USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:

May 26, 2017 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.004; 2. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.150; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-21.228; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-21.351; 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.358; 6. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-21.368; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.465; 8. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98. RPM/Gormly-21.540; 9. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.551; 10. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-21.758; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-22.089; 12. Cody Gerhardt, 60. Gerhardt-22.107; 13. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-22.232; 14. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-22.570; 15. Kevin Studley, 57, Studley-22.692; 16. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-23.101; 17. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-23.284; 18. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-23.402; 19. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-25.459; 20. Troy Thompson, 15, Thompson-27.532.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Bobby Santos, 3. Tanner Swanson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. David Byrne, 7. Kevin Studley, 8. A.J. Russell, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Patrick Lawson, 11. Toni Breidinger, 12. Joss Moffatt, 13. Troy Thompson, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Davey Hamilton Jr., 16. Bill Rose, 17. Joe Liguori, 18. Joe Axsom, 19. J.C. Bland, 20. Cody Gerhardt. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 K.Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/NICOLE & BILLY WINSEMANN RACING HARD CHARGER AWARD: Kevin Studley (15tj-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Troy Thompson

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-210, 2-Windom-171, 3-Coons-162, 4-Byrne-157, 5-Santos-140, 6-Pierce-133, 7-T.Swanson-97, 8-Russell-95, 9-Grant-91, 10-Breidinger-90.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): June 16 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "Ted Horn-Bill Schindler Memorial" - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown"

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED POSTPONED; HULMAN CLASSIC RESCHEDULED!

Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds has been postponed due to heavy rain.

Track Enterprises and USAC officials waited for the track to come around after continuous precipitation during the early morning hours saturated the Indy Mile racing surface. But the surface was unable to withstand the showers, giving officials no choice but to put a halt to tonight's racing activities.

Track Enterprises and USAC are currently discussing a makeup date for the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS. Stay tuned to http://www.usacracing.com/ and its social media networks for further announcements.

The "Week of Indy" continues Friday night, May 26, at Lucas Oil Raceway with the Silver Crown Series' "Carb Night Classic." The 100-lap event will be the first of two appearances by the Silver Crown cars at LOR in 2017.

Spectator gates for Friday night's "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway open at 2:45pm, hot laps at 4pm, ProSource Qualifying at 5:30, with racing set to begin at 6:30pm.

Additionally, the postponed "Tony Hulman Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event has been rescheduled for Friday, June 23 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. For more information on all the "Week of Indy" events, please visit http://www.usacracing.com/ or http://www.trackenterprises.com/.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER REALIZES LIFELONG DREAM
AT THE HOOSIER HUNDRED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Half a century ago, Ronnie Duman was a mainstay on the USAC National Championship trail and the annual running of the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

The five-time Indianapolis 500 starter, who was twice a winner of the "Little 500" at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, made five starts of his own at the "Hoosier" between 1962 and 1967, including a stint as a relief driver for George Snider in the J.C. Agajanian-owned No. 98 during the 1965 race.

Half a century later, there's another accomplished racer who shares the same first name and arrives from the same bloodlines as Duman. Corona, California's Ronnie Gardner, a four-time and defending USAC Western States Midget champion, is set to make his USAC Silver Crown debut Thursday night in the 63rd "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Ronnie never met his famous grandfather, who was killed in a racing accident at the Milwaukee Mile in the 1968 "Rex Mays Classic," but the 29-year old is well aware of his legacy.

"I know quite a bit," Gardner admits. "My uncle and mom told me many stories when I was growing up and I've researched some to learn more. Then, you meet people along the way who knew him and they tell me a story or two. It's pretty neat."

Despite intentions of making his Silver Crown debut at the Indy Mile, this won't be Ronnie's first appearance at the "Hoosier Hundred." His uncle, Jack Gardner, was a very successful SCRA sprint car and USAC Silver Crown team owner based on the West Coast. In 1997, the Gardner team migrated to the Midwest for the summer and the Gardner-owned Sprint Car won its first USAC National Sprint Car race with Bill Rose at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway. Meanwhile, the team's Silver Crown car finished fourth at the "Hulman/Hoosier Hundred" that May with Cory Kruseman at the wheel.

Sitting underneath the covered grandstands that day was nine-year-old Ronnie Gardner. Though known primarily as a West Coast guy, Ronnie spent much of his childhood in Speedway, Indiana, just about 15 minutes down the road from the Indiana State Fairgrounds mile and, literally, a stone's throw away from the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"I was born in California, but I moved to Indy when I was four," Ronnie explains. "I lived in Speedway until I was ten, then I moved back to California. My Grandma owns two houses on Georgetown Road in Speedway. I think there are a few that are still standing. You could throw a rock from her porch and hit the turn four entrance gate."

Growing up with such a lineage of racing history surrounding him, you might've guessed that Ronnie started his racing career at a young age and was bred for stardom right from the beginning. Yet, Ronnie didn't take the most common route. In fact, the first race he ever competed in was behind the wheel of a 410 c.i. USAC/CRA Sprint Car in 2009 at the age of 21!

In the short period of time since, Ronnie has taken to racing like a duck to water as he racks up one milestone after another. He is the first driver to win four Western States Midget titles in a row, something even the legendary Sleepy Tripp never accomplished. His 21 career victories place him fourth all-time on the series win list. In the last two years, Ronnie has passed names such as Wally Pankratz, Page Jones, P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler and Rusty Rasmussen as he's moved his way up the win list to quickly become one of the most accomplished racers on the West Coast.

That brings us to Thursday night when Ronnie takes on the newest challenge of his career at the controls of Ted Finkenbinder's #03 Silver Crown car in the "Hoosier Hundred." Driver/owner deals occur in many different ways, but Ronnie and Ted's agreement almost seems like a throwback to the days of yesteryear. It started with a conversation, led to a phone call and ended with a deal.

"I have to thank Ted for giving me this opportunity to race in the Hoosier Hundred and live out a dream of mine," Gardner praised. "Lately, I've been hanging around Ted more and more cause I'm dating his Goddaughter, Amber. So, we would be hanging out, drinking or what not after the races, and a couple of times I've just joked with him, 'Hey Ted, how about we load that Crown car up and go run the Hoosier Hundred?' But I didn't think he'd actually do it. Well, about a couple weeks ago, he called me up and asked if I still wanted to do it and, of course, I said yes!"

Ronnie hopes this one-race deal can develop into something more down the road, but for now, he's focused on realizing a dream that has been a lifetime in the making.

"Running the Big Cars is something I've always wanted to do," Ronnie relays. "I was a fan of the sport before I was ever a driver. To be a small part of that history is cool to me. I've always dreamed about running the Hoosier 100. Even just to drive a Silver Crown car in general is special. I spent a lot of my life in Indy and to compete in an event my grandfather raced in is going to be pretty cool."

Spectator gates open for Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred" at 3pm. Practice is set for 5pm, ProSource/B & W Auto Mart Qualifying at 6 and racing at 7pm. Forty cars are entered for the event, making it the largest anticipated field for a Silver Crown event since 2005!

The "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

A TRUE CONTENDER: BYRNE BECOMING A FORCE ON THE USAC SILVER CROWN TRAIL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-and-a-half years ago, the location was Lucas Oil Raceway - site of this Friday's "Carb Night Classic." It was a time when David Byrne was still relatively new at the Silver Crown game with just 10 series starts to his name.

Even though Byrne showed flashes of his abilities at LOR with a pair of third-place runs leading up to that moment, his name was overlooked by many when glancing at the starting lineup for the July 100-lapper.

As 20, 40, 60 and 80 laps went by, seemingly no one was a match for race leader Tanner Swanson. With 17 laps remaining, however, the contest took a drastic change when Caleb Armstrong's car slowed to a stop, forcing the field to bunch up for a restart on lap 89.

We've seen this story before, though. A driver is given a second shot at defeating the race leader following a late-race caution. Sometimes it pans out; sometimes it doesn't. Usually, the first driver to come to mind to possibly seize the opportunity at this juncture is the driver second-in-line. Certainly not the third-place driver either. But the fourth-place driver? No way.

Or so many people thought.

Additionally, Byrne had a lapped car in front of him that he would have to negotiate. It was a meteoric task in such a short period of time to pull off, but Byrne had no reservations.

As all eyes focused on the battle for second, Byrne methodically took ahold of third with an outside pass of two-time series champ Kody Swanson on lap 91 and an inside pass of Daytona 500 winner Ryan Newman just moments later in turn one.

Surely, he couldn't catch Tanner Swanson, the pole winner who had dominated every single lap of the event leading up to this point. Inch-by-inch, Byrne pulled closer to Tanner, then made his move by cutting to the bottom of turn three on the final lap. The two went wheel-to-wheel through the entire corner until Byrne emerged ahead at the exit of the fourth turn to collect his first and, thus far, only career USAC Silver Crown victory.

The triumph was, is, and always will be the benchmark for Shullsburg, Wisconsin's Byrne, who is one of just three drivers from The Badger State to win a Silver Crown race (Tom Bigelow and Billy Engelhart).

"The win was my first on a national circuit, so it's at the top of the list," Byrne acknowledges. "I knew we were good that night, but I couldn't get out of turn four, so I radioed Chuy (crew chief James Sandberg) and he had me dial in some shock adjustments. That's all it took."

Move forward to April of 2017 at Phoenix Raceway and David Byrne is in position to win another. He led 69 laps and appeared to have the strongest car on every restart and the long runs. But, victory number two would be put on hold as Bobby Santos used a crossover move off of turn four just eight laps from the end to defeat Byrne.

The experiences of a racecar driver, with its numerous highs and lows, can fluctuate any which way the wind blows. Yet, it's ultimately up to the driver and team to decide on where they will travel on each of their peaks and valleys. David chooses to look at every experience, no matter how pleasant or frustrating, as a stepping stone to something bigger and better to come as the season plays out.

"I wanted to go straight to the Indy Mile after Phoenix. It's been a long wait," said the driver who made his series debut in 2011 in home state at the Milwaukee Mile. "The start of something big has been brewing for a while and I think we are in the best position to compete and win than we've ever been. Mainly, I think it (Phoenix) made us a contender in everyone else's eyes. I knew we could do it and my dad and Chuy knew we could do it as well or we would have quit a long time ago."

David has certainly proven that as fact, continually taking progressive steps toward the top rung of the ladder as the 31-year-old begins to settle into the series veteran role in his third full-time year on the trail. In 2015, he finished 10th in points and, at the conclusion of the 2016 season, was fifth. Currently, he stands a career-high fourth in the standings after finishes of 14th and third in his first two starts at Terre Haute, Ind. and Phoenix, respectively.

Running for a Silver Crown championship is unique among the majority of other racing series in that its schedule is fairly evenly split between dirt and pavement tracks. Byrne had competed solely on the blacktop for the entire duration of his career until late 2014, but the true test of a driver's ability is to compete for a series title. That meant purchasing a new dirt car and venturing onto unfamiliar ground of the likes of Terre Haute, the Indy Mile, Williams Grove, Springfield, Du Quoin and Eldora.

Since then, the once-dubbed "pavement specialist" has made steady improvement on the dirt, earning a solid seventh-place finish at the "Hoosier Hundred" in 2016. Morale is high and David assures his confidence on the dirt has peaked to its highest level as the teams strives to reach the next level of consistency as a front-running threat on the dirt.

The Byrne family business began in 1983 when David's father, Steve, opened Bytec, Inc. The operation for David, Steve and their employees involves hauling 100+ million gallons of byproduct from cheese factories and food processing plants each year and applying them to the farm fields for a green fertilizer.

With most days devoted to work, that doesn't leave the Byrnes much time to operate and prepare multiple cars for a run at a championship. However, Chuy, who runs the team's shop at National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Steve Stapp's former workspace in Brownsburg, Indiana, has become a godsend to the team as the crew chief and daily caretaker of the number 40.

"The cars are prepared so good that it makes it really easy to improve on my driving every time out," Byrne praises. "It's really easy for me. Chuy does all the work on the cars. The family business takes most of my time. Chuy treats the equipment as if it were his own, so it takes a lot of pressure off me."

Having dedicated people on your crew who can take care of all the ins and outs of a dirt and pavement car operation is a necessity to compete for a title, but the ante is upped this week as the Silver Crown series will compete on consecutive nights - one on dirt and one on pavement. Byrne is one of just 11 drivers set to pull double-duty on both surfaces beginning with the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" Thursday night, May 25, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and concluding with the "Carb Night Classic" Friday night, May 26, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

On the previous four back-to-back nights of dirt and pavement races in USAC's Silver Crown history, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend's 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield back in 1974 aboard the Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Bob East & Tony Stewart's number 9. In 2008, Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway. Last year, the brothers Swanson captured both events with Kody taking the win at the "Hoosier Hundred" and Tanner collecting the "Carb Night Classic."

The two venues in play this week are the home of Byrne's best dirt and best pavement finishes with the series. While it's a tough row to hoe for anyone who straps into one of these 1625-pound, 800 horsepower machines on a regular basis to win one or both events this week, don't count David Byrne out by any means. Most of us did so at LOR two-and-a-half years ago. David Byrne made us, and his competition, pay for that one in one of the most exciting finishes in the 47-year history of the Silver Crown division.

Byrne is one of 11 drivers planning to compete in both Silver Crown races this week along with three-time defending winner Kody Swanson, the winner of the four most recent dirt Silver Crown events Chris Windom, USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons, Jr., Patrick Lawson, J.C. Bland, Joe Liguori, Aaron Pierce, Joss Moffatt, Bill Rose and Justin Grant.

For Thursday night's "Hoosier Hundred," spectator gates open at 3pm. Practice is set for 5pm, ProSource/B & W Auto Mart Qualifying at 6 and racing at 7pm. Over 40 cars are entered for the Hoosier Hundred, making it the largest anticipated field for a Silver Crown event since 2005!

The spectator gates for Friday night's "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway open at 2:45pm with racing set to begin at 6:30pm.

The "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, including the "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Carb Night Classic," on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

"CARB NIGHT CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST 02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing) 2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson) 3 ®A.J. RUSSELL/Clovis, CA (Ted Finkenbinder) 4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing) 5 ®J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises) 15 ®TROY THOMPSON/Brooksville, FL (Troy Thompson) 20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing) 22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing) 26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce) 32 ®JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (Williams & Wright Racing) 40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing) 57 ®KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley) 60 ®CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt) 63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports) 75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing) 80 ®TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports) 91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn-Carli Racing) 92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Kazmark Racing) 98 ®DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (RPM-Fred Gormly) 120 ®JOE AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Gene Nolen Racing)

 

 

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

The first of three nights of racing for USAC's "The Week of Indy" has been postponed due to steady rainfall in Western Indiana. Wednesday's 47th Annual "Tony Hulman Classic" was set to bring in 30+ USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars. The event will be rescheduled.

Two dates are being considered and officials are checking to confirm which one will be best. The new date will likely be released at the Hoosier Hundred on Thursday.

The "Week of Indy" will now get underway on Thursday, May 25 with the Hoosier Hundred featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which has a much improved forecast.

With the postponement of the "Hulman Classic," fans, teams, and drivers will start making the trek an hour east for Thursday's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN. The event will feature the 63rd edition of the famed race. The event is rich in tradition and this year's field is expected to be in upwards of 40 cars for the 100-lap event.

The weather forecast for Thursday has shown great improvement with any chances for rain ending in the early morning hours. The track at the Indiana State Fairgrounds holds up well with wet weather as proved last year when a two-hour downpour came through at noon on raceday.

USAC Silver Crown hot laps will be first on track at 5:00 with their qualifying session around 6:15. The Mid-American Stock Car Series will run their feature shortly after 7:00 and the USAC Silver Crown Series Hoosier Hundred will take the green around 8:00 PM.

Also still on schedule for this week is the "Carb Night Classic" on Friday, May 26th at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana. On track will be the USAC Silver Crown Series for a 100-lap event. A solid field of cars is expected. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 4:00 and qualifying is set for 5:30. The Mid-American Stock car feature is slated for 6:30 and the Carb Night Classic for the Champ Cars will go green at 8:00 PM.

Fans who have purchased a "Week of Indy" Superticket will be able to use it on the remaining two events this week, as well as the Tony Hulman Classic makeup date. If you have any additional questions, call 217-764-3200.

For more information on the "Week of Indy" events, visit www.trackenterprises.com.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

STEVIE SUSSEX WINS SHOOTOUT AT SAN TAN VALLEY By Lance Jennings

MAY 23, 2017... Starting seventh and slipping past R.J. Johnson on lap thirteen, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) roared to last Saturday’s feature win at Arizona Speedway. By claiming the $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph, Sussex earned his second victory of the campaign. Johnson, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, and Shon Deskins chased Sussex to the checkered flags.

Starting on the pole position, St. James led his first lap of the year before Boespflug took command. Visiting from Indiana, “The Hanford Hornet” set a torrid pace before falling to Johnson on the eleventh circuit. As R.J. looked for his second straight victory, his hopes were dashed by Sussex. The Tempe driver would go on to score his twelfth career SouthWest win. After a hard flip in the main event, veteran driver “Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. was injured after a hard flip and was taken to a local hospital. Everyone with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series wishes Ream will have a quick and speedy recovery.

Returning from the Midwest, Stevie Sussex raced Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS to a fourth place finish in his heat race and seventh out of nineteen racers in passing points. The two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner left Arizona Speedway ranked fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading two laps, R.J. Johnson ran second in the 30-lap main event. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. At press time, the four-time champion has a 29-point lead with one feature win, four heat race victories, two Beave Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led.

“The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug (Hanford, California) led nine laps before finishing third at Arizona Speedway. Racing the Team AZ #34 Western Premier Hauling / Performance Plus RSS, Boespflug ran second to Andy Reinbold in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. After one Southwest start, the USAC National Sprint Car regular is tied with Bob Ream Jr. for thirty-fourth in passing points.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) scored fourth at the San Tan Valley oval. Driving his #7K Priority Aviation / Woodland Auto Display Maxim, St. James ran third in his heat race and ranked sixth in passing points. The veteran driver heads to the Salute to Indy sitting twelfth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) raced to fifth at Arizona Speedway from ninth. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran fifth in his heat race and placed ninth in passing points. The veteran driver holds third in championship points with seven top-10 finishes on the season.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by racing to sixth from fifteenth. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering XXX, Curtis finished seventh in his heat race and ranked fifteenth in passing points. The young driver left San Tan Valley placed thirteenth in points with one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes.

After running third in his heat race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) claimed the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis finished ninth in the Arizona Speedway main event. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion is second in the point standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting the Reinbold/Underwood #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold placed second in passing points and finished nineteenth after an early exit. The 2008 Hank Arnold Memorial winner is currently ninth in points with three top-10 finishes on the season.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will be back for two days of action starting this Saturday, May 27th at Canyon Speedway Park’s annual “Salute to Indy.” The showcase will also feature IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 9. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 10. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chad Boespflug (#34 Team AZ), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 9. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Stevie Sussex (7th), 2. R.J. Johnson (4th), 3. Chad Boespflug (2nd), 4. Bruce St. James (1st), 5. Shon Deskins (9th), 6. Michael Curtis (15th), 7. Tye Mihocko (8th), 8. Jeff Lowery (10th), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 10. Matt Lundy (16th), 11. Brent Yarnal (19th), 12. Cody Sickles (18th), 13. Brian Hosford (11th), 14. Bob Ream Jr. (12th), 15. Landon Cling (13th), 16. Chris Bonneau (14th), 17. Mike Martin (3rd), 18. Nick Aiuto (17th), 19. Andy Reinbold (5th). NT ---------------------------- **Mike Martin and Bob Ream Jr. flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 St. James, Laps 2-10 Boespflug, Laps 11-12 Johnson, Laps 13-30 Sussex. HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 6th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-553, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-524, 3. Shon Deskins-477, 4. Stevie Sussex-430, 5. Landon Cling-374, 6. Mike Martin-348, 7. Nick Aiuto-347, 8. Tye Mihocko-322, 9. Andy Reinbold-308, 10. Chris Bonneau-305, 11. Matt Lundy-300, 12. Bruce St. James-270, 13. Michael Curtis-247, 14. Jeff Lowery-246, 15. Cody Sickles-214, 16. Brent Yarnal-211, 17. Brian Hosford-191, 18. Dave Darland-169, 19. Matt Rossi-168, 20. Ryan Bernal-160.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

RYAN BERNAL WINS TULARE’S CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL By Lance Jennings

MAY 23, 2017... Starting ninth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) grabbed the lead from Kyle Hirst at the white flag and won last Saturday’s “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial.” The $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway was Bernal’s fourth victory of the campaign. Hirst, fast qualifier Austin Liggett, Richard Vander Weerd, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the top-five finishers.

Polesitter Tristan Guardino led the opening four laps before “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr. grabbed the top spot. Looking for his first series win, Stornetta dominated the event until suffering heartbreak and front end damage on lap twenty-six. Hirst, who won the April 22nd Peter Murphy Classic, inherited the lead but slower cars became a factor. Bernal got the better of the traffic and thrilled the crowd to earn the popular win.

Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Ryan Bernal captured his series leading 31st main event. After qualifying tenth out of twenty-two racers, the Hollister driver won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors. At press time, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has reclaimed the point lead with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading two laps late in the race, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) settled for second after winning the companion King of the West / NARC feature. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions KPC, Hirst was second quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, the three-time King of the West Champion is nineteenth in points with one feature win, two top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) ran third in the Faria Memorial after starting sixth. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year earned his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is tied with Jake Swanson for fourth in points with one feature win, one, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) finished fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified third overall and ran second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. At press time, the 2011 champion ranks second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and six top-10 finishes.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria was ninth quick in time trials and won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. The two-time champion is sixth in points with one feature win, four heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, five top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led to his credit.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Piloting the Bob & Toni Van Meter owned #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Spike, McQueen qualified eighth overall and scored tenth in the “Faria Memorial.” As this writing goes to press, the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion ranks sixteenth in points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

On Saturday, June 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway in Ventura, California. The “Battle of the Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints and will also showcase IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, and USAC 600 Micro Sprints. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd., more event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: May 20, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.083; 2. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.181; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.294; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.308; 5. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.483; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.607; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.679; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.686; 10. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.845; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.901; 12. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.976; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.190; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.315; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.376; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.479; 17. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-17.498; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.522; 19. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.790; 20. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.031; 21. Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-20.027; 22. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Liggett, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Timmons, 6. Wiley, 7. Garris. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Stornetta, 3. Hirst, 4. Adams, 5. Sibley, 6. Nelson, 7. Strole. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hix, 5. Stolz, 6. Catron, 7. Farmer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (9th), 2. Kyle Hirst (2nd), 3. Austin Liggett (6th), 4. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (7th), 6. Jake Swanson (10th), 7. Max Adams (11th), 8. Tristan Guardino (1st), 9. Jace Vander Weerd (3rd), 10. Shannon McQueen (8th), 11. Ryan Timmons (13th), 12. Steven Garris (19th), 13. Brandon Wiley (16th), 14. Steve Hix (12th), 15. Jeff Sibley (14th), 16. Ryan Stolz (15th), 17. Joe Stornetta Jr. (5th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (17th), 19. Geoffrey Strole (20th), 20. Benjamin Catron (18th), 21. Scotty Farmer (21st). NT ---------------------------- **Majors flipped during qualifications. Farmer flipped on lap 1 of the third heat race. Farmer flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Guardino, Laps 5-26 Stornetta, Laps 27-28 Hirst, Laps 29-30 Bernal. BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (8th to 1st)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-473, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-470, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-455, 4. Jake Swanson-440, .. Austin Liggett-440, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7. Tristan Guardino-357, 8. Cody Majors-320, 9. Ryan Timmons-294, 10. Brandon Wiley-280, 11. Jeff Sibley-270, 12. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 13. Steven Garris-258, 14. Steve Hix-253, 15. Geoff Ensign-244, 16. Shannon McQueen-207, 17. Ryan Stolz-178, 18. Tye Mihocko-158, 19. Kyle Hirst-155, 20. Max Adams-154.

 

 

 

BALLOU & SWANSON BROTHERS SHOOT FOR HISTORY DURING WEEK OF INDY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In the month of May, all roads lead to Indy. It's the mecca of motorsport - the racing capital of the world. As hundreds of thousands of mass humanity converge on the Crossroads of America this week, eyes will be affixed on all things racing in the Hoosier state.

There's no better prelude to the grand event this weekend than three elite events on three-straight nights at a trio of Indiana racetracks with over two centuries of combined racing history: Wednesday at the Terre Haute Action Track Thursday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Three drivers - Robert Ballou, Kody Swanson and Tanner Swanson - are on the verge of history as they seek to achieve what few thought was achievable.

As this triumvirate of drivers aim to keep their streaks alive in what has already been a compelling and competitive season, it's time to believe the unbelievable. Open your eyes, ears and mind to three nights of USAC racing at its finest in legendary events spread across Indiana's (and the nation's) most-storied of racing venues.

The most-storied, annually-contested USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race of them all is the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. The 47th edition begins the Week of Indy this Wednesday night, May 24th. George "Ziggy" Snider was the hero in the first edition back in 1971 and, over the years, the greatest of the greats have etched their name into Hulman Classic and auto racing lore: Jan Opperman, Pancho Carter, Jack Hewitt, Ron Shuman, Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons, Jr. and three-time winners Levi Jones and Cary Faas, just to name a few.

However, none of these men were able to accomplish what stands in front of Robert Ballou this Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.

No driver has won three-in-a-row, but the Rocklin, California driver is accustomed to defying the odds as evidenced by his comeback victory in the most recent series race at Eldora Speedway two weeks ago, his second race back after an eight-month recovery following devastating injuries in a racing crash last September.

In last year's "Hulman Classic," it became a slider-fest in the second-half of the 30-lapper as Robert Ballou and Thomas Meseraull took each other on in a see-saw battle at both ends of the racetrack.

With less than 10 to go, Ballou came right back at Meseraull, taking the lead with a monster slide job into turn one. Ballou opened it up in the final stages to capture his second consecutive "Hulman Classic" victory which had previously only been achieved by Steve Butler and Levi Jones.

Pit gates open for the Hulman Classic at 3pm with the grandstands set to open at 4. Cars hit the track at 6:30.

Last May, one driver - Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson - reached a stratosphere that hadn't been touched in over four decades at the Indy Mile as he joined Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser as the only individuals to win the Hoosier Hundred three times in a row.

When Swanson lines up on the grid for the 63rd running at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday night, May 25, a record once thought untouchable will be just within his grasp. The two-time USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series champ from Kingsburg, California has an opportunity to join an exclusive club exemplified by brilliant dominance, especially in this modern era of parity. It's a club of one in which 1970-71-72 and 73 winner Unser is the sole proprietor.

Pit gates open at noon for the Hoosier Hundred while spectator gates are unlocked at 3. Cars are scheduled to begin on-track activity at 5pm.

In USAC's Silver Crown Champ Car Series, it's been a Swanson family affair over the past handful of years, especially at Lucas Oil Raceway where brothers Kody and Tanner have run first and second a total of seven times since 2010. Kody has two wins and Tanner five at the .686-mile paved oval. With a victory at this Friday night's "Carb Night Classic," Tanner would surpass Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver at the Brownsburg, Indiana track.

The Swansons split last year's pair of LOR appearances, but on Carb Night 2016, Tanner was in a position to pounce when leader Bobby Santos' engine expired with 20 laps remaining. Tanner carried on and was able to keep Kody at bay in the final stages to take yet another series victory on the hardtop.

Pit open at noon, front gates at 2:45pm with cars on track at 4pm for practice.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own "Week of Indy" Superticket now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy. The Superticket is your golden ticket for admission to all three of this week's USAC races at a steal of a price!

Both Wednesday's "Tony Hulman Classic" and Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV SET TO STREAM

HULMAN CLASSIC AND HOOSIER HUNDRED LIVE!

Two premiere events from USAC's "Week of Indy" will be streamed LIVE this Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25 on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The first live broadcast of the week begins with Wednesday's 47th Annual "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Watch as Robert Ballou goes for an unprecedented third "Hulman" victory in a row as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars return to the half-mile dirt oval at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.One night later, on Thursday, a field of 40 drivers make the trek to the one-mile Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred."

In what will be the largest USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS field in more than a decade, Kody Swanson attempts to equal Al Unser's long-standing record of four consecutive wins in the famed race.Wednesday night's broadcast begins with hot laps at 6:30pm while Thursday's show gets underway at 5pm.

If you'd like to view each of the races again after its initial showing, or watch it for the first time, tune into http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ a day after the race is run to see flag-to-flag coverage of both the "Tony Hulman Classic" and the "Hoosier Hundred."

 

 

HOOSIER STATE DIRT / PAVEMENT DOUBLEHEADER AWAITS SILVER CROWN DRIVERS THURS.-FRI.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

What makes the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series so fascinating is its diversity. The 11-race schedule alternates throughout the season at venues ranging from dirt tracks located on the nation's state fairgrounds with classic covered grandstands to paved surfaces that offer luxury suites and skyboxes.

On the track, a Silver Crown series title requires a driver to be readily adaptable to changing conditions and environments during a single 100-lap race, let alone a full season.

There are those who run for a championship, then there are dirt specialists and pavement specialists. In each race, drivers with those attributes will overlap as they compete for supremacy of that particular track on that particular night.

Both skill sets will be on display this week when the series goes back-to-back in a Hoosier state dirt/pavement doubleheader at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 25 and Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday, May 26, marking just the fifth time the series will have raced on both surfaces in a span of two nights.

First up is Thursday night's 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson has won the last three at the Indy Mile and, with another victory this week, would equal Al Unser (1970-73) as the only other driver to win four straight Hoosier Hundreds.

Swanson is among four past winning drivers entered in the 40-car field, including three-time winner Dave Darland (1995, 1996 & 2004) and two-time winners Jeff Swindell (1991 & 1993) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (2011 & 2012).

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois has been the dirt dominator in the series since the conclusion of last year's Hoosier Hundred in which he ran an impressive fifth after his original ride suffered mechanical woes earlier in the evening. Since last May, Windom has reeled off a quadruplet of victories at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Coming into Friday night's Carb Night Classic, the Swanson brothers stand on a pedestal that competitors have been taking shots at for the last several years, to no avail. Kody and Tanner have an unrelenting stranglehold on Lucas Oil Raceway's victory lane that has continued for much of the past decade. Tanner has won five and the opportunity to surpass Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver at Lucas Oil Raceway lies in wait on the horizon. Yet, older brother Kody was the victor the last time out at the .686-mile oval in July of 2016, getting the upper hand on Tanner who ran second.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts won the pavement season-opener at Phoenix Raceway in April and led the first 80 laps of the Carb Night Classic in 2016 before his engine let go. Santos, a three-time Silver Crown winner at LOR - in addition to three Sprint Car wins and a single Midget victory, will be joined by Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne - a last lap, last corner winner in July of 2014.

Pit gates open at noon for the Hoosier Hundred while spectator gates are unlocked at 3. Cars are scheduled to begin on-track activity at 5pm.

Carb Night Classic pit gates open at noon while front gates open at 2:45pm with cars on track at 4pm for practice.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own "Week of Indy" Superticket now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy. The Superticket is your golden ticket for admission to all three of this week's USAC races at a steal of a price!

Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

HOOSIER STATE DIRT / PAVEMENT DOUBLEHEADER AWAITS SILVER CROWN DRIVERS THURS.-FRI.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

What makes the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series so fascinating is its diversity. The 11-race schedule alternates throughout the season at venues ranging from dirt tracks located on the nation's state fairgrounds with classic covered grandstands to paved surfaces that offer luxury suites and skyboxes.

On the track, a Silver Crown series title requires a driver to be readily adaptable to changing conditions and environments during a single 100-lap race, let alone a full season.

There are those who run for a championship, then there are dirt specialists and pavement specialists. In each race, drivers with those attributes will overlap as they compete for supremacy of that particular track on that particular night.

Both skill sets will be on display this week when the series goes back-to-back in a Hoosier state dirt/pavement doubleheader at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 25 and Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana on Friday, May 26, marking just the fifth time the series will have raced on both surfaces in a span of two nights.

First up is Thursday night's 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson has won the last three at the Indy Mile and, with another victory this week, would equal Al Unser (1970-73) as the only other driver to win four straight Hoosier Hundreds.

Swanson is among four past winning drivers entered in the 40-car field, including three-time winner Dave Darland (1995, 1996 & 2004) and two-time winners Jeff Swindell (1991 & 1993) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (2011 & 2012).

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois has been the dirt dominator in the series since the conclusion of last year's Hoosier Hundred in which he ran an impressive fifth after his original ride suffered mechanical woes earlier in the evening. Since last May, Windom has reeled off a quadruplet of victories at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

Coming into Friday night's Carb Night Classic, the Swanson brothers stand on a pedestal that competitors have been taking shots at for the last several years, to no avail. Kody and Tanner have an unrelenting stranglehold on Lucas Oil Raceway's victory lane that has continued for much of the past decade. Tanner has won five and the opportunity to surpass Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver at Lucas Oil Raceway lies in wait on the horizon. Yet, older brother Kody was the victor the last time out at the .686-mile oval in July of 2016, getting the upper hand on Tanner who ran second.

Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts won the pavement season-opener at Phoenix Raceway in April and led the first 80 laps of the Carb Night Classic in 2016 before his engine let go. Santos, a three-time Silver Crown winner at LOR - in addition to three Sprint Car wins and a single Midget victory, will be joined by Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne - a last lap, last corner winner in July of 2014.

Pit gates open at noon for the Hoosier Hundred while spectator gates are unlocked at 3. Cars are scheduled to begin on-track activity at 5pm.

Carb Night Classic pit gates open at noon while front gates open at 2:45pm with cars on track at 4pm for practice.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own "Week of Indy" Superticket now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy. The Superticket is your golden ticket for admission to all three of this week's USAC races at a steal of a price!

Thursday's "Hoosier Hundred" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

BALLOU GOES FOR UNPRECEDENTED 3-IN-A-ROW WEDNESDAY IN 47TH HULMAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two weeks ago, in his return to the cockpit of a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for the first time in eight months, Robert Ballou made the contingent on hand stand up and take notice that he hadn't missed a beat.

His second race back in Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo resulted in a commanding victory and placed him right at the top of the totem pole of favorites heading into this Wednesday night's "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

It was a moment that recalled some of the greatest USAC comebacks seen in recent history such as Lee Kunzman's National Midget win at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati in 1971, where he returned to victory in his first race after suffering a broken neck, arm and severe burns in a sprint crash at Missouri's I-70 Speedway in 1970. Or Pancho Carter's return after severe lower extremity injuries in a testing crash at Phoenix, in which he won his first two USAC Sprint Car appearances at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Winchester (Ind.) Speedway after a five-month layoff.

The "Hulman Classic" is an event in which Ballou has won twice in a row. Only two other drivers have accomplished that feat: Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09).

Rocklin, California's Ballou has unprecedented territory to claim this time around as he aims to become the first driver to win three consecutive "Hulmans." Only Jones (2005-08-09) and Cary Faas (1992-94-98) have even won three total in the 46-year history of the event.

In last year's "Hulman Classic," Ballou and Thomas Meseraull waged war in a back-and-forth slider-fest before Ballou pulled ahead with less than 10 laps remaining to prevail at the Action Track.

Ballou is among five past winners expected to compete in Wednesday night's race, including Dave Darland (1993 & 2014), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010 & 2013), Jon Stanbrough (2002 & 2007) and Chris Windom (2011). Windom has won the last two appearances by USAC at Terre Haute, a National Sprint Car triumph in October of 2016 and the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown season opener in April of this year.

The "Hulman Classic" began with George Snider's victory in 1971 and continues today as the longest, annually-contested event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar. Except for a brief period between 1988 and 1991 when the event moved to the pavement at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the Hulman Classic has always been held at the half-mile Terre Haute Action Track.

Former winners of the race include ten Indianapolis 500 veterans, 14 past USAC National Sprint Car championships and even an NHRA Top Fuel Drag Racing star, Doug Kalitta.

Pit gates open for the Hulman Classic at 3pm with the grandstands set to open at 4. Cars hit the track at 6:30.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own "Week of Indy" Superticket now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy/. The Superticket is your golden ticket for admission to all three of this week's USAC races at a steal of a price!

Wednesday's "Tony Hulman Classic" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. As always, you can watch each and every USAC event one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 20, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Dad's 4 by Tool & Supply Food Bank Benefit"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Jeff Horn (#1A Mossman), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 6. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 2. Anthony Nocella (#29 Seymour), 3. Jeff Champagne (#5 Matczak), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Tyler Jackson (#3 Matczak), 6. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Whitney, 2. Christensen, 3. Nocella, 4. Champagne, 5. Horn, 6. Dias, 7. Krawiec. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec, 2. Anthony Nocella, 3. Dean Christensen, 4. Andy Barrows, 5. Adam Whitney, 6. Jeff Horn, 7. Derek O'Hearn, 8. Mark Cole, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Tyler Jackson, 11. Jeff Champagne, 12. Jake Higginson. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Champagne, Laps 2-19 Barrows, Lap 20 Krawiec.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-227, 2-Whitney-206, 3-Barrows-202, 4-Dias-199, 5-Krawiec-196, 6-Horn-187, 7-O'Hearn-178, 8-Campagne-153, 9-Seth Carlson-100, 10-David Moniz-96.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: June 3 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Night"

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 20, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "Robert Horne Ford Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 7. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 8. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 9. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 10. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chad Boespflug (#34 Team AZ), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 9. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Jeff Lowery, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Brent Yarnal, 12. Cody Sickles, 13. Brian Hosford, 14. Bob Ream Jr., 15. Landon Cling, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. Mike Martin, 18. Nick Aiuto, 19. Andy Reinbold. NT ---------------------------- **Mike Martin and Bob Ream Jr. flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 St. James, Laps 2-10 Boespflug, Laps 11-12 Johnson, Laps 13-30 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 6th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-553, 2-Davis-524, 3-Deskins-477, 4-Sussex-430, 5-Cling-374, 6-Martin-348, 7-Aiuto-347, 8-Mihocko-322, 9-Reinbold-308, 10-Bonneau-305.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: May 27 & 28 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Salute to Indy"

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

May 20, 2017 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 2. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), 6. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 7. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21 Kunsman), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 4. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 5. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 6. Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Ryan Greth, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Brenden Bright, 4. Brett Arndt, 5. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 6. P.J. Gargiulo, 7. Kenny Miller, 8. Jay Hartman, 9. Andrew Layser, 10. Shawn Jackson, 11. Rohan Beasley, 12. Trevor Kobylarz. NT --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-20 Greth.

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS Presented by ARDC: 1-.Bright-517, 2-Greth-463, 3-B.Bright-462, 4-Kobylarz-423, 5-Jackson-400, 6-Har5tman-387, 7-Miller-377. 8-Arndt-360, 9-Kunsman-348, 10-Adam Pierson-323.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACES Presented by ARDC: June 15-16 - Williams Grove (PA) Speedway - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown"

 

SANTOS RETURNS TO FORM HEADING INTO FRIDAY'S CARB NIGHT CLASSIC USAC SILVER CROWN RACE

Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis Raceway Park, O'Reilly Raceway Park or Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. No matter which name it has been called throughout its 57-year history, there are distinct eras at the .686-mile paved oval which have been defined by the domination of drivers who proved to be nearly unbeatable in USAC competition.

In the last 20 years alone, Mike Bliss, Dave Steele, Tracy Hines and the current authority displayed by brothers Tanner and Kody Swanson, have each reigned supreme for a period of time at LOR. They are among a set of drivers that, when you saw their team unload their Midget, Sprint Car or Silver Crown in the pit area, it was nearly a foregone conclusion that, barring unforeseen circumstances, the race for the win at LOR would have to go through them.

Coming into the Friday, May 26 "Carb Night Classic" for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS at Lucas Oil Raceway, we are reminded of the command of the mantle that Bobby Santos had for a stretch during the late 2000s/early 2010s. The Franklin, Massachusetts native began 2006 with his first LOR victory in the "Night Before the 500" USAC National Midget race and, in July, won the first of his three career USAC National Sprint Car features at the track. And it came in spectacular fashion.

With just two laps remaining, Santos trailed a half-lap behind race leader Eric Gordon. A late caution bunched up the field for a green-white-checker finish and Santos took advantage. When the two came out of turn four side-by-side with the checkered flag waving, the two tangled, sending both hard into the inside wall. Santos crossed the line first, with Gordon in second, marking one of the few occasions in auto racing history in which the winning driver never even saw the checkered flag because his car was rolling backwards across the finish line!

In 2009, Santos captured his first career Silver Crown race of any kind, albeit in much less spectacular fashion than his sprint car win three years earlier, at LOR after getting by Chet Fillip and leading the final 73 laps on his way to victory.

In 2012, Santos swept both Silver Crown events at LOR, leading 187 of a possible 200 laps combined in the two events. Lurking in the shadows, though, was second-place finisher Kody Swanson, which would prove to be a harbinger of things to come in the following years.

In the ensuing years, Santos has recorded LOR finishes of 16th, 5th, 5th, 3rd, 4th, 15th and 4th. While by no means are his results poor, they are not up to the standards of Santos who expects to compete for wins.

Since 2013, though, 617 of 700 laps run in the seven Silver Crown visits to LOR have been led by either Tanner or Kody Swanson. However, 80 of the 83 laps not led by a Swanson were claimed by Santos in last May's "Carb Night Classic."

The mojo had returned to the 31-year-old Santos for the first time in quite a while at LOR, but with 20 laps to go, while leading, the engine went sour, ending what appeared to be a return to victory lane. It was a bitter disappointment that lingered throughout the remainder of 2016 and put him and his DJ Racing team on notice that changes needed to be made both inward and outward to get back on top of the game.

"I actually spent a lot of time on the small details this past winter to be better for 2017," Santos explains. "I got in the gym and lost 25+ lbs. and I feel great. I focused on the details of the car to take weight off it and just tried to be the best prepared that I could for each race this season."

The changes paid large dividends when the 2017 season opened at Phoenix Raceway's "Copper Cup" in late April. Santos set ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then waged war with David Byrne throughout much of the 100-lapper before taking the lead for good by using a crossover move to get past Byrne with eight laps remaining to earn a long overdue win, his first in the series in nearly two seasons.

The versatile 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified champion and NASCAR Truck and Xfinity series veteran has plans to complete 600 laps of racing this weekend, beginning with Friday night's "Carb Night Classic" Silver Crown 100-lapper at Lucas Oil Raceway, then follow it up Saturday night with the world's only 500-lap sprint car race, the "Little 500" at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway.

"I believe past experience always helps a racer," said Santos who aims to make his 15th LOR Silver Crown and fourth Little 500 start this weekend. "I pride myself on adapting well to different styles of cars and racing."

"We thought we were going to win one at IRP (LOR) last year, but it didn't work out." Santos continued. "I love the track and am always confident to race there."

USAC and Track Enterprises have teamed up to present a Superticket for admission to three of its upcoming marquee events - the "Tony Hulman Classic," the "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Carb Night Classic" on May 24-25-26 - leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

The three-straight nights of racing in Indiana present open wheel racing at its finest from the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as well as the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars Series presented by TRAXXAS on both dirt and pavement.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own Week of Indy Superticket that's good for admission to Terre Haute, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Raceway on May 24-25-26. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

As always, individual tickets for each "Week of Indy" event will be available at regular price on race day at the gate.

Pit gates for the "Carb Night Classic" open at noon while spectator gates open at 2:45pm. Silver Crown practice begins at 4pm, ProSource Qualifying at 5:30pm and racing at 6:30pm. A special autograph session featuring all the Silver Crown drivers will occur from 7:15 to 7:45pm, just prior to the green flag for the 100-lap Silver Crown main event.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

May 20, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1.Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.083; 2. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.181; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.294; 4. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.308; 5. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.483; 6. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.607; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.659; 8. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.679; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.686; 10. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.845; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.901; 12. Scotty Farmer, 81, Watt-16.976; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.190; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.315; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.376; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.479; 17. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-17.498; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.522; 19. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.790; 20. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.031; 21. Benjamin Catron, 4, Catron-20.027; 22. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Liggett, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Timmons, 6. Wiley, 7. Garris. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McQueen, 2. Stornetta, 3. Hirst, 4. Adams, 5. Sibley, 6. Nelson, 7. Strole. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hix, 5. Stolz, 6. Catron, 7. Farmer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Kyle Hirst, 3. Austin Liggett, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Ryan Timmons, 12. Steven Garris, 13. Brandon Wiley, 14. Steve Hix, 15. Jeff Sibley,16. Ryan Stolz, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr., 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Geoffrey Strole, 20. Benjamin Catron, 21. Scotty Farmer. NT

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**Majors flipped during qualifications. Farmer flipped on lap 1 of the third heat race. Farmer flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Guardino, Laps 5-26 Stornetta, Laps 27-28 Hirst, Laps 29-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (8th to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 3 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – Co-Sanctioned with VRA – “Battle of the Beach Race #1”

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

May 19, 2017 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76e FMR), 2. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 3. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. Eric Heydenreich (#11 Heydenreich), 6. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher). 7. Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1-Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 4. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 5. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 6. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 7. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brenden Bright, 2. Trevor Kobylarz, 3. Brett Arndt, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Jay Hartman, 7. Shawn Jackson, 8. Josh Heckman, 9. Eric Heyydenreich, 10. Jason Rice, 11. Adam Pierson, 12. Andrew Layser, 13. Rohan Beasley, 14. Kenny Miller. NT --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 B.Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET STANDINGS presented by ARDC: 1-A.Bright-387, 2-Kobylarz-343, 3-B.Bright-335, 4-Greth-326, 5-Pierson-323, 6-Jackson-313, 7-Hartman-289, 8-Miller-273, 9-Heckman-259, 10-Arndt-235.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACE Presented by ARDC: May 20 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

 

 

I-55 USAC SPRINT RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RAINED OUT

Due to heavy rainfall throughout the night and continued precipitation this morning, the Saturday, May 20 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "River Town Showdown" at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri has been cancelled.

Advance tickets purchased for the "River Town Showdown" at both Tri-City and I-55 will be refunded.

The series returns to action this Wednesday night, May 24, for the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. The "Hulman" kicks off a huge week for USAC racing in the state of Indiana that continues with the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 25 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on Friday, May 26.

Race fans can purchase their Week of Indy Superticket that's good for admission to all three races at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

As always, individual tickets for each "Week of Indy" event will be available at regular price on race day at the gate.

 

 

SWANSON SEEKS TO ACCOMPANY UNSER AS 2ND TO WIN 4TH-STRAIGHT HOOSIER 100 ON MAY 25

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When Kody Swanson lines up on the grid for this year's 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a record once thought untouchable will be just within his grasp.

In September of 1973, Al Unser and the Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing team captured its fourth consecutive victory in the annual race at the Indy Mile - the only occasion of a driver winning four straight events at one of the three traditional dirt miles the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars annually compete on.

On Thursday night, May 25, Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports team have an opportunity to join that exclusive club exemplified by brilliant dominance, especially in this modern era in which the equipment and speed throughout the field are so equal. In fact, Kody has accomplished the three-peat feat in the very same car during his wins in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Regardless of the car or the situation, the versatile 29-year-old Kingsburg, California native is a quick study. The high school valedictorian and engineer by trade had what he estimates to be the best week of his career last May by winning three out of four races in four straight days on four different tracks in four different types of cars.

Swanson followed up his third-straight Hoosier Hundred win with a second-place run behind his brother Tanner in the Carb Night Classic Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. One night later, Swanson claimed the largest payday of his career, spinning and winning at the Little 500 Sprint Car event at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. For his encore performance on Sunday, he proceeded to Fremont, Ohio and collected a BOSS Sprint Car win.

With performances as such, one might believe Swanson would be riding high on a wave of confidence coming into this year's "Week of Indy." Yet, Swanson remains grounded, humble and as hungry as he ever, never letting his laundry list of accomplishments in recent years cloud his mind when he believes he still has much to prove to others and to himself.

"I don't know that having won three in a row is really a factor in feeling confidence or pressure for me," Swanson believes. "I always feel pressure to perform in Silver Crown races and I don't exactly overflow with confidence anyway. I do think that when we go to the track, we've got a chance to win. That's about all you can ask for."

On paper, it appears each of the last three Hoosier Hundred races have played out in a similar manner. In 2014, Swanson overtook Bobby East on lap 78 of the 100-lapper. In 2015, Swanson passed A.J. Fike on lap 68 en route to victory and, last year, it was a single lap sooner on circuit 67 when he made his way past Shane Cottle to take the point and the eventual victory.

From the outside, one would believe Swanson has a tried-and-true plan of attack that he adheres to - managing his tires and biding his time for the first three-quarters of the 100-miler, then striking like a viper in the night during the final quarter before driving away to another victory. Swanson sees it differently, however, as a race of opportunity.

"Each race has played out a little differently and I have tried to just keep working my way to the front," Swanson explains. "Opportunities are hard to come by in these races, so you've got to take them when you get the chance."

For three years running, Swanson hasn't missed many opportunities at the Hoosier Hundred. Though the lap number when Swanson gets to the front of the field may vary from one race to another, one cannot deny that he puts himself in position to win due to his analytical, detail-oriented approach to the 100-lappers.

Nonetheless, one essential element that must not be forgotten is the team that surrounds him. The DePalma Motorsports team and legendary crew chief Bob Hampshire had to be talked into running for a title by Swanson just three years ago. Three owners' championships later, the Lima, Ohio based team has certainly reaped the rewards of teaming up with Swanson, who has earned 12 of his 15 career series wins for the DePalmas to climb the charts to a tie for fourth on the series' all-time list with J.J. Yeley.

As car counts have continually risen and the competition grown tougher, Swanson's level of success has been unwavering, a true testament to how the team has answered most every challenge they've faced. A field with drivers such as Chris Windom - the defending series champ out of Canton, Illinois who's won the last four dirt races in the series - as well as Fike, Cottle, Brian Tyler, Jerry Coons, Jr., Jeff Swindell, Dave Darland, Brady Bacon, Shane Cockrum, Justin Grant - the list goes on and on - makes the task of winning a fourth-straight Hoosier Hundred a daunting task.

Forty-four years have passed since Unser's authoritative clutch on the competition at the fairgrounds dirt oval. In 2017, a new generation of race fans and observers could very well be firsthand eyewitnesses to history. Many will harken to the glory days of yesteryear by recalling Unser and his run of domination on the Indy Mile as the decade of the 1970s emerged. Perhaps 44 years from today, in 2061, the era of Kody Swanson at the Hoosier Hundred will be recalled just as fondly. For now, though, we can just enjoy the excellence of Swanson in the glory days of the present. It's something of which we are all fortunate to witness.

Nearly 40 drivers are entered for Thursday's event, the largest anticipated car count for the race since 2005 and you can get in on the action with a special discount price. USAC and Track Enterprises have teamed up to present a Superticket for admission to three of its upcoming marquee events - the "Tony Hulman Classic," the "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Carb Night Classic" on May 24-25-26 - leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

The three-straight nights of racing in Indiana present open wheel racing at its finest from the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as well as the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars Series presented by TRAXXAS on both dirt and pavement.

Fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own Week of Indy Superticket that's good for admission to Terre Haute, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Raceway on May 24-25-26. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

As always, individual tickets for each "Week of Indy" event will be available at regular price on race day at the gate.

Gates open at 4pm while hot laps get underway at 5pm and ProSource Qualifying begins at 6pm.

