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SANTOS' SILVER CROWN RESURGENCE ROLLS INTO OHIO FRIDAY FOR TOLEDO'S 50TH USAC EVENT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Toledo, Ohio has been a home to USAC racing dating back to the club's inception in 1956. Over the past six decades, no driver has won more USAC races in the "Glass City" than did hometown hero, Rollie Beale, who won five USAC Sprint Car races on the half-mile, high-banked paved oval between 1971 and 1976.

However, this Friday night, July 28, at Toledo's Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic," one driver has an opportunity to do something not even the great Beale was able to accomplish, nor anyone else for that matter.

Bobby Santos snagged a USAC National Sprint Car victory in 2006 and a National Midget win in 2009, but another checkered flag this Friday would send him into a stratosphere of his own. A win would make him the only driver to win in all three USAC National divisions at Toledo.

The Franklin, Massachusetts native has two Silver Crown starts at Toledo, including a 3rd place run in 2012 and a 16th in 2015 after being involved in an early race accident. Santos has seen a major resurgence in 2017 after not seeing USAC victory lane for two years. He has two victories this season at Phoenix Raceway in April and just last Thursday at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. His only finish outside the "top-one" was a 2nd at LOR in May.

In fact, Santos' recent hot streak included a stop at Toledo last Friday where he was victorious in the 40-lap King of the Wing Sprint Car Shootout.

The last time USAC was on hand at Toledo, Tanner Swanson walked away from a vicious turn one crash while leading at the halfway mark. Older brother Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, California carried on after the incident to nab his second win there following his 2011 triumph. The current Silver Crown point leader has already scored on the pavement once this season at LOR in May. One more win would prove to be historic, though, as that would move him past Brian Tyler for second all-time in career Silver Crown wins with 18.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. has been "Mr. Consistency" throughout his career, but especially in his previous four trips to Toledo where he's been 1st, 4th, 1st and 4th. If you're a fan of mathematical sequences and patterns, then you'll certainly love the USAC Triple Crown champ's chances for victory in this Friday in the 100-lapper.

Additional expected entrants who have previous Toledo Silver Crown experience include Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne, who led 69 of the 100 laps at Phoenix before finishing 3rd. Byrne is a veteran of two Silver Crown starts at Toledo - a 12th in 2011 and a 6th in 2015.

Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce has one start and one top-five finish at Toledo - a 5th in 2015. The driver who owns the fastest official lap in Silver Crown racing history is coming off a strong 3rd place result at LOR last Thursday.

Jacob Wilson of Crawfordsville, Indiana has yet to compete on the pavement this season with the Silver Crown Series, but the two-time Little 500 champ and Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial winner will certainly be a threat as evidenced by his runner-up finishes in a National Sprint race in 2009 and the series' most recent Silver Crown meeting at Toledo in 2015.

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois is the defending Silver Crown champion, but has yet to turn a wheel in Silver Crown competition at Toledo in his career. Although, he has made a pair of sprint car appearances (24th in 2007 & 3rd in 2011) and a single midget start (13th in 2007).

Beale, the late 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ and series official will be remembered as the Silver Crown cars take on Toledo Speedway for the event that bears his name. Pits open at 1:30 with two sessions of Silver Crown practice scheduled from 4:30-5pm and 5:25-5:45pm. Silver Crown ProSource Qualifying is set for 6:45 while the night's racing program will get underway at 7:30pm (Times Subject to Change).

Advance adult tickets are just $20, but $25 if purchased on the day of the event. Advance sales end at 5pm Thursday, July 27. Children Age 6-12 can receive admission for $3. Children 5 & Under are FREE! (All seating is general admission). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

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USAC SPRINT CAR SEASON'S 2ND HALF GETS HOT START IN KANSAS/MISSOURI THIS SAT./SUN.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As the sun sets on the month of July, through the smoke, the rain and the shine, the figurative flagman has displayed the crossed flags on another spectacular racing season.

Or perhaps, like Punxsutawney Phil, the flagman has seen his own shadow, indicating the season still has several weeks and months remaining until the winter doldrums set in.

In either case, the view has become clearer and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship picture has been framed with a group of contenders who have separated themselves from the rest of the field.

This coming weekend, those contenders rise to the forefront in a pair of races that can spring a team into harmony or find a team tumble into a sea of disarray.

After a flourishing July for some and a rough-and-tumble July for others, drivers and teams must pull out their compasses to either maintain their course or rediscover the correct path in order to get themselves back on track. Up, down, east or west, destiny lies ahead this weekend when USAC's stars are put to the test.

Saturday night, July 29th, the USAC Sprints return for its now annual visit to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The surfaces may have changed over the years from pavement to dirt, but the 4/10-mile oval has routinely provided its share of memorable moments.

Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou lived up to his "Madman" moniker over the last couple of years, taking his first USAC National Sprint Car victory at the track in 2015 when he carved up the field like a Thanksgiving Day turkey above the cush on his way to one of his 13 wins that season and his first series title.

One year later, Ballou once again dominated to score the win on night one of the doubleheader. One night later, Thomas Meseraull's car caught fire during a red flag period. T-Mez stayed in his machine and stayed on the throttle to extinguish eventual series champ Brady Bacon's lead coming to the white flag and closing out his second and final win of 2016.

It's been quite a long-time since the USAC National Sprint Cars have made the trek to Moberly, Missouri's Randolph County Raceway, site of this Sunday night's series return. 28 years to be exact! In the lone visit back in 1989, Rich Vogler and the Hoffman Auto Racing team pulled off a rarity with each winning their only career wing sprint car feature under the USAC banner. It was the Hoffman team's first of four victories in the "Show-Me State" at four different tracks, a list that also includes I-70 Speedway, I-44 Speedway and Lake Ozark Speedway.

Current Hoffman shoe, Chad Boespflug, aims to be the one to get the fifth for the Hoffmans this Sunday. The Hanford, California native has one win this season and recently regained his racing mojo in the latter half of Indiana Sprint Week after a tumultuous June.

Only two drivers stand in front of Boespflug in the latest standings - Justin Grant and Chris Windom. Ione, California's Grant leads St. Louis resident Windom by 23 points heading into this weekend's pair of races. Grant's season-long stranglehold on the point lead relented for a single race during "Indiana Sprint Week" following Bloomington, but Grant made a surge back to the front a night later at Tri-State where he maintains his advantage.

Following his capture of the ISW title, Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. holds down the fourth spot while Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney secures fifth.

Saturday night at Lakeside, the pit gate opens at 4:30pm while spectator gates open at 5pm. Cars hit the track at 6:45pm. (Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $20. Seniors (65+), Military, Seniors and Students with proper ID can get in for just $15 while Children (ages 12 & under) are FREE! Suite passes are $25 and pit passes are $30.

Sunday night at Randolph County, front gates open at 4pm with on-track activity set for 5pm. (Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $25 (Buy one, get one FREE!). Teens 13-17 are $10 while kids 12 & under are FREE!

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 22, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.523; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.622; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.738; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett- 16.812; 5. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.857; 6. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.900; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.914; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.941; 9. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.015; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.033; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.101; 12. Matt Mitchell, 73, Ford-17.119; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.200; 14. Stevie Sussex, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.262; 15. Chad Boespflug, 42, Cheney-17.284; 16. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-17.346; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.353; 18. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.381; 19. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.477; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.477; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.533; 22. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.615; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.635; 24. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.809; 25. Greg Alexander, 23, Bellegante-17.858; 26. Don Gansen, 7G, Gansen-18.378; 27. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.785; 28. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Spencer, 4. Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. Malcolm, 7. Alexander. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Sussex, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Ellertson, 7. D.Gansen. 2:54.79

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Boespflug, 3. Adams, 4. Faria, 5. St. James, 6. Marshall, 7. C.Williams. 2:56.24

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Gansen, 2. A.Williams, 3. Liggett, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Mitchell, 6. McCarthy. 2:57.21

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Mitchell, 3. Alexander, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Williams, 6. McCarthy, 7. St. James, 8. Marshall, 9. D.Gansen. 3:43.22

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Max Adams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Danny Faria Jr., 12. Stevie Sussex, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Verne Sweeney, 20. Matt Mitchell, 21. Greg Alexander, 22. Bruce St. James, 23. Logan Williams.NT

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**Malcolm flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (15th to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: August 5 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

DMA CHAMP PIERSON GRABS 1ST USAC/ARDC WIN AT BIG DIAMOND

Pottsville, PA........USAC Speed2 DMA Midget Champion Adam Pierson of Bradford, Vt. led all 20 laps to win Friday night's USAC Regional Midget feature presented by ARDC at Big Diamond Speedway. The win was Pierson's first in USAC/ARDC action as he beat new point leader Alex Bright, Trevor Kobylarz, Shawn Jackson and Ryan Greth.

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2017 - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - Big Diamond Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. Brett Arndt (#46 Arndt), 6. Randy Mausteller (#21 Mausteller), 7. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 8. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Kenney Johnson (#46k Johnson), 2. Tim Buckwalter, (#29 Seymour), 3. Ryan Greth (#4R Lesher), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7J Jackson), 5. P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), 6. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher), 7. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Trevor Kobylarz, 4. Shawn Jackson, 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Kenny Miller, 7. P.J. Gargiulo, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Jason Rice, 10. Randy Mausteller, 11. Jay Hartman, 12. Kenney Johnson, 13. Brett Arndy, 14. Josh Heckman, 15. Tim Buckwalter. NT --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 20 Pierson.

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS Presented by ARDC: 1- A.Bright-943, 2-Greth-935, 3-Jackson-792, 4-Miller-762, 5-Pierson-676, 6-Hartman-631, 7-Kobylarz-609, 8-Heckman-548, 9-Layser-530, 10-Brenden Bright-462.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACE Presented by ARDC: July 29 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - 16th Annual "York County Nationals"

 

SANTOS RECLAIMS THRONE AT LOR'S "RICH VOGLER/USAC HALL OF FAME CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........From 2006 through the early part of the 2010s, Lucas Oil Raceway was Bobby Santos' jam. It was a place that had become special to the Franklin, Massachusetts driver, for it was there that he scored his first career USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car victories. Along the way, he tallied enough of them at LOR to place him within the top-five on the track's all-time USAC win list.

Yet, after 2012, the win column at the .686-mile paved oval was void of Santos as the Swanson brothers (Tanner and Kody) began their era of domination, notching wins in seven of the eight Silver Crown races held at the place since Santos' last triumph in 2012.

Thursday night, the Santos era was reborn at LOR as he outdueled Tanner Swanson early in the going, then held the point for the remainder of the 100-lapper despite having to withstand constant heavy pressure from Swanson for the majority of the event to earn his eighth overall victory at LOR, tying him with the event's namesake Rich Vogler on the track's all-time win list after capturing the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic."

Ever since he was a child, Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly known as Indianapolis Raceway Park) was a special place for Santos, even long before he ever first set foot on the property.

"I grew up always hearing about it as a kid in Massachusetts," Santos recalls. "Then, I got the opportunity to come here and race against guys like Dave Steele, J.J. Yeley and Tracy Hines. From the first time I came here 13 years ago, I've always loved this place. It just took to my driving style right away. I won some races here, but since then I've been off. For a couple of those years, I fell out of love with it, but now I'm back in love with it."

The perception of USAC Silver Crown (presented by TRAXXAS) racing is that the 100-lap races are marathons and not sprints. Drivers will settle into a groove until about halfway before making their move. The opening laps of Thursday's race were anything but as pole sitter Tanner Swanson and third-starting Bobby Santos waged war in a wheel-to-wheel, side-by-side fistfight for the first three circuits, each taking their turn at the front: Santos (lap 1), Swanson (lap 2) and Santos once again on the third lap where he would finally secure the spot.

"They're long races and it's important to pace yourself, but at the same time, sometimes you have to make things happen early," Santos explains. "I got by Tanner, then pinned him down on the bottom and made him work harder than I was working those first five laps. As crazy as it sounds, I think that pinning him down on those first five laps made a difference in my car versus his at the end."

Tanner acknowledges the importance of track position, especially at a place like LOR where it may take multiple laps to set up and complete a pass.

"It's tough here because it's so narrow on entry," Tanner details. "You've got spotters, so you know if a guy's going to try do something to you. They can kind of protect their line if they need to, which we all do. When you're racing guys as good as Bobby Santos, my brother Kody and Aaron Pierce, they know where to put their car so it's hard to get around them. If you've got two cars going the same speed, that makes it tough on you."

By the 15th lap, Santos led a four-car breakaway with Tanner Swanson, Kody Swanson and Aaron Pierce in hot pursuit as the frontrunners finally settled in. At that point, and through much of the first half, Santos admits that when he distanced himself from Tanner for a bit, he thought he had it "nice and smooth." However, following a lap 42 restart, the sprint began.

Third-running Kody Swanson lost two spots on the front-straightaway as the green flag waved, dropping him to fifth as Pierce and Jerry Coons, Jr. scooted by for third and fourth, respectively. Meanwhile, Tanner hung right with Santos and was ready to pounce if the opportunity arose.

"They're long races and it's important to pace yourself, but at the same time, sometimes you have to make things happen early," Santos explains. "I got by Tanner, then pinned him down on the bottom and made him work harder than I was working those first five laps. As crazy as it sounds, I think that pinning him down on those first five laps made a difference in my car versus his at the end." - Bobby Santos - (John Mahoney Photo)

On lap 58, Tanner took a chance on Santos as they came up to lap Tyler Courtney who was making his pavement Silver Crown debut. Santos, the master craftsman that he is, executed the first of several lapped cars without a flinch, denying Tanner a golden opportunity. Though lapped cars can be disruptive to the leaders at times, often they can prove to be just as beneficial. Either way, they have, and always will be, a part of the deal.

"Lapped cars are tough," Santos plainly states. "Everyone did a good job holding their line. Some of them were on the top and some of them were on the bottom, so we had to go inside and out. I think a handful of us are pretty fast here and you're going to deal with lapped cars. It's part of the race and, sometimes, being the guy out front is actually a disadvantage with lapped cars. I just had to work hard to not allow that to hurt us."

Santos and Tanner remained tied together in this high-speed dance, separated by no more than, at most, two car lengths at any point. Each time, it appeared Santos had won another battleground by overtaking another lapped car. Yet, each time, there was Tanner, mimicking Santos' every move and losing absolutely no ground.

Lap after lap, Tanner was Tom and Santos was Jerry in this game of cat-and-mouse when they were finally able to clear the bulk of lapped traffic with 25 to go, leaving no traffic ahead of them for half a track. The breathing room would quickly subside as the two re-entered rush hour with 15 remaining, but if Tanner was waiting for a mistake by Santos down the stretch, he wasn't seeing it as Santos was picture perfect after both dove under Coons with 11 to go.

Tanner was waiting, watching and thinking where he could make his move. An opportunity appeared to be on the horizon as a four-car group battled two and three-wide a half-straightaway ahead. Tanner knew this was the spot he'd been anxiously waiting for.

"I ended up getting Kody in lapped traffic here in the July race a couple years ago," Tanner remembers. "That's your best chance to make a move. I tried to get up on the horse and run him down before we got to them. It's tough to tell where lapped cars are going which makes it tough to make a play on a guy."

Approaching the gaggle with cautious optimism, that opportunity nearly blew up in front of both Santos and Tanner with eight laps to go as Annie Breidinger, having a solid top-ten run in her series debut, got sideways and tagged the turn three SAFER barrier before continuing on in front of the leaders. That brought out the yellow, thus sending the lapped cars to the tail and presenting a clear track ahead for Santos and Tanner on the green-white-checkered restart.

Though disappointed by the yellow, a chance still existed. After all, during a green-white-checkered run to end May's event, it was Santos who beat Tanner for second.

"I was going to try and make it exciting," Tanner admits. "But we just didn't get that good of a restart. The motor stumbled a little bit and that was all she wrote. You just can't give a guy like Bobby Santos two car-lengths with two laps to go. He knows how to finish off these races."

That, he did. Santos picked up the throttle and, as he did, for 400 consecutive turns, did not turn a wheel wrong and finished off a Hall of Fame-worthy performance on a night honoring the 12 newest inductees to the USAC Hall of Fame, defeating Tanner Swanson, Aaron Pierce, Kody Swanson and Chris Windom to the line for his eighth career Silver Crown victory, moving him into sole possession of 13th on the all-time Silver Crown win list.

It's been a storybook beginning to Santos's season in his DJ Racing/Simpson Race Products/Beast/VDS Chevy, following a win at Phoenix in April, a second at LOR in May and now another victory at LOR heading into next Friday's Hemelgarn Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic at Ohio's Toledo Speedway.

Speaking of fitness, that is something that Santos took to heart in the offseason as he aimed to get back on top of his game.

"I never thought it was important when I was young," the 31-year-old Santos admits. "But the last couple years, it's come into play for me. This year is the best I've felt in a long time. As you get older, you've got to do it. I just learned that the hard way the last couple years."

Just as important, though, is the dedication he and the DJ Racing crew had on getting their racecar better. It's a racecar that Santos admits was a solid car the last couple years, but not a winning racecar until this year.

"We were disappointed with the way we've ran the last couple years," Santos said point blank. "We were good, but we were a third to fifth-place car. Winning races is what it's all about. It keeps making you work harder when you win. But when you're on a losing streak, it gets depressing and it's hard to get out of. This winter, we really went to work on getting our engine better, our car better and myself better. To this point, it's paying off."

Of course, continuously working on the car to get it more competitive is the ultimate goal of all who race, but when you have to deal with the likes of Kody and Tanner Swanson each time you compete, you are going to have your work cut out for you. It's something Santos realizes is not an easy task.

"We had to work our butt off for the last 70-plus laps," Santos stated. "Kody and Tanner are awesome. It's an honor to be able to beat those guys. They're two of the best and to beat them it means a lot. The last race here in May, we learned something and we finally got on the same page as those two guys. It feels great to retake the throne after this one, but I'm sure they'll be back strong the next time."

Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson's plans for this year called for competing in only three Silver Crown events and, the majority of the time, he makes the most of each opportunity as evidenced by a third and second in his two LOR runs this season. Tanner feels he didn't leave much on the table in his final event of 2017, but thinks he could've been more aggressive at certain times, in hindsight, in his Bowman Racing/Brickers Pub - Bowman Properties/Beast/Kistler Chevy.

"Santos had the car to beat all night," Tanner credits. "There at the beginning, I kind of played with him and didn't want to wear myself out. I probably should've been a little more aggressive and tried to get the lead there and set my own pace. He was moving at the start and when we got to about lap 50 or 60, I realized I was going to have to pressure him if I was going to do anything. We ran him down, but couldn't do much once we got there. I think last year we would've been able to lap the field like that. Everybody else has gotten their stuff figured out. We're just going to have to step up our game a little bit more."

Back in May's "Carb Night Classic," Muncie, Indiana's Aaron Pierce was a lapped car. This time around, he was a contender from the moment he first hit the track, finishing third in his Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - G & G Racing Fuel/Beast/Chevy.

"We've been coming here for the last few years," Pierce begins. "We've qualified fifth and we've run fifth. We had fast time a couple years ago and had a good car that night, but we just couldn't get our car to race well. I think we learned a little bit tonight. In May, they lapped us, so at least we're on the same straightaway with them now. Maybe if we can pick it up, learn a little more from them and use what we learned, we can be up here again next time. I kick myself a lot of times for not running hard enough at the beginning. I told myself tonight that I wasn't going to take it easy at the beginning. I was going to try to run as fast as I could run the whole race."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway include Tanner Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Annie Breidinger (KSE Hard Charger) and Joss Moffatt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2017 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler USAC Hall of Fame Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.038; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.045; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-21.085; 4. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.319; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn/Carli-21.386; 6. Ryan Newman, 2v, Vance-21.498; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 20, Nolen-21.555; 8. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.616; 9. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-21.618; 10. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-21.764; 11. Joe Axsom, 120, Nolen-21.915; 12. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, RPM/Gormly-22.127; 13. Kevin Studley, 57, Studley-22.209; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.728; 15. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-22.751; 16. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-22.891; 17. Tyler Courtney, 99, RPM/Gormly-23.145; 18. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-23.236; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-23.420; 20. Annie Briedinger, 80, Briedinger-24.053; 21. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Tanner Swanson, 3. Aaron Pierce, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. David Byrne, 9. Davey Hamilton, Jr., 10. Annie Briedinger, 11. Kevin Studley, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Joe Axsom, 18. Ryan Newman, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Damion Gardner, 21. Shane Cottle. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Santos, Lap 2 T.Swanson, Laps 3-100 Santos.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Annie Briedinger (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joss Moffatt

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-341, 2-Windom-290, 3-Coons-278, 4-Byrne-237, 5-Santos-213, 6-Pierce-197, 7-Grant-192, 8-Gardner-184, 9-T.Swanson-167, 10-Liguori-154.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): July 28 - Toledo (Ohio) Speedway - Hemelgarn Racing Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic"

 

 

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

July 20, 2017 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Rich Vogler USAC Hall of Fame Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-21.038; 2. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-21.045; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ Racing-21.085; 4. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-21.319; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-21.386; 6. Ryan Newman, 2v, Vance-21.498; 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-21.555; 8. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.616; 9. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-21.618; 10. Chris Windom, 92, 21.764; 11. Joe Axson, 120, Nolen-21.915; 12. Davey Hamilton Jr., 98, PRM/Gormly-22.127; 13. Kevin Studley, 57, Studley-22.209; 14. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-22.728; 15. Bill Rose,75, Rose-22.751; 16. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-22.891; 17. Tyler Courtney, 99, RPM/Gormly-23.145; 18. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams & Wright-23.236; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-23.420; 20. Annie Briedinger, 80, Briedinger-24.053; 21. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Bobby Santos, 2. Tanner Swanson, 3. Aaron Pierce, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. David Byrne, 9. Davey Hamilton Jr., 10. Annie Briedinger, 11. Kevin Studley, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Joss Moffatt, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Patrick Lawson, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Joe Axsom, 18. Ryan Newman, 19. Bill Rose, 20. Damion Gardner, 21. Shane Cottle. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 2 Santos, Lap 2 T.Swanson, Laps 3-100 Santos.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Annie Briedinger (20th-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joss Moffatt.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-K.Swanson-341, 2-Windom-290, 3-Coons-278, 4-Byrne-237, 5-Santos-213, 6-Pierce-197, 7-Grant-192, 8-Gardner-184, 9-T.swanson-167, 10-Liguori-154.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): July 28 - Toledo (Ohio) Raceway - Hemelgarn Racing Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic"

 

Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series

MICHAEL FACCINTO GRABS PETALUMA “HALL OF FAME RACE”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 19, 2017… Slipping past a bicycling Ronnie Gardner on the lap 23 restart, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored last Saturday’s “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” at Petaluma Speedway. Co-sanctioned with BCRA, the 30-lap triumph was Faccinto’s first Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget victory of the season. Frankie Guerrini, Alex Schutte, Shannon McQueen, and Danny Carroll rounded out the top-five drivers.

With four official lead changes and four different leaders, the main event showcased torrid battles for position on the heavy Petaluma surface. Second starting Frankie Guerrini grabbed the early lead and quickly felt pressure from Courtney Crone. As Guerrini’s mount wheelied several times on the hooked up adobe clay, Crone managed to grab the top spot on the lap fourteen. Looking for her first series win, Courtney’s lead was taken by Ronnie Gardner six laps later.

While most racers chose the bottom line, the eighth starting Gardner preferred the top groove against a stout cushion. Several caution flags slowed the action and Gardner, who earlier won the companion winged 360 sprint car main, lost the lead to Faccinto on a restart. Saving his mount and losing a few positions, Gardner made his way back to third, only to flip along with the second running Crone on the backstretch. Both drivers were ok as Gardner returned to action and a shaken Crone was done for the night. Faccinto ran away from the competition and won his second Petaluma “Hall of Fame Race.”

Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35 CP Carrillo / OZV Spike, Michael Faccinto earned his fifth career series win after starting sixth. Qualifying second out of 23 racers, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic winner placed third in his heat race. To date, Michael ranks fifth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Award, three top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led.

After leading the opening 13 laps, a resurging Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) took second in the Petaluma feature. Driving the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was seventh quick overall and ran second to Danny Carroll in his heat race. The 2015 BCRA Champion is currently third in the standings with four top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) charged from fifth to third in the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race.” Piloting the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte qualified fourth overall and took fourth in his heat race. The 2010 Champion is eleventh in points with two top-10 finishes and 12 feature laps led to his credit.

After a last corner scramble, Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) emerged with a fourth place finish from ninth at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Boss, McQueen was ninth fast in time trials and scored third in her heat race. The 2012 Champion is tenth in the point chase with one top-10 finish on the season.

Danny Carroll (Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia) took fifth at the Petaluma checkered flags after starting twelfth. Racing Sean Dodenhoff’s #9C Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Carroll qualified thirteenth overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1.

J.R. Williams (Carson City, Nevada) earned the night’s Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger / Best Passing Job honors with a twelfth place run from twenty-third. Piloting his #74 Carson City Dodge-Chrysler / Les Schwab Tire Spike, Williams was twenty-third fast in time trials and scored eighth in his heat race.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner took third in his heat race and rebounded to score sixth in the main event. To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) raced to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott qualified fourteenth overall and ran seventh in the feature after slowing through the last corners. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year is second in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby was twelfth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event. To date, Robert is sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and two top-10 finishes.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will take a break before returning to action on Saturday, August 19th, at Mike Kappmeyer’s Santa Maria Raceway. The fifth point race will also feature the Western RaceSaver 305 Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and WRA Vintage Cars. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” – Co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.635; 2. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.665; 3. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.679; 4. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.702; 5. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.842; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-14.892; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.931; 8. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.955; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.035; 10. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.093; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.117; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.220; 13. Danny Carroll, 9C, Dodenhoff-15.253; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.274; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.279; 16. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-15.367; 17. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.605; 19. Floyd Alvis, 1, Champion-15.897; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.959; 21. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.122; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.328; 23. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.750.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carroll, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Schutte, 5. Daniel, 6. Nichols, 7. Wait, 8. Alvis. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Crone, 3. Faccinto, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. Howard, 7. Beilman, 8. Williams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Ensign, 3. McQueen, 4. Cofer, 5. Dolacki, 6. Pankratz, 7. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Michael Faccinto (7th), 2. Frankie Guerrini (2nd), 3. Alex Schutte (5th), 4. Shannon McQueen (9th), 5. Danny Carroll (12th), 6. Ronnie Gardner (8th), 7. Cory Elliott (13th), 8. Maria Cofer (14th), 9. Randi Pankratz (18th), 10. Floyd Alvis (19th), 11. C.J. Sarna (10th), 12. J.R. Williams (23rd), 13. Courtney Crone (1st), 14. Terry Nichols (16th), 15. Robert Dalby (11th), 16. Tyler Dolacki (3rd), 17. David Prickett (4th), 18. Britton Bock (21st), 19. Kyle Beilman (20th), 20. Sparky Howard (17th), 21. Geoff Ensign (6th), 22. Mason Daniel (15th), 23. Nate Wait (22nd). NT ------------------------------------ **Wait flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Crone and Gardner flip on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Guerrini, Laps 14-19 Crone, Laps 20-23 Gardner, Laps 24-30 Faccinto. ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.R. Williams (23rd to 12th)

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-307, 2. Cory Elliott-280, 3. Frankie Guerrini-251, 4. Courtney Crone-237, 5. Michael Faccinto-220, 6. Robert Dalby-186, 7. Terry Nichols-178, 8. David Prickett-177, 9. Randi Pankratz-175, 10. Shannon McQueen-147, 11. Alex Schutte-138, 12. Mason Daniel-137, 13. Maria Cofer-130, 14. Tyler Dolacki-113, 15. C.J. Sarna-108, 16. Robby Josett-101, 17. Shane Golobic-81, 18. J.J. Ercse-80, 19. Jake Swanson-79, 20. Geoff Ensign-78.

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

PERRIS HOSTS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE THIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 20, 2017... This Saturday, July 22nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are back in action at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the eighth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT RACER’S FIRST EVENT and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 197 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and 34 different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 42 wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. This year, Richard Vander Weerd won the March 4th “Sokola Shootout” and Gardner won the April 1st “So Cal Showdown” and the “Salute to Indy” on May 27th. R.J. Johnson topped the 30-lap main event on June 24th. A complete Perris series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering Saturday’s event, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has an eighteen point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Scott Sales Company Spike, Gardner scored third at Santa Maria on July 1st. To date, the five-time champion has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the season. “The Demon” leads all drivers with 73 USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with another Perris victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the #91R BR Performance owned HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa ran second to Max Adams at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Champion has posted one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first “home track” win.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer finished eighth at the July 1st main event. To date, the five-time champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. Mike ranks second with 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking for his first Perris victory since November 3, 2012.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson placed fourth in the Santa Maria main event. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated Semi-Main win, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams ran sixth at the Santa Maria checkered flags. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking to earn his sixth feature triumph.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Richard Vander Weerd, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Max Adams, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Eddie Tafoya, and more.

A strong contingent of Arizona racers and cars will join the action. 4-time USAC SouthWest Champion and June 24th Perris winner R.J. Johnson will be joined by Stevie Sussex, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, and “The Real American” Matt Rossi. 4-time USAC Western States Midget Champion Ronnie Gardner of California will be at the helm of Robbie & Gaye Allen’s potent #12 machine.

“The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug will fly from Indiana to pilot Dwight Cheney’s #42 Maxim and Don Gansen will return to sprint car racing after a three year retirement.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Max Adams, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 42-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2- Austin Williams, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-520, 2. Brody Roa-502, 3. Mike Spencer-467, 4. Jake Swanson-437, 5. Austin Williams-407, 6. Cody Williams-386, 7. Logan Williams-343, 8. Chris Gansen-291, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-289, 10. Matt McCarthy-246, 11. Tommy Malcolm-240, 12. Max Adams-231, 13. Jeremy Ellertson-229, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-199, 15. Kyle Edwards-182, ... Jace Vander Weerd-182, 17. Verne Sweeney-159, ... Ronnie Gardner-159, 19. A.J. Bender-157, 20. Parker Colston-153.

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN TO PAY TRIBUTE TO FALLEN RACING HEROES IN THURSDAY'S VOGLER/HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Johnny Vance's stealth black Beast with its golden yellow lettering and shimmering cherry red wheels was one of those cars that always caught your attention, even as it sat still in the pit area.

Though it had been four years since the Aristocrat Products USAC Silver Crown car had competed in an event, there was always that suspicion that the Dayton, Ohio-based beauty out of Dayton, Ohio would roll out of the trailer and make its return to an event somewhere along the line.

After Vance's passing in June of this year, those hopes seemed to be dashed as the realization came that one of the great USAC car owners of our time would no longer be in the trenches of competition after three-plus decades, three National car owner titles and 52 National wins.

But, alas, the roar of the engine under the hood of the No. 2 would no longer remain silent as arrangements were made to have 2008 Daytona 500 winner and 1999 USAC Silver Crown champ Ryan Newman take the wheel of Johnny's car once again for one more ride in this Thursday night's "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

The car was fired up for the first time this past Monday at Mike Bowman's shop. The car was put together as the crew went through everything with a fine-tooth comb to make sure everything would be a go. Once the letters "NEWMAN" were adorned across the visor, the ride was officially Newman's, a ride that is especially important in light of recent events.

"Johnny's stepson (Jonathan Hadaya) and Johnny's widow (Fadia) gave me permission to take the car over to Bowman's shop to get it ready for the race," Newman explains. "To me, this is about paying tribute at the Rich Vogler Classic. That makes it very special for me to be able to jump in this car."

The abundance of tributes to our recently fallen racing heroes are linked between Vance's car and the namesake of the race, Rich Vogler. Newman was the recipient of the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship, which he used to pursue an engineering degree at Purdue University. Vogler was Vance's first driver in 1981 after purchasing the equipment from the late Don Seibert. The driver who had the ride in Vance's sprinter immediately prior to Newman was Dave Steele, who lost his life this past March in a racing crash at DeSoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida. In addition, the last driver to turn a lap at speed in Vance's Silver Crown car prior to Monday was Bryan Clauson during a test at Lucas Oil Raceway a few years back. Clauson lost his life in an accident at the "Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals" last August.

The significance of the track is not lost on Newman either. The .686-mile paved oval is where Vance won his final USAC race as a car owner, with Tracy Hines, in July of 2010. Yet, it's also the venue that hosted both Newman's first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999, both of which were televised on ESPN's "Saturday Night Thunder" program. It was an era and a showcase that Newman believes served as a launching pad for an opportunity in NASCAR.

"Oh, it's huge," Newman acknowledges. "There's a lot of people who, due to the (ESPN Thunder) TV shows, became famous in the open wheel world because of IRP. The quality and quantity of good racecars and racecar drivers that competed on that racetrack, made it the place to race and the place to win."

Fittingly, Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis Raceway Park as it was known at the time) was the location of Newman's first USAC Sprint Car start for Vance in August of 1999, a second-place finish behind Vance's former driver, Dave Steele. But it was an auspicious beginning for Newman and Vance that included a productive, but brief tryout at the famed, lightning-fast high banks of eastern Indiana's Winchester Speedway, where Newman earned the ride.

"(Vance) auditioned me at Winchester Speedway," Newman recalls. "We met at the racetrack and he had Kenny Irwin, Jr. drive it first. It was just Johnny, Kenny and myself. We had problems with the car all afternoon; it was sputtering, missing and misfiring. We changed the mag, changed the fuel pump and changed a bunch of stuff before we realized we had a bad sparkplug. After changing out the sparkplugs, I finally got on the track where I ran about three laps before I came back onto pit lane. Johnny said, 'That's it. Load it up.' I said, 'What's the matter?' He said, 'That's all I needed to see!' It was pretty cool to have Kenny there. Kenny was Johnny's other son, his racing son, I guess you could say. For me, personally, to go to a place like Winchester and have Kenny there who had run so well for Johnny, it was really special."

Four days later, that three-lap Winchester test would work wonders as Newman drove to his first career USAC National Sprint win at the half-mile. The following May, Newman would win his second at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, which would prove to be both Newman and Vance's final USAC National Sprint Car wins.

The list of drivers who've won in Vance's equipment are some of the who's who of open-wheel short track racing: Vogler, Steve Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Jac Haudenschild, Joe Saldana, Gene Lee Gibson, Steve Butler, Jim Mahoney, Irwin, Steele, Tony Elliott and Tracy Hines. Ryan Newman is appreciative of the opportunity he had to race with an individual like Vance who was so entrenched in the sport in a variety of avenues.

"To drive one of his Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars was an honor," Newman praised Vance. "After I won the (Silver Crown) championship in 1999, he gave me an opportunity to defend it. He had an amazing career long before I drove his racecars. From what he did as a car owner and as a steward for USAC, he had seen it all and done it all. He sponsored cars, he owned cars and he knew what it took to win by always having a good driver and a good wrench." The summer Silver Crown race prior to Brickyard 400 weekend has become an annual tradition for Newman that allows him an opportunity to return to his roots and race with and against people he considers family. "Silver Crown cars are fun to drive and it's nice to go back and see people I consider family," Newman said. "It's just some of the faces are getting older like mine," Newman said with a laugh. "My whole family will be there - my mom, dad, sister and brother-in-law. I've never been to a high school reunion, but I imagine this is way cooler than that."

The 39-year-old South Bend, Indiana native has become one of the most successful drivers to transition from USAC to stock cars during his 16-year career as a full-time competitor in NASCAR's premier series that includes 18 wins, 51 poles and a 2nd place points finish in 2014. Yet, he still harkens back to his years in the USAC Silver Crown Series that taught him the trade on not only how to compete, but to win, in longer races.

"The 100-lappers prepared me well," Newman stated. "With a Silver Crown car, there's a balance of running hard and managing your tires. You never knew what was going to happen with cautions throughout the race either. I remember running 100 laps straight at Pikes Peak one year. You never quite knew what you're going to have to fight. In the end, you had to manage your tires because you had to manage the fuel load. Carrying 60-70 gallons was a different feel. It was unique and it wasn't what you did in a midget or sprint car. That definitely translates to the stock cars. Overall, I think the best drivers in the world come from open wheel racing because they know they can't just plow through the guy in front of them. You have exposed tires and you're going to end up tipping yourself over. There's a sense of skill and finesse that goes into an open wheel driver's mind that he can carry with him to make him one notch better than the guy who's raced with fenders his entire life."

Pits open for Thursday night's event at 2pm with grandstands set to open at 4pm. Practice for the Silver Crown cars begins at 5:30pm with ProSource Qualifying set for 6:30pm. The 6th Annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is slated for 8pm while engines for the 100-lap main event are scheduled to fire off at 8:45pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 11 and under can get in for just $10.

 

 

SANTOS AND SWANSON LOR PODIUM STRANGLEHOLD ON THE LINE THURSDAY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Each generation provides a group of racers who stand out amongst the crowd in regards to their prowess on certain types of surfaces, distances and the types of car.

In the decade of the 2010s, a trio of drivers have maintained a stranglehold of Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway each time the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS has made the trip to the .686-mile paved oval west of Indy where they head to this Thursday night, July 20 for the "Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic."

Earlier this May when series made the first of two visits to LOR this season, those same three names once again were in play as the race unfolded: Kody Swanson, Bobby Santos and Tanner Swanson 1-2-3. An oh, so familiar sight that has greeted onlookers each time these past seven years.

All three first competed in the same Silver Crown event at LOR since 2011. Since then, none have missed a race and, in fact, in the 11 series races held since that point, there hasn't been a single race that hasn't had a Santos or Swanson in the top-three at race's end!

Solidifying their status as the best pavement, short track open wheel drivers of their generation, perhaps the statistic that shows the resounding effect of their dominance is that, since 2011, the Swansons and Santos have teamed up to lead 1071 of the 1100 laps run at LOR Silver Crown events over the past seven years. Just a tick over 97 percent!

Though it should be no surprise to those who've followed the series for the past several years, the numbers and consistency that Kody has established is simply remarkable. Since 2011, the 2014 and 2015 Silver Crown champ has finished 1st, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 2nd, 1st and 1st at LOR.

After years of playing second fiddle to Tanner's run of succes at LOR, the Kingsburg, California native, who now resides in central Indiana, finally bested his brother last July to capture the "Vogler/Hall of Fame Classic," turning the tables to end a run of five consecutive occasions that he'd finished 2nd to Tanner at LOR.

This past May, Kody repeated his winning performance at LOR by winning the "Carb Night Classic." He did so having to fend off, you guessed it, Santos and T. Swanson on a green-white-checkered restart to conclude the 100-lapper.

Slipping by for second on the dash to the finish was Bobby Santos. The past NASCAR Whelen Modified champion who hails from Franklin, Massachusetts is a three-time winner at LOR, once in 2009 as well as a sweep of both events in 2012, including the summer race in which he passed Kody on the 14th lap before putting him to take back the throne after Kody won his first in 2011.

After a string of hardship at IRP that saw only one top-three finish in a five-race span between 2013 and 2015, Santos regained his form with some magic in early 2016, leading 80 laps before an engine failure sidelined his winning bid with 20 laps remaining. He then returned in the summer, finishing a solid fourth.

This year, though, Santos has stepped his game up even more, racing to a thrilling victory over Kody and David Byrne in April at Phoenix to begin the season. He then followed it up with a strong second-place run at LOR in May.

The man who led 434 of those 1100 laps at LOR since 2011 laps is Tanner Swanson. The Kingsburg, California resident saw a string of seven consecutive top-two finishes at LOR end in the final laps of May's race, before coming home third for his eighth consecutive "podium" finish. Tanner won five of six at LOR between 2013 and 2016 with the only aberration coming from David Byrne who made a last-lap, last-corner pass for the win in the summer of 2014.

Byrne is among a pair in this year's field who've won their first career Silver Crown race at LOR. Ryan Newman will take a brief sabbatical from his NASCAR duties to return to his roots. He plans on doing so driving the Aristocrat Products No. 2 of the late, legendary team owner Johnny Vance. Newman won his first Silver Crown race in May of 1999 at what was then called Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Past Silver Crown champs Chris Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr. reside in the second and third spots, respectively, in the series standings. Both have yet to win at LOR during their great careers, but their teams are no strangers to success at LOR. Granted, it has been a while. Dave Steele won in the black No. 92 back in the summer of 1999 while Gene Nolen's yellow No. 20 reached the promised land in 1991 with Johnny Parsons and 1995 with Jim Keeker.

Pits open for Thursday night's event at 2pm with grandstands set to open at 4pm. Practice for the Silver Crown cars begins at 5:30pm with ProSource Qualifying set for 6:30pm. The 6th Annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony is slated for 8pm while engines for the 100-lap main event are scheduled to fire off at 8:45pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 11 and under can get in for just $10.

"RICH VOGLER / USAC HALL OF FAME CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST 02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA 07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN 2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL 2v RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN 4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL 6 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA 20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ 22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA 26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN 32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN 39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN 40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI 57 KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN 63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA 75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN 80 ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA 81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN 91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA 92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL 98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID 99 DAVEY HAMILTON/Boise, ID 120 JOE AXSOM/Franklin, IN

 

 

BALLOU BAGS PUTNAMVILLE FINALE;
THOMAS TAKES INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........Separated by just 23 points entering Sunday night's Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World feature at Lincoln Park Speedway, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Robert Ballou each knew what was on the line.

Win the race and the points will take care of themselves is the motto you'll often hear, but as the race wore on, the two ISW title contenders would find themselves on two separate paths: Ballou with a stranglehold up front and Thomas attempting to overcome a tumultuous beginning that, at one point, had him teetering on the edge of squandering the title.

Ballou maintained his presence at the front for all but the first lap to score his second USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship victory of the season while Thomas, having to finish eighth or better, thrived in the final eight-lap stretch to finish a hard-fought fifth to win the ISW points title, a feat he came so close to accomplishing in 2013 when he led the standings entering the final race of the series before seeing it slip away, something he wasn't going to let happen this time around despite a turbulent road to get there.

"Right before the feature, I knew it was 23 points going in," Thomas said. "It does put a little pressure on you, but I normally like pressure. You don't want to think about points, but at the end of the day, no matter who you are, it's in the back of your head when it's Indiana Sprint Week. This is such a historical week. Everybody wants to win it."

Thomas did what he needed to do early in the night, gaining a coveted six-point bonus for recording ProSource/B & W Auto Mart Fast Qualifying time, which put him on the outside of row three for the 30-lap feature with the six-car invert. On the other hand, that set up his nearest combatant, Robert Ballou, on the pole position, though he wouldn't escape to the point without a fight. On the opening lap, Ballou stuck to the bottom while Chad Boesplfug ripped around the top off turn two to grab the lead momentarily. Ballou fought back on the bottom, hopping his way off the fourth turn and pulling the wheels off the ground, just missing the lead by a small margin as the two crossed the stripe. Ballou stayed true to the bottom on lap two, but this time, much, much smoother as he gunned it off four to blast by Boespflug for the lead.

"We set up to run the curb," Ballou said. "But when I stuck the bottom at the start, it seemed pretty good down there. Chad got around me right away and for some reason, I was able to stick the entry really well which is something I couldn't do all week. I think if we had this setup at Gas City, we would've been a hell of a lot better."

A little further back, things weren't going as pristine for Thomas. On lap nine, Thomas stumbled on the turn two curb, dropping him from sixth to eighth, the furthest back he could run with Ballou leading in order to maintain his slim point lead, which stood at two with a third of the race completed. Thomas was fully aware of the situation as the pressure mounted and the laps clicked away.

"It does put a little pressure on you," Thomas admits. "I normally like pressure, but right there at the start, I got a good jump and I kind of got shuffled around. From there, I just made some bad driving mistakes. I jumped the cushion a few times, then I got flustered. I got a run on Kyle Cummins, jumped his right rear going down the backstretch and almost turned it over. I made a lot of dumb mistakes, to be honest. I knocked my floor pan off and the gas pedal wouldn't even go all the way down. It was touching the brake; I couldn't even use the brakes!"

By the halfway point, last year's Lincoln Park ISW feature winner Brady Short put on a patented charge to the front as he moved into second from his tenth starting spot and began applying pressure to Ballou for the race lead just prior to a yellow for Josh Hodges with ten to go. Thomas remained mired in seventh with a five-point buffer as the caution briefly silenced the beehive of competitors that surrounded him.

On the lap 21 restart, Ballou darted away from Short while Thomas picked up a much-needed spot as he raced into sixth past C.J. Leary. Two laps later, Leary's successful ISW that included a pair of wins, ended with a tumble in the rough in turn three to end his night. The Greenfield, Indiana driver walked away from the incident. Bernal was also involved, but would restart from the tail, practically eliminating multiple contenders who were in the midst of a battle in the trenches with Thomas for positions sixth, seventh and eighth.

But a late red flag period can, at times, make a profound impact on the race whether it knocks a driver off his rhythm or, conversely, allows them to exhale and regroup. Perhaps, it allows teams to make adjustments on the car that can go one of two ways. This time around, it brought about different initial reactions between Ballou and Thomas.

2017 Indiana Sprint Week (presented by Camping World) champion
Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Alabama.
(David Nearpass Photo)

"I was worried to be honest with you," Ballou admits. "We had issues where my tires would get too low. They build up a bunch of heat and, when they cool off, they lose a pound or two. When the bleeder bleeds off to a certain poundage, they cool off and lose more air and its harder for them to build back up when they get too low. I was trying to spin them as much as I could, but nothing helps really. It's tough."

On the other hand, the red flag was a welcome sight through the eyes of Thomas.

"Normally I don't like stoppages like that. This time I did," Thomas explains. "I made a few shock adjustments because I was pretty tight out there for where I was having to run. I just really wasn't running a great enough race to be able to run the cushion the way I'd normally want to. I had to make a few adjustments to be able to rotate on the bottom and to not get myself tight. I knew I had to go get going and I knew I had to do something. I just had to keep myself calm and get back to doing what I wanted to do and pass some race cars. Sometimes you like to see the red, sometimes you don't. This time, I did. I had time to gather my thoughts and had to make a few decisions."

As the green fell for the restart with eight laps to go, Ballou was unsure of what to expect in regards to how his car would react.

"I was biting my tongue when I headed into turn one on the restart," Ballou details. "You aren't sure if you're going to tip over, if it's going to toss the nose or what's going to happen. It's a guessing game and I hoped I entered the corner just right. It was tricky, but that's what makes racing racing."

It worked out for Ballou as he was able to distance himself from Short who wound up losing his spot on the restart to Tyler Courtney, who slalomed through turn two to the runner-up spot on the bottom. Yet, he remained a second behind Ballou as the laps waned until a yellow with three to go for the turned around car of Tyler Thomas put a halt to the action. Kevin Thomas, Jr., meanwhile, had found a happy place and resided comfortably in fifth as he settled into a groove after a hectic beginning.

Ballou had yet another solid restart on lap 28, keeping Courtney and Boespflug at bay as those two tussled for the runner-up spot a second behind as he finished off the final three laps handily in his Robert Ballou Motorsports/Deaton's Waterfront Services - Lucas Oil/Twister-X/Ott ahead of Courtney, Boespflug, Short and Kevin Thomas, Jr., who stamped his name in the record books as the champ of the 30th edition of Indiana Sprint Week.

Thomas earned a custom-cut Bridgeport Rocker courtesy of John Youngs and a $5000 dollar award amongst his prizes for the title run that concluded with what he calls "the ugliest fifth-place of (his) racing career." Yet, they don't award points for style in this form of racing. Just results. That result was good enough for an 11-point victory in the most rigorous stretch of the USAC National Sprint Car season.

"It's just a relief to be able to win this thing," Thomas exhaled. It's a lot of hard work not only from myself and my family, but the guys back at the shop. Both of them have day jobs and they are as hard-working and passionate about the team as hard as anybody I've ever seen. Like Saturday night at Haubstadt, we ran second and I think they were as mad, if not madder, than I was. That's what I like to see. It's an intense week and you have to be intense about it."

Over a seven-race stretch, one position here and one position there can make all the difference in a title run. With qualifying, heat races and even the semi-feature offering points toward the final tally, each and every time a driver hits the track, it means something. It's something Thomas took advantage of this time around.

Sunday night's Indiana Sprint Week (presented by Camping World)
feature winner Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California.
(Gene Crucean Photo)

"You can't let one little point or one position get away from you because it can be a matter of one, two or three spots in the end," Thomas points out. "Robert and I have raced together for a long time. He's a past Indiana Sprint Week champion and, to be able to do what we did and beat those guys, it's truly remarkable."

It was the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lincoln Park in 2014 where Ballou turned the corner to his string of modern-day success that we have become accustomed to. Yet, the Rocklin, California native and 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion admits he still struggles here despite the success that also includes a July victory in 2016.

"I struggle here," Ballou acknowledges. "I like my racecar to be tight and you can't have a tight racecar here. I came from winged sprint cars originally. I still like to be straight and fast. That's why I go so well on the big joints. This is one of the first tracks I was able to figure out and was able to run well at consistently. You have to be careful on the curb and you have to tiptoe around the bottom."

Ballou's Indiana Sprint Week certainly had its bright spots with a runner-up result at Gas City and concluded with his first USAC win in over two months in the ISW finale. But, Ballou admits it's still a struggle at times as he and the team attempt to return to the consistency that had become so commonplace over the last three years.

"We changed everything," Ballou said. "We were changing a gear when they blew the eight-minute horn. We never give up. We tried to throw the kitchen sink at it. We're just trying to get our program back together. We've just been a tick off every single night. We're close, but we just got to keep putting one foot in font of the other and we'll get there."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lincoln Park Speedway include Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource/B & W Auto Mart Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Semi-Feature Winner), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger) and Ryan Bernal (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 16, 2017 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-12.594; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.628; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.638; 4. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-12.643; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.662; 6. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-12.675; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.774; 8. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-12.790; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.814; 10. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.849; 11. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-12.886; 12. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-12.909; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-12.928; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.966; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.995; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.013; 17. Dave Darland, 17x, Dutcher-13.065; 18. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.081; 19. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.106; 20. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.163; 21. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.181; 22. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-13.220; 23. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-13.372; 24. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.545; 25. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. B. Short, 3. Coons, 4. Boespflug, 5. K. Thomas, Jr., 6. T. Thomas, 7. Cummins, 8. Stanbrough. 2:10.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Darland (#17x), 3. Bernal, 4. Courtney, 5. Andretti, 6. Stockon, 7. Grant, 8. McMillin. 2:11.08

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Farney, 6. Swanson, 7. Robbins, 8. Miller. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cummins, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Stanbrough, 7. McMillin, 8. Robbins, 9. Miller. 2:45.90

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Brady Short, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Jerry Coons, Jr., 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Nate McMillin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Brent Beauchamp. NT

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**Leary flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boespflug, Laps 2-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (14th-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Bernal

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1,360, 2-Windom-1,337, 3-Boespflug-1,233, 4-K. Thomas Jr.-1,199, 5-Courtney-1,168, 6-Stockon-1,159, 7-Leary-1,018, 8-Darland-938, 9-Meseraull-932, 10-Brady Bacon-913.

FINAL INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K. Thomas Jr.-416, 2-Ballou-405, 3-Courtney-362, 4-Meseraull-358, 5-Windom-344, 6-Leary-332, 7-Boespflug-331, 8-Darland-315, 9-B. Short-293, 10-Grant-289.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

 July 16, 2017 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-12.594; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.628; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.638; 4. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-12.643; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.662; 6. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-12.675; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.774; 8. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-12.790; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.814; 10. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.849; 11. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-12.886; 12. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-12.909; 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-12.928; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.966; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.995; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.013; 17. Dave Darland, 17x, Dutcher-13.065; 18. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.081; 19. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.106; 20. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.163; 21. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.181; 22. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-13.220; 23. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-13.372; 24. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.545; 25. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. B.Short, 3. Coons, 4. Boespflug, 5. K.Thomas Jr., 6. T.Thomas, 7. Cummins, 8. Stanbrough. 2:10.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Darland (#17x), 3. Bernal, 4. Courtney, 5. Andretti, 6. Stockon, 7. Grant, 8. McMillin. 2:11.08

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Leary, 3. Meseraull, 4. Beauchamp, 5. Farney, 6. Swanson, 7. Robbins, 8. Miller. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Cummins, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. T.Thomas, 6. Stanbrough, 7. McMillin, 8. Robbins, 9. Miller. 2:45.90

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Brady Short, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Aaron Farney, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Nate McMillin, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Brent Beauchamp. NT
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**Leary flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boespflug, Laps 2-30 Ballou.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (14th-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Bernal

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-1,360, 2-Windom-1,337, 3-Boespflug-1,233, 4-K.Thomas Jr.-1,199, 5-Courtney-1,168, 6-Stockon-1,159, 7-Leary-1,018, 8-Darland-938, 9-Meseraull-932, 10-Brady Bacon-913.

FINAL INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K.Thomas Jr.-416, 2-Ballou-405, 3-Courtney-362, 4-Meseraull-358, 5-Windom-344, 6-Leary-332, 7-Boespflug-331, 8-Darland-315, 9-B.Short-293, 10-Grant-289.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 29 - Kansas City, Kansas - Lakeside Speedway

 

 

MORLEY TOPS SPOON RIVER SPEED2s

Canton, IL........Dillon Morley of Moline, Ill. led the final six laps of Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Andy Baugh finished second ahead of Adam Taylor, Jeremy Hull and Shane Morgan. Mitchell Davis led the first 14 laps.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Gerald Denney Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 2. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 3. Austin Archdale (#2a Archdale), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers). 5. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold), 6. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 3. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 4. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 5, Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Dillon Morley, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Adam Taylor, 4. Jeremy Hull, 5, Shane Morgan, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Kurt Mueller, 9. Dave Baugh, 10. Austin Archdale, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Jeff Mallonee, 13. Mitchell Davis, 14. Chase McDermand, 15. Ryan Mangold, 16. Gedd Ross, 17. Tyson Hart. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Davis, Laps 15-20 Morley.

NEW SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-888, 2-Taylor-845, 3-Hull-807, 4-McDermand-795, 5-Sollenberger-654, 6-Hart-580, 70=-Burrows-518, 8-Ross-496, 9-Broc Hunnell-487, 10-Mueller-429.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 21 - Champaign (IL) County Fairgrounds (SE) - "Champaign County Fair"

 

 

ANDERSON LEADS ALL 20 TO WIN AT VENTURA

Ventura, CA........Daniel Anderson led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Western Midget race at the Ventura Raceway. Series overall point leader Jesse Love IV took second ahead of dirt point leader Adam Lemke, Mike Leach Sr. and Tom Paterson.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS: July 15 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Max Guilford (#14k Guilford), 2. Jet Davison (#59 Davison), 3. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke), 4. Tom Paterson (#9 Paterson), 5. Jackson Dukes (#6 Dukes), 6. Mike Leach Sr. (#98 Leach), 7. Annie Breidinger (#15 Breidinger). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Leach (#33 Leach), 2. Daniel Anderson (#28 Anderson), 3. Ashley Hazelton (#5 Hazelton), 4. Jesse Love IV (#44L Love), 5. Cody Gerhardt (#40 Western Speed), 6. Jessica Valentine (#37 Pankratz), 7. Tyler Slay (#20w USW). NT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Daniel Anderson, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Mike Leach Sr., 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Mike Leach, 7. Annie Breidinger, 8. Ashley Hazelton, 9. Cody Gerhardt, 10. Jessica Valentine, 11.Tyler Slay, 12. Jet Davison, 13. Jackson Dukes, 14. Max Guilford. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Anderson.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Lemke-447, 2-Paterson-442, 3-Love-440, 4-A.Breidinger-396, 5-Blake Brannon-249, 6-Hazelton-152, 7-Prickett-136, 8-Guilford-109, 9-Dukes-99, 10-Antonia Boscacci-82.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-831, 2-Paterson-770, 3-A.Breidinger-764, 4-Lemke-729, 5-Blake Brannon-532, 6-Toni Breidinger-317, 7-Antonia Boscacci-288, 8-Joey Iest-268, 9-Johnny Nichols-229, 10-Cody Jessop-171.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: August 2 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

CUMMINS' LAST LAP, LAST CORNER MOVE NETS SPECTACULAR HAUBSTADT ISW VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........As soon as the yellow light switched on for the final caution period of the evening, Kyle Cummins devised a plan.

It was a plan born out of necessity that Cummins felt served as his best bet to compete for a victory in the closing laps of Saturday night's penultimate Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World round at Tri-State Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. seemingly had the event stowed away for safe-keeping after leading the first 27 circuits of the 30-lap event, but a double-dose of yellow flags in the final laps would turn the tide for Cummins of nearby Princeton, Indiana.

Following a yellow for a Donny Brackett spin between turns three and four with three to go, Cummins hatched his plan after deciphering that he had no way of passing Thomas had he maintained his line on the bottom. This time around, Cummins had full intentions of executing his plan of attack, but decided at the last instant to abort the mission.

"I knew on that one yellow (on lap 28), I was going to the top," Cummins remembered. "I looked up there and thought the bottom looked so much better. As soon as we took the green, I went in there on the bottom and I felt like it was already too late."

Cummins would soon receive a reprieve when tenth-running Dave Darland's car went up in smoke as Thomas rounded turns three and four and was seemingly headed home to take the checkered. The plan was renewed and Cummins wasn't going to let this second chance slip away.

"As soon as it went yellow, I knew 100 percent what I was going to do," Cummins exclaimed. "It was so much better up top. The bottom was good, but once everyone was running it, it started getting slick and you really had to chock it up getting in. We got the car to where, once I loosened it up a little bit to be able to get in a little harder on the top, that thing came around there and man, was it good!"

After serving as Thomas' shadow throughout the entire duration of the event prior to the final caution, Cummins decided the lower portion of the track was not among the options if a win was in the cards. On the green-white-checkered restart, Cummins went topside while Thomas remained tried-and-true to the bottom.

Cummins' first shot was fired when he diamonded off of turn two and used a huge run to dive to the bottom of turn three on the white flag lap. Thomas anticipated Cummins' presence and snubbed him from the lead, diving to the bottom simultaneously with Cummins to protect his spot for the time being.

On the final lap, Cummins came off turn two like a Concorde on takeoff, staying to the outside of Thomas rather than diving to the inside this time around. Thomas slid up the track from the entrance of turn three to the exit of four, allowing Cummins to counterpunch underneath. Lines changed, wheels banged, a smoke signal lifting into the sky off Cummins' right rear rubber in a drag race off four to the finish line where Cummins swiftly prevailed for a spectacular single car-length victory in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings/Mach-1/Cummins for his third career USAC National Sprint Car victory and his second ISW win in as many seasons.

"As soon as it went yellow, I'm like, 'okay this is perfect,'" Cummins explained. "I was too tight to run the top, but I decided I was going to run the top and forget about the bottom, so I adjusted my shocks to only run the top. On lap 29, I found out it was way faster to run the top. However, he was up in the way, so I tried to dive him and I had to let off going into three or we would've collided. That set me up for the next lap. I went up to the top and he didn't come out as far, allowing me to get around him on the outside. Going into (turn) three, I had my mind set to run all the way around the top. When I saw him, I figured we were going to run into each other coming out of four, so I tried to diamond her down. He got on her and got a little tight. It let me get down, get the power to the ground and get to the checkered flag first."

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas led the first 29 and three-quarters of a lap before surrendering the position to Cummins, but wasn't able to finish off the one that paid the most in his KT Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

"On the last restart, I saw Kyle peek underneath me," Thomas recalls. "He's always good here and he's going to find a way that's faster. That's exactly what he did. He waited until the last lap, got a good run off (turns) one and two to pull alongside me going down the backstretch. I probably dove into turn three a little too hard. I didn't necessarily miss my marks, but I maybe could've slowed down a bit more to make my corner a little shorter and not load the right rear so much to where it lifted the front wheels off the ground. That's just the way it goes sometimes. When you give a driver like Kyle that many opportunities, he's going to find the sweet spot and he did."

Although the spectacular highlight-reel, last corner, last lap pass for the win is certainly the moment of the night everyone will remember, the most crucial pass of the night may very well have occurred in the second heat when sixth-quickest qualifier Cummins snagged the fourth and final transfer spot from Critter Malone in the second heat race. Without that pass, Cummins would've been relegated to a feature starting spot outside of the fourth row instead of the outside front row position he would begin from due to the inversion of the fastest six qualifiers to transfer through each of the heat races.

"Track position is crucial, especially when it goes green for a long stretch like that," Cummins said. "We would've been starting a few rows back. We might've gotten there, but without having a yellow, most likely, we wouldn't have been able to catch him. There might've been lapped cars between us too at some point, so that was really important to get that spot."

Kyle Cummins (Middle) enjoys his second-career "Indiana Sprint Week" presented by Camping World victory Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt along with 2nd place finisher Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Right)
and 3rd place finisher Tyler Courtney (Left).
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

Despite becoming the most synonymous name in sprint car racing at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years due to his mounting success, surprisingly, he and the team found the early-going to be a struggle to even be able to contend for a transfer spot.

"This thing was like driving a modified," Cummins remembers. "I couldn't get her turned. It was pushing and I was doing all I could do to get into fourth there. On the white flag, I really didn't think I was going to get him. I went in there and it looked like he got tight, just like I did. It's Sprint Week, so I had to drift up. The difference between starting on the front row and starting seventh is a big deal. That was probably the biggest move to put us in position to win.

Following a top-five run at Kokomo on the opening night of Indiana Sprint Week last Saturday, Cummins has had a tumultuous time obtaining the results they expected with finishes of 21st at Lawrenceburg, 18th at Gas City and a DNQ the previous night at Bloomington serving as the lead-in to his epic Haubstadt performance Saturday night, where he feels right at home.

"It seems like even when we're not all that good, we've still got a chance here," Cummins said. "I've raced here enough to where I can manipulate the car or, at least, get it to be competitive. This is my motor. It doesn't run nearly as hot. I knew I could run the whole race and be on the gas hard and not have to worry about it overheating. At Kokomo, we were good, but we had a little problem right before the feature and made a little mistake. At Lawrenceburg, we just had a rough go of it and got into the wall. We didn't know at the time that it bent the rear end. At Gas City, we weren't that good. In Terre haute hot laps, I was terrible. At Bloomington, we were awful. After last night, we all looked at each other and threw everything we had at it. It just wasn't working. We pulled the rear-end out today and it was bent pretty good. We put a new rear-end on and it brought the car back to life. I wish we would've found out about it earlier and it might've turned out to have been a lot better week for us overall."

