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#100 AT THE BURG: USAC SPRINTS REACH LAWRENCEBURG MILESTONE THIS SATURDAY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 29, 2023)………Few venues are entrenched in as much USAC history as Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Even fewer venues have hosted more USAC National events than Lawrenceburg over the past six-plus decades of competition.

This Saturday night’s, April 1 date for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at the 3/8-mile dirt oval will mark the 100th USAC National event conducted at Lawrenceburg Speedway, which has hosted 30 NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship races and 69 more with sprint cars, including one non-points special event.

Lawrenceburg Speedway, which opened in 1950 and conducted its first USAC event in 1961, will become the eighth track to have hosted 100 or more combined USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget races.

Ohio’s Eldora Speedway (301) has hosted the most in this category followed by Indianapolis Raceway Park (267), Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track (250), Indiana’s Winchester Speedway (196), Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway (162), California’s Ascot Park (140) and Indiana’s Salem Speedway (135).

Fifty-one different drivers have reached victory lane in a USAC National event at Lawrenceburg Speedway with USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland leading all drivers with seven, all of which have come in a sprint car.

Meanwhile, five more drivers have won in both USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget competition at Lawrenceburg: Bryan Clauson, Jay Drake, Logan Seavey, Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

Lawrenceburg’s USAC roots date back to 1961 when A.J. Foyt, just a little over two months removed from the first of his four Indianapolis 500 victories, scored a 40-lap midget victory for car owner Bob Nowicke at the Joe Noppert-promoted quarter-mile.

USAC Midgets have made regular appearances at Lawrenceburg since the mid-1980s, dating to Tom Bigelow’s 1986 triumph on the exact date of birth for the author of this article. In 1989, Lawrenceburg even found itself as the host of the Hut 100 during the brief closure of the Terre Haute Action Track in 1988-89.

However, USAC National Sprint Cars didn’t make its first appearance at Lawrenceburg until September of 1983, shortly after USAC first began to schedule series events at tracks under a half-mile in length. Danny Milburn captured the victory that night, his first with USAC. And it just so happened to be on the exact date of birth of the sister of the author of this story. And isn’t that ironic, don’t you think?

USAC Sprint Car visits to Lawrenceburg have become a regular occurrence. In fact, Lawrenceburg has been the home of at least one series event each year since 1992, and its current run of 31-straight seasons doing so is the most among all racetracks.

Yes, Lawrenceburg has seen its share of changes over the years. Dating back to 1999, yours truly can recall Jack Hewitt and several other top drivers pleading over the public address system for fans and the community to do their part to help save Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Shortly after, the place was more than saved; it became a palace with an entirely new covered grandstand erected in 2002 followed by a complete overhaul of the racetrack, which expanded from a quarter-mile bullring to a blazing fast 3/8-mile track that provided a new generation of racers and fans an entirely new Lawrenceburg experience.

Jeff Bland Jr. scored the first win at the “new” high-banked Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2008 during Indiana Sprint Week, which came to be his lone USAC victory.

It’s been quite a road, and an everlasting one for the venerable speedway in southeastern Indiana city of Lawrenceburg. Whether it came on the small track or the big track, it all adds up to one of the most historic tracks in the USAC record books. It also adds up to number 100.

DETAILS:

This Saturday April 1, the first Midwest appearance of the season for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship 2023 season at Dave & Kim Rudisell’s Lawrenceburg Speedway also presents the KOI Auto Parts Modifieds and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets. Pits open at 3pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 (all ages).

Watch this Saturday’s Lawrenceburg event LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3Kdc2na.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

7-Dave Darland

5-Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Justin Grant & Jack Hewitt

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Jimmy Davies, Rick Hood & Rich Vogler

2-Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Brian Tyler, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

1-Robert Ballou, Spencer Bayston, Tom Bigelow, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Kevin Doty, A.J. Foyt, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Steve Knepper, Buddy Kofoid, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Olson, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Mike Streicher, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas & Josh Wise

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1961: A.J. Foyt (8/4) & Jimmy Davies (9/10)

1964: Jimmy Davies (6/10)

1965: Jimmy Davies (5/9)

1986: Tom Bigelow (7/19)

1987: Stevie Reeves (6/6)

1988: Rich Vogler (5/21) & Rich Vogler (8/13)

1989: Kevin Olson (6/24) & Rich Vogler (10/8)

1990: Mike Streicher (7/7)

1991: Steve Knepper (5/11)

1993: Stevie Reeves (6/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/1)

2005: Jay Drake (8/18)

2007: Kevin Swindell (8/11)

2008: Brad Sweet (8/9)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/13)

2010: Tracy Hines (6/19)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/16)

2013: Zach Daum (6/15)

2014: Rico Abreu (6/14)

2015: Rico Abreu (6/13)

2017: Rico Abreu (6/10)

2018: Spencer Bayston (6/2)

2019: Chris Windom (6/8)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/20)

2021: Logan Seavey (6/5)

2022: Buddy Kofoid (6/4)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

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

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

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

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

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

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

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

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

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021: Brady Bacon (4/3), Logan Seavey (7/25) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/2)

2022: Kyle Cummins (10/1)

 

 

KODY SWANSON TEAMS WITH DORAN BINKS IN PURSUIT OF 8TH USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE IN 2023

Lebanon, Ohio (March 29, 2023)………Seven-time and reigning USAC Silver Crown driving champion Kody Swanson will attempt to extend his all-time record of series titles to eight in 2023 in a combined team effort between Kevin Doran and Dan Binks.

Swanson’s route to the 2021-22 Silver Crown championships came via a split effort between Doran Racing on pavement and Dyson Racing on dirt. This year’s combo will put the Kingsburg, Calif. driver under the same roof with a single team for the full season on both dirt and pavement, a scenario Swanson hasn’t been in since competing full-time for Nolen Racing in 2020.

Doran-Binks Racing will be based at Doran Racing’s headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio, and will sport primary sponsorship from Mission Foods, the leading producer of tortillas in the United States and the manufacturer of a variety of authentic Mexican products. Glenn Farms will be the team’s associate sponsor and the cars will return to the 77, which Swanson utilized with the team during his 2021 championship season.

Doran Binks Racing plans to compete in all 14 USAC Silver Crown races in 2023. As a seven-time champion, Swanson’s 37 victories make him the winningest driver in the history of this series.

Swanson, a native of Kingsburg, Calif., who now lives in Indianapolis, won three races on the way to the 2022 USAC Silver Crown title. In August, he beat his own world speed record for a traditional USAC Silver Crown car with a speed of 146.699 miles per hour during qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.

“I'm excited about this year and the season ahead,” Swanson exclaimed. “This is a tremendous opportunity to work together with some great friends and talented racers and do it all out of the same building. I'm thankful for the chance to partner with the Mission brand and hope to represent an iconic company well while competing for wins and championships.”

While Swanson has already cemented himself among the USAC greats throughout his career, Doran and Binks are both legends in endurance sports car racing.

Doran has won the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway as a crew chief, a team member, a team manager, a car owner and even as a car manufacturer. Prior to fielding cars under Doran Racing, he had many victories with the late Al Holbert, a five-time IMSA Camel GT champion; the MOMO Ferrari team, and Doran Lista Racing.

Binks, of Brighton, Mich., was the crew chief for Corvette Racing’s factory sports car team for nearly 20 years. Under his direction, the team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times and numerous IMSA championships.

Prior to becoming one of the most recognizable faces of Corvette Racing, Binks won IMSA GTU races with a Mazda RX-7 with various drivers, enjoying great success in Trans Am and even was a crew chief for Roush Fenway Racing in NASCAR.

The USAC Silver Crown series opens with the 20th running of the Sumar Classic on Sunday, April 16, at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

 

 

#100 AT THE BURG: USAC SPRINTS REACH LAWRENCEBURG MILESTONE THIS SATURDAY
 

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (March 29, 2023)………Few venues are entrenched in as much USAC history as Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Even fewer venues have hosted more USAC National events than Lawrenceburg over the past six-plus decades of competition.

This Saturday night’s, April 1 date for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at the 3/8-mile dirt oval will mark the 100th USAC National event conducted at Lawrenceburg Speedway, which has hosted 30 NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship races and 69 more with sprint cars, including one non-points special event.

Lawrenceburg Speedway, which opened in 1950 and conducted its first USAC event in 1961, will become the eighth track to have hosted 100 or more combined USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car and National Midget races.

Ohio’s Eldora Speedway (301) has hosted the most in this category followed by Indianapolis Raceway Park (267), Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track (250), Indiana’s Winchester Speedway (196), Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway (162), California’s Ascot Park (140) and Indiana’s Salem Speedway (135).

Fifty-one different drivers have reached victory lane in a USAC National event at Lawrenceburg Speedway with USAC Triple Crown champion Dave Darland leading all drivers with seven, all of which have come in a sprint car.

Meanwhile, five more drivers have won in both USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget competition at Lawrenceburg: Bryan Clauson, Jay Drake, Logan Seavey, Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

Lawrenceburg’s USAC roots date back to 1961 when A.J. Foyt, just a little over two months removed from the first of his four Indianapolis 500 victories, scored a 40-lap midget victory for car owner Bob Nowicke at the Joe Noppert-promoted quarter-mile.

USAC Midgets have made regular appearances at Lawrenceburg since the mid-1980s, dating to Tom Bigelow’s 1986 triumph on the exact date of birth for the author of this article. In 1989, Lawrenceburg even found itself as the host of the Hut 100 during the brief closure of the Terre Haute Action Track in 1988-89.

However, USAC National Sprint Cars didn’t make its first appearance at Lawrenceburg until September of 1983, shortly after USAC first began to schedule series events at tracks under a half-mile in length. Danny Milburn captured the victory that night, his first with USAC. And it just so happened to be on the exact date of birth of the sister of the author of this story. And isn’t that ironic, don’t you think?

USAC Sprint Car visits to Lawrenceburg have become a regular occurrence. In fact, Lawrenceburg has been the home of at least one series event each year since 1992, and its current run of 31-straight seasons doing so is the most among all racetracks.

Yes, Lawrenceburg has seen its share of changes over the years. Dating back to 1999, yours truly can recall Jack Hewitt and several other top drivers pleading over the public address system for fans and the community to do their part to help save Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Shortly after, the place was more than saved; it became a palace with an entirely new covered grandstand erected in 2002 followed by a complete overhaul of the racetrack, which expanded from a quarter-mile bullring to a blazing fast 3/8-mile track that provided a new generation of racers and fans an entirely new Lawrenceburg experience.

Jeff Bland Jr. scored the first win at the “new” high-banked Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2008 during Indiana Sprint Week, which came to be his lone USAC victory.

It’s been quite a road, and an everlasting one for the venerable speedway in southeastern Indiana city of Lawrenceburg. Whether it came on the small track or the big track, it all adds up to one of the most historic tracks in the USAC record books. It also adds up to number 100.

DETAILS:

This Saturday April 1, the first Midwest appearance of the season for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship 2023 season at Dave & Kim Rudisell’s Lawrenceburg Speedway also presents the KOI Auto Parts Modifieds and Bessler's U Pull & Save Hornets. Pits open at 3pm Eastern with the grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow. Adult general admission tickets are $30, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 (all ages).

Watch this Saturday’s Lawrenceburg event LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3Kdc2na.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL WINS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

7-Dave Darland

5-Bryan Clauson, Jon Stanbrough & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Justin Grant & Jack Hewitt

3-Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Kevin Briscoe, Jimmy Davies, Rick Hood & Rich Vogler

2-Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Levi Jones, C.J. Leary, Danny Milburn, Stevie Reeves, Logan Seavey, Brian Tyler, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

1-Robert Ballou, Spencer Bayston, Tom Bigelow, Jeff Bland Jr., Mark Cassella, Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Kevin Doty, A.J. Foyt, Dickie Gaines, Damion Gardner, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Josh Hodges, Logan Jarrett, Steve Knepper, Buddy Kofoid, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Olson, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brady Short, Chase Stockon, Mike Streicher, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas & Josh Wise

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1961: A.J. Foyt (8/4) & Jimmy Davies (9/10)

1964: Jimmy Davies (6/10)

1965: Jimmy Davies (5/9)

1986: Tom Bigelow (7/19)

1987: Stevie Reeves (6/6)

1988: Rich Vogler (5/21) & Rich Vogler (8/13)

1989: Kevin Olson (6/24) & Rich Vogler (10/8)

1990: Mike Streicher (7/7)

1991: Steve Knepper (5/11)

1993: Stevie Reeves (6/5)

2003: J.J. Yeley (6/1)

2005: Jay Drake (8/18)

2007: Kevin Swindell (8/11)

2008: Brad Sweet (8/9)

2009: Bryan Clauson (6/13)

2010: Tracy Hines (6/19)

2011: Bryan Clauson (6/11)

2012: Darren Hagen (6/16)

2013: Zach Daum (6/15)

2014: Rico Abreu (6/14)

2015: Rico Abreu (6/13)

2017: Rico Abreu (6/10)

2018: Spencer Bayston (6/2)

2019: Chris Windom (6/8)

2020: Kyle Larson (6/20)

2021: Logan Seavey (6/5)

2022: Buddy Kofoid (6/4)

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY:

1983: Danny Milburn (9/18)

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

1985: Rick Hood (6/8)

1986: Rick Hood (6/7)

1988: Jack Hewitt (6/4)

1989: Rodney Ritter Jr. (7/1)

1992: Kevin Thomas (8/8)

1993: Jack Hewitt (7/10)

1994: Jon Stanbrough (6/18)

1995: Jack Hewitt (7/1)

1996: Mark Cassella (8/31)

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

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

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

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

2001: Dave Darland (7/26)

2002: Kevin Briscoe (7/25)

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

2004: Jon Stanbrough (7/22)

2005: Dickie Gaines (7/21)

2006: Jon Stanbrough (4/22)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2021: Brady Bacon (4/3), Logan Seavey (7/25) & Kevin Thomas Jr. (10/2)

2022: Kyle Cummins (10/1)

 

 

GOLFING FOR A GREAT CAUSE: SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR MAY USAC CHARITY GOLF TOURNEY

Speedway, Indiana (March 28, 2023)………Join in on the fun for a great cause as a sponsor for the 27th annual Bill Marvel Women's Charity Golf Outing, honoring the generosity of Mary Fendrich Hulman to benefit USAC RaceAid on Wednesday, May 24, at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

To become a hole sponsor for the tournament, the donation is $150. It’s an ideal way for businesses to show support and you too can also make donations “In Memory of…” loved ones.

Items may also be donated to the event’s raffle/silent auction with all proceeds from the event going directly to USAC RaceAid.

Anyone can attend the luncheon, raffle and silent auction. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 each and can be purchased online at RACEAID.fund.

To sponsor the event, please reach out via email at info@raceaid.fund or by phone at (317) 247-5151.

We are grateful for the sponsors who’ve already signed on to support this year’s golf tournament: the Tony Stewart Foundation (Gold), Raymond James (Silver), Performance Tire Service (Bronze), Marotti Motorsports/Spirit of Speedway (Breakfast), Indiana Car Exchange & STIDA (Beverage Cart), Stoops Buick (Hole in One).

The price is $85 per player for the event, which will also feature a silent auction, door prizes, a chance to win a new car, a nine-hole scramble, a putting contest and fun in the sun. All skill levels are welcome.

Registration and breakfast is set for 7:30am Eastern with a shotgun start at 8:30am and will be followed by a luncheon at the course located at 8802 West 56th Street in Indy.

Teams can register and donations can be made online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/raceaid-usac-benevolent-foundation.

Thanks to sponsors, golfers and partners, the annual golf outing has raised more than $400,000 over the years. You can help make this year’s golf tournament another success by partnering in any of the following ways: playing in the tournament, sponsoring a hole or team, giving a financial donation, providing door prizes or by donating auction items.

Since 1959, USAC RaceAid has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured or are in need of assistance.

USAC RaceAid’s new website can be found at www.RaceAid.fund. There, you’ll be able to make online donations, register for fundraisers, sign-up for volunteer opportunities and fill out an online grant application.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

MOHAVE VALLEY HOSTS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 27, 2023... The chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship resumes this Saturday, April 1st, at Mohave Valley Raceway. Promoted by Ron Meyer, the fourth point race is the first of three appearances at the 1/3-mile oval. The action packed card will also feature the California (CLS) versus Lucas Oil POWRi Southwest Lightning Sprints and Dwarf Cars. Located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona, the Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED at Mohave Valley Raceway.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

SPECIAL NOTICE AT MOHAVE VALLEY:
- CASH ONLY: Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility.
- PIT AREA PARKING: Personal vehicles or side by sides, etc. are NOT allowed in the pits. If it is not towing the race car/truck, on the trailer with the car, or in the trailer with the car, then it will NOT be allowed. NO exceptions!

Saturday’s event marks the third race in series history at the Mohave Valley clay oval. Last year, “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the April 23rd debut and current point leader Brody Roa topped the October 8th show. “The Cadillac” Cody Williams established the track record with a time of 13.974 seconds last April.

After rains washed away two nights in the Central Valley, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the point standings by 22 markers. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance owned #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa led five laps of the March 18th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris before finishing second to Justin Grant. To date, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, three top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led to his credit. With fifteen career wins, Brody will be looking to add another Mohave Valley triumph to his resume.

After finishing sixth at Perris Auto Speedway, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing his #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC, Williams has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and three top-10 finishes on the year. “The Cadillac” has three career feature wins and will have his sights on his first victory at Mohave Valley Raceway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) sits third in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the family owned #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Sherman Race Cars entry, Johnson scored a seventh place finish at the “Sokola Shootout.” At press time, the five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. R.J. will be looking for his eighth career USAC/CRA main event win this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #2 Digalert / Ramona Duck Club DRC, Williams raced from twelfth to fourth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted one heat race win and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, “The Big Game Hunter” will have his sights on earning his twelfth career victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship points. Piloting his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis placed eleventh in the “Sokola Shootout.” At press time, the 7-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the year. “Chargin” Charles will be in the hunt for the sixth USAC/CRA win of his career.

Grant Sexton (Lakeside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and sits fourteenth in the point standings. The driver of the family owned #22 Sexton Fire Protection / East County Electric Works Triple X is followed by Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona), James Turnbull II (Indio, California), and Braden Chiaramonte (El Cajon, California).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Logan Calderwood, Verne Sweeney, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Matt McCarthy, Brent Owens, Chris Gansen, Andrew Sweeney, Logan Williams, Jake Helsel, Chris Bonneau, Tom Dunkel, Shon Deskins, Jeff Dyer, Richard McCormick, A.J. Hernandez, and more.

Mohave Valley Raceway is located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000. Mohave Valley Raceway is a cash only facility and grandstand tickets are available on race day. General Admission tickets are $25, Senior tickets (60 & over) are $20, Military tickets (with ID) are $20, Children tickets (6 to 12) are $15, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. Outside food, beverages, and ice chests are not permitted.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 1-Justin Grant.

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP TRACK RECORD: Cody Williams – 13.974 (04/23/22)

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Brody Roa.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-233, 2. Cody Williams-211, 3. R.J. Johnson-180, 4. Austin Williams-177, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-176, 6. Tommy Malcolm-171, 7. Ricky Lewis-169, 8. Chase Johnson-160, 9. A.J. Bender-147, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr.-143, 11. Logan Calderwood-121, 12. Sterling Cling-117, 13. Justin Grant-78, 14. Grant Sexton (R)-70, 15. Jim Vanzant (R)-68, ... Max Adams-68, 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-53, 18. James Turnbull II (R)-47, 19. Matt Westfall-46, 20. Verne Sweeney-38, 21. Austin Grabowski-37, ... Matt McCarthy-37, 23. Braden Chiaramonte (R)-36, 24.Brent Owens-30, 25. Chris Gansen-29, 26. Gary Marshall Jr.-28, 27. Andrew Sweeney-26, 28. Logan Williams-25.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Justin Grant)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (RAIN)
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (RAIN)
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial / 40 Laps)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Richie McGowan Memorial)
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
September 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (40 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACK TO ACTION: TERRE HAUTE TO HOST 3 USAC DATES IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (March 23, 2023)………The legendary Terre Haute Action Track will host a trio of USAC National events during the 2023 season featuring the Silver Crown National Championship and the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Opening night for the only half-mile dirt oval located in the state of Indiana will take place on Sunday, April 16, with the 20th running of the Sumar Classic, which will serve as the opening race of the USAC Silver Crown season.

Additionally, two USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship dates are on the 2023 slate, kicking off with the 53rd annual running of the Tony Hulman Classic on Tuesday night, May 23.

The second visit by the USAC Sprints to Terre Haute this season will take place on Wednesday night, July 26, which marks round five of the 36th annual Indiana Sprint Week on Wednesday night, July 26.

Veteran racer Bill Rose has been named as the promoter of the Terre Haute Action Track in 2023. Rose has twice won in USAC National Sprint Car competition over the years and ranks 23rd all-time with 273 career series starts as well as 60 appearances with the USAC Silver Crown series, many of which have come at the Terre Haute Action Track, a place he holds near and dear to his heart.

“This place is so special,” Rose said of the Terre Haute Action Track, which began competition 70 years ago in 1953. “That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to do this. Two of my all-time favorite racetracks are Manzanita Speedway and the Terre Haute Action Track. One of them is gone now, so, we’ve got to keep Terre Haute going strong.”

The Terre Haute Action Track has hosted a grand total of 251 USAC National events dating back to the series’ inaugural season in 1956. Earl Motter won the first USAC feature held at Terre Haute, a midget race in 1956. Robert Ballou scored the win in USAC’s most recent event at Terre Haute, a sprint car show in May of 2022.

 

MAC ATTACK:
McINTOSH RIDES WAVE OF MOMENTUM
& USAC MIDGET TITLE ASPIRATIONS INTO 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 23, 2023)………For Cannon McIntosh, in a way, one could say that his season really started around last June.

Since that point, the 20-year-old Bixby, Okla. native has been among the most accomplished midget racers in the nation and carries a bevy of momentum and title aspirations entering the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season.

Once more, McIntosh will take the wheel of the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports No. 08 for the full USAC campaign following a season in which he garnered 15 midget victories across all sanctions – three with USAC – all but one of which came after the start of the month of June in 2022.

This year, McIntosh has already added a Chili Bowl prelim night victory and an Xtreme Outlaw score to his resume, sending him off on the right foot heading into the new year.

In many ways, 2022 was a breakout year for McIntosh who put a rest to a personal 57-race winless USAC streak with a victory during the Indiana Midget Week finale at Kokomo Speedway. He further cemented his return to good graces with a 100-lap triumph at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway and notched another at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, while coming oh-so-close to marquee victories during the BC39 and the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

At the beginning of that turning point at the end of last spring, McIntosh sat seventh in the USAC standings. Since that moment, only Buddy Kofoid and Justin Grant have earned more points, signaling to himself and his competition that he’ll be a formidable force in the championship hunt this season when all is said and done.

“We had some misfortunes and struggles early in the year, and nothing was going right,” McIntosh recalled of the first few months of 2022. “Really, ever since that race, everything’s turned around. We had the speed, but we just really got in our element there and started clicking off wins, podiums and doing all the right things. It was just a matter of digging ourselves out of a hole and we were able to do that.”

Despite the stream of recent success over the past nine months, McIntosh is quick to not rest on his laurels and remain content. There’s no lament in his vocabulary or psyche on “what could’ve been” in 2022 had the season not started off so inauspicious. His focus is on the road that lies ahead, and he’s already displayed his strengths with a pair of triumphs this year.

“We don’t really want to look back,” McIntosh stated. “We’ve just got to take what we did last year and try to build on it for this year. We’ve already been able to show that our momentum is still there right out of the gate. We’re going to chase a championship, so we’re just going to push hard and take it one race at a time and let everything play itself out.”

To this point in his USAC career, McIntosh has accumulated 112 feature starts, six victories, 36 top-fives, 64 top-tens and nine fast qualifying times since making his series debut in 2018 in his home state of Oklahoma at Red Dirt Raceway. Twice, he’s finished fifth in the standings, doing so in both 2020 and 2022. However, McIntosh feels like this very well could be the best of the bunch as he eyes a continuation of his breakout in the coming year.

“I do think it’s a reality to win a championship and be a contender to win every night,” McIntosh said of his 2023 USAC aspirations. “We don’t want to overstep that, but we want to use that as part of our confidence. We don’t want to get cocky and overlook things because there are many very good cars to contend with every night. One little thing can take a race away from you, and it’s going to take a lot of consistency and a lot of patience. There are a lot of factors that go into it; I’ve been around this for a few years now, and I’ve seen what it takes for guys to win championships. I know it doesn’t happen overnight, and if you do have a bad night, you must perform the next night. Basically, you can’t have two bad nights in a row. That doesn’t work. You’ve got to have a short-term memory and minimize mistakes, and if you have a fifth place car, you can’t go out and crash it trying to win the race.”

During the offseason, McIntosh made the move from Oklahoma to Mooresville, N.C. where he is developing and maintaining a new micro sprint program. The midget team remains housed in Tulsa, Oklahoma under the care of crewmen Robert Dalby, Grant Penn and Ritchie Burcik. While there are the usual small tweaks to make here and there, the bulk of the foundation remains relatively unchanged as the team reloads its Crescent Tools sponsored Spike/Speedway Toyota for a run to the top.

“There’s always room to improve and they’re definitely doing that in the shop,” McIntosh noted of his team. “The parts that didn’t need fixing, they left them alone, and I think that’s how you find a very consistent and solid car by not messing up what’s good and, instead, focus on what needs to be improved upon.”

Right where McIntosh’s turnaround began, that’s where the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season kicks off its 2023 season on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

ANTIOCH USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET DEBUT IS RAINED OUT
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 22, 2023... As record rains continue to hit California, officials are forced to cancel Saturday’s USAC Western States Midget debut at Antioch Speedway. Track and series officials are looking into options for a make-up date.

After rains saturated the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, speedway officials were hoping that the forecasted showers would miss the facility and the races could be held. Unfortunately that did not happen.

The series will visit Antioch Speedway on Saturday, September 30th. Thanks to the generous support from Ken Graunstadt and Graunstadt Enterprises, that event is guaranteed to pay $1,750-to-win, $1,000-for-2nd, $750-for-3rd, $625-for-4th, and $500-for-5th.

The “mighty midgets” will now open their season on Saturday, April 15th at Merced Speedway. The event will be the first of two appearances at the Merced County Fairgrounds and for more information, visit mercedspeedway.net.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, FloRacing, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (RAINED OUT)
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA (RAINED OUT)
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

HANFORD AND TULARE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR EVENTS ARE RAINED OUT
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2023... After rains hit Kings Speedway in Hanford, California overnight and this morning, officials are forced to cancel the upcoming AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car event. Options for possible make-up dates are being explored.

Already faced with wet grounds at the Kings County Fairgrounds, officials were looking to move the date originally scheduled for Friday, March 24th, to the following day. Unfortunately, the rains that have hit the Central Valley proved too much for racing at the facility.

Previously, Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California announced that their USAC/CRA date scheduled for Saturday, March 25th was cancelled due to wet grounds and additional rains in the forecast.

The non-winged 410s will return to action on Saturday, April 1st for their first of three appearances at Mohave Valley Raceway. For more event information, visit mohavevalleyraceway.com.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAINED OUT)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAINED OUT)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Justin Grant)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (RAINED OUT)
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (RAINED OUT)
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial / 40 Laps)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Richie McGowan Memorial)
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 26: TBA
September 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (40 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

THERE’S NO SLOWING DOWN ANDREOTTI:
HE’S GOING FULL-TIME USAC MIDGET RACING IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 21, 2023)………Jake Andreotti turned the heads of many with his performances on the west coast late last season.

Now, the Castro Valley, Calif. native plans to have the same effect nationwide as he takes his talents on the road with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail in 2023 to compete for Rookie of the Year honors and a series title.

The 20-year-old will compete full-time on the USAC National Midget circuit this coming season with car owner Tom Malloy and crew chief Jerome Rodela in a two-car, full season effort as a teammate to upstart Ohioan Jacob Denney.

Andreotti, who works as a realtor during the offseason, has captured a pair of USAC Western States Midget victories over the past two seasons, but his ultimate highlight came in winning Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors in 2022 with a strong fourth place finish during the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway.

It was that particular performance as well as a strong showing in all seven of his starts on the November 2022 California USAC National Midget swing that propelled him into consideration for an opportunity to race full-time on the tour, a whirlwind turn of events in just a couple month span for Andreotti as he recalled.

“It really came together, and caught me off guard, after the west coast swing,” Andreotti remembered. “I feel like we performed really well competing against national talent and equipment. I got the call about two weeks later, asking if I would run for them at the Chili Bowl. Of course, hell yeah I would! After my qualifying night, Jerome offered me a chance to run the whole USAC National tour and it almost brought me to tears. This is everything I’ve been pushing for ever since I first jumped into a midget. Jerome definitely saw the drive that I know that I have, and I’m really honored to have this opportunity.”

Like Malloy and Rodela, Andreotti is California-based, and they have their own way of doing things successfully, operating just outside the standard trends of the day. It’s an aspect that Andreotti not only respects but also relates to.

“Being with a team like Malloy and Jerome’s, they run different chassis (King) and engines (Ed Pink Toyota), and just do their own thing,” Andreotti explained. “That’s the same kind of thing my dad and I did growing up. We tried to figure it out by ourselves instead of riding the wave of what everyone else does. This is the perfect combination for me, and I feel like it’s going to be a great year.”

Andreotti regularly races a winged sprint car on the west coast and still plans on competing in the discipline between USAC National Midget dates. His experience mostly consists of Golden State dirt ovals, which means the bulk of his midget racing in 2023 will take place at venues that he’s never seen before outside of watching on FloRacing. When posed the question of what he’s most looking forward to on the tour, Andreotti stated, “everything.”

“I’ve never been to any of the tracks, so I’m definitely in for a treat, to say the least,” Andreotti acknowledged. “With this team, I know we can do it, and Jerome told me we’re going for the championship; that’s the whole point of this. We’re not here to mess around or play games. That’s what I wanted to hear and I’m ready for it. I definitely feel I can perform to what the whole team wants to do, but that’s not really the concern for me. The main concern is to learn the tracks quick enough, tracks like Eldora, Kokomo and Bloomington, the world-renowned places that I’ve only dreamed of racing at.”

Unlike in past years, this won’t be a solo go for Andreotti. This season, he’ll have a teammate to work alongside on the Malloy team in Jacob Denney, a 2022 first-time USAC National Midget feature winner who finished eighth in series points a year ago and whom Andreotti can also learn from as he takes on the challenge of a full season at an array of new tracks.

“I think teammates are absolutely huge,” Andreotti exclaimed. “It’s a huge factor in learning how the track’s going and the different driving styles that come along with it, knowing how the track is on the top, the bottom and all that. Jacob is a great guy, and at the Chili Bowl, we bonded really well, so I’m really looking forward to racing with Jacob all year long. I feel like I can learn a lot from him since he’s already won a national race and has run all those big tracks. I’m really thankful and happy I have a teammate and I’m not jumping into the water by myself.”

Denney echoed Andreotti’s sentiments and looks forward to teaming up in the “Jake & Jacob” duo to chase a championship in the coming season.

“He’s really good,” Denney said of Andreotti. “Out west, he did amazing, and when we were teammates at the Chili Bowl, we meshed pretty well. I’m looking forward to working with him throughout the year.”

It's been quite a ride for Andreotti to reach this point in his career. He didn’t exactly come from a racing family, per se, outside of his father doing a bit of bracket racing on the drag strips. However, at 4.5 years old, Andreotti recalled his life changing in an instant when he visited a quarter midget track with his dad. After seeing it firsthand, his dad asked him if it looked fun. Young Jake was sold. The very next weekend, his dad surprised him with a new quarter midget in the garage.

Andreotti competed on the quarter midget circuits between the age 5-10, then hopped in a micro sprint which he raced regularly from age 10-16. At 16, he made the biggest move of his career to that point, climbing in a winged sprint car for Keith Day Trucking. A couple years later, a most unexpected, unplanned turn set Andreotti on a new course in his career.

“We were never planning to get into the midgets, honestly,” Andreotti admitted. “We bought an engine heater from (USAC Western States Midget car owner Pete Davis), who owns Hot Head Engine Heaters. He told us we could just use the engine heater and then contact him later for payment and just see if we liked it. (Pete) called my dad one day and my dad asked Pete what he was up to. Pete said he was going out to Antioch (Calif.) Speedway to test the midget. My dad said, ‘oh, well, Jake’s always wanted to try a midget.’ Pete responded with, “well, have him come out and try it.’ That’s how I got into a midget for the first time. It was not planned at all, and right from there, this is what I wanted to do.”

Now, another opportunity of a lifetime has presented itself to go national, and Andreotti and his family couldn’t be prouder.

“My whole family has been so supportive of this,” Andreotti stated. “My parents, both my sisters, my mom and dad, they were all in tears when I told them that Jerome had offered the full-time ride. Nothing’s holding me back. I’m not intimidated by the national guys. I’ve just got to compete at their level and learn how hard they drive and the different moves to make. At the end of the day, racing is just a high speed chess game. If I can play my cards right, get going, be aggressive and make the moves that need to be taken, I feel like we’re going to have a really good shot at the championship.”

The 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.


 


CAR IQ PAY & USAC LAUNCH “THE FAB FOUR”
RACING COMPETITION FOR WOMEN DRIVERS

Speedway, IN, San Francisco, CA, March 21, 2023 - Car IQ Inc., a leader in vehicle payment solutions, is teaming up with USAC to sponsor the "The Fab Four" race competition that celebrates the accomplishments of female drivers in racing. The Fab Four seeks to shine a light on the extensive talent of young female drivers and provide them with a stepping stone to higher success within the racing industry.

The first of its kind, The Fab Four competition will determine the top female drivers within all of circle track racing. Women drivers competing across USAC will have the opportunity to put their rivalries to the test in this cross-series competition. The winning driver will receive a $10,000 cash prize and an invitation to an advanced series test session with premier Porsche Cup team, MDK Motorsports.

Open to any female driver from the NOS Energy National Midget Series, AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series, or USAC National Silver Crown Series, The Fab Four competition begins on April 21, 2023 at the National Midget Series kick off race and runs through November 25, 2023. The top four drivers will be selected based on their average feature finishing positions within their respective series and invited to compete in The Fab Four finals competition beginning on July 11, 2023. The winner of The Fab Four competition will be announced on November 25th at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, California, which will be broadcast live on FloRacing.

“Our team is proud to be the sponsor of The Fab Four competition that will highlight the accomplishments of many talented female drivers," said Sterling Pratz, CEO of Car IQ. “Our goal is to support these women in reaching the next level of their racing careers. USAC is the largest and most diverse motorsports group in the country and has birthed the success of many USAC national winners such as Tony Stewart, Christopher Bell, Kasey Kahne and more. We look forward to showcasing the skills of these female drivers and helping them achieve similar success.”

“We are proud to introduce The Fab Four competition, which provides female drivers with a unique opportunity to showcase their racing skills and earn recognition for their talent and determination,” said Kevin Miller, President and CEO of USAC. “USAC is pleased to be collaborating with Car IQ for this competition. We believe that by offering a platform for women to compete and shine, we can inspire future generations of female racers and help create a more equal playing field in the exciting and dynamic racing industry."

About The Fab Four Competition

The Fab Four competition begins with a preliminary qualification period that runs April to June. Each driver will compete in their respective series with results calculated based on their average feature finishing position. These results will determine the top four drivers that will be invited to participate in The Fab Four Finals competition which will run from July to November. In order to be eligible for the competition, drivers must complete a minimum of 5 feature finishes over the course of the season.

The Fab Four competition also invites motorsport enthusiasts to support their favorite athletes through participation in The Fab Four voter sweepstakes. The winner of The Fab Four will be determined by a combination of racing results and fan votes. The racer’s 2023 season’s average feature finishing result will account for half of their competition standing, with the other half coming from fan votes.

Fans will be able to cast their votes on the USAC website under The Fab Four landing page. Voters will be entered into a sweepstakes with a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to the Turkey Night Grand Prix on November 25 in Ventura, California to watch the final race and meet each of The Fab Four drivers.

About USAC

Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today’s largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Sprint, Silver Crown, Midget, Micro and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Porsche Sprint Challenge North America, Pirelli World Challenge, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Radical Racing, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and Karting. USAC has over 18,000 competitors racing at more than 500 sanctioned events globally.

For more information about the competition, please visit The Fab Four standings page on the USAC website.

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JACOB’S LADDER: DENNEY RISES THROUGH THE RANKS, WILL TAKE ON 2023 USAC MIDGET TOUR WITH MALLOY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 20, 2023)………One year after blasting onto the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget scene as a frontrunning Rookie, Jacob Denney is set for his sophomore season with the series in 2023.

The 18-year-old from Galloway, Ohio will take the reins of one of Tom Malloy’s Ed Pink Toyota-powered King Chassis crew chiefed by Jerome Rodela as Denney takes on the full championship tour for the second straight year.

“I’m really pumped,” exclaimed Denney, currently a senior at Shekinah Christian School, a school of 142 students K-12 in Plain City, Ohio. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to start a race season before in my life. I can’t thank Tom (Malloy) enough for allowing me drive his cars.”

Denney came out swinging on the USAC National Midget tour in 2022. With Mounce-Stout Motorsports, he collected his first career series victory in what was just his sixth career start during the Indiana Midget Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway. A full season removed from the event now, Denney remembers the moment quite fondly.

“I expected to win, but not that early and not during Indiana Midget Week,” Denney admitted. “It’s the toughest week of the year and to get it done so early during that week was pretty sweet.”

Starting late in the 2022 season, Denney made eight starts in the Malloy No. 25, grabbing a pair of fifth place results at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway and at California’s Merced Speedway.

Obviously, winning once makes a racer hungry for even more success, and after finishing the 2022 season as the second best Rookie in the series points standings (eighth overall) with a total of eight top-fives and 14 top-tens, Denney’s desire burns within to take the foundation he built a year ago and take it to an even greater level in the coming year.

“Just being sharp all night long and all year long is the biggest thing I’ve learned,” Denney acknowledged. “In this field, there are no slouches, so you can’t be a slouch either. That’s what I’ve had to improve upon the most, being on my A-game every night I show up. This year, that’s what I intend to do.”

Denney related the learning curve from where he started and how it’s going now. In fact, Denney is already one of the more decorated drivers on the circuit, having captured four USAC .25 National Midget driving titles between 2018-19, then locked down back-to-back USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget championships in 2020-21. However, his initial foray into full-size midgets was a game changer and an environment that took some time getting acclimated to.

“It gets the fundamentals down,” Denney stated in praise of the ladder he climbed to the USAC National Midget ranks. “The actual (USAC National Midget) races are a whole other world. There’s a lot to learn and that’s what I was most shocked by. I ran a couple races for Petry Motorsports in 2021 when I was winning a lot in the D2s. Once I got to USAC National Midgets, I thought I’d fit right in, but it wasn’t as smooth as I thought it was going to go. I just had to toughen up a little bit and I learned that you have to be on your game mentally to be good every night on the tour.”

A self-described sufferer of “senioritis” with only three months left before high school graduation, Denney plans to go racing full-time with welding serving as his day job during the weekdays once he tosses his mortarboard into the air in celebration a few months from now.

A second generation racer, and son of legend car competitor Jeff Denney, Jacob has big plans for year two of USAC National Midget racing and anticipates a fantastic season racing with a team that has captured five previous series feature victories, including the 2021 Turkey Night Grand Prix. In doing so, he’ll team with 2005-06 USAC Western States Midget driving champion and crew chief Jerome Rodela, an opportunity he truly relishes.

“That’s were going for, just trying to get some more wins this year,” Denney said. “I’m really excited to work with Jerome. (The Tom Malloy team) has unique cars and unique engines, and I’m looking forward to a great year for us. Jerome keeps you honest and it’s always good to have someone like him on your side because he’s raced. If I have to bounce ideas off on what I think I can do on the racetrack, I can ask him, and he can okay it or and give me his sense of what’s going on.”

The 2023 USAC National Midget Series kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS DEBUT AT ANTIOCH SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 19, 2023... After wet grounds forced Bakersfield to cancel, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their first visit in series history at Antioch Speedway this Saturday, March 25th. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Ken Graunstadt and Graunstadt Enterprises, the event is guaranteed to pay $1,750-to-win, $1,000-for-2nd, $750-for-3rd, $625-for-4th, and $500-for-5th. The first point race will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, and Delta Dwarf Cars. Located at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 6:00pm. For more event information “Where Action is The Attraction,” visit the track’s website at antiochspeedway.com or call 925.779.9220.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit (TP) online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78, RODELA FAB: 2557-01 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

In addition to championship points, every event will award points for the season-long Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Standings and the unsponsored Passing Master Standings. Drivers that finish in the top-3 in Woodland points will take home $500-for-1st, $300-for-2nd, and $200-for-3rd. Last season, Michael Faccinto earned Top Qualifier honors and veteran driver Randi Pankratz passed the most cars in the main events.

Last season, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) earned his second series championship. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises owned #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto had three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eleven top-5 finishes, eleven top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with former champions Tommy White and Jay Drake for thirteenth on the series win list, Michael will be looking to start his season with a victory at Antioch.

For the second year in a row, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) ranked second in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports/ W.E. Spike, Fuson posted two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, eight top-5 finishes, eleven top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has four career wins and will have his sights on being the first USAC winner at Antioch Speedway.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) placed third in the championship point chase. Racing Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth had one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led to his credit. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has three career wins and will be a favorite to watch this Saturday night.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) finished fourth in the point standings and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Racing the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender had four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seven top-5 finishes, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. LKK Racing has retired from racing and the California Lightning Sprint and USAC/CRA Sprint Car driver was looking for another ride.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship and second in rookie points. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley recorded one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, three top-5 finishes, ten top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Travis will have his sights on his first career win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Andreotti, Blake Bower, Caden Sarale, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Danika Jo Faccinto, Robby Josett, Jake Hodges, Zach Telford, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Steve Paden, Racin Silva, Steve Hix, Bryan Drollinger, Ben Covich, and more.

Antioch Speedway is located on the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch, California. TICKETS ARE CASH ONLY, UNLESS PURCHASED ONLINE AT MYRACEPASS.COM. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior (60 and older), Active Military (ID Required), and Child tickets (Under 11) are $15. Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at antiochspeedway.com or call 925.779.9220.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (RAINED OUT)
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

MPI TO REWARD USAC’S TOP NATIONAL ROOKIES IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 20, 2023)………MPI Wheels, one of the leading designers and manufacturers of state of the art steering wheels used in various forms of motorsports, will reward USAC National racing’s top Rookie drivers for their performances throughout the 2023 season.

USAC’s 2023 Rookie of the Year drivers in the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and Silver Crown National Championship will receive a custom trophy and custom steering wheel courtesy of Max Papis Innovations (MPI) during USAC’s Night of Champions at the conclusion of the campaign in December.

“One of the core principles of MPI and myself is supporting young racers in their growth as people and competitors,” said Max Papis, President and Co-Founder of MPI. “These values are reflected in USAC and in these rookie awards. We are looking forward to following the growth of the sport through this new generation of drivers. The possibilities are endless, and the future looks very bright.”

USAC’s most recent Rookies of the Year include Emerson Axsom (Sprint), Mitchel Moles (Midget) and Gregg Cory (Silver Crown), and over the years, recipients of the award have included the likes of Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Bryan Clauson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Christopher Bell, Buddy Kofoid, Tim Richmond, Tony Stewart and Ed Carpenter, just to name a few.

In addition to its involvement in the USAC National series, MPI has also announced a recognition awards program for the 2023 NASCAR Youth Series Presented by Cook Out national season. The MPI “Up On the Wheel” award recognizes a driver at each of the NASCAR Youth Series national events based on such qualifiers, including but not limited to, overcoming adversity in a race, raced his or her way from the back of the field or made the biggest leaps coming from one of the lower mains to the A-Main all while displaying sportsmanship to officials and peers.

Additionally, MPI is introducing the “Inspiring Driver of the Year” award for the NASCAR Youth Series. This award will recognize one driver that is nominated by a local, regional or national club official. The driver does not have to be the fastest or winningest driver, but rather a driver who sets a good example for others and exhibits attributes of leadership and character. To be considered, a driver must display the five core values of DRIVE: Determination, Respect, Integrity, Volunteer, Extraordinary. These values should be displayed on and off the track and in his/her school and community. Nomination forms can be found at NASCAR Youth Series. Deadline to submit nominations is November 3, 2023.

MPI Wheels, located in Mooresville, N.C., was founded in 2009 by Max and Tatiana Papis. Both Max and Tatiana come from a rich history of motorsports as Max began racing professionally at 12 years old and has raced at the highest levels of motorsports from Formula 1, Champ Cars, IndyCar, IMSA and all three of NASCAR’s elite touring divisions including the premier class of Cup competitions. Tatiana is a savvy and successful CEO using her motorsports background and passion to inspire young entrepreneurs. She is a proud member of the North Carolina Motorsports Advisory Council. For more information on MPI, visit www.maxpapisinc.com.

 

GRANT GLIDES TO SOKOLA SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 18, 2023… Regaining the lead from “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa on lap twenty-two, Justin Grant (Ione, California) won the “Sokola Shootout” at Perris Auto Speedway.

Driving Matt Mitchell’s #37 NOS Energy Drink / Channel Island Floor Coverings entry, the reigning AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Champion earned his eighth career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over point leader Roa, Max Adams, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams and Ricky Lewis.

Cody Williams (Corona, California) began the night by earning the eleventh Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. “The Cadillac” posted a time of 16.115 seconds over the 25-car roster and ranks eighth in USAC/CRA history.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona), A.J. Bender (San Diego, California), and rookie contender James Turnbull II (Indio, California) raced to victory in their 10-lap heat races. For Turnbull, the win was his first triumph with the series.

Driving the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / GAS Chassis machine, Bender earned the night’s In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with an eighth place run from seventeenth.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award.”

The non-winged 410 sprint cars will head to Kings Speedway in Hanford, California on Saturday, March 25th. Originally scheduled the day before, track officials have been faced with heavy rains but are making every effort to host the event.

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

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2023 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – Sokola Shootout – 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.115; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.309; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.385; 4. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel/BR-16.449; 5. Justin Grant, 37, Mitchell-16.480; 6. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.718; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.720; 8. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.725; 9. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-16.736; 10. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.749; 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.755; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.790; 13. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.812; 14. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-16.933; 15. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-16.964; 16. Braden Chiaramonte, 73B, Chiaramonte-17.067; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.090; 18. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-17.097; 19. Matt Westfall, 11c, DAR-17.142; 20. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.163; 21. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.270; 22. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.321; 23. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.425; 24. Andrew Sweeney, 98A, Guerrero-17.425; 25. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-20.699.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Braden Chiaramonte, 5. Matt McCarthy, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Logan Williams, 8. Grant Sexton, 9. Gary Marshall Jr. 2:52.72

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.J. Bender, 2. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 3. Justin Grant, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Max Adams, 6. Austin Grabowski, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Brent Owens. 2:52.52

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. James Turnbull II, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Tommy Malcolm, 4. Chris Gansen, 5. Verne Sweeney, 6. Andrew Sweeney, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Ricky Lewis. 2:52.77

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brody Roa (3), 3. Max Adams (8), 4. Austin Williams (12), 5. Ricky Lewis (9), 6. Cody Williams (6), 7. R.J. Johnson (7), 8. A.J. Bender (17), 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (11), 10. Matt Westfall (19), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 12. James Turnbull II (15), 13. Tommy Malcolm (4), 14. Logan Calderwood (20), 15. Matt McCarthy (10), 16. Braden Chiaramonte (16), 17. Brent Owens (14), 18. Gary Marshall Jr. (25), 19. Grant Sexton (22), 20. Chris Gansen (1), 21. Andrew Sweeney (24), 22. Logan Williams (13), 23. Austin Grabowski (23), 24. Verne Sweeney (21), 25. Chase Johnson (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Justin Grant, Laps 17-21 Brody Roa, Laps 22-30 Justin Grant.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (17th to 8th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tommy Malcolm

NEW AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-233, 2-Cody Williams-211, 3-R.J. Johnson-180, 4-Austin Williams-177, 5-Charles Davis Jr.-176, 6-Tommy Malcolm-171, 7-Ricky Lewis-169, 8-Chase Johnson-160, 9-A.J. Bender-147, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-143.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: March 25, 2023 – Kings Speedway – Hanford, California

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET EVENT IS RAINED OUT
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 15, 2023... Constant rains, wet grounds, and more showers in the forecast at Bakersfield Speedway have forced officials to cancel Saturday’s USAC Western States Midget “season opener.”

According to the track’s social media, “For the second week in a row, the tremendous amount of rain we have received has created extremely saturated conditions on the track, in the entire pit area, and the walkways in the spectator areas. With a lot of race teams traveling long distances to the speedway for this event, we felt it was appropriate to make this decision now.”

The “mighty midgets” will now look to open their campaign on Saturday, March 25th at Antioch Speedway. The event will be the first appearance in series history at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Ken Graunstadt and Graunstadt Enterprises, the March 25th and September 30th events at Antioch are guaranteed to pay $1,750-to-win, $1,000-for-2nd, $750-for-3rd, $625-for-4th, and $500-for-5th. For more event information, visit antiochspeedway.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (RAINED OUT)
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS BATTLE AT BAKERSFIELD SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 13, 2023... The USAC Western States “Mighty Midgets” will open their season this Saturday, March 18th at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the only series visit at the historic 1/3-mile oval will also feature Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, California Lightning Sprints, and Mod Lites. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, Spectator Gates will open at 4:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more information at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval," visit bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit (TP) online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com. Season memberships come with extra insurance.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272730-78, RODELA FAB: 2557-01 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

In addition to championship points, every event will award points for the season-long Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Standings and the unsponsored Passing Master Standings. Drivers that finish in the top-3 in Woodland points will take home $500-for-1st, $300-for-2nd, and $200-for-3rd. Last season, Michael Faccinto earned Top Qualifier honors and veteran driver Randi Pankratz passed the most cars in the main events.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 115 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Last April, Mitchel Moles raced the #73X Keith Ford machine to victory over Matt Mitchell, A.J. Bender, Robby Josett, and Michael Faccinto.

Last season, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) earned his second series championship. Driving the Graunstadt Enterprises owned #14J T&T Trucking / Gary Silva Ranches Spike, Faccinto had three feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eleven top-5 finishes, eleven top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with former champions Tommy White and Jay Drake for thirteenth on the series win list, Michael will be looking to start his season with win at Bakersfield.

For the second year in a row, Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California) ranked second in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Piloting Rusty Carlile’s #51 RacePa Motorsports/ W.E. Spike, Fuson posted two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, eight top-5 finishes, eleven top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has four career wins and will have his sights on his first “home track” victory.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, California) placed third in the championship point chase. Racing Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K Walker Air Filtration / WFX Spike, Worth had one feature win, two heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led to his credit. The 2019 Rookie of the Year has three career wins and will be a favorite to watch this Saturday night.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) finished fourth in the point standings and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Racing the LKK Racing #1X Josh Ford Motorsports / Rod End Supply Triple X, Bender had four heat race victories, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seven top-5 finishes, and eight top-10 finishes on the season. LKK Racing has retired from racing and the California Lightning Sprint and USAC/CRA Sprint Car driver was looking for another ride.

Travis Buckley (Auckland, New Zealand) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship and second in rookie points. Driving the family owned #7NZ Buckley Systems / Esslinger Engineering Spike, Buckley recorded one heat race victory, one Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, three top-5 finishes, ten top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led on the year. Travis will have his sights on his first career win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Andreotti, Blake Bower, Caden Sarale, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Danika Jo Faccinto, Robby Josett, Jake Hodges, Zach Telford, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Steve Paden, Racin Silva, Steve Hix, Bryan Drollinger, Jim Vanzant, Ben Covich, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult General Admission Tickets are $25, Senior (65 plus) and Military Tickets are $23, Kids Tickets (6 to 12) are $15, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more Bakersfield event information, visit the track’s website at bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tire, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TRACK RECORD: Ricky Shelton – 12.339 (06/21/97)

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

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA ($1,750-to-Win)
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

A CHANCE OPPORTUNITY:
CRUM TAKES THE NEXT STEP WITH RUDEEN
ON 2023 USAC MIDGET TOUR

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 14, 2023)………It wasn’t all that long ago that Chance Crum was a kid sitting in the stands cheering on the Rudeen Racing team’s sprint car at a Washington state dirt track.

All these years later, the 25-year-old Snohomish, Wash. native finds himself in the dream seat for Rudeen, and the pairing will chase the full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule for the first time in 2023.

This coming year marks Crum and Rudeen’s third season together with the midget operation. Crum grabbed a trio of USAC Regional Midget victories for the team in 2021 while dabbling with the National Midget division. But in 2022, he stepped his game up immensely, nearly scoring a pair of wins at Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway and California’s Placerville Speedway where he finished as the runner-up in both instances.

Whereas Crum competed in roughly a third of the USAC National Midget slate in 2021 and two-thirds in 2022, this season brings on the entire slate and Crum is eager to take on the opportunity to chase after not only his first series feature victory, but also the championship.

“For the last couple of years, I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress as we continue to learn and improve,” Crum noted. “This year, being able to do the whole thing is such a great opportunity to do some more learning by going up against the best in the business. It’s tough, but it’s the best way to learn and we’re excited to give it our best shot.”

The improvement in the statistics department portrays only part of the story, but the strides in the team’s program can be viewed by the eye-test. It started with getting more comfortable in the seat while accruing more laps, then transformed into being a bit more assertive on the track. Now, the task involves putting an entire night together from start to finish and also to be able to do it on a regular basis. It’s all part of the process for Crum as he continues to make his rise up the leaderboard along with father and crew chief, Kevin, along with his brother and crewman Hunter – a true family team.

“I think the biggest thing is consistency and that’s something we’re going to continue to try and work on, just putting a whole night together,” Crum explained. “We’ve had some good highlights with a quick time, good heat race runs and some good feature finishes, but going to all these different racetracks was tough the first year, and last year, we were still going to a lot of new racetracks we’d never been to before. My dad and I work really well together, and we’ve been having a lot of fun trying to figure it all out, but it takes a lot. I think it started to show last year as we got to race a little bit more, and I’m excited to be able to continue on that progress this year.”

The next step is putting himself into USAC National Midget victory lane for the first time. At Bloomington’s Indiana Midget Week round in 2022, Crum led 24 of the 30 laps in a fantastic duel between he and two-time series champ Buddy Kofoid. During the Hangtown 100 late in the season at Placerville, Crum found himself right on the rear bumper of Kofoid in the closing laps.

“As a driver, I’ve been working on racing more aggressively,” Crum pointed out. “That’s one of the biggest things in racing in general at this level and also just in midget racing. That’s just part of it and you’ve got to be able to attack. When it comes to super slick tracks and longer features, that’s more our style, so I’ve been pushing myself to get better on all kinds of other conditions whether it’s a hooked up rough track or vice versa.”

A 2020 University of Washington graduate in the field of Interactive Media Design, Crum is a third generation racer, having accumulated numerous victories and championships ranging from Quarter Midgets to 600s, 1200s, Focus Midgets, Sprint Cars and full-size Midgets. Crum’s goal has long been a chance to become a full-time racer, which the Rudeen family has provided him the opportunity to do, full-time on the USAC Midget tour all while sharing a common northwest bond.

“I’ve been a fan of the Rudeen racing team since I was a little kid growing up in the northwest and watching sprint cars,” Crum reminisced. “Then, a few years ago, I got to meet Kevin (Rudeen) at Skagit Speedway, and we got to talking a little bit. Soon, there was an opportunity with their midget team, and they were looking for a driver. He gave me a call and that happened to be the same time I was moving to the Midwest after getting a job opportunity with CSI (Competition Suspension, Inc.) and it all just seemed to fit together super well.

It happened to be the right timing, so we made it happen and I’m very fortunate to be with those guys,” Crum continued. “Kevin and Monika Rudeen have given me an awesome opportunity to come out and race and learn, which is the biggest thing. We started the first year with no pressure, just trying to make progress, getting laps and experience. They’ve stuck with me ever since. It’s been great and I love racing for them.”

Furthermore, Rudeen Racing has added a sprint car for Crum to compete with in 2023. Crum and the team plan to compete at local Indiana events that don’t conflict with the midget schedule with an estimated 15 races on the docket thus far with possibly a couple USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events to come later in the year.

Crum and Rudeen begin their 2023 USAC National Midget quest on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.


 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 13, 2023... This Saturday, March 18th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout.” Promoted by Don Kazarian, the event will be the first of eight “home track” appearances for the non-winged 410s at the 1/2-mile oval. The action packed night will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, PASSCAR Super Stocks, and Street Stocks plus “Power of Purple Night” benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay For Life Riverside County East. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Race fans are encouraged to support the race track and watch the races in person. Events at Perris Auto Speedway WILL NOT be live streamed on FloRacing in 2023.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 242 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” wins and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular race on the West Coast since "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural show at Manzanita Speedway on March 17, 2001. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the event has grown to also honor former driver Mark Sokola and their contributions to racing. Last season, Matt Mitchell topped the prestigious race in a near photo finish over “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Gardner, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. The win list for the “Sokola Shootout” is at the end of this release.

While rains cancelled the series debut at Central Arizona Raceway on March 3rd and 4th, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa won both of the opening races at Cocopah Speedway, posted one heat race victory, and has 14 feature laps led to his credit. With fifteen career USAC/CRA triumphs, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Champion will be looking to add the “Sokola Shootout” to his resume.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing his #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC, Williams has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career feature wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a victory at the “Sokola Shootout.”

“KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) is tied with Cody Williams for second in the point chase. Driving the Yeley/Petty Racing #2J Avanti Windows & Doors / Glenn Styres Racing Spike, Thomas has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. Primarily racing in the Midwest, it is unknown if the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion will be in action at Perris Auto Speedway.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Surecan LLC / Naturipe Triple X, Johnson has two top-10 finishes and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. Johnson races across the West Coast in multiple classes and is a threat to win every night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. The 7-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion will be looking to add his name to the “Sokola Shootout” winner’s list.

Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks twelfth in the point standings. The owner/driver of the #3V Biltmore Automotive / Randy’s Paint & Body Mach 1 is followed by Grant Sexton of Lakeside, California.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, A.J. Bender, Logan Calderwood, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Verne Sweeney, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $30, Senior tickets (65 & over) are $25, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $5, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking. Advance tickets are available and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

SOKOLA CLASSIC / SHOOTOUT WINNERS: 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Mike Kirby, 2006-Mike Kirby, 2007-Not Held, 2008-Not Held, 2009-Rickie Gaunt, 2010-Damion Gardner, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Nic Faas, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Richard Vander Weerd, 2016-Bryan Clauson, 2017-Richard Vander Weerd, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Richard Vander Weerd, 2020-Cancelled, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Matt Mitchell.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Matt Mitchell, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Brady Bacon, 5-Robert Ballou, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 5-Brody Roa, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-157, 2. Cody Williams-143, --. Kevin Thomas Jr.-143, 4. Chase Johnson-135, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-125, 6. Tommy Malcolm-124, 7. R.J. Johnson-120, 8. Sterling Cling-117, 9. Austin Williams-109, 10. A.J. Bender-90, 11. Logan Calderwood-84, 12. Jim Vanzant ®-68, 13. Grant Sexton ®-44, 14. Austin Grabowski-11.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial / 40 Laps)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Richie McGowan Memorial)
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
September 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (40 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

BILL MARVEL WOMEN’S CHARITY GOLF OUTING
ON MAY 24 TO BENEFIT USAC RACEAID

Speedway, Indiana (March 10, 2023)………Tee up for the 27th annual Bill Marvel Women's Charity Golf Outing, honoring the generosity of Mary Fendrich Hulman to benefit USAC RaceAid on Wednesday, May 24, at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Indianapolis, Ind.

Registration and breakfast is set for 7:30am Eastern with a shotgun start at 8:30am and will be followed by a luncheon at the course located at 8802 West 56th Street in Indy.

The price is $85 per player for the event, which will also feature a silent auction, door prizes, a chance to win a new car, a nine-hole scramble, a putting contest and fun in the sun. All skill levels are welcome.

Teams can register and donations can be made online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/raceaid-usac-benevolent-foundation.

Thanks to sponsors, golfers and partners, the annual golf outing has raised more than $400,000 over the years. You can help make this year’s golf tournament another success by partnering in any of the following ways: playing in the tournament, sponsoring a hole or team, giving a financial donation, providing door prizes or by donating auction items.

Since 1959, USAC RaceAid has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured or are in need of assistance.

USAC RaceAid’s new website can be found at www.RaceAid.fund. There, you’ll be able to make online donations, register for fundraisers, sign-up for volunteer opportunities and fill out an online grant application.

 

WAYNE’S NEW WORLD:
VETERAN JOHNSON GOES FULL-TIME
USAC SILVER CROWN RACING IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (March 9, 2023)………After more than three decades behind the wheel of a winged sprint car, Wayne Johnson has his eyes affixed on a new course in his highly-accomplished racing career starting in 2023 – USAC Silver Crown racing.

The Oklahoma City, Okla. racer will compete for Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors this season aboard Todd and Kelly Carlile’s TwoC Motorsports ride, utilizing an ex-Austin Nemire Beast chassis on the pavement and a brand-new Maxim machine for the dirt.

Johnson’s accolades in winged sprint car racing are extensive. He captured the 2000 ASCS National Tour title and has accumulated 59 career tour wins to date, including five more in 2022 en route to a runner-up finish in the standings. The ASCS’s all-time feature starts leader also scored a pair of Knoxville 360 Nationals crowns, and in 2008, collected a Knoxville Nationals prelim night triumph.

To this point, he’s yet to tackle the champ cars of the USAC Silver Crown series. However, in the early days of his racing career, Johnson got his start in the similarly dimensioned 100-inch open wheel machines with NCRA at his hometown Oklahoma City Fairgrounds as well down the road at nearby Tulsa Speedway.

“When I first started racing back in Oklahoma City, our cars were a 100-inch wheelbase,” Johnson recalled. “They called them supermodifieds and I raced without a wing my first year. I’ve always loved Silver Crown cars and have always kept up with them. I always watched the races when I could, and I’ve wanted to race the pavement stuff because I hadn’t done any of it since I was a kid in go-karts.”

While Johnson maintained a desire to add a dirt Silver Crown car to the stable for the upcoming season, a late October 2022 sprint car race on the pavement at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park served as the catalyst to dive into the series with both feet, adjusting the team’s plans to compete full-time on the circuit.

“We had previously talked about running a dirt car,” Johnson admitted. “But with the pavement race, we had a lot of fun with that. I called my car owner, and I told him how cool it was and that it was something I think he’d enjoy as well. So he said, ‘well, just buy one!’”

Johnson’s first pavement foray in four decades began with a test at IRP last fall, and he recalled a re-initiation moment to the asphalt that showed him a welcoming guidance to the discipline from some of the best in the sport – guys like seven-time Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson, two-time Little 500 winner Tyler Roahrig, USAC Hall of Famer Bob East and ace former driver and current mechanic Michael Lewis, who were able to lend an ear and advice in-person and on the phone.

“All the people I’ve met have been super friendly and helpful,” Johnson acknowledged. “I was glowing the brake rotors (during the test) and Kody said, ‘are you trying to drive that thing like a wing car?’ I said, ‘well that’s the only thing I know how to drive, actually, so I guess so.’ Everybody was super cool, and I was so impressed by how helpful those guys were in wanting to help. But when we start to run with them and run up front, they might not want to help me anymore. But, so far, it’s been pretty cool.”

Johnson and TwoC Motorsports have been linked together since 2011, signing Johnson to drive their sprint car shortly after injuries sidelined the racer. Entering season 13 together, they now have a new quest. The Carliles have yet to witness a Silver Crown race in person while Johnson is currently going through the process of constructing champ cars for the first time in his career, so it’s an entirely new team with a fresh outlook.

Johnson admitted he’s been wanting to pare his racing schedule down a bit and the Carliles were eager to try something a little bit different. With a 13-race Silver Crown schedule, it’s a perfect fit for the 51-year-old racer at this stage in his racing timeline.

“For the past 15 years, I’ve run 80 to 90 races per season from coast-to-coast and down to Australia, and I’m just ready,” Johnson stated. “I can do these 13 races and then run another 20-25 sprint car races to get my fix and be happy doing that.”

More than anything, Johnson has always wanted to go Silver Crown racing but didn’t think he’d ever get the chance. His goals are set high, he retains the burning desire to win and he’s more than ready to tackle this deal full bore without any particular expectations and without any reservations.

“People ask me all the time what I think about it,” Johnson related. “Think about when you were younger, and you had a new girlfriend and how exciting that was. Basically, this is my new girlfriend after doing the wing sprint car thing for so many years. We may end up sucking at it but it’s super exciting at the moment. For one, just being able to learn how build these cars and just taking in a lot of knowledge of knowing what’s different. There’s a lot that doesn’t intersect with what I’ve done in the past, but it’s still nuts and bolts and I’ve always built really nice dirt cars. I’ve been plumbing these things like a wing sprint car. That way, it’s something I’m familiar with.”

Johnson will sport the number 12 on his red rose-colored machines. An upcoming test awaits the team in the coming weeks, and soon, they’ll be ready to pursue an endeavor that’s been a long time coming for Johnson.

“We’re just getting our feet wet, and we’re there to have fun first of all,” Johnson noted. “Hopefully, there’s some success there that makes it even more fun.”

 


 

ENGLER FAST PASS PRESENTS NEW LAPPED CAR INCENTIVE FOR 2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON

Speedway, Indiana (March 7, 2023)………New incentives for lapped cars are up for grabs throughout the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season as part of the brand-new Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass program.

During each caution period at every USAC Silver Crown event in 2023, lapped cars will be moved to the rear of the running order. Any pitted cars returning to the track will line up behind the lapped cars.

The first car in the running order that has been lapped will be issued an Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass, granting that team one lap back as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in the most recent caution.

Engler is providing a total of $4,000 to Fast Pass recipients in 2023. Throughout the season, a points system will be kept regarding how many “fast passes” were earned. At the end of the season, that money will be split equally and $2,000 each will then be awarded to the driver and car owner who has accumulated the most fast pass awards throughout the season.

USAC National Competition Director Tommie Estes Jr. makes it abundantly clear that addition of the Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass is multi-faceted in terms of giving back to the teams as well as pure excitement from a competition standpoint.

“The reason we’re doing this is to give back to the owners,” Estes stated. “We’re just trying to make the racing even more exciting, and I think it’s more exciting for the fans too to see more cars on the lead lap at the end of the race.”

Estes knows the drill. As a longtime competitor in Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown racing, he’s driven for himself and has also been a hired driver. Without car owners helping him along during his near quarter-century behind the wheel, his on-track career would’ve been quite a bit shorter.

“I’m 100 percent behind the car owners,” Estes noted. “I was a driver for 23 years, but I was also a hired gun for 17 of those 23 years, and I knew if there weren’t owners for guys like me to go drive their cars, I was screwed.”

The 2023 USAC Silver Crown season begins in the month of April as part of a highly diverse 13-event slate on both dirt and pavement for the 53rd season of series competition.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

CASA GRANDE USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR DOUBLEHEADER IS RAINED OUT
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 2, 2023... After rains hit Central Arizona Raceway overnight, this morning, and with more showers expected, officials are forced to cancel Friday and Saturday’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car doubleheader. Options for possible make-up dates are being explored.

The events were slated to be the debut for the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars at the fast 3/8-mile oval in Casa Grande, Arizona. Located at the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Raceway will host the “56th Western World Championships” on November 3rd and 4th.

The non-winged 410s will return to action on Saturday, March 18th at Perris Auto Speedway for the “Sokola Shootout.” For more event information and advance tickets, visit perrisautospeedway.com.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAINED OUT)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAINED OUT)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial / 40 Laps)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Richie McGowan Memorial)
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 26: TBA
September 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (40 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

PURSLEY GOES FULL-TIME USAC MIDGET RACING
WITH REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 28, 2023)………Daison Pursley has teamed up with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports to chase a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2023.

The Locust Grove, Okla. native will compete in one of the team’s number 19AZ machines for a full season run in the coming year starting on April 21-22 during the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Pursley has accumulated a total of 71 feature starts in his USAC National Midget career over the past four seasons since 2019, all of which had him behind the wheel for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports. During that time, Pursley notched two career feature victories, both in 2021, at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway and Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA.

Additionally, Pursley’s racked up 19 top-five finishes, 41 top-tens and two fast qualifying times thus far before a serious neck injury sidelined him for much of the 2022 season.

Already in 2023, Pursley has flourished in his comeback, grabbing a victory in a USAC National Sprint Car non-points special event on February 14 at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.

Now, Pursley takes his talents back to the USAC National Midgets where he’ll attempt to carry the same momentum he’s already established in the early going in 2023.

“I’m super excited to get the season started with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports,” Pursley exclaimed. “I’m thankful for this opportunity that Andy and Tammy (Reinbold) have given me and I’m ready to go chase a championship with everyone involved.”

Reinbold and Pursley previously partnered for this past January’s running of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the team finished 15th during Saturday night’s A-Main finale.

It was there where Reinbold immediately knew that Pursley was one he wanted to have on his team moving forward.

“Quickly, I saw determination and character in Daison,” Reinbold stated. “He has what it takes to win at any level, and I am confident that 2023 will be an extremely successful year.”

 

 

BRODY ROA LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR DEBUT AT CASA GRANDE DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 26, 2023... For the first time in series history, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will rumble at Central Arizona Raceway. Promoted by Brad Whitfield, the Friday, March 3rd, and Saturday, March 4th doubleheader marks the first and second of four appearances at the high banked 3/8-mile oval. The championship point races will also feature the Challenge Cup Sprint Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. Located at the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Spectator Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at thecentralarizonaraceway.com or call 602.292.7607.

For those that cannot be at the races, a live stream will be broadcast by speedsport.tv.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

While Central Arizona Raceway is new to the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, the 3/8-mile was a regular stop for the USAC SouthWest Sprints. Logan Seavey set the 410 track record of 14.948 on October 26, 2019 and R.J. Johnson established the 360 standard of 15.058 on October 29, 2016.

After winning both of the opening races at Cocopah Speedway, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa has also posted one heat race victory and 14 feature laps led. With fifteen USAC/CRA triumphs to his credit, the 2019 USAC SouthWest Champion will be looking to add Central Arizona Raceway to his winning resume.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) ranks second in the championship point standings. Racing his #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC, Williams has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career feature wins and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with victories at the Pinal County Fairgrounds.

“KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) is tied with Cody Williams for second in the point chase. Driving the Yeley/Petty Racing #2J Avanti Windows & Doors / Glenn Styres Racing Spike, Thomas has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes on the year. Primarily racing in the Midwest, it is unknown if the 3-time Oval Nationals Champion will be in action at Casa Grande.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, California) sits fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Surecan LLC / Naturipe Triple X, Johnson has two top-10 finishes and 28 feature laps led in the campaign. Johnson races across the West Coast in multiple classes and is a threat to win every night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. Driving his #47 MP Environmental Services / Black Magic Bead Breaker DRC, Davis has one heat race victory and two top-10 finishes on the season. The 7-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has enjoyed success at Central Arizona Raceway and will be looking to sweep the doubleheader.

Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks twelfth in the point standings. The owner/driver of the #3V Biltmore Automotive / Randy’s Paint & Body Mach 1 is followed by Grant Sexton of Lakeside, California.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, R.J. Johnson, Sterling Cling, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, A.J. Bender, Logan Calderwood, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Verne Sweeney, Matt Westfall, and more.

Central Arizona Raceway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande, Arizona. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior/Military Tickets are $18, Student Tickets (12-17) are $13, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit thecentralarizonaraceway.com or call 602.292.7607

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-157, 2. Cody Williams-143, --. Kevin Thomas Jr.-143, 4. Chase Johnson-135, 5. Charles Davis Jr.-125, 6. Tommy Malcolm-124, 7. R.J. Johnson-120, 8. Sterling Cling-117, 9. Austin Williams-109, 10. A.J. Bender-90, 11. Logan Calderwood-84, 12. Jim Vanzant ®-68, 13. Grant Sexton ®-44, 14. Austin Grabwoski-11.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Spanky Mathews Memorial)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Bubby Jones & Ray Sheetz Memorial / 40 Laps)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Richie McGowan Memorial)
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 12: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 26: TBA
September 9: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (40 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

KERN COUNTY’S USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR OPENER IS CANCELLED
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 22, 2023... Officials with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series and The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) have announced that Saturday’s season opener has been cancelled. Options for a possible make-up date are being explored.

As mild rain has already approached the speedway, heavy showers are expected overnight and through the weekend. Those rains will affect the nearby areas and forecasted snowfall will affect several key mountain passes and highways used by teams and fans.

The non-winged 360s will now open their campaign at Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday, April 8th. For more event information, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 25: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (RAIN)
April 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
June 17: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Wagsdash Reunion in honor of Mrs. Wags)
July 29: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
September 16: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

INCREASED PURSES UP FOR GRABS AT ANTIOCH USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET EVENTS
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 19, 2023... When the USAC Western States Midgets battle at Antioch Speedway on March 25th and September 30th, there will be extra money up for grabs. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Ken Graunstadt and Graunstadt Enterprises, both events are guaranteed to pay $1,750-to-win, $1,000-for-2nd, $750-for-3rd, $625-for-4th, and $500-for-5th. A special thanks goes to everyone who are working to make both events a success, especially the defending champion car owner.

Dating back to 1982, the events are the first appearances for the USAC “mighty midgets” at the 1/4-mile oval. Led by 2-time champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California), a talented roster of drivers will headline the action at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds. For more event information, visit antiochspeedway.com.

In addition to championship points, both events will award points for the season-long Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Standings and the unsponsored Passing Master Standings. Drivers that finish in the top-3 in Woodland points will take home $500-for-1st, $300-for-2nd, and $200-for-3rd. Last season, Faccinto earned Top Qualifier honors and veteran Randi Pankratz passed the most cars in last year’s main events.

The season opener for the USAC Western States Midget Series will be at Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday, March 18th. For more event information, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Graunstadt Enterprises, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on each series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SEASON OPENER AT KERN COUNTY
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 19, 2023... The new season for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series will open this Saturday, February 25th at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP). Promoted by Larry Collins, the championship point race will also feature the Southern California Dwarf Cars and the West Coast Sport Compacts. Located in Bakersfield, California, the KCRP Pit Gates will open at 1:30pm, Spectator Gates open at 4:00pm, Hot Laps are scheduled for 4:20pm, Time Trials at 4:45pm, and Racing is set for at 6:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- MEMBERSHIPS / TEMPORARY PERMITS: All racers MUST PURCHASE their USAC license / membership or temporary permit online PRIOR TO THE EVENT at usaclicense.com or usacracing.com.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to current shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- MUFFLERS: Mufflers ARE NOT REQUIRED at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP).
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

In addition to championship points, the race will award points for the season-long Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier Standings and the unsponsored Passing Master Standings. Drivers that finish in the top-3 in Woodland points will take home $500-for-1st, $300-for-2nd, and $200-for-3rd. Last season, Troy Rutherford earned Top Qualifier honors and rookie driver Camie Bell was named the Passing Master.

Saturday’s event will be the fourth appearance for the non-winged 360 sprints at the fast 1/3-mile oval. Chase Johnson topped the first two races and local driver Brody Fuson claimed the “George Snider Classic” and “Championship Night” on October 15th. Kyle Edwards established the 1-lap qualifying track record of 14.394 on February 26, 2022.

Last season, Trent Carter (Terra Bella, California) earned his first series championship on the strength of consistency and strong finishes. Piloting the family owned #13 Porterville Lock & Safe / Porterville Collision Center Maxim, Carter posted two heat race victories, seven top-5 finishes, seven top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led in the campaign. The three-time Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion will be looking to start his title defense with the first USAC victory of his career.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) finished second in the championship standings. Racing his #11 Ford powered Westco International / Shine Supply Spike, Rutherford had one feature win, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race wins, six top-5 finishes, seven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year. Currently tied for seventh with eight career wins, the former VRA Champion is looking for a ride at the season opener.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, California) ranked third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Vesco 80 Triple X, Edwards had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, five top-5 finishes, six top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. Kyle will have his sights on capturing the first USAC win of his career at Kern County.

Tanner Boul (Auberry, California) sat fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul had one heat race victory, one hard charger award, one top-5 finish, five top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led. Tanner won a Ventura USAC/CRA 410 show last June with his 360 engine and will be looking to start his season with a Saturday night victory.

Tyler Hatzikian (Murrieta, California) scored fifth in point chase and earned Rookie of the Year honors. Racing his #27 Tyler Surfboards / Original Roadhouse Bar & Grill Triple X, Hatzikian posted one hard charger award and six top-10 finishes to his credit. Tyler will have his sights on claiming his first win at KCRP.

Among the returning drivers expected to be in action are Joey Bishop, Brent Yarnal, Hannah Mayhew, Ricky Lewis, Camie Bell, Steve Hix, Brody Fuson, James Herrera, Chase Johnson, Elexa Herrera, Cody Majors, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa, Ryan Timmons, Matt Day, Charlie Butcher, Dawson Faria, Troy DeGaton, Chris Ennis, and more.

Adam Christian, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Tom Hendricks, Tom Dunkel, David Gasper, Dustin Cormany, Jon DeWees, Dillon Osborne, Ron LaPlant, Brandon Nelsen, and Verne Sweeney have announced their intentions to join the talented driver roster this season.

The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) is located at 13500 Raceway Boulevard in Bakersfield, California. To get to the speedway, take Interstate-5 and exit at Enos Lane (CA 43, Exit 246) and drive to Raceway Blvd. The track is on the west side of the interstate. Adult tickets are $25, Junior tickets (6-12) are $10, and Kids Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. CAMPING IS FREE. For more event information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 25: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
April 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
June 17: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Wagsdash Reunion in honor of Mrs. Wags)
July 29: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
September 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 


THE ENGINE THAT COULD:
CUMMINS’ 3RD POWERPLANT IS THE CHARM
AT WINTER DIRT GAMES

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 18, 2023)………There was a point in time earlier this week when winning, let alone even competing, seemed unfathomable for Kyle Cummins and the Rock Steady Racing team.

When Cummins pulled into victory lane on Saturday night after capturing the $10,000 top prize at Bubba Raceway Park’s Winter Dirt Games XIV finale, the Princeton, Ind. racer knew this one was special and how much of a true testament it was to the all-hands-on-deck effort that put this outcome into the realm of possibility.

After blowing an engine on Monday at Volusia Speedway Park, the team sat out Tuesday’s non-points special event race, then grabbed the only other powerplant they had on hand and installed it under the hood for Wednesday’s open practice at Bubba’s. Two laps into the session, their second and final engine took its last gasp.

Seemingly finished for the weekend and with dreams of a potential USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship buried six feet under with the possibility of missing the first three points races altogether, a lifeline from roughly 12 hours away was delivered just in the nick of time.

Insert fellow competitor Chet Williams who was in Texas on Wednesday when he received a call regarding the engine dilemma that the team found themselves in. Williams finished his half-day drive to Indiana, loaded up the engine into the back of a pickup truck, then, with the help of Jay Harrington, immediately made another 12-hour beeline to an Ocala, Florida hotel parking lot where the engine was delivered, promptly plugged into the No. 3R, and ready to race on Thursday where Cummins proceeded to drive the car to a fifth place finish.

Fast forward two nights later to Saturday and there they were, right back at it with Cummins making the winning pass on Brady Bacon with just four laps remaining to score a hard-earned victory, which might be the understatement of the century, in his Rock Steady Racing/Avanti Windows & Doors – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Kistler Chevy.

This particular engine certainly has a winning pedigree as it was the same one used by Cummins to win multiple features in 2022 and helped him finally break through for his first career Bubba Raceway Park win after previously finishing second twice and third on three occasions.

“We had some motor failures there at the beginning of week and just some weird dumb luck, like stuff that would never happen and breaking stuff that never breaks, and it wasn’t anything on our part,” Cummins recalled. “Chet and Jay got a motor from Indiana, then drove all through the night to get down here, which put a little pressure on me to make sure we performed. Our team just worked and worked and worked and worked to get to this point. We just sat back on Wednesday night thinking, ‘what do we do now?’ We’ve got one of the fastest cars in the pits and we’re just sitting here.”

Cummins’ victory was the 15th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman and Brian Tyler for 39th all-time. In the process, he moved ahead of Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon and Bruce Walkup.

Thursday night’s Ocala feature winner Brady Bacon started from the pole with Cummins along for the ride to the outside of the front row. Bacon held the early upper hand as he slipped out to the early advantage around the 3/8-mile dirt track.

However, the first stoppage of the main event came on lap four when two-time Ocala winner Robert Ballou, running 11th at the time, was knocked out of the race with a broken camshaft. Despite his early retirement from the contest, Ballou’s 16 positions advanced throughout the weekend were still tops among all drivers and earned him an $800 bonus as the Flamingo Sandy/Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia Winter Dirt Games XIV Passing Master.

On the ensuing restart, defending series champion Justin Grant made headway up into the second position as he drove around the outside of Cummins. Undeterred, Cummins fought his way back by Grant a lap later as the two engaged in a see-saw soiree that consisted of four changes of position between the two in a five-lap span. Grant retook the position briefly on the seventh circuit before Cummins emerged ahead into the runner-up spot once and for all on lap nine.

Cummins managed to pull even with Bacon on lap 11 as the two frontrunners began to work traffic. Bacon escaped by the skin of his teeth as he pulled the wheels up on the high side of turn two in the narrow band between himself, Cummins and the outside wall in order to escape back to the forefront.

Closing in on 10 laps remaining, Bacon’s half-second advantage ballooned to 1.5 sec. as the second and third place cars of Cummins and Leary fought to wrestle a path by the lapped car of Tafoya at the exit of turn two.

Traffic had been the name of the game for the head of the pack throughout much of the second half of the affair. However, with the laps dwindling to just six to go, an even heavier load of traffic occupied the lower line that Bacon had utilized for practically the entire duration to that point.

With four to go, Bacon found himself at a crossroads, whether to stick to the bottom or leave it behind for the top. Bacon chose to ride it high into turn one, and, initially, it paid off as he fired off around the outside to put Daison Pursley a lap down. With that said, turn three was another story as Bacon found himself mired in proverbial quicksand multiple lanes off the bottom, which simultaneously opened a door for Cummins to attack. Cummins took an axe to the door similar to Jack Nicholson in The Shining, seemingly shouting “Here’s Kyle” as he broke through at the exit of turn four to gain the lead on lap 32.

Despite a bevy of traffic to navigate throughout the next four laps, Cummins weaved through it all with relative ease and precision, closing out a masterful run on what was a tumultuous week to prevail at the checkered flag 0.688 sec. ahead of Bacon with Leary third, Grant fourth and Jason McDougal fifth.

For Cummins, not only was it huge to finally get a win at one of his favorite tracks where a win had eluded him since his debut in 2012, he had to beat a front row starting Bacon, which took everything in Cummins’ tank to muster successfully, and he did just that.

“I’m just glad to knock Brady off because normally when he starts on the front row, it’s like ‘oh my gosh,’” Cummins noted. “Brady is basically the best one here. He was better in open traffic than we were, and once we got to traffic, I was messing with shocks and just holding on.”

“(The lapped cars) kind of slowed his pace down just enough,” Bacon continued. “I knew they were kind of dirtying up the top a little bit, and the lap before, I was going to go to the top, then he went to the top, so once I got around him in three and four, I was just buzzing around the top as hard as I could run. I was coming to the bottom, and then I got stuck out there again. Then, I was like, ‘oh, white flag,’ then I thought I better go protect or he’ll just drive right back by me. But everything worked out and it’s nice to start the season out a lot better than how we started the beginning of the week.”

It was almost career win number 48 for Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who led 31 of the 35 laps en route to a second place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Tel-Star – Western Flyer Express/Triple X/Rider Chevy. However, he came up just short in his bid to move into sole possession of third place on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list. As a consolation, the four-time champion leaves Florida as the series point leader.

“I just saw (Cummins) poking his nose out there and the lapped cars just kept slowing me up,” Bacon explained. “Then it got to where I could hardly get my car loaded to go fast because I was going so slow behind them. I just made the decision (to go to the top) and it was the wrong one at the time when I did it, and he was able to sneak by me. After he did that, then it all kind of fanned out. If I would’ve stayed on the bottom, I might’ve been able to hang on but you’re a sitting duck in that situation and 35 laps leading from the pole is a long time. I don’t know if anybody’s won from the pole here and there’s a reason for that. It’s a tricky place and it’s hard to know where you need to be on the racetrack without having somebody in front of you to judge off.”

It was another solid podium result for C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Hornbeck Concrete - Highsmith Guns - Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts/DRC/1-Way Chevy. For the third straight feature race this week, Leary brought home a third place finish, first at Volusia and the latter two in Ocala.

“In a split second, it could change you from taking the lead or running third or fourth,” the seventh place starting Leary described of the race. “I felt like our car was really good around the bottom, but I just started a little too deep. I knew with Brady and Cummins rolling off the front row, they were both going to be really tough to beat but we were right there with them. With a new team, it’s really tough to jell sometimes, and I think out of the box, we’ve jelled really well. We’re all having fun and that’s what we’re all here for.”

A one hour and nine minute delay took place after Kevin Newton rode out a frightening flip down the front straightaway during the semi-feature. The impact of his car with the fence sheared off a wide swath of posts and catch fencing. Newton was able to escape and walk away from the incident while repairs to the fence were made before racing activity recommenced.

During qualifying, Chase Stockon recorded the 32nd fast time of his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him ahead of three-time champion Sheldon Kinser and into sole possession of 11th on the all-time list. Meanwhile, Stockon’s KO Motorsports teammate Jason McDougal set fast time during Thursday’s season opener. That became the first instance of two different drivers from the same team setting fast qualifying time during the first two events of the season in 56 years. In 1967, the Ward Dunseth/Paul Leffler team captured the first two fast qualifying awards of the year with Greg Weld in the opener at Pennsylvania’s Reading Fairgrounds while Bob Wente time trialed the quickest in race two at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.979; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.076; 3. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.113; 4. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.167; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.206; 6. Logan Seavey, 2B, 2B Racing-14.215; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.302; 8. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.354; 9. Daison Pursley, 5p, KO-14.383; 10. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.392; 11. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-14.464; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.473; 13. Jadon Rogers, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.510; 14. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.544; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-14.565; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.600; 17. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.601; 18. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.614; 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.680; 20. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.704; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.756; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.840; 23. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.847; 24. Kevin Newton, 16TH, Benic-15.191; 25. Cameron Smith, 96, Kauffman-15.192; 26. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-15.242; 27. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-16.905.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Cameron Smith. 1:56.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Brady Short, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Hunter Maddox. 1:58.11

ROD END SUPPLY / T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Tom Harris, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Kevin Newton, 9. Eddie Vancil. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Cameron Smith, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Tom Harris, 10. Eddie Vancil, 11. Kevin Newton, 12. Hunter Maddox. NT

FEATURE: (35 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (2), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. C.J. Leary (7), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Emerson Axsom (8), 7. Chase Stockon (6), 8. Matt Westfall (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 10. Logan Seavey (10), 11. Mitchel Moles (11), 12. Jake Swanson (19), 13. Daison Pursley (12), 14. Carson Garrett (17), 15. Thomas Meseraull (9), 16. Brady Short (15), 17. Jadon Rogers (14), 18. Joey Amantea (21), 19. Tom Harris (23-P), 20. Brandon Mattox (20), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (18), 22. Cameron Smith (22), 23. Robert Ballou (13). NT

**(P) represents a provisional feature starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-31 Brady Bacon, Laps 32-35 Kyle Cummins.

**Tom Harris flipped during the semi. Kevin Newton flipped during the semi.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-152, 2-C.J. Leary-142, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-Kyle Cummins-139, 5-Emerson Axsom-136, 6-Matt Westfall-116, 7-Chase Stockon-116, 8-Logan Seavey-103, 9-Thomas Meseraull-102, 10-Mitchel Moles-94.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-12, 2-Chase Stockon-7, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-7, 4-Jake Swanson-7, 5-Kyle Cummins-6, 6-Carson Garrett-6, 7-Joey Amantea-5, 8-C.J. Leary-4, 9-Logan Seavey-4, 10-Brady Bacon-3.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-16, 2-Jake Swanson-12, 3-Chase Stockon-9, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-8, 5-Joey Amantea-8, 6-Kyle Cummins-7, 7-C.J. Leary-7, 8-Brady Bacon-6, 9-Carson Garrett-6, 10-Brandon Mattox-6.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 1, 2023 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, Indiana – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Chase Stockon (14.219)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

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

ProSource Hard Work Award: Cameron Smith

Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (16th to 9th)

Flamingo Sandy/Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia Winter Dirt Games XIV Passing Master: Robert Ballou (16)

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES RAINED OUT FRIDAY, USAC SPRINTS RETURN SATURDAY TO OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 17, 2023)………Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Winter Dirt Games XIV event at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park has been rained out.

Action will resume on Saturday night, February 18, for the final night of the series’ weeklong tour of Florida at the 3/8-mile Bubba Raceway Park dirt oval as drivers and teams compete for the $10,000 top prize.

The standard USAC format will be utilized with eight lap heat races, followed by a last chance event and culminating with a slightly longer 35-lap main event.

Mother Nature plagued Bubba Raceway Park on Friday night with rain showers hitting the speedway between 4:30 until a little after 6:30 when the event was officially canceled.

Twenty-seven USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship cars and drivers were in attendance on Friday night.

Friday night’s rain checks can be used on Saturday night.

For the Saturday, February 18 program, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with racing immediately following.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PROGRAM RAINED OUT

DRIVERS IN ATTENDANCE: (27) Steve Irwin (#0 Flying Zero) Logan Seavey (#2B 2B Racing) Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady) Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) Jadon Rogers (#5 Baldwin-Fox) Jason McDougal (#5m KO) Daison Pursley (#5p KO) Chase Stockon (#5s KO) Eddie Vancil (#7v Vancil) Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou) Carson Garrett (#15 BGE Dougherty) C.J. Leary (#15x BGE Dougherty) Kevin Newton (#16TH Newton) Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17GP Dutcher) Mitchel Moles (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood) Thomas Meseraull (#20 Dyson) Jake Swanson (#21AZ Team AZ) Hunter Maddox (#24m Maddox) Brandon Mattox (#28 Mattox) Matt Westfall (#33m Marshall) Emerson Axsom (#47BC Clauson Marshall) Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya) Brady Short (#61m Edwards) Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics) Tom Harris (#84 Harris) Joey Amantea (#88J JPA) Cameron Smith (#96 Kauffman)

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-79, 2-Emerson Axsom-73, 3-C.J. Leary-70, 4-Justin Grant-70, 5-Kyle Cummins-62, 6-Thomas Meseraull-61, 7-Matt Westfall-60, 8-Logan Seavey-56, 9-Chase Stockon-53, 10-Robert Ballou-47.

WINTER DIRT GAMES XIV POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-349, 2-Emerson Axsom-340, 3-C.J. Leary-334, 4-Justin Grant-331, 5-Matt Westfall-318, 6-Thomas Meseraull-316, 7-Kyle Cummins-315, 8-Logan Seavey-315, 9-Chase Stockon-304, 10-Mitchel Moles-299.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-12, 2-Chase Stockon-7, 3-Kyle Cummins-5, 4-Logan Seavey-4, 5-Brady Bacon-3, 6-Carson Garrett-3, 7-Joey Amantea-2, 8-Brandon Mattox-2, 9-Justin Grant-1, 10-Matt Westfall-1.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-16, 2-Chase Stockon-7, 3-Brady Bacon-5, 4-Kyle Cummins-5, 5-Logan Seavey-5, 6-Brandon Mattox-5, 7-Joey Amantea-4, 8-Justin Grant-3, 9-Carson Garrett-3, 10-Matt Westfall-2.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 18, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

HALF-SPIN, FULL WIN:
BACON PASSES HEWITT
FOR 3RD ALL-TIME WITH OCALA WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2023)………One lap into Thursday night’s Winter Dirt Games XIV USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening feature at Bubba Raceway Park, Brady Bacon’s evening was seemingly finished just about as soon it had begun.

At the end of 30 laps, the Broken Arrow, Okla. driver found himself greeted in victory lane by one of the all-time greats, Jack Hewitt, whom Bacon had just surpassed to move to third on the series’ all-time career win list.

Bacon’s 47th career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory was monumental in several respects. Most notably, he elevated another step up the mountaintop, moving past Hewitt and into a tie with 2002 series titlist Tracy Hines for third all-time in series feature wins.

Best yet, Hewitt was in the audience for the occasion and made his way to victory lane to put his arm around Bacon following his monumental accomplishment, embracing the newest member of the USAC Sprint Car Mount Rushmore in terms of feature triumphs.

“It means a lot,” Bacon beamed. “There aren’t many organizations that have the list of accomplished drivers like USAC does. Being able to pass a guy like Jack Hewitt and guys like A.J. Foyt, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Levi Jones on a list like that is something I’m really proud of.”

By comparison, Hewitt hit win 46 at the age of 50 in 2001. Bacon, just 33 years old, continues to rewrite the history books, much the same as he did on Thursday night. Hewitt, a National Sprint Car and USAC Hall of Fame inductee in his own right, praised Bacon, noting that at his age, he still has a lot left in the tank to someday catch and pass all-time USAC National Sprint Car winners, Dave Darland (62) and Tom Bigelow (52) on the top rung.

“It’s pretty cool,” Hewitt exclaimed. “I raced for 29 years to get that many feature wins. Look how young he is; he’s got a long way to go. I think (Dave) Darland and the rest of them are in trouble.”

Number 47 for Bacon, as it turned out, was a case of misfortune turning into a golden treasure chest as he spun while battling Thomas Meseraull for the fourth position. As he zipped across Meseraull’s nose, Bacon’s rear tires slipped out from underneath him, sending him sliding completely sideways through the middle of turn four.

With his car visibly locked up and dead in the water, so to speak, Bacon received an unexpected assist from the oncoming Jake Swanson who t-boned the idle Bacon on the left side nerf bar, which nudged Bacon’s car just enough to rekindle the engine and drive away with the fourth position still intact.

Bacon steadily moved his way up through the field to third on the lap two restart, to the second spot on lap 21 and finally to the lead on lap 23 by slipping under Axsom between turns one and two in the midst of heavy lapped traffic. From there, Bacon was untouchable in his Dynamics, Inc./Hagner Debris Removal – Tel-Star – Western Flyer Express/Triple X/Rider Chevy, leading the field for the final eight circuits to the finish line.

“I just got really lucky,” Bacon admitted. “I hate it for the guys I collected there but, luckily, got refired. We’ll take it when we can get it. We actually cracked a header on that, so (the engine) wasn’t running at 100 percent, but it probably helped me by making me commit to the bottom and kept my tires underneath me and we were smart through lapped traffic. I was just hoping to salvage a decent finish because my motor wasn’t running as well as it should’ve; the Rider usually runs pretty good. We were able to sneak around those guys in lapped traffic and get the win. I’m definitely happy to start the year off better than we did last year.”

Last year’s first two races in Ocala saw Bacon collect 16th and 15th place results, respectively, after being involved in three separate incidents throughout the first two nights. This particular night harkened back to 2014 and 2020, when Bacon captured the Ocala opener, then carried on to win the USAC championship. Bacon’s latest performance was the record-tying third opening night USAC Sprint Car win of his career. Bacon is now the fifth driver to win three career season openers, joining Damion Gardner, Don Branson, Larry Dickson and Rich Vogler.

After his early race incident, Bacon closed is on the front two of past Ocala winners C.J. Leary, who led the first nine, while Axsom reigned for the next 13 trips between laps 10-22. Throughout the second half of the feature, Axsom was constantly mired in traffic, dealing with having to navigate his way through a double-wide formation that featured Californian Swanson and Englishman Tom Harris side-by-side in front of the leaders.

Bacon punched through to second in much the same way he’d eventually assume the lead, dipping down to the low line in turn one to shoot by and corral the spot. He did just that to Leary for the runner-up spot on lap 21 and once again on lap 23 for the race lead, which proved to be the winning move.

A melee on lap 25 halted the proceedings when Thomas Meseraull (6th) and Daison Pursley (9th) got connected while Kevin Thomas Jr. (8th) came to a complete stop. Pursley remained intact until veering into the infield grass in turn two, the victim of a broken radius rod. All were able to restart and finish the final six laps of the contest.

Meanwhile, Axsom, winner of the 2022 season opener at Ocala, made one last push to the front on the ensuing lap 25 restart. Axsom managed to pull ahead by three car lengths entering turn three while utilizing the high groove. However, each time, Bacon stuck the bottom and was able to fend off and pull away at the exit of turn four to keep Axsom at bay.

In the end, Bacon secured his fifth career Winter Dirt Games feature victory, tying him with Damion Gardner as the winningest driver in the history of the event. Axsom finished second, 1.194 seconds behind. C.J. Leary took third with Justin Grant fourth and Kyle Cummins fifth who was using his third engine this week, this one being delivered to their hotel parking lot at 1:30 in the afternoon after having multiple powerplants expire on them, first during Monday at Volusia Speedway Park and at Wednesday’s practice in Ocala.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) led a race-high 13 feature laps in his Clauson Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Lubricants/Spike/Kistler Chevy. The 2022 series Rookie of the Year has now finished all four of his Ocala USAC Sprint Car starts on the podium with a 1st, 3rd, 1st and 2nd dating back to the start of 2022. In the process, he nearly became the first driver to collect opening season wins in back-to-back years since Damion Gardner in 2011-12.

For the second straight time this week, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) finished his feature run in the third position after scoring a third in Tuesday’s non-points special event at Volusia. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ led the opening nine laps to start off the season in his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Hornbeck Concrete - Highsmith Guns - Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

A tumultuous start to the evening turned all right for Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.). The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion was forced into a backup car after hot laps due to a mechanical issue, hopped into the secondary car, then drove from his 22nd place starting position to finish 10th in the feature in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru – Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy. That performance earned Ballou the night’s Irvin King Hard Charger honors as well as the ProSource Hard Work award.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

QUALIFYING: 1. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-13.791; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-13.842; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.924; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.955; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-14.004; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.052; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.067; 8. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-14.081; 9. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.094; 10. Logan Seavey, 2B, 2B Racing-14.097; 11. Daison Pursley, 5p, KO-14.132; 12. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.149; 13. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.179; 14. Jadon Rogers, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.257; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.309; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.383; 17. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.467; 18. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.478; 19. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.673; 20. Cameron Smith, 96, Kauffman-14.674; 21. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.761; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.836; 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.903; 24. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-14.977; 25. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-15.102; 26. Kevin Newton, 16TH, Benic-15.203; 27. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-15.852; 28. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Hunter Maddox, 9. Jason McDougal. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Cameron Smith, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Kevin Newton. 1:57.78

ROD END SUPPLY / T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Brady Short, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Brian Ruhlman, 9. Steve Irwin. 1:56.76

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Hunter Maddox, 7. Steve Irwin, 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 9. Kevin Newton, 10. Brian Ruhlman, 11. Cameron Smith, 12. Jason McDougal. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Emerson Axsom (2), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Kyle Cummins (10), 6. Thomas Meseraull (3), 7. Matt Westfall (8), 8. Logan Seavey (12), 9. Chase Stockon (16), 10. Robert Ballou (22), 11. Carson Garrett (14), 12. Mitchel Moles (9), 13. Jake Swanson (6), 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 15. Daison Pursley (13), 16. Brady Short (17), 17. Joey Amantea (19), 18. Brandon Mattox (20), 19. Hunter Maddox (18), 20. Tom Harris (15), 21. Steve Irwin (21), 22. Jadon Rogers (7). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 C.J. Leary, Laps 10-22 Emerson Axsom, Laps 23-30 Brady Bacon.

**Eddie Vancil flipped during qualifying.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-79, 2-Emerson Axsom-73, 3-C.J. Leary-70, 4-Justin Grant-70, 5-Kyle Cummins-62, 6-Thomas Meseraull-61, 7-Matt Westfall-60, 8-Logan Seavey-56, 9-Chase Stockon-53, 10-Robert Ballou-47.

WINTER DIRT GAMES XIV POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-349, 2-Emerson Axsom-340, 3-C.J. Leary-334, 4-Justin Grant-331, 5-Matt Westfall-318, 6-Thomas Meseraull-316, 7-Kyle Cummins-315, 8-Logan Seavey-315, 9-Chase Stockon-304, 10-Mitchel Moles-299.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-12, 2-Chase Stockon-7, 3-Kyle Cummins-5, 4-Logan Seavey-4, 5-Brady Bacon-3, 6-Carson Garrett-3, 7-Joey Amantea-2, 8-Brandon Mattox-2, 9-Justin Grant-1, 10-Matt Westfall-1.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XIII SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-16, 2-Chase Stockon-7, 3-Brady Bacon-5, 4-Kyle Cummins-5, 5-Logan Seavey-5, 6-Brandon Mattox-5, 7-Joey Amantea-4, 8-Justin Grant-3, 9-Carson Garrett-3, 10-Matt Westfall-2.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 17-18, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kyle Cummins (14.227)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Mitchel Moles

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)


 

 

STOCKON TOPS WINTER DIRT GAMES PRACTICE
AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2023)………Chase Stockon led the way during Wednesday night’s open practice for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

The Fort Branch, Ind. native, who won the 2018 opening night Winter Dirt Games feature in Ocala, topped the field of 28 with a time of 13.914 seconds around the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track aboard his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy.

The annual practice was the final test and tune prior to the start of Winter Dirt Games XIV in Ocala on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, February 16-17-18, a venue which the series has visited on a yearly basis since 2011.

Tom Harris, hailing from Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, made a late run in the session with a clock stopper of 13.956 seconds to move into second fastest overall in his Tom Harris Motorsport/J. Davidson Scrap Metal - Ballou Motorsports - Project 12/Maxim/Parker Chevy.

Reigning USAC National Sprint Car champ and winningest USAC driver in the history of Florida, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), slotted into the third spot overall in the practice at a time of 13.967 seconds in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and four-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) rounded out the top-five in practice. This week’s Volusia winners, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), clocked in at sixth and 11th, respectively. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), who won twice in Ocala in 2022, checked in at ninth overall.

For the first two nights of racing on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars are on track at 6:15pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30 & kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for members & $40 for non-members.

On the final night of racing on Saturday, February 18, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6:15pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $35 & kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for members & $45 for non-members.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIII can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/3frPoW6.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 15, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-13.914; 2. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-13.956; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.967; 4. Logan Seavey, 2B, 2B Racing-13.992; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.017; 6. Daison Pursley, 5p, KO-14.031; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-14.066; 8. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.098; 9. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-14.156; 10. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.187; 11. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.187; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.194; 13. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.197; 14. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.297; 15. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-14.300; 16. Brady Short, 61m, Edwards-14.322; 17. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.404; 18. Jadon Rogers, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.489; 19. Cameron Smith, 96, Kauffman-14.582; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.837; 21. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-14.855; 22. Kevin Newton, 16TH, Benic-15.071; 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.100; 24. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.188; 25. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-15.910; 26. Eddie Vancil, 7v, Vancil-16.196; 27. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-NT; 28. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 16-17-18, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


 


A COMEBACK STORY FOR THE AGES:
ROOKIE PURSLEY PREVAILS
WITH VOLUSIA VICTORY

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Barberville, Florida (February 14, 2023)………Fifteen months ago, Daison Pursley lay in a hospital bed facing an uncertain future.

A violent crash during a midget race at Arizona Speedway in November 2021 left the Locust Grove, Okla. native with a severe spinal cord injury that jeopardized not only his racing career but his physical well-being, the consequences of which still linger to this day.

Fifteen months later, Pursley had overcome the personal setbacks, the physical pain, the strenuous daily rehab regimen and a full laundry list of obstacles in pursuit of returning to the sport he loved and lived for.

For Pursley, it culminated in him facing the task to overcome a field of 21 competitors to earn his greatest triumph yet on his racing comeback journey.

The 18-year-old midget racing standout and newly turned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year contender defied the odds while also defying the challenge presented to him by fellow 18-year-old Emerson Axsom late in Tuesday night’s $10,000-to-win, non-stop, caution free DIRTcar Nationals 30-lap non-points special event feature at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.

Pursley remembers first-hand how far he’s come since that fateful night. He realizes that this is a night to forever cherish – a night he’ll forever remember.

“It’s pretty unbelievable; this is definitely one I’ll remember forever,” Pursley exclaimed. “It’s crazy to look back at where I was a year ago, watching this stuff on TV. I don’t get very emotional, and I don’t show my emotions that much. I just kind of stay calm, cool and collected. Later tonight, when I’m getting ready for bed, I bet this one will hit pretty hard.”

Starting from the pole position, Pursley led the first 18 laps while clinging with all his might to a narrow lead over Axsom. But only for a bit. Axsom burst his way to the front on the 19th trip, utilizing the bottom of turn two around the 1/2-mile dirt oval.

Just like his fight to return the racetrack, there was no quit in Pursley on this night. As the two frontrunners worked lapped traffic, Pursley left the bottom for the first time, swinging wide and setting up top on the cushion. There, he found a power surge that pushed him past Axsom for good.

Entering the night, Pursley’s entire sprint car career consisted of two starts in both 2021 and 2022, plus one more the previous evening. The first of those five previous opportunities came for KO Motorsports who gave him a chance to wheel a sprint car and also stuck by him through his injury and recovery by providing him a car when he was officially back and ready to wheel the Hutson John Deere – S & C Machine – Peterbilt/Flea RC/J & D Chevy.

“KO Motorsports gave me my first sprint car start and it’s so cool to be able to get my first win with them,” Pursley said. “It’s just crazy to look back at everything, from getting my first USAC Midget win to now getting my first USAC Sprint Car win all within two years. I’m just extremely thankful and blessed to be surrounded by great people like Kent (Schmidt), Flea (Ruzic) and Brian (Davis) and everyone who’s a part of this deal. It’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to drive such a great piece.”

In February of 2022, Pursley remained in an Atlanta, Georgia rehab center where, at night, he passed the time by watching the live stream of the sprint car races at Volusia, yearning for the day he’d get his chance to return to the racetrack himself.

That itch and the desire to go racing once again was relentless for Pursley. Through the guidance of a seven-time USAC National champion, Pursley’s goal remained steadfast, and soon enough, that itch would need to be scratched, and ultimately, that dream soon became a realization.

“I took a lot of good things out of something bad that happened to me last year,” Pursley explained. “I talked to Levi Jones throughout the whole deal, and as he put it when he texted me, you’ll have an itch to go racing again and sometimes that’s a good thing when you have to lay in a bed and take a couple months off. I feel like he’s right and I definitely have another gear in me to perform and do what’s best; I think that’s a good thing.”

There are a myriad of rhymes and reasons why a common individual wouldn’t return after an ordeal such as the one Pursley experienced. But Pursley has demonstrated he’s not common in that sense despite the after effects that he feels every day. Overall, Pursley is doing just fine, thank you.

“I feel really good; I don’t have any pain and I’m off my medications,” Pursley revealed. “My left hand still gives me issues – not inside of the racecar necessarily – but those fine motor things like when I hook up my HANS Device up or put my Raceiver in, just those little things that can get annoying. It’s something I can live with, and to be honest, I don’t even know what a good working left hand feels like anymore. This is my new normal and I think this is where it’s going to be at for the rest of my life. I’m just very thankful for the path God put me through and the path he’s continuing to put me through is pretty special as well.”

Pursley readily admitted that he didn’t think he’d be winning in his and the team’s first weekend together. However, he was hooked up on the bottom from the word ‘go’ until encountering lapped traffic at the midway point of the contest. On the 16th lap, Pursley drifted off the bottom in turn one, opening the door for Axsom to slide by for P1. Without hesitation, Pursley punched the throttle and tracked down Axsom on the way to turn three, slicing through the middle between Axsom and the newly lapped car of Cameron Smith.

Three laps later, however, Pursley shot high in turns one and two on the 19th circuit while Axsom stuck the bottom and motored into the race lead. With that said, Axsom was anything but in the clear. A few ticks later, Axsom encountered a triumvirate convoy of tail-end lead lap cars driven three-wide directly in his path by Tom Harris, Joey Amantea and Jadon Rogers.

Just as Axsom attempted to sneak under Harris in three and four, he found himself boxed in near the inner rail. Meanwhile, Pursley took his talents to the top in turn four and ripped around both to secure the race lead with just six laps remaining.

As Axsom reloaded for another run, Pursley possessed a full head of steam on his path to the finish line in a high speed game of “catch me if you can.” Pursley had a straightforward mission and he wasn’t going to allow himself to be caught on this night as he closed out his victorious run with a 0.697 second margin of victory over Axsom, C.J. Leary, new one-lap track record holder Thomas Meseraull and Monday night Volusia victor Jake Swanson.

Soon after crossing the line, smoke began to billow out of Pursley’s ride, but the story had already been written, the checkered had been taken and the check had been cashed. Pursley had officially arrived.

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), last season’s USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, put up a whale of a fight for the victory, leading six times across the line between laps 19-24 to score a second place finish in his Clauson Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Lubricants/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) overcame near disaster following opening lap contact between he and Robert Ballou on the back straightaway during the feature. Leary put in his best performance so far with BGE Dougherty Motorsports, coming home third in his Altoz – Hornbeck Concrete - Highsmith Guns - Elliott’s/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

By virtue of his first and fifth place feature finishes and the accumulation of the most points during the two nights of racing at Volusia, Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) collected the "big gator" as the overall DIRTcar Nationals champion in his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Stratis Construction – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2023 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-16.362 (New Track Record); 2. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-16.411; 3. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.423; 4. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-16.485; 5. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.497; 6. Daison Pursley, 5p, KO-16.506; 7. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.588; 8. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.668; 9. Brady Bacon, 98, Wedgewood-16.689; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.698; 11. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.782; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.824; 13. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.829; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.018; 15. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.140; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.212; 17. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-17.223; 18. Logan Seavey, 2B, 2B Racing-17.261; 19. Jadon Rogers, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.274; 20. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.542; 21. Cameron Smith, 96, Kauffman-17.596; 22. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-17.647; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.704; 24. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-18.010; 25. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-18.134; 26. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-18.403.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Hunter Maddox. 2:17.38 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Garrett Aitken, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Brian Ruhlman, 9. John Mollick. NT

ROD END SUPPLY / T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Joey Amantea, 8. Cameron Smith. 2:21.46

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Cameron Smith, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Steve Irwin, 10. John Mollick, 11. Hunter Maddox. 2:57.95 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Daison Pursley (1), 2. Emerson Axsom (3), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Thomas Meseraull (6), 5. Jake Swanson (8), 6. Jason McDougal (5), 7. Brady Bacon (7), 8. Robert Ballou (4), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Matt Westfall (11), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 12. Justin Grant (13), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16), 14. Carson Garrett (9), 15. Logan Seavey (18), 16. Joey Amantea (22), 17. Tom Harris (10), 18. Garrett Aitken (17), 19. Jadon Rogers (19), 20. Cameron Smith (21), 21. Brian Ruhlman (20), 22. Mitchel Moles (15). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Daison Pursley, Laps 19-24 Emerson Axsom, Laps 25-30 Daison Pursley.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 16-17-18, 2023 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jake Swanson (18.304)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: C.J. Leary

Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Irvin King Hard Charger: Joey Amantea (22nd to 16th)


 

 

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT:
SWANSON CONTINUES SCALDING STRETCH
AT VOLUSIA
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Barberville, Florida (February 13, 2023)………Points weren’t a part of the agenda during Monday night’s Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals opener for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.

However, Jake Swanson made it a point to demonstrate that his blazing run to finish line the previous season was still hot to the touch to start the new year in 2023. The Anaheim, Calif. native had closed out 2022 with five podium results in his last seven feature starts, including a victory.

Swanson checked out on the 22-car field from his pole starting position, then saw his substantial four-plus second lead evaporate with a mid-race yellow. He then completely rebuilt his advantage down the stretch en route to a $5,000 payday with his 25-lap feature victory in his Team AZ Racing/Apache Transport – Stratis Construction – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

Even after the yellow, nothing was going to stop Swanson from an exhilarating wire-to-wire performance during Monday night’s non-points special event, showing proof that he had no inkling of backing off the proverbial throttle despite admitting that he did accumulate a little bit of rust over the winter months away from the racetrack.

“I still felt like we were pretty good,” Swanson said regarding the continuation of his dominance following the lap 17 caution. “I definitely got a little bit sloppy before the yellow and I have some things to clean up on. I love being back in a sprint car but there’s a little bit of rust that developed over the winter.”

Swanson surged to the point on the opening lap, but in turn three, he hiked up the wheels as he danced atop the curb, forcing second running Chase Stockon to check up slightly right on Swanson’s rear bumper. Swanson gathered it up, got back on the saddle and headed forward and forthright.

Behind him, 2022 Volusia winner Thomas Meseraull dove under Stockon to snare second away in turn two on lap two. Swanson, now up 1.965 second, was already surpassing the tail end of the field by lap nine. Swanson cleared with relative ease to put Brandon Mattox a lap down and was able to stretch his interval to an astounding 4.407 seconds nearing the midway point.

Trouble soon hit a pair of frontrunners shortly thereafter. First to fall by the wayside was fifth running Kyle Cummins who had an engine lock up on him on lap 11, forcing him out of the contest. Earlier in the evening, Cummins broke Steve Kinser’s 1981 Volusia non-wing sprint car track record of 16.559 seconds, resetting the 42-year-old standard with a time of 16.398.

While Swanson maintained control at the forefront of the field, the jockeying for position among second, third and fourth was hot and heavy in the distance behind him. Stockon made the first move, shooting past Meseraull for second on lap 15 while, moments later, Bacon ripped away third from Meseraull around the outside. On lap 17, the culprit became evident when Meseraull fell off the pace with a flat right rear. He’d make a stop in the Indy Metal Finishing work area for fresh rubber, but only managed to return to 15th after restarting from the tail.

For Swanson, the yellow flag meant the erasure of his commanding 4.733 second lead. Yet, it didn’t seem to add any obstacles for him on the ensuing restart with nine laps remaining even though the half-mile track surface tried its darnedest to throw a monkey wrench in his plans.

“With that curb, I really had to slow down and make sure not to trip up on it too hard,” Swanson explained. “We were getting tripped up and we were definitely getting slowed down, but I was a little better off to hit it too hard - as long as it didn’t bite me – than I was to go too slow and let those guys rip around me. We have a lot of good racecars in this deal, so you’ve got to be on your toes and be pushing 100 percent all of the time.”

Swanson never relented on his constant push, all while Robert Ballou fired off a slider in turn two to take third from Bacon on lap 22. With one to go, Ballou picked off one more for good measure, sliding his way into second past Stockon in turn one. Ahead of him, however, with Swanson retaining a 1.6 second lead, he knew there wasn’t any time to let up. Not now. Not ever.

“I was more so trying to pay attention to whether anyone was coming,” Swanson said. “For the most part, you can kind of hear something coming so I was trying to pay attention to that. I was starting to hear them toward the end as I was getting tripped up more and more on that curb. If I just minimized mistakes, I knew it was going to be hard for them to get by me. We did our jobs and it’s a great way to start the season.”

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) made a late-race burst to find his way into second after starting back in the seventh position in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy, a career best Volusia finish for the 2015 series champ who grabbed a fifth and a fourth in two appearances a year ago. To get there, he made his own line, skating the top on entry and slipstreaming down to the bottom on exit to thrust him into the top-two.

“I was one of the first ones to find (the line) on lap eight or nine, and about four laps later, Brady found it. But if you got tripped up there, you kind of had to do something to protect,” Ballou recalled. “We changed just about everything but the driver’s seat tonight. I’m just trying to fine-tune and get this thing a little bit better with us being able to run ‘H’ tires for these first two nights. My balance was off a little bit; we changed and changed and went just a little bit too far. We just got the right corner a little bit too high, and once we lost the fuel load, I was kind of just riding along. Everyone else seemed to bottle up on the curve, but my car was so free, I could pretty much just go anywhere.”

Slick to the curb isn’t exactly his forte, but outside front row starter Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) was Swanson’s closest challenger throughout the early going. Ultimately, Stockon took a solid third place result in his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/Flea RC/Fisher Chevy.

“I was somewhat sad to see that caution there after we got into a pretty good rhythm there,” Stockon lamented. “I knew we weren’t going to be fast enough to catch Jake; he was up there ripping. We were able to get through lapped cars pretty good, and once we got to them, I knew we had a pretty good chance at the podium tonight.”

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) struggled for much of the night, qualifying 12th, then followed up by missing the transfer spot for the feature. Yet, ultimately, the reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion found his mojo in the feature, racing from his 14th starting position to take fifth, thus earning him the hard charger award for the night.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: February 13, 2023 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-16.398; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 20, Dyson-16.466; 3. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall-16.501; 4. Brady Bacon, 98, Wedgewood-16.667; 5. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.712; 6. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.723; 7. Daison Pursley, 5p, KO-16.735; 8. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.812; 9. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.824; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.902; 11. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.925; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.968; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.969; 14. Logan Seavey, 2B, 2B Racing-16.972; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.986; 16. Jason McDougal, 5m, KO-16.997; 17. Dustin Clark, 75, DCR-17.104; 18. Jadon Rogers, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.366; 19. Garrett Aitken, 32, Aitken-17.543; 20. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-17.573; 21. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.622; 22. Steve Irwin, 0, Flying Zero-17.695; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.826; 24. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.905; 25. Cameron Smith, 96, Kauffman-18.326; 26. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-18.355; 27. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-18.711; 28. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.685.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Daison Pursley, 7. Garrett Aitken, 8. Steve Irwin, 9. Cameron Smith. 2:18.59

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Tom Harris, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. John Mollick, 9. Dustin Clark. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Jadon Rogers, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Joey Amantea, 9. Hunter Maddox. 2:17.94

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Carson Garrett, 4. Garrett Aitken, 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Steve Irwin, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Cameron Smith, 9. Brian Ruhlman, 10. John Mollick, 11. Hunter Maddox. 3:34.33

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jake Swanson (1), 2. Robert Ballou (7), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Justin Grant (14), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (12), 7. C.J. Leary (11), 8. Emerson Axsom (4), 9. Daison Pursley (9), 10. Mitchel Moles (10), 11. Jason McDougal (8), 12. Jadon Rogers (17), 13. Matt Westfall (15), 14. Logan Seavey (16), 15. Thomas Meseraull (5), 16. Garrett Aitken (18), 17. Steve Irwin (20), 18. Tom Harris (13), 19. Carson Garrett (19), 20. Joey Amantea (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (21), 22. Kyle Cummins (6). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Jake Swanson.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT RACE: February 14, 2023 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Thomas Meseraull

Rod End Supply Third Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Daison Pursley

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jason McDougal (17.765)

Hard Charger: Justin Grant (14th to 5th)

 

 

UP FOR GRABS! PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER AWAITS USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 10, 2023)……… Longtime USAC supporter ProSource has once again posted a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during the feature events throughout USAC’s 2023 National season.

The bonus payday awaits the driver who advances the most positions combined during the feature events throughout USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

No driver advanced more positions during the 2022 USAC national season than Ione, California’s Justin Grant, who earned the title of ProSource Passing Master for the second consecutive season after clinching the same honor during the 2021 campaign.

Grant moved up a combined 213 positions in 82 total 2022 USAC national feature starts between the three series. In 2021, Grant chalked up 230 passes while Chris Windom picked up the inaugural Passing Master award in 2020 with 226.

ProSource, of Grand Saline, Texas, has also rewarded USAC competitors through Qualifying, Hard Charger, Hard Work and individual event hard charger awards before beginning the yearlong Passing Master program a year ago in 2020.

The points season for both the USAC National Sprint Cars as well as the ProSource Passing Master begins with three-straight events on consecutive nights at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

The pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14 will not count toward the ProSource Passing Master standings.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

SCHEDULE CHANGE: VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS ON SEPTEMBER 9
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 10, 2023... Originally listed as a date to be announced (TBA), the USAC Western States Midgets will battle at Ventura Raceway on September 9th. The event will be the third stop on the schedule for the “mighty midgets” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Since releasing the schedule in December, Series Director Stephanie Odom had been in discussions with several tracks to fill the date. By reaching today’s agreement with Jim Naylor, the teams will have another opportunity to prepare for the “82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” with the USAC National Series in November.

The season opener for the USAC Western States Midget Series will be at Bakersfield Speedway on Saturday, March 18th. For more event information, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on each series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

2023 USAC SPRINT CAR SEASON PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 10, 2023)………For some, the “offseason” is a time to reflect on the previous year while simultaneously looking forward to improving upon last year’s performance.

For others, the “offseason” might entail wholesale changes with a new team, a new crew, a new number and new colors.

Here’s a list of the drivers and teams who fall into each column as the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship enters year 68 in Florida, starting at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park for two non-points special events on February 13-14 followed by three-straight evenings of full-points racing at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

THE NEW RIDERS:

C.J. LEARY | BGE DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS: C.J. Leary has joined forces with BGE/Dougherty Motorsports to compete for a second career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2023.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion, will partner with the team after competing for Arizona’s Michael Motorsports for the past two seasons, a team which has pared back its participation for 2023.

BGE/Dougherty found much success on the USAC tour in late summer of the 2022 USAC season, scoring three series wins during an August/September stretch with driver Kevin Thomas Jr.

KEVIN THOMAS JR. | MICHAEL DUTCHER MOTORSPORTS: The band is back together, so to speak, for Kevin Thomas Jr. and Michael Dutcher Motorsports as they both pursue a first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2023.

Hailing from Cullman, Alabama, KTJ will wheel the #17GP with which he earned eight USAC National Sprint Car feature victories between the years of 2013 and 2015.

The team actually rejoined forces near the end of the 2022 season with Thomas leading 27 laps en route to a runner-up finish during a November Oval Nationals prelim at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

LOGAN SEAVEY | 2B RACING: Championship driver Logan Seavey and championship entrant 2B Racing / Benic Enterprises will compete as one on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship circuit in 2023.

Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget driving titlist, has partnered with Benic, the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car entrant champ, to contest the series this coming season in the No. 2B. Seavey possesses eight career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins while the 2B Racing team ranks 14th in all-time series feature victories with 31 scores.

When a new driver and car owner pairing combine to work together for the initial time, there are a fair share of unknowns. However, also in the mix on this year’s team include crewmen Derek Claxton and Matt Meeks, both of whom worked alongside Seavey at Baldwin-Fox Racing during their 2021 tear through Indiana Sprint Week, which saw them win three-in-a-row.

JADON ROGERS | BALDWIN-FOX RACING: Jadon Rogers ascended to the rank of first-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature winner during the 2022 season. Now, in 2023, the Worthington, Ind. native and 2020 series Rookie of the Year becomes a hired gun as the wheelman of the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5.

The 20-year-old Rogers put together his best USAC season yet in 2022, amassing 36 feature starts and a single win during September’s Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway to go along with three top-fives and 16 top-tens en route to a ninth place finish in the standings, all career highs.

It’s a ride that Rogers has competed against on the regular and has even driven on occasion in recent seasons, debuting with Baldwin-Fox at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway during a local weekly show in April of 2021. After competing full-time for the Engler Family during the past year, the opportunity to race for the Baldwin-Fox team is one that Rogers relishes and is eager to succeed in this year.

DAISON PURSLEY | KO MOTORSPORTS: Daison Pursley will compete on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour full-time as he and KO Motorsports will take on the full series schedule in 2023.

The Locust Grove, Okla. driver has just four career sprint car appearances without a wing in his career, three of which have come in USAC events. Pursley has made his name over the past few seasons on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports where he’s won twice.

In addition to a USAC National Sprint Car championship run, Pursley will also pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the series in 2023 starting with the first points races of the season on February 16-17-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Pursley competed in two USAC Sprint Car features for KKM in 2022, finishing 13th at Circle City Raceway and 12th at Tri-State Speedway. However, his debut runs came toward the end of 2021 with KO, finishing 8th with USAC and an impressive 2nd with the Midwest Sprint Car Series, both at Tri-State.

STILL THE SAME:

JUSTIN GRANT | TOPP MOTORSPORTS: For the larger part of the past decade, Justin Grant has stepped into each and every USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season pondering if this was going to finally be the year he broke through and overcame the hurdle that had separated him from the series driving title.

The Ione, Calif. native is now on the other side of that equation. He and TOPP Motorsports enter their sixth year together as the combination everybody’s chasing in 2023, jumping into the fray as the defending champions.

Now, Grant has his mind set on becoming the 10th driver to repeat as a USAC National Sprint Car titlist alongside Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-87-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11), Bryan Clauson (2012-13) and Brady Bacon (2020-21).

BRADY BACON | DYNAMICS, INC.: Brady Bacon and the Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics Inc. team are once again set to chase the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2023 after a runner-up points finish in 2022.

Bacon will be chasing after a record-tying fifth career series championship, a mark that only Levi Jones has previously accomplished in the 67-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing.

Bacon and Hoffman have combined for a total of 38 USAC victories and four championships (2014-16-20-21) in the eight seasons that they have competed together. Together, the pairing has rewritten the USAC Sprint Car history books as the Bacon/Hoffman combo stands second all-time in terms of total victories by a driver/entrant. Their 38 is now second all-time behind Pancho Carter and Steve Stapp’s 40 wins throughout the decade of the 1970s.

Bacon resides fourth on the USAC National Sprint Car win list entering the season, tied with Jack Hewitt for fourth at 46, one behind Tracy Hines (47) for 3rd, six behind Tom Bigelow (52nd) for second and 16 behind Dave Darland (62), who is number one all-time.

ROBERT BALLOU | BALLOU MOTORSPORTS: One of the most iconic drivers and personalities of his generation, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) returns to his familiar #12 for the 2023 USAC National Sprint Car season.

Ballou experienced a renaissance season in a myriad of way by earning six wins, which were the most he’s earned in a single year since his championship campaign back in 2015.

His fourth place finish in the 2022 series standings was also his best performance in seven seasons as the man owns the record for most wins as a driver/owner in USAC Sprint Car history looks to keep things on the same plane as he did one year ago.

EMERSON AXSOM | CLAUSON MARSHALL RACING: Fresh off a stellar first season in which he captured USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom is primed to compete for a season championship in 2023 during his second full season run with Clauson Marshall Racing.

Axsom’s 2022 accolades included a white hot start to the season by capturing wins in two of the first three events in Ocala, Fla. before ending the season in victory lane again late in the year in Arizona.

The 18-year-old Franklin, Ind. native finished fifth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings for 2022 while tallying three feature victories and seeks to climb even higher up the leaderboard in the coming year.

MATT WESTFALL | RAY MARSHALL MOTORSPORTS: In terms of single-season feature starts, top-fives, top-tens and final points ranking, 2022 was a career year for veteran Matt Westfall on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.

Now, the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver is eager to best his performance in 2023 as he goes full-time with the series as the driver of the Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33m.

A year ago, Westfall made the feature field in 38 of his 39 appearances while reeling off three top-fives and 14 top-tens en route to a seventh place result in the final point standings – all career bests.

JAKE SWANSON | TEAM AZ RACING: Jake Swanson finished last season as one of the hottest drivers on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, recording five podium finishes in his final seven starts to conclude the series.

Now, the Anaheim, Calif. native aims to carry his substantial momentum into 2023 as he goes full-time with the series in the driver’s seat of Team AZ Racing’s No. 21AZ.

It was quite a run in 2022 for the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner who now resides in Danville, Ind. In fact, it was a roll he hoped didn’t have to stop. Yet, as the calendar flips to a new year, he has no intentions of letting the roll cease anytime soon.

MITCHEL MOLES | REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD MOTORSPORTS: After a partial schedule in 2022, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) finds himself on the hunt for a championship as he tackles the full series schedule for the first time aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ.

Moles is fresh off a superb Rookie USAC Sprint Car season in 2022 in which he became a first-time series winner last July at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway and once more later that same month for his initial USAC Indiana Sprint Week triumph at Lincoln Park Speedway.

The towering 6’3” tall Moles quickly served notice with his consistently stirring qualifying runs, tallying eight quick times in 2022, which were the most ever by a USAC National Sprint Car Rookie.

KYLE CUMMINS | ROCK STEADY RACING: Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) had his most successful single-season run with the series in 2022, tallying four wins and the best single-night payday of the year with a $35,000 triumph during Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo in August.

For 2023, the song remains the same as Cummins tackles the USAC schedule for Rock Steady Racing after finishing the past season as, perhaps, the hottest team on the trail.

At the end of last season, Cummins and Rock Steady put together a run of 13 consecutive top-10 results, punctuated by nine podium finishes in that string as well as a career-best four feature triumphs throughout the year.

CHASE STOCKON | KO MOTORSPORTS: The series’ ironman, Chase Stockon, has steadily moved up USAC’s all-time statistical charts as he returns to KO Motorsports for a run with the series in 2023.

Throughout his masterful career, Stockon possesses 14 feature wins, two of which came with KO, while also garnering 278 top-ten finishes, which ranks seventh all-time. His 408 career starts ranks eight on the all-time tally, including a record run of 324 consecutive starts between the years of 2012-21.

JASON McDOUGAL | KO MOTORSPORTS: Rejoining Stockon on the KO Motorsports roster for 2023 is Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who owns two career USAC National victories.

His best result of the 2022 season came on opening night in Ocala, Fla. where he scored a second in the KO Motorsports ride, with which he now enters his third season.

BRANDON MATTOX | BRANDON MATTOX RACING

The black and orange-trimmed #28 has been a staple on the USAC National Sprint Car circuit for the past several years. Mattox will once again focus his competition on USAC in his own BMR machinery.

The 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver now ranks inside the top-80 in all-time USAC National Sprint Car feature starts with 116, all with own privateer operation based in western Indiana.

CARSON GARRETT | BGE/DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS: Making his home mainly with the Midwest Sprint Car Series over the past couple of seasons where he is a previous Rookie of the Year, Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) makes his way into the USAC National Sprint Car ranks for 2023.

His previous USAC experiences are somewhat limited, making 11 career starts over the past two seasons for BGE/Dougherty Motorsports, for which he’ll compete in 2023 alongside new teammate and 2019 series champion C.J. Leary.

WHO’S GOT NEXT?:

The 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season officially begins with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.


LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
USAC SPRINT CARS BREAK THE ICE IN OCALA FEB. 16-17-18

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2023)………A record eight past Bubba Raceway Park Winter Dirt Games feature winners are prepared to suit up and fire off for the start of the 2023 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points season.

A substantial cast of cars, drivers, teams and fans will make their way down to the Sunshine State’s 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on February 16-17-18 in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XIV.

Two $5,000-to-win events begin the festivities with 30-lap features on Thursday and Friday night with Saturday night’s 35-lap finale offering up a $10,000 top prize.

A dedicated practice night for competitors is scheduled for Wednesday night, February 15, from 6-10 pm ET.

The importance of Winter Dirt Games is significant in a myriad of manners. Regularly, it’s proved to be a positive omen for series champions. A feature winner at Ocala has gone on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title later that same year on seven previous occasions: Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014 & 2020), Robert Ballou (2015), Tyler Courtney (2018), C.J. Leary (2019), and most recently, in 2022 with Justin Grant.

PAST WINNERS:

One year ago, Emerson Axsom was the toast of the town as he blitzed to his first two career USAC National Sprint Car feature victories in a span of three nights in Ocala. The 2022 series Rookie of the Year scored the season opener, then followed up two nights later by pocketing $10,000 in the grand finale. On night two, he was superb as well, garnering a third place result.

Reigning USAC National Sprint Car champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) added another piece to his sterling Winter Dirt Games resume in 2022, adding his fourth career win in the event after previously capturing victories in 2017, 2019 and 2021. He’s the winningest USAC driver in the state of Florida with six to his credit after also adding two USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship triumphs in Ocala in 2022. Grant has also collected three career fast times in Ocala throughout the past decade in 2012-17-22.

Grant, along with four-time series champion Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), head the field in terms of previous USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Ocala with four. Bacon swept both nights of Winter Dirt Games in 2020 after previous triumphs in 2014 and 2015, all in the seat of the famed Dynamics, Inc. No. 69, which is the winningest team in the history of Winter Dirt Games with five scores. On three occasions, Bacon has ripped the quickest lap at Ocala, once in 2014 and twice in 2015.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is one of five drivers in this year’s field to have competed in the very first Winter Dirt Games feature at Ocala in 2011, along with Grant, Chase Stockon, Brady Short and Steve Irwin. Ballou has nabbed a pair of wins at Ocala, first in his USAC championship season of 2015 and again in 2016, while also notching an additional one during Winter Dirt Games at East Bay in 2015. Ballou also holds multiple track records at Ocala, setting the 8-lap mark in 2019 at 1:50.92 and the 12-lap standard of 2:52.77 in 2013.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), along with Ballou and Damion Gardner, have the rare distinction of being a Winter Dirt Games winner at two different racetracks in Florida. During the 2015 season, KTJ collected a victory at East Bay Raceway Park then landed a spot in Ocala’s victory lane during the 2021 campaign. The first of those wins came with Michael Dutcher Motorsports whom he returns to race for in this year’s edition.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is one of five USAC National champions in this year’s Ocala USAC Sprint field along with Grant, Bacon, Ballou and Logan Seavey. Leary, who led the way to victory in the 2019 WDG closer en route to capturing the series title later that same season, enters the new year with a new combination as the wheelman of the BGE/Dougherty Racing #15x. It was in 2020 when Leary laid down the fastest lap during qualifying at Ocala.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind) won the 2018 Winter Dirt Games opener, one of his 13 career top-five finishes at Ocala over the years, which includes runner-up finishes in 2015 (twice), a 3rd in 2022, a 4th in 2013, 2016, 2019 (twice), 2020 and 2022, plus a 5th in 2014. Additionally, he’s also set the tone with three Ocala quick times, twice in 2013 and once more in 2015.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has knocked out both a USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget feature win at Ocala in his career, notching the midget victory in 2021 and the sprint win on the final lap of the final night in 2016. He’s also recorded a 3rd in both 2016 and 2017 and again in the 2022 opener. Furthermore, he was the quickest in the field during qualifying at Ocala in 2016.

TRYING TO BREAK THE ICE:

Following a three-year absence from Winter Dirt Games, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was highly impressive in his return, finishing as the runner-up in the 2022 Ocala opener. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) debuted at Winter Dirt Games in 2018, then left Ocala in 2020 with his best USAC Sprint Car performance at the track, finishing 3rd.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been a Rock Steady performer at Ocala, finishing 2nd in both 2016 and 2020 as well as 3rd in 2016 (twice) and again in 2021. Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver, finished a best of 12th at Ocala in 2020.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) led a race-high 21 laps on the second night of the 2021 WDG at Ocala before, ultimately, finishing 7th in his first weekend of action at the track. He’d later go on to win the 2021 USAC National Most Improved Driver award for his stout season. He repeated as a 7th place finisher on night two in 2022.

Two-time 2022 USAC National Sprint Car winner Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), meanwhile, made his series debut at Ocala in 2022, taking 11th. He’ll pilot the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ in the event, which won with Leary at Ocala back in 2019.

A year ago, Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) made his first WDG start since 2016, finishing 12th. The seven-time Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway sprint car track champion tallied finishes of 3rd and 4th Ocala in 2010.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) has been a steady presence at Winter Dirt Games throughout the past decade. The versatile past BOSS Sprint Car, NAMARS Midget and Eldora late model titlist took 13th at Ocala with the USAC Sprint Cars in 2022 for his best performance so far. Fellow Ohioan Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio) made his first trip to the Sunshine State since 2018 last year. His best result of 15th at Ocala came in 2013, 2016 and 2017.

With a new ride in the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5, Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.), the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, turned in a best of 13th during his Ocala debut in 2021. Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), the 2021 Midwest Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year, returns to Ocala after a two-year hiatus. He finished 23rd in his first, and thus far, only Winter Dirt Games appearance in 2021. Steve Irwin (Fenton, Mich.) has corralled two previous WDG starts, in 2011 and again in 2022.

FIRST TAKE:

Eying first career Winter Dirt Games feature starts in Ocala is an array of talent, including Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), who is competing for Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC National Sprint Car division in 2023 for KO Motorsports. With the USAC National Midgets in Ocala, Pursley has finished inside the top-five in each of his past two starts with a 4th and a 5th in 2021.

Also making their first forays to Ocala are 2019 USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.), plus Englishman Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom), USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.), NAMARS Midget champ Kevin Newton (Farmersburg, Ind.), Hunter Maddox (Bedford, Ind.), and Eddie Vancil (Olney, Ill.).

Midget racing standout Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas) will be making his USAC National Sprint Car debut along with Dragonfly Aviation’s Kevin Reed (Laredo, Texas), RUSH Sprint Car Series victor John Mollick (Toronto, Ohio) and six-time 2022 winged 358 Sprint Car winner Cameron Smith (Spring Grove, Pa.).


SUNSHINE STATEMENT:

Thirty-one previous USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at Bubba Raceway Park since 2011. Emerson Axsom (twice) and Justin Grant (once) won features on each of the three nights back in February of 2022 in Ocala. Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson and Grant are the winningest USAC Sprint Car drivers at Bubba's with four victories apiece.

Damion Gardner has won three USAC Sprint features at Bubba’s while Tracy Hines, Tyler Courtney, Robert Ballou and Axsom have each scored a pair of victories. Kevin Thomas Jr., Chris Windom, C.J. Leary, Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

Bubba Raceway Park is the longest continuously operating auto racing venue in the state of Florida, celebrating its 72nd season of competition after opening back in 1952. USAC racing and the “Sunshine State” have a history that dates back to the decade of the 1950s as well.

In fact, the first three USAC Sprint Car races ever held took place in Florida in February of 1956. Bob Sweikert won the first such event at Southland Speedway in West Palm Beach, followed by Chuck Weyant at Jacksonville Speedway and Pat O’Connor at Medley Speedway in Miami.

THE FORMAT:

Throughout the three nights of action, a format that pays event points throughout the weekend will be in place. Over the first two nights, total points will be calculated, which will “lock-in” the top-five in total combined points into Saturday night’s feature event.

The program for the USAC Sprints on Saturday night will have no qualifying, and will instead consist of three qualifying races, each 10 laps in length, lined up “straight-up” based on each driver’s best single points night. The lineup will snake with the driver possessing the 6th best single points night on the pole of the first qualifying race, 7th will be on the pole for the second qualifying race and 8th starting from the pole position in the third qualifying race, and so on.

The top-four finishers from each qualifying race will transfer to the feature. Those finishing 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th in each qualifying race will be placed into the semi-feature. Those finishing 10th on back in each qualifying race will be placed into a 8-lap C-Main, if needed, where the top-4 finishers will transfer to the semi-feature and occupy the final four starting positions of that race.

The winning drivers of each qualifying race will transfer into an eight-car dash along with the top-five locked in drivers. Locked-in drivers will draw for starting positions one through five followed by qualifying race winners drawing for positions six through eight when they stop for their winner’s interview. The finish of the four-lap dash will determine the first four rows of the feature.

The top-5 finishers from the 12-lap semi-feature will transfer into the night’s feature, filling the final five positions in the feature starting lineup.

Saturday’s feature will consist of 22 cars (not counting up to two provisionals) and 35 laps. Thursday and Friday night feature races will be 30 laps in length.

If Thursday’s or Friday’s events are canceled, Saturday night’s event will retain the standard format.


THE DETAILS:

Practice opens up the Winter Dirt Games festivities from 6-10pm Eastern on Wednesday, February 15. Grandstand admission is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

For the first two nights of racing on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars are on track at 6:15pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $30 & kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for members & $40 for non-members.

On the final night of racing on Saturday, February 18, the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars on track at 6:15pm with racing immediately following. Adult general admission tickets are $35 & kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $40 for members & $45 for non-members.

