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THORSON TAKES REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD
TO FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN IN T-TOWN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 11, 2021).........Last November at Arizona Speedway, Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports found itself two laps away from winning its first ever USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature only to have the rug pulled out from underneath them on the final green-white-checkered restart.

The driver that denied them that maiden victory that night was Tanner Thorson.

Fast forward to Sunday night, just five months later, and Thorson is now the pilot for the Reinbold-Underwood team. How fitting it was that the driver who stole the prize from them on that particular night was ultimately the one who finally delivered the long sought after reward.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led the final 18 laps in just his second start aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical – The Healing Tree/Spike/Stanton SR-11x to score his first series victory of the season in the 2nd annual Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway.

Technically serving as both the opener and closer of the T-Town Midget Showdown, the event had been postponed to Sunday following heavy storms that fell just after Friday night’s Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying session. Forty-eight hours later, Thorson was standing in victory lane for the 21st time in his USAC National Midget career, moving him past A.J. Foyt for 29th on the all-time list.

The combination of Thorson and Reinbold-Underwood on the midget side of the equation came on April 2 after competing for Dave Mac Motorsports in the first two events of the season at Ocala, Fla. in February.

The transition to a new midget team was made a tad more seamless due to Thorson’s already-established role as Reinbold-Underwood’s full-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver in 2021, and also because of Thorson’s newly-developed investment with the team, making an offer that team co-owner Andy Reinbold couldn’t refuse.

“I wanted to own my own racecar and own my own motor,” Thorson explained. “Andy’s really close with me, and we’re good friends outside of racing. I gave him the offer to team up and he took it on. I own the racecar and he owns everything else. It’s awesome to get back into victory lane in another racecar, and just continue the speed that we have.”

Thorson relates having a certain peace of mind with being hands-on in the operation, along with crewmembers Tyler Ransbottom, Connor Ridge and Austin French, and with the assistance of Gary Stanton on his engines, who he relates as “like a grandpa” to him.

“I’m big on being able to work on my own racecar at the shop and at the track,” Thorson said. “I like being able to maintenance it myself; that’s something that’s good for my mind when I go out there and race. It’s nothing against anybody else, I just like to have that control because I am a control freak. Everybody that’s been part of this team is great and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year. I know we’ve got a fast racecar, but I’ve still got to fine tune it. It’s not where I want it to be, by any means. We’re going after the title.”

It sure looked just fine on Sunday night. However, an 11th place finish in Saturday’s feature was not what they had in mind for their debut, which ended Thorson’s series-leading streak of 16 consecutive top-ten finishes dating to last July, which funny enough, began with a victory at a dirt track in the state of Oklahoma (Red Dirt Raceway).

A similar streak established at a Sooner State dirt track is just what Thorson hopes can bring him back to the top of the USAC National Midget championship battle when all is said and done in 2021 and reclaim the crown he last wore in 2016.

Thorson started fourth in the 24-car field and watched as pole sitter Justin Grant established the lead during the opening three laps. However, third-starting Sam Johnson was nipping at his heels throughout and was able to slip underneath Grant and lead the first nine laps of his USAC National Midget career while Thorson grabbed second from Grant on the 10th lap.

On the 13th lap, however, Johnson slid off the bottom line in turn one, opening the door for Thorson to drive underneath Johnson, suctioning his car to the bottom and moving himself into the lead where he remained for much of the rest of the way, despite the urges to run wide open on the cushion such as he did the night before.

“Patience kind of bit me last night,” Thorson admitted. “I was wanting to just get up and rip the top because everybody was putting on the bottom. I fell back a few spots because of it, and I knew I wasn’t going to let that happen again tonight. I just learned from my mistake. I’d rather be running the top more than the bottom. I wouldn’t say I’m the best on the bottom, but I am pretty freaking good.”

Heartbreak hit Johnson on the 17th circuit when he spun to a stop in turn four while running second. He restarted but finished 23rd.

By the 21st lap, Daison Pursley, the previous night’s micro sprint winner at Port City, was on the move, getting to the fourth position with Kevin Thomas Jr. in his crosshairs. Entering turn three, Pursley went low for the slider, just as Thomas snagged the cushion. The two forces collided as a result, sending Thomas spinning and Pursley flipping and landing perpendicular with the front bumper pointed to the skies. Thomas was out, while Pursley restarted, finishing 18th.

From there on, Thorson was dominant, opening up an instant half-straightaway lead. However, Grant was able to slightly reel in Thorson on the final lap but was unable to get by with Thorson closing out a 0.297 second victory over Grant, Ethan Mitchell, Chris Windom and Logan Seavey.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best finish of the season, taking second in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Serv./Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In his 31st career series start, Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) scored the best finish of his USAC National Midget career, a 3rd aboard his Bundy Built Motorsports/QRC – Mark 4 – Walker Filtration – Arai/Spike/Bundy Built Honda, which put three different engine manufacturers on the podium: Stanton, Toyota and Honda.

Meanwhile, ninth place finisher Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) advanced a total of 37 positions over the two nights of USAC National Midget racing at Port City, which garnered him the honor of ProSource Passing Master for the T-Town Midget Showdown.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9 & 11, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Held on April 9) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.474; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.508; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.545; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.561; 5. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.564; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.568; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-9.580; 8. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-9.588; 9. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.592; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.596; 11. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.607; 12. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.612; 13. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.620; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.639; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-9.641; 16. Joe B. Miller, 49, Lewis-9.650; 17. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.673; 18. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.677; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.695; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.704; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.713; 22. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-9.723; 23. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.732; 24. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.750; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.762; 26. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.770; 27. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.780; 28. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.794; 29. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-9.829; 30. Ryan Timms, 84, CBI-9.838; 31. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.875; 32. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.927; 33. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-9.997; 34. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-10.017; 35. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.031; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-10.032; 37. Noah Harris, 20H, Harris-10.048; 38. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-10.099; 39. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-10.141; 40. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-10.244; 41. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.292; 42. Kyle Wilson, 05, Wilson-10.298; 43. Zac Millikin, 3ps, Hunt-10.380; 44. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-10.386; 45. Curtis Jones, 10x, Jones-10.563; 46. Kurt Stellhorn, 17x, Stellhorn-10.635; 47. Glenn Bratti, 24T, Bratti-10.736; 48. Cade Cowles, 70, Gariss-NT; 49. Ryan Bickett, 17H, Bickett-NT; 50. Gage Laney, 14H, MSW-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jake Neuman, 3. Alex Sewell, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Chance Morton, 10. Curtis Jones, 11. Kevin Brewer. 1:42.326

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Ryan Timms, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Emerson Axsom, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Trey Gropp, 10. Cade Cowles, 11. Kyle Wilson. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Tanner Berryhill, 7. Brian Carber, 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 9. Kevin Bayer, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Chad Frewaldt. 1:43.121

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Joe B. Miller, 3. Sam Johnson, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Kade Morton, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Taylor Reimer, 9. Gage Laney, 10. Ryan Bickett, 11. Oliver Akard. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Chance Morton, 2. Kevin Bayer, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Noah Harris, 5. Taylor Reimer, 6. Cade Cowles, 7. Curtis Jones, 8. Ryan Bickett, 9. Oliver Akard, 10. Kyle Wilson, 11. Kevin Brewer, 12. Zac Millikin. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Noah Harris, 8. Chance Morton, 9. Tyler Thomas, 10. Trey Gropp, 11. Tanner Berryhill, 12. Brian Carber, 13. Emilio Hoover, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Gage Laney, 16. Kevin Bayer, 17. Brenham Crouch, 18. Ryan Timms. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Justin Grant (1), 3. Ethan Mitchell (9), 4. Chris Windom (13), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Thomas Meseraull (6), 7. Buddy Kofoid (11), 8. Cannon McIntosh (8), 9. Joe B. Miller (15), 10. Kyle Jones (19), 11. Jake Neuman (18), 12. Jonathan Beason (14), 13. Emerson Axsom (10), 14. Jacob Denney (20), 15. Jason McDougal (12), 16. Ace McCarthy (21), 17. Chase Randall (17), 18. Daison Pursley (7), 19. Brian Carber (24) (P), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (22), 21. Ryan Timms (23) (P), 22. Alex Sewell (16), 23. Sam Johnson (3), 24. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter.

**Zac Millikin flipped during practice. Gage Laney flipped during the semi. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Justin Grant, Laps 4-12 Sam Johnson, Laps 13-30 Tanner Thorson.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-295, 2-Thomas Meseraull-288, 3-Tanner Thorson-281, 4-Justin Grant-276, 5-Chris Windom-270, 6-Emerson Axsom-233, 7-Daison Pursley-221, 8-Cannon McIntosh-192, 9-Logan Seavey-190, 10-Bryant Wiedeman-173.

OVERALL PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-24, 2-Brady Bacon-21, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-21, 4-Buddy Kofoid-20, 5-Tanner Thorson-16, 6-Robert Ballou-16, 7-Justin Grant-13, 8-Jadon Rogers-13, 9-Jake Neuman-13, 10-C.J. Leary-12.

T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joe B. Miller-37, 2-Buddy Kofoid-21, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-18, 4-Jacob Denney-17, 5-Brian Carber-16, 6-Kyle Jones-16, 7-Noah Harris-16, 8-Cade Cowles-14, 9-Tanner Thorson-13, 10-Chris Windom-13.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 30-May 1, 2021 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, Indiana – Kokomo Grand Prix – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Ace McCarthy

ProSource T-Town Midget Showdown Passing Master: Joe B. Miller (37)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Thomas Meseraull

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Ethan Mitchell

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Emerson Axsom

KSE Racing Products / Dragonfly Aviation Hard Charger: Chris Windom (13th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Saldana Racing Products / OpenWheel101.com First Non-Transfer: Noah Harris

ProSource Hard Work Award: Bryant Wiedeman

 

 

 SUPER KOFOID: BUDDY CHARGES FROM 16TH TO WIN AT PORT CITY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 10, 2021)………At a track he described as his personal kryptonite following his first visit a year ago, Buddy Kofoid played the part of Superman to a T Saturday night at Port City Raceway, charging his way from his 16th starting position to win the 50-lap opener of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation.

For his efforts, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) earned $8,151 all in a night’s work at the Tulsa, Okla. 1/8-mile dirt oval, the largest payday of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career thus far.

Kofoid became the third different driver in as many years to win two of the first three USAC National Midget features to begin a season, following Tyler Courtney in 2019 and Tanner Thorson in 2020. Kofoid also won the season opener in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park in the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In his debut at Port City in 2020, Kofoid finished 8th and 11th on each of the two nights, which he readily admitted were not up to par with his expectations. Those expectations were undoubtedly met, and exceeded, on this particular night.

“I’m glad to be the first repeat USAC winner, but to also win at a track that bit us, or at least that we struggled at. It was our kryptonite, a little bit,” Kofoid explained. “Jarett (Martin), Grant (Penn) and Andrew (West) did a really good job with the car. We’ve found so much speed. This is the same car I ended last year with; it’s kind of old faithful, and it’s just going really good.”

Kofoid qualified three cars from the end of the line in the 48-car field, clocking in 13th fastest overall, but felt his best opportunity was to win the heat in order to secure a surefire top-ten starting spot. Instead, the plan came up one spot short, finishing 2nd to Tyler Thomas in the first heat and relegating him to a 16th place starting spot on an elbows up, no rest for the weary type of racetrack.

“When I saw that I started 16th, I thought, ‘oh this is going to be tough. Hopefully, we can get a top-ten out of this.’”

Kofoid didn’t spend much time getting himself acclimated to the back, climbing his way into the top-ten by lap four while Logan Seavey, a hard charger himself from 19th to 2nd a year ago at Port City, led the way at the head of the field.

Trouble was in the cards for several in the early going with Tyler Thomas clipping a sideways Ryan Timms on the third lap while racing for 8th, which sent Thomas flipping in turn three. Thomas restarted from the tail, but retired from the race shortly thereafter, finishing 24th. On the ensuing restart, defending series champion and 3rd place running Chris Windom spun in turn two, collecting Kevin Thomas Jr. in the skirmish. Both restarted from the back with Windom charging up to 12th and Thomas up to 10th.

Daison Pursley, a micro sprint winner just prior to the start of the midget feature, was on a mission early, climbing his way into 2nd on the bottom when he clipped a turn four infield tire, nearly causing him to flip. Once he landed on all fours, it was apparent that his left rear tire was flat, sending him to the work area before returning to finish 13th.

Ryan Timms, making his first career series start, became the newest challenger to the throne, sliding by Seavey briefly for the lead in turn three on lap eight. Justin Grant snuck under Timms for the position three laps later on the 11th circuit, sending Timms back to third with a surging Thomas Meseraull on the trail just behind in fourth.

On lap 13, disaster struck for Timms as Meseraull attempted a slide job under Timms entering turn three. The resulting meeting of wheels involved contact between the two, which sent Timms flipping hard toward the outside wall while Meseraull escaped with the position. Timms’ night was finished with a heavy amount of right front damage.

The surface was tricky with Seavey rolling the bottom in turns one and two and riding the cushion at the top in turns three and four, while Meseraull surpassed Grant and stayed tried and true to the high line – for the most part. Meseraull took his shot at Seavey for the lead with a slider in turn three but couldn’t make it stick as Seavey drove back underneath the 2018 series champ exiting turn four.

With Meseraull and Grant mired in a tussle for second, the duo of Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid barged into the top-five fray, surrounded by a mix of frontrunning foes and lapped traffic. McIntosh, who earlier had set the fastest qualifying time, and was now fourth in the order, ultimately saw the demise of his quality performance as he and 22nd running Brenham Crouch made contact while trying to squeeze to the bottom of turn one, sending McIntosh into a spin and stop. After restarting, McIntosh finished 8th.

Under yellow, when all seemed to quiet down on the western front, race leader Logan Seavey stopped in turn two with a battery issue. He eventually was able to refire, albeit briefly, for the restart at the back of the pack, but dropped out just laps later with a 21st place finish.

With Kofoid now running second, and figurative blood in the water, he raced his way past Grant on the bottom in turn three one lap after the restart on the 29th circuit to snare the lead, while Meseraull too sped around Grant on lap 32 for the second spot. Yet Kofoid felt like he had on Superman’s cape, with his car able to go anywhere he wanted, any place, any time.

“I was good on the top early when people didn’t really recognize that the top was good, especially in three and four,” Kofoid revealed. “I moved down at the right time on the bottom, and then found the bottom in three and four out front by myself, and I was able to use that to pick off some of the leaders, then I was able to move back to the top of three and four. At the end of the day, I could move around wherever I wanted.”

Although Meseraull was able to continuously hound Kofoid for the lead between laps 30 and 39, by lap 40, Kofoid had completely stretched his lead out to a full second, an interval which remained consistent despite a bevy of competition standing in his path on his preferred line. But Kofoid was able to freely move his car to where he needed to put it with pinpoint precision to maintain his relatively comfortable advantage.

Kofoid noted that he simply found the different areas of the track at just the right time, and at the end of the day, he was just going to go where they weren’t.

“Starting 16th with USAC, alone, at any track is tough,” Kofoid said. “But, especially here at Port City where it’s one of the smallest tracks we go to and one of the closest and hardest racing tracks. You can never get away from anyone, as opposed to bigger places where you can kind of check out. But here, it feels like you’re always in some kind of constant battle.”

Kofoid prevailed in every battle on this night, closing out his victory with a 0.808 sec. margin of victory over the late-surging Brian Carber, who was making his first career USAC National Midget appearance. Meseraull took third while Jason McDougal was fourth and Justin Grant rounded out the top-five.

The hot start, the series point lead and complete, total confidence has provided Kofoid a clear focus on his prevailing goal, which has never wavered in what he has considered to be the best start to a season in his career so far.

“My focus is the championship,” Kofoid said. “I want nothing more than to win a USAC national championship. We’ve started off right, and there’s some things we’ve got to work on, but we’re heading in the right direction and our cars just race really good.”

Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.) turned in one of the most impressive USAC National Midget debuts in recent times with a runner-up finish in his Hayward Motorsports/B & H Contractors – Stanton Racing Engines – Byrd – FK/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

“This place blew off and got really wide, and there’s a lot of guys that can rotate the top pretty well,” Carber said. “We had some difficulties throughout the race, but I started working the shocks and began to migrate to the bottom and just set it up for the bottom. I followed Buddy (Kofoid) in the beginning, and he knows how to race. This SR-11, it honks, and I’m pretty proud of the whole team and everyone that’s on this deal. I’m just grateful for the opportunity to be here.”

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) had an eventful evening as he wrestled at the front in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota, riding the high line as long as it lasted en route to a third-place result.

“You pretty much just hang your elbows up and go for it here,” Meseraull said. “I’m pretty stoked at that run. When it goes to the bottom, you don’t expect T-Mez to win races. I was up there just trying to sell shirts.”

Also of note, Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) raced from the C to the B to the A where he finished 7th in Saturday night’s feature. Along the way, Miller passed a total of 30 cars to take the lead of the ProSource T-Town Midget Showdown Passing Master standings entering Sunday’s finale at Port City.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 10, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.426; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.526; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.550; 4. Ryan Timms, 84, CBI-9.601; 5. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.604; 6. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.618; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-9.618; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.629; 9. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-9.635; 10. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.648; 11. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.667; 12. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-9.682; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.687; 14. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.692; 15. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.695; 16. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.700; 17. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.725; 18. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.736; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.750; 20. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.753; 21. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.775; 22. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.788; 23. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.818; 24. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.822; 25. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.826; 26. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.839; 27. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.861; 28. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.864; 29. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-9.902; 30. Sam Johnson, 72J, Johnson-9.904; 31. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-9.919; 32. Joe B. Miller, 49, Lewis-9.932; 33. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.939; 34. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-10.012; 35. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-10.049; 36. Chase McDermand, 40m, McDermand-10.062; 37. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-10.156; 38. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.176; 39. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-10.187; 40. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-10.187; 41. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-10.222; 42. Curtis Jones, 10x, Jones-10.307; 43. Ryan Bickett, 17H, Bickett-10.327; 44. Kurt Stellhorn, 17x, Stellhorn-10.357; 45. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.369; 46. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-10.381; 47. Zac Millikin, 3ps, Hunt-10.386; 48. Cade Cowles, 70, Gariss-NT (Time of 10.176 disallowed due to a right rear tire violation).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Kyle Jones, 9. Austin Barnhill, 10. Chad Frewaldt, 11. Kevin Brewer, 12. Chance Morton. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brian Carber, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 7. Tanner Berryhill, 8. Kevin Bayer, 9. Curtis Jones, 10. Casey Hicks, 11. Ethan Mitchell, 12. Alex Sewell. 1:40.369

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chase Randall, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Trey Marcham, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Trey Gropp, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Kade Morton, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Ryan Bickett, 12. Jake Neuman. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Joe B. Miller, 6. Andrew Deal, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Jesse Colwell, 9. Chase McDermand, 10. Cade Cowles, 11. Oliver Akard, 12. Kurt Stellhorn. 1:40.040

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Jacob Denney, 2. Joe B. Miller, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Tanner Berryhill, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Chad Frewaldt, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Kevin Bayer, 9. Curtis Jones, 10. Zac Millikin, 11. Cade Cowles, 12. Kevin Brewer, 13. Kade Morton, 14. Oliver Akard, 15. Ryan Bickett, 16. Casey Hicks, 17. Kurt Stellhorn, 18. Austin Barnhill. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Joe B. Miller, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Alex Sewell, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Ace McCarthy, 9. Jacob Denney, 10. Ethan Mitchell, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Jesse Colwell, 14. Chance Morton, 15. Tanner Berryhill, 16. Andrew Deal, 17. Taylor Reimer, 18. Chase McDermand. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (16), 2. Brian Carber (14), 3. Thomas Meseraull (9), 4. Jason McDougal (12), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. Kyle Jones (13), 7. Joe B. Miller (21), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 9. Emerson Axsom (7), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 11. Tanner Thorson (17), 12. Chris Windom (2), 13. Daison Pursley (3), 14. Trey Marcham (24), 15. Jonathan Beason (10), 16. Sam Johnson (20), 17. Alex Sewell (19), 18. Cannon McIntosh (6), 19. Chase Randall (15), 20. Ethan Mitchell (23), 21. Logan Seavey (1), 22. Brenham Crouch (22), 23. Ryan Timms (4), 24. Tyler Thomas (8). NT

**Austin Barnhill flipped during the C-Main. Casey Hicks flipped during the C-Main. Andrew Deal flipped during the semi. Tyler Thomas flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Ryan Timms flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Logan Seavey, Lap 28 Justin Grant, Laps 29-50 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-241, 2-Thomas Meseraull-228, 3-Chris Windom-206, 4-Tanner Thorson-204, 5-Justin Grant-203, 6-Emerson Axsom-192, 7-Daison Pursley-186, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-149, 9-Cannon McIntosh-135, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-131.

OVERALL PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-21, 2-Bryant Wiedeman-19, 3-Buddy Kofoid-16, 4-Robert Ballou-16, 5-Chris Windom-15, 6-Justin Grant-13, 7-Tanner Thorson-13, 8-Jadon Rogers-13, 9-C.J. Leary-12, 10-Brian Carber-12.

T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Joe B. Miller-30, 2-Buddy Kofoid-16, 3-Brian Carber-13, 4-Trey Marcham-13, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-12, 6-Jacob Denney-11, 7-Zac Millikin-9, 8-Cade Cowles-9, 9-Jason McDougal-8, 10-Sam Johnson-8.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 11, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – T-Town Midget Showdown – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP High Performance Award: Trey Marcham

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Cannon McIntosh

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tyler Thomas

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Jonathan Beason

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Justin Grant

KSE Racing Products / Dragonfly Aviation Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (16th to 1st)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Daison Pursley

Saldana Racing Products / OpenWheel101.com First Non-Transfer: Brenham Crouch

ProSource Hard Work Award: Joe B. Miller

 

 

MITCHEL MOLES GETS FIRST USAC WESTERN MIDGET WIN AT HANFORD

HANFORD, CA – APRIL 10, 2021… Taking control from Austin Liggett on the tenth circuit, Mitchel Moles (Fresno, CA) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win at Hanford’s “Open Wheel Madness.” Driving the Matt Wood Racing owned #07W Elk Grove Ford Spike, Moles topped the $1,200 Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) co-sanctioned event at Keller Auto Speedway. Ryan Bernal, point leader Liggett, Blake Bower and Shannon McQueen rounded out the top-five.

Looking for her first win at the Kings County Fairgrounds, Maria Cofer led the first circuit. After a wild flip in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature, Liggett dashed those hopes and led the “mighty midgets” until Moles took command. Despite several caution flags, Mitchel shook free from all challengers and added his name to the record books.

Moles began the night by setting the top mark in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 15.935 over the 20-car roster.

Starting nineteenth in the main event, Colton Raudman (Redding, CA) scored the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a twelfth place finish. After his first start of the season, the rookie contender left Hanford ranked twenty-fourth in championship points.

The 8-lap heat race victories went to Bernal (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Bower (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat), and Colby Johnson (Ultra Shield Race Products / Rod End Supply Third Heat).

Next Saturday, April 17th, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The third point race will also feature the popular USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 10, 2021 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Open Wheel Madness” – co-sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 07W, Wood-15.935; 2. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-15.964; 3. Colby Johnson, 17K, Morris-16.199; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.204; 5. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-16.233; 6. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.243; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.247; 8. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-16.328; 9. Tony Gualda, 1X, LKK-16.349; 10. Ryan Bernal, 21, Tarlton-16.390; 11. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-16.524; 12. Brody Fuson, 73X, Ford-16.524; 13. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.642; 14. Blake Bower, 9, Walker-16.645; 15. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-16.683; 16. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-16.724; 17. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares- 16.744; 18. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-16.939; 19. Colton Raudman, 2C, Schutte/McElwee-17.235; 20. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-17.321.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Liggett, 3. Beilman, 4. Moles, 5. McQueen, 6. Sarna, 7. Raudman. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bower, 2. Prickett, 3. Andreotti, 4. Worth, 5. Schutte, 6. Soares, 7. Hazelton. NT.

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Cofer, 3. Fuson, 4. Gualda, 5. Nichols, 6. Ito. NT.

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. Mitchel Moles (6), 2. Ryan Bernal (7), 3. Austin Liggett (2), 4. Blake Bower (8), 5. Shannon McQueen (9), 6. Tony Gualda (11), 7. Alex Schutte (10), 8. David Prickett (12), 9. Ben Worth (5), 10. Maria Cofer (3), 11. Colby Johnson (4), 12. Colton Raudman (19), 13. Dylan Ito (18), 14. Jarrett Soares (17), 15. Terry Nichols (15), 16. Kyle Beilman (16), 17. C.J. Sarna (14), 18. Ron Hazelton (20), 19. Brody Fuson (13). NT ---------------------------- **Beilman flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Cofer, Laps 2-9 Liggett, Laps 10-25 Moles. ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Colton Raudman (19th to 12th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Austin Liggett-146, 2-Shannon McQueen-136, 3-Blake Bower-126, 4-David Prickett-117, 5-Ben Worth-99, 6-Colby Johnson-90, 7-Chase Johnson-83, 8-Dylan Ito-82, 9-Maria Cofer-81, --Mitchell Moles-81.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California


 

 

RYAN BERNAL TOPS HANFORD’S OPEN WHEEL MADNESS

HANFORD, CA – APRIL 10, 2021… For the 50th time in series history, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars took to Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway and Ryan Bernal (Hollister, CA) claimed the top spot. Piloting the Matt Wood Racing #17W Elk Grove Ford entry, Bernal took advantage of a slower car to pass Kaleb Montgomery on lap seventeen and sailed to the 37th series win of his career. After earning the $1,500 victory, the new point leader was followed by Montgomery, Brody Roa, Jace Vander Weerd, and D.J. Johnson.

From the pole position, Jace Vander Weerd led the first eight laps until the third starting Montgomery took command. Looking for his second career win, Kaleb found the low groove to his liking until reaching traffic. With Montgomery’s progress slowed, the sixth starting Bernal carried extra momentum from the outside lane and powered to lead. Once out front, the night belonged to Ryan Bernal and the veteran driver took the checkered flags at the Kings County Fairgrounds.

Bernal began the night by posting his eighteenth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 16.468 over the 18-car roster.

Storming from twelfth to sixth in the main event, Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA) claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors. Boul left Hanford ranked seventh in the point chase.

The 8-lap heat race victories went to Brody Fuson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Roa (Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars Second Heat), and Johnson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Next Saturday, April 17th, the USAC West Coast 360s will invade the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California for their second round of action. The popular USAC Western States Midgets will join the action packed card.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: April 10, 2021 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Open Wheel Madness”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Bernal, 17W, Wood-16.468; 2. Brody Roa, 8M, May-16.504; 3. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.626; 4. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-16.710; 5. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-16.736; 6, Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-16.741; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.747; 8. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-16.778; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.786; 10. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-17.000; 11. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-17.124; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.175; 13. Brody Fuson, 73, Ford-17.290; 14. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.323; 15. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.423; 16. Kyle Edwards, 39, Edwards-17.532; 17. Tuesday Calderwood, 4C, Calderwood-18.109; 18. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Bernal, 3. Edwards, 4. Faria, 5. Hodges, 6. Soares, NT.

SWAY-A-WAY TORSION BARS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Carter, 3. Fendley, 4. Schank, 5. Boul, 6. T.Calderwood. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Liggett, 3. Montgomery, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Timmons, 6. L.Calderwood. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Ryan Bernal (6), 2. Kaleb Montgomery (3), 3. Brody Roa (5), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (1), 5. D.J. Johnson (8), 6. Tanner Boul (12), 7. Brody Fuson (7), 8. Cody Fendley (4), 9. Danny Faria Jr. (2), 10. Jarrett Soares (10), 11. Logan Calderwood (15), 12. Nate Schank (14), 13. Jake Hodges (11), 14. Tuesday Calderwood (17), 15. Kyle Edwards (16), 16. Ryan Timmons (9), 17. Austin Liggett (13), 18. Trent Carter (18). NT.
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**Liggett flipped on lap 8 the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Vander Weerd, Laps 9-16 Montgomery, Laps 17-30 Bernal.
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tanner Boul (12th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Ryan Bernal-83, 2-Brody Roa-77, 3-Kaleb Montgomery-74, 4-D.J. Johnson-66, --Jace Vander Weerd-66, 7-Tanner Boul-59, 8-Cody Fendley-57, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-51, 10-Jarrett Soares-49.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 17 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California

 

 

Rain Pushes T-Town to Saturday-Sunday APRIL 9, 2021 ‌ RAIN PUSHES T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN TO SATURDAY-SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 9, 2021)………Heavy rain hit Port City Raceway shortly after Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying concluded, washing out Friday’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation.

Friday’s show has been postponed until Sunday, April 11, with hot laps starting at 5pm Central, then leading straight into the heat races, the last chance races and the 30-lap feature. Tickets and pit passes from Friday night’s event are good for Sunday only.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) set fast time during qualifying on Friday night, with Franklin, Indiana’s Emerson Axsom (9.508), Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (9.545), Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (9.561) and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Jason McDougal (9.564) rounding out the top-five in the 47-car field.

The Saturday night edition of the T-Town Midget Showdown is on as scheduled and will be a separate, new complete show with hot laps, qualifying, prelims and the 50-lap feature event.

On Saturday, the pits open at 2pm CDT, with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30 with qualifying and racing immediately following.

On Sunday, for new attendees, adult advance general admission tickets are $25. On race day, the tickets are $30 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

On Saturday’s racing events, adult advance general admission tickets are $30. On race day, the tickets are $35 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased in advance at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at: www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of racing action can be viewed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 9, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.474; 2. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.508; 3. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.545; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.561; 5. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.564; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.568; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-9.580; 8. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-9.588; 9. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.592; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.596; 11. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.607; 12. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.612; 13. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.620; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.639; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-9.641; 16. Joe B. Miller, 49, Lewis-9.650; 17. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.673; 18. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.677; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.695; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.704; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.713; 22. Kyle Jones, 7u, Tri-Fecta-9.723; 23. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.732; 24. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.750; 25. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-9.762; 26. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.770; 27. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-9.780; 28. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.794; 29. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-9.829; 30. Ryan Timms, 84, CBI-9.838; 31. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.875; 32. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.927; 33. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-9.997; 34. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-10.017; 35. Kevin Bayer, 91K, Bayer-10.031; 36. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-10.032; 37. Noah Harris, 20H, Harris-10.048; 38. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Johnson-10.099; 39. Chad Frewaldt, 4c, Frewaldt-10.141; 40. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-10.244; 41. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.292; 42. Kyle Wilson, 05, Wilson-10.298; 43. Zac Millikin, 3ps, Hunt-10.380; 44. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-10.386; 45. Curtis Jones, 10x, Jones-10.563; 46. Kurt Stellhorn, 17x, Stellhorn-10.635; 47. Glenn Bratti, 24T, Bratti-10.736.

REMAINDER OF EVENT IS SUSPENDED UNTIL APRIL 11, 2021

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-164, 2-Chris Windom-161, 3-Thomas Meseraull-156, 4-Tanner Thorson-156, 5-Daison Pursley-141, 6-Emerson Axsom-138, 7-Justin Grant-137, 8-Tanner Carrick-111, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-99, 10-Logan Seavey-98.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 10-11, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – T-Town Midget Showdown – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track


 


MITCHELL LEADS THE WAY
IN T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 8, 2021)………Ethan Mitchell turned the quickest lap in Thursday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice session in preparation for two full nights of racing this Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Mitchell, in his Bundy Built Motorsports/QRC – Mark 4 – Walker Filtration – Arai/Spike/Bundy Built Honda, clocked in with a top lap of 9.173 sec. around the 1/8-mile dirt oval. The Mooresville, N.C. native set the top in practice session number one.

A total of 15 drivers were under the one-lap USAC National Midget track record at Port City, set in 2020 by Cannon McIntosh at 9.398.

Mitchell was followed by Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) at 9.211 and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) third at 9.215. Jacob Denney (Springfield, Ohio), making his USAC National Midget debut this weekend, timed in fourth at 9.225 while last year’s T-Town Midget Showdown winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 9.238.

Twenty-four drivers recorded a time in Thursday night’s practice. More than 40 drivers have pre-entered for the weekend’s races paying $3,000 to win on Friday and $7,001 to win on Saturday.

On both Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 2pm CDT, with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30 with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Friday, adult advance general admission tickets are $25. On race day, the tickets are $30 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

On Saturday’s racing events, adult advance general admission tickets are $30. On race day, the tickets are $35 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased in advance at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at: www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of racing action can be viewed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: April 8, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-9.173; 2. Chris Windom, 89, CB-9.211; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-9.215; 4. Jacob Denney, 35, Petry-9.225; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-9.238; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-9.244; 7. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-9.252; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-9.261; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-9.268; 10. Tanner Thorson, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-9.321; 11. Jonathan Beason, 8J, Hard Eight-9.339; 12. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-9.346; 13. Tanner Berryhill, 17, Berryhill-9.364; 14. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-9.386; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-9.392; 16. Jesse Colwell, 14H, MSW-9.422; 17. Brian Carber, 19, Hayward-9.422; 18. Alex Sewell, 8, Sewell-9.430; 19. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-9.431; 20. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-9.472; 21. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-9.505; 22. Ace McCarthy, 00, MSW-9.570; 23. Andrew Deal, 15D, Deal-9.631; 24. Kevin Brewer, 47K, Walrus/Brewer-10.082.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 9-10, 2021 – Port City Raceway – Tulsa, Oklahoma – T-Town Midget Showdown – 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

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T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN ENTRY LIST
(44 drivers)

00 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS

05 KYLE WILSON/Jenks, OK

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL

3ps ZAC MILLIKIN/Pryor, OK

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

5H CASEY HICKS/Westwood, KS

7MF CHANCE MORTON/Coweta, OK

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 ALEX SEWELL/Broken Arrow, OK

8J JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

8m KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR

10x CURTIS JONES/Sand Springs, OK

14H JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15D ANDREW DEAL/Caney, KS

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK

19 BRIAN CARBER/Pipersville, PA

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21K EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK

21KS TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE

24T GLENN BRATTI/Springdale, AR

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK

32 TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL

47K KEVIN BREWER/Owasso, OK

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

70 CADE COWLES/Bixby, OK

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS MAKE 50TH HANFORD VISIT AT SATURDAY’S “OPEN WHEEL MADNESS”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2021... This Saturday, April 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their 2021 season at Keller Auto Speedway. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the “Open Wheel Madness” will be the 50th event for the non-winged 360 group at the Hanford, California oval. The winged Kings of Thunder 410 Sprints and the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will join the action packed card. The Pit Gates open at 1:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:45pm, Time Trials at 6:00pm, and Racing will start at 7:00pm. Due to local regulations, a limited number of grandstands tickets are available and must be purchased online at market.myracepass.com. Pit passes are available and the event will follow COVID-19 protocols with face coverings required for people on the grounds. Located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at kellerautospeedway.com or visiting the track’s social media. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2021 ENGINE CYLINDER RULES: Legal ASCS spec cylinder head w/ 2 3/16 Injector/Restrictor; or 2 3/16 with any open legal head. All Open head must be within 1 degree of OEM Head. All heads ASCS and Open must be Chevy 23 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Ford 20 degree plus or minus 1 degree. Dodge 18 degree plus or minus 1 degree.
- 2021 WEIGHT RULE: 1,475 lbs. with driver for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and VRA Sprint Cars. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

To date, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd, who leads all drivers with ten Hanford victories, also claimed the last appearance on May 12, 2018. Track promoter Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010 and the complete series track win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags waved at Petaluma on October 17th, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) claimed the fourth win of his career. On March 12th, the 2016 Rookie of the Year used his 360 engine and topped the USAC/CRA 410 feature at Kern County. A talented roster of drivers are expected at Hanford, including Koen Shaw, Brody Roa, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Tanner Boul, Kaleb Montgomery, Trent Carter, D.J. Johnson, Kyle Edwards, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Open Wheel Madness)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GSP NORTH AMERICA PARTNERS WITH USAC RACING

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 7th, 2021) GSP North America, a leading manufacturer and distributor in the automotive aftermarket, announces 2021 partnership with the United States Auto Club.

USAC will help drive the GSP brand message to its dedicated fan base through FloRacing, social media outlets, and on-site activation opportunities.

“The explosive growth of FloRacing attracts new, quality brands such as GSP to activate their products through USAC’s broad portfolio of racing series” stated Kevin Miller, USAC President. “We are excited for this new partnership to kick off this year and help establish the GSP name throughout USAC’s racing series.”

With over 100 live events throughout the United States. GSP will be able to directly engage and educate attendees about the GSP brand. At the end of each race, USAC will award a racer with the GSP DRIVING PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT Award to recognize their outstanding individual effort.

“We are excited to partner with USAC to support our efforts of building the GSP brand though motorsports engagement.” Michael Ceritano, COO of GSP North America stated, “Reaching the core motorsport fan with the GSP message of quality, reliability, and performance is key to our long-term growth strategy.

To learn more about GSP North America, visit www.gspnorthamerica.com

ABOUT USAC RACING Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) remains the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series, including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing, in addition to Road Racing, Off Road and Power Sports, boasting a competitor base of more than 17,000 at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.

ABOUT GSP GSP North America has two distribution centers, one in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Santa Fe Springs, California to ensure its customers have access to their product nationwide. With their full distribution centers, they offer sales, customer service, and technical support for their customers.

 

 

STORYLINES: T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 7, 2021)………The 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season is young, just two races old, but an interesting array of storylines have emerged at the forefront for this Friday and Saturday’s two-night Werco Manufacturing T-Town Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation, which arrives at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 9-10, with an open practice set for Thursday, April 8.

THE BULLRING EFFECT

The 1/8-mile tracks can be wild, wooly, chaotic, hectic and thrilling. But, mostly, they can be unpredictable. We saw three and even four-wide action throughout both nights of last year’s T-Town Midget Showdown. Regardless of whether you’re running up front or mid-pack, you seemingly have a shot to play yourself into contention. Lapped traffic comes quickly, and there’s no room for error, or comfort, when you’re constantly battling for position on the leaderboard or track position.

THORSON THE NEW SHOE FOR REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

As announced last week, 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson picked up a midget ride with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. With new teams, it hasn’t taken Thorson long to get up to speed. In 2020, he won his first time out with Hayward Motorsports. With Tom Malloy’s team, he finished 4th in his first start and won in his third. With Dave Mac Motorsports in Ocala, Fla. to start the 2021 season, Thorson finished 2nd in his first start. This time, the learning curve may not be as drastic with the same crew and same team that support him on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail.

GONE STREAKING

Speaking of Thorson, no drivers owns a longer streak of top-ten finishes in the series than he. He has 16 in a row coming into this weekend’s events at Port City, a streak which, oddly enough, began in the series’ most recent trip to Oklahoma, at Red Dirt Raceway on July 21, 2020, which he won.

Thorson’s streak of 16 consecutive top-tens is 13 more than his nearest competitor, Buddy Kofoid. Chris Windom and Daison Pursley, along with Kofoid, remain the lone three drivers to finish inside the top-five of both races this season. Kofoid’s streak goes back to the finale of last year where he has also finished inside the top-five in six of his last seven (3 wins, 1 third and 2 fourths).

Of the drivers mentioned above, Windom has the best average finish with USAC at Port City (2.5), only behind Tyler Courtney’s 2.0 from last year.

BIG MICRO EXPERIENCE

Track experience always helps, and this weekend’s field features several racers who’ve competed extensively at Port City, the hotbed of micro sprint racing, where many of today’s young stars cut their teeth on their way up the ranks. Among the frequent winners over the years in micros at the track are Jason McDougal, Taylor Reimer, Cannon McIntosh, Alex Sewell, Tyler Thomas, Jonathan Beason, Daison Pursley and Glenn Bratti, just to name a few.

HOMETOWN HEROES

Oklahoma has been the breeding ground for a number of standouts in USAC racing in recent years with the likes of Christopher Bell and T-Town Midget Showdown event promoter Brady Bacon among those to collect National championships. More than one-third of this weekend’s driver roster shows Okie pride, including those listed above as well as Ace McCarthy, Kyle Wilson, Chance & Kade Morton, Tanner Berryhill, Emilio Hoover, Trey Marcham, Kevin Brewer and Cade Cowles. However, not once has an Oklahoma native won a USAC National Midget race in their home state. Yet.

MO’ MONEY

A huge thank you goes to FK Indy ($1,001) and Priority Aviation/Marshall Family ($1,000) for upping the winner’s share to $7,001 for the Saturday night feature of the T-Town Midget Showdown. That marks the biggest winner’s share since the 2019 BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS. Additionally, Dahmer Powertrain, Inc. has also increased the minimum payout for all midget feature starters to $500 on Saturday.

LONG RACE, SHORT TRACK

Saturday’s feature event is scheduled for 50 laps. The four most recent 50-lap winners of a USAC National Midget feature are in this weekend’s field: Tanner Thorson (2020), Cannon McIntosh (2019), Logan Seavey (2018) and Justin Grant (2017), all of which came at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. For three of those drivers – McIntosh, Seavey and Grant, it was their first career USAC National Midget win. The last 50-lap USAC National Midget feature that was held in Oklahoma came at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City during the 1962 season, won by Jimmy Davies.

HELLO NEUMAN

Jake Neuman is one of those eying a first career USAC National Midget feature victory. He was the victor of a POWRi event at Port City on March 28. Daison Pursley has been on the verge of a breakthrough first USAC National win of late. He’s won in a micro at Port City as recently as two weeks ago, as has Taylor Reimer, Alex Sewell and Jonathan Beason, who’s won in both a midget and a micro there. Mix in the likes of series regulars Emerson Axsom, Bryant Wiedeman, Chase Randall, Brenham Crouch, Ethan Mitchell, Kyle Cummins, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson and more, contenders stand a more than prominent chance for a first win. Buddy Kofoid was the sole first-time USAC National Midget winner in 2020, doing so at Sweet Springs, Mo.

T-MEZ SEZ BACK-TO-BACK?

Tanner Thorson and Buddy Kofoid are the only two drivers in the T-Town Midget Showdown field to win back-to-back USAC National Midget races in their careers. Tanner Thorson did it twice, first in 2015 and again in 2016, while Kofoid did so toward the end of 2020. Thomas Meseraull was the most recent winner with the series in February in Ocala, Fla. and also has the opportunity to win two of the first three races to start the year, as does Kofoid. Either one would become the third consecutive driver to score two of three to start off a year if he could pull it off: Tyler Courtney (2019) and Thorson (2020).

CAN C-MAC GET BACK ON TRACK?

Bad luck and misfortune have found its way to Cannon McIntosh in the early part of the 2021 season. After finishing 11 out of the final 14 races of 2020 with a top-ten finish, he started off in Florida this year with 14th and 11th place results. However, this weekend could mark the flip of the script at a track, Port City, where he owns the one-lap USAC Midget track record of 9.398 sec. in addition to a victory in the Turnpike Challenge Midget race there in 2020. He enters this weekend with a bit of momentum as the winner of last Saturday’s USAC Midget non-points special event, the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.

CHARGED UP!

Two of the biggest charges through the field during the 2020 USAC National Midget season came at Port City, the only track with two position advancements that ranked within the top-five best from last year. On the opening night, Logan Seavey went 19th to 2nd for an advancement of 17 positions in the feature. On the following night, it was Andrew Layser making up ground from 21st starting position to finish 6th. Port City was also the only track with three charges that ranked inside the top-12 in 2020 with Tanner Carrick also going 22nd to 9th in the opener a year ago. In addition to rewards from KSE Racing Products, drivers will be on the lookout for the $250 bonus each from Dragonfly Aviation, money which goes straight to the hardest charging driver from each night.

AN OKLAHOMA-WAY FROM HOME FOR THE WEEKEND

Just 14 previous USAC National Midget events have been held in Oklahoma between the years of 1957-2020, with five of those events being held in the past three seasons. In all those years, just once has a driver won twice in the Sooner State in USAC National Midget competition – Bob Wente. Justin Grant (Port City), Logan Seavey (Red Dirt) and Tanner Thorson (Red Dirt) have solid opportunities to join Wente this time around as the second two-time Oklahoma winner.

Thursday’s open practice at Port City runs from 6-9pm CDT. Grandstand admission on practice night is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

Both nights, the pits open at 2pm CDT, with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30 with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Friday, adult advance general admission tickets are $25. On race day, the tickets are $30 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

On Saturday’s racing events, adult advance general admission tickets are $30. On race day, the tickets are $35 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at: www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of racing action can be viewed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

PRE-ENTERED DRIVERS FOR THE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN

(42 drivers as of April 6, 2021)

00 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS

05 KYLE WILSON/Jenks, OK

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

5H CASEY HICKS/Westwood, KS

7MF CHANCE MORTON/Coweta, OK

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 ALEX SEWELL/Broken Arrow, OK

8J JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

8m KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR

14H JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15D ANDREW DEAL/Caney, KS

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK

19 BRIAN CARBER/Pipersville, PA

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21K EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK

21KS TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE

24T GLENN BRATTI/Springdale, AR

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

32 TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL

47K KEVIN BREWER/Owasso, OK

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

70 CADE COWLES/Bixby, OK

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

 

BACON AMONG USAC DRIVING STARS
WHO’VE PROMOTED USAC RACES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 6, 2021)………Fresh off his third career championship in 2020 and fresh off his most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win last Saturday at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Brady Bacon is at the peak of his game behind the wheel.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver currently leads the Sprint standings, and now ranks 10th all-time in career wins with 36.

However, with the upcoming Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation coming to the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, Bacon has positioned himself in the role of race promoter for a second-straight year for the event, while also adding the May 9 USAC Silver Crown season opener at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

Geographically, it’s apparent Bacon is promoting events that are meaningful to him, not only in his racing life, but also in his personal life, in his home state of Oklahoma and also in his current residence of Winchester, Ind. Port City’s 1/8-mile dirt oval is where a young Bacon honed his racing craft in micro sprints, making these special events even more special.

“I’d been thinking about it and talking with (wife) Xia Xianna for a while,” Bacon said. “I didn’t want to do something just normal. I wanted it to be a special event. With Mike & Meghan (Eubanks) buying the track, and running it, it just kind of all fell into place. We worked really hard to make that first one work, and we’re working really hard to make the second one even bigger. Everyone had a good time, and the racing was phenomenal. We thought we could do it if we just worked as hard as we do at everything else. The first one seemed to prove that, and we’re hoping to replicate that success in 2021.”

In addition to Port City, Bacon’s promotional efforts have extended to the USAC Silver Crown Series and to another location and place that has been the setting of some of the most major occurrences in his life, including his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win in 2008, the same day in which he also met his future significant other.

“We’ve also added a Silver Crown race at Winchester,” Bacon noted of the race on the high banks of the eastern Indiana paved track. “Winchester is also a special track to us. Winchester changed my life; I met my wife there and we now live in Winchester, so I think that makes it more gratifying that the places we have these races at also have a special place in my life.”

Although he’s not ready to hang up the helmet and firesuit any time soon, Bacon compared the feeling of reward and accomplishment between promoting a successful race and winning a race as a driver.

“It’s a little different,” Bacon said when comparing promoting to driving. “(Promoting) is a lot more stretched out, obviously. You’re working the whole night. I don’t think I really underestimated it, but it confirmed how much work it is if you really want to do it right and staying up with the racetrack. It’s a different feeling, but during the night at Port City, I was never thinking I should be in a car. I’m glad I didn’t try to race and promote at the same time. I think both would suffer. That’ll pretty much limit our promotional endeavors for the next few years, hopefully, because I don’t want to promote and compete at the same time.”

Bacon’s foray into race promoting brings to mind USAC Midget event promoters in recent times, and in times old, where a driver, team owner or someone involved in Midget racing with notable clout has stepped out of the seat and put on the promoting hat.

In recent years, Cody Brewer, a frequent competitor over the past two decades with the USAC Midgets, has promoted events when the series has come to Nebraska and his native Oklahoma.

Bryan Clauson and Lauren Stewart were the promoters of the inaugural Shamrock Classic in 2016 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, a tradition Stewart has carried on ever since. Nick Knepper, meanwhile, a racer with the series in the 2000s and 2010s, promoted a race named for his grandfather, the Junior Knepper 55 USAC Midget Special Event, between 2015 and 2018.

Jerry Nuckles, a three-time USAC National Midget feature winning driver, was the promoter at Ohio’s Columbus Motor Speedway when the series came in the late 2000s, early 2010s, a track that the Nuckles family had long owned.

Davey Hamilton, an 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter and a five-time USAC Western States Midget feature winner, was part of the promotion team at the Terre Haute Action Track for the 2008 Hut 100.

Steve Lewis, the winningest team owner in USAC National Midget history with 133 wins by the famous “Nine” cars, promoted a series of high-paying Twin 25 USAC Midget events at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway during the early 2000s.

Rick Gerhardt, owner of the Western Speed Racing team that won a Night Before the 500 and a pair of Turkey Night Grands Prix in the mid to late 2000s, promoted a USAC National Midget race at Madera (Calif.) Speedway in 2003.

Bobby Wente, son of the 1963 USAC National Midget champ, and a racer in his own right with the series, promoted several USAC Midget events at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. during the 1980s, 90s and 2000s.

Tom Bigelow was the 1984 USAC National Midget champion, and for a time, he promoted Winchester Speedway in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Car builder Dave Ellis, twice a winner on the USAC National Sprint Car trail during Indiana Sprint Week in 1999 with driver Cory Kruseman, promoted the USAC Midget events at Manzanita Speedway in late November of 1998.

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt promoted a number of USAC Silver Crown events, most notably at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, but his first foray in promoting with USAC came with the Midgets, in a doubleheader with the USAC Silver Crown series, at the Milwaukee Mile in 1988.

Billy Engelhart, he of 24 career USAC National Midget wins as a driver, promoted the only USAC National Midget event ever held at Cedar Lake Speedway, in Engelhart’s home state of Wisconsin. USAC Sprint and Midget winning driver Bruce Walkup promoted events at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for a number of years, including two USAC Midget events there in 1984 and 1987.

The 4-Crown Nationals were the brainchild of legendary USAC car owner and official Johnny Vance, who promoted the first two years of the event in 1981 and 1982. USAC Sprint Car winner Duke Cook promoted a slew of USAC Midget events in the late 1970s, at the Cincinnati Gardens, Anderson, Kil-Kare, Angola and Limaland.

Sherman Armstrong, the 1977-78 USAC Sprint Car owner champion and an eight-time winning USAC Midget owner, promoted Salem Speedway for a time in the late 1970s. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winning driver Rodger Ward (1959 & 62) promoted a USAC Midget event at Michigan’s Owosso Speedway in July of 1978, Pancho Carter’s final USAC Midget win.

Thirty-time USAC National Midget feature winning driver Johnny Parsons, like Bacon, promoted during the midst of his career with two early 1977 indoor races at Norfolk, Virginia’s Scope Arena and Louisville, Kentucky’s Freedom Hall, former longtime home of the University of Louisville basketball team.

Hall of Fame photographer Gene Crucean not only owned a winning USAC Midget team, he also promoted an event with fellow Hall of Fame racing photographer John Mahoney in 1976 at the Indianapolis Speedrome. Larry Nuber, a longtime racing commentator for IndyCar, NASCAR and USAC races on ESPN, promoted a USAC Midget event at Ohio’s Dayton Speedway in 1976.

Jan Opperman was one of the finest racers to ever strap into a racecar, but yet, while he was at the peak of his career, he threw his hat into the promotion side of things for three races during the 1974 season near his Nebraska home, at Mid-West Speedway in Lincoln and Sunset Speedway in Omaha.

Doug Caruthers, a 97-time USAC National Midget winning owner, promoted the penultimate race of the 1974 season at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, which marked 1975 and 1976 champion Sleepy Tripp’s first career USAC win.

Larry Rice was busy racing to the USAC National Midget driving title in 1973, but he still had time to promote a series event at the Indiana dirt oval then known as Henry’s Speedway, which has subsequently been called Benton County Speedway, Kamp Motor Speedway and now Daugherty Speedway.

This Thursday’s open practice at Port City runs from 6-9pm CDT. Grandstand admission on practice night is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

Both nights, the pits open at 2pm CDT, with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30 with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Friday, adult advance general admission tickets are $25. On race day, the tickets are $30 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

On Saturday’s racing events, adult advance general admission tickets are $30. On race day, the tickets are $35 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at: www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of racing action can be viewed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.


USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS MAKE 50TH HANFORD VISIT AT SATURDAY’S “OPEN WHEEL MADNESS”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2021... This Saturday, April 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open their 2021 season at Keller Auto Speedway. Promoted by Peter Murphy, the “Open Wheel Madness” will be the 50th event for the non-winged 360 group at the Hanford, California oval. The winged Kings of Thunder 410 Sprints and the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States and Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will join the action packed card. The Pit Gates open at 1:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:45pm, Time Trials at 6:00pm, and Racing will start at 7:00pm. Due to local regulations, a limited number of grandstands tickets are available and must be purchased online at market.myracepass.com. Pit passes are available and the event will follow COVID-19 protocols with face coverings required for people on the grounds. Located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue, more event information can be found at kellerautospeedway.com or visiting the track’s social media. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and VRA Sprint Cars. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK.
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- 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 for cars with an open cylinder head. Cars with an ASCS cylinder head must weigh 1,450 lbs. including driver.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

To date, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd, who leads all drivers with ten Hanford victories, also claimed the last appearance on May 12, 2018. Track promoter Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010 and the complete series track win list is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags waved at Petaluma on October 17th, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) claimed the fourth win of his career. On March 12th, the 2016 Rookie of the Year used his 360 engine and topped the USAC/CRA 410 feature at Kern County. A talented roster of drivers are expected at Hanford, including Koen Shaw, Brody Roa, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Liggett, Austin Ervine, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Tanner Boul, Kaleb Montgomery, Trent Carter, D.J. Johnson, Kyle Edwards, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway is located at the Kings County Fairgrounds at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. For more event information, visit kellerautospeedway.com or the track’s social media.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, 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 usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Ryan Bernal, 6-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-Brody Roa, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK - LOCATION
April 3: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (CANCELLED)
April 10: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Open Wheel Madness)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 12: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 26: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #2)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
September 19: Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
October 9: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle at the Beach #3)
November 26: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (TNGP / Battle at the Beach #4 / SE)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FIELD OF 40+ SET FOR T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN APRIL 9-10 AT PORT CITY
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (April 5, 2021)………Port City Raceway has a nice, warm, welcoming feel to it for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for a multitude of reasons, many of which will be ever present when the series returns for the 2nd running of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation on April 9-10.

The series’ inaugural and most recent foray to the Tulsa, Oklahoma track came in May 2020 in the wake of the pandemic, which at the time, marked the return to racing after a lengthy and unplanned hiatus, which ultimate produced a much-needed taste of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing on the 1/8-mile dirt bullring, and proved to be one of the ultimate highlights of the entire season.

In 2021, the appetite is just as strong to head back to Port City after a break in the series’ schedule of exactly two months and one day will come to a close when the series hits the track for the first time since February in Ocala, Fla. An open practice begins the festivities at Port City on Thursday, April 8, from 6-9pm CDT.

