which operated under the USAC banner in 2015, were Billy Pauch Jr. of Frenchtown, N.J. (SpeedSTRs); Tim Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. (Pioneer Pole Buildings 600 Wingless Sprints); Brett Bieber of Oley, Pa. (NAPA AllStar Slingshots) and Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, Pa. (Junior Slingshots).
Honored as USAC Honda .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their "Generation Next Tour" titles were drivers Chase Burda of Columbiaville, Mich. (Light Mod Pavement); Johnathon Gallagher of Oxford, Pa.(Heavy Honda and Heavy 160 Dirt); Connor Gross of Middleton, Mass.(Senior Animal and Light AA Pavement); Carson Hocevar of Portage, Mich.(Heavy Honda and Heavy 160 and Heavy World Formula and Heavy AA Pavement); Kevin Holt Jr. of Flemington, N.J. (Light 160 Dirt); James JJ Horstman of Stroudsburg, Pa. (Senior Honda Dirt); Brady Johnson of Terrell, N.C. Junior Honda & Junior Animal Pavement; Ray Kable of Mt. Airy, Md. (Heavy World Formula Dirt); Gavin Miller of Mooresville, Ind. (Junior Honda and Junior Animal Dirt); Tori O'Neal of Everett, Pa. (Unrestricted Animal Dirt); Justin Oplinger of Mt. Holly, N.C. (Senior Honda Pavement); Gage Painter of Statesville, N.C. (Light World Formula Pavement); Steven Snyder Jr. of Rising Sun, Md. (Light World Formula Dirt); Mike Thompson of Holland, PA. (Senior Animal Dirt); Connor Yonchuk of Winston Salem, N.C. (Light 160 Pavement).
USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (corporate) and Mike Grosswendt of All Coast Construction (individual) for their contributions and dedicated service to the racing community.
USAC Chairman of the Board Jeff Stoops was presented USAC's prestigious Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence, recognizing his commitment to the overall sport of auto racing and his numerous contributions to USAC.
Tony Elliott of Warsaw, Ind. posthumously received the Jason Leffler Award, in recognition of his intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career. Elliott perished in an aircraft accident this year and his award was accepted by his widow, Cindy.
USAC's 2015 National "Race Organizer of the Year" award was awarded to Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway race organizer Don Kazarian.
Dave Darland earned the "Mike Curb Super License Award" and its $5,000 cash bonus for scoring the most points of all drivers participating in USAC's 2015 National racing series.
C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind. earned the 2015 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Aaron Farney of Brookston, Ind. was honored as the National Sprint Car "Rookie of the Year" and the Bob Stroud Memorial National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Award for the National Midget Series went to Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind.
Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. was named USAC's "Most Improved" National Driver of 2015.
USAC's 2015 "Chief Mechanic of the Year" awards went to Derrick Bye of Westfield, Ind., who guided Ballou's drive to the Silver Crown title, and Keith Kunz, whose Midgets dominated this year's Honda National Midget series.
Chase Stockon of Haubstadt, Ind. accepted the ProSource Fast Qualifier bonus for leading all other National drivers with eight fast time awards during 2015.
Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.
All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.
Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.


 

BYRD's "INDY CHALLENGE" OPENS NEW AVENUE TO INDY

Seven USAC Midget races in 2016 form the nucleus of the inaugural Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" which affords unprecedented career opportunities to USAC participants and opens the avenue to compete at the "Greatest Race Course in the World" - the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis brothers David and Jonathan Byrd have constructed a unique format for their "challenge" which finds seven races in USAC's National and Western Midget series serving as the stepping stone to the ultimate prize.

Five wins would earn that driver a seat in the 2017 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six victories would secure a seat for the full roster of oval races on the 2017 Indy Lights schedule, while a sweep of all seven USAC events would earn the driver the 2017 Indy Lights oval races mentioned, as well as propel the winner to a ride in the 2018 Indianapolis 500.

Included are seven premier races on USAC's 2016 calendar, starting with the June 4 Indiana Midget Week race at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. Race two would be the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 while subsequent races are the August 17 "Eastern Invasion" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga, Calif. in September; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 24; the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our participants," says USAC President Kevin Miller. "The Byrd family has long been a supporter of America's grassroots motorsports and this challenge will mark a new avenue for our drivers who aspire to compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

"On behalf of my mother Ginny and my brother David, we are truly excited to announce the Jonathan Byrd's Indy Challenge," says Jonathan. "We recognize the talent it takes to compete at the highest levels in motorsports and know that succeeding and winning in the USAC National Midget ranks, especially on these larger tracks, can translate to success at Indy. We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide an opportunity to the best of the best in Midget racing, given our family's championship history. We want to thank USAC for allowing us to play a part in bringing a renewed focus to the incredible racing that is featured by the USAC National Midget Championship."

 

 

47 DATES HIGHLIGHT AMBITIOUS AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SLATE


The most ambitious schedule of AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races in recent history has been released for 2016, including traditional events and new facilities spanning the American landscape.

Opening with the exciting "Winter Games VII" at Bubba Raceway Park in Florida in February and concluding with the "Oval Nationals" on the West Coast in November, the 47-race series will visit 23 venues in a dozen states.

New for 2016 are special "non-points" special events in South Dakota and Indiana. Two races at Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D. August 20 and 21 offering a $50,000 winner's share will be followed by a Wednesday night special event at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway which will kick-off the four-night "Sprint Car Smackdown V."

The Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex joins the series this year for the first time in 28 years as the first of four consecutive races in the nation's heartland. The June 22 race will be followed by a June 23 race at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway and a pair of races June 24 and 25 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans.

Also new to the calendar are races at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway on April 23 and at Brownstown Speedway on May 21. A two-day show at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on July 29-30 marks the first visit for the series to the track since a 2006 event won by Josh Wise.

Traditional returns are scheduled at Ocala February 18-19-20, April 16 and September 17 events co-sanctioned by MSCS at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., the "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends" May 6-7 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the 46th "Tony Hulman Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. May 25, "Eastern Storm" in Pennsylvania and New Jersey June 7-8-9-11-12, the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" at Putnamville, Ind. July 2, "Indiana Sprint Week" July 8-9-10-13-14-15-16, the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo, Ind. August 24-25-26-27, the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. September 16, the "4-Crown Nationals" at Rossburg, Ohio September 24, the "Fall Nationals" October 1 at Lawrenceburg, Ind., the "Western World Championships" at a yet-to-be-determined track in the southwest, and the "Budweiser Oval Nationals" at Perris, Calif. Nov. 10-11-12.

2016 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
2/18 Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park Winter Dirt Games VII
2/19 Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park Winter Dirt Games VII
2/20 Ocala, FL Bubba Raceway Park Winter Dirt Games VII
4/2 Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway
4/15 Bloomington, IN Bloomington Speedway
4/16 @Haubstadt, IN Tri-State Speedway Spring Showdown
4/23 Montpelier, IN Montpelier Motor Speedway
5/6 Rossburg, OH Eldora Speedway Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends
5/7 Rossburg, OH Eldora Speedway Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends
5/20 Gas City, IN Gas City I-69 Speedway
5/21Brownstown, IN Brownstown Speedway
5/25 Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute Action Track Tony Hulman Classic
6/7 Bechtelsville, PA Grandview Speedway Eastern Storm
6/8 Abbottstown, PALincoln Speedway Eastern Storm
6/9 New Egypt, NJ New Egypt, NJEastern Storm
6/11Port Royal, PA Port Royal Speedway Eastern Storm
6/12 Newberrytown, PA Susquehanna Speedway Park Eastern Storm
6/23 Jackson, MN Jackson Motorplex
6/24 Eagle, NE Eagle Raceway Rumble in the Bullring
6/25 Kansas City, KS Lakeside Speedway
6/26 Kansas City, KS Lakeside Speedway
7/1 Putnamville, IN Lincoln Park Speedway Bill Gardner Sprintacular
7/8 Gas City, IN Gas City I-69 Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/9 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/10 Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/13 Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute Action Track Indiana Sprint Week
7/14 Putnamville, IN Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/15 Bloomington, IN Bloomington Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/16 @Haubstadt, IN Tri-State Speedway Indiana Sprint Week
7/29 Granite City, IL Tri-City Speedway
7/30 Granite City, IL Tri-City Speedway
8/20 **Brandon, SD Badlands Motor Speedway Rock & Roll Gold Cup
8/21 **Brandon, SD Badlands Motor Speedway Rock & Roll Gold Cup
8/24 **Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/25 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/26 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown V
8/27 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown V
9/16 Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute Action Track Jim Hurtubise Classic
9/17 @Haubstadt, IN Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Hustler
9/24 Rossburg, OH Eldora Speedway 4-Crown Nationals
10/1 Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway Fall Nationals
11/3 İTBA Western World Championships
11/4 İTBA Western World Championships
11/5 İTBA Western World Championships
11/10 İPerris, CA Perris Auto Speedway Budweiser Oval Nationals
11/11 İPerris, CA Perris Auto Speedway Budweiser Oval Nationals
11/12 İPerris, CA Perris Auto Speedway Budweiser Oval Nationals
Races marked with @ represent a race co-sanctioned with MSCS.
Races marked with ** represent a Non-Points/Special Event.
Races marked with İ represent a race with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.

 

 

WILLIAMS GROVE AND SALEM RETURN
TO SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES;
SIX DIRT AND FIVE PAVEMENT RACES FILL 11-RACE SLATE

A pair of tracks from USAC Silver Crown racing's rich past makes their return to a balanced eleven race USAC Silver Crown Series schedule for 2016 that features six races on the dirt and five races on the hard top.

On June 10, in the midst of an off-night for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Cars' "Eastern Storm" series, the champ cars take on the historic half-mile Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. for the Horn-Schindler Memorial 100. It's been 35 years since the Silver Crown cars last made the trek to the famous dirt oval when Eddie Leavitt picked up his only career series win in 1981. Sheldon Kinser won the only other appearance of the Silver Crown cars at "The Grove" in 1980. Williams Grove Speedway is no stranger to champ car racing, hosting AAA National Championship racing in 1946 and non-points paying champ car races annually from 1949 to 1955, with USAC being the sanctioning body from 1956 to 1959. The most recent USAC event hosted by Williams Grove was a National Sprint Car race won by Billy Pauch in 1996.

Among the six pavement events on the 2016 schedule include the series' return to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. for the "St. Louis Silver Crown Showdown" on June 25 after a one-year absence. On Aug. 13, the Silver Crown cars return to Salem (Ind.) Speedway Fueled by The Hoosier Lottery for the first time since a 1988 race that was won by pavement ace Bob Frey. The much-anticipated return of USAC to the southern Indiana highbanks also reunites USAC and the prestigious Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial race under the same umbrella once again for the first time since 2010. Traditionally a sprint car race held since 1953, this is the first time the event will be a Silver Crown race.

The season begins on the dirt at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on April 3 with the 16th running of the "Sumar Classic." Toledo (OH) Speedway hosts the first pavement race of the year on April 30 for the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic." The Indiana State Fairgrounds hosts the first mile-dirt challenge of the year in the annual "Hoosier Hundred." Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis serves as the only track to host two series races in 2016 with the "Hall of Fame Classic" coming to the .686 mile oval on the day before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 and the "Rich Vogler Classic" on July 21.

The two iconic Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and DuQuoin start off the final three-race stretch of the season that could play a pivotal role in determining the 2016 series champion. The "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield takes place on Aug. 20 while the "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds moves to Saturday night under the lights on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3.

The "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH will close the curtain on the Silver Crown Series season on Sept. 24. In addition to the Silver Crown 50-lapper, the event that traditionally features Silver Crown racing along with the USAC National Sprints and National Midgets will also include the All Star Circuit of Champions. If a driver is able to "sweep" all four feature events on Saturday night, he or she will take home a staggering $100,000 bonus. A $25,000 prize will go home with a driver who can win three of the four features.

2016 USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE
LOCATION
TRACK
EVENT
4/3 Terre Haute, IN Terre Haute Action Track Sumar Classic
4/30 Toledo, OH Toledo Speedway Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic
5/26 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fairgrounds Hoosier Hundred
5/28 **Brownsburg, IN Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Hall of Fame Classic
6/10 Mechanicsburg, PA Williams Grove Speedway Horn-Schindler Memorial 100
6/25 **Madison, IL Gateway Motorsports Park St. Louis Silver Crown Showdown
7/21 Brownsburg, IN Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis Rich Vogler Classic
8/13 Salem, IN Salem Speedway Fueled by The Hoosier Lottery Joe James-Pat O'Connor Memorial
8/20 **Springfield, IL Illinois State Fairgrounds Bettenhausen 100
9/3 DuQuoin, IL DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Ted Horn 100
9/24 Rossburg, OH Eldora Speedway 4-Crown Nationals
Races marked with ** represent a daytime feature start.

 

 

2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE INCLUDES
FOUR NEW VENUES, EXPANDED SCHEDULE AMONG ITS 23 DATES

Twenty-three dates have been announced for the USAC National Midget series' 2016 calendar with four venues set to host their first USAC National Midget race.

The season kicks off on the dirt, indoors, on March 19 at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. The facility has played host to several midget races in recent years, but this will mark the first points-paying USAC National Midget event at the track and the first points-paying, USAC National Midget race indoors since Kenny Irwin, Jr.'s victory at the Toronto SkyDome in 1993. It also marks the USAC National Midgets' first event in DuQuoin, Ill. since Sleepy Tripp won a 50-lap race on the one-mile dirt oval at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in 1979.

Other new events on the 2016 schedule include a race at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway on May 31 to kick off the now six-race "Indiana Midget Week" slate. A double-header weekend at Riverside International Speedway on June 17-18 brings the USAC National Midgets to the state of Arkansas for the first time ever. The 76th running of the prestigious "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has found a new, but familiar home at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The oceanside dirt bullring hosted its only "Turkey Night" in 1997 with Billy Boat picking up the victory.

Traditional events make up the bulk of the schedule with the 3rd running of the Kokomo Grand Prix taking place on April 8-9. "Indiana Midget Week" has expanded to its largest slate ever with six races, beginning at Montpelier on May 31 before heading to Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 1, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway on June 2, Bloomington Speedway on June 3, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 4 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5.

The midgets hit the Heartland in early August when the series makes a return trip to Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on Aug. 3, then heads to the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks for the 39th running of the legendary "Belleville Midget Nationals" on Aug. 5-6.

For a second consecutive season, the series returns for a trio of races in Pennsylvania for the newly-minted "Keystone Invasion." The three-race swing begins at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run on Aug. 15, then heads to a yet-to-be-announced track on Aug. 16, before closing out the mini-series at Abbottstown's Lincoln Speedway on Aug. 17.

Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio once again carries the Midgets on the card for the traditional "4-Crown Nationals" on Sept. 24 as one of the four crowns along with the Silver Crown Championship Cars, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the All Star Circuit of Champions. If a driver is able to "sweep" all four feature events on Saturday night, he or she will take home a staggering $100,000 bonus. A $25,000 prize will go home with a driver who can win three of the four features.

The "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" returns to its traditional October date with three consecutive nights at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on Oct. 6-7-8 before the series closes out the Midwest portion of its season with the "Jason Leffler Memorial" on Oct. 21 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE
LOCATION
TRACK
EVENT
3/19 (i) DuQuoin, IL Southern Illinois Center
4/8 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Grand Prix
4/9 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Grand Prix
5/31 Montpelier, IN Montpelier Motor Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/1 Gas City, IN Gas City I-69 Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/2 Putnamville, IN Lincoln Park Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/3 Bloomington, IN Bloomington Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/4Lawrenceburg, IN Lawrenceburg Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/5 Kokomo, IN Kokomo Speedway Indiana Midget Week
6/17 West Memphis, AR Riverside International Speedway
6/18 West Memphis, AR Riverside International Speedway
8/3 Beloit, KS Solomon Valley Raceway Chad McDaniel Memorial
8/5 Belleville, KS Belleville High Banks Belleville Midget Nationals
8/6 Belleville, KS Belleville High Banks Belleville Midget Nationals
8/15 **Spring Run, PA Path Valley Speedway Park Keystone Invasion
8/16 **TBA TBA Keystone Invasion
8/17 **Abbottstown, PA Lincoln Speedway Keystone Invasion
9/24 Rossburg, OH Eldora Speedway 4-Crown Nationals
10/6 Granite City, IL Tri-City Speedway Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/7 Granite City, IL Tri-City Speedway Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/8 Granite City, IL Tri-City Speedway Gold Crown Midget Nationals
10/21 Wayne City, IL Wayne County Speedway Jason Leffler Memorial
11/24 @Ventura, CA Ventura Raceway Turkey Night Grand Prix
Races marked with (i) represent an indoor race.
Races marked with ** represent a race with the ARDC Midgets.
Races marked with @ represent a race with the USAC Western Midgets.

 

THORSON WINS 75TH TURKEY NIGHT
AS HINES WINS NATIONAL TITLE, JOINS "TRIPLE CROWN";
RONNIE GARDNER WINS THIRD-STRAIGHT WESTERN TITLE

Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. kisses the "Aggie" trophy after winning the 2015 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway as Cary, Chris, and J.C. Agajanian, Jr. look on.

Perris, California...As young Tanner Thorson from Minden, Nevada bested his Keith Kunz Motorsports teammates to win the 75th Annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway, Tracy Hines was closing out his career as a full-time USAC competitor with the Honda Midget National Championship to join the exclusive "Triple Crown" club. Hines held off Thorson by just 18 points in the final standings.

Bryan Clauson led from the front row as polesitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. looked to overtake Hines and hold off Thorson for his own championship hopes. Early on, second-quick qualifier Kyle Larson nearly stalled in turn-three, dropping to tenth in the running order just a few laps into the race. From there, the top-six separated themselves from the rest of the pack. The night's ProSource/Woodland Auto Display "Fast Qualifier" Rico Abreu, who took home the amazing "Jason Leffler Memorial Fast Time Award honoring Larry Howard" for his lap, started making his moves after the lap-20 mark. He took third on lap 24 before tracking down Thomas, Jr. for the second spot on lap 27. He closed in on Clauson for the lead, as Christopher Bell took third on lap 32. Larson, meanwhile, was racing his way back forward as he took sixth on lap 33.

Disaster struck up front on lap 36, as Clauson slowed suddenly coming down the frontstretch, leaving Abreu with nowhere to go. He spun around and flopped over, drawing a red flag. Both cars visited the work area and were able to restart. Just before the red, Thomas, Jr. had showed smoke and started to slow while running second, but he was able to continue on in his spot after the stoppage.

Bell inherited the lead, while teammates Thomas, Jr., Thorson, and Larson traded positions 2-4 as the race hit halfway, with Thorson taking over the second spot and Larson eventually claiming third. Damion Gardner, who had started 17th, was moving through the pack and finally joined the top-five just before halfway at lap 46.

Gardner took fourth from Thomas, Jr. at lap 51 and brought Chad Boat with him. Boat was on the move and stuck with Gardner, but as the race hit 40 laps to go, Boat slowed suddenly in turn-four and dove to the inside of the track, bringing out the yellow. He retired, as well as top-ten running Brady Bacon.

While Bell paced Thorson and Larson up front, eyes shifted to Abreu, who was all the way back into the top-five before swiping fourth from Gardner on lap 64. Up front, Thorson was trying to apply pressure to Bell with a big slider, but Bell was quick to match it with a crossover. Inside thirty to go, it became a three-way scrap for second as Larson took it from Thorson before Abreu came to dive-bomb both of them, grabbing second for just a moment.

With just nine laps to go, Ryan Bernal brought out a yellow after shredding his left-rear tire. With just nine laps to go, Thorson went after Bell for the lead. Abreu ran third ahead of Larson. With a big head of steam on lap 93, Thorson tried a huge slider into turn-three that crossed just in front of Bell's nose, slowing his momentum. Bell crossed back but Thorson angled to the bottom in turn-one as Bell jumped to the top, catching the turn-one wall and flipping. He was unhurt.

With six to go, Thorson got a good restart and got away, but another yellow came just a lap later to take all lapped cars out of the equation up front. He went to the bottom as Abreu tried to get up enough momentum around the high side. Abreu's left-rear tire was going down, though, and when he got sideways on lap 95, it finally went flat and he darted to the bottom to pull off the track.

It was clear sailing for Thorson over the final three laps as he registered his fourth win of the season by .799-seconds in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. That team also clinched the National Midget owner's title.

"I just had to find a way to break Christopher's momentum to give myself a shot to win it. We weren't as good as him if he had clear track, but if I could just find a way to get him racing, we could move around as well as anyone. I knew it was gonna be tough with those guys lined up behind me, messing with me under yellow, but I changed my line up and hit it pretty well to finish it off. This is a tough race and especially with all those great guys to race against, so to finish off our season with this one really means a lot," Thorson said.

Larson crossed in another Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Damion Gardner rounded out the podium in the Klatt Motorsports - East Enterprises #4 Beast/Stanton. Bryan Clauson clawed his way back to fourth in the Jonathan Byrd's Racing - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, while Thomas, Jr. hung on to round out the top-five in the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

New Castle, Indiana's Tracy Hines took the 2015 USAC Honda National Midget title, joining Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons, Jr. as the only driver to win a USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget title during their career.

With his sixth-place finish, Tracy Hines sewed up the driver's championship by 18 markers in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota over Thorson. He joins Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Dave Darland, and Jerry Coons, Jr. as other drivers to win all three USAC National championships.

"It's really just a relief to end it and do this in the final night. I've been running every race and chasing points for 20 years, and it just has worn me down. I'm happy to have something good to do that is involved with racing now after my driving days, and I'm happy to go out on top winning the championship in this division. It's been a trying year at times, but we persevered and met this goal. To join such a great group of racers who have won the Triple Crown is pretty cool, as I know them all and raced against all but one, and we've battled with each other all along the way," Hines said.

Ronnie Gardner completed his third-straight USAC Honda Western Midget Championship with a seventh-place finish in the Six-8 Motorsports - Baldozier Racing #68 Stewart/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL/WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 26, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 75th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.379; 2. Kyle Larson, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.395; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.425; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.428; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-17.435; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.446; 7. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-17.469; 8. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.489; 9. Chad Boat, 15x, Boat-17.498; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.577; 11. Ryan Bernal, 73x, Ford-17.587; 12. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-17.644; 13. Brad Sweet, 67z, Kahne-17.645; 14. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-17.836; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-17.917; 16. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-18.016; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-18.173; 18. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-18.307; 19. Dave Darland, 81, Watt/Sala/Curb-Agajanian-18.433; 20. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-18.663; 21. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-18.695; 22. Brady Bacon, 76m, Manafort-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sweet, 2. Abreu, 3. R. Gardner, 4. Marcham, 5. Thorson, 6. Stockon, 7. Bacon, 8. Darland. 2:20.78

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Hines, 3. Clauson, 4. Bernal, 5. D. Gardner, 6. Dalby, 7. Pankratz. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Swanson, 3. Thomas, 4. Boat, 5. Ebberts, 6. Dolacki, 7. Hazelton. 2:22.13

FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Danny Ebberts, 11. Rico Abreu, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Cody Swanson, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Ashley Hazelton, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chad Boat, 19. Randi Pankratz, 20. Brad Sweet, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Tyler Dolacki. NT
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**Abreu flipped on lap 36 of the feature. Bell flipped on lap 93 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Clauson, Laps 36-92 Bell, Laps 93-98 Thorson.


 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

November 26, 2015 – Perris, California – “75th Turkey Night Grand Prix”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.379; 2. Kyle Larson, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.395; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.425; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.428; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-17.435; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.446; 7. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-17.469; 8. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.489; 9. Chad Boat, 15X, Boat-17.498; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-17.577; 11. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-17.587; 12. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-17.644; 13. Brad Sweet, 67Z, Kahne-17.645; 14. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-17.836; 15. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-17.917; 16. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-18.016; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-18.173; 18. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-18.307; 19. Dave Darland, 81, Watt/Sala/Curb-Agajanian-18.433; 20. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-18.663; 21. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-18.695; 22. Brady Bacon, 76M, Manafort-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sweet, 2. Abreu, 3. R.Gardner, 4. Marcham, 5. Thorson, 6. Stockon, 7. Bacon, 8. Darland. 2:20.78 (New Track Record)

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Larson, 2. Hines, 3. Clauson, 4. Bernal, 5. D.Gardner, 6. Dalby, 7. Pankratz. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Swanson, 3. Thomas, 4. Boat, 5. Ebberts, 6. Dolacki, 7. Hazelton. 2:22.13

FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Danny Ebberts, 11. Rico Abreu, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Cody Swanson, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Ashley Hazelton, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chad Boat, 19. Randi Pankratz, 20. Brad Sweet, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Tyler Dolacki. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Clauson, Laps 36-92, Laps 93-98 Thorson.

FINAL HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1.

 

 

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY HOSTS THURSDAY’S “75TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 24, 2015... This Thursday, November 26th, Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway will host the “75th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Presented by Agajanian Promotions and Oval Entertainment, the Honda USAC Western and National Midget Series will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the nation. This year, race fans will enjoy a more traditional format with qualifying, heat races, semi-main, and a 98-lap main event. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, Time Trials is at 6:00pm, and Racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 25th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. The concession stand will be open with $2 pizza and $2 beers for sale.

Since Bob Swanson took the checkered flags at Gilmore Stadium in 1934, the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” (TNGP) has been a “must win” race for drivers from across the country. While other venues like Gardena, Speedway 605, Saugus, Bakersfield, Ventura, and Irwindale have showcased the event, it is perhaps best known at the legendary Ascot Park. In 1996, the 1/2-mile oval of Perris Auto Speedway first hosted the “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat claimed his second of three-straight “Thanksgiving Classics.” Last year, young Christopher Bell added his name to the perpetual “Aggie Trophy” alongside many legends of the sport. A complete win list of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

This year, 8-time TNGP winner “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman and famed car owner Larry Howard will serve as Grand Marshalls of the event. The Shuman-Howard combination was hard to beat at the Turkey Night Grand Prix, winning the race a record four straight times (1979, 80, 81, 82). In addition, Howard won the 1988 and 1989 TNGP with “The Rim Rider” Chuck Gurney as his driver. Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2003, Shuman had one of the most celebrated careers in open wheel racing. Among his accomplishments, Ron won the Knoxville Nationals (1979), Western World Championships (1975, 77, 81, 84, 94), Pacific Coast Nationals (1976, 77, 83, 94), and the Turkey Night Grand Prix (1979, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 92, 93). In addition, he claimed four California Racing Association (1988, 89, 90, 91) and three Sprint Car Racing Association (1994, 96, 97) Sprint Car Championships.

Starting at 3:30pm, an autograph session will be held on the front straightway with today’s stars of the race. In addition, local racing heroes and past TNGP winners will join a special “Legends Autograph Session” in the Sports Bar on the main concourse at the same time.

Thursday’s event will mark the twenty-fifth appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midgets at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Billy Boat won the November 25, 1995 debut and leads all drivers with four victories. Boat, Kyle Larson, Dave Darland, and Bell have celebrated Turkey Night wins at Perris’ fast half-mile oval. On November 28, 2013, Parker Price-Miller set the 1-lap track record of 16.889 and a complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the event, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a lock on his third straight Honda USAC Western Midget Championship. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner has a 181-point advantage over the competition. When the series last ran at Hanford on October 3rd, Ronnie set fast time and ran third in the main event. To date, the defending champion has two feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led. Gardner will be looking to join the winner’s list of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon claimed sixth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Heading to the TNGP, the 2012 Champion has two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and twelve feature laps led to her credit.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) ranks third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson did not compete at Hanford to repair his engine. Currently, the former VRA Midget Champion has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. Cody will be ready for the TNGP and will have his sights on his second career USAC Western Midget victory.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) is tied for third in the point standings. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols scored fourteenth in the Hanford feature. At press time, the 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After running fourth at the Keller Auto Speedway, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) has climbed to fifth in the championship standings. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F #OSV / 3 Girls Spike, Faccinto has two feature wins, one heat race victory, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year. The second generation driver will be looking to end his season with a 98-lap feature win.

Among the other Western series drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Trey Marcham, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Sean Dodenhoff, Steve Davis, Nate Waite, Jeff Harrington, Danny Ebberts, Britton Bock, and more.

Tracy Hines (New Castle, Indiana) sits atop the USAC National point standings followed by Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Rico Abreu, Spencer Brayston, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Coons Jr., Christopher Bell, Darren Hagen, and Dave Darland.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, Chad Boat, Bryan Clauson, Brad Sweet, Ryan Bernal, and Brady Bacon will also join the action.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are on sale now and camping is available for $25 at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Live pay per views of the “75th Turkey Night Grand Prix” will be available on www.thecushion.com. A 100-mile radius blackout will be enforced on the telecast. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Ronnie Gardner.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 2-Rico Abreu, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Chase Stockon.

PERRIS HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 4-Billy Boat, 3-Robby Flock, 2-Mike Figliomeni, 2-Steve Paden, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Jerry Coons Jr., 1-Dave Darland, 1-Bobby East , 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Darren Hagen, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jeremy Sherman, 1-Danny Stratton.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-672, 2. Shannon McQueen-491, 3. Cody Swanson-428, --. Terry Nichols-428, 5. Michael Faccinto-389, 6. Randi Pankratz-375, 7. Trey Marcham-339, 8. Brian Gard-319, 9. Nick Chivello-262, 10. Scott Pierovich-250, 11. Sean Dodenhoff-238, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-204, 13. Steve Davis-200, 14. Nate Waite-161, 15. Rico Abreu-145, 16. Brady Bacon-145, 17. David Prickett-122, 18. Jeff Harrington-79, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr.-65, 20. Jack Hawley-46.

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tracy Hines-771, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr.-744, 3. Tanner Thorson-738, 4. Rico Abreu-715, 5. Spencer Brayston-642, 6. Tyler Thomas-622, 7. Jerry Coons Jr.-607, 8. Christopher Bell-487, 9. Darren Hagen-398, 10. Dave Darland-348, 11. Steve Buckwalter-345, 12. Isaac Chapple-333, 13. Zach Daum-329, 14. Alex Bright-204, 15. Davey Ray-183, 16. Gage Walker-138, 17. Brad Mosen-137, 18. Hayden Williams-127, 19. Nathan Smee-126, 20. Justin Peck-59.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 26: # Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

CLAUSON STOPS NATIONAL CHAMPION BALLOU
FOR WESTERN WORLD CROWN;
GARDNER WINS FOURTH CRA SERIES TITLE

 

Tucson, Arizona.......In a duel for the ages in Saturday night's 48th "Western World Championship" at USA Raceway, Bryan Clauson held off AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Robert Ballou for the season-ending victory. The pair of 26-year-olds swapped the lead with less than ten laps to go, and Clauson held off a last-corner slider attempt from Ballou for the .753-second win in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"It was a lot of fun to race like that. I thought once he got out front, it would be tough to do anything, but as the top got a bigger ledge and we got into traffic, our car being so maneuverable helped get us into the battle. We cleared him at one point and he got back around us, and we were just battling for every inch, and I think he biked up there and I was able to get away. Towards the end, I was just trying to do things different and not give him a clean look, and keep lapped cars in the way so he couldn't do much with us. You've got to be smart and not make mistakes if you want to beat a guy like him. My car owners Joe Dooling and Brodie Hayward obviously did a great job putting this together, and I have to thank my dad (Tim) and Tyler Ransbottom for all their work, and Mike Martin for loaning us this engine we've used the past four races," Clauson said.

Tracy Hines, making his final start as a full-time National Sprint Car competitor, led from the pole before Dave Darland circled him for the lead on lap two. The next lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. slowed with a flat left-rear tire, bringing out the first caution.

On the restart, Ballou and Brady Bacon blitzed Hines for the second and third spots, with Bacon tracing the bottom berm through turns three and four. On lap four, Danny Faria, Jr. flipped in turn-two to bring out a red flag. Before the race resumed, Thomas Meseraull retired to the infield after going from 17th to 10th in the first three laps.

Once the race resumed, Ballou started to pressure Darland for the lead, while Clauson used a turn-one slider to take fourth from Hines on lap six. Two laps later, he used a slider on the opposite end to take third from Bacon.

Meanwhile, Ballou was using the bottom to work underneath Darland for the lead by .041 seconds on lap nine, using his head of steam to slide up in front of him as they hit turn one. By lap 13, Clauson had caught Darland for second and tried to beat him into turn-one, but had to fall in behind him.

Just a lap later, Clauson used the bottom of turn-four to move in front of Darland for the second spot and set his sights on Ballou. The leader hit traffic on lap 17 and Clauson was closing. With Ballou bottled in up high, Clauson nailed the bottom on lap 19 to edge in front by .059 seconds at the line. It remained close as they both negotiated traffic with Clauson sticking more to the bottom and Ballou using the top.

Ballou got his lead back on lap 21 and appeared to again be in control, running the top to work through slower cars. Clauson hung right there, though, and capitalized on lap 24 when Ballou caught the turn-two cushion and bicycled. Ballou would not go quietly, and came storming back at Clauson. He attacked the cushion and closed to just a car length at the end of lap 27.

Clauson used traffic over the final few laps to try to keep Ballou behind him, but Ballou had a run and went to the bottom on the final lap with a chance to shoot underneath with the lead. He clipped the berm on exit of turn-two as Clauson shot off the cushion and down the backstretch, clearing Ballou's final attempt with ease on his way to the third win of the season and 34th of his decorated career.

Ballou, who started the night by peeling off the "2" decals from his car to just run the #1, was obviously dejected after his second-place run but celebrated his first USAC championship after an incredible season in the Pacific Grass & Turf - Blakesley Auto Maxim/Ott.

"It's really been an unbelievable ride. I never would have thought we could have accomplished what we have. Obviously, it's frustrating to be so close to that fourteenth win (to tie the all-time single-season record set by Tom Bigelow), but we just got beat by an incredible race car driver in Bryan Clauson. This year has been something that's come from years of work and struggle. I'm really proud of Derrick Bye and myself for getting our program to this point, and I again have to thank all the people who have helped in any way to get us here," said Ballou, who finished with 13 wins, 26 top-fives, and 35 top-tens in 39 events this season, while leading 226 laps in feature competition.

2014 National Sprint Car Champion Brady Bacon rounded out the podium in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We got a great track for tonight's feature - it just got better every night, really. We were able to work our way forward but just didn't have enough to compete with those two for a win. We had a good weekend and finished our season strong, so we'll try to roll that into next year, and I'm looking forward to getting back with the Hoffmans for another one," Bacon said.

Darland wound up fourth in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco, and Richard Vander Weerd in the Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development #10 Maxim/Shark.

Damion Gardner finished 12th and completed his third USAC/CRA Series championship.

Damion Gardner and the Alexander Racing crew celebrate their 3rd consecutive AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title.
(Kirk Spridgeon Photo)

"This was a tough season, especially after last season was basically a dream with winning so many races and not having many bumps in the road. I've never been one to wish a season over, but I really just wanted to win this championship and have it done. We lost my good buddy Jeff Stich this year, and it's definitely not the same without him, but I'm glad we were able to come from behind and close strong to get this title," Gardner said.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2015 - Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway - "Western World Championships"

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Mike Spencer (#50 Chaffin), 4. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 5. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 6. Chad Boespflug (#04G Cook), 7. Austin Williams (#2 Jory), 8. Nick Parker (#94 Morales). NT

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Danny Faria, Jr. (#17v Bowman), 5. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 6. Brady Short (#19 Underwood), 7. Logan Williams (#5x Jory), 8. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). NT

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#20N Nolen), 2. Chris Windom (#21x Pollock), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Brody Roa (#48 Leonard), 6. Cody Williams (#44 Jory), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 2. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 6. Bryan Clauson (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 8. Damion Gardner (#4x Alexander). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Short, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Grant, 6. Swanson, 7. Boespflug, 8. Rossi, 9. A. Williams, 10. Copeland, 11. L. Williams, 12. Bell, 13. C. Williams, 14. Martin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Jake Swanson, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Danny Faria, Jr. NT
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**Parker flipped during the first qualifying race. C. Williams flipped during the semi. Faria flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-8 Darland, Laps 9-18 Ballou, Laps 19-20 Clauson, Laps 21-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson.

THE PIT BOARD:
Miscellaneous stats from Saturday night's "Western World Championships"
Final at USA Raceway - Tucson, Arizona

**Saturday night, Robert Ballou became USAC's 32nd National Sprint champion and the 73rd overall champion between the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint & National Midget Series.

**Robert Ballou became just the fourth driver to win the USAC National Sprint Car title in a self-owned or family-owned car: Robbie Stanley in 1991 & 1992; Doug Kalitta in 1994 and Bryan Clauson in 2012.

**Robert Ballou became the first USAC National Sprint Car champion to don the #1 on his car since Tony Elliott during the 1999 season.

**Bryan Clauson won his 34th career USAC National Sprint Car feature (11th all-time) and puts him just one spot away from tying Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 9th on the all-time list.

**It was also Clauson's 72nd career USAC National victory (36 National Midget, 34 National Sprint and 2 Silver Crown), putting him 10th on the all-time USAC National win list.

**Of Clauson 72 career USAC National wins, 6 have come in the state of Arizona (5 Sprint & 1 Midget).

**Bryan Clauson's win Saturday night earned him his 4th "Western World Championships" feature win (2012 Sprint Car, 2013 Sprint Car & Midget and 2015 Sprint Car)

**Tracy Hines led a lap in consecutive features for the first time since Feb. 22-23, 2013 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

**Saturday night was only the 3rd time in 2015 that Robert Ballou led a feature, but did not go on to win the race.

**Robert Ballou not only had 13 wins during the 2015 season, he also finished in 2nd place on 6 occasions this year: Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on April 18; Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on July 12; Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on July 15; AMSOIL Speedway in Superior, Wisc. on Aug. 7; Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc. on Aug. 8, and USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. On Nov. 21.

**Bryan Clauson has made 7 starts in the Dooling/Hayward Racing #63 this season. In those 7 starts, Clauson has never qualified outside the top, was fast qualifier once, won 2 heat races, and only finished outside of the top-four once in a feature, winning twice and leading 33 laps.

**Robert Ballou became only the 4th California-born USAC National Sprint Car champion: Jay Drake (2004), Josh Wise (2006) and Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2013).

**Dave Darland finished 2nd in the final USAC National Sprint Car point standings for the 4th time (2005, 2012, 2013 & 2015)

**Dave Darland has now finished in the top-10 in the final USAC National Sprint Car point standings for the 19th consecutive season.

**During Saturday night's feature, Justin Grant advanced 15 positions from 22nd to 7th. That is the 2nd most positions gained in a feature during the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season. Only Brady Short advanced more positions (17 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. on July 16th).

**Brady Bacon had a very successful "Western World" weekend at USA Raceway. In 3 National/CRA Sprint starts, he earned finishes of 2nd, 1st, and 3rd. In the West Coast/Southwest portion of the event, Bacon scored finishes of 2nd, 6th, and 2nd giving him an average finish of 2.67 for the weekend.

**AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series regular Richard Vander Weerd earned his first career top-5 finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.

**The 5 different lead changes during Saturday night's feature equal the Perris USAC National Sprint Car race on Nov. 12 as the race with the most lead changes during the 2015 season.

**Jon Stanbrough won his series-best 5th semi-feature of the season.

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

November 21, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFYING: 1. Mike Daniels, 87, Daniels-15.357; 2. Jimmy Waters, 24, Waters-15.442; 3. Cody Jessop, 11A, Belfiore-15.469; 4. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.581; 5. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.639; 6. Dezel West, 21, West-15.681; 7. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.783; 8. Courtney Crone, 98, Pankratz-15.957; Anthony Quintana, 02, Waters-15.995; 10. John Waters, 5B, Waters-16.088.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Daniels, 2, Jessop, 3. Kelley, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. Quintana. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jimmy Waters, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. West, 4. Crone, 5. John Waters. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cody Jessop, 2. Jeff Kelley, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Dezel West, 5. Annie Breidinger, 6. Mike Daniels, 7. Jimmy Waters, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. John Waters, 10. Anthony Quintana. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Kelley, Laps 14-30 Jessop.

FINAL USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,576, 2-Ashley Hazelton-1,328, 3-Dylan Nobile-1,280, 4-T.Breidinger-1,215, 5-Jesse Love IV-1,052, 6-A.Breidinger-998, 7-Tom Paterson-964, 8-Shawn Buckley-618, 9-West-537, 10-Robert Dalby-518. FINAL USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Dylan Nobile-1,280, 2-T.Breidinger-1,181, 3-Jessop-1,080, 4-A.Breidinger-957, 5-Ashley Hazelton-821, 6-Jesse Love IV-629, 7-Tom Paterson-629, 8-Kelley-480, 9-West-383, 10-Tommy McCarthy-304.

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

November 21, 2015 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.096; 2. Carson Hocevar, 41, Hocevar-15.244; 3. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.308; 4. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-15.340; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.401; 6. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.515; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.528; 8. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.561; 9. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-15.627; 10. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-15.765; 11. Jagger Parker, 20, 15.855; 12. Ryan Krachun, 7, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jake Nelke, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Matt Lundstrom, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Dillon Silverman, 7. Jessica Bean, 8. Nolan Allison, 9. Jagger Parker, 10. Mike Ward, 11. Carson Hocevar, 12. Ryan Krachun. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Nelke, Laps 14-35 Lamb.

FINAL USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-1,041, 2-Bean-947, 3-Layser-914, 4-Nelke-749, 5-Hatfield-735, 6-Lundstrom-692, 7-Allison-639, 8-Kyle Craker-620, 9-Scott Hunter-415, 10-Calvin Carroll-353.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 21, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway - “48th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Mike Spencer (#50 Chaffin), 4. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 5. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 6. Chad Boespflug (#04G Cook), 7. Austin Williams (#2 Jory), 8. Nick Parker (#94 Morales). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Bowman), 5. Jake Swanson (#92 Sertich), 6. Brady Short (#19 Underwood), 7. Logan Williams (#5X Jory), 8. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#20N Nolen), 2. Chris Windom (#21X Pollock), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 4. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 5. Brody Roa (#48 Leonard), 6. Cody Williams (#44 Jory), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Colby Copeland (#74 Williams). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Tracy Hines (#4X Hines), 2. Dave Darland (#71P Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Robert Ballou (#1 Ballou), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 6. Bryan Clauson (#63 Dooling/Hayward), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 8. Damion Gardner (#4 Alexander). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Short, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Grant, 6. Swanson, 7. Boespflug, 8. Rossi, 9. A.Williams, 10. Copeland, 11. L.Williams, 12. Bell, 13. C.Williams, 14. Martin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Chris Windom, 11. Ryan Bernal, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Austin Williams, 22. Jake Swanson, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Danny Faria Jr.. NT

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**Parker flipped during the first heat. C.Williams flipped during the semi. Faria flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Hines, Laps 2-8 Darland, Laps 9-18 Ballou, Laps 19-20 Clauson, Laps 21-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Clauson

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 November 21, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway - “48th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Terry Schank Jr. (#1 Gleeson), 6. Tristan Guardino (#80 Watt), 7. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 8. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 2. Gary Taylor (Burkhart/White), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Bowman), 4. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 7. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Trey Marcham (#73 Ford), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5X Miocko), 7. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Brady Bacon (#73X Ford), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 7. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 8. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps)

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Clark, 2. Ziehl, 3. Schank, 4. Martin, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Hosford, 7. Mihocko, 8. Guardino, 9. Smith, 10. Gile, 11. Sibley, 12. Gibson, 13. Stetson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Danny Faria Jr., 11. Nick Aiuto, 12. Charles Davis Jr., 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Matt Rossi, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Mike Martin, 17. Ronnie Clark, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Andy Reinbold, 20. Rick Ziehl, 21. Gary Taylor, 22. Terry Schank Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa

FINAL GRUDGE SERIES POINTS: 1. Davis-236, 2. Sussex-225, 3. R.J.Johnson-221, 4. Roa-192, 5. Bacon-174, 6. Reinbold-164, - Grant-164, 8. Aiuto-157, - Windom-157, 10. Clauson-154.


 

 

BACON BOLTS TO WESTERN WORLD NIGHT 2 WIN; 100TH USAC NATIONAL VICTORY FOR HOFFMANS

 

Tucson, Arizona.......Brady Bacon capped Friday's "Western World Championships" preliminary night at USA Raceway with his seventh win of the season in AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took charge just past halfway and held off Bryan Clauson to win by .377-seconds, making it the 100th USAC National feature victory for his Dynamics, Inc. - Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Matt Rossi got the jump from the pole and led Tracy Hines early in the 30-lapper. Hines started to get a rhythm using the bottom after a few laps and reeled in Rossi. Hines crossed just behind Rossi on lap eight, but Rossi was still up to the challenge running the high side. The race's only stoppage came on lap ten when Cody Williams flipped in turn four. He was unhurt.

Hines was on the attack at the restart, nailing the bottom through turns one and two to edge past Rossi and into the lead at the end of lap ten, but Rossi would not go away easily as he hammered the high side to shoot back past Hines for the lead. Meanwhile, Robert Ballou was looking to sew up his National Championship after having problems early in the night and starting 17th. He worked into the top-ten at lap twelve.

On lap thirteen, Rossi jumped the cushion between turns three and four just as Bacon snuck under Hines for the second spot. Rossi recovered momentarily, but Bacon was hot on his trail, flashing less than a car length back on lap sixteen.

Bacon went to the lead on lap 17, and just two laps later Clauson worked past Rossi, as well, as Hines, Kevin Thomas, Jr., and Dave Darland were also coming fast. Ballou was running them down as he passed Rossi for seventh with less than ten laps to go.

Up front, Clauson had caught Bacon but lost a little ground as he had to work to the outside of a lapped car. He came charging again on the white flag lap and had a clear lane on the bottom of turns one and two on the final lap, but Bacon ran the cushion to hold him off and move into a tie for 29th all-time with his 15th career win in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

 

"Getting 100 wins and ten championships, it's cool to be in the seat and get those milestones for them. It's an honor to drive their car. I didn't know what was gonna happen with those two up front, so I had to take my time. The top was curby and it was hard to carry speed, but we were able to roll the bottom to get to the front. I tried to keep a decent pace through lapped cars and didn't really make any big mistakes. I knew somebody had to be close back there, and if you messed up, it was gonna be a big effect," Bacon said.

Clauson improved one spot from opening night and finished second in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"It was gonna be tough to complete anything there at the end. I could maintain through one and two, but he was a bit better up top. He was good enough on the other end to take the lane up. Track position was the biggest hindrance for us, and he just didn't make any mistakes at all. I had to slow up just a bit too much on entry to one on the last lap to have a shot at him. I felt like we were a tick better, but he wasn't gonna give us a chance to take it," Clauson said.

Hines continued his strong West Coast trip with a podium finish aboard his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy.

"I knew what the Hoffmans had on the 69 car, and I knew pretty early that we weren't quite gonna be tight enough. We went a little safe just in case we were gonna have to run the cushion. We're solid and locked in for tomorrow, so we'll see what happens with our last race. I feel better now and am not hurting now after the injuries in the middle of the season, and there's no braces or anything while I'm racing, and we're back to running well again," Hines said.

Ballou's incredible run from 17th ended with a fourth-place finish for the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, and the Rocklin, California driver will clinch the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on Saturday. Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Griffin's Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Damion Gardner finished tenth and will also celebrate a championship on Saturday, as he takes another USAC/CRA Sprint Car title.

Bacon, Clauson, Hines, Ballou, Darland, Thomas, Gardner, and Aaron Farney are locked into Saturday's dash to determine to first four rows of the night's 40-lap championship feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2015 - Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway - "Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.446; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.627; 3. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.691; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.715; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.717; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.719; 7. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.294-15.802; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20N, Nolen-15.835; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.836; 10. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.854; 11. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.911; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.968; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.993; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.996; 15. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.003; 16. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-16.025; 17. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.026; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.044; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.059; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.085; 21. Brady Short, 19, Underwood-16.109; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.141; 23. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.167; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.178; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.191; 26. Casey Shuman, 42, Cheney-16.197; 27. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Bowman-16.197; 28. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.206; 29. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-16.334; 30. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.476; 31. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-16.588; 32. Nick Parker, 94, Morales-16.761; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.252.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Darland, 3. Rossi, 4. Stockon, 5. Short, 6. C. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Roa. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Clauson, 5. Spencer, 6. Copeland, 7. Hodges, 8. Shuman. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A. Williams, 2. Leary, 3. Gardner, 4. Hines, 5. Grant, 6. Farney, 7. L. Williams, 8. Parker. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Johnson, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Boespflug, 6. Thomas, 7. Coons, 8. Bell. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Farney, 3. Coons, 4. Spencer, 5. Grant, 6. Boespflug, 7. Faria, 8. L. Williams, 9. Roa, 10. Short, 11. Copeland, 12. Parker, 13. C. Williams, 14. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. Matt Rossi, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Austin Williams, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Ryan Bernal. NT
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**Hodges and Shuman flipped during the second heat. C. Williams flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rossi, Lap 10 Hines, Laps 11-16 Rossi, Laps 17-30 Bacon.

THE PIT BOARD:
Miscellaneous stats from Thursday night's "Western World Championships" Night 2 at USA Raceway - Tucson, Arizona

**Brady Bacon moved into 29th on all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with his 15th career series victory. That ties him with Bobby East, Damion Gardner, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler.

**The legendary Hoffman family team won their 100th USAC National feature Friday night (92 Sprint, 7 Silver Crown, 1 Midget). The Hoffman's first USAC National victory came in a 100-lap Midget race at Dayton (OH) Speedway on June 24, 1956 with Eddie Sachs behind the wheel. The Hoffman's first USAC National Sprint Car feature win came on June 18, 1961 at Salem (IN) Speedway with Jim Hemmings driving to victory in the 30-lapper.

**With 7 USAC National wins in 2015, this has been the Hoffman's most successful year racing with USAC, surpassing their previous record of 5 wins set in 1989, 1993, 1995, and 1999.

**Friday night, Brady Bacon became the driver with the most USAC National wins in a Hoffman-owned car with 13, surpassing Tracy Hines and Jerry Coons, Jr. who have won 12.

**Ballou's charge from 20th to 4th made him the hardest charging driver during Friday night's 30-lap feature. He was able to advance the most positions during the feature for the 6th time this season. Ballou has been the "hard charger" in 6 of the last 14 USAC National Sprint Car features.

**Bacon won his 2nd career feature at USA Raceway Friday night after capturing the "Copper on Dirt" USAC/CRA Sprint Car event in March of this year.

**Brady Bacon is having the most winningest season of his USAC National Sprint Car career, scoring 7 features in 2015. His previous most prolific season was his championship season in 2014 in which he won 4 feature events.

**Matt Rossi led the first laps of his career in USAC National Sprint Car competition, taking the lead on two different occasions for a total of 15 laps. Rossi was the 2014 "Western World" Sprint Car feature winner when it was a USAC Southwest/West Coast event.

**The winners of the last 6 "Western World" sprint car features were at the forefront of Friday night's feature. 2014 winner, Matt Rossi, led 15 laps. 2009 & 2010 winner Brady Bacon was Friday night's winner while 2012 & 2013 winner Bryan Clauson finished 2nd and 2011 winner Tracy Hines finished 3rd.

**Tracy Hines led his first lap in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since the April 26th event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

**Chase Stockon earned his 8th ProSource fast qualifying time of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season Friday night at USA Raceway. The achievement clinched a $2,500 bonus for posting the most fast qualifying times in USAC National competition throughout the 2015 season.

**All four heat race winners on Friday night are natives of California: Ryan Bernal (Hollister), Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia), Austin Williams (Yorba Linda) & Robert Ballou (Rocklin).

**Robert Ballou won his 15th USAC National Sprint Car heat race of the year (ranks 2nd) and Ryan Bernal won his 3rd. Austin Williams and Richard Vander Weerd each won their first National Sprint heat races of 2015.

**Kevin Thomas, Jr. won his 4th semi-feature of the season, placing him in a tie for first with Jon Stanbrough.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 20, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway - “48th Western World Championships”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.446; 2. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.627; 3. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.691; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.715; 5. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.717; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.719; 7. Tracy Hines, 4X, Hines-15.802; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-15.835; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.836; 10. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.854; 11. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.878; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.968; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.993; 14. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-15.996; 15. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.003; 16. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-16.025; 17. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.026; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.044; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.059; 20. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.085; 21. Brady Short, 19, Underwood-16.109; 22. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.141; 23. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.167; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.178; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.191; 26. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.197; 27. Casey Shuman, 42, Cheney-16.197; 28. Logan Williams, 5X, Jory-16.206; 29. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-16.334; 30. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.476; 31. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-16.588; 32. Nick Parker, 94, Morales-16.761; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.252;

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Darland, 3. Rossi, 4. Stockon, 5. Short, 6. C.Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Roa. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Clauson, 5. Spencer, 6. Copeland, 7. Hodges, 8. Shuman, NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Leary, 3. Gardner, 4. Hines, 5. Grant, 6. Farney, 7. L.Williams, 8. Parker. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Johnson, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Boespflug, 6. Thomas, 7. Coons, 8. Bell. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Farney, 3. Coons, 4. Spencer, 5. Grant, 6. Boespflug, 7. Faria, 8. L.Williams, 9. Roa, 10. Short, 11. Copeland, 12. Parker, 13. C.Williams, 14. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Dave Darland, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Aaron Farney, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. Matt Rossi, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Logan Williams, 23. Austin Williams, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Ryan Bernal. NT ------------------------------------ **Hodges and Shuman flipped during the second heat. C.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rossi, Lap 10 Hines, Laps 11-16 Rossi, Laps 17-30 Bacon.

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 21 – Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway – “48th Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 20, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway - “48th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 6. Brady Bacon (#73X Ford), 7. Gary Taylor (#14 Burkhart/White), 8. Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17RW Dutcher). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Trey Marcham (#73 Ford), 3. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 4. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 5. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 6. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 7. Terry Schank Jr. (#1 Gleeson), 8. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 9. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 2. Tristan Guardino (#80 Watt), 3. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Bowman), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5X Mihocko), 8. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 7. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 8. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. D.J.Johnson, 3. Windom, 4. Faria, 5. Taylor, 6. Sibley, 7. Smith, 8. Stetson. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Clark, 3. Aiuto, 4. Hosford, 5. Mihocko, 6. Ziehl, 7. Schank, 8. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Ronnie Clark, 10. Trey Marcham, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Dennis Gile, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Tristan Guardino, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. D.J. Johnson, 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 20. Larry Gibson, 21. Nick Aiuto, 22. Josh Shipley. NT

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**Shipley, Aiuto, D.J. Johnson, and Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hodges

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW GRUDGE SERIES POINTS: 1. Davis-207, 2. Sussex-186, 3. R.J.Johnson-173, 4. Reinbold-151, 5. Roa-132, 6. Aiuto-126, 7. Martin-122, 8. Windom-121, 9. Bacon-117, 10. Rossi-114.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 21 – Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway – “48th Western World Championships”

 

 

LUCKY NUMBER THIRTEEN FOR BALLOU ON WESTERN WORLD OPENING NIGHT

Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California celebrates with his crew after winning Thursday's night one of the "Western World Championships" at USA Raceway. (Rich Forman Photo)

Tucson, Arizona.......The dream season for Robert Ballou continued on Thursday night at USA Raceway on the first night of the "Western World Championships." His drive on this night from 14th to win was his biggest charge of the year en route to a win, making it 13 AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories on the season to tie J.J. Yeley's incredible 2003 season for the second-most in history.

"It's definitely been a fun season. I have to thank the people who got me going: my parents and then when they could no longer do it, Dallas Mulvaney and Jim Plew. We have worked really hard to turn this program into something like what J.J. had with Tony Stewart Racing, and it's cool to put up a big number like this. We obviously still have a couple things left to do. So many people have helped us make this happen, and I can't express enough gratitude to all of them, especially Derrick Bye for all of his hard work to keep us going," Ballou said.

Damion Gardner led from the pole and brought third-starting hometown driver Jerry Coons, Jr. along with him, as Bryan Clauson settled into third. Coons cut the bottom underneath Gardner to lead lap two, but all eyes were on Ballou's charge from row seven into the top-five in just a few laps. Ballou used the extreme high side as he carved his way to second, but Coons was way out front.

That changed with the first caution on lap ten, and Ballou restarted right behind Coons. It seemed inevitable that Ballou would make a move for the lead, but Coons was up to the challenge. Ballou biked hard in turn-one on lap 14 and lost a lot of ground, but he was starting to reel Coons in again with ten laps to go.

Behind them, ProSource/Woodland Auto Display "Fast Time Award" winner Brady Bacon was on the move, rolling the high side past Clauson for third at the halfway mark. Up front, Coons was flawless through the first batch of traffic, navigating his way high and low to actually increase his lead over Ballou.

Coons hit some open traffic before catching cars running the high side as he saw the five-to-go signal. With Ballou bearing down, Coons caught the turn-two cushion and glanced into the backstretch wall, setting him sideways before he barrel-rolled down multiple times. Ballou narrowly missed an in-flight Coons, who emerged from the car unscathed.

With six laps to go, Ballou walked away from the field while growing his point lead to 76 in the Pacific Grass & Turf - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott.

Robert Ballou on his way to victory Thursday night in the Ballou Motorsports/Pacific Grass & Turf - Blakesley's Auto/Maxim/Ott. (Rich Forman Photo)

"We changed just about everything but the driver's seat tonight, and that's only because I own the car. We just had to get me comfortable to run up there where it was a little chop and tough. We worked all through practice night to get better, and we just weren't very good early in the night. Finally, we had ourselves a lane up high early in the race to get up through there. We were fully committed. I'm not sure we could have gotten Jerry, and I really hated to see that happen to him. He ran a great race through traffic," Ballou said.

Bacon held down the second spot in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"I kinda wanted to see that thing stay in traffic, because I think I was better than them at rolling the bottom when it was necessary, but at the same time I wanted to get out of it as treacherous as it was getting. Robert is so good on a track like that when it's slick up to a rough and nasty cushion. I felt like we were pretty good, but I think we faded just a bit at the end. The track kept getting better, and I see it getting wider and slicker as it goes, so hopefully that plays into our hands," Bacon said.

Clauson started his weekend much like he did last weekend at the Perris Auto Speedway "Oval Nationals," coming home third in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"We were pretty committed to the bottom, and it's no secret that a big, nasty cushion isn't necessarily my forte. The track actually cleaned up pretty decent up there, though, and Robert obviously found it quick and Jerry got up there pretty quick, too. It wasn't quite as good below the cushion and down to the bottom as it was up top. I knew once those guys got by me, there wasn't a whole lot I could do. I could stay close for a couple, but they just got away from us, but the longer races and the later in the week, we should get better. I haven't ever been real great here, so hopefully we can keep at it and be in it on Saturday," Clauson said.

Thomas Meseraull came home fourth in the Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and CRA point leader Damion Gardner finished fifth in the Alexander Racing - Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D, making his lead eighty points going into Friday's second preliminary night.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2015 - Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway - "Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.275 (New Track Record); 2. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.294; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-15.386; 4. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.421; 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20N, Nolen-15.445; 6. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.492; 7. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.516; 8. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.524; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.600; 10. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.617; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.620; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.622; 13. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.628; 14. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.650; 15. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.667; 16. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.682; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.725; 18. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.762; 19. Brady Short, 19, Underwood-15.770; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.797; 21. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.823; 22. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-15.828; 23. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.833; 24. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.857; 25. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Bowman-15.942; 26. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.999; 27. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-16.007; 28. Casey Shuman, 42, Cheney-16.015; 29. Colby Copeland, 74, Williams-16.023; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.041; 31. Nick Parker, 94, Morales-16.144; 32. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.164; 33. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.408; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.002.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Coons, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Hodges, 7. Faria, 8. Swanson, 9. A. Williams. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Hines, 3. Rossi, 4. Spencer, 5. Grant, 6. Windom, 7. Johnson, 8. C. Williams, 9. Bell. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Meseraull, 3. Leary, 4. Roa, 5. Boespflug, 6. Parker, 7. Stockon, 8. Short. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Bernal, 3. Thomas, 4. Gardner, 5. Farney, 6. Shuman, 7. Martin, 8. L. Williams. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Farney, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Windom, 5. Faria, 6. Stockon, 7. Swanson, 8. Shuman, 9. Martin, 10. Parker, 11. A. Williams, 12. C. Williams, 13. L. Williams, 14. Bell, 15. Copeland, 16. Boespflug, 17. Short. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. Danny Faria, Jr., 14. Brody Roa, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Matt Rossi, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Mike Spencer, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr., 23. Chase Stockon, 24. Chris Windom. NT --------------------------------. **Swanson went over the turn 3 wall in qualifying. Copeland flipped during the semi. Coons flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Gardner, Laps 3-24 Coons, Laps 25-30 Ballou.

THE PIT BOARD: Miscellaneous stats from Thursday night's "Western World Championships" Night 1 at USA Raceway - Tucson, Arizona

**Robert Ballou picked up his 13th USAC National Sprint Car feature win of the 2015 season. That ties him with J.J. Yeley (2003) for the 2nd most prolific season in series history. Ballou is just one win away from tying the all-time mark of 14 wins set by Tom Bigelow in 1977.

**Ballou has recently set a new all-time record for winning USAC National Sprint features in nine different states during the season (Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). The previous record of seven was held by Levi Jones in 2010.

**There is only one state in which the USAC National Sprint Cars have competed at in 2015 that Ballou has not won a feature in: Nebraska.

**Ballou's charge from 14th to 1st on Thursday night at USA Raceway was the furthest back any driver has started and won during the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season.

**Thursday night marked just the second time this season that the feature's "Hard Charger" who advanced the most positions during the main event, went on to win the feature. The only other instance that has happened this season: Angell Park Speedway on August 9, also won by Robert Ballou.

**It was the 5th time Ballou has advanced the most positions during a feature event, tying him with C.J. Leary for accomplishing this feat the most during the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season.

**With Ballou's victory, he moves into a 4-way tie for 21st on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with Rickey Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions.

**13 drivers attempted double-duty Thursday night by racing in both the USAC National/CRA Sprint event as well as the USAC West Coast/Southwest event at USA Raceway. 10 of the 13 drivers pulling double duty made both features with Brady Bacon having the best average finish of 2nd after finishing in the runner-up spot in both features.

**It was the USAC National Sprint Car series' second ever visit to USA Raceway in Tucson. The only other visit for the series was a feature won by Levi Jones on February 21, 2010.

**Ballou's current point lead of 76 points is his largest point margin over 2nd place since August 27 when he held a 94-point advantage.

**Brady Bacon's new one-lap track record during qualifying netted him his 6th fast qualifying time of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season, which ranks second in the series behind Chase Stockon's 7.

**Ballou has now led 213 laps on the season, 80 more than his closest competitor: Brady Bacon.

**Ballou won his 14th heat race of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season (ranks 2nd), while Jon Stanbrough won his 5th, Bryan Clauson won his 3rd, and Josh Hodges won his 2nd.

**R.J. Johnson won his first USAC National Sprint Car semi-feature of the season.

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 19, 2015 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Raceway - “48th Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 4. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 8. Trey Marcham (#73 Ford), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 2. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 5. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 6. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 7. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (#17V Faria). 9. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 8. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 9. Tye Mihocko (#5X Mihocko). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gary Taylor (#14 Burkhart/White), 2. Chris Windom (#22B Weber), 3. Brady Bacon (#73X Ford), 4. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Chad Boespflug (#12 Allen), 7. Terry Schank Jr. (#1 Gleeson), 8. Jeff Sibley (#42n Sibley). NT

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Boespflug, 3. Faria, 4. Clark, 5. Sibley, 6. Smith, 7. Mihocko, 8. C. Bonneau, 9. Guardino (Watt #80). NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Martin, 2. Schank, 3. Marcham, 4. Hodges, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Gile, 7. Stetson, 8. Lundy, 9. Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Gary Taylor, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. C.J. Leary, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Chris Windon, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Rick Ziehl, 14. Matt Rossi, 15. Trey Marcham, 16. Chad Boespflug, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Terry Schank Jr., 19. Stevie Sussex, 20. Brian Hosford, 21. Andy Reinbold, 22. Josh Shipley. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Sussex, Laps 13-17 Taylor, Lap 18 Aiuto, Laps 19-20 Taylor, Laps 21-30 Grant.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW GRUDGE SERIES POINTS: 1. Sussex-155, 2. Davis-152, 3. Martin-122, 4. Johnson-111, -Aiuto-111, 6. Rossi-95, 7. Windom-88, 8. Reinbold-85, 9. Hosford-77, 10. Roa-71.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 20-21 – Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway – “48th Western World Championships”

 

 

8-TIME "TURKEY NIGHT" WINNER SHUMAN SERVES AS GRAND MARSHAL

Eight-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner Ron Shuman serves as the Grand Marshal for this year's annual Midget racing classic at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. The 75th edition of the race is slated for Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 26, at the southern California speed plant. All of Shuman's wins came prior to the first "Turkey Night" appearance at Perris in 1996 and he recorded six wins at the now-defunct Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. and two at the Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. His first came in 1979, beginning a streak of four straight. He repeated in 1984 and 1987 before the race switched to the Bakersfield dirt in 1992 where he scored two consecutive wins in 1992 and 1993. Nobody else is even close to Shuman's eight wins, but Billy Boat won three straight at three different venues between 1995 and 1997. Dave Darland, the only driver besides Mel Kenyon and Stan Fox to win the race on both paved and dirt surfaces, hopes to join Boat as a three-time winner this year. Bryan Clauson, winner of last weekend's "Budweiser Oval Nationals" Sprint race at Perris, also hopes to put his name on the "Aggie" trophy for a third time. Darland won the race in 2007 at Irwindale, Calif. and in 2013 at Perris, while Clauson's wins came at Irwindale in 2009 and 2010. Clauson could become the fourth driver to win on both paved and dirt surfaces. Defending race winner Christopher Bell and 2012 winner Kyle Larson are also expected to return for this year's classic, joining teammates Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. for the potent Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team. Abreu, though 56 points in arrears of Hines in the latest standings, continues to hold a chance of repeating as the National series champion. Tracy Hines (Honda National) and Ronnie Gardner (Honda Western) are the respective series point leaders entering the fray. Hines is hoping to join the elusive list of USAC Triple Crown Champions as he seeks his initial National Midget title, He already owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and National Sprint series and would join Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. in the Triple Crown category. Gardner is headed for his third consecutive Western crown. Hines enjoys a 27-point lead over Thomas and a 33-point lead over Thorson in the National standings, trying to erase the bitter one-point loss to Cole Whitt in the 2008 final standings. This year's program format change results in more racing action for race fans. Qualifying, heat races, semi-features and the 98-lap main event are on tap. In past years, top qualifiers were locked into the feature after time trials, but this year, all cars and drivers will compete in preliminary races to set the starting field. In addition to a strong female contingent of drivers, the battle for the Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" honors promises to be hotly contested as well.

 

 

GARDNER-SPENCER CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO “WESTERN WORLD”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 17, 2015... With three races left, the chase for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car title will shift to Tucson, Arizona for the “48th Western World Championships.” Starting Thursday, November 19th, the prestigious three-day event at USA Raceway will feature the Amsoil USAC National, Amsoil USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and USAC West Coast Sprints. At press time, close to 80 (410s & 360s) entries will battle for a total purse over $100,000. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The traditional 410 sprints of United States Auto Club (USAC) last headlined the Western World Championships in 2008. That year, Kevin Swindell took the checkered flags at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Madman” Robert Ballou currently leads the USAC National points and “The Demon” Damion Gardner has reclaimed the USAC/CRA point lead with a 45-point advantage. Saturday’s main event will pay $7,500 to the winner, second will earn $4,000, third will pay $2,000, and $600 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary features will pay $5,000-to-win and $500 to start.

Currently eleventh in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to enter the Oval Nationals. Per USAC rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire, cars must pass a tech inspection, and one-way radios are mandatory.

In addition to the powerful 410s of the USAC National and USAC/CRA Series, the 360s of the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Series are also on the card. Several drivers that will race double duty are: Brady Bacon (2014 USAC National Sprint Champion), Bryan Clauson (2-Time USAC National Sprint & Midget Champion), Danny Faria Jr. (2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion), Justin Grant (2008 Jim Turner Memorial Winner), Josh Hodges (2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year), R.J. Johnson (2-Time USAC SouthWest Champion), C.J. Leary (2014 360 Oval Nationals Winner), Mike Martin (2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner), Josh Pelkey (1997 ASCA Champion), Brody Roa (2-Time Wagsdash Winner), Matt Rossi (2014 Western World Sprint Winner), Jake Swanson (2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 Haubstadt Hustler Winner). The latest Western World Championships pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, then 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. General Admission Tickets are $25 for each night and $5 more for Reserved Seats. Three day General Admission Tickets are $65 and three day VIP Suite Tickets (with pit passes) are $150. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074. Camping is available for FREE and no hookups are available.

Live pay per views of the “48th Western World Championships will be available on www.thecushion.com. A complete statewide Arizona blackout will be enforced on the telecasts. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Jeff Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi.

2015 410 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4X-Tracy Hines, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Logan Williams, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Robert Ballou, 12X-Josh Pelkey, 15-Aaron Farney, 16-Mike Martin, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Brady Short, 20-Jerry Coons Jr., 21X-Chris Windom, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 37-Matt Mitchell, 44-Cody Williams, 48-Brody Roa, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51X-Jimmy Crawford, 56-Ryan Bernal, 63-Bryan Clauson, 66-Thomas Meseraull, 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Robert Bell, 71P-Dave Darland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Jon Stanbrough, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 94-Nick Parker, 02-Matt Rossi, Casey Shuman, Chad Boespflug.

2015 360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 2-Josh Shipley, 2X-Larry Gibson, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Tye Mihocko, 6- Ronnie Clark, 8AZ-Jordan Stetson, 12-Josh Pelkey, 13B-Dennis Gile, 16-Mike Martin, 16B-Bryan Clauson, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Andy Reinbold, 27-Nick Aiuto, 29-Mike Bonneau, 30-C.J. Leary, 33-D.J. Johnson, 50-Charles Davis Jr., 55-Kyle Smith, 73-Trey Marcham, 73X-Brady Bacon, 74-Colby Copeland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 77M-R.J. Johnson, 78-Chris Bonneau, 81-Tristan Guardino, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 98-Matt Lundy, 02-Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Gary Taylor, Chris Windom, Brian Hosford, Casey Shuman.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1266; 2. Mike Spencer-1221; 3. Richard Vander Weerd-1169; 4. Jake Swanson-1035; 5. Austin Williams-1024; 6. Brody Roa-984; 7. Matt Mitchell-799; 8. Cody Williams-760; 9. Logan Williams-663; 10. Ryan Bernal-563; 11. Parker Colston (R)-456; 12. Jace Vander Weerd-366; 13. Danny Faria Jr.-358; 14. Chris Gansen-355; 15. A.J. Bender-350; 16. R.J. Johnson-341; 17. Brady Bacon-334; 18. Jeremy Ellertson-300; 19. Dave Darland-281; 20. Josh Hodges-280.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Robert Ballou-2090, 2. Dave Darland-2030, 3. Chase Stockon-2002, 4. Brady Bacon-1895, 5. Jon Stanbrough-1724, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1649, 7. Chris Windom-1517, 8. C.J. Leary-1378, 9. Tracy Hines-1342, 10. Justin Grant-1219, 11. Aaron Farney (R)-1130, 12. Chad Boespflug-963, 13. Jarett Andretti-723, 14. Kyle Cummins-718, 15. Jerry Coons Jr.-657, 16. Landon Simon-529, 17. Logan Jarrett-485, 18. Casey Shuman-451, 19. Carson Short (R)-395, 20. Max McGhee (R)-261.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

JOHNSON, FARIA, AND SUSSEX LOOK FOR CHAMPIONSHIP GOLD IN TUCSON

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 17, 2015... The chase for several USAC Sprint Car titles will come to a close in Tucson, Arizona at the “48th Western World Championships.” Starting Thursday, November 19th, the prestigious three-day event at USA Raceway will showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars along with the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprints. At press time, close to 80 (360s & 410s) entries will battle for a total purse over $100,000. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of Western World history dating back to 1991. Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory and Matt Rossi won last year’s event at Canyon Speedway Park. Point leaders R.J. Johnson (USAC SouthWest), “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (USAC West Coast), and Stevie Sussex (Grudge Series) would like to finish their season with a Western World victory. Saturday’s feature will pay $3,000 to the winner, second will earn $1,500, third will pay $1,000, and $300 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary main events will pay $1,500-to-win and $225 to start.

In addition to the popular 360s, the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA 410s are also on the card. Several drivers that will race double duty are: Brady Bacon (2014 USAC National Sprint Champion), Bryan Clauson (2-Time USAC National Sprint & Midget Champion), Danny Faria Jr. (2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion), Justin Grant (2008 Jim Turner Memorial Winner), Josh Hodges (2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year), R.J. Johnson (2-Time USAC SouthWest Champion), C.J. Leary (2014 360 Oval Nationals Winner), Mike Martin (2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner), Josh Pelkey (1997 ASCA Champion), Brody Roa (2-Time Wagsdash Winner), Matt Rossi (2014 Western World Sprint Winner), Jake Swanson (2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 Haubstadt Hustler Winner). The latest Western World Championships pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, then 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. General Admission Tickets are $25 for each night and $5 more for Reserved Seats. Three day General Admission Tickets are $65 and three day VIP Suite Tickets (with pit passes) are $150. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074. Camping is available for FREE and no hookups are available.

Live pay per views of the “48th Western World Championships will be available on www.thecushion.com. A complete statewide Arizona blackout will be enforced on the telecasts. ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell. GRUDGE SERIES CHAMPIONS: 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Mike Spencer, 2014-Mike Spencer.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Jeff Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi.

2015 360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 2-Josh Shipley, 2X-Larry Gibson, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Tye Mihocko, 6- Ronnie Clark, 8AZ-Jordan Stetson, 12-Josh Pelkey, 13B-Dennis Gile, 16-Mike Martin, 16B-Bryan Clauson, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Andy Reinbold, 27-Nick Aiuto, 29-Mike Bonneau, 30-C.J. Leary, 33-D.J. Johnson, 50-Charles Davis Jr., 55-Kyle Smith, 73-Trey Marcham, 73X-Brady Bacon, 74-Colby Copeland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 77M-R.J. Johnson, 78-Chris Bonneau, 81-Tristan Guardino, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 98-Matt Lundy, 02-Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Gary Taylor, Chris Windom, Brian Hosford, Casey Shuman.

2015 410 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4X-Tracy Hines, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Logan Williams, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Robert Ballou, 12X-Josh Pelkey, 15-Aaron Farney, 16-Mike Martin, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Brady Short, 20-Jerry Coons Jr., 21X-Chris Windom, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 37-Matt Mitchell, 44-Cody Williams, 48-Brody Roa, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51X-Jimmy Crawford, 56-Ryan Bernal, 63-Bryan Clauson, 66-Thomas Meseraull, 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Robert Bell, 71P-Dave Darland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Jon Stanbrough, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 94-Nick Parker, 02-Matt Rossi, Casey Shuman, Chad Boespflug.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1051, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-983, 3. Matt Rossi-901, 4. Stevie Sussex-878, 5. Mike Martin-862, 6. Josh Pelkey-844, 7. Brian Hosford-698, 8. Andy Reinbold-604, 9. Nick Aiuto-592, 10. Bruce St. James-523, --. Tye Mihocko-523, 12. Dennis Gile-506, 13. Josh Shipley-479, 14. Chris Bonneau-444, 15. Mike Colegrove-432, 16. Shon Deskins-393, 17. Tom Ogle-366, 18. Michael Curtis-316, 19. Mike Bonneau-304, 20. Koty McGullam-222.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-892, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-775, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-724, 4. Trey Marcham-702, 5. D.J. Johnson-671, 6. Tristan Guardino-567, 7. Ryan Bernal-532, 8. Bud Kaeding-507, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-408, 11. Austin Liggett-364, 12. Brody Roa-362, 13. Shannon McQueen-336, 14. Troy Rutherford-325, 15. Max Adams-301, 16. Kyle Smith-223, 17. Matt Mitchell-207, 18. Jake Swanson-205, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-130, 2. Mike Martin-99, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-98, 4. R.J. Johnson-76, 5. Ryan Bernal-71, 6. Matt Rossi-66, --. Josh Pelkey-66, --. Andy Reinbold-66, 9. Matt Mitchell-62, 10. Nick Aiuto-59, 11. Hinter Schuerenberg-57, 12. Chris Bonneau-56, 13. Brian Hosford-52, 14. Chris Windom-48, --. Colby Copeland-48, 16. Richard Vander Weerd-45, --. Shon Deskins-45, 18. Tom Ogle-41, 19. Max Adams-40, --. Josh Shipley-40.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST / WEST COAST / GRUDGE SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK – LOCATION November 19: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 20: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 21: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $3,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CLAUSON TAKES TWENTY-FIVE GRAND WITH OVAL NATIONALS WIN

Perris, California.......Bryan Clauson overcame a trying weekend to put yet another crown jewel event on his impressive list of wins in Saturday's 20th Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway. The Noblesville, Indiana driver caught a break with the two race leaders being swept up in a crash just past halfway before absolutely decimating the field on the way to a 6.542-second victory in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Fisher.