Each and every night of Winter Dirt Games XIV can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:

5-Damion Gardner

4-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson & Justin Grant

3-Robert Ballou

2-Emerson Axsom, Tyler Courtney, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS WINS:

5-Damion Gardner

4-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson & Justin Grant

3-Robert Ballou

2-Emerson Axsom, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Bob Sweikert, Rich Vogler, Chuck Weyant & Chris Windom

FLORIDA USAC SPRINT NON-POINTS WINS:

1-Dave Steele

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORDS AT BUBBA RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap - 2/15/2019 - Carson Short - 13.398 - 100.761 mph

6 Laps - 2/19/2022 - Kyle Cummins - 1:32.62 - 87.454 mph

8 Laps - 2/14/2019 - Robert Ballou - 1:50.920 - 97.368 mph

12 Laps - 2/23/2013 - Robert Ballou - 2:52.770 - 93.766 mph

30 Laps - 2/11/2021 - Kevin Thomas Jr. - 7:45.762 - 86.954 mph

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PAST WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RESULTS:

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2010 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway Park - “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Brady Short, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Shane Hmiel, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Henry Clarke, 14. Chris Windom, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Kent Christian, 18. Brett Burdette, 19. Caleb Armstrong, 20. Bobby East, 21. Kyle Cummins, 22. Ricky Williams, 23. Jeff Bland Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2010 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway Park - “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Short, 5. Levi Jones, 6. Jeff Bland Jr., 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Robert Ballou. 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brett Burdette, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Jon Stanbrough, 13. Shane Hmiel, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Thomas Meseraull, 16. Bobby East, 17. Ricky Williams, 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Kent Christian, 21. Casey Riggs, 22. Caleb Armstrong, 23. Chris Windom. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Brady Short, 7. Bobby East, 8. Coleman Gulick, 9. Bill Rose, 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Jerry Coons Jr., 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Scotty Weir, 17. Casey Riggs, 18. Tracy Hines, 19. Wes McIntyre, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2, Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Shane Cottle, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Levi Jones, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Casey Riggs, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Chris Windom, 14. Bobby East, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Bill Rose, 17. Brady Short, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19, Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Wes McIntyre, 22. Kyle Robbins. 8:27.00

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2011 – Ocala, Florida – Ocala Speedway – 2nd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Blake Fitzpatrick, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Casey Shuman, 6. Casey Riggs, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Bud Kaeding, 10. Bobby East, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Dave Darland, 16. Brady Short, 17. Chris Windom, 18. Wes McIntyre, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Chase Stockon, 21. Steve Irwin, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Scotty Weir. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2012 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – 3rd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals” presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Jon Stanbrough, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Casey Shuman, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9. Justin Grant, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Robert Ballou, 14. Blake Fitzpatrick, 15. Scotty Weir, 16. Coleman Gulick, 17. Kody Swanson, 18. Chase Stockon 19. Jonathan Hendrick, 20. Mitch Wissmiller, 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 22. Bobby East, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Darren Hagen.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 11, 2012 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – 3rd “Bubba Army Sprint Nationals” presented by eBay Motors

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Darren Hagen, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Levi Jones, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Jon Stanbrough, 7. Wes McIntyre, 8. Kody Swanson, 9. Tracy Hines, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Dave Darland, 13. Coleman Gulick, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Jonathan Hendrick, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Bobby East, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Hunter Schuerenberg, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Chase Stockon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kyle Cummins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Jac Haudenschild, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Mark Smith, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Landon Simon, 19. Kurt Gross, 20. Nick Drake, 21. Coleman Gulick, 22. Shane Cottle. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 8. Mark Smith, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Brady Short, 11. Scotty Weir, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. A.J. Hopkins, 14. Robert Ballou, 15. Dallas Hewitt, 16. Brian Hayden, 17. Chris Gurley, 18. Coleman Gulick, 19. Chris Windom, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Justin Grant, 22. Nick Drake, 23. Tyler Courtney. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 23, 2013 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games IV”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Levi Jones, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Dave Darland, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Bryan Clauson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Scotty Weir, 13. Justin Grant, 14. Chris Gurley, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Brady Short, 17. Nick Drake, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Shane Cottle, 20. Kurt Gross, 21. Mark Smith, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Dallas Hewitt. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2014 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games V”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Hunter Schuerenberg, 10. Chris Windom, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Kevin Thomas Jr., 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Mark Smith, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Travis Hery, 19. Carson Short, 20. Robert Ballou, 21. Brady Short, 22. Matt Westfall. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2014 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games V”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Tracy Hines, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Kody Swanson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Shane Cockrum, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Mark Smith, 18. Dalten Gabbard, 19. Carson Short, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jon Stanbrough, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brady Short, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Shane Cockrum, 9. Bryan Clauson, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Logan Jarrett, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Carson Short, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Kody Swanson, 19. Zach Daum, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Chris Gurley, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Kyle Cummins, 24. Tracy Hines. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 21, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Carson Short, 7. Zach Daum, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Dave Darland, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Chad Boespflug, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Tracy Hines, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Logan Jarrett, 16. Aaron Farney, 17. Bryan Clauson, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Kyle Robbins, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Brady Short, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Casey Shuman. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 22, 2015 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Justin Grant, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Kyle Robbins, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Carson Short, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Chris Gurley, 19. Shane Cockrum, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Brady Short, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Logan Jarrett. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 26, 2015 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Chris Windom, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Brady Short, 13. Bryan Clauson, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Casey Shuman, 16. Carson Short, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Bret Mellenberndt, 20. Trevor Kobylarz, 21. Shane Cockrum, 22. Justin Grant, 23. Kody Swanson, 24. Kyle Robbins. NT

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: February 27, 2015 – Gibsonton, Florida – East Bay Raceway – “Winter Dirt Games VI”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Carson Short, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Brady Bacon, 14. Brady Short, 15. Jarett Andretti, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. Logan Jarrett, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Shane Cockrum, 21. Scotty Weir, 22. Landon Simon. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Max McGhee, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Robert Ballou, 11. Brady Short, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Casey Shuman, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Kody Swanson, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Chris Windom, 19. Jon Stanbrough, 20. Carson Short, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Aric Gentry, 23. Jarett Andretti. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Justin Grant, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chad Boespflug, 10. Chase Stockon, 11. Max McGhee, 12. Carson Short, 13. Brady Short, 14. Shane Cottle, 15. Kody Swanson, 16. C.J. Leary, 17. Jon Stanbrough, 18. Casey Shuman, 19. Jarett Andretti, 20. Kyle Robbins, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Mitch Wissmiller, 23. Kent Schmidt. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 20, 2016 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Bryan Clauson, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. Carson Short, 10. C.J. Leary, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Brandon Spithaler, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Kody Swanson, 20. Landon Simon, 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 22. Brady Short. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 24, 2017 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VIII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chad Boespflug, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Hunter Schuerenberg, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Landon Simon, 16. Joe Liguori, 17. Max McGhee, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Kyle Cummins, 20. Isaac Chapple, 21. Jeff Bland Jr., 22. Carson Short. (Short originally finished third but was repositioned to the tail of the field after missing the scales). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 25, 2017 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games VIII”

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Chase Stockon, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Carson Short, 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Tyler Courtney, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. C.J. Leary, 16. Chris Windom, 17. Jeff Bland Jr., 18. Josh Hodges, 19. Max McGhee, 20. Rob Caho Jr., 21. Dallas Hewitt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Aaron Farney. NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chase Stockon (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 3. Chris Windom (5), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Kyle Cummins (11), 7. Isaac Chapple (12), 8. Chad Boespflug (18), 9. Logan Seavey (13), 10. Nick Bilbee (7), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Kody Swanson (15), 13. Brady Bacon (8), 14. Carson Short (3), 15. C.J. Leary (20), 16. Tyler Clem (14), 17. Jarett Andretti (21), 18. Landon Simon (19), 19. Garrett Aitken (9), 20. Dave Darland (1), 21. Kent Schmidt (16), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (22). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 4. Chris Windom (9), 5. Kyle Cummins (6), 6. Dave Darland (10), 7. Carson Short (5), 8. Chad Boespflug (12), 9. Brady Bacon (11), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Justin Grant (13), 12. Mario Clouser (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (19), 16. Logan Seavey (8), 17. Kody Swanson (16), 18. Landon Simon (23), 19. Kent Schmidt (17), 20. Isaac Chapple (21), 21. Brandon Mattox (22), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Garrett Aitken (18). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2018 – Ocala, Florida – Bubba Raceway Park – “Winter Dirt Games 9”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Chris Windom (5), 3. Chad Boespflug (2), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Dave Darland (3), 6. C.J. Leary (4), 7. Robert Ballou (9), 8. Carson Short (11), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Brady Bacon (12), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Chase Stockon (15), 13. Kyle Cummins (10), 14. Jarett Andretti (14), 15. Nick Bilbee (16), 16. Kody Swanson (17), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (13), 19. Mario Clouser (22), 20. Garrett Aitken (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (20), 22. Landon Simon (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Brady Bacon (3), 8. Kyle Cummins (2), 9. Dave Darland (18), 10. Carson Short (6), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 12. Chad Boespflug (22), 13. Dakota Jackson (9), 14. Jason McDougal (16), 15. Damion Gardner (15), 16. Matt Westfall (23), 17. Travis Hery (13), 18. Tyler Courtney (8), 19. Kent Schmidt (7), 20. Joey Biasi (21), 21. Isaac Chapple (20), 22. Matt Goodnight (17), 23. Stephen Schnapf (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (22), 4. Chad Boespflug (11), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 6. Damion Gardner (7), 7. Timmy Buckwalter (9), 8. Chase Stockon (8), 9. Dave Darland (21), 10. Kyle Cummins (12), 11. Dakota Jackson (13), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Robert Ballou (20), 14. Carson Short (6), 15. Brady Bacon (4), 16. Jason McDougal (16), 17. Joey Biasi (17), 18. Matt Goodnight (10), 19. Matt Westfall (19), 20. Stephen Schnapf (18), 21. Chris Windom (5), 22. Kent Schmidt (14). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2019 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – “Winter Dirt Games X”

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (2), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chase Stockon (3), 5. Chris Windom (5), 6. Robert Ballou (1), 7. Jason McDougal (6), 8. Damion Gardner (8), 9. Carson Short (10), 10. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 11. Brady Bacon (12), 12. Kyle Cummins (11), 13. Chad Boespflug (15), 14. Joey Biasi (13), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Stephen Schnapf (22), 17. Matt Westfall (18), 18. Matt Goodnight (23), 19. Noah Gass (21), 20. Dakota Jackson (14), 21. Justin Grant (16), 22. Dave Darland (19), 23. Kent Schmidt (17). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. C.J. Leary (5), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Chase Stockon (11), 7. Logan Seavey (4), 8. Anton Hernandez (8), 9. Carson Short (7), 10. Dave Darland (17), 11. Dennis Gile (10), 12. Brandon Mattox (16), 13. Sterling Cling (12), 14. Matt Westfall (19), 15. Mario Clouser (18), 16. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 17. Kent Schmidt (15), 18. Katlynn Leer (20), 19. Chris Phillips (14), 20. Kory Schudy (22), 21. Matt Goodnight (13), 22. Connor Leoffler (21). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XI

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D’Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14). NT

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

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

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

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

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 17, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Jason McDougal (1), 3. Thomas Meseraull (7), 4. Kyle Cummins (9), 5. Buddy Kofoid (18), 6. Justin Grant (6), 7. Chase Stockon (3), 8. Carson Short (10), 9. Logan Seavey (23-P), 10. Mario Clouser (22), 11. Shane Cottle (11), 12. Brady Short (12), 13. Matt Westfall (15), 14. Jake Swanson (14), 15. Kory Schudy (16), 16. Brady Bacon (5), 17. Landon Simon (13), 18. Robert Ballou (8), 19. Tanner Thorson (17), 20. Shane Cockrum (20), 21. Charles Davis Jr. (21), 22. C.J. Leary (4), 23. Wesley Smith (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 18, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Emerson Axsom (4), 4. Chase Stockon (11), 5. Tanner Thorson (9), 6. Kyle Cummins (7), 7. Jake Swanson (14), 8. Carson Short (2), 9. Logan Seavey (3), 10. Shane Cottle (21), 11. Shane Cockrum (20), 12. Jason McDougal (5), 13. Matt Westfall (17), 14. Brady Short (8), 15. Brady Bacon (15), 16. Alex Bright (13), 17. Kory Schudy (22), 18. C.J. Leary (16), 19. Robert Ballou (23-P), 20. Thomas Meseraull (10), 21. Landon Simon (12), 22. Braxton Cummings (18), 23. Steve Irwin (19). NT

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 19, 2022 – Bubba Raceway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XIII – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

FEATURE: (35 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (4), 2. Tanner Thorson (14), 3. Chase Stockon (2), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Brady Bacon (10), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Logan Seavey (19), 8. Robert Ballou (18), 9. Carson Short (3), 10. Shane Cockrum (13), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. C.J. Leary (17), 13. Kyle Cummins (1), 14. Alex Bright (20), 15. Jadon Rogers (22), 16. Brady Short (9), 17. Matt Westfall (21), 18. Shane Cottle (7), 19. Jake Swanson (8), 20. Thomas Meseraull (11), 21. Landon Simon (12), 22. Braxton Cummings (16). NT

 

 

8-YEAR ITCH: WEASE RETURNS TO USAC SILVER CROWN IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 9, 2023)………It’s been eight seasons since Billy Wease last strapped into a USAC Silver Crown car, but in 2023, he’s back in the game with plans to compete in all seven pavement events for first-time series entrant Robert Wilson Racing.

The accolades for Wease (Noblesville, Ind.) include three career USAC National Midget feature victories, including a victorious run in the 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Wease’s Silver Crown resume, oddly enough, comes in eighths. He made his series debut back in 2007 for Western Speed Racing, and later that season, started 17th and finished a solid second to winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the dirt mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. His most recent series start came eight years later, in 2015, on the pavement at Iowa Speedway.

Getting back into the Silver Crown swing has been a longtime goal of Wease and it’s a phase he’s more than prepared to take on in 2023 – eight years later.

“I love running the Silver Crown cars and I’ve always enjoyed running the longer races where you’ve got to save tires and be good on long runs,” Wease explained. “It’s really cool getting the chance to come back and compete against the top drivers of the Silver Crown division again. I finished second once in the series, so I definitely want to try to do a little better to get to the front.”

It was a chance phone call and an offer from Wilson while Wease was watching the Chili Bowl at home this past January. Wease noted that he competed against Wilson’s son in quarter midgets back in the day, more than two decades ago.

Wilson acquired Legacy Autosport chassis FE001 for the slate, a new machine which made an impressive debut last October, finishing third with driver Tyler Roahrig at the controls. Wilson’s team will be run out of Legacy’s Pittsboro, Ind. based shop with a Chevrolet engine under the hood of the No. 60.

“Legacy Autosport made their presence known at the final race of 2022 with a third place finish in the USAC Silver Crown event at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Race way Park,” Team Principal Robbie Wilson stated. “RWR is showing its confidence in this new chassis by signing on as the first customer.”

Wease is thrilled at both the prospect of him returning to Silver Crown competition and also competing in a new car that’s already shown flashes of brilliance.

“The car is obviously fast, and they know what they’re doing,” Wease commended. “It’s a really great opportunity and we’ve been working hard the last three years on my sprint car as well. We’ve gotten pretty successful with it and it’s great to take another leap and try to gain and learn more by working with other people.”

For now, the focus for the team is squarely on the pavement races, but for 2024, the long-term goal is to add a dirt car to the stable and compete for a championship. A rigorous testing program will begin in early March with both off-track and on-track testing. The first event on this year’s schedule for the combo is the Hoosier Hundred at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on Sunday, April 23.

“I can’t wait,” Wease exclaimed. “I’m really excited and appreciative of the opportunity. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to do it and we’re going to have a lot of fun.”

 

FILLING THE SHOES:
TIMMS SIGNS ON FOR
USAC MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RUN WITH KKM

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 9, 2023)………Ryan Timms delivered in becoming the youngest ever USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner back in 2021.

Now the 16-year-old from Oklahoma City, Okla. will vie to become the division’s youngest ever driving champion as he takes the reins of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67 for a full run at the USAC National Midget championship in 2023.

Competing on a part-time schedule with USAC over the past two seasons, Timms has already garnered two victories, for the first time in late 2021 at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and again during a midsummer swing through the Great Plains at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway in 2022.

From there, the seed was planted for Timms to go full-time USAC National Midget racing and assume the seat of the ride that Buddy Kofoid has taken to the series title in each of the past two seasons.

To boot, Timms will have the man who has been instrumental in guiding Kofoid to multiple USAC championships, crew chief Jarrett Martin, the ace wrench who has been named USAC’s National Crew Chief of the Year in both 2021-2022.

“There’s a lot of history behind it and there’s definitely some big shoes to fill,” Timms admitted. “But I’m really confident in the car, I’m really confident in Jarrett, and (team CEO) Pete (Willoughby) and (team president) Keith (Kunz) believe in me. So, I’m just going to try and learn as much as possible and, hopefully, we can win a USAC championship.”

After running in 2021 for CB Industries in the midget ranks, Timms bounced around, occupying the seat of Grady Chandler’s midget in early 2022 before getting a shot to run the KKM No. 97K for four races during USAC’s Mid-America Midget Week swing through Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. In what was only a part-time deal at the time, Timms delivered.

Timms scored the win his first night out at Red Dirt, then ran third at Solomon Valley Raceway the next night, second at Jefferson County Raceway two night later, then was in position to win the weekend closer when contact sent him over the turn two banking on the final lap.

“Pete liked what he saw,” Timms acknowledged. “But he didn’t really bring up anything about running full-time until around a month later in August. When that time came, I said ‘I’m in.’ It’s a one-time opportunity.”

Timms’ prowess at such a young age extends to winged sprint car racing where he’s the youngest driver to finish on the podium of a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car Series feature, which he accomplished one day after his 16th birthday. This year, between the two disciplines, Timms’ expectations are to compete in 90-100 races from coast-to-coast.

The ultimate goal for Timms in 2023 is a USAC National Midget championship, although he admits that he’s still in the midst of a learning curve with the cars. With that said, with the team and crew he has at his side, Timms is confident he can follow in the footsteps of those before him and deliver a 13th series entrant championship to the winningest USAC National Midget team of all-time, KKM.

“Right away, I was comfortable,” Timms said of running for the initial time with KKM. “Jarrett is the one who’s been setting my car up since I’ve been running for KKM. He’s great and he’s gotten me set up perfectly every time. I haven’t run as many midget races as I have sprint car races to this point, so I’m still learning quite a bit. But every time I get in the car, I learn something new.”

The 2023 USAC National Midget Series kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.


 


MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP
ADDS $10K REWARD FOR 2023 SEASON’S BEST

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 8, 2023)………The Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship returns for 2023 with a $10,000 reward going to the driver who accrues the most combined points throughout the USAC National season.

The honor encompasses attaining points throughout each and every points paying USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series event during the 2023 campaign.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has punctuated his season by earning the USAC National Drivers Championship in each of the past two seasons. In 2022, he collected a total of 4,991 combined points between the three USAC National series, most of any driver.

The Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship celebrates its 25th consecutive year in 2023. Previous champions include many of the greatest names in USAC’s illustrious history, including four drivers who’ve won the award on at least three different occasions.

Tracy Hines has won the award more times than anybody else, on four occasions in 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014. Last year, Grant (2017-21-22) became the fourth driver to win the honor on three different occasions, joining Hines, J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012).

The new Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Champion will be honored at USAC’s Night of Champions in December of 2023.

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MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONS:

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Tracy Hines

2001: J.J. Yeley

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Jay Drake

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Tracy Hines

2014: Tracy Hines

2015: Dave Darland

2016: Brady Bacon

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Justin Grant

2022: Justin Grant

 

 

SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS & WEST COAST SPRINT CARS
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 7, 2023... Due to new scheduling conflicts, USAC Western States Midget and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Director Stephanie Odom has announced the following changes to the schedules.

- The August 5th USAC Western States Midget event scheduled at Santa Maria Raceway is now To Be Announced (TBA).

- The August 26th USAC Western States Midget and USAC West Coast Sprint Car date at Ventura Raceway has been moved to Santa Maria Raceway.

- The September 2nd USAC Western States Midget show at Santa Maria Raceway has been cancelled.

The updated 2023 schedules for both series are at the end of this release.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will open their season on Saturday, February 25th at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park.

The 2023 campaign for the USAC Western States Midget Series will open on Saturday, March 18th at Bakersfield Speedway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on each series Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: TBA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 9: TBA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast
Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 25: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA
April 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
June 17: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Wagsdash Reunion in honor of Mrs. Wags)
July 29: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets)
September 16: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC Western States Midgets / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

OPEN THE GATES!
USAC SPRINT SEASON KICKS OFF
WITH VOLUSIA SPECIAL EVENTS FEB. 13-14 IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Barberville, Florida (February 7, 2023)………The launch of a new racing season is an occasion that unites us all.

It’s an event that presents us with a steady stream of furious action following months of wintertime doldrums in which we hibernated and waited.

The on-track action of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing is a drama without comparison, punctuated by rhythms and movement that exhilarate the senses.

Unbounded by time, but by 30 laps from green to checkered flag that separate the fortunes between those who will experience the thrill of victory and those who will endure the agony of defeat.

The 2023 season begins in such fashion with a pair of non-points special events on back-to-back nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14. Both nights feature events are 30 laps in length with the competitors vying for $5,000-to-win on Monday and $10,000-to-win on Tuesday.

Volusia, a longtime host of wintertime sprint car racing in the Sunshine State, welcomes USAC to its full-tilt half-mile dirt oval for the first time ever. However, several of the top contenders did compete at Volusia during two nights of Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car activity in 2022.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has shifted to the BGE-Dougherty Motorsports team for 2023. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ captured a victory on the first night at Volusia a year ago, leading the final 24 laps en route to the win, then followed up with a 5th a single night later.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), like Leary, has also experienced his share of success in Florida during February. He’s teamed up once again with the Chris Dyson Racing team with whom he won with at Volusia on night two in 2022.

The two past Volusia winners will join defending USAC National Sprint Car driving champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who’ll attempt to become the first repeat series titlist since Brady Bacon in 2020-21. Grant returns to the fold under the TOPP Motorsports banner, which captured last season’s entrant crown.

Four-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will once again compete in all the points races for the venerable Hoffman Auto Racing / Dynamics, Inc. team. However, for Volusia’s non-points events, he’ll take the wheel of the Wedgewood Motorsports No. 98. Bacon experienced a mighty tumble on night one at Volusia last year but recovered to score a runner-up result the very next evening.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) ran inside the top-five on both nights at Volusia in 2022, lassoing a 5th and a 4th during the 2015 USAC champion’s two-night run. He can count himself among the past Florida winners in the field, having taken the season opener in Ocala during the 2016 campaign.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) finished last season with five podium results in his last seven feature starts to close things out. He was a substantial mover at Volusia in 2022, charging from his 16th starting position to tally an 8th. Meanwhile, Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.), the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car top Rookie, earned a 9th at Volusia on night one.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was among the USAC National Sprint Car circuit’s most successful Rookies in 2022, winning twice in spectacular fashion. His first career sprint car start without a wing came at Volusia last February where he finished 11th.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) and Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) all attained their first Volusia sprint car experiences this weekend last year. Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, scored a best of 15th while one-time USAC Sprint Car winner Westfall notched an 18th and 2020 USAC National Most Improved Driver Brandon Mattox collected 21st.

First-time Volusia participants include a talented crew of USAC National series feature winners. Perhaps the hottest driver to close out 2022 was Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) who aims for his first Florida win. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) currently stands 10th all-time in career series wins with 39. Last season’s Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), the 2022 series Rookie of the Year, won his first two career USAC Sprint Car features during Florida appearances.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) has now taken over the wheel of the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5 after chalking up his first USAC win last September. KO Motorsports will sport a three-car lineup for 14-time series winner Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) in addition to two-time series winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rookie of the Year contender Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Making their forays to Volusia for the event include USAC experienced veterans Steve Irwin (Fenton, Mich.), Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.), Landon Simon (Tipp City, Ohio), Englishman Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom), USAC East Coast Sprint Car winner Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.), Hunter Maddox (Bedford, Ind.) and late model/modified standout Brian Ruhlman (Clark Lake, Mich.).

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) is a past USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and is making the long haul from his Golden State home to compete in the Sunshine State. He’s joined by midget racing guru Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas) who will be making his USAC National Sprint Car debut along with RUSH Sprint Car Series victor John Mollick (Toronto, Ohio) and six-time 2022 winged 358 Sprint Car winner Cameron Smith (Spring Grove, Pa.).

EVENT DETAILS:

USAC racing at Volusia kicks off an entire week of National Sprint Car racing in the state of Florida, featuring five full racing events in a six-night span.

Volusia’s program presents a pair of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car non-points special events on Monday-Tuesday, February 13-14 along with the DIRTcar Late Models.

On both nights at Volusia, the pits open at 1pm Eastern with the drivers meeting at 4:30, grandstands opening at 5pm and engine heat at 5pm followed by qualifying and racing. Monday’s program pays $5,000-to-win with the Tuesday’s feature victor bringing home $10,000.

Single-day tickets for USAC at Volusia are $35 for general admission, $45 for premium reserved and $18 for child reserved. Advance ticket packages are available for purchase at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/.

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s inaugural appearance at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14 will be streamed live in its entirety on DIRTvision.

USAC’s agreement with FloRacing stipulates that all points-paying National events throughout the season are streamed live on FloRacing. However, with DIRTvision streaming Volusia’s Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals USAC events, both nights of competition for the series will be considered “special events” and will not pay points toward the season-long series championship.

The remainder USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car, NOS Energy Drink National Midget and Silver Crown points-paying race schedule in 2023 will be streamed live on FloRacing, including the February 16-17-18 Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park – the first points-paying events of the USAC National Sprint Car season.

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FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS FEATURE WINS:

5-Damion Gardner

4-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson & Justin Grant

3-Robert Ballou

2-Emerson Axsom, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Tracy Hines & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Bob Sweikert, Rich Vogler, Chuck Weyant & Chris Windom

FLORIDA USAC SPRINT NON-POINTS FEATURE WINS:

1-Dave Steele


USAC RACEAID BEGINS NEW CHAPTER
IN ASSISTING THE RACING COMMUNITY

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2023)………Since 1959, the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured or are in need of assistance.

In 2023, a new chapter begins with the rebranding of the USAC Benevolent Foundation to what will now be known as USAC RACEAID. Though the name has changed, the mission remains the same.

USAC RACEAID’s new website can be found at www.RACEAID.fund. There, you’ll be able to make online donations, register for fundraisers, sign-up for volunteer opportunities and fill out an online grant application.

Additionally, you’ll find the license plate petition on the website. USAC RACEAID must collect at least 500 signatures from Indiana residents in order to apply for a custom license plate. If approved, USAC RACEAID will receive $25 for each license plate purchase with the USAC designation. These funds will go directly to the foundation in order to assist our racing community. Application and signatures must be submitted by April 1.

USAC RACEAID fundraising events will be coming soon throughout the 2023 racing season, including 2-Seater Sprint Car rides with seven-time USAC National driving champion Levi Jones, a Women’s Golf Outing and a Month of May Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Furthermore, new USAC RACEAID merchandise will soon be available with proceeds from the sales going directly to the foundation.

Advancements in technology and safety have made auto racing much safer than it was in the past and USAC’s insurance is arguably the best offered in the sport, even in catastrophic situations. However, history tells us that there will still be accidents, some of which can be devastating, resulting in death or long-term injuries.

The immediate costs associated with these accidents are compounded by ongoing costs that can be staggering for the families involved. Injuries sustained in a crash often require extensive medical care which can be ongoing for years after the accident. In addition, some injuries require individuals to retire from the sport. Loss of employment can make it difficult to meet the daily living expenses for themselves and their families. And, of course, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a driver will die in a crash, leaving family members without a loved one to provide for them.

In all these cases, USAC RACEAID is there to step in and financially assist race drivers, race officials, race organizers and mechanics who sustain injury and are in need of assistance. USAC RACEAID also provides support to surviving family members with immediate and ongoing expenses. Over the years, the foundation has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars to help members and their families in times of need.

The USAC Benevolent Foundation (now USAC RACEAID) took control of the funds collected under the Wilbur Shaw Memorial Fund, which was established in 1954 following the death of the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Since that time, USAC RACEAID has been assisting with the needs of the USAC membership family since its establishment. The needs, whether small or large, never cease.


 

HIRED GUN: ROGERS GOES RACING WITH BALDWIN-FOX FOR 2023 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2023)………Jadon Rogers ascended to the rank of first-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature winner during the 2022 season.

Now, in 2023, the Worthington, Ind. native and 2020 series Rookie of the Year becomes a hired gun as the wheelman of the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5 entering the USAC racing season, which begins in Florida with a full week of action in mid-February.

The 20-year-old Rogers put together his best USAC season yet in 2022, amassing 36 feature starts and a single win during September’s Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State Speedway to go along with three top-fives and 16 top-tens en route to a ninth place finish in the standings, all career highs.

Rogers now takes over the reins of the orange No. 5 out of the Baldwin-Fox stable, which has been among USAC’s most enduring and successful teams over the past decade-plus, accumulating a 2017 USAC National Sprint Car title with Chris Windom, plus multiple Indiana Sprint Week crowns and, most recently, an Eastern Storm championship in 2022 with Logan Seavey.

It’s a ride that Rogers has competed against on the regular and has even driven on occasion in recent seasons, debuting with Baldwin-Fox at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway during a local weekly show in April of 2021. After competing full-time for the Engler Family during the past year, the opportunity to race for the Baldwin-Fox team is one that Rogers relishes and is eager to succeed in this year.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Rogers exclaimed. “I’m pretty pumped for this opportunity. We’re going into the season starting fresh and starting to get things rolling now and I’m excited to see what we can do in 2023.”

Despite the changes in addresses, team owners, colors and car numbers, Rogers’ core crew of his father, Kyle Rogers, and set-up man Jeremy Ottinger remain the same as they will be on hand to prepare the Baldwin-Fox machine, and already have been doing so as Jadon regularly commutes back and forth to between his Worthington, Ind. home and Baldwin’s Lafayette, Ind. shop in order to make sure he has everything in place to start the season out strong right out of the box.

“I’ve been up there a lot,” Jadon acknowledges. “Jeremy and my dad have been up there multiple Saturday’s with me just getting stuff ready. It’s a big step for me because I told the guys that I need to be all-in. I didn’t know motor maintenance and I didn’t know how to square a rearend all by myself. That’s all stuff that I’ve been learning and stuff I need to know in order to do this right.”

After several close calls, Rogers earned his first career USAC feature victory late during the 2022 season in dramatic fashion over Kevin Thomas Jr. and Kyle Cummins following several near misses. It was quite the turnaround for Rogers who, admittedly, struggled to start out last season. But after a sluggish start, the ball began to roll in their favor by midsummer as he once again began knock on the door of victory lane.

Despite just hitting his twenties, Rogers will be entering his ninth year of sprint car racing. At the age of 13 in 2015, Rogers was named the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Billy Marvel Jr. Rookie of the Year for his standout performances on the local sprint car level in Indiana.

It’s been quite a road to get to this point in his career. Jadon’s father competed in stock cars near their southwestern central Indiana home. When young Jadon came along, the chance to go quarter midget racing caught his father’s eye, essentially saying that ‘it looked fun, so let’s go do it.’ It was a very similar story a few years later when father and son jumped in with both feet at the change to go micro sprint racing, and eventually, into sprint cars.

What Jadon is most proud of to this day is the fact that this whole experience was built from nearly scratch between he, his father and his crew, the behind-the-scenes things that others don’t necessarily witness firsthand in order to make Jadon’s racing dreams become a reality.

“I think the biggest thing I look at with my crew and my guys is the stuff nobody sees,” Jadon explained. “Our stuff was built from the ground up, from my set up book to everything else that we’ve done. When we first started, I didn’t have a driver teaching me how to drive a sprint car and I didn’t have a crew chief that’s won multiple USAC races. What we were able to accomplish last year was based off what we’ve learned from when we came into sprint car racing, and what we’ve built has come from the ground up, so that first win was very rewarding not only for myself, but also for my dad and how hard he’s worked. How we came together is really special.”

Jadon Rogers and the Baldwin-Fox Racing team begin their quest of the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

 

NEW GUTS & GLORY USAC MIDGET BOOK
NOW ON SALE!

Speedway, Indiana (February 2, 2023)………Guts & Glory, The USAC National Midget Championship 1956-2022, the most comprehensive reference ever produced on the USAC National Midget Series, is now on sale!

The new 330-page hardcover book illustrates the key moments, stories and memories amassed over nearly the past seven decades in stunning images and words.

Guts & Glory is the definitive piece for any race fan’s collection, and is now available for sale online at https://usacgear.com/products/guts-glory-usac-national-midget-racing-from-1956-2022, www.sprintcarhof.com and at Fastrack Publishing.

Additionally, the book will be available for purchase at the official USAC merchandise trailer at every USAC National event throughout the 2023 season, starting on February 13 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.

The combined work of three veteran motorsports journalists, Bob Mays, Richie Murray and Patrick Sullivan, Guts & Glory covers the vivid history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship from its inception in 1956 through the end of the 2022 season.

From the early days of Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies and Bob Wente, through the glory years of Mel Kenyon, Sleepy Tripp, Rich Vogler and Jason Leffler to the reign of Buddy Kofoid, the mighty midgets have captured the imagination of fans both young and old.

Guts & Glory includes detailed season summaries in addition to more than 300 photos as seen through the lenses by of auto racing’s finest photographers, plus an array of statistics documenting the expansive scope of USAC National Midget racing.

PURCHASE DETAILS:

If paying by credit card, visit www.usacgear.com or call the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame toll free at 1-800-874-4488.

You can also order Guts & Glory now by check or cash through Fastrack Publishing for the price of $49.99, plus $12 shipping and handling. Nebraska residents should also include $3.50 for NE sales tax.

Send your check or money order to:

Fastrack Publishing
5220 North 10th St.
Lincoln, NE 68521

 

 

REIMER TIME: TAYLOR REIMER SETS COURSE FOR FULL-TIME USAC MIDGET RUN WITH KKM

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2023)………At the beginning of the previous season, Taylor Reimer’s pinned tweet on Twitter read, “I will win a midget race in 2022.”

She lived up to her word during the year, scoring her first career midget victory in May of 2022. Now, in 2023, the Bixby, Okla. native has elevated her goals to reach even greater heights.

“I’m going to win several this year, not just one,” Reimer adamantly stated.

Reimer, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of last year, majoring in Health & Exercise Science and minoring in Business, enters her second full season with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in 2023, and will compete on the full schedule in the No. 25K with primary sponsorship from Yahoo.

Reimer finished 10th in the USAC point standings a year ago, and reached some significant personal achievements throughout the campaign, winning with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget series at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway. With USAC, she led the first six laps of her career while scoring six top-ten results and a pair of fast qualifying times in 27 main event starts.

With her focus squarely lasered in on racing full-time this coming year, Reimer aims to take another step toward the front of the field during after displaying an immense amount of speed during several outings throughout the past year.

“This season, I definitely want to win, and I think we have the chance to be running for top-fives every night,” Reimer explained. “One of my goals is to finish consistently. That was kind of a struggle of ours last season. We’d have a really good night, then we’d have a bad night.”

It’s been a long road back to the dirt tracks for Reimer, who took a uniquely circuitous route to her current position as a full-time regular on the USAC National Midget tour. She began racing at the age of six, and by the age of 14, had racked up enough wins to become the winningest female micro sprint driver in the history of the 1/8-mile Port City Raceway dirt oval in Tulsa, Okla.

Her detour from racing arrived during high school and college where she actively pursued academics and cheerleading. However, the pull to return to racing proved too strong, and after a seven-year layoff, Reimer was back behind the wheel of a racecar in 2021 when she made her USAC Midget debut in Florida. Getting back into the swing was the name of the game with a periodic schedule of events in 2021 and a much bigger slate in 2022. In 2023, the hunger for more experience and further improvement beckons.

“The biggest difference in 2022 was just being able to race consistently and being able to race every weekend,” Reimer noted. “Getting to work with my crew chief, Beau Binder, week-in and week-out, just trying to figure out what works best for us as a team and being consistent, that just made it a lot easier on myself and my team. Beau has been super knowledgeable and helpful. For me coming in with practically no experience in midgets, it was a huge learning curve just going to all the different tracks. Using him as a resource along with my other teammates and just being able to ask questions, that was the main thing.”

For team president Keith Kunz, he’s seen Reimer’s improvement firsthand, from being one who showed speed early on to one who has upped her racecraft when going wheel-to-wheel versus competition. It’s all part of the process of continuous improvement, which ultimately yields the desired results.

“During the year, we feel like she learned how to race a whole 30 laps,” Kunz said. “Her racing became more consistent as the year went on and she became a stronger competitor. Now that she’s had her first full season with us, we’re really looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish going into a second season.”

The 2023 USAC National Midget Series kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 

 

A BOULDER OFF HIS SHOULDER: GRANT ENTERS 2023 USAC SPRINT SEASON FEELING COOL & COMPOSED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 30, 2023)………For the larger part of the past decade, Justin Grant has stepped into each and every USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season pondering if this was going to finally be the year he broke through and overcame the hurdle that had separated him from the series driving title.

The Ione, Calif. native is now on the other side of that equation. He and TOPP Motorsports enter the year as the combination everybody’s chasing in 2023, jumping into the fray as the defending champions.

“There’s certainly less pressure from myself than there was last season,” Grant admitted. “I don’t want to be like James Hunt at the end of Rush where he’s just like, ‘I got my one and I’m good.’ I want to go get more. The scratching and clawing that comes with figuring out how to make it happen, that’s been relieved a bit and I certainly feel grateful that we’ve been able to do it. Now we’re like, ‘okay, let’s just do it again.’”

In 2022, Grant’s title season made him just the 14th driver to earn both a USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown championship in his career. Now, Grant has his mind set on becoming the 10th driver to repeat as a USAC National Sprint Car titlist alongside Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-87-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11), Bryan Clauson (2012-13) and Brady Bacon (2020-21).

The celebration mode for a season well done wasn’t a particularly everlasting one for Grant. After capturing the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship 2022 season finale feature at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, it was a whirlwind with really only a week to stand pat and stay satisfied. Following USAC’s Night of Champions, Grant ventured to New Zealand for two-and-a-half weeks to race midgets at Western Springs and Baypark. Once back home, his focus immediately turned to the oncoming Chili Bowl Nationals which transitioned straight into the USAC National Sprint Car season, which begins two weeks from today.

“There’s not much celebrating anymore as short as the offseason,” Grant explained. “We got right back into it and tried to get our cars and equipment and everything ready for the 2023 season. You don’t get very long. We came back from racing midgets in California right after Thanksgiving, then had the banquet and then it was pretty much back to work. There was about a week there between getting home and doing the banquet that we relished it a little bit, then it was right back to it.”

During their time in the shop, Grant, ace sidekick Dylan Cook and the TOPP Motorsports team freshened up their equipment with three new Maxim Chassis, going back into the files to construct some ‘Bubby-Spec” cars. These particular machines were built to the specs that Grant’s National Sprint Car Hall of Fame father-in-law, the late Bubby Jones, had drawn up in his notebook, which were different in terms of radius rod height and length, Jacob’s Ladder location, wheelbase and all the frame specs, all of which were aligned to Bubby’s liking.

“I’ve been wanting to build some of those cars for a long time now,” Grant admitted. “(Bubby) was always on me to build one of these and I felt like this year was a good year to do it.”

Grant has accomplished a laundry list of achievements in his USAC National Sprint Car career, checking off many of the most marquee boxes in the sport with victories at Knoxville, Eldora and Terre Haute as well as titles for Indiana Sprint Week and with the USAC National Championship, just to name a few. That said, there is still much to accomplish in Grant’s book, and if the opportunity arises, he’s all for experiencing those feats all over again in 2023, if you ask him.

“I’d really like to go after some of the bonuses on the table, especially the Hoosier Trifecta at Kokomo, Tri-State and Lawrenceburg,” Grant specifically named. “My bank account would certainly like that too, and those are three tracks we’ve won at. This year, with the bonus for winning all three, we definitely have those circled. We’re going through and studying a bit to make sure we’re on top of our game when the big money is on the line.”

The Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown will now pay $30,000-to-win for the 12th annual edition of the race at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday night, August 26. At southwestern Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, the winning stakes have climbed to $20,000-to-win for the 16th annual Haubstadt Hustler on Saturday night, September 16. Weeks later, a $20,000 winning prize has been posted for the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg Speedway, set to go on Saturday night, October 7.

Additionally, a driver could either “Win, Place or Show,” which is awarded to the top performing driver after the three events. To WIN a $30,000 bonus, a driver would have to win all three events. To PLACE for an extra $20,000, a driver would need to finish second or better in all three events. To SHOW and pocket a $10,000 extra, a driver would need to finish on the podium (top-three) in all three events.

Grant’s 34 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins rank 15th all-time among all drivers entering the 2023 campaign. Since 2018, Grant and TOPP Motorsports have teamed up for 26 series wins, which ranks fifth all-time among all drivers in the division.

The 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season begins with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

 


BRODY ROA GOES 2-FOR-2 AT COCOPAH

SOMERTON, ARIZONA – JANUARY 28, 2023… Taking advantage of a Chase Johnson miscue, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) led the final two laps to win back to back nights at Cocopah Speedway. Piloting Tom and Christy Dunkel’s #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa earned the fifteenth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of his career over Johnson, Sterling Cling, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and R.J. Johnson.

“KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL) began the night by scoring the seventh Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. The pilot of the Yeley Racing #2J Avanti Windows & Doors entry recorded a time of 16.370 seconds and ties Bryan Clauson for fifteenth in series history.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) and Roa took the checkered flags in their 10-lap heat races.

For the second night in a row, Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) raced Ikaika O’Brien’s #11O Surecan LLC machine to the In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award with an eighth place run from thirteenth.

Owner/driver “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with his thirteenth place finish at his home track.

The non-winged 410 sprint cars will take a break before making their first ever appearances at the Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Arizona on March 3 and 4th.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: January 28, 2023 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2J, Yeley-16.370; 2. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.717; 3. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.754; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.810; 5. Logan Calderwood-16.887; 6. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.921; 7. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-16.934; 8. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel-16.943; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.969; 10. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.203; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.312; 12. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.315; 13. Ricky Lewis, 11O, O’Brien-17.553; 14. Drake Edwards, 2E, Yeley-17.669; 15. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-17.700; 16. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.777.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Thomas, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Johnson, 5. Malcolm, 6. Calderwood, 7. Lewis, 8. Vanzant. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. R.Johnson, 3. Cling, 4. C.Williams, 5. Martin, 6. Bender, 7. Edwards, 8. Sexton. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. Chase Johnson (2), 3. Sterling Cling (3), 4. Cody Williams (4), 5. R.J. Johnson (5), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 8. Ricky Lewis (13), 9. Austin Williams (11), 10. Tommy Malcolm (7), 11. A.J. Bender (10), 12. Logan Calderwood (8), 13. Mike Martin (12), 14. Drake Edwards (14), 15. Jim Vanzant (15). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 C.Johnson, Laps 29-30 Roa.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Ricky Lewis (13th to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mike Martin

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: March 3&4 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona

 

 

BRODY ROA WINS COCOPAH SEASON OPENER WITH NEW TEAM

SOMERTON, ARIZONA – JANUARY 27, 2023… Taking the lead from Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm on lap nineteen, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) led the rest of the way to capture the opening night for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series at Cocopah Speedway. Piloting Tom and Christy Dunkel’s #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa earned the fourteenth series win of his career and the first for his brand new car owners in their first ever USAC/CRA event. “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., Malcolm, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed Brody to the checkered flag.

Cody Williams (Corona, CA) opened the night by earning the tenth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of his career. “The Cadillac” posted a time of 16.250 seconds over the 19-car roster and is now tied with Matt Mitchell for eighth in series history.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) and Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) raced to victory in their 10-lap heat races.

Making his first start in Ikaika O’Brien’s #11O Surecan LLC entry, Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) earned the night’s Hard Charger Award with a sixth place run from eleventh.

By virtue of his thirteenth place finish, Logan Calderwood (Phoenix, AZ) earned the Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award. Last year’s ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Champion will have to contend with Grant Sexton, who finished sixteenth for rookie of the year honors.

The non-winged 410 sprint cars will return to “The Diamond in the Desert,” tomorrow night for the conclusion of the season opening doubleheader at Cocopah Speedway.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: January 27, 2023 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.250; 2. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-16.504; 3. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel-16.575; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.612; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2J, Yeley-16.684; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.711; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.736; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.758; 9. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.835; 10. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.871; 11. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.906; 12. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.046; 13. Ricky Lewis, 11O, O’Brien-17.112; 14. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.173; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.304; 16. Drake Edwards, 2E, Yeley-17.519; 17. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.681; 18. Jim Vanzant, 3V, Vanzant-17.856; 19. Jess Beckett, 10, Powers-18.101.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. C.Williams, 3. Thomas, 4. Roa, 5. Lewis, 6. Martin, 7. Sexton, 8. Grabowski, 9. Beckett. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Davis, 3. C.Johnson, 4. Cling, 5. R.Johnson, 6. Calderwood, 7. Edwards, 8. Vanzant, 9. Sweeney. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Brody Roa (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Tommy Malcolm (2), 4. Cody Williams (6), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (1), 6. Ricky Lewis (11), 7. Chase Johnson (5), 8. Austin Williams (9), 9. A.J. Bender (13), 10. R.J. Johnson (7), 11. Sterling Cling (10), 12. Mike Martin (8), 13. Logan Calderwood (12), 14. Drake Edwards (14), 15. Jim Vanzant (16), 16. Grant Sexton (15). NT. ---------------------------- **Grabowski flipped on lap one of the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Malcolm, Laps 19-30 Roa. HARD CHARGER: Ricky Lewis (11th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Logan Calderwood

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: January 28 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Arizona

 

MOLES GOES DIRT USAC SILVER CROWN RACING
FOR LEIN & NELSON IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2023)………Mitchel Moles took the USAC world by storm a year ago with five feature wins across the AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions.

Now the 23-year-old Raisin City, Calif. native tackles the challenge of the big cars in 2023, teaming with Wisconsin-based car owner Hans Lein and crew chief Greg Nelson to compete on all the dirt races throughout the USAC Silver Crown season.

“It’s definitely going to be an experience, I’d say,” Moles exclaimed. “I can’t thank Hans and Greg enough for bringing me on board.”

Most of the venues, the type of car, the length of the race and the team will all be new tests for Moles, the 2022 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year. However, he’s game for the challenge right off the bat. He nearly won his first career USAC National Sprint Car start last year and aims to come out swinging in similar fashion straight out of the gate when he steps foot for the first time in a champ car.

“It’s definitely going to be a change of pace since I’ve never run any dirt mile tracks in my life,” Moles pinpointed. “I’m thankful for those guys and Joe at DRC Chassis for helping put some feelers out for me that maybe some of these young guys like me can do it. The Silver Crown world has a lot of great veteran drivers, but I want to show that some of us newer guys to the division can do it too.”

Nelson, the team’s crew chief, a past Badger Midget driving champion in 1983 and a Silver Crown veteran driver himself, recently met Moles and his father for the first time during January’s Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. In addition to Nelson and Moles’ mutual bond of the outdoors (hunting, fishing, etc.), Nelson had witnessed Moles’ abilities firsthand and knew full-well the will and desire he had to succeed. Soon, Nelson knew Moles was the man do the job and a deal was struck to make Silver Crown racing part of his plans for 2023.

Also noted by Nelson was the fact that the style of the car and the pace of the race in modern day Silver Crown competition is conducive to a young driver like Moles, and the jump from a sprint car to a Silver Crown car is much more relatable than it maybe once was in years past.

“I think he has the ‘it factor,’” Nelson said of Moles. “That’s definitely a big part of it. The other part is that it kind of seems like the cars are matching the style of the driver now instead of a ‘you have to run this, and this is how you run the race’ type of deal. It’s more of a sprint now. These days, they’re basically 100-lap sprint car races. That’s what’s going on and it more fits these guys’ style now.”

Lein and Nelson’s No. 97 has been a stalwart on the USAC Silver Crown dirt trail over the past six seasons between 2017-2022 with drivers such as USAC National champions Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Chris Windom, and most recently, Buddy Kofoid. With Courtney, the Lein team captured both the 2017 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and the 2019 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Moles has run less than a handful of long distance races in his career, all of which have come in a midget during 100-lappers at California’s Placerville Speedway and South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway, both of which included fuel stops at the halfway mark. Moles knows the Silver Crown cars are a bit of a different animal in that regard, but big fuel tanks and long distance races are quests he’s eager to take on as he scanned his way through the checklist for the 2023 season.

“I feel like I should be pretty comfortable on the dirt half-miles,” Moles stated. “But Belleville is going to be a change of pace for most everyone. A few of the guys have run there and it will be cool to say I’ve raced at Belleville with so much history at that place. I would say the Springfield and Du Quoin miles will be biggest challenge for me overall. It’s something that’s going to take a little bit of thought on the strategy. I’m definitely going to talk to some of the guys who’ve done it for a while and just try to pick their brains on it. We’ll do our homework; we’re only running dirt for now, so we’ve got to try to win since the championship is out of the window.”

 

 

2B CONTINUED: SEAVEY JOINS 2B RACING FOR 2023 USAC SPRINT CAR SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2023)………Championship driver Logan Seavey and championship entrant 2B Racing / Benic Enterprises have joined forces to compete as one on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship circuit in 2023.

Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget driving titlist, has partnered with Benic, the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car entrant champ, to contest the series this coming season in the No. 2B, which carries primary sponsorship from Honest Abe Roofing, America’s Reliable Roofer, and the Newton family. Seavey possesses eight career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins while the 2B Racing team ranks 14th in all-time series feature victories with 31 scores.

When a new driver and car owner pairing combine to work together for the initial time, there are a fair share of unknowns. However, also in the mix on this year’s team include crewmen Derek Claxton and Matt Meeks, both of whom worked alongside Seavey at Baldwin-Fox Racing during their 2021 tear through Indiana Sprint Week, which saw them win three-in-a-row.

“There’s always so many unknowns when you go and race for a new team,” Seavey acknowledged. “You never really know what you’re getting into until you get going. Scott and Derek will work together at the racetrack and the car will be pretty similar to what I’m used to driving with a DRC Chassis, Benic Shocks and Claxton Engines. I’ve been fortunate lately with everybody I’ve been racing for to be able to keep a package together that I like. I’ve had success with it and there’s no reason to go looking for anything different.”

It's an all-star lineup that features a pair of past USAC Chief Mechanics of the Year in Benic (2005 & 2009) plus Claxton (2017) along with a driver who’s reached the pinnacle of the sport. It’s a combination aiming to make their share of waves when the season begins in February in Florida.

“Between Derek and Matt, there’s a lot of familiarity there,” Seavey noted. “Working with Scott will be a new experience, and as far as being on the racetrack and racing goes, I feel like it should be pretty good right from the start.”

Benic, whose shop is located in Marion, Ind., feels that the key ingredients for success are right there with top-notch equipment and machinery in their arsenal.

“With anything you do, you’re hoping for some chemistry there to make sure everything’s good,” Benic stated. “Derek and Logan have some history already and Derek is now part of Benic Enterprises and our family here too. I’m tickled to death to have someone of his stature moving forward with us. I think we’ll give him a good home and a good opportunity to showcase his talents.” The arrival of Seavey comes along with the departure of Anton Hernandez who made seven USAC National Sprint Car feature starts for 2B Racing late in the 2022 season.

“My wife, Dana, and I have the utmost respect and gratitude towards Anton being part of our family for a while and we certainly enjoyed him being here,” Benic said. “We just had an opportunity to move forward in a direction that was a little bit different. We feel like we have good enough equipment now to get back to championship status and it’s certainly what we’re striving to accomplish. Even if this year doesn’t give us an opportunity to be a championship contender, moving forward, we think it gives us the opportunity to bring the 2B Racing program with Benic Enterprises back to the forefront where it should be.”

Earlier this week, Seavey announced a full-time USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship program with Abacus Racing to go along with his full-time duties behind the wheel of the Rice Motorsports USAC Silver Crown car. His new role as 2B Racing’s USAC National Sprint Car pilot gives him three top-flight rides in all three USAC National series for 2023. It’s a dream come true if you ask Logan.

“One of the coolest things for me is that, growing up, I didn’t know if I’d ever even get to race a sprint car one time,” Seavey admitted. “I was just racing go-carts and I didn’t really get into this stuff until I was a little older than most kids do these days. To be able to do the full USAC schedule is really cool and just to race sprint cars, midgets and Silver Crown cars is awesome. Racing for a living is pretty dang cool and I don’t have too many complaints on most days. I’m pretty fortunate.”

From car owner to driver to the crew and everyone who’s contributed to the team in one way or another, it certainly requires an unwavering passion and desire to race and compete at a high level. Benic couldn’t be prouder to be associated with those individuals who are associated in their quest.

“I know we couldn’t do this without the help of our great partners,” Benic praised. “A special thanks goes out to each and everyone of them for making this dream of bringing the 2B program back to the forefront a reality.”

The 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season begins with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS: JAKE SWANSON CARRIES HOT STREAK INTO USAC SPRINT CAR TITLE RUN IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 26, 2023)………There’s no doubt about it. Jake Swanson finished last season as one of the hottest drivers on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.

Now, the Anaheim, Calif. native aims to carry his substantial momentum into 2023 as he goes full-time with the series in the driver’s seat of Team AZ Racing’s No. 21AZ.

After a tumultuous up-and-down start to his 2022 USAC campaign, the 29-year-old Swanson poured it on late, finishing five of his last seven feature starts on the podium, highlighted by a Western World Championships sweep at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.

It was quite a run for the 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion and two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner who now resides in Danville, Ind. In fact, it was a roll he hoped didn’t have to stop. Yet, as the calendar flips to a new year, he has no intentions of letting the roll stop anytime soon.

“Honestly, I wish there was no offseason,” Swanson chuckled. “But in reality, there kind of wasn’t. We’ve been working the entire time because we’ve got so much to do. We’re rebuilding everything, and we want to make sure it’s exactly as we ended the season last year. We’ve always been really good at taking notes, but we’re being even more meticulous and splitting hairs with where we landed on shock numbers and measurements on the racecar. We want to make sure we don’t get lost because I feel like it’s easy over the offseason to put new parts on the car, do this or that, and you don’t think it’s going to change very much, then it changes your whole recipe. We’re trying really hard not to make those mistakes.”

Swanson’s turnaround during the 2022 USAC season can’t be understated. Throughout his first 20 starts, he’d not cracked the top-three a single time. Incidentally, it was an accident during July’s Indiana Sprint Week round at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and a brief hospital stay which set forth a second act that was among the best stretches any driver in the series put together throughout the year. That said, it was a multitude of items which put Swanson right back into contention.

“It’s really hard to pinpoint exactly one thing,” Swanson explained. “There’s probably five things that we changed over the course of the summer months going into the end of the fall where we really found something. We’ve always done these things but maybe not in the same order. The recipe was just a little off and it didn’t work with the balance of other things.”

A fellow competitor who found a flurry of late season success was Kyle Cummins and Rock Steady Racing, a driver and program that were sensational from the summer months onward in 2022. Swanson took further notes from Cummins’ success and applied it to their own venture.

“There’s a number of things we did to the car to make it rotate on entry,” Swanson began. “We studied a lot of fast cars, and Kyle Cummins was really good there at the end and we tried to emulate that. I think we came across it the last couple months of the year and got it fine-tuned. It’s easy to make the car do that, but it’s hard to make the car flow and not have it do other things that you don’t want it to do. Another huge factor was the engines. We’ve got really good 1 Way Technologies engines and they massaged on some stuff in the latter half of the year. Engine detuning is something we’ve never had to do out west, then we came here, and it was a rude awakening between tightening the car up, but not too much, and tightening up the engine as well.”

Prior to the 2021 season, Swanson officially made the move to uproot from his native California and chase USAC National Sprint Cars and the local Indiana sprint car scene where he was an eight-time winner in 2022, ranking second behind only Cummins’ nine. Swanson has continuously been a student, learning the tricks of the trade of mastering the ability to go even faster, namely in terms of chassis dynoing, shocks and torsion bars, just to name a few, while fine-tuning his craft over time. But the main ingredient has been seat time, and Swanson has found that to be the most pivotal classroom of all.

“It’s amazing the amount of repetitions you get,” Swanson noted. “Last year, I think I raced 74 times. When you race that much, you can really get a feel for exactly what you’re looking for and what you want. When you race once or twice a month like I did in the past, you’re always rusty and you can’t ever really make gains. That’s why I learned to take such meticulous notes because, back then, every time I went to a racetrack, it felt like starting over.”

Now, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship starts over from scratch with a slate that begins with a full week of work in his Apache Transport, USW Cat Construction, Stratis Construction, RSS Industries, Beaver Stripes, Fine Line Drafting machine in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

 

 

AXSOM & CLAUSON MARSHALL RACING AIM FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR TITLE IN 2023

 Indianapolis, Indiana (January 26, 2023)………Fresh off a stellar first season in which he captured USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom is primed to compete for a season championship in 2023 during his first full season run with Clauson Marshall Racing.

The 18-year-old Franklin, Ind. native will compete for top honors with CMR and Driven2SaveLives, an Indiana Donor Network Program, in the number 47BC. Axsom, who was behind the wheel of a sprint car for CMR during the 2022 season, finished fifth in the USAC National Sprint Car standings and tallied three feature victories and seeks to climb even higher up the leaderboard in the coming year.

“I’m excited to work with the same group of guys and build off of a great 2022 Rookie season,” Axsom stated. “It was a tough year, and we learned a lot, but we were able to overcome challenges and always walked away from each night learning something new. At the end of the season, I think we were as competitive as anyone, so I am really excited to be able to build off of 2022 and go try to win some races. I’m honored to get to represent Driven2SaveLives again in 2023 and honor the donor heroes night-in and night-out. Even when a night doesn’t fall our way, if we can inspire one fan to sign up as an organ donor, we walk away feeling a sense of pride.”

Clauson Marshall Racing, co-owned by Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall, was established in 2016 to compete in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Since their inception, CMR has won a USAC National Midget Championship in 2019, a USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2018 and two All Star Circuit of Champions Championships in 2021-22.

“I am excited to have Emerson back behind the wheel of the Driven2SaveLives 47BC for 2023,” Clauson said. “After a stellar rookie campaign while capturing three wins and Rookie of the year honors, I feel we are in a position to challenge for a USAC National Championship. I am also excited to continue to spread the message of organ and tissue donation through the Driven2SaveLives Ambassador program which allows our racing community to advocate for this great cause. This is a great way for fans to help save lives within their own communities.”

Axsom competed full-time with the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2022, starting the season out strong by capturing two wins at the beginning of the season before ending the season in victory lane again late in the year in Arizona. Coming off of a strong 2022 season, the Driven2SaveLives 47BC team looks to improve upon their Rookie season and compete for a national championship, which team co-owner Marshall sees as a goal this coming year.

“As a pure race fan, it has been exciting to have a front row seat for Emerson’s development as a driver,” Marshall said. “His diehard will to win is contagious and the Driven2SaveLives 47BC team rightfully has high goals and expectations for 2023 as we compete for the USAC National Sprint Car Championship.”

Driven2SaveLives has partnered with Clauson Marshall Racing since 2017 and has been a key part of the Clauson Marshall Racing program since then.

“Indiana Donor Network, through our Driven2SaveLives program, is extremely excited to continue our partnership with Clauson Marshall Racing and Emerson Axsom,” Taylor McLean, Marketing Program Specialist at Indiana Donor Network, stated. “In a very short amount of time, Emerson has become an amazing ambassador for organ, tissue and eye donation and has helped our program reach more race fans. Emerson is a perfect fit within our organization as we continue to inspire race fans to sign up as organ donors and continue to build our ambassador program. Emerson’s talent on track combined with his genuine connection to fans makes him a perfect fit to represent our donor heroes, transplant recipients and the over 100,000 individuals waiting for a lifesaving transplant.”

The 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season begins with a full week in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.


 


USAC ANNOUNCES RULE UPDATES
FOR 2023 SEASON

Speedway, Indiana (January 26, 2023)………USAC has announced a number of rule updates and enforcements to be implemented beginning with the 2023 season for USAC’s Silver Crown National Championship, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Rule updates were discussed and voted upon by USAC competitors during the annual competition meetings held on December 12, 2022, at USAC headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

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ALL SERIES RULE UPDATES

SAFETY EQUIPMENT: 317.M (SPRINT), 417.M (MIDGET) & 222.I (SILVER CROWN)

RULE: On Board Fire Systems - It is strongly recommended that each car have built-in operable fire extinguishing equipment with a minimum content of five (5) pounds located inside the car and within the wheelbase. On board fire systems should meet SFI Specification 17.1. This will be evaluated for future mandate.

NEW FOR 2023: Fire suppression systems are highly recommended for all competitors in all divisions. The systems will be analyzed throughout the season and may be a possible requirement in the future.

REPOSITIONING: 1310.D (SPRINT), 1410.D (MIDGET) & 1211.C (SILVER CROWN)

RULE: A car determined to have jumped the initial start will be immediately penalized one row for the subsequent start. Third-place starter will cross to outside front-row.

NEW FOR 2023: Previously, an initial start that was called back due to a “jumped” start resulted in a yellow flag and a complete restart in the same order. Now, a car determined to have jumped the initial start will be immediately penalized.

BACKUP CARS: 1311 (SPRINT), 1411 (MIDGET), 1209 (SILVER CROWN)

RULE: Teams may use a backup car any time between qualifying and the start of the A-Main. The use of a backup car must be approved by the technical director. If a backup car is introduced before qualifications and makes original drawn position in qualifying order, there is no penalty. If qualification spot is missed or a qualifying lap is still available, one lap can be taken at the end of the line and cannot start in top 50% of feature field. Same penalty applies for backup car attempting to qualify on time but without having transferred transponder to correct car.

NEW FOR 2023: The “cannot start in top 50% of feature field” penalty will now also be applied for any backup car attempting to qualify on time but without having transferred their transponder to the correct car.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY: 303.K

RULE: Left-side cockpit panels may be 36 inches high as measured from the bottom of main frame tube at the engine plate and projected rearward 21 inches. Left-side opening must be at least 10 inches vertically at its narrowest point, and at least 20 inches horizontally.

NEW FOR 2023: Left side cockpit panel size has increased from 34 inches high to 36 inches high. Now, the left-side opening must be at least 10 inches vertically at its narrowest point, and at least 20 inches horizontally.

TIRES: 309.A

RULE: Hoosier 105/16-15 Medium and 105/18 HARD are the only approved right rear tires in National competition. At the introduction of new Medium tires, a burn off period for existing inventory will be determined.

NEW FOR 2023: At the introduction of new Medium tires, a burn off period for existing inventory will be determined.

TIRES: 309.B

RULE: Burn off period for existing left-rear tire inventory will be determined; SC12 will become only permitted left-rear tire. Front tires must be Hoosier.

NEW FOR 2023: SC12 will become only permitted left-rear tire. Front tires must be Hoosier rather than all four corners.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY: 403.M

RULE: Left side cockpit body panels may be a maximum of (34) inches high as measured from the bottom frame tube. Opening must be at least ten inches vertically and 20 inches horizontally, and not distract drivers vision determined by chief steward.

NEW FOR 2023: The maximum height of left side cockpit body panels has been decreased from 36 inches to 34 inches high as measured from the bottom frame tube. The opening must now be 10 inches vertically and 20 inches horizontally rather than 150 square inches.

TIRES: 410.D

RULE: New D. National Midget Tires (LF- D12, D15) (RF-D12, D15, D20) (LR-D12, D20) (RR-SP3 only). SP2 right-rear tires will be permitted through May 31, 2023. Right-rear tire will be stamped to be run during qualifications, heat race, and feature. Changing tire will result in being put to the tail of feature. If a tire is punctured, it must be verified by series official and replaced with a used tire.

NEW FOR 2023: SP3 only on right rear. However, SP2 right rear tires will be permitted through May 31, 2023. Right-rear tire will be stamped to be run during qualifications, heat race, and feature. Changing tire will result in being put to the tail of feature. If a tire is punctured, it must be verified by series official and replaced with a used tire.

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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY: 203.M

RULE: Left-side cockpit panels may be (36) inches high, measured from top side of lower frame rail. Opening must be at least 12 inches vertically and 25 inches horizontally.

NEW FOR 2023: Left side cockpit panel size has increased from 30 inches high to 36 inches high, measured from the top side of the lower frame rail at the engine plate. Openings must now be at least 12 inches vertically and 25 inches horizontally.

STEERING & SUSPENSION: 207.H

RULE: Kingpin tethers are mandatory & must be SFI approved.

NEW FOR 2023: The addition of Kingpin tethers is now mandatory.

RED FLAG PROCEDURE: 1208.D

RULE: Once the entire field is refired after a red flag, yellow flag laps can again be counted.

NEW FOR 2023: Previous, after a red flag, laps weren’t counted until after the green flag was displayed.

RESTARTS: 1212

RULE: All restarts will be single-file, nose-to-tail with no passing before the designated point on the track. Lapped cars will be moved to the rear in running order, with any pitted car returning behind them. The first car in running order that has been lapped will receive one lap back, as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in caution.

NEW FOR 2023: Lapped cars will be moved to the rear in running order, with any pitted car returning behind them. The first car in running order that has been lapped will receive one lap back, as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in caution.


CALL BRYANT:
WIEDEMAN TRANSFERS TO CB INDUSTRIES
FOR FULL USAC MIDGET SEASON IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2023)………Entering his third full season of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing, Bryant Wiedeman has found a change of scenery for the 2023 campaign.

The Colby, Kan. racer has teamed up with North Carolina-based CB Industries for the upcoming season slate after competing for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports since 2020.

Currently a 17-year-old high school junior at his hometown Colby High School, Wiedeman was among the most improved drivers on the USAC National Midget circuit in 2022, making all 32 feature starts while accumulating seven top-fives, 19 top-tens and tallying a career-best fourth place finish in the point standings.

Wiedeman looks forward to working with 2020 USAC National Midget entrant champion Chad Boat and his CB Industries team, who Wiedeman cites as a jack of all trades as a recent highly successful driver, a top-notch mechanic and a champion car owner who knows these cars like the back of his hand.

“(Chad) understands what a driver feels, what crew chiefs feel and what a car owner feels; he understands all those situations,” Wiedeman praised. “It’s definitely going to be a change for me, but he’s raced these cars and has had a lot of success with his drivers, which will definitely help me out in understanding his cars.”

Wiedeman, who also served notice as the POWRi Midget champion in 2021, had a banner year with USAC throughout 2022. His best results came on the series’ biggest tracks and on the biggest stages, posting a total of four podium finishes. Wiedeman took third at the speedy Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, then doubled-up with a pair of runner-up finishes on back-to-back nights at the big half-mile of Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. He completed the journey with a solid third in the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway.

It was a marked improvement for Wiedeman in all facets as he more than doubled his top-five and top-ten output in relatively the same amount of feature starts, which he concedes all came as he accrued more seat time and gained familiarity with the cars after making 66 feature starts over the past three seasons.

“My car control definitely improved a lot throughout the year,” Wiedeman stated. “The speed has come, but it’s more about being consistent, making solid laps and qualifying well every night, which is very important throughout a championship points run. I think we’ll have something to show in 2023.”

Inching ever closer to the front of the pack, Wiedeman feels that 2023 is the year it’s going to happen, a year in which he overcomes the hurdle to collect a first career USAC National Midget feature triumph.

“I’ve been really close a lot of times,” Wiedeman acknowledged. “But I think it’s coming this year. With Chad behind me and the whole team over at CB Industries, I’m excited to see what we can do, and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity.”

The 2023 USAC National Midget Series kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix.

 


LEGENDS OF RACING DOCUSERIES
PREMIERES JANUARY 31 ON FLORACING

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2023)………Legends of Racing, a series of documentaries highlighting the sagas of auto racing’s greatest drivers and personalities, will premiere on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. ET, exclusively on FloRacing.

A FloSports Studios original, in association with the United States Auto Club (USAC), the first of many installments in the Legends of Racing series spotlights the triumph and tragedy of the Bettenhausen family and their pursuit of racing immortality on the rough and tumble AAA and USAC circuits en route to the Indianapolis 500.

It’s a pursuit endured by family patriarch and AAA National Champion Tony Bettenhausen as well as his sons: four-time USAC National Champion Gary Bettenhausen, USAC National Midget winner Merle Bettenhausen, and Indianapolis 500 veteran driver and car owner Tony Bettenhausen. It’s a story crossed by victory, heartbreak, injury, death, and the unwavering desire of achieving a lifelong dream.

As the late racing journalist Robin Miller remarks during the intro to the film, “It would make a hell of a documentary.”

Featuring never before seen footage, in-depth interviews with family and racing personalities, plus unique first encounter stories that’ll strike an emotional chord on many levels – it’ll provide its share of goosebumps, make you bellow with laughter, and at times, even bring you to tears.

“USAC’s rich history encompasses nearly seven decades of iconic moments along with many of the greatest competitors to have ever gotten behind the wheel of a racecar,” USAC President & CEO Kevin Miller stated. “We are excited to partner with FloRacing on the launch of its Legends of Racing series where we’ll once again be able to witness the heroes of the sport and experience the stories that shaped them along with extensive uncovered footage from deep within the USAC archives.”

“The story of auto racing is filled with brave drivers, colorful characters and stories that range from miraculous moments to unimaginable tragedies,” explains FloRacing Senior Racing Producer Matthew Dillner. “These stories need to be told while we have the opportunity to do so. This new docuseries by FloRacing gives us the platform to do so. We will bring the viewer a fresh perspective into the lives of Legends in our sport while exploring the legendary tales that make motorsports so unique. I can’t wait for everyone to watch, learn and enjoy.”

Personalities featured in the film include Robin Miller, Merle Bettenhausen, USAC driving standout Johnny Parsons, Gary Bettenhausen’s sons Todd and Cary, plus racing historian Pat Sullivan, USAC Media’s Richie Murray, and many more.

The first installment of Legends of Racing will be available to watch on FloRacing through the FloSports app and online at FloRacing.com. A trailer for the film can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. Viewers can also use this link to watch the full documentary when it becomes available on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. ET.

Future installments of the Legends of Racing series on additional racing personalities will be announced in the coming months.


 

 

MARSHALL LAW:
WESTFALL GOES FULL-TIME WITH USAC SPRINTS IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2023)………In terms of single-season feature starts, top-fives, top-tens and final points ranking, 2022 was a career year for veteran Matt Westfall on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour.

Now, the Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver is eager to best his performance in 2023 as he goes full-time with the series as the driver of the Ohio-based Ray Marshall Motorsports No. 33m.

A year ago, Westfall made the feature field in 38 of his 39 appearances while reeling off three top-fives and 14 top-tens en route to a seventh place result in the final point standings – all career bests.

In fact, Westfall’s third place run in October at the Western World Championships was his first podium finish with the USAC National Sprint Cars in over a decade, since grabbing third in 2012 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

“It was a good year for us,” Westfall recalled of 2022. “I feel like now we’re getting to where we have the equipment. I mean, we’ve always had good equipment, but I feel like we know more about what we’re doing because I was out so long running late models, modifieds and stuff like that.”

The 46-year-old Westfall’s racing accolades include the 1998 NAMARS Midget championship, the 2014 Eldora Speedway modified title, the 2015 Eldora Late Model crown, plus two Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Car championships in 2019 and 2021, just to name a few.

With that said, despite all the years behind the wheel of a variety of machines, it’s been a test of magnitude for Westfall to get back into stride with the USAC National Sprint Cars where he’s a one-time winner at Eldora back in 2006. Getting dialed in on the new bits and pieces last year was monumental and went a long way to providing him an extra pep in his step entering the new year.

“It just took a while to get reacclimated to the new shock stuff,” Westfall explained. “I’ve got Brad Wilson there at Leary Shock Technology who has really been helping us out a lot. We’ve been working together, and I feel like that’s helped my program a lot.”

Westfall flies into 2023 with familiar colors and a familiar home with Ray Marshall Motorsports, with whom he’s been partnered with since the 2018 season. Going into their sixth year together, Westfall and Marshall are equaled with Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports as the longest continually tenured full-time USAC National Sprint Car team. That kind of continuity is important in this sport and has been instrumental to their success in recent years.

“We couldn’t do it without Ray,” Westfall said of his team owner. “Ray supplies us with everything and that’s what we need. He’s more like a friend, not really a boss or an owner; he gives me hell every once in a while but that’s to be expected. He’s been great to my family and his family is great too. We’ve also been working on some parts that we’re going to try and start selling and that’s been good.”

Westfall’s 2023 campaign with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begins with a full week of work in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.


 

ON THE HUNT:
MOLES AIMS FOR USAC SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 24, 2023)………Just prior to the kickoff of his sophomore season on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship trail, Mitchel Moles is taking a weeklong hunting expedition.

Throughout the 2023 season, the Raisin City, Calif. native will find himself on the hunt for a championship as he tackles the full series schedule for the first time aboard the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ.