Thus far, 41 drivers and cars are pre-entered for the Elite Racing Promotions event, headed by Brady Bacon and wife Xia Xianna, will feature over $43,000 in purse money and bonuses throughout the two nights of racing at Port City with FK Indy ($1,001) and Priority Aviation/Marshall Family ($1,000) upping the winner’s share to $7,001 for the Saturday night, April 10, 50-lap feature event. Dahmer Powertrain, Inc. has also increased the minimum payout for all midget feature starters to $500 on Saturday.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) comes in as the most recent feature winner with the USAC Midget at Port City, winning the finale of the 2020 T-Town Midget Showdown after leading the final 28 laps, 29 total, to score the victory. On the opening night, the reigning USAC Silver Crown champ won his heat and finished 7th.

Season opening Ocala, Fla. winner and current series point leader Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished 11th and 8th in each of the two nights of “T-Town” in 2020, winning his heat on the second night. His 3rd place run with POWRi on March 28 of this year has been his best run thus far at the track.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), fourth in USAC’s National Midget standings, was victorious in the series’ most recent feature event at Ocala on Feb. 8. A little more than 10 months prior at Port City, he took 13th in the T-Town opener and elevated to 7th on night two.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is equal to Kofoid at the top of the series standings after two events but is officially second coming into the weekend due to the win tiebreaker. The career USAC Triple Crown champ was the only driver to lead laps on both nights of T-Town in 2020 while also finishing on the “podium” both times, taking 3rd on night one after leading 20 and 2nd on night two after pacing the field for 10 more.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) owns the USAC one-lap track record at Port City of 9.398 on night two of T-Town in 2020, which was the first Fatheadz fast qualifying lap under 10 seconds in USAC National Midget racing since John Andretti did so at the Toronto SkyDome in 1993. McIntosh took 5th and won his heat on night one a year ago, and recently finished fifth in March’s Turnpike Challenge at the track. He won that race in 2020, and was also the winner of last Saturday’s USAC Midget non-points special event, the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge, at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) won the opener of the Stenhouse Challenge in West Memphis last Friday. He’s finished inside the top-five in both his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts this season and finished a best of 9th on night two of T-Town one year ago. He took a 4th place result late in 2020 at Port City with POWRi.

A year ago at T-Town, Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports made its debut as a USAC National Midget team. This weekend will mark another debut for the Arizona-based operation with 2016 series champion Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) making his first drive in the team’s midget after being in the seat of the team’s sprint car for nine USAC starts over the past two years. Thorson was 4th and 10th at T-Town in 2020, and captured runner-up finishes at the track’s Turnpike Challenge in both 2016 and 2020. Thorson was victorious in the most recent USAC Midget race held in Oklahoma, winning at Meeker’s Red Dirt Raceway last July.

Reinbold-Underwood finished 2nd in their first outing at T-Town a year ago, at the time driven by Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) from the 19th starting spot to a runner-up finish, which earned him KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for the evening. Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ who now drives for Tom Malloy, went forward again on T-Town night two in 2020, racing from 16th to 5th. Seavey won at Port City in 2020 during POWRI’s Donnie Ray Crawford Sooner State 55.

Oklahoman Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) finished 10th and 11th during the 2020 T-Town and was 10th again with POWRi at Port City in March. The 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner at Wayne City, Ill. earned a best midget finish of 4th at Port City during the Turnpike Challenge of 2016.

Night two opening lap leader Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is one of 19 drivers to start both T-Town features in 2020, along with Grant, Kofoid, McIntosh, Meseraull, Pursley, Seavey, Thomas, Thorson Windom and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), as well as March 28th’s Turnpike Challenge winner Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.), 2019 Port City Turnpike Challenge winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and 2020 7th place Turnpike Challenge finisher Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), along with this year’s non pre-entered drivers Cole Bodine, Clinton Boyles, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Courtney, Andrew Layser and Jesse Love.

Four more drivers made a feature start on just one of the two nights of T-Town in 2020 and return this year. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Emilio Hoover (Broken Arrow, Okla.) each made their USAC debuts at Port City in 2020. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was a micro sprint standout at Port City. Ace McCarthy (Tahlequah, Okla.) is one of 15 Oklahoma drivers on this weekend’s pre-entry list.

The list of T-Town Midget Showdown first-timers includes a handful-plus who do have previous midget experience at Port City, including Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) a 9th place finisher with POWRi in March and a 5th place finisher in the 2020 Sooner State 55. Meanwhile, Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) raced to an 8th place result in the 2020 Sooner State 55.

St. Peters, Missouri’s Sam Johnson (12th), Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (16th), Lincoln, Nebraska’s Trey Gropp (20th), Kennedale, Texas’ Kyle Jones (21st) and Coweta, Oklahoma’s Chance Morton (24th) each participated in March’s Turnpike Challenge at Port City.

Nine-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Kyle Cummins will make his Port City debut with the USAC Midgets as will Derek Hagar (Marion, Ark.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) and 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

NASCAR Cup and Truck Series veteran Tanner Berryhill (Bixby, Okla.) will make his T-Town debut, as will 2020 USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget titlist Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), USAC Midget veterans Kade Morton (Coweta, Okla.), Casey Hicks (Westwood, Kan.) and Oliver Akard (Fort Myers, Fla.), in addition to Brian Carber (Pipersville, Pa.), attempting to make his first USAC feature start, as well as Kevin Brewer (Owasso, Okla.), Cade Cowles (Bixby, Okla.), Kyle Wilson (Jenks, Okla.), Alex Sewell (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Glenn Bratti (Springdale, Ark.).

Drivers and teams can pre-enter for the event now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-entry. Doing so gets you all set up for the two race days and you must pre-enter to guarantee yourself a spot in the main pit area for the weekend.

The Saturday event is the second of two consecutive nights for the series at the 1/8-mile dirt track, which features two complete shows on both Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, with hot laps, qualifying and heat races, followed by the C, B and A-Main features. Friday night’s 30-lap feature event will pay $3,000 to the winner.

Tyler Courtney was victorious in last year’s inaugural series event at Port City while Justin Grant won the Saturday night finale.

Only 14 previous USAC National Midget events have been held in the state of Oklahoma, five of which have been held in the past three seasons. Bob Wente, the 1963 series champion, is the lone multi-time winner in Oklahoma with two. Christopher Bell, Jimmy Caruthers, Jimmy Davies, John Batts, Justin Grant, Lloyd Ruby, Logan Seavey, Roger West, Sleepy Tripp, Steve Cannon, Tanner Thorson and Tyler Courtney have each won once in the Sooner State with the series.

Seven different Oklahoma venues have hosted USAC National Midget events, including Taft Stadium (Taft), which hosted twice, as well as the first in 1957, won by Lloyd Ruby. Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker has welcomed the series in each of the past three years. The Oklahoma City Fairgrounds have hosted twice as has Enid Speedway (Enid), the Oklahoma City Sports Arena and Port City. Lawton Speedway has been a stop on the series schedule once.

Thursday’s open practice at Port City runs from 6-9pm CDT. Grandstand admission on practice night is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

Both nights, the pits open at 2pm CDT, with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30 with qualifying and racing immediately following.

For Friday, adult advance general admission tickets are $25. On race day, the tickets are $30 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

On Saturday’s racing events, adult advance general admission tickets are $30. On race day, the tickets are $35 with children ages 6-12 $10 and kids ages 5 and under free.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at: www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of racing action can be viewed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3dgONXz.

PORT CITY RACEWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS:
1 Lap: 5/23/2020 - Cannon McIntosh - 9.398 - 47.883 mph
10 Laps: 5/22/2020 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 1:38.966 - 45.470 mph

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN OKLAHOMA:
2-Bob Wente
1-Christopher Bell, Jimmy Caruthers, Jimmy Davies, John Batts, Justin Grant, Lloyd Ruby, Logan Seavey, Roger West, Sleepy Tripp, Steve Cannon, Tanner Thorson & Tyler Courtney

PRE-ENTRIES FOR THE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN
(41 drivers as of April 5, 2021)

00 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS

05 KYLE WILSON/Jenks, OK

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

3G KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL

5H CASEY HICKS/Westwood, KS

7MF CHANCE MORTON/Coweta, OK

7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 ALEX SEWELL/Broken Arrow, OK

8J JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

8m KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR

14H JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

17 TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK

19 BRIAN CARBER/Pipersville, PA

19A CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

21K EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK

21KS TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE

24T GLENN BRATTI/Springdale, AR

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

35 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL

47K KEVIN BREWER/Owasso, OK

49 JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

70 CADE COWLES/Bixby, OK

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

PAST PORT CITY USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

MAY 22, 2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Logan Seavey (19), 3. Chris Windom (2), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Cannon McIntosh (9), 6. Andrew Layser (13), 7. Justin Grant (10), 8. Cole Bodine (1), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Tyler Thomas (17), 11. Buddy Kofoid (4), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 13. Thomas Meseraull (5), 14. Dave Darland (15), 15. Jonathan Beason (20), 16. Kaylee Bryson (23), 17. Hank Davis (18), 18. Jake Neuman (24), 19. Daison Pursley (12), 20. Emerson Axsom (14), 21. Jesse Love (11), 22. Ethan Mitchell (16), 23. Clinton Boyles (7), 24. Ace McCarthy (21). NT

MAY 23, 2020 FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (8), 4. Cole Bodine (7), 5. Logan Seavey (16), 6. Andrew Layser (21), 7. Thomas Meseraull (6), 8. Buddy Kofoid (10), 9. Daison Pursley (4), 10. Tanner Thorson (15), 11. Tyler Thomas (12), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Jason McDougal (5), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 15. Robert Dalby (14), 16. Trey Marcham (22), 17. Emilio Hoover (24), 18. Cannon McIntosh (11), 19. Clinton Boyles (9), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Presley Truedson (17), 22. Ethan Mitchell (18), 23. Jesse Love (13), 24. Jonathan Beason (20). NT

 

 

McINTOSH MASTERS STENHOUSE’S HOMETOWN CHALLENGE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

West Memphis, Arkansas (April 3, 2021)………Cannon McIntosh started from the front and parked it in the front in his victorious performance during Saturday’s 30-lap USAC non-points, special event Midget feature at West Memphis, Arkansas’ Riverside International Speedway, night two of the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) started from the pole position en route to notching the victory in his Dave Mac Motorsports ride after earlier winning the first heat race.

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), likewise, captured the victory in the second heat and went on to finish in the runner-up position in the feature behind McIntosh after starting from outside the front row.

Wiedeman led the charge of a trio of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports machines which took the second, third and fourth positions in the final rundown with Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) third and Friday night’s West Memphis winner Daison Pursley fourth.

The event’s namesake, two-time NASCAR Cup victor and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series titlist Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), rounded out the top-five aboard his CB Industries ride.

Derek Hagar (Marion, Ark.) earned the victory in the six-lap dash.

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: April 3, 2021 – Riverside International Speedway – West Memphis, Arkansas – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#89x CB), 3. Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Michael Magic (#5m Magic), 6. Chase Howard (#5o Hagar-Proctor), 7. Austin Wood (#9J Wood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar-Proctor), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 5. Blake Carrier (#44c Lee). 6. Mike Magic (#4m Magic). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Derek Hagar, 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Ethan Mitchell, 6. Bryant Wiedeman. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cannon McIntosh (1), 2. Bryant Wiedeman (2), 3. Brenham Crouch (8), 4. Daison Pursley (6), 5. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3), 6. Tyler Thomas (5), 7. Derek Hagar (4), 8. Ethan Mitchell (7), 9. Chase Howard (11), 10. Mike Magic (12), 11. Blake Carrier (10), 12. Michael Magic (9), 13. Austin Wood (13). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Cannon McIntosh.

 


 

DANNER COLLECTS USAC EAST COAST OPENER AT BRIDGEPORT

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Swedesboro, New Jersey (April 3, 2021)………Briggs Danner of Allentown, Pennsylvania picked up right where he left off after the last series event at the Bridgeport Speedway, as he held off a hard charging Alex Bright to collect the first feature event win of the 2021, Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade.

Danner would start the night off on the right foot by winning his heat race event, setting himself up for a spot in the top nine redraw at the front of the field for the feature event. Danner, by luck of the draw, would pull the number one and lead the field to green for the first feature event of the 2021 series season. Danner, would take the lead from the drop of the green flag over Troy Betts as the field would work into turns one and two.

The initial green flag of the feature event would see a massive increase in position of 2020 Rookie of the Year, Alex Bright, as he would pilot his Hummer Motorsports entry from the ninth place starting position, into fourth, by the completion of lap one. Many drivers were working high, and low, all over the exceptional surface at the Bridgeport Speedway.

By lap five, Danner would hold a strong lead over Troy Betts, Alex Bright, Christopher Allen, and Joey Amantea. The lead for the Bill Gallagher owned 5G entry was sizable as the field would begin to catch the back of the field and begin the lapping process. Danner, Betts, and Bright had opened up a significant lead over the rest of the top ten in the early laps of the feature event. On lap seven, after a major slide job into turns three and four, Alex Bright maneuvered his way into the second place position on the field and began his charge at the leader Briggs Danner.

The top five of the feature field would remain more or less the same as the feature hit the halfway mark with Danner leading: Bright, Joey Amantea, Steven Drevicki and Troy Betts. On lap fifteen of the feature event, Tommy Kunsman and Kenny Miller lll would make contact coming off of turn four and send Miller for a spin off of turn number four.

A caution flag would be one of the last things Danner would want to see, as he would be unaware of the momentum that Bright had been gaining as the race wore on. As the field went green, Bright would go for the dive bomb move into turns one and two, with Danner crossing Bright over off of turn two to retain the race lead.

An early race run inside the top ten would come to an end for Troy Betts as he would make heavy contact with the outside wall along the backstretch and in turn three. As the field checked up, Nash Ely and Christopher Allen would tangle sending both cars for a spin with damage to both. All three would end their feature events on the lap seventeen mark.

The ensuing restart would feature the most intense battle of the night as Briggs Danner and Alex Bright would engage in a battle of slid jobs lap after lap for the top spot in the feature event. Danner would utilize the high, and low side of the speedway to hold off, and cross over the many sliders that Bright, the veteran open-wheel driver would throw at the sprint car rookie. Danner would finally fend off Bright for the feature lead with only three laps to go and go on to collect his second career USAC East Coast feature event win, and second at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park. Alex Bright would come home second, with Joey Amantea, Steven Drevicki, and Tommy Kunsman rounding out the top five.

Briggs Danner will be a busy driver in the northeast this season spending time behind the wheel of many different race cars. Danner will of course wheel the Bill Gallagher 5G in all USAC East Coast Events, USAC Eastern Storm, and Select URC sprint car events. Along with his sprint car schedule, Danner will pilot the family owned 358 modified, and USAC SpeedSTR, along with starts in 600cc micro sprints. The season debut for the Gallagher team was a good one with Danner winning his heat race, the feature event, and leading every lap of the feature event. A strong statement to kick off the 2021 season.

2020 USAC East Coast Rookie of the Year Alex Bright and his Hummer Motorsports team picked off right where the left off in 2020. Bright would finish second in his heat race event and run a strong second, after starting ninth in the feature following the redraw. Bright threw everything he had at Danner for the feature event lead but came up just one spot short. Fortunately for Bright, the series has four more events at Bridgeport, and thirty other features to run and grace victory lane again.

For the second time in as many races at Bridgeport, Joey Amantea would snag a top five finish and run an extremely impressive race. The part time driver in 2020, will hit the series trail full time in 2021 and run for Rookie of the Year honors. Amantea finished a career best fifth place in last season’s event and would improve that mark to third place in the 2021 opener. The now family owned team showed that they have plenty of speed and will content for many top fives during the season.

Fourth place ended up going to reining series champion Steven Drevicki of Reading, PA. Drevicki collected the heat one victory, and would redraw eighth for the feature event. While Drevicki may not have blasted his way to the front of the field as quickly as some other drivers, it was another methodical, and smooth drive into the top five. While Drevicki has commitments to do some USAC National 410 series events in 2021 and will not be a full time regular with the series, Drevicki will continue to contend for wins and top fives whenever he enters the pit area.

Rounding out the top five was series rookie Tommy Kunsman. The multi-time 270 and 600cc micro sprint champion, and winner was extremely impressive in his sprint car debut. Kunsman would start in the tenth place position, and methodically hang around just outside of the top five for most of the feature event. With unfortunate breaks for Kyle Lick, Troy Betts, and some others, Kunsman was able to capitalize and make his presence known at the front of the field. Kunsman put on an impressive performance in his first ever start outside of a full-size racer aside from midgets. No doubt more impressive runs will lie ahead for the Bethlehem, PA Rookie on the series trail in 2021.

Honorable mentions go out to Kenny Miller lll and Kyle Lick. Miller would run inside the top ten early on in the feature event, before going for a spin on lap fifteen. In the ten laps that would follow, Miller would go from the tail end of the field too inside the top ten ending the feature event in the sixth place position. Kyle Lick would start the feature event off in the twelfth place position and made up lots of ground ripping the high side of the speedway. Lick unfortunately made contact with the outside wall with only a few to go, ending his bid at a top five feature finish.

The next event for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, will be next Saturday, April 10th, at the “Speed Palace” of Port Royal Speedway.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: April 3, 2021 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, New Jersey

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, 3 redraw, all qualify) 1. 19-Steven Drevicki, 2. 20-Alex Bright, 3. 83-Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 4. 21K-Tommy Kunsman, 5. 3BC-Nash Ely, 6. 11-Mike Thompson, 7. 117-David Swanson.

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, 3 redraw, all qualify) 1. 22B-Troy Betts, 2. 23mKenny Miller lll, 3. 17J-Jonathan Swanson, 4. 10m-Mike Meyers, 5. 12-Blaine Emery, 6. 7B-Aidan Borden, 7. 83s-Billy Ney.

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, 3 redraw, all qualify) 1. 5G-Briggs Danner, 2. 71-Chris Allen Jr, 3. 88J-Joey Amantea, 4. 8-Kyle Lick, 5. 57-Damon Paul, 6. 7-Ed Aikin, 7. 67-Jason Cherry.

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Tommy Kunsman, 6. Kenny Miller lll, 7. Bruce Buckwalter Jr., 8. Mike Thompson, 9. Ed Aikin, 10. Blaine Emery, 11. Damon Paul, 12. Jonathan Swanson, 13. Mike Meyers, 14. Aidan Borden, 15. David Swanson, 16. Jason Cherry, 17. Kyle Lick, 18. Troy Betts, 19. Chris Allen Jr., 20. Nash Ely, 21. Billy Ney (DNS).

 


BACON WRAPS THE BURG
WITH DOMINANT PERFORMANCE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (April 3, 2021)………Lawrenceburg Speedway is the focal point in which Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing reached yet another zenith in their successful racing relationship.

On Saturday night, the team, based in nearby Milford, Ohio, received its rewards for the previous season’s title – which concluded with a win at Lawrenceburg – during a stirring pre-race ceremony, and saw Rob Hoffman being presented the Richard Hoffman USAC National Sprint Car Entrant Championship trophy, so named in his father’s memory.

Akin to so many prior occasions throughout much of the past decade, when the evening was all said and done, the rewards were aplenty, and the gifts, well, they kept on giving.

Exactly six months to the day of Bacon and team reigning victorious at The Burg in their most recent foray to the southeastern Indiana venue, the team reigned victorious for the 28th time together with the series, and for the second consecutive time at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

The third-winningest combination in the history of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing carried its mojo into its return trip to Lawrenceburg, as the Broken Arrow, Okla. native raced from the sixth starting position to the lead in just six short laps, carrying on to a complete annihilation of the 24-car field by a 2.924 sec. margin at the end of the 30-lap feature.

It was a seemingly comfortable win for the now 36-time USAC National Sprint Car driver, who surpassed Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough for sole possession of 10th all-time. However, Bacon’s comfort cruise was more like a four lane highway in the thick of rush hour traffic for the majority of the contest.

“You never know,” Bacon remarked, referring to how much of a lead a driver possesses in a sprint car race at any given time. “Traffic can really slow you down, and I got to where I wasn’t in the right spot on the track, and I wasn’t really gaining on the lapped cars. So, I assumed they were gaining on me. We had a good lead, but you never really know. But we passed two of the best cars out there, and if you can do that, you’re rolling around pretty good.”

Outside front row starter C.J. Leary grabbed the lead on the initial start but was quickly tracked down by Bacon who ascended to third by the end of lap one after riding the outside line in the wake of Leary with Grant in second.

Following Chase Stockon’s bike and bounce in turn two that brought out an early yellow, Bacon scooted by Grant for second on the restart and, in short order, was threatening Leary’s sovereignty. On the sixth circuit, Bacon stuck a nose underneath Leary in turn three, and was able to get the drive off turn four to secure the top spot.

“I kind of worked him over and just had a good enough car to get by him as quickly as I could just in case it might turn into one lane; it didn’t really, but it could’ve,” Bacon explained. “So, I tried to get to the lead as quickly as I could, and I tried to be as aggressive as I thought I could afford to be in lapped traffic.”

In relatively no time flat – two laps – Bacon let loose to construct a full-straightaway lead over Leary. High, low, slip, slide, dip and dive, Bacon found himself in a personal game of Tetris amongst lapped traffic as he sought to shoot the gap, fill the gap, and move onto the next level in quick succession.

A continuous line of combatants that forced him to move his line high, middle and low, wherever he needed to go, wasn’t enough to slow Bacon down at any rate as he maintained and annexed his interval over Leary down the stretch while, in the process, putting all but the top-10 finishers a lap down at the finish.

Bacon closed out his third career Lawrenceburg USAC National Sprint Car win, after previous triumphs in 2015 and 2020, over Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Valvoline/DRC/Cressman Ford while Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) took third in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – B & H Contractors – AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished fourth while Thomas Meseraull raced to fifth. The top-five finishing drivers Saturday night have all previously won USAC National Sprint Car features at Lawrenceburg in their careers.

Bacon’s win elevated him to the top of the point standings in this still very young season, but a good start is nothing to take for granted, and Bacon is no exception.

“I felt good,” Bacon said. “But once you get to the middle of the year, you can really feel if you’re really good or not. This place has always been kind of hit or miss for us. We always run decent, but the good guys always seem to find the front here. There could be a big difference between a first place car and a fourth place car here. I think we had one of the best cars at (a non-sanctioned event) at Brownstown and one of the best cars in Florida, so we’re pretty happy with how the year has started.”

Bacon next turns his attention to the April 9-10 Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he’ll serve not as a driver, but, instead, in the role of race promoter.

Simultaneously performing the balancing act of successful driver and successful promoter from one weekend to the next is a relatively uncommon occurrence, but he’s bound and determined to make it work.

“We had an extra-long offseason, so we felt pretty prepared. My wife does a lot of the advertising work for the race. We’ll really be hitting it hard this week, get that one behind us, and then we have another one right after that,” Bacon said, alluding to his second promoting endeavor, the May 9 USAC Silver Crown race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 3, 2021 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.297; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.307; 3. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-14.336; 4. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-14.352; 5. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.401; 6. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.412; 7. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.435; 8. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.454; 9. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.476; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.477; 11. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.510; 12. J.J. Hughes, 76, A-Fab-14.515; 13. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.601; 14. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.607; 15. Carson Garrett, 15KO, KO-14.610; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.611; 17. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.634; 18. Dave Darland, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-14.636; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-14.666; 20. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.703; 21. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-14.725; 22. Max Adams, 17G, On The Gass-14.765; 23. Garrett Abrams, 32, Abrams-14.778; 24. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.791; 25. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.823; 26. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.910; 27. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.977; 28. Saban Bibent, 10, Bibent-15.142; 29. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-15.354; 30. Anton Hernandez, 27, Densford-15.386; 31. Ryan Barr, 21B, Barr-15.600.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Sterling Cling, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Cole Bodine, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Aaron Farney, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Chase Stockon. 1:58.459

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Max Adams, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Dickie Gaines. 2:01.061

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Garrett Abrams, 3. Paul Nienhiser, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Ryan Barr. 2:02.934

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. J.J. Hughes, 6. Nick Bilbee, 7. Saban Bibent. 1:59.986

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Nick Bilbee, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Tanner Thorson, 6. J.J. Hughes, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Anton Hernandez, 10. Carson Garrett, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Saban Bibent, 13. Dickie Gaines, 14. Ryan Thomas, 15. Ryan Barr. 3:10.209

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (10), 4. Justin Grant (1), 5. Thomas Meseraull (9), 6. Jadon Rogers (11), 7. Paul Nienhiser (5), 8. Cole Bodine (3), 9. Robert Ballou (22), 10. Stevie Sussex (4), 11. Sterling Cling (7), 12. Nick Bilbee (14), 13. Tanner Thorson (13), 14. Jake Swanson (16), 15. Max Adams (20), 16. Dave Darland (8), 17. Scotty Weir (19), 18. Matt Westfall (12), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 20. J.J. Hughes (15), 21. Kyle Cummins (18), 22. Brandon Mattox (P) (24), 23. Garrett Abrams (21), 24. Chase Stockon (P) (23). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 C.J. Leary, Laps 6-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-224, 2-Justin Grant-220, 3-C.J. Leary-195, 4-Chris Windom-179, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-174, 6-Tanner Thorson-173, 7-Jake Swanson-144, 8-Robert Ballou-142, 9-Kyle Cummins-138, 10-Jadon Rogers-135.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-21, 2-Robert Ballou-16, 3-Chris Windom-15, 4-Jadon Rogers-13, 5-C.J. Leary-12, 6-Chase Stockon-12, 7-Tanner Carrick-9, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-9, 9-Cannon McIntosh-9, 10-Noah Gass-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 16, 2021 – Bloomington Speedway – Bloomington, Indiana – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

GSP Driving Performance of the Night: Stevie Sussex

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jadon Rogers

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Sterling Cling

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dave Darland

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jadon Rogers

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (22nd to 9th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Aaron Farney



PURSLEY POUNCES TO USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT VICTORY AT WEST MEMPHIS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

West Memphis, Arkansas (April 2, 2021)………Daison Pursley captured the victory on the opening night of the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge on Friday at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark.

The race was a non-points, special event for the USAC Midgets.

The Locust Grove, Okla. driver collected $3,000 for his efforts as he raced his way to the front from his third starting position in USAC’s first event at the quarter-mile, gumbo surfaced oval in five seasons aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/IWX – TRD – Toyota – Curb/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Pursley led a podium consisting of three full-timers on USAC’s NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail with fellow Oklahoman Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) taking the runner-up spot for Dave Mac Motorsports in the 25-lap feature while KKM teammate Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) finished third.

The lone driver in Friday night’s field who competed in USAC’s most recent trip to Riverside in 2016 was the race’s namesake, USAC's 2007 National Sprint Car and National Midget Rookie of the Year, and NASCAR regular, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., finished fourth for CB Industries while Michael Magic (Winder, Ga.) rounded out the top-five in his family-owned ride.

The second night of the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge at Riverside continues Saturday, April 3, with front gates opening at 5pm CT, hot laps at 6:30pm and racing scheduled for 7:30pm. Midgets headline once again with the 360 Sprint Cars joining the card along with the Supply House Stock Cars.

Saturday night general admission tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children 6-11 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

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USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2021 – Riverside International Speedway – West Memphis, Arkansas – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 2. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Derek Hagar (#9JR Hagar-Proctor), 4. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 6. Chase Howard (#5o Hagar-Proctor), 7. Blake Carrier (#44c Lee). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 2. Daison Pursley (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#89x CB), 4. Austin Wood (#9J Wood), 5. Michael Magic (#5m Magic), 6. Mike Magic (#4m Magic). NT

DASH: (6 laps) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Tyler Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (3), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Brenham Crouch (6), 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (4), 5. Michael Magic (10), 6. Austin Wood (8), 7. Chase Howard (12), 8. Mike Magic (11), 9. Derek Hagar (7), 10. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 11. Tyler Thomas (9), 12. Blake Carrier (13), 13. Ethan Mitchell (2). NT

NEXT USAC MIDGET SPECIAL EVENT RACE: April 3, 2021 – Riverside International Speedway – West Memphis, Arkansas – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

 

 

THORSON MAKES THE MOVE TO REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD FOR USAC MIDGET SEASON
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (April 1, 2021)………Driver Tanner Thorson announced Thursday that he will compete full-time for the remainder of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

The Minden, Nev. driver and the Gilbert, Ariz. based team will make their midget debut together in the April 9-10 T-Town Midget Showdown at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway.

Exactly one week earlier, Thorson unveiled his plans to contest the full USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule for Reinbold-Underwood in 2021, providing him the opportunity to race for a pair of USAC National championships with the same crew under one roof.

“This thing is fire,” Thorson stated after revealing his new midget ride via Twitter on Thursday night. “I’m ready to get to Port City Raceway with USAC in the 19AZ. I can’t thank (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports) and all of the people that helped me get this going. I’m looking forward to this year.”

Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, competed in the first two events of the 2021 USAC National Midget season in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park for Dave Mac Motorsports. There, Thorson set fast qualifying time for the rain-abbreviated Saturday show as well as Monday’s make-up, while also scoring feature finishes of 2nd and 8th that has him 3rd in the standings entering the Port City events.

Thorson has been a mainstay at the top of the series for the past half-decade with 20 career series wins. He’s also made eight starts over the past two seasons with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports in USAC National Sprint Car racing.

Thorson is one of three Reinbold-Underwood entries for Port City, alongside series Rookie of the Year contenders Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

All drivers and teams can pre-enter for Port City now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-entry. Doing so guarantees yourself a spot in the main pit area for the weekend.

Recently, it was announced that FK Indy ($1,001) and Priority Aviation/Marshall Family ($1,000) have added to the purse to raise the winner’s share to $7,001 for the Saturday night, April 10 feature.

The Saturday event is the second of two consecutive nights for the series at the 1/8-mile dirt track, which features two complete shows on both Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, with hot laps, qualifying and heat races, followed by the C, B and A-Main features. Friday night’s event will pay $3,000 to the winner.

Tyler Courtney was victorious in last year’s inaugural series event at Port City while Justin Grant won the Saturday night finale.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of the event can be viewed live on FloRacing.

 

 

FIRST PRELIMINARY T-TOWN MIDGET ENTRY LIST REVEALED

Tulsa, Oklahoma (March 30, 2021)………The initial edition of the pre-entry list for the second running of the Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation has been revealed with 28 drivers thus far making up the list for the April 9-10 events at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Among the headliners already entered thus far are nine different USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winners, including last year’s Port City final night victor, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), along with Oklahoma natives Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow) and Tyler Thomas (Collinsville).

Series champions Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) already have their names on the dotted line, along with 2021 series winners Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), in addition to Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season opening night winner and many more.

Pre-entries are still being filed as we speak. All drivers and teams can pre-enter now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-entry. Doing so gets you all set up for the two race days and you must pre-enter to guarantee yourself a spot in the main pit area for the weekend.

Recently, it was announced that FK Indy ($1,001) and Priority Aviation/Marshall Family ($1,000) have added to the purse to raise the winner’s share to $7,001 for the Saturday night, April 10 feature.

The Saturday event is the second of two consecutive nights for the series at the 1/8-mile dirt track, which features two complete shows on both Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, with hot laps, qualifying and heat races, followed by the C, B and A-Main features. Friday night’s event will pay $3,000 to the winner.

Tyler Courtney was victorious in last year’s inaugural series event at Port City while Justin Grant won the Saturday night finale.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown. Pit passes can be purchased now at www.TracPass.com.

Both nights of the event can be viewed live on FloRacing.

PRE-ENTRIES FOR THE T-TOWN MIDGET SHOWDOWN: USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

(As of March 30, 2021)

01 Bryant Wiedeman

05 Kyle Wilson

2J Justin Grant

3G Kyle Cummins

3N Jake Neuman

4 Jason McDougal

5 Kevin Thomas Jr.

7u Kyle Jones

7x Thomas Meseraull

8J Jonathan Beason

9JR Derek Hagar

14E Casey Schmitz

15 Emerson Axsom

15x Jesse Colwell

17 Tanner Berryhill

19A Chase Randall

19AZ Hayden Reinbold

19m Ethan Mitchell

21K Emilio Hoover

25 Logan Seavey

47K Kevin Brewer

67 Buddy Kofoid

71 Kaylee Bryson

71K Daison Pursley

89 Chris Windom

91T Tyler Thomas

97 Brenham Crouch

TBA Tanner Thorson

 

 

THE GROVE & BRIDGEPORT OPEN 2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT SLATE

Speedway, Indiana (March 31, 2021)………USAC’s Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars presented by Capitol Custom Trailers begins its fourth season of competition with a bang, with a doubleheader weekend this Friday, April 2, at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway and Saturday, April 3, at New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway.

The Spring Sprint Special at Williams Grove presents a rare three-division open wheel sprint car racing program with the USAC East Coast Sprints, Lawrence Chevrolet 410 winged sprint cars and the PASS IMCA 305 sprints.

Racing begins at 7:30 pm ET at “The Grove.” Adult general admission tickets are $20 with youth ages 13-20 admitted for just $10. Kids ages 12 and under are free.

The event will also be Hoseheads.com Kids Easter Night at the track with the first 150 kids age 12 and under who enter the races at the front stretch grandstand getting a free Easter treat. Those lucky first 150 kids will get a free chocolate Easter Bunny courtesy of Hoseheads.com.

Three-time and defending series champ Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) won the series’ debut at Williams Grove in August 2020.

The following night, Saturday, April 3, the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars make their fourth ever visit to Bridgeport Speedway. Coleman Gulick, Joey Biasi and Briggs Danner have been victorious at Bridgeport in 2018, 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Along with the USAC East Coast Sprints, the 602 Sportsman, Street Stocks and Vintage cars will also be on the card.

Pits open at 4pm ET with grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 with kids age 10-15 $10 and children age 9 and under free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

 

SPRINGTIME IS RACE TIME FOR USAC SPRINTS SATURDAY AT LAWRENCEBURG
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 30, 2021)………Since the beginning of time, springtime has signified the awakening, the rebirth of nature, warmth, and by virtue, life outdoors in many states where its residents have hunkered down during the winter months, daydreaming of that moment when 800 horsepower open wheel machines come to life on the dirt tracks across the country.

Well, my friend, that day arrives this Saturday, April 3, when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its Midwest debut for 2021 at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway for its traditional springtime show in April, which dates back to the 2006 season.

For a variety of reasons, see: rain and COVID-19, the series hasn’t participated in an April event at Lawrenceburg since the 2017 season after Mother Nature claimed 2018 and 2019, and the worldwide pandemic stole the date in 2020.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was the victor back in April 2017 at Lawrenceburg, which remains his only USAC National Sprint Car win at Lawrenceburg in 32 starts. The career USAC Triple Crown champ’s USAC resume with the series at the 3/8-mile dirt oval includes a solid average finish of 8.28. Among drivers expected to be in Saturday’s field, he’s the lone individual with both a USAC Sprint and a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win at the track.

No driver has won more often, and started more often, at Lawrenceburg with the USAC National Sprint Cars than Dave Darland. The career USAC Triple Crown champ has made 54 series starts at “The Burg,” averaging a feature finish of 8.52 throughout the years. His April 2016 score at Lawrenceburg was his seventh and most recent with the series at the track after earlier victories in 1998 (twice), 2001, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Series point leader Justin Grant enters Saturday as the winner of the most recent USAC National Sprint Car race, in February at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park. The Ione, Calif. native and reigning USAC Silver Crown titlist won at Lawrenceburg in April of 2014, one of his four career USAC wins at the track in a span of 25 starts, boasting an average finish of 6.92. Grant has won at least one USAC Sprint race at Lawrenceburg in two of the last three years, in 2018 and 2019, and also won his first career series race there in 2012.

Likewise, Kevin Thomas Jr. comes into Saturday carrying a February Ocala win as well as four career USAC National Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg. The Cullman, Ala. driver won at Lawrenceburg with a last lap triumph back in 2013. He added additional wins there in mid-2013, and twice more in the Fall Nationals during the 2017 and 2019 seasons. His 24 starts at the track have resulted in a 9th place average finish. He will arrive at Lawrenceburg as the second-place driver in the standings.

Three-time USAC National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon is the most recent series winner at Lawrenceburg, taking the Fall Nationals of 2020 after original winner Tyler Courtney’s car was light at the scales in post-race tech. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) also won at “The Burg” in 2015 and comes into Saturday’s 30-lapper third in the series point tally. He’s made 26 USAC Sprint starts in his career at the southeastern Indiana dirt oval, and his average result of 6.15 is tops among Saturday’s expected entrants with at least five starts there.

C.J. Leary is a past track champion at Lawrenceburg in 2013. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car king is fifth in the standings after taking over the reins of the Bill Michael owned No. 77m for the 2021 campaign. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) powered to the victory at Lawrenceburg during last July’s Indiana Sprint Week round and also captured the very same ISW round back in 2017. Leary owns a finishing position of no worse than fourth in his last four starts at Lawrenceburg with a 3rd, 4th, 1st and 4th in 2019-2020.

Robert Ballou and Chase Stockon each have shared triumphs with the series at Lawrenceburg in the early part of their USAC careers. Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) notched his win in the summer of 2011 and hasn’t finished outside the top-ten in USAC Sprint competition at Lawrenceburg since 2014. Meanwhile, Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) made his first trip to victory lane with the USAC National Sprint Cars at Lawrenceburg in 2012.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) leads all “Rookies” in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division in 2021, standing fourth in the points after two rounds. He’s made five career feature starts at Lawrenceburg with the USAC National Midgets, finishing as the runner-up twice in both 2017 and 2018, while taking 4th in 2019. Fellow series Rookies Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) are set to make their USAC Sprint debuts at the track.

Jadon Rogers, the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, finished 22nd in his first Lawrenceburg USAC appearance last year.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has made two appearances inside the top-ten in his two most recent USAC Sprint starts at Lawrenceburg, a 7th and a 6th, in 2020. New Indiana transplant Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) set quick time during Fatheadz Qualifying in last October’s Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg, finishing 9th in the A-Main.

Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) has made three prior starts with the series at Lawrenceburg, while Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has made 13, finishing a best of 8th in 2004. Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) ran 10th in his first ever USAC National Sprint Car feature start at Lawrenceburg in the Fall of 2020. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, started his first series feature at Lawrenceburg in July 2020, taking 18th.

A slew of track champions have more than held their own when USAC makes a visit to Lawrenceburg. Dickie Gaines (Mitchell, Ind.), the 2003 and 2019 champ, won with USAC at the track in 2005. Three-time track champ Joss Moffatt (Columbus, Ind.) – 2007, 2009 and 2015 – has made seven USAC starts at Lawrenceburg. Guilford, Indiana’s Shawn Westerfeld (2014 champ) set fast time with USAC in July of 2015 as did 2020 champ Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) with a fast time in 2018. Bedford, Indiana’s Jordan Kinser (2017 champ) and Rushville, Indiana’s Garrett Abrams (2018 champ) have been perennial regulars with the USAC tour at Lawrenceburg over the past half-decade.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will be joined by the KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets on Saturday night, April 3.

Pits open at 3pm ET, front gates open at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Advance tickets are on sale now at www.TracPass.com.

Lawrenceburg Speedway is located at 351 E Eads Pkwy, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. The track phone number is (812) 539-4700 and their website can be found at www.lawrenceburgspeedway.com.

You can watch the full event LIVE on www.FloRacing.com and listen to the event LIVE on the USAC app.

Follow along with live updates on USAC’s social media accounts at www.facebook.com/usacracing, www.twitter.com/USACNation and on Instagram @usacnation.

Live timing for the event can be found on the Race Monitor app.

TRACK RECORDS
Lawrenceburg Speedway - 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
1 Lap 7/9/2008 Levi Jones 12.926 104.441 mph
8 Laps 9/28/2013 Tracy Hines 1:51.91 96.506 mph
10 Laps 7/10/2008 Cole Whitt 2:18.19 97.692 mph
12 Laps 10/1/2016 Stevie Sussex 2:51.39 94.521 mph
30 Laps 10/1/2016 Josh Hodges 7:21.09 91.818 mph

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:
(64 Points Races, 1 Special Event)

1. (7) Dave Darland

2. (5) Jon Stanbrough

3. (4) Justin Grant, Jack Hewitt & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6. (3) Kevin Briscoe, Bryan Clauson & Rick Hood

9. (2) Brady Bacon, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn & Brian Tyler

15. (1) Robert Ballou, Jeff Bland, Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kevin Doty, Jay Drake, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Thomas Meseraull, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Chris Windom, Josh Wise & J.J. Yeley

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

1984: Rick Hood (6/9) & Danny Milburn (9/16)

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter, Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

1997: Brian Tyler (7/19) & Brian Tyler (8/30)

1998: Kevin Doty (5/30), Dave Darland (7/18) & Dave Darland (8/29)

1999: Kevin Briscoe (6/5), Jack Hewitt (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/28)

2000: Kevin Briscoe (7/22) & Tony Elliott (8/26)

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/31), Jay Drake (6/1) & Jon Stanbrough (7/24)

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

2007: Levi Jones (4/21), Jon Stanbrough (7/11) & Dave Darland (7/12)

2008: Jeff Bland Jr. (7/9) & Brady Short (7/10)

2009: Josh Wise (4/18), Dave Darland (7/10), Jerry Coons Jr. (8/22 Special Event) & Damion Gardner (10/2)

2010: Jerry Coons Jr. (4/17) & Dave Darland (7/9)

2011: Robert Ballou (7/10), Levi Jones (10/1)

2012: Justin Grant (7/15) & Chase Stockon (9/29)

2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/6), Kevin Thomas Jr. (7/14) & Bryan Clauson (9/28)

2014: Justin Grant (4/5) & Bryan Clauson (9/27)

2015: Logan Jarrett (4/4), Brady Bacon (7/12) & Thomas Meseraull (10/3)

2016: Dave Darland (4/2), Bryan Clauson (7/10) & Josh Hodges (10/1)

2017: Chris Windom (4/1), C.J. Leary (7/9) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/30)

2018: Tyler Courtney (7/22) & Justin Grant (9/29)

2019: Justin Grant (7/21) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/5)

2020: C.J. Leary (7/26) & Brady Bacon (10/3)

 

 

RICKY STENHOUSE JR. COMES HOME TO WEST MEMPHIS FOR APRIL 2-3 USAC MIDGET SPECIALS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

West Memphis, Arkansas (March 30, 2021)………Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will return home to race at “The Ditch,” Riverside International Speedway, in West Memphis, Arkansas on April 2-3 for a pair USAC Midget non-points, special events this weekend.

The event that bears his name, the Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge, signals the arrival of USAC Midget to the high-banked quarter-mile, gumbo-surfaced oval for the first time since 2016.

Stenhouse will compete in this weekend’s event aboard the CB Industries No. 89. Team owner Chad Boat raced in both 2016 events, finishing 3rd and 4th in the two-night affair. Stenhouse, meanwhile, finished 16th and 9th and endured a wild flip down the back straightaway on the first night before he landed on his wheels and kept on going.

Among the other drivers expected to compete in this weekend’s events are a number of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget regulars, including three-time National winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.).

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Waco, Texas) will be racing out of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports stable while Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) will be running the family-owned Bundy Built Motorsports ride.

The Clayton Allen promoted event will feature two complete shows at Riverside on both Friday and Saturday night on the first weekend of April and marks the first time for midget competition at West Memphis in five years, a pair of races won by Tanner Thorson and Bryan Clauson. Plus, veterans Derek Hagar (Marion, Ark.), Joe B. Miller (Millersville, Mo.) and more!

The Hometown Challenge is named for current NASCAR Cup Series driver and two-time series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The native of nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, cut his teeth racing at. Just this past Monday, Stenhouse finished 2nd to Joey Logano in the first NASCAR Cup race held on dirt in a half-century at Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway.

West Memphis has been a family tradition for the Stenhouse family with young Ricky practically growing up at the place as he watched his father race there on a weekly basis before taking the wheel himself and going on to become the Rookie of the Year for both the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2007, and twice earning the NASCAR Xfinity Series title in 2011-12 and two Cup wins at Daytona and Talladega.

The “Hometown Challenge” will not pay points toward the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship due to a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event being scheduled at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway on its traditional date on the first weekend of April – Saturday, April 3.

Only two previous USAC sanctioned midget events have taken place in the state of Arkansas, both at West Memphis in 2016. Meanwhile, Arkansas has hosted USAC National Sprint Cars on four occasions, three of which were held at West Memphis, races won by Mike Ward (1985), Brady Bacon (2012) and Dave Darland (2013).

The event will pay $3,000 to win each night and $300 to start. Gates open at 5pm CT with hot laps at 6:30pm and racing scheduled for 7:30pm both nights.

On Friday, the Midgets will be joined by Pancho's Winged Sprint Cars as well as the Supply House Street Stocks. On Saturday, Midgets headline once again with the 360 Sprint Cars joining the card along with the Supply House Stock Cars.

Friday night general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children 6-11 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Saturday night general admission tickets are $25 for adults, $5 for children 6-11 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

APRIL 2-3 RICKY STENHOUSE JR. HOMETOWN CHALLENGE PAYOUT:

1) $3,000

2) $2,000

3) $1,500

4) $1,000

5) $900

6) $700

7) $500

8) $400

9) $300

10) $300

11) $300

12) $300

13) $300

14) $300

15) $300

16) $300

17) $300

18) $300

19) $300

20) $300

 

 

A.J. FOYT CHAMPIONSHIP INTRODUCED FOR EVENTS AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

Brownsburg, Indiana (March 29, 2021)………The Oval at Lucas Oil Raceway has put together the A.J. Foyt Championship for 2021, a season-long points battle featuring three disciplines of open-wheel racing: USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets at the .686-mile paved oval.

Named after A.J. Foyt, who triumphed in the first oval event at the facility in May of 1961, this championship recognizes title-winners dating back to the birth of oval racing at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Former winners of the A.J. Foyt Championship include historic names such as Jeff Gordon, Parnelli Jones, Ryan Newman, Roger McCluskey, Rich Vogler, Ken Schrader, Dave Steele, Merle Bettenhausen, Mel Kenyon, and Kenny Irwin Jr. In recent years, the Championship has been dominated by the likes of Kody and Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Tracy Hines, and Kyle Hamilton.

The full list of winners can be viewed here: https://lucasoilraceway.com/foytchampions/

This Championship format puts an emphasis on race wins, feature participation, and furthermore, gives an advantage to drivers who can excel in multiple classes of open-wheel racing to showcase their diverse skillset. Drivers who accomplish the following will have the best success in the Championship Chase:

Feature Finishes: Eligibility to earn points is determined off of their feature race finishing results in USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Cars, or Champion Midgets

Wins: Winners of feature races in the aforementioned categories will receive five (5) bonus points for each A.J. Foyt Championship-eligible race

Finishing Position: Finishing as high as possible in the running order determines points gained an A.J. Foyt Championship race

Participation: The more events a driver participates in – across USAC Silver Crown, Sprint Car, and Champion Midgets – the more opportunities to accumulate points.

As an example, here is how the 2020 Championship points battle shook out between our top three finishers – Bobby Santos, Kody Swanson and Kyle Hamilton. Santos was able to get an edge on Swanson with a 29-point haul in the Night Before the 500 champion midget race, showing his versatility. Hamilton was strong throughout the season but did not score points in the June 20 sprint car event.

Point values for each race are determined by how many drivers start a feature – i.e., the winner of a 21-race feature will receive 21 points, plus five bonus points for winning. Second place would receive 20 points, third place 19, and so on. Ties in the Championship standings at the end of the season will be broken first by number of wins in that season, followed by average starting position for the season, if necessary.

Season-winners of the A.J. Foyt Championship will have their names etched into the A.J. Foyt Championship Trophy – the beautiful silver-clad icon of history which represents this competition – plus an invitation to the exclusive champions-only dinner to be held in the fall.

The latest edition of the A.J. Foyt Championship will be contested across four events at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2021:

Friday, May 28: Carb Night Classic (USAC Silver Crown & USAC Midget Special Event)

Thursday, June 17: Thursday Night Thunder Homecoming (USAC Midget Special Event & USAC Sprint Car Special Event)

Saturday, July 3: SRX Independence Showdown (USAC Midget Special Event & SRX)

Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14: Hoosier Classic (USAC Midget Special Event, USAC Sprint Car Special Event & USAC Silver Crown)

For advance tickets to each of these events, please visit: https://lucasoilraceway.com/2021-oval-schedule/

 

CHASE JOHNSON USES LATE CHARGE TO WIN AT BAKERSFIELD

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MARCH 27, 2021… Taking advantage of a late restart, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) took command of the final three laps to score the $1,200 victory at Bakersfield Speedway. For Johnson, the 30-lap triumph was the second USAC Western States Midget Series win of his career. Driving the Six8 Motorsports #68 Rockwell Security Stewart, the fast qualifier finished ahead of Davey Ray, Austin Liggett, Shannon McQueen, and hard charger Max Adams.

Davey Ray (Davenport, IA) led the first 24 circuits before Liggett caught the veteran driver and powered to the lead. Once out front, Austin began to extend his advantage until young Brody Fuson flipped after tangling with another car. Fuson, a leading rookie contender, walked away from the crash uninjured. On the restart, Liggett quickly faced heavy pressure from Ray and Johnson in the first corners. Once the battle sorted out, Johnson emerged with the top spot and was not to be denied on this night.

Johnson began the night by setting the top mark in Woodland Auto Display Qualifying with a time of 12.803 over the 20-car roster.

Storming from thirteenth to fifth in the feature, Max Adams claimed the night’s Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors. Fresh from winning Tulare’s USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Car event the night before, the defending Gas City, Indiana Sprint Car champion had a successful weekend.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Troy Rutherford (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Fuson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Second Heat), and Blake Bower (Ultra Shield Race Products / Rod End Supply Third Heat).

On April 10th, the “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States will clash with the Bay Cities Racing Association at the “Open Wheel Madness” at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, California. The popular USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will join the action packed card.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 27, 2021 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – co-sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Johnson, 68, Six8-12.803; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.900; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.964; 4. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.000; 5. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-13.215; 6. David Prickett, 1NP, Nichols-13.224; 7. Davey Ray, 71R, Morris-13.238; 8. Brody Fuson, 73X, Ford-13.348; 9. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-13.382; 10. Colby Johnson, 17K, Morris-13.415; 11. Max Adams, 1X, LKK-13.442; 12. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.552; 13. Troy Rutherford, 8W, Woodland-13.605; 14. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.752; 15. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.777; 16. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.852; 17. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.246; 18. Blake Bower, 9C, Walker-17.402; 19. Jake Vermeer, 73B, Vermeer-NT; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Ch.Johnson, 3. Co.Johnson, 4. Ray, 5. Cofer, 6. Ito, 7. Vermeer. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Adams, 3. Worth, 4. McQueen, 5. Beilman, 6. Hazelton, 7. Nichols. NT.

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bower, 2. Liggett, 3. Soares, 4. Prickett, 5. Morris, 6. Sarna. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Chase Johnson (6), 2. Davey Ray (1), 3. Austin Liggett (4), 4. Shannon McQueen (5), 5. Max Adams (13), 6. David Prickett (2), 7. Troy Rutherford (8), 8. Blake Bower (9), 9. Troy Morris III (11), 10. Ron Hazelton (18), 11. Brody Fuson (7), 12. Dylan Ito (17), 13. Kyle Beilman (20), 14. Ben Worth (3), 15. C.J. Sarna (14), 16. Colby Johnson (12), 17. Terry Nichols (15), 18. Jarrett Soares (16), 19. Jake Vermeer (19), 20. Maria Cofer (10). NT
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**Nichols flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Fuson flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Ray, Laps 25-27 Liggett, Laps 28-30 Ch.Johnson
ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Max Adams (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Chase Johnson-83, 2-Austin liggett-75, 3-Davey Ray-72, 4-Shannon McQueen-71, 5-Max Adams-65, 6-David Prickett-61, 7-Troy Rutherford-60, 8-Blake Bower-57, 9-Troy Morris III-50, 10-Brody Fuson-49.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 10 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, California – “Open Wheel Madness” – co-sanctioned with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midgets

 

 

MAX ADAMS ADDS TULARE USAC/CRA WIN TO RESUME

TULARE, CA – MARCH 26, 2021… After a torrid four-car battle and six changes for the top spot, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) emerged victorious at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Cam 2 Blue Blood Racing Oil / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Adams earned his fourth career $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win (second in a row) over fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Austin Liggett, Matt Mitchell, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Rookie driver Austin Grabowski claimed the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with nineteenth to eighth place run. Brody Roa, who crossed the finish line in second, was penalized for not going to the scales after the feature.

For the third consecutive race, Gardner claimed the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 15.453 over the 21-car roster. At press time, the eight-time champion has 94 quick times to his credit. Before the main event, Gardner’s crew had to change an ignition box and “The Demon” had to start last on the racetrack.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Mitchell (Flowdynamics / Factory Wraps First Heat), “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Factory Wraps Second Heat), and Williams (All Coast Construction / Factory Wraps Third Heat).

The traditional 410 sprints are back in action on Saturday, April 24 at the Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California for the annual “Sokola Shootout.”

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 26, 2021 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-15.453; 2. Max Adams, 73, Ford-15.528; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.785; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.825; 5. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-15.889; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.917; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.945; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.959; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.984; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.053; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.117; 12. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-16.249; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.267; 14. Kaleb Montgomery, 8, Richardson-16.323; 15. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-16.509; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.543; 17. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.605; 18. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-16.689; 19. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-17.008; 20. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.085; 21. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Liggett, 5. Ervine, 6. McCarthy, 7. Tafoya. NT.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Adams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Montgomery, 5. Bender, 6. Grabowski, 7. Sweeney. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION / FACTORY WRAPS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Boul, 5. Hodges, 6. O’Brien. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Max Adams (5), 2. Damion Gardner (6), 3. Austin Liggett (10), 4. Matt Mitchell (3), 5. Cody Williams (9), 6. Tommy Malcolm (11), 7. Austin Williams (4), 8. Austin Grabowski (19), 9. Chris Gansen (1), 10. Austin Ervine (18), 11. Ikaika O’Brien (17), 12. Verne Sweeney (16), 13. Brody Roa (2), 14. A.J. Bender (7), 15. Tanner Boul (12), 16. Jake Hodges (14), 17. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 18. Kaleb Montgomery (13), 19. Ryan Timmons (20). NT.
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**Timmons flipped during hotlaps. Tafoya flipped on lap 2 of the second heat race. McCarthy flipped on lap 10 of the second heat race. Faria flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Bender flipped on lap 25 of the feature. Tafoya did not start feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Gansen, Laps 2-4 Mitchell, Lap 5 Roa, Laps 6-9 Mitchell, Laps 10-22 Adams, Lap 23 Roa, Laps 24-30 Adams.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Austin Grabowski (19th to 8th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-207, 2-Max Adams-195, 3-Damion Gardner-193, 4-Brody Roa-184, 5-Chris Gansen-182, 6-Matt Mitchell-176, 7-Tommy Malcolm-149, -Austin Liggett-149, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-139, 10-Ryan Timmons ®-134.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: April 24 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Sokola Shootout”

 

 

WINDOM GOES ALL-IN WITH LEIN FOR 2021 SILVER CROWN SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 25, 2021)………Past USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom has agreed to terms with car owner Hans Lein to compete in all seven dirt races on the USAC Silver Crown schedule in 2021.

Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown titlist, will take over the reins of the black No. 97 that has been vacated by Tyler Courtney who made 12 starts with the team between 2017-2020, winning twice, at Eldora’s 4-Crown Nationals in 2017 and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ Hoosier Hundred in 2019.