"This is just a testament to the people I have around me. We had an engine issue last night, and our friend Mike Martin loaned us an engine that we actually sold to him so we could race tonight. We went to Phoenix last night to get it, and my guys just worked so hard to get it together. My car owners Joe Dooling and Brodie Hayward, who actually did the driving to get the engine, and then my dad and Tyler Ransbottom who did so much work here at the track. It's extremely gratifying to get this win," Clauson said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. took the lead after starting outside the front row, and Dave Darland, who won the night's dash in a three-wide nearly photo finish, came along with him. Thomas Meseraull stuck with them and moved to second early as pre-race favorite Robert Ballou quickly navigated from sixth to fourth. Two early cautions slowed the pace.

On that restart, Meseraull had a head of steam down the backstretch and threw a slider for the lead into turn-three, but Thomas was able to cross him over. Thomas was ahead by a nose at the line and the duo nearly crashed in turn-one as they touched while racing for the lead, but in turn four Aaron Farney had spun around after losing his left-rear wheel, necessitating another caution. That returned Thomas, Jr. to the lead.

After the restart, Ballou was on the move. He cut the bottom perfectly to take third from Darland on lap seven, and then moved past Meseraull a lap later. Thomas, Jr. hit traffic on lap 15 and Ballou closed. On lap 19, he made his move for the point with a turn-three slidejob, but he banged the turn-four cushion and nearly crashed. He continued on, but lost the second spot to Meseraull.

At halfway, Thomas, Jr. led Meseraull, Ballou, and Clauson, who had worked his way past Darland. Two laps later, Clauson ran the bottom through turns one and two to take third. On lap 23, Thomas, Jr. caught the turn-three wall and spun around, with Meseraull hitting him on the way past. Thomas, Jr. was done, and after a few laps under caution, Meseraull went to the work area, as well. He was unable to fix the damage.

That gave the lead to Clauson, who proceeded to drive off into another zip code for the remaining eighteen laps. Clauson's 33rd-career AMSOIL National Sprint Car win moved him past Rollie Beale on the all-time win list and into 11th. Also, Clauson's father Tim earned the "Ray Scheetz Chief Mechanic of the Race" award.

"I felt like we were good enough all weekend to get it done, but we just needed things to fall our way a little bit better. I could roll up through there early and get past a few guys I thought would be good on the bottom as the race went on. I just wanted to keep those leaders in sight, but then the leaders had their issues and just gave us clear track for the last stretch. I can't say enough about the Kazarian family and their sponsors for putting on such a big race - thanks to Budweiser and Big Mike from All Coast for taking this event to the next level," Clauson said.

Darland appeared to be no match for Clauson, but he also ran the bottom en route to a runner-up finish worth $15,000 in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I knew from when he went past me that Clauson was going to be really tough to beat. After that restart, it was pretty clear that he was the class of the field. I tried to stay patient and not make mistakes late in the race, just to hold onto my spot. It's good to finish this weekend with a great finish and a great payday, and we will go to Tucson and see if we can take a few more points off Ballou's lead," Darland said.

Damion Gardner came on over the second half of the race, using the high side to finally take command of the third spot in the Alexander Racing - Scott Sales Company #4 Spike/J&D.

"It's good to finish this weekend up on the podium and have a good run. I love this event so much, and it's great to have the National guys come in and have this event build back to three days and all. It was probably better for us that we weren't very good on the bottom, because I gave up on it and decided to just go to the top to try to be good later in the race up there. I really thought it would end up on the cushion, and I was surprised more guys didn't go up there. It took a while to get it rolling up there, but we were pretty good at the end and even catching Darland," Gardner said.

Tracy Hines finished his fine Oval Nationals weekend with a fourth-place finish in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Ballou's weekend ended in fifth aboard the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, as he goes to Tucson's USA Raceway for the "Western World Championships" on Thursday with a sixty-point lead.

C.J. Leary drove from 21st to finish 13th, earning the night's $1,000 "Tony Jones Hard Charger Award," and R.J. Johnson won the Wagtimes/Lafond CRA "Hard Charger." Austin Williams started the night with the ProSource/Woodland Auto Display "Fast Time Award."

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.575; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.610; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.713; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.739; 5. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.821; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.920; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.958; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.972; 9. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.989; 10. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.050; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.102; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.107; 13. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.140; 14. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.198; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.224; 16. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.266; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.285; 18. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.295; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.326; 20. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.380; 21. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.405; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.424; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.464; 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.467; 25. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.503; 26. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.507; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.518; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.600; 29. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.633; 30. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.649; 31. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.730; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.800; 33. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.870; 34. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.892; 35. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.923; 36. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.958; 37. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.091; 38. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-18.281; 39. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-18.613; 40. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.761; 41. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.109.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Bernal, 3. Hodges, 4. A. Williams, 5. Ensign, 6. Bender, 7. Edwards, 8. Adams. 2:53.02

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. Spencer, 5. Dakus, 6. Faria, 7. Colston, 8. Grant. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Stockon, 5. Johnson, 6. Williams, 7. Rossi, 8. Wissmiller. 2:52.82

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Clauson, 3. Leary, 4. R. Gardner, 5. J. Vander Weerd, 6. Boespflug, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:52.24

SUPER SIX DASH: (6 Laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 4. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 6. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou). 1:46.52

FIRST B-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Leary, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Ensign, 8. Bezio, 9. Bender, 10. Edwards, 11. L. Williams, 12. Sweeney, 13. Ellertson, 14. Barksdale, 15. Bell, 16. Collins, 17. Waitman. NT

SECOND B-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Spencer, 3. Boespflug, 4. A. Williams, 5. C. Williams, 6. R. Gardner, 7. Rossi, 8. Mitchell, 9. Adams, 10. Colston, 11. Dakus, 12. Gansen, 13. Liggett, 14. Malcolm, 15. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges. NT -------------------------------- **Malcolm and Liggett flipped during the second B-Main.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thomas, Laps 23-40 Clauson.

THE PIT BOARD Misc. stats, news and notes from Saturday night's "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway

**Saturday night was Bryan Clauson's second victory of the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car season. Clauson also won at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on April 17.

**Saturday's win marked the first USAC National Sprint Car feature win for a Joe Dooling-owned car since May 21, 2003 when Brian Tyler won at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.

**The feature win was Bryan Clauson's first win on the final night of the "Oval Nationals." However, Clauson has won two previous preliminary features during the "Oval Nationals:" Nov. 5, 2009 and Nov. 2, 2012.

**Bryan Clauson moved into sole possession of 11th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list, surpassing 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champion, Rollie Beale. Clauson now sits just two wins behind Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler for 9th place on the win list.

**Saturday night's winner's share of $25,000 was the largest payout of a USAC National Sprint Car race since the 2008 "Oval Nationals."

**Bryan Clauson has won the three biggest-paying USAC races of 2015: the "Oval Nationals" sprint car race at Perris Auto Speedway, the "Jason Leffler Memorial" midget race at Wayne County Speedway and the "Belleville Midget Nationals."

**C.J. Leary advanced the most positions in the feature for the fifth time this season, leading all other drivers in that category. In Saturday night's feature, Leary started 21st and finished 13th.

**R.J. Johnson was the hardest charger of the USAC/CRA feature starters, racing to a 15th place finish from his 23rd starting spot.

**Kevin Thomas, Jr. led his first laps in a USAC National Sprint Car race since the "Indiana Sprint Week" event at Tri-State Speedway on July 18.

**Brody Roa earned his first career "Top-10" finish in a USAC National Sprint Car feature.

**USAC/CRA Sprint Car series regular Austin Williams earned his first career ProSource fast qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

**Chris Windom won his 7th heat race of the year, while Aaron Farney won his 5th, Jon Stanbrough his 4th, and Brody Roa his first.

**Justin Grant won his 3rd semi of the season and Chase Stockon his 2nd.

**In the last three "Super Six Dash" races on Saturday night of the "Oval Nationals," Dave Darland has finished 2nd (2013), 1st (2014) and 1st (2015).

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 14, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway - “20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.575; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.610; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.713; 4. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.739; 5. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.821; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.920; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.958; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.972; 9. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.989; 10. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.050; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.102; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.107; 13. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.140; 14. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.198; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.224; 16. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-17.266; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.285; 18. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.295; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.326; 20. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.380; 21. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.405; 22. Danny Faria, 4D, Gansen-17.424; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.464; 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.467; 25. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.503; 26. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.507; 27. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.518; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.600; 29. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.633; 30. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.649; 31. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.730; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.800; 33. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.870; 34. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.892; 35. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.923; 36. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.958; 37. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.091; 38. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Blair-18.281; 39. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-18.613; 40. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.761; 41. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.109.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Bernal, 3. Hodges, 4. A.Williams, 5. Ensign, 6. Bender, 7. Edwards, 8. Adams. 2:53.02

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. Spencer, 5. Dakus, 6. Faria, 7. Colston, 8. Grant. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. D.Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Stockon, 5. Johnson, 6. C.Williams, 7. Rossi, 8. Wissmiller. 2:52.82

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Clauson, 3. Leary, 4. R.Gardner, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Boespflug, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:52.24

SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71P Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati) 4. Tracy Hines (#4X Hines), 5. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) , 6. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou). 1:46.52

FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Leary, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Ensign, 8. Bezio, 9. Bender, 10. Edwards, 11. L.Williams, 12. Sweeney, 13. Ellertson, 14. Barksdale, 15. Bell, 16. Collins, 17. Waitman. NT

SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Spencer, 3. Boespflug, 4. A.Williams, 5. C.Williams, 6. R.Gardner, 7. Rossi, 8. Mitchell, 9. Adams, 10. Colston, 11. Dakus, 12. Gansen, 13. Liggett, 14. Faria, 15. Malcolm. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges. NT

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**Malcolm and Liggett flipped during the second semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thomas, Laps 23-40 Clauson

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 19 – USA Raceway – Tucson, Arizona - “48th Western World Championships”

 

 

BALLOU'S PERRIS STREAK CONTINUES WITH FRIDAY OVAL NATIONALS PRELIMINARY WIN

 

Perris, California.......Robert Ballou made it four-consecutive wins at Perris Auto Speedway on Friday night, as he coupled last year's sweep of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction with his second-straight preliminary feature win in this edition. The Rocklin, California driver was untouchable on this night, slicing through lapped traffic and withstanding a restart with five laps remaining to win by 3.123-seconds in the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott, tallying his twelfth in the win column on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

"It means a lot to put my name up there in terms of winning seasons with guys I know like Pancho Carter and Bubby Jones, and other guys who are the legendary names in sprint car racing. It's special to have a season like this. I thought I gave away a couple too many to have a chance to put up a number like Bigelow's 14 (all-time record), but now we've hit a hot streak again. It's so tough to beat these guys out there, so we're happy to be winning but I know we need to find even more to keep this going," Ballou said.

Damion Gardner shot to the lead from outside the front row, with Ballou in tow as they completed lap one. It appeared as though Friday's feature would be much like the night before, as a long green-flag run put Gardner into traffic at lap ten. Held up by traffic on lap 12, Gardner moved to the outside in turn-two as Ballou rocketed across the track down the backstretch with a full head of steam to fly by him with the lead.

Ballou was off into the night, opening up his lead as he lapped well up into the 26-car starting field. On lap 19, Ballou jumped the turn-one cushion and barely collected himself before getting into the fence. He continued on, still with a lead in excess of three seconds.

Chase Stockon's title hopes took a severe hit on lap 25 when he shredded his right-rear tire down the frontstretch while running sixth. Unfortunately, there was too much damage to the car to continue.

With just six laps to go, Ballou had a cushion of six lapped cars between himself and Gardner, who was stationed in second ahead of ProSource Fast Qualifier Bryan Clauson, polesitter Brady Bacon, and the best run of Josh Hodges' National Sprint Car career.

Bacon snuck under Gardner for second as they completed lap 25 and Clauson tried to come along as well, with Gardner slicing off the high side to battle back for third just as Clauson's car shut off exiting turn-two. That caused a stack-up that collected six cars in total, with Kevin Thomas, Jr. narrowly escaping the melee to continue on.

With just five laps to go, all lapped cars went to the tail, but there was no stopping Ballou. He stretched out his point lead to 69 markers with another fine night, planting himself among just five drivers to ever win at least 12 races in a USAC National Sprint Car season.

Bacon came home second in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"Tonight puts us in a really good position for tomorrow, and we know tomorrow is such a big night where you want to have a shot. We're gonna have to try some stuff to have a chance to beat Robert, but we've gotten better and have a shot to race with him for it. I felt like I hung with him when he went to the bottom on the last restart, but I think we all lost a little bit after the red, and I just didn't have the drive to be able to go at him at all," Bacon said.

Gardner rebounded from his tough opening night to fill the podium in the Alexander Racing - Scott Sales Company #4x Spike/J&D while capturing the CRA Sprint Car Championship point lead by twelve points over Mike Spencer.

"My guys worked hard today, and we got it turned around from last night. We just got behind last night, and tonight we started better, and the driver did his job a little bit better. Tonight is how we should be running. I'm glad Perris and All Coast Construction are putting on this great event, and I love it when the National guys come out here to race. I love the competition, and they've gotten the best of us so far with Ballou on fire, so we'll have to get worked up and look for a little more speed to beat them. Hopefully we can find it," Gardner said.

Tracy Hines came from eighth to finish fourth in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five despite running the last five laps with a flat left-front tire on the Griffin's Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Ballou, Bacon, Dave Darland, Thomas, Jr., Hines, and Thomas Meseraull locked themselves into Saturday's 40-lap, $25,000-to-win championship feature. They will run the "Super 6 Dash" to determine the starting order of the first three rows.

Chris Windom picked up a second-straight "Hard Charger Award" from Schoenfeld Headers for his drive from 20th to finish eighth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 13, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.647; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.769; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.807; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.827; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.833; 6. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.850; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.859; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-16.875; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.919; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.941; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.006; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.026; 13. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-17.093; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.099; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.105; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.119; 17. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.125; 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.152; 19. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.155; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.186; 21. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.243; 22. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.250; 23. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.299; 24. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.302; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.408; 26. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.428; 27. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.458; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.463; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.532; 30. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.549; 31. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.550; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.594; 33. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.594; 34. Brady Short, 42, Cheney-17.607; 35. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.617; 36. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.710; 37. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.798; 38. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.810; 39. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.817; 40. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.869; 41. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-17.950; 42. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.013; 43. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.064; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.207; 45. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.626; 46. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-18.702; 47. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.079; 48. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-19.341.

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. J. Vander Weerd, 2. Barksdale, 3. Colston, 4. Ellertson, 5. Gansen, 6. Waitman, 7. Bell, 8. Collins. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Darland, 3. D. Gardner, 4. R. Vander Weerd, 5. C. Williams, 6. Johnson, 7. Adams, 8. Edwards. 2:51.21

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Bender, 5. Thomas, 6. Roa, 7. Liggett, 8. Bezio. 2:50.67

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Faria, 3. Hines, 4. Hodges, 5. Mitchell, 6. Ensign, 7. Sweeney. 2:49.16

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Farney, 3. Bernal, 4. Swanson, 5. Short, 6. A. Williams, 7. L. Williams, 8. Dakus. 2:53.74

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Spencer, 5. R. Gardner, 6. Leary, 7. Rossi, 8. Malcolm. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. A. Williams, 3. Leary, 4. Roa, 5. C. Williams, 6. Mitchell, 7. R. Gardner, 8. Ensign, 9. Liggett, 10. L. Williams, 11. Short, 12. J. Vander Weerd, 13. Bezio, 14. Johnson, 15. Rossi, 16. Adams, 17. Dakus, 18. Edwards, 19. Malcolm, 20. Colston, 21. Barksdale, 22. Ellertson, 23. Sweeney. 3:32.95

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Danny Faria, Jr., 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Cody Williams, 22. A.J. Bender, 23. Bryan Clauson, 24. Chase Stockon, 25. Chad Boespflug, 26. Matt Mitchell. NT
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**Swanson flipped during qualifying. C. Williams flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 D. Gardner, Laps 12-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-2042, 2- Darland-1973, 3-Stockon-1966, 4-Bacon-1850, 5-Stanbrough-1682, 6-Thomas-1636, 7-Windom-1478, 8-Leary-1351, 9-Hines-1295, 10-Grant-1188.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1212, 2-Spencer-1200, 3-R. Vander Weerd-1140, 4-Swanson-1018, 5-A. Williams-1005, 6-Roa-951, 7-Mitchell-786, 8-C. Williams-745, 9-L. Williams-650, 10-Bernal-550.

OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Ballou-292, 2-Bacon-267, 3-Darland-261, 4-Thomas-246, 5-Hines-239, 6-Meseraull-238, 7-D. Gardner-236, 8-R. Vander Weerd-232, 9-Clauson-230, 10-Stockon-225.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT RACE: November 14 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

THE PIT BOARD

**Robert Ballou extended his series lead to 69 points, his biggest point lead since August 9th when he held a 94-point cushion over Chase Stockon.

**Dave Darland moved to the second spot in the series point standings for the first time since August 26.

**Stockon finished outside the top-10 for only the third time in 35 series starts this season.

**Friday night's race at Perris was only the 6th time a USAC National Sprint Car race was held on Friday The 13th. Previous winners on "Friday the 13th" include:
9/13/1991: Jim Mahoney at Lakeside Speedway
9/13/1996: Billy Pauch at Williams Grove Speedway
7/13/2001: Brian Tyler at Toledo Speedway
7/13/2007: Daron Clayton at Gas City I-69 Speedway
7/13/2012: Bryan Clauson at Gas City I-69 Speedway

**The last USAC National race in any series to be held in the state of California on "Friday the 13th" was a USAC National Midget race won by Larry Rice at South Bay Speedway in Chula Vista, Calif. on 10/13/1972.

**Tracy Hines 4th place finish on Friday night was his best finish since a 4th place at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on August 28th.

**Chris Windom has advanced the most positions during the feature in three of the last four USAC National Sprint Car races. Windom advanced a total of 35 positions in those three races.

**Robert Ballou now has 12 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in his incredible 2015 season. Ballou has surpassed the mark of 11 wins by Bubby Jones set in 1979 and now joins Larry Dickson (12 in 1968), Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), J.J Yeley (13 in 2003) and Tom Bigelow (14 in 1977) as the only drivers with 12 wins or more in a single season.

**Friday night marked the fourth time this season that Robert Ballou has won back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car features. The only other driver to accomplish the feat once this season is Thomas Meseraull.

**Ballou won his 4th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway.

**Ballou's 21st career series feature win tied him with Greg Weld for 24th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car wins list.

**Damion Gardner took over the point lead in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car series and now holds a 12 point lead over Mike Spencer with just four races remaining.

**Damion Gardner led his first laps in a USAC National Sprint Car feature since his most recent series win at Port Royal Speedway on June 9, 2012.

**The new "Oval Nationals" points are as follows, with the top-six locked into Saturday night's feature: 1-Ballou-292, 2-Bacon-267, 3-Darland-261, 4-Thomas-246, 5-Hines-239, 6-Meseraull-238, 7-D. Gardner-236, 8-R. Vander Weerd-232, 9-Clauson-230, 10-Stockon-225.

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 13, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" - Presented by All-Coast Construction

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.647; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.769; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.807; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.827; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.833; 6. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.850; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.859; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-16.875; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.919; 10. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.941; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.006; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.026; 13. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-17.093; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.099; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.105; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.119; 17. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.125; 18. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.152; 19. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.155; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.186; 21. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.243; 22. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.250; 23. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.299; 24. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.302; 25. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.408; 26. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.428; 27. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.458; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-17.463; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.532; 30. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.549; 31. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.550; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.594; 33. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.594; 34. Brady Short, 42, Cheney-17.607; 35. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.617; 36. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.710; 37. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.798; 38. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.810; 39. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-17.817; 40. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.869; 41. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-17.950; 42. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.013; 43. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.064; 44. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.207; 45. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-18.626; 46. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-18.702; 47. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-19.079; 48. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-19.341.

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. J. Vander Weerd, 2. Barksdale, 3. Colston, 4. Ellertson, 5. Gansen, 6. Waitman, 7. Bell, 8. Collins. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Darland, 3. D. Gardner, 4. R. Vander Weerd, 5. C. Williams, 6. Johnson, 7. Adams, 8. Edwards. 2:51.21 SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Bender, 5. Thomas, 6. Roa, 7. Liggett, 8. Bezio. 2:50.67 THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Faria, 3. Hines, 4. Hodges, 5. Mitchell, 6. Ensign, 7. Sweeney. 2:49.16 FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Farney, 3. Bernal, 4. Swanson, 5. Short, 6. A. Williams, 7. L. Williams, 8. Dakus. 2:53.74 FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Boespflug, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Spencer, 5. R. Gardner, 6. Leary, 7. Rossi, 8. Malcolm. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. A. Williams, 3. Leary, 4. Roa, 5. C. Williams, 6. Mitchell, 7. R. Gardner, 8. Ensign, 9. Liggett, 10. L. Williams, 11. Short, 12. J. Vander Weerd, 13. Bezio, 14. Johnson, 15. Rossi, 16. Adams, 17. Dakus, 18. Edwards, 19. Malcolm, 20. Colston, 21. Barksdale, 22. Ellertson, 23. Sweeney. 3:32.95

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Jake Swanson, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Justin Grant, 19. Danny Faria, Jr., 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Cody Williams, 22. A.J. Bender, 23. Bryan Clauson, 24. Chase Stockon, 25. Chad Boespflug, 26. Matt Mitchell. NT -------------------------------- **Swanson flipped during qualifying. C. Williams flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 D. Gardner, Laps 12-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-2,042, 2-Darland-1,973, 3-Stockon-1,966, 4-Bacon-1,850, 5-Stanbrough-1,682, 6-Thomas-1,636, 7-Windom-1,478, 8-Leary-1,351, 9-Hines-1,291, 10-Grant-1,188. NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Gardner-1,212, 2-Spencer-1,200, 3-R.Vander Weerd-1,140, 4-Swanson-1,018, 5-A.Williams-1,005, 6-Roa-951, 7-Mitchell-786, 8-C.Williams-745, 9-L.Williams-650, 10-Bernal-550.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 14 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 20th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" - Presented by All-Coast Construction


 

 

BALLOU DRAWS FIRST BLOOD,
WINS OVAL NATIONALS OPENER

 

Perris, California.......Robert Ballou hit the home stretch for the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Perris Auto Speedway Thursday night and dealt the first blow to his two challengers Chase Stockon and Dave Darland, as he came out on top of a torrid three-way battle to win Night 1 of the 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All-Coast Construction. The Rocklin, California driver led mid-way through the nonstop 30-lap Feature in honor of Bill Pratt before encountering a lapped car and nearly spinning, then came back to pass Darland with less than three laps to go for his 11th win of the season.

Richard Vander Weerd shot to the lead from the pole, as Darland, Stockon, and Ballou raced each other for the second spot just behind him. Ballou took the first shot on lap-five after they raced two-by-two, but his turn-three slider didn't stick on Vander Weerd. A lap later, Vander Weerd bobbled on the turn-three cushion with Ballou right behind him, and Darland shot underneath with the lead off turn-four.

Stockon came along with Darland and Ballou, as Brady Bacon shuffled Vander Weerd back to fifth. Stockon made his charge at the leaders and swept past Darland to the lead into turn-three on lap eight, as the three championship contenders sliced and diced while pulling away from the rest of the field.

On lap 14, Ballou used a lapped car to screen Darland, taking second. He quickly closed on Stockon, crossing just .193-seconds behind at the race's halfway mark before swiping the lead into turn-three on lap 16. Two laps later, while mired in heavy traffic, Ballou nearly spun after running up on a car into turn-one. He collected it, but Darland regained the lead with Stockon right in the mix, as well.

Ballou came right back at Darland, and the duo split a lapped car in turn-two on lap 22 while racing for the lead, but Darland was able to hold on. Behind them, Bryan Clauson was on the move after entering the top-five at halfway. He took fourth from Bacon on lap 18 and roared past Stockon for third on lap 24. Stockon took it back the next lap, but Clauson proved too much and claimed third for good on lap 26.

Ballou had again pulled to Darland's back bumper while in heavy traffic, nearly clipping him as they hit five-to-go. On lap 28, Darland came up on a pack of cars running the bottom into turn-one and slipped up, opening a hole that Ballou hit to take the lead and eventual win. His eleven wins on the season is a number reached only five times previously by Tom Bigelow (14 in 1977), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968), Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), and Bubby Jones (11 in 1979).

Ballou crossed 2.755 seconds ahead in the Pacific Turf & Grass - Blakesley Auto #12 Maxim/Ott to push his championship lead to 27 points.

"I hope the fans enjoyed that one, because I got a workout in that one and it sure looked good from my seat. These guys are the best of the best, and Dave Darland and Chase Stockon are on top of their games right now. If I'm gonna beat them for the title, I've got to win races to finish in front of them. I knew we had a car that could win, but I just kept making stupid mistakes. I stuck to the top too long and burned up my tires a bit too, but I got my rhythm back and went after them. This is a big weekend, so we'll try to back it up tomorrow," Ballou said.

Three-time "Oval Nationals" champ Darland crossed second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco and now sits 48 points behind Ballou entering Friday's action.

"The race track was extremely racy tonight, and Ballou and his team are doing a great job running up front and winning races. We're just trying to keep up with them, and tonight we had a good opportunity. He got screwed up behind a lapped car, and I was able to get past him. I'm not sure what the problem was, but I had a little issue with the brakes. That was a concern getting back into traffic, and we left the door open for him just enough," Darland said.

Clauson fell to ninth early in the race before making his storm to the front in the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton.

"With not being in this car much, I'm just getting comfortable again and this is a tough place when you've been running a winged sprint car lately. I felt like we might have been the best car on the track late in the race, but I didn't do a very good job early putting myself in a good position. We made up a lot of it but not enough. Overall, it was a great start to our Oval Nationals, though, and we've put ourselves in a good position to lock in tomorrow," Clauson said.

Stockon came home fourth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and Jon Stanbrough came from 11th to round out the top-five in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

Justin Grant set the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing ninth.

Mike Spencer, who finished 17th, now holds a 21-point lead in the CRA Sprint Car Championship over Damion Gardner, who finished 16th. Vander Weerd, who finished seventh, closed his deficit down to 68 points in the standings.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL & CRA CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 20th Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-16.655; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.831; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.900; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-16.909; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.951; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.953; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.960; 8. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.973; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.001; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-17.019; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-17.025; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.039; 13. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.046; 14. Chad Boespflug, 04G, Cook-17.053; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-17.099; 16. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.130, 17. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-17.154; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 12A, Allen-17.163; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.188; 20. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.192; 21. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.207; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.229; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.262; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.325; 25. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.326; 26. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.352; 27. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.364; 28. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.410; 29. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.515; 30. Danny Faria, Jr., 4D, Gansen-17.554; 31. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.564; 32. Brady Short, 42, Cheney-17.575; 33. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.628; 34. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.657; 35. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.693; 36. Verne Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.723; 37. Kyle Edwards, 51E, Tafoya-17.729; 38. David Bezio, 37x, Bezio-17.787; 39. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.960; 40. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.962; 41. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-18.014; 42. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.193; 43. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-18.227; 44. Koby Barksdale, 12B, Sampson-18.234; 45. Mitch Wissmiller, 36, Springstead-18.752; 46. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.306; 47. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-19.358; 48. Mikey Lovas, 36L, Lovas-19.422; 49. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Dakus, 2. Ellertson, 3. Colston, 4. Waitman, 5. Collins, 6. Wissmiller. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. Hines, 4. Grant, 5. Rossi, 6. Liggett, 7. Sweeney. 2:57.45

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Meseraull, 3. A. Williams, 4. Bacon, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Adams, 7. Short, 8. Edwards. 2:52.19

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. D. Gardner, 3. Ballou, 4. Clauson, 5. Windom, 6. R. Gardner, 7. Ensign, 8. Bezio. 2:51.94

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Farney, 3. Boespflug, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Leary, 6. Roa, 7. Malcolm, 8. Mitchell. 2:51.89

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Johnson, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. C. Williams, 6. L. Williams, 7. Faria, 8. Gansen. 2:55.88

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Windom, 3. C. Williams, 4. Liggett, 5. Leary, 6. Ensign, 7. Roa, 8. R. Gardner, 9. Bender, 10. Edwards, 11. Rossi, 12. Bezio, 13. Adams, 14. Malcolm, 15. Ellertson, 16. Waitman, 17. Sweeney, 18. Gansen, 19. Short, 20. Faria, 21. L. Williams, 22. Dakus, 23. Colston. 3:40.85

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Aaron Farney, 19. Austin Williams, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Cody Williams, 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 23. Chad Boespflug, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Austin Liggett, 26. Chris Gansen. 9:12.71 (New Track Record)
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**Barksdale flipped in qualifications.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 R. Vander Weerd, Laps 6-7 Darland, Laps 8-15 Stockon, Laps 16-17 Ballou, Laps 18-27 Darland, Laps 28-30 Ballou.

THE PIT BOARD

**Thursday night's race featured the most lead changes (5) in a USAC National Sprint Car feature race since the most recent series event at Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 8, 2014.

**Robert Ballou has 11 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in his historic 2015 campaign. That is the most since J.J. Yeley won 13 in 2003. Ballou joins an exclusive list of just 6 drivers who have won at least 11 USAC National Sprint Car races in a season: 11 wins: Bubby Jones (1979); 12 wins: Larry Dickson (1968) & Pancho Carter (1976); 13 wins: J.J. Yeley (2003) & 14 wins: Tom Bigelow (1977).

**Ballou won his 3rd consecutive USAC National Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway.

**Ballou also became just the 25th driver to win at least 20 USAC National Sprint Car features during a career. He now sits just one win behind Greg Weld for 24th on the all-time wins list.

**Ballou set a new 30-lap track record for the USAC National Sprint Cars at Perris in Thursday night's feature, breaking the old 30-lap record set by himself just one year ago.

**Thursday night's feature marked the first time since the 2015 series season opener at Ocala, Florida that Ballou had the lead in the feature, lost the lead, and then regained the lead before going on to win the race.

**Ballou won his season-leading 11th USAC National Sprint Car feature of 2015 and has led 188 laps in the series this season, which ranks 1st.

**Jake Swanson, Josh Hodges and Mike Spencer each won their first USAC National Sprint Car heat race of the season. Ryan Bernal picked up his second heat win of the year in the series while Chase Stockon collected his 12th.

**Jon Stanbrough won his season-leading 4th semi of the year.

 

USAC CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED AT TUCSON, ARIZONA’S 48TH “WESTERN WORLD”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 10, 2015... The chase for several USAC Sprint Car titles will come to a close in Tucson, Arizona at the “48th Western World Championships.” Starting Thursday, November 19th, the prestigious three-day event at USA Raceway will feature the Amsoil USAC National, Amsoil USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and USAC West Coast Sprints. At press time, 62 entries have registered with more expected to battle for a total purse over $99,000. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The traditional 410 sprints of United States Auto Club (USAC) last headlined the Western World Championships in 2008. That year, Kevin Swindell took the checkered flags at the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Madman” Robert Ballou currently leads the USAC National points and Mike Spencer sits atop the USAC/CRA standings. Both drivers will be looking to secure their championships with a victory at the fast 3/8-mile oval. Saturday’s main event will pay $7,500 to the winner, second will earn $4,000, third will pay $2,000, and $600 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary features will pay $5,000-to-win and $500 to start.

The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of Western World history dating back to 1991. Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory and Matt Rossi won last year’s event at Canyon Speedway Park. R.J. Johnson (USAC SouthWest), “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (USAC West Coast), and Stevie Sussex (Grudge Series) would like to finish their championship bids with a Western World triumph. Saturday’s feature will pay $3,000 to the winner, second will earn $1,500, third will pay $1,000, and $300 to start. Thursday and Friday’s preliminary main events will pay $1,500-to-win and $225 to start.

A talented roster of drivers from across the country have entered the prestigious race. As this writing goes to press, Brady Bacon (2014 USAC National Sprint Champion), Bryan Clauson (2-Time USAC National Sprint & Midget Champion), Danny Faria Jr. (2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion), Justin Grant (2008 Jim Turner Memorial Winner), Josh Hodges (2009 ASCS SouthWest Rookie of the Year), C.J. Leary (2014 360 Oval Nationals Winner), Mike Martin (2012 Hall of Fame Classic Winner), Josh Pelkey (1997 ASCA Champion), Brody Roa (2-Time Wagsdash Winner), Matt Rossi (2014 Western World Sprint Winner), Jake Swanson (2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year), and Kevin Thomas Jr. (2013 Haubstadt Hustler Winner) will compete in both classes. The latest Western World Championships pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

USA Raceway is located at 4300 E. Los Reales Road in Tucson, Arizona. To get to the track, take Interstate 10 to exit 265. Drive 2.5 miles south on S. Alvernon Way, then 0.5 miles east on Los Reales Road. General Admission Tickets are $25 for each night and $5 more for Reserved Seats. Three day General Admission Tickets are $65 and three day VIP Suite Tickets (with pit passes) are $150. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074. Camping is available for FREE and no hookups are available.

Live pay per views of the “48th Western World Championships will be available on www.thecushion.com. A complete statewide Arizona blackout will be enforced on the telecasts. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

USAC SOUTHWEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Jeff Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi.

2015 410 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4X-Tracy Hines, 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Logan Williams, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Robert Ballou, 12X-Josh Pelkey, 15-Aaron Farney, 16-Mike Martin, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Brady Short, 20-Jerry Coons Jr., 21X-Chris Windom, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 37-Matt Mitchell, 44-Cody Williams, 48-Brody Roa, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51X-Jimmy Crawford, 63-Bryan Clauson, 66-Thomas Meseraull, 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Robert Bell, 71P-Dave Darland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 81-Jon Stanbrough, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 94-Nick Parker, 02-Matt Rossi.

2015 360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by USA Raceway) 5-Justin Grant, 5X-Tye Mihocko, 6- Ronnie Clark, 8AZ-Jordan Stetson, 12-Josh Pelkey, 16-Mike Martin, 16B-Bryan Clauson, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 17V Danny Faria Jr., 19-Andy Reinbold, 27-Nick Aiuto, 29-Mike Bonneau, 30-C.J. Leary, 33-D.J. Johnson, 50-Charles Davis Jr., 55-Kyle Smith, 56-Ryan Bernal, 73-Trey Marcham, 73X-Brady Bacon, 74-Colby Copeland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 78-Chris Bonneau, 81-Tristan Guardino, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Jake Swanson, 98-Matt Lundy, 02-Matt Rossi.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-1145; 2. Damion Gardner-1123; 3. Richard Vander Weerd-1054; 4. Jake Swanson-960; 5. Austin Williams-948; 6. Brody Roa-928; 7. Matt Mitchell-772; 8. Cody Williams-717; 9. Logan Williams-636; 10. Ryan Bernal-482; 11. Parker Colston (R)-453; 12. Jace Vander Weerd-346; 13. Chris Gansen-340; 14. Danny Faria Jr.-334; 15. A.J. Bender-330; 16. Jeremy Ellertson-297; 17. R.J. Johnson-283; 18. Rickie Gaunt-250; 19. Tommy Malcolm (R)-243; 20. Josh Pelkey-226.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Robert Ballou-1902, 2. Chase Stockon-1883, 3. Dave Darland-1859, 4. Brady Bacon-1732, 5. Jon Stanbrough-1605, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1535, 7. Chris Windom-1404, 8. C.J. Leary-1312, 9. Tracy Hines-1197, 10. Justin Grant-1116, 11. Aaron Farney (R)-1073, 12. Chad Boespflug-899, 13. Jarett Andretti-723, 14. Kyle Cummins-718, 15. Jerry Coons Jr.-657, 16. Landon Simon-529, 17. Logan Jarrett-485, 18. Casey Shuman-451, 19. Carson Short (R)-395, 20. Max McGhee (R)-261.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1051, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-983, 3. Matt Rossi-901, 4. Stevie Sussex-878, 5. Mike Martin-862, 6. Josh Pelkey-844, 7. Brian Hosford-698, 8. Andy Reinbold-604, 9. Nick Aiuto-592, 10. Bruce St. James-523, --. Tye Mihocko-523, 12. Dennis Gile-506, 13. Josh Shipley-479, 14. Chris Bonneau-444, 15. Mike Colegrove-432, 16. Shon Deskins-393, 17. Tom Ogle-366, 18. Michael Curtis-316, 19. Mike Bonneau-304, 20. Koty McGullam-222.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-892, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-775, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-724, 4. Trey Marcham-702, 5. D.J. Johnson-671, 6. Tristan Guardino-567, 7. Ryan Bernal-532, 8. Bud Kaeding-507, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-408, 11. Austin Liggett-364, 12. Brody Roa-362, 13. Shannon McQueen-336, 14. Troy Rutherford-325, 15. Max Adams-301, 16. Kyle Smith-223, 17. Matt Mitchell-207, 18. Jake Swanson-205, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-130, 2. Mike Martin-99, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-98, 4. R.J. Johnson-76, 5. Ryan Bernal-71, 6. Matt Rossi-66, --. Josh Pelkey-66, --. Andy Reinbold-66, 9. Matt Mitchell-62, 10. Nick Aiuto-59, 11. Hinter Schuerenberg-57, 12. Chris Bonneau-56, 13. Brian Hosford-52, 14. Chris Windom-48, --. Colby Copeland-48, 16. Richard Vander Weerd-45, --. Shon Deskins-45, 18. Tom Ogle-41, 19. Max Adams-40, --. Josh Shipley-40.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win) November 13: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win) November 14: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $25,000-to-Win) November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST / WEST COAST / GRUDGE SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK – LOCATION November 19: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 20: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 21: USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $3,000-to-Win) -----------------------------------------------

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR 20TH ANNUAL BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 9, 2015... Starting Thursday, November 12th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian's Perris Auto Speedway for the "20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction." Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Sprints, 50 racers from across the country have entered the prestigious three-day event. Saturday’s 40-lap main event will pay $25,000 to the winner, second will earn $15,000, third will pay $10,000, and $1,000 to start. Thursday and Friday’s 30-lap features will pay $5,000-to-win and $500 to start. In all, over $130,000 in purse money will be awarded for three nights of action. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 11th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track between 5:00pm and 6:00pm. The concession stand will be open with $2 pizza and $2 beers for sale. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release.

This year, “The Cowboy” Tony Jones will serve as Grand Marshall of the prestigious race. The son of National Hall of Fame Driver Bubby Jones won the 2000 Oval Nationals and the USAC/CRA Championship in 2007. Noted as one of the most popular drivers in Perris Auto Speedway history, the retired Jones still ranks fourth in USAC/CRA Feature Wins (20) and tied for seventh in Fast Time Awards (7). In addition, “The Cowboy” has won some of the most the prominent races on the West Coast such as the Bagley Classic (2002 & 2006), Firecracker (2006), Glenn Howard Classic (2008), Hall of Fame Classic (2001), Jack Kindoll Classic (2006), Legends of Ascot Night (2006), Salute to Indy (2006), and the Sokola Classic (2001).

Thursday’s “20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals" opener will be the 179th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. Dating back to March 6, 2004, the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” has been the “home track” for the series. This year at Perris, action in the previous eight races has been dominated by “The Demon” Damion Gardner and Richard Vander Weerd. Gardner has scored eight triumphs, including the last four main events and Vander Weerd has three victories. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 37 “home track” wins and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012. A complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Returning to the classic three-day format, every night of the Oval Nationals are point shows for both the USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. Last season, “The Madman” Robert Ballou won the preliminary and finale, joining the winner’s list with Jimmy Sills, Rip Williams, Bud Kaeding, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Jesse Hockett, Damion Gardner and more. The complete Oval Nationals winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Oval Nationals, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has a 22-point advantage over the competition. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer won the October 24th “Hall of Fame Classic” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the five-time champion has two feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main Wins, two DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led. Mike won the 2012 Oval Nationals and will be looking for the $25,000 triumph.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner is second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored eleventh in the “Hall of Fame Classic” finale after winning the previous night. Heading to Perris, the three-time champion has eight feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 179 feature laps led to his credit. “The Demon” leads all series drivers with sixty-five wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his third Oval Nationals victory.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California ranks third in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd raced from twelfth to seventh at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has four feature wins, five heat race victories, one dash win, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 134 feature laps led. Enjoying his best season with USAC/CRA, Richard has five career wins and will be looking to add the “Oval Nationals” to his resume.

After finishing sixth in the “Hall of Fame Classic,” Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson has climbed to fourth in the standings. Driving Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, two DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the season. Jake will have his sights on his first USAC Sprint Car victory at the “Budweiser Oval Nationals.”

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored fifteenth in the Canyon Speedway feature. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led. Austin has three career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking add the “Oval Nationals” trophy to his collection.

Currently eleventh in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention. Local 360 iron-block powered Sprint Cars are welcome to enter the Oval Nationals. Per USAC rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire, cars must pass a tech inspection, and one-way radios are mandatory.

With ten wins on the year, Rocklin, California’s “The Madman” Robert Ballou leads the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car point standings. Chase Stockon, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, 2014 Champion Brady Bacon, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, Richard Griffin Classic Champion C.J. Leary, Tracy Hines, and Justin Grant round out the top-10 drivers.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are on sale and Thursday/Friday General Adult tickets are $30 and $10 for Children (6-12). Saturday General Adult tickets are $35 and $10 for Children (6-12). 3-Day General Adult passes are $75 and $20 for Children (6-12). 3-Day Reserved Adult passes are $85 and $35 for Children (6-12). For more information, visit www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134. Camping is available for $25 each night at the fairgrounds.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.

Live pay per views of the “20th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals, presented by All Coast Construction" will be available on www.thecushion.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:
8-Damion Gardner, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Mike Spencer, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Rickie Gaunt.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
37-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Robert Ballou, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

BUDWEISER 410 OVAL NATIONALS CHAMPIONS:
1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou.

2015 BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRE-ENTRY LIST: (Provided by Perris Auto Speedway)
2-Austin Williams, 4-Damion Gardner, 4D-Danny Faria Jr., 4G-Chris Gansen, 4X-Tracy Hines, 5-Logan Williams, 5-Justin Grant, 5M-Max Adams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Ronnie Gardner, 12-Robert Ballou, 12B-Koby Barksdale,15-Aaron Farney, 17RW-Kevin Thomas Jr., 21-A.J. Bender, 21X-Chris Windom, 30-C.J. Leary, 32-Chase Stockon, 36-Mitch Wissmiller, 36-Mikey Lovas, 37-Matt Mitchell, 37X-David Bezio, 42-Brady Short, 42X-TBA, 44-Cody Williams, 48-Brody Roa, 50-Mike Spencer, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51-Kyle Edwards, 55-Tony Everhart, 56-Ryan Bernal, 63-Bryan Clauson, 64-Parker Colston, 69-Brady Bacon, 71P-Dave Darland, 74X-Josh Hodges, 75-Lee Dakus, 81-Jon Stanbrough, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 92-Jake Swanson, 92M-TBA, 98-Jeremy Ellertson, 98JR-Austin Stone, 98V-Verne Sweeney, 469-Randy Waitman, 02-Matt Rossi, 04-Mike Collins, 04G-Chad Boespflug.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Mike Spencer-1145; 2. Damion Gardner-1123; 3. Richard Vander Weerd-1054; 4. Jake Swanson-960; 5. Austin Williams-948; 6. Brody Roa-928; 7. Matt Mitchell-772; 8. Cody Williams-717; 9. Logan Williams-636; 10. Ryan Bernal-482; 11. Parker Colston (R)-453; 12. Jace Vander Weerd-346; 13. Chris Gansen-340; 14. Danny Faria Jr.-334; 15. A.J. Bender-330; 16. Jeremy Ellertson-297; 17. R.J. Johnson-283; 18. Rickie Gaunt-250; 19. Tommy Malcolm (R)-243; 20. Josh Pelkey-226.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Robert Ballou-1902, 2. Chase Stockon-1883, 3. Dave Darland-1859, 4. Brady Bacon-1732, 5. Jon Stanbrough-1605, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1535, 7. Chris Windom-1404, 8. C.J. Leary-1312, 9. Tracy Hines-1197, 10. Justin Grant-1116, 11. Aaron Farney (R)-1073, 12. Chad Boespflug-899, 13. Jarett Andretti-723, 14. Kyle Cummins-718, 15. Jerry Coons Jr.-657, 16. Landon Simon-529, 17. Logan Jarrett-485, 18. Casey Shuman-451, 19. Carson Short (R)-395, 20. Max McGhee (R)-261.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE:
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win)
November 13: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win)
November 14: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $25,000-to-Win)
November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / $7,500-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 31, 2015 - Dillon, South Carolina - Dillon Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.421; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.527; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-16.609; 4. Carson Hocevar, 41, Hocevar-16.637; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.764; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.950; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-16.951; 8. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Carson Hocevar, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Dillon Silverman. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Layser, Laps 9-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chris Lamb-975, 2-Jessica Bean-901, 3-Andrew Layser-858, 4-Jake Nelke-691, 5-Sam Hatfield-687, 6-Matt Lundstrom-638, 7-Kyle Craker-620, 8-Nolan Allison-600, 9-Scott Hunter-415, 10-Calvin Carroll-353.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: November 21 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

48TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRY DEADLINE IS THIS SATURDAY

The pre-entry deadline for the November 19-21 48th Western World Championships at Tucson’s USA Raceway is this Saturday, October 31st. Afterwards, the $100 pre-entry for all USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car competitors will increase to $200.

The entry form and purse information can be found at www.raceusaraceway.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Entry-Form-2015-Western-World.pdf

An open practice session will be held on Wednesday, November 18, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.raceusaraceway.com.

48TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRIES

USAC National & USAC/CRA Sprint Cars 4 Damion Gardner 4X Tracy Hines 5 Justin Grant 12 Robert Ballou 12 Josh Pelkey 15 Aaron Farney 17RW Kevin Thomas 20 Jerry Coons Jr 30 CJ Leary 32 Chase Stockon 37 Matt Mitchell 63 Bryan Clauson 66 Thomas Messeraul 69 Brady Bacon 71P Dave Darland 74 Josh Hodges 81 Jon Stanborough 92 Jake Swanson 92m TBA 94 Nick Parker

USAC SouthWest & USAC West Coast Sprint Cars 5 Tye Mihocko 5 Justin Grant 12 Josh Pelkey 17RW Kevin Thomas 29 Mike Bonneau 30 CJ Leary 50 Charles Davis Jr 56 Ryan Bernal 73 Trey Marcham 73X Brady Bacon 74 Colby Copeland 74X Josh Hodges 78 Chris Bonneau 92 Jake Swanson

 

 

2016 FLORIDA SPRINT CAR OPENERS SET AT OCALA

Race fans and teams can begin planning their 2016 USAC racing calendars with the announcement of the February 18-20 "Winter Dirt Games VII" AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car races at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

An open practice on February 17 precedes the three-night racing program at the 3/8-mile dirt track which has hosted the USAC Sprint Car openers the past five years.

Ironically, the winner of the Ocala series opener the past two years has gone on to claim the AMSOIL USAC National Championship and current point leader Robert Ballou opened the 2015 campaign with an Ocala victory.

The Florida events continue a long history of USAC racing in the Sunshine State. Bob Sweikert captured the inaugural USAC Sprint race at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach in 1956 and the 77 USAC races held in Florida to date include a number of different series. Damion Gardner, winner of two of the three races in USAC's 2011 Ocala debut, leads all drivers with five career USAC Florida victories.

In addition to the numerous vacation opportunities within easy driving distance of Ocala, race fans can expect exciting racing at Bubba Raceway Park. Last year's three races produced three different winners, Ballou, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland.

Race fans can also take advantage of Bubba Raceway Park's free camping facilities on its 45-acres and they are welcomed to bring RVs or tents to enjoy the great racing and great weather in central Florida.

The remainder of the 2016 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car calendar is expected to be released the week of the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis in early December.

 

 

"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" USAC SPECIAL EVENT AT DuQUOIN DECEMBER 19

A December 19 USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center adjacent to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will salute the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners.

The "Junior Knepper 55," a 55-lap race honoring the famed car number which adorned Walter Knepper's storied USAC race cars, will feature Midgets on a specially-constructed dirt oval inside the building located a stone's throw from the first turn of the "Magic Mile" south of DuQuoin.

The race will mark a return to indoor racing for USAC after an eight-year hiatus. Tony Stewart, who also owns a DuQuoin indoor victory, captured USAC's last indoor race at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., the site of USAC's inaugural race in January of 1956.

The last full USAC Midget race on dirt indoors was a 1990 race in the Reno (Nev.) Livestock Events Center won by Sleepy Tripp.

The December 19 special event will offer a format awarding position advancement through the prelims, similar to the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events. An open Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect with no weight or rev limits imposed. Additionally, no entry fee will be assessed to participants wishing to compete.

Also, as is the case for all USAC Midget events, drivers are not required to be USAC-licensed and no additional fees are assessed for temporary permits.

The Nick Knepper/Derek LeMaster promotion will honor Nick's grandfather Walter Knepper, whose 58 career USAC feature victories included 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and Steve Knepper.

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 October 24, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Fall Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Ian Anderson, 11A, Belfab-15.557; 2. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.591; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.634; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.694; 5. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.775; 6. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.855; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.905; 8. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-NT.
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Anderson, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Kelley, 4. A.Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, A.Breidinger, 3. Kurtz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Jeff Kelley, 6. Ashley Hazelton. NT (Ian Anderson car disqualified for failure to pass post-race tech inspection).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 T.Breidinger. Laps 3-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Nobile-1,280, 2-T.Breidinger-1,115, 3-Jessop-1,004, 4-A.Breidinger-904, 5-A.Hazelton-821, 6-Jesse Love IV-629, 7-Tom Paterson-629, 8-Kelley-415, 9-Dezel West-325, 10-Tommy McCarthy-304.
NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,500, 2-A.Hazellton-1,325, 3-Nobile-1,280, 4-T.Breidinger-1,149, 5-Jesse Love IV-1,009, 6-Tom Paterson-952, 7-A.Breidinger-945, 8-Shawn Buckley-623, 9-Robert Dalby-523, 10-Dezel West-479.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 21- Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 24, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hall of Fame Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.614; 2. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-13.863; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.881; 4. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.894; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.917; 6. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-13.953; 7. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-13.978; 8. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-14.024; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.065; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.118; 11. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.135; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.179; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 50AZ, Massey-14.302; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.431; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.487; 16. Matt Lundy, 1, Lundy-14.691; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.912; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.184; 19. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-15.194; 20. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.204; 21. Chris Fiore, 69, Fiore-15.866.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Hodges, 3. Swanson, 4. Johnson, 5. Lundy, 6. Spencer, 7. Mihocko. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Bonneau, 3. Roa, 4. Colston, 5. Curtis, 6. C.Williams, 7. L.Williams. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Martin, 4. Pelkey, 5. Ellertson, 6. Rossi, 7. Fiore. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mike Martin, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Logan Williams, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Cody Williams, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Chris Bonneau, 15. Josh Pelkey, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Chris Fiore, 18. Matt Rossi, 19. Tye Mihocko, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Parker Colston. NT

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**Mihocko, Pelkey, and A.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Pelkey, Laps 8-20 Gardner, Lap 21 Johnson, Lap 22 Gardner, Laps 23-25 Johnson, Laps 26-30 Spencer.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 12-14 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Oval Nationals”

 

 

CLAUSON LOOTS "LEFFLER MEMORIAL" AT WAYNE CITY

Bryan Clauson poses with car owners Joe Dooling (Left) and Rusty Kunz (Right) in victory lane after winning Friday night's "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. (Rich Forman Photo)

Wayne City, Illinois.......Bryan Clauson fended off Rico Abreu in another legendary duel between the two, banking $20,000 in the third-annual "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway on Friday night. The Noblesville, Indiana knocked off his next crown jewel victory by fending off repeated advances from Abreu the entire latter half of the 40-lap Feature for the Honda National Midget Series co-sanctioned by POWRi.

Clauson led from the front row with Kevin Thomas, Jr. in tow, as polesitter Justin Peck slowed on lap three to bring out the initial caution flag. From there, the race went all the way to halfway under green, with Abreu tracking down Thomas, Jr. in traffic to take over second.

Abreu worked up his momentum after the restart, finally getting a run on Clauson as they completed lap 27, throwing a turn-one slidejob for the lead. Clauson countered it to keep the lead, but Abreu came back the next lap to throw a turn-three slidejob for the lead.

Clauson came right back at him, though, edging into the lead at the close of lap thirty before Abreu threw yet another turn-one slidejob. Clauson crossed it over once again and hit the bottom of turns three and four to complete lap 31 in the lead. Seventh-running Tanner Thorson spun to bring out a caution with nine to go.

Tyler Thomas brought out a red flag a lap later, but he was unhurt. After the restart, Abreu gave it another shot with a turn-one move underneath Clauson on lap 33. Clauson cleared him again, and this time he slipped away from Abreu. He appeared on his way to victory, but a red flag for Dereck King was displayed as he was taking the white flag. King walked away.

Abreu gave it one last ditch effort on the final lap, but he came up just short in turn-two as Clauson powered past with his 36th career National Midget win aboard the Jonathan Byrd's Racing - B&H Contractors #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar for car owner Joe Dooling and crew chief Rusty Kunz.

Bryan Clauson at speed in the RKR/Dooling Racing #63 Friday night at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. (Rich Forman Photo)

"This is a race that means a lot to everybody in the pit area. I'm sure Rico would say the same, and we've raced each other a lot for big wins the past few years.

That was about as much fun as I've had in a long time, but there was a lot of money on the line, too, so it was pretty stressful. It felt like we swapped the lead a bunch of times, and I was able to pass him back each time and break his momentum before he got away. It was a bit of a chess match there to be able to beat him," Clauson said.

Abreu finished .472-seconds back in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This is one of those you want really bad, and you'll do anything it takes to win. Bryan is a special guy to race with, and he races you really clean, and that makes it a lot of fun battling with him. You gotta step up your game in a race like that, and tonight we were driving as hard as possible. I could get to him, but I just couldn't quite make enough happen to get him and get away. Tonight was a lot of fun, and hopefully we can knock this one off the bucket list next year," Abreu said.

Zach Daum came from eighth and moved past Daryn Pittman with six laps to go to finish third in the Daum Crop Insurance - Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota. "There's a lot of great racers throughout the pack tonight, so it makes this a tough race. It's a lot of fun, and a great race track and this many good cars - that's what midget racing is all about. We had a great battle with Pittman and finally cleared him late, but we didn't have anything for the top two. Nothing to complain about, so it's nice to end our outdoor season on such a high note," Daum said.

Defending race champion Pittman finished fourth in the Bob Hurley Ford - MHC Kenworth #21 Spike/Esslinger, and Payton Pierce rounded out the top-five in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation Services #39c Spike/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 23, 2015 - Wayne City, Illinois - Wayne County Speedway -"Jason Leffler Memorial" (co-sanctioned by POWRi)

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 3. Danny Stratton (#56 5IVE-6IX), 4. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 6. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 7. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 8. Austin Prock (#41 Prock). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 3. Brady Bacon (#76m Manafort), 4. Blake Hahn (#8k Hard Eight), 5. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 6. Gage Walker (#7x Walker), 7. Daniel Robinson (#37 Felker), 8. Kellen Conover (#76 Conover). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. C.J. Leary (#11 Gray), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer), 5. Dalton Camfield (#86c Camfield), 6. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 7. Dave Camfield (#16c Camfield). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Felker (#11a Felker), 3. Austin Brown (#7 Brown), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#37T Felker), 5. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 6. Parker Price-Miller (#9p Ronk), 7. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 8. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Dooling), 2. Keith Rauch (#47 Mason), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Shane Stewart (#5E Daum). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. David Budres (#31 Manic), 4. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson), 5. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyilax), 6. Alex Hill (#19P Ronk), 7. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Darren Hagen (#17 Brown), 3. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 4. Dillon Welch (#99P Ronk), 5. Tyler Courtney (#7K Irwin), 6. Matt Ponder (#5H Hoppe), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR/Dooling). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Justin Grant (#38 Gardner) and Zach Hampton (#35x Three-Five).

NON QUALIFIERS RACE: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. D. Robinson, 3. Stewart, 4. Loyet, 5. Conover, 6. Prock, 7. Hill, 8. Lynch, 9. Lane, 10. Dave Camfield, 11. Murdock. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Peck, 2. Darland, 3. Pierce, 4. T.Thomas, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. King, 8. Neuman, 9. Bayston, 10. Hahn, 11. Adler. 2:27.74

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Hines, 5. Courtney, 6. Meseraull, 7. Siner, 8. D.Robinson, 9. Brown, 10. Dalton Camfield, 11. Rauch. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas, 2. Beason, 3. Stratton, 4. Schuett, 5. Hernandez, 6. Leary, 7. Malpocker, 8. Price-Miller, 9. Budres, 10. Stewart, 11. Chapple. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Pittman, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Felker, 5. Hagen, 6. Babb, 7. Walker, 8. Gehrke, 9. Ponder, 10. Loyet, 11. Welch. 2:17.04

C MAIN: (12 laps) 1. D.Robinson, 2. Bayston, 3. Price-Miller, 4. Hahn, 5. Gehrke, 6. Loyet, 7. Stewart, 8. Brown, 9. Welch, 10. Dalton Camfield, 11. Budres, 12. Adler, 13. Chapple, 14. Rauch, 15. Neuman. NT

B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. R.Robinson, 2. Hagen, 3. Courtney, 4. Leary, 5. Hernandez, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. King, 8. Siner, 9. Bayston, 10. Meseraull, 11. Babb, 12. Hahn, 13. D.Robinson, 14. Price-Miller, 15. Walker, 16. Malpocker. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klassmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney. NT -------------------------------- **Prock flipped during the first heat. Murdock flipped during the fourth heat. Siner and Hill flipped during the sixth heat. T.Thomas flipped on lap 33 of the feature. King flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Clauson, Lap 29 Abreu, Laps 30-40 Clauson. THE PIT BOARD

**Friday night's car count of 53 was the largest USAC Honda National Midget Series field since the 2012 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris Auto Speedway.

**Friday night's race was USAC's first ever visit to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

**Bryan Clauson picked up his 36th career USAC National Midget feature win, which moves him into sole position for 7th place on the all-time series win list. The win also makes him the series' winningest active driver.

**The $20,000 winner's share that Bryan Clauson and the RKR/Dooling Racing team earned was the biggest winner payout in the series since Darren Hagen and the RFMS team won the same amount in 2011 for winning the "Night Before the 500" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

**Friday night was Daryn Pittman's first USAC National Midget appearance since the "Indiana Midget Week" event at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on June 13, 2012.

**An astounding 22 of the 53 drivers at Wayne City, Ill. were making their first USAC National Midget appearance of the 2015 season.

**Friday night's win was Bryan Clauson's 4th USAC National Midget win in state of Illinois in his career. (Granite City, Ill. in 2010 & 2013 and Belleville, Ill. in 2013)

**With Rico Abreu's 2nd place finish at Wayne City, Ill., he has now finished in the top-ten in all 11 of his series starts in 2015 with an average finish of 2.27!

**The 26 cars that started Friday night's feature were the most of any race in the series during the 2015 USAC National Midget season.

**Two drivers finished in the top-five in the series for the first time this season: Daryn Pittman and Payton Pierce.

**Three drivers scored top-ten feature finishes in the series for the first time this season: Daryn Pittman, Jonathan Beason and Danny Stratton.

**Rico Abreu and Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up their 5th USAC National Midget heat race wins of the season. Tanner Thorson won his fourth and Dave Darland his third while Jonathan Beason, Zach Daum and Jake Neuman won their first heats of the season.

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 23, 2015 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Fall Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Ian Anderson, 11A, Belfab-15.644; 2. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.713; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.779; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.877; 5. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.911; 6. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.949; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.958; 8. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-16.018. FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nobile, 2. Hazelton, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Jessop. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kelley, 2. Anderson, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Kurtz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Jeff Kelley, 3. Dylan Nobile, 4. Ian Anderson, 5. Annie Breidinger, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Toni Breidinger, 8. Cody Jessop. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 A.Hazelton.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,440, 2-A.Hazelton-1,217, 3-Nobile-1,138, 4-T.Breidinger-1,021, 5-Jesse Love IV-1,003, 6-Tom Paterson-896, 7-A.Breidinger-881, 8-Shawn Buckley-618, 9-Robert Dalby-518, 10-Dezel West-479. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-1,117, 2-T.Breidinger-1,049, 3-Jessop-1,008, 4-A.Hazelton-873, 5-A.Breidinger-840, 6-Jesse Love IV-629, 7-Tom Paterson-629, 8-Kelley-359, 9-Dezel West-325, 10-Tommy McCarthy-304.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 24 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "Fall Classic"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 23, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hall of Fame Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.525; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.708; 3. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-13.722; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.728; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.903; 6. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-14.022; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.034; 8. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.105; 9. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.121; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.204; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.228; 12. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-14.277; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 50AZ, Massey-14.327; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-14.439; 15. Dustin Cormany, 21AZ, Burkhart-14.503; 16. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.556; 17. Matt Lundy, 1, Lundy-14.590; 18. Tye Mihocko, 5M, Mihocko-14.666; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.812; 20. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-14.863; 21. Austin Williams, 2. Jory-15.714; 22. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.322.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Rossi, 3. Swanson, 4. Johnson, 5. Martin, 6. Bender, 7. Ellertson, 8. C.Williams. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Pelkey, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Colston, 5. L.Williams, 6. Lundy, 7. Curtis. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Hodges, 3. Roa, 4. Mihocko, 5. Deskins, 6. Cormany, 7. A.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Jeremy Ellertson, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Charles Davis Jr., 16. Matt Lundy, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Matt Rossi, 19. Parker Colston, 20. Dustin Cormany, 21. Logan Williams, 22. Austin Williams. NT

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**Spencer and Lundy flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 24 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 23, 2015 - Wayne City, Illinois - Wayne County Speedway - 3rd "Jason Leffler Memorial" - Presented by Great Clips - Co-sanctioned by POWRi

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 3. Danny Stratton (#56 5IVE-6IX), 4. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 6. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 7. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 8. Austin Prock (#41 Prock). NT SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 3. Brady Bacon (#76m Manafort), 4. Blake Hahn (#8k Hard Eight), 5. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 6. Gage Walker (#7x Walker), 7. Daniel Robinson (#37 Felker), 8. Kellen Conover (#76 Conover). NT THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. C.J. Leary (#11 Gray), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer), 5. Dalton Camfield (#86c Camfield), 6. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 7. Dave Camfield (#16c Camfield). NT FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Andrew Felker (#11a Felker), 3. Austin Brown (#7 Brown), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#37T Felker), 5. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 6. Parker Price-Miller (#9p Ronk), 7. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 8. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero). NT FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Dooling), 2. Keith Rauch (#47 Mason), 3. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Shane Stewart (#5E Daum). NT SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. David Budres (#31 Manic), 4. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson), 5. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyilax), 6. Alex Hill (#19P Ronk), 7. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet). NT SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Darren Hagen (#17 Brown), 3. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 4. Dillon Welch (#99P Ronk), 5. Tyler Courtney (#7K Irwin), 6. Matt Ponder (#5H Hoppe), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR/Dooling). NT ALSO AT THE TRACK: Justin Grant (#38 Gardner) and Zach Hampton (#35x Three-Five). NON QUALIFIERS RACE: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. D. Robinson, 3. Stewart, 4. Loyet, 5. Conover, 6. Prock, 7. Hill, 8. Lynch, 9. Lane, 10. Dave Camfield, 11. Murdock. NT FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Peck, 2. Darland, 3. Pierce, 4. T.Thomas, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. King, 8. Neuman, 9. Bayston, 10. Hahn, 11. Adler. 2:27.74 SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Hines, 5. Courtney, 6. Meseraull, 7. Siner, 8. D.Robinson, 9. Brown, 10. Dalton Camfield, 11. Rauch. NT THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. K.Thomas, 2. Beason, 3. Stratton, 4. Schuett, 5. Hernandez, 6. Leary, 7. Malpocker, 8. Price-Miller, 9. Budres, 10. Stewart, 11. Chapple. NT FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Pittman, 2. Daum, 3. Bacon, 4. Felker, 5. Hagen, 6. Babb, 7. Walker, 8. Gehrke, 9. Ponder, 10. Loyet, 11. Welch. 2:17.04 C-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. D.Robinson, 2. Bayston, 3. Price-Miller, 4. Hahn, 5. Gehrke, 6. Loyet, 7. Stewart, 8. Brown, 9. Welch, 10. Dalton Camfield, 11. Budres, 12. Adler, 13. Chapple, 14. Rauch, 15. Neuman. NT B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. R.Robinson, 2. Hagen, 3. Courtney, 4. Leary, 5. Hernandez, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. King, 8. Siner, 9. Bayston, 10. Meseraull, 11. Babb, 12. Hahn, 13. D.Robinson, 14. Price-Miller, 15. Walker, 16. Malpocker. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klassmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney. NT -------------------------------- **Prock flipped during the first heat. Murdock flipped during the fourth heat. Siner and Hill flipped during the sixth heat. T.Thomas flipped on lap 33 of the feature. King flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Clauson, Lap 29 Abreu, Laps 30-40 Clauson.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-771, 2-K.Thomas-744, 3-Thorson-738, 4-Abreu-715, 5-Bayston-642, 6-T.Thomas-622, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-607, 8-Chirstopher Bell-487, 9-Hagen-398, 10-Darland-348.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: November 26 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - Perris Auto Speedway - 75th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON CONTINUES TO ROLL AT CASA GRANDE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 18, 2015... Streaking past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on the second lap, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona earned Saturday’s $1,500 victory at Central Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the Casa Grande triumph was his tenth USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win over Davis, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Matt Rossi, and Nick Aiuto.

Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson ran second to Brian Hosford in his heat race and ranked third in passing points out of eighteen racers. Starting fourth in the main event, Johnson made some early moves to take the lead and sail to his series leading 32nd victory. Getting closer to his third consecutive championship, R.J. has a 68-point lead with seven heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 189 feature laps led.

After leading the opening lap, Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. had to settle for a runner-up finish. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished third in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. Heading to Tucson’s Western World, the five-time state champion is second in the point chase with three feature wins, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit.

For the second race in a row, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona had a solid third place finish. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin took third in his heat race and ranked fourth in passing points. Sitting fifth in the standings, “The Magic Man” has three feature wins, one fast time award, ten heat race victories, two top qualifier awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi scored fourth in the Central Arizona Speedway feature. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi won his third heat race of the year and placed second in passing points. The Western World Champion left Casa Grande ranked third in points on the strength of one feature win, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Nick Aiuto of Camp Verde, Arizona ran fifth in Casa Grande’s 30-lap main event. Piloting his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars machine, Aiuto ran fourth in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. To date, the veteran driver is ninth in the standings with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Shipley earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from fifteenth. Driving Bob Bishop’s #2 RSS Industries / AME Electrical RSS, Shipley ran eighth in his heat race and sat ninth in passing points. Heading to Tucson, the former Challenge Cup Champion is thirteenth in the standings with one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes.

Brian Hosford of Gilbert, Arizona claimed his second top qualifier award of 2015. Racing Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and took sixth in the main event. Currently, the veteran driver is seventh in the point standings with three heat race victories and ten top-10 finishes.

On November 19th, the USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car Series will head USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona for the “Western World Championships.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the 3-day event will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 17, 2015 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 8. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 9. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 9. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (4th), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 3. Mike Martin (3rd), 4. Matt Rossi (5th), 5. Nick Aiuto (7th), 6. Brian Hosford (6th), 7. Andy Reinbold (10th), 8. Josh Pelkey (12th), 9. Josh Shipley (15th), 10. Dennis Gile (9th), 11. Tye Mihocko (14th), 12. Chris Bonneau (8th), 13. Jody Wirth (13th), 14. Matt Lundy (16th), 15. Stevie Sussex (2nd), 16. Koty McGullam (17th), 17. Leland Fuller (11th), 18. Mike Bonneau (18th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Davis, Laps 2-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Josh Shipley (15th to 9th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1051, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-983, 3. Matt Rossi-901, 4. Stevie Sussex-878, 5. Mike Martin-862, 6. Josh Pelkey-844, 7. Brian Hosford-698, 8. Andy Reinbold-604, 9. Nick Aiuto-592, 10. Bruce St. James-523, --. Tye Mihocko-523, 12. Dennis Gile-506, 13. Josh Shipley-479, 14. Chris Bonneau-444, 15. Mike Colegrove-432, 16. Shon Deskins-393, 17. Tom Ogle-366, 18. Michael Curtis-316, 19. Mike Bonneau-304, 20. Koty McGullam-222.

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 18, 2015 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kyle Craker (#12 Craker), 2. Dillon Silverman (#23 Silverman), 3. Matt Lundstrom (#2 Lundstrom), 4. Sam Hatfield (#8 Hatfield), 5. Mike Ward (#80 Ward), 6. Nolan Allison (#16 Allison). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andrew Layser (#35 Layser), 2. Jake Nelke (#00 Nelke), 3. Jessica Bean (#6 Radical), 4. Chris Lamb (#9 Lamb), 5. Jagger Parker (#20 Parker), 6. Famous Rhodes II (#7 Radical). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Nic Davidson (#39 Radical).

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Dillon Silverman, 3. Matt Lundstrom, 4. Kyle Craker, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Sam Hatfield, 9. Jagger Parker, 10. Famous Rhodes II, 11. Mike Ward, 12. Jessica Bean. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1- Chris Lamb-975, 2-Jessica Bean-856, 3-Andrew Layser-797, 4-Matt Lundstrom-638, 5-Jake Nelke-625, 6-Kyle Craker-620, 7-Sam Hatfield-596, 8-Nolan Allison-542, 9-Scott Hunter-415, 10-Calvin Carroll-353.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: October 24- Dillon, SC - Dillon Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 17, 2015 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 8. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 9. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 9. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Brian Hosford, 7. Andy Reinbold, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Josh Shipley, 10. Dennis Gile, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Jody Wirth, 14. Matt Lundy, 15. Stevie Sussex, 16. Koty McGullam, 17. Leland Fuller, 18. Mike Bonneau. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Davis, Laps 2-30 Johnson.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 19 – Tucson, Arizona – USA Speedway – “Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 17, 2015 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.739; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.786; 3. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.877; 4. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.947; 5. Matthew Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-15.947; 6. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-16.009; 7. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.143; 8. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-16.219; 9. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-16.324; 10. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.465; 11. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.945; 12. Famuos Rhodes II, 7, Radical-19.227.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Jake Nelke, 5. Matthew Lundstrom, 6. Kyle Craker, 7. Sam Hatfield, 8. Nolan Allison, 9. Jagger Parker, 10. Famous Rhodes II, 11. Dillon Silverman, 12. Nic Davidson. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Davidson, Laps 17-20 Bean, Laps 21-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-910, 2-Bean-821, 3-Layser-744, 4-Lundstrom-578, 5-Nelke-570, 6.Craker-561, 7-Hatfield-552, 8-Allison-496, 9-Scott Hunter-415, 10-Calvin Carroll-353.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: October 18 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 17, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.898; 2. Tony DiMattia, 2x, DiMattia-13.942; 3. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.963; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.969; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.990; 6. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-14.082; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.138; 8. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-14.142; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.153; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.161; 11. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-14.173; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.188; 13. Kody Swanson, 21k, Wolters-14.192; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.192; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.247; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.280; 17. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.285; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.310; 19. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.337; 20. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.354; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.422; 22. Dustin Ingle, 2D, Ingle-14.434; 23. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-14.434; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.496; 25. Casey Shuman, 4J. Ottinger-14.520; 26. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-14.645; 27. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-14.852; 28. Terry Babb, 17L, KCBS-14.960; 29. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-15.076; 30. Beau Stewart, 99, Brown15.182; 31. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-15.244; 32. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-15.817; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.907; 34. Shane Stewart, 2, Marks-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Thomas, 3. McGhee, 4. Leary, 5. Cummins, 6. Swanson, 7. Hewitt, 8. Shuman, 9. Bell. 2:01.47

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Farney, 3. Coons, 4. Ingle, 5. DiMattia, 6. Boespflug, 7. Abrams, 8. B.Stewart. 2:00.77

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Weir, 3. Meseraull, 4. Andretti, 5. Robbins, 6. Dakus, 7. Maddox, 8. Gardner. 2:04.03

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Darland, 3. Grant, 4. Stockon, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Hines, 7. Babb, 8. VanHise. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Cummins, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Boespflug, 5. Hines, 6. Abrams, 7. Shuman, 8. VanHise, 9. DiMattia, 10. B.Stewart, 11. Babb, 12. Mattox, 13. Bell, 14. Dakus, 15. Gardner, 16. Hewitt, 17. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Kody Swanson, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Scotty Weir, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Dustin Ingle, 20. Logan Jarrett, 21. Garrett Abrams, 22. Kyle Cummins. NT ---------------------------- **Stewart flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Bacon, Laps 2-30 Meseraull.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,902, 2-Stockon-1,883, 3-Darland-1,859, 4-Bacon-1,732, 5-Stanbrough-1,605, 6-Thomas-1,535, 7-Windom-1,404, 8-Leary-1,312, 9-Hines-1,197, 10-Grant-1,116.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: November 12-14 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway - 20th "Budweiser Oval Nationals" - Presented by All-Coast Construction

 

 

CASA GRANDE HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RUMBLE SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 13, 2015... This Saturday, October 17th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the “Central Arizona College Student Night” will also feature Dwarf Cars, X-Mods, Super Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

Since March 23, 2013, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads all drivers with two wins, including last year’s September appearance. Josh Pelkey, R.J. Johnson, and Matt Rossi have also won at the 3/8-mile clay oval and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona has a 61-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson scored his ninth win of the year at Queen Creek on October 3rd. In addition, the 2-time champion has seven heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 160 feature laps led. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid by claiming his 32nd SouthWest victory.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Johnson in the Queen Creek feature. Currently, the five-time Arizona champion has three feature wins, eight heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his third win at Casa Grande.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex led the first ten laps at Arizona Speedway before claiming seventh. To date, the Grudge Series point leader has three feature wins, three heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 122 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie is tied with Ryan Bernal for sixth on the win list and will be looking for his first Central Arizona Speedway triumph.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi raced to fifth at Queen Creek after starting eighth. As this writing goes to press, the Western World Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for eighth on the win list, Matt will have his sights on Casa Grande’s $1,500 payday.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is currently fifth in the point chase. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey raced from twelfth to score eighth in the October 3rd feature. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, and fourteen top-10 finishes on the season. Josh is tied for fourth on the win list with “The Magic Man” Mike Martin and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Josh Shipley, Chris Bonneau, Shon Deskins, Tom Ogle, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Koty McGullam, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

CASA GRANDE USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 03/23/13: Charles Davis Jr. 06/22/13: Josh Pelkey 09/14/13: R.J. Johnson 10/12/13: Matt Rossi 09/20/14: Charles Davis Jr.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 9-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Mike Martin, 3-Stevie Sussex, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-980, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-919, 3. Stevie Sussex-846, 4. Matt Rossi-837, 5. Josh Pelkey-803, 6. Mike Martin-799, 7. Brian Hosford-639, 8. Andy Reinbold-559, 9. Nick Aiuto-539, 10. Bruce St. James-523, 11. Tye Mihocko-489, 12. Dennis Gile-469, 13. Josh Shipley-442, 14. Mike Colegrove-432, 15. Chris Bonneau-410, 16. Shon Deskins-393, 17. Tom Ogle-366, 18. Michael Curtis-316, 19. Mike Bonneau-287, 20. Koty McGullam-200.

 

 

JACE VANDER WEERD STRIKES AGAIN AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2015... Racing past polesitter Kyle Smith on the second lap, Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California won Saturday’s “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. For Vander Weerd, the $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph was his second victory in a row. D.J. Johnson, Bud Kaeding, Ryan Bernal, and Richard Vander Weerd followed Jace to the checkered flags.

In one of the closest finishes in series history, Jace Vander Weerd claimed the sixth win of his career. Starting fifth, D.J. Johnson was looking to score his first victory and chased down the leader. Vander Weerd managed to shake free from the challenger, but Johnson made a last corner surge. With the checkered flag waving, Johnson’s charge fell 6/100 of a second short in a photo finish as the crowd roared.

Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace Vander Weerd qualified eighth out of seventeen racers and ran fourth in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year left Tulare ranked third in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson gave a valiant effort that fell short at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson returned with a fresh engine that turned sixth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. At press time, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is fifth in the point standings with six heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California took third in the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout.” Racing Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified seventh overall and placed fourth in his heat race. The 2012 Champion left Tulare sitting eighth in the point chase with one feature win, one heat race victory, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led on the year.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal charged from tenth to score fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal was fourth fast in time trials and did not start his heat race. The 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion is currently seventh in the point standings with six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two top qualifier awards, four heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 114 feature laps led.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California ran fifth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd qualified fifth overall and ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race. The 2011 Champion heads to Tucson’s Western World ranked second in points with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, four heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season.