The sight of Kyle Cummins and Hank Byram's Rock Steady No. 3R hasn't been as prevalent this year as much as it had been during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, only making a smattering of series start in 2017 due to mechanical issues. Cummins was set on running his own No. 3c when time allowed, but an 11th hour agreement between Cummins and Byram pit the dynamic duo back together for ISW and their victory at Haubstadt.

"(Car owner) Hank (Byram) only has his one motor," Cummins explained. "It got hot here in the spring race. The heads were so old, they were giving up. He had to take a break and he actually still hasn't gotten his motor back. I was jumping back and forth between Rick Pollock's car and my own car. I knew I was going to get my motor, so I figured if I was going to get my own motor, I was going to run my own car. We ran down here and won the first night. I was going to run Sprint Week, but I didn't have the equipment, didn't have the time and didn't have any spares. I just had the car I had. Hank offered me a deal where I'd put my motor in his car and we'd make it a bit easier on both of us. I felt comfortable in the car and I knew we'd be pretty good, so we decided to get back together."

"I don't know how much more we'll run," Cummins added. "It depends when he gets his motor back. We haven't raced much, once a month it seems, which makes it tough coming off a year like we had last year. I felt at the beginning of the year that we were battling issues here and there. Now we're throwing different motors in and changing stuff around. This car had to be clipped and redone. We finally got this car running pretty good and ready to finish out the season."

Meanwhile, with his second-place run, Thomas extended his Indiana Sprint Week point lead to 21 heading into the final series event Sunday, July 16 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana. Though Thomas gained a little bit of breathing room with the uptick in the point differential between he and Robert Ballou, it's certainly not enough for him to breathe easily and

"You just have to be aggressive," Thomas mandates. "You can't points race in this deal because, at the end of the day, you'll get beat. It's just like what happened tonight. I raced defensively instead of offensively and I got beat. That's just something you can't do in racing. Some people are capable of point racing, but I'm not. Sunday at Putnamville, we're going to be aggressive and be the fastest in everything we're in tomorrow. Hopefully it works out. If it does, it does. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

Meanwhile, just behind the leaders, a battle for the third-spot was nearly as furious with Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney nabbing the spot from new USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant on the final lap in his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton.

"We were really good at about the halfway point," Courtney said. "We got to fourth and that put us in position to run down Justin at the end. I just wasn't able to clear him in traffic. Luckily, we got a yellow toward the end and I was able to run it as hard as I could on the top those last couple of laps, then get him there coming to the checkered. We ran second down here at the end of last year, but we kind of struggled in the spring. To run third at a track we're notoriously bad at is like a win for us."

Contingency award winners Saturday at Tri-State Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Jarett Andretti (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brady Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.362; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.474; 3. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.562; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.712; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.771; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.788; 7. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-13.791; 8. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.838; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.859; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.860; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.891; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.898; 13. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.918; 14. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.945; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.008; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.021; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.036; 18. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.049; 19. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.051; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.075; 21. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.084; 22. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.102; 23. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.128; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.138; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.138; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.351; 27. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.369; 28. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.409; 29. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.417; 30. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.421; 31. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.491; 32. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.518; 33. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.030; 34. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-16.000; 35. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-16.143.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. C. Short, 3. Roa, 4. Courtney, 5. Darland, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Schnapf, 8. Schmidt, 9. Leer. 2:16.90

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. B. Short, 3. Meseraull, 4. Cummins, 5. Malone, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Mattox, 8. Brackett, 9. Sipes. 2:16.72

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Ballou, 3. Boespflug, 4. Bernal, 5. Karraker, 6. Farney, 7. Aitken, 8. Wallace, 9. Hines. 2:17.29

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Stockon, 3. Windom, 4. Jackson, 5. Leary, 6. Gentry, 7. Barksdale, 8. Clem. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Brackett, 4. Leary, 5. Karraker, 6. Schnapf, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Wallace, 9. Farney, 10. Clem, 11. Aitken, 12. Schmidt, 13. Gentry, 14. Mattox, 15. Malone, 16. Hines, 17. Barksdale, 18. Sipes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Carson Short, 11. Chris Windom, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Brady Short, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Brian Karraker, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Donny Brackett, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Dakota Jackson, 23. Stephen Schnapf. NT
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**Clem flipped during heat 4.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 K. Thomas, Lap 30 Cummins.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (16th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1304, 2-Windom-1283, 3-Boespflug-1161, 4-K. Thomas-1131, 5-Stockon-1111, 6-Courtney-1094, 7-Leary-984, 8-Brady Bacon-913, 9-Darland-888, 10-Meseraull-885.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-348, 2-Ballou-327, 3-Meseraull-311, 4-Leary-298, 5-Windom-290, 6-Courtney-288, 7-Darland-265, 8-Boespflug-259, 9-Grant-233, 10-B. Short-225.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 16 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

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

July 15, 2017 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” – Co-sanctioned with BCRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.635; 2. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.665; 3. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.679; 4. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.702; 5. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-14.842; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-14.892; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.931; 8. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.955; 9. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.035; 10. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.093; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.117; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.220; 13. Danny Carroll, 9C, Dodenhoff-15.253; 14. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.274; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.279; 16. Mason Daniel, 33M, Daniel-15.367; 17. Sparky Howard, 3, Faeth-15.519; 18. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.605; 19. Floyd Alvis, 1, Champion-15.897; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-15.959; 21. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-16.122; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.328; 23. J.R. Williams, 74, Williams-16.750.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carroll, 2. Guerrini, 3. Gardner, 4. Schutte, 5. Daniel, 6. Nichols, 7. Wait, 8. Alvis. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Crone, 3. Faccinto, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. Howard, 7. Beilman, 8. Williams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Ensign, 3. McQueen, 4. Cofer, 5. Dolacki, 6. Pankratz, 7. Bock. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Alex Scutte, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Danny Carroll, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. J.R. Williams, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Terry Nichols, 15. Robert Dalby, 16. Tyler Dolacki, 17. David Prickett, 18. Britton Bock, 19. Kyle Beilman, 20. Sparky Howard, 21. Geoff Ensign, 22. Mason Daniel, 23. Nate Wait. NT

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**Wait flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Crone and Gardner flip on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Guerrini, Laps 14-19 Crone, Laps 20-23 Gardner, Laps 24-30 Faccinto.

ESSLINGER ENGINEERING HARD CHARGER: J.R. Williams (23rd to 12th)

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

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: August 19 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

CARLSON LEADS ALL 20 TO WIN AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........Seth Carlson of Brimfield, Mass. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's 20-lap "double points" USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. Derek O'Hearn finished second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Adam Whitney and Jeff Horn.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Shirley & Mickey Bruleigh Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 2. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 3. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 4. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 6. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Seth Carlson, 2. Derek O'Hearn, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Adam Whitney, 5, Jeff Horn, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. Mark Cole, 8, Jake Higginson, 9. Will Hull, 10. Jeff Champagne, 11. Alex Rose, 12. Manny Dias. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Carlson.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Whitney-557, 2-Krawiec-541, 3-Christensen-539, 4-O'Hearn-521, 5-Dias-459, 6-Horn-441, 7-Champagne-426, 8-Carlson-389, 9-Andy Barrows-323, 10-Higginson-285.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: August 29 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 15, 2017 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.362; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.474; 3. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.562; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-13.712; 5. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.771; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.788; 7. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-13.791; 8. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-13.838; 9. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.859; 10. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.860; 11. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.891; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.898; 13. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.918; 14. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.945; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.008; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.021; 17. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.036; 18. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.049; 19. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-14.051; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.075; 21. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.084; 22. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.102; 23. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.128; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.138; 25. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.138; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.351; 27. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.369; 28. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.409; 29. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.417; 30. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.421; 31. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.491; 32. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-14.518; 33. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-15.030; 34. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-16.000; 35. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-16.143.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. C. Short, 3. Roa, 4. Courtney, 5. Darland, 6. T. Thomas, 7. Schnapf, 8. Schmidt, 9. Leer. 2:16.90

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. B. Short, 3. Meseraull, 4. Cummins, 5. Malone, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Mattox, 8. Brackett, 9. Sipes. 2:16.72

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Ballou, 3. Boespflug, 4. Bernal, 5. Karraker, 6. Farney, 7. Aitken, 8. Wallace, 9. Hines. 2:17.29

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Stockon, 3. Windom, 4. Jackson, 5. Leary, 6. Gentry, 7. Barksdale, 8. Clem. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Brackett, 4. Leary, 5. Karraker, 6. Schnapf, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Wallace, 9. Farney, 10. Clem, 11. Aitken, 12. Schmidt, 13. Gentry, 14. Mattox, 15. Malone, 16. Hines, 17. Barksdale, 18. Sipes. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Carson Short, 11. Chris Windom, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Brady Short, 14. Brody Roa, 15. Chase Stockon, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Brian Karraker, 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Donny Brackett, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Dakota Jackson, 23. Stephen Schnapf. NT ---------------------------- **Clem flipped during heat 4.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 K. Thomas, Lap 30 Cummins.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (16th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1304, 2-Windom-1283, 3-Boespflug-1161, 4-K. Thomas-1131, 5-Stockon-1111, 6-Courtney-1094, 7-Leary-984, 8-Brady Bacon-913, 9-Darland-888, 10-Meseraull-885.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-348, 2-Ballou-327, 3-Meseraull-311, 4-Leary-298, 5-Windom-290, 6-Courtney-288, 7-Darland-265, 8-Boespflug-259, 9-Grant-233, 10-B. Short-225.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 16 - Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

HAYSLETT WIRE-TO-WIRE AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Korbyn Hayslett of Troy, Ohio led all 25 laps of Saturday night's USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget race at Montpelier Motor Speedway. Stratton Briggs, Alex Watson, Aaron Leffel and Mike Hessel rounded out the "top-five."

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 15, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Chuck Taylor (11T Taylor) and Jim Jones (Jones #97).

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1 Korbyn Hayslett (#1H Hayslett), 2. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 5. Mike Hessel (#7M Hessel), 6. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 7. Chris Whipple (#44w Whipple). 8. Corey Bedwell (#97 Jones),9. Nick Corea (#38 Dori). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Hayslett.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET POINTS: 1-Leffel-326, 2-Briggs-285, 3-Bedwell-275, 4-Corea-248, 5-Hayslett-247, 6-A.Watson-235, 7-Whipple-165, 8-Tommy Bigelow-150, 9-Jon Watson-140, 10-Tom Hessel-133.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE: July 22 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LAMB WINS WAKE COUNTY 50-LAPPER; RAIN STOPS KENLY

Raleigh, N.C.........Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. won Friday night;s 50-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Wake County Speedway. He took the lead from Jessica Bean on lap 14 and led the rest of the way. Bean, who led the first 13 laps, finished second ahead of Jake Garcia, Jake Trainor and Sam Hatfield. Saturday's scheduled race at Kenly, N.C. has been cancelled due to rain.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Wake County Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-12.664; 2. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-12,712; 3. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-12.723; 4. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.857; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-12.930; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-12.935; 7. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-13.054; 8. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-13.077; 9. Scott Milan, 99, Radical-13.181; 10. Connor Yonchuk, 28, Radical-13.654.

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Jake Garcia, 4. Jake Trainor, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Scott Milan, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Connor Yonchuk. (NOTE: George Kurtz #4 disqualified for failing to pass technical inspection). NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-13 Bean, Laps 14-50 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-643, 2-Kurtz-582, 3-Nolan Allison-526, 4-Trainor-451, 5-Neal Allison-414, 6-Lamb-386, 7-Hatfield-381, 8-Jagger Parker-379, 9-Eric Lewis-282, 10-Garcia-254.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 15 - Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park (Rained Out)

 

 

THOMAS LEAVES NO DOUBT IN BLOOMINGTON "SHELDON KINSER MEMORIAL" SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana.........Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway is pretty much where it began for Kevin Thomas, Jr. five years ago.

Fourteen USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins and five Indiana Sprint Week victories later, the Cullman, Alabama native finally made a return visit to Bloomington victory lane, leading the final 28 laps of Friday night's 29th Annual "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" to score his second series victory of the year and vaulting him into the ISW presented by Camping World point lead with two events remaining.

With a full decade under his belt as a mainstay on the USAC Sprint Car scene as well as Bloomington Speedway, the 25-year-old, who made his first Bloomington USAC appearance as a teenager back in 2007, has a fair share of experience on the red, Southern Indiana clay.

"I've run a lot of laps here," Thomas admits. "It's pretty special to come back here and do this again. We run here as much as we can, local shows and with other organizations and, over 10 years here now, it's been a pretty good bit. It's just the number of laps. I'm just really comfortable here."

"Tonight was nice and slick to a big ol' curb," Thomas continued. "We made good decisions. We've been trying some things at local shows to help us out whenever it gets like that here. My crew made all the right calls in the pits and gave me a great racecar. It was pretty nice to drive tonight, especially up there against that treacherous curb. It's hard to keep your concentration for that many laps in a row, but having a car like I had makes it easier. Once you're out front, you have to keep your nose clean and run a smart race, pick off lapped cars whenever you can and try not to make any mistakes, which is hard to do up there. Everything with our package we have right now runs well. It's just a joy to drive."

Thomas would begin the 30-lap event from outside of the second row, and took quick action to get to the front. Coming off the second turn on the opening lap, pole sitter Chad Boespflug spurted away to the lead while Robert Ballou (bottom), Thomas (middle) and Thomas Meseraull (top) battled three-wide for second. Bloomington's tight confines made it a tough proposition for all three to successfully make it to turn three unscathed, and that would prove to be the case.

Midway down the back straight, Thomas and Meseraull made contact. Meseraull's left front wheel served as a launching pad for Thomas who hopped his right rear tire over Meseraull's wheel, collapsing Meseraull's front end and concluding a night that proved crushing to the San Jose, California's Indiana Sprint Week title hopes, dropping him from second in the standings (13 back) to fifth and 28 out of the lead with just two events remaining.

It was an incident in which Kevin Thomas, Jr. put the full blame squarely on his own shoulders.

"I got a decent start," Thomas recalls. "I rolled the middle and got up beside Thomas. Honestly, it's just a lack of concentration on my part. I caught myself looking at the bottom at Boespflug and I let my right rear slide out a little bit too far and I ran Thomas out of room. That was 100% my fault. He didn't do anything wrong and it's just unfortunate what happened to him. They've been good all week. It's not the way we want to race because he doesn't race like that and I try not to race like that. It's just an unfortunate circumstance for him. He's been good all week and he was good tonight. I just lost concentration on my end."

With the incident occurring on the opening lap, there were still 30 laps to try to retain that focus that is so sorely needed to compete at a winning level. With that situation weighing on his mind, Thomas had to regain his composure and get back to the task at hand.

"When you make contact, then yellow comes out immediately and you see his front end knocked out like that, it's a disheartening because he and I have raced for a long, long time. We don't usually make contact. He's got a wife and kids. He's here to make a living too. To take his night away from him like that is not cool on my part."

When action resumed, many believed the race would be won on the bottom including leader Boespflug, but Kevin Thomas, Jr. had his car set up to run the top and he didn't intend to stray from that notion. Thomas was able to inch a bit closer on the first three circuits as the two ran side-by-side, Boespflug around the infield tires and Thomas riding the ledge.

Boespflug clung to the lead by a car length at the line at the conclusion of lap three, but Thomas made some headway on the following lap and, coming off four, surged ahead of Boespflug as he hung his right-side tires off the front straightaway curb at the start/finish line to secure the point. Boespflug took one more run at Thomas on lap four, attempting a half-slider in turn three to no avail, allowing Thomas to step through the door and slam it shut as he left the rest of the field behind.

By the tenth lap, Thomas had built up a full-straightaway lead with Troy, Ohio's Lee Underwood holding down the second spot in one of the most remarkable drives all week, one lap after he blew by Boespflug on the bottom for the runner-up position. By halfway, lappers were everywhere, suffocating the high and low-lines on each end of the quarter-mile, but Thomas had no intentions of leaving his comfort zone up top.

"I just don't run the bottom," Thomas said without hesitation. "It's just one of those things. If I could run in the top-five on the top and not have to run the bottom, it's probably what I'm going to try to do. I just don't have enough patience to run the bottom. I'm not very good at it. We set up to run the top as much as we can. It's just a comfort level up there for me. I thought about going to the bottom a few times in lapped traffic. I think I tried it one time and I completely missed the bottom. I knew I couldn't do this any longer, so I just stuck it out, tried to get a little bit closer to the lappers, then I just slid them."

Just after halfway, Boespflug found his second wind, discovering his groove on the high-side to sweep past Underwood for second on lap 18 with eyes affixed on catching Thomas in the gridlock of lapped traffic that lie ahead. Still trailing by nearly three seconds, Boespflug would need a caution or something drastic to occur in front of Thomas in the closing laps, and it nearly did.

With six to go, the cars of Max McGhee and C.J. Leary became hooked together rear bumper to front bumper, respectively, right in front of Thomas, which briefly caused a bit of consternation for the race leader. The two eventually were able untangle at the exit of turn four before continuing, but luckily for Thomas, he was able to take evasive action to avoid catastrophe.

Bloomington winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2nd from left) stands in victory lane along with Sheldon Kinser's family following his victory Friday night. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

"I did see that," Thomas recalls. "It's just one of those deals. You have to look far enough ahead, but you still have to concentrate as much as you can on the cushion you're running. It can bite you just as much as those two beating and banging on each other. Something can happen and you might get into them. It's a little bit of both. You have to concentrate really hard on what the cars are doing in front of you. You have to get your momentum up before you get there, then whenever they make a mistake, just squirt by and get yourself out of the problem. That's really all you can do in that situation."

With no caution coming out for the incident, it became a split-second decision that could've ultimately decided the race. As Boespflug charged at Thomas with a full-head of steam, it was the line Thomas had already established that he believes helped him navigate through the potential hazards as they occurred.

"If you try to wait and go to the bottom, say somebody knocks their front end out, then turns down the track and you get taken out of the lead, that's just one thing you don't want to happen. I feel like the top is the easiest way out of trouble. There's normally so much banking on these tracks that when something happens, it usually ends up going to the bottom. I think you have a little bit more space if something does happen, so I just stick to the top. If something happens, you can drive off the top of the track, especially here since there's no walls. If you can get slowed down and turn underneath it, you've got to stick to the top. You can't open yourself up too much for the guy behind you. It's just a fine line right there, but it's a gamble you have to take."

No such trouble stood in Thomas' path on the final five revolutions around the oval, though he did have to contend with a three-way battle for 16th between Justin Grant, Carson Short and Shane Cottle that formed a Red Rover Wall of sorts with two to go that prevented him from breaking free. The pack would thin out and Thomas would win out, finishing off a dominating performance in his KT Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy over Boespflug, a series-best performance for the unrelated Tyler Thomas, followed by the surprise of ISW - Lee Underwood - who came home a career-best fourth while Robert Ballou rounded out the top-five.

With the victory, Thomas now holds down a five-point advantage in the ISW standings. With two shows remaining, Thomas plans to block out any thoughts on so-called "points racing."

"In the first part of the week, I was actually paying attention to the points," Thomas recalls. "I'd been running (terrible). Tonight, it was another gameplan, a different mindset. We're just here to win now. If you win the race, the points will take care of themselves. As far as that old points racing crap, I'm kind of over it. That's not what I do. Whenever I do, I don't make good decisions and I'm not aggressive. It's just not the way I like to run races. We're just going to go out there to win every race. If we do, we do. If we don't, we don't. If something happens and we get taken out like Meseraull did tonight, that is what it is. It's just the way this week can go. It's a tough week. You want to be in position to capitalize on the opportunities you do have and hope that nothing bad happens to you."

After a tumultuous past month that hadn't seen a top-five finish in the last 30 days, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug has seemingly gotten back on a track, following up a fourth-place run Monday night at Gas City with a runner-up finish Friday night at Bloomington in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton. It's been a turnaround a long-time coming after their confidence was shaken following a string of results that had not lived up to their expectations.

"When things don't go the way you want them to go and the late nights at the shop and the early mornings come and go, things can seem like they're falling apart," Boespflug explains. "(Crewmen) Davey (Jones), Richard (Hoffman) and myself have had to pep talk each other at times to try and get things going. We all believe in each other and that's the key. I think saying what we did to each other lit a fire under our butts and got us going again."

Like many, Boespflug stayed on the bottom early before gravitating to the top where he seemed to pick up speed about halfway through and worked his way back to second.

"I just hung out on the bottom too long," Boespflug laments. "Early on, I thought that was going to be the place. The top cleaned off pretty good for Kevin, so I jumped up there and ran one lap in one corner at the top, then went to the bottom and vice-versa. I kind of jumped around a bunch, but that didn't seem to work, so I just stuck to the top. I was kind of tip-toeing, getting my speed up. Lee (Underwood) got underneath me and I really had to hustle to get back around him. I was getting closer to KT about halfway through, then the rubber came and we were all running the same speed around the top."

Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas' last few weeks revolved around rebuilding a car that had been heavily-damaged in the non-sanctioned "No Way Out 40" at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway a few weeks back. That comes in addition to minor setbacks and missing a few shows that proved a setback to the 21-year-old who first stepped into a USAC Sprint Car at this point one year ago. On Friday night, all the pieces came together for T. Thomas and his Jerry Burton-owned/Jerry Burton Masonry - Johnson's Taxidermy/DRC/Foxco to record a best-career USAC National Sprint Car finish of third.

"It's really special to me, especially to do it in the Jerry Burton car," Thomas beamed. "We've been battling so many small problems that's kept us from qualifying well and getting through our heat race. Plus, we missed a couple nights and, prior to all of this, we had to rebuild the car a couple weeks ago after a crash. We got it together tonight. We qualified really well and got through the heat race and ran up front in the feature tonight. I just tried to be real patient there. I rolled around the bottom - felt like for maybe too long - but once we got up to the top and got around Ballou and Underwood, this car was on a roll.

"We've been battling a lot of different issues all year," Thomas explains. "There's nothing we could've done. It's just been bad luck, really. We were finally able to get everything dialed in tonight. This is by far the best night we've had all year. I never would've dreamed we would've run top-three at Sprint Week this week, but it feels pretty damn cool."

Brownsburg, Indiana driver A.J. Hopkins was released from the hospital early Saturday morning after a frightening semi-feature incident in which he ramped over the right rear wheel of another car, sending him flipping through a fence located between turns one and two where he eventually came to a rest in a parking area, making contact with a couple of pickup trucks along the way.

Contingency award winners Friday at Bloomington Speedway include Carson Short (ProSource Fast Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Brody Roa (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Brady Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 29th "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" - "Indiana Sprint Week" Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-10.842; 2. Ryan Bernal, 17G, On The Gass-11.032; 3. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.037; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.069; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9K, KT-11.078; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11,095; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-11.127; 8. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-11.151; 9. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.155; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.162; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-11.170; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.181; 13. Jeff Bland, Jr., 66w, Waltz-11.194; 14. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.210; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.262; 16. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.290; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.318; 18. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-11.326; 19. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.326; 20. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.357; 21. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.367; 22. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-11.372; 23. Brody Roa, 91T, BR-11.386; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.482; 25. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-11.483; 26. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-11.500; 27. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-11.530; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-11.551; 29. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.553; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.597; 31. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.612; 32. Jerry Coons, Jr., 21K, Krockenberger-11.652; 33. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-11.711; 34. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-11.813; 35. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-11.820; 36. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-11.842; 37. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-11.916; 38. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-12.415; 39. Brady Ottinger, 4B, 4J Motorsports-12.630; 40. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-(Time of 11.864 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Bland, 4. B. Short, 5. C. Short, 6. Grant, 7. Andretti, 8. Farney, 9. Barksdale, 10. Underwood. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Swanson, 3. Bernal, 4. Hodges, 5. McDonald, 6. Sipes, 7. VanGilder, 8. Aitken, 9. Mattox, 10. Windom. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Jackson, 3. Courtney, 4. Meseraull, 5. Beauchamp, 6. Hopkins, 7. McGhee, 8. Leer, 9. Ottinger, 10. Schuerenberg. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Cottle, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Coons, 7. Williams, 8. Clem, 9. Cummins, 10. Stockon. NT C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Farney, 4. Williams, 5. Barksdale, 6. Clem, 7. VanGilder, 8. Ottinger, 9. Sipes, 10. Leer. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Grant, 4. Underwood, 5. Stockon, 6. Windom, 7. C. Short, 8. Coons, 9. Aitken, 10. Stanbrough, 11. Beauchamp, 12. Mattox, 13. Andretti, 14. Williams, 15. Barksdale, 16. Cummins, 17. Farney, 18. Hopkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Lee Underwood, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Jeff Bland, Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brady Short, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Carson Short, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Jarett Andretti, 22. Brody Roa, 23. Max McGhee, 24. Thomas Meseraull. NT ---------------------------- **Hopkins flipped through the fence outside turn two during the semi. He was transported to a local hospital for observation.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (22nd-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1,236, 2-Grant-1,229, 3-Boespflug-1,102, 4-Stockon-1,071, 5-K. Thomas-1,053, 6-Courtney-1,025, 7-Leary-944, 8-Brady Bacon-913, 9-Darland-859, 10-Meseraull-816.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-270, 2-Ballou-265, 3-Leary-258, 4-Windom-243, 5-Meseraull-242, 6-Darland-236, 7-Courtney-219, 8-Brady Bacon-203, 9-Boespflug-200, 10-Hodges-187.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 15 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

LEMKE TAKES KERN COUNTY SPEED2 DIRT MAIN

Bakersfield, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. gabbed Friday night's 20-lap USAC Speed2 Western US Midget race at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Jesse Love IV was second ahead of Ashley Hazelton, Max Guilford and Tom Paterson.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT RACE RESULTS: July 14, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-16.283; 2. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-16.352, 3-Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-16.387, 4. David Prickett, 20, USW-16.529; 5. Cody Gerhardt, 40, Western Speed-16.533; 6. Jackson Dukes, 6, Dukes-16.568; 7. Max Guilford, 14k, Guilford-16.730; 8. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-17.452; 9. Jesse Love IV, 44L, Love-17.887.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Lemke, 3. Love, 4. Guilford, 5. Gerhardt. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Prickett, 3. Breidinger, 4. Dukes. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Max Guilford, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. David Prickett, 7. Jackson Dukes, 8. Annie Breidinger. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Breidinger, Laps 4-20 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Paterson-379, 2-Lemke-377, 3-Love-368, 4-A.Breidinger-342, 5-Blake Brannon-249, 6-Prickett-136, 7-Hazelton-97, 8-Antonia Boscacci-82, 9-Terry Nichols-70, 10-Joel Rayborne-67.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-759, 2-A.Breidinger-710, 3-Paterson-707, 4-Lemke-659, 5-Blake Brannon-532, 6-Toni Breidinger-317, 7-Antonia Boscacci-288, 8-Joey Iest-268, 9-Johnny Nichols-229, 10-Cody Jessop-171.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: July 15 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

July 14, 2017 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 29th "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE/B & W AUTO MART QUALIFYING: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-10.842; 2. Ryan Bernal, 17G, On The Gass-11.032; 3. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.037; 4. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-11.069; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 9k, KT-11.078; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11,095; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-11.127; 8. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-11.151; 9. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.155; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.162; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-11.170; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.181; 13. Jeff Bland Jr., 66w, Waltz-11.194; 14. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.210; 15. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-11.262; 16. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-11.290; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.318; 18. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-11.326; 19. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-11.326; 20. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.357; 21. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-11.367; 22. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-11.372; 23. Brody Roa, 91T, BR-11.386; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.482; 25. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-11.483; 26. Matt McDonald, 5m, McDonald-11.500; 27. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-11.530; 28. Jon Stanbrough, 77, Wingo-11.551; 29. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.553; 30. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.597; 31. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.612; 32. Jerry Coons Jr., 21k, Krockenberger-11.652; 33. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-11.711; 34. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-11.813; 35. Katlynn Leer, 77k, Leer-11.820; 36. Jamie Williams, 31, Williams-11.842; 37. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-11.916; 38. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-12.415; 39. Brady Ottinger, 4B, 4J Motorsports-12.630; 40. Tyler Clem, 14c, Clem/TSR-(Time of 11.864 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. K.Thomas Jr., 3. Bland, 4. B.Short, 5. C.Short, 6. Grant, 7. Andretti, 8. Farney, 9. Barksdale, 10. Underwood. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Swanson, 3. Bernal, 4. Hodges, 5. McDonald, 6. Sipes, 7. VanGilder, 8. Aitken, 9. Mattox, 10. Windom. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Jackson, 3. Courtney, 4. Meseraull, 5. Beauchamp, 6. Hopkins, 7. McGhee, 8. Leer, 9. Ottinger, 10. Schuerenberg. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Darland, 3. Cottle, 4. T.Thomas, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Coons, 7. Williams, 8. Clem, 9. Cummins, 10. Stockon. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Farney, 4. Williams, 5. Barksdale, 6. Clem, 7. VanGilder, 8. Ottinger, 9. Sipes, 10. Leer. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Grant, 4. Underwood, 5. Stockon, 6. Windom, 7. C.Short, 8. Coons, 9. Aitken, 10. Stanbrough, 11. Beauchamp, 12. Mattox, 13. Andretti, 14. Williams, 15. Barksdale, 16. Cummins, 17. Farney, 18. Hopkins. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Lee Underwood, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Jeff Bland, Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. Tyler Courtney, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brady Short, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Carson Short, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Dakota Jackson, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Jarett Andretti, 22. Brody Roa, 23. Max McGhee, 24. Thomas Meseraull. NT
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**Hopkins flipped through the fence outside turn two during the semi. He was transported to a local hospital for observation.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (22nd-10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Windom-1,236, 2-Grant-1,229, 3-Boespflug-1,102, 4-Stockon-1,071, 5-K.Thomas Jr.-1,053, 6-Courtney-1,025, 7-Leary-944, 8-Brady Bacon-913, 9-Darland-859, 10-Meseraull-816.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-K.Thomas Jr.-270, 2-Ballou-265, 3-Leary-258, 4-Windom-243, 5-Meseraull-242, 6-Darland-236, 7-Courtney-219, 8-Brady Bacon-203, 9-Boespflug-200, 10-Hodges-187.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 15 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES & BCRA MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA

By Lance Jennings

JULY 13, 2017... After a break in the schedule, the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets are back in action this Saturday, July 15th, at Petaluma Speedway. The Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) co-sanctioned “Jack London Hall of Fame Night” is the first of two appearances at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature Winged 360 Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 5:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: -WEIGHT RULE: The weight rule for the combined BCRA & USAC Western States Midget shows is 1060 lbs. This will also be in effect at the September 7th Chico show. -USAC POINTS: To earn USAC Western States Midget points at Petaluma, competitors must check in with USAC officials. This will also be in effect at the September 7th Chico show. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. -BCRA POINTS: For BCRA points, BCRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event. -MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, Extreme: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, Schoenfeld: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event. -TARPS: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Saturday’s race honors Jack London, a famous car owner and mechanic dating back to the Offenhouser days of BCRA. As part of the festivities, the Bay Cities Racing Association will induct car owner Doug Bock, driver Dick Geide, car owner Marietta Nichols, and photographer Jim Abreu into their Hall of Fame. Past winners of the popular race includes Michael Faccinto and Alex Schutte.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted six USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Alex Schutte won last year’s “Hall of Fame Race.” Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013 and a complete series win list at Petaluma is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has a twenty point lead over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 PAC Springs / Wilwood Brakes Stewart, Gardner won the May 13th feature at Ventura Raceway. To date, the defending four-time champion has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led to his credit. Ronnie ranks fourth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his twenty-second career victory.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott scored third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes on the season. Cory has one career series win and will have his sights on adding Petaluma’s “Hall of Fame Race” to his resume.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. Racing Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone took seventh in the May 13th main event at Ventura. As this writing goes to press, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has three top-10 finishes and will be looking to earn her first career USAC win at Petaluma Speedway.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) is fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini raced from eleventh to score fifth at Ventura. At press time, the 2015 BCRA Champion has three top-10 finishes on the season and will have his sights on his second career USAC victory.

After running tenth at Ventura, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) climbed to fifth in the Western States point standings. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has one heat race victory, one Esslinger Engineering Hard Charger Award, and two top-10 finishes to his credit. Robert will be looking to earn his first USAC Western Midget victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Currently ranked tenth in points, Mason Daniel (Visalia, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Clayton Ruston (Upland, California) and Bryan Drollinger (Lomita, California) are also in contention.

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

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California) leads the overall BCRA point standings. Floyd Alvis, JR Williams, Chad Nichols, David Goodwill, Cory Elliott, Alex Schutte, David Prickett, Terry Nichols, and Danny Carroll round out the top-10 in points.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood*, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic.

JACK LONDON HALL OF FAME RACE WINNERS: 2015-Michael Faccinto, 2016-Alex Schutte.

PETALUMA LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Alex Schutte.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-240, 2. Cory Elliott-220, 3. Courtney Crone-193, 4. Frankie Guerrini-177, 5. Robert Dalby-145, 6. David Prickett-141, 7. Terry Nichols-140, 8. Michael Faccinto-139, 9. Randi Pankratz-126, 10. Mason Daniel-110, 11. Robby Josett-101, 12. Shane Golobic-81, 13. Shannon McQueen-80, ... J.J. Ercse-80, 15. Jake Swanson-79, 16. Clayton Ruston-77, ... Nic Faas-77, ... Tyler Dolacki-77, 19. Maria Cofer-76, 20. Austen Figueroa-74.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

JAKE SWANSON TOPS VENTURA’S SECOND “BATTLE OF THE BEACH”

By Lance Jennings

JULY 12, 2017... Inheriting the lead on lap 29, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) held off all challengers to claim last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” at Ventura Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints, the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car win paid Swanson $1,500 for his efforts. Hard charger Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, and Cory Elliott followed the new point leader to the checkered flags.

Visiting Arizona driver Landon Cling started on the pole position and led the first three laps. After applying heavy pressure, Tristan Guardino slid past last season’s USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year and took command. Guardino managed to build up a sizable lead as a huge battle raged for the runner-up spot. Debuting a brand new car from Melinda Buckley, Troy Rutherford broke through from eighth and began to reel in Guardino. As traffic began to play a factor, Rutherford got the better of Guardino and seized the lead on the twenty-second lap.

Once out front, the former track champion looked to score his first win of the year until heartbreak struck. A steering bolt broke, sending Rutherford’s mount into the wall and ended his night. The second running Swanson was now in control and the USAC/CRA standout sailed to the first USAC win for car owner Matt Dale.

Racing Matt Dale’s #12 Gage Huntley Design / West Evans Motorsports Maxim, Jake Swanson claimed his second win of the campaign and took over the point lead. Qualifying seventh out of the twenty-five car roster, Swanson won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and started ninth in the feature. Heading to Watsonville with a 70-point lead, Jake has posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned his second BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventeenth. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, Liggett was third fast in time trials, flipped in his heat race to score seventh, and ran second to Max Adams in the semi-main. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is second in points with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led to his credit.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) raced from sixteenth to take third in the “Battle at the Beach.” Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams qualified second overall, placed seventh in his heat race, and won the 12-lap Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has climbed to tenth in points with six top-10 finishes on the year.

After leading eighteen laps, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, California) ran fourth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Sales Maxim, Guardino was fourth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. At press time, Tristan is sixth in the point chase with two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign.

Making his second start, Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) charged from fourteenth to fifth at the “Battle of the Beach.” Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize CS9, Elliott qualified seventeenth overall and placed fifth in his heat race. The 2015 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year left Ventura tied with Shon Deskins for 35th in the point standings.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) earned the night’s Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Sheridan ran second to Jake Swanson in his heat race and scored fourteenth in the feature after an early exit. In limited appearances, Danny ranks 48th in championship points.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) raced to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Racing a new Melinda Buckley #79 Derek Buckley Masonry / Drake & Makayla Maxim, Rutherford was eighth fast in time trials and scored thirteenth in the main event. Running a limited schedule, the 2010 VRA Sprint Car Champion is 27th in the point chase.

Making his first start, Josh Lakatos (Pasadena, California) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. Piloting Cory Kruseman’s #4K Lucas Oil / Kruseman Sprint Car & Midget Driving School entry, Lakatos qualified ninth overall and took twenty-first in the main event after an early flip.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to action with a special doubleheader at Watsonville and Petaluma. On Friday, July 28th, the traditional 360s will invade Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. Located on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds at 2601 E. Lake Avenue, the action packed card will also feature IMCA Sport Mods, American Stocks, 4 Bangers, and Police-n-Pursuit. For more information, visit www.racepmg.com or call 831.662.9466 (WINN). NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway has a strict sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY track legal muffler.

The following night, Saturday, July 29th, the series will make their debut at Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the event will also showcase Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Stocks. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223). NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: Petaluma Speedway has a strict sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY track legal muffler. In addition, tarps are required under all cars in the pit area.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” – Co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-12.320; 2. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.346; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.351; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.391; 5. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-12.576; 6. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-12.579; 7. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.676; 8. Troy Rutherford, 79, Buckley-12.810; 9. Josh Lakatos, 4K, Kruseman-12.829; 10. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.910; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.944; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.953; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.996; 14. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.015; 15. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-13.030; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.101; 17. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.103; 18. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.119; 19. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinzoa-13.209; 20. Sterling Cling, 21K, Kruseman-13.252; 21. Patrick Clark, 2K, Kruseman-13.256; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.316; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.345; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.415; 25. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-13.943.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Sheridan, 3. Guardino, 4. Hendricks, 5. Wiley, 6. Woodward, 7. Timmons, 8. Espinoza, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Majors, 3. Hix, 4. Smith, 5. Elliott, 6. Ellertson, 7. Adams, 8. S.Cling. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lakatos, 2. Douglass, 3. L.Cling, 4. Clark, 5. Butcher, 6. Strole, 7. Liggett, 8. Hendrix. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Hendrix, 4. Woodward, 5. Espinoza, 6. Strole, 7. S.Cling, 8. Ellertson, 9. Timmons, 10. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positons) 1. Jake Swanson (9th), 2. Austin Liggett (17th), 3. Max Adams (16th), 4. Tristan Guardino (3rd), 5. Cory Elliott (14th), 6. Tom Hendricks (10th), 7. Charlie Butcher (15th), 8. Rick Hendrix (18th), 9. Steve Hix (2nd), 10. Luis Espinoza (20th), 11. Bruce Douglass (4th), 12. Kyle Smith (11th), 13. Troy Rutherford (8th), 14. Danny Sheridan (6th), 15. Guy Woodward (19th), 16. Landon Cling (1st), 17. Geoffrey Strole (21st), 18. Sterling Cling (22nd), 19. Brandon Wiley (13th), 20. Cody Majors (5th), 21. Josh Lakatos (7th), 22. Patrick Clark (12th). NT ---------------------------- **Liggett flipped during the third heat. Lakatos flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cling, Laps 4-21 Guardino, Laps 22-28 Rutherford, Laps 29-30 Swanson. BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (17th to 2nd)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-719, 2. Austin Liggett-649, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 4. Ryan Bernal-628, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 6. Tristan Guardino-567, 7. Cody Majors-547, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-499, 9. Ryan Timmons-451, 10. Max Adams-424, 11. Brandon Wiley-423, 12. Steve Hix-412, 13. Shannon McQueen-302, 14. Steven Garris-295, 15. Kyle Smith-270, ... Jeff Sibley-270, 17. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 18. Ryan Stolz-245, 19. Geoff Ensign-244, 20. Landon Cling-176.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial) October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) -----------------------------------------------

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 10, 2017 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.837; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-11.925; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-11.930; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-12.014; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.032; 6. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-12.057; 7. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-12.138; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.144; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.158; 10. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-12.183; 11. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-12.198; 12. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-12.203; 13. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-12.208; 14. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-12.244; 15. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.292; 16. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-12.317; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.359; 18. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-12.429; 19. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-12.435; 20. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-12.458; 21. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-12.462; 22. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.498; 23. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.505; 24. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-12.596; 25. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-12.596; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.625; 27. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-12.643; 28. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-12.766; 29. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.772; 30. Tyler Clem, 14, Clem/TSR-12.798; 31. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-12.907; 32. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-12.918.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Leary, 4. Stockon, 5. Westfall, 6. Bernal, 7. Cummins, 8. Goodnight. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Grant, 3. K. Thomas, 4. Boespflug, 5. Darland, 6. Hewitt, 7. Clem, 8. Chapple. 2:08.22

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Andretti, 3. Cottle, 4. Roa, 5. Bacon, 6. Courtney, 7. Jarrett, 8. Robbins. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Meseraull, 3. Hopkins, 4. T. Thomas, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Short, 7. Hines, 8. Windom. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Courtney, 5. Short, 6. Cummins, 7. Bernal, 8. Stanbrough, 9. Hewitt, 10. Chapple, 11. Westfall, 12. Jarrett, 13. Hines, 14. Robbins, 15. Clem. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Josh Hodges, 11. Tyler Courtney, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 15. Kody Swanson, 16. Brady Short, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Brody Roa, 22. Ryan Bernal, 23. A.J. Hopkins. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Cottle, Laps 3-20 Meseraull, Laps 21-25 Ballou, Laps 26-30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (18th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jarett Andretti

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-1186, 2-Windom-1173, 3-Boespflug-1017, 4-Stockon-1014, 5-K. Thomas-964, 6-Courtney-960, 7-Bacon-913, 8-Leary-903, 9-Darland-801, 10-Meseraull-778.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-Leary-217, 2-Meseraull-204, 3-Bacon-203, 4-Ballou-188, 5-K. Thomas-181, 6-Windom-180, 7-Darland-178, 8-Courtney-154, 9-Hodges-135, 10-Andretti-128.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 12 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Don Smith Classic" - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

LEARY LOWERS THE BOOM FOR FIRST ISW WIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........C.J. Leary will be the first to tell you how difficult it is to win a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature. It requires a number of things to line up accordingly leading up to the event and, throughout the night, it takes a combination of skill and even good fortune to have a good run, let alone a winning performance at night's end.

It took 140 long nights to get the elusive first USAC Sprint win last August, but only 28 to earn his second Sunday night in round two of Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

However, the drought seemed more prolonged in Leary's eyes as good fortune seemed to elude him regularly this season. Mired back in eighth in the standings and sans a victory throughout the first half of the season, the team thrashed to find the right combination that would pay dividends for them in the immediate future.

"It's been a real trying season," Leary admits. "All year, if it wasn't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all. We kept trying different stuff and nothing seemed to be working."

Prior to Sprint Week, however, the Leary's made a few changes to the puzzle pieces that make up the core of the team. There were adjustments made to the shock package and the installation of a new engine, but the biggest change was a switch on the one turning the wrenches. Enter Donnie Gentry as the new crew chief, the very same individual C.J. had in his corner when he drove Shane Wade's No. 66 to his career USAC Sprint win at Kokomo Speedway's "Sprint Car Smackdown" 11 months ago.

"Donnie and I had some chemistry last year when we won at the Smackdown together," Leary recalls. "What he does with the racecar works really well with my style. This is one of my best racetracks and Donnie's got a really good setup for it. The biggest key of the night, though, was qualifying up front and getting track position against the best racecars and the best drivers in the country."

Leary's third-place qualifying time was his best run since Eldora in early May, setting him up for a spot on the outside of row two for the start of the 30-lapper. Initially, though, it was Brady Bacon who held down the position on the opening laps as he rode the rim around the outside of pole-sitter Hunter Schuerenberg in turns one and two.

By lap three, Leary, the 2013 Lawrenceburg track champion, was eager to pounce as he slid Bacon for the point at the entrance to turn one. Bacon quickly counterpunched, ducking low to retake the lead as the two hustled down the back straightaway. But that would only prove to be a momentary maneuver as Leary entered the ring once again, ripping the outside between turns three and four to blast around Bacon for the lead exiting the fourth corner to turn the tables - no microphone needed - from the occurrences at the recent "Eastern Storm" stop at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

Leary's 2017 misfortunes reached a high-water mark in that June event in which a lapped car disrupted his line entering turn one three laps from the end, thus concluding his bid for victory that night after a stirring late-race drive on the high side to rip the lead away from Bacon.

"I've won eight races here at Lawrenceburg in the past," Leary points out. "We kind of got the set up down and we kind of know what the racetrack's going to do. After the heat race, we just knew it was going back to being classic Lawrenceburg, right against the fence with big sliders. That's right up my alley. Passing Bacon early was key before the track went completely slick and we were all running about the same speed at the end."

The Greenfield, Indiana driver was hellbent on avoiding that situation this time around as he absolutely hammered the field for the next several laps. He continued to wreak havoc on the competition even as he began to encounter lapped traffic, constructing a full-straightaway lead on the high-banked half-mile dirt oval when the night's only caution fell on lap 13 for a loose infield tire that successfully rolled its away from the exit of turn four to the entrance of turn one after being clipped and dislodged by a car.

Leary seemed to be synched in rhythm while the remainder of the field sang the blues, but the 21-year-old who paints water towers for a living with the family business, wasn't too bent out of shape when he saw yellow.

"The yellow actually helped bail me out of heavy lapped traffic," Leary said. "It put me back in the clear air and allowed me to pull away a little bit on the restart. I got a little bit of a lead and was able to ride in traffic, so I didn't have to push it too hard. I think if we would have had another yellow somewhere along the way, it would've been the same result."

Leary's large lead was gone, but so was lapped traffic and so was Leary as he instantly reestablished his full-straightaway, 3.5 second lead with just 10 laps remaining. But, just as things seemed well in hand, lady bad luck was leering in the second turn as Leary worked his way through the back of the field. Previous night's Kokomo fifth-place finisher Kyle Cummins was next on Leary's radar when he bounced hard off the turn two concrete and gathered to remain control just as Leary was clamping down on him to put him a lap down.

"It happened right in front of me," Leary remembers. "I was really worried he was going to chock it down or just come right down in front of me. I was hoping to get by him when he did that, but I had to take an extra lap to get back around him."

Luckily, for both Leary and Cummins, it was a case of "no harm, no foul" and both continued without issue. Thirty laps seem so short on paper, but anything and everything can happen in such a small window of time. Leary was wary of that and he wasn't going to allow that to faze him on this occasion.

"All the time and hard work that goes into these racecars makes it all worthwhile and so rewarding. To pick up an Indiana Sprint Week win means the world to me. We've dreamed of winning these races, and to do it as a family at Lawrenceburg, there's isn't anything more fitting than that." - C.J. Leary (Rich Forman Photo)

"I've led a lot a lot of races, but I've given plenty away," Leary acknowledges. "Three or four or five of them, I can't even remember now. It's been so many. I caught lapped traffic and it was tough because everyone's so fast. I had been leading and hadn't heard anybody or seen anybody. Right there at the end with five to go, I was on Carson Short's tail and I couldn't get around him. Lapped traffic was thick on the top and bottom and I finally just drove it in there, but I wasn't completely sure how hard I had to push the racecar at the end."

Everything seemed well in hand coming off the final corner on the final lap, but there was one last scare for good measure that Leary chalks up to a simple racing deal. Carson Short and Jon Stanbrough were racing for the 16th position heading to the stripe just as Leary came off turn four to take the checkered flag. Short occupied the bottom and Stanbrough the middle right at the line as Leary barely squeezed by on the outside of both between Stanbrough's right side wheels and the wall. Leary and Stanbrough banged wheels, but fortunately for both, crisis was averted and Leary was able to celebrate his second career USAC National Sprint Car victory and his first in Indiana Sprint Week.

"He actually came up higher than I expected him to," Leary said. "I thought he might be able to see me up there because I had been next to him a couple laps in a row. They both went to bottom on the last lap and I figured he knew I was going to be up there. But it's just a racing deal. He didn't mean it by any means. I'm just lucky enough I had a good lead and I was just glad I didn't tear up the racecar because it's really fast this week!"

To Leary, his first series win a year ago was one of the most memorable nights of his career. Yet, winning in the family-owned number 30 is at another level of special significance after he and his dad, Chuck, have sacrificed and endured long days and nights of frustration to finally get the Leary Racing/Leary Construction - Highsmith Guns/DRC/1-Way Chevy to victory lane.

"Winning in Shane Wade's car was awesome, especially because it was my first and it was at the Smackdown, another really competitive event," Leary acknowledges. "Dad and I work our butts off all week, every week just so we can get to the racetrack. My mom and dad, we all come to the track together as a family. Picking up a win here tonight is so special for Dad and I both. Mom couldn't make it here tonight. She stayed at home since she wasn't feeling so hot. But all the time and hard work that goes into these racecars makes it all worthwhile and so rewarding. To pick up an Indiana Sprint Week win means the world to me. We've dreamed of winning these races, and to do it as a family at Lawrenceburg, there's isn't anything more fitting than that."

After a third-place run the night before, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma snared a strong runner-up finish after leading the first two laps at Lawrenceburg in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I finally caught the invert right tonight," a relieved Bacon said. "C.J. was just better than us. No one was going to stop him tonight. I was hoping that, maybe, the top would go away and we'd be able to catch him that way, but it didn't and, sometimes, that's the way it goes. He was just really, really fast tonight."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. earned KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors, finishing third from his ninth starting spot in his KT Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - KT Construction Services/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

"Last night, I kind of got caught behind the eight ball as a driver," Thomas recalls. "I didn't keep up with the track. I think we did a much better job of that tonight. We made the right changes on the racecar. I didn't really prefer to start that far back in the feature, so we had to pass some good cars. It's a long, tough week. To knock off a podium finish this early is good for morale. Things can go so well one night and bad the next. We didn't have the finish we wanted last night, but tonight shows that if everybody works hard and makes a good, fast racecar, you can bounce back and have a night like we did tonight."

Contingency award winners Sunday at Lawrenceburg Speedway include Dave Darland (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Kody Swanson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Ryan Bernal (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 9, 2017 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.854; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.927; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.009; 4. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.016; 5. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.093; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.093; 7. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.157; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.185; 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-14.191; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-14.223; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.246; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.271; 13. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.284; 14. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-14.303; 15. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.308; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.310; 17. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.317; 18. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.336; 19. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.348; 20. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-14.359; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.413; 22. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-14.544; 23. Garrett Abrams, 32G, Abrams-14.587; 24. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.653; 25. Dickie Gaines, 44x, Soudrette-14.654; 26. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-14.680; 27. Michael Fischesser, 44s, Fischesser-14.736; 28. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.744; 29. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.798; 30. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.841; 31. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.917; 32. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-14.967; 33. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-15.108; 34. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-15.187; 35. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-15.204; 36. Tyler Clem, 14, Clem/TSR-15.291; 37. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.324; 38. Tom Harris, 5E, Harris-15.388; 39. Ty Tilton, 42T, Tilton-15.538; 40. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.621; 41. Chris Olding, 21M, Olding-18.065.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Courtney, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Bacon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chapple, 7. Gaines, 8. Mattox, 9. Moffatt, 10. Farney. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Meseraull, 3. K. Thomas, 4. B. Short, 5. Cummins, 6. Roa, 7. Bilbee, 8. Stockon, 9. Hines, 10. Harris. 2:26.30

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Andretti, 4. Clouser, 5. Westerfeld, 6. Simon, 7. Hughes, 8. Abrams, 9. Fischesser, 10. Tilton. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C. Short, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Ballou, 6. Bernal, 7. Robbins, 8. Clem, 9. Jarrett, 10. Goodnight. 2:31.10

C-MAIN: (8 laps) 1. Mattox, 2. Simon, 3. Hughes, 4. Harris, 5. Jarrett, 6. Goodnight, 7. Clem, 8. Hines, 9. Moffatt, 10. Olding. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Cummins, 3. Ballou, 4. Roa, 5. Farney, 6. Chapple, 7. Bilbee, 8. Boespflug, 9. Westerfeld, 10. Abrams, 11. Harris, 12. Mattox, 13. Fischesser, 14. Hughes, 15. Robbins, 16. Simon, 17. Gaines, 18. Stockon. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Brady Short, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Josh Hodges, 12. Tyler Courtney, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Hunter Schuerenberg, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Carson Short, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Chad Boespflug, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Kyle Cummins, 22. Chase Stockon, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Mario Clouser. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Bacon, Laps 3-30 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (9th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Bernal

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-1,130, 2-Windom-1,107, 3-Stockon-957, 4-Boespflug-951, 5-Courtney-918, 6-Thomas-918, 7-Bacon-851, 8-Leary-825, 9-Darland-758, 10-Meseraull-716.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-Meseraull-142, 2-Bacon-141, 3-Leary-139, 4-Darland & K. Thomas-135, 6-Windom-114, 7-Courtney-112, 8-C. Short-111, 9-Ballou-109, 10-Cummins-93.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: July 10 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

34 IMRA FEATURE GOES TO McDERMAND

Burlington, IA........Chase McDermand of Springfield, Ill. led all 15 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget feature at 34 Raceway. Tyson Hart, series point leader Dillon Morley, Adam Taylor and Jacob Sollenberger rounded out the top-five at the finish.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:July 8, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway -"101.7 The Bull Night & Caseboine Credit Union Night at the Races"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Braydon Graylord (#37 Raymond), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Jacob Sollenberger, (#5 Utsinger), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Derek Goble (#55 Goble). 6. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Dillon Morley, 4. Adam Taylor, 5. Jacob Sollenberger, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Jeremy Hull, 8. Braydon Gaylord, 9. Brent Burrows, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. Derek Goble. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McDermand.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-812, 2-Taylor-773, 3-NcDermand-753, 4-Hull-738, 5-Sollenberger-597, 6-Hart-493, 7-Hunnell-487, 8-Ross-462, 9-Burrows-458, 10-Mueller-373.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 15 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Gerald Denney Memorial"

 

 

SWANSON PREVAILS IN "BATTLE OF THE BEACH 2" AT VENTURA

Ventura, CA........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. won Saturday night's "Battle of the Beach 2" USAC West Coast sprtin race at Ventura Raceway. He took the lead on the white-flag lap and led the final two circuits to win the 30-lapper over Austin Liggett, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino and Cory Elliott. Landon Cling, Elliott and Troy Rutherford also led the race.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: July 8,-2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-12.320; 2. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.346; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.351; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.391; 5. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-12.576; 6. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-12.579; 7. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.676; 8. Troy Rutherford, 79, Buckley-12.810; 9. Josh Lakatos, 4K, Kruseman-12.829; 10. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.910; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.944; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.953; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.996; 14. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.015; 15. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-13.030; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.101; 17. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.103; 18. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.119; 19. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinzoa-13.209; 20. Sterling Cling, 21K, Kruseman-13.252; 21. Patrick Clark, 2K, Kruseman-13.256; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.316; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.345; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.415; 25. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-13.943.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Sheridan, 3. Guardino, 4. Hendricks, 5. Wiley, 6. Woodward, 7. Timmons, 8. Espinoza, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Majors, 3. Hix, 4. Smith, 5. Elliott, 6. Ellertson, 7. Adams, 8. S.Cling. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lakatos, 2. Douglass, 3. L.Cling, 4. Clark, 5. Butcher, 6. Strole, 7. Liggett, 8. Hendrix. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Hendrix, 4. Woodward, 5. Espinoza, 6. Strole, 7. S.Cling, 8. Ellertson, 9. Timmons, 10. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Max Adams, 4. Tristan Guardino, 5. Cory Elliott, 6. Tom Hendricks, 7. Charlie Butcher, 8. Rick Hendrix, 9. Steve Hix, 10. Luis Espinoza, 11. Bruce Douglass, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Danny Sheridan, 15. Guy Woodward, 16. Landon Cling, 17. Geoffrey Strole, 18. Sterling Cling, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Cody Majors, 21. Josh Lakatos, 22. Patrick Clark. NT ---------------------------- **Liggett flipped during the third heat. Lakatos flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cling, Laps 4-21 Guardino, Laps 22-28 Rutherford, Laps 29-30 Swanson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (17th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-719, 2-Liggett-649, 3-Richard Vander Weerd-648, 4-Ryan Bernal-628, 5-Jace Vander weerd-618, 6-Guardino-567, 7-Majors-547, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-499, 9-Timmons-451, 10-Adams-424.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 28 - Watsonville, CA - Ocean Speedway

 

 

HAVE CAR, TMEZ WILL TRAVEL TO THE FRONT;
WINS ISW OPENER AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........It doesn't seem to matter to Thomas Meseraull one iota which car he's in this season. More than likely, he's going to put it in a position to win.

Thus far in 2017, the San Jose, California driver had already taken the Rick Pollock #21x, SC Racing #9x, SC Racing #00 and the Heffner Racing #27 to top-five finishes with the series. It took two USAC starts for Meseraull to reach victory lane for Heffner at Lincoln Speedway's Eastern Storm stop in June. It took even less time for him to win his first USAC feature aboard Chase Briscoe Racing's No. 5B, which he did Saturday night in the opening round of the 30th Annual Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World.

For the high-majority of drivers, the transition to a new team takes some time to jell. There is a familiarity phase to endure in which both driver and crew chief have to discover each other's likes, dislikes and tendencies. There is no waiting room or grace period for Meseraull when he lands a new ride. He immediately puts the car up front, something he's now done for the sixth time in his USAC career.

"I'm fortunate enough that the new cars I've been hopping into lately are top-of-the-line," Meseraull praises. "(The Heffner No. 27) was a brand-new car, had brand-new parts and a fresh motor. Now I get to Chase Briscoe Racing and they built a new car, brand-new motor, rear end, wheels, tires, front end and shocks. I'm actually using the shocks from the 27-car because they felt so good. That makes jumping from one car to the other so much easier. You have to trust the shocks you're running. I got to run those in Pennsylvania. It was a no-brainer. I called (Heffner crew chief) Sean Michael and was like, 'Hey, I need to get those shocks. That car's just sitting there.' When you build brand new stuff, if it's not fast it's you. Obviously, you have to get adapted to it. I mounted my seat the same in both cars. The holes from the 27-car line right up in this 5-car. It almost felt like the same ride."

Minus a turn two, lap one tangle involving Aaron Farney, Josh Hodges and Hunter Schuerenberg, the 30-lap feature went non-stop, green-to-checkered with 2016 Tri-State Indiana Sprint Week winner Carson Short leading the charge on the opening lap after sliding up to the cushion in front of fellow front row starter Ryan Bernal to take the position which he'd hold for the opening nine laps.

Meanwhile, seventh-starting Meseraull was on a tear, picking up three positions on the opening lap and two more on the second circuit to pull to the runner-up spot early in the going.

On the eighth lap, Short found himself slideways at the exit of turn four as Meseraull drew near to the inside. Meseraull dove low, narrowly missing the lead by inches at the line, but set himself up for a big slider on Short for the lead entering turn one.

"He got a little bit hung off four," Meseraull recalls. "You have to capitalize when guys make little mistakes. You have to go for it, but you got to be close enough to go for it and we were."

"If I'm catching you down the straightaway and I'm within a couple car lengths, I'm going to throw a slider, especially when the track's around the top," Meseraull continued. "I saw an opening and just kind of went for it and hoped, at the end of the night, that he wasn't going to be mad at me about it."

"There was a cushion all the way down the straightaway," Short points out. "As soon as I tapped that, it shot me off. (Meseraull) surprised me when he took it in there, but I know T-Mez. He wasn't going to stop. He's coming in there for the win."

Meseraull set a torrid pace as he tried to maneuver his way through gridlock at the tail end of the field, but there was no such luck initially, providing Short a glimmer of hope as he kept Meseraull within earshot.

"I was watching his line," Short explains. "Coming into (turn) three, he would almost slow down more in order to go faster coming off (turn) four. Once I started doing that, I felt like I was able to reel him in. I got hung up behind (a lapped car). We kept, I would say, a five-car length distance between each other. I would love to say that I could've caught him, but I don't really think I could've. I had nothing for that 5-car. It was definitely moving."

In time, Meseraull was able to make some headway as he split between multiple cars, including right through the middle of Kody Swanson and Schuerenberg, with eight laps remaining to achieve a bit of separation from Short as the laps wound down. Mostly, though, Meseraull ripped the top up above the cushion where few souls brave.

 

"I was running that line in the B-Main," Meseraull recalls. "(Crew Chief) Kevin (Briscoe) said, 'You think we could pull the right rear in and you could still run above the cushion?' I was a little worried about it, but you know, if you're the fastest car in the beginning, not usually are you the fastest car in the end. We took a gamble and pulled the right rear wheel in and just went for it. We were starting a little bit deep and you have to be good if you want to go forward. The car was really on kill tonight."

The Briscoe No. 5 has a long, illustrious history with sprint car racing in Indiana over the past several decades, including five Indiana Sprint Week victories with Chase's grandfather Richard as the team owner between 1990 and 2004. The baton for the No. 5 has been passed down to Chase, a recent USAC Sprint Car driver himself, the reigning ARCA champion and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series frontrunner, who entered his own name onto USAC's win list as a car owner when Meseraull closed the deal down the stretch for a commanding 2.5 second win over Carson Short, Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney and Kyle Cummins.

Chase's father, Kevin Briscoe, earned all five of those Indiana Sprint Week wins as a driver in the storied No. 5. Now, Kevin is the one masterfully turning the wrenches on the Chase Briscoe Racing/Cunningham - Tex-A-Con Cut Stone/Maxim/Fisher, a talent that Meseraull wholeheartedly admires.

"We've been friends for a long time," Meseraull begins. "I watched Kevin when I first moved to Indiana in 2006. I was on the sidelines just watching Kevin beat people up on the racetrack. He was Mr. Smooth, so good in the slick. He really knew how to get the car tight when it needed to be. He's so good at reading the car. Last weekend, we go down to Haubstadt and he says the car looked tight. I'm like, 'No I think the car's free.' He says, 'Why are you shaking it loose getting it in?' We start going back and forth. He really sees stuff that other guys don't necessariIy see. I feel like that's a big part of tuning the thing in. He really can see what he feels like the car is doing. I can tell him what I think the car is doing. A lot of times, you just don't know on a grand scheme of what the track is or what the car's doing because you're just feeling what's in the moment. He can see if other guys are gaining here or if you're pulling them there. You make the best of both worlds and get the car to where it's a little better on entry in the B because that's where I was losing ground. So, we got the car better on entry and I just did my thing off the corners."