A veteran of eight wins in 74 Silver Crown starts with the likes of RW/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, RPM/Fred Gormly, Gene Kazmark, Nolen Racing, and most recently, Goodnight Racing, Windom looks forward to the new opportunity with the Edgerton, Wisconsin based team and their one-race old DRC chassis powered by a brand-new Stanton Mopar engine.

“I feel good about it,” Windom said. “The car has had a lot of success. They won the Hoosier Hundred and it’s always fast. I love running the dirt Crown races – the half miles and the miles, so I’m looking forward to having a seat in that. I’m just going to have fun and try to win as many races as possible.”

This won’t be Lein’s first time teaming up with the Canton, Ill. native who also shares the distinction as one of seven drivers to have won USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving titles in his career. Lein fielded a sprint car for Windom at the first six USAC events in 2015, finishing a best of 3rd and 2nd in back-to-back nights at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Lein exclaimed. “Chris has always been right there with us. (Crew chief) Greg Nelson knew him before I did. We’ve got a lot of pride winning the Hoosier Hundred and we’d like to repeat that again. I know we’ve got a good chance with Chris because he’s won just about everywhere. We’re fired up!”

Windom recalls his past racing experiences with Lein and Nelson fondly, along with their approaches to racing, and highly anticipates picking up right where they left off six years ago.

“Hans is a very easy guy to get along with,” Windom explained. “He comes to have fun at the track, but he obviously brings nice equipment and wants to win as well. I worked with Greg at RFMS Motorsports when I ran their midget for a season and, when I ran the sprint car for Hans, Greg was the crew chief on that too. We get along really well. He’s the same way as Hans, easy-going and likes to have fun at the track, but he’s also a really good mechanic and, once we get there, they take it pretty seriously and I know they bring the best stuff they can.”

Windom has accomplished a treasure trove of achievements in the USAC Silver Crown division over the years, winning a title, and celebrating in victory lane twice at Eldora, twice at the Du Quoin mile, and once each at Springfield, Williams Grove, Terre Haute and Belleville, but one such event stand on top among the boxes he’d like to check off, and came to his mind without an ounce of hesitation.

“The Hoosier Hundred,” Windom said pointedly. “That’s the main one there. That’s the one that’s evaded me. I’ve won at Springfield and Du Quoin, but I really want to win the Hoosier Hundred. That’s definitely at the top of the list, but I just want to go out and have fun and win all the dirt races, if possible. I know we’ll have a lot of success as long as everything stays together. The Silver Crown races are a lot about attrition, so you’ve got to have something that’s there at the end. It doesn’t matter how fast you are early, how fast you are qualifying, any of that, you still have to be there at the end of the race. That’s the big thing in these cars and, hopefully, we can accomplish that this year, and try to go through as many races with as few issues as possible.”

Lein also shared his checklist of items he’d like to hang on his banner with the USAC Silver Crown series. While Lein has a Hoosier Hundred in the bag and Windom is still seeking that triumph, Lein, likewise, has an ambition to win an event that Windom has on his personal resume, but has eluded his own thus far.

“As a kid growing up, the miles were always important to me,” Lein said. “It’s where the big guys, where my heroes ran, and the history means so much. Springfield has always been a big deal to me, and the miles are a big deal. Chris is good at Eldora and Terre Haute, so with him being with us, we’ve got a good chance to do it. I’m not going to say we can sweep all seven races, but I think we’ve got a 50/50 chance of winning half of them.”

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 9: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN – “Rich Vogler Classic” (Pavement)

Thursday, May 27: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN – “Hoosier Hundred” (Dirt)

Friday, May 28: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN – “Carb Night Classic” (Pavement)

Friday, June 18: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA (Dirt)

Friday, June 25: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI - “Dairyland 100” (Pavement)

Saturday, June 26: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (Dirt)

Sunday, August 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA – “Bill Holland Classic” (Dirt)

Saturday, August 14: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN – “Hoosier Classic” (Pavement)

Saturday, August 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL – “Bettenhausen 100” (Dirt)

Saturday, September 4: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL – “Ted Horn 100” (Dirt)

Friday & Saturday, September 24-25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH – “4-Crown Nationals” (Dirt)

Sunday, October 10: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH – “Rollie Beale Classic” (Pavement)

 

 

GORDON TO CHASE USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE WITH THE ARMSTRONGS
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 24, 2021)………Eric Gordon, a veteran of 141 career Silver Crown starts in his three-decade driving career with USAC, plans to start them all in 2021 as he has signed on to contest the full 12-race series during the coming season in car No. 99 owned by Brad & Tara Armstrong.

Gordon’s start total in Silver Crown competition ranks ninth all-time, 16 of which have come with the Armstrong team between 2018 and 2020.

After competing regularly with the Silver Crown series in 2019 on both the dirt and pavement, finishing fourth in the standings, 2020 saw an abbreviated season for the driver and team combo with just one start, but with new, fresh equipment and an undeniable amount of eagerness and excitement, Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind.) highly anticipates his full-time return to the schedule.

“I’m really looking forward to going after the whole season,” Gordon exclaimed. “I’m really excited and glad that things came together, and people came together to be able to bring about this opportunity.”

Gordon made his goal clear and simple for 2021 – to win a championship. Gordon finished a scant nine points short of that championship goal with the Silver Crown series behind Jimmy Sills in his Rookie year of 1990, and the hunger has remained ever since, further garnering additional close calls and runner-up finishes with the USAC National Sprint Cars in 1989, 1990 and 1991, with his most recent Silver Crown score coming in 1990 at Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Mile.

“I haven’t chased a USAC title in a long time, so I’m really looking forward to it,” Gordon said. “The only reason you do it is to win. We’ll do everything on our end to try to make that happen.”

Eric Gordon and Brad Armstrong have a bond closer than most driver and owner relationships. Both grew up just east of Indianapolis, Ind. in Hancock County and both made their USAC driving debuts during the 1989 season. Both initially stepped away from their driving duties around the same time frame as well, with Brad maintaining a presence as a car owner in the Silver Crown series while serving as the owner of his own garage door business and serving three terms over 12 years as the county commissioner for Hancock County.

Eric began helping his son, Jake, get started in his racing career during that time, and when Eric got the bug to race again following a six-year absence with the Silver Crown cars between 2012 and 2018, Brad was there to assist in making that become a reality.

“I had gotten kind of got burned out and retired because I wanted to concentrate with helping my son run go-karts and mini-sprints, and then he started running sprint cars,” Gordon explained. “I started going to the sprint car shows again and I started realizing how much I really missed it.”

With the initial goal of returning for the Little 500 Sprint Car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway where he’s the all-time king with nine career wins in the event, Gordon began his quest of dropping 40 pounds and getting back into racing shape when an opportunity opened up with the Armstrong team. That place Gordon squarely back in the Silver Crown wars, initially only on the pavement in 2018 where he finished 4th in their debut at Phoenix, Ariz., then qualified on the front row at Toledo, Ohio, which led to more quality performances that then snowballed from there to where they stand today.

“I have a lot of fun driving for Brad and Tara,” Gordon said. “I’ve known them forever. My son, Brad and I have been putting the cars together during the winter. It’s just been really enjoyable being able to spend this time with somebody that’s a friend and also with your son putting racecars together. It’s been an enjoyable winter.”

Gordon and Armstrong also share another attribute as both being USAC National Sprint Car winners as drivers. Gordon owns 12 in his own right while Armstrong reigned victorious as the winner on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1998. Gordon has won there twice himself in a sprint car in both 1991 and 1995, the very same half-mile paved oval which hosts the Silver Crown season opener on Sunday afternoon, May 9.

“We raced against each other for 20 years and we both started running USAC around the same time, but around 1991, we started hanging out,” Armstrong recalled. “We had kids about the same time, and he’s always been kind of like me trying to do $10 worth a racing on $5. We have pretty similar mindsets.”

The essence of familiarity is essential to the core of the team with Eric competing countless laps on the tracks which make up this year’s seven dirt and five pavement race slate. In his corner, Eric will have a familiar face in the pits working alongside him this season.

“I’ll have my 20-year-old son, Jake, and he’ll pretty much be the crew chief of the dirt Silver Crown car,” Gordon said. “I just think that’s neat that I get the opportunity to work with my son in that capacity.”

“The other thing that makes this deal comfortable is knowing the crew guys forever,” Gordon said. “Jake and Kurt Hough, I’ve known forever. Also, Kurt’s a former American Speed Association racer. When you try to describe what you’re trying to achieve in a way the car feels or when it’s doing something, they kind of give me carte blanche on what I want to do, but when I explain it to Brad and Kurt, they’re going to understand what I’m saying because they were drivers themselves. We’re able to brainstorm and bounce ideas off each other, have different angles to look at a problem, and that makes it really easy that way.”

The Gordon/Armstrong team will utilize a Beast chassis on the pavement and a DRC on dirt, with Claxton Toyota powerplants under the hoods of both rides which will carry sponsorship from Fatheadz Eyewear, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts, Nest Mortgage, H & H Drywall and Armstrong Garage Doors.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

BAKERSFIELD HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGET SHOWDOWN
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 22, 2021... This Saturday, March 27th, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade the Bakersfield Speedway for their opening night of the 2021 campaign. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the co-sanctioned event with the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) will also feature Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and Hard Tops. Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. Due to local regulations, only pit passes are available for $40 Members and $45 Non-Members (at gate #1) with $20 Fan Pass and $10 Kids 12-6 (at gate #2), starting at 2:30PM at the designated pit gates. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are requested for people at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." Located at 5001 North Chester Extension, more event information can be found at bakersfieldspeedway.com or calling 661.393.3373. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 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, 14272730-78 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 113 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Buddy Kofoid won last year’s only Bakersfield appearance at the prestigious “November Classic.” A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

With $1,200-to-win and $150-to-start, a talented roster of drivers are expected to be in action at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." Former champions Alex Schutte and Shannon McQueen will have to contend with Cory Elliott, Ben Worth, David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, Scotty Farmer, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Marvin Mitchell, Dylan Ito, Terry Nichols, Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson, Bryan Drollinger, Brody Fuson, Jarrett Soares, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Due to local regulations, only pit passes are available for $40 Members and $45 Non-Members (at gate #1) with $20 Fan Pass and $10 Kids 12-6 (at gate #2), starting at 2:30PM at the designated pit gates. For more event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, 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 USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC Western States Midget Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Michael Faccinto, 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-Brady Bacon, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Kasey Kahne, 1-Buddy Kofoid, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Jason Leffler, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Graham Standring, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Brad Sweet, 1-Rich Vogler, 1-Rip Williams, 1-Ben Worth.

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 27: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
April 10: #Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Open Wheel Madness)
April 17: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
May 15: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
June 5: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 12: #Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
July 9: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 10: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Gold Dust Fever)
July 31: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 7: #Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 28: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
September 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 9: #Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Prospector Pandemonium)
October 10: #Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
October 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 29: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Tom Tarlton Classic)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA)
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN WILLIAMS LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS TO FRIDAY TULARE SHOW
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2021... This Friday, March 26th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will rumble at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Promoted by Steve Faria, the third point race marks the return of the non-winged 410s to the Tulare County Fairgrounds. The winged Kings of Thunder 360 Sprints and Van De Pol Western Racesaver 305 Sprints will join the action for an exciting night of racing. Hot Laps are scheduled for 5:00PM, Time Trials at 6:00PM, and Racing will start at 7:00PM. Due to local regulations, only pit passes are available for $40, starting at 1:00PM at the front and back gates. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are required for people on the grounds. Located at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets, more event information can be found at thunderbowlraceway.com or calling 559.688.0909. Floracing.com will be on hand to broadcast a live stream of the races over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

Since May 27, 2007, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and eight different drivers have claimed victory. Austin Liggett added his name to the winner’s list on April 14, 2018 and Bryan Clauson set the 1-lap track record of 14.646 on November 14, 2009.

Entering Friday’s race, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) holds a six-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored two fourth place finishes in the season openers at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year is tied for ninth in series wins and will be looking for his tenth career victory this Friday night.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the point standings. Driving a new BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Eagle, Roa claimed a seventh and second place finishes at Kern County. The 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is tied for ninth in USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his tenth win at Tulare.

After a third and sixth place runs at KCRP, Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) is third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen earned the In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award at the second point race after starting nineteenth. The veteran driver will be looking to claim the first USAC/CRA feature win of his career at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting his #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed fifth and ninth at Kern County Raceway Park. The 1993 CRA Rookie of the Year and seven-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has three career USAC/CRA triumphs and will have his sights on adding Tulare to his win list.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks fifth in the series point standings. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 Trench Shoring / Carman Inc. Spike, Gardner scored twentieth after an early flip on opening night and third in Kern County’s Saturday feature. At press time, the eight-time USAC/CRA Champion has 83 victories to his credit and will be looking for his first series win at Tulare.

Heading to Thunderbowl Raceway, Austin Grabowksi (Riverside, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, CA), Nate Shank (Santa Rosa, CA), Tyler Hatzikian (El Segundo, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Yucca Valley, AZ) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Ryan Timmons, Matt Mitchell, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Austin Liggett, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, Troy Rutherford, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Steve Hix, A.J. Bender, Austin Ervine, and more.

Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets in Tulare, California. Pit Passes are $40 and go on sale at 1:00PM at the front and back gates. Camping is available on the fairgrounds by calling the fair office at 559.686.4707. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thunderbowlraceway.com or call 559.688.0909.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, BillsJerky.com, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Timmons.

TULARE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Ausitn Liggett, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jon Stanbrough.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Williams-145, 2. Brody Roa-139, 3. Chris Gansen-130, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-118, 5. Damion Gardner-113, -. Max Adams-113, 7. Ryan Timmons-109, 8. Davey Ray-105, 9. Matt Mitchell-104, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-102, 11. Rick Hendrix-93, 12. Tommy Malcolm-88, 13. Austin Liggett-80, 14. Austin Grabowski-75, 15. Matt McCarthy-72, 16. Jake Hodges-71, 17. Verne Sweeney-69, 18. Troy Rutherford-64, 19. Nate Shank-58, 20. Cody Williams-56.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park– Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Max Adams)
March 26: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: TBA (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *TBA (Western World Championships)
November 13: *TBA (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/SET TRAVEL PACKAGES TO PROVIDE RACE FANS WITH THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – (March 15, 2021) – USAC Racing has announced a partnership with Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC for three racing weeks during the 2021 season.

Since its inception, the Indianapolis-based Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC (SET) has been dedicated to delivering superior and unique travel packages. SET and USAC are collaboratively working together to create one-of-a-kind, exclusive motorsports travel experiences for racing fans.

2021 Events scheduled for the SET/USAC Experience offerings:
· Indiana Midget Week – June 3-12, 2021
· Indiana Sprint Week – July 23-31, 2021
· Midget National Championship Week (California) – November 18-27, 2021

Included in the packages are:

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
FULL BREAKFAST & LUNCH or DINNER daily
Official SOUVENIR GIFT PACK
Round-trip MOTOR COACH TRANSFERS to speedways
Exclusive VIP CREDENTIAL PACKAGE for each event
Reserve GRANDSTAND SEATING & PIT PASS for each event
Pre-Race MEET & GREET with USAC drivers
POST RACE EXPERIENCE with race winner
PACE TRUCK EXPERIENCE & watch main event in infield
SET will raffle off experience each night to participants in travel package
Leisure days in NASHVILLE, TN or MONTERY, CA

“This is an opportunity that USAC fans simply don’t want to miss out on!” USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones said. “This is the ultimate, exclusive experience that any race fan would want to be a part of. It's a chance to witness USAC’s biggest and most prestigious events the right way– up close and personal with the personalities of the sport, while encountering the most exciting dirt track racing action in the world.”

“SET is looking forward to partnering with USAC to bring these exclusive travel packages to their loyal fan base.” says Laura Cooper-Arnold, Executive Vice President of SET. “We are excited to offer an opportunity with so much VIP access!”

For more information on the mentioned travel packages, click here. (https://linktr.ee/sportsandentertainmenttravel)

ABOUT USAC RACING

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) remains the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series, including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing, in addition to Road Racing, Off Road and Power Sports, boasting a competitor base of more than 17,000 at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally. To learn more about USAC Racing, call or email Richie Murray at richie@usacnation.com.

Twitter: @USACNation | Instagram: @usacnation | Facebook: @usacracing

ABOUT SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL, LLC

Sports & Entertainment Travel, LLC (SET) is a full-service travel and tour management company. SET’s collective experience spans the entire landscape of sports-related programs. SET is committed to delivering the ultimate fan travel experience by utilizing its travel, hospitality, collegiate athletic, sports marketing, motorsports, and sales experience to execute custom sports travel and hospitality programs for its partners. To learn more about SET, go to sportsandentertainmenttravel.com or call 317-559-2527.

 


 

MAX ADAMS TOPS SATURDAY’S KERN COUNTY USAC/CRA FEATURE

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MARCH 13, 2021… Racing past Brody Roa on the twenty-third circuit, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) led the rest of the way to claim Saturday’s $3,000 feature at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Cam 2 Blue Blood Racing Oil / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Adams scored the third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory of his career. Roa, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, new point leader “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and Matt Mitchell followed the defending Gas City I-69 Speedway champion to the finish line. Chris Gansen earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with nineteenth to sixth place run.

For the second night in a row, Gardner claimed the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 14.571 over the 32-car roster. The 8-time champion now has 93 quick times to his credit.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Mitchell (Flowdynamics / Factory Wraps First Heat), Davey Ray (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Factory Wraps Second Heat), Austin Liggett (All Coast Construction / Factory Wraps Third Heat), and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Component Repair Company / Factory Wraps Fourth Heat). Jake Hodges topped the 12-lap semi-main in his self-built Racecrafters chassis.

The traditional 410 sprints will return action on Friday, March 26 at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 13, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-14.571; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.780; 3. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.867; 4. Max Adams, 73, Ford-14.936; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.948; 6. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.965; 7. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-15.057; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.070; 9. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-15.085; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-15.106; 11. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.129; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.137; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.153; 14. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-15.162; 15. A.J. Bender, 21B, Bender-15.215; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-15.285; 17. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-15.316; 18. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.375; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,, Napier-15.402; 20. Nathan Shank, 1S, Schank-15.413; 21. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-15.442; 22. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-15.539; 23. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.756; 24. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-15.806; 25. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton-16.017; 26. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-16.044; 27. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-16.173; 28. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.191; 29. Dan Taylor, T5. Taylor-16.359; 30. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-16.375; 31. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-16.453; 32. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-16.598.

FLOWDYNAMICS / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Roa, 3. Gardner, 4. McCarthy, 5. Boul, 6. Sexton, 7. Rayborne, 8. Taylor. NT.

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ray, 2. C.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Rutherford, 5. Sweeney, 6. Hatzikian, 7. Smith, 8. O’Brien. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION / FACTORY WRAPS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Malcolm, 3. Bender, 4. Gansen, 5. Hix, 6. Hodges, 7. Owens, 8. Ervine. NT

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY / FACTORY WRAPS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Faria, 3. Adams, 4. Hendrix, 5. Timmons, 6. Shank, 7. Grabowski, 8. Herrera. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Timmons, 3. Boul, 4. Rayborne, 5. Grabowski, 6. Ervine, 7. Shank, 8. Hatzikian, 9. Owens, 10. Sexton, 11. Smith, 12. Herrera, 13. Taylor, 14. O’Brien, 15. Sweeney. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Max Adams (4), 2. Brody Roa (3), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Austin Williams (5), 5. Matt Mitchell (16), 6. Chris Gansen (19), 7. Danny Faria Jr. (11), 8. Tommy Malcolm (17), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 10. A.J. Bender (14), 11. Austin Liggett (10), 12. Cody Williams (9), 13. Rick Hendrix (20), 14. Tanner Boul (18), 15. Ryan Timmons (15), 16. Joel Rayborne (8), 17. Austin Ervine (21), 18. Austin Grabowski (22), 19. Jake Hodges (7), 20. Troy Rutherford (2), 21. Matt McCarthy (12), 22. Davey Ray (13). NT
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**Timmons flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Roa, Laps 23-30 Adams
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Chris Gansen (19th to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Austin Williams-145, 2-Brody Roa-139, 3-Chris Gansen-130, 4-Charles Davis Jr.-118, 5-Damion Gardner-113, -Max Adams-113, 7-Ryan Timmons-109, 8-Davey Ray-105, 9-Matt Mitchell-104, 10-Danny Faria Jr.-102.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 26 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, California


 

 

RYAN TIMMONS SCORES FIRST USAC/CRA WIN AT KERN COUNTY DEBUT

BAKERSFIELD, CA – MARCH 12, 2021… Holding off veteran Davey Ray, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) earned his first career $3,000 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). Piloting the family owned #29 Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods CS9 with 360 power, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year won the Kern County debut over hard charger Ray, Chris Gansen (first podium), “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. Ray earned the night’s In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with a fifteenth to second place run.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner scored his 92nd career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a new track record with a time of 14.104 over the 30-car roster. The 8-time champion scored twentieth in the main event after an early flip ended his night.

The 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Flowdynamics / Factory Wraps First Heat), Troy Rutherford (Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Factory Wraps Second Heat), Austin Liggett (All Coast Construction / Factory Wraps Third Heat), and Max Adams (Component Repair Company / Factory Wraps Fourth Heat). Former Ascot veteran driver Verne Sweeney topped the 12-lap semi-main.

The traditional 410 sprints are back in action tomorrow night (March 13) at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, surfnsprint.com, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloRacing.com has live, flag-to-flag coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. You can catch the action by subscribing to FloRacing on a monthly or yearly basis to view their huge catalog of live and on-demand auto racing and sporting events.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 12, 2021 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner 1, Alexander-14.106 (New Track Record); 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.116; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.519; 4. Max Adams, 73, Ford-14.660; 5. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-14.704; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.764; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29, Timmons-14.827; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.828; 9. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.858; 10. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.871; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.880; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.880; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.967; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-15.132; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.135; 16. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro-15.138; 17. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton-15.192; 18. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-15.287; 19. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.526; 20. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-15.595; 21. Tyler Hatzikian, 27, Hatzikian-15.642; 22. Nathan Schank, 1S, Schank-15.709; 23. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-15.711; 24. Jeff Dyer, 4X, Dyer-15.726; 25. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-15.759; 26. Ikaika O’Brien, 11O, O’Brien-16.045; 27. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-16.285; 28. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-16.364; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-NT; 30. Austin Ervine, 21, AJ-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS / FACTORY WRAPS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Mitchell, 3. Davis, 4. Hix, 5. Sexton, 6. Hatzikian, 7. Taylor. 2:35.51

HUNTINGTON BEACH GLASS & MIRROR / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Schank, 5. Hendrix, 6. Sweeney, 7. O’Brien. NT.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION / FACTORY WRAPS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Roa 3. Faria, 4. McCarthy, 5. Timmons, 6. Grabowski, 7. Smith. NT

COMPONENT REPAIR COMPANY / FACTORY WRAPS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Ray, 3. Gansen, 4. Dyer, 5. Hodges, 6. Herrera, 7. C.Williams. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. Timmons, 3. Hendrix, 4. Grabowski, 5. Hatzikian, 6. Hodges, 7. Herrera, 8. Taylor, 9. O’Brien, 10. Smith, 11. Sexton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Ryan Timmons (7), 2. Davey Ray (15), 3. Chris Gansen (11), 4. Austin Williams (5), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 6. Verne Sweeney (13), 7. Brody Roa (4), 8. Rick Hendrix (16), 9. Austin Grabowski (21), 10. Nathan Schank (20), 11. Jake Hodges (18), 12. Matt McCarthy (10), 13. Danny Faria Jr. (14), 14. Jeff Dyer (22), 15. Steve Hix (8), 16. Tyler Hatzikian (19), 17. Matt Mitchell (2), 18. Troy Rutherford (9), 19. Tommy Malcolm (1), 20. Damion Gardner (6), 21. Max Adams (3), 22. Austin Liggett (17). NT.
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**Smith flipped on lap 2 of the semi. Gardner flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Roa, Lap 23 Timmons, Lap 24 Roa, Laps 25-30 Timmons,
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Davey Ray (15th to 2nd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davey Ray-74, 2-Austin Williams-73, -Ryan Timmons-73, 4-Chris Gansen-70, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-64, 6-Brody Roa-63, 7-Verne Sweeney-59, 8-Rick Hendrix-51, 9-Nathan Schank-48, 10-Austin Grabowski-47.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 13 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, California

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

KERN COUNTY DOUBLE OPENS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SEASON By Lance Jennings

MARCH 9, 2021... This Friday (March 12) and Saturday (March 13), the cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will invade The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). The season opening doubleheader marks the first time that the non-winged 410 sprints will rumble at the 1/3-mile oval. The winged Van De Pol IMCA Western Racesaver 305 Sprint Cars will join the showcase as the pit gates open at 2:00pm, spectator gates open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:05pm, and racing starts at 6:40pm. Single day prices are $40 pit passes, $30 fan passes, kids passes (12-6) are $15, children passes (5 & under) are FREE, and camping is FREE. The event will follow COVID-19 protocols and face coverings are requested for people on the grounds. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, more event information can be found at kernraceway.com or by calling 661-835-1264. Floracing.com will broadcast a pay per view live stream of the races over the internet.

In addition, there will be an Open Practice on Thursday, March 11th, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver) - 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners. - ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.) - California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. - 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. - TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them. - ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY. - FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED. - USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) will be looking for his series leading 84th career victory and his first triumph at the Kern County oval. The 8-time champion leads a talented roster of drivers including “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Eddie Tafoya Jr., Matt McCarthy, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Austin Liggett, A.J. Bender, and more.

To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, The Gardner Family, Hoosier Racing Tire, Huntington Beach Glass and Mirror, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Factory Wraps, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has live videos and on demand coverage of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars available for purchase at floracing.com. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD.

 

 

INCREASED WINNER’S SHARE ADDED TO T-TOWN PURSE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Tulsa, Oklahoma (March 8, 2021)………Priority Aviation and the Marshall Family have added $1,000 to the winner's share for the Saturday night, April 10 portion of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Werco Manufacturing T-Town Midget Showdown presented by the Rayce Rudeen Foundation at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla.

Longtime supporters of USAC racing events, Priority Aviation and the Marshalls have increased the payout for the feature winner on Saturday from $5,000 to $6,000.

The two-night event at the 1/8-mile dirt track features two complete shows on both Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10, with hot laps, qualifying and heat races, followed by the C, B and A-Main features. Friday night’s event will pay $3,000 to the winner.

Tyler Courtney was victorious in last year’s inaugural series event at Port City while Justin Grant won the Saturday night finale.

T-Town Midget Showdown tickets can be purchased at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-midget-showdown

Competitor entry for racers is now available at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2021-t-town-entry

Both nights of the event can be viewed live on FloRacing.

FRIDAY MIDGET FEATURE PURSE:

POS. PURSE

1 $3,000

2 $1,500

3 $1,000

4 $750

5 $600

6 $500

7 $450

8 $400

9 $375

10 $355

11 $325

12 $315

13 $305

14 $295

15 $290

16 $285

17 $280

18 $275

19 $275

20 $275

21 $275

22 $275

Non-Transfers: $100

SATURDAY MIDGET FEATURE PURSE:

POS. PURSE

1 $6,000

2 $2,500

3 $1,250

4 $1,000

5 $900

6 $800

7 $700

8 $650

9 $600

10 $550

11 $500

12 $450

13 $425

14 $400

15 $400

16 $400

17 $400

18 $400

19 $400

20 $400

21 $400

22 $400

Non-Transfers: $100

 

 

RICKY STENHOUSE JR. HOMETOWN CHALLENGE SET FOR WEST MEMPHIS, APRIL 2-3

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

West Memphis, Arkansas (March 3, 2021)………The Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Hometown Challenge comes home to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas on April 2-3 for a USAC Midget non-points, special event.

The Clayton Allen promoted event will feature two complete shows at the track known as “The Ditch” on both Friday and Saturday night on the first weekend of April and marks the first time for midget competition at West Memphis since 2016 where Tanner Thorson and Bryan Clauson collected the top honors as feature winner on each of the two nights.

The event will pay $3,000 to win each night and $300 to start. Start times and tickets prices for the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Hometown Challenge is named for current NASCAR Cup Series driver and two-time series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The native of nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, located about 30 miles southeast of West Memphis, cut his teeth racing at the 1/4-mile, gumbo-surfaced high-banked track.

West Memphis has been a family tradition for the Stenhouse family with young Ricky practically growing up at the place as he watched his father race there on a weekly basis before taking the wheel himself and going on to become the Rookie of the Year for both the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2007, and twice earning the NASCAR Xfinity Series title in 2011-12.

The “Hometown Challenge” will not pay points toward the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship due to a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event being scheduled at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway on its traditional date on the first weekend of April – Saturday, April 3.

Only two previous USAC sanctioned midget events have taken place in the state of Arkansas, both at West Memphis in 2016. Meanwhile, Arkansas has hosted USAC National Sprint Cars on four occasions, three of which were held at West Memphis, races won by Mike Ward (1985), Brady Bacon (2012) and Dave Darland (2013).

APRIL 2-3 RICKY STENHOUSE JR. HOMETOWN CHALLENGE PAYOUT:

1) $3,000

2) $2,000

3) $1,500

4) $1,000

5) $900

6) $700

7) $500

8) $400

9) $300

10) $300

11) $300

12) $300

13) $300

14) $300

15) $300

16) $300

17) $300

18) $300

19) $300

20) $300

 

 

McKARNS’ THE NEW PROMOTERS AT ANGELL PARK

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (February 22, 2021)………Angell Park Speedway officials announced today that they have reached a five-year promotional agreement with the McKarns family beginning with the 2021 race season at the 1/3-mile dirt oval, which will host the return of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing on Sunday night, September 5 with a rain date (if needed) slated for the following evening on Monday, September 6.

The 43rd RPM Auto Racing Promoters of the Year, Gregg and Angie McKarns, through their GA Promotions, LLC, will continue the legacy of Angell Park, which first hosted Midget auto racing in 1936.

“We have enjoyed going to the races at Angell Park on Sunday nights as a family,” Angie said. “Gregg started going there as a kid, and when the chance to promote races was presented, our interest was piqued immediately. As owners and operators of nearby Madison International Speedway, as well as the ARCA Midwest Tour for asphalt super late models, we look forward to becoming part of the dirt racing community as well. We have strong relationships with IRA, USAC, Badger and many of the sanctioning bodies in dirt racing, and we look forward to building upon those in the coming years.”

“After the rollercoaster of different directions that 2021 has started off with, Angell Park Speedway is both proud and excited to announce a confirmed partnership with GA Promotions,” Firemen’s Angell Park General Manager Erin Yeargin added. “Gregg and Angie have shown their unwavering consistency and interest in Angell Park since the beginning of negotiations last fall. We are confident that their knowledge and dedication will help grow Angell Park well into the future and ensure the Speedway continues to have its roots well planted in Sun Prairie.”

A 10-race schedule is being finalized for 2021 will be headlined by the return of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on Labor Day Weekend, Sunday September 5, as well as the All Star Circuit of Champions on Sunday June 6, multiple visits by the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series and mainstays such as the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association and the Auto Meter Wisconsin wingLESS Sprints, which will continue their involvement at the Sun Prairie oval.

In late January, it was announced that SLS Promotions and Hans Lein had teamed up with the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department to operate Angell Park for the 2021 season. However, in the past week, that partnership was dissolved, with the McKarns family stepping in to take over the reins of the track and continue its legendary tradition.

A complete 2021 schedule of events for Angell Park is set to begin in mid-May will be released the first week in March. For additional information visit www.angellpark.racing. Angell Park Speedway is located at 315 Park Street in Sun Prairie, Wis.

It’s been six years since the series last made a visit to Angell Park, a thriller won by Rico Abreu on the final corner on the last lap. The track has hosted 46 previous USAC National Midget events since Larry Rice’s victory in 1970 and can count many of the greatest individuals in the history of the sport among those who’ve won there, a list which includes 16 USAC National champions: Abreu, Rice, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Olson, Brad Kuhn, Christopher Bell, Bobby Olivero, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Coons Jr., Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow and Tracy Hines.

Bryan Clauson owns the most USAC National Midget victories at Angell Park with six, while additional multi-time winners include Kevin Olson (5), Brad Kuhn (3), Christopher Bell (3), Larry Rice (2) and Rico Abreu (2).

 

 

USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SLATE
REVEALS 17 DATES FOR 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 22, 2021).........A 17-race schedule for USAC's Midwest Regional Midget series has been set for the 2021 season at eight different dirt tracks throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois.

The series kicks off on April 24 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., the first of two trips for the series to the 5/16-mile dirt oval with the return coming July 3 as part of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular, a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Three visits are marked for the series at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on May 7, July 9 and the season finale on Oct. 22, with a trio of events also being staged at the newly refurbished Circle City Raceway on the southeast side of Indianapolis, Ind. on June 30, July 22 and Aug. 19.

Four more tracks will host two events apiece, including Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on June 25 and Sept. 17. The lone venture to the Land of Lincoln brings the series to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. on June 26 and July 10.

Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. will host a pair on Aug. 14 and Oct. 2 while the series will race two at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, the first coming during the final night of Sprint Car Smackdown on Aug. 28, then again in the series' penultimate round on Oct. 15 at the Kokomo Klash.

Paragon (Ind.) Speedway is the home for one event right as the calendar turns to July 1.
Each event will utilize an open format, allowing both current National and SpeeD2 engines. Each feature race on the schedule will pay $1,200 to win and $125 to start along with tow money for non-qualifiers.

All events on the schedule will pay points toward the USAC Midwest Regional Midget standings and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the season. Furthermore, USAC SpeeD2 licensed competitors will be eligible for bonuses and will earn points toward the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder Midget Championship.

The reigning USAC Midwest Regional Midget champion is Chett Gehrke of Broken Arrow, Okla. Feature events in 2020 were won by Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) at Lincoln Park and Paragon; Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) at Circus City; Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) at Gas City; Chase McDermand (Riverton, Ill.) at Circus City; and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) at Kokomo.

2021 USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE:

Apr 24: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

May 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jun 25: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Jun 26: Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

Jun 30: Circle City Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)

Jul 1: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jul 9: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jul 10: Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

Jul 22: Circle City Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)

Aug 14: Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Aug 19: Circle City Raceway (Indianapolis, IN)

Aug 28: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Sep 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Oct 2 Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Oct 15: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Oct 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

 

 

CMNR & COLE BODINE TO RUN
SELECT USAC NATIONAL RACES IN 2021

From: ClausonMarshallRacing.com

Indianapolis, Indiana (February 20, 2021).........Driver Cole Bodine, along with Clauson Marshall Newman Racing and Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, will compete in select USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in 2021.

Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), who has been behind the wheel of a midget for Clauson Marshall Racing in select races since 2018 and ran full-time with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for CMR in 2020, finishing 10th in points, will also continue to drive the Driven2SaveLives No. 39BC midget.

CMR, co-owned by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall, was established in 2016 to compete in the USAC National Midget series. In 2017, CMR brought NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman on board as an additional co-owner of the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing (CMNR) USAC sprint car entry. In its first full season, CMNR and driver Tyler Courtney captured the USAC National Sprint Car championship. Entering the 2021 season, CMR will continue to field midget entries for drivers Cole Bodine, Tyler Courtney, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Newman in select events.

Tim Clauson stated, "I am humbled and honored to continue the legacy that Bryan created with his decision to be an organ donor by representing the Driven2SaveLives program through Indiana Donor Network in 2021 with Cole Bodine competing in select USAC National Sprint Car and Midget events."

Clauson continued, "While we will not be chasing a USAC title this year, we will be present at all of the Indiana USAC events along with other high-profile races. During this past season we were honored to get to represent two Hoosier Donor Heroes in Allie Schaffer and Cade Frey and share their stories, and we look forward to honoring more Donor Heroes in the state of Indiana during the 2021 season."

Richard Marshall added, "From the dirt tracks of Indiana and across the country to the Indy 500, the Indiana Donor Network has been a loyal partner that we are proud to represent. We accept and embrace the challenge for 2021 to continue spreading their message of how organ donation saves lives, along with one of our favorite slogans - 'Be Like Bryan.'"

Cole Bodine competed full-time with Clauson Marshall Racing in 2020 and piloted the Driven2SaveLives No. 39BC to a 10th place finish in National Midget points standings. He then went on to compete at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals for the team and came home with his second A-Main event appearance and an 11th place finish from the 24th starting position. In 2021, it will be his first season competing in a Clauson Marshall Newman Racing Driven2SaveLives Sprint Car.

Cole stated, "I am honored to continue racing for Driven2SaveLives and Clauson Marshall Newman Racing in 2021. Our 2020 season didn't go how we had hoped, but to be able to continue learning with a team I have been with for so long is something I am truly thankful for. Driven2SaveLives took a chance on me, and I am excited to continue my journey with them and help them honor not only Bryan but all donor heroes. I can't wait to get the 2021 season started."

Driven2SaveLives has partnered with Clauson Marshall Racing since 2017 and has been a key part of the Clauson Marshall Racing program since then. Bodine will run all Indiana USAC National Sprint Car and Midget races in 2021 as well as other select races that fit in to the schedule.

Taylor McLean, Marketing Program Specialist, stated, "Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, is extremely excited to continue its partnership with Clauson Marshall Racing and Cole Bodine. Cole has been an amazing ambassador for organ, tissue and eye donation and has helped our program reach more race fans the last year. We couldn't think of a better representative for our donor heroes as we hit the dirt tracks across Indiana and continue to sign people up to be organ donors."

 

 

RANDALL TO COMPETE FOR USAC MIDGET
RoY WITH REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 19, 2021).........Chase Randall has announced he will compete for Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget tour in the 2021 season for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports as the Texas driver and the Arizona based team will each contest the full schedule for the first time.

Randall (Waco, Texas) competed for the team in the first two events of the season earlier this month at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., currently standing 12th in points following feature finishes of 22nd and 15th in his first two outings.

The 16-year-old driver found success in micro sprints and ASCS Sprint Cars before making the transition to midgets late in the 2020 season with Petry Motorsports, making a total of seven starts and finishing a best of 8th at Wayne City, Ill.

Randall's seven series starts entering 2021 were under the threshold of the eight career start mark, making him eligible to contend for Rookie of the Year with the series alongside his teammate, Hayden Reinbold of Gilbert, Ariz. and with 2018 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Tyler Ransbottom serving as his crew chief.

"I'm really excited about taking on my first full year with USAC and to work with this team; it should be a lot of fun," Randall stated. "I feel our run in Florida showed great speed and we made tremendous progress within the whole weekend. I can't wait to see what this year holds for me and the whole Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team."

Reinbold-Motorsports, meanwhile, has found quite a bit of success in USAC racing over the past few years, winning the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car entrant championship with driver C.J. Leary, and scoring a total of five feature victories with drivers Leary, Thomas Meseraull and Logan Seavey.

The team's midget program enters its second year in 2021, and from what team co-owner Andy Reinbold has already seen from Randall in their brief time together, it has him excited to see how the driver affectionately known as "The Quickest Chicken" can develop and perform throughout the summer.

"I am proud to have Chase on board for the year," Reinbold said. "In the short time he has raced for me, I've seen a lot of natural talent. Chase's upside is very big, and I truly believe he will be making a big impact in USAC soon. I would also like to thank Bush's Chicken for coming on board as the primary sponsor for the 19A."

Randall and the Bush's Chicken, AME Electrical, Mesilla Valley Transportation, ZMax Race Products Spike/Stanton SR-11x will resume action with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on April 9-10 in the T-Town Midget Showdown at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway.

 

 

"KEYSTONE INVASION"
BRINGS 1ST OF 2 USAC SPRINT EASTERN TRIPS IN APRIL 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 18, 2021).........The 2021 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule is highlighted by, not just one, but two trips to the east in the coming season, first in April, then again with the 14th edition of Eastern Storm in the month of June.

The foray to PA April 22-25 is new to the calendar, and will thus, have a new name that will christen the four-race weekend which will all be held within the confines of the state of Pennsylvania - "Keystone Invasion."

Keystone Invasion will feature the series on April 22 at Bechtelsville's Grandview Speedway, on April 23 at Pottsville's Big Diamond Speedway, on April 24 at York Haven's BAPS Motor Speedway and concluding on April 25 at Spring Run's Path Valley Speedway Park.

The 1/3-mile Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., has long been a staple of USAC's National Sprint Car trips to the east, regularly appearing on the schedule since 2007. This year, however, will mark the first year for the series to make multiple trips to Grandview, which will also host the series on June 15 as the opener for Eastern Storm.

Big Diamond's 3/8-mile surface most recently appeared on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship slate nearly a decade ago in 2012.

The 4/10-mile long BAPS Motor Speedway has previously been the venue for five USAC National Sprint Car events between the years of 2013 and 2018.

Path Valley has welcomed the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets thrice, and once was on the USAC National Sprint Car docket in 2013 before being rained out. This year's event will mark the series' debut at the high banked, quarter-mile.

 

 

CARBER TO RACE SELECTED
USAC MIDGET EVENTS FOR HAYWARD MOTORSPORTS

Speedway, Indiana (February 18, 2021).........Brian Carber has teamed with Hayward Motorsports to compete in selected events throughout the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season starting with the pairing's first outing in the April 9-10 T-Town Midget Showdown at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway.

Carber, from Pipersville, Pa., has been a standout in micro sprints, recently reigning victorious in both the Stock Non-Wing and Winged A-Class A-Mains at the Tulsa Shootout earlier this year.

Carber broke through nationally just prior to that by scoring the victory in last November's $15,000-to-win KKM Giveback Classic at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina. Given the choice to accept the prize money or a ride with the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team for the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, Carber opted for the money.

However, through a groundswell of fan support, a GoFundMe was set up to put him in the KKM ride for the prestigious January indoor midget racing event. Carber had a fine showing during his midget racing debut, finishing 12th in his preliminary night feature, then finished 12th in the C-Main on the final night.

Now, Carber will jump into the potent Hayward midget, a team which has collected a total of six victories in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, twice with Bryan Clauson in 2016 and four times with Tanner Thorson in 2020. That has Carber highly anticipating this opportunity.

"(I'm) looking forward to running the Brodie and Sarah Hayward owned, B & H Contractors midget throughout this season with Austin Wenrich as crew chief as well as multiple other supporters," Carber said. "Hayward Motorsports has been one of the top teams in USAC for the last few seasons and the car showing up 100% nightly will never be in question."

The Chili Bowl served as Carber's indoctrination to the midget side of racing where he admits he learned quite a bit and anticipates the learning curve to be eased somewhat with the people and crew that surround him on this team.

"(I) learned a lot about midget racing and can only get better racing night after night with the Brodie Hayward owned team," Carber stated. "Finding feel and momentum should come easy working with Austin. We have known and worked together for years (in) various dirt open wheel racing (series)."

While Carber, also the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum 2013 360 c.i. Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, relishes the chance to compete in midgets, team owner Brodie Hayward also shares the same sentiments, and sees a lot of upside with what he brings to the team.

"(We're) excited to give the Brian the opportunity to race with us. I see tremendous potential in his driving ability, and I cannot wait to see what he does over selected events this season."

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MARCH 12&13 USAC/CRA SEASON OPENERS MOVED TO KERN COUNTY;
CHICO TO HOST 13th LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC

By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 15, 2021... AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Coordinator Tony Jones has announced that season opening March 12th and 13th events have been moved to The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). Originally scheduled at Canyon Speedway Park, local health department orders regarding the Covid-19 Coronavirus forced officials to cancel the Peoria, Arizona shows. Once notified, Jones looked for options and the agreement was reached with KCRP management.

The March 12th and 13th shows will mark the first appearance of the non-winged 410 sprints at the 1/3-mile facility. It is recommended that racers have their own tires and fuel for both nights of action. AT PRESS TIME, PARTS, TIRES, AND FUEL WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE TRACK. Face coverings are requested for people on the grounds. Pit Passes are $40, Fan Passes are $25, and 5 and under are FREE. The pit gates open at 1:00pm and fan passes are available at 4:00pm. Camping is FREE. The pit meeting is scheduled for 4:30pm, wheel pack at 5:30pm, and racing at 7:00pm. Located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California, more event information can be found at kernraceway.com.

Last week, Hunt Promotions announced that Silver Dollar Speedway will host the “13th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Facing Covid-19 Coronavirus restrictions at the Napa County Fairgrounds, the September 4th and 5th shows will also showcase the winged NARC King of the West Sprints at the Chico, California oval. Hunt Promotions is optimistic that the popular event will return to Calistoga Speedway in 2022.

In addition to the schedule changes, Jones has announced several rule changes.
- THE 2019 RULE BOOK WILL BE FOLLOWED in regards to race format and weight rule (1,325 lbs. with driver)
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: THE HOOSIER 105/18 HTW RIGHT REAR TIRES ARE NOW USAC/CRA LEGAL. The 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are also legal with the series. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
- 2021 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- TRANSPONDERS ARE MANDATORY: Series officials will have transponders to rent at the track for those racers that do not have them.
- ONE WAY DRIVER RADIOS ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.

Racers with any questions or concerns can contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com.

The 2021 USAC/CRA campaign is slated for twenty-four events, starting March 12th at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park and concluding November 13th at Arizona Speedway’s “54th Annual Western World Championships.” The schedule is subject to change as the races are subject to local county and state health regulations regarding the COVID 19 Coronavirus.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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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-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-No Award.

2021 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 12: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
March 13: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
March 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
April 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
May 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
May 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
July 3: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Doug Fort Memorial)
July 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
July 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Summer Campfest)
August 14: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 4: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 5: Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 6: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
September 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 12: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 13: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

GRANT GRABS USAC SPRINT SCORE AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2021).........New engines, new cars, new crew guys and a new shop. That is among the inventory Justin Grant has had to adapt to for the start of the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season.

But what isn't new for the Ione, Calif. driver is finding victory lane early and often with the series, which he did once again Friday night in the second round for the Sprint Cars during Winter Dirt Games XII at Bubba Raceway Park, chasing down fellow Californian Jake Swanson for the lead just eight laps from the finish.

Like clockwork, Grant has now won each of his three USAC National Sprint Car features at the Ocala, Florida 3/8-mile dirt track on a Friday night in an odd-numbered year, previously doing so in both 2017 and 2019.

The latest triumph gave Grant his 21st career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory, equaling him with 1967 series champion Greg Weld for 31st all-time.

After leading the standings for most of the first half of 2020, Grant hopes that this victory is an omen of sorts, one that will carry on the tradition of successive drivers who've won at Ocala, then parlayed that achievement into a USAC National Sprint Car championship six times overall in the past 11 years, and in each of the last three years with Tyler Courtney (2018), C.J. Leary (2019) and Brady Bacon (2020) all doing the deed.

"Getting through Florida with some confidence is huge," Grant stated. "With a month off, there's almost like another offseason after this weekend, so just being able to go home and feel good is awesome leading into the year. If you run good down here, your car owners are excited, and are wanting to spend money. The crew guys are excited, and they're wanting to go the extra mile. Good success early just really snowballs, and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the year."

Grant is grateful for the faith that team owner Kevin Birchmeier has put in him, allowing Grant to take the reins of the team and move it to his own shop on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis, Ind. Two new Maxims were constructed, and two new Kistler engines were installed. Now a couple chaotic, busy and productive late January/early February days and nights have led to a spectacular start to the new season, which sees Grant and the team in first place in the standings.

With a dedicated crew on his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - MPV Express - TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, it's an entire atmosphere, situation and climate that Grant embraces, and he wouldn't have any other way.

"I'm having so much fun," Grant said. "We've been going to the car wash every night afterwards, hanging out, laughing, pressure washing cars, cleaning things up, and then going out for dinner afterwards, then getting up in the morning, doing maintenance; we're sprint car racing and it's just a ton of fun."

Grant started all the way back in the eighth position while, up front, Kyle Cummins controlled the pace on the opening lap from the pole position, same as he did in Thursday night's opener. However, Cummins slid just a tad wide off the moistrous bottom in turn three on the second lap and third-starting Swanson was there to pounce, slipping underneath Cummins off four, and pulling a wheel stand as he crossed the start/finish line with the race lead.

Swanson built up a 1.5 second lead in the ensuing laps, but following a lap 11 caution for debris, the now third-running Grant began to surge, racing under Tanner Thorson for second on the 12th lap, then raced by Swanson for the lead in much the same manner one lap later.

However, over in turn three, 8th running Tyler Courtney banged the outside concrete, flattening his right rear tire and sending him to the work area. Repairs were made and Courtney returned to the field, racing from the tail of the field to a respectable 8th place finish at the checkered.

The stoppage placed Swanson back in front of Grant for the restart, and Swanson proceeded to command the mid-section of the 30-lapper, including another restart after series Rookie Paul Nienhiser's collision with the turn four wall on lap 14.

Like déjà vu, on the 23rd lap, Grant found a lane underneath Swanson for the lead exiting turn four. The two drag raced side-by-side to the bottom of turn one with the pair banging wheels, Grant's right rear and Swanson's left front. In a close quarters race, there's maybe only one chance you get to see for the race lead. Grant saw that opportunity knock and went after it.

"(Swanson) left the door open off of four and he was beat down the front stretch and into one," Grant explained. "He tried to dog me down in there and just wasn't in a position to be able to do it. We made contact, but I was far enough up under him that he knew what was coming; he knows the game. He's a good friend of mine, he's at my house all the time and he's a good dude. We'll be fine but I'm sure he might be mad tonight."

"You hate to do that to a guy leading his first race," Grant continued. "They're all awesome people, but I'm here to do a job. I'm here to put racecars in victory lane for everybody that supports this effort as well as (team owner) Kevin Birchmeier. That's what he hired me to do, and when I show up to the racetrack, that's what I'm here to do. Jake's one of my best friends, but when I signed in at the pit gate, I'm not getting paid to be Jake's friend. You've got to do your job as much as it pains you sometimes to do it."

As Swanson regathered himself to stay in front of Thorson for the runner-up spot, Buddy Kofoid stepped up to the topside to race around both Swanson and Thorson, then immediately began to threaten Grant's supremacy at the head of the pack with six laps remaining.

"Buddy was up there," Grant remembered. "We got to Davey Ray to lap him, and I'm idling the bottom, so the motor's really quiet, but I hear this motor just screaming down the front stretch, pretty close. I'm like 'Ooh, that guy ain't coming off the bottom. He's blazing the top.' I cleared Davey into one, then in the middle of two, I thought to myself, 'Do I bail off the bottom, do I go to the top," and then the yellow lights came on. I remember thinking, 'Whew, thank god. Now I've got a few laps to roll around and think about that decision.'"

"Clinton Boyles, who's down here helping us out this week, leaned out through the pit gates pointing to the top of three and four and I said, 'Got it, got it.' That gave me confidence in that decision and I'm really glad he did that. I don't know if I would've had the nerve to do that after leading everything on the bottom. It's hard to make that move."


On the restart, Grant had no qualms establishing a presence at the topside of turns three and four and began to distance himself from the field while the battle raged for second with Brady Bacon racing around the outside of Kofoid for second just three laps from the finish.

After finishing 2nd the night prior, Grant did one better on Friday, wrapping up the victory by a 1.164 second margin with Bacon, Kofoid, Thorson and C.J. Leary rounding out the top-five.

Brady Bacon's 2nd place result in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear - Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts - TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy was unique in the manner that it was achieved. It was the three-time series' champion's fourth consecutive Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger award at Bubba Raceway Park since 2020, all advancements of exactly eight positions. No more, no less. Last year, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native raced from 9th to 1st twice, and on Thursday of this year, he went 12th to 4th, and on Friday, went 10th to 2nd.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) made his fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start his best thus far, challenging for the race lead late and finishing 3rd in his Chris Dyson Racing/Thetford - Lelands.com - JVI Group - Norcold/Maxim/Ott Chevy. All four of his series starts have resulted in top-ten finishes thus far.

Five drivers are locked into Saturday's $10,000-to-win Winter Dirt Games XII finale, having secured the first five starting births after earning the most combined points throughout Thursday's and Friday's activities: high point man Justin Grant, as well as Thursday's winner Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Brady Bacon, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FIRST FLIGHT: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.988; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.127; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.225; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.277; 5. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-14.393; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.449; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.507; 8. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-14.517; 9. Dave Darland, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-14.535; 10. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.756; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.791; 12. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.809; 13. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.857; 14. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.942; 15. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-14.967; 16. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-14.998; 17. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.130; 18. Drew Rader, 74, Heitmeyer-15.458; 19. Cam Schafer, 97, Roach-15.469; 20. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-15.661; 21. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-15.696; 22. Craig Pellegrini, 27, Pellegrini-16.143; 23. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.649.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING SECOND FLIGHT: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier-13.884; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.906; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 20K, Dyson-13.968; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.026; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.069; 6. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.082; 7. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.138; 8. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-14.365; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.388; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.391; 11. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro/RayPro-14.417; 12. Cole Bodine, 57, DCT-14.463; 13. Carson Garrett, 15, KO-14.587; 14. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.635; 15. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.712; 16. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-14.712; 17. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-14.751; 18. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.993; 19. Brent Beauchamp, 2E, Epperson-15.059; 20. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-15.118; 21. Riley Kreisel, 91, DKR-15.134; 22. Scott Evans, 118, Evans-15.426.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Paul Nienhiser, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Blake Vermillion, 11. Cam Schafer, 12. Robert Bell. 2:01.830

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Noah Gass, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Mario Clouser, 8. Dustin Clark, 9. Drew Rader, 10. Jesse Vermillion, 11. Craig Pellegrini. 2:03.013

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Davey Ray, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Timmy Buckwalter, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Kory Schudy, 9. Riley Kreisel, 10. Max Adams, 11. Carson Garrett. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Cole Bodine, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Ryan Thomas, 9. Kade Morton, 10. Scott Evans, 11. Shane Butler. 2:05.141

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Mario Clouser, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Brent Beauchamp, 4. Ryan Thomas, 5. Scott Evans, 6. Riley Kreisel, 7. Blake Vermillion, 8. Cam Schafer, 9. Craig Pellegrini, 10. Dickie Gaines, 11. Shane Butler, 12. Max Adams, 13. Drew Rader, 14. Jesse Vermillion. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Paul Nienhiser, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kory Schudy, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Timmy Buckwalter, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Mario Clouser, 9. Carson Garrett, 10. Briggs Danner, 11. Brandon Mattox, 12. Dustin Clark, 13. Sterling Cling, 14. Chayse Hayhurst, 15. Ryan Thomas, 16. Kade Morton, 17. Stevie Sussex, 18. Brent Beauchamp. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (8), 2. Brady Bacon (10), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tanner Thorson (7), 5. C.J. Leary (13), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 7. Jake Swanson (5), 8. Tyler Courtney (6), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Robert Ballou (2), 11. Chase Stockon (15), 12. Chase Johnson (16), 13. Jadon Rogers (21), 14. Kory Schudy (22), 15. Matt Westfall (17), 16. Noah Gass (19), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 18. Mario Clouser (24), 19. Kyle Cummins (1), 20. Davey Ray (9), 21. Paul Nienhiser (12), 22. Cole Bodine (20), 23. Dave Darland (18), 24. Stevie Sussex (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Kyle Cummins, Laps 2-22 Jake Swanson, Laps 23-30 Justin Grant.

**Brent Beauchamp flipped during the semi.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-153, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-142, 3-Brady Bacon-142, 4-Tanner Thorson-135, 5-C.J. Leary-122, 6-Kyle Cummins-109, 7-Jake Swanson-108, 8-Chris Windom-107, 9-Timmy Buckwalter-91, 10-Robert Ballou-91.