Loomis, California’s Max Adams earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from seventeenth. Racing his #5X ART Speed Equipment / MotoWear International ART, Adams was seventeenth in time trials and finished seventh in his heat race. Max left Tulare ranked fifteenth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and six top-10 finishes.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2015. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria took fifth in his heat race and scored sixteenth in the feature after an early exit. The 2013 Champion and current point leader has three feature wins, one top-qualifier award, six heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led.

Simi Valley, California’s Cody Majors won the first USAC West Coast heat race of his career. Driving the family owned #54 Carbon Films / Steven’s Trucking Ellis, Majors qualified ninth overall, won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers heat, and ran thirteenth in the feature. In limited starts, the young driver is twenty-first in the standings with two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Kyle Smith of Moorpark, California won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2 and led the first lap of the feature. Racing the family owned #55 California RV Service / Roy’s Towing Maxim, Smith was tenth fast in time trials and scored eighth in the main event. The Ventura Champion is sixteenth in the standings with three top-10 finishes on the season.

On November 19th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will head USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona for the “Western World Championships.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC SouthWest Sprints, the 3-day event will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. For more information, visit www.raceusaraceway.com or call 520.664.2074.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “KRC Safety Fall Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-15.434; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.678; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.693; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.748; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.771; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.914; 7. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.929; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.990; 9. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.156; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.222; 11. Gary Paulson, 51, Paulson-16.228; 12. Tristan Guardino, 83, Watt-16.257; 13. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.345; 14. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.660; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.739; 16. Matt Mitchell, 12, Dale-NT; 17. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Paulson, 4. Kaeding, 5. Faria, 6. Mitchell, 7. Sibley, 8. Liggett. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Guardino, 3. Johnson, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Marcham, 6. McQueen, 7. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 2. D.J. Johnson (5th), 3. Bud Kaeding (4th), 4. Ryan Bernal (10th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (6th), 6. Austin Liggett (9th), 7. Trey Marcham (8th), 8. Kyle Smith (1st), 9. Max Adams (17th), 10. Shannon McQueen (14th), 11. Jeff Sibley (15th), 12. Gary Paulson (11th), 13. Cody Majors (2nd), 14. Tristan Guardino (12th), 15. Matt Mitchell (16th), 16. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 17. Chris Ennis (13th). NT --------------------------- **Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Smith, Laps 2-30 J.Vander Weerd. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (17th to 9th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-892, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-775, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-724, 4. Trey Marcham-702, 5. D.J. Johnson-671, 6. Tristan Guardino-567, 7. Ryan Bernal-532, 8. Bud Kaeding-507, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-408, 11. Austin Liggett-364, 12. Brody Roa-362, 13. Shannon McQueen-336, 14. Troy Rutherford-325, 15. Max Adams-301, 16. Kyle Smith-223, 17. Matt Mitchell-207, 18. Jake Swanson-205, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series / $1,500-to-Win) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series $3,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC Southwest Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 10, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – “KRC Safety Fall Shootout”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-15.434; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.678; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.693; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.748; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.771; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.914; 7. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.929; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.990; 9. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.156; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.222; 11. Gary Paulson, 51, Paulson-16.228; 12. Tristan Guardino, 83, Watt-16.257; 13. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.345; 14. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.660; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.739; 16. Matt Mitchell, 12, Dale-NT; 17. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Paulson, 4. Kaeding, 5. Faria, 6. Mitchell, 7. Sibley, 8. Liggett. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Guardino, 3. Johnson, 4. J.VanderWeerd, 5. Marcham, 6. McQueen, 7. Adams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. D.J. Johnson, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Austin Liggett, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Max Adams, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Gary Paulson, 13. Cody Majors, 14. Tristan Guardino, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Chris Ennis. NT

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**Guardino flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Smith, Laps 2-30 J.Vander Weerd.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: November 19 – Tucson, Arizona - USA Raceway – “Western World Championships”

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPION SWANSON SEALS SYRACUSE "SALT CITY 78" WIN

Kody Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports crew celebrates in victory lane at Syracuse after winning the "Salt City 78" USAC Silver Crown race. It was the last visit ever for the series at the historic New York State Fairgrounds before the track closes. (Richard Golardi Photo)

Syracuse, New York.......Completing what has been a magical two-year run, Kody Swanson won Saturday's "Salt City 78" at the New York State Fairgrounds to make back-to-back wins on "The Moody Mile," all while closing out his second-straight Silver Crown championship. The Kingsburg, California driver made it four wins on the year while turning the standings into a rout aboard the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"Today, we were just here to win with points not being a factor at all. I had to run really hard to run those guys back down after we dropped to fifth and pass them back, so it was good to have nothing else weighing on my mind. I had some doubts if we could get back up there with as difficult as I thought it would be to pass, but I was able to dig a little deeper and get out of that hole and win this for my team. They've carried me to this level, and it's been a dream to have these two seasons with them. You never know if it will keep going like this, but it's wild to think of what we've accomplished," said Swanson, who has accumulated nine wins and two championships with the DePalma family and crew chief Bob Hampshire.

Justin Grant used group qualifying during Saturday's early-morning practice to secure his first series pole and the ProSource "Fast Time Award." He led the field to the green after his initial start was called back, and he brought Shane Cockrum with him from row-two early in the race. Cockrum took the lead from Grant on lap ten just before the race's first caution for Steve Buckwalter on lap ten.

On the restart, Swanson slid high and lost two spots to A.J. Fike and Jerry Coons, Jr., but he quickly regained one on the next lap. Fike took second from Grant on lap eighteen, and Swanson joined him a couple laps later as the Syracuse rookie Grant started to backslide.

Fike and Swanson were chipping into Cockrum's lead before a lap-26 caution for Richie Tobias, who got up into the outside wall but restarted at the tail. Swanson wasted no time on the restart, disposing of Fike for the runner-up spot on lap 31. The major battle was behind them, with the latter half of the top-ten fighting hard.

Tenth-running Aaron Pierce brought out the third caution on lap 39 when he lost his right-front wheel in turn-one. Pierce somehow kept from incurring major damage as he came to a stop, but his race was over. Again, the restart was key, as Coons took fourth from Grant as they entered turn-one.

Cockrum and Swanson checked out on the field during a 22-lap green-flag run, with traffic looming ahead and about to play a major factor in the race. On lap 54, Swanson shot to the outside off turn-four as Cockrum was bottle in traffic. The following lap, Swanson made his big move, powering to the outside of Cockrum at the flagstand and out-racing him to the bottom as they funneled down into turn-one, barely clearing Cockrum in the process.

Swanson was gone, slicing through what was left of the lapped cars while building a lead of over seven seconds in just five laps. He appeared well on his way to victory when Casey Shuman retired from the eleventh spot on lap 65, stopping in turn-one. The cars on the move were Shane Cottle and Chris Windom, who had just passed Cottle for fifth before the caution. Cottle had started the race from the rear after having to be push-started.

Kody Swanson, at speed, in the DePalma Motorsports #63 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. (Rich Forman Photo)

Windom nailed the restart with nine laps to go and grabbed fourth from Coons, then caught Fike to take third with six to go. Cottle was coming along with him, and he slipped into fourth right behind Windom. Windom's teammate Stewart Friesen, the modified stalwart and defending big-block winner at "Super DIRT Week," was also hooked to them and entered the top-five.

Brady Bacon necessitated the final slowing of the field on lap 73, and that set up a green-white-checkered restart. Swanson was flawless, completing another masterful drive to take a 1.184-second victory. In the process, Swanson had defended his race win on three of the dirt miles from the year before (Indiana. Illinois and New York State Fairgrounds) and joined Ralph DePalma, Rex Mays, Bob Sweikert, Rodger Ward, and J.J. Yeley as back-to-back Syracuse winners. His twelve career wins tie him with Jimmy Sills for seventh all-time.

"There wasn't a whole lot of room when I went to the outside of him for the lead, but luckily I had the room and the run, and Shane ran me clean when I got back down in front of him. With that opportunity there, I knew I had to take it. To win the last one again this year feels great; we didn't have as many wins this year, but I still feel we improved. The places where I let us down, I got a little better, and they have helped me along even more. The names this high on the list are some of the greatest ever, and they say they're gonna 'let me try again next year,' so I'm looking forward to taking on the next challenges and seeing what is next for our team," Swanson said.

Cockrum, who again proved to be Swanson's toughest competition by running second in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.

"Anytime you can run with the 63, you can't be too disappointed. We'd both had two dirt wins this year and I really wanted to beat him to three, but we couldn't get it done. Traffic and restarts would really get the line dirty and make it difficult to get through there. I'd lose my rhythm a little bit in both scenarios, and I guess Kody was able to stay consistent in those stretches and get a little redemption on us from passing him to win Du Quoin. They've been a force these last two seasons, so it's good to be up there running with them," Cockrum said.

Windom's charge to third secured second in the Silver Crown Owner's Championship for the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/J & D.

"It took me a while to get the place figured out today, it was so different from last year. I was just a little sporadic early, so we got all our work done in the last half of the race. Restarts were key, trying to pick off at least one on each of those. I could get lower in one and two and stay under the hole, which was throwing some guys up out of the groove. I wanted to get around the 20 car to get Fred and the guys second in points, but once I finally settled in, we were really good," Windom said.

Cottle finished off his run from the back by coming home fourth in the Curtis Williams - QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams Chevy, and Friesen rounded out the top-five in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #99 JEI/Foxco.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 10, 2015 - Syracuse, New York - New York State Fairgrounds - "Salt City 78"

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-32.703; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-32.716; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-33.144; 4. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-33.300; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-33.369; 6. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-33.748; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-33.759; 8. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-33.875; 9. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-33.997; 10. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-34.128; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-34.240; 12. Richie Tobias, 117, Tobias-34.330; 13. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-34.409; 14. Stewart Friesen, 99, RPM/Gormly-34.556; 15. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-34.740; 16. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-36.143; 17. Chappy Knaack, 36, Miller-41.048; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-NT.

FEATURE: (78 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Shane Cockrum, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Stewart Friesen, 6. A.J. Fike, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Justin Grant, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Austin Nemire, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Patrick Lawson, 13. Chappy Knaack, 14. Chris Fetter, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Richie Tobias, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. Steve Buckwalter. NT -------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Grant, Laps 10-54 Cockrum, Laps 55-78 Swanson. THE PIT BOARD

**Kody Swanson became the 6th driver to repeat as a winner in a champ car at Syracuse. Ralph DePalma (1925-26**), Rex Mays (1940-41), Bob Sweikert (1954-55), Rodger Ward (1961-62) and J.J. Yeley (2002-03). NOTE: 1925 & 26 were non-points paying AAA Championship races.

**Swanson repeated as winner at all the dirt miles he won at last year (Indiana State Fairgrounds, Illinois State Fairgrounds & New York State Fairgrounds).

**Swanson's 142-point margin over second place in the final Silver Crown Series point standings was the 5th most ever behind Mario Andretti (1974), Rick Hood (1985) and Jack Hewitt (1986 & 87).

**Swanson became the seventh driver to repeat as Silver Crown Series champion: Jack Hewitt (1986 & 87), J.J. Yeley (2002 & 03), Dave Steele (2004 & 05), Bud Kaeding (2006 & 07), Levi Jones (2010 & 11), Bobby East (2012 & 13), and Swanson (2014 & 15).

**Swanson became the third consecutive driver to have repeat Silver Crown Series championship seasons.

**The 2015 Silver Crown Series season marked the seventh time a driver has won both the first race and last race on the schedule. Bobby Olivero (1979), Gary Bettenhausen (1980), Steve Kinser (1981), Jack Hewitt (1986), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1994), Brian Tyler (2000) and Kody Swanson (2014 & 2015). Swanson became the first driver to accomplish the feat in consecutive years and also the first to do that on both pavement and dirt tracks (Toledo Speedway on May 1 & New York State Fairgrounds on Oct. 10).

 

CORY ELLIOTT BREAKS THROUGH TO FIRST VICTORY AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 7, 2015... Leading every lap, Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, California won Saturday’s Honda USAC Western Midget feature at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. The 15-year old driver dominated the action to earn his first series win at the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Sean Dodenhoff, Fast Qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Michael Faccinto, and Alex Schutte followed Elliott to the checkered flags.

Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Cory Elliott qualified seventh out of nineteen racers and claimed fifth in his heat race. Starting on the pole position of the feature, the rookie grabbed the early lead and shook free from the challenges of “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and Sean Dodenhoff. Hitting his marks like a veteran, Elliott began to run away from the field and had great restarts after red and yellow flags. The young driver recorded the fastest laps of the main event and took the checkered flags with a 6.8 second margin of victory. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes.

Bakersfield, California’s Sean Dodenhoff had a strong night at Hanford with a second place finish. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was third quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. The veteran driver sits eleventh in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and two top-10 finishes.

After an early tangle, Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California restarted at the back and charged to third at Keller Auto Speedway. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner earned his fifth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his heat race. Getting closer to his third straight title, Ronnie has a 181-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, three heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 45 feature laps led.

Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto raced from ninth to score fourth at the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F #OSV / 3 Girls Spike, Faccinto qualified fourth overall and took third in his heat race. Michael left his hometown track ranked fifth in the point standings with two feature wins, one heat race victory, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year.

Alex Schutte of Redding, California claimed fifth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte was second fast in time trials and was fourth in his heat race. To date, the 2010 Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign.

Bakersfield, California’s Jeff Harrington earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from fifteenth. Piloting the #9E Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Harrington qualified fifteenth overall and scored seventh in his heat race. In limited starts, Jeff sits eighteenth in the point standings.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California raced to victory in the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon was fifth quick in time trials and scored sixth in the main event. Heading to Perris’ Turkey Night Grand Prix, McQueen is second in the point chase with two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led to her credit.

Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Clive Brutton’s #11R Ryno Fabrication / TCR Performance entry, Faria qualified sixth overall and scored thirteenth in the feature after an early flip. In limited starts, the 2013 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is twelfth in points with two top-10 finishes.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series will take a break in the schedule before returning to action at Perris Auto Speedway on Thursday, November 26th. Co-sanctioned with the Honda USAC National Midgets, the 75th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix will feature a new full-race format. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call (951) 940-0134.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - “Jim Evett Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.451; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte-16.481; 3. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.634; 4. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-16.663; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.776; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 11R, Brutton-16.855; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.865; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.925; 9. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-16.932; 10. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-16.943; 11. Troy Rutherford, 87JR, Vermeer-16.944; 12. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.022; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-17.047; 14. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-17.400; 15. Jeff Harrington, 9E, Dodenhoff-17.530; 16. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Rutherford, 3. Gardner, 4. Dodenhoff, 5. Elliott, 6. Pankratz, 7. Harrington. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Nichols, 3. Faccinto, 4. Schutte, 5. Gard, 6. Waite, 7. Chivello, 8. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Cory Elliott (1st), 2. Sean Dodenhoff (4th), 3. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 4. Michael Faccinto (9th), 5. Alex Schutte (5th), 6. Shannon McQueen (3rd), 7. Brian Gard (10th), 8. Jeff Harrington (15th), 9. Randi Pankratz (13th), 10. Troy Rutherford (7th), 11. Nate Waite (14th), 12. Steve Davis (11th), 13. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 14. Terry Nichols (8th). NT ------------------------------------ **Pierovich flipped during qualifications. Chivello flipped during second heat. Faria flipped during the feature. **Chivello did not start feature. Was scheduled to start 12th.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Elliott DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jeff Harrington (15th to 8th)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-672, 2. Shannon McQueen-491, 3. Cody Swanson-428, --. Terry Nichols-428, 5. Michael Faccinto-389, 6. Randi Pankratz-375, 7. Trey Marcham-339, 8. Brian Gard-319, 9. Nick Chivello-262, 10. Scott Pierovich-250, 11. Sean Dodenhoff-238, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-204, 13. Steve Davis-200, 14. Nate Waite-161, 15. Rico Abreu-145, 16. Brady Bacon-145, 17. David Prickett-122, 18. Jeff Harrington-79, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr.-65, 20. Jack Hawley-46.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS EYE TULARE’S “KRC SAFETY FALL SHOOTOUT”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 7, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are back in action this Saturday, October 10th, at Tulare, California’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” will be the sixth and final appearance of the year at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-seven USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133, set on March 13th. Bernal claimed the March 14th and May 30th races and Bud Kaeding won the March 13th opener. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. added the May 16th “Faria Memorial” to his resume and Matt Mitchell scored the $4,000 “Peter Murphy Classic” win on July 25th. The Tulare win list is at the bottom of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has a 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Getting closer to his second crown, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California has a 143-point advantage. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria scored third in last Saturday’s “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford. To date, the 2013 Champion has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top-qualifier award, six heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led. “Hollywood” is ranked fourth on the series win list and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd ran fifth in the Hanford main event. At press time, the 2011 Champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, four heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Running second on the West Coast win list, Richard will have his sights on claiming his eighteenth win this Saturday night.

After winning $4,500 at Hanford’s “Jim Evett Memorial,” Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. With five wins to his credit, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first victory at Tulare.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham sits fourth in the point chase. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham ran seventeenth at Hanford after an early exit. To date, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led. This Saturday, the former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” win.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton, California is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle missed last Saturday’s action at Hanford. Currently, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has six heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, D.J. will be looking to earn his first USAC West Coast triumph.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, and Shannon McQueen are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Kyle Smith, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-861, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-718, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-659, 4. Trey Marcham-651, 5. D.J. Johnson-607, 6. Tristan Guardino-535, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Bud Kaeding-448, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-375, 11. Brody Roa-362, 12. Troy Rutherford-325, 13. Austin Liggett-314, 14. Shannon McQueen-300, 15. Max Adams-263, 16. Jake Swanson-205, 17. Matt Mitchell-181, 18. Kyle Smith-176, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS EYE TULARE’S “KRC SAFETY FALL SHOOTOUT”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 7, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are back in action this Saturday, October 10th, at Tulare, California’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” will be the sixth and final appearance of the year at the fast 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-seven USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133, set on March 13th. Bernal claimed the March 14th and May 30th races and Bud Kaeding won the March 13th opener. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. added the May 16th “Faria Memorial” to his resume and Matt Mitchell scored the $4,000 “Peter Murphy Classic” win on July 25th. The Tulare win list is at the bottom of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway has a 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Getting closer to his second crown, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California has a 143-point advantage. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria scored third in last Saturday’s “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford. To date, the 2013 Champion has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top-qualifier award, six heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led. “Hollywood” is ranked fourth on the series win list and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd ran fifth in the Hanford main event. At press time, the 2011 Champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, four heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Running second on the West Coast win list, Richard will have his sights on claiming his eighteenth win this Saturday night.

After winning $4,500 at Hanford’s “Jim Evett Memorial,” Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California has climbed to third in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the season. With five wins to his credit, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first victory at Tulare.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham sits fourth in the point chase. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham ran seventeenth at Hanford after an early exit. To date, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led. This Saturday, the former USAC Western Midget Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” win.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton, California is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. The driver of the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle missed last Saturday’s action at Hanford. Currently, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has six heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, D.J. will be looking to earn his first USAC West Coast triumph.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, and Shannon McQueen are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Kyle Smith, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-861, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-718, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-659, 4. Trey Marcham-651, 5. D.J. Johnson-607, 6. Tristan Guardino-535, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Bud Kaeding-448, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-375, 11. Brody Roa-362, 12. Troy Rutherford-325, 13. Austin Liggett-314, 14. Shannon McQueen-300, 15. Max Adams-263, 16. Jake Swanson-205, 17. Matt Mitchell-181, 18. Kyle Smith-176, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON SPRINTS TO 31ST USAC SOUTHWEST WIN AT QUEEN CREEK

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 6, 2015... Taking the lead from Stevie Sussex on lap eleven, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona continued his assault on the USAC SouthWest Sprint record books. By claiming Saturday’s $1750 victory at Arizona Speedway, the two-time champion earned his series leading thirty-first career win. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Top Qualifier Tom Ogle, and Matt Rossi followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Starting on the outside of the front row, Johnson sailed to his ninth victory of the campaign. Inching closer to his third straight title, R.J. has a 64-point lead on the strength of seven heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 160 feature laps led.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced from fifth to second in the Queen Creek feature. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won his eighth heat race of the year and placed second in passing points. To date, the five-time state champion is second in the point standings with three feature wins, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona had a solid night at Arizona Speedway with a third place finish. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin won his tenth heat race of the campaign and was third in passing points. Ranked sixth in points, “The Magic Man” has three feature wins, one fast time award, two top qualifier awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the year.

Surprise, Arizona’s Tom Ogle scored fourth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the family owned #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle was third in his heat race and earned his second top qualifier award. In limited starts, the veteran driver left Queen Creek placed seventeenth in the point chase with four top-10 finishes.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona scored fifth in the “Neils Garage Cabinets Night at the Races.” Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi took third in his heat race and ranked eighth in passing points. The Western World Champion is currently fourth in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led.

Peoria, Arizona’s “The Bull” Tye Mihocko earned his second “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from twenty-first. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking RSS, Mihocko scored eighth in his heat race and was twenty-first in passing points. The young driver sits eleventh in points with one semi-main win and six top-10 finishes on the year.

On Saturday, October 17th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Central Arizona College Student Night” will also feature Dwarf Cars, X-Mods, Super Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Joe Schoepner (#17X Schoepner), 8. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 7. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (2nd), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 3. Mike Martin (4th), 4. Tom Ogle (6th), 5. Matt Rossi (8th), 6. Nick Aiuto (11th), 7. Stevie Sussex (1st), 8. Josh Pelkey (12th), 9. Tye Mihocko (21st), 10. Michael Curtis (15th), 11. Dennis Gile (16th), 12. Andy Reinbold (10th), 13. Matt Lundy (14th), 14. Shon Deskins (13th), 15. Joe Schoepner (20th), 16. Koty McGullam (17th), 17. Jody Wirth (19th), 18. Josh Shipley (9th), 19. Brian Hosford (7th), 20. Leland Fuller (22nd), 21. Mike Bonneau (18th), 22. Chris Bonneau (3rd). NT ---------------------------- **C.Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Sussex, Laps 11-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (21st to 9th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-980, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-919, 3. Stevie Sussex-846, 4. Matt Rossi-837, 5. Josh Pelkey-803, 6. Mike Martin-799, 7. Brian Hosford-639, 8. Andy Reinbold-559, 9. Nick Aiuto-539, 10. Bruce St. James-523, 11. Tye Mihocko-489, 12. Dennis Gile-469, 13. Josh Shipley-442, 14. Mike Colegrove-432, 15. Chris Bonneau-410, 16. Shon Deskins-393, 17. Tom Ogle-366, 18. Michael Curtis-316, 19. Mike Bonneau-287, 20. Koty McGullam-200.

 

 

JACE VANDER WEERD IS BACK ON TOP AT HANFORD’S JIM EVETT MEMORIAL

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 6, 2015... Leading all 30-laps, Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California won Saturday’s “Jim Evett Memorial” at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway. For Vander Weerd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph earned $1,500 plus an additional $3,000 from lap money raised by the Evett family. Mike Spencer, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Fast Qualifier Jake Swanson, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace Vander Weerd scored the biggest win of his career. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year began his night by qualifying sixth out of nineteen racers and taking fourth in his heat race. Starting on the pole position, Vander Weerd held off several challenges by Mike Spencer to maintain the lead. Several caution flags would halt the action, but Jace had excellent restarts and hit his marks to earn his first victory of the year. Ranked third in points and moving to eighth on the win list, Vander Weerd has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and thirteen top-10 finishes to his credit.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer pressured Vander Weerd for the top spot but had to settle for second at Hanford. Piloting Mark Priestley’s #7M Sander Engineering / Roy Miller Freight Lines Maxim, the five-time USAC/CRA Champion was fourth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, Spencer is nineteenth in the point standings with three top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the year.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California scored third in the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Driving Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified third overall and placed third in his heat race. Closing in on his second championship, “Hollywood” has a 143-point lead with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top-qualifier award, six heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led.

After earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson ran fourth in the 30-lap feature. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley, Swanson claimed fourth in his heat race and left Hanford ranked sixteenth in points. To date, the USAC/CRA regular has one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd charged from ninth to score fifth in the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was ninth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. The 2011 Champion is second in points with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led.

Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California was back in USAC West Coast action and earned his second DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified fourteenth overall and ran second to Terry Schank Jr. in his heat race. Heading to Tulare, the 2012 Champion is eighth in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led on the year.

Tracy, California’s Austin Liggett raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Home Connections Inc. ART, Liggett was seventh quick in time trials and scored tenth in the feature after a late caution ended his top-five run. In limited starts, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is thirteenth in the standings with four heat race victories and five top-10 finishes.

Making his first USAC West Coast start, Terry Schank Jr. of Santa Rosa, California won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing Roger Gleeson’s #1 Joe Hunt Magnetos / King Racing Products Spike, Schank qualified eleventh overall and scored sixteenth in the “Jim Evett Memorial.” Terry left Hanford tied for fifty-fourth in the championship chase.

This Saturday, October 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will battle at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The KRC Safety Fall Shootout will also showcase the King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 3, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – “Jim Evett Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.872; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.879; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.064; 4. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-16.068; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.074; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.077; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.079; 8. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-16.082; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.203; 10. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.358; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-16.359; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.390; 13. Gary Paulson, 51, Paulson-16.413; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.441; 15. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.453; 16. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.837; 17. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.218; 18. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-17.552; 19. Todd Miller, 96, Miller-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Paulson, 3. Spencer, 4. Swanson, 5. McQueen, 6. Adams. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Kaeding, 3. Rutherford, 4. Marcham, 5. Howell, 6. Majors. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Faria, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sibley, 6. Logan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Jace Vander Weerd (1st), 2. Mike Spencer (3rd), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (4th), 4. Jake Swanson (6th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (9th), 6. Bud Kaeding (14th), 7. Max Adams (10th), 8. Tristan Guardino (15th), 9. Cody Majors (17th), 10. Austin Liggett (7th), 11. Shannon McQueen (16th), 12. Gary Paulson (13th), 13. Dennis Howell (8th), 14. Jonathan Logan (18th), 15. Troy Rutherford (2nd), 16. Terry Schank Jr. (11th), 17. Trey Marcham (5th), 18. Jeff Sibley (12th). NT --------------------------- **Miller flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Vander Weerd. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bud Kaeding (14th to 6th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-861, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-718, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-659, 4. Trey Marcham-651, 5. D.J. Johnson-607, 6. Tristan Guardino-535, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Bud Kaeding-448, 9. Landon Hurst-443, 10. Jeff Sibley-375, 11. Brody Roa-362, 12. Troy Rutherford-325, 13. Austin Liggett-314, 14. Shannon McQueen-300, 15. Max Adams-263, 16. Jake Swanson-205, 17. Matt Mitchell-181, 18. Kyle Smith-176, 19. Mike Spencer-168, 20. Colby Copeland-166.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 3, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 7. Joe Schoepner (#17X Schoepner), 8. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 5. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy), 6. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam), 7. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Tom Ogle, 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Michael Curtis, 11. Dennis Gile, 12. Andy Reinbold, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Shon Deskins, 15. Joe Schoepner, 16. Koty McGullam, 17. Jody Wirth, 18. Josh Shipley, 19. Brian Hosford, 20. Leland Fuller, 21. Mike Bonneau, 22. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**C.Bonneau flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Sussex, Laps 11-30 Johnson.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: October 17 – Casa Grande, AZ – Central Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 3, 2015 - Hanford, California - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - "Jim Evett Memorial"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.872; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.879; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.064; 4. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-16.068; 5. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.074; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.077; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.079; 8. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-16.082; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.203; 10. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-16.358; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-16.359; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.390; 13. Gary Paulson, 51, Paulson-16.413; 14. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.441; 15. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.453; 16. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.837; 17. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.218; 18. Jonathan Logan, 32, Evett/Logan-17.552; 19. Todd Miller, 96, Miller-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Paulson, 3. Spencer, 4. Swanson, 5. McQueen, 6. Adams. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schank, 2. Kaeding, 3. Rutherford, 4. Marcham, 5. Howell, 6. Majors. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Guardino, 3. Faria, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Sibley, 6. Logan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Max Adams, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Cody Majors, 10. Austin Liggett, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Gary Paulson, 13. Dennis Howell, 14. Jonathan Logan, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Terry Schank Jr., 17. Trey Marcham, 18. Jeff Sibley. NT --------------------------- **Miller flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Vander Weerd.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Faria-861, 2-R.Vander Weerd-718, 3-J.Vander Weerd-659, 4-Marcham-651, 5-D.J. Johnson-607, 6-Guardino-535, 7-Ryan Bernal-478, 8-Kaeding-448, 9-Landon Hurst-443, 10-Sibley-375.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: October 10 - Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway - "KRC Safety Fall Shootout"

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

October 3, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - “Jim Evett Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-16.451; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte-16.481; 3. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-16.634; 4. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-16.663; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.776; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 11R, Brutton-16.855; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.865; 8. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-16.925; 9. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-16.932; 10. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-16.943; 11. Troy Rutherford, 87JR, Vermeer-16.944; 12. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-17.022; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-17.047; 14. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-17.400; 15. Jeff Harrington, 9E, Dodenhoff-17.530; 16. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Rutherford, 3. Gardner, 4. Dodenhoff, 5. Elliott, 6. Pankratz, 7. Harrington. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Nichols, 3. Faccinto, 4. Schutte, 5. Gard, 6. Waite, 7. Chivello, 8. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cory Elliott, 2. Sean Dodenhoff, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Brian Gard, 8. Jeff Harrington, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Nate Waite, 12. Steve Davis 13. Danny Faria Jr., 14. Terry Nichols. NT

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**Pierovich flipped during qualifications. Chivello flipped during second heat. Faria flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Elliott

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: November 27 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 3, 2015 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Evans (#24 Evans), 2. Daniel Anderson (#88 Anderson), 3. Ryan Cully (#21J Cully), 4. Ariel Biggs (#11E Elliott), 5. Ashley Hazelton (#5 Hazelton), 6. Courtney Crone (#98jr Pankratz), 7. Gary Howard (#21k Kruseman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tristin Thomas (#9T Thomas), 2. Michael Vollbrecht (#4 Vollbrecht), 3. Jesse Love III (#44L Love), 4. Shawn McConnell (#37 Pankratz), 5. Marvin Mitchell (#25 Mitchell), 6. Doug Davidson (#14D Davidson), 7. Jesse Love IV (#38L Love). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shawn Buckley (#7 Buckley), 2. Robert Dalby (#4D Holmes), 3. Jerry Jones (#22B Brousseau), 4. Joel Rayborne (#98 Blondel), 5. Dezel West (#21 West). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Nick Evans, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Ariel Biggs, 4. Tristin Thomas, 5. Joel Rayborne, 6. Ashley Hazelton, 7. Cody Jessop (#00 Jessop), 8. Jesse Love III, 9. Courtney Crone, 10. Shawn McConnell, 11. Gary Howard, 12. Ryan Cully, 13. Marvin Mitchell, 14. Shawn Buckley, 15. Jesse Love IV, 16. Jerry Jones, 17. Doug Davidson, 18. Michael Vollbrecht, 19. Dezel West, 20. Daniel Anderson. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Evans.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,396, 2-Hazelton-1,147, 3-Dylan Nobile-1,071, 4-Love IV-1,003, 5-Toni Breidinger-972, 6-Tom Paterson-896, 7-Annie Breidinger-823, 8-Buckley-618, 9-Dalby-518, 10-West-479. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-585, 2-Dalby-518, 3-A.Hazelton-507, 4-Jessop-496, 5-Love IV-423, 6-Tom Paterson-335, 7-Ron Hazelton-330, 8-Jet Davison-265, 9-T.Thomas-241, 10-Love III-212.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 17 - Lake Havasu City, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 2, 2015 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.282; 2. Tristin Thomas, 9T, Thomas-12.365; 3. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.657; 4. Nick Evans, 24, Evans-12.664; 5. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-12.740; 6. Michael Vollbrecht, 4, Vollbrecht-12.795; 7. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson, 12.804; 8. Marvin Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-12.820; 9. Ariel Biggs, 11E, Elliott-12,826; 10. Doug Davidson, 14D, Davidson-12.827; 11. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-12.877; 12. Dezel West, 21, West-12.982; 13. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-13.057; 14, Trey VanDyne, 44L, Love-13.503. 15. Ryan Cully, 21J, Cully-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A. Hazelton, 2. Evans, 3. Paterson, 4. Davidson, 5. Jessop. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Buckley, 3. Mitchell, 4. Love IV, 5. VanDyne. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vollbrecht, 2. Dalby, 3. Cully, 4. Biggs, 5. West. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tristin Thomas, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Nick Evans, 4. Michael Vollbrecht, 5. Ryan Cully, 6. Ariel Biggs, 7. Tom Paterson, 8. Shawn Buckley, 9. Cody Jessop, 10. Marvin Mitchell, 11. Dezel West, 12. Jesse Love IV, 13. Doug Davidson, 14. Ashley Hazelton, 15. Tres VanDyne. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Dalby, Laps 21-25 T.Thomas.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,354, 2-A.Hazelton-1,098, 3-Dylan Nobile-1,071, 4-Love IV-978, 5-Toni Breidinger-972, 6-Paterson-896, 7-Annie Breidinger-823, 8-Buckley-585, 9-West-460, 10-Dalby-454. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-552, 2-A.Hazelton-458, 3-Jessop-454, 4-Dalby-454, 5-Love IV-398, 6-Paterson-335, 7-Ron Hazelton-330, 8-Jet Davison-265, 9-T.Thomas-182, 10-Mitchell-177.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 3 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

LEARY, FARNEY, BAYSTON LEAD "ROOKIE" STANDINGS

Indiana drivers C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Aaron Farney of Brookston, and Spencer Bayston of Lebanon are the current leaders in their respective races for the 2015 USAC National "Rookie of the Year" awards to be distributed at USAC's National Awards Banquet in downtown Indianapolis December 11.

Leary faces competition from Austin Nemire and Justin Grant for the Silver Crown honors entering the "Salt City 78" series finale October 10 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Leary scored a sensational second-place finish in the "Sumar Classic" at Terre Haute, Ind. in July and added "top-10" finishes on the pavement at Indianapolis, and on the dirt at Belleville, Kans., Springfield, Ill. and Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Leary ranks sixth in the standings, trailed closely by rookie hopefuls Austin Nemire and Justin Grant. Nemire, ninth in the points, was fifth at Iowa Speedway in June, seventh at Toledo, Ohio and had a pair of 10ths at Indianapolis on the pavement. Grant, 10th in the latest points, had a third at Belleville, a fourth at DuQuoin, Ill., a fifth in the Hoosier Hundred and sixths at Terre Haute and at Eldora Speedway.

Farney is 11th in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car points entering Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg, Ind. on the strength of a victory during Indiana Sprint Week at Terre Haute and six other "top-10s." Carson Short and Max McGhee are his closest pursuers in the points, ranking 19th and 20th respectively.

Bayston appears to be the hands-down Honda National Midget candidate, fifth in the standings after recording 11 "top-10" finishes. He was third at Gas City and had fourths at Beloit, Kans. and during the Pennsylvania swing at Path Valley Speedway Park.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE QUEEN CREEK ACTION

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015... After a hard fought “Brawl For It All,” the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their final appearance of the year at Arizona Speedway. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona’s ET Motopark, Saturday’s $1750-to-win “Neils Garage Cabinets Night at the Races” will also feature Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bomber Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, Arizona Speedway has hosted sixteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nine victories, including the April 18th and June 13th shows. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., who won the May 16th and September 19th races, has five wins at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Other Queen Creek winners are Mike Martin and Josh Pelkey.

Heading into the sixteenth point race, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona has a 61-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran fourteenth in the “Brawl For It All.” To date, the 2-time champion has eight feature wins, six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, eighteen nineteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led. This Saturday, R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid by claiming his 31st SouthWest triumph.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led nine laps at Canyon before scoring thirteenth. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has three feature wins, seven heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led.. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on a victory and gaining valuable points this Saturday night.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona ranks third in the SouthWest point chase. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran fifth last Saturday night. To date, the Grudge Series point leader has three feature wins, three heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led. Stevie is currently tied with Ryan Bernal for sixth on the series win list and will be looking for first win at Queen Creek.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi sits fourth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed eleventh in the “Brawl For It All.” At press time, the Western World Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for eighth on the win list, Matt will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is fifth in the championship standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey charged from fourteenth to finish seventh at Canyon Speedway Park. Heading to Queen Creek, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, and thirteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Josh is currently tied for fourth on the SouthWest win list with five main events and will be looking to earn the $1,750 payday.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, Dennis Gile, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 9-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 8-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Mike Martin, 3-Stevie Sussex, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Blake Hahn, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-910, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-849, 3. Stevie Sussex-796, 4. Matt Rossi-783, 5. Josh Pelkey-760, 6. Mike Martin-733, 7. Brian Hosford-617, 8. Andy Reinbold-524, 9. Bruce St. James-523, 10. Nick Aiuto-489, 11. Tye Mihocko-452, 12. Dennis Gile-435, 13. Mike Colegrove-432, 14. Josh Shipley-420, 15. Chris Bonneau-387, 16. Shon Deskins-363, 17. Tom Ogle-303, 18. Michael Curtis-279, 19. Mike Bonneau-271, 20. Dalten Gabbard-192

 

 

BIG FAST TIME BONUS, SUPER LICENSE, JARRETT RETURN SPICE SATURDAY'S "FALL NATIONALS" AT LAWRENCEBURG

The final AMSOIL USAC National Sprint race in the Midwest this season promises to offer a number of interesting battles as the series visits Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway for Saturday night's $10,000-to-win "Fall Nationals."

To kick things off, the ProSource Fast Time Award, which has been a season-long tradition, has grown to a $1,000 bonus with the additional support of a number of contributors. Drivers Chase Stockon, Kody Swanson, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon are also eyeing the season-ending ProSource Fast Time Challenge bonus of $2,500 which goes to the driver posting the most fast times in 2015 USAC National racing. Stockon has seven so far, while Swanson has six and Darland and Bacon have five.

The return of Logan Jarrett, the Kokomo driver who has been absent since mid-August, is also expected to demand attention, since he won the Lawrenceburg feature in April.

Darland and Kevin Thomas Jr. continue to battle for the 2015 Mike Curb Super License bonus of $5,000, which will be awarded at the USAC National Awards Dinner to the driver who amasses the most USAC National points between the Silver Crown, Sprint and Midget series. Thomas has a 36-point lead over Darland entering the Lawrenceburg race with 74 points available Saturday.

Thomas Meseraull comes to Lawrenceburg fresh from his initial AMSOIL USAC National Sprint victory after capturing last week's "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Don't forget the battle for USAC's AMSOIL National Championship too! Robert Ballou has a slim 25-point lead over Stockon and is only 35 points ahead of Darland. Again, 74 points are available Saturday. Only seven races remain on the 2015 calendar. Ballou has totaled 10 feature wins already this season and would like to add Lawrenceburg to his total.

Jon Stanbrough hopes to tie Darland as the winningest USAC driver in Lawrenceburg history. He has five career wins there, while Darland has six.

Tracy Hines, who has announced his intention to curtail his full-time racing career, hopes to land his initial USAC feature victory of the season, which would mark the 20th consecutive year he has won at least one USAC National race.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS RUMBLE AT HANFORD’S “JIM EVETT MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015... This Saturday, October 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their final appearance of the year at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the “Jim Evett Memorial” will also feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the front gates open at 4:30pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Saturday's point race honors Jim Evett, a longtime supporter of racing in California. Well respected in the pit area, Evett is perhaps best known for supporting the efforts of his grandson Jonathan Logan. Competing on a budget, the team raced with the non-winged 360s of the Central Valley and occasionally with the SCRA and USAC/CRA 410s. In 2006, Logan and Evett enjoyed one of their best seasons and earned the SCRA 360 Championship. The partnership continued with modest success until Jim's passing in 2010 and Jonathan still races in his grandfather's memory. This Saturday night, the Evett family has raised an extra $3,000 in lap money with $100 going to the leader of each lap. Logan will join the action and will be looking for his first USAC West Coast victory.

Saturday’s event will be the 41st West Coast Sprint Car event at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Since March 14, 2009, Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with seven Hanford victories. Veteran Peter Murphy holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290, set on March 13, 2010 and a Hanford win list is at the bottom of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Hanford will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds has 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

After winning Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 22nd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California has a 135-point lead. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, the 2013 Champion has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top-qualifier award, six heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led. Faria is currently ranked fourth on the series win list and will be looking to win his third Evett Memorial.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd is second in the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd ran fourth in the Stanfield Memorial. To date, the 2011 Champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led. Currently ranked second on the West Coast win list, Richard will have his sights on claiming his eighteenth win this Saturday night.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is third in chase for the championship. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham ran fifth in the Santa Maria feature. The leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit. Trey has had an impressive rookie season and will be looking to make the “Jim Evett Memorial” his first series win.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson charged from thirteenth to sixth at Santa Maria. Heading to Hanford, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has six heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led. This Saturday, D.J. will be looking to earn his first USAC West Coast victory at Hanford.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is fifth in the West Coast point chase. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd scored twenty-second at Santa Maria after an early exit. At press time, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and twelve top-10 finishes in 2015. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the series win list, Jace will be looking to collect his fifth winning trophy.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, and Shannon McQueen are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Brody Roa, Jeff Sibley, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Kyle Smith, T.J. Miller, Johnathon Logan, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

JIM EVETT MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2010-Bud Kaeding; 2011-Danny Faria Jr.; 2012-Richard Vander Weerd, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Cancelled.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 7-Ryan Bernal, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 3-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-797, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-662, 3. Trey Marcham-622, 4. D.J. Johnson-607, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-593, 6. Tristan Guardino-489, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Landon Hurst-443, 9. Bud Kaeding-396, 10. Brody Roa-362, 11. Jeff Sibley-354, 12. Troy Rutherford-294, 13. Austin Liggett-273, 14. Shannon McQueen-265, 15. Max Adams-218, 16. Matt Mitchell-181, 17. Kyle Smith-176, 18. Colby Copeland-166, 19. Johnathon Henry-144, 20. Jake Swanson-143.

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

MIKE MARTIN STORMS TO BRAWL FOR IT ALL VICTORY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015... In one of the most contested races in Canyon Speedway Park history, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin emerged victorious. With eight official lead changes, the Yuma, Arizona driver took the lead from Andy Reinbold on lap 27 and claimed Saturday’s “Brawl For It All.” Co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints, the $2,500 win marked the third USAC SouthWest triumph of the year for the veteran racer. Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, and Stevie Sussex chased Martin to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. led the opening four laps until Sussex slipped by on the next circuit. Davis was back on top for the next two laps, but Sussex had other plans and led laps eight through nineteen. Davis rallied back to take command for the next three laps and Sussex regained the lead on lap twenty-three. Thirteenth starting Andy Reinbold surprised the field and grabbed the lead on the next circuit. Reinbold’s hopes for his first win of the year were dashed as Martin took the lead for good on lap twenty-seven to win the second round of the “Grudge Series.”

Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin had a night to remember. Martin outqualified the twenty-two car field and ran second in his heat race. Now in a tie with Josh Pelkey for fourth on the SouthWest win list, Mike is sixth in the standings with two top qualifier awards, nine heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. In addition, “The Magic Man” has climbed to second in the Grudge Series.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from thirteenth. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold took the lead from Sussex late in the race, but had to settle for second. The tallest driver was thirteenth quick in time trials and won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Leaving Canyon ranked eighth in SouthWest points and tied for sixth in the Grudge Series, Andy has two heat race victories and nine top-10 finishes on the year.

Camp Verde, Arizona’s Nick Aiuto had one of his best nights of the season with a third place finish. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars machine, Aiuto qualified seventh overall and scored fourth in his heat race. Nick is currently tenth in both the SouthWest and Grudge points with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and four feature laps led.

Chris Bonneau of Phoenix, Arizona scored fourth in Canyon’s “Brawl For It All” after starting eighth. Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau was sixth fast in time trials and was fifth in his heat race. Sitting twelfth in the Grudge Series, Chris is fifteenth in SouthWest points on the strength of one top qualifier award, two heat race victories, and eight top-10 finishes.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex ran fifth in the 30-lap main event. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, the Grudge Series point leader qualified third overall, placed third in his heat race, and took the lead one three separate occasions. To date, Sussex is third in the SouthWest point chase with three feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, three heat race victories, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 112 feature laps led.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s second heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was eighth quick in time trials, held the lead three times, and scored thirteenth in the feature. The five-time Arizona champion ranks third in the Grudge Series and second in SouthWest points with three feature wins, seven heat race victories, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led.

South Central, Arizona’s Matt Rossi won the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi qualified ninth overall and ran eleventh in the main event. The Western World Champion is currently sixth in the Grudge Series and fourth in the SouthWest standings with one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit.

This Saturday, October 3rd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also showcase Pure Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The Saturday, October 3rd race will also feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and the winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. More event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “4th Brawl For It All”/Grudge Series

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.141; 2. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-14.173; 3. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-14.314; 4. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-14.450; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.457; 6. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.499; 7. Nick Aiuto, 27, Aiuto-14.612; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.681; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.782; 10. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-14.838; 11. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.847; 12. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.867; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.902; 14. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.915; 15. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.920; 16. Larry Gibson, 2X, Gibson-14.954; 17. Tyler Seavey, 74, Williams-15.034; 18. Matt Lundy, 1, Lundy-15.120; 19. Josh Shipley, 2, Bishop-15.186; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.611; 21. Chris Fiore, 69, Fiore-15.885; 22. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Martin, 3. Hosford, 4. Aiuto, 5. Shipley, 6. Deskins, 7. Gibson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Johnson, 3. Pelkey, 4. Seavey, 5. Gile, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. M.Bonneau, 3. Sussex, 4. Lundy, 5. C.Bonneau, 6. Fiore, 7. Ogle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Martin (5th), 2. Andy Reinbold (13th), 3. Nick Aiuto (3rd), 4. Chris Bonneau (8th), 5. Stevie Sussex (4th), 6. Brian Hosford (9th), 7. Josh Pelkey (14th), 8. Tom Ogle (15th), 9. Josh Shipley (19th), 10. Tye Mihocko (20th), 11. Matt Rossi (1st), 12. Tyler Seavey (17th), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 14. R.J. Johnson (11th), 15. Shon Deskins (6th), 16. Michael Curtis (7th), 17. Mike Bonneau (12th), 18. Dennis Gile (10th), 19. Matt Lundy (18th), 20. Larry Gibson (16th), 21. Chris Fiore (21st). NT ---------------------------- **St. James flipped during time trials.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Davis, Lap 5 Sussex, Laps 6-7 Davis, Laps 8-19 Sussex, Laps 20-22 Davis, Lap 23 Sussex, Laps 24-26 Reinbold, Laps 27-30 Martin. HARD CHARGER: Andy Reinbold (13th to 2nd)

GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-130, 2. Mike Martin-99, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-98, 4. R.J. Johnson-76, 5. Ryan Bernal-71, 6. Matt Rossi-66, --. Josh Pelkey-66, --. Andy Reinbold-66, 9. Matt Mitchell-62, 10. Nick Aiuto-59, 11. Hinter Schuerenberg-57, 12. Chris Bonneau-56, 13. Brian Hosford-52, 14. Chris Windom-48, --. Colby Copeland-48, 16. Richard Vander Weerd-45, --. Shon Deskins-45, 18. Tom Ogle-41, 19. Max Adams-40, --. Josh Shipley-40, 21. Jace Vander Weerd-37, 22. Danny Faria Jr.-36, --. Tye Mihocko-36, 24. Tyler Seavey-34, 25. Austin Liggett-30, 26. Troy Rutherford-29, 27. Trey Marcham-28, --. Michael Curtis 26, --. Mike Bonneau-26, 30. Dennis Gile-22, 31. Matt Lundy-20, 32. Bruce St. James-19, 33. Brody Roa-18, --. Landon Hurst-18, 35. Chris Fiore-16, 36. Larry Gibson-15, 37. Dustin Cormany-1, --. Jeff Sibley-1, --. Shannon McQueen-1, --. Tristan Guardino-1, --. A.J. Bender-1.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-910, 2. Charles Davis, Jr.-849, 3. Stevie Sussex-796, 4. Matt Rossi-783, 5. Josh Pelkey-760, 6. Mike Martin-733, 7. Brian Hosford-617, 8. Andy Reinbold-524, 9. Bruce St. James-523, 10. Nick Aiuto-489, 11. Tye Mihocko-452, 12. Dennis Gile-435, 13. Mike Colegrove-432, 14. Josh Shipley-420, 15. Chris Bonneau-387, 16. Shon Deskins-363, 17. Tom Ogle-303, 18. Michael Curtis-279, 19. Mike Bonneau-271, 20. Dalten Gabbard-192

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-797, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-662, 3. Trey Marcham-622, 4. D.J. Johnson-607, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-593, 6. Tristan Guardino-489, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Landon Hurst-443, 9. Bud Kaeding-396, 10. Brody Roa-362, 11. Jeff Sibley-354, 12. Troy Rutherford-294, 13. Austin Liggett-273, 14. Shannon McQueen-265, 15. Max Adams-218, 16. Matt Mitchell-181, 17. Kyle Smith-176, 18. Colby Copeland-166, 19. Johnathon Henry-144, 20. Jake Swanson-143.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK – LOCATION October 3: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ October 17: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA October 10: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (KRC Safety Fall Shootout) November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships / Grudge Series) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC SouthWest Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 4. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 7. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 8. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 9. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 10. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 11. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 12. Rick Stone (#10 Haskell), 13. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 14. David Moniz (#9 Moniz), 15. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 16. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Graham, Laps 2-25 Sunn.

FINAL USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Pierson-1,020, 2-Josh Sunn-869, 3-Dean Christensen-810, 4-Kevin Chaffee-740, 5-Scott Holcomb-730, 6-Ray Miller-681, 7-Kenney Johnson-656, 8-Jeff Horn-615, 9-Adam Whitney-596,10-Derek Graham-572.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “4th Brawl For It All”/Grudge Series

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.141; 2. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-14.173; 3. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-14.314; 4. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-14.450; 5. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.457; 6. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.499; 7. Nick Aiuto, 27, Aiuto-14.612; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.681; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-14.782; 10. Brian Hosford, 32B, Weber-14.838; 11. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.847; 12. Mike Bonneau, 29, Bonneau-14.867; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-14.902; 14. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-14.915; 15. Tom Ogle, 48, Ogle-14.920; 16. Larry Gibson, 2X, Gibson-14.954; 17. Tyler Seavey, 74, Williams-15.034; 18. Matt Lundy, 1, Lundy-15.120; 19. Josh Shipley, 2, Bishop-15.186; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.611; 21. Chris Fiore, 69, Fiore-15.885; 22. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Martin, 3. Hosford, 4. Aiuto, 5. Shipley, 6. Deskins, 7. Gibson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Johnson, 3. Pelkey, 4. Seavey, 5. Gile, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. M.Bonneau, 3. Sussex, 4. Lundy, 5. C.Bonneau, 6. Fiore, 7. Ogle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Andy Reinbold, 3. Nick Aiuto, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Brian Hosford, 7. Josh Pelkey, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Josh Shipley, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Matt Rossi, 12. Tyler Seavey, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. R.J. Johnson, 15. Shon Deskins, 16. Michael Curtis, 17. Mike Bonneau, 18. Dennis Gile, 19. Matt Lundy, 20. Larry Gibson, 21. Chris Fiore. NT

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**St. James flipped during time trials.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Davis, Lap 5 Sussex, Laps 6-7 Davis, Laps 8-19 Sussex, Laps 20-22 Davis, Lap 23 Sussex, Laps 24-26 Reinbold, Laps 27-30 Martin.

NEW GRUDGE SERIES POINTS: 1.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-797, 2-Richard Vander Weerd-662, 3-Trey Marcham-622, 4-D.J. Johnson-607, 5-Jace Vander Weerd-593, 6-Tristan Guardino-489, 7-Ryan Bernal-478, 8-Landon Hurst-443, 9-Bud Kaeding-396, 10-Brody Roa-362.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 3 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 3 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton (#5 Hazelton), 2. Shawn Buckley (#7 Buckley), 3. Jet Davison (#59 Davison), 4. Wally Pankratz (#98 Pankratz), 5. Cody Jessop (#00 Jessop), 6. Jesse Love IV (#38L Love). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ariel Biggs (#11e Elliott), 2. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 3. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 4. Mike Leach (#37 Pankratz). 5. Daniel Anderson (#88 Schankerman). 6. Jesse Love III (#44 Love). NT

FEATURE: (16 laps - Halted due to accident) 1. Ashley Hazelton, 2. Mike Leach, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Jesse Love IV, 5. Daniel Anderson, 6. Shawn Buckley, 7. Cody Jessop (#44), 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Jet Davison, 10. Ariel Biggs, 11. Wally Pankratz, 12. Jesse Love III (#00). NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Hazelton.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,314, 2-Dylan Nobile-1,071, 3-A.Hazelton-1,059, 4-Toni Breidinger-972, 5-Love IV-944, 6-Paterson-848, 7-Annie Breidinger-823, 8-Buckley-537, 9-Dezel West-425, 10-Dalby-386. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-504, 2-A.Hazelton-419, 3-Jessop-414, 4-Dalby-386, 5-Love IV-364, 6-Ron Hazelton-330, 7-Paterson-287, 8-Davison-265, 9-Love III-167, 10-Joel Rayborne-155.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 2 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

BELL TAKES 2 OF 3 CROWNS WITH FIRST SILVER CROWN WIN AT ELDORA; SWANSON CLINCHES CHAMPIONSHIP

Rossburg, Ohio...Christopher Bell capped Saturday night's 34th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway with his first-ever Silver Crown Championship Series victory, making it two of three crowns for the night at the famed half-mile. Again, Bell took the lead from the start and went wire-to-wire, this time after setting the night's ProSource "Fast Time." He won by 6.398 seconds in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #99 JEI/Foxco Chevy.

"I've been close on these races before, and I was worried as the race went on that something would come up. I really thought Kody (Swanson) would be tough to beat, as well as he was hanging with me early. I had to go above the little bit of rough into turn-one, and then I started losing my cushion off turn-four, and when it was gone, I kept hitting the wall towards the end. I tried to keep from doing it as much as I could, but it got really difficult up there. Thankfully, we were able to hang on for all 50 (laps)," Bell said.

Bell immediately rocketed to the lead from the start and ran right against the wall all the way around, entering above the cushion into turn-one and walking away from the field. Behind him, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom battled for the second spot before Swanson spaced himself away from Windom, comfortably in second.

After an early caution, Windom was locked in a battle with Shane Cockrum and Brady Bacon. Shane Cottle was on the move from his ninth starting spot and joined the fray as well.

Just past halfway, Dave Darland spun in turn-two to bring out the final caution of the event, erasing a 4.612-second lead for Bell. It had no adverse effect on him, though, as he traced the very outside of the high-banked half-mile to close out the night's festivities with a 50-lap win.

Behind him, Kody Swanson stretched out his advantage and came home comfortably in second, clinching his second-straight Silver Crown Series championship in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"When you're racing for these guys, you have to get yourself ready to go good here, and they've gotten me a lot better. To be able to seal up the championship here for them is really something special. I'm so proud of these guys and so grateful to be a part of their team. Two seconds at the 4-Crown is pretty wild for a guy like me," Swanson said.

Windom rounded out the podium as Bell's teammate in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/J & D Performance Mopar.

"Today was a really tough day. Just getting here from the rain-delayed ARCA race at Kentucky was a trip. I just couldn't quite get up in the fluff like those top-two were without getting really tight. I just had to settle in for third, which is a little disappointing with as bad as I wanted to win it. It was a good night for us as a team, though," Windom said.

Cottle's fine run ended fourth in the Curtis Williams - QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop - Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Kistler Chevy.

Dallas Hewitt, who substituted for Kent Wolters in the feature, earned the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award for his run from 19th to finish 13th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.125; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.385; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-17.705; 4. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.754; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.942; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-17.981; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.995; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.000; 9. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.043; 10. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.130; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-18.173; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-18.303; 13. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-18.365; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.395; 15. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-18.636; 16. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.692; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-18.747; 18. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-18.885; 19. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-19.057; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. A.J. Fike, 12. David Byrne, 13. Dallas Hewitt (#21), 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Pierce, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Tanner Thorson (#17), 18. Dave Darland, 19. Chris Fetter, 20. Terry Babb. NT -------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS:Laps 1-50 Bell. THE PIT BOARD

**Christopher Bell became the first driver to win his first career Silver Crown race at Eldora Speedway since his RPM/Fred Gormly teammate Chris Windom won in 2013. Others who have accomplished the feat include Bryan Clauson (2010), Mat Neely (2006), Kevin Huntley (1997), Ken Schrader (1983), Ron Shuman & Danny Smith (1982) & Steve Kinser (1981).

**Bell led all 50 laps en route to victory lane. He is the first driver to lead every lap in a Silver Crown race at Eldora since Bryan Clauson in 2010.

**Christopher Bell became the first driver to win both the USAC Midget & Silver Crown features in a single "4-Crown Nationals" since Kyle Larson in 2011. Others to accomplish that feat include Dave Darland (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Jack Hewitt (1998).

**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features Saturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple "4-Crown Nationals" features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.

 

 

MESERAULL MASTERS ELDORA FOR FIRST-CAREER USAC SPRINT WIN

Thomas Meseraull celebrates his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Saturday night at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals." (Collin Markle Photo)

Rossburg, Ohio...Thomas Meseraull has been beating on the door for his first-career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win, and he finally kicked it in on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway during the 34th "4-Crown Nationals." The San Jose, California native came from row-three and dominated the second half of the 30-lapper.

Kody Swanson took the lead from the pole, but ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Chase Stockon was on the move from his sixth-starting spot, sliding past Swanson into turn-three on lap four.

After a caution on lap eight, Bryan Clauson rolled the high side to take the lead from Clauson on lap nine. He checked out on the field as he traced the outside concrete. Brady Bacon slowed on lap 13, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped into turn-one under the yellow. He walked away.

On lap 16, Clauson came off turn-four with a flat right-rear tire, as Stockon flashed by to re-take the lead before the caution flew for Clauson. He changed his right-rear tire and restarted the race in 22nd.

That set the stage for Meseraull, who had just cleared Dave Darland and Swanson to earn himself the second spot on the restart. He wasted no time, as he roared by on the high side to take the lead. While he set off in pursuit of his first win, all eyes turned to Clauson, who was carving his way back through the field.

Swanson closed slightly over the late stages, but the 33-year old Meseraull finished it off to give himself an excited trip to Eldora victory lane with the Marion Underground Construction - Shane Wade Enterprises #66 DRC/Dynotech.

"I don't even know what to say about it. It's been a long road, and it's just crazy how great that car was and how simple it seemed to be tonight. Shane Wade and Donnie Gentry have given me an opportunity here, and this is why guys like us are doing this stuff. Clauson was so fast, and he was gonna be tough to beat, but his misfortune let it fall right into my lap. Things cleared on the high side, and it just stuck up there. This year, with the owners I've had starting with Todd Keen, has just been such a great thing for me. Shane Wade wants to win, and we got a taste of that tonight at one of the most prestigious events in the country, so I hope this is a sign of what we can do as a team together," Meseraull said.

Swanson finished off his best-ever USAC Sprint Car race on dirt, as he finished second in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"Luckily, Bob Hampshire and my team are good enough to carry me at a track where I still don't consider myself to be that good. Running second in the sprint car is just a great finish for us. It was tough early, but it came around to us and I was catching him towards the end, so I really just hated to see it end. It's good to take that momentum to the Silver Crown feature, too. I still need a little work here, but I'm gaining," Swanson said.

Darland came on late to round out the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"Getting a good start was key to get from tenth. We went out really late, so timing in that well was pretty good. We were just decent in the slick, but we weren't a threat to the guys for the win. We're happy to get out of here with what we got, especially with our points situation. I know as well as anybody that every position and every point matters, so we'll take every one we can get," Darland said.

Clauson's amazing run from the back ended in the fourth spot aboard the B&H Contractors - Dooling Machine #63x Spike/Stanton. Scotty Weir rounded out the top-five in the Todd Keen - AAA #18x DRC/Claxton.

Chris Windom moved from 23rd to finish ninth to earn the $750 Larry Rice High Performance Award.

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AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Bilbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, Simon-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull. THE PIT BOARD

**Thomas Meseraull became the first driver to win his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Eldora Speedway since Brad Sweet in 2008. Other drivers who have won their first career USAC Sprint Car feature at Eldora include Stan Bowman (1962), Allen Crowe (1963), Johnny Rutherford (1964), Larry Dickson & Arnie Knepper (1966), Rollie Beale & Mickey Shaw (1967), Tom Bigelow & Larry Cannon (1969), Jerry Poland (1972), Jackie Howerton & Clark Templeman (1976), Bubby Jones & Eddie Leavitt (1977), Larry Rice (1979), Steve Kinser & Dave Peperak (1981), Jack Hewitt (1982), Steve Butler (1984), Rick Ungar (1987), Kevin Doty, Tray House & Frankie Kerr (1994), Byron Reed (1995), Jimmy Sills (1996), Boston Reid (2003), Dickie Gaines (2004), Matt Westfall (2006), Robert Ballou (2007) & Brad Sweet (2008).

**The four lead changes that occurred during the feature were the most in a "4-Crown" Sprint Car feature since 2011 when there were five.

**Thomas Mesearaull became the third different first-time winner in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series this season (Logan Jarrett at Lawrenceburg & Aaron Farney at Terre Haute).

**Kody Swanson's 2nd place finish was his best career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car finish. His previous best overall finish was a 3rd on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in 2010. His previous best effort on the dirt in a USAC Sprint Car event was an 8th at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in 2012.

**Kody Swanson finished 2nd in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features Saturday night and became the first driver to finish in 2nd place in multiple "4-Crown Nationals" features in the same year since Bryan Clauson in 2010.

 

 

BELL OPENS ELDORA "4-CROWN" WITH MIDGET VICTORY

 

Rossburg, Ohio...Christopher Bell took his first "4-Crown Nationals" victory on Saturday night as he opened the 34th annual prestigious Eldora Speedway event with a wire-to-wire Honda National Midget win. The Norman, Oklahoma native made it three wins on the season in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"It was tough out there tonight. It wasn't really the plan to go big for the lead on the first lap, but it kinda worked out that way. I almost crashed in one, and next thing I know, I had a big old run off turn-two. I saw the hole there and took advantage of it. I had to get in below the lip getting into one. It was nice to finally get that one under my belt," Bell said.

Bell jumped up top in the opening set of corners, as front-row starters Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tracy Hines battled for the lead, but Bell used a full head of steam down the backstretch to throw a huge slide-job for the lead in turn-three. It stuck, and Bell led off turn-four, never to be dethroned. It was the 16th National Midget win of Bell's career, tying him for 38th all-time with George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Henry Pens, Lee Kunzman, and Bobby Olivero.

Hines stuck with Bell for a while, but he fell into the clutches of a battle with Thomas, Jr. and Bryan Clauson, who set ProSource "Fast Time" to open the program. Just after Clauson took third on lap 15, he tagged the turn-four wall and caught the front end, ripping the right-front wheel off the car. He was done for the event.

Rico Abreu was the man on the move from there, slicing past Thomas, Jr. and locking in a duel with Hines for the eventual second spot. He finally stuck the second spot in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Hines held on for third to lengthen his National Midget point lead aboard the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"I picked my line through the middle and I ran it the whole day. I didn't think it was gonna work at first, but all of a sudden it came in for me. I thought we were good enough for second, but we got beat out late for second. We kept it in one piece, though, and got the finish we needed," Hines said.

Tanner Thorson came home fourth in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Spencer Bayston drove from 12th to finish seventh to earn the $750 Larry Rice High-Performance Award as the race's hard charger.

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HONDA USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-16.886; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.960; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.110; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.254; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.377; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.389; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-17.488; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-17.523; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-17.523; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.543; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.570; 12. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-17.591; 13. Brady Bacon, 37, Felker-17.664; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.680; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-17.680; 16. Davey Ray, 23, Light-17.705; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-18.177; 18. Todd Wills, 74, Wills-18.282; 19. Kevin Wills, 9, Wills-18.294; 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-18.705; 21. Robert Bell, 71x, Bell-NT.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Clauson, 3. Ray, 4. Bacon, 5. Drevicki, 6. T.Thomas, 7. K.Wills. 2:23.95

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Hines, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Chapple, 6. Nemire, 7. Gipson. 2:24.07

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.Bell, 2. Buckwalter, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Greth, 5. Bayston, 6. T.Wills, 7. R.Bell. 2:23.25

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Tony DiMattia, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Todd Wills, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Kevin Wills, 20. Steve Buckwalter. --------------------------------
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 C.Bell.
THE PIT BOARD

Christopher Bell became the first driver to win both the USAC Midget & Silver Crown feature in a single "4-Crown Nationals" since Kyle Larson in 2011. Others to accomplish that feat include Dave Darland (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Jack Hewitt (1998).

The win marked Bell's first USAC win at Eldora, despite winning a NASCAR Truck Series event at the track in July.

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable has won five USAC Honda National Midget features in a row and 10 of the last 11 overall.

The drivers currently standing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the USAC Honda National Midget point standings finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th in the feature at Eldora. Tracy Hines maintains his point lead as he attempts to become just the sixth driver to win the National Midget, National Sprint & Silver Crown championships during a career.

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Christopher Bell, 99, RPM/Gormly-17.125; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.385; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-17.705; 4. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.754; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.942; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-17.981; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.995; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.000; 9. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.043; 10. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.130; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-18.173; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-18.303; 13. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-18.365; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.395; 15. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-18.636; 16. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.692; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-18.747; 18. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-18.885; 19. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-19.057; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. A.J. Fike, 12. David Byrne, 13. Dallas Hewitt (#21), 14. Chase Stockon, 15. Aaron Pierce, 16. Austin Nemire, 17. Tanner Thorson (#17), 18. Dave Darland, 19. Chris Fetter, 20. Terry Babb. NT --------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Bell.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN POINTS: 1-Swanson-557, 2-Coons-433, 3-Fike-386, 4-Windom-351, 5-Pierce-335, 6-Leary-303, 7-Byrne-300, 8-Cockrum-297, 9-Nemire-283, 10-Grant-262.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: October 10 - Syracuse, NY - New York State Fairgrounds - "Super Dirt Week XLIV"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.204; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-16.378; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63x, Dooling/Hayward-16.541; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.555; 5. Scotty Weir, 18x, Keen-16.675; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-16.678; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.720; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.740; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17B, Filbee-16.814; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.859; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-16.886; 12. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-16.890; 13. Chad Boespflug, 20N, Nolen-16.902; 14. Brandon Spithaler, 2m, Marshall-16.953; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-16.997; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.007; 17. Dallas Hewitt, 21s, Swanson-17.072; 18. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-17.084; 19. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-17.086; 20. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-17.087; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-17.087; 22. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.111; 23. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-17.126; 24. Cody Gardner, 46, Gardner-17.135; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.153; 26. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-17.303; 27. Beau Stewart, 27, Brumfiel-17.322; 28. Derek Hastings, 32m, Marshall-17.344; 29. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.349; 30. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-17.349; 31. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-17.393; 32. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-17.404; 33. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.435; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-17.449; 35. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.500; 36. Jake Scott, 1, Scott-17.514; 37. Kyle Simon, 24x, Simon-17.572; 38. A.J. Hopkins, 42, Jackson-17.596; 39. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.600; 40. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-17.612; 41. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.662; 42. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-17.684; 43. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.696; 44. Kent Wolters, 12x, Wolters-17.706; 45. Brandon Moore, 7M, Moore-17.722; 46. Dustin Ingle, 2, Ingle-17.725; 47. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-17.729; 48. Steve Little, 53, Little-17.832; 49. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-17.850; 50. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.029; 51. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.420; 52. Riley VanHise, 96,VanHise-18.634; 53. Aaron Pierce, 37, Felker-NT (Time of 17.208 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. Stockon, 3. Hewitt, 4. Weir, 5. Andretti, 6. Boespflug, 7. Bilbee, 8. L.Simon, 9. DiMattia, 10. K.Simon, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore. 2:24.60

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Meseraull, 3. Cottle, 4. Coons, 5. Spithaler, 6. Cockrum, 7. Fischesser, 8. Ingle, 9. Smith, 10. Hopkins, 11. Hery, 12. Spencer. 2:27.02

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Clauson, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Grant, 7. Hall, 8. Courtney, 9. Clouse, 10. Stewart, 11. Wilson, 12. Leary. 2:28.33

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Ballou, 4. Windom, 5. Gardner, 6. Whited, 7. Gaines, 8. Little, 9. Hastings, 10. Wolters, 11. Bacon, 12. Scott. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Hall, 2. Leary, 3. Clouse, 4. Gaines, 5. DiMattia, 6. Ingle, 7. Hopkins, 8. K.Simon, 9. Wilson, 10. Spencer, 11. Robbins, 12. Moore, 13. Little, 14. Hewitt, 15. Bell, 16. Scott, 17. Pierce, 18. Goodnight, 19. VanHise. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cockrum, 3. Bilbee, 4. Whited, 5. Courtney, 6. L.Simon, 7. Andretti, 8. Gaines, 9. Hall, 10. Boespflug, 11. Leary, 12. Westerfeld, 13. Gardner, 14. Fischesser, 15. Spithaler, 16. Hastings, 17. Clouse, 18. Stewart, 19. Hery, 20. Grant. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Nick Bilbee, 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 14. Dickie Gaines, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Brandon Whited, 18. Jon Stanbrough, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Jarett Andretti, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Aaron Farney, 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **VanHise flipped during the C-Main. Pierce flipped during the C-Main. K.Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Swanson, Laps 4-8 Stockon, Laps 9-14 Clauson, Lap 15 Stockon, Laps 16-30 Meseraull.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,861, 2-Stockon-1,836, 3-Darland-1,826, 4-Bacon-1,673, 5-Stanbrough-1,567, 6-K.Thomas-1,471, 7-Windom-1,348, 8-Leary-1,247, 9-Hines-1,165, 10-Grant-1,083.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: October 3 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -"City of Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals"

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 26, 2015 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 34th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Dooling-16.886; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.960; 3. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.110; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.254; 5. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.377; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.389; 7. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-17.488; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-17.523; 9. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-17.523; 10. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-17.543; 11. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.570; 12. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-17.591; 13. Brady Bacon, 37, Felker-17.664; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-17.680; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-17.680; 16. Davey Ray, 23, Light-17.705; 17. Austin Nemire, 91, Nemire/Yager-18.177; 18. Todd Wills, 74, Wills-18.282; 19. Kevin Wills, 9, Wills-18.294; 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-18.705; 21. Robert Bell, 71x, Bell-NT.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Clauson, 3. Ray, 4. Bacon, 5. Drevicki, 6. T.Thomas, 7. K.Wills. NT

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Hines, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Chapple, 6. Nemire, 7. Gipson,

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.Bell, 2. Buckwalter, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Greth, 5. Bayston, 6. T.Wills, 7. R.Bell.

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Tony DiMattia, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Ryan Greth, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Davey Ray, 16. Todd Wills, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Robert Bell, 19. Kevin Wills, 20. Steve Buckwalter. --------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 C.Bell.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-742, 2-Thorson-717, 3-Thomas-711, 4-Abreu-658, 5-Bayston-629, 6-T.Thomas-609, 7-Jerry Coons Jr.-607, 8-C.Bell-487, 9-Darren Hagen-385, 10-Buckwalter-345.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: October 23 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial"

 

 

THOMAS, DARLAND PACE CURB "SUPER LICENSE" POINTS

Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. are set to battle for the 2015 Mike Curb USAC Super License championship as the season enters its final two months.

Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" offers a "triple" opportunity for drivers hoping to claim the $5,000 cash prize offered by the Nashville, Tenn. sponsor. The driver earning the most total USAC points in the three National racing series (Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint and Honda Midget) collects the cash at the annual USAC National Awards Banquet in December.

Thomas, who has scored a pair of Midget wins and a Sprint win so far this year, has 10 "podium" finishes among his 30 "top-10s." Darland has four Sprint wins among his 11 "podiums" and 33 "top-10s."

Tracy Hines, the "Super License" champion the last two years, ranks third in the current points, ahead of Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou.

Races remaining on the USAC National calendar after Eldora Saturday are: Silver Crown (10/10 at Syracuse, NY), Sprint (10/3 at Lawrenceburg, IN, Nov. 12-14 at Perris, CA and Nov. 19-21 at Tucson, AZ), and Midget (10/23 at Wayne City, IL and 11/26 at Perris, CA).

Former winners of the USAC Super License are: Tracy Hines (2000, 2008, and 2013-14), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Josh Wise (2005-06), Jay Drake (2004), J.J. Yeley (2001-02-03) and Dave Darland (1999).

2015 Mike Curb USAC Super License Standings: 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2,181, 2-Dave Darland-2,140, 3-Tracy Hines-1,943, 4-Chase Stockon-1,838, 5-Robert Ballou-1,816, 6-Brady Bacon-1,786, 7-Chris Windom-1,687, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-1,602, 9-Jon Stanbrough-1,543, 10-C.J. Leary-1,498.

 

 

“4TH ANNUAL BRAWL FOR IT ALL” ON TAP THIS SATURDAY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015... This Saturday, September 26th, Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona will host the “4th Annual Brawl For It All.” Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the event will showcase the USAC SouthWest and West Coast Sprint Cars in a quest for bragging rights and a $2,500-to-win payday. With a talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and New Mexico, the second round of “Grudge Series" will be joined by 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. In addition, an open practice session will be held on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

On January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park hosted the inaugural USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event. Saturday’s race will mark the 40th appearance for the series at their “home track” and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with 12 Canyon wins. Other wins have been claimed by Bryan Clauson (5), Ryan Bernal (4), Dave Darland (3), Charles Davis Jr. (3), Stevie Sussex (3), and more. Davis won the inaugural “Brawl For It All” in 2012 and Mike Spencer won the following year. Unfortunately, rain washed out last season’s race and Shon Deskins holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.827, set on September 28, 2013.

After winning the March 5th “Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona sits atop the “Grudge Series” and is fourth in SouthWest points. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex took the lead from Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg on lap twenty-two and held off California’s Ryan Bernal to score the win. Bernal, Matt Mitchell, Davis, and Schuerenberg chased Sussex to the checkered flags and the “Grudge Series” point standings is at the end of this release.

Heading to the “Brawl For It All,” R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona has a 59-point advantage in the USAC SouthWest standings. Driving Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished second to Davis last Saturday at Queen Creek. To date, the 2-time champion has eight feature wins, six heat race victories, one top qualifier award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led. Johnson currently ranks tenth in the “Grudge Series” point chase.

While Saturday’s race is a non-point event for the USAC West Coast Sprints, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. is inching closer to his second championship. Driving Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria has three feature wins, including the August 22nd “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria. In addition, “Hollywood” has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one top qualifier award, six heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 88 feature laps led. At press time, Faria sits twelfth in the mini-series point standings.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, Josh Pelkey, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, and Mike Colegrove round out the top-10 drivers in the USAC SouthWest standings.

Richard Vander Weerd, Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Bud Kaeding, and Brody Roa are chasing Danny Faria Jr. in the USAC West Coast points.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. General Admission Tickets are $18, Children (7-12) are $10 and 6 and under are FREE. VIP Suite passes are available for $25 and All Access passes are $35. Advance tickets are on sale now and for more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. ----------------------------------------------- GRUDGE SERIES CHAMPIONS: 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Mike Spencer, 2014-Mike Spencer.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

BRAWL FOR IT ALL WINNERS: 2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Spencer. 2014-Rain.

USAC GRUDGE SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-72, 2. Ryan Bernal-71, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-63, 4. Matt Mitchell-62, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg-57, 6. Colby Copeland-48, 7. Chris Windom-48, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-45, 9. Max Adams-40, 10. R.J. Johnson-39, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-38, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-36, 13. Austin Liggett-30, 14. Troy Rutherford-29, 15. Trey Marcham-28, 16. Matt Rossi-27, 17. Mike Martin-26, 18. Bruce St. James-19, 19. Brody Roa-18, --. Landon Hurst-18, --. Josh Pelkey -18, 22. Shon Deskins-16, 23. Dennis Gile-1, --. Shannon McQueen-1, --. Tye Mihocko-1, --. Tristan Guardino-1, --. Jeff Sibley-1, --. Andy Reinbold-1, --. Dustin Cormany-1, --. Brian Hosford-1, --. A.J. Bender-1

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-873, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-814, 3. Matt Rossi-744, 4. Stevie Sussex-738, 5. Josh Pelkey-712, 6. Mike Martin-660, 7. Brian Hosford-566, 8. Bruce St. James-522, 9. Andy Reinbold-459, 10. Mike Colegrove-432, 11. Nick Aiuto-430, 12. Tye Mihocko-417, 13. Dennis Gile-414, 14. Josh Shipley-380, 15. Shon Deskins-334, 16. Chris Bonneau-331, 17. Tom Ogle-262, 18. Michael Curtis-253, 19. Mike Bonneau-245, 20. Dalten Gabbard-192.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-797, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-662, 3. Trey Marcham-622, 4. D.J. Johnson-607, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-593, 6. Tristan Guardino-489, 7. Ryan Bernal-478, 8. Landon Hurst-443, 9. Bud Kaeding-396, 10. Brody Roa-362, 11. Jeff Sibley-354, 12. Troy Rutherford-294, 13. Austin Liggett-273, 14. Shannon McQueen-265, 15. Max Adams-218, 16. Matt Mitchell-181, 17. Kyle Smith-176, 18. Colby Copeland-166, 19. Johnathon Henry-144, 20. Jake Swanson-143.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN QUEEN CREEK SHOWDOWN

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015... Leading 30-laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona raced to victory at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. For Davis, Saturday’s $1,750 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his third win of the campaign. R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, and Tom Ogle chased the veteran driver to the finish line.

Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his thirteenth career series win. The five-time Arizona champion began the night by winning the second 10-lap heat race and placing fifth out of twenty-four racers in passing points. Heading to Saturday’s “Brawl For It All” at Canyon, “Chargin” Charles ranks second in points with six heat race victories, two top qualifier awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, four heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led.

R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona had to settle for second in the 30-lap main event. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Josh Pelkey in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. The point leader left Queen Creek with a 59-point advantage on the strength of eight feature wins, six heat race victories, one top qualifier award, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led to his credit.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey had a solid night at Queen Creek with a third place finish. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey won the program’s first 10-lap heat race and was seated third in passing points. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion sits fifth in the standings with one heat race victory, one top qualifier award, and twelve top-10 finishes on the season.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona had one of his best runs of the year with a fourth place finish from ninth. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold claimed fourth in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. The veteran driver heads to Canyon placed ninth in the championship points with one heat race victory and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Surprise, Arizona’s Tom Ogle scored fifth in the Queen Creek main event after starting seventh. Racing his #46 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle claimed fourth in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. In limited action, the veteran driver is seventeenth in the point chase with one top qualifier award and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After charging from eighth to take third in his heat race, Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona was the night’s top qualifier in passing points. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi claimed fourteenth in the main event. The Western World Champion is currently ranked third in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, three top qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit.

Phoenix, Arizona’s “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twenty-fourth. Piloting his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James took eighth in his heat race and was ranked twenty-fourth in passing points. At press time, the veteran driver sits eighth in the standings with four heat race victories, one top qualifier award, and four top-10 finishes.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona drove to victory in the third 10-lap heat race at Queen Creek. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex placed second in passing points and finished sixth in the main event. Currently, the hard charging driver is fourth in points with three feature wins, three hear race victories, two top qualifier awards, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led in the campaign.

This Saturday, September 26th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to action at Kevin Montgomery's Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The $2,500-to-win "Brawl For It All" is the second round of the "Grudge Series" with the USAC West Coast Sprints and will also feature the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Mike Bonneau (#28 Bonneau), 6. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Joe Schoepner (#17X Schoepner). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 2. R.J. Johnson (1st), 3. Josh Pelkey (4th), 4. Andy Reinbold (9th), 5. Tom Ogle (7th), 6. Stevie Sussex (5th), 7. Chris Bonneau (11th), 8. Mike Martin (10th), 9. Tye Mihocko (18th), 10. Shon Deskins (20th), 11. Bruce St. James (24th), 12. Nick Aiuto (8th), 13. Michael Curtis (12th), 14. Matt Rossi (6th), 15. Brian Hosford (16th), 16. Mike Bonneau (14th), 17. Josh Shipley (3rd), 18. Jody Wirth (21st), 19. Katherine Aragon (17th), 20. Koty McGullam (23rd), 21. Leland Fuller (15th), 22. Joe Schoepner (22nd), 23. Matt Lundy (19th), 24. Dennis Gile (13th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (24th to 11th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-873, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-814, 3. Matt Rossi-744, 4. Stevie Sussex-738, 5. Josh Pelkey-712, 6. Mike Martin-660, 7. Brian Hosford-566, 8. Bruce St. James-522, 9. Andy Reinbold-459, 10. Mike Colegrove-432, 11. Nick Aiuto-430, 12. Tye Mihocko-417, 13. Dennis Gile-414, 14. Josh Shipley-380, 15. Shon Deskins-334, 16. Chris Bonneau-331, 17. Tom Ogle-262, 18. Michael Curtis-253, 19. Mike Bonneau-245, 20. Dalten Gabbard-192.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS “8TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC” AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015... Racing past Austin Williams and shaking free from Mike Spencer, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California won the “8th Annual Glenn Howard Classic.” By taking Saturday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory at Perris Auto Speedway, the 3-time champion earned $2,500 for his efforts. Fast Qualifier Spencer, Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers.

As starter Kevin Winters waved the green flag, polesitter Matt Mitchell took command in Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sled. With one lap down, Austin Williams streaked past Mitchell and looked to run away from the competition. Searching for his first “home track” win, Williams set a torrid pace and built a comfortable advantage. Charging from fifth, Gardner took over second and set his sights on the leader. Still running fast laps, Williams continued to run strong as Gardner inched closer. However, a caution on the eighteenth lap erased Austin’s huge lead and proved to be the break that the front runners needed. On the restart, Damion managed to slip past Williams for the top spot as Roa and Spencer battled for third. With the laps counting down, Spencer took over the runner-up spot and started to pressure Gardner. “The Demon” escaped from Mike’s pursuit and claimed his series leading 64th feature win.

Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner became the first driver to score back-to-back “Howard Classic” wins. The 30-lap victory was also the fifth Howard triumph for Alexander, who celebrated wins with “The Cowboy” Tony Jones and Nic Faas. Earlier in the program, Gardner qualified second out of the 23 racers, honored crewman Jeff Stitch with a memorial lap, and won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Heading to Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic,” Damion ranks second in points with seven feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 154 feature laps led.

Starting sixth, Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer had a late surge and pressured Gardner for the lead. The pilot of Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim had to settle for second and left Perris with a 40-point advantage. At the Glenn Howard Classic,” the five-time champion earned his sixth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. In addition, Mike has one feature win, seven heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main wins, two Keizer Wheels / DMI Hard Charger Awards, seventeen, ten top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading seventeen laps, Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California ran third at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fourth quick in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. To date, the former Rookie of the Year sits fourth in the standings with two heat race victories, one Keizer Wheels / DMI Hard Charger Award, and fifteen top-10 finishes on the season.

Corona, California’s “The Cadillac” Cody Williams stormed from seventh to finish third in the “Howard Classic.” Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified seventh overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year currently ranks eighth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, ten top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led.

Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California battled hard to finish fifth in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Lee & Norma Leonard’s #48 HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth fast in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion left Perris ranked sixth in the point standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, and twelve top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Moore, Oklahoma’s Tobey Sampson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a thirteenth place run from twenty-first. Driving the Don Blair Racing #12B In Memory of Bill & Evelyn Pratt / H&H Flat Heads JB, Sampson qualified twenty-first overall and placed sixth in his heat race. In limited starts, the Okie Sprint Car Chassis builder is thirty-sixth in the USAC/CRA point chase.

David Bezio of El Cajon, California raced to his first heat race victory of the year in the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance sponsored event. Piloting his #37X Ralls Precision Machine / SC Grafix Victory, Bezio was eighteenth fast in time trials and claimed fifteenth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” In limited action, the California Lightning Sprint graduate has two top-10 finishes and one feature lap led to his credit.

Starting Friday, October 23rd, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The two night "Hall of Fame Classic" will also showcase Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Vintage Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
September 19, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS:
1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.435; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.489; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.499; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.525; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.744; 6. Matt Mitchell, 93, Gardner-16.843; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.919; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.960; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.019; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.020; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.056; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.157; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.169; 14. Dwayne Marcum, 25, Yount-17.363; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51, Tafoya-17.426; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.435; 17. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-17.444; 18. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.538; 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.738; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.843; 21. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.647; 22. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-NT; 23. Mikey Lovas, 36X, Lovas-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps)
1. Spencer, 2. L.Williams, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. A.Williams, 5. C.Williams, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Sweeney. 2:53.28

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Bender, 4. Colston, 5. Howell, 6. Lovas, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marcum. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps)
1. Bezio, 2. Swanson, 3. Malcolm, 4. Mitchell, 5. Gansen, 6. Sampson, 7. Tafoya. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Mike Spencer (6th), 3. Austin Williams (3rd), 4. Cody Williams (7th), 5. Brody Roa (2nd), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (10th), 7. Matt Mitchell (1st), 8. Parker Colston (11th), 9. Jake Swanson (4th), 10. Tommy Malcolm (9th), 11. A.J. Bender (8th), 12. Verne Sweeney (16th), 13. Tobey Sampson (21st), 14. Logan Williams (13th), 15. David Bezio (18th), 16. Mikey Lovas (22nd), 17. Dennis Howell (17th), 18. Chris Gansen (12th), 19. Anthony Lopiccolo (19th), 20. Dwayne Marcum (14th), 21. Eddie Tafoya (15th), 22. Jeremy Ellertson (20th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Mitchell, Laps 2-18 A.Williams, Laps 19-30 Gardner.
DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Tobey Sampson (21st to 13th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINT STANDINGS:
1. Mike Spencer-1052, 2. Damion Gardner-1012, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-958, 4. Austin Williams-904, 5. Jake Swanson-849, 6. Brody Roa-799, 7. Matt Mitchell-772, 8. Cody Williams-651, 9. Logan Williams-577, 10. Ryan Bernal-482, 11. Parker Colston-415, 12. Jace Vander Weerd-346, 13. Chris Gansen-340, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-334; 15. A.J. Bender-300, 16. Rickie Gaunt-250, 17. Tommy Malcolm-243, 18. Jeremy Ellertson-233, 19. David Bezio-181, 20. Brady Bacon-171.

 

 

TRACY HINES TO STEP AWAY FROM FULL-TIME RACING AFTER 2015 SEASON

Tracy Hines (John Mahoney Photo)

NEW CASTLE, Ind. (September 22, 2015) - When it comes to USAC open wheel racing, Tracy Hines is one of the most recognizable names in the history of the organization and also one of the most accomplished. The native of New Castle, Ind., has been going up and down the road for nearly 25 years, with the majority of that time spent competing in the three USAC National series full-time.

Hines is the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Series champion and the 2002 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series titlist. He has a total of 91 USAC national wins across its three premier divisions. With the 2015 campaign winding down, Hines will be racing in his final full season of competition.

For 2016, Hines will serve as the Competition Director for ThorSport Racing, a championship-winning team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Ohio-based organization, which is owned by Duke and Rhonda Thorson, fields three trucks.

Matt Crafton has won the last two series titles, driving the No. 88 for ThorSport. Crafton is currently third in points, only 11 markers out of the top spot, with teammate Johnny Sauter sitting fourth and Cameron Hayley in the sixth position. Hines will race occasionally in 2016 in his midget and 410-winged sprint car.

"This decision wasn't an easy one, it took the whole summer to make, but it is time," said Hines. "I get to take my love for racing to a great place with great people that share my passion. I look forward to this new step in our lives.

"I have been so lucky to have amazing owners, sponsors, and fans that have made my career such a blessing," shared Hines. "They have stuck with me through many years of ups and downs. I have gotten to do so much in our sport and am truly thankful for each and every experience. The knowledge and skills that I have gained during my years as a driver and car owner from everyone in my racing family will help me in my next chapter of my racing career."

"We are fortunate to be able to bring someone as knowledgeable and talented as Tracy (Hines) on board at ThorSport Racing," said Duke Thorson, owner of ThorSport Racing. "Tracy has been an integral part of our organization in the past, and we are honored to have him back at ThorSport. His experience as a driver and his knowledge of our series, and our sport, will be a valuable asset to our team.

Tracy will be a liaison between our driver's, crew chiefs, and engineers, a move that will add depth to our organization."

Hines has 47 career AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series wins, which is third on the all-time list, behind only Dave Darland and Tom Bigelow. With the Honda USAC National Midget Series, he has 35 wins, which has him tied for seventh-best all-time. In USAC Silver Crown Series competition, Hines has nine wins, which is 12th on the all-time list. He entered this season, having won at least one USAC National feature event in 19 straight years.

Along with his long list of accomplishments in the USAC ranks, Hines also raced in the then-NASCAR Busch Series and then-NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series from 2003-2006. He earned a pair of top-five finishes in the Truck Series in 2004 at the former Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio and Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. In addition, Hines earned an Indy Racing League (IRL) license, through testing with Panther Racing. Hines began his racing career in Quarter Midgets in his home state of Indiana.

The remainder of the 2015 season will see Hines compete approximately 15 times, split between the Honda USAC National Midget Series, AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series and 410-winged sprint car events. Hines currently leads the Honda USAC National Midget Series standings as he chases his first title with the series, which would give him a career Triple Crown to go along with his USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series championships.

"The rest of the season is for having fun and trying to win that USAC Midget title," said Hines. "That's the one title that has eluded me and it would be the perfect way to cap off my full-time USAC racing career."

Hines will be in action this weekend with both the Honda USAC National Midget Series and AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio for the running of the Four-Crown Nationals. In his career at the high-banked, half-mile, he has 11 USAC wins, with nine of those coming in AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series competition. Hines scored his first victory at Eldora in 1996 with the Honda USAC National Midget Series.

 

 

8 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL MIDGET AUTO RACING HALL OF FAME

Eight more inductions for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame have been announced. They include a pair of drivers, a car owner, four officials and a pair of brothers who were long-time sponsors, participants and supporters.

Alphabetically they are: Boots Archer, Tommy Hunt, Ed and Zeke Justice, Wendell Kelley, Roy Morrison, Jim Rieder, Randy Roberts and Bobby Unser. They will be officially inducted during ceremonies in Tulsa, Okla. on January 15 during the week of the Chili Bowl Nationals Midget event.

Archer stepped forward in 1945 to assist the fledgling Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) as its business manager. Through the years he was the "go-to" guy for stats and historical info and his dedication never wavered. He passed away in January of 1996, but he was a guiding force behind BCRA Midget racing for many years. Just before his death, he was instrumental in constructing the history for a book which was released covering the history of Oakland, Calif. racing.

Hunt, who was primarily responsible for the creation of the USAC HPD Midget Series which has conducted races all across the country for the past 13 years, recently became the race organizer at the spectacular Calistoga (California) Speedway and now heads up HMC Promotions in northern California. Named in 1988 to the post of USAC Vice-President/Western Operations, he was formerly the president of Hunt Magnetos, the company founded by his late father. After a stint racing sprint cars and midgets, he ended up purchasing the family company in 1982. A past participant board member with CRA, Tommy became USAC's Western States Supervisor in 1986, a post he held for two decades. His son Tony is one of only two drivers who owns at least 10 USAC driving titles, the other being A.J. Foyt.

The Justice Brothers (Ed and Zeke) were among the sport's most ardent followers and supporters. Through their California company and the continuing dedication of Ed Justice, Jr., they have spread their support throughout the motorsports world. Their involvement in the sport reached many levels and included significant participation in many of the famed Kurtis-Kraft racers which were so popular in the early years. In 2015, the Justice Brothers celebrated their 70th year of participation in the Indianapolis 500. As sponsors of the Petersen Motorsports Porsche, they claimed the 2003 and 2004 24 Hours of LeMans. Their collection of vintage racing vehicles stands as one of the finest in America. Justice Brothers continues to this day to service the racing fraternity through their line of car care products, fleet, farm and industrial lubricants and cleaners.

Morrison was instrumental in perfecting the art of timing and scoring and served numerous capacities as an official after a stint as a driver and car owner. Working with associations such as the SRA (Southern Racing Association), IVMA (Imperial Valley Midget Association) and the United Midget Association, he and his wife Ethel were heavily involved in the sport and in 1946 and 1947, he served as the president of the URA. He passed away in 1970, but was a driving force in organization and rules implementation.

Kelley, affectionately referred to as Mr. NEMA, served as an official for 37 years with the Northeastern Midget Association and worked tirelessly to promote and advance the organization. At the time of his untimely death in 1989, he had attended 655 of 659 NEMA events to that point! As secretary, chief scorer and treasurer, he earned the respect of everyone with his diligent record-keeping and integrity. As a car owner, he fielded cars for two-time NEMA champion Al Pillion and others and, in 1959, was the Non-Offy owner champion. He and his brother Ray were the first recipients of the Bay State Old Timers Award for Dedication to the Preservation of New England Auto Racing. He was one of the initial inductees into the Dick Gallagher Memorial Hall of Fame. A group of life-long fans honored him with their Johnny Thomson Memorial Trophy and NEMA established the Wen Kelley Memorial Award after his untimely passing.

Rieder is one of the sport's most accomplished car owners. With over 50 years of experience in auto racing, he has built cars and guided the careers of many of the sport's top drivers. He captured a half-dozen championships and in 1986 alone his cars won 23 feature events! Among his 14 USAC victories were the 1985 and 1987 Night Before the 500s and the 1986 Hoosier Dome classic with Nick Fornoro Jr. and the 1972 Hut Hundred with Pancho Carter. He also fielded the USAC Championship cars for 1976 Syracuse 100 and 1977 Hoosier Hundred winner Carter. Midget championships included USAC (1972), ARDC (1985 and 1986), ESMRA and SMRC (1985) and All-Star Outlaw (1986). In 1971, he served as the President of the American Racing Drivers Club (ARDC).

Roberts was one of the most accomplished Midget racers in the history of central America. The kingpin of the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) headquartered in Colorado, he claimed championships in 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999. He was the 1979 RMMRA Most Improved Driver and in 1985 and 1988, he was the series "Mechanic of the Year." In 2001, he was inducted into the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame and in 2006, he was inducted into the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame. A frequent competitor with the USAC National Midget series, his career was shortened when he was seriously injured in a highway crash in 2000. During his RMMRA career, he posted an all-time record of 80 victories.

Unser has driven most everything the sport has had to offer and his three Indianapolis 500 victories came in 1968, 1975 and 1981. The only driver in USAC history to post feature victories during five decades, Bobby won the first USAC race ever held in his native New Mexico, a 1963 Midget race at Speedway Park in Albuquerque. Although he had an extensive career in Midgets, he never concentrated on Midget championships. A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Colorado Sports Car Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, he won USAC's "Fast Masters" championship in 1993, featuring the world's greatest race drivers. In 1968 and 1974, he was USAC's National Champion and 13 times he won championships at the prestigious Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 19, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 3. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 4. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 5. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 6. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 7. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 8. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 9. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly) NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenney Johnson (#64 Johnson), 2. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 5. Rick Stone (#10 Haskell), 6. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 7. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 8. David Moniz (#9 Moniz), 9. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Sunn, 2. Pierson, 3. Holcomb, 4. Gallant, 5. M.Chaffee, 6. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Kenney Johnson, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Derek Graham, 5. Scott Holcomb, 6. Kevin Chaffee, 7. Tim Gallant, 8. Ray Miller, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Mike Chaffee, 11. Josh Sunn, 12. Jeff Horn, 13. Rick Stone, 14. David Moniz, 15. Manny Dias, 16. Alex Rose. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 M.Chaffee, Lap 2 Gallant, Laps 3-16 Johnson, Laps 17-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-963, 2-Sunn-809, 3-Christensen-762, 4-Holcomb-730, 5-K.Chaffee-701, 6-Johnson-656, 7-Miller-639, 8-Horn-592, 9-Whitney-560, 10-Graham-518.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 26 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 19, 2015 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Mike Bonneau (#28 Bonneau), 6. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Joe Schoepner (#17X Schoepner). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Andy Reinbold, 5. Tom Ogle, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Shon Deskins, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Matt Rossi, 15. Brian Hosford, 16. Mike Bonneau, 17. Josh Shipley, 18. Jody Wirth, 19. Katherine Aragon, 20. Koty McGullam, 21. Leland Fuller, 22. Joe Schoepner, 23. Matt Lundy, 24. Dennis Gile. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Johnson-873, 2-Davis-814, 3-Rossi-744, 4-Sussex-738, 5-Pelkey-712, 6-Martin-660, 7-Hosford-566, 8-St. James-522, 9-Reinbold-459, 10-Mike Colegrove-432.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 26 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 19, 2015 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Koty McGullam (#44K McGullam). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Mike Bonneau (#28 Bonneau), 6. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 7. Jody Wirth (#5X Wirth), 8. Joe Schoepner (#17X Schoepner). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Katherine Aragon (#42 Aragon), 7. Matt Lundy (#1 Lundy), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Josh Pelkey, 4. Andy Reinbold, 5. Tom Ogle, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Shon Deskins, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Matt Rossi, 15. Brian Hosford, 16. Mike Bonneau, 17. Josh Shipley, 18. Jody Wirth, 19. Katherine Aragon, 20. Koty McGullam, 21. Leland Fuller, 22. Joe Schoepner, 23. Matt Lundy, 24. Dennis Gile. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Davis

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 26 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Brawl For It All” – “Grudge Series”

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 19, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Harvest Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.773; 2. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-14.892; 3. Ashley Hazellton, 15, Hazelton-15.047; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.049; 5. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.058; 6. Tommy McCarthy, 44M, Love-15.164; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.424; 8. Blake Brannon, 98, Brannon-15.903. RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.384; 2. Tommy McCarthy, 44M, Love-15.422; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.575; 4. Blake Brannon, 98, Brannon-15.853.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Nobile, 3. Hazelton, 4. Love IV. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. McCarthy, 3. Brannon, 4. Jessop. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Tommy McCarthy, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Blake Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Tommy McCarthy, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Blake Brannon. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Nobile. RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Love IV.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,332, 2-Nobile-1,140, 3-A.Hazelton-1,052, 4-T.Breidinger-1,034, 5-Love IV-937, 6-Paterson-856, 7-Annie Breidinger-823, 8-Shawn Buckley-485, 9-Dezel West-425, 10-Ron Hazelton-377. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-1,150, 2-T.Breidinger-1,000, 3-Jessop-964, 4-A.Hazelton-803, 5-Annie Breidinger-782, 6-Love IV-629, 7-Paterson-629, 8-Dezel West-325, 9-McCarthy-304, 10-Jeff Kelley-292. NEW USAC HPD RESTRICTED WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-344, 2-Jessop-293, 3-Brannon-275, 4-McCarthy-253, 5-Ethan Lesser-182, 6-Annie Breidinger-115, 7-Cinnamon Brown-62, 8-Joel Rayborne-61, 9-Dezel West-60, 10-Robert Dalby-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 26 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

BRADY SHORT WINS BIG IN "HAUBSTADT HUSTLER" AT TRI-STATE

Brady Short of Bedford, Indiana and his Pottorff Racing crew poses in victory lane after winning Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Tri-State Speedway. (Dillon Welch Photo)

Haubstadt, Indiana.......Brady Short backed up his Tri-State Speedway win from July as he cashed in for $10,000 in Saturday's "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway. The Bedford, Indiana driver benefitted from a tangle with five laps to go collecting race-long leader Kyle Cummins and finished off his second AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season, which was also sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Two separate incidents before a lap was completed brought a third double-file start, and outside front-row starter Kyle Cummins took the lead and ran away from the field. Behind him, Dakota Jackson, C.J. Leary, and Daron Clayton weaved three-wide for second before Clayton slowed suddenly and pulled to the infield.

Jackson took control of the second spot, as Short was the man on the move early, moving from 12th up to the top-five by lap eight, taking fourth a lap later. After a tangle on lap ten, Cummins was again checking out on the field, while Short was working his way by Leary into the third spot by lap twelve. At lap 17, he finally disposed of Jackson and started to carve into Cummins' substantial lead.

Cummins was mired deep in lapped traffic and his lead evaporated quickly, with Short rolling right up behind him with ten laps to go. The battle from sixth back to tenth was heating up, and contact on the frontstretch sent Aaron Farney spinning. With him sitting backwards, Cummins tried to avoid the crash to the inside but caught Farney with his right-rear tire. That stopped Cummins' bid for his first USAC Sprint Car win.

With just five laps to go, the lapped cars went to the tail and gave an opportunity to tenth-starting Kevin Thomas, Jr., who lined up second. He backed it in on the bottom and tried to pressure Short for the win, but the Pottorff Logging - Sipe's Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC was simply too strong. Short took the win by 1.421 seconds.

Brady Short has now won two consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He was also the winner of the "Indiana Sprint Week" event at the 1/4 mile southern Indiana bullring in July. (David Nearpass Photo)

"I wasn't sure if I could get Kyle or not, and we were running really hard coming to those last five laps. It's unfortunate for him, but that's part of racing and this is a really big win for us. This money is definitely gonna help us, especially after flipping out of the ballpark the last time we were here a couple weeks ago. It took a while to get myself back comfortable here tonight and feeling like myself. It's had a little bit more up top and we've had to run up there to keep momentum, and I knew with the longer race, we'd have time to get up front from where we started tonight," Short said.

Thomas, Jr.'s impressive drive ended in second aboard the Griffin's Propane - Bakken Concrete #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

"I was excited to get a chance at him with the last restart, and I really did think we had a shot at him. We were really good on long runs, so we probably needed a few more laps to make a run at him. We were just a little tight for a five-lap run. Brady ran a great race like he always does down here, and our cars are pretty similar, so there's a lot of times where we end up right around each other down here," Thomas said.

Jackson finished off his best-career USAC National Sprint Car run with a podium finish in the Excavation Plus - Whiteland Tire & Fleet Service #3 Bullet/Chevy.

"This place has always been one of my favorites, and I feel comfortable here even when I'm hitting the fence. Tonight felt really good for me personally and for my dad. We haven't been able to put together a full night down here, and tonight was so much fun. Kyle got away from us, and I was just beating the wall down trying to keep up with him. I finally got to the point of trying to maintain and had a good battle with Brady there for second. I plugged the wall pretty good there late and cost myself second, but honestly I was just running the race of my life and having so much fun running up there with those guys.

Brady Bacon came home fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar, and Chase Stockon rounded out the top-five after starting ninth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher. National point leader Robert Ballou picked up the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" after driving from 20th to finish seventh.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 19, 2015 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" (co-sanctioned by MSCS)

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#71p Phillips/Curb-Agajanian), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Mike Terry, Jr. (#85 Terry), 4. Justin Grant (#5 Baldwin), 5. Nick Johnson (#15J Johnson), 6. Robert Bell (#71 Bell), 7. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 8. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen). 2:17.83

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins (#3R Byram), 2. Chris Windom (#21x Pollock), 3. Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 5. Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough), 6. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 7. Jeff Bland, Jr. (#04 Burton), 8. James Lyerla (#11L JL Motorsports). 2:14.42

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Daron Clayton (#92K Clayton), 3. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 5. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 6. Chet Williams (#38 Williams), 7. Chad Boespflug (#21K Krockenberger). 2:14:14

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Donny Brackett (#4B Brackett), 2. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 3. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 4. Kent Schmidt (#5K Schmidt), 5. Carson Short (#21 Short), 6. Lee Dakus (#75 Dakus), 7. Hunter Schuerenberg (#11 Walker). 2:18.37

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mattox, 2. Farney, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Ballou, 5. Cottle, 6. Boespflug, 7. Williams, 8. Lyerla, 9. Dakus, 10. Bell, 11. Johnson, 12. Stanbrough, 13. Bland, 14. C. Short. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Chris Windom, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Brandon Mattox, 14. Kent Schmidt, 15. Jon Stanbrough, 16. James Lyerla, 17. Kyle Cummins, 18. Donny Brackett, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Mike Terry, Jr., 24. Daron Clayton. NT ---------------------------- **Ballou flipped during the first heat. C. Short flipped during the semi. Bland flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Cummins, Laps 36-40 B. Short. THE PIT BOARD

**Brady Short's win in Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" marked his second consecutive USAC victory at Tri-State Speedway this season. Short also won in July at Tri-State during "Indiana Sprint Week."

**Short also became the first USAC Sprint Car driver to win at the same track twice this season.

**Newlywed Kevin Thomas, Jr. again played bridesmaid to Brady Short at Tri-State Speedway in USAC competition. The 2013 "Haubstadt Hustler" winner also finished in 2nd place behind Short in the "Indiana Sprintweek" event at the track in July.

**Dakota Jackson's 3rd place run on Saturday night was the best USAC National Sprint Car result of his career. His previous best finish in a USAC race was a 13th in the "Haubstadt Hustler" on Sept. 15, 2012.

**Remarkably, Saturday night marked Chase Stockon's fourth consecutive 5th place finish in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car competition at Tri-State Speedway.

**Despite leading 59 of the last 80 laps in the "Haubstadt Hustler" over the last two years, Kyle Cummins hasn't been able to reach victory lane. The Princeton, Indiana driver was leading with just five laps to go when he collided with a stopped car that had spun on the front straightaway, ending what could have been his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win.

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 19, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.435; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.489; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.499; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.525; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.744; 6. Matt Mitchell, 93, Gardner-16.843; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.919; 8. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.960; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.019; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.020; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.056; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.157; 13. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.169; 14. Dwayne Marcum, 25, Yount-17.363; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51, Tafoya-17.426; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.435; 17. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-17.444; 18. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.538; 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.738; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.843; 21. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.647; 22. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-NT; 23. Mikey Lovas, 36X, Lovas-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. L.Williams, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. A.Williams, 5. C.Williams, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Sweeney. 2:53.28

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Bender, 4. Colston, 5. Howell, 6. Lovas, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marcum. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bezio, 2. Swanson, 3. Malcolm, 4. Mitchell, 5. Gansen, 6. Sampson, 7. Tafoya. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Wiliams, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Matt Mitchell, 8. Parker Colston, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Tommy Malcolm, 11. A.J. Bender, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Tobey Sampson, 14. Logan Williams, 15. David Bezio, 16. Mikey Lovas, 17. Dennis Howell, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 20. Dwayne Marcum, 21. Eddie Tafoya, 22. Jeremy Ellertson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Mitchell, Laps 2-18 A.Williams, Laps 19-30 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: October 23 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 18, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Harvest Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger (#80 Breidinger), 2. Annie Breidinger (#75 Breidinger), 3. Tommy McCarthy (#44L Love). NT SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 2. Cody Jessop (#00 Jessop), 3. Dylan Nobile (40 Nobile), 4. Ashley Hazellton (#15 Hazelton). NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Cody Jessop (#00 Jessop), 2. Tommy McCarthy (#44L Love), 3. Blake Brannon (#98 Brannon), 4. Jesse Love IV (#38L Love). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Tommy McCarthy, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Cody Jessop, 7. Ashley Hazelton, 8. Jesse Love IV, 9. Blake Brannon. NT ------------------------------

RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Jessop. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Paterson, Laps 28-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,268, 2-Nobile-1,071, 3-Hazelton-991, 4-T.Breidinger-972, 5-Love IV-890, 6-A.Breidinger-823, 7-Paterson-788, 8-Shawn Buckley-485, 9-Dezel West-425, 10-Ron Hazelton-377. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Noblie-1,081, 2-T,Breidinger-938, 3-Jessop-900, 4-A.Breidinger-782, 5-A.Hazelton-742, 6-Love IV-582, 7-Paterson-561, 8-Dezel West-325, 9-Jeff Kelley-292, 10-McCarthy-251. NEW USAC HPD RESTRICTED WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-380, 2-Jessop-233, 3-Brannon-221, 4-McCarthy-191, 5-Ethan Lesser-182, 6-Annie Breidinger-115, 7-Cinnamon Brown-62, 8-Joel Rayborne-61, 9-Dezel West-60, 10-Robert Dalby-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 19- Madera (CA) Speedway - "Harvest Classic"

 

 

BALLOU TAKES NUMBER TEN WITH "HULMAN/HURTUBISE CLASSIC" SCORE

Robert Ballou, Rocklin, California, does a cage stand in victory lane after winning Friday Night's "Tony Hulman/Jim Hurtubise Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Friday night. (David Nearpass Photo)

Terre Haute, Indiana.......Despite many strong runs at the legendary Terre Haute Action Track, a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory had eluded Robert Ballou at the Wabash Valley half-mile. After starting tenth on Friday night, he came on late and caught some good fortune to lead the final three laps and make his first win a big one, the combined "Tony Hulman/Jim Hurtubise Classic."

Chris Windom got the jump from the pole, but Kevin Thomas, Jr. came from third to slide him into turn-two, while Dave Darland snuck along the bottom to take the lead down the backstretch after starting fifth. And Darland was gone. He built a lead of over five seconds in the first five laps as Thomas, Windom, and Hunter Schuerenberg duked it out for the second spot.

After Darland entered traffic on lap seven, Windom took the second spot on lap eight and started to cut a little bit out of a lead that had grown to eight seconds. Ballou was marching his way to the front, too, as the cushion crept closer and closer to the wall. He took third on lap ten behind Windom and stayed close until the red flag appeared on lap 13 for Mario Clouser, who flipped in turn-two. He was unhurt.

With just one lapped car behind him on the restart, Darland got out to a comfortable lead. It started to dissipate as he entered traffic again, and Windom looked to his inside as they worked traffic into turn-one on lap 23. The next time around, Windom shot to the inside in turn-one and slid up just in front of Darland with the lead in turn-two.

A lap later, Ballou moved past Darland and tried to track down Windom. He closed slightly but Windom still held a strong lead on lap 28, but he rapped the turn-two wall and Ballou swept past with the lead down the backstretch. He navigated one more lapped car and took a .844-second victory in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott. His tenth win of the season matched a number only posted eight times previously.

Ballou became just the ninth driver in the history of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Series to reach at least 10 wins in a season and the most victories since Jay Drake in 2000. (David Nearpass Photo)

"Numerous times, we've been fast here and haven't been able to win one. I feel like the guys who win championships win races here. It's just a really hard place to win, and this one means a lot to me. I didn't even know if Chris had anything for Dave, and then we got to lapped traffic and that's when it becomes a win-or-lose deal. We kinda caught Dave together, and he slid for the lead while I caught the wall. That cost me my momentum some, but luckily it bounced back alright. I had to get by Dave fast before he left us. It's important to keep tires under you, and I thought that was a big thing tonight. I don't know what happened, but he got in the wall and I had just enough room to turn underneath and get past him. Sometimes, you have to have some luck, and it's especially true coming from tenth to win here," Ballou said.

Windom recovered to hold onto the second spot in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced.

"When you have Dave and Robert behind you, it's never over up there. I just made a mistake and got out of the throttle too much, and it jumped me up to the wall. He was able to capitalize. Congratulations to Robert, but I feel like we gave one away there. I knew I had to run as hard as I could to close it out, and I just made one mistake and it cost me," Windom said.

Darland came home third in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I kinda thought it would be best to cruise the bottom through that first corner while everybody slid up to the top. I hugged the inside roll, and it worked out great. The first half the race went according to plan, but we just weren't quite good enough toward the end. My team gave me a great race car, and we were able to bring it to a good finish. I definitely knew some guys would be coming after the restart, so I knew I had to stay on the wheel, but we just weren't quite good enough to hold them off," Darland said.

Jon Stanbrough finished fourth in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D, while ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Jerry Coons, Jr. finished fifth in the Edison Motorsports - Crume-Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy. Tyler Courtney earned the night's B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" after climbing from 21st to finish tenth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 18, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Tony Hulman/Jim Hurtubise Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-20.490; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.493; 3. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-20.552; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, TBI-20.645; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11, Walker-20.665; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-20.809; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-20.812; 8. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-20.848; 9. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-20.869; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.873; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-21.029; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-21.038; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.049; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.065; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.073; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-21.098; 17. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-21.129; 18. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-21.143; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.165; 20. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-21.222; 21. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.356; 22. Chad Boespflug, 21K, Krockenberger-21.549; 23. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-21.595; 24. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-21.685; 25. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.960; 26. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-22.542; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Meseraull, 3. Coons, 4. Farney, 5. Stanbrough, 6. McGhee, 7. Courtney, 8. Stockon, 9. Dakus. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Robbins, 6. Bacon, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia. 2:49.69

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Darland, 3. Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. Hines, 6. Hughes, 7. Mattox, 8. Clouser, 9. Boespflug. 2:52.11

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Stockon, 3. Courtney, 4. Andretti, 5. Hughes, 6. Clouser, 7. Boespflug, 8. Mattox, 9. McGhee, 10. DiMattia, 11. Dakus, 12. Bell. 4:25.28

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Tracy Hines, 17. Brady Short, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. J.J. Hughes, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Mario Clouser, 22. Chad Boespflug. NT ---------------------------- **Clouser flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Darland, Laps 24-27 Windom, Laps 28-30 Ballou. BALLOU JOINS EXCLUSIVE LIST OF DOUBLE-DIGIT WINNERS

After his victory at the Terre Haute Action Track on Friday night, Robert Ballou joined an exclusive list of drivers who have won at least 10 USAC National Sprint Car races in a single season. The 10 win mark reached by Ballou is the most since Jay Drake in 2000.

14 WINS: Tom Bigelow (1977)

13 WINS: J.J. Yeley (2003)

12 WINS: Larry Dickson (1968) & Pancho Carter (1976)

11 WINS: Bubby Jones (1979)

10 WINS: Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1977), Jay Drake (2000) & ROBERT BALLOU (2015)

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Robert Ballou also became just the fifth driver to win both the "Tony Hulman Classic" and the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Terre Haute in the same season. The others are Jack Hewitt (1995), J.J. Yeley (1997), Chris Windom (2011) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013).

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015... Fresh off the “2nd Annual California Sprint Week,” the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, September 19th. Promoted by Don Kazarian, “8th Annual Glenn Howard Classic" will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the California Lightning Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Saturday's event honors Glenn Howard, considered by many in the industry as a "racer's racer." Throughout his involvement in racing, Glenn served as a crew member, driver, car owner, sponsor, official, and business man. Howard's So-Cal Performance was recognized as a major parts supplier to racers across the globe for many years. In 1993, Glenn became the first president of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and helped to build the foundation of the nationally respected club. After his term was over, Howard remained active in motorsports until his passing in September 2007. Kazarian, Perris Auto Speedway, and the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are proud to honor Glenn's memory with the annual event.

The “8th Annual Glenn Howard Classic" will be the 178th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. Dating back to March 6, 2004, the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” has been the “home track” for the series. In the previous seven races at Perris, action has been dominated by “The Demon” Damion Gardner and Richard Vander Weerd. Gardner has scored four triumphs, including the last three main events and Vander Weerd has three victories. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 36 “home track” wins and Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. The series charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and transponder rentals are extra. USAC/CRA follows the USAC National Series Rule Book, which can be found online at www.usacracing.com/assets/files/rules/2015/Appendix_C_National_Sprint_2015.pdf.

Entering the eighteenth point race of the season, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has a 42-point advantage. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his first victory of the year at Petaluma on September 7th. Currently ranked second on the USAC/CRA win list with thirty-six feature wins, the five-time champion will be looking to increase his point lead with his second “Howard Classic” triumph.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned his sixth victory of the year at Hanford’s “Jim Turner Memorial” on September 11th. The three-time champion leads all drivers with sixty-three career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his claiming second “Howard Classic” at Perris.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd has four feature wins on the season. The former USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is currently tied for 17th on the series win list and will be looking to add the “Howard Classic” to his resume.

Yorba Linda, California’s Austin Williams has climbed to fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored third last Saturday night at Santa Maria. The 2009 Rookie of the Year is in a nine-way tie for twenty-first on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking for his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson of Anaheim, California is fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Victory, Swanson led four laps at Calistoga on September 6th before scoring third at the checkered flags. Jake will have his sights on making the “Howard Classic” his first USAC/CRA feature win.

Currently eleventh in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Chris Gansen, A.J. Bender, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Terry Schank Jr., and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 36-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Robert Ballou, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC/MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones, 2009-Bryan Clauson, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Nic Faas, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Rickie Gaunt, 1-Mike Spencer.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-981, 2. Damion Gardner-939, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-907, 4. Austin Williams-842, 5. Jake Swanson-802, 6. Brody Roa-742, 7. Matt Mitchell-724, 8. Cody Williams-596, 9. Logan Williams-545, 10. Ryan Bernal-482, 11. Parker Colston-371, 12. Jace Vander Weerd-346, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-334, 14. Chris Gansen-319, 15. A.J. Bender-263, 16. Rickie Gaunt-250, 17. Jeremy Ellertson-218, 18. Tommy Malcolm-204, 19. Brady Bacon-171, 20. Geoff Ensign-157.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE: DATE - TRACK - LOCATION September 19: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic) October 23: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) October 24: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win) November 13: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $5,000-to-Win) November 14: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals / $25,000-to-Win) November 19: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships) November 20: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships) November 21: *USA Raceway - Tucson, AZ (Western World Championships) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGETS CLASH AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015... After completing their “1st Annual California Midget Week,” the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will head to Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, September 19th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the tenth point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, CDCRA Dwarf Cars, and Ignite Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

Saturday’s event will mark the 102nd appearance of the USAC Western Midgets at the Bakersfield clay oval. On July 3, 1987, P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory and Ronnie Gardner won the season opener on March 21st. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield main event wins, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). On June 21, 1997, Ricky Shelton set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339 on his way to the series championship.

Heading to Bakersfield, Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California has a stout 109-point advantage. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Bakersfield season opener and the July 3rd “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart for tenth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking for his fourteenth career victory.

Covina, California’s Cody Swanson is second in the USAC Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson led fifteen laps at Santa Maria last Saturday before engine problems ended his night. The former VRA Midget Champion earned his first USAC victory at Bakersfield on March 30, 2013 and may miss Saturday’s race.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen finished sixth at Santa Maria Raceway. The 2012 Champion will have former USAC TQ Champion J.J. Ercse as a teammate as she looks for her first hometown win.

Delano, California’s “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols scored eighth in Santa Maria’s “Midget Week” finale. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first Midget feature win at Bakersfield.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is currently fifth in the series point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham claimed fifth at Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10th. The 2013 Rookie of the Year has three USAC Western Midget wins in his career as he looks for his first triumph of 2015.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Michael Faccinto, Brian Gard, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Sean Dodenhoff, Steve Davis, David Prickett, Nate Waite, J.J. Ercse, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, visit www.usacracing.com or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/usacwsmidgets), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/USAC_WSMIDGET). ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Alex Schutte, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 2-Rico Abreu, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Chase Stockon.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-537, 2. Cody Swanson-428, 3. Shannon McQueen-371, 4. Terry Nichols-343, 5. Trey Marcham-339, 6. Randi Pankratz-291, 7. Michael Faccinto-289, 8. Brian Gard-273, 9. Nick Chivello-260, 10. Scott Pierovich-250, 11. Sean Dodenhoff-172, 12. Steve Davis-170, 13. Rico Abreu-145, 14. Brady Bacon-139, 15. David Prickett-122, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-119, 17. Nate Waite-91, 18. Kevin Thomas Jr.-65, 19. Jack Hawley-46, 20. Jimmy Voitel-42.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION September 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA October 3: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA November 27: # Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

HEAT RACES AT TURKEY NIGHT! 8-TIME WINNER RON SHUMAN NAMED "GRAND MARSHAL"

The addition of heat races and the announcement of Grand Marshal Ron Shuman have created unprecedented enthusiasm for the 75th running of one of America's most revered motorsports events - the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" - which unfolds November 26 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

For the first time since its inception in 1934, "Turkey Night" will incorporate a full normal Honda USAC National Midget Series racing program, with qualifying, heat races, semi-features and the 98-lap main event on the half-mile dirt Perris oval.

Tradition has always dictated that top qualifiers have "locked into" the feature and the rest have competed in preliminary races to complete the feature starting field. This year, however, all cars and drivers will compete in the preliminary races to format the starting field.

Eight-time race winner Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. has agreed to serve as the Grand Marshal for this historic running of the race. He triumphed at Ascot Park Speedway in Gardena, Calif. in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1987 and also won at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in 1992 and 1993. In 1986 Shuman led at the white-flag lap, but a flat tire in the final corner left him in second behind Warren Mockler at the checkered flag.

The November 26 race concludes the 2015 Honda USAC National and Western Midget calendars and will include the crowning of a pair of USAC champions. Tracy Hines currently leads the National standings and defending two-time champion Ronnie Gardner sits atop the Western points.

Hines is trying to become the sixth driver in USAC history to land the coveted "Triple Crown." He already owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series and hopes to join "Triple Crown" champs Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr.

National challengers and teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Thorson also have sights set on title, currently ranked second and third in the standings.

 

 

HEAT RACES AT TURKEY NIGHT! 8-TIME WINNER RON SHUMAN NAMED "GRAND MARSHAL"

The addition of heat races and the announcement of Grand Marshal Ron Shuman have created unprecedented enthusiasm for the 75th running of one of America's most revered motorsports events - the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" - which unfolds November 26 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

For the first time since its inception in 1934, "Turkey Night" will incorporate a full normal Honda USAC National Midget Series racing program, with qualifying, heat races, semi-features and the 98-lap main event on the half-mile dirt Perris oval.

Tradition has always dictated that top qualifiers have "locked into" the feature and the rest have competed in preliminary races to complete the feature starting field. This year, however, all cars and drivers will compete in the preliminary races to format the starting field.

Eight-time race winner Ron Shuman of Tempe, Ariz. has agreed to serve as the Grand Marshal for this historic running of the race. He triumphed at Ascot Park Speedway in Gardena, Calif. in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1987 and also won at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in 1992 and 1993. In 1986 Shuman led at the white-flag lap, but a flat tire in the final corner left him in second behind Warren Mockler at the checkered flag.

The November 26 race concludes the 2015 Honda USAC National and Western Midget calendars and will include the crowning of a pair of USAC champions. Tracy Hines currently leads the National standings and defending two-time champion Ronnie Gardner sits atop the Western points.

Hines is trying to become the sixth driver in USAC history to land the coveted "Triple Crown." He already owns championships in USAC's Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series and hopes to join "Triple Crown" champs Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr.

National challengers and teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Thorson also have sights set on title, currently ranked second and third in the standings.

 

 

PROSOURCE & LARRY RICE "4-CROWN" INCENTIVES POSTED

Participants in the September 26 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio will compete for special incentives, thanks to Buck and Betty Rice of ProSource of Grand Saline, Texas, as well as Eldora Speedway, who have again posted the Larry Rice High-Performance Awards for each series.

ProSource has doubled their traditional fast-time awards to $200 in each series but have also announced that a "clean sweep" in all three series will earn the fast qualifier another "double," making the total award $1,200!

In honoring the late Larry Rice with their High-Performance Awards, Eldora Speedway is posting $750 for each series which goes to the hard-charger, based on positions earned in the feature events. Rice was a three-time "4-Crown" champion, taking the 1985 Sprint and Silver Crown races and repeating in the 1987 Silver Crown race.

Chase Stockon and Kody Swanson are also eyeing the special year-end ProSource Fast-Time Award Challenge, a $2,500 bonus to be awarded at the annual USAC National Awards Banquet in December. Stockon and Swanson each have six fast times and the driver who ends up with the most, which includes all three USAC National series, is the recipient. Close behind on the current list are Dave Darland and Brady Bacon, both of whom have five fast times this season.

The September 26 program features the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Honda National Midget series and will mark the 34th scheduled running of the event. Defending champions are Bryan Clauson (Midget), Brady Bacon (Sprint) and Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown).

 

 

WATSON NAMED MIDWEST HPD MIDGET CHAMP; SEASON COMPLETE

USAC's Midwest HPD Midget series has completed its 2015 schedule, and Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio has been named the series champion. The series was scheduled at both dirt and asphalt tracks across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan for a total of nine races. Asphalt races were limited to HPD cars only, but in order to provide full fields to promoters and competitors, the Midwest series elected to partner with area mini sprint/lightning sprint associations to co-sanction a schedule of dirt non-wing races for the 2015 season. By co-sanctioning the dirt races, both the HPD series and the participating mini sprint associations maintained enforcement of their own rules, including membership and point championships.

Watson, driving the #41 3W Racing/Heads 1st sponsored Stealth for longtime USAC HPD car owner Wally Sexton, was the highest finishing HPD car in five of the six dirt races contested and was the overall winner at the season ending race at Atomic Speedway. The 23 year old has raced quarter midgets, mini sprints and midgets previously.

Jacob Stickle finished second in points, and had strong performances on asphalt, winning the Toledo race and was the highest finishing 'combo' car at Kalamazoo co-sanctioned with the East region HPD Series. Jacob is a recent graduate of the USAC .25 Midget series. Third place in points went to Jacob Taylor, another rookie in midgets after having raced the .25 midgets.

Meetings are already underway to plan for the 2016 Midwest HPD Series season, and have included USAC leadership, Midwest series officials, and industry experts, with a goal of finalizing rules, organizational structure and leadership before the Performance Racing Industry tradeshow in December.

Final 2015 USAC Midwest HPD Midget Series Standings: 1-Alex Watson-414, 2-Jacob Stickle-381, 3-Jacob Taylor-217, 4-Cory Guingrich-111, 5-Jessica Bean-68, 6-Carson Hocevar-67, 7-Sam Hatfield-61, 8-Nolan Allison-56, 9-Chris Lamb-55, 10-Aaron Leffel-54, 11-Andrew Layser-54, 12-Jake Nelke-53, 13-George Kurtz-49, 14-Blaine Leydig-44, 15-Josh Staten-40.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 12, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “California Sprint Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.441; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.696; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.716; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.774; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.851; 6. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.893; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-13.968; 8. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.096; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.143; 10. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-14.173; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.186; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.329; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.467; 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.510; 15. Gavin Harlien, 71K, Kruseman-14.781; 16. Austin Mero, 98M, Ellertson-15.163; 17. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.179.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. L.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Harlien, 7. Herrera, 8. A.Williams, 9. Gansen. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colston, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Spencer, 4. Bernal, 5. Swanson, 6. Faria, 7. Ellertson, 8. Mero. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Logan Williams, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Gavin Harlien, 15. James Herrera, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Austin Mero. NT.

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**Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal.

FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 19 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Classic”

*Ryan Bernal clinches California Sprint Week title.

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

September 12, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway - “California Midget Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-13.834; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.973; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.031; 4. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.169; 5. Cody Williams, 5, Van Dyne-14.205; 6. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.212; 7. Troy Rutherford, 87JR, Vermeer-14.249; 8. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-14.295; 9. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.319; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.502; 11. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-14.627; 12. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-14.923; 13. Gavin Harlien, 11K, Kruseman-15.027; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 11R, Brutton-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Gard, 3. Rutherford, 4. Davis, 5. Harlien, 6. Williams, 7. Gardner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. McQueen, 3. Swanson, 4. Chivello, 5. Nichols, 6. Pankratz, 7. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Randi Pankratz, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Brian Gard, 8. Terry Nichols, 9. Cody Swanson, 10. Steve Davis, 11. Nick Chivello,12. Troy Rutherford, 13. Gavin Harlien, 14. Danny Faria Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Rutherford, Laps 10-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Stockon

FINAL CALIFORNIA MIDGET WEEK POINTS:

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 19 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

*Ryan Bernal wins California Midget Week crown

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 11, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – “Jim Turner Memorial” / “California Sprint Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 2. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.552; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.563; 4. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-15.596; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.685; 6. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.792; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.836; 8. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.954; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.966; 10. Austin Mero, 98M, Ellertson-16.098; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.120; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.187; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.191; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.250; 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-16.323; 16. Eric Rossi, 17S, Shanoian-16.343; 17. Danny Faria Jr., 17V Bowman-16.407; 18. Chris Ennis, 4X, Gansen-17.090; 19. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Mero, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Willams, 5. C.Williams, 6. Colston, 7. Rossi. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Roa, 4. Gardner, 5. Swanson, 6. Sibley. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Gansen, 4. Bender, 5. Ellertson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Jeff Sibley, 8. Austin Williams 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Parker Colston, 14. Austin Mero, 15. Eric Rossi, 16. A.J. Bender, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Chris Ennis, 19. Jace Vander Weerd. NT

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**Bender flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Gardner, Laps 4-6 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 7-30 Gardner,

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 12 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 10, 2015 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Andy Forsberg, 7C, Geaney-14.021; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.109; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.146; 4. Keith Bloom Jr., 19, Wolf-14.269; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.269; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.307; 7. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-14.405; 8. Kyler Shaw, 92K, Shaw-14.434; 9. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.439; 10. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-14.440; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.516; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-14.625; 13. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-14.662; 14. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-14.749; 15. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.760; 16. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.814; 17. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-14.868; 18. Colby Copeland, 5V, VanLare-14.965; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.970; 20. Shawn Wright, 99, Wright-14.990; 21. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.080; 22. John Clark, 30C, Clark-15.164; 23. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.247; 24. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.280; 25. Ron LaPlant, 69, LaPlant-15.311; 26. Jimmy Trulli, 33T, Trulli-15.362; 27. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-15.505; 28. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos-16.035; 29. Jeff Sibley, 42, Sibley-NT; 30. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-NT; 31. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kruseman, 2. Roa, 3. Spencer, 4. C.Williams, 5. Forsberg, 6. Ko.Shaw, 7. Sibley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Copeland, 3. Colston, 4. Liggett, 5. Adams, 6. Clark, 7. Trulli, 8. Richardson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. L.Williams, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Bernal, 5. Johnson, 6. Morgan, 7. A.Williams, 8. Dyson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Thomas, 3. Bloom, 4. Wright, 5. Ky.Shaw, 6. Gansen, 7. Enos. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Forsberg, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Ky.Shaw, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Clark, 7. Morgan, 8. Sibley, 9. Trulli, 10. Gansen, 11. Dyson, 12. Richardson, 13. Laplant, 14. A.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Andy Forsberg, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Keith Bloom Jr., 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. D.J. Johnson, 12. Max Adams, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Kyler Shaw, 16. Logan Williams, 17. Parker Colston, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Jake Morgan, 20. Cory Kruseman, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. John Clark. NT

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**Enos and Wright flipped during the fourth heat. Mitchell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 11 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – “Jim Turner Memorial / California Sprint Week”

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

September 10, 2015 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Midget Week” – Co-sanctioned by BCRA

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-14.104; 2. Sean Becker, 19S, Sala-14.248; 3. Ryan Bernal, 68W, Six8-14.292; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.388; 5. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-14.521; 6. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.595; 7. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-14.646; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.713; 9. Dustin Golobic, 25G, Golobic-14.719; 10. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.809; 11. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-14.812; 12. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.848; 13. Barry Pries Jr., 14, Pries-14.923; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.936; 15. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.986; 16. Lance Hallmark, 8H, Hallmark-14.989; 17. Colby Copeland, 19W, Sala-15.014; 18. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.023; 19. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.024; 20. David Prickett, 99, Hokanson-15.276; 21. Larry Peterson, 17, Peterson-15.653; 22. Chris Dyson, 12K, Kruseman-15.687; 23. Rick Holbrook, 46, Holbrook-15.802; 24. Gary Conterno, 55, Conterno-15.966; 25. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-16.074; 26. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.208; 27. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. S.Golobic, 3. Marcham, 4. Pries, 5. Peterson, 6. D.Golobic, 7. Alvis. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bock, 2. Gard, 3. Becker, 4. Guerrini, 5. Swanson, 6. Dyson, 7. Williams. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Bernal, 3. McQueen, 4. Davis, 5. Waite, 6. Holbrook, 7. Nichols. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faccinto, 3. Prickett, 4. Hallmark, 5. Pankratz, 6. Conterno. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Pankratz, 3. D.Golobic, 4. Conterno, 5. Holbrook, 6. Alvis, 7. Williams, 8. Dyson, 9. Waite, 10. Peterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Shase Stockon, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Sean Becker, 9. Colby Copeland, 10. Cody Swanson, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. Britton Bock, 14. Brian Gard, 15. Gary Conterno, 16. Lance Hallmark, 17. Floyd Alvis, 18. Barry Pries Jr., 19. David Prickett, 20. Dustin Golobic, 21. Terry Nichols. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Faccinto, Laps 12-13 Stockon, Laps 14-30 Bernal.

NEW CALIFORNIA MIDGET WEEK POINTS:

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 12 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “California Midget Week”

 

 

LEVI JONES NAMED USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACING DIRECTOR

Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., one of America's most accomplished race drivers and tied for the second-most all-time USAC National Driving championships, has been named National Midget Racing Director for the United States Auto Club, effectively immediately.

Jones brings a wealth of experience to the post, having competed in and won in every National series. His new post will involve a myriad of duties impacting all of USAC's Midget programs and schedules, including the HPD Midget series and its overall direction. In addition to his duties overseeing all Midget racing, Levi will have added focuses on the overall fan experience and track safety at USAC National series events.

Jones was the winner of several USAC National Midget racing events, including the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Granite City, Ill., plus three "Tony Hulman Classic" Sprint and two "4-Crown Nationals" Sprint races and the 2013 "Hoosier Hundred" Silver Crown race. He is eager to address the issues challenging the sport and has innovative ideas for the future. His USAC National Championships include the 2010 and 2011 Silver Crown series and the 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Sprint car titles. He also earned a trio of Indiana Sprint Week titles and a pair of Eastern Storm crowns.

"I'm anxious to get started and look forward to working with our participants and race organizers in the coming months as we develop our 2016 series plans," says Jones.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Levi and the enthusiasm he brings to the table," adds USAC President Kevin Miller. "His fresh approach to the current climate surrounding the sport of Midget racing is welcomed as we enter our 61st year of USAC competition."

Levi and his wife Heidi and his children Cru, Winston and Ava have relocated to Plainfield, Ind. to begin this new chapter of his auto racing life.

 

 

COCKRUM CAPTURES SECOND-STRAIGHT "TED HORN 100" VICTORY

Du Quoin, Illinois…….Shane Cockrum backed up his “Ted Horn 100” win from last year on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds “Magic Mile” with a convincing victory on Sunday night. The local Benton, Illinois driver again pleased the partisan crowd as he led the final 33 laps on his way to a 4.474-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports – Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.

“It’s so great to get another one in front of the hometown crowd. Half my town is here, including our mayor, so it’s cool for me and for the series and Du Quoin. The Hampshire and DePalma bunch have set the bar in this series, and if you can beat them, you know you’ve got a good program. To race them for the win and pass the 63 for the lead is just a testament to the team we have and a car owner who is always happy but never satisfied, always wanting to find ways to be better. They told me we had a big lead, so I tried to just maintain and save some there towards the end, but when they go from saying ‘straightaway lead’ to all of a sudden ‘half straightaway,’ it was time to kick it back on,” Cockrum said.

After taking his sixth ProSource “Fast Qualifier Award” of the year, Kody Swanson led at the start from the pole, as Cockrum ducked under front-row starter Aaron Pierce off turn-four to take the second spot. That started a three-car breakaway battle that consumed the first sixty laps of the race.

Justin Grant and Levi Jones settled into early top-five spots, while Steve Buckwalter became the first major casualty on lap twelve, when he pulled off the race track while running 13th.

Dave Darland took the eleventh spot at lap ten, but he fell out of the race on lap 19, just before the first caution of the race for Joey Moughan, who stopped at the entrance to turn-three on lap 22. On this restart, Brian Tyler and Jerry Coons, Jr. were the cars on the move, as they took the eighth and ninth spots, respectively.

While Swanson led, Cockrum and Pierce pushed him for the entirety of the first half of the race, resulting in a blistering pace and some torrid racing between Cockrum and Pierce for second. Pierce took second back on lap 34 and was all over the lead, but Swanson continued to hold him off.

Seventh-running Tyler went up in smoke on lap 37 to bring out the second caution, setting up a restart with forty laps in the books. Coons again grabbed a spot on the restart, and Chris Windom came down the hill in turn-four to sneak under Jones for the fifth spot.

Pierce continued his aggressive display as he stormed the corners in an effort to make a run on Swanson. He made contact with the outside concrete on both ends during this stretch, and Cockrum even had a run-in with the outside wall on lap 45. Neither were losing any ground to Swanson.

On lap 58, Cockrum cut under Pierce to take second down the frontstretch and immediately started to pressure Swanson for the lead. He had a big run down the backstretch on lap 61, diving to the inside to slide up with the lead in turn-three, but behind the leaders, Pierce finally made too much contact with the outside wall. He pancaked against it and spun around, drawing a caution flag. Under yellow, Jones’ car started to pop and crack, and he came to a stop on the frontstretch. His race was done.

The restart came with 33 laps to go, and Cockrum wasted no time making a bid for the lead. He got a run down the frontstretch and buried it into turn-one, sliding up in front of Swanson with the lead. Swanson crossed back under him off turn-two, but Cockrum held him off to lead lap 68. As Casey Shuman took sixth from Coons on lap 71, Cockrum’s lead was visibly growing.

By lap 83, Cockrum’s lead grew to nearly eight seconds as he began to negotiate slower cars. Windom had moved to the third spot on lap 82 and stayed with Swanson as they began to carve into that massive lead inside the final twenty laps. With six laps to go, the lead was down to 2.716 seconds for Cockrum, but he cleared two more lapped cars to give himself some breathing room. He pulled away over the final five laps with his second win of the season as the battle for second heated up.

With less than five laps to go, Windom used traffic to make his move on Swanson for second. The right-rear tire finally gave out on Windom as they rolled to the checkered, but he held on for second in the Fred Gormly – RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/Mopar.

“That was literally all we had to give there. I ran a really patient race early, just got in line for a while. It was actually kinda tough to pass with the way it was, so it just took a while to get past each car. I picked it up close to the end, and I think we were good enough at the end, but he’d just built such a big gap on us. Rob Hart brought a great car once again, and we’re beating on the door of getting another one. I didn’t think I’d ever pass the 63 for anything but the lead, but that’s a car you have to beat to win these races, and obviously Cockrum is in that group now, too,” Windom said.

Swanson lengthened his Silver Crown Championship with another strong podium finish aboard the DePalma Motorsports – Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

“I was definitely concerned we were going too fast, too early. Running that high and that hard, fuel mileage was a concern very early. They were running really hard behind us, so we had to go faster just to stay in front. I just couldn’t keep the pace that he was, but towards the end, I don’t think I could have done what he was doing anyway. No shame in that. No complaints, but a good night to run third. I started to feel us catching him when he hit traffic, and I was giving it all I could. A couple of those cars cost us that momentum and eventually the second spot, but how can you complain about the great year we’ve had and another night towards the big prize we want. This place bit us last year, and we finished with about two gallons left tonight, so we gave ourselves a good night and can try to win Eldora back in Ohio next,” Swanson said.

Grant finished another strong run in the Chris Carli Motorsports – Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy to come home fourth, and Shuman slipped past Cottle to notch his first-career Silver Crown top-five in the Randy & Patty Bateman – Chance’s Chassis Repair #55 Beast/Chevy.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2015 – Du Quoin, Illinois – Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – ”Ted Horn 100”

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.784; 2. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.040; 3. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-31.098; 4. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-31.103; 5. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.165; 6. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-31.450; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-31.597; 8. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.701; 9. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-31.718; 10. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.795; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.795; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.801; 13. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassis-32.100; 14. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-32.144; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-32.225; 16. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-32.279; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.303; 18. Richie Tobias, 117, Tobias-32.450; 19. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.460; 20. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-33.084; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.725; 22. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-33.844; 23. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-33.911; 24. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-34.029; 25. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.765; 26. Charles Davis Jr., 21, Swanson-NT; 27. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-NT; 28. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-NT; 29. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-NT; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 31. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-NT.

FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. A.J. Fike, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. David Byrne, 10. Rickey Hood, 11. Chris Urish, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Steven Russell, 14. Chris Fetter, 15. Richie Tobias, 16. Patrick Lawson, 17. Terry James, 18. J.C. Bland, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Brian Tyler, 22. Joey Moughan, 23. Dave Darland, 24. Steve Buckwalter, 25. Danny Long, 26. Kenny Gentry, 27. Charles Davis Jr., 28. Jacob Wilson, 29. Jackie Burke, 30. Terry Babb. 1:07:37.02

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-67 Swanson, Laps 68-100 Cockrum.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-500, 2-Coons-400, 3-Fike-355, 4-Pierce-312, 5-Windom-297, 6-Byrne-271, 7-C.J. Leary-264, 8-Nemire-262, 9-Cockrum-255, 10-Wilson-223.

NEXT SILVER CROWN SERIES RACE: September 26 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – 34th “Four Crown Nationals”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2015 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “California Sprint Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.457; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.507; 3. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-13.559: 4. Geoff Ensign, 24B, Lay-13.563; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.608; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-13.636; 7. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.643; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.662; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-13.681; 10. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-13.681; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.723; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.731; 13. Andy Forsberg, 7C, Geaney-13.737; 14. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-13.785; 15, Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-13.789; 16. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-13.863; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.931; 18. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-13.940; 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-13.990; 20. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-14.132; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.264; 22. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-14.302; 23. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.394; 24. Tim DeCarlo Jr., 5D, DeCarlo-14.396; 25. Tommy Laliberte, 9N, Lathrop-14.619; 26. John Clark, 30C, Clark-14.824.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Forsberg, 3. Swanson, 4. Thomas, 5. Slack, 6. Adams, 7. Kruseman, 8. Laliberte, 9. Dyson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Williams, 4. A.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Colston, 7. Sibley, 8. Arriaga, 9. Clark. NT.

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bernal, 3. Spencer, 4. Faria, 5. Mitchell, 6. Vander Weerd, 7. Gansen, 8. DeCarlo. NT

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Kruseman, 3. Slack, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Laliberte, 6. L.Williams, 7. Sibley, 8. Adams, 9. Clark, 10. Arriaga, 11. Colston, 12. Dyson, 13. Gansen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Andy Forsberg, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Logan Williams, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Parker Colston, 13. Shawn Arriaga, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Geoff Ensign, 17. John Clark, 18. Tommy Laliberte, 19. Matt Mitchell, 20. Cody Williams, 21. Colton Slack, 22. Damion Gardner, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Max Adams. NT

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**Mitchell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 C.Williams, Laps 2-13 Ensign, Laps 14-21 A.Williams, Lap 22 Swanson, Lap 23 A.Williams, Lap 24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Spencer.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 10 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2015 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “8th Louie Vermeil Classic” – “California Sprint Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-19.720; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.742; 3. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-19.822; 4. Ryan Bernal. 56, Phulps-19.826; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-19.841; 6. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-19.850; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-19.888; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-19.911; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-19.918; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.935; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.947; 12. Geoff Ensign, 14S, Smith-20.116; 13. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.161; 14. Joe Stornetta, 27, Thomas-20.216; 15. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-20.299; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.415; 17. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-20.607; 18. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-20.641; 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-20.645; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.708; 21. Trevor Schmid, 2X, Schmid-20.983; 22. Eric Rossi, 17S, Shanoian-20.986; 23. John Clark, 30C, Clark-22.317; 24. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-NT; 25. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. L.Williams, 3. Roa, 4. Thomas, 5. Slack, 6. Mitchell, 7. A.Williams, 8. Rossi. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Swanson, 3. Stornetta, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. C.Williams, 6. Colston, 7. Gansen, 8. Clark. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Spencer, 3. Ensign, 4. Faria, 5. Abreu, 6. Johnson, 7. Schmid. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Danny FariaJr., 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Geoff Ensign, 9. Matt Mitchell, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Cody Williams, 12. Colton Slack, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Damion Gardner, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Jeff Sibley, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. John Clark, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. Joe Stornetta, 21. Eric Rossi, 22. Parker Colston, 23. D.J. Johnson, 24. Trevor Schmid. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Faria, Laps 5-9 Swanson, Laps 10-30 Abreu.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 7 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2015 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “8th Louie Vermeil Classic” – “California Midget Week”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73X, Ford-20.491; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-20.544; 3. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-20.675; 4. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-20.696; 5. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.790; 6. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-20.867; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-20.938; 8. Ryan Bernal, 68W, Six8-20.952; 9. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-21.035; 10. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-21.039; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-21.102; 12. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-21.123; 13. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-21.244; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.456; 15. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-21.771; 16. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-21.846; 17. Lance Hallmark, 8H, Hallmark-22.021; 18. Chris Gansen, 9E, Dodenhoff-22.122; 19. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-NT; 20. David Prickett, 99, Hokanson-NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Stockon, 3. Bock, 4. Thomas, 5. Pierovich, 6. Gard, 7. Chivello, 8. Nichols, 9. Hallmark. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Golobic, 3. Swanson, 4. Dodenhoff, 5. Marcham, 6. Faccinto, 7. Waite, 8. Bernal, 9. Pankratz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Cody Swanson, 9. Brian Gard, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Scott Pierovich, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. David Prickett, 14. Lance Hallmark, 15. Nate Waite, 16. Britton Bock, 17. Sean Dodenhoff, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Nick Chivello. NT

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**Nichols flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Marcham, Laps 2-7 Golobic, Lap 8 Abreu, Laps 9-12 Marcham, Lap 13 Abreu, Lap 14 Marcham, Laps 15-30 Abreu.

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 10 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions” – “California Midget Week”

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2015 - DuQuoin, Illinois - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.784; 2. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-31.040; 3. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-31.098; 4. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-31.103; 5. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.165; 6. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-31.450; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-31.597; 8. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.701; 9. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-31.718; 10. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.795; 11. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.795; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.801; 13. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassis-32.100; 14. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-32.144; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-32.225; 16. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-32.279; 17. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.303; 18. Richie Tobias, 117, Tobias-32.450; 19. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.460; 20. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-33.084; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-33.725; 22. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-33.844; 23. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-33.911; 24. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-34.029; 25. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.765; 26. Charles Davis Jr., 21, Swanson-NT; 27. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-NT; 28. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-NT; 29. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-NT; 30. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-NT; 31. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-NT.

FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. A.J. Fike, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. David Byrne, 10. Rickey Hood, 11. Chris Urish, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Steven Russell, 14. Chris Fetter, 15. Richie Tobias, 16. Patrick Lawson, 17. Terry James, 18. J.C. Bland, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Brian Tyler, 22. Joey Moughan, 23. Dave Darland, 24. Steve Buckwalter, 25. Danny Long, 26. Kenny Gentry, 27. Charles Davis Jr., 28. Jacob Wilson, 29. Jackie Burke, 30. Terry Babb. 1:07:37.02 ------------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-67 Swanson, Laps 68-100 Cockrum.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-500, 2-Coons-400, 3-Fike-355, 4-Pierce-312, 5-Windom-297, 6-Byrne-271, 7-C.J. Leary-264, 8-Nemire-262, 9-Cockrum-255, 10-Wilson-223.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: September 26 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "34th 4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 5, 2015 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 24, Abreu-19.275; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.316; 3. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-19.464; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-19.617; 5. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-19.663; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.730; 7. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.736; 8. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbiner-19.826; 9. Joe Stornetta, 27, Thomas-19.849; 10. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-19.886; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.902; 12. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-19.927; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.111; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-20.032; 15. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-20.081; 16. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-20.143; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.145; 18. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-20.193; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.213; 20. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-20.264; 21. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-20.273; 22. Trevor Schmid, 2X, Schmid-20.599; 23. Eric Rossi, 17S, Shanoian-20.732; 24. Geoff Ensign, 14S, Smith-20.815; 25. Jason McIntosh, 33X, McIntosh-20.842; 26. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-21.537; 27. John Clark, 30C, Clark-22.796; 28. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-22.975.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Abreu, 3. C.Williams, 4. Stornetta, 5. L.Williams, 6. Schmid, 7. Richardson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Faria, 3. Gardner, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Rossi, 6. Gansen, 7. Clark. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Ballou, 3. Ensign, 4. A.Williams, 5. C.Johnson, 6. Spencer, 7. Sibley. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.J.Johnson, 2. Swanson, 3. Roa, 4. McIntosh, 5. Slack, 6. Colston. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Slack, 3. L.Williams, 4. C.Johnson, 5. Rossi, 6. Colston, 7. Gansen, 8. Schmid, 9. Clark, 10. Richardson, 11. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Matt Mitchell, 5. D.J. Johnson, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Austin Williams, 8. Geoff Ensign, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Chase Johnson, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Logan Williams, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Parker Colston, 19. Eric Rossi, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Joe Stornetta, 22. Danny Faria Jr., 23. Jason McIntosh. NT

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**Shank flipped during qualifications. McIntosh and Faria flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Vander Weerd, Laps 12-27 Bernal

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 6 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

September 5, 2015 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-19.808; 2. Colby Copeland, 57. Cofer-20.465; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.504; 4. Shane Golobic, 26, Bock-20.553; 5. Johnathon Henry, 1, Nichols-20.622; 6. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-20.672; 7. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-20.741; 8. Brady Bacon, 73X, Ford-20.772; 9. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-20.785; 10. Ryan Bernal, 68W, Six8-20.949; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-21.007; 12. Chase Stockon, 25, Rodela-21.058; 13. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-21.178; 14. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-21.531; 15. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-21.574; 16. David Prickett, 99, Hokanson-21.635; 17. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-21.744; 18. Chris Gansen, 9E, Dodenhoff-22.250; 19. Lance Hallmark, 8H, Hallmark-22.406; 20. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-22.505; 21. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-25.703; 22. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-NT; 23. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Golobic, 3. Abreu, 4. Dodenhoff, 5. Faccinto, 6. Gard, 7. Hallmark. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Copeland, 3. Henry, 4. Bock, 5. Chivello, 6. Pankratz, 7. Waite. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Marcham, 3. Pierovich, 4. Gardner, 5. Swanson, 6. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Ronnie Gardner, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Scott Pierovich, 8. Nick Chivello, 9. Cody Swanson, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Britton Bock, 12. Brian Gard, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Lance Hallmark, 15. Terry Nichols, 16. Nate Waite, 17. Johnathon Henry, 18. David Prickett, 19. Colby Copeland, 20. Trey Marcham, 21. Sean Dodenhoff, 22. Chris Gansen, 23. Steve Davis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Marcham, Laps 2-4 Henry, Laps 5-7 Golobic, Laps 8-30 Abreu

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 6 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

THORSON PITS, COMES FROM TAIL TO STEAL "GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS"

Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada won Saturday night's "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Granite City, Illinois' Tri-City Speedway. It was Thorson's second consecutive USAC Honda National Midget victory and thrust him into the championship race where he sits just one point out of second place with three events to go. (David Nearpass Photo)

Granite City, Illinois...Tanner Thorson was the overwhelming favorite to take Saturday's $10,000-to-win "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" 40-lap finale after winning the night's dash to earn the pole, but he didn't take the easy route to win it. After bouncing over the cushion on lap 23 and flattening his right-rear tire, Thorson pitted and restarted 19th before marching back through the field and using a lap-39 slidejob on Zach Daum to win a crazy race that saw four red flags and three more stoppages.

Thorson jumped from the pole to lead early over Thomas Meseraull, who fired a lap-two slidejob for the lead that Thorson crossed over. A stack-up on lap four deep in the pack led to Kevin Thomas, Jr. stalling and bringing out the first caution. He restarted at the tail as Meseraull pitted with a flat left-rear tire and rejoined at the tail of the field.

Thorson and Daum appeared strong out front, as Tyler Thomas solidified himself in the third spot early in the race. Daum reeled Thorson in, and he tried a slider into turn-one on lap nine. Thorson was up to the challenge, but Daum crossed just .013 seconds behind at the line as they ran side-by-side. On lap 14, Tracy Hines slowed suddenly while running ninth, but his car came back to life as the yellow flew. He lost five spots in the process.

Thomas, Jr. was on the move from the back as the leaders strung out a bit. Thomas, Jr., who lost the Honda National Midget point lead on Friday night, entered the top-ten on lap 15 after restarting 21st on lap-four. He took seventh at halfway and was closing in on Chris Windom for sixth when he hopped the turn-four cushion and caught the wall, turning over in the process. He was unhurt, but his race was over.

Daum used the restart to throw another slider at Thorson for the lead and, although Thorson held him off, Daum crossed just .066-seconds behind him at the line and came back at him into turn-one. Thorson hit the turn-two cushion and bounced over it, catching the wall and handing the lead to Daum as Tyler Thomas flashed by with the second spot. In turns three and four, Thorson was again up over the cushion and into the wall, this time stopping with a flat right-rear tire. His team changed it in the work area and he restarted 19th.

Daum continued to lead as they hit ten laps to go with T. Thomas now keeping pace in second. Darren Hagen entered the fray up front, as he slid past Steve Buckwalter for third on lap 32. Daum was entering traffic, and he got caught behind a lapped car on lap 34, letting T. Thomas close. Just as it appeared T. Thomas may make a bid for the lead, he also caught the turn-one cushion and hopped over to bring out a red flag. He was able to walk away.

Hagen inherited second and followed Daum into turn-one on the high side with seven laps to go, but he also caught the cushion and softly turned over, being hit by another car as he did. Hagen was able to walk away from the car under his own power but was held for observation.

That put Thorson into the top-five for a restart with seven laps to go, and he wasted no time attacking those in front of him. He passed teammates Dave Darland and Windom on the restart to move to third, and a lap later disposed of Buckwalter for the second spot, but Buckwalter came right back at him. Buckwalter then fell into the clutches of Windom and Darland, as Thorson tried to track down the leader. On lap 39, the final stoppage was for Tracy Hines, who this time had turned over in turn-one. He stayed in the car and was able to make repairs in the work area to rejoin the field.