Moles is fresh off a superb Rookie USAC Sprint Car season in 2022 in which he became a first-time series winner last July at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway and once more later that same month for his initial USAC Indiana Sprint Week triumph at Lincoln Park Speedway.

The towering 6’3” tall Moles quickly served notice with his consistently stirring qualifying runs, tallying eight quick times in 2022, which were the most ever by a USAC National Sprint Car Rookie.

Moles’ 11th place finish in the series points wasn’t entirely indicative of his performance during the past season as he didn’t make his first start until May. Along the way, Moles made appearances in just 27 of the 39 events, and in that time frame, the 23-year-old former professional bass fishing extraordinaire led 107 laps and collected six top-fives and 19 top-tens.

Now, with a calendar year of USAC racing under his belt, Moles is ready to tackle his biggest challenge with the series yet – a pursuit of the National title in the seat for the same team which won the 2019 series entrant title with driver C.J. Leary.

“It’s definitely always been a dream of mine to be able to do this,” Moles stated. “I’ve never really raced for points in a sprint car before at any level, so that’ll be cool. (Team owner) Andy (Reinbold) and I click really well together, and as always, our goal is to win and not settle for anything less. We’re trying win to win a championship and that’s our goal.”

While the majority of Moles’ finest performances came on tracks of a larger scale, he did display plenty of signs of brilliance on the quarter miles as he got his feet wet with the series, finishing inside the top-five at both Gas City (3rd) and Kokomo (5th). However, among his goals in the coming year is to find more consistency in all facets, especially on the “bullrings.”

After several seasons in winged sprint cars and micro sprints, lessons were learned in droves during Moles’ first USAC foray, and he experienced an abundance of scenarios from the triumphant variety to the frustration that is commonplace in year one. Now, entering year two, Moles is ready to take the next step into becoming a well-rounded racer who can excel at any challenge anywhere, any place.

“Non-wing cars are so driven by the throttle,” Moles explained. “Sometimes wide-open doesn’t do it. A lot of times, it works during qualifying, but after that, it takes a little time, and it took me a little while to learn that. I just need to work at being better overall more than anything. My goal isn’t to be good on the fast half-miles that I’m better at, my goal is to be good on everything. That’s what Justin (Grant) does and that’s what Brady (Bacon) and C.J. (Leary) do. They’re good on all of them and that’s why they’re national champions. You’ve got to be good all the time, not half the time.”

Moles will make his 2023 debut with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with a weeklong assignment in Florida during the month of February, starting with a pair of non-points, special events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 13-14, followed by the first three points races of the year at Bubba Raceway Park on February 16-17-18.

“I just want to hammer the thing and get going,” Moles exclaimed. “Andy has given me great stuff with Stanton Engines and Spike Chassis, which gives us everything we need, and I can’t thank him enough for the opportunity. I’m just going to try and have as much fun as we can and win some races.”

 

 

SEAVEY CAN COUNT ON ABACUS FOR FULL-TIME USAC MIDGET RUN IN 2023

 Indianapolis, Indiana (January 24, 2023)………Fresh off his first career Chili Bowl Nationals victory a week-and-a-half ago, Logan Seavey has announced his intentions to compete full-time with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2023 behind the wheel for Abacus Racing.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, will pilot the No. 57 for the Indianapolis, Ind. based entrant. It marks the first time the team, formed in 2021, will make a full-season points run in a national series.

“I am very excited to drive for Abacus in 2023,” Seavey exclaimed. “Our goal is to win races and win the championship, and after driving for them in California late last year, I honestly feel like we have a chance to do it.”

Seavey drove for the team during the last seven races of the 2022 USAC National Midget season, giving the team a pair of top-five finishes at California’s Bakersfield Speedway and Merced Speedway.

“The equipment was good, and I really enjoyed the team atmosphere while working with Johnny (Cofer) and Kirk (Simpson) for those races,” Seavey stated.

Brent Cox, Team Principal of Abacus Racing, is looking forward to working with Seavey and continuing to build on what the team has already accomplished.

“To say we are excited is an understatement,” Cox said. “The team has continued to progress in so many areas. To make the decision to make a run for a championship is something we do not take lightly but having Logan in the car this year was something we just could not pass up.”

Seavey has already built an extensive resume in the midget ranks. He earned the season championship and Rookie of the Year honors with USAC in 2018, then captured the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway in 2021, one of his eight career series victories. It was Cox’s passion and future plans that has him intrigued, which include both near-term and long-term goals for the team.

“For a new car owner, Brent has a lot of goals and future plans, and I liked what I heard,” Seavey acknowledged.

For Cox, he has the driver he wants and a full slate of events ahead. Now, the goals are clear – to be competitive, to run up front and, ultimately, to win feature number one for the Abacus team.

“Going into 2023, our first goal is to lead laps in feature races,” Cox said. “From there, you want podiums and then of course you want race wins. We have won several heat races, but the goal is a feature win. With Logan at the wheel, and with the team we have, I think that is a realistic goal. It’s not an easy one given the competition in the series, but it’s realistic.”

In addition to the USAC National Midget races, Seavey will also pilot the team’s pavement car at the National Pavement Midget Championship races at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in 2023. That’s something that Cox is also looking forward to.

“Last year with every race at IRP, we made steady gains,” Cox said. “We finished the last race (Championship Saturday) in fourth place with Justin Grant as our driver. We feel like, with the baseline we have, we can start off the pavement season strong and put ourselves in contention for the midget championship there too.”

Seavey, who finished 2nd in both the 2021-2022 USAC Silver Crown Championship, shares the same sentiment.

“I had a good season on pavement and dirt last year,” Seavey remarked. “Having the ability to do the entire midget season with the Abacus team will give us the ability to make improvements throughout the year, which will hopefully yield the results we are looking for.”

The 2023 USAC National Midget Series kicks off on April 21-22 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix. The first National Pavement Midget Championship race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park takes place on May 26 with the Carb Night Classic.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS DEBUT AT ARKANSAS' TEXARKANA 67 SPEEDWAY ON APRIL 26

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Texarkana, Arkansas (January 9, 2023)………USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing returns to the state of Arkansas for the first time in a decade on Wednesday night, April 26, when the series makes its debut at Texarkana 67 Speedway.

The Texarkana, Arkansas’ 1/4-mile dirt oval is part of a four-race weekend for USAC National Sprint Cars and the ASCS Elite Non-Wing Series in the Sun Belt of Arkansas and Texas with the tour also traveling to Rocket Raceway Park in Petty, Texas on Thursday night, April 27, and two-straight evenings at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29.

Three-time American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) driving champion Tim Crawley and MPV Express President Michael Vogelpohl will lead the new promotional and ownership staff at Texarkana 67 Speedway.

Crawley, an Arkansas native, has garnered over 200 sprint car wins in his distinguished driving career. Crawley started three USAC National Sprint Car feature events in his career, all in Arkansas, scoring a best run of fifth at I-30 Speedway in 2013 and also competed with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin back in 2017.

Fellow Arkansan Vogelpohl, meanwhile, has been a longtime sponsor and supporter of drivers in the sport. He cites his admiration and passion of the sport originating from being a fanatic of auto racing first and foremost.

“Honestly, I’m just a race fan,” Vogelpohl stated. “I’ve been fortunate enough to sponsor several drivers, including Tim and his son, Landon (Crawley), as well as Justin Grant since his days in the (Mark Hery) 40 car several years ago and several other great drivers. Getting to work with Tim, I realize just how much he helps out people and other racers. I’m a very low key guy, but I just love racing and we are more than thrilled to welcome USAC racing here in Texarkana for the first time ever.”

Texarkana also happens to be the birthplace of racing legend Parnelli Jones who captured the 1960-61-62 USAC Sprint Car driving titles, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 and the 1964 USAC Stock Car crown.

USAC National Sprint Cars have made four previous visits to Arkansas with Mike Ward reigning at West Memphis’ Riverside International Speedway in 1985. Brady Bacon was a winner at Riverside in 2012, and most recently, in 2013, Bryan Clauson was victorious at I-30 Speedway while Dave Darland grabbed top honors at Riverside the following night.


 

 

96 USAC NATIONAL EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 5, 2023)………Get ready! Ninety-six (96) USAC National racing events are scheduled for the upcoming 2023 season.

The season launches on February 13 with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park and concludes on November 25 at California’s Ventura Raceway with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The slate includes 49 Sprint Car events, 34 for the Midgets and 13 for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship and crisscrosses the country in 14 different states: California, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

Here’s a look at the complete USAC National schedule for 2023 in chronological order.

2023 CHRONOLOGICAL USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Feb 13: (SE) USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL

Feb 14: (SE) USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL

Feb 16: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL

Feb 17: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL

Feb 18: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL

APRIL

Apr 1: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

Apr 14: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, IN

Apr 15: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

Apr 16: USAC Silver Crown at TBA

Apr 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Apr 22: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Apr 23: USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, IN

Apr 26: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at TBA

Apr 27: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Rocket Raceway Park in Petty, TX

Apr 28: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX

Apr 29: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX

MAY

May 5: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

May 6: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

May 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Belleville Short Track in Belleville, KS

May 20: USAC Silver Crown at Belleville High Banks in Belleville, KS

May 20: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Belleville Short Track in Belleville, KS

May 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, MO

May 24: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at TBA

May 25: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, IN

May 26: USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, IN

JUNE

Jun 2: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA

Jun 3: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA

Jun 4: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

Jun 5: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, IN

Jun 7: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN

Jun 8: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN

Jun 9: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, IN

Jun 10: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

Jun 11: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Jun 13: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, PA

Jun 14: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ

Jun 15: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, PA

Jun 16: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 17: USAC Silver Crown at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA

Jun 17: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA

Jun 18: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Action Track USA in Kutztown, PA

Jun 23: USAC Silver Crown at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI

Jun 24: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Wilmot Raceway in Wilmot, WI

Jun 25: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI

Jun 30: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN

JULY

Jul 1: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN

Jul 7: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL

Jul 8: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL

Jul 11: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, OK

Jul 12: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, KS

Jul 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, NE

Jul 15: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, NE

Jul 20: USAC Silver Crown at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, IN

Jul 21: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN

Jul 22: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Jul 23: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

Jul 24: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, IN

Jul 26: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at TBA

Jul 27: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, IN

Jul 28: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Bloomington Speedway in Bloomington, IN

Jul 29: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

AUGUST

Aug 5: USAC Silver Crown at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, OH

Aug 18: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, IL

Aug 19: USAC Silver Crown at Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL

Aug 19: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Macon Speedway in Macon, IL

Aug 24: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Aug 25: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Aug 26: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN

Aug 27: USAC Silver Crown at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, IL

SEPTEMBER

Sep 2: USAC Silver Crown at Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, IL

Sep 3: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI

Sep 4: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI

Sep 15: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, IN

Sep 16: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

Sep 21: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN

Sep 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Gas City, IN

Sep 22: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

Sep 22-23: USAC Silver Crown at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

Sep 23: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

Sep 23: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

Sep 27: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, IN

Sep 28: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, IN

Sep 29: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, IN

Sep 30: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, IN

OCTOBER

Oct 6: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at TBA

Oct 7: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

Oct 14: USAC Silver Crown at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, IN

Oct 27: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, OK

Oct 28: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, OK

NOVEMBER

Nov 14: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, CA

Nov 16: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA

Nov 17: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA

Nov 18: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA

Nov 21: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Merced Speedway in Merced, CA

Nov 22: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Merced Speedway in Merced, CA

Nov 25: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Ventura Raceway in Ventura, CA

(SE) = a non-points special event

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

SCHEDULE CHANGE: VENTURA HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS ON MAY 27
By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 5, 2023... Due to a scheduling conflict at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the USAC Western States Midget event scheduled for Saturday, May 20th at Ventura Raceway has been pushed back one week to Saturday, May 27th. Please update your schedules.

Earlier today, Ventura Raceway Promoter Jim Naylor notified Series Director Stephanie Odom that the fairgrounds had leased the property for a Strawberry Festival and the race will now be held the following Saturday. The new date is during the Memorial Day weekend and everyone traveling to Ventura Raceway should plan accordingly for holiday traffic.

The 2023 campaign for the USAC Western States Midget Series will open on Saturday, March 18th at Bakersfield Speedway.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Hoosier Racing Tires, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (First Responders Night)
May 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 2: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 9: TBA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

2023 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE RELEASED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 26, 2022)………The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast 360 Sprint Cars Presented by Capitol Custom Trailers has a full schedule of events set and ready to go for the 2023 season.

The series enters its sixth season of competition with 21 events at 11 different tracks in four different states (New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania & Virginia).

The dream of a championship and the realization of a title season begin and end with four dates at the same venue – Swedesboro, New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park. The season’s kickoff arrives at Bridgeport twice in April on both the 1st and 22nd. The return occurs during the final two days of the year on October 27-28.

A busy month of April takes the series to Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on the 7th and the series boomerangs back to Georgetown on September 29. Two more dates in the first state are tentatively scheduled for April 21 and September 1 at Delmar’s Delaware International Speedway.

The bulk of the series consists of action in the state of Pennsylvania with more than half of the schedule taking place in the Keystone State. On April 14 and June 2, it’s off to the legendary Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The classic Bedford (Pa.) Speedway welcomes the series twice on both April 28 and June 9.

The big and fast half-mile of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway is the place to be on April 29 and August 19. Singular dates mark the month of May with the series making its lone trips of the year to Bechtelsville, Pa.’s Grandview Speedway on May 13 and to Mill Hall, Pa.’s Clinton County Speedway on May 19.

Action Track USA at the Kutztown (Pa.) Fairgrounds brings two summer events to its racy bullring on July 12 and August 20. The one and only visit of the season to Abbottstown, Pa.’s Lincoln Speedway arrives on August 5.

Furthermore, the series ventures to Virginia’s Winchester Speedway for a pair of showdowns on its dirt high banks on May 27 and August 12.

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2023 USAC EAST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:

Apr 1: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 7: Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE

Apr 14: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

Apr 21: Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE (T)

Apr 22: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 28: Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA

Apr 29: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

May 13: Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

May 19: Clinton County Speedway - Mill Hall, PA

May 27: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, VA

Jun 2: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 9: Bedford Speedway - Bedford, PA

Jul 12: Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA

Aug 5: Lincoln Speedway - Abbottstown, PA

Aug 12: Winchester Speedway - Winchester, VA

Aug 19: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

Aug 20: Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA

Sep 1: Delaware International Speedway - Delmar, DE (T)

Sep 29: Georgetown Speedway - Georgetown, DE

Oct 27: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 28: Bridgeport Motorsports Park - Swedesboro, NJ

(T) represents a tentative exact date

**Selinsgrove (Pa.) Speedway date will possibly be added.

 

$100,000 ON THE LINE
FOR USAC’S NOS ENERGY DRINK HOOSIER TRIFECTA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 21, 2022)………USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competitors will be racing for up to $100,000 in prize money across three marquee events in the state of Indiana during the 2023 season.

USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Hoosier Trifecta brings substantial increases in the winner’s share for this upcoming season’s Sprint Car Smackdown, Haubstadt Hustler and Fall Nationals events.

The Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown will now pay $30,000-to-win for the 12th annual edition of the race at Kokomo Speedway on Saturday night, August 26.

At southwestern Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway, the winning stakes have climbed to $20,000-to-win for the 16th annual Haubstadt Hustler on Saturday night, September 16.

Weeks later, a $20,000 winning prize has been posted for the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg Speedway, set to go on Saturday night, October 7.

Additionally, a driver could either “Win, Place or Show,” which is awarded to the top performing driver after the three events. To WIN a $30,000 bonus, a driver would have to win all three events. To PLACE for an extra $20,000, a driver would need to finish second or better in all three events. To SHOW and pocket a $10,000 extra, a driver would need to finish on the podium (top-three) in all three events.

USAC has also put into place point fund increases for its three premier circle track divisions during the 2023 season along with an increased Triple Crown Award. Any driver who can claim all three titles – USAC Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship – in 2023 will earn a $300,000 reward. If the Triple Crown money goes unclaimed, it rolls over to 2024 and the payout jumps up to $400,000. If no driver is able to triple-up in 2024, the Triple Crown prize rises to $500,000 in 2025.

National champions of USAC in 2023 can also double and even triple their point fund payout during the upcoming 2023 season with the “Win 2 Times 2” and “Win 3 Times 3” rewards programs.

USAC’s premier circle track divisions offer a base championship payout of $50,000 for the top points driver in the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, $30,000 in the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $20,000 in Silver Crown.

If a driver can win two of the three championships in 2023, that driver will be able to “double” their overall reward. For example, a driver who captures both the sprint and midget titles will receive a base payout of $80,000 ($50,000 for sprint & $30,000 for midget). In turn, that money will double to $160,000 in total monetary rewards by scoring two titles.

Since 2019, USAC’s annual national points funds have increased 75 percent from a total of $200,000 to the $350,000 mark for the coming year in 2023. Out of the $350 grand total, a $200,000 is allotted for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point fund, $100,000 for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $50,000 for Silver Crown.

 

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

2023 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE HAS 16 DATES AT 8 TRACKS
By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 19, 2022... The upcoming schedule for the USAC Western States Midget Series has been released featuring sixteen (16) dates at eight (8) different racetracks. With one date to be announced, the “mighty midgets” will open their 2023 campaign on March 18th at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA) and the champion will be crowned on October 15th across town at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP).

Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield Speedway will host one date on the schedule. "The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” has been a regular stop since 1987 and will feature the “mighty midgets” at the March 18th season opener. Last April, Mitchel Moles joined the Bakersfield winner’s list that is led by multi-time champions Robby Flock and Sleepy Tripp with eight victories. On June 21, 1997, the series’ 1-lap track record of 12.339 was established by Ricky Shelton on his way to the title. Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California and for more details, visit bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

For the first time in series history, the USAC Western States Midgets will battle at Antioch Speedway. Promoted by Chad Chadwick and Chris Bennet, the 1/4-mile oval at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds will feature the series on March 25th and September 30th. Antioch Speedway is located at 1201 West 10th Street in Antioch, California and for more details, visit antiochspeedway.com or call 925.779.9220.

Located at the Merced County Fairgrounds, Merced Speedway has two events on the calendar. Promoted by Chris Shannon, Paul Stone, and Doug Lockwood, the 1/4-mile oval will host the April 15th and June 24th shows. Last season, “Sugar” Shane Golobic and Ryan Bernal joined Austin Liggett, Robert Dalby, Thomas Meseraull, Tanner Thorson, Chase Johnson, and Colby Johnson as Merced winners. Former NASCAR Champion, Kyle Larson posted the series’ 1-lap track record of 11.838 on November 21, 2020. Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, California and for more information, visit mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

After a successful debut last October, The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park (KCRP) will host two dates on the schedule. Promoted by Larry Collins, the 1/3-mile oval will host the “mighty midgets” along with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprints on April 29th and the champion will be crowned along with the USAC West Coast 360 Sprints at the October 7th “George Snider Classic.” Current plans are for both groups to celebrate their season after the “Championship Night” program with an awards banquet at the facility. Cade Lewis earned his first career win at KCRP and became the 190th winning driver with the series, while Jake Andreotti established the 1-lap track record of 15.490. The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park is located at 13500 Raceway Blvd. at the intersection of Interstate 5 and Enos Lane. For more information, visit kernraceway.com or call 661.835.1264.

Located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Placerville Speedway has two shows on the calendar. Promoted by Scott Russell and Kami Arnold, the 1/4-mile oval will host the May 6th and July 8th dates. Last season, Jake Andreotti and Michael Faccinto joined the Placerville winner’s list that is led by “Sugar” Shane Golobic with two triumphs. On March 26th, Golobic lowered the 1-lap track standard to 11.663. Placerville Speedway is located at 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, California and for more information, visit placervillespeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

Located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura Raceway has three events on the schedule. Promoted by Jim Naylor, “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” has a long history with the series dating back to 1986 and will host the May 20th, June 10th, and August 26th shows. The USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will also join the action packed card in August. Last season, Michael Faccinto, Chase Johnson, and Ben Worth topped Ventura main events, where multi-time champion Sleepy Tripp leads all drivers with eighteen wins. The 1-lap track record of 11.675 was posted by Johnny Cofer on November 18, 1995. Ventura Raceway is located at 10 West Harbor Boulevard in Ventura, California and for more details, visit venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

Promoted by Nick Duggan and David Castenada, Santa Maria Raceway will host two dates on the calendar. The USAC Western States Midgets first tackled "The West's Best Short Track" in 1985 and will return on August 5th and September 2nd. Last August, Michael Faccinto earned his third victory at the 1/3-mile oval, where Sleepy Tripp leads all drivers with six wins. The 1-lap track record of 13.667 was set by J.R. Lawson on August 26, 1995. Santa Maria Raceway is located at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more details, visit santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

Located at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Speedway has one event on the schedule. Promoted by Rick Faeth, “The Fastest 3/8-mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” first hosted the USAC Western States Midgets in 2012 and will feature the series on July 22nd. Last season, Brody Fuson took the checkered flags at Petaluma, where Maria Cofer, Ronnie Gardner, and Alex Schutte lead all drivers with three triumphs. Gardner established the current 1-lap track record of 14.200 on October 5, 2013. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more information, visit petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email Stephanie Odom at Odom.Stephanie@me.com or Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the USAC Western States Midget Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto, 2019-Robert Dalby, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Blake Bower, 2022-Michael Faccinto.

2022 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
March 18: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
March 25: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
April 15: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC/CRA Sprint Cars)
May 6: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
May 20: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 10: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 24: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
July 8: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
July 22: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
August 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
August 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars)
September 2: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
September 9: TBA
September 30: Antioch Speedway – Antioch, CA
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (With USAC West Coast Sprint Cars / Championship Night / George Snider Classic / Awards Banquet)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

 

POTENTIAL $500,000 PAYOUT FOR FUTURE USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP

Speedway, Indiana (December 15, 2022)………Two individuals have captured all three USAC National driving championships in a single season: Tony Stewart in 1995 and J.J. Yeley in 2003.

Now, the stakes are even greater in 2023 and beyond for any driver who can achieve the feat, which will pay out a $300,000 prize for any driver to pull off the hattrick by scoring the Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship titles in the same year.

USAC’s Triple Crown Award will reward a driver earning triple championships in 2023 with $300,000. If the reward goes unclaimed, it rolls over to 2024 and the payout jumps up to $400,000. If no driver is able to triple-up in 2024, the Triple Crown prize rises to $500,000 in 2025.

It’s the latest in USAC’s stream of announcements for increased payout in 2023. Earlier, it was announced that USAC National champions can double and even triple their point fund payout during the upcoming 2023 season with USAC’s newly announced “Win 2 Times 2” and “Win 3 Times 3” rewards programs.

USAC’s premier circle track divisions offer a base championship payout of $50,000 for the top points driver in the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, $30,000 in the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $20,000 in Silver Crown.

If a driver can win two of the three championships in 2023, that driver will be able to “double” their overall reward. For example, a driver who captures both the sprint and midget titles will receive a base payout of $80,000 ($50,000 for sprint & $30,000 for midget). In turn, that money will double to $160,000 in total monetary rewards by scoring two titles.

Furthermore, if a driver can win all three championships in 2023, that driver will be able to “triple” their overall reward. Winning all three would result in a base payout of $100,000. With the achievement, that money will triple to $300,000 in total monetary rewards after completing the three titles.

USAC also previously announced point fund increases for its three premier circle track divisions for the 2023 season with more than $350,000 up for grabs across the board.

Since 2019, USAC’s annual national points funds have increased 75 percent from a total of $200,000 to the $350,000 mark for the coming year in 2023.

Out of the $350 grand total, a $200,000 is allotted for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point fund, $100,000 for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $50,000 for Silver Crown.

 

 

CREATING A LEGACY: ROAHRIG TO RACE FULL USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 15, 2022)………He’s conquered several of the biggest pavement late model races. He’s twice prevailed in the Little 500 in each of the past two years. Now, Tyler Roahrig aims for success in the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023 as he goes full-time with the champ cars on both dirt and pavement with Legacy Autosport.

The Plymouth, Ind. native has made three career Silver Crown series starts over the past two seasons, finishing on the podium in two out of three, which ain’t bad.

However, growing up in the pavement late model ranks and racing alongside his father, J.R. Roahrig, Tyler won anywhere and everywhere from Toledo to New Paris, Kalamazoo, Angola, Berlin, Midvale, Spartan, Plymouth, South Bend and even in Canada, just to name a few places.

Coming of age in a fendered environment, Roahrig never expected to be in an opportunity to chase a USAC Silver Crown championship and Rookie of the Year honors. In 2023, that’s exactly what will happen.

“It’s nothing I really forecasted,” Roahrig said with chuckle. “Even with the background I come from, I’ve always loved sprint car racing. I did the quarter midget thing when I was a kid, but my dad was a late model racer, so that’s the direction we went. When I got old enough to make my own decisions, I started to stray off into the open wheel route. Even then, it’s nothing I really saw coming even when I built my own sprint car. I thought I’d just run the Anderson (sprint car) races here and there. It’s been a pretty cool journey.”

The 13-race USAC Silver Crown slate in the coming year features a diverse blend of pavement and dirt events. Certainly, the pavement is where Roahrig has excelled throughout his career, but he has attained dirt experience, albeit in brief doses, but one of those starts includes a victory.

Roahrig estimated he possesses about five or six dirt UMP Modified starts, winning at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway in October of 2021. His lone open wheel experience on dirt came all the way back in 2011 in a USAC D1 Regional Midget event at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, finishing fifth for owner Larry Gardner in a car that had no power steering.

With that said, not only is the dirt aspect a new test that the 31-year-old Roahrig will face in 2023, portions of the pavement side of the equation will also be new to him. He’s never been to World Wide Technology Raceway or Madison International Speedway, and his only previous experiences at Winchester Speedway have come in a late model. Roahrig embraces the challenge and has some good teachers on his side to help guide him along the way.

“The dirt is going to be a huge challenge,” Roahrig acknowledged. “It’s all going to be challenging from a driver standpoint and on the set-up side of things. But I’ve got some really good guys to lean on. I’ve got Brian Gerster who is going to go to most of the races with me and is going to coach me on the dirt and Brian Tyler has also taken me under his wing over the last couple of years, and he’s obviously a really good one to lean on too. They all act like the dirt’s no big deal, but we’ll see!”

While many outside observers may have thought that Roahrig and Legacy’s run in the final race of the 2022 Silver Crown season at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park was a trial run of sorts to get their feet wet and ready to go in 2023, they were soon mistaken. Roahrig and the team were out to win.

As it turned out, their performance turned many heads as Roahrig raced his way from ninth to a third place result, finishing just one spot behind his personal best career series showing, a second at IRP in 2021. Roahrig discovered many lessons throughout the 100-lap distance last fall, both about himself as well as the car. While he admitted that he still has a lot to learn, he also warns us that we haven’t seen anything yet.

“I learned a lot,” Roahrig said about his run during the October 2022 race. “We tested there in early October and the car was really good. I kind of struggled a little bit with the set-up on race day, which was 100 percent on me, but in the race, we moved up quite a bit and we even lost a cylinder toward the end of it. It wasn’t looking so great before the feature, but we just kind of maintained early on, then moved up. It’s different how the car progresses throughout the race, the way the balance trends one way or another and the way it’s different after restarts compared to a longer run. There were a lot of positives, but I don’t think we’ve even come close to our full potential yet.”

As Roahrig looks to score his first career USAC victory in 2023, there’s already been a Roahrig in winner’s circle. In 1973, Tyler’s great uncle, Dave Roahrig, captured a USAC National Sprint Car feature win on the pavement at Tri-County Speedway in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dave nailed down the win in a rear-engined machine, which was soon outlawed, along with all other cars of the sort in the series, shortly thereafter.

Tyler will utilize a Legacy chassis on pavement and a DRC chassis on dirt with Stanton Racing Engines underneath the hood.

The owner of Legacy Autosport, Louis Michael Meyer, is the great grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the first to celebrate a 500 win with milk in victory lane.

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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Apr 16: TBA

Apr 23: (P) (A) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000-To-Win

May 19-20: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | $8,000-To-Win

May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | $10,000-To-Win

Jun 17: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | $8,000-To-Win

Jun 23: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100 | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 20: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 5: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 19: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Aug 27: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 22-23: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win

Oct 14: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | $10,000-To-Win

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(A) represents an event paying appearance points only

(P) represents a pavement track event

(D) represents a dirt track event

 

 

NOT YOUR AVERAGE ROOKIE: CORY COLLECTS 2022 USAC SILVER CROWN RoY AWARD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 15, 2022)………Gregg Cory isn’t your average USAC Silver Crown Rookie.

The Shelbyville (Ind.) High School Engineering & Technology teacher has a long track record of success in TQ Midgets, full-sized Midgets, Thunder Roadsters, Sprint Cars and Modifieds throughout his three-decade career.

In 2022, everything lined up and the Shelbyville, Ind. native received a chance to make his first foray into champ cars and he proceeded to make it a successful one.

Appearing at all 11 events on both dirt and pavement, Cory raced his way into a best finish of 10th during this past May’s Carb Night Classic on the pavement at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park and a final points finish of ninth, earning himself the title of USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year.

“It’s pretty amazing, really,” Cory exclaimed. “I never thought this opportunity would ever happen. I’ve been very fortunate to run lots of different things throughout my racing career, but did I ever think I’d get a chance to race these cars? Probably not. But I always thought it would be something awesome to do.”

And, oh boy, he isn’t joking around when he says he’s raced a lot of different racecars. Yet, it all started out like it does for many of us – watching (and dreaming) from the grandstands.

Cory grew up as a superfan with he and his father attending several USAC races throughout the Midwest at familiar places like Eldora, Winchester and Indianapolis Raceway Park. However, Cory’s earliest recollection of being at a racetrack is the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which he attended every year, and it’s where he fell in love with the sport. That, and his father’s connection with the team owner of the car Rich Vogler utilized to win the 1980 USAC National Sprint Car championship.

“I didn’t actually come from a family or racers – race fans you might say,” Cory noted. “My dad worked for Don Siebert Oldsmobile, and he was the parts manager there. He would get to know people like (crew chief) Jim McQueen and some of the race drivers were always coming in there for odds and ends. Since he worked for Don, we started following the USAC trail, and that’s kind of how the whole thing evolved and how my interest in the sport began.”

Cory’s journey behind the wheel to this point has been a whirlwind that has included stops in a variety of machinery along the way dating back to 1992. He became a Rookie of the Year and a three-time feature winner with the UMRA TQ Midgets. By 1998, he was a pavement competitor at the Indianapolis Speedrome with the USAC Regional Midgets, and again, grabbed Rookie of the Year honors and third in points.

From there, he ventured to NAMARS Midget racing on both surfaces before pursuing dirt sprint cars in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, Cory scored the track championship at Paragon (Ind.) Speedway. Soon after, Cory stepped aside from racing for several years and assumed that the chapter had officially closed on his racing exploits.

However, the story doesn’t end there. Cory received an opportunity to race a Thunder Roadster on several pavement venues around Indiana and wound up collecting a track championship at Anderson Speedway in 2019. Thereafter, he jumped in a pavement modified and raced regularly at northern Indiana’s Angola Motorsport Speedway when the opportunity of a lifetime came along.

“Roger Williams and I have been friends for a long time,” Cory recalled. “He’s done engine work for me for years. Basically, every division I’ve ever run in, he’s been my engine guy. He had this pavement car and we put a deal together to where we’d run that car. Then I was able to acquire a dirt car. Our goal was to go out and run as many races as we could. With no experience, it was basically my brother, cousin, nephew and myself at the track as we figured out the ins and outs of the cars.”

Cory was now traveling to tracks he’d never been to before with two new cars and had to learn on the fly the best way to set them up and how to adjust them for one track compared to another on different types of surfaces. With the knowledge they brought to the table, Cory and the team cross-referenced as much as they could in order to problem solve as the different situations arose.

With one dirt car and one pavement car, and just one driver’s seat, one oil tank and one engine between the two cars, wholesale changes were required when the Silver Crown schedule transferred back-and-forth between dirt and pavement. It was time consuming and not ideal, but Cory’s ambition and desire to run the whole schedule on the budget he had required a “whatever it takes” attitude to complete the task.

One weekend in particular comes to the top of Cory’s mind as the most challenging when the schedule presented a pavement event on Friday night at World Wide Technology Raceway and a Saturday morning wake up call to race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield 100 miles up the road.

“We got involved in an accident on the opening lap at (WWT) and had a crashed racecar that we had to load up and take with us to Springfield,” Cory recalled. “We left that night, and we were one of the last ones to leave the pits because we were trying not have to load up a completely crashed racecar. Then we drove straight to Springfield, and we found ourselves a Lowe’s Home Improvement store that had an awning; the Lowe’s parking lot was our work area for the rest of the night. We took everything off the pavement car and switched it over to the dirt car and finished up about 4am. We got maybe two hours of sleep, if that, then we were lined up at the gate to the track when we found out we were rained out.”

Cory acquired a new pavement frame from Aaron Pierce to finish out the season, one which Pierce raced and was formerly used by Tony Stewart Racing. Ultimately, Cory wrapped up Rookie of the Year by 74 points to earn the distinction as the oldest USAC National Rookie of the Year recipient at age 56, breaking the record held by 52-year-old Dean Shirley with the Sprint Car division in 1983.

Meanwhile, Cory provided team entrant Roger Williams his second USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year award after Joss Moffatt earned it in 2017.

It was a thrill of a lifetime for Cory, and he has plans to have even more Silver Crown fun in the coming year.

“We had a great time, and it was an amazing experience,” Cory said. “We’re putting things together and hoping we have a chance to compete in as many races as we can again in 2023.”

 

 

PURSLEY GOES WITH KO FOR FULL USAC SPRINT CAR SEASON IN 2023

 By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2022)………Daison Pursley will compete on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour full-time as he and KO Motorsports will take on the full series schedule in 2023.

The Locust Grove, Okla. driver has just four career sprint car appearances without a wing in his career, three of which have come in USAC events. Pursley has made his name over the past few seasons on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports where he’s won twice.

In addition to a USAC National Sprint Car championship run, Pursley will also pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the series in 2023 starting with the first points races of the season on February 16-17-18 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Pursley competed in two USAC Sprint Car features for KKM in 2022, finishing 13th at Circle City Raceway and 12th at Tri-State Speedway. However, his debut runs came toward the end of 2021 with KO, finishing 8th with USAC and an impressive 2nd with the Midwest Sprint Car Series, both at Tri-State.

This is a dream for Pursley, and he’s prepared to make the most of the opportunity that lies in front of him.

“To go full-time USAC Sprint Car racing is absolutely unbelievable,” Pursley exclaimed. “In 2021, I got to dabble with the sprint car a little bit with KO. I was fortunate enough to run one of their great cars at Tri-State. To go full-time, I’m really excited for it and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

Of his four sprint car starts, three have come at Tri-State, meaning Pursley will face a full slate of new experiences head on as he competes at a number of new racetracks in a relatively new, for him, type of racecar. Pursley relishes the opportunity and embraces the challenges that he’ll face in the coming year.

“With sprint cars being a bigger car (than a midget), you’ve just got to put yourself in different situations,” Pursley explained. “But I feel like it’s still kind of hard for me to know at this point. Three out of the four non-wing races I’ve run have all been at Tri-State and I know it’s a completely different kind of track. So far, I just feel like I’ve had to get used to being that sideways around the whole track and learn how to be able to carry that much speed with being that crossed up and sideways.”

With initial plans to race with KO frequently in 2022, those plans were put on hold when Pursley suffered a serious neck injury in a midget accident at Arizona Speedway which required substantial time recovering in a hospital. Those plans were shelved for the time being until Pursley was ready to make his comeback. After making his midget return in September – nearly 10 months after his incident – Pursley is now prepped and ready to get after it with KO.

“I just felt like I was getting back into the swing of things this past year, and I felt really good in the driver’s seat,” Pursley revealed. “The results didn’t always show, but every time I hopped in the car, I felt good, and I was able to drive the car 110 percent, and sometimes that was definitely too hard. I’m just trying to find those limits again and figure out how hard I can race the car. I feel like I’m around 85 percent of where I want to be and it’s continuously getting better. I’m very blessed that my progress hasn’t stopped and continues to get better every single day.”

KO Motorsports team manager Kent Schmidt has winning experience in the USAC National Sprint Car ranks with Chase Stockon as the team’s driver, picking up multiple wins and an Indiana Sprint Week championship in 2020 in addition to back-to-back MSCS titles in 2021-22. Schmidt loves what he has seen out of Pursley both on and off the track and is thrilled to bring him on board once more for the upcoming season.

“We’re really looking forward to racing with Daison and his family in 2023,” Schmidt stated. “Daison has intentions to run for a USAC National Sprint Car championship, just the same as we do. To come back from what he has endured is remarkable, and I’m really looking forward to working with him. This is going to be an exciting year.”

Pursley will also have Stockon’s tutelage by his side as a teammate of his on the KO team. Stockon’s 408 career USAC National Sprint Car starts rank seventh all-time while accruing 14 feature wins and the respect of his peers, something Pursley shares.

“I’ll be with a good group to help set me straight as I get my feet wet in non-wing sprint car racing,” Pursley related. “With Chase being there, it’ll be a really good team where I can lean on him because he’s been through it all.”


DOUBLE & TRIPLE REWARDS ON TAP
FOR USAC NATIONAL CHAMPS IN 2023

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2022)………USAC National champions can double and even triple their point fund payout during the upcoming 2023 season with USAC’s newly announced “Win 2 Times 2” and “Win 3 Times 3” rewards programs.

USAC’s premier circle track divisions offer a base championship payout of $50,000 for the top points driver in the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, $30,000 in the NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $20,000 in Silver Crown.

If a driver can win two of the three championships in 2023, that driver will be able to “double” their overall reward. For example, a driver who captures both the sprint and midget titles will receive a base payout of $80,000 ($50,000 for sprint & $30,000 for midget). In turn, that money will double to $160,000 in total monetary rewards by scoring two titles.

Furthermore, if a driver can win all three championships in 2023, that driver will be able to “triple” their overall reward. Winning all three would result in a base payout of $100,000. With the achievement, that money will triple to $300,000 in total monetary rewards after completing the three titles.

The announcement comes amid USAC’s point fund increases for its three premier circle track divisions during the 2023 season with more than $350,000 up for grabs across the board.

Since 2019, USAC’s annual national points funds have increased 75 percent from a total of $200,000 to the $350,000 mark for the coming year in 2023.

Out of the $350 grand total, a $200,000 is allotted for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point fund, $100,000 for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and $50,000 for Silver Crown.

USAC’s National season begins with the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship on February 13-14 at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park for a pair of non-points events. The points season for the Sprint Cars begins on February 16-17-18 at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park. The USAC Silver Crown season kickstarts at yet-to-be-determined venue on April 16. The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season opens on April 21-22 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.


AXSOM ACCELERATES TO USAC SPRINT CAR
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS IN 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 13, 2022)………Starting red hot and finishing strong. That’s the playbook Emerson Axsom followed on the road to earning USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year honors in 2022.

The Franklin, Ind. native got off on the right foot back in February with wins in two of his first three starts to open the year at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park. He’d have to wait eight more months to garner win number three when the series ventured west to Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.

But in the meantime, Axsom and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team persevered over the peaks and valleys accustomed to the Rookie experience – a first season that was among the best in the history of the series when all things were said and done.

Axsom’s three wins in 2022 are the second most ever by a USAC National Sprint Car Rookie and his fifth place finish in the standings made him just the second driver to finish inside the top five of the points in the past 18 years as he wheeled the Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

With 15 top-fives and 31 top-tens in 39 starts as well as three fast qualifying awards to his credit, Axsom, who turned 18 in September, became the eighth teenager to win the award. He joined a teenage RoY lineage that also includes Boston Reid (2002), Darren Hagen (2005), Chad Boat (2008), Coleman Gulick (2011), C.J. Leary (2012), Tyler Courtney (2013) and Jadon Rogers (2020).

Axsom got his feet wet the year before with seven series starts coming late in the 2021 season, setting up a Rookie run for 2022. He nearly picked off a win at Lawrenceburg Speedway’s Fall Nationals in 2021, and after his torrid start to 2022, the expectations rose, but Axsom soon hit the expected learning curve where one has to endure the common bumps in the road and figure out a way how to bounce back.

“Going out and winning those two early races lifted the expectations,” Axsom admitted. “But I knew stuff was coming because I did it two years before in a midget. In my second ever midget race, I ran second and that kind of gave me a false sense of security. After going through that, I knew it was going to be tough. These guys are here for a reason and we’re not just going to kick their teeth in every week. But still, it was difficult, and it does give you a bit of a false sense because you want to believe that it’s that easy, but we all know it’s not.”

Ups and downs are part of the game, Rookie or otherwise. Some nights, you might have a fast car, and everything falls into place. Other nights, the same might not be said. It’s true for every team and every driver who’s ever strapped into a racecar.

Axsom acknowledged the difficulty of a team putting several nights of success together, and that the process of “figuring it out” and rebounding from those “not-so-great” nights is paramount. For how you respond will ultimately set up your path to future success, especially among those new experiences that Axsom partook in along the way.

“A lot of it was the size of the tracks we’re running on, the size of the car and the level of competition compared to what I had previously been racing against,” Axsom explained. “I ran a little bit of sprint car stuff last year, but it was only in Indiana. Plus, the level of competition steps up a notch because now I’m racing against people who are doing this for a living.”

Now, Axsom is among this group as well, and much of his growth coincided under the tutelage of crew chief Adam Wallis and team owner Tim Clauson who were on hand to lend their mechanical knowledge and racing know-how in order to help guide Axsom on his way to a successful campaign.

“My crew chief and I worked really well together last year, but we didn’t really run long enough for something bad to happen,” Axsom said. “Everyone knew I was really a Rookie last year, but I was a Rookie this year too. Last year, I was running my first ever sprint car races. Everyone I’ve talked to said we had a pretty good season this year and we ended up really solid. There were a lot of ups and downs, but I feel like when we had the downs, we figured out what was wrong and rebounded well.”

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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1971: Darl Harrison

1972: Billy Cassella

1973: Rich Leavell

1974: Lee Osborne

1975: Marvin Carman

1976: Roger Rager

1977: Eddie Leavitt

1978: Tim Richmond

1979: Jerry Carman

1980: Frank Riddle

1981: Johnny Coogan & Steve Long

1982: Danny Milburn

1983: Dean Shirley

1984: Jerry Russell

1985: Terry Shepherd

1986: Kenny Jacobs

1987: Rick Ungar

1988: Dean Jacobs

1989: Eric Gordon

1990: Rick Howerton

1991: Tony Stewart

1992: Gary Cameron II

1993: Kenny Irwin, Jr.

1994: Bobby Smith

1995: Mark Cassella

1996: Gus Wasson

1997: J.J. Yeley

1998: Tracy Hines

1999: Ryan Newman

2000: Bud Kaeding

2001: Ed Carpenter

2002: Boston Reid

2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely

2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise

2005: Darren Hagen

2006: Scotty Weir

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

2008: Chad Boat

2009: Henry Clarke

2010: Justin Grant

2011: Coleman Gulick

2012: C.J. Leary

2013: Tyler Courtney

2014: Jarett Andretti

2015: Aaron Farney

2016: Isaac Chapple

2017: Stevie Sussex

2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey

2019: Dustin Clark

2020: Jadon Rogers

2021: Tanner Thorson

2022: Emerson Axsom

 

 

GRANT, KOFOID & SWANSON SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT 2022 USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2022).........USAC National driving champions Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid and Kody Swanson shared the spotlight along with other 2022 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 67th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

From the sunshine in the state of Florida back in February all the way until late November on the beach in southern California, and practically everywhere in between, 82 USAC National events were held from coast-to-coast during the 2022 USAC National season.

We were witnesses to monumental achievement in the USAC National ranks from start to finish – highlighted by the most prolific season in National Midget history to a first-time Sprint Car champion and the bar being raised even higher in the Silver Crown ranks. We saw a myriad of first-time winners as well as the rise of a number of talented women behind the wheel and turning the wrenches on their way to unprecedented success in the series.

Like all seasons, we have those particular moments that will forever live on in our memory banks. As another year closes, we celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s best, and we salute those who finished the yearlong journey with excellence.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

RICHARD HOFFMAN AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Indiana

The combination of driver Justin Grant and entrant TOPP Motorsports is the longest, continuously tenured team on the USAC National Sprint Car tour, and in their fifth consecutive season together, they finally reached the mountaintop in 2022.

This year, Grant recorded an impeccable 37 top-ten finishes and was running at the finish in all 39 races on the docket without a single DNF. His six victories on the season came in many of the series’ most marquee events, starting off at Winter Dirt Games, followed by an Eastern Storm round at Williams Grove, a W at the Bill Gardner Sprintacular, twice at Kokomo and, finally, in the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora while grabbing top honors as a first-time Indiana Sprint Week champ.

Throughout the season, Grant was always in the thick of the hunt. That’s demonstrated by the fact that he was involved in the four closest finishes of the USAC National Sprint car season, winning three of them and finishing second in the other.

Grant previously captured a USAC Silver Crown championship in 2020 and now he’s a first-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National driving champion.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, California

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Indiana

Driver Buddy Kofoid and entrant Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports put together one of the most spectacular seasons in USAC National Midget history and delivered a second driving title and a record-extending 12th entrant championship for his team.

In a dominant display, Kofoid became the first repeat driver champion since Bryan Clauson in 2010 and 2011. His 13 wins in 32 starts place his win percentage at 40.63 percent. That’s the highest winning percentage in series history in terms of a driver’s victories compared to the number of total events on the schedule. Furthermore, he’s now one of just five drivers to reach at least 13 triumphs in a season and the first since Rich Vogler in 1988.

In the spring, Kofoid became the first driver since Kyle Larson a decade ago to reel off four wins in a row. He captured Indiana Midget Week for second straight year, plus the BC39 and the Hangtown 100, and his final championship point margin of 203 points is the largest in 18 seasons.

SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, California

SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Doran-Dyson Racing, Lebanon, Ohio / Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

In 51 years of USAC Silver Crown racing, the number 1 had never won the championship, but if there was anybody who was up to the task to alter that half-a-century narrative, it was Kody Swanson.

Swanson became just the third driver in USAC history to earn seven national championships within a single division along with A.J. Foyt & Mel Kenyon, and in 2022, he notched three wins on the pavement in succession at Winchester, Toledo and WWT Raceway where he turned the fastest lap in a tradition USAC Silver Crown car at nearly 147 miles per hour.

In the end, Swanson overcame a deficit to thrust himself into the point lead and to a championship in the season finale to become the first driver since 2016 to overtake the point leader for the title in the last race of the season.

In a unique partnership, Swanson wheeled entries for a pair of legendary sports car outfits that teamed up for left turns only, and it paid off with a seventh series driving championship for Swanson and a first entrant title for both Doran Racing and Dyson Racing.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Dynamics Inc., Milford, Ohio

Brady Bacon was one of three drivers to hit the six-win mark on the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car trail. That extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a series win to 12, which now stands only one behind the all-time mark of 13 by Sheldon Kinser between 1974 and 1986. Bacon’s season was highlighted by a first career Oval Nationals victory at California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

This year, Bacon led all series drivers with 224 laps led, 27 top-fives and 11 heat race victories in 39 starts. His 46 career wins and 40 fast qualifying times make him one of only four drivers in series history to accumulate 40 in both categories along with Dave Darland, Tom Bigelow and Tracy Hines. Also, for an incredible 19th time, Dynamics, Inc. / Hoffman Auto Racing finished inside the top-two of the final series standings.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois

Justin Grant earned his best career points finish with the USAC National Midgets in 2022, garnering a runner-up placing in the end-of-year standings. In April, he etched his name into the books as the first driver to capture three consecutive series feature victories to begin a season.

To cap off the year, Grant and his RMS Racing team earned a hard-fought victory in the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway, making him just the seventh driver to win both the season opener and closer in the same year. In all, Grant and RMS posted five wins from coast-to-coast in Florida, Indiana, Oklahoma and California.

SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey, Sutter, California

SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Rice Motorsports, Brownsburg, Indiana

For a time, Logan Seavey and Rice Motorsports led the USAC Silver Crown series title race late in the season by virtue of a series-best-tying three triumphs, the first of which came in a last-lap effort in the series’ first race at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway. In September, they posted two more, on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds and for the second consecutive season at Eldora Speedway’s 4-Crown Nationals. The team’s acclimation to the pavement was among the most substantial improvements of any team in the series.

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE DRIVER: C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Indiana

AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Michael Motorsports, Chino Valley, Arizona

Together, C.J. Leary and Michael Motorsports won on three occasions in 2022 at Terre Haute, Lincoln Park and Circle City, and their qualifying prowess was simply off the charts. Their 12 fast times in 2022 rank as the third most all-time in a single season. Their 20 top-fives and 30 top-ten finishes both ranked within the top-five in the series this season.

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, California

NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois

In 32 series events, Thomas Meseraull was the only one to lead a feature from start to finish all season long. In fact, he and his RMS Racing team passed more cars in 2022 USAC National Midget competition than this pairing with 120 positions advanced and 253 over the past two years.

Meseraull tallied a career-best three wins at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway and twice more at Kansas’ Solomon Valley and California’s Bakersfield Speedway. Their nine heat race wins were also the most in the series. This year, Meseraull, the veteran of more than two decades with the series finished a career-best 3rd in the final standings.

SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE DRIVER: C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Indiana

SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Nebraska

In their first year together on the USAC Silver Crown trail, C.J. Leary and Klatt Enterprises captured a victory in one of the most dominant performances of the season at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway. Their 192 laps led ranked second with the series this season while recording 6 top-fives and 9 top-tens in 11 main events to go along with three fast qualifying awards. In fact, they were the only team this season to set quick time on both pavement and dirt surfaces.

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INDIVIDUAL & SPECIAL AWARDS

MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: Justin Grant, Ione, California Justin Grant had a special season on the USAC trail in 2022, and with it, comes the special awards too.

For the second consecutive year, no other driver started every USAC National event throughout the year like he did, and no driver accumulated more total points in the three national divisions during the course of the 82-race campaign. In all, Grant totaled 4,991 points, more than a thousand markers over his nearest competition, to earn the $10,000 bonus. This is his third overall Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship after previously winning the award in 2017, 2021 and 2022.

JOHNNY CAPELS USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Jarrett Martin of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports

Beginning this season, USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year Award was named in honor of championship winning mechanic and USAC president, Johnny Capels. The Golden Greek Award is earned by the top mechanical achievement from USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

In the history of USAC racing, only three others have been named the top chief mechanic multiple times. Nobody had ever won it in consecutive years. That is, until 2022 with Jarrett Martin.

It seems fitting that the most recent multi-time recipient prior to tonight’s ceremony is Keith Kunz. With Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Martin has turned the wrenches on back-to-back USAC National Midget championships for driver Buddy Kofoid during one of the most historic and successful stretches in series history.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN' FASTER CHAMPIONSHIP: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

This year, USAC National Sprint Car racing added a new chapter with a 10-race “season within a season” throughout the year called the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment.

Brady Bacon won the opener. Brady Bacon won the closer.

With those two bookend victories at Lakeside and Perris, he accumulated the most points throughout the miniseries to earn the title by 34 markers, earning a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art along with a $10,000 dollar bonus.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

Justin Grant’s season required him to be on the horse and pass a ton of cars in order to become the ProSource Passing Master for the second year in a row. In fact, no driver advanced more positions in USAC National Sprint, National Midget and Silver Crown racing than Grant throughout the entire season than him in 2022. Adding it all up, Grant moved up a combined 213 positions in the 82 total feature events. In those 82 feature starts, Grant advanced forward from his starting spot in 43 of them.

BOB STROUD NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, California

Mitchel Moles’ performance throughout the season earned him the 2022 Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year award.

Moles was one of three first-time USAC National Midget winners who emerged during the 2022 season with victories coming in his first ever visits to Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway at the Jason Leffler Memorial.

His sixth place finish in points was buoyed by eight top-five finishes and 109 laps led, and he was the only Rookie to start all 32 events. In fact, he’s the first Rookie since Lonnie Caruthers in 1977 to start as many series races in his first year.

SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Indiana

Gregg Cory isn’t your average Rookie. He has a long track record of success in TQ Midgets, full-sized midgets, Thunder Roadsters and Sprint Cars where he was a past Paragon Speedway track champion.

Now, he’s the 2022 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year.

In 2022, Cory made his first foray into USAC Silver Crown racing and made it a successful one. He appeared at all 11 events on the schedule on both dirt and pavement and raced his way into a top-10 finish during May’s Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Indiana

This year’s USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom, got off on the right foot with wins in two of his first three starts this season in February at Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, then collected a third win late in the season in the series’ debut at Cocopah Speedway.

His three wins this season are the second most by a Rookie in series history and his fifth place finish in the standings made him just the second driver to finish inside the top five of the points in the past 18 years.

With 15 top-fives, 13 top-tens and three fast qualifying awards to his credit, he becomes the eighth teenager to win the award.

JASON LEFFLER AWARD: Bobby East

Bobby East was among the elite during his time with the series. Like Jason, Bobby was a multi-time USAC National champion, doing so with the Midgets in 2004 and twice in Silver Crown competition during back-to-back seasons in 2012-13.

The roots of the Leffler and East family run deep in USAC with Leffler scoring all four of his USAC titles with Bob East as his crew chief. East, meanwhile, captured 32 feature wins wrenched by his father. Jason was also a mentor to Bobby as he was rising up the ranks.

RACE ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR: Kasey Coler, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park

Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park has been one of the strongholds of the United States Auto Club since 1961 and has hosted a total of 336 series events on its oval, road course and it’s roval over the years.

In recent years, track General Manager Kasey Coler has spearheaded a complete revitalization of the westside Indy venue that has created a renewed interest among participants and fans for the first time in several years. He’s made America’s Great Race Place truly great once again, and now he’s the 2022 USAC Race Organizer of the Year.

INDIVIDUAL SPECIAL APPRECIATION: Trish Rowlett

By day, she’s a hair stylist and salon owner. By night, she’s the first person you see when you step up to the pit window at each and every USAC National race throughout the season.

In addition to operating a full-time business, she has sacrificed her time and effort behind the scenes, solely for the betterment of the USAC community. She’s served an integral role in the success of USAC for several years now and we’re thankful to have Trish Rowlett on the USAC team.

CORPORATE SPECIAL APPRECIATION: FloRacing

FloRacing has been a partner with USAC since 2019 and has since then grown by leaps and bounds to become the ultimate go-to source of video coverage of, not only USAC, but short tracks all across the United States. Flo’s coverage all began with USAC four seasons ago and has provided live coverage of every USAC National event since that point. With the on-track action, behind the scenes footage, documentaries and much more, the amount of coverage for USAC racing is now at an unprecedented level. This year’s recipient of the Corporate Special Appreciation Award is FloRacing.

NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Oklahoma

Kaylee Bryson’s accolades from the 2022 season run the gamut as she helped raise the bar for women drivers in USAC competition with a numerous unprecedented feats. By doing so, she was named the 2022 USAC National Most Improved Driver – the first female recipient of the award.

In September, she finished as the runner-up at Gas City, marking the best ever finish by a woman in a dirt USAC National Midget race. In October, she became the first woman to lead a lap in a Silver Crown race, 72 of them to be exact, in the 100-mile Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Along the way, she tied for the best ever points finish by a woman (7th) in USAC National Midget history and surpassed all contemporaries to become the new all-time leader in USAC National Midget feature starts by a woman.

DICK JORDAN AWARD: Donald Davidson

Who truly could’ve predicted the sudden impact a 20-something cinema projectionist from South West England would soon have on the American auto racing landscape?

Donald Davidson traveled across the pond from his homeland to Indianapolis in 1964 where he transfixed all onlookers with his encyclopedic knowledge of the Indianapolis 500.

He was brought into the USAC fold in 1965 by Henry Banks and officially began his illustrious career as a statistician, publicist and historian at USAC, a position he held for more than three decades until 1997 when he was named the historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame & Museum.

The Dick Jordan award is presented this year to the man who was instrumental in bringing Jordan to USAC in the first place back in 1968. Along the way, these two became great friends and spent countless days, hours and years working alongside one another.

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REGIONAL SPRINT & MIDGET SERIES

USAC’s Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from coast-to-coast throughout 2022, producing five USAC champions. It’s a group that includes its share of individuals returning tonight as multi-time USAC titlists as well as a first-time champion.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CHAMPION: Damion Gardner, Concord, California

The undisputed king of the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars, Damion Gardner, led every statistical category with the division in 2022 on his way to the series title.

This year saw another championship performance with six feature wins, starting the season off with a three-race sweep at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway while adding two more at California’s Perris Auto Speedway and yet another at Arizona’s Mohave Valley Raceway.

Gardner’s 10 USAC CRA titles trail only A.J. Foyt in terms of overall career USAC driving championships, and he’s now captured an unprecedented nine-in-a-row since 2014.

WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPION: Michael Faccinto, Hanford, California

Even though he was not in attendance at all the events, it didn’t deter Michael Faccinto from scoring his second career USAC Western States Midget title in 2022.

In 11 starts, he accrued 11 top-five results, which includes a victories at California’s Placerville Speedway, Ventura Raceway and Santa Maria Raceway. His 87 laps led and seven heat race wins also trounced his closest competition this season as he backed up his 2018 title with another one.

RAPID TIRE SERVICE EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Briggs Danner prevailed in his quest for the 2022 USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car championship with an amazing 12 victories in 21 starts in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia. His 20 top-five finishes and 21 top-tens led all drivers in each category on the trail.

The versatile wheelman has conquered most anything with four tires and a steering wheel, you name it. In all, it marks his fifth career USAC driving championship between quarter midgets, SpeedSTRs and now sprint cars.

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CHAMPION: Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kansas

Wyatt Burks put together a terrific season in 2022 to capture his second career USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car title after previously scoring top honors in 2020.

With multiple victories in Kansas at 81 Speedway and Lakeside Speedway, Burks recorded finishes inside the top-five in all nine of his series starts this year. His output thrusted him to the top of the standings where he became the first two-time champion of the series.

WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Trent Carter, Porterville, California

Despite no victories on the season, Trent Carter utilized consistency to his advantage en route to the 2022 USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship.

In eight feature appearances, he finished inside the top-five a series-leading seven times, capitalized by a season-best performance in the series opener at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in California where he gathered a second place result.

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USAC DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES

Five developmental Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, took part in a total of 73 events spanning 15 different states in 2022 from the Northeast to the East Coast to the Midwest and the West Coast, producing six champions.

MIDWEST MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION CHAMPION: Brad Strunk, Mason, Ohio

Pure domination. That’s the story of Brad Strunk’s season on the Midwest Mini Sprint Association circuit. He finished the 18-race slate with an astonishing 14 top-two finishes, including eight feature triumphs at Indiana’s Tri-State, Lincoln Park and Bloomington Speedway as well as across the border in at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois. He even strung together an incredible five-race winning streak from May to July to capture the 2022 Midwest Mini Sprint Association champion.

EASTERN FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Hunter Wise, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Hunter Wise is highly familiar with USAC success in his young career, and this year, he’s added the 2022 USAC Eastern Focus Midget championship to his resume.

He captured eight USAC .25 titles between 2016 and 2019, and this year, he’s added a new division to his racing portfolio. With three victories at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and Dominion Raceway as well as North Carolina’s Tri-County Speedway, he catapulted to the top of the standings in 2022.

RADICAL FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Kyle Tellstrom, Boise, Idaho

Kyle Tellstrom has excelled as a champion in west coast modified racing. Now, he’s risen to the top in the open wheel discipline. In six feature starts this season, he won twice in back-to-back fashion in his home state of Idaho at Meridian Speedway. He collected five top-fives and six top-tens en route to his first career USAC title with the USAC Radical Focus Midgets in 2022.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Stratton Briggs, Anna, Ohio

Stratton Briggs can finally breathe a sigh of relief. For he is finally a USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget champion.

In a five-season span between 2017 and 2021, Briggs’ points finishes with the series have been 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd and 2nd. This year, he cemented his quest for a first title right from the get-go, totaling two wins at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway and Ohio’s Moler Raceway Park, leading a series-high 70 laps in the process and finished each of his first 17 starts inside the top-five. His worst finish in 20 starts was a 6th.

DMA SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Seth Carlson, Stafford Springs, Connecticut

The decade of the 2020s has belonged to Seth Carlson in USAC Dirt Midget Association competition, and for the third consecutive year, he’s your USAC DMA king.

He added four more victories to his tally this year, all coming at the series’ home track of Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont. In 12 starts, he went unblemished by recording 12 top-fives and 12 top-tens.

ENGLER MACHINE IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Mark McMahill, Peoria, Illinois

How can you possibly top a championship season from the year before? Well, Mark McMahill did just that with a rare undefeated season.

In six starts, he won six times on Illinois soil – three at Spoon River Speedway, two more at Adams County Speedway and once at Champaign County Speedway all while leading 97 of the 110 laps run throughout the year. He calls Peoria, Illinois home and he’s now a back-to-back USAC Engler Machine Illinois Midget Racing Association champion. He’s Mark McMahill!

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ACTION TRACK USA TRACK CHAMPIONS:

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pennsylvania served as host to a myriad of events throughout the summer, culminating with four divisional champions in 2022.

ALL STAR SLINGSHOT CHAMPION: Brett Bieber, Oley, Pennsylvania

Brett Bieber punctuated his 2022 All Star Slingshot season with four victories at the always-tough Action Track USA. Hailing from Oley, Pennsylvania, he scored titles in 2015, 2021 and now 2022 and is now a three-time All Star Slingshot champion.

SPEEDWAY ENTERTAINMENT ALL PRO SPEEDSTR CHAMPION: Timmy Buckwalter, Douglassville, Pennsylvania

Timmy Buckwalter is one of the most versatile drivers in the United States. He’s driven and won in midgets, sprint cars, micros, big block modifieds and at the friendly confines of Action Track USA and he’s now a four-time USAC champion after three previous Action Track USA crowns between 2015 and 2017 and mastered Action Track USA once more in 2022 as this season’s SpeedSTR champion.

JUNIOR SLINGSHOT CHAMPION: Weston Doklan, Hellertown, Pennsylvania

Weston Doklan wrapped his first career Junior Slingshot title in 2022 by virtue of a pair of runner-up finishes and a pair of thirds this season at the Action Track USA bullring.

HYPER RACING 600 WINGLESS SPRINT CHAMPION: Christian Bruno, Deptford, New Jersey

Earlier in his career, Christian Bruno stood on the stage as three-time USAC .25 Midget National Championship on the Senior Animal and Light World Formula Dirt circuits in 2016 and 2017. This year, followed up with three victories at the Kutztown Fairgrounds and corralled the Hyper Racing 600 Wingless Sprint champion for 2022.

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PORT CITY RACEWAY MICRO SPRINT CHAMPIONS

The state of Oklahoma has consistently delivered its share of USAC champions – from the likes of Christopher Bell to Brady Bacon. Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway is a place where many of today’s rising stars cut their racing teeth. In 2022, the 1/8-mile dirt oval celebrated its fourth season under the USAC banner with five drivers being crowned tonight.

JUNIOR SPRINT CHAMPION: Brody Stewart, Edmond, Oklahoma

With 8 wins, 21 top-fives and 28 top-tens to his credit, Brody Stewart was a consistent frontrunner in nearly all his 31 starts this season at Port City. By virtue of his performance, he’s your Junior Sprint titlist for 2022.

SPORTSMAN CHAMPION: Darren Stewart, Edmond, Oklahoma

The surname “Stewart” is synonymous with Port City Raceway, and 2022 is no exception. In 30 starts, Darren Stewart racked up a whopping 12 feature victories during his Sportsman championship campaign.

Along the way, he won the Pete Frazier Memorial and led all drivers in every statistical category with 27 top-fives and 27 top-tens to claim his first USAC title.

NON-WING CHAMPION: Kris Carroll, Claremore, Oklahoma

This season unfolded much the same way as it did a year ago for Kris Carroll at Port City Raceway with total domination. In 28 feature starts, he totaled 11 feature victories 19 top-fives and 25 top-tens, and for the second consecutive season, he’s the king of non-wing as a back-to-back Port City Non-Wing Micro champion.

A-CLASS CHAMPION: Jake Rosario, Guthrie, Oklahoma

For Jake Rosario, a feature victory wasn’t in the cards, but an A-Class championship run at Port City sure was! He combined 16 top-fives and 19 top-tens in 22 starts throughout a consistently impressive campaign that made him the class of the field by 26 points in 2022.

RESTRICTED CHAMPION: Brody Brown, Lawton, Oklahoma

Title time arrived for Brody Brown in 2022. With 3 wins, 17 top-fives and 21 top-tens in 29 starts, he became a first-time USAC champion during the 2022 season as Port City Raceway’s Restricted Micro champ.

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USAC .25 MIDGET SERIES CHAMPIONS

PAVEMENT

JUNIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Hudson Andrews

JUNIOR 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Gage Pio

LIGHT 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Case James

HEAVY 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Gunnar Pio

JUNIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Cap Curry

SENIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Jace Hale

LIGHT WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Lincoln Smith

SENIOR HONDA PAVEMENT & MOD WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Jackson Diehl

HEAVY HONDA, UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL & HEAVY WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Max Reaves

DIRT

JUNIOR HONDA DIRT CHAMPION: Liam Ballard

SENIOR HONDA DIRT CHAMPION: Larry Kelleher

JUNIOR 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Henry Schneider

HEAVY WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: J.T. Bierman

JUNIOR ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Logan Koester

LIGHT 160 DIRT & SENIOR ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Quinlan Pio

LIGHT WORLD FORMULA DIRT & MOD WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Lukas Kostic

HEAVY HONDA DIRT, HEAVY 160 DIRT & UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Peyton Knecht


 

 

MOLES ROLLS TO 2022 USAC MIDGET
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2022)………Mitchel Moles’ first full season of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition saw its fair share of brilliance with a handful of victories, fast qualifying times and a lasting impression that made him one of the most impressive individuals behind the wheel this season.

As a result, the Raisin City, Calif. native was named the 2022 Bod Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, an award honoring Stroud, the longtime supervisor for the USAC Midget division.

By doing so, Moles became the first driver to be honored as the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year while driving a car owned by a past series Rookie of the Year (Chad Boat in 2008).

Moles was one of three first-time USAC National Midget winners who emerged during the 2022 season with victories coming at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway, all coming aboard the CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Furthermore, Moles’ sixth place finish in the final series points was buoyed by eight top-five finishes and 109 laps led, and he was the only Rookie to start all 32 events. In fact, he’s the first Rookie since Lonnie Caruthers in 1977 to start as many series races in his first year.

Moles endured a facet of the Rookie experience that is all too common for many first-year series competitors. For him, the majority of the tracks he visited during the 2022 trail marked his first time ever seeing many of the venues. Not only did Moles have to adapt to the car, the team and the rigors of a full season run, he also had to jump in with both feet in somewhat unfamiliar territory.

“At pretty much every racetrack I went to this year, it was my first time there,” Moles revealed. “To win during my first time at a few of them, I think that’s pretty impressive.”

Moles made particular mention of his spectacular victory in September at Eldora. It’s a place daunting to many and, for most who’ve come to master the half-mile dirt oval, it took some time to get comfortable. Moles, however, seemingly took to it like a duck to water.

“That’s a place I’ve wanted to win at really bad,” Moles said of Eldora. “(Car owner) Chad (Boat)’s stuff is exceptionally good at Eldora, and I just felt like the track suited my driving style.”

Nonetheless, Eldora also epitomized the struggles that are part and parcel of the Rookie initiation – knowing where the limit is without pushing over the razor’s edge. Moles found out the hard way by flipping heavily in turns three and four at Eldora while running in the fifth position just 24 hours after his big win.

While his pace was quickly on par with the series’ best right from outset, learning how to abstain from trouble is a piece of the puzzle Moles has had to figure out and bounce back from at different points in the year, which taught him some big takeaways as he heads on down the road and vies for a championship in the future.

“I flipped a few times, and you just can’t have DNFs in this deal if you want to win a championship,” Moles iterated. “I think you realize when you run a full season of midgets, you don’t want to be (crashing) every night. It’s grueling and you’ve got to be able to finish every race. There are a lot of things that opened my eyes, but now that I’ve done it, I know you’ve got to finish these races and you have to run up front.”

The key aspect is patience and Moles had to learn and grow from each experience, whether it was triumphantly rewarding or devastatingly depressing. Either way, Moles gives 110 percent every night, but acknowledges there is a time and place for everything in this sport.

“You don’t want to settle in, but, for example, if I’m running fifth, sometimes it’s not worth it to try and get fourth if you think you’re going to crash,” Moles explained. “Sometimes it’s just not meant to be and sometimes you’re just not going to win. You can try as hard as you want, but you just can’t wreck as much. That’s really what it comes down to.”

Moles isn’t keen on settling too much, however. Now with a year under his belt, he’s prepared to become the next Rookie of the Year to parlay his initial reward into a USAC National Midget championship just as Danny Caruthers, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby East, Darren Hagen, Bryan Clauson, Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Spencer Bayston, Logan Seavey and Buddy Kofoid have all done before him.

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BOB STROUD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1969: Billy Engelhart, Madison, Wis.

1970: Danny Brown, Rossville, Ill.

1971: Danny Caruthers, Anaheim, Calif.

1972: Tommy Astone, Fresno, Calif.

1973: Mike Gregg, Fort Collins, Colo.

1974: Richard Powell, Enid, Okla.

1975: Larry Patton, Anaheim, Calif.

1976: James McElreath, Arlington, Texas

1977: Lonnie Caruthers, Corona Del Mar, Calif.

1978: Tommy Thomas, Dana Point, Calif.

1979: Barry Butterworth, Auckland, N.Z.

1980: Trevor Boys, Calgary, Alta.

1981: Sherman Armstrong Jr., Winchester, Ind.

1982: Chris Maxson, McHenry, Ill.

1983: John Andretti, Bethlehem, Pa.

1984: Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

1985: Bobby Allen, Carmel, Ind.

1986: Steve Enlow, Tulsa, Okla.

1987: John Meyers, Oak Brook, Ill.

1988: Jim Keeker, Cicero, Ind.

1989: Jeff Gordon, Vallejo, Calif.

1990: Dan Ford Saint Peters, Mo.

1991: Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich.

1992: Brian Gerster, Indianapolis, Ind.

1993: Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

1994: David Bridges, Indianapolis, Ind.

1995: Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.

1996: Carl Olsen, Auckland, N.Z.

1997: Nick Lundgreen, Franklin, Wis.

1998: Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind.

1999: A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2000: Aaron Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2001: Bobby East, Brownsburg, Ind.

2002: Teddy Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2002: Ron Gregory, Noblesville, Ind.

2003: Ryan Durst, Lincoln, Neb.

2004: Todd Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2005: Darren Hagen, Riverside, Calif.

2006: Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, Ind.

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.

2008: Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz.

2009: Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

2010: Daniel Bedford, Brentwood, Calif.

2011: Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

2012: Rico Abreu, Saint Helena, Calif.

2013: Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla.

2014: Kevin Thomas Jr. , Cullman, Ala.

2015: Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind.

2016: Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif.

2017: Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.