WINTER DIRT GAMES XII SPRINT POINTS: (Top-5 locked into Saturday's feature) 1-Justin Grant-689, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-675, 3-Brady Bacon-675, 4-Tanner Thorson-656, 5-Tyler Courtney-654, 6-C.J. Leary-639, 7-Kyle Cummins-635, 8-Buddy Kofoid-627, 9-Chris Windom-623, 10-Jake Swanson-615.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-16, 2-C.J. Leary-12, 3-Chase Stockon-12, 4-Tanner Carrick-9, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-9, 6-Cannon McIntosh-9, 7-Noah Gass-9, 8-Chris Windom-8, 9-Jadon Rogers-8, 10-Kory Schudy-8.

PROSOURCE WINTER DIRT GAMES XII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-18, 2-Kory Schudy-18, 3-Chase Stockon-17, 4-Justin Grant-14, 5-Jadon Rogers-13, 6-Paul Nienhiser-12, 7-Riley Kreisel-10, 8-Chris Windom-8, 9-C.J. Leary-8, 10-Tyler Courtney-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 13, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Timmy Buckwalter

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tanner Thorson

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Davey Ray

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger:
Brady Bacon (10th to 2nd)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Jadon Rogers

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Matt Goodnight

ProSource Hard Work Award: Kory Schudy

 

 

KTJ GETS OFF THE SCHNEID WITH SEASON OPENING USAC SPRINT WIN AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 11, 2021)………”We’re back and I ain’t going nowhere.”

Those words from Kevin Thomas Jr. signaled a resounding stamp regarding his return to USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane for the first time in 16 months on Thursday night in the series’ season opener at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) corralled the lead from Kyle Cummins in traffic on the 14th circuit of the 30-lap feature and led the remaining 17 trips around the 3/8-mile dirt track to triumph for the 28th time with the USAC National Sprint Cars, tying himself with A.J. Foyt, Chris Windom, Don Branson, J.J. Yeley and Levi Jones for 16th on the all-time series win list.

Thursday’s non-stop, green to checkered feature event clocked in as the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car feature ever run at Bubba Raceway Park, taking 7 minutes and 45.762 seconds to complete. The time defeated the now former record of 8:27.00, set by Bryan Clauson in 2011.

It was an unforeseen winless drought for Thomas, one of the series’ premier drivers, who has endured a tumultuous year-plus, to say the least. A period of time which resulted in a shockingly winless campaign in 2020, and a season that tested him like no other after last tallying a win in October of 2019 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

But 2021 was going to be different, Thomas just knew it. The addition of several key new personnel and the return of 2019 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Davey Jones into the fold on the KT Motorsports/Dr. Pepper – McDonald’s – KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy gave Thomas a new air of confidence that he had long yearned for.

“It took longer than I expected to battle adversity, but we did it,” Thomas said. “I like to win races, and I like to do it with the people that are behind us. Ever since Dr. Pepper and McDonald’s came on board, I have not given them what they came on board for. I take full responsibility for that. I had to get things turned around because I’ve got a group of people that are behind me who are really good people and really fun to work with. I’ve got to have success for those people.”

Although he had previously won twice with the POWRi Midgets at Ocala in 2018, Thursday marked Thomas’ first in USAC National Sprint Car competition at the track. Despite that, the win was actually his second during Winter Dirt Games, having won a round with the series when it was held at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. in 2015.

The long, arduous offseason in recent months gave Thomas pause and time to reflect on the past, which he used to find the right the path for the coming season. Racing is both a physically and mentally daunting arena, and Thomas knew that without having both aspects up to speed, he was never to power through the rut to return to the top of his game where he expects, and knows, he can be.

“I had to make some changes over the winter,” Thomas acknowledges. “The boys did a really good job with the racecars, but I had to do some other things personally. I just had to get my mind right. Whenever I get my mind right, I feel like I can win races and a lot of them. If that thing is not right between the ears, it’s going to be tough because there’s a lot of other people out here that are really talented and have their stuff together. Whether it comes from the mental side of things or the car side, there’s a lot of good car owners out here as well with a lot of good drivers in them, good crew chiefs. There’s just a lot of variables that can make you run 8th every single night. You’ve just got to be on top of your game and you’ve got to get the right piece underneath you and the one holding the steering wheel has got to have his head straight.”

“Whenever it comes to handling failure, you’ve got to do it a certain way,” Thomas continued. “If you don’t do it that way, you’re never going to get back to where you want to be in a quick amount of time. I was handling things the wrong way, and I wasn’t doing the things that I know how to do best. I really had to sit down and think about those. I literally made a checklist and I’ve been checking them all off. I feel very confident in my driving abilities, but I also feel confident in the way I think about things. Whenever you’re battling with these people, you’ve got to be one step ahead of them, or you’re going to get passed and you’re not going to win races. That’s where I was for two years. I had to change that, and I really went to work this past offseason.”

Thomas translated that effort into going to work at the racetrack Thursday night. Starting third, he chased leader Kyle Cummins and second-running Justin Grant for the first third of the event before making his pounce, driving under Grant in turn three while in the throes of traffic, then steadfastly zeroed in on Cummins one lap later off the bottom of the fourth turn to secure the lead on the 14th lap.

Grant clamped down to slip past Cummins with five laps remaining for second, but Thomas had already staked his claim at the front by then, holding a 2.3 second lead, which would ultimately balloon to a 2.769 second advantage at the finish line with Grant, Cummins, hard charger Brady Bacon (from 12th) and Tyler Courtney following him to the checkered.

For Thomas, it was all about patience, and finding the path to victory first before anybody else discovered it.

“You just had to work patiently,” Thomas explained. “You had to wait until they got impatient with traffic, try to move a little bit, then you could pounce on them. That was the biggest key, and there are a few little tracks to getting down the back stretch. If you don’t figure those out early, somebody’s going to snooker you and there’s a couple guys around here that know where it is and we just happened to find it first. We were in a good position to do that. We got to third right off the bat and didn’t have to battle too hard for that. We just got there, rode around, rode around, and I saw a few moves where a people were making mistakes and getting a little impatient trying to get the guy in front of them. You jump on them, and then you do it the next time once you get to lapped traffic. It was just a big patience game out there. The track was fast, but you still had to be patient, just jump on them whenever you can don’t make any mistakes.”

Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished 2nd in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy. Twice a winner at Ocala, Grant has now earned three career runner-up finishes at the track with the series.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) earned a 3rd place result in his Rock Steady Racing/Mid-America Safety Solutions – Project Oversight Services/Mach-1/Cummins Chevy. It was Cummins’ fifth career podium finish with the series at Ocala. However, he has yet to taste victory for the first time at the track.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) collected the Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors for his feature performance in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts – TelStar/Triple X/Rider Chevy. It was third consecutive time that Bacon earned the hard charger award at Ocala dating back to 2020.

Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) earned his second career Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time on Thursday night in his first sprint car race since suffering a broken leg in a racing accident during the 2020 season. Interestingly enough, his only other fast time with the series also came at Ocala, in 2019, where he finished 10th in the feature. On Thursday night, Buckwalter finished, get this, 10th in his Lotier Motorsports/The Bagel Rack – JRG Heating & Cooling – East Penn Excavating/DRC/Godfrey Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2021 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING FIRST FLIGHT: 1. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier-13.853; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.938; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.955; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.091; 5. Dave Darland, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-14.119; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.159; 7. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.306; 8. Cole Bodine, 57, DCT-14.361; 9. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-14.372; 10. Carson Garrett, 15, KO-14.404; 11. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.434; 12. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-14.462; 13. Brent Beauchamp, 2E, Epperson-14.527; 14. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-14.528; 15. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro/RayPro-14.578; 16. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.587; 17. Riley Kreisel, 91, DKR-14.802; 18. Drew Rader, 74, Heitmeyer-14.808; 19. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.926; 20. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-14.960; 21. Cam Schafer, 97, Roach-14.977; 22. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-15.108; 23. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-15.397.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING SECOND FLIGHT: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.034; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 20K, Dyson-14.109; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.226; 4. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.249; 5. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.321; 6. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-14.338; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.341; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.398; 9. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-14.429; 10. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-14.487; 11. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.503; 12. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.570; 13. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-14.651; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.682; 15. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.901; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.979; 17. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.991; 18. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.105; 19. Scott Evans, 118, Evans-15.190; 20. Craig Pellegrini, 27, Pellegrini-15.840; 21. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-16.218; 22. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Brent Beauchamp, 9. Riley Kreisel, 10. Shane Butler, 11. Cam Schafer, 12. Jesse Vermillion. 2:03.288

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Max Adams, 7. Carson Garrett, 8. Paul Nienhiser, 9. Drew Rader, 10. Dickie Gaines, 11. Ryan Thomas. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Noah Gass, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Chayse Hayhurst, 9. Blake Vermillion, 10. Kade Morton, 11. Scott Evans. 2:05.244

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kory Schudy, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Dustin Clark, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Craig Pellegrini, 10. Buddy Kofoid. 2:06.999

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Chayse Hayhurst, 2. Riley Kreisel, 3. Dustin Clark, 4. Shane Butler, 5. Kade Morton, 6. Cam Schafer, 7. Drew Rader, 8. Dickie Gaines, 9. Ryan Thomas, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Blake Vermillion, 12. Scott Evans, 13. Jesse Vermillion, 14. Craig Pellegrini. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Mario Clouser, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Paul Nienhiser, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Max Adams, 11. Brandon Mattox, 12. Brent Beauchamp, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Riley Kreisel, 15. Cole Bodine, 16. Dustin Clark, 17. Chayse Hayhurst, 18. Shane Butler. 3:19.651

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Kyle Cummins (1), 4. Brady Bacon (12), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Tanner Thorson (4), 7. C.J. Leary (11), 8. Buddy Kofoid (8), 9. Chris Windom (13), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (6), 11. Jake Swanson (9), 12. Robert Ballou (15), 13. Noah Gass (19), 14. Chase Stockon (22), 15. Mario Clouser (17), 16. Paul Nienhiser (21), 17. Dave Darland (10), 18. Stevie Sussex (7), 19. Jadon Rogers (14), 20. Brandon Mattox (23), 21. Briggs Danner (16), 22. Matt Westfall (24), 23. Carson Garrett (18), 24. Kory Schudy (20). 7:45.762 (New Track Record)

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Kyle Cummins, Laps 14-30 Kevin Thomas Jr.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.-82, 2-Justin Grant-75, 3-Kyle Cummins-74, 4-Brady Bacon-68, 5-Tanner Thorson-66, 6-C.J. Leary-57, 7-Timmy Buckwalter-55, 8-Chris Windom-53, 9-Jake Swanson-46, 10-Robert Ballou-43.

PROSOURCE WINTER DIRT GAMES XII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Carrick-9, 2-Cannon McIntosh-9, 3-Tanner Carrick-9, 4-Brady Bacon-8, 5-Chase Stockon-8, 6-Emerson Axsom-7, 7-Chris Windom-6, 8-Jake Neuman-6, 9-Noah Gass-6, 10-Daison Pursley-5.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS:

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 12-13, 2021 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Timmy Buckwalter

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Stevie Sussex

Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger: Brady Bacon (12th to 4th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Noah Gass

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Matt Westfall

Prosource Hard Work Award: Chase Stockon

 

 

WINDOM LEADS OCALA USAC SPRINT FIELD IN PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2021).........Chris Windom recorded the fastest lap in Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car practice session at Bubba Raceway Park, in preparation for three-straight nights of racing for the series at the 3/8-mile dirt track in Ocala, Fla., part of Winter Dirt Games XII.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) notched the only sub-14 second lap of the night at 13.984 sec. in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - B & H Contractors - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar, fastest among the 44 cars on the grounds, 42 of which took time.

It was the second consecutive year the USAC career Triple Crown champion set the fastest time on practice night. Interestingly enough, Kevin Thomas Jr. also turned the fastest lap in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice at Bubba Raceway Park for the second year in a row last Thursday night.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was second overall at 14.040 followed by Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) at 14.108, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) at 14.245 and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) at 14.248.

The top-four of Windom, Bacon, Grant and Thomas have all previously won USAC National Sprint Car features during Winter Dirt Games. Kofoid was victorious during last Saturday's USAC National Midget opener at the track.

Winter Dirt Games XII begins the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 10, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.984; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.040; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.108; 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.245; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 20, Dyson-14.248; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.283; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.328; 8. Briggs Danner, 5G, Gallagher-14.334; 9. Paul Nienhiser, 5N, KO-14.339; 10. Tanner Thorson, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.357; 11. Dave Darland, 5, Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian-14.436; 12. Stevie Sussex, 77, Wingo-14.452; 13. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, Lotier-14.455; 14. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.522; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.556; 16. Max Adams, 17GP, Dutcher-14.557; 17. Mario Clouser, 6, EZR-14.602; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.641; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.675; 20. Carson Garrett, 15, KO-14.683; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, SCR-14.716; 22. Cole Bodine, 57, DCT-14.719; 23. Jadon Rogers, 61m, Edwards-14.870; 24. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-14.920; 25. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.934; 26. Chase Johnson, 22, Goodnight-14.973; 27. Riley Kreisel, 91, DKR-15.023; 28. Brent Beauchamp, 2E, Epperson-15.074; 29. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.094; 30. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.095; 31. Drew Rader, 74, Heitmeyer-15.130; 32. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-15.317; 33. Scott Evans, 118, Evans-15.321; 34. Davey Ray, 14AJ, FattFro/RayPro-15.426; 35. Chayse Hayhurst, 20x, Hayhurst-15.474; 36. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-15.533; 37. Ryan Thomas, 77FR, Wingo-15.662; 38. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.801; 39. Cam Schafer, 97, Roach-15.825; 40. Blake Vermillion, 73, Vermillion-16.502; 41. Craig Pellegrini Jr., 27, Pellegrini-16.535; 42. Jesse Vermillion, 5v, Vermillion-16.971; 43. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-NT; 44. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 11-12-13, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW: WINTER DIRT GAMES XII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2021).........Eight past Winter Dirt Games feature winners are set for the battle to commence when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season launches Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night for the Sprint Cars is scheduled for Wednesday night, Feb. 10 from 6-9 pm ET at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.

Forty-four cars are projected to compete in the three-night event, representing 14 different states. The record for the most cars to participate in a single Winter Dirt Games USAC AMSOIL National Sprint event is 34 on Feb. 20, 2014.

The first three USAC Sprint Car races ever run were held in the state of Florida in February of 1956, won by Bob Sweikert (Southland Speedway), Chuck Weyant (Jacksonville Speedway) and Pat O'Connor (Medley Speedway).

The inaugural Winter Dirt Games took place at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. The series debut at Bubba Raceway Park arrived in 2011. Both events were won by Damion Gardner, the all-time leader in Winter Dirt Games wins with five.

Defending series champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the charge for this year's crop after sweeping both nights of Winter Dirt Games at Ocala in 2020 to up his total to four all-time Winter Dirt Games victories after previous triumphs in 2014 and 2015, all for Dynamics, Inc.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is one of only two drivers in this year's field to have competed in the very first Winter Dirt Games feature in 2010, along with 1999 series champ, Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.). Ballou has nabbed a pair of wins at Ocala, first in his USAC championship season of 2015 and again in 2016, while also notching one at East Bay in 2015. Darland, who has joined the Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian team for Florida this month, won in 2015 at Ocala.

Prior to Bacon, the most recent driver to score consecutive Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint features was Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.). Courtney won the last two of 2018 at Ocala for the, at the time, new Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing USAC Sprint team, then proceeded to reel off two-straight with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets at the same track in 2019.

Along with Courtney, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the only other individual who has won in both USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget competition during Winter Dirt Games at Ocala. Windom, the 2017 USAC Sprint king, won the Sprint opener there in 2019 and followed suit with the Midgets in the 2020 WDG finale. His Hayward Motorsports Sprint team won with the Midget at Ocala in 2020, driven by Tanner Thorson.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion, captured the 2017 USAC Sprint opener at Ocala, then celebrated victory once again there on the second night in 2019, this time for TOPP Motorsports.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), one of eight USAC National champions in this year's Ocala's USAC Sprint field, led the way to victory in the 2019 WDG closer. He's joined the team owned by Bill Michael for the 2021 season, which won a record 39 USAC Southwest Sprint Car features and four consecutive series championships between 2013-16.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind) won the 2018 Ocala opener in his own car, which he stepped out of mid-2020 to race full-time for KO Motorsports. The 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award winner enters his 10th straight season as a full-time USAC National Sprint Car driver and carries a record 321 consecutive start streak.

A bevy of veterans are hungry for a first career Winter Dirt Games victory with the USAC National Sprint Cars. One driver, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has already tasted victory at Ocala with USAC, but it came in the Midgets, in the WDG opener in 2020. Thorson also owns the track record in a Midget at Ocala and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team has been victorious there with Leary in 2019.

Same goes for Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who swept both POWRi Midget features at Ocala in 2018. He's come oh-so-close in the Sprint Cars there on multiple occasions, finishing 2nd in both 2018 and 2019. He does own one Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint win, however, with that coming at East Bay in 2015.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a Rock Steady performer at Ocala, finishing 2nd in both 2016 and 2020. Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) finished a best of 7th in 2019, the same year in which he also set his first career fast qualifying time with the series.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, finished a best of 12th at Ocala in 2020, the same as Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), who was 12th in 2018 and 2020. USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) made his first career series start at Ocala in 2019.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) and 2019 series Rookie of the Year Dustin Clark (Winchester, Ind.) are all making their third consecutive Winter Dirt Games appearances at Ocala. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.) has both USAC Sprint and Midget experience at Ocala, while Kory Schudy (Springfield, Mo.) makes a return appearance to WDF and the popular Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) will make the tow south once again to Florida.

Half the field is a first-time Winter Dirt Games participant, including USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), both of whom are teammates on the KO Motorsports team.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) will make his Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint debut this month for Chris Dyson Racing. The 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year won the midget opener season opener at the track last Saturday at Ocala. Other first-time WDG performers include 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint champ, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), West Coast USAC winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), 2017 USAC National Sprint top Rookie, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.), 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), recent USAC National Midget tour regular, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) and three-time POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion, Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.).

One-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.), will make his WDG debut for Epperson Racing, joined by fellow debuters, four-time USAC National Midget winner Davey Ray (Davenport, Iowa), USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.), past USAC CRA Rookie of the Year Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.), brothers Jesse and Blake Vermillion (Greencastle, Ind.), Ohio's Drew Rader, plus Hoosiers Chayse Hayhurst (Evansville, Ind.), Parker Frederickson (Kokomo, Ind.) and Ryan Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) as well as three-time TBARA Sprint Car champ, Floridian Shane Butler (Bushnell, Fla.) and Craig Pellegrini Jr. (Buena, N.J.).

Winter Dirt Games has routinely been a harbinger of champions, with a feature winner at Ocala going on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title that same year on six occasions: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015), Tyler Courtney (2018), C.J. Leary (2019) and Brady Bacon (2020).

Winter Dirt Games XII begins the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary. For practice nights, on track action runs from 6-9pm ET. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

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PROJECTED ENTRIES: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

2E BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian)

5G BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (Bill Gallagher)

5K KENT SCHMIDT/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports)

5o PAUL NIENHISER/Chapin, IL (KO Motorsports)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

7 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (LNB Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing)

8m KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

14 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (FattFro Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (KO Motorsports)

17GP MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

18 SHANE BUTLER/Bushnell, FL (Butler Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

20x CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst)

20G NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

22 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

27 CRAIN PELLEGRINI JR./Buena, NJ (Pellegrini Motorsports)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34w PARKER FREDERICKSON/Kokomo, IN (Frederickson Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

57 COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Kevin Bodine & Lynn Crow)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

73 BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

74 DREW RADER/Findlay, OH (Drew Rader)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77FR RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Bill Michael)

77w STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ (Wingo Brothers Racing)

91 RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)

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WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:

1. (5) Damion Gardner

2. (4) Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

4. (3) Robert Ballou

5. (2) Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines

8. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT WINS: 1. (5) Damion Gardner

2. (4) Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

4. (3) Robert Ballou

5. (2) Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines

9. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Thomas Jr., Rich Vogler, Chuck Weyant & Chris Windom

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap 2/15/2019 Carson Short 13.398

8 Laps 2/14/2019 Robert Ballou 1:50.92

12 Laps 2/23/2013 Robert Ballou 2:52.77

30 Laps 2/18/2011 Bryan Clauson 8:27.00

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PAST WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2010 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway Park - "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Brady Short, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Henry Clarke, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Kent Christian, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Bobby East, 21. Kyle Cummins, 22. Ricky Williams, 23. Jeff Bland Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2010 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway Park - "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Short, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Jeff Bland Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Robert Ballou. 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brett Burdette, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Shane Hmiel, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bobby East, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Kent Christian, 21. Casey Riggs, 22. Caleb Armstrong, 23. Chris Windom. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Brady Short, 7. Bobby East, 8. Coleman Gulick, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Casey Riggs, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2, Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Casey Riggs, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Bobby East, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Brady Short, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19, Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Kyle Robbins. 8:27.00

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Bobby East, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Short, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Steve Irwin, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Scotty Weir. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2012 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - 3rd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals" presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Coleman Gulick, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Chase Stockon 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Bobby East, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Darren Hagen.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2012 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - 3rd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals" presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Dave Darland, 13. Coleman Gulick, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Bobby East, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kyle Cummins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Jac Haudenschild, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Nick Drake, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Mark Smith, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Brady Short, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Brian Hayden, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Nick Drake, 23. Tyler Courtney. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 23, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Chris Gurley, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Nick Drake, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Kurt Gross, 21. Mark Smith, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Chris Windom, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Mark Smith, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Travis Hery, 19. Carson Short, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Brady Short, 22. Matt Westfall. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Dalten Gabbard, 19. Carson Short, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brady Short, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Carson Short, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Zach Daum, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Chris Gurley, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Tracy Hines. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Carson Short, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Brady Short, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Casey Shuman. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Carson Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Brady Short, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Logan Jarrett. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 26, 2015 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Short, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Carson Short, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Kody Swanson, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2015 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Carson Short, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Landon Simon. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Max McGhee, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Short, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Carson Short, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Jarett Andretti. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Carson Short, 13. Brady Short, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kent Schmidt. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Carson Short, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Brandon Spithaler, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Brady Short. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 24, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jeff Bland, Jr., 22. Carson Short. (Short originally finished third but was repositioned to the tail of the field after missing the scales). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 25, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Carson Short, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Jeff Bland, Jr., 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Max McGhee, 20. Rob Caho, Jr., 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Aaron Farney. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Isaac Chapple (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (18), 9. Logan Seavey (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (7), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Kody Swanson (15), 13. Brady Bacon (8), 14. Carson Short (3), 15. C.J. Leary (20), 16. Tyler Clem (14), 17. Jarett Andretti (21), 18. Landon Simon (19), 19. Garrett Aitken (9), 20. Dave Darland (1), 21. Kent Schmidt (16), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (22). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kyle Cummins (6), 6. Dave Darland (10), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Chad Boespflug (12), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Justin Grant (13), 12. Mario Clouser (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (19), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Kody Swanson (16), 18. Landon Simon (23), 19. Kent Schmidt (17), 20. Isaac Chapple (21), 21. Brandon Mattox (22), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Garrett Aitken (18). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Chad Boespflug (2), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Dave Darland (3), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Carson Short (11), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Brady Bacon (12), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Chase Stockon (15), 13. Kyle Cummins (10), 14. Jarett Andretti (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Kody Swanson (17), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (13), 19. Mario Clouser (22), 20. Garrett Aitken (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (20), 22. Landon Simon (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. C.J. Leary (5), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Chase Stockon (11), 7. Logan Seavey (4), 8. Anton Hernandez (8), 9. Carson Short (7), 10. Dave Darland (17), 11. Dennis Gile (10), 12. Brandon Mattox (16), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Matt Westfall (19), 15. Mario Clouser (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 17. Kent Schmidt (15), 18. Katlynn Leer (20), 19. Chris Phillips (14), 20. Kory Schudy (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (13), 22. Connor Leoffler (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D'Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14). NT

 


 

T-MEZ TOO TOUGH IN TRIUMPH AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2021).........Thomas Meseraull has made a habit of winning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races of late.

A 21-year journey to his first series victory late last year has now led the San Jose, Calif. native to winning three of his last eight starts, including round two of the series' season at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park, a race that was postponed to a rare Monday night start after being rained out on Saturday.

Meseraull led from start to finish in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab - Response Management Services - Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota, wiring all 30 laps at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track, but required having to fight off repeated challenges from reigning champ Chris Windom and Saturday's winner, Buddy Kofoid, down the stretch.

In doing so, Meseraull became just the third driver to win both a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bubba Raceway Park (Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom). Meseraull previously won the sprint finale at the track in 2016.

In on the ground floor of the formation of RMS Racing in its initial season of competition in 2018, Meseraull quickly hit his stride, the best of which he's enjoyed since his 1999 USAC debut. It's a stride that has seen both the team and driver prosper and grow together into one of the elite powers on the trail.

"I feel like I've always been able to win, but I wasn't in equipment that was capable of winning," Meseraull said. "Tonight, we ended up on the front row and that was really the key to the night because the track was so fast. There are always six to eight guys who can win these races, and if you start in front of those guys, you have as good, if not a better, opportunity to win. I'm just excited to be a part of high-profile team like RMS Racing."

Spectators see the on-track performance that results in wins, but ultimately, Meseraull feels that it all starts in the shop. From top-to-bottom, it's every individual who helps makes this team go, which in turn, helps them prepare for track and atmospheric conditions such as the one presented Monday night.

"As always, all the work is done in the shop," Meseraull said. "We've really put forth the effort at the shop. We bring top notch equipment, and we have a guy for everything. We have a tire guy; we have a car chief; we have a crew chief; we have an engine guy. Dave (Estep), who owns the cars, is the engine guy and he was spot on tonight. The track was in pretty optimal condition. This air is so different (in Florida); you really have to stay on top of the fuel settings because these cars are not electrical injection, so they don't tune themselves. You have to keep up with the air as you go."

RMS and Meseraull certainly kept up with that aspect all night, and there were formidable foes in Windom and Kofoid who kept pace with Meseraull all throughout but were unable to mount enough of a charge to get by. Meseraull felt that if he routinely hit his marks for all 30 laps, regardless of what move his opponents made, he'd be in good shape if he didn't commit an error.

"It's tough when you're leading," Meseraull admitted. "You don't know who's behind you or how close they are, or if they're gaining, but this is the best this RMS Racing No. 7x has felt all week. I was pretty confident I had the car to beat."

Throughout the duration, Windom remained a couple car lengths behind Meseraull, and routinely presented a challenge to Meseraull by poking the nose of his car underneath at the exit of turn four, with Meseraull able to withstand any and all threats. However, with eight laps remaining, a new hurdle lie ahead with the tail end of the lead lap cars in sight.
"Lappers are always tough because, anymore, everybody's so fast," Meseraull explained. "We barely caught the lappers, and when we caught them, we were only a tenth or two faster than them. It's kind of hard to know where to go. At this place, turns three and four are so tricky, and you really have to get off (turn) four correctly or you lose two to five tenths in a lap if you just mess up that corner. That was crucial."

As first heat race winner Taylor Reimer was perched high up in turn four, Meseraull responded by diving low into turn one. As Meseraull slid up, Windom ducked under when exiting turn two, pulling completely alongside Meseraull with Kofoid just a single car length behind as the top-three diced through traffic.

"I actually was getting ready to drive around the outside of (Reimer) and saw her toss the nose and come across the track," detailed Meseraull. "I ended up having to turn and go underneath her. It worked out, but at the same time, I about crashed the car doing it. But that's how you win races; you've got to hang it out every single lap of every single race."

Meseraull kept Windom at bay to score a 0.515 second margin over Chris Windom, Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant and Daison Pursley.



Thomas Meseraull became the third driver to win both a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Bubba Raceway Park, previously winning the sprint finale at the track in 2016.
(Rich Forman Photo)



Tanner Thorson, who was running 5th on the final lap, had an engine issue on the final corner of the final lap that resulted in a brief ball of fire, and forced him to coast across the finish line in the 8th position in the final rundown. His 11 total positions advanced throughout the weekend, however, did net him Winter Dirt Games XII ProSource Midget Passing Master honors.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) began his title defense with a pair of podium finishes in Ocala, a 3rd on Saturday and a runner-up finish to round out the weekend in the CB Industries/NOS Energy Drink - PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota. A second is nice, but the champ wanted more.

"It's disappointing because you want to win these races," Windom said. "It was wide open the whole time, and the only shot I had to get him was in lapped traffic. We just didn't make the right moves there. I felt like we were better than him, but we just couldn't get by him and he ran a smart race and didn't make any mistakes. When the track is that fast, that's about all you can do there."

Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) followed up Saturday's triumph with a 3rd place result on Monday aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 - Toyota - TRD - IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Two wins would've felt even better, but two podiums is nothing to hang your head about," Kofoid said. "All of us were really fast, and we were stacking the same times on top of each other. I think my car got better in the end, but I made one mistake and got really tight in turns one and two but was able to pull right back up to their bumpers and drag race Chris to the line."

Chase Elliott, the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion, in his first weekend of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, finished a career best 14th in Monday's feature event, but earlier in the night, raced to victory in the Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Race.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Tanner Thorson, 88, Dave Mac-14.325; 2. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-14.432; 3. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.532; 4. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-14.540; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.545; 6. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.551; 7. Chris Windom, 89, CB-14.577; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.578; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.666; 10. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.758; 11. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.800; 12. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.916; 13. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-14.977; 14. Max McLaughlin, z8, Bundy Built-15.003; 15. Chase Elliott, 84, CB-15.008; 16. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-15.044; 17. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.107; 18. Chase Randall, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-15.139; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.252; 20. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.299; 21. Daniel Robinson, 57A, RAB-15.354; 22. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-15.382; 23. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-15.527; 24. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.556; 25. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.788; 26. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-16.236.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Trey Gropp, 6. Emerson Axsom, 7. Kaylee Bryson, 8. Ethan Mitchell, 9. Hayden Reinbold. 2:00.957

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Emilio Hoover, 8. Oliver Akard. 1:57.122

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Elliott, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Chase Randall, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Kade Morton, 8. Daniel Robinson. 1:55.858

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Daniel Robinson, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Kade Morton, 8. Emilio Hoover, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Oliver Akard. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (1), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Daison Pursley (10), 6. Jason McDougal (5), 7. Emerson Axsom (9), 8. Tanner Thorson (6), 9. Tanner Carrick (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 11. Cannon McIntosh (14), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (16), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Chase Elliott (8), 15. Chase Randall (17), 16. Brenham Crouch (19), 17. Kaylee Bryson (18), 18. Taylor Reimer (7), 19. Trey Gropp (15), 20. Daniel Robinson (20), 21. Kade Morton (22), 22. Ethan Mitchell (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-161, 2-Chris Windom-161, 3-Tanner Thorson-155, 4-Thomas Meseraull-150, 5-Daison Pursley-141, 6-Justin Grant-137, 7-Emerson Axsom-133, 8-Tanner Carrick-111, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-99, 10-Cannon McIntosh-97.

OVERALL PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Carrick-9, 2-Bryant Wiedeman-9, 3-Cannon McIntosh-9, 4-Emerson Axsom-7, 5-Jake Neuman-6, 6-Daison Pursley-5, 7-Steve Buckwalter-5, 8-Tanner Thorson-4, 9-Brenham Crouch-3, 10-Chris Windom-2.

FINAL WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE MIDGET PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-11, 2-Tanner Carrick-11, 3-Cannon McIntosh-9, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-9, 5-Daison Pursley-8, 6-Emerson Axsom-8, 7-Trey Gropp-8, 8-Chris Windom-7, 9-Jake Neuman-6, 10-Steve Buckwalter-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 9-10, 2021 - Port City Raceway - Tulsa, Oklahoma - T-Town Midget Showdown - 1/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Winter Dirt Games ProSource Midget Passing Master: Tanner Thorson

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Taylor Reimer

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Chase Elliott

Indy Race Parts Semi Winner: Emerson Axsom

KSE Racing Products / Irvin King Hard Charger: Daison Pursley (10th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Emilio Hoover

ProSource Hard Work Award: Kade Morton

 

WORTH THE WAIT:
KOFOID WINS RAIN-DELAYED OPENER AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 5 & 6, 2021).........Buddy Kofoid held the race lead of the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season opening event throughout the night and throughout day over a span of time totaling nearly 17 hours at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park.

Granted, that was due to rain halting the proceedings 13 laps into Friday's 30-lap event under the lights, pushing the final 17 laps to Saturday afternoon during the daylight hours. But even rain and more threatening skies couldn't stop Kofoid as he fended off a relentless Tanner Thorson down the stretch to snag the victory in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 - Toyota - TRD - IWX/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

For Kofoid, the 2020 series Rookie of the Year, it marked a grand opening of his sophomore season with a fourth career series win, and aided his hopes of continuing a trend of Winter Dirt Games Midget wins translating to series championships, something that has occurred in each of the past two years with Tyler Courtney (2019) and Chris Windom (2020).

"They give me a really good car during those last 17 laps," Kofoid said of his team. "I felt like my first six to eight (laps) were really good and, in those last 10, I felt like I needed to move around, or at least I was told to kind of move around. I saw them making ground on me off (turn) four and I struggled off four, but I felt like I started hitting it a little bit better. I know Tanner and Chris (Windom) are really good, and I got to race with them a little bit. I'm glad to hold them off and get the first win of the year."

On Friday night, Kofoid jumped out to the lead from his outside front row starting position, surpassing teammate and pole sitter Daison Pursley for the position on the opening lap. A handful of cautions early on from Cannon McIntosh, Chase Randall, Max McLaughlin and Sam Johnson stopped the action. A light, nagging drizzle of precipitation fell throughout the event, and during the caution periods, drivers were asked by race control to help aid the racetrack from the clutch of Mother Nature by buzzing the corners with their tires.

The valiant effort came to an abrupt end after the final caution on lap 14 involving McLaughlin and Johnson in turn one. Cars were subsequently ordered back to the pit area where the race was pushed to Saturday afternoon for a lap 14 restart around a quarter after 3:15pm ET.

Under an overcast sky on Saturday afternoon, and faced with an entirely new set of track conditions under the daylight, the feature resumed with 17 laps remaining. Thorson was the first to move forward, getting to second by Pursley, but was forced back to third following a caution flag after Steve Buckwalter (11th) slipped over the cushion in turn four, and McIntosh (16th) contacting Buckwalter's left rear wheel, causing him to spin to a stop.

The second try at the lap 14 restart was successful for Thorson - last year's opening night Ocala winner - as he ripped around the outside of Pursley for second, then began closing on Kofoid as the two made their break from the rest of the field. Thorson then chased down and slid by Kofoid for the lead on lap 18 in turn two. Kofoid immediately raced back to the lead underneath Thorson in turn three. Immediately thereafter, the yellow flag flew for McIntosh who stopped in turn four with a flat left rear.

Windom then found his way to second, rolling the bottom, as Thorson swung wide while trying to reel in Kofoid for the lead. Thorson clung right to the bumper of Windom, ultimately sliding back by Windom on the bottom of turn one with eight circuits remaining. Windom attempted to get a run underneath Thorson off turn two, but midway down the back straightaway, Windom clipped the inside berm with his left front tire, getting him a tad sideways, and even more sideways when Pursley tagged his rear bumper before both continued on.

With four laps remaining, Thorson fired his shot for the top spot, attempting to slide Kofoid in turn one. Kofoid didn't flinch and motored around the outside to maintain the lead while Thorson lost his momentum in the middle, allowing Kofoid to find a 10-car length separation.

On the final lap, Kofoid slid himself into turn one, then tried to stick the bottom in turns three and four. Kofoid found himself just outside the moisture while Thorson stuck it, propelling him to within a foot of Kofoid's rear bumper exiting turn four.

 

 

RAIN CLAIMS USAC MIDGET OPENER,
RESUMES SATURDAY WITH DOUBLE FEATURES IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 5, 2021).........Friday night's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season opener was pre-empted by rain with 13 of 30 laps completed in the feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the kickoff to Winter Dirt Games XII.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was leading at the time of the stoppage ahead of Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) in the top-five. Kofoid led all 13 laps run thus far after starting from the outside of the front row.

Friday night's feature will resume with the final 17 laps on Saturday, February 6, in a program that starts at 2pm ET. It begins with hot laps, followed by qualifying, then the completion of Friday night's feature. The program will then move back into Saturday night's events with heat races, a semi-feature and conclude with a 30-lap feature.

The events on Saturday can be watched live on FloRacing.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACEE RESULTS: February 4, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.037; 2. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-14.089; 3. Tanner Thorson, 88, Dave Mac-14.133; 4. Chris Windom, 89, CB-14.157; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.234; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.250; 7. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-14.259; 8. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.263; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.271; 10. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.321; 11. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.400; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.446; 13. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.457; 14. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-14.497; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.508; 16. Chase Elliott, 84, CB-14.534; 17. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.582; 18. Chase Randall, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.629; 19. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.645; 20. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.696; 21. Sam Johnson, 72J, SJR-14.702; 22. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.722; 23. Max McLaughlin, z8, Bundy Built-14.735; 24. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.773; 25. Andrew Felker, 57A, RAB-14.811; 26. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.945; 27. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-15.044; 28. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-15.126; 29. Daniel Robinson, 57K, RAB-15.198; 30. Michael Magic, 4m, Magic-15.642; 31. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-15.742; 32. Austin Barnhill, 17B, SJR-16.168; 33. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Daniel Robinson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chase Randall, 3. Jake Neuman, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Michael Magic, 8. Hayden Reinbold. 1:56.296

INDY METAL FINISHING THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max McLaughlin, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Oliver Akard. 1:58.603

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kade Morton, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chase Elliott, 7. Austin Barnhill, 8. Emilio Hoover. 2:00.647

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Chase Elliott, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Trey Gropp, 10. Taylor Reimer, 11. Emilio Hoover, 12. Austin Barnhill, 13. Daniel Robinson, 14. Oliver Akard, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Michael Magic, 17. Noah Gass.

FEATURE: (running order after 13 of 30 laps completed, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Daison Pursley (1), 3. Tanner Thorson (6), 4. Chris Windom (5), 5. Thomas Meseraull (4), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Emerson Axsom (10), 8. Jake Neuman (15), 9. Logan Seavey (11), 10. Jason McDougal (9), 11. Tanner Carrick (14), 12. Kaylee Bryson (13), 13. Steve Buckwalter (16), 14. Brenham Crouch (12), 15. Cannon McIntosh (20), 16. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 17. Ethan Mitchell (21), 18. Chase Elliott (17), 19. Kade Morton (22), 20. Chase Randall (19), 21. Max McLaughlin (8), 22. Sam Johnson (7). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Buddy Kofoid.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 6, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII - 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Sam Johnson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Indy Metal Finishing Third Heat Winner: Max McLaughlin

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner: Chris Windom

ProSource Hard Work Award: Kade Morton

 

 

J-MAC BESTS WINTER DIRT GAMES PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 4, 2021).........Jason McDougal bested all drivers in Thursday night's Winter Dirt Games XII USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget practice at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park, the final tune-up prior to the series' season openers, Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) turned a lap of 14.080 in the second session of the night to earn the top time, one of five different drivers to lead a practice session during the night.

Reigning series champ Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) led session one while Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led the third, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) the fourth and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) the fifth.

McDougal's fastest overall time came aboard his Robert Dalby Motorsports/RD Spring & Stamping - Walker Performance Filtration/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Windom was the second fastest overall followed by Kofoid, series Rookie Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) and Grant.

Also, of note, 2020 opening night Ocala winner Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) was 10th overall while 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) was 16th.

One incident occurred during Thursday's practice when Robby Spino (Wallingford, Conn.) flipped hard in session three, nose-to-tail, in turn three, heavily damaging his ride. Spino climbed out of the car under his own power.

On Friday and Saturday, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars get on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 4, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII

PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Jason McDougal, 4, Dalby-14.080; 2. Chris Windom, 89, CB-14.088; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.190; 4. Chase Randall, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.207; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-14.295; 6. Logan Seavey, 25, Malloy-14.301; 7. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.316; 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5, Petry-14.344; 9. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-14.353; 10. Tanner Thorson, 88, Dave Mac-14.382; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.382; 12. Daison Pursley, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.412; 13. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-14.441; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-14.472; 15. Bryan Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.481; 16. Chase Elliott, 84, CB-14.581; 17. Max McLaughlin, z8, Bundy Built-14.616; 18. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.640; 19. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.692; 20. Hayden Reinbold, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-14.724; 21. Trey Gropp, 21KS, Ripper-14.833; 22. Emilio Hoover, 21K, Ripper-15.009; 23. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-15.015; 24. Andrew Felker, 57A, RAB-15.099; 25. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Dave Mac-15.133; 26. Sam Johnson, 72J, SJR-15.159; 27. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.193; 28. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.252; 29. Robby Spino, 3, Neuman-15.284; 30. Michael Magic, 4m, Magic-15.635; 31. Daniel Robinson, 57K, RAB-15.704; 32. Oliver Akard, 41, OMR-NT; 33. Austin Barnhill, 17B, SJR-NT.

**Robby Spino flipped during the third practice session.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 5-6, 2021 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XII

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW: WINTER DIRT GAMES XII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 2, 2021).........Eight past Winter Dirt Games feature winners are set for the battle to commence when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season launches Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night for the Sprint Cars is scheduled for Wednesday night, Feb. 10 from 6-9 pm ET at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.

Forty-one cars are projected to compete in the three-night event, representing 14 different states. The record for the most cars to participate in a single Winter Dirt Games USAC AMSOIL National Sprint event is 34 on Feb. 20, 2014.

The first three USAC Sprint Car races ever run were held in the state of Florida in February of 1956, won by Bob Sweikert (Southland Speedway), Chuck Weyant (Jacksonville Speedway) and Pat O'Connor (Medley Speedway).

The inaugural Winter Dirt Games took place at East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton, Fla. The series debut at Bubba Raceway Park arrived in 2011. Both events were won by Damion Gardner, the all-time leader in Winter Dirt Games wins with five.

Defending series champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) leads the charge for this year's crop after sweeping both nights of Winter Dirt Games at Ocala in 2020 to up his total to four all-time Winter Dirt Games victories after previous triumphs in 2014 and 2015, all for Dynamics, Inc.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is one of only two drivers in this year's field to have competed in the very first Winter Dirt Games feature in 2010, along with 1999 series champ, Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.). Ballou has nabbed a pair of wins at Ocala, first in his USAC championship season of 2015 and again in 2016, while also notching one at East Bay in 2015. Darland, who has joined the Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian team for Florida this month, won in 2015 at Ocala.

Prior to Bacon, the most recent driver to score consecutive Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint features was Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.). Courtney won the last two of 2018 at Ocala for the, at the time, new Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing USAC Sprint team, then proceeded to reel off two-straight with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets at the same track in 2019.

Along with Courtney, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is the only other individual who has won in both USAC National Sprint Car and National Midget competition during Winter Dirt Games at Ocala. Windom, the 2017 USAC Sprint king, won the Sprint opener there in 2019 and followed suit with the Midgets in the 2020 WDG finale. His Hayward Motorsports Sprint team won with the Midget at Ocala in 2020, driven by Tanner Thorson.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the 2020 USAC Silver Crown champion, captured the 2017 USAC Sprint opener at Ocala, then celebrated victory once again there on the second night in 2019, this time for TOPP Motorsports.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), one of eight USAC National champions in this year's Ocala's USAC Sprint field, led the way to victory in the 2019 WDG closer. He's joined the team owned by Bill Michael for the 2021 season, which won a record 39 USAC Southwest Sprint Car features and four consecutive series championships between 2013-16.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind) won the 2018 Ocala opener in his own car, which he stepped out of mid-2020 to race full-time for KO Motorsports. The 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award winner enters his 10th straight season as a full-time USAC National Sprint Car driver and carries a record 321 consecutive start streak.

A bevy of veterans are hungry for a first career Winter Dirt Games victory with the USAC National Sprint Cars. One driver, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has already tasted victory at Ocala with USAC, but it came in the Midgets, in the WDG opener in 2020. Thorson also owns the track record in a Midget at Ocala and his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports team has been victorious there with Leary in 2019.

Same goes for Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who swept both POWRi Midget features at Ocala in 2018. He's come oh-so-close in the Sprint Cars there on multiple occasions, finishing 2nd in both 2018 and 2019. He does own one Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint win, however, with that coming at East Bay in 2015.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a Rock Steady performer at Ocala, finishing 2nd in both 2016 and 2020. Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) finished a best of 7th in 2019, the same year in which he also set his first career fast qualifying time with the series.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, finished a best of 12th at Ocala in 2020, the same as Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), who was 12th in 2018 and 2020. USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) made his first career series start at Ocala in 2019.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) and 2019 series Rookie of the Year Dustin Clark (Winchester, Ind.) are all making their third consecutive Winter Dirt Games appearances at Ocala. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.) has both USAC Sprint and Midget experience at Ocala while the popular Robert Bell (Colfax, Iowa) will make the tow south once again to Florida.

Half the field is a first-time Winter Dirt Games participant, including USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser (Chapin, Ill.) and Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), both of whom are teammates on the KO Motorsports team.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) will make his Winter Dirt Games USAC Sprint debut this month for Chris Dyson Racing. The 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year finished 3rd in a Midget at Ocala last year. Other first-time WDG performers include 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint champ, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), West Coast USAC winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), 2017 USAC National Sprint top Rookie, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.), 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), recent USAC National Midget tour regular, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) and three-time POWRi WAR Sprint Car champion, Riley Kreisel (Warsaw, Mo.).

One-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, Brent Beauchamp (Fairland, Ind.), will make his WDG debut for Epperson Racing, joined by fellow debuters, USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Briggs Danner (Bill Gallagher), past USAC CRA Rookie of the Year Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.), brothers Jesse and Blake Vermillion (Greencastle, Ind.), plus Hoosiers Chayse Hayhurst (Evansville, Ind.), Parker Frederickson (Kokomo, Ind.) and Ryan Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.). Also on the pre-entry list are Californian Ricky Lewis (Ventura, Calif.), Floridian Shane Butler (Bushnell, Fla.), Kory Schudy (Springfield, Mo.) and Craig Pellegrini Jr. (Buena, N.J.).

Winter Dirt Games has routinely been a harbinger of champions, with a feature winner at Ocala going on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title that same year on six occasions: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014), Robert Ballou (2015), Tyler Courtney (2018), C.J. Leary (2019) and Brady Bacon (2020).

Winter Dirt Games XII begins with the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

For practice nights, on track action runs from 6-9pm ET. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

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PROJECTED ENTRIES: USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

2E BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Epperson Racing)

3R KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)

5 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Baldwin/Fox/Curb-Agajanian)

5G BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (Bill Gallagher)

5o PAUL NIENHISER/Chapin, IL (KO Motorsports)

5s CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports)

5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

6 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing)

7 TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (LNB Motorsports)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing)

9K KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (KT Motorsports)

11 RICKY LEWIS/Ventura, CA (Ricky Lewis)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports)

15 CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (KO Motorsports)

17GP MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Michael Dutcher Motorsports)

18 SHANE BUTLER/Bushnell, FL (Butler Motorsports)

19 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Hayward Motorsports)

19AZ TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Chris Dyson Racing)

20x CHAYSE HAYHURST/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst)

20G NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing)

22 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Goodnight Racing)

27 CRAIN PELLEGRINI JR./Buena, NJ (Pellegrini Motorsports)

28 BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing)

28K KORY SCHUDY/Springfield, MO (Jon Sawyer)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing)

34w PARKER FREDERICKSON/Kokomo, IN (Frederickson Racing)

39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)

57 COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Kevin Bodine & Lynn Crow)

61m JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Randy Edwards)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)

71 ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)

73 BLAKE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)

75 DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing)

77 RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Bill Michael)

77w STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ (Wingo Brothers Racing)

91 RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)

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WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:

1. (5) Damion Gardner

2. (4) Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

4. (3) Robert Ballou

5. (2) Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines

8. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT WINS:

1. (5) Damion Gardner

2. (4) Brady Bacon & Bryan Clauson

4. (3) Robert Ballou

5. (2) Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines

9. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Thomas Jr., Rich Vogler, Chuck Weyant & Chris Windom

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap 2/15/2019 Carson Short 13.398

8 Laps 2/14/2019 Robert Ballou 1:50.92

12 Laps 2/23/2013 Robert Ballou 2:52.77

30 Laps 2/18/2011 Bryan Clauson 8:27.00

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PAST WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2010 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway Park - "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Brady Short, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Henry Clarke, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Kent Christian, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Bobby East, 21. Kyle Cummins, 22. Ricky Williams, 23. Jeff Bland Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2010 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway Park - "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Short, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Jeff Bland Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Robert Ballou. 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brett Burdette, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Shane Hmiel, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bobby East, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Kent Christian, 21. Casey Riggs, 22. Caleb Armstrong, 23. Chris Windom. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Brady Short, 7. Bobby East, 8. Coleman Gulick, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Casey Riggs, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2, Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Casey Riggs, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Bobby East, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Brady Short, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19, Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Kyle Robbins. 8:27.00

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2011 - Ocala, Florida - Ocala Speedway - 2nd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Bobby East, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Short, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Steve Irwin, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Scotty Weir. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2012 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - 3rd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals" presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Coleman Gulick, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Chase Stockon 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Bobby East, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Darren Hagen.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2012 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - 3rd "Bubba Army Sprint Nationals" presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Dave Darland, 13. Coleman Gulick, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Bobby East, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kyle Cummins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Jac Haudenschild, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Nick Drake, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Mark Smith, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Brady Short, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Brian Hayden, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Nick Drake, 23. Tyler Courtney. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 23, 2013 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games IV"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Chris Gurley, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Nick Drake, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Kurt Gross, 21. Mark Smith, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Chris Windom, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Mark Smith, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Travis Hery, 19. Carson Short, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Brady Short, 22. Matt Westfall. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2014 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games V"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Dalten Gabbard, 19. Carson Short, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brady Short, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Carson Short, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Zach Daum, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Chris Gurley, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Tracy Hines. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Carson Short, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Brady Short, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Casey Shuman. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2015 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Carson Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Brady Short, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Logan Jarrett. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 26, 2015 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Short, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Carson Short, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Kody Swanson, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2015 - Gibsonton, Florida - East Bay Raceway - "Winter Dirt Games VI"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Carson Short, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Landon Simon. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Max McGhee, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Short, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Carson Short, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Jarett Andretti. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Carson Short, 13. Brady Short, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kent Schmidt. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Carson Short, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Brandon Spithaler, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Brady Short. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 24, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jeff Bland, Jr., 22. Carson Short. (Short originally finished third but was repositioned to the tail of the field after missing the scales). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 25, 2017 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VIII"

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Carson Short, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jerry Coons, Jr., 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Jeff Bland, Jr., 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Max McGhee, 20. Rob Caho, Jr., 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Aaron Farney. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Isaac Chapple (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (18), 9. Logan Seavey (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (7), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Kody Swanson (15), 13. Brady Bacon (8), 14. Carson Short (3), 15. C.J. Leary (20), 16. Tyler Clem (14), 17. Jarett Andretti (21), 18. Landon Simon (19), 19. Garrett Aitken (9), 20. Dave Darland (1), 21. Kent Schmidt (16), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (22). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kyle Cummins (6), 6. Dave Darland (10), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Chad Boespflug (12), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Justin Grant (13), 12. Mario Clouser (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (19), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Kody Swanson (16), 18. Landon Simon (23), 19. Kent Schmidt (17), 20. Isaac Chapple (21), 21. Brandon Mattox (22), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Garrett Aitken (18). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games 9"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Chad Boespflug (2), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 5. Dave Darland (3), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Carson Short (11), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Brady Bacon (12), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Chase Stockon (15), 13. Kyle Cummins (10), 14. Jarett Andretti (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Kody Swanson (17), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (13), 19. Mario Clouser (22), 20. Garrett Aitken (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (20), 22. Landon Simon (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. C.J. Leary (5), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Chase Stockon (11), 7. Logan Seavey (4), 8. Anton Hernandez (8), 9. Carson Short (7), 10. Dave Darland (17), 11. Dennis Gile (10), 12. Brandon Mattox (16), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Matt Westfall (19), 15. Mario Clouser (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 17. Kent Schmidt (15), 18. Katlynn Leer (20), 19. Chris Phillips (14), 20. Kory Schudy (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (13), 22. Connor Leoffler (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D'Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14). NT

 

 

NEW FORMAT UNVEILED FOR WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT FINALE

Ocala, Florida (February 2, 2021).........The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of Winter Dirt Games XII will take on a different look for its $10,000-to-win Saturday night, Feb. 13, finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Over the first two nights of USAC Sprint Car events at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track on Feb. 11-12, total points will be calculated, which will "lock-in" the top-five in total combined points into Saturday night's feature event.

The program for the USAC Sprints on Saturday night will have no qualifying, and will instead consist of three qualifying races, each 10 laps in length, lined up "straight-up" based on points from the first two nights. The lineup will snake with 6th overall in points on the pole of the first qualifying race, 7th in points on the pole for the second qualifying race and 8th in points on the pole for the third qualifying race, and so on.

The top-four finishers from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature. Those finishing 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th in each qualifying race will be placed into the semi-feature. Those finishing 10th on back in each qualifying race will be placed into a 10-lap C-Main, if needed, where the top-3 finishers will transfer to the semi-feature and occupy the final three starting positions of that race.

The winning drivers of each qualifying race will transfer into a dash with the top-5 locked in drivers. Starting positions for the dash will be drawn for with the qualifying race winners selecting first when they stop for their winner's interview, followed by the lock-ins. Positions 1 and 2 on the front row for the feature will only be available in the draw to the five drivers previously locked in. The finish of the 8-car, 4-lap dash will determine the first 4 rows of the feature.

The top-5 finishers from the 12-lap semi-feature will transfer into the night's feature, filling the final five positions in the feature starting lineup.

The feature will consist of 22 cars (not counting up to two provisionals) and 35 laps, as determined by the finishing order of the dash - 1st place finisher starts 1st, 2nd place finisher starts 2nd and so on.

If Thursday's or Friday's events are canceled, Saturday night's event will retain the standard format.

Winter Dirt Games XII begins with the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary. For practice nights, on track action runs from 6-9pm ET. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

 

 

IT’S FLORIDA WEEK ON FLORACING 24/7 - FEB. 1-7

Speedway, Indiana (February 1, 2021, 2020)………To celebrate the beginning of the USAC racing season in the state of Florida, FloRacing 24/7 is airing wall-to-wall coverage of events from the Sunshine State non-stop, all week long February 1-7.

Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park welcomes USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on Feb. 5-6 and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Feb. 11-12-13, and FloRacing is showing 50-plus years of racing history, spanning from IMCA to USAC from 1966-2016.

Sprints, Midgets, Silver Crown, pavement, dirt, you name it. If it happened in Sunshine State, it’s on this week. From the Florida State Fairgrounds to New Smyrna Speedway to Bubba Raceway Park to East Bay Raceway Park.

The classic video slate is on 24 hours a day, every day throughout this week, with this week’s classic race video lineup airing on FloRacing 24/7 from Feb. 1-7. The continuous loop of races from the USAC archives will continue throughout the entirety of the week.