With just two laps to go, everyone geared up for the restart as Daum tried to hold off Thorson. Daum dove across the track through turns one and two to catch the cushion, but Thorson ran the top and had a full head of steam down the backstretch and slid up into the lead as they came to the white flag. At the checkered, it was a .620-second victory for the Minden, Nevada racer in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I was really mad at myself for making that mistake early in the race. I think it may have been going down already, but my crew got the tire changed and got me back out there to give us a chance. We've got a pretty amazing team and race cars to be able to do something like that. I figured Daum would slide across the bottom on the restart, so I knew I had to get my momentum there and try him on the other end. It's been such a crazy year - I got my first USAC win and then got hurt, missed some races, but now we've gotten hot again and started chomping on the point lead to get back in it. It's been a roller-coaster, but now we've won a big race and I'm ready for more," Thorson said.

Daum felt the heartbreak of losing in the final laps close to his Pocahontas, Illinois home, finishing second in the Daum Crop Insurance - Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota.

"This one hurts. This is basically a hometown race for me, and I come here all the time when we're not racing ourselves. I've had so many near misses here, but I've never won one. Obviously, they were really good, but those late-race reds just cost us so much. I felt no pressure through the race, really, and then we couldn't get a stretch without a yellow or red. That's racing, though, and sometimes you're the guy who's the sitting duck out front. I slid myself on the restart, but he obviously got the momentum to get me on the other end," Daum said.

Windom threw a last-lap slider on Daum in a last-ditch effort to take the second spot, but he rounded out the podium in the Dooling Machine - B&H Contractors #63x Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I just had a little stumble on restarts that wouldn't let me get the run I needed to get in a good position on those. I was too snug on entry to run the cushion, so I kept working the bottom and hoping those guys would make mistakes, which is what they were doing. Obviously, Tanner was on a rail and was better than all of us, but I gave a big slider on Daum for second that he crossed over. I'm glad Rusty Kunz and Joe Dooling let me drive their car this weekend, and hopefully we can do it again," Windom said.

Darland came home fourth in the Dooling Machine - B&H Contractors #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Meseraull rallied back to fifth in the Great Clips - Shane's S.P.A.R.K. #56 Triple X/Esslinger.

Hines wound up 15th to increase his point lead to 23 points over Thomas, Jr., with Thorson now just one point farther back in third.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2015 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps - no points) 1. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#27 Heffner), 3. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 4. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 6. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson), 7. Davey Ray (#23 Light), 8. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 9. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 10. Joey Rinne (#0D Zero), 11. Tyler Robbins (#35T Robbins). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps - no points) 1. Chris Windom (#63x RKR/Dooling), 2. Dave Darland (#63 RKR/Dooling), 3. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 4. Jacob Patton (#79J Patton), 5. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 6. Korey Weyant (#0B Zero), 7. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 9. Justin Peck (#5x Peck). NT

DASH: (6 laps - no points) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#56 5IVE-6IX), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 5. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 6. Darren Hagen (#17 Brown). NT

SEMI: (12 laps - no points) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Ray, 3. Greth, 4. Jim Radney (#95 Radney), 5. Bell, 6. Murdock, 7. Rinne. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Payton Pierce, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Spencer Bayston, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Jim Radney, 13. Korey Weyant, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Tracy Hines, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Darren Hagen, 18. Andrew Felker, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Davey Ray, 22. Jacob Patton. NT ---------------------------- **Radney flipped during practice. K. Thomas flipped on lap 22 of the feature. T. Thomas flipped on lap 34 of the feature. Hagen flipped on lap 34 of the feature and was transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Ill. for precautionary measures. Hines flipped on lap 39 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Thorson, Laps 23-38 Daum, Laps 39-40 Thorson.

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 4, 2015 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.793; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.892; 3. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.956; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.030; 5. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.110; 6. Keegan Walmer, 7, Radical-16.265; 7. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-16.357; 8. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-16.464.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Chris Lamb, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Keegan Walmer, 7. Mike Ward, 8. Dillon Silverman. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Walmer, Laps 5-35 Allison.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-844, 2-Bean-761, 3-Layser-685, 4-Matt Lundstrom-528, 5-Kyle Craker-516, 6-Jake Nelke-515, 7-Hatfield-510, 8-Allison-457, 9-Scott Hunter-415, 10-Calvin Carroll-353.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 26 - Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park

 

 

THORSON DOMINANT TO OPEN GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS

 

Granite City, Illinois...Tanner Thorson made a statement on Friday night with a resounding victory in the night's 25-lap Honda National Midget main event to kick off the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals." The Minden, Nevada driver was on top of points after heat races and qualifying races, which included finish and passing points, to earn the pole of the feature. From there, he took off and was largely unchallenged on his way to a 3.378-second victory in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Meseraull and I have a bit of a rivalry going, so I got him off the start and knew he'd bring some big restarts at us late in the race, so I had to hit one and two as hard as I could. He definitely ran it in hard, and I knew I had to run it in hard and hit the cushion and come off with the wheels up. I searched around a little bit early and through the middle of the race, but we got the momentum going around the top and were really strong as the race went on. It's good to be sitting well for tomorrow and get ourselves a really good win tonight," Thorson said.

Thorson saw two different bids for his lead during the race, with the early one being Steve Buckwalter. Buckwalter used the low side to take second in the early laps and move underneath Thorson by lap-four, but the leader dropped low and pulled away from Buckwalter.

On lap 8, contact between Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Darren Hagen while racing for eighth ended with National point leader Thomas, Jr. in the frontstretch wall and out of the race.

Second-running Thomas Meseraull then lined up to take his shot at Thorson, and he held with him for the first few laps after the restart. Behind him, Buckwalter was having a battle with eleventh-starting Tyler Thomas, who had jumped to fourth in the first few laps. Jerry Coons, Jr., Tracy Hines, and Zach Daum were battling hard behind them.

With ten to go, Chris Windom spun from the tenth spot, and this time Meseraull was geared up for the restart. He fired to the inside of Thorson into turn-one but slid up behind him. Buckwalter and Thomas continued to go at it for third, as Daum finally took fifth and Dave Darland started to enter the fray on the very bottom.

A final caution with six laps to go for Andrew Felker, who stopped to relinquish the tenth spot, set up one final chance for Meseraull. He nailed the restart again and slid all the way up in turn-two, nearly making contact with Thorson who was in the throttle and powered through to keep the lead as they exited turn-two. He pulled away in the closing laps to take his second victory of the season.

Tanner Thorson took the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian #67 to his second USAC Honda National Midget feature win of the season Friday night at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Illinois). (David Nearpass Photo)

Meseraull brought home the Great Clips - Shane's S.P.A.R.K. #56 Triple X/Esslinger in the second spot.

"I really wanted to get him. I know our engines take off well, and we had a chance at him on the restarts. Our car was really good, but we lost brakes about halfway through. This is the first time in this car over here, so it's nice to start off strong and give ourselves a good chance at tomorrow," Meseraull said.

Buckwalter fended off Thomas and Daum in the closing laps to round out the podium in the Buckwalter's Roofing - VRP Shocks #25 Elite/Ott by Deppe.

"In the beginning, I thought I might have something on the bottom. They just got twisted up on the top, and I went up there, but my motor just wouldn't pull us off the top quite as well as we needed to. We had some great battles back and forth, really going at each other all the way through the race. Our car was pretty good, and it was fun racing those guys," Buckwalter said.

Daum came from ninth to claim fourth at the line in the Daum Crop Insurance - Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota, and Tyler Thomas rounded out the top-five in the American Racing Custom Wheels - BT Machine #91T Spike/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2015 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway -"Gold Crown Midget Nationals" presented by DuPont

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#27 Heffner), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Davey Ray (#23 Light), 5. Chris Windom (#63 RKR/Dooling), 6. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 9. Payton Pierce (#39c Clauson). 2:10.21

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darren Hagen (#17 Brown), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 4. Thomas Meseraull (#56 5IVE-6IX), 5. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 6. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 7. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 8. Jacob Patton (#79J Patton), 9. Robert Bell (#71 Bell). 2:01.33

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Dooling), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 4. Jim Radney (#95 Radney), 5. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 6. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 7. Joey Rinne (#0D Zero). 2:03.69

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Tyler Elliott (#0B Zero)

FIRST QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Thorson, 3. Hagen, 4. Bayston, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Radney, 7. Malpocker, 8. Murdock. 2:06.58

SECOND QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Ray, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Windom, 4. Greth, 5. Darland, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Patton, 8. Rinne. 2:08.26

THIRD QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Felker, 2. Hines, 3. Loyet, 4. Coons, 5. Daum, 6. Peck, 7. Pierce, 8. Chapple. 2:04.51

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Steve Buckwalter, 4. Zach Daum, 5. Tyler Thomas, 6. Darren Hagen, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Dave Darland, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Brad Loyet, 11. Spencer Bayston, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Payton Pierce, 14. Justin Peck, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Andy Malpocker, 17. Andrew Felker, 18. Jacob Patton, 19. Ryan Greth, 20. Jim Radney, 21. Joey Rinne, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Davey Ray, 24. Johnny Murdock. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Thorson.

 

 

4-RACE USAC “CALIFORNIA MIDGET WEEK” BEGINS SATURDAY AT CALISTOGA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 31, 2015... The cars and stars of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series are gearing up for the highly anticipated “1st Annual California Midget Week.” Starting this Saturday, September 5th, the four-race mini-series will open at Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” before heading to the clay ovals of Chico and Santa Maria.

After running second to Michael Faccinto in a Petaluma photo finish on July 18th, 2-time defending champion Ronnie Gardner has taken over the point lead. 2012 Champion Shannon McQueen trails Gardner by 17 points and is followed by Cody Swanson, Terry Nichols, Trey Marcham, Faccinto, Scott Pierovich, and Nick Chivello. A talented roster of drivers, including the finest from the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA), will battle for bragging rights during the “California Midget Week.”

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Calistoga and Santa Maria have a 95db at 100 feet sound rule and mufflers are required. Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway has a tougher sound rule and racers are advised to run their quietest mufflers. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. Due to recent midget sound levels at Silver Dollar Speedway, the track may be forced to cancel or pass on any USAC Western or BCRA midget races in the future. The Honda USAC Western Midgets follow the USAC National Series Rule Book, which can be found online at www.usacracing.com/assets/files/rules/2015/Appendix_D_Midget_Dirt_2015.pdf.

On September 5th and 6th, Calistoga Speedway will host the “8th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the popular event will pay $10,000-to-win each night, courtesy of Abreu Vineyards. The Napa County Fairgrounds will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since July 2, 1993, twenty-two Honda USAC Western Midget races have been held at the scenic half-mile and Billy Boat leads all drivers with four wins. Last year, Rico Abreu earned his third Calistoga triumph and Christopher Bell added the “Vermeil Classic” to his resume. Abreu also broke Shannon McQueen’s 2009 qualifying track record on August 30, 2014 with a 20.159 second lap. The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprints and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight with qualifying at 6:00pm and racing to follow. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC MIDGET WINNERS: 2008-Johnny Rodriguez, 2009-Josh Ford, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Johnathon Henry, 2012-Rico Abreu, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014- Christopher Bell.

CALISTOGA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 4- Billy Boat, 3-Rico Abreu, 2-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Christoper Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jim Keene, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1- Kyle Larson, 1-Evan Margeson, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Scott Pierovich, 1-Tony Stewart.

After a short break, the tour will continue on Thursday, September 10th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, the special event is co-sanctioned with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). Held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions,” the race will mark the sixth appearance for the series at the popular quarter-mile oval. Last year, Brian Gard drove to victory after passing Trey Marcham on the fifteenth lap. The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will join the action with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. In addition, the facility will host a “black out party” after the races. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

GOLD CUP RACE OF CHAMPIONS MIDGET WINNERS: 2011-David Prickett, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Brian Gard.

CHICO USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-David Prickett, 1-Kody Swanson.

Santa Maria Raceway will host the “California Midget Week” finale on Saturday, September 12th. Now promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, “The West’s Best Short Track” will feature the “mighty midgets” for the thirty-third time in series history. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the May 11, 1985 debut and tops all drivers with six wins. On July 3rd, Ronnie Gardner added Santa Maria to his win list and J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995. The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Mini Stocks will share the spotlight with racing set for 6:00pm. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

SANTA MARIA HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club’s website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-294, 2. Shannon McQueen-277, 3. Cody Swanson-260, 4. Terry Nichols-243, 5. Trey Marcham-209, 6. Michael Faccinto-167, -. Scott Pierovich-167, 8. Nick Chivello-166, 9. Randi Pankratz-146, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-130, 11. Brian Gard-121, 12. Steve Davis-114, 13. Danny Faria, Jr.-92, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, --. Nate Waite-42, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27, 21. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

USAC/CRA “CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” OPENS SEPTEMBER 5TH AT CALISTOGA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 31, 2015...After a break in the schedule, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready for the “2nd Annual California Sprint Week.” The six-race mini-series will open this Saturday, September 5th, at Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and travels to Petaluma, Chico, Hanford, and Santa Maria. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $7,000-to-win and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win.

Last year, Christopher Bell and Rico Abreu opened the tour by earning their first USAC/CRA victories at Calistoga. From there, “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed the inaugural “California Sprint Week” title by winning at Chico, Watsonville, and Santa Maria. Brody Roa, Kevin Thomas Jr., Mike Spencer, and Cody Williams rounded out the top-five as 59 different drivers took the green flag. In addition, “The Demon” set new 1-lap qualifying records at Chico and Watsonville.

After scoring his fifth victory of 2015 at the Perris “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” on August 15th, “The Demon” Damion Gardner has taken over the point lead. Five-time champion Mike Spencer trails Gardner by 15 points, followed by Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Williams, Matt Mitchell, Jake Swanson, and Brody Roa. With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” could play a major factor in the chase for the championship.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Calistoga, Hanford, and Santa Maria have a 95db at 100 feet sound rule and mufflers are required. Petaluma and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway have a tougher sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the only legal muffler for Petaluma. The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the preferred/recommended muffler at Chico and cars with other mufflers will be checked for sound. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. At Petaluma, tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot on each side. Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. The series charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and transponder rentals are extra. Carbureted spec sprints are welcome to race with USAC/CRA and can still use their track legal Hoosier tires. USAC/CRA follows the USAC National Series Rule Book, which can be found online at www.usacracing.com/assets/files/rules/2015/Appendix_C_National_Sprint_2015.pdf.

On September 5th and 6th, Calistoga Speedway will host the “8th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event will pay a minimum of $7,000-to-win each night. The Napa County Fairgrounds will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, fourteen USAC/CRA races have been held at the scenic half-mile and “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, and Kevin Swindell are tied for the series lead with two wins. “The Bullet” Blake Miller holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 19.078, set on September 4, 2010. The Honda USAC Western Midgets and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight with qualifying at 6:00pm and racing to follow. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu.

CALISTOGA USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Rico Abreu, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson.

On Monday, September 7th, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the special event at “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will pay $3,000-to-win. Petaluma Speedway has featured three USAC/CRA events and Austin Williams joined “Dynamite” David Cardey and Mike Spencer on the winner’s list with a last corner victory on June 28, 2014. The 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.821 is held by Spencer, who set the standard on June 19, 2010. Super Stocks and 600 Micro Sprints will join the action packed card with Time Trials scheduled for 5:00pm and Racing at 6:30pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-David Cardey, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Austin Williams.

After a short break, the mini-series will continue on Thursday, September 10th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Located on the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and held during the "Gold Cup Race of Champions," the race will pay $3,000-to-win. In two previous USAC/CRA appearances, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson and “The Demon” Damion Gardner have claimed victory at the popular quarter-mile oval. Last season, Gardner also broke “The Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild’s 2011 track record with a 13.467 second lap. The Honda USAC Western and BCRA Midgets will share the spotlight with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. In addition, the facility will host a “black out party” after the races. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

CHICO USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Kyle Larson.

The following night, Friday, September 11th, the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford will host the fourth round of the tour. Now promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the “Jim Turner Memorial” will pay $3,000-to-win and is the eighth USAC/CRA race at the fast 3/8-mile oval. “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. won the last Hanford appearance on May 19, 2012 and “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with two victories. The 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.793 is held by Bud Kaeding, who set the standard on November 12, 2011. Originally a non-winged 360 sprint car show, Justin Grant won the first “Turner Memorial” in 2008 and last year’s race was cancelled after the fair board closed the track. A-Mods, Sport Mods, and the winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars will join the action with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more details, visit www.racekingspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

JIM TURNER MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Justin Grant, 2009-Richard Vander Weerd, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Wes Gutierrez, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Cancelled.

HANFORD USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman.

With new promoter Mike Kappmeyer, Santa Maria Raceway will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week.” The Saturday, September 12th race will pay $3,000-to-win and is the twentieth USAC/CRA show at “The West’s Best Short Track.” On July 3rd, “Super” Rickie Gaunt led all 30-laps to score a popular victory at the famed 1/3-mile oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner is tied with Gaunt, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, and Austin Williams with two Santa Maria wins and “The Bullet” Blake Miller holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230, set on June 14, 2008. The Honda USAC Western Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, and Mini Stocks will share the spotlight with racing set for 6:00pm. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

SANTA MARIA USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPION: 2014-Damion Gardner.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Rickie Gaunt.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-663, 2. Mike Spencer-648, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-615, 4. Austin Williams-601, 5. Matt Mitchell-585, 6. Jake Swanson-506, 7. Brody Roa-465, 8. Cody Williams-393, 9. Logan Williams-336, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-280, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-237, 13. Parker Colston-233, 14. Chris Gansen-210, 15. Tommy Malcolm-204, 16. R.J. Johnson-156, 17. Jeremy Ellertson-152, 18. David Bezio-150, 19. Josh Pelkey-148, 20. Brady Bacon-136.

 

 

Lucas Oil Added as HPD Western Dirt Midget Hardcharger Sponsor

By Robert Haugh

The USAC Western HPD Dirt Midget series is pleased to announce one of the fastest-growing and most renown Motorsports partners, Lucas Oil Products (www.lucasoil.com) as sponsor of the Lucas Oil Hardcharger award for all remaining 2015 HPD Western Dirt Midget events.

LUCAS OIL PRODUCTS

Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas has long been directly involved in the American racing industry through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing event promotions, at all levels. Seeing a need for better lubricants in this industry, the Lucas people went to work again. The end result being a line of high performance engine oils and gear oils that are second-to-none in the racing industry. Lucas also produces a heavy-duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets.

In addition to their full array of automotive, motorcycle, industrial and high-performance lubrication products, Lucas also offers a line of car care products, including wax sprays, metal polish and tire and wheel cleaner.

The Lucas success story has been built upon hard work, an unparalleled line of premium products and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. This single formula for success will continue to guide Lucas Oil Products as it grows in the years to come.

USAC WESTERN HPD DIRT MIDGET SERIES

The USAC Western HPD Dirt Midget series is a complimentary series to the USAC Western and National Midgets, allowing younger racers to compete in Midget racing at reasonable costs, utilizing sealed engines while developing their skills as young as 12-years-old, as well as young as 10-years-old with additional engine restrictors. Current NASCAR driver Alex Bowman is among HPD Midget series alumni. Additional HPD series alum include youngest NASCAR touring series winner Cole Custer, 2015 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals A-main qualifier and former USAC-Western States Midget champion Alex Schutte, Multi-time USAC West Coast pavement champion Tanner Swanson, Nic Faas (2006 HPD champion), Brody Roa, Sean Dodenhoff and many more. Several HPD series drivers have moved on accomplish wins and championships in Midgets, Sprint Cars, Late Models and more. Series sponsors include Monster Seal by Betterduck, Inc., PJ1, Lucas Oil Products and K&N Filters.

Major incentives will be given to series competitors, including supplies and contingencies.

BETTERDUCK INC.

Involved in racing for numerous years, Betterduck, Inc. (http://betterduckinc.wordpress.com) is a distributor of Monster Seal tire sealant and racing fuel. They have sponsored many USAC, off road, speedway bike, enduro motorcycle and boat racing teams and are a proud sponsor of the Smiley Gaunt off-road team that won the Mint 400 in their class, as well as the Danny Ebberts driven team that won the Vegas-to-Reno off road race.

USAC HPD WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE

APRIL 25 Ventura Raceway, Ventura

MAY 15 Plaza Park Raceway, Visalia

MAY 16 LeMoore Raceway, LeMoore

JULY 18 Ventura Raceway

AUGUST 5 Ventura Raceway

AUGUST 7 Plaza Park Raceway

AUGUST 8 LeMoore Raceway

SEPTEMBER 26 Bakersfield Speedway

OCTOBER 2 LeMoore Raceway

OCTOBER 3 Ventura Raceway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 28, 2015 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway - "Triple Crown Round 2" - Presented by New England Racing Fuel

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 4. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 5. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 6. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 7. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 8. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 9. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 10. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 11. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 12. David Moniz (#9 Moniz). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#7RI Olson), 2. Brett Hearn (#2 Matczak), 3. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 4. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 5. Frank Malec (#6RI Olson), 6. Mark Cole (#17 Donnelly), 7. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 8. Anthony Nocella (#29 Seymour), 9. Alex Rose (#11R Miller). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge).

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Derek Graham, 4. Brett Hearn, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. Kevin Chaffee, 7. Mark Cole, 8. Scott Holcomb, 9. John Heydenreich, 10. Andy Barrows, 11. Anthony Nocella, 12. Frank Malec, 13. Jeff Horn, 14. Mike Chaffee, 15. Ray Miller, 16. Tim Gallant, 17. Kenney Johnson, 18. David Moniz, 19. Alex Rose, 20. Josh Sunn, 21. Cal Chandonnet (#71Z Chandonnet). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Christensen, Laps 5-20 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Pierson-761, 2-Josh Sunn-667, 3-Scott Holcomb-593, 4-Dean Christensen-589, 5-Kevin Chaffee-546, 6-Ray Miller-505, 7-Jeff Horn-499, 8-Kenney Johnson-490, 9-Adam Whitney-431, 10-Mike Chaffee-386.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 5 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

DARLAND REIGNS SUPREME, WINS 3RD STRAIGHT "SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN" AT KOKOMO

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland celebrates in victory lane after winning the finale of "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" at Kokomo (IN) Speedway Saturday night. (David Nearpass Photo)

Kokomo, Indiana...For the third straight year, "The People's Champ" Dave Darland parked the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco in victory lane at Kokomo Speedway after a dominant performance to win "Sprint Car Smackdown IV." The all-time wins leader in AMSOIL National Sprint Car history took the lead on lap seven and ran away with his 57th career triumph at his home track.

"I love this track, I love these fans, and I really love winning the Smackdown. It doesn't get any better than this. My Phillips team gave me a great car again, and I couldn't be happier to get them another one. The O'Connors gave us a good race track, and I have to thank them for all their hard work and putting on such a great event. It's an unbelievable feeling to do it again. I'm thankful for all the people who help this small team keep getting it done. I went after them fast tonight, and I knew I just needed to be smooth and limit mistakes once I got out front. It got tough a few times coming up on traffic where it got difficult to see the cushion perfectly, but we kept it up on the fence and finished it off," Darland said.

Brady Bacon won the night's B&W Auto Mart "King of the Hill" to earn the pole position for the 40-lap, $10,000-to-win main event, but Chase Stockon shot to the early lead from outside the front-row. On lap three, Bacon's hopes for a win were dashed when he got into the fence, flattening his tire and eventually bringing out a yellow on lap five. He restarted at the tail.

Things got busy up front after the restart, with both Kyle Cummins and Darland assaulting Stockon for the lead as Thomas Meseraull held the fourth spot. The lead trio flashed three-wide, with Cummins on the bottom slipping to the lead by inches on lap six over Darland, who was on the extreme high side.

Darland nailed the top through turns one and two, breaking free from Cummins and opening up his advantage that he would never relinquish. Stockon retook second from Cummins on lap 15 and opened up some breathing room.

Behind the front four, it was all-out war from fifth through tenth between 16th-starting Shane Cottle, Tyler Courtney, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, and Chris Windom, who destroyed his primary car in hot laps and had to utilize a back-up car. Brady Short joined that fray after starting 17th and made it a seven-car scrap just before the inevitable contact among the group brought out a caution on lap 23 as Courtney got turned around in turn-three. He restarted at the tail. Meseraull also pulled off under that yellow with driveline issues, ending his fourth-place run.

Cottle, Windom, and Stanbrough continued their fight for fourth until another caution five laps later, this time for debris. Stockon used that restart to look underneath Darland, nearing drawing even before Darland gained his momentum and pulled away. Stockon and Cummins restarted their battle for second with five laps to go, this time turning it into a torrid affair as Cummins pulled slidejobs on Stockon only to be crossed back over for the position.

Saturday night's victory extended Darland's all-time leading tally of USAC National Sprint Car feature wins to 57. It was Darland's fourth series win of the year and his third consecutive triumph in the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo (IN) Speedway. (David Nearpass Photo)

Darland was flawless as he ran right next to the Kokomo concrete, opening up a 2.542-second advantage at the checkers over Stockon, who cleared Cummins again off the final corner to take the second spot in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher and close Robert Ballou's National Sprint Car point lead to 24 markers.

"I couldn't be much happier. This place is so tough and I'm still not totally in love with it, but we've made great strides. That last restart, I thought we maybe had something for him, but he got his momentum up and my groove kinda went away some. Kyle and I had a heck of a battle for second, and we've raced together for a lot of years, so it's fun to throw it down like that in the last few laps for second at Smackdown. We've struggled at times here, but this week was a big momentum builder for us," Stockon said.

Cummins finished off an impressive performance after winning the event's "Rookie of the Year" award last season, filling out the podium in this edition aboard the Rock Steady Racing - Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins.

"I like this place a lot and love coming up here for this event. It felt like a lot of races we've had down at Haubstadt with Chase and me battling through the middle. Towards the end, I felt like like I was losing ground through the bottom and middle, so I got up top and was better than him at the end, just couldn't clear him. We came up short there, but it was a good weekend and we made a little money. It's been a tough season for us, but this feels pretty good," Cummins said.

Windom's high-side exploits carried him to a fourth-place finish, earning the Weld Racing "Smackdown Badass" award for his efforts in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced. Thomas, Jr., who earlier took down one of four Competition Suspension (CSI) qualifying heat races to start the night, came home fifth from 12th in the Bakken Concrete - Griffin's Propane #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Brady Short capped his incredible come-from-behind week with an eighth-place run, earning the night's Elliott's Custom Trailers "Hard Charger Award" presented by Maxim Chassis. He also made it a resounding victory in the battle for the Speedway Motors "Passing Master Award," as he advanced a total of 62 positions cumulatively in every race over the three nights.

Other CSI heat race winners who also picked up Hoosier right-rear tires included Jerry Coons, Jr., Courtney, and Grant. Short and Max McGhee also earned Hoosier tires as the top-two finishers in the B Main. Ryan Bernal stormed back after going to the tail to claim the final transfer, earning the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award."

Kyle Robbins was the lowest point earner to make the feature, earning the Simpson Racing "Hard Work Award" presented by Pace Performance Coatings, good for a free helmet. Ted Hines not only won the Impact Racing prize for being the first non-transfer from the B Main, but he also took $200 from Lil Moe's Pizzeria. Hines was also the Spire Sports + Entertainment "Smackdown Rookie of the Year" award. Josh Spencer took the Simpson Racing prize for being the second non-transfer.

The SST Motorsports team was awarded the DRC Chassis "Hard Luck Award" after their tough weekend was cut short. The "Bill Gardner True Grit Award" from Lincoln Park Speedway went to the driver displaying the most persistence despite many obstacles, and that went to Justin Grant. The Frolic Bar & Grill "Best Appearing Car and Crew" went to Robert Bell.

Rod End Supply awarded certificates to all participants on Saturday who were not locked into the feature. Indy Race Parts contributed certificates that went to Aaron Farney, Brandon Mattox, and Jarett Andretti.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#10E Edison), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Scotty Weir (#5 Baldwin), 4. Brian Karraker (#29 Jarrett), 5. Travis Hery (#21H Hery), 6. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 7. Joe Bares (#19 Test), 8. Lee Dakus (#75 Dakus).

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#23e Eberhardt), 2. Chad Boespflug (#66 Amati), 3. Hunter Schuerenberg (#2E Epperson), 4. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff), 5. Dustin Smith (#77 Smith), 6. Chris Gurley (#12G Team Automotive).

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#40 Hery), 2. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 3. Max McGhee (#17 McGhee), 4. Ryan Bernal (#11 Walker), 5. Kody Swanson (#32M Marshall), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell).

FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 6. Colten Cottle (#42 Jackson), 7. Ted Hines (#12H Hines).

"KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou); Kyle Cummins (#3R Byram) defeated Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough); Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) defeated Thomas Meseraull (#29x Dawkins); Dave Darland (#71P Phillips/Curb-Agajanian) won by default over Chris Windom (#21x Pollock) - Windom did not start. Round 2: Stockon defeated Cummins and Bacon defeated Darland; Final Round: Bacon defeated Stockon.

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Short, 2. McGhee, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Weir, 5. Robbins, 6. Bernal, 7. Ted Hines, 8. Spencer, 9. Swanson, 10. Harris, 11. Bell, 12. C.Cottle, 13. Hery, 14. Bares, 15. Smith, 16. Mattox, 17. Andretti, 18. Farney, 19. Karraker, 20. Gurley. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Short, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Scotty Weir, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Max McGhee, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Kyle Robbins. NT -------------------------------- **Windom flipped during practice. Farney flipped during the semi. Hery flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Stockon, Lap 6 Cummins,Laps 7-40 Darland.

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 29, 2015 - Bakersfield, California - Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-13.627; 2. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-13.784; 3. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-13.804; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-13.955; 5. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.978; 6. Jesse Love III, 44, Love-14.121; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.411. HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. Nobile, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. Hazelton, 6. Love III, 7. Love IV.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Jesse Love III, 6. Ashley Hazelton, 7. Jesse Love IV. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Cody Jessop-1,108, 2-Dylan Nobile-872, 3-Ashley Hazelton-824, 4-Toni Breidinger-793, 5-Jesse Love IV-772, 6-Annie Breidinger-664, 7-Tom Paterson-613, 8-Shawn Buckley-485, 9-Ron Hazelton-377, 10-Robert Dalby-340.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Dylan Nobile-872, 2-Toni Breidinger-759, 3-Cody Jessop-740, 4-Annie Breidinger-623, 5-Ashley Hazelton-575, 6-Jesse Love IV-464, 7-Tom Paterson-386, 8-Dezel West-192, 9-Tommy McCarthy-191, 10-Ethan Lesser-177.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 5- Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 29, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#10E Edison), 2. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 3. Scotty Weir (#5 Baldwin), 4. Brian Karraker (#29 Jarrett), 5. Travis Hery (#21H Hery), 6. Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox), 7. Joe Bares (#19 Test), 8. Lee Dakus (#75 Dakus).

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#23e Eberhardt), 2. Chad Boespflug (#66 Amati), 3. Hunter Schuerenberg (#2E Epperson), 4. Brady Short (#11p Pottorff), 5. Dustin Smith (#77 Smith), 6. Chris Gurley (#12G Team Automotive).

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#40 Hery), 2. Tracy Hines (#4 THR), 3. Max McGhee (#17 McGhee), 4. Ryan Bernal (#11 Walker), 5. Kody Swanson (#32M Marshall), 6. Josh Spencer (#66J Spencer), 7. Robert Bell (#71 Bell).

FOURTH QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#17RW Dutcher), 2. Shane Cottle (#57 Hazen), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Aaron Farney (#15F Farney), 5. Kyle Robbins (#17R Robbins), 6. Colten Cottle (#42 Jackson), 7. Ted Hines (#12H Hines).

"KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Chase Stockon (#32 32/TBI) defeated Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou); Kyle Cummins (#3R Byram) defeated Jon Stanbrough (#81 Stanbrough); Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) defeated Thomas Meseraull (#29x Dawkins); Dave Darland (#71P Phillips/Curb-Agajanian) won by default over Chris Windom (#21x Pollock) - Windom did not start. Round 2: Stockon defeated Cummins and Bacon defeated Darland; Final Round: Bacon defeated Stockon.

B MAIN: (15 laps) 1. Short, 2. McGhee, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Weir, 5. Robbins, 6. Bernal, 7. Ted Hines, 8. Spencer, 9. Swanson, 10. Harris, 11. Bell, 12. C.Cottle, 13. Hery, 14. Bares, 15. Smith, 16. Mattox, 17. Andretti, 18. Farney, 19. Karraker, 20. Gurley. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Short, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Robert Ballou, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Scotty Weir, 18. Jerry Coons Jr., 19. Sam McGhee, 20. Thomas Meseraull, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Kyle Robbins. NT -------------------------------- **Windom flipped during practice. Farney flipped during the semi. Hery flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Stockon, Lap 6 Cummins,Laps 7-40 Darland.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,706, 2-Stockon-1,682, 3-Darland-1,654, 4-Bacon-1,557, 5-Stanbrough-1,465, 6-Thomas-1,344, 7-Windom-1,205, 8-Leary-1,151, 9-Tracy Hines-1,104, 10-Grant-1,039.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: September 18 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

STOCKON'S FIRST KOKOMO WIN CAPS SMACKDOWN NIGHT 2

Kokomo, Indiana.......It was an excited victory lane on Friday night at Kokomo Speedway as Chase Stockon held off Dave Darland to win the night's "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" preliminary 30-lapper, scoring his first career win at the Hoosier speedway. The Elizabethtown, Indiana driver made it two wins on the season in the season aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

Wednesday's winner Chris Windom took the lead at the outset over polesitter Tracy Hines, but Stockon cut inside Hines for second on lap two. Justin Grant was working the high side and took fifth on lap two, but as he looked underneath Scotty Weir for fourth on lap four, the two made contact. Grant ended up in the wall on the backstretch with a broken front end and collected Chad Boespflug, who restarted.

Windom led Stockon, Hines, Weir, and ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Dave Darland, who cleared Weir for the fourth spot on a fast surface just before a caution on lap ten. That set up a long green-flag stretch, with Stockon trying to keep pace with Windom, while Darland drove by Hines on the restart for third.

Behind the lead trio, a few drivers coming from a back were the show. Hunter Schuerenberg carved in his line up above the cushion, finally taking fifth at the halfway point after starting 13th. AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Robert Ballou, who broke an axle in qualifying before coming from 18th to transfer out of the semi-feature, tried to protect his point lead with a spirited drive from the back.

Then, there was Brady Short, who had to scratch his primary car after an issue in qualifying. He came from 17th in the Semi-Feature to finish third and transfer to the night's 30-lap feature. He hit the top-ten with ten laps to go and was still digging.

As Windom hit lapped traffic, the charging trio of Stockon, Darland, and Schuerenberg began to chew on his lead. With five laps to go, Windom was mired in traffic and seeing his lead dissipate quickly. On lap 28, Windom charged up on a lapped car and clipped the rear end of it, kicking him sideways and drawing a yellow flag, although Windom was able to right it and continue on in fourth-place. Due to the inadvertent yellow, Windom was put in line there and the race resumed with three laps to go.

Windom slid past Schuerenberg on the restart, but Schuerenberg wasn't done. He charged the turn-three cushion on the next lap just as he had been doing all night, but this time it bit him. He bounced and flipped over, ending his spectacular run. He was unhurt.

With just two laps to go, Darland nailed the restart to look underneath Stockon for the lead. Stockon hammered the turn-two cushion and flashed past Darland to retain his lead, but a spin at the back of the pack gave Darland one final shot.

This time, Stockon got a jump to pull away and complete the win by .655-seconds, celebrating the big triumph with a backwards victory lap. It was Stockon's sixth-career win, tying him for 63rd all-time.

"To hold off Dave at his palace for my first win here, that's a pretty awesome thing. This place is so, so hard. You don't get a fluke wins here. That was all she had. I ran that thing as hard as I possibly could those last two laps. Luckily, we had the car good enough to stay up front and capitalize on Chris' misfortune. We've been fast here two years ago, and now we're better than we've ever been with Matt Hummel's Factory Kahne shocks, DRC chassis, and Fisher engines. (Crew chief) D.J. (Ott) and I are on the same page right now, and hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow," Stockon said.

With his sixth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win Friday night, Chase Stockon tied Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider, and Dick Tobias on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list. (David Nearpass Photo)

Darland rebounded from a tough opening night of "Smackdown" to come home second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"It makes me feel good when somebody like Chase appreciates the win because he knows how tough it is to beat me here. We had a nice improvement from last night. The race track was really good tonight and more to my liking. I had a couple runs at Chase, especially on that last restart, but the yellow came out. He got a better restart the second time, and congratulations to him. He always does a good job," Darland said.

Windom finished it off third in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced, narrowly missing out on his second win of the week.

"I only have to be mad at myself tonight. I beat myself. Rick Pollock gave me another great race car. I tried to slide one lapped car in one and two, but he went back by me, so I tried to get him in three and four and clipped another car. It was my own fault, just being impatient. I'd like to think we can put it back up front and give ourselves to win the big one tomorrow night," Windom said.

Hines ended up fourth in his The Carolina Nut Company - MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top-five in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

Short's amazing run ended up sixth to earn him the Crume-Evans Insurance "Hard Charger Award" presented by Maxim Chassis.

Stockon, Brady Bacon, Windom, Kyle Cummins, Stanbrough, Darland, Thomas Meseraull, and Ballou were the top-eight point earners over the two nights, locking themselves into tomorrow's B&W Auto Mart "King of the Hill."

Ryan Bernal won Hinchman Indy Heat 1, Stockon won STIDA.com Heat 2, Cummins won Race Track Engineering Heat 3, and Shane Cottle won Claxton Engines Heat 4.

Hunter Schuerenberg charged back to a transfer spot in the Semi-Feature after having to go to the tail, again earning the night's American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award." Ballou won the night's Pace Performance Coatings "Hard Work Award" as the slowest qualifier to make the feature. Chris Gurley won the Arizona Sport Shirts prize as the first non-transfer from the Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 28, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-12.642; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-12.725; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.892; 4. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.912; 5. Scotty Weir, 5, Baldwin-12.991; 6. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.040; 7. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-13.110; 8. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.120; 9. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.185; 10. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-13.209; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.212; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.248; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.281; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 29x, Dawkins-13.288; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23e, Eberhardt-13.301; 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.337; 17. Ryan Bernal, 11, Walker-13.347; 18. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.413; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.415; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.447; 21. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.466; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.532; 23. Cole Ketcham, 41K, SST-13.557; 24. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-13.611; 25. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.631; 26. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10E, Edison-13.654; 27. Brian Karraker, 29, Jarrett-13.683; 28. Kody Swanson, 32M, Marshall-13.831; 29. Joe Bares, 19, Test-13.833; 30. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-13.913; 31. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.939; 32. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.969; 33. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.001; 34. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.007; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.035; 36. Frank Flud, 41, SST-14.140; 37. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-14.406; 38. Colten Cottle, 42, Jackson-14.559; 39. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.880; 40. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-15.020; 41. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Robbins, 3. Weir, 4. McGhee, 5. Andretti, 6. Ballou, 7. Farney, 8. Darland, 9. Harris, 10. Hewitt, 11. Bares. 2:17.28

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Meseraull, 4. Coons, 5. Mattox, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Gurley, 8. Spencer, 9. Ted Hines, 10. C. Cottle. 2:15.54

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Courtney, 4. Boespflug, 5. Thomas, 6. Karraker, 7. Hery, 8. DiMattia, 9. Bell, 10. Ketcham. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Grant, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Short, 7. Swanson, 8. Price-Miller, 9. Smith, 10. Flud. 2:16.11

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Spencer, 4. Hewitt, 5. C. Cottle, 6. DiMattia, 7. Bell. 2:21.14

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Short, 4. Andretti, 5. Ballou, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. Gurley, 8. Thomas, 9. Mattox, 10. Farney, 11. Swanson, 12. Spencer, 13. Smith, 14. Hery, 15. Harris, 16. Price-Miller, 17. Ted Hines, 18. Hewitt, 19. Karraker, 20. Bares. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Brady Short, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Robert Ballou, 10. Kyle Cummins, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. 17. Max McGhee, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Brian Karraker, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 22. Kyle Robbins, 23. Ryan Bernal, 24. Justin Grant. NT ---------------------------- **Ketcham flipped during the third heat. Schuerenberg flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Windom, Laps 28-30 Stockon.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,683; 2-Stockon-1,625; 3-Darland-1,594; 4-Bacon-1,532; 5-Stanbrough-1,420; 6-Thomas-1,296; 7-Windom-1,154; 8-Leary-1,115; 9-Hines-1,071; 10-Grant-998.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 29 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

 

 

BALLOU STARTS SMACKDOWN IV WITH 9TH SPRINT CAR WIN OF 2015

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou (Middle) won Thursday's night USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on the opening night of "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" at Kokomo (IN) Speedway. Ballou was followed to the line by Chase Stockon (Right) and Brady Bacon (Left). (Rich Forman Photo)

Kokomo, Indiana...Robert Ballou continued his dream season and started off "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" in fine shape as he captured Thursday night's 30-lap feature at Kokomo Speedway. The Rocklin, California driver made it nine wins for the year, a mark only reached eleven previous times in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history.

Chase Stockon out-gunned polesitter Tyler Courtney to take the early lead, with Brady Bacon joining them before a red flag appeared on lap two. It came out just two laps later as seventh-running C.J. Leary caught the gnarly turn-one cushion and barrel-rolled into turn-two. He was unhurt.

Stockon held the lead as Courtney took second and left Bacon, who was having issues negotiating the curb himself. He dropped spots to ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Kyle Cummins and Ballou. On lap eight, Courtney jumped to the high side in turns one and two, but it bit him. He snapped sideways and nearly saved it before catching the wall and flopping over, collecting sixth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the process. Courtney walked away, and Thomas restarted at the tail.

While things were fairly calm up front, the show was being put on by Thursday's winner Chris Windom and provisional starter Brady Short. They stormed through the field, with Short using the lower half of the track while Windom ventured above the cushion to run all the way up to sixth. Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. raced for fourth as Stockon continued to hold command at the front of the field. Ballou took second with ten to go and caught a caution with nine laps to go.

Ballou stalked Stockon and ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 24, as they came to the line side-by-side for the lead with Stockon .010 seconds ahead. Ballou swept underneath him through turns one and two with the lead and began to put distance between himself and Stockon. Windom had taken fifth but then bicycled violently on the cushion and dropped two spots. Short took advantage, sticking his nose in the battle for a top-five.

National point leader Ballou was flawless in the closing laps, taking a .957-second win in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.

"I know there's a lot of people up here who don't want me to win, but we gotta keep racking these wins up if I'm gonna catch Dave Darland on the all-time win list. It was a challenge for us early, but I knew if I could get through some laps, we would be in good shape. If I wasn't so fat, maybe we wouldn't have that issue. You gotta bide your time in some races, and tonight we just had to get closer to the end. I got off the bottom once and it was a mistake, but I went back down and we were good there. The track definitely threw us a curveball tonight, but they got it racy and we made the most of it," Ballou said.

Robert Ballou in action at Kokomo (IN) Speedway on Thursday. (Rich Forman Photo)

Stockon capped a fine night that moved him back up to second in points with the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

"To win up here is really difficult, and we were close tonight. It's really frustrating to lead all that way and have him go by us late, but he's going good right now. We could run up and kiss the top in one and two, but that dried up some on us, and it blew off pretty good through three and four. We just got too free towards the end. He kept his car stuck down low, and we couldn't quite do that. We're getting there, but need to fine-tune it to get a win here," Stockon said.

Bacon came home third in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar. "This place keeps you on your toes, and obviously tonight was a little different than you usually see here. I thought I had it going pretty good up top early, but then as it slicked up getting to it and the curb got bigger, I just got too tight on it and almost crashed a few times. The track moved around quite a bit, and you had to keep up with it. The top wasn't the fastest place to be tonight and we didn't get it tight enough, but we got a good solid finish out of it," Bacon said. Cummins came home fourth in the Rock Steady Racing - Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins, and Short's run from 24th ended up fifth in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe's Body & Glass #11P Maxim/Spec. Windom's drive from 17th to 7th earned him the TeamVWAudi.com "Hard Charger Award" presented by Maxim Chassis. In the night's Competition Suspension (CSI) Heat Races, Dave Darland won Hinchman Indy Heat 1, Scotty Weir won STIDA.com Heat 2, Windom won Loudpedal Productions Heat 3, and Jarett Andretti won Racers Storage Heat 4. In the night's Semi-Feature, Hunter Schuerenberg won the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer. Max McGhee took the night's Pace Performance Coatings "Hard Work Award" as the slowest qualifier to make the night's feature. Shane Cottle took the Arizona Sport Shirts prize as the first non-transfer.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 27, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.269; 2. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-13.272; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.331; 4. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.342; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.369; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.417; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.424; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.427; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.510; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.521; 11. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.530; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.541; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.546; 14. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-13.556; 15. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.578; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 29, Dawkins-13.579; 17. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.584; 18. Scotty Weir, 5, Baldwin-13.591; 19. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.660; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.675; 21. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.704; 22. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.740; 23. Kody Swanson, 32m, Marshall-13.761; 24. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.766; 25. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.774; 26. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.777; 27. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.845; 28. Ryan Bernal, 11, Walker-13.868; 29. Parker Price-Miller, 9p, Ronk-13.919; 30. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.942; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-13.969; 32. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.982; 33. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-13.994; 34. Ted Hines, 12H, Hines-14.026; 35. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-14.065; 36. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.134; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.189; 38. Colten Cottle, 42, Jackson-14.250; 39. Frank Flud, 41, SST-14.381; 40. Joe Bares 19, Test Motorsports-14.539; 41. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.594; 42. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.676; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.797; 44. Chris Phillips, 1G, Gormly-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Ballou, 3. McGhee, 4. Shuman, 5. Coons, 6. Gurley, 7. Farney, 8. Cummins, 9. Spencer, 10. Price-Miller, 11. Simon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Grant, 3. Bacon, 4. Karraker, 5. Boespflug, 6. S.Cottle, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Robbins, 9. Ted Hines, 10. DiMattia, 11. C.Cottle. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Thomas, 3. Courtney, 4. Leary, 5. Ketcham, 6. Swanson, 7. Hery, 8. Hewitt, 9. Smith, 10. Flud, 11. Bell. 2:16.98

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Mattox, 3. Stockon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Short, 6. Bernal, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Schuerenberg, 9. Harris, 10. Bares. 2:18.63

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Ted Hines, 3. Spencer, 4, Bares, 5. Flud, 6. Bell, 7. DiMattia, 8. Farney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Cummins, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Coons, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Schuerenberg, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Short, 9. Ketcham, 10. Bernal, 11. Robbins, 12. Swanson, 13. Price-Miller, 14. Spencer, 15. Hery, 16. Gurley, 17. Smith, 18. Hewitt, 19. Bares, 20. Ted Hines. 2:45.70

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brady Short, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 10. Scotty Weir, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Casey Shuman, 21. Tyler Courtney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Brian Karraker, 24. Tracy Hines. NT -------------------------------- **Phillips flipped during qualifying. Karraker flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Leary flipped on lap 5 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-24 Stockon, Laps 25-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Ballou-1,646, 2-Stockon-1,553; 3-Darland-1,527; 4-Bacon-1,483, 5-Stanbrough-1,368; 6-Thomas-1,279; 7-Windom-1,094, 8-Leary-1,081, 9-Tracy Hines-1,013, 10-Grant-976.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 28 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

 

 

WINDOM ENDS DROUGHT WITH POSTPONED KOKOMO FEATURE WIN

Kokomo, Indiana...It had been since September of 2013 since Chris Windom had won on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, but the Canton, Illinois driver ended that slump as he held off Dave Darland for victory in Wednesday night's 30-lap Feature event postponed from the July 11th "Indiana Sprint Week" event. The race precedes "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" weekend at Kokomo Speedway, with three more nights ahead culminating with Saturday's $10,000-to-win main event.

Windom took the lead from outside the front-row as polesitter Darland kept pace and set up a race-long battle for the lead. A lap-three yellow prefaced a long green-flag that put the leaders in traffic just before halfway. Darland finally darted inside Windom on lap 16 through turns three and four as Windom was stuck behind cars racing two-wide. As they came to the stripe, Darland moved low and crossed just .067 seconds behind Windom at the line.

A big move to the inside netted Darland the lead on lap 17, but as they came around to complete the lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. spun around after colliding with Brady Bacon in a battle for third. With the race reverting back to lap 16, Windom reinherited the lead.

Darland wasted no time going at Windom, using the low-side of turn-one to draw underneath him, but Windom's momentum on the high side kept the lead. Behind them, 15th-starting Chase Stockon and 17th-starting Robert Ballou were the two cars on the move, as Stockon powered inside the top-five on lap nineteen, while Ballou was up to eighth at the same time.

With less than ten to go, another yellow gave Darland a restart to attack Windom, and he again drove to the bottom of turn-one, sliding all the way up just as Windom rocketed by on the cushion. Stockon moved past Scotty Weir for fourth and Ballou took seventh with five laps to go.

The final caution of the night appeared with three laps to go as sixth-running Max McGhee slowed off turn-four. This time, Windom nailed the restart, completing the final three laps without issue to post a .848-second victory in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced. It was his tenth-career National Sprint Car win, tying him with Tony Stewart for 44th all-time.

"This is definitely one of my favorite tracks in the world, and to hold off Dave Darland here is a tall task. I thought on the restarts we'd be okay, but he was good at trying to get past me through one and two. He threw everything at us, and we just had to work hard to hold him off. Rick Pollock basically built a brand new car for this event and has worked hard for this week, so hopefully we can keep it going and make a run at it Saturday night," Windom said.

Darland crossed second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"It seems like I've gotten screwed by the yellows right as I take the lead, and it's starting to make me mad. It's definitely getting old. Chris was fast, and we just about had him there before the yellow and on the restarts, but we weren't quite good enough toward the end to have something for him. The O'Connors did a great job with the track tonight, and it'll be even better the rest of the weekend," Darland said.

Bacon held off Stockon for fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"The track is obviously a little wetter than normal for the feature, but we made the most of it to get to third. I thought we might have something when we got into traffic, but the yellow stopped that, and those guys are just too fast out front to get them without a major mistake. Chase was coming good on the bottom at the end, but held him off through the last restart, and hopefully we can keep this thing on the podium all weekend," Bacon said.

Stockon's fine run netted eleven positions as he wound up fourth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and Ballou came forward twelve spots to retain his series point lead in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.

Justin Grant set ProSource "Fast Time" back on July 11th before being involved in a heat-race incident, ending his run for the program.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 26, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" Make-up Event from July 11th

QUALIFYING: (Held July 11) 1. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.805; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.933; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.946; 4. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.973; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-13.021; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.024; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.035; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.056; 9. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.111; 10. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.144; 11. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.151; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.165; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.211; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.250 ;15. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.276; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.287; 17. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.309; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.338; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.339; 20 .Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.369; 21. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-13.403; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.404; 23. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.464; 24. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.551; 25. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.559; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.585; 27. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-13.590; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.609; 29. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.644; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.681; 31. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.714; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.765; 33. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-13.767; 34. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.802; 35. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.850; 36. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-13.852; 37. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.870; 38. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.018; 39. Todd Gnat, 51, Gnat-14.048; 40. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.104; 41. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.125; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.229; 43. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-14.309; 44. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-14.399; 45. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.554; 46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.253.

FIRST HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Shuman, 3. Weir, 4. Jackson, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Hanft, 7. Moore, 8. S.Thomas, 9. Leary, 10. Meseraull. 11. Grant, 12. Simon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia, 9. Harris, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. 2:15.58

THIRD HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Ballou, 4. Hines, 5. McGhee, 6. Robbins, 7. Dakus, 8. Rose, 9. Goodnight, 10. Gnat, 11. Frederickson. 2:11.92

FOURTH HEAT: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Boespflug. 4. K.Thomas, 5. Jarrett, 6. Coons, 7. Karraker, 8. Spencer, 9. C.Cottle, 10. T.Hewitt. 2:13.32

QUALIFYING RACE: (Held July 11) (10 laps) 1. Hery, 2. C.Cottle, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Spencer, 5. Goodnight, 6. Frederickson, 7. S.Thomas, 8. Bell, 9. Gnat, 10. Harris, 11. T.Hewitt, 12. DiMattia, 13. Moore. NT

SEMI: (12 laps - First 2 laps completed on July 11) 1. Courtney, 2. Simon, 3. McGhee, 4. Andretti, 5. Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Ketcham, 8. Meseraull, 9. Spencer, 10. Robbins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Brady Short, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Max McGhee, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Kyle Cummins, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 20. Landon Simon, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Brian Karraker (Jackson #3), 23. C.J. Leary (Leary #30). NT ---------------------------- July 11: Grant, Leary and Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Moore flipped during the qualifying race. Harris flipped during the qualifying race. August 26: Robbins flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,577; 2-Darland-1,494; 3-Stockon-1,489; 4-Bacon-1,422; 5-Stanbrough-1,336; 6-Thomas-1,232; 7-Leary-1,063; 8-Windom-1,044; 9-Hines-995; 10-Farney-944.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 27 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown IV"

R.J. JOHNSON WINS USAC SOUTHWEST SHOOTOUT AT DODGE CITY

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 24, 2015... Racing past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. on lap eleven, R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Arizona led the rest of the way to claim the Dodge City Raceway Park finale of the “3rd Annual Freedom Tour.” For Johnson, the $2,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his eighth victory of the campaign as he was followed by Ryan Bernal, Davis, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Shon Deskins.

Starting fourth, R.J. Johnson piloted Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman to his series high 30th feature win of his career. The point leader began his night by winning the program’s third 8-lap heat race and ranking third in passing points. Heading to Queen Creek on September 19th, Johnson has six heat race victories, one high-point driver award, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led to his credit.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from twelfth. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal took fourth in his heat race and placed twelfth in the night’s passing points. To date, the 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion has two feature wins, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, two hard charger awards, six top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first 10-laps, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona ran third in the “Freedom Tour” finale. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was second to R.J. Johnson and ranked sixth in passing points. Returning home to the “Copper State,” the five-time state champion has two feature wins, two high-point driver awards, six heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led.

Yuma, Arizona’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin scored fourth in the Dodge City, Kansas feature. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Supplies Maxim, Martin won his series leading ninth heat race of the year. After placing second in passing points, “The Magic Man” has two feature wins, two high-point driver awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 83 feature laps led in the campaign.

Shon Deskins of Waddell, Arizona closed out the “Freedom Tour” with a fifth place run at Dodge City. Racing his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Bell Racing Spike, Deskins finished second to Mike Martin in his heat race and ranked fourth in passing points. Currently, the veteran driver has one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and the program’s high point driver. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Homes RSS, Sussex placed sixteenth in the main event. The young driver returns home with three feature wins, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, three hard charger awards, 12 top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led.

In the second heat, Patrick Stasa of Kingman, Kansas flipped his machine and was transported to a local hospital. Everyone with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series wishes Patrick a quick and speedy recovery.

NOTE: Earlier 2015 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Schedules listed races at Prescott Valley on August 28th and 29th for the Rick Stewart Memorial. The racetrack has closed and those events have been cancelled.

On Saturday, September 19th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also showcase Pure Stocks, X-Mods, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2015 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 3. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Harli White (#17W White), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Jeremy Huish (#88J Huish). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Ray Seemann (#E85 Seemann), 6. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 4. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 5. Gavin Stout (#15 Stout), 6. Layne Himebaugh (#24 Himebaugh). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (4th), 2. Ryan Bernal (12th), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (1st), 4. Mike Martin (5th), 5. Shon Deskins (3rd), 6. Josh Hodges (7th), 7. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 8. Chris Bonneau (8th), 9. Harli White (13th), 10. Layne Himebaugh (17th), 11. Ray Seemann (14th), 12, Tye Mihocko (10th), 13. Gavin Stout (15th), 14. Koby Barksdale (16th), 15. Dennis Gile (11th), 16. Stevie Sussex (6th), 17. Mike Bonneau (9th), 18. Jeremy Huish (18th). ---------------------------- **Stasa flipped during the second heat. M.Bonneau & Huish flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Davis, Laps 11-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (12th to 2nd)

 

 

“THE MAGIC MAN” MIKE MARTIN STRIKES AGAIN AT WICHITA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 24, 2015... Staring on the pole position, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona led wire-to-wire to claim the $2,500 victory at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas. The Friday night USAC SouthWest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour” triumph was Martin’s second win of the campaign. “Chargin’” Charles Davis Jr., Josh Hodges, high-point driver Brady Bacon, and Ryan Bernal followed “The Magic Man” to the finish line.

Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials Maxim, Mike Martin won Wichita’s “Freedom Tour” race for the second year in a row. With the 30-lap victory, Martin moves into a tie with Bernal and Stevie Sussex for fifth on the USAC SouthWest win list. The former Canyon Hall of Fame Classic winner began his night at Wichita by running second to Davis in his heat race and placing sixth in passing points.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced from fifth to second at 81 Speedway. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis earned his sixth heat race win of the year. Ranked second in the night’s passing points, Davis would go on to record his seventeenth top-10 finish of 2015.

Josh Hodges of Tijeras, New Mexico finished third in the third round of the “Freedom Tour.” Piloting the family owned #74X Parts Plus / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges placed second to Brady Bacon in his heat race and was fourth in passing points.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon was the program’s high point driver. Driving his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear XXX, Bacon claimed fourth in the main event after starting sixth. In limited starts, the USAC National Champion earned his third heat race win of the campaign.

Ryan Bernal of Hollister, California was fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the Mike Phulps owned #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and ranked third in the night’s passing points. In limited SouthWest starts, the USAC Western Classic Champion has two feature wins on the year.

Lindsay, Oklahoma’s Harli White earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from twelfth. Piloting the family owned #17W Charlie's Trucking / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, White scored fourth in her heat race and was seated twelfth in the program’s passing points.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2015 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 6. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 7. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 8. T.J. Cain (#67 Cain). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 8. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Ryan Kitchen (#21 Kitchen), 7. Warren Johnson (#42 Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Martin (1st), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 3. Josh Hodges (3rd), 4. Brady Bacon (6th), 5. Ryan Bernal (4th), 6. Shannon McQueen (9th), 7. Harli White (12th), 8. R.J. Johnson (10th), 9. Chris Bonneau (14th), 10. Shon Deskins (15th), 11. Patrick Stasa (7th), 12. Tye Mihocko (8th), 13. Jeremy Campbell (18th), 14. Koby Barksdale (15th), 15. Wyatt Burks (2nd), 16. Mike Bonneau (20th), 17. Stevie Sussex (13th), 18. Casey Wills (16th), 19. Dennis Gile (11th), 20. T.J. Cain (22nd), 21. Fred Mattox (23rd), 22. Andrew Deal (19th), 23. Warren Johnson (24th). NT ---------------------------- **Mattox flipped during the feature. **Ryan Kitchen did not start

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-30 Martin. HARD CHARGER: Harli White (12th to 7th)

 

 

PRIZES AND CASH BONUSES CONTINUE TO MOUNT FOR "SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN IV"

As has been the case in each of the three previous editions, this week's "Sprint Car Smackdown IV" at Kokomo Speedway will be bolstered by a long list of prizes and cash bonuses on top of an already-stout purse, concluding with Saturday's $10,000-to-win 40-lap event. Along with awards for nearly every event on the agenda for the weekend, laps are still filling up at $100 each to pay the top-five on each of the 100 feature laps over the weekend.

Again this year, the competition stretches off the race track as six racers compete in the "Sprint Car Snackdown" Thursday night. The speedway's Turn 5 Bar will host defending eating champion Chase Stockon against five top competitors from last year's "Smackdown": Dave Darland, Robert Ballou, Brady Bacon, Jon Stanbrough, and Justin Grant. The race is on to down fifteen boneless chicken wings faster than the competition for the winner's prize pack. All fans and fellow competitors are invited to attend and enjoy the show.

Each racing night will begin, as always, with ProSource Qualifying. The year-long "ProSource Fast Time Award Challenge" continues on, with $2,500 going to the driver who racks up the most throughout the season across all three USAC National divisions. Chase Stockon currently leads the standings with six, just ahead of Brady Bacon and Kody Swanson.

All heat races are sponsored and presented by Competition Suspension (CSI) again this year. Heat races sponsors will pay out money to all top-four finishers on Thursday and Friday, and are sponsored by Hinchman Indy, STIDA.com, Loudpedal Productions, Race Track Engineering, Racers Storage, and Claxton Engines. CSI will also present Saturday's Qualifying Races, which transfer cars to the 40-lap Main Event and will also earn them a new Hoosier right-rear tire for the preliminary race victory.

Hard Charger Awards have been posted for each night of racing and are presented by Maxim Chassis. TeamVWAudi.com has posted the award for Thursday, with Crume-Evans Insurance handling the honors on Friday. On Saturday, the feature's hard charger will earn $250 cash from Elliott's Custom Trailers in addition to the $250 certificate from Maxim.

American Racing Ministries have again pledged their support of the "Smackdown," as they will award a right-rear tire to each night's "Perseverance Award" winner, the final transfer from each night's Semi-Feature. DRC Chassis also returns to post the "Hard Luck Award." Pace Performance Coatings also returns, again posting the "Hard Work Award" each night, going to the driver who makes the feature after qualifying the worst or, on Saturday, having the lowest point total entering the night.

A few lucrative awards that started last year will return, and are headlined by Lincoln Park Speedway's "Bill Gardner True Grit Award," given to the competitor who overcomes the most adversity throughout the weekend. Last year's winner was legendary car owner Paul Hazen. Speedway Motors has signed on to present the "Passing Master Award," worth $500 to the driver who improves the most positions cumulatively over the three-day event, which includes heat races, semi-features, and features.

Spire Sports + Entertainment also returns this year, as they will reward the "Smackdown Rookie of the Year" with $500. B&W Auto Mart continues their support of USAC racing, as they present a check for $400 to the winner of this year's "King of the Hill" on Saturday night. King of the Hill is a one-on-one bracket-style event for the top-eight point earners locked into Saturday night's feature. Previous winners include Tracy Hines, Chase Stockon, and Brady Bacon.

The Frolic Bar & Grill sponsors this year's "Best Appearing Car" award this year and will vote for the winner prior to Saturday night's driver introductions. Other posted prizes for various races come from Weld Racing (left-rear wheel), Impact Racing (belts), Rod End Supply (product certificates), Arizona Sport Shirts (certificate), and Simpson Race Products (product certificates) are among the contributing sponsors for this year's event.

Hoosier Tire and AMSOIL remain strong supporters of Kokomo's "Smackdown," as each have donated considerable amounts of product to be given to competitors throughout the three-day extravaganza.

While the "Smackdown" itself kicks off on Thursday, tomorrow features a special event to finish off the rained-out "Indiana Sprint Week" program from July. It will conclude with the Semi-Feature and 30-lap feature and is FREE to all spectators. Fans with tickets from the rained-out event will be admitted early and are eligible for a free upgrade to a pit pass. All pit passes from that event can be used, as well.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 22, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Speedway Illustrated Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 3. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 7. Mark Cole (#17 Donnelly), 8. David Moniz (#9 Moniz). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 2. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 3. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 4. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 7. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 8. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 9. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Sunn, 2. Pierson, 3. Champagne, 4. Holcomb, 5. Graham, 6. M.Chaffee, 7. Horn, 8. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Josh Sunn, 2. Adam Pierson, 3. Jeff Champagne, 4. Ray Miller, 5. Kevin Chaffee, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Scott Holcomb, 8. Dylan Duhaime, 9. Jeff Horn, 10. Derek Graham, 11. Adam Whitney, 12. Rob Williams, 13. David Moniz, 14. Andy Barrows, 15. Dean Christensen, 16. Mark Cole, 17. Mike Chaffee. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Champagne, Laps 10-25 Sunn.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-693, 2-Sunn-651, 3-Holcomb-549, 4-Christensen-539, 5-K.Chaffee-495, 6-Miller-482, 7-Horn-472, 8-Johnson-470, 9-Whitney-431, 10-M.Chaffee-360.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 28 - Malta, NY - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 22, 2015 – Dodge City, Kansas – Dodge City Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 3. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Harli White (#17W White), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Jeremy Huish (#88J Huish). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Ray Seemann (#E85 Seemann), 6. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 4. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 5. Gavin Stout (#15 Stout), 6. Layne Himebaugh (#24 Himebaugh). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Mike Martin, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Harli White, 10. Layne Himebaugh, 11. Ray Seemann, 12, Tye Mihocko, 13. Gavin Stout, 14. Koby Barksdale, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Mike Bonneau, 18. Jeremy Huish.

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**Stasa flipped during the second heat. M.Bonneau & Huish flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Davis, Laps 11-30 Johnson.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: September 19 – Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 22, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.104; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.109; 3. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-15.115; 4. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.271; 5. Tyler Edwards, 57, Hix-15.294; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, VanderWeerd-15.307; 7. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-15.507; 8. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-15.522; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.524; 10. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-15.594; 11. Landon Hurst, 81M, Watt-15.597; 12. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-15.615; 13. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.758; 14. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-15.784; 15. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-15.908; 16. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-15.915; 17. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-16.051; 18. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.126; 19. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.701; 20. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-16.703; 21. James Herrera, 16J, Herrera-16.954; 22. Bill Jones, 91, Jones-17.124; 23. Dennis Howell, 62, Howell-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Rutherford, 4. Gardner, 5. Guardino, 6. Sibley, 7. Linson, 8. Jones. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kaeding, 2. Marcham, 3. Edwards, 4. Hurst, 5. Boles, 6. Majors, 7. Perkins. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Swanson, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Carter, 6. Smith, 7. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. D.J. Johnson, 7. Landon Hurst, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Luke Boles, 10. Trent Carter, 11. Tyler Edwards, 12. Cody Majoer, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Max Adams, 15. Jordan Linson, 16. James Herrera, 17. Will Perkins, 18. Jeff Sibley, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Mike Larsen (#91 Jones), 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 23. Dennis Howell. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 7-30 Faria.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE: September 26 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona - “Brawl For It All”

 

 

SWANSON MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100" WINS

Springfield, Illinois.......Kody Swanson joined exclusive company on Saturday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, as he became the seventh driver to go back-to-back in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" with a spirited drive from 16th to a dominant win. It was the third win of the season for the defending series champion, which puts him at 11 career wins to tie Bobby East for 8th on the all-time list.

"Driving for a team like this with a crew chief like Bob Hampshire, I get to hear a lot of Jack Hewitt stories and what they were able to do back in the day. Today felt a little like that, coming from so far back and still being able to get it done. I've never thought of myself in regard to being with a group like the guys who have gone back-to-back in this race, or even the group of guys on the all-time win list, but it's been so much fun and we're just gonna enjoy this ride," Swanson said.

Swanson took ProSource "Fast Time" for the day, but was relegated to the 16th starting spot after using a push start to make his qualifying attempt. That gave Justin Grant, who was easily the most entertaining in hot laps and qualifying, the pole for the race. Shane Cockrum took the early lead from outside the front row, though.

Cockrum led two-time race winner A.J. Fike in the early laps, as Swanson already was into the top-ten on lap three. Chris Windom moved past Grant for third on lap five, and by lap eleven he passed Fike for the second spot. Terry Babb brought out the first caution on lap 14.

Swanson was seventh on that restart, as Windom assaulted Cockrum for the lead for a long stretch of green-flag racing. By lap 22, Swanson moved past Grant for fifth and reeled in the battle for third between Fike and Cottle. Windom started looking to the outside of Cockrum for the lead, crossing just .035-seconds behind on lap 24. A moment later, Swanson completed passes of both Cottle and Fike to take over third.

On lap 26, Windom again looked to the outside of Cockrum, this time trailing by just .027-seconds at the line, as early charger Steve Buckwalter poked inside the top-ten after starting 15th. On lap 30, ninth-starting Levi Jones entered the top-five as Fike started to free-fall through the feel with issues.

On lap 41, Windom finally completed the move for the lead on Cockrum, and he immediately stretched out his advantage as Swanson appeared to be saving his equipment in third. Windom's advantage was 4.687-seconds at halfway,as Swanson overtook Cockrum in traffic for second ahead of Cottle, Jones, and surging Buckwalter.

Windom's lead was drying up quickly, as Swanson had it down to 1.5 seconds by the end of lap 53. On lap 54, Jones took fourth from Cottle, as Jacob Wilson continued his fine run up into the sixth spot. Swanson wasted no time once he caught Windom, roaring past with the lead as they entered turn-one on lap 58. Just three laps later, the second caution of the day appeared for Brian Tyler and Steven Russell tangling in turn-four.

Windom tried to hang with Swanson on the restart with 35 laps to go, while Cottle worked past Jones and Cockrum into the third spot. Wilson tried to come along as well, going to the outside in turn-three on lap 68 only to get up into the marbles and pound the concrete, ending his day.

With 27 to go, the green flag flew again, and Jones quickly ducked to fourth under Cockrum, who was starting to fade. A lap later, Buckwalter came along, as well, to complete the top-five. An all-day tire-shake for Grant finally came to an end on lap 75, when he shredded a right-rear tire and stopped. He changed that tire but lost three laps in the process.

The final 21 laps went green, and Windom appeared to be slowing a bit, as Cottle slipped to second on lap 84. Cottle ripped off a quick lap, but Jones had also moved by Windom and tracked him down for second on lap 88. Jones bit into Swanson's lead for a few laps, but he leveled off as Swanson finished the final ten miles without issue en route to a 3.124-second victory in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire.

"My team never gives up, and even when a freak thing sets us back, they battle and do everything they can. And when we know we're starting that far back, there's no doubt in us. I was teammates with Brian Tyler, and my predecessor in this car Jack Hewitt, could come from way back and win it. I'm nowhere near their caliber, but this car was good enough to get it done from back there. I told them that it was our turn to put on a show, and I knew we could do it. It's so cool what we've been able to accomplish in such a great series with events like this one. I had to be patient with those front two cars, and when it came time to go, we went," Swanson said.

Former two-time series champion Jones finished second in only his second race of the year aboard the Jack Rogers Realtors - Country Financial #57 Beast/Mopar.

"It sure does feel good to have that 63 in sight. You come here to win, but it's a good sign to get that close. I screwed up letting Cottle back by me and that cost me some time, but we just didn't get in as straight and smooth as the 63. It's not bad for just my dad and me, and a few guys who have supported me my whole career. We came up a little short, but it's hard to be upset about that very long. I'll be pumped up for Du Quoin and all the challenges it presents. We'll get her ready for that and try to get it done," Jones said.

Cottle completed the top-three with a great drive aboard the Curtis Williams - QS Components #81 Maxim/Williams Chevy.

"We managed the race pretty well, and right when we broke free and got to second, it was starting to run out of fuel. We had some sort of issue there with the pick-up about 20 to go, but I definitely felt fast enough to challenge him. I thought I had saved all I could, and it would have been fun to see what we truly had. It's really exciting to be this close in just a few races and with the tear the 63 has been on, but we'll go to my favorite track down at Du Quoin and see what we've got," Cottle said.

Jerry Coons, Jr. capped off a fine run with a fourth-place finish aboard the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy, and Buckwalter rounded out the top-five in the SET Racing - Heroes West Sports Grill #53 Beast/Chevy.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2015 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds - "Tony Bettenhausen 100"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.532; 2. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-30.616; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.002; 4. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-31.074; 5. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.156; 6. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-31.167; 7. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-31.176; 8. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-31.243; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-31.459; 10. Levi Jones, 57, Rogers-31.540; 11. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-31.672; 12. Rickey Hood, 56, Foxco-31.818; 13. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-31.886; 14. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-31.965; 15. Brian Tyler, 7, Classy Chassis-31.970; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-32.033; 17. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-32.069; 18. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-32.131; 19. Steven Russell, 41, McQuinn-32.170; 20. Randy Hannagan, 21, Swanson-32.181; 21. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-32.326; 22. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-32.410; 23. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-32.510; 24. Jackie Burke, 86, Burke-32.534; 25. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-32.547; 26. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-32.672; 27. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-32.858; 28. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-33.173; 29. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-33.650; 30. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-34.060; 31. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.558; 32. Chris Fetter, 88, Fetter-NT; 33. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-NT.

FEATURE: (100 Laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 5. Steve Buckwalter, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Rickey Hood, 10. Chris Windom, 11. David Byrne, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Austin Nemire, 14. Chris Urish, 15. Randy Hannagan, 16. A.J. Fike, 17. Justin Grant, 18. Terry James, 19. Jacob Wilson, 20. Rex Norris III, 21. Steven Russell, 22. Brian Tyler, 23. Brady Bacon, 24. Tad Roach, 25. Jackie Burke, 26. Russ Gamester, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Danny Long, 29. Joey Moughan, 30. Terry Babb, 31. Patrick Lawson, 32. Chris Fetter. NT -----------------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Cockrum, Laps 41-57 Windom, Laps 58-100 Swanson.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-Swanson-440, 2-Coons-361, 3-Fike-313, 4-Pierce-299, 5-Leary-264, 6-Wndom-240, 7-Byrne-235, 8-Nemire-233, 9-Wilson-218, 10-Norris-217.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN RACE: September 6 - DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN/MIDWEST MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 August 22, 2015 - Kalamazoo, Michigan - Kalamazoo Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-13.260; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-13.270; 3. Blaine Leydig, 21, Leydig-13.277; 4. Carson Hocevar, 41, Hocevar-13.319; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-13.348; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-13.427; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-13.454; 8. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-13.472; 9. George Kurtz, 7, Radical-13.538; 10. Jacob Staten, 26, Staten-14.271; 11. Jacob Stickle, 14s, Stickle-17.172.

FIRST HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Layser, 2. Leydig, 3. Bean, 4. Allison, 5. Kurtz, 6. Stickle. NT

SECOND HEAT: (6 laps) 1. Lamb, 2. Hocevar, 3. Hatfield, 4. Nelke, 5. Staten. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Carson Hocevar, 3. Sam Hatfield, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Chris Lamb, 8. Jacob Stickle, 9. Jacob Staten, 10. Blaine Leydig, 11. Andrew Layser. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-784, 2-Bean-698, 3-Layser-629, 4-Matt Lundstrom-528, 5-Kyle Craker-516, 6-Nelke-515, 7-Hatfield-462, 10-Scott Hunter-415, 9-Allison-395, 10-Calvin Carroll-353. NEW USAC HPD MIDWEST MIDGET POINTS: 1-Stickle-327, 2-Alex Watson-297, 3-Jacob Taylor-162, 4-Bean-68, 5-Hocevar-67, 6-Hatfield-61, 7-Allison-56, 8-Lamb-55, 9-Aaron Leffel;-54, 10-Nelke-53.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: September 11- Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway NEXT USAC HPD MIDWEST MIDGET RACE: August 28 - Jackson (OH) County Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 21, 2015 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 6. Jeremy Campbell (#10C Campbell), 7. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 8. T.J. Cain (#67 Cain). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 8. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Ryan Kitchen (#21 Kitchen), 7. Warren Johnson (#42 Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Josh Hodges, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Harli White, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Shon Deskins, 11. Patrick Stasa, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Jeremy Campbell, 14. Koby Barksdale, 15. Wyatt Burks, 16. Mike Bonneau, 17. Stevie Sussex, 18. Casey Wills, 19. Dennis Gile, 20. T.J. Cain, 21. Fred Mattox, 22. Andrew Deal, 23. Warren Johnson. NT

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**Mattox flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-30 Martin.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE: August 22 – Dodge City (KS) Raceway Park – “Freedom Tour”

 

 

BLAKE HAHN EARNS $2,500 WITH LATE PASS AT CREEK COUNTY

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 21, 2015... Taking the lead from Brady Bacon on lap 29, Blake Hahn of Sapulpa, Oklahoma scored a popular hometown win at Creek County Speedway. For his efforts, the young driver earned $2,500 for claiming the second round of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car “Freedom Tour.” Ryan Bernal, Bacon, high point driver Casey Shuman, and Andrew Deal followed Hahn to the checkered flags. Tonight, the “Freedom Tour” heads to 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kansas.

Starting seventh, Blake Hahn piloted his #52 Lucas Oil / CSR Garage Eagle to the first non-winged sprint car triumph of his career. In his second USAC SouthWest start of the year, Hahn finished second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points.

After starting on the pole position, Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal fell back to fourth and rebounded to take second at Creek County. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal won the night’s first 10-lap heat race and placed sixth in passing points. To date, the 2-time USAC Western Classic Champion has two feature wins, two high-point driver awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow took the lead from Andrew Deal on the second lap, but had to settle for third at the checkered flags. Driving his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear XXX, Bacon won the program’s fourth heat race and ranked second in passing points. In limited starts, the USAC National Champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit.