The Hoosier Hundred will be available LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Next day, flag-to-flag coverage will be available on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TULARE’S “CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL” ON TAP FOR USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS
By Lance Jennings

MAY 17, 2017... The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, May 20th, at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will be the last appearance of the year for the traditional 360 sprints at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval. The King of the West / NARC Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will join the action packed card. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” is one of the most prestigious dates on the USAC West Coast schedule. While this year’s event marks the twenty-fourth running of the race, Peter Murphy won the inaugural 360 non-winged memorial in 2009. Since then, Craig Stidham, Bud Kaeding, Kyle Larson, and Ryan Bernal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Austin Liggett have joined Murphy on the winner’s list.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-six USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with twelve victories and Jake Swanson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.984, set on March 17th. In the previous three Tulare races of 2017, Swanson, Bernal, and Kyle Hirst took the checkered flags. The series win list at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to the eighth point race, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits atop the point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace charged from eighth to score third at Hanford on April 29th. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking to claim his ninth victory this Saturday night.

Ranked second in the standings and five points behind his twin brother is Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California). Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard placed sixteenth at Hanford after an early flip ended his night. At press time, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd is second overall with nineteen career wins and will have his sights adding the “Faria Memorial” to his resume.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is third in the chase for the championship. Splitting time between Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART and Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe XXX, Bernal did not compete at the Hanford April 29th show. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has posted three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with thirty USAC West Coast wins and is a fan favorite.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Starting the year in Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson scored eighteenth at Hanford in the Tony Jones / Larry Henry #41 CBI Equipment DRC. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) is fifth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett ran second to “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. at Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season. Austin is tied for twelfth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his fourth victory at the “Faria Memorial.”

Currently eleventh in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Garris (Escalon, California) and Steve Hix (Ventura, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, Max Adams, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, 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. Bleacher seats are $20 and Grandstands seats are $25. 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, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Danny Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.

CHRIS & BRIAN FARIA MEMORIAL NON-WING 360 WINNERS:
2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Bud Kaeding, 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Austin Liggett.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
12-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jace Vander Weerd-403, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-398, 3. Ryan Bernal-395, 4. Jake Swanson-377, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-358, 7. Cody Majors-310, 8. Tristan Guardino-301, 9. Ryan Timmons-249, 10. Geoff Ensign-244, 11. Brandon Wiley-240, 12. Jeff Sibley-233, 13. Joe Stornetta Jr.-222, 14. Steven Garris-217, 15. Steve Hix-213, 16. Tye Mihocko-158, 17. Shannon McQueen-156, 18. Brady Bacon-148, 19. Ryan Stolz-143, 20. Stevie Sussex-132.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RACES ON FRI.-SAT. TO BE STREAMED ON SPEED SHIFT TV

This coming weekend's "River Town Showdown," featuring heart pounding USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget action on the Illinois/Missouri border, can be seen LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

On Friday, May 19, May the Showdown begins at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois with the first USAC National Sprint/Midget doubleheader held at the same track on the same night since 2010.

Watch as Tanner Thorson looks to make USAC history as he aims to join Rich Vogler as one of two drivers in series history to win six in a row at the same track. Vogler won six straight at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track between 1983 and 1986. Thorson has won the last five at Tri-City, including a complete sweep of the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in 2015 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Friday marks the first trip by the USAC National Sprint Cars to Tri-City since Josh Wise's victory in 2006.

One night later, on Saturday, May 20, the Sprint Cars make their debut at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. The high-banked quarter-mile bullring has been a highly-anticipated venue for competitors and fans since the schedule was released.

A day after each event, you can experience flag-to-flag coverage of both races on-demand at http://www.loudpedal.tv/.

 

 

Wingless Sprint Series Invades Cottage Grove Speedway; $200.00 For Highest Finishing Limited Engine
By Ben Deatherage
Cottage Grove, Oregon- After a week of dormancy the Non-Wing Sprint Car stars of the Pacific Northwest is back in action on Saturday, May 20th. The second race of the campaign will take place at Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway. Expect a very good car count to compliment some entertaining racing at the historic ¼-mile clay oval.

Gary Lynch would open up the 2017 season with a big win at Madras Speedway on May 6th. There was also a healthy number of participants with nineteen drivers making the journey. That number will most likely go up due to Cottage Grove Speedway boasting a good base of Sprint Car teams in the area. There is also an enticing $200.00 bonus, courtesy of Rob Lindsey and Brian Crockett of BC Motorsports, on the line for the highest finishing Cottage Grove Speedway Limited engine.

The WSS has only been to Cottage Grove Speedway twice since the formation of the series in 2016. Cooper Desbiens and Kyle Miller would split the wins in those two events. Will there be three different winners in as many Wingless Sprint Series appearances.

Pit Gates open at 2:00 PM, Front Gates 4:00, and Racing at 6:30. Ticket prices are $13.00 for Adults, Juniors (13-17)/Seniors (62+) $10.00, Youths (6-12) $5.00, and Children (5 and Under) are FREE. The track is hosting Armed Forces Night so all veterans and military members get into the races for FREE. For more information log on to www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.

Be sure and visit wingless.nwextremeseries.com for the latest stories, news, points, and more regarding the Wingless Sprint Series. Also, check out the series on Facebook by visiting “Wingless Sprint Series” or “Northwest Wingless Tour” and clicking “Like”.

Past Wingless Sprint Series Winners At Cottage Grove Speedway:
2016- Cooper Desbiens on May 21st; Kyle Miller on June 26th

Cooper Desbiens-1
Kyle Miller

Former Wingless Sprint Series Champions
2016- Rob Lindsey

2017 Wingless Sprint Series Schedule
May 6th-Madras Speedway-Madras, OR* (Gary Lynch)
May 20th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, OR
May 27th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, WA
June 10th-Grays Harbor Raceway-Elma, WA
June 17th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, OR
June 24th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, OR
July 8th-Cottage Grove Speedway-Cottage Grove, OR-Wingless Nationals
July 15th-Madras Speedway-Madras, OR*
July 22nd-Sunset Speedway Park-Banks, OR
August 12th-Willamette Speedway-Lebanon, OR
August 19th-Madras Speedway-Madras, OR*
September 2nd-Coos Bay Speedway-Coos Bay, OR-Ironman Wingless Challenge
September 9th-Sunset Speedway Park-Banks, OR
*- Denotes Lynch Pro-Formance Products Wingless Sprint Mini-Series events

2017 Wingless Sprint Series Sponsors And Marketing Partners:
Walker Racing Development (Fast Time Award)
Lynch Pro-Formance Products
Speedmart Inc. (Hardcharger Award)
Herz Precision Parts

Wingless Sprint Series All-Time Win List:
Rob Lindsey-4
Lance Hallmark-2
Gary Lynch
Lindsay Barney-1
Cooper Desbiens
Kyle Miller
Wayne Van Raden

 

 

RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN BORDER WAR BRINGS USAC TO ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In 1804, Lewis and Clark departed from the eastern edge of the Mississippi River to begin their expedition of the newly-acquired land to the west.

Two-hundred and thirteen years later, names like Justin Grant, Chad Boespflug, Chris Windom and Robert Ballou depart their homelands to explore uncharted and long-lost lands with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship while Tanner Thorson, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston and Jerry Coons, Jr. navigate toward the Arch for their annual trek to the Illinois/Missouri state line for a USAC National Midget clash at the river.

The first stop of the "River Town Showdown" brings a USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget doubleheader to one track for one night for the first time since 2010 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois.

Tri-City has become a traditional stop for the USAC National Midgets over the past several years. Even though Tanner Thorson claims Minden, Nevada as him hometown, he may as well have claimed a second permanent residence in Granite City, Illinois where he has spent his last five visits to the three-eighths-mile dirt oval in victory lane.

The last two seasons, Thorson swept every single night of the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals," scoring in back-to-back fashion in 2015 and followed that up with a three-peat in 2016.

With one more victory at Tri-City, Thorson would tie a long-standing USAC Midget record of consecutive wins by a driver at a single track. Between 1983 and 1986, Vogler practically owned Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, winning six-straight on the half-mile.

Also on tap Friday night at Tri-City are the USAC National Sprint Cars, who make their first stop at the track since 2006. Last weekend, Justin Grant pocketed his third series victory of the year in a barnburner at Eldora to stay atop the standings.

Robert Ballou made his triumphant return to the cockpit last Friday and, one night later, was in victory lane after taking night two of #LetsRaceTwo at the "Big E."

The second round of the border war crosses the river to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. It's been five years since the USAC National Sprint Cars took on the Show-Me State and the first ever stop by USAC at I-55.

Robert Ballou is a previous USAC Sprint Car winner in the state of Missouri and will be aiming for victory number two this weekend, but at I-55, he'll have to contend with the likes of local racing hero Hunter Schuerenberg. Hunter claimed February's "Winter Dirt Games" finale in Ocala, Florida, but the Sikeston native, as well as Greenwood's Clinton Boyles, are looking to break through as the first ever driver from Missouri to win a USAC Sprint feature in his homestate.

Adult General Admission tickets are just $25. Ages 13-18 get in for $15. Kids age 12 and Under are free. Both nights of the River Town Showdown push off at the same times. Gates open Friday at Tri-City and Saturday at I-55 at 4pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

Attention college students! Show a college ID at the gate and get $10 off your general admission ticket. Order your "River Town Showdown" tickets now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-river-town-showdown-may-19--20 and receive a free event T-shirt!

If you're stuck somewhere this weekend that isn't Tri-City or I-55, don't fret; http://www.SpeedShift.TV/ will be streaming both nights of racing live, flag-to-flag. Miss the live show or want to watch again? You're in luck! Loudpedal.TV has you covered with on-demand coverage of all the night's action.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Cancer Awareness Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Daltyn England (#19E England), 4. Mike Larson (#15s Larson), 5. Jim Picardi (#15s Morgan), 6. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Kurt Mueller (83 Mueller), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 2. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Aaron Schuck (#53 SET), 5. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 6. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Mitchell Davis, 3. Dillon Morley, 4. Gedd Ross, 5. Aaron Schuck, 6. Tyson Hart, 7. Shane Morgan, 8. Chase McDermand, 9. Adam Taylor, 10. Jeremy Hull, 11. Javob Sollenberger, 12. Brent Burrows, 13. Broc Hunnell, 14. Daltyn England, 15. Kurt Mueller, 16. Jim Picardi, 17. Mike Larson, 18. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). (Jack Routson, in #14 Routson car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection). --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Baugh.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Taylor-200, 2-Morley-190, 3-Hart-178, 4-McDermand-175, 5-Davis-170, 6-Hull-168, 7-Burrows-150, 8-Hunnell-149, 9-Sollenberger-149, 10-Jeff Mallonee-143.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: May 20 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway - "Case Bine Credit Union Night at the Races"

 

 

THE MADMAN IS BACK; BALLOU RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE AT ELDORA AFTER 8-MONTH RECOVERY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Thursday, he was medically cleared. Friday, he was back in a racecar. Saturday, he was back in victory lane.

The timeline of events that led to Ballou's triumphant return to the top after an agonizing eight-month recovery from serious neck injuries sustained in a racing accident last September is as remarkable as it comes.

The storybook journey took the Rocklin, California native and 2015 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion to the front of the field on lap 18 of the 30-lap feature Saturday on night two of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway after chasing down Chris Windom in lapped traffic to capture his first win in nearly a year.

Eldora was a fitting stage for Ballou's return, but it was just happenstance that the first leg of his road back to the racetrack took place at a venue that has served him so well over the past decade. It's the same place where he earned the first three of his 27 career series victories as well as the first #LetsRaceTwo feature in 2015. But, most importantly, it's a place - physically and mentally - that put him into a comfort zone as he put into perspective how fortunate he was to have another moment such as the one he had in front of large, raucous crowd Saturday night.

"Being able to come back and race a sprint car again is a victory in my mind," Ballou said. "I was faced with some circumstances where, in reality, I should've died. Obviously, someone wasn't done with me and I'm still here. It's sure been a long road. To come back at Eldora, I think everybody was excited fanwise, but I think they were all pretty leery. I've always loved this place, though. It comes pretty natural to me."

Just two days prior, Ballou's status was still uncertain as he awaited medical clearance from Dr. David Schwartz that would give him the go-ahead to get back behind the wheel of a racecar. Thursday night, he received official word and, from that point, it was a bit of a thrash to get everything ready to go for the next two nights.

"Our new Eagle chassis was sitting in the shop and hadn't been touched until about a week ago," Ballou admits. "I said, 'Hey, there might be a chance we could get going in June, so we need to get the ball rolling.' I had been going to work every day and spending every night in the shop. I didn't even get stickers or bumpers on the car until 2pm on Friday afternoon!"

Getting back in racing mode is not only difficult on the psyche after a serious incident such as Ballou's, the stakes are high when your racing career and your livelihood depends on your results on the track. Ballou admits that the situation is dire in some areas, but his level of success over the past three years has paid large dividends, and bills. Being out of commission for three-quarters of a year, however, put him in a difficult bind when he was sporting a brace instead of a firesuit.

"Fifteen days before I crashed, I bought a house," Ballou recalls. "I was out of work for 21 weeks and I couldn't afford my shop and my house at the same time without any income. I was pretty fortunate over the 2014 and 2015 seasons to bring in enough prize money to put a second and third car together and get a truck and trailer. I've got all the parts; I just don't have any money left. If we can keep winning before my parts supply runs out, hopefully we can get our bank account built back up and get back to where we were."

On the first night back on track, Ballou admits he and crew chief Derrick Bye were a bit behind the curve at the beginning of the night, but each time they hit the track, they got a little more comfortable and a little faster as the competitive juices began to flow again, helping get the two back into the same high-standard mode that drove them to 21 series victories from 2014 to 2016.

"I was pretty rusty Friday night and we have a new chassis that we're trying to figure out," Ballou explained. "We probably played it a little too conservative to start. We were trying to play catch up all night. You can't play catch up in this game. If you get caught behind the eight-ball, the night's over before you ever get back on the right side. That was ultimately the issue the first night. Tonight, we pretty much picked up where we were left off before the accident."

Saturday night, it looked like 2015 all over again as the white No. 12 was fast right from the get-go. He timed in fourth, ran second in his heat and began the main event from the outside of the second row.

By the end of lap one, Ballou had instantly climbed to second and was already challenging Windom for the top spot. Ballou dove to the bottom at the entrance of turn one, sliding up in front of Windom to take the lead. However, Windom came right back at Ballou, returning the favor by mimicking the same move that had just been put on him on the opposite end of the track to snatch the lead back in turn three.

"Once I slid Chris and got past him, he got me back in the next corner," Ballou details. "He was setting a pretty torrid pace that I thought would be difficult to keep up for 30 laps. When you go green for so long like we did tonight, it's really tough to keep the tires from blistering and, once they get hot and blister, it's pretty much over with. My car is generally better on long runs as it is. At times, he started getting tricky into one. I was running a lane above him and, at times, it was a little treacherous. There were a few times I thought I was going to knock the fence down."

Windom and Ballou ripped the high side as they put their right rear tires right up against the concrete to separate themselves as the cream of the crop of the 22-car field. The two were identically as fast as the other, turning similar times around the half-mile with the interval never wavering a tenth of a second in either direction from their five-car-length separation between one another throughout the first half.

The two entered lapped traffic by lap 10 with much of the back end of the field cooperating by running the bottom, providing them an unobstructed lane up top. The treacherous moment Ballou mentioned came on the 12th lap in traffic as Ballou negotiated the car of Corey Smith. Ballou had committed to the topside as Smith simultaneously headed for the groove up against the wall in turn one. Ballou was able to slip by with nary a foot to spare between his left side wheels and Smith's right side as "The Madman" continued his pursuit of Windom and the race lead.

With 13 laps remaining, the leaders encountered 15th-running Josh Hodges running the high groove. Windom left the trusty high line to slide Hodges in the third turn. As he slid through the middle of the racing surface, Ballou stayed the course up top and jetted around the outside of Windom exiting turn four to take the top position.

"Chris went to the bottom and left me a wide-open racetrack," Ballou said. "I had already caught him and I was better in (turns) three and four than he was. He was about the same speed in (turns) one and two unless I really pushed it. It was tough to push it as hard as he was so that I could even catch him in the first place, but I caught him in traffic and, as soon as he left the door open, I had a lot more left in the racecar and I just opened it up."

Ballou began to check out and seemed poised for victory until the first and only stoppage of the night's feature occurred with five laps to go when polesitter Landon Simon got upside down in turn three. He walked away unscathed.

One thing Ballou had yet to deal with thus far in his return was leading a late-race restart, but the champ was put to the test in a five-lap shootout. Yet, Windom, nor anybody for that matter, had anything left in the tank to make a bid in the end as Ballou vanished into the distance to take a 1.8 second victory over Windom, Brady Bacon, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney.

"When there's five laps to go, lapped traffic has gone away and you're the leader, you end up being a sitting duck," Ballou explained. "Eldora's famous for the restart slider, so I tried to move down. I wasn't going to slide myself because I've seen that bite people as well, but I tried to move down to make sure I didn't hit the hole after the red flag when the tire pressure started getting lower. Tire pressure drops under a red flag and my tire really lost a lot of air. I ended up hitting a hole anyway. It really rolled up on and got tight on me, then it was tight in the next corner, which made me nervous. There's nothing to lean on in (turns) three and four and it was still tight. A lap of spinning the tires rose the pressure again and, from that point forward, we were pretty good."

Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom led the initial 17 laps as he sought his first Eldora USAC Sprint win since 2013, but would have to settle for second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"I knew our tire was pretty blistered there at the end," Windom said. "(Crew Chief) Derek Claxton gave me a great racecar, as always. We were good the first half of the race, but I kind of caught traffic wrong and couldn't pick my way through those battles exactly like I wanted to in traffic. Robert got by me there and he was better than us at the end."

Two-time series champion Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma recorded ProSource Fast Qualifying time on both nights at #LetsRaceTwo, and on Saturday, took his best series finish of the season, a third, in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"Last night, we were a little free in the feature and didn't tighten it up enough. Tonight, we got a little too aggressive and were a little too tight," Bacon explains. "We just missed a little bit both nights. We're creeping up there, though. We were fast at the beginning of both nights this weekend, which is what we struggled with in Ocala, Florida. We're getting there. We had a few small issues and weren't quite right, but we were still up there competing for the win. I'm pretty happy with that."

Troy, Ohio's Dallas Hewitt, who finished second in Friday night's feature, was involved in a violent flip in the first heat race on Saturday night in which he made contact with the wall and catch fence. Hewitt was transported to the hospital suffering from a concussion and was awaiting X-ray results on a hand injury at press time.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora include Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 13, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.541; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.626; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.653; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.663; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.718; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.784; 7. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.820; 8. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.828; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-15.926; 10. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.992; 11. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-16.026; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-16.052; 13. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-16.069; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-16.098; 15. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.104; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-16.137; 17. Kyle Simon, 23s, Simon-16.159; 18. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.201; 19. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-16.302; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.369; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.416; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.543; 23. Toby Alfrey, 5A, Alfrey-16.867.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Ballou, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. L. Simon, 6. Goodnight, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. D. Hewitt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Sussex, 3. Darland, 4. Boespflug, 5. Stockon, 6. Chapple, 7. K. Simon, 8. Alfrey. 2:12.89

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Thomas, 5. Grant, 6. Clouser, 7. C. Smith. 2:14.83

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Kyle Simon, 22. Toby Alfrey. NT ---------------------------- **D. Hewitt flipped during the first heat and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. L. Simon flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Windom, Laps 18-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (11th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FEATURE FINISHER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-594, 2-Boespflug-528, 3-Windom-508, 4-Stockon-497, 5-Courtney-399, 6-Jarett Andretti-338, 7-Thomas-332, 8-Leary-331, 9-Darland-317, 10-Shane Cottle-292.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "River Town Showdown"

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Huntsville, Alabama - Huntsville Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-13,199; 2. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-13.234; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-13.335; 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-13.359; 5. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-13.441; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-13.533; 7. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-13.563; 8. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-13.605; 9. Nick McFarland, 27, McFarland-13.708; 10. Carden Cochran, 99, Radical-14.262.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Ick McFarland, 8. Neal Allison, 9. Ben McFarland, 10. Carden Cochran. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-420, 2-Kurtz-413, 3-Nolan Allison-378, 4-Parker-306, 5-Trainor-274, 6-Neal Allison-237, 7-Chris Lamb-235, 8-Jake Garcia-190, 9-Neal Allison-188, 10-Eric Lewis-182.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 3 - Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Merced, California - Merced Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-14.492; 2. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-14.571; 3. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-14.669; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.682; 5. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-17.921; 6. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-30.711.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Paterson, 3. Love (#44), 4, Breidinger, 5. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Tom Paterson, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Jesse Love IV (#44), 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Blake Brannon. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Paterson.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Paterson-230, 2-Lemke-226, 3-Love-217, 4-A.Breidinger-209, 5-Brannon-193, 6-Boscacci-82, 7-Joel Rayborne-67, 8-Cody Jessop-60, 9-Jeremy Speck-58, 10-Ashley Hazelton-19.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-456, 2-A.Breidinger-424, 3-Paterson-415, 4-Lemke-398, 5-Brannon-367, 6-Toni Breidinger-237, 7-Boscacci-233, 8-Cody Jessop-122, 9-Joey Iest-119, 10-Johnny Nichols-119.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: June 10 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-11.969; 2. Jake Swanson, 68W, Six8-11.990; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-11.998; 4. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.049; 5. Troy Rutherford, 73, Ford-12.194; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.311; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.414; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.438; 9. Danny Sheridan, 11B, Brutton-12.527; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.544; 11. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-12.554; 12. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.570; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.612; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.624; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.697; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.809; 17. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.842; 18. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-12.935; 19. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.967; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.086; 21. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.094; 22. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.131; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.140; 24. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.597; 25. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-14.695; 26. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT; 27. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Bernal, 3. Faccinto, 4. Pankratz, 5. McQueen, 6. Smith, 7. Hazelton, 8. Vermeer, 9. Sarna. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. Rutherford, 4. Guerrini, 5. Prickett, 6. Figueroa, 7. Nichols, 8. Beilman, 9. Rogers. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sheridan, 3. Crone, 4. Dolacki, 5. Dalby, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Ercse, 9. Wait. NT Smith, 9. Hazelton, 10. Beilman, 11. Drollinger. NT COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Figueroa, 2. Rogers, 3. Ruston, 4. Vermeer, 5. Nichols, 6. Ercse, 7. Sarna, 8.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Robby Josett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. David Prickett, 7. Courtney Crone, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Terry Nichols, 15. Clayton Ruston, 16. Austen Figueroa, 17. Jake Vermeer, 18. Randi Pankratz, 19. J.J. Ercse, 20. Ryan Bernal, 21. Brennan Rogers, 22. C.J. Sarna. NT ------------------------------------ **Nichols flipped on lap 7 of the semi. Ercse flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Gardner.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: David Prickett (14th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-249, 2-Elliott-220, 3-Crone-193, 4-Guerrini-177, 5-Dalby-145, 6-Prickett-141, 7-Nichols-140, 8-Faccinto-139, 9-Pankratz-126, 10-Mason Daniel-110.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 15 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway - "Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event" - Co-sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1 Korbyn Hayslett (#1H Hayslett), 2. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Cory Guingrich, (#11G Guingrich), 5. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 6. Ryan Fleming (#11T Taylor), 7. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 8. Don Bigelow (#04 Bigelow), 9. Jim Jones (#97 Jones), 10. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 11. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 12. Chett Gehrke ((#11c Matteson). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Bedwell, Laps 3-4 Briggs, Laps 5-20 Hayslett.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Leffel-195, 2-Corea-177, 3-Bedwell-174, 4-Briggs-154, 5-T.Bigelow-150, 6-Hayslett-128, 7-Alex Watson-125, 8-Ton Hessel-104, 9-Jon Watson-85, 10-Jones-83.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: May 20 - Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park (SE)

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-11.969; 2. Jake Swanson, 68W, Six8-11.990; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-11.998; 4. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.049; 5. Troy Rutherford, 73, Ford-12.194; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.311; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73X, Ford-12.414; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.438; 9. Danny Sheridan, 11B, Brutton-12.527; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.544; 11. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-12.554; 12. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-12.570; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.612; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.624; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.697; 16. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-12.809; 17. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-12.842; 18. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-12.935; 19. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.967; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.086; 21. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.094; 22. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.131; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.140; 24. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.597; 25. Jake Vermeer, 87JR, Vermeer-14.695; 26. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-NT; 27. Brennan Rogers, 20X, Rogers-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Bernal, 3. Faccinto, 4. Pankratz, 5. McQueen, 6. Smith, 7. Hazelton, 8. Vermeer, 9. Sarna. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. Rutherford, 4. Guerrini, 5. Prickett, 6. Figueroa, 7. Nichols, 8. Beilman, 9. Rogers. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Sheridan, 3. Crone, 4. Dolacki, 5. Dalby, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Ercse, 9. Wait. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Figueroa, 2. Rogers, 3. Ruston, 4. Vermeer, 5. Nichols, 6. Ercse, 7. Sarna, 8. Smith, 9. Hazelton, 10. Beilman, 11. Drollinger. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Robby Josett, 5. Frankie Guerrini, 6. David Prickett, 7. Courtney Crone, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Terry Nichols, 15. Clayton Ruston, 16. Austen Figueroa, 17. Jake Vermeer, 18. Randi Pankratz, 19. J.J. Ercse, 20. Ryan Bernal, 21. Brennan Rogers, 22. C.J. Sarna. NT

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**Nichols flipped on lap 7 of the semi. Ercse flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Gardner.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: David Prickett (14th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 15 - Petaluma (CA) Speedway - “Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event” – Co-sanctioned with BCRA

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-15.541; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.626; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.653; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.663; 5. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-15.718; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.784; 7. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.820; 8. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-15.828; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-15.926; 10. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-15.992; 11. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-16.026; 12. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-16.052; 13. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-16.069; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-16.098; 15. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.104; 16. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-16.137; 17. Kyle Simon, 23s, Simon-16.159; 18. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.201; 19. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-16.302; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.369; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.416; 22. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.543; 23. Toby Alfrey, 5A, Alfrey-16.867.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Ballou, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. L. Simon, 6. Goodnight, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. D. Hewitt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Sussex, 3. Darland, 4. Boespflug, 5. Stockon, 6. Chapple, 7. K. Simon, 8. Alfrey. 2:12.89

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Leary, 3. Windom, 4. Thomas, 5. Grant, 6. Clouser, 7. C. Smith. 2:14.83

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Tyler Hewitt, 18. Mario Clouser, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Kyle Simon, 22. Toby Alfrey. NT ---------------------------- **D. Hewitt flipped during the first heat and was transported to the hospital for further evaluation. L. Simon flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Windom, Laps 18-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (11th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FEATURE FINISHER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-594, 2-Boespflug-528, 3-Windom-508, 4-Stockon-497, 5-Courtney-399, 6-Jarett Andretti-338, 7-Thomas-332, 8-Leary-331, 9-Darland-317, 10-Cottle-292.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "River Town Showdown"

 

 

GRANT GUIDES THE WAY TO VICTORY ON NIGHT ONE OF #LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Eldora Speedway is the venue the Justin Grant/Sam McGhee Motorsports tandem truly kicked into gear last September as they raced to their first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win.

On Friday's night one of #LetsRaceTwo, the two showed that the magic touch from eight months ago at the Big E has no signs of wearing off as they raced to their second USAC victory in as many tries at the western Ohio dirt oval.

It was the third series victory for driver Justin Grant in 2017 after a season-opening triumph in Ocala, Florida and an April score in Plymouth, Indiana in the Sam McGhee/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco. It was also the third career Eldora victory for Grant, a driver who is quick to pass the credit for his prowess at Eldora to the 17-year-old McGhee who turns the wrenches on the No. 11.

"I've got Sammy (McGhee). That's what I've figured out about this place," Grant exclaimed. "I can't say enough about this crew and this racecar. They all work their tails off and they do a heck of a job. It's an amazing car to drive."

Yet, in humble fashion, McGhee instantly identifies Grant's communication and detail-oriented style as the staple of their success, which has yet to see a finish outside the top-four in a USAC race this season for the series point leaders.

"It's all about being able to read the track and know exactly what your driver likes and dislikes," McGhee believes. "That's so important here at a place like Eldora where you carry so much speed. Justin is very detailed in communicating to me what he needs to get to the front. We've been clicking because we're both young, passionate about what we do and have a mutual respect. That's translated into the success we've had since we teamed up last season."

Grant began the 30-lap event from the fifth position as polesitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. sprinted to the lead at the drop of the green with Chris Windom and Chad Boespflug in tow.

An incident involving Corey Smith and Nick Bilbee in turn one on the third lap would prove to be the first, and only, stoppage of the night. When racing resumed, an intense, unwavering early-race battle at the front of the pack would ensue involving Thomas, Windom and Boespflug.

Windom began to apply pressure to Thomas for the top spot by lap seven, but soon, a train that included Grant and 11th starting Shane Cottle gassed their way to the front with race leader Thomas just within reach.

Grant closed to the tail of Thomas' tail tank by lap 10 and used a patented Eldora slider in turn three to rip the lead away as Thomas countered underneath. In a drag race to the line, Grant held the advantage by a single wheel. Thomas charged right back at Grant after getting a run on the bottom of turn three, but Grant denied the anticipated Thomas' slider after switching to the low line to momentarily ward off the challenge.

Meanwhile, Cottle was a man on a mission using the middle to low line to close on race leader Grant by the midway point while Thomas and Windom found their second wind and began to reel the leaders back in on the high side.

On the 18th lap, Cottle got a big run on Grant on the bottom of turn one, but Grant slammed the door to fend off the veteran driver who was seeking his very first Eldora USAC win. Grant acknowledges it was a move out of necessity because the bottom was the place to be at that point in the race, but not one that he normally would give a try.

"There's quite a bit of risk to it," Grant acknowledged. "Normally, I'm not one to do that. Not because I have any moral objections to it, but I'm usually just not very good at it. I could tell (Shane) Cottle was working me up off the bottom. The top was still really dirty off (turn) two and there wasn't a cushion to find yet. I fired off one lap onto the bottom and figured if it's not good, I'll just run a slider on myself and get back to the cushion off (turn) two. It stuck and drove off turn two, so I thought 'Well, okay. That was pretty good.'

Cottle refused to fade away and came back at Grant with 10 laps remaining, engaging in a side-by-side battle for the lead that now saw mid-field starters Thomas Meseraull and Dallas Hewitt enter the top-five. Lap-after-lap, the contentious scramble for position was uncertain with the top-five participating in a scramble for position that appeared as if it were a restrictor plate race at Talladega.

Grant moved back to the top in the final stages as Hewitt found a little magic of his own, slicing through the middle to third and, with four laps remaining, sliding across the front bumper of Thomas to grab second.

It was now a two-man trophy-dash between Grant and Hewitt for the win. On laps 28 and 29, Hewitt made up ground off of turn two to pull himself within the shadows of Grant. Yet, Grant played a little more defense as the sound of Hewitt's engine was within earshot and denied Hewitt any notion of claiming the position.

On the final lap, Hewitt made one final go of it, lifting the left rear entering turn one as he kept Grant within sight. But, Grant was out of reach, holding off a torrid charge by a bevy of competitors in the second-half of the 30-lapper to score his second-straight Eldora USAC National Sprint Car victory over Hewitt, Thomas, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Chase Stockon (from 21st) and Meseraull.

In a topsy-turvy race that seemingly witnessed every position behind him change lap-by-lap, Grant avoided every bullet that was aimed at him, never relinquishing his lead as he maintained control for the final 21 laps. The Ione, California native used a mixture of his own experience as well as what he's learned over the years at Eldora watching how other savvy veterans got the job done.

"If a guy wouldn't get all the way to the cushion, we'd drive around him. If a guy would get to the cushion, we'd slide him," Grant explained. "I was able to pick and choose my lines and, when I caught a guy, I'd just go where he wasn't. We kept getting pressured near the end and, as thin as the cushion was against the fence, I was just trying not to beat myself. When someone would get under me and pressure me, I'd step it up. Then, it would get quiet and I'd settle back down. I was trying to run only as hard as I had to."

"I started doing the big slide off turn three and catching the cushion off turn four," Grant continued. "Tracy (Hines) used to be good at that here when it would get slick. After watching him do that for years, I figured I'd give that a try since there wasn't much getting into turn three. I started hearing guys and began to get pressure getting into turn three again and I could tell the bottom in turns one and two was slowing down. I was already thinking in my mind, 'Okay, I'm going to move back to the top as soon as I start getting some pressure.' I felt the pressure and got back to the top. After a few laps, I felt like I got away from them a bit. Then they came back and got to me again! I knew I had to step it up and I started blocking sliders in three. I just tried to run a smart race and be in the right lane and not beat myself."

Grant is a driver who likes to be spectacular, running the high-line that gets the highlights and sells t-shirts, but on this night, it didn't matter to him where he ran. All that mattered was getting the "W" and picking up the check for him and his team in victory lane.

"As I'm running around the bottom of turns one and two, I was thinking, 'Man, I want somebody to drive by me off the top of turn two so I could just be done down here," Grant said with a laugh. "As much as I rant and rave about running the bottom at Eldora, I would've never heard the end of it if I had won a race on the bottom. It pays the same, but it's just not nearly as cool."

The Hewitt name is synonymous with Eldora Speedway due to Jack's all-time record of 24 USAC victories at the joint. On Friday night, Troy, Ohio's Dallas Hewitt nearly pulled off the first Hewitt victory at the track since his uncle Jack's "4-Crown Nationals" sweep in 1998. After kissing the concrete early in the feature, Hewitt recovered mightily, coming oh-so-close to his first career USAC victory, taking home second in his Kaser-Seeling Motorsports/Larry's Electric - Lone Star Pawn Shop/Eagle/Kistler.

"I had a good run on Justin (Grant) there toward the end, but I think he might've heard me," Hewitt suspected. "He kind of came down on me a little bit more than he was running the laps before. I could've been a little meaner and maybe gave him a wheel coming off turn four, but it was a good clean race and I'll take a second at a USAC race at Eldora any day. We've been so close here so many times. We junked our other car at Lawrenceburg a few weeks ago, so we just threw this one together. It isn't the prettiest piece, but it gets the job done."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. led the first nine laps and earned his best result of the year with a third-place finish in his Pace Brothers Racing/Pace Performance Coating - DC Dyno/DRC/J & D.

"For me to run the top 30 laps here is nothing short of a miracle," Thomas deadpanned. "I'm just pumped to be up here. I really wanted that win, though. I don't get to start up front very much, so I wanted to capitalize on it.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Eldora include Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and C.J. Leary (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: May 12, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.960; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.182; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-17.276; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.469; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-17.487; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69. Dynamics-17.551; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.594; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.623; 9. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-17.636; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-17.688; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.691; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.739; 13. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-17.873; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-17.890; 15. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-17.975; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.001; 17. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-18.009; 18. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-18.037; 19. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-18.103; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-18.122; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-18.203; 22. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-18.265; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-18.271; 24. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.369; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-18.479; 26. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-18.617; 27. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.743; 28. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-18.932; 29. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.962; 30. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-19.431; 31. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. C.Smith, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. D.Hewitt, 6. Sussex, 7. VanHise, 8. Farney. 2:15.49

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Bilbee, 3. Boespflug, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Clouser, 7. DiMattia, 8. T.Hewitt. 2:17.37

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Cottle, 6. Wilson, 7. Goodnight. 2:16.90

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Andretti, 4. D.Smith, 5. Meseraull, 6. Simon, 7. Underwood. 2:15.89

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. D.Hewitt, 4. Meseraull, 5. Farney, 6. Wilson, 7. Simon, 8. Sussex, 9. Clouser, 10. Underwood, 11. Goodnight, 12. T.Hewitt, 13. VanHise, 14. DiMattia. 3:38.42

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dallas Hewitt, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Corey Smith, 23. Nick Bilbee. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Thomas, Laps 10-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chase Stockon (21st-4th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-525, 2-Boespflug-480, 3-Windom-434, 4-Stockon-433, 5-Andretti-338, 6-Courtney-336, 7-Cottle-292, 8-Thomas-290, 9-Leary-285, 10-Darland-262.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 13 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - #LetsRaceTwo

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

May 12, 2017 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.960; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.182; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-17.276; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.469; 5. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-17.487; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69. Dynamics-17.551; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.594; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.623; 9. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-17.636; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-17.688; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.691; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.739; 13. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-17.873; 14. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-17.890; 15. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-17.975; 16. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-18.001; 17. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-18.009; 18. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-18.037; 19. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-18.103; 20. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-18.122; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-18.203; 22. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-18.265; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-18.271; 24. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.369; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-18.479; 26. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-18.617; 27. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-18.743; 28. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-18.932; 29. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-18.962; 30. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-19.431.31. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. C.Smith, 3. Chapple, 4. Bacon, 5. D.Hewitt, 6. Sussex, 7. VanHise, 8. Farney. 2:15.49

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Weir, 2. Bilbee, 3. Boespflug, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Clouser, 7. DiMattia, 8. T.Hewitt. 2:17.37

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Cottle, 6. Wilson, 7. Goodnight. 2:16.90

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Andretti, 4. D.Smith, 5. Meseraull, 6. Simon, 7. Underwood. 2:15.89

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Cottle, 3. D.Hewitt, 4. Meseraull, 5. Farney, 6. Wilson, 7. Simon, 8. Sussex, 9. Clouser, 10. Underwood, 11. Goodnight, 12. T.Hewitt, 13. VanHise, 14. DiMattia. 3:38.42

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Dallas Hewitt, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Chad Wilson, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Landon Simon, 20. Dustin Smith, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Corey Smith, 23. Nick Bilbee. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Thomas, Laps 10-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chase Stockon (21st-4th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-525, 2-Boespflug-480, 3-Windom-434, 4-Stockon-433, 5-Andretti-338, 6-Courtney-336, 7-Cottle-292, 8-Thomas-290, 9-Leary-285, 10-Darland-262.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 13 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - #Let'sRaceTwo

 

 

BALLOU CLEARED TO RACE; BEGINS SEASON IN THIS WEEKEND'S #LETSRACETWO AT ELDORA

Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, announced Thursday that he is cleared to race effectively immediately. He will make his return to the series this weekend behind the wheel of his own No. 12 at Eldora Speedway's #LetsRaceTwo.

His comeback closes an eight-month recovery from injuries he suffered in a vicious USAC/CRA Sprint Car crash in September of 2016 at California's Calistoga Speedway during the "Louie Vermeil Classic."

After flipping and hitting the top of the turn one catch fence, the 28-year-old Ballou estimates his car fell 15-18 feet before contacting the track surface. Among his injuries were a C2 fracture in his neck, a burst fracture of the C7 and a compression fracture of T8 vertebrae.

Following surgery, the Rocklin, California native found himself in a cervical spine brace for the next nine weeks as his body healed and he watched from the sidelines.

But sitting on the sidelines will not be part of the gameplan this weekend when Ballou makes his long-awaited, highly-anticipated comeback to USAC racing.

Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway is a fitting return for the driver known as "The Madman." After all, his first three career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins came at the high-banked, half-mile dirt oval between 2007 and 2010. His 26 career series wins are tied for 15th on the all-time list alongside Tony Elliott and Dave Steele.

In 2015, Ballou went on a tear, winning 13 races en route to his first career USAC National Sprint Car title. In doing so, he became just the fourth driver to win the series title in a self-owned or family-owned car, joining Robbie Stanley in 1991 & 1992, Doug Kalitta in 1994, and Bryan Clauson in 2012.

Robert thanked his numerous fans and sponsors for the outpouring of support throughout the last eight months in a Facebook post Thursday night.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MIKE SPENCER BREAKS THROUGH AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

MAY 9, 2017... After problems sidelined early leaders A.J. Bender and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) claimed last Saturday’s triumph at Ventura Raceway. The $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory marked Spencer’s 38th career series win and the first for the Gansen Engineering Motorsports Team. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, Max Adams, and fast qualifier Logan Williams chased Spencer to the checkered flags.

Piloting the #4S Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Mike Spencer earned his first USAC/CRA win since October 24, 2015 at Peoria, Arizona. Qualifying sixth out of twenty-five racers and finishing third in his heat race, Mike started third in the main event and inherited the lead with two laps down. Once holding the top spot, the five-time champion was not to be denied on this night. Getting excellent restarts and drive off the corners, Spencer shook free from all challengers to score the popular victory. Mike left the Ventura County Fairgrounds ranked third in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) had to settle for second at Ventura after starting fifth. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner had his sights on Spencer as he battled with Roa for the runner-up spot. The five-time champion was third quick in time trials and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Heading to the Perris “Salute to Indy” on May 27th, “The Demon” has a 34-point advantage with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led on the year.

Charging from sixth, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) briefly took second from Gardner before scoring third at Ventura Raceway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa qualified second overall and finished fourth in his heat race. At press time, last season’s USAC West Coast Champion is second in the point chase with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led in the campaign.

Using a 360 cubic-inch powerplant, Max Adams (Loomis, California) scored fourth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams was fifth fast in time trials and ran third in his heat race. In limited starts, last season’s Rookie of the Year is twentieth in the point standings with one top-10 finish.

Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, California) had a solid night at Ventura with a fifth place run from seventh. Racing Jack Jory’s #5 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams became the 70th driver to earn a USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, place seventh in his heat race, and run second to Troy Rutherford in the semi-main. The 2014 Rookie of the Year is currently seventh in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from sixteenth. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified sixteenth overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2009 Rookie of the Year left Ventura ranked sixth in championship points with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) raced to victory in the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX, Swanson was eleventh quick in time trials and placed eleventh in the 30-lap main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year heads to Perris sitting fourth in the point standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Incorporated / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main. Driving his #11 Trench Shoring / Grimes Rock Spike with 360 power, Rutherford qualified fourth overall and scored fifth in his heat race. The former Ventura track champion placed seventh in the main and ranks twenty-first in USAC/CRA points.

On Saturday, May 27th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. 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, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
May 6, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-12.114; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.132; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.166; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.231; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.292; 6. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-12.312; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-12.317; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.326; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73T, Ford-12.328; 10. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-12.351; 11. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.359; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.380; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-12.446; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.508; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-12.533; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.590; 17. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.645; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.706; 19. Ronnie Gardner, 81X, Watt-12.722; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-12.820; 21. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.831; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-12.897; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.105; 24. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-13.491; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-15.143.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. A.Williams, 2. C.Williams, 3. Gansen, 4. Bender, 5. Rutherford, 6. R.Gardner, 7. L.Williams, 8. Woodward. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Roa, 5. Edwards, 6. McCarthy, 7. Perkins, 8. Hix. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. D.Gardner, 2. Majors, 3. Spencer, 4. Ellertson, 5. Hendrix, 6. Owens, 7. Sheridan, 8. Smith. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Rutherford, 2. L.Williams, 3. R.Gardner, 4. McCarthy, 5. Smith, 6. Sheridan, 7. Perkins, 8. Edwards, 9. Hendrix, 10. Woodward, 11. Hix, 12. Owens. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Mike Spencer (3rd), 2. Damion Gardner (5th), 3. Brody Roa (6th), 4. Max Adams (4th), 5. Logan Williams (7th), 6. Austin Williams (16th), 7. Troy Rutherford (8th), 8. Kyle Smith (12th), 9. Chase Johnson (17th), 10. Chris Gansen (13th), 11. Jake Swanson (11th), 12. Ronnie Gardner (19th), 13. Cody Majors (15th), 14. Cody Williams (2nd), 15. A.J. Bender (1st), 16. Kyle Edwards (14th), 17. Rick Hendrix (21st), 18. Jeremy Ellertson (18th), 19. Danny Sheridan (10th), 20. Matt McCarthy (9th), 21. Kenny Perkins (20th), 22. Guy Woodward (22nd). NT
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**McCarthy flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Bender, Lap 2 C.Williams, Laps 3-30 Spencer.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (16th to 6th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-325, 2. Brody Roa-291, 3. Mike Spencer-269, 4. Jake Swanson-257, 5. Cody Williams-221, 6. Austin Williams-220, 7. Logan Williams-203, 8. Chris Gansen-171, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 10. Tommy Malcolm-150, 11. Jeremy Ellertson-132, 12. Matt McCarthy-128, 13. Parker Colston-113, 14. Kyle Edwards-108, 15. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 16. Eddie Tafoya-96, 17. Verne Sweeney-86, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-71, --. R.J. Johnson-71, 20. Max Adams-69.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 9, 2017... After a rainout and a break in the schedule, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, May 13th at Ventura Raceway. Making their first of four appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and Hobby Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
Schoenfeld: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 138 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Last year, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson won the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix and other Ventura wins were claimed by Ronnie Gardner and Robby Josett. At press time, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete Ventura series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a thirteen point lead over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner led five laps at Placerville on March 29th before running second to Shane Golobic. To date, the defending four-time champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-first victory this Saturday night.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from ninth to score third at Placerville Speedway. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has one career series win and will have his sights on adding a Ventura triumph to his resume.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone ran fourth in the Placerville main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Fresh off a Madera BCRA Midget victory, Courtney will be looking to earn her first USAC feature win at Ventura.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks fourth in the championship standings. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored tenth in the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has two top-10 finishes on the season and will have his sights on his second career USAC victory.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) is fifth in the championship points. Racing the family owned #33M Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel claimed seventh in the March 29th main event. To date, Mason has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. The young driver will be looking to earn his first victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Other drivers in contention for rookie of the year honors are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, David Prickett, Michael Faccinto, Maria Cofer, Alex Schutte, J.J. Ercse, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Tyler Dolacki, Robby Josett, Jake Swanson, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-Jeff Heywood*, 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-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4-Ronnie Gardner, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Cory Elliott-148, 3. Courtney Crone-131, 4. Frankie Guerrini-114, 5. Mason Daniel-110, 6. Terry Nichols-104, 7. Robert Dalby-98, 8. Randi Pankratz-94, 9. David Prickett-82, 10. Shane Golobic-81, ... Michael Faccinto-81, 12. Nic Faas-77, 13. Maria Cofer-76, 14. Alex Schutte-66
15. J.J. Ercse-54, 16. Chris Ennis-50, 17. Geoff Ensign-44, ... Buddy Kofoid-44, 19. Clayton Ruston-42, 20. Matt Mitchell-40.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ELDORA SAYS #LETSRACETWO WITH USAC AND WoO THIS FRI. AND SAT. NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC and WoO, let's race two. No matter how you say it, cut it or slice it, it'll stand your arm hairs up on end. Not only does a single ticket serve up the best of traditional and wing racing on consecutive nights that's sure to whet a race fan's racing palate and tantalize the senses this Friday and Saturday night, May 12-13.

It's Eldora Speedway.

The place simply needs no introduction at all - from the time these gates first opened to the public in 1954 and the first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars laid eyes on the half-mile joint carved out of pure western Ohio soil in 1962.

The place can be daunting. There's high speeds and high stakes. But winning at The Big E is an ultimate racer's reward. A driver who wins here is not forgotten. For he has tamed the ultimate stadium of sprint car racing.

This weekend, there's two chances - two opportunities - for each driver to make a lasting mark and leave a legacy for which future racing heroes will aspire to when they tango with the beast they call Eldora.

#LetsRaceTwo conjures up memories of Ernie Banks' "Let's Play Two," which brings to mind the smell of fresh cut grass of a baseball diamond and the crack of a wooden bat. Nuh uh. There'll be none of that at the venue the USAC Sprint Cars play this weekend where the smell of methanol and the sound of a 900-horsepower, 410 cubic-inch engines is enough to bring a tear of joy to a grown man's eye.

But there's been no tears as of late for the combo of driver Justin Grant and crew chief/team owner Sam McGhee. Eldora is the place where this duo truly jelled to become perennial USAC winners last September in the 35th running of the "4-Crown Nationals." It was a wheelbarrow full of momentum that the team brought with them into the 2017 season where they've already picked off two victories at Ocala, Florida and Plymouth, Indiana on their way to the series point lead.

We would be remiss if we forget to mention Grant's win at the first ever #LetsRaceTwo in 2015 when he caught C.J. Leary on the 30th and final lap to pick up the first of his two Eldora victories.

Standing just a mere, single point behind Grant in the standings is Chad Boespflug. The new Hoffman/Dynamics, Inc. driver for 2017 truly came into his own at this event one year ago. Coming into May's #LetsRaceTwo Saturday night finale, it had been nearly three years since the Hanford Hornet had raced to a USAC National Sprint Car win. After Eldora, he was a one-hit wonder no more, bursting onto the scene as a heavy-hitter everywhere the series trail has led him over the past year. Since then, the California native has collected an additional six wins, including his first for the Hoffmans just three weeks ago in Bloomington, Indiana.

Boespflug took over the reins of the Hoffman number 69 from 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint champ Brady Bacon out of Oklahoma. Bacon collected an Eldora victory in the Rossburg, Ohio daylight back in 2014 and will be among those pulling double-duty with USAC and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars on both Friday and Saturday night. He will do his wingless work in the Dooling-Hayward Motorsports number 63 that raced to a series-high seven wins a year ago with Bryan Clauson at the wheel. The team, with Clauson, notched a big win at Eldora on Friday night of last year's #LetsRaceTwo where he used a monstrous slider on C.J. Leary with four laps remaining before pulling away for his first ever sprint car victory at the half-mile.

Only one driver has more USAC victories at Eldora than does the master from Troy, Ohio - Jack Hewitt. That's Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The People's Champ has 14 career wins on the high banks, including five in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car. But, he hasn't won at Eldora since the spring race of 2014. Darland and Phillips have teamed up to score 17 triumphs in the series together, but none since he last ran full-time in the 71p two seasons ago. Despite a tumultuous start that finds them 11th in points, you have to expect they will bounce back in this crucial May stretch.

Chris Windom, third in series points, is the most recent USAC winner at Eldora. Among his three-career USAC feature events are a single night in which he took two at the 4-Crown in 2013 by winning both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown features in a single night. Windom was the ProSource fastest qualifier on Saturday night of the 2016 edition of #LetsRaceTwo, but saw his race come to an abrupt and frightening end on the fifth lap of the feature. Windom would recover in grand fashion to close out his 2016 season, however, capturing the Silver Crown title as he decimated the field for the 50-lap win.

This weekend's action gets underway on both Friday and Saturday night, May 12th and 13th with #LetsRaceTwo featuring USAC and the World of Outlaws in their only pairing of the season. The gates swing open at 2pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $28, $32 for reserved seats. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE, $10 for reserved.

Can't make it out to Eldora on one night or the other? http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ has you covered with flag-to-flag, on-demand coverage of both nights of USAC racing action!