Carson Short's appearances at Kokomo Speedway have been few and far-between, but the Marion, Illinois native looked a like a longtime veteran at the quarter-mile Saturday night, leading eight laps and finishing in the runner-up position in his RCM Motorsports/RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC.

"It's been three years since we've been here and this is only the third race I've ever run here," Short admitted. "It's good to have a run like this, especially on the first night of Indiana Sprint Week. Everyone one here is good and there's so many with a chance to win. Thomas showed me the line when he passed me. I was trying to run him back down, but he's so good on that rough cushion."

"Hopefully we have enough money to hit the next one," Short stated. "We're a little short on help. I took off work. Hopefully I have a job next week. My crewmembers all have to go back to work. We're a little shorthanded, but we're still going to try to keep going, though."

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon quietly made up quite a bit of ground in a hurry, using the bottom for much of the event to race to a third-place finish from 11th in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

"I was down there in the B and it felt pretty good," Bacon recalls. "I knew it was going to get pretty hard to run. It took probably 10 laps to get everyone spread out to where we could really get to work. Once we passed a guy, we could catch the next guy, but for the first part of the race, it took us a long time to pass each car. The car was really good, but we just couldn't get all the way there from 11th without a caution. It's just one of them deals. We should've made it out of the heat race to get into the invert."

Bacon is running a truly outlaw sprint car schedule this season, competing in several USAC Sprint Car events, a smattering of wing sprint shows and everything in-between without chasing points in any of them. The reigning Indiana Sprint Week champ intends to run just the first half of Indiana Sprint Week, which brings about a different mentality for the two-time USAC National Sprint titlist.

"I can afford to take more risks than I'd usually take," Bacon admits. "When you're not racing for points, you might squeeze a guy here or dive to the top a little earlier if you're running sixth because it doesn't really matter if you're sixth or tenth. But you could make a move that could win you the race whereas you might not make not that type of move if you're running for points. It's less stressful, but we just want to come out here and win every night."

Contingency award winners Saturday at Kokomo Speedway include Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Jarett Andretti (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chase Stockon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 8, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.050; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-13.064; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 5B, Briscoe-13.138; 4. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.173; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.249; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.281; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.313; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.325; 9. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J Motorsports-13.333; 10. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.346; 11. Ryan Bernal, 17GP, Dutcher-13.351; 12. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.355; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.391; 14. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-13.399; 15. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.441; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.444; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.458; 18. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.480; 19. Shane Cottle, 57 Hazen-13.495; 20. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-13.496; 21. Kody Swanson, 2E, Epperson-13.504; 22. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.516; 23. Ted Hines, 12x, Hines-13.526; 24. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-13.539; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-13.540; 26. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.560; 27. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-13.561; 28. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-13.623; 29. Hunter Schuerenberg, 44, Pace-13.635; 30. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.641; 31. Colten Cottle, 1RL, RL-13.695; 32. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.728; 33. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.757; 34. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.757; 35. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.770; 36. Landon Simon, 24, Simon-13.814; 37. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.817; 38. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.838; 39. Tom Harris, 5E, Harris-13.886; 40. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.892; 41. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.915; 42. Dickie Gaines, 44x, Soudrette-13.966; 43. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.995; 44. Tyler Clem, 14. Clem/TSR-14.032; 45. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.095.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Chapple, 4. Swanson, 5. Robbins, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Smith, 8. Spencer, 9. Stockon, 10. Hopkins, 11. Goodnight. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Hodges, 3. Beauchamp, 4. B. Short, 5. Bacon, 6. Grant, 7. Clouser, 8. T. Thomas, 9. Gaines, 10. Barksdale, 11. Jarrett. 2:12.40

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bernal, 3. Ballou, 4. Roa, 5. Hines, 6. Hewitt, 7. Harris, 8. Aitken, 9. Meseraull, 10. S. Cottle, 11. C. Cottle. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. C. Short, 3. Boespflug, 4. Courtney, 5. Darland, 6. Farney, 7. Simon, 8. Mattox, 9. Ketcham, 10. Clem, 11. Westerfeld. 2:14.00

C MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Barksdale, 2. Mattox, 3. Ketcham, 4. Hewitt, 5. Harris, 6. Clouser, 7. Smith, 8. Clem, 9. Gaines, 10. Simon., 11. Spencer. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Hopkins, 5. Farney, 6. Stockon, 7. Harris, 8. Jarrett, 9. Schuerenberg, 10. Aitken, 11. Hewitt, 12. T.Thomas, 13. Robbins, 14. Mattox, 15. Hines, 16. Barksdale, 17. Grant, 18. C. Cottle. 19. Ketcham. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Ryan Bernal. 12. A.J. Hopkins, 13. Chase Stockon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Josh Hodges, 18. Jarett Andretti, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Brody Roa, 23. Isaac Chapple, 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 C. Short, Laps 9-30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chase Stockon

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-1,086, 2-Windom-1,047, 3-Stockon-934, 4-Boespflug-926, 5-Courtney-872, 6-K. Thomas-848, 7-Bacon-777, 8-Leary-743, 9-Darland-683, 10-Meseraull-652.

NEW INDIANA SPRINT WEEK Presented by Camping World POINTS: 1-Meseraull-78, 2-C. Short-74, 3-Bacon & Cummins-67, 5-Courtney-66, 6-K. Thomas Jr.-65, 7-Darland-60, 8-Leary-57, 9-Windom-54, 10-Ballou-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 9 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway - "Indiana Sprint Week" - Presented by Camping World

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

July 8, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” – Co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-12.320; 2. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-12.346; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.351; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.391; 5. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-12.576; 6. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-12.579; 7. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.676; 8. Troy Rutherford, 79, Buckley-12.810; 9. Josh Lakatos, 4K, Kruseman-12.829; 10. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.910; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.944; 12. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.953; 13. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.996; 14. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.015; 15. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-13.030; 16. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.101; 17. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.103; 18. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.119; 19. Luis Espinoza, 09, Espinzoa-13.209; 20. Sterling Cling, 21K, Kruseman-13.252; 21. Patrick Clark, 2K, Kruseman-13.256; 22. Guy Woodward, 24, Woodward-13.316; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-13.345; 24. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.415; 25. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-13.943.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Sheridan, 3. Guardino, 4. Hendricks, 5. Wiley, 6. Woodward, 7. Timmons, 8. Espinoza, 9. Stolz. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Majors, 3. Hix, 4. Smith, 5. Elliott, 6. Ellertson, 7. Adams, 8. S.Cling. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lakatos, 2. Douglass, 3. L.Cling, 4. Clark, 5. Butcher, 6. Strole, 7. Liggett, 8. Hendrix. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Hendrix, 4. Woodward, 5. Espinoza, 6. Strole, 7. S.Cling, 8. Ellertson, 9. Timmons, 10. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Austin Liggett, 3. Max Adams, 4. Tristan Guardino, 5. Cory Elliott, 6. Tom Hendricks, 7. Charlie Butcher, 8. Rick Hendrix, 9. Steve Hix, 10. Luis Espinoza, 11. Bruce Douglass, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Danny Sheridan, 15. Guy Woodward, 16. Landon Cling, 17. Geoffrey Strole, 18. Sterling Cling, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Cody Majors, 21. Josh Lakatos, 22. Patrick Clark. NT

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**Liggett flipped during the third heat. Lakatos flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cling, Laps 4-21 Guardino, Laps 22-28 Rutherford, Laps 29-30 Swanson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (17th to 2nd)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 28 – Watsonville, California – Ocean Speedway

 

 

CHAD BOAT: THE NEXT USAC STAR WITH AN EYE ON INDY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Back in the late 1990s/early 2000s, Billy Boat had established himself as a mainstay in the IndyCar Series as he traveled the circuit from Fontana, California to Nazareth, Pennsylvania and seemingly everywhere in between.

Right there alongside Billy, tagging along for many of those trips was his son, Chad. For Chad, it was easy to catch the racing bug. At the time, his dad was a racing hotshoe, a winner of numerous USAC Midget races on the west coast, including the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix for three consecutive years before heading off to Indy where he won the pole for the great A.J. Foyt at the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

It was an environment that Chad latched onto and one which provided him opportunities to hang around some of the most legendary figures in the sport, even if he didn't even know it at the time.

"I went to every race I could with my dad when I was first allowed to go," Chad recalls. "I still remember going to all the races and getting to hang with A.J. Foyt. At the time, I didn't quite realize how cool that really was. I probably have more A.J. Foyt autographs than anybody out there. It was definitely cool growing up in that environment."

Nearly two decades later, Chad Boat, now 25-years-old and an established racer himself, aims to join not only his dad and A.J. in becoming the next driver to transition from the dirt track bullrings of USAC to the Indianapolis 500.

The first step in that process began when Chad inked a deal to run a pair of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires oval races beginning this Sunday afternoon when he makes his debut aboard the Belardi Auto Racing No. 84, sporting the same black scheme and number as his Tucker-Boat Motorsports midget on the USAC trail.

Chad first became familiarized with the car during an extensive test at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago. Chad had to adapt to a few elements that he hadn't experienced in quite some or, in some cases, ever. But, now that he's gone through the initial stages of acclimation with a rear engine car and wings, he feels confident he can have a good showing come this weekend.

"A couple weeks ago, I was able to do the open test at Iowa," Chad relayed. "I ran around 200 laps over two days. It was good to get acclimated with the car. It's been a little while since I was on asphalt. It was the most downforce I'd ever had on-track. Testing allows me to process everything over the weeks leading up to the race and gives me a chance to look at the data and get a good idea of what I have to do as a driver going into race weekend. I'm able to look at my teammate's data traces and see if they're a little bit better than me. If I can use all the tools that have been given to me, there's no reason we can't go to Iowa and be successful."

Many people may be unfamiliar with the fact that Billy Boat made the move to formula cars a decade before he ever made an appearance at Indy. In 1986 and 1987, Billy made 11 starts in the American Racing Series, a forerunner of the Indy Lights series of today. Billy competed on both the roads, the streets and the ovals as a 20-year-old, scoring a career-best third-place finish with the series at Phoenix International Raceway in 1986, in a field that also featured, interestingly enough, USAC National Series winners Stan Fox, Sammy Swindell and Nick Fornoro, Jr. The race was won by 1987 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Fabrizio Barbazza.

With similar experience in his back pocket, Billy has been able to lend some advice to Chad, who will have him in his ear as a spotter this Sunday.

"Dad is definitely not a bad person to have in your corner helping you out," Chad reassured. "He has experience in all sorts of cars and, obviously, has a lot of experience in IndyCar. I believe the IndyCar and the Lights car translate fairly close. Obviously, you're going a lot faster in an IndyCar compared to the lights car, but Dad will be there all weekend and is going to spot for me. Having him up on the roof gives me confidence with what I'm doing and he'll give me some pointers on what we can do to pick up that elusive last two-tenths or however much we need to find."

Indy Lights is a training ground for young drivers seeking the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500 as their ultimate goal. Chad certainly acknowledges that fact and is ready to accept the challenge. However, he recognizes that there are certain hurdles from all aspects in order to be successful in this faction sport: namely overcoming the learning curve, funding and being in the right position at the right time.

"A lot of it is just learning the car," Chad explains. "The nice thing about Indy is you have a full week of practice. It gets you accustomed to the speed. Ultimately, you have to find the right fit for you as a driver and the right fit with the right team and the right manufacturer. There are a lot of factors other than funding. To be successful, you must have all the right pieces. It's not all about money and it's not all about having a great engine or one great engineer. To go to the (Indianapolis Motor) Speedway, and have a top-10 run or even a top-15, you need to have all those pieces put together and then you have to execute on race day. Right now, the Speedway is on the backburner. We're focused on Iowa. But, definitely, the Speedway is the goal down the road."

Chad sees this Sunday's race at Iowa as an audition. After all, ultimately, this sport is performance-driven. A solid performance up front Sunday could open some eyes and present more opportunities down the road.

"The better we run, the more opportunities and doors that will open up," Chad said straight-forwardly. "I think a lot of it goes back to winning the Belleville (Midget Nationals) last year. We won a few features and had a good shot at the championship going into the last couple of races. I think that helped bring us toward the Lights deal this year. I think if we can continue to be successful on the dirt and have two solid runs with the Lights car, anything is possible."

"Obviously, funding is a big part of going to the Speedway," Chad continues. "That's no secret to anyone in the racing industry. We definitely have to bring on the right partners. We have the relationships built now that we hope can grow to the point where we can put something together for the Speedway at some point."

This isn't the first time Chad has attempted to make the transition to another form of racing. In 2008, Chad was the third driver, and most recent, to be honored as both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget Rookie of the Year in the same season. Additionally, that same year, he became the youngest ever feature winner in the USAC National Sprint Car series with a victory at Maryland's Hagerstown Speedway at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 8 days, a title he still retains to this day.

That led him to a few part-time deals in ARCA as well as NASCAR's K & N Pro Series, Camping World Truck Series and the Xfinity Series between 2010 and 2015, but was never able to solidify a permanent foothold in the stock car ranks.

"We went down the stock car path and I still live in Charlotte today, so I'm still kind of down there in the heart of it every day," Chad said. "The goal has always been for me to make a living driving a racecar. Whether that's IndyCar or NASCAR, I don't necessarily care too much either way. I just want to go out there and be competitive every weekend and have the right opportunities. I was fortunate to get to run the Xfinity and Truck stuff, but I never got to do it on a full-time basis. Not being at the track every week is hard. Regardless if it's a sprint car, a mini sprint, an IndyCar or a stock car, when you get to do it every week, you're just fine-tuning your craft. That kind of hurt us on that end."

In recent years, USAC champion Bryan Clauson was a mainstay at Indianapolis and Ed Carpenter has become firmly entrenched in the May Classic as a perennial front-runner, two-time pole winner and a team owner. Outside of those two, the presence of drivers with a dirt track background from the USAC ranks has been minimal to nil. However, that doesn't hinder Chad's ambitions one day to carry the torch, so to speak, of becoming the next in a long line to try his hand at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

"If you ask anyone in the pit area, their ultimate goal is to make it to Indy or Daytona," Chad said. "I don't think anyone would turn down either of those opportunities. I think there's been an extra amount of buzz because of the ties my dad had to the Speedway. Obviously, with my dad running seven Indianapolis 500s and basically growing up around the speedway, I have a love for that place. Ultimately, the goal is definitely to run the speedway."

"There's a lot of midget and sprint car drivers right now who have the talent to get to Indy and probably deserve a chance to get there," Chad believes. "It all goes back to the elusive funding part of it. To get the opportunity to run the Lights car, I'm very grateful. I realize there's a million people who would like to be in my position right now. All I can do is make the most of it and, hopefully, the short track community will support it. I want to go out there and make them proud."

Chad will be competing at Iowa Speedway with the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires this Sunday afternoon, July 9. The race begins at 2pm Central time.

 

 

MAX ADAMS GETS FIRST USAC/CRA WIN AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

JULY 5, 2017... Last Saturday night, Max Adams (Loomis, California) mounted a late race charge to claim his first career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win at Santa Maria Raceway. Using slower traffic to his advantage, Adams took the lead from Brody Roa on lap 29 and sprinted to the $3,000 “9th Annual Doug Fort Memorial” victory. Roa, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Piloting Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Max Adams became the 64th driver to win a USAC/CRA main event. Last season’s Rookie of the Year qualified fifth out of twenty-one racers, ran third in his heat race, and started third in the main event. At press time, Adams ranks twelfth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes.

After starting on the pole position and leading the first 28 laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) finished a heartbreaking second at Santa Maria. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was seventh fast in time trials and ran second to “The Cadillac” Cody Williams in his heat race. Last year’s USAC West Coast champion is second in the point standings with one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 44 feature laps led.

Starting sixth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) scored third at the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Scott Sales Company Spike, Gardner qualified second overall and won the Brown and Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. To date, the five-time champion leads the points with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year.

After pressuring Roa for the top spot, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ran fourth in the Santa Maria feature. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Triple X, Swanson was sixth quick in time trials and ran second to “Showtime” Danny Sheridan in his heat race. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year is fourth in the point chase with three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, and five top-10 finishes.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) returned to USAC/CRA action and placed fifth in the “Doug Fort Memorial.” Driving his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / DeBoer & Sons Trucking Spike, Faria qualified fourth overall scored fourth in his heat race. The two-time USAC West Coast Champion sits fourteenth in points with three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Like Faria, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) came back to the USAC/CRA wars and earned his first Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job.” Racing the Thomas Family #68 Pitstop USA / Newman Freeman Racing Maxim, Johnson scored seventh at Santa Maria from twelfth, was twelfth fast in time trials, and took third in his heat race. To date, the Petaluma NARC / KWS feature winner ranks twenty-third in the point chase with three top-10 finishes to his credit.

Starting the night of firsts, Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) became the 71st driver to earn a USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award. Piloting a brand new family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing GS1, Gansen finished sixth in his heat race and took twelfth in the main event. As this writing goes to press, Chris is eighth in the point standings with one heat race victory and one top-10 finish in the campaign.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Yorba Linda, California) raced to victory in the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified thirteenth overall and placed ninth in the Santa Maria feature. To date, the 2010 Victorville Sprint Car Champion is sixth in the standings with six top-10 finishes and 14 feature laps led on the season.

“Showtime” Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, California) claimed the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3 triumph. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Spike, Sheridan was ninth quick in time trials and scored seventeenth in the main event after an early exit.

On Saturday, July 22nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the action. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
July 1, 2017 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Ninth Annual Doug Fort Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.411; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.435; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.597; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-13.622; 5. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-13.632; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.711; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.712; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.725; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-13.728; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.871; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.873; 12. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.933; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.998; 14. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.073; 15. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-14.108; 16. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-14.109; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.276; 18. Steve DeMott, 16J, Herrera-14.538; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.571; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.758; 21. Patrick Clark, 21K, Kruseman-14.918.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Cling, 6. Gansen, 7. McCarthy. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Gardner, 2. Thompson, 3. Adams, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Sheridan, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Spencer, 5. DeMott, 6. Clark, 7. Garris. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Max Adams (3rd), 2. Brody Roa (1st), 3. Damion Gardner (6th), 4. Jake Swanson (2nd), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (4th), 6. Austin Williams (10th), 7. Chase Johnson (12th), 8. Mike Spencer (5th), 9. Cody Williams (13th), 10. Jimmy Thompson (14th), 11. Logan Williams (11th), 12. Chris Gansen (7th), 13. Landon Cling (16th), 14. Jeremy Ellertson (17th), 15. Matt McCarthy (19th), 16. James Herrera (20th), 17. Danny Sheridan (9th), 18. Steve DeMott (18th), 19. Patrick Clark (21st), 20. Tommy Malcolm (8th), 21. Steven Garris (15th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Roa, Laps 29-30 Adams
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (12th to 7th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-520, 2. Brody Roa-502, 3. Mike Spencer-467, 4. Jake Swanson-437, 5. Austin Williams-407, 6. Cody Williams-386, 7. Logan Williams-343, 8. Chris Gansen-291, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-289, 10. Matt McCarthy-246, 11. Tommy Malcolm-240, 12. Max Adams-231, 13. Jeremy Ellertson-229, 14. Danny Faria Jr.-199, 15. Kyle Edwards-182, ... Jace Vander Weerd-182, 17. Verne Sweeney-159, ... Ronnie Gardner-159, 19. A.J. Bender-157, 20. Parker Colston-153.

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

 

 

USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE OF THE BEACH” THIS SATURDAY AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

JULY 6, 2017... This Saturday, July 8th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back at the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their second of four events at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprint Cars and will also feature Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and USAC NOW 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. VRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272535). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held five West Coast Sprint Car races and five different drivers have claimed victory. On June 3rd, Ryan Bernal claimed the “Battle of the Beach Race #1” and Kenny Perkins set a new track record (12.085). A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the twelfth point race, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has a slim seven point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scored fifth at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on June 17th. To date, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and eight top-10 finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has nineteen career USAC West Coast victories and might skip Saturday’s action.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) ranks second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer Triple X, Swanson scored third in the Hanford main event. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led. Jake has two career series wins and will be looking to add the “Battle of the Beach” to his resume.

After missing the Hanford “Fair Race,” Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has slipped to third in the championship points. To date, the pilot of Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport Triple X has posted six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with 33 West Coast wins and will skip Ventura to race in USAC’s “Indiana Sprint Week.”

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored ninth at the Kings County Fairgrounds. As this writing goes to press, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and might miss the “Battle at the Beach.”

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett claimed his second win of the year at Hanford. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. Austin is tied for ninth on the series win list and will be looking for Ventura’s $1,500 payday.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cody Majors, Tristan Guardino, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Timmons, Max Adams, Ryan Stolz, Kyle Smith, “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) leads the VRA point standings. Kenny Perkins, Kyle Edwards, Rick Hendrix, Brent Owens, Charlie Butcher, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Trenton Sparks, Ed Schwarz, and Troy Rutherford round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
6-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Jake Swanson

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd-648, 2. Jake Swanson-641, 3. Ryan Bernal-628, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-618, 5. Austin Liggett-579, 6. Cody Majors-517, 7. Tristan Guardino-500, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-499, 9. Ryan Timmons-441, 10. Brandon Wiley-394, 11. Steve Hix-360, 12. Max Adams-356, 13. Shannon McQueen-302, 14. Steven Garris-295, 15. Jeff Sibley-270, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 17. Geoff Ensign-244, 18. Ryan Stolz-235, 19. Kyle Smith-226, 20. Tye Mihocko-158.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Battle of the Beach Race #2)
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

SPEED SHIFT TV BRINGS YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

For the first time in several years, Indiana Sprint Week will once again be streamed LIVE worldwide on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

Five of the seven events for the 30th Annual series featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will be streamed live on Speed Shift TV, beginning with Friday's opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 7.

Additional ISW dates to be streamed over the next week on Speed Shift TV include Saturday, July 8 at Kokomo Speedway; Sunday, July 9 at Lawrenceburg Speedway; Wednesday, July 12 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Friday, July 14 at Bloomington Speedway.

A one-race pass for each of the events can be purchased for $24.95. A three-race pass for each of this weekend's events at Gas City, Kokomo and Lawrenceburg can be purchased for the discounted price of $64.95.

Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World is now in its 30th year. Previous champions expected to compete in the series include Brady Bacon (2016), Robert Ballou (2015), Chris Windom (2011), Jon Stanbrough (2006 & 2010) and three-time champion Dave Darland (1998, 2001 & 2007).

Last year's Indiana Sprint Week was the most competitive ever, featuring seven different winners in seven races. Among those seven, four were first-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners.

Following each of the live broadcasts, you can re-watch each of the Indiana Sprint Week events on-demand, a day later, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

2017 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK presented by Camping World SCHEDULE Fri., July 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, Indiana) Sat., July 8: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) Sun., July 9: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana) Wed., July 12: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana) Thu., July 13: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana) Fri., July 14: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, Indiana) Sat., July 15: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana)

 

30TH INDIANA SPRINT WEEK BEGINS FRIDAY;
KICKS OFF 7 USAC SPRINT RACES IN 9 NIGHTS!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indiana Sprint Week. Those words alone invoke powerful emotions of passion that reaches from each of USAC's Sprint Car superheroes all the way to the common race fan.

It makes no difference who you are. When Sprint Week looms, it consumes every waking hour. For the race fan, the work place is just a distraction keeping them away as sprint cars rim-ride around a quarter-mile of neurons inside the mind.

When the bell rings at the conclusion of a long, arduous work day, July instantly becomes Christmas morning. Although, in Sprint Week, snowflakes transform into a blizzard of moistrous clay while the ultimate present is unwrapped to find a sprint car being pushed off of the first heat race.

A constant succession of stacked grandstands greet stacked fields for seven races in nine nights: Fri., July 7 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Sat., July 8 at Kokomo Speedway, Sun. July 9 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Wed., July 12 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Thurs., July 13 at Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville), Fri., July 14 at Bloomington Speedway and Sat., July 15 at Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt).

It's a journey that can turn hair gray, yet create legends out of mere mortals. It can divert a season's path to one of joyous jubilation or to a fate of frustration. Yet, ultimately, it can make the person who's seen everything, feel like a kid again. It makes no difference who you are. The moment has drawn near. For the 30th year, Indiana Sprint Week has arrived.

Entering its third decade, Indiana Sprint Week presented by Camping World has become a timeless tradition. One that's seen countless breakthrough performances such as last year when Kyle Cummins, Brent Beauchamp, Carson Short and Tyler Courtney all raced to their first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories.

Courtney's particularly stands out due to his stick-to-it-iveness following a lap one spin in the 2016 Sprint Week opener at Gas City. After restarting from the tail, few could've foreseen the comeback for the ages that Sunshine demonstrated throughout the next 30 laps, passing at least one car per lap before ultimately driving by Bryan Clauson on the bottom for the victory with eight laps to go.

Courtney was in position to win the title with two races remaining until a massive Bloomington crack-up dashed his hopes and dreams of the ultimate Sprint Week glory. Meanwhile, Brady Bacon was racking up a string of consistent finishes on a nightly basis that netted him his first Indiana Sprint Week title, the ninth to do so without a single win in the history of the mini-series. This year, however, he's at the wheel of the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63, which Clauson raced to his 41st and final victory at Lawrenceburg's Sprint Week round a year ago.

Bacon's championship ride from last year is occupied by Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug. Despite a run of big-time wins last season, an Indiana Sprint Week triumph was not among them, although his first career USAC win back in 2013 came at a Sprint Week staple - Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana. The Hoffman No. 69 has seen its share of success in Indiana Sprint Week with 12 wins and two titles between Dave Darland in 1998 and Bacon in 2016.

A pair of ISW champions are eager to end their respective droughts. Astonishingly, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois hasn't won an ISW race since Terre Haute's "Don Smith Classic" that same summer six years back. Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou was the 2015 titlist, but did so absent a victory. But, it was a single week in 2014 after multiple wins at Putnamville and Haubstadt that turned Ballou's career around. He arrived at Putnamville for Sprint Week three years ago with five wins in an eight-year span. In the two-and-a-half years since, he's tallied 22 USAC National wins and a National title.

Point leader Justin Grant is the only driver to win USAC Sprint races in four different states this season, but his last Indiana Sprint Week win came in 2012 at Lawrenceburg. Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., a recent Knoxville winner, is one of just three drivers to win three Sprint Week features in a row and is the last to do so back in 2013.

The two winningest ISW drivers of all-time - three-time champ Dave Darland and twice a champion Jon Stanbrough - have been neck-to-neck in terms of total series victories for quite some time. The two have been mainstays atop the results for many a year with Darland's first win "Sprint Week" win coming in 1990 and Stanbrough's in 1996! The connection between the two holds true to today with each of their most recent Sprint Week wins coming one night apart from each other in 2014. Stanbrough took his 16th on opening night at Gas City while Darland snagged Kokomo the following night for the 18th time.

Hoosier Hotshots Brady Short and Chase Stockon aim to once again protect their home turf as they did last year at Putnamville and Terre Haute, respectively.

USAC Champions Brody Roa and Ryan Bernal intend to carry the flame for the west coast, continuing a tradition of Californians who've made the 30-plus hour Midwest migration for a couple weeks during the summer to take on the best of USAC's National contingent. Cory Kruseman, Cary Faas and Damion Gardner are among the few who've conquered the west, then thrived in Indiana Sprint Week as race winners. Reigning West Coast Sprint champ Roa made his initial foray to "Sprint Week" back in 2014 while Bernal, the 2013 and 14 Western Classic Sprint champion, makes his first trip back since 2013.

For some, Indiana Sprint Week can be a pocket full of sunshine and a racer's delight. For others, it can prove to be a walk on hot coals scattered atop a bed of nails. Racers go to challenge themselves against the best of the best, night after night to prove themselves on this racing carousel. Where each lands at the end of the week is up to preparation and, perhaps, a bit of good fortune. The stakes are immense and the action intense. Sleep is secondary from the moment the engines fire at Gas City 'til the final flag drops at Haubstadt. And, you know what? We wouldn't have it any other way. This is Indiana Sprint Week!

Five of the seven races will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/: Gas City, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute and Bloomington. You may catch all the races available on-demand a day following the event at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/
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2017 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK presented by Camping World SCHEDULE
Fri., July 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, Indiana)
Sat., July 8: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana)
Sun., July 9: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Indiana)
Wed., July 12: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, Indiana)
Thu., July 13: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, Indiana)
Fri., July 14: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, Indiana)
Sat., July 15: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana)

 

 

FANS FINALIZE 2017 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES; EAST, GURNEY, RUBY & SCHRADER LATEST HONOREES

USAC's recent social media poll to complete the 2017 list of inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame has resulted in inductions for drivers Chuck Gurney, Lloyd Ruby and Ken Schrader, and driver, car owner and builder Bob East.

The four new inductees received the most votes from a select list of 16 candidates and will join eight previously-announced inductees in the ceremony which accompanies the July 20 "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Previously-announced 2017 inductees include (alphabetically) Donald Davidson, Frankie DelRoy, Gene Hartley, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp and Johnny Thomson.

Bob East, of Brownsburg, Ind., virtually "owned" USAC's open-wheel racing scene for a couple of decades, his Beast masterpieces capturing victories across the board in the Silver Crown, Sprint Car and Midget series. Among his 18 Silver Crown wins were 16 as a co-owner with Tony Stewart. His Silver Crown cars have won more than five times as many races as the second-ranking owner. Under his leadership the Nine Racing Team earned a dozen USAC National Midget Championships and more than 150 victories. In addition to his four Silver Crown titles, his cars also won titles with Ryan Newman, Mike Bliss, Jason Leffler and Bobby East, his son. In 1988, he opened Beast Enterprises, producing one of the most accomplished chassis ever. A driver in CRA and USAC Sprint competition, he scored three wins in the extremely competitive USAC National Sprint Car Series, winning at Ascot Park in California in 1976 and 1978 and at Manzanita Park in Phoenix, Ariz. in 1985.

Chuck Gurney, of Livermore, Calif, was a stellar performer in USAC's Silver Crown wars, earning 14 victories and the 1989 series championship. He scored a phenomenal seven victories in the "Tony Bettenhausen 100" at Springfield, Ill., three wins in the "Ted Horn 100" at DuQuoin, Ill. and also added the 1982 and 1983 "Hoosier Hundreds" in Indianapolis. He scored five USAC Sprint wins and his victories in the Midgets included the 1989 Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals, a pair of "Turkey Night" wins in 1988 and 1989 among his nine USAC wins, and he scored three wins in the popular "Copper World Classic" in Phoenix, Ariz. The 1983 NARC Sprint Car king and 1985 winner of USAC's National Supermodified title, he has been honored five times by the Motorsports Press Association as its open wheel "Driver of the Year."

Lloyd Ruby, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was quite possibly the greatest Indy Car driver never to win the Indianapolis 500. In 17 career starts he led five different years for a total of 126 laps and finished third in 1964, despite the fact that he appeared on more than one occasion to be headed for victory. Although never a front-row starter at Indy, he recorded seven "top-10" finishes and led the race in five of six years between 1966 and 1971. In 1969 he looked like a strong contender for the win until a pit mishap left him with a rupture in his gas tank and forced him out of the race. He scored Indy Car victories at Milwaukee (3), Phoenix (2), Langhorne and Trenton and was also accomplished as a road racer, winning the 1965 Daytona Continental and the 1966 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring with Ken Miles. In 1991 he was inducted into the Auto Racing Hall of Fame, in 2008 he joined the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and in 2015 he was inducted into the Motorsport Hall of Fame of America. He was also a co-recipient with Helio Castroneves of the famed Louis Meyer Award.

Ken Schrader, of Fenton, Mo., is among the most accomplished race drivers of all time. The 1982 USAC Silver Crown Champion followed that in 1983 with the USAC National Sprint Car title. He scored 21 wins in the USAC Midgets and added six wins in the Silver Crown cars and four in the Sprint Cars. His versatility spreads across numerous racing disciplines and he's won in nearly every form of the sport on oval tracks. A participant in the acclaimed "International Race of Champions" series, he recorded three consecutive pole starting positions in NASCAR's famed Daytona 500 from 1988-1990 and finished second in the 1989 race. In 1983 he attempted to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 but a practice accident ended that bid. A winner in NASCAR's premier division, he is among its all-time prize money leaders and in 1989 and 1990 won the prestigious "Busch Clash."

 

 

COURTNEY CONQUERS INAUGURAL ILLINOIS MIDGET NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois......Throughout the 2017 USAC Midget National Championship season, Tyler Courtney has proven himself as the streak-stopper.

After leading each of the previous three races at Kokomo, Ind., Macon, Ill. and Lincoln, Ill. for a total of 32 laps, Courtney had put together a string of three-straight third-place finishes. Though some would accept that as a solid night, the driver known as "Sunshine" felt that was a letdown and immediately sought to end that run of events with a performance he wouldn't regret.

On Monday night's Independence Day Eve meet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena, Courtney did just that as, for the third time this season, he put an end to another driver's two-race winning streak. This time, it was the previous two nights' Macon and Lincoln winner Christopher Bell, who was cast in the role of Courtney's pursuer instead of the alternative as Courtney captured victory number three on the season in the inaugural Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals."

Earlier, Courtney had shut down similar three-peat attempts in Montpelier, Ind. as Brady Bacon aimed for three-in-a-row and at Bloomington, Ind. where Michael Pickens attempted to go for a third in as many nights.

From the get-go, it was a pair of Clauson-Marshall Racing cars conducting the orchestra as Shane Golobic and Courtney ran 1-2 from their front row starting positions. Courtney routinely poked the nose of his car to the outside of his teammate Golobic as he worked the outside groove - a place that was uninhabitable earlier in the evening prior to a track rework.

However, a smorgasbord of early cautions created a secession of starts and stops the prevented any driver from getting into a consistent rhythm. The tight corners and close-quarters racing made each pass challenging, but Courtney was game following a lap five restart.

Golobic worked the low line while Courtney occupied the middle-to-high road and, following multiple advances on the outside at the exit of turns two and four, Courtney surged ahead between turns three and four a lap later to become the maestro. Three laps later, Bell followed suit around the top past Golobic for second.

"I knew it was going to be a chess match between Shane and I to see who could get to the front and get space between them and the guy behind them," Courtney anticipated. "I was able to find the top first and, luckily enough, on a restart, I got a lapped car in between us. That helped me out quite a bit for the next green flag run."

Twenty-two cars on a one-fifth-mile doesn't leave much room for error and, when Courtney entered the tail-end of the field by lap 10, he discovered cars high, low, here, there and everywhere as he sought to find that perfect balance between patience and aggression, an object of desire that has long baffled man since the beginning of time.

"On tracks like this, there's a very fine line," Courtney acknowledges. "On a bigger track, you can afford to be patient and wait for these guys to make you get up on the wheel. Tonight, on this track, you had to get up on the wheel for all 40. You have to get by lapped cars in case there's a caution so you can pad your lead. You just have to be on it from the drop of the green."

Some drivers draw that fine line with a finely-sharpened pencil. Some draw that line with a crayon. Courtney sharpened the pencil and brought out the lead as he picked through the traffic with a fine-tooth comb and, at one point, squeezed between the lapped cars of Tanner Carrick and Justin Allgaier at the stripe with no room to spare as Bell began to bear down on him on the 15th lap.

Track position is important in this instance because each lapped car a driver can place between them and their closest lead-lap competitor can provide just the slightest edge necessary in the quest toward holding the check at the end of the night.

Yet, the scale of difficulty is 10/10 when trying to keep a driver like 2013 USAC National Midget champion Christopher Bell mired behind lappers for too long as he maneuvered back to Courtney's bumper for the lap 20 restart. Bell made an attempt in turn one, but lost a bit of momentum as he slid through the middle and Courtney shot off the turn two lip.

A lap later, a melee ensued in turn three as Justin Grant, Nick Hamilton, Tyler Nelson and Ryan Robinson all became entangled. Robinson took the worst of it, tipping over after tripping over the berm at the edge of the infield and the racing surface. No harm, no foul and he would restart at the tail with the other three involved in the incident.

On the ensuing restart, Bell and Golobic began a side-by-side battle that would occupy them for much of the remainder of the race. The two would swap second and third back-and-forth with each unable to surge ahead by much more than a car-length at any point over the next several laps.

With 16 to go, Golobic and Bell would erase Courtney's interval and would soon go three-wide exiting the second turn with Golobic low, Bell in the middle and Courtney running high, wide and handsome up against the concrete blocks. Courtney would maintain his lead after sustaining the challenge to the throne with Bell and Golobic occupying second and third in that order.

Bell and Golobic remained occupied with the fierce duel for second as eight laps remained. Bell worked the middle to high lane and Golobic stayed on the shorter way around on the bottom. On lap 33, Bell snagged some soil with the right rear in a turn two jolt that cost him a scant amount as Golobic gobbled him up and was able to clear him with certainty exiting turn four for the runner-up position.

Though no less than six lapped cars stood in his path in the final laps, Courtney successfully avoided a sting from the hornet's nest of midgets that lie ahead and was able to taste the sweet nectar of victory for the third time in the series in less than a month over Golobic, Bell, KSE Hard Charger Dave Darland and point leader Spencer Bayston.

Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals" winner Tyler Courtney poses in victory lane with car owner Tim Clauson (Left) and race promoters Rusty Kunz (2nd from left) and Wanda Kunz (far right). (Rich Forman Photo)

Additionally, the win by Courtney and CMR ended the stranglehold of KKM/Curb-Agajanian over the past four events as the back-and-forth, tug-of-war for team supremacy wages on into the second-half of its calendar.

A brand-new racetrack presents a ball of new experiences for all. Where to find the high line and how hard to push are issues that are resolved after some seat time on the track. A second line began to come into play during the qualifying races and remained throughout the rest of the night, creating multiple lines that Courtney used to his advantage in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"The car just kept coming to me and the track kind of moved down from where the guys were blowing stuff up into the middle. I could run through the middle, so I didn't have to run against the wall. Lapped cars went to the right places at the right time and it all worked out. These races are tough, though. You need to put all 30, or 40 laps in this case, together and, tonight, we were able to do that. With the amount of traffic out there, you're looking 100 feet ahead of you all the time. The track may only be 200 feet, but I'm looking 100 feet ahead of me to make sure a guy's not spinning out, getting tight or chalking down. You got to be looking forward, but you still have to be playing defense. It's just a matter of paying attention to the motor noises behind you, watching guys in front of you and making the right moves at the right time."

It's natural to compare a new venue to that of an existing venue. One that came to mind for many was another fellow Illinois bullring located adjacent to their famed one-mile dirt oval - the indoor Southern Illinois Center facility in Du Quoin. Like Springfield's Multi-Purpose Arena, the track is flat as a pancake, which seems to suit the CMR team - winners of the last four races in Du Quoin - just fine.

"The success we've had makes me like the flat tracks like this," Courtney said. "I think it's more a testament to CMR (Clauson Marshall Racing). (Team owner) Tim (Clauson) was winning at these tracks before we even had this team together. I get good cars night-in, night-out. I wasn't able to deliver the first two nights, but luckily, I was able to put 40 laps together and park it there in victory lane."

Fremont, California's Shane Golobic led five laps and slipped back to third in the early going, but fought back to score yet another strong finish, moving up to second in the standings in the process, in his Clauson/Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"I got out to the early lead, running the bottom," Golobic recalls. "I knew they had reworked the track prior to the feature and the top was going to come in at some point. I guess I was just a corner too late getting there. Sunshine (Courtney) went around me then I went up to the top and I guess Christopher had a run and slid me. I ended up behind both of them and had to work my way back where we were able to get back by him toward the very end. I raced Christopher pretty much the whole race. It's always a good time racing with him. He's a clean racer and we pushed each other as hard as we could and never made any contact. On such a small racetrack, it's pretty hard to do something like that."

During a long, strenuous season, smart racers always seem to be in the hunt for race wins and, ultimately, the championship. Golobic hasn't won yet in 2017, but night-after-night, you will find his name, and his car, near the front. Consistent results such as his don't just happen by chance.

"You just need to pick your spots and decide when you're going to make your move and when you probably shouldn't," Golobic explains. "You just want to try and keep yourself out of trouble, which is easy to get into on a track this size. There's a balance. All three of the guys that ran in the top-three tonight have a lot of patience, but a lot of aggression at the same time. I believe that's why we ended up front."

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell had a highly-successful weekend in his return to the USAC Midget wars this weekend in the Land of Lincoln, following up two winning performances with a third-place run Monday night in Springfield in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Contingency award winners Monday night at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena include Dave Darland (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Nick Hamilton (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Holly Shelton (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner) and Justin Allgaier (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2017 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Gray), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 6. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 7. D.J. Raw (#33 Team RAYPRO). 1:57.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton), 2. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Mike Hess (#3H Neuman), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Justin Allgaier (#7A Allgaier), 7. Joey Moughan (#29 Moughan). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 5. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 6. Shelby Bosie (#3B Bosie), 7. Rico Abreu (#97K Abreu). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall/Wood), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Tanner Carrick (71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Kyle Schuett (#9K Schuett). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Walker, 2. R. Robinson, 3. Bayston, 4. Bell, 5. Grant, 6. Darland, 7. Moughan. 2:25.48

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Coons, 3. Nelson, 4. Hamilton, 5. Chisholm, 6. Raw, 7. Bosie. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Babb, 3. D. Robinson, 4. Carrick, 5. Neuman, 6. Shelton, 7. Abreu. 2:28.62

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Allgaier, 3. Thorson, 4. Schuett, 5. Bacon, 6. Veatch, 7. Hess. 2:30.55

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. R. Robinson, 2. Allgaier, 3. Neuman, 4. Schuett, 5. Hess, 6. Carrick, 7. Raw, 8. Bosie, 9. Veatch, 10. Babb, 11. Moughan. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Gage Walker, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jake Neuman, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Kyle Schuett, 13. Justin Allgaier, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Daniel Robinson, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Mark Chisholm, 19. Tyler Nelson, 20. Tanner Carrick, 21. Nick Hamilton, 22. Mike Hess. NT ---------------------------- **Robinson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Golobic, Laps 6-40 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Allgaier

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-771, 2-Golobic-750, 3-Bacon-741, 4-Courtney-718, 5-Grant-716, 6-Thorson-639, 7-Coons-589, 8-Chad Boat-508, 9-R. Robinson-484, 10-Shelton-476.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 1 - Fairbury, Nebraska - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 3, 2017 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11 Gray), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 6. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 7. D.J. Raw (#33 Team RAYPRO). 1:57.64

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton), 2. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Mike Hess (#3H Neuman), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Justin Allgaier (#7A Allgaier), 7. Joey Moughan (#29 Moughan). NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 3. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 5. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 6. Shelby Bosie (#3B Bosie), 7. Rico Abreu (#97K Abreu). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall/Wood), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Tanner Carrick (71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Kyle Schuett (#9K Schuett). NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Walker, 2. R. Robinson, 3. Bayston, 4. Bell, 5. Grant, 6. Darland, 7. Moughan. 2:25.48

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Coons, 3. Nelson, 4. Hamilton, 5. Chisholm, 6. Raw, 7. Bosie. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Babb, 3. D. Robinson, 4. Carrick, 5. Neuman, 6. Shelton, 7. Abreu. 2:28.62

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Allgaier, 3. Thorson, 4. Schuett, 5. Bacon, 6. Veatch, 7. Hess. 2:30.55

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. R. Robinson, 2. Allgaier, 3. Neuman, 4. Schuett, 5. Hess, 6. Carrick, 7. Raw, 8. Bosie, 9. Veatch, 10. Babb, 11. Moughan. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Gage Walker, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jake Neuman, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Kyle Schuett, 13. Justin Allgaier, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Daniel Robinson, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Mark Chisholm, 19. Tyler Nelson, 20. Tanner Carrick, 21. Nick Hamilton, 22. Mike Hess. NT
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**Robinson flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Golobic, Laps 6-40 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (15th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Allgaier

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-771, 2-Golobic-750, 3-Bacon-741, 4-Courtney-718, 5-Grant-716, 6-Thorson-639, 7-Coons-589, 8-Chad Boat-508, 9-R. Robinson-484, 10-Shelton-476.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 1 - Fairbury, Nebraska - Jefferson County Speedway - "Tuesday Night Thunder"

 

 

MORLEY #1 IN SPRINGFIELD IMRA SPEED2s

Springfield, Ill........Dillon Morley of Moline, Ill. won Monday night's 5-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at the Multi-Purpose Arena at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The race also served as a "special event" for the USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder series. Morley took the lead from Adam Taylor on the eighth lap of the race which was part of the "Adam Lopez Illinois Midget Nationals" event. Jeremy Hull took second at the checkered flag, followed by Brent Burrows, Chase McDermand and Shane Morgan.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET & MIDWEST THUNDER SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: July 3, 2017 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi Purpose Arena - "Adam Lopez Illinois Midget Nationals"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#37 Raymond), 2. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 3. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. Austin Archdale (#2 Archdale), 6. Dean Parker (#99 Parker), 7. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Jim Picardi (#15s Morgan), 4. Josh Thomas (#43T Thomas), 5. Paul Graybrook (#2x Baue), 6. Jeff Schindler (#88x Schindler). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jeremy Hiull (#24 Hull), 2. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 3. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 4. Alex Hunsaker (#12 Hunsaker), 5. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell), 6. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 7. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Dillon Morley, 2. Jeremy Hull, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Chase McDermand, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Jake Neuman, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Adam Taylor, 10. Jacob Sollenberger, 11. Kurt Mueller, 12. Josh Thomas, 13. Austin Archdale, 14. Dean Parker, 15. Jim Picardi, 16. Robby McQuinn, 17. Paul Graybrook, 18. Alex Hunsaker, 19. Gedd Ross. NT ---------------------------- **Graybrook flipped over the back straightaway wall on lap 2 of the feature. McQuinn flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Taylor, Laps 8-25 Morley.

NEW SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-743, 2-Taylor-705, 3-Hull-681, 4-McDermand-665, 5-Sollenberger-533, 6-Ross-449, 7-Hunnell-425, 8-Tyson Hart-418, 9-Burrows-408, 10-Jeff Mallonee-356.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 8 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway

 

 

BELL GOES 2 FOR 2 ON ILLINOIS MIDGET SWING WITH LINCOLN MIDGET SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lincoln, Illinois.........It had been three years since a driver had won consecutive USAC Midget National Championship features at two different Illinois tracks.

That driver was Christopher Bell, who captured a pair of victories at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City) and Belle-Clair Speedway (Belleville) during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

It was a rare case of déjà vu Sunday night in the series' return to the Logan County Fairgrounds' Lincoln Speedway for the first time since 1959. Norman, Oklahoma's Bell staked his claim of Illinois by writing the deed that turned the Land of Lincoln into the Land of Bell for the time being, racing to the front on the same, exact lap (25) as he did the night before in his victory at Macon Speedway to lead the same two drivers, Spencer Bayston and Tyler Courtney, across the line for the second time in as many nights.

In front of an electric, standing room only crowd, Bell began the race from the third position, but it wasn't an immediate charge to the front, as he stayed put for much of the first half of the 30-lapper, wavering back-and-forth between third and fourth as Tyler Thomas, then Tyler Courtney, took turns heading the field early in the going.

On lap six, the scariest incident of the season occurred when Brayton Lynch and Chad Boat made contact entering turn one. Lynch's car launched into the fence, snapping one of the fence posts in half and taking down a large section of catch-fencing and the safety light with him. Meanwhile, Boat's car launched over the wall and fencing at Mach-10 speed, flipping nose-to-tail roughly 15 times before, eventually, landing near a parking lot a football field-distance away from where the incident began. Fortunately, both drivers were able to walk away from the scene.

On the ensuing restart, the top-three of Courtney, Bayston and Thomas tussled for position before Courtney found a foothold and pulled out to a ten-car-length margin advantage.

Back in third and fourth, Bell was starting to find his rhythm as he muscled the curb on the bottom of turn two to maneuver into the top-three. As he began to close on Bayston for second on the 10th lap, the fourth stoppage in the first third of the event came out when Kyle Schuett came to a rest in turn three.

The back-and-forth grapple between speeding to the front under green flag conditions and idling under yellow can bring about agitation. The starts and stops had become persistent early on as, every time Bell began to make a charge, his momentum would be required to cease for the moment and he would have to recover his equilibrium when action resumed.

"At the beginning of the race, we weren't able to find a rhythm due to the yellows," Bell recalls. "There was no flow. We get a lap here, a lap there, then a yellow would fly. My car was really good, though. I knew early I was good. I just needed laps to get going. It's tough when there's a bunch of yellows. The longer the green flag runs are, the better I typically am."

However, that would allow a number of anxious drivers to regroup and find their groove. Yet, when the green flag flew on the lap 10 restart, every driver's groove was initially on the bottom. Bayston was able to work his way under Courtney on the back straight to grab the lead as the two darted toward turn three.

"I was able to work the bottom of turns one and two pretty well and was all the way down on the berm," Bayston explains. "I got a good drive off, and got to the lead and run. But my line started to go away midrace, so I had to figure something else out."

Near mid-race, Bell had caught up to Courtney in a tug-of-war for second. The two swapped the position multiple times, exchanging sliders and altering back-and-forth between the high-and-low lines on laps 14 and 15. As Courtney and Bell crossed the line and crossed sticks were presented for the halfway mark, the two banged wheels, impeding Bell's progress as he fell to fourth and Shane Golobic took advantage on the bottom to rope in the third spot.

Bell saw the proverbial writing on the wall at that point and knew if he was going to win the thing, the top was going to be the place to do it.

"I knew the top was my only option if I wanted to win the race," Bell admits. "I really couldn't get anything going anywhere else. I was able to get the top going and I think I was the first guy up there. The biggest thing was just getting the top cleaned off, keeping it clean and maintaining my momentum."

On lap 19, Bell disposed of Golobic for third and, two laps later, he was back in the thick of the hunt for second as he worked the high line with Courtney occupying the middle groove. Bell put his right rear rubber right up against the wall in turn two with nine to go, possibly brushing it as he closed the ever-shrinking gap. In turn four, however, Courtney slid up in front of Bell momentarily. Bell crossed over underneath Courtney and rocketed to second at the line.

Bell had the high-line working to perfection and, in almost no time, Bayston's one-second lead had ceased to exist. Bell took his first swing in turn three on lap 24, diving to the bottom and springing to the top to briefly hold the position. Bayston never wavered from the middle, kept the wheels straight and retook the position by a car length at the stripe.

"I knew the top was my only option if I wanted to win the race. I really couldn't get anything going anywhere else. I was able to get the top going and I think I was the first guy up there. The biggest thing was just getting the top cleaned off, keeping it clean and maintaining my momentum." - Christopher Bell
(Rich Forman Photo)

Bell immediately aimed low once again to repeat the move, but Bayston anticipated the move and snatched the bottom line first entering turn one as Bell shot back up to the razor-thin cushion and surfed it exquisitely around Bayston to retake the point.

"Christopher showed me his nose and I tried to nail my line in one and two to get in front of him up top," Bayston details. "He was able to squeak by. It seemed like he was up there the whole race and had it figured out. It took me too long to get going before I was able to get back to him."

Bell started to pull away and appeared destined for Lincoln glory, but a caution a lap later for a D.J. Raw spin on lap 26 bunched up the field and provided Bayston another opportunity, something that Bell was not too fond of.

"I felt like the last yellow hurt me pretty badly because I was getting going on the fence when it came out," Bell said. "You really have to pay attention to hit your marks and, thankfully, I was able to pick my marks back up."

Bell's marks were superb, no doubt, but Bayston was hoping to throw a bit of dissonance into the situation as he fired a slider into the first turn on the final restart. Bell, whose midget racing roots were planted at this venue earlier in the decade, was forced to come off the comfort of the cushion and duck his nose toward the middle. Bell made slight contact with Bayston's tail tank with his right front wheel as he entered the middle of a three-car sandwich off turn two that witnessed the reemergence of Courtney. Courtney held the advantage by a half-car length before Bell's momentum pushed him past to a race lead he would ultimately tie up, stamp and deliver.

Courtney and Bayston exchanged the second and third spots multiple times in the final laps with Bayston having to slide job Courtney in turn three on both the 27th and 28th circuits before securing the position for good.

After a race-long sparring match with Courtney, then Bayston, Bell would cruise to a relatively comfortable 2.173-second margin of victory over Bayston and Courtney, who all finished in the same order for the second consecutive night. Golobic and Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five.

It was Bell's 19th career USAC National Midget victory in the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, tying him with Coons, Stan Fox and Jason Leffler for 32nd on the all-time list.

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston led 15 laps and was in position to win for the second time in three races, but had to settle for his second 2nd place finish in as many nights in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota. In the process, Bayston emerged with the series point lead by 21 markers over Brady Bacon.

"Last year, I raced all season thinking about points. This year, I'm trying not to do that," Bayston explains. "Obviously, coming home second tonight, (crewman) Big Al (Scroggins) has given me good cars these last couple nights. I thought we kind of had it there early on. I was able to get to the lead, but I was a sitting duck when the line I was running started to go away in turns one and two. Christopher went to work up top, but once I got up there, it took a couple laps for me to get it figured out and that's when he walked away from me. The crew's been working really hard and the results are really starting to show, but I admit I'm starting to get tired of finishing second."

Bayston refused to disappear when he lost the lead to his teammate with five to go, utilizing one final slider on the last restart for a shot at victory.

"Looking back, I think it might've been a smarter decision to stay in line and figure it out before I pursued him," Bayston believes. "I was worried he'd get away from me and that was going to be my one and only shot. I felt like I had a good enough restart, but he had the momentum and was able to get right back around me. It's another second-place run, but we're happy. We'll move on to the next one and learn from this."

Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana raced to a sixth-consecutive top-five finish, finishing third in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"It's not exactly the night we wanted," Courtney lamented. "Obviously, you always want to win, but we were just a little off tonight. We got third again, which doesn't feel all the great right now, but for big picture purposes, we're doing what we need to do. We just got to keep running up front and knocking down podium finishes."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lincoln Speedway include Tanner Thorson (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Christopher Bell (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Ryan Robinson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 2, 2017 - Lincoln, Illinois - Lincoln Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.616; 2. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.652; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.754; 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.765; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.765; 6. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.781; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.793; 8. Gage Walker, 57, RAB-13.797; 9. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.833; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.856; 11. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.867; 12. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.963; 13. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.964; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.968; 15. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.087; 16. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.120; 17. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-14.196; 18. Shelby Bosie, 3B, Bosie-14.216; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-14.284; 20. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-14.288; 21. Tyler Nelson, 91, Harris-14.297; 22. Dalton Camfield, 87c, Camfield-14.423; 23. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.429; 24. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.475; 25. Mike Hess, 82, Johnson-14.478; 26. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Fifty6x-14.604; 27. Devin Camfield, 17c, Camfield-15.050; 28. D.J. Raw, 33, Team RAYPRO-16.231; 29. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Neuman, 3. Courtney, 4. Golobic, 5. Daum, 6. Jones, 7. Nelson, 8. Hess. 2:34.35

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Coons, 3. Thomas, 4. Shelton, 5. Chisholm, 6. Bosie, 7. Da. Camfield. 2:38.77

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. R. Robinson, 3. Darland, 4. Boat, 5. Carrick, 6. De. Camfield, 7. Bacon. NT 2:34.54

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Schuett, 3. Lynch, 4. D. Robinson, 5. Seach, 6. Raw, 7. Walker. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Daum, 3. Carrick, 4. Nelson, 5. Bosie, 6. Seach, 7. Raw, 8. De. Camfield, 9. Jones, 10. Chisholm, 11. Hess, 12. Walker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Tanner Carrick, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Daniel Robinson, 16. Kyle Schuett, 17. Jake Neuman, 18. Tyler Nelson, 19. D.J. Raw, 20. Shelby Bosie, 21. Ray Seach, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Chad Boat. NT
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**Bacon flipped during the third heat. Boat and Lynch flipped on lap 6 of the feature; Boat exited the track over the turn one wall.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Thomas, Laps 5-9 Courtney, Laps 10-24 Bayston, Laps 25-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Robinson (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-713, 2-Bacon-692, 3-Golobic-683, 4-Grant-675, 5-Courtney-648, 6-Thorson-596, 7-Coons-534, 8-Boat-508, 9-R. Robinson-455, 10-Thomas-442.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 3 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals"

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 2, 2017 - Lincoln, Illinois - Lincoln Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.616; 2. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.652; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.754; 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.765; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.765; 6. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.781; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.793; 8. Gage Walker, 57, RAB-13.797; 9. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.833; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.856; 11. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.867; 12. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.963; 13. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.964; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.968; 15. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.087; 16. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-14.120; 17. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-14.196; 18. Shelby Bosie, 3B, Bosie-14.216; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-14.284; 20. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-14.288; 21. Tyler Nelson, 91, Harris-14.297; 22. Dalton Camfield, 87c, Camfield-14.423; 23. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.429; 24. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-14.475; 25. Mike Hess, 82, Johnson-14.478; 26. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Fifty6x-14.604; 27. Devin Camfield, 17c, Camfield-15.050; 28. D.J. Raw, 33, Team RAYPRO-16.231; 29. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Neuman, 3. Courtney, 4. Golobic, 5. Daum, 6. Jones, 7. Nelson, 8. Hess. 2:34.35

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Coons, 3. Thomas, 4. Shelton, 5. Chisholm, 6. Bosie, 7. Da. Camfield. 2:38.77

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. R. Robinson, 3. Darland, 4. Boat, 5. Carrick, 6. De. Camfield, 7. Bacon. NT 2:34.54

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Schuett, 3. Lynch, 4. D. Robinson, 5. Seach, 6. Raw, 7. Walker. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Daum, 3. Carrick, 4. Nelson, 5. Bosie, 6. Seach, 7. Raw, 8. De. Camfield, 9. Jones, 10. Chisholm, 11. Hess, 12. Walker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Justin Grant, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Zach Daum, 12. Holly Shelton, 13. Tanner Carrick, 14. Dave Darland, 15. Daniel Robinson, 16. Kyle Schuett, 17. Jake Neuman, 18. Tyler Nelson, 19. D.J. Raw, 20. Shelby Bosie, 21. Ray Seach, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Chad Boat. NT ---------------------------- **Bacon flipped during the third heat. Boat and Lynch flipped on lap 6 of the feature; Boat exited the track over the turn one wall.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Thomas, Laps 5-9 Courtney, Laps 10-24 Bayston, Laps 25-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Robinson (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Carrick

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-713, 2-Bacon-692, 3-Golobic-683, 4-Grant-675, 5-Courtney-648, 6-Thorson-596, 7-Coons-534, 8-Boat-508, 9-R. Robinson-455, 10-Thomas-442.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 3 - Springfield, Illinois - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals"

 

 

ANDY BAUGH TOPS IN SPOON RIVER IMRA FEATURE

Canton, IL........Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. led the final five laps to win Saturday night's 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway, He was trailed by Dillon Morley, Shane Morgan, Robby McQuinn (who led the first 15 laps) and Jeff Mallonee.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Brandon Smith (#11 Smith), 6. Mersadies Stroud (#9 Stroud). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Jim Picardi (#15s Morgan), 5. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 3. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Austin Archdale (#2a Archdale), 5. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 6. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Shane Morgan, 4. Robby McQuinn, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Chase McDermand, 7. Austin Archdale, 8. Adam Taylor, 9. Jeremy Hull, 10. Jacob Sollenberger, 11. Brandon Smith, 12. Dave Baugh, 13. Todd Baker, 14. Tom Davis (#6B Baugh), 15. Tyson Hart, 16. Jim Picardi, 17. Broc Hunnell, 18. Mersadies, Stroud, 19. Gedd Ross. NT ---------------------------- **Stroud flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McQuinn, Laps 16-20 Baugh.

NEW SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-665, 2-Taylor-652, 3-Hull-606, 4-McDermand-598, 5-Sollenberger-483, 6-Ross-422, 7-Hart-418, 8-Hunnell-364, 9-Mallonee-356, 10-Brent Burrows-339.

NEXT SPEED2 USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 3 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena - "Adam Lopez Illinois Midget Nationals"

 

 

SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS MIDGET NATIONALS LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV MONDAY, JULY 3

The fireworks get started a day early when the inaugural Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship is streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

The Monday, July 3 event on the 1/5-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena marks a return of USAC Midget racing to Springfield for the first time since 1996. Twenty-one years ago, however, the event was held at the famed one-mile oval.

The Illinois Midget Nationals pits the midgets on the bullring where close-quarters action, slide jobs and the car count will be plentiful.

Top USAC Midget stars Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Tanner Thorson, Chad Boat, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland and Zach Daum are just scratching the surface of drivers who will compete in the event along with recent Macon winner Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu, Justin Allgaier and many more. You can catch all the action from the comfort of your home on Monday. Cars hit the track at 5pm. A day following the event, you can watch it all again as many times as you wish on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

 

 

BRIGHT STARS IN "STAR SPANGLED HAVOC"

Newmanstown, PA........Alex Bright of Royersford, Pa. won Saturday night's xx-lap "Star Spangled Havoc" USAC Eastern Regional Midget race presented by ARDC at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway. Ryan Greth finished second ahead of Kenny Miller, Eric Heydenreich and Shawn Jackson.

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2017 - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - "Star Spangled Havoc"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher),2. Eric Heydenreich (#11 Hwysenreich), 3. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini), 4. Shawn Jackson (#7J Jackson), 5. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 6. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 7. Mark Lowrey (#86 Woodland), 8. Brandon Yarlett (#4 Yarlett). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Kyle Spencer (#25 Spence), 3. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 4. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 5. Jimmy Glenn (#07 Glenn), 6. Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley), 7. Reed Salony (#22R Salony), 8. .J. Bast (#51 Bast). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Ryan Greth, 3. Kenny Miller, 4. Eric Heydenreich, 5. Shawn Jackson, 6. Jimmy Glenn, 7. Jay Hartman, 8. Reed Salony, 9. Mark Lowrey, 10. John Heydenreich, 11. Kyle Spence, 12. Rohan Beasley, 13. Adam Pierson, 14. Josh Heckman, 15. Brandon Yarlett, 16. A.J. Bast. NT --------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Miller, Laps 2-20 A.Bright.