THIS WEEK’S FLORACING 24/7 SCHEDULE: (FEB. 1-7, 2021)

2/1/1966: Florida State Fairgrounds – IMCA Sprints

2/9/1985: Florida State Fairgrounds – Wing Sprints

2/9/1985: Florida State Fairgrounds – USAC Silver Crown (SE)

2/10/1985: Florida State Fairgrounds – USAC Silver Crown

2/7/1987: Florida State Fairgrounds – USAC Silver Crown

2/17/2011: Bubba Raceway Park - USAC Sprint Highlights

2/18/2011: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprint Highlights

2/17/2013: New Smyrna Speedway – USAC Midgets

2/18/2013: New Smyrna Speedway – USAC Midgets

2/21/2013: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/22/2013: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/23/2013: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2014: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprint Review

2/20/2014: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/20/2015: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/21/2015: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/22/2015: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/26/2015: East Bay Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/27/2015: East Bay Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/18/2016: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/19/2016: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints Robert Ballou In-Car

2/19/2016: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

2/20/2016: Bubba Raceway Park – USAC Sprints

 

 

USAC MIDGET WINTER DIRT GAMES XII PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 2, 2021).........The new USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season has arrived with the series making its third annual visit this weekend, Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6, to the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track known as Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night for the midgets is scheduled for Thursday night, Feb. 4.

The 12th edition of Winter Dirt Games marks the beginning of the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season with Friday's opener paying $3,000-to-win and the final night victor receiving $5,000.

Ten previous USAC National Midget events have been held in the state of Florida with Tyler Courtney and Bob Wente as the only two-time winners. Kyle Larson, Johnny Riva, Chuck Rodee, Bobby Santos, Tanner Thorson and Chris Windom have all each won one in the Sunshine State.

A new season brings many new car/driver combinations, returnees, champions, race winners and new faces/names who'll look to make their mark early in the 2021 season.

Dave Mac Motorsports brings three to Winter Dirt Games, including a recent addition to the team in Tanner Thorson. Thorson (Minden, Nev.) was victorious in the 2020 Ocala opener, dominating the race en route to the win. He led both nights of action a year ago, running at the front for 37 of the 60 total laps of competition throughout the weekend. The 2016 series champion was cruising to victory on night two at Ocala when he encountered engine problems while leading with just six laps remaining. He was the fastest qualifier on night two in 2020 as well, setting a new one-lap track record in the process at 13.724. Thorson was also 9th and 7th in 2019 at Ocala, the latter of which he won hard charger honors after racing from the 24th starting spot.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) has rejoined the Dave Mac Motorsports team for 2021. His last outing with the family team in USAC competition came during the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix where he finished as the runner-up to Kyle Larson. McIntosh led the first three laps during night two at Ocala in 2020, and finished 5th on each night.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla) will join both Thorson and McIntosh on the Dave Mac team. The kart and micro sprint veteran is the winningest female driver at Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway and also is a member of the Oklahoma University cheerleading squad.

The most recent occasion the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets invaded Bubba Raceway Park, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) reigned victorious, racing from 10th to 1st and earning hard charger honors. He also enters the season as the reigning champion after earning the series title in 2020. The 2020 Winter Dirt Games Midget Passing Master has finished in the top-ten in all four of his Ocala Midget starts, 3rd & 9th in 2019 and 2nd & 1st in 2021. Windom also won the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season opener at Ocala in 2019.

Windom's CB Industries teammate for Ocala will be 2020 NASCAR Cup champ Chase Elliott (Dawsonville, Ga.) who'll make his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget debut. Elliott has made a few midget racing appearances over the past couple of months in December at North Carolina's Millbridge Speedway and in January at the Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports brings six cars to the dance with three Winter Dirt Games veterans and three first timers. Last year's series Rookie of the Year, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.), led five laps mid-race on night one of 2020 at Ocala, finishing 3rd, then followed up with a 6th on night two. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) took 9th and 8th for his two Ocala results in 2020. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) has contest all four USAC Midget features at Ocala, taking 6th & 11th in 2019 and 11th & 10th in 2020.

First-time Ocala racers for KKM include Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.), one of two female drivers in the field, who'll be joined by a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year contenders in Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas).

RMS Racing's Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull have never before competed with the USAC Midgets at Ocala, yet both, however, are previous USAC National Sprint Car winners at the track. Grant (Ione, Calif.), won in both 2017 and 2019 while Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) tamed Ocala in 2016. Grant debuted with RMS by finishing 2nd in January's Chili Bowl main event. Meseraull picked up his first two career USAC National Midget wins for RMS in 2020.

Petry Motorsports brings a pair of hot shoes in veteran Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and first-time Ocala entrant Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.). Thomas swept both night's feature victories with POWRi at Ocala in 2018, was 2nd on both nights with USAC in 2019 and was 7th & 4th in 2020. Thomas, the owner of one career Winter Dirt Games win, in a Sprint Car at East Bay Raceway Park in 2015, was also the fastest qualifier with the USAC Midgets at Ocala on the opening nights of both 2019 and 2020.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), twice a winner in both USAC National Sprints and Midgets, will make his Ocala debut for Robert Dalby Motorsports. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, has made four series starts at Ocala with a best result of 8th on night two in 2019. He's joined the Tom Malloy team for 2021, a car which won three races with Thorson down the stretch a year ago. One-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) returns to Ocala after a pair of starts last year with Brian Buckwalter's No. 25B.

Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) and Robby Spino (Wallingford, Conn.) will each make their Winter Dirt Games USAC Midget debuts in a pair of Jim Neuman owned machinery. Neuman, however, compete in two POWRi Midget events at Ocala in 2018, finishing 6th and 7th on back-to-back nights. Spino is a veteran of both NEMA and USAC Dirt Midget Association competition.

Sam Johnson Racing announced its expansion to a two-car effort for himself and Austin Barnhill for the 2021 USAC National Midget season. Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.) is a veteran of 24 series starts since 2018, and he returns to Ocala for the first time since 2019 where he made a couple starts, capturing a semi-feature win on the first of the two nights. Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) is a veteran of karts and micro sprints. Ocala will be his first career USAC appearance.

Oliver Akard (Fort Myers, Fla.) is the lone Floridian in the field. He finished 15th and 14th a year ago in his first two career series feature starts. Andrew Felker (Carl Junction, Mo.) will make his first Winter Dirt Games showing this weekend. The 2012 POWRi and 2019 POWRi West Midget champ competed twice with the series at Ocala in 2018, finishing a best of 7th. Daniel Robinson (Ewing, Ill.), a veteran of USAC Midget and Silver Crown racing, will, likewise, be a first-time Winter Dirt Games racer in 2021.

Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) is an Ocala USAC Midget veteran, making two career starts between 2019 and 2020 in the event. His counterpart on the Bundy Built Motorsports team for Ocala will be Max McLaughlin (Mooresville, N.C.) who aims to make his first USAC start after making a handful of appearances with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports a year ago. McLaughlin is the son of northeast modified and NASCAR Busch Series standout Mike McLaughlin.

A pair of Rookie of the Year candidates will compete for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsport with Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Chase Randall (Waco, Texas) making their initial forays to Winter Dirt Games. Reinbold made four USAC starts in 2020 while Randall made seven.

Same is the story for the Steve Reynolds team who'll bring first-time Winter Dirt Games racers Trey Gropp (Lincoln, Neb.) and Emilio Hoover (Broken Arrow, Okla.) for their first laps in competition at Ocala.

Winter Dirt Games XII begins with the 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

The second half of WDG brings on the beginning of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing.

On race days, pits open at 4pm ET, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

Race day tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

For practice nights, on track action runs from 6-9pm ET. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $20 apiece.

All nights of Winter Dirt Games XII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

PROJECTED ENTRIES: USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3 ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Jim Neuman)

3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)

4 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

5 KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Sam Johnson Racing)

19A HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19M ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

21 TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Steve Reynolds)

21KS EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (Steve Reynolds)

25 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Tom Malloy)

25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)

41 OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard)

45 MAX McLAUGHLIN/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)

57 ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (RAB Racing)

57K DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (RAB Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing)

84 CHASE ELLIOTT/Dawsonville, GA (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Dave Mac Motorsports)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

98 TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

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BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS:

1 Lap 2/8/2020 Tanner Thorson 13.724 98.368 mph

8 Laps 2/8/2020 Zeb Wise 1:52.636 95.884 mph

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FLORIDA USAC MIDGET WINS:

2-Tyler Courtney & Bob Wente

1-Kyle Larson, Johnny Riva, Chuck Rodee, Bobby Santos, Tanner Thorson & Chris Windom

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (11), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Zeb Wise (9), 6. Tanner Carrick (3), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 8. Chad Boat (4), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (14), 13. Tyler Thomas (16), 14. Jesse Colwell (15), 15. Sam Johnson (13), 16. Karsyn Elledge (21), 17. Karter Sarff (22), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. Zane Hendricks (12), 20. Adam Pierson (19), 21. Andrew Layser (7), 22. Noah Gass (20). NT

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2019 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Chad Boat (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (1), 6. Jesse Colwell (9), 7. Tanner Thorson (24), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Chris Windom (15), 10. Andrew Layser (7), 11. Tanner Carrick (16), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Zane Hendricks (17), 14. Karter Sarff (21), 15. Karsyn Elledge (18), 16. Jerry Coons, Jr. (8), 17. Sam Johnson (19), 18. Holley Hollan (14), 19. Ethan Mitchell (13), 20. Zeb Wise (2), 21. Noah Gass (12), 22. Cole Bodine (10), 23. Chase Jones (23), 24. Adam Pierson (22). NT

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 7, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (5), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Cannon McIntosh (10), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 9. Daison Pursley (15), 10. Andrew Layser (13), 11. Tanner Carrick (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Steve Buckwalter (17), 14. Dennis Misuraca (20), 15. Oliver Akard (18), 16. Mark Cole (19), 17. Michael Magic (21), 18. Chase Jones (16), 19. Robert Dalby (14), 20. Jesse Colwell (9), 21. Cole Bodine (4), 22. Ethan Mitchell (22). NT

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Andrew Layser (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (2), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Zeb Wise (7), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Jesse Colwell (13), 10. Tanner Carrick (3), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (6), 14. Oliver Akard (17), 15. Michael Magic (15), 16. Mark Cole (16), 17. Steve Buckwalter (19), 18. Dennis Misuraca (14), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (18). NT

 

 

NASCAR CUP CHAMP CHASE MAKE USAC MIDGET DEBUT AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 1, 2021).........Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott will make his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget debut in the CB Industries No. 84 when the series arrives at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII on Feb. 5-6 for the start of the new season.

The new ride for Elliott will sport sponsorship from NAPA - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall for the defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship owning team at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track where Elliott will also be teamed with 2020 series champ, Chris Windom.

Elliott, of Dawsonville, Ga. native recently made his first foray into midget racing with a third and fourth place finish last December at North Carolina's Millbridge Speedway, and also contested January's Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., just narrowly missing the cut for the final transfer spot to the feature in his preliminary night B-Main.

CB Industries team owner Boat, and Elliott, share a mutual respect, and their racing activities together date back to when they competed against each other as drivers on the NASCAR K & N Pro Series East circuit in 2011-12.

During this past January's Chili Bowl, Elliott expressed a desire to do more midget racing in the future and Boat was more than happy to oblige with Elliott stationed an hour-and-a-half away in Daytona as he prepares for the opening of the NASCAR Cup season.

"I've been talking to Chase ever since he started doing a little bit of midget stuff," Boat explained. "After Chili Bowl, he was looking to do a little bit more to get ready for Chili Bowl in 2022. I think it just made sense with us being down here close to what he's doing for his other work. It just made sense for him that it would be a good place for him to come over and do it."

Elliott, son of 1988 NASCAR Winston Cup champion driver Bill Elliott, is one of the top stars on the NASCAR circuit, recording 11 series wins over the past three seasons at the Charlotte oval, the Charlotte roval twice, the Daytona Road Course, Martinsville, Phoenix, Talladega, Watkins Glen Road Course twice, Dover and Kansas.

Additionally, Chase has been named the most popular NASCAR Cup driver in each of the past three seasons in 2018-19-20.

While Elliott will maintain a busy schedule as he gets sets to attempt to defend his NASCAR Cup title, the itch remains to get more laps in a midget with USAC when his availability and time allows.

"I don't think we have a set schedule, but I wouldn't be surprised to see him run some more," Boat revealed. "We're definitely going to do Ocala and we'll go from there. Obviously, he's limited on what he can do, for sure, but he definitely wants to get more laps in, and I think you'll see him pop up maybe whenever we can."

Elliott hits the track for his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget appearances in the series openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Grandstands open at 5pm ET each night with cars on track at 6pm.

A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4 from 6-9pm ET.

Both nights of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets can be watched LIVE on FloRacing.

 

 

USAC MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR KOFOID SEEKS EVEN MORE IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2021).........Darren Hagen, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Carson Macedo, Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey.

]That's the murderers' row of talent that Buddy Kofoid followed in the footsteps of on the venerable Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team in 2020 by delivering a Rookie of the Year season with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets just as those eight drivers did previously.

"This is huge," Kofoid exclaimed. "As a rookie, this is a big award. Obviously, the championship is the next big one we're chasing, but you can only be a Rookie once. To be the best one of the year is really special and, for a team like this and a series like USAC, there's an endless list of names that've earned it. To have my name up there with them is really cool. For the speed that we had and the wins that we got, it's really rewarding to validate it."

Kofoid's freshman year with USAC was spectacular, racking up 14 top-fives and 22 top-tens while starting all 28 events during the 2020 National Midget season, which also included three victories at Sweet Springs, Mo., San Tan Valley, Ariz. and Bakersfield, Calif. en route to a 4th place finish in the standings.

In fact, Kofoid became just the seventh driver in USAC National Midget history to win Rookie of the Year, win at least three features and finish inside the top-four of the final standings in a single season, joining Danny Caruthers (1971), Larry Patton (1975), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007), Kyle Larson (2011), Christopher Bell (2013) and Logan Seavey (2018).

It was the journey to reach the first win that led the now 19-year-old Kofoid to an emotional victory lane celebration at Sweet Springs in September following a succession of four runner-up results at Gas City, Ind. Lawrenceburg, Ind., Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway and Pennsylvania's Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, which ultimately led up to win number one.

It's something that the Penngrove, Calif. native chocks up to his progression of learning how to close out races in this discipline, with the competition as tight as it is. The ultimate "closeout" came in Kofoid's third win of the season in mid-November at Bakersfield, where he had to fend off the practically unbeatable Kyle Larson down the stretch, the lone night of the year Larson served as his KKM teammate.

"With the year Kyle had, he wasn't really ever contested," Kofoid explained. "It was cool to contest with him and catch him and race it out, and kind of take it from him, I guess. We had identical cars and we were working with the same people, so even if it was just one race, it's cool to say I beat Kyle straight up. It's a testament to Jarrett (Martin) and Grant (Penn) and the whole team for how good they've gotten our cars, and the KKM guys have got it going pretty good. Hopefully, we can carry that momentum, even from just the end of the season, and our Chili Bowl success and bring it into Florida."

But, like Hagen, Clauson, Abreu, Bell and Seavey, Kofoid eyes the next step of translating Rookie of the Year honors for KKM into, ultimately, becoming a USAC National Midget driving champion, where you might say anything less than a championship for Kofoid in 2021 would be less than ideal.

"That's fair to say," Kofoid acknowledged. "I think we're fast enough to do it; we've just got to be consistent for the championship and I think we were fairly consistent last year, but I think we could be a little more. We've just got to win even more, and I'd love to talk to you guys again as a USAC champion. That's definitely my dream and all of us on this team's goal to do that."

Kofoid will begin his 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget journey in the series openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1969: Billy Engelhart

1970: Danny Brown

1971: Danny Caruthers

1972: Tommy Astone

1973: Mike Gregg

1974: Richard Powell

1975: Larry Patton

1976: James McElreath

1977: Lonnie Caruthers

1978: Tommy Thomas

1979: Barry Butterworth

1980: Trevor Boys

1981: Sherman Armstrong Jr.

1982: Chris Maxson

1983: John Andretti

1984: Russ Gamester

1985: Bobby Allen

1986: Steve Enlow

1987: John Meyers

1988: Jim Keeker

1989: Jeff Gordon

1990: Dan Ford

1991: Doug Kalitta

1992: Brian Gerster

1993: Chuck Leary

1994: David Bridges

1995: Ryan Newman

1996: Carl Olsen

1997: Nick Lundgreen

1998: Michael Lewis

1999: A.J. Fike

2000: Aaron Fike

2001: Bobby East

2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory

2003: Ryan Durst

2004: Todd Beach

2005: Darren Hagen

2006: Bryan Clauson

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2008: Chad Boat

2009: Zach Daum

2010: Daniel Bedford

2011: Kyle Larson

2012: Rico Abreu

2013: Christopher Bell

2014: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2015: Spencer Bayston

2016: Carson Macedo

2017: Tanner Carrick

2018: Logan Seavey

2019: Andrew Layser

2020: Buddy Kofoid

 

 

WINDOM EYES REPEAT DREAM SEASON WITH USAC MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2021).........Coming into the new season following a championship year is an envious position to be in.

Chris Windom has experienced that twice prior to earning himself the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National title after previously capturing the 2016 USAC Silver Crown title as well as the 2017 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

In a year where a championship is collected, to the outsider, it's seemingly easy to rest on your laurels and figure that there is little to no room for more improvement while standing at the top of the series.

Oh no, sir. Everything from top to bottom can be altered, not in the sense of reinventing the wheel, but finding that extra tenth, that extra millimeter, that extra motivation to prove to yourselves that you can do it again. That's how Windom feels as he heads into his second season with the newly christened CB Industries No. 89, formerly named Tucker-Boat Motorsports.

"There's always things we can all work on," Windom noted. "We've got to be better at a few tracks that we weren't that good at last year. It's the same team, but last year was a new season for me working with (team owner) Chad Boat. This year, we've got a year under our belt and I think we're going to come back even stronger than what we were last year. It's definitely an advantage to have that year under your belt, coming back with the same equipment, the same guys and the same team, so I think that'll definitely help."

Another element of the game that Windom is adamant about finding improvement is one which rewarded him with a nice bonus last year, oddly enough. The Canton, Ill. driver advanced 226 positions in feature events alone during the 2020 campaign, 101 more than his closest combatant, to become the ProSource Passing Master for USAC. A hearty stat to be proud of, for sure, but Windom freely admitted that it came as a result of sub-par qualifying runs that positioned him deep in the field and required a lot of extra work to reach the front.

"I've got to work on qualifying a little bit and get started toward the front too because it just makes it harder," Windom admitted. "There's so many good guys now that's it's so hard to come from outside the third or fourth row and win a lot of races throughout the year. I've got to get better, but I think we're definitely going to be better this year."

Following his previous two USAC National championships, Windom finished 3rd in the final standings in both Silver Crown (2017) and National Sprint Cars (2018), finishing right on the cusp of contention for a back-to-back title season, something that's happened 11 times in the history of USAC National Midget racing by Shorty Templeman (1956-57-58), Jimmy Davies (1960-61-62), Mike McGreevy (1965-66), Mel Kenyon (1967-68), Sleepy Tripp (1975-76), Stevie Reeves (1992-93), Tony Stewart (1994-95), Jason Leffler (1997-98-99), Dave Darland (2001-02), Jerry Coons Jr. (2006-07) and Bryan Clauson (2010-11).

With all the accolades, awards and his new status as a USAC career Triple Crown champion, the fire still burns within Windom, and he retains an intrinsic desire to win and reach the kind of personal rewards that are practically impossible to duplicate off the track.

"I'm very passionate about racing, and I'm a very competitive person," Windom said. "I'm just here to win every night and that feeling you get when you win races or championships is not something you can get anywhere else, at least I've never experienced it in life. I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. This is what I love to do, and the reward of winning and doing so with the guys who work hard building these racecars in the shop is what makes it even more special."

Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. is where the candle gets relit for Windom in 2021 as he takes on a track where he has attained a great deal of success at over the past two years, winning in the sprint car in 2019 and the midget in 2020. Despite the short turnaround, Windom is eager to get the new season going.

"It feels like we haven't had much of an offseason, but I'm already getting bored and I'm ready to go back racing again," Windom stated. "We've had a lot of success at Ocala the last few years in the midget and sprint car, and I'm looking forward to it. We get a practice night to see where we shake out, but I think we'll be really good."

Windom will begin his 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget journey in the series openers for Winter Dirt Games XII on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

Just moments later, Windom begins his 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

BACK-TO-BACK USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS:

Shorty Templeman (1956-57-58)

Jimmy Davies (1960-61-62)

Mike McGreevy (1965-66)

Mel Kenyon (1967-68)

Sleepy Tripp (1975-76)

Stevie Reeves (1992-93)

Tony Stewart (1994-95)

Jason Leffler (1997-98-99)

Dave Darland (2001-02)

Jerry Coons Jr. (2006-07)

Bryan Clauson (2010-11)

 

 

REINBOLD READY FOR ROOKIE USAC MIDGET SEASON IN 2021

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2021).........Hayden Reinbold will contest the full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule during the 2021 season for Arizona-based Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

The 16-year-old Reinbold from Gilbert, Ariz. made his initial four career series starts in 2020 at Gas City, Ind., Kokomo, Ind., Wayne City, Ill. and San Tan Valley, Ariz., finishing 25th in the final standings on a part-time schedule.

Reinbold will join a USAC National Midget Rookie class in the series that also includes Bryant Wiedeman, Brenham Crouch, Austin Barnhill, and teammate Chase Randall, who'll kick off the season with Reinbold in a two-car team effort at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on Feb. 5-6 for Winter Dirt Games XII.

"I am proud to be running my family's car again this year and I hope to contend for Rookie of the Year," Hayden Reinbold stated. "I feel my experience from last year will help with that. I look forward to working more with (crew chief) Tyler Ransbottom this year too."

This will be team owners Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood's first time racing the USAC National Midget schedule in its entirety.

"Our entire team is excited to run the full USAC Midget schedule for the first time, but having my son be the driver makes it all that more special for me personally," Andy Reinbold said. "I understand Hayden is still young and learning, but with our equipment and team, I expect him to do well and grow as a driver tremendously this year."

Reinbold will begin his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season in the series openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

TONY JONES NAMED USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES COORDINATOR

By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 30, 2021... Officials with the United States Auto Club (USAC) have announced that Tony Jones is the new coordinator of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Jones, who joined the series as race director in 2019, replaces Chris Kearns who has led the group since the 2011 campaign.

Jones will head the daily business operations for the traditional 410 series. Among his new duties will be working directly with race track promoters, racer relations, scheduling, and looking for new sponsors to increase purses, bonuses, and the championship point fund. On race day, Tony will still manage the night’s racing program and lead the racer pit meetings. He can be reached at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com.

Jones brings a wealth of racing experience to the position. The son of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver Bubby Jones and brother to noted crew chief Davey Jones, was a star driver in his own right on the west coast. Among his accomplishments, Tony scored a Non-Wing World Championship victory at Terre Haute, Indiana in 1999, won the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris, California in 2000, and claimed the USAC/CRA Championship in 2007. Jones has also won some of the most noted races on the schedule, including the Bagley Classic (twice), Firecracker (twice), Glenn Howard Memorial, Hall of Fame Classic, Jack Kindoll Classic, Legends of Ascot Night, Salute to Indy, and the Sokola Classic. At press time, Tony still ranks fourth in USAC/CRA wins (20) and tied for eighth in USAC/CRA fast time awards (8). After retiring as a driver, Tony served as Matt McCarthy’s crew chief and helped the young driver earn Rookie of the Year honors with USAC/CRA in 2017.

The 2021 USAC/CRA campaign is slated for twenty-four events, starting March 12th at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Spring Showcase” and concluding November 13th at Arizona Speedway’s “54th Annual Western World Championships.” The schedule is subject to change as the races are subject to local county and state health regulations regarding the COVID 19 Coronavirus.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Component Repair Company, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Loudpedal Productions, Rod End Supply, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Torsion Bars, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. ----------------------------------------------- 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-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-No Champion. ---------------------------------------------

 

 

RESURGENT STOCKON LOOKS TO K.O. USAC SPRINT COMPETITION IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Owensville, Indiana (January 29, 2021).........For the past decade on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour, Chase Stockon has had the same routine, towing his own No. 32 down south for the season opening Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

But now, following a mid-stream switch in July of 2020, the rejuvenated series ironman with a record 321 consecutive feature starts has a new routine as the pilot of the KO Motorsports No. 5s, with aspirations of a coveted series crown in 2021.

The switch from his own operation to the Owensville, Ind. based team made an instant impact on Stockon, as he began a string of consistency that elevated him to his most statistically successful season since 2016, fueling the fire within himself that has supplied him with a boost of confidence for the coming season, but has also required a few sacrifices on his part in his change of scenery.

"It was definitely a change of pace for sure," Stockon acknowledged. "Over the course of the last nine years, I ran my own program, basically, with help from Tom Burkey. It was kind of tough not having control of everything. From that aspect, it was probably the toughest part. (Team Manager Kent Schmidt) has built me a really nice piece every time I've driven for him. That part of it made the decision kind of easy, but with all the guys here, we clicked really well together. Every night, we get everything we can get out of the racecar. As long as I'm putting forth 100 percent and they're putting forth 100 percent, everybody's happy."

The switch over was nerve wracking for Stockon, but as the results have shown, the move has paid large dividends in several ways.

"I was kind of nervous of even asking (sponsor) Tom Burkey of Superior Tank & Trailer if he'd be interested in partnering up with these guys," Stockon recalled. "It made me sweat, and I had a few sleepless nights thinking about it, but he was all on board with it. That was kind of the determining factor for me to do something different. I was even thinking about maybe retiring or not racing full-time. These guys over here rekindled the fire, and we have a lot of fun together, that's for sure."

The origins of Stockon's relationship with KO came the year prior, in 2019, when he drove for the team solely in Midwest Sprint Car Series competition, making 14 starts and earning a best finish of 2nd that August at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. At the same track in mid-June of 2020, Stockon drove the car to a 6th place feature finish with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Schmidt understood where Stockon was, mentally, in his career at that point in time. With KO being a burgeoning team and having a prior working relationship with Stockon, the trigger was pulled to bring him on full-time. As a result, Stockon's fire was burning bright again.

"We had talked about that a little bit back and forth," Schmidt remembered. "Both him and I would get together and share set up information and things like that, bounce crazy ideas off each other, and he'd have the same issues I'd be talking about. I got it, I understood it and I knew where he was at. That's why it really made sense to throw all the toys into one sandbox and go at it hardcore."

The instant success the pairing found was of no surprise to Schmidt, with USAC wins coming in September at Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway and Tri-State Speedway and being in the thick of the championship race down to the final gun in October at Lawrenceburg Speedway's Fall Nationals before finishing third in the final standings.

"Honestly, to me, it wasn't a surprise at all. We work very well together," Schmidt said. "Anytime you can put his group of guys and our guys together, we have some fun, and we usually have some success doing it. He's got a core group of guys that come with him and they're still here. We all live here locally, so it all works out."

Undoubtedly, the highlight of the 2020 season came in early August when Stockon earned his first career Indiana Sprint Week title, erasing a seven-point deficit entering the feature to claim the championship, sealing the deal after the bitter heartbreak of a runner-up ISW finish in 2015 meant he had unfinished business to settle, using the brief break between events to make sure everything was dialed in for the final stretch.

"The crew worked their butts off during the break between the first half and the second half of the week," Stockon praised. "Kent said there's no excuses; we're going to bring the best piece we can to the racetrack. I think it's hard work like that that has given us the success we've had over here."

Moving into 2021, Stockon is the not the lone man contesting a full complement of USAC races any longer following the team's addition of series Rookie of the Year contenders, Paul Nienhiser and Carson Garrett. With the success right off the bat a year ago, Schmidt looks forward to more success in the coming year, and more fun.

"We started off as a one-car deal, then we wanted to add another," Schmidt said. "That worked out in our favor and we had a lot of fun doing it. It's just one of those things that kept snowballing. We came across a deal to run Chase full-time last year and I felt like we were pretty good right out of the box. It's grown over the winter and we've added a couple more guys. We just want to continue to try to be successful and have fun doing it at the same time."

For Stockon, his role remains the same, to win races and compete for a championship. But, in a somewhat different scenario, he will have two full-time teammates to race alongside, which he admits will be different, but a challenge he's prepared to take on.

"It's definitely going to be a bit different," Stockon acknowledges. "I guess you could say that, since I've been over here, I've been out of my comfort zone a little bit, and I've had to learn how to adapt to different things. This year, once again, it's going to be a learning experience and I think I'm up for the challenge. As far as a mentor, I don't know what advice I have to offer, really. We're just going to go out and everybody's going to put forth 100 percent. If everybody does that, I think we'll have another successful year across the board, every driver on the team. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

For Schmidt, the goals are abundantly clear what he wants KO Motorsports and Stockon to accomplish in 2021.

"The big picture is that we really want to win a championship; that's everybody's big picture," Schmidt said. "We've just got to continue to strive for that goal, work hard, keep our heads down and keep going."

Stockon, who won the Winter Dirt Games opener in 2018 at Ocala, Fla., begins his 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes three consecutive full nights of racing. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

 

 

ANGELL PARK IS BACK! USAC MIDGETS RETURN SEPT. 5

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (January 29, 2021).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will return to the famed Angell Park Speedway on Sunday night, September 5, for the Pepsi Nationals, with a rain date (if needed) for the following evening on Monday, September 6.

SLS Promotions and Hans Lein have recently teamed up with the Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department to operate the 1/3-mile dirt oval in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Lein was a longtime midget racer and midget car owner at Angell Park, and his love for the track runs deep. He grew up watching his father, 1971 Badger Midget champ Lars Lein, win regularly in the 1960s and 1970s prior to beginning his own racing career.

"I've always loved Angell Park Speedway and am really excited for this opportunity," Lein said. "We want to bring back the friendship and camaraderie that helped make the track what it was and show that to a new generation. When the gates are open, we want people to know they are welcome and that the track is the place to be on a Sunday night."

SLS Promotions' Larry Hillerud echoed those sentiments, himself a former midget driver with USAC and Badger at Angell Park from the 1970s through the 1990s and is thrilled to bring USAC Midgets back to the track, with a group that involves himself, SLS' Scott Boyd, Lein and Badger Midget Auto Racing Association President, Quinn McCabe.

"It's one of those places that, wherever you go in the country, it's still the best place you ever raced," Hillerud said. "It was such a family atmosphere back then with big car counts. To go up there on a Sunday night and run good in the feature was like going to Indianapolis. It was quite a deal, but got lost for a few years, and the last three four years, they've been trying to get it going again. We had an opportunity to get involved in it, and I think all of us got that nostalgic feeling to make it the way it used to be. We're sure going to give it a try. We've got a lot of great people involved and I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

It's been six years since the series last made a visit to Angell Park, a thriller won by Rico Abreu on the final corner on the last lap. The track has hosted 46 previous USAC National Midget events since Larry Rice's victory in 1970 and can count many of the greatest individuals in the history of the sport among those who've won there, a list which includes 16 USAC National champions: Abreu, Rice, Bryan Clauson, Kevin Olson, Brad Kuhn, Christopher Bell, Bobby Olivero, Jeff Gordon, Jerry Coons Jr., Josh Wise, Levi Jones, Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Stevie Reeves, Tom Bigelow and Tracy Hines.

Bryan Clauson owns the most USAC National Midget victories at Angell Park with six, while additional multi-time winners include Kevin Olson (5), Brad Kuhn (3), Christopher Bell (3), Larry Rice (2) and Rico Abreu (2).

Angell Park's tradition of racing dates back to 1939 while the Pepsi Nationals' origins go back to 1982, won by Billy Engelhart. The total payout and additional details will be announced at a later date.

 

 

2021 USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (January 28, 2021)………Fifteen events greet the USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma campaign for the 2021 season, marked by 12 points races and a trio of non-points special events in the states of Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas.

The WSO season begins and concludes at the very same venue – The New Tulsa Speedway in Tulsa, Okla. – where the series will make a series-high four stops, including the season opener on April 9, a return visit on May 28 and the final two showdowns on Oct. 22-23.

A familiar visit on the tour – Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. – welcomes the series twice, on April 23 and May 14, while fellow Oklahoma track – Enid Speedway – swings open the gates on April 24. Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada is the host on two occasions, first on May 8 then again on July 31.

Three trips to Kansas are slated for the series’ championship run. Park City’s 81 Speedway is the place to be on June 26, while Hutchinson Raceway Park makes its debut on the WSO schedule on July 16. Salina Speedway is on the docket for Aug. 28.

Three WSO special events that do not pay points toward the championship are on the schedule as well, all in co-sanctioned fashion. The first such race will occur on April 17 alongside the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

Both WSO and MWRA will then head for two nights of non-points special events that take the series to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. on May 21-22, which will mark both series’ first ever pairing with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

2021 USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SCHEDULE:

Apr 9: The New Tulsa Speedway – Tulsa, OK

Apr 17: Jefferson County Speedway – Fairbury, NE (SE) (M)

Apr 23: Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

Apr 24: Enid Speedway – Enid, OK

May 8: Oklahoma Sports Park – Ada, OK

May 14: Red Dirt Raceway – Meeker, OK

May 21: Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS (N) (M) (SE)

May 22: Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS (N) (M) (SE)

May 28: The New Tulsa Speedway – Tulsa, OK

Jun 26: 81 Speedway – Park City, KS

Jul 16: Hutchinson Raceway Park – Hutchinson, KS

Jul 31: Oklahoma Sports Park – Ada, OK

Aug 28: Salina Speedway – Salina, KS

Oct 22: The New Tulsa Speedway – Tulsa, OK

Oct 23: The New Tulsa Speedway – Tulsa, OK

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(SE) represents a non-points special event

(M) represents an event with the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association

(N) represents an event with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship


 

KOFOID TAKES ON USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES WITH DYSON IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2021)..........Buddy Kofoid will compete in the seven dirt rounds of the USAC Silver Crown National Championship in 2021 as the new driver of the Chris Dyson Racing Maxim/Kistler No. 9.

Penngrove, California's Kofoid, the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year, has not yet sat in the seat of Silver Crown car in competition as of yet, but has excelled in a wide variety of race cars, ranging from the Midget where he won three times with USAC this past season as well as winged sprint cars with a 2019 Fremont Speedway championship, All Star wins and a pair of victories in the Wild Wing Shootout at Arizona Speedway less than a week ago under his belt.

Silver Crown cars are a new venture for the 19-year-old sensation, and Kofoid is eager to tackle a new challenge with Dyson and crew chief Sean Michael.

"I've been wanting to do this for a long time," Kofoid exclaimed. "I've been wanting to get in a Silver Crown car for a few years now. I'm really looking forward to the Silver Crown stuff; they've got great equipment and, obviously, Sean and Kyle (Larson) did really well last year and, hopefully, I can do the same. I'm excited to try something new again."

Kevin Thomas Jr. competed in Dyson's No. 9 on the dirt in 2020, which was wrenched on by Michael, who also did the same on his own entry, the No. 19 that Kyle Larson went two-for-two in at the dirt miles of the Indiana and the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Although Kofoid and Michael first met face-to-face just two weeks ago during the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., Michael can still vividly remember the first time he heard the name Buddy Kofoid, which has stuck with him in the years since as he's rapidly ascended the racing ranks.

"A couple years ago, Mike Heffner talked about this kid named Buddy Kofoid from California," Michael recalled. "He was watching him, so I started watching him because of that. Then, he got the midget deal and started winning right away. When he came in to run the All Star races, he won again and was pretty impressive. On the way to Springfield last October, Kyle Larson rode with us and we were talking about different guys, and he was pretty high on Buddy. Since he brought him up, I watched him even more closely, so Chris (Dyson) and I thought we needed to give the kid a chance."

Kofoid has excelled in new racing adventures of late. In USAC alone, his first three AMSOIL National Sprint Car appearances were mightily impressive in Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway last August. A 4th place finish in Thursday's preliminary was followed by another 4th on the second prelim night on Friday, then he proceeded to conclude the weekend with a 5th in the Saturday night finale.

Three consecutive top-five finishes to start off a USAC Sprint Car career is a rarity. So rare that just three times has a former USAC National Sprint Car champion even started his career in the series with three top-five feature finishes: Roger McCluskey, Gary Bettenhausen and Jay Drake.

However, nothing quite compares to Silver Crown racing with its diverse array of strategy and venues, which Kofoid acknowledged he's looking forward to trying to conquer.

"Almost all of it is going to be completely different as far as racing on the miles, tire wear and having a radio, so it'll be a little bit different," Kofoid explained. "The way you race on the miles is different. You're running a lot straighter, at least towards the end, it looks like, and you're trying to save your stuff while, at the same time, keeping yourself in contention for when it counts. I'm also looking forward to some of the smaller tracks too where you've got to hustle it a little bit."

Kofoid and crew chief Michael will get an early jump on their working relationship with their plans to compete in the 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season openers at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on Feb. 11-12-13 in the Chris Dyson Racing No. 20, sponsored by Thetford, Lelands.com and JVI Group. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 10.

The first appearance of Kofoid in the USAC Silver Crown National Championship arrives on May 27 in the 66th running of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, an event won in 2020 by the Sean Michael wrenched No. 19 and driven by Kyle Larson.

Michael revealed plans to contest the three dirt miles on the 2021 USAC Silver Crown schedule as an entrant with his No. 19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Aug. 21) and the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Sep. 4). The car will by piloted by a driver yet to be announced.

 

 

McDOUGAL GETS USAC MIDGET DRIVE
WITH DALBY FOR FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2021).........Jason McDougal has been named the driver of the Robert Dalby Motorsports No. 4 when the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets begin their 2021 season with Winter Dirt Games XII at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 5-6.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is a two-time winner with the series in 2019 at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway and Indiana's Tri-State Speedway and, as recently as last year, he divided his time between competing in USAC National Midget competition and serving as the crew chief for Kevin Thomas Jr. on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail.

Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) made 18 starts himself as a driver with the series in 2020 and is the 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion but will now be in the role of team owner and crew chief for McDougal at Ocala.

It's a unique opportunity and dynamic for both McDougal and Dalby, two young guns who share a common thread as being involved on both ends of the driver/crew chief relationship in the sport, turning the wrenches for another driver and also competing behind the wheel themselves very recently.

"I think it's going to work out pretty well," McDougal anticipates. "We've seen it from both aspects on both sides of the wall. I've never really been around him that much, but we hung out for a little bit last night and got to know each a little more, and I think we have a pretty good chemistry so far. I think it'll be a pretty easy weekend. We're going to go out and have some fun, do some racing and be good."

Dalby sees it similarly from his vantage point behind the pit wall and plans on also having McDougal behind the wheel of his No. 4 when the series travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma's Port City Raceway for two nights of the T-Town Midget Showdown on April 9-10.

"It's super exciting," Dalby exclaimed. "He's a hell of a racecar driver and smart behind the wheel. He knows what's right and wrong and he knows it from both sides. From what I've seen so far, he's calm as am I down to the core. It's easy to work with somebody that, when things go wrong, they can work through it and try to make it better. He's a calm, chill guy and really good behind the wheel of a racecar."

A recent California transplant who now makes his home in central Indiana, Dalby also revealed that he plans take a step back from the driving side and embrace the role of crew chief and team owner in 2021. He estimated he will drive his own car in around 10 USAC events this year, at some of his favorite venues, among them are Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway and California's Merced Speedway.

However, Dalby revealed his long-term plan coming to fruition after turning the wrenches for driver Cannon McIntosh during last December's open midget event at North Carolina's Millbridge Speedway, saying "It's what I want to do right now."

"It takes 100 percent to work on them and it takes 100 percent to drive them," Dalby explained. "It was only me, so it was hard to do. So, I kind of stepped back and thought about it, and asked myself, 'Do I enjoy driving them more or do I enjoy working on them more?' I really enjoy it from the team owner aspect, working in the shop, working with sponsors and that kind of stuff, rather than trying to drive them and work on them at the same time."

Dalby will field a car at every USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event in 2021, although it will present a change of pace with Dalby not on the driver's seat and starting off with McDougal in the first four events of the season.

"We're going to work with Jason down in Florida and see how that goes, then go from there to Port City and down the road," Dalby said. "Whichever races I don't really have a driver for, if I don't end up finding a driver, I'll run it myself. If I can get the right driver in the car, then I'll end up just working on it and crew chiefing it."

McDougal and Dalby will get their USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season underway in the series openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

 

USAC SPRINT TOP ROOKIE ROGERS
LOOKS TO MAKE GAINS IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Worthington, Indiana (January 26, 2021).........Still just a high school senior, Jadon Rogers can already count himself as a six-year sprint car racing veteran, but in 2020, the Worthington, Ind. teenager took on the bulk of the USAC trail for the first time, and as a result, earned himself the 2020 AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award.

Rogers and his family-owned No. 14 team began the season picking and choosing USAC events, starting just four of the first 11 events on the schedule, but from mid-July onward, starting at Indiana Sprint Week when he picked up a ride in the Randy Edwards No. 61m, stepping in for the briefly retired Stephen Schnapf, Rogers committed himself to the remainder of the schedule to earn the honor.

Rogers overtook season-long top-Rookie Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) three-quarters of the way through the year, with seven races remaining, and never relinquished it, finishing 14th overall in the final series standings.

"This is outstanding," Rogers exclaimed. "We bought in about halfway through the year last year, really started chipping away. We didn't really know at the beginning of the year that we were going to run for (Rookie of the Year). When we got closer to the middle of the year, we knew that if we were going to run for it, we were going to have to go hard."

Rogers indeed did finish strong, making large strides in the latter stretch where he earned three of his five total top-ten finishes in his last five starts, topped by a career best finish of 2nd at Tri-State Speedway's Haubstadt Hustler in September. Along the way, Rogers also notched a 7th at Gas City, Ind., a 9th at Putnamville, Ind. and a 9th and 10th at Tri-State, making him three-for-three on the year in recording top-ten results at Haubstadt, Ind. track in USAC competition.

Establishing USAC career highs in all statistical categories, Rogers was also the fastest qualifier in one of the largest fields of the year, topping 51 cars in time trials during the July 3 Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. Despite the achievement, qualifying is an aspect of the racing program that Rogers is still learning, one step, and one lap, at a time.

"Qualifying is the hardest part," Rogers acknowledges. "You've just got to make a good lap and then you've got to strive for an even better one on the second lap. Sometimes just cutting one good lap is a struggle. We really struggled qualifying all year and maybe that's my fault, but we'll keep trying harder and if we can get that better, I think we can put ourselves in a better position for success."

Rogers splits his time racing on dirt tracks in the Midwest with time spent in the fall on the soccer field and in the winter on the basketball court, both sports in which he excels in at White River Valley High School in Switz City, Ind.

However, like many during this time of the year, Rogers has his mind set on sunny Florida. However, Rogers has a destination in mind that is a racer's delight - the dirt, rather than the beach, to kick off the new season at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the start of Winter Dirt Games XII where the dawn of a new season presents new goals to strive for and a fire brewing inside.

"I just want to get a USAC win," Rogers stated. "I want to be able to contend in races and every time I go to the racetrack, I want to be one of the guys to beat."

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1971: Darl Harrison

1972: Billy Cassella

1973: Rich Leavell

1974: Lee Osborne

1975: Marvin Carman

1976: Roger Rager

1977: Eddie Leavitt

1978: Tim Richmond

1979: Jerry Carman

1980: Frank Riddle

1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan

1982: Danny Milburn

1983: Dean Shirley

1984: Jerry Russell

1985: Terry Shepherd

1986: Kenny Jacobs

1987: Rick Ungar

1988: Dean Jacobs

1989: Eric Gordon

1990: Rick Howerton

1991: Tony Stewart

1992: Gary Cameron II

1993: Kenny Irwin Jr.

1994: Bobby Smith

1995: Mark Cassella

1996: Gus Wasson

1997: J.J. Yeley

1998: Tracy Hines

1999: Ryan Newman

2000: Bud Kaeding

2001: Ed Carpenter

2002: Boston Reid

2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely

2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise

2005: Darren Hagen

2006: Scotty Weir

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2008: Chad Boat

2009: Henry Clarke

2010: Justin Grant

2011: Coleman Gulick

2012: C.J. Leary

2013: Tyler Courtney

2014: Jarett Andretti

2015: Aaron Farney

2016: Isaac Chapple

2017: Stevie Sussex

2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey

2019: Dustin Clark

2020: Jadon Rogers

 

 

SEAVEY TABBED BY MALLOY TO RACE FULL-TIME
ON USAC MIDGET TRAIL IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 26, 2021).........Logan Seavey, the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, has signed on to drive the Tom Malloy owned No. 25 full-time on the series tour in 2021.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, for whom he raced with in the series during his 2020 campaign, recently parted ways. The Malloy machine was the winningest car in the latter half of last season, winning three of the final seven feature events with driver Tanner Thorson, who has joined Dave Mac Motorsports for 2021.

Prior to 2020, Malloy's cars, with Jerome Rodela serving as the team manager, were not a well-known commodity on the USAC National scene but had found success in the USAC Western States Midget series over the years. Rodela himself won four Western States races and a pair of championships as a driver in 2005 and 2006.

Yet, late in 2020, the team quickly became a force to be reckon with, a trend that both Seavey and Rodela aim to keep rolling into the new year.

"I feel really good about it," Seavey said. "They have beautiful racecars and, being from California, I've probably seen quite a bit more of them than people elsewhere. I know their cars and engines are really good, and it's going to be cool to be in something different - a King chassis out of New Zealand; there's only two or three of them in the United States."

Rodela feels that the team opened eyes last year and put on display their capabilities of becoming perennial race winners and contenders for the championship.

"I think a lot of people see that the cars have speed and, when I was looking for a driver, it was fairly easy because people noticed we have some good stuff and it made that side of things simple," Rodela said. "We're still kind of the new kids on the block and still have a lot to learn, but I'm confident we have a good program here with everybody involved."

Seavey and Rodela spoke at length, in-person, for the first time at the recent Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in mid-January. Just two weeks later, this past Tuesday afternoon, Seavey installed his seat into the King/Ed Pink Toyota powered car, getting the feel, for the first time, of his new digs for 2021. Seavey, a six-time USAC National Midget feature winning driver, looks forward to working with Rodela, a man who's been in the trenches on all sides of the sport.

"Jerome's seen it from all sides as a driver, crew chief and fabricator," Seavey noted. "I think that just helps with the relationship between driver and crew chief. It's helpful when the crew chief can see it from the driver's standpoint as well. I had that at times with Andy (Reinbold) when I was racing with him. Jerome's cars have been fast and he's really good at what he does. He builds, to me, the nicest racecars in the world, probably, and is just a beautiful fabricator as well. He makes all these special, unique parts. He thinks about that stuff really well."

Rodela, who lives in California and runs his Rodela Fabrication business there, will be a busy man in the coming year, having to travel back-and-forth from his west coast home to the team's race shop in Indianapolis, and admitted that caffeine was going to be one of his best friends on the trail. Rodela sees a steady presence with Seavey who'll stand on the gas and remain even keeled on and off the track, a characteristic he feels will mesh with his own personality just as well.

"Logan has a lot of experience and he knows how to get it done," Rodela said. "He knows what's involved and what needs to take place in order to accomplish those goals. He's really mellow and calm and it doesn't seem like he gets wound up. I wouldn't have chosen him if I didn't feel he would be a good fit with our team. If he can win some battles and be there at the end to win the war, that's what we're looking for and it'll be a good fit for him here."

In 63 career starts with the USAC National Midgets, Seavey has finished in the top-five 28 times and the top-ten on 48 occasions while garnering seven fast qualifying times, plus an Indiana Midget Week championship in 2019. He's been there in the thick of the battle on a consistent basis and has seen what it takes to accomplish those goals and be a title contender.

"In my opinion, it's about finishing all the races," Seavey said. "That's the key, being there at the end of races. If you've got speed, you'll race for wins and podiums, and that's obviously important. But not DNF'ing, that's just as big. Jerome puts a lot of work into his racecars and pays attention to all the small details. We're going to have a lot of fun and that's what it's all about. I'm excited for it."

Rodela also revealed that the team will concentrate on one car for the championship race after running two for the final third of the season a year ago. However, the team does plan to run two cars with Pennsylvania's Alex Bright joining in a team car for both Eastern Midget Week in early August as well as when the series heads west in November.

Seavey and the Tom Malloy team will get their USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season underway in the series openers on Feb. 5-6 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. A dedicated practice night will precede the festivities on Feb. 4.

 


 

BACON HITS THE DIRT USAC SILVER CROWN TRAIL WITH FIVE THREE MOTORSPORTS IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2021).........Two-time series race winner Brady Bacon has signed on to race for Five Three Motorsports on the dirt for seven events during the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native has wheeled the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 for the past three seasons, securing both of his career series wins at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway and Ohio's Eldora Speedway in 2019.

On the same day as the announcement of the parting of ways between Bacon and Klatt, the Joliet, Ill. based Five Three Motorsports team was seeking a new driver for their No. 53, a seat which was vacated by Shane Cockrum after he joined the newly formed BLS Motorsports team for 2021.

With both Bacon and Five Three now coveted free agents, the two found each other at the right moment at the right time to put a deal together for the new season.

"It was getting kind of close to the season and there probably wasn't that many owners looking for drivers," Bacon estimated. "Five Three happened to be looking for a driver at the same time I was looking for a car."

Five Three's Matt Schuck is ecstatic to bring a proven race winner and a three-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driving champion to their team, which is looking to reach victory lane for the first time since joining the series in 2014.

"We weren't expecting to be a part of the 'silly' season," Schuck admitted. "But a deal came up for Shane (Cockrum) that he couldn't pass up. We understood and wished him all the best. We feel that our program gets better and better every year, and with all the knowledge we gained last year from Shane added with the obvious talent of Brady, we feel we will contend for not only top-fives but wins at every race this season. We look forward to not only competing for wins race-in and race-out, but also look forward to learning from one of the best in the business, which will make our program stronger for not only this season but in seasons to come."

Five Three has fielded Cockrum, Robbie Ray, Robert Ballou and, most notably, Steve Buckwalter, who competed for the team for five seasons between 2015-19, coming one lap shy of his and the team's first victory at Williams Grove in 2019, a race that happened to be Bacon's first series win.

"They have good equipment and a good motor, which will put us in a good position with a chance to win," Bacon said of Five Three. "I have a little more Silver Crown experience now and can bring a little more to the table on setups and things like that. I think, if we do everything right, we should be in contention to win every dirt race."

The 30-year-old Bacon has 28 career Silver Crown starts to his credit since 2014, the same year Five Three first fielded a team with the series. In that time, Bacon has grabbed a pair of wins, 13 top-fives and 19 top-tens to go along with one pole position in 28 starts.

Bacon's accomplishments know no bounds with 35 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint victories and 8 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget triumphs, but Silver Crown presents a different challenge that involves deep strategy with its longer races and its eclectic mix of venues, and though any Silver Crown win would suffice, there's one piece of the puzzle on the resume Bacon would like to bring home.

"It's a unique form of racing," Bacon stated. "You get to race on dirt miles, and anytime I can race on half-miles with anything on dirt, I'm all for that. Hopefully, we can better my finishes on the miles. We've been right there, knocking on the door and qualifying up front. It seems like things have to go a little more your way on the miles to get a win compared to the half-miles where we should be strong again like I've always been. Obviously, I've won Silver crown races, but getting a win on a mile is my ultimate goal in a dirt silver crown car."

Although the 2021 USAC Silver Crown begins on the pavement, with May 9th's Rich Vogler Classic at Indiana's Winchester Speedway, Brady Bacon will have full involvement as the promoter of the event. His first appearance behind the wheel of the Five Three Motorsports ride will come in the 66th running of the Hoosier Hundred on May 27.

 

 

NOAH GASS TO GUN FOR
USAC SPRINT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2021).........As one of the youngest business owners you'll ever be introduced to, 17-year-old Noah Gass has heard a familiar mantra in his time - "the only way to learn is to be out in the field."

Those words spoken by Noah's father, Randy, have translated to the racetrack where the Mounds, Okla. native will take on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour full-time in 2021 to compete for Rookie of the Year honors with the series in his father's No. 20G, a Triple X chassis powered by a Claxton Chevy and carrying sponsorship from Arrowhead Electric, Food Safety Group, DMI, Inc. and Noah's own Big G Transport trucking company.

Gass has been a familiar sight on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail over the past two seasons, making a total of 11 starts in 2019-20. His USAC Sprint appearances have been less frequent, however, with him making just one previous feature start, which came, interestingly enough, at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., where Gass launches his 2021 pursuit on Feb. 11-12-13.

Prior to the midgets, Gass cut his motorsports teeth in a sprint car, competing weekly near his Oklahoma home at Creek County Speedway while racing with OCRS and traveling to compete around the region and the bordering states.

Although Gass does retain plans to participate in around 10 or so midget events in the coming year, after winning the USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma season opener in June of 2020 at Monarch Motor Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, Gass got the itch to return his main focus to sprint car racing for 2021.

"Every time I've gotten on track (in a sprint car), I've felt more and more competitive," Gass stated. "So, we said, well heck, we might as well go sprint car racing. So, (for 2021), we said 'let's go USAC racing.' We want to be the best so let's go race against the best."

Gass' weekday morning routine begins with online education for his high school during the first half of the day, then uses the second half of the day to operate Big G Transport with his business partner, learning the tricks of the trade and being a sponge to absorb as much experience and learning lessons as he can that he can use down the road, in much the same manner he does when slinging dirt versus stiff competition.

As far as his growth process in the sport, Gass pointed to personal consistency and for he and his team to develop a system and pin a routine down in order to mold themselves into the kind of team they aspire to be, to routinely compete up front. But that's part of the process and Gass welcomes the challenge.

"It all goes back to, if you want to be the best, you've got to race against the best."

Gass joins previously announced Rookie of the Year contenders Paul Nienhiser and Carson Garrett as full-time competitors on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour in 2021, which begins on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII. A practice night on Feb. 10 for the series precedes the three-straight full nights of racing.

Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. No pre-order is necessary.

 

 

PROSOURCE ADDS BONUSES FOR WINTER DIRT GAMES XII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 22, 2021).........ProSource has added a slew of bonus contingency awards for Winter Dirt Games XII at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets on Feb. 5-6 and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on Feb. 11-12-13.

On each of the five nights of Winter Dirt Games XII racing, the ProSource Hard Work award will present $100 to the slowest qualifier who transfers to the feature event.

At the conclusion of the two weekends of Winter Dirt Games XII, the driver who advances the most total positions from his or her feature starting spot during the two midget events will receive $200 while the passing master from the three sprint car events will receive $300.

Of note, provisional starters each night are ineligible to receive points toward the passing master total.

Additionally, it was recently announced that ProSource will once again post a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars combine during the feature events throughout USAC's 2021 National season in the Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons.

At Winter Dirt Games XII, midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 4 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 5-6. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 10 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 11-12-13.

 

 

USAC SPRINT ROOKIE CARSON GARRETT JOINS THE TRAIL FOR 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 22, 2021).........Carson Garrett, a standout with the Rocky Mountain Midget Association and a three-time feature starter with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, will join the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2021 in a third KO Motorsports car (#15) as a teammate to Chase Stockon and fellow series Rookie Paul Nienhiser.