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USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 7, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "King of Kokomo"

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1 Aaron Leffel (#11T Taylor), 2. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 3. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 4. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 5. Chris Baue (#2 Baue), 6. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 7. Corey Bedwell (#11 Bedwell), 8. Tommy Bigelow (#2b Bigelow), 9. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 10. Brett Johnson (#7J Johnson), 11. Mike Hessel (#7m Hessel), 12. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 13. Jim Jones (#97 Jones), 14. Tayte Williamson (#88 Williamson). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Baue, Laps 3-15 Lucius, Laps 16-20 Leffel.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Corea-134, 2-Leffel-131, 3-A.Watson-127, 5-Bedwell-116, 5-T.Hessel-104, 6-Bigelow-98, 7-Briggs-87, 8-J.Watson-85, 9-Lucius-64, 10-Korbyn Hayslett-58.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: May 13 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "50th Season Opening Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 4. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 5. Seth Carlson (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 5. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Dean Christensen, 2. Manny Dias, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Andy Barrows, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Derek O'Hearn, 7. Joe Krawiec, 8. Jeff Champagne, 9. Seth Carlson, 10. David Moniz. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Dias, Lap 20 Christensen.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-156, 2-Dias-148, 3-Whitney-140, 4-Barrows-138, 5-Horn-126, 6-O'Hearn-122, 7-Krawiec-118, 8-Champagne-106, 9-Carlson-100, 10-Moniz-96.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: May 20 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Dad's 4 by Tool & Supply VT Foodbank Benefit Night"

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "The Mix and Roberts Tire Center Night at the Races"

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 4. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 5. Mike Larson (#56 Larson), 6. Chris Bolander (#2 Bolander). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 5. Derek Goble (#55 Goble), 6. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers). NT

FEATURE: (15 Laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee, 2. Adam Taylor, 3. Tyson Hart, 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Dillon Morley, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Mike Larson, 9. Chris Bolander, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. Derek Goble, 12. Brent Burrows, 13. Chase McDermand, 14. Mitchell Davis (#37 Murdock). --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 McDermand, Laps 7-15 Mallonee.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Taylor-148, 2-Mallonee-143, 3-McDermand-123, 4-Hart-119, 5-Hull-118, 6-Morley-118, 7-Hunnell-109, 8-Burrows-107, 9-Sollenberger-102, 10-Davis-96.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: May 13 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Cancer Awareness Night"

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.630; 2. Antonia Boscacci, 44B, Love-14.670; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.765; 4. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.765; 5. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.820; 6. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson[-14.858; 7. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.056; 8. Blake Brannon, 60, Brannon-15.321; 9. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.497.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Iest, 5. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lemke, 2. Boscacci, 3. Paterson, 4. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Johnny Nichols, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Tom Paterson, 9. Blake Brannon. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Love-239, 2-T.Breidimger-237, 3-A.Breidinger-215, 4-Paterson-185, 5-Brannon-174, 6-Lemke-171, 7-Boscacci-151, 8-Iest-119, 9-Nichols-119, 10-Cody Jessop-82.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-385, 2-A.Breidinger-354, 3-Paterson-335, 4-Lemke-316, 5-Brannon-303, 6-T.Breidinger-237, 7-Boscacci-218, 8-Cody Jessop-122, 9-Iest-119, 10-Nichols-119.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: May 13 - Merced (CA) Speedway - "America's Propane Night"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-12.114; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.132; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.166; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.231; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.292; 6. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-12.312; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-12.317; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.326; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73T, Ford-12.328; 10. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-12.351; 11. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.359; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.380; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-12.446; 14. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.508; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-12.533; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.590; 17. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.645; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.706; 19. Ronnie Gardner, 81X, Watt-12.722; 20. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-12.820; 21. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.831; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-12.897; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.105; 24. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-13.491; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-15.143.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. C.Williams, 3. Gansen, 4. Bender, 5. Rutherford, 6. R.Gardner, 7. L.Williams, 8. Woodward. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Roa, 5. Edwards, 6. McCarthy, 7. Perkins, 8. Hix. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Majors, 3. Spencer, 4. Ellertson, 5. Hendrix, 6. Owens, 7. Sheridan, 8. Smith. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. L.Williams, 3. R.Gardner, 4. McCarthy, 5. Smith, 6. Sheridan, 7. Perkins, 8. Edwards, 9. Hendrix, 10. Woodward, 11. Hix, 12. Owens. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Max Adams, 5. Logan Williams, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Kyle Smith, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Cody Majors, 14. Cody Williams, 15. A.J. Bender, 16. Kyle Edwards, 17. Rick Hendrix, 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. Matt McCarthy, 21. Kenny Perkins, 22. Guy Woodward. NT

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**McCarthy flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Bender, Lap 2 C.Williams, Laps 3-30 Spencer.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (16th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 27 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 - Robersonville, North .Carolina - East Carolina Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8, Radical-15.067; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.301; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.367; 4. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.526; 5. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.535; 6. Connor Yonchuk, 99, Radical-15.940; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-16.197; 8. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.475; 9. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-16.613.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Bradley Riethmeyer, 5. Jake Trainor, 6. Nolan Allison, 7. Jake Garcia, 8. Connor Yonchuk, 9. Neal Allison. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Riethmeyer, Laps 24-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-347, 2-Kurtz-342, 3-Nolan Allison-312, 4-Jagger Parker-240, 5-Lamb-236, 6-Trainor-218, 7-Garcia-190, 8-Neal ALlison-188, 9-Eric Lewis-182, 10-Smith-139.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: May 13 - Huntsville (AL) Speedway

 

 

TICKETS FOR USAC SPRINT CAR RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN IN ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI NOW ON SALE

USAC fans will receive a free event T-shirt by purchasing a weekend pass to attend back-to-back nights of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing on the Illinois/Missouri border at the "River Town Showdown" presented by iRacing on May 19-20 at Tri-City Speedway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55!

By visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-river-town-showdown-may-19--20 now, you can reserve your seats for both races for $50 and receive a t-shirt, or get ahead of the game and purchase your seat for either one of the two races for $25 each.

The Friday, May 19th date at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois marks the 20th visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars since their debut at the track 50 years ago, in 1967, that was won by Greg Weld. However, it will be the first trip by the series since Josh Wise's score in 2006.

The Saturday, May 20th round at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri is set to be the first-ever visit by the series to the raceway located a little over a half-hour south of the Arch in St. Louis. The last time the USAC National Sprint Cars visited the Show-Me-State came in 2012 when current USAC Series Director Levi Jones raced to victory at US 36.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON IS BACK ON TOP AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 4, 2017... Racing past Stevie Sussex on lap six, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s feature at Arizona Speedway. By earning the $1,500 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph, Johnson became the sixth different winner in seven races. Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Shon Deskins, and Nick Aiuto followed the four-time champion to the finish line.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, R.J. Johnson earned his series leading forty-fifth triumph after starting sixth. After winning the night’s first 8-lap heat race, R.J. claimed his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. Johnson left San Tan Valley with an eight point lead on the strength of three heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

After leading the first five laps, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had to settle for second at San Tan Valley. Racing Jack Yeley’s #2 Oshweken Speedway / CDI entry, Sussex won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. The hard charger is fourth in points with one feature win, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) scored third at Arizona Speedway after starting fifth. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran third in his heat race and placed second in passing points. The five-time Arizona champion is currently second in the point standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) raced from ninth to claim fourth in the San Tan Valley main event. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins took third in his heat race and ranked ninth in passing points. At press time, Shon is third in the point chase with six top-10 finishes on the season.

Nick Aiuto (Gilbert, Arizona) had a solid night at Arizona Speedway with a fifth place finish. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Racing Eagle, Aiuto won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and placed third in passing points. The veteran driver left the ranked sixth in points with one Beaver Stipes Passing Master Award and four top-10 finishes on the year.

Making his first start, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned the program’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking seventh from seventeenth. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes machine, Gardner took sixth in his heat race and placed seventeenth in passing points. The four-time USAC Western States Midget Champion is thirty-seventh in points.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway on May 20th. The event will also feature Sport Mods, Modlites, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 29, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 8. Ricky Thornton Jr. (#5M Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Ronnie Gardner (#12 Allen), 7. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Stevie Sussex (#2 Yeley), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Justin Grant (#34 Team AZ), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (6th), 2. Stevie Sussex (2nd), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 4. Shon Deskins (9th), 5. Nick Aiuto (4th), 6. Andy Reinbold (7th), 7. Ronnie Gardner (17th), 8. Landon Cling (11th), 9. Mike Martin (12th), 10. Tye Mihocko (13th), 11. Bruce St. James (15th), 12. Cody Sickles (21st), 13. Michael Curtis (16th), 14. Justin Grant (3rd), 15. Matt Lundy (1st), 16. Chris Bonneau (14th), 17. Jeff Lowery (8th), 18. Bobby Marcum (10th), 19. Jonas Reynolds (20th), 20. Leland Fuller (18th), 21. Larry Kesterson (19th), 22. Brent Yarnal (22nd). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Sussex, Laps 6-30 Johnson.
HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (17th to 7th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-474, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-466, 3. Shon Deskins-415, 4. Stevie Sussex-355, 5. Landon Cling-339, 6. Nick Aiuto-320, 7. Mike Martin-309, 8. Chris Bonneau-273, 9. Andy Reinbold-270, 10. Tye Mihocko-265, 11. Matt Lundy-256, 12. Bruce St. James-202, 13. Jeff Lowery-193, 14. Michael Curtis-190, 15. Cody Sickles-175, 16. Brent Yarnal-170, 17. Dave Darland-169, 18. Matt Rossi-168, 19. Ryan Bernal-160, 20. Brian Hosford-151.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

“HOLLYWOOD” DANNY FARIA JR. SPRINTS TO HANFORD VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 2, 2017... Executing a turn one “slide job,” “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) took command from Joe Stornetta Jr. on lap twenty and sailed to victory at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. For Faria, last Saturday’s $1,500 triumph was his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car main event win of the campaign. Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd, Stornetta, and Cody Majors chased the two-time champion to the checkered flags.

Under changing track conditions, front row starter Liggett grabbed the lead and led the first five laps until a caution flag halted the action. On the restart, Stornetta slid his way to the top spot in the south turns and looked to run away from the field. Unfortunately for Stornetta, several red and yellow flags would erase his momentum and bunch the field. As the racers faced a treacherous cushion, Faria took advantage and grabbed the top spot on lap twenty. After dropping back to third, Liggett had reclaimed second and looked to challenge the leader. Richard Vander Weerd flipped his mount and walked away on lap twenty three and this gave Liggett another shot at Faria. “Hollywood” had a great restart and escaped from all challengers to claim the win at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Making his first start of the year, Kyle Hirst qualified seventh out of the twenty-one racers and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions KPC, the three-time King of the West Champion ran second in the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. Starting second and hitting his marks on the changing track surface, Hirst took the 25-lap main event. Now ranked thirty-third in points, Kyle also gave Roth his first USAC West Coast triumph.

Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. qualified seventh out of nineteen racers and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2013 and 2015 series champion left Hanford ranked sixth in points with three heat race victories, one pole shuffle win, four top-10 finishes, and 50 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading the first five laps, Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) battled hard and ran second at Hanford. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year was eleventh fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race. Heading to Tulare on May 20th, Liggett is fifth in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish third in the Hanford 30-lap feature. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified second overall and took third in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has taken over the point lead on the strength of two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign.

“The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr. (Napa, California) led fourteen laps of the feature before scoring fourth. Racing Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray Maxim, Stornetta was third quick in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. In limited starts, the hard charger left Hanford sitting thirteenth in points with two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) had a solid night at Hanford and took fifth at the checkered flags. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors qualified ninth overall and ran second to Stornetta in his heat race. Cody heads to the Faria Memorial ranked seventh in the point standings with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes on the year.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) earned his series leading sixteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard ran second to Faria in his heat race and scored sixteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The 2011 champion ranks second in points with five top-10 finishes to his credit.

Hobie Conway (Ventura, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the #1K Cory Kruseman’s Sprint Car & Midget Driving School / Lucas Oil entry, Conway was nineteenth fast in time trials and took seventh in the first heat race. In limited appearances, Hobie is thirty-fifth in the point chase.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, May 20th, at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” will also feature the King of the West NARC Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more event information, can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or calling 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 29, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.657; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.836; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.862; 4. Jake Swanson, 41, Henry/Jones-16.894; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.940; 6. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.079; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.096; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.367; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.502; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.505; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.583; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.721; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.881; 14. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.995; 15. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.162; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-18.198; 17. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-18.237; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.554; 19. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-18.920.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd. 3. Wiley, 4. McQueen, 5. Swanson, 6. Smith, 7. Conway. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Garris, 5. Stolz, 6. Adams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Stornetta, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Sibley, 5. Hix, 6. Strole. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 2. Austin Liggett (2nd), 3. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 4. Joe Stornetta Jr. (3rd), 5. Cody Majors (6th), 6. Ryan Timmons (9th), 7. Tristan Guardino (5th), 8. Hobie Conway (19th), 9. Steven Garris (11th), 10. Steve Hix (15th), 11. Max Adams (17th), 12. Brandon Wiley (7th), 13. Kyle Smith (16th), 14. Jeff Sibley (12th), 15. Ryan Stolz (14th), 16. Richard Vander Weerd (4th), 17. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 18. Jake Swanson (13th), 19. Shannon McQueen (10th). NT
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**McQueen flipped on lap 13 of the feature. R.Vander Weerd flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Liggett, Laps 6-19 Stornetta, Laps 20-30 Faria
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Hobie Conway (19th to 8th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jace Vander Weerd-403, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-398, 3. Ryan Bernal-395, 4. Jake Swanson-377, 5. Austin Liggett-363, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-358, 7. Cody Majors-310, 8. Tristan Guardino-301, 9. Ryan Timmons-249, 10. Geoff Ensign-244, 11. Brandon Wiley-240, 12. Jeff Sibley-233, 13. Joe Stornetta Jr.-222, 14. Steven Garris-217, 15. Steve Hix-213, 16. Tye Mihocko-158, 17. Shannon McQueen-156, 18. Brady Bacon-148, 19. Ryan Stolz-143, 20. Stevie Sussex-132.

 

 

USAC WEEK OF INDY SUPERTICKETS NOW ON SALE

USAC and Track Enterprises have teamed up to present a Superticket for admission to three of its marquee events - the "Tony Hulman Classic," the "Hoosier Hundred" and the "Carb Night Classic" on May 24-25-26 - leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

Fans can purchase a Week of Indy Superticket right now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy, which provides a 25% discount for individuals who attend all three events.

The three-straight nights of racing in Indiana present open wheel racing at its finest from the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship as well as the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars Series presented by TRAXXAS on both dirt and pavement.

"The Week of Indy" begins with the 47th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic" on Wednesday night, May 24 featuring the USAC Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute Action Track. Last year's event was won for the second-consecutive year by Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou after a furious race-long battle with Thomas Meseraull.

On Thursday night, May 25, fans, drivers and teams will make the short trek to the east and the famed Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt-mile for the 63rd running of the "Hoosier Hundred" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. One year ago, Kody Swanson joined Jimmy Bryan and Al Unser as one of just three drivers to win the "Hoosier Hundred" in three consecutive seasons. This May, the two-time series champ from Kingsburg, California can match Unser's record of four-in-a-row from 1970 to 1973.

The third and final leg of the "Week of the Indy" takes place on Friday night, May 26 as the Silver Crown teams hit the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500." Kody's younger brother, Tanner Swanson, was victorious in last year's "Carb Night" race after getting by recent Phoenix Raceway winner Bobby Santos with just 20 laps remaining to grab the win.

For just $60, fans will receive a savings of $20 by purchasing their own Week of Indy Superticket that's good for admission to Terre Haute, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Lucas Oil Raceway on May 24-25-26. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

As always, individual tickets for each "Week of Indy" event will be available at regular price on raceday at the gate.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS CLASH AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MAY 2, 2017... This Saturday, May 6th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will travel to the Ventura County Fairgrounds and make their only appearance of the year at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the fourth point race will also feature the VRA Senior Sprint Cars and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272735). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 22, 2004, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eighteen USAC/CRA Sprint Car races. “The Ripper” Rip Williams won the Ventura USAC/CRA debut and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman leads all series drivers with six victories. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the USAC/CRA qualifying record of 11.675 on October 25, 2008 and “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman holds the all-time 410 non-wing record of 11.527 on October 1, 1994. Last year, Troy Rutherford raced to victory in his 360 cubic inch powered car and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering Saturday’s event, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a twenty-nine point advantage after winning at Bakersfield on April 15th. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led on the season. The five-time champion leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 72 victories and will be looking to continue his championship bid with a Ventura win.

After running second at Bakersfield, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has climbed to second in the point standings. Piloting the #91R BR Performance owned HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa has posted one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led to his credit. To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Champion has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on adding Ventura to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson claimed fourth in the Bakersfield feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and three top-10 finishes on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to gain valuable points with a Ventura Raceway triumph.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has risen to fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer was ninth at the Bakersfield checkered flags. At press time, the five-time champion has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes to his credit. Mike has thirty-seven career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on the Saturday night victory.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams has climbed to fifth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams led the first thirteen laps at Bakersfield before scoring fifth. As this writing goes to press, the former Victorville Sprint Car Champion has posted three top-10 finishes in the campaign. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with win at Ventura.

Currently twelfth in points, Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Eddie Tafoya, Verne Sweeney, Chase Johnson, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $15, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $15, Student tickets (with ID) are $15, Kids tickets (7-12) are $10, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Damion Gardner, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

VENTURA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Cory Kruseman, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rip Williams, 1-Alan Ballard, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Scotty Weir.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-246, 2. Brody Roa-217, 3. Jake Swanson-208, 4. Mike Spencer-192, 5. Cody Williams-179, 6. Austin Williams-157, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 8. Tommy Malcolm-150, 9. Logan Williams-136, 10. Chris Gansen-122, 11. Parker Colston-113, 12. Matt McCarthy-104, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 14. Jeremy Ellertson-98, 15. Eddie Tafoya-96, 16. Verne Sweeney-86, 17. Kyle Edwards-76, 18. Danny Faria, Jr.-71, R.J. Johnson-71, 20. Chad Boespflug-51.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 28, 2017 - Boyd, Texas - Boyd Speedway - "Boyd/Paradise Night"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Jones (#04 Hefler), 2. Zane Lawrence (#76 Lawrence), 3. Paul White (#1PW White), 4. Doug McCune (#9u Urbanosky), 5. Pierce Urbanosky (#19 Urbanosky), 6. James Burke (#31 Burke), 7. Richie Robins (#1 Murdock), 8. Johnny Murdock (#01 Murdock). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Zane Hendricks (#27 Hendricks), 2. Travis Scott (#2x Scott), 3. Andrew Deal (#52 Oaks), 4. Noah Key (#14k Key), 5. Kade Taylor (#51 Bailey), 6. Mark Johnson (#85 Johnson), 7. Jason Tyer (#Z Mordock), 8. Bill Eslick (#24 Eslick). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Zane Lawrence, 2. Kyle Jones, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Paul White, 5. Andrew Deal, 6. Doug McCune, 7. Kade Taylor, 8. Noah Key, 9. Pierce Urbanosky, 10. Travis Scott, 11. James Burke, 12. Jason Tyer, 13. Mark Johnson, 14. Bill Eslick, 15. Richie Robins, 16. Johnny Murdock. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Hendricks, Laps 8-20 Lawrence.

NEW USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET POINTS: 1- Lawrence-77, 2-Jones-75, 3-Hendricks-72, 4-White-67, 5-Deal-64, 6-McCune-60, 7-Taylor-56, 8-Key-54, 9-Urbanosky-50, 10-Scott-50.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 29 - Greenville (TX) - Superbowl Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

April 29, 2017 York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Jim Strausbaugh Bald Hill Shootout"

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson), 3. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 5. Adam Pierson (#76e FMR), 6. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 7. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 8. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps) 1. Brenden Bright (#92 Bright), 2. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 3. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21 Kunsmzn), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 6. Johnny Smith (#4s Smith), 7. Eric Heydenreich (#11 Heydenreich). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps) 1. Trevor Kobylarz, 2. Brenden Bright, 3. Ryan Greth, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Adam Pierson, 6. Brett Arndt, 7. Tommy Kunsman, 8. Shawn Jackson, 9. Ken Miller, 10. Jay Hartman, 11. Eric Heydenreich, 12. Jason Rice, 13. Andrew Layser, 14. Josh Heckman, 15. Johnny Smith. NT --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Kobylarz.

KELLY RICE FUELS TOP 3: (5 gallons fuel) 1. Trevor Kobylarz, 2.Brenden Bright, 3.Ryan Greth

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-A.Bright-265, 2-Pierson-233, 3-Kunsman-228, 4-Jackson-212, 5-Kobylarz-211, 6-Greth-206, 7-Miller-204, 8-B.Bright-200, 9-Hartman-182, 10-Smith-160.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACE Presented by ARDC: May 5 - Jonestown, PA - Linda's Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 April 29, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underrwood), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles), 8. Ricky Thornton Jr. (#5M Madrid). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Ronnie Gardner (#12 Allen), 7. Leland Fuller (#3 Fuller), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#2 Yeley), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Justin Grant (#34 Team AZ), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 6. Larry Kesterson (#F2 Kesterson), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Landon Cling, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Cody Sickles, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Matt Lundy, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. Jeff Lowery, 18. Bobby Marcum, 19. Jonas Reynolds, 20. Leland Fuller, 21. Larry Kesterson, 22. Brent Yarnal. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Sussex, Laps 10-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (17th to 7th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 20 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 29, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.657; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.836; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.862; 4. Jake Swanson, 41, Henry/Jones-16.894; 5. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.940; 6. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.079; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.096; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-17.367; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.502; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.505; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.583; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.721; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.881; 14. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.995; 15. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-18.162; 16. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-18.198; 17. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-18.237; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.554; 19. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-18.920.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. R.Vander Weerd. 3. Wiley, 4. McQueen, 5. Swanson, 6. Smith, 7. Conway. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Guardino, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Garris, 5. Stolz, 6. Adams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Majors, 3. Timmons, 4. Sibley, 5. Hix, 6. Strole. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Danny Faria Jr., 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 4. Joe Stornetta Jr., 5. Cody Majors, 6. Ryan Timmons, 7. Tristan Guardino, 8. Hobie Conway, 9. Steven Garris, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Max Adams, 12. Brandon Wiley, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Ryan Stolz, 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 17. Geoffrey Strole, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Shannon McQueen. NT

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**McQueen flipped on lap 13 of the feature. R.Vander Weerd flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Liggett, Laps 6-19 Stornetta, Laps 20-30 Faria

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Hobie Conway (19th to 8th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 20 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

SANTOS SAVORS VICTORY IN SILVER CROWN RETURN TO PHOENIX

Richie Murray - USAC Media

Phoenix, Arizona.........It had been eight years since the United States Auto Club competed at Phoenix Raceway. Since then, the track has been slightly reconfigured, repaved and renovated.

On Saturday, to Bobby Santos, it was still the same Phoenix Raceway he knew and loved back in 2009 when he raced to a USAC National Midget victory at the one-mile tri-oval.

In his return, Santos used his experience and bravado to outduel David Byrne in a wild west shootout, racing past Byrne using a massive run off turn four, then fending off his comeback attempt off turn two a lap later to capture his seventh career USAC Silver Crown presented by TRAXXAS victory at the "Phoenix Copper Cup."

Santos took the pole position for Saturday's 100-mile event after recording the top speed in Friday's ProSource Qualifying session. And, right from the drop of the green flag, Santos put that speed on full display as he sprinted to the lead.

However, sixth-starting Tanner Swanson's day came to an immediate end as he slowed to a stop just after taking the green. After the restart, the man on the move was seventh-starting Byrne. By lap 16, the Shullsburg, Wisconsin native had worked his way to fourth with an outside pass of Damion Gardner off turn four. It took Byrne just three more laps to grab third, using the high line off four to take third from Justin Grant.

In rapid-fire succession, Byrne disposed of Kody Swanson on lap 20 after switching to the low-line, outpacing the two-time series champ exiting the fourth turn for the second position and, on lap 22, Byrne corralled Santos, beating him to the bottom in turn one to take the lead.

Meanwhile, Swanson and Grant were engaged in a torrid battle for third. But, by lap 25, Grant, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader, was grinding the right side of his car into the baby blue-colored SAFER barrier, ending a solid run for the talented Ione, California driver.

Under the yellow, race control deemed that Byrne had jumped the previous restart, relegating him back to second in the running order behind Santos for the lap 31 restart. Byrne wasted absolutely no time getting back to the front, snagging the top spot from Santos on lap 33 where he would remain for the next 60 laps.

Earlier in the afternoon, Chris Windom was announced as the new driver of the No. 2 regularly driven by Patrick Lawson. Windom made heavy wall contact in Friday's practice, sidelining his Gene Kazmark Racing No. 92 for the remainder of the weekend.

Windom would start at the tail of the 16-car field, but that didn't faze the Canton, Illinois driver as he raced from the back to eighth by lap 39, when suddenly, his new ride went up in smoke, sending him to pit road and putting an end to his three-race win streak in the series as well as his run of 13-straight top-five Silver Crown finishes.

Byrne quickly distanced himself from Santos on the ensuing restart, but little-by-little, Santos erased most of the gap, shaving off a half-second of Byrne's one-plus second lead prior to a yellow for Damion Gardner's hard hit with the turn four wall caused by a broken right front wheel.

When action resumed with 31 laps remaining, Santos threw his first dart at Byrne. Santos wrestled the lead away from Byrne with an inside move entering the first turn. Byrne came right back at Santos, hitting the bottom of turn three to retake the position as a freight-train of Santos, K. Swanson, Aaron Pierce and Davey Hamilton followed.

Yellow flags continued to haunt Santos as yet another caution fell when USAC's winningest female driver Toni Breidinger, making her Silver Crown debut, stalled in turn two just as Santos had closed on Byrne's rear bumper.

Byrne took advantage of his newfound breathing room to distance himself from Santos on the restart with 18 laps to go. But, yet again, all it took was a handful of laps and Santos was back in the game. With 12 laps remaining, the gap was a mere single car-length as Santos continued to reel him in.

Santos repeatedly looked to the outside, peeking his nose to the right armguard of Byrne on laps 89 and 90 when he veered a little too high, into the marbles, which cost him valuable ground in the race for the win.

As had been the case all afternoon long, Santos struck back, using a high-low crossover off turn four on lap 92 to pull wheel-to-wheel with Byrne down the front straightaway. Byrne was credited with the lead at the start/finish line, but the lead wasn't long for this world as Santos outpaced Byrne into the first turn to capture the point. Byrne fought back with all his might in turn three, but slid up off the bottom, allowing Santos to speed away.

A three-car breakaway of Santos, Byrne and K. Swanson ran nose-to-tail in the final laps with Santos continually using a big run off turn two to ward off all potential challengers. Swanson relentlessly worked on Byrne for second, finding the outside groove to his liking as he sped around Byrne for second off turn two.

Swanson quickly charged at Santos, but the sand in the proverbial hourglass had run out, as Santos crossed under the double-checkered flags for his first series victory in nearly two years at Iowa Speedway, the last Silver Crown victory on pavement by a driver not named Kody or Tanner Swanson until Saturday at Phoenix.

The victory, though, was a homecoming of sorts for the Franklin, Massachusetts native who scored a victory the last time USAC visited Phoenix. Despite the changes the track surface has undergone over the past several seasons, the story remained the same for the pavement hot shoe in his DJ Racing/Simpson Race Products/Beast/VDS Chevy.

"This track's different, but in my opinion it still races like the old Phoenix, which I think definitely helped," Santos believes. "I have some experience here and I knew where I could take advantage and put myself in a position to be there at the end."

Four separate yellow flag periods seemed to plague Santos throughout the 100-lap event, stalling his charge to the lead. But, despite the setbacks, the past NASCAR Whelen Modified champion believes his timing was just right on this afternoon.

"I really believe it's the timing to pass here that's most important," Santos said. "With my experience, (turns) three and four are such important corners. Making your speed there and getting it done down the front stretch has been my experience and I don't feel that has changed. My team put me in position to hold a champion off as well as an excellent racer like David. I definitely had to work my butt off for this one. David was wicked fast in the beginning and then Kody challenged us at the end. There's no time to sit down in the seat. All three of us were pushing as hard as we could."

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson took second in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Beast/Hampshire. Yet, despite taking over the point lead in the latest Silver Crown standings, the 2014 and 2015 series champ was looking for more.

"Because I race for points, people want to look at the points," Swanson said. "I feel something I'm good at is surviving long races. After the (championship) heartbreak last year, my focus has been to win races when we can. Not that I wasn't before, but I really want to focus on that. Today, even with the late yellows, I didn't think I had anything for these guys. As the race played out, suddenly I was in the hunt at the end. We found something a little bit different, but it was too little, too late. I'm a little disappointed in myself for not figuring it out soon enough. Being here on the podium is a good day, but I would've liked for it to have gone a little longer and I'd have liked to have figured it out a little sooner."

David Byrne led a race-high 69 laps in his Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner Truck Country - Bytec, Inc./Beast/J & D Performance machine. Byrne was strong all day, but feels that without the late race cautions, the "Copper Cup" was his.

"I wish it would've gone green all the way," lamented Byrne. "We were real sporty there at the start, but to say I'm disappointed is an understatement."

Contingency award winners this weekend at Phoenix Raceway include Bobby Santos (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chris Windom (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: April 28-29, 2017 - Phoenix, Arizona - Phoenix Raceway - "Phoenix Copper Cup"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: (April 28) 1. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-25.362; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.499; 3. Davey Hamilton, 99, RPM/Gormly-25.607; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-25.609; 5. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.666; 6. Tanner Swanson, 201, Nolen-25.682; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.768; 8. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.078; 9. Henry Clarke, 75, Rose-26.342; 10. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-26.656; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-26.906; 12. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-27,390; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-27.416; 14. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-28.067; 15. Shane Butler, 15, Thompson-30.978; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-NT; 17. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps - April 29) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Kody Swanson, 3. David Byrne, 4. Davey Hamilton, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Shane Butler, 7. Aaron Pierce, 8. Toni Breidinger, 9. A.J. Russell, 10. Henry Clarke, 11. Joe Axsom, 12. Damion Gardner, 13. Chris Windom (#2 Lawson), 14. Justin Grant, 15. Tanner Swanson, 16. Davey Hamilton Jr. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Santos, Laps 22-30 Byrne, Laps 31-32 Santos, Laps 33-92 Byrne, laps 93-100 Santos.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Windom

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-130, 2-Coons-116, 3-Windom-110, 4-Byrne-102, 5-Gardner-88, 6-Pierce-75, 7-Santos-73, 8-C.J. Leary-67, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-61, 10-Davey Hamilton-61.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): May 25 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fairgrounds - "Hoosier Hundred"

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS:

April 28-29, 2017 - Phoenix, Arizona - Phoenix Raceway - "Phoenix Copper Cup"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: (April 28) 1. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-25.362; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-25.499; 3. Davey Hamilton, 99, RPM/Gormly-25.607; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-25.609; 5. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-25.666; 6. Tanner Swanson, 201, Nolen-25.682; 7. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-25.768; 8. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.078; 9. Henry Clarke, 75, Rose-26.342; 10. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-26.656; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-26.906; 12. A.J. Russell, 3, Finkenbinder-27,390; 13. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-27.416; 14. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-28.067; 15. Shane Butler, 15, Thompson-30.978; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-NT; 17. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-NT.

 

 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE RACER; TANNER SWANSON EMBRACES HIS RACING ROLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In Major League baseball, a player who steps up to the plate and gets a base hit one out of every three at-bats year-after-year is celebrated as one of the top players in the game and a potential hall-of-famer.

What would you say, then, about a driver who straps himself into a USAC Silver Crown car maybe three or four times per year and wins more than half of those starts, on average?

Then again, Tanner Swanson isn't your average racer.

The Kingsburg, California veteran driver has found success in his career as a feature winner in all three of USAC's National divisions: Silver Crown, National Sprint Cars and National Midgets. And early on in the decade, one would have pegged Tanner as a good bet to become a future USAC national champion.

Yet, over the past handful of seasons, those ambitions have changed as he has scaled his schedule back to less than a handful of races per year. In 2016, Tanner was victorious in two of his three Silver Crown starts and finished second to his two-time series champion brother Kody Swanson. Right now, Tanner's plans are to compete just three times this year: this Saturday's "Phoenix Copper Cup" at Phoenix Raceway and the two Silver Crown events at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in May and July.

To the outside world, it's difficult to fathom why someone as successful as Tanner would only put his racing talent on display so little. But at 21-years-old, Tanner came to a crossroads and, now 26, has found that the road he pursued suits him just fine.

"At the end of the 2012 season, Kody and I were without Silver Crown rides," Tanner recalls. "I was graduating college in May and felt like God was calling me to apply my life in a different direction. Things fell into place and I was presented with a great job and my heart wasn't enjoying racing as much as I had in the past. I am really enjoying the schedule that I am keeping right now and have been fortunate enough to remain competitive."

Tanner once did compete on a regular basis in USAC's Silver Crown division, albeit briefly from 2010 to 2012, earning the first of his seven career series wins in 2010 at Michigan's Berlin Raceway and finishing a best of fifth in the standings in 2012 before dialing back to a limited schedule in 2013.

Since that point four years ago, Tanner has a .600 winning percentage in ten Silver Crown starts with six triumphs (five at Lucas Oil Raceway and once at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill.) to go along with a pair of second-place finishes. The only two finishes outside the top-two in that span have come by virtue of misfortune.

In 2014, he led 16 laps in the early-going at Gateway before falling out due to transmission issues and, in 2015, looked poised for victory at Ohio's Toledo Speedway when he and a lapped car got together on the front straightaway, sending Tanner into a frightening, violent flip that he was, thankfully, able to walk away from.

All that success in the past four seasons has come with the Bowman Racing team, however. Although he wishes he could say that after a nine-month layoff, he can simply hop into a racecar and put it up front, he admits it takes an entire team effort from top-to-bottom to get to the level of success he has attained with Bowman.

This weekend's Phoenix round takes him into a new setting with car owner Gene Nolen, a stalwart on the Silver Crown circuit for nearly three decades whose level of success and experience is admired by Tanner. His regular ride was unable to make the trip to the Southwest, so Tanner went on the hunt and found himself one which teams him up with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona and Franklin, Indiana's Joe Axsom.

"I actually went back to looking at previous Silver Crown race video and noted the success that Jerry and Gene have had in recent years on the pavement and was hoping that there would be some way that I could join the team," Tanner explains. "After a couple of phone calls with Gene, he told me that he was purchasing a backup car for them to use the rest of the year, but that it would be available if I wanted to run Phoenix. I actually haven't even gotten to meet or talk to the crew yet, but I have seen their level of preparation and I am excited to be a part of their team."

Racing at Phoenix is a dream for Tanner. It's something he's only gotten the chance to do a single time back in 2009, but only in the USAC National Midget portion of the "Copper World Classic." It was an experience that Tanner describes as "frightening." After all, it's quite the place for a driver to make his first pavement National Midget start! But the then 17-year-old adapted quickly, qualifying eighth. However, the experience didn't last long as a mechanical failure on the opening lap put him on the sidelines, seeding him an extra sense of motivation with redemption on his mind as he takes his first laps in a Silver Crown car on the one-mile tri-oval this weekend.

The significance of competing at Phoenix Raceway is not lost on Tanner. The list of winners alone is one that will make a race fan or driver from any generation stand up and take notice with names like A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Gordon Johncock, Johnny Rutherford, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart among the few that have raced to victory at Phoenix since the track's inception in 1964.

History is just one aspect of the equation that has Tanner eager to hit the Phoenix pavement once again. The meaning is personal. He watched as his brother Kody finished second in the Silver Crown portion of the "Copper World Classic" in 2009 and was just a little over a week old when his father Mike ran third in a Supermodified at Phoenix in 1991. Tanner now aims to make a lasting mark of his own to add to the Swanson legacy.

Tanner Swanson stands in victory lane after winning at Gateway in 2016. (Michael Allio Photo)

"Phoenix holds a special place in my heart," Tanner said. "It was a family destination every year. It's crazy to look at the list of winners during the Copper World's history and not get goosebumps. Some of the best USAC races in history have been held there and I think that's why there has been so much excitement because fans, drivers and teams are expecting another exciting one on Saturday. I'm just excited to get back to the track that houses so much history, but I'm also curious to see how the new pavement and track configuration effects the racecars. I have no doubt that there will be a lot of exciting racing all over the track and will be a must-see for USAC fans."

Phoenix Raceway was slightly reconfigured and repaved in 2011, which could produce a threat to Dave Steele's one-lap track record from 2004 that clocked in at over 142mph. The track will produce the fastest lap times of any circuit on the 2017 USAC Silver Crown calendar. That doesn't faze Tanner who admits the higher the speed, the higher the comfort level for himself.

Though Tanner isn't behind the wheel much these days, that doesn't mean he's absent from the racetrack. On many weekends, you will find him serving as crew chief and coach to young California micro sprint racer Mason Daniel. Over the past couple of those weekends, Daniel and Tanner were in victory lane, a place that's become oh-so-familiar to Tanner regardless of what role he's a part of at the track.

Apart from racing, Tanner and his wife Allison stay busy, and that puts it mildly. They run a graphics business together - Top Shelf Design Company - and serve as youth group leaders. By day, though, Allison works as a real estate agent while Tanner works with farmers on their finances as a loan officer.

In fact, Tanner and Kody grew up around the corn fields as much as they did the racetracks back in their hometown of Kingsburg, California. Tanner still resides there while Kody has made his home 2000 miles away in Indianapolis. Though separated by half a country, Tanner and Kody have maintained an unbreakable bond.

"Kody and I are probably as close as two brothers can be who live 2000 miles apart," Tanner said. "We usually talk four to five times a week discussing racing, life and work. We are each other's biggest fan, critic and competitor. For instance, last week, Kody drove an hour-and-a-half to the Nolen shop and spent three hours there mounting my seat before driving home on a weeknight. I wouldn't be able to race at the level I have been without his and his wife, Jordan's, help. That is for sure!"

Even though his racing schedule is limited, Tanner doesn't skimp on the preparation. Each race represents an opportunity and Tanner isn't going to let one slip by without giving his total focus and concentration.

"It is tough to take nine months off and then go compete against the best drivers in the country with no practice," Tanner states. "A big part of my preparation consists of reviewing previous race film over-and-over and trying to focus on other racers and their tendencies and how to use that to my advantage. This weekend will be difficult trying to settle into a new team, a new car and at a track that has a new configuration, but I think that if we are close, there is enough practice on Friday to be competitive."

And when Tanner is on-track, it's all business. It doesn't matter if it's his teammate or, more often than not, his brother he has to contend with for the win. In fact, 17 of the last 31 Silver Crown races have been won by one of the two. Seven times since 2010, Tanner and Kody have finished first and second in an event. The first of those six contests went Tanner's direction until Kody finally got the upper hand last July at Lucas Oil Raceway.

It's been a regular occurrence for the Swanson brothers to rule the roost when the Silver Crown series hits the pavement and don't count it out from happening a few times yet this season. The two will bounce ideas off each other and compare their driving techniques at certain venues, but are careful not to give too much away when they are preparing to do battle.

"When we're working for opposing teams, it's usually business as usual and we really don't talk much other than a little smack talk in between sessions," Tanner said. "We are both very competitive, intense individuals who like to remain focused on race day. One routine that we do have is, each time we roll out for the feature, we will find each other on the track and exchange a thumbs up. After that, all bets are off and Kody just becomes the driver of the 63."

See Tanner and Kody Swanson and the rest of the stars of the USAC Silver Crown Championship this Friday and Saturday, April 28-29 as they take on the tricky Phoenix Raceway mile for the first time in eight seasons at the "Phoenix Copper Cup."

Friday's schedule includes a pair of practice sessions for the "Phoenix Copper Cup" from 12:30 to 1:30pm and 1:45 to 2:15pm. ProSource Qualifying is slated to begin at 2:40pm.

Saturday's schedule for the Silver Crown cars starts at 2pm when cars and drivers make their way to pit road. The green flag for the 100-lap, 100-mile race is set for 3pm.

Get your discount tickets now at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5 to witness both days of racing action: the "Phoenix Copper Cup" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the Vintage Desert Classic and the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Can't make it to Phoenix in-person? Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the event a day after, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR BATTLE HEATS UP AT SAN TAN VALLEY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 26, 2017... This Saturday, April 29th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the seventh point race will also showcase Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. 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.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the San Tan Valley oval. Four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Stevie Sussex (3 wins) claimed the 30-lap main event on March 18th.

Entering Saturday’s event, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has a 14-point advantage over the competition. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson battled with Charles Davis Jr. for the top spot before finishing second at Casa Grande on April 15th. To date, the four-time champion has posted two heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. R.J. leads all drivers with 44 SouthWest feature wins and will be looking for his first win of the campaign.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis got the better of Johnson to earn the April 15th win at Casa Grande. At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on his sixteenth triumph this Saturday night.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran fourth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has five top-10 finishes in the campaign. With one career USAC SouthWest victory, Shon will be looking to add Saturday’s feature at Arizona Speedway to his resume.

Young Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) continues to impress and sits fourth in the point chase. Driving the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling charged from twelfth to score third at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and two top-10 finishes on the season. Landon will have his sights on his first USAC SouthWest victory at San Tan Valley.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship standings. The pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS has missed several shows to compete on the World of Outlaw and USAC National Sprint Car tours. At press time, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led to his credit. Sussex has eleven career SouthWest triumphs and drive Jack Yeley’s potent #2 entry this Saturday.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Matt Lundy, Andy Reinbold, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Michael Curtis, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, Ronnie Gardner, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. 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 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Stevie Sussex.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-395, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-381, 3. Shon Deskins-348, 4. Landon Cling-285, 5. Stevie Sussex-278, 6. Mike Martin-259, 7. Nick Aiuto-250, 8. Chris Bonneau-237, 9. Tye Mihocko-217, 10. Matt Lundy-215, 11. Andy Reinbold-208, 12. Dave Darland-169, 13. Matt Rossi-168, 14. Ryan Bernal-160, 15. Jeff Lowery-157, ... Bruce St. James-157, 17. Brian Hosford-151, 18. Michael Curtis-150, 19. Brady Bacon-148, 20. Brent Yarnal-146.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

PHOENIX COPPER CUP FIELD SHOWCASES VETERANS & FIRST-TIMERS CAPABLE OF WINNING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

An eight-year gap since the most recent appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Phoenix Raceway provides an intriguing array of experience differential between each of the competitors.

Among the varying degrees of experience for each of the 18 competitors at the one-mile tri-oval, a past Phoenix Silver Crown winner is not among the lineup. On one end, there are National champions and Phoenix race winners. On the other end of the spectrum, there are drivers making their first ever Phoenix start and even a few making their debut in a Silver Crown car for the event this Friday and Saturday, April 28-29

With that said, there are real threats to win regardless of the category they are pigeonholed into. When Saturday arrives, it all comes to down to how a driver and team performs in those 100 laps that will tell the final chapter of the 2017 "Phoenix Copper Cup."

PHOENIX WINNERS

The first group includes drivers who've won at Phoenix, but have yet to do so in a Silver Crown car. Bobby Santos of Franklin, Massachusetts was victorious in the last USAC National Midget race held at the track in 2009. Later that same night, the 2010 NASCAR Whelen Modified champ made his Phoenix Silver Crown debut, finishing seventh in his sole series start at the track.

Davey Hamilton picks up right where he left off in a Silver Crown car, returning to the scene of his most recent start at Phoenix in 2009. The Boise, Idaho native is the most experienced driver in the field with 10 series starts at Phoenix dating to his first start back in 1990. The 11-time Indianapolis 500 veteran finished fifth in the Silver Crown race in both 1997 and 1998 and made a third-place run in an IndyCar in 1997, but of most noteworthiness is his role as a Supermodified dominator at the track, garnering five wins in 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2001.

PHOENIX SILVER CROWN VETERANS

Right now, Chris Windom is the one everybody's chasing in the Silver Crown series. The point leader has won three-in-row dating to the final two races of last season at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and Ohio's Eldora Speedway. Earlier this month, the Canton, Illinois driver took the season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. If he can win at Phoenix Saturday, that will put him in rarified air alongside Jack Hewitt as one of two drivers to win four consecutive Silver Crown races. However, Windom has yet to win on the pavement in USAC competition and has yet to hit the Phoenix mile in a Crown car, though he wheeled a midget there in 2008. Don't let that fool you, though, as Windom is more than formidable on the pavement evidenced by his two "Little 500" wins and the fact that he has finished in the top-five of every Silver Crown event since August of 2015 on dirt and pavement - a span of 13 races!

Tucson's Jerry Coons, Jr. is the lone representative of Arizona in the field and nobody more than him would love to add his name as a homestate USAC hero at Phoenix, a short list that includes just Dan Drinan, Billy Boat and J.J. Yeley. Coons is one of six USAC Triple Crown champs, but a Phoenix victory has eluded him in his previous eight career Silver Crown starts, though he had a pair of solid top-five performances in 2001 (4th) and 2007 (2nd).

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce is the fastest Silver Crown driver of all-time, recording the fastest ever official qualifying lap of 175.012mph at Homestead (Fla.) Speedway in 2006 and, later that year, won the fastest series race of all-time at a 159.211mph average around Kansas Speedway. His three career Silver Crown wins are absent Phoenix, a venue in which he's twice captured fourth in five starts.

Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson may just be the race favorite, and for good reason. The last Silver Crown race at Phoenix, Kody was the runner-up. Coming into this Saturday's race, Kody is the winner of the two most recent pavement outings in the division, winning at both Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis and Salem (Ind.) Speedway. The two-time Silver Crown titlist has accomplished just about everything on the circuit in the past few years. A win Saturday would move him past Phoenix, Arizona's J.J. Yeley for sole position of fourth on the all-time series win list.

Nobody will ever say that Bill Rose lacks experience because the veteran racer's resume includes it all. A pair of victories for the Plainfield, Indiana driver on the tough USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail shows his ability and his 2002 Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year award and 2015 IRA Sprint Car championship show his versatility. But, experience in a Silver Crown car at Phoenix is another story as, incredibly, Rose is aiming to make his first Phoenix Silver Crown start in a quarter-century, a 24th place finish in 1992!

PHOENIX SILVER CROWN DEBUTS

As we transition from one Swanson brother to the other, Tanner Swanson, the run of success in the Silver Crown division doesn't fade. Tanner competes in less than a handful of races each year, but certainly makes the most of the opportunity each time he takes the wheel. If you've seen the majority of the box scores for each pavement event in the division over the last few seasons, more often than not, the Swanson brothers interchangeably run one-two.

In three 2016 starts (all on the pavement), Tanner won a pair of races at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in May and Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois in June. In July's round at Lucas Oil, Tanner ran second - one spot behind Kody. Between the two brothers, they have teamed up to corral 17 of the last 31 Silver Crown races overall. There hasn't been a pavement Silver Crown race without a Swanson listed as the winner since June of 2015! Tanner has just a single midget start at Phoenix in 2009, but Saturday marks his Silver Crown debut in the Valley of the Sun.

Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne has twice hustled a midget around Phoenix Raceway, in both 2007 and 2008, earning 15th and 14th place finishes, respectively, but is preparing to make his Phoenix Silver Crown debut this Saturday. Byrne knows the way to the front, demonstrated by his first and, to date, only Silver Crown victory on an unforgettable last-lap, last-corner pass for the win at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in July of 2014.

Henry Adams of Villa Park, California returns to USAC after a seven-year absence. The Villa Park, California native had a 12th place run at Phoenix in a 2009 USAC National Midget race, but Adams, who formerly competed under the surname of Clarke, is eyeing his first career Silver Crown appearance this weekend. Adams was a regular competitor on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Midget trails in 2009 and 2010 and collected his only career National Sprint triumph in July of 2010 at Ohio's Toledo Speedway.

PHOENIX FIRST-TIMERS

Current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant aims to make his first Phoenix Raceway visit this weekend. Already in 2017, he became the first driver in USAC history to win both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget opening races in the same season. Just last Friday in Plymouth, Indiana, he picked up his latest National Sprint win. The Ione, California driver is sans a Silver Crown victory on his impressive 2017 campaign, and aims to become the first driver to win in all three USAC National series before the end of April since Dave Steele in 2002 and the first to win in all three National divisions in a single year since Bryan Clauson in 2012.

Davey Hamilton, Jr. comes from a lineage that has a whopping seven Phoenix Raceway victories between his grandfather Ken's two sprint car wins in 1980 and 1984 and his father's previously-mentioned five Supermodified scores. Davey Jr. is ready to tackle the course that is synonymous with the Hamilton name and he will do so in the same car defending series champion Chris Windom drove to the title in 2016. If all goes smoothly on Saturday, Davey Jr. will become just the fifth son to compete against his father in a Silver Crown race, joining his grandpa and dad Ken and Davey Hamilton (Pikes Peak 1998), Jim and James McElreath (7 races between 1975-1977), Mike and David McCreary (Sacramento 1994) and Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Jr. (Phoenix 2007).

Simply put, Damion Gardner is one of the finest sprint car drivers the West Coast has ever produced. His 72 career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car wins are nearly twice as many as his closest competitor and his five series titles are tied for the most. However, the Concord, California native known as "The Demon" is a Silver Crown rookie and plans to make his first series start on a pavement track in just his third Silver Crown appearance overall. The Klatt Enterprises team Gardner is teamed with knows the fast way around the place. Klatt, with driver Bobby East and Bob East on the wrenches, swept both the Midget and Silver Crown rounds of the 2008 "Copper World Classic."

Joe Axsom, the pavement modified ace is a relative newcomer to Silver Crown racing. The Franklin, Indiana native made the first of his three-career series starts for the Gene Nolen Racing team in 2015 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Axsom finished a career-best eighth in May of 2016 at Lucas Oil, but Saturday will mark his first experience at Phoenix Raceway.

Edwardsville, Illinois driver Patrick Lawson eyes his first Phoenix Raceway rendezvous. Lawson made his first Silver Crown start in 2013 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. A veteran of 26 career Silver Crown events, Lawson is competitor on both the dirt and pavement surfaces and finished a high of 10th in the Silver Crown standings back in 2014. Lawson knocked down a career-best eighth-place run in the 2015 "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

SILVER CROWN FIRST-TIMERS

Shane Butler of Bushnell, Florida is a past TBARA Sprint Car champ and part of a great lineage of Florida sprint car racers including brother Keith, a Silver Crown veteran, and his father Stan, a TBARA Sprint Car champ himself.

Hillsborough, California's Toni Breidinger is the winningest female driver in the history of the United States Auto Club. This weekend, the 2016 USAC Western Pavement HPD Midget champion makes the jump to the Silver Crown series where she aims to become just the second female driver to start an event in the series at Phoenix, following Erin Crocker in 2005.

A member of the Cherokee Nation, A.J. Russell is a veteran of numerous disciplines and has achieved success from coast-to-coast. Russell, a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire and Winged Pavement Sprint Car racing, makes his USAC Silver Crown debut this weekend for longtime team owner Ted Finkenbinder. Born in raised in Clovis, California, Russell traveled to North Carolina's Concord Speedway in 2007 and beat the best in the nation after capturing the East vs. West Supermodified Championship.

Friday's schedule includes a pair of practice sessions for the "Phoenix Copper Cup" from 12:30 to 1:30pm and 1:45 to 2:15pm. ProSource Qualifying is slated to begin at 2:40pm.

Saturday's schedule for the Silver Crown cars starts at 2pm when cars and drivers make their way to pit road. The green flag for the 100-lap, 100-mile race is set for 3pm.

Get your discount tickets now at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5 to witness both days of racing action: the "Phoenix Copper Cup" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the Vintage Desert Classic and the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Can't make it to Phoenix in-person? Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the event a day after, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

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"PHOENIX COPPER CUP" ENTRY LIST

CAR #/DRIVER NAME/HOMETOWN/ENTRANT
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
3 A.J. RUSSELL/Clovis, CA (Ted Finkenbinder)
6 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)
15 SHANE BUTLER/Bushnell, FL (Troy Thompson)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
72 HENRY ADAMS/Villa Park, CA (Bill Rose)
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose)
80 TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Motorsports)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn/Carli Racing)
92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Kazmark)
98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
99 DAVEY HAMILTON, SR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
120 JOE AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Gene Nolen Racing)
201 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

KYLE HIRST TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 25, 2017... Slipping past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the sixth lap, Kyle Hirst (Paradise, California) led the rest of the way to win last Saturday’s “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic.” By claiming the shortened $3,000 USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway, Hirst became the 45th driver to earn a series win. Ryan Bernal, Faria, Jace Vander Weerd, and fast qualifier Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

Making his first start of the year, Kyle Hirst qualified seventh out of the twenty-one racers and ran second to Ryan Bernal in his heat race. Driving Dennis Roth’s #51T Roth Enterprises / KW Suspensions KPC, the three-time King of the West Champion ran second in the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. Starting second and hitting his marks on the changing track surface, Hirst took the 25-lap main event. Now ranked thirty-third in points, Kyle also gave Roth his first USAC West Coast triumph.