Heading to the main event, Rattlesnake Bend, Arizona’s Casey Shuman was the high-point driver for the second night in a row. Piloting John James’ #4J Top Row Rowdys machine, Shuman won the program’s third 10-lap heat race and scored fourth in the Creek County feature. In two starts, Casey has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes.

Andrew Deal of Caney, Kansas started third, led the opening lap, and finished fifth in the 30-lap feature. Racing the #31D Oil Express entry, the defending Oil Capital Racing Series Champion won the second 10-lap heat race and placed fourth in passing points.

After getting a promoter’s option, Waddell, Arizona’s Shon Deskins earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-first. Driving his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Bell Racing Spike, Deskins ran fifth in his heat race and scored fifth in the semi-main. Heading to 81 Speedway, Shon has one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the season.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona won the 12-lap semi-main. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was fifth in his heat race and finished seventeenth in the main event. Entering the third round of the “Freedom Tour,” the five-time Arizona Champion has two feature wins, two high-point driver awards, five heat race victories, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 20, 2015 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 2. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 7. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 3. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 4. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 5. Michael Tyre (#7F Tyre), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Gavin Stout (#15 Stout). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#4J James), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 4. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Grant Wresche (#13W Wresche). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 2. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 3. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Casey Wills (#31 Wills). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Gile, 3. Martin, 4. Stasa, 5. Deskins, 6. Wills, 7. Wilson, 8. Hagin, 9. Tyre, 10. M.Bonneau, 11. Wresche, 12. Stout. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Blake Hahn (7th), 2. Ryan Bernal (1st), 3. Brady Bacon (5th), 4. Casey Shuman (6th), 5. Andrew Deal (3rd), 6. Danny Smith (11th), 7. Koby Barksdale (9th), 8. Alex DeCamp (15th), 9. Kyle Clark (2nd), 10. Shon Deskins (21st), 11. R.J. Johnson (8th), 12. Mike Martin (19th), 13. Patrick Stasa (20th), 14. Chris Bonneau (10th), 15. Dennis Gile (18th), 16. Fred Mattox (16th), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (17th), 18. Casey Wills (22nd), 19. Tye Mihocko (14th), 20. Shannon McQueen (13th), 21. Harli White (12th), 22. Wyatt Burks (4th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Deal, Laps 2-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Hahn. HARD CHARGER: Shon Deskins (21st to 10th)

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS:

August 20, 2015 – Sapulpa, Oklahoma – Creek County Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 2. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Harli White (#17W White), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 7. Cameron Hagin (#5H Hagin). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 2. Wyatt Burks (#11W Burks), 3. Shannon McQueen (#7 Decker), 4. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 5. Michael Tyre (#7F Tyre), 6. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 7. Gavin Stout (#15 Stout). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#4J James), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 4. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 7. Grant Wresche (#13W Wresche). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 2. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 3. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Casey Wills (#31 Wills). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Gile, 3. Martin, 4. Stasa, 5. Deskins, 6. Wills, 7. Wilson, 8. Hagin, 9. Tyre, 10. M.Bonneau, 11. Wresche, 12. Stout. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Blake Hahn, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Casey Shuman, 5. Andrew Deal, 6. Danny Smith, 7. Koby Barksdale, 8. Alex DeCamp, 9. Kyle Clark, 10. Shon Deskins, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Patrick Stasa, 14. Chris Bonneau, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Fred Mattox, 17. Charles Davis Jr., 18. Casey Wills, 19. Tye Mihocko, 20. Shannon McQueen, 21. Harli White, 22. Wyatt Burks. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Deal, Laps 2-28 Bacon, Laps 29-30 Hahn.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE: August 21 – Wichita, Kansas – 81 Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CHARLES DAVIS JR. SPRINTS TO VICTORY IN LAWTON, OKLAHOMA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 20, 2015... With 26 cars on hand, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona won the first round of the “3rd Annual Freedom Tour” at Lawton Speedway. The five-time Arizona Champion took command from polesitter Harli White on the 12th lap and earned the $2,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph. For Davis, the 30-lap feature was his second win of the campaign as the mini-series moves to Creek County Speedway. Brady Bacon, high point driver Casey Shuman, Harli White, and hard charger R.J. Johnson were the top-five drivers.

Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. scored the twelfth USAC SouthWest main event win of his career. The veteran driver also raced to victory in the night’s third 10-lap heat race and placed fifth in passing points. Heading to tonight’s race at Creek County, Davis has two high-point driver awards, five heat race victories, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led on the season.

Starting fifth, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon scored fifth in the Lawton main event. Piloting his #99 Fatheadz Eyewear XXX. Bacon claimed fourth in his heat race from ninth and ranked second overall in passing points. In limited starts, the USAC National Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led on the season.

Casey Shuman of Rattlesnake Bend, Arizona raced to third in the Freedom Tour opener from sixth. Making his first start of the campaign, Shuman took the John James owned #4J Top Row Rowdys entry to victory in the first 10-lap heat race. The second generation racer was the program’s high point driver entering the main event.

After starting on the pole, Lindsay, Oklahoma’s Harli White led the first eleven laps before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. Driving the family owned #17W Charlie's Trucking / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, White finished second to Casey Shuman in her heat race and placed sixth in passing points.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from sixteenth. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson was sixth in his heat race and ranked sixteenth in passing points. The USAC SouthWest point leader has seven feature wins, one high-point driver award, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit.

Guthrie, Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker won the program’s second 10-lap heat race. Piloting her #7 Roof Bolt Xpress machine, Decker ranked fourth in passing points. Battling hard to stay up front in a caution filled main event, Michelle took seventh at the checkered flags.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko won the night’s 12-lap semi-main event. Driving the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking RSS, Mihocko was seventh in his heat race and scored twentieth in the main event. Heading to Creek County, the young driver has two hard charger awards and three top-10 finishes on the season.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT (Special Event) RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2015 – Lawton, Oklahoma – Lawton Speedway – “Freedom Tour”

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#4J James), 2. Harli White (#17W White), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 5. Kyle Ezell (#10K Ezell), 6. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 7. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 8. Robert Vetter (#U8 Vetter), 9. Cody Brewer (#96 Brewer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Michelle Decker (#7 Decker), 2. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#03 Wood), 4. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 5. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Kerry McAlister (#15 McAlister), 9. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 7. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox), 8. Jonathan Beason (#36 Beason). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Barksdale, 3. Deal, 4. Mattox, 5. Vetter, 6. Gile, 7. Brewer, 8. McAlister, 9. Beason. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (2nd), 2. Brady Bacon (5th), 3. Casey Shuman (6th), 4. Harli White (1st), 5. R.J. Johnson (16th), 6. Blake Hahn (7th), 7. Michelle Decker (3rd), 8. Mike Bonneau (14th), 9. Shon Deskins (13th), 10. Patrick Stasa (10th), 11. Chris Bonneau (11th), 12. Danny Smith (8th), 13. Joe Wood Jr. (9th), 14. Mike Martin (14th), 15. Casey Wills (12th), 16. Koby Barksdale (18th), 17. Kyle Ezell (15th), 18. Fred Mattox (20th), 19. Andrew Deal (19th), 20. Tye Mihocko (17th). NT ---------------------------- **Beason flipped during the semi. Wood flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 White, Laps 12-30 Davis. HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (16th to 5th)

 


 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR "Special Event" RACE RESULTS:

August 19, 2015 - Lawton, Oklahoma - Lawton Speedway "Freedom Tour"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Casey Shuman (#4J James), 2. Harli White (#17W White), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brady Bacon (#99 BBR), 5. Kyle Ezell (#10K Ezell), 6. Andrew Deal (#31D Deal), 7. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 8. Robert Vetter (#U8 Vetter), 9. Cody Brewer (#96 Brewer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Michelle Decker (#7 Decker), 2. Blake Hahn (#52 Hahn), 3. Joe Wood Jr. (#03 Wood), 4. Casey Wills (#31 Wills), 5. Patrick Stasa (#19 Stasa), 6. Koby Barksdale (#22 Barksdale), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 8. Kerry McAlister (#15 McAlister), 9. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 7. Fred Mattox (#26M Mattox), 8. Jonathan Beason (#36 Beason). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Barksdale, 3. Deal, 4. Mattox, 5. Vetter, 6. Gile, 7. Brewer, 8. McAlister, 9. Beason. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Casey Shuman, 4. Harli White, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Blake Hahn, 7. Michelle Decker, 8. Mike Bonneau, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Patrick Stasa, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Danny Smith, 13. Joe Wood Jr., 14. Mike Martin, 15. Casey Wills, 16. Koby Barksdale, 17. Kyle Ezell, 18. Fred Mattox, 19. Andrew Deal, 20. Tye Mihocko. NT ---------------------------- **Beason flipped during the semi. Wood flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 White, Laps 12-30 Davis.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: August 20 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway

 

 

RICO'S LATE-RACE MAGIC LANDS LINCOLN MIDGET WIN

Abbottstown, Pennsylvania......Rico Abreu wowed the Lincoln Speedway crowd with a late-race charge to steal the lead from Bryan Clauson on Lap 29, taking his second-straight Honda National Midget win on the Pennsylvania swing on Wednesday night.

Jerry Coons, Jr. grabbed the lead from outside the front-row as everyone scrambled behind him for top-five positions, with Abreu slicing from row-three to second, ahead of Clauson. After an early caution, Clauson moved by Abreu for second. The race's middle section staged a duel for the lead between Coons and Clauson, while Abreu fought his teammate Christopher Bell for third.

As they approached traffic, Clauson snuck under Coons for the lead on Lap 14. Coons was not done, though, and he came right back after Clauson, taking the lead on Lap 16 as they split a lapped car off turn-two. He marched away with the lead while Clauson fell into the clutches of Bell, who darted by him for second on Lap 20, just before a caution flew for Tanner Thorson, who flattened a tire running fifth. That reverted back a lap, so Clauson restarted second with 11 to go.

Clauson shadowed Coons inside the final ten laps as Abreu and Bell continued their battle for third, with Abreu up high and Bell down against the guardrail. With six laps to go, Bell spun to the inside in turn-four, setting up a final run to the checkers with Coons leading Clauson and Abreu.

Coons ran the bottom on the restart before moving up to the top of turn-one on lap 25, holding his lead over Clauson. As they completed that lap, Clauson had a run and hit the high side of turn-one as Coons tried to hit the bottom, with the first sounds of trouble under the hood of the Heffner #27 spelling doom for Coons.

Clauson appeared to have things under control, but Abreu had gotten his momentum up on the high side and ran him down as they came to two-to-go. Abreu went to the outside of Clauson in an all-out drag race to the turn-one cushion, with Clauson sliding up just behind Abreu and through the cushion, giving Abreu a healthy advantage as he raced away. It ended up a .580-second advantage for Abreu, who made it five wins on the season and 13 for his career, tying Don Meacham, Stevie Reeves, Steve Knepper, and Ryan Newman for 49th on the all-time list.

Abreu stopped on the fronstretch in front of a loud Lincoln Speedway crowd to celebrate his win in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I knew he would hear me eventually up there, but I was making sure when I got to him that I would be gone fast enough. Bryan moved back down after he got Jerry, and I just got a couple really perfect laps up there where I didn't get up too high and into any loose stuff. I knew it was tricky down low; we were having trouble keeping it where it needed to be. You could really hammer it up top there when it cleaned off and got wide, and that was about as fun as it gets at the end. He is a clean racer and left me just enough room for us to get through there. It's awesome to be out here and have that crowd reaction; it makes this whole trip worthwhile to see these tracks and race in front of such great fans," Abreu said.

Clauson, who set the night's ProSource "Fast Time" to break Parnelli Jones' track record in the only previous USAC Midget visit back in 1964, finished second in the Dooling Machine - Jonathan Byrd's Racing #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, looking a bit surprised and obviously dejected at the turn of events in the closing laps.

"I guess sometimes you make the wrong decision and end up getting beat, and that's pretty much how tonight went. I felt like I was working awfully hard up top to get by Jerry, so after I went by him, I guess I left the door open for him to get me. It was a lot of fun racing with Jerry, and it's cool to come to a place like this and show them what midget racing is all about," Clauson said.

Tracy Hines made a late charge to take over third after starting eighth in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"I saw Rico go to the top, so I jumped up there too and it got us up to third. We got into that crash in the heat race, and had to play catch-up from there for the rest of the night. We probably left a little on the table with the car with replacing other parts and an issue with a bleeder during the B. We got it all fixed and ready, so it was a good run from there," Hines said.

National Midget point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. came from tenth to finish fourth in the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota, and Alex Bright charged from 12th to round out the top-five in the Action Track USA - PXP Racewear #77 Elite/Fontana.

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HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 19, 2015 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway (co-sanctioned by ARDC)

QUALIFYING: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-15.804 (New Track Record); 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.821; 4. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.887; 5. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-15.936; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-16.006; 7. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-16.035; 8. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-16.049; 9. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-16.073; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.101; 11. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-16.139; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-16.170; 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-16.202; 14. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-16.225; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-16.240; 16. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-16.244; 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-16.270; 18. Ryan Watt, 20, RT Racing-16.276; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.334; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-16.334; 21. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-16.360; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-16.363; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-16.376; 24. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-16.386; 25. Brett Arndt, 46, Arndt-16.427; 26. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-16.522; 27. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-16.543; 28. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-16.890; 29. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-17.009; 30. Pete Pavlick, 69, Jackson-17.597; 31. Jim Jackson, 96, Jackson-19.064

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. S. Buckwalter, 2. Clauson, 3. Pauch, 4. Wean, 5. Kobylarz, 6. Arndt, 7. Speers, 8. Kunsman. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Watt, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Abreu, 5. Greth, 6. DiMattia, 7. B. Buckwalter. 2:11.37

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. T. Buckwalter, 3. Chapple, 4. Bayston, 5. Hines, 6. Gargiulo, 7. J. Jackson, 8. Thorson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bell, 2. A. Bright, 3. Drevicki, 4. B. Bright, 5. Wanner, 6. S. Jackson, 7. Radney. 2:09.02 (New Track Record)

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Thorson, 3. Hines, 4. DiMattia, 5. Wanner, 6. Greth, 7. Arndt, 8. Gargiulo, 9. S. Jackson, 10. B. Buckwalter, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. J. Jackson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Alex Bright, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Steve Buckwalter, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Brenden Bright, 11. Tanner Thorson, 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 13. Steven Drevicki, 14. Nick Wean, 15. Christopher Bell, 16. Billy Pauch, Jr., 17. Ryan Watt, 18. Brett Arndt, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Brett Wanner, 22. Tim Buckwalter, 23. Tony DiMattia. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Coons, Laps 14-15 Clauson, Laps 16-25 Coons, Laps 26-28 Clauson, Laps 29-30 Abreu.

 

 

ABREU BLAZES TO PATH VALLEY MIDGET WIN

 

Spring Run, Pennsylvania.....Rico Abreu was a welcome visitor to the Pennsylvania racing fans, and he made them happy with an entertaining win in Tuesday night's return of the Honda Midget National Championship to the Keystone State at Path Valley Speedway Park. The 2014 series champion from Rutherford, California made it four wins on the year, as he held off his teammates in the 30-lapper aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"It's awesome to be out here and be able to win in front of fans like these. I've been really looking forward to this week racing on dirt in Pennsylvania, so hopefully I can win a few and have fun. It's great to race hard like that with your teammates. Being the leader the last half of that race, you're just not sure where to go. Christopher was dive-bombing me, but I didn't know exactly how he was running. After he passed me, he went straight to the top of three and four right before the caution came out, so I knew that's where he was running. Races play out that way sometimes. They worked in my favor tonight," Abreu said of his 12th career National Midget win, which tied him for 53rd all-time among the group of Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Danny Caruthers, Jeff Gordon, Ron Shuman, Russ Gamester, and Kyle Larson.

Tracy Hines got the lead on the first corner as fellow front-row starter Nick Wean nearly spun out, but Tanner Thorson was flying to the front, just in time to lead the opening lap in the #67. Abreu moved to second on lap-two, but their teammate Christopher Bell had all eyes on him, as he came from the 13th starting spot. In just three laps, Bell was up to sixth.

A hectic pace early saw the four Kunz teammates find the top four spots, with Bell running the high side past Kevin Thomas, Jr. into third. Fellow row-seven starter Bryan Clauson was also on the move, as he was working into fifth on lap 13 when he slowed with electrical issues and brought out a caution.

Abreu made quick work of Thorson for the lead after the restart, and Thomas, Jr. was moving on the high side to challenge Thorson for second. On lap 15, the two made contact with Thorson spinning to bring out the second caution of the race.

Thomas, Jr. took advantage of the restart, moving in on Abreu for the lead, as the two were nearly even on lap 19 before Thomas threw a slider and led lap 20. Abreu came back at him and a duel for the lead looked to be coming, but a car spun near the back of the field to bring out the caution and revert back to eleven laps to go.

Now, it was Bell's turn to be on the charge, as he got his momentum going around the high side and took second from Thomas, Jr. a couple laps later before cutting into Abreu's lead. Bell went by Abreu for the lead on lap 25, but Abreu countered.

Bell came at him again on lap 26, setting up a slider into turn-one on lap 27 to take the lead before a final caution appeared, this time for sixth-running Tyler Thomas, who broke a rear end.

With the lead returned to Abreu, he nailed the restart and was unchallenged over the final five laps to win by .852 seconds over Bell, who passed eleven cars to earn his second-place finish in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I could really just go anywhere early in that race, and with some marbles in the middle of the track, they were going high and low so I just went through the middle. I found open lanes early and that helped get up through there. The yellows were so frustrating tonight. Just when I got my momentum or had a chance to pass for the lead and get away, there one would come. Hopefully they work out better for me next time," Bell said.

Thomas, Jr. came home third and found himself back atop the series standings with the Bakken Concrete - Toyota TRD #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I was searching early to find someplace to run, and then Bell railed me up high and I knew we had to get going. I showed Rico the top when I went by him, and the caution to put me back behind him hurt. I got a bad restart and lost that spot to Bell, and beyond that we were pretty close in speed. I hate saying it was a good points night, but we had a solid night, and our goal is to win a championship, ultimately. You have to take advantage of nights like these," Thomas, Jr. said.

Spencer Bayston made a nice run from 11th to come home fourth in the Bryan Clauson Racing - Priority Aviation Services #39 Spike/Esslinger, and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five in the Heffner Racing Enterprises - Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.

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HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2015 - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - Path Valley Speedway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.422; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.479; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-11.549; 4. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.553; 5. Nick Wean, 78, Wean-11.615; 6. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-11.627; 7. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.674; 8. Billy Pauch, Jr., 28, DeGre-11.696; 9. Steven Drevicki, 19, Fitzpatrick/DeGre-11.706; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-11.735; 11. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-11.756; 12. Alex Bright, 77, Hemler-11.768; 13. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-11.780; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-11.809; 15. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.866; 16. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-11.869; 17. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-11.889; 18. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT Racing-11.892; 19. Brett Wanner, 44, Wanner-11.897; 20. Jim Radney, 95, Radney-11.905; 21. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-12.073; 22. Eric Heydenreich, 11, Heydenreich-12.075; 23. Tim Buckwalter, 52x, Buckwalter-12.080; 24. Brett Arndt, 46x, Arndt-12.102; 25. Shawn Jackson, 7, Jackson-12.132; 26. P.J. Gargiulo, 5, Gargiulo-12.210; 27. Tommy Kunsman, 21, Kunsman-12.295; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.302; 29. Justin Grosz, 99G, Grosz-12.332; 30. Jamie Speers, 74, Speers-12.521; 31. Kenney Johnson, 46, Johnson-12.539.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wean, 2. Greth, 3. Thorson, 4. Bayston, 5. Drevicki, 6. B. Buckwalter, 7. Jackson, 8. Grosz. 2:02.96

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. S. Buckwalter, 3. Kobylarz, 4. Hines, 5. Chapple, 6. Gargiulo, 7. Heydenreich, 8. Speers. 2:01.22

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Coons, 3. T. Buckwalter, 4. T. Thomas, 5. B. Bright, 6. Wanner, 7. Johnson, 8. Kunsman. 1:59.61

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Abreu, 3. Pauch, 4. Arndt, 5. A. Bright, 6. DiMattia, 7. Radney. 2:00.69

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Drevicki, 2. A. Bright, 3. B. Bright, 4. B. Buckwalter, 5. Gargiulo, 6. Chapple, 7. Wanner, 8. Radney, 9. Jackson, 10. DiMattia, 11. Kunsman, 12. Speers, 13. Heydenreich. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Billy Pauch, Jr., 8. Brenden Bright, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Steven Drevicki, 11. Ryan Greth, 12. Alex Bright, 13. Tim Buckwalter, 14. P.J. Gargiulo, 15. Brett Arndt, 16. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tyler Thomas, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Nick Wean, 22. Bryan Clauson, 23. Jim Radney. NT ----------------------------
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Thorson, Laps 14-30 Abreu.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER GRABS PERRIS VICTORY & USAC/CRA POINT LEAD

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 17, 2015... Taking the lead from polesitter R.J. Johnson on lap five, Concord California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed Saturday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Perris Auto Speedway. For Gardner, the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory marks his fifth win of the campaign as the series prepares for the “California Sprint Week.” Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Austin Williams, and fast qualifier Mike Spencer chased the defending champion to the checkered flags.

At the drop of starter Kevin Winter’s green flag, Arizona visitor R.J. Johnson grabbed the early lead. With Brody Roa and Matt Mitchell in pursuit, Damion Gardner was moving forward from sixth. By the third circuit, “The Demon” had taken over second and was gaining ground on Johnson. Taking command two laps later, Gardner quickly extended his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Passing slower traffic at will, Damion’s lead was erased by a caution flag on the 20th lap. On the restart, Jake Swanson took over second and set his sights on the leader. Unfortunately for Swanson, a steering issue ended his charge and another yellow flag flew over the speedway. On the restart, Gardner got an excellent jump with Richard Vander Weerd looking to mount a challenge. Vander Weerd inched closer to the leader but jumped the turn one cushion and had to regroup. Gardner escaped and put some distance between himself and the field. Slicing his way past the slower traffic, “The Demon” sailed to the checkered flags.

Special thanks to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Holt raised an additional $11,000 in prize money and each heat race winner took home $300, courtesy of Mark Atchison and AMA Plastics. Other awards were given out and Jake Swanson won the $500 Agajanian / ascotmotorsports.com Mystery Award.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner scored his 62nd career USAC/CRA triumph. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” qualified second out of twenty-six racers, placed second in the dash, and ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race. To date, Damion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 115 feature laps led. With the victory, “The Demon” has taken over the point lead as the series heads to Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California ran second in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was fourth quick in time trials, won the “2,000 Randy Scofield Dash,” and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Heading to Calistoga, the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four feature wins, five heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led on the season.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa took third in Perris 30-lap feature. Racing Lee & Norma Leonard’s #48 HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified fifth overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Leaving Perris ranked seventh in the standings, the former Wagsdash Champion has eight top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California charged from fourteenth to fourth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fifteenth fast in time trials and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Heading to Calistoga, the former Rookie of the Year has climbed to fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories and nine top-10 finishes.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from twenty-third. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his sixty-second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and an extra $500 from the Wilkerson Family. After running fourth in the dash, engine troubles caused an eighth place finish in his heat race. The team went to work on changing their engine and Mike used a provisional for the main event. The five-time champion left Perris ranked second in points with five fast time awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led.

On Saturday, September 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the “California Sprint Week” with the 2-day “Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga Speedway. Also showcasing the Honda USAC Western Midgets, more event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org, or calling 916.773.7225.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 15, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.884; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.919; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.994; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.025; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.189; 6. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.232; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.294; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.378; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.397; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.469; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-17.475; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.551; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.603; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.629; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.688; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.764; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.788; 18. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.865; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.946; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.993; 21. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-18.202; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.689; 23. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.795; 24. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.042; 25. Ronnie Williams, 58, Bluntach-19.282; 26. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Spencer. 1:10.23

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Ellertson, 7. R.Williams, 8. Spencer, 9. Sweeney. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. L.Williams, 6. Slack, 7. Bender, 8. Perkins, 9. Tafoya. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Colston, 6. Pelkey, 7. Smith, 8. Collins. 3:07.56

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (8 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Colston, 4. Sweeney, 5. Perkins, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Collins, 8. Ellertson, 9. R.Williams, 10. Pelkey, 11. Slack, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 3. Brody Roa (3rd), 4. Austin Williams (14th), 5. Mike Spencer (23rd), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (12th), 7. Logan Williams (8th), 8. Cody Williams (11th), 9. Josh Pelkey (19th), 10. Matt Mitchell (2nd), 11. Parker Colston (7th), 12. Tommy Malcolm (15th), 13. A.J. Bender (13th), 14. Kenny Perkins (18th), 15. Chris Gansen (16th), 16. Verne Sweeney (17th), 17. Mike Collins (21st), 18. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 19. Ronnie Williams (22nd), 20. R.J. Johnson (1st), 21. Jake Swanson (5th), 22. Jace Vander Weerd (9th), 23. Terry Schank Jr. (10th). NT. ------------------------------------ **Smith and Slack flipped during the semi. **Spencer used a provisional.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Johnson, Laps 5-30 Gardner. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Mike Spencer (23rd to 5th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-663, 2. Mike Spencer-648, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-615, 4. Austin Williams-601, 5. Matt Mitchell-585, 6. Jake Swanson-506, 7. Brody Roa-465, 8. Cody Williams-393, 9. Logan Williams-336, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-280, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-237, 13. Parker Colston-233, 14. Chris Gansen-210, 15. Tommy Malcolm-204, 16. R.J. Johnson-156, 17. Jeremy Ellertson-152, 18. David Bezio-150, 19. Josh Pelkey-148, 20. Brady Bacon-136.

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 15, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.884; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.919; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.994; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.025; 5. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-17.189; 6. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.232; 7. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.294; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.378; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.397; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.469; 11. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-17.475; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.551; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.603; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.629; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.688; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.764; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.788; 18. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-17.865; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.946; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-17.993; 21. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-18.202; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.689; 23. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.795; 24. Mike Collins, 04, Collins-19.042; 25. Ronnie Williams, 58, Bluntach-19.282; 26. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-NT.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Gardner, 3. Swanson, 4. Spencer. 1:10.23

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. Malcolm, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Ellertson, 7. R.Williams, 8. Spencer, 9. Sweeney. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Schank, 5. L.Williams, 6. Slack, 7. Bender, 8. Perkins, 9. Tafoya. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Colston, 6. Pelkey, 7. Smith, 8. Collins. 3:07.56

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Colston, 4. Sweeney, 5. Perkins, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Collins, 8. Ellertson, 9. R.Williams, 10. Pelkey, 11. Slack, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Logan Williams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Matt Mitchell, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Tommy Malcolm, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Kenny Perkins, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Mike Collins, 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 19. Ronnie Williams, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 23. Terry Schank Jr. NT

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**Smith and Slack flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Johnson, Laps 5-30 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: September 5 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 15, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.713; 2. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-14.856; 3. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-14.915; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.925; 5. Tommy McCarthy, 44L, Love-14.932; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.017; 7. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.405; 8. JesseLove IV, 38L, Love-NT; 9. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT.

RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Tommy McCarthy, 44L, Love-15.377; 2. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.464; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.614; 4. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.630; 5. Jesse Burks, 69, Burks-15.810; 6. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.932; 7. Blake Brannon, 98, Brannon-15.997.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Nobile, 3. McCarthy, 4. Lesser. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Jessop, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Love IV. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Tommy McCarthy, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Ethan Lesser, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Jesse Burks. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tom Paterson, 2. Tommy McCarthy, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Dylan Nobile, 6. Annie Breidinger, 7. Ethan Lesser, 8. Jesse Love IV. NT ------------------------------

RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Love IV, Laps 6-15 McCarthy. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Paterson.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-1,049, 2-Nobile-808, 3-Ashley Hazelton-777, 4-T.Breidinger-730, 5-Love IV-730, 6-Paterson-613, 7-A.Breidinger-610, 8-Shawn Buckley-485, 9-Ron Hazelton-377, 10-Robert Dalby-340. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-808, 2-T.Breidinger-696, 3-Jessop-681, 4-A.Breidinger-569, 5-Ashley Hazelton-528, 6-Love IV-422, 7-Paterson-386, 8-Dezel West-192, 9-McCarthy-191, 10-Lesser-173. NEW USAC RESTRICTED HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-329, 2-Lesser-182, 3-Jessop-173, 4-Brannon-167, 5-McCarthy-134, 6-A.Breidinger-115, 7-Cinnamon Brown-62, 8-Joel Rayborne-61, 9-Dezel West-60, 10-Robert Dalby-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 29 - Bakersfield, CA - Kern County Raceway

 

 

STRONG ILLINI CONTINGENT EYES "TONY BETTENHAUSEN 100"

 Illinois will be well represented in the August 22 "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, round eight of the 2015 USAC Silver Crown Championship Series. Continuing a tradition dating all the way back to 1934, the annual auto racing spectacular unfolds on the one-mile dirt oval with morning practice at 10 am and for the first time in years the event is expected to include a last-chance race due to the influx of entries expected. A 100-mile feature concludes the action. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. is the most recent series winner, claiming the 50-lap "Hustle on the High Banks" at Belleville, Kans. July 31. He is sixth in the current standings. Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. won last year's "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fair and shares the Illinois spotlight for Saturday's race. Levi Jones of Olney, Ill., USAC's 2010 and 2011 Silver Crown Champion, will continue his quest for his initial Illinois Silver Crown victory, although he is a former winner of the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis. Chris Urish of Elkhart, Ill. hopes to rekindle the fire which sparked his victory in the 2013 "Ted Horn 100" at the DuQuoin State Fair. A.J. Fike of Galesburg, Ill., fourth in the current standings, may be the strongest Illini candidate for victory Saturday. He won the 2012 and 2013 "Tony Bettenhausen 100." Other possible Illini hopefuls Saturday include J.C. Bland, Steven Russell and Jim Moughan of Springfield, Tad Roach of Granite City, Terry Babb of Decatur and Patrick Lawson of Edwardsville. Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. tops the Silver Crown points ahead of runner-up Jerry Coons Jr. and third-ranking Aaron Pierce. Swanson has been dominant the past two years, claiming the 2014 title and winning six of the last 10 series dirt races, including last year's "Tony Bettenhausen 100." Coons finished second at Belleville and third at Terre Haute this year, while Pierce was second in the "Hoosier Hundred" in Indianapolis and has "top-10s" in six of the seven races so far this season. America's most revered dirt-track specialists have excelled in the Springfield race. Former winners include Indianapolis 500 winners Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnnie Parsons, Rodger Ward, Sam Hanks, Jimmy Bryan, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Al Unser, plus current NASCAR regulars Cole Whitt, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and J.J. Yeley.

 2015 USAC Silver Crown Series Standings: 1-Kody Swanson-374, 2-Jerry Coons Jr.-310, 3-Aaron Pierce-298, 4-A.J. Fike-292, 5-C.J. Leary-219, 6-Chris Windom-207, 7-Austin Nemire-206, 8-David Byrne-204, 9-Rex Norris III-204, 10-Jacob Wilson-203.

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT”

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 12, 2015... After a break in the schedule, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, August 15th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the California Lightning Sprints. In addition, the WRA Vintage Cars will be on display for fans to check out as the spectator gates open at 5:00pm. Racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Sprint Car Racing in Southern California. The highly anticipated event began in 1996 as the popular “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Stan Atherton, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Bob Hogle, Rickey Hood, Brad Noffsinger, Jimmy Oskie, Mike Sweeney, Don Thomas, and Eddie Wirth have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.

Saturday’s 30-lap USAC/CRA main event will be dedicated to the memory of Bruce Bromme Jr., a National Sprint Car Hall of Fame crew chief and mechanic. Bromme won many races with CRA, SCRA, and USAC/CRA wrenching on cars owned by his father and Ron Chaffin. He is perhaps best known for winning championships with drivers Dean Thompson, “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden, “The Gasman” Richard Griffin, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Mike Spencer.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” To date, Holt has raised over $7,000 and could possibly reach $10,000 by race time. Thanks to the Wilkerson Family and the Woodland Auto Display, Saturday’s Fast Qualifier will earn $600. For the fastest four qualifiers, Junior Kurtz and Bill Simpson are sponsoring a 4-lap $2,000 Winner-Takes-All “Randy Scofield Trophy Dash.” The Agajanian Family and ascotmotorsports.com have contributed a $500 “mystery award.” If there are four heat races, each winner will get $250 courtesy of Mark Atchison and AMA Plastics. If the program has three heat races, then the winners will take home $300. In addition, the main event will pay an extra $4,000 in lap money.

Saturday’s event will be the 177th Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car race at Perris Auto Speedway. Dating back to March 6, 2004, the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing” has been the “home track” for the series. This year, Richard Vander Weerd and “The Demon” Damion Gardner have three victories at Perris and Gardner leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 35 “home track” wins. As this writing goes to press, Nic Faas holds the 1-lap track record of 15.833, set on February 25, 2012.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Per USAC/CRA rules, all fuel-injected 410 and 360 powered sprint cars must run the Hoosier 105/16 Medium Right Rear Tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Entering the tenth point race, Mike Spencer of Temecula, California has a narrow 3-point advantage. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his 61st career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, won his fifth heat race of the year, and scored fourth in the Perris “Firecracker 40” on July 4th. To date, the five-time champion has four fast time awards, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Tied with “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman for second on the USAC/CRA win list, Mike will be looking to extend his point lead by earning his 36th feature win.

After winning the “Firecracker 40” at Perris Auto Speedway, Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has four feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led on the season. “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” will have his sights on a nice payday and claiming his series leading 62nd main event.

Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California has risen to third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd led eleven laps of the July 4th feature before finishing second at the checkered flags. Returning to Perris, the 2011 USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has four feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger” Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Garrett Hansen for 17th on the win list, Richard will be looking for his sixth USAC/CRA victory.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell sits fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell placed twenty-first in the “Firecracker 40” after an early flip. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently tied with Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for thirteenth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on adding the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

Quietly having a strong season, Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams scored third in the Perris 40-lap main event. At press time, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. Austin is in a nine-way tie for twenty-first on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking for his first “home track” feature win.

Currently thirteenth in the point standings, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston of Lake Elsinore, California leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and Michael Curtis are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, Brody Roa, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Chris Gansen, David Bezio, Ronnie Gardner, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jeff Dyer, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $20, Active Military, Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 35-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Mike Kirby, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Matt Mitchell, 5-Danny Sheridan, 4-Bryan Clauson, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Robert Ballou, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS: 1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner.

2015 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 4-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Rickie Gaunt.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-594, 2. Damion Gardner-591, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-547, 4. Matt Mitchell-545, 5. Austin Williams-542, 6. Jake Swanson-484, 7. Brody Roa-401, 8. Cody Williams-348, 9. Logan Williams-290, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-266, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-207, 13. Parker Colston-199, 14. Chris Gansen-181, 15. Tommy Malcolm-170, 16. David Bezio-150, 17. R.J. Johnson-136, ---. Brady Bacon-136, 19. Ronnie Gardner-135, 20. Jeremy Ellertson-134.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 9, 2015 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - Angell Park Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.796 (New Track Record); 2. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.880; 3. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.950; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.996; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.999; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.002; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.003; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.039; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.085; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.147; 11. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-14.229; 12. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-14.314; 13. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.415; 14. Steve Irwin, 0x, Flying Zero-14.454; 15. Joe Bares, 19, Test-14.553; 16. Brian Kristan, 5K, Kristan-14.583; 17. Ray Seach, 16, Lehr-14.631; 18. Ryan Irwin, 56, Irwin-14.860; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-15.106; 20. Doug Schenck, 9A, Hunt-15.110; 21. Rick Kelsey, 11K, RK Motorsports-15.249; 22. Craig Lager, 52, Lager-15.268; 23. Jim Scanlon, 5J, Scanlon-15.468; 24. Tony Rost, 99, Rost-NT; 25. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Hines, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Kristan, 5. S. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. Bacon, 8. Lager. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Leary, 3. S. Irwin, 4. Seach, 5. Scanlon, 6. Balog, 7. Grant, 8. Schenck. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stockon, 3. Andretti, 4. Farney, 5. R. Irwin, 6. Bares, 7. Kelsey, 8. Rost. 2:28.06

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Grant, 3. Balog, 4. Bares, 5. Windom, 6. Kelsey, 7. Rost, 8. Schenck, 9. Lager. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Joe Bares, 13. Steve Thomas, 14. Tony Rost, 15. Brian Kristan, 16. Rick Kelsey, 17. Jim Scanlon, 18. Steve Irwin, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Ray Seach, 21. Bill Balog, 22. Ryan Irwin. NT ---------------------------- **Schriever flipped during qualifying. Balog flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Leary, Laps 18-30 Ballou.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,523; 2-Stockon-1,430; 3-Darland-1,429; 4-Bacon-1,357; 5-Stanbrough-1,300; 6-K.Thomas-1,212; 7-Leary-1,050; 8-Windom-978; 9-Hines-954; 10-Grant-936.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 26 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 8, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 4. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 5. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 6. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 7. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 8. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 9. Derek Graham (#5 Graham). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 3. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 4. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 5. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant), 6. Rich Wood Jr., (#10 Haskell), 7. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 8. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 9. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. M.Chaffee, 2. Miller, 3. Christensen, 4. K.Chaffee, 5. Horn, 6. Whitney, 7. Tucker, 8. Champagne. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Mike Chaffee, 2. Ray Miller, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Robert Tucker, 5. Josh Sunn, 6. Adam Pierson, 7. Jeff Horn, 8. Scott Holcomb, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Kenny Johnson, 11. Andy Barrows, 12. Alex Rose, 13. Barry Kittredge, 14. Kevin Chaffee, 15. Rob Williams (#96 Williams), 16. Tim Gallant, 17. Rich Wood Jr. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 M.Chaffee.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-676, 2-Sunn-635, 3-Christensen-573, 4-Holcomb-543, 5-Miller-484, 6-Horn-479, 7-K.Chaffee-477, 8-Johnson-452, 9-Whitney-447, 10-M.Chaffee-405.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 22 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 8, 2015 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-12.080; 2. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-12.220; 3. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.258; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-12.388; 5. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-12.392; 6. Joel Rayborne, 98, Blondel-12.562; 7. Dezel West, 21, West-12.918; 8. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-12.926; 9. Jerry Jones, 22B, Brousseau-13.190; 10. Annie Breidinger, 98jr, Pankratz-13.292; 11. Marvin Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-NT; 12. Jesse Love III, 44L, Love-NT; 13. Daniel Anderson, 88, Anderson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Hazelton, 2. Buckley, 3. Jessop, 4. Love III, 5. West, 6. Jones. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Rayborne, 3. Love IV, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. A.Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Cody Jessop, 2. Ron Hazelton, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5. Shawn Buckley, 6. Jesse Love III, 7. Marvin Mitchell, 8. Jesse Love IV, 9. Annie Breidinger, 10. Daniel Adnerson, 11. Joel Rayborne. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Jessop.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-983, 2-A.Hazelton-776, 3-Dylan Nobile-749, 4-Love IV-686, 5-Toni Breidinger-665, 6-A.Breidinger-558, 7-Tom Paterson-542, 8-Buckley-485, 9-R.Hazelton-377, 10-Dalby-340. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-452, 2-Jessop-368, 3-A.Hazelton-351, 4-Dalby-340, 5-R.Hazelton-330, 6-Love IV-310, 7-Tom Paterson-227, 8-Jet Davison-223, 9-Rayborne-155, 10-Mitchell-138.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 15 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

BACON BEATS BALLOU FOR CEDAR LAKE SCORE

New Richmond, Wisconsin.......Although his title defense has been difficult at times, Brady Bacon took his sixth win of the season on Saturday night at Cedar Lake Speedway, setting a new high water mark for both himself and Hoffman Auto Racing, the all-time winningest AMSOIL National Sprint Car team which had never seen a six-win campaign. Their Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver ran down race-long leader Robert Ballou to snatch the victory with just six laps to go aboard the Dynamics, Inc. - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"With the situation we're in, we can take some chances and try to rack up some wins here. We were able to get that line working and just lucked out to catch Robert at just the right time to take advantage of traffic where he lost his momentum and I could get by him real quick, and have the bottom blocked into three so he couldn't slide me. We haven't quite had the consistency this year that we had in 2014, but it's fun to win races and we've been doing that lately," Bacon said.

Ballou and Justin Grant traded the lead on the opening lap after starting on the front row together, but Ballou turned under Grant's slider to lead coming to complete the lap before the caution appeared. From there, Ballou pulled away as Grant and Bacon raced for second, with Dave Darland staying with them in fourth.

On lap 13, Todd Lehr lost his left-rear wheel coming down the frontstretch and slid to the inside wall, necessitating the second caution. On the restart, ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Chase Stockon got caught up with a lapped car in front of him and hopped to a stop in turn-four, collecting both Bill Balog and Jarett Andretti, who restarted. Stockon visited the work area, but couldn't make it back out.

Fifth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. then had an issue in turn three and got up into the wall to bring out the final caution with 16 laps to go. The man on the move was Chris Windom, who was using a line similar to Grant and Bacon with good results. Those three and others entered above the cushion in turn one and diamonded down across the track to catch the bottom off turn two.

Bacon was able to use that maneuver to pass Grant for second on lap 16, while Windom slid past Darland in turn three for fourth on lap 18. As Ballou encountered traffic, Bacon was reeling to make it a fight for the top spot. Windom caught Grant on lap 21 and executed the same maneuver for third. On lap 24, Ballou slid across turn two to the top as Bacon caught the bottom down the backstretch and darted up in front for the lead into turn three.

Ballou stayed with Bacon and looked to mount a charge to re-take the lead, but that ended when he nearly collected the turn three wall on lap 27. Bacon was flawless out front and cruised to the 2.004-second victory over Ballou, who again increased his point lead with the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.

"I've said a million times, I know pretty quickly if we have a car to win the race right when we push off, and I just knew we were a bit too good too early in the race. Tonight just wasn't the night. We changed quite a few things tonight to chase it, but it's one of those deals where you have to be better late in the race. Traffic was tough on us, and he got the run to blow my doors off there. I tried to make a run back at him, but tonight I'm glad to be second and in one piece with a good points night," Ballou said.

Windom was reeling in Ballou over the final few laps, but came up short, capping a fine run from 12th to finish third in the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced.

"It took awhile for my line to work right, but once guys got spaced out some and we got it packed down some up above the cushion, I could diamond off two and get that big run down the backstretch to slide guys. That's basically where I got all my passing done. Rick gave me a good race car tonight, and I was still running hard to the end trying to catch those guys. I'm happy to come from 12th to third. Now I just need to qualify a little better," Windom said.

Grant came home fourth in the Baldwin Brothers Racing - Fox Paving #5 DRC/Claxton Mopar, and Darland rounded out the top-five in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 8, 2015 - New Richmond, Wisconsin - Cedar Lake Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.306; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.378; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.439; 4. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.534; 5. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.564; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.632; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-13.748; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.774; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.778; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.808; 11. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.817; 12. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.852; 13. Joe Bares, 19, Test-13.943; 14. Steve Irwin, 0x, Flying Zero-13.980; 15. Todd Lehr, 16, Lehr-14.009; 16. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho/Krueger-14.170; 17. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-14.319; 18. Tony Rost, 99, Rost-14.332; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.436; 20. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-14.512; 21. Brandon Stevenson, 0s, Stevenson-14.740; 22. Ray Seach, 16L, Lehr-15.099; 23. Jim Scanlon, 5J, Scanlon-15.184; 24. Bryon Walters, 5w, Speed Monkeys-15.550; 25. Kevin Seidler, 2K, Seidler-15.675.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bares, 3. Stockon, 4. Andretti, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Caho, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Seach, 9. Seidler. 1:52.68

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Irwin, 2. Farney, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Hines, 5. Grant, 6. Schriever, 7. Scanlon, 8. Balog. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Windom, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Rost, 6. Stevenson, 7. Walters, 8. Lehr. 1:52.59

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Balog, 2. Caho, 3. Schriever, 4. S. Thomas, 5. Seach, 6. Stevenson, 7. Lehr, 8. Scanlon, 9. Seidler, 10. Walters. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Dave Darland, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Bill Balog, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Steve Irwin, 13. Rob Caho, Jr., 14. Joe Bares, 15. Alex Schriever, 16. Steve Thomas, 17. Ray Seach, 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19. Chase Stockon, 20. Todd Lehr, 21. Brandon Stevenson, 22. Tony Rost. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Ballou, Laps 24-30 Bacon.

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 8, 2015 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.697; 2. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.779; 3. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-15.786; 4. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.825; 5. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.981; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.027; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-16.052; 8. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.122; 9. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-16.392; 10. Jacob Borst, 7, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Matt Lundstrom, 3. Jake Nelke, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Nolan Allison, 7. Jacob Borst, 8. Dillon Silverman, 9. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Lundstrom, Laps 16-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-729, 2-Bean-630, 3-Layser-584, 4-Lundstrom-528, 5-Kyle Craker-516, 6-Nelke-462, 7-Scott Hunter-415, 8-Hatfield-401, 9-Calvin Carroll-353, 10-Allison-339.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 22 - Kalamazoo (MI) Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 7, 2015 - Visalia, California - Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park

QUALIFYING: 1. Tristin Thomas, 9T, Thomas-12.591; 2. Shawn Buckley, 7, Buckley-12.824; 3. Wally Pankratz, 15, Hazelton-12.843; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-13.045; 5. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-13.046; 6. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-13.078; 7. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-13.098; 8. Dezel West, 21, West-13.142; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Holmes-13.168; 10. Joel Rayborne, 98, Blondel-13.337; 11. Jesse Love III, 44L, Love-13.802; 12. Toni Breidinger, 98jr, Pankratz-14.729; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 25, Mitchell-15.557.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Pankratz, 3. A.Hazelton, 4. Dalby, 5. Love IV, 6. Paterson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Buckley, 2. Jessop, 3. West, 4. Mitchell, 5. Raybrone, 6. T.Breidinger. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Wally Pankratz, 2. Shawn Buckley, 3. Marvin Mitchell, 4. Dezel West, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Cody Jessop, 7. Jesse Love IV, 8. Jesse Love III, 9. Joel Rayborne, 10. Ashley Hazelton, 11. Toni Breidinger, 12. Robert Dalby, 13. Tristin Thomas. NT ------------------------------ **Thomas flipped on lap 12.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Jessop, Laps 11-13 Paterson, Laps 14-20 Pankratz.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-915, 2-Dylan Nobile-749, 3-A.Hazelton-716, 4-T.Breidinger-665, 5-Love IV-643, 6-Paterson-542, 7-Annie Breidinger-517, 8-Buckley-424, 9-Ron Hazelton-308, 10-West-288. NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-391, 2-Jessop=300, 3-A.Hazelton-291, 4-Dalby-275, 5-Love IV-265, 6-Ron Hazelton-261, 7-Paterson-227, 8-Jet Davison-223, 9-Randi Rankratz-129, 10-Rayborne-116,

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 7, 2015 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.678; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.823; 3. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-15.915; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.997; 5. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-16.021; 6. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.061; 7. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-16.080; 8. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.123; 9. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.208; 10. Jacob Borst, 7, Radical-16.954; 11. Dillon Silverman, 23, Silverman-NT.

FIRST FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Matt Lundstrom, 4. Jake Nelke, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Kyle Craker, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Jacob Borst, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Dillon Silverman, 11. Nolan Allison. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Matt Lundstrom, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Kyle Craker, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Jake Nelke, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Jagger Parker, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Dillon Silverman, 11. Jacob Borst. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Hatfield, Laps 16-25 Lamb. SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Layser, Laps 23-25 Lundstrom.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-663, 2-Bean-582, 3-Layser-530, 4-Craker-516, 5-Lundstrom-467, 6-Scott Hunter-415, 7-Nelke-403, 8-Hatfield-400, 9-Calvin Carroll-353, 10-Nikki Carroll-298.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

DARLAND SUPERIOR IN AMSOIL SPEEDWAY WIN; 100TH CAREER USAC NATIONAL VICTORY!!!

Superior, Wisconsin.......Dave Darland outlasted the competition and defeated a challenging AMSOIL Speedway on Friday night for his third AMSOIL National Sprint Car win of the season and record 56th of his career, but most importantly his 100th career win across all three National divisons of the United States Auto Club. He became the fourth driver to reach that milestone, joining A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler, and Mel Kenyon.

The initial start was called off after Justin Grant got a big jump, but as they slowed for the yellow, Kevin Thomas, Jr. rode a wheel and flipped down the backstretch, collecting Jarett Andretti. Thomas was unhurt, while Andretti restarted.

Grant took the lead on the complete restart with Chad Boespflug in tow. After two early cautions, the pack behind the lead duo began to race hard with Brady Bacon and Robert Ballou going at it for third. Behind them, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, and Dave Darland battled with guys starting to venture up to try the high side.

Stockon was making ground on the high side and drove by Darland while pressuring Bacon and Ballou. On lap 11, while racing for third, Bacon made contact with Ballou and spun at the exit of turn-two. He restarted at the tail of the field. That's when it got dicey, as the lead pack started to try both lines, and they went two-by-two through turns one and two on lap eleven, with Boespflug under Grant for the lead and Ballou trying to hold off Darland for third.

Boespflug led lap twelve, but Grant came right back at him, circling him through three and four to lead lap 13 at the line. He slipped up through turn one and tried to come back down the track in turn-two just as Boespflug stuck his nose back in for the lead, and both cars flipped onto the backstretch, with Boespflug's taking a hard impact. He emerged from the car but was taken to a local hospital for observation.

After the delay for the red flag, the race resumed, unleashing a torrid battle for the lead between new leader Ballou and seventh-starting Darland. Darland ducked under Ballou to lead lap 14, but Ballou wasn't done. He got back to Darland and the duo went side-by-side for the lead on lap 22, with Darland holding the spot by inches at the line.

Darland stuck to the low groove and pulled away from Ballou, closing with a 2.483-second victory in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco as the fog rolled over the speedway.

"It's great to be in elite company with those guys who have 100 wins and, as always, it's a testament to the great owners and sponsors I've had over the years who have given me great race cars to allow me to win races. I was glad to see Robert go to the top on that restart, and I was able to get through the bottom and knew if I could keep from making mistakes down there, he would have a tough time. He came back at us and I could see him out there, but I knew I just had to hit my marks. I started tonight with more tear-offs than ever, I think, but luckily we got to the front fairly quick, and my team was up for the challenges tonight," Darland said.

Ballou lengthened his point lead with the runner-up finish aboard the Blakesley Auto - Twister-X #12 Maxim/Ott.

"I knew those guys racing for the lead wasn't gonna work, but we were able to avoid it. I think it was a little better up where I was after that, I think, but it was still pretty treacherous and it got tough to see with the dew building up on the tearoffs. That was the biggest challenge towards the end, being able to see with the tearoffs fogging up so much," Ballou said.

Tenth-starting Stockon rounded out the podium in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

"We knew we had to get moving pretty quickly if we were gonna get anywhere, and luckily we caught a couple breaks to avoid crashes along the way. I thought we might be able to challenge them for the win, but after those two got out front, we had nothing for them. We had that one chance after passing Dave and Robert, but that just showed them where they needed to be. We plugged away at it tonight with a challenging track and gave ourselves a good night," Stockon said.

Bill Balog completed an inspired drive from his 16th-starting spot to finish fourth in the Lein Acres - DRC Chassis #2 DRC/Speedway Mopar, and Leary rounded out the top-five in the Leary Construction Company - AMSOIL #30 DRC/Claxton Mopar.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 7, 2015 - Superior, Wisconsin - AMSOIL Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.943; 2. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-14.947; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.987; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.038; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.098; 6. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-15.105; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-15.149; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-15.215; 9. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-15.267; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-15.317; 11. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.350; 12. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.435; 13. Todd Lehr, 16, Lehr-15.546; 14. Steve Irwin, 0x, Flying Zero-15.565; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-15.631; 16. Joe Bares, 19, Test-15.650; 17. Bill Balog, 2, Lein-15.981; 18. Tony Rost, 99, Rost-16.095; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-16.110; 20. Ray Seach, 16L, Lehr-16.343; 21. Jim Scanlon, 5J, Scanlon-16.532; 22. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-16.718; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.284; 24. Duane Olson, 16x, Olson-18.587; 25. Brandon Stevenson, 0s, Stevenson-NT; 26. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho/Krueger-NT; 27. Jeff Pellersels, 1J, Pellersels-NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Grant, 4. Lehr, 5. Leary, 6. Bares, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Stevenson. 2:04.03

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Balog, 2. Windom, 3. Irwin, 4. K. Thomas, 5. Bacon, 6. Darland, 7. Seach, 8. Bell. 2:02.57

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Hines, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Boespflug, 5. Farney, 6. Rost, 7. Scanlon. 2:05.37

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland; 2. Bares; 3. Rost; 4. S. Thomas; 5. Caho; 6. Seach; 7. Scanlon; 8. Stevenson; 9. Bell. 3:08.25

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland; 2. Robert Ballou; 3. Chase Stockon; 4. Bill Balog; 5. C.J. Leary; 6. Jon Stanbrough; 7. Brady Bacon; 8. Tracy Hines; 9. Joe Bares; 10. Chris Windom; 11. Aaron Farney; 12. Jarett Andretti; 13. Rob Caho, Jr.; 14. Steve Thomas; 15. Ray Seach; 16. Jim Scanlon; 17. Chad Boespflug; 18. Justin Grant; 19. Todd Lehr; 20. Steve Irwin; 21. Tony Rost; 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT

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Pellersels & Stevenson flipped during practice. Schriever flipped during qualifying. K. Thomas flipped at the start of the feature. Boespflug and Grant flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Boespflug was transported to Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, Minnesota for further evaluation.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Grant, Lap 12 Boespflug, Lap 13 Ballou, Laps 14-30 Darland.

 

STEVE HOWARD FUND ESTABLISHED

TO COMPLEMENT CALISTOGA'S "LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC"

A special fund to honor the memory of the late Steve Howard has been established to benefit participants in the upcoming 8th Annual "Louie Vermeil Classic" USAC events at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway.

The target is to be able to award each night's feature winners with a $10,000 paycheck. The Midgets currently are slated for $10,000 to win while the Steve Howard Fund hopefully will generate the additional boost to also provide for $10,000 paychecks for the Sprint winners.

Howard, a noted authority on the history of sprint racing in California, passed away last December and his support of motorsports was legendary. It was his impetus which helped create the "Louie Vermeil Classic" and he raised thousands of dollars every year for the Glenn Howard Memorial race, named after his father.

A long-time participant himself, Steve continued his passion for the sport assisting his father at So. Cal Performance in Downey, Calif. supplying parts and advice on setups.

The September 5-6 Calistoga program features both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and Honda USAC Western Midgets in two nights of spectacular racing action on one of America's most exciting half-mile dirt ovals.

All proceeds raised through this Steve Howard Fund will be directed to the event to elevate the sprint car purses and create a "Steve Howard Racer's Award Bonus."

Details regarding donations to the Steve Howard Fund will be announced soon and can be found by contacting HMC Promotions at 900 Riverside Avenue, Roseville, Calif. 95678 or by calling HMC at 916-772-8722.

In 2014 Rico Abreu (Sprints and Midgets) and Christopher Bell (Sprints and Midgets) prevailed in the Calistoga races. Previous winners include Abreu and Kyle Larson (2013 Midgets), Bud Kaeding and Larson (2013 Sprints), Evan Margeson and Abreu (2012 Midgets), Ryan Bernal and Kyle Hirst (2012 Sprints), Scott Pierovich and Johnathan Henry (2011 Midgets), Robert Ballou and Mike Spencer (2011 Sprints), Robby Josett and Cory Kruseman (2010 Midgets), Damion Gardner (two 2010 Sprints), Garrett Hansen and Josh Ford (2009 Midgets), Kevin Swindell and Spencer (2009 Sprints), Johnny Rodriguez (two 2008 Midgets) and Tim Kaeding and Kevin Swindell (2008 Sprints).

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 5, 2015 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ashley Hazelton (#5 Hazelton), 2. Troy Hazelton (#15 Hazelton), 3, Shawn Buckley (#7 Buckley), 4. Shayna Silvia (#44 Love), 5. Robert Dalby (#4D Holmes), 6. Dezel West (#21 West), 7. Jesse Love IV (#38L Love), 8. Jared Pickens (#37 Pankratz), 9. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tristin Thomas (#9T 'Thomas), 2. Gary Howard (#7k Kruseman), 3. Daniel Anderson (#88 Shankerman), 4. Cody Jessop (#00 Jessop), 5. Joel Rayborne (#98 Blondel), 6. Jerry Jones (#22B Brousseau), 7. George Tuttle (#98jr Pankratz), 8. Dylan Ito (#21k Kruseman). NT

FEATURE: (18 laps - halted by acccident) 1. Tristin Thomas, 2. Ashley Hazelton, 3. Shawn Buckley, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Gary Howard, 6. Dylan Ito, 7. Joel Rayborne, 8. Cody Jessop, 9. Dezel West, 10. Tom Paterson, 11. Jesse Love IV, 12. Jerry Jones, 13. Jared Pickens, 14. George Tuttle, 15. Shayna Silvia, 16. Daniel Anderson, 17. Troy Hazelton. NT

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**Pickens flipped on lap 19.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 A.Hazelton, Laps 15-18 Thomas.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-862, 2-Dylan Noble-749, 3-A.Hazelton-677, 4-Toni Breidinger-631, 5-Love-595, 6-Annie Breidinger-517, 7-Paterson-488, 8-Buckley-354, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Dalby-241.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Buckley-321, 2-A.Hazelton-252, 3-Jessop-247, 4-Dalby-241, 5-Ron Hazelton-235, 6-Jet Davison-223, 7-Love-217, 8-Paterson-173, 9-Randi Pankratz-129, 10-Howard-111.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 7 - Visalia, CA - Keller Auto Raceway At Plaza Park

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX WINS ALLSCAPES BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL AT CANYON

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 3, 2015... Taking control from polesitter Nick Aiuto on lap five, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona won the “Allscapes Back to School Special” at Canyon Speedway Park. For Sussex, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his third win of the campaign. Point leader R.J. Johnson, hard charger “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Aiuto, and Josh Pelkey followed Sussex to the checkered flags.

Returning to Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Stevie Sussex earned his fourth career series win after starting fifth. Earlier in the program, the young driver won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and placed second in passing points to Brian Hosford. The Las Vegas feature winner left the Peoria, Arizona oval ranked fourth in the point chase with one high-point driver award, two heat race victories, three hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 98 feature laps led.

Phoenix, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson finished second in the “Allscapes Back to School Special.” Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran second to Bruce St. James in his heat race and ranked fourth out of the nineteen racers in the pit area. The point leader heads to the upcoming “Freedom Tour” with seven feature wins, one high-point driver award, five heat race victories, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Arizona earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from tenth. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis was fourth in his heat race and ranked tenth in the format’s passing points. To date, the five-time Arizona champion ranks second in the standings with one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season.

After leading this first four laps, Camp Verde, Arizona’s Nick Aiuto scored fourth at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto finished second to Stevie Sussex in his heat race and was sixth in passing points. The veteran driver left the USAC SouthWest home track sitting eleventh in the standings with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, and six top-10 finishes.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona scored fifth in the 30-lap main event after starting ninth. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey took third in his heat race and ran ninth in passing points. Currently, the 1997 ASCA Champion heads to the “Freedom Tour” sitting fifth in points with one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford earned his first high point driver award of the season. Racing Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford ran second to Chris Bonneau in his heat race and scored seventh in the main event. To date, the veteran racer is seventh in the point chase with two heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James of Phoenix, Arizona raced to victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James was fifth in passing points and scored tenth in the “Allscapes Back to School Special.” Currently, “The Radio Flyer” sits eighth in the standings with one high-point driver award, four heat race victories, and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Chris Bonneau took the checkered flags in the program’s third 8-lap heat race. Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau placed third in passing points before scoring eighth in the main event. Entering the “Freedom Tour,” Chris is sixteenth in the point standings with one high-point driver award, two heat race victories, and for top-10 finishes.

On Wednesday, August 19th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their annual Midwest “Freedom Tour” in Lawton, Oklahoma’s Lawton Speedway. The non-point, four-race mini-series will also stop at Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, Oklahoma), 81 Speedway (Wichita, Kansas), and Dodge City Raceway Park (Dodge City, Kansas).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2015 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Allscapes Back to School Special”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#22AZ Burkhart). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Stevie Sussex (5th), 2. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (10th), 4. Nick Aiuto (1st), 5. Josh Pelkey (9th), 6. Mike Martin (7th), 7. Brian Hosford (6th), 8. Chris Bonneau (4th), 9. Matt Rossi (8th), 10. Bruce St. James (2nd), 11. Josh Shipley (17th), 12. Mike Bonneau (14th), 13. Andy Reinbold (11th), 14. Tye Mihocko (18th), 15. Dalten Gabbard (15th), 16. Tom Ogle (12th), 17. Dennis Gile (16th), 18. Larry Gibson (13th), 19. Dustin Burkhart (19th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Aiuto, Laps 5-30 Sussex. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (10th to 3rd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-808, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-744, 3. Matt Rossi-707, 4. Stevie Sussex-680, 5. Josh Pelkey-646, 6. Mike Martin-614, 7. Brian Hosford-540, 8. Bruce St. James-490, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Andy Reinbold-403, 11. Nick Aiuto-397, 12. Dennis Gile-396, 13. Tye Mihocko-379, 14. Josh Shipley-352, 15. Shon Deskins-298, 16. Chris Bonneau-282, 17. Michael Curtis-220, ---. Mike Bonneau-220, 19. Tom Ogle-209, 20. Dalten Gabbard-192.

 

 

“HOLLYWOOD” DANNY FARIA JR. ROLLS TO 30-LAP HANFORD VICTORY

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 3, 2015... Powering past D.J. Johnson on lap twenty, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. sailed to his eighth career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph. By earning the $1,500 victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds, Faria inches closer to his second series crown. Johnson, Richard Vander Weerd, fast qualifier Brody Roa, and hard charger Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

At the drop of the green flag, polesitter D.J. Johnson grabbed the early lead. Looking to rebound from a crash at Tulare, Johnson inched away from Vander Weerd and Faria. As the leader set a torrid pace on the fast surface, Faria dropped Vander Weerd to third and set his sights on Johnson. “Hollywood” managed to catch the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year and apply heavy pressure. Johnson had excellent drives off the second corner, but Faria would close the gap in the north turns. On lap twenty, Danny secured the top spot and carved his way past slower traffic. At the checkered flags, “Hollywood” earned his second victory of the season.

Driving Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Danny Faria Jr. left Hanford with a 120-point advantage. The 2013 Champion qualified fourth out of a season low 10 racers and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. At press time, the point leader has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led.

After leading the first nineteen laps, D.J. Johnson of Stockton, California claimed second at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was sixth quick in time trials and ran second to Faria in his heat race. Heading to Santa Maria on August 22nd, D.J. ranks fifth in the point chase with five heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led on the season.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd placed third in the Hanford 30-lap feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd qualified fifth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. Currently, the 2011 Champion is second in the point standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit.

Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California ran close to Vander Weerd but had to settle for fourth at Hanford. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and took third in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion left the Kings County Fairgrounds placed ninth in points with one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Fremont, California’s Tristan Guardino officially earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from eighth. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino brought out a first lap caution flag and made his way forward after restarting at the back. The rookie contender was eighth fast in time trials and scored fourth in his heat race. Currently seventh in points, Tristan has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California raced to victory in the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd qualified seventh overall and finished seventh in the main event. Heading to Santa Maria, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is third in the point standings with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, and twelve top-10 finishes on the season.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, August 22nd, at Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, California. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also feature Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, American Stocks, and Mod Lites. For more information, visit www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.729; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.768; 3. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.773; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.848; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.994; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.018; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.069; 8. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-17.201; 9. Cody Spencer, 2, Spencer-17.354; 10. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.695.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. McQueen, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Vander Weerd. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Johnson, 3. Marcham, 4. Guardino, 5. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Danny Faria Jr. (3rd), 2. D.J. Johnson (1st), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (2nd), 4. Brody Roa (6th), 5. Tristan Guardino (8th), 6. Shannon McQueen (4th), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (7th), 8. Cody Spencer (9th), 9. Jeff Sibley (10th), 10. Trey Marcham (5th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Johnson, Laps 20-30 Faria DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tristan Guardino (8th to 5th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-725, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-605, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-573, 4. Trey Marcham-562, 5. D.J. Johnson-554, 6. Ryan Bernal-478, 7. Tristan Guardino-458, 8. Landon Hurst-396, 9. Brody Roa-362, 10. Bud Kaeding-334, 11. Jeff Sibley-311, 12. Austin Liggett-273, 13. Shannon McQueen-265, 14. Troy Rutherford-225, 15. Max Adams-186, 16. Matt Mitchell-181, 17. Colby Copeland-166, 18. Johnathon Henry-144, 19. Kevin Barnes-142, 20. Kyle Smith-134.

 

 

AMSOIL SPEEDWAY, CEDAR LAKE & ANGELL PARK UP NEXT AS USAC SPRINTS HEAD TO WISCONSIN

The Badger State of Wisconsin welcomes the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint cars this week for a trio of events expected to be pivotal in the battle for the 2015 championship.

It begins Friday night at AMSOIL Speedway in Superior and continues Saturday at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond before visiting Angell Park in Sun Prairie on Sunday night.

Robert Ballou remains atop the standings with a 40-point margin over Chase Stockon, but Dave Darland is just 82 back of the leader in third place.

Ballou leads with seven feature wins this season, while Stockon has a single win and Darland has a pair. Darland continues to seek his 100th USAC National triumph which would put him in select company. Only A.J. Foyt, Rich Vogler and Mel Kenyon have previously reached the century mark in USAC's 60-year history.

Jon Stanbrough, currently fifth in the series points, was victorious in the series' only visit to Angell Park in 2014 while last year's Superior appearance was weathered out. Saturday will mark the first visit for the AMSOIL Sprints at Cedar Lake Speedway.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 1, 2015 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Allscapes Back to School Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 6. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 7. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Mike Bonneau (#29 Bonneau), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#22AZ Burkhart). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Larry Gibson (#2X Gibson), 5. Dalten Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 6. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Nick Aiuto, 5. Josh Pelkey, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Brian Hosford, 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Matt Rossi, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Josh Shipley, 12. Mike Bonneau, 13. Andy Reinbold, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Dalten Gabbard, 16. Tom Ogle, 17. Dennis Gile, 18. Larry Gibson, 19. Dustin Burkhart. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Aiuto, Laps 5-30 Sussex.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Johnson-808, 2-Davis-744, 3-Rossi-707, 4-Sussex-680, 5-Pelkey-646, 6-Martin-614, 7-Hosford-540, 8-St. James-490, 9-Mike Colegrove-432, 10-Reinbold-403.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: August 19 - Lawton (OK) Speedway

 

 

CLAUSON BECOMES SECOND THREE-TIME "BELLEVILLE MIDGET NATIONALS" CHAMP

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana won Saturday night's "Belleville Midget Nationals" at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. Clauson joined Jerry Coons, Jr. as the only three-time winner of the event. (Rich Forman Photo)

Belleville, Kansas.......In a breathtakingly dominant performance, Bryan Clauson wired Saturday's 40-lap feature to become the second three-time "Belleville Midget Nationals" champion. The Noblesville, Indiana driver beat polesitter Rico Abreu to the first set of corners to tie Jerry Coons, Jr. for crowns at the legendary Belleville High Banks while also posting his 35th career Honda National Midget Series victory, tying Tracy Hines for 7th all-time.

After grabbing the early lead, Clauson set an absolutely torrid pace. He entered lapped traffic for the first time on lap seven. Three laps later, while attacking the typical Belleville line right up against the outside guardrail, he caught the fence and had to gather himself before continuing to add to his lead.

By lap twelve, he had lapped up to 13th place and disposed of two more before halfway. That's when he came up on his own team's car driven by Belleville rookie Spencer Bayston, who was holding down the eleventh spot before showing smoke right in front of Clauson. Clauson cleared him on lap 21 and Bayston pulled to the infield.

Clauson had an extremely close call with a couple of lapped cars on his march away from the field, most notably with 16 laps to go entering turn-one. At this point, Christopher Bell had caught teammate Abreu for second and they fought it out for the second spot until Bell took it for good on lap 26.

Bell carved into Clauson's lead slightly as the leader had to continue working through traffic, putting his teammate, ninth-running Dave Darland, down a lap with a turn-one slider on lap 28.

Just after Clauson lapped the eight-place running car, he had another close call with a lapped car in turn-one, but on the same lap, fourth-running Jerry Coons, Jr. slowed in turn-two with a flat tire. He visited the work area and was able to resume at the tail of the field as the last car on the lead lap in eighth place.

Clauson had two lapped cars between he and second-running Bell on the restart, and Bell could not clear them right away, allowing Clauson to slip away for the 1.44-second victory in the Dooling Machine - Jonathan Byrd's #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"This is real sweet. The first one is special, but it's been five years since I've won, and to get Rusty (Kunz) his sixth and car owner Joe Dooling his second, it's a great feeling. And to do it pounding the fence the way we did it tonight, that's just Belleville to me. I had a couple close calls with lappers and still led so I knew I had a gap, but you've got to attack this place for 40 laps or you'll regret it. It's a test to make it through, and you just hope you can beat the track for a night. Joe Dooling has been more than a car owner to me and Rusty is unbelievable on the wrenches, so to join them in victory and stop the stranglehold of Rusty's brother Keith here is satisfying," Clauson said.

Bell came home comfortably in second aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I had a really good car and honestly thought I took the lead when I passed Darland, but Clauson was just that checked out. I was pretty disappointed when we got the yellow and realized that was him so far ahead and still leading. I guess I wasn't quite as good as I thought I was. I thought we were pretty comparable at the end, but there's obviously not much to do at that point," Bell said.

Abreu filled the podium with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota, as he came up just short in his "Belleville Nationals" defense.

"Clauson was just hauling the mail, and it was hard to keep up. After it started taking rubber, I had to hang out a little and make sure I survived. I wasn't sure how hard I could run, and that probably cost me with Christopher. This is maybe a little dose of reality for us, with another guy hitting it and being so strong. I could feel my tires slipping a little more as we went, and I wasn't getting off turn-two as I needed to be. It's one of those nights where you get beat, and it happens," Abreu said.

Tracy Hines tacked on a few points to his National Midget lead with the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota, and Coons rebounded to take a top-five aboard the Heffner Racing Enterprises - Lelands.com #27 Triple X/Esslinger.

The competitors of the 2015 "Belleville Midget Nationals" (Rich Forman Photo) ------------------

USAC HONDA MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks -"Belleville Midget Nationals"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 3. Warren Johnson (#926 Frewaldt), 4. C.J. Johnson (#45x Martin), 5. Phillip Davis (#11 Gehrke), 6. Robert Bell (#71x Bell), 7. Patrick Lawson (#0B Zero), 8. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple). 2:25.22

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Christopher Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Matt Johnson (#85 Central Motorsports), 5. Garett Hood (#727 McMillan), 6. Jeff Stasa (#91 SBR), 7. Kyle Jones (#69x Hefler), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#27 Heffner), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 5. Chad Frewaldt (#75 Frewaldt), 6. Aaron Schuck (#53 SET), 7. Hunter Fischer (#24F Fischer), 8. Morgan Frewaldt (#313 Frewaldt). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Cody Brewer (#96 Central Motorsports), 5. Patrick Stasa (#19s SBR), 6. Tyler Dunkle (#0D Zero), 7. Michelle Decker (#4m Meents), 8. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson). 2:24.78

POLE DASH: (6 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Clauson, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. Hines, 7. C.Bell, 8. Darland. 1:49.81

B DASH: (6 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Daum, 3. C.J. Johnson. 4. T.Thomas, 5. M.Johnson, 6. Brewer, 7. W.Johnson, 8. Buckwalter. NT

LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. P.Stasa, 2. C.Frewaldt, 3. J.Stasa, 4. Jones, 5. Chapple, 6. Decker, 7. Hood, 8. Gehrke, 9. Schuck, 10. Murdock, 11. Davis, 12. R.Bell, 13. M.Frewaldt, 14. Fischer, 15. Dunkle, 16. Lawson. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Zach Daum, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Cody Brewer, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Patrick Stasa, 13. Jeff Stasa, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Johnson. 16. Michelle Decker, 17. Chett Gehrke, 18. Chad Frewaldt, 19. Matt Johnson, 20. Kyle Jones, 21. Steve Buckwalter, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Garett Hood, 24. Warren Johnson. NT --------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Clauson.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

August 1, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.729; 2. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.768; 3. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.773; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.848; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.994; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-17.018; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.069; 8. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-17.201; 9. Cody Spencer, 2, Spencer-17.354; 10. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.695.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. McQueen, 3. Roa, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Vander Weerd. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Johnson, 3. Marcham, 4. Guardino, 5. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. D.J. Johnson, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Tristan Guardino, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 8. Cody Spencer, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Trey Marcham. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Johnson, Laps 20-30 Faria

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 22 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

August 1, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - 38th "Belleville Midget Nationals"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Spencer Bayston (#39 Clauson), 3. Warren Johnson (#926 Frewaldt), 4. C.J. Johnson (#45x Martin), 5. Phillip Davis (#11 Gehrke), 6. Robert Bell (#71x Bell), 7. Patrick Lawson (#0B Zero), 8. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple). 2:25.22

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Christopher Bell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Matt Johnson (#85 Central Motorsports), 5. Garett Hood (#727 McMillan), 6. Jeff Stasa (#91 SBR), 7. Kyle Jones (#69x Hefner), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Dave Darland (#63x RKR/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Jerry Coons Jr. (#27 Heffner), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 5. Chad Frewaldt (#75 Frewaldt), 6. Aaron Schuck (#53 SET), 7. Hunter Fischer (#24F Fischer), 8. Morgan Frewaldt (#313 Frewaldt). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps - no points) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tracy Hines (#24 Parker), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Cody Brewer (#96 Central Motorsports), 5. Patrick Stasa (#19s SBR), 6. Tyler Dunkle (#0D Zero), 7. Michelle Decker (#4m Meents), 8. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson). 2:24.78

POLE DASH: (6 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Clauson, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. Bayston, 6. Hines, 7. C.Bell, 8. Darland. 1:49.81

B DASH: (6 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Daum, 3. C.J. Johnson. 4. T.Thomas, 5. M.Johnson, 6. Brewer, 7. W.Johnson, 8. Buckwalter. NT

LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. P.Stasa, 2. C.Frewaldt, 3. J.Stasa, 4. Jones, 5. Chapple, 6. Decker, 7. Hood, 8. Gehrke, 9. Schuck, 10. Murdock, 11. Davis, 12. R.Bell, 13. M.Frewaldt, 14. Fischer, 15. Dunkle, 16. Lawson. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Zach Daum, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Cody Brewer, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Patrick Stasa, 13. Jeff Stasa, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Johnson. 16. Michelle Decker, 17. Chett Gehrke, 18. Chad Frewaldt, 19. Matt Johnson, 20. Kyle Jones, 21. Steve Buckwalter, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Garett Hood, 24. Warren Johnson. NT

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 30, 2015 - Meridian, Idaho - Meridian Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.058; 2. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-14.081; 3. Alex Ludeman, 02, Waters-14.095; 4. Michael Daniels, 87, Daniels-14.174; 5. Jim Waters, 24, Waters-14.244; 6. Cody Kessop, 00, Jessop-14.332; 7. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-14.377; 8. Annie Breidinger, 75B, Breidinger-14.496; 9. John Waters, 75, Watson-14.595; 10. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.659; 11. Chuck Groat, 13, Groat-14.753; 12. Dezel West, 21, West-14.871; 13. Jeanille Waters, 17, Waters-NT.

RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Dezel West, 21, West-14.357; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-14.414; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75B, Breidinger-14.850; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.156.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kelley, 2. Jim Waters, 3. Groat, 4. T.Breidinger, 5. John Waters, 6. Jeanille Waters. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Daniels, 2. Nobile, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Jessop, 5. West, 6. Love, 7. Ludeman. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Dezel West, 4. Cody Jessop. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Daniels, 2. Dylan Nobile, 3. Jim Waters, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Jeff Kelley, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Dezel West, 9. Charles Groat, 10. John Waters, 11. Alex Ludeman, 12. Jeanille Waters, 13. Jesse Love, IV. NT

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RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Love.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Daniels.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-818, 2-Nobile-749, 3-T.Breidinger-631, 4-Ashley Hazelton-612, 5-Love IV-562, 6-A.Breidinger-517, 7-Tom Paterson-455, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-749, 2-T.Breidinger-631, 3-Jessop-615, 4-Ashley Hazelton-527, 5-A.Breidinger-517, 6-Love IV-378, 7-Tom Paterson-315, 8-West-192, 9-Ethan Lesser-130, 10-Tommy McCarthy-126.