Garrett, a 19-year-old Metro State University sophomore from Littleton, Colo., made a pair of Midwest Sprint Car Series starts for KO Motorsports late in the 2020 season at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., where he and his family have deep roots. His mother currently lives 20 minutes from the track and his father is originally from nearby Evansville, Ind., just within earshot of the KO Motorsports shop.

"We raced our midgets out there at Haubstadt two years ago and they had their sprint cars out there that same night," Garrett recalled. "They're actually family friends of ours, and they came up to us and said I should get in one of their sprint cars at some point. We didn't really think anything about it at the time, my dad and I ultimately thought it would be a good idea to get more experience in a different kind of car. They've got a really good team, so we called them back, talked about some stuff and that's what we decided to do. After racing their car the two times that I did, we did pretty good. I thought it would take a little more time to get comfortable in the car, but it went really well."

Meanwhile, KO Motorsports' team manager Kent Schmidt's connection with the Garrett family goes back to his high school days.

"Carson's dad was born and raised down here, and went to Gibson Southern High School, before they moved to Colorado," Schmidt said. "Little did I know, come to find out, Carson's grandpa was my driver's ed teacher in high school too. It's weird how it all comes full circle."

Garrett, prominently known for his midget racing exploits, finished as the runner-up in Rocky Mountain Midget points in 2020. The family-owned midget will still make appearances from time-to-time at some of the marquee events on the schedule, but the main focus is on the sprint car for the upcoming season.

The initial plan for Garrett is to compete in all the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events up through mid-season, then evaluate where they are and take it from there on whether to finish out the entire tour as a series Rookie of the Year candidate.

Garrett will alternate his address between Indiana and his home state of Colorado this season where he continues his collegiate studies, majoring in business. However, Garrett plans to make Indiana his residence for the summer as he chases the USAC tour with the team that won a pair of USAC races and the Indiana Sprint Week title this past year.

"I have a lot of confidence coming into this season, especially with this team," Garrett stated. "They've been really successful these last couple years, especially with Chase. For me, I'm not really that nervous about it. I was pretty comfortable in one of their backup cars and they're building me a new piece for me this year, so I've got a lot of confidence going into it, and I think it'll be really good for both the team and I."

Schmidt is a fan of what he's seen and is highly anticipating Garrett's arrival to the team for 2021, which begins with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season openers on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

"Carson's a gasser and he seems to be kind of a calculated gasser," Schmidt evaluated. "He's one of those guys who will let it all hang out but won't put himself in trouble. I like that, and I'm looking forward to working with him."

 

 

COCKRUM JOINS NEW TEAM FOR 2021 DIRT SILVER CROWN SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 20, 2021)………Three-time USAC Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum has a new ride for the seven dirt races on the 2021 USAC Silver Crown schedule. Not only is it a new ride for the Benton, Ill. native, it’s with a brand-new team and car to the series, the BLS Motorsports No. 71.

Cockrum’s most noted success in USAC Silver Crown racing came with Hardy Boys Motorsports, with whom he spent the entire decade of the 2010s racing for before the team’s patriarch stepped away from the series at the end of 2019 and, for all intents and purposes, gave the reins of the team to Cockrum.

While Cockrum found work in the Five-Three Motorsports No. 53 for 2020, finishing in the top-ten in all three dirt starts and finishing 8th in the standings, the Hardy Boys’ operation remained in waiting inside Cockrum’s race shop with its future soon to be decided. With the addition of sponsor, and now first-time car owner, Ben Clements, an avid fan and racing supporter, he and Cockrum created the foundation for the series’ newest team, which will make its debut with the first dirt race of the 2021 USAC Silver Crown season, the 66th Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 27.

“I was fortunate enough and (Hardy) was kind enough, to essentially give me the entire race team,” Cockrum revealed. “So, for the last year I’ve had the entire race team in my shop. About that time, one of our sponsors, who’s been an outstanding sponsor, Ben Clements of Ben’s Lawn Service, came on as a sponsor, and through him and Hustler Turf Equipment, we got together and developed a new team. I knew he was wanting to build something, and we were able to put it into place. Anybody we can bring into our series and our sport is huge. It’s important to the future health of our series, and I’m pretty pumped about it.”

The No. 71 is special to Cockrum. They’re the same numerals he utilized during his two most recent USAC Silver Crown victories, the 2015 Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track and the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds later that season, a victory he repeated from the year before.

With Five-Three in 2020, success came back to Cockrum, the Benton, Ill. Fire Chief by trade, after two final seasons with Hardy Boys in which engine problems plagued the team’s performances. With a new Maxim engine, a new Kistler engine and a familiar crew ready to power the BLS Motorsports team in 2021, Cockrum feels they can be contenders right off the bat.

“USAC Silver Crown competition is always stepping up, and it’s probably never been tougher than it is with the amount of quality equipment that’s out there right now,” Cockrum stated. “We knew, that in order to win races, we have to have top-tier equipment, and I feel like we have the right people on our side, I have a lot of confidence as a driver, and I do most of my own wrenching on it, obviously with the help of my entire crew that came over from the Hardy Boys Motorsports team. I think we have a lot of people that have a lot of experience, which will allow us to jump straight in and compete for wins.”

Though moving on, Cockrum looks back on his tenure with Five-Three Motorsports with fond memories, and an experience that he admitted helped rejuvenate his racing career.

“Being able to hook up with (team owners) Mark, Matt and Aaron Schuck to try to continue the success that they had been having, it was cool to jump into something of that caliber and we were able to put together some good runs and have a lot of speed,” Cockrum recalled.

“Honestly, we probably thought the deal was going to be a little longer, but we’re all on great terms,” Cockrum continued. “Like we told each other when we came together, whatever happens, whatever the timeframe may be for us, my goal is to make your team better and I hope your goal is to make me better. I think when we look back on 2020, we did exactly that. I’m super, super thankful for those guys. They’re a big part of it, and in some ways, helped revitalize my career. Things are exciting and looking up again.”

Cockrum’s sponsors on the BLS Motorsports #71 for the 2021 campaign include Hustler Turf Equipment, Ben’s Lawn Service, Lakeland Square Laundry, Engler Injection, Simpson Race Products, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Hardy Boys Motorsports and Jamie Shotts.

 

 

McDOUGAL TABBED FOR THE DIRT WITH KLATT’S SILVER CROWN TEAM

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 20, 2021)………Jason McDougal will take on the role as the driver of the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 for all seven dirt events on the 2021 USAC Silver Crown schedule while Kyle Hamilton will pilot the car in the five pavement races on the calendar.

“It’s probably the most fun form of racing,” McDougal said of Silver Crown competition. “I get to work with Bob (East) a little more and we’re going to do a little bit more racing together this year. I think we’re both ready and we both know we can get the job done. We trust each other a lot.”

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native will take over the reins of the car from fellow Broken Arrow driver, Brady Bacon, who had competed for Klatt on the dirt portion of the Silver Crown schedule since 2018, winning twice for the team in 2019 at Williams Grove and Eldora.

McDougal speaks admirably of famed car builder, fabricator and mechanic, East, and the two will be competing on a part-time basis on the USAC Midget trail as well in the Klatt No. 4. Together with the FMR Racing No. 76m midget, the pairing found success in 2019, winning a two feature events and, most recently, enjoyed a spirited charge from the I-Main to the D-Main during last Saturday’s final night of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

East feels the symbiosis and continuity of working together with McDougal on both the midget and the Silver Crown car throughout the year will translate to success.

“He’s going to run our midget too, and it’s easier to have one guy,” East noted of McDougal. “He did such a really good job for us at the Chili Bowl. Brady (Bacon) did a really, really good job for us as well, and I really like working with Brady. He helped us win a Silver Crown owner’s championship and we appreciate that, but it’s just that he went a different direction in the midget and it’s just better team-wise to have the same people, I think.”

With just three starts in his Silver Crown career to his credit, McDougal may be relatively inexperienced, so to speak, in terms of the number of starts (3), but in each appearance, he’s been dynamite. Highlights include a career-best 4th place result in his first Silver Crown run at Eldora in 2018; a charge from 25th to 6th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 2019; and a front row start at Eldora in 2019.

McDougal has USAC winning experience with two wins each in USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions and feels that his accumulation of laps will, likewise, transfer in the same manner to the Crown car, a series he has really taken a liking to in a short amount of time.

“I’m not wild and out of control all the time,” McDougal stated. “I like Silver Crown racing because you can put some thought into it; you’ve got 50 laps and 100 laps instead of 25 and 30. There’s just a little more time, and you’ve got to be a little more relaxed. It’s more my speed.”

East feels a good racer is a good racer and those attributes can only help when McDougal tackles the “Big Cars” in 2021, especially when having a USAC Hall of Fame inductee by the name of Bob East in his corner.

“For the inexperience he has, I have that experience,” East said. “So, we can team up together because I’ve been doing it a long time. We’ve won several championships, so I think I can help him on the inexperience part. With everything we’ve done together, we seem to click really well. It’s hard to find a guy that’s just likes what you like as far as the way I do things, the way I set things up and the way I do everything. Brady and I had a good relationship like that, and Jason and I have a really good relationship like that.”

McDougal relishes the opportunity to work alongside East and having a teacher as renowned as him to work things out with, and feels they have a similar personality that will only serve to help them as they work together.

“As a kid, I’ve always looked up to what he and (son) Bobby (East) did,” McDougal revealed. “He’s a legend, and the connection we have is almost unreal. We’re both easy-going, so I think racing with each other all year is going to be a really good thing.”

 

 

PROSOURCE TO AWARD YEAR-END PASSING MASTER AGAIN IN 2021

Speedway, Indiana (January 20, 2021)………Longtime USAC supporter ProSource is once again posting a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during the feature events throughout USAC’s 2021 National season.

Chris Windom commandeered the inaugural season long ProSource Passing Master award for 2020 to claim the reward that is awarded to the driver advancing the most total feature positions throughout the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) advanced a total of 226 positions combined throughout the three series last season in 60 USAC National feature starts, finishing ahead of where he started in 42 of his 60 starts.

ProSource, of Grand Saline, Texas, has also rewarded USAC competitors through Qualifying, Hard Charger, Hard Work and individual event hard charger awards before beginning the yearlong Passing Master program a year ago in 2020.

The 2021 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 4 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 5-6. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 10 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 11-12-13.

USAC’s Silver Crown season begins on May 9 in the series debut at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway.

 

 

$200,000 HUSET'S SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONALS SET FOR SEPT. 10-11-12, 2021

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brandon, South Dakota (January 13, 2021).........The inaugural Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals, featuring three consecutive nights of USAC AMSOIL National 410 Sprint Car and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget doubleheaders paying a purse totaling $200,000, will be held September 10-11-12, 2021 at Brandon, South Dakota's Huset's Speedway.

The major event instantly becomes the highest paying event of the 2021 USAC National season, an event which culminates with $20,000-to-win feature races on the final night for both the 410 Sprint Cars and Midgets. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase on February 1 at www.husetsspeedway.com.

The event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup format similar to the one seen at the 2019 Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, which used inversions for preliminary events with the fastest qualifying cars in the back having to work their way through the pack. Each time cars are on track, drivers will be earning points via passing and finishing order, and event promoter Matt Wood believes Huset's 3/8-mile layout is the perfect fit for a show of this caliber.

"Huset's is tailor-made for non-wing 410 sprint cars and midgets," Wood said. "It's going to be crazy, crazy good racing. We want to try to make this the premier event on USAC's schedule every year. To do that, we have to have a wonderful facility, we need seating for a bunch of people and a bunch of racers, then throw a bunch of money at them, and I think that makes for a pretty good mix for what I think is going to be one of the best races of the year, quite honestly."

Only twice in USAC's history have series events been held at Huset's. Kenny Irwin Jr. won the midget debut there in 1996 while Chad Boespflug swept both nights of a 410 sprint car meet at the track in 2016. USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones is thrilled for the return of USAC racing to Huset's and of the venue itself, which had seen an uncertain future in recent years.

"It is truly exciting to witness the reemergence of Huset's Speedway and to add a new event of this magnitude to the USAC schedule alongside our already established events," Jones said. "The Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals adds to what is a sensational schedule of events for us in 2021, and we are enthusiastic to have USAC's brand of Sprint Car and Midget racing showcased for the great racefans of South Dakota."

Wood, who also promoted and staged the Hangtown 100 midget event at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway in 2019, an event which was canceled in 2020 due to the restrictions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, found much success with his first large scale promotion and is eager to create another "major" in the dirt track racing world at Huset's.

"I really enjoyed the promoter's side of it, and I said, let's find another venue and do something else," Wood stated. "We used to race at Huset's, and it's always been one of my favorite racetracks in the United States. Then, when I heard rumors that Tod (Quiring) was going to buy it - we actually reached out to him before he had it bought. Once he got it bought, he and I got together, and I told him what I'd like to do, and he thought it was a pretty neat idea. They were very excited about it."

It's not often that USAC AMSOIL National 410 Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets race together on the same event card at the same track, with just four other races sharing that distinction in 2021. However, three straight nights of doubleheader main events at one venue is unprecedented in USAC's 65-year history.

Couple that with a famed racetrack that had been closed for more than three years before reopening last summer, Wood feels that the anticipation will be tantamount amongst drivers and fans for the event.

"I think there's a big, pent-up demand for it," Wood stated. "We'll have a vendor midway and we'll have meet and greets with the drivers. We're going to do everything we can do to make it as fan friendly and as driver/racer friendly as we can. I look at what a promoter can do just to make life easier. That's really what we've done at the Hangtown 100 and what we're going to do at Huset's. You've got three nights of racing; you don't have to move your rigs and your travel expenses are minimal. The more nights you can run at one place, the more efficient it becomes. I think there's going to be a tremendous amount of interest. Non-wing 410 sprint car and midget racing at Huset's with a $200,000 purse will be amazing."

Additionally, Wood also hinted that he's not yet finished with the creation of another monumental event on its way soon at a track yet to be determined.

"The genesis of this deal is eventually I want to do three events a year," Wood said. "We've got the Hangtown 100 and the Huset's Speedway USAC Nationals, which will both be yearly deals, and we're going to add a third one next year to complete the three. I'm pretty excited about having three big events for people to come and enjoy." Richie Murray | richie@usacracing.com

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SMACKDOWN UPS WINNER'S PRIZE TO $15,000 FOR 2021;
TICKETS GO ON SALE FEB. 8

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........Entering its 10th year, Sprint Car Smackdown will be bigger and better than ever with an increased share of $15,000 for the winner of the finale along with increased payouts throughout the field for the three-night event on August 26-27-28, 2021 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

"Smackdown" has been a premier event on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship calendar since its inception in 2012. Going into its 10th running, Kokomo Speedway promoter Reece O'Connor felt the time was right to elevate the event to an even higher level.

"This, being the 10th year, we felt we needed to step it up a bit and try to make it an even more special event," O'Connor said. "Not only is it 15,000 to win, but we're bumping second place up as well and also making it $1,500 to start on the final night."

"Smackdown" preliminary events on Thursday, Aug. 26 and Friday, Aug. 27 will feature complete programs for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, culminating in 30-lap feature races each night. Both nights will feature sprint cars only without a support class.

On the third and final night, Saturday, Aug. 28, the $15,000 to win 40-lap feature will close out the spectacular weekend in grand fashion, which will be preceded by heat races, the popular "King of the Hill" two-car races, and the final chance for drivers to lock themselves into a coveted spot for the A-Main.

In a change from recent years, USAC Regional Midgets will now serve as the support class to the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to form an enticing USAC doubleheader.

Ticket renewals for "Smackdown" will take place between February 8-12 from 9am-5pm EST. On February 15, tickets will open up to all fans. The three-day pass is $85 and will include a pit pass if purchased by March 31, saving you $10 at the gate. To purchase tickets, call (815) 468-8690. Single-day tickets will be sold at the main ticket window on race days. Reserved camping will be sold at a later, to-be-announced date.

Chock full of highly competitive and unpredictable racing action, the annual late-summer weekend at the quarter-mile dirt oval, which is located about an hour north of Indianapolis, has been a fan favorite since its debut a decade ago.

The event is one of the hottest tickets in all of racing and is one of the most highly anticipated racing weekends of the year. O'Connor loves treating the fans to great racing, great fun and a great time in his role that has allowed him to witness the event firsthand from its creation and its evolution from day one.

"Even year one was kind of crazy," O'Connor remembered. "The fans were really fired up and behind it, and they still are to this day. We get the fans thanking us and appreciating us and it's really about them more than anything. Without them, there is no Smackdown."

Former winners of the final night of Sprint Car Smackdown include Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017-19-20) and Justin Grant (2018).

 

 

MATTOX TAKES 2020 USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER HONORS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 12, 2021).........For the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, Brandon Mattox made the conscious decision to step his game up and pay his full attention toward improvement as he chased the full series tour for the first time in his decade-plus career.

The leap has paid off not only in his racecraft and in his accumulation of career-best results, but also in the accolades department, as the Terre Haute, Ind. driver was rewarded for his efforts with the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver award.

"It's super special for me," Mattox exclaimed. "I started out as a local kid who just loved sprint cars. We tried to run the USAC deal whenever they came close and when it was in the budget. Last year, we went out on a limb and decided that we were going to do (the full tour) and it was the best decision of my life. I made a lot of friends and we got a lot better."

The proof is in the pudding for the 34-year-old Mattox who entered the 2020 season with 41 career series starts with one career top-five finish, three career top-ten results and a best points finish of 25th in 2018 in a USAC career that debuted in 2010.

Mattox upped his statistical output to career bests in all categories, starting 24 of the 27 features, while scoring one top-five and four top-ten finishes, and concluding the season with a 12th place standing in the final points.

While the results were decidedly improved across the board, so was the eye-test which showed him to be highly competitive against the series' established stars. It was a challenge that Mattox was keen on pursuing, and the dividends have certainly paid off in making him a contender at each event he travels to, and making his name known across the USAC landscape.

"Being from Indiana, a lot of those guys run locally also, so you get the taste of their talents already." Mattox pointed out. "I want to be the best I can be in this deal. I don't see me going anywhere else. I love sprint cars and that's where my heart's at. "When I pull into the track, my goal from day one was to just have people know who I am and know they're going to have to beat us that night. Once we got to a certain level on the local deal, I felt like it was time to take that next big leap."

"(As far as) racing experience, these guys are the best," Mattox continued. "I say that every time I get to talk to somebody about USAC. Those (guys) are the best, so if you want to get better, you've got to learn how to run with those guys. It definitely helped our program out, and I feel it got us to another level. Hopefully, we can build on that and get even higher up the ladder."

Mattox has made steady improvement on the local Indiana sprint car scene in recent years as well with victories in 2020 at Brownstown Speedway's Fun Fest, in 2019 at Bloomington Speedway's Bob Kinser Memorial and a triumph at Chandler Motor Speedway in 2017. But, taking that leap to USAC at this particular point in his career hinged on one pursuit, to become one of those top players in the sport. But, along the way, he's risen to a new level that has translated to more success in his preparation and on the track.

Despite the long nights, the workload, the travel and the other aspects that are involved in competing on a national tour, Mattox finds appreciation in the process, and that you can't really put it into a true perspective of what it's like until you've done it firsthand as he did throughout the 2020 season.

"It's a different level of racing, and until you go out on the road and really do that, you think you understand it until you do it," Mattox explained. "Once you do it, you get more respect for those guys and what their abilities are, and it helps you. At this point in my career, I'm just trying to up my own game, and that was our biggest reason to go. The money's better, but it takes money to make this all happen. We do it out of our own pocket. We've got a few people who help us here and there, but we've got to do well every night to get to the next race. That's important to us."

"You've got to learn how to qualify with those guys, which is something that has been an Achilles heel for us for a while," Mattox continued. "But we picked it up, learned how to free the car up, and we learned how to get that speed early. That helped us out a bunch and, honestly, just the wheel-to-wheel racing with those guys every night. Those guys race just as hard for 12th place. I can tell story after story of when I thought I had a guy passed 10 times at Putnamville by the flag stand, and he still ends up back in front of me in turn one."

 

 

BACON LOOKS TO 2021:
CHASING A 4TH TITLE & DOUBLING HIS PROMOTION GAME

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 10, 2021).........Compared to his first two USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driving championships in 2014 and 2016, the crown Brady Bacon achieved during the 2020 season hit differently.

Apart from those first two titles, where the Broken Arrow, Okla. native was solidified first and foremost as a wheelman by trade, in 2020, Bacon took a more hands-on approach to the proceedings from the ground-up, from the construction of the cars, to the fine-tuning throughout the season to extend the Dynamics, Inc. team's record of series entrant championships to 12 alongside crewman D.J. Lebow and 2020 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, Matt Hummel.

"This one was a little different," Bacon acknowledges. "We have a little more responsibility with the team now, so it's a little more gratifying than the first two. We house the cars and everything at my shop in Union City, Ohio. D.J. and I work throughout the week whereas, on the other two that I won, I just showed up with my helmet bag and talked to the team about setups and stuff, but now we do it all in-house."

"We took a lot of pride in the cars we built this year," Bacon continued. "We made some changes for the tracks we struggled at, and we performed well at those tracks, which was the difference in winning the championship. I'm really proud to get Hoffman their 12th and my third. It was an up-and-down year, so to end it on high note was very exciting."

Bacon's 2020 highlight reel included a repeat victory of the $20,000 Brandt Corn Belt Nationals at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, a pair of wins at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and a season-ending Fall Nationals score at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the final of their season-leading six feature triumphs.

But it was winning the opening two nights of the season in February at Bubba Raceway Park, a two-night sweep of Winter Dirt Games, that set the tone and served as a harbinger of things to come. The signal was clear after performances in recent years at Ocala that were described by Bacon as "terrible." Bacon and team had seemingly strengthened their weaknesses and were a top-five threat, at worst, on any given night.

Shortly thereafter, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, shutting operations down worldwide for much of everybody in all walks of life, including USAC racing. However, while three-plus months passed by, the next task on Bacon's itinerary wasn't getting back behind the wheel, it was his debut as a race promoter - a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events in late May in his home state of Oklahoma, which signaled a return to racing for the first time in a relative eternity.

The inaugural two-night event proved to be a rousing success, and from there, once it was time to get back in the driver's seat, the success naturally translated to the cockpit, sending Bacon on his path toward the championship and subsequently rose him up the ranks of the USAC National Sprint Car division's all-time leaderboards.

His 358 series starts rank 10th all-time while his 35 feature wins also place him 10th, equaled with Rich Vogler and Jon Stanbrough. Bacon has never been a so-called "stat watcher," but once his name began appearing amid the top echelon of drivers from throughout the past six-and-a-half decades of the series, he admitted that it has started to hit him as he's taken a peek of the lists of late, although there is still much work to do and many goals left to achieve and accomplish in his career.

"I never really did until we started creeping up the win list," Bacon said. "To see the names you're beside or surpassed and the ones you're catching up to, it's pretty cool. I'm about to turn 31 and by no means do I feel like I'm close to the end of my career, so I feel like I can win a lot more races. Obviously, we'd like to be at the top of the list and win the most championships, but I don't really look that far ahead. I'm just trying to prepare for each season as best as we can and make any improvements we think we need to make.

Now a man of multiple hats on both sides of the racing equation, Bacon looks forward to promoting events that are meaningful to him, not only in his racing life, but also in his personal life, such as Port City, where he honed his racing craft as a young man and a venue which returns to the Midget schedule in 2021 on April 9-10. But what made the highly successful driver in the prime of his career decide to put "race promoter" on his resume?

"I'd been thinking about it and talking with (wife) Xia Xianna for a while," Bacon said. "I didn't want to do something just normal. I wanted it to be a special event. With Mike & Meghan (Eubanks) buying the track, and running it, it just kind of all fell into place. We worked really hard to make that first one work, and we're working really hard to make the second one even bigger. Everyone had a good time, and the racing was phenomenal. We thought we could do it if we just worked as hard as we do at everything else. The first one seemed to prove that, and we're hoping to replicate that success in 2021."

In addition to Port City, Bacon's promotional efforts have extended to the USAC Silver Crown Series and to another location and place that has been the setting of some of the most major occurrences in his life, including his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win in 2008, the same day in which he also met his future significant other.

"We've also added a Silver Crown race at Winchester," Bacon noted of the Sunday, May 9, 2021 series debut on the paved high banks of the eastern Indiana paved track. "Winchester is also a special track to us. Winchester changed my life; I met my wife there and we now live in Winchester, so I think that makes it more gratifying that the places we have these races at also have a special place in my life."

With Winchester sporting a paved surface, that removes one item of stress away from the equation for Bacon, who has sought out other avenues to bring value and entertainment to drivers and teams at the event.

"It'll be interesting to see how things at Winchester go," Bacon pondered. "My number one priority at Port City was to stay on top of track prep to make sure the racing was good. Winchester is what it is. It's exciting to watch cars go around there, period. I'm just trying to find ways to use my time that I'm not spending on the track to make the race more enjoyable for the fans and competitors. We've got some cool ideas and I'm looking forward to it."

Although he's not ready to hang up the helmet and firesuit any time soon, Bacon compared the feeling of reward and accomplishment between promoting a successful race and winning a race as a driver.

"It's a little different," Bacon said when comparing promoting to driving. "(Promoting) is a lot more stretched out, obviously. You're working the whole night. I don't think I really underestimated it, but it confirmed how much work it is if you really want to do it right and staying up with the racetrack. It's a different feeling, but during the night at Port City, I was never thinking I should be in a car. I'm glad I didn't try to race and promote at the same time. I think both would suffer. That'll pretty much limit our promotional endeavors for the next few years, hopefully, because I don't want to promote and compete at the same time."

Only seven drivers reside in USAC National Sprint Car division's three championship club: Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Larry Dickson (1968-70-75), Sheldon Kinser (1977-81-82) and Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), while just two others - Steve Butler (1986-87-88-90) & Levi Jones (2005-07-09-10-11) have won four or more. Bacon has an opportunity to reach four in 2021, and is confident in his pursuit, which has been years in the making and is now paying its dividends.

"I don't see a reason why we couldn't," Bacon said point blank. "We've kept our program the same over the last few years, which I think has helped us to fine-tune everything since I first got back in my own car, when it was the No. 99. You think you have everything the same, of what you think is going to work, and it took a long time to find those little details that might've been different or needed to be changed. We've just nicked away at those things and tried to perfect everything. I feel like we've gotten better and faster every year, and hopefully we'll better and faster again in 2021."

The 2021 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins with three consecutive nights of racing on Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XII, the first three of 50 events scheduled for the year.

 

MATT HUMMEL NAMED
2020 USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 9, 2021).........If there's one particular moment that fully encapsulated the sense of pride and preparedness 2020 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Matt Hummel, Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. undertake before, after and during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event, it was an early-summer night in June 2020 where the team's fortunes were put to the ultimate test.

At that juncture, Bacon had yet to finish outside the top-ten and was just within earshot of the series point lead. A nasty flip by Bacon on the fourth lap of the feature that night seemingly spelled disaster at first glance with the car being returned to the team's pit with heavy damage on the hook.

The evening was salvaged when the crew, led by Hummel, thrashed during the red flag period to repair the car, refusing to toss in the towel, and miraculously returned Bacon to the track in mere minutes, just in time for the resumption. With a caved-in tail tank and all, Bacon blitzed back through the field to finish 9th.

Although it was still relatively early in the campaign, it was one of those moments you made sure to make a mental note of. If the championship race were to come down to the wire with Bacon involved in the thick of it, this very well could tell the tale of whether they'd become champions or not.

Even more than just the points aspect of the ordeal, it was the mentality. Racing seasons are chock full of obstacles, but none more than 2020 with COVID-19 wreaking havoc on everyone's initial plans from March onward. With the normal offseason, the team did its usual prep and arrived at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park with both guns blazing, sweeping both nights of Winter Dirt Games with a pair of feature victories after charging from ninth each night.

Then, the worldwide pandemic hit, forcing teams back into hibernation mode for the time being and allowing them a chance at practically a second offseason to prepare for the coming busy stretch with race-after-race stacked upon each other throughout the racing summer.

Preparedness and being ready for anything, to expect the unexpected, formulated the root of Hummel and the team's mantra for the campaign, "just make it happen," resulting in Bacon ultimately capturing his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driving title while Dynamics, Inc. extended its record to 12 series entrant championships. And, Matt Hummel, an 11-time USAC National Midget feature starter as a driver himself behind the wheel during the decade of the 2000s, was rewarded as USAC's Chief Mechanic of the Year.

"The year started off great in Florida, then we had such a down period of time," Hummel recalled. "I think between D.J. (Lebow) and Brady at the shop, they did a lot of stuff to get us fully prepared for the season. Once we got rolling again, it seemed like it got really busy with everything packed together. It's just a testament to the team. Yeah, we had some obstacles, but I think I learned from Brady to just get it taken care of; it's going to work out, and that's how it happened."

Hummel and Bacon have raced against each other on-track and have formed a bond over the years that dates back more than a decade. After working together and finding success, separately, Bacon's driving career was on the rise as was Hummel's FK Indy shock business on Gasoline Alley in Indianapolis, Ind.

When the opportunity arose a few years back, Hummel and Bacon rejoined to form a formidable pairing, one that managed to withstand a slew of engine-related issues midsummer in 2020 to win a season-high six events, twice each at Ocala, Fla. and Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., plus once each in the financially lucrative Brandt Corn Belt Nationals at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway ($20,000) and the season-ending Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway worth $10,000.

A large part of the equation of the success is Hummel and Bacon's communication, with Bacon's feedback allowing Hummel to make the necessary adjustments and also provide him the best shock possible to meet any desired task. And, although Hummel never really thought he would be in this position as a USAC championship winning crew chief, the reward is more than satisfying.

"I never really looked at being a chief mechanic on a USAC team and winning a championship as a goal of mine," Hummel admitted. "It's gratifying that I can be an integral part to the success of the team. We've had our struggles in year's past. I'd get down a little bit, he'd get down a little bit. Then, we'd have discussions, and he'd be like, 'we're going to work this out. We're going to figure it out.' I think, this year, we truly did figure it out because we can only count maybe one or two occasions where we showed up at the racetrack and, come feature time, we just missed it. Other than that, we felt like we were a top-five car, at worst, even on tracks that maybe weren't our forte. It just goes to show, yeah, I'm the crew chief, but it's the team that makes it work."

With a strong foundation built, built on preparedness that has brought about a high amount of success, Hummel is looking highly forward to what the 2021 season brings. But, more than anything, the 40-year-old crew chief is most looking forward to normality.

"I'm excited. I'm glad to see the schedule. It's a great schedule with a lot of diversity in it. That'll be cool for us to go to some different places and get back to normal and know that we're going here and it's not Sunday, 'hey we might race here, Friday or Saturday, we'll let you know,'" Hummel said with a laugh.

 

 

32 DATES ACROSS 5 STATES, MAKE UP 2021 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES TOUR

By: Nick Fillman/USAC ECSC

Speedway, Indiana (January 5, 2020)………The 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade schedule is bigger and better than ever with 32 events across the northeast, in five different states.

The series will make three visits to new tracks on the 2021 series trail, which features increased dates at multiple locations for the 2021 season.

All four shows in the state of Delaware and both shows in Virginia will be $300 to start events in order to help teams with the costs associated with a slightly further tow. Both shows at Delaware International (May 8th and September 4th), Both shows at Georgetown (July 23rd, and October 1st), and both shows at Winchester VA, (July 31st and September 11th) will all be under the $300 to start inclusion.

Valley Forge Inc. is again returning as the sponsor for the series Speedweek which will again kick off on July 1st at the Orange County Fair Speedway. The series returns to action the next night at the Big Diamond Speedway on July 2nd, before returning to the New Egypt Speedway on July 3rd. Added to this seasons schedule will be the series’ first ever visit to Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA for the final night of Speedweek on Wednesday July 7th. All events during Speedweek will also pay $300 to start thanks to Valley Forge Inc. and Bill Gallagher.

Special event nights such as Kids night, and our annual series Pit Party, will again return in 2021 with Kids Night being June 4th at the Williams Grove Speedway, and the Pit Party being September 4th at the Delaware International Speedway.

Three new tracks will be on the series schedule, the first of which being the all-new Bloomsburg Fair Speedway where the series will see action alongside two different midget series. The first stop being on May 29th with ARDC, then again with the USAC National Midgets on August 6th. The series makes their debut alongside the 600cc micro sprints at Action Track USA on July 7th, leaving many series drivers with a great double duty opportunity.

The final new track will be the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on October 17th. This will be a big weekend for the series as it will be the second of a two-day swing in Southwestern PA. The weekend will kick off with a special Saturday show on October 16th at the Bedford Speedway, before heading to Roaring Knob on Sunday. Both shows will be special events paying $2,000 to win, and $300 to start!!

Other highlights include five shows at the Bridgeport Speedway, three dates at the Selinsgrove Speedway, including a special double header on June 17th with the USAC National Sprint Cars, a return visit to the Lincoln Speedway, along with two shows at both Williams Grove, and Port Royal in central PA.

The 2021 Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, Presented by Capitol Renegade, schedule is our most aggressive yet!! We certainly cannot wait to see all our drivers, teams and fans back at the track soon!! April 2nd can’t come soon enough!

2021 USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES PRESENTED BY CAPITOL RENEGADE SCHEDULE

APRIL

Apr 2: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Apr 3: Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, N.J.

Apr 10: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pa.

Apr 16: Bedford Speedway – Bedford, Pa.

MAY

May 8: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, Del.

May 14: Bedford Speedway - Bedford, Pa.

May 15: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, Pa.

May 22: Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pa.

May 28: Big Diamond Speedway – Minersville, Pa.

May 29: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds – Bloomsburg, Pa.

JUNE

Jun 4: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Jun 5: Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, Pa.

Jun 17: Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pa.

JULY

Jul 1: Orange County Fair Speedway – Middletown, N.Y. – “Valley Forge Inc Speedweek”

Jul 2: Big Diamond Speedway – Minersville, Pa. – “Valley Forge Inc Speedweek”

Jul 3: New Egypt Speedway – New Egypt, N.J. – “Valley Forge Inc Speedweek”

Jul 7: Action Track USA – Kutztown, Pa. – “Valley Forge Inc Speedweek”

Jul 23: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Del.

Jul 24: Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, N.J.

Jul 31: Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Va.

AUGUST

Aug 6: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds – Bloomsburg, Pa. – “Eastern Midget Week”

Aug 8: Selinsgrove Speedway – Selinsgrove, Pa. – (with USAC Silver Crown)

Aug 18: Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, N.J.

Aug 20: Bedford Speedway – Bedford, Pa.

Aug 21: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, Pa.

SEPTEMBER

Sep 4: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, Del.

Sep 11: Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Va.

Sep 25: Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, N.J.

OCTOBER

Oct 1: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, Del.

Oct 16: Bedford Speedway – Bedford, Pa.

Oct 17: Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex – Markleysburg, Pa.

NOVEMBER

Nov 5: Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, N.J.

 

 

PAUL NIENHISER TO CHASE USAC SPRINT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 5, 2021)………Veteran sprint car racer Paul Nienhiser will shed the wings in 2021 to chase after USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in full-time duty with KO Motorsports, beginning Feb. 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The 24-year-old Chapin, Ill. native captured the 2019 Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) winged sprint car championship, a series in which he ranks second all-time in feature victories. But for 2021, Nienhiser will take on a new venture with USAC, and with around 10 or so career starts without the wing, he relishes both the challenge and the opportunity.

“I’ve run 410’s with wings since I was 15,” Nienhiser said. “But, until about two years ago, I hadn’t done anything wingless with the exception of two or three Chili Bowls in a midget. I ran my own car a handful of times in non-wing races and really enjoyed it. I didn’t really have a non-wing car; I more or less took the wings off a winged car.”

Nienhiser will carry sponsorship from Peterbilt and CAM2 on his KO Motorsports ride for 2021, a driver and team relationship which began in October of 2020 during a dual World of Outlaws and wingless Sprint Car program at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in which Nienhiser received his initial opportunity to race for KO, alongside his duties in his own car for the WoO portion. During the night, he and Tyler Courtney became the only two drivers to qualify for both features.

“I really enjoyed working with those guys and I think we clicked really well,” Nienhiser recalled. “Then, about a week later, they called me and invited me to come out to the shop and talk about next year. Pretty much by the time I left their shop that night, we were going USAC racing in 2021.”

Nienhiser has only made one previous USAC Sprint Car appearance, which came during the 2019 #GYATK Night program, a non-points special event at Kokomo leading into Sprint Car Smackdown. The limited experience without the wing, and the fact that many of the venues will be a new sight to him, are the items that he considers his biggest challenges for 2021.

“I feel like I’m more than capable of getting the hang of it, and we’ve got realistic expectations, but truthfully, I’ve been to a lot of racetracks over the last 10 years all over the place from Charlotte to Texas and everywhere in between, but in looking at the first 10 or 12 races on the schedule, I’ve been to like none of those tracks,” Nienhiser admitted. “That’s going to be the biggest thing for me, to not only learn a new type of discipline but also learning racetracks that I’m not as familiar with too, which will maybe make it a little more difficult.”

Nienhiser’s ultimate goal is to capture Rookie of the Year honors with the series, and right out of the box, he wants to compete for top-tens and top-fives. He admitted he doesn’t expect to win right away, though it’s not out of the question for him as he sets his goals high to push himself to attain.

However, Nienhiser is particularly excited to get the chance to be a teammate to Chase Stockon in the KO Motorsports stable. Stockon enters the 2021 season as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division’s ultimate ironman with a record 321 consecutive feature starts, 14 feature victories and an Indiana Sprint Week championship in 2020. Nienhiser hopes working alongside Stockon will ultimately prove to shorten up his personal learning curve.

“He knows what it takes to get it done on and off the racetrack and will be a great person to lean on as I learn the new tracks and the discipline,” Nienhiser said of Stockon. “(KO Motorsports) has a great team of crew guys with the Davis Brothers and “Rooster” Kent Schmidt. They’re all great people, so I’m looking forward to working with all of them.”

Schmidt, the team manager for KO Motorsports, has expectations for Nienhiser to compete for top-tens right from the start during the season openers in Florida and collect Rookie of the Year honors. He fits the mold of what the team is looking for and, together, they aim to compete at a high level.

“He fits the bill,” Schmidt said. “We like Paul; he’s from the same background we are. He’s a farm boy. He definitely knows how to stand on the gas and there’s going to be a little bit of an adjustment period for him to get used to the non-wing side of things, but a racecar driver is a racecar driver. I think he’ll fit in just fine once he gets comfortable.”

KO Motorsports will bring a full slate of drivers to Ocala in February with Stockon and Nienhiser joining fellow series Rookie Carson Garrett of Colorado, while Schmidt expects to pull out a car to race on at least one of the three nights of Winter Dirt Games XII.

 

 

C.J. LEARY SIGNS WITH BILL MICHAEL FOR 2021 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 30, 2020)………C.J. Leary will chase a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship for car owner Bill Michael during the 2021 season, beginning February 11-12-13 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Leary, the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car Champion and 2012 series Rookie of the Year, will contest the full tour piloting the No. 77m, which has won a record 39 USAC Southwest Sprint Car features, most notably with R.J. Johnson who won 36 of them for the Arizona-based team. Together with Johnson, Michael earned an unprecedented four consecutive USAC Southwest Sprint Car championships between 2013-16.

For 2021, Michael set his sights on putting a deal together to compete on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail with Leary, the 11-time series winner who has won a feature in each of the past five seasons.

“At the end of the 2020 season, I didn’t really know what I was going to do,” Leary said, after running the family car for the majority of the year. “I had a couple options, but Bill (Michael) really wasn’t one of them at the time. We were just friends at that point, but he called me out of the blue and he was hinting around about maybe doing something and I didn’t know how serious he was. After I got off the phone, I was thinking about it and I called him back that night and asked him if he was really serious about doing this. He said this was one of his dreams to field a USAC National Sprint Car and run the full tour and he wanted to do that with me.”

With the previous successes for Leary and Michael individually, this will not be Leary and Michael’s first racing foray together. In March of 2020, Leary swept both nights of USAC CRA/Southwest competition at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Although they didn’t qualify particularly well – for their standards – things picked up soon thereafter to score wins on back-to-back nights and led to their pairing for the upcoming season.

“I didn’t really know Bill all that well at the time and he called me last year in the spring to come out and run for them at Canyon,” Leary recalled. “I’d never been in his racecars, but I knew he had Fords and that was kind of an unknown to me. We went out there and everything went our way that weekend. It seemed like we couldn’t do anything wrong. Everything clicked really well.”

Michael put the call out for Leary based on his extensive experience, championship capability and his ability to compete for victories night-in, night-out.

“He’s a gasser,” Michael exclaimed. “We’ve raced against him with the 360s and he was always one of the fast guys, and he’s easy on equipment as well. Having him run our 410 stuff earlier in the year and having the success we had, he’s definitely a good hand and he knows all the racetracks. He’s in that category of drivers who’s capable of winning any national race. If the cards fall a certain way on a given night, he’s in the mix.”

For Michael, this deal is more than just putting a car together and going racing. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream to field a car in USAC National Sprint Car racing for the car owner who now resides in Arizona after growing up in Illinois.

“I don’t even know if it’s all sank in yet even though I’ve been working on engines and building headers and things like that for three weeks now,” Michael admitted. “It’s an absolute dream for me to be competing in the pinnacle of national non-wing sprint car racing. I would’ve never guessed I’d have this opportunity, especially with somebody like C.J. at the wheel. It’s totally one of the things on my bucket list that I never thought I’d get to achieve.”

With all that said, Michael isn’t planning to rest on his laurels. He’ll be hands on at all the events on the schedule, overseeing the engines and maintenance on the cars which will utilize DRC chassis and Cressman Ford engines. His son, Leland, has taken the reins on running the family business when Bill is on the road with the team.

“It’s an honor for me,” a proud Michael stated. “I’m flattered, I’m humbled and I’m definitely not going into this thing thinking, ‘oh, we’ve got this handled,’ because I know some of the other teams have been competing for a decade or more and how tough it is to win a race, let alone be there and competing.”

For 2021, the team will be run out of Leary’s shop in his hometown of Greenfield, Ind., similar to the setup Leary had during his 2019 championship season with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports. Bill will provide a truck and trailer, plus new top-notch equipment.

One change, however, will have Leary operating as his own crew chief. Yet, with the minimal, but highly successful tenure with Michael he has under his belt, Leary feels they have a bit of a head start entering 2021.

“It’ll be a tad easier having a bit of a head start and not having to learn so much that first weekend out,” Leary explained. “That’s crucial because, once you get behind, it’s difficult to gain ground. We’re building two new cars and he’s giving us all the tools we need to win another championship.”

 

 

14 DATES SET FOR USAC'S NOV. 2021 NATIONAL SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 28, 2020).........USAC's 2021 National season will conclude with a flurry of activity on the west coast with a whopping 14 events slated in Arizona and California with five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races and nine for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets during the final stretch between November 4-27.

Several marquee events will be staged throughout the month, which leads off with the Sprint Cars at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for the 25th running of the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 4-5-6.

From there, it's onto the Grand Canyon State and Arizona Speedway for the 54th annual San Tan Ford Western World Championships on Nov. 12-13 for the Sprint Car season's final events where a new champion will be crowned at the San Tan Valley dirt oval.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end, and as the Sprint Car season crosses the finish line, that coincides with the starting gun for a rapid nine-race set for the Midgets which begins at Western World on Nov. 12-13 at Arizona Speedway as part of the blockbuster event in conjunction with the Sprint Cars.

Then, it's onward to California for a seven-race midget stretch in a span of a dozen days. It all starts with the November Classic at Bakersfield Speedway on Nov. 16, followed by three consecutive nights at Placerville Speedway for the Elk Grove Hangtown 100 on Nov. 18-19-20. Merced Speedway is back on the schedule for a double-dip on Nov. 23-24 after making its debut with the series in 2020.

The 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway will have a slightly new look in 2021, moving to a date after its traditional Thanksgiving night spot. It will now be run on Saturday, Nov. 27 with an open practice taking place the previous night, Friday, Nov. 26. USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be on the event card for both nights at the oval on the beach.

NOVEMBER 2021 USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE:

Nov 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

Nov 6: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - San Tan Ford "Western World Championships"

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - San Tan Ford "Western World Championships"

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars - San Tan Ford "Western World Championships"

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - San Tan Ford "Western World Championships"

Nov 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - "November Classic"

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100"

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100"

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - Elk Grove Ford "Hangtown 100"

Nov 23: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Nov 24: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Nov. 27: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets - "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

 

2021 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (December 23, 2020).........Twenty-four events make up the heart of the 2021 AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car season at eight tracks in the states of California and Arizona.

The Grand Canyon State of Arizona bookends the season with the opening dates arriving at Peoria's Canyon Speedway Park for the two-night show Spring Showcase on March 12-13.

Meanwhile, the 54th annual San Tan Ford Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway will host the series finales where a champion will be crowned at the San Tan Valley dirt oval on Nov. 12-13, a blockbuster event in conjunction with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets. Arizona Speedway will also host the series on Oct. 2 for the Hall of Fame Classic.

The bulk of the schedule will take place at the traditional locale of Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, which will be the location of half the events in 2021. The first of the dozen begins on March 20, with subsequent dates on April 24 for the Sokola Shootout followed by the Salute to Indy on May 22; back again on June 19; then Summer Campfest on July 16-17; California Racers Hall of Fame Night on Aug. 21; Glenn Howard Classic on Sept. 25; a final Oval Nats tune-up date on Oct. 23; and concluding with the 25th running of the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 4-5-6 with the National series.

California's Santa Maria Raceway is on for two dates, the Doug Fort Classic on July 3 and the Bud Stanfield Memorial on Aug. 14.

The prestigious Louie Vermeil Classic is back on tap for the series on Sept. 4-5 at the half-mile dirt track in the heart of wine country at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif.
Three California tracks are set to host one event apiece, Ventura Raceway on May 1; Bakersfield Speedway on May 8; and Petaluma Speedway on Sept. 6.

2021 AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Mar 12: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ - "Spring Showcase"

Mar 13: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ - Spring Showcase

Mar 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

Apr 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "Sokola Shootout"

May 1: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

May 8: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

May 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "Salute to Indy"

Jun 19: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

Jul 3: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA - "Doug Fort Classic"

Jul 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "Summer Campfest"

Jul 17: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "Summer Campfest"

Aug 14: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA - "Bud Stanfield Memorial"

Aug 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "California Racers Hall of Fame Night"

Sep 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA - "Louie Vermeil Classic"

Sep 5: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA - "Louie Vermeil Classic"

Sep 6: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA

Sep 25: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - "Glenn Howard Classic"

Oct 2: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - "Hall of Fame Classic"

Oct 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

Nov 4: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Nov 6: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA - Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars

Nov 12: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - San Tan Ford Western World Championships - with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars & USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ - San Tan Ford Western World Championships - with USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars & USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets

 

 

2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SLATE SET

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 23, 2020).........The 40th season of USAC Western States Midget racing gets underway in 2021 with 16 events at eight different venues spanning the Golden State of California from March to October.

Bakersfield Speedway heads the schedule with the season opening race on March 27, co-sanctioned by the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA), one of five such combined events between the two organizations in the coming year.

Hanford's Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds welcomes the series twice, first on April 10 for a co-sanctioned BCRA show along with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, which will join the midgets for USAC doubleheaders on 12 different occasions in 2021. The second date at Hanford, on Oct. 29, will serve as the season finale and will decide the championship race.

Likewise, Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare will be the host twice for the USAC Western States Midgets, with the first on April 17 and again on June 12 for the Chris & Brian Faria Memorial, with the latter event co-sanctioned by BCRA. Both races will be supplemented with the addition of USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Not once, not twice, but three times in 2021, the midgets will head to Petaluma Speedway, on May 15, July 31 and Oct. 10, with the final event having co-sanctioning duties from BCRA while all three will feature a double with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Ventura Raceway's scenic dirt oval on the beach has been an annual stop on the USAC Western States Midget tour since the 1980s. In now its fifth decade of hosting USAC events, the racy bullring will supply action for the midgets three times on June 5, Sept. 11 and Oct. 16.

Merced Speedway has continuously delivered on action-packed races each and every time. The next two opportunities arrive on July 9 and again with a BCRA co-sanctioned event on Aug. 7. Both races will have double the pleasure and double the fun with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars on the card each time.

Placerville Speedway greets the USAC Western States Midgets twice, on July 10 and an October 9 date with BCRA. Once again, both races will be doubleheaders with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, as is the case with the Aug. 28 Ron Otto Classic, the lone trip of the year for either series.


2021 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS SCHEDULE

Mar 27: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA - Co-Sanctioned by BCRA

Apr 10: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA - Co-Sanctioned by BCRA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Apr 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

May 15: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Jun 5: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

Jun 12: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" Co-Sanctioned by BCRA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Jul 9: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Jul 10: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Jul 31: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Aug 7: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - Co-Sanctioned by BCRA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Aug 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA - "Ron Otto Classic" - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Sep 11: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

Oct 9: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - Co-Sanctioned by BCRA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Oct 10: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - Co-Sanctioned by BCRA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Oct 16: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - with USAC West Coast Sprint Cars

Oct 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA

 

 

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 23, 2020).........Eighteen total races - 16 toward the championship - and nine California racetracks lie ahead for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series during the 2021 season.

Five of those dates are slated for the seaside oval of Ventura Raceway, which will contest both the first and the final points races of the year on April 3 and October 16, which will sport a doubleheader alongside the USAC Western States Midgets.

A midseason date awaits Ventura on June 26 as well as the final race weekend of the year on Nov. 26-27 for the 80th edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, both non-points events for the Sprints, in conjunction with the annual 98-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race.

Petaluma Speedway is game for three USAC doubleheaders with the West Coast Sprint Cars and the Western States Midgets teaming up on May 15, July 31 and October 10, which are among the total of 12 such pairings throughout the campaign.

Tulare's Thunderbowl Raceway, Merced Speedway and Placerville Speedway are slotted for a pair of USAC Western States Midget / USAC West Coast Sprint doubles at each venue. Thunderbowl is on tap April 17 and June 12, with Merced on July 9 and August 7, and Placerville on July 10 and October 9.

Four more venues will serve up USAC West Coast Sprint Car entertainment once in 2021, including Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford on April 10, while Santa Maria Raceway brings on the Ron Otto Classic for Aug. 28. Both events will be accompanied by the USAC Western States Midgets as well.

A Bakersfield weekend rises to the occasion first on Sept. 18 at Bakersfield Speedway, then it's a half-hour jaunt to the southwest the following evening, Sept. 19, where the Sprints will travel to The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park.

2021 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Apr 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - "Battle at the Beach"

Apr 10: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Apr 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

May 15: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Jun 12: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA - "Chris & Brian Faria Memorial" with USAC Western States Midgets

Jun 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - "Battle at the Beach"

Jul 9: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Jul 10: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Jul 31: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Aug 7: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Aug 28: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA - "Ron Otto Classic" with USAC Western States Midgets

Sep 18: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

Sep 19: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA

Oct 9: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Oct 10: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA - with USAC Western States Midgets

Oct 16: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - "Battle at the Beach" with USAC Western States Midgets

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - "Turkey Night Grand Prix" (SE)

Nov 27: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA - "Turkey Night Grand Prix" with USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets (SE)

**(SE) represents a non-points, special event

 

 

WINDOM CASHES IN WITH 2020 MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 23, 2020).........On top of his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving championship, his ProSource Passing Master title and becoming just the seventh USAC career Triple Crown champ in series history, Chris Windom added another accolade to his 2020 resume by capturing the Mike Curb Super License for the first time in his career by accumulating the most total points throughout the USAC National season.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished the campaign with 3,694 combined points throughout the 2020 USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons, 632 more than his nearest competition, and was the only driver to compete in all 60 USAC National features during the year.

Windom also became just the fifth driver in USAC history to finish inside the top-three of the point standings for Silver Crown, Sprint and Midgets in a single year. He earned final placings of 3rd in Silver Crown, 2nd in Sprints and 1st in Midgets. The only other drivers to achieve this feat previously were Rich Vogler (1980-81-89), Ken Schrader (1983), Tony Stewart (1995) and J.J. Yeley (2002-03).

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished second in the final Super License standings at 3,062 with Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) 3rd at 2,355; Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) 4th at 2,243; and Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) rounding out the top-five with 2,100.

This was the 22nd year for the Mike Curb Super License, which earns Windom a $5,000 reward and a USAC Super License worth $900 as the driver who finished with the most combined points with the three series during the season.

Previous Super License/USAC National Driver Championship titlists include Dave Darland (1999 & 2015), Tracy Hines (2000-2008-2013-2014), J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003), Jay Drake (2004), Josh Wise (2005-2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Cole Whitt (2009), Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012), Brady Bacon (2016), Justin Grant (2017) and Tyler Courtney (2018-2019).

FINAL 2020 MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE POINT STANDINGS:

1. 3,694-Chris Windom

2. 3,062-Justin Grant

3. 2,355-Tyler Courtney

4. 2,243-Brady Bacon

5. 2,100-Kevin Thomas Jr.

6. 1,856-Logan Seavey

7. 1,751-Tanner Thorson

8. 1,707-Buddy Kofoid

9. 1,693-C.J. Leary

10. 1,658-Chase Stockon

11. 1,532-Cannon McIntosh

12. 1,360-Dave Darland

13. 1,348-Daison Pursley

14. 1,320-Thomas Meseraull

15. 1,288-Kyle Cummins

16. 1,271-Tanner Carrick

17. 1,254-Carson Short

18. 1,168-Shane Cottle

19. 1,134-Robert Ballou

20. 1,133-Andrew Layser

21. 1,128-Cole Bodine

22. 1,044-Brandon Mattox

23. 904-Kaylee Bryson

24. 879-Emerson Axsom

25. 839-Robert Dalby

26. 776-Chase Johnson

27. 745-Ethan Mitchell

28. 678-Jadon Rogers

29. 615-Matt Westfall

30. 604-Clinton Boyles

31. 581-Mario Clouser

32. 555-Anton Hernandez

33. 527-Max Adams

34. 526-Jerry Coons Jr.