Racing from fourth, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) looked to challenge Hirst but had to settle for second. Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal was fourth quick in time trials, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and took fourth in the pole shuffle. With his second place finish at Tulare, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has reclaimed the point lead with three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

After leading the first five laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) scored third in the “Peter Murphy Classic.” Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfnSprint Spike, Faria qualified sixth overall, won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3, and claimed the Competition Suspension Incorporated Pole Shuffle. The two-time champion left Tulare ranked sixth in points with two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) raced from eighth to finish fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace was fifth fast in qualifications and placed third in his heat race. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year heads to Hanford sitting fourth in the point chase with two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) scored fifth in the “Peter Murphy Classic” and became the 37th series driver to earn a Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year finished third in his heat race. Liggett left the Tulare County Fairgrounds ranked fifth in the standings with one feature win, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from fourteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified fourteenth overall and took fifth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver has climbed to tenth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) raced to victory in the night’s Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was eighth fast in time trials and placed sixteenth in the feature after an early flip. As this writing goes to press, Cody has risen to seventh in points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the year.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action this Saturday, April 29th, at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, California. The event will also feature the Winged Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. Located on the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at www.kellerautospeedway.com or calling 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE:
1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Kyle Hirst (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal (4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 5. Austin Liggett (7th), 6. Brandon Wiley (14th), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 8. Billy Butler (10th), 9. Max Adams (11th), 10. Jeff Sibley (12th), 11. Steven Garris (13th), 12. Kyle Smith (15th), 13. Steve Hix (19th), 14. Ryan Timmons (17th), 15. Koen Shaw (16th), 16. Cody Majors (3rd), 17. Tristan Guardino (9th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (21st), 19. Joe Stornetta Jr. (6th), 20. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 21. Ryan Stolz (20th). NT
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**Majors flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-395, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 3. Jake Swanson-343, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-328, 5. Austin Liggett-288, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-280, 7. Cody Majors-245, 8. Geoff Ensign-244, 9. Tristan Guardino-242, 10. Brandon Wiley-195, 11. Jeff Sibley-192, 12. Ryan Timmons-188, 13. Steven Garris-166, ... Steve Hix-166, 15. Tye Mihocko-158, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-149, 17. Brady Bacon-148, 18. Stevie Sussex-132, 19. Koen Shaw-127, 20. Shannon McQueen-126.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

8 YEARS IN THE MAKING, USAC SILVER CROWN IS BACK AT PHOENIX RACEWAY THIS FRI.-SAT.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The journey to Phoenix Raceway is a trail that has been journeyed numerous times throughout USAC's illustrious history. A.J. Foyt christened the new mile track back in 1964 and, from there on, visits by USAC's premier series to Phoenix became an annual can't-miss-event in which fans and teams from all over annually migrated to the southwest for a weekend of speed.

From 1987 through 2009, the USAC Silver Crown series put on race after memorable race, many of which are still remembered fondly to this day, in the traditional "Copper World Classic" which provided an open-wheel heaven for race fans and drivers alike to kick off the season.

In recent years, that trail to Phoenix has fallen silent. But, this coming Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th, the tumbleweeds have vanished into the desert horizon and the trail gets dusted off once again as the stars of USAC Silver Crown racing make their triumphant return to the Valley of the Sun.

The "Phoenix Copper Cup" begins a revitalization of the Silver Crown division's pavement side of the schedule. New teams have emerged, bringing an air of excitement that is more than a welcome sight.

Starting off the list is defending series champ Chris Windom. In April alone, the Canton, Illinois driver has already taken a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories and kicked off the month by winning the Silver Crown season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. Prior to this season, Windom had never won a USAC National race this early in the season, but could head into May with four under his belt if he can stake his claim in Phoenix.

Lately, when you see a pavement Silver Crown race on the schedule, you can almost pencil in one of the Brothers Swanson as the winner. They've been that dominant! So dominant in fact, it's been since June of 2015 that either Kody or Tanner Swanson didn't return home from a pavement Silver Crown event without a trophy.

Tanner and Kody split won a pair on the asphalt a year ago with Tanner taking the first two at IRP and Gateway Motorsports Park while Kody went two-for-two as the DePalma Motorsports went back-in-black with the 63's new paint scheme to grab the last two rounds at IRP and Salem Speedway.

The lone representative of the state of Arizona entered for the event is Tucson's Jerry Coons, Jr. One of six USAC Triple Crown champions, Coons has not yet reached the pinnacle at Phoenix, finishing in the runner-up position of the 2007 edition. This Saturday, Coons plans to add one of the very few items he's missing from his Hall of Fame resume.

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader Justin Grant will make his first Phoenix appearance as he eyes his first Silver Crown victory. The winner of National Sprints' most recent race a week ago in Plymouth, Indiana will take the wheel for the Hemelgarn/Carli Motorsports team. If you recall, Ron Hemelgarn and crew chief Dennis LaCava have already been to Phoenix Raceway victory lane once before in an Indy Car when their driver, Buddy Lazier, raced from 26th to 1st in the year 2000.

Eleven-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton and his son, Davey Hamilton, Jr. are aiming to become the first father and son to compete in the same Silver Crown race since Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Jr. at Phoenix 10 years ago in 2007. Davey Hamilton himself is a five-time winner of the Supermodified portion of the "Copper World" and is one of nine drivers entered who have previous Phoenix Raceway experience.

USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Damion Gardner, is a master on the dirt with 72 series victories to his credit, but this weekend, he makes his pavement Silver Crown debut. He will face a number of pavement standouts and series race winners who have previous experience at Phoenix including Bobby Santos, Aaron Pierce and David Byrne.

Friday's schedule includes a pair of practice sessions for the "Phoenix Copper Cup" from 12:30 to 1:30pm and 1:45 to 2:15pm. ProSource Qualifying is slated to begin at 2:40pm.

Saturday's schedule for the Silver Crown cars starts at 2pm when cars and drivers make their way to pit road. The green flag for the 100-lap, 100-mile race is set for 3pm.

Get your discount tickets now at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5 to witness both days of racing action: the "Phoenix Copper Cup" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the Vintage Desert Classic and the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Can't make it to Phoenix in-person? Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the event a day after, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

 

 

GRANT AND McGHEE STAY ON A TEAR WITH EARLY SEASON ROLL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Since Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports joined up in August of 2016, the pair has seen their level of success soar to a new stratosphere.

When the two knocked down a non-sanctioned win in their first race together at Bloomington Speedway eight months ago, then followed it up with two-straight top-three finishes at the Badlands, you just had the feeling this was a dream pairing in the making.

When their formation resulted in a dominating performance at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals" last September, you just knew this dream was becoming a reality.

In the 16 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts the 26-year-old Grant and McGhee, the 17-year-old mechanical prodigy, have teamed up, they've earned an average finish of 3.7. This year alone, that average has peaked to its current 2.3 through six starts, which includes a season-opening victory at "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Florida.

Without a single finish outside the top-four and no signs of letting up just yet, 2017 has thus far been a season that could turn out to be simply magical. The magic continued Friday night at northern Indiana's Plymouth Speedway where the USAC National Sprint Cars made their first ever pilgrimage.

Early on in a downright chilly and wind-soaked evening, Grant's run of success took on a bit of a turn for the worse on his ProSource Qualifying run when he stumbled in turn four coming to the green. He took a mulligan, turning it around before giving lap number a second shot. In turn three, he proceeded to almost dump it before setting it down and going on to salvage a respectable eighth on his second go-around.

Two top-six qualifiers missed the invert by not transferring through their heat, providing Grant a seat on the outside of the front row, which he took full advantage of by racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two. That allowed Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage right off the bat.

By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight. By lap five, the lead was a full-straightaway. And 10 laps into the 30-lapper, Grant had packed his suitcase, bought an airline ticket and checked out to a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant's lead would begin to shrink mightily through the second half of the event as the lappers ran high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant.

Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant. With six laps remaining, Boespflug pulled even with Grant in turn one. The two Californians were separated by a single car length as they battled down the back straight with the lapped car of Aaron Pierce just in front of them. Grant decided this was the time to get aggressive and took a chance, splitting between Pierce and Jarett Andretti to separate himself for good.

Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting around the top to zip by Thomas Meseraull for third with 3 laps remaining and ran down Boespflug on the white flag lap with a sweet outside, inside move off the second turn, beating him to turn three to grab the second position.

By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding three-and-a-half second victory over KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney and Chad Boespflug.

Grant established the 30-lap mark in caution-free fashion at 7 minutes, 36 seconds in a race that saw all 22 starters finish.

Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, in a different role. The now 17-year-old McGhee raced to a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

Justin Grant remains at the top of the standings after winning his second series feature of the season. Yet, Chad Boespflug actually closed the gap to a single point after collecting valuable ProSource Qualifying and Heat Race points throughout the night. Chris Windom remains third ahead of Chase Stockon and Jarett Andretti.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Billy Butler, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Steven Garris, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Cody Majors, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Joe Stornetta Jr., 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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**Majors flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 29 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 22, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Mountain Dew Kick Start the Season Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Mitchell Davis (#37 Murdock), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7, Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 4. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 5. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 6. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 7. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Adam Taylor, 3. Gedd Ross, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Mitchell Davis, 7. Jeremy Hull, 8. Dillon Morley, 9. Broc Hunnell, 10. Tyson Hart, 11. Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Mangold, 13. Andy Baugh, 14. Derek Goble. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McDermand.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-McDermond-78, 2-Taylor-74, 3-Ross-72, 4-Burrows-65, 5-Mallonee-65, 6-Davis-61, 7-Hull-57, 8-Morley-53, 9-Hunnell-49, 10-Hart-49.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 29 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Autism Awareness Night"

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 22, 2017 - Hickory, North .Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.043; 2. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8R, Radical-15.146; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.176; 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.179; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.215; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.359; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.388; 8. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.419; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.610; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.673.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Eric Lewis, 10. Neal Allison. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-279, 2-Kurtz-275, 3-Nolan Allison-255, 4-Parker-240, 5-Lewis-182, 6-Lamb-161, 7-Trainor-157, 8-Neal Allison-142, 9-Smith-139, 10-Jake Garcia-138.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: May 6 - Robersonville, NC - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

GRANT BREATHES EASY WITH VICTORY IN USAC SPRINTS' FIRST PILGRIMAGE TO PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana.........Early on in Justin Grant's sprint car racing career, a fellow competitor told him that he wouldn't last more than eight laps without consciously remembering to breathe while he was racing.

Justin heeded that advice, and a handful of years later, the Ione, California native is finding the greatest success of his driving career. He could breathe easy after all was said and done Friday night after holding off a late-race charge from Chad Boespflug while mired in lapped traffic to collect his second series victory of the season in the first ever visit by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Indiana's Plymouth Speedway.

The win came as a sigh of relief to Grant after a breathtaking moment in ProSource Qualifying that almost ended his night before it even began.

"I tried to end our night pretty early on during qualifying," Grant said with a grin. "I was coming to the green (flag) and about spun out. I went ahead, turned around and went back and tried to gain a little composure. I took a breath, came back and restarted my qualifying attempt. I went down into (turn) three on the first lap and all but turned over. Getting into three, my speed and the calculations I was running in my head, I figured I was going to go ahead and make it over the fence. It went ahead and sat down and I was able to salvage a respectable time on the second lap. Fortunately for me, a couple guys missed the transfer through the heat races and that put us on the front row."

Grant took full advantage of his seat on the outside of the front row, racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two, allowing Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage.

By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight. The lead had grown to the length of a straightaway with just five laps down as Meseraull, Chris Windom, Boespflug and Shane Cottle scrambled for positions two through five. Ten laps into the 30-lap event, Grant held a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

"I felt like our car was pretty good," Grant said. "It was launching down the straightaways pretty fast. I was going as fast as I was comfortable going through the holes. I didn't know we had a straightaway lead or anything like that, but I thought we had a buffer. I couldn't hear anything. Normally, you can hear a guy behind you, but I couldn't hear anybody."

Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant's lead would begin to shrink mightily by the halfway point as the drivers near the tail end of the field were running high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant's black and red No. 11.

"Getting into lapped traffic, they were all two-wide for three or four rows in front of me," Grant recalls. "I was really just trying to keep myself calm, stay patient and wait for holes to open up so I could pick my way around those guys and not get caught up in something I didn't need to get caught up in."

Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant. On lap 23, Grant found himself entering turn three as he sought to overtake Aaron Pierce. Boespflug attempted to capitalize on the bottom to no avail as Grant clung to the lead by the cuticles of his fingernails. Grant then found his second wind, disposing of Pierce and Jarett Andretti to set himself free of the mounting pressure from Boespflug.

"I knew we had slowed down a ton in that group of lapped cars. I knew somebody was going to be coming pretty quickly. I was just kind of hoping things would open up. I saw Boespflug poke a nose under me in the middle of (turns) one and two. When I saw him, I decided I had to start taking some chances and be a little more aggressive. I kind of moved our way by a few of those guys and was able to open up a few lanes where I could start sliding guys and move around. As soon as I started clicking a couple lapped cars off, I felt comfortable and confident that we'd be alright."

Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting to the top around Boespflug in turn two with just a pair of laps remaining to grab second. By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding 3.5 second victory over Courtney, Boespflug, Meseraull and Stevie Sussex.

Grant's victory in the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco was his first since the season-opening "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Florida. His sixth career score ties him with the likes of Jac Haudenschild, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider and Dick Tobias on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list.

Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, it was in a different role. The now 17-year-old McGhee drove to victory lane after winning a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

Back to Grant, though, who established the 30-lap mark at Plymouth Friday night during a caution-free, green-to-checker feature finish in a time of 7:36.34 that saw all 22 starters finish. By Grant's estimation, 30 laps non-stop in a sprint car doesn't take long, but it can, without a doubt, be taxing on the mind.

Plymouth winner Justin Grant (middle) in victory lane along with second-place finisher Tyler Courtney (left) and third-place finisher Chad Boespflug (right). (Gene Crucean Photo)

"A sprint car race is 30 laps, but they're 30 intense laps," Grant explains. "Things are happening so fast and everybody's so quick, if the race gets away from you, you're not getting it back. It's mentally challenging and you just really have to try and make sure to breathe and that's the biggest thing, especially when the track's rough. You actually have to tell yourself to breathe. Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to just keep some oxygen going and to stay focused."

After four-straight sub-top-ten performances to begin the season, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney bounced back in just about the most spectacular way imaginable, driving from the outside of the ninth row to finish second without the aid of a single yellow flag in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton.

"This is what we all needed, not only for me as a driver, but as a team," a proud Courtney beamed. "We struggled at the beginning of the year. We changed a few things this week and it worked out. Our car was the best it's been in a while. We screwed up in qualifying on a tough racetrack and that put us deep in the field. It makes it pretty hard to win races from that far back, especially with the caliber of guys we have running in the series. You can't slouch off at any point in the night. Getting behind the eight-ball is tough, but we rebounded to get a podium here in front of a hometown crowd for my car owner who grew up here in Plymouth."

"I knew we were good from the start," Courtney continued. "I was hoping we weren't too good too early, but I was able to find a different line than everybody out there through (turns) one and two, which is where I passed a bunch of guys. I knew once I started seeing Chad (Boespflug), Thomas (Meseraull), Chris (Windom) and those guys, I had to be getting close to the front, but I still couldn't see Justin. I knew I hadn't passed him yet, so I knew it was still a long row to hoe. We needed a yellow, but we didn't quite get one. To get second, I'll take it. This is the best second has ever felt!"

Third-place finisher Chad Boespflug briefly clamped down on Grant for the race lead late in the going Friday night at Plymouth, yet he also closed to within one-point of Grant for the series point-lead in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton heading into Eldora Speedway's "LetsRaceTwo" on May 12-13.

"I just started to really hone in on my line when I got to Justin (Grant) in lapped traffic there," Boespflug replays. "I tried to roll the bottom a few times and realized I was a little freer than I had been all night. Come to find out, we had a bleeder stick in the right rear, or actually shut off. We just grew too much pressure in the right rear. We got to Justin's rear bumper there, kind of, and it was just time to try and make some moves. Unfortunately, it just didn't work out for us tonight. We slipped back to third there at the end, but overall, great night again.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway include Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Stevie Sussex (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Landon Simon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 21, 2017 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.016; 2. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.195; 3. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.254; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.284; 5. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.364; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.369; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.417; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 00, SC-13.448; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.462; 10. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.511; 11. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.531; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.613; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.625; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.630; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.691; 16. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.712; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.715; 18. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.741; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.746; 20. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-13.879; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.933; 22. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.961; 23. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.000; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.017; 25. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.724; 26. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.254; 27. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-14.320.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Short, 3. Grant, 4. Andretti, 5. Windom, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Goodnight, 8. Wilson, 9. Farney. 2:16.91

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Leary, 4. Meseraull, 5. Spencer, 6. Robbins, 7. Underwood, 8. Pierce, 9. Hewitt. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. S.Cottle, 4. Chapple, 5. Simon, 6. Sussex, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Smith. 9. Barrow. 2:22.50

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Hewitt, 3. Stanbrough., 4. Robbins, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Pierce, 7. Farney, 8. Wilson, 9. Underwood, 10. Barrow, 11. Goodnight, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Brady Short, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kyle Robbins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Josh Spencer. 7:36.34 ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (18th-2nd).

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Landon Simon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-445, 2-Boespflug-444, 3-Windom-386, 4-Stockon-364, 5-Andretti-297, 6-Courtney-282, 7-Leary-239, 8-S.Cottle-234, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-230, 10-Simon-228.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 12-13 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo"

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 21, 2017 - Williamston, South .Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Anthony McCune, 8, Radical-15.593; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.596; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.653; 4. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.658; 5. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.668; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.669; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.713; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.888; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.052; 10. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-16.513.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. George Kurtz, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Anthony McCune, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Eric Lewis, 7. Jake Trainor, 8. Jake Garcia, 9. Mike Ward, 10. Neal Allison. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Kurtz.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kurtz-217, 2-Bean-207, 3-Nolan Allison-188, 4-Parker-175, 5-Garcia-138, 6-Lewis-136, 7-Sam Hatfield-121, 8-Kyle Resco-119, 9-Trainor-101, 10-Neal Allison-99.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 22 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 21, 2017 - Plymouth, Indiana - Plymouth Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.016; 2. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.195; 3. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.254; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.284; 5. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.364; 6. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.369; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.417; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 00, SC-13.448; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.462; 10. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-13.511; 11. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.531; 12. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.613; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.625; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.630; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.691; 16. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.712; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.715; 18. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.741; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.746; 20. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-13.879; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.933; 22. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.961; 23. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.000; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.017; 25. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.724; 26. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-14.254; 27. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-14.320.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Short, 3. Grant, 4. Andretti, 5. Windom, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Goodnight, 8. Wilson, 9. Farney. 2:16.91

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Leary, 4. Meseraull, 5. Spencer, 6. Robbins, 7. Underwood, 8. Pierce, 9. Hewitt. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. S.Cottle, 4. Chapple, 5. Simon, 6. Sussex, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Smith. 9. Barrow. 2:22.50

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Hewitt, 3. Stanbrough., 4. Robbins, 5. C.Cottle, 6. Pierce, 7. Farney, 8. Wilson, 9. Underwood, 10. Barrow, 11. Goodnight, 12. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Brady Short, 12. Colten Cottle, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Kyle Robbins, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aaron Pierce, 18. C.J. :Leary, 19. Tyler Hewitt, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Josh Spencer. 7:36.34 ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (18th-2nd). WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Landon Simon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-445, 2-Boespflug-444, 3-Windom-386, 4-Stockon-364, 5-Andretti-297, 6-Courtney-282, 7-Leary-239, 98-S.Cottle-234, 9-Hunter Schuerenberh-230, 10-Simon-228.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 22 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

IRACING PARTNERS WITH USAC TO BRING AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACING SIMULATION

The buzz around the racing world with the recent introduction of dirt tracks to iRacing.com has now arrived at the United States Auto Club as the two announced an agreement Thursday to create an online racing series that features the cars of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship. . It all begins Monday, April 24 when the USAC Sprint Cars first hit the tracks on the premier online racing simulation. A computer, controller and a broadband internet connection is all you need to join the community of racing enthusiasts that number in the tens-of-thousands.

A special discount code is available to USAC fans who join iRacing on Monday. By using the promo code PR-USAC, you will receive a three-month membership for just $5 and begin competing virtually behind the wheel in a USAC Sprint Car event in the most accurate racing simulation available.

"We're excited to partner with USAC in creating official iRacing series for our 410 and 360 non-winged sprint cars," said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com. "The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship is rightly known for some of the most competitive racing to be found on dirt - or any surface for that matter. I'm sure sim racers everywhere will be eager to sling some dirt in iRacing's non-wing USAC sprint cars."

"Joining forces with iRacing enables us to make an exciting new dimension in racing available to our fans in the United States and around the world," says USAC President and CEO Kevin Miller. "We're thrilled with the opportunity and look forward to participating in the rapidly-growing sim racing community in the months and years to come."

The initial phase of the USAC and iRacing's partnership focuses on sprint cars, but future plans are in place to introduce additional USAC series on famed dirt track such as Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and the Belleville High Banks in Kansas.

iRacing, a leader in the field of e-sports and simulation, organizes, hosts and officiates races on virtual tracks all around the world for casual gamers as well as professional drivers who use the simulation for training. iRacing uses the latest in technology to accurately recreate its continuously-expanding portfolio of cars and race tracks, including intricate details such as changes in the handling of the car and varying track conditions throughout the night.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. WINS CASA GRANDE SHOOTOUT

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 19, 2017... After multiple lead changes, seventh starting “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) emerged victorious last Saturday night at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. The veteran driver earned his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory of the campaign over top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Landon Cling, Shon Deskins, and hard charger Matt Lundy.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. took command from Johnson on the twenty-second lap. Johnson returned the favor a couple of laps later, but the night belonged to Davis who led the last four circuits. Before celebrating his fifteenth career series victory, Charles scored fifth in his heat race and placed seventh out of the nineteen car roster in passing points. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion heads to San Tan Valley ranked second in points with three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit.

After starting sixth and taking the top spot from early leader Chris Bonneau and Davis, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) had to settle for second at Casa Grande. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the night’s first heat race and earned the Beaver Stripes Passing Masters Award in the process. The four-time champion and current point leader has posted two heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes and 15 feature laps led on the year.

Young Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) continues to impress after his third place run from twelfth at Casa Grande. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling ran seventh in his heat race and was seated twelfth in passing points. The 2016 Rookie of the Year heads to San Tan Valley sitting fourth in the standings on the strength of two fast time awards and two top-10 finishes on the season.

Veteran Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at Central Arizona Speedway. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Currently sitting third in the point chase, Shon has posted five top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) earned his second hard charger award / “best passing job” by scoring fifth in the 30-lap feature after starting sixteenth. Driving his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack XXX, Lundy scored seventh in his heat race and ranked sixteenth in passing points. With one top-10 finish on the year, Matt has climbed to tenth in championship points.

Veteran Bobby Marcum (Cottonwood, Arizona) drove to victory in the second 8-lap heat race. Racing his #80 Mountain Valley Performance / Donaldson Trucking entry, Marcum ranked second in the nightly passing points and scored thirteenth in the feature. As this writing goes to press, the Manzanita Speedway “Last Dance” winner is twenty-sixth in the chase for the championship.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 29th, at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The event will also will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2017 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 9. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz), 10. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 9. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (7th), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Landon Cling (12th), 4. Shon Deskins (2nd), 5. Matt Lundy (16th), 6. Tye Mihocko (13th), 7. Chris Bonneau (4th), 8. Brian Hosford (14th), 9. Nick Aiuto (1st), 10. Bruce St. James (9th), 11. Andy Reinbold (8th), 12. Mike Martin (10th), 13. Bobby Marcum (5th), 14. Joe Scheopner (17th), 15. Cody Sickles (19th), 16. Michael Curtis (11th), 17. Matt Rossi (3rd), 18. Ryan Stolz (18th), 19. Brent Yarnal (15th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Bonneau, Laps 10-21 Johnson, Laps 22-23 Davis, Laps 24-26 Johnson, Laps 27-30 Davis HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (16th to 5th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-395, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-381, 3. Shon Deskins-348, 4. Landon Cling-285, 5. Stevie Sussex-278, 6. Mike Martin-259, 7. Nick Aiuto-250, 8. Chris Bonneau-237, 9. Tye Mihocko-217, 10. Matt Lundy-215, 11. Andy Reinbold-208, 12. Dave Darland-169, 13. Matt Rossi-168, 14. Ryan Bernal-160, 15. Jeff Lowery-157, ... Bruce St. James-157, 17. Brian Hosford-151, 18. Michael Curtis-150, 19. Brady Bacon-148, 20. Brent Yarnal-146.

 

 

JAKE SWANSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO “4TH ANNUAL PETER MURPHY CLASSIC” AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 18, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, April 22nd, at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also feature the winged King of the West / NARC Sprints and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Since its inception, the “Peter Murphy Classic” is one of the best paying dates on the schedule. A special thanks goes to Peter and his family for gathering sponsorship and raising extra prize money. As this writing goes to press, Murphy is working to increase the purse and create extra bonuses right up until the green flag waves on Saturday.

Noted as one of the most popular drivers in the Central Valley, Peter Murphy established himself in both the winged and non-wing sprint car ranks. Driving the potent Tarlton & Son #21 entry, the Australia native won championships with the SCRA 360s, Bandits, Kings Bandits, VRA/Bandit Grand Slam Mini-Series, and the Santa Maria Sprints. In West Coast action, Murphy won six races during the inaugural season and currently ranks sixth on the win list with eight triumphs. 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. Ryan Bernal won the inaugural non-sanctioned 2014 event and following races were claimed by Matt Mitchell and Troy Rutherford.

Since March 6, 2010, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-five USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with twelve victories and Jake Swanson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.984, set on March 17th. In the two previous appearances at Tulare in March, Swanson and Bernal took the checkered flags. The series win list at the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has a 26-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson rebounded to score fifth at Hanford on March 25th after a late race restart from the back. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has two career USAC West Coast triumphs and will be looking to add the “Peter Murphy Classic” to his resume.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Splitting time between Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works ART and Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe XXX, Bernal did not compete at the Hanford March 25th show. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has posted three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with thirty series wins and is a fan favorite.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored tenth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2011 Champion has four top-10 finishes in the campaign and ranks second overall with nineteen career triumphs. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights adding his name to the “Peter Murphy Classic” winner’s list.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace finished sixteenth in the March 27th feature. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking to claim the Saturday night victory.

“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign scored third at Hanford on March 27th. At press time, the 2011 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion has posted two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / ButlerBuilt Seats semi-main win, and three top-10 finishes on the year. Geoff has one career West Coast feature win and will have his sights on the “Peter Murphy Classic” victory.

Currently fourteenth in points, Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, California) and Steven Garris (Escalon, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Sibley, Shannon McQueen, Jay Ervine, Troy Rutherford, Ryan Stolz, Gary Nelson Jr., 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. Bleacher seats are $20 and Grandstands seats are $25. 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, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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-Danny Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.

PETER MURPHY CLASSIC NON-WING WINNERS: 2014-Ryan Bernal, 2015-Matt Mitchell, 2016-Troy Rutherford.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 12-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-343, 2. Ryan Bernal-317, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-290, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-259, 5. Geoff Ensign-244, 6. Austin Liggett-218, 7. Tristan Guardino-207, .. Danny Faria Jr.-207, 9. Cody Majors-206, 10. Tye Mihocko-158, 11. Ryan Timmons-150, 12. Brady Bacon-148, 13. Jeff Sibley-144, 14. Brandon Wiley-136, 15. Stevie Sussex-132, 16. Steve Hix-127, 17. Shannon McQueen-126, 18. Jay Ervine-123, … Brody Roa-123, 20. Steven Garris-121.

 

 

 

USAC SPRINTS TAKE ON NEW TERRITORY THIS WEEKEND AT PLYMOUTH AND MONTPELIER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Both of this upcoming weekend's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car stops take place on a pair of Hoosierland tracks that have been a witness to over a century and a half of auto racing history.

However, Plymouth Speedway and Montpelier Motor Speedway have only played host to a combined one lone USAC Sprint Car event. A new opportunity arises and a there's new land to claim. It all lies ahead this Friday and Saturday when a new generation of USAC stars including Justin Grant, Chad Boespflug and Chris Windom vie to take their piece of the pie.

First up is Plymouth Speedway this Friday night, April 21st where, in the past, the USAC National Midgets have made their home not only the pavement, but also on the dirt. But this will be the first foray for the USAC Sprint Car division at Plymouth on either surface.

Last June, C.J. Leary picked up the unsanctioned "Tony Elliott Tribute" at Plymouth, defeating a number of USAC regulars who are looking to get off the schneid.

Leary himself set ProSource/B & W Auto Mart Fast Qualifying time last weekend at Bloomington, but the Greenfield, Indiana native is looking to recreate the magic he found last August when he captured night number two in the "Sprint Car Smackdown" at Kokomo Speedway.

Jarett Andretti is one of the few who has past pavement and dirt experience at Plymouth. The Mooresville, North Carolina driver is having a standout 2017 season in which he sits fifth in the series standings and earned his first career fast qualifying time last Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. is the most recent winner of a USAC National event at Plymouth when he claimed "Midget Maynia" in May of 2015. KTJ has been solid over the last couple of weeks in a sprint car, including a 20th to 5th place run last Friday night at Bloomington.

Tyler Courtney, out of Indianapolis, Indiana, has yet to crack the top-10 thus far in the early season, but don't count him out just yet as he and his potent TOPP Motorsports ride hope to hit their stride at Plymouth, which is located just down the road from the team's headquarters in Rochester.

In his great career, Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle has been a winner in USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. He's also been a winner the last two seasons when the MSCS Sprints have visited Montpelier Motor Speedway, home of this Saturday's USAC National Sprint Car stop.

Cottle took fourth in last year's first USAC appearance at the quarter-mile. Finishing one spot ahead of him in third was USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver, Triple Crown champ Dave Darland of Lincoln, Indiana, who seeks to continue his record streak of consecutive years with at least one USAC National win to a quarter century.

Darland led the first 11 laps of the 2016 feature, but in a three-lap stretch, eventual series champion Brady Bacon drove from fourth to the front, resulting in a near dead heat at the start/finish line before claiming the lead from Darland just moments later in turn one.

With seven to go, Cummins got his right front wheel inside of Bacon's left rear in turn two, nearly making contact, but was unable to make it stick, falling back roughly four car-lengths before a caution came out, providing Cummins with another shot.

Cummins was looking to gain an inch, a yard, anything that would give him an opportunity to gain valuable ground on Bacon at the end, but he was never close enough to mount a serious challenge in the final laps as Bacon never blinked, distancing himself from Cummins to take the victory in front of an electric, standing-room only crowd.

Plymouth's gates open at 4pm on Friday night with cars set to hit the track at 6pm. Adult General Admission tickets are $25. General admission tickets for children age 6-12 are $10. Children Age 5 and Under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit passes: $35.

The front gates swing open for this Saturday's event in Montpelier at 3pm with cars set to begin on-track activities at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are just $20. Children age 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Fans who miss the action in-person this weekend at Plymouth and Montpelier can watch flag-to-flag coverage of each race a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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THE CHAD AND CHRIS SHOW: USAC'S NEWEST RIVALRY PUTS ON A SHOWCASE AT BLOOMINGTON AND TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Throughout its history, the United States Auto Club has been a party to a multitude of intense rivalries. None are more revered than the "Gary and Larry Show" that took the USAC Sprint Car division by storm between 1968 to 1971.

In that four-year stretch, Gary Bettenhausen and Larry Dickson dominated the series like never seen before or since. In fact, the duo won nearly half the series races run in that span and took turns alternating series titles, with Larry winning in 1968 and 1970 with Gary taking the crown in 1969 and 1971. Each year that Gary or Larry was the champ, the other finished as runner-up in the standings.

Perhaps there has been no match that compares to the prolonged run of the "Gary and Larry Show" over the past five decades, but this past weekend, this generation's greatest USAC Sprint Car rivalry was on full display - Chad Boespflug versus Chris Windom.

We were witnesses to the "Chad and Chris Show" in October of 2016 when the two battled lap-after-lap-after-lap, unofficially exchanging the lead an astronomical 26 times in 30 laps at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track. Windom had the upper hand on that night when he disposed of Boespflug using a monster run down the back straightaway on lap 28, then fended him off for the final two laps to capture the "Jim Hurtubise Classic."

If the "Chad and Chris Show" was born that night, that must mean that the rivalry took its first steps and spoke its first words this past weekend at Bloomington and Tri-State Speedways where the two would put on a pair of classic duels that indicate the ringing in of a new era of USAC heroes.

On a restart two-thirds of the way into Friday night's 30-lap USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bloomington Speedway, Chad Boespflug found himself playing defense.

Some say defense wins championships - at least in stick and ball sports - but after seeing his lead slip away on the 22nd lap, Boespflug had to go on the offensive. His opportunity to regroup and recharge came a lap later when third-running Dave Darland blew a left rear tire at the start/finish line.

When action resumed with eight laps remaining, Windom got a solid jump on Boespflug. With seemingly nothing to lose down the stretch, Boespflug attacked the topside and went after Windom, instigating a compelling, hair-raising, wheel-to-wheel showdown in which the two were locked into a non-stop, side-by-side battle.

Little-by-little, Boespflug drew closer and, with only five laps remaining, was side-by-side with the 2016 Silver Crown champ. Lap-after-lap, the two appeared as if they were engaged in a game of slot car racing, both smooth on the rail, running distinctive lines with neither able to budge ahead by much more than a few feet or so at any particular point.

Windom clung to a scant lead at the line time and again, but Boespflug was still wide open on the outside, a move that would pay large dividends as he raced around Windom to grab the lead by inches coming to the white flag.

On the final lap, Windom made one final, last ditch effort, but it wouldn't be nearly enough as he slid up behind Boespflug off the final corner as Boespflug darted under the checkered flag to take his first victory for the Hoffman family and became the fourth different winner in as many races ahead of Windom and Chase Stockon.

Chris Windom wouldn't let opportunity escape his grasp once again a night later in the "Spring Showdown" at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, co-sanctioned by USAC and MSCS.

However, an average finish of 12th over 13 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts at Tri-State didn't bode well for Windom's odds coming into the event at the quarter-mile paperclip in southern Indiana.

But stats are just that. Stats. And the next day always presents the next opportunity for one to make their mark.

Windom would start the 30-lap main event from the outside of the second row, staring directly at the tail tank of Boespflug's car at the start. And right from the get-go, continuing the previous night's theme, Boespflug and Windom immediately took ownership of the top-two positions exiting turn two on the opening lap.

On the fourth lap, Windom saw an opening and went for it as he put a slider on Boespflug for the lead entering the first turn. Windom made slight contact as he slid up in front of Boespflug off turn two as they hit the back straight running nose-to-tail.

In a reversal of roles from the night before, Windom took the middle to high route while Boespflug zipped along the bottom. Boespflug unloaded the chamber as he repeatedly fought to reclaim ownership of the top spot, pulling even to the inside of Windom multiple times on both ends of the racetrack.

Boespflug momentarily willed his way to the lead with a turn one slider when action resumed, but Windom, as well as Justin Grant, held the momentum and were able to blast by to take first and second, respectively as they hit turn three. Although, Grant's newfound position would be short-lived as Boespflug snuck back underneath for second when Grant drifted high.

After Donny Brackett walked away from a harrowing lap nine barrel-roll, Boespflug consistently poked his nose under Windom through much of the middle stage of the race. Every single time, Windom's drive off the second and fourth corners was adequate to hold Boespflug at bay.

Boespflug closed on Windom with 12 to go when Windom met up with a logjam of lapped cars. Windom was forced to alter his line to the bottom, allowing Boespflug to peel away several layers of Windom's one-plus second lead over the next eight laps, to less than a half-second.

When third-running Kyle Cummins' car went up in smoke on lap 27, collecting Hunter Schuerenberg and Isaac Chapple in the process, Windom was up to the challenge, mastering the course as he bolted away from Boespflug on a restart with four laps to go and was on his way to a surefire victory.

However, a Landon Simon and Brandon Morin turn three tangle would set up yet another stress test for Windom to endure - a one-lap free-for-all between he and Boespflug for the win!

Once again, though, Windom answered the bell when he stood on the loudpedal and passed under Tom Hansing's green and white flags on the lap 30 restart. Distancing himself to a half-second advantage, Windom passed the exam with flying colors to become the first repeat winner on the USAC National Sprint Car tour in 2017 over Boespflug and Grant.

Those same three occupy the top three spots in the latest standings as well. Grant and Boespflug have yet to finish outside the top-four positions in any of the five races, and are separated by just two points entering next week's double-dip at Indiana's Plymouth and Montpelier Motor Speedways. The surging Chris Windom is now third in front of Chase Stockon and Jarett Andretti.

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WINDOM TURNS THE TIDE, TAMES BOESPFLUG TO TAKE TRI-STATE'S SPRING SHOWDOWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........One night after victory slipped through his fingers and into the hands of Chad Boespflug during a spectacular late-race duel at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, Chris Windom wouldn't let opportunity escape his grasp once again in Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" at Tri-State Speedway, co-sanctioned by USAC and MSCS.

However, an average finish of 12th over 13 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts at Tri-State didn't bode well for Windom's odds coming into the event at the quarter-mile paperclip in southern Indiana.

But stats are just that. Stats. They are simply numbers that tell of what has occurred in the past, but are not the be-all, end-all figurative crystal ball that foretells what the future holds.

Windom reversed his fortunes in more ways than one Saturday night, taking the present into his own hands on a breakout night at a venue that has stuck in his craw and served as a thorn in his pride for much of the past decade.

By the fourth lap, he had swiped the lead from Boespflug, then fended off each proceeding challenge for the remaining 26 laps to take his 16th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, equaling Damion Gardner and moving him into the top-30 on the series' all-time win list.

Neither lapped traffic nor repetitious restarts nor even a one-lap shootout could stay this driver from the swift completion of his appointed goal of taming Tri-State Speedway, which he had long yearned to tame. This was a piece of redemption that would elude him no more. Drastic changes were not a necessity. A measured approach, and confidence to boot, can go a long way in knocking down barriers.

"We've tried to stick to our guns all year," Windom said. "We've kept everything the same. We haven't had the best results here in the past, but we didn't come down here and try to change everything. We just kept everything like we had been and we've been running well. If you would've told me in the last three years that I'd win a race here, I would have said you were crazy. I can't thank Derek (Claxton) enough for what he's been doing for me, and Billy (Grace) also. They've had this car so good. It's a winning car every single night. It's just really up to me to go out and get the job done."

And get the job done he did. Though, he would start the 30-lap main event from the outside of the second row, directly behind Boespflug. Right from the get-go, and as a continuation from the previous night's proceedings, Boespflug and Windom were practically attached at the hip as the duo immediately took ownership of the top-two positions exiting turn two on the opening lap.

On the fourth lap, Windom saw an opportunity as he put a slider on Boespflug for the lead entering the first turn. Windom made slight contact as he slid up in front of Boespflug as the pair hit the back straightaway nose-to-tail at the exit of turn two, but the early-race lead was his, a feat his experience told him was of utmost importance at Tri-State.

"I knew it was tough to pass and, when I saw an opening, I went for it," Windom admits. "Chad (Boespflug) went to the top and I threw a slider on him. I got into him a little bit, so I told him I was sorry after the race. I felt a little bad about that. But, this is one place you want to get to the lead as quickly as possible. I just wanted to be in command of the race and that's what we did."

In a reversal of roles from the night before, Windom took the middle to high route while Boespflug zipped along the bottom. Boespflug unloaded the chamber as he fought to reclaim ownership of the top spot, pulling even to the inside of Windom multiple times on both ends of the racetrack until a yellow for Josh Hodges reshuffled the deck, putting Boespflug in line behind race leader Windom on the ensuing restart.

Boespflug momentarily willed his way to the lead with a turn one slider when action resumed, but Windom as well as Justin Grant held the momentum and were able to blast by to take first and second, respectively. Although, Grant's newfound position would be short-lived as Boespflug got back around for second by the time they hit the third turn.

On lap nine, the most harrowing incident of the night came when Donny Brackett rode over a wheel of another car and barrel-rolled several times down the front straight before coming to a rest on all fours. The toll on Brackett's ride was substantial, but he was fortunate to walk away from the wreckage.

On each restart through the middle stages of the race, Boespflug consistently poked his nose ahead of Windom on multiple occasions on the bottom line. Yet, every single time, Windom's drive off the second and fourth corners was adequate to hold Boespflug at bay.

With 12 to go, Windom met up with a logjam of lapped cars at the tail end of the field. Windom was forced to alter his line to the bottom which, in turn, allowed Boespflug to peel away several layers of Windom's one-plus second lead over the next eight laps, to less than a half-second. That's when third-running Kyle Cummins' car went up in smoke on lap 27, coasting to a stop in turn four before collecting past "Spring Showdown" winner Hunter Schuerenberg and Isaac Chapple.

Under yellow with four laps remaining and a crucial restart looming, Windom discovered himself in an uncanny position to the one he was in at Bloomington. A mixture of factors raced through his mind as he tried to avoid a moment of personal déjà vu.

"I was pretty nervous," an unabashed Windom admitted. "Normally, I'm not, but I'm not used to restarting a race out front here. I honestly wasn't sure where the best spot to restart was. It just seemed like every time I'd get rolling, a caution would come out. I didn't feel that great the first or second lap after a restart, so it was starting to make me feel a little nervous at the end. I knew if I could just hold my line around the bottom, it would be tough to go around the outside of us."

"I knew it was tough to pass and, when I saw an opening, I went for it. Chad (Boespflug) went to the top and I threw a slider on him. I got into him a little bit, so I told him I was sorry after the race. I felt a little bad about that. But, this is one place you want to get to the lead as quickly as possible. I just wanted to be in command of the race and that's what we did." "Spring Showdown" winner Chris Windom (Neil Cavanah Photo)

Windom was up to the challenge, mastering the course when he bolted away from Boespflug and was on his way to a surefire victory. After taking the white flag and hitting his marks in turns one and two for what he anticipated would be the last time, Landon Simon and Brandon Morin tangled in turn three. That, in turn, set up yet another stress test for Windom to endure - a one-lap free-for all between he and Boespflug for sprint car racing glory.

Once again, though, Windom answered the bell when he stood on the loudpedal and passed under Tom Hansing's green and white flag on the lap 30 restart. Distancing himself to a half-second advantage, Windom passed the exam with flying colors to become the first repeat winner on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour in 2017 over Boespflug, Grant, B & W Auto Mart/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Brady Short (from 20th) and Carson Short.

Windom led a top-three across the line that consisted of the first three drivers in series points. Though Windom suffered a couple of setbacks in the season-openers at Ocala, Florida in February that stifled his point accumulation, he has since gone on a tear with 1st, 2nd and 1st place finishes in his last three runs, a fact that has his him excited of what lies ahead.

"It's exciting when we can all go the track and have this much confidence," Windom explains. "It's a long season. Chad (Boespflug) and Justin (Grant) seem to run second and third every night I win, so that makes it hard to catch up. As long as we keep sticking with what we're doing, we'll be just fine."

Chad Boespflug has been a model of consistency to begin his campaign for the Hoffman Auto Racing team. The Hanford, California native has racked up finishes of 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 1st and 2nd to start the season and just narrowly missed becoming the third-straight driver in as many weeks to sweep the full slate of USAC National events during a single weekend. He led the opening three laps of the event before, ultimately, earning a solid second-place run in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.

"We're just continuing to put good nights together," Boespflug said. "Chris (Windom) and I dueled it out last night and I thought we were going to get him again there in lapped traffic tonight. It was a great night overall to come back with a second and be back on the podium, especially here. The three of us up here on the podium have never run worth a darn here. We were talking before the feature how we're never any good here. For us three to be standing up here is pretty cool."

Likewise, Justin Grant of Ione, California has his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco rolling where he continues to lead the points by three markers over Boespflug after finishes of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 3rd to begin the season.

"This place has historically not been very good to me," Grant concedes. "I'm usually pretty slow here, but Sam's car actually gets around here really well. I'm just happy to come out of here with a podium and move on to the next one."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway include Jarett Andretti (B & W Auto Mart/ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Short (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Tyler Courtney (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown" co-sanctioned by MSCS

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.383; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.400; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.425; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.447; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.458; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.511; 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.582; 8. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.610; 9. Dave Darland, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.661; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-13.746; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.763; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.784; 13. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-13.788; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.797; 15. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.803; 16. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.864; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.884; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.884; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.893; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.939; 21. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.043; 22. Brandon Morin, 98x, Morin-14.066; 23. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.221; 24. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.274; 25. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.520; 26. Tyler Rust, 10T, Rust-14.595; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.774; 28. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.976; 29. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-15.766; 30. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-(Time of 14.031 disallowed); 31. James Lyerla, 11L, JL-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. C. Short, 3. Andretti, 4. Williams, 5. B. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Darland. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Gentry, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Brackett, 5. Farney, 6. Cummins, 7. Morin, 8. Rust. 2:16.58

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Grant, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Sussex, 5. Jackson, 6. Mattox, 7. Hodges, 8. Lyerla. 2:19.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Simon, 3. McGhee, 4. Courtney, 5. Boyles, 6. Chapple, 7. Wallace. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Hodges, 3. B. Short, 4. Farney, 5. Darland, 6. Boyles, 7. Chapple, 8. Mattox, 9. Jackson, 10. Morin, 11. Lyerla, 12. Rust, 13. Schmidt, 14. Wallace. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Short, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Chet Williams, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Brandon Morin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Donny Brackett, 25. Josh Hodges. NT ---------------------------- **Rust flipped during the semi. Brackett flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Boespflug, Laps 4-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (20th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-369, 2-Boespflug-367, 3-Windom-330, 4-Stockon-295, 5-Andretti-259, 6-Schuerenberg-230, 7-Hodges-212, 8-Courtney-208, 9-Leary-206, 10-Cummins-191.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 21 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2017 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Brian Hosford (#32 Hosford), 9. Ryan Stolz (#63 Stolz), 10. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 8. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 9. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Landon Cling, 4. Shon Deskins, 5. Matt Lundy, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Brian Hosford, 9. Nick Aiuto, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Mike Martin, 13. Bobby Marcum, 14. Joe Scheopner, 15. Cody Sickles, 16. Michael Curtis, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Ryan Stolz, 19. Brent Yarnal. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Bonneau, Laps 10-21 Johnson, Laps 22-23 Davis, Laps 24-26 Johnson, Laps 27-30 Davis

HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (16th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 29 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.545; 2. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-12.586; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.640; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.713; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-12.746; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.828; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-12.945; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-12.992; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.005; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-13.007; 11. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-13.047; 12. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.073; 13. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-13.089; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-13.092; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.098; 16. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.186; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-13.466; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.617; 19. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-13.653; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.999; 21. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman- 14.030; 22. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.394; 23. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.950.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Perkins, 2. Faria, 3. Gardner, 4. A.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. Hendrix, 7. Bender, 8. Herrera. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Spencer, 3. C.Williams, 4. Colston, 5. Tafoya, 6. Owens, 7. Ellertson, 8. Malcolm. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gansen, 3. L.Williams, 4. Swanson, 5. Johnson, 6. Conway, 7. McQueen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Tommy Malcolm, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Mike Spencer, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Kenny Perkins, 12. Shannon McQueen, 13. Parker Colston, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Hobie Conway, 17. Brent Owens, 18. Eddie Tafoya, 19. James Herrera, 20. Rick Hendrix, 21. Max Adams, 22. A.J. Bender, 23. Matt McCarthy. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 C.Williams, Laps 14-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (18th to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: May 6 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2016 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.109; Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.159; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.222; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.224; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.231; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.281; 7. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.401; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.432; 9. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.526; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.527; 11. Jesse Love IV, 99, Radical-15.536; 12. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.592; 13. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. George Kurtz, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Jagger Parker, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Kyle Resco, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Jake Garcia, 10. Eric Lewis, 11. Jesse Love IV, 12. Chris Lamb. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Kurtz.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kurtz-145, 2-Bean-139, 3-Nolan Allison-125, 4-Hatfield-121, 5-Resco-119, 6-Parker-110, 7-Smith-90, 8-Garcia-89, 9-Lamb-88, 10-Lewis-78.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 21 - Williamston, S.C. - Anderson Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown" co-sanctioned by MSCS

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.383; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.400; 3. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.425; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.447; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.458; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.511; 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.582; 8. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.610; 9. Dave Darland, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.661; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-13.746; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.763; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.784; 13. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-13.788; 14. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.797; 15. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.803; 16. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-13.864; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-13.884; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.884; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.893; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.939; 21. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.043; 22. Brandon Morin, 98x, Morin-14.066; 23. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.221; 24. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.274; 25. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.520; 26. Tyler Rust, 10T, Rust-14.595; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.774; 28. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.976; 29. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-15.766; 30. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-(Time of 14.031 disallowed); 31. James Lyerla, 11L, JL-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. C. Short, 3. Andretti, 4. Williams, 5. B. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Darland. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Gentry, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Brackett, 5. Farney, 6. Cummins, 7. Morin, 8. Rust. 2:16.58

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Grant, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Sussex, 5. Jackson, 6. Mattox, 7. Hodges, 8. Lyerla. 2:19.01

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Simon, 3. McGhee, 4. Courtney, 5. Boyles, 6. Chapple, 7. Wallace. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Hodges, 3. B. Short, 4. Farney, 5. Darland, 6. Boyles, 7. Chapple, 8. Mattox, 9. Jackson, 10. Morin, 11. Lyerla, 12. Rust, 13. Schmidt, 14. Wallace. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Short, 5. Carson Short, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Max McGhee, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Chet Williams, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Landon Simon, 18. Brandon Morin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Dakota Jackson, 24. Donny Brackett, 25. Josh Hodges. NT ---------------------------- **Rust flipped during the semi. Brackett flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Boespflug, Laps 4-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (20th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-369, 2-Boespflug-367, 3-Windom-330, 4-Stockon-295, 5-Andretti-259, 6-Schuerenberg-230, 7-Hodges-212, 8-Courtney-208, 9-Leary-206, 10-Cummins-191.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 21 - Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway

 

 

BOESPFLUG BESTS WINDOM IN CLASSIC BATTLE OF BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana.........On a restart two-thirds of the way into Friday night's 30-lap USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, Chad Boespflug found himself playing defense on Chris Windom.

Some say defense wins championships, but in auto racing, a driver has to be on the offensive. And that's exactly what the Hanford, California native did after seeing his lead slip away on the 22nd lap. Down the stretch, Boespflug attacked the topside and went after Windom, instigating a compelling, five-lap, hair-raising wheel-to-wheel showdown in which the two were locked into a constant side-by-side battle.

After ripping off lap-after-lap that appeared as if he was on a single-car qualifying run, Boespflug emerged ahead of Windom on the white flag lap, leading the final two circuits to take his first career Bloomington victory and first as a driver for the legendary Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics, Inc. team.