2018: Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2019: Andrew Layser, Collegeville, Pa.

2020: Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2021: Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2022: Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.


TAYLOR FERNS GOES FULL-TIME
USAC SILVER CROWN RACING IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2022)………The first woman to finish on the podium of a USAC Silver Crown race is going full-time with the series in 2023 on both the dirt and pavement.

After focusing solely on the pavement Silver Crown races over the past two seasons, now the Shelby Township, Mich. racer will compete in all 13 events on the trail of the diverse racing series in the new year aboard the Ferns Racing No. 155 wrenched by past Lawrenceburg Speedway sprint car track champion, Kevin Besecker.

“I’m going back full-time Silver Crown racing,” Ferns exclaimed. “I just picked up my dirt car yesterday from (Beast) and I’m planning on doing the entire Silver Crown schedule as well as all the 500 Sprint Car Tour races. I’ve been working really hard off the track to get this going.”

The full-time law student, who works in the offices of her sponsor, the Sam Bernstein Law Firm, has made 19 career Silver Crown starts since 2012. She enters the season following a career-best performance with the series in 2022, finishing 10th in the standings despite only participating in the pavement events.

Ferns’ third place result in May of 2022 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park was the best finish ever by a woman in Silver Crown competition. She then repeated the feat two months later with an additional third in July at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. In fact, Ferns holds the distinction of having the best ever Silver Crown finish by a woman on both pavement and dirt with a fourth place finish at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2013.

The team is in the process of moving their racing options from Michigan to central Indiana, and after taking three years off from racing to focus on her education and work, the 2011 USAC D1 Midget champion is stoked to make a full run at both the title and making a historic run as a first-time winner in the 2023 season. She feels that last year’s performances were just the tip of the iceberg.

“My innate nature is that I’m super competitive and I want to go to the racetrack to win like everybody else,” Ferns stated. “I know we have the equipment to do it and I know what I’m capable of doing as a racecar driver. I think some of the podiums we had and how competitive we were at basically all the pavement Silver Crown races is kind of a sneak peek, hopefully, of what’s to come next season.”


 

USAC'S DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 EXPANDS TO FOUR-NIGHT WEEKEND IN SEPTEMBER 2023 INDIANAPOLIS

 (Friday, Dec. 9, 2022) – The Driven2SaveLives BC39 will celebrate its fifth running in 2023 by moving to a new date as a standalone weekend event, Sept. 27-30 at The Dirt Track at IMS, featuring a new format placing the wheel-to-wheel racing of United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in an even bigger spotlight.

Action under the lights will start Wednesday, Sept. 27, continuing every night through the 39-lap BC39 feature race Saturday, Sept. 30.

Event format, ticket information and other event details will be announced in the future.

“The BC39 continues to draw fans and competitors from around the country as it has become one of the most prestigious dirt track races in the United States,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “In 2023, fans will see more racing on more nights, which is great news for everyone who shares the passion for this incredibly competitive series and its talented drivers.

“An expanded schedule also will encourage more people to register for organ donation through the Indiana Donor Network, a cause that was so important to Bryan Clauson and remains a focus of the Clauson family.”

The event on the quarter-mile dirt oval inside Turn 3 at IMS will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

“We are excited to see the Driven2SaveLives BC39 return for 2023,” said Tim Clauson, Bryan Clauson’s father. “We are humbled that Roger Penske and Doug Boles see this event worthy of having a dedicated weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Getting to honor Bryan’s memory, as well as share the story of organ and tissue donation at a place so special to Bryan, is simply amazing. Thank you to Roger, Doug and USAC for continuing to grow this event.”

Said Taylor McLean, marketing program specialist for Indiana Donor Network and Bryan Clauson’s sister: “Everyone at Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives is thrilled to see the BC39 return for the fifth year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2023. It is an honor to be able to be a part of an event that Bryan would be proud of. We are so excited to continue to give drivers and fans a place to honor Bryan and continue building support for organ donation and transplantation within the racing community through our Driven2SaveLives ambassador program.”

Buddy Kofoid won the Driven2SaveLives BC39 in August en route to his second consecutive USAC National Midget Championship. He outdueled Cannon McIntosh in a cushion-riding thriller.

 

MARIO SPEEDWAGON!
CLOUSER TO RUN FULL
USAC SILVER CROWN SLATE IN ’23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2022)………After making his debut with the USAC Silver Crown National Championship a year ago, driver Mario Clouser and car owner Gene Kazmark will give it a go on a full-time basis by running the complete series schedule in 2023.

Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) made his initial appearances with the champ cars in 2022, all on the pavement, finishing four of his five starts inside the top-10 with a best performance of third in August at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. and also charged from 24th to 7th in the season opener at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Now the Joliet, Ill. based Kazmark Motorsports team has added a dirt car to their stable to go along with the pavement machine, which has Clouser eager to make his first full season run in the “big cars.”

“I plan on running the full USAC Silver Crown schedule with Gene (Kazmark),” Clouser revealed. “They’ve got a dirt car together and I’m really looking forward to running the whole deal.”

Clouser learned a few things during his debut run with the Silver Crown series in 2022 and aims to put that knowledge to use on both types of surfaces when he doubles his presence on the series tour in the coming year.

“The only thing that took some time getting used to is the length of the races,” Clouser explained. “When I ran pavement midgets, you could push the envelope for 30 laps and it was okay, but with the Silver Crown stuff, you have to be there 100 miles later To get a car that’s good for that 100 miles is a little more difficult. You have to be really spot on and it’s not like the good guys fade; you’re still running fast, if not faster laps at the end of the race than you would be at the drop of the green.”

For several seasons now, Clouser has been a familiar face on the dirt sprint car scene with USAC and with POWRi WAR where he was the 2021 series titlist. However, his initial foray into USAC racing came via midgets, primarily on the pavement. It’s the same scenario for him in Silver Crown competition as he got his feet wet on the asphalt before expanding his ventures to include a little bit of dirt slinging.

“The pavement is a lot of fun for me,” Clouser acknowledged. “It’s a lot like going home and I’m super excited to do it again next year. It took a few laps to get back into the swing of it last year, but I feel like it’s just a racecar and I know exactly what I need to feel and how to drive.”


 

 

STEFFENS STEPPIN’ UP TO FULL-TIME
USAC SILVER CROWN RACING IN 2023
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 9, 2022)……… Kyle Steffens’ resume features a diverse array of competition encompassing countless types of machinery, from the fendered variety to open wheel, and on an array of different track surfaces throughout his quarter-century long career.

Now the Saint Charles, Mo. racer will take on one of the more diverse schedules in all of racing in 2023 as he joins the USAC Silver Crown series full-time with an eye on competing on both the dirt and pavement in the coming year in the cars he describes as “the most badass racecars on the planet.”

“It’s really exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time,” Steffens said of the prospect of going all-in on Silver Crown racing. “A lot of my racing over the past 25 years has included both pavement and dirt. I think it’s going to be a good learning experience and hopefully it’s something we can build on with our Silver Crown program. I’ve got a lot of good guys in my corner.”

For the driver who made his Silver Crown debut as a teenager 21 years ago during the 2001 Hoosier Hundred, competing full-time on the tour is the realization of a dream that started all those years ago.

“I’ve wanted to do this since I was 16,” the now 38-year-old Steffens revealed. “I looked up to guys like Robbie Stanley and Dave Steele when I was young. To be somebody like that someday would be really cool.”

Steffens’ success in dirt modifieds is paramount throughout the decades. In 2000, he became the youngest winner at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds at the age of 16. In September of 2022, he was a winner once again at the Magic Mile in a mod at a show in conjunction with the Silver Crown Ted Horn 100.

However, his next goal is to find success on the dirt and pavement tracks of the USAC Silver Crown circuit where he’s accrued 14 career starts and a best finish of fifth during the 2021 Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

He’s added a former Nolen Racing pavement car driven by Kody Swanson to the arsenal alongside his pavement equipment.

“The modified stuff I run is a lot of fun, but my picture is a big picture. Silver Crown racing is where my focus is this year,” Steffens stated. “I want to become a regular top-five contender; that’s my goal this year.”

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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Apr 16: TBA

Apr 23: (P) (A) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000-To-Win

May 19-20: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | $8,000-To-Win

May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | $10,000-To-Win

Jun 17: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | $8,000-To-Win

Jun 23: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100 | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 20: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 5: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 19: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Aug 27: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 22-23: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win

Oct 14: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | $10,000-To-Win

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(A) represents an event paying appearance points only

(P) represents a pavement track event

(D) represents a dirt track event

Race dates & payouts subject to change


 

2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE REVEALED!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2022)………Thirteen dates. Thirteen events. Seven on pavement. Five on dirt. One yet to be announced.

That’s the modus operandi for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship after the 2023 schedule was released on Thursday afternoon at the Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis.

THE RETURN OF THE HOOSIER HUNDRED

While the first event is slated for April 16 at a yet-to-be determined venue, the initial confirmed event on the schedule brings the series to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park for the first of three dates on the .686-mile paved oval.

Leading off at IRP this season is the resurgence of the Hoosier Hundred, which will be held for the 66th time overall, but for the first time on pavement, on April 23, an event which will pay $25,000-to-win.

The series returns to IRP a month later on May 26 for the $10,000-to-win Carb Night Classic and again for the season finale on October 14 where a new series titlist will be crowned during Championship Saturday.

BACK ON THE HIGH BANKS & THE DIRT HALVES

For the first time in seven years, the champ cars return to the Belleville High Banks in Kansas in a fantastic doubleheader with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Speaking of the half-mile dirt ovals, there are three of a kind on the schedule with Belleville joined by the second series appearance at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on June 17 in a double with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The 41st running of the 4-Crown Nationals pits a USAC tripleheader at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on September 22-23 featuring the Silver Crown series, plus the midgets and sprint cars along with the All Star Circuit of Champions.

PAVING THE WAY

Paved half-miles are prevalent throughout the season with Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, Indiana’s Winchester Speedway and Ohio’s Toledo Speedway running in succession during the summer months. On June 23, it’s the Dairyland 100 at Madison, then it’s off to Winchester’s Rich Vogler Classic on July 20 and the Rollie Beale Classic on August 5 at Toledo.

DIRT MILE SEASON

It’s dirt mile season in the second half of the year as the Illinois’ two state fairs roll out the red carpet for the Silver Crown series on August 19 for the 60th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds’ Springfield Mile.

Illinois’ southernmost dirt mile belongs to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds which will host the 69th edition of the Ted Horn 100 on September 3.

THE BIGGEST & THE FASTEST

On August 27, USAC Silver Crown racing makes its way back to the largest and fastest track on the series schedule – the 1.25-mile paved World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.

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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

Apr 16: TBA

Apr 23: (P) (A) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000-To-Win

May 19-20: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | $8,000-To-Win

May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Carb Night Classic | $10,000-To-Win

Jun 17: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | $8,000-To-Win

Jun 23: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Dairyland 100 | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 20: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 5: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 19: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Aug 27: (P) World Wide Technology Raceway | Madison, IL | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 2: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000-To-Win

Sep 22-23: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win

Oct 14: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | $10,000-To-Win

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(A) represents an event paying appearance points only

(P) represents a pavement track event

(D) represents a dirt track event

Race dates & payouts subject to change

 

KAYLEE BRYSON SIGNS ON TO RACE FOR
USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 8, 2022)………Kaylee Bryson and Sam Pierce Racing team principals are pleased to announce an exclusive multi-year driver services and agency agreement with Kaylee Bryson.

The Muskogee, Okla. native will become the primary driver of Team SPR’s fleet of USAC Silver Crown cars and compete for the 2023 USAC championship and Rookie of the Year honors.

Bryson will also campaign Team SPR’s LSI Racing / Sam Pierce Chevrolet Camaro SS Trans Am TA2 series cars at select 2023 Trans Am events as scheduling allows.

The driver agency component of the agreement will allow for Kaylee to completely focus on driving, training and further developing her race craft without the distraction of sponsorship and driver placement negotiations as she progresses through testing and team placement for IndyCar or NASCAR platforms during the 2023 racing season and beyond.

The 21-year-old USAC Midget Car standout became the first protégé under SPR team principal Aaron Pierce’s AP Driver Development program during the 2022 racing season, showing impressive speed in multiple test sessions driving SPR Sprint and Midget Cars and Trans Am TA2 Camaros & SGT Corvettes.

Kaylee completed three USAC Silver Crown feature races with SPR in 2022 including her career-defining performance on the Springfield Mile in October - dominating the Bettenhausen 100 by qualifying on the front row, leading 72 laps and finishing fifth despite a broken rocker arm early in the race relegating her machine to seven cylinders.

In November, she charged to a fifth-place finish (from 11th) in her Winged Sprint Car debut at Citrus County (FL) Speedway producing two top-5 finishes in four completed feature races with Team SPR in 2022.

Bryson finished seventh in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship points with 15 top-ten and five top-five feature finishes, including the best finish ever by woman with the series (2nd) in September at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, driving for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports during the 2022 USAC season.

Kaylee heads to Florida after the PRI show for three days of testing at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the 2023 Trans Am season opener in February. She will run the Sawyer Chassis house car at the Tulsa Shootout in late December and a Keith Kunz Midget entry at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January.

 

2023 USAC SPRINT CAR SLATE
FINDS BIG PAY DAYS & SEVERAL NEW VENUES
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2022)………Substantial payout increases for marquee events, an extended stay in the Sunshine State, a deep dive down south and a return to the Sprint Car Capital of the World highlight the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.

To date, there is a slate of 48 events across the board for the 68th year of the series between the months of February and October in 2023. Thirteen of the events pay a winner’s share of $10,000 or more and a pair of races feature a $20,000 top prize while one has boosted it’s crown jewel to $30,000-to-win for a night’s work.

The $30,000-to-win Sprint Car Smackdown XII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway has doubled the winner’s take-home pay from 2022. The final night of “Smackdown” will take place on August 26 and features a lead-in of a pair of $6,000-to-win shows on August 24-25.

Two late season staples of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule offer increased stakes in the upcoming year with both boasting $20,000 winner’s shares. Those dates include the Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on September 16 and the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on October 7.

All USAC Indiana Sprint Week payouts have been bumped to $8,000-to-win for the 36th annual edition of the series in late July at Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 21, Kokomo Speedway on July 22, Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 23, Circle City Raceway on July 24, To Be Announced on July 26, Lincoln Park Speedway on July 27, Bloomington Speedway on July 28 and Tri-State Speedway on July 28.

FIVE NEW DEBUTS & MAJOR RETURNS

Five racetracks will make their debut on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 2023: Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, Texas’s Rocket Raceway Park, Pennsylvania’s Action Track USA, Illinois’ Macon Speedway and Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway.

The season kicks off with an expanded docket in the state of Florida during the month of February. USAC makes its debut at Barberton’s Volusia Speedway Park for two non-points special events on February 13-14, followed by the first three points-paying events of the year at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park during Winter Dirt Games. Both the Volusia and Ocala finales will pay $10,000 to the feature winner.

USAC National Sprint Cars make a major return to Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the first time in three seasons during the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame induction weekend on June 2-3.

The Sprint Cars of USAC most recently paid a visit to the Lone Star State of Texas in 1985. In 2023, the series will tackle three events in successive nights, starting off with the series debut at Rocket Raceway Park on April 27 followed by two consecutive runs at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 28-29 with the latter event paying $10,000 to conquer.

The 1/5-mile bullring of Illinois’ Macon Speedway welcomes USAC’s Thunder and Lightning division for the first time ever on July 7-8, with the latter of the two dates paying another $10 grand-to-win.

The new season closes out with a bit of a different look at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on October 27-28. The weekend double marks the USAC National Sprint Cars’ first foray to the aptly named 1/4-mile in the Sooner State with a $10,000 payday awaiting the second night winner.

Eastern Storm, a fixture on the USAC Sprint Car schedule since 2007, celebrates its 16th year of competition in 2023 with seven dates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 13, Bridgeport Motorsports Park on June 14, Big Diamond Speedway on June 15, Williams Grove Speedway on June 16, Port Royal Speedway on June 17 and the series makes its first ever appearance at Action Track USA with an appearance points only event to cap off the busy weekend on June 18.

THE STAPLES OF THE SCHEDULE

No tracks has hosted more USAC National Sprint Car events than Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, which hosts the series three times in 2023 with each visit paying $10,000-to-win. The first of which brings the series to the half-mile dirt oval on May 5-6 for #LetsRaceTwo and once more for the 41st running of the 4-Crown Nationals on September 23.

The Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway has quickly become one of the most coveted races for a driver to capture. The race annually boasts the largest car counts of the year and is primed for two nights of action on consecutive evenings on June 30 and July 1 with the finale paying $10,000 to the winner.

The destination is Wisconsin for the official start of summer on June 24-25 with two dates in the Badger State at the newly renovated Wilmot Raceway on the 24th and at the legendary Angell Park Speedway on the 25th.

A slew of additional tradition-rich venues make up the bulk of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule in 2023, such as Lawrenceburg, which hosts the Midwest opener once more on April 1. Southern Indiana stalwart venues Bloomington and Tri-State welcome the series for a two-race two-step on April 14 and 15, respectively.

USAC Sprints hit Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. for a $10,000-to win show during the Week of Indy on May 25 and once more -late in the year on September 15, and less than a week later, it’s onto Gas City for the sixth installment of the James Dean Classic on September 21.

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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park (SE) | Barberville, FL | $5,000-To-Win

Feb 14: Volusia Speedway Park (SE) | Barberville, FL | $10,000-To-Win

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $5,000-To-Win

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $5,000-To-Win

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park (F) | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000-To-Win

Apr 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $5,000-To-Win

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | $5,000-To-Win

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway (M) | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000-To-Win

Apr 27: Rocket Raceway Park (E) | Petty, TX | $6,000-To-Win

Apr 28: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (E) | Mesquite, TX | $6,000-To-Win

Apr 29: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (E) | Mesquite, TX | $10,000-To-Win

May 5: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000-To-Win

May 6: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000-To-Win

May 24: TBA

May 25: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Week of Indy | $10,000-To-Win

Jun 2: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | $8,000-To-Win

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 14: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 18: Action Track USA (A) | Kutztown, PA | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 25: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (A) (M) | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000-To-Win

Jul 1: Lincoln Park Speedway (M) | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000-To-Win

Jul 7: Macon Speedway (A) | Macon, IL | $5,000-To-Win

Jul 8: Macon Speedway (A) | Macon, IL | $10,000-To-Win

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 26: TBA

Jul 27: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 28: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000-To-Win

Jul 29: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000-To-Win

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000-To-Win

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000-To-Win

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000-To-Win

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000-To-Win

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win

Oct 6: TBA

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000-To-Win

Oct 27: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000-To-Win

Oct 28: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000-To-Win

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(SE) represents a non-points special event

(F) represents an event paying feature points only

(A) represents an event paying appearance points only

(M) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

(E) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

Race dates & payouts subject to change

 

 

SCHEDULE RELEASE: USAC MIDGET DOCKET LOCKED & LOADED FOR 2023 SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2022)………The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship enters a new year in 2023 with a docket of more than 30 events on the calendar.

New to the slate in the coming year are a pair of events in Belleville, Kan. on May 19-20. After several years on the high banks, this time the midgets take on the Belleville Short Track at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds for the first time ever for a pair of shows on back-to-back nights. Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex completes the tripleheader weekend on May 21.

Meanwhile, Illinois’ Macon Speedway returns to the schedule for the first time in six years on August 19. Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway opens it all up with back-to-back nights at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix on April 21-22.

The 19th edition of USAC Indiana Midget Week feature seven races in eight nights at Tri-State Speedway on June 4, Circle City Raceway on June 5, Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 7, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 8, Bloomington Speedway on June 9, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 10 and the finale at Kokomo Speedway on June 11.

The series makes its annual venture to Mid-America for four nights of action in three states during a July swing through Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway on July 11, Kansas’ Solomon Valley Raceway on July 12 and two-straight at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway on July 14-15 with the latter event paying $10,000-to-win.

The Jason Leffler Memorial at Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway moves to the month of August on the 18th. A mega weekend on each side of the Indiana/Ohio border greets the series in late September. On the 21st, the series makes its return to Gas City for the James Dean Classic. The next two nights bring the series to the biggest and fastest venue on the schedule at Eldora Speedway on September 22-23 for 4-Crown Nationals moments.

Then it’s onto the California swing, which replicates the order of this past year’s western schedule with seven dates in the Golden State. First up is Bakersfield Speedway on November 14. From there, the series moves onto Placerville Speedway for the Hangtown 100, the finale of which pays a whopping $20,000-to-win.

Merced Speedway takes the wheel for two-straight nights on November 21-22, then the season concludes with a bang at with the 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway.

The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the fifth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 at a yet to be determined dates.

2023 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Apr 21: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000-To-Win

Apr 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000-To-Win

May 19: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000-To-Win

May 20: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000-To-Win

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | $6,000-To-Win

Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win

Jun 5: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win

Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win

Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000-To-Win

Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win

Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000-To-Win

Jul 11: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000-To-Win

Jul 12: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000-To-Win

Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000-To-Win

Jul 15: (F) Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000-To-Win

Aug 18: (F) Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL | Jason Leffler Memorial | $5,000-To-Win

Aug 19: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000-To-Win

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $5,000-To-Win

Sep 23: (F) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $10,000-To-Win

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $4,000-To-Win

Nov 16: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000-To-Win

Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000-To-Win

Nov 18: (F) Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $20,000-To-Win

Nov 21: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | $4,000-To-Win

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | $4,000-To-Win

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $10,000

TBA: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN

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(F) represents an event paying feature points only

(A) represents an event paying appearance points only

Race dates & payouts subject to change

 

 

USAC SCHEDULES TO BE RELEASED THURSDAY DURING “USAC LIVE” FROM PRI

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 5, 2022)………Schedules for all three of USAC’s national divisions and more will be part of “USAC Live” from the PRI Show in Indianapolis on FloRacing on Thursday, December 8.

You can look in live with USAC on FloRacing from 10am-4pm Eastern on Thursday as a steady stream of USAC news, notes and features will be released in succession while a number of top USAC drivers and personalities will stop by for interviews discussing their upcoming plans for the 2023 season.

On Thursday, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule is set to be released at 10am, followed by the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule release at 11am and the USAC Silver Crown schedule announcement at 1pm.

FloRacing's programming lineup for PRI weekend also includes coverage of the SRO World Challenge, AMSOIL, the USAC Benevolent Foundation, Road to Indy, the Porsche Sprint Challenge, the American Rally Association and the NASCAR Youth Series.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8:

10am: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Schedule Release

11am: USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Schedule Release

Noon: TBA

1pm: USAC Silver Crown Schedule Release

2pm: AMSOIL Racing Recap

2:30pm: USAC Benevolent Foundation

3pm: Road to Indy

(All Times Eastern)

(All Times Eastern)

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9:

10am: SRO World Challenge

11am: SRO World Challenge

Noon: TBA

1pm: Porsche Sprint Challenge Series

2pm: Radical Racing

3pm: American Rally Association

(All Times Eastern)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10:

10am: NASCAR Youth Series

 

 

USAC’S CLOSEST FINISHES OF 2022
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 1, 2022)………The Bobby Santos vs. Kody Swanson rivalry is among the fiercest and most competitive of its era and has been a tooth-and-nail, tug-of-war clash for more than a decade, namely on the USAC Silver Crown trail.

The torrid battle between Santos and Swanson during the final laps of this past May’s Carb Night Classic at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park proved to be the closest fight to the finish of the entire 82-race USAC National season in 2022.

Santos (Franklin, Mass.) raced to his first USAC Silver Crown victory in more than four years by withstanding the pressure from Swanson to prevail by a slim 0.094 second margin that served as the separation between the pair of pavement aces.

A balancing act of four Sprint Car races, three Midget and three Silver Crown events occupy the list of the 10 closest finishes of the 2022 USAC campaign.

During the USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature at Kokomo Speedway in July, Justin Grant saw the race lead slip from his grip three different times. However, the Ione, Calif. driver belied that fact to prevail following a near racelong tug-of-war with Robert Ballou, then fended off a late burst from Kyle Cummins to win the closest USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature of the season by 0.155 sec.

In the closest barnburner on the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) found a bit of extra good fortune. Kofoid ran third on the final lap of July’s Midwest Midget Championship at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway when the top-two of Ryan Timms and Cannon McIntosh collided with each other and slid over the turn two banking. Kofoid rushed underneath both Timms and McIntosh, then beat the bottom-rolling Jerry Coons Jr. to the line by a single car length to the tune of 0.218 sec.

On the flip side, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) captured the strangest, most unpredictable USAC Silver Crown in several years during September’s Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. In an attrition-filled event which saw just seven of the 30 starters make it to the finish line, when all was said and done, Seavey pounced when the dominant Shane Cockrum ran out of fuel with 13 laps remaining and C.J. Leary’s car snapped a driveline while leading with seven laps to go.

In the end, Seavey was nearly a full lap ahead of the competition, crossing the finish line 33.882 seconds ahead of second place. Yes, you read that right. No filter. No typo.

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CLOSEST FINISHES OF THE 2022 USAC NATIONAL SEASON:

#1 | 0.094 sec. | 5/27/2022 | Silver Crown | Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Bobby Santos over Kody Swanson

#2 | 0.155 sec. | 7/26/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant over Kyle Cummins

#3 | 0.218 sec. | 7/16/2022 | National Midget | Jefferson County Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Jerry Coons Jr.

#4 | 0.227 sec. | 10/8/2022 | National Midget | Tri-State Speedway | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid

#5 | 0.265 sec. | 7/22/2022 | National Sprint | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Shane Cottle over Justin Grant

#6 | 0.266 sec. | 8/25/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Justin Grant over Kyle Cummins

#7 | 0.297 sec. | 6/17/2022 | National Sprint | Williams Grove Speedway | Justin Grant over Alex Bright

#8 | 0.301 sec. | 6/9/2022 | National Midget | Lincoln Park Speedway | Jacob Denney over Zach Daum

#9 | 0.317 sec. | 6/24/2022 | Silver Crown | Madison International Speedway | C.J. Leary over Bobby Santos

#10 | 0.411 sec. | 6/18/2022 | Silver Crown | Port Royal Speedway | Logan Seavey over Matt Westfall

#11 | 0.417 sec. | 11/19/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Chance Crum

#12 | 0.431 sec. | 7/30/2022 | National Sprint | Tri-State Speedway | Robert Ballou over Kyle Cummins

#13 | 0.465 sec. | 9/16/2022 | National Sprint | Circle City Raceway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Brady Bacon

#14 | 0.478 sec. | 2/12/2022 | National Midget | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid

#15 | 0.529 sec. | 7/10/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Mitchel Moles over C.J. Leary

#16 | 0.538 sec. | 7/25/2022 | National Sprint | Circle City Raceway | C.J. Leary over Justin Grant

#17 | 0.558 sec. | 9/10/2022 | National Midget | Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Buddy Kofoid over Daison Pursley

#18 | 0.560 sec. | 5/22/2022 | National Sprint | Terre Haute Action Track | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon

#19 | 0.576 sec. | 11/23/2022 | National Midget | Merced Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Spencer Bayston

#20 | 0.582 sec. | 10/7/2022 | National Midget | Wayne County Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Zach Daum

#21 | 0.583 sec. | 11/15/2022 | National Midget | Bakersfield Speedway | Thomas Meseraull over Michael Pickens

#22 | 0.599 sec. | 6/15/2022 | National Sprint | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Logan Seavey over Chase Stockon

#23 | 0.630 sec. | 6/5/2022 | National Midget | Tri-State Speedway | Thomas Meseraull over Buddy Kofoid

#24 | 0.632 sec. | 11/4/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Robert Ballou over Kevin Thomas Jr.

#25 | 0.636 sec. | 2/18/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid

#26 | 0.639 sec. | 2/11/2022 | National Midget | Bubba Raceway Park | Justin Grant over Tanner Thorson

#27 | 0.644 sec. | 9/24/2022 | National Sprint | Eldora Speedway | Justin Grant over C.J. Leary

#28 | 0.690 sec. | 7/2/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | Justin Grant over Emerson Axsom

#29 | 0.706 sec. | 7/28/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Jadon Rogers

#30 | 0.720 sec. | 9/22/2022 | National Sprint | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Logan Seavey

#31 | 0.774 sec. | 8/26/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kevin Thomas Jr. over Jake Swanson

#32 | 0.793 sec. | 7/15/2022 | National Midget | Jefferson County Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Ryan Timms

#33 | 0.797 sec. | 10/1/2022 | National Sprint | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Logan Seavey

#34 | 0.816 sec. | 10/29/2022 | National Sprint | Cocopah Speedway | Jake Swanson over C.J. Leary

#35 | 0.836 sec. | 9/24/2022 | Silver Crown | Eldora Speedway | Logan Seavey over C.J. Leary

#36 | 0.845 sec. | 8/4/2022 | National Midget | The Dirt Track at IMS | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh

#37 | 0.850 sec. | 7/10/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Cannon McIntosh over Shane Golobic

#38 | 0.876 sec. | 7/9/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh

#39 | 0.959 sec. | 11/3/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Brady Bacon over Justin Grant

#40 | 0.978 sec. | 9/17/2022 | National Sprint | Tri-State Speedway | Jadon Rogers over Kyle Cummins

#41 | 0.990 sec. | 4/22/2022 | National Midget | Port City Raceway | Justin Grant over Buddy Kofoid

#42 | 0.992 sec. | 7/8/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Robert Ballou over Justin Grant

#43 | 0.993 sec. | 7/12/2022 | National Midget | Red Dirt Raceway | Ryan Timms over Justin Grant

#44 | 1.047 sec. | 11/17/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Tanner Carrick over Michael Pickens

#45 | 1.094 sec. | 5/1/2022 | Silver Crow | Terre Haute Action Track | Justin Grant over Jerry Coons Jr.

#46 | 1.107 sec. | 9/23/2022 | National Midget | Eldora Speedway | Mitchel Moles over Bryant Wiedeman

#47 | 1.123 sec. | 11/22/2022 | National Midget | Merced Speedway | Carson Macedo over Buddy Kofoid

#48 | 1.131 sec. | 9/30/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Jake Swanson

#49 | 1.158 sec. | 8/19/2022 | Silver Crown | World Wide Technology Raceway | Kody Swanson over Davey Hamilton Jr.

#50 | 1.224 sec. | 9/9/2022 | National Midget | Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Cannon McIntosh over Brenham Crouch

#51 | 1.251 sec. | 6/19/2022 | National Sprint | Bloomsburg Fair Raceway | Brady Bacon over Justin Grant

#52 | 1.338 sec. | 6/3/2022 | National Midget | Bloomington Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Chance Crum

#53 | 1.367 sec. | 11/26/2022 | National Midget | Ventura Raceway | Justin Grant over Kyle Larson

#54 | 1.372 sec. | 11/18/2022 | National Midget | Placerville Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Cannon McIntosh

#55 | 1.416 sec. | 4/23/2022 | National Midget | Port City Raceway | Buddy Kofoid over Mitchel Moles

#56 | 1.442 sec. | 6/14/2022 | National Sprint | Grandview Speedway | Brady Bacon over Briggs Danner

#57 | 1.576 sec. | 7/9/2022 | National Sprint | Huset's Speedway | Ryan Bernal over Justin Grant

#58 | 1.581 sec. | 6/4/2022 | National Midget | Lawrenceburg Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Justin Grant

#59 | 1.836 sec. | 10/15/2022 | Silver Crown | Illinois State Fairgrounds | Shane Cockrum over Shane Cottle

#60 | 1.862 sec. | 7/8/2022 | National Midget | Huset's Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Thomas Meseraull

#61 | 1.936 sec. | 10/28/2022 | National Sprint | Cocopah Speedway | Emerson Axsom over Jake Swanson

#62 | 1.937 sec. | 7/13/2022 | National Midget | Solomon Valley Raceway | Thomas Meseraull over Buddy Kofoid

#63 | 1.953 sec. | 6/26/2022 | National Sprint | Angell Park Speedway | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon

#64 | 1.973 sec. | 7/29/2022 | National Sprint | Bloomington Speedway | Kyle Cummins over Brady Bacon

#65 | 2.243 sec. | 6/11/2022 | National Midget | Kokomo Speedway | Cannon McIntosh over Jacob Denney

#66 | 2.514 sec. | 4/16/2022 | National Sprint | Atomic Speedway | Brady Bacon over Robert Ballou

#67 | 2.536 sec. | 2/19/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Emerson Axsom over Tanner Thorson

#68 | 3.114 sec. | 8/6/2022 | Silver Crown | Toledo Speedway | Kody Swanson over Bobby Santos

#69 | 3.267 sec. | 7/1/2022 | National Sprint | Lincoln Park Speedway | C.J. Leary over Brady Bacon

#70 | 3.462 sec. | 9/24/2022 | National Midget | Eldora Speedway | Chris Windom over Bryant Wiedeman

#71 | 3.632 sec. | 5/14/2022 | National Sprint | I-70 Motorsports Park | Robert Ballou over Brady Bacon

#72 | 4.002 sec. | 2/17/2022 | National Sprint | Bubba Raceway Park | Emerson Axsom over Jason McDougal

#73 | 4.088 sec. | 8/27/2022 | National Sprint | Kokomo Speedway | Kyle Cummins over C.J. Leary

#74 | 4.595 sec. | 5/12/2022 | National Sprint | Lakeside Speedway | Brady Bacon over Robert Ballou

#75 | 4.883 sec. | 10/22/2022 | Silver Crown | Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Tanner Swanson over C.J. Leary

#76 | 5.407 sec. | 6/18/2022 | National Sprint | Port Royal Speedway | Logan Seavey over Alex Bright

#77 | 5.802 sec. | 6/2/2022 | National Midget | Tri-City Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Kyle Larson

#78 | 6.328 sec. | 5/20/2022 | National Sprint | Terre Haute Action Track | C.J. Leary over Logan Seavey

#79 | 6.430 sec. | 11/5/2022 | National Sprint | Perris Auto Speedway | Brady Bacon over Jake Swanson

#80 | 10.062 sec. | 7/21/2022 | Silver Crown | Winchester Speedway | Kody Swanson over Logan Seavey

#81 | 33.882 sec. | 9/5/2022 | Silver Crown | Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Logan Seavey over Shane Cockrum

#82 | Red Flag | 9/22/2022 | National Midget | Gas City I-69 Speedway | Buddy Kofoid over Kaylee Bryson


 


BAKER’S DOZEN:
BUDDY’S RECORD BREAKING SEASON
2022 USAC MIDGET SEASON REVIEW

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 29, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid’s first USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2021 was a special one. In the immediacy of it all, he admitted that the feeling would be difficult to top.

However, when the prospect of back-to-back titles raced into his mind, he felt that he still had something to prove.

“I feel like that would cement myself in the record books of USAC,” Kofoid stated before the start of the 2022 season.

In turn, Kofoid put together one of the most spectacularly excellent seasons in the history of the series. Not to mention, it seemed fitting that the 67th year of USAC National Midget competition belonged to the Penngrove, Calif. native in car number 67.

At the finish line, Kofoid delivered a record-extending 12th entrant title to Keith Kunz Motorsports and the 10th for Curb-Agajanian. Kunz’s previous series entrant championships came in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021.

In a dominant year from beginning to end, Kofoid became the first driver to repeat as champion since Bryan Clauson in 2010-11. He became the 12th to achieve the feat, joining such luminaries as Shorty Templeman (1956-57-58), Jimmy Davies (1960-61-62), Jason Leffler (1997-98-99), Mike McGreevy (1965-66), Mel Kenyon (1967-68), Sleepy Tripp (1975-76), Stevie Reeves (1992-93), Tony Stewart (1994-95), Dave Darland (2001-02) and Jerry Coons Jr. (2006-07).

A plethora of statistics showcase how resoundingly prolific Kofoid was throughout his 2022 season. Yet, possibly none are more pertinent than his win percentage.

Kofoid’s 13 feature victories in 32 series races place his win percentage at 40.63 percent. That’s the highest single season winning percentage in series history in terms of a driver’s victories compared to the number of total events on the schedule. The previous mark was held by Christopher Bell’s seven wins in 18 scheduled races (38.9%) in 2014.

Furthermore, Kofoid’s baker’s dozen victories on the year made him one of just five drivers to reach at least 13 triumphs in a USAC National Midget season, which trails only Kenyon’s 17 in 1967 and 14 in 1969; Rich Vogler’s 16 in 1988; and equaled the 13 triumphant performances Sleepy Tripp posted in 1975.

Kofoid got his work finished early as well, wrapping up the championship with three races remaining, and winning by a total margin of 203 points, the most lopsided difference between first and second since 18 summers ago in 2004, and the ninth most substantial point differential in series history.

The scalding late-Spring run by Kofoid reached the level of “white hot” after reeling off four consecutive victories at Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway as well as Illinois’ Tri-City Speedway and at Indiana’s Bloomington and Lawrenceburg Speedways, making him the first to win four-straight with the series since Kyle Larson between 2012-2013.

Kofoid’s second Indiana Midget Week title in as many seasons put him in exclusive company alongside Shane Cottle (2005-06) and Rico Abreu (2014-15) as the only individuals to reach the pinnacle of the annual weeklong Hoosier state mini-series in back-to-back seasons.

Using the cushion as a ramp and the outside concrete wall as a launching pad of sorts, Kofoid pulled out all the stops to win what he claimed as the biggest win of his midget career in August during the Driven2SaveLives BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Closing out the season in November in his California homeland, Kofoid won three of seven, including a masterful performance at his home track of Placerville Speedway where he captured victory in the Hangtown 100.

Kofoid owned every statistical category with most wins (13), laps led (326), top-fives (27), top-tens (29), fast qualifying times (5) and heat race wins (9), which he shared with Thomas Meseraull and Bryant Wiedeman.

Despite all the honors and accolades from the prior year, this one was different for Kofoid, and the evidence was evident in the driver’s seat right from the word ‘go.’

“I felt like I was more conservative last year than I have been all year this year,” Kofoid acknowledged. “I still ran hard but, mentally, it felt different. This year, I felt a night and day difference. I feel way different as a driver, and I feel like our cars were better than they’ve ever been. I feel like I was better than I’d ever been in a midget. Even (crew chief) Jarrett (Martin) was as good as he’s ever been. That’s what it takes to win championships.”

Any sense of timidness on Kofoid’s part was displayed on his qualifying runs. In his first two full season with the series, he’d achieved only one fast time. In 2022 alone, he picked up five, tops in the series. Setting the tone early and often regularly put Kofoid in a favorable position, both mentally and on the starting lineups. The dividends of making all facets of his game function at max level brought a dominant championship season to fruition.

“It’s funny,” Kofoid laughed. “Last year, really the last two years, we’ve had trouble starting the night with qualifying. But I felt this year, we’ve been pretty good qualifiers and then we performed well in the heat races and in the feature, I felt like I could come from anywhere and have a really good chance at winning the race.”

A solid crew to work alongside is the backbone of any semblance of success in auto racing. Boasting the cream of the crop on their squad, with reigning USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year Jarrett Martin at the helm of his Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota, Kofoid has a prime set-up to do his job at the level he aspires to.

“Jarrett is on his game all the time and does not give up,” Kofoid praised. “I go back to when we use to live together when he’d bring all his notes home and he’d be out there until 10 or 11 o’clock at night after he got home from working on all our cars at 6 o’clock. He is definitely the man and is one of the main reasons why we are so successful, and I feel like our friendship has been a big part in that. We just clicked and I feel that’s what it takes to win championships.”

Among the other marquee headlines from a year of USAC National Midget racing came in the month of November at Placerville when Tanner Carrick notched his first series victory in three seasons, which was the 134th for the venerable Keith Kunz Motorsports team, breaking the all-time series record of 133 held by Steve Lewis.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best career points finish with a runner-up placing in the standings. In April, he etched his name into the books as the first driver to capture three consecutive series feature victories to begin a season at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Port City Raceway. To cap off the year, Grant earned a hard-fought victory in the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway. The victory made Grant the seventh driver to win both the season opener and closer in the same year, joining Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000), Tanner Thorson (2020) and Justin Grant (2022).

In another series record, there was a lead change in 31 of the 32 feature events run throughout the year with only Thomas Meseraull leading in wire-to-wire fashion during a contentious contest at Tri-State Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. Meseraull tallied three wins and made his first career presence on the podium of the final series standings.

Three first-time USAC National Midget winners emerged in 2022 with Mitchel Moles scoring on three occasions, including in his first visit to Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in September. His sixth place finish in the standings rewarded him with Rookie of the Year honors.

Additionally, Jacob Denney became Ohio’s first USAC National Midget winner since Teddy Beach in 2005 when he collected his first series win during Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park Speedway. Meanwhile, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car standout Carson Macedo picked up his first in a rare series start late in the year at California’s Merced Speedway.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) won three times and finished fifth in the series standings for 2022, highlighted by his 100-lap effort at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals in July.

McIntosh was also one of six drivers to start all 32 series feature events throughout the year along with Grant, Kofoid, Moles, Kaylee Bryson and Bryant Wiedeman. Late in the year, Kofoid and McIntosh became the second and third drivers, respectively, to record more than 100 consecutive USAC National Midget starts, reaching a stratosphere that only Tracy Hines had previously reached with 131 between 2009-15.

It was the most successful year for women on the USAC National Midget circuit. In September, Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) led 18 laps and finished as the runner-up at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, equaling Sarah McCune’s second place result at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1999 as the best ever finish by woman in series history. Bryson’s run was the best ever by a woman on dirt, however.

Prior to the season, no woman had ever recorded four fast qualifying times in her entire career. In what was her Rookie year in 2022, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) set fast time on four occasions.

The storyline that made a buzz throughout the racing world came in June at Lincoln Park where the top-four fastest times during qualifying were turned in by four women: fast-time Avedisian, second quickest Kaylee Bryson, third fastest Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and fourth overall Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.).

Bryson tied Holly Shelton (2016) for the best ever finish in the point standings by a woman, taking seventh in the rundown. Reimer finished 10th in points, making this the first time that multiple women have appeared inside the top-10 of the final standings. In June, Bryson also became the new all-time leader in USAC National Midget feature starts by a woman with her 54th.

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2022 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Buddy Kofoid

Entrant Champion: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67

Rookie of the Year: Mitchel Moles

Most Feature Wins: 13-Buddy Kofoid

Laps Led: 326-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Fives: 27-Buddy Kofoid

Top-Tens: 29-Buddy Kofoid

Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Buddy Kofoid

Heat/Qualifying Race Wins: 9-Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull & Bryant Wiedeman

Feature Starts: 32-Kaylee Bryson, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles & Bryant Wiedeman

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: Nov 26: Ventura Raceway – Kyle Larson (22nd to 2nd)

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Champion: Cannon McIntosh

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Apr 22: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Apr 23: Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, IL
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN (I)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN (I)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN (I)
WINNER: Jacob Denney (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #61)

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN (I)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway | Brandon, SD (A)
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK (M)
WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway | Beloit, KS (M)
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M)
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE (M) (F)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Aug 3-4: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway | Speedway, IN (F)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08)

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH (F)
WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89x)

Oct 7: Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, IL (F)
WINNER: Mitchel Moles (CB Industries #89)

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #2J)

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)
WINNER: Tanner Carrick (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71m)

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (A)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA (F)
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA
WINNER: Carson Macedo (Dyson Motorsport #99AU)

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA
WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA
WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2J)

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(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 2,141 Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2 1,938 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 1,682 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

4 1,669 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

5 1,666 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

6 1,637 (R) Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

7 1,544 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

8 1,306 (R) Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

9 1,290 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

10 1,244 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

11 1214 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

12 1031 Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

13 1021 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

14 977 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

15 956 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

16 930 (R) Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

17 783 (R) Dominic Gorden, Clovis, Calif.

18 760 (R) Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

19 621 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

20 596 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

21 585 (R) Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

22 575 (R) Cade Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.

23 504 Maria Cofer, Macdoel, Calif.

24 488 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

25 432 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

26 428 (R) Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

27 420 Trey Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

28 419 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

29 397 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

30 365 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

31 297 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

32 264 (R) Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

33 236 (R) Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.

34 210 (R) Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

35 194 Sam Johnson, Saint Peters, Mo.

36 113 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

37 98 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

38 87 (R) Kaidon Brown, Sydney, NSW

39 63 (R) Adam Taylor, Dwight, Ill.

40 59 (R) J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan.

41 56 (R) Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

42 34 (R) Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

43 10 (R) Chelby Hinton, Dubberly, La.

(R) = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 2,141 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

2 1,938 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2J)

3 1,710 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#7x)

4 1,669 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#01)

5 1,666 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

6 1,637 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

7 1,544 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

8 1,496 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

9 1,297 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#25K)

10 1,142 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#9m)

11 1107 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19)

12 1032 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

13 982 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#61)

14 956 Rudeen Racing, Liberty Lake, Wash. (#26)

15 930 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#84)

16 910 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#19m)

17 840 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

18 827 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71m)

19 775 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#87)

20 720 Abacus Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#57)

21 600 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#40)

22 568 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97K)

23 505 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08x)

24 452 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71K)

25 428 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71E)

26 419 Glenn Styres Racing, Ohsweken, Ont. (#3G)

27 397 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71p)

28 377 TKH Motorsports, Sweet Springs, Mo. (#21H)

29 345 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25m)

30 331 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#83)

31 264 Western Speed Racing, Morgan Hill, Calif. (#40B)

32 226 BSL Racing, Auckland, N.Z. (#7NZ)

33 194 Sam Johnson Racing, O’Fallon, Mo. (#72J)

34 155 Clauson Marshall Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#39BC)

35 102 Chris Lewis, Jackson, Mo. (#51B)

36 98 Brian Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. (#25B)

37 63 Adam Taylor Motorsports, Wheatfield, Ind. (#7)

38 59 J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan. (#2c)

39 56 Gray Racing, Greenfield, Ind. (#06)

40 34 Team OMR, Fort Myers, Fla. (#41)

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1,637 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

2 1,306 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

3 930 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

4 783 Dominic Gorden, Clovis, Calif.

5 760 Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

6 585 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

7 575 Cade Lewis, Bakersfield, Calif.

8 428 Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

9 264 Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

10 236 Travis Buckley, Auckland, N.Z.

11 210 Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

12 87 Kaidon Brown, Sydney, NSW

13 63 Adam Taylor, Dwight, Ill.

14 59 J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan.

15 56 Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

16 34 Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

17 10 Chelby Hinton, Dubberly, La.

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2022 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

13-Buddy Kofoid (Apr 23 at Port City Raceway, Jun 2 at Tri-City Speedway, Jun 3 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 4 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 8 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 9 at Huset’s Speedway, Jul 16 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 4 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sep 10 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, Sep 22 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Nov 18 at Placerville Speedway, Nov 19 at Placerville Speedway & Nov 23 at Merced Speedway)

5-Justin Grant (Feb 11 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 12 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 22 at Port City Raceway & Oct 8 at Tri-State Speedway & Nov 26 at Ventura Raceway)

3-Cannon McIntosh (Jun 11 at Kokomo Speedway, Jul 10 at Huset’s Speedway & Sep 9 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex)

3-Thomas Meseraull (Jun 5 at Tri-State Speedway, Jul 13 at Solomon Valley Raceway & Nov 15 at Bakersfield Speedway)

3-Mitchel Moles (Jul 15 at Jefferson County Speedway, Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway & Oct 7 at Wayne County Speedway)

1-Tanner Carrick (Nov 17 at Placerville Speedway)

1-Jacob Denney (Jun 9 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

1-Carson Macedo (Nov 22 at Merced Speedway)

1-Ryan Timms (Jul 12 at Red Dirt Raceway)

1-Chris Windom (Sep 24 at Eldora Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED

326-Buddy Kofoid

166-Cannon McIntosh

139-Justin Grant

109-Thomas Meseraull & Mitchel Moles

47-Ryan Timms

45-Jacob Denney

38-Chance Crum

29-Tanner Carrick

27-Carson Macedo

25-Spencer Bayston

23-Chris Windom

22-Chase McDermand

19-Jerry Coons Jr.

18-Jade Avedisian & Kaylee Bryson

16-Zach Daum

12-Cade Lewis

11-Brenham Crouch

6-Taylor Reimer

5-Tanner Thorson

3-Daison Pursley

2-Jake Andreotti & Bryant Wiedeman

1-Michael Pickens

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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

27-Buddy Kofoid

17-Justin Grant

12-Cannon McIntosh

11-Thomas Meseraull

8-Zach Daum, Jacob Denney & Mitchel Moles

7-Bryant Wiedeman

6-Brenham Crouch

5-Kaylee Bryson

4-Chance Crum & Logan Seavey

3-Jade Avedisian, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Larson, Jason McDougal, Tanner Thorson, Ryan Timms & Chris Windom

2-Spencer Bayston, Alex Bright, Tanner Carrick, Kyle Cummins, Carson Macedo, Michael Pickens & Kevin Thomas Jr.

1-Jake Andreotti, Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Shane Golobic, Chase McDermand, Ethan Mitchell, Jace Park & Daison Pursley

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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

29-Buddy Kofoid

25-Justin Grant

23-Cannon McIntosh

19-Thomas Meseraull & Bryant Wiedeman

17-Mitchel Moles

15-Kaylee Bryson

14-Zach Daum & Jacob Denney

13-Brenham Crouch & Logan Seavey

9-Chance Crum

8-Ethan Mitchell

6-Tanner Carrick, Jason McDougal, Taylor Reimer & Tanner Thorson

5-Spencer Bayston, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Shane Golobic & Carson Macedo

4-Brady Bacon, Dominic Gorden, Chase McDermand, Chris Windom, Jade Avedisian & Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Emerson Axsom, Alex Bright, Kyle Larson & Ryan Timms

2-C.J. Leary, Jace Park, Michael Pickens & Daison Pursley

1-Jake Andreotti, Maria Cofer, Colby Copeland, Trey Gropp, Anton Hernandez, Sam Johnson, Kyle Jones, Cade Lewis & Hayden Reinbold

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Buddy Kofoid

4-Jade Avedisian

3-Mitchel Moles

2-Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh & Taylor Reimer

1-Tanner Carrick, Maria Cofer, Chance Crum, Shane Golobic, Jason McDougal, Ethan Mitchell, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

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HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Pit Stop USA & Rod End Supply)

9-Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull & Bryant Wiedeman

7-Justin Grant

6-Kaylee Bryson, Cannon McIntosh & Ethan Mitchell

5-Zach Daum & Logan Seavey

4-Jade Avedisian, Jerry Coons Jr., Jacob Denney & Mitchel Moles

3-Brenham Crouch, Dominic Gorden, Cade Lewis, Jace Park, Taylor Reimer & Chris Windom

2-Emerson Axsom, Kaidon Brown, Maria Cofer, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Chase McDermand, Jason McDougal, Tanner Thorson & Ryan Timms

1-Jake Andreotti, Brady Bacon, Ryan Bernal, Alex Bright, Tanner Carrick, Chance Crum, Kyle Cummins, Michael Faccinto, Tony Gomes, Trey Gropp, Chase Johnson, Kyle Jones, Carson Macedo, Gavin Miller, Daison Pursley, Hayden Reinbold, Daniel Robinson & Jody Rosenboom

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SEMI WINS: (Presented by Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts)

3-Jade Avedisian & Jace Park

2-Brenham Crouch, Justin Grant & Chase McDermand

1-Chance Crum, Corey Day, Carson Macedo, Cannon McIntosh, Joe B. Miller, Mitchel Moles, Taylor Reimer, Hayden Reinbold, Tanner Thorson, Ryan Timms, Daniel Whitley & Bryant Wiedeman

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C-MAIN WINS:

1-Austin Barnhill, Blake Bower, Mariah Ede, Dominic Gorden, Ethan Mitchell & Ryan Timms

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FEATURE STARTS

32-Kaylee Bryson, Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles & Bryant Wiedeman

31-Thomas Meseraull

27-Taylor Reimer

26-Jacob Denney

25-Brenham Crouch, Hayden Reinbold & Logan Seavey

22-Ethan Mitchell

20-Jade Avedisian

18-Chance Crum & Chase McDermand

17-Zach Daum

16-Dominic Gorden

13-Cade Lewis, Jason McDougal & Jace Park

12-Maria Cofer

10-Trey Gropp, Tanner Thorson & Ryan Timms

9-Kyle Cummins

8-Emerson Axsom & Tanner Carrick

7-Jake Andreotti, Spencer Bayston, Jerry Coons Jr., Mariah Ede, Daison Pursley & Chris Windom

6-Brady Bacon, Alex Bright, Shane Golobic, Carson Macedo & Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Blake Brannon, Sam Johnson, Daniel Whitley & Michael Pickens

4-Corey Joyner

3-Jonathan Beason, Colby Copeland, Kyle Larson, Joe B. Miller & Alex Schriever

2-Tanner Berryhill, Kaidon Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Braden Chiaramonte, Tyler Courtney, Corey Day, J.R. Ewing, Michael Faccinto, Andrew Felker, Luke Icke, Kyle Jones, Kameron Key, C.J. Leary, Michael Magic, Shannon McQueen, Gavin Miller, Ben Rhodes, Jody Rosenboom, Karter Sarff & Adam Taylor

1-Oliver Akard, Chris Baue, Frank Beck, Lance Bennett, Ryan Bernal, Dylan Bloomfield, Jakeb Boxell, Chase Briscoe, Travis Buckley, Andrew Deal, Brody Fuson, Tony Gomes, Rylan Gray, Noah Harris, Anton Hernandez, Chase Johnson, Trey Marcham, Daniel Robinson, Alex Sewell, Matt Sherrell, Bryan Stanfill, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jake Swanson & Talin Turner

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2022 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FAST QUALIFIERS

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park – Tanner Thorson

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park – Cannon McIntosh

Apr 22: Port City Raceway – Taylor Reimer

Apr 23: Port City Raceway – Justin Grant

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Justin Grant

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Chance Crum

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway – Shane Golobic

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway – Taylor Reimer

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway – Jade Avedisian

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Ethan Mitchell

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Mitchel Moles

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Maria Cofer

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway – Jason McDougal

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Tanner Carrick

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Logan Seavey

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park – Thomas Meseraull (13th to 4th)

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (15th to 9th)

Apr 22: Port City Raceway – Andrew Felker (22nd to 11th)

Apr 23: Port City Raceway – Justin Grant (10th to 3rd)

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway – Kyle Larson (13th to 2nd)

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (22nd to 10th)

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Kyle Cummins (19th to 9th)

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 4th)

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon (14th to 6th)

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Brenham Crouch (18th to 8th)

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (12th to 1st)

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (24th to 10th)

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway – Logan Seavey (14th to 3rd)

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway – Buddy Kofoid (18th to 5th)

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway – Ryan Timms (16th to 3rd)

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (16th to 5th)

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (17th to 9th)

Aug 4: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Justin Grant (18th to 4th)

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Bryant Wiedeman (11th to 4th)

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Kaylee Bryson (22nd to 5th)

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (23rd to 7th)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Chris Windom (14th to 4th)

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (16th to 7th)

Oct 7: Wayne County Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (18th to 10th)

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway – Dominic Gorden (16th to 7th)

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway – Spencer Bayston (21st to 10th)

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Mitchel Moles (22nd to 12th)

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Logan Seavey (19th to 6th)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Chance Crum (21st to 2nd)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (14th to 2nd)

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Jacob Denney (14th to 5th)

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway – Kyle Larson (22nd to 2nd)

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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER

Feb 11: Bubba Raceway Park – Cannon McIntosh

Feb 12: Bubba Raceway Park – Justin Grant

Apr 22: Port City Raceway – Tanner Berryhill

Apr 23: Port City Raceway – Ethan Mitchell

Jun 2: Tri-City Speedway – Justin Grant

Jun 3: Bloomington Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Buddy Kofoid

Jun 5: Tri-State Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Jun 9: Lincoln Park Speedway – Ethan Mitchell

Jun 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 11: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

Jul 8: Huset's Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 9: Huset's Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Jul 10: Huset's Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 12: Red Dirt Raceway – Jonathan Beason

Jul 13: Solomon Valley Raceway – Mitchel Moles

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cade Lewis

Jul 16: Jefferson County Speedway – Ryan Timms

Aug 4: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Cannon McIntosh & Michael Pickens

Sep 9: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Zach Daum

Sep 10: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Chase McDermand

Sep 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Kaylee Bryson

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Jacob Denney

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway – Chris Windom

Oct 7: Wayne County Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Oct 8: Tri-State Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Cannon McIntosh

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway – Corey Day

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Nov 23: Merced Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway – Daniel Whitley

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Stewart & Tanner Thorson

17. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones, Kyle Larson & Dave Strickland

21. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

22. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

27. [22 wins] Tom Bigelow, Bobby East, Buddy Kofoid & Shorty Templeman

31. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton, & Ken Schrader

35. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

36. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

40. [18 wins] Dave Steele

41. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

43. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

49. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

51. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Justin Grant, Jack Turner, Leroy Warriner & Chris Windom

56. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

60. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

66. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

72. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

78. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott, Chuck Gurney & Thomas Meseraull

83. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr., Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner, Logan Seavey & Josh Wise

97. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

106. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Cannon McIntosh, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

119. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

130. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

162. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

194. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Tanner Carrick, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Ryan Timms, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

233. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Jacob Denney, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Carson Macedo, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler

16. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

17. (24) Gene Hartley & Tanner Thorson

19. (22) Stan Fox

20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East & Bobby Grim

27. (19) Jay Drake & Kyle Larson

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean & Les Scott

41. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

45. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

48. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

50. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Logan Seavey, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

62. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

67. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Cannon McIntosh, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr. & Jerry Weeks

74. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Jack Turner

85. (7) Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Billy Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs & Kody Swanson

93. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Buddy Kofoid, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

106. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Shane Golobic, Rick Goudy, Justin Grant, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

126. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Jade Avedisian, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Danny McKnight, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

156. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Tanner Carrick, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Taylor Reimer, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

197. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Kaylee Bryson, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Carson Macedo, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Daison Pursley, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

260. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Maria Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, Chance Crum, A.J. Davis, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, , Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom, 2021: Buddy Kofoid, 2022: Buddy Kofoid

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRANT CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson-Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports, 2021: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2022: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid, 2021: Chase Randall, 2022: Mitchel Moles

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2022 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER

A

OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Team OMR #41)

JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis #00)

CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Jim & Theresa Miller #95)

WILL ARMITAGE/Athens, IL (RAB Racing #57A)

JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries #84)

EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy #25x) & (Clauson Marshall Racing #39BC)

B

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports #21H)

TYLER BARAN/Joliet, IL (Scott Baran #11T)

AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #17B)

CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Baue Racing #36)

KEVIN BAYER/Bixby, OK (Kenny & Kevin Bayer #91K)

SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport #9AU)

CODY BEARD/Huntingburg, IN (Beard Racing #7)

JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing #8J), (Hard Eight Racing #8K) & (CB Industries #89x)

FRANK BECK/Sarasota, FL (Bob Jordan #17J)

KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31B) & (Beilman Motorsports #31K)

A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Racing #1x)

BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett #10B)

LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #91)

RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Shophouse Racing #17)

TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing #77s)

MARK BILLINGS/Columbia, MO (Mark Billings Racing #60e)

JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports #45)

TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (GR Motorsports #22s)

DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Matt Streeter #14T)

ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Dohner Racing #51)

BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci #9)

JAKEB BOXELL/Zanesville, IN (Chris Merkler #44JB)

CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Scott Beierle #11)

BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Western Speed Racing #40B)

GLENN BRATTI/Springdale, AR (Glenn Bratti #24T)

ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19) & (Tom Malloy #25)

CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing #5)

KAIDON BROWN/Sydney, NSW (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71)

TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing #7NZ) & (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter #25B)

TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (Matt Seymour Racing #29)

CASEY BURKHAM/Combine, TX (RAMCO Speed Group #7MR)

NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports #11K)

C

LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73L)

TUESDAY CALDERWOOD/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73T)

TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71m) & (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (LOK Enterprises #99K)

ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug & Wanda Hall #6x)

BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Tom Malloy #25)

MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing #56x)

MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Abacus Racing #57)

DALTEN COLLINS/Hershey, NE (Dalten Collins #18c)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Marc Dailey Racing #2MD) & (Central Motorsports #85)

COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (Tom Malloy #25m) & (CB Industries #87)

R.J. CORSON/Markham, IL (Corson Racing #15)

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Danny Stamper #86)

TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing #7BC) & (Tom Malloy #25)

IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager #36c)

SHELDON CREED/Alpine, CA (Abacus Racing #74)

BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing #26)

KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)

D

MASON DAUGHERTY/Lawton, OK (Shophouse Racing #17)

ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Bundy Built Motorsports #9m) & (Harris Racing #91)

COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne #4)

ANDREW DEAL/Caney, KS (Andrew Deal Racing #15D)

MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK (Michelle Decker #7D)

JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy #25), (Tom Malloy #25m) & (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #61)

JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson #21D)

NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline #55)

BRYAN DROLLINGER/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing #71D)

E

MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71E)

J.R. EWING/Phillipsburg, KS (J.R. Ewing #2c)

F

MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises #14J), (Matt Streeter #14T) & (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #15F)

ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Andrew Felker Racing #11A)

CHAD FREWALDT/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4F)

BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile #51)

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RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #46)

CHETT GEHRKE/Broken Arrow, OK (Kayla Roell Racing #4K)

SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K) & (CB Industries #83)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing #2J)

RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Racing #06)

MIKE GRIFFITHS/Melbourne, VIC (Griffiths Motorsports #75)

TREY GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08x) & (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #17B)

H

BEN HANEY/Longmont, CO (Ben Haney #3)

NOAH HARRIS/Broken Arrow, OK (Randy Turley #20H)

THOMAS HARRIS/Havana, IL (Johnson Farms Racing #51R)

JOHN HEITZMAN/San Jose, IL (John Heitzman #00)

ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Grady Chandler Racing #00), (A.J. Felker Racing #37x) & (Gray Racing #81)

JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich #22)

CHELBY HINTON/Dubberly, LA (Klatt Enterprises #4)

STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix #57x)

JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing #5J)

JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Laserworx Racing #4)

A.J. HOPKINS/Brownsburg, IN (RAMCO Speed Group #7R)

I

LUKE ICKE/Denver, CO (Lane & Luke Icke #2) & (Cappy Mason #91v)

J

SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson Racing #72J)

CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73x)

KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports #7u)

JIM JONES/Ventura, CA (Adrienne Jones #97J)

COREY JOYNER/Concordia, KS (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #52J) & (J.D. Joyner #52J)

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KYLE KEATON/Wheelersburg, OH (Kyle Keaton #6K)

KAMERON KEY/Warrensburg, MO (TKH Motorsports #21H)

JORDAN KINSER/Bedford, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing #5LK)

BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Ron Cox #19K)

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KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (CB Industries #86) & (CB Industries #87)

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Petry Motorsports #25L)

CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71m)

MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (Kaden Wells Racing #5)

M

CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport #99AU)

MICHAEL MAGIC/Winder, GA (Mike Magic #4m) & (Mike Magic #5m)

TREY MARCHAM/Newcastle, OK (Ramco Speed Group #7m) & (Marcham R & D #32)

CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #40) & (CB Industries #86)

JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08w), (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T) & (Six8 Motorsports #68)

CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08)

MARK McMAHILL/Hanna City, IL (Harris Racing #91)

SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing #7) & (RMS-McQueen Racing #7x)

TODD McVAY/Blue Springs, MO (Todd McVay #89x)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing #7x)

GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K) & (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71m)

JOE B. MILLER/Millersville, MO (Chris Lewis #51B)

ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports #9m) & (Bundy Built Motorsports #19m)

GREG MITCHELL/Parkersburg, WV (Greg Mitchell #001) & (Greg Mitchell #002)

MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries #89)

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ALEX NALON/Pittsboro, IN (Alex Nalon #18N)

RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing #39N)

TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports #1NP)

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SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Scott Orr #88)

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STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Paden Motorsports #56)

RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (CB Industries #87)

PETER PAULSON/Woodland, CA (Barrie Valentino #Q32)

MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #4x) & (Shophouse Racing #17)

DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71p)

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JIMI QUIN/Palmerston North, NZ (A.J. Felker Racing #37)

R

KEVIN REED/Laredo, TX (Kevin Reed #36)

TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #25K)

HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19), (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ) & (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T)

BEN RHODES/Louisville, KY (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #25K)

SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Robbins Racing #53)

DANIEL ROBINSON/Wayne City, IL (McCreery Motorsports-Fifty6x Racing #56) & (RAB Racing #57)

JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (RAMCO Speed Group #7m)

BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing #6)

JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom #14x)

JACK ROUTSON/Waterman, IL (RAB Racing #57A)

KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports #11m)

TROY RUTHERFORD/Ojai, CA (Woodland Autosports #8w)

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AARON SANDERS/Celestine, IN (Aaron Sanders Racing #1s)

CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale #32)

KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Karter Sarff Racing #21K)

C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (Sarna Motorsports #20)

DONNY SCHATZ/Fargo, ND (Spike Chassis/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15)

JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler #8x)

ALEX SCHRIEVER/Hartford, SD (Jeff Davis Enterprises #0T)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19), (Tom Malloy #25) & (Abacus Racing #58)

ALEX SEWELL/Broken Arrow, OK (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #15)

SHAUN SHAPEL/Wichita, KS (Shaun Shapel #84J) & (Shaun Shapel #84s)

MATT SHERRELL/Collinsville, OK (Ramco Speed Group #7R)

BLAKE SHOLDERS/New Whiteland, IN (Brian Martin #11)

AUSTIN SHORES/Atoka, OK (Grady Chandler Racing #00) & (Shores Racing #8G)

T.J. SMITH/Fresno, CA (GR Motorsports #22s)

GREYSON SPRINGER/Lafayette, IN (Gray Racing #81)

BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsports #75AU)

RICKY STENHOUSE JR./Olive Branch, MS (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08s)

DANNY STRATTON/Riverside, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31K)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

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ADAM TAYLOR/Dwight, IL (Adam Taylor Motorsports #7T)

ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports #22G)

RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing #1)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08x) & (Dean Alexander #5T)

TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T), (Tom Malloy #25m) & (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Grady Chandler Racing #00), (CB Industries #89x), (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97) & (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97K)

TALIN TURNER/Basehor, KS (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #15)

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BARRIE VALENTINO/Queensland, AU (Barrie Valentino #Q23)

JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim & Bonnie Vanzant #3v)

ZACH VEACH/Stockdale, OH (Team Ripper #21)

MATT VEATCH/McLeansboro, IL (McCreery Motorsports-Fifty6x Racing #56)

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BRANDON WAELTI/Sun Prairie, WI (Martin Family Racing #3w)

JACK WAGNER/Lone Jack, MO (J.D. Black #7JR)

JOE WALKER/Harrisonville, MO (Joe Walker #51x)

CHUCK WALKER/Herrin, IL (Chuck Walker #55)

BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing #6)

ALEX WATSON/Columbus, OH (Team Taylor Racing #11T)

CAMERON WEISHOFF/Sun Prairie, WI (Weishoff Motorsports #55)

DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Paul May Motorsports #71w)

DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing #57)

BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #01)

CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries #89x)

BRENDON WISELEY/Sand Springs, OK (Rick Horn Racing #7w)

BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander #5K)

BRAD WYATT/Kearney, MO (Rick Horn #1H)

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J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Glenn Styres Racing #0G)

 

 

GRANT RACKS UP 2ND STRAIGHT MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS TITLE IN 2022

Speedway, Indiana (November 28, 2022)………Justin Grant had a special season on the USAC trail in 2022, and along with it comes the special awards.

For the second consecutive year, the Ione, Calif. native captured the Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship. For Grant, it’s his third such title, having earned the reward in 2017, 2021 and now 2022.

Grant becomes just the fourth driver to win the honor on three different occasions, joining J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012). Tracy Hines has won the award more times than anybody else, on four occasions in 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014.

No other driver started every USAC national event throughout the year and no other driver accumulated more total points throughout the three national divisions during the course of the 2022 campaign than Grant.

In 82 combined USAC national starts in 2022, the Ione, Calif. native totaled 4,991 points, more than a thousand markers over his nearest competition, earning a $10,000 bonus.

“It’s a neat reward,” Grant exclaimed. “It’s cool to be acknowledged for being at the front of all three series throughout the course of the year. Anything with Mike Curb’s name on it carries some weight. He’s been a staple in USAC racing for a long time and winning an award with his name on it is really neat and it’s even neater that it pays a few more bucks this year.”

Grant’s 2022 journey included a first USAC National Sprint Car driving championship and he was the lone driver to win feature in all three series during the year with one Silver Crown victory, six in the sprint cars and five more in midgets.

It’s something that Grant doesn’t take for granted, not the first time he corralled the overall USAC National Drivers Championship, nor the second or third time as well.

“Driving with USAC specifically is what I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” Grant said. “To be in the position to run all these races and to do this is amazing and I want to do as much of it as I can. I’m really fortunate to have great car owners, great partners and great crews and the ability to go and run all these races is really on them with how much they provide for me and how hard they work to keep me going, beating up and down the road.”

As Grant alluded to, it’ takes more than a driver to make it all work. There are several facets that work to make it a success and three teams in which Grant competed for to achieve the feat: Hemelgarn Racing (Silver Crown), TOPP Motorsports (Sprint Car) and RMS Racing (Midget).

“I get to come in and be the hero at the end of the night,” Grant continued. “It’s really a lot about all about them and my wife at home taking care of the kids and holding the house down while I’m out on the road racing. I’ve just got a really good circle around me, great car owners, great partners, great crews, great wife and a great family. There’s a ton of people on the backend that you don’t see on FloRacing who make it possible for everybody to see me on FloRacing every night.”

Curb has offered the reward annually since the 1999 USAC season, and now in his 24th year of bestowing the honor upon USAC’s top overall points champion. The title was rechristened as the National Drivers Championship to more properly represent the accomplishment of achieving the feat, which so few have done.

The prize had previously been known as the USAC National Drivers Championship for a span of three years between 2010-2012 as well as the Super License in recent years.

The new Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Champion will be honored at USAC’s Night of Champions in December of 2022.