NEW USAC RESTRICTED HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-271, 2-Ethan Lesser-133, 3-Blake Brannon-122, 4-Jessop-111, 5-Tommy McCarthy-68, 6-Cinnamon Brown-62, 7-Joel Rayborne-61, 8-A.Breidinhger-61, 9-West-60, 10-Robert Dalby-57.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: August 5- Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

WINDOM FINISHES THE DEAL, WINS BELLEVILLE'S "HUSTLE ON THE HIGHBANKS"

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. picked up his second career USAC Silver Crown Series victory Friday night in the 3rd Annual "Hustle on the Highbanks" at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks. Lonnie Wheatley Photo

Belleville, Kansas.......After a heartbreaking defeat in last year's "Hustle on the High Banks" at the Belleville High Banks, Chris Windom sealed the deal on Thursday night with a wire-to-wire win in the 50-lapper for the Silver Crown Series. The Canton, Illinois driver made it his second career victory in dominating fashion aboard the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Maxim/Mopar.

"After that last caution, I was just waiting on something to happen like last year. But Rob Hart gave me a great car, and I want to thank Fred Gormly and Tom Bliss for putting me in this car and giving me the opportunity to give them this win. I don't know if you can really put this place into words. I try to be steady and smooth and on the gas, and it surely helps to be out front, which was where I planned to stay all race. I finally told myself to calm down when I was basically catching the whole field, but it was kinda sketchy riding behind those guys as they're banging off the fence, so in that sense I was happy to see the caution. I backed it way down the last couple laps with such a big lead," Windom said.

Windom took the ProSource "Fast Time Award" and jumped into the lead at the first corner as Jerry Coons, Jr. pressured Kody Swanson for the runner-up spot on the opening lap. Windom quickly opened up his advantage as Coons, Swanson, Justin Grant, and Shane Cockrum fell in order on the high side around the top.

Windom took less than ten laps to reach the back end of the field, but his lead only grew. At lap 20, his lead was over five seconds as Kevin Thomas, Jr., C.J. Leary, and Brady Bacon had the best battle on the track for sixth through eighth, as Windom had lapped the rest of the field already.

Grant was pressuring Swanson through traffic as second through fifth all raced together. Grant took the third spot on lap 34 just as Windom rapped the outside guardrail in turn-four while working lapped traffic. He recovered and continued to build his lead.

With 9 laps to go, sixth-running Thomas, Jr. tried to throw a slider on Cockrum and spun in the middle of the track through turns one and two. That erased Windom's 14-second lead and gave Coons and Grant a chance at him, although Windom had two lapped cars between himself and them.

Windom immediately stretched his lead, but his final two laps slowed quite a bit as he crossed the line 1.297 seconds ahead of Coons, who brought home his best finsh of the season while taking over second in the points in the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.

"They were in a league of their own tonight. We weren't quite how I needed to be to run where he was through three and four, but even if we were a bit better, I'm not sure I had it in me to run it like he was. It can be very tough to pass here, so I knew the start would be important, and working traffic was difficult. I tried to be smart and do it right when going by those guys. Traffic may have helped me stay ahead of those guys through the race. You're so close to the wall, and if you get a push in these cars, it's very uncomfortable. That's the biggest thing here, so it's a fine line of being fast and being in the fence," Coons said.

Grant filled the podium with his best career Silver Crown finish in the Chris Carli Motorsports - Finish Line Racing Equipment #8 Beast/Chevy.

"This was a little tougher than I thought it would be. I like places that are on the fence and slick, and then in the feature I realized just how extreme it was. It was a blast, just a lot of fun. I was trying to catch Kody, and even Jerry, in traffic just right or take advantage when he was working around them. I felt pretty good moving around. Windom obviously had us all covered, but other than that, I felt really good. Obviously, when you're working hard and doing something, you expect to do well with it, but this is better than we expected to be out of the gate with this team, and it's been really rewarding," Grant said.

Series point leader and defending race winner Swanson finished fourth in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Maxim/Hampshire, and Cockrum rounded out the top-five in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 31, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks - "Hustle on the High Banks"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-17.356; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.587; 3. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-17.745; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-17.761; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R Racing-17.825; 6. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy Boys-17.844; 7. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.911; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-18.026; 9. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-18.061; 10. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-18.118; 11. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.255; 12. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-18.278; 13. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-18.825; 14. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-19.529; 15. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-19.739; 16. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-19.938; 17. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-20.679.

FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Steve Buckwalter, 10. Aaron Pierce, 11. A.J. Fike, 12. Austin Nemire, 13. Rex Norris III, 14. Terry James, 15. Chris Fetter, 16. Shane Cottle, 17. Patrick Lawson. NT -------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Windom.

 

ABREU FROM 8TH TO WIN NIGHT 1 OF BELLEVILLE

Belleville, Kansas.......Defending "Belleville Midget Nationals" champion Rico Abreu picked up right where he left off around the famed Belleville High Banks as he stormed from eighth to win Thursday's 25-lap preliminary feature. The defending Honda Midget National Champion made it three wins on the year and eleven for his career aboard the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"This is one of my favorite tracks and I've had some success here. Saturday night is what counts, so we'll have to be ready to do this again. I was able to search around some running behind them and find something that worked. They do a great job preparing these cars, and that's the key to come to a place like this," Abreu said.

Belleville rookie Kevin Thomas, Jr. jumped to the lead from outside the front row and led his teammates, who started on the outside of the first four rows as they completed the first lap running 1-4. On lap two, polesitter Steve Buckwalter got up into the turn-three guardrail, spinning sideways as cars scattered to miss him. Both Tyler Nelson and Chett Gehrke flipped, while Chad Frewaldt was also collected. All drivers were unhurt.

After another quick yellow two laps later, Abreu used the restart to get a run on Thorson for third, and the caution reappeared a few laps later as Dave Darland caught the cushion in turn-one and jumped sideways before slowing to a stop. Under the yellow, Zach Daum visited the work area for a packed right-front wheel, but he returned to the action.

On this restart, Abreu went after Bell for second and slid him into turn-three for the runner-up spot and began to carve away at Thomas, Jr.'s lead. It fell into Abreu's hands, however, on lap 12 as Thomas went up in smoke at the start finish line and brought out another yellow as he stopped.

From there, Abreu was in command, although Bell began to reel him back in on the longer green-flag run. He could never get within striking distance, though, and had to settle for second in the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Toyota TRD #71 Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Bell also set the night's Pro Source "Fast Time Award."

"He did a great job on the restarts, and tonight it was important to get positions as quickly as you could after those. Rico did a great job on those, and after we ran that first lap or two, we kinda had what we had. I packed a wheel with mud fairly early, and that made it pretty tough to see," Bell said.

Thorson rounded out the podium in the Toyota TRD - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I was feeling around and thought maybe some rubber would come, and I knew my only chance at them would be if it came in and I could find it first. Hats off to those guys, and this team is so strong right now. All the laps you can get around this place are great and will help even more heading to Saturday," Thorson said.

Tracy Hines came home fourth in the Parker Machinery - Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota and took the point lead by one over Thomas, Jr. heading into Saturday's Belleville finale. Daum recovered to drive back up to fifth aboard the Daum Crop Insurance - Weld Wheels #5D Eagle/Stanton Toyota.

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USAC HONDA MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 30, 2015 - Belleville, Kansas - Belleville High Banks -"Belleville Midget Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.603; 2. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-17.628; 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.652; 4. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-17.652; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.679; 6. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-17.747; 7. Cody Brewer, 96, Central Motorsports-17.765; 8. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.772; 9. C.J. Johnson, 45x, Martin-17.939; 10. Dave Darland, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-17.956; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 27, Heffner-17.956; 12. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-18.165; 13. Matt Johnson, 85, Central Motorsports-18.189; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-18.190; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-18.251; 16. Michelle Decker, 4M, Meents-18.284; 17. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-18.439; 18. Chad Frewaldt, 75, Frewaldt-18.474; 19. Kyle Jones, 69x, Hefler-18.508; 20. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-18.548; 21. Jeff Stasa, 91, SBR-18.583; 22. Patrick Stasa, 19s, SBR-18.769; 23. Hunter Fischer, 24F, Fischer-18.839; 24. Warren Johnson, 313, Frewaldt-19.293; 25. Aaron Schuck, 53, SET-19.299; 26. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-20.328; 27. Patrick Lawson, 0B, Zero-20.557; 28. Robert Bell, 71B, Bell-20.771; 29. Blake McMillan, 727, McMillan-21.191; 30. Tyler Dunkle, 0D, Zero-NT; 31. Morgan Frewaldt, 926, Frewaldt-NT.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. C.J. Johnson, 2. Bell, 3. K.Thomas, 4. J.Stasa, 5. Nelson, 6. M.Johnson, 7. Schuck, 8. McMillan. 2:22.13

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Hines, 2. T.Thomas, 3. Buckwalter, 4. Darland, 5. C.Frewaldt, 6. Dunkle, 7. P.Stasa, 8. Murdock. 2:22.68

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Coons, 3. Brewer, 4. Chapple, 5. Jones, 6. Fischer, 7. Lawson,. 2:24.42

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Daum, 3. Bayston, 4. Gehrke, 5. Decker, 6. W.Johnson, 7. Bell. 2:21.95

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Jones, 2. C.Frewaldt, 3. Decker, 4. M.Johnson, 5. Nelson, 6. W.Johnson, 7. Schuck, 8. Murdock, 9. Bell, 10. Lawson, 11. McMillan, 12. Fischer. 3:47.04

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Christopher Bell, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 7. Tyler Thomas, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. Matt Johnson, 11. Aaron Schuck, 12. Cody Brewer, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Dave Darland, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Warren Johnson, 17. C.J. Johnson, 18. Jeff Stasa, 19. Steve Buckwalter, 20. Michelle Decker, 21. Chett Gehrke, 22. Tyler Nelson, 23. Chad Frewaldt, 24. Johnny Murdock. NT -------------------------------- **Gehrke and Nelson flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 K.Thomas, Laps 12-25 Abreu.

 

 

MATT MITCHELL CLAIMS TULARE’S $4,000 PETER MURPHY CLASSIC

 By Lance Jennings

JULY 28, 2015... Inheriting the lead on lap sixteen, Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California held off all challengers before officials were forced to shorten the main event due to curfew. For Mitchell, the $4,000 “Peter Murphy Classic” victory at Thunderbowl Raceway was his second career USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph. Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, and Bud Kaeding followed the defending series champion to the checkered flags.

At the drop of the green flag, polesitter Bud Kaeding grabbed the lead and led the first two circuits. Third starting Mitchell had pressured Kaeding and took command with a turn three “slide job.” Once out front, Matt began to run away from the pack with a comfortable advantage. Charging from twelfth, Ryan Bernal had sliced his way to second and set his sights on the leader. Reaching slower traffic, Bernal saw his opportunity and grabbed the top spot on lap thirteen. Looking to win his second Murphy Classic, Ryan quickly put some distance between himself and Mitchell. Unfortunately, a tough heartbreaking crash with a slower car ended Bernal’s night. On the restart, Matt shook free from the field until a caution on lap twenty-three forced officials to end the race.

A special thanks goes to SouthWest Contractors, Hoosier Tire West, Liggett Motorsports, Four C’s Services, Dingus Lounge, Krikke Motorsports, Kaeding Performance, King Racing Products, BR Motorsports, Abreu Vineyards, and Brady Lambert for their support of the Peter Murphy Classic.

Racing his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Matt Mitchell earned one of the biggest victories of his career. Last year’s champion qualified sixth out of the twenty-nine racers in the pit area and scored third in his heat race. In limited starts, Mitchell left Tulare ranked sixteenth in points with three top-10 finishes.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd took second the in the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Vander Weerd was third quick in time trials, won the 4-lap “Dash For Cash,” and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to Hanford this Saturday, the 2011 Champion is second in the point chase with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California ran third at Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified eighth overall, scored ninth in his heat race after a late crash, and finished seventh in a shortened semi-main. The point leader has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led to his credit.

Tracy, California’s Austin Liggett finished fourth in the shortened main event. Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Liggett was seventh fast in time trials and finished second to Tristan Guardino in his heat race. Splitting his season with winged and wingless spec sprints, Liggett is twelfth in the point standings with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

After leading the first two laps, Bud Kaeding of Campbell, California was fifth in the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Piloting Junior Bowman’s #29 Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / Kaeding Performance Maxim, Kaeding qualified ninth overall and finished second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. Primarily racing with the winged 410 sprints, the 2012 Champion sits ninth in the point chase with one feature win, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 19 feature laps led in the campaign.

In his first USAC West Coast start, Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from seventeenth. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Faccinto was seventeenth quick in time trials and scored third in his heat race. Michael left Tulare tied with Chris Windom for thirty-eighth in the standings.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai, California earned this second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford scored third in the dash, ran fourth in his heat race, and placed twenty-first in the main event. The former Ventura champion is currently thirteenth in points with three top-10 finishes.

Fremont, California’s Tristan Guardino raced to his first career USAC West Coast heat race victory. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Guardino won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers sponsored event, qualified sixteenth overall, and claimed thirteenth in the main event. To date, the rookie contender ranks seventh in points with one feature win, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, five top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led.

D.J. Johnson of Stockton, California raced to victory in the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson was fourteenth fast in time trials and scored twenty-second in the feature after a hard crash. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is fifth in the standings with five heat race victories, one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season.

Hollister, California’s Ryan Bernal won the 10-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Tri-L Mandarin Ranch ART, Bernal qualified twelfth overall and scored seventeenth in the feature. The two-time USAC Western Classic Champion is sixth in points with six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, two DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 114 feature laps led on the year.

This Saturday, August 1st, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will head to the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Western RaceSaver 305 Wing Sprints, IMCA Stock Cars, Mini Stocks, and the WRA Vintage Sprints. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.racekingsspeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 25, 2015 – Tulare, California – Thunderbowl Raceway – "Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.801; 2. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-15.859; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.927; 4. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-15.969; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.974; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.007; 7. Austin Liggett, 81M, Watt-16.087; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.092; 9. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.103; 10. Dwayne Marcum, 25, Yount-16.314; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.335; 12. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.351; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.409; 14. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.426; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.452; 16. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.461; 17. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-16.590; 18. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.648; 19. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.665; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.785; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.901; 22. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.914; 23. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.090; 24. Bryan Grier, 35, Grier-17.120; 25. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-17.151; 26. Koen Shaw, 92K, Shaw-17.219; 27. 27. Chris Dyson, 5K, Kruseman-17.427; 28. Nathan Johnson, E85, Johnson-17.529; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos- NT.

DASH FOR CASH: (4 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Rutherford, 4. Spencer. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Liggett, 3. Marcham, 4. Rutherford, 5. Deskins, 6. Mihocko, 7. Hurst, 8. Swanson, 9. Marcum. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. D.J.Johnson, 2. Roa, 3. Faccinto, 4. Spencer, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gardner, 7. Shaw, 8. Majors, 9. Faria. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Kaeding, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Ennis, 6. Smith, 7. McQueen, 8. Dyson, 9. Grier. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (Halted after 1 lap)

FEATURE: (23 laps – Halted by curfew / With Starting Positions) 1. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 4. Austin Liggett (2nd), 5. Bud Kaeding (1st), 6. Trey Marcham (13th), 7. Michael Faccinto (17th), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 9. Brody Roa (11th), 10. Mike Spencer (5th), 11. Kyle Smith (20th), 12. Shon Deskins (22nd), 13. Tristan Guardino (16th), 14. Tye Mihocko (18th), 15. Ronnie Gardner (19th), 16. Shannon McQueen (15th), 17. Ryan Bernal (12th), 18. Jake Swanson (7th), 19. Cody Majors (21st), 20. Dwayne Marcum (10th), 21. Troy Rutherford (6th), 22. D.J. Johnson (14th). NT ------------------------------------ **N.Johnson & Enos flipped during qualifications. Hurst and Swanson flipped during the first heat. Faria flipped during the second heat. Shaw flipped during the semi. D.J.Johnson and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Kaeding, Laps 3-12 Mitchell, Laps 13-15 Bernal, Laps 16-23 Mitchell. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto Weerd (17th to 7th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-654, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-545, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-523, 4. Trey Marcham-518, 5. D.J. Johnson-489, 6. Ryan Bernal-478, 7. Tristan Guardino-405, 8. Landon Hurst-396, 9. Bud Kaeding-334, 10. Brody Roa-299, 11. Jeff Sibley-291, 12. Austin Liggett-273, 13. Troy Rutherford-225, 14. Shannon McQueen-209, --. Max Adams-186, 16. Matt Mitchell-181, 17. Colby Copeland-166, 18. Jonathan Henry-144, 19. Kevin Barnes-142, 20. Kyle Smith-134.

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO CANYON FOR “ALLSCAPES BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 29, 2015... The traditional USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park, this Saturday, August 1st. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “Allscapes Back to School Special” will also feature the 9th World Vapor IMCA Modifieds, Mini Sprints, Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. On Friday night, Canyon Speedway Park will also host an open practice for all divisions from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Saturday’s race will be the 39th USAC SouthWest Sprint Car event at Canyon Speedway Park. Dating back to January 26, 2013, the facility has been the “home track” for the non-winged 360s. This year, R.J. Johnson has three Canyon victories and Ryan Bernal won two non-point Winter Challenge features. Other 2015 winners are Brady Bacon, Stevie Sussex, and Matt Rossi, who claimed the June 20th “Father’s Day Classic.” Heading to the “Allscapes Back to School Special,” Johnson leads all drivers with twelve USAC SouthWest “home track” victories.

After rain washed away the July 18th “Monsoon Madness” at Queen Creek, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 56-point advantage. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has seven feature wins, five heat race victories, one high-point driver award, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, the two-time champion will be looking for his thirtieth USAC SouthWest win.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Champion is second on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourteenth victory.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona sits third in the SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Matt will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Entering Saturday’s race, Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex is fourth in the point standings. Racing Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led. Like Rossi, Stevie is currently tied for sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on his fourth victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is currently fifth in the championship standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey has one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. The 1997 ASCA Champion ranks fourth on the SouthWest win list with five main events and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Nick Aiuto, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

PEORIA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 5-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 7-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-741, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-685, 3. Matt Rossi-666, 4. Stevie Sussex-607, 5. Josh Pelkey-592, 6. Mike Martin-563, 7. Brian Hosford-485, 8. Bruce St. James-447, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Dennis Gile-374, 11. Andy Reinbold-371, 12. Tye Mihocko-352, 13. Nick Aiuto-338, 14. Josh Shipley-318, 15. Shon Deskins-303, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

 

 

HPD Western Dirt Midget Week Looking for Primary Sponsors

By Robert Haugh

The USAC HPD Western Dirt Midget series is gearing up for the “HPD Western Dirt midget Week,” a three-race swing in early August. The three-race, series-within-a-series will feature three races over four evenings. The USAC HPD Western midget Week kicks off on Wednesday, August 5 at Ventura Raceway, followed with an appearance at Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park in Visalia on August 7, concluding on August 8 at Lemoore Raceway. Thus far, there have been four different race winners in as many HPD Western Dirt Midget events.

The USAC Western HPD Dirt Midget series is sponsored by Monster Seal by Betterduck, Inc., PJ1 and K&N Filters. Major incentives will be given to series competitors, including supplies and contingencies.

The series is looking for additional primary sponsorship to help make the three-race series more lucrative. The series is seeking a $500 sponsor, with the goal of giving $250 to first place in the three-race series, $150 to second and $100 to third place.

HPD Western Dirt Midget Week Schedule

Aug 5 – Ventura Raceway, Ventura, CA

Aug 7 - Keller Auto Raceway at Plaza Park, Visalia, CA

Aug 8 – Lemoore Raceway, Lemoore, CA

BETTERDUCK INC.

Involved in racing for numerous years, Betterduck, Inc. (http://betterduckinc.wordpress.com) is a distributor of Monster Seal tire sealant and racing fuel. They have sponsored many USAC, off road, speedway bike, enduro motorcycle and boat racing teams and are a proud sponsor of the Smiley Gaunt off-road team that won the Mint 400 in their class, as well as the Danny Ebberts driven team that won the Vegas-to-Reno off road race.

PJ1 BRANDS

PJ1 Brands markets products in over 50 countries under the PJ1 label. For over 40 years, they’ve been developing and delivering state-of-the-art products for Powersports and Motorsports enthusiasts worldwide. All PJ1 products are specifically formulated to deliver unequaled superior performance and set the standard for durability, lubrication, rust and corrosion control, extreme weather protection, chemical resistance, and high temperature tolerance.

PJ1 introduced the first evolution motorcycle chain lube, PJ1 Chain Lube in 1973. Today, PJ1 is still the forerunner in powers ports lubrication. PJ1 is the world's largest exclusive line of paints, oils, lubricants and maintenance products.

K&N Filters

K&N Filters (http://www.knfilters.com/) is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world-class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and air intakes in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. From their Million Mile Warranty to their Consumer Protection Pledge, K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100 percent. K&N participates in industry associations, community organizations, and motorsports in a variety of ways including the following: #1 Air Filter in NASCAR, NASCAR K&N Pro Series Title Sponsor, NHRA Horsepower Challenge Sponsor, Official Filter of Supercross, Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Association (SEMA), Performance warehouse Association (PWA), Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Filter Manufacturer's Council, and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC).

USAC WESTERN HPD DIRT MIDGET SERIES

The USAC Western HPD Dirt Midget series is a complimentary series to the USAC Western and National Midgets, allowing younger racers to compete in Midget racing at reasonable costs, utilizing sealed engines while developing their skills as young as 12-years-old, as well as 10-year-olds with additional engine restrictors. Current NASCAR driver Alex Bowman is among HPD Midget series alumni. Additional HPD series alum include youngest NASCAR touring series winner Cole Custer, 2015 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals A-main qualifier and former USAC-Western States Midget champion Alex Schutte, Multi-time USAC West Coast pavement champion Tanner Swanson, Nic Faas (2006 HPD champion), Brody Roa, Sean Dodenhoff and many more. Several HPD series drivers have moved on accomplish wins and championships in Midgets, Sprint Cars, Late Models and more. Series sponsors include Monster Seal by Betterduck, Inc., PJ1 and K&N Filters.

USAC HPD WESTERN DIRT MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE

APRIL 25 Ventura Raceway, Ventura

MAY 15 Plaza Park Raceway, Visalia

MAY 16 LeMoore Raceway, LeMoore

JULY 18 Ventura Raceway

AUGUST 5 Ventura Raceway

AUGUST 7 Plaza Park Raceway

AUGUST 8 LeMoore Raceway

SEPTEMBER 26 Bakersfield Speedway

OCTOBER 2 LeMoore Raceway

OCTOBER 3 Ventura Raceway

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Shawn Buckley-261, 2-Ron Hazelton-235, 3. Jet Davison-223, 4-Cody Jessop-203, 5-Ashley Hazelton-187, 6-Robert Dalby-186, 7-Jesse Love IV-184, 8- Tom Paterson-140, 9-Randi Pankratz-129, 10-Antonia Boscacci-86

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-764, 2- Dylan Nobile-680, 3-A. Hazelton-612, 4- Toni Breidinger-569, 5-Love IV 532, 6-Annie Breidinger-469, 7- Paterson-332, 8-Buckley-294, 9-R. Hazelton-282, 10-Davison-223

USAC HPD WESTERN RESTRICED POINTS: 1-Love IV 206, 2-Ethan Lesser 133, 3- Blake Brannon 122, 4-McCarthy 68, 5-Cinnamon Brown 62, 6-Joel Rayborne 61, 7- Dalby 57, 8-Jessop 57

 

 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 28, 2015 - Beloit, Kansas - Solomon Valley Raceway - "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.624; 2. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-12.741; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-12.742; 4. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-12.794; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.799; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.815; 7. Christopher Bell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.818; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 27, Heffner-12.849; 9. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.875; 10. Keith Rauch, 47, Mason-13.128; 11. Chett Gehrke, 11c, Matteson-13.144; 12. Bob Harr, 2H, Halarr-13.170; 13. Cody Brewer, 96, Central-13.205; 14. David Wheeler, 31R, Clark-13.216; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-13.238; 16. C.J. Johnson, 45x, Martin-13.397; 17. Troy Simpson, 7, Simpson-13.464; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27K, Klaasmeyer-13.564; 19. Mark Hamilton, 76H, Hamilton-13.949; 20. Garett Hood, 727, McMillan-14.306.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Bayston, 3. Daum, 4. Rauch, 5. Brewer, 6. Hamilton, 7. Johnson. 2:11.94

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Coons, 3. Hines, 4. Gehrke, 5. Hood, 6. Wheeler, 7. Simpson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Thorson, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. K.Thomas Jr., 5. Chapple, 6. Harr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tracy Hines, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Cody Brewer, 7. Keith Rauch, 8. Bob Harr, 9. David Wheeler, 10. Mark Hamilton, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. C.J. Johnson, 14. Garett Hood, 15. Troy Simpson, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr. 18. Chett Gehrke, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Tyler Thomas. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K.Thomas.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-426; 2-Hines-398; 3-T.Thomas-362; 4-Bayston-361; 5-Thorson-344; 6-Rico Abreu-326; 7-Darren Hagen-321; 8-Coons-313; 9-Bell-189; 10-Dave Darland-159.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: July 30 - Belleville (KS) High Banks - 38th "Belleville Midget Nationals"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 25, 2015 - Tulare, California - Thunderbowl Raceway - "Peter Murphy Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.801; 2. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-15.859; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.927; 4. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-15.969; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.974; 6. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.007; 7. Austin Liggett, 81M, Watt-16.087; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-16.092; 9. Bud Kaeding, 29, Bowman-16.103; 10. Dwayne Marcum, 25, Yount-16.314; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.335; 12. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.351; 13. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-16.409; 14. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-16.426; 15. Shannon McQueen, 87, Van Meter-16.452; 16. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-16.461; 17. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-16.590; 18. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-16.648; 19. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.665; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 19, Sala-16.785; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.901; 22. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-16.914; 23. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-17.090; 24. Bryan Grier, 35, Grier-17.120; 25. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-17.151; 26. Koen Shaw, 92K, Shaw-17.219; 27. 27. Chris Dyson, 5K, Kruseman-17.427; 28. Nathan Johnson, E85, Johnson-17.529; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos- NT.

DASH: (4 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Swanson, 3. Rutherford, 4. Spencer. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Liggett, 3. Marcham, 4. Rutherford, 5. Deskins, 6. Mihocko, 7. Hurst, 8. Swanson, 9. Marcum. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.J.Johnson, 2. Roa, 3. Faccinto, 4. Spencer, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gardner, 7. Shaw, 8. Majors, 9. Faria. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Kaeding, 3. Mitchell, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Ennis, 6. Smith, 7. McQueen, 8. Dyson, 9. Grier. NT

SEMI: (Halted after 1 lap).

FEATURE: (23 laps - Halted by curfew) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Trey Marcham, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Kyle Smith, 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Tristan Guardino, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Ronnie Gardner, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Ryan Bernal, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Majors, 20. Dwayne Marcum, 21. Troy Rutherford 22. D.J. Johnson. NT

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**N.Johnson & Enos flipped during qualifications. Hurst and Swanson flipped during the first heat. Faria flipped during the second heat. Shaw flipped during the semi. D.J.Johnson and Bernal flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Kaeding, Laps 3-15 Bernal, Laps 16-23 Mitchell.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Faria-654, 2-R.VanderWeerd-545; 3-J.VandrWeerd-523, 4-Marcham-518, 5-D.J.Johnson-489, 6-Bernal-478, 7-Guardino-405, 8-Hurst-396, 9-Kaeding-334, 10-Roa-299.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: August 1- Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 25, 2015 - Shenandoah, Virginia - Shenandoah Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.650; 2. Carson Hocevar, 7, Radical-15.701; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.719; 4. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-15.752; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.832; .6 Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-15.880; 7. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.891; 8. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.984; 9. Jeremy Frankoski, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-16.007; 10, Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-16.007; 11. Fletcher Wulff, 4, Wulff-16.013.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Kyle Craker, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Jeremy Frankoski, 6. Carson Hocevar, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Jake Nelke, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. Fletcher Wulff, 11. Nic Davidson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bean, Laps 31-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-546, 2-Bean-479, 3-Layser-420, 4-Scott Hunter-415, 5-Craker-413, 6-Calvin Carroll-358, 7-Matt Lundstrom-351, 8-Hatfield-328, 9-Nelke-304, 10-Nikki Carroll-298.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Shenandoah (VA) Speedway

 

 

USAC SPECIAL EVENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 25, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome - "Tony Stewart Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS:1. Grant Galloway, 84, Galloway-11.851; 2. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-11.880; 3. Jeff Abold, 4, Seymour-11.884; 4. Kyle Hamilton, 33, Hamilton-11.959; 5. Jim Anderson, 199, Guess-11.974; 6. Teddy Beach, 15, Beach-12.009; 7. Blly Wease, 98, Burrow-12.028; 8. Kevin Studley, 57k, Studley-12.033; 9. Robby Parish, 7k, Irwin-12.048; 10. Derek Bischak, 31, Diversified Motorsports-12.052; 11. Gabby Chaves, 9c, USAC-12.056; 12. Nick Hamilton, 32, Hamilton-12.130; 13. Ross Rankine, 15R, USAC-12.136; 14. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-12.160; 15. Chase Jones, 27, SFH/RW-12.259; 16. Spencer Bayston, 9, 3-K-12.274; 17. Dave Baumgartner, 9B, Ryder-12.307; 18. Dameron Taylor, 8, Taylor-12.414; 19. Joey Burrow, 49, Burrow-12.416; 20. Jacob Taylor, 11, Taylor-12.581; 21. Kyle O'Gara, 27T, SFH-12.583; 22. Jon Laski, 01, Laski-(12.390 time disallowed); 23. Dameron Taylor, 61, Kenyon-(time disallowed due to driver change); 24. Austin Nemire, 19, O'Connell-25. Travis Welpott, 18, Gorman-NT; 26. Kyle O'Gara, 99, Guess-NT; 27. Andy Nock, 17k, Irwin-NT.

DASH: (6 laps) 1. K.Hamilton, 2. Anderson, 3. Nuckles, 4. Abold, 5. Galloway, 6. Beach. NT

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Parish, 2. Anderson, 3. Rankine, 4. Galloway, 5. K.O'Gara, 6. Baumgartner. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Beach, 2. Nuckles, 3. Smith, 4. Bischak, 5. D.Taylor (#8). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Burrow, 2. Baumgartner, 3. Wease, 4. Abold, 5. Jones, 6. Laski. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K.Hamilton, 2. N.Hamilton, 3. Bayston, 4. Studley, 5. J.Taylor. NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Jones, 2. K.O'Gara, 3. D.Taylor, 4. Laski, 5. J.Taylor. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Grant Galloway, 3. Kevin Studley, 4. Ross Rankine, 5. Gabby Chaves, 6. Jim Anderson, 7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Joey Burrow, 10. Jake Smith, 11. Dameron Taylor, 12. Bryan Nuckles, 13, Jon Laski, 14, Jacob Taylor, 15. Teddy Beach, 16. Billy Wease, 17. Jeff Abold, 18, Robby Parish, 19. Chase Jones, 20. Dave Baumgartner, 21. Brad Armstrong (#61), 22. Derek Bischak, 23. Nick Hamilton, 24. Andy Nock, 25. Andy O'Gara (#99). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Wease, Laps 14-100 K.Hamilton.

 

 

TANNER TOPS KODY IN SILVER CROWN SIBLING DUEL FOR "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" WIN

Brownsburg, Indiana.......Tanner Swanson continued his dominance on the pavement side of the Silver Crown Series schedule as he passed his brother Kody two-thirds of the way through Thursday's "Rich Vogler Classic" 100-lapper and took off for a comfortable 5.366-second victory in the Bowman Racing - Banjo Products #2 Beast/Kistler Chevy. The non-stop race was completed in 37 minutes and 25 seconds.

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to race with these guys, and to get to battle with my brother for the win. I had an awesome race car tonight. I got snookered on the start and fell back to about seventh, so I tried to just get to some clean air and get some laps laid down. These things can go all 100, so I tried to run those top two down. I put some pressure on Kody just to see what I had, and I didn't know what I had either. We didn't have brakes for a while to end the race, so it got hairy a few times. Rich Vogler passed away about six months to the day before I was born, so all I really know about him are through the highlight reels, and there are plenty of them, so it's cool to win a race dedicated to him," Tanner Swanson said.

Aaron Pierce took the lead after setting ProSource "Fast Time" for the night's pole position. Kody Swanson was quickly on him, though, and took the lead on lap three as Pierce back-pedaled through the top-ten. Tanner's teammate for the night, 1999 series champion Ryan Newman, moved to second, with defending race winner David Byrne and most recent pavement Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos also lined up in front of Tanner, who ran fifth on lap ten.

Tanner started his ascent through the field right then, however, as he disposed of Santos and Byrne to leave them in a nearly race-long battle for fourth.

On lap 32, Tanner went by Newman for second, but the lead trio stayed in tight formation for much of the race as they carved through traffic. By halfway, they had lapped up to the tenth spot, and Tanner appeared ready to pounce for the top spot.

While coming up on a slower car, Tanner darted to the inside of Kody on lap 57 to make a bid for the lead, making it three-wide with the slower car as Kody slipped away to hold the lead. Tanner looked again to the inside down the frontstretch into turn-one on the next lap, but settled back in behind his brother.

Tanner Swanson, in his Bowman Racing #02, passed his brother, Kody, to take the lead on lap 66 of the 100-lap race. The Swanson brothers have combined to lead 497 of the previous 500 laps in USAC Silver Crown competition at Lucas Oil Raceway dating back to May of 2013. (David Nearpass Photo)

Again coming up on slower cars, this time Kody looked low into turn-three on lap 66 as Tanner jumped to the outside, circling for the lead as they exited onto the fronstretch and sliding to the bottom in front of Kody to work past the slower cars, now with the lead. From there, Tanner was untouchable, lapping up to sixth in the closing circuits to leave Kody to settle for second while lengthening his point lead in the DePalma Motorsports - Radio Hospital #63 Beast/Hampshire.

"This is two or three years and quite a few races where I've run second or third on pavement. Last year when we were here, we struggled to stay on the lead lap against Tanner, and this time we made him work for it for a little while. This 63 team doesn't quit, and we're always getting better. We're gaining on it and nobody here is giving up, so we're looking forward to trying it again," Kody Swanson said.

Nearly six seconds behind Kody was Newman, turning a rare appearance with the series into a podium finish aboard the Bowman/Armstrong Racing - Bricker's Pub #21 Beast/Chevy.

"I've gotta thank Mike Bowman and his whole group for letting me come out and run. They could roll the corner a bit better and easier than I could, while I had to cowboying it some and sliding my tires more than I wanted. When Tanner got the lead, I tried to save my tires and bide my time, but we just never caught a caution. It wasn't quite what we wanted, but we were better than last year," Newman said.

Santos finally cleared Byrne late in the race to take fourth in the DJ Racing - Simpson Race Products #22 Beast/VDS Chevy, and Windom snuck into the top-five late in the going after starting ninth in the Fred Gormly - RPM Auto Enterprise #98 Beast/Mopar.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 23, 2015 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.006; 2. Ryan Newman, 121, Bowman/Armstrong-21.019; 3. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.117; 4. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.173; 5. Bobby Santos, 122, DJ-21.187; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.192; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.294; 8. Jacob Wilson, 07, Wilson-21.310; 9. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-21.328; 10. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-21.365; 11. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-21.574; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/Six-R-21.614; 13. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-21.625; 14. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-21.692; 15. Jarett Andretti, 4, Andretti-21.705; 16. Tim Barber, 28, Finkenbinder-22.018; 17. Jimmy McCune, 81, Williams-22.277; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.531; 19. Tad Roach, 84, Spivey-26.489.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Tanner Swanson, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. Ryan Newman, 4. Bobby Santos, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Aaron Pierce, 7. David Byrne, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. A.J. Fike, 10. Austin Nemire, 11. Rex Norris III, 12. Joe Axsom, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Tim Barber, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jacob Wilson, 18. Jimmy McCune, 19. Tad Roach. 37:25.11 ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Pierce, Laps 3-65 K.Swanson, Laps 66-100 T.Swanson. UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Friday, July 31, 2015

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Series

TRACK: Belleville High Banks (Belleville, Kansas) - 1/2 mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "Hustle on the High Banks"

STARTING TIMES: Ticket window opens at 3pm Gates open at 5pm Hot Laps 6:30pm Racing at 7:30pm

TICKET PRICES: Adult General Admission: $25 Adult General Admission: Bottom 4 rows $20 Kids Age 6-12: $10 Pit Pass: $30

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TULARE HOSTS SATURDAY’S $4,000-TO-WIN “PETER MURPHY CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 22, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series are back in action this Saturday, July 25th, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “2nd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also showcase the winged King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials will begin at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

A special thanks goes to Peter Murphy and his family for making Saturday’s event one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule. In addition to the series contingencies, the fast qualifier will earn $400 ($300 plus $100 Woodland Auto Display Award), the hard charger will take home $200, and $400 will be awarded to the racer with the longest tow. There will also be a special 4-lap, 4-car “Dash for Cash” with the fastest four qualifiers paying $500 to first, $400 for second, $300 to third, and $200 to fourth. The winner of the main event will earn $4,000 and a custom helmet, second will pocket $2,000, third will get $1,200, and fourth will take home $1,000. The action packed feature will pay $400-to-start and the purse is posted at the end of this release.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21, the Australian native won non-winged championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprint Cars. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks fourth on the series win list. In addition, he posted one fast time award and still holds the track record at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Returning to the winged 410s, Murphy was very competitive until injuries sustained in a July 2013 crash forced his retirement as a driver. Still a great ambassador for sprint car racing, he has worked behind the scenes to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” a successful event to rave reviews and higher purses. Last year, Ryan Bernal won the unsanctioned non-wing 360 feature and Jonathan Allard scored the King of the West triumph.

Since March 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-six USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten wins, including two of the four appearances in 2015. On March 13th, Bernal broke his old 1-lap qualifying track record and set the new standard at 15.133. Other Tulare winners are Bud Kaeding (5), Richard Vander Weerd (3), Kyle Larson (2), Craig Stidham (2), Dean Alexander (1), Danny Faria Jr. (1), Dennis Howell (1), and Peter Murphy (1). Saturday’s race will be the fifth of six dates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile clay oval.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. of Tipton, California sits atop the standings with a 121-point lead over the competition. Racing Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was the fast qualifier at Hanford on June 27th and ran a close second to Richard Vander Weerd. To date, the 2013 Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one high-point driver award, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led. Currently ranked fifth on the West Coast win list, “Hollywood” will be looking to make the “Peter Murphy Classic” his eighth feature victory.

After winning the June 27th feature at Hanford, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd has climbed to second in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led to his credit. The 2011 Champion is second on the series win list and will have his sights on the $4,000 payday at Tulare.

Jace Vander Weerd of Visalia, California is third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd placed eighth at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Heading to the “Peter Murphy Classic,” the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main Win, and nineteen top-10 finishes on the season. Currently tied with Davey Pombo and T.J. Smith for eighth on the West Coast win list, Jace will be looking to score his fifth main event win.

Stockton, California’s D.J. Johnson sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson ran sixth in the Hanford main event. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year is tied with Danny Faria Jr. for the series lead with four heat race victories on the season. In addition, he has posted one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led. At Thunderbowl Raceway, D.J. will have his sights on his claiming his first series win at the “Peter Murphy Classic.”

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has risen to fifth in the championship standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham ran a strong race at Hanford and claimed fifth at the checkered flags. As this writing goes to press, the leading Rookie of the Year contender has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. Trey continues to improve as he looks to earn his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature triumph.

While Marcham leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, California’s Tristan Guardino, Shannon McQueen, and Ryan Timmons are also in contention. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Bernal, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Jeff Sibley, Bud Kaeding, Brody Roa, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Johnathon Henry, Kevin Barnes, Matt Mitchell, Kyle Smith, “The Wild Child” Chris Ennis, Ronnie Gardner, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- PETER MURPHY CLASSIC PURSE: 1. $4,000; 2. $2,000; 3. $1,200; 4. $1,000; 5. $900; 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $600, 9. $550; 10. $500; 11. $400; 12. $400; 13. $400; 14. $400; 15. $400; 16. $400; 17. $400; 18. $400; 19. $400; 20. $400; 21. $400; 22. $400.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell.

2015 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Ryan Bernal, 2- Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Stevie Sussex.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Danny Faria Jr.-600, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-479, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-478, 4. D.J. Johnson-468, 5. Trey Marcham-467, 6. Ryan Bernal-451, 7. Landon Hurst-393, 8. Tristan Guardino-370, 9. Jeff Sibley-291, 10. Bud Kaeding-279, 11. Brody Roa-256, 12. Austin Liggett-215, 13. Troy Rutherford-201, 14. Shannon McQueen-186, --. Max Adams-186, 16. Colby Copeland-166, 17. Jonathan Henry-144, 18. Kevin Barnes-142, 19. Matt Mitchell-114, 20. Jake Swanson-101, --. Kyle Smith-101.

 

 

WATCH "RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" TRIBUTE VIDEO HERE

Twenty-five years ago, the racing world lost legendary, 7-time USAC national champion Rich Vogler. Join us to celebrate the life and career of "Rapid Rich" this Thursday night, July 23rd at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for the "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Among the entrants for this event are 1999 Silver Crown champ and 2013 Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman, defending race winner David Byrne, defending series champ Kody Swanson and his brother, Tanner Swanson, who has won 3 of the last 4 Silver Crown races at Lucas Oil Raceway. Cars hit the track at 5:45pm.

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" INFORMATION

DATE: Thursday, July 23, 2015

SERIES: USAC Silver Crown Series

TRACK: Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, Indiana) - .686-mile, slightly-banked paved oval

EVENT: "Rich Vogler Classic" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series and the Mid-American Stock Car Series

STARTING TIMES: Pit Gate Opens 2:00pm Spectator Gates Open 5:00pm Silver Crown Practice 5:45pm Silver Crown Qualifying 6:45pm Opening Ceremonies 7:15pm Late Model Race 7:30pm Silver Crown Race 8:30pm

TICKET PRICES: Adult General Admission: $25 Children (age 5-12) General Admission: $10 **Bring a ticket stub from any 2015 "Indiana Sprint Week" event and receive $5 off regular general admission price. Pit Pass: $40 Purchase advance tickets at: www.eventbrite.com

TRACK ADDRESS: 10267 E US Hwy 136, Indianapolis, IN 46234

TRACK PHONE: (317) 291-4090

TRACK WEBSITE: www.lucasoilraceway.com

 

 

Honda USAC Western Midget Series

MICHAEL FACCINTO WINS THRILLER AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 21, 2015... In one of the closest finishes in the history of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series, Michael Faccinto of Hanford, California emerged victorious at Petaluma Speedway. Racing past Ronnie Gardner in a late race surge to the checkered flag, Michael earned the BCRA co-sanctioned triumph. Shannon McQueen was third, Cory Elliott took fourth, and Nick Chivello stormed to fifth from fifteenth.

Looking for her first win of the year, polesitter Shannon McQueen led the first twelve circuits. The veteran racer jumped the turn-two cushion and Ronnie Gardner took advantage. Starting eighth, the two-time champion sailed to the lead and began to run away from the pack. In search of his fourteenth series victory, Gardner had extended his lead to over a straightaway. It would not last as a yellow flag would bunch the field. On the restart, Ronnie got an excellent jump and controlled the main event. Behind the leader, racers were battling hard for position, but another late race caution halted the action.

With two laps to go, Faccinto powered by Ronnie Gardner to grab the top spot. The determined drivers raced hard and exchanged the lead back and forth several times. With the checkered flag waving, the duo charged out of turn four with Faccinto on the outside and Gardner on the bottom. Getting a huge bite off the Petaluma clay, Gardner executed a huge wheelie down the front straightaway and past the finish line. However, the night belonged to Faccinto, who claimed the main event win by .105 seconds.

Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / 3 Girls Spike, Michael Faccinto earned his second victory of the campaign. Qualifying tenth out of the twenty-seven racers in the pit area, Michael also won the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The second generation driver left Petaluma tied for sixth in the point chase with one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Award, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner had to settle for second in the 30-lap main event. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner earned his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and placed third in his heat race. With the runner-up finish, Ronnie has taken over the point lead with two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California took third at the checkered flags. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was ninth quick in time trials and won the 8-lap Saldana Racing Products / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. The former champion has climbed to second in the point standings with five top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led on the season.

In his second start of the season, Bakersfield, California’s Cory Elliott sliced his way to fourth at Petaluma after starting twelfth. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified thirteenth overall and took fourth in his heat race. To date, Cory has recorded one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

Nick Chivello of Manteca, California earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a fifth place run from fifteenth. Piloting the family owned #27 Rodgers Trucking / America’s Tire Spike, Chivello had a penalty in qualifications for missing the scales and ran second to Taylor Simas in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year left Petaluma ranked eighth in the standings with one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led in the campaign.

Bakersfield, California’s Sean Dodenhoff won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff was eighth fast in time trials and scored seventh in the feature. To date, Sean sits tenth in the chase for the championship with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and one top-10 finish.

Taylor Simas of Orland, California claimed victory in the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Racing Doug Bock’s #62 Carson R&D / Astro Titanium Spike, Simas qualified third overall, scored eighth in his heat race, and placed thirteenth in the feature after a late tangle erased a top-five run from sixteenth.

The Honda USAC Western Midgets will take a break in the schedule and will return to action at the famed Calistoga Speedway on September 5th and 6th. Also showcasing the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, the “8th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will open the “First Annual California Midget Week.” For more event information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2015 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway - (Co-sanctioned by BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.382; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.693; 3. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.709; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.718; 5. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.848; 6. Scott Pierovich, 31, Pierovich-14.850; 7. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.884; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.909; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.969; 10. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.974; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.029; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.089; 13. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.107; 14. Nick Foster, 9E, Dodenhoff-15.133; 15. Scott Kinney, 27C, Blackwell-15.198; 16. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.203; 17. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.274; 18. Rick Holbrook, 46, Holbrook-15.412; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 20. Gary Conterno, 55X, Conterno-15.602; 21. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.733; 22. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-15.923; 23. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-16.191; 24. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.224; 25. Tommy McCarthy, 27B, Blackwell-16.381; 26. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-NT; 27. Johnathon Henry, 77K, Bailey-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Elliott, 5. Swanson, 6. Howard, 7. Donaldson, 8. McCarthy. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Foster, 3. Nichols, 4. Gard, 5. Pankratz, 6. Chivello, 7. Lindsey, 8. Waite, 9. Conterno. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / KEIZER WHEELS HEAT RACE #3: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Pierovich, 3. Holbrook, 4. Cofer, 5. Kinney, 6. Alvis, 7. Williams, 8. Simas. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Simas, 2. Chivello, 3. Howard, 4. Bock, 5. Waite, 6. Kinney, 7. McCarthy, 8. Alvis, 9. Williams, 10. Lindsey, 11. Donaldson, 12. Conterno. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (7th), 2. Ronnie Gardner (8th), 3. Shannon McQueen (1st), 4. Cory Elliott (12th), 5. Nick Chivello (15th), 6. Frankie Guerrini (6th), 7. Sean Dodenhoff (2nd), 8. Randi Pankratz (5th), 9. Terry Nichols (10th), 10. Maria Cofer (9th), 11. Rick Holbrook (13th), 12. Cody Swanson (3rd), 13. Taylor Simas (16th), 14. Sparky Howard (18th), 15. Scott Kinney (14th), 16. Nick Foster (11th), 17. Tommy McCarthy (19th), 18. Britton Bock (17th), 19. Scott Pierovich (4th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 McQueen, Laps 13-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Faccinto. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Nick Chivello (15th to 5th)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-294, 2. Shannon McQueen-277, 3. Cody Swanson-260, 4. Terry Nichols-243, 5. Trey Marcham-209, 6. Michael Faccinto-167, -. Scott Pierovich-167, 8. Nick Chivello-166, 9. Randi Pankratz-146, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-130, 11. Brian Gard-121, 12. Steve Davis-114, 13. Danny Faria, Jr.-92, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, --. Nate Waite-42, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27, 21. Tyler Dolacki-25.

 

 

"TONY STEWART CLASSIC" AT THE LINCOLN TECH INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDROME

OFFERS SHEPHERD INSURANCE "TAIL GUNNER BONUS" MONEY;

USAC "HALL OF FAME" INDUCTIONS SET FOR SATURDAY

A $5,000 winner's share of the purse and a $10,000 cash bonus posted by Shepherd Insurance will make this Saturday night's Inaugural "Tony Stewart Midget Classic" at the Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedway a signature event as part of the activities surrounding this weekend's "Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard" NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Saluting the USAC Triple Crown Champion who was "Rookie of the Year" in the track's 1991 USAC Regional Midget series, this race hopes to spearhead a resurgence of pavement Midget racing in America. The 100-lap feature race is slated for a 9 pm green flag following a full day of preliminary activities.

Also on the docket is the 2015 USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, scheduled to start at 6:45 pm on the track's front stretch. Inductees among the fourth class to be honored this year are (in alphabetical order) Clint Brawner, Jimmy Caruthers, Butch Hartman, Lindsey Hopkins, Jim Hurtubise, Don Kenyon, Sheldon Kinser, Fred Lorenzen, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Shorty Templeman and Sleepy Tripp.

Kyle O'Gara and Kyle Hamilton are among early favorites for Saturday's race. O'Gara, brother-in-law of Indianapolis 500 veteran Sarah Fisher, has won five times in the Kenyon Midget series so far this year, including two victories at the Speedrome. Hamilton, USAC's 2012 Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year," is also a pavement standout. Entries continue to be filed and Kenyon Midget point leader Dameron Taylor and USAC National Midget rookie Spencer Bayston are also pre-entered.

In addition to the sizeable purse postings, Shepherd Insurance has created the "Tail Gunner Bonus," a $10,000 award for a driver who elects, at the mandatory 75-lap intermission break, to restart last and win the 100-lap race. The offer will be made to the race leader at 75 laps, unless he declines. If so, the second place driver will receive the offer and if he declines the offer will go to the third-place driver, where the offer ends.

The Lincoln Tech Indianapolis Speedrome is USAC's most active track in history. A total of 496 feature events have been conducted there in numerous disciplines. The track also produced Tony Stewart's inaugural USAC victory, on August 9, 1991.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee), 2. Kenny Schrader (#29 Seymour), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Chris Donnelly (#17 Donnelly), 6. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 7. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 8. Barry Kittredge (#21 Kittredge), 9. Lauren Byrd (#21 Burd), 10. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 2. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 5. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 6. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 7. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 8. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 9. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 10. Rob Williams (#96 Williams). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Miller, 2. Pierson, 3. Sunn, 4. Whitney, 5. Schrader, 6. M.Chaffee, 7. K.Chaffee, 8. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Scott Holcomb, 3. Ray Miller, 4. Derek Graham, 5. Jeff Champagne, 6. Kenny Schrader, 7. Josh Sunn, 8. Adam Whitney, 8. Kenney Johnson, 10. Mike Chafrfee, 11. Chris Donnelly, 12. Dean Christensen, 13. Jeff Horn, 14. Alex Rose, 15. Lauren Byrd, 16. Kevin Chaffee, 17. Barry Kittredge, 18. Rob Williams. NT

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**Gallant flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 M.Chaffee, Laps 3-14 Champagne, Laps 15-22 Holcomb, Laps 23-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-515, 2-Sunn-497, 3-Christensen-420, 4-Holcomb-396, 5-K.Chaffee-393, 6-Horn-355, 7-Johnson-340, 8-Whitney-313, 9-Miller-306, 10-M.Chaffee-230.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: August 8 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Petaluma, California - Petaluma Speedway (Co-santcioned by BCRA)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.382; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8X, Pankratz-14.693; 3. Taylor Simas, 62, Bock-14.709; 4. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.718; 5. Brian Gard, 88, Arata-14.848; 6. Scott Pierovich, 35, Pierovich-14.850; 7. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.884; 8. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.909; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.969; 10. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.974; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.029; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.089; 13. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.107; 14. Nick Foster, 9E, Dodenhoff-15.133; 15. Scott Kinney, 27C, Blackwell-15.198; 16. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-15.203; 17. Bill Lindsey, 8, Lindsey-15.274; 18. Rick Holbrook, 46, Holbrook-15.412; 19. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 20. Gary Conterno, 55X, Conterno-15.602; 21. Floyd Alvis, 11F, Champion-15.733; 22. Michael Donaldson, 9, Donaldson-15.923; 23. Nate Waite, 35W, Waite-16.191; 24. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.224; 25. Tommy McCarthy, 27B, Blackwell-16.381; 26. Nick Chivello, 27, Chivello-NT; 27. Johnathon Henry, 77K, Henry-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Elliott, 5. Swanson, 6. Howard, 7. Donaldson, 8. McCarthy. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Foster, 3. Nichols, 4. Gard, 5. Pankratz, 6. Chivello, 7. Lindsey, 8. Waite, 9. Conterno. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Pierovich, 3. Holbrook, 4. Cofer, 5. Kinney, 6. Alvis, 7. Williams, 8. Simas. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Simas, 2. Chivello, 3. Howard, 4. Bock, 5. Waite, 6. Kinney, 7. McCarthy, 8. Alvis, 9. Williams, 10. Lindsey, 11. Donaldson, 12. Conterno. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Shannon McQueen, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Nick Chivello, 6. Frankie Guerrini, 7. Sean Dodenhoff, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Terry Nichols, 10. Maria Cofer, 11. Rick Holbrook, 12. Cody Swanson, 13. Taylor Simas, 14. Sparky Howard, 15. Scott Kinney, 16. Nick Foster, 17. Tommy McCarthy, 18. Britton Bock, 19. Scott Pierovich. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 McQueen, Laps 13-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Faccinto.

NEW HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-294, 2-McQueen-277, 3-C.Swanson-260, 4-Nichols-243, 5-Trey Marcham-209, 6-Faccinto-167, 7-Pierovich-167, 8-Chivello-166, 9-Pankratz-146, 10-Dodenhof-130.

NEXT HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 5 - Calistoga (CA) Speedway - "Louie Vermeil Classic"

 

 

SHORT ENDS DROUGHT WITH HAUBSTADT SCORE; BALLOU WINS "SPRINT WEEK" TITLE

Haubstadt, Indiana.......Brady Short ended an over-four-year winless streak in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series by closing "Indiana Sprint Week" with the victory in Saturday's 30-lap feature at Tri-State Speedway, and Robert Ballou charged from tenth to finish fourth to clinch his first Sprint Week title.

Short started from the pole, but Chris Windom took the lead from the outside at the onset. He opened up a lead in the first few laps, as Ballou quickly pressured Brady Bacon for position, one which would decide the Sprint Week title, as the duo came into the feature separated by just two points.

Windom was out front and still pulling the front wheels on lap nine before encountering traffic just two laps later, as Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Brady Short began to close the gap along with Chase Stockon.

Thomas reeled Windom in and went side-by-side with him on lap twelve and stayed in his shadow until lap sixteen, when they again battled wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch before Thomas cleared him for the lead.

As the lead pack stayed bottled in traffic, Short disposed of Windom on lap twenty for second. He put himself just a few car lengths back of Thomas on lap 22 as they raced into turn-one, with Thomas up higher and getting caught behind a slower car getting sideways in front of them. Short darted past on the bottom, going on to win by 1.157 seconds aboard the Sipe's Body & Glass - Indiana Stone Works #11P Maxim/SPEC in a race that took just over seven minutes to complete. It was the first USAC win for car owner Cam Pottorff.

"It's huge to get a win again in USAC. It's so tough out here. It's no secret, I've buried myself a lot in qualifying. I knew if I hit my marks tonight and gave us a decent spot, we'd have a good shot. Traffic is huge here, and you've got to know how to maneuver around them. If you can get your car to pin and run off the bottom, you're a lot better off. The motor was getting way hot the last few laps and starting to lose power, but luckily it made it to the end. Coming down here is always a blast and we have some great races with those guys, and it feels good to come out on top of them," Short said.

Ballou finally entered the top-five on lap 26, as he passed Josh Hodges, who had a strong run going but was visibly overheating. He then ran down Stockon in the closing laps to take fourth in the Blakesley Auto - TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott, joining the list of "Indiana Sprint Week" titlists by a final margin by 17 points. In addition to the $5,000 winner's share for the week, he took the coveted Bridgeport rocking chair supplied by John Youngs.

"I never really paid attention to points much, but I've figured it out this week and realized you've got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I've always said you shouldn't win a championship if you don't win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rainouts, kinda play in our favor to help us. This is a tough place, and I know all the races we run here helps us a lot. Brady is fast and good, and I knew he'd fight us hard if he could, so to get by him early was kind of a relief. We were just a bit off tonight, but got up through there a bit to get the job done. As always, I have to thank Derrick Bye for all the work he puts into this operation, along with all the people on this race car who help us," Ballou said.

Thomas came home second and showed the heartbreak of a close miss on the week-long championship, as he also finished as runner-up for the week in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

"That was everything we had, laid out there, since we ran 12th at Terre Haute and knew we had a lot to make up. We did everything we could the last couple nights, but it wasn't enough. Once again, we had some bad luck with the weather taking away some great opportunities this week. You gotta have some luck and be on your game every night this week to get the rocking chair, and we just had those small bad breaks. This week is so mentally straining and try to get every single point every time you're out there. Tonight, we were really good but just caught a couple lappers a little wrong being out front. It's a tough place to get around, and traffic can be a real headache. This place is hell on wheels for 30 laps, and tonight we came up just short," Thomas said.

Windom's fine run closed on the podium as he steered the Rick Pollock - Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced to a seventh-place overall finish for the week.

"To be honest, I wouldn't expect this when we first came here. Rick and I tried some different things here, and it was actually really good. Leading laps here and lapping cars is something I'm not used to in a while. It's nice to finish off with a good night to end Sprint Week. We had some good nights and could have had some really good ones, but rain stopped those. Once we got to traffic tonight, I just didn't quite have the grip and they could hustle the middle harder than me, and that's when they got me," Windom said.

Chase Stockon finished up fifth in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, with Hodges sixth and Kyle Cummins finishing up 7th after starting 16th to earn the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award," worth $300 on the night in the memory of sprint car fan and former official Larry Williams, who died while traveling to the Sprint Week event at Terre Haute on Wednesday.

Justin Grant took the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing eighth in the feature.

Brady Bacon finished up third in Sprint Week points after coming into the night as the leader before finishing 11th in the feature.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night's American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer from the Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2015 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.421; 2. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.429; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.436; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.444; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.454; 6. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.520; 7. Brady Short, 11P, Pottorff-13.523; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.525; 9. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.535; 10. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.539; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti Autosport Short Track-13.555; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.579; 13. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.585; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.587; 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.645; 16. Kyle Cummins, 3c, Cummins-13.653; 17. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.687; 18. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.706; 19. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.830; 20. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.843; 21. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.870; 22. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.871; 23. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.893; 24. Jeff Bland, Jr., 04, Burton-13.917; 25. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.948; 26. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.948; 27. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.227; 28. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.233; 29. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.493; 30. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.571; 31. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-14.685; 32. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.659; 33. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.663; 34. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Thomas, 3. Boespflug, 4. Grant, 5. Courtney, 6. Shuman, 7. C. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Ballou, 3. Hodges, 4. Windom, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gross, 8. Brackett. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Stockon, 3. Bland, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Daum, 6. Andretti, 7. Schmidt, 8. Knipp. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jackson, 2. Cummins, 3. Bacon, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Leary, 6. Weir, 7. Gentry, 8. Bell. 2:18.92

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Courtney, 3. Weir, 4. Andretti, 5. Swanson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Schmidt, 8. Shuman, 9. Gentry, 10. Knipp, 11. Bell, 12. Daum, 13. C. Short. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Short, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 3. Chris Windom, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Brady Bacon, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Scotty Weir, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Jeff Bland, Jr., 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Tyler Courtney, 21. Dakota Jackson, 22. Jake Swanson. 7:31.50 ---------------------------- **Brackett flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Windom, Laps 16-21 Thomas, Laps 22-30 B. Short.

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 18, 2015 - Asheboro, North Carolina - Caraway Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Matt Lundstrom, 2, Lundstrom-17.366; 2. Calvin Carroll, 24, Carroll-17.377; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-17.386; 4. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-17.413; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-17.458; 6. Kyle Craker, 12, Craker-17.480; 7. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-17.487; 8. Nikki Carroll, 5, Carroll-17.526; 9. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-17.674; 10. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-17.697; 11. George Kurtz, 7, Radical-17.730; 12. Eric Lewis, 21, Leydig-17.932;

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Matt Lundstrom, 3. Scott Hunter, 4. Calvin Carroll, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Kyle Craker, 7. Jessica Bean, 8. Nikki Carroll, 9. Sam Hatfield, 10. George Kurtz, 11. Nic Davidson, 12. Eric Lewis. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-480, 2-Hunter-415, 3-Layser-365, 4-Craker-356, 5-C.Carroll-353, 6-Lundstrom-351, 7-Bean-310, 8-N.Carroll-298, 9-Hatfield-292, 10-Nelke-265.

NEXT USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 25 - Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 17, 2015 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.854; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-10.860; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-10.938; 4. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-10.985; 5. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-10.998; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-10.998; 7. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR/Eberhardt-11.010; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.017; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.049; 10. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.057; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-11.066; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.084; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-11.114; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.120; 15. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.127; 16. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-11.151; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-11.153; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.157; 19. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-11.175; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-11.209; 21. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-11.232; 22. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.249; 23. Carson Short, 21, Short-11.260; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.263; 25. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-11.311; 26. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-11.321; 27. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.324; 28. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.327; 29. Jeff Bland, 04, Burton-11.353; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-11.370; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-11.372; 32. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-11.450; 33. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-11.499; 34. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-11.569; 35. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-12.071; 36. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-NT; 37. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Coons, 3. Windom, 4. Shuman, 5. Bilbee, 6. Bacon, 7. Hodges, 8. VanGilder, 9. Bland. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. B.Short, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Jackson, 4. Stockon, 5. Ballou, 6. Darland, 7. Weir, 8. Christian, 9. Babcock. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Beauchamp, 3. C.Short, 4. Thomas, 5. McGhee, 6. Courtney, 7. Swanson, 8. Jarrett, 9 .Bell. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Farney, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Knipp, 7. Dakus, 8. Andretti, 9. K.Wissmiller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Hodges, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Courtney, 7. McGhee, 8. Weir, 9. Bland, 10. Babcock, 11. Christian, 12. K.Wissmiller, 13. Swanson, 14. Knipp, 15. VanGilder, 16. Andretti, 17. Jarrett, 18. Bilbee, 19. Bell, 20. Dakus. NT

FEATURE EVENT RAINED OUT (Postponed with an announcement regarding the feature status to be made at 2 pm Saturday)

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**Simon flipped during qualifying. Babcock flipped during the second heat. Dakus flipped during the fourth heat. Bilbee flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Ballou-1,214, 2-Stockon-1,168, 3-Darland-1,156, 4-Bacon-1,084, 5-Stanbrough-1,062, 6-Thomas-1,001, 7-Tracy Hines-818, 8-Leary-790, 9-Windom-727, 10-Farney-706. (Pending completion of Bloomington program)

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bacon-252, 2-Ballou-249, 3-Thomas-224, 4-Darland-215, 5-Schuerenberg-214, 6-Stanbrough-189, 7-Coons-179, 8-Boespflug-171, 9-Windom-166, 10-Weir-156.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 18 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

BACON DEFEATS NEMESIS LINCOLN PARK FOR "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK" WIN

Putnamville, Indiana.......Brady Bacon listed Lincoln Park Speedway as his arch nemesis heading into Thursday night's Round 5 of "Indiana Sprint Week," but the defending AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion reversed his recent showings at the Putnamville, Indiana oval to pick up his fifth win of the year.

Bacon led at the outset from the front row as polesitter Max McGhee took the second spot while Kevin Thomas, Jr. got rolling early on the high side to take third. A caution on lap eight saw Jerry Coons, Jr. in the fourth spot, but he was on the move forward using the bottom.

A red flag on Lap 13 for Jake Swanson set up a restart that Coons used to take the lead, as he rotated underneath Bacon through turns one and two and powered down the backstretch in front. Bacon battled back, though, and he worked back in front of Coons on lap 14 just before the final caution of the night.

The final half of the race saw Bacon perform flawlessly down low on the speedway, as Thomas, Jr. finally cleared Coons for second and came after him using the extreme high side of the track. He closed to within a few car lengths before Bacon pulled away again. At the line, Bacon held a .596-second advantage to take his 13th career victory, tying him for 38th all-time with Don Branson and Steve Chassey. It was also the 91st victory for the famed Hoffman Auto Racing - Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"It's no secret that this place has had our number, but we've worked and worked and tried everything we could think of to try to make this car better here. We measured and cut on this car, and my Hoffman guys are just tireless workers who always put in the effort to get us better. I had one bad lap on the restart where my line had gone away some and the bottom was worked in enough for Jerry to sneak under me. I just got back after him and hit my marks to keep it out front after that," Bacon said.

Thomas rebounded from a tough Wednesday night to take home the runner-up spot after relentlessly trying every line imaginable in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

"One and two worked for me early on, but it was my big problem at the end. We were rolling right through three and four and get a great run, but I couldn't finish on the other end. It's a lot better than how we ran last night, and we needed to get back in the battle up front. Obviously we want to win, but it was a good night and we were going forward," Thomas said.

Coons held strong in the third spot to take another podium finish at Putnamville aboard the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.

"I was hoping I could sneak up there, and I had a good rhythm going on the bottom. I got him, and then I kinda goofed on my entry and he drove back by me when I screwed up. He got to the bottom more after that, and that yellow just cost me my rhythm or something, because we had nothing for him after that. It was a fun race coming from seventh, as tough as that is, and I'm happy with our run. We've definitely gotten better on that kinda race track and running that line," Coons said.

Hunter Schuerenberg continued his strong week with a fourth-place finish after capturing the ProSource "Fast Time Award" earlier in the night in the Epperson Painting - PPG #2E Spike/Claxton, and Brady Short came from 22nd to finish fifth and earn himself the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" in the Pottorff Logging - Sipe's Body & Glass #11P Maxim/SPEC.

Thomas Meseraull earned the night's American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the last transfer spot from the night's Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.953; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.097; 3. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.129; 4. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.214; 5. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.225; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.226; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.297; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.336; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-13.354; 10. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.381; 11. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.390; 12. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.394; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-13.419; 14. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.421; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.446; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.446; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.473; 18. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-13.496; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.498; 20. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.529; 21. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.583; 22. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.617; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.628; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.674; 25. Mitch Wissmiller, 1W, Wissmiller-13.678; 26. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.685; 27. Tyler Courtney, 4, THR-13.693; 28. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.717; 29. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-13.722; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-13.726; 31. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.778; 32. Bryan Clauson, 7, Clauson-13.800; 33. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.811; 34. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.838; 35. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-13.850; 36. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-13.852; 37. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.867; 38. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.868; 39. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.870; 40. Kevin Studley, 57x, Studley-14.026; 41. Kyle Wissmiller, 3x, Simmons-14.074; 42. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.488; 43. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.019; 44. Matt McDonald, 5M, McDonald-15.558; 45. Clyde Knipp, 13, Korte-15.608; 46. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-NT; 47. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. Stockon, 6. Farney, 7. Robbins, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. VanGilder, 10. Knipp, 11. Meseraull, 12. Smith. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Phillips, 3. McGhee, 4. K.Thomas, 5. Coons, 6. Gass, 7. B.Short, 8. Rose, 9. Andretti, 10. Ketcham, 11. Moore. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Boespflug, 4. Weir, 5. Leary, 6. Babcock, 7. Courtney, 8. Simon, 9. Shuman, 10. Bell, 11. J.Swanson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Hodges, 3. C.Short, 4. S.Cottle, 5. Clauson, 6. Jarrett, 7. Prock, 8. Studley, 9. McDonald, 10. DiMattia, 11. Grant. NT

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Farney, 3. B.Short, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock,6. Prock, 7. Studley, 8. K.Wissmiller, 9. Bell, 10. Knipp. 2:22.15

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. J.Swanson, 3. Leary, 4. B.Short, 5. Clauson, 6. Meseraull, 7. Grant, 8. Courtney, 9. Farney, 10. Rose, 11. Jarrett, 12. Shuman, 13. VanGilder, 14. Andretti, 15. Gass, 16. Stockon, 17. Ketcham, 18. Robbins, 19. Simon. 2:47.80

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brady Short, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Max McGhee, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Bryan Clauson, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Chris Phillips, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Jake Swanson, 21. Carson Short, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. C.J. Leary, 24. Mitch Wissmiller. NT ---------------------------- **Smith flipped during the first heat. Andretti flipped during the second heat. Grant flipped during the fourth heat. Swanson flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bacon, Lap 13 Coons, Laps 14-30 Bacon.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

QUEEN CREEK HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “MONSOON MADNESS”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 15, 2015... The cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will invade Arizona Speedway, this Saturday, July 18th. Located in Queen Creek, Arizona’s ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also showcase X-Mods, the Neils Garage Cabinets Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 8:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, fifteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Two-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nine wins, including the shows on April 18th and June 13th. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won his fourth Arizona Speedway triumph on May 16th and fresh off last Saturday’s win at Las Cruces, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin will be looking for his second win at Queen Creek.

Entering Saturday’s race, R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 56-point lead over the competition. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson raced from fifteenth to score seventh last Saturday in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To date, the second generation driver has seven feature wins, five heat race victories, one high-point driver award, one hard charger award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking for his series leading thirtieth victory this Saturday night.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed second in the Southern New Mexico Speedway feature. Heading to Queen Creek, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with twelve victories and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi finished third in last Saturday’s main event. To date, the defending Western World Champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the series win list, Matt will be looking for the $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

After racing from eighteenth to eighth last Saturday night, Tempe, Arizona’s Stevie Sussex has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied for sixth on the series win list, Stevie will have his sights on his fourth main event victory.

Josh Pelkey of Peoria, Arizona is fifth in the championship standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey did not compete in the “Border Tour” finale. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high-point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently ranked fourth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Josh will be looking for his sixth feature triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Nick Aiuto, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, Tom Ogle, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 9-R.J. Johnson, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 7-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-741, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-685, 3. Matt Rossi-666, 4. Stevie Sussex-607, 5. Josh Pelkey-592, 6. Mike Martin-563, 7. Brian Hosford-485, 8. Bruce St. James-447, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Dennis Gile-374, 11. Andy Reinbold-371, 12. Tye Mihocko-352, 13. Nick Aiuto-338, 14. Josh Shipley-318, 15. Shon Deskins-303, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

 

 

USAC WESTERN & BCRA MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 15, 2015... This Saturday, July 18th, the cars and stars of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series will battle with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race will also showcase the Wingless Spec Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, BCRA Vintage Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Petaluma Speedway has a strict state mandated sound rule if the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete. We recommend that racers use their quietest mufflers at Petaluma. Also, tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Saturday’s “BCRA Hall of Fame” Race will be the fifth appearance of the Honda USAC Western Midget Series at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural “Soares Classic” in 2012 and two-time and defending champion Ronnie Gardner has won the last three shows. Gardner also holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.200, set on October 5, 2013.

Heading to Petaluma, Cody Swanson of Covina, California holds a slim 2-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson ran fifth in the July 3rd “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. The former VRA Midget Champion has three top-10 finishes and will be looking to extend his point lead with a second USAC victory.

Corona, California’s Ronnie Gardner is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won Santa Maria’s “Doug Fort Memorial” on July 3rd. To date, the defending champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart for tenth on the series win list, Ronnie will have his sights on his fourteenth triumph.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California is third in the USAC Western Midget standings. Racing the family owned #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen finished third at Santa Maria Raceway. Heading to Petaluma, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes as she looks for her second Honda USAC Western Midget win.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham sits fourth in the Western point chase. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products TCR, Marcham was the DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger” with a second place run from ninth. To date, the former Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the season. At Petaluma, Trey will have his sights on claiming his fourth series victory.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols of Delano, California ranks fifth in the championship point standings. Driving his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols finished sixth in the 25-lap Santa Maria feature. Entering Saturday’s race, the 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Terry will be looking to earn his first series win at Petaluma Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Scott Pierovich, Nick Chivello, Brian Gard, Michael Faccinto, Randi Pankratz, Sean Dodenhoff, Tyler Dolacki, and more.

San Rafael, California’s Frankie Guerrini III leads the BCRA Midget point standings. Gary Conterno, Floyd Alvis, Mark Malipaard, J.R. Williams, Mike Snider, Scott Pierovich, Brian Gard, Cody Gerhart, and Sean Dodenhoff round out the top-10 drivers.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $18, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $15, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $15, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club’s website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner.

PETALUMA HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINNERS: 10/06/12: Shane Golobic, 06/15/03: Ronnie Gardner, 10/05/13: Ronnie Gardner, 08/09/04: Ronnie Gardner.

2015 HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto.

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Cody Swanson-227, 2. Ronnie Gardner-225, 3. Shannon McQueen-215, 4. Trey Marcham-209, 5. Terry Nichols-201, 6. Scott Pierovich-144, 7. Nick Chivello-115, 8. Brian Gard-114, --.Steve Davis-114, 10. Michael Faccinto-99, 11. Randi Pankratz-98, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-92, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, 18. Nate Waite-41, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27.

BCRA MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: (July 4) 1. Frankie Guerrini III-530, 2. Gary Conterno-520, 3. Floyd Alvis-510, 4. Mark Malipaard-395, 5. JR Williams-376, 6. Mike Snider-349, 7. Scott Pierovich-316, 8. Brian Gard-275, 9. Cody Gerhardt-241, 10. Sean Dodenhoff-238, 11. Chad Nichols-227, 12. Nick Chivello-213, 13. Barry Pries Jr.-206, 14. Alan Beck-196, 15. Lauren Snider-188, 16. Michael Donaldson-187, 17. Britton Bock-168, 18. Kevin Morris-163, 19. Bill Lindsey-149, 20. David Goodwill-140.

 

 

FANTASTIC FARNEY WINS FIRST CAREER IN TERRE HAUTE "DON SMITH CLASSIC"

Aaron Farney of Brookston, Ind. won his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature Wednesday night during "Indiana Sprint Week" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. David Nearpass Photo

Terre Haute, Indiana.......Aaron Farney completed a dominant, wire-to-wire first career win in Wednesday night's "Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. The 19-year-old from Brookston, Indiana ran the extreme high side of the vaunted half-mile and continually pulled away from the field, slicing through lapped traffic and capping it off with a spiritied fist pump at the finish line after a 5.193-second victory in the DCT Motorsports - Brettnacher Farms #15F Maxim/Ott.

"It means the world to me. I can't believe it. The whole race, I just thought someone would be there every time I screwed up. I hit the wall too many times, and luckily it always bounced just right. To say that I won at Terre Haute is amazing, and to do it on the fence. I can't even explain it. I can't thank Robert Ballou enough. He sets up my car and tries to teach me how to do this right. He told me it would be up there, and I have had to learn how to run a cushion. I knew had to get through traffic quickly, so I tried to be as aggressive as possible. It's not easy in USAC, and I never would have thought it would come this fast, or especially at this track," Farney said.

Farney took the lead from the pole, as Chad Boespflug took second and Robert Ballou jumped all the way to fourth from ninth on the opening lap, sneaking past Justin Grant for third right after. A pair of cautions after four laps were complete showed that Ballou was strong, as he was attacking for second on both restarts.

Ballou slid to the second spot on the restart on lap four, and he took off after Farney for the lead. The lead duo took off and checked out on the field, as the race went past halfway in a torrid pace. Farney was flawless as he encountered traffic, making huge runs on the backmarkers to put some distance between himself and Ballou.

A red flag for Thomas Meseraull with 13 laps to go set up a run to the checkered, as Farney had one lapped car between himself and Ballou. He cleared that one quickly, but Farney was running high and hard down the stretch. He continually entered up in the fluff of turn-one and kissed the concrete in turn-two on multiple occasions.

As Farney pulled away when they hit traffic again, and Ballou had to settle for second in the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott.

"I couldn't be happier. If I'm ever gonna get beat by anybody, I want it to be him. They're a great family, and they've let me help them with these sprint cars and building their cars and teaching Aaron. I knew on that red that as long as he could keep that thing pointed forward, it was his race to win. He showed up ready to run and run hard tonight, and he had a one-track mind toward the end, trying to knock down laps as fast as he could. I've been there before myself, and I'm glad the rope didn't ever break on him. I know what I've got, probably even before the green drops, and I knew we were a bit too good too early. I'm tickled with a 1-2 finish for us and ready for tomorrow," Ballou said.

Behind the lead duo, it was a great dice for position as Dave Darland used a lower line and a diamond to march his way onto the podium in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports - Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

"I found something down through the middle through turns one and two. I kept doing that and using the cushion through turns three and four. I had to experiment a lot to find where my car wanted to work the best, and we took advantage of the last restart to pass some cars. We got a terrible start and had to work our way forward, one time going three-wide to get to the top-five. We were strong late, so we salvaged a pretty good finish out of it," Darland said.