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS Presented by ARDC: 1-Greth-820, 2-A.Bright-811, 3. Jackson-673, 4. Miller=653, 5-Hartman-330, 6-Pierson-536, 7-Trevor Kobylarz-484, 8-Heckman-483, 9-Brenden Briht-462, 10-Tommy Kunsman Jr.-448.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACE Presented by ARDC: July 21 - Pottsville, PA - Big Diamond Speedway

 

 

BELL CHIMES IN WITH VICTORY IN USAC MIDGETS' MACON RETURN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Macon, Illinois.........The formula for winning at Macon Speedway seems simple enough on paper. Minimize mistakes, take advantage of the opportunities you've been given and throw the occasional slider to get to the front.

However, when seemingly all 23 competitors have the same plan, something has to give on the tight, but captivatingly racey 1/5-mile dirt oval.

Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell seized his opportunity following a lap 20 restart, ultimately making the winning move with six laps remaining past Tyler Courtney to score the win in the USAC Midget National Championship's return to Macon for the first time in a decade.

Yet things didn't start out as rosy for Bell in the opening portion of the 30-lap feature. Well, for the most part.

"At the beginning of the race, I started on the inside of row three and felt like I could get a really good jump using the bottom of (turns) one and two," Bell recalls. "I got to third pretty quickly, and then I just stayed down there too long. I stayed down there and guys started driving by me up top. Next thing I know, I'm back to sixth. I was sixth for a while and couldn't really get anything going."

Bell would remain mired on the outside of the top-five looking in, while, up front, Courtney was dicing it up for the lead position with Spencer Bayston. On lap eight, a wild sequence was kicked into gear when Courtney and Bayston briefly became entangled exiting the second turn, allowing series point leader Brady Bacon to sneak by both briefly to lead the lap.

Courtney gathered his bearings and got Bacon back for the lead between turns one and two. Entering turn three, Bayston made a bid for second. However, both he and Bacon had made separate reservations for one at the same table. Bayston and Bacon pinged nerf bars together. Bacon became the pong, getting the worst end of the deal as he lost momentum and freefell three spots to fifth.

A caution two laps before halfway for the stopped car of Nick Knepper altered the course of Bell's race as opportunity knocked on his helmet visor.

"On the restart, everybody piled in on the bottom and I was able to rip around them and get to third," Bell explains. "From that point, I knew I was pretty good. I just had to bide my time and wait for the guys in front of me to make mistakes."

And "mistakes" would be plentiful. But it's not easy wheeling a quick, twitchy midget around a bullring such as Macon. It's a full contact, elbows up session that's going to get physical in one way or another. It's the nature of the beast on the tight, but speedy confines.

Meanwhile, Courtney was doing what needed to be done to accomplish his mission twofold. At once, he opened up as substantial of a margin as one can attain at Macon - a full-straightaway lead - that put him in control, but, secondly, kept him distanced from the madness ensuing behind him from second on back.

A single lap goes by quickly at this place. The 26-year-old one-lap track record held by P.J. Jones was lowered to 10.3 seconds by Zach Daum in ProSource Qualifying. Later in the night, the pace was consistently around the 12 second mark through the middle to late-stages of the feature. That's still cooking and, without the lap 20 caution for a Jake Neuman spin, Courtney likely would've been gone scot-free and, ultimately, been makin' Illinois cash and hoisting the winner's check in victory lane.

But, then again, opportunity. Someone else's misfortune can become another's positive turning point in any sport. It's not exactly a case of schadenfreude, although its close. With 11 to go, the raced turned on a dime, all falling into Bell's favor.

Unlike the majority of previous restarts, Courtney now had his hands full as Bell hung right with him, running nose-to-tail for multiple laps eying his next move. Bell, the 2013 USAC National Midget champ, went right at Courtney's jaw as the two swapped slide jobs back-and-forth, back-and-forth, trading uppercuts on both ends of the racetrack. Neither were on their heels, though. Both were on the attack in a true, heavyweight bout that showed no indication of either backing down.

"I knew we were about the same speed," Bell remembered. "I just waited to get to traffic. Once you got into traffic, you'd be able to dice it up a little bit. We never got there, though, with the yellows coming out. That one yellow got him out of his rhythm there. Although he did get a really good restart and got a way a little bit. But then, he tripped on the cushion one time and I was able to close the gap. From then on, it was just about sliding him."

With seven to go, Bell attacked and Courtney countered. A lap later, Courtney attacked and Bell countered with enough sliders to make a full meal out of. Courtney made one last-ditch effort with three laps remaining using a turn one slider on Bell. Once again, Bell answered the call and ducked back under Courtney to yank the lead back into his possession, gapping Courtney who now saw the second spot escape his grasp and fall into Bayston's lap.

"Sunshine (Courtney) was really fast out front by himself," Bell credits. "We got the yellow and that got him out of his rhythm. He started making mistakes and I was able to get to him. Then, it became a chess game of who could slide each other the best and break each other's momentum. I felt like he broke my momentum and I broke his momentum."

Yet the final three laps for Bell on his own wouldn't go without a little excitement. With the white flag in hand and Bayston closing, Bell stumbled atop the cushion between turns three and four. As fate would have it, Bayston was a little too close for comfort and had to react to Bell's slight misadventure, forcing Bayston to whoa his ride down just enough to prevent himself a chance to capitalize.

"I felt like I got going pretty good there just past halfway. I just had to figure out how to use the cushion without getting tripped up in it. There at the end, once Sunshine and I started racing, it came down to who could screw up the least and make the cleanest laps. It was super technical and super hard. That's how it should be!" - Christopher Bell (Rich Forman Photo)

"I got behind Christopher with about three laps to go," Bayston remembers. "I tried to get away from everyone behind us and was waiting, waiting, waiting. Christopher kind of stumbled in (turns) three and four coming to the white flag. In turn, it caused all of us behind him to screw up and he was able to get away. That kind of scrapped the whole plan I had set for those final two laps."

Bell recovered, running a sweet and sound 30th lap for a relatively comfortable margin of seven-tenths of a second to take the win over Bayston, Courtney, Justin Grant and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Shane Golobic, who came all the way from the 21st starting position.

To Bell, his 18th career USAC National Midget victory wasn't merely about being the best for all 30 laps or even just being the best at the end. To him, the race for the win purely came down to limiting mistakes in traffic and on the tricky cushion in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DeWalt - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I've been coming to Macon for a long time now and I've run a lot of races here," Bell begins. "Typically, the curb will ledge up really big like that. It's just figuring out where your marks are, when to be in the cushion and when to come off the cushion. I felt like I got going pretty good there just past halfway. I just had to figure out how to use the cushion without getting tripped up in it. There at the end, once Sunshine and I started racing, it came down to who could screw up the least and make the cleanest laps. It was super technical and super hard. That's how it should be!"

After a seven-race drought to begin the season, the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team has now won its third in a row with three different drivers. The most recent victor during this streak prior to Saturday night was Kokomo "Indiana Midget Week" winner Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Indiana, who grabbed second in his Curb Record - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"It was very physical out there," Bayston said. "It seems to be that way every single time we come here. That's just how the place is. Some people like it and some people don't. Early on, I felt pretty good. Sunshine had a good lead and I didn't know if I was going to be able to get to him. With all those cautions, I was able to adjust and get a little bit better. Toward the end, Christopher and I worked our way around them and we were able to get out front."

When Bayston saw Bell and Courtney throwing haymakers at each other, he admits that he was on his toes and ready to pounce if a tangle between the two were to ensue. "They were really going at it, so I was kind of waiting for something to develop to allow me to get in there," Bayston acknowledged. "When they start battling like that, they kind of back up to you. I was able to get in and we were both able to work by Sunshine in the final laps."

Tyler Courtney led a race-high 23 laps and continued his run of success as well with a fifth consecutive top-five finish in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Macon Speedway include Zach Daum (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Jake Neuman (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Colten Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Gage Walker (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2017 - Macon, Illinois - Macon Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-10.325 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.417, 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.424, 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.441, 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-10.496; 6. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.527; 7. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.638; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.705; 9. Nick Knepper, 55, Knepper-10.756; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.778; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-10.779; 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.808; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-10.842; 14. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-10.850; 15. Tyler Nelson, 91, Harris-10.857; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-10.862; 17. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-10.883; 18. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-10.883; 19. Dalton Camfield, 87c, Camfield-10.920; 20. Joey Wirth, 77w, Wirth-10.941; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-10.960; 22. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-10.963; 23. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-10.973; 24. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-11.008; 25. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-11.015; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-11.043; 27. Daniel Adler, 50, Adler-11.105; 28. Shelby Bosie, 3B, Bosie-11.196; 29. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Fifty6x-11.223; 30. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-11.233; 31. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-11.245; 32. Tyler Robbins, 35, Robbins-11.289; 33. Matt Veatch, 56v, Fifty6x-11.616; 34. Devin Camfield, 17c, Camfield-11.722; 35. Travis Young, 11Y, Young-11.890; 36. D.J. Raw, 33, Team RAYPRO-12.129; 37. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-NT; 38. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 10.615 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Knepper, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. Daum, 6. D. Robinson, 7. Seach, 8. Chisholm, 9. Kraus, 10. Veatch. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Bayston, 3. Schuett, 4. Lynch, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Shelton, 7. Budres, 8. De. Camfield, 9. Weisensel, 10. Carrick. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Thorson, 3. Grant, 4. Nelson, 5. Bacon, 6. Jones, 7. Adler, 8. Da. Camfield, 9. Young. 1:56.33

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Bell, 3. Coons, 4. Courtney, 5. Boat, 6. Robbins, 7. Bosie, 8. Raw, 9. Wirth. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Boat, 3. Bacon, 4. D. Robinson, 5. Budres, 6. Shelton, 7. R. Robinson, 8. Adler, 9. Da. Camfield, 10. Chisholm, 11. Jones, 12. Veatch, 13. Young, 14. Bosie, 15. Robbins, 16. De. Camfield, 17. Seach, 18. Kraus, 19. Weisensel, 20. Raw. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Ryan Robinson, 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 14. Gage Walker, 15. Jake Neuman, 16. Brayton Lynch, 17. Tyler Nelson, 18. Kyle Schuett, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Nick Knepper, 22. David Budres, 23. Tanner Thorson. NT ---------------------------- **Carrick flipped during heat 2. Shelton flipped during heat 2.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Courtney, Lap 8 Bacon, Laps 9-24 Courtney, Laps 25-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (21st to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-642, 2-Bayston-634, 3-Golobic-617, 4-Grant-607, 5-Courtney-576, 6-Thorson-530, 7-Boat-480, 8-Coons-469, 9-R. Robinson-399, 10-Shelton-397.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 2 - Lincoln, Illinois - Lincoln Speedway

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

July 1, 2017 - Macon, Illinois - Macon Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-10.325 (New Track Record); 2. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.417, 3. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.424, 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.441, 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-10.496; 6. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.527; 7. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.638; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.705; 9. Nick Knepper, 55, Knepper-10.756; 10. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.778; 11. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-10.779; 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.808; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-10.842; 14. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-10.850; 15. Tyler Nelson, 91, Harris-10.857; 16. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-10.862; 17. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-10.883; 18. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-10.883; 19. Dalton Camfield, 87c, Camfield-10.920; 20. Joey Wirth, 77w, Wirth-10.941; 21. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-10.960; 22. Kyle Schuett, 9K, Schuett-10.963; 23. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-10.973; 24. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-11.008; 25. Ray Seach, 2, Seach-11.015; 26. David Budres, 31, Manic-11.043; 27. Daniel Adler, 50, Adler-11.105; 28. Shelby Bosie, 3B, Bosie-11.196; 29. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Fifty6x-11.223; 30. Cody Weisensel, 20, Weisensel-11.233; 31. Chase Jones, 22, Petry/Goff-11.245; 32. Tyler Robbins, 35, Robbins-11.289; 33. Matt Veatch, 56v, Fifty6x-11.616; 34. Devin Camfield, 17c, Camfield-11.722; 35. Travis Young, 11Y, Young-11.890; 36. D.J. Raw, 33, Team RAYPRO-12.129; 37. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-NT; 38. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 10.615 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Neuman, 2. Knepper, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. Daum, 6. D. Robinson, 7. Seach, 8. Chisholm, 9. Kraus, 10. Veatch. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Bayston, 3. Schuett, 4. Lynch, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Shelton, 7. Budres, 8. De. Camfield, 9. Weisensel, 10. Carrick. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Thorson, 3. Grant, 4. Nelson, 5. Bacon, 6. Jones, 7. Adler, 8. Da. Camfield, 9. Young. 1:56.33

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Bell, 3. Coons, 4. Courtney, 5. Boat, 6. Robbins, 7. Bosie, 8. Raw, 9. Wirth. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Boat, 3. Bacon, 4. D. Robinson, 5. Budres, 6. Shelton, 7. R. Robinson, 8. Adler, 9. Da. Camfield, 10. Chisholm, 11. Jones, 12. Veatch, 13. Young, 14. Bosie, 15. Robbins, 16. De. Camfield, 17. Seach, 18. Kraus, 19. Weisensel, 20. Raw. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Shane Golobic, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Ryan Robinson, 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 14. Gage Walker, 15. Jake Neuman, 16. Brayton Lynch, 17. Tyler Nelson, 18. Kyle Schuett, 19. Colten Cottle, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Nick Knepper, 22. David Budres, 23. Tanner Thorson. NT ---------------------------- **Carrick flipped during heat 2. Shelton flipped during heat 2.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Courtney, Lap 8 Bacon, Laps 9-24 Courtney, Laps 25-30 Bell.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (21st to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-642, 2-Bayston-634, 3-Golobic-617, 4-Grant-607, 5-Courtney-576, 6-Thorson-530, 7-Boat-480, 8-Coons-469, 9-R. Robinson-399, 10-Shelton-397.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 2 - Lincoln, Illinois - Lincoln Speedway

 

CALIFORNIA'S BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY ADDED TO 2017 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE

Bakersfield, California.........A new addition to the 2017 USAC National Midget schedule's end-of-the-year west coast swing has been announced as the penultimate round of this year's championship.

The November 18th USAC Western States Midget event at California's Bakersfield Speedway will now carry USAC National Midget points in addition to Western States points. The event will slot in as the final race on the calendar prior to the 77th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

USAC National Midget racing has an extensive history at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in Bakersfield, dating to 1959 and the first of three career USAC victories by driver Davey Moses. Since then, the track has hosted 18 USAC National Midget events, including Sleppy Tripp's first career win in 1974, but none since Jay Drake's victory in 2000 which, incidentally, took place 17 years ago to the day of this year's scheduled race.

Three USAC Western States Midget events are on the Bakersfield schedule for 2017, with Ronnie Gardner taking the first of the season back in March. Bakersfield's been a staple of the United States Auto Club since 1987 when the venue held its first Western States race won by P.J. Jones.

The timetable and ticket prices for the event at Bakersfield will be announced at a later date.


ADAMS GETS 1ST CRA WIN IN "DOUG FORT MEMORIAL"

Santa Maria, CA........Max Adams of Loomis, Cali. Earned his initial AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory in Saturday night's 30-lap 9th Annual "Doug Fort Memorial" at Santa Maria Speedway. He caught Brody Roa on lap 29 and led the final two laps to beat Roa, Damion Gardner, Jake Swanson and Danny Faria Jr.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 1, 2017 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway - 9th Annual "Doug Fort Memorial"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.411; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.435; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.597; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-13.622; 5. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-13.632; 6. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.711; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.712; 8. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.725; 9. Danny Sheridan, 73, Ford-13.728; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.871; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.873; 12. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.933; 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.998; 14. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.073; 15. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-14.108; 16. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-14.109; 17. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-14.276; 18. Steve DeMott, 16J, Herrera-14.538; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.571; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.758; 21. Patrick Clark, 21K, Kruseman-14.918.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Cling, 6. Gansen, 7. McCarthy. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Thompson, 3. Adams, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Malcolm, 7. Herrera. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sheridan, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Spencer, 5. DeMott, 6. Clark, 7. Garris. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Max Adams, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Mike Spencer, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jimmy Thompson, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. Landon Cling, 14. Jeremy Ellertson, 15. Matt McCarthy, 16. James Herrera, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Steve DeMott, 19. Patrick Clark, 20. Tommy Malcolm, 21. Steven Garris. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Roa, Laps 29-30 Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chase Johnson (12th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-D.Gardner-510, 2-Roa-502, 3-Spencer-467, 4-Swanson-437, 5-A.Williams-407, 6-C.Williams-386, 7-L.Williams-343, 8-Gansen-291, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-289, 10-McCarthy-246.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 22 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway



 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINTS INVADE SANTA MARIA FOR “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 29, 2017... After a successful return to Perris, the powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will make their first of two appearances at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer, the July 1st “Ninth Annual Doug Fort Memorial” will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Junior Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 8:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: Saturday’s driver’s meeting is scheduled for 3:45pm. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT RACER’S FIRST EVENT and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Saturday’s point race honors Doug Fort, who built and operated the Santa Maria facility. Opening on Sunday, March 31, 1964 with the California Racing Association (CRA) Sprint Cars, Fort continued to serve as owner and promoter until his passing in 1999. During his tenure, the Santa Maria track was named the "Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi" on two separate occasions and hosted a wide variety of race cars.

Originally a winged 410 sprint car race, Tyler Walker took the inaugural “Doug Fort Memorial” in the 2009 Golden State Challenge event. The race switched to the USAC West Coast 360s in 2012 and “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman won the next two memorials. The show became part of the USAC/CRA schedule in 2014 and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams added his name to the record books. Last year, Ryan Bernal returned to action after an eighth month layoff and took the checkered flags in the Keith Ford entry. Since the inception of the "Doug Fort Memorial,” it continues to be a popular event and the complete win list is at the bottom of this release.

Since June 18, 2005, Santa Maria Raceway has held 21 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and 14 different drivers have claimed victory. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with three wins and “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. A complete Santa Maria USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventh point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a fifteen point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 S.P. Beagle Plumbing / Scott Sales Company Spike, Gardner scored nineteenth at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night. To date, the five-time champion has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the season. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 73 victories and will be looking to add the “Doug Fort Memorial” to his resume.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is second in the championship point chase. Piloting the #91R BR Performance owned HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa rebounded from an early tangle to claim seventh at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, last year’s USAC West Coast Champion has posted one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with the Santa Maria win.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ranks third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer ran fifth in the Perris 30-lap main event. To date, the five-time champion has one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. Mike has 38 career USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to win the “Doug Fort Memorial.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson placed twenty-first after an early tangle. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, and four top-10 finishes on the season. Jake has one career USAC/CRA victory and will have his sights on his first Santa Maria triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams charged from fifteenth to fourth last Saturday night. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking to claim his sixth main event.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, Chris Gansen, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Jace Vander Weerd, Verne Sweeney, A.J, Bender, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Max Adams, Chase Johnson, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

2017 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

SANTA MARIA “DOUG FORT MEMORIAL” WINNERS: 2009-Tyler Walker, 2010-Tommy Tarlton, 2011-Jonathan Allard, 2012-Cory Kruseman, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Cody Williams, 2015-Rickie Gaunt, 2016-Ryan Bernal.

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON TOPS PERRIS USAC/CRA FEATURE
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 28, 2017... Leading all 30-laps, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) scored last Saturday’s $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory at Perris Auto Speedway. Recording his fourth career series triumph, the 2005 Rookie of the Year last won at the Perris oval on March 24, 2007. Richard Vander Weerd, Ronnie Gardner, Austin Williams, and Mike Spencer followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, R.J. Johnson qualified ninth out of a season high twenty-seven racers. The four-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion ran second to Williams in his heat race and starting on the pole position of the main event. In limited appearances, the second generation driver ranks twentieth in USAC/CRA points on the strength of two top-10 finishes.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) tried to catch Johnson but had to settle for second. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was eighth fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. To date, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion is eighth in the point standings with one feature win, four top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led.

Returning to the Robbie & Gaye Allen owned #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) charged from ninth to third at Perris. The four-time USAC Western States Midget Champion qualified sixth overall, ran fifth in his heat race, and took third in the semi-main. At press time, Gardner is tied with Verne Sweeney for fifteenth in the standings with two top-10 finishes.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) earned his second Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a fourth place run from fifteenth. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was fifteenth fast in time trials and won the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. The 2009 Rookie of the Year is currently fifth in the point chase with two heat race wins and five top-10 finishes to his credit.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) scored fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer qualified fourth overall and took third in his heat race. The five-time champion sits third in the standings with one feature win, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) posted his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the campaign. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer Triple X, Swanson was fifth in his heat race, won the Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main, and placed twenty-first in the main after a tangle ended his night. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently fourth in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4G Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing GS1, Gansen was sixteenth quick in time trials and scored twentieth in the feature after contact with a wounded Damion Gardner ended his night with a flip. Chris walked away and ranks ninth in the point standings with one top-10 finish on the year.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) raced to victory in the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified fifth overall and scored nineteenth in the main event after an early exit. The five-time champion has a fifteen point lead with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the season.

This Saturday, July 1st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their first of two appearances at Mike Kappmeyer’s Santa Maria Raceway. “The Ninth Annual Doug Fort Memorial” will also feature the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Junior Mini Dwarfs. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $25 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
June 24, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.478; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.653; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.662; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.680; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.693; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.712; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.831; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.911; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.951; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.100; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.106; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-17.114; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.125; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.146; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.175; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.187; 17. Stevie Sussex, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.209; 18. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.284; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.377; 20. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.416; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.556; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.590; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.699; 24. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.102; 25. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.107; 26. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.018; 27. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Gansen, 2. Adams, 3. Spencer, 4. C.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. McCarthy, 7. L.Williams, 8. Hendricks, 9. Sweeney. 2:50.55.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. D.Gardner, 2. Bender, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Malcolm, 6. St. James, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall, 9. Sussex. 2:51.38

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. Davis, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Colston, 7. Edwards, 8. Waitman. 2:51.37

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps)
1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. St. James, 6. McCarthy, 7. Edwards, 8. Sweeney, 9. Ellertson, 10. Hendricks, 11. Waitman, 12. Marshall, 13. Sussex. 3:25.85.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (1st), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (2nd), 3. Ronnie Gardner (9th), 4. Austin Williams (15th), 5. Mike Spencer (5th), 6. Cody Williams (3rd), 7. Brody Roa (6th), 8. Max Adams (10th), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (12th), 10. Logan Williams (17th), 11. A.J. Bender (14th), 12. Matt McCarthy (13th), 13. Bruce St. James (18th), 14. Kyle Edwards (19th), 15. Verne Sweeney (20th), 16. Jeremy Ellertson (21st), 17. Tom Hendricks (22nd), 18. Jace Vander Weerd (11th), 19. Damion Gardner (4th), 20. Chris Gansen (16th), 21. Jake Swanson (7th), 22. Tommy Malcolm (8th). NT
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**Gansen flipped on lap 11 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (15th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-443, 2. Brody Roa-428, 3. Mike Spencer-409, 4. Jake Swanson-368, 5. Austin Williams-346, 6. Cody Williams-332, 7. Logan Williams-298, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-289, 9. Chris Gansen-243, 10. Tommy Malcolm-214, 11. Matt McCarthy-211, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-189, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-182, ... Kyle Edwards-182, 15. Verne Sweeney-159, ... Ronnie Gardner-159, 17. A.J. Bender-157, 18. Parker Colston-153, ... Max Adams-153, 20. R.J. Johnson-148.

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

 

 

DUHAIME TAKES "BOSTON LOUIE MEMORIAL" SPEED2 EASTERN "SPECIAL"

Seekonk, MA........Dylan Duhaime of Loudon, N.H. scored a last-lap victory in Wednesday night's 33-lap 21st "Boston Louie Memorial" USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget "special event" feature at Seekonk Speedway. He passed Jim Chambers on the final lap for the win over Chambers, Chad LaBastie, Ryan Locke and Ryan Bigelow. The Eastern series resumes July 14 at Wake County Speedway in Raleigh, N.C.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET "Special Event" RACE RESULTS: June 28, 2017 - Seekonk, Massachusetts - Seekonk Speedway - "Open Wheel Wednesday" - "21st Boston Louie Memorial"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Dylan Duhaime, 5, Cataldo-11.895; 2. Kevin Iannerelli, 27, Iannerelli-11.936; 3. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-11.970; 4. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-11.989; 5. Jake Stregios, 57, Stergios-12.071; 6. Dan Cugini, 51, Cugini-12.080; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-12.104; 8. Chad LaBastie, 14, LaBastie-12.116; 9. Jeff Locke, 88, Locke-12.117; 10. Ryan Locke, 38, Locke-12.131; 11. Anthony Payne, 21, Scrivani-12.141; 12. Ben Mikitarian, 9m, Mikitarian-12.159; 13. Ray Parent, 45, Bertrand-12.173; 14. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.191; 15. Jim Chambers, 12, Chambers-12.197; 16. Nikki Carroll, 24, Carroll-12.214; 17. Randy Cabral, 35, Cabral-12.276; 18. Anthony Burr, 34CT, Burr-12.365; 19. Ryan Bigelow, 13, Bigelow-12.401; 20. Jessica Bean, 5B, Radical-12.402; 21. Dennis O'Brien, 16, O'Brien-12.464; 22. Jeremy Decourcey, 20, Decourcey-12.520; 23. Megan Cugin, 41, Cugini, 12.554; 24. Richie Coy, 19, Coy-12.561; 25. Danny Gamache, 68, Gamache-12.609; 26. Jimmy Cataldo, 7, Cataldo-12.679; 27. Christopher Vose, 3, Vose-12.751; 28. Andy Barrows, 46, Barrows-12.801; 29. Kevin Park, 52, Park-12.923; 30. Jack Garcia, 35G, Garcia-13.076.

SOUTH METRO SPORTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Parent, 2. Hatfield, 3. Lamb, 4. Kurtz, 5. LaBastie, 6. Carol, 7. Coy, 8. Vose, 9. O'Brien, 10. Garcia. NT

BENTLEY'S SALOON SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. M.Cugini, 2. Bigelow, 3. Mikitarian, 4. Bean, 5. R.Locke, 6. Iannerelli, 7. Trainor, 8. Cataldo, 9. Park, 10. Stregios. NT

SEALS-IT THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chambers, 2. Payne, 3. D.Cugini, 4. Duhaime, 5. Decourcey, 6. Cabral,, 7. J.Locke, 8. Burr, 9. Barrows, 10. Gamache. NT

FEATURE: (Dave Steele 33 laps) 1. Dylan Duhaime, 2. Jim Chambers, 3. Chad LaBastie, 4. Ryan Locke, 5. Ryan Bigelow, 6. Dan Cugini, 7. Jessica Bean, 8. Ray Parent, 9. Randy Cabral, 10. Anthony Payne, 11. Kevin Iannarelli, 12. Jake Stergios, 13. Jake Trainor, 14. Ben Mikitarian, 15. Nikki Carol, 16. Sam Hatfield, 17. Jim Cataldo, 18. Dennis O'Brien, 19. Jake Garcia, 20. Chris Lamb, 21. Kevin Park, 22. Christopher Vose, 23. Meg Cugini, 24. Jeff Locke, 25. Anthony Burr, 26. Jeremy Decourcey, 27. George Kurtz, 28. Richie Coy, 29. Danny Gamache, 30, And Burrows. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-3 Decourcy, Laps 4-32 Chambers, Lap 33 Duhaime.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: July 14 - Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway

 

 

RYAN BERNAL & DUTCHER MOTORSPORTS TEAM UP FOR INDIANA SPRINT WEEK JULY 7-15

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-time USAC champ Ryan Bernal has teamed with Michael Dutcher Motorsports to wheel the No. 17GP USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car during the 30th annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week from July 7-15.

The 2013 and 2014 USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champion, Bernal, takes over the duties from leading series Rookie of the Year candidate Stevie Sussex who has made six starts for the team this season. Sussex remains the focus of the long-term plan for Dutcher, but for "Sprint Week," the seat goes to Bernal, the Hollister, California native who has already scored six USAC West Coast Sprint Car wins in 2017.

"I'm very excited to get back to Indy and race with the best non-wing talent around," Bernal said. "Dutch and I have tried to put something together for a couple years now. Schedule conflicts were always an issue, but this time it worked out for us to be in a great event like Sprint Week."

It's actually not the first pairing of Bernal and Dutcher this season. In March's non-sanctioned "No Way Out 40" at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway, Bernal was running in the top-five in Dutcher's car when the rains came and washed away the remainder of the event. Though the night was brief, it left an indelible impression on the driver who makes his living by day as a fireman.

"We only ran six laps of the No Way Out 40, unfortunately. At the time, we were in fourth or fifth," Bernal recalls. "Dutch is really easy to work with and we were fast right out of the box, so I'm excited to work with him at tracks he's done very well at."

Bernal's highly-accomplished résumé boasts the most USAC West Coast Sprint Car wins of any driver with 30 points-paying wins and five "special event" victories. Additionally, he has eight wins in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car division, including a California Sprint Week title in 2015.

Bernal made an impressive entrance to USAC National Sprint Car racing in 2011, earning Fast Qualifying time in his first shot at California's Perris Auto Speedway. Three races later, in the finale at Hanford, California, he made the most of his opportunity by securing a third-place finish, which remains the best result of his 25-career series starts. Bernal made all five of his Indiana Sprint Week starts in 2013 where he snagged a fifth at Bloomington Speedway for his top performance.

That, along with his sustained excellence on the west coast racing scene, caught the attention of Dutcher who eyed the 23-year-old as a potent candidate to drive his machines one day.

"Last year, we talked about wanting to race together sometime," Dutcher recalls. "We always knew Ryan was a good guy and a talented racecar driver and could win on the national level if he got a shot."

It's been an up-and-down season for a Dutcher team that's coming off a trying Eastern Storm. But success has been in the cards in past years during Indiana Sprint Week for the 2012 USAC Mechanical Achievement Award winner. Runner-up finishes in the standings for Dutcher came as a crew chief in 2012 with Bryan Clauson and with his own team in 2015 with Kevin Thomas, Jr. It's a level of success that Dutcher hopes to see come to fruition once again. It all begins with a Sprint Week "tune-up" in this Friday night's "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

"Hopefully we can kick off with some success," Dutcher said. "We'll run a couple this weekend to get tuned up for Sprint Week. We're back on our home tracks for the next couple of weeks and we always seem to have a successful Sprint Week. We finished second one year and have done pretty well in others and won a few races. Hopefully, we'll get back up on the platform in victory lane."

For Bernal's USAC debut for Dutcher this Friday night, June 30 at Putnamville, pit gates open at 3pm and the grandstands at 4:30. The drivers meeting will be held in the pit area at 5:30pm with cars set to take to the track at 6pm.

Indiana Sprint Week begins a week from Friday with the opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 7. Events follow the next two nights at Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9. After a two-day layoff, racing returns Wednesday, July 12 at the Terre Haute Action Track before closing out Thursday, July 13 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday, July 14 at Bloomington Speedway and Haubstadt's Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, July 15.

 

 

ILLINOIS USAC MIDGET TRIPLEHEADER COMING THIS WEEKEND TO MACON-LINCOLN-SPRINGFIELD!

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

After a bustling stretch of June that included 14 USAC National races in a 17-day span, including six-consecutive precipitation-free nights of Indiana Midget Week, teams had a chance to take a deep breath, regroup and prepare for the kickoff to a tantalizing summer stretch that begins this Saturday night with three-straight events in the state of Illinois.

The USAC Midget National Championship crosses the border for an Illinois Midget Weekend featuring events at three different Land of Lincoln tracks in three consecutive nights for the first time in 49 years! In 1968, Chuck Arnold and Mel Kenyon split feature wins at Fairbury; Henry Pens captured Rockford a night later and Bob Tattersall concluded the weekend with his triumph at Santa Fe.

Illinois is a hotbed of midget racing, but this coming weekend's venues have been absent from the USAC schedule for at least a decade and, in some cases, forever. The first of the welcomed additions is this Saturday's return to Macon Speedway for the first time since 2007. Among the notable past visits by the series was Jack Hewitt's famed, ahem, critique of the night's proceedings back in 1996, which is fine. But, it's also featured a number of USAC National champions who've been Macon masters: Don Branson (1959), Jimmy Davies (1960), Bob Tattersall (1965), Tony Elliott (1992) and Brad Kuhn (2007).

The year was 1964. A.J. Foyt had just won his second Indianapolis 500, the first Buffalo Wing had just come out of the fryer and planet Earth had just been overtaken by Beatlemania! More than a half-century and change later, the USAC National Midgets are back in Lincoln, Illinois this Sunday night, July 2!

Bob Tattersall won that event 53 years ago on the old Speedway, but the racy quarter-mile of today at the Logan County Fairgrounds is ready for a new breed of the sport's heroes including the Clauson-Marshall Racing stable of newly-crowned Indiana Midget Week king Shane Golobic as well as his teammates Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney, who've won the last two in the Illini state coming into this weekend. Defending series champ Tanner Thorson won three in Illinois last season while current series point leader Brady Bacon captured the most recent outdoor feature in the southern part of the state last fall.

USAC's history in the city of Springfield, Illinois is well-established with 175 events taking place within the confines of the state capital between its National Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown divisions combined at the Little Springfield Speedway and the Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds since 1956. However, the scream of a midget racing engine in Springfield has been silent since 1996.

This coming Monday's Adam Lopez "Illinois Midget Nationals" presents a return for USAC to the Fairgrounds, but on a new piece of real estate that's set to make its debut on the series' schedule - the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multi-Purpose Arena. The outdoor dirt oval has previously hosted events such as motorcycle racing and the National High School Rodeo Finals, but this bullring will showcase USAC's best midget racers who will attempt to hang onto their bucking bulls for more than eight seconds, more like 40 laps.

Saturday night, July 1 at Macon, pits open at 3pm, grandstands open at 4pm with cars getting on track at 6pm.Adult general admission tickets are $25. If you bring your paid ticket stub from Macon's June 24th event, you will receive $10 off admission. Children age 11 and under are FREE!

At Lincoln on Sunday night, July 2, pits open at 2pm, grandstands at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are $30. Children age 11 and under are $5.

On the weekend's finale on Monday, July 3, grandstands open at 3pm with cars set for an on-track activity beginning at 5pm. You can purchase tickets for Monday's "Illinois Midget Nationals" at: https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2017-illinois-midget-nationals/. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children ages 6-12 will be admitted for $15. Pit passes are $35. You can also purchase a VIP Package that includes pit and grandstand admission, VIP Parking, entry to VIP Tent & six beer tickets. (ID must be provided at beer stand.)

Monday's race from Springfield will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can watch each of these USAC events flag-to-flag a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

 

 

FRIDAY'S PUTNAMVILLE USAC SPRINT GO

PRESENTS FINAL TUNEUP BEFORE INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

As we ring in the month of July and celebrate our nation's independence, the days become longer and the nights more intense.

Once the sun goes down and the lights beam upon the oval of clay, a racer enters the stage, for 30 laps a racer shall play.

The sweat, the grease and the midnight oil all come to the surface, 'cuz when the visor goes down, it strictly becomes business.

The boys and girls of summer are a reminder of what is near and dear. A passion and a dedication for the busiest racing stretch of the year.

Finishing off the month of June is this Friday night's "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" starring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the final tune-up prior to the beginning of Indiana Sprint Week on July 7th. This is the fifth year of the Independence Day Weekend event at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Indiana, which began with Chad Boespflug earning his first career USAC victory on the Fourth of July in 2013. Since that point, the Hanford, California driver has added a handful more wins, but hasn't reached USAC victory lane since April where he and the Hoffman Auto Racing team notched their first series victory together.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. is the lone two-time winner of the event, capturing back-to-back victories in 2014 and 2015, but it was Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California who snapped Coons run one year ago, wiring all 30 laps for his second career USAC win at Lincoln Park in what ended up being his final series score of the 2016 season.

Lincoln, Indiana's Triple Crown champ, Dave Darland, a five-time USAC Sprint winner at Lincoln Park, needs just one win to break a tie with Sheldon Kinser as the winningest USAC Sprint driver at the track. Avon, Indiana's Jon Stanbrough owns two of his own at LPS while Bedford, Indiana's Brady Short staked his claim in the series' most recent appearance last July.

Despite numerous starts for each, Lincoln Park Speedway hasn't been a cradle of success for the current top-three drivers in the series' standings: Justin Grant, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon.

Ione, California's Grant leads the points by 65, but is hoping to turn around his luck at the 5/16th mile oval located just a bit southwest of Indianapolis. In three starts, he's finished no better than 17th. In 15 series starts this season, Grant has only finished outside the top-four once! Something must give when push comes to shove this Friday. Windom, second in points, has the most starts of the three with ten dating to his 2010 debut. The Canton, Illinois native/St. Louis resident's fifth-place result at the Sprint Week run in 2013 serves as his best at LPS.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon, third in points, has nine starts at Lincoln Park. In fact, he was the runner-up finisher behind Short in last summer's Sprint Week round.

Friday's event will be the 49th USAC National event at held at Lincoln Park Speedway since the first appearance in September of 1981, won by Sheldon Kinser. The series will hit the mid-century milestone when the Sprints return for Indiana Sprint Week on Thursday night, July 13.

Preceding the event, a drivers meeting will be held in the pit area at 5:30pm with cars set to take to the track at 6pm.

 

 

TAYLOR TOPS IMRA SPEED2s AT 34

Burlington, IA........Adam Taylor of Shorewood, Ill. grabbed Saturday night's 15-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget feature at 34 Raceway. Chase McDermand took second after leading the early laps. Jacob Sollenberger, Jeremy Hull and Brent Burrows rounded out the "top-five" at the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 5. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold), 6. Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 2. Jacob Sollenberger, (#5 Utsinger), 3. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 4. Mike Larson (#56 Larson), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Chase McDermand, 3. Jacob Sollenberger, 4. Jeremy Hull, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Dillon Morley, 7. Robby McQuinn, 8. Mike Larson, 9. Ryan Mangold, 10. Todd Baker. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 McDermand, Laps 6-15 Taylor.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Taylor-597, 2-Dillon Morley-591, 3-Jemery Hull-555, 4-Chase McDermand-540, 5-Jake Sollenberger-434, 6-Gedd Ross-393, 7-Tyson Hart-377, 8-Brent Burrows-339, 9-Broc Hunnell-331, 10-Ryan Mangold-300.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: July 1 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

JOHNSON LEADS ALL 30 LAPS TO WIN AT THE PAS

Perris, CA........R.J. Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sorint race at Perris Auto Speedway. Richard Vander Weerd took second ahead of Ronnie Gardmer, Austin Williams and Mike Spencer.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 24, 2017 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.478; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.653; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.662; 4. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.680; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.693; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.712; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.831; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.911; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.951; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.100; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.106; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-17.114; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.125; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.146; 15. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.175; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.187; 17. Stevie Sussex, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.209; 18. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.284; 19. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.377; 20. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-17.416; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.556; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.590; 23. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.699; 24. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.102; 25. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.107; 26. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.018; 27. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Adams, 3. Spencer, 4. C.Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. McCarthy, 7. L.Williams, 8. Hendricks, 9. Sweeney. 2:50.55.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Bender, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Malcolm, 6. St. James, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall, 9. Sussex. 2:51.38

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. Davis, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Colston, 7. Edwards, 8. Waitman. 2:51.37

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. R.Gardner, 4. L.Williams, 5. St. James, 6. McCarthy, 7. Edwards, 8. Sweeney, 9. Ellertson, 10. Hendricks, 11. Waitman, 12. Marshall, 13. Sussex. 3:25.85.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Max Adams, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Logan Williams, 11. A.J. Bender, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. Jeremy Ellertson, 17. Tom Hendricks, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Tommy Malcolm. NT ----------------------- **Gansen flipped on lap 11 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (15th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:1-D.Gardner-443, 2-Roa-428, 3-Spencer-409, 4-Swanson-368, 5-A.Williams-346, 6-C.Williams-332, 7-L/Williams-298, 8-R.Vander Weerd-289, 9-Gansen-243, 10-Malcolm-214.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: July 1 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway - "Doug Fort Memorial"

 

 

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS MARK THE START OF PAST WINNERS' HULMAN CLASSIC RÉSUMÉS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Four past winners are set to embark on a mission to obtain another Tony Hulman Classic trophy to add to their collections when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track season debut this Friday, June 23.

Each of the four - Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou and Chris Windom - had inconspicuous beginnings in their first "Hulman" starts. Yet, since then, the fab four have more than made up for lost ground with their performances on the half-mile and, in their careers, in the ensuing years, demonstrating that champions do indeed rise to the forefront at the Action Track.

In fact, all but two USAC National Sprint Car champions have won a USAC-sanctioned event on the western Indiana dirt oval - a list that is absent only Parnelli Jones and Greg Leffler.

Ironically, each of the four past winners are celebrating a nice-round number anniversary this Friday night in relation to their first Hulman Classic start.

USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland made his first Hulman Classic feature start 30 years ago, all the way back in 1987! That afternoon, he finished 17th. After a few seasons away due to other racing commitments, he missed the show in 1991 before reeling off six-straight top-fives between 1992 and 1997. His consistency over the years has netted him an astonishing 20 top-tens in the race!

The Lincoln, Indiana native is the only driver to start more than half of all the Hulman Classic races run since 1971. This Friday, he eyes his 26th start in an event he has won twice, including his very first USAC win in 1993. His gap of 21 years before recording a second "Hulman" win in 2014 is a record as well.

At the start of this season, Jon Stanbrough announced his intentions to step away from the cockpit full-time following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Regardless of whether this will be the final of his 23rd "Hulman" starts or not, let us celebrate the brilliance of a driver who's finished in the top-five more than any driver in the event. The first of those 11 top-fives came in 2000, eight years after his first start 25 years ago in 1992, a 13th place run.

The Avon, Indiana native is one of USAC's finest, a driver tied with Rich Vogler for tenth on the all-time National Sprint Car win list with 35 victories - a win list that also includes two Hulman Classic wins in 2002 and 2007. Though it's been since 2014 that Stanbrough has reached USAC victory lane, he is the lone driver to finish in the top-five of the three most recent runnings of the race.

Robert Ballou and Chris Windom are, undoubtedly, two of the biggest stars on the current USAC landscape. Each have won a USAC National title over the past two seasons: Ballou, the 2015 Sprint champ and Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown champ. A decade ago, the two arrived on the scene simultaneously as teenage upstarts. A decade later, they are near the pinnacle of the sport, still duking it out in the final laps against each other for wins as seen just last Saturday at Port Royal (PA) Speedway during Eastern Storm.

Ballou finished 23rd after starting from the pole as a "Hulman Classic" rookie in 2007 while Windom didn't fare all that much better in 17th. In the coming seasons, fortunes would soon change, but it wasn't quick, as the pair rose to become two of the most consistent frontrunners in the event.

Ballou's performance chart indicates finishes of 23rd, 21st, a DNQ and a 15th in his first four appearances. However, that was followed with a 4th, 6th, 6th, 7th and back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016.

Windom reached the top-five during his second start in 2009, but that was surrounded by a 17th, a DNQ and a 25th between 2007-2010. His 2011 victory turned the tide, so to speak, although it was followed by a 13th the following year. But, from 2013 onward, Windom has not placed outside the top-eight, including a 2nd and a 5th in the last two editions.

Both will be chasing history on Friday night as Ballou is set up with the opportunity to become the first to win the prestigious event three years in a row. Windom has the chance to equal a Terre Haute USAC record with his third victory in a row, something only six other drivers have accomplished.

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

Tickets for the "Hulman Classic" begin at just $15 for infield admission. Grandstand tickets are $25. Children 11 & under are FREE! Pit pass prices are $30 for USAC & UMP members and $35 for non-members.

Friday's "Tony Hulman Classic," as well as every USAC event, can be viewed one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

CHAMPION CAR OWNER, USAC OFFICIAL JOHNNY VANCE PASSES AWAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Johnny Vance, a man who was highly-accomplished in multiple roles with the United States Auto Club as a competitor, promoter and official, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017. He was 79 years old.

Vance, of Dayton, Ohio, was a second-generation car owner whose instantly-recognizable Aristocrat Products-sponsored cars were a force on both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car trails for decades. For a time, his cars - numbered 2 for much of its run - were at the forefront of the sport with some of the most legendary names in auto racing.

However, his 50+ years in USAC began with a two-decade tenure as a Chief Steward, Supervisor and Technical Chairman of the Sprint Car division from the early 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. At that point, he shifted gears to become a participant where he left an indelible mark on the sport over the next 30+ years.

After car owner Don Siebert's unexpected passing just prior to the 1981 season opener, Vance purchased Siebert's operation that included a sprint car, a champ car and a driver named Rich Vogler. In 1981, with Vogler, Vance won both his first USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint events as a car owner at Knoxville (IA) Raceway in June and a month later at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, respectively. Vogler - with Steve Kinser - would provide Vance his lone Silver Crown owner title that first year.

Vance's equipment was top-of-the-line and the drivers who sat in the seats of his racecars were top-shelf. Along the way, Vance would win a total of eight Silver Crown events with Vogler, Kinser, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Dave Steele, Cole Whitt and his last USAC victory, with Tracy Hines, in 2010 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana.

Vance was a two-time USAC National Sprint Car owner champion in 1990 and 1998, a year in which he teamed up with dirt sprint car owner Jeff Walker and driver Tony Elliott for a run at the title. Vance's 44 career USAC National Sprint Car wins rank tied for fourth, ironically, with Walker. Among drivers tallying feature victories in his yellow, black and sometimes red sprinters were: Vogler, Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Jac Haudenschild, Joe Saldana, Gene Lee Gibson, Steve Butler, Jim Mahoney, Irwin, Steele, Elliott and Ryan Newman, who notched Vance's final victory in the series at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2000.

Perhaps greater than all the victories is the lasting legacy he left as the founder of one of USAC's marquee events that remains stronger than ever 36 years after its creation. The "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway were conceived by Vance in 1981 to showcase all four of USAC's National divisions on one track on a single weekend: Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget and the now-defunct Stock Car series.

"I went up to (track owner) Earl (Baltes) and suggested it and he thought it was pretty good idea, so we decided to give it a shot and see how it would go," Vance recalled. "It went really well the first year, so we did it again the next year and each year thereafter, it just got bigger and better."

 

 

WINDOM GUNS FOR TERRE HAUTE TRIPLE IN FRIDAY'S "TONY HULMAN CLASSIC"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The number three has already played a prominent role in the pre-race discussion of this year's "Tony Hulman Classic." While Robert Ballou makes preparations to capture an unprecedented third "Tony Hulman Classic" in a row, a past winner of the event has aspirations of his own three-in-a-row mark this Friday night, June 23, when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship returns to Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track.

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois has the opportunity to become the fifth driver to win a third-straight USAC National event at the Terre Haute half-mile. The 26-year-old claimed victory in the 2016 USAC National Sprint Midwest season closer at THAT, then opened 2017 with a USAC Silver Crown score in the "Sumar Classic," which leads to this Friday's event where the reigning Silver Crown champ has a chance to join elite company.

Tucson, Arizona's Roger McCluskey went undefeated in all three USAC Sprint Car events held at Terre Haute in 1966. Driving for Mutt Anderson, the USAC Hall of Famer won twin 30-lappers on the same afternoon in June, then concluded the season with a 50-lap score in September.

Bubby Jones, for all intents and purposes, owned the Terre Haute Action Track in the late 1970s. Between the years of 1977 and 1979, Jones captured half of the USAC Sprint Car features run for Bobby Hillin's Longhorn Racing Team and Don Siebert as well as a single USAC Midget score in 1977 for Math Schneider.

In 1979 alone, Jones of Danville, Illinois, won 4 of 5 USAC events at the Action Track, with all four coming in the sprinter. His only aberration: a runner-up finish to Johnny Parsons in the "Hut 100" midget classic.

No driver won more USAC events (13) at Terre Haute than did Rich Vogler. In 1980, he took over the reins of the Siebert Oldsmobile car from Jones and took it to its customary spot in THAT victory lane. He then concluded the season with two-straight Action Track wins: the "Hut 100" in the midget and, one week later, another sprint win, this time for a different Oldsmobile dealer, Ben Bowen. A few years later, Vogler set an all-time streak of success at Terre Haute by winning six consecutive USAC National Midget features between 1983 and 1986.

The first two times Phoenix, Arizona's J.J. Yeley ever raced at the western Indiana joint in 1997, he won both times behind the wheel of a USAC Sprint Car. Yet, it was during the 2002 and 2003 seasons where Yeley truly hit his stride, picking off five wins in a seven-race span at THAT.

Terre Haute victory lane and Yeley were like peas and carrots in that era in which he concluded the 2002 season in winning form in the seat of the GT Racing sprinter before beginning 2003 with another USAC Sprint victory for Tony Stewart, followed up by a "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown win a month later for Bob East and Stewart. The only two reasons keeping him from reeling off an incredible seven-straight were Tracy Hines and Dave Darland, whom Yeley both finished second to during "Indiana Sprint Week" and the "Hut 100," respectively.

Windom can join this group on Friday night when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship returns for the 47th Annual "Tony Hulman Classic," a race in which he previously added to his ever-growing resume back in 2011. Windom owns four Terre Haute USAC victories (3 Sprint, 1 Silver Crown) and is currently coming off a win at a similar venue with many of the same characteristics: the half-mile Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania which he used to vault himself to the Eastern Storm title.

Windom now resides second in USAC National Sprint points and is surrounded by a number of drivers seeking their first "Hulman Classic" rifle: past Terre Haute USAC Sprint winners Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL) and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) as well as 2016 "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown victor C.J. Leary, National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, CA), Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA) and Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN).

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

Tickets for the "Hulman Classic" begin at just $15 for infield admission. Grandstand tickets are $25. Children 11 & under are FREE! Pit pass prices are $30 for USAC & UMP members and $35 for non-members.

Friday's "Tony Hulman Classic," as well as every USAC event, can be viewed one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

BALLOU GOES FOR HULMAN CLASSIC 3-PEAT FRIDAY AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

No driver has ever won three editions of the "Tony Hulman Classic" consecutively, but this Friday night, June 23 at western Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track, Robert Ballou has the opportunity to reverse 47-years of history.

The Rocklin, California native won the 2015 and 2016 editions in equally dramatic fashion. Ballou caught Chris Windom with three laps remaining to capture the traditional rifle trophy in '15. With less than 10 to go in last season's "Hulman Classic," Ballou battled back-and-forth with Thomas Meseraull before coming right back at him with nine laps to go, utilizing a monster slide job into turn one. Ballou opened it up in the final stages to capture his second consecutive victory in the race, which had previously only been achieved by Steve Butler (1987-88) and Levi Jones (2008-09).

Ballou, the 2015 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion, defied the odds with his comeback victory at Eldora Speedway in May, his second race back after an eight-month recovery following devastating injuries in a crash last September. Since then, he's had an up-and-down stretch that got its bumpiest during last week's Eastern Storm, a five-race, six-night series that tested patience and equipment.

Ballou backed up his Eldora victory with a solid fourth at I-80 Speedway and a runner-up finish at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway a day later. But, a rough patch through Pennsylvania's Eastern Storm saw a sixth-place result on opening night at Grandview Speedway as his best. A night later, he was 13th at Lincoln Speedway, then followed up a night later with a turn-three crash at Williams Grove Speedway that put him 23rd in the final box score.

Ballou appeared to be back in his element on the half-mile Port Royal Speedway. He dominated the first 26 circuits of the 30-lap feature before a late-race caution bunched up the field. Windom got by him with a slider on the restart and drove away for the victory while Ballou, battling for second on the final lap with Justin Grant saw his night end two corners short of the checkered as he smacked backward into the outer guardrail before flipping over multiple times. He was uninjured, but would not be in attendance the following night in the Eastern Storm finale at Susquehanna Speedway.

The Terre Haute Action Track will be a welcome change of scenery to Ballou this Friday when the series returns to the Midwest half-mile, a track size that he has earned 12 of his 27 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins on.

Speaking of Eastern Storm, Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois captured the title by four points over Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. Windom owns four total Action Track USAC victories, including the last two appearances by USAC at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds oval - a National Sprint Car triumph in October of 2016 and the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown season opener in April of this year.

The most recent driver to win three-straight USAC events at Terre Haute across all three USAC National divisions was J.J. Yeley in 2002-2003. Yeley scored a sprint win to end 2002, began the season with another sprint score to begin 2003 and completed the trifecta with a Silver Crown triumph later that spring.

Thomas, a Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner in 2013, won his first USAC feature of the season last Thursday at Williams Grove, while Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney was victorious for the second time in the Eastern Storm finale Sunday at Susquehanna.

Third in Eastern Storm points, Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, won last Tuesday at Grandview and was a USAC Sprint feature victory in September of 2014 at the Action Track, but the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ has yet to add a "Hulman Classic" trophy to his collection.

Ballou is among four past winners expected to compete in Friday night's race, including Dave Darland (1993 & 2014), Jon Stanbrough (2002 & 2007) and Windom (2011).

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

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

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

Friday's "Tony Hulman Classic," as well as every USAC event, can be viewed one-day after the race, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

8 INITIAL 2017 USAC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED; DAVIDSON, DELROY, HARTLEY, LEWIS, LINNE, STANLEY, STAPP, THOMPSON

The initial eight 2017 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame have been announced and four more, selected by popular vote from a list of 16 eligibles distributed through social mediums, will be announced tomorrow.

The sixth annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held July 20 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. in conjunction with the "Rich Vogler Classic" USAC Silver Crown race.

The eight-member class of inductees announced today includes three drivers, three car owners and two officials. Alphabetically they are Donald Davidson, Frank DelRoy, Gene Hartley, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp and Johnny Thomson.

Online voting for the final four additional 2017 inductees into the USAC Hall of Fame will be available on the USAC website Monday (June 21) at www.usacracing.com.

Davidson, of Salisbury, England and residing in Speedway, Ind. served as USAC's statistician and historian from 1965-1997 and during that time preserved the bulk of USAC's historical archives. His work in the sport has earned him a place in the Auto Racing Hall of Fame. During his USAC tenure he recorded driver and car owner records for all of USAC's participants, including statistical data and prize money earnings. His enormous ability to retain information has earned him legendary status in our sport and he is constantly sought out for historical correctness. His enormous knowledge of the World's Largest Single-Day Sporting Event began with memorizing the statistics which were displayed in the Indianapolis 500 Floyd Clymer Yearbooks, which he found each year in a downtown London bookstore. Few in our sport have ever exhibited the skill for memory and the passion which Donald has exhibited and he continues to this day as the Official Historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and he is constantly in demand for appearances as a speaker, regaling his memories of those persons involved in the sport since its very beginning.

DelRoy, of Philadelphia,PA, served USAC as its Technical Director from 1970 until his untimely death in the chartered USAC plane crash in April of 1978 returning from a Championship race in Trenton, N.J. He grew up in Paterson, N.J., location of the famed "Gasoline Alley," and at age 19 began racing. In the 1930s he served as a riding mechanic at the Indianapolis 500, his car earning the pole in 1937 with driver Bill Cummings. He was involved with 1941 Indy 500 winner Mauri Rose and also worked with legendary driver Ted Horn before Horn's demise at DuQuoin, Ill. in 1948. In 1951 DelRoy was the chief mechanic for Mike Nazaruk who earned a second place finish in the "500." His mechanical expertise was immense and he was highly regarded as one of the sport's top mechanics for many years. He also worked tirelessly for safety in the sport leading to many innovations regarding safety regulations.

Hartley, of Roanoke, Ind., will best be remembered as the driver who captured USAC's inaugural race, held January 8, 1956 at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. The son of Ted Hartley, who himself competed as a Midget racer into his 70s, was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1985 and earned 31 USAC Midget victories, which still ranks among the top-10 on the all-time list and he was among the "top-three" in USAC National Midget points five straight years (1957-1961). In 1959 he was crowned the champion of the USAC National Midget Series. In addition to his Midget racing he also competed in AAA and USAC Championship Cars and among his 10 starts in the Indianapolis 500 was a 10th in 1957 and three 11ths. At the famed Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in 1956 he finished second behind George Amick. After retiring as a driver, he joined forces with racer Leroy Warriner as co-promoter at the Indianapolis Speedrome. In 2016 the Indiana Racing Memorial Association erected a commemorative plaque in Roanoke to Hartley's honor. Gene passed in 1993.

Lewis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., was one of USAC's most proficient car owners. Nearly every major name driver competed for him during his tenure with USAC, racing up a record 133 National victories, more than anyone in history. His victories included basically every major race in America and during the 10-year stretch between 1993 and 2004 he was nearly unbeatable, winning 10 USAC National Car Owner titles with drivers Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Bobby East! The founder of the sport's highly acclaimed Performance Racing Industry trade show, Steve set new standards for excellence in the sport which may never be matched. As a race promoter, he organized lucrative race events in Indianapolis, Ind. and Orlando, Fla. which offered a $50,000 bonus for any driver who could claim double victories in either. In 2006 he was inducted into the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame in Kansas and in 2004 he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He also earned USAC's coveted Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence in 2009.

Linne, of Mendota, Ill, amassed 69 USAC National Midget feature wins during his long career which involved a multi-car stable which attracted many of the top drivers of his day. In 1961 he won the USAC National Midget Car Owner title with driver Jimmy Davies. In 1996 he was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and drivers of his cars included the likes of the great Tony Bettenhausen, Bob Tattersall, Parnelli Jones, Mike McGreevy, Lee Kunzman and Henry Pens. He operated a race car parts shop in Mendota and also owned a farm implement dealership. In 2005 he was inducted into the Mazon Speed Bowl and Grundy County Speedway Halls of Fame. He passed away in 2008. It was not uncommon for Linne cars to dominate the podium at USAC National Midget races.

Robbie Stanley, of Brownsburg, Indiana, ushered in a new era of USAC Sprint Car racing in the 1990s. In just three full-time seasons (1991-1993), Stanley became one of just three drivers to have won three consecutive USAC National Sprint Car titles. His initial series victory in the 1991 season opener at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway was considered a major upset at the time, but soon, many would discover that the driver who cut his sprint car racing teeth on the dirt and with a wing affixed up top, had a transcendent talent that would make him one of the sport's greatest young stars. The 1989 All Star Circuit of Champions titlist was one of two drivers between 1991 and early 1994 to win a USAC National Sprint Car feature on both dirt and pavement. In fact, of his nine career series wins, six came on the high banked paved oval in Winchester where, his brief, but bright shining light was dimmed during a feature event on May 26, 1994 when he lost his life in a fiery crash. For several years, a USAC event at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway bore his name and the phrase "No Regrets" became a rallying cry among the racing community. Stanley is a 2005 inductee of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Stapp, of Brownsburg, Ind., held the top spot among USAC winning Sprint Car owners for many years, his 51 victories eventually eclipsed by Dynamics, Inc. and Tony Stewart Racing. He continues to rank third all-time in USAC National Sprint feature wins and among his most memorable wins were those posted by Pancho Carter. USAC National Sprint Car Owner Championships came in 1974 and 1976. A 1999 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, he is the son of famed racer Babe Stapp. He even tried a stint as a driver with much success. A total of 40 wins came with Carter as his driver between 1973 and 1980, including "Tony Hulman Classic" wins at Terre Haute, Ind. in 1975 and 1979. He also claimed the prestigious "Joe James/Pat O'Connor" Memorial at Salem, Ind. four straight years, 1974-77. An outstanding car builder, Steve's final USAC victory came at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 1996 with driver Mark Cassella.

Thomson, of Boyertown, Pa., was one of the sport's most beloved competitiors. In 1948 he won the UCOA New England Midget title after winning 32 races. He would repeat as UCOA champion in 1950. In 1952 he claimed the AAA Eastern Midget crown. Known as the "Flying Scot," he was the first driver to complete a 100-mile dirt-track race in less than an hour in winning at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway in 1957. He was proficient in the AAA and USAC Championship Cars, finishing third in the final standings three times, and started the Indianapolis 500 each year from 1953-1960, recording a third in 1959 after starting from the pole. Among his Championship race victories were four during the 1958 season. In 1958 he won the USAC Eastern Sprint Car title, a title he had earlier won under AAA sanction in 1954. Inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997, he perished in a Sprint race at the Allentown (Pa.) Fairgrounds in 1960. As an aside, he was a competitor on the highly-acclaimed TV show, Bud Collyer's Beat the Clock!

 

 

COURTNEY CAPS EASTERN STORM WITH SUSKY SUCCESS; WINDOM WRAPS UP TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

York Haven, PA.........A perfect driving performance from start-to-finish in dirt track racing is a nearly impossible task to achieve. There are so many variables at play - some that are controllable and some that are not.

Tyler Courtney appeared to have seen Sunday night's USAC Eastern Storm presented by DMI finale drift away on multiple occasions. But, when it came to crunch time, the 23-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana was about as picture-perfect as you could imagine.

Courtney utilized a turn one slide job on Thomas Meseraull with just two laps remaining, which proved to be the winning moment on the way to claiming his third career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory and his second of the 2017 season.

Meanwhile, Chris Windom's ninth-place run was devoid of much in the way of style points, but it was just enough to eke out his first Eastern Storm title by four points over Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"It's pretty special," Windom exclaimed. "I ran second behind Bryan (Clauson) last year and ran second to Levi Jones in this deal too. There's been way too many seconds and I was ready to get the first one out of the way. This one is pretty high up on the list. We've won Indiana Sprint Week and now Eastern Storm. That's very special to me, but it's not just me, it's for the team. They've worked their butts off in the hotel parking lot all week. It's been a grueling week out here in the heat. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here."

Windom entered the feature with a 16-point lead in the standings and would roll off sixth on the grid after earlier recording the ProSource Fast Qualifying time.

Chad Boespflug grabbed the lead at the start, sliding to the top and the lead on the initial corner from his pole starting position ahead of Courtney. On the fourth lap, Courtney slid Boespflug for first exiting the fourth corner before surging ahead to the lead at the line.

Trevor Kobylarz nosed into the turn four outer guardrail on lap 11, setting up a restart that Meseraull used to his advantage.

"I thought on this start, just throw a slider on him," Meseraull recalls. "There's nothing to lose but a spot or two. I hit the curb off two just right. Next thing you know, man, he's not there, he's not there, he's not there. I just started driving it harder and harder and harder. The next thing you know, the track started building a curb. You don't want to be out front in case you're gone and make a mistake and turn it over because when the curb is a foot tall, you can turn it over."

One lap later, Justin Grant slid Courtney for second entering turn three. Courtney decided to stop fooling around, settled down and ripped second back away from Grant entering turn one.