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MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONS:

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Tracy Hines

2001: J.J. Yeley

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Jay Drake

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Tracy Hines

2014: Tracy Hines

2015: Dave Darland

2016: Brady Bacon

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Justin Grant

2022: Justin Grant

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2022 MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

1. 4,991 Justin Grant

2. 3,968 Logan Seavey

3. 3,164 C.J. Leary

4. 3,117 Mitchel Moles

5. 2,910 Brady Bacon

6. 2,819 Emerson Axsom

7. 2,670 Thomas Meseraull

8. 2,388 Buddy Kofoid

9. 2,369 Robert Ballou

10. 2,148 Jason McDougal

11. 2,079 Matt Westfall

12. 1,910 Jake Swanson

13. 1,864 Chase Stockon

14. 1,829 Kyle Cummins

15. 1,736 Jadon Rogers

16. 1,726 Kaylee Bryson

17. 1,669 Bryant Wiedeman

18. 1,666 Cannon McIntosh

19. 1,439 Kevin Thomas Jr

20. 1,306 Jacob Denney

21. 1,290 Brenham Crouch

22. 1,279 Zach Daum

23. 1,244 Taylor Reimer

24. 1,130 Shane Cottle

25. 1,039 Brandon Mattox

26. 1,021 Ethan Mitchell

27. 977 Hayden Reinbold

28. 956 Chance Crum

29. 930 Jade Avedisian

30. 783 Dominic Gorden

31. 760 Chase McDermand

32. 697 Max Adams

33. 675 Tanner Thorson

34. 668 Kody Swanson

35. 632 Briggs Danner

36. 596 Ryan Timms

37. 585 Jace Park

38. 575 Cade Lewis

39. 569 Alex Banales

40. 525 Mario Clouser

41. 518 Brian Tyler

42. 504 Maria Cofer

43. 488 Daison Pursley

44. 455 Shane Cockrum

45. 454 Charles Davis Jr

46. 431 Alex Bright

47. 428 Mariah Ede

48. 420 Trey Gropp

49. 404 Travis Welpott

50. 379 Dallas Hewitt

51. 332 Cole Bodine & Bobby Santos

53. 327 Xavier Doney

54. 325 Kyle Robbins

55. 322 Brent Beauchamp

56. 319 Gregg Cory

57. 314 Sterling Cling

58. 264 Blake Brannon

59. 255 Taylor Ferns

60. 244 Dave Berkheimer

61. 242 Carson Short

62. 236 Travis Buckley

63. 230 Nathan Byrd

64. 229 Davey Hamilton Jr

65. 223 Eric Gordon

66. 220 Kyle Shipley

67. 218 Wyatt Burks

68. 216 Ricky Lewis

69. 210 Gavin Miller

70. 208 Brady Short

71. 202 Carmen Perigo

72. 199 Derek Bischak

73. 197 Mike McVetta

74. 194 Sam Johnson

75. 189 Steven Drevicki

76. 178 Bryan Gossel

77. 174 Brian Ruhlman

78. 172 Harley Burns

79. 157 Tom Paterson

80. 156 Jack Hoyer

81. 154 Casey Buckman

82. 153 Brian Hayden

83. 147 Russ Gamester

84. 143 Brayden Fox

85. 142 Austin Nemire

86. 141 Davey Ray

87. 129 Nick Bilbee & Kyle O'Gara

89. 127 Dustin Clark

90. 119 Nick Hamilton

91. 118 Mike Haggenbottom

92. 113 Jerry Coons Jr

93. 101 Tanner Swanson

94. 100 Patrick Bruns

95. 98 Steve Buckwalter

96. 95 Braxton Cummings

97. 93 Jake Day

98. 91 Kyle Steffens

99. 89 Brandon Morin

100. 88 Patrick Lawson & Landon Simon

102. 87 Kaidon Brown

103. 82 Jimmy Light

104. 74 Kendall Ruble

105. 64 Chad Boespflug & Tyler Roahrig

107. 63 Adam Taylor

108. 59 J.R. Ewing

109. 56 Rylan Gray

110. 55 Saban Bibent & Bill Rose

112. 51 Danny Long

113. 46 Terry Babb

114. 43 Jake Simmons

115. 42 Dave Peperak

116. 41 A.J. Fike & Chris Windom

118. 39 Matt Goodnight

119. 38 Korey Weyant

120. 37 Tye Mihocko

121. 36 Cary Oliver

122. 34 Oliver Akard

123. 33 Nathan Moore, Steven Russell & Kent Schmidt

126. 31 Mark Smith & Chris Urish

128. 27 Ryan Newman

129. 25 Mark Bitner

130. 24 Chris Fetter

131. 18 Tommy Nichols

132. 10 David Byrne, Chelby Hinton, Anthony Macri, Nate McMillin & Ronnie Wuerdeman


USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

EXTREME MUFFLERS C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Austin Ervine (#21 Ervine), 2. Heath Holdsclaw (#33 Case), 3. Mark Hanson (#79 Matranga), 4. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 5. James Turnbull II (#2J Turnbull), 6. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 7. Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 8. Camie Bell (#29C Bell), 9. Elexa Herrera (#16J Herrera), 10. Davis Lindt (#52 Lindt), 11. Todd Pratt (#17 Pratt), 12. Dennis Rodriguez (#19 Sala). NT.

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI #1: (12 laps) 1. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Austin Grabowski (#13 Stanford), 4. Verne Sweeney (#98 Tracy), 5. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson), 6. Michael Pombo (#98P Pombo), 7. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 8. Hanson, 9. Tanner Boul (#99T Boul), 10. Alex Pettas (#2 Pettas), 11. Jake Swanson (#57 Hix), 12. Ervine, 13. Cash Culp (#$ Culp). NT.

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI #2: (12 laps) 1. A.J. Bender (#21B Bender), 2. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 3. Rutherford, 4. Nathan Byrd (#21K Kruseman), 5. Gage Rucker (#10K Kruseman), 6. Tom Dunkel (#17A Dunkel), 7. Jon DeWees (#63D DeWees), 8. Ronald Webster (#51W Webster), 9. Holdsclaw, 10. Chris Muraoka (#25 Muraoka), 11. Max Adams (#3 Montgomery), 12. Ricky Lewis (#41 Lewis), 13. Grant Sexton (#22 Sexton), 14. James Herrera (#5J Herrera). NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Timms (1), 2. Logan Calderwood (2), 3. Mitchel Moles (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (3), 5. Chase Johnson (9), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 7. Brody Fuson (7), 8. Jake Swanson (23), 9. Colby Johnson (19), 10. Troy Rutherford (16), 11. T.J. Smith (11), 12. Verne Sweeney (17), 13. Tom Dunkel (22), 14. Shon Deskins (13), 15. Kyle Edwards (8), 16. Nathan Byrd (18), 17. Brody Roa (6), 18. A.J. Bender (12), 19. Gage Rucker (20), 20. Albert Pombo (14), 21. Austin Grabowski (15), 22. Michael Pombo (21), 23. Carson Macedo (10). NT.
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**M.Pombo flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timms.
WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Ryan Timms
BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Colby Johnson (19th to 9th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tom Dunkel
HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE LUCKY PILL DRAW: Tanner Boul
**Provisionals (Jake Swanson) are not eligible for hard charger award.

 

GRANT PRIX:
A DREAM VICTORY FOR JG AT TURKEY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 26, 2022)………”It's a dream come true to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Justin Grant’s dream became a reality at California’s Ventura Raceway as he charged, withstood, battled, banged and tussled for 98 laps en route to victory during Saturday night’s tumultuous 81st running of the ARP TNGP featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

The Ione, Calif. native started 13th in the 28-car field, then picked his path all the way to the front by blazing past 2015 race winner Tanner Thorson with 15 laps remaining to achieve what so many other frontrunners could not on this evening – stay out of trouble and stay put up front.

A cavalcade of race leaders ultimately found their winning efforts end abruptly due to a bevy of incidents which spared nobody, including top-notch talent like Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo and Tanner Thorson.

Not Grant, however, who had yet to finish inside the top-five in each of his three career Turkey Night starts dating back to 2017. This night belonged to the individual who, not so long ago, could be found on the other side of the fence in the grandstands viewing the Thanksgiving weekend classic as a spectator.

“My dad used to take me to Irwindale Speedway, and we’d watch Turkey Night there every year,” Grant recalled. “This is one of the races I fell in love with. I didn’t think I’d ever get a chance to run in it, never thought I’d make a show and certainly never thought I’d be able to win one.”
Grant’s 14th career USAC National Midget feature victory aboard his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota tied him with Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner, Leroy Warriner and Chris Windom for 51st on the series’ all-time win list.

Furthermore, Grant’s sixth series win of the 2022 season consisted of triumphs in both the first and last events of the season, making him one of just seven individuals to achieve that particular feat in the 67-year history of the series: Parnelli Jones (1964), Rich Vogler (1984), Billy Boat (1996), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000) and Tanner Thorson (2020).

Early on, however, the class of the field was back-to-back series champion Buddy Kofoid who, like Grant, was also seeking his first career Turkey Night winning experience. Kofoid took off around the outside of pole sitter Kevin Thomas Jr. at the green and served as the centerpiece for the majority of the first half of the affair.

Mitchel Moles and Jonathan Beason were the two earliest misfortunate ones who found themselves upside down. Moles, the 2022 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, flipped over in turn one while contesting the 15th position on lap 10. On the 31st lap, Turkey Night Rookie Jonathan Beason ramped over the left side wheels of Spencer Bayston in turn one as the pair dueled for 17th.

Third-starting Cannon McIntosh, who had earlier begun his forward trajectory by nipping Thomas at the stripe by a wheel for second on lap 24, then made his way into the lead as he ripped around the outside of Kofoid to lead the 45th go around just before the halfway mark.

Just as soon as McIntosh established his dominant stance at the front of the field, along came Carson Macedo and Tanner Thorson into the scene. Macedo went topside to third around Thomas in turn four on lap 53 while Thorson followed suit to fourth under Thomas in between turns three and four on the 54th circuit.

Thorson and Macedo tossed each other sliders at will with Thorson taking the third spot away on lap 62 and Macedo returning the favor two laps later by reclaiming third from Thorson with a turn one slide job. On a lap 66 restart, the never-ending story of Macedo and Thorson’s crusade to the front carried on with Macedo swiping second from Kofoid in turn one while Thorson slipped by Kofoid as well to move himself up to third and drop Kofoid back to fourth.

However, that moment preceded circumstances that turned a relatively tame race into a fever pitch of sorts when Thorson clobbered the turn two cushion on lap 68. As Thorson’s car hooked left on the rebound, it occupied the path of the trailing Kofoid who ramped over Thorson’s front end and proceeded to barrel roll 3.5 times down the back straight, ending his championship season in an undesirable position, although he was able to walk away.

Now, that set forth Grant on his mission to third on the lap 68 restart past Thorson. The two went toe-to-toe, exchanging haymakers in the process until making contact in turn four, which dropped Thorson to fifth momentarily until entering the highline of turns one and two where he slipped sideways on lap 70, resulting in a calamity that took out Tyler Courtney (8th), Thomas Meseraull (10th) and Emerson Axsom (11th) who all stopped while Thorson continued on after being broadsided by Courtney.

The merry-go-round of misfortune befell race leader Cannon McIntosh who biked and nearly flipped before landing on all fours in turn on the 71st lap. After leading 26 laps, heartbreak hit McIntosh’s bid for victory and handed the lead off to Macedo who, himself, biked on the opposite end of the 1/5-mile dirt oval, which sent him into the wall and tipped over on his side on lap 78. Victory was out of the question for Macedo, but he did recover enough to finish with a ninth place result.

Grant led the field to the green on lap 78, but his lead proved to be short-lived as Thorson slid past in the first turn on lap 79 to go to the top of the board. For the next five laps, the two waged a war of who could blink first. Neither gave an inch nor a twitch nor a blink of the eye as they exchanged punches but kept on digging. Finally, for Grant, his persistence paid off when he drifted straight across the nose of Thorson in the third and fourth turns to overtake the position with a mere 15 laps to go on track 84.

A tricky proposition to defeat, Grant began sliding himself into turns one and three, with Thorson making a steady chase a way under or around, but he found it initially, ably sliding past Grant in turn three with 14 laps remaining but was unable to hold as Grant countered the move by scooting past underneath. Thorson gave chase for the next several laps until he too was snakebit by spinning on his own between turns three and four, ending his run with a 19th place result.

“I love racing with Tanner Thorson,” Grant stated. “I know a lot of guys don’t and a lot of guys don’t like racing with me. Tanner and I take the gloves off and we go at it; it’s an absolute blast. We were pulling out every trick in the book we knew to try and get each other pocketed, crossed over and repocketed. I don’t know if it looks like two idiots bashing around on the cushion but there’s so much race craft there and not getting yourself crashed and just paying attention. He rolled up right next to me when the yellow came out, blew my nose off, buzzed the tires like he was mad, and our adrenaline was still up. Then, a lap later, he rolled up next to me and he’s like, ‘we’re good; we’re having fun.’”

With his stiffest competition out of the picture, Grant’s path was now a bit clearer. But one individual back a bit further in the field was beginning to flex his muscle – Kyle Larson. The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series champion and three-time Turkey Night winner started 22nd and had elevated into the top-five by the time of the final restart. He quickly expelled fourth and third, then to second with four laps to go as he climbed the turn three infield berm, ricocheted off Thomas, completing the pass while all four wheels were airborne!

However, it wasn’t enough to run down Grant. In a race that no leader seemed to be able to put their full grasp upon, Grant took control and never relented as he closed the night and turned out the lights with a 1.367 second margin of victory over Larson, Bryant Wiedeman, Jake Andreotti and Thomas.

Three-time Turkey Night winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) was an unexpected entrant into the race, only deciding to participate about 36 hours earlier on Thursday evening following a glass or two of wine on Thanksgiving night while watching video of a few classic Turkey Night Grand Prix races. Larson placed a phone call to CB Industries team owner Chad Boat, and by Saturday afternoon, Larson was signing in to compete at Ventura Raceway.

In an incredible stat line, in 10 career Turkey Night Grand Prix starts, Larson now owns three wins, four seconds, a third and two fourths, adding another top-notch run on Saturday night in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com/Spike/Speedway.

“We weren’t great but just hung around and it seemed like anybody who got to the lead crashed and collected some people,” Larson explained. “We made some passes throughout; in the mid-portion, we weren’t very good but then we got better at the end. I just ran really, really hard there, and knew I was running out of time, so I had to go. I made some pretty crazy and dumb moves, but I got to second and was hoping we could get a caution to get racing with Justin there. He was sliding himself at both ends and thought that maybe we could get a run and just out-angle him into one and get clear off two if we got a caution, but it just didn’t work out.”

It's been a very good year for Bryant Wiedeman on the USAC National Midget trail. He started all 33 features and finished on the podium on four occasions. The Colby, Kansas driver closed out the year with one of his finest performances yet, bringing home third at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Nutrien Ag Solutions – PurpleWave.com/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“We were definitely good on the bottom early and I think we were good there late too,” Wiedeman stated. “I had a chance for second there and just got to racing with Jake (Andreotti) and (Kevin Thomas Jr.), and that was a lot of fun there at the end racing with those kind of guys. It was just good clean racing, and it was a blast.”

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) has been impressive throughout the entire USAC National Midget California swing. The USAC Western States Midget standout finished a strong fourth in his first run at Turkey Night. That earned him the distinction as the 2022 Don Basile Rookie of the Race.

To start the night, Kevin Thomas Jr. scored Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix pole position for the second time in his career, previously starting P1 in 2019. It was the Cullman, Ala. driver’s eighth career fast qualifying time with the USAC National Midgets. Oddly enough, six of his eight fast times have come either in the season opener or the season closer.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: (Top-10 Locked into the Feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.207; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.249; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.252; 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.276; 5. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.284; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.287; 7. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.289; 8. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.309; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.320; 10. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.344; 11. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.346; 12. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.352; 13. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.383; 14. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.399; 15. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.424; 16. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.429; 17. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.438; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.443; 19. Jonathan Beason, 89x, CBI-12.478; 20. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.495; 21. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.496; 22. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.513; 23. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.514; 24. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-12.550; 25. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-12.557; 26. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.570; 27. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.599; 28. T.J. Smith, 22s, GR-12.613; 29. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.633; 30. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.639; 31. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.677; 32. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.683; 33. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.711; 34. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Streeter-12.828; 35. Troy Rutherford, 8w, Woodland-12.874; 36. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-12.906; 37. Kyle Larson, 87, CBI-12.986; 38. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.987; 39. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.009; 40. A.J. Bender, 1x, LKK-13.068; 41. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.159; 42. Steve Hix, 57x, Hix-13.208; 43. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-13.231; 44. Bryon Walters, 6, Rose-13.235; 45. Tuesday Calderwood, 73T, Ford-13.281; 46. Scott Orr, 88s, Orr-13.304; 47. Logan Calderwood, 73L, Ford-13.319; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.407; 49. Terry Nichols, 1NP, NP-13.423; 50. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.464; 51. Blaze Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.755; 52. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-13.988; 53. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.452; 54. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.649; 55. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-NT; 56. Josh Hodge, 5J, Rose-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Cade Lewis, 3. Brenham Crouch, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Dominic Gorden, 6. Ryan Timms, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Travis Buckley, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Logan Calderwood, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Nathan Byrd, 15. Bryon Walters, 16. Josh Hodge. 2:31.004

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Taylor Reimer, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Tuesday Calderwood, 11. Steve Paden, 12. Blaze Bennett, 13. Steve Hix, 14. Joey Bishop, 15. Bryan Drollinger. NT

PIT STOP USA / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Jonathan Beason, 4. Kyle Larson, 5. Jacob Denney, 6. T.J. Smith, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. Caden Sarale, 9. Lance Bennett, 10. A.J. Bender, 11. Scott Orr, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Jim Vanzant, 14. Zach Telford, 15. Daison Pursley. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Dominic Gorden, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. Taylor Reimer, 10. T.J. Smith, 11. Mariah Ede, 12. Hayden Reinbold, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Caden Sarale, 15. Lance Bennett, 16. C.J. Sarna, 17. Tuesday Calderwood, 18. A.J. Bender. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (13), 2. Kyle Larson (22), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jake Andreotti (9), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 6. Logan Seavey (8), 7. Alex Bright (27-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (24), 9. Carson Macedo (7), 10. Jason McDougal (18), 11. Jake Swanson (16), 12. Chase Johnson (6), 13. Jacob Denney (26), 14. Ryan Timms (23), 15. Chance Crum (28-P), 16. Brenham Crouch (17), 17. Jonathan Beason (19), 18. Cade Lewis (14), 19. Tanner Thorson (11), 20. Cannon McIntosh (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (15), 22. Tyler Courtney (21), 23. Buddy Kofoid (2), 24. Brody Fuson (5), 25. Mitchel Moles (20), 26. Daniel Whitley (10), 27. Kaylee Bryson (12), 28. Spencer Bayston (25). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-44 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 45-70 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 71-77 Carson Macedo, Lap 78 Justin Grant, Laps 79-83 Tanner Thorson, Laps 84-98 Justin Grant.

**Josh Hodge flipped during qualifying. Daison Pursley flipped during the third qualifier. Mitchel Moles flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Jonathan Beason flipped on lap 31 of the feature. Buddy Kofoid flipped on lap 68 of the feature. Carson Macedo flipped on lap 79 of the feature.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2141, 2-Justin Grant-1938, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1682, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1669, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1666, 6-Mitchel Moles-1637, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1544, 8-Jacob Denney-1306, 9-Brenham Crouch-1290, 10-Taylor Reimer-1244.

FINAL OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-213, 2-Logan Seavey-155, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-128, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-114, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Emerson Axsom-105, 10-Kyle Cummins-104.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Daniel Whitley (12.262)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (12.207)

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Tanner Thorson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA / Rod End Supply Third Qualifier Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Ryan Timms

Feature Hard Charger: Kyle Larson (22nd to 2nd)

Don Basile Rookie of the Race: Jake Andreotti

 

 

1-2-3 FOR DENNEY, ROOKIE TOPS TURKEY NIGHT USAC MIDGET PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2022)………Jacob Denney not only recorded the fastest single lap during Friday night’s practice for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at California’s Ventura Raceway, he turned the fastest three laps!

The Don Basile Turkey Night Grand Prix Rookie from Galloway, Ohio timed in as the fastest overall of the 50 cars which hit the track for the open session in preparation for the 81st running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Driving for the same team which captured the most recent Turkey Night Grand Prix victory in 2021, Denney’s three fastest practice laps of the night – 12.307, 12.367 and 12.377 – were faster than any other lap posted by any other driver in the field.

Denney, in his Tom Malloy/Trench Shoring – Rodela Specialty Fabrication/King/Ed Pink Toyota, was followed by Bixby, Oklahoma’s Taylor Reimer (12.397) while Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) put two different cars into the top-four. He took the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67K to third at 12.399 and the No. 71p to 12.481.

Rounding out the top-five on practice night was Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) at 12.514 seconds. The 2019 USAC National Midget champion was at the wheel of the same, exact winning Tom Malloy-owned car driven to victory a year ago at Turkey Night by Logan Seavey.

Newly crowned back-to-back USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was 12th fastest while past Turkey Night winners, 2021 victor Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and 2015 king Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), were 16th and 32nd, respectively.

Two on-track incidents occurred during the night. Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.) flipped during the first session and was able to walk away under his own power. Later in the evening, Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) spun backwards into the turn three tire barrier at the pit entrance. Moments later, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) tried to avoid the stopped car of Bryson, but clipped Bryson, which knocked out Bayston’s left front.

RACE DETAILS:

The 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix pays $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Sprint car semi-feature and feature events, plus a full program for the USAC National Midgets, take place on Saturday, November 26 and conclude with a 98-lap feature event.

On Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 25, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

PRACTICE: 1. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-12.307; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.397; 3. Daison Pursley, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.399; 4. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.481; 5. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-12.514; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.516; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.556; 8. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.563; 9. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.578; 10. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.594; 11. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.629; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.651; 13. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.702; 14. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.703; 15. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.705; 16. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.706; 17. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.708; 18. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.716; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.721; 20. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.747; 21. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Streeter-12.772; 22. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.824; 23. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.827; 24. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.877; 25. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.903; 26. Jonathan Beason, 89x, CBI-12.903; 27. Troy Rutherford, 8w, Woodland-12.960; 28. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.070; 29. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.073; 30. Scott Orr, 88s, Orr-13.086; 31. Jake Hodges, 4, Hodges-13.210; 32. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-13.229; 33. Logan Calderwood, 73L, Ford-13.289; 34. Steve Hix, 57x, Hix-13.362; 35. Tuesday Calderwood, 73T, Ford-13.375; 36. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-14.046; 37. A.J. Bender, 1x, LKK-14.052; 38. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-14.057; 39. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-14.083; 40. T.J. Smith, 22s, GR-14.087; 41. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-14.128; 42. Travis Buckley, A237NZ, BSL-14.158; 43. Steve Paden, 56, Paden-14.322; 44. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-14.346; 45. Terry Nichols, 1NP, NP-14.467; 46. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.536; 47. Blaze Bennett, 10, Bennett-14.607; 48. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-14.686; 49. Josh Hodge, 5J, Rose-14.781; 50. Bryon Walters, 6, Rose-15.086; 51. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-NT; 52. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-NT; 53. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-NT; 54. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-NT; 55. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-NT; 56. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-NT; 57. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval – 81st ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix


 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 25, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#8W May), 2. Ricky Lewis (#41 Lewis), 3. Jake Swanson (#57 Hix), 4. Tyler Hatzikian (#27 Hatzikian), 5. Tom Dunkel (#17A Dunkel), 6. Gage Rucker (#10K Kruseman), 7. Chris Muraoka (#25 Muraoka), 8. Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 9. James Turnbull II (#2J Turnbull). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Verne Sweeney (#98 Tracy), 2. Brody Roa (#8M May), 3. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson), 4. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 5. Heath Holdsclaw (#33 Case), 6. Alex Pettas (#2 Pettas), 7. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 8. David Lindt (#52 Lindt). NT.

VAHLCO WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Mitchel Moles (#51T Roth), 2, Ronald Webster (#52W Webster), 3. Matt Mitchell (#37 Mitchell), 4. A.J. Bender (#21B Bender), 5. Austin Ervine (#21 Ervine), 6. Todd Pratt (#17 Pratt), 7. Jon DeWees (#63 DeWees), 8. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford). NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Logan Calderwood (#6 Calderwood), 2. Troy DeGaton (#39T DeGaton), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#4C Calderwood), 4. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 5. Cash Culp (#$ Culp), 6. Camie Bell (#29 Bell), 7. Nate Robinson (#54 Perkins), 8. James Herrera (#5J Herrera). NT.

ROD END SUPPLY FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brody Fuson (#51 Van Meter), 2. Ryan Timms (#5T Timms), 3. Grant Sexton (#22 Sexton), 4. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 5. Tanner Boul (#99T Boul), 6. Nathan Byrd (#21K Kruseman), 7. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 8. Max Adams. NT.

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 2. Tony Gomes (#73 Ford), 3. Carson Macedo (#21T Tarlton), 4. Austin Grabowski (#13 Stanford), 5. Dennis Rodriguez (#19 Streeter), 6. Mark Hanson (#79 Matranga), 7. Michael Pombo (#98P Pombo), 8. Elexa Herrera (#16J Herrera). NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Mitchell, 2. Timms, 3. Macedo, 4. Swanson, 5. Adams, 6. Sexton, 7. Pettas, 8. Hendrix, 9. Bell, 10. Ervine, 11. Lewis, 12. Turnbull, 13. Rodriguez. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Ch.Johnson, 3. Moles, 4. Deskins, 5. Bender, 6. Sweeney, 7. M.Pombo, 8. Rucker, 9. Hatzikian, 10. Lindt, 11. Rutherford, 12. Robinson. NT.

VAHLCO WHEELS THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Smith, 3. Calderwood, 4. Webster, 5. Byrd, 6. J.Herrera, 7. Grabowski, 8. Muraoka, 9. E.Herrera, 10. Pratt, 11. DeGaton, 12. Holdsclaw. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Gomes, 2. Davis, 3. Edwards, 4. A.Pombo, 5. Mayhew, 6. Culp, 7. DeWees, 8. Dunkel, 9. Boul, 10. Co.Johnson, 11. Hanson. NT.

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (15 laps) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Logan Calderwood, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Mitchell Moles, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Kyle Edwards, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Tony Gomes. NT. ---------------------------- **DeGaton flipped on lap 1 of the third qualifier. DeWees flipped on lap 1 of the fourth qualifier. Ch.Johnson flipped on lap 11 of the dash.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 26 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California –“ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”


BIG STAR:
KOFOID WINS THIRTEEN,
PREVAILS ONCE AGAIN AT MERCED

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 23, 2022)………When all else fails, head to the top!

Buddy Kofoid successfully put this theory to the test en route to victory during Wednesday night’s penultimate round of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season at California’s Merced Speedway.

After making a charge from 14th to 2nd one night prior at Merced, the prevailing thought became ‘What could he have done if he started closer to the front?’

At first glance, Wednesday’s third place starting position for Kofoid seemed to be the remedy to rectify what ailed him a mere 24 hours earlier.

However, an uncharacteristic mishap in turn one on the opening lap sent the Penngrove, Calif. native skating up the racetrack and free-falling back to seventh in the running order, thus forcing him into the position of having to come-from-behind once again.

“It really started with me making a mistake on the first corner when I went from like third to seventh,” Kofoid explained. “Then I started to move around, and I got up there early because I didn’t want to follow and I started ripping it and couldn’t really go anywhere, so I decided to get back down. I felt pretty good on the bottom, it just kind of laid over and was too tight for my liking.”

As he’d demonstrated on 12 previous occasions throughout the USAC National Midget season, he has a knack for blazing his own trail rather than relying on the standard thought process. Even though he began to make some headway on the bottom momentarily just before halfway, Kofoid soon found an option up top that better suited his aspirations.

“I was able to make speed and pick off one or two guys on the bottom, but I had kind of had enough following them, so I decided to move up there and make it work,” Kofoid recalled. “Even if it wasn’t very good the first couple of laps, I knew if I could get it cleaned off then maybe I’d be okay.

That’s when the tide immediately turned for Kofoid and he began to make enormous strides in his quest to race to the front of the field.

With 10 laps remaining, the newly crowned back-to-back USAC National Midget champion picked off a succession of contemporaries on his way from fifth to second in a span of three laps, first by Jason McDougal for fourth on lap 21, then by Jade Avedisian for third on the 22nd circuit and passed Daniel Whitley for the runner-up position on the 23rd lap all while mainly making the topside of the quarter-mile dirt oval his figurative yellow brick road to the front.

Kofoid dug in on the cushion after having dug out of the hole he was seemingly buried in at the start of the 30-lapper. With five laps remaining, Kofoid’s spirited determination came to fruition when he zipped around racelong frontrunner Spencer Bayston on the high side of turn four on lap 26 to assume the position as the new leader.

“All of a sudden, I started running them down really fast. I picked one off, then picked a couple more off. Once I got into second and into open air, I could visually see myself getting closer. At that point, I knew that’s where I really needed to be, and I couldn’t let myself get taken off the top. Luckily, I got by Spencer for the lead before that red. Otherwise, he probably would’ve moved up and it could’ve been a different story.”

The late red flag came about with three laps remaining when 16th running Kaylee Bryson flipped between turns one and two on the 28th lap. She managed to restart from the tail of the field following the accident and finished in the 20th position.

Meanwhile, third running Whitley was unable to continue following the red flag period due to a broken rear end that put an early end in what was a career best run for the Californian making just his third career series start.

Upon the resumption of the final three laps, there was nary a single piece of ammunition anybody had in their arsenal to chase down Kofoid who completed the task with gusto and a 0.576 margin of victory over Bayston, McDougal, Avedisian and hard charger Jacob Denney who finished fifth after starting back in the 14th position.

“It was kind of fun,” Kofoid admitted. “I don’t want to say falling back is fun but having to dig your way out and finding something is kind of satisfying. I’d love to win it 10 times out of 10 running the cushion like that.”

Kofoid’s run of success in 2022 makes him one of just five drivers in the 67-year history of the USAC National Midget series to reach at least 13 wins in a single season. Mel Kenyon owns the most series wins in a season with 17 in 1967. Rich Vogler put together a 16-win campaign in 1988. Kenyon made the exclusive list again in 1969 when he notched 14. Sleepy Tripp also achieved 13 triumphant performances with the series in 1975.

Furthermore, Kofoid’s 22nd career USAC National Midget feature victory ties him with series champions Tom Bigelow, Bobby East and Shorty Templeman for 27th on the series’ all-time win list.

Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) turned in his best USAC National Midget performance in four years. The 2017 series champ led a race-high 25 laps en route to a second place finish in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota. That's his best series result since a runner-up finish at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on June 3, 2018.

“The bottom of (turns 1 and 2) were really good and I felt super confident with what I was doing down there,” Bayston stated. “Early in the race, in three and four, I felt good with what I was doing, but I could feel it starting to slow down. I just kept looking to the top and thinking, that’s a really big cushion, and it’s black to it.’ I was thinking there wasn’t going to be anybody up there making speed. But obviously, if anybody was going to do it, it was Buddy. His car has been really good, he’s done a really good job and he was able to make it work. I was counting the laps and looking at the board trying to sneak one out here and pick up a win. But I’m definitely happy with second. We’ve made a lot of progress from where we were last night.”

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) provided five-time USAC Western States Midget entrant champion Six8 Motorsports with its best ever USAC National Midget result with a third place run as he used the low line to scoot into third with two laps to go in his Six8 Motorsports/Esslinger Engineering – CSI – Extreme Mufflers – Maxwell Industries/Stewart/Esslinger.

McDougal’s third was his best finish with the series since June 12, 2021 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway while he gave the Esslinger powerplant a podium result in USAC National Midget competition for the first time in more than four years when Brent Beauchamp took second at the Southern Illinois Center in March of 2018.

“We tuned it to run the bottom after watching the B-Main,” McDougal noted. “These guys have poured in a bunch of time, and I’ve been a pain. So, it’s a little bit of a reward to be up here and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve always been really comfortable with these guys, but we’ve been fighting some small problems. We’ve stuck it out and they’ve figured a lot out for me.”

In Fatheadz Qualifying, Mitchel Moles recorded his third fast time of the season and 11th overall in USAC national competition, adding eight more in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship throughout the campaign.

Additionally, in one of the wildest moments of the season, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens executed a clockwise corkscrew flip during the first lap of his qualifying run. Miraculously, Pickens landed back on his wheels and drove away scot-free without any damage to the racecar or to himself.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.947; 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.955; 3. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.012; 4. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.024; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.029; 6. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.033; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.050; 8. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.071; 9. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.079; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.079; 11. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.090; 12. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.101; 13. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.130; 14. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.132; 15. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.145; 16. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.150; 17. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.156; 18. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.166; 19. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.176; 20. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.182; 21. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.193; 22. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.198; 23. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.210; 24. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.231; 25. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.298; 26. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.317; 27. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.362; 28. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.365; 29. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.386; 30. Michael Pickens, 4, Dave Mac Dalby-12.429; 31. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.504; 32. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.519; 33. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.521; 34. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.553; 35. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.557; 36. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-12.871; 37. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.884; 38. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.958; 39. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.212; 40. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.682; 41. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-NT; 42. Teddy Bivert, 22s, GR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Emerson Axsom, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Zach Telford, 10. Ben Worth. 2:02.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Cannon McIntosh, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Travis Buckley. 2:03.29

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kaylee Bryson, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Austin Barnhill. 2:02.41

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brenham Crouch, 2. Daniel Whitley, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Dylan Bloomfield, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Nathan Byrd. 2:03.29

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Austin Barnhill, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Kyle Beilman, 4. Travis Buckley, 5. Lance Bennett, 6. Nathan Byrd, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Mariah Ede. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Taylor Reimer, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Cannon McIntosh, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Michael Pickens, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Chance Crum, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Brody Fuson, 13. Hayden Reinbold, 14. Dominic Gorden, 15. Emerson Axsom, 16. Austin Barnhill, 17. Travis Buckley, 18. Kyle Beilman. 2:27.31

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (3), 2. Spencer Bayston (1), 3. Jason McDougal (7), 4. Jade Avedisian (5), 5. Jacob Denney (14), 6. Carson Macedo (4), 7. Cannon McIntosh (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Mitchel Moles (6), 10. Tanner Carrick (17), 11. Justin Grant (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23-P), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Taylor Reimer (12), 16. Brenham Crouch (10), 17. Tanner Thorson (21), 18. Gavin Miller (20), 19. Jake Andreotti (13), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 23. Daniel Whitley (2), 24. Dylan Bloomfield (22). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Spencer Bayston, Laps 26-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Michael Pickens flipped during qualifying. Kaylee Bryson flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2113, 2-Justin Grant-1868, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1659, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1639, 5-Mitchel Moles-1614, 6-Bryant Wiedeman-1602, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1521, 8-Jacob Denney-1269, 9-Brenham Crouch-1259, 10-Taylor Reimer-1234.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-201, 2-Logan Seavey-153, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-128, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-114, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Kyle Cummins-104, 10-C.J. Leary-98.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 26, 2022 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jade Avedisian (11.928)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (11.947)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jason McDougal

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Brenham Crouch

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Taylor Reimer

Feature Hard Charger: Jacob Denney (14th to 5th)

 

30 ROOKIE OF THE RACE CONTENDERS
PREPARE FOR TURKEY NIGHT 2022

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 23, 2022)………The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix annually presents the Don Basile Rookie of the Race Award, honoring the top performance by a first-time feature starter in the 98-lap classic each year.

This year’s crop of 30 Turkey Night Rookies arrive to stake their claim and make their initial mark on the great race featuring USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, which will take place for the 81st time this Saturday night, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

No Rookie has won the race since Warren Mockler’s last lap heroics in 1986. Mitchel Moles topped all others making their Turkey Night debuts in the 2021 race, finishing third to round out the podium.

Nearly half of this year’s 61-car field is among the abundance of Rookie of the Race contenders. Among this year’s group are 2022 first-time USAC National Midget winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) as well as 2021 Gateway Dirt in December winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.).

USAC Western States Midget winners make up a substantial portion of the Rookie class, including Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Reigning USAC West Coast Sprint Car Turkey Night winner A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.) is part of the crew as is USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) and BC39 Stoops Pursuit victor Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

New Zealand’s Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.) is the lone international representative in the event. He’s joined in the lineup by fellow Turkey Night first-time starting hopefuls, Californians Terry Nichols (Delano, Calif.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.) and Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.).

Badger Midget racing veteran Bryon Walters (Beaver Dam, Wis.) will be making his first foray to Turkey Night. Brothers Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) come to the event from the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

Josh Hodge (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Scott Orr (Columbia City, Ind.) are coming out from Indiana while Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) goes coast-to-coast. Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) have the Idaho connection going as they make the long haul from the north.

Bordering Arizona brings a handful of newcomers, including Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.) along with brother and sister, Logan and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.).

The award, named in memory of track owner, promoter and 1999 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Don Basile, made its debut in 1998 with Kasey Kahne the first recipient.

Over the years, the Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at Turkey Night have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America. A glance at the list reveals some of the top names from the sport over the past two decades, including two race winners and seven who’ll be in this year’s field.

Tanner Thorson captured the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award in 2013 and eventually won the race in 2015. Furthermore, there’s a talented bunch of past Rookies who’ll all be in the hunt for a first Turkey Night win this Saturday night, including, Carson Macedo (2016), Jason McDougal (2018), Cannon McIntosh (2019) and Moles (2021).

RACE DETAILS

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, paying $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 25 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 26.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.net.

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2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET ROOKIES: (30)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

1 BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1NP TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

5J JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

7NZ TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

22s TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (Sue Risner)

25m JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

45 JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

71E MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73L LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T TUESDAY CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

86 JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88x SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIES OF THE RACE:

1998: Kasey Kahne – Finished 5th

1999: Dave Steele – Finished 5th

2000: Aaron Pollock – Finished 7th

2001: Bobby East – Finished 10th

2002: Jerome Rodela – Finished 9th

2003: Ryan Durst – Finished 10th

2004: Brad Loyet – Finished 9th

2005: Kevin Swindell – Finished 11th

2006: Kody Swanson – Finished 2nd

2007: Mike Murgoitio – Finished 4th

2008: Nic Faas – Finished 13th

2009: Levi Roberts – Finished 2nd

2010: Dalton Armstrong – Finished 3rd

2011: Kyle Larson – Finished 4th

2012: Ryan Bernal – Finished 3rd

2013: Tanner Thorson – Finished 10th

2014: Isaac Chapple – Finished 13th

2015: Robert Dalby – Finished 14th

2016: Carson Macedo – Finished 3rd

2017: Zeb Wise – Finished 5th

2018: Jason McDougal – Finished 8th

2019: Cannon McIntosh – Finished 2nd

2020: No Race

2021: Mitchel Moles – Finished 3rd


 


MACEDO MAKES IT A FIRST AT MERCED,
KOFOID CLINCHES USAC MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2022)………An Australian team, a New Zealand chassis and an American driver.

Those three ingredients combined to make up the perfect formula for Carson Macedo’s first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory on Tuesday night at California’s Merced Speedway.

Macedo had run a full season of USAC National Midgets in 2016 where he captured Rookie of the Year honors. That same season, the Lemoore, Calif. native collected a USAC Midwest Regional Midget title as well.

For this year’s leading feature winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car tour, one thing that had long eluded him was a USAC National Midget feature win.

It finally all came to fruition in his 37th career USAC National Midget start on Tuesday as he powered from his fifth starting position to the lead by lap 11 before closing out an inaugural series victory in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota.

“I’ve won World of Outlaw races, All Star races and things like that, but I’d never won a USAC National Midget race. I told (car owner) Sean Dyson last year when we raced together that I’d love to win one of these. It’s something I’ve really wanted to cross off my bucket list.”

Macedo became the third first-time feature winner this season, joining Jacob Denney and Mitchel Moles in that category.

At the start of November’s California swing, good fortune was a mythical ghost for Macedo, who was involved in a crash during the prelims which forced him to miss the feature start one week ago at Bakersfield Speedway, followed by progressively improved runs of 22nd, 10th and 4th across three nights at Placerville, a marked improvement over the eight-day span.

“Sean has taken to this midget deal really quick,” Macedo explained. “He’s my crew chief in this deal. Justin (Insley) is working on Spencer (Bayston)’s car. They’re bouncing ideas off each other and just doing an incredible job. I think the driver just needed to get a little better. I run winged sprint cars all year, so when I get in these things, I tend to drive them too straight or make mistakes that maybe other guys wouldn’t make, like Buddy (Kofoid) who runs these night-in, night-out and does an extremely good job.”

The victory came on a night in which Macedo was practically perfect come feature time. Just prior to the midget main, Macedo notched a hard-fought win with the Kings of Thunder Winged 360 Sprint Cars.

While Macedo began his 30-lap midget journey from the inside of the third row, outside front row starter and USAC Western States Midget regular Jake Andreotti made hay on the outside to nip pole sitter Chance Crum at the line by mere fee at the conclusion of both laps one and two.

Crum took over the race leader baton from Andreotti on lap three as he slid up and occupied Andreotti’s groove on the top line between turns one and two. During what was a frenzied opening handful of laps, Grant then churned past Andreotti for second on the bottom of turn two on lap four, then repeated the same exact maneuver a single lap later to snare the lead away from Crum.

Over, under, sideways, down. Macedo made it all work on a lap nine restart as he blitzed around the outside of Andreotti for fourth at the exit of turn four, then darted between the two in the first and second turns to swipe second from Crum. Then, like a wind-up toy, Macedo hit the high side, steadily building up his momentum for a lap-and-a-half before steamrolling a path around the outside of Grant to put a lock on the race lead on the 11th lap.

As Macedo began to strengthen his command by slipping out to a near full-straightaway lead, Buddy Kofoid began to exert his force after overcoming a 14th place starting position in the 23-car field. First, Kofoid split the difference between Crum and Andreotti in turn three to travel from fifth to third in one fell swoop at the halfway point.

Kofoid tried his initial lap 22 slider on Grant in turns one and two to no avail as Grant crossed him over to deny the action with his own reaction. Immediately, Kofoid reloaded, drove it in deep into turn three and secured the position by the time the two were rounding turn four and headed for home.

Macedo seemingly had the race in the bag after taking the white flag while possessing a nearly insurmountable 2.494 second advantage over Kofoid. However, Daison Pursley (12th) came to a stop on the far side of the turn two banking to bring out the caution, thus bunching up the field for a green-white-checkered restart with Kofoid directly on the rear bumper of Macedo in nitty-gritty time.

“I didn’t want to see that caution come out,” Macedo acknowledged. “I looked up (at the scoreboard) and saw the 67 was behind me. I knew that I was going to have to get a good restart and I knew he’d probably throw a flyer. If it was me and I’m running second, I’d probably do the same. I had in mind what he’d do, but I was able to get a pretty good run off four and get down across turn one pretty good and I figured, after that, it’d be tougher to get me.”

Macedo went relatively unharassed over the final couple of trips around the 1/4-mile dirt oval and was able to stifle any bid to steal away his long-coveted first USAC National Midget win by a 1.123 second margin over Kofoid, Grant, Crum and Logan Seavey.

Andreotti initially finished a career-best third, but his car failed post-race technical inspection and he was deemed “disqualified” for the event.

Once Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) fired off the feature, the 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship was officially his, clinching his second consecutive title with two races remaining after delivering one of his most impressive drives of the year with a 14th to 2nd place bolt for his seventh straight podium finish with the series in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I got to third really quickly and felt extremely good, but I didn’t expect to get up there that fast,” Kofoid admitted. “I could go wherever I wanted, and I could make so much speed more center-off. Once the track started to take rubber, I knew we had an SP2 (tire compound) on, so once I got up third, I sort of pedaled back, then caught Justin and got by him. I could see Carson and was staying with him, but I pedaled back because I didn’t know how much we had left and could start to feel it go away, so I tried to tighten my car up a little bit. I got in the front stretch wall by accident, but I think we lost some tire just trying to come to the front and just didn’t have a lot left.”

Last year’s Merced Speedway opening night USAC National Midget winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led six laps and wound up as the final member of the night’s podium after the disqualification of Andreotti. It marked Grant’s second straight third-place result after a similar finish in his most recent outing at Placerville’s Hangtown 100 last Saturday night in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

According to a Facebook report posted by his father late Tuesday night, after his back straightaway incident and flip during the first heat race, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) suffered a broken left arm and a broken left kneecap.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.850; 2. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.879; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.917; 4. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-11.944; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.957; 6. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.990; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.001; 8. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.006; 9. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.018; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.022; 11. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.032; 12. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.052; 13. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.055; 14. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.068; 15. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.118; 16. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.128; 17. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.131; 18. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.140; 19. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.140; 20. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.164; 21. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.164; 22. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.178; 23. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.183; 24. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.185; 25. Michael Pickens, 4, Dave Mac Dalby-12.189; 26. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.191; 27. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.219; 28. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.270; 29. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.272; 30. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.289; 31. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.309; 32. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.319; 33. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.340; 34. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.361; 35. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.370; 36. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.373; 37. Zach Telford, 22G, GR-12.395; 38. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-12.520; 39. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.537; 40. Lance Bennett, 91, Mason-12.729; 41. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-13.035; 42. Teddy Bivert, 22s, GR-13.288; 43. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jake Andreotti, 3. Michael Faccinto, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Michael Pickens, 7. Jason McDougal, 8. Dylan Bloomfield, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Blake Bower. 2:01.83

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Ben Worth, 11. Teddy Bivert. 2:02.28

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Chance Crum, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Austin Barnhill, 9. Caden Sarale, 10. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Brody Fuson, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Lance Bennett. 2:04.41

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Mariah Ede, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Dominic Gorden, 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 6. Caden Sarale, 7. Ben Worth, 8. Lance Bennett, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Zach Telford, 11. Teddy Bivert. 2:12.37

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Whitley, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Brenham Crouch, 8. Michael Pickens, 9. Jason McDougal, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Alex Bright, 12. Dominic Gorden, 13. Brody Fuson, 14. Gavin Miller, 15. Hayden Reinbold, 16. Mariah Ede, 17. Kyle Beilman, 18. Austin Barnhill. 2:37.21

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Carson Macedo (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (14), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chance Crum (1), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Mitchel Moles (3), 7. Kaylee Bryson (7), 8. Cannon McIntosh (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (13), 10. Brenham Crouch (23-P), 11. Spencer Bayston (15), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Tanner Carrick (12), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 16. Emerson Axsom (22), 17. Jade Avedisian (10), 18. Michael Faccinto (18), 19. Jacob Denney (16), 20. Daniel Whitley (11), 21. Taylor Reimer (20), 22. Daison Pursley (21), DQ. Jake Andreotti (2). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Jake Andreotti, Laps 3-4 Chance Crum, Laps 5-10 Justin Grant, Laps 11-30 Carson Macedo.

**Blaze Bennett flipped during practice. Blake Bower flipped during the first heat. Daison Pursley flipped during the third heat.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-2037, 2-Justin Grant-1820, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1620, 4-Cannon McIntosh-1586, 5-Bryant Wiedeman-1573, 6-Mitchel Moles-1556, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1492, 8-Brenham Crouch-1220, 9-Jacob Denney-1209, 10-Taylor Reimer-1194.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-196, 2-Logan Seavey-153, 3-Thomas Meseraull-152, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Buddy Kofoid-126, 6-Robert Ballou-119, 7-Cannon McIntosh-106, 8-Kaylee Bryson-106, 9-Kyle Cummins-104, 10-C.J. Leary-98.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jade Avedisian (11.729)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian (11.850)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Daniel Whitley

Feature Hard Charger: Buddy Kofoid (14th to 2nd)

 

A RACING FEAST!
TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX BRINGS
USAC MIDGETS, PRESTIGE & HUGE FIELD TO VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 22, 2022)………One more for the road!

The long, arduous and battle-tested road on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship tour comes down to one final stop on Saturday night, November 26, at California’s seaside oval – Ventura Raceway.

It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s the one every driver in the discipline wants to put “winner” next to on their racing resume along with a chance to kiss the Aggie hat trophy in honor of famed Turkey Night promoter J.C. Agajanian.

This is the 81st running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The classic 98-lap race’s origins date back to the dawn of midget racing with National Midget Hall of Famer Bob Swanson’s victory in 1934 at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., which now stands as the home of CBS Television, site of the hit show, The Price is Right, throughout its entire run.

WINNERS & CHAMPS, SEAVEY & THORSON HEADLINE FIELD

The car was right, the driver was right, and all 98 laps went right for Logan Seavey at Ventura in 2021. For a born and bred California racer such as Seavey, the best truly was saved for last. The California born and bred driver led three different times in the 2021 race for a total of 70 laps, but the third time in the lead proved to be the charm.

Seavey swapped the lead with Buddy Kofoid a total of four times in a 25-lap span with Seavey taking the lead for good on the 42nd circuit, then controlling the remainder of the way with Kofoid in close quarters just behind.

Now, the Sutter, Calif. native enters as the defending race winner and is one of two past Turkey Night Midget winners entered for the event along with Tanner Thorson.

Seavey, the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, also scored a 7th in the 2019 TNGP. Thorson (Minden, Nev.), the 2016 USAC National Midget champion, won the 2015 race and was on the pole for the 2014 event. Thorson also possesses a 4th in 2017, a 6th in both 2014 and 2016, a 9th in 2021 and a 10th in 2013 on his Turkey Night resume.

VETERANS GALORE

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) led on two occasions for 11 total laps before finishing as the runner-up in the 2021 race. The current USAC National Midget point leader and reigning champion also earned a 6th place result in his first TNGP midget start in 2019.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) made his first career Turkey Night Grand Prix appearance in 2019 as well and led a race-high 67 laps before finishing 2nd in a classic 98-lap duel.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) possesses both Ventura and Turkey Night winning experience. The 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year captured a USAC Western States Midget feature win at Ventura in 2017. The following season, in 2018, he was the victor of the sprint car portion of Turkey Night. A 11-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winner in 2022, Macedo scored a 3rd in a midget at the TNGP in 2016, a 6th in 2018 and a 5th in 2019.

Macedo’s Dyson Motorsport teammate, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), collected a best of 3rd in 2019 and also notched a 9th in 2016. In 2017, he locked up the USAC National Midget driving championship during Turkey Night at Ventura.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was highly impressive during his one and only Turkey Night run to this point, scoring a 3rd place result as well as the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award as the highest-finishing first-time starter in the event during the 2021 showdown.

Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.) made his most recent Turkey Night start nearly two decades ago in 2004! The 2003 USAC Western States Midget champ finished a best of 3rd in the 2003 event to go along with a 6th in 2002 and an 8th in 2000. To boot, the 2001 USAC National Most Improved Driver picked up a USAC Western States Midget win at Ventura in 2004.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has turned in two fine performances in two previous TNGP starts in 2018 and 2019. The 2018 Don Basile Rookie of the Race took 8th in 2018 and a best of 4th in 2019.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) owns Turkey Night winning experience. His victory in the 2017 sprint car portion of the event has been the highlight of his successes at Ventura. The 2019 USAC National Midget driving champion made his best showing in the midgets at TNGP with a 5th in 2018.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) scored the pole and led the first 20 laps of the 2019 TNGP. His finest result in the event came in a 5th place run in 2015 while Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has hovered around the top-five, etching a 6th in the 2021 race, supplemented by a 7th place finish in 2017 to go along with a 10th in 2018.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) has posted several wins on the board in his career at Ventura. There, he’s won three time with the USAC West Coast Sprints and once with the USAC Western States Midgets in 2018. His Turkey Night midget resume shows a 7th in 2013 and an 8th in 2016.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) has twice been a USAC Western States Midget champ, in 2018 and again reaching the pinnacle this year in 2022. He collected a USAC WSM victory this past May at Ventura and has posted a top Turkey Night finish of 10th in the 2017 race. In 2006, Faccinto won the USAC Ford Focus Midget portion of Turkey Night on the pavement at California’s Irwindale Speedway.

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY AT TURKEY NIGHT

In 2021, women took over the front row at the Turkey Night Grand Prix with Kaylee Bryson winning the pole and Taylor Reimer starting outside. Both return this year after making some noise on the big stage a year ago.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) made Turkey Night history as the first woman to win the pole, the first woman to lead laps in the event (17) and earned the best finish by a woman in the 80-year history of the race with a 5th while Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) had a fantastic showing with an 8th place result.

Five women are entered in this year’s race. Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) earned a 19th in 2015. Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) took 23rd in her Rookie run of 2021. Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.) are also among this year’s Rookie class.

MAKING HAY ON TURKEY NIGHT

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) has a career at the Turkey Night Grand Prix that dates back to 2000 at Irwindale. His best result in six previous TNGP starts came with an 11th back in 2004. Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), like Meseraull, a multi-time USAC National Midget feature winner, was 27th in 2021.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian’s bunch includes a total of 10 entries, many of whom have one year under their belt at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Among them are Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), likewise, bested Turkey Night with an 11th in 2021. Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) took 19th in his only Turkey Night experience in 2019. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) posted a 24th in 2021. Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) took 25th in 2021.

June 2021 Ventura USAC Western States Midget winner, Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), was a 15th place runner in 2019. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) has numerous Ventura victories in the bag. He won the Turkey Night sprint car feature in 2019, and that same year was a USAC Western States Midget feature winner. He’s also been triumphant with both USAC WSM and the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars this year. His best Turkey Night midget run came in 2021 where he finished 21st.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) returns to take on his bid for a second Turkey Night start after a 15th in 2021. C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, Calif.) made his lone start in the event in 2019, finishing 21st.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, Calif.) may very well be the winningest driver in the field at Ventura. He owns three USAC West Coast Sprint Cars victories, two with the USAC CRA Sprint Cars and another with the USAC Western States Midgets in 2007. His lone run with the midgets thus far at Turkey Night came in 2012 when he finished 21st.

ROOKIES IN ABUNDANCE

Nearly half the field is filled with Rookies. Several contenders will aim to become the first driver since Warren Mockler in 1986 to win in his very first Turkey Night appearance.

Among the group are 32 Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates, including 2021 Turkey Night sprint car winner A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.), June Ventura USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) and October Ventura USAC Western States Midget winner Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Ariz.).

One-time USAC National Midget winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) is in the fold as is 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), 2021 USAC Western States Midget champion Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), BC39 Stoops Pursuit winner Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), 2021 Gateway Dirt in December midget winner Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), plus USAC Western States Midget winners Brody Fuson and Cade Lewis, both of Bakersfield, Calif.

New Zealand’s Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.) is the lone international representative in the event. He’s joined in the lineup by fellow Turkey Night first-time starting hopefuls, Californians Terry Nichols (Delano, Calif.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.), Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.) and Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.).

Badger Midget racing veteran Bryon Walters (Beaver Dam, Wis.) will be making his first foray to Turkey Night. Brothers Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) come to the event from the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association.

Josh Hodge (Brownsburg, Ind.) and Scott Orr (Columbia City, Ind.) are coming out from Indiana while Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) goes coast-to-coast. Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) have the Idaho connection going as they make the long haul from the north.

Bordering Arizona brings a handful of newcomers, including Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.) along with brother and sister, Logan and Tuesday Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.).

RACE DETAILS

Automotive Racing Products, the title sponsor of the 81st running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix, paying $10,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event at Ventura on Saturday night, November 26.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are National Midget Hall of Famer Wally Pankratz and Dick Woodland.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 25 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 26.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

The Turkey Night Grand Prix will be aired live on Friday and Saturday at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (62 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 ®BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

5J ®JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w TROY RUTHERFORD/Ojai, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 ®BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T ®DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ ®HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

22s ®TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (Sue Risner)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

32 ®CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73L ®LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T ®TUESDAY CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

88x ®SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 ®LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: No Race

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

NEXT STOP MERCED!
USAC MIDGETS GO TWO-STRAIGHT
IN THE GOLDEN STATE NOV. 22-23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 21, 2022)………Onward to Merced!
The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s tour of California continues with two dates on back-to-back nights at Merced Speedway on Tuesday-Wednesday, November 22-23.

An expected field of 40-plus entries and all four past USAC National Midget winners at Merced will check in for both nights in pursuit of victory: Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Tanner Thorson and Thomas Meseraull.

ALL FOUR PAST WINNERS

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) enters as the most recent Merced winner last November where he practically cemented his title aspirations. This Tuesday night, he could do the much the same. The magic number is 29. By gaining 29 more points, Kofoid will clinch the 2022 USAC National Midget title.

Riding into Merced on a two-race winning streak after last weekend’s $32,000 Hangtown 100 win at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway, Kofoid has finished 2nd, 3rd and 1st in his last three Merced starts. To boot, he’s also the one-lap track record holder in a midget at Merced with a time of 11.635 seconds.

RMS Racing cars have won the opening night at Merced in two consecutive seasons. Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) made his first ever visit to the quarter-mile dirt oval a victorious performance in 2020. Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured a non-stop, green-to-checkered feature at Merced in 2021, timing in with a 30-lap effort at a blazing 6:14.35. Grant also notched a 3rd on the second night a year ago.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) rotated turns with two other drivers during the final six laps to capture the second night victory in 2020 at Merced. He’s the only driver to finish all four USAC National Midget features at Merced inside the top-10 with a 5th in the 2020 opener followed by a 2nd and 9th in 2021.

A TRACK RECORD FOR YOU, A TRACK RECORD FOR ALL

Each visit by the USAC National Midgets to Merced has produced a new one-lap track record. Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) set quick time on the initial visit to the speedway in 2020. The 2017 USAC National Midget champ has finished solidly too, capturing an 8th and 5th in two appearances back in 2020.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) lowered the Merced track record on the opening night of 2021, eclipsing the mark set by Kyle Larson on night two in 2020. The 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie was a top-10 finisher on both nights in 2020 with a 4th and 7th and garnered a 9th on night one in 2021. His track record was short-lived, however, and was broken the following evening by Kofoid, the current holder.

UPPING THE ANTE IN MERCED

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) won his first USAC National Midget feature in three seasons a week ago at Placerville, providing Keith Kunz his record-breaking 134th victory as an entrant in USAC National Midget competition. Carrick led eight laps and finished as the runner-up in the series debut at Merced in 2020.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), a three-time USAC National Midget feature winner this season, has twice been a runner-up at Merced with a 3rd and a 5th on night one of 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) burst into the consciousness of the USAC National Midget brethren at Merced when she battled tooth-and-nail to a 4th place result on the second of two nights in 2021.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) posted a pair of high-quality results at Merced in 2021 with a 4th and 6th in his two efforts. He’ll be taking on this week’s two nights with the same Tom Malloy team which won the season closer at Merced in 2020 with driver Tanner Thorson.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champion, earned a best of 5th on night two at Merced in 2021 to go along with a 6th and 8th in 2020 and 2021, respectively speaking.

Additional top-10 runs throughout the field in Merced races’ past include Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) who scored a 6th in both 2020 and 2021 as well as an 8th in 2021. Golobic also reigned triumphant with the USAC Western States Midgets this past April at Merced. Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) notched a 7th on night two in 2021. Top 2022 series Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) recorded both of his best runs on night of 2020 (10th) and 2021 (7th).

Oklahomans Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) rounded out the top-10 on each night of the 2021 event at Merced.

RETURNING TO MERCED, WE SAID
Returning to the Merced lineup for another go are multi-time USAC National Midget feature winners Kevin Thomas Jr. and Daison Pursley. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) was a 12th place finisher on night two in 2021. Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) picked up a 12th on night two in 2020 and led a lap in that year’s opener.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) collected an 11th on night two of 2021. Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.), who advanced 21st to 2nd during last Saturday’s Hangtown 100 at Placerville, finished 14th at Merced on night two of 2021. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) took 15th in 2021 with the National series and was 5th with USAC Western States this past June. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) scored 16th in 2021 while Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) notched a 19th in 2021.

Two-time and current USAC Western States Midget champ Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) ran 2nd in both USAC Western States Midget races this season at Merced and was 22nd with the USAC National Midgets in 2020. Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) pocketed 24th in 2021.

GATEWAY TO YOSEMITE & TO A FIRST START AT MERCED

First-time Merced-starting hopefuls with the USAC National Midgets include Auckland, New Zealand natives Michael Pickens and Travis Buckley.

One-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) will make his debut Merced appearance and will be joined by 2021 USAC Western States Midget champion Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) who finished 3rd and 4th in a pair of 2021 USAC WS starts at Merced.

USAC’s East Coast Sprint Car titlist of 2021 and USAC Eastern Midget king of 2018, Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), readies for his first run at Merced as does 2022 BC39 Stoops Pursuit victor Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.).

Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association’s Blaze Bennett (Parker, Colo.) and Lance Bennett (Aurora, Colo.) will make their first stop on the California swing at Merced.

USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature winner Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.) will be on hand along with Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, Calif.) who made a USAC West Coast Sprint Car start at Merced in 2021. Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) will make his Merced debut along with Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) and Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) who will team with newcomer Teddy Bivert (Payette, Idaho) in a second GR Motorsports machine.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports Rookies Mariah Ede and Gavin Miller are on the route to Merced where they both look to make first feature starts at the track. Steve Hix (Ventura, Calif.) and Kyle Beilman (Los Angeles, Calif.) aim to do the same.

RACE DETAILS:
Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Winged 360 Sprint Cars are also on the card both nights.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific and grandstands at 5pm with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission for ages 13 and up is $25. Kids 6-12 general admission is $10. Senior general admission is $20. Military general admission is $20.

Advance Tuesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402690/tickets/

Advance Wednesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402693/tickets/

Both Merced races this week will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1964, 2-Justin Grant-1749, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1576, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1532, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1526, 6-Mitchel Moles-1495, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1432, 8-Jacob Denney-1178, 9-Brenham Crouch-1177, 10-Taylor Reimer-1164.

PROJECTED MERCED ENTRY LIST: (43 CARS)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

4 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

22s TEDDY BIVERT/Payette, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

89 ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® Represents a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship Rookie of the Year Contender

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1-Justin Grant, Buddy Kofoid, Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

2020: Thomas Meseraull (11/20) & Tanner Thorson (11/21)

2021: Justin Grant (11/23) & Buddy Kofoid (11/24)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/24/2021 - Buddy Kofoid - 11.635 - 77.353 mph

10 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Chris Windom - 2:00.070 - 74.956 mph

12 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Carson Macedo - 2:28.240 - 72.855 mph

30 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Justin Grant - 6:14.350 - 72.125 mph

MERCED SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney* (23), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine* (24), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson* (23), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby* (24), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Emerson Axsom (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (5), 6. Shane Golobic (7), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Carson Macedo (10), 10. Jason McDougal (14), 11. Chris Windom (9), 12. Zeb Wise (12), 13. Tanner Carrick (16), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Ryan Bernal (18), 16. Kaylee Bryson (8), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 18. Ryan Timms (21), 19. Jade Avedisian (19), 20. Maria Cofer (20), 21. Chase Johnson (22), 22. Brenham Crouch (15), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 24. Hayden Reinbold (24-P). 6:14.35

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Jade Avedisian (1), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Emerson Axsom (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (11), 8. Shane Golobic (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Ryan Timms (16), 11. Taylor Reimer (13), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (23-P), 13. Maria Cofer (18), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Jake Andreotti (20), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Mitchel Moles (14), 18. Kaylee Bryson (19), 19. Brenham Crouch (15), 20. Carson Macedo (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (21), 22. Tanner Carrick (7), 23. Jason McDougal (22), 24. Kyle Larson (10). NT

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA HOSTS “ARP 81ST RUNNING OF TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 20, 2022... Starting this Friday, November 25th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Friday program for the traditional 360 Sprint Cars and practice sessions for the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. On Saturday, the Sprints will return with their Consolation, Semi-Mains, and 30-lap feature while the Midgets will run a complete show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:00am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:15pm.

LOCATION: Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

ENTRIES: At press time, there are 41 USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and over 60 USAC National Midgets entered in the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The Sprint Car entry list is at the end of this release, with more expected on race day.

DEFENDING SPRINT CAR WINNER: A.J. Bender.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Dick Woodland & Wally Pankratz.

PIT PARKING: Teams can park their trailers in the pit area on Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wednesday arrivals can drop off trailers in the parking lot, but must not block the pit gate to leave an open fire lane. Pit passes are $40-member and $50 non-member on Friday. Pit passes are $50 on Saturday.

FRIDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: A pill pick/passing points format will be used. The pill pick will set the six heat races and the earned passing points will set a round of qualifying races. The top-10 in passing points from the heat races and qualifiers will compete in a 15-lap dash paying $1,200-to-win and $150-to-win. The dash lineup will be straight up by points. The overall point leader after the dash will start on the pole position of Saturday’s main event.

FRIDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1200, 2-$750, 3-$500, 4-$400, 5-$300, 6-$250, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

SATURDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: Cars finishing eleventh and below after Friday’s passing points will run a Consolation and Semi-Mains. The lineups are based straight up on passing points. Saturday’s 30-lap feature with twenty-two (22) cars will pay $3,000-to-win and $225-to-start.

SATURDAY FEATURE PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$1500, 3-$800, 4-$750, 5-$700, 6-$650, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$225.

DRIVER MEMBERSHIPS: USAC licenses ARE NOT REQUIRED for the event.

RACECEIVERS/TRANSPONDERS: Raceceivers and transponders ARE MANDATORY. Transponders are available for rent for $30 total for both nights.

FUEL: High Tech Performance will have fuel available for sale at the race track.

TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. All four corners must be Hoosier. High Tech Performance and Hoosier will sell tires at the track.

APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

USED/OLD TIRES: Ventura Raceway will deduct $50 from the purse for each used/old tire left in the pit area. Racers must take their discarded/old tires and dispose of them properly.

FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front Axle Tethers (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.

FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.

COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

When the Turkey Night Grand Prix returned to Ventura Raceway in 2016, track promoter Jim Naylor added the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars to the program. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the victory and the non-winged 360s have been a part of the prestigious event ever since. Last year, A.J. Bender of San Diego, California earned a popular victory and the complete winner’s list for Sprint Cars at the Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twenty-three (23) West Coast Sprint Car events and fifteen different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino, Troy Rutherford, and Jake Swanson with three wins, Rutherford also set the 1-lap track record of 11.941 on June 4, 2022.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2001-Tony Hunt, 2002-Tony Stewart, 2003-Michael Lewis, 2004-Michael Lewis, 2005-Dave Steele, 2006-Tony Hunt, 2007-Bobby Santos III, 2008-Tracy Hines, 2009-Cole Whitt, 2010-Kody Swanson, 2011-Tanner Swanson, 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo, 2019-Chase Johnson, 2020-CANCELLED, 2021-A.J. Bender. (*2001-2011 = USAC Western Pavement Sprints, 2016-Date = USAC West Coast Sprints)

2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2J-James Turnbull II / Indio, California / James Turnbull Sr.
3-Max Adams / Loomis, California / Kaleb Montgomery
3F-Daniel Whitley / Ferndale, California / Ted Finkenbinder
5J-James Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
6-Logan Calderwood / Phoenix, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
8M-Brody Roa / Garden Grove, California / May Motorsports
8W-Chase Johnson / Penngrove, California / May Motorsports
11-Troy Rutherford / Ojai, California / Troy Rutherford
15-Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, California / Rick Hendrix
16J-Elexa Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
17-Todd Pratt / Las Vegas, Nevada / Todd Pratt
17A-Tom Dunkel / Menifee, California / Tom Dunkel
19-Dennis Rodriguez / Las Vegas, Nevada / Matt Streeter Racing
20-Shon Deskins / Phoenix, Arizona / Shon Deskins Racing
21-A.J. Bender / San Diego, California / Kim & Richard Bender
21-Austin Ervine / Henderson, Nevada / Jay Ervine
21T-Carson Macedo / Lemoore, California / Tarlton Motorsports
22-Grant Sexton / Lakeside, California / Brent Sexton
25-Chris Muraoka / Makaha, Hawaii / Chris Muraoka
27-Tyler Hatzikian / Murrieta, California / Tyler Hatzikian
29C-Camie Bell / Bakersfield, California / Tim Bell
32-T.J. Smith / Fresno, California / Caden Sarale
35-Albert Pombo / Easton, California / Albert & Megan Pombo
38-Colby Johnson / Penngrove, California / Donny Johnson
39-Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, California / Gordon Edwards
39T-Troy DeGaton / Live Oak, California / Troy DeGaton
41-Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, California / Ricky Lewis
43-Hannah Mayhew / Acton, California / Chris Mayhew
45-Joey Bishop / Camarillo, California / Joey Bishop
51-Brody Fuson / Bakersfield, California / Bob & Toni Van Meter
51-Ronald Webster / Chandler, Arizona / Ron & Shea Webster
52-David Lindt / Sebastopol, California / Davis Lindt
54-Nate Robinson / Ventura, California / Bill Perkins
57-Jake Swanson / Anaheim, California / Steve Hix
63D-Jon DeWees / Lemoore, California / Jon DeWees
69-Ron LaPlant / Oroville, California / Ron LaPlant
79-Mark Hanson / Sacramento, California / Danny Matranga
98-Verne Sweeney / Lomita, California / Ken Tracy
98-Michael Pombo / Easton, California / Tony & Susan Pombo
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, California / Boul Racing
$-Cash Culp / Apple Valley, California / Cash Culp

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Troy Rutherford - 11.941 (06/04/22)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Troy Rutherford, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Daniel Whitley.

FINAL 2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-531, 2. Troy Rutherford-504, 3. Kyle Edwards-485, 4. Tanner Boul-423, 5. Tyler Hatzikian ®-390, 6. Joey Bishop ®-386, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-350, 8. Hannah Mayhew-348, 9. Ricky Lewis-329, 10. Camie Bell ®-325, 11. Steve Hix-303, 12. Brody Fuson-295, 13. James Herrera-274, 14. Chase Johnson-242, 15. Elexa Herrera ®-224, 16. Cody Majors-212, 17. Rick Hendrix-185, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-143, 21. Brody Roa-135, 22. Ryan Timmons-109, 23. Jacob Tuttle-107, 24. Ben Worth ®-104, 25. Nathan Byrd-98, 26. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 27. Jarrett Soares-76, --. Charlie Butcher-76, 29. Matt Day-74, --. Sterling Cling-74, 31. Dawson Faria ®-64, 32. Randy Nelson-63, 33. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 34. Chris Ennis-51, 35. Christopher Muraoka-49, 36. Bryan Whitley-48, 37. Gage Rucker-46, 38. Todd Pratt-45, 39. Jonas Reynolds-35, 40. Dale Curran-33, 41. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Daniel Whitley)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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KOFOID COLLECTS $32,000 HANGTOWN 100
VICTORY AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid pocketed the biggest payday of his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship career on Saturday night at California’s Placerville Speedway.

The Penngrove, Calif. native pocketed a total of $32,000 by virtue of scoring both the 100-lap feature victory worth $20,000 as well as the overall Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing points championship, which added $12,000 more for his efforts.

After going winless with the series for nearly two months, as it turned out, Friday’s Hangtown 100 prelim victory was merely the warmup act for Kofoid. On Saturday, he finished off his second victory in as many nights while also delivering a weekend sweep at Placerville for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports bunch.

One year after leading a race-high 66 laps en route to a second place result on the final night of the 2021 Hangtown 100, on this evening, Kofoid led 95 laps, including the last 45 in succession in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

His first career 100-lap midget victory was the 21st overall of his USAC National Midget career, which passed A.J. Foyt to move into 30th on the all-time series feature win list alongside Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton and Ken Schrader.

“This is one of the biggest midget wins that I’ve gotten and, of course, 32-grand is pretty damn cool too,” Kofoid exclaimed. “That was a long race, and it was stressful. It’s hard to lead that many laps and know where you need to be or if you need to move around. When the track is this slick, it kind of brings the speed of everyone somewhat close together.”

In what has already been a historic season for Kofoid, his 12th win of the 2022 season has made 2022 one of the most successful single seasons by a driver in the 67-year history of the series.

Kofoid’s dozen victories are the fifth most in a USAC National Midget season, and he’s now the eighth driver to string together 12 wins or more in one year, joining Mel Kenyon’s all-time best 17 victories in 1967, Rich Vogler’s 16 in 1988, Kenyon’s 14 in 1969, Sleepy Tripp’s 13 in 1975 as well as the 12 turned in by Jimmy Davies (1961), Bob Tattersall (1965) and Danny Caruthers (1971).