Boespflug held on for fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Chase Stockon drove his way into the top-five from 13th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

Mitch Wissmiller started the night by setting the ProSource "Fast Time Award" but fell out of the feature early in the going. Scotty Weir earned the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the final transfer out of the Semi-Feature. Shane Cottle earned the night's B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" as he came from 21st up to tenth.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-21.361; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-21.453; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.466; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.542; 5. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-21.597; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-21.685; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-21.690; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-21.713; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-21.723; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-21.734; 11. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-21.778; 12. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-21.809; 13. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-21.817; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-21.830; 15. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.835; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-21.871; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-21.885; 18. Chase Stockon, 32, 32TBI-21.892; 19. Carson Short, 21, Short-21.905; 20. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.920; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-21.923; 22. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-21.925; 23. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-21.935; 24. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-21.938; 25. Shane Cottle, 17, McGhee-21.969; 26. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-22.021; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-22.088; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-22.106; 29. Casey Shuman, 2x, Barnhill-22.310; 30. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-22.387; 31. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-22.440; 32. Josh Hodges, 4, THR/Hodges-22.520; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 39, Goodnight-22.853; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-23.708; 35. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-23.788; 36. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-NT; 37. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Boespflug, 4. Simon, 5. M.Wissmiller, 6. Meseraull, 7. Cottle, 8. Rose, 9. Shuman. 2:52.66

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Thomas, 4. Coons, 5. B.Short, 6. Dakus, 7. Swanson, 8. Babcock, 9. Bell. 2:50.07

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Short, 2. Windom, 3. Grant, 4. Hughes, 5. Christian, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gross, 8. DiMattia, 9. Andretti, 3:03.96

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Weir, 7. Leary, 8. K.Wissmiller. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Andretti, 4. M.Wissmiller, 5. B.Short, 6. Weir, 7. Swanson, 8. Hodges, 9. Leary, 10. Shuman, 11. Ketcham, 12. Rose, 13. Christian, 14. Babcock, 15. K.Wissmiller, 16. DiMattia, 17. Bell, 18. Dakus, 19. Gross. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Aaron Farney, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. J.J. Hughes, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Thomas Meseraull, 20. Carson Short, 21. Brady Short, 22. Mitch Wissmiller. NT ----------------------------

**Bell flipped during the semi. Meseraull flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Farney. DRIVERS WHO'VE WON THEIR FIRST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE DURING "INDIANA SPRINT WEEK"

July 28, 1996 Kokomo Speedway Brad Marvel

July 25, 1997 Bloomington Speedway Brad Fox

July 26, 1997 Paragon Speedway Bill Rose

July 25, 1998 Paragon Speedway Derek Davidson

July 21, 1999 Terre Haute Action Track Terry Pletch

July 23, 1999 Bloomington Speedway Cory Kruseman

July 20, 2000 Twin Cities Raceway Park Bud Kaeding

July 27, 2001 Bloomington Speedway A.J. Anderson

July 14, 2006 Bloomington Speedway Brady Short

July 9, 2008 Lawrenceburg Speedway Jeff Bland, Jr.

July 19, 2008 Tri-State Speedway Hunter Schuerenberg

July 15, 2009 Terre Haute Action Track Brad Sweet July 17, 2010 Tri-State Speedway Blake Fitzpatrick July 14, 2011 Brownstown Speedway Casey Riggs

July 15, 2012 Lawrenceburg Speedway Justin Grant

July 20, 2012 Bloomington Speedway Kevin Thomas, Jr.

July 15, 2015 Terre Haute Action Track Aaron Farney

 

 

MIKE MARTIN SPRINTS TO “BORDER TOUR” VICTORY AT LAS CRUCES

By Lance Jennings

JULY 13, 2015... After rain washed out Friday’s race at El Paso, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin of Yuma, Arizona led all 30-laps to win the “Border Tour” finale in Las Cruces, New Mexico. For Martin, Saturday’s $2,000 USAC SouthWest and NMMRA Sprint Car triumph at Southern New Mexico Speedway was his first victory of the campaign. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Brian Hosford, and Dennis Gile chased “The Magic Man” across the finish line.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Mike Martin moves into a tie for sixth on the SouthWest win list with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, and Rick Ziehl. Currently ranked sixth in the point chase, the pilot of the #16 Sherwin-Williams / Desert Building Materials won his series leading eighth heat race of the year. In addition, the veteran driver has two high-point driver awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” will be looking to add another trophy to his collection this Saturday at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. claimed second in the USAC-NMMRA “Border Tour” finale. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first heat race and left Las Cruces placed second in points. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one feature win, two high-point driver awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles has four SouthWest wins at Queen Creek and will be one of the favorites to watch on Saturday.

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona scored third in the Las Cruces main event. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. The defending Western World Champion sits third in points with one feature win, two high-point driver awards, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. Matt will have his sights on Saturday’s $1,500 payday at Arizona Speedway.

Gilbert, Arizona’s Brian Hosford charged from tenth to claim fourth at Southern New Mexico Speedway. Piloting Bernie Weber’s #32B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford ran third in his heat race and heads to Queen Creek ranked seventh in the standings. At press time, the veteran driver has two heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Brian will be looking to earn his first USAC SouthWest main event win.

Dennis Gile of Phoenix, Arizona had his best run of the year with a fifth place finish at Las Cruces, New Mexico. Racing his #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile scored third in the program’s first heat race. Continuing to improve, Dennis is currently tenth in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Gile will be looking to earn his first sprint car win at Arizona Speedway.

Farmington, New Mexico’s Jason Grady earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-third. Driving his #45 RSS Industries / Revis Auto Finish RSS, Grady took sixth in his heat race and ran seventh in the semi-main. In limited starts, the NMMRA regular is thirty-fifth in USAC SouthWest point standings.

Andy Reinbold of Gilbert, Arizona won his first 8-lap heat race of the season. Piloting Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold scored twenty-second in the feature and left Las Cruces placed eleventh in points. As this writing goes to press, the veteran racer has seven top-10 finishes on the year. Andy will have his sights on his first USAC win at Queen Creek.

Las Cruces, New Mexico’s “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl took the victory in the semi-main. Racing John Ziehl’s #20Z Lucas Oil / Bay Hayes Motorsports Maxim, Ziehl scored fifth in his heat race and fifteenth in the main event. In limited starts, the multi-time ASCS Champion is tied for forty-third in points with two top-10 finishes.

This Saturday, July 18th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located at the ET Motopark, the “Monsoon Madness” will also feature X-Mods, Pure Stocks, and Dwarf Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, the Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 11, 2015 – Las Cruces, New Mexico – Southern New Mexico Speedway – “Border Tour” (Co-Sanctioned with NMMRA)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 6. Jerry Gonzalez (#00 Gonzalez), 7. Jesse Baker (#7 Baker), 8. Michael Fanelli (#38 Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Robert Marfia (#6 Marfia), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brandon Schure (#21TX Schure), 5. Justin Lasiter (#22 Lasiter), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 8. Joshua Jackson (#37 Jackson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. John Carney II (#74B Carney), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Bo Baker (#22M Baker), 7. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 8. Stevie Sussex (#13S Giles). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Derek Demartino (#99.5 Demartino), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 6. Stephen Spiak (#17 Spiak), 7. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 8. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (8 laps) 1. R.Ziehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Shipley, 4. J.Baker, 5. Spiak, 6. Jackson, 7. Grady, 8. Gonzalez, 9. Cardenas, 10. Lasiter, 11. Rael, 12. Fanelli, 13. Tanner, 14. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Mike Martin (2nd), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (3rd), 3. Matt Rossi (5th), 4. Brian Hosford (10th), 5. Dennis Gile (7th), 6. Tye Mihocko (14th), 7. R.J. Johnson (15th), 8. Stevie Sussex (18th), 9. Shon Deskins (11th), 10. Jason Grady (23rd), 11. Jesse Baker (20th), 12. Bruce St. James (16th), 13. Joshua Jackson (22nd), 14. Nick Aiuto (1st), 15. Rick Ziehl (17th), 16. Michael Fanelli (24th), 17. Wes Wofford (9th), 18. Derek Demartino (6th), 19. Josh Shipley (19th), 20. Brandon Schure (12th), 21. Robert Marfia (13th), 22. Andy Reinbold (8th), 23. John Carney II (4th), 24. Stephen Spiak (21st). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Martin. HARD CHARGER: Jason Grady (23rd to 10th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-741, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-685, 3. Matt Rossi-666, 4. Stevie Sussex-607, 5. Josh Pelkey-592, 6. Mike Martin-563, 7. Brian Hosford-485, 8. Bruce St. James-447, 9. Mike Colegrove-432, 10. Dennis Gile-374, 11. Andy Reinbold-371, 12. Tye Mihocko-352, 13. Nick Aiuto-338, 14. Josh Shipley-318, 15. Shon Deskins-303, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

 

 

KOKOMO RACE AGAIN POSTPONED, TO RESUME WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

Tonight's resumption of the Kokomo Speedway Indiana Sprint Week AMSOIL USAC Sprint race has again been postponed by rain and will now be completed on Wednesday night, August 26 as the opening event of this year's "Sprint Car Smackdown" at the Kokomo track. Rains forced the initial postponement at Kokomo last Saturday night during the semi feature. The August event will include the semi and the feature to complete that program.

The August 26 race will not be part of the Indiana Sprint Week activities. Indiana Sprint Week is scheduled to conclude this Saturday night, July 18 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

This week's Indiana Sprint Week now resumes Wednesday night with the "Don Smith Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, followed by Thursday night's race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday night's race at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday night's finale at Haubstadt.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 12, 2015 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.115; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.116; 3. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.217; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.252; 5. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-14.263; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.264; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.264; 8. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.267; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-14.336; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.363; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-14.421; 12. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.429; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.438; 14. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-14.501; 15. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-14.504; 16. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-14.528; 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-14.535; 18. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-14.553; 19. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.597; 20. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-14.625; 21. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-14.646; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.661; 23. Kody Swanson, 41, SST-14.680; 24. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-14.731; 25. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.781; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.859; 27. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.992; 28. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-15.003; 29. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-15.006; 30. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-15.010; 31. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-15.018; 32. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.091 ;33. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-15.332; 34. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-15.399; 35. Michael Fischesser, 4F, Fischesser-15.825; 36. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.964; 37. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.093; 38. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.684; 39. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Boespflug, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Westerfeld, 7. Hery, 8. Abrams, 9. Hughes, 10. VanHise. 2:27.90

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Ballou, 5. Simon, 6. Stockon, 7. D.Hewitt, 8. Dakus, 9. Hines, 10. Bell. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jarrett, 2. Andretti, 3. K.Swanson, 4. Windom, 5. Schuerenberg, 6. Short, 7. Fischesser, 8. DiMattia, 9. Stanbrough. 2:26.39

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Weir, 3. Farney, 4. Rose, 5. Coons, 6. Hodges, 7. Moffatt, 8. Goodnight, 9. Shuman. 2:26.22

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Simon, 5. Hodges, 6. Abrams, 7. Dakus, 8. Hughes, 9. DiMattia, 10. J.Swanson, 11. Hery, 12. D.Hewitt, 13. Fischesser, 14. VanHise, 15. Bell, 16. Shuman, 17. Moffatt, 18. Stockon, 19. Hines, 20. Goodnight, 21. Coons. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Aaron Farney, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shawn Westerfeld, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Chase Stockon, 17. Landon Simon, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Garrett Abrams, 20. Kyle Cummins, 21. Kody Swanson, 22. Josh Hodges, 23. Bill Rose.

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**Cottle flipped during qualifying. Hines, Stockon and J.Swanson all flipped during the semi. Rose flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 K.Thomas, Laps 2-6 Farney, Laps 7-30 Bacon.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Ballou-120, 2-Bacon-119, 3-Thomas-107, 4-Schuerenberg-104, 5-Darland-99, 6-Grant-90, 7-Weir-89, 8-Andretti-81, 9-Boespflug-75, 10-Stanbrough-74.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 13 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 2. Dylan Duhaime (#57 Duhaime), 3. Kenney Johnson (#46 Johnson), 4. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 5. Kevin Chaffee (#4 Matczak), 6. Mark Cole (#17 Cole), 7. Alex Rose (#11R Miller), 8. Ryan Christian (#10c Christian), 9. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Scott Holcomb (#47 Myers/Miller), 2. Derek Graham (#5 Graham), 3. David Moriz (#9 Moriz), 4. Josh Sunn (#67 Manafort), 5. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 6. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 7. Jeff Horn (#1R Mossman), 8. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Champagne, 2. Moniz, 3. Johnson, 4. Graham, 5. Sunn, 6. Holcomb, 7. Duhaime, 8. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Derek Graham, 3. Josh Sunn, 4. Kevin Chaffee, 5. Scott Holcomb, 6. Kenney Johnson, 7. Dean Christensen, 8. Dylan Duhaime, 9. Adam Whitney, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Jeff Horn, 12. Mark Cole, 13. Ray Miller, 14. David Moniz, 15. Alex Rose, 16. Ryan Christian, 17. Mike Chaffee. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Johnson, Laps 10-25 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-515; 2-Sunn-497, 3-Christensen-420, 4-Holcomb-396, 5-K.Chaffee-393, 6-Horn-355, 7-Johnson-340, 8-Whitney-313, 9-Miller-306, 10-M.Chaffee-230.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: July 18 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Las Curces, New Mexico - Southwern New Mexico Speedway - "Border Tour" - (Co-sanctioned by NMMRA)

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 3. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michaels), 5. Dillon Tanner (#11W West), 6. Jerry Gonzalez (#00 Gonzalez), 7. Jesse Baker (#7 Baker), 8. Michael Fanelli (#38 Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Robert Marfia (#6 Marfia), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Brandon Schure (#21TX Schure), 5. Justin Lasiter (#22 Lasiter), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Nick Rael (#73 Rael), 8. Joshua Jackson (#37 Jackson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Wes Wofford (#19W Wofford), 3. John Carney II (#74B Carney), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Bo Baker (#22M Baker), 7. Josh Shipley (#2 Bishop), 8. Stevie Sussex (#13S Giles). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Derek Demartino (#99.5 Demartino), 3. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Joseph Hernandez (#5H Hernandez), 6. Stephen Spiak (#17 Spiak), 7. Matthew Cardenas (#7M Cardenas), 8. Matt Ziehl (#36DD Ziehl). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. R.Ziehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Shipley, 4. J.Baker, 5. Spiak, 6. Jackson, 7. Grady, 8. Gonzalez, 9. Cardenas, 10. Lasiter, 11. Rael, 12. Fanelli, 13. Tanner, 14. Hernandez. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Matt Rossi, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Jason Grady, 11. Jesse Baker, 12. Bruce St. James, 13. Joshua Jackson, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Rick Ziehl, 16. Michael Fanelli, 17. Wes Wofford, 18. Derek Demartino, 19. Josh Shipley, 20. Brandon Schure, 21. Robert Marfia, 22. Andy Reinbold, 23. John Carney II, 24. Stephen Spiak. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Martin.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Johnson-741, 2-Davis-685, 3-Rossi-665, 4-Sussex-607, 5-Josh Pelkey-592, 6-Martin-563, 7-Hosford-485, 8-St. James-447, 9-Mike Colegrove-432, 10-Gile-374.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: July 18 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Gerhardt Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tommy McCarthy, 44m, Love-14.925; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.057; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.086; 4. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.096; 5. Dylan Nobile, 40, Nobile-15.156; 6. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.773; 7. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.914.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dylan Nobile, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Tommy McCarthy, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Ashley Hazelton. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Jessop, Laps 11-26 Paterson, Laps 27-30 Nobile.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessop-764, 2-Nobile-680, 3-A.Hazelton-612, 4-T.Breidinger-569, 5-Love IV-532, 6-Annie Breidinger-469, 7-Paterson-455, 8-Shawn Buckley-294, 9-Ron Hazelton-282, 10-Jet Davison-223.

NEW USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Nobile-680, 2-T.Breidinger-569, 3-Jessop-561, 4-Hazelton-527, 5-Annie Breidinger-469, 6-Love-348, 7-Paterson-315, 8-Dezel West-149, 9-Ethan Lesser-130, 10-McCarthy-126.

NEXT USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 18 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 11, 2015 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.805; 2. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.933; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.946; 4. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.973; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-13.021; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.024; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.035; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.056; 9. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-13.111; 10. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-13.144; 11. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.151; 12. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.165; 13. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.211; 14. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.250 ;15. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-13.276; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.287; 17. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.309; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.338; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.339; 20 .Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.369; 21. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-13.403; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.404; 23. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.464; 24. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.551; 25. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-13.559; 26. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.585; 27. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-13.590; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.609; 29. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.644; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.681; 31. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-13.714; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.765; 33. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-13.767; 34. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.802; 35. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.850; 36. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-13.852; 37. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.870; 38. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.018; 39. Todd Gnat, 51, Gnat-14.048; 40. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.104; 41. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-14.125; 42. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.229; 43. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-14.309; 44. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-14.399; 45. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.554; 46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.253.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Short, 2. Shuman, 3. Weir, 4. Jackson, 5. J.Swanson, 6. Hanft, 7. Moore, 8. S.Thomas, 9. Leary, 10. Meseraull. 11. Grant, 12. Simon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Windom, 4. Farney, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Cummins, 7. Andretti, 8. DiMattia, 9. Harris, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Courtney. 2:15.58

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Bacon, 3. Ballou, 4. Hines, 5. McGhee, 6. Robbins, 7. Dakus, 8. Rose, 9. Goodnight, 10. Gnat, 11. Frederickson. 2:11.92

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. Boespflug. 4. K.Thomas, 5. Jarrett, 6. Coons, 7. Karraker, 8. Spencer, 9. C.Cottle, 10. T.Hewitt. 2:13.32

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Hery, 2. C.Cottle, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Spencer, 5. Goodnight, 6. Frederickson, 7. S.Thomas, 8. Bell, 9. Gnat, 10. Harris, 11. T.Hewitt, 12. DiMattia, 13. Moore. NT

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM SUSPENDED AFTER RAIN FELL DURING THE SEMI. THE EVENT WILL RESUME WITH THE SEMI AND FEATURE EVENTS ON MONDAY, JULY 13, WITH WARMUPS SCHEDULED AT 7 P.M.

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Grant, Leary and Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Moore flipped during the qualifying race. Harris flipped during the qualifying race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-1,058, 2-Ballou-1,033, 3-Darland-922, 4-Stanbrough-914, 5-Bacon-900, 6-K.Thomas Jr.-847, 7-Hines-817, 8-Leary-749, 9-Windom-607, 10-Grant-600.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Stockon-70, 2-Schuerenberg-68, 3-Coons-60, 4-Ballou-57, 5-K.Thomas-56, 6-Weir-51, 7-Bacon-48, 8-S.Cottle-45, 9-Darland and Boespflug-41.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 12 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - 28th "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

STOCKON STAMPS GAS CITY "SPRINT WEEK" AS FIRST WIN OF YEAR

Gas City, Indiana.......AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Chase Stockon started off "Indiana Sprint Week" in style, as he notched his first victory of the season at Gas City I-69 Speedway on Friday night. The Elizabethtown, Indiana conquered a challenging surface for the fifth win of his career aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher.

"It's huge for us to come in here and win this. We've been really strong, especially lately, and things are going our way. I knew Jerry was committed to the top, and I just wanted to keep with him and wait until it slowed down a little up there. I knew it was go time before we got to traffic, and I found a line that worked for me to get by him. It was constantly changing with slick spots and rough spots, so it was important to be able to see to get in the right spot," Stockon said.

Most recent National Sprint Car winner Jerry Coons, Jr. led from the front row, as Stockon quickly sliced by Scotty Weir for the second spot. Coons and Stockon pulled away from the field as Weir raced with Hunter Schuerenberg, Robert Ballou, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. for top-five spots.

The lead duo raced hard for the top spot, as Coons used the outside lane while Stockon tried to move through the middle. On lap eight, Stockon held the lead by inches at the line but Coons took it back on lap nine. They continued to battle as they neared lapped traffic, with Stockon again nosing past for the lead on lap thirteen. Just a lap later, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-two to bring out the only caution of the race.

After the restart, Coons would not let Stockon get away, as he again reeled him in and looked for the lead with less than ten to go. Coons caught a rut, however, and lost a bunch of ground to Stockon, falling into the clutches of Schuerenberg in the closing laps while Stockon pulled away.

As Coons again caught a hole in turn-four, Schuerenberg slipped past just as they came to the white flag, with the Sikeston, Missouri driver taking the runner-up spot in the Epperson Painting - PPG #2E Spike/Claxton.

"It was difficult out there tonight, and I'm pretty happy here for still getting used to the non-wing car. We kept the car pretty basic tonight and just tried to get used to driving again. You had to try to make the least amount of mistakes possible, because it was a handful for everybody out there. Tony Epperson and Gary Ooley are great to drive for, and they really deserve to win every race for as much fun as they make it. I didn't expect to set the world on fire out of the box, but he doesn't put on much pressure, and it's fun to be around guys like that," Schuerenberg said.

Coons held on for the third spot in the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy, as the Kokomo-based team brought out an older car after a crash on Sunday destroyed their winning mount from Lincoln Park on July 4th.

"I'm kinda upset with giving that spot away coming for the white. The holes kept changing and a line that was smooth for a while would turn into something that would bounce you. I was searching and found a bad spot. We ran three nights last weekend and these guys had to build a new car to race this week, and I appreciate all that hard work from them. I'm happy to get them a solid finish for as hard as they work. We had a good battle with Chase, and I got pretty racy with him even after he got by us for a couple laps, but he got away from us. Glad to see him win," Coons said.

Ballou made his way to fourth at the checkers in the Blakesley Auto - Twister X #12 Maxim/Ott, and Thomas rounded out the top-five in the Bakken Concrete - Indiana Underground Construction #17RW Maxim/Fisher.

Chad Boespflug set the night's ProSource "Fast Time Award" before finishing 14th in the Feature. Brady Bacon earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" after going from 19th to finish ninth. Logan Jarrett received the American Racing Ministries "Perseverance Award" as the final transfer out of the night's Semi-Feature.

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AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 10, 2015 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - 28th Annual "Indiana Sprint Week"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug 66, Amati-12.161; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-12.323; 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-12.340; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-12.355; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.397; 6. Dave Darland, 71P, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-12.402; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.418; 8. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.462; 9. Kody Swanson, 41, SST-12.512; 10. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.512; 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-12.515; 12. Scotty Weir, 11, Walker-12.521; 13. Tracy Hines, 4, THR-12.541; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-12.544; 15. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-12.562; 16. Casey Shuman, 2X, Barnhill-12.578; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-12.586; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 18X, Keen-12.657; 19. Justin Grant, 40, Hery-12.664; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.667; 21. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.669; 22. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-12.693; 23. Lee Dakus, 75, Dakus-12.707; 24. Chris Windom, 21X, Pollock-12.712; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.733; 26. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-12.780; 27. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.826; 28. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-12.847; 29. Nathan Moore, 48, Moore-12.882; 30. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-12.917; 31. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-12.934; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.991; 33. Travis Welpott, 18T, Welpott-13.061; 34. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.133; 35. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.158; 36. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.214; 37. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.345; 38. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-13.361; 39. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-13.389; 40. Jamie Frederickson, 3W, Sweat-13.671; 41. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, Hewitt-13.778; 42. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.225; 43. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.382; 44. Colten Cottle, 42E, Jackson-14.497; 45. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Pearson-NT.46. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT (Time of 14.251 disallowed).

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Boespflug, 3. Robbins, 4. T.Hines, 5. Ballou, 6. Hodges, 7. K.Swanson, 8. DiMattia, 9. Welpott, 10. Moore, 11. T.Hewitt. 2:01.65

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Short, 3. Courtney, 4. Farney, 5. McGhee, 6. Thomas, 7. Darland, 8. Cummins, 9. Spencer, 10. Hery, 11. Bell, 12. Gass. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Coons, 4. Leary, 5. Jarrett, 6. Ketcham, 7. Gurley, 8. J.Swanson, 9. Harris, 10. Andretti, 11. Dakus. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Stockon, 3. Weir, 4. Windom, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Simon, 7. Shuman, 8. Frederickson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Hanft, 11. C.Cottle. NT

QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Ketcham, 2. Jarrett, 3. Simon, 4. DiMattia, 5. T.Hewitt, 6. Frederickson, 7. Harris, 8. D.Hewitt, 9. Bell, 10. Hery, 11. Cummins, 12. Welpott. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. S.Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Andretti, 6. Jarrett, 7. K.Swanson, 8. J.Swanson, 9. Ketcham, 10. Spencer, 11. DiMattia, 12. Gurley, 13. Hanft, 14. Goodnight, 15. Shuman, 16. Hodges, 17. Simon ,18. Moore, 19. McGhee, 20. Dakus. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Scotty Weir, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Brady Short, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Justin Grant, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. Logan Jarrett. NT ---------------------------- **Hodges cartwheeled during qualifying. Gass flipped during the second heat. Andretti flipped during the third heat. Welpott flipped during the qualifying race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Coons, Lap 8 Stockon, Laps 9-12 Coons, Laps 13-30 Stockon.

 

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DAMION GARDNER TAKES “FIRECRACKER 40” VICTORY AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

JULY 8, 2015... Racing past Richard Vander Weerd on lap seventeen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner of Concord, California won Saturday’s “Firecracker 40” at Perris Auto Speedway. The $3,000 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph was Gardner’s fourth victory of the campaign. Vander Weerd, Austin Williams, fast qualifier Mike Spencer, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers.

Looking for his first series win, polesitter Jake Swanson led the first five circuits of the “Firecracker 40.” Richard Vander Weerd dashed Swanson’s hopes and controlled the event until Gardner’s pass for the top spot. Using the outside line to his advantage, Gardner pressured the Vander Weerd with extra momentum before successfully grabbing the lead. Once out front, Damion had to contend with slower traffic as Vander Weerd and Spencer began a spirited battle for second. Trading the position back and forth with “slide jobs” and crossovers, Vander Weerd managed to shake free from Spencer and began to pressure Gardner. Damion escaped from the challenger as Austin Williams rallied from the back to take second from Vander Weerd. Richard regained the runner-up spot on the last lap as “The Demon” powered to his third “Firecracker” victory.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner claimed his 61st USAC/CRA win and the sixth 4th of July Classic for his car owner. The three-time champion had qualified fourth out of thirty-three racers and won the 10-lap Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Pyrotect Racing Cells Heat Race #4. “The Demon” left Perris ranked second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 89 feature laps led.

Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd finished second in a hard fought main event. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was fifth quick in time trials and took fourth in his heat race. To date, the former USAC West Coast Sprint Champion is third in points with four feature wins, four heat race victories, one DMI / Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led to his credit.

After an incident on the initial start, Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California raced through the field to score third in the “Firecracker 40.” Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified second overall and took third in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year heads to Perris’ California Racers Hall of Fame Night seated fifth in the standings with one heat race victory and eight top-10 finishes on the season.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer battled hard with Richard Vander Weerd before claiming fourth at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer earned his sixty-first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The five-time champion has a three point lead over the competition with four fast time awards, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign.

Brody Roa of Garden Grove, California finished fifth in the annual “Firecracker 40.” Piloting Lee and Norma Leonard’s #48 HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was seventh fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The former Wagsdash Champion left Perris ranked seventh in championship points with seven top-10 finishes to his credit.

Yorba Linda, California’s Logan Williams earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twenty-first. Driving Jack Jory’s #5 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified twenty-second overall and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently ninth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona won the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders Maxim, Johnson was eleventh quick in time trials and scored twentieth in the main event. In limited appearances, the two-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Champion is tied for seventeenth in points with three heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year.

Lake Elsinore’s “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston raced to his first USAC/CRA victory by winning the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Piloting Richard Gore’s #64 Circle Track Performance / Jim Ruth Maxim, Colston qualified ninth overall, scored ninth in his heat race, and finished twenty-second in the main event. The leading Rookie of the Year candidate is thirteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes.

On Saturday, August 15th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 4, 2015 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 40”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.550; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.629; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.676; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.733; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.780; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.789; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.874; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.980; 9. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.993; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.014; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.018; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-17.066; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.097; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.184; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.188; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.306; 17. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.356; 18. Danny Sheridan, 9, McDonald-17.380; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.567; 20. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.641; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.663; 22. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.699; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 42, Springstead-17.736; 24. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-17.759; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.818; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-18.047; 27. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-18.052; 28. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-18.094; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos-18.105; 30. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.602; 31. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-19.082; 32. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.131; 33. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Pelkey, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Schank, 6. Ellertson, 7. Enos, 8. Everhart, 9. Colston. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. Edwards, 8. Sampson. 2:57.66

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Mitchell, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Smith. NT

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / PYROTECT RACING CELLS HEAT RACE #4: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. C.Williams, 4. Bezio, 5. Gaunt, 6. Curtis, 7. C.Smith, 8. Dyson. 2:59.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gaunt, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Schank, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Curtis, 9. Everhart, 10. Edwards, 11. C.Smith, 12. A.Smith, 13. Ellertson, 14. Dyson, 15. Enos. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3rd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (2nd), 3. Austin Williams (5th), 4. Mike Spencer (6th), 5. Brody Roa (7th), 6. Jake Swanson (1st), 7. Cody Williams (8th), 8. Josh Pelkey (17th), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (16th), 10. Logan Williams (21st), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (14th), 12. Tommy Malcolm (13th), 13. Terry Schank Jr. (22nd), 14. Chris Gansen (10th), 15. Jeremy Ellertson (23rd), 16. Verne Sweeney (19th), 17. Danny Sheridan (18th), 18. A.J. Bender (15th), 19. Rickie Gaunt (12th), 20. R.J. Johnson (11th), 21. Matt Mitchell (4th), 22. Parker Colston (9th), 23. David Bezio (20th). NT ------------------------------------ **Mitchell flipped during the feature. **Ellertson used a provisional.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-16 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 17-40 Gardner. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (21st to 10th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Mike Spencer-594, 2. Damion Gardner-591, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-547, 4. Matt Mitchell-545, 5. Austin Williams-542, 6. Jake Swanson-484, 7. Brody Roa-401, 8. Cody Williams-348, 9. Logan Williams-290, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-266, 11. Rickie Gaunt-250, 12. A.J. Bender-207, 13. Parker Colston-199, 14. Chris Gansen-181, 15. Tommy Malcolm-170, 16. David Bezio-150, 17. R.J. Johnson-136, ---. Brady Bacon-136, 19. Ronnie Gardner-135, 20. Jeremy Ellertson-134.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER ADDS SANTA MARIA’S “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” TO WIN LIST

By Lance Jennings

JULY 8, 2015... Powering past Richard Vander Weerd on the third lap, Ronnie Gardner of Corona, California led the rest of the way to win the “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria. Friday’s $1,000 Honda USAC Western Midget triumph was the second victory of the campaign for the two-time champion. Trey Marcham, Shannon McQueen, Vander Weerd, and Cody Swanson rounded out the top-five drivers.

Charging from the sixth starting sport, Ronnie Gardner piloted the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart to his thirteenth career series victory. Now tied with Tony Stewart and Jimmy Sills for tenth overall, Gardner earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and ran fourth in his heat race. Heading to Petaluma on July 18th, Ronnie is second in points with one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Trey Marcham earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from ninth. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham qualified seventh overall and scored sixth in his heat race. The former Rookie of the Year left Santa Maria ranked fourth in the standings with three top-10 finishes and 20 feature laps led on the season.

Shannon McQueen of Bakersfield, California ran third in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Racing the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, McQueen was fifth quick in time trials and placed third in her heat race. Heading to Petaluma, the former champion sits third in points with four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After leading the first two circuits, Visalia, California’s Richard Vander Weerd scored fourth in the Santa Maria feature. Piloting Mike Sala’s #19 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Spike, Vander Weerd qualified sixth overall and ran third in his heat race. Last season’s “Fort Memorial” winner has one DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the year.

Corona, California’s Cody Swanson placed fifth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson was third fast in time trials and finished second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. The point leader left Santa Maria with a two point advantage on the strength of three top-10 finishes.

In his first start of the season, Cory Elliott of Bakersfield, California raced to victory in the 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the family owned #11E Oilwize / Speed Quest Motorsports Spike, Elliott qualified ninth overall and finished seventh in the main event.

Delano, California’s Terry Nichols held off Cory Kruseman to claim victory in the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols was eighth quick in time trials and ran sixth in the 25-lap main event. The former West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the standings with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

On Saturday, July 18th, the Honda USAC Western Midgets will travel to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the event is co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets and will also feature the Joe Hunt Wingless Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites, Vintage Midgets, and 600 Micro Sprints. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The Honda USAC Western Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, K&N Engineering, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Honda USAC Western Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Honda USAC Western Midgets and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. -------------------------------------------------------------- HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.898; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.949; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.957; 4. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.075; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.109; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 19, Sala-15.139; 7. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.314; 8. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.465; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.520; 10. Doug Hunting, 2, Hunting-15.901; 11. Chris Dyson, 12K, Kruseman-16.113.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Gardner, 5. Dyson, 6. Marcham. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Kruseman, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Pankratz, 5. Hunting. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 2. Trey Marcham (9th), 3. Shannon McQueen (2nd), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 5. Cody Swanson (4th), 6. Terry Nichols (7th), 7. Cory Elliott (8th), 8. Chris Dyson (11th), 9. Doug Hunting (10th), 10. Cory Kruseman (3rd), 11. Randi Pankratz (5th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Vander Weerd, Laps 3-25 Gardner. DMI / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (9th to 2nd)

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Cody Swanson-227, 2. Ronnie Gardner-225, 3. Shannon McQueen-215, 4. Trey Marcham-209, 5. Terry Nichols-201, 6. Scott Pierovich-144, 7. Nick Chivello-115, 8. Brian Gard-114, --.Steve Davis-114, 10. Michael Faccinto-99, 11. Randi Pankratz-98, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-92, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-80, 14. Brady Bacon-74, 15. David Prickett-57, 16. Jack Hawley-46, 17. Jimmy Voitel-42, 18. Nate Waite-41, 19. Jeff Harrington-38, 20. Ricky Shelton-27.

 

 

RICKIE GAUNT WINS EMOTIONAL “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AT SANTA MARIA

By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... After leading all 30-laps, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, California won Friday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Gaunt, the emotional $2,500 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his first triumph since February 28, 2009. Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Austin Williams followed “Super” Rickie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sander Engineering / Smiley Crane Sled, Rickie Gaunt got the jump on polesitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the early lead. Setting a fast pace around the Santa Maria oval, Gaunt held off several challenges from Austin Williams as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. In the closing laps, a miscue by Williams became a three-way battle for second with Richard Vander Weerd and Matt Mitchell. This allowed Gaunt to extend his lead and score the popular victory in front of the large Santa Maria crowd.

By claiming the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Gaunt earned his eighth USAC/CRA main event win. Starting his career in the late 1980s at Ascot Park with CRA, Santa Maria was also the site of his first victory. On April 27, 1991, Rickie won the winged NARC / Golden State Challenge feature for Danny Pivovaroff. Last Friday, the veteran driver qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in the pit area and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 after teammate Danny Sheridan did not report to the scales.

After falling back to third, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ran second in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was seventh quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California had a solid night at Santa Maria Raceway with a third place finish. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner ran fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting sixth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner recorded his 64th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and claimed third in his heat race.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California pressured Gaunt for several laps before falling back to fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third fast in time trials and scored third in his heat race.

Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from sixteenth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Swanson qualified sixteenth, ran fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the semi-main.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm of Corona, California earned his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car heat race victory at Santa Maria. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&D Powder Coating Victory, Malcolm was eighth fast in time trials, won the DJ Safety event, and had his best run with an eighth place finish in the main event.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall, took sixth in his heat race, and salvaged a fourteenth place finish in the main after a tangle on lap seventeen.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

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RICKIE GAUNT WINS EMOTIONAL “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” AT SANTA MARIA By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... After leading all 30-laps, “Super” Rickie Gaunt of Torrance, California won Friday’s “Doug Fort Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. For Gaunt, the emotional $2,500 Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory was his first triumph since February 28, 2009. Richard Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Austin Williams followed “Super” Rickie to the checkered flags.

Piloting Shawn McDonald’s #9 Sander Engineering / Smiley Crane Sled, Rickie Gaunt got the jump on pole sitter Richard Vander Weerd to grab the early lead. Setting a fast pace around the Santa Maria oval, Gaunt held off several challenges from Austin Williams as the leaders raced through heavy traffic. In the closing laps, a miscue by Williams became a three-way battle for second with Richard Vander Weerd and Matt Mitchell. This allowed Gaunt to extend his lead and score the popular victory in front of the large Santa Maria crowd.

By claiming the “Doug Fort Memorial,” Gaunt earned his eighth USAC/CRA main event win. Starting his career in the late 1980s at Ascot Park with CRA, Santa Maria was also the site of his first victory. On April 27, 1991, Rickie won the winged NARC / Golden State Challenge feature for Danny Pivovaroff. Last Friday, the veteran driver qualified sixth out of the twenty-four racers in the pit area and won the Saldana Racing Products / Circle Track Performance Heat Race #3 after teammate Danny Sheridan did not report to the scales.

After falling back to third, Visalia’s Richard Vander Weerd ran second in the Santa Maria feature. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was seventh quick in time trials and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

Matt Mitchell of Yorba Linda, California had a solid night at Santa Maria Raceway with a third place finish. Driving his #37 Campbell Bros. Storage / Pit Boss Jacks Maxim, Mitchell qualified fifth overall and placed third in his heat race.

Concord, California’s “The Demon” Damion Gardner ran fourth in the “Doug Fort Memorial” after starting sixth. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner recorded his 64th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and claimed third in his heat race.

Austin Williams of Yorba Linda, California pressured Gaunt for several laps before falling back to fifth. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was third fast in time trials and scored third in his heat race.

Anaheim, California’s Jake Swanson earned the night’s DMI / Keizer Wheels “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from sixteenth. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Ram-Bull Racing Buckley with 360 power, Swanson qualified sixteenth, ran fifth in his heat race, and took sixth in the semi-main.

“Thunder” Tommy Malcolm of Corona, California earned his first USAC/CRA Sprint Car heat race victory at Santa Maria. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&D Powder Coating Victory, Malcolm was eighth fast in time trials, won the DJ Safety event, and had his best run with an eighth place finish in the main event.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main. Driving Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall, took sixth in his heat race, and salvaged a fourteenth place finish in the main after a tangle on lap seventeen.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit www.usacracing.com and follow the series on Facebook or Twitter. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. For more information, call (805) 407-7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE #1: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE #2: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE HEAT RACE #3: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Boles, 6. Herrera, 7. Strole, 8. Sheridan. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Sheridan, 3. Boles, 4. Gansen, 5. Sibley, 6. Swanson, 7. Schmidt, 8. Ellertson, 9. Strole, 10. Dyson, 11. Linson, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Rickie Gaunt (2nd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Matt Mitchell (3rd), 4. Damion Gardner (6th), 5. Austin Williams (4th), 6. Tommy Malcom (8th), 7. Jake Swanson (16th), 8. Danny Sheridan (9th), 9. A.J. Bender (18th), 10. Parker Colston (13th), 11. Brody Roa (10th), 12. Logan Williams (15th), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (19th), 14. Mike Spencer (7th), 15. Chris Gansen (17th), 16. Tyler Schmidt (21st), 17. Geoffrey Strole (22nd), 18. Jeff Sibley (14th), 19. Cody Williams (5th), 20. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 21. Luke Boles (12th), 22. Chris Dyson (20th). NT ------------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gaunt. DMI / KEIZER WHEELS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (16th to 7th)

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & NMMRA “BORDER TOUR” STARTS FRIDAY AT EL PASO

By Lance Jennings

JULY 7, 2015... This Friday, July 10th, the two-race “Border Tour” featuring the USAC SouthWest and New Mexico Motor Racing Association (NMMRA) Sprint Cars will open at El Paso Speedway Park. The following night, Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces, New Mexico will host the finale of the popular mini-series. Both main events will pay $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start, with an additional $250 going to the highest finishing 305 powered sprinter courtesy of Casey Minks and Truck Country. These will be “must see” events as drivers from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas battle for bragging rights between the two series.

For the fourth consecutive season, El Paso Speedway Park has featured the traditional sprint cars of Arizona and New Mexico. Last year, R.J. Johnson took the lead from Shon Deskins on the last lap to earn his second victory at the 3/8-mile oval. On June 8, 2012, veteran driver Rickey Hood claimed the inaugural ASCS Canyon Region event at El Paso. Friday’s point race will also showcase X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Like El Paso, the Southern New Mexico Speedway has showcased the Arizona and New Mexico Sprints for four years. Last September, R.J. Johnson added the fast 5/16-mile facility to his win list by leading all 30-laps. On June 9, 2012, Rickey Hood backed up his El Paso triumph and “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl earned a popular hometown win on July 20, 2013. Saturday’s point race will also feature X-Mods, Street Stocks, Mini-Sprints, and Hornets. The Front Gates will open at 5:30pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:45pm. For more information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

Heading to Friday’s “showdown,” R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona has a 77-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michaels’ #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his seventh win of the season at Tucson’s USA Raceway on July 26th. In addition, the two-time champion has five heat race victories, one high point driver award, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 120 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to continue his championship bid with wins at El Paso and Las Cruces.

Buckeye, Arizona’s “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed sixth in the Tucson feature. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, two high point driver awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. “Chargin” Charles is one of the favorites to claim the $2,000 paydays in annual “Border Tour.”

Matt Rossi of South Central, Arizona ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from thirteenth to score fourth at USA Raceway. Heading to El Paso, Matt has one feature win, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. The defending Western World Champion will be looking for his fourth series main event win.

Peoria, Arizona’s Josh Pelkey sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, Pelkey scored third at Tucson after starting tenth. To date, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, one high point driver award, and ten top-10 finishes on the year. Entering the “Border Tour,” Josh ranks fourth on the SouthWest win list and will have his sights on his sixth victory.

Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona is fifth in the point standings. Piloting Dennis Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Sussex claimed sixteenth in the SouthWest debut at Tucson. Heading to El Paso, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one high point driver award, three hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 72 feature laps led on the season. Tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Matt Rossi, and Rick Ziehl for sixth on the win list, Stevie will be looking to score the $2,000 “Border Tour” victories.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Dennis Gile, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Josh Shipley, Shon Deskins, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, Mike Bonneau, and more.

Tijeras, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges leads the NMMRA point standings. Jason Grady, Josh Grady, Jesse Baker, Michael Fanelli, Randy Smith, Dillon Tanner, Joshua Jackson, Stephen Spiak, and Robert Marfia round out the top-10 drivers.

El Paso Speedway Park is at 14751 Marina Boulevard in El Paso, Texas. Located 6 miles east of FM 375 on US 62, then 0.5 miles north on Krag Street, then east on Tangerine Avenue. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.epspeedwaypark.com or call 915.791.8749.

Southern New Mexico Speedway is located at 12125 Robert Larson Boulevard in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To get to the track, I-10 to exit 132, then south to the frontage road, then 3.1 miles west on Robert Larson Blvd. Adult Tickets are $15, Family Packs at $30 (2 Adults & 4 Children Under 16), Kids Tickets (10 & Under) are FREE, and Pit Passes are $35. For more event information, visit www.snmspeedway.com or call 575.524.7913.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SouthwestSprintCars). ----------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson.

EL PASO USAC SOUTHWEST WINNERS: 07/19/13: R.J. Johnson, 08/29/14: R.J. Johnson.

LAS CRUCES USAC SOUTHWEST WINNERS: 07/20/13: Rick Ziehl, 08/30/14: R.J. Johnson.

BORDER TOUR WINS: 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Rickey Hood, 1-Rick Ziehl.

2015 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: 7-R.J. Johnson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-694, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-617, 3. Matt Rossi-598, 4. Josh Pelkey-592, 4. Matt Rossi-470, 5. Stevie Sussex-565, 6. Mike Martin-493, 7. Mike Colegrove-432, 8. Brian Hosford-428, 9. Bruce St. James-413, 10. Andy Reinbold-350, 11. Dennis Gile-320, 12. Nick Aiuto-305, 13. Tye Mihocko-302, 14. Josh Shipley-301, 15. Shon Deskins-256, 16. Chris Bonneau-231, 17. Michael Curtis-220, 18. Mike Bonneau-187, 19. Tom Ogle-184, 20. Dalten Gabbard-165.

NEW MEXICO MOTOR RACING ASSOCIATION POINT STANDINGS 1. Josh Hodges-191, 2. Jason Grady-184, 3. Josh Grady-176, 4. Jesse Baker-152, 5. Michael Fanelli-148, 6. Randy Smith-139, 7. Dillon Tanner-131, 8. Joshua Jackson-126, 9. Stephen Spiak-125, 10. Robert Marfia-123, 11. Matthew Cardenas-118, 12. John Carney-100, 13. Austin Mansfield-99, 14. Dustin Cormany-97, 15. Bo Baker-94, 16. Cody Mansfield-92, ---. Bobby Marcum-92, 18. Nick Rael-85, 19. Jerill Higginbotham-84, 20. Wes Wofford-83.

 

 

ABREU USES LAST CORNER PASS ON THORSON FOR "PEPSI NATIONALS" CROWN

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.......It took a final corner slidejob for Rico Abreu to win the "Pepsi Nationals" on Sunday night at the Angell Park Speedway as the reigning Honda National Midget champion added another big midget win to his list, as he edged out teammate Tanner Thorson by just .093 seconds for the tenth win in his National Midget career.

Thorson got the jump from outside the front row and led throughout. Behind him, ProSource "Fast Qualifier" Bryan Clauson quickly moved into second, but he slowed on lap five with a right-rear wheel packed with mud. He visited the work area but was able to restart.

Thorson led Kevin Thomas, Jr. from there, as Abreu slipped to third when Darren Hagen slapped the big cushion in turn-four and darted up the track. After another yellow, Hagen went to the extreme high side in one and two and came with a full head of steam just as Abreu bobbled in the middle of the corner, with the two making contact that slowed Hagen and put him well back in the field before he regained speed.

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team ran 1-4 as the race hit halfway, but the red flag flew on lap 18 for Tracy Hines, who flipped in turn-four while running in the fifth spot.

The race went green from there, as Thorson and Abreu pulled away from their teammate Thomas, while Clauson and Hagen fought back through the pack. With a few laps to go, Thorson hesitated with a lapped car, allowing Abreu to draw near. At the white flag, Abreu was not close enough for a pass, so he went to the extreme high side and gathered momentum as he exited turn-two.

With a full head of steam down the backstretch, he dove to the bottom and swept past Thorson for the top spot, leaving Thorson to cross back underneath him and try to beat him back to the line. It wasn't enough, though, as Abreu finished it off by just a nose in the Toyota TRD - Curb Records #97 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I don't know how it looked from the stands, but that was just a hell of a race from my seat. The last lap was one of those laps where you have to tell yourself 'Go Big or Go Home.' I got above the cushion and kept my car straight on exit to get all the speed I could and was able to pull the trigger on him at the other end. You cherish moments like that, winning on the final lap in front of a great crowd. It's special to win the Pepsi Nationals and knock another big race off my bucket list. I'm having a lot of fun right now just getting to do this," Abreu said.

Thorson came home in the runner-up spot in the first race since his spectacular crash during "Indiana Midget Week" at Lincoln Park Speedway on June 11th. Still sporting some blood in his eyes, the Minden, Nevada driver returned to the seat with a strong finish aboard the Toyota TRD - Abreu Vineyards #67 Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"It's good to be back in the car, and I felt great from the start. I could hear one of them back there working something, and I figured it was Rico after hearing him above me a few times. My teammates are out there trying everything imaginable to find a way by me while I'm leading, so it's tough to be out front the entire time. This is a new car, and we got my confidence back quickly to be able to run hard with these guys after being out for a few weeks," Thorson said.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. joined his teammates on the podium and put himself atop the series point standings with the Toyota TRD - Bakken Concrete #67K Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"You never want to come home third, but these guys are good and it's a solid night for us to end up on the podium. In the big picture, we gave ourselves another good finish towards the season-long goal," Thomas said.

Clauson cleared Andrew Felker in the final laps to take home fourth in the Curb Records - Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Stanton Mopar, and Hagen also slipped into the top-five at the finish aboard the KBR Performance - Great Clips #17 Boss/Esslinger.

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USAC HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 5, 2015 - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - Angell Park Speedway - "Pepsi Nationals" (co-sanctioned by POWRi)

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 63, RKR/Curb-Agajanian-14.316; 2. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.333; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.372; 4. Bill Balog, 57, Ecker-14.467; 5. Austin Brown, 7, KBR-14.539; 6. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-14.600; 7. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.606; 8. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.620; 9. Jimi Quin, 8, Quin-14.647; 10. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-14.677; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.699; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-14.724; 13. Darren Hagen, 17, KBR-14.727; 14. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-14.776; 15. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.821; 16. Spencer Bayston, 39, Clauson-14.960; 17. David Budres, 31, Manic-15.061; 18. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.107; 19. Eric Johnson, 82, Johnson-15.345; 20. Brandon Waelti, 15, Triple H-15.552; 21. Kurt Mayhew, 21K, Mayhew-16.003; 22. Scott Zane, 77, Zane-16.790; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-NT; 24. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Hagen, 3. Clauson, 4. Thorson, 5. Hines, 6. Balog, 7. Johnson. 2:29.80

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Felker, 3. Brown, 4. Robinson, 5. Abreu, 6. Chapple, 7. Budres. 2:30.56

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Quin, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Schuett, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Leer, 6. Mayhew, 7. Ray, 8. Weisensel. 2:33.07

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Andrew Felker, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Kyle Schuett, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Kurt Mayhew, 13. Austin Brown, 14. Tracy Hines, 15. Katlynn Leer, 16. Eric Johnson, 17. Jimi Quin, 18. Bill Balog, 19. David Budres, 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 21. Cody Weisensel. NT ---------------------------- **Hines flipped on Lap 17 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Thorson, Lap 30 Abreu.

NEW HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-K.Thomas-360; 2-T.Thomas-339; 3-Hines-333; 4-Abreu-326; 5-Hagen-321; 6-Bayston-300; 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-287; 8-Thorson-280; 9-Dave Darland-159; 10-Christopher Bell-152.

NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: July 28 - Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway - "Chad McDaniel Memorial"

 

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY PR: STYRES, SHANTZ, SAULT, JANSSENS, & DEBOER TAKE WINS ON STRICKLAND’S GMC “CORR/PAK VS. SOS” NIGHT

by Tommy Goudge (July 3, 2015) – 134 drivers signed in to race on Strickland's GMC "Corr/Pak vs. SOS" Night on Friday. Glenn Styres, Josh Shantz, Karl Sault, Brandon Janssens, and Dusty DeBoer visited Mobil 1 Victory Lane.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY RACE REPORT FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015 OHSWEKEN, ONTARIO, CANADA STRICKLAND'S GMC "SOS VS. CORR/PAK" NIGHT TOTAL ENTRIES - 134

----------------------------------------------------------- CORR/PAK MERCHANDISING 360 SPRINT CARS VS. SOUTHERN ONTARIO SPRINTS (27 entries) Glenn Styres and Todd Hoddick started the 25 lap 360 Sprint Car feature on the front row, and the race ended with Hoddick chasing Styres to the checkered flag for the second time in four days. Third starter Dain Naida bicycled after catching a rut in the first turn of the first lap, and later finished 12th after a brief trip to the pit area.

Keith Dempster held the third spot until sixth row starter Chris Steele got by just before the halfway mark, but Mitch Brown then passed Steele a few laps later. Brown finished third behind Styres and Hoddick, with Steele and Cory Turner rounding out the top 5.

Two red flags stopped the race, as Jamie Turner tipped over in turn two, and Warren Mahoney crashed hard into the inside wall entering turn one. Both drivers were uninjured, but Mahoney's car especially was heavily damaged.

Hoddick now holds a 20 point lead over Brown in the championship standings, with Styres in third, another 15 points behind.

A-FEATURE (25 laps) Finish. Number Name (Start) 1. 0 Glenn Styres (1) 2. 49 Todd Hoddick (2) 3. 10 Mitch Brown (7) 4. 80 Chris Steele (12) 5. 19 Cory Turner (4) 6. 3r Shane Ross (6) 7. 5 Keith Dempster (5) 8. 81 Derek Jonathan (13) 9. 5c Conor Mahoney (9) 10. 14h Jim Huppunen (10) 11. 91 Ryan Turner (15) 12. 77 Dain Naida (3) 13. 38 Tyler Hendricks (11) 14. 30 Adam West (20) 15. 10c Chris Jones (16) 16. 6 Curtis Gartly (18) 17. 66 Frank Baranowski (21) 18. 15 Mike Ferrell (14) DNF. 25 Warren Mahoney (19) DNF. 71s Shawn Sliter (17) DNF. 11 Jamie Turner (8) DNF. 2 Lee Winger (22) No Time A-Feature Lap Leaders – Glenn Styres (1-25)

INSIDE TRACK MOTORSPORT NEWS HEAT RACE #1 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 19 Cory Turner (Caistor Centre), 2. 5c Conor Mahoney (Waterdown), 3. 0 Glenn Styres (Ohsweken), 4. 38 Tyler Hendricks (Chatham), 5. 15 Mike Ferrell (London), 6. 66 Frank Baranowski (Mount Hope), 7. 22 James Thompson (St. Catharines), 8. 10c Bob Crawford (Sutton), 9. 2 Lee Winger (Mount Hope). Time - 1:55.977

PASWORD PROTECTION HEAT RACE #2 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 5 Keith Dempster (Alton), 2. 77 Dain Naida (Tecumseh, MI), 3. 80 Chris Steele (St. Catharines), 4. 81 Derek Jonathan (Lewiston, NY), 5. 3r Shane Ross (Thedford), 6. 11j Chris Jones (Picton), 7. 6 Curtis Gartly (Thamesford), 8. 11z Zach Zumpe (St. Catharines), 9. 94z Stan Zanchin (Fort Erie). Time - 1:57.096

TRANSPORT SALES & SERVICE HEAT RACE #3 (8 laps - Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 11 Jamie Turner (Caistor Centre), 2. 49 Todd Hoddick (Cheektowaga, NY), 3. 10 Mitch Brown (Brantford), 4. 14h Jim Huppunen (Welland), 5. 91 Ryan Turner (Caistor Centre), 6. 30 Adam West (Ridgetown), 7. 71s Shawn Sliter (Port Colborne), 8. 25 Warren Mahoney (Lefroy), 9. 43 Scott Sherk (Port Colborne). Time - 1:57.410

B-FEATURE (10 laps – Top 5 transferred to A-Feature) Finish. Number Name 1. 11j Chris Jones, 2. 71s Shawn Sliter, 3. 6 Curtis Gartly, 4. 25 Warren Mahoney, 5. 30 Adam West, 6. 2 Lee Winger, 7. 94z Stan Zanchin, 8. 43 Scott Sherk, 9. 22 James Thompson, 10. 66 Frank Baranowski, DNF. 10c Bob Crawford, 12. 11z Zach Zumpe. Time - 2:28.617

PROVISIONAL A-FEATURE STARTERS: Lee Winger (Corr/Pak), Frank Baranowski (SOS)

NATHAN ACKLAND STATE FARM INSURANCE “TOP GUN” AWARD ($150 – heat race passing points high score): Cory Turner

----------------------------------------------------------- STRICKLAND'S GMC CRATE SPRINT CARS (15 entries) Polesitter Mark Czuba looked to have the Crate Sprint Car feature under control early in the race, but couldn't maintain that pace. Josh Shantz used the outside lane to track Czuba down and take his first win of the season. A late charge by sixth row starter Ryan Hunsinger kept the result in question until the final turn. Hunsinger settled for the runner-up spot, followed by Czuba, Jake Brown, and Mack DeMan.

Dylan Westbrook saw his lead in the championship standings dwindle when he flipped hard in the first turn just as his teammate Aaron Turkey brought out a yellow flag when he lost power in turn four. Westbrook was uninjured, but his car was damaged heavily, and his points lead is down to just 10 markers over Alex Hill, with four other drivers within 5 points of Hill.

A-FEATURE (15 laps) Finish. Number Name (Start) 1. 18 Josh Shantz (4) 2. 7h Ryan Hunsinger (11) 3. 00 Mark Czuba (1) 4. 1-10 Jake Brown (6) 5. 4 Mack DeMan (5) 6. 77x Alex Hill (2) 7. 12 Brad Herron (3) 8. 55 Mike Thorne (7) 9. 9 Steve Lyons (9) 10. 1 Holly Porter (10) 11. 54 Ed Green (13) 12. 68 Aaron Turkey (8) DNF. 47x Dylan Westbrook (13) DNS. 6m Eric McGlone (14) DNS. 43k Shane Butler (15) No Time A-Feature Lap Leaders – Mark Czuba (1-9), Josh Shantz (10-15)

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #1 (6 laps) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 00 Mark Czuba (Burlington), 2. 77x Alex Hill (Ohsweken), 3. 12 Brad Herron (Waterford), 4. 18 Josh Shantz (St. Agatha), 5. 1-10 Jake Brown (Brantford), 6. 4 Mack DeMan (Mississauga), 7. 54 Ed Green (Ohsweken). Time - 1:31.294

CREATIVE EDGE SIGNS & GRAPHICS HEAT RACE #2 (6 laps) Finish. Number Name (Hometown) 1. 55 Mike Thorne (Caledonia), 2. 68 Aaron Turkey (Ohsweken), 3. 47x Dylan Westbrook (Oakland), 4. 7h Ryan Hunsinger (Stouffville), 5. 9 Steve Lyons (Carlisle), 6. 1 Holly Porter (Delhi), DNS. 6m Eric McGlone (Union), DNS. 43k Shane Butler (St. Thomas). Time - 1:32.831

NATHAN ACKLAND STATE FARM INSURANCE “TOP GUN” AWARD ($50 – fastest heat race single lap time): Mark Czuba

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 4, 2015 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Firecracker 40"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-16.550; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.629; 3. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.676; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.733; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.780; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.789; 7. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-16.874; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.980; 9. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.993; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.014; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.018; 12. Rickie Gaunt, 66, Miller-17.066; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.097; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.184; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.188; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-17.306; 17. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.356; 18. Danny Sheridan, 9, McDonald-17.380; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-17.567; 20. David Bezio, 37X, Bezio-17.641; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.663; 22. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.699; 23. Anthony Lopiccolo, 42, Springstead-17.736; 24. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-17.759; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-17.818; 26. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-18.047; 27. Austin Smith, 33, Smith-18.052; 28. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-18.094; 29. Braedon Enos, 00, Enos-18.105; 30. Tobey Sampson, 12B, Blair-18.602; 31. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-19.082; 32. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-19.131; 33. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Pelkey, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Schank, 6. Ellertson, 7. Enos, 8. Everhart, 9. Colston. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. L.Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sheridan, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Gansen, 7. Edwards, 8. Sampson. 2:57.66

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Mitchell, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Smith. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. C.Williams, 4. Bezio, 5. Gaunt, 6. Curtis, 7. C.Smith, 8. Dyson. 2:59.04

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gaunt, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Schank, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Curtis, 9. Everhart, 10. Edwards, 11. C.Smith, 12. A.Smith, 13. Ellertson, 14. Dyson, 15. Enos. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Cody Williams, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Danny Faria Jr., 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Tommy Malcolm, 13. Terry Schank Jr., 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. A.J. Bender, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Parker Colston, 23. David Bezio. NT

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**Mitchell flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-16 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 17-40 Gardner.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Spencer-594, 2-Gardner-591, 3-R.Vander Weerd-547, 4-Mitchell-545, 5-A.Williams-542, 6-Swanson-484, 7-Roa-401, 8-C.Williams-308, 9-L.Williams-290, 10-J.Vander Weerd-266.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: August 15- Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 4, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - Inaugural"Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

COONS REPEATS INDEPENDENCE DAY LINCOLN PARK WIN IN "BILL GARDNER SPRINTACULAR"

Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona and his crew in victory lane after Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. It was Coons' second consecutive Independence Day victory at the track.

Putnamville, Indiana.......Jerry Coons, Jr. returned to right where he spent Independence Day last year, parked in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway, this time as the winner of the finale of the inaugural "Bill Gardner Sprintacular." The former series champion's 17th career victory came in wire-to-wire fashion as he was flawless in the Edison Motorsports - Crume Evans Insurance #10E Spike/Chevy.

"It's always a lot of fun to win with this group of guys. They're as laid-back as they come and were still happy with me last night even after I went backwards and was frustrated. We've struggled a little bit with the slick stuff especially, and a lot of things fell in line for us tonight, but we were really good tonight. You'd think as long as we've been doing this that we wouldn't still be learning, but I'm real happy with what we picked up tonight," Coons said.

Coons took the early lead with Chad Boespflug in pursuit on the high side, as series point-leader Robert Ballou made his early move from row-three to throttle around the high side for the third spot. Those three broke away from the field, but on lap nine, Ballou had problems on the left-rear and spun in turn-three to bring out the yellow. He went to the work area, but was unable to rejoin the field in time for the green.

After another caution a lap later, the race went green the rest of the way with Coons opening up a comfortable lead while Boespflug still tried to run the high side, but to no avail. Kyle Cummins came on to take the second spot from him, but behind them were cars dicing for the balance of the top-ten spots with Chase Stockon and Jon Stanbrough the big movers, along with Dave Darland.

Coons' lead shrunk with less than ten laps to go, but he pulled away to a 1.057-second win over Cummins, who matched his best career finish in the Rock Steady Racing - Greenwell Auto Body #3R Mach-1/Chevy.

"We've got ourselves a race car now that we can work with and try to race with these guys. We've struggled and been frustrated for the most part this year, to the point I even pulled off during the feature last night, and the major changes we made to bring this thing to life a little had some instant success tonight. I was reeling him in a bit at one point for the lead, but he was stuck on the bottom and just didn't ever mess up," Cummins said.

Stockon finished off his spirited run to take third from 14th in the Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, re-taking the point lead over Ballou in the process.

"If this thing was a 40-lap race, I think we had a chance to win it. We got a tough draw and didn't qualify all that well, so that put us in a spot from behind where we had to pass cars. We were able to roll up through the middle and make up most of our ground there, but even on the bottom I think we were a tick quicker than the top-two. Matt Hummel of FK Indy has gotten our shocks tuned and running really well in the slick, and (crew chief) D.J. (Ott) gave me a great car tonight that could move around to pass cars," Stockon said.

Boespflug wound up fourth in the Amati Racing - Marion Underground Construction #66 DRC/Dynotech, and Jon Stanbrough earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" for his drive from 17th to finish fifth in the MP Environmental Services - AED Motorsports Products #81 Spike/J&D.

Carson Short started the night by taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award."

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 4, 2015 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Bill Gardner Sprintacular"

QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.282; 2. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.485; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17RW, Dutcher-13.491; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23E, Eberhardt-13.626; 5. Casey Shuman, 21K, Krockenberger-13.684; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.703; 7. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.704; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2E, Epperson-13.742; 9. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-13.749; 10. Tracy Hines, 4, Hines-13.773; 11. Chad Boespflug, 66, Amati-13.773; 12. Cole Smith, 29x, Smith-13.778 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-13.780; 14. Lukas Smith, 26, Smith-13.821; 15. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.844; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.847; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-13.885; 18. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.939; 19. Jimmy Light, 23, Two-Three-13.980; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.984; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.021; 22. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.024; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.039; 24. Chris Gurley, 12G, Team Automotive-14.116; 25. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-14.153; 26. Scott Hampton, 4J, Ottinger-14.278; 27. Jeff Bland Jr., 04, Burton-14.319; 28. Shelby VanGilder, 22V, VanGilder-14.413; 29. Mike Gass, 17G, Gass-14.418; 30. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.462; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.462; 32. Kurt Gross, 1x, Gross-14.465; 33. Kevin Studley, 57K, Studley-14.526; 34. Matthew McDonald, 5M, McDonald-14.568; 35. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-14.704; 36. Chris Phillips, 6, Phillips-14.776; 37. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-14.859; 38. C.J. Leary, 5, Baldwin-19.551; 39. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-NT; 40. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Coons, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Farney, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Babcock, 8. Gass, 9. Bell, 10. Studley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Simon, 3. Cummins, 4. Bacon, 5. Hines, 6. Leary, 7. Andretti, 8. Hampton, 9. L.Smith, 10. McDonald. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Cottle, 4. Mattox, 5. Thomas, 6. Jarrett, 7. Light, 8. Bland, 9. Wissmiller, 10. VanHise. 2:23.29

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Hodges, 4. C.Smith, 5. Courtney, 6. Phillips, 7. Gurley, 8. VanGilder, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Gross, NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Short, 2. Thomas, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Shuman, 5. Babcock, 6. Courtney, 7. Hines, 8. Light, 9. Jarrett, 10. L.Smith, 11. Leary, 12. Bland, 13. Andretti, 14. Gurley, 15. Hampton, 16. Gass, 17. Phillips, 18. Studley, 19. VanGilder, 20. Wissmiller, 21. Bell, 22. VanHise. 2:44.81

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Cole Smith, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Carson Short, 17. Brady Bacon, 18. Chris Babcock, 19. Brandon Mattox, 20. Brent Beauchamp, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Aaron Farney. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Coons.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Coons.

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Stockon-988, 2-Ballou-976, 3-Darland-951, 4-Stanbrough-887, 5-Bacon-852, 6-Hines-795, 7-Thomas-791, 8-Leary-715, 9-Chris Windom-575, 10-Justin Grant-571.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 10 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.527; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.639; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14,703; 4, Mike Spencer, 50, Chaffin-14.722; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.831; 6. Rickie Gaunt, 9, McDonald-14.837; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.852; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.876; 9. Danny Sheridan, 93, Gardner-14.982; 10. Brody Roa, 48, Leonard-15.014; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.029; 12. Luke Boles, 56A, Boles-15.041; 13. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-15.084; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.247; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.290; 16. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.306; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.354; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-15.444; 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.605; 20. Chris Dyson, 71K, Kruseman-15.616; 21. James Herrera, 91, Herrera-15.649; 22. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-15.730; 23. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-16.393; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.698.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. Colston, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Ellertson, 8. Schmidt. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Mitchell, 4. C.Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Sibley, 7. Dyson, 8. Linson. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gaunt, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. L.Williams, 5. Boles, 6. Herrera, 7. Strole, 8. Sheridan. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Sheridan, 3. Boles, 4. Gansen, 5. Sibley, 6. Swanson, 7. Schmidt, 8. Ellertson, 9. Strole, 10. Dyson, 11. Linson, 12. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Danny Sheridan, 9. A.J. Bender, 10. Parker Colston, 11. Brody Roa, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Mike Spencer, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Tyler Schmidt, 17. Geoffrey Strole, 18. Jeff Sibley, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Jace Vander Weerd, 21. Luke Boles, 22. Chris Dyson. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gaunt

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: July 4 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Firecracker 40”

 

 

HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGETS RACE RESULTS:

 July 3, 2015 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Doug Fort Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.898; 2. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.949; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.957; 4. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-15.075; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.109; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 19, Sala-15.139; 7. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-15.314; 8. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.465; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.520; 10. Doug Hunting, 2, Hunting-15.901; 11. Chris Dyson, 12K, Kruseman-16.113.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Gardner, 5. Dyson, 6. Marcham. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nichols, 2. Kruseman, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Pankratz, 5. Hunting. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shannon McQueen, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. Terry Nichols, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Chris Dyson, 9. Doug Hunting, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Randi Pankratz. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Vander Weerd, Laps 3-25 Gardner.

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: July 18 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “John Soares Classic”

 

 

COCKRUM CLAMPS DOWN

FOR "SUMAR CLASSIC" TRIUMPH

Shane Cockrum of Benton, Illinois celebrates his victory in the USAC Silver Crown Series' "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on Thursday night.

Terre Haute, Indiana.......Shane Cockrum survived a late-race challenge and used a little luck to hold on for Thursday night's "Sumar Classic" win at the Terre Haute Action Track. After capturing his first Silver Crown Series win last fall at Du Quoin, Illinois, Cockrum led most of the night's 100-lap feature only to see his lead taken away in the late stages by C.J. Leary, but a timely caution and strong finish propelled the Benton, Illinois driver to a .424-second victory in the Hardy Boys Motorsports - Financial Transportation Services #71 Maxim/Chevy.

"This is championship dirt car racing, and it's exciting right now with a ton of talented drivers out there, and it's awesome to be able to come out on top of them. It's a thinking man's game in these races, so you have to be methodical and move around to find where you need to be. I knew being out front put us in a tough spot, and the bottom usually comes in here, so I wasn't surprised to see someone coming. Leary is a talented kid and is gonna win a lot of races; it's a tough deal to lose the lead like that late, but we'll definitely take it. We've worked hard with our team to stay up front after last year, and it's satisfying to get another big win in this series," Cockrum said.

Cockrum got the jump on the start over polesitter Kody Swanson, who helped his series point lead by taking the ProSource "Fast Time Award" to begin the night. Cockrum led Jerry Coons, Jr. and Swanson early, as the top-three opened up on the rest of the field. A few laps later, Brady Bacon reeled in Swanson and took third. Coons got a run on Cockrum for the lead on lap 21 as he came roaring off turn-two, but Cockrum held him off. By lap 28, Coons was back again, this time riding the cushion off turn-two to the lead.

Cockrum didn't let Coons get away, however, as he stuck with him for a lap before scooting underneath to re-take the lead as they completed lap 29. A caution a few laps later put the race past lap 40, with Cockrum leading Coons, Bacon, Swanson, and Shane Cottle. Just before halfway, Cottle too went by Swanson to take over fourth.

After a restart with 35 laps to go, the track was changing rapidly, and C.J. Leary was on the move into the top-five as the leaders searched all over the track to find the fast way around. Another quick caution with 25 laps to go produced a restart that saw Leary surge forward on the very bottom, getting all the way to third on lap 81.

With 13 to go, a restart after Aaron Pierce stopped on the fronstretch saw a chain reaction in turn-four, with tenth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. spinning and collecting Joey Moughan, who flipped over. He had been running 12th. He was unhurt but done for the event.

Leary reeled in Cockrum on the restart and was all over him for the lead as the race hit ten laps to go. Leary hit the bottom on lap 92 to wrestle the lead away from Cockrum, but before the lap could be completed, Tyler Courtney spun in turn-four to bring out the final caution of the night. That put Leary back behind Cockrum on the ensuing restart.

Cockrum pulled away from Leary in the final six-lap run to the checkers, leaving the young Greenfield, Indiana driver just short of his first USAC National win as Leary came home second in the Leary Construction Company - Jet Star #30 DRC/Claxton Toyota.

"That was a heartbreaker. I was biding my time for a while, and I knew we had something towards the end. I made my move after the restart there as we hit ten to go, and I got up next to Cockrum and cleared him, but the yellow came out just as we were completing the lap. He saw what I was doing and knew where to be on the restart, so we had to get the finish and come home second. This is Joe Devin's baby, and he's been working on this thing for a long time, so it's fun to go out and race such a strong DRC car," Leary said.

Coons made a bid on the final restart by running the extreme high side, but he could only threaten the top-two over the first set of corners before fading to a comfortable third aboard the Nolen Racing - Columbus Container #20 Eagle/Chevy.

"I was pretty good still in one and two up high, but I had to hit it just right, and it was easier on the restarts with coming to it just a little slower pace. I got a real good restart on that end, but once the top went away in three and four, I couldn't get through there at all. We've gotta get a little bit better, but a pretty good night. This is a new car to the Nolen team and to me, so we're still figuring it out some but we've got great race cars and hopefully take what we learn to the busy stretch coming," Coons said.

Cottle's run ended in the fourth spot aboard the Williams Precision Engines - QS Components #81 Maxim/Chevy, and Bacon rounded out the top-five in the Martens Machine Shop - Womack Machine Supply #48 DRC/Chevy.

Chase Stockon earned the B&W Auto Mart "Hard Charger Award" for his drive from 18th to finish 11th.

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USAC SILVER CROWN RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2015 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.712; 2. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-21.162; 3. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-21.212; 4. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.227; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.351; 6. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-21.466; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.495; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.650; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17, RW-21.765; 10. Chris Windom, 99, RPM/Gormly-22.074; 11. Tracy Hines, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.075; 12. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-22.208; 13. A.J. Fike, 3, RFMS-22.216; 14. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-22.224; 15. Tyler Courtney, 153, Capie-22.265; 16. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-22.347; 17. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-22.380; 18. Chase Stockon, 14, McQuinn-22.498; 19. Rex Norris III, 16, Norris-23.441;0 20. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.672; 21. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-23.679; 22. Dave Darland, 19, Longworth-NT (time of 21.091 disallowed), 23. Kent Wolters, 21, Swanson-NT (Time of 22.904 disallowed), 24. Austin Nemire, 91, Hamelgarn-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Shane Cockrum, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. A.J. Fike, 14. Jacob Wilson, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Terry James, 17. Rex Norris III, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Joey Moughan, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Russ Gamester, 22. Kent Wolters, 23. Austin Nemire, 24. Steve Buckwalter. NT ------------------------------

**Nemire flipped during practice. Moughan flipped on lap 88 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Cockrum, Lap 28 Coons, Laps 29-100 Cockrum.

 

 

RICHARD VANDER WEERD EARNS DRAMATIC VICTORY AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 30, 2015... Coming off the last corner, Richard Vander Weerd of Visalia, California passed Danny Faria Jr. to claim his second USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the season. For his efforts, the 2011 Champion earned $1,500 by winning Saturday’s main event at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Fast qualifier Faria, Brody Roa, Mike Spencer, and Trey Marcham rounded out the top-five drivers.

Five-time USAC/CRA Champion Mike Spencer sped by pole sitter Trey Marcham to take the early lead. Making his first West Coast start, Spencer began to run away from the field but would have to deal with the sixth starting Faria. The two veteran drivers swapped the lead several times as Vander Weerd entered the battle. The leaders raced in close quarters as they caught the slower traffic and ran three-wide on the speedway. Faria found the bottom groove to his liking and grabbed the lead on lap eighteen. Choosing to run the outside line, Vander Weerd powered by Spencer to take second and set his sights on the leader. Gaining momentum off the corners, Vander Weerd pressed Faria for the top spot, but Danny was able to shake free. On the last lap, Vander Weerd continued to use the high line and made up some ground. With the checkered flag waving, Richard powered by Danny to take his 17th series win by .44 seconds.

Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Battery Worx Maxim, Richard Vander Weerd qualified second out of fourteen racers and took fifth in his heat race. Starting fifth in the main event, Vander Weerd also earned the night’s DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with his performance. Richard has climbed to second in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two DMI / Ultra Shield Race Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 37 feature laps led.

After leading twelve laps, Tipton, California’s “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. had to settle for second at Hanford. Piloting Junior Bowman’s #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria earned his twelfth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and placed third in his heat race. On the strength of one feature win, two fast time awards, four heat race victories, one high point driver award, eight top-10 finishes, and 53 feature laps led, the point leader has a 121-point advantage.

Brody Roa from Garden Grove, California battled hard to take third at the Kings County Fairgrounds. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third quick in time trials and finished second to Max Adams in his heat race. In limited starts, the former Wagsdash Champion sits eleventh in the standings with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

Temecula, California’s Mike Spencer led the first seventeen laps and claimed fourth at the checkered flags. Racing Mark Priestley’s #7M Roy Miller Freightlines / Sander Engineering Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. Mike left Hanford ranked twenty-ninth in the point standings.

Trey Marcham of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma scored fifth in Hanford’s 30-lap feature. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Marcham was sixth fast in time trials and won the 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The leading rookie candidate has risen to fifth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led to his credit.

Loomis, California’s Max Adams raced to his first heat race victory of the year in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Driving his #5X ART Speed Equipment / MotoWear International ART, Adams qualified fifth overall and took seventh in the main event. The young driver heads to July 25th’s Peter Murphy Classic tied for fourteenth in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and four top-10 finishes.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will take a break in the schedule and will return to action at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway on July 25th. The “2nd Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also showcase the King of the West and Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars. For more information, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Inc., DJ Safety, Diversified Machine Inc., Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 27, 2015 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TIME TRIALS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Bowman-18.063; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-18.091; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-18.149; 4. Mike Spencer, 7M, Priestley-18.219; 5. Max Adams, 5X, Adams-18.348; 6. Trey Marcham, 73, Ford-18.563; 7. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-18.601; 8. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-18.604; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.623; 10. Kolby Araki, 30K, Araki-18.903; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-18.963; 12. Landon Hurst, 179, Hurst-19.173; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-19.233; 14. Tyler Schmidt, 49, Schmidt-19.645.

EXTREME MUFFLERS HEAT RACE 1: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Roa, 3. Faria, 4. Sibley, 5. J.Vander Weerd, 6. Smith, 7. Guardino. NT

DJ SAFETY HEAT RACE 2: (10 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Johnson, 3. Hurst, 4. Spencer, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Araki, 7. Schmidt. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Star