35. 477-Dustin Smith

36. 388-Tyler Thomas

37. 373-Robert Bell

38. 360-Shane Golobic

39. 358-Sam Johnson

40. 356-Hayden Reinbold

41. 349-Matt Goodnight

42. 336-Jake Neuman

43. 335-Dakota Jackson

44. 327-Chris Phillips

45. 318-Noah Gass

46. 306-Jason McDougal

47. 304-Chase Randall

48. 291-Ace McCarthy

49. 286-Brenham Crouch

50. 280-Bryant Wiedeman

51. 269-Zach Daum

52. 266-Kyle Robbins

53. 263-Jesse Love

54. 253-Dennis Gile

55. 249-Dustin Clark

56. 247-Sterling Cling

57. 236-Maria Cofer

58. 232-Wyatt Burks

59. 231-Zeb Wise

60. 227-Stephen Schnapf

61. 225-Scotty Weir

62. 223-Anthony D'Alessio & Trey Gropp

64. 220-Kody Swanson

65. 192-Kent Schmidt & Steve Thomas

67. 184-Oliver Akard

68. 174-Kurt Gross

69. 168-Aaron Pierce

70. 162-Shane Cockrum

71. 161-Steve Buckwalter & Bryan Gossel

73. 159-Mike Haggenbottom

74. 156- Nick Bilbee, Nate McMillin & Logan Seavey

77. 151-Patrick Lawson

78. 148-Travis Welpott

79. 146-Kyle Larson

80. 140-Brian VanMeveren

81. 131-Bobby Santos

82. 127-Tyler Nelson

83. 121-Jake Swanson

84. 120-Harley Burns & Chayse Hayhurst

86. 115-Jarett Andretti

87. 110-Terry Richards

88. 107-Austin Nemire

89. 101-Kyle Hamilton

90. 95-Chad Kemenah

91. 90-David Budres

92. 85-Dave Berkheimer & Derek Bischak

94. 84-Ronnie Wuerdeman

95. 80-Jesse Colwell & Curtis Spicer

97. 77-Kyle O'Gara

98. 73-Tanner Swanson

99. 71-Carmen Perigo

100. 68-Russ Gamester

101. 67-Mark Cole & David Gravel

103. 63-John Heydenreich

104. 61-David Byrne

105. 60-Casey Buckman

106. 58-Jacob Wilson

107. 55-Eric Gordon & Casey Shuman

109. 53-Katlynn Leer

110. 48-Jimmy Light

111. 45-Terry Babb

112. 43-Joe Liguori

113. 40-Zack Pretorius

114. 39-Presley Truedson

115. 35-Brian Gerster & Kyle Steffens

117. 34-Tyler Gunn

118. 33-Danny Long

119. 31-Toni Breidinger & Chris Urish

121. 30-Isaac Chapple

122. 27-Kenney Johnson & Austin Mundie

124. 25-Connor Leoffler

125. 21-Jim Anderson & Jake Simmons

127. 20-Saban Bibent & Patrick Budde

129. 19-Brent Yarnal

130. 18-Terry James

131. 10-Dallas Hewitt, Justin Peck & Steven Russell

 

 

2021 USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS SCHEDULE RELEASED

By: Ray Cunningham

The USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars proudly presents its second season of competition in 2021.

Starting in May, and ending in September, the MWRA, running under the USAC banner, will once again race at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., US 36 in Osborn, Mo., Bethany (Mo.) Speedway, I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., and Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg.

The series will race for the first time at Salina (Kan.) Speedway and the Corn Belt Nationals at the Sprint Car Capital of the World in Knoxville, Iowa, with more to be announced soon.

Here’s a look at the upcoming schedule, which currently has 14 confirmed dates, five TBAs at the present time, with a total of no more than 15 points races.

2021 USAC MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:

May 8: TBA – TBA

May 14: Valley Speedway – Grain Valley, MO

May 21: Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS (N) (A)

May 22: Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS (N) (A)

May 30: TBA – TBA

Jun 4: US 36 Raceway – Osborn, MO

Jun 5: Bethany Speedway – Bethany, MO

Jun 12: I-35 Speedway – Winston, MO

Jun 19: Salina Speedway – Salina, KS (W)

Jun 26: 81 Speedway – Park City, KS (W)

Jul 2: TBA

Jul 10: Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA (N) (SE)

Jul 17: I-35 Speedway – Winston, MO

Jul 24: Central Missouri Speedway – Warrensburg, MO

Aug 6: Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS

Aug 21: I-35 Speedway – Winston, MO

Aug. 22: TBA

Aug 28: TBA

Sep 5: Bethany Speedway – Bethany, MO

Sep 11: Valley Speedway – Grain Valley, MO

(N) represents a race with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

(A) represents a race awarding appearance points only

(W) represents an event with USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma

(SE) represents a non-points Special Event

 

 

JOHN ANDRETTI MEMORIAL DOUBLE TO BE HELD AT CIRCLE CITY RACEWAY JUNE 9

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 2020)………In its inaugural year, Circle City Raceway has announced it will hold a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, during Indiana Midget Week.

The race will take place in honor of John Andretti, one of the most versatile drivers of his generation, a USAC National Midget winner, USAC Regional Midget champion and multi-time starter of the Indianapolis 500.

The event will also benefit an organization that John has spent decades dedicating his time and fundraising efforts to, Race4Riley at Riley Hospital for Children.

John Andretti was the first driver to attempt "Double Duty" in 1994 for both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. The name of the Indiana Midget Week event will be the “John Andretti Memorial Double,” benefitting Race4Riley in honor of his accomplishment.

To stick to true double fashion, 410 Sprint Cars will accompany the midgets throughout the night with the goal to get as many drivers to attempt double-duty as possible.

Jarett Andretti, son of John and a USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year himself in 2014, is working closely alongside Circle City Raceway to bring even more light to Race4Riley.

“We are very excited to be associated with an event in Dad's honor,” Jarett said. “We are even more grateful to tie it to a cause near and dear to his heart in Race4Riley. We look forward to seeing everyone in mid-June for one of the best weeks of the year, Midget Week!”

Jonathan Byrd, general manager of the Speedrome and Circle City Raceway stated, “It has been a dream of mine for six years to turn the Marion County Fairgrounds into a dirt track, especially for midgets. The Byrd family is excited about reliving the ‘double’ because of what my father and John accomplished over 25 years ago.”

Stay tuned for further details and event information on the inaugural Circle City Raceway John Andretti Memorial Race benefiting Race4Riley.

Media Channels to follow for information:

Twitter & Instagram: @Circlecitydirt

Facebook: Circle City Raceway

Website: www.Circlecityraceway.com

 

 

105 USAC NATIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 11, 2020)………One-hundred-five events have been slated to be staged during a busy USAC National racing season (50 AMSOIL National Sprint Car, 43 NOS Energy Drink National Midget and 12 Silver Crown).

The 105 events will be held at 44 different venues in 13 different states: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with more states and more venues expected to be announced in the near future when the TBA events are finalized.

By comparison, a glance over the past half-decade of history, the most events held in a single USAC National season is 75 in 2019.

Here is a look at the combined chronological USAC National schedule between the three series, and all the events set to be contested from coast-to-coast during the 2021 season.

2021 USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE

Friday, February 5: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL (National Midget)

Saturday, February 6: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL (National Midget)

Thursday, February 11: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL (National Sprint)

Friday, February 12: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL (National Sprint)

Saturday, February 13: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL (National Sprint)

Saturday, April 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, April 9: Port City Raceway - Tulsa, OK (National Midget)

Saturday, April 10: Port City Raceway - Tulsa, OK (National Midget)

Friday, April 16: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, April 17: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (National Sprint)

Sunday, April 18: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN (National Sprint)

Thursday, April 22: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA (National Sprint)

Friday, April 23: Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, PA (National Sprint)

Saturday, April 24: BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, PA (National Sprint)

Sunday, April 25: Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, PA (National Sprint)

Friday, April 30: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Midget)

Saturday, May 1: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Midget)

Friday, May 7: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (National Sprint)

Saturday, May 8: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (National Sprint)

Sunday, May 9: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN (Silver Crown)

Friday, May 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO (National Midget)

Saturday, May 15: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO (National Midget)

Friday, May 21: Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS (National Sprint)

Saturday, May 22: Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS (National Sprint)

Wednesday, May 26: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN (National Sprint)

Thursday, May 27: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN (Silver Crown)

Friday, May 28: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN (Silver Crown)

Thursday, June 3: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN (National Midget)

Friday, June 4: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN (National Midget)

Saturday, June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN (National Midget)

Sunday, June 6: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (National Midget)

Wednesday, June 9: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN (National Midget)

Thursday, June 10: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN (National Midget)

Friday, June 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (National Midget)

Saturday, June 12: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Midget)

Tuesday, June 15: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA (National Sprint)

Wednesday, June 16: Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, NJ (National Sprint)

Thursday, June 17: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA (National Sprint)

Friday, June 18: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA (Silver Crown)

Saturday, June 19: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA (National Sprint)

Sunday, June 20: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds - Bloomsburg, PA (National Sprint)

Friday, June 25: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI (Silver Crown)

Saturday, June 26: Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH (Silver Crown)

Thursday, July 1: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, July 2: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, July 3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, July 9: TBA - TBA (National Sprint)

Saturday, July 10: Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA (National Sprint)

Tuesday, July 13: Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, OK (National Midget)

Thursday, July 15: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (National Midget)

Friday, July 16: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (National Midget)

Saturday, July 17: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (National Midget)

Friday, July 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, July 24: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Sprint)

Sunday, July 25: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN (National Sprint)

Wednesday, July 28: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN (National Sprint)

Thursday, July 29: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, July 30: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, July 31: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (National Sprint)

Tuesday, August 3: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA (National Midget)

Wednesday, August 4: Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA (National Midget)

Thursday, August 5: Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, NJ (National Midget)

Friday, August 6: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds - Bloomsburg, PA (National Midget)

Saturday, August 7: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, PA (National Midget)

Sunday, August 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA (Silver Crown)

Saturday, August 14: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN (Silver Crown)

Saturday, August 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL (Silver Crown)

Thursday, August 26: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, August 27: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, August 28: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, September 4: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL (Silver Crown)

Thursday, September 9: TBA - TBA (National Sprint & National Midget)

Friday, September 10: TBA - TBA (National Sprint & National Midget)

Saturday, September 11: TBA - TBA (National Sprint & National Midget)

Friday, September 17: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, September 18: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (National Sprint)

Thursday, September 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (National Sprint & National Midget)

Friday, September 24: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (National Midget)

Saturday, September 25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH (Silver Crown, National Sprint & National Midget)

Friday, October 1: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN (National Sprint)

Saturday, October 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN (National Sprint)

Friday, October 8: Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, IL (National Midget)

Saturday, October 9: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (National Midget)

Sunday, October 10: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH (Silver Crown)

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN (National Midget)

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN (National Midget)

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (National Sprint)

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (National Sprint)

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (National Sprint)

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (National Sprint & National Midget)

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (National Sprint & National Midget)

TBA: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (National Midget)

TBA: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (National Midget)

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (National Midget)

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (National Midget)

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (National Midget)

TBA: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (National Midget)

 

 

2021 SCHEDULE UNVEILED FOR USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 10, 2020)........USAC's 2021 NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season will consist of 43 events at dirt ovals from Florida to Pennsylvania, from Indiana to Oklahoma, and from Arizona to California, and several places in between.

The 43 events are the most for the series since 49 were on the slate back in 1988. A slew of brand-new events highlights the schedule, which begins with a two-night Winter Dirt Games showdown at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on Feb. 5-6, where the winner's share on the final night has been increased to $5,000.

Additions to the schedule this coming year will see the series take on an expanded Indiana Midget Week, which will now span eight races over two weekends. Two new additions to the busiest week-plus for the series include Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on June 6 and the brand-new Circle City Raceway on June 9, the first series event held in Indianapolis since a date at the Speedrome in 2005.

Return stops for Indiana Midget Week bring the series to Paragon Speedway for the opener on June 3, followed by Bloomington Speedway on June 4 and Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 5, plus Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Ind.) on June 10, Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 11 and the finale, Kokomo Speedway, on June 12.

Two never-before-raced-by-the-series events at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway and the newly renovated Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fairgrounds join in for Eastern Midget Week at the beginning of August. Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) opens the six-race series on Aug. 3, followed by Action Track USA (Kutztown, Pa.) on Aug. 4, Bridgeport on Aug. 5, Bloomsburg on Aug. 6 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway on Aug. 7.

For the first time since 2005, Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway will serve as the host of two USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events in a single season. Only once before, 2001, have Midget races been held at the half-mile on consecutive nights. Twenty years later, that scenario rings true again with the series opening the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals on Friday, Sept. 24 with a full show followed by another round the ensuing night on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Three sets of one-track doubleheaders greet the midgets in the months of April and May with Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. hosting back-to-back nights on April 9-10. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway's Kokomo Grand Prix sets the stage for a two-night extravaganza on April 30-May 1. Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex has been the stage for some of the most memorable series races of late, and it's on at the 1/8-mile dirt oval for both May 14-15.

Mid-America Midget Week sees a slightly different look with Red Dirt Raceway's Tuesday Night Thunder now opening the stretch up on July 13, then is capped off with an expanded Midwest Midget Championship now showcasing three-straight nights of racing on July 15-16-17 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

The James Dean Classic will feature both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets as well as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars on the same event card on Sept. 23. One final weekend in the Midwest places the series at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial on Oct. 8 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. for Harvest Cup on Oct. 9.

A number of yet-to-be-announced USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget events are also on the docket, including Sept. 9-10-11, a group of dates which are also displayed as "TBA" on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule as well.

The BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS, as of now, does not have a date and time set in stone. The case is the same for the entirety of the west coast swing, which annually comprises the month of November: two nights of the 53rd Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, Ariz.), a doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, plus Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway's November Classic, Merced (Calif.) Speedway, the three-night Hangtown 100 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

2021 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS

Friday, February 5: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Saturday, February 6: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Friday, April 9: Port City Raceway - Tulsa, OK

Saturday, April 10: Port City Raceway - Tulsa, OK

Friday, April 30: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Saturday, May 1: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Friday, May 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

Saturday, May 15: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

Thursday, June 3: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN (I)

Friday, June 4: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN (I)

Saturday, June 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN (I)

Sunday, June 6: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN (I)

Wednesday, June 9: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN (I)

Thursday, June 10: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN (I)

Friday, June 11: Gas City I-69 Speedway- Gas City, IN (I)

Saturday, June 12: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (I)

Tuesday, July 13: Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, OK (M)

Thursday, July 15: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (M)

Friday, July 16: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (M)

Saturday, July 17: Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE (M)

Tuesday, August 3: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA (E)

Wednesday, August 4: Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA (E)

Thursday, August 5: Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, NJ (E)

Friday, August 6: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds - Bloomsburg, PA (E)

Saturday, August 7: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, PA (E)

Thursday, September 9: TBA - TBA

Friday, September 10: TBA - TBA

Saturday, September 11: TBA - TBA

Thursday, September 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

Friday, September 24: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Saturday, September 25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Friday, October 8: Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, IL (A)

Saturday, October 9: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN (A)

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN (A)

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ

TBA: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

TBA: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (A)

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (A)

TBA: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA (A)

TBA: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

(N) represents an indoor event

(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(E) represents an Eastern Midget Week event

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

 

 

2ND ELDORA DATE ADDED
TO 2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (December 9, 2020).........Eldora Speedway has been added to the 2021 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series schedule for Saturday, June 26, the first of two dates for the series at the half-mile dirt oval in the coming year.

Originally listed as "TBA" during the schedule unveiling on Dec. 8, the new June event marks just the third time that multiple USAC Silver Crown events have been held at Eldora in a single season, and the first time since 1982, which was won by Danny Smith in his first career USAC Silver Crown start.

Eldora is also scheduled to host its second USAC Silver Crown event of 2021 during 4-Crown Nationals weekend on September 24-25.

The weekend of the June Eldora event will be stacked, and action packed, with the USAC Silver Crown competing on both the pavement and the dirt on consecutive nights. On Friday, June 25, the series will be contested on the pavement at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wis. Teams and drivers will then make the trek for the following night's Crown race at Eldora.

Jack Hewitt stands head and shoulders above all drivers with eight career Eldora USAC Silver Crown victories, double that of his nearest competition. Dave Darland owns four wins at the "Big E" while Steve Kinser, Bryan Clauson, Chris Windom, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr., Larry Rice, Ron Shuman and Steve Butler each have two.

Meanwhile, Danny Smith, Brian Tyler, C.J. Leary, Christopher Bell, Jimmy Sills, Ken Schrader, Kevin Huntley, Kyle Larson, Mat Neely, Tyler Courtney and Brady Bacon have each triumphed once in the Dirt Champ Cars at Eldora. Bacon won the most recent event there with the series in 2019.

Eldora fills out the remainder of the Silver Crown schedule, which includes seven on the dirt and five on the pavement at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on May 9; the Indiana State Fairgrounds on May 27; Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway on May 28 & Aug. 14; Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway on June 18; Madison (Wis.) International Speedway on June 25; Ohio's Eldora Speedway on June 26 & Sept. 24-25; Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway on Aug. 8; Illinois State Fairgrounds on Aug. 21; Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on Sept. 4; and Toledo (Ohio) Speedway on Oct. 10.

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 9: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN - "Rich Vogler Classic"

Thursday, May 27: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN - "Hoosier Hundred"

Friday, May 28: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

Friday, June 18: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

Friday, June 25: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI - "Dairyland 100"

Saturday, June 26: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Sunday, August 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA - "Bill Holland Classic"

Saturday, August 14: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN - "Hoosier Classic"

Saturday, August 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL - Bettenhausen 100

Saturday, September 4: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL - "Ted Horn 100"

Friday & Saturday, September 24-25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH - "4-Crown Nationals"

Sunday, October 10: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH - "Rollie Beale Classic"

 

 

2021 SCHEDULE BRINGS 50 RACES FOR USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2020).........The schedule has been unveiled for USAC's 2021 AMSOIL National Sprint Car season with 50 events set to be staged from coast-to-coast.

The 12th edition of Winter Dirt Games marks the beginning of the campaign with three consecutive nights in the Sunshine State of Florida at Ocala's Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 11-12-13, with an increase in purse paying $10,000 to the final night's feature winner.

It's just one of several events on the series' schedule which will feature increased purses, including the $20,000-to-win Corn Belt Nationals at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway on July 10 and the $12,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway on Sept. 18, with much more to be announced at a later date.

The schedule is also highlighted by not just one, but two trips to the east in both April and June. April's slate includes a four-race set in Pennsylvania at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville) on April 22; Big Diamond Speedway (Pottsville) on April 23; BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven) on April 24; and Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run) on April 25.

Eastern Storm, the annual eastern U.S. tour for the series in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, follows in June with a second date at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pa.) on June 15; Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, N.J.) on June 16; Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway on June 17; Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on June 19; and Bloomsburg (Pa.) Fairgrounds serving as the finale on June 20.

The series features a mix of both first-time venues and returns to tracks that have not been frequented by the series in quite some time.

Three tracks on this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule will host first-time events: the aforementioned Path Valley and Bloomsburg dates as well as Circle City Raceway on Sept. 17, the first series event held in Indianapolis since 1984 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Meanwhile, three more dirt ovals will welcome back the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars for the first time in a number of years. Selinsgrove last hosted the series a half-century ago in 1971 while Big Diamond's last appearance came nearly a decade ago in 2012. Furthermore, while the series has made two previous trips to Bridgeport, it was under the former 3/8-mile, semi-banked configuration. Since the last visit in 2019, the track has been completely revamped into a high-banked 4/10-mile.

Indiana's Paragon Speedway, which was last shown on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 1998, will be part of a busy month of April on the 18th, a month which will also include stops at the traditional Indiana dirt tracks of Lawrenceburg Speedway on April 3, Bloomington Speedway on April 16 and Tri-State Speedway for the Spring Showdown on April 17.

Staples that have been traditional events over the last several years make up the bulk of the 2021 landscape. #LetsRaceTwo is on for two nights at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway on May 7-8, with a double stop at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. greeting the series on May 21-22 and the 51st running of the Tony Hulman Classic is on tap May 26 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

The hot summer months heat up right out of the gate to open up July with three races in three nights leading up to Independence Day, starting on July 1 at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway, followed by two nights of the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 2-3 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

One of the most highly anticipated events on the calendar is the busy stretch of seven races in nine nights they call Indiana Sprint Week, which will feature a familiar look, leading off the first weekend at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 23, with Kokomo Speedway on July 24 and Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 25 rounding out the first wave of ISW. After two days away from the racetrack, teams and drivers get back on the horse with Terre Haute's Don Smith Classic on July 28, Lincoln Park on July 29, Bloomington's Sheldon Kinser Memorial on July 30 and Tri-State on July 31.

Sprint Car Smackdown's grand 10th annual running comes to Kokomo for three-straight nights on Aug. 26-27-28, the lone August events for the series. On Sept. 23, it's back to Gas City for the second time of 2021 and the third annual James Dean Classic.

Eldora's 4-Crown Nationals enters its 39th running in 2021 on Sept. 25, the only occasion during the year in which all three of USAC's national divisions: Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, will be in competition on the same night at the same track.

The Midwest portion of the schedule closes out at the beginning of October with a weekend doubler at Terre Haute for the Jim Hurtubise Classic on Oct. 1 and to Lawrenceburg for the Fall Nationals on Oct. 2.

A number of yet-to-be announced events are also in staging. Events with dates but no location as of yet include a stop on July 9 as well as three consecutive nights on Sept. 9-10-11.

Events with an undetermined date at press time 2021 include the 25th Oval Nationals at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the 54th Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

2021 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 11: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Friday, February 12: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Saturday, February 13: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

Saturday, April 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

Friday, April 16: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

Saturday, April 17: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

Sunday, April 18: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN

Thursday, April 22: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

Friday, April 23: Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, PA

Saturday, April 24: BAPS Motor Speedway - York Haven, PA

Sunday, April 25: Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, PA

Friday, May 7: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Saturday, May 8: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Friday, May 21: Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

Saturday, May 22: Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

Wednesday, May 26: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

Tuesday, June 15: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

Wednesday, June 16: Bridgeport Speedway - Swedesboro, NJ

Thursday, June 17: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA

Saturday, June 19: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

Sunday, June 20: Bloomsburg Fairgrounds - Bloomsburg, PA

Thursday, July 1: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, IN

Friday, July 2: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

Saturday, July 3: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

Friday, July 9: TBA - TBA

Saturday, July 10: Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

Friday, July 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

Saturday, July 24: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Sunday, July 25: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

Wednesday, July 28: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

Thursday, July 29: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

Friday, July 30: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

Saturday, July 31: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

Thursday, August 26: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Friday, August 27: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Saturday, August 28: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

Thursday, September 9: TBA - TBA

Friday, September 10: TBA - TBA

Saturday, September 11: TBA - TBA

Friday, September 17: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

Saturday, September 18: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

Thursday, September 23: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

Saturday, September 25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

Friday, October 1: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

Saturday, October 2: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

TBA: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ

TBA: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ

 

 

 

WINDOM WINS USAC’S PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER FOR 2020

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2020)………Chris Windom commandeered the inaugural season-long ProSource Passing Master award for 2020, leading practically from start to finish, to claim the $2,500 reward awarded to the driver advancing the most total feature positions throughout the USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget seasons.

Windom’s total of 226 positions advanced in the three series trounced all others in the final tally, 101 more than his nearest competition.

Perhaps most remarkably for the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ, of the 60 USAC National races he competed in this past season, the Canton, Ill. native moved forward from his starting spot on 42 of those occasions. Justin Grant came the closest to Windom’s mark, advancing in 23 of his feature starts.

Windom’s biggest personal gain of the season came at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ USAC Silver Crown Hoosier Hundred where he stormed from his 24th starting spot to finish 5th. His move from 22nd to 4th in September’s USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway served as the largest move by one driver in any event with the series all year long.

Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson, who competed full-time in the midgets with a series-leading seven victories, and made six starts in the sprints, finished an impressive second in the Passing Master points with 125. Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) won three-straight sprint features in midsummer and took third in the Passing Master standings with 108. Gas City Indiana Sprint Week opening night victor, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), earned fourth overall at 102, while Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif), who earned Indiana Sprint Week’s Passing Master award, was fifth overall with 101 passes.

2020 PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS:

226-Chris Windom

125-Tanner Thorson

108-Kyle Cummins

102-Logan Seavey

101-Robert Ballou

97-Cannon McIntosh

96-Shane Cottle & Justin Grant

79-Brady Bacon

78-Tyler Courtney

75-Kyle Larson

71-Andrew Layser & Chase Stockon

68-Buddy Kofoid & Daison Pursley

67-Thomas Meseraull

63-Kevin Thomas Jr.

61-Tanner Carrick

60-Clinton Boyles

50-Jerry Coons Jr.

41-Brandon Mattox

40-Robert Dalby

38-Emerson Axsom, Mario Clouser & Carson Short

37Tyler Thomas

35-Dave Darland, Chase Johnson & Matt Westfall

34-C.J. Leary & Jadon Rogers

32-Mike Haggenbottom

30-Dakota Jackson & Jake Swanson

29Kaylee Bryson & Shane Cockrum

27-Cole Bodine & Bryan Gossel

24-David Gravel & Kyle Robbins

22-Shane Golobic & Matt Goodnight

19-Jake Neuman & Aaron Pierce

18-Trey Gropp & Ronnie Wuerdeman

17-Anton Hernandez

16-Sam Johnson, Patrick Lawson, Ace McCarthy & Dustin Smith

14-Zach Daum & Travis Welpott

12-Chris Phillips

11-Max Adams, Noah Gass & Austin Nemire

10-Nate McMillin

9-Austin Mundie & Bryan Wiedeman

8-Casey Buckman, A.J. Hopkins & Scotty Weir

7-Jason McDougal, Ethan Mitchell & Kyle O'Gara

6-Oliver Akard, Steve Buckwalter, Wyatt Burks, Stephen Schnapf, Casey Shuman & Zeb Wise

5-Steve Thomas

4-Jesse Colwell, Chase Randall, Kent Schmidt & Curtis Spicer

3-Maria Cofer, Mark Cole, Anthony D'Alessio & Kody Swanson

2-Terry Babb, Dave Berkheimer, Nick Bilbee, Brenham Crouch, Katlynn Leer, Danny Long, Jesse Love & Jake Simmons

1-Toni Breidinger, Kurt Gross, Kyle Hamilton, Bobby Santos, Tanner Swanson & Jacob Wilson

 

 

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE IS REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2020).........USAC Silver Crown's 51st season of competition features a schedule that consists of 12 events - six on the dirt, five on the pavement, and one event yet to be announced for the 2021 campaign.

One-hundred-ninety-four previous USAC main events have been contested at Indiana's Winchester Speedway, but never before has a USAC Silver Crown "Champ Car" graced the paved half-mile high banks, save for four short distance AAA "Big Car" events during the 1946 season. However, the series will make its first appearance on the Silver Crown schedule in 2021, launching the new season on Sunday afternoon, May 9. Winchester last hosted a USAC race a decade earlier in 2011, a Sprint race won by Tracy Hines.

Once thought to be lost to history just a short while ago, the Hoosier Hundred will return once again in 2021 for its 66th edition on the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Thursday night, May 27, an event that's origins date back to 1953.

The Hoosier Hundred begins a rare back-to-back weekend of dirt and pavement events on consecutive nights, with the following evening's Dave Steele Carb Night Classic hitting the asphalt of Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., just down the road from the Indy Mile on Friday, May 28.

A busy stretch in June with three events in an eight-day span begins at another one of America's most famed dirt tracks, Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for the first time in two years on Friday night, June 18. Next, it's off to the pavement of Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisconsin on Friday, June 25, followed up by a yet to be announced event at a yet to be determined venue.

An August trifecta of Silver Crown showdowns gets its start on Sunday night, August 8, at Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway, for the second installment of the Bill Holland Classic, one year after the series debuted on the half-mile dirt oval. It's the first time ever that multiple Pennsylvania tracks are set to host Silver Crown events in the same season. It's been since 1983, when Nazareth hosted a pair of events, that more than one Silver Crown race was held in Pa. in a season.

From there, the series moves westbound to Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway for the inaugural Hoosier Classic on Saturday night, August 14. The event also consists of Sprint Cars on Friday night while Midgets will contest the .686-mile paved oval along with Silver Crown on Saturday night. Any driver/team that can win all three of the Hoosier Classic races that weekend will take home $100,000 as part of the Fatheadz $100K Challenge. If a driver and team can win two of the three events, they will collect $50,000.

Champ Car racing dates back to 1934 at the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and the Bettenhausen 100 on the historic Springfield Mile will return to its traditional mid-August slot on Saturday afternoon, August 21, for the only daytime dirt race of the 2021 season.

The series hits the scenic and racy "Magic Mile" of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois for the Ted Horn 100 on Saturday night, September 4, under the lights on the second of the two miles in the "Land of Lincoln."

The dirt is the word once again for the 39th running of the 4-Crown Nationals at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, beginning with qualifying on Friday night, September 24, and the 50-lap feature on Saturday night, September 25.

Twice before has Ohio's Toledo Speedway hosted the USAC Silver Crown series finale, in both 2010 and 2011. That's once again on the docket in 2021 with the rocket-fast paved half-mile and the Rollie Beale Classic serving as the championship decider.

2021 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 9: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN

Thursday, May 27: Indiana State Fairgrounds - Indianapolis, IN - "Hoosier Hundred"

Friday, May 28: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN - "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic"

Friday, June 18: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

Friday, June 25: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI - "Dairyland 100"

Saturday, June 26: TBA - TBA

Sunday, August 8: Selinsgrove Speedway - Selinsgrove, PA - "Bill Holland Classic"

Saturday, August 14: Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN - "Hoosier Classic"

Saturday, August 21: Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL - Bettenhausen 100

Saturday, September 4: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL - "Ted Horn 100"

Friday & Saturday, September 24-25: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH - "4-Crown Nationals"

Sunday, October 10: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH - "Rollie Beale Classic"

 

 

USAC'S 2021 NATIONAL SCHEDULES TO BE REVEALED THIS WEEK

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2020).........USAC's 2021 National series schedules will be revealed this coming week in a series of three shows, one each night on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, December 8-9-10, exclusively on FloRacing.

At 7pm Eastern, on Tuesday night, December 8, USAC's Silver Crown dates will be released for the forthcoming season, the 51st for the division since its inception in 1971. The following night, Wednesday, December 9, at 7pm Eastern, it's the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's turn to unveil its slate for the 2021 season.

The final schedule release will be that of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm Eastern.

Preceding each series' schedule reveal will be each series' 2020 USAC Season Review, an in-depth look at all the highlights and memorable moments from the entire past season - Silver Crown on Tuesday, Sprints on Wednesday and Midgets on Thursday, all on FloRacing starting at 7pm Eastern with some of the major players joining in-studio.

On Friday night, December 11, USAC's Virtual Night of Champions will take place at 7:15pm Eastern. The program will honor all of USAC's National and Regional champions as well as special award winners. The only way to catch it is LIVE on FloRacing. Richie Murray | richie@usacracing.com

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USAC'S CLOSEST FINISHES OF 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 2, 2020).........Cannon McIntosh earned the closest feature finish of the 2020 USAC National season in a compiled list that fully encompasses all 60 events run this past year.

McIntosh's last lap, last corner victory over Chris Windom had a difference of just 0.056 sec. between the two at the finish line of the September 4 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

In fact, midget races took the top-four spots on the list of the closest finishes of the season. Meanwhile, the closest one-two finish of the 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season ranked fifth overall, an event won by Brady Bacon on July 4 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. with an interval of 0.170 sec. separating he and runner-up C.J. Leary. Third-place finisher Justin Grant was 0.172 sec. behind the leader at the checkered, also making it the closest 1-2-3 finish in USAC this year.

Funny enough, Bacon tallied the closest USAC Sprint finish and also the most dominating win in USAC this year, both at the same track - Lincoln Park Speedway! His 3.964 sec. edge on September 12 at the 5/16-mile dirt oval was the largest difference between first and second fr all USAC series in 2020.

Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway led all tracks by placing three of its races inside the top-ten closest finishes of the USAC season. Tanner Thorson's 0.065 sec. Indiana Midget Week victory over Kyle Larson there on June 21 was the second closest overall finish of the year. Kyle Cummins' two Sprint Car Smackdown prelim victories at Kokomo on consecutive nights in late August ranked 7th and 9th overall.

Tanner Swanson's record sixth USAC Silver Crown triumph at Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway in August ranked 22nd overall at 0.646 sec.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET HIGHLIGHTS SWEET SPRINGS MISSOURI NIGHT #1 9/4/20 2020-9-4 Sweet Springs USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Highlights

USAC NATIONAL RACING'S CLOSEST FEATURE FINSHES OF 2020:

1. 0.056 sec. - 9/4 - National Midget - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Cannon McIntosh

2. 0.065 sec. - 6/21 - National Midget - Kokomo Speedway - Tanner Thorson

3. 0.119 sec. - 10/10 - National Midget - Tri-State Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

4. 0.130 sec. - 11/21 - National Midget - Merced Speedway - Tanner Thorson

5. 0.170 sec. - 7/4 - National Sprint - Lincoln Park Speedway - Brady Bacon

6. 0.180 sec. - 9/5 - National Midget - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Buddy Kofoid

7. 0.221 sec. - 8/28 - National Sprint - Kokomo Speedway - Kyle Cummins

8. 0.257 sec. - 7/29 - National Sprint - Terre Haute Action Track - Justin Grant

9. 0.259 sec. - 8/27 - National Sprint - Kokomo Speedway - Kyle Cummins

10. 0.263 sec. - 6/17 - National Midget - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Kyle Larson

11. 0.288 sec. - 7/17 - National Midget - Jefferson County Speedway - Chris Windom

12. 0.324 sec. - 9/25 - National Sprint - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Justin Grant

13. 0.380 sec. - 2/15 - National Sprint - Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon

14. 0.434 sec. - 7/18 - National Midget - Jefferson County Speedway - Tyler Courtney

15. 0.452 sec. - 11/20 - National Midget - Merced Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

16. 0.469 sec. - 11/13 - National Midget - Arizona Speedway - Tanner Thorson

17. 0.472 sec. - 7/24 - National Sprint - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Logan Seavey

18. 0.544 sec. - 10/9 - National Midget - Wayne County Speedway - Tanner Thorson

19. 0.552 sec. - 11/17 - National Midget - Bakersfield Speedway - Buddy Kofoid

20. 0.566 sec. - 11/14 - National Midget - Arizona Speedway - Buddy Kofoid

21. 0.598 sec. - 7/21 - National Midget - Red Dirt Raceway - Tanner Thorson

22. 0.646 sec. - 8/21 - Silver Crown - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - Tanner Swanson

23. 0.752 sec. - 9/18 - National Sprint - Terre Haute Action Track - Chris Windom

24. 0.764 sec. - 9/26 - National Sprint - Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Courtney

25. 0.774 sec. - 8/9 - Silver Crown - Selinsgrove Speedway - Shane Cottle

26. 0.819 sec. - 9/12 - National Sprint - Lincoln Park Speedway - Chase Stockon

27. 0.837 sec. - 3/7 - National Midget - Southern Illinois Center - Tanner Thorson

28. 0.845 sec. - 6/6 - National Sprint - 34 Raceway - Justin Grant

29. 0.948 sec. - 9/11 - National Sprint - Bloomington Speedway - Chris Windom

30. 0.950 sec. - 6/14 - National Sprint - Tri-State Speedway - Stephen Schnapf

31. 0.965 sec. - 5/22 - National Midget - Port City Raceway - Tyler Courtney

32. 0.978 sec. - 9/19 - National Sprint - Tri-State Speedway - Chase Stockon

33. 1.013 sec. - 8/15 - Silver Crown - Salem Speedway - Kody Swanson

34. 1.015 sec. - 9/26 - National Midget - Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom

35. 1.057 sec. - 7/26 - National Sprint - Lawrenceburg Speedway - C.J. Leary

36. 1.074 sec. - 8/8 - National Midget - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Tyler Courtney

37. 1.105 sec. - 7/10 - National Sprint - Knoxville Raceway - Tyler Courtney

38. 1.134 sec. - 2/8 - National Midget - Bubba Raceway Park - Chris Windom

39. 1.191 sec. - 6/26 - National Sprint - Plymouth Speedway - Justin Grant

40. 1.212 sec. - 7/11 - National Sprint - Knoxville Raceway - Brady Bacon

41. 1.254 sec. - 7/25 - National Sprint - Kokomo Speedway - C.J. Leary

42. 1.285 sec. - 6/18 - National Midget - Lincoln Park Speedway - Kyle Larson

43. 1.316 sec. - 2/14 - National Sprint - Bubba Raceway Park - Brady Bacon

44. 1.322 sec. - 5/23 - National Midget - Port City Raceway - Justin Grant

45. 1.354 sec. - 10/18 - Silver Crown - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Kyle Larson

46. 1.423 sec. - 8/2 - National Sprint - Tri-State Speedway - Kyle Cummins

47. 1.488 sec. - 7/3 - National Sprint - Lincoln Park Speedway - Shane Cottle

48. 1.639 sec. - 6/7 - National Sprint - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Justin Grant

49. 1.696 sec. - 6/16 - National Midget - Paragon Speedway - Kyle Larson

50. 1.704 sec. - 6/20 - National Midget - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Kyle Larson

51. 1.791 sec. - 9/25 - National Midget - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Cannon McIntosh

52. 1.825 sec. - 6/19 - National Midget - Lincoln Park Speedway - Chris Windom

53. 1.969 sec. - 2/7 - National Midget - Bubba Raceway Park - Tanner Thorson

54. 2.052 sec. - 8/23 - Silver Crown - Indiana State Fairgrounds - Kyle Larson

55. 2.399 sec. - 7/1 - National Sprint - Terre Haute Action Track - Chris Windom

56. 3.121 sec. - 10/3 - National Sprint - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Brady Bacon

57. 3.385 sec. - 8/5 - National Midget - Action Track USA - Tyler Courtney

58. 3.699 sec. - 8/29 - National Sprint - Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Courtney

59. 3.964 sec. - 9/12 - National Sprint - Lincoln Park Speedway - Brady Bacon

60. N/A sec. - 7/19 - National Midget - Caney Valley Speedway - Tyler Courtney

 

 

GRANT TO CHASE USAC MIDGET TITLE WITH RMS IN 2021

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 29, 2020)………Justin Grant, one of USAC’s premier drivers over the past decade, has signed on to compete with RMS Racing for the full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail in 2021.

The Ione, Calif. native, fresh off a 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series driving title, will pilot the car, which will be numbered 2x and carry primary sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink. Teaming with Grant will be fellow driver Thomas Meseraull in the RMS No. 7x as they both pursue the complete series schedule.

“I think it’s going to be really good,” Grant said. “(RMS Racing) has definitely had speed this year and Thomas (Meseraull) and those guys have got the team going really well. I’m really looking forward to going racing with them.”

Grant competed on a part-time basis during the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for both RAMS Racing and Petry Motorsports. With RAMS, Grant was victorious in the series debut at Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. back in May for his lone victory of the year. Grant ended the year with three top-fives and 15 top-tens in 22 starts, finishing 8th in the standings.

“I haven’t done the full tour in a couple years, which was kind of by choice,” explained Grant, the owner of five career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. “I raced with Rick Young and Jeff Taylor of RAMS Racing and we did a limited schedule over the last couple of years and had success. Things just lined up and the timing seemed right to go after a full tour again and see we can compete for a championship.”

RMS Racing is coming off a strong conclusion to its 2020 season with Meseraull driving the team to its first two USAC feature wins, first in October at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. then once more in the first ever USAC event at Merced (Calif.) Speedway in November, and look to build upon that success in a major way in the coming season.

“We were looking for an experienced driver, and actually, Thomas (Meseraull) was the one who recommended Justin to us,” RMS Racing owner Dave Estep said. “We wanted that experience so that they could bounce ideas off each other. That’s the main reason. We want to win, and with those two, we have a very good opportunity. I think we’re going to have a very good team.”

Meanwhile, Grant and Meseraull were also confirmed as part of RMS Racing’s “Dream Team” lineup for the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl presented by General Tire January 11-16, 2021 at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla. Those two will join two-time NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet, 2017 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Spencer Bayston and 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel.

The 2021 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season begins on Thursday, February 4, with a practice night for the series, followed by two-straight nights of complete shows at the 3/8-mile D-shaped Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on Friday, February 5, and Saturday night’s finale on February 6 in which the winner’s share will be $5,000.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL CAR COUNTS RISE IN 2020

Speedway, Indiana (November 27, 2020)………All three of USAC’s National divisions saw increases in its average car count per race from the 2019 to the 2020 season.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship saw the largest growth with 8.3 more cars per race in 2020 as compared to 2019. The average count of 41.59 was the largest per race average in 16 years! The 2004 average car count for the series was a smidge ahead of 2020 at 42.57.

The car count of 57 on this past summer’s Independence Night Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. was the highwater mark for the series in 2020, marking the largest for a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event since the Western World Championships at Arizona’s Manzanita Speedway in November of 2008.

Over the past 17 seasons, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division has averaged over 40 cars per race five times, and in the 2020, it was the first time that had occurred in 12 years, a mark last reached during the 2008 campaign.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship also saw an increase in cars per event with 35.79 during the 2020 season, compared to 34.61 in 2019. A season-high 54 cars and drivers signed in for the first night of November’s Merced Midget Madness at Merced (Calif.) Speedway.

In the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the story remained the same. The average car count bumped up from 25.3 to 27 between 2019 and 2020. A season-high 36 signed in for August’s renewal of the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

 

 

2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK
NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON REVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 25, 2020).........A USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season unlike any other wound up as the closest championship race in series history - one single point between champion Chris Windom and runner-up Tyler Courtney in the final tally for 2020.

A season that began with a two-and-a-half month absence from the racetrack between March and May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finished with Windom (Canton, Ill.) completing his career Triple Crown with USAC's three national divisions by earning the midget championship after collecting prior titles with Silver Crown in 2016 and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2017.

Comparatively, early in his career, Windom was an instant success in Silver Crown and Sprints where he has ultimately become one of the winningest drivers of his era. But that wasn't exactly the case in midgets. After capturing the 2006 USAC Kenyon Midget championship, the then-16-year-old set forth on his USAC National racing career, and competed in Midgets full-time right out of the box, finishing an impressive eighth in the feature his first time out at Arizona's Manzanita Speedway, which featured a field of 62 drivers in total.

However, few drivers ever had to wait as long as Windom to reach victory lane for the first time in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, 102 starts to be exact. Finally, that night arrived for him in June of 2019 during Indiana Midget Week at Lawrenceburg. The triumph, as Windom stated at the time, put him at a "loss for words" in victory lane.

He'd win once more in 2019 for Clauson-Marshall Racing, but during the offseason, made the decision to embark on a new venture with Tucker-Boat Motorsports, a rising team with the series that needed a wheelman like him to anchor their ascent toward the top of the standings in the Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota No. 89.

"(TBM) runs a top-notch operation," Windom said at the time. "They pay close attention to detail, as does everyone at the top of the midget standings, but I just felt like I've always gotten along great with (team co-owner) Chad (Boat), and at this point I'm at in my career, this is the right move for me."

The move paid dividends early on for Windom and Tucker-Boat, winning in just their second time out on the 2020 USAC schedule at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Throughout the year, no driver and team led the points more often than Windom and TBM, holding the advantage for 20 of the 28 events while winning a total of four features, with additional scores in June at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., July at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. and September at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

However, the tide began to turn late when a couple subpar performances by Windom were checkmated by strong results for 2019 series champ Courtney, who vaulted to the series point lead following the final race in the Midwest at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway on Oct. 10, then extended his lead after the first night of Western World at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 13.

When the following night resulted in engine trouble for Courtney, knocking him out of the race early, Windom stormed back to the point lead by an 11-point margin entering the final "full" points race of the year on Nov. 17 at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

Having to finish within three spots of Courtney in the feature to snare the title, Windom found himself in quicksand from the start after beginning from the 20th spot on the grid. While Courtney started third and remained near the front throughout, a 25th place qualifying time shuffled Windom back to the outside of the 10th row for the 30-lap main event, forcing him to have to make up a ton of ground in a short amount of time around the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Courtney ran fourth as Windom was mired in 13th for the final restart with 10 laps remaining when Windom turned up the wick and elevated himself to seventh by the final lap. With Courtney picking up one more position to reach third with four laps to go, Windom needed one more spot in order to outjoust Courtney for the point lead.

That's when Windom engaged in a seesaw, all-out war between he and sixth-running Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - Courtney's Clauson-Marshall Racing teammate - for the coveted 6th spot on the final lap in turn four, as described by Windom himself.

"I slid Ricky on the white flag lap, and he crossed me over and dove to the bottom," Windom recalled. "(On the last lap), I was going to the bottom as hard as I could and drove into the back of him and he spun around. I got into him there, but I saw the position, and that was what I needed, one more spot to secure a triple crown. It was a split-second decision and that's what happened."

As a result, Windom clinched the series title by a single position, a single point, tying the previous closest final margin for the series championship when Cole Whitt defeated Tracy Hines by the same amount in 2008. By doing so, Windom became the seventh member of the career Triple Crown club of drivers who've won USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget driving championships along with Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr. and Tracy Hines.

"This is what I've worked my whole career for," Windom said. "The way the racetrack was tonight, we buried ourselves by not qualifying well. It was so hard to pass in the feature without throwing huge slide jobs on guys, and that's what I had to do to get to the front and get us back into contention."

While Windom had essentially claimed the crown following Bakersfield, he couldn't quite enter full celebration mode yet with two "appearance points" races at Merced (Calif.) Speedway closing out the campaign, awarding 50 points across the board to all USAC National Midget licensed drivers and teams as soon as they were pushed off for hot laps. When Windom's wheels began to roll on the final night, that officially wrapped it up.

"This year, I was fortunate enough to team up with Tucker-Boat Motorsports with the support of NOS Energy Drink to chase the ultimate goal of the Triple Crown," Windom stated. "Chad, Billy, Colton, Eric, Corey and Cam brought the best cars night and night out to put us in position to accomplish that. This championship was not only about me, as it was a huge accomplishment for TBM to capture their first (of many to come) USAC championship. I will be forever grateful for all the hard work that went into their preparation and fast race cars. Thank you to Lauren Albano, NOS Energy Drink, Toyota, Pristine Auction and all the great partner on TBM."

Courtney's bid to become the first repeat series champion since Bryan Clauson in 2010-11 came up narrowly short, but along the way, he did collect five victories, including series debut visits to Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. in May and at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan. during July. Victories also followed for Courtney at Jefferson County in July, plus a two-night "sweep" of Eastern Midget Week in August at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), who made a late surge to put himself in the mix for the championship, finished just 28 points out of the lead in the final standings. The 2016 series champ won the 2020 season opener in February at Bubba Raceway Park, and also captured the victory in the final race of the year. He, Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000) all share the distinction as the only drivers to win both the first and last race during a USAC National Midget season.

It was a 2020 season unlike any other for Thorson who took third in the standings, and a season unlike most for any driver in the course of USAC National Midget racing history over the past 65 years. His first four victories this year came for Hayward Motorsports at Bubba Raceway Park in Feb., Southern Illinois Center in March, Kokomo Speedway in June and Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway in July.

In late September, Thorson joined Tom Malloy's team where he reeled off three more wins in October at Wayne City, Ill. and in November at Arizona Speedway and Merced, making him one of just five drivers to win at least three races for two different teams in a single season in USAC National Midget history.

Parnelli Jones was the first to do the deed in 1963 for Marv Edwards and Howard Linne. Mike McGreevy is the only driver to accomplish the feat twice, first in 1965 for both Jack London and the Kenyon Brothers, then again in 1969 for owners Howard Linne and Ed Lark. Rich Vogler's 1988 championship season include 11 wins for Wilke Racers and five for Jonathan Byrd. Jay Drake had been the most recent with three each for Ralph Potter, then Keith Kunz in 2000.

Kyle Larson's tour of the dirt tracks during the 2020 season was a sight to behold, as it was during June's Indiana Midget Week where he won four times in six races at Paragon, Gas City, Putnamville and Lawrenceburg en route to capturing the mini-series title for the first time while also tying Bryan Clauson as the winningest IMW driver of all-time with nine victories. Equally impressive was Larson's streak of 10 top-two finishes with the series, a stretch that started in November 2019 and continued through November 2020.

The presence of Buddy Kofoid with the series in 2020 was exceptional for the Rookie of the Year as he turned in one of the most impressive first-year drives in series history. The Penngrove, Calif. native had pounded on the door all throughout the year with four second-place finishes leading into his long-anticipated first career victory in September at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Once the dam finally broke, more wins flooded in for Kofoid who closed out the final week of the year with a pair of wins - Western World at Arizona Speedway and the November Classic at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and a fourth-place finish in the standings.

Fifth in the standings was Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), who won twice, both in the month of September, at Sweet Springs, Mo. and Gas City, Ind. The Sweet Springs victory was quite memorable with McIntosh erasing a late-race one-second lead held by Windom in traffic. On the final lap, McIntosh ripped around the outside of turn four to nip Windom at the stripe by a half-car length for the victory - the only corner, the only lap McIntosh led throughout the evening, to earn his first victory since joining Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports at the beginning of the season, and the first overall for the team with USAC since August of 2019, 13 months prior.

Speaking of long periods without a win, in his two-plus decades of racing with USAC, one piece of the puzzle had been surprisingly absent from Thomas Meseraull's resume - a NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying feature victory. After many a close call throughout his career, Meseraull finally sealed the deal during Harvest Cup at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in October with an overheating engine and smoke pouring from the headers during the final laps in traffic, then withstood a last lap, last corner surge from Thorson to win by a single car length at the line.

While the San Jose, Calif. driver had previously won at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2004 and at the Southern Illinois Center in 2018, both victories were non-championship, special events for USAC Midgets, making this a long-awaited night for Meseraull to mark his initial tally in the series' win column after making 89 feature starts since his 1999 debut. Furthermore, he provided RMS Racing with its first ever USAC National Midget feature win in one fell swoop.

Meseraull's coveted first points-paying race victory was two decades in the making, but just a month and change later, Meseraull was celebrating victory number two in the the series' first ever event at California's Merced Speedway. It was the San Jose, Calif. native's first career USAC National points feature triumph that occurred in his home state.

Justin Grant ran his streak of consecutive years of winning a USAC National Midget feature to four when he notched victory on the final night of the inaugural T-Town Midget Showdown at Oklahoma's Port City Raceway in May.

Not to be overlooked is the impressive debut season by Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), a sixth-place finisher in the standings and the second-best Rookie in the points behind KKM teammate Kofoid. Series veterans Tanner Carrick, 7th (Lincoln, Calif.), Grant, 8th, Andrew Layser, 9th (Collegeville, Pa.) and Cole Bodine, 10th (Rossville, Ind.) rounded out the top-ten in the final points.

Inside the top-ten, for Windom, Kofoid, McIntosh, Pursley, Layser and Bodine, it was each driver's best career finish in the final USAC National Midget point standings.

Also of note is 11th place points finisher Kaylee Bryson of Muskogee, Okla. who turned heads in her Rookie season with the series. She made headlines in July at Caney Valley Speedway in Kansas by earning a personal best third-place feature finish. Bryson became just the seventh female driver to record a top-five finish in a USAC National Midget feature event that night, joining the late Jeri Rice, Bev Griffis, Sarah McCune Stephanie Mockler, Taylor Ferns and Holly Shelton as the only ones to accomplish the feat.

Bryson's first career Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time came during time trials at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in September. By doing so, Bryson became just the fifth female to accomplish the feat in the 65-year history of the USAC National Midget division along with McCune, Sarah Fisher, Mockler and Shelton.

Courtney led all drivers with 178 laps led and was tied for mast qualifying times with Thorson at five. Thorson not only led the series with the most feature wins, but also in top-fives (20), and top-tens (24). Windom snagged a series-high eight heat race wins and was one of just five drivers to start all 28 feature events in 2020 along with Courtney, Kofoid, McIntosh, Pursley and Windom.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) advanced the most positions in a single feature race, charging from the 19th starting position to finish 2nd at Port City in May.

In the end, the 28-point margin between first through third in the 2020 final standings was the second closest of all-time in series history behind the 24-point separation between Tracy Hines, Thorson and Kevin Thomas Jr. in 2015. Ironically, that year marked the most recent season before Windom that a driver earned the final leg of the USAC career Triple Crown.

2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion Leader: Chris Windom

Owner Champion: Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89

Rookie of the Year: Buddy Kofoid

Most Feature Wins: 7-Tanner Thorson

Laps Led: 178-Tyler Courtney

Top-Fives: 20-Tanner Thorson

Top-Tens: 24-Tanner Thorson

Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Tyler Courtney & Tanner Thorson

Heat Race Wins: 8-Chris Windom

Feature Starts: 28-Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Daison Pursley & Chris Windom

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: 17-Logan Seavey (19th to 2nd on May 22 at Port City Raceway)

2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 7: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Feb 8: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

Mar 7: (A) &&& Du Quoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports #19)

May 22: Tulsa, OK - Port City Raceway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

May 23: Tulsa, OK - Port City Raceway
WINNER: Justin Grant (RAMS Racing #4A)

Jun 16: @@@ Paragon, IN - Paragon Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Jun 17: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Jun 18: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Jun 19: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

Jun 20: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

Jun 21: @@@ Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Jul 17: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

Jul 18: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jul 19: Caney, KS - Caney Valley Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jul 21: Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Aug 5: *** Kutztown, PA - Action Track USA
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Aug 8: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Sep 4: Sweet Springs, MO - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Sep 5: Sweet Springs, MO - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 25: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

Sep 26: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

Oct 9: (A) Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tom Malloy #25m)

Oct 10: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Nov 13: San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tom Malloy #25m)

Nov 14: San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 17: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 20: (A) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Nov 21: (A) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tom Malloy #25)

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Races noted with &&& represent an indoor event

Races noted with (A) represent an appearance points race

Races noted with @@@ represent an Indiana Midget Week event

Races noted with *** represent an Eastern Midget Week event

Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points special event

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2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,779 Chris Windom, Canton, Ill.

2 1,778 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

3 1,751 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

4 1,707 Buddy Kofoid (R), Penngrove, Calif.

5 1,532 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

6 1,348 Daison Pursley (R), Locust Grove, Okla.

7 1,271 Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.

8 1,179 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

9 1,133 Andrew Layser, Collegeville, Pa.

10 1,128 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

11 904 Kaylee Bryson (R), Muskogee, Okla.

12 879 Emerson Axsom (R), Franklin, Ind.

13 859 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

14 839 Robert Dalby, Anaheim, Calif.

15 779 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

16 776 Chase Johnson (R), Penngrove, Calif.

17 745 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

18 615 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

19 604 Clinton Boyles (R), Greenwood, Mo.

20 526 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

21 388 Tyler Thomas, Collinsville, Okla.

22 370 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

23 360 Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif.

24 358 Sam Johnson, St. Peters, Mo.

25 356 Hayden Reinbold (R), Gilbert, Ariz.

26 336 Jake Neuman, New Berlin, Ill.

27 318 Noah Gass (R), Mounds, Okla.

28 306 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

29 304 Chase Randall (R), Waco, Texas

30 291 Ace McCarthy (R), Tahlequah, Okla.

31 286 Brenham Crouch (R), Lubbock, Texas

32 280 Bryant Wiedeman (R), Colby, Kan.

33 263 Jesse Love (R), Menlo Park, Calif.

34 236 Maria Cofer (R), Macdoel, Calif.

35 231 Zeb Wise, Angola, Ind.

36 227 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

37 223 Trey Gropp (R), Lincoln, Neb.

38 184 Oliver Akard (R), Fort Myers, Fla.

39 161 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

40 127 Tyler Nelson, Olathe, Kan.

41 90 David Budres, Beloit, Wis.

42 86 Dave Darland, Lincoln, Ind.

43 80 Curtis Spicer (R), Marysville, Kan.

44 80 Jesse Colwell, Red Bluff, Calif.

45 67 Mark Cole (R), Lebanon, N.H.

46 39 Presley Truedson (R), Kennedy, Minn.

47 27 Kenney Johnson (R), Bethany, Conn.