"It's awesome to drive for the Hoffmans," Boespflug exclaimed. "To have the success we've had with so far with a fourth, two seconds and now a win, it's extra special all the way around. It's just a great group effort. Everybody works so hard when we get to the track. They don't complain or anything; they just do what's needed to be done and it shows every night when we get to the racetrack. It's an honor to get a win for Mean Green, the Hoffmans and everybody involved."

A lightning quick racing surface was prepared for the series' first visit to the southern Indiana staple in 2017. New 10-lap and 12-lap records were established during the preliminary events, setting the course for an action-packed main event.

At the start of the feature, outside front-row starter Boespflug asserted himself to grab the race lead from polesitter Dave Darland entering the first turn where he immediately settled in on the rim of the quarter-mile red clay oval.

A lap three caution for Hunter Schuerenberg fell after the sixth-place-running driver came to a stop on the wrong side of the banking between turns one and two, but that only momentarily put a clamp on Boespflug's run. On the ensuing restart, Darland held the low line while Boespflug occupied the top, which he used to pull away and extend his advantage in the early sequence.

Meanwhile, Windom, the series' most recent winner at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway two weeks prior, was on the move. After blitzing from sixth to third on the opening lap, Windom made his next move when he disposed of Shane Cottle and Dave Darland for the second position on lap eight and now had only race leader Boespflug to contend with.

However, Windom still trailed Boespflug by more than a second at the moment, but he unrelentingly kept digging on the bottom while Boespflug remained up top when the two came upon lapped traffic. Most of the lappers occupied the low line, forcing Windom to migrate to the top where he and third-place Darland followed in hot pursuit.

A pair of yellows for the stopped cars of Josh Hodges and Max McGhee brought about a pair of yellow flags, thus creating a clear track ahead of the leaders when racing resumed. Yet, the clear track didn't signal a utopian path to victory for Boespflug. Not only did he have to contend with Windom hot on his tracks, the uncontrollables began to enter his mind, though he let them slide to the back of his mind as he kept his thoughts focused on what he could control - the race at hand.

"About halfway through, the car got really soft on the right rear," Boespflug explained. "I wasn't sure if I had a tire going down or a shock broke. I had to rally through and not worry about that. I just had to worry about my race."

The lap 21 restart, in particular, was beneficial to Windom as Boespflug took a lower than usual line into turn one, entering the middle of the track which presented Windom an opportunity he refused to let slip through his fingers. Boespflug fought to gain a foothold in the middle, but by then, Windom was wheel-to-wheel underneath Boespflug. Boespflug quickly got back to the cushion and was able to nip Windom by the narrowest of margins at the flagstand on lap 21, but a lap later, Windom hit his marks perfectly on the bottom to jump out front and officially take the lead on the 22nd go-round.

"When Chris got around me there, I was overprotecting more than anything," Boespflug remembers. "I was racing behind me instead of in front of me. That allowed him to get around me."

At that moment, Darland, hanging in contention and running third, blew a left rear tire at the start/finish line, ending on this night a bid to extend his record-streak of USAC National features to 25 consecutive years.

When action resumed with seven laps remaining, Windom got a solid jump that spurted him out to a five-car-length lead ahead of Boespflug. With seemingly nothing to lose, Boespflug ventured back to the high side and put it all on the line.

Little-by-little, Boespflug drew closer and, with only five laps remaining, was side-by-side with the 2016 Silver Crown champ. Lap-after-lap, the two appeared as if they were engaged in a game of slot car racing, with both smooth on the rail, running distinctive lines with neither able to budge ahead by more than a foot or so at any particular point.

Lap 26, 27 and 28 all resulted in Windom clinging to a scant lead at the line, but Boespflug was still wide open on the outside, a move that would pay large dividends as he raced around Windom to grab the lead coming to the white flag.

On the final lap, as Boespflug inched away, Windom took one final, last ditch effort, but it wouldn't be nearly enough as he slid up behind Boespflug off the final corner, as Boespflug darted under the checkered flag to take his first series victory of the season and became the fourth different winner in as many races in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton, ahead of Windom, Chase Stockon, Justin Grant and B & W Auto Mart/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"Chris stayed on the bottom and I thought, 'well, here's my shot," Boespflug said. "Right before that last yellow, I was hanging with him there a little bit. I just had to stand up on the wheel and, when I saw that white flag, I didn't lift for the entire last lap. I just held her to the floor!"

It was a reversal of fortunes for Boespflug who finished second to Windom last October at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in a fierce battle that was reminiscent of Friday night's Bloomington classic. At Terre Haute in the Fall of 2016, the two swapped the lead 26 times, unofficially, without banging wheels or turning a wheel wrong.

Running out front and continuously hitting your marks is something that takes an enormous amount of concentration, but Boespflug believes when you race wheel-to-wheel in the situation he did, it allows you to take your mind off the methodical aspects of driving, and just race.

"It's actually better when you're racing somebody because you forget about everything you're thinking about," Boespflug said. "You just drive the hell out of the racecar, really. You're just focusing on what you have to do and hitting your marks. Chris raced me as clean as can be and I felt I did the same thing. He ran the bottom and I ran the top for five laps, side-by-side and didn't touch each other at all."

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois, came up just short of becoming the series' first repeat winner of 2017, finishing second after leading seven laps in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton.

"We were pretty good on the top and bottom," Windom said. "I felt like we were a little stronger on the bottom and I was kind of committed to it. I didn't want to be switching from the top to the bottom because it's easy to miss your marks doing that. I got to the lead and it just started to slick off a little too much. With five to go, I felt like I had to slow down a little too much. By the time I realized I needed to get back to the top, Chad was already next to me with two or three laps to go. He ran three or four perfect laps there on the top and it was just enough to get back by us."

Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon is still trying to piece his season back together after a series of setbacks on and off the track. A late February tornado swept through Fort Branch, damaging his home, shop, toterhome, trailer and pickup truck. His first race following the tornado resulted in an opening lap flip at Lawrenceburg. Despite the stressful times, Stockon was able to put it all together Friday night for a solid third-place run in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"We fought issues with this thing," Stockon admits. "This is the same car we had at Lawrenceburg. We straightened it up and Joe (Devin) fixed it. We've had motor issues, bent butterflies and trying to get it to idle right. We finally got it fixed this morning, then loaded up and came straight here (to Bloomington). The way things have been going, we're definitely relieved. It makes it that much sweeter."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway include C.J. Leary (B & W Auto Mart/ProSource Fast Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 14, 2017 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-10.771; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-10.830; 3. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-10.891; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.924; 5. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-10.963; 6. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-10.975; 7. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-10.995; 8. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-10.995; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-11.001; 10. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.023; 11. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.030; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.033; 13. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-11.034; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.056; 15. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-11.100; 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-11.100; 17. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.121; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.153; 19. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-11.165; 20. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.169; 21. Clinton Boyles, 98, Boyles-11.182; 22. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.190; 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-11.206; 24. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-11.249; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.254; 26. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-11.264; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.276; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.286; 29. Michael Koontz, 17x, Koontz-11.506; 30. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-11.556; 31. Dakota Jackson, 66w, Waltz-11.560; 32. Brandon Morin, 98x, Morin-11.574; 33. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-11.853; 34. Dylan Shaw, 12K, Meneely-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Boespflug, 3. Boyles, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Leary, 6. Chapple, 7. Goodnight, 8. Koontz, 9. VanGilder. 1:51.92

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Andretti, 3. Darland, 4. Windom, 5. Hodges, 6. Farney, 7. Simon, 8. Swanson, 9. Shaw. 1:53.02

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. K.Thomas, 2. McGhee, 3. Cottle, 4. Grant, 5. Bilbee, 6. Short, 7. Jackson, 8. Mattox. 1:51.72 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Coons, 3. Bland, 4. Cummins, 5. Stockon, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Sussex, 8. Morin. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Short, 4. Bilbee, 5. Hodges, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Farney, 8. Sussex, 9. Jackson, 10. Simon, 11. Swanson, 12. Chapple, 13. Goodnight, 14. Koontz, 15. VanGilder, 16. Mattox, 17. Morin. 2:20.84 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Brady Short, 7. Jeff Bland Jr., 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Brent Beauchamp, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Tyler Thomas, 12. Josh Hodges, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Max McGhee, 21. Clinton Boyles, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Jerry Coons Jr., 24. Hunter Schuerenberg. NT ---------------------------- **Morin flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Boespflug, Laps 22-28 Windom, Laps 29-30 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (20th-5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-294, 2-Boespflug-291, 3-Windom-249, 4-Stockon-246, 5-Schuerenberg-201, 6-Andretti-192, 7-Hodges-186, 8-Cottle-175, 9-Courtney-166, 10-Cummins-157.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 15 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway (Co-sanctioned by MSCS) - "Spring Showdown"

 

DISCOUNT TICKETS AVAILABLE
FOR PHOENIX SILVER CROWN RETURN

A special discounted offer for the return of Silver Crown racing to Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, April 29, is now available to all USAC fans.

USAC fans have the opportunity to purchase adult tickets for seats located in the Jimmy Bryan Grandstand near the start/finish line for a fraction of the cost of a regular-priced ticket.

The special deal, which can be found at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5, gives USAC fans a $10 discount on each adult ticket. Each ticket provides you a seat for Saturday's open wheel feast: the "Phoenix Copper Cup" USAC Silver Crown 100-lap event, the "Vintage Desert Classic" and the "Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix" featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

A large, talented field of competitors for the "Phoenix Copper Cup" includes the only Arizona native entered thus far, Tucson's Jerry Coons, Jr., plus past Silver Crown champs Chris Windom and Kody Swanson. USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader Justin Grant of Ione, will make his first Phoenix appearance eyes his first Silver Crown victory.

Additionally, the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Damion Gardner, will make his pavement Silver Crown debut while pavement standouts and series race winners Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Aaron Pierce and David Byrne will be among the favorites running up front.

Eleven-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton, Sr. and his son, Davey Hamilton, Jr. are aiming to become the first father/son to compete in the same Silver Crown race since Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Jr. at Phoenix in 2007. The Hamiltons will attempt the feat as teammates for the RPM/Fred Gormly team.

Phoenix Raceway, a one-mile venue synonymous with USAC Silver Crown racing for more than two decades, is back on the series' 2017 schedule after an eight-year absence. The highly-anticipated return of the big cars to Arizona's Valley of the Sun begins Friday, April 28 with practice sessions from 12:30-1:30pm and 1:45-2:15pm. ProSource Qualifying is set to begin at 2:40pm.

The schedule for Saturday, April 29 begins at 2pm when the cars and drivers head to pit road. The green flag for the 100-lap, 100-mile "Phoenix Copper Cup" is slated for 3pm.

Fans who are unable to make the trip to Phoenix for the race can watch flag-to-flag coverage of the event the day after on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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R.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO CASA GRANDE
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2017... This Saturday, April 15th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their first to two appearances at Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the event will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. The pit gates will open at 4:00pm, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing will start 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 seven USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the Casa Grande debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with three victories at the 3/8-mile oval. Johnson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058, set on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored fourth in the April 1st “Showdown at Canyon” after starting thirteenth. To date, the four-time champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. R.J. leads all series drivers with forty-four victories and will be looking for his first win of the season at Casa Grande.

After running third in the “Showdown at Canyon,” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis has three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season. The five-time Arizona sprint car champion will have his sights on his first victory of the year this Saturday night.

After leading the point chase, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has dropped to third in the point standings. Tied with Shon Deskins, the pilot of Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS skipped the Canyon Speedway Park race to run with the World of Outlaws in California. At press time, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has eleven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add Casa Grande to his resume.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is tied for third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins ran eighth in the “Showdown at Canyon” after starting twelfth. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has four top-10 finishes in the campaign and one career USAC SouthWest victory. This Saturday, Shon will have his sights on the 30-lap victory at Central Arizona Speedway.

Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling scored twenty-third at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and one top-10 finish in the campaign. Landon will be looking to earn his first main event win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Jeff Lowery, Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Michael Curtis, 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 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Stevie Sussex.

CASA GRANDE USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. R.J. Johnson-314, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-307, 3. Stevie Sussex-278, .. Shon Deskins-278, 5. Landon Cling-219, 6. Mike Martin-216, 7. Nick Aiuto-197, 8. Chris Bonneau-174, 9. Dave Darland-169, 10. Andy Reinbold-162, 11. Ryan Bernal-160, 12. Tye Mihocko-159, 13. Jeff Lowery-157, 14. Matt Lundy-155, 15. Brady Bacon-148, 16. Matt Rossi-130, 17. Brody Roa-123, 18. Brent Yarnal-120, 19. Jake Swanson-118, 20. Michael Curtis-116.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY HOSTS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RETURN
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 11, 2017... After rain claimed last week’s race at Tulare, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their return to Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, April 15th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" last hosted the traditional 410 sprints on March 12, 2005. The third point race of the season will also feature the IMCA Sport Mods, American Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The pit gate will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, and racing will start at 6:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: Bakersfield Speedway has a 95db at 100ft sound rule. Competitors must have a muffler that meets this rule or risk disqualification. Knoxville type can mufflers or cars with turndowns only will not meet the requirements. Cars must have a real muffler.

The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITIOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Heading into Saturday’s race, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted two USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the October 24, 2004 Bakersfield debut for Mark Alexander and the 2005 return for Glenn and Carol Crossno. At press time, “The Demon” Damion Gardner holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.356, set on March 12, 2005 and the series win list at Bakersfield Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a thirteen point advantage after winning the April 1st “So Cal Showdown” at Perris. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the season. “The Demon” has seventy-one USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add Bakersfield to his resume.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard briefly held the lead before settling for second at the “So Cal Showdown.” At press time, 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd has seven career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding a Bakersfield 410 triumph to his win list.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks third in the championship point chase. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson ran fourth in the April 1st main event. As this writing goes to press, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to gain valuable points with a victory at Bakersfield Speedway.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting the #91R BR Performance owned HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa led the first six laps before taking third at the “So Cal Showdown.” To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign and one career USAC/CRA victory. Brody will have his sights on earning the $2,500 payday at Bakersfield.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) is fifth in the championship standings. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer ran fifth at Perris Auto Speedway on April 1st. At press time, the five-time champion has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year. Mike has thirty-seven career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to move up the standings with a Bakersfield victory.

Currently thirteenth in points, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Logan Williams, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Max Adams, Shannon McQueen, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $18, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $16, Military tickets (with ID) are $16, Kids tickets (12-6) are $8, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Damion Gardner, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

BAKERSFIELD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Cory Kruseman.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-164, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 3. Jake Swanson-141, 4. Brody Roa-138, 5. Mike Spencer-134, 6. Cody Williams-113, 7. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 8. Tommy Malcolm-97, 9. Austin Williams-94, 10. Logan Williams-87, 11. Verne Sweeney-86, 12. Chris Gansen-80, 13. Kyle Edwards-76, 14. Matt McCarthy-73, 15. R.J. Johnson-71, ... Parker Colston-71, 17. Eddie Tafoya-65, 18. Jeremy Ellertson-63, 19. Chad Boespflug-51, 20. Cal Smith-33.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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USAC SPRINTS TREK TO SOUTHERN INDIANA FOR BLOOMINGTON AND HAUBSTADT ACTION

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two of the most popular venues on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar reside in the heart of southern Indiana. Bloomington Speedway's lush, green hillside provides a welcoming ambience to nearly a century of enthralling racing theater on the quarter-mile oval of radiant red clay. Deeper south is Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway where crowds come in droves, annually filling up both sides of the racing arena to cheer on their racing heroes.

Coming into this weekend's USAC National Sprint Car events on Friday, April 14th at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday, April 15th's "Spring Showdown" at Tri-State Speedway, co-sanctioned by MSCS, only four active drivers have mastered both Bloomington and Haubstadt during their USAC National Sprint Car driving careers. You can count Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. among them. KTJ recently returned to the USAC wars, picking up 8th in his season debut two weekends ago at Lawrenceburg for the Pace Brothers team. The winningest non-wing sprint car driver in the country in 2016 continues to find his stride as, just last weekend, he scored a pair of top-five finishes in a midget at the "Kokomo Grand Prix."

Sikeston, Missouri's Hunter Schuerenberg began the year in winning fashion by taking the Saturday night portion of Winter Dirt Games in Ocala, Florida. At Lawrenceburg, Schuerenberg was flat-out fast again until he rode out a harrowing ride while running second.

Though he resides just a stone's throw away in Bedford, Indiana, Bloomington Speedway has been home-sweet-home to Brady Short over the past decade-plus. Short, a six-time Bloomington Sprint Car track champion earned his first career USAC win there in 2006. Tri-State Speedway has been kind as well to the "Bedford Blaster," where he captured a pair of USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2015.

Jon Stanbrough needs just one more victory to surpass Rich Vogler for sole possession of 10th place all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car win list. What better place to do it than this coming weekend at Bloomington and Haubstadt? Stanbrough, who announced his intentions to step away from full-time racing at the end of the year, is riding a high after a solid 4th place run at The Burg on the first of April.

Ironically, each of the four drivers have exactly three wins apiece at this weekend's two tracks, mirroring each other with a single win at Bloomington and a pair of victories at Tri-State. However, there will be a stacked field on hand to disrupt any notions those four have of adding another tally mark to their southern Indiana dirt track scorecard.

They will have to contend with the likes of series point leader Justin Grant of Ione, California, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug, who occupies second in the standings, plus additional top-10 points residents Jarett Andretti of Mooresville, North Carolina, Tijeras, New Mexico's Josh Hodges, Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle, and Tipp City, Ohio's Landon Simon, plus a bevy of others who can and will contend this weekend.

USAC National racing is in the midst of a streak of sweeps. Just last weekend, Brady Bacon dominated both nights of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in a midget and, two weeks ago, Chris Windom began the flourish by winning the National Sprint Car Midwest season opener at Lawrenceburg, then followed that performance one night later with a victory in the Silver Crown series' "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track.

This weekend provides another opportunity for a Windom sweep. He was a winner at Bloomington in the Spring of 2011, but Tri-State has proved troublesome throughout his career. In 13 starts at the quarter-mile paperclip, he possesses an average finish of 12th. The tide seems to be turning as three of his four most recent starts at Tri-State have resulted in top-10 finishes.

Last April at Bloomington, Bryan Clauson continued his dominance there by leading the final 12 laps to take his fourth-straight USAC National Sprint Car victory at the track. Prior to him, no driver had even won two-straight USAC Sprint races at Bloomington!

One night later, Chase Stockon from nearby Fort Branch, Indiana picked his way past Thomas Meseraull on lap 12, then owned the final 19 laps of the feature for his first USAC triumph at his home track in Haubstadt.

Pit gates for Friday night's round at Bloomington open at 4:30pm with spectator gates set to open at 5:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track at 6:30pm. All times eastern. Adult general admission is just $20 while children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Tri-State Speedway's opening event on Saturday gets underway with ProSource Qualifying at 6:30pm and racing scheduled to begin at 7:30. All times central. Adult general admission is $25. General admission tickets for students age 13-18 are $20. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are FREE.

All around the globe, fans who are unable to make the trek to Bloomington and Tri-State this Friday and Saturday can watch flag-to-flag coverage of each race a day after the event on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BACON BRINGS HIS BROOM,
SWEEPS KOKOMO GRAND PRIX

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........The month of April has quickly become the "sweeps" period for USAC's national series as Brady Bacon became the second driver in as many weeks to complete an undefeated weekend by capturing both nights of the "Kokomo Grand Prix" at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

One week after Chris Windom claimed victories in consecutive nights at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown action, respectively, it was Bacon's turn to do a little spring cleaning of his own as he cleared out space in his cabinet to bring home a pair of brand-new trophies earned this weekend in USAC National Midget competition.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native took the lead from Tanner Thorson just shy of the midway point of the 30-lap affair after starting from the outside of the fifth row, then promptly dominated the second-half to grab his fifth-career USAC National Midget feature win, and third at Kokomo.

Sunday night was nearly identical to Saturday night for Bacon. For the second straight evening, he entered the Midget feature just after posting a runner-up finish in the Kokomo Sprint Car main event. Yet, it would take Bacon just a little bit longer to reach the point as opposed to the night prior, but not by that much.

Polesitter Chad Boat would control the pace early on as he slid up to the top to grab the lead in turn one on the opening lap. Outside second-row starter Tanner Thorson would instantly pose a threat as he took a peek to the inside of Boat off turn two on laps three and four.

On the sixth circuit, Thorson made his charge on the bottom, but Boat was able to hold onto his advantage by the skin of his teeth, more accurately the circumference of a single front wheel. One lap later, Thorson duplicated the same move, but this time was able to get enough of a run off turn four to propel him to the lead by a single wheel over Boat.

Boat wouldn't accept this fate without a fight and, instead, worked his way back around the topside to retake the lead from Thorson on the eighth lap. However, the move was negated due to a yellow for the turned-around car of ProSource Fast Qualifier Justin Grant, which reverted the running order back to the last completed lap.

Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows was third-running Bacon who had already overtaken seven positions in the first seven laps. After the green flag dropped for the restart, Thorson led the way on the bottom as Boat stayed true to the top. Bacon followed Thorson's lead and used the low line to motor past Boat for second.

The chase was on as Thorson led a train on the bottom with Bacon in tow as he aimed to escape the rapid pursuit of the previous night's winner. On the 13th lap, with little room for error and Bacon ready to pounce, Thorson left the door cracked open at the exit of turn four, which was just enough daylight for Bacon to squeeze through to snare the race lead away.

Just as it was the night before, Bacon put his Bob East-wrenched, FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota anywhere he pleased, running the bottom between turns one and two and using a diamond pattern on the other end of the racetrack in which he'd enter on the cushion in turn three and exit turn four on the bottom.

The interval between he and Thorson continued to expand in the final laps, growing to a substantial 4.5 second margin as Bacon took the checkered ahead of Thorson, Tyler Courtney, Rico Abreu (who charged from 22nd to 4th after flipping earlier in the night during time trials) while Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Bacon's victory puts him in an exclusive club of drivers who've tallied at least three USAC National Midget wins at Kokomo, joining Rich Vogler (7), Mel Kenyon (6), Jimmy Davies (3) and Bob Wente (3). Bacon's monumental weekend has given him a healthy early-season point cushion where he stands with a 30-point lead in the standings as the series takes an extended break before returning May 19 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Tanner Thorson (#67) battles eventual race winner Brady Bacon during
Sunday night's "Kokomo Grand Prix" feature at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.
(Bill Miller Photo)

"We had to work a little harder tonight," Bacon remarked. "We were able to get to the front really quickly and then the track changed quite a bit. It got pretty treacherous with some holes on the bottom. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time every time and made some good decisions. I'm just glad to have a car I can be confident moving around in, especially here. You've got a lot of options and there's a big difference between the top and bottom. The car worked great wherever it went. We've worked so hard and, last year, we got our package together and we're finally getting the results to show for all that hard work."

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson followed up a third-place run the night before with a second-place finish Sunday night in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, getting back into the groove after a tough opening to the season in Du Quoin, Ill. back in March.

"We just took what it gave us tonight," Thorson stated. "We've had a pretty good car here the last two days. We definitely wanted to win that one, but Brady just beat us. He was better through the holes tonight, but we'll back and we'll come to the next race even stronger."

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney took a wild tumble while running third in Saturday night's feature at Kokomo. Sunday night, the team rolled out the backup car for Courtney and took a well-earned third-place finish in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"After the start I've had this year in the midget and sprint car, to get a podium here is a pretty good confidence booster," a rejuvenated Courtney exclaimed. "Hopefully, moving forward from here will be just a little smoother sailing than the start of the year. I can't thank everybody who came to the shop last night and busted their butts. We found out just last night that our car was junk and they finished putting this backup car together, came back to the track and kept faith in me. I've got all the faith in the world in them and their racecars and what they do in the shop. I think it showed tonight."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Alex Bright (Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Jake Neuman (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Race Winner) Tanner Carrick (Chalk Stix Third Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Rico Abreu (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.081; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7B, Brown-13.199; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.246; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.247; 5. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.347; 6. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.350; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.385; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.402; 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13.452; 10. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.530; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.554; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.574; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.577; 14. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.625; 15. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.626; 16. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.658; 17. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.690; 18. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.804; 19. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.828; 20. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-13.869; 21. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.981; 22. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-13.992; 23. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.114; 24. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-14.118; 25. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-14.167; 26. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW Racing-14.516; 27. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.603; 28. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.664; 29. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 30. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bright, 2. Abreu, 3. Grant, 4. Greth, 5. Coons, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Darland, 8. Julian. 2:19.35

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Ray, 3. Robinson, 4. Shelton, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Jones, 7. Wood, 8. Walker. 2:18.80

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Bayston, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. Windom, 6. Shane Cottle (#9K), 7. Dickerson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Thorson, 3. Boat, 4. Golobic, 5. Nelson, 6. Lynch, 7. Seach. NT
SEMI: (12 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Coons, 5. Jones, 6. Nelson, 7. Cottle, 8. Lynch, 9. Dickerson, 10. Wood, 11. Klaasmeyer, 12. Julian, 13. Seach. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Davey Ray, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Alex Bright, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Tyler Nelson, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ryan Greth, 19. Chad Boat, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Chase Jones, 23. Tanner Carrick. NT
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**Abreu flipped during qualifying. Klaasmeyer flipped during the semi. Julian flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Boat, Laps 7-12 Thorson, Laps 13-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Rico Abreu (22nd to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Alex Bright
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-216, 2-Bayston-186, 3-Thorson-175, 4-Coons-169, 5-Grant-168, 6-Golobic-151, 7-Neuman-125, 8-Darland-120, 9-Courtney-113, 10-Robinson-113.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 19 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 8, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.331; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.515; 3. David Prickett, 6, Holmes-16.602; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-16.624; 5. Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-16.874; 6. Cody Jessop, 20, Prickett-17.077; 7. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-17.332; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-17.384; 9. Joel Rayborne, 13J, Rayborne-17.403.

FIRST HEAT: 1. Lemke, 2. Breidinger, 3. Rayborne, 4. Paterson, 5. Prickett. NT

SECOND HEAT: 1. Love, 2. Jessop, 3. Hazelton, 4. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Blake Brannon, 4. Joel Rayborne, 5. Annie Breidinger, 6. Jesse Love IV, 7. Cody Jessop. (#5 Hazelton was second but disqualified for failing to pass post-race tech. inspection)NT ----------------------------- **Brannon flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Jessop, Laps 5-20 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Paterson-150, 2-Love-146, 3-Lemke-145, 4-A.Breidinger-139, 5-Brannon-129, 6-Antonia Boscacci-67, 7-Rayborne-67, 8-Jessop-60, 9-Jeremy Speck-58, 10-Hazelton-19.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-304, 2-A.Breidinger-279, 3-Paterson-279, 4-Brannon-252, 5-Lemke-235, 6-Toni Breidinger-168, 7-Antonia Boscacci-154, 8-Jessop-122, 9-Rayborne-67, 10-Johnny Nichols-60.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT RACE: May 13 - Merced (CA) Speedway

 

 

BACON BACK IN KOKOMO VICTORY LANE;
TAKES GRAND PRIX NIGHT 1

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Brady Bacon entered Saturday night's USAC Midget National Championship feature as the only driver in the field to have previously won a race in the series at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

After 30 laps were complete, the story remained the same as Bacon outdueled Spencer Bayston in the waning laps to take his fourth career series win and second at Kokomo, the site of his very first USAC National win in 2006.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native pulled double-duty Saturday on night one of the "Kokomo Grand Prix." Moments after finishing in the runner-up spot to Justin Grant in the Kokomo Sprint Car portion of the program, Bacon lined up outside the second row at the start of the Midget feature.

Wasting no time, Bacon found his way to the front of the field, slipping under Chad Boat for the race lead exiting turn two on the opening lap. Bacon worked the middle while Boat climbed the ladder up to the top side as the pair locked down the top two positions in the opening third of the event.

After a caution for a Tyler Nelson spin, the ensuing lap 10 restart witnessed the most frightening incident of the evening. Third-running Tyler Courtney biked his way into the first turn, then proceeded to flip nose-to-tail several times before coming to a rest on top of the hood of Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Justin Grant's car just short of the turn one concrete. Courtney would climb out of the car under his own power, though his night was finished. Grant would restart from the tail and, by race end, would claw his way back to a sixth-place finish.

On the second lap 10 restart, Boat's right foot was cocked and locked as he fired past Bacon into turn one. Bacon responded by diving underneath Boat, outpacing him to regain the lead at the exit of turn two.

Meanwhile, ProSource Fast Qualifier Bayston entered the fray and, after getting by Boat for second, two laps later he was in position to grab the lead. A Bayston turn three slider momentarily put him in front before Bacon countered by slipping back under to retake the lead at the stripe. Bayston kept his foot in it and hit the topside where he powered by Bacon to take the top spot on the 13th lap.

Bayston quickly separated himself from the field, but Bacon stayed in touch, reeling Bayston back in to challenge him for first with less than ten laps remaining. With seven to go, the two battled wheel-to-wheel with Bacon pulling the front wheels to the sky as he rallied to the lead. Bayston got back by to reclaim the position at the head of the pack, though Bacon put his foot down and possessed the spot for good after charging past Bayston one final time in turn four.

From that point forward, Bacon ripped the high-side between turns one and two and the middle in three and four where nobody else was able to lay a finger on him in the waning laps as he took the victory by a little over a half-second in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota over Bayston, Thorson, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jerry Coons, Jr.

 

"I knew the top was probably going to come in," Bacon remembers. "I felt the bottom slowing down. When you're in the lead, it's hard to really know what to do. I knew I was going to be tight after that red (flag). I was afraid that hole in (turn) one was going to get me if I moved up too early. Once (Bayston) got by me, I moved up and got some speed back up and he started freeing up in (turns) three and four. We were able to get the diamond pattern going over there and got a really good run off of four, and that's how we got by him."

"It was tough; we bounced around on the cushion a couple times," Bacon continued. "(Bayston) did the same thing. I got pretty close to the wall of (turn) four a couple times. Once we got a few laps and the tires got hot and got some air in them, it was a little easier. It was a little hairy a couple times, but you got to drive hard if you want to win these races, especially here. I didn't want to give up. I didn't want to move up until somebody proved to me the top was faster. Bob (East) gave me a car good enough that I could move up there and still go fast."

Five drivers competed in both the midget and sprint features Saturday night, including Bacon. The differences between the two disciplines are stark, but Bacon was able to master the challenge, finishing first and second in the respective features.

"The top is faster in the sprint car," Bacon explains. "There were things I didn't even notice in the sprint car when I got out there in the midget. I was like, 'Man, that hole looks a lot bigger now that in in a midget!' Sprint cars go through the bumps a little better. Midgets are a little more sensitive to it. You don't have the horsepower in a midget, so you have to be careful and it might be too far around the top at the beginning. The track was great as usual. It's nice to get a good racetrack, somewhere you can really open it up and race on. Hopefully, we get that again tomorrow and can put on another good show."

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston came up just short of his second career USAC National Midget victory, instead having to settle for his fifth second-place finish dating back to 2016 after leading 11 laps in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I got out front and Brady found the bottom in (turns) three and four better than I did," Bayston conceded. "We had a really good racecar. I just thought we were better in (turns) one and two than he was, but he was just killing me so much in three and four, he got me.

"The first time I came here, I didn't finish the race and the time after that, I don't think I even made the A-main," Bayston added. "We've made a lot of progress. It's all thanks to the people around me who gave me the opportunity and taught me as much as they have."

Defending series champion Tanner Thorson overcame an early-race skirmish with Tyler Courtney that shuffled him from fourth to seventh, but persevered to take third in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"We had a great car all night," Thorson praises. "Al (Scroggins) worked his butt off to try and get this thing better and better throughout the night. The track was a little bit tricky tonight, but we'll get back to the shop, get everything cleaned up and try again tomorrow."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway include Spencer Bayston (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Race Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Race Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Race Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Race Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 8, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.318; 2. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.320; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.326; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.346; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13,382; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.486; 7. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.499; 8. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.507; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 7B, Brown-13,595; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.609; 11. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.616; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.630; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.652; 14. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.719; 15. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.722; 16. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.742; 17. Shane Hollingsworth, 85, Hollingsworth-13.750; 18. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.796; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-13,802; 20. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.918; 21. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.948; 22. Billy Wease, 12w, Wease-13.949; 23. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-13.991; 24. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14,023; 25. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.100; 26. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.102; 27. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-14.116; 28. Brayton Lynch, 1k, RKR-14.263; 29. Kyle Schuett, 9k, Schuett-14.297; 30. Scott Orr, 88, Orr-14.520; 31. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.521; 32. Bear Wood, 8jr, LW Racing-14.568; 33. Cole Fehr, 15F, Live Loud-14,578; 34. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-14.747; 35. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-15.052.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Bright, 6. Walker, 7. Schuett, 8. Fehr, 9. Hollingsworth. 2:19.06

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T.Thomas, 2. Golobic, 3. Thorson, 4. Boat, 5. Wease, 6. Jones. 7. Carrick, 8. Orr, 9. Seach. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Klaasmeyer, 3. Windom, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. Nelson, 7. Julian, 8. Kraus, 9. Dickerson. 2:18.59

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Coons, 3. Newman, 4. Ray, 5. Greth, 6. Lynch, 7. Wood. 8. DiMattia. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Bright, 3. Walker, 4. Carrick, 5. Nelson, 6. Greth, 7. Schuett, 8. Julian, 9. Wease, 10. Jones, 11. Lynch, 12. Kraus, 13. Dickerson, 14. Wood, 15. Fehr, 16. Seach. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Tyler Thomas, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16. Jake Neuman, 17. Tanner Carrick, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Tyler Nelson, 20. Shane Golobic, 21. Ryan Greth, 22. Kyle Schuett, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Davey Ray. NT
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**Courtney flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Bacon, Laps 13-23 Bayston, Laps 24-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Gage Walker

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-140, 2-Grant-133, 3-Coons-129, 4-Bayston-120, 5-Thorson-98, 6-Golobic-97, 7-Neuman-86, 8-Boat-76, 9-Walker-76, 10-T.Thomas-67.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS BATTLE AT TULARE SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 4, 2017... After a successful show at Placerville, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, April 8th at Tulare's Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 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 eight USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 Tulare debut and Ronnie Gardner claimed victory last October. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a thirteen point lead over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports' #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner led five laps at Placerville before running second to Shane Golobic. At press time, the defending four-time champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks fourth on the series win list with twenty victories and will be looking to add another Tulare win to his resume.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from ninth to score third at Placerville. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has one career series win and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Tulare victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) has climbed to third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Jerome Rodela's #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone ran fourth in the Placerville feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Fresh off a Madera BCRA Midget victory, Courtney will be looking to earn her first USAC triumph this Saturday night.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored tenth in the "Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown." At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has two top-10 finishes on the season and will have his sights on his second career USAC victory.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) has risen to fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #33M Young's Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel took seventh in the Placerville feature. To date, Mason has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Other rookie contenders are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Panda" Terry Nichols, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, David Prickett, Michael Faccinto, Maria Cofer, Alex Schutte, J.J. Ercse, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Tyler Dolacki, 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. Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Bleacher Seats are $20. 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.

 

 

KOKOMO GRAND PRIX SHIFTS TO SATURDAY/SUNDAY SCHEDULE

This weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway has been shifted to Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9.

A forecast calling for chilling temperatures on the originally-scheduled Friday date prompted the move to Saturday and Sunday, which will feature complete shows for both the midgets and Kokomo Sprint Cars.

A deep field is anticipated for "Kokomo Grand Prix," including Justin Grant who, just last month, captured his first career USAC National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. It was a history-making feat as he became the first to win the USAC National Sprint and National Midget openers in the same season. His run thus far for Clauson/Marshall Racing has been nearly flawless, and he looks to continue his run of success at a track he has mastered 10 times behind the wheel of a sprint car.

Grant will have to contend with a number of racers who are eager to put their stamp on the early part of the 2017 season. His CMR teammate, Shane Golobic, finished right behind him at Du Quoin. Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. and Indiana's Dave Darland are two of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club and both know their way around Kokomo in any type of car they get behind the wheel of.

Defending series champion Tanner Thorson got off to a rough start in Du Quoin with a 21st place result, but hopes to rebound at Kokomo along with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Spencer Bayston and a trio of first-time win-seekers Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton and series rookie Tanner Carrick.

Oklahoma's Brady Bacon got his first career USAC National Midget win at Kokomo way back in 2006 while Arizona's Chad Boat led much of the series' most recent appearance at the track in June of 2016.

Another driver who has found his groove early on in 2017 is Chris Windom. The Canton, Illinois native swept a pair of event's last weekend in USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions at Lawrenceburg, Ind. and Terre Haute, Ind., respectively. Windom won the most recent Midget feature at the track, a Midwest Regional event, at last October's "Kokomo Klash."

Pit and spectator gates open on both Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Drivers meeting will take place at 5pm. Cars hit the track at 5:30.

Adult general admission is just $20 each night. Kids 10 and Under are FREE with Paid Adult. Pit passes are $35 each night.

Fans worldwide who are unable to make it to Kokomo Speedway in-person this Saturday and Sunday can witness the "Kokomo Grand Prix" LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. And the following day, you can catch the race on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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UPCOMING USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Saturday & Sunday, April 8-9, 2017

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship

TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) - 1/4-Mile, High-Banked Dirt Oval

EVENT: "Kokomo Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship and Kokomo Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES: Saturday, April 8 Pit and spectator gates open at 3pm. Drivers meeting: 5pm. Cars on track: 5:30.

Sunday, April 9 Pit and spectator gates open at 3pm. Drivers meeting: 5pm. Cars on track: 5:30.

TICKETS: General Admission: $20.00; Pit Pass (All Ages): $35.00. Kids 10 & Under FREE with Paid Adult (General Admission Only)

TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN, 46901

TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877

TRACK WEBSITE: http://kokomospeedway.net/

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live stream each night on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus available on the Race Monitor app on your phone. Watch the race one-day later at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS BATTLE AT TULARE SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 4, 2017... After a successful show at Placerville, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, April 8th at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the third point race will also feature the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
Schoenfeld: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western Midget races. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 Tulare debut and Ronnie Gardner claimed victory last October. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a thirteen point lead over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner led five laps at Placerville before running second to Shane Golobic. At press time, the defending four-time champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks fourth on the series win list with twenty victories and will be looking to add another Tulare win to his resume.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from ninth to score third at Placerville. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has one career series win and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Tulare victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) has climbed to third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone ran fourth in the Placerville feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Fresh off a Madera BCRA Midget victory, Courtney will be looking to earn her first USAC triumph this Saturday night.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored tenth in the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.” At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has two top-10 finishes on the season and will have his sights on his second career USAC victory.

Leading rookie contender Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) has risen to fifth in the championship points. Driving the family owned #33M Young’s Racing / Dylon Risk Management Spike, Daniel took seventh in the Placerville feature. To date, Mason has one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Other rookie contenders are Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, David Prickett, Michael Faccinto, Maria Cofer, Alex Schutte, J.J. Ercse, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Tyler Dolacki, 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. Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Bleacher Seats are $20. 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-Jeff Heywood*, 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-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic.

TULARE LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-161, 2. Cory Elliott-148, 3. Courtney Crone-131, 4. Frankie Guerrini-114, 5. Mason Daniel-110, 6. Terry Nichols-104, 7. Robert Dalby-98, 8. Randi Pankratz-94, 9. David Prickett-82, 10. Shane Golobic-81, ... Michael Faccinto-81, 12. Nic Faas-77, 13. Maria Cofer-76, 14. Alex Schutte-66, 15. J.J. Ercse-54, 16. Chris Ennis-50, 17. Geoff Ensign-44, ... Buddy Kofoid-44, 19. Clayton Ruston-42, 20. Matt Mitchell-40.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS INVADE TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 4, 2017... This Saturday, April 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will tackle the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval last hosted the traditional sprints on May 18, 2013. Promoted by Steve Faria, the third point race will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITIOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC/CRA Sprint Car races. “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the May 27, 2007 Tulare debut and Mike Spencer won the last appearance. At press time, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.606, set on November 14, 2009 and the series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the third point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a thirteen point advantage after winning last Saturday’s “So Cal Showdown” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 23 feature laps led on the season. “The Demon” has seventy-one USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to take top honors at Tulare.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard took the lead from Brody Roa but had to settle for second at Perris. At press time, 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led to his credit. Vander Weerd has seven career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding a Tulare 410 feature win to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has climbed to third in the championship point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson ran fourth in the “So Cal Showdown.” As this writing goes to press, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and two top-10 finishes on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA win and will be looking to gain valuable points with a victory this Saturday night.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the #91R BR Performance owned HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa led the first six laps at Perris before taking third at the “So Cal Showdown.” To date, last year’s USAC West Coast Champion has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. Brody has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on earning the $2,500 payday at Tulare.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ranks fifth in the championship standings. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer ran fifth in last Saturday’s main event. At press time, the five-time champion has two heat race victories and two top-10 finishes on the year. Mike has thirty-seven career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to move up the standings with another Tulare triumph.

Currently thirteenth in points, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Logan Williams, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, 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. Grandstand Tickets are $25 and Bleacher Seats are $20. 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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jon Stanbrough.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-164, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 3. Jake Swanson-141, 4. Brody Roa-138, 5. Mike Spencer-134, 6. Cody Williams-113, 7. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 8. Tommy Malcolm-97, 9. Austin Williams-94, 10. Logan Williams-87, 11. Verne Sweeney-86, 12. Chris Gansen-80, 13. Kyle Edwards-76, 14. Matt McCarthy-73, 15. R.J. Johnson-71, ... Parker Colston-71, 17. Eddie Tafoya-65, 18. Jeremy Ellertson-63, 19. Chad Boespflug-51, 20. Cal Smith-33.

 

 

MATT ROSSI GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 3, 2017... Starting third, “The Real American” Matt Rossi (Phoenix, Arizona) led all 30-laps to claim last Saturday’s “Showdown at Canyon” at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park. For Rossi, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory was the fourth series win of his career. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, and Nick Aiuto rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Maxim, Matt Rossi won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and placed fourth out of twenty-five drivers in passing points. The former Western World Champion left Canyon ranked sixteenth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the season.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) ran second in the “Showdown at Canyon.” Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran fourth in his heat race and was fifth in passing points. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner is sixth in the point chase on the strength of three top-10 finishes on the year.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) stormed form eleventh to claim third at Canyon Speedway Park. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis took third in his heat race and placed eleventh in passing points. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion is second in championship points with three heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) charged from thirteenth to score fourth in the “Showdown at Canyon.” Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson placed fifth in his heat race and sat thirteenth in passing points. The four-time champion has taken over the point lead with one heat race victory, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and four top-10 finishes.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) had a solid night at Canyon with a fifth place run after starting eighth. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant School Of High Performance Driving Eagle, Aiuto took fourth in his heat race and placed eighth in passing points. The veteran driver heads to Casa Grande sitting seventh in points with one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award and two top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by scoring thirteenth after starting twenty-fourth. Driving his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack XXX, Lundy scored ninth in his heat race and ranked twenty-fourth in passing points. Matt left Canyon Speedway Park ranked fourteenth in the point standings.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Piloting his #79 Priced Right Auto Sales XXX, Bonneau won the night’s third heat race and finished sixth in the main event. At press time, the veteran race is eighth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.

“Bullet” Bob Ream Jr. (Glendale, Arizona) returned to USAC SouthWest action and won the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving the #8 BRAT Racing owned OSR Physical Therapy / Service Launch entry, Ream was third in passing points and finished twentieth in the main event. After one start, the 1998 ASCA Champion is forty-third in the point standings.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, April 15th, at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. The event will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bomber Stocks. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes, for their support.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 1, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Showdown at Canyon”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 6. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 7. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 8. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 9. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 7. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 8. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark)

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Matt Rossi (3rd), 2. Mike Martin (2nd), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (11th), 4. R.J. Johnson (13th), 5. Nick Aiuto (8th), 6. Chris Bonneau (6th), 7. Bruce St. James (10th), 8. Shon Deskins (12th), 9. Dalten Gabbard (17th), 10. Dustin Cormany (16th), 11. Brent Yarnal (18th), 12. Tanner Grau (19th), 13. Matt Lundy (24th), 14. Jeff Lowery (14th), 15. Cody Batten (21st), 16. Mason Keefer (22nd), 17. Cody Sickles (23rd), 18. Jonas Reynolds (20th), 19. Bobby Marcum (15th), 20. Bob Ream Jr. (4th), 21. Tye Mihocko (5th), 22. Michael Curtis (7th), 23. Landon Cling (9th), 24. Andy Reinbold (1st). NT
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**Lundy flipped during the first heat. Cling, Mihocko, and Reynolds flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Rossi.
HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (24th to 13th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Chris Bonneau

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGSS:
1. R.J. Johnson-314, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-307, 3. Stevie Sussex-278, .. Shon Deskins-278, 5. Landon Cling-219, 6. Mike Martin-216, 7. Nick Aiuto-197, 8. Chris Bonneau-174, 9. Dave Darland-169, 10. Andy Reinbold-162, 11. Ryan Bernal-160, 12. Tye Mihocko-159, 13. Jeff Lowery-157, 14. Matt Lundy-155, 15. Brady Bacon-148, 16. Matt Rossi-130, 17. Brody Roa-123, 18. Brent Yarnal-120, 19. Jake Swanson-118, 20. Michael Curtis-116.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER SWEEPS “SO CAL SHOWDOWN” AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 3, 2017... Slipping past Richard Vander Weerd on the eighth lap, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) led the rest of the way to claim last Saturday’s “So Cal Showdown” at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition to the $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win, the five-time champion set fast time and won his 10-lap heat race. Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, and Mike Spencer chased Gardner to the checkered flags.

Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner continues to make USAC/CRA history. By setting the standard over the twenty-two car roster, Gardner earned his series leading 70th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. After winning the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, “The Demon” started sixth and scored his seventy-first USAC/CRA main event triumph. By taking the 30-lap win, Gardner heads to Tulare with a 13-point advantage and moves car owner Mark Alexander into a tie with Ron Chaffin for the series lead with 66 victories.

After taking the lead from Brody Roa on lap seven, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had to settle for second at the “So Cal Showdown.” Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard qualified sixth overall and ran third in his heat race. Vander Weerd left Perris ranked second in the point standings.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) led the first six laps and scored third at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Frank Baldozier Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and claimed third in his heat race. Last season’s USAC West Coast Champion has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) claimed fourth in the “So Cal Showdown.” Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX, Swanson qualified second overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The 2012 Rookie of the Year heads to Saturday’s race at Tulare ranked third in the point chase.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) took fifth at the checkered flags. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer was third fast in time trials and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. The five-time champion left his “home track” sitting fifth in points.

Making his first career USAC/CRA start, James Heling (San Bernardino, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourteenth place run from twenty-first. Driving John Bellegante’s #23 Persall Masonry ITI, Heling qualified twenty-first overall and took sixth in his heat race.

This Saturday, April 8th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to the Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets, Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will join the action packed card. Located on the Tulare County Fairgrounds, more event information can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or calling 559.688.0909.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 1, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “So Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.568; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.609; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.626; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.745; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.808; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.916; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.958; 9. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-17.035; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.082; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.169; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.282; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 81X, Watt-17.303; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.450; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.676; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.780; 17. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.851; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.074; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.132; 20. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.298; 21. James Heling, 23, Bellegante-19.436; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. D.Gardner, 2. L.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Gardner, 5. McCarthy, 6. Gansen, 7. Dyer. 3:01.36.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Swanson, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Colston, 5. Edwards, 6. Sweeney, 7. Everhart. 3:01.74.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Spencer, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Ellertson, 5. Tafoya, 6. Heling, 7. Bacon. 3:02.82.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. Brody Roa (2nd), 4. Jake Swanson (5th), 5. Mike Spencer (4th), 6. Tommy Malcolm (3rd), 7. Cody Williams (12th), 8. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 9. Ronnie Gardner (13th), 10. Verne Sweeney (11th), 11. Parker Colston (14th), 12. Chris Gansen (10th), 13. Matt McCarthy (16th), 14. James Heling (21st), 15. Logan Williams (7th), 16. Eddie Tafoya (15th), 17. Jeff Dyer (19th), 18. Kyle Edwards (17th), 19. Austin Williams (22nd), 20. Jeremy Ellertson (18th), 21. Tony Everhart (20th). NT.
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**A.Williams flipped during time trials. L.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Roa, Lap 7 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 8-30 D.Gardner
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: James Heling (21st to 14th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-164, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-151, 3. Jake Swanson-141, 4. Brody Roa-138, 5. Mike Spencer-134, 6. Cody Williams-113, 7. Jace Vander Weerd-102, 8. Tommy Malcolm-97, 9. Austin Williams-94, 10. Logan Williams-87, 11. Verne Sweeney-86, 12. Chris Gansen-80, 13. Kyle Edwards-76, 14. Matt McCarthy-73, 15. R.J. Johnson-71, ... Parker Colston-71, 17. Eddie Tafoya-65, 18. Jeremy Ellertson-63, 19. Chad Boespflug-51, 20. Cal Smith-33.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS HEAD FOR TWO STRAIGHT NIGHTS AT KOKOMO GRAND PRIX APRIL 7-8

Richie Murray - USAC Media

USAC Midgets and Kokomo Speedway: a partnership that dates to a bygone era of no cages and short-sleeve t-shirts serving as firesuits. And over the past six decades, the track has delivered the goods when it comes to USAC Midget racing on the quarter-mile dirt oval located a little over an hour north of Indy. It's the only venue, in fact, from USAC's initial National Midget season of 1956 that remains on the series' calendar to this day.

Jimmy Davies, Bob Tattersall, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Rich Vogler, Tony Elliott, J.J. Yeley, Bryan Clauson and Kyle Larson are among the names you'll find on the track's USAC Midget winners' list. For the 74th and 75th time this coming weekend, another name, another racing hero will etch his or her name as the latest to make their mark, their signature, at Kokomo Speedway.

The indoor midget racing season has gone by the wayside and it's time to head to the great outdoors and into the wild where dirt is the playground and the throng of Midwest race fans come out of hibernation to get their racing fix.

As the USAC National season transitions into full-swing, one of the most popular stops on the tour for any driver awaits the USAC Midget National Championship this coming Friday and Saturday, April 7th and 8th at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway for the "Kokomo Grand Prix."

As if one night isn't enough, the action will be packed into two straight nights as the series hits the outdoors for the first time in 2017. Just last month, Justin Grant captured his first career USAC National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, making history by becoming the first to win the USAC National Sprint and National Midget openers in the same season. His run thus far for Clauson/Marshall Racing has been nearly flawless, but can he continue his run of success at a track he has mastered 10 times behind the wheel of a sprint car?

Grant will have to contend with a number of racers who are eager to put their stamp on the early part of the 2017 season. His CMR teammate, Shane Golobic, finished right behind him at Du Quoin. Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. and Indiana's Dave Darland are two of the most decorated drivers in the history of the United States Auto Club and both know their way around Kokomo in any type of car they get behind the wheel of.

Defending series champion Tanner Thorson got off to a rough start in Du Quoin with a 21st place result, but hopes to rebound at Kokomo along with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Spencer Bayston and a trio of first-time win-seekers Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton and series rookie Tanner Carrick.

Oklahoma's Brady Bacon got his first career USAC National Midget win at Kokomo way back in 2006 while Arizona's Chad Boat led much of the series' most recent appearance at the track in June of 2016.

In that 2016 race, Rico Abreu's late-race magic included sliding teammate Christopher Bell for third simultaneously as second-running Spencer Bayston got sideways between turns three and four. Abreu banged wheels with Bayston, ricocheting in front of Bayston and into second-place with ten laps to go.