With a randomly drawn invert of two, Hangtown 100 point leader Kofoid started from the outside of the front row in the 28-car field. From that spot, Kofoid jumped out to the early lead utilizing the topside while Shane Golobic elevated his position from fourth to second on the bottom to slot in behind Kofoid.

Cannon McIntosh, who won the series’ only other 100-lap race this past July at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway, moved into second past Golobic just before the yellow on lap 12 with a turn three slider, then spent the majority of the next 50 laps entrenched in his pursuit of Kofoid.

Kofoid and McIntosh put on a high wire act as they ran one/two around lapped traffic on lap 42. On lap 49, McIntosh’s persistence paid dividends as he zipped around the outside of Kofoid in turn two as Kofoid got himself wrapped up while tussling with a tail-end lead lap car.

However, it wasn’t long before Kofoid returned the favor, one lap later in fact, in similar fashion by charging around the outside of McIntosh in turn two at the halfway point on lap 50. McIntosh didn’t exactly fall away at that point as he remained stride-for-stride with Kofoid, perusing the bottom before striking once more to retake the top spot on lap 52.

Kofoid never let McIntosh get out of his sight, and on lap 56, Kofoid pressured and surrounded McIntosh in turn two, forcing McIntosh to either jump over the turn two cushion or lift. McIntosh chose the latter and Kofoid spurted past and led the way into the pre-scheduled mandatory “mid-race” stop at lap 60 where upon crews could add fuel and make minor adjustments but could not jack the car off the ground without a penalty.

Upon resumption, Grant slid his way into second by McIntosh on the lap 61 restart in turn three, but McIntosh countered back to retake the second position, then repeated the same exact maneuver on the following lap to beat Grant to the line by a half-car length.

That is, until lap 62 when trouble ensued for Brenham Crouch (21st) who got crossed up in turn three, sending him sideways into the path of Colby Copeland (22nd) who plowed into Crouch and tipped over. Copeland's car went away on the hook while Crouch headed to the pits with both drivers done for the rest of the race.

Over the next several laps, the Chance Crum story was delivered as headline material as he seemingly came out of nowhere to drive past Tanner Thorson, Grant and McIntosh in immediate succession to rise up from fifth to second in a span of three laps between laps 63-65 after starting the feature all the way back in the 21st position.

Crum rose all the way to the forefront in the ensuing laps and pulled even with Kofoid for the lead, but the buck stopped there for Kofoid who never relented the position to Crum over the next several laps as the race entered its last 30 lap sprint.

Behind the two frontrunners, McIntosh dropped from third to sixth on lap 70 when he drifted over the turn four banking. Spencer Bayston capitalized his way into third while his Dyson Motorsport teammate, Carson Macedo, bolted into fourth. Grant, meanwhile, stepped into the fifth position with less than 30 to go.

Grant found his second wind and came on strong in the final 10-lap stanza as he blew past both Macedo and Bayston in quick succession in a single lap to reassume third on the 92nd lap. Meanwhile, at the top of the board was Kofoid who was in the process of navigating through heavy lapped traffic during the final laps,

“When you get to traffic, it’s not one car by themselves,” Kofoid explained. “Then you get to the next car and there were like five all over each other. When I slid them, they raced me back and tried to race the guys in front of them. That made it a little bit tough, having to go back and forth with them. I haven’t felt great in traffic the last two nights, but I guess we’ve been good enough to get a win. You’ve just got to keep your speed up and not let their speed hinder your performance. A couple times, it did get a little bit tricky, and I didn’t know where to be but decided to stick with it and pounce on their mistakes and try to put as many cars as I could between myself and whoever was in second.”

While Kofoid was facing his own battles at the head of the field, that allowed Crum and Grant to pull within a few car lengths of Kofoid at the finish where Kofoid ultimately crossed the finish line 0.417 sec. ahead at the finish in front of Crum, Grant, Macedo and Thorson who rounded out the top-five.

“Right there, that was all (crew chief) Jarrett Martin, Kaleb Wyrick and Tanner Ashmore,” Kofoid credited. “I’m just lucky I get to drive the car. I’m proud to be one of the guys that Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) selected to run their car for the last few years. It’s cool to put my name in some of their history for them.”

It was also a masterful drive put in by Crum (Snohomish, Wash.). Starting 21st, Crum worked his way to a second place finish in his Rudeen Racing/Hager Realty Services – Rayce Rudeen Foundation/Spike/Speedway Toyota. The runner-up result equaled his best career USAC National Midget feature finish.

“I kind of stuck in the middle for most of the race,” Crum stated. “Starting 21st, you’ve got to go where they’re not and the car stuck really good in the slick. We set up for that to try and get through the traffic and it worked. I moved down to the bottom of one and two for a while, just trying to keep pace, but toward the end, I was able to make some passes through the middle.”

Grant (Ione, Calif.) found the right path just a tick too late in order to contend for the win, but simply ran out of time in his bid to repeat as a Hangtown 100 winner. He made a splendid move to go from fifth to third with eight laps to go to put himself on the podium as a third place finisher after starting 11th in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“I was moving around a lot, and I just got a little bit frustrated and just sailed her off in above three,” Grant admitted. “I was able to get above the rough stuff, stay in the moisture and just ring around there pretty wide open.”

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson (#73x Ford), 2. Emerson Axsom (#25x Malloy), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 4. Buddy Kofoid (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Daniel Whitley (#57 Abacus), 6. Carson Macedo (#99AU Dyson), 7. Jake Andreotti (#00 Davis), 8. Ryan Bernal (#27w Wood), 9. Michael Faccinto (#14J Graunstadt), 10. Travis Buckley (#7NZ BSL). 2:01.116

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Alex Bright (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 3. Justin Grant (#2J RMS), 4. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac Dalby), 5. Tanner Thorson (#88 Thorson), 6. Logan Seavey (#58 Abacus), 7. Jacob Denney (#25m Malloy), 8. Austin Barnhill (#17B Dave Mac Dalby), 9. Dylan Bloomfield (#14T Streeter), 10. Zach Telford (#22G Risner). 1:58.835

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney (#25x Malloy), 2. Corey Day (#4 Kahne), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Bryant Wiedeman (#01 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Colby Copeland (#87 CBI), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71m Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold-Underwood), 8. Brenham Crouch (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 9. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci). 1:59.732

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Gavin Miller (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Ryan Timms (#97K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Mitchel Moles (#89 CBI), 4. Michael Pickens (#4x Dave Mac Dalby), 5. Jade Avedisian (#84 CBI), 6. Spencer Bayston (#9AU Dyson), 7. Danny Stratton (#31K Beilman), 8. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 9. Dominic Gorden (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Tony Gomes (#73 Ford), 2. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jason McDougal (#68 Six8), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#5T Alexander), 5. Chris Windom (#89x CBI), 6. Caden Sarale (#32 Sarale), 7. Chance Crum (#26 Rudeen), 8. Nathan Byrd (#11x Kruseman), 9. Daison Pursley (#71p Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Blake Bower, 2. Brenham Crouch, 3. Caden Sarale, 4. Austin Barnhill, 5. Danny Stratton, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Nathan Byrd, 10. Travis Buckley, 11. Mariah Ede. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (20 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chance Crum, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Tony Gomes, 4. Daniel Whitley, 5. Kaylee Bryson, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Brenham Crouch, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Gavin Miller, 12. Dominic Gorden, 13. Austin Barnhill, 14. Jade Avedisian, 15. Taylor Reimer, 16. Hayden Reinbold, 17. Caden Sarale, 18. Jacob Denney, 19. Blake Bower, 20. Daison Pursley. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Chance Crum (21), 3. Justin Grant (11), 4. Carson Macedo (14), 5. Tanner Thorson (8), 6. Spencer Bayston (5), 7. Cannon McIntosh (1), 8. Shane Golobic (4), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 11. Thomas Meseraull (17), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 13. Chris Windom (6), 14. Mitchel Moles (12), 15. Ryan Timms (22), 16. Jake Andreotti (18), 17. Kaylee Bryson (25-U), 18. Jade Avedisian (28-P), 19. Michael Pickens (9), 20. Michael Faccinto (27-P), 21. Emerson Axsom (19), 22. Tony Gomes (23), 23. Corey Day (20), 24. Brenham Crouch (26-U), 25. Colby Copeland (13), 26. Jason McDougal (10), 27. Logan Seavey (16), 28. Daniel Whitley (24). NT

(U) represents a USAC provisional

(P) represents a Promoter’s Option

**Mariah Ede flipped during the C-Main. Daison Pursley flipped during the semi. Colby Copeland flipped on lap 62.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-48 Buddy Kofoid, Lap 49 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 50-51 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 52-55 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 56-100 Buddy Kofoid.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1964, 2-Justin Grant-1749, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1576, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1532, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1526, 6-Mitchel Moles-1495, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1432, 8-Jacob Denney-1178, 9-Brenham Crouch-1177, 10-Taylor Reimer-1164.

FINAL HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-502, 2-Cannon McIntosh-476, 3-Spencer Bayston-459, 4-Tanner Carrick-458, 5-Shane Golobic-454, 6-Tanner Thorson-448, 7-Justin Grant-438, 8-Chris Windom-436, 9-Bryant Wiedeman-436, 10-Carson Macedo-426.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-195, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Thomas Meseraull-147, 4-Brady Bacon-144, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-114, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Cannon McIntosh-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 22-23, 2022 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11.696)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Johnson

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Gavin Miller

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Tony Gomes

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Chance Crum

Feature Hard Charger: Chance Crum (21st to 2nd)

Hangtown 100 Points Champion: Buddy Kofoid


 

 

BUDDY’S TOWN:
KOFOID SCORES HOME TRACK VICTORY
AT HANGTOWN NIGHT TWO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 18, 2022)………Buddy Kofoid makes no bones about it. He wanted to be the one to deliver Keith Kunz Motorsport its record-breaking 134th USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship entrant victory.

However, a full day later, Kofoid took solace in his performance during Friday’s night two of the Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.

The Penngrove, Calif. native took control on lap four and led the remaining 27 laps to earn his 11th series triumph of the season in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

In addition to raising the bar once more for Team KKM by garnering the outfit’s 135th series win, Kofoid set a number of personal marks in the process as he picked up his first ever midget win at the same venue he became the youngest ever sprint car feature winner at in 2016 at the age of 14.

“This one definitely feels really good, especially since this is where I cut my teeth in sprint cars,” Kofoid explained. “It feels really good to win at what I would consider my home track.”

Furthermore, his 20th career USAC National Midget score tied him with the legendary A.J. Foyt for 34th on the all-time series win list. Additionally, Kofoid became just the second driver to win at least 20 career USAC National Midget features for KKM, joining Christopher Bell who leads all drivers with 23.

Kofoid also moved up the charts to become only the 13th driver to win 11 races in a single USAC National Midget season. To boot, his 20th career series win came in his 100th career series start, which also cemented his status of one of the series’ all-time greats despite this being just his third full year.

Only 10 drivers in the 67-year history of the series have captured their 20th victory within their first 100 USAC National Midget starts: Kyle Larson (61st start), Christopher Bell (66th start), Sleepy Tripp (68th start), Bryan Clauson (80th start), Billy Vukovich (80th start), Parnelli Jones (83rd start), Tony Stewart (84th start), A.J. Foyt (89th start), Ken Schrader (97th start) and now Kofoid himself (100th start).

Most importantly, Kofoid has taken one step closer to cementing a second consecutive championship as he’s amid a seemingly unbreakable stride rolling into the final set of races out west. Right now, Kofoid’s at the top of his game.

“I wanted yesterday’s win badly, but winning today makes up for it,” Kofoid stated. “Seeing the list of drivers that have won for Keith, I didn’t expect my name to be that high on the list. I owe it all to (KKM President) Keith Kunz and (KKM CEO) Pete Willoughby. They took a chance on me in 2019; I moved to the Midwest just to race sprint cars and they picked me up. Now we’re chasing our second USAC National Midget championship. I owe it all to them.”

Kofoid started his race from the fifth spot on the grid while pole sitter Thomas Meseraull established the initial race lead, beating third-starting Bryant Wiedeman to the stripe by a wheel at the conclusion of lap one.

Wiedeman edged ahead moments later as the two entered turn three on the second go around. As Wiedeman drifted from the bottom to the top of the racetrack, Meseraull stuck to the high groove. As a result, the pair came to close quarters and wound up with Meseraull drifting over the edge and dropping 10 spots in the running order all the way back to 11th in the blink of an eye.

Meanwhile, it only took Kofoid four laps to track down Wiedeman for the lead as the series point leader dove under Wideman in turn three, completed the pass and carried onward into the night.

Further back in the pack, trouble ensued on the sixth lap when Michael Pickens (7th) clipped the infield turn four berm and spun, which also collected a pair of innocent victims in Kaylee Bryson (9th) and Meseraull (11th), sending all three to a stop. All were able to restart and resume.

While Kofoid led the field back to the green on lap six, outside front row starter Ryan Timms had worked his way back into contention when he zoomed under Wiedeman in turn three to grab the second position while Cannon McIntosh followed suit into third a half-lap later.

With eight laps remaining, Kofoid was cruising at the head of the field. That is, until he encountered traffic as thick as a chocolate milkshake ahead of him. As Kofoid picked his way through, Timms caught up and closed to within a single car length as the two crossed the start/finish line. A split second later, the complexion of the contest changed dramatically when Timms collided with the tail tank of Kofoid and flew backwards over the edge of the track until stopping outside of the turn one. Timms restarted but wound up 20th in the final running order.

As it turned out, when Timms contacted his rear bumper, Kofoid believed that something had gone mechanically awry on his machine. While it seemed as if Kofoid endured a relatively easy cruise, it’s not so much the case from the cockpit as he navigated his path through the 24-car field on the quarter-mile dirt oval confines.

“I just tightened my car up as the race went on,” Kofoid recalled. “I got to traffic and felt like I stalled out and hit a wall, if you will, and couldn’t get going. Then I reeled them back in and got by some guys who kind of held me up, then that let some of the guys behind me get to me. I went to the bottom and I’m not sure what happened there. I thought something was broke and it didn’t feel the same after that. Then I had to loosen my car back up for the cushion. But, overall, it was a good night and I think we’ll be sitting pretty good for tomorrow.”

Kofoid retained his status as the class of the field upon the ensuing restart, but the battles raged on just behind him. One lap after the race’s resumption, the fiercest race for position involved Thursday night’s feature winner Tanner Carrick and Jade Avedisian as they tussled for third. Carrick crossed over Avedisian’s turn three slider at the exit of turn four, and as the two raced side-by-side down the front straight, the two touched wheels, sending Avedisian ramping up the wall and flipping over three times in nose-to-tail fashion before coming to a rest on the other side of the turn one banking.

Avedisian walked away from the scene and, in fact, traveled on foot all the way from turn one to turn three to give Carrick a fist bump with nary a word said.

From that point onward, Kofoid traveled the remaining distance relatively uncontested, leading runner-up McIntosh to the line by a 1.372 second margin with Tanner Thorson third, Carrick fourth and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) continued his string of success on his tour of California with his best performance yet this week, finishing as the runner-up in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/Crescent Tools – GearWrench – DriveWFX/Spike/Speedway Toyota following finishes of 4th at Bakersfield on Tuesday and 6th at Placerville on Thursday.

Thorson’s second night out as a driver/owner was a big step up from the team’s debut 24 hours earlier in his Tanner Thorson Racing/Smith Titanium – Bob Hurley RV – Keen Concrete/Sawyer/Stanton SR-11x. The previous night, Thorson was mired back in 16th after getting caught up in a late-race accident. On Friday night, the 2016 USAC National Midget driving champion came home a solid third to round out the podium.

In Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned the 11th fast time of his USAC National Midget career, which moved him into the top-50 all-time alongside Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet and Sleepy Tripp.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 18, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-11.734; 2. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-11.758; 3. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.795; 4. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.844; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.872; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-11.895; 7. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.021; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.206; 9. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.600; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.734.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-11.635; 2. Colby Copeland, 87, CBI-11.742; 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.786; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.830; 5. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.844; 6. Danny Stratton, 31K, Beilman-11.960; 7. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.965; 8. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.997; 9. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.152.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.664; 2. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-11.669; 3. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.695; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-11.699; 5. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.764; 6. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-11.775; 7. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-11.962; 8. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.033; 9. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.105; 10. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT (Time of 11.724 disallowed after missing the scales)

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 89x, CBI-11.738; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.767; 3. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.858; 4. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.863; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.893; 6. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-11.938; 7. Ryan Bernal, 27w, Wood-12.018; 8. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.105; 9. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.298.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.731; 2. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-11.806; 3. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.826; 4. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.930; 5. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-11.944; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-11.959; 7. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.021; 8. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-12.100; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-12.718; 10. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick (T), 2. Chance Crum (T), 3. Jake Andreotti (T), 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Michael Pickens (T), 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Caden Sarale, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Austin Barnhill, 10. Daniel Whitley. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Kaylee Bryson (T), 2. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 3. Shane Golobic (T), 4. Danny Stratton, 5. Alex Bright, 6. Colby Copeland, 7. Logan Seavey (T), 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Dominic Gorden. NT

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney (T), 2. Thomas Meseraull (T), 3. Tanner Thorson (T), 4. Buddy Kofoid (T), 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Dylan Bloomfield, 9. Zach Telford, 10. Michael Faccinto. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal (T), 2. Ryan Timms (T), 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Cannon McIntosh (T), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chris Windom (T), 7. Daison Pursley, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Travis Buckley. NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-3 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant (T), 2. Jason McDougal (T), 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Spencer Bayston (T), 5. Jade Avedisian (T), 6. Corey Day, 7. Tony Gomes, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Nathan Byrd. NT

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Tony Gomes, 7. Dominic Gorden, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Alex Bright, 10. Daniel Whitley, 11. Austin Barnhill, 12. Nathan Byrd, 13. Mariah Ede. NT

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Caden Sarale, 8. Hayden Reinbold, 9. Dylan Bloomfield, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Travis Buckley, 12. Zach Telford, 13. Blake Bower. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Cannon McIntosh (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (12), 5. Chris Windom (13), 6. Logan Seavey (19), 7. Spencer Bayston (15), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Shane Golobic (16), 10. Carson Macedo (22), 11. Jake Andreotti (10), 12. Corey Day (21), 13. Justin Grant (18), 14. Mitchel Moles (23), 15. Chance Crum (6), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Jacob Denney (14), 18. Michael Pickens (8), 19. Ryan Bernal (20), 20. Ryan Timms (2), 21. Colby Copeland (24), 22. Kaylee Bryson (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (1), 24. Jade Avedisian (7). NT

(T) represents a heat race transfer

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 2-3 Bryant Wiedeman, Laps 4-30 Buddy Kofoid.

**Daniel Whitley flipped during the first heat. Jade Avedisian flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1894, 2-Justin Grant-1685, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1535, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1489, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1474, 6-Mitchel Moles-1460, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1403, 8-Jacob Denney-1168, 9-Brenham Crouch-1154, 10-Taylor Reimer-1154.

HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-325, 2-Cannon McIntosh-317, 3-Tanner Carrick-311, 4-Spencer Bayston-303, 5-Chris Windom-298, 6-Shane Golobic-295, 7-Tanner Thorson-286, 8-Bryant Wiedeman-286, 9-Michael Pickens-281, 10-Jason McDougal-269.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-187, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Brady Bacon-144, 4-Thomas Meseraull-141, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-113, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Cannon McIntosh-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Corey Day (11.812)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (11.635)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Tanner Carrick

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Kaylee Bryson

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Ryan Bernal

Simpson Race Products Fifth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts First Semi Winner: Corey Day

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Second Semi Winner: Carson Macedo

Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (19th to 6th)

 

 

RECORD BREAKER:
KUNZ IS USAC MIDGETS’ WINNINGEST ENTRANT
AFTER CARRICK’S VICTORY AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2022)………No individual or team has been more synonymous with winning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature events in this era than Keith Kunz Motorsports.

When Tanner Carrick crossed the finish line at the conclusion of Thursday night’s Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing opener at California’s Placerville Speedway, he delivered an all-time record victory for the Columbus, Indiana based team.

Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) led the final 29 laps of the 30-lap feature to give Kunz his 134th career series triumph, making him the winningest USAC National Midget entrant of all-time.

The new mark broke the standard of 133 series wins, which had long been held by Steve Lewis and the venerable “Nine Cars” which dominated the circuit throughout the 1990s and into the mid-2000s.

Three decades since his first taste of USAC success as a National Midget entrant with Page Jones at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 1992, Kunz’s name is at the top of the list by itself. However, Kunz is quick to give credit to the many great drivers for him over the years who are the epitome of success.

“Steve Lewis was one of the greatest car owners ever and I never even dreamed of being anywhere close to this,” Kunz said. “Thirty years ago, was my first win so it’s been a long time. I’ve had such good guys drive for me over the years.”

On a historic night, it was one of KKM’s longest-tenured drivers who delivered the goods. Carrick has been with the team either full-time or in a partial role since 2017 but had only picked off one victory in that span in 2019 at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Thursday night produced a proud moment not only for Carrick himself, but also under the watchful eye of Kunz.

“I’m just really happy for Tanner coming in and doing this at his home track,” Kunz acknowledged. “He’s driven for me a lot, and when we got here tonight, he was feeling pretty good about this place. We knew right from the beginning of the night that he was going to be a factor in this.”

Carrick lives less than an hour from Placerville’s quarter-mile dirt oval and is a frequent competitor in winged sprint car competition at his self-described “home track.” In fact, his most recent start at the track came during early September’s Nor*Cal Posse Shootout – a race in which he won.

The success translated to the midgets on this night where he set the tone early as the fastest qualifier in the 49-car field, then followed it up by posting his first USAC National Midget victory in more than three seasons, collecting the $5,000 top prize at the wheel of his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD – Toyota – Mobil 1/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

For Carrick and Kunz, the bond runs deeper than just simply a driver and his boss. Carrick often goes hunting with Kunz and two spend time together away from the racetrack. They don’t just race, they do things together as a family, a true illustration of “the family that races together stays together.”

“Keith and (CEO) Pete (Willoughby) have always been there for me,” Carrick stated. “When I wanted to come back and run for them, they had a car for me. Ever since then, whenever I ask if I can come run, they’ve got a ride for me. That means a lot and, if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here and be able to do this.

Carrick rolled form the outside of the front row, and right from the get-go, was embroiled in a racelong tussle up front with pole sitter Michael Pickens out of Auckland, New Zealand. Pickens struck first as he slid past Carrick and into the lead in turns three and four on lap one to ultimately lead by a half car length at the stripe.

As it turned out, it was the only lap Pickens led. Carrick blazed a trail around the outside in turn four a lap later to retake the lead on lap two. Pickens returned the favor on lap four, sliding from the bottom of turn three to the top of the fourth turn, then got a bit of the chrome horn on his rear bumper from the front bumper of Carrick. Pickens turned sideways but stayed on the gas to remain second.

The red flag was displayed on the sixth lap when 19th running Justin Grant got upside down in turn two. After making substantial front end repairs in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area under the stoppage, the RMS Racing crew sent him on his way back into competition where he ended up 14th.

Carrick once again spurted away on the ensuing restart, building up a 0.8 second lead over Pickens as the race hit the halfway point. By lap 20, Carrick had reached the tail end of lapped traffic. Dropping from the high line, Carrick dipped low under teammate Kaylee Bryson to put her a lap down while also extending his lead to 1.1 second in the process.

However, a yellow flag on lap 22 was waved for an incident that began when 15th running Jake Andreotti’s car went up in smoke and slowed dramatically on the front straightaway. Tanner Thorson (17th), debuting his new Tanner Thorson Racing team, had no room to escape and ramped over Andreotti's left rear, sending him into a 180-degree spin before sliding to a stop.

The resumption of action didn’t fare too long afterward as a major melee in turn one on lap 24 resulted in a double flip for Jade Avedisian (12th) and Daniel Whitley (21st), which also marked the ninth and tenth flips of the evening. Carson Macedo (11th) also came to a stop with his front end knocked out. Emerson Axsom (14th) and Daison Pursley (17th) also came to a halt.

Back at the front, Pickens found a second wind with five to go as he used a run on the bottom to edge ahead of Carrick on the back straightaway. Carrick kept his foot in it and used the cushion to ride back around Pickens in turn four. After Pickens showed Carrick how successful the bottom of turns one and two could be, Carrick clamped down and didn’t allow Pickens to get in a word edgewise.

After shaking off the challenge, Carrick finished ‘er off to win by a 1.047 second margin over Pickens with Buddy Kofoid third, Kevin Thomas Jr. fourth and Spencer Bayston fifth.

Carrick notched the 12th victory of the year for the KKM bunch while also becoming the third driver to reach victory lane for the team in 2022, joining Kofoid (10) and Ryan Timms (1).

“(Crew chief) Jarrett (Martin) had this thing on rails,” Carrick praised. “I struggled there the last couple of laps; I kept messing up in three and four on the curb and I wasn’t hitting the bottom as well in one and two and I started slowing down for it. Other than that, we were pretty good.”

Michael Pickens nearly pulled off his first USAC National Midget win since 2017. On this night, he finished as the runner-up for the second time in two starts on the California swing in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/CRC – TRD – Mobil 1/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

It was another championship-level drive for Buddy Kofoid on Thursday evening at Placerville as he charged from his ninth starting position to finish third. It's his second straight third place result this week after also finishing third on Tuesday at Bakersfield. He’s also finished on the podium in nine of his past 11 starts in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

With Thursday night’s events paying 50 appearance points across the board to all USAC Nationally licensed Midget drivers and entrants, Kofoid remains the point leader by a 209-point margin over Justin Grant.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

FLIGHT ONE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.819; 2. Jacob Denney, 25m, Malloy-11.930; 3. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.087; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.100; 5. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.124; 6. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.143; 7. Danny Stratton, 31K, Beilman-12.803; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.033; 9. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-15.100.

FLIGHT TWO FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Carrick, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.686; 2. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-11.806; 3. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.909; 4. Tyler Courtney, 25, Malloy-11.941; 5. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.012; 6. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.075; 7. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.198; 8. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.525.

FLIGHT THREE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-11.746; 2. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-11.797; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-11.819; 4. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.919; 5. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-11.949; 6. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.978; 7. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.098; 8. Austin Barnhill, 17B, Dave Mac-12.798.

FLIGHT FOUR FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.752; 2. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.020; 3. Colby Copeland, 87, CBI-12.027; 4. Michael Faccinto, 14J, Graunstadt-12.283; 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 14T, Streeter-12.362; 6. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-12.451; 7. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.681; 8. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT.

FLIGHT FIVE FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-11.801; 2. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.012; 3. Ryan Bernal, 27w, Wood-12.080; 4. Chris Windom, 89x, CBI-12.202; 5. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.350; 6. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.353; 7. Tony Gomes, 73, Ford-12.705; 8. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-NT.

FLIGHT SIX FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-11.777; 2. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-11.958; 3. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-11.976; 4. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-12.035; 5. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.080; 6. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.251; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.349; 8. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.574.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo (T), 2. Justin Grant (T), 3. Spencer Bayston (T), 4. Danny Stratton, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Brenham Crouch, 7. Jacob Denney, 8. Nathan Byrd, 9. Randi Pankratz. 2:01.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright (T), 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Dominic Gorden (T), 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Tanner Carrick (T), 7. Mitchel Moles, 8. Mariah Ede. 2:01.38

PIT STOP USA THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman (T), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (T), 3. Shane Golobic (T), 4. Ryan Timms, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Jade Avedisian, 7. Austin Barnhill, 8. Kaylee Bryson. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom (T), 2. Colby Copeland (T), 3. Buddy Kofoid (T), 4. Travis Buckley, 5. Dylan Bloomfield, 6. Gavin Miller, 7. Zach Telford, 8. Michael Faccinto. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (T), 2. Tony Gomes, 3. Blake Bower, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Jake Andreotti (T), 6. Michael Pickens (T), 7. Ryan Bernal. 2:02.02

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal (T), 2. Cannon McIntosh (T), 3. Hayden Reinbold, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Logan Seavey (T), 6. Caden Sarale, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Corey Day. 1:59.81

FIRST ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Daniel Whitley, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Blake Bower, 6. Jacob Denney, 7. Gavin Miller, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Dylan Bloomfield, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Austin Barnhill, 13. Ryan Timms, 14. Brenham Crouch. NT

SECOND ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Taylor Reimer, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Corey Day, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Tony Gomes, 9. Ryan Bernal, 10. Mariah Ede, 11. Travis Buckley, 12. Michael Faccinto, 13. Caden Sarale, 14. Kaylee Bryson, 15. Nathan Byrd. 2:23.79

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (2), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Cannon McIntosh (12), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Chris Windom (4), 9. Colby Copeland (5), 10. Jason McDougal (3), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Mitchel Moles (22), 13. Thomas Meseraull (21), 14. Justin Grant (16), 15. Dominic Gorden (13), 16. Tanner Thorson (19), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Daison Pursley (24), 19. Emerson Axsom (11), 20. Taylor Reimer (26-P), 21. Kaylee Bryson (25-P), 22. Carson Macedo (7), 23. Jade Avedisian (20), 24. Daniel Whitley (23), 25. Jake Andreotti (15), 26. Logan Seavey (17).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Michael Pickens, Laps 2-30 Tanner Carrick.

**Ben Worth flipped during practice. Danny Stratton flipped during qualifying. Gavin Miller flipped during qualifying. Kaylee Bryson flipped during the third heat. Zach Telford flipped during the fourth heat. Brenham Crouch flipped during the first semi. Ryan Timms flipped during the first semi. Justin Grant flipped on lap 6 of the feature. Jade Avedisian & Daniel Whitley flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

(P) represents a USAC provisional starter

(T) represents a heat race transfer

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1844, 2-Justin Grant-1635, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1485, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1439, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1424, 6-Mitchel Moles-1410, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1353, 8-Jacob Denney-1118, 9-Brenham Crouch-1104, 10-Taylor Reimer-1104.

HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-162, 2-Cannon McIntosh-159, 3-Spencer Bayston-158, 4-Tanner Carrick-157, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-157, 6-Michael Pickens-155, 7-Shane Golobic-154, 8-Chris Windom-149, 9-Colby Copeland-147, 10-Jason McDougal-142.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-182, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Thomas Meseraull-141, 4-Logan Seavey-139, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Buddy Kofoid-109, 7-Kaylee Bryson-106, 8-Kyle Cummins-104, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 18-19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100 Presented By Matt Wood Racing

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (11.755)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Carrick (11.686)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts First Semi Winner: Tanner Thorson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Second Semi Winner: Jade Avedisian

Feature Hard Charger: Mitchel Moles (22nd to 12th)

 

TURKEY NIGHT USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST
HITS 60 FOR NOV. 26 AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 17, 2022)………Sixty USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have been entered for the 81st running of the prestigious 98-lap ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The Agajanian Promotions event at Jim Naylor's Ventura’s 1/5-mile seaside dirt oval includes two past Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winners. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) comes in as the defending race victor from 2021 while Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured the event win in 2015.

Seavey (2018) and Thorson (2016) are two of the five past USAC National Midget champions in the lineup along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019) and Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021). Recently crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will be gunning for his first Turkey Night victory.

All the aforementioned drivers have captured USAC National Midget feature wins in their career and are among the 17 drivers who’ve tallied series feature wins. Those seeking a first Turkey Night Grand Prix score include 2022 series winners Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Additional USAC National Midget feature winners in the Turkey Night field include Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Furthermore, a trio of USAC Western States Midget champions will take on the national stars, a list of consisting of Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto (2018 & 2022), Brentwood, California’s Blake Bower (2021) and Downey, California’s Steve Paden (2003).

Last year’s members of an all-female front row will return to the Turkey Night lineup this year – pole winner Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and outside front row starter Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.). Additionally, 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) is back in the seat of a midget after scoring a series-high 11 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car wins in 2022.

Day, Denney and Bower are in the mix for the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award, which, thus far, encompasses 23 drivers. The award was captured in 2021 by third-place finisher Mitchel Moles. The most recent Rookie driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix is Warren Mockler in 1986 – 36 years ago.

RACE DETAILS:

The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix officially gets underway on Friday night, November 25, with racing action from the USAC West Coast / VRA Sprint Cars as well as USAC Midget practice.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (60 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1 ®BRYON WALTERS/Beaver Dam, WI (Bill Rose Racing)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

5J ®JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

6 ®BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®TROY RUTHERFORD/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 ®BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ ®HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73T ®TONY GOMES/Modesto, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

88x ®SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Bill Rose Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 ®LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® Represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: No Race

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

 

100 LAPS TO HANGTOWN GLORY; 3 NIGHTS OF USAC MIDGETS AWAIT AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 16, 2022)………Winning at California’s Placerville Speedway is meaningful in so many ways to Justin Grant.

Located just a half hour away from his Ione, Calif. home, Placerville is where he fell in love with racing and it’s the place where he decided he wanted to become a racecar driver.

In 2021, Placerville became the home of his most lucrative victory during the Hangtown 100 Presented by Matt Wood Racing, a race in which he tracked down the lead just 14 laps from the finish to score a monumental 100-lap victory in front of a standing-room only crowd.

For Grant, the victory was worth a cool $20,000, and this year, he aims to become the event’s first repeat winner when more than 50 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers and cars arrive at Placerville’s 1/4-mile dirt oval for three consecutive nights on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 17-18-19.

A POSSIBLE $42,000 WEEKEND?

The three-night event will pay $5,000-to-win on each of the two preliminary night features on Thursday and Friday while the 100-lap main event on Saturday will pay $20,000-to-win. In addition, another $12,000 will be awarded to the overall Hangtown 100-point champion throughout the three nights.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) collected the 2021 Hangtown 100 overall points title by virtue of three top-10 finishes, with a 10th, 8th and 3rd in successive nights. The 2018 USAC National Midget champ opened the inaugural Hangtown 100 in 2019 with a runner-up result on the first night.

TIMMS OF THE SEASON

During the 2021 Hangtown 100 opener, Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) became the youngest ever USAC National feature winner and doing so in the fastest 30-lap feature run in the now 67-year history of the series with a time of 6:07.97. This year, he looks to strike gold with a $20,000 payday in Saturday night’s main event.

CHAMPIONSHIP ASPIRATIONS

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is on the brink of a second consecutive USAC National Midget title and may be able to clinch by the end of the Placerville weekend with a 209-point lead entering the contests.

On Thursday and Friday night at Placerville, every licensed driver and entrant will receive 50 appearance points, regardless of finishing position. On Saturday night, only feature points will be issued with a maximum of 70 up for grabs to the winner down to 23 for last place. All non-feature starters will receive 10 points only on Saturday.

En route to the 2021 title, Kofoid collected a 5th and a 2nd during the Hangtown 100 and led a race-high 66 laps in the 100-lap finale. In 2016, Kofoid became Placerville’s youngest ever sprint car winner at the age of 14.

HANGING CLOSE TO TOWN Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) flourished on the opening night of 2021, taking a second-place finish. New USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) was a top-10 runner on all three nights in 2021 with a 5th, 2nd and 8th and led a race-high 14 laps on night two.

Kofoid’s Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate, Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) led a pair of laps and tallied a 3rd on the second night of 2021.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars there in late 2019. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. At his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world," the 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ was a best of 4th at the Hangtown 100 on night one of 2021 and 5th on night one in 2019.

Golobic’s Matt Wood Racing teammate is Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) who was a 16th place finisher on night one of the event in 2019 and an impressive 4th on the second of two nights.

Six8 Motorsports captured a USAC Western States Midget feature win with Ronnie Gardner at the helm in 2016. This weekend, Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has the wheel at Placerville where he scored a 9th on night one and a 4th on night two, both in 2021.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) opened Hangtown 2021 with a 7th in the opener and topped the weekend with a 4th in the finale. The 2020 USAC National Midget champ also led the first five laps on the second night before mechanical problems put an end to his winning bid.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 11-time 2022 World of Outlaws winner, led a race-high 23 laps in the 2019 WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic. At the Hangtown 100, he collected a 6th and 5th on nights two and three in 2021.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) owns Placerville’s one-lap USAC National Midget track record of 11.397, set during the 2021 Hangtown 100 opener. He also possesses the 12-lap track record as well. His 6th place run on the final night in 2021 is his best performance yet. The 2016 USAC National Midget champ will debut his new Tanner Thorson Racing team in the event.

Another of the USAC Midget champs, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) will step back into a midget this weekend for car owner Tom Malloy. The 2019 USAC National Midget titlist and two-time All Star Circuit of Champions king collected an 8th at Hangtown in 2019.

Fellow series champion Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) picked up a 7th and 9th in 2019 at Hangtown. The 2022 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year collected the USAC National Midget crown in 2017. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), winner of Tuesday’s western swing opener at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, scored a 9th on night one of the 2021 Hangtown 100.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) set quick time for the first time in her USAC Midget career during qualifying on the second night at Hangtown in 2021. That same night, she finished 9th in the feature. KKM teammate Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) took 9th on the last night of 2021 and has been a frequent winner at Placerville in winged sprint car competition. He earned an 8th and 3rd on the two nights of the Hangtown 100 in 2019.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) returns to the Hangtown 100 for the first time since 2019 where he finished 10th on night two. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) ran inside the top-10 with a 10th on night two a year ago in 2021.

EXPERIENCED AT THIS PLAC-ERVILLE

Two-time and current USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto has been a winner in a midget at Placerville already this season. He captured a USAC Western States Midget main back in May and was also 21st on the second night of Hangtown in 2021.

Brenham Crouch (Lubbock, Texas) has the 10-lap USAC Midget track record in his back pocket at Placerville. His best result came with a 11th on night one in 2021. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) finished one spot behind Crouch on the same evening, coming home 12th. Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) ran 13th in the event, his best performance thus far at the Hangtown 100.

Josh Ford Motorsports is bringing two to the battle with Jake Swanson and Chase Johnson in the seats. Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) was a 20th place finisher on night one in 2019. Johnson, meanwhile, was a Hangtown best of 21st on night two in 2021.

Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) will pilot a car from the same team (CB Industries), with the same car number (#84), that won the first ever Hangtown 100 feature with driver Gio Scelzi in 2019. Avedisian made one of the first starts of her USAC National Midget career at Placerville with a 21st on night three of 2021. Also competing in the 2021 event and also returning this year are 24th place finisher Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.) and Caden Sarale (Stockton, Calif.) with a 25th.

HANGTOWN DEBUTS

Hangtown 100 debuts come from a varied lot, from Placerville winners to USAC National winners and champions across the board.

Four USAC National Midget feature winners are in this particular group, including top series Rookie and three-time winner Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), two-time winner Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) as well as one-time winners Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.). Day captured the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial Sprint Car race at Placerville earlier this year.

Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.), the 2003 USAC Western States Midget champion, is back on track with the series for the first time in nearly two decades. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) notched a Western States feature victory back in March of this year at Placerville.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) corralled the 2021 USAC Western States Midget title while Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) has been both a USAC Eastern Midget champ and USAC East Coast Sprint Car titlist in his career.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) and Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) have both won features in USAC Regional Midget competition over the past few seasons. They’re joined by KKM Rookies Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.), Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.) and Cade Lewis (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Fellow first-time Hangtown 100 starting hopefuls in the field belong to Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Lonny Alton (Fair Oaks, Calif.), Mike Snider (Kelseyville, Calif.), Travis Buckley (Auckland, N.Z.), Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.), Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.), Dylan Bloomfield (Oakley, Calif.), Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.), Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho), Kyle Beilman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.).

THE DETAILS:

On Thursday and Friday of the Hangtown 100, pits open at 9am Pacific, qualifying/heat race draft at 2:30pm, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 3pm and on track at 4:30pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

On Saturday, pits open at 9am Pacific, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:15pm and on track at 5pm, followed by qualifying and racing.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/hangtown-2022.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

The expanded three-night event will utilize a modified Trophy Cup style format, featuring larger than normal inverts.

All three nights of racing at the Hangtown 100 can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (54 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4p MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

4x COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5A LONNY ALTON/Fair Oaks, CA (Lonny Alton)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

6K MIKE SNIDER/Kelseyville, CA (Lauren Snider)

7NZ (R) TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B (R) AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m (R) JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K (R) GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E (R) MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K (R) DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 (R) JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

87 COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

89 (R) MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 (R) CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)

(R) represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Candidate

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1719, 2-Justin Grant-1525, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1357, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1346, 5-Mitchel Moles-1328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1301, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1259, 8-Jacob Denney-1045, 9-Zach Daum-1031, 10-Taylor Reimer-1025.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2-Kyle Larson

1-Justin Grant, Gio Scelzi & Ryan Timms

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2019: Gio Scelzi (11/19) & Kyle Larson (11/20)

2021: Ryan Timms (11/18), Kyle Larson (11/19) & Justin Grant (11/20)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 11.397 - 78.968 mph

10 Laps - 11/19/2021 - Brenham Crouch - 1:56.949 - 77.353 mph

12 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 2:25.95 - 73.998 mph

30 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Ryan Timms - 6:07.97 - 73.376 mph

PLACERVILLE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Shane Golobic (8), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Kyle Larson (12), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Zeb Wise (4), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Brenham Crouch (9), 12. Kaylee Bryson (14), 13. Tanner Carrick (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (22), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 16. Tanner Thorson (20), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 19. Chase Randall (7), 20. Colby Copeland (13), 21. Michael Faccinto (21), 22. Colby Johnson (15), 23. Carson Macedo (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (25-P), 25. Cory Eliason (26-P), 26. Ryan Bernal (24). 6:07.97 (New Track Record)

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Emerson Axsom (6), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Carson Macedo (3), 7. Zeb Wise (1), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Taylor Reimer (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 11. Justin Grant (24), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Maria Cofer (10), 15. Chris Windom (2), 16. Colby Copeland (13), 17. Ryan Timms (20), 18. Tanner Carrick (25-P), 19. Shane Golobic (19), 20. Tanner Thorson (22), 21. Chase Johnson (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (14), 23. Cory Eliason (23), 24. Cannon McIntosh (26-P), 25. Caden Sarale (18), 26. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Carson Macedo (13), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Cory Eliason (25-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Shane Golobic (9), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23), 13. Colby Copeland (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (24), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 16. Taylor Reimer (1), 17. Zeb Wise (2), 18. Kyle Larson (12), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chase Elliott (28-O), 21. Jade Avedisian (27-O), 22. Ethan Mitchell (19), 23. Michael Faccinto (21), 24. Ryan Timms (8), 25. Jason McDougal (18), 26. Maria Cofer (20), 27. Carson Sousa (26-P), 28. Brenham Crouch (5). NT


 


TALENT-LOADED USAC MIDGET FIELD
SET FOR MERCED RETURN ON NOV. 22-23

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 16, 2022)………All four of Merced (Calif.) Speedway’s past USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winners are entered for the series’ return to the 1/4-mile dirt oval for back-to-back nights on Tuesday and Wednesday night, November 22-23.

RMS Racing teammates Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) have captured the opening night of the doubleheader during both visits to the track in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Series champions Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) have each scored victories on the second night the Merced trip in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Four is the magic number for Merced with a quintuplet of past USAC National Midget champs with 2018 titlist Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and 2017’s top dawg, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.).

They’re joined by a slew of USAC National Midget feature winners in this talented and deep field. Among the 17 past series winners are Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), also a USAC Western States Midget feature winner at Merced in April of this year.

Also in the category of National winners are Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), leading series Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

USAC Western States Midget champions Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.) and Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) seek success at Merced as does Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year who led all drivers with 11 victories on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victories in 2022.

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship. Winged 360 Sprint Cars are also on the card both nights.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific and grandstands at 5pm with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission for ages 13 and up is $25. Kids 6-12 general admission is $10. Senior general admission is $20. Military general admission is $20.

Advance Tuesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402690/tickets/

Advance Wednesday tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/events/402693/tickets/

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PROJECTED MERCED ENTRY LIST: (44 CARS)

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

4 MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

10 BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (Garland Risner)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

31K KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

89 ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

91 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)


T-MEZ SEZ VICTORY,
SCORES BAKERSFIELD’S NOVEMBER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 15, 2022)………Twenty-two years ago, a teenage Thomas Meseraull stood in victory lane at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway after winning his very first USAC-sanctioned feature race in the Western States Midget division.

Twenty-two years later, the San Jose, Calif. native stood in the very same spot at Bakersfield’s 1/3-mile dirt oval as he did on that night in the year 2000, replicating the unwavering exuberance that has remained a constant throughout his career.

It also produced the same sense of satisfaction. This time, it came on the national stage.

Meseraull completed the task at hand during Tuesday night’s November Classic when he tracked down leader Taylor Reimer on the seventh circuit, then led the final 24 laps in succession to earn his third USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature victory of the season in his RMS Racing/EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Entering Tuesday night, T-Mez had been on the uptick, having finished 5th, 4th and 3rd in his three most recent series starts. This time, he bypassed a runner-up finish and skipped right to the front line and to the top of the podium using a simple motto of instruction in order to get the job done.

“With the midget, you just hang it to the floor and try not to crash it,” Meseraull stated. “I managed to not crash it and I hung it to the floor.”

T-Mez’s ninth career USAC National Midget win moved him into 78th on the all-time series win list alongside Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott and Chuck Gurney, and he did it by adding a little changeup to his pitch selection in order get back on top.

“I’ve been watching a lot of GoPro footage lately and the 67 car (Kofoid) has just been better,” Meseraull said. “I changed my package up a little bit tonight and it looks like it worked.”

Meseraull rolled off third in the 22-car field, then slipped into second in turn three on the opening lap following a close encounter with outside front row starter Mitchel Moles who lost two positions in the process as he got over the cushion but averted the outside wall.

Much of the early going for Meseraull was spent chasing down Reimer for the lead. After multiple attempts to snare the it away, Meseraull made a line drive under Reimer in turn three to pass by, then slid across the racetrack and up over the cushion in turn four. Despite that, Meseraull still managed to power out and come away with the top spot by a car length at the line upon the completion of lap seven.

Reimer remained in tune with Meseraull, attempting a slider one full revolution around the speedway later on lap eight in the same spot. She managed to pull alongside, but it was not enough to thrust her ahead to retake over the spot.

Meanwhile, Pickens had caught up to the lead pack and shot past Reimer and into the second position on lap 12 with a turn three slide job.

Behind him, point leader Buddy Kofoid was engaged in a see-saw battle with Cannon McIntosh that saw them exchange positions no less than five times in a three-lap span between laps 15-17. Eventually, the way swayed Kofoid’s direction when McIntosh bounced atop the turn four cushion, then was clipped on his left front wheel by the right rear tire of Kofoid as he went by.

Meseraull entered heavy traffic on lap 18, which allowed Pickens to close up on the lead to the tune of a three-tenths of a second. All the while, Meseraull pulled out some of his techniques from the playbook, sliding himself into turns one and three while also crowding the infield berm, which even got him up solely on his right rear tire just a tad after halfway as he more than doubled his lead to put him in total control during the waning laps.

Nonetheless, a couple of cautions during the final five laps disrupted Meseraull’s flow and forced him to endure a bit of stop-and-go in the late stages. With five laps remaining, Reimer (5th) nearly flipped over at the top of turn three. After biking it, she landed on all four wheels and was subsequently met by Moles (6th), resulting in both drivers stopping upright.

Reimer’s machine was taken off the track on a hook with the culprit being a broken right shock and radius rod for. Moles refired from the tail of the field and collected a non-indicative 18th place result.

With all things seemingly in tip-top shape, Meseraull was head and shoulders above the competition with the white flag in sight and a win on the cusp. However, Daison Pursley (7th) got over the cushion between turns three and four before tapping the wall and tumbling over to bring out the red flag. Pursley walked away under his own power.

As it turned out, the third restart was the charm for Meseraull who took off like a thief in the night at the drop of the green, leading both go-arounds of the green-white-checker finish to score a 0.583 second triumph over Pickens, Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh and Logan Seavey who came home fifth in his debut for Abacus Racing.

It had been three years since Auckland, New Zealand’s Michael Pickens last raced at Bakersfield. In 2019, he finished second. On Tuesday night, he finished second once again in his Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports/CRC – TRD – Mobil 1/Spike/Speedway Toyota. For Pickens, it was his best USAC National Midget feature result since that same night three years ago.

“It’s payback to these guys for giving me the opportunity to run their car,” Pickens praised. “It’s a professional team and all I have to do is strap on my helmet, jump in the car and go. I don’t have to worry about what bars to run or stagger or whatever. I don’t have to second guess.”

Forced into a backup car after hot laps due to mechanical issues, Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid salvaged his night in a monumental way. Although he came two spots short of extending his Bakersfield winning streak to three, he finished a solid third to extend his USAC National Midget point lead to 209 with six races remaining in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

“They got it to where I could be comfortable enough and fast out of the gate in a brand new car that I had never sat in,” Kofoid revealed. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t get three-in-a-row, but I felt like we had the speed to do it. It was just a matter of getting there. It was good point night, though, and it’s good to be on the podium again.”

To begin the evening, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) recorded her third Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time of the year with the USAC National Midgets. Her three fast times set a new record as she became the first woman in series history to set fast time on three occasions in a single season.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2022 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – November Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 84, CBI-12.416; 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.452; 3. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac Dalby-12.474; 4. Michael Pickens, 4x, Dave Mac Dalby-12.486; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.542; 6. Justin Grant, 2J, RMS-12.551; 7. Mitchel Moles, 89, CBI-12.587; 8. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.590; 9. Daison Pursley, 71p, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.614; 10. Bryant Wiedeman, 01, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.634; 11. Daniel Whitley, 57, Abacus-12.639; 12. Chance Crum, 26, Rudeen-12.640; 13. Kaylee Bryson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.641; 14. Brenham Crouch, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.656; 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5T, Alexander-12.680; 16. Gavin Miller, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.683; 17. Ryan Timms, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.697; 18. Alex Bright, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.717; 19. Jason McDougal, 68, Six8-12.719; 20. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.763; 21. Logan Seavey, 58, Abacus-12.774; 22. Emerson Axsom, 25x, Malloy-12.780; 23. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.829; 24. Travis Buckley, 7NZ, BSL-12.829; 25. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.843; 26. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.851; 27. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.853; 28. Cade Lewis, 71m, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.870; 29. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.909; 30. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.917; 31. Chase Johnson, 73x, Ford-12.919; 32. Dominic Gorden, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.956; 33. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.966; 34. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.976; 35. Kyle Beilman, 31K, Beilman-12.981; 36. Jake Hodges, 4, Laserworx-13.073; 37. Ben Worth, 5K, Alexander-13.267; 38. Zach Telford, 22G, Risner-13.341; 39. Nathan Byrd, 11K, Kruseman-14.685.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kaylee Bryson, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Jacob Denney, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Ben Worth, 10. Ryan Timms. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Alex Bright, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Bryant Wiedeman, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Spencer Bayston, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Brody Fuson, 10. Zach Telford. 2:07.345

PIT STOP USA/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh, 2. Hayden Reinbold, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Nathan Byrd, 9. Kyle Beilman, 10. Blake Bower. NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Andreotti, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Gavin Miller, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Travis Buckley, 7. Jake Hodges, 8. Cade Lewis, 9. Dominic Gorden. NT

C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Dominic Gorden, 2. Brody Fuson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Ben Worth, 6. Jake Hodges, 7. Nathan Byrd, 8. Zach Telford, 9. Kyle Beilman. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Bryant Wiedeman, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Dominic Gorden, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Ryan Timms, 9. Brody Fuson, 10. Jacob Denney, 11. Blake Bower, 12. Travis Buckley, 13. Cade Lewis, 14. Mariah Ede, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Daniel Whitley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (3), 2. Michael Pickens (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (10), 7. Brenham Crouch (16), 8. Emerson Axsom (8), 9. Chance Crum (14), 10. Spencer Bayston (21), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (13), 12. Kaylee Bryson (15), 13. Gavin Miller (17), 14. Jake Andreotti (11), 15. Jade Avedisian (9), 16. Dominic Gorden (22), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Mitchel Moles (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Cade Lewis (24-P), 21. Daison Pursley (12), 22. Taylor Reimer (1), 23. Jacob Denney (23-P), 24. Jason McDougal (19). NT
(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Taylor Reimer, Laps 7-30 Thomas Meseraull.

**Ryan Timms flipped during the first heat. Cade Lewis flipped during the fourth heat. Jake Swanson flipped during the semi. Daison Pursley flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1794, 2-Justin Grant-1585, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1435, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1389, 5-Cannon McIntosh-1374, 6-Mitchel Moles-1360, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1303, 8-Jacob Denney-1068, 9-Brenham Crouch-1054, 10-Taylor Reimer-1054.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-180, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Logan Seavey-139, 4-Thomas Meseraull-133, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kaylee Bryson-106, 7-Kyle Cummins-104, 8-Buddy Kofoid-103, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 17-18-19, 2022 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Taylor Reimer (12.636)

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian (12.416)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Pit Stop USA Third Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

Rod End Supply Fourth Heat Winner: Jake Andreotti

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

Feature Hard Charger: Spencer Bayston (21st to 10th)


HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST:
A FIELD OF 50, A RACE OF 100
FOR $20,000 AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 12, 2022)………The third edition of the Hangtown 100 is a biggie in all facets – 50-plus cars, 100 laps and $20,000-to-win.

That’s what’s on tap when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship heads west for the third installment of the three-night event at California’s Placerville Speedway on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 17-18-19.

At press time, 53 USAC Midget drivers and cars are set to do battle on the 1/4-mile dirt oval at the racy joint which welcomes the USAC National Midgets for the sixth, seventh and eighth time, all of whom are on the hunt for the biggest prize in midget racing.

The entry list includes the likes of defending Hangtown 100 winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), the newly crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion.

Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) returns after becoming the youngest winner in USAC National Midget history during the opening night of the Hangtown 100 in 2021.

Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson (2016) is one of six USAC National Midget champions in the Hangtown 100 field along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Sutter, California’s Logan Seavey (2018), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019), Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom (2020) and current point leader Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021).

Thorson was the opening night fastest qualifier a year ago. Bayston finished inside the top-10 twice during the inaugural edition in 2019. Seavey was the overall points champion for the event in 2021. Courtney finished 8th on the final night in 2019. Windom led laps on night two in 2021 and finished 4th on the last night. Kofoid led a race-high 66 laps in the 2021 finale before finishing 2nd.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Placerville. He returns to the Hangtown 100 field as does Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), who led the WoO with 11 victories this year and finished inside the top-five at the Hangtown 100 a year ago.

Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.) captured the Dave Bradway Jr. Memorial wing sprint car race victory earlier this year at Placerville. The one-time USAC National Midget victor is in this year’s field as are night two lap leaders Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) as well as 2021 night two fast qualifier Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.).

Drivers who’ve graced USAC National Midget victory lane this season in the Hangtown 100 field include Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.), who also stands as the series’ leading Rookie of the Year contender coming in.

Three-night reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at https://www.eventsprout.com/event/hangtown-2022.

Also sharing the card will be the BCRA/California Lightning Sprints, who are set to run without wings each night.

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HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (53 ENTRIES)

CAR # | DRIVER | HOMETOWN | ENTRANT

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4x COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

6K MIKE SNIDER/Kelseyville, CA (Lauren Snider)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

31B KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 COLBY COPELAND/Roseville, CA (CB Industries)

87w RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

89 ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

89x CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

101 ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)

® represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender


 

TURKEY NIGHT ENTRY LIST EXCEEDS 50-PLUS
USAC MIDGETS FOR NOV. 26 AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 11, 2022)………A spectacular field of 50-plus USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers have announced their intentions to compete in the 81st running of the 98-lap ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday, November 26, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

At press time, 54 cars are entered for the Agajanian Promotions event at Jim Naylor's Ventura’s 1/5-mile seaside dirt oval, including two past Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winners. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) comes in as the defending race victor from 2021 while Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured the event win in 2015.

Seavey (2018) and Thorson (2016) are two of the five past USAC National Midget champions in the lineup along with Lebanon, Indiana’s Spencer Bayston (2017), Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney (2019) and Penngrove, California’s Buddy Kofoid (2021). Recently crowned USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) will be gunning for his first Turkey Night victory.

All the aforementioned drivers have captured USAC National Midget feature wins in their career and are among the 17 drivers who’ve tallied series feature wins. Those seeking a first Turkey Night Grand Prix score include 2022 series winners Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio), Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) and Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.).

International racing standout Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) can count himself in the group of USAC National Midget feature winners in the Turkey Night field along with Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.).

Furthermore, a trio of USAC Western States Midget champions will take on the national stars, a list of consisting of Hanford, California’s Michael Faccinto (2018 & 2022), Brentwood, California’s Blake Bower (2021) and Downey, California’s Steve Paden (2003).

Last year’s members of an all-female front row will return to the Turkey Night lineup this year – pole winner Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) and outside front row starter Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.). Additionally, 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) is back in the seat of a midget after scoring a series-high 11 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car wins in 2022.

Day, Denney and Bower are in the mix for the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award, which, thus far, encompasses 23 drivers. The award was captured in 2021 by third-place finisher Mitchel Moles. The most recent Rookie driver to win the Turkey Night Grand Prix is Warren Mockler in 1986 – 36 years ago.

RACE DETAILS:

The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix officially gets underway on Friday night, November 25, with racing action from the USAC West Coast / VRA Sprint Cars as well as USAC Midget practice.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:30pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST: (54 ENTRIES)

00 ®JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

1EM TBA (NP Motorsports)

1NP ®TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)

1x ®A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (LKK Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v ®JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 ®JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

4x ®COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

8w ®KALEB MONTGOMERY/Templeton, CA (Woodland Autosports)

9 ®BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K ®NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

14J MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

14T DYLAN BLOOMFIELD/Oakley, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises)

17B ®AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)

19 ®ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ ®HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)

22G ®ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

25m ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25x EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 ®JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 ®BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 ®DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

57x ®STEVE HIX/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

86 ®JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

89 MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET WINNERS:

1934: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1935: Ted Sizemore | Gilmore Stadium

1936: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1937: Ronney Householder | Gilmore Stadium

1938: Bob Swanson | Gilmore Stadium

1939: Mel Hansen | Gilmore Stadium

1940: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1941: Roy Russing | Gilmore Stadium

1942: No Race

1943: No Race

1944: No Race

1945: Danny Oakes | Gilmore Stadium

1946: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1947: Johnny McDowell | Gilmore Stadium

1948: Bill Vukovich | Gilmore Stadium

1949: Perry Grimm | Gilmore Stadium

1950: Bill Zaring | Gilmore Stadium

1951: No Race

1952: No Race

1953: No Race

1954: No Race

1955: Johnnie Parsons | Gardena Stadium

1956: Edgar Elder | Gardena Stadium

1957: George Amick | Gardena Stadium

1958: Joe Garson | Gardena Stadium

1959: Tony Bettenhausen | Gardena Stadium

1960: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1961: A.J. Foyt | Ascot Park

1962: Billy Cantrell | Ascot Park

1963: Mel Kenyon | Ascot Park

1964: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1965: Dick Atkins | Ascot Park

1966: Parnelli Jones | Ascot Park

1967: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1968: Sammy Sessions | Ascot Park

1969: George Benson | Ascot Park

1970: Gary Bettenhausen | Ascot Park

1971: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1972: Tony Simon | Ascot Park

1973: Billy Engelhart | Ascot Park

1974: Danny McKnight | Ascot Park

1975: Mel Kenyon | Speedway 605

1976: Bubby Jones | Ascot Park

1977: Gary Patterson | Ascot Park

1978: Rick Goudy | Ascot Park

1979: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1980: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1981: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1982: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1983: Kevin Olson | Ascot Park

1984: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1985: Brent Kaeding | Ascot Park

1986: Warren Mockler | Ascot Park

1987: Ron Shuman | Ascot Park

1988: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1989: Chuck Gurney | Ascot Park

1990: Stan Fox | Ascot Park

1991: Stan Fox | Saugus Speedway

1992: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1993: Ron Shuman | Bakersfield Speedway

1994: Jordan Hermansader | Bakersfield Speedway

1995: Billy Boat | Bakersfield Speedway

1996: Billy Boat | Perris Auto Speedway

1997: Billy Boat | Ventura Raceway

1998: Jay Drake | Bakersfield Speedway

1999: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2000: Tony Stewart | Irwindale Speedway

2001: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2002: Michael Lewis | Irwindale Speedway

2003: Dave Steele | Irwindale Speedway

2004: Bobby East | Irwindale Speedway

2005: Jason Leffler | Irwindale Speedway

2006: Billy Wease | Irwindale Speedway

2007: Dave Darland | Irwindale Speedway

2008: Bobby Santos | Irwindale Speedway

2009: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2010: Bryan Clauson | Irwindale Speedway

2011: Caleb Armstrong | Irwindale Speedway

2012: Kyle Larson | Perris Auto Speedway

2013: Dave Darland | Perris Auto Speedway

2014: Christopher Bell | Perris Auto Speedway

2015: Tanner Thorson | Perris Auto Speedway

2016: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2017: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2018: Christopher Bell | Ventura Raceway

2019: Kyle Larson | Ventura Raceway

2020: Not Held

2021: Logan Seavey | Ventura Raceway

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

RUTHERFORD, BENDER, ROA & JOHNSON AMONG EARLY TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 11, 2022... The competition continues to grow for the upcoming “ARP 81st Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. At press time, there are 29 early entries for the non-point USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car portion of the November 25 & 26th events with more expected to be announced soon. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series, the prestigious race will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the country. For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice. All four corners must be Hoosier.
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- California state protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Troy Rutherford of Ojai, California finished second in USAC West Coast point standings, Piloting his Ford powered #11 Trench Shoring / Woodland Auto Display Spike, Rutherford scored the May 21st victory at Ventura and had four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards. Despite missing the February 26th season opener at Kern County, the Ventura track record holder finished 27 points behind Trent Carter.

Defending race winner, A.J. Bender of San Diego, California will return to USAC West Coast action in the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Schweitzer Racing DRC. The versatile driver had a full schedule in 2022, racing with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, USAC/BCRA Midgets, and the California Lightning Sprints. For his efforts, Bender scored two Bakersfield CLS wins and earned Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC Western States Midgets.

Garden Grove, California’s Brody Roa and Chase Johnson of Penngrove, California will drive team cars for May Motorsports. Johnson claimed the February 26th season opener at Kern County and Roa topped the August 27th Ventura feature in the potent RDM Mechanics / Keen Concrete #8M entry. In addition, both drivers have raced the May 360 powered cars to victory with the USAC/CRA 410 Sprints. Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Champion, topped the August 6th Santa Maria return and Johnson scored a Bakersfield win on May 8, 2021.

Max Adams of Loomis, California will race Kaleb Montgomery’s #3 Luxton / David Crye Maxim. Now primarily racing in the Midwest, the 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one career USAC West Coast triumph, coming at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 12, 2017.

Ferndale, California’s Daniel Whitley will pilot Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Western Industrial X-Ray DRC. The young driver had one West Coast start during the season and raced to victory on June 4th at Ventura Raceway.

2015 Santa Maria Sprint Car Champion, James Herrera of New Cuyama, California will compete at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The owner/driver of the #5J Cuyama Buckhorn / Santa Barbara Pistachios Ellis will also field a team car for his daughter Elexa.

Rick Hendrix of Palmdale, California has entered the prestigious event in his #15 Rick’s Gate Works / Wilwood Disc Brakes Maxim. The veteran driver has won championships with the USAC Western Pavement Sprints, USAC Western States Midgets, USAC TQ Midgets, VRA Sprints, and PAS Senior Sprint Cars.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Shon Deskins was the first driver to enter the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The 2017 NMMRA Sprint Car Champion recently won at Imperial Raceway (El Centro) aboard his #20 Mesilla Valley Transportation / Premium Coach Group entry.

2022 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Tyler Hatzikian of Murrieta, California has joined the talented driver roster. The owner/driver of the #27 Tyler Surfboards / ZARP Incorporated Maxim is known for his tribute paint schemes. This season, his car honored the famed Gas Chem Products / Bubby Jones entry and previous cars have paid tribute to Bruce Bromme and the Alex Morales “Tamale Wagon.”

Fountain Valley, California’s Kyle Edwards finished third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #39 Safehouse Security / Simpson Race Products Triple X, Edwards set a new track record at Kern County in February and had a shot at the crown at the October 15th “Championship Night.”

Ricky Lewis of Oxnard, California will pilot his #41 Beyoutiful Foundation / Physical Medical Consultant DRC. Now primarily racing in the Midwest, the young driver scored the first USAC West Coast victory of his career at Bakersfield on March 12th.

Bakersfield, California’s Brody Fuson had two USAC West Coast Sprint Car and USAC Western States Midgets wins in 2022. Driving Bob & Toni Van Meter’s #51 RacePa Motorsports / W.E. Spike, Fuson became the 60th USAC West Coast winning driver at Bakersfield on September 10th.

Verne Sweeney of Lomita, California will make the first USAC West Coast start of his career at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The driver of Ken Tracy’s #98 Bill’s Ol Fashion Jerky / Faas Cores DRC scored a victory with the original California Racing Association (CRA) at Manzanita Speedway (Phoenix, Arizona) on February 2, 1991.

Tanner Boul of Auberry, California placed fourth in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the family owned #99T King Racing Products / BR Motorsports Triple X, Boul won Ventura’s USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature on June 11th using a 360 engine.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, FloRacing.com, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, Rod End Supply, ROW Signs and Graphics, Saldana Racing Products, Steve Lafond/Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Vahlco Wheels, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter.

2022 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2J-James Turnbull II / Indio, California / James Turnbull Sr.
3-Max Adams / Loomis, California / Kaleb Montgomery
3F-Daniel Whitley / Ferndale, California / Ted Finkenbinder
5J-James Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
6-Logan Calderwood / Phoenix, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
8M-Brody Roa / Garden Grove, California / May Motorsports
8W-Chase Johnson / Penngrove, California / May Motorsports
11-Troy Rutherford / Ojai, California / Troy Rutherford
15-Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, California / Rick Hendrix
16J-Elexa Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
17-Todd Pratt / Las Vegas, Nevada / Todd Pratt
17A-Tom Dunkel / Menifee, California / Tom Dunkel
19-Dennis Rodriguez / Las Vegas, Nevada / Matt Streeter Racing
20-Shon Deskins / Phoenix, Arizona / Shon Deskins Racing
21-A.J. Bender / San Diego, California / Kim & Richard Bender
21-Austin Ervine / Henderson, Nevada / Jay Ervine
25-Chris Muraoka / Makaha, Hawaii / Chris Muraoka
27-Tyler Hatzikian / Murrieta, California / Tyler Hatzikian
29C-Camie Bell / Bakersfield, California / Tim Bell
39-Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, California / Gordon Edwards
39T-Troy DeGaton / Live Oak, California / Troy DeGaton
41-Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, California / Ricky Lewis
51-Brody Fuson / Bakersfield, California / Bob & Toni Van Meter
52-David Lindt / Sebastopol, California / Davis Lindt
54-Nate Robinson / Ventura, California / Bill Perkins
63D-Jon DeWees / Lemoore, California / Jon DeWees
98-Verne Sweeney / Lomita, California / Ken Tracy
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, California / Boul Racing
$-Cash Culp / Apple Valley, California / Cash Culp

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Troy Rutherford - 11.941 (06/04/22)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Troy Rutherford, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Fuson, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Daniel Whitley.

FINAL 2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Trent Carter-531, 2. Troy Rutherford-504, 3. Kyle Edwards-485, 4. Tanner Boul-423, 5. Tyler Hatzikian ®-390, 6. Joey Bishop ®-386, 7. Brent Yarnal ®-350, 8. Hannah Mayhew-348, 9. Ricky Lewis-329, 10. Camie Bell ®-325, 11. Steve Hix-303, 12. Brody Fuson-295, 13. James Herrera-274, 14. Chase Johnson-242, 15. Elexa Herrera ®-224, 16. Cody Majors-212, 17. Rick Hendrix-185, 18. Travis Buckley-155, 19. Logan Calderwood ®-149, 20. Jake Andreotti ®-143, 21. Brody Roa-135, 22. Ryan Timmons-109, 23. Jacob Tuttle-107, 24. Ben Worth ®-104, 25. Nathan Byrd-98, 26. Daniel Whitley ®-81, 27. Jarrett Soares-76, --. Charlie Butcher-76, 29. Matt Day-74, --. Sterling Cling-74, 31. Dawson Faria ®-64, 32. Randy Nelson-63, 33. Troy DeGaton ®-53, 34. Chris Ennis-51, 35. Christopher Muraoka-49, 36. Bryan Whitley-48, 37. Gage Rucker-46, 38. Todd Pratt-45, 39. Jonas Reynolds-35, 40. Dale Curran-33, 41. Tuesday Calderwood ®-13.

2022 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 26: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 12: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Daniel Whitley)
August 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 10: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
September 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
October 15: The Dirt Track at KCRP – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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SE = Special Event / Non-Points.

 

 

THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND ROARS WITH USAC MIDGETS AT TUESDAY’S NOVEMBER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 10, 2022)………Just like clockwork.

For the past two years, Buddy Kofoid has made an annual imperative statement during the November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway.

In 2020, his pursuit required some late-race heroics and, in 2021, he made his way up front by the midway point.

This coming Tuesday night, November 15, the Penngrove, Calif. native looks to achieve a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in more than a half-century – winning three USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship races in a row at Bako.

Billy Vukovich did the deed at Bakersfield between 1966-1967 as he picked up three-straight at the facility. Fifty-five years later, Kofoid will vie to become the next as he also looks to lock up a second consecutive USAC National Midget driving title, a race in which he currently leads the standings by 194.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports is the winningest team at the 1/3-mile dirt oval in USAC National Midget competition. Each time, its’ been the No. 67 that’s represented the team in victory lane dating back to 2000 with Jay Drake, 2018 with Logan Seavey and in each of the past two seasons with Kofoid.

WINNING THEIR WAY DOWN IN BAKERSFIELD

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of two past November Classic winners slated to compete in Tuesday’s event along with Buddy Kofoid.

Seavey captured the 2018 Bakersfield round in grand style by utilizing the high line to pass for the victory coming out of the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop. Seavey garnered a 10th place result at Bakersfield in 2021 and will make his debut with Abacus Racing who’ll field two cars for he and Daniel Whitley (Ferndale, Calif.).

NEW DIGS

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) returns to Bakersfield for the first time since 2019 where he led 10 laps and finished as the runner-up in the feature. He’ll be in the seat of one of three Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports entries along with Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), who collected a 5th at Bakersfield in 2021 along with a fast qualifier award as well as an 8th place finish in 2020. Austin Barnhill (Wilmington, N.C.) will attempt to qualify for his first Bakersfield feature lineup.

Australia and the United States have teamed up to field two entries throughout the November USAC National Midget swing for World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car winners Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.). Macedo, the 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and that year’s USAC Midwest Regional Midget champ, finished 10th with the USAC Midgets at Bakersfield in 2020. Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, has scored three top-five finishes at Bako with a 2nd in 2017, a 4th in 2018 and a 5th in 2020.