"Once Meseraull got by and Justin tried to pass me, I knew I had to get going," Courtney said. "I had to stop messing around and making mistakes. I had to get back by Justin and figure out what I wanted to do with my racecar. It's a lot easier chasing the rabbit than it is being the rabbit, at least in my shoes."

Meanwhile, Windom's chase for the Eastern Storm title was in peril after dropping from sixth to tenth after tangling with Boespflug, thus providing him with minimal wiggle room down the stretch to earn enough points to claim the title.

In the final laps, though, Courtney turned it up a notch in his pursuit of Meseraull, which almost bit him.

Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom won the 2017 Eastern Storm presented by DMI title. (Michael Fry Photo)

"I got up over the cushion and got way sideways off turn four and kept it going," Courtney details. "I thought I was going to have to settle for second there at that point. But I hit the top and kept digging my way back to Thomas. I think it's almost a blessing in disguise that I got to chase Thomas and see what he was doing and if he was getting tight. I'm not really known for running the cushion like that, though. It got real big there on the exit of two and four."

With five to go, Courtney was revitalized, banging off the cush and selling t-shirts, chopping into Meseraull's lead as the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic. Meseraull split between the two cars of Kyle Moody and Matt Westfall, which, at first, appeared to be a decisive move that put this one on ice. However, Courtney refused to settle, sprinting past Moody on the back straightaway and throwing it deep into turn three on the bottom to dispose of Westfall and tuck right in behind Meseraull with two to go.

"I didn't know how many laps were left, but I knew it was getting down to the wire," Courtney remembers. "Getting by Westfall was one of the biggest moves of the race. That's what got me to Thomas's bumper. I stopped making the mistakes I was at the beginning of the race and I reeled him in. Thomas was kind of hesitant around the lapped cars and I capitalized on that."

Courtney was hauling and lined up his bid for the lead on Meseraull heading into turn one on the 29th lap where he dove to the bottom and connected on his slider to take over the position with just a lap-and-a-half to go.

On the 30th and final circuit, Courtney took care of the lapped car of Alex Bright, banging the turn two cushion, to create an ample amount of separation between he and Meseraull en route to his fourth USAC National victory (2 sprint & 2 midget) in the past 17 days over Meseraull, Grant, Brady Bacon and Thomas.

Courtney became the latest in a line of new Eastern Storm winners this past week that marked the first time there have been five different winners in five Eastern Storm races. "This is the right time of year to get your momentum going," Courtney believes. "It's a big points part of the season for our championship hopes. To have two good weeks like this is huge. Hopefully we can keep this success rolling throughout the rest of the summer."

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull led 17 of the 30 laps and came within two laps of becoming the only repeat winner of this year's Eastern Storm in his Heffner Racing Enterprises/Lelands.com - Fatheadz Eyewear/Maxim/Rider.

"When we got to Westfall, he was running the top and I had to do something," Meseraull said. "Tyler was able to reel me back in and get by me and, once he got by me, I didn't have anything for him. We picked up a shake in the middle, I banged the curb real hard and the car started shaking really bad. I couldn't find any dirt or anything, don't know what it was. It kind of got me a little bit leery. I'm rolling and I'm like, 'last night of the deal, run this thing until you turn it over.' Fortunately, we didn't do that, but that's the kind of attitude you got to have when it's such a tall cushion."

Meseraull put his week into perspective following a fourth-place finish and a win at Lincoln in this year's Eastern Storm with a new combination.

"You got Windom who's been driving for Baldwin for 50 shows. Tyler Courtney's been in his car for two seasons. Justin Grant's been in that car for a year. And here I come after running wing cars all year and show up in a car that's brand new with a team that's never ran without a wing. And we were competitive. We want to race. We're top-four in the Eastern Storm points, but I'm most proud of my qualifying. I qualified in the top-five every night. I didn't get a quick time, but I was there. That's what you have to do in this series. You have to be a good qualifier."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Susquehanna Speedway include Chris Windom (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Trevor Kobylarz (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Gary Rooke (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) & Kyle Moody (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 18, 2017 - York Haven, Pennsylvania - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING RESULTS: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.434; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-17.452; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-17.584; 4. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-17.614; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.707; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.721; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.764; 8. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-17.772; 9. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.812; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.831; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-17.888; 12. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-17.960; 13. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-18.090; 14. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-18.093; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-18.132; 16. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-18.208; 17. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-18.264; 18. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-18.284; 19. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-18.377; 20. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-18.576; 21. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-18.577; 22. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-18.648; 23. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.094; 24. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-19.494.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kobylarz, 2. Andretti, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Stockon, 6. Robbins, 7. Westfall, 8. Rooke. 2:30.95

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Courtney, 4. Farney, 5. Thomas, 6. Moody, 7. Chapple, 8. DiMattia. 2:29.11

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bright, 3. Coons, 4. Meseraull, 5. Golobic, 6. Biasi, 7. Leary, 8. Hamer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Rooke, 2. Leary, 3. Westfall, 4. Robbins, 5. Chapple, 6. Moody, 7. DiMattia, 8. Hamer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Chad Boespflug, 7. Aaron Farney, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Chris Windom, 10. Shane Golobic, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Matt Westfall, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Gary Rooke, 21. Isaac Chapple, 22. Trevor Kobylarz. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Boespflug, Laps 4-11 Courtney, Laps 12-28 Meseraull, Laps 29-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Moody (20th to 15th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-1058, 2-Windom-993, 3-Stockon-894, 4-Boespflug-887, 5-Courtney-806, 6-Thomas-783, 7-Bacon-710, 8-Leary-686, 9-Darland-623, 10-Andretti-607.

FINAL EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-345, 2-Thomas, Jr.-341, 3-Bacon-329, 4-Meseraull-326, 5-Grant-313, 6-Stockon-294, 7-Courtney-271, 8-Andretti-269, 9-Leary & Boespflug-240.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 23 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Tony Hulman Classic"

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CHAMPAGNE WIRE-TO-WIRE AT ALBANY-SARATOGA

Malta, NY........Jeff Champagne of Westfield, Mass. led all 25 laps to win Friday night's USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Seth Carlson finished second ahead of new series point leader Adam Whitney, Derek O'Hearn and Joe Krawiec.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2017 - Malta, New York - Albany-Saratoga Speedway - "Hoosier Daddy" Father's Day Special

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Anthony Nocella (#29 Seymour), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Tyler Rivard (#37 Rivard), 4. David Moniz (#9m Moniz), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 7. Brett Hearn (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell), 2. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Jim Mossman (#01 Mossman), 5. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 6. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 7. Alex Rose (#11 Rose). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Jeff Champagne, 2. Seth Carlson, 3. Adam Whitney, 4. Derek O'Hearn, 5. Joe Krawiec, 6. Dean Christensen, 7. David Moniz, 8. Manny Dias, 9. Jim Mossman, 10. Anthony Nocela, 11. Jake Higginson, 12. Tyler Rivard, 13. Alex Rose. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Champagne.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Whitney-427, 2-Christensen-419, 3-Krawiec-399, 4-O'Hearn-381, 5-Dias-365, 6-Champagne-334, 7-Andy Barrows-323, 8-Jeff Horn-313, 9-Carlson-233, 10-Higginson-179.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: July 1 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

LAMB WINS AT DOMINION RACEWAY

Spotsylvania, VA........Chris Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. captured Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Dominion Raceway. He passed Jessica Bean on lap 18 and led the rest of the way to beat Bean, Nolan Allison, fast qualifier George Kurtz and Neal Allison.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2017 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.337; 2. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.393; 3. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.428; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.661; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.707; 6. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.847; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.997; 8. Eric Lewis, 28, Lewis-16.022; 9. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Sam Hatfield, 7. Jake Trainor, 8. Eric Lewis, 9. Kyle Resco. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-17 Bean, Laps 18-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-574, 2-Kurtz-567, 3-Nolan Allison-526, 4-Trainor-389, 5-Jagger Parker-379, 6-Neal Allison-355, 7-Hatfield-320, 8-Lamb-310, 9-Lewis-282, 10-Nick McFarland-195.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 28 - Seekonk, MA - Seekonk Speedway

 

 

WINDOM CAPITALIZES ON 2ND CHANCE; POCKETS DRAMATIC PORT ROYAL VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Port Royal, PA.........All Chris Windom needed was another shot, just one more opportunity that he could capitalize on.

After an unsuccessful slider on race leader Robert Ballou during a restart just before halfway, divine intervention arrived in the form of a yellow flag after a lap 27 incident that bunch up the field.

On the ensuing restart with four to go, Windom slid Robert Ballou on the entry to turn one once again. This time, the move stuck as Windom carried on to victory in Saturday night's penultimate round of Eastern Storm presented by DMI at Port Royal Speedway.

Windom's 17th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win tied Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding for 26th all-time, but this one very well could have played out differently without a late-race yellow.

Ballou had dominated from the drop of the green and appeared to have no equal despite being presented a hearty challenge on a lap 13 restart just prior to the midway point.

After a yellow was brought about by a disengaged wheel cover from the car of Alex Bright, Windom lined up second behind Ballou on the restart. Windom dipped a toe in the water and threw a slide job on Ballou entering turn one, but Ballou easily absorbed the swing and powered back to the lead on the cushion as Windom slid to the top.

Windom's move nearly proved costly as Wednesday night Lincoln winner Thomas Meseraull took advantage of the situation by sliding Windom into turn three for second as Windom sought to reobtain his rhythm and speed. Windom would get all that back with a slide job a half-lap later in turn one on Meseraull to regain second with 16 laps remaining.

Though the initial trial balloon didn't pay off, it did provide Windom some info that he would stow away in his back pocket just in case another opportunity presented itself in the dwindling laps.

"I tried to see if I could make that slide job work on the restart," Windom recalled. "It kind of did, it kind of didn't. I lost all my momentum and it was a way for me to get down and see if the track was better on the bottom or the middle. But once Meseraull got around me, I knew I'd better get my (rear end) back on the top and keep digging. Robert was probably a little better than us up front in clean air. On a big track like this, it's definitely a lot easier being in the lead than chasing somebody."

Out front, Ballou was in his own element. The 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has earned 12 of his 27 career series victories on tracks a half-mile length, including one at the Port Royal "Eastern Storm" stop in 2015. On Saturday night, the Rocklin, California native appeared to have the checkered flag and the $6000 reward signed, sealed and delivered.

If this were a 25-lap race, the story would've ended there with a dominant Ballou victory, but the vast majority of USAC races are 30 laps and, as Saturday night proved, what you thought you knew can all be tossed into the wind with how quickly things can change in a sprint race.

With Ballou holding a safe-and-sound, commanding lead on lap 27 of 30, the car of Chad Boespflug began to slow. Isaac Chapple had nowhere to go and nosed into the inner guardrail on the back straightaway to bring out the caution. Chapple was uninjured while Boespflug returned for the restart.

That allowed Windom to be glued to the tail tank of the No. 12 on the restart with four to go.

"When the air pressure is down on the restarts, you can stick the bottom and middle a little better for a lap or two," Windom explained. "I was definitely protecting. If I would've went back to the top, Justin probably would've done exactly to me what I did to Ballou. I wasn't going to let that happen." - Chris Windom - (John DaDalt Photo)

"I knew that if I could get a good enough restart, that would be my chance," Windom said. "I didn't get as good of a restart on the first slider (on lap 13). The way it felt, I knew I'd be able to make it stick as long as I was close enough to him entering turn one. I knew Robert was really good in clean air out front around the top and I had a notion he'd probably go back to the top on the restart. We got a great run off turn four coming to the green and I knew I could make that slider stick then, but I knew once I did it, I had to stay in front of him. We didn't want to go into a slider fest with him."

With Windom now out front and in the clear, USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant battled Ballou for the second position. The two went at it tooth-and-nail in each corner for multiple laps with Grant ultimately taking the position from Ballou on the final laps as race leader Windom's claws were now firmly entrenched into the possession of the checkered flag.

The race for second would come to a head on the final lap between Grant and Ballou. The two battled close-quarters mere feet apart entering turn three. Both would not exit the corner unscathed, however, as Ballou found himself upside down after backing hard into the outside guardrail before rolling over a pair of times. Sixth-running Aaron Farney was also collected in the incident . Ballou quickly hopped out of the top of the car without injury.

Meanwhile, the incident was not what leader Chris Windom wanted to see.

"My heart dropped when I saw the red flag coming to the checkered," Windom admitted. "When you're going down the straightaway, it's the last thing you ever want to see in a racecar. The straightaways are so long and the turns are so wide here that if you get a decent run on a guy, you can slide him, so I knew the last lap with it being a green and white together, if I would've slid myself both corners, I should be all right. And that's what I did."

On the one-lap shootout for the win, Windom changed course and headed for the bottom using a defensive tactic instead of his regular line up top, a coin he had been on the other side of just a few laps prior.

"When the air pressure is down on the restarts, you can stick the bottom and middle a little better for a lap or two," Windom explained. "I was definitely protecting. If I would've went back to the top, Justin probably would've done exactly to me what I did to Ballou. I wasn't going to let that happen."

Grant was never able to make a run at Windom on the final lap, following Windom to the checkered as Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney and Dave Darland rounded out the top-five.

In the meantime, Windom surpassed Kevin Thomas, Jr. as the Eastern Storm point leader and now holds a 14-point advantage heading into Sunday's finale at Susquehanna Speedway in York Haven, PA, a venue in which Windom is the reigning king.

"I think we'll be good again at Susky," a confident Windom claimed. "It seems like it's been of our best tracks out here. KT's been strong all week and a lot of other guys are coming on strong. We definitely just have to stick to the game plan and finish the final night strong."

Ione, California's Justin Grant took second and maintained his USAC National Sprint Car point lead of 39 over Windom in the latest tally in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/ProGlide Bearings - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma remains one of seven drivers still mathematically eligible to claim the Eastern Storm crown, sitting just 28 points out of the lead in third after a third-place run in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Alex Bright (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) & Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products / In Memory of Mike Grassmyer Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 17, 2017 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-19.019; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-19.078; 3. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-19.222; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.355; 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-19.358; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.396; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.416; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.429; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-19.430; 10. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.487; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-19.538; 12. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-19.553; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-19.566; 14. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-19.702; 15. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-19.727; 16. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-19.750; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-19.789; 18. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-19.901; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.922; 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.976; 21. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-19.997; 22. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.008; 23. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.073; 24. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-20.152; 25. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-20.171; 26. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-20.224; 27. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-20.384; 28. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. Stockon, 6. Grant, 7. Chapple, 8. Wilson. 2:35.55 (NTR)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Leary, 3. Andretti, 4. Coons, 5. Robbins, 6. Moody, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Perigo, 9. Biasi. 2:39.04

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Windom, 3. Boespflug, 4. Bright, 5. Farney, 6. Darland, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith, 9. Rooke. 2:38.56

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Grant, 3. Chapple, 4. Perigo, 5. DiMattia, 6. Moody, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Biasi, 9. Westfall, 10. D.Smith, 11. Rooke, 12. Wilson, 13. Sussex. 4:06.66 (NTR)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Alex Bright, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Robert Ballou. 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Carmen Perigo, 22. Trevor Kobylarz. NT ---------------------------- **Ballou flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Ballou, Laps 27-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (15th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Alex Bright

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-985, 2-Windom-936, 3-Stockon-841, 4-Boespflug-823, 5-Courtney-728, 6-Thomas-716, 7-Leary-644, 8-Bacon-641, 9-Darland-579, 10-Andretti-559.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-288, 2-Thomas-274, 3-Bacon-260, 4-Meseraull-250, 5-Stockon-241, 6-Grant-240, 7-Andretti-221, 8-Coons-199, 9-Leary-198, 10-Courtney-193.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 18 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2017 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.343; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.366; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.461; 4. Klint Simpson, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.545; 5. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-16.724; 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.793; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.937; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.999; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.052; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.106; 11. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.124; 12. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.274; 13. Tristan Guardino, 81, Watt-17.372; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-17.488; 15. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-17.502; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.742; 17. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.948; 18. Landon Cling, 16K, Kruseman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Simpson, 2. McQueen, 3. Timmons, 4. Guardino, 5. Smith, 6. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Majors, 4. Faccinto, 5. Garris, 6. Wiley. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Adams, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Cling, 6. Elliott. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Cody Majors, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Max Adams, 7. Klint Simpson, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Tristan Guardino, 11. Landon Cling, 12. Shannon McQueen, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Steve Hix, 15. Steven Garris, 16. Cory Elliott, 17. Ryan Timmons, 18. Brandon Wiley. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Liggett, Laps 12-14 Faria, Laps 15-30 Liggett

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cody Majors (8th to 4th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: July 8 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #2”

 

 

McDERMAND EDGES MORLEY IN A SPOON RIVER THRILLER!

Canton, IL........Chase McDermand of Springfield, Ill. won a thriller Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway as he edged out Dillon Morley in a photo-finish to take the 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget feature. Jeremy Hull was third ahead of Robby McQuinn and Shane Morgan.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:June 17, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn), 4. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 5. Jim Picardi (#15s Morgan), 6. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 4. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 5. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Dillon Morley, 3. Jeremy Hull, 4. Robby McQuinn, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Jeff Mallonee, 8. Ryan Mangold, 9. Jacob Sollenberger, 10. Adam Taylor, 11. Jim Picardi, 12. Gedd Ross. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Taylor, Laps 12-20 McDermand.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Morley-529, 2-Taylor-520, 3-Hull-486, 4-McDermand-467, 5-Ross-393, 6-Tyson Hart-377, 7-Sollenberger-363, 8-Hunnell-331, 9-Mallonee-291, 10-Kurt Mueller-284.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 18 - Burlington, IA - 34 Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

June 17, 2017 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-19.019; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-19.078; 3. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-19.222; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.355; 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-19.358; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.396; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.416; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.429; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-19.430; 10. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.487; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-19.538; 12. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-19.553; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-19.566; 14. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-19.702; 15. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-19.727; 16. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-19.750; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-19.789; 18. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-19.901; 19. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.922; 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-19.976; 21. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-19.997; 22. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.008; 23. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.073; 24. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-20.152; 25. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-20.171; 26. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-20.224; 27. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-20.384; 28. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Bacon, 4. Courtney, 5. Stockon, 6. Grant, 7. Chapple, 8. Wilson. 2:35.55 (NTR)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Leary, 3. Andretti, 4. Coons, 5. Robbins, 6. Moody, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Perigo, 9. Biasi. 2:39.04

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Windom, 3. Boespflug, 4. Bright, 5. Farney, 6. Darland, 7. DiMattia, 8. D.Smith, 9. Rooke. 2:38.56

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Grant, 3. Chapple, 4. Perigo, 5. DiMattia, 6. Moody, 7. Kobylarz, 8. Biasi, 9. Westfall, 10. D.Smith, 11. Rooke, 12. Wilson, 13. Sussex. 4:06.66 (NTR)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Shane Golobic, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Alex Bright, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Robert Ballou. 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Carmen Perigo, 22. Trevor Kobylarz. NT ---------------------------- **Ballou flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Ballou, Laps 27-30 Windom.

KSE/& IN MEMORY OF MIKE GRASSMYER HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (15th-4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Alex Bright

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-985, 2-Windom-936, 3-Stockon-841, 4-Boespflug-823, 5-Courtney-728, 6-Thomas-716, 7-Leary-644, 8-Bacon-641, 9-Darland-579, 10-Andretti-559.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Windom-288, 2-Thomas-274, 3-Bacon-260, 4-Meseraull-250, 5-Stockon-241, 6-Grant-240, 7-Andretti-221, 8-Coons-199, 9-Leary-198, 10-Courtney-193.

NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: June 18 - York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

 


USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

June 16, 2017 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-15.943; 2. Johnny Nichols, 20, USW-16.149; 3. Adam Lemke, 41, Lemke-16.172; 4. Annie Breidinger, 15, Breidinger-16.355; 5. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-16.432; 6. Wally Pankratz, 98, Pankratz-16.451; 7. Tres VanDyne, 37, Pankratz-16.531; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.716; 9. David Prickett, 6, Holmes-20.629; 10. Ariel Biggs, 11R, Biggs-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Paterson, 2. Prickett, 3. Love, 4. Lemke, 5. VanDyne. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Breidinger, 2. Nichols, 3. Biggs, 4. W.Pankratz, 5. Brannon. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Tom Paterson, 4. Adam Lemke, 5. Johnny Nichols, 6. Tres VanDyne, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Wally Pankratz, 9. David Prickett. NT (Ariel Biggs, #11R, disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection).
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Love.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Paterson-298, 2-Lemke-286, 3-Love-285, 4-A.Breidinger-277, 5-Brannon-239, 6-Antonia Boscacci-82, 7-Joel Rayborne-67, 8-Prickett-61, 9-Johnny Nichols & Cody Jessop-60.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET OVERALL POINTS: 1-Love-606, 2-A.Breidinger-563, 3-Paterson-549, 4-Lemke-505, 5-Brannon-460, 6-Toni Breidinger-317, 7-Antonia Boscacci-288, 8-Nichols-235, 9-Joey Iest-193, 10-Cody Jessop-171.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE: July 8 - Madera (CA) Speedway


 

SWANSON SOARS TO 2ND ON SILVER CROWN WIN LIST; WINS HORN-SCHINDLER AT THE GROVE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.........Kody Swanson has been the master of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series presented by TRAXXAS throughout the last three-and-a-half seasons.

No driver owns more victories (14) or championships (2) than the Kingsburg, California driver in that span.

However, the master still attests that he remains a student of the sport. That has seeded him with the motivation to continually adjust and seek to find deficiencies in all areas of his racing craft that he feels he has to improve to make him a better driver.

In Friday night's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" at Williams Grove Speedway, the humble, soft-spoken Swanson transformed into a stone-cold assassin when it comes to Silver Crown racing by running down the dominant Damion Gardner with 17 laps remaining to record his 17th career series victory, moving him up to second on the all-time list alongside Brian Tyler with now just one past legend of the series standing in front of him, the one who made the white No. 63 wrenched by Bob Hampshire the car to beat in its era, just like it is today.

"I don't know if there's ever been a more storied racer than Jack Hewitt," Swanson said. "Also, I was a teammate to Brian Tyler for a little while at the beginning of my Silver Crown career. I feel pretty well connected to those two guys. It's a pretty special territory to be in. I don't know if I feel like we belong, but I'm thankful to be a part of it. Brian and Jack had so many huge Silver Crown wins. I guess we're racking up our own little list here."

In Friday's race, however, Damion Gardner held a commanding lead from his pole starting position. The five-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champ was making just his fourth-career Silver Crown start in only his second visit to the Grove of any kind after a Non-Wing World Championship triumph in 2002.

For much of the 100-lapper, Concord, California's Gardner led by at least a half-straightaway and sometimes as much as a full-straightway. Yet, to many long-time observers, with Swanson still lurking in the field, the outcome had yet to be decided.

On lap 62, seventh-starting Swanson worked his way past Justin Grant for the second position. Though, just behind Gardner in the pecking order, Swanson remained a country-mile behind the leader until a yellow shortly thereafter bunched up the field for a restart with 31 laps to go.

As opposed to one year ago, the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 of Gardner was the chasee instead of the chaser such as it was in the 2016 "Horn-Schindler" when Bryan Clauson, in the 6, nearly ran down Chris Windom in the final laps for the win.

Gardner was initially able to gap Swanson on the lap 69 restart, but Swanson surely, and steadily, knocked off tenths of a second per lap as the two frontrunners occupied the middle groove on both ends of the racetrack.

Yet, with 17 to go, Swanson hit the topside of turns one and two, cut off the second corner and ducked underneath Gardner for the race lead, but wasn't quite able to out-drag race Gardner into turn three before he wisely tucked back into line. If at first you don't succeed, try again is the creed that Swanson would adhere to a lap later, following Gardner and repeating the same exact maneuver on the same piece of real estate. This time, Swanson had enough pull to push himself into the lead.

"I knew Damion was running a similar line as me," Swanson explains. "I knew from tracking Justin (Grant) down that, once they move to the same spot, it's so hard to get a run and get beside him without jeopardizing our race and wrecking us both. When tracking him down, I knew there was less than 20 to go and it was time to get creative. I tried the same line I used to get to the lead three times. Once, earlier, I botched it so badly, but I didn't lose much ground. I thought 'hey, if I actually do that right, that could be it.' The second time, I got close, but I really chocked it up hard because I didn't have enough room to do it without getting into him. But I didn't want to show him anything either, so I followed him in line and tried to do it right and had a really good head of steam on the next one."

From there on, Swanson would remain in control for the balance of the race, even surviving a restart with nine to go, to win his second Silver Crown event in a row and become the first driver since himself in early 2015 to win back-to-back series races on the dirt and the pavement in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy over Gardner, Jerry Coons Jr., Chris Windom and Brady Bacon.

At first glance, it might appear to be another in a long line of patented late-race success stories for Swanson in which he bides his team before he inflicts his competitors with a venomous strike in the final quarter of the race on his way to victory. Instead, Swanson feels this was one of those classic 'get-up-on-the-wheel' type of deals for all 100 laps.

"I'd like to say I was saving and it worked according to plan, but I was scrambling. I typically don't blister tires or wear out brakes, but I did both tonight. These guys I'm racing against, they're so good at the half-miles and also in a dirt sprint car, I feel like you have to go hard for 100 laps when you come to a place like this. It's something I've struggled to do. Maybe I was just doing my best impersonation of a real dirt guy tonight." - Kody Swanson (John DaDalt Photo)

"On the miles, we know we've been strong late," Swanson pinpoints. "Tonight, I didn't qualify well. I told the guys I felt like I blew the second lap and that put us deep. I felt like I drove all 100 laps as hard as I could. There were certain times where I had to take care of it, but it wasn't a traditional 'take-care-of-your-equipment' type night for me. I was hustling really hard to try to get by guys. I had to get by Jerry (Coons, Jr.) and he doesn't make mistakes. And Justin doesn't either. You just have to find a way around. Maybe I got by him because I know he had some brake problems and I thought we could pressure him into it a little bit. I know we were forcing everyone to pick It up a little bit. Damion was so good, it was going to take everything I had to run him down."

"I'd like to say I was saving and it worked according to plan, but I was scrambling," Swanson admits. "I typically don't blister tires or wear out brakes, but I did both tonight. These guys I'm racing against, they're so good at the half-miles and also in a dirt sprint car, I feel like you have to go hard for 100 laps when you come to a place like this. It's something I've struggled to do. Maybe I was just doing my best impersonation of a real dirt guy tonight."

Of Swanson's 17 career victories, eight have come on one-mile dirt ovals. Though he hasn't been uncompetitive by any means on the half-mile dirt tracks, he hadn't recorded a victory on one since the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks in 2014, Swanson admits the halves have been a bit of a struggle for him at times.

"They're just different," Swanson feels. "I feel like I'm as in as good of shape as anybody in these longer races. But you kind of race them different. The miles have certain factors that aren't as critical on the half-miles, like tire management. There's a lot of things on the half-miles that other drivers have been better than me at. I've tried to identify those and I've been working on them to do what I can to up my game like those other guys have on the half-miles to do a good job for my team. They just race differently. The miles have such a uniqueness to them and, on the half-miles, many people say these cars look like bigger sprint cars and they kind of act like it. Guys that have been so dominant in USAC Sprint Cars have been really good in USAC Silver Crown cars on the half-miles lately. That was an area I struggled with and have gone to work trying to get better. I know I've still got more to go, but tonight we were good enough."

In addition to his move up the ranks of all-time Silver Crown winners, Swanson has now recorded victories on many of the country's most legendary dirt tracks: the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, the defunct New York State Fairgrounds, the Terre Haute Action Track and now Williams Grove Speedway. It's something that, at one point, seemed impossible not only to fans of the sport, but also to himself. Not too bad for a guy once considered a pavement specialist. "There was a time in my career, a lot of folks said I'd never be good enough on the dirt," Swanson recalls. "I still don't feel like I am. I'm still learning and working really hard. These guys (DePalma Motorsports) give me a really good car. They work really hard, so I'm going to work hard for them and try to get better. To be second all-time is incredible. For me being a guy who's not supposed to be winning at Williams Grove, it's pretty cool to be able to figure it out and beat some of the best dirt guys in the nation and to get it done at such a historic track."

Like last year, the Klatt Enterprises/Beast - Klatt Enterprises/Beast/Ford experienced a similar, yet opposite fate on its Williams Grove run. Last year, the car was the "chaser" with driver Bryan Clauson at the wheel as the No. 6 came on strong toward the end to nearly pull off the victory. On Friday, the same car, driven by Damion Gardner, was the "chasee," leading the first 83 laps before being overtaken by Swanson. Nonetheless, it was a solid second-place run for the team in just Gardner's fourth-career Silver Crown start.

"I ran as hard as I could early," Gardner said. "I just wanted to get to the lappers and put them all down, then ride the middle. I knew Swanson would be coming at the end, the track would get slower and there'd be yellows. I had two choices: if I slowed down, I wouldn't be as good and he would catch me. Then, if I ran hard, it was going to hurt my tires. We went fast. Yeah, I hurt my tire, but there were other scenarios that played in there. On that track there, you should be able do 100 laps wide open. They told me to lay off for a while and I did, but maybe not enough."

Fifteen years after his first and only visit to Williams Grove, Gardner is still in awe of the place and holds a true appreciation of one of the capstone dirt tracks on the American racing scene.

"Bad dudes come from PA and the Grove and fast joints like this," Gardner praised. "This place is historical. It's legendary. Every time you come here, you want to win. You pay attention to places like this. The fans love us when we come out here; they show us a lot of respect and appreciation. I like to put on a show and these fans really appreciate it."

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. took a steady, solid third-place finish in his Gene Nolen Racing/KECO - Indy Race Parts/Maxim/Tranter Chevy, but it didn't come without its trials and tribulations.

"I started to feel the steering wheel getting slippery with about 40 to go," Coons remembers. "It was pretty early on. It was mainly on my left hand. I kept wiping my hand on my suit down the straightaway. With about 15 to go, the car started to get stiff. Then, we had a yellow come out. Without being on the throttle, it was getting pretty hard to steer, so I knew it was getting pretty low on fluid. With about 10 to go, it was getting to where it didn't like to turn left very well."

"Here, you kind of roll into the corner and get the car sideways to where it's turning to the right," Coons continued. "I could get it into a set and hold it there. I got myself into a rhythm. A couple times down in turns three and four, if I bobbled at all, lost the front end and had to turn it to the left, it took me a lot to get it back down. Overall, the car was good. We had an ignition box not running right in the first hot lap session. Then, we went through the fuel system and changed the ignition box. After those problems, a third-place is looking pretty good!"

Contingency award winners Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway include Damion Gardner (ProSource Fast Qualifier & KRS Graphics Bryan Clauson Bad Fast Award Winner), Steve Buckwalter (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Austin Nemire (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: June 16, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-20.430; 2. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-20.527; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-20.552; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-20.641; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.652; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-20.662; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.666; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-20.717; 9. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-20.823; 10. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-20.831; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-20.984; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-21.037; 13. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-21.104; 14. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-21.206; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-21.429; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.503; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.657; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-21.923; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.207; 20. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-NT; 21. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Joe Liguori, 7. Patrick Bruns, 8. Austin Nemire, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Shane Cockrum, 11. Mark Smith, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Steve Buckwalter, 14. Dave Daralnd, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. David Byrne, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Dave Berkheimer, 19. Johnny Petrozelle. NT ------------------------------ **Moffatt flipped over the guardrail in turn 1 during practice. Petrozelle flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-83 Gardner, Laps 84-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Austin Nemire (15th-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

KRS GRAPHICS BRYAN CLAUSON BAD FAST AWARD: Damion Gardner

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-280, 2-Windom-232, 3-Coons-226, 4-Byrne-188, 5-Gardner-161, 6-Bobby Santos-140, 7-Grant-137, 8-Aaron Pierce-133, 9-Liguori-123, 10-Bacon-113.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): July 20 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame / Rich Vogler Classic"

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USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

June 16, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 3. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 5. Steve Buckwalter, (#25B Buckwalter), 6. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 7. Shawn Jackson (#7J Jackson), 8. P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), 9. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 10. Jay Hartman (#24 Myers), 11. Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley). 2:47.41

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#27 Heffner), 4. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Adam Pierson (#76E Mancini), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 8. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher), 9. John Heydenreich (#21 Mausteller), 10. Steve Craig (#55 Craig). 2:49.50

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Ryan Greth, 8. P.J. Gargiulo, 9. Shawn Jackson, 10. Kenny Miller, 11. Andrew Layser, 12. Jason Rice, 13. Steve Craig, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Jay Hartman, 16. Josh Heckman, 17. John Heydenreich, 18. Adam Pierson, 19. Rohan Beasley, 20. Steve Buckwalter, 21. Thomas Meseraull. NT
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**Meseraull flipped at the start of the finish.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Carrick, Laps 2-20 Bacon.

KRS GRAPHICS BRYAN CLAUSON BAD FAST AWARD PASSING POINT LEADER: Tanner Carrick

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS Presented by ARDC: 1-Greth-685, 2-A.Bright-671, 3-Jackson-559, 4-Miller-529, 5-Trevor Kobylarz-484, 6-B.Bright-462, 7-Pierson-461, 8-Tommu Kunsman Jr.-448, 9-Hartman-445, 10-Layser-433.

NEXT USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET RACE Presented by ARDC: June 30 - Jonestown, PA - Linda's Speedway

 


 

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

June 16, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial 100"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 6, Klatt-20.430; 2. Chris Windom, 92, Kazmark-20.527; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-20.552; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Carli/Hemelgarn-20.641; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.652; 6. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-20.662; 7. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-20.666; 8. Hunter Schuerenberg, 120, Nolen-20.717; 9. Mark Smith, 54, Lane-20.823; 10. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-20.831; 11. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-20.984; 12. Johnny Petrozelle, 08, Cornell/Petrozelle-21.037; 13. Dave Darland, 27, Phillips-21.104; 14. Patrick Bruns, 95, Full Throttle-21.206; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Lesko-21.429; 16. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-21.503; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-21.657; 18. Dakota Jackson, 201, Nolen-21.923; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-23.207; 20. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-NT; 21. Joss Moffatt, 32, Williams/Wright-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Kody Swanson, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Joe Liguori, 7. Patrick Bruns, 8. Austin Nemire, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Shane Cockrum, 11. Mark Smith, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Steve Buckwalter, 14. Dave Daralnd, 15. Dakota Jackson, 16. David Byrne, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg, 18. Dave Berkheimer, 19. Johnny Petrozelle. NT
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**Moffatt flipped over the guardrail in turn 2 during practice. Petrozelle flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-83 Gardner, Laps 84-100 Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Austin Nemire (15th-7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

KRS GRAPHICS BRYAN CLAUSON BAD FAST AWARD: Damion Gardner

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP (presented by TRAXXAS) POINTS: 1-Swanson-280, 2-Windom-232, 3-Coons-226, 4-Byrne-188, 5-Gardner-161, 6-Bobby Santos-140, 7-Grant-137, 8-Aaron Pierce-133, 9-Liguori-123, 10-Bacon-113.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): July 20 - Brownsburg, IN - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "USAC Hall of Fame "Rich Vogler Classic"


 

THOMAS' BELATED BIRTHDAY PRESENT
DELIVERED AT WILLIAMS GROVE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Mechanicsburg, PA.........One day after his 26th birthday, the "older" and wiser Kevin Thomas, Jr. was rewarded with his biggest and highest-paying present of all in Thursday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's return to the legendary Williams Grove Speedway.

The Cullman, Alabama driver led the entire first-half of the Eastern Storm presented by DMI / "Triple Crown Showdown" 30-lapper, but on lap 16 when all seemed to be slipping away as Chris Windom took the lead, Thomas demonstrated a poise and maturity that he admits wouldn't have shown in year's past.

"I've been racing for a lot of years now," Thomas reflects. "I used to tear up a lot of stuff and make dumb decisions. Now we're able to put solid cars underneath me, make better decisions and put myself in the right position to win races and finish on the podium. That just comes with experience. I never thought I'd make smart decisions, to be honest."

The victory was the 13th USAC National Sprint Car win for Thomas, moving him into the top-40 on the all-time series win list alongside Don Branson and Steve Chassey. Though his winning ride is a mixture of resources from his own KT Motorsports, Pace Brothers Racing, Abreu Vineyards and his father, the triumph officially comes under the Pace Brothers Racing banner, which marks their first USAC win since July of 2007 at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway with driver Dave Darland. Regardless of the entrant name on the entry list, Thomas feels the tide beginning to turn for he and his crew.

"It's all kind of coming together now," Thomas feels. "I've got good people around me who support me. They give me the equipment to be up front and it's up to me and my guys to put a good racecar together, make it go fast and for me to make good decisions on the racetrack. It's a combination of a lot of good people. It's a full team effort. There's only one guy on the racetrack, but at the end of the day, there's a lot of stuff that happens behind the scenes."

The second and third-place finishers from the previous night's event at Lincoln occupied the front row for the main event: pole sitter Jarett Andretti and outside starter Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Thomas was able to break free on the high side on the opening lap as Grant followed to second and Andretti slid back to the third position.

On the fourth lap, 2015 Eastern Storm champ Robert Ballou pirouetted against the turn three guardrail to bring out the red flag. Miraculously, Ballou would restart from the tail, although he would bow out of competition just four laps with a 23rd place finish.

On the resumption, Thomas maintained his advantage, but soon Windom began to close the gap. For the next several circuits, Windom shadowed Thomas on the cushion between turns one and two, but found his own, unique line on the other end of the speedway. Windom entered the bottom of turn three with his front left wheel breezing the inner rail. He then drifted up toward the middle of the surface before diamonding off the fourth corner at exit.

On the first lap of the second-half of the contest, race leader Thomas and second-running Windom were deadlocked in a side-by-side power struggle with Windom able to clear Thomas using an outside run off of turn four to beat Thomas to the line by the skin of a tire. Windom aimed to finish the move, sliding up in front Thomas to in turn one. Thomas countered back underneath to reassume the top position.

Windom regrouped to make another charge at Thomas for the lead in the first turn on the 18th lap, but the two nearly made contact as Windom was unable to gain clearance on his slider, allowing Thomas to instantly extend his race lead to one-plus second.

"It's so wide down there in one and two," Thomas explained. "When you see a slider, you can anticipate where to turn across. There was just enough moisture to cross under Chris and get a good run going down the backstretch. Once I saw him get by me on the bottom. I went down there where there was a little rubber and I had a lot of grip. It was tough running up there in three and four. Once you moved down, you were able to make a lot of straightaway speed."

Sprint car racing does not utilize mirrors or even spotters, making it near impossible to realize what lines the drivers behind them have sought and figured out. It's a continuous chess match up front and a thinking man's game that keeps the leader on his toes.

"It's kind of difficult leading at places like this when it gets real slow at the top of (turns) three and four," Thomas believes. "You don't exactly know where to go, so you have to stick with what got you there. You almost have to idle up there because it was so thin, there was nothing but fence."

Thomas went to school on Windom and took away his perfected line on the bottom of three and four as he discovered the rubber. Thomas' grip on the position would not falter down the stretch as Windom began to fade and Chase Stockon turned up the wick to run down and overtake Windom for second on the bottom of turn one on the 30th and final lap.

"When you come to places like this, you tighten your belts a little more and you focus a little bit more. Having the track record at Knoxville, then winning here at Williams Grove, it's two racetracks that are the most historic in the country. It's really humbling to be fast at these places, much less win." - Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Meanwhile, up front, Thomas crossed the finish line 2.3 seconds ahead of the Stockon/Windom duel to finish off his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the 2017 season. National Sprint point leader Justin Grant was fourth while Grandview Eastern Storm winner Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five.

With results of 4th, 3rd and 1st through the three of the five Eastern Storm series wins, Thomas, the driver of the Pace Brothers Racing/Pace Performance Coating - DC Dyno/DRC/J & D finds himself in an enviable position with an eight-point lead heading into the final two races Saturday at Port Royal Speedway and Sunday at Susquehanna Speedway.

"When you come to places like this, you tighten your belts a little more and you focus a little bit more," Thomas detailed. "Having the track record at Knoxville, then winning here at Williams Grove, it's two racetracks that are the most historic in the country. It's really humbling to be fast at these places, much less win. It goes back to what they do in the shop. I haven't really been that great on the big tracks in the past. We've really focused on that and they've helped me out a ton. We've got good engines, good shocks and good crewmembers. Everybody that works on this thing gives me confidence and helps me make good decisions on the track while they make good decisions in the pits. Hats off to them; they make it easy for me."

Chase Stockon's up-and-down season trended skyward once again Thursday night at Williams Grove as he broke Dave Darland's 21-year-old USAC and Damion Gardner's 15-year-old SCRA track records during ProSource Qualifying, then followed it up by running a season-best second-place in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

"They were slowing up on the top," Stockon reflected. "I kept working the bottom, working the bottom the entire race. it almost seemed like the top was too far around. We just kept working it and was hoping the top would slow down and it gradually did. The bottom started to take rubber there and it kind of worked out to our advantage at the end. They were slowing up on the top. I may have shown him a nose too early. He did what every other driver would've done and tried to protect. But, he Just drove it in too hard because he'd been running the top the whole race. Luckily, we were able to get by him and bring home a second. We always want the 'w,' but with the runs we've been having here lately, we'll definitely take that."

Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois had a solid night, leading a single lap, before dropping to third at the finish in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"We were really good the first half of the race," Windom beams. "I think I burnt off my tire too much. It took rubber and really burned my tires off. We're just a little too good too early and KT and Chase were better late. I wish I could've cleared KT when I got to him and took his line away. He made a good move and got back down to the bottom and pulled away from us there at the end. We'll take these consistent podiums but I know (crew chief) Derek (Claxton) and I really want to win by the end of the week."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Williams Grove Speedway include Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Bryan Clauson Bad Fast Award Winner), Mark Smith (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Joey Biasi (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Danny Dietrich (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Carmen Perigo (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 15, 2017 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown" - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.035 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-20.042; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-20.068; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.074; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.111; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.196; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.238; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-20.286; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-20.287; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.377; 11. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-20.434; 12. Danny Dietrich, 13, Buch-20.485; 13. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.496; 14. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-20.498; 15. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-20.513; 16. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-20.538; 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-20.557; 18. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.587; 19. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-20.609; 20. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-20.664; 21. Mark Smith, 1M, L & M-20.673; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.690; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.776; 24. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-20.850; 25. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-20.966; 26. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.028; 27. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-21.174; 28. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-21.188; 29. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-21.233; 30. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-22.372; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. M. Smith, 2. Boespflug, 3. Kobylarz, 4. Thomas, 5. Courtney, 6. Stockon, 7. D. Smith, 8. Rooke. 2:50.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Windom, 3. Perigo, 4. Andretti, 5. Darland, 6. Westfall, 7. Sussex, 8. Hamer. 2:52.05

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Biasi, 2. Leary, 3. Golobic, 4. Grant, 5. Meseraull, 6. Robbins, 7. Chapple, 8. DiMattia. 2:55.26

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dietrich, 2. Farney, 3. Moody, 4. Coons, 5. Ballou, 6. Bright, 7. Wilson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Ballou, 3. Stockon, 4. Robbins, 5. Darland, 6. Sussex, 7. Bright, 8. Wilson, 9. D. Smith, 10. Chapple, 11. Rooke, 12. Hamer, 13. Westfall, 14. Courtney, 15. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Carmen Perigo, 11. Aaron Farney, 12. Kyle Moody, 13. Danny Dietrich, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Chad Boespflug, 16. Joey Biasi, 17. Tyler Courtney, 18. Mark Smith 19. Dave Darland, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Trevor Kobylarz, 23. Robert Ballou, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT
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**Courtney flipped during the semi. Ballou flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Thomas, Lap 16 Windom, Laps 17-30 Thomas.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Carmen Perigo (20th to 10th)

KRS GRAPHICS BRYAN CLAUSON BAD FAST AWARD: Chase Stockon

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Danny Dietrich

NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Grant-909, 2-Windom-858, 3-Boespflug-788, 4-Stockon-782, 5-Courtney-662, 6-Thomas-660, 7-Leary-604, 8-Bacon-571, 9-Darland-513, 10-Andretti-512.

NEW EASTERN STORM POINTS: 1-Thomas-218, 2-Windom-210, 3-Bacon-190, 4-Meseraull & Stockon-182, 6-Andretti-174, 7-Grant-164, 8-Leary-158, 9-Coons-150, 10-Boespflug-141.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 17 - Port Royal, PA - Port Royal Speedway - "Eastern Storm" Presented by DMI

 

 

DAVIS CHARGES TO VICTORY AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 15, 2017... Starting sixth, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) claimed last Saturday’s Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car feature at Arizona Speedway. Battling with “The Bull” Tye Mihocko and R.J. Johnson, Davis managed to earn his third victory of the campaign. Johnson, Mihocko, Stevie Sussex, and Nick Aiuto rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply entry, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. also won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. By doing so, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion scored his fourth consecutive Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the sixteen car roster. “Chargin” Charles left the San Tan Valley oval ranked second in points with three feature wins, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led to his credit.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) started fifth and took the lead from Davis on lap twenty. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson held the top spot for three laps before finishing second. Earlier in the program, the four-time champion ran third in his heat race and placed second overall in passing points. The point leader heads to the “Freedom Tour” with two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led.

After leading the first sixteen laps, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) took third at the checkered flags. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran third in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. At press time, the young driver is fifth in the point standings with one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, six top-10 finishes and 19 feature laps led on the year.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced to fourth at San Tan Valley after starting seventh. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Pacific Supply / Team AZ RSS, Sussex finished fourth in his heat race and ranked seventh in passing points. The two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner is currently sixth in points with two feature wins, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led on the season.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) claimed fifth in the Arizona Speedway main event after starting eighth. Piloting his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto ran fourth in his heat race and placed fourth in passing points. At press time, Nick is fourth in championship points with three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and six top-10 finishes to his credit.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking seventh from fifteenth. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Priority Aviation Maxim, St. James scored eighth in his heat race and sat fifteenth in passing points. To date, the veteran driver is eleventh in points with one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led.

In his first start of the year, Colton Hardy (Phoenix, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s first 8-lap heat race. Driving Ted Williams’ #74 Bandit Racing / Marks Bolts Maxim, Hardy was third in passing points and scored sixteenth in the main event.

On Wednesday, August 16th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open their annual Midwest “Freedom Tour” in Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s Creek County Speedway. The non-point, four-race mini-series will also stop at 81 Speedway (Wichita, Kansas), and Caney Valley Speedway (Caney, Kansas).

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

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2017 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 8. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 2. R.J. Johnson (5th), 3. Tye Mihocko (1st), 4. Stevie Sussex (7th), 5. Nick Aiuto (8th), 6. Chris Bonneau (2nd), 7. Bruce St. James (15th), 8. Michael Curtis (11th), 9. Jeff Lowery (10th), 10. Matt Lundy (12th), 11. Brent Yarnal (14th), 12. Joe Schoepner (16th), 13. Cody Sickles (13th), 14. Rick Shuman (9th), 15. Dennis Gile (3rd), 16. Colton Hardy (4th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Mihocko, Laps 17-19 Davis, Laps 20-22 Johnson, Laps 23-30 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (15th to 7th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-783, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-759, 3. Shon Deskins-592, 4. Nick Aiuto-515, 5. Tye Mihocko-513, 6. Stevie Sussex-496, 7. Matt Lundy-473, 8. Chris Bonneau-460, 9. Mike Martin-440, 10. Michael Curtis-436, 11. Bruce St. James-396, 12. Andy Reinbold-380, 13. Landon Cling-374, 14. Matt Rossi-364, 15. Brent Yarnal-342, 16. Cody Sickles-333, 17. Jeff Lowery-296, 18. Jake Swanson-191, ... Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

June 15, 2017 - Williams Grove, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 2. Steve Buckwalter, (#25 Buckwalter), 3. Trevor Kobylarz (#14 RT), 4. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Thomas Meseraull (#27 Heffner), 7. Adam Pierson (#76E FMR), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 9. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. Shawn Jackson (#7 Jackson). 3:01.79

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps): 1. Tommy Kunsman Jr. (#21 Kunsman), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Tanner Carrick (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. P.J. Gargiulo (#5 JHG), 6. Josh Heckman (#12 Heckman), 7. Kenny Miller (#23M Miller), 8. Steve Craig (#55 Craig), 9. Jason Rice (#57 Rice), 10. Andrew Layser (#35 Lesher), 11. Rob Marhefka (#99 Marhefka). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Rohan Beasley (#14B Beasley),

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Ryan Robinson, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Holly Shelton, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Tommy Kunsman Jr., 10. Alex Bright, 11. Adam Pierson, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Shawn Jackson, 14. Kenny Miller, 15. John Heckman, 16. Steve Craig, 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 18. Jason Rice, 19. Rob Marhefka, 20. P.J. Gargiulo, 21. Andrew Layser. NT -------------------------------------- **Rice flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-4 Greth, Laps 5-20 Bayston.

KRS GRAPHICS PASSING POINT LEADER: Tommy Kunsman Jr.

NEW USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGET POINTS Presented by ARDC: 1-A.Bright-602, 2-Greth-578, 3-Kobylarz-484, 4-Jackson-468, 5-Brenden Bright-462, 6-Kunsman-448, 7-Miller-443, 8-Pierson-404, 9-Jay Hartman-387, 10-Brett Arndt-360.

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

 


 

MESERAULL ROUTS LINCOLN FOR NIGHT TWO EASTERN STORM VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Abbottstown, PA.........Each night, every driver's plan is to reach victory lane. Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway's Eastern Storm opener, Thomas Meseraull did just that. But not exactly in the way that he had planned.

On the final lap of that race, Meseraull found himself speeding through victory lane as he tangled with another car on the front straightaway and careened through the area reserved for the race winner on his way to a 13th place finish. A few signs were trampled by the No. 27 as a swath of onlookers scattered from the scene of his oncoming car.

One night, later, Meseraull came to a stop in victory lane. This time as the race winner after dominating the final 25 laps of Wednesday night's 30-lap USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature in the second round of Eastern Storm presented by DMI at Lincoln Speedway.

In a car that was as a completely new piece put together this past offseason, many of the bugs had to be worked out before the team found its stride at Lincoln. In the Eastern Storm opener, throughout the night, the team had to thrash after losing their brakes and had to swap out the rear end, the brakes and various other bits and pieces in the back end of the car.

Then, on the final lap incident, the front of the car took the brunt of the damage with both front wheels, the front axle, front left shock and right side nerf barf all being bent up as he passed the checkered flag, requiring the team to utilize much of their supply of spares after only a single night.

A seat in the No. 27 was a situation that came out of necessity for the San Jose, California native this past offseason. With the potent ride available solely for the intention of running Eastern Storm, Meseraull would have to wait half a year to take his first ride in the Heffner Racing/Lelands.com - Fatheadz Eyewear/Maxim/Rider. In the meantime, "T-Mez" has piloted rides for team owners Rick Pollock, Stan Courtad and even his own car in USAC competition since February. As it turns out, the situation would be more than worth the wait. Something that Meseraull had an inkling about.

"At the beginning of the year, (crew chief Sean Michael) and I talked at the Chili Bowl and he said Gene Franckowiak was thinking of putting a car together for Eastern Storm," Meseraull recalls. "He said if you're down to drive this thing, I'll put a car together for Gene. He said he'd give me a motor and a frame, wheels, tires, everything. He calls me up and says 'are we going to do this? You got to commit to this thing. I don't want to build this thing and not have you come drive it.' It was seriously the best ride I had going this year and I just had to wait for it."

Meseraull started from the fifth position as pole sitter Jarett Andretti sprinted away to the lead at the start of the main event, surveying the bottom rail as his pursuers, Tyler Courtney, Chad Boespflug, Meseraull and Kevin Thomas, Jr. trailed in a two-by-two formation behind him.

On the fifth lap, Andretti got bogged down at the exit of turn four. Boespflug spurted forward as Andretti clung to the lead, staying put by a single car length at the line. Third-running Meseraull followed Boespflug on the cushion through turns one and two. Boespflug drifted just a tad high at the exit of two, allowing Meseraull to flash by for second. Meseraull slid up to the cushion in front of Boespflug entering turn three before rocketing off the fourth corner, going wheels up to the line as he surged into the lead past Andretti

"The bottom was really good for a couple laps, then I moved up and, boom, it was game on," Meseraull detailed.

The track was a little greasy at the top, so I really had to be mindful of that. You don't want to jump on the outside and stick it in the fence early in the race. I was just trying to be smart. I knew right from the start, this thing was on fire."

On the ninth lap, the top-two in USAC National Sprint points - Justin Grant and Chris Windom - found themselves in a rugby scrum for the fifth position. Contact was made between the two in the third and fourth turn, sending Grant around, thus ending an 11-race streak of top-five finishes to begin the season for the Ione, California driver. Grant's 20th place finish also marked the first time he's finished outside the top-eight of a USAC race since joining the Sam McGhee Motorsports team last August.

After the restart, the final 22 laps went caution-free as Meseraull built an insurmountable full-straightaway lead that went unchallenged the remainder of the way, building a more than four-and-a-half second lead by race's end to defeat Andretti, Thomas, Boespflug and Windom to the line for his first win of the season.

Lincoln Speedway winner Thomas Meseraull (middle) is joined by runner-up Jarett Andretti (left) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (right) in victory lane Wednesday night. (Rich Forman Photo)

Mooresville, North Carolina's Jarett Andretti grabbed a career-best runner-up finish in his Andretti Autosport Short Track/Window World - Harding Group/DRC/J & D.

"Up near the fence where it's slick to the curb isn't necessarily our strong suit, but it was tonight," Andretti said. "This is actually the first feature I've run at Lincoln. I've been here three times, rained out twice and flipped in qualifying once, so it's nice to finally get a feature under our belt."

What was essentially meaningful to Andretti was that his father, John, was able to make the trip with his son for Eastern Storm in the midst of his own well-documented health battle, which brought about a level of comfort and normalcy.

"He hadn't come racing with us for a couple months, so it was like old times," Jarett said. "I really enjoy racing with my dad. We've been racing together since I started my career, so it's what I'm used to. It calms me down a little bit. It's cool to have him come east, though. He actually called me last Thursday saying he was bored. I said, 'why don't you come racing with us?' He flew in last Friday; we picked him up at the airport and went to Bloomington and Lawrenceburg. Then, he's going to fly out and have his surgery next Monday. Hopefully we can have a couple more good runs and make him feel good for his surgery."

The 2017 season has certainly been a standout year for the 24-year-old driver. One year ago, Eastern Storm seemed to be his breakout as he led six laps en route to an, at the time, career-best fifth-place finish. This year, he took another step up the ladder, one rung closer to reaching that first USAC victory.

"Every time I strap in, we're qualifying just a bit better and we're putting ourselves in a better position to win," Andretti said. "You have to qualify in the top-10 to put yourself in those positions and the results are starting to show. It's been a gradual improvement. Some people think it's an overnight thing, but I've been coming here for three years trying to get better. We've made motor changes and chassis changes and other things that have helped that as well. We've built this team from scratch, so we're not only working on the team, but on me as a driver. When those both come together exponentially, it moves you further up the grid."

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. equaled a season-best third-place finish in his Pace Brothers Racing/Pace Performance Coating - DC Dyno/DRC/J & D. Following a fourth-place run the night before at Grandview, Thomas finds himself at the top of the Eastern Storm standings with three races remaining.

"At the beginning, I lost quite a bit of track position," Thomas admits. "I started fourth and fell back to about seventh. I was hesitant to go up to the top at first. Somebody else did it before me, so we fell back a few positions, but once we got up there, we were able to make some headway, do some sliders and get up to third. Jarett ran a good race, though. I threw everything I had at him."

KTJ turned a year older on Wednesday, but the 12-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner is pleased with the direction his season is headed.

"I feel like I'm getting old," Thomas joked. "Two days ago, I bought my first pair of Walmart shoes and, today, I turned 26. It's all going downhill for me, but our racing is going good, so I can't complain."

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Lincoln Speedway include Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Golobic (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Alex Bright (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 14, 2017 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-15.874; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-15.944; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-16.064; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-16.086; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.134; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-16.171; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-16.190; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.238; 9. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-16.291; 10. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-16.324; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.416; 12. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-16.479; 13. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-16.510; 14. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-16.510; 15. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.532; 16. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.561; 17. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-16.622; 18. Danny Dietrich, 13, Buch-16.625; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.647; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.690; 21. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-16.923; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.948; 23. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-17.103; 24. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-17.737; 25. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-17.761; 26. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-NT; 27. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-NT; 28. Austin Burke, 54B, Burke-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Grant, 5. Andretti, 6. Ballou, 7. Perigo, 8. Rooke. 2:14.15

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. Stockon, 4. Moody, 5. Courtney, 6. Chapple, 7. Bright, 8. Smith. 2:12.34

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Dietrich, 3. Leary, 4. Thomas, 5. Boespflug, 6. Robbins, 7. Wilson, 8. Hamer. 2:17.81

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Chapple, 3. Coons, 4. Robbins, 5. Bright, 6. Perigo, 7. Smith, 8. Rooke, 9. Hamer, 10. Wilson, 11. Burke, 12. Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jarett Andretti, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Kyle Robbins, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Alex Bright, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Kyle Moody, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Carmen Perigo, 19. Dave Darland, 20. Justin Grant, 21. Dustin Smith, 22. Danny Dietrich. NT ---------------------------- **Sussex flipped during qualifying. Wilson flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Andretti, Laps 6-30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Alex Bright (22nd to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Robert Ballou

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-843, 2-Windom-786, 3-Boespflug-748, 4-Stockon-707, 5-Courtney-631, 6-Thomas-585, 7-Leary-574, 8-Bacon-500, 9-Darland-487, 10-Andretti-458.

NEW EASTERN STORM (PRESENTED BY DMI) POINTS: 1-Thomas-143, 2-Windom-138, 3-Leary-128, 4-Meseraull-122, 5-Andretti-120, 6-Bacon-119, 7-Courtney-115, 8-Stockon-107, 9-Boespflug-101, 10-Ballou-99.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 15 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

 

ENTRY LIST FOR FRIDAY'S WILLIAMS GROVE
SILVER CROWN RETURN

Twenty-two USAC Silver Crown drivers and teams have declared their intentions to compete in this Friday's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" at Williams Grove Speedway.

The series returned last season after a 35-year absence at the famed Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania half-mile where Chris Windom and Bryan Clauson put on one of the most memorable finishes in Silver Crown Series history. Windom captured the victory on his way to the series title and enters this Friday's race on a four-race win streak on the dirt that began at last year's race.

Windom, of Canton, Ill. is among four Silver Crown champions entered for this year's race, including last year's 3rd place finisher Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif., 8th place finisher Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. and 14th place finisher Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind.

In addition, the USAC/CRA Sprint Car division's winningest driver and current point leader, Damion Gardner, of Concord, Calif. is entered along with a pair of drivers who currently lead their respective series and are seeking their first career Silver Crown wins: Ione, California's Justin Grant (National Sprint) and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon (National Midget).

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary set ProSource Fast Time at the Grove last season and led the first 29 laps before mechanical problems ended his night early. Joe Liguori's grandfather, Ralph Liguori, won the Horn-Schindler Memorial USAC Sprint Car feature in 1970.

Three Keystone State drivers will return to compete in their second "Horn-Schindler," including last year's top-PA finisher Mark Smith of Sunbury (6th), Royersford's Steve Buckwalter and Mechanicsburg's own Dave Berkheimer.

Gates for Friday's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" open at 5:30pm with hot laps set for 7pm.
You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of USAC Silver Crown's return to Williams Grove on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Watch it again a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.


"HORN-SCHINDLER MEMORIAL" ENTRIES
08 JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL
6 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
27 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA
32 JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI
48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA
54 MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
92 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
95 PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
120 HUNTER SCHUERENBERG/Sikeston, MO
201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN

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BACON BRINGS THE 63 BACK TO EASTERN STORM WIN COLUMN IN OPENER AT GRANDVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bechtelsville, PA.........The sight of the black Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63 winning an Eastern Storm feature has become oh, so familiar over the last couple of seasons.

Bryan Clauson raced to three wins in the five Pennsylvania starts with the car in 2016, including one at Grandview Speedway. When the calendar turned its page to 2017, there was no better tandem to build upon the groundwork that had been laid than the pairing of the defending Eastern Storm championship team and the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver titlist, Brady Bacon.

On Tuesday night, Bacon prevailed in a spirited late-race battle with C.J. Leary in which he took over the point in lapped traffic with three laps remaining to score his first USAC National Sprint Car victory in nearly a year and the first for the Dooling/Hayward team since Clauson's 41st and final victory at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway last July.

"This one is really special," Bacon said. "Bryan and I both liked to come out here. The fans were always great. He was really good out here. Hopefully, we're making him proud that we're out here and got it back in victory lane. I wish he was still here and maybe I wasn't in this car, but that's just the way it is."

The race honoring the memory of 2009 Grandview USAC Sprint Car feature winner "The Rocket" Jesse Hockett was the launching pad for the 11th annual edition of Eastern Storm.

The 40-lap distance for the event was the first of four of the super-sized length this season as the packed Grandview grandstands witnessed the second largest ever car count (34) for an Eastern Storm event and the most since the Grandview opener in 2008.

On the start, pole sitter Leary was the first to reach the opening corner where he would immediately establish a five-car-length lead over series point leader Justin Grant in the early-going.

Following a lap 10 yellow for a Kyle Robbins turn four spin, Leary picked up right where he left off, quickly building his lead to a half-straightaway by the midway point when Chandler Leiby smacked the turn one concrete and flipped nose-to-tail several times against the outside wall. The Carlisle, PA driver was shaken up, but managed to exit the car under his own power.

During the lengthy, open red flag, fifth-running Bacon and crew decided not to make any radical changes to their piece. Instead, the focus was placed on taking off on the restart.

"I felt like we were getting better and better compared to everybody else," Bacon explains. "We didn't really change anything. We made some small adjustments and made sure everything was right. We discussed what we were going to do on the restart because they were very crucial."

Bacon set forth on the restart, moving to third on lap 21 and to second a lap later on the 22nd circuit when he zeroed in on Leary for the race lead. Bacon had the bottom working like clockwork as he rode the low line to the lead on lap 25 past Leary.