A yellow for debris in turns three and four closed the gap between first and second, providing Abreu a lifeline and a chance by placing him right on Boat's tail tank for the restart. At the drop of the green, Abreu rode the razor's edge up against the wall as Boat matriculated the middle groove. Abreu continued to grind and grind as he pressured Boat, ultimately pulling alongside Boat in a drag race that resulted in a near dead-heat at the start/finish line on lap 22.

Abreu was seemingly shot out of a cannon each time at the exit of turns two and four, distancing himself from Boat in the waning laps to take the victory ahead of Bayston and Boat. Meanwhile, Bryan Clauson was crowned "Indiana Midget Week" champion for his performance throughout the five-race mini-series.

ProSource qualifying for Friday night's program begins at 6:30pm with racing set for 7:30pm. On Saturday night, the action gets underway a half-hour earlier with qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Pit and spectator gates open both days at 3pm.

Adult general admission is just $20 for both nights of racing that feature USAC National Midgets and Kokomo Sprint Cars. Kids 10 and Under are FREE with Paid Adult. Pit passes are $35

Fans worldwide who are unable to make it to Kokomo Speedway in-person this Friday and Saturday can witness the "Kokomo Grand Prix" LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. And the following day, you can catch the race on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

WINDOM WINS THE SUMAR, COMPLETES WEEKEND SWEEP

Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Chris Windom picked up right where he left off in a number of ways Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track.

One night after celebrating a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car score at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Windom was back in the familiar setting of victory lane at the 17th running of the "Sumar Classic."

"It's pretty special getting the win last night and then to come out here with a brand-new team, I really don't know what to say. I met a lot of these guys for the first time today. Gene Kazmark gave me the opportunity and gave me a great racecar to come out here and win tonight."

Incredibly, this was Kazmark's first entry into a Silver Crown event as an owner since the "Hoosier Hundred" in September of 2001 with driver Ricky Shelton. However, the car itself was a familiar commodity to Windom as it was the same car he drove to victory in his most recent series' win at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals" for the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team in September 2016. But, a new team means new surroundings, and Windom and the crew quickly adapted to their new environment.

"I'm pretty familiar with the car," Windom admits. "It's pretty much the same exact car we won Eldora with last year. That definitely gave us a head start coming in. The guys working on it busted their tails all winter long to maintain and rebuild it and keep it as good as it was last year. It's pretty special to be able to come out here and do this. I didn't know exactly what my expectations were coming here since I didn't know the guys very well, but we jelled right from the first practice session."

Windom became just the fifth driver in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series to follow up a win in the previous season's final race with a victory in the season opener the next year. The only other drivers to accomplish that feat are Al Unser (1974), Tom Bigelow (1976), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2011) and Kody Swanson (2015).

In fact, dating to the 2016 "Ted Horn 100" at Illinois' Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Windom has been victorious in three-straight Silver Crown events, the 10th driver in the history of the series to do so.

The Canton, Illinois native also became the fourth defending Silver Crown champ to capture the following season's opening race, joining Al Unser (1974), Dave Steele (2006) and Kody Swanson (2015).

The three most recent "Sumar Classic" winners coming into Sunday, Shane Cockrum (2015), C.J. Leary (2016) and Kody Swanson (2014) owned the lead in the first half of the 100-lap event, but by the midway point, Windom had steadily worked his way to the front from his ninth starting position, utilizing the bottom of the racing surface to make his way through the pack.

By the 50th lap, Windom chomped into Swanson's lead. The two series champs worked the bottom after Swanson moved his line between turns three and four from the top to the bottom. Windom stuck a nose under Swanson entering turn three, inching along the inside guardrail until the exit of turn four where he was able to clear Swanson to take the top spot by a car-length at the start/finish line as flagman Tom Hansing displayed the crossed flags.

Windom had opened up a near full-straightaway lead over new second-place runner Leary with two-thirds of the race in the bag, while Swanson occupied third. With 18 to go, though, Windom's lead had grown to seven seconds and the insurmountable advantage seemed unattainable for second on back until eighth-running Bill Rose slowed with an apparent driveline issue to bring out the caution.

With the field bunched up, Windom's lead was now gone and he would have to contend with defending race winner Leary in the closing laps. However, Windom was able to get a solid jump with the lapped cars of Johnny Petrozelle and Joe Liguori standing between the front two on the lap 83 restart, thus allowing Windom to break away as Leary fought his way around the two to give chase.

Windom and Leary worked the bottom lap-after-lap as Leary slowly, but surely chipped away at the gap. By lap 92, Leary had sliced Windom's advantage to under a half-second and was still closing.

It was at this juncture one year ago when Leary made the race-winning move for the win, but this year's lap 93 did not work in his favor as he began to lose valuable ground and Windom started to distance himself from Leary once-and-for-all.

Windom had withstood the challenge, taking the victory by just a tad under two seconds over Leary, Swanson, top-rookie finisher Hunter Schuerenberg and Jerry Coons, Jr.

"I don't think our momentum could be much better right," Windom acknowledges. "It's awesome to be able start the year like this. I've never had a year quite this good this early." - Chris Windom (Dennis Krieger Photo)

It was Windom's sixth career Silver Crown victory, which moves him into the top-20 on the series' career win list. Meanwhile, he also continued a streak of different "Sumar Classic" winners each year going back to 1999.

"I knew I found something on the bottom," Windom recalls. "I couldn't hit it twice in a row for a while, but I finally hit my marks on entry to where I could hit it on the exit. That's where I'd gain on him off the corner. I didn't want to show him a nose. I wanted to be able to pass him cleanly so he couldn't take my line away. We got to traffic and it kind of played in my favor. A low and slow race takes a lot out of you trying to hit your marks like that every single lap."

"I don't think our momentum could be much better right," Windom acknowledges. "It's awesome to be able start the year like this. I've never had a year quite this good this early."

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary continued his impressive runs at Terre Haute over the past three seasons by scoring his third-straight top-two result with a second-place finish in his Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - Gray Auto/DRC/1-Way Toyota.

"I think it's this DRC Silver Crown Car," Leary humbly attributes for his recent run of success at Terre Haute. "Joe (Devin) and I have been working really well together on this deal. Terre Haute is really not one of my better tracks, but in the Silver Crown car here, two seconds and a win is pretty awesome. I think we picked the wrong tire tonight, though. We went with a 25 instead of a 20 thinking it was going to rubber up early, but it never did."

"Chris (Windom) and I were about the same speed," Leary explains during the final run to the checkered. "Every time he'd make a mistake, I seemed to make the same mistake. I figured I could catch him, but I didn't know if we could pass him. It felt kind of like déjà vu from last year. I thought we might able to pull off the upset, but that's racing. We'll load up, go back to the shop and try to make it a little bit faster."

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California grabbed third in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy.

"You really don't want to get too far back at Terre Haute behind guys like Shane (Cockrum) and C.J. (Leary), both former Sumar winners," Swanson said. "I knew I had to figure out how to get around them early on and the top of (turns) three and four seemed to be holding. If you're going to get to the lead doing it, you got to be the first one to try it. You have to stick your neck out and make something happen. This crew works hard for me and I was going to work hard for them to make sure I got us back to the lead. I did everything I could do to put us in a position to win. I chased it higher and higher; there were so many cars on the bottom throwing the marbles out and, when the moisture went away, you just couldn't keep doing it anymore and I had to come to the bottom."

"This team's a pleasure to race for," Swanson continued. "We went in with what we thought was going to happen and it just didn't tonight. We never quit. We gave it everything we had and we're disappointed because these guys are good and we want to win, but tonight we just missed a little bit. We'll come back and try again. There's no one else I'd rather come back to the races with."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Patrick Bruns (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2017 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-23.599; 2. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-23.794; 3. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-23.881; 4. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-23.925; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-23.990; 6. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-24.063; 7. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-24.119; 8. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-24.382; 9. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-24.809; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-24.857; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-24.953; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-25.021; 13. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-25.066; 14. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-25.127; 15. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-25.148; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-25.195; 17. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-25.382; 18. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-25.509; 19. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-25.551; 20. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-25.565; 21. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-25.596; 22. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-25.886; 23. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-25.981; 24. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-26.032; 25. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-26.064; 26. Terry Babb, 42, Babb-26.323; 27. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-26.486; 28. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-26.707; 29. Kenny Gentry, 18, Gentry-27.284; 30. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT; 31. David Shain, 7, Hardy-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (15 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Cottle, 3. Gardner, 4. Darland, 5. Rose, 6. Moffatt, 7. Nemire, 8. Bland, 9. Babb, 10. Wilson, 11. Weyant, 12. Berkheimer, 13. Fetter, 14. Gentry. 5:51.67

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Dakota Jackson, 10. Joss Moffatt, 11. Johnny Petrozelle, 12. Joe Liguori, 13. Patrick Bruns, 14. David Byrne, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Mark Smith, 20. Aaron Pierce, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Justin Grant, 23. J.C. Bland, 24. Casey Shuman. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Cockrum, Laps 19-25 Leary, Laps 26-49 Swanson, Laps 50-100 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (20th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Patrick Bruns

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-70, 2-Swanson-70, 3-Leary-69, 4-Schuerenberg-61, 5-Coons-58, 6-Bacon-56, 7-Darland-52, 8-Gardner-49, 9-Jackson-46, 10-Moffatt-43.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 29 - Phoenix (AZ) International Raceway - "Phoenix Copper Cup"

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Pombo-Sargent Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.500; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.727; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.731; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44B, Love-14.739; 5. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.755; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.950; 7. Blake Brannon, 60, Brannon-14.953; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.070;

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Lemke, 3. Paterson, 4. Brannon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Boscacci, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Nichols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Adam Lemke, 5 Blake Brannon, 6. Johnny Nichols, 7. Tom Paterson. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Love, Laps 21-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T,Breidinger-168, 2-Love-158, 3-A.Breidinger-140, 4-Paterson-129, 5-Brannon-123, 6-Lemke-90, 7-Boscacci-87, 8-Cody Jessop-62, 9-Nichols-60, 10-Joey Iest-56.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-236, 2-A.Breidinger-214, 3-Paterson-201, 4-Brannon-183, 5-T.Breidinger-168, 6-Lemke-155, 7-Boscacci-54, 8-Cody Jessop-62, 9-Nichols-60. 10-Jeremy Speck-58.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE: May 6 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

 

 

NO MORE SECOND THOUGHTS; WINDOM FINALLY HITS THE WIN COLUMN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Chris Windom knows how to win. His 15 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins certainly attest to that. Of those 15 wins, though, one place that had eluded him over the past decade was southeastern Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway.

In almost a cruel way, Windom had finished second on five different occasions during his career in USAC competition at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval, including last Fall's most recent stop on the tour.

On Saturday night, the Canton, Illinois native would shed the label of perennial Lawrenceburg runner-up by leading all 30 laps on his way to victory in the 2017 Midwest season opener for the series.

After a rough February patch in the first two races to begin the season down south in Ocala, Fla., Windom came back to the Midwest eager to pick up right where he left off last season in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton. After picking up a non-sanctioned sprint car win a week ago in Mansfield, Ohio, Windom followed up by claiming his first USAC victory at Lawrenceburg, one that was a long time in the making.

"I've been fast here a lot over the years," Windom recalls. "I know I've finished second quite a few times here, but I've never been able to click off a win. But we've been fast all year; we just had a little misfortune down in Florida, but it's nice to come back up here and get the momentum going early here in the Midwest."

Windom began the 30-lap feature from the outside of the front row alongside polesitter Chad Boespflug. By the time the field reached turn one just after taking the green flag, mayhem ensued as both occupants of the third row were wiped out in a frightening double-flip involving Dave Darland and Chase Stockon. Both drivers were able to walk away, but their respective races were over just as they had begun.

On the complete restart, Boespflug initially held the advantage as he and Windom went side-by-side into turn one, but Windom used a big run down the banking off turn two to blast around the outside of Boespflug to grab the lead. Each time during the first two circuits Boespflug stuck a nose underneath, Windom always had an answer. Once clear, Windom shot away to a substantial advantage, holding a full-straightaway lead by the time the caution fell for the slowing car of Carson Short on lap nine.

With the lead erased and the field reset for the ensuing restart, Hunter Schuerenberg began to make his charge, slipping underneath Boespflug for second into turn three. Schuerenberg's chase was aimed at running down Windom for the lead, but the pursuit would end abruptly when he biked it in turn one, sending him into a violent series of barrel-rolls before coming to a rest near the turn two wall. Schuerenberg was able to climb out of his battered machine and walk away from the breathtaking accident.

The lap 10 restart saw Boespflug once again trying to gain any foothold he could on the bottom, but the undaunted Windom kept his foot in it and drove around the outside of Boespflug to maintain his lead.

"I knew I just had to have a good first and second lap on those restarts because Chad could slide up in front of me there," Windom explained. "It was hard to hit my marks consistently running the line I was running. I knew I had to hit those laps and we'd be able to pull away from him."

Just past the halfway point, Windom neared the tail end of the field. As Windom weaved his way through the lapped traffic, a trail of sparks began to stream out of the rear of the orange No. 5. With the brake rotor glowing red hot and Windom mired in a logjam, Boespflug was able to shrink the deficit somewhat. But, by lap 24, Windom was in the clear as he lapped all the way up to 10th place.

"I was hoping my brakes weren't going out because they were sparking pretty early in the race," Windom recalls. "I tried to lay off them a little bit, but it was kind of hard to since I didn't know how close anybody was to me. I figured I would run as hard as I could and if they went, they went out. I never lost the brakes, though, but I was on them hard. I could see the sparks flying up in front of my eyes going into the corner. I had to get on the brakes pretty hard to enter the way I was because of the holes getting into turns one and three."

"I knew we had a really fast car, but it was a tough track to run 30 consistent laps. I started concentrating as hard as I could to hit my marks. You had to be very careful about where you chose to hit your marks. We were able to hold it together and come away with a win." - Chris Windom

However, with Shane Cottle coming to a rest backwards on the inside of turn four with five laps remaining, the yellow flag would fly and bunch up the field for one final run to the checkered.

As Windom ventured up to the top of turn one on the lap 26 restart, Boespflug made one last go of it as he tried to slide up in front of Windom between turns one and two. Rinse-and-repeat, the second, third and fourth verses were the same as the first when Windom stood up in his seat, never flinching and never batting an eye, as he cruised right around the outside of Boespflug off turn two to take the advantage for good, distancing himself from Boespflug by 1.371 seconds at race end. Justin Grant was third followed by Jon Stanbrough and a career-best performance for Landon Simon.

Windom's first ever April USAC triumph was his 15th overall in the series, tying him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler for 31st all-time. His earliest season victory before Saturday night was a May 20th win in 2011 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway.

Though Windom led the entire distance from his front row starting spot, his road to victory was anything but smooth and steady. It required precision and laser-sharp focus on every centimeter of the track for 30 laps. Something that a fast racecar alone cannot overcome.

"I knew we had a really fast car, but it was a tough track to run 30 consistent laps," Windom admitted. "I started concentrating as hard as I could to hit my marks. You had to be very careful about where you chose to hit your marks. We were able to hold it together and come away with a win."

The string of consistent runs Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug has posted in the first three races have resulted in a fourth and a pair of runner-up finishes, including Saturday night at Lawrenceburg in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.

"This is huge for us. I haven't been very good here the last few years, so I'm happy to get a podium here tonight," Boespflug exclaimed. "We were fighting some throttle issues about midway through the race, going down into the corner and had to pick the throttle pedal up. It wasn't wanting to return. Little things like that can screw with your head and make you focus on too many other things rather than what you need to be focusing on. Overall, it was a great night. The car was fantastic all night and we'll carry this momentum on to Bloomington and Haubstadt in a couple weeks."

Ione, California's Justin Grant retained the series point lead after finishing third in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco. It was his third top-three finish in as many starts to begin the season after a win and a second-place finish in February in Ocala, Fla.

"As treacherous as the track was tonight, I'm happy to come away with a podium finish," Grant said. "I'll call it a solid points night. We'd obviously like to win it, but Chris (Windom) was in his own race. Our car was really good, but we just didn't have enough for them. I'm excited to keep racing with Sam McGhee and the No. 11 sprint car. They give me a great car every night and it's a joy to drive it. Hopefully, we can climb up a little higher on the podium next time."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Nick Bilbee (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jeff Bland, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tyler Thomas (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 1, 2017 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.251; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.385; 3. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.387; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.562; 5. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-13.685; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.686; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.703; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.710; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.742; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.782; 11. Josh Hodges, 74, Hodges-13.858; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.886; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.986; 14. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-14.072; 15. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-14.113; 16. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.150; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.167; 18. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.177; 19. Cody Gardner, 9G, APPCO-14.177; 20. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.207; 21. Nick Nilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.219; 22. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.245; 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.280; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.289; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.298; 26. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.304; 27. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.308; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.318; 29. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.428; 30. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.492; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-14.511; 32. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser/Owen-14.599; 33. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-15.630; 34. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-NT; 35. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bilbee, 2. Andretti, 3. Boespflug, 4. Westerfeld, 5. Grant, 6. Robbins, 7. Goodnight, 8. Hery, 9. VanHise. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. McGhee, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Swanson, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Gentry, 7. Abrams, 8. Chapple. 1:52.49

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Hodges, 4. Hewitt, 5. Simon, 6. Gardner, 7. Moffatt, 8. Smith. 1:59.14

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Short, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Courtney, 6. T.Thomas, 7. Leary, 8. Fischesser. 1:58.06

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Grant, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Smith, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Simon, 7. Chapple, 8. Robbins, 9. Leary, 10. Abrams, 11. Gentry, 12. Moffatt, 13. Gardner, 14. Goodnight, 15. Fischesser, 16. Hery, 17. VanHise. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shawn Westerfeld, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Tyler Thomas, 14. Corey Smith, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Max McGhee, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Nick Bilbee, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Carson Short, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Chase Stockon. NT ---------------------------- **Clouse flipped during qualifying. Goodnight and VanHise flipped at the start of the semi. Darland and Stockon flipped on the first lap of the feature. Schuerenberg flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Windom

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (21st-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Thomas

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-228, 2-Boespflug-214, 3-Stockon-175, 4-Schuerenberg-173, 5-Windom-172, 6-Andretti-152, 7-Hodges-145, 8-Cottle-134, 9-Brady Bacon-128, 10-Simon-128.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 14 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Showdown at Canyon”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bob Ream Jr. (#8 BRAT), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 6. Bobby Marcum (#80 Marcum), 7. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 8. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer), 9. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Nick Auito (#27 Aiuto), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 7. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 7. Jonas Reynolds (#0 Harland), 8. Cody Sickles (#14 Sickles). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Matt Rossi, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Dalten Gabbard, 10. Dustin Cormany, 11. Brent Yarnal, 12. Tanner Grau, 13. Matt Lundy, 14. Jeff Lowery, 15. Cody Batten, 16. Mason Keefer, 17. Cody Sickles, 18. Jonas Reynolds, 19. Bobby Marcum, 20. Bob Ream Jr., 21. Tye Mihocko, 22. Michael Curtis, 23. Landon Cling, 24. Andy Reinbold. NT

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**Lundy flipped during the first heat. Cling, Mihocko, and Reynolds flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Rossi.

HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (24th to 13th)

BEAVER STRIPES TOP QUALIFIER: Chris Bonneau

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 15 – Casa Grande, AZ – Central Arizona Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “So Cal Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.568; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.609; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.626; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.745; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.808; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.916; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.958; 9. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-17.035; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.082; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.169; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.282; 13. Ronnie Gardner, 81X, Watt-17.303; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.450; 15. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.676; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.780; 17. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.851; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.074; 19. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.132; 20. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.298; 21. James Heling, 23, Bellegante-19.436; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. L.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. R.Gardner, 5. McCarthy, 6. Gansen, 7. Dyer. 3:01.36.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Colston, 5. Edwards, 6. Sweeney, 7. Everhart. 3:01.74.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. C.Williams, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Ellertson, 5. Tafoya, 6. Heling, 7. Bacon. 3:02.82.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Mike Spencer 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Cody Williams, 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Verne Sweeney, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Matt McCarthy, 14. James Heling, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Eddie Tafoya, 17. Jeff Dyer, 18. Kyle Edwards, 19. Austin Williams, 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Tony Everhart. NT.

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**A.Williams flipped during time trials. L.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Roa, Lap 7 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 8-30 D.Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: James Heling (21st to 14th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 8 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2017 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.251; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.385; 3. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-13.387; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.562; 5. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-13.685; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 44, Pace-13.686; 7. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.703; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.710; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.742; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-13.782; 11. Josh Hodges, 74, Hodges-13.858; 12. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.886; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.986; 14. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-14.072; 15. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-14.113; 16. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.150; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.167; 18. Max McGhee, 4J, 4J Motorsports-14.177; 19. Cody Gardner, 9G, APPCO-14.177; 20. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-14.207; 21. Nick Nilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.219; 22. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.245; 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.280; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.289; 25. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.298; 26. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.304; 27. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-14.308; 28. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.318; 29. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.428; 30. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.492; 31. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Kaser/Seeling-14.511; 32. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser/Owen-14.599; 33. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-15.630; 34. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-NT; 35. Cooper Clouse, 14, Clouse-NT. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bilbee, 2. Andretti, 3. Boespflug, 4. Westerfeld, 5. Grant, 6. Robbins, 7. Goodnight, 8. Hery, 9. VanHise. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. McGhee, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Swanson, 5. K.Thomas, 6. Gentry, 7. Abrams, 8. Chapple. 1:52.49

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Hodges, 4. Hewitt, 5. Simon, 6. Gardner, 7. Moffatt, 8. Smith. 1:59.14

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Short, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Courtney, 6. T.Thomas, 7. Leary, 8. Fischesser. 1:58.06

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Grant, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Smith, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Simon, 7. Chapple, 8. Robbins, 9. Leary, 10. Abrams, 11. Gentry, 12. Moffatt, 13. Gardner, 14. Goodnight, 15. Fischesser, 16. Hery, 17. VanHise. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Shawn Westerfeld, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Dallas Hewitt, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Tyler Thomas, 14. Corey Smith, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Jeff Bland Jr., 17. Max McGhee, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Nick Bilbee, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Carson Short, 22. Dave Darland, 23. Chase Stockon. NT ---------------------------- **Clouse flipped during qualifying. Goodnight and VanHise flipped at the start of the semi. Darland and Stockon flipped on the first lap of the feature. Schuerenberg flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (21st-10th) WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tyler Thomas

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-228, 2-Boespflug-214, 3-Stockon-175, 4-Schuerenberg-173, 5-Windom-172, 6-Andretti-152, 7-Hodges-145, 8-Cottle-134, 9-Brady Baon-128, 10-Simon-128.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 14 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

April 1, 2017 Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (LANCO)

Qualifying: 1. Kyle Spence, 25k, Spence-11.071; 2. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-11.092; 3.Shawn Jackson,7, Jackson-11.205; Anthony Nocella,29, Seymour-11.215; 5. Johnny Smith, 4s, Smith Brothers-11.239;6.Trevor Kobylarz,14, RT Racing-11.314; 7. Ryan Greth,4r, Lesher-11.477;8. Troy Betts,22,Betts-11.489; 9.Tommy Kunsman Jr,21,Kunsman-11.507; 10. Adam Pierson,76e,FMR-11.601;11. Kenny Miller,23M,Miller-11.746; 12. Kenny Johnson,46, Johnson-11.866 13. Josh Heckman,12, Heckman-11.890;14. Jay Hartman,24,Myers-12.276;15.Jason Rice,57,Rice-12.456;16.Andrew Layser,35,Lesher-12.658;17. Brenden Bright,92,Bright No Time

Heat Race #1 (10 Laps) 1.Jackson, 2.Johnson, 3.Spence, 4.Kobylarz, 5.Kunsman Jr, 6.Rice

Heat Race #2 (10 Laps) 1.A. Bright, 2.Greth, 3.Pierson, 4.Nocella, 5.Layser, 6.Heckman

Heat Race #3 (10 Laps) 1.Hartman, 2.B. Bright, 3.Miller, 4.Betts, 5.Smith

Feature (25 Laps) 1.Alex Bright, 2.Troy Betts, 3.Tommy Kunsman Jr, 4.Adam Pierson, 5.Anthony Nocella, 6.Kenny Miller, 7.Shawn Jackson, 8.Johnny Smith, 9.Josh Heckman, 10.Jason Hartman, 11.Kyle Spence, 12.Ryan Greth, 13.Trevor Kobylarz, 14.Andrew Layser, 15.Kenney Johnson, 16.Brenden Bright

*Lap Leaders: Greth 1-11, Bright 12-25

Kobylarz flipped heat race #1

*Kelly Race Fuels Top 3 (5 gallons fuel): Alex Bright, Troy Betts, Tommy Kunsman Jr

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS POINTS: 1-A. Bright-140, 2-Betts-129,3-Kunsman Jr-123,4-Pierson-120, 5-Nocella-114 6(Tie)Miller-110, Jackson-110, 8-Smith-98, 9-Hartman-95, 10-Heckman-92

**Next Race April 29th 2017 @ Susquehanna Speedway, York Haven, PA

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV TO STREAM SUMAR CLASSIC LIVE FROM TERRE HAUTE ON SUNDAY

For the first time ever, the "Sumar Classic" from the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track featuring the USAC Silver Crown Championship will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ this Sunday, April 2.

The 17th running of the event hits the half-mile with 35 drivers already entered for the 100-lapper, making it the largest "Sumar" field in nearly two decades!

The entry list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields top-to-bottom seen in several seasons. Among them are USAC Triple Crown champs Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr., plus additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner Leary, who continued a streak of different "Sumar" winners last April that dates back to 1999.

Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense in 2017. He was the most recent USAC winner last October in an AMSOIL National Sprint Car event. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes his first Silver Crown series victory Sunday. Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the "Sumar" driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Order the live stream now at https://www.speedshifttv.com/order/ for just $24.95.

Race fans can watch the "Sumar Classic" on-demand one day after the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

JUSTIN GRANT ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY THIS SUNDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Whether one uses the eye test, the victory lane photos or the point standings to determine how well Justin Grant's 2017 season has begun, the fact of the matter is that his performance thus far has already rewritten the record books.

Simply put, Grant has gotten off to one of the finest starts any driver has had in the history of the United States Auto Club. So fine, in fact, that he became the first driver in the history of the venerable club to capture feature victories in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget season openers in the very same year.

Though he has already made his mark in 2017, on Sunday, April 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana, Grant could stand all alone as the only driver to win all three USAC National series season-openers in the same season.

A number of milestones are on the line for Grant this Sunday. No driver in USAC has won at least one feature in the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions earlier than April 28, a mark set by the late Dave Steele in 2002.

Speaking of Steele, he is the only driver to win a USAC Silver Crown and National Midget season-opening feature in one season, a feat he accomplished twice in 2002 and 2006. Steele is also just one of three drivers to have won a USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint season-opener in a year, doing so in 2005. Pancho Carter did the deed in 1978 along with Jim Keeker in 1992.

On Sunday at the "Sumar Classic" in Terre Haute, Grant's opportunity to join these exclusive clubs is right within his reach.

One year ago, Grant nearly pulled off the "Sumar" victory after leading the first 93 circuits of the 100-lapper, but had to settle for second at the checkered behind C.J. Leary. After a strong third-place points showing in 2016 and consistent runs at the front, Grant will certainly be one of the favorites come Sunday to win his first career Silver Crown event on famed half-mile.

After blasting from the launching pad in February down in Ocala, Fla. for a "Winter Dirt Games VIII" victory, Grant followed it up one night later by taking the runner-up spot behind Hunter Schuerenberg. In March, the storybook beginning continued onto the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin where the 26-year-old Ione, California native tallied USAC National Midget victory number one.

As a result, Grant now leads both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget standings heading into April as the beginning of the USAC Silver Crown season is set to unfold this Sunday, April 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track in western Indiana.

Admittedly, it's obviously way too early to anoint Grant as the next single-season USAC Triple Crown champ when the season is just getting into the month of April, but maybe it's not that far-fetched. At press time, Grant is the only driver to possess full-time rides to chase a championship in each of USAC's three national divisions, leaving him as the sole hope to join Tony Stewart in 1995 and J.J. Yeley in 2003 to grab all three titles in a single-season.

The prelude to Grant's coming weekend begins this Saturday, April 1 at southeastern Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' season debut in the Midwest aboard the Sam McGhee Motorsports No. 11.

One day later, Grant makes his debut at the wheel of the combined Silver Crown team effort between Hemelgarn Enterprises and Chris Carli Motorsports at the Terre Haute Action Track for the 17th running of the "Sumar Classic."

Pit gates open for Lawrenceburg at 3pm while the front gates open at 5. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies set to get underway at 7. Adult admission is $25. Kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free! Pit passes are 30 bucks.

Pit gates for the Sunday, April 2 "Sumar Classic" open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for Terre Haute can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25. Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for pit entry after 3pm only. Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

For fans who are unable to make the trip to Terre Haute in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Race fans can watch on-demand one day after the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

SILVER CROWN ROOKIES EAGER TO IMPRESS IN SUNDAY'S SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As a new season embarks, a new crop of rookies has emerged to take on the task of racing in the USAC Silver Crown Championship in 2017. In this Sunday's season-opening "Sumar Classic" at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, twelve rookies have entered to compete on the legendary half-mile dirt oval.

To be designated as a rookie in Silver Crown, a driver must not have competed in more than four main events in the series during their career.

Three drivers have full intentions of running the schedule of races on both the dirt and the pavement this year including five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner. Gardner, the most heralded of the 2017 Silver Crown rookie class, has been a mainstay in USAC's national and western divisions for much of the past two decades, yet he has only competed in a single Silver Crown race: the 2008 "Copper on Dirt" at the defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. The Concord, Calif. native will compete for the Klatt Enterprises team with Bob East Dave Brzozowksi on the wrenches.

Columbus, Indiana's Joss Moffatt is new to the Silver Crown scene with car owners Williams & Wright Racing, but he has earned plenty of accolades for his driving achievements over the course of his career, which includes Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway Sprint Car track titles in 2007, 2009 and 2015. Meanwhile, Travis Welpott of Pendleton, Ind. makes his first foray into Silver Crown with his own team after racing after a couple decades competing in midgets and sprint cars. The driver of the familiar No. 18 is the 1993 UMRA TQ Midget champ as well as the 2000 NAMARS Midget titlist. In 1998, Welpott finished eighth in the USAC National Midget point standings.

Hunter Schuerenberg has already found USAC victory lane once this year, back in February's "Winter Dirt Games VIII" AMSOIL National Sprint Car season-openers in Ocala, Fla. The Sikeston, Missouri native owns nine career USAC Sprint victories, but aims to tally one this season in the Silver Crown series in which he owns just one career start, less than a year ago in June of 2016 at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois. The veteran racer is one of two series rookies a part of the Gene Nolen Racing stable along with Elizabethtown, Indiana's Dakota Jackson. Jackson possesses just three Silver Crown starts, including one in 2016 and a pair in 2014. Jackson made his series debut at Terre Haute's "Sumar Classic" in 2014. His USAC Sprint Car successes include a third in the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in September of 2015.

Tyler Courtney burst onto the scene in last season's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season, including a comeback victory from the 24th position to win his first career series race at Gas City I-69 Speedway during "Indiana Sprint Week" in July of 2016. After making a couple starts in 2015, Courtney returned to Silver Crown action in the final race of last year's season in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. The Indianapolis, Ind. resident, who will wheel a Hans Lein-owned machine on Sunday, racked up ProSource Fast Qualifying time on his way to career-best third-place finish.

Mark Smith is a highly-accomplished racer in the world of 360 Sprint Car racing has twice taken the honor of "King of the 360s." Smith's returns to the series aboard Mal Lane's new orange No. 54 at Terre Haute. Smith's Silver Crown career began in 2003 on the pavement at Nazareth (PA) Speedway before making a triumphant return last season where he made two successful starts in which he was the highest "rookie" finisher: a ninth in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and a sixth at the "Horn/Schindler Memorial" at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway. Another Keystone State racer, Super Sportsman veteran Dave Berkheimer, made two Silver Crown starts in 2016 at his home track of Williams Grove and the season-finale at Eldora and returns once again this season in his own No. 31.

Springfield, Illinois driver J.C. Bland has the most experience of the Silver Crown rookie contingent, making four Silver Crown starts over the last couple of seasons in the Bland Brothers Enterprises No. 5. Fellow Springfield racer Korey Weyant eyes his first Silver Crown start Sunday in the No. 99 at Terre Haute. Weyant, a veteran sprint car and midget racer himself, comes from a racing lineage that includes his grandfather, Chuck, a four-time Indianapolis 500 starter, 10-time USAC National Midget feature winner and a AAA Midget victor at Terre Haute in 1955.

Meanwhile, a couple drivers are looking to make their first ever appearance in a USAC National event. Johnny Petrozelle, a versatile veteran from Denton, North Carolina has logged many laps in winged sprint cars, midgets, modifieds, stock cars, you name it, but his first adventure in a Silver Crown car comes this Sunday at Terre Haute. Petrozelle's team, Cornell Racing Stables, has long cemented its place in the USAC National Midget record books by virtue of their eight feature victories between 1967 and 1979 with drivers Bob Hare, Roger West, Gary Ponzini and Rich Vogler.

Additionally, the Hardy Boys Racing team, who won the "Sumar Classic" with Shane Cockrum in 2015, will field a second car for David Shain of Sullivan, Ill. Shain has extensive experience in UMP Modifieds and has traditionally run well on the one-mile dirt tracks over the years. Shain is the nephew of former Silver Crown competitor Steve Adams.

Over the years, 15 different drivers have won a race and gone on to win the Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" award in the same season, but none since Chris Windom in 2013. The others include Keith Kauffman (1982), Jeff Swindell (1987), Eric Gordon (1990), Stevie Reeves (1991), Jim Keeker (1992), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1994), Jimmy Kite (1997), Kasey Kahne (2000), Aaron Fike (2001), Josh Wise (2005), May Neely (2006), Cameron Dodson (2007), Bryan Clauson (2010) and Kyle Larson (2011).

Does a new rookie winner emerge this Sunday, April 2 at the Terre Haute Action Track? It'll be interesting to see how it plays out with the biggest "Sumar Classic" field since 1998 expected to sign-in. Thirty-five drivers and cars are on the list of for this year's 100-lap showdown in Terre Haute. The list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields top-to-bottom seen in several seasons. Among them are USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., plus additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Bud Kaeding (2006), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner Leary, who continued a streak of different "Sumar" winners last April that dates back to 1999.

Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense with the return of Kazmark Racing, who is fielding a car in the series for the first time since 2001. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes the addition of one of the few missing pieces to his racing resume: a victory in the Silver Crown series. Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the "Sumar" driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

Pit gates for the Sunday, April 2 "Sumar Classic" open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the event can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25. Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for pit entry after 3pm only. Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Race fans can watch on-demand one day after the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 29, 2017 – Placerville, California – Placerville Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Mason Daniel (#33M Daniel), 3. Courtney Crone (#25 Rodela), 4. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 5. Nate Wait (#35W MF), 6. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner (#68 Six8), 2. Michael Faccinto (#35F MF), 3. Ryan Bernal (#71R Morris), 4. Frankie Guerrini (#63 Guerrini), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Cofer), 6. Terry Nichols (#1P Nichols). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17G Wood), 2. Alex Schutte (#28 Schutte/McElwee), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. David Prickett (#35 Pierovich), 5. Dustin Golobic (#25G Bock), 6. Buddy Kofoid (#11 Kofoid). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Mason Daniel, 8. David Prickett, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Buddy Kofoid, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. Dustin Golobic, 16. Geoff Ensign, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Ryan Bernal. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Schutte, Laps 13-17 Gardner, Laps 18-30 Golobic.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Robert Dalby (17th to 9th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 8- Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

PERRIS HOSTS 4TH USAC/CRA & OUTLAW "SO CAL SHOWDOWN" SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

This Saturday, April 1st, history will be made for the fourth time as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars, the "So Cal Showdown" is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws "Fan Pit Pass" are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm 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.

The "So Cal Showdown" has become one of the "must see" races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. "The Demon" Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014 and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Last season, Josh Hodges claimed the checkered flags with a dramatic last corner pass over Gardner, Brody Roa, Vander Weerd, and R.J. Johnson. At press time, "The Demon" leads all drivers with 40 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the second point race, "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a slim three point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall, won his heat race, and finished second in the March 4th "Sokola Shootout" at Perris. "The Demon" has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his second "So Cal Showdown."

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to win the "Sokola Shootout." In addition, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm in his heat race. Vander Weerd has seven career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his second "So Cal Showdown" triumph.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Bobby Martin's #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson qualified eighth overall, ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race, and placed third in the March 4th feature. The second generation driver is expected to skip the Perris race to compete with the USAC SouthWest Sprints at Canyon Speedway Park.

"The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory's #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fourth quick in time trials, ran fourth in his heat race, and scored fourth in the Perris main event. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add the "So Cal Showdown" trophy to his collection.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the championship point chase. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his eleventh USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, placed third in his heat race, and scored sixth in the "Sokola Shootout." The 2012 Rookie of the Year has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Perris Auto Speedway victory.

Currently twelfth in points, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Mike Spencer, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, "The Bear" Jeremy Ellertson, Cal Smith, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Eddie Tafoya, "The Flying Peanut" Parker Colston, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws "Fan Pit Pass" are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS "SHOOTOUT AT CANYON" SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

This Saturday, April 1st, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the "Shootout at Canyon" at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the event will also showcase the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-one USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen "home track" victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), "The People's Champion" Dave Darland, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Heading to the fifth point race, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mike Burkhart's #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Sussex won the March 18th feature at Arizona Speedway from ninth. In addition, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Stevie has eleven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the "Showdown at Canyon" trophy to his collection.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Bobby Martin's #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored third in the March 18th main event. At press time, the four-time champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. R.J. leads all series drivers with forty-four victories and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park triumph.

"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports' #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the first 23 laps at San Tan Valley before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time Arizona sprint car champion has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season. "Chargin" Charles has fourteen career series wins and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins placed sixth in the Arizona Speedway main event. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shon has one career USAC SouthWest victory and will have his sights on adding the "Showdown at Canyon" to his resume.

Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #54 Cling's Aerospace Ellis, Cling charged to fourth at Arizona Speedway after starting seventh. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and one top-10 finish to his credit. Landon will be looking to make Saturday's "Showdown at Canyon" his first USAC Sprint Car win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Andy Reinbold, "The Bull" Tye Mihocko, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, "The Radio Flyer" Bruce St. James, Matt Rossi, 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. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

 

 

DARLAND, GRANT AND COURTNEY FILE ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY'S SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

A trio of USAC's most popular stars are the latest to file their entries for this Sunday's "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown season opener at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

The addition of Dave Darland, Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney to the April 2nd race brings the field to 35 entries in what is expected to be the largest field for the event in nearly two decades.

Lincoln, Indiana's Darland, a 2008 "Sumar Classic" winner, will join the field for his first ride in the Phillips Motorsports No. 27. Darland has had substantial success with the Phillips' sprint car in recent years, racking up 17 wins with the team between 2013 and 2015. Darland is one of just six members of the USAC Triple Crown club in which a driver has won the title in each of the club's three national divisions during their career: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint and National Midget. Darland is tied for sixth on the all-time Silver Crown win list with 14 victories.

Justin Grant nearly won the "Sumar Classic" one year ago after leading the first 93 circuits of the 100-lap event, ultimately finishing second behind C.J. Leary. The Ione, California native seeks redemption on Sunday as he aims to notch his first career series win. Grant has gotten off to an incredible start thus far in the 2017 season after collecting season-opening wins in USAC's National Sprint (Ocala, Fla.) and National Midget divisions (Du Quoin, Ill.), the first driver ever to accomplish the feat. Grant's Silver Crown team sports a new look, taking the No. 91 this season as car owners Chris Carli and Ron Hemelgarn have teamed up with Grant for a run at the series title.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney takes the wheel of Hans Lein's No. 97 for Sunday's "Sumar." Courtney has made just a handful of starts in the Silver Crown division, but his most recent run in a champ car at last fall's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway resulted in a career-best third-place finish after qualifying for the pole position. Courtney was also a winner in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car series in 2016 after storming to the front from the 24th spot to capture his first career USAC National win during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Thirty-five drivers and cars are on the list of expected competitors for this year's 100-lap showdown on the famed half-mile dirt oval. The list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields top-to-bottom seen in several seasons.

USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. is entered for the event along with additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Bud Kaeding (2006), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner Leary, who continued a streak of different "Sumar" winners last April that dates back to 1999.

Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense with the return of Kazmark Racing, who is fielding a car in the series for the first time since 2001. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes the addition of one of the few missing pieces to his racing resume: a victory in the Silver Crown series. Five-time and defending USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car titlist Damion Gardner plans to make his first Silver Crown feature start since 2008.

Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the "Sumar" driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

The event, which debuted with Donnie Beechler's 1995 score, could see some history made as the expected turnout will likely result in the first qualifying race for the series since the 2008 "4-Crown Nationals" at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. The qualifying race will be 15 laps, with the top-8 finishers transferring to the final four rows of the 24-car main event.

The first ever Silver Crown event held at Terre Haute was in 1980 when Gary Bettenhausen drove the Delrose-Holt Racing machine to the victory. This will be the 17th edition of the "Sumar Classic."

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25. Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for pit entry after 3pm only. Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Race fans can watch on-demand one day after the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

"SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST (35 CARS)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN
08 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL
6 DAMION GARDNER/Corona, CA
7 DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL
14 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN
27 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA
32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
54 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL
118 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN
120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO
201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN LIGGETT’S LATE SURGE NETS HANFORD VICTORY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 27, 2017... Powering past “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) led the last two laps to earn Saturday’s win at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. For Liggett, the $1,500 victory was the third USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of his career. Faria, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Cody Majors, and fast qualifier Jake Swanson followed Liggett to the checkered flags.

After rains battered the facility overnight, the track’s staff worked hard to get the pit area and racing surface ready for action. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil entry, Austin Liggett started ninth and favored the outside groove to make his charge. With the laps counting down, Swanson and Ensign pressured Faria for the top spot as Liggett inched closer in fourth. Contact between the top three cars resulted in front end damage for Swanson and the fast qualifier’s crew was able to make repairs. With Faria setting the pace, Liggett soon dispatched Ensign and gave chase after Faria. Suffering damage himself, Faria could not hold off the challenger and Austin took the victory.

Earlier in the program, Liggett qualified third out of twenty-one racers and placed third in his heat race. The 2012 Rookie of the Year left the Kings County Fairgrounds ranked sixth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes to his credit.

After leading twenty-eight laps, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) ran second in the Hanford feature. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria was eighth quick in time trials and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The two-time champion heads to Tulare’s “Peter Murphy Classic” tied with Tristan Guardino for seventh in points on the strength of two top-10 finishes and 34 feature laps led.

The “Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) had another strong night with his third place finish. Driving Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign qualified tenth overall and won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2011 USAC Western Classic Champion sits fifth in the standings with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats Semi-Main win, and three top-10 finishes on the season.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) had one of his best nights in USAC West Coast action with a fourth place finish from tenth. Piloting Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Majors was fourth fast in time trials and ran fourth in his heat race. As this writing goes to press, the young driver is ninth in points with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

After restarting at the back with a few laps left, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) charged forward and claimed fifth at the Hanford clay oval. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year and ran second to Ensign in his heat race. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year, left Hanford as the new point leader with one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, five top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit.

Rookie contender Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a sixth place run from sixteenth. Driving the Team 33 #33B Sandy’s Registration Service / Kittle Motorsports XXX, Wiley qualified sixteenth overall and placed sixth in his heat race. At press time, the young driver is fourteenth in the point chase with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Jeff Sibley (Oakdale, California) was impressive in his 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3 victory. Piloting his #42N Western Plumbing / Valley Pacific Maxim, Sibley was twelfth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event after a flip ended his night. The veteran driver ranks thirteenth in the point standings with one Competition Suspension Incorporated / ButlerBuilt Seats Semi-Main win in the campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will return to action on Saturday, April 22nd, at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic” will also feature the King of the West – NARC Sprint Cars and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. Located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds in Tulare, California at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more information can be found at www.tularethunderbowl.com or by calling 559.688.0909.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
March 25, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.385; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.459; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.506; 4. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15,705; 5. Tristan Guardino,15T, Guardino-15.762; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.767; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.799; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.816; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.843; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-15.858; 11. Dalton Hill, 81D, DD-15.908; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.984; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.019; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.328; 15. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.479; 16. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.583; 17. Danny Parish, 1K, Kruseman-17.111; 18. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-17.158; 19. Hobie Conway, 2KK, Kruseman-17.804; 20. Trenton Sparks, 3K, Kruseman-18.080; 21. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Ensign, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley, 7. Conway. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hill, 5. Parish, 6. Hix, 7. Sparks. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Sibley, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Timmons, 5. Butler, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Austin Liggett (9th), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (2nd), 3. Geoff Ensign (1st), 4. Cody Majors (10th), 5. Jake Swanson (4th), 6. Brandon Wiley (16th), 7. Shannon McQueen (6th), 8. Ryan Timmons (12th), 9. Billy Butler (15th), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 11. Dalton Hill (11th), 12. Trenton Sparks (20th), 13. Danny Parish (14th), 14. Tristan Guardino (8th), 15. Jeff Sibley (3rd), 16. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 17. Steve Hix (17th), 18. Steven Garris (13th), 19. Hobie Conway (19th), 20. Jay Ervine (18th). NT
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**Stolz flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Faria, Laps 29-30 Liggett.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (16th to 6th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Jake Swanson-343, 2. Ryan Bernal-317, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-290, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-259, 5. Geoff Ensign-244, 6. Austin Liggett-218, 7. Tristan Guardino-207, .. Danny Faria Jr.-207, 9. Cody Majors-206, 10. Tye Mihocko-158, 11. Ryan Timmons-150, 12. Brady Bacon-148, 13. Jeff Sibley-144, 14. Brandon Wiley-136, 15. Stevie Sussex-132, 16. Steve Hix-127, 17. Shannon McQueen-126, 18. Jay Ervine-123, … Brody Roa-123, 20. Steven Garris-121.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS MAKE MIDWEST DEBUT SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG

March may have come in like a lion, but the hugely-anticipated month of April truly delivers the roar to the contingent of Midwest fans and drivers who have eagerly awaited this moment for the past six months. It's the return of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing to the state of Indiana, which arrives this Saturday night, April 1 at southeastern Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Ione, California's Justin Grant has been dominant in the early part of the season after picking up the victory in the USAC National Sprint Car opener at "Winter Dirt Games VIII" in Ocala, Florida. He followed that up one night later by finishing second to Hunter Schuerenberg and, by virtue, stands at the top of the series standings heading to the Burg.

Grant's early season success would not cease and desist at that moment. Less than a month after Ocala, Grant scored the USAC National Midget season opener in February's "Shamrock Classic" at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center. The feat made him the first driver to win both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget season openers in the same season.

Grant's odds just might be in his favor as two of his five career USAC Sprint wins have come at the high-banked three-eighths-mile oval in Lawrenceburg!

Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug, the 2011 Lawrenceburg track champion, finished a strong second and fourth in the two Ocala races and sits third in points. Tied for seventh in the series standings are C.J. Leary and Jarett Andretti, who each have a Lawrenceburg track championship under their belt: Leary in 2013 and Andretti in 2016. Chase Stockon, a Lawrenceburg winner in the fall of 2012, is fourth in the standings. Brady Bacon took the checkered at Lawrenceburg in the summer of 2015 and is fifth in points. Thomas Meseraull, a Burg winner in the fall of 2015, sits sixth while 2010 winner Jerry Coons, Jr. is tied for ninth. Hunter Schuerenberg (second) and Chris Windom (tied for ninth) are each seeking their first USAC win at Lawrenceburg.

In last year's Midwest opener at Lawrenceburg, it was a war of attrition as car after car fell by the wayside on a chillingly cold and blustery day. But, in the end, the veteran Dave Darland conserved his machine from the wear and tear, surviving the 30-lapper to extend his miraculous streak of USAC National victories to 24 consecutive seasons.

Lawrenceburg has played the host of several April USAC National Sprint Car stops on-and-off since 2006. Previous April Lawrenceburg winners include Jon Stanbrough (2006), Levi Jones (2007), Josh Wise (2009), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2013), Grant (2014), Logan Jarrett (2015) and Dave Darland (2016). Darland leads all drivers with seven career USAC National Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg and is the only driver to win a series race there in three different decades.

Pit gates open for Lawrenceburg's season opener at 3pm while the front gates open at 5. Cars hit the track for hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies set to get underway at 7. Adult admission is $25. Kids 7-12 are $7. Children 6 and under are free! Pit passes are 30 bucks.

 

 

NEW LOOK TEAM HAS GRANT EYING REDEMPTION IN SUNDAY'S SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Justin Grant remembers the heartbreak from the 2016 "Sumar Classic" all too clearly.

After setting fast time in qualifying, Grant dominated the first 93 laps from the pole position and appeared to be on his way to his first career USAC Silver Crown victory.

However, as he rode the rail on the bottom between turns three and four, one little mistake was all it took for a near-perfect afternoon to slip through his fingers as he missed the rubber, slid up the racetrack and allowed C.J. Leary to slip by underneath at the exit of turn four. Leary would glide his way to victory that day at the Terre Haute Action Track while Grant held onto second and was left to wonder what could've been.

Grant remains as hungry as ever as the Silver Crown series returns to the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval this Sunday, April 2 for the 17th running of the "Sumar Classic." Despite the memories that linger from twelve months prior, Grant feels he has unfinished business to complete and that the key resides in him putting together a complete, 100-lap performance.

"I don't think anywhere owes you anything," Grant begins. "We were fast there last year and I let the race get away. I think we will be fast again this year; I just need to finish the deal this time."

A betting man would be wise to lay down some coin on Grant who's been the hottest driver in the early stages of USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and National Midget seasons. Grant kicked off the year with a win and a second-place finish in consecutive nights at "Winter Dirt Games VIII" in Ocala, Fla. for the USAC Sprint season openers back in February. In March, the success continued as he followed that performance with his first career USAC National Midget feature triumph indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

By doing so, he became the first driver in USAC history to win season-opening points races in both the National Sprint and National Midget series in the same year. He leads both series' point standings and, with the scalding-hot start and sky-high confidence, it would seem unwise to bet against the Ione, California native from pulling off the trifecta by capturing Sunday's "Sumar Classic."

"The start to this year has been incredible," Grant admits. "I'm fortunate to be with some really good teams and the Silver Crown team is no different. Being able to win both the sprint and midget openers was awesome. Being able to win all three would be amazing, but I'm trying not to think about it too much. I'm just trying to focus on showing up and doing my job."

Grant's Silver Crown operation will have a slightly new look for the 2017 season after his team owner Chris Carli combined forces with the Hemelgarn Racing team to attack the season championship. Among the changes for Grant is a switch from the No. 8 to Hemelgarn's familiar No. 91, which was driven the past two seasons by Austin Nemire. The Carli/Hemelgarn team will utilize Carli's cars and Hemelgarn's engines while veteran mechanic Dennis LaCava will oversee the operation at Hemelgarn's shop. Otherwise, it's business as usual for Grant, which so far in 2017 has been better than even he could've imagined.

Thirty-five drivers and cars have entered the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2, including former race winners Dave Darland (2008), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary as well as Silver Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008) and Chris Windom (2016).