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2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1,779 Tucker-Boat Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

2 1,778 Clauson-Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#7BC)

3 1,707 Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

4 1,532 Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

5 1,348 Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, Columbus, Ind. (#9)

6 1,343 Hayward Motorsports, Morrison, Ill. (#19)

7 1,141 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#35)

8 1,133 Tucker-Boat Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#82)

9 1,128 Clauson-Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#39BC)

10 1,125 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#5)

11 1,025 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

12 879 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#15)

13 859 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

14 839 Robert Dalby Motorsports, Chino, Calif. (#4)

15 776 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25c)

16 722 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#19m)

17 664 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

18 661 RAMS Racing, Lees Summit, Mo. (#4A)

19 654 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#98)

20 483 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

21 461 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67K)

22 436 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19A)

23 388 Brian Thomas, Catoosa, Okla. (#91T)

24 360 Matt Wood Racing, Elk Grove, Calif. (#17w)

25 358 Sam Johnson, O'Fallon, Mo. (#72)

26 344 Dave Mac Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#28)

27 309 Jim Neuman, New Berlin, Ill. (#3N)

28 284 Petry Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#25)

29 276 Steve Reynolds, Springfield, Ill. (#21KS)

30 267 Tucker-Boat Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#84)

31 243 MSW Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#00)

32 236 Johnny Cofer, Macdoel, Calif. (#57)

33 230 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#4B)

34 227 Daum Motorsports, Pocahontas, Ill. (#5D)

35 184 Dan & Shellie Akard, Fort Myers, Fla. (#41)

36 181 Steve Reynolds, Springfield, Ill. (#21K)

37 164 Randy Gass, Mounds, Okla. (#20G)

38 150 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97K)

39 129 Brian Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. (#25B)

40 129 Dave Mac Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#08)

41 127 Tyler Nelson, Indianapolis, Ind. (#88)

42 90 Manic Racing, Beloit, Wis. (#31)

43 86 Dan & Patricia Harris, Fort Worth, Texas (#2ND)

44 80 Spicer Racecraft, Phillipsburg, Kan. (#4s)

45 67 Mark Cole, Lebanon, N.H. (#6x)

46 49 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71x)

47 42 Randy Heckman, Blandon, Pa. (#12)

48 30 4J Motorsports, Mooresville, Ind. (#4J)

49 27 Jeff Johnson, Bethany, Conn. (#46)

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2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,707 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 1,348 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

3 904 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

4 879 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

5 776 Chase Johnson, Penngrove, Calif.

6 604 Clinton Boyles, Greenwood, Mo.

7 356 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

8 318 Noah Gass, Mounds, Okla.

9 304 Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

10 291 Ace McCarthy, Tahlequah, Okla.

11 286 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

12 280 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

13 263 Jesse Love, Menlo Park, Calif.

14 236 Maria Cofer, Macdoel, Calif.

15 223 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

16 184 Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

17 80 Curtis Spicer, Marysville, Kan.

18 67 Mark Cole, Lebanon, N.H.

19 39 Presley Truedson, Kennedy, Minn.

20 27 Kenney Johnson, Bethany, Conn.

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2020 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS:

7-Tanner Thorson (Feb 7 at Bubba Raceway Park, Mar 7 at the Southern Illinois Center, Jun 21 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 21 at Red Dirt Raceway, Oct 9 at Wayne County Speedway, Nov 13 at Arizona Speedway & Nov 21 at Merced Speedway)

5-Tyler Courtney (May 22 at Port City Raceway, Jul 18 at Jefferson County Speedway, Jul 19 at Caney Valley Speedway, Aug 5 at Action Track USA & Aug 8 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

4-Kyle Larson (Jun 16 at Paragon Speedway, Jun 17 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Jun 18 at Lincoln Park Speedway & Jun 20 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

4-Chris Windom (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jun 19 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 17 at Jefferson County Speedway & Sep 26 at Kokomo Speedway)

3-Buddy Kofoid (Sep 5 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, Nov 14 at Arizona Speedway & Nov 17 at Bakersfield Speedway)

2-Cannon McIntosh (Sep 4 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex & Sep 25 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

2-Thomas Meseraull (Oct 10 at Tri-State Speedway & Nov 20 at Merced Speedway)

1-Justin Grant (May 23 at Port City Raceway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:

178-Tyler Courtney

159-Tanner Thorson

156-Chris Windom

97-Buddy Kofoid

75-Cannon McIntosh

65-Thomas Meseraull

54-Kyle Larson

38-Justin Grant

36-Tanner Carrick

19-Logan Seavey

10-Jerry Coons Jr. & Gio Scelzi

7-Cole Bodine

4-Jason McDougal & Ethan Mitchell

3-Daison Pursley

2-Emerson Axsom

1-Clinton Boyles, Kaylee Bryson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

20-Tanner Thorson

19-Tyler Courtney & Chris Windom

14-Buddy Kofoid

12-Cannon McIntosh

8-Kyle Larson

4-Emerson Axsom, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Thomas Meseraull & Daison Pursley

3-Kyle Cummins, Justin Grant & Logan Seavey

2-Jerry Coons Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tyler Thomas

1-Christopher Bell, Cole Bodine, Clinton Boyles, Kaylee Bryson, Robert Dalby, Shane Golobic, Chase Johnson, Andrew Layser, Carson Macedo, Gio Scelzi & Kyle Simon

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

24-Tanner Thorson

22-Buddy Kofoid & Chris Windom

21-Tyler Courtney

19-Cannon McIntosh

16-Tanner Carrick

15-Justin Grant

14-Daison Pursley

9-Kyle Larson & Andrew Layser

8-Emerson Axsom, Thomas Meseraull & Logan Seavey

7-Chase Johnson

6-Cole Bodine, Clinton Boyles & Jerry Coons Jr.

5-Spencer Bayston, Kaylee Bryson, Kyle Cummins, Robert Dalby & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Carson Macedo & Tyler Thomas

3-Shane Golobic

2-Sam Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Zeb Wise

1-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Jesse Colwell, Zach Daum, Andrew Felker, Trey Gropp, Ace McCarthy, Jason McDougal, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Jake Neuman, Chase Randall, Trey Robb, Gio Scelzi & Kyle Simon

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

5-Tyler Courtney & Tanner Thorson

4-Kyle Larson

3-Cannon McIntosh & Chris Windom

2-Logan Seavey

1-Spencer Bayston, Kaylee Bryson, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell & Kevin Thomas Jr.

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., AutoMeter & Indy Race Parts)

8-Chris Windom

7-Tyler Courtney, Cannon McIntosh & Thomas Meseraull

6-Justin Grant & Buddy Kofoid

5-Clinton Boyles, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

4-Cole Bodine

3-Emerson Axsom, Tanner Carrick, Jason McDougal & Daison Pursley

2-Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Kaylee Bryson, Chase Johnson, Sam Johnson, Andrew Layser, Carson Macedo, & Tyler Thomas

1-Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Alex Bright, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Robert Dalby, Michael Faccinto, Noah Gass, Justin Grant, Kyle Larson, Ace McCarthy, Mitchel Moles, Chase Randall, Gio Scelzi, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Zeb Wise

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

2-Cannon McIntosh

1-Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Jake Neuman & Logan Seavey

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SEMI-FEATURE WINS:

6-Daison Pursley

2-Logan Seavey & Chris Windom

1-Rico Abreu, Spencer Bayston, Cole Bodine, Kaylee Bryson, Tanner Carrick, Tyler Courtney, Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant, Chase Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Andrew Layser, Cannon McIntosh, Trey Gropp, Sam Johnson, Ethan Mitchell, Kyle Simon & Tyler Thomas

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C-MAIN WINS:

1-Brenham Crouch, Blake Hahn, Jesse Love, Jason McDougal, Ethan Mitchell, Aiden Purdue, Hayden Reinbold, Brody Roa & Logan Seavey

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FEATURE STARTS:

28-Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Daison Pursley & Chris Windom

27-Cole Bodine & Tanner Thorson

26-Tanner Carrick

22-Kaylee Bryson & Justin Grant

21-Andrew Layser

18-Emerson Axsom & Robert Dalby

17-Thomas Meseraull

15-Chase Johnson

14-Ethan Mitchell & Logan Seavey

13-Clinton Boyles & Kevin Thomas Jr.

10-Jerry Coons Jr.

9-Brady Bacon & Kyle Larson

8-Spencer Bayston, Shane Golobic, Jake Neuman & Tyler Thomas

7-Kyle Cummins, Noah Gass, Sam Johnson, Jason McDougal & Chase Randall

6-Ace McCarthy

5-Jonathan Beason, Zach Daum, Trey Gropp, Jesse Love, Carson Macedo, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Bryant Wiedeman

4-Rico Abreu, Steve Buckwalter, Hayden Reinbold & Zeb Wise

3-Maria Cofer, Brenham Crouch, Emilio Hoover & Trey Marcham

2-Oliver Akard, Alex Bright, Jeff Champagne, Mark Cole, Jesse Colwell, Colby Copeland, Michael Faccinto, Andrew Felker, Carson Garrett, Michael Magic, Shannon McQueen, Dennis Misuraca, Mitchel Moles, Chance Morton, Keith Rauch, Tony Rossi, Gio Scelzi & Dillon Welch

1-Christopher Bell, Robert Bell, Ryan Bernal, Cody Brewer, Chance Crum, Dave Darland, Hank Davis, Ronnie Gardner, Jimmy Glenn, Frankie Guerrini, Eric Heydenreich, Kenney Johnson, Chase Jones, Tyler Nelson, Daryn Pittman, Brody Roa, Trey Robb, Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, Karter Sarff, Steven Shebester, Chris Sheil, Kyle Simon, Landon Simon, Curtis Spicer, Zac Taylor, Presley Truedson, Kevin Woody Jr., Ben Worth & Alex Yankowski

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

Feb 7: Bubba Raceway Park - Zeb Wise (12th to 6th)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Chris Windom (10th to 1st)

Mar 7: Southern Illinois Center - Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st)

May 22: Port City Raceway - Logan Seavey (19th to 2nd)

May 23: Port City Raceway - Andrew Layser (21st to 6th)

Jun 16: Paragon Speedway - Logan Seavey (22nd to 8th)

Jun 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Kyle Larson (14th to 1st)

Jun 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Kyle Larson (15th to 1st)

Jun 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Thomas Meseraull (21st to 10th)

Jun 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Cannon McIntosh (22nd to 6th)

Jun 21: Kokomo Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr. (20th to 8th)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway - Sam Johnson (19th to 9th)

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway - Emerson Axsom (9th to 2nd)

Jul 19: Caney Valley Speedway - Trey Gropp (22nd to 6th)

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway - Jonathan Beason (18th to 8th)

Aug 5: Action Track USA - Cannon McIntosh (18th to 5th)

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Tanner Thorson (19th to 5th)

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Cannon McIntosh (13th to 1st)

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Andrew Layser (19th to 7th)

Sep 25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Tanner Thorson (17th to 4th)

Sep 26: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (14th to 1st)

Oct 9: Wayne County Speedway - Cole Bodine (20th to 12th)

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway - Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 9th)

Nov. 13: Arizona Speedway - Chris Windom (20th to 8th)

Nov. 14: Arizona Speedway - Daison Pursley (16th to 3rd)

Nov. 17: Bakersfield Speedway - Chris Windom (20th to 6th)

Nov. 20: Merced Speedway - Tanner Thorson (15th to 5th)

Nov. 21: Merced Speedway - Tanner Carrick (21st to 16th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

Feb 7: Bubba Raceway Park - Steve Buckwalter

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Tanner Thorson

Mar 7: Southern Illinois Center - Ace McCarthy

May 22: Port City Raceway - Thomas Meseraull

May 23: Port City Raceway - Jason McDougal

Jun 16: Paragon Speedway - Zach Daum

Jun 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Jun 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Tanner Carrick

Jun 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Chase Johnson

Jun 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Zach Daum

Jun 21: Kokomo Speedway - Spencer Bayston

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway - Cole Bodine

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway - Kaylee Bryson

Jul 19: Caney Valley Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway - Ethan Mitchell

Aug 5: Action Track USA - Chris Windom

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Emerson Axsom

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Trey Marcham

Sep 25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Logan Seavey

Sep 26: Kokomo Speedway - Tanner Carrick

Oct 9: Wayne County Speedway - Cody Brewer

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway - Chase Randall

Nov. 13: Arizona Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr.

Nov. 14: Arizona Speedway - Emerson Axsom

Nov. 17: Bakersfield Speedway - Clinton Boyles

Nov. 20: Merced Speedway - Logan Seavey

Nov. 21: Merced Speedway - Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS:

Mar 7: Southern Illinois Center - Aiden Purdue & Anthony Nicholson

May 22: Port City Raceway - Trey Marcham

May 23: Port City Raceway - Blake Hahn

Jun 16: Paragon Speedway - Clinton Boyles

Jun 17: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Maria Cofer

Jun 18: Lincoln Park Speedway - Andrew Layser

Jun 19: Lincoln Park Speedway - Ronnie Gardner

Jun 20: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jun 21: Kokomo Speedway - Landon Simon

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway - Lance Bennett

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway - Collin Rinehart

Jul 19: Caney Valley Speedway - Emilio Hoover

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway - Emilio Hoover

Aug 5: Action Track USA - Glenn Waterland

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Glenn Waterland

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Ethan Mitchell

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Gage Rucker

Sep 25: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Brenham Crouch

Sep 26: Kokomo Speedway - Gage Rucker

Oct 9: Wayne County Speedway - Andrew Layser

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway - Bryant Wiedeman

Nov. 13: Arizona Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

Nov. 14: Arizona Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr.

Nov. 17: Bakersfield Speedway - Logan Seavey

Nov. 20: Merced Speedway - Tyler Courtney

Nov. 21: Merced Speedway - Jonathan Beason

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kyle Larson, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

27. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

29. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

33. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt & Tanner Thorson

35. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

38. [18 wins] Tyler Courtney & Dave Steele

40. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

42. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

48. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

49. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

53. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr., Roger West & Chris Windom

115. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Justin Grant, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

127. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward, & Zeb Wise

159. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Buddy Kofoid, Jim McClean, Cannon McIntosh, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

192. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

227. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid

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2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER ROSTER:

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RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

®OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard #41)

JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis #00)

CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing #95)

®EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry Motorsports #15)

B

TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker Racing #37)

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises #4B, Hayward Motorsports #19 & Kelly Hinck #21H)

SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ & & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19s)

JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing #8 & Beilman Motorsports #31K)

KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84x)

ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71B)

BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett #10B)

LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett #10)

RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing #87w)

TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Travis Young #11Y)

MARK BILLINGS/Columbia, MO (Mark Billings #60E)

ANDY BISHOP/Harrisburg, IL (Jack Harris Racing #11 & Jack Harris Racing #91)

J.D. BLACK/Grain Valley, MO (SevenJR #7JR)

COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC)

BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci #10x)

®CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (RMS Racing #98)

JOE BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Joe Boyles #98B)

BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Paul Brannon #40)

CODY BREWER/Choctaw, OK (Central Motorsports #96)

ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing #29)

®KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71)

DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #31)

STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Randy & Tammy Heckman #12 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

C

TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Petry Motorsports #35 & Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #98K)

ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (Karen & Howard Segur #99)

JEFF CHAMPAGNE/Westfield, MA (Pat O'Rourke #46)

THOMAS CHANDLER/Festus, MO (Thomas Chandler #1T)

MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Jim Neuman #3)

®MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer #57)

®MARK COLE/Lebanon, NH (Mark Cole #6x)

JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Steve Reynolds #21K)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports #5, Petry Motorsports #25, Dave Mac Motorsports #28 & Central Motorsports #85)

COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper #86c)

TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

CADE COWLES/Coweta, OK (Kurt Gariss #70)

STEVE CRAIG/Levittown, PA (Steve Craig #55)

®BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Beilman Motorsports #31B & Clauson-Marshall Racing #39)

KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

D

ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby #4)

DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dan & Patricia Harris #2ND)

ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5D)

HANK DAVIS/Sand Springs, OK (Dean Franklin #42)

JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson #21D)

DUSTIN DIXON/Bartlesville, OK (Kurt Gariss #7x)

STEVEN DREVICKI/Reading, PA (Randy & Tammy Heckman #12)

BRYAN DROLLINGER/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing #71D)

MATT DURBIN/Stewardson, IL (Matt Durbin #12D)

E

J.R. EWING/Phillipsburg, KS (J.R. Ewing #2c)

F

MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Marcie Campbell #7J)

LOGAN FAUCON/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson #52F)

ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Chad Shields Racing #44s)

CHAD FREWALDT/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4F)

BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile #51)

G

RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #46)

RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports #7m & Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports #7R)

CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett #15)

®NOAH GASS/Mounds, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #08, Dave Mac Motorsports #5T & Randy Gass #20G)

KAMERON GLADISH/Indianapolis, IN (Nolen Racing #20)

JIMMY GLENN/Middleton, DE (Jimmy Glenn (#07)

SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

MIKE GOODMAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Travis Jenkins #11G)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing #4A & Petry Motorsports #5)

®TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (MSW Motorsports #00 & Mounce Motorsports #54G)

FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA (F & F Racing #63)

H

DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar Proctor Racing #9JR)

BLAKE HAHN/Sapulpa, OK (Blake Hahn #52)

RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Ryan Hall #2)

DOUG HEWITT/Piqua, OH (Case Cordonnier #82H)

ERIC HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Rich Heydenreich #11)

CASEY HICKS/Westwood, KS (Casey Hicks #5H & Casey Hicks #9H)

EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (Steve Reynolds #21K)

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DYLAN ITO/Ventura, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

J

CHRIS JAGGER/Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger #27)

CHRIS JAGGER JR./Manchester, IN (Chris Jagger #32)

®CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Bundy Built Motorsports #19m & Tom Malloy #25c)

COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris #27D)

®KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson #46)

SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson #72)

CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin #7K)

KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports #7R & Tri-Fecta Motorsports #7u)

K

MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (MWR Technology #10A)

®BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Travis Young #56AP)

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KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K, Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71w & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #86)

ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #82)

®JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97 & Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

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CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports #21)

MICHAEL MAGIC/Winder, GA (Mike Magic #4m & Mike Magic #5m)

MIKE MAGIC/Winder, GA (Mike Magic #4m)

TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham #32)

SHANNON MAUSTELLER/Bloomsburg, PA (Shannon Mausteller #5A)

KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Wayne May #39)

®ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #28)

CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (RMS Racing #40)

JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises #4B & Steve Reynolds #21KS)

CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

®MAX McLAUGHLIN/Mooresville, NC (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Shannon McQueen #7)

TRES MEHLER/Oblong, IL (Kurt Stellhorn #17x)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing #7x)

DENNIS MISURACA/Sanford, FL (#92)

ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports #19m, Steve Reynolds #21 & RMS Racing #98)

GREG MITCHELL/Parkersburg, WV (Greg Mitchell #001)

MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Matt Wood Racing #07w)

MATT MOORE/Bethany, OK (Central Motorsports #85)

JAKE MORGAN/Elk Grove, CA (Mike Sala #19w)

TROY MORRIS III/Bakersfield, CA (Troy Morris Jr. #07x)

CHANCE MORTON/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #7MF)

KADE MORTON/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #84m)

N

TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson #88)

D.J. NETTO/Hanford, CA (Penny Newman #88N)

JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman #3N & Steve Reynolds #21KS)

ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Hagar-Proctor Racing #5o)

O

CRAIG OAKES/Marshall, TX (Mounce Motorsports #91x)

RYAN OERTER/Ellicott, CO (Ryan Oerter #43)

P

RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

ADAM PIERSON/East Corinth, VT (Joe Mancini #74m)

DARYN PITTMAN/Owasso, OK (Pittman Motorsports #21)

DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports #15DJ)

AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (McCreery Motorsports #57D)

®DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

R

®CHASE RANDALL/Waco, TX (Petry Motorsports #25 & Petry Motorsports #35)

KEITH RAUCH/Thornton, CO (Patrick Bourke #27B)

®HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19A & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

COLLIN RINEHART/Colorado Springs, CO (Collin Rinehart #6)

BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Iron Dome-Moonshine Motorsports #7m)

BRANIGAN ROARK/Columbia, MO (Chad Shields Racing #4c)

TREY ROBB/Newcastle, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #08)

SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Sean Robbins #53)

TYLER ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins #35T)

RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Del Morris #71R)

ASHLYN RODRIGUEZ/Wilton, CA (J.W. Mitchell #37m)

JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (4J Motorsports #4J)

TONY ROSSI/Brighton, CO (Tony Rossi #14)

KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin's Motorsports #11m)

GAGE RUCKER/Bellflower, MO (Hayward Motorsports #19G)

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KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Jeff Sparks #55K)

C.J. SARNA/Brea, CA (C.J. Sarna #20)

GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84)

CASEY SCHMITZ/Chico, CA (MSW Motorsports #00)

STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Newburgh, IN (Martin's Motorsports #11m)

COLE SCOTT/Goldsby, OK (Steve Scott #2s)

RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #54)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19A, Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ, Steve Reynolds #21KS & RMS Racing #91L)

JESSE SHAPEL/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84)

SHAUN SHAPEL/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84s)

STEVEN SHEBESTER/Tuttle, OK (Ray Williams #22x)

CHRIS SHEIL/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #91)

MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Hunt Brothers Racing #10J)

KYLE SIMON/Covington, OH (Simon Racing #23s)

LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Ryan Hall #2)

WESLEY SMITH/Billings, MO (Rick Horn #44)

JARRETT SOARES/Gilroy, CA (Steven Soares #12)

CURTIS SPICER/Marysville, KS (Spicer Racecraft #4s)

MATT STREETER/Galt, CA (Matt Streeter Racing #14JR)

RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing #17JR & Clauson-Marshall Racing #17s)

STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing #1G)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73, Josh Ford Motorsports #73T & Josh Ford Motorsports #73x)

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ZAC TAYLOR/Green River, WY (Todd Henry #71T)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports #5 & Heffner Racing Enterprises #72)

TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas #91T)

TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Hayward Motorsports #19 & Tom Malloy #25m)

®PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71x)

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CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson #77u)

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A.J. VALIM/Gilbert, CO (Tony Valim #4T)

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GLENN WATERLAND/Christchurch, NZ (Hayley Waterland #11c)

DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #81x & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84)

®BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

KYLE WILSON/Jenks, OK (Kurt Gariss #07)

JEFF WIMMENAUER/New Whiteland, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer #15J)

CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #89)

CHAD WINFREY/Gladstone, MO (Delty Winfrey #321)

ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71 & Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

AUSTIN WOOD/Germantown, TN (Shawn Wood #27)

KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY (Steve Buckwalter Racing #0 & LKK Racing #1K)

BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander #5G)

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ALEX YANKOWSKI/Covington, Township, PA (Hayward Motorsports #19G)

AUSTIN YARBROUGH/Myrtle Beach, SC (McGee Racing #13A)

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie

 

 

CLASSIC TURKEY NIGHT MARATHON THURSDAY ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana (November 24, 2020)………Although this year’s 80th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix won’t be staged, you can continue the tradition of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing on Thanksgiving Night with the classic Turkey Night Marathon this Thursday, Nov. 26, from 2-11pm ET on FloRacing’s 24/7 channel.

Served up for the marathon feast is an eclectic mix of Turkey Night evens from 1985-2019, featuring both full races and highlights from USAC’s vast video archives.

See Turkey Night races at places like the gone, but not forgotten Ascot Park, as well as at various dirt tracks around California, including Bakersfield Speedway, Perris Auto Speedway, Ventura Raceway, and also, on the pavement of Irwindale Speedway.

You can witness all the heroes from yesterday and today as they shine under the lights of the Turkey Night Grand Prix; names such as Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Chuck Gurney, Billy Boat, Christopher Bell, Kyle Larson & more!

FloRacing 24/7 can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

CLASSIC TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MARATHON

(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

1985: Ascot Park (2:00pm)

1986 Ascot Park (2:54pm)

1987 Ascot Park (2:55pm)

1989 Ascot Park (2:57pm)

1992 Bakersfield Speedway (2:59pm)

1993 Bakersfield Speedway (3:01pm)

1994 Bakersfield Speedway (3:02pm)

1995 Bakersfield Speedway (3:45pm)

2002 Irwindale Speedway (3:46pm)

2003 Irwindale Speedway (5:21pm)

2014 Perris Auto Speedway (6:51pm)

2015 Perris Auto Speedway (8:07pm)

2016 Ventura Raceway (8:50pm)

2017 Ventura Raceway (9:18pm)

2018 Ventura Raceway (9:49pm)

2019 Ventura Raceway (10:38pm)

 

 

WINDOM THE NEWEST MEMBER OF USAC'S TRIPLE CROWN CLUB

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2020).........There are but seven wonders of the world, so they say.

Now, with Chris Windom's 2020 NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, you might say there are now seven wonders of USAC racing, each of whom have reached the pinnacle of the sport by possessing a USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National driving title.

It's a club that that spans multiple generations and consists of ordinary individuals who exhibit extraordinary abilities on racetracks across America.

It's a club that includes the most successful racers of their era; those who are apt to adaptability on any variation of track size or surface as well as any open wheel car of any size.

It's a club that can boast the likes of Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr. and Tracy Hines - all part of racing's elite, akin to USAC's version of the green jacket coveted by those who yearn to become a champion of The Masters.

Chris Windom is now among those mighty few.

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., persevered in the Midget division this past season, winning four times in total, from Ocala, Fla. to Putnamville, Ind. to Fairbury, Neb. to Kokomo, Ind., and leading the standings for two-thirds of the year in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Of the seven members, Windom has followed a similar path taken by Darland and Hines in earning series titles in the biggest cars first (Silver Crown), then claiming the Sprint Cars and then, the smallest of all (Midgets), to claim the final prong of their crown.

At 29 years old, Windom ranks right smack dab in the middle in terms of age at the time of completing the USAC Triple Crown. Stewart was the youngest at age 24 in 1995 while Tracy Hines was the oldest in 2015 at the age of 43. Yeley was 27, Carter 28, Darland 35 and Coons 36.

In terms of experience with USAC at the time of each driver's fulfillment of the Triple Crown, once again, Windom ranks directly in the middle. Windom's 2020 Midget title came 13 years after his first career USAC National start in 2007. For Stewart, who debuted with USAC in 1991, it was only four years later that he captured all three National championships in a single campaign in 1995. Hines made his first USAC National start in 1993 and completed the process of the Triple Crown 22 years later in 2015!

As for the others, Carter broke into the USAC ranks in 1970, and by 1978, he had finished up his personal "Triple." Yeley made a USAC National Midget start in 1992 and completed his Triple Crown by 2003. A 19-year-old Dave Darland cracked the starting field with USAC's National Sprint division in 1986; his 2001 Midget title 15 years later cemented his status as a Triple Crown champ. Jerry Coons Jr., in 1987, was a first-time USAC National Midget feature starter. Twenty-one years later in 2008, he became the newest owner of a Triple Crown.

The five-season span between Windom's first USAC National title (2016 Silver Crown) and the completion of the Triple Crown (2020 Midget), again, ranks near the middle among the seven. Stewart achieved it the fastest, winning his first and last titles of the three divisions in a two-season span between 1994-95. Yeley (2001-03) and Coons (2006-08) performed likewise in three seasons. For Darland, it was five seasons (1997-2001), seven for Carter (1972-78) and 16 for Hines (2000-15).

USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPIONS:

Pancho Carter (1972 Midget, 1974 Sprint, 1976 Sprint & 1978 Silver Crown)

Dave Darland (1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint, 2001 Midget & 2002 Midget)

Tony Stewart (1994 Midget, 1995 Silver Crown, 1995 Sprint & 1995 Midget)

J.J. Yeley (2001 Sprint, 2002 Silver Crown, 2003 Silver Crown, 2003 Sprint, 2003 Midget)

Jerry Coons Jr. (2006 Midget, 2007 Midget, 2008 Silver Crown & 2008 Sprint)

Tracy Hines (2000 Silver Crown, 2002 Sprint & 2015 Midget)

Chris Windom (2016 Silver Crown, 2017 Sprint & 2020 Midget)

 

 

THORSON CLOSES USAC MIDGET SEASON THE SAME
WAY HE STARTED IT: IN VICTORY LANE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 21, 2020).........From Ocala, Fla. to Merced, Calif., the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season concluded in the same manner it began - with Tanner Thorson's presence in victory lane.

Of all his great performances in 2020, Thorson very well may have saved his best for last, going tit for tat in a racelong clash between he, Tyler Courtney and Buddy Kofoid that saw each driver rotate their turns as the race leader in the final six laps of Saturday night's season finale at California's Merced Speedway.

Thorson (Minden, Nev.) led the final four to earn his season-leading seventh win, etching his name into the record books as just the sixth driver, and the first in 20 years, to win both the first and last race during a USAC National Midget season. Thorson won the season opener in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000) and now Thorson (2020) all share the distinction while Thorson also equaled the legendary A.J. Foyt with his 20th career series triumph, placing him 33rd all-time.

The victory for Thorson aboard his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring - Ed Pink Racing Engines - Rodela Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota was worth $5,000 after sponsor Elk Grove Ford elevated the winner's share by an extra $2,000 earlier in the evening. To earn the accolades, the "w" and the money, Thorson affixed his focus on the basics, the mental aspect of racing, that he felt he had strayed from in recent outings.

"I just tried to keep my composure and hit my marks," Thorson explained. "It's something that I feel like, over the last couple of races, I've lacked - hitting my marks perfectly and making sure I get through the turn right. I feel like my car has been so fast here lately, I kind of went away from concentrating on hitting my lines and making it manageable. It's something I knew I needed to focus on and make work."

Thorson went to work on his 30-lap mission from the outside of the second row, but trouble ensued mid-pack just as the wheels were set in motion with Chase Johnson taking a lap one, turn one tumble that also collected Zeb Wise. Johnson's first ride in the Bundy Built Honda, normally piloted by Ethan Mitchell, came about due to extensive damage received in a Friday night crash at Merced in his regular ride, the Tom Malloy-owned No. 25c. Johnson was credited with the 24th finishing position while Wise restarted and finished 19th.

Pole sitter Kofoid grabbed the top spot on the complete restart, a lead which he held for the first 14 laps despite repeated shots fired from outside front row starter Courtney while Thorson would soon enter the fray, finding his rhythm right around the inside berm.

As Kofoid ringed the topside as smooth as silk, the bottom-feeding Thorson found a sudden surge exiting the fourth turn to close within a wheel of Kofoid at the stripe on the 14th lap, then completed his overtake of the position off turn two moments later on the 15th trip.

A bump of the turn two bottom berm on the 18th circuit allowed Kofoid to break free of Thorson for the time being and open up a five car length lead while Thorson briefly ventured away from the bottom, tucked in behind Kofoid on the curb.

Meanwhile, Courtney, who had been lying in the weeds in third behind Kofoid and Thorson for the past 15 laps, suddenly decided it was "go time" in this non-stop 30-lapper that went green to checker without a yellow following the complete restart, splitting between Thorson to his left and Kofoid to his right in turn three, with Kofoid ultimately edging Courtney by roughly the thickness of the chrome on his front bumper at the line.

Kofoid's reign at the front was in constant peril, and when Courtney got to the inside of Kofoid midway down the back straightaway, Kofoid attempted to slam the door on Courtney entering turn three with both banging their wheels off one another and Courtney leveraging his way past Kofoid off the fourth corner to position himself into the lead.

Kofoid slid past Courtney a tick later in turn one to regain the position and lead the path on lap 26, then once again, maneuvered his way back to the bottom to prevent the retaliation slider.

As eyes were peeled on Kofoid and Courtney nose-to-tail at the top of turn three on lap 27, Thorson casually snuck by both on the bottom, leading a three-wide formation at the start/finish line with Courtney to his inside and Kofoid to his outside all separated by within a half-car length.

Kofoid tried with all his might to grapple his way back into contention with Thorson while utilizing the top, but Thorson ably obtained a little bit of ground on Kofoid when he disposed of the lapped car of Bryant Wiedeman in turns one and two coming to the white flag.

However, Kofoid tried to one-up Thorson by double-dipping with a slider of both Wiedeman and Thorson in a single turn three slide job, successfully discarding Wiedeman but coming up just short of Thorson, opting to fall in line to regroup and give 'er her one more try.

On the final lap, Kofoid was unable to get close enough to make another attempt at a slider, only enough to nestle right to the rear bumper of Thorson as he raced to the finish line 0.130 sec. ahead of Kofoid with Courtney third, fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder Kyle Larson fourth and Spencer Bayston fifth for the third consecutive race.

The fast-paced race, which lasted a total time of 7:18.810, was the first and only uninterrupted feature that went green to checkered, from laps 1-30, with the series this season. The five total lead changes were the most in any USAC National Midget feature this season as well.

In the end, it was Thorson, who led three laps midway but settled in and found a sense of serenity to battle his way back to the front, and ultimately, prevail.

"When I started hitting my lines, I was able to run down Buddy (Kofoid) pretty fast," Thorson recalled. "I got mixed up with some lapped cars and kind of messed up on the berm one time, but once I regained my composure, it all fell into place."

It was a 2020 season unlike any other for Thorson, and a season unlike most for any driver in the course of USAC National Midget racing history over the past 65 years. His first four victories this year came for Hayward Motorsports, and since joining Tom Malloy's team in late September, Thorson has reeled off three more wins, making him one of just five drivers to win at least three races for two different teams in a single season in USAC National Midget history.

Parnelli Jones was the first to do the deed in 1963 for Marv Edwards and Howard Linne. Mike McGreevy is the only driver to accomplish the feat twice, first in 1965 for both Jack London and the Kenyon Brothers, then again in 1969 for owners Howard Linne and Ed Lark. Rich Vogler's 1988 championship season include 11 wins for Wilke Racers and five for Jonathan Byrd. Jay Drake had been the most recent with three each for Ralph Potter, then Keith Kunz in 2000.


Tanner Thorson etched his name into the record books as just the sixth driver, and the first in 20 years, to win both the first and last race during a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season. Thorson also won the season opener in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.
(Rich Forman Photo)


"At the end of this year, we've been really strong and it all comes down to the people that surround you and who works on the car as well as the shocks and motors," Thorson said. "Having fun and enjoying what you do, that's what drives me harder more than anything, even more than even having the baddest car on the racetrack. It's just the people around you and what you can do with such a great mindset. I've got the best mindset out there as far as winning and having fun at the same time."

Of course, when you're winning, it's much easier to have fun, and in what was Thorson's first ever weekend competing at the 1/4-mile Merced Speedway, his fun included joining several notable lists of achievements while also ending the season on the highest of notes, which gave Thorson an opportunity to think back on those who helped him get to this point.

"I've raced with some pretty awesome people," Thorson reminisced. "I got the majority of my USAC wins with Keith Kunz and that's where I learned the ropes of midget racing. And then, Darren Hagen, I lived with him when I grew up, and he showed me the way around about just how racing was and what I needed to do, and it's all helped pay off in the end."

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) finished a highly-impressive Rookie season with the series fourth in the standings in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, earning three total victories, two of which came on the November western swing, and rounding up the season with a second-place result. The Healing Tree added a $1,000 for the runner-up, bumping Kofoid's total earnings to $2,500 for the night.

Tyler Courtney came up one point short in the USAC National Midget championship battle to Chris Windom this season, earning five total victories. On Saturday at Merced, the Indianapolis, Ind. native led one lap late and finished third in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Turbo - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

By pushing off for hot laps earlier in the night, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) officially, officially clinched the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving title in his NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction/Spike/Speedway Toyota while Tucker-Boat Motorsports, likewise, collected its first entrant championship. The achievement made Windom just the seventh driver to join the USAC Triple Crown club by capturing a Silver Crown (2016), AMSOIL National Sprint Car (2017) and National Midget (2020) championship in his career.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-11.838 (New Track Record); 2. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-11.859; 3. Tanner Thorson, 25, Malloy-11.976; 4. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-11.980; 5. Chase Johnson, 19m, Bundy Built-12.009; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.022; 7. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.024; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.049; 9. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-12.073; 10. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.077; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.078; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.084; 13. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.137; 14. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.148; 15. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.190; 16. Dillon Welch, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.198; 17. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.212; 18. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.215; 19. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.226; 20. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.229; 21. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.239; 22. Zeb Wise, 97w, Wood-12.275; 23. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.282; 24. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.297; 25. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.298; 26. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.327; 27. Chance Crum, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.345; 28. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.416; 29. Chase Randall, 35, Petry-12.417; 30. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.437; 31. Ethan Mitchell, 98, RMS-12.452; 32. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.460; 33. Colby Johnson, 27D, Morris-12.466; 34. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.487; 35. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.488; 36. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.587; 37. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-12.598; 38. Jonathan Beason, 31K, Beilman-12.673; 39. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.745; 40. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-12.758; 41. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-12.766; 42. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.779; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.944; 44. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-12.944; 45. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-12.997; 46. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.240; 47. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.337; 48. Kevin Woody Jr., 1x, LKK-13.419; 49. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, DBR-13.443; 50. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-(Time of 12.411 disallowed); 51. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-(Time of 13.482 disallowed); 52. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Chase Randall, 8. Colby Johnson, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Ryan Robinson, 11. Blake Brannon, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Bryan Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Ben Worth, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jesse Love, 8. Jonathan Beason, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Brody Fuson, 11. Lance Bennett, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Thomas Meseraull. NT

AUTOMETER / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Jake Andreotti, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Robert Carson, 13. Ryan Bernal. NT

INDY RACE PARTS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Dillon Welch, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Matt Streeter, 12. Kevin Woody Jr. 2:10.950

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Jonathan Beason, 5. Colby Johnson, 6. Kaylee Bryson, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Jake Andreotti, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Matt Streeter, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Brody Fuson, 14. Bryan Drollinger, 15. Kevin Woody Jr., 16. Blake Brannon, 17. Robert Carson, 18. Ryan Robinson, 19. Randi Pankratz. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Colby Copeland, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Cole Bodine, 10. Jesse Love, 11. Andrew Layser, 12. Dillon Welch, 13. Frankie Guerrini, 14. Brenham Crouch, 15. Maria Cofer, 16. Ethan Mitchell, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Chase Randall. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson* (23), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryan Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby* (24), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810 (New Track Record)

* represents a provisional starter

**Thomas Meseraull flipped during the second heat. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 15-17 Tanner Thorson, Laps 18-24 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 25 Tyler Courtney, Lap 26 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 27-30 Tanner Thorson.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,779, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,778, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,751, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,707, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,532, 6-Daison Pursley-1,348, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,271, 8-Justin Grant-1,179, 9-Andrew Layser-1,133, 10-Cole Bodine-1,128.

FINAL OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-226, 2-Tanner Thorson-125, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Logan Seavey-102, 5-Robert Ballou-101, 6-Cannon McIntosh-97, 7-Justin Grant-96, 8-Shane Cottle-96, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Buddy Kofoid

Indy Race Parts/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Tanner Carrick (21st to 16th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Jonathan Beason

 

 

IT'S ALL MESERAULL IN MERCED'S USAC MIDGET DEBUT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 20, 2020).........For Thomas Meseraull, that coveted first points-paying race victory with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets was two decades in the making when he notched win number one in October.

Just a month and change later, Meseraull was celebrating victory number two on Friday night following the series' first ever event at California's Merced Speedway. It was the San Jose, Calif. native's first career USAC National points feature triumph that occurred in his home state.

Meseraull led the final 21 laps of the 30-lap feature, then endured a green-white-checkered finish to put the finishing touches on a winning performance in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

His inauspicious beginnings to the west coast swing over the past week had resulted in finishes of 16th, 12th and 23rd in his three most recent outings entering Merced, but it was certainly not due to a lack of effort.

"I'm super stoked, especially with all the time and energy and money that gets spent to come out here to the west coast," Meseraull said. "We haven't even broken the top-10 in the last three nights, and we've been really fast. Racing circumstances just haven't really played out."

In his first night out in the team's new coil car, which was inspired in part by Tanner Thorson's recent success with the set up, Meseraull's night began with a middling qualifying run of 18th against a 54-car field, which was the largest of the series' 2020 season. Meseraull responded with a heat race victory, which by virtue of a new rule implemented during the offseason, as a heat winner, he earned a feature starting position directly behind the six-car invert.

Slated to start seventh, Meseraull was elevated another position up the grid prior to the green flag due to fourth-starting Carson Macedo and team being late to staging, one of four teams that were docked two rows due to the penalty. Now starting sixth, Meseraull was entrenched in the top-three battle along with Tanner Carrick and Daison Pursley by the conclusion of the first lap.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates Pursley and Carrick went toe-to-toe throughout the early stages, racing side-by-side and exchanging sliders right on cue, Carrick leading the way to the line on eight of the first nine circuits with Pursley edging ahead on the fifth lap.

On the ninth lap, Meseraull upped the urgency level to 11 as he split his way between Carrick and Pursley to slot into second in turn three, then glided underneath Carrick between turns one and two to occupy the lead.

Not only was it the series' first trip to Merced, the visit was also Meseraull's racing debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval. His guide was his extensive experience and natural feel of the racetrack, while also having a weapon behind the wrenches that set the blueprint.

"Sometimes when running a new track, which I've never ran here before, you don't necessarily know where to run or where not to run, so you're just kind of winging it," Meseraull explained. "Hats off to (crew chief) Donnie Gentry for making the 7x good all night because the setup is so important in this along with our Speedway Toyota engine. If your motor is not geared right, you're just off. It was just a great night where we got our package together."

By the halfway point, Meseraull had launched to a 1.3 second advantage over Pursley, who had cleared Carrick a few moments later on the 18th lap for the runner-up position. Now clear, Pursley began to peddle back into contention as Meseraull now negotiated a maze of cars at the tail end of the lead lap.

Five to go, four to go, three to go, tick...tick, tick, tick, the hands of time began to recoil as the interval shrank to a half second between Meseraull and Pursley with three laps remaining. In that moment in time, Meseraull encountered Kaylee Bryson as he sought the proper path, low to middle to high, to overtake her and close it out while Pursley stayed the course up top.

With the white flag in sight coming out of turn four, Pursley lay just a handful of car lengths behind Meseraull. However, just as quickly as it seemed Pursley might be able to set up a possible bid for victory, it all came to a crashing halt when Pursley banged his right rear tire off the turn four cushion, then slapped the right rear against the outside front straightaway guardrail, causing him to barrel roll twice over before landing on all four wheels.

Pursley was uninjured, but his attempt at a first career USAC National Midget victory ended in an unsavory, crumpled heap along the main straightaway.

During the red flag period, Meseraull had time to ponder. He was fully cognizant of the fact that mistakes are forbidden during "winning time," but remained undoubtedly confident that what he'd been doing thus far to that point was being executed with precision.

"Honestly, we were really good, and I was kind of cheating the curb, I guess you could say, off turns two and four because it was so ledgy," Meseraull recalled. "You can't make mistakes while you're leading, or guys will get by you. I knew I could've maybe been running a faster spot, but we were pretty good where we were."

With a green-white-checkered finish in play to conclude the race, slide jobs are a foregone conclusion at this juncture in this sect of auto racing. However, Meseraull devised a plan win which he could still run his own race, but also prevent the inevitable slider from being issued by second-running Tanner Carrick on the final two-lap sprint.

"On the restart, I moved down and just ran two clean laps through the middle," Meseraull explained. "I didn't think anybody had anything to drive around the outside of us. This California air was really nice because that Toyota was ripping."

For Thomas Meseraull, Friday night at Merced Speedway marked the San Jose, Calif. native's first career USAC National points feature triumph that occurred in his home state. (Rich Forman Photo)

Carrick looked topside, and he looked low once the green dropped, but there was no avenue to pursue a path past him as Meseraull owned the middle line and flexed his muscle as he crossed under the checkered flag 0.452 sec. ahead of a season-best performance turned in by Carrick, with Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo and hard charger, Tanner Thorson (from 15th), rounding out the top-five.

While Friday night's Merced score was Meseraull's first USAC National Midget points win of his career in the state of California, it was not his first rodeo in victory lane with USAC Midgets in the Golden State. Previously, Meseraull had been victorious in three USAC Western States Midgets events between 2000-01 at Bakersfield, Stockton 99 and Perris. He also tallied a win in a 2004 USAC Midget special event at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

For the November western swing, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) made his return to KKM with whom he competed full-time for on the USAC National Midget trail between 2017-19. Carrick rewarded the team with a second-place finish Friday night at Merced, his best result of the 2020 season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/BBS Wheels - TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Carrick's KKM teammate, Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) returned to the podium for the first-time since his victory at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on Sept. 25 by earning a third-place result at Merced in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/TRD - Mobil1 - JBL Audio/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-12.051 (New Track Record); 2. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.064; 3. Jesse Love, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.071; 4. Chase Johnson, 25c, Malloy-12.087; 5. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.134; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.139; 7. Tanner Thorson, 25m, Malloy-12.169; 8. Zeb Wise, 97w, Wood-12.181; 9. Tanner Carrick, 98K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.185; 10. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.201; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.242; 12. Emerson Axsom, 15, Petry-12.245; 13. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.255; 14. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.258; 15. Logan Seavey, 19A, Reinbold/Underwood-12.265; 16. Justin Grant, 5, Petry-12.266; 17. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.268; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.300; 19. Mitchel Moles, 07w, Wood-12.309; 20. Chase Randall, 35, Petry-12.317; 21. Ryan Bernal, 87w, Wood-12.340; 22. Colby Johnson, 27D, Morris-12.367; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.370; 24. Michael Faccinto, 7J, Campbell-12.376; 25. Dillon Welch, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.422; 26. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.427; 27. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.435; 28. Frankie Guerrini, 63, F & F-12.447; 29. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-12.470; 30. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.482; 31. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.511; 32. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-12.531; 33. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.541; 34. Bryant Wiedeman, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.558; 35. Jonathan Beason, 31K, Beilman-12.571; 36. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-12.580; 37. Matt Streeter, 14JR, Streeter-12.600; 38. Chance Crum, 39, Clauson/Marshall-12.614; 39. Blake Bower, 10x, Boscacci-12.615; 40. Ryan Robinson, 71R, Morris-12.633; 41. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.693; 42. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.707; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.746; 44. Jake Morgan, 19w, Sala-12.800; 45. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.845; 46. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.936; 47. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-12.984; 48. Jarrett Soares, 12, Soares-13.030; 49. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.130; 50. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-13.236; 51. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.380; 52. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-13.425; 53. Kevin Woody Jr., 1x, LKK-13.776; 54. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.811.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Dillon Welch, 7. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Matt Streeter, 10. Robert Carson, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Kyle Larson, 13. Jake Andreotti, 14. Spencer Bayston. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Maria Cofer, 8. Cole Bodine, 9. Chance Crum, 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 11. Ben Worth, 12. Lance Bennett, 13. Colby Johnson. 2:06.569 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Brenham Crouch, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Hayden Reinbold, 11. Blake Brannon, 12. Jarrett Soares, 13. Tyler Courtney. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Chase Randall, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Frankie Guerrini, 9. Jake Morgan, 10. Kevin Woody Jr., 11. Blaze Bennett, 12. Chase Johnson. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Hayden Reinbold, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Jonathan Beason, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Matt Streeter, 10. Brody Fuson, 11. Jake Morgan, 12. Ben Worth, 13. Kyle Beilman, 14. Jake Andreotti, 15. Jarrett Soares, 16. Blake Brannon, 17. Kevin Woody Jr., 18. Randi Pankratz, 19. Robert Carson, 20. Lance Bennett, 21. Blake Bower. NT

INDY METAL FINISHING/ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Tyler Courtney, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Dillon Welch, 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 11. Brenham Crouch, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Cole Bodine, 14. Hayden Reinbold, 15. Maria Cofer, 16. Chase Johnson, 17. Colby Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney* (23), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine* (24), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

* represents a provisional starter

**Dylan Ito flipped during qualifying. Jake Andreotti flipped during the first heat. Chase Johnson flipped during the fourth heat. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Tanner Carrick, Lap 5 Daison Pursley, Laps 6-9 Tanner Carrick, Laps 10-30 Thomas Meseraull.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-1,729, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,728, 3-Tanner Thorson-1,701, 4-Buddy Kofoid-1,657, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1,482, 6-Daison Pursley-1,298, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,221, 8-Justin Grant-1,129, 9-Andrew Layser-1,083, 10-Cole Bodine-1,078.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-225, 2-Tanner Thorson-122, 3-Kyle Cummins-108, 4-Logan Seavey-102, 5-Robert Ballou-101, 6-Justin Grant-96, 7-Shane Cottle-96, 8-Cannon McIntosh-95, 9-Brady Bacon-79, 10-Tyler Courtney-78.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP/USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 21, 2020 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Merced Midget Madness

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Spencer Bayston

Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

AutoMeter/Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Indy Race Parts/Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Michael Faccinto

Indy Metal Finishing/Rod End Supply Semi Winner: Spencer Bayston

KSE Racing Products/Rod End Supply Hard Charger: Tanner Thorson (15th to 5th)

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Logan Seavey

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Tyler Courtney

 

 

MERCED'S USAC MIDGET DEBUT CLOSES OUT 2020 SEASON NOV. 20-21

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Merced, California (November 18, 2020).........Merced Speedway will be the home of both firsts and lasts this weekend, Friday and Saturday, November 20-21.

First things first, for the first time ever, the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship will make the trek to the ¼-mile dirt oval. Lastly, the two events will mark the final two races of the 2020 season for the series.

The event will pay 50 appearance points across the board each night to all USAC National Midget licensed drivers and teams competing in the events.

Three expected entrants for the Merced event, Kyle Larson, Logan Seavey and Tanner Thorson, have all previously won USAC National Midget races in the Golden State of California. Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has won at Ventura twice, plus, Perris, Placerville and Bakersfield for a total of five wins, most among all active drivers. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was victorious at Bakersfield in 2018 and Thorson (Minden, Nev.) at Perris in 2015.

While USAC National Midgets have not previously competed at Merced, USAC Western States Midgets have raced there on two occasions, both in 2019. Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion, won there in April while Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the 2019 USAC Western States Midget titlist, captured victory in July.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), meanwhile, scored a BCRA Midget triumph at Merced in 2018 and led both USAC Western States Midget features in 2019 for a total of 24 laps.

This weekend's expectants entrant list includes several others with midget experience at Merced. Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.) was the runner-up with BCRA in April of 2017 while 2018 USAC Western States Midget champ Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) took 5th in the same show. Jesse Love (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished 6th at Merced in April of 2018.

In 2019 USAC Western States Midget action, 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic earned a 2nd place result in April. In that event, Mitchel Moles (Raisin, Calif.) was 3rd and Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) 5th. In July of last year, David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Midget Dirt champion, finished 4th.

Also in the star-flooded field are the past four USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driving champions: 2016-Thorson, 2017-Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), 2018-Seavey and 2019-Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), plus series point leader Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who has National championship experience with Silver Crown in 2016 and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2017 and leads the Midget standings by a single marker over Courtney.

While Windom hasn't officially clinched the title, with the two remaining nights of racing offering appearance points only, regardless of performance in the events, it all but ensures Windom's series crown.

Larson, Thorson, Seavey and Golobic are among the 11 USAC National Midget feature winners in the lineup alongside 2020 series winners Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) who won Tuesday's race at Bakersfield, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), plus two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.).

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Rookie of the Year from 2019, Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), will compete at Merced with the aim of winning his first USAC National feature of his career. Macedo reigned supreme in a Western States Midget feature at Hanford, Calif. in October. Cofer and Guerrini each won Western States mains at Petaluma, Calif. in October. The weekend's two Merced events are also non-points, special event races for the Western States series.

Along with Macedo, Merced will also be greeted by first-time USAC National Midget win seekers and have been mainstays on the national tour in 2020, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.).

Mix in 2014 Chili Bowl prelim winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), multi-time USAC Western Classic Sprint champ Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.), 2019 NARC King of the West titlist D.J. Netto (Hanford, Calif.), Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.) and Rookies Bryant Weideman (Colby, Kans.) and Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) as well as USAC veterans Kevin Woody Jr. (Victor, N.Y.), Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.), Lance Bennett (Parker, Colo.), Colby Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) and first-time entrants, Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), Ashlyn Rodriguez (Wilton, Calif.), 2016 USAC Western Restricted HPD Midget champion Blake Brannon (San Jose, Calif.) and Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.).

319 previous USAC National Midget event have been held in California. Billy Cantrell, Parnelli Jones and Billy Vukovich lead all drivers with 15 series wins in the state.

The grandstands are closed to all spectators for the events on each night at Merced. On Friday, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National & USAC Western States Midgets will also have the Hoosier Tire Winged 360 Sprint Cars presented by www.onefasttee.com.

Saturday at Merced, BCRA Midget Lites & Hobby Stocks will join the USAC Midgets. Both nights at Merced, pits open at 1pm with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5pm.

Each Merced race this weekend will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2Zs7zFP.

PROJECTED MERCED DRIVER ENTRIES:

07w MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin, CA

1x KEVIN WOODY JR./Victor, NY

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA

5 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA

5G BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

7J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA

9 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK

10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO

10B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO

15 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN

15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA

17JR RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA

19A LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ

19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC

19S SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN

21 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA

25c CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

25m TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV

27 COLBY JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA

27w COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA

31B JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Snohomish, WA

37m ASHLYN RODRIGUEZ/Wilton, CA

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN

39JR CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA

40 BLAKE BRANNON/San Jose, CA

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA

57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA

63 FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA

67K BRYANT WEIDEMAN/Colby, KS

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK

71K CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

71R RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA

71w KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA

81x DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA

83 AUSTIN LIGGETT/Tracy, CA

88N D.J. NETTO/Hanford, CA

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX

97K JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA

97w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA

98 CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO

98K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA

ZEB WISE/Angola, IN

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN CALIFORNIA: (1956-2020)

15-Billy Cantrell, Parnelli Jones & Billy Vukovich

11-Johnny Moorhouse

10-A.J. Foyt

9-Allen Heath

8-Jimmy Davies, Mel Kenyon & Ron Shuman

7-Hank Butcher & Don Horvath

6-George Benson, Stan Fox, Mike McGreevy & Sleepy Tripp

5-George Amick, Billy Boat, Jimmy Caruthers, Burt Foland, Kyle Larson & Bobby Olivero

4-Gary Bettenhausen, Johnny Boyd, Chuck Gurney, Danny McKnight, George Snider & Shorty Templeman

3-Christopher Bell, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Bobby East, Billy Engelhart, Page Jones, Davey Moses, Lowell Sachs, Johnnie Tolan & Rich Vogler

2-Johnny Baldwin, Bryan Clauson, Terry Farrar, Billy Garrett, Joe Garson, Jeff Heywood, Tracy Hines, Bob Hogle, P.J. Jones, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, Earl Motter, Kevin Olson, Larry Rice, Tony Simon, Cliff Spalding, Dave Steele, Dave Strickland, Dave Strickland Jr. & J.J. Yeley

1-Mike Appio, Caleb Armstrong, Dick Atkins, Brady Bacon, Paul Bates, Tony Bettenhausen, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Roy Cook Jr., Tommy Copp, Kevin Doty, Edgar Elder, Robby Flock, Joe Gaerte, Rick Goudy, Darren Hagen, Jordan Hermansader, Dean Holden, Rick Hood, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Bubby Jones, Brent Kaeding, Buddy Kofoid, Jerry McClung, Roger McCluskey, Don Meacham, Andy Michner, Warren Mockler, Russ Moynagh, Danny Oakes, Jan Opperman, Wally Pankratz, Johnnie Parsons, Johnny Parsons, Gary Patterson, Larry Patton, Henry Pens, Gary Ponzini, Porky Rachwitz, Keith Rauch, Bobby Santos, Gio Scelzi, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist, Tom Sellberg, Sam Sessions, Jimmy Sills, Ned Spath, Tony Stewart, Bob Tattersall, Tanner Thorson, Bobby Unser, Bob Veith, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Billy Wease, Bob Wente & Tommy White

 

 

 


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