"We had to wait around at the beginning and let the track come to us," Bacon relays. "We were pretty tight. When the top started slowing down, I got rolling on the bottom. That's how we got past everybody. You get to take your time a little bit more and pick your moves more carefully."

"This one is really special. Bryan (Clauson) and I both liked to come out here. The fans were always great. He was really good out here. Hopefully, we're making him proud that we're out here and got it back in victory lane. I wish he was still here and maybe I wasn't in this car, but that's just the way it is." -Brady Bacon

Leary refused to stray too far behind Bacon throughout the second half as he stayed loyal to the cushion. Yet, Bacon began to migrate to the top in turns one and two for a brief period with ten to go.

"I saw him a couple times out of the corner of my eye getting into three," Bacon recalls. "I felt like I was slower in one and two, so I moved up and felt we were pretty good up there. I was just kind of trying to block the other lane."

Leary's lane wasn't completely shut down as he showed no quit and his ring around the top began to pay dividends when he visibly inched closer with less than a handful of laps remaining. On lap 35, Leary pushed the cushion with his right rear less than a foot from the outside wall off the exit. A lap later, Bacon clipped an infield tire between turns three and four that slowed his momentum as the high line propelled Leary right to Bacon as the pair posed for a high-speed photo-finish shot at the stripe. Leary cleared him at the end of the straightaway with his second career series victory just within reach.

"I really thought we were going to be able to cruise on the bottom," Bacon relayed. "He must've turned it up on the top and got rolling pretty good. He got back by us and I had to start searching around."

With three laps to go, Leary and Bacon encountered the lapped car of Tony DiMattia. Bacon tucked a nose to the inside of DiMattia off the fourth corner as Leary remained up top. As the three were staggered in three distinct lines on the front straight, Leary's momentum was stifled when DiMattia switched to the cushion entering the first turn, forcing Leary to get on the binders.

From there, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon was able to stretch out his advantage, leading the final three laps to score his first Eastern Storm victory since 2014 in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Dooling Machine/Spike/Stanton Mopar ahead of Leary, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant.

Though a season-best second-place run for C.J. Leary is nothing to shake a stick at, disappointment was an understatement for the Greenfield, Indiana driver who led a race-high 26 laps.

"Once Brady showed (DiMattia) a nose, he came right up into my lane," Leary believes. "Once I got around Brady, I don't think he could've passed us back in the short number of laps left."

"The first 20 laps, I felt like we had a really dominant car. It was just excellent. The car was on a rail," Leary continues. "Under the open red, we didn't change anything. We felt like we had a really good car and didn't need to make any adjustments. When it went back green, we were good, but yellow after yellow kept hurting us because our car was better on long green flag runs. Brady was really good on the bottom and once he got around me, I started ripping the top and never gave up on it."

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway include Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Thomas Meseraull (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 13, 2017 - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - Grandview Speedway - "Jesse Hockett Classic" - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.838; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.854; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-13.871; 4. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-13.892; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-13.893; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.905; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.978; 8. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.993; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.056; 10. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.062; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.088; 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-14.100; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.106; 14. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.141; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-14.148; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.153; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.182; 18. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-14.196; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.217; 20. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.228; 21. Chandler Leiby, 119, Leiby-14.238; 22. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.241; 23. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-14.287; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.365; 25. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-14.531; 26. Danny Dietrich, 13, Buch-14.596; 27. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-14.653; 28. Austin Burke, 54B, Burke-15.095; 29. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-15.135; 30. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-15.219; 31. Steve Wilbur, 59, Gontz-15.248; 32. Trey Hivner, 7, Hivner-15.691; 33. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-NT; 34. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Leiby, 3. Boespflug, 4. DiMattia, 5. Golobic, 6. Stockon, 7. Wilson, 8. Meseraull. 1:52.46 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Grant, 4. Andretti, 5. Bacon, 6. Robbins, 7. Dietrich, 8. Lick. 1:52.56

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Westfall, 3. Leary, 4. Thomas, 5. Ballou, 6. Coons, 7. Smith, 8. Wilbur. 1:54.27

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Biasi, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Perigo, 6. Moody, 7. Burke, 8. Hivner. 1:54.41

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Bacon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Robbins, 6. Coons, 7. Golobic, 8. Perigo, 9. Dietrich, 10. Smith, 11. Wilson, 12. Sussex, 13. Hivner, 14. Burke, 15. Wilbur, 16. Lick. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Chandler Leiby, 22. Joey Biasi. NT ---------------------------- **Kohen flipped during practice. Lick flipped during the semi. Leiby flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Leary, Laps 25-35 Bacon, Laps 36-37 Leary, Laps 38-40 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (15th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-809, 2-Windom-720, 3-Boespflug-682, 4-Stockon-662, 5-Courtney-570, 6-Leary-519, 7-Thomas-512, 8-Bacon-458, 9-Darland-456, 10-Shane Cottle-392.

NEW EASTERN STORM (PRESENTED BY DMI) POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-77, 2-C.J. Leary-73, 3-Chris Windom-72, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-70, 5-Justin Grant-64, 6-Chase Stockon-62, 7-Robert Ballou-58, 8-Tyler Courtney-54, 9-Jerry Coons, Jr.-50, 10-Jarett Andretti-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 14 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS ADD OCTOBER 14TH PETALUMA RACE

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 14, 2017... Officials with the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series and Petaluma Speedway have confirmed the addition of the October 14th point race to the schedule. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, the “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will also feature Wingless Sprints, Dwarf Cars, and 600 Micro Sprints on that night.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has hosted six Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget races and Shane Golobic claimed the inaugural victory on October 6, 2012. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.200, set on October 5, 2013. Michael Faccinto and Alex Schutte have also scored victories at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

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

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

PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

The next event for The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will be on Saturday, July 15th, at Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway in Petaluma, California. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “Jack London Hall of Fame Race” is co-sanctioned with the BCRA Midgets and will also feature 360 Wing Sprints, BCRA Midget Lites and Dwarf Cars. For more information, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood*, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

2017 LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Shane Golobic.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-240, 2. Cory Elliott-220, 3. Courtney Crone-193, 4. Frankie Guerrini-177, 5. Robert Dalby-145, 6. David Prickett-141, 7. Terry Nichols-140, 8. Michael Faccinto-139, 9. Randi Pankratz-126, 10. Mason Daniel-110, 11. Robby Josett-101, 12. Shane Golobic-81, 13. Shannon McQueen-80, ... J.J. Ercse-80, 15. Jake Swanson-79, 16. Clayton Ruston-77, ... Nic Faas-77, ... Tyler Dolacki-77, 19. Maria Cofer-76, 20. Austen Figueroa-74.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE HANFORD FAIR RACE
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 14, 2017... Round #11 for the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be held this Saturday, June 17th, at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Making their final appearance at the 3/8-mile oval, the “Kings County Fair Race” will also feature IMCA Stock Cars and Mod Lites. The front gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

PIT PARKING: The Pit Gate entrance for the Fair Race is off of Hanford-Armona Road. Please use GATE A. The Pit Gate will open at 2:30pm both days. Admission is $40 for Pit Pass. $10 for Pit Parking ($5 at the Gate A entrance and $5 at the pit entrance behind the scoreboard.)

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

Heading into Saturday’s event, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-six USAC West Coast Sprint Car shows. Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with nine victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Austin Liggett won the March 25th race and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. took the April 29th checkered flags. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Fresh off his third straight win at Santa Maria’s “Ron Otto Memorial,” Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) has a 45-point lead over the competition. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Bernal has six feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 69 feature laps led to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with thirty-three victories and is always a threat to win.

After running sixth at Santa Maria, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, and seven top-10 finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has nineteen career USAC West Coast victories and will be looking for his first win of the campaign.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace scored fifteenth in the “Ron Otto Memorial” after a tangle ended his night. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. With eight career victories, Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on his first triumph of 2017.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) has risen to fourth in the point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson ran second at Santa Maria. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led. Jake has two career USAC West Coast main event wins and is a fan favorite.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits fifth in championship point standings. The pilot of the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART skipped last Saturday’s “Ron Otto Memorial” to compete in a Petaluma Wingless Spec Sprint race. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season. Austin is tied for twelfth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on the Hanford victory.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Timmons, Max Adams, Jeff Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Tickets for the Fair and races are $18 for all ages. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa.

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

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-628, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-583, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-566, 4. Jake Swanson-565, 5. Austin Liggett-497, 6. Tristan Guardino-452, 7. Cody Majors-450, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 9. Ryan Timmons-400, 10. Brandon Wiley-364, 11. Steve Hix-322, 12. Max Adams-295, 13. Jeff Sibley-270, 14. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 15. Steven Garris-258, 16. Shannon McQueen-256, 17. Geoff Ensign-244, 18. Ryan Stolz- 235, 19. Kyle Smith-185, 20. Tye Mihocko-158.

 

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 13, 2017 - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - Grandview Speedway - "Jesse Hockett Classic" - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.838; 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-13.854; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-13.871; 4. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-13.892; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-13.893; 6. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.905; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.978; 8. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-13.993; 9. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-14.056; 10. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-14.062; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.088; 12. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-14.100; 13. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.106; 14. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.141; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-14.148; 16. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.153; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.182; 18. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-14.196; 19. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-14.217; 20. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-14.228; 21. Chandler Leiby, 119, Leiby-14.238; 22. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-14.241; 23. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-14.287; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.365; 25. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-14.531; 26. Danny Dietrich, 13, Buch-14.596; 27. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-14.653; 28. Austin Burke, 54B, Burke-15.095; 29. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-15.135; 30. Kyle Lick, 8, Lick-15.219; 31. Steve Wilbur, 59, Gontz-15.248; 32. Trey Hivner, 7, Hivner-15.691; 33. Harris Kohen, 0, Kohen-NT; 34. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chapple, 2. Leiby, 3. Boespflug, 4. DiMattia, 5. Golobic, 6. Stockon, 7. Wilson, 8. Meseraull. 1:52.46 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Grant, 4. Andretti, 5. Bacon, 6. Robbins, 7. Dietrich, 8. Lick. 1:52.56

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Westfall, 3. Leary, 4. Thomas, 5. Ballou, 6. Coons, 7. Smith, 8. Wilbur. 1:54.27

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Biasi, 4. Kobylarz, 5. Perigo, 6. Moody, 7. Burke, 8. Hivner. 1:54.41

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Ballou, 3. Bacon, 4. Meseraull, 5. Robbins, 6. Coons, 7. Golobic, 8. Perigo, 9. Dietrich, 10. Smith, 11. Wilson, 12. Sussex, 13. Hivner, 14. Burke, 15. Wilbur, 16. Lick. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Justin Grant, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Matt Westfall, 12. Aaron Farney, 13. Thomas Meseraull, 14. Alex Bright, 15. Kyle Robbins, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Chad Boespflug, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Tony DiMattia, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Chandler Leiby, 22. Joey Biasi. NT ---------------------------- **Kohen flipped during practice. Lick flipped during the semi. Leiby flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 Leary, Laps 25-35 Bacon, Laps 36-37 Leary, Laps 38-40 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (15th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-809, 2-Windom-720, 3-Boespflug-682, 4-Stockon-662, 5-Courtney-570, 6-Leary-519, 7-Thomas-512, 8-Bacon-458, 9-Darland-456, 10-Shane Cottle-392.

NEW EASTERN STORM (PRESENTED BY DMI) POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-77, 2-C.J. Leary-73, 3-Chris Windom-72, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-70, 5-Justin Grant-64, 6-Chase Stockon-62, 7-Robert Ballou-58, 8-Tyler Courtney-54, 9-Jerry Coons, Jr.-50, 10-Jarett Andretti-49.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 14 - Abbottstown, Pennsylvania - Lincoln Speedway - "Eastern Storm" presented by DMI

 

 

ALL OF EASTERN STORM WILL BE STREAMED ON SPEED SHIFT TV!

Every single race of USAC's 11th Annual "Eastern Storm" tour of Pennsylvania will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

That's full, flag-to-flag coverage of five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events and one Silver Crown race in six consecutive nights at five different Keystone State venues from June 13-18.

First up is Tuesday's Eastern Storm opener, the "Jesse Hockett Memorial" from Grandview Speedway which saw three and even four-wide racing throughout much of the feature.

One night later, on Wednesday, June 14 is the series' return to 4/10-mile Lincoln Speedway, followed by two straight nights at Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday and Friday, June 15-16. On Thursday, you'll witness both the USAC National Sprint Cars and USAC/ARDC Midgets on the famed half-mile. Friday's tilt showcases the 100-lap "Horn-Schindler Memorial" for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, which was one of the most raved about races anywhere during the 2016 season, in addition to the second of two nights for the USAC/ARDC Midgets.

The final two nights pit the USAC National Sprint Cars on the scenic half-mile of Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, June 17. The newest Eastern Storm champion will be crowned on Sunday, June 18 at Susquehanna Speedway.

"Get it on TV," they say. Connect an HDMI cord to from your laptop to your television or watch on your laptop or phone to see six straight nights as the USAC Sprint Cars and Silver Crown cars invade the east coast.

You can watch every second of it all LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/! If you'd like to watch the replay of all the action from start to finish, tune in a day following the event to http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

USAC/ARDC MIDGETS GO BACK-TO-BACK IN WILLIAMS GROVE DOUBLEHEADER

The "USAC Triple Crown Showdown" at Williams Grove (PA) Speedway is next up for the USAC Eastern Midgets presented by ARDC. This weekend will include complete Midget programs Thursday and Friday nights on the half-mile dirt oval, in conjunction with Thursday's AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars and Friday's USAC Silver Crown Championship "Ted Horn-Bill Schindler Memorial."

Alex Bright will lead the series into the pair of Williams Grove races after finishing fourth and second in recent races at Pottsville and York Haven, Pa.

Bright has a 54-point lead over Ryan Greth in the USAC/ARDC standings. Greth won the most recent race, at Susquehanna Speedway May 20.

Bright and Greth will have to contend with some of the USAC National Midget division's best, including series point leader Brady Bacon, four-time USAC National Sprint winner Thomas Meseraull and five of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports contingent of defending champ Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston, Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and Tanner Carrick.

Other 2017 USAC/ARDC feature winners have included Bright April 1 at Newmanstown, PA, Trevor Kobylarz won at Susquehanna April 29 and Brenden Bright won at Big Diamond Speedway May 19.

This weekend's races will be the first for USAC-sanctioned Midgets at the "Grove" in 28 years! John Heydenreich won the 1989 race. Other previous Williams Grove USAC Midget winners have been Rich Vogler (1988), Mel Kenyon (1986 and 87), Bruce Field (1985), Danny Caruthers (1971) and Jimmy Davies (1956).

 

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA & "Special Event" MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Aaron Hull Deery Brothers Race"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone),2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 5. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold), 6. Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Jacob Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 3. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 5. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 6. Chris Bolander (#2 Zero). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson)

FEATURE: (24 laps) 1. Dillon Morley, 2. Brent Burrows, 3. Jacob Sollenberger, 4. Jeremy Hull, 5. Adam Taylor, 6. Ryan Mangold, 7. Kurt Mueller, 8. Todd Baker, 9. Jeff Mallonee, 10. Tyson Hart, 11. Derek Goble, 12. Chris Bolander, 13. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand). NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hart, Lap 9 Morley, Laps 10-14 Hart, Laps 15-24 Morley.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Taylor-469, 2-Morley-455, 3-Hull-415, 4-McDermand-389, 5-Hart-377, 6-Ross-349, 7-Sollenberger-313, 8-Mueller-284, 9-Burrows-275, 10-Hunnell-271.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: June 17 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

BAYSTON THE VICTOR, GOLOBIC THE CHAMP IN INDIANA MIDGET WEEK FINALE AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Spencer Bayston exorcised the demons that had plagued his relationship with lady luck since his first Indiana Midget Week triumph one year ago to capture his second career USAC National Midget victory Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway.

Meanwhile, Shane Golobic - a steady, heady driver who always seems to play a leading role near the front of the field - made a late-race move with three laps remaining to net himself the 2017 Indiana Midget Week title.

Coming into the final night, nine drivers remained mathematically eligible to win the IMW title. The top-five, in fact, were separated by a mere 12 points. However, misfortune seemed to plague more than its fair share of the top contenders early on.

New Zealand's Michael Pickens led by one marker over Golobic entering the night, but in hot laps, Pickens' night took an unexpected turn as he climbed the turn two wall and flipped wildly. His Seamount Racing crew went to work and managed to get the car repaired in time to make a qualifying attempt and continue as scheduled.

Furthermore, both Justin Grant and Brady Bacon suffered from mechanical problems of their own, forcing them into backup machines for the remainder of the night. Nonetheless, all those who ran into issues would manage to qualify for the night's 30-lap feature event solidly.

One night following a resurgence to the front of the field after an uncharacteristic slow start to their season, a pair of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports cars occupied both spots on the front row.

Thorson set off from the pole while Lebanon, Indiana's Bayston set up shop on the outside. Despite a consistent run of quality finishes for much of his three-year USAC Midget career, Bayston, the 2015 series Rookie of the Year, hadn't found the promised land of victory lane in over a year at Gas City during 2016 Indiana Midget Week.

One night ago at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Spencer suffered heartbreak when a late-race battle for the lead with teammate Holly Shelton resulted in a flat left rear tire and a relegation to the tail of the field. Four nights prior, Bayston was on the short-end of a last lap, last corner pass for the win by Pickens at Lincoln Park Speedway.

This time around, Bayston had plans to alter his fortunes from disappointment. Bayston immediately controlled the top side when racing began and wouldn't stray too far from his comfort zone on the cushion throughout the duration of the 30-lap event.

The curb did wreak havoc with Bayston on a couple of occasions, on lap 10, when he snagged it enough to briefly bog him down. Tyler Courtney, a two-time feature winner this week, was ready to pounce on the bottom in response and did so in a three-lap dash on laps 10, 11 and 12 that resulted in three consecutive photo finishes at the line. Grant was credited with leading laps 11 and 12 by the narrowest of margins as Bayston briefly moved to the bottom to stifle Courtney's invasion.

"I went down there one time to block and also to see just what was down there," Bayston remembers. "I thought I'd run right back to the top and carry my momentum up there. I felt better up there. That's where I'd been running all race, so that's what I stayed with."

Bayston quickly returned to the rim-riding style as Courtney settled in on the bottom and a hard-charging Bacon, in the FMR Racing backup, entered the top-three just before the halfway point.

Just after the crossed sticks were displayed, Ryan Robinson rode out a nasty flip in turn three while running in the tenth position. He would walk away uninjured.

Following the restart, Courtney would find a pulse once again as he surged on the bottom past Bayston for the point on laps 20 and 21.

Bayston never wavered from putting the right rear up near the concrete and his patience would pay off as he blew past Courtney on the back straight with nine to go to grab a lead he wouldn't relinquish as he began to navigate lapped traffic.

"In turns one and two, there's a lip in the center in the corner that I struggled to figure out once it got a bit ledgy and curby," Bayston pinpointed. "That's when 'Sunshine' showed me a nose and I was able to figure it out. Eventually, the bottom slicked off for him and I got faster."

Courtney was simultaneously caught up in two separate races in the closing laps. The race for the win, which was beginning to slip away, and the on-track contest for second and third-place which would determine the Indiana Midget Week championship. Courtney's prerogative was to finish one spot ahead of Golobic and the title was his. Yet, with just three laps to go, Golobic slipped underneath his CMR teammate in turn one for second and the position that would ultimately prove worthy.

Bayston would finish off his first USAC victory in a calendar year with relative ease in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"It feels really good, but I was starting to panic," Bayston admits. "Coming into this week, I was really hoping to get a couple wins. Each night, we had a fast car, but it just came down to whether I'd do something or something would happen on the racetrack. We were really close at Lawrenceburg. I was really disappointed at being that close and not getting it done. To get it done tonight at my favorite track, it's a great feeling and my car was so phenomenal and so stable up front on the cushion."

Kokomo USAC Midget feature winner Spencer Bayston (Top) and newly-crowned Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Golobic (Bottom). (David Nearpass Photos)

Three-plus seconds behind Bayston, Golobic was able to fend off Courtney for second at the line to capture the IMW title by just six points!

Golobic was the mark of consistency throughout Indiana Midget Week with no finishes outside the top-eight, including a strong second half of IMW that included finishes of 3rd, 4th and 2nd in his Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

It was just the fourth time in the 13-year history of Indiana Midget Week that the champion didn't win a single race. It's the second year in a row with this occurrence, duplicating Bryan Clauson's feat from 2016. Golobic was hired to run full-time for Bryan's father Tim's new team in 2017 and the dividends are quickly paying off the self-admitted "wing" driver.

"This whole week says a lot about this team," Golobic begins. "I consider myself a wing sprint car driver, for the most part. I don't get to do a whole lot of midget stuff, so when I come back here, I always feel like I'm a bit behind the eight-ball at the start racing against some of these guys who do it so often. This team provides such good cars. I felt like I was right there with them from the get-go and I just got better each night. I got more and more comfortable and my team kept giving me awesome cars. I guess I'm just the consistent guy. I don't want to say I'm a points racer, but I'm not going to make any big mistakes that would cause a major catastrophe with the points at any time during the week."

It was an Indiana Midget Week title that nearly didn't come to fruition for the Fremont, California native. An hour before hot laps on Friday at Bloomington, it was still uncertain whether he'd be racing that night due to illness. Defending USAC Silver Crown champion Chris Windom was on standby and ready to step into the No. 17w if Golobic was unable to make the call.

"My girlfriend (Sarah) and I both got sick," Golobic points out. "We came down with two different things, actually. She's struggling with pneumonia and I had a really bad stomach flu and spent the day in E.R. before Bloomington. I wasn't really sure if I was even going to run Bloomington. The team even had a backup driver ready just in case. Deb & Matt Wood and Sarah did a great job of keeping fluids in me and taking care of me then we went to Bloomington and ran one-two-three. From there, I just kept hydrating and getting as much sleep as I could."

Golobic entered Sunday's feature three-up on Courtney. He kept tabs on USAC's social media and website to stay in-tune with the updated Indiana Midget Week standings throughout the evening and knew precisely where he needed to be and who he had to beat.

"I'm a numbers guy, so coming into the feature, I knew exactly what I needed to do," Golobic explained. "My feature started off bad; I fell back to eighth or ninth. Pickens and Rico got by me and everybody we needed to beat was getting by us. I figured, 'man, we got to get going here' before finding something on the bottom. Once I got to third, I knew "Sunshine" was second in points. If I could beat him, I knew I'd be okay. Spencer was out front, but he was deep enough in points, I didn't have to worry about him. I got to third and I knew passing 'Sunshine' was going to be for the Midget Week title. I wouldn't say I would've wore him out to win it, but I was definitely going to race him hard. The way it worked out, we were running two different lines for a bit and I was able to sneak by him. He was awesome all week. If it weren't for engine troubles one night this week, he'd be doing this interview right now."

In sport and in life, when one experiences the thrill of victory by one, by nature, there is inherently someone experiencing the agony of defeat. Such is the case with Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney who saw the Indiana Midget Week title slip through his fingers with just three laps to go in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

"The goal every night is to go out and win," Courtney says point blank. "When it's a big deal like 'Midget Week,' you want to take it home. It's a tough deal. When you have one bad night, it throws a hiccup in the plan. You have to keep trucking and I've got one of the best teams behind me. I think it shows with us running one-two in points this week. These guys never give up. We broke a motor at Gas City. The crew stayed up all night putting a new one in, then went out and ran third. Tonight, Justin ran into some mechanical issues. They pulled the backup car down and Justin ran fourth. I can't say enough about these guys. They're freaking awesome."

"I hate that I couldn't get the midget week title, but at least one of us brought it home," Courtney said as he searched for a silver lining. "Second definitely sucks and it really hurts when it's a deal like this, but you just got to move on. Hopefully, this is just the start. Hopefully, the rest of the season will be as good, if not better, for us than what's going on right now. I'm with one of the best midget teams and I think we really put our name out there this week. People have really taken a note of us. The last couple of nights, Keith (Kunz) got his stuff going really good again. It's not going to be easy the rest of the year but we've got to keep doing what we're doing and not worry about what they're doing. We've got three really good racecars and three really good racecar drivers. As long as we keep doing what we're doing, I think we're going to be the guys to beat."

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Kokomo Speedway include Shane Golobic (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Spencer Bayston (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Chad Boat (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger and B & W Auto Mart Perseverance Award Winner in Honor of Kyle McCain), Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Adam Pierson (ProSource Hard Work Award Winner).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 11, 2017 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.373; 2. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.449; 3. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.505; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.532; 5. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.601; 6. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.700; 7. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.850; 8. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.915; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.935; 10. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-14.006; 11. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-14.011; 12. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-14.021; 13. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.033; 14. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-14.075; 15. Steve Buckwalter, 9p, Ronk-14.082; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-14.095; 17. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.119; 18. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-14.154; 19. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.189; 20. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.302; 21. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.342; 22. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-14.394; 23. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-14.410; 24. Jimi Quin, 8GQ, Quin-14.509; 25. Adam Pierson, 76E, Mancini-14.521; 26. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.041; 27. Chris Baue, 2, Baue-15.146; 28. Robert Bell, 71½, Bell-16.130.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Shelton, 3. Golobic, 4. Carrick, 5. Robinson, 6. Pierson, 7. Nelson. 2:17.65

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Coons, 3. Ray, 4. Grant, 5. Crone, 6. Walker, 7. Dickerson. 2:20.14

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Abreu, 3. Pickens, 4. Bright, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Baue, 7. Marcham. 2:20.23

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Boat, 3. Quin, 4. Darland, 5. Gardner, 6. Bell, 7. Bacon. 2:20.66

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Gardner, 3. Robinson, 4. Bacon, 5. Pierson, 6. Crone, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Dickerson, 9. Baue, 10. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Michael Pickens, 8. Chad Boat, 9. Tanner Thorson, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Alex Bright, 12. Tanner Carrick, 13. Gage Walker. 14. Adam Pierson, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Courtney Crone, 18. Tyler Thomas, 19. Jimi Quin, 20. Holly Shelton, 21. Davey Ray, 22. Ryan Robinson. NT ---------------------------- **Pickens flipped during practice. Robinson flipped on lap 16 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Bayston, Laps 11-12 Courtney, Laps 13-19 Bayston, Laps 20-21 Courtney, Laps 22-30 Bayston.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (18th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Gage Walker

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Adam Pierson

B & W AUTO MART PERSEVERANCE AWARD: Chad Boat

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-588, 2-Bayston-559, 3-Golobic-551, 4-Grant-540, 5-Courtney-507, 6-Thorson-496, 7-Boat-428, 8-Coons-426, 9-Pickens-380, 10-Thomas-362.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Golobic-400, 2-Courtney-394, 3-Pickens-380, 4-Abreu-376, 5-Bayston-373, 6-Bacon-372, 7-Grant-372, 8-Thorson-321, 9-Boat-321, 10-A. Bright-267.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 1 - Macon (IL) Speedway

 

 

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Mekkelsen RV Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 2. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 3. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 4. Alex Rose (#11 Rose), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 4. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 5. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 6. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Adam Whitney, 2. Jeff Horn, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Dean Christensen, 5. Seth Carlson, 6. Derek O'Hearn, 7. Andy Barrows, 8. Jeff Champagne, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Jake Higginson, 11. Alex Rose, 12. Mark Cole. NT -----------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Horn, Laps 5-25 Whitney.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-361, 2-Whitney-356, 3-Krawiec-338, 4-Barrows-323, 5-O'Hearn-313, 6-Horn-313, 7-Dias-310, 8-Champagne-256, 9-Carlson-161, 10-Cole-151.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: June 16 - Malta, NY - Albany-Saratoga Speedway

 

 

LAST LAP "RON OTTO MEMORIAL" VICTORY FOR BERNAL AT SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria, CA........USAC West Coast Sprint Car point leader Ryan Bernal scored a last-lap victory in Saturday night's 30-lap "Ron Otto Memorial" at Santa Maria Raceway. Jake Swanson led the first 29 laps but took second ahead of Max Adams, Jimmy Thompson and Cody Majors.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2017 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway - "Ron Otto Memorial" - Co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-13.732; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.741; 3. Danny Sheridan, 8, Richardson-13.829; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.838; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-13.859; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-13.887; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.982; 8. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.953; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.006; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-14.007; 11. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-14.061; 12. Jimmy Thompson, 71, Thompson-14.119; 13. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-14.157; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.297; 15. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.623; 16. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-14.787; 17. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.051; 18. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-15.154; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.253; 20. Jevon Camp, 57X, Camp-16.287; 21. Sean Martin Jr., 71S, Thompson- NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Guardino, 4. Strole, 5. Hix, 6. Stolz, 7. McQueen. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Adams, 3. Carter, 4. Majors, 5. Hendricks, 6. Herrera, 7. Camp. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Sheridan, 3. Timmons, 4. Thompson, 5. Wiley, 6. Linson, 7. Martin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Jimmy Thompson, 5. Cody Majors, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Ryan Timmons, 8. Trent Carter, 9. Brandon Wiley, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Tom Hendricks, 12. Geoffrey Strole, 13. Sean Martin Jr., 14. James Herrera, 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 16. Tristan Guardino, 17. Danny Sheridan, 18. Jordan Linson, 19. Jevon Camp, 20. Ryan Stolz, 21. Steve Hix. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Swanson, Lap 30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shannon McQueen (19th to 10th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Bernal-628, 2-R.Vander Weerd-583, 3-J.Vander Weerd-566, 4-Swanson-565, 5-Austin Liggett-497, 6-Guardino-452, 7-Majors-450, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-424, 9-Timmons-400, 10-Wiley-364.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 17 - Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

DAVIS GRABS SAN TAN VALLEY 30-LAPPER

San Tan Valley, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. got by R.J. Johnson eight laps from the finish Saturday night and ended up winning the 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car race at Arizona Speedway. Johnson took second ahead of Tye Mihocko, Stevie Sussex and Nick Aiuto. Davis trails Johnson by only 24 points in the new series standings.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2017 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Jeff Lowery (#45 Lowery), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington), 8. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 3. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 4. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Rick Shuman (#25AZ Shuman), 7. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 8. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Nick Aiuto, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Michael Curtis, 9. Jeff Lowery, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Brent Yarnal, 12. Joe Schoepner, 13. Cody Sickles, 14. Rick Shuman, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Colton Hardy. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Mihocko, 2. Laps 17-19 Davis, Laps 20-22 Johnson, Laps 23-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (15th to 7th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-783, 2-Davis-759, 3-Shon Deskins-592, 4-Aiuto-515, 5-Mihocko-513, 6-Sussex-496, 7-Lundy-473, 8-Bonneau-460, 9-Mike Martin-440, 10-Curtis-436.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: August 16 - Sapulpa, OK - Creek County Speedway - "Freedom Tour"

 

 

RICO REIGNS SUPREME IN KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN SWEEP AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........When you drive for Keith Kunz, you're expected to win. No excuses.

Time and time again, the Columbus, Indiana-based team has provided the machinery that has led to 89 career feature victories and eight championships as a USAC Midget National Championship car entrant. However, throughout the series' first eight events, the venerable team had yet to find victory lane and seemed to be reeling after only one of its five drivers was able to scrape into the top-10 the night prior at Bloomington.

It had been eight years since a Keith Kunz-led team had gone winless this far into the season, but Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway was the night Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports had finally arrived in 2017, and in a big way, as the trio of Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson and Holly Shelton duplicated Clauson/Marshall Racing's feat from the night before by recording a 1-2-3 to sweep of the top-three spots.

After an unforgettable, dare-devilish race-long battle that saw slide-job after slide-job thrown at Shelton by two of her teammates - Abreu and Spencer Bayston - Abreu was finally able to prevail with three laps remaining to earn his 16th career USAC National Midget win and third straight at Lawrenceburg in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Walker Filtration - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"This week has had a lot of ups and downs, but this is when it all pays off," said a thrilled Abreu. "We were getting dicey up front and I didn't know how I was going to get past them since it was so easy to do a crossover. Once I got my momentum going, I made sure I kept my tires spinning every time I hit the cushion just to help not bog down the engine. These motors are the best in the business. It's a lot of fun to drive these cars when they're on point and tonight, we capitalized on that. We didn't qualify great, though, because I changed up my line in qualifying and that hurt us. I enjoy every moment racing with Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby. They've been doing it for a long time. It makes it a lot of fun when we get up here and win."

All five of the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian cars occupied the first five rows of Saturday's feature starting lineup, including both spots on the front row with Ryan Robinson on the pole and Holly Shelton outside.

The transcendent story of the night from lap one was Shelton, who rode the cushion through turns one and two, then split between the cars of Justin Grant and Ryan Robinson off turn two to take the lead on the opening lap.

Action stalled at the conclusion of lap one as Indiana Midget Week point leader Michael Pickens got sideways at the top of turn one while battling Rico Abreu for the ninth position. As Pickens sat idle in the middle of the track, Alex Bright, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Adam Pierson plowed into the fracas, ending the night for all four drivers and throwing a monkey wrench into Pickens' quest for a first Indiana Midget Week title.

On lap nine, Bayston began his trail to the front as he slid Justin Grant for second entering the first turn. Grant hit the cush, sending him sideways into a half-spin through the second turn before regaining control. However, Bayston had secured the spot and began making strides toward the direction of race leader Shelton.

With Pickens out of the night's picture, USAC National Midget point leader Brady Bacon was poised to put his stamp on overtaking the Kiwi for the IMW lead. However, misfortune would befall Bacon on the 11th lap when he slowed to a halt to bring out a yellow. He would finish 16th.

Bayston took a run at the lead on the ensuing restart with a turn one slider across the nose of Shelton, but Shelton countered underneath, crossing over to maintain her race lead.

Meanwhile, the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian car that started furthest back in the pack, driven by Abreu, had subsequently advanced his way from tenth to fifth prior to the yellow. On the 13th lap, Abreu poked his nose to the outside on the front straight before tearing between the two Clauson/Marshall cars of Tyler Courtney and Grant at the entry of one to take third.

Shelton and Bayston remained the main players of the contest further ahead. Bayston was relentless, refusing to stay content and ride around on a rail behind Shelton. The second half of the 30-lapper began with Bayston throwing another jab at Shelton in one as he slid up to take away Shelton's line on the brim. Shelton appeared unfazed and unafraid to keep her foot on the gas as she escaped from Bayston around the outside by the width of a strand of hair off turn two to stay atop the pylon.

"It's a lot of fun to drive these cars when they're on point and tonight, we capitalized on that. We didn't qualify great, though, because I changed up my line in qualifying and that hurt us. I enjoy every moment racing with Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby. They've been doing it for a long time. It makes it a lot of fun when we get up here and win." - Rico Abreu

The duel at the front allowed Abreu to rapidly join in on the high-speed team meeting between Shelton and Bayston. Bayston tried with all his might, but time-after-time, the second verse was the same as the first on both ends of the racetrack as Bayston's repeated sliders came up empty handed and Shelton calmly steered back under to take the lead right back.

On the 22nd lap, Bayston finally found enough speed off the fourth corner to nip Shelton by mere inches at the line. Immediately, the two entered turn one side-by-side, yet both simultaneously met in the middle. Both Shelton and Bayston collided, sending each gliding backward toward the outside wall. Somehow, someway, both miraculously found a way to avoid the concrete and a major catastrophe as Rico got on the binders to avoid T-Boning Bayston atop the cushion. Shelton began to distance herself once again, but, unfortunately for Bayston, the smacking of wheels between he and Shelton resulted in a flat left rear tire for which he would have to replace and rejoin the field, albeit out of contention for the win.

"I got a pretty poor restart," Shelton recalls. "I saw Spencer slide me and we crossed each other over a few times. Heading into one, we were both going to run the slider line and, unfortunately, I think my right rear tagged him a little bit. I guess he hopped over the cushion. I felt bad about it. I hate hitting anybody, let alone my teammate."

With the absence of Bayston, Abreu aptly succeeded in the role of aggressor. On lap 25, Shelton tripped over the turn two cushion, allowing Abreu to get a fantastic run on the back straight into three, but Shelton once again was a stone cold assassin as she snared the lead back once again with five to go.

The tension was pulsating from underneath the covered gransdtand as the raucous crowd was on needles and pins with the realization that they could be a witness to racing history and the first ever female USAC National feature winner. Excitement was palpable as the throng of fans stood and pumped their fists, the roar reverberated off the metal roof and the showdown between the relative newcomer and the confident veteran came down to the quick.

Rico's daring attempt on Shelton with three to go was the golden ticket. It repeatedly appeared that the slider could not stick with Shelton so consistently strong, but Rico stuck to his guns and the move paid off once and for all. Shelton tried to counter, but was only able to muster enough speed off two to pull even alongside Rico on the back straight. Rico carried the torch to the lead into turn three as Thorson outgunned Shelton for second on the white flag lap with a counter-steer of his own off turn two.

For the final two circuits, Rico was scot-free - and Shelton-free, as he extended a tradition of his own as a Lawrenceburg USAC Midget winner for the third time in his last three tries over Thorson, Shelton, Shane Golobic and Tyler Courtney.

Over the years, Abreu has become a certified master of the slide job. The Lawrenceburg surface fits his fearless style like a glove, but knowing when and exactly how to go for the slider is an art form that requires impeccable timing and maintaining a balance of aggressiveness and finesse that keeps one on the edge without going over.

"The bottom was too slow to roll by," Abreu explained. "When you're running that close to other cars and the leader's there, it's easy to make mistakes on the cushion when you don't have anything to compare it to besides the speed of the car in front of you. I love doing slide jobs and running the high side like that. It's all timing. You don't want to be too short on them or shoot too far past the cushion. I just made sure my wheels were spinning every time I got to the cushion. I finally got clear enough of Holly to where I could slide myself in three and four and just break her momentum."

After humble beginnings to his night, defending USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nevada, scored his best finish of Indiana Midget Week Saturday night at Lawrenceburg with a second-place run, sandwiched between his two teammates in the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I was kind of sluggish on the start, but we got really good there at the end," Thorson said. "KKM is back. Any car owner that runs top three in one night is going to be pretty happy. The crew has been working really hard to get us better and better and tonight it showed.

Holly Shelton nearly pulled off one of the major milestones in USAC history that has yet to be checked off: a female USAC National feature winner. Shelton, of Sacramento, CA, took a career-best third in her Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Black & Decker - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota, joining Sarah McCune and Stephanie Mockler as the third female driver to record multiple top-five finishes in a USAC National Midget event. Shelton finished 5th at Eldora in September of 2016.

Victory lane was a reunion of sorts for the top-three finishers in Saturday night's feature. Shelton, Thorson and Abreu grew up throwing sliders on each other in Outlaw Kart competition at Cycleland Speedway in Oroville, California.

Shelton shared that there wasn't any specific meeting to get the crew's and drivers' attention after a disappointing start to the season by Keith Kunz standards. The team responded by example, and the results indicate that fact with all six of the team's entries finishing within the top-11.

"We stepped up," Shelton said as matter of fact. "Every time we're out there, the crew gives us amazing cars. it's the drivers job to drive them. After last night, we knew we needed a good night."

Michael Pickens maintains a lead of the slimmest of margins heading into Sunday's finale at Kokomo Speedway. He leads Shane Golobic by one and Tyler Courtney by three as the top-five are separated by a mere 12 points. Nine drivers remain mathematically eligible to win Indiana Midget Week: Pickens, Golobic, Courtney, Brady Bacon, Rico Abreu, Justin Grant, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Thorson and Chad Boat.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway include Tanner Carrick (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Rico Abreu (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Ryan Greth (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chad Boat (ProSource Hard Work Award Winner).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 10, 2017 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.588; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.629; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.664; 4. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.692; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.698; 6. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.814; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.820; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.857; 9. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.006; 10. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.038; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-15.041; 12. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-15.096; 13. Steve Buckwalter, 9P, Ronk-15.157; 14. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-15.164; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-15.215; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-15.253; 17. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-15.284; 18. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-15.411; 19. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-15.420; 20. Adam Pierson, 76E, Mancini-15.544; 21. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-15.720; 22. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-15.813; 23. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-15.835; 24. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-16.087, 25, Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-NT. (Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.122-Time disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Grant, 3. Robinson, 4. Golobic, 5. Boat, 6. Greth, 7. C.Morton, 8. Buckwalter, 9. Carrick. NT COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Bayston, 4. Gardner, 5. Thorson, 6. Marcham, 7. Bright, 8. Pierson, 9. Bell. 1:59.95 CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Pickens, 3. Bacon, 4. Thomas, 5. Shelton, 6. Lynch, 7. K.Morton, 8. Jones. 2:02.26

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Bright, 4. Marcham, 5. Greth, 6. Lynch, 7. Pierson, 8. K.Morton, 9. Bell, 10. C.Morton. 3:09.40

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Chad Boat, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Ryan Greth, 14. Trey Marcham, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Michael Pickens, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Alex Bright, 22. Adam Pierson. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Shelton, Lap 22 Bayston, Laps 23-27 Shelton, Laps 28-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (15th-4th) WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH-PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Greth PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-529, 2-Bayston-479, 3-Golobic-472, 4-Grant-469, 5-Thorson-441, 6-Courtney-432, 7-Coons-376, 8-Boat-372, 9-Robinson-335, 10-Thomas-327. NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-322, 2-Golobic-321, 3-Courtney-319, 4-Bacon-313, 5-Abreu-310, 6-Grant-301, 7-Bayston-293, 8-Thorson-266, 9-Boat-265, 10-Shelton-224.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 11 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "13th Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 10, 2017 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.588; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.629; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.664; 4. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.692; 5. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.698; 6. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.814; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.820; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.857; 9. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-15.006; 10. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.038; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-15.041; 12. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-15.096; 13. Steve Buckwalter, 9P, Ronk-15.157; 14. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-15.164; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-15.215; 16. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-15.253; 17. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-15.284; 18. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-15.411; 19. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-15.420; 20. Adam Pierson, 76E, Mancini-15.544; 21. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-15.720; 22. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-15.813; 23. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-15.835; .24. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-16.087, 25, Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-NT. (Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.122-Time disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Grant, 3. Robinson, 4. Golobic, 5. Boat, 6. Greth, 7. C.Morton, 8. Buckwalter, 9. Carrick. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Bayston, 4. Gardner, 5. Thorson, 6. Marcham, 7. Bright, 8. Pierson, 9. Bell. 1:59.95
CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Pickens, 3. Bacon, 4. Thomas, 5. Shelton, 6. Lynch, 7. K.Morton, 8. Jones. 2:02.26

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Bright, 4. Marcham, 5. Greth, 6. Lynch, 7. Pierson, 8. K.Morton, 9. Bell, 10. C.Morton. 3:09.40

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Holly Shelton, 4. Shane Golobic, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Ryan Robinson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Chad Boat, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Ryan Greth, 14. Trey Marcham, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Bacon, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Brayton Lynch, 19. Michael Pickens, 20. Jerry Coons Jr., 21. Alex Bright, 22. Adam Pierson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Shelton, Lap 22 Bayston, Laps 23-27 Shelton, Laps 28-30 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (15th-4th)
WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH-PLACE FINISHER: Ryan Greth
PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chad Boat

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-402, 2-Thorson-374, 3-Bayston-362, 4-Golobic-337, 5-Grant-327, 6-Courtney-290, 7-Coons-259, 8-Robinson-249, 9-Boat-247, 10-Thomas-243.
NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-322, 2-Golobic-321, 3-Courtney-319, 4-Bacon-313, 5-Abreu-310, 6-Grant-301, 7-Bayston-293, 8-Thorson-266, 0-Boat-265, 10-Robinson-222.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 11 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "13th Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

SUNSHINE RISES AGAIN;
COURTNEY TAKES 2ND INDIANA MIDGET WEEK WIN
IN BLOOMINGTON CMR SWEEP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana.........Tyler Courtney entered Indiana Midget Week with a pocket full of sunshine. After two victories in the first four rounds of the six-race series, the driver known as "Sunshine" left Bloomington Speedway Friday night with a pocket full of cash.

Three nights following his first career USAC Midget National Championship points win in the Indiana Midget Week opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney found his way to victory lane once again to lead a Clauson/Marshall Racing sweep of the podium in the fastest 30-lap USAC Midget race ever held Bloomington.

After overcoming a less-than-stellar qualifying time at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway one night prior with a hard-charging 20th to 3rd feature run, Courtney took care of business in ProSource Qualifying Friday night. After timing in sixth, he was on the outside looking in during his heat, missing a transfer spot and squandering an opportunity to start on the pole for the main event.

The sun still shined through the clouds, though, and Courtney found solace by using the B-Main as a learning opportunity.

"We qualified a lot better tonight, but I put myself in a bad spot in the heat," Courtney acknowledges. But it worked out. I ran the B and learned a lot. Some nights, it does pay off to run the B. Obviously, your goal is to never run the B, but on a night like tonight, it was very beneficial. I was able to move around in the B to figure out where I could go in the feature since I knew I wasn't on the front row like I should've been. It worked to our advantage since I was able to get to the lead and run a line that no one else was using."

Starting seventh, that particular line on the track was a godsend for Courtney as, early on, Jerry Coons, Jr. was the locomotive leading a freight train of cars around the infield tires while Rico Abreu made some headway on the high side to third from his 10th starting position in the first five laps.

Further back in the field, Courtney was wavering between the seventh to tenth positions during the first several laps. On lap eight, however, Courtney decided it was time to make a change and the line that had worked so well for him in the B was back in play.

"I saw Rico making some ground up there, and I knew the line that I had run once in the B worked," Courtney remembers. I knew if I didn't go as high as him up in the loose stuff, I could go to the lane above the guys on the bottom. I could just carry speed to get by him off the corner. It's nice when you have a really good car and you can go where nobody else is. Tim (Clauson) is one hell of a guy behind the wrenches."

Running seventh, Courtney was on the move, picking off the sixth position on lap 10, the fifth spot on lap 12 and to third on lap 13 running all by his lonesome in the middle groove.

USAC Triple Crown champ and 2006-07 National Midget champ Coons remained the leader as he sought his first series win since 2010 with fast qualifier Chad Boat right on his tail on the low line. Meanwhile, Courtney was eating away at the deficit and, by lap 18, was in position to make his move.

Rather than hitting for a couple singles, Courtney smacked a double by passing both Boat for second and Coons for the lead through the middle of turns three and four, beating Coons to the stripe by a half-car length to obtain a lead that he would not relinquish.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney raced to his second
USAC National Midget victory in the last four nights
Friday at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Midget Week.
(David Nearpass Photo)

In the final 12 laps, Courtney had to wade his way through a sea of backmarkers, which he was able to steer through without any hiccups as his two CMR teammates Justin Grant and Shane Golobic emerged toward the forefront in the final laps.

Courtney led the final baker's dozen to earn his second career USAC National Midget victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over teammates Grant and Golobic for the first podium sweep by a single team in the series since Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' one-two-three finish on the final night of the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois last October.

Admittedly, Courtney wasn't exactly beaming with confidence when he awoke Friday morning. Last July, he rode out a massive heat race flip that may very well have cost him a shot at winning the Indiana Sprint Week title. This past April, he managed just a 16th place finish in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event at the quarter-mile, red clay oval.

Yet, Courtney's team owner, Tim Clauson, is a frequent visitor himself to victory lane at Bloomington, scoring numerous wins with his son Bryan as the driver throughout the years. Tim's leadership played a heavy role as a guiding force that provided Courtney the confidence, and the car, to clear the mental hurdle that had stood in his way for so long.

"Honestly, I wasn't very excited coming into today," admitted Courtney. "I've never been comfortable around here, especially since I've torn up two racecars on the same part of the racetrack. It makes it tough to get yourself past that hurdle in (turns) one and two. But, tonight, was just our night. Tim obviously has a really good car around here and I was able to build my confidence throughout the night. Everybody had the same racetrack and we were at a little bit more an advantage as everybody else tonight."

"Sweeping the top-three shows our team is going to be a force to reckon with," Courtney continued. "Keith (Kunz) is at the top right now, but we're working on taking them down. It's not going to be easy because Keith has been around a long time. He's got a very talented group of drivers over there. They're going to come back; they're going to figure something out, I know it. We just have to stay on our game; we can't let them catch up and leave us behind. We just need to keep this momentum rolling throughout the week and throughout the rest of the year."

Ione, California's Justin Grant took second in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 and is the lone driver to finish in the top-five of both April's Bloomington USAC Sprint Car and Friday's USAC National Midget features.

"Sunshine seemed to pick through the field a little quicker than I did," Grant explains. "He was running a little higher up and where those guys weren't. All three of these CMR cars are so good, once he got a little separation, it was hard for me to gain any ground back. I knew he wasn't going to make any mistakes and his racecar is just as fast as mine."

Shane Golobic of Fremont, California raced under trying circumstances. Earlier Friday, he was in the emergency room receiving fluids to remain hydrated due after suffering from flu-like symptoms. The team even had Chris Windom on standby just in case Golobic couldn't go. Golobic drove a determined race to finish third in his Clauson-Marshall-Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway include Chad Boat (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Spencer Bayston (Simpson Race Products 1st Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. 2nd Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Chalk Stix 3rd Heat Winner & ProSource Hard Work Award Winner), Shane Golobic (Indy Race Parts 4th Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Ronnie Gardner (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 9, 2017 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.764; 2. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-11.767; 3. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.865; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-11.897; 5. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-11.920; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.936; 7. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-11.965; 8. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-12.017; 9. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.019; 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.041; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.066; 12. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.110; 13. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.196; 14. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.223; 15. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.224; 16. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.255; 17. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.284; 18. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-12.333; 19. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-12.338; 20. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-12.372; 21. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.391; 22. Cole Fehr, 15F, Live Loud-12.442; 23. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.482; 24. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-12.508; 25. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-12.510; 26. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-12.543; 27. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-12.559; 28. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-12.590; 29. Adam Pierson, 76E, Mancini-12.720; 30. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-12.731; 31. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-12.894; 32. Dan Biner, 7x, Seven-13.041; 33. Brent Beauchamp, 11B, B & B-NT; 34. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-NT; 35. Ryan Secrest, 8, Morton-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Boat, 3. Pickens, 4. Walker, 5. Marcham, 6. Pierson, 7. C. Morton, 8. Beauchamp. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Bacon, 3. A. Bright, 4. Thorson, 5. Courtney, 6. Fehr, 7. Greth, 8. Koontz. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Shelton, 3. Grant, 4. Darland, 5. Daum, 6. Lynch, 7. Gardner, 8. Dickerson. 2:09.59

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Thomas, 3. Robinson, 4. Ray, 5. Jones, 6. K. Morton, 7. Nelson, 8. Biner. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Abreu, 3. Daum, 4. Gardner, 5. Nelson, 6. Marcham, 7. C. Morton, 8. Lynch, 9. Beauchamp, 10. Greth, 11. K. Morton, 12. Dickerson, 13. Jones, 14. Biner, 15. Fehr, 16. Pierson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Shane Golobic, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Chad Boat, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Gage Walker, 8. Rico Abreu, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Holly Shelton, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Ryan Robinson, 15. Tanner Thorson, 16. Spencer Bayston, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Trey Marcham, 19. Tanner Carrick, 20. Alex Bright, 21. Tyler Nelson, 22. Davey Ray. 6:57.95 (New Track Record)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Coons, Laps 18-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (7th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Ronnie Gardner

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Tanner Carrick

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-488, 2-Bayston-419, 3-Grant-407, 4-Golobic-406, 5-Thorson-368, 6-Courtney-366, 7-Coons-345, 8-Boat-325, 9-Pickens-290, 10-A. Bright-289.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-290, 2-Bacon-272, 3-Golobic-255, 4-Courtney-253, 5-Grant-239, 6-Bayston-233, 7-Abreu-232, 8-Boat-218, 9-A. Bright-196, 10-Thorson-193.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 10 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

EASTERN STORM USAC SPRINT TOUR BEGINS
2ND DECADE JUNE 13-18 IN PENNSYLVANIA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Throughout its first decade, Eastern Storm has continually grown by leaps and bounds each year in terms of prestige.

It's become a marquee event that drivers and fans alike circle on their calendar each year when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule is released.

In 2017, Eastern Storm enters its 11th year stronger than ever, but with a slightly new look to one of the most popular and hottest tickets in all of sprint car racing as the wingless heroes of United States Auto Club invade the state of Pennsylvania for a highly-anticipated week of open-wheel dirt-track racing across the Keystone State.

Grandview Speedway is the only track to have been a part of every Eastern Storm since its debut in 2007. The Bechtelsville, PA 1/3-mile track opens the five-race series on Tuesday, June 13 while Abbottstown's Lincoln Speedway, an Eastern Storm staple since 2010, brings the series into night two on Wednesday, June 14.

The most notable change on the schedule is the addition of Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, June 15. The USAC Sprint Cars haven't hit the Grove since Billy Pauch's lone series victory in 1996! However, the Mechanicsburg, PA half-mile was slated to host a pair of Eastern Storm events in 2008 and 2009, but we're both halted by Mother Nature.

In addition to the Sprint Cars, Williams Grove will host the USAC Eastern Regional Midgets presented by ARDC on Thursday. The following night, Friday, June 16, Eastern Storm takes a one-day break, but the action continues at the Grove with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car series returning for the "Horn-Schindler Memorial" as well as the second of two-straight nights for the USAC/ARDC Midgets.

Port Royal Speedway is the second straight half-mile pegged for this year's Eastern Storm, with the blazingly-fast track set for duty on Saturday night, June 17. The venerable Susquehanna Speedway has taken a new look over the past couple of years with upgrades continually being made to the facility, but for the fifth consecutive year, remains in its familiar spot as the host of the series-ender on Sunday night, June 18.

Thirty-four Eastern Storm events have been contested since the series' inception in 2007. Levi Jones and Bryan Clauson are tied atop the leaderboard as winningest drivers in the series with six wins apiece. Clauson was the champion in 2016 after three stirring performances at Grandview, Lincoln and Port Royal in which he took the lead late in the going in each.

Chris Windom and Robert Ballou are the active drivers with the most Eastern Storm wins at three each. Windom, of Canton, Illinois won his first all the way back in 2010 at Big Diamond Speedway in Minersville, PA and his most recent in the last season's finale at Susquehanna. Ballou, of Rocklin, California, earned all three of his Eastern Storm victories in one magical weekend back in 2015, when he ran away with the series title.

Of the top-12 in the current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, just over half have won at least a single Eastern Storm feature. Windom (2nd in points) won last year's final at Susquehanna. Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug (3rd) was a victor at New Egypt (NJ) Speedway last season. Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon (4th) scored a triumph in the 2014 opener at Grandview. USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland (8th) of Lincoln, Indiana has found Eastern Storm victory lane just once, at Port Royal back in 2013. Kokomo, Indiana's Shane Cottle (9th) notched a victory in Susquehanna's USAC debut in 2013. Brady Bacon (11th) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma bagged the victory at Port Royal in 2014.

Absent from that list of drivers who've had a past Eastern Storm winning experience include series point leader Justin Grant of Ione, California. Mooresville, North Carolina's Jarett Andretti (12th in points) fought a memorable battle with Clauson in last year's Grandview stop. Another player in that same battle was Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7th) who led 12 laps and, coincidentally, owns 12 career USAC National Sprint Car wins. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana (5th) and Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary (6th) snagged their first career USAC National Sprint Car victories last season, but are hoping to break through for a taste of Eastern Storm glory this coming June.

These drivers are among a large crop who will compete against a contingent of Pennsylvania natives who will step foot into relatively unfamiliar territory - in the seat of sprint car without a wing. Danny Dietrich, winner of the 2016 National Open at Williams Grove, plans to make his initial foray into USAC for Eastern Storm in Tom Buch's No. 13. Defending ARDC Midget champion and 2016 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals preliminary feature winner Alex Bright is a regular in USAC's midget division, but will try his hand for the first time in a USAC Sprint Car with Rick Kaylor's No. 13K.

Eastern Storm has been a harbinger of good fortune when it comes to its champions' future success. In seven of its ten years of existence, the champion of Eastern Storm has gone on to win the USAC National Sprint Car title in the same season: Levi Jones (2007, 2010 & 2011), Bryan Clauson (2012 & 2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Robert Ballou (2015).

Additional Eastern Storm champs include Cole Whitt (2008 & 2009) and Clauson (2016), who became the second three-time titlist alongside Jones just one year ago.

EASTERN STORM DRIVER ROSTER
3 SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA
5 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL
11 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA
13 DANNY DIETRICH/Gettysburg, PA
13K ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA
14 TREVOR KOBYLARZ/Birdsboro, PA
14x CHAD WILSON/Troy, OH
15F AARON FARNEY/Brookston, IN
17GP STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ
17R KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN
18 JARETT ANDRETTI/Mooresville, NC
21 CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA
23c TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH
27 THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA
30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN
32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN
39x JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ
44 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA
52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, INN
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH
63 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
69 CHAD BOESPFLUG/Hanford, CA
71p DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
74 J.R. BERRY/Fleetwood, PA
77 DUSTIN SMITH/Russiaville, IN
99 KYLE MOODY/Lewisberry, PA

 

 

 

PICKENS DOUBLES DOWN AT PUTNAMVILLE FOR 2ND STRAIGHT INDIANA MIDGET WEEK VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana.........A standing ovation is reserved for a performance that transcends the ordinary.

What is considered the common or run-of-the-mill may be admirable, but when an individual witnesses one of those handful of instances when the stars align to create a lasting image that will be ingrained in memory, the event is elevated to a status above the norm.

Michael Pickens performance in the final laps of Thursday's Indiana Midget Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway was certainly not ordinary and the audience responded in kind by rising to their feet and applauding the New Zealand driver who captivated them in a mesmerizing five-lap sequence.

One night after bringing a healthy contingent of supporters from his homeland to their feet with a victory at Gas City, Pickens directed an academy award winning performance. In true dramatic fashion, Pickens kept the large crowd in suspense as he saved his best performance for the final act, swapping the race lead back-and-forth between he and Spencer Bayston in a dramatic finish that's fate wasn't decided until the final corner.

Pickens' victory brought race fans to a fever pitch as the veteran driver finally begins to receive his due as one of the top drivers in the sport of midget racing and an international racing star with his electric stage act that has the U.S. midget racing scene abuzz.

Pickens' night began in a completely different light after pulling off in the first practice session without taking a single lap at speed. Apparently, two laps were all that were necessary as the 34-year-old from Auckland set ProSource Fast Qualifying time in his Brett & Leigh Morris/Seamount Racing - Tony Elliott Foundation/King/GRD Toyota.

Funny enough, after being docked two rows in Wednesday night's feature at Gas City for arriving late to pre-race staging, Pickens was the first car to hit the track Thursday at Lincoln Park, making sure that he wouldn't have to make his job any more difficult than it already was.

Pickens would start six, but for the third consecutive night, USAC/ARDC point leader Alex Bright began the feature event from the pole and, as he did in the IMW opener at Montpelier, would jump his way out to the lead on the opening lap.

Back a handful of positions behind Bright was fifth-running Pickens who, on the fifth lap would find himself nearly running into trouble as he got sideways and airborne after elevating all four wheels off the ground. He would gather it up and ride on, but not without losing a position to drop to six.

While much of the field remained on the bottom, Bayston was the top front runner to venture to the outside and pass at will in the first third of the 30-lap event. Sure enough, those dues he paid up top would pay off as he entered the top-three on the eighth lap around the outside of Chad Boat, then swooped to the bottom to swipe Boat's line away on the bottom entry into turn one.

Bayston's crew had replaced the powerplant of the No. 97 prior to the feature event after finishing second in the third heat race. The engine was a songbird as Bayston stuck to his guns to complete the same move on Brent Beauchamp for second into the first turn on lap 11 and, a lap later, the lead would be his own after utilizing another outside pass around A. Bright.

Immediately, Bayston opened up a substantial gap for the lead until a lap 15 yellow for a Tyler Thomas/Brayton Lynch turn two tangle brought out the yellow at the halfway point. Shortly after the ensuing restart, eighth-running Gage Walker received contact to the rear bumper that sent him sideways at the entrance of turn three, collecting Lynch, as another yellow flag hit the speedway.

Time and again, Bayston was a force on the restarts and, on the lap 17 resumption, the 2015 series Rookie of the Year would jump out to an eight car-length lead over Bright. With 12 to go, the push was on as Bright slid up the track in turn two, allowing Boat to squeeze underneath for second.

Thursday night at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, Michael Pickens became the first driver to win consecutive features in a single Indiana Midget Week since Bryan Clauson in 2009. (David Nearpass Photo)

Meanwhile, Pickens began to pound the cushion entering turn one with the right rear, then instantly flicked the steering wheel to the left and used the momentum from diamonding down the hill to blast around Bright for third.

Following a caution for the stoppage of reigning Putnamville Indiana Midget Week winner Tanner Thorson and Ronnie Gardner, Pickens continued to hold down his own patented line, entering turn one higher than any man or woman had ventured as he kept tabs on Bayston.

An outside backstretch pass for second around Boat moved Pickens to second on the leaderboard with just eight laps remaining. With anticipation building and senses working overtime, the decreasing gap between the two was increasingly visible as voices from the crowd began to murmur in excitement about the potential finish with the tension so evident, you could feel it seeping into your pores.

Pickens had closed to the tail of Bayston with five to go when sixth-running Brent Beauchamp attempted to exit the track after losing power, but was not able to get far away enough off the racing surface to set up one final shootout for the win.

The final five laps will be remembered for those in attendance as one of the most exciting midget racing duels in Lincoln Park Speedway's history, immediately bringing to mind Kyle Larson and Bryan Clauson's savage duel in 2011. Yet again, though, Bayston was strong enough on the restart to gap Pickens who stayed true to the top and his diamonding pattern off turns one and three to find any extra ounce of speed he could get like a downhill skier.

On laps 26, 27 and 28, Pickens was able to get a big enough launch from the turn one berm, but the momentum would cease off the exit where Bayston was strong enough to keep Pickens an arm's distance away. Through turns three and four, Bayston took the high road as Pickens followed suit.

Coming to the white flag, Pickens attacked the cushion like a rabid animal, lifting the left side wheels off the ground as he flat-footed the turn three cushion and countered underneath off of four to beat Bayston to the stripe with one to go. Pickens, who had so spectacularly executed the entry into turn one time-after-time, wasn't so graceful on his final entry as he bounced his way through the corner, getting completely with a half-spin that caused a slight disruption in his rhythm before pointing his car in the right direction as Bayston pulled alongside underneath.