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25. Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for passive pit entry after 3pm only. Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch the race on-demand the next day on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

PERRIS HOSTS 4TH USAC/CRA & OUTLAW “SO CAL SHOWDOWN” SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 27, 2017... This Saturday, April 1st, history will be made for the fourth time as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars, the “So Cal Showdown” is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm 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.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITIOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

The "So Cal Showdown" has become one of the “must see” races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014 and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Last season, Josh Hodges claimed the checkered flags with a dramatic last corner pass over Gardner, Brody Roa, Vander Weerd, and R.J. Johnson. At press time, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 40 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

Entering the second point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a slim three point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall, won his heat race, and finished second in the March 4th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris. “The Demon” has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his second “So Cal Showdown.”

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led all 30-laps to win the “Sokola Shootout.” In addition, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm in his heat race. Vander Weerd has seven career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his second “So Cal Showdown” triumph.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson qualified eighth overall, ran second to Damion Gardner in his heat race, and placed third in the March 4th feature. The second generation driver is expected to skip the Perris race to compete with the USAC SouthWest Sprints at Canyon Speedway Park.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fourth quick in time trials, ran fourth in his heat race, and scored fourth in the Perris main event. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to add the “So Cal Showdown” trophy to his collection.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the championship point chase. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his eleventh USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, placed third in his heat race, and scored sixth in the “Sokola Shootout.” The 2012 Rookie of the Year has two career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on his first Perris Auto Speedway victory.

Currently twelfth in points, Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Mike Spencer, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Cal Smith, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Eddie Tafoya, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-Richard Vander Weerd

SO CAL SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Josh Hodges.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-80, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-77, 3. R.J. Johnson-71, 4. Austin Williams-69, 5. Jake Swanson-67, 6. Brody Roa-66, 7. Mike Spencer-64, 8. Cody Williams-54, 9. Chad Boespflug-51, 10. Logan Williams-47, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-46, 12. Kyle Edwards (R)-45, 13. Verne Sweeney-40, 14. Chris Gansen-38, 15. Jeremy Ellertson-35, 16. Cal Smith-33, 17. Tommy Malcolm-33, 18. Matt McCarthy (R)-32, 19. Brady Short-31, 20. Eddie Tafoya-30.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 1: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So Cal Showdown)
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS “SHOOTOUT AT CANYON” SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

March 27, 2017... This Saturday, April 1st, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the “Shootout at Canyon” at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the event will also showcase the IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Hobby Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and non-wing Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted fifty-one USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway Park is at the end of this release.

Heading to the fifth point race, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 29-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ Automotive RSS, Sussex won the March 18th feature at Arizona Speedway from ninth. In addition, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led. Stevie has eleven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Showdown at Canyon” trophy to his collection.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored third in the March 18th main event. At press time, the four-time champion has one heat race victory, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. R.J. leads all series drivers with forty-four victories and will have his sights on the Canyon Speedway Park triumph.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led the first 23 laps at San Tan Valley before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the five-time Arizona sprint car champion has three heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles has fourteen career series wins and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) is fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins placed sixth in the Arizona Speedway main event. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shon has one career USAC SouthWest victory and will have his sights on adding the “Showdown at Canyon” to his resume.

Landon Cling (Tempe, Arizona) sits fifth in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Cling charged to fourth at Arizona Speedway after starting seventh. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two fast time awards and one top-10 finish to his credit. Landon will be looking to make Saturday’s “Showdown at Canyon” his first USAC Sprint Car win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Nick Aiuto, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, Brent Yarnal, Cody Sickles, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Matt Rossi, 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. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Stevie Sussex.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-278, 2. R.J. Johnson-249, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-237, 4. Shon Deskins-224, 5. Landon Cling-190, 6. Dave Darland-169, 7. Ryan Bernal-160, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Mike Martin-142, 10. Nick Aiuto-134, 11. Andy Reinbold-131, 12. Tye Mihocko-124, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Jake Swanson-118, . Matt Lundy- 118, .Jeff Lowery-118, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 18. Chris Bonneau-105, 19. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 20. Brian Hosford-101.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DAVE STEELE, TWO-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP, PASSES AWAY AFTER FLORIDA SPRINT CRASH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Dave Steele, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion and one of the United States Auto Club's most accomplished drivers during the 1990s and 2000s, died Saturday night, March 25 after a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series-sanctioned event at Bradenton, Florida's Desoto Speedway. He was 42 years old.

Steele ranks 14th on USAC's national win list with 60 victories between 1996 and 2007. The Tampa, Florida native was dominant on the pavement tracks, which accounted for all 60 of his USAC National wins. Despite only competing in half the races, or less, on the schedule throughout most of his career, Steele's win totals rank in the top echelon of USAC's record book. His 16 Silver Crown wins are the third most all-time while his 26 Sprint Car victories rank 15th and his 18 Midget wins put him 35th on the list.

"It's hard to put the loss of Dave Steele into words," USAC series director Levi Jones stated. "He was a once-in-a-lifetime talent on the track, but even more impressive was the man, the dad and husband he was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

In both 2004 and 2005, Steele ran the full USAC Silver Crown schedule and would reach the pinnacle of the sport by capturing back-to-back series titles. Steele was victorious in three consecutive Silver Crown races during the summer of 2005 at Virginia's Richmond International Raceway, Colorado's Pikes Peak International Raceway and the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin. To this day, he is the last driver to accomplish that feat in a single season.

Steele burst onto the national scene when he relocated to the Midwest prior to the start of the 1996 season where he became an instant success. His first USAC National Sprint Car start at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas resulted in a complete sweep of the night's program after posting the fastest qualifying time, winning his heat and leading the final 14 laps to take his first career USAC victory.

From that point forward, Steele gained a reputation as the man to beat on the pavement. He won a staggering 12 USAC features at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1 Silver Crown, 6 Sprint, 4 Midget and 1 Midget special event) during his career. His first USAC National Midget win came during the "Night Before the 500" at the .686-mile oval in 1998. In 2002, Steele put on one of the most memorable performances in USAC history when he won two National Midget features in one night at IRP. After winning the first feature, Steele started the second event from the 22nd position. Quickly cutting his way through the field, Steele took the lead by lap 12 and, by the end of the 25-lap feature, was $50,000 richer. He remains the most recent driver to win two USAC National Midget points races in a single day.

Steele stands behind only Jack Hewitt and Brian Tyler on the USAC Silver Crown career win list. Yet, no driver has led more laps or owns more pavement wins (16) in the series than does Steele. The first of which came in the grand opening at the Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park in 1998, but it was the tricky one-mile Phoenix International Raceway that became Steele's personal ATM. Miraculously, he captured the Silver Crown portion of the "Copper World Classic" five consecutive years from 2002 to 2006! In addition, Steele scored a "Copper World" Midget feature victory in 2002, 2006 and 2007.

The accolades for Steele within USAC are nearly endless. He was a two-time winner of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2001 and 2003. He was a force on the Indiana high banks, winning eight Sprint features at Winchester Speedway and three times at Salem Speedway. He captured three Silver Crown races at Richmond, Va. in a four-year span between 2002 and 2005.

Steele won at least one race in all three of USAC's national divisions in the same season on six occasions (1998, 2001-2005), the most in club history. His last USAC-sanctioned victory came in the 2009 "Little 500" Sprint Car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, a grueling 500-lap event that he also won in 1996. Additionally, he was a five-time pole sitter for the race and finished in the runner-up spot in the two most recent editions in 2015 and 2016. The 2014 "Little 500" Hall of Fame inductee finished in the top-five in 10 of his 16 starts and led a total of 1,589 laps (third all-time).

Steele was a three-time Tampa Bay Area Racing Association Sprint Car champ in 2005, 2009 and 2013. He also made his way into other racing avenues with the Indy Racing League, where he made three starts in 1998, as well as NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series (now Xfinity Series) in which he made a pair of starts during the 2000 season.

USAC extends its heartfelt condolences to Dave Steele's family and friends.

Information on funeral services and where you can make contributions to the Steele family will be announced soon.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 25, 2016 - Durham, North Carolina - Orange County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-14.226; 2. Mick McFarland, 27, McFarland-14.370; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-14.381; 4. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-14.482; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-14.549; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-14.603; 7. Connor James Yonchuk, 99, Radical-14.603; 8. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-14.625; 9. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-14.815; 10. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-14.887; 11. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-14.897; 12. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.146; 13. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.189; 14. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-15.421.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Kyle Resco, 4. Mick McFarland, 5. Nolan Allison, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Jagger Parker, 8. Jake Trainor, 9. Connor James Yonchuk, 10. Jake Garcia, 11. Jake Smith, 12. Ben McFarland, 13. Chris Lamb, 14. Eric Lewis. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Lamb, Laps 8-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Kurtz-71, 2-Bean-70, 3-Resco-67, 4-M.McFarland-66, 5-Allison-58, 6-Hatfield-57, 7-Parker-52, 8-Trainor-50, 9-Yonchuk-46, 10-Garcia-43.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 15 - Hickory (NC) Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 25, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.385; 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.459; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.506; 4. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15,705; 5. Tristan Guardino,15T, Guardino-15.762; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.767; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.799; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.816; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.843; 10. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-15.858; 11. Dalton Hill, 81D, DD-15.908; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.984; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.019; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.328; 15. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.479; 16. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-16.583; 17. Danny Parish, 1K, Kruseman-17.111; 18. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-17.158; 19. Hobie Conway, 2KK, Kruseman-17.804; 20. Trenton Sparks, 3K, Kruseman-18.080; 21. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Swanson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley, 7. Conway. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Hill, 5. Parish, 6. Hix, 7. Sparks. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Timmons, 5. Butler, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Cody Majors, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Ryan Timmons, 9. Billy Butler, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Dalton Hill, 12. Trenton Sparks, 13. Danny Parish, 14. Tristan Guardino, 15. Jeff Sibley, 16. Jace Vander Weerd, 17. Steve Hix, 18. Steven Garris, 19. Hobie Conway, 20. Jay Ervine. NT

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**Stolz flipped during qualifications. Sibley flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Faria, Laps 29-30 Liggett.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (16th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 22 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Peter Murphy Classic”

 

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO PLACERVILLE MARCH 29TH
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 24, 2017... On Wednesday, March 29th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will tackle the Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown” will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 6:30pm with Racing to follow. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
Schoenfeld: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

While a fixture on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted three USAC Western States Midget shows. On October 11, 1996, “The Professor” Jimmy Sills raced to a popular victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Shane Golobic won the BCRA co-sanctioned race in 2013 and Ronnie Gardner won last year’s event.

After winning the March 11th Bakersfield season opener, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a slim three point lead over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner also earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Award. The defending four-time champion has 20 career series wins and will be looking to add another Placerville win to his resume.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott ran second at his hometown racetrack. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has one career series win and will have his sights on the Placerville victory.

Nic Faas (Huntington Beach, California) is third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25X Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Faas led the first five laps at Bakersfield before taking third at the checkered flags. With four career series triumphs, it is unknown if the 2008 Champion will compete at Placerville.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the championship standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Stealth, Guerrini raced to fourth at Bakersfield from twelfth. The 2015 BCRA Champion has one career USAC win and will be looking to gain valuable points by winning the “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown.”

“The Panda” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving his #1P Rex & Tracie / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Nichols rebounded from restarting at the back to claim fifth in the season opener. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first USAC Western Midget win at Placerville.

Currently ninth in points, Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Courtney Crone, J.J. Ercse, Randi Pankratz, Robert Dalby, C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Maria Cofer, Tyler Dolacki, David Prickett, Michael Faccinto, and more.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. All seating is reserved and tickets are $45. More ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.asp?p=741&backurl=default.asp. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-Jeff Heywood*, 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-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner.

PLACERVILLE SHORT TRACK OUTLAW SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2016-Ronnie Gardner.

PLACERVILLE LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Jimmy Sills.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-82, 2. Cory Elliott-79, 3. Nic Faas-77, 4. Frankie Guerrini-66, 5. Terry Nichols-64, 6. Courtney Crone-62, 7. J.J. Ercse-54, 8. Randi Pankratz-53, 9. Mason Daniel-51, 10. Chris Ennis-50, 11. Robert Dalby-49, 12. Clayton Ruston-42, 13. Matt Mitchell-40, 14. Austen Figueroa-39, . C.J. Sarna-39, . Shannon McQueen-39, 17. Maria Cofer-33, 18. Tyler Dolacki-31, 19. David Prickett-28, 20. Robby Josett-26, 21. Bryan Drollinger-25, 22. Ron Hazelton-24, 23. Michael Faccinto-13.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 29: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown)
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

DEFENDING WINNER C.J. LEARY AIMS FOR REPEAT SUCCESS IN APRIL 2ND SUMAR CLASSIC AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In May of 1997, back when C.J. Leary was just a year old, the Leary family reached USAC Silver Crown victory lane for the first time.

Chuck Leary, C.J.'s father, scored a prestigious win in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for his first and only career USAC National triumph. It may have just been a single victory, but oh, what a victory it was in the most-storied race on the series' calendar.

Zip forward nearly two decades later and the setting is slightly different, just a tad less than an hour and a half drive to the west from the Indy Mile to the Terre Haute Action Track where the Leary Construction No. 30 once again raced its way into the record books, this time with C.J., as he joined his dad as the first father/son duo to capture USAC Silver Crown series wins in their careers.

Not only was it meaningful to C.J. to become a USAC winner, he accomplished the feat with his dad as his spotter, making it an extra-special Sunday afternoon for the Leary family.

"Winning the 'Sumar Classic' is a huge accomplishment, especially for me being only 20-years-old and how hard 100-lap races are to win," Leary admitted. "Guys race their whole careers and may never win a Silver Crown event. It was definitely a special moment for my dad and I at Terre Haute last year. He spotted for me the whole race and kept me informed on where the rubber was on the track and kept me focused. We've come a long way as a father/son team. Not only is he my father, he's my best friend and it's really cool to be the first father/son to win a Silver Crown event."

Chuck himself made 37 Silver Crown starts in his career, along with 1995 series Rookie of the Year honors. C.J. took his father's experienced advice to heart and conserved early on as he kept pace with Justin Grant after starting outside the front row. The sunbaked surface provided a tricky set of circumstances for C.J., who was accustomed to running under the lights on the half-mile.

"All day, my car was extremely fast and I knew we were going to be competing for the win," Leary recalls. "Once we took the green flag, I just kept pace with Grant and I tried to be as easy on my tires as I could without losing much time to him. On the radio, my dad kept me from overdriving the car too early in the race. We had the yellow (flag) with 11 laps to go and, prior to the yellow, (Brady) Bacon and I battled for second. Bacon really helped me find the fastest line on the track. Once we went back green, Grant went straight back to the top and I went for the rubber. Once he missed the rubber, we were in the clear. The rubber on the track was just so much faster and I had already run down there and made adjustments to my shocks for the rubber. My dad kept telling me to hit my marks and stay in the rubber; Grant couldn't get past us."

It was quite a breakthrough performance for the Greenfield, Indiana driver who, one year earlier, had finished a close second to Shane Cockrum in the 2015 "Sumar Classic." Terre Haute has been one of those tracks that seems to be hit or miss for C.J., but in the Silver Crown car, it appears as if he and his crew have the place figured out.

"I don't know what it is, but our DRC Chassis just works really well on the half miles," Leary feels. "I feel like I do a really good job at conserving the racecar until the timing is right, then we make our move to the front. I'd say Terre Haute is one of my toughest tracks in the sprint car, but I make it look like my best track in the Silver Crown car."

There would be an encore performance in August of 2016 when C.J. captured his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, surpassing the hurdle that had stood in his way during his first five seasons. Now, C.J. has sights set on new heights and capturing those accomplishments that have eluded him thus far. Now just 20 years of age, future victory lane scenes could see a lot of C.J. Leary in them, especially a certain victory lane that would mean the world to he and his father.

"Last year had a lot of ups and downs for me," Leary acknowledged. "I drove for three different teams and had success with each of them, but I'm excited this season to be back in the family-owned No. 30 with new 1 Way Technologies power plants and Jeff Walker on the wrenches. We're obviously looking for a championship in the sprint car series and wins. I'd love to win back-to-back 'Sumar Classics,' but there isn't a race I want to win more on the schedule than the 'Hoosier Hundred.' It would be the 20-year anniversary of my dad winning it back in 1997."

Thirty-four drivers and cars have already been entered for the 17th running of the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track on Sunday, April 2, including former race winners Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary as well as Silver Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008) and Chris Windom (2016).

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 3pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15 while children age 10 and under are FREE! Adult grandstand tickets are $25. Fans will receive a free pit pass upgrade with an advanced general admission ticket purchase, which is good for passive pit entry after 3pm only. Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

Meanwhile, the 63rd "Hoosier Hundred" is just around the corner and will take place on Thursday, May 25 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The event is part of the "Week of Indy," which features three-straight nights of USAC racing leading up to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500: the "Tony Hulman Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on Wednesday, May 24, the "Hoosier Hundred" on Thursday, May 25 and the "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. for the USAC Silver Crown Championship on Friday, May 26. An advanced, discount "Superticket" for these three events can be purchased now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy.

 

 

HANFORD HOSTS SATURDAY'S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RUMBLE

By Lance Jennings

Fresh off two nights at Tulare, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are ready to clash at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Making their first of three appearances at the Hanford, California oval, the fifth point race will also feature the Western Racesaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track's website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

Heading into Saturday's event, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last year, Vander Weerd scored two Hanford victories and Brody Roa took the checkered flags on June 26th. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

After winning three out of four point races, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has a 45-point advantage over the competition. Racing Keith Ford's #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Bernal ran third and first at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with 30 series wins and is a favorite to watch.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson set a new track record and ran first and third at Tulare. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature wins and will be looking to add Hanford to his resume.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored two fifth place finishes at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 Champion has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd ranks second on the series win list with 19 triumphs and will have his sights on another Hanford victory.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace claimed second and seventh at Tulare. At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking for his ninth career triumph.

"The Human Highlight Reel" Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder's #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign placed second and fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion has posted one heat race victory, one semi-main win, and two top-10 finishes on the year. Geoff has one career series win and will have his sights on a Hanford triumph.

Currently twenty-first in points, Steve Hix (Ventura, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Garris (Escalon, California) and Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Cody Majors, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Jay Ervine, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Garrett Long, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $18, Student and Senior tickets are $15, 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.

 

 

LARGEST SUMAR CLASSIC FIELD IN TWO DECADES EXPECTED AT TERRE HAUTE APRIL 2ND!

The largest car count for the "Sumar Classic" in nearly two decades is expected for the USAC Silver Crown season opener Sunday, April 2 at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

Thirty-three drivers and cars are on the list of expected competitors for this year's 100-lap showdown on the famed half-mile dirt oval. The list includes some of the most decorated racers in USAC history as well as one of the strongest fields seen in several seasons.

USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. is entered for the event along with additional past Terre Haute Silver Crown victors Bud Kaeding (2006), Kody Swanson (2014), Shane Cockrum (2015) and defending winner C.J. Leary, who continued a streak of different "Sumar" winners last April that dates back to 1999.

Defending Silver Crown champion Chris Windom begins his title defense with the return of Kazmark Racing, who is fielding a car in the series for the first time since 2001. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon eyes the addition of one of the few missing pieces to his racing resume: a victory in the Silver Crown series. Five-time and defending USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car titlist Damion Gardner plans to make his first Silver Crown feature start since 2008.

Past Silver Crown series winners also make up the bulk of the "Sumar" driver lineup, including Aaron Pierce, David Byrne and Shane Cottle.

The event, which debuted with Donnie Beechler's 1995 score, could see some history made as the expected turnout will likely result in the first qualifying race for the series since the 2008 "4-Crown Nationals" at Ohio's Eldora Speedway. The qualifying race will be 15 laps, with the top-8 finishers transferring to the final four rows of the 24-car main event.

The first ever Silver Crown event held at Terre Haute was in 1980 when Gary Bettenhausen drove the Delrose-Holt Racing machine to the victory. This will be the 17th edition of the "Sumar Classic."

Pit gates open at 1pm while the grandstands open at 2pm. Silver Crown hot laps begin at 3:30pm with Silver Crown qualifying pushing off at 4:40pm. Racing begins at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the "Sumar Classic" can be purchased now at http://www.usactickets.com/. Adult infield tickets start at just $15! Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while children age 11 and under are FREE! Pit Passes are $30 for USAC/UMP Members and $35 for non-members.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN, 47807.

For fans who are unable to make the trip in-person, the "Sumar Classic" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

"SUMAR CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN
08 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL
6 DAMION GARDNER/Corona, CA
7 DAVID SHAIN/Sullivan, IL
14 ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL
18 KENNY GENTRY/Henderson, KY
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA
32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
42 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
54 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO
92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL
97 BUD KAEDING/Campbell, CA
99 KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL
118 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN
120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO
201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN
TBA JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

 

 

HANFORD HOSTS USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RUMBLE
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2017... Fresh off two nights at Tulare, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are ready to clash at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Making their first of three appearances at the Hanford, California oval, the fifth point race will also feature the Western Racesaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Stock Cars, and Mini Stocks. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-four USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last year, Vander Weerd scored two Hanford victories and Brody Roa took the checkered flags on June 26th. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

After winning three out of four point races, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has a 45-point advantage over the competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Bernal ran third and first at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with 30 series wins and is a favorite to watch.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson set a new track record and ran first and third at Tulare. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led to his credit. Jake has two career USAC West Coast feature wins and will be looking to add Hanford to his resume.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored two fifth place finishes at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 Champion has three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Vander Weerd ranks second on the series win list with 19 triumphs and will have his sights on another Hanford victory.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is currently fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace claimed second and seventh at Tulare. At press time, the 2010 USAC/CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking for his ninth career triumph.

“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign (Sebastopol, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting Ted Finkenbinder’s #3 Western Industrial X-Ray Eagle, Ensign placed second and fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2011 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car Champion has posted one heat race victory, one semi-main win, and two top-10 finishes on the year. Geoff has one career series win and will have his sights on a Hanford triumph.

Currently twenty-first in points, Steve Hix (Ventura, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steven Garris (Escalon, California) and Brandon Wiley (Santa Maria, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Cody Majors, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jeff Sibley, Jay Ervine, Ryan Timmons, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Garrett Long, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $18, Student and Senior tickets are $15, 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, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
3-Ryan Bernal, 1-Jake Swanson.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
9-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-317, 2. Jake Swanson-272, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-241, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-216, 5. Geoff Ensign-172, 6. Tristan Guardino-164, 7. Tye Mihocko-158, 8. Brady Bacon-148, 9. Austin Liggett-138, 10. Cody Majors-137, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-132, --. Stevie Sussex-132, 13. Brody Roa-123, 14. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 15. R.J. Johnson-106, 16. Jeff Sibley-103, 17. Jay Ervine-97, 18. Shon Deskins-96, 19. Brady Short-95, --. Ryan Timmons-95.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGETS MAKE DURHAM DEBUT SATURDAY; WESTERN DIRT RETURNS SUNDAY TO CHOWCHILLA

USAC Speed2 Midgets compete on both the East and West coasts this weekend. The Eastern series debuts Saturday at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C., while the Western series returns to the dirt at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway Sunday.

Chris Lamb won the 2016 USAC Eastern title and Jesse Love IV is the 2017 USAC Western US Dirt leader after winning at Chowchilla on March 12.

Toni Breidinger, of Hillsborough, Calif., is now the all-time leader in terms of USAC feature victories by a female after leading all 30 laps of Saturday night's race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The win was her 10th, breaking a tie with Ashley Hazelton. Jesse Love IV was second ahead of Adam Lemke, Tom Paterson and Annie Breidinger.

The USAC Western US Pavement Midget Series resumes April 1 at Madera.

2017 USAC Speed2 Western US Dirt Midget Series Standings: 1-Jesse Love IV-78, 2-Annie Breidinger-74. 3-Tom Paterson-72, 4-Antonia Boscacci-67, 5-Adam Lemke-65, 6-Blake Brannon-60, 7-Jeremy Speck-58.

2017 USAC Speed2 Western US Pavement Midget Series Standings: 1-Toni Breidinger-84, 2-Jesse Love IV-78, 3-Adam Lemke-72, 4-Tom Paterson-66, 5-Annie Breidinger-66, 6-Antonia Boscacci-64, 7-Cody Jessop-59, 8-Blake Brannon-57, 9-Joey Iest-53.

2017 USAC Speed2 Western US Overall Midget Series Standings: 1-Jesse Love IV-156, 2-Annie Breidinger-140, 3-Tom Paterson-138, 4-Adam Lemke-137, 5-Antonia Boscacci-131, 6-Blake Brannon-117, 7-Toni Breidinger-84, 8-Cody Jessop-59, 9-Jeremy Speck-58, 10-Joey Iest-53.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

March 18, 2017 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.582; 2. Cody Jessop, 00J, Jessop-14.840; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.843; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44B, Love-14.860; 5. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.889; 6. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.948; 7. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.044; 8. Blake Brannon, 60, Brannon-15.278; 9. Joey Iest 11, Iest-15.314.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. T. Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Paterson, 5. Iest. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jessop, 2. Lemke, 3. Boscacci, 4. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Annie Breidinger, 5. Antonia Boscacci, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Joey Iest, 8. Cody Jessop. NT (Adam Lemke car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection). -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-84, 2-Love-78, 3-Lemke-72, 4-Paterson-69, 5-A.Breidinger-69, 6-Boscacci-67, 7-Jessop-62, 8-Brannon-60, 9-Iest-56, 9-Lemke-18,

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-156, 2-A.Breidinger-143, 3-Paterson-141, 5-Boscacci-134, 6-Brannon-120, 7-T.Breidinger-84, 4-Lemke-83, 8-Jessop-62, 9-Jeremy Speck-58, 10-Iest-56.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE: April 1 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

GRANT GETS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN #1 AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Thus far, USAC's 2017 season has already become the year of Justin Grant.

The record books were rewritten in Saturday night's "Shamrock Classic" USAC Midget National Championship season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center as Grant became the first driver in the 62-year history of the organization to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.

Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position: sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series. It's a remarkable accomplishment for Grant, a driver who readily admits that his racing career was floundering less than a year ago.

"Last summer, I was sitting on the couch," Grant recalls. "I wasn't doing much racing. I couldn't beg my way into a racecar. From then 'til now, it's just incredible. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up from a dream and it's not going to be real."

The dream is now reality for the 26-year-old Grant as he gladly accepted a fortuitous bout of Irish luck with 17 laps remaining when Christopher Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as the lapped cars of Korey Weyant and Chris Andrews tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four. Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape.

Just moments before, second-running Grant had decided to take his shot at Bell and the race lead. Just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart.

"It was just kind of a chance deal," Grant believes. "I'd been kind of shadowing him, waiting and waiting for lapped traffic to try and take a shot at him. I thought the top was slowing down enough that I could maybe make a move on the bottom if he caught some lapped traffic on the top. As soon as we caught that pack of cars on the top, I dove to the bottom in turn three to try and take a shot and capitalize. It just happened to work out for me with those guys crashing right in front of him. I don't know why I picked that lap to do it or why it worked out that way, but I'll take it."

On the lap 34 restart, a new, but familiar member joined the fray at the front of the field in the name of defending "Shamrock Classic" winner Shane Golobic.

Golobic, originally beginning the 50-lap feature from the 14th spot, busted his way from fifth to second in quick fashion when action resumed. Soon enough, Golobic was right on the tail of Grant for the lead with 12 laps to go until clipping the berm on the inside of turn two. That dropped Golobic back a bit as Grant began to create a bit of separation between he and his CMR teammate.

In the final five circuits, Golobic had reeled Grant in as the two weaved their way through the tail-end of the field. The two dipped and dove between the lapped cars of Weyant and Daniel Adler as the pair threaded through the eye of a needle in a game of racing limbo to see who could be the first to get the lowest on the racing surface.

"I caught sight of Shane (Golobic) off the middle of (turns) three and four. I kind of got a run back around him off the cushion of (turn) four. I knew he started real deep and if he'd come from that far back on the bottom, I knew I needed to get back to the bottom in a hurry. I had just enough to get back by him off (turn) four and shut him down on the bottom getting into (turn) one. From there on out, it's about not missing the bottom and not getting caught up on the berm. Once it started laying rubber, I knew if I didn't get out of the rubber, he wasn't going to be able to get by me. Catching lapped cars and rubber is highly frustrating. You can't get out of it to get around him and they're not going to get out of it. You just have to settle in, follow, stay in it and hope you're not a sitting duck."

Grant never flinched an inch as Golobic swarmed Grant's tail tank coming to the checkered flag to no avail, providing Grant his first career USAC National Midget victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over Golobic, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brady Bacon and Brent Beauchamp.

"They're (Clauson-Marshall Racing) racecars are fast. They were fast at the Chili Bowl. They're fast here. They've clearly got this place figured out. I've been racing a long time now and I've never been this quick. It's obviously the car I'm sitting in. Tim and Tyler do such a good job. They're so good at what they do and it's such a pleasure to drive for them." Shamrock Classic winner Justin Grant

The spirit of Bryan Clauson was prominent throughout the event, which was promoted by Bryan's fiancée Lauren Stewart. The winner's share of the purse was $3900 in honor of Bryan who drove the No. 39 to consecutive USAC National Midget titles in 2010 and 2011. Grant's drive was reminiscent of Bryan's magnificence throughout the years as he piloted Bryan's father's, Tim Clauson's, car to victory lane Saturday night.

The combination of the Southern Illinois Center, plus Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the wrenches has proven to be an unstoppable equation since the first USAC-sanctioned midget race at the one-sixth-mile indoor oval in December of 2015. Since then, the pairing has earned four-straight victories with four different drivers: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and, the latest, Justin Grant.

"They're racecars are fast," Grant exclaimed. "They were fast at the Chili Bowl. They're fast here. They've clearly got this place figured out. I've been racing a long time now and I've never been this quick. It's obviously the car I'm sitting in. Tim and Tyler do such a good job. They're so good at what they do and it's such a pleasure to drive for them."

Shane Golobic has yet to finish outside the top-two in his three Southern Illinois appearances since his inaugural "Shamrock Classic" victory in March of 2016. On Saturday night, he collected a close second behind his teammate in his Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"I don't know if it's me who's got this place figured out or if it's the team. I'm thinking it's the team," a humble Golobic said. "The team's won the last four here and I've finished second the last two times and won the time before that. This team's obviously got this place figured out and it's made it very easy for me to get the track figured out. I think if we could've gotten a little further up on Justin before he changed lanes, it might've been a different story. He switched lanes at just the right time just like the veteran that he is. If I'm going to be beaten by anybody, I'm glad it's by a teammate."

"I kind of had the bottom figured out," Golobic continued. "I was catching a little bit of rubber on the bottom. As I was reeling Justin (Grant) in, I really just needed to get to the point where I could get wheel-to-wheel with him. I just couldn't quite get there. If he wasn't my teammate, I might have had a little different mindset getting into (turn) three when he shut the door down there. I might've shoved the car in there a little bit harder, but I lifted and hoped to get another opportunity in traffic. That opportunity never showed up; Justin never made a mistake."

Jerry Coons, Jr. equaled his best finish of a year ago at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks with a third-place run Saturday night in his Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota.

"I started off the race a little too tight on the right rear," Coons explained. "It kind of came to us and got better midway through the race. I thought we were pretty good until the early yellow came out and we got smoked on the bottom. I went down there, it was a little free and I made a bunch of adjustments on the shocks. Then, the rubber really started laying down and I got too tight. I was going back on the shock adjustment. The car was really good all throughout the night. Hopefully, we can go on to the next one and keep piling up top-threes.

Contingency award winners include Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Billy Wease (CSI Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Christopher Bell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher Winner).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Tim Siner (#15 Siner-Cyliax), 7. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall-Wood), 8. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 9. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 2. Josh Most (#92M Most), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker-Boat), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Kyle Cummins (#5 Briscoe), 9. David Budres (#31 Manic). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Derek Hagar (#9jr Hagar-Proctor), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Kellen Conover (#2 Baue). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry-Goff), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#11B B & B), 3. Jeff Zelinski (#68 SFH), 4. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Cole Fehr (#15F Live Loud). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Grogan), 4. Daniel Adler (#50A Adler), 5. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 6. Mitchell Davis (#15s Morgan), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Pollock), 8. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 3. Korey Weyant (#9 Allen), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Baue (#35 Baue), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k Kunz), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dave Darland (#11 Gray).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Schuett, 4. Cummins. 5. Budres, 6. Fehr, 7. Bell, 8. Chapple. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Coons, 3. Most, 4. Malpocker, 5. Andrews, 6. Bacon, 7. R.Robinson, 8. Davis, 9. Zelinski, 10. Baue. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Wease, 2. Miller, 3. Thorson, 4. DiMattia, 5. Neuman, 6. Bayston, 7. Nelson, 8. Morgan, 9. Veatch, 10. Lynch. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Weyant, 3. Roney, 4. Adler, 5. Peck, 6. Shelton, 7. Urish, 8. Chisholm, 9. Babb, 10. Siner. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Walker, 3. Golobic, 4. Cottle, 5. Boat, 6. Schudy, 7. Thomas, 8. Carrick, 9. D,Robinson, 10. Hagar. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Adler, 3. Andrews, 4. Chisholm, 5. Malpocker, 6. Boat, 7. Hagar, 8. Schuett, 9. Lynch, 10. Courtney, 11. Veatch, 12. Zelinski, 13. Davis, 14. Thomas, 15. Schudy, 16. Nelson. NT

B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Miller, 3. Bayston, 4. Peck, 5. Siner, 6. R.Robinson, 7. Babb, 8. Bright, 9. Morgan, 10. Cummins, 11. Urish, 12. DiMattia, 13. Carrick, 14. Shelton, 15. D.Robinson, 16. Baue. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT ---------------------------- **Conover flipped during the third heat. Fehr flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-33 Bell, Laps 34-50 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S TRAILERS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-2nd)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-70, 2-Golobic-67, 3-Coons-64, 4-Bacon-61, 5-Bayston-39, 6-Walker-37, 7-Carrick-35, 8-Boat-29, 9-Thorson-23, 10-Darland-10.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 7-8 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 18, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.576; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.631; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.677; 4. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-16.712; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.748; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.911; 7. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.966; 8. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.087; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.130; 10. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.209; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.337; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.499; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.587; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-17.633; 15. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.636; 16. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.706; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.730; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.740; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.048; 20. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-18.336; 21. Garrett Long, 38, Long-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Ensign, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. McQueen, 7. Richardson. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Mihocko, 3. Swanson, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine, 7. Hix. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Smith, 5. Sibley, 6. Shaw, 7. Long. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Cody Majors, 9. Steven Garris, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Trista Guardino, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Jay Ervine, 16. Garrett Long, 17. Steve Hix, 18. Jim Richardson, 19. Ryan Stolz, 20. Kyle Smith, 21. Brandon Wiley. NT

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**Smith, Wiley, and Long flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 3-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (8th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 25 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 18, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.576; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.631; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.677; 4. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-16.712; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.748; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.911; 7. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.966; 8. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.087; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.130; 10. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.209; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.337; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.499; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.587; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-17.633; 15. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.636; 16. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.706; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.730; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.740; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.048; 20. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-18.336; 21. Garrett Long, 38, Long-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Ensign, 4. Majors, 5. Garris, 6. McQueen, 7. Richardson. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Mihocko, 3. Swanson, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine, 7. Hix. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Faria, 4. Smith, 5. Sibley, 6. Shaw, 7. Long. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Cody Majors, 9. Steven Garris, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Trista Guardino, 13. Jeff Sibley, 14. Koen Shaw, 15. Jay Ervine, 16. Garrett Long, 17. Steve Hix, 18. Jim Richardson, 19. Ryan Stolz, 20. Kyle Smith, 21. Brandon Wiley. NT

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**Smith, Wiley, and Long flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 3-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (8th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 25 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 18, 2017 - DuQuoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Tim Siner (#15 Siner-Cyliax), 7. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall/Wood), 8. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 9. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell). NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 2. Josh Most (#92M Most), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker-Boat), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Kyle Cummins (#5 Briscoe), 9. David Budres (#31 Manic). NT
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Derek Hagar (#9jr Hagar-Proctor), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Kellen Conover (#2 Baue). NT
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry-Goff), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#11B B & B), 3. Jeff Zelinski (#68 SFH), 4. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Cole Fehr (#15F Live Loud). NT
FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 2. Brady Bacon (#76M FMR), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Grogan), 4. Daniel Adler (#50A Adler), 5. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 6. Mitchell Davis (#15s Morgan), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Pollock), 8. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett). NT
SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 3. Korey Weyant (#9 Allen), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Baue (#35 Baue), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k Kunz), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dave Darland (#11 Gray).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Schuett, 4. Cummins. 5. Budres, 6. Fehr, 7. Bell, 8. Chapple. NT


FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Coons, 3. Most, 4. Malpocker, 5. Andrews, 6. Bacon, 7. R.Robinson, 8. Davis, 9. Zelinski, 10. Baue. NT
SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Wease, 2. Miller, 3. Thorson, 4. DiMattia, 5. Neuman, 6. Bayston, 7. Nelson, 8. Morgan, 9. Veatch, 10. Lynch. NT
THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Weyant, 3. Roney, 4. Adler, 5. Peck, 6. Shelton, 7. Urish, 8. Chisholm, 9. Babb, 10. Siner. NT
FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Walker, 3. Golobic, 4. Cottle, 5. Boat, 6. Schudy, 7. Thomas, 8. Carrick, 9. D,Robinson, 10. Hagar. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Adler, 3. Andrews, 4. Chisholm, 5. Malpocker, 6. Boat, 7. Hagar, 8. Schuett, 9. Lynch, 10. Courtney, 11. Veatch, 12. Zelinski, 13. Davis, 14. Thomas, 15. Schudy, 16. Nelson. NT
B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Miller, 3. Bayston, 4. Peck, 5. Siner, 6. R.Robinson, 7. Babb, 8. Bright, 9. Morgan, 10. Cummins, 11. Urish, 12. DiMattia, 13. Carrick, 14. Shelton, 15. D.Robinson, 16. Baue. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT
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**Conover flipped during the third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-33 Bell, Laps 34-50 Grant.

ELLIOTT'S TRAILERS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-2nd)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-70, 2Golobic-67, 3-Coons-64, 4-Bacon-61, 5-Bayston-39, 6-Walker-37, 7-Carrick-35, 8-Boat-29, 9-Thorson-23, 10-Darland-10.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 7-8 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 17, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.984 (New Track Record); 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.224; 3. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.312; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.326; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.363; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.557; 7. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-15.673; 8. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-15.702; 9. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-15.755; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.777; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.782; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.895; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-15.902; 14. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.942; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-16.038; 16. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.176; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.186; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-16.460; 19. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-16.585; 20. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.962; 21. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson, 4. Nelson, 5. Wiley, 6. Garris, 7. Ervine. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Liggett, 3. Mihocko, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. McQueen, 6. Richardson, 7. Hix. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Faria, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Stolz, 5. Shaw, 6. Timmons, 7. Sibley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Geoff Ensign, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Cody Majors, 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Brandon Wiley, 10. Tristan Guardino, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Jay Ervine, 13. Steven Garris, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 16. Tye Mihocko, 17. Shannon McQueen, 18. Ryan Stolz, 19. Jim Richardson, 20. Jeff Sibley, 21. Ryan Timmons. NT

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**Timmons flipped during the third heat. Nelson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Faria, Laps 7-13 Bernal, Laps 14-30 Swanson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Steve Hix (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 18 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" Just Over Two Months Away Huge Discount Available Via Superticket

For the second straight year, USAC and Track Enterprises have combined forces for "The Week Of Indy", three big events leading up to the Indy 500. This year's events will be Wednesday-Friday, May 24-26. The three night show features open wheel cars from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars. The events will be held at the Terre Haute Action Track, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Just announced, a superticket, which gives fans a 25% discount if they attend all three events.

USAC's "The Week Of Indy" begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, May 24. The Tony Hulman Classic will feature the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the Scott's Custom Colors UMP Dirtcar Modifieds. Last year's sprint car event was won by Robert Ballou, while Brian Shaw claimed the Modified win.

Terre Haute pits are scheduled to open at 3:00, grandstands at 5:00, hotlaps at 6:00, and racing action is scheduled to begin at 7:30. General admission tickets for the Tony Hulman Classic will be sold at the gate for $25 on raceday. Infield tickets are also available for $15, while children 10 and under are free.

On Thursday, May 25, fans will make the short trek to the east and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the 63rd running of the Hoosier Hundred. The 100-mile race features the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and, new this year, the Mid-American Stock Car Series. Not only does the Hoosier Hundred have a rich history, the Mid-American Stock Car competitors are looking forward to their first visit at the huge event. In Silver Crown, a strong pack of challengers will try to dethrone Kody Swanson, who has won the last three Hoosier Hundreds.

Hoosier Hundred pit gates will open at 12:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps start at 5:00, racing begins for Mid-Am at 7:00, with the Hoosier 100 scheduled for an 8:00 green flag. Reserved seating is available for the Hoosier Hundred by calling the Track Enterprises office, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, or through Ticketmaster. Reserved seats for adults are being sold for $25 presale or $30 at the gate. Infield tickets will be available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and under.

The final event of the Track Enterprises promotion is on Friday, May 26 at Lucas Oil Raceway. For the second time, the USAC Silver Crown Series will be running at the Brownsburg, IN complex on Friday in an event that will be known as the Carb Night Classic...The Race Before The 500. For years, the event was held on Saturday, which created a split in fans and drivers with the Little 500 going on the same day. Starting last year, the event was held on Friday and with great success. The Carb Night Classic will also feature action from the Mid-American Stock Car Series, which will be doing the double with the Silver Crown cars.

Lucas Oil Raceway pits will open at 12:00, grandstands at 2:45, with on track activity beginning at 3:15. Qualifying starts with Mid Am at 5:00 while their feature will be run at 6:30. Green is scheduled to drop on the Carb Night Classic at 8:15. General admission tickets will be available at the gate for $25 on raceday.

A great deal is available for those who don't want to miss a single lap of "The Week Of Indy". A Superticket is being sold for a savings of 25% off of the regular three day prices. For just $60, a savings of $20, a fan will receive general admission at Terre Haute and Lucas Oil Raceway as well as a reserved seat for the Hoosier Hundred. To purchase a Superticket, visit https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-week-of-indy or call 217-764-3200.

For more information on any of the events, visit www.trackenterprises.com, www.usacracing.com, or call the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

About Track Enterprises:

Track Enterprises is a racing promotion company that oversees popular events that feature top touring series like the ARCA Racing Series, USAC Racing, Dirtcar UMP, POWRi Racing, All Star Circuit Of Champions, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, CRA, Southern Super Series, and more. The company also oversees all racing promotions at Macon Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, and the Terre Haute Action Track.

For more information on the upcoming racing schedule, visit www.trackenterprises.com, like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrackEnterprises, or call the office at 217-764-3200.

 

 

THORSON EYES REPEAT OF USAC MIDGET TITLE SEASON IN 2017

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In the 61-year history of the United States Auto Club, repeating as a national series champion has proven to be one of the ultimate litmus tests of determining the greats in the sport. Though, certainly not unprecedented in the history of the series, the list of drivers who have repeated as a USAC National Midget is chock full of drivers who defined their eras.

In 2017, Tanner Thorson has an opportunity to take a big step toward joining that list that includes a variety of established hall of famers and future hall of famers, among them are Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies, Mike McGreevy, Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Jason Leffler, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and the most recent back-to-back series champ Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011.

Thorson will begin his fifth season with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in 2017 this Saturday, March 18 at the second running of the "Shamrock Classic," held indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. As the most experienced member of the team, Thorson has seen much of what the series calendar has to offer, which lends an advantage to the Minden, Nevada driver. Yet, with a stacked field of competitors returning for a title run this season, the competition will be stiff and the challenge grand in becoming the 12th driver to accomplish the feat.

"I think the biggest challenge of repeating a USAC championship is the stiff competition," Thorson explained. "You have so many great cars and teams, it makes everything you do a little more tricky."

There isn't an ounce of exaggeration when Thorson explains the tests he will face at each event in 2017, with drivers like his teammate Spencer Bayston as well as Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr., plus the Clauson/Marshall Racing lineup of Tyler Courtney, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant, in addition to numerous other challengers that make this the deepest lineup from top-to-bottom in the USAC Midget National Championship in a number of years.

"I think the competition this year is awesome and it will be great for the sport," Thorson said. "All of those guys will be tough this year. Bacon and Boat were always right there. I think those two guys are going to come back even stronger this year."

With his experience, Thorson is looked to as a leader by teammates Bayston, Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton and Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Carrick. Though, it is not simply a process of strapping into the seat and standing on the gas that gets a driver to victory lane. It takes a team effort, and over the past several seasons, no team has consistently run up front more than the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team.

"The people you are surrounded by are huge in everything you do in racing," Thorson acknowledged. "Having a good team at the track is huge, but I think having a good team at the shop is more important. We all get along pretty well, yet we all have our own beliefs and think differently on things, but that all comes from being in competition with each other. We are all teammates, but there comes a point when you do what's best for yourself and that goes for all of us. We all want to win!"

The quest for Thorson begins this Saturday on the indoor bullring in Du Quoin. Thorson has found success under the roof at the "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" in recent years, including a fourth-place finish in the Saturday night A-Main in Tulsa, Okla. two months ago. The challenges are aplenty, but Thorson is up to the task.

"The biggest challenge of indoor racing compared to the rest of them are that usually the tracks are smaller, which makes almost everyone somewhat fast," Thorson said. "There is absolutely no room for mistakes, and if you do make a mistake, you know the rest of the field is right there."

Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 1pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm while hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm. Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

Purchase your reserved seats now at http://www.usactickets.com/.

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 14, 2017... After two successful nights at Las Vegas, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, March 18th, at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the fourth point race will also feature Pure Stocks, Modlites, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. 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.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-five USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events have been held at the San Tan Valley oval. Four-time champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen victories and Johnson (4), Stevie Sussex (2), Brady Bacon (1), and Chris Windom (1) celebrated wins at Arizona Speedway last season.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a 28-point advantage over the competition. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS, Sussex placed fourth and fifth at the “FVP Outlaw Showdown.” To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the season. Sussex has ten career SouthWest wins and will be looking to extend his lead with a win at Arizona Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored seventh and twelfth at Las Vegas. To date, the four-time champion has posted one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and two top-10 finishes. On Saturday, the second generation driver will have his sights on his series leading forty-fifth victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the championship point chase. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis placed fifth and nineteenth in the “FVP Outlaw Showdown.” At press time, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car champion has two heat race victories, two top-10 finishes, and 1 feature lap led on the year. “Chargin” Charles has fourteen career SouthWest wins and will be looking gain valuable points with a Saturday night triumph.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) is fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Eagle, Darland ran tenth and fourteenth at Las Vegas. To date, the former USAC National Champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the season. On Saturday, the “Steve Stroud Memorial” winner is scheduled to race a USAC National Midget in DuQuoin, Illinois.

Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Aluminum Wheels ART, Bernal won both main events at Las Vegas. The two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Champion has also posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, two top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the year. With six career SouthWest feature wins, Ryan will skip Saturday’s event at San Tan Valley to race in California.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shon Deskins, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Landon Cling, Nick Aiuto, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Andy Reinbold, Matt Lundy, Jeff Lowery, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Matt Rossi, Michael Curtis and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. 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 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Dave Darland.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-202, 2. R.J. Johnson-174, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-170, 4. Dave Darland-169, 5. Ryan Bernal-160, 6. Shon Deskins-159, 7. Brady Bacon-148, 8. Tye Mihocko-124, 9. Brody Roa-123, 10. Landon Cling-122, 11. Jake Swanson-118, 12. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 13. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 14. Brady Short-95, 15. Trey Marcham-88, .Nick Aiuto-88, 17. Mike Martin-86,. Troy Rutherford-86, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-79, 20. Andy Reinbold-75.

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE TULARE FOR FRIDAY-SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 14, 2017... After two successful nights at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday (March 17) and Saturday (March 18) at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The non-wing sprints will tackle the lightning fast 1/3-mile clay oval with the famed World of Outlaw Sprint Cars. The Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars will join the Friday card and the IMCA Sport Mods will join Saturday’s showcase. The front gates will open at 4:00pm on both nights, time trials 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.

NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Heading into Friday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted thirty-three USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with eleven victories and Richard Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.014, set on April 23, 2016. Last season, D.J. Johnson (twice), Austin Liggett, Bernal, and Troy Rutherford celebrated wins at the Tulare oval. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning both nights at Las Vegas, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) sits atop the point standings. Racing Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal jumped into a backup car and won the Friday show from twenty-second. To date, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has also posted one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and 22 feature laps led. Ryan leads all drivers with 29 West Coast triumphs and is always a threat win.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) is second in the West Coast standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Naturipe / Edgewater Construction XXX, Bacon ran third and second at Las Vegas. The USAC National Sprint Car Champion also recorded one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and 12 feature laps led. Brady has two series win to his credit and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks third in the championship point chase. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS, Sussex placed fourth and fifth at Las Vegas. The USAC SouthWest series regular has one West Coast victory and is expected to compete in San Tan Valley, Arizona this weekend.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing Steve Watt’s #81X Maxwell Industries / Baldozier Racing CS9, Roa ran ninth and third at Las Vegas. The defending series champion has also earned one heat race victory on the young season. Brody has three West Coast victories and it is unknown if he will be in action at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the West Coast point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson placed eighth and sixth at Las Vegas. The USAC/CRA regular has also posted one heat race victory on the season. Jake has one career West Coast victory and it is unknown if he will compete at Tulare.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Trey Marcham, Troy Rutherford, Jace Vander Weerd, Ryan Timmons, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Ryan Stolz, Steve Hix, Jay Ervine, 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. Friday Grandstand Tickets are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED. Saturday Grandstand Tickets are $50 and, Bleacher Seats are $45. 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, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
2-Ryan Bernal.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
11-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-160, 2. Brady Bacon-148, 3. Stevie Sussex-132, 4. Brody Roa-123, 5. Jake Swanson-118, 6. Joe Stornetta Jr.-113, 7. Richard Vander Weerd-107, 8. R.J. Johnson-106, 9. Shon Deskins-96, 10. Brady Short-95, 11. Landon Cling-94, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-93, Dave Darland-93, 14. Trey Marcham-88, 15. Troy Rutherford-86, 16. Jace Vander Weerd-79, 17. Tye Mihocko-71, 18. Ryan Timmons-69, 19. Tristan Guardino-66, 20. Dylan Westbrook-61, 21. Jeff Sibley-47, 22. Jeff Lowery-34, 23. Nick Aiuto-32, 24. Matt Lundy-28, 25. Danny Faria Jr.-27, Geoff Ensign-27, 27. Bobby Marcum-20, Bruce St. James-20, Cody Majors-20, Ryan Stolz-20, Mark Ferrara-20, Steve Hix-20, Jay Ervine-20, Larry Kesterson-20, Mike Martin-20, Andy Reinbold-20, 37. Matt Rossi-10, Chris Bonneau-10.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CLAUSON-MARSHALL RACING ANNOUNCES 2017 USAC MIDGET LINEUP AND PARTNERSHIP WITH DRIVEN2SAVELIVES

Clauson-Marshall Racing has announced a star-studded three-man lineup that consists of USAC winning drivers currently at the top of their game - Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant - to compete for a USAC Midget National Championship in 2017.

The first destination on the road to a championship begins March 18 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the second running of the "Shamrock Classic." It's a place that's been very kind to the CMR team's top wrenches, Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom, under USAC sanction. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won under the Bryan Clauson Racing banner at Du Quoin in December of 2015 while Courtney captured the "Junior Knepper 55" in December 2016 during his first ride in the CMR car.