Amazingly, little ground was lost as Pickens regained control and stood on the pedal to pull even with Bayston halfway down the back straight. Both entered the high line in three with Bayston a couple car lengths ahead, but Pickens had his plan stapled to his mind as he countered below Bayston in a wheel-to-wheel drag race to the line that Pickens prevailed in by a single car length.

It was Pickens fourth-career USAC National Midget victory and his second in as many nights to become the first driver to win consecutive races in a single Indiana Midget Week since Bryan Clauson in 2009! By virtue of finishes of 2nd, 1st and 1st in the first three Indiana Midget Week feature, Pickens now holds a 31-point lead over Brady Bacon at the midway point of the six-race series.

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston just narrowly missed his second career USAC win and his second straight year with an Indiana Midget Week victory, coming home second in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Tyler Courtney's crew had to swap out the engine overnight after mechanical trouble sidelined the Montpelier winner the previous night at Gas City. A rough start and a 20th place starting position would not hold back Courtney as he raced to a third-place finish to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger of the Race in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway include Michael Pickens (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Ronnie Gardner (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Alex Bright (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Zach Daum (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Holly Shelton (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 8, 2017 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-13.036; 2. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.133; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.150; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.159; 5. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.218; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.227; 7. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.262; 8. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-13.322; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.349; 10. Brent Beauchamp, 11B, B & B-13.360; 11. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.369; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.375; 13. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-13.379; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.387; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.394; 16. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.424; 17. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-13.485; 18. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-13.486; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.508; 20. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.545; 21. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.546; 22. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.566; 23. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-13.574; 24. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.587; 25. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.588; 26. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.602; 27. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.646; 28. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.659; 29. Jimi Quin, 8GQ, Quin-13.702; 30. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.731; 31. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-13.946; 32. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.286; 33. Cole Fehr, 15F, Live Loud-14.464; 34. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-14.773; 35. Paul Raynes, 7x, Seven-15.095; 36. Andrew Felker, 37, Felker-NT; 37. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Pickens, 5. Courtney, 6. Boat, 7. Quin, 8. Fehr, 9. Crone. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Bacon, 4. Greth, 5. Golobic, 6. B. Bright, 7. Shelton, 8. Lynch, 9. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A. Bright, 2. Bayston, 3. Walker, 4. Thomas, 5. Koontz, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Neuman, 8. Marcham, 9. Raynes. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Grant, 3. Darland, 4. Coons, 5. Robinson, 6. C. Morton, 7. K. Morton, 8. Ray. 2:17.52

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Courtney, 3. Boat, 4. Shelton, 5. Robinson, 6. Lynch, 7. B. Bright, 8. Quin, 9. Neuman, 10. Jones, 11. Fehr, 12. Raynes, 13. Koontz, 14. Buckwalter, 15. Marcham, 16. K. Morton, 17. C. Morton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Ryan Robinson, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Tanner Carrick, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Tanner Thorson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Ryan Greth. NT ---------------------------- **Felker flipped during qualifying. Crone flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 A. Bright, Laps 13-28 Bayston, Laps 29-30 Pickens

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (20th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Holly Shelton

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-421, 2-Bayston-380, 3-Golobic-331, 4-Grant-330, 5-Thorson-330, 6-Courtney-291, 7-Coons-276, 8-A. Bright-260, 9-Boat-254, 10-Thomas-237.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-236, 2-Bacon-205, 3-Bayston-194, 4-Golobic-180, 5-Courtney-178, 6-Abreu-178, 7-A. Bright-167, 8-Grant-162, 9-Thorson-155, 10-Boat-147.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 8, 2017 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-13.036; 2. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-13.133; 3. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.150; 4. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.159; 5. Rico Abreu, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.218; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-13.227; 7. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.262; 8. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-13.322; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.349; 10. Brent Beauchamp, 11B, B & B-13.360; 11. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-13.369; 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.375; 13. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-13.379; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.387; 15. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-13.394; 16. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.424; 17. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-13.485; 18. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-13.486; 19. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.508; 20. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.545; 21. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.546; 22. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-13.566; 23. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-13.574; 24. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-13.587; 25. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.588; 26. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-13.602; 27. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.646; 28. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-13.659; 29. Jimi Quin, 8GQ, Quin-13.702; 30. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.731; 31. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-13.946; 32. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-14.286; 33. Cole Fehr, 15F, Live Loud-14.464; 34. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-14.773; 35. Paul Raynes, 7x, Seven-15.095; 36. Andrew Felker, 37, Felker-NT; 37. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Pickens, 5. Courtney, 6. Boat, 7. Quin, 8. Fehr, 9. Crone. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Beauchamp, 3. Bacon, 4. Greth, 5. Golobic, 6. B. Bright, 7. Shelton, 8. Lynch, 9. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A. Bright, 2. Bayston, 3. Walker, 4. Thomas, 5. Koontz, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Neuman, 8. Marcham, 9. Raynes. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Daum, 2. Grant, 3. Darland, 4. Coons, 5. Robinson, 6. C. Morton, 7. K. Morton, 8. Ray. 2:17.52

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Courtney, 3. Boat, 4. Shelton, 5. Robinson, 6. Lynch, 7. B. Bright, 8. Quin, 9. Neuman, 10. Jones, 11. Fehr, 12. Raynes, 13. Koontz, 14. Buckwalter, 15. Marcham, 16. K. Morton, 17. C. Morton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 11. Ryan Robinson, 12. Zach Daum, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Tyler Thomas, 16. Tanner Carrick, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Brent Beauchamp, 20. Tanner Thorson, 21. Gage Walker, 22. Ryan Greth. NT ---------------------------- **Felker flipped during qualifying. Crone flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 A. Bright, Laps 13-28 Bayston, Laps 29-30 Pickens

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (20th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Holly Shelton

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-421, 2-Bayston-380, 3-Golobic-331, 4-Grant-330, 5-Thorson-330, 6-Courtney-291, 7-Coons-276, 8-A. Bright-260, 9-Boat-254, 10-Thomas-237.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-236, 2-Bacon-205, 3-Bayston-194, 4-Golobic-180, 5-Courtney-178, 6-Abreu-178, 7-A. Bright-167, 8-Grant-162, 9-Thorson-155, 10-Boat-147.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 9 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

KIWI SLICES TO VICTORY AT INDIANA MIDGET WEEK; PICKENS TAKES ROUND 2 AT GAS CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana.........When Michael Pickens rounded turn four and powered off the final corner to claim victory in Wednesday night's Indiana Midget Week round, USAC flagman Tom Hansing's checkers were not the only set of silks waving at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

A large swath of Pickens' fellow countrymen, fans, followers and supporters from his homeland of New Zealand were on hand, cheering and waving their country's flag high and proud as Pickens crossed the finish line first, delivering a gift to all those who helped support him monetarily on this successful endeavor to the U.S., many of which have their name printed on the side of his Brett & Leigh Morris/Seamount Racing - Tony Elliott Foundation/King/GRD Toyota.

"It's wicked, man," Pickens said with a grin. "There's 350-plus people who've contributed to this campaign that we're doing. Plus, our major sponsors. We couldn't do this without every single one of them. To get them a win is pretty special. We asked for a lot and they gave it to us. Lucky enough, we've been able to deliver. It's nice for us to say 'hey, here's a win for your support.' That's pretty special."

Pickens would start from the 11th position after missing the heat transfer, winning the B-Main then being assessed a two-row penalty for being late to grid for the start of the main event.

For the second-straight night, USAC/ARDC Midget point leader Alex Bright would lead the field to the green from his pole starting position. Bright would surge ahead for much of the first circuit before reigning USAC Midget National champion Tanner Thorson spurted ahead on the outside off of turn four to beat Bright to the line by an inch before scooting away for control in the early stages of the 30-lapper.

Shortly after clearing Bright for the second position using the inside line on the fourth lap, season-opener winner Justin Grant found trouble in turn one as he bopped and bounced his way trampoline-style multiple times before coming to a rest sideways in turn one. He would restart from the tail.

On the second attempted lap four restart, Rico Abreu began his power surge as he ducked underneath Bright for second on the bottom of turn three. Bright countered to no avail as Abreu hustled to turn one first, then set course on running down his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian teammate and leader, Thorson.

On the seventh lap, Abreu was in striking position and used a run entering turn three on the bottom before sliding up off the fourth corner to clear Thorson for the spot and the race lead less than 10 laps in.

The top-two of Abreu and Thorson began to distance themselves from the rest of the pack just before midway as Bright was encircled in a maddening scramble for third that included Kyle Larson, Brady Bacon and Michael Pickens among others in a see-saw thunderdome-style battle in which a brief moment of sanity was near impossible to find. Larson was the first to emerge from the fray as he first zipped past Bacon for fourth on the 13th lap and by Bright two laps later for third.

Bright came right back at Larson's jugular to momentarily reclaim the lead, but as he slipped up between turns one and two at the midway point, Larson took ownership of third with Pickens tucked immediately behind as Bright got shuffled out of the deck and into the seventh position.

The unoccupied land between the top-two of Abreu, Thorson and the third and fourth-place cars of Larson and Pickens to melt away. Shortly after Chance Morton walked away from a turn one tumble on lap 19, the race for second became a three-way scrum involving new leader Thorson with a slight edge in the middle over Abreu nosing along on the bottom and Larson making moves up top.

With ten to go, Larson continued to inch nearer to the front, but on lap 21, his wizardry came to a halt after losing control on the cushion of turns three and four, sending him sideways into a stall from which he would not escape.

Gas City winner Michael Pickens (middle) is joined by 2nd place finisher Brady Bacon (right) and 3rd place finisher Tanner Thorson (left). (Rich Forman Photo)

That created a window of opportunity for those lurking to make their presence known down the stretch, including new fourth-place occupant Michael Pickens who made a nifty, daring move by splitting the second and third-place cars of Abreu and Brady Bacon off turn two on the restart.

Shortly thereafter, previous night's Montpelier winner and fourth-place runner Tyler Courtney fell to the wayside on the 22nd lap to bring out the final yellow.

Thorson and Pickens stuck together on the final restart with eight to go. When Thorson's ride slipped high off the bottom at the exit of turn four on lap 24, Pickens made his initial bid for the lead. Thorson saw it coming and reacted with a defensive line of his own coming off of four that put Pickens in the role of a lawn edger as he came near and dear to trimming the outer edges of the infield grass blades along the front straightaway.

Pickens proceeded to fall in line behind Thorson for the moment as he regrouped to make another run. Bacon briefly nosed underneath to challenge Pickens in turn two moments later with no luck. One lap later with four to go, the lead was all Pickens after Thorson left just enough space for Pickens to squeeze by underneath off of two.

From there, Pickens put this one on ice as he ran away from the field in the final handful of laps to record his third career USAC National Midget victory and his second Indiana Midget Week triumph, a 1.6 second win over Bacon, Thorson, Abreu and Spencer Bayston.

After a rough go of it early on in the evening, the new Indiana Midget Week point leader was full of discontent. The 34-year-old harnessed that energy in a positive direction as he translated the force of his frustration to his right foot

"I was pretty angry after having to start 11th," Pickens admits. "We should've started at least third tonight, but we didn't transfer through our heat and had to run the B. We were going to start seventh, but then we were late getting out for the feature, so that meant we had to start two rows further back. I was elbows up from the get-go. Our car just got better and better. I think, on the last lap, our car was probably the best. Our car was absolutely spot-on."

When it comes to the types of racetracks and the competition involved with Indiana Midget Week, Pickens indicated there's no comparison.

"It's totally different," Pickens explains. "We have flat quarter-miles back home, so the size is similar, but the shapes are totally different. The way you race these guys as hard as you have to race them is different too. You can roll around back home and push to 80 to 90 percent and get a win. Here, you're 100% every single lap of the race. No one gives you a single inch. It takes everything you've got to get every little bit out of the car and we were able to do that tonight."

"To be honest, it's a privilege to be able to run against these guys, let alone beat them," Pickens praises. "When we come over here, I set the bar pretty high. I tell the boys if we can run top-five every night and get a couple of wins, that would be mega. So far, we're hitting those marks. To get the win tonight is an absolute dream come true."

Brady Bacon stole second from fellow two-time USAC National Champion Abreu at the line with an outside pass on the final lap in his FMR Racing/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms/Beast/Toyota.

Meanwhile, St. Helena, California's Rico Abreu led the most laps (13), but fell back to third at the finish in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Abreu Vineyards - IWX/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway include Kyle Larson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boat (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Alex Bright (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Holly Shelton (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Ronnie Gardner (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chance Morton (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 7, 2017 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.386; 2. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.484; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.532; 4. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-12.535; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.617; 6. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.642; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 11B, B & B-12.654; 8. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.672; 9. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-12.681; 10. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.694; 11. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-12.734; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.752; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.754; 14. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.783; 15. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.786; 16. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.797; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.844; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-12.867; 19. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-12.888; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.933; 21. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-12.938; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.969; 23. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.973; 24. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.980; 26. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-13.000; 27. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-13.015; 28. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.109; 29. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.128; 30. Ryan Secrest, 17o, Koontz-13.157; 31. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.196; 32. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.261; 33. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-13.306; 34. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-13.401; 35. Noah Key, 14K, Key-13.435; 36. Andrew Felker, 37, Felker-13.789; 37. Tylar Rankin, 95, Rankin-15.597; 38. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-NT; 39. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-NT; 40. Chris Baue, 2, Baue (Time of 13.332 disallowed); 41. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler (Time of 13.342 disallowed)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. B. Bright, 3. Larson, 4. Carrick, 5. Thomas, 6. Darland, 7. Coons, 8. Jones, 9. Greth, 10. Kraus. 2:08.25

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Abreu, 3. Daum, 4. Grant, 5. Robinson, 6. DiMattia, 7. K. Morton, 8. Lynch, 9. Secrest, 10. Koontz. 2:08.26

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A. Bright, 2. Bayston, 3. Crone, 4. Bacon, 5. Windom, 6. Beauchamp, 7. Peck, 8. Walker, 9. Key, 10. C. Morton. 2:10.85

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Gardner, 3. Courtney, 4. Thorson, 5. Pickens, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Neuman, 8. Marcham, 9. Baue, 10. Felker. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C. Morton, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Walker, 4. Baue, 5. B. Jones, 6. K. Morton, 7. Lynch, 8. Key, 9. Kraus, 10. Felker, 11. Rankin. NT SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Pickens, 2. Thomas, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Coons, 5. C. Morton, 6. Robinson, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Peck, 9. Marcham, 10. Walker, 11. Neuman, 12. DiMattia, 13. Darland, 14. Baue, 15. Greth, 16. Secrest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Alex Bright, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Holly Shelton, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 18. Kyle Larson, 19. Ryan Robinson, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Courtney Crone, 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Chance Morton. NT

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**Felker flipped during qualifying. Kraus flipped during the C-Main. Greth flipped during the semi. C. Morton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Thorson, Laps 7-19 Abreu, Laps 20-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Pickens

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (22nd to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH-PLACE FINISHER: Holly Shelton

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chance Morton

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-361, 2-Bayston-302, 3-Thorson-301, 4-Golobic-271, 5-Grant-265, 6-Coons-228, 7-Courtney-224, 8-A. Bright-206, 9-Boat-200, 10-Thomas-199.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-155, 2-Bacon-145, 3-Thorson-126, 4-Golobic-120, 5-Larson-116, 6-Bayston-116, 7-A. Bright-113, 8-Courtney-111, 9-Abreu-110, 10-Grant-97.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 8 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RETURN TO ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 7, 2017... This Saturday, June 10th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their fourth of seven appearances at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within San Tan Valley, Arizona’s ET Motopark, the eleventh point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

To date, Arizona Speedway has held twenty-eight USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “The Magic Man” Mike Martin won the April 13, 2013 debut and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen victories. In the previous three appearances, Steve Sussex claimed the March 18th and May 20th events, as Johnson won the April 29th show.

At press time, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads the standings with a thirty point advantage. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the May 28th finale of the “Salute to Indy” at Canyon Speedway Park. The four-time champion has posted two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led. R.J. will be looking to extend his point lead by earning his forty-seventh series win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis led fifteen laps of the May 28th main event before finishing sixth. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 63 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles will have his sights on earning his seventeenth USAC SouthWest triumph.

Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins scored ninth at Canyon Speedway Park. As this writing goes to press, the veteran driver has posted nine top-10 finishes in the campaign. With one career USAC win, Shon will miss Saturday’s event to compete with NMMRA in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) has climbed to fourth in the championship standings. Piloting his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto placed fifteenth in the “Salute to Indy” finale. At press time, the veteran driver has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and five top-10 finishes on the year. Nick will be looking to win his first USAC SouthWest main event this Saturday night.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko led the first three laps before scoring third in the May 28th feature. To date, the young driver has one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award and five top-10 finishes to his credit. “The Bull” will have his sights on his career USAC SouthWest victory at Arizona Speedway.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

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

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 15-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Chris Windom.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-705, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-675, 3. Shon Deskins-592, 4. Nick Aiuto-452, 5. Tye Mihocko-442, 6. Mike Martin-440, 7. Stevie Sussex-430, 8. Matt Lundy-426, 9. Chris Bonneau-396, 10. Michael Curtis-384, 11. Andy Reinbold-380, 12. Landon Cling-374, 13. Matt Rossi-364, 14. Bruce St. James-343, 15. Brent Yarnal-299, 16. Cody Sickles-294, 17. Jeff Lowery-246, 18. Jake Swanson-191, …. Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

June 7, 2017 - Gas City, Indiana - Gas City I-69 Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.386; 2. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.484; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.532; 4. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, Seamount-12.535; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-12.617; 6. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.642; 7. Brent Beauchamp, 11B, B & B-12.654; 8. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.672; 9. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-12.681; 10. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.694; 11. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-12.734; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.752; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.754; 14. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-12.783; 15. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.786; 16. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-12.797; 17. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.844; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-12.867; 19. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-12.888; 20. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.933; 21. Brenden Bright, 92, Bright-12.938; 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-12.969; 23. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.973; 24. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.977; 25. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-12.980; 26. Michael Koontz, 17K, Koontz-13.000; 27. Justin Peck, 7K, Irwin-13.015; 28. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-13.109; 29. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-13.128; 30. Ryan Secrest, 17o, Koontz-13.157; 31. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.196; 32. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-13.261; 33. Brad Kraus, 6B, Kraus-13.306; 34. Kade Morton, 8m, Morton-13.401; 35. Noah Key, 14K, Key-13.435; 36. Andrew Felker, 37, Felker-13.789; 37. Tylar Rankin, 95, Rankin-15.597; 38. Brayton Lynch, 1K, RKR-NT; 39. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-NT; 40. Chris Baue, 2, Baue (Time of 13.332 disallowed); 41. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler (Time of 13.342 disallowed)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. B. Bright, 3. Larson, 4. Carrick, 5. Thomas, 6. Darland, 7. Coons, 8. Jones, 9. Greth, 10. Kraus. 2:08.25

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Abreu, 3. Daum, 4. Grant, 5. Robinson, 6. DiMattia, 7. K. Morton, 8. Lynch, 9. Secrest, 10. Koontz. 2:08.26

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A. Bright, 2. Bayston, 3. Crone, 4. Bacon, 5. Windom, 6. Beauchamp, 7. Peck, 8. Walker, 9. Key, 10. C. Morton. 2:10.85

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Gardner, 3. Courtney, 4. Thorson, 5. Pickens, 6. Buckwalter, 7. Neuman, 8. Marcham, 9. Baue, 10. Felker. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. C. Morton, 2. Buckwalter, 3. Walker, 4. Baue, 5. B. Jones, 6. K. Morton, 7. Lynch, 8. Key, 9. Kraus, 10. Felker, 11. Rankin. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Pickens, 2. Thomas, 3. Beauchamp, 4. Coons, 5. C. Morton, 6. Robinson, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Peck, 9. Marcham, 10. Walker, 11. Neuman, 12. DiMattia, 13. Darland, 14. Baue, 15. Greth, 16. Secrest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Pickens, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Tyler Thomas, 7. Brent Beauchamp, 8. Shane Golobic, 9. Ronnie Gardner, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Alex Bright, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Holly Shelton, 14. Brenden Bright, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Jerry Coons, Jr., 18. Kyle Larson, 19. Ryan Robinson, 20. Zach Daum, 21. Courtney Crone, 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Tyler Courtney, 24. Chance Morton. NT ---------------------------- **Felker flipped during qualifying. Kraus flipped during the C-Main. Greth flipped during the semi. C. Morton flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Thorson, Laps 7-19 Abreu, Laps 20-25 Thorson, Laps 26-30 Pickens

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (22nd to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH-PLACE FINISHER: Holly Shelton

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Chance Morton

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-361, 2-Bayston-302, 3-Thorson-301, 4-Golobic-271, 5-Grant-265, 6-Coons-228, 7-Courtney-224, 8-A. Bright-206, 9-Boat-200, 10-Thomas-199.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Pickens-155, 2-Bacon-145, 3-Thorson-126, 4-Golobic-120, 5-Larson & Bayston-116, 7-A. Bright-113, 8-Courtney-111, 9-Abreu-110, 10-Grant-97.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 8 - Putnamville, Indiana - Lincoln Park Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS HEAD TO SANTA MARIA FOR “RON OTTO MEMORIAL”

By Lance Jennings

JUNE 7, 2017... After a successful Ventura show, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, June 10th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Mike Kappmeyer and co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the annual “Ron Otto Memorial” is the first of three appearances at the Central Coast oval. The action packed card will also feature NMRA TQ Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, Senior Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Located in Nipomo, California, the pit gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 10:00am, the front gates open at 4:00pm, time trials at 4:40pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. SANTA MARIA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE HONORED at this event.

Primarily showcasing the NMRA TQ Midgets, the “Ron Otto Memorial” has featured sprint cars for several years. While some details are missing and different series were brought in, Josh Davis won the Bandit 360 Sprint feature in 2005. From 2006 to 2009, “The Kruser” Cory Kruseman, Mike Spencer, Tyler Brown, and Garrett Hansen won under the USAC/CRA 410 banner. In 2010, T.J. Smith claimed the USAC West Coast main event and the shows in 2011 and 2012 were rained out. Since then, sprint cars were dropped from the event with the exception of 2015, when James Herrera won the local 360 main event.

At press time, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty USAC West Coast Sprint Car events. Peter Murphy won the May 2, 2009 debut and Richard Vander Weerd leads all drivers with five victories. Ryan Bernal set the USAC West Coast qualifying record of 13.529 on September 17, 2011 and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan holds the all-time 360 non-wing record of 13.354 on September 11, 2004. Last year, Brody Roa and Jace Vander Weerd claimed checkered flags and the series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to the tenth point race, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) holds a 24-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Bernal won last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” at Ventura. To date, the 2011 Rookie of the Year has posted five feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with thirty-two series wins and will be looking to add the “Ron Otto Memorial” to his resume.

After running fourth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to second in the point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. As this writing goes to press, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on his ninth triumph.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard finished eleventh in the “Battle of the Beach.” To date, the 2011 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and six top-10 finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has nineteen career USAC West Coast victories and will be looking for the “Ron Otto Memorial” victory.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) sits fourth in championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett raced to seventh at Ventura after starting nineteenth. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season. Austin is tied for twelfth on the West Coast win list and will have his sights on the $1,500 payday.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is fifth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson’s bid for the Ventura lead was erased after damage resulted in a fourteenth place finish. To date, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. Jake has two USAC West Coast wins and will be looking gain valuable points with a Santa Maria win.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Max Adams, Ryan Stolz, Shannon McQueen, Kyle Smith, “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.

“Junkyard” Jimmy Thompson (Arroyo Grande, California) leads the Santa Maria 360 point chase. “Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter, “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Ryan Stolz, James Herrera, Jordan Linson, Billy Butler, Charlie Butcher, Eric Rossi, and Matt Day round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR 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.

"RON OTTO MEMORIAL" SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2005-Josh Davis, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Mike Spencer, 2008-Tyler Brown, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Rain, 2012-Rain, 2013-Not Held, 2014-Not Held, 2015-James Herrera, 2016-Not Held, 2017-??

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Craig Stidham.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Bernal-550, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-526, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-520, 4. Austin Liggett-497, 5. Jake Swanson-485, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7. Tristan Guardino-412, 8. Cody Majors-387, 9. Ryan Timmons-341, 10. Brandon Wiley-314, 11. Steve Hix-295, 12. Jeff Sibley-270, 13. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 14. Steven Garris-258, 15. Geoff Ensign-244, 16. Max Adams-224, 17. Ryan Stolz-209, 18. Shannon McQueen-207, 19. Kyle Smith-185, 20. Tye Mihocko-158.

 

 

DMI NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF EASTERN STORM; PLEDGES DRIVER CONTINGENCY AWARDS

Diversified Machine, Inc. has been announced as a presenting sponsor of the 2017 Eastern Storm tour through Pennsylvania featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based company's contingency award program for this year's edition will reward drivers finishing in the top-10 of the final point standings for the five-race series that runs from June 13-18.

The Eastern Storm champion will earn $1000 in DMI certificates. Second will receive a certificate from DMI worth $400, $250 for third, $200 for fourth and $175 for fifth. Sixth through tenth in the final standings will earn certificates worth $150 (6th), $125 (7th), $100 (8th), $75 (9th) and $50 (10th).

Additionally, DMI will reward drivers nightly who finish in positions three, six and nine as a tribute to the traditional car numbers (#39 & #63) sported by last year's Eastern Storm champion, the late Bryan Clauson.

The "BC 3-6-9" Award will provide a $100 DMI certificate to each night's third-place finisher, $75 to the sixth-place finisher and $50 to the ninth-place driver at all five Sprint Car races as well as Friday night's Horn-Schindler Memorial Silver Crown event at Williams Grove.

"DMI is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the 2017 Eastern Storm," Dave Ely of DMI said. "We wanted this year's program to honor the outstanding relationship we were fortunate enough to have with Bryan and continue to have with his father, Tim. It's a special week of racing for Pennsylvania and watching BC dominate it last year was something special in itself. We race on this year and look forward to the teams' support of the series and program. See everyone at Grandview!"

The 11th annual Eastern Storm begins Tuesday, June 13, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA. Abbottstown, PA's Lincoln Speedway follows a night later on Wednesday, June 14. Then, it's off to Mechanicsburg, PA's Williams Grove Speedway for the series' first visit since 1996 on Thursday, June 15. USAC's Silver Crown division takes over "The Grove" Friday, June 16 as the Sprint Cars take the night off. Saturday's schedule takes us to the half-mile Port Royal (PA) Speedway. The Eastern Storm champion will be crowned on Sunday, June 18, in the series' finale at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberrytown, PA.

All Eastern Storm races, as well as the Horn-Schindler Memorial Silver Crown race at Williams Grove will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/.

2017 EASTERN STORM SCHEDULE Tue., June 13: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA Wed., June 14: Lincoln Speedway - Abbottstown, PA Thu., June 15: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA Fri., June 16: Williams Grove Speedway (Silver Crown) - Mechanicsburg, PA Sat., June 17: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA Sun., June 18: Susquehanna Speedway - York Haven, PA

 

 

COURTNEY CONNECTS ON FIRST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN IN MONTPELIER INDIANA MIDGET WEEK OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Montpelier, Indiana.........Just four nights ago, Tyler Courtney had yet to break into the win column in USAC competition for 2017.

A mere four nights later, the Indianapolis, Indiana native is two victories richer following last Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car score at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, before the latest triumph - his very first USAC National Midget points-paying victory - in Tuesday's opener for the 13th installment of Indiana Midget Week at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

The 23-year-old driver used the bottom to slip past Alex Bright for the lead on the fifth lap, then immediately fended off a slider thrown by hard-charging Brady Bacon. Courtney then mastered a late-race restart to drive away for a commanding win to become the first driver ever to earn both his first USAC National Midget and National Sprint Car wins in Indiana Midget Week and Indiana Sprint Week.

The 2016 Gas City "Sprint Week" winner began Tuesday night's race from the fifth spot, but quickly became a challenger after moving to third on the opening lap. Meanwhile, up front, pole sitter Alex Bright held the point as Zach Daum pursued. On lap four, Daum scampered to the high side to complete the pass of race leader Bright exiting turn two, but the yellow flag fell for a spinning Tanner Carrick before the lap could be scored, thus negating Daum's good fortune.

On the restart, the battle at the front became a three-car dance as the trio stacked up wheel-to-wheel-to-wheel with Bacon, Courtney and Bright even-Steven exiting the second turn. One lap later, Courtney skimmed the bottom lane to take ownership of the lead between turns one and two.

"With how many good guys we had up front like Michael (Pickens) and (Kyle) Larson, I knew we had to go to the bottom at the beginning," Courtney recalls. "I knew those guys were able to stay with me up top, so once I got past them, I knew I was going to have to get back to the top. I did that and, luckily, it started cleaning off and getting dark, so I knew I needed to stay up there because it was going to take rubber pretty soon. I feel like I had my own line in (turns) three and four by going in high and coming across the bottom. That worked for me in the heat race and I stuck with it in the feature."

Following the same trail as Courtney was Bacon, who slid across the bottom of turn three to the top of four in front of Bright for second. He then immediately pointed his arrow squarely in the direction of race leader Courtney. Brady took a run at Courtney, serving up a slider exiting turn two on the sixth lap. Bacon came up short, and lost a tad of momentum, allowing Courtney to break away.

"In conditions like that, you just have to stay in it and hope he knows well enough not to just keep going and take both he and you out, especially when both of us are racing for a championship. Brady's a smart racer, obviously. There was a little bit of worry, but you just have to make sure you pull your belts tight and keep going after it. The race is just 30 laps and you have to get going when you have guys like that behind you and you know they're coming after you. You must play defense with these guys because they'll be playing offense when you're in the lead."

With 20 laps remaining, Courtney's burst saw him expand his lead to a full-straightaway as he attacked lapped traffic with authority until a yellow with three to go slowed his pace for the stopped car of Tyler Thomas. By rule, the lapped cars between first and second moved to the tail of the field at that point, erasing the substantial gap that Courtney had constructed.

When the green dropped, a mad scramble ensued for the runner-up spot as Michael Pickens, Bacon, Bright and defending Montpelier winner Kyle Larson all wagered for the runner-up spot. All that did was allow Courtney to pull away unchallenged and unscathed on the final circuits to land his first USAC Midget points win in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over Pickens, Larson, Bacon and Bright.

"I knew it was going to be tough when they took those lapped cars out. That's the rule and, I know when I'm running second, I'm excited when they take the lapped cars out because it gives you a fresh chance at the leader. Luckily, we were good enough tonight to where we didn't have to battle anybody there at the end. It made my job a little bit easier."

It's not easy to win these races and you have to take advantage of them every chance you get. You can never that them for granted. That's what we love about racing and competition. - Tyler Courtney (Rich Forman Photo)

The win snapped Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports' seemingly unrelenting grasp on the Indiana Midget Week series in which his drivers had won seven feature events in a row dating to 2015 coming into Tuesday night's event. The name Clauson has its fingerprints on the bookends surrounding KKM's IMW winning streak. Bryan Clauson raced to victory in the last event prior to the KKM's lengthy succession of wins, while Tuesday's was captured by a car fielded by Bryan's father, Tim Clauson.

The Clauson-Marshall Racing team has already proven themselves to be a formidable foe to challenge Kunz/Curb-Agajanian's reign of supremacy in its first full-year of existence, with Justin Grant also nabbing a win in the season opener at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

"I think we're definitely on our way," Courtney believes. "With that said, Keith has one heck of a lineup. They've definitely proven what they've got. Our goal this year was to come in and make them get up on their heels. I feel like we've got them a little bit against the ropes right now, but I know they're going to dig deep and they're going to come back at us just like we're going at them right now. It's going to be fun. It's not easy to win these races and you have to take advantage of them every chance you get. You can never take them for granted. That's what we love about racing and competition. I have a ton of respect for Pete and Keith and all those guys over there. They've got a hell of a group over there racing against us. It's going to be tough, but this is why we race. This is why we do what we do."

Auckland, New Zealand's Michael Pickens returned to the Indiana Midget Week tour for the first time since 2014, taking second-place honors in his Brett & Leigh Morris/Seamount Racing - Tony Elliott Foundation/King/GRD Toyota.

Kyle Larson used a rare day off between Monster Energy NASCAR Cup duties to play in the dirt where he made a late-race charge to run third in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Walker Filtration - TRD/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway include Kyle Larson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Golobic (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Davey Ray (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 6, 2017 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.965; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-14.102; 3. Michael Pickens, 1nz, Morris-14.346; 4. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-14.386; 5. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.419; 6. Ryan Greth, 4R, Lesher-14.429; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.456; 8. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.466; 9. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-14.578; 10. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.586; 11. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.591; 12. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.622; 13. Trey Marcham, 32, Marcham-14.625; 14. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.679; 15. Justin Grant, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.690; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Gray-14.718; 17. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson/Marshall/Wood-14.769; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.886; 19. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.922; 20. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-14.947; 21. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-14.949; 22. Ronnie Gardner, 25x, Rodela-14.965; 23. Tanner Carrick, 71lk, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.997; 24. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.009; 25. Justin Peck, 7k, Irwin-15.013; 26. Kyle Jones, 04, Hefler-15.053; 27. Brayton Lynch, 1k, Kunz-15.084; 28. Jerry Coons Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-15.093; 29. Chris Baue, 2, Baue-15.240; 30. Jimi Quin, 8GQ, Quin-15,256; 31. Michael Koontz, 17k. Koontz-15.323; 32. Kade Morton, 8M, Morton-15.436; 33. Brad Kraus, 6B, Knaus-15.445; 34. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-15.514; 35. Chance Morton, 7MF, Morton-15.538; 36. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-15.608; 37. Ryan Secrest, 17o, Koontz-15.753; 38. Courtney Crone, 25c, Rodela-15.770; 39. Tylar Rankin, 95, Rankin-16.236; 40. Gage Walker, 47, Mason-NT; 41. Tyler Nelson, 88T, Nelson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Ray, 3. Larson, 4. Thomas, 5. Bright, 6. Marcham, 7. Peck, 8. Baue, 9. Kraus, 10. Seacrest. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Courtney, 3. Gardner, 4. Windom, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Greth, 7. Crone, 8. Quin, 9. Jones, 10. Dickerson. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Carrick, 2. Pickens, 3. Grant, 4. Boat, 5. Abreu, 6. Chance Morton, 7. Robinson, 8. Lynch, 9. Koontz, 10. Rankin. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Daum, 3. Coons, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. Darland, 7. Neuman, 8. DiMattia, 9. Kade Morton. 2:55.38

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Chance Morton, 2. Neuman, 3. Crone, 4. Dickerson, 5. Kraus, 6. Seacrest. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Robinson, 3. Abreu, 4. Ray, 5. Darland, 6. Shelton, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Chance Morton, 9. Jones, 10. Koontz, 11. Crone, 12. Dickerson, 13. Neuman, 14. Lynch, 15. Greth, 16. DiMattia, 17. Quin, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Tanner Thorson, 9. Ryan Robinson, 10. Spencer Bayston, 11. Chad Boat, 12. Tanner Carrick, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Rico Abreu, 15. Chris Windom, 16. Justin Peck, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Holly Shelton, 20. Ronnie Gardner, 21. Jerry Coons Jr., 22. Jake Neuman, 23. Tyler Thomas. NT ---------------------------- **Quin flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Bright, Laps 5-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH-PLACE FINISHER: Davey Ray

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Jerry Coons Jr.

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-285, 2-Bayston-237, 3-Thorson-232, 4-Grant-226, 5-Golobic-214, 6-Coons-198, 7-Robinson-162, 8-Bright-157, 9-Boat-153, 10-Darland-148.

NEW USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK POINTS: 1-Courtney-82, 2-Pickens-78, 3-Larson-77, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Bright-64, 6-Golobic-63, 7-Grant-58, 8-Thorson-57, 9-Bayston-51, 10-Robinson-49.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 7 - Gas City (IN) I-69 Speedway - 13th "Indiana Midget Week"

 

 

RYAN BERNAL CLAIMS ROUND #1 OF VENTURA’S BATTLE OF THE BEACH
By Lance Jennings

JUNE 6, 2017... Taking advantage of a lap twenty-one restart, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) slipped by Kyle Smith to claim last Saturday’s “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” at Ventura Raceway. The $1,500 USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Car triumph was Ryan’s fifth win of the year. Smith, Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd, and Cody Majors chased Bernal to the checkered flags.

Slated to start on the pole position, Bernal was penalized back to third for stopping on the race track. Smith, the new polesitter, made the best of the opportunity and grabbed the lead as the green flag waved. Michael Faccinto applied heavy pressure early, but Smith began to open his lead. Bernal, who fallen back to fifth, began to slice his way forward battling with Majors and Vander Weerd. Sixth place Max Adams and seventh running Jake Swanson also looked to enter the fray. While setting a fast pace, clicking off the laps, and catching slower traffic, Smith’s powerplant began to smoke. By the midpoint of the race, Faccinto had mounted a charge and managed to slide past the leader. Smith, a former Ventura champion, countered and quickly regained the top spot.

Now racing in tight quarters with back markers at the Ventura bullring, Bernal and Swanson dropped Faccinto to fourth with Adams a close fifth. As the top four challengers were in striking distance, Swanson took over second from Bernal and made a bid for the lead. At that same moment, contact between Smith and a slower car bounced the leader into Swanson’s path. A rebounding Faccinto was soon collected and flipped his machine. All of the drivers were ok, but Swanson and Faccinto were out of the race. Still out front, Smith looked to claim his first USAC victory but Bernal managed to take command and score the 32nd USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Ryan Bernal qualified ninth out of twenty-two racers and ran second to Cody Majors in his heat race. After earning his first Ventura win, the point leader heads to Saturday’s “Ron Otto Memorial” with a 24 point advantage on the strength of one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led.

After leading the first 21 laps, Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) settled for second in the “Battle at the Beach.” Racing the family owned #55 Roy’s Towing / State Ready Mix Spike, Smith was tenth fast in time trials and ran second to Kenny Perkins in his heat race. The 2-time VRA Champion is currently nineteenth in West Coast points with one top-10 finish.

Charging from seventh, Max Adams (Loomis, California) took third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams missed time trials with problems and rebounded to place third in his heat race. To date, last season’s USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is sixteenth in the standings with three top-10 finishes.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace qualified fifth overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has taken over second in points with three heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led to his credit.

Cody Majors (Simi Valley, California) continues to improve and scored fifth in “The Battle of the Beach.” Racing Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / State Ready Mix Maxim, Majors was sixth quick in time trials and won the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Saldana Racing Products Heat Race #3. At press time, Cody ranks eighth in the standings with three heat race victories and five top-10 finishes on the year.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil entry, the 2012 Rookie of the Year qualified fourth overall and finished seventh in his heat race. To date, Liggett is fourth in the point chase with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led.

Kenny Perkins (Oak Hills, California) earned his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and set a new track record. Driving the family owned #0K Sprint Car Driving Experience / Victory Race Cars entry, Perkins was one of three racers under the old standard, claimed the Bakersfield Karting Experience bonus, won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and finished sixth in the main event. The second generation driver left Ventura Raceway placed 39th in the point standings.

This Saturday, June 10th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints, the “Ron Otto Memorial” will also feature NMRA TQ Midgets, Hobby Stocks, Sport Mods, Mini Stocks, Senior Mini Dwarfs, and Junior Midgets. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $16 and for more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
June 3, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” – Co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-12.085 (New Track Record), 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.140; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.192; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.243; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.244; 6. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt- 12.375; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.456; 8. Kalib Henry, 81, Watt-12.456; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.468; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.479; 11. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-12.545; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.574; 13. Mike Spencer, 21K, Kruseman-12.707; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.752; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-12.783; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.863; 17. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.920; 18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.966; 19. Chris Meredith, 66, Clawson-13.163; 20. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-13.173; 21. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.236; 22. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Perkins, 2. Smith, 3. Adams, 4. Spencer, 5. Timmons, 6. Hendricks, 7. Liggett, 8. Meredith. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faccinto, 3. Guardino, 4. Henry, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Hix, 7. Conway. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Majors, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Butcher. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Ryan Bernal (1st), 2. Kyle Smith (3rd), 3. Max Adams (7th), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (5th), 5. Cody Majors (4th), 6. Kenny Perkins (6th), 7. Austin Liggett (19th), 8. Tristan Guardino (8th), 9. Kalib Henry (11th), 10. Ryan Timmons (13th), 11. Richard Vander Weerd (14th), 12. Steve Hix (17th), 13. Tom Hendricks (16th), 14. Jake Swanson (9th), 15. Hobie Conway (20th), 16. Charlie Butcher (18th), 17. Brandon Wiley (12th), 18. Ryan Stolz (15th), 19. Michael Faccinto (2nd), 20. Mike Spencer (10th), 21. Kyle Edwards (21st). NT
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**Meredith flipped during the first heat. Faccinto flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Smith, Laps 22-30 Bernal.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (19th to 7th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-550, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-526, 3. Richard Vander Weerd-520, 4. Austin Liggett-497, 5. Jake Swanson-485, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7. Tristan Guardino-412, 8. Cody Majors-387, 9. Ryan Timmons-341, 10. Brandon Wiley-314, 11. Steve Hix-295, 12. Jeff Sibley-270, 13. Joe Stornetta Jr.-260, 14. Steven Garris-258, 15. Geoff Ensign-244, 16. Max Adams-224, 17. Ryan Stolz-209, 18. Shannon McQueen-207, 19. Kyle Smith-185, 20. Tye Mihocko-158.

 

 

PICKENS PACKS KIWI PRIDE & SUPPORT FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Some teams travel up and down the highway, going from race-to-race with massive haulers akin to a race shop on wheels. Some opt for a more modest approach with enough room to fit their car, a few spares and tires to get by for the night. Then, there are a handful of teams who go barebones with a dually and an open trailer.

None of the above are viable options when your race team is based in the Southern Hemisphere and your plan is to bring much of your equipment to the United States!

Such is the case with Auckland, New Zealand's seven-time NZ Midget champion Michael Pickens and the Seamount Racing crew who, after a weekend of racing in Australia, made a mad rush at the last-minute to organize their necessities to go racing in the States.

After stretch-wrapping their car and tool chests, the team's operation was loaded onto a cargo plane where it made the long-distance journey to the USA for a daunting stretch that includes 11 races in 12 nights.

It takes a village to pull off a major undertaking such as this, and the 34-year-old Pickens has an entire throng of supporters who played a large role in making it happen. Much of the entire right side of the car is adorned with the names of hundreds of individuals who donated their money to the team to make this trip possible.

This business trip isn't all about himself, however. It's quite clear that Pickens brings with him a deep pride of his homeland. Underneath the names, in big, bold lettering is "New Zealand." In addition, the New Zealand script is emblazoned over the gold leaf No. 1 on the nose and the tail tank. The miniature New Zealand flag fastened to the back of the roll cage adds a finishing touch to the true Kiwi machine.

Pickens is one of the few foreign-born drivers in American dirt track racing, period. Even more, he's one of the few to truly make a name for himself in the USA over the years. Despite spending much of his career competing a quarter of the world away from the USA, he's become a fixture on the Indiana dirt tracks and in USAC for well over a decade.

In fact, it was Indiana Midget Week where Pickens cemented his status as more than just a novelty in the States. He became a proven winner by beating the best the USA had to offer. Among those immediately following him to the finish line that night in 2011 at Kokomo were USAC National champions Tracy Hines, Brad Kuhn, Bryan Clauson and Chris Windom. Not to mention, he passed current NASCAR star Kyle Larson with two to go to win the deal.

Despite his status in the USA, he hasn't crossed the sea to compete on Indiana dirt since 2014 when he secured a full-time deal to run the USAC Midget National Championship tour for car owner Don Fike.

Straight off the plane in 2017, Pickens wasted no time getting down to business. He won POWRi's Illinois Speed Week title by virtue of a pair of wins at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet and at Macon Speedway. After a one-day break, the team is ready to tackle six consecutive nights of Indiana Midget Week, beginning with tonight's opener at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

The Indiana Midget Week schedule consists of tracks ranging from a quarter-mile to three-eighths in length, with varying degrees of banking from mid to steep. Pickens has become accustomed to the Hoosier bullrings over the years, but admits there's still a learning curve to face each time he's here.

"We don't have anything like the American tracks back in New Zealand," Pickens explains. "All our tracks are flat quarter-miles, so you're never pounding the fence back home, which is something that always takes a bit of getting used to."

The racing season has now ended and the coldest months have descended on New Zealand, leaving Pickens with just one option to continue his midget racing season - load his gear up, buy an airline ticket and head for the warmer climate of the USA where racing is plentiful during the summer months. That's one of the great, unique things about Midget/Speedcar racing in that it is a worldwide sport. The changing of the seasons allows a handful of the top stars in the discipline from the USA, New Zealand and Australia to travel to the other's home turf during their respective off-seasons. The respect and comradery amongst the drivers from different cultures is very telling. A viewpoint that Pickens shares.

"Most of the guys up here (in the USA) are professional and that reflects in the way they race," Pickens praises. "Back home, you don't have the same competition because they only race 15-20 shows a year."

Pickens will nearly match that in his short time here in the USA as he begins a six-race, six-night stretch at Indiana Midget Week. Following Tuesday's Montpelier round, Pickens and the USAC Midget National Championship head to Gas City I-69 Speedway on Wednesday, June 7, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway on Thursday, June 8, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, June 9, Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday, June 10 and Kokomo Speedway on Sunday, June 11.

Wednesday's round at Gas City and Sunday's event at Kokomo will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can catch flag-to-flag coverage of each and every Indiana Midget Week event, plus much, much more, a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

2017 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE Tue., June 6: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN Wed., June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/) Thu., June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN Fri., June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN Sat., June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN Sun., June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)

 

 

KYLE LARSON & RICO ABREU RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS
FOR USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

Fan-favorites Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu will join the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team for this year's edition of USAC "Indiana Midget Week."

Both drivers will be aboard the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports-prepared machines for the six-race series that begins Tuesday night, June 6, at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Larson of Elk Grove, California will compete in the first two IMW events at Montpelier and the following night, Wednesday, June 7, at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The NASCAR star, who currently stands second in Cup points, has won at both venues during his USAC National Midget racing career, including a Gas City triumph in 2013.

Just last year, Larson raced to victory in the series' first appearance at Montpelier where he outdueled teammate Tanner Thorson in the final laps to score the win. The 24-year-old wheelman has collected 14 career USAC National Midget victories, including his most recent appearance at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway's "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in November of 2016.

St. Helena, California's Abreu is one of the most decorated and popular USAC Midget drivers of this era. Race fans will be able to witness him in action on all six nights of Indiana Midget Week. Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champ, has won IMW events in each of the past three years.

Last June at Kokomo Speedway, the 25-year-old stormed to the front, passing Chad Boat with nine laps remaining to capture one of his 15 career USAC National Midget victories on his way to third in the final standings. Abreu was the Indiana Midget week champion in both 2014 and 2015. He has made a single USAC National Midget appearance in 2017 at April's "Kokomo Grand Prix," charging from 22nd to a 4th place feature finish after flipping on his qualifying run.

Larson and Abreu will join teammates Tanner Thorson (2016 USAC National Midget champion), Spencer Bayston, Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and Tanner Carrick on the seven-car Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable for the opener at Montpelier. The team has yet to win in the series this season, but this is the same team that has won the past seven IMW races, including a five-race sweep in 2016 with five different drivers (Larson, Bayston, Thorson, Christopher Bell and Abreu).

Following Tuesday's Montpelier round, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday, June 7, at Gas City. Thursday, June 8, takes you to Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway while Friday, June 9, brings the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. The penultimate round heads to the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night, June 10. The series' finale hits one of USAC's most regularly-visited tracks in Kokomo Speedway on Sunday night, June 11.

All six nights of Indiana Midget Week will feature sprint car racing as an addition to each night's festivities.

Wednesday's round at Gas City and Sunday's event at Kokomo will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can catch flag-to-flag coverage of each and every Indiana Midget Week event, plus much, much more, a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

2017 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE
Tue., June 6: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN
Wed., June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)
Thu., June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN
Fri., June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN
Sat., June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN
Sun., June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES CHAMP RONNIE GARDNER TEAMS WITH RODELA FOR INDIANA MIDGET WEEK RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Four-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner has partnered with team owner Jerome Rodela to compete in this year's Indiana Midget Week beginning Tuesday, June 6 at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Gardner called central Indiana home for several years of his childhood, but the Corona, California resident has quickly become one of the premier drivers on the west coast where he's claimed four-straight USAC Western States Midget titles and collected 21 career victories, placing him fourth all-time on the series win list.

Gardner has accomplished all those particular feats aboard the Six8 Motorsports No. 68. But when he arrives Tuesday at his Montpelier, Indiana destination following a cross-country road trip from Cali, Gardner will strap into a car he's normally competing against - the Jerome Rodela-owned #25x.

But when Rodela, the 2005 and 2006 USAC Western States Midget champion driver, called Gardner to drive his car, it was an offer that came by surprise. Yet, it was an offer that Gardner couldn't refuse.

"Jerome was looking for a driver," Gardner recalls. "I race with him out west, so he gets to see me run quite a bit. I'm not sure why I got the call, but I'm honored he chose me. He's got really nice equipment and I hope we can jell quickly and have some good runs this week."

Gardner will teammate with Rodela's season-long pilot, 2016 Western States Midget Rookie of the Year, Courtney Crone, who will sport the No. 25.

For Crone, it will be her first USAC racing experience in Indiana. For Gardner, though, this will be his third Indiana Midget Week trip. He's made five career IMW feature events in 2014 and 2015 for Six8 and A.J. Felker, but has only managed to record a best finish of 12th at Lawrenceburg in 2015.

Now that he's gotten a little more seat time on the Indiana soil, the 29-year-old Gardner feels ready to meet the challenge of six-straight nights of racing on six different tracks.

"I'm so excited to be back in Indiana with a little bit of experience at these tracks," Gardner said. "It's my third time out here and I believe I'm more prepared than I've ever been."

After Tuesday night's show concludes, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday, June 7, at Gas City, Thursday, June 8, at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Friday, June 9, on the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. The penultimate round heads to the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night, June 10. The series' finale hits one of USAC's most regularly-visited tracks in Kokomo Speedway on Sunday night, June 11.

All six nights of Indiana Midget Week will feature sprint car racing as an addition to each night's festivities.

Wednesday's round at Gas City and Sunday's event at Kokomo will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can catch flag-to-flag coverage of each and every Indiana Midget Week event, plus much, much more, a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

2017 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE Tue., June 6: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN Wed., June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/) Thu., June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN Fri., June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN Sat., June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN Sun., June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)


 

KYLE LARSON & RICO ABREU RETURN TO THEIR ROOTS FOR USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

Fan-favorites Kyle Larson and Rico Abreu will join the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team for this year's edition of USAC "Indiana Midget Week."

Both drivers will be aboard the Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports-prepared machines for the six-race series that begins Tuesday night, June 6, at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Larson of Elk Grove, California will compete in the first two IMW events at Montpelier and the following night, Wednesday, June 7, at Gas City I-69 Speedway. The NASCAR star, who currently stands second in Cup points, has won at both venues during his USAC National Midget racing career, including a Gas City triumph in 2013.

Just last year, Larson raced to victory in the series' first appearance at Montpelier where he outdueled teammate Tanner Thorson in the final laps to score the win. The 24-year-old wheelman has collected 14 career USAC National Midget victories, including his most recent appearance at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway's "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in November of 2016.

St. Helena, California's Abreu is one of the most decorated and popular USAC Midget drivers of this era. Race fans will be able to witness him in action on all six nights of Indiana Midget Week. Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget champ, has won IMW events in each of the past three years.

Last June at Kokomo Speedway, the 25-year-old stormed to the front, passing Chad Boat with nine laps remaining to capture one of his 15 career USAC National Midget victories on his way to third in the final standings. Abreu was the Indiana Midget week champion in both 2014 and 2015. He has made a single USAC National Midget appearance in 2017 at April's "Kokomo Grand Prix," charging from 22nd to a 4th place feature finish after flipping on his qualifying run.

Larson and Abreu will join teammates Tanner Thorson (2016 USAC National Midget champion), Spencer Bayston, Holly Shelton, Ryan Robinson and Tanner Carrick on the seven-car Kunz/Curb-Agajanian stable for the opener at Montpelier. The team has yet to win in the series this season, but this is the same team that has won the past seven IMW races, including a five-race sweep in 2016 with five different drivers (Larson, Bayston, Thorson, Christopher Bell and Abreu).

Following Tuesday's Montpelier round, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday, June 7, at Gas City. Thursday, June 8, takes you to Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway while Friday, June 9, brings the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. The penultimate round heads to the high banks of Lawrenceburg Speedway on Saturday night, June 10. The series' finale hits one of USAC's most regularly-visited tracks in Kokomo Speedway on Sunday night, June 11.

All six nights of Indiana Midget Week will feature sprint car racing as an addition to each night's festivities.

Wednesday's round at Gas City and Sunday's event at Kokomo will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can catch flag-to-flag coverage of each and every Indiana Midget Week event, plus much, much more, a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

2017 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE Tue., June 6: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN Wed., June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/) Thu., June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN Fri., June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN Sat., June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN Sun., June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)

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INDIANA MIDGET WEEK HAS ARRIVED;
SIX NIGHTS, SIX TRACKS, SIX RACES SET FOR JUNE 6-11

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A glance at the calendar indicates that the month of June has arrived. The temps have begun to rise and the intensity has multiplied as the thick of the USAC racing schedule is upon us.

As the first of 16 scheduled USAC National events this month were completed last weekend, it's crystal clear the urgency has increased. For this upcoming stretch of races can set the tone on a quest for a season championship. It can also break you when you're least suspecting it.

Indiana Midget Week is one of those tests. It's a test of endurance and a trial by fire. It's what racers hunger for - the opportunity to overcome the most daunting of tasks by proving to others, and themselves, that they can achieve anything no matter how challenging the scenario.

USAC's biggest week of midget racing arrives in the Hoosier state beginning this Tuesday night, June 6th with the first of six consecutive nights of the 13th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week.

Elk Grove, California's Kyle Larson sure hasn't forgotten his short track roots. The current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' standings second-place driver and two-time Cup winner won last year's Indiana Midget Week opener at Montpelier. He plans to compete in the first two rounds of this year's Indiana Midget Week - Tuesday at Montpelier and Wednesday at Gas City.

Rico Abreu of St. Helena, California, always brings the excitement when he gets behind the wheel of any type of racecar, but when he's at the control of a USAC Midget, he becomes Superman. The two-time Midget Week champ in 2014 and 2015 won the finale a year ago at Kokomo and is back to compete in all six races of this year's series.

Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports took all five rounds of Midget Week in 2016 with Spencer Bayston at Gas City, Tanner Thorson at Putnamville and Christopher Bell at Bloomington rounding out the remainder of KKM's sweep. All but Bell will return for this year's IMW.

But the team has been shut out of victory lane thus far in 2017 by Ione, California's Justin Grant (5th in points), who seeks his first career Midget Week win, and point leader Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who won his first career USAC feature as a 16-year-old in 2006 during Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo. Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. was a Midget Week champ in 2007, but the USAC Triple Crown champ, who stands fourth in series points, aims to earn his first win of any kind with the series since 2010!

Following Tuesday's Montpelier round, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday, June 7 at Gas City (one of two remaining original Midget Week tracks from the series inception in 2005). Thursday, June 8 takes you to Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway while Friday, June 9 brings the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. The penultimate round heads to the second of the originals, Lawrenceburg Speedway, on Saturday night, June 10. Sunday's finale on June 11 hits one of USAC's most regularly-visited tracks in Kokomo Speedway.

As if a week straight of USAC midget racing isn't enough of a mouthwatering enticement, all six nights will feature sprint car racing as an addition to each night's festivities.

Wednesday's round at Gas City and Sunday's event at Kokomo will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You can catch flag-to-flag coverage of each and every Indiana Midget Week event, plus much, much more, a day following the event, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

2017 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE
Tue., June 6: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN
Wed., June 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)
Thu., June 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN
Fri., June 9: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN
Sat., June 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN
Sun., June 11: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN (http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/)

 

 

O'HEARN GETS 1ST DMA VICTORY AT BEAR RIDGE

Bradford, VT........Derek O'Hearn of Canton, NH won Saturday night's 25-lap USAC Speed2 DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway. He took the lead on lap 12 and led the final 14 laps to beat Joe Krawiec, Adam Whitney, series point leader Dean Christensen and Andy Barrows. Jeff Champagne led laps 1-11.

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2017 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 2. Derek O'Hearn (#5 Matczak), 3. Kenny Johnson (#3 Matczak), 4. Jeff Champagne (#10 Haskell), 5. Jake Higginson (#46 Johnson), 6. Mark Cole (#6x Cole). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 4. Andy Barrows (64 Barrows), 5. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Dias, 2. O'Hearn, 3. Christensen, 4. Whitney, 5. Horn, 6. Johnson. NT

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Champagne, Laps 12-25 O'Hearn.

NEW USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Christensen-295, 2-Whitney-278, 3-Barrows-265, 4-Dias-257, 5-O'Hearn-255, 6-Horn-238, 7-Krawiec-217, 8-Champagne-204, 9-Cole-106, 10-Seth Carlson-100.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: June 10 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway - "Mekkelsen RV Night"

 

 

RAIN INTERRUPTS SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGETS IN KENTUCKY

Whitesville, KY........Nolan Allison posted the fastest qualifying time, but rain forced cancellation of Sunday night's USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget feature at Kentucky Motor Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 4, 2017 - Whitesviile, Kentucky - Kentucky Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.610; 2. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.653; 3. Nick McFarland, 27, McFarland-15.809; 4. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.822; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.827; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.843; 7. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.903; 8. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.976; 9. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-16.119; 10. Eric Lewis, 28, Lewis-16.237; 11. Grayson Pate, 99, Radical-16.314.

FEATURE: (35 laps) RAINED OUT

 

 

HATFIELD TAKES 35-LAP SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET FEATURE AT HIGHLAND RIM

Ridgetop, TN........Sam Hatfield of Mooresville, CA won Saturday night's 35-lap USAC Speed2 Eastern Midget race at Highland Rim Speedway. New series point leader Jessica Bean finished second ahead of Nolan Allison, George Kurtz and Nick McFarland, who led the first 19 laps of the race.

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2017 - Ridgetop, Tennessee - Highland Rim Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-12.735; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-12.757; 3. Nick McFarland, 27, McFarland-12.805; 4. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-12.817; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-12.861; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-12.861; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-12.898; 8. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-12.936; 9. Grayson Pate, 99, Radical-13.019; 10. Eric Lewis, 28, Lewis-13.043; 11. Ben McFarland, 25, McFarland-13.244.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Sam Hatfield, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Nick McFarland, 6. Jagger Parker, 7. Jake Trainor, 8. Neal Allison, 9. Grayson Pate, 10. Ben McFarland, 11. Eric Lewis. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 N.McFarland, Laps 20-35 Hatfield.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-492, 2-Kurtz-487, 3-Nolan Allison-442, 4-Parker-364, 5-Trainor-327, 6-Neal Allison-386, 7-Hatfield-252, 8-Chris Lamb-235, 9-Lewis-223, 10-Jake Garcia-190.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: June 4 - Whitesville, KY - Kentucky Motor Speedway

 

 

BERNAL WINS ARP "BATTLE AT THE BEACH #1" AT VENTURA

Ventura, CA........Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. passed Kyle Smith on the 22nd lap and led the final nine laps to win Saturday night's 30-lap "ARP Battle of the Beach #1" USAC West Coast Sprint race co-sanctioned by VRA. Smith finished second ahead of Max Adams, Jace Vander Weerd and Cody Majors.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - "ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1" - Co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kenny Perkins, 0K, Perkins-12.085 (New Track Record), 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-12.140; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-12.192; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.243; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.244; 6. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt- 12.375; 7. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.456; 8. Kalib Henry, 81, Watt-12.456; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.468; 10. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.479; 11. Michael Faccinto, 81X, Watt-12.545; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.574; 13. Mike Spencer, 21K, Kruseman-12.707; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.752; 15. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-12.783; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.863; 17. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.920; 18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.966; 19. Chris Meredith, 66, Clawson-13.163; 20. Hobie Conway, 1K, Kruseman-13.173; 21. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-13.236; 22. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Perkins, 2. Smith, 3. Adams, 4. Spencer, 5. Timmons, 6. Hendricks, 7. Liggett, 8. Meredith. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faccinto, 3. Guardino, 4. Henry, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Hix, 7. Conway. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. Bernal, 3. Swanson, 4. Wiley, 5. Stolz, 6. Butcher. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Kyle Smith, 3. Max Adams, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Cody Majors, 6. Kenny Perkins, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Kalib Henry, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Steve Hix, 13. Tom Hendricks, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Hobie Conway, 16. Charlie Butcher, 17. Brandon Wiley, 18. Ryan Stolz, 19. Michael Faccinto, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Kyle Edwards. NT ---------------------------- **Meredith flipped during the first heat. Faccinto flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Smith, Laps 22-30 Bernal.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (19th to 7th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Bernal-550, 2-J.Vander Weerd-526, 3-R.Vander Weerd-520, 4-Liggett-497, 5-Swanson-485, 6-Danny Faria Jr.-424, 7-Guardino-412, 8-Majors-387, 9-Timmons-341, 10-Wiley-314.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 10 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway - "Ron Otto Memorial"

 

 

GRANT GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE IN USAC SPRINTS' RETURN TO KNOXVILLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Knoxville, Iowa.........In one of the most highly-anticipated events on the 2017 USAC calendar, Justin Grant made it a night to remember as he led wire-to-wire to win the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' return to the famed Knoxville Raceway Saturday night after a six-year hiatus.

Grant, of Ione, California, finished 25th in his lone Knoxville start back in 2011, but there'd be no parallels drawn from that result to his performance on the half-mile Saturday night as he was in a class of his own throughout the 30-lap main event.

However, early on in the night, Grant couldn't have anticipated the end result would go as smoothly as it did following a rocky beginning. The team fine-tuned their way throughout the evening, swapping out parts and pieces on the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco until they hit the sweet spot in time for the main event.

"In hot laps, I wasn't very comfortable," Grant stated. "I was a little timid on the cushion and I didn't really feel all that confident that I wasn't going to crash up there. So, we just kept working on it all night. We kept making ground on it. We came in from the heat race and felt like we were pretty close and told Sam about a couple of the issues I had with it. He went to work on it and got it dialed-in. It couldn't have been any better for the feature."

Grant's race began from the pole position alongside Robert Ballou, a recent returnee to the scene following an eight-month layoff due to neck injuries. Yet, Grant would get the best of Ballou right from the start as he slid up to the cushion ahead of Ballou in turn one for the top spot.

Grant built a gap between he and Ballou on the opening lap as Ballou battled with Friday night's I-80 Speedway winner Tyler Courtney. At the exit of the fourth corner, Courtney and Ballou made slight contact, sending Ballou sideways and Courtney near the outside guardrail. Both continued after the brief skirmish as Ballou maintained control of second while Courtney fell back to fourth as he wrestled back control of his machine.

Shortly thereafter as the field hit the back straight, a melee ensued as the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th place cars were all involved in an accident that saw both Jon Stanbrough and Nick Bilbee flip multiple times while Brady Bacon and Hunter Schuerenberg were also caught up. All drivers would walk away unscathed and Bacon and Schuerenberg would restart.

On the lap two restart, Courtney nearly saw his race end as he biked his ride on the entry to turn one before landing on all fours, ricocheting his right rear tire off the guardrail before gathering it up and carrying on after dropping three spots to seventh.

Meanwhile, up front, Grant had constructed a half-straightaway interval on lap six between he and second-running Ballou, who owned a half-straightaway advantage of his own over third-running Courtney who had settled into a groove and worked his way back into the top-three with a first turn slide job of Chad Boespflug.

Just before midway, Grant had already begun his ascent into lap traffic, attempting to maintain his sturdy two-plus second lead as Courtney began to close on Ballou for second. Courtney had already averted disaster just laps before, but on lap 15, he couldn't channel his inner Houdini for a second time as he hooked the turn two cushion while closing in on the lapped car of Aaron Farney.

Courtney proceeded to snag the berm with his right rear, the proceeded with a violent sequence of barrel-rolls and nose-to-tail end-overs that saw him sail higher than the top portion of the expansive ARMCO barrier in front of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame suites. After roughly six-and-a-half bone-jarring flips, Courtney finally came to a rest as flame briefly appeared from the bottom of the battered machinery. A sigh of relief swept over the crowd as the Indianapolis, Indiana driver quickly emerged from the wreckage uninjured.

A strong suit for Grant each time was his prowess on restarts. Right from the drop of the green time-and-time again, the 26-year-old instantly distanced himself from Ballou, but that didn't inherently put Grant's mind at ease with the 2015 series champ hot on his trail.

"Restarts are always scary, especially at a big racetrack where you're running on the fence and you're prone to receiving sliders on a restart," Grant admits. "I just tried to get a really big bite off turn four and stay in the moisture as long as I could. I tried not to mess up and just wanted to get down into turn one as fast as I could. I was confident in the car, but you're still a little bit nervous especially when you have a hard charger like Ballou behind you. If he has a window, he's going to throw something in it."

The final yellow of the night arrived when Dave Darland, who was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame just hours before, hopped to a stop atop the turn two cushion without making contact on the 18th lap.

Grant's final restart on lap 19 was just as solid as the rest and, over the next handful of laps, Grant increased the interval each time at the stripe as he firmly established his position at the head of the pack. All that was left for Grant was to navigate through the tail end of the field in the closing laps.

The sailing was smooth for Grant the remainder of the way as he cruised to a 1.2 second victory over Ballou, Boespflug, Chase Stockon and C.J. Leary for his season-leading fourth series victory of the year while extending his point lead to 97 over Windom heading into Eastern Storm.

"It's so cool to race at this venue with all its history and the huge crowd of people in the stands. Everybody comes down to the front stretch after the race. It's just a really neat atmosphere. I couldn't believe the number of people who came down and told me they'd never seen a non-wing race. They said they just loved it and how they're going to come back for more and how much they want us to come back next year. We want to come back! It's the sprint car capital of the world and we want to be racing here." - Justin Grant

After 137 starts between 2010 and September of 2016, Grant's USAC National Sprint Car win total stood at three. In the last eight months with Sam McGhee Motorsports, Grant has already picked up five victories in a mere 17 starts. Additionally, in ten 2017 starts, Grant has yet to finish outside the top-four.

With success seeming to come so naturally, so quickly, to Grant and McGhee, it's easy to rest on your laurels, but Grant feels that there's always room to make improvements. "You try to pick out the spots where you could've been better or where you think you could've made up a little more ground or where you could've made less mistakes," Grant explains. "It may have looked perfect, but there's a handful of mistakes I made throughout it. If somebody had as good of a car as we had, they could've capitalized on it. As a driver, you catalogue those and make sure not to do certain things the next time. Fortunately, tonight, we had a car that was good enough that nobody could even get near it. But in the future, somebody might. I try to work on minimizing mistakes and I go back and watch the video to see what I did right and what I did wrong. We always strive try to keep plugging away and get better every night. Yet, at the same time, you want to stay the course and not start chasing something that gets you off track."

By all accounts, USAC's return to Knoxville was a rousing success with the track's largest crowd of the year on hand. It's an atmosphere that Grant craves and eagerly anticipates experiencing regularly for years to come.

"It's so cool to race at this venue with all its history and the huge crowd of people in the stands," Grant praises. "Everybody comes down to the front stretch after the race. It's just a really neat atmosphere. I couldn't believe the number of people who came down and told me they'd never seen a non-wing race. They said they just loved it and how they're going to come back for more and how much they want us to come back next year. We want to come back! It's the sprint car capital of the world and we want to be racing here."

Ballou earned his third-straight top-four finish since his comeback in mid-May, picking up a solid runner-up finish in his Ballou Motorsports/Rossie's Feed & Grain - Deaton's Waterfront Services/Eagle/Ott. However, the Rocklin, California native is not exactly satisfied with his run as he expects to be at the forefront night-in, night-out.

"We got beat fair and square tonight," Ballou said. "Justin ran 30 perfect laps and we pretty much (struggled) all night compared to where I feel we should be. I'm rusty and I'm trying to get this team back going. We need some sort of a jump start or something. Justin and the McGhees are on top of their game and we're just trying to figure our car out. I'm picky, though. If it's not comfortable, we might as well sit at home and watch from the couch. It wasn't very good all tonight, but we kept trying and trying and we thought we stumbled on something for the feature. It was terrible from the drop of the green. I'm just glad that we're second because it felt like I had about a 10th place car. It's been a tough road, but just to race again is a blessing. I just have to go do my homework."

After a recent struggle that saw three-straight finishes of 11th or worse, Hanford, California's Chad Boespflug got back on track with a third-place run in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - PAC Springs/Maxim/Claxton.

"We've been struggling the last few weeks," Boespflug recalls. "To get back on the podium tonight after the way we've run the last few nights is pretty amazing. We made some strides tonight and I think we found some things. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into Eastern Storm. We have to get a lot better to catch up with Justin. It was my first time here at Knoxville. Maybe next year we can do a two-day show. I'd definitely be down for that."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway include Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Josh Hodges (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Stevie Sussex (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 3, 2017 - Knoxville, Iowa - Knoxville Raceway - "Iowa Corn District 5 and 9 Night"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-18.548 (NTR); 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-18.781; 3. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-18.799; 4. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-18.931; 5. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-18.941; 6. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-19.094; 7. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-19.096; 8. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-19.102; 9. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-19.167; 10. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-19.190; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-19.191; 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-19.223; 13. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-19.229; 14. Carson Short, 21, RCM-19.239; 15. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.265; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-19.268; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-19.373; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-19.523; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-19.562; 20. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-19.613; 21. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-19.653; 22. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-19.674; 23. R.J. Johnson, 71a, Johnson-19.813; 24. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-19.943; 25. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-19.961; 26. Eric Schulz, 4x, Schulz-20.003; 27. Katlynn Leer, 77k, Leer-20.427; 28. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-20.528; 29. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-20.542; 30. Kelly Graham, 12G, Graham-20.688; 31. Ryan Kitchen, 21k, Kitchen-20.866; 32. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-20.916; 33. Gary Rooke, 42au, Rooke-21.020; 34. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-21.060; 35. Rob Sharits, 14s, Davis-21,962.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. Ballou, 3. Thomas, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Bilbee, 6. Farney, 7. St. James, 8. Rooke, 9. D.Smith. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Grant, 3. Stockon, 4. Short, 5. Sussex, 6. C.Smith, 7. Schulz, 8. Bell, 9. Graham. 2:41.61

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney. 2. Roa, 3. Darland, 4. Johnson, 5. Leary, 6. Robbins, 7. Sharits, 8. Kitchen, 9. D.Smith. 2:41.32

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cottle, 3. Boespflug, 4. Schuerenberg, 5. Chapple, 6. Bares, 7. Caho, 8. Schriever. 2:41.79

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bilbee, 3. Sussex, 4. Chapple, 5. Farney, 6. D.Smith, 7. Robbins, 8. St. James, 9. Leer, 10. Schulz, 11. Rooke, 12. Schriever, 13. C.Smith, 14. Sharits, 15. Caho, 16. Kitchen, 17. Graham, 18. Bares, 19. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Josh Hodges, 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Stevie Sussex, 14. Carson Short, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Dustin Smith, 18. Tyler Courtney, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Brody Roa, 21. Nick Bilbee, 22. Jon Stanbrough. NT ---------------------------- **Bares flipped at the start of the semi. Stanbrough and Bilbee flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th-6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stevie Sussex

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-745, 2-Windom-648, 3-Boespflug-647, 4-Stockon-600, 5-Courtney-516, 6-Leary-446, 7-Thomas-442, 8-Darland-418, 9-Cottle-392, 10-Hodges-387.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: June 13 - Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway - "Jesse Hockett Classic" - "Eastern Storm"

 

COURTNEY CASHES IN
AT MALVERN BANK I-80 DIRT CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Greenwood, Nebraska.........Tyler Courtney withstood a relentless Chris Windom assault during the final two laps of Friday night's Malvern Bank "I-80 Dirt Classic" to earn his second career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory in the series' inaugural appearance at I-80 Speedway.

Windom was on point for the first two-thirds of the 30-lapper, but Courtney used a lap 20 turn one slider to rip by the defending Silver Crown champ for the race lead, then took Windom's repetitious haymakers in stride down the stretch, answering each successive punch with a knockout blow of his own.

Running along the razor's edge requires a certain finesse to reach maximum success. On this night, Courtney had to juggle patience and urgency. The Indianapolis, Indiana native had to start seventh, but Courtney anticipated the track taking rubber and felt he had to get up on the wheel of his TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - Custom Pump & Controls/Maxim/Claxton and bring it to the front as soon as the green dropped. Yet, the dilemma in a 30-lap sprint is that running too hard can create significant tire wear, making a hard-charging effort all for naught.

"We knew the track had a pretty good chance of taking rubber," Courtney admits. "I knew once I got to about third or fourth, I had to really start going. But I didn't want to use up my tires just in case it was going to take rubber. We were searching for a happy medium, but we played our cards right and came out on top. I'll take it any way I can get it."

Windom, though, was the master of the 4/10-mile dirt oval when racing commenced, sliding in front of polesitter Chad Boespflug in the first turn to take the lead on the opening lap. Soon thereafter, ProSource Fast Qualifier Stevie Sussex made a charge to the front and a bid for the lead on lap six that came up short, but soon fell into line behind Windom in a four-car breakaway freight train that also included Grant and Courtney in third and fourth, respectively.

The surface was wide and slick, allowing slide jobs to be thrown at will from anywhere and everywhere. After fifth-running Chase Stockon slowed with a bent draglink on the tenth lap to bring out the caution, Courtney took the message to heart, immediately blasting by Grant for third into turn one on the restart. A lap later, Courtney went to the well one more time in the same spot, sliding past Sussex for the runner-up spot.

As the top became rubber down, it became a single-file procession up top, but it opened the door for sliders for days coming in from all corners as it became the most preferred way to advance.

On the 20th revolution around the oval, Courtney took Windom's spot away up front with another perfect turn one slider. On the following circuit, Courtney slid the lapped car of Nebraska's Terry Richards in one to separate himself from Windom and gain an unobstructed view of the track ahead with just a handful of laps remaining.

"I screwed up down there in (turns) one and two and I didn't expect it to work out, but I got over the cushion and turned down the hill," Courtney recalled. "I slid a couple guys and got to Windom right before the caution. We got all bunched up; I ran behind Grant and Sussex for a little bit and while they were sliding each other, I was able to get by them. We got to lapped traffic, then I used one of them as a pick and slid Chris. I could tell the track was starting to take rubber, so I had to get by him quickly. Luckily, I was at the right place at the right time."

In the moments leading up to Corey Smith's spin on lap 25 that brought about the night's final yellow, Windom began to find his way back toward Courtney. On the ensuing restart, everyone anticipated Windom to be the aggressor and reclaim his spot up front. Instead, Grant was able to slide by Windom on the restart to momentarily take over second, though Windom countered immediately to move back to second.

Windom pounced on his second opportunity and was right on Courtney's tail for the final two-lap shootout. On the 29th lap, Windom took the first swing at Courtney, pulling ahead between turns one and two. Courtney kept his foot on the throttle and escaped around the outside of Windom with mere inches to spare to retain the lead.

Windom came back twice more on the final lap with a turn one slider to no avail and one last final run at him going into turn three, but each time, Courtney successfully countered with a left hook of his own, turning down the hill off turn four to cut underneath Windom and hang on for the victory by 0.184 of a second. Windom took second ahead of Grant, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Robert Ballou and CRA/West Coast Sprint regular Brody Roa rounding out the top-five.

Patience and urgency reared its head again in the final laps for Courtney as he went face-to-face with the split-second decision on when to lay off the throttle, at what point to turn down in the corner and when to get back on the gas without being slow enough to lose the position or being too fast that he'd blister the tires.

"You lift a little bit, but you can't get too far out of it because you can unload your car and slip out of the rubber," Courtney explains. "It's back to the happy medium thing. You have to run it hard, but not too hard. Everything fell into place tonight. We had a rough start, but we've really got it clicking here the last few races."

"I knew he was going to be throwing (sliders)," Courtney adds. "It's tough when it's one lane like that, when you're sliding through the dirty stuff and it's kind of hard to get it stopped in the rubber. I'm sure Chris was having to throw them from pretty far back. It's just hard to get slowed down. If I was expecting it, I could whoa it down and make sure I didn't miss the rubber and make sure I got it coming off the corner. He tried those last two laps and, on the last lap, he tried it over in (turns) three and four. I would've done the same thing. Luckily, he blew through it every time and we were able to stay in it and get to the checker first."



Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois led the first 19 laps of Friday night's feature, ultimately taking his second-straight runner-up finish in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

"When you're leading a race like that and the rubber keeps moving down, you're a sitting duck unless you happen to find it first," Windom explains. "Tyler just found it a little quicker than me and got by us. You replay the race a thousand times in your head and what you could've done differently. I felt like I was running a pretty consistent race, but he got to the rubber a little quicker than I did. I think we were better than him at the end, but I threw a few haymakers at him and he had enough to cross us back over."

"You're still under control until you're about to hit the rubber again, then you don't know if you're going to slide through it," Windom continued. "It's such a hard place to throw a slide job. If you're throwing it back to the rubber, you've got to slow way down to stick the rubber. I tried as hard as I could to slow down enough, but we slid through it just enough for Tyler squeeze back under us and cross us over. We threw all we could at him."

Ione, California's Justin Grant extended his run of top-four finishes to nine in USAC National Sprint Car competition in 2017, taking third in his Sam McGhee Motorsports/Mike McGhee & Associates - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Maxim/Foxco.

"The patience involved is in waiting for a guy to hit the cushion and get tight against it coming off or missing it a little bit," Grant said. "You have to follow a guy until he bobbles, then when he bobbles, you take your shot then. You just kind of bide your time and wait for a guy to mess up. Everybody gets so fast later on the curb; you've got to wait for a mistake to capitalize."

"I got on the jersey barrier down the back stretch," Grant starts. "I don't know what my deal was. I got up on that jersey barrier and I couldn't get the thing turned off it until too late. When it did turn, the right rear was up on the wall and it slammed down into the cushion and then it bicycled and kind of rode on the right front before setting down and flat-wheeling the fence. I'm pretty fortunate. I thought I was going to turn over."

Contingency award winners Friday night at I-80 Speedway include Stevie Sussex (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Robert Ballou (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner) and Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: June 2, 2017 - Greenwood, Nebraska - I-80 Speedway - Malvern Bank "I-80 Dirt Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-16.808; 2. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-16.838; 3. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-16.966; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-17.003; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.023; 6. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-17.085; 7. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-17.120; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.190; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-17.198; 10. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-17.215; 11. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-17.292; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.335; 13. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.533; 14. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.695; 15. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.807; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.926; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.931; 18. Wyatt Burks, 11w, Rumsey-18.028; 19. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-18.203; 20. Ryan Kitchen, 21, Kitchen-18.520; 21. Rob Caho, Jr., 78, Caho-18.753; 22. Eric Schulz, 4x, Schulz-19.006; 23. Warren Johnson, 42, Johnson-19.046; 24. Rob Sharits, 14s, Davis-20.045; 25. Alex Schriever, 0, Davis-20.442; 26. Terry Richards, 18, Richards-NT; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT (Time of 19.675 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Leary, 3. Chapple, 4. Stockon, 5. Sussex, 6. Robbins, 7. St. James, 8. Schulz, 9. Schriever. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Hodges, 4. Roa, 5. Grant, 6. Cottle, 7. Kitchen, 8. Richards, 9. Johnson. 2:24.07

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Bacon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Thomas, 5. Smith, 6. Burks, 7. Sharits, 8. Bell. 2:30.16

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Robbins, 3. St. James, 4. Richards, 5. Burks, 6. Kitchen, 7. Johnson, 8. Schulz, 9. Bell, 10. Schriever, 11. Sharits. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Dave Darland, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Shane Cottle, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Isaac Chapple, 14. Josh Hodges, 15. Wyatt Burks, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Bruce St. James, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Corey Smith, 20. Warren Johnson, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Ryan Kitchen. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Windom, Laps 20-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou (12th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FEATURE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Grant-667, 2-Windom-585, 3-Boespflug-574, 4-Stockon-528, 5-Courtney-477, 6-Leary-384, 7-Thomas-378, 8-Darland-373, 9-Cottle-339, 10-Jarett Andretti-338.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 3 - Knoxville, Iowa - Knoxville Raceway - "Iowa Corn District 5 & Iowa Corn District 9 Night"

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON WINS 5TH STRAIGHT SALUTE TO INDY AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2017... After running second the previous night, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) won Sunday’s finale of the “Salute to Indy” at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting fifth, Johnson took the lead from “The Bull” Tye Mihocko on the fourth lap, but lost the top spot the “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. nine laps later. Johnson rebounded and regained the lead on lap twenty-eight to claim his second Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the season. Jake Swanson, Mihocko, Michael Curtis, and Chris Bonneau followed Johnson to the checkered flags.

Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, R.J. Johnson scored his fifth consecutive win of the Memorial Day Classic. Earlier in the program, Johnson ran second to Andy Reinbold in his heat race and placed second out of twenty racers in passing points. The four-time champion left Canyon Speedway Park with a 30-point lead with four heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 54 feature laps led.

After running third in Saturday’s USAC/CRA 410 show in Perris, California, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) took second in the “Salute to Indy” from eighth. Making his first start in the Team AZ #34 Western Premier Hauling / Performance Plus RSS, Swanson finished third in his heat race and ranked eighth in passing points. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Brian Hosford for eighteenth in the point chase with one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) led the opening three laps before taking third at Canyon Speedway Park. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions by Dave Wilson / Futuristic Designs Spike, Mihocko ran second to Nick Aiuto in his heat race and placed sixth in passing points. “The Bull” heads to the June 10th San Tan Valley event ranked fifth in the standings with five top-10 finishes.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) had another solid night at Canyon Speedway Park with a fourth place finish after starting seventh. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering XXX, Curtis scored fourth in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. At press time, Michael is tenth in the point standings with one heat race victory, one hard charger award, and four top-10 finishes.

Chris Bonneau (Phoenix, Arizona) charged from ninth to claim fifth in the “Salute to Indy.” Piloting his #78 Priced Right Auto Sales / Competition Suspension Inc. XXX, Bonneau took third in his heat race and was ninth in passing points. The veteran driver is ninth in championship points with one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

Dustin Cormany (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by taking eighth from seventeenth. Driving Bob Price’s #4 RSS Industries / Bishop Racing Engines RSS, Cormany ran fifth in his heat race and placed fifteenth in passing points. In limited starts, Dustin is twenty-third in the point chase with two top-10 finishes.

For the second night in a row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned the night’s Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Matt Lundy in his heat race, led fifteen laps, and ran sixth in the “Salute to Indy.” To date, the five-time Arizona champion is second in points with two feature wins, three heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 63 feature laps led in the campaign.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, Arizona) won his first 8-lap heat race of the campaign. Driving Jack Yeley’s #2 Oshweken Speedway / CDI entry, Lundy was seventh in passing points and claimed seventh in the feature. As this writing goes to press, Matt is eighth in the point standings with two hard charger awards and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) won the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Piloting the Reinbold / Underwood #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold was fifth in passing points and scored eighteenth in the “Salute to Indy.” To date, the 2008 Hank Arnold Memorial winner is eleventh in points with two heat race victories and three top-10 finishes.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s third heat race. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto ranked fourth in passing points and scored fifteenth at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, Nick sits fourth in championship points with three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, and five top-10 finishes on the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway on Saturday, June 10th. The event will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, and Pure Stocks. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 28, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#2 Yeley), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 4. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Mike Martin (#98 Lundy), 6. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 7. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Jake Swanson (#34 Grau), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington).

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (5th), 2. Jake Swanson (8th), 3. Tye Mihocko (1st), 4. Michael Curtis (7th), 5. Chris Bonneau (9th), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 7. Matt Lundy (4th), 8. Dustin Cormany (15th), 9. Shon Deskins (12th), 10. Asa Kesterson (17th), 11. Brent Yarnal (10th), 12. Cody Sickles (18th), 13. Cody Batten (20th), 14. Dalton Gabbard (16th), 15. Nick Aiuto (3rd), 16. Dillon Tanner (11th), 17. Bruce St. James (19th), 18. Andy Reinbold (2nd), 19. Mike Martin (14th), 20. Matt Rossi (13th). NT ---------------------------- **Rossi flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Mihocko, Laps 4-12 Johnson, Laps 13-27 Davis, Laps 28-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Dustin Cormany (15th to 8th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-705, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-675, 3. Shon Deskins-592, 4. Nick Aiuto-452, 5. Tye Mihocko-442, 6. Mike Martin-440, 7. Stevie Sussex-430, 8. Matt Lundy-426, 9. Chris Bonneau-396, 10. Michael Curtis-384, 11. Andy Reinbold-380, 12. Landon Cling-374, 13. Matt Rossi-364, 14. Bruce St. James-343, 15. Brent Yarnal-299, 16. Cody Sickles-294, 17. Jeff Lowery-246, 18. Jake Swanson-191, ….Brian Hosford-191, 20. Dave Darland-169.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. WINS SALUTE TO INDY PRELIMINARY AT CSP

By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2017... Racing past Matt Rossi on the thirteenth circuit, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) won last Saturday’s “Salute to Indy” opener at Canyon Speedway Park. For Davis, the 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was his second victory of the campaign. R.J. Johnson, Michael Curtis, Rossi, and Shon Deskins rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. started sixth and earned his sixteenth career series win. Before taking the checkered flags, Davis ran second to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin in his heat race and claimed the Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award over the nineteen car roster.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) earned the night’s hard charger award / “best passing job” by racing to second from sixteenth. Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson scored sixth in his heat race and ranked sixteenth overall in passing points.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) had one of his best nights of the season with a third place run from eighth. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering XXX, Curtis finished ran second to “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James in his heat race and placed eighth in passing points.

After leading the first twelve laps, Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) took fourth at Saturday night feature. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Maxim, Rossi took third in his heat race and was fifth in the night’s passing points.

Shon Deskins (Waddell, Arizona) had another solid night with a fifth place finish after starting ninth. Piloting his #20 Spike Chassis / Mesilla Valley Transportation entry, Deskins claimed third in his heat race and ranked ninth overall in passing points.

Nick Aiuto (Maricopa, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s first heat race. Racing his #27 Hughey & Phillips / Bob Bondurant Driving School Eagle, Aiuto was third in passing points and scored eighth in the main event.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) won his first heat race of the season. Driving his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Priority Aviation Maxim, St. James placed second in passing points and finished seventeenth at Canyon Speedway Park.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) claimed victory in the night’s third 8-lap heat race. Racing Matt Lundy’s #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack XXX, Martin ranked seventh in passing points and ran sixth at the checkered flags.

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

For more information on the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Matt Lundy (#2 Yeley), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 4. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#98 Lundy), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 2. R.J. Johnson (16th), 3. Michael Curtis (8th), 4. Matt Rossi (2nd), 5. Shon Deskins (9th), 6. Mike Martin (7th), 7. Matt Lundy (3rd), 8. Nick Aiuto (4th), 9. Dalton Gabbard (1st), 10. Tye Mihocko (11th), 11. Dustin Cormany (14th), 12. Dillon Tanner (12th), 13. Brent Yarnal (15th), 14. Cody Sickles (18th), 15. Cody Batten (10th), 16. Andy Reinbold (13th), 17. Bruce St. James (5th), 18. Asa Kesterson (17th), 19. Chris Bonneau (19th). NT ---------------------------- **Cormany flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Rossi, Laps 13-30 Davis HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (16th to 2nd) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS USAC/CRA SALUTE TO INDY AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2017... Starting fifth, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) took the lead from Brody Roa on lap eleven and claimed last Saturday’s “Salute to Indy” at Perris Auto Speedway. The $2,500 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory marked Gardner’s third win of the campaign and the 73rd triumph of his career. Roa, fast qualifier Jake Swanson, Mike Spencer, and Richard Vander Weerd rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner qualified second out of twenty-one racers and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #2. The five-time champion left Perris with a 42-point lead with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 60 feature laps led on the year.

After leading the first ten laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) had to settle for second at the “Salute to Indy.” Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran third in his heat race. Last season’s USAC West Coast Champion ranks second in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led in the campaign.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) raced to third at Perris Auto Speedway after starting sixth. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX, Swanson earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The 2012 Rookie of the Year ranks fourth in points with three heat race victories and four top-10 finishes to his credit.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) had a solid night with a fourth place finish at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Racing the #4S Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ Trench Shoring / Ram-Bull Racing Maxim, Spencer qualified third overall and claimed a photo finish win over Danny Faria Jr. in the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. The five-time champion is third in the point chase with one feature win, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) scored fifth in the 30-lap main event. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Vander Weerd was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion ranks eighth in the standings with one feature win, three top-10 finishes, and 31 feature laps led on the year.

Leading rookie contender Matt McCarthy (Riverside, California) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a twelfth place run from nineteenth. Piloting the family owned #28M Flowdynamics / Napa Auto Parts Maxim, McCarthy qualified nineteenth overall and ran fifth in his heat race. Heading to Perris on June 24th, Matt is eleventh in the point standings with one heat race victory on the season.

On Saturday, June 24th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and the PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the program. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.573; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.690; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.728; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.868; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.878; 6. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.063; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.152; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.154; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.174; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.177; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.186; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.264; 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.293; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.348; 15. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.407; 16. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.525; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.578; 18. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.600; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.705; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.871; 21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. McCarthy, 6. Tafoya, 7. C.Williams. 2:56.84.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Gansen, 6. Colston, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Faria, 3. Sweeney, 4. A.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Edwards. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Brody Roa (2nd), 3. Jake Swanson (6th), 4. Mike Spencer (4th), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 7. Austin Williams (12th), 8. Cody Williams (8th), 9. Logan Williams (7th), 10. Jace Vander Weerd (13th), 11. A.J. Bender (17th), 12. Matt McCarthy (19th), 13. Chris Gansen (11th), 14. Kyle Edwards (18th), 15. Verne Sweeney (15th), 16. Max Adams (10th), 17. Eddie Tafoya (16th), 18. Parker Colston (14th), 19. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 20. Tommy Malcolm (3rd). NT ----------------------- **Waitman flipped during hotlaps. L.Williams flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Roa, Laps 11-30 Gardner SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (19th to 12th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-408, 2. Brody Roa-366, 3. Mike Spencer-342, 4. Jake Swanson-335, 5. Austin Williams-277, 6. Cody Williams-272, 7. Logan Williams-254, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-216, 9. Chris Gansen-212, 10. Tommy Malcolm-183, 11. Matt McCarthy-171, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-159, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-150, 14. Kyle Edwards-146, 15. Parker Colston-143, 16. Danny Faria, Jr.-133, 17. Eddie Tafoya-130, 18. Verne Sweeney-125, 19. Max Adams-104, 20. R.J. Johnson-71.

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS USAC VS. VRA BATTLE OF THE BEACH SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

MAY 31, 2017... This Saturday, June 3rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade the Ventura County Fairgrounds for their first of four appearances at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #1” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprint Cars. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, California Lightning Sprints, and USAC NOW 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc. VRA MEMBERSHIPS WILL BE RECOGNIZED at this event.

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

To date, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held four West Coast Sprint Car races. Johnathon Henry won the “Grand Slam” event on April 4, 2009 and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign set the track record of 12.226 on November 23, 2016. Last season, Tristan Guardino and Ensign claimed the checkered flags at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the ninth point race, Ryan Bernal (Hollister, California) sits atop the point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley Ag Transport XXX, Bernal won Tulare’s “Chris and Brian Faria Memorial” on May 20th. At press time, the two-time USAC Western Classic Champion has posted four feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led to his credit. Ryan leads all drivers with 31 career series wins and is always a threat to win.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) is second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard scoured fourth in the “Faria Memorial.” To date, the 2011 champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and six top-10 finishes on the year. Vander Weerd has 19 career USAC West Coast victories and will be looking to earn the $1,500 payday.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks third in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace placed ninth in the Tulare feature. As this writing goes to press, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led on the season. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will have his sights on his ninth victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) is tied for fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror XXX, Swanson charged from tenth to score sixth at Tulare. At press time, the 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. Jake has two career series wins and will be looking to add the “Battle of the Beach” to his resume.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) is tied with Swanson for fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett raced from sixth to third in the “Faria Memorial.” To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 7 feature laps led on the season. Austin is tied for twelfth on the series win list and will be looking to earn his fourth victory this Saturday night.

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, Max Adams, “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, California) leads the VRA point chase. Kenny Perkins, Kyle Edwards, Rick Hendrix, Brent Owens, Charlie Butcher, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Trenton Sparks, Ed Schwarz, and Troy Rutherford round out the top-10 in points.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (6 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.

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

 

 

I-80 AND KNOXVILLE UP NEXT AS USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS AIM FOR THE HEARTLAND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Through the mazes of farmland in America's heartland, racetracks spring up out of the soil as if they were auto racing's version of the field of dreams.

If you build it, the racers will come. From far and wide and everywhere in-between.

That they will this weekend when the racing heroes of today embark on a journey to Mid-America to showcase what USAC's brand of racing is all about. No wings. Just ruts, guts and the glory that lies 30 laps ahead.

Two venues emerge at the forefront of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing this weekend with the racy I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska hitting leadoff for the series this Friday night, June 2nd.

USAC Sprint Car history in Nebraska is surprisingly short with the first of its five visits to the Cornhusker state coming just five years ago. This will be the first trip for the series to the 4/10-mile dirt oval located a half-hour southwest of Omaha.

Dave Darland is twice a winner at I-80 with the Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless series in 2007 and 2008. The Lincoln, Indiana driver is also the only multi-time USAC Sprint winner in Nebraska, picking up both at Eagle, and is hoping to ride the wave of momentum after earning an unsanctioned sprint win at Kokomo on Memorial Day.

Chad Boespflug won in Nebraska a year ago, also at Eagle, after taking the lead on lap two and soaring to one of his six USAC victories in 2016. But, the Hanford, California native aims to regain his form this weekend after a rough two-night trip to Eldora in May where point leader Justin Grant picked up his season-leading third win while Robert Ballou, an I-80 Sprint Bandits winner in 2006, returned from injury in fantastic form on night two.

On deck a night later on Saturday night, June 3rd is one of the select venues on racing's Mount Rushmore: Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. Of course, the half-mile at the Marion County Fairgrounds is synonymous with the legendary Knoxville Nationals and wing sprint car racing, but this Saturday night, the wings have been grounded as USAC races into town for the ninth time ever, and for the first time since 2011.

Knoxville held its first USAC Sprint race back in 1968 when eventual two-time series champ Gary Bettenhausen took top honors while drivers Dick Tobias (1971), Sam Sessions (1972), Tom Bigelow (1973), Sheldon Kinser (1982), Sammy Swindell (1988) and Bud Kaeding (2010) followed up with victories of their own.

Brady Bacon took a Sprint Bandits feature victory at I-80 in 2009, and the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ from Oklahoma was the most recent to bag a Knoxville victory in USAC's last foray to Knoxville and has been clawing at the door of his first series win all season in the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports No. 63.

Also hitting the highway for Knoxville is four-time and defending USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson from Arizona, who ventures to south central Iowa to make his Knoxville debut in a car fielded by Tampa, Florida's R.J. Johnson. No, that's not a typo.

After three straight rainouts for the series leading into this upcoming weekend's two events, everyone's eager to get back on their respective horses. That time has finally arrived!

Pit gates open for Friday's "I-80 Dirt Classic" at I-80 Speedway at 4pm. Grandstands open at 5:30. Adult General Admission tickets are $23. Children Age 6-12 are $5. Pit Passes are $40.

Action gets underway Saturday at Knoxville when cars hit the track at 6:45pm! Adult General Admission tickets are $20. Teens Age 13-19 are $15. Children Under Age 12 are Free. Pit Passes are $40.

You can watch all the action LIVE from Knoxville on http://www.TheCushion.com/. As always, you can view each and every USAC event one-day after the race is run, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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JOHNSON GRABS "SALUTE TO INDY" PART II AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........R.J. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz. scored a spectacular victory in Sunday's "Salute to Indy" Part II USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. He grabbed the lea for the second time from Saturday winner Charles Davis Jr. on lap 28 and led the final three laps to beat Jake Swanson, Tye Mihocko, Michael Curtis and Chris Bonneau as Davis took sixth.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 28, 2017 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Salute to Indy"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#2 Yeley), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 4. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 5. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Mike Martin (#98 Lundy), 6. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 7. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Jake Swanson (#34 Grau), 4. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 5. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Michael Curtis, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Dustin Cormany, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Asa Kesterson, 11. Brent Yarnal, 12. Cody Sickes, 13. Cody Batten, 14. Dalton Gabbard, 15. Nick Aiuto, 16. Dillon Tanner, 17. Bruce St. James, 18. Andy Reinbold, 19. Mike Martin, 20. Matt Rossi. NT

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**Rossi flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Mihocko, Laps 4-12 Johnson, Laps 13-27 Davis, Laps 28-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Dustin Cormany (15th to 8th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-700, 2-Davis-669, 3-Deskins-592, 4-Aiuto-449, 5-Reinbold-441, 6-Martin-440, 7-Stevie Sussex-430, 8-Lundy-422, 9-Bonneau-396, 10-Curtis-384.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: June 10 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway

 

 

ROSS WINS IMRA MIDGET RACE AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, IL........Gedd Ross of Macomb, Ill. won Saturday night's "Autism Awareness Night" 20-lap USAC Speed2 IMRA Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Ross grabbed the lead on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to beat Tyson Hart, Mitchell Davis, Dillon Morley and Chase McDermand. Adam Taylor led the first 12 laps.

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2017 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway - "Autism Awareness Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 4. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 5. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 6. Jim Picardi (#15s Morgan). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 5. Shane Morgan (#15m Morgan), 6. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 4. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 5. Beau Burnett (#1 Burnett), 6. 6. Tyler Roth (#2 Roth). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Gedd Ross, 2. Tyson Hart, 3. Mitchell Davis, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Chase McDermand, 6. Adam Taylor, 7. Andy Baugh, 8. Jeremy Hull, 9. Shane Morgan, 10. Broc Hunnell, 11. Jake Sollenberger, 12. Dave Baugh. 13, Tyler Roth, 14. Kurt Mueller, 15. Jim Picardi, 16. Beau Burnett, 17. Ryan Mangold. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Taylor, Laps 13-20 Ross.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Taylor-263, 2-Morley-257, 3-Hart-253, 4-Davis-239, 5-McDermand-231, 6-Hull-224, 7-Ross-215, 8-Hunnell-199, 9-Sollenberger-195, 10-A.Baugh-179.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: May 28 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

 

 

BREWER TOPS "BOYD/PARADISE NIGHT" SPEED2 GULF COAST FEATURE AT SUPERBOWL

Greenville, TX........Cody Brewer of Choctaw, OK woight"n Saturday night's 20-lap "Boyd/Paradise Night" USAC Speed2 Gulf Coast Midget race at Superbowl Speedway. He trailed Travis Scott for 15 laps, then led the final five for the win over Scott, Kyle Jones, Paul White and Ty Hulsey.

USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS: May 27, 2017 - Greenville, Texas - Superbowl Raceway- "Boyd/Paradise Night"

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Travis Scott (#2s Scott), 2. Jeb Sessums (#7M Ramey), 3. James Burke (#31 Burke), 4. Paul White (#1PW White), 5. Kade Taylor (#51 Bailey). NT

KREITZ OVAL TRACK PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cody Brewer (#96 Central Motorsports), 2. Kyle Jones (#04 Hefler), 3. Doug McCune (#9u Urbanosky), 4. Ty Hulsey (#4B Long), 5. Justin Gonzales (#7G Carroll). NT

McINTYRE SPEED SHOP FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Cody Brewer, 2. Travis Scott, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Paul White, 5. Ty Hulsey, 6. Kade Taylor, 7. James Burke, 8. Justin Gonzales, 9. Jeb Sessums, 10. Doug McCune. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Scott, Laps 16-20 Brewer.

NEW USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jones-146, 2-Taylor-115, 3-McCune-109, 4-Burke-102, 5-Noah Key-54, 6-Pierce Urbanosky-50, 7-Bill Eslick-36, 8-Richie Robins-35.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: June 3 - Stephenville, TX - 281 Speedway

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 27, 2017 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Matt Lundy (#2 Yeley), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Dillon Tanner (#92 Tanner), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 6. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 7. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Dalton Gabbard (#77 Gabbard), 4. Cody Batten (#71B Holloway), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#98 Lundy), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Dustin Cormany (#4 Price), 6. Cody Sickles (#14 Simington). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Michael Curtis, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Mike Martin, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Nick Aiuto, 9. Dalton Gabbard, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Dustin Cormany, 12. Dillon Tanner, 13. Cody Sickles, 14. Brent Yarnal, 15. Cody Batten, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Bruce St. James, 18. Asa Kesterson, 19. Chris Bonneau. NT

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**Cormany flipped during the feature.

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

HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (16th to 2nd)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: May 28 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Salute to Indy”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 27, 2017 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “Salute to Indy”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.573; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.690; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.728; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.868; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.878; 6. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.063; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.152; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.154; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.174; 10. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-17.177; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.186; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.264; 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.293; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.348; 15. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.407; 16. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.525; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.578; 18. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.600; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.705; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.871; 21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. McCarthy, 6. Tafoya, 7. C.Williams. 2:56.84.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Bender, 5. Gansen, 6. Colston, 7. Ellertson. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Faria, 3. Sweeney, 4. A.Williams, 5. L.Williams, 6. Edwards. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Austin Williams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. A.J. Bender, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Chris Gansen, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. Eddie Tafoya, 17. Max Adams, 18. Parker Colston, 19. Jeremy Ellertson, 20. Tommy Malcolm. NT

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**Waitman flipped during hotlaps. L.Williams flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Roa, Laps 11-30 Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (19th to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: June 24 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

KODY SWANSON SEIZES THE MOMENT; TIES STEELE FOR 3RD ALL-TIME WITH CARB NIGHT CLASSIC WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana......... Lately, it seems every victory Kody Swanson captures sets a new standard in the USAC Silver Crown record book.

Friday night's "Carb Night Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway was no exception as the Californian led all 100 laps from the pole to surpass J.J. Yeley and join the late, great Dave Steele for third on the all-time series win list with his 16th career triumph.

For a time in the late 1990s, there was no greater dominator in USAC competition at LOR (then known as Indianapolis Raceway Park) than the late Steele, the two-time Silver Crown champion who passed away this past March after a sprint car crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla.

Currently, we are in the midst of the Swanson era at the .686-mile paved oval located west of Indianapolis where Kody and his younger brother, Tanner, have combined for five-straight, and seven of the past eight, Silver Crown wins. Though Tanner won the first five of those, Kody had the upper hand in the last two in his DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Hampshire Racing Engines/Beast/Hampshire.

Kody appreciates each and every win that he's fortunate to earn in his career, but Friday's victory gave him pause in his victory lane speech as the significance of placing his name alongside Steele's in the record book has deeply personal meaning.

"Dave Steele was someone that I really considered a friend, and someone I looked up to as a driver," Kody explained. "I was so saddened by his passing and for his family. To join him is an honor; he was incredible behind the wheel and in this series."

Kody started on the pole of the 100-lap event after recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time as the last car to hit the track in time trials. Right from the outset, it was the three LOR dominators of the decade running one-two-three with Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson and Bobby Santos - winners of nine of the past 10 at the track - leading the way.

The trifecta was the class of the field as they seceded from the pack, holding a straightaway lead over the fourth-place car of Jerry Coons, Jr. just ten laps into the show.

Lapped traffic came into play early on, but it didn't do much to slow the pace of the leaders who maintained a torrid transit as they slipped their way around the tail-end of machinery. By lap 30, Kody found a home in a new zip code a half-straightaway ahead of Tanner and Santos.

At halfway, the race's first yellow flag flew when Troy Thompson, in his series debut, spun backwards into the infield grass at the exit of turn two while battling with Bill Rose. Thompson's car made no wall contact and the Florida native was able to restart.

On the ensuing restart, Kody had a pair of lapped cars as a buffer between himself and Tanner. It only took Tanner a lap-and-a-half to clear both Aaron Pierce, then Justin Grant. By then, Kody had taken advantage of the situation and stretched his lead out to 1.5 seconds.

With 27 laps remaining, fifth-running Jerry Coons, Jr. slowed with a flat right front tire to bring out second caution of the evening. The Tucson, Arizona native and USAC Triple Crown champ lost a lap in the pit area as the Gene Nolen Racing crew efficiently went to work on replacing the rubber before sending him back into the fray.

"Dave Steele was someone that I really considered a friend, and someone I looked up to as a driver," Kody Swanson explained. "I was so saddened by his passing and for his family. To join him is an honor; he was incredible behind the wheel and in this series." -Kody Swanson after tying Dave Steele for third on the USAC Silver Crown Series' list of winningest drivers.

With the field bunched up at the resumption of racing on lap 77, Santos poked a nose under Tanner for the second position in turn one. The move was made to no avail, but Kody up front wasn't able to escape the two chasers who ran nose-to-tail and remained close enough to strike despite their own personal battle for second.

In the late stages, the race for the win wasn't the only competition at stake; there was also the ongoing race against the imminent storm. With 10 laps remaining and dark clouds emerging over the springtime Indiana sky, sixth-running Justin Grant slammed the turn three SAFER barrier, eerily similar to the shunt he experienced at Phoenix Raceway a month ago.

After the accident cleanup, that left just two laps and a green-white-checker shootout to the finish. Kody, Tanner and Santos lined up uninterrupted first through third for the final restart. Santos repeated his move from the most recent restart, but this time, powered his way past Tanner to snag second.

Santos went to work, gaining on Kody as he laid down his fastest two laps of the race, since lap four, on the 99th and 100th circuit. The anticipation grew as a David Byrne-esque charge for the win played through the minds of the enthusiastic crowd on-hand. However, Kody was even quicker than Santos on the final two rounds and muscled the No. 63 to his third overall LOR Silver Crown win by three-tenths over Santos, Tanner, Chris Windom and Aaron Pierce.

It was the third win in four races for Kody in the "black" pavement car that the team purchased after destroying their traditional "white" car in a jarring crash at Gateway Motorsports Park in June of 2016. Not that the white car was a slouch by any means, but it rarely got over the hump to find victory lane in Kody's hands since he began his tenure with the team in 2014. The lone win with Kody at the wheel of the white car came at Toledo (OH) Speedway in May of 2015.

The black car utilized Friday night is a former RFMS Motorsports machine driven by A.J. Fike and has done wonders for the team's asphalt program. Since the addition of the black car, Kody and the DePalma Motorsports team have won three of four on the blacktop: LOR (1st), Salem (Ind.) Speedway (1st), Phoenix (2nd) and LOR (1st), including 200 straight laps led at LOR over the past two events.

"I don't think I fully attributed the trouble we were having to the white car until we got the black one," Kody admits. "That white car had been wrecked and straightened before we had it and I don't think I quite realized what lasting effects that had. This black car has been solid for us right out of the box and my guys work really hard to keep us near the front. I'm really thankful that the hard work is paying off."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway include: Kody Swanson (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kevin Studley (KSE Racing Products / Billy Winsemann Racing Hard Charger Award) and Troy Thompson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES (presented by TRAXXAS) RACE RESULTS: May 26, 2017 - Brownsburg, Indiana - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - "Carb Night Classic"

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

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

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Troy Thompson

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

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE (presented by TRAXXAS): June 16 - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - Williams Grove Speedway - "Horn-Schindler Memorial" - "USAC Triple Crown Showdown"

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Troy Thompson

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

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

 

 

HOOSIER HUNDRED POSTPONED; HULMAN CLASSIC RESCHEDULED!

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER REALIZES LIFELONG DREAM
AT THE HOOSIER HUNDRED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

Or so many people thought.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

TONY HULMAN CLASSIC POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

STEVIE SUSSEX WINS SHOOTOUT AT SAN TAN VALLEY By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

BALLOU & SWANSON BROTHERS SHOOT FOR HISTORY DURING WEEK OF INDY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV SET TO STREAM

HULMAN CLASSIC AND HOOSIER HUNDRED LIVE!

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

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

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

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: 1-20 Greth.

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

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

 

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

Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

I-55 USAC SPRINT RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN RAINED OUT

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

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

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

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT THE FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Cody Majors, Tristan Guardino, Ryan Timmons, Jeff Sibley, “The Milkman” Joe Stornetta Jr., Shannon McQueen, Ryan Stolz, Max Adams, Gary Nelson Jr., “The G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Bleacher seats are $20 and Grandstands seats are $25. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016- Brody Roa.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cooper Desbiens-1
Kyle Miller

Former Wingless Sprint Series Champions
2016- Rob Lindsey

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

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

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

 

 

RIVER TOWN SHOWDOWN BORDER WAR BRINGS USAC TO ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Baugh.

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Huntsville, Alabama - Huntsville Speedway

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

May 13, 2017 - Merced, California - Merced Speedway

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Paterson.

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

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

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

 

 

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

May 13, 2017 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

May 13, 2017 - Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MIKE SPENCER BREAKS THROUGH AT VENTURA
By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On Saturday, May 27th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway for the annual “Salute to Indy.” Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and the California Lightning Sprints. More event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982-Jeff Heywood*, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014-Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

It's Eldora Speedway.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN US MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lemke.

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

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

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

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

May 6, 2017 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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**McCarthy flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

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

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

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC WEEK OF INDY SUPERTICKETS NOW ON SALE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

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

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

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS ARE MANDATORY AT COMPETITOR’S FIRST RACE and can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2017-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner.

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SPEED2 GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC EASTERN REGIONAL MIDGETS PRESENTED BY ARDC RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Kobylarz.

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

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

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

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

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

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

SANTOS SAVORS VICTORY IN SILVER CROWN RETURN TO PHOENIX

Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Windom

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE RACER; TANNER SWANSON EMBRACES HIS RACING ROLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

APRIL 26, 2017... This Saturday, April 29th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the seventh point race will also showcase Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and the Robert Horne Ford Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

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

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

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

PHOENIX WINNERS

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

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

PHOENIX SILVER CROWN VETERANS

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

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX SILVER CROWN DEBUTS

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

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

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

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

PHOENIX FIRST-TIMERS

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

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

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

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

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

SILVER CROWN FIRST-TIMERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"PHOENIX COPPER CUP" ENTRY LIST

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

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

KYLE HIRST TOPS PETER MURPHY CLASSIC AT TULARE
By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE:
1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Kyle Hirst (2nd), 2. Ryan Bernal (4th), 3. Danny Faria Jr. (1st), 4. Jace Vander Weerd (8th), 5. Austin Liggett (7th), 6. Brandon Wiley (14th), 7. Richard Vander Weerd (5th), 8. Billy Butler (10th), 9. Max Adams (11th), 10. Jeff Sibley (12th), 11. Steven Garris (13th), 12. Kyle Smith (15th), 13. Steve Hix (19th), 14. Ryan Timmons (17th), 15. Koen Shaw (16th), 16. Cody Majors (3rd), 17. Tristan Guardino (9th), 18. Gary Nelson Jr. (21st), 19. Joe Stornetta Jr. (6th), 20. Geoffrey Strole (18th), 21. Ryan Stolz (20th). NT
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**Majors flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ryan Bernal-395, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-354, 3. Jake Swanson-343, 4. Jace Vander Weerd-328, 5. Austin Liggett-288, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-280, 7. Cody Majors-245, 8. Geoff Ensign-244, 9. Tristan Guardino-242, 10. Brandon Wiley-195, 11. Jeff Sibley-192, 12. Ryan Timmons-188, 13. Steven Garris-166, ... Steve Hix-166, 15. Tye Mihocko-158, 16. Joe Stornetta Jr.-149, 17. Brady Bacon-148, 18. Stevie Sussex-132, 19. Koen Shaw-127, 20. Shannon McQueen-126.

2017 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
April 29: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
May 20: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 3: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
June 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Ron Otto Memorial)
June 17: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 8: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
July 28: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
July 29: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
October 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 22: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

8 YEARS IN THE MAKING, USAC SILVER CROWN IS BACK AT PHOENIX RACEWAY THIS FRI.-SAT.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The journey to Phoenix Raceway is a trail that has been journeyed numerous times throughout USAC's illustrious history. A.J. Foyt christened the new mile track back in 1964 and, from there on, visits by USAC's premier series to Phoenix became an annual can't-miss-event in which fans and teams from all over annually migrated to the southwest for a weekend of speed.

From 1987 through 2009, the USAC Silver Crown series put on race after memorable race, many of which are still remembered fondly to this day, in the traditional "Copper World Classic" which provided an open-wheel heaven for race fans and drivers alike to kick off the season.

In recent years, that trail to Phoenix has fallen silent. But, this coming Friday and Saturday, April 28th and 29th, the tumbleweeds have vanished into the desert horizon and the trail gets dusted off once again as the stars of USAC Silver Crown racing make their triumphant return to the Valley of the Sun.

The "Phoenix Copper Cup" begins a revitalization of the Silver Crown division's pavement side of the schedule. New teams have emerged, bringing an air of excitement that is more than a welcome sight.

Starting off the list is defending series champ Chris Windom. In April alone, the Canton, Illinois driver has already taken a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories and kicked off the month by winning the Silver Crown season-opening "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track. Prior to this season, Windom had never won a USAC National race this early in the season, but could head into May with four under his belt if he can stake his claim in Phoenix.

Lately, when you see a pavement Silver Crown race on the schedule, you can almost pencil in one of the Brothers Swanson as the winner. They've been that dominant! So dominant in fact, it's been since June of 2015 that either Kody or Tanner Swanson didn't return home from a pavement Silver Crown event without a trophy.

Tanner and Kody split won a pair on the asphalt a year ago with Tanner taking the first two at IRP and Gateway Motorsports Park while Kody went two-for-two as the DePalma Motorsports went back-in-black with the 63's new paint scheme to grab the last two rounds at IRP and Salem Speedway.

The lone representative of the state of Arizona entered for the event is Tucson's Jerry Coons, Jr. One of six USAC Triple Crown champions, Coons has not yet reached the pinnacle at Phoenix, finishing in the runner-up position of the 2007 edition. This Saturday, Coons plans to add one of the very few items he's missing from his Hall of Fame resume.

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader Justin Grant will make his first Phoenix appearance as he eyes his first Silver Crown victory. The winner of National Sprints' most recent race a week ago in Plymouth, Indiana will take the wheel for the Hemelgarn/Carli Motorsports team. If you recall, Ron Hemelgarn and crew chief Dennis LaCava have already been to Phoenix Raceway victory lane once before in an Indy Car when their driver, Buddy Lazier, raced from 26th to 1st in the year 2000.

Eleven-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton and his son, Davey Hamilton, Jr. are aiming to become the first father and son to compete in the same Silver Crown race since Wayne Reutimann, Sr. and Jr. at Phoenix 10 years ago in 2007. Davey Hamilton himself is a five-time winner of the Supermodified portion of the "Copper World" and is one of nine drivers entered who have previous Phoenix Raceway experience.

USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Damion Gardner, is a master on the dirt with 72 series victories to his credit, but this weekend, he makes his pavement Silver Crown debut. He will face a number of pavement standouts and series race winners who have previous experience at Phoenix including Bobby Santos, Aaron Pierce and David Byrne.

Friday's schedule includes a pair of practice sessions for the "Phoenix Copper Cup" from 12:30 to 1:30pm and 1:45 to 2:15pm. ProSource Qualifying is slated to begin at 2:40pm.

Saturday's schedule for the Silver Crown cars starts at 2pm when cars and drivers make their way to pit road. The green flag for the 100-lap, 100-mile race is set for 3pm.

Get your discount tickets now at http://bit.ly/2p5WGI5 to witness both days of racing action: the "Phoenix Copper Cup" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, the Vintage Desert Classic and the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Can't make it to Phoenix in-person? Watch flag-to-flag coverage of the event a day after, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/!

 

 

GRANT AND McGHEE STAY ON A TEAR WITH EARLY SEASON ROLL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Since Justin Grant and Sam McGhee Motorsports joined up in August of 2016, the pair has seen their level of success soar to a new stratosphere.

When the two knocked down a non-sanctioned win in their first race together at Bloomington Speedway eight months ago, then followed it up with two-straight top-three finishes at the Badlands, you just had the feeling this was a dream pairing in the making.

When their formation resulted in a dominating performance at Eldora Speedway's "4-Crown Nationals" last September, you just knew this dream was becoming a reality.

In the 16 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts the 26-year-old Grant and McGhee, the 17-year-old mechanical prodigy, have teamed up, they've earned an average finish of 3.7. This year alone, that average has peaked to its current 2.3 through six starts, which includes a season-opening victory at "Winter Dirt Games" in Ocala, Florida.

Without a single finish outside the top-four and no signs of letting up just yet, 2017 has thus far been a season that could turn out to be simply magical. The magic continued Friday night at northern Indiana's Plymouth Speedway where the USAC National Sprint Cars made their first ever pilgrimage.

Early on in a downright chilly and wind-soaked evening, Grant's run of success took on a bit of a turn for the worse on his ProSource Qualifying run when he stumbled in turn four coming to the green. He took a mulligan, turning it around before giving lap number a second shot. In turn three, he proceeded to almost dump it before setting it down and going on to salvage a respectable eighth on his second go-around.

Two top-six qualifiers missed the invert by not transferring through their heat, providing Grant a seat on the outside of the front row, which he took full advantage of by racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two. That allowed Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage right off the bat.

By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight. By lap five, the lead was a full-straightaway. And 10 laps into the 30-lapper, Grant had packed his suitcase, bought an airline ticket and checked out to a staggering half-lap lead as he began to negotiate lapped traffic.

Though he possessed a suffocating stranglehold on all those who followed, Grant's lead would begin to shrink mightily through the second half of the event as the lappers ran high, low, top and bottom as they engaged in their own battles for position ahead of Grant.

Each lap, Boespflug chomped a significant chunk out of the interval between he and race leader Grant. With six laps remaining, Boespflug pulled even with Grant in turn one. The two Californians were separated by a single car length as they battled down the back straight with the lapped car of Aaron Pierce just in front of them. Grant decided this was the time to get aggressive and took a chance, splitting between Pierce and Jarett Andretti to separate himself for good.

Meanwhile, 18th starting Tyler Courtney seemingly came out of nowhere, shooting around the top to zip by Thomas Meseraull for third with 3 laps remaining and ran down Boespflug on the white flag lap with a sweet outside, inside move off the second turn, beating him to turn three to grab the second position.

By then, though, Grant was long gone once again where he would pull away for a commanding three-and-a-half second victory over KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Courtney and Chad Boespflug.

Grant established the 30-lap mark in caution-free fashion at 7 minutes, 36 seconds in a race that saw all 22 starters finish.

Additionally, team owner Sam McGhee revisited Plymouth Speedway victory lane for the first time in six seasons, but this time, in a different role. The now 17-year-old McGhee raced to a USAC Ford Focus Young Guns Midget feature at Plymouth in 2011 when the track was pavement.

Justin Grant remains at the top of the standings after winning his second series feature of the season. Yet, Chad Boespflug actually closed the gap to a single point after collecting valuable ProSource Qualifying and Heat Race points throughout the night. Chris Windom remains third ahead of Chase Stockon and Jarett Andretti.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

 April 22, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “4th Annual Peter Murphy Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.061; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.170; 3. Joe Stornetta Jr., 3F, Finkenbinder-16.195; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.326; 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.347; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.371; 7. Kyle Hirst, 51T, Roth-16.479; 8. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-16.489; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.491; 10. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-16.577; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.607; 12. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.766; 13. Billy Butler, 2K, Keller-16.787; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-16.809; 15. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-16.940; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.019; 17. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.088; 18. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-17.205; 19. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.443; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.475; 21. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Hirst, 3. Liggett, 4. Butler, 5. Garris, 6. Shaw, 7. Hix. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Majors, 2. R. Vander Weerd, 3. J.Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Wiley, 6. Timmons, 7. Stolz. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Stornetta, 3. Guardino, 4. Sibley, 5. Smith, 6. Strole, 7. Nelson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED POLE SHUFFLE: 1. Faria, 2. Hirst, 3. Majors, 4. Bernal, 5. R.Vander Weerd, 6. Stornetta. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Kyle Hirst, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Austin Liggett, 6. Brandon Wiley, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Billy Butler, 9. Max Adams, 10. Jeff Sibley, 11. Steven Garris, 12. Kyle Smith, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Ryan Timmons, 15. Koen Shaw, 16. Cody Majors, 17. Tristan Guardino, 18. Gary Nelson Jr., 19. Joe Stornetta Jr., 20. Geoffrey Strole, 21. Ryan Stolz. NT

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**Majors flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Faria, Laps 6-25 Hirst,

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brandon Wiley (14th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 29 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 22, 2017 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway - "Mountain Dew Kick Start the Season Night"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 2. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 3. Mitchell Davis (#37 Murdock), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Myers), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7, Derek Goble (#55 Goble). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase McDermand (#40 McDermand), 2. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 3. Tyson Hart (#69 Trone), 4. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 5. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 6. Broc Hunnell (#F5 Hunnell), 7. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Adam Taylor, 3. Gedd Ross, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jeff Mallonee, 6. Mitchell Davis, 7. Jeremy Hull, 8. Dillon Morley, 9. Broc Hunnell, 10. Tyson Hart, 11. Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Mangold, 13. Andy Baugh, 14. Derek Goble. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 McDermand.

NEW USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-McDermond-78, 2-Taylor-74, 3-Ross-72, 4-Burrows-65, 5-Mallonee-65, 6-Davis-61, 7-Hull-57, 8-Morley-53, 9-Hunnell-49, 10-Hart-49.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 29 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway - "Autism Awareness Night"

 

 

USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 22, 2017 - Hickory, North .Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.043; 2. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8R, Radical-15.146; 3. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.176; 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.179; 5. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.215; 6. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-15.359; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.388; 8. Eric Lewis, 28, Radical-15.419; 9. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.610; 10. Jake Smith, 93, Smith-15.673.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jessica Bean, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Jagger Parker, 5. George Kurtz, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Bradley Riethmeyer, 8. Jake Smith, 9. Eric Lewis, 10. Neal Allison. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Bean.

NEW USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-279, 2-Kurtz-275, 3-Nolan Allison-255, 4-Parker-240, 5-Lewis-182, 6-Lamb-161, 7-Trainor-157, 8-Neal Allison-142, 9-Smith-139, 10-Jake Garcia-138.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 EASTERN MIDGET RACE: May 6 - Robersonville, NC - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

GRANT BREATHES EASY WITH VICTORY IN USAC SPRINTS' FIRST PILGRIMAGE TO PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana.........Early on in Justin Grant's sprint car racing career, a fellow competitor told him that he wouldn't last more than eight laps without consciously remembering to breathe while he was racing.

Justin heeded that advice, and a handful of years later, the Ione, California native is finding the greatest success of his driving career. He could breathe easy after all was said and done Friday night after holding off a late-race charge from Chad Boespflug while mired in lapped traffic to collect his second series victory of the season in the first ever visit by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship to Indiana's Plymouth Speedway.

The win came as a sigh of relief to Grant after a breathtaking moment in ProSource Qualifying that almost ended his night before it even began.

"I tried to end our night pretty early on during qualifying," Grant said with a grin. "I was coming to the green (flag) and about spun out. I went ahead, turned around and went back and tried to gain a little composure. I took a breath, came back and restarted my qualifying attempt. I went down into (turn) three on the first lap and all but turned over. Getting into three, my speed and the calculations I was running in my head, I figured I was going to go ahead and make it over the fence. It went ahead and sat down and I was able to salvage a respectable time on the second lap. Fortunately for me, a couple guys missed the transfer through the heat races and that put us on the front row."

Grant took full advantage of his seat on the outside of the front row, racing to the lead up top as polesitter Thomas Meseraull slid up the track in turn two, allowing Grant to breakaway to a substantial advantage.

By lap three, Grant was ahead by a half-straight. The lead had grown to the length of a straightaway with just five lap