Last March's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" saw Fremont, California's Shane Golobic take the lead just past the halfway point of the 50-lapper on his way to picking up his first career USAC National Midget feature score. The 25-year-old Golobic is no stranger to the team as he has won a number of sprint car and midget races under the tutelage of Tim Clauson over the years. In 2017, Golobic will be behind the wheel of the Elk Grove Ford/Driven 2 Save Lives machine as he chases the series title for the first time.

"I am excited and thankful for a full season behind the wheel of the Matt Wood Racing/Clauson Marshall No. 17w," an appreciative Golobic stated. "I enjoy racing with Matt, Tim, Tyler and the rest of the CMR team and I have no doubt that we will be very successful in 2017."

Twenty-two-year-old Courtney's first start for CMR was one he'll never forget as he raced to victory in the "Knepper 55" USAC Midget "Special Event" at Du Quoin just less than three months ago. His follow-up performance during a "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" preliminary night in January ended in the same result - celebrating in victory lane with the CMR crew. "Sunshine," as he is affectionately known, assumes control of the Driven 2 Save Lives #7BC for 2017.

"I'm really excited to contend for my first national midget championship this season," Courtney exclaimed. "We've got a solid group of guys with a lot of momentum on our side from the winter season that hopefully transcends into this season. I feel it's going to be a great year. I've got two really good teammates and one really solid team."

Ione, California's Justin Grant seized the moment the first time he had an opportunity behind the wheel of a CMR entry on the Friday night "Chili Bowl" preliminary. Grant, age 26, took the victory and earned the pole position for Saturday night's finale, firmly establishing himself as a member of the CMR family where he will tackle the full USAC National Midget schedule for the first time. The versatile Grant finished third in last season's USAC Silver Crown standings and currently leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point standings after winning the season-opener at "Winter Dirt Games VIII" in Ocala, Florida.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to compete for the 2017 USAC National Midget Championship with the Clauson-Marshall Racing team," an excited Grant said. "Between Tim Clauson's dedication and knowledge and the Marshall's commitment to this team and our sport as a whole, I couldn't ask for better people to work with. Having a seat in the No. 39BC midget will provide me not only a chance to race for wins and a championship title, but also an opportunity to learn from a great team and talented teammates both on and off the race track. Clauson-Marshall Racing is highly professional as well as very family-oriented and I am honored to be a part of it as we chase wins, a championship and hope to honor Bryan's memory."

The lineup of Golobic, Courtney and Grant owns just a single USAC National Midget points win coming into 2017, but expectations are high for this group of young guns who have achieved success in several disciplines of racing at the local and national levels. Golobic is a World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car feature winner, Courtney is a USAC National Sprint Car feature winner and Grant owns five career USAC National Sprint Car wins. It's a youthful, exciting group that's hitting its stride at just the right time.

"I am really proud of the lineup we have assembled for our inaugural season," Clauson added. "While our original plan was to run a two-car team for the championship with Tyler and Shane, the opportunity to add Justin was one we just couldn't pass up. All three of the drivers have won in our cars and now to have a team that will allow them the chance to compete for a championship is very exciting. All three drivers are professional racecar drivers and the type of people we want our development drivers to look up to."

"To me, this team should be called "We Loved Bryan Racing," team partner Matt Wood said. "I've never met a person that impacted my life the way Bryan (Clauson) did. I'm honored to have an opportunity to represent Bryan and be affiliated with the Driven 2 Save Lives campaign. This USAC midget season will be the best ever. It's no secret the road to the championship goes thru Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. With this lineup of drivers, and the talent of Tim Clauson, I predict next year it goes thru CMR/MWR."

"After seeing the teamwork displayed by these guys at this year's Chili Bowl, I could not be more excited to keep it going for the 2017 USAC championship campaign," team owner Richard Marshall noted. "These three drivers are winners on and off the track. They carry themselves in a way that would make Bryan proud, and consequently, will be great mentors for Clauson-Marshall Development drivers. I can't wait to get to the track!"

Clauson-Marshall Racing is not only driven by the pursuit of feature wins and a season championship in 2017, but also by promoting organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation in honor of, Tim Clauson's son, the late Bryan Clauson, through a partnership with the Indiana Donor Network and the Driven2SaveLives campaign.

Bryan, a two-time USAC National Midget champion and three-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist, passed away after an incident during the "Belleville Midget Nationals" in August 2016. Bryan was a registered donor and, because of that, saved five lives and will enhance the lives of countless others as a tissue donor.

Driven2SaveLives initially started in 2016 as a partnership between the Indiana Donor Network, Stefan Wilson and KV Racing Technology. The goal was to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation around the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in honor of Stefan's late brother, IndyCar driver Justin Wilson.

Together, Indiana Donor Network and Clauson-Marshall Racing hope to get people across the country to register their donation decision through Driven2SaveLives. There are more than 120,000 people nationwide waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. The Driven2SaveLives campaign will have a presence at dirt track races around the country in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and more during the 2017 season.

In the U.S., another person is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. Each day, 22 people on average in the U.S. die because a donated organ wasn't made available in time. You can make a difference. You could save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of approximately 75 people through tissue donation now at Driven2SaveLives.org.

"I can think of no better way to honor the gift that Bryan left us all with his decision to be an organ donor then to have our program be a part of the Driven2SaveLives campaign," Clauson said. "The campaign is focused on bringing education and awareness about organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation. To be able to share the message through the sport that Bryan was so passionate about is humbling to say the least. Following Bryan's death, the impact that his decision had on not only the short track community, but racing was something that we knew we wanted to carry on by continuing to spread the message and allow those who are willing an opportunity to share their stories and experiences with donation and transplantation. The Driven 2 Save Lives Campaign will follow the blue print of Bryan's Chasing 200 tour by being present at several of racing's biggest events during the 2017 season."

You can follow Driven2SaveLives on a variety of social media channels on Facebook, Twitter (@Driven2Save) Instagram (@Driven2Save), Snapchat (@Driven2Save) and YouTube (Driven2SaveLives).

You can follow along with the Clauson-Marshall Racing throughout the season on Facebook (Clauson-Marshall Racing) and Twitter (@ClausonMarshall).

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC KICKS OFF 2017 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON SATURDAY IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One of the deepest USAC National Midget fields in years is set to hit the track for the first time in 2017 this Saturday, March 18th for the second-running of the "Shamrock Classic" at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center.

Fifty drivers have already pre-entered for the $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener that brings the series indoors to showcase the intense open wheel action on the 1/6-mile indoor oval that has routinely provided some of the most memorable races each season and features a number of the biggest names in open-wheel, dirt track racing.

Among them are defending USAC National Midget champ Tanner Thorson, who leads a six-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable into Du Quoin. The Minden, Nevada native won six features on his way to the title one year ago, and intends to kick off the year in strong fashion as he aims to become the first back-to-back series champ since Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011. Thorson is joined on the KKM team by Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston, last season's runner-up in points, who was victorious in last season's Gas City round of "Indiana Midget Week."

Christopher Bell, a USAC National Midget champion in 2013, rounds out the KKM lineup for Du Quoin. The versatile Norman, Oklahoma native recently won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and is also a past winner in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars as well as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Rounding out the KKM lineup is the California trio of Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and series Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Carrick.

The two most recent USAC Midget winners at the Southern Illinois Center have signed on to compete for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. Fremont, California's Shane Golobic will attempt to defend his "Shamrock Classic" victory in the CMR/Matt Wood Racing No. 17w while Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, a Southern Illinois Center winner in last December's "Junior Knepper 55," will pilot the CMR No. 7BC. Filling out the CMR stable is current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant who won just one month ago in the Sprint series' season opener in Ocala, Florida. The Ione, California native won his first ever start in the CMR No. 39BC in a Chili Bowl preliminary night feature in January.

Dave Darland is one of just six drivers to have claimed titles in USAC's National Midget, National Sprint and Silver Crown divisions during his career. The Lincoln, Indiana veteran will be in the seat of Gray Racing No. 11 in which he aims to find victory lane in the series for the first time in three seasons. During his illustrious career in which he has amassed more than 100 USAC victories, 30 of those came in a USAC National Midget event, ranking him 11th all-time.

The other USAC Triple Crown member in Saturday's field is Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr., the 2006 and 2007 USAC National Midget champ. Coons returns to the seat of the Petry/Goff Motorsports No. 25 for 2017.

In addition, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is back in the saddle of the FMR Racing No. 76m for the 2017 USAC season. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ won last season's "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Ill. on his way to a third-place finish in series points.

Chad Boat picked up his first three career USAC National Midget victories in 2016, all within the span of a week in early August. The first of which came at the bullring of Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. before sweeping both nights at Belleville to close out the weekend. The Phoenix, Ariz. driver is a two-time Rookie of the Year in both the USAC National Midget and National Sprint divisions and is the son of 1995 USAC Western States Midget champ and 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Alex Bright is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January of 2016. Bright has made 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012, but is still seeking his first trip to victory lane.

Further entries include a handful of USAC regulars eyeing their first series victory. Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas who finished in the runner-up spot in last August's "Tuesday Night Thunder" in Fairbury, Nebraska. Up-and-comers Gage Walker and Tony DiMattia have sights set on a breakthrough season of their own.

Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am. Spectator gates open at 1pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm while hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm. Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

50 DRIVERS ENTERED FOR THE "SHAMROCK CLASSIC"
1K Brayton Lynch - Springfield, IL
1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO
2 Kellen Conover - St. Louis, MO
3N Jake Neuman - New Berlin, IL
5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN
5c Colten Cottle - Kansas, IL
7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN
7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN
7K Justin Peck - Monrovia, IN
9 Korey Weyant - Springfield, IL
9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR
9K Kyle Schuett - Philo, IL
11 Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
11B Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN
12w Billy Wease - Noblesville, IN
15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL
15F Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN
15M Shane Morgan - Morton, IL
15s Mitchell Davis - Auburn, IL
17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA
21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK
22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ
28 Kory Schudy - Springfield, MO
29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN
31 David Budres - Beloit, WI
35 Chris Baue - Indianapolis, IN
35T Tyler Robbins - Collinsville, IL
39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA
50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA
50A Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO
52 Isaac Chapple - Willow Branch, IN
56v Matt Veatch - McLeansboro, IL
56x Mark Chisholm - Cheyenne, WY
57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL
67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV
67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA
68 Kyle O'Gara - Indianapolis, IN
71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA
71B Robert Bell - Colfax, IA
71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA
75 Lee Dakus - Edmonton, ALB, CAN
76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
77 Alex Bright - Collegeville, PA
84 Chad Boat - Phoenix, AZ
88 Terry Babb - Harristown, IL
91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS
91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH
91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK
97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN

 

 

SHAMROCK CLASSIC ENTRY LIST HITS 50!

The pre-entry list for the second running of the "Shamrock Classic" USAC National Midget season opener at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center has reached 50!

The Saturday, March 18th event on the one-sixth-mile, indoor dirt oval features many of the biggest names in U.S. open-wheel, dirt track racing, including two drivers who've attained the status of USAC Triple Crown champion in their careers - Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr.

The two most recent winners at the Southern Illinois Center - Tyler Courtney and defending "Shamrock Classic" winner Shane Golobic - make up two-thirds of the Clauson-Marshall Racing stable. Past USAC National Midget Champions Tanner Thorson (2016) and Christopher Bell (2013) will be among two of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' six entries. Two-time, and reigning, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon has entered the event along with current USAC Sprint point leader Justin Grant.

Past USAC National Midget feature winners will be in abundance as well with Chad Boat, Billy Wease and Spencer Bayston ready to roll this weekend. Recent USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp and Kyle Cummins will make a rare appearance in a midget, with Cummins making his midget racing debut in Du Quoin. Last season's USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple makes his midget return as well.

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for free pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:00 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

50 DRIVERS ENTERED FOR THE "SHAMROCK CLASSIC"
1K Brayton Lynch - Springfield, IL
1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO
2 Kellen Conover - St. Louis, MO
3N Jake Neuman - New Berlin, IL
5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN
5c Colten Cottle - Kansas, IL
7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN
7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN
7K Justin Peck - Monrovia, IN
9 Korey Weyant - Springfield, IL
9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR
9K Kyle Schuett - Philo, IL
11 Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
11B Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN
12w Billy Wease - Noblesville, IN
15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL
15F Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN
15M Shane Morgan - Morton, IL
15s Mitchell Davis - Auburn, IL
17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA
21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK
22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ
28 Kory Schudy - Springfield, MO
29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN
31 David Budres - Beloit, WI
35 Chris Baue - Indianapolis, IN
35T Tyler Robbins - Collinsville, IL
39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA
50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA
50A Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO
52 Isaac Chapple - Willow Branch, IN
56v Matt Veatch - McLeansboro, IL
56x Mark Chisholm - Cheyenne, WY
57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL
67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV
67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA
68 Kyle O'Gara - Indianapolis, IN
71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA
71B Robert Bell - Colfax, IA
71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA
75 Lee Dakus - Edmonton, ALB, CAN
76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
77 Alex Bright - Collegeville, PA
84 Chad Boat - Phoenix, AZ
88 Terry Babb - Harristown, IL
91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS
91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH
91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK
97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN

 

 

MADERA OPENS WESTERN PAVEMENT CAMPAIGN; LOVE CONQUERS CHOWCHILLA DIRT OPENER

USAC's Speed2 Western US Midget Pavement Series opens this Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway as part of the track's "Smokey Classic."

Defending USAC Speed2 Western US Midget Pavement champion Toni Breidinger sits in a tie for the all-time lead in terms of USAC female career feature victories. Seven of her nine wins came last year, three at Madera. She shares the all-time lead with Ashley Hazelton and could vault into the all-time lead with a victory Saturday at Madera.

Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif. opened defense of his 2016 USAC Speed2 Western US Midget Dirt Championship with a resounding victory Sunday at Chowchilla (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Tom Paterson on lap 6 and led the rest of the way to claim the 30-lap win over Annie Breidinger, Paterson, Antonia Boscacci and Adam Lemke.

The USAC Speed2 Western US Dirt Midgets now gear up for a repeat performance at Chowchilla March 26.

2017 USAC Speed2 Western US Midget Series Standings: 1-Jesse Love IV-78, 2-Annie Breidinger-74. 3-Tom Paterson-72, 4-Antonia Boscacci-67, 5-Adam Lemke-65, 6-Blake Brannon-60, 7-Jeremy Speck-58.

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 12, 2017 - Chowchilla, California - Chowchilla Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Breidinger, 3. Boscacci, 4. Brannon. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Love, 2. Lemke, 3. Speck. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV (#38 Love), 2. Annie Breidinger (#15 Breidinger), 3. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 4, Antonia Boscacci (#44L Love), 5. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke), 6. Blake Brannon (#40 Brannon), 7. Jeremy Speck (#20W USAC). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Paterson, Laps 6-30 Love IV.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-78, 2-Breidinger-74. 3-Paterson-72, 4-Boscacci-67, 5-Lemke-65, 6-Brannon-60, 7-Speck-58.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: March 26 - Chowchilla, CA - Chowchilla Speedway

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 11, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.988; 2. Nic Faas, 25X, Rodela-13.044; 3. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.088; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.109; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.116; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.133; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.189; 8. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.212; 9. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.277; 10. Matt Mitchell, 75, Mitchell-13.331; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.404; 12. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.412; 13. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.448; 14. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.498; 15. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-13.500; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.554; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.566; 18. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.661; 19. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.742; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.856; 21. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.888; 22. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.119; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Prickett, 7. Daniel, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Pankratz, 3. Nichols, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Faccinto. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Ennis, 3. Crone, 4. Guerrini, 5. Dolacki, 6. Josett, 7. Figueroa. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Cory Elliott, 3. Nic Faas, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Courtney Crone, 7. J.J. Ercse, 8. Mason Daniel, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Chris Ennis, 11. Robert Dalby, 12. Clayton Ruston, 13. Austen Figueroa, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Tyler Dolacki, 19. David Prickett, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Ron Hazelton, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT ------------------------------------ **Dolacki flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faas, Laps 6-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Mason Daniel (19th to 8th)

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE:March 29 - Placerville (CA) Speedway - "Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown"

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 11, 2017 – Bakersfield, California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.988; 2. Nic Faas, 25X, Rodela-13.044; 3. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.088; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.109; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.116; 6. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.133; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.189; 8. J.J. Ercse, 9E, Dodenhoff-13.212; 9. Chris Ennis, 86, Ennis-13.277; 10. Matt Mitchell, 75, Mitchell-13.331; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.404; 12. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.412; 13. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.448; 14. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.498; 15. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-13.500; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.554; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-13.566; 18. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.661; 19. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-13.742; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7X, Ruston-13.856; 21. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.888; 22. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.119; 23. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Mitchell, 3. Gardner, 4. McQueen, 5. Sarna, 6. Prickett, 7. Daniel, 7. Hazelton. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faas, 2. Pankratz, 3. Nichols, 4. Ercse, 5. Cofer, 6. Ruston, 7. Drollinger, 8. Faccinto. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Ennis, 3. Crone, 4. Guerrini, 5. Dolacki, 6. Josett, 7. Figueroa. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Cory Elliott, 3. Nic Faas, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Terry Nichols, 6. Courtney Crone, 7. J.J. Ercse, 8. Mason Daniel, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Chris Ennis, 11. Robert Dalby, 12. Clayton Ruston, 13. Austen Figueroa, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Matt Mitchell, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Maria Cofer, 18. Tyler Dolacki, 19. David Prickett, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Ron Hazelton, 22. Bryan Drollinger. NT

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**Dolacki flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faas, Laps 6-30 Gardner

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: Mason Daniel (19th to 8th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: March 29 – Placerville (CA) Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown”

 

 

RYAN BERNAL CHARGES FROM TWENTY-SECOND TO CLAIM ANOTHER $3,000 LAS VEGAS JACKPOT!

Las Vegas, Nevada… After engine problems forced a switch to a backup car, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) started twenty-second and won Friday’s 25-lap “FVP Outlaw Showdown” at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Piloting Mike Phulps’ #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal took the lead from “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon on lap 21 and sailed to his second $3,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest / West Coast Sprint Car win of 2017. Bacon, Brody Roa, Jace Vander Weerd, and Stevie Sussex chased Bernal to the finish line.

For the second night in a row, Landon Cling earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time honors, besting the 33 car roster. “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Roa, Vander Weerd, and Bernal won the 8-lap heat races. Jeff Sibley topped the 12-lap semi-main.

SANDS CHERVOLET USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 10, 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – "6th FVP Outlaw Showdown”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-18.663; 2. Joe Stornetta Jr, 3F, Finkenbinder-18.697; 3. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-18.713; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-18.893; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-18.720; 6. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-18.981; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-19.008; 8. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-19.017; 9. Dylan Westbrook, 2, Yeley-19.049; 10. Brady Short, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-19.061; 11. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-19.172; 12. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-19.191; 13. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-19.192; 14. Brody Roa, 81X, Watt-19.282; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-19.322; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-19.394; 17. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-19.473; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-19.487; 19. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-19.490; 20. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-19.494; 21. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-19.776; 22. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-19.837; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-19.880; 24. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-19.893; 25. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-20.066; 26. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-20.116; 27. Jeff Lowery, 45, Lowery-20.185; 28. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-20.293; 29. 30. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-20.615; 30. Jay Ervine, 51X, AJ-20.733; 31. Mark Ferrera, 85, Perkins-21.678; 32. Larry Kesterson, F2, Kesterson-22.119; 33. Bobby Marcum, 80, Marcum-28.455.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Darland, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Deskins, 4. Cling, 5. Westbrook, 6. Mihocko, 7. St. James, 8. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. Short, 4. Stornetta, 5. Majors, 6. Bonneau, 7. Sibley, 8. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Bacon, 3. Swanson, 4. Marcham, 5. Davis, 6. Lowery, 7. Martin, 8. Ferrara. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Guardino, 3. Sussex, 4. Rutherford, 5. Timmons, 6. Hix, 7. Reinbold, 8. Kesterson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sibley, 2. Timmons, 3. Davis, 4. Westbrook, 5. Mihocko, 6. Lowery, 7. Bonneau, 8. St. James, 9. Marcum, 10. Reinbold, 11. Martin, 12. Majors, 13. Hix, 14. Ferrara, 15. Kesterson, 16. Stolz, 17. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Brady Short, 10. Shon Deskins, 11. Troy Rutherford, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Jeff Sibley, 16. Dylan Westbrook, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Ryan Timmons, 19. Charles Davis Jr., 20, Joe Stornetta Jr., 21. Landon Cling, 22. Jeff Lowery. NT ---------------------------- **Stornetta flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Darland, Lap 6 Bacon, Lap 7 Darland, Lap 8 Bacon, Laps 9-10 Darland, Laps 12-20 Bacon Laps 21-30 Bernal BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (22nd to 1st)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 17 & 18 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 18 – San Tan Valley, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

RYAN BERNAL BREAKS THROUGH IN VEGAS!

Las Vegas, Nevada... Starting on the inside of the third row, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) chargerd forward and raced past Joe Stornetta Jr. to claim the 25-lap victory at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Racing Mike Phulps' #56 Metal Works / Keizer Wheels ART, Bernal earned the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest / West Coast Sprint Car triumph and pocketed $3,000 for his efforts. Stornetta, hard charger Brady Bacon, Stevie Sussex, and Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Landon Cling set a new track record in qualifying over the 37 entries. Jake Swanson, Stornetta, Brady Short, and Davis won the 8-lap heat races. Troy Rutherford and Geoff Ensign raced to victory in the 10-lap semi-mains.

SANDS CHERVOLET USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 9, 2017 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - "6th FVP Outlaw Showdown"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-17.470 (New Track Record); 2. Joe Stornetta Jr, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.484; 3. Brady Short, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-17.600; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-17.752; 5. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.778; 6. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-17.812; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.819; 8. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-17.853; 9. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.863; 10. Nick Aiuto, 29, Colquette-17.894; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.895; 12. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-17.917; 13. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.932; 14. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-18.080; 15. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-18.092; 16. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-18.107; 17. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-18.111; 18. Danny Faria Jr., 777, Robblee-18.156; 19. Brody Roa, 81X, Watt-18.191; 20. Geoff Ensign, 3, Finkenbinder-18.196; 21. Dylan Westbrook, 2, Yeley-18.232; 22. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-18.266; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-18.293; 24. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-18.314; 25. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-18.416; 26. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-18.480; 27. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-18.488; 28. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-18.494; 29. Bobby Marcum, 80, Marcum-18.521; 30. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.525; 31. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-18.567; 32. Jeff Lowery, 45, Lowery-18.624; 33. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-18.655; 34. Jay Ervine, 51X, AJ-18.904; 35. Mark Ferrera, 85, Perkins-21.172; 36. Larry Kesterson, F2, Kesterson-NT; 37. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Bernal, 3. Mihocko, 4. Cling, 5. Westbrook, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Majors, 8. Ferrara. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Sussex, 3. Marcham, 4. Deskins, 5. Faria, 6. Timmons, 7. Aiuto, 8. Hix, 9. Ervine. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Short, 2. Johnson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Roa, 5. Sibley, 6. Reinbold, 7. Guardino, 8. Martin. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Darland, 3. Bacon, 4. Lundy, 5. Ensign, 6. Rossi, 7. Lowery, 8. Rutherford. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Faria, 3. Westbrook, 4. Guardino, 5. Sibley, 6. Majors, 7. Reinbold, 8. Stolz, 9. Ferrara, 10. Marcum. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BUTLERBUILT SEATS SECOND SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. Aiuto, 3. Timmons, 4. J.VanderWeerd, 5. Rossi, 6. Lowery, 7. Hix, 8. Ervine, 9. St. James. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Brady Short, 17. Nick Aiuto, 18. Dylan Westbrook, 19. Trey Macham, 20. Geoff Ensign, 21. Danny Faria Jr., 22. Matt Lundy. NT ---------------------------- **St. James flipped during qualifications. Faria, Aiuto, and Westbrook flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Davis, Laps 2-8 Stornetta, Laps 9-25 Bernal

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (12th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: March 10 - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway - "6th FVP Outlaw Showdown"

 

 

 

CUMMINS TO MAKE USAC MIDGET DEBUT IN MARCH 18 "SHAMROCK CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The beginning of the 2017 National Midget season marks a new beginning for one of USAC's longtime standout Sprint Car stars, Kyle Cummins.

Cummins, the 29-year-old Princeton, Indiana veteran driver has raced his way to numerous feature victories and championships throughout his decade-and-a-half career behind the wheel of a sprint car. But on Saturday night, March 18 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds' Southern Illinois Center, he attacks a new challenge as he straps into the seat of a midget for the first time in the "Shamrock Classic" USAC National Midget season opener.

"This will be my first time in a dirt midget," Cummins establishes. "I haven't raced much other than a sprint car in years. I figure it has four wheels, a motor and we're on dirt, so I think I'll adapt pretty quickly"

Cummins' ride for Du Quoin will be fielded by Chase Briscoe, a recent sprint car and midget driver who picked up an ARCA Stock Car driving title in 2016 and now competes full-time on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series circuit. Cummins and Briscoe have battled alongside each other for much of the last decade, but this time they're teaming up, and with high aspirations.

"With the equipment and the knowledge they bring, there are no excuses to not be in the top-five or so," Cummins admits. "If I left there with a top-three finish, I would be content for the first night out. I have high expectations for myself, but I know it will be a good accomplishment just to put it in the A-Main with this group of cars. At this moment, this is the only race I will run (in a midget), so hopefully we can have a good showing and run again."

The connection between the Cummins and Briscoe families date back to before Kyle and Chase's own careers had even begun. Back when each of their fathers, Mark Cummins and Kevin Briscoe, were battling up front on a weekly basis on the bullrings at Haubstadt and Bloomington.

"I have known the Briscoes for years, from going racing with my dad, to racing with Kevin when I first started, to racing with Chase," Cummins recalls. "In my third or fourth season, I ran for Richard (Briscoe) a hand full of times in the famous white and red No. 5. Chase and I have always been friends and have gotten along really well. He asked me at the PRI show in December if I would be interested in running his midget a couple times if he couldn't, and I was all for it."

Coming on the heels of his first two career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins a year ago during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Kokomo and the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway, Cummins is pumped at the thought of finally getting on track at the one-sixth-mile indoor bullring, a place he's been to as a fan, but not as a competitor.

"I'm pretty excited to get the chance to go to Du Quoin as a driver instead of as a spectator," said Cummins, who is the owner of a CNC machine shop in Haubstadt by day. "There's a lot of luck that is involved to keep your car out of trouble and finish up front. I just hope that I feel comfortable in the car. If I feel good right out of the gate, I think we can have a good run for my first time in a midget."

Free entry remains available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

DARLAND, BOAT AND BRIGHT ENTER THE RING
FOR MARCH 18TH "SHAMROCK CLASSIC" IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois.........USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland, "Belleville Midget Nationals" winner Chad Boat and Chili Bowl Prelim Night winner Alex Bright have entered the fray for the USAC National Midget season-opening "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, March 18.

Darland is one of just six drivers to have claimed titles in USAC's National Midget, National Sprint and Silver Crown divisions during his career. The Lincoln, Indiana veteran will be in the seat of Gray Racing No. 11 in which he aims to find victory lane in the series for the first time in three seasons. During his illustrious career in which he has amassed more than 100 USAC victories, 30 of those came in a USAC National Midget event, ranking him 11th all-time.

Boat picked up his first three career USAC National Midget victories in 2016, all within the span of a week in early August. The first of which came at the bullring of Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. before sweeping both nights at Belleville to close out the weekend. The Phoenix, Ariz. driver is a two-time Rookie of the Year in both the USAC National Midget and National Sprint divisions and is the son of 1995 USAC Western States Midget champ and 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter Billy Boat.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Bright is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January of 2016. Bright has made 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012, but is still seeking his first trip to victory lane.

Additionally, defending USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson leads a five-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable into Du Quoin that includes Spencer Bayston, Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and Tanner Carrick.

Christopher Bell, a USAC National Midget champion for KKM in 2013, will pilot the No. 21. The versatile Norman, Oklahoma native recently won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. is one of just six drivers part of the exclusive USAC Triple Crown Club. A pair of first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners from 2016 have signed up to rumble at Du Quoin. Brent Beauchamp of Fairland, Ind., is entered in his own No. 11 while Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Ind. intends to make his USAC National Midget debut.

St. Charles, Missouri's Andy Malpocker knows the 1/6-mile indoor dirt track in Du Quoin well. Just two weeks ago, Malpocker captured a USAC Speed2 IMRA/Midwest Thunder Midget feature victory at the track during the "Open Wheel Extravaganza" at the Southern Illinois Center.

A handful of flyin' Illini have mailed in their entries including 2015 Indy Invitational winner Kyle Schuett of Philo as well as Tim Siner (Dupo), Daniel Robinson (Ewing), Brayton Lynch (Springfield), Jake Neuman (New Berlin), Korey Weyant (Springfield) and Terry Babb (Decatur).

Entries continue to pour in for the $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener which brings the series indoors for its only points race of the season. Last year's "Shamrock" brought 54 midgets to battle it out for the "Pot of Gold" trophy and many additional entries are expected to be filed within the next couple weeks leading up to raceday.

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

Among the companies offering prizes and bonuses for winning the 50-lap midget feature are Simpson Race Products, who will award a brand-new helmet to the victor. Cold Hard Art has created a "Pot of Gold" trophy that will be presented to the winning driver and team in victory lane.

Drivers on the move will have the opportunity to cash in on the bonuses being served up. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will earn "Hard Charger" honors courtesy of Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Furthermore, the third-place finisher in each heat race will receive a prize from FK Shocks. Ben Hodgin has thrown in $100 to the driver who leads lap 39 of the feature.

Additional companies offering prize packs include Competition Suspension, Inc., Allstar Performance, AFCO, Indy Race Parts, DMI, Wilwood, Walker Performance Filters, Keizer Wheels, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld, Arizona Sport Shirts and EarEVERYTHING, Inc.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

40 MIDGETS ENTERED
FOR THE "SHAMROCK CLASSIC" AS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
1K Brayton Lynch - Springfield, IL
1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO
3N Jake Neuman - New Berlin, IL
5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN
7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN
7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN
7K Justin Peck - Monrovia, IN
9 Korey Weyant - Springfield, IL
9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR
9K Kyle Schuett - Philo, IL
11 Dave Darland - Lincoln, IN
11B Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN
15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL
15F Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN
17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA
21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK
22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ
28 Kory Schudy - Springfield, MO
29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN
31 David Budres - Beloit, WI
39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA
50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA
50A Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO
57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL
67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV
67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA
68 Kyle O'Gara - Indianapolis, IN
71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA
71B Robert Bell - Colfax, IA
71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA
75 Lee Dakus - Edmonton, ALB, CAN
76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
77 Alex Bright - Collegeville, PA
84 Chad Boat - Phoenix, AZ
88 Terry Babb - Harristown, IL
91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS
91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH
91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK
97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN

 

 

BAKERSFIELD HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET OPENER THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 7, 2017... This Saturday, March 11th, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will open their 2017 campaign at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, “The BULL 97.3 Night at the races!” will also feature Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, ModLites, and NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is 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.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2017 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
Schoenfeld: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 105 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Ronnie Gardner won the April 30th and November 19th races and Michael Faccinto claimed the June 4th victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), Ronnie Gardner (4), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

Last November, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) clinched his fourth consecutive series crown. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner posted six feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led. Ronnie is tied with Wally Pankratz for fourth on the series win list with nineteen triumphs and will be looking for another Bakersfield victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ran second in the chase for the championship. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto earned two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led to his credit. The Louie Vermeil Classic winner has four series victories and will have his sights on the 30-1ap triumph.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) had a solid season and placed third in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott posted five heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has one career win and will be looking to score the hometown victory.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) finished fourth in the Western Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini had two heat race victories, one semi-main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps on the year. The former BCRA Champion has one career USAC victory and will have his sights on the Bakersfield main event win.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) closed out her campaign ranked fifth in the point chase. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone had one heat race victory, two hard charger awards, and eight top-10 finishes. The 2016 Rookie of the Year will be looking to earn her first USAC Midget victory this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Robby Josett, David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum 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 Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-*Jeff Heywood, 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-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Ronnie Gardner, 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-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 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-Michael Faccinto, 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-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 29: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
July 15: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
August 19: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 7: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 28: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 23: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS OPEN NINTH SEASON AT LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 7, 2017... The ninth season for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will kickoff this Thursday and Friday (March 9th and 10th) at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars, the prestigious "6th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" will pay an impressive $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start the feature on BOTH NIGHTS. A talented roster of drivers from California, Arizona, and the Midwest are expected to clash on the large half-mile clay oval. In addition, the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will join the action packed card. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 5:00pm, with racing set for 7:30pm on Thursday and 8:00pm on Friday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

NOTICE TO RACERS: 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 and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Outlaw Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on both the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last season, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) outdueled Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex, and Brady Bacon to earn his second Las Vegas jackpot. When the checkered flags waved, Sussex, Bacon, Roa, and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five drivers.

Also known as the “Sin City Showdown,” Bud Kaeding (Campbell, California) won the inaugural race on his way to the USAC West Coast crown in 2012. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana), Austin Liggett (Tracy, California), and Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) celebrated Las Vegas wins before Clauson returned to victory circle last year.

Last August, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) clinched his first series crown on the strength of two feature wins and solid finishes. Primarily racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa also posted three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led. The former Western World Champion will pilot a Steve Watt entry at Las Vegas and will be looking for the $3,000 jackpot.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) came on strong at the end of last season and finished second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has eight career West Coast wins and will have his sights on adding Las Vegas to his resume.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) had a standout season and placed third in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson recorded two feature wins, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will be looking to honor his father Brian, who recently passed away, with a victory.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) finished fourth in the West Coast point standings. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led to his credit. The 2011 Champion has 19 West Coast wins and will have his sights on sweeping the Las Vegas doubleheader.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) moved up the ranks and took fifth in the final point standings. Driving his #5M A.R.T. Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams had two heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led. Last year’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to breakthrough at Las Vegas for his first West Coast triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Cody Majors, Jeff Sibley, Troy Rutherford, Ryan Bernal, and more.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. will lead a strong USAC SouthWest roster including R.J. Johnson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Shon Deskins, Nick Aiuto, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Brian Hosford, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Landon Cling, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, and more.

Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Two-day Reserved and General Admission tickets are on sale for $80 (with fan pit pass). Single-day Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $39, and Children (12 and Under) are FREE. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, 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, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.

LAS VEGAS OUTLAW / SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:30pm
Racing to Follow

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:30pm
Opening Ceremonies: 8:00pm
Racing to Follow

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 17: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 18: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO LAS VEGAS SHOWDOWN
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 7, 2017... This Thursday and Friday (March 9th and 10th), the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The prestigious "6th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" is co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and will pay an impressive $3,000-to-win and $300-to-start the feature on BOTH NIGHTS. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest are expected to battle for bragging rights on the large half-mile clay oval. In addition, the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will join the action packed card. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, the spectator gates open at 5:00pm, with racing set for 7:30pm on Thursday and 8:00pm on Friday. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444. A schedule for both nights is at the end of this release.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Outlaw Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the USAC SouthWest and West Coast schedules. Last year, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) outdueled Brody Roa, Stevie Sussex, and Brady Bacon to earn his second Las Vegas jackpot. When the checkered flags waved, Sussex, Bacon, Roa, and Josh Hodges rounded out the top-five drivers.

Also known as the “Sin City Showdown,” Bud Kaeding (Campbell, California) won the inaugural race on his way to the USAC West Coast crown in 2012. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana), Austin Liggett (Tracy, California), and Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) celebrated Las Vegas wins before Clauson returned to victory circle last year.

Entering the Las Vegas doubleheader, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Dave Darland at Canyon’s “Steve Stroud Memorial” on February 11th. In addition, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion won the night’s first heat race and earned valuable qualifying points. “Chargin” Charles has fourteen SouthWest wins to his credit and will be one of the favorites to watch at Las Vegas.

“The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Charlotte Aragon’s #99 Yelp / Beaver Stripes J&J, Darland took the lead from Stevie Sussex on the twenty-first lap and claimed the “Steve Stroud Memorial.” At press time, the former USAC National Champion has four series wins and it is unknown if he will be in action at Las Vegas.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting Bob Price’s #4 Team AZ Racing / RSS Industries entry, Sussex ran fourth in the Canyon Speedway Park feature after leading the first twenty laps. The 2015 Las Vegas Showdown winner has ten SouthWest victories and will be a threat to repeat if he can secure a ride.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is currently fourth in the championship standings. Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson was the hard charger at Canyon with a seventeenth to third place run. The four-time champion leads the series with 44 triumphs and will be looking to add Las Vegas to his resume.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fifth in the point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran sixth in the February 11th main event. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner has five career SouthWest victories and will have his sights on the $3,000 Las Vegas jackpot.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Shon Deskins, Nick Aiuto, Andy Reinbold, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Brian Hosford, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Landon Cling, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, and more.

Brody Roa will lead a strong USAC West Coast roster including Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, and Cody Majors.

Two-day Pit Passes are $100 and single-day Pit Passes are $50.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Two-day Reserved and General Admission tickets are on sale for $80 (with fan pit pass). Single-day Reserved tickets are $40, General Admission tickets are $39, and Children (12 and Under) are FREE. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com or call 844-DIRT-TIX (844-347-8849).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil and Hoosier Tire for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson.

LAS VEGAS OUTLAW / SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex, 2016-Bryan Clauson.

USAC LAS VEGAS FVP OUTLAW SHOWDOWN SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:00pm
Opening Ceremonies: 7:30pm
Racing to Follow

FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH:
Tickets & Will Call: 12:00pm
Pit Gate: 2:00pm
USAC Drivers Meeting: 4:00pm
Grandstands: 5:00pm
Wheel Pack: 5:45pm
USAC Hot Laps: 7:30pm
Opening Ceremonies: 8:00pm
Racing to Follow

2017 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 9: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 10: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, NV (FVP Outlaw Showdown / $3,000-to-win)
March 18: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 1: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Showdown at Canyon)
April 15: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
April 29: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
May 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
August 16: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 17: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: Caney Valley Speedway – Caney, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 9: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
September 29: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic)
October 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 28: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GREG STAAB, LONGTIME USAC DRIVER, CAR OWNER AND SERIES COORDINATOR PASSES AT 68

Greg Staab, a beloved figure who wore many hats during his racing career as a driver, car owner, crew chief, mechanic, track promoter and series coordinator, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He was 68 years old.

Staab, from Cincinnati, Ohio, piloted car No. 44 for more than two decades on the USAC trail, first in midgets before transitioning to the sprint car full-time. Staab was a regular on USAC's National Midget circuit from 1972-1979, garnering a career-best series finish of second at Salt Lake City, Utah's Salt Palace in 1976, but it was in the sprint car where Staab truly flourished.

In a six-year span between 1982 and 1987, Staab won the Lawrenceburg Speedway sprint car track championship five times in addition to a Bloomington Speedway title in 1984! One year after his final 'Burg championship, in the summer of 1988, Staab captured the most notable victory of his career in an ESPN-televised USAC National Sprint Car race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Staab, known his for his prowess on the clay, outdueled fellow dirt-tracker Kevin Huntley in the final laps on the asphalt to take his first and only USAC triumph. Ironically, it was Huntley who had denied Staab the Lawrenceburg track championship in 1986.

Staab finished in the top-ten of the USAC National Sprint Car standings in 8 of 11 years between 1985 and 1995, highlighted by a runner-up finish in 1986, a fourth in 1989 and a third in 1990. Staab also made 34 Silver Crown starts with a best finish of fourth, which he accomplished twice at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals" in 1982 and 1988.

His driving career ended in his 177th USAC Sprint Car start after an accident at Indiana's Paragon Speedway in 1996, though Staab remained heavily involved in the sport, fielding cars for drivers such as Joey Kerr, Eric Gordon, Dickie Gaines, Critter Malone, John Heydenreich, Cary Faas, Jason Setser - who won the 2000 Lawrenceburg track championship in his car - among many others. At the same time, Staab had taken over the role as president and promoter of Lawrenceburg Speedway from 1997-2000, and from 2005-2008, served as the coordinator of the USAC National Sprint Car division.

Staab, a Hoosier Auto Racing Fans and Dayton Area Racing Fans club Hall of Famer, kept close ties with the sport in recent years. In 2016, he served as crew chief for Joe Liguori's Silver Crown team and, just two weeks ago, the yellow No. 44 was in action at "Winter Dirt Games VIII" in Ocala, Fla. with Liguori behind the wheel for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season openers.

USAC extends its deepest condolences to Staab's family and numerous friends in the racing community.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 4, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Sokola Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.520; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.564; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.695; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.735; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.773; 6. Chad Boespflug, 42, Cheney-16.815; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.901; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.940; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.159; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.216; 11. Brady Short, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-17.352; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.405;

13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.420; 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.472; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.478; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.552; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.659; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.752; 19. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.855; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-18.215; 21. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-22.066; 22. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Swanson, 4. A.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Gansen, 7. Smith, 8. Hendricks. 2:54.38.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Short, 6. McCarthy, 7. Ellertson. 2:51.69.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Tafoya, 3. Edwards, 4. C.Williams, 5. Boespflug, 6. Sweeney, 7. Colston. 2:56.51.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Kyle Edwards, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Cal Smith, 17. Matt McCarthy, 18. Brady Short, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Eddie Tafoya, 21. Tom Hendricks, 22. Parker Colston. 8:52.43.

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 R.Vander Weerd

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Logan Williams (16th to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT RACE: April 1 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “So-Cal Showdown”

 

 

USAC CHAMPS THORSON, BELL & COONS ENTER MARCH 18 SHAMROCK CLASSIC IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois.........USAC National Midget champions Tanner Thorson, Christopher Bell and Jerry Coons, Jr. are among the latest headline drivers to file entries to compete in the USAC National Midget season-opening "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Thorson, the defending USAC National Midget champ, leads the five-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable into Du Quoin. The Minden, Nevada native won six features on his way to the title one year ago, and intends to kick off the year in strong fashion with intentions of becoming the first back-to-back series champ since Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011. Thorson is joined on the KKM team by Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston, who was victorious in last season's Gas City round of "Indiana Midget Week." Rounding out the KKM lineup is Sacramento, California's Holly Shelton, Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson and series Rookie of the Year contender Tanner Carrick from Sacramento.

Christopher Bell, a USAC National Midget champion for KKM in 2013, will pilot the No. 21. The versatile Norman, Oklahoma native finished third in 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points and is also a past winner in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars as well as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. is one of just six drivers part of the exclusive USAC Triple Crown Club that includes drivers who've earned a title in each of USAC's three national divisions: Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget. Coons, the 2006 and 2007 USAC National Midget champ, returns to the seat of the Petry/Goff Motorsports No. 25.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Kyle Cummins of Princeton, Ind. intends to make his USAC National Midget debut aboard the Chase Briscoe Racing No. 5. Another driver who broke through for his first USAC National win in 2016, Brent Beauchamp of Fairland, Ind., is entered in his own No. 11.

St. Charles, Missouri's Andy Malpocker knows the 1/6-mile indoor dirt track in Du Quoin well. Just two weeks ago, Malpocker captured a USAC Speed2 IMRA/Midwest Thunder Midget feature victory at the track during the "Open Wheel Extravaganza" at the Southern Illinois Center.

A handful of flyin' Illini have mailed in their entries including 2015 Indy Invitational winner Kyle Schuett of Philo as well as longtime midget competitor Tim Siner of Dupo and Daniel Robinson from Ewing.

Entries continue to pour in for the $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener which brings the series indoors for its only points race of the season. Last year's "Shamrock" brought 54 midgets to battle it out for the "Pot of Gold" trophy and many additional entries are expected to be filed within the next couple weeks leading up to raceday.

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

Among the companies offering prizes and bonuses for winning the 50-lap midget feature are Simpson Race Products, who will award a brand-new helmet to the victor. Cold Hard Art has created a "Pot of Gold" trophy that will be presented to the winning driver and team in victory lane.

Drivers on the move will have the opportunity to cash in on the bonuses being served up. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will earn "Hard Charger" honors courtesy of Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Furthermore, the third-place finisher in each heat race will receive a prize from FK Shocks. Ben Hodgin has thrown in $100 to the driver who leads lap 39 of the feature.

Additional companies offering prize packs include Competition Suspension, Inc., Allstar Performance, AFCO, Indy Race Parts, DMI, Wilwood, Walker Performance Filters, Keizer Wheels, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld, Arizona Sport Shirts and EarEVERYTHING, Inc.
The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ENTRIES AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 3
1T Tony Roney - Herculaneum, MO
5 Kyle Cummins - Princeton, IN
7 Gage Walker - Fairland, IN
7BC Tyler Courtney - Indianapolis, IN
9JR Derek Hagar - Marion, AR
9K Kyle Schuett - Philo, IL
11 Brent Beauchamp - Fairland, IN
15 Tim Siner - Dupo, IL
15x Cole Fehr - Coatesville, IN
17w Shane Golobic - Fremont, CA
21 Christopher Bell - Norman, OK
22 Andy Malpocker - St. Charles, MO
25 Jerry Coons, Jr. - Tucson, AZ
29 David Hair - Indianapolis, IN
39BC Justin Grant - Ione, CA
50 Tony DiMattia - Malvern, PA
50x Daniel Adler - St. Louis, MO
57D Daniel Robinson - Ewing, IL
67 Tanner Thorson - Minden, NV
67K Holly Shelton - Gold River, CA
71 Ryan Robinson - Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick - Sacramento, CA
76M Brady Bacon - Broken Arrow, OK
91 Tyler Nelson - Kansas City, KS
91A Chris Andrews - Sandusky, OH
91T Tyler Thomas - Catoosa, OK
97 Spencer Bayston - Lebanon, IN

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS OPEN 14TH SEASON THIS SATURDAY AT PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2017... This Saturday, March 4th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their fourteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. It is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. 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.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. 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.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since March 17, 2001 when "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last year, Bryan Clauson earned his second “Sokola Shootout” victory ahead of Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Josh Hodges, and Mike Spencer. The “Sokola Shootout” win list is at the end of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the half-mile clay oval at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 193 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 40 Perris victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. Last season, Clauson, Hodges, Austin Williams (2) Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Matt Mitchell, Gardner (3), “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland stood atop the podium. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

After winning the November 12th $25,000 Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) clinched his fifth series championship. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner posted five main event wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, eleven heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, twenty-one top-10 finishes, and 144 feature laps led. “The Demon” has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his third “Sokola Shootout.”

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid campaign and finished second in the point standings. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard had one main event win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has six career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on his second “Sokola Shootout” victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranked third in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one dash win, seven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led to his credit. The defending USAC West Coast champion has one career USAC/CRA victory and will be looking to add the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) placed fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson earned one main event win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, three semi-main wins, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led. The 2012 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first “Sokola Shootout” win at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) scored fifth in last year’s championship standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams had two main event wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, two semi-main wins, three hard charger awards, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led on the season. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has five career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to join the “Sokola Shootout” winner’s list.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Spencer, Max Adams, Logan Williams, “Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, 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 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), 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, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact 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, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

SOKOLA SHOOTOUT / CLASSIC WINNERS:
2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson.

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

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 1: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
May 6: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 4: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 7: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 8: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 9: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON, GRANT, COURTNEY AND GOLOBIC AMONG FIRST TO FILE ENTRIES FOR SHAMROCK CLASSIC

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Some of the biggest names in midget racing have begun to file their entries for the second running of the "Shamrock Classic" Saturday, March 18 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. The $3900-to-win USAC Midget National Championship season opener brings the series indoors to showcase the intense open wheel action on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt track that has routinely provided some of the most memorable races each season.

The two most recent USAC Midget winners at the Southern Illinois Center have signed on to compete for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team at Du Quoin. Fremont, California's Shane Golobic will attempt to defend his "Shamrock Classic" victory in the CMR/Matt Wood Racing No. 17w. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, a Southern Illinois Center winner in last December's "Junior Knepper 55," will pilot the CMR No. 7BC. Filling out the CMR stable is current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant who won last Friday's Sprint season opener in Ocala, Florida. The Ione, California native won his first ever start in the CMR No. 39BC in a Chili Bowl preliminary night feature in January.

In addition, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is back in the saddle of the FMR No. 76m for the 2017 USAC season. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, won last season's "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Ill. and finished third in series points.

Further early entries include Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas who finished in the runner-up spot in last August's "Tuesday Night Thunder" in Fairbury, Nebraska and is always an exciting one to watch. Herculaneum, Missouri's Tony Roney finished fifth in the 2016 "Shamrock." Up-and-coming Fairland, Indiana driver Gage Walker showed much improvement throughout last season and aims to be a contender on March 18.

Last year's "Shamrock" brought 54 midgets to battle it out for the "Pot of Gold" trophy and many additional entries are expected to be filed within the next couple weeks leading up to raceday.

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event while adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

Among the companies offering prizes and bonuses for winning the 50-lap midget feature are Simpson Race Products, who will award a brand-new helmet to the victor. Cold Hard Art has created a "Pot of Gold" trophy that will be presented to the winning driver and team in victory lane.

Drivers on the move will have the opportunity to cash in on the bonuses being served up. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will earn "Hard Charger" honors courtesy of Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Furthermore, the third-place finisher in each heat race will receive a prize from FK Shocks. Ben Hodgin has thrown in $100 to the driver who leads lap 39 of the feature.

Additional companies offering prize packs include Competition Suspension, Inc., Allstar Performance, AFCO, Indy Race Parts, DMI, Wilwood, Walker Performance Filters, Keizer Wheels, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld, Arizona Sport Shirts and EarEVERYTHING, Inc.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

FREE ENTRY AND TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR Du QUOIN'S "SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ON MARCH 18

Free entry is available for all "Shamrock Classic" competitors courtesy of R.E. Griesemer at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic-at-du-quoin-entry. Use the code regriesemer. The deadline for pre-entry is Monday, March 13. Entries filed after March 13 are $40.

The kickoff to the start of the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season brings the series indoors to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the second running of the "Shamrock Classic." Numerous companies have pledged their generous support for the Bryan Clauson, Inc. promotion, adding to the "pot of gold" that each competitor will seek on the one-sixth-mile bullring on Saturday, March 18.

Reserved seats are $25.00 for the highly-anticipated event that saw 54 of the best midget drivers in the country in competition. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. The purchase of a reserved seat provides you a free pit pass! Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.usactickets.com/.

Among the companies offering prizes and bonuses for winning the 50-lap midget feature are Simpson Race Products, who will award a brand-new helmet to the victor. Cold Hard Art has created a "Pot of Gold" trophy that will be presented to the winning driver and team in victory lane.

Drivers on the move will have the opportunity to cash in on the bonuses being served up. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will earn "Hard Charger" honors courtesy of Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Furthermore, the third-place finisher in each heat race will receive a prize from FK Shocks. Ben Hodgin has thrown in $100 to the driver who leads lap 39 of the feature.

Additional companies offering prize packs include Competition Suspension, Inc., Allstar Performance, AFCO, Indy Race Parts, DMI, Wilwood, Walker Performance Filters, Keizer Wheels, Speedway Motors, Schoenfeld, Arizona Sport Shirts and EarEVERYTHING, Inc.
In 2016, Fremont, California's Shane Golobic used the outside line to race past Shane Cottle, then led the remaining 17 laps to score his first career USAC National Midget feature victory in the inaugural "Shamrock Classic."

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic" begins with participant parking on March 17 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm. Hot laps get under way at 4 pm with racing set for 5:30pm.

Fans who are unable to attend the event in-person can view the race LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 


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