Two-time USAC National Midget feature winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the lineup at Bakersfield behind the wheel of the Six8 Motorsports No. 68, which won five-straight USAC Western States Midget entrant titles between 2013-17 along with six features at Bakersfield. McDougal’s Bakersfield experience includes finishes of 9th in 2018 and 6th in 2019.

The Tom Malloy team will prepare two cars for battle with drivers Emerson Axsom and Jacob Denney. The 2022 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), led a race-high 17 laps during the 2021 Bakersfield race en route to a 2nd place result. Denney, a 2022 Indiana Midget Week winner at Lincoln Park Speedway, will make his Bakersfield debut.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) will make his first USAC National Midget appearance since February. For the month of November, you’ll find KTJ in Dean Alexander’s No. 5T as a teammate to Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.). Thomas finished a best of 9th at Bako in 2021. Worth, meanwhile, notched his first career USAC Western States Midget win in April of 2019 at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory.

Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) will make the cross country trip to compete at Bakersfield for the first time. The 2021 USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion, 2018 USAC Eastern Midget titlist and past Chili Bowl prelim night winner, will compete for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports alongside third-year series driver Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.).

BAKO FRONT RUNNERS

Newly crowned USAC National Sprint Car champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) earned his best Bakersfield result in USAC National Midget competition with a 3rd in 2021 and a 5th in 2017. His RMS Racing teammate, Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), was a top-10 runner with the series at Bakersfield all the way back in 2000, finishing 7th. In 2019, T-Mez ripped through the pack from his 20th starting position to finish 8th, which earned him hard charger honors.

This year’s USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) has twice been a winner with the regional series at Bakersfield in 2016 and 2018. The now two-time USAC WSM king (2018 & 2022) led the first six laps of the November Classic and finished 9th.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) finished 4th in the November Classic of 2020 and went undefeated in three different USAC series at Bakersfield in 2021, first with the USAC Western States Midgets, then again with the USAC CRA Sprint Cars using a last lap pass for the win after starting 16th and, finally, with the West Coast Sprint Cars after charging all the way from 14th.

Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) has had a fantastic season in USAC National Midget racing as he hopes to spark a first career series victory at Bakersfield following an 8th in 2021. Wildly enough, Steve Paden (Downey, Calif.) made his most recent USAC National Midget start at Bakersfield before Wiedeman was born. The 2003 USAC Western States titlist tallied an 8th at Bakersfield in 2000 and a 10th in 1999.

KUNZ/CURB-AGAJANIAN GOES UP TO 11

Among the returnees to the field from previous Bakersfield lineups include Lubbock, Texas’ Brenham Crouch (13th in 2021), Muskogee, Oklahoma’s Kaylee Bryson (14th in 2021), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma’s Ryan Timms (15th in 2021), Bixby, Oklahoma’s Taylor Reimer (17th in 2021) and Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley (19th in 2019).

Crouch, Bryson, Reimer, and two-time series winners Pursley and Timms are among an astonishing 11-car lineup for the team, which also consists of those four plus Kofoid, Wiedeman and series Rookies Dominic Gorden (Clovis, Calif.), Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), Mariah Ede (Fresno, Calif.) and Cade Lewis who hails from Bakersfield, Calif.

BACK TO BAKO SUCCESS

Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson and Brody Fuson have all been victorious in their careers at Bakersfield.

Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) is the top Rookie on the 2022 USAC National Midget trail, having won three times as of this writing. In USAC Western States Midget competition, he dominated Bakersfield this past May by sweeping the entire night as the fastest qualifier, heat race winner and feature victor.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) has finished as the USAC Western States Midget runner-up in each of the past two years. He was the fastest qualifier with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars at Bakersfield in September of 2021, then followed up with a feature win in September of 2022.

The 2021 USAC Western States Midget champ, Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), finished 8th with the Regional series at Bakersfield in 2021. He too eyes a first USAC National Midget feature start this time around.

FRESH AT BAKERSFIELD

First-time Bakersfield USAC National Midget starters are all throughout the field, including recent Western World Champion Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) in one of two Josh Ford Motorsports machines alongside Chase Johnson.

Chance Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) has been both a fast qualifier and a podium finisher with the USAC National Midgets this season. He shoots for his first November Classic feature start coming up.

Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) has been a winner with the USAC Western States Midgets this season. He’ll be joined in the field by Nathan Byrd (Goodyear, Ariz.) who will make his USAC National Midget debut at Bakersfield and has finished inside the top-five with the USAC Silver Crown series this season – on pavement.

The driver lineup of 40-plus drivers is a worldwide bunch with Auckland, New Zealand’s Travis Buckley making the call for Bakersfield along with fellow first-time November Classic starting hopefuls Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Ariz.), Jake Hodges (Camarillo, Calif.), Zach Telford (Middleton, Idaho) and Joey Bishop (Camarillo, Calif.), a sixth place finisher in this year’s USAC West Coast Sprint Car point standings.

THE DETAILS:

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California’s Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 23 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile that has been both paved and dirt throughout its history.

Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich are the winningest USAC National Midget drivers at Bakersfield with three victories apiece.

Tuesday at Bakersfield, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be joined by the California Lightning Sprints.

The pits open at 2pm Pacific with the grandstands opening at 5pm, the drivers meeting at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Senior and military 65+ (ID required) general admission tickets are $18.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3AMU46z

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Buddy Kofoid-1719, 2-Justin Grant-1525, 3-Thomas Meseraull-1357, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1346, 5-Mitchel Moles-1328, 6-Cannon McIntosh-1301, 7-Kaylee Bryson-1259, 8-Jacob Denney-1045, 9-Zach Daum-1031, 10-Taylor Reimer-1025.

PROJECTED BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY DRIVER ENTRIES:

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

01 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

08x MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

2J JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim Vanzant)

4 JAKE HODGES/Camarillo, CA (Jake Hodges)

5K BEN WORTH/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)

5T KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dean Alexander)

7NZ ®TRAVIS BUCKLEY/Auckland, NZ (BSL Racing)

9 BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

11K NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Kruseman Motorsports)

17B AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports)

19 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

22G ZACH TELFORD/Middleton, ID (GR Motorsports)

25 ®JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

26 CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing)

45 JOEY BISHOP/Camarillo, CA (Bishop Motorsports)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

56 STEVE PADEN/Downey, CA (Steve Paden)

57 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

67 BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K ®GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)

71 KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71E ®MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K ®DOMINIC GORDEN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71m ®CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71p DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

84 ®JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (CB Industries)

89 ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (CB Industries)

97 BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

97K RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

® represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Candidate

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/16/2021 - Cannon McIntosh - 12.347 - 97.092 mph

6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.460 - 83.192 mph

8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.590 - 92.580 mph

10 Laps - 11/17/2020 - Jonathan Beason - 2:03.059 - 97.417 mph

12 Laps - 11/16/2021 - Chase Randall - 2:31.417 - 95.077 mph

15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.910 - 87.678 mph

100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

3-Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich

2-Buddy Kofoid, Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp

1-Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Kyle Larson, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1959: Davey Moses (8/2)

1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)

1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)

1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)

1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)

1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)

1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)

1991: Page Jones (11/23)

1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)

1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)

1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)

1995: Billy Boat (11/23)

1997: Jay Drake (11/22)

1998: Jay Drake (11/26)

1999: Dave Darland (11/20)

2000: Jay Drake (11/18)

2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)

2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

2019: Kyle Larson (11/23)

2020: Buddy Kofoid (11/17)

2021: Buddy Kofoid (11/16)

BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

1959 FEATURE: 1. Davey Moses, 2. Joe Garson, 3. Billy Cantrell, 4. Norm Rapp, 5. Cal Niday, 6. Johnny Wood, 7. Leroy Neumayer, 8. Gene Gurney, 9. Johnny Melton, 10. Jim Gilchrist, 11. Johnnie Tolan, 12. Chuck Booth, 13. Dempsey Wilson, 14. Joe Soares, 15. Norm Hall, 16. Don Staudinger. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Frank Secrist, 2. George Benson, 3. Duane Sears, 4. Tom Trader, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. Larry Ferrua, 7. Jimmy Caruthers, 8. Jim Bob Luebbert, 9. Bernie Schechter, 10. Al Henderson, 11. Ned Spath, 12. Clark Templeman, 13. Ed Johns, 14. Joe Garson, 15. Walt Kennedy, 16. Paul Jones, 17. Porky Rachwitz, 18. Jack Sachse. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2.Al Henderson, 3. George Benson, 4. Rick Henderson, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Don Melton, 7. Billy Wilkerson, 8. Dickie Deis, 9. Bruce Walkup, 10. Johnny Moorhouse, 11. Tom Trader, 12. Ed Johns, 13. Ron Hughes, 14. Mike Mosley, 15. Paul Jones, 16. Frank Secrist, 17. George Todd, 18. Larry Ferrua.

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Duane Sears, 3. Mike McGreevy, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. George Benson, 7. Jan Opperman, 8. Dave Strickland, 9. Herman Hutton, 10. Walt Kennedy, 11. Billy Wilkerson, 12. Gil Alcala, 13. Don Sparks, 14. Henry Rossi, 15. Don White, 16. Ray Lattie, 17. Ed Johns, 18. Dickie Deis. NT

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Walt Kennedy, 3. George Benson, 4. Johnny Moorhouse, 5. Larry Ferrua, 6. Dickie Deis, 7. Ray Lattie, 8. Ron Hughes, 9. Jerry Welton, 10. Clark Templeman, 11. Tom McCoy, 12. Jim Vaughan, 13. Sonny White, 14. Dennis Johansen, 15. Jack Yeley, 16. Porky Rachwitz, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Billy Wilkerson. NT

1974 FEATURE: (30 laps), 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Jerry Weeks, 7. Danny O'Neill, 8. Bill Weingarten, 9. Danny McKnight, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Johnny Anderson, 12. Jim Beckley, 13. Gary Irvin, 14. Mark Alderson, 15. Wheeler Gresham, 16. Hank Butcher, 17. Roger Mears, 18. Bobby Tripp, 19. Jeff Heywood, 20. George Snider.

1988 FEATURE (40 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Darryl Haugh, 3. Wally Pankratz, 4. Kevin Olson, 5. Dave Strickland Jr., 6. Ken Nichols, 7. Mario Bringetto Jr., 8. Tommy White, 9. Chuck West, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. Johnny Cofer, 12. Rick Zermani, 13. Rusty Rasmussen, 14. Jim Berg, 15. Larry Derwin, 16. Joe Winters, 17. Sleepy Tripp, 18. Robby Flock, 19. P.J. Jones, 20. Frank Pedregon, 21. John Starks, 22. Terry Wente. NT

1989 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Mario Bringetto Jr., 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Terry Farrar, 5. Kevin Olson, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Dirk VanCott, 8. Kevin Doty, 9. Bob Davison, 10. Dennis Hart, 11. Terry Tarditi, 12. Ray Derby, 13. Hank Butcher, 14. Jeff Gordon, 15. P.J. Jones, 16. Ron Hughes Jr., 17. Rick Taylor, 18. Tommy White, 19. Dan Drinan, 20. Frank Pedregon. NT

1990 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Terry Farrar, 2. Dave Strickland Jr., 3. Sleepy Tripp, 4. Ricky Gray, 5. P.J. Jones, 6. Jeff Gordon, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Mike Streicher, 9. Robby Flock, 10. Rick Taylor, 11. John McLaughlin, 12. George Ito, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. Ray Derby, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Mike Appio, 17. Lee Yetter, 18. Frank Pedregon, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Stephen Lewis.

1991 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Page Jones, 2. P.J. Jones, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Robby Flock, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. Mike Streicher, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Andy Pierce, 10. Jordan Hermansader, 11. Tyce Carlson, 12. Critter Malone, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. John Kaiser, 15. Stan Fox, 16. Doug Silva, 17. Wally Pankratz, 18. Ricky Gray, 19. George Ito, 20. Keith Rauch. NT

1992 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Stan Fox, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. George Ito, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Brett Horrobin, 11. Keith Chrisco, 12. Jordan Hermansader, 13. Mike Streicher, 14. Glenn Carson, 15, Joe Gaerte, 16. Lealand McSpadden, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Jonkman, 19, John Harkrader, 20. Page Jones, 21. Billy Garcia, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Billy Boat, 24. Terry Tarditi. NT

1993 FEATURE: (100 laps): 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Robby Flock, 3. Johnny Cofer, 4. George Ito, 5. Jay Drake, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jordan Hermansader, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Stan Fox, 11. Ron Hazelton, 12. Keith Chrisco, 13. Chuck Gurney, 14. Hank Butcher, 15. Rick Hendrix, 16. Richard Griffin, 17. Stevie Reeves, 18. Page Jones, 19. Jimmy Sills, 20. Robert Dolacki, 21. Ronnie Day, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Cary Faas, 24. Billy Boat. NT

1994 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jordan Hermansader, 2. Hank Butcher, 3. Kenny Irwin Jr., 4. Billy Boat, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. George Ito, 9. Jack Runyon, 10. Sleepy Tripp, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Robert Dolacki, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Tony Elliott, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Ronnie Johncox, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Rick Hendrix, 20. Wally Pankratz, 21. Tony Stewart, 22. Lealand McSpadden, 23. Donnie Beechler, 24. Andy Michner. 25:56.85

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Kenny Irwin Jr., 3. Kevin Doty, 4. Richard Griffin, 5. Rick Hendrix, 6. George Ito, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Andy Michner, 10. Ron Shuman, 11. Hank Butcher, 12. Larry Brown, 13. Shane Scully, 14. J.J. Ercse, 15. Frankie Kerr, 16. Jeremy Sherman, 17. Danny Lasoski, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Wally Pankratz, 20. Jim Keene, 21. Jay Drake, 22. Brian Gerster, 23. Johnny Cofer, 24. J.R. Lawson. 26:58.12

1997 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Ricky Shelton, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Clay Klepper, 9. Craig Brady, 10. Dwayne Marcum, 11. Rick Hendrix, 12. Shane Scully, 13. Steve Paden, 14. Cory Kruseman, 15. Larry Brown, 16. Jason Leffler, 17. Nick Lundgreen, 18. Steve Barth, 19. John Heydenreich, 20. Danny Lasoski, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Kevin Thomas, 23. Robert Dolacki, 24. Marc DeBeaumont. NT

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps - Held Nov. 26) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Dan Boorse, 7. Jimmy Sills, 8. Ricky Shelton, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Michael Lewis, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Rick Hendrix, 15. Aaron Fiscus, 16. Dane Carter, 17. Kevin Doty, 18. Scott Hansen, 19. Steve Paden, 20. Bryan Stanfill, 21. Shane Scully, 22. Jordan Hermansader, 23. John Starks, 24. Donnie Beechler. NT

1999 FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Michael Lewis, 4. Travis Welpott (#8), 5. Marc DeBeaumont, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Clay Klepper, 8. Glenn Carson, 9. Bobby Boone, 10. Steve Paden, 11. Dane Carter, 12. Rick Vaughn, 13. Dave Stoltz, 14. A.J. Felker (MCI), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 16. Bryan Stanfill, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dwayne Marcum, 19. Derrick Hearron, 20. Ryan Newman, 21. Dean Alexander, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Bruce Donaldson, 25. Thomas Meseraull. NT

2000 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Aaron Fike, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Steve Paden, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Bryan Stanfill, 11. Jimmy Sills, 12. John Nervo, 13. Jimmy Christian, 14. Dwayne Marcum, 15. A.J. Johnson, 16. Sarah McCune, 17. Derrick Hearron, 18. Ryan Scott, 19. Wally Pankratz (#37x), 20. Rick Hendrix, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Marc DeBeaumont, 23. Shane Scully, 24. Michael Lewis. NT

2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen. NT

2018: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Kyle Larson (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Chase Johnson (1), 5. Spencer Bayston (4), 6. Chris Windom (20), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Cannon McIntosh (16), 9. Justin Grant (14), 10. Carson Macedo (21), 11. Jonathan Beason (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Clinton Boyles (10), 14. Ethan Mitchell (11), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 17. Andrew Layser* (24), 18. Michael Faccinto (13), 19. Tanner Carrick (15), 20. Cole Bodine* (23), 21. Bryant Wiedeman (19), 22. Frankie Guerrini (22), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Daison Pursley (17). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (5), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Cory Eliason (8), 7. Chris Windom (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (17), 11. Thomas Meseraull (22), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Brenham Crouch (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (19), 15. Ryan Timms (13), 16. Tony Gomes (18), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Chase Randall (12), 19. Jade Avedisian (6), 20. Carson Macedo (10), 21. Ethan Mitchell (14), 22. Michael Faccinto (21). NT

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR USAC’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS ON DEC. 9 You’re invited to the 2022 USAC Night of Champions!

Join us at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Friday, December 9, to honor the 2022 USAC champions.

Tickets can be purchased now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2022-night-of-champions.

WHEN: Friday, December 9, 2022

WHERE: Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, Indiana

WHAT: Cocktails at 6:00 | Dinner/Awards 6:30

RSVP: By December 1, 2022

* Price increase after this date.


 


BACON POCKETS $10-GRAND REWARD
AS USAC'S BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER CHAMP

Speedway, Indiana (November 7, 2022)………Brady Bacon won the opener. Brady Bacon won the closer.

With those two victories, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native bookended the inaugural Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment with success in 2022.

With his victory in last Saturday’s 26th running of the Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, Bacon collected the “Bubby Jones” championship and a cool $10,000 reward.

Bacon accumulated the most points throughout the 10-race miniseries for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, ultimately scoring the title by 34 points over Justin Grant.

Praising the extra bonuses up for grabs in the brand-new series, Bacon applauded the addition of such events to add to his hall-of-fame worthy career resume as well as to his racing funds.

“The championship pays more; we ran second in the championship and won the Master of Going Faster, which pays more than my first two championships combined,” Bacon commended. “Hats off to everyone behind the scenes and everyone who supports USAC racing, helping to raise the tide and keep these purses raising up. I’m very thankful for that and it makes it a lot easier to survive the winter when we have that extra money at the end of the year."

With a victory in the opening round at Kansas, City, Kansas’ Lakeside Speedway in May, Bacon nearly led the series from start-to-finish, only trailing once by a single point to Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) following Ballou's triumph in the second event at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in late May.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) led all drivers with three wins in the series at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway, Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

Other feature winners throughout the series’ slate included Logan Seavey (June 18 at Port Royal), Kyle Cummins (July 29 at Bloomington & October 1 at Lawrenceburg) and Jadon Rogers (September 17 at Tri-State Speedway).

The series honored the memory of the late, great Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career and also captured back-to-back CRA Sprint Car titles in 1983 and 1984. Jones passed away in 2020.

Bacon will receive a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art for earning the title along with his monetary rewards at the 2022 USAC Night of Champions on Friday, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, located at 140 W Washington St. in Indianapolis. Ind.

Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm Eastern followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm.

Tickets are on sale now at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2022-night-of-champions. The RSVP deadline is December 1.

2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER WINNERS:

May 12: Lakeside Speedway | WINNER: Brady Bacon

May 22: Terre Haute Action Track | WINNER: Robert Ballou

Jun 17: Williams Grove Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Jun 18: Port Royal Speedway | WINNER: Logan Seavey

Jul 26: Kokomo Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Jul 29: Bloomington Speedway | WINNER: Kyle Cummins

Sep 17: Tri-State Speedway | WINNER: Jadon Rogers

Sep 24: Eldora Speedway | WINNER: Justin Grant

Oct 1: Lawrenceburg Speedway | WINNER: Kyle Cummins

Nov 5: Perris Auto Speedway | WINNER: Brady Bacon

FINAL 2022 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINT STANDINGS:

1. 707-Brady Bacon

2. 673-Justin Grant

3. 630-C.J. Leary

4. 552-Robert Ballou

5. 551-Emerson Axsom

6. 533-Logan Seavey

7. 502-Chase Stockon

8. 482-Matt Westfall

9. 452-Jadon Rogers

10. 392-Jason McDougal

11. 347-Kyle Cummins

12. 343-Mitchel Moles & Jake Swanson

14. 280-Brandon Mattox

15. 275-Kevin Thomas Jr.

16. 235-Shane Cottle

17. 182-Briggs Danner

18. 166-Max Adams

19. 156-Alex Bright

20. 130-Thomas Meseraull

21. 122-Charles Davis Jr.

22. 116-Carson Garrett

23. 102-Anton Hernandez

24. 101-Steven Drevicki

25. 84-Sterling Cling

26. 83-Dallas Hewitt & Brody Roa

28. 77-Dustin Clark

29. 74-Cole Bodine

30. 67-Mark Smith

31. 66-Xavier Doney

32. 62-Joey Amantea

33. 60-Ryan Timms

34. 59-Dalton Stevens

35. 58-Timmy Buckwalter & Brandon Morin

37. 57-Geoff Ensign

38. 55-Mario Clouser

39. 52-Brian Ruhlman

40. 46-Shane Cockrum

41. 44-Brent Beauchamp & Tye Mihocko

43. 43-Keith Sheffer II

44. 42-Nick Bilbee

45. 41-Wyatt Burks

46. 40-Wesley Smith

47. 39-Alex Banales, R.J. Johnson, Daison Pursley & Scotty Weir

51. 35-Kendall Ruble & Cody Williams

53. 34-Dave Darland & Zach Daum

55. 33-Collin Ambrose

56. 31-Dustin Beck & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

58. 30-Koby Barksdale & Austin Graby

60. 29-Brian Hayden, Tommy Malcolm & Brady Short

63. 28-Jack Hoyer & Chris Parkinson

65. 27-Cody Baker

66. 26-Isaac Chapple, Zach Clark, J.J. Hughes & Carmen Perigo

70. 25-Stan Beadles, Saban Bibent & Tripp Gerrald

73. 24-Jordan Kinser & Rece Wommack

75. 23-Damion Gardner, Aric Gentry, Austin Grabowski, Ricky Lewis, Adyn Schmidt, Carson Short, Brandon Smith, Daniel Whitley & Austin Williams

84. 20-Travis Berryhill, Braydon Cromwell, Tom Harris, Korbyn Hayslett, Jack James, Hunter Maddox, Critter Malone & Corey Smith

92. 10-Jason Billups, Chris Bonneau, Donny Brackett, Andy Bradley, Harley Burns, Tyler Burton, Logan Calderwood, Troy Carey, Cindy Chambers, Andrew Cockman, Colten Cottle, Braxton Cummings, Troy DeGaton, Dakota Earls, Gage Etgen, Brayden Fox, Parker Frederickson, Chad Frewaldt, Chris Gansen, Ivan Glotzbach, Matt Goodnight, Dustin Griffitts, Todd Hobson, Chase Howard, Allen Howard Jr., John Ivers, A.J. Bender, Justin Johnson, Chase Johnson, Larry Kingseed Jr., Gary Marshall Jr., Matt McCarthy, Nate McMillin, Matt Mitchell, Nathan Moore, Evan Mosley, Jake Neal, Buddy Parker, Chris Phillips, Zack Pretorius, Davey Ray, Chad Ruhlman, Sam Scott, Nathan Seale, Kyle Shipley, Chad Tye, Lee Underwood, Cooper Welch, Logan Williams & Chris Windom


BACON BANKS 20-GRAND AT OVALS,
GRANT GRABS USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 5, 2022)………For Brady Bacon, winning four of the six Oval Nationals preliminary night features that have been held at California’s Perris Auto Speedway since 2019 was a nice feather to have in his cap.

However, the biggest prize of them all had eluded the 32-year-old driver for, quite literally, half his life.

Thirteen starts and sixteen years since his “Ovals” debut in 2006, Bacon had waited patiently for his time to finally arrive on championship night of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals.

There was no more time spent in the waiting room for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native on Saturday night’s 26th running of the marquee event as Bacon had no room to wait any longer.

Starting fourth, Bacon tore around the outside of Friday night prelim winner Robert Ballou to take over third on lap four. When pole sitter Justin Grant drifted off the bottom in turn four on lap eight, again, Bacon was there to capitalize.

On the 11th circuit, Bacon took his ride to the front of the field, launching down the back straight and blowing past Axsom for the race lead, then carrying onward to score one of his largest paydays with a $20,000 score aboard his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

For the four-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion, it was a long time to wait for a coveted “Ovals” win, and it was a long time coming. But, when all was said and done, this one was finally his, ending years and years of oh-so-closes and almosts.

“It feels good to finally get this one,” Bacon exhaled. “It seems like we always miss it a little bit for the Saturday night feature here.”

There was no such consternation this time around for Bacon, who had previously logged five top-five finishes on the final night of the “Ovals” throughout his career, bested with a third in 2017. Bacon led the final 30 laps to record his second feature victory in a three-night span.

Bacon’s latest triumph was the 46th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, moving him past three-time champion Larry Dickson and into a tie for fourth on the all-time list alongside USAC and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Jack Hewitt.

The evening was a lucrative one for Bacon as he not only pocketed $20,000 for his Oval Nationals main event win, but also added a $10,000 bonus as the champion of the 10-race Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster series Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment.

“This race is pretty important for our season financially,” Bacon explained. “If things faltered, or if I had a problem, it could’ve been a $20,000 loss. I was kind of nervous about that all day. Obviously, the goal was to win this race and now I’ve got a $40,000 swing the other way.”

Bacon didn’t exactly get away scot-free once he initially established himself as the race leader. Nearing the middle stages of the 40-lap feature, Axsom didn’t go away quietly as he kept pace with Bacon and, at times, was able to pull even in the fight for the lead.

On lap 17, calamity ensued in turn three when car of newly crowned 10-time AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner (10th) slowed suddenly. In a desperate attempt to avert the scene of the wreckage, Max Adams (13th), Tommy Malcolm (14th) and Daniel Whitley (17th) all tangled and stopped.

Meanwhile, Gardner made an excursion to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, wounded with a flat right rear tire, which was promptly swapped out for new rubber that returned him to the race. Gardner eventually dropped out soon after and finished 22nd. Oval Nationals Rookie Daniel Whitley was pushed away as well until his right front wheel decided to go solo and rolled aimlessly on the track through turns three and four.

Thereafter, the biggest mover and shaker instantly became Jake Swanson. The seventh starting driver grazed the bottom, and when Ballou drifted up a full lane at the exit of turn four on lap 20, that left the door open for Swanson to scoot under Ballou for third at the halfway mark. Swanson then took on Axsom and shot underneath in turn three with three laps remaining to slot into second.

At that point, Bacon had race officials with Sharpies in hand preparing to endorse his name on the mega-sized victory lane check. His lead stood at four-plus seconds with little obstruction along the way, sans a singular pack of lapped cars that caused little to no hiccups on Bacon’s warpath of dominance on both ends of the half-mile dirt oval.

“We kind of had a little mixture,” Bacon noted on the team’s car setup. “We had turns three and four from Thursday night and one and two from Friday night, so we did a combination on the car. It was something that worked pretty well, and even though I was making mistakes on top, I didn’t think anyone else could do it a whole lot better than me.”

He was right. Nobody did it better than Bacon in any facet down the stretch as he went on to collect a monumental win for his team and himself after a trying week that took its emotional toll. Brady’s grandfather, Ted, passed away on Tuesday morning and the team has been competing with heavy hearts ever since. Brady soldiered on to win not once, but twice in three nights at the Oval Nationals.

“It was a sweet win we had, especially after the hard week we’ve had,” Bacon acknowledged. “We definitely had a smoother week than we normally have here so, hopefully, he was helping us out and we’ll take it. It sure is a good way to top off the season.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and his late-race effort earned him his best career Oval Nationals result. He swept by Axsom with three laps to go on his way to scoring a second place finish, besting his previous top Oval Nationals Saturday night performance of sixth one year earlier in 2021. Swanson finished the 2022 USAC National Sprint Car season on a high note with four podium finishes in his last five starts, including a 2nd, 1st, 3rd and 2nd in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – RSS Industries – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

“I’m glad we started seventh even though I wish we would’ve been in the Super Six and be able to start up there with those guys,” Swanson stated. “But starting seventh was the best case scenario for us tonight and we were able to methodically work the bottom and work our way up through those guys. By the time I got to second, Brady was already checked out. I didn’t even know how hard he was running it or where he was running it. I felt like I was all by myself out there. At some point, I’m going to win one of these eagle (trophies). I love this place too much and I plan on doing it. Hopefully, it will be in the near future.”

It was a highly impressive debut for Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) who led the first 10 laps of his first career Oval Nationals start en route to a third place result in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy. Axsom ended the season as the top-Rookie finisher in the USAC National Sprint Car standings, which was part of the learning curve, among other things, that played a role in his result which rounded out the podium.

“I think a lot of it was experience and we also had a tire delaminate,” Axsom revealed. “It was a tough deal, but obviously, Brady and Jake are really good here. My guys gave me a really great car. That’s probably about the best I’ve felt all year, but it’s a little disappointing with the tire. This is the biggest race for us, and I wanted to win.”

C.J. Leary came home fourth while Robert Ballou took home fifth. Landing just outside the top-five was sixth place finisher Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). By firing off for wheel pack/engine heat at the beginning of the evening, Grant clinched his first career USAC National Sprint Car driving championship after more than a decade-plus of close calls and heartbreaks. Grant earned a $50,000 reward as the series' newest king. It’s his second overall USAC National title after capturing the Silver Crown championship in 2020. Meanwhile, he drove Rochester, Ind.-based TOPP Motorsports to its first series entrant crown.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) was the man of the move throughout his debut weekend at Perris. He advanced more positions across the past three nights of feature racing than any other driver with 21 cars passed. On Saturday, he traveled 21st to 8th, which clinched him a $1,000 bonus as the All Coast Construction Tony Jones Oval Nationals Hard Charger.

No driver passed more cars throughout the entirety of Oval Nationals than Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) who advanced 26 positions during the weekend, which encompassed heat races, C-Mains, the Super Six Dash, semi-feature and feature events. The effort worked in his favor as he came out on top of the ProSource Oval Nationals Passing Master award.

During Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) became the most successful Rookie qualifier in USAC National Sprint Car history. Moles’ eighth quick time in his first year of series competition surpassed Tanner Thorson's former record of seven from 2021. Wildly enough, both drivers achieved the feat while driving for the same team – the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-6 in Oval Nationals points did not qualify) 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.222; 2. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.483; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.517; 4. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.587; 5. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.613; 6. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.634; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.641; 8. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-16.643; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.722; 10. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.777; 11. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.814; 12. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-16.824; 13. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.825; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.834; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.857; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.971; 17. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.987; 18. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-16.993; 19. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.998; 20. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-17.042; 21. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.042; 22. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.066; 23. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.086; 24. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.101; 25. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.116; 26. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.118; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.126; 28. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.237; 29. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.537; 30. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-18.108.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Max Adams, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Austin Williams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Jake Neal. 2:52.22

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Daniel Whitley, 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Logan Seavey, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Chris Bonneau, 10. Troy DeGaton. 2:51.40

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Chris Gansen, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Gary Marshall Jr. 2:49.19

SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, determines the first three rows of the feature starting lineup) 1. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 2. Emerson Axsom (#47BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Robert Ballou (#12 Ballou), 4. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#17GP Dutcher), 6. C.J. Leary (#77m Michael). 1:40.24

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Daniel Whitley, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Austin Williams, 8. A.J. Bender, 9. Matt Mitchell, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Matt McCarthy, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Chris Bonneau, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Gary Marshall Jr., 16. Jake Neal, 17. Logan Calderwood, 18. Troy DeGaton. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (4), 2. Jake Swanson (7), 3. Emerson Axsom (2), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Robert Ballou (3), 6. Justin Grant (1), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 8. Jadon Rogers (21), 9. Matt Westfall (8), 10. Mitchel Moles (16), 11. Brody Roa (10), 12. R.J. Johnson (13), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 14. Cody Williams (22), 15. Logan Seavey (20), 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 17. Tommy Malcolm (11), 18. Sterling Cling (18), 19. Jason McDougal (24), 20. Austin Williams (25-P), 21. Max Adams (19), 22. Damion Gardner (9), 23. Daniel Whitley (23), 24. Ricky Lewis (14), 25. Austin Grabowski (17). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Emerson Axsom, Laps 11-40 Brady Bacon.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2536, 2-Brady Bacon-2485, 3-C.J. Leary-2452, 4-Robert Ballou-2369, 5-Emerson Axsom-2298, 6-Logan Seavey-2127, 7-Matt Westfall-1833, 8-Jake Swanson-1786, 9-Jadon Rogers-1736, 10-Chase Stockon-1711.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1309, 2-Austin Williams-1073, 3-Matt Mitchell-1047, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-1046, 5-Tommy Malcolm-967, 6-Brody Roa-935, 7-Cody Williams-916, 8-Logan Williams-868, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-884, 10-Matt McCarthy-687.

FINAL BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-707, 2-Justin Grant-673, 3-C.J. Leary-630, 4-Robert Ballou-552, 5-Emerson Axsom-551, 6-Logan Seavey-533, 7-Chase Stockon-502, 8-Matt Westfall-482, 9-Jadon Rogers-452, 10-Jason McDougal-392.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-176, 2-Brady Bacon-144, 3-Logan Seavey-137, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-C.J. Leary-98, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

FINAL ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION TONY JONES HARD CHARGER POINTS: 1-Jadon Rogers-21, 2-Logan Seavey-15, 3-R.J. Johnson-15, 4-Tommy Malcolm-14, 5-C.J. Leary-12, 6-Cody Williams-12, 7-Brady Bacon-11, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-8, 9-Jake Swanson-7, 10-Emerson Axsom-7.

FINAL OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-26, 2-Jadon Rogers-25, 3-R.J. Johnson-25, 4-Brady Bacon-19, 5-Logan Seavey-17, 6-Jake Swanson-16, 7-Cody Williams-16, 8-Chase Johnson-16, 9-C.J. Leary-15, 10-Ricky Lewis-14.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Max Adams (16.989)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Mitchel Moles (16.222)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Jake Swanson

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Max Adams

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Brody Roa

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Jadon Rogers (21st to 8th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Justin Grant

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Charles Davis Jr.

Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Governor’s Bonus Third Place Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

All Coast Construction Tony Jones Hard Charger: Jadon Rogers

Dean Thompson Oval Nationals Points Champion: Brady Bacon

 

THE MADMAN COMETH:
BALLOU SWIPES LATE-RACE VICTORY AT OVALS NIGHT TWO

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 4, 2022)………During a red flag period 10 laps into Friday night’s feature event at California’s Perris Auto Speedway, Robert Ballou was feeling confident.

Sitting third at the time, the Rocklin, Calif. native felt that he had a good enough car to, at least, run second.

With that said, he wasn’t quite sold on whether another Oval Nationals prelim victory was within the realm of possibility on this night.

In that particular moment, Ballou felt that then-race leader Kevin Thomas Jr. was the class of the field after checking out to a considerable lead in the early stages.

However, that’s why they run the races, and the balance of the 30-lap distance from that point forward ultimately painted a completely different picture in Ballou’s favor.

In fact, it was pure artistry from one of the best to ever do it on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour and, despite the earlier estimation, Ballou wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

“(C.J.) Leary got under me one lap (with 10 laps to go), but I was too tight to run down there then,” Ballou explained. “I tried to get my shocks a little bit better to where I could hold it down around the bottom and not get tight. It was really tough, but then Brady (Bacon) shot right by me, and I’m like, the 69 isn’t getting by me tonight and I sat up in the seat.”

Running as deep as fourth with just 10 laps remaining, Ballou found a sudden burst that put him right back into the thick of the hunt. It came just as he foretold during the earlier stoppage, that he would be a player for the win once the fuel load began to burn off.

Ballou charged under Brady Bacon for third on the back straight with nine to go. One lap later, Ballou glided his way into second with a turn one slide past Emerson Axsom to put him within a full two seconds of Thomas who seemingly held a commanding lead with the sands in the hourglass collecting piling up.

Finding his way into his front-running position by utilizing the bottom side of the racetrack, Thomas cut a swath of land for his own use by entering turns one and three on the bottom, then letting his car sweep to the top at the exit of turns two and four.

But with two laps until the bell tolled for thee, Thomas faced a bout of traffic. Charging into turn one hot on the heels of the 24th place car of Chris Gansen, Thomas was forced to alter his line on the bottom, skating his ride up the track a tad earlier in the corner than he had all race long.

The loss of momentum for Thomas was all Ballou needed to dig his talons in on the low line and drive his way past on the back straight to rise to the top of the leaderboard once and for all and for good.

Ballou negotiated turns three and four splendidly, scraping the infield berm with his left front wheel along the way as he dipped under Gansen who cleared a courteous path for the frontrunners by swinging wide on the front straightaway just as the white flag was being presented.

Ballou, Thomas and now Leary entered the final lap separated by a single car length between each driver. Ballou gained some much obliged separation from Thomas on the backside of the half-mile dirt oval, carrying onward to a 0.632 second victory in his Ballou Motorsports/Suburban Subaru - Dragonfly Aviation - Berks Western Telecom/Triple X/Ott Chevy.

Thomas collected a second place result after leading a race-high 27 laps while Jake Swanson made a last lap, last corner surge to beat Leary to the line by a single car length for the third position. Thursday night’s Oval Nationals opening night winner Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five with a fifth-place result.

Emerson Axsom, who led the opening lap, was the sixth place finisher and scored the best finish among Oval Nationals Rookies in the field.

But Ballou was the main man on this evening as he punched his ticket for series victory number 37, which tied him with Sheldon Kinser for 11th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car feature win list.

Ballou’s sixth series victory of the year equals him with Justin Grant as the season’s winningest driver, making it his most successful and winningest campaign since his 2015 championship year, which just so happened to be the last time in which he was victorious at Perris.

That is, until Friday night. That’s when Ballou found something even more than he knew he had, which resulted in his fifth career USAC triumph at Perris after taking advantage of the situation at hand.

“When you’re out front, you don’t know where to go, especially on a long green. I just saw him sliding out,” Ballou recalled of Thomas’ lap 29 misfortune.

Three-time and defending Oval Nationals champion Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) nearly provided Michael Dutcher Motorsports with its first USAC National Sprint Car feature win since February of 2015 at Florida’s East Bay Raceway Park, which came with Thomas behind the wheel of his Lifestyle Homes – Griffin’s Propane – ProSource/Maxim/Chevy.

“We just got a little bit free at the end,” Thomas acknowledged. “I lost brakes with about eight or 10 laps to go. I’m kind of bummed, but we’ve been making a lot of gains on this thing. I’ve never won a prelim night feature here, but as long as we’re locked in, tomorrow’s what we care about. We’ve made some great strides on what we need to do and some different little things we need to change. It’s about getting acclimated with these guys again and just getting comfortable. Once we do that, the car has speed and we’ve just got to work a few little bugs out. Dutch and the guys work really hard on it, he takes very good care of his equipment and takes a lot of pride in it.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) put together a redeeming third-place performance on Friday night at Perris. After a crash into the turn four wall the night before, Swanson zipped by Leary on the last lap to grab the final spot on the podium in his Team AZ Racing/Beaver Stripes – RSS Industries – USW Cat Construction/DRC/1-Way Chevy. It was Swanson’s third stop in the top-three during his last four USAC National Sprint Car feature starts.

“I think we needed a 40-lapper there,” Swanson admitted. “It was just getting faster and faster the more the track opened up and we were able to pass. I felt like we were really fast, but it was just a matter of getting the room to get by. We were on C.J.’s tail tank there at the end and we’re able to make something happen. C.J. did a good job, but he just got a little bit crossed up there racing with (Thomas). I was working the middle and trying to make it work early, but it wasn’t really working for me. Brady was able to do it then I think I finally figured it out by the end.”

Leary set Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time for the 41st time of his USAC National Sprint Car career Friday night at Perris. For the Greenfield, Ind. driver, it was his second fast time in as many nights and his 12th of the series season. Oddly enough, it also marked the fifth time Leary and Swanson have qualified first and second during a USAC event this year (4 Sprint & 1 Silver Crown).

Two drivers got upside down during the evening, first being Mitchel Moles who tipped over and caught a brief flame during the semi-feature.

Daniel Whitley, making his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature start, flipped into the catchfence on lap 10 and never came back down, at least for a little while. His Ted Finkenbinder-owned ride became lodged in the fence between three and four, prompting a nearly 25-minute red flag to corral the car and make fence repairs. Both Moles and Whitley walked away from their respective incidents.

Six drivers are locked into Saturday night's 40-lap Oval Nationals feature event by virtue of their accumulated point totals throughout Thursday and Friday’s programs: Brady Bacon (275), C.J. Leary (274), Robert Ballou (271), Kevin Thomas Jr. (268), Justin Grant (258) and Emerson Axsom (244). The group of six will also participate in the Super Six Dash to determine the first three rows of starting spots for the main event.

Meanwhile, Justin Grant’s eighth place feature finish garnered him a 66-point lead over Bacon entering the final race of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season. An appearance in Saturday’s racing program will clinch a first career USAC National Sprint Car title for Grant and TOPP Motorsports.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.477; 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.519; 3. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.660; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.700; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.716; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.742; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.771; 8. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.779; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.785; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.801; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.826; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.842; 13. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.897; 14. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.964; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.009; 16. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.027; 17. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.031; 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.058; 19. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.065; 20. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-17.085; 21. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.119; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.137; 23. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.147; 24. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.193; 25. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.193; 26. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-17.271; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.284; 28. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.333; 29. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.537; 30. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.546; 31. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-17.628; 32. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.729; 33. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.742; 34. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.801; 35. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-18.391; 36. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-NT; 37. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-NT; 38. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Max Adams, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Troy DeGaton, 9. Mitchel Moles. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cody Williams, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Matt Mitchell, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Chris Bonneau. 2:51.78

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Austin Grabowski, 3. Daniel Whitley, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. A.J. Bender, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Nate Schank, 9. Gary Marshall Jr. 2:50.93

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Logan Calderwood, 8. Tommy Malcolm, 9. Chase Johnson. 2:55.40

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. A.J. Bender, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Jadon Rogers, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Ricky Lewis, 9. Mitchel Moles, 10. Sterling Cling, 11. Chris Gansen, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Chase Johnson, 15. Nate Schank, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Gary Marshall Jr., 18. Troy DeGaton, 19. Matt Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Robert Ballou (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (1), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Brady Bacon (8), 6. Emerson Axsom (2), 7. Matt Westfall (3), 8. Justin Grant (11), 9. Cody Williams (7), 10. Max Adams (13), 11. Damion Gardner (9), 12. R.J. Johnson (22), 13. Austin Williams (12), 14. Tommy Malcolm (23), 15. Logan Seavey (10), 16. Jadon Rogers (16), 17. Brody Roa (20), 18. Logan Williams (15), 19. Mitchel Moles (25-N), 20. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (17), 22. A.J. Bender (14), 23. Matt Mitchell (26-C), 24. Chris Gansen (27-C), 25. Ricky Lewis (24), 26. Daniel Whitley (21), 27. Austin Grabowski (18). NT

(N) represents a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car provisional starter

(C) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Emerson Axsom, Laps 2-28 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 29-30 Robert Ballou.

**Mitchel Moles flipped during the semi. Daniel Whitley flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2481, 2-Brady Bacon-2415, 3-C.J. Leary-2391, 4-Robert Ballou-2311, 5-Emerson Axsom-2234, 6-Logan Seavey-2094, 7-Matt Westfall-1787, 8-Jake Swanson-1719, 9-Chase Stockon-1711, 10-Jadon Rogers-1687.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1286, 2-Austin Williams-1050, 3-Matt Mitchell-1037, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-1015, 5-Tommy Malcolm-938, 6-Brody Roa-894, 7-Cody Williams-881, 8-Logan Williams-858, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-847.

TOP-SIX IN OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: (Locked into Saturday’s feature) 1-Brady Bacon-275, 2-C.J. Leary-274, 3-Robert Ballou-271, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-268, 5-Justin Grant-258, 6-Emerson Axsom-244.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-176, 2-Brady Bacon-141, 3-Logan Seavey-132, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-119, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-C.J. Leary-96, 10-Matt Westfall-95.

ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION TONY JONES HARD CHARGER POINTS: 1-R.J. Johnson-14, 2-Tommy Malcolm, 3-C.J. Leary-10, 4-Logan Seavey-10, 5-Brady Bacon-8, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-8, 7-Jadon Rogers-8, 8-Emerson Axsom-7, 9-Ricky Lewis-4, 10-Justin Grant-4.

OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tommy Malcolm-26, 2-R.J. Johnson-23, 3-Chase Johnson-16, 4-Brady Bacon-14, 5-Ricky Lewis-14, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-13, 7-C.J. Leary-13, 8-Emerson Axsom-10, 9-Logan Seavey-10, 10-Jadon Rogers-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Damion Gardner (16.860)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.477)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Cody Williams

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Damion Gardner

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

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Daniel Whitley

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: R.J. Johnson (22nd to 12th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Emerson Axsom

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Austin Williams

 

 

HIS ONE’S FOR TED:
BACON’S TRIUMPH A SPECIAL ONE AT OVALS OPENER

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 3, 2022)……… When Brady Bacon stands on the throttle, everybody soon takes notice.

In a similar manner, the same could be said for Brady’s grandfather, Ted Bacon. When Ted spoke, everyone listened.

Sadly, the words of the Bacon family’s racing patriarch fell silent on Tuesday morning when Ted passed away.

Two days later, Brady strapped into a sprint car and ultimately pulled into victory lane on the opening night of the 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals at California’s Perris Auto Speedway.

It’s the same drill Brady had performed 44 previous times in his USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship career, but this one carried extra significance. This one was for Grandpa Ted.

“It’s bittersweet,” Brady admitted. “You never want to lose anybody, but he wasn’t doing well with not being able to do everything he wanted to do. He was on the go all the time, and not being able to do that wasn’t ideal for him.”

When posed the question of what his grandfather would’ve said to him had he witnessed his victorious performance on Thursday night, Brady theorized that Ted would’ve remarked something short and sweet along the lines of, “Ahh, pretty good.”

Succinct and straight to the point. Just like Ted’s words of praise, Brady approached the start of the Oval Nationals in a highly-familiar fashion.

Brady reached the front of the field just six laps in, then raced away to his first USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory since June 19 – a span of 24 races and roughly four-and-a-half months – in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Brady’s fourth career Perris feature victory was his 45th overall in USAC National Sprint Car competition, tying him for fifth all-time with 1968-70-75 series champion, Larry Dickson.

Grandpa Ted was a supermodified standout in his heyday during the 1970s-80 who competed against contemporaries like Emmett Hahn, Harold Leep and Mike Peters at dirt tracks from Dewey, Oklahoma to Hutchinson, Kansas. Yet, his grandson Brady’s feat sure would’ve been something he’d have been proud of, and something he’d have had no reservations telling Brady what was on his mind.

“He was hardnosed, and he’d tell you what he thought regardless of whether you had a dollar or 10 million or if you were five-foot tall or seven-foot tall. He didn’t care. He always liked to have a good time, did things his way and that was the only way. That’s what we always used to say. There’s Ted’s way and the wrong way.”

Brady and the Dynamics, Inc. team unloaded with a fast piece right from the get-go, first by recording the best lap during Wednesday night’s open practice. Starting sixth in the 30-lap feature, Brady wasted little time in showing that they were up to the task.

Methodically marching up through the field one-by-one, Brady picked off one spot per lap throughout the first five circuits. On the fifth lap, Bacon used a drive to wedge a path into the lead entering turn three in front of Robert Ballou. However, Ballou defied the change of position for a moment as he turned down underneath Bacon to regain the position.

Bacon’s second try became the second verse, different from the first, as he roared past on the back straightaway on lap six to take over, retain and maintain the lead from there on out.

With the lap count dwindling to six laps remaining, Bacon controlled the remote, dialing up a 3.609 second lead over second-running Max Adams, who was in the midst of his best career USAC National Sprint Car run.

But things can change in a hurry as evidenced by fourth place Jake Swanson who tagged the outside wall with his right rear tire in turn four, which sent him into a spin-cycle, airborne 360. Swanson’s car was straightened out only due to the fifth-running car of Justin Grant who hit the front left of Swanson’s car squarely. Back on the gas, Swanson found himself as a passenger with the front end knocked out, thus sending him on a beeline to the left that stopped him in his tracks about a foot from the inside front straightaway wall. Nonetheless, the 2021 “Ovals” opening night winner’s victory defense was finished while Grant continued on.

Once more, Bacon scooted away on the lap 26 restart over Adams. Meanwhile, Ballou and Grant exchanged a bevy of sliders in a duel for third with Ballou escaping back into the spot just prior to the yellow flag for Kyle Edwards (21st) who climbed the turn four wall, knocking him out of the contest.

Adams subsequently slipped above the cushion in turn two on the lap 28 restart, handing over two pieces of real estate to Ballou and Grant who promptly zoomed past. Grant surpassed Ballou for second at the entry to turn three with the white flag being waved just ahead on the horizon. Meanwhile, Leary streamed a path past Adams along the inside berm in turns three and four to gain fifth.

Just then, Brody Roa (6th) whipped against the turn four wall and was subjected to a similar fate as Swanson just a handful of laps earlier with Roa pirouetting along the outside wall before beaching his front wheels atop the turn four concrete, forcing yet another in a barrage of restarts that Brady was forced to endure down the stretch.

“I was getting nervous with all those restarts at the end,” Brady relayed. “I just felt like something was going to happen – a tire going down or me messing up on the start and opening the door for somebody to slide me. But luckily, that didn’t happen.”

Foreshadowing, Bacon hit the “Esc” key to distance himself from the fray without another obstruction in his path during the green-white-checkered finish which sent the four-time USAC National Sprint Car driving champion to another Perris victory while closing the gap on his deficit in the championship race from 83 points to 76 behind Grant who grabbed runner-up honors 0.959 sec. behind Bacon at the line.

“Anything’s still possible with the points as well, but that would require some misfortune from some other people,” Bacon stated, regarding the final two races of the year this weekend. “I’d never wish that on anybody, but we’ll just try to do the best we can, and if something like that were to happen, we would be in a position to capitalize.”

In fact, the top-four in USAC National Sprint Car points ran first, second, third and fourth. Leary rounded out the podium in third while Ballou landed fourth. Reigning Oval Nationals champion Kevin Thomas Jr. mounted an excellent charge from 13th to fifth to round out the top-five.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) made a superb late-race bolt to the forefront of the field, advancing from fifth to second over the final seven laps to finish in the runner-up spot in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – MPV Express – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy, and now stands on the cusp of what we hopes is a first career series championship with just two races remaining.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) set quick time and turned in a solid result to score a third place feature finish in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/1-Way Chevy. It’s the 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champion's fifth consecutive top-five feature result at Perris dating back to 2019.

During Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying, Leary moved into sole possession of fifth all-time in terms of career fast qualifying times with the USAC National Sprint Cars. The 40th of Leary’s career moved him into sole possession of fifth all-time ahead of five-time series titlist Levi Jones. Furthermore, his 11 quick times in 2022 are the third most in a single season, equaling his own mark in 2019 and trailing only Kevin Thomas Jr.’s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow’s 14 in 1978.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.347; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.459; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.461; 4. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.559; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.583; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.606; 7. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.646; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.647; 9. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.661; 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.717; 11. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.786; 12. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.786; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.801; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.830; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.836; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.877; 17. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.901; 18. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.965; 19. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.972; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.977; 21. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.005; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.010; 23. Danny Sheridan, 12A, Allen-17.071; 24. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.126; 25. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.159; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.168; 27. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.175; 28. Daniel Whitley, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.176; 29. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.245; 30. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.321; 31. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.358; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.366; 33. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.407; 34. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.422; 35. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.471; 36. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.489; 37. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-17.569; 38. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-18.050; 39. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.063; 40. Dan Taylor, T5, Taylor-18.243.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Max Adams, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Justin Grant, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Tommy Malcolm, 8. Logan Seavey, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Kyle Edwards. 2:47.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Eddie Tafoya, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Jadon Rogers, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Troy DeGaton. 2:50.96

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. A.J. Bender, 7. Danny Sheridan, 8. Austin Grabowski, 9. Nate Schank, 10. Matt McCarthy. 2:51.69

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Mitchell, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Ricky Lewis, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Daniel Whitley, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Dan Taylor, 10. Sterling Cling. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi-feature) 1. Verne Sweeney, 2. A.J. Bender, 3. Logan Williams, 4. Chase Johnson, 5. Nate Schank, 6. Kyle Edwards, 7. Jake Neal, 8. Troy DeGaton. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-8 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Tommy Malcolm, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Austin Grabowski, 11. Logan Williams, 12. A.J. Bender, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Danny Sheridan, 16. Daniel Whitley, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Chris Bonneau. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (6), 2. Justin Grant (3), 3. C.J. Leary (11), 4. Robert Ballou (2), 5. Kevin Thomas Jr. (13), 6. Max Adams (1), 7. Emerson Axsom (14), 8. Jadon Rogers (16), 9. Logan Seavey (19), 10. Jason McDougal (4), 11. Damion Gardner (12), 12. Matt Westfall (15), 13. Cody Williams (17), 14. Austin Williams (18), 15. Ricky Lewis (21), 16. Brody Roa (9), 17. Tommy Malcolm (22), 18. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (20), 19. R.J. Johnson (23), 20. Chris Gansen (25-P), 21. Kyle Edwards (26-P), 22. Jake Swanson (8), 23. Chase Johnson (24), 24. Mitchel Moles (5), 25. Charles Davis Jr. (10), 26. Matt Mitchell (7). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

**Sterling Cling flipped during the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Robert Ballou, Laps 6-30 Brady Bacon.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2425, 2-Brady Bacon-2349, 3-C.J. Leary-2319, 4-Robert Ballou-2235, 5-Emerson Axsom-2174, 6-Logan Seavey-2054, 7-Matt Westfall-1730, 8-Chase Stockon-1711, 9-Jadon Rogers-1655, 10-Jake Swanson-1643.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1237, 2-Matt Mitchell-1014, 3-Austin Williams-1006, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-991, 5-Tommy Malcolm-902, 6-Brody Roa-859, 7-Cody Williams-827, 8-Logan Williams-825, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-817, 10-Matt McCarthy-667.

OVERALL OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-146, 2-Justin Grant-138, 3-C.J. Leary-138, 4-Robert Ballou-131, 5-Kevin Thomas Jr.-128, 6-Max Adams-126, 7-Emerson Axsom-121, 8-Jason McDougal-117, 9-Jadon Rogers-111, 10-Logan Seavey-106.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-173, 2-Brady Bacon-138, 3-Logan Seavey-132, 4-Thomas Meseraull-131, 5-Robert Ballou-116, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-Matt Westfall-95, 10-C.J. Leary-94.

OVAL NATIONALS PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chase Johnson-12, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr.-10, 3-Logan Seavey-10, 4-C.J. Leary-9, 5-Emerson Axsom-9, 6-Tommy Malcolm-9, 7-R.J. Johnson-9, 8-Brady Bacon-8, 9-Jadon Rogers-8, 10-A.J. Bender-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jason McDougal (16.584)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.347)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Fastest Qualifier: Robert Ballou

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Brody Roa

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Matt Mitchell

C-Main First Non-Transfer: Nate Schank

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Cody Williams

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (19th to 9th)

Shawn McDonald Sixth Place Feature Finisher: Max Adams

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Cody Williams

 


BACON BEST ON OVAL NATIONALS
PRACTICE NIGHT AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 2, 2022)………Brady Bacon is in the midst0 of trying to track down Justin Grant in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings.

During Wednesday night’s open practice, he was the fastest on track at southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway with a time of 16.204 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

It was the final tune-up before the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars do the real thing for three-straight full nights of racing on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 3-4-5, at The PAS.

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a three-time Oval Nationals prelim winner, bested a field of 23 drivers and cars that took to the track and turned a lap during practice on Wednesday night. Forty-three drivers are entered for the Oval Nationals.

Yorba Linda, California’s Matt Mitchell was second overall in practice behind Bacon at 16.448 with three-time and defending Oval Nationals victor Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) third at 16.486. Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) timed in fourth at 16.545 while Oval Nationals Rookie Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) clocked in fifth at 16.686.

Outside of the top-five, USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was sixth overall at 16.696. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2019 Oval Nationals winner, was ninth at 16.774. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), the 2014 Ovals champion, was 12th at 16.803.

While no on-track incidents took place, Jason McDougal’s Team AZ entry experienced engine trouble which sidelined him for the remainder of the night after timing in eighth quickest. The team will swap engines and be ready to go for Thursday night’s Ovals opener.

RACE DETAILS:

Tickets for the 26th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals are on sale online at www.perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For those who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.

On Thursday and Friday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. The features each night will be 30 laps in length and will pay $5,000-to-win.

Thursday and Friday adult general admission is $35. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $10. Three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

On Saturday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. The feature will be 40 laps in length and will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start.

Saturday adult general admission is $40. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $15. Three-day general Admission Tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 2, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.204; 2. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.448; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.486; 4. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.545; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.686; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.696; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.716; 8. Jason McDougal, 22AZ, Team AZ-16.740; 9. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.774; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.789; 11. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-16.799; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.803; 13. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.823; 14. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.838; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.838; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.856; 17. Max Adams, 73, Ford-16.876; 18. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.887; 19. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.984; 20. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.177; 21. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.209; 22. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.240; 23. Troy DeGaton, 39T, DeGaton-17.529.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3-4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

 


OVALS-CENTRIC:
A DEEP DIVE INTO THE USAC OVAL NATIONALS FIELD

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Perris, California (November 2, 2022)………A select few individuals know the feeling of clutching the coveted eagle trophy following a triumphant performance at the Oval Nationals.

Four ovalmeisters in this weekend’s 40-plus driver lineup have experienced the exhilaration of an Oval Nationals victory at Perris Auto Speedway and all feel the pull of pocketing a $20,000 top prize at the conclusion of three-straight nights of racing with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in conjunction with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Series.

“The PAS” is the place where they’ll all convene, along with a slew of racing daredevils vying to etch their name in history for the first time during this southern California showcase at the 26th running of the Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, November 3-4-5.

One year ago, Kevin Thomas Jr. joined the Mount Rushmore of Oval Nationals glory as the Cullman, Ala. native became the fourth three-time winner of the event, joining Bud Kaeding (2001-02-07), Damion Gardner (2009-11-16) and Dave Darland (2005-06-13).

MOUNT OVAL-MORE

Thomas and Gardner will both be in this weekend’s field as they attempt to become the first four-time “Ovals” winner. KTJ has won three of the past four editions of the Oval Nationals, capturing victories in 2017, 2018 and 2021 while also garnering a 6th in 2019.

Gardner (Concord, Calif.), who’s on the brink of a 10th career USAC CRA driving title, has won thrice and has also added another pair of prelim feature wins 2005 and 2010. Additionally, on the final night at the Ovals, he’s been 2nd in 2005 and 2010, 3rd in 2015 and 2019, 4th in 2003 and 2012, and 5th in 2018. His 51 career USAC CRA wins at Perris are far and away the most in series history.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) is another past Ovals winner and just so happens to be making his first appearance as a driver in the event since 2017. The 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champion reeled off four-straight wins in the event between 2014 and 2015, highlighted by his 2014 final night score. In the capper, he’s also been 5th in both 2015 and 2017.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) notched his Oval Nationals score during his USAC National Sprint Car season of 2019. In fact, he’s the only driver to finish on the podium in each of the two most recent Oval Nationals in 2019 and 2021, the latter of which he collected a 3rd.

MULTIPLE GRANT VS. BACON TITLE RACES

Justin Grant and Brady Bacon are locked up in two furious championship battles entering the Oval Nationals. Furthermore, both are seeking first career Oval Nationals victories after previously winning multiple times throughout their careers on prelim nights.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) won back-to-back prelim nights at Perris in 2018 and boasts a best final night finish of 2nd in both 2017 and 2021. He’s one of four drivers to sweep prelims on consecutive nights at the Ovals along with Rip Williams (1996), Robert Ballou (2015) and Brady Bacon (2019).

Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has captured three prelim victories in his career and is the only one to score USAC National Sprint Car feature wins during the past two Oval Nationals. He swept both prelims in 2019 and then followed up with a last lap score on the second night in 2021. His best final night finish came with a 3rd in 2007 to go along with a 5th in 2006-13-16-21.

Grant leads Bacon by 83 points in the race for the USAC National Sprint Car championship, worth a $50,000 prize. A total of 238 points are up for grabs throughout the weekend with a maximum of 84 available on both Thursday and Friday as well as 70 on Saturday.

In the quest for the Bubby Jones Master of Going Faster Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment, Bacon finds himself with a 19-point advantage over Grant. The 10-race miniseries concludes on Saturday at Perris and is worth another $10,000 bonus to the champ.

SHOOTING FOR THE TOP

Jake Swanson and Brody Roa, both past USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlists, are among the drivers who’ve earned their first career USAC National Sprint Car feature victories at Perris during an Oval Nationals prelim.

Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) won the 2021 Ovals prelim opener by a mere 0.010 of a second to capture the victory in one of the closest finishes in series history. Last weekend’s Western World Championships winner at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, Swanson has finished inside the top-seven in his past two Ovals starts with a 7th in 2019 and a 6th in 2021.

Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) broke through as the most recent USAC CRA regular to win an Oval Nationals prelim in 2017. On the final night of the event, he has been a best of 4th in 2016 and has also tallied a 6th in 2017, a 9th in 2018 and a 10th in 2015.

PERRIS MASTERS

Speaking of breakthroughs, a number of westerners would like to put themselves in the club of first-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winners at Perris, all of whom have previously won there in USAC CRA competition.

Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.), the 2018 USAC Southwest Sprint Car champ, has won three times in his USAC CRA career dating back to 2006, two of which have come in each of the past two seasons. His best Oval Nationals results came via a 7th in both 2001 and 2004.

Fellow Arizonian R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.), a five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist, has also won three with USAC CRA in his career at Perris between 2007-17. He’s earned a pair of 10ths at the Ovals in both 2016 and 2021.

Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, Calif.) has won seven USAC CRA main events at Perris going back to 2010. His latest came during a run this past April. His top Oval Nationals performance came in an 8th place finish during the 2010 installment.

Danny Sheridan (Santa Maria, Calif.) has collected six USAC CRA victories of his own at Perris between 2006-16. His best run at the Ovals came in 2007 when he finished 6th, and in 2010, he took home a 9th.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) counts six Perris USAC CRA victories on his resume. He earned a best of 7th at the Oval Nationals in 2018 and is one of three Williams brothers in this year’s Ovals field, all sons of 1997 race winner Rip Williams. Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was a 10th place runner at the Oval Nationals in 2017 while Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.) was 14th in 2017. Cody earned his first Perris USAC CRA victory this past May.

NEVER FORGET PERRIS

Several drivers are returnees to the Oval Nationals and are champing at the bit to make their initial mark in the event.

The USAC National Midget champ of 2018 and this year’s Eastern Storm king, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), finished 6th at the Ovals in 2018. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) returns to the event for the first time since 2018 in the seat of a second Team AZ entry alongside teammate Jake Swanson. McDougal took 22nd in 2018.

USAC CRA winners Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.) are all USAC CRA or CRA winners in their career, all of whom are seeking a first Perris feature win. At the Ovals, Johnson was 10th in 2018, Adams was 15th in 2021 and Sweeney was 12th in 1998.

Returning to the lineup are a bevy of west coast natives, including San Diego, California’s A.J. Bender (11th in 2021), Corona, California’s Tommy Malcolm (15th in 2019), Verdemont Heights, California’s Chris Gansen (17th in 2018), Phoenix, Arizona’s Tye Mihocko (21st in 21), Chino Hills, California’s Eddie Tafoya Jr. (24th in 2019 & 2021) and Phoenix, Arizona’s Chris Bonneau (27th in 2019).

A SPECIAL ROOKIE CLASS

No driver has ever won in his first Oval Nationals appearance. There’s four 2022 USAC National Sprint Car winners looking to change that premise this weekend.

Leading series Rookie Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) has won three series features this year and, most recently, achieved a victory on the opening night of Western World a week ago.

A two-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner this season, Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) is in the same Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports ride that won the 2019 Oval Nationals.

Jadon Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) just reached USAC National Sprint Car victory lane for the first time about a month-and-a-half ago and has made his first venture to the west this past week.

Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) won his lone USAC National Sprint Car main in 2006 but is currently at the top of his game following his first podium result in 10 seasons last Friday night at Cocopah.

Fellow Oval Nationals Rookies include top 2022 USAC CRA Rookie Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, Calif.) who went 18th to 9th in June with the series at Perris. Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, Calif.) scored a 6th in June at Perris. Matt McCarthy (Riverside, Calif.), the 2017 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year, was 7th in March and the fastest qualifier on a night in August. The 2021 USAC CRA Rookie of the Year, Austin Grabowski (Riverside, Calif.) collected a best of 10th in September.

Fellow Oval Nationals Rookies in the field include Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), USAC West Coast Sprint Car winner Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.), Dan Taylor (Reily, Ohio), Logan Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.), Troy DeGaton (Live Oak, Calif.), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Gary Marshall Jr. (Pomona, Calif.), Shane Sexton (Warner Springs, Calif.) and Jake Neal (Omaha, Neb.).

RACE DETAILS:

Tickets for the 26th Annual Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals are on sale online at www.perrisautospeedway.com or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For those who do not wish to buy tickets in advance, there will be tickets available for everyone at the ticket window all three nights.

Adult general admission is $35. General admission tickets for children 6-12 are $10. Three-day general admission tickets are $90 for adults and $30 for children 6-12. Three-day reserved tickets are $125 for adults and $40 for children 6-12.

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice for Oval Nationals entered cars on Wednesday, November 2. The practice will begin at 6pm Pacific and it will be free for fans in the grandstands. In addition, fans will be treated to $2 pizza, beer and soda.

On Thursday and Friday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. The features each night will be 30 laps in length and will pay $5,000-to-win.

On Saturday night, the pits open at Noon Pacific with the grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. The feature will be 40 laps in length and will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start.

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2022 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES:

NO./DRIVER/HOMETOWN/TEAM

1 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA (Alexander)

1$ NATE SCHANK/Santa Rosa, CA (Schank)

2 AUSTIN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA (Williams)

4 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP)

4G CHRIS GANSEN/Verdemont Heights, CA (Gansen)

5 TYE MIHOCKO/Phoenix, AZ (Mihocko)

5T DAN TAYLOR/Reily, OH (Taylor)

5w LOGAN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA (McCarthy)

5x TOMMY MALCOLM/Corona, CA (Napier)

6 ©LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Calderwood)

8m CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (May)

12 ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou)

12x DANNY SHERIDAN/Santa Maria, CA (Allen)

14 JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (Engler)

15 CHRIS BONNEAU/Phoenix, AZ (Bonneau)

17GP KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Dutcher)

19AZ ®MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood)

21 A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (Bender)

21AZ JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ)

22AZ JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Team AZ)

28m MATT McCARTHY/Riverside, CA (McCarthy)

33m MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Marshall)

34 STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Cling)

37 MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (Mitchell)

39E KYLE EDWARDS/Fountain Valley, CA (Edwards)

39T TROY DeGATON/Live Oak, CA (DeGaton)

41 ®RICKY LEWIS/Oxnard, CA (Stensland-Halley)

42 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Cheney)

44 CODY WILLIAMS/Corona, CA (Williams)

47 CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Davis)

47BC ®EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Newman)

51 R.J. JOHNSON/Laveen, AZ (Johnson)

51T EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Tafoya)

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics)

71 BRENT OWENS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA (Russell)

72 AUSTIN GRABOWSKI/Riverside, CA (Grabowski)

72m GARY MARSHALL JR./Pomona, CA (Bellegante)

73 MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Ford)

74 SHANE SEXTON/Warner Springs, CA (Sexton-Gatlin)

77m C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Michael)

91R BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (BR)

98 VERNE SWEENEY/Lomita, CA (Tracy)

214 JAKE NEAL/Omaha, NE (Kracht)

(R) = A USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Contender

© = An AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Contender

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1195, 2-Matt Mitchell-983, 3-Austin Williams-964, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5-Tommy Malcolm-870, 6-Brody Roa-820, 7-Logan Williams-815, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9-Cody Williams-785, 10-Matt McCarthy-657.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-637, 2-Justin Grant-618, 3-C.J. Leary-569, 4-Chase Stockon-502, 5-Logan Seavey-500, 6-Robert Ballou-494, 7-Emerson Axsom-487, 8-Matt Westfall-436, 9-Jadon Rogers-403, 10-Jason McDougal-367.

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/2/2012 - Mike Spencer - 15.891 - 113.272 mph (USAC National Record)

1 Lap - 2/25/2012 - Nic Faas - 15.833 - 113.687 mph (USAC CRA Record)

6 Laps - 11/3/2012 - Mike Spencer - 1:39.42 - 103.631 mph

8 Laps - 10/29/2004 - Rodney Argo - 2:59.53 - 80.209 mph

10 Laps - 11/2/2013 - Damion Gardner - 2:46.58 - 108.056 mph

12 Laps - 11/3/2011 - Tracy Hines - 3:22.84 - 106.488 mph

30 Laps - 11/9/2018 - Justin Grant - 9:01.84 - 99.661 mph

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT WINS:

3-Dave Darland, Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Cory Kruseman

1-Rodney Argo, Robert Ballou, Bryan Clauson, Rickie Gaunt, Jesse Hockett, Tony Jones, C.J. Leary, Jimmy Sills, Mike Spencer, Rip Williams & Chris Windom

OVAL NATIONALS WINS: (PRELIMS INCLUDED)

6-Rip Williams

5-Damion Gardner & Tony Jones

4-Robert Ballou, Dave Darland & Bud Kaeding

3-Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Mike Kirby, Cory Kruseman & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Nic Faas, Justin Grant, Jesse Hockett, Levi Jones, Mike Spencer, & Chris Windom

1-Rodney Argo, Chad Boespflug, David Cardey, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons Jr., Troy Cline, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Darren Hagen, Jac Haudenschild, C.J. Leary, Steve Ostling, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Jimmy Sills, Chase Stockon & Jake Swanson

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1996: Jimmy Sills (10/19)

1997: Rip Williams (9/27)

1998: Rodney Argo (9/27)

1999: Rickie Gaunt (11/13)

2000: Tony Jones (11/11)

2001: Bud Kaeding (11/3)

2002: Bud Kaeding (11/2)

2003: Cory Kruseman (11/15)

2004: Cory Kruseman (10/30)

2005: Dave Darland (11/5)

2006: Dave Darland (11/4)

2007: Bud Kaeding (11/3)

2008: Jesse Hockett (11/1)

2009: Damion Gardner (11/7)

2010: Chris Windom (11/6)

2011: Damion Gardner (11/5)

2012: Mike Spencer (11/3)

2013: Dave Darland (11/2)

2014: Robert Ballou (11/8)

2015: Bryan Clauson (11/14)

2016: Damion Gardner (11/12)

2017: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/11)

2018: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/10)

2019: C.J. Leary (11/9)

2020: No Race

2021: Kevin Thomas Jr. (11/6)

OVAL NATIONALS PRELIM NIGHT WINNERS:

1996: Rip Williams (10/18) & Rip Williams (10/18)

1997: Cory Kruseman (9/26) & Mike Kirby (9/27)

1998: Richard Griffin (9/26) & Tony Jones (9/26)

1999: Troy Rutherford (11/12)

2000: Mike Kirby (11/10)

2001: Rip Williams (11/1), Troy Cline (11/1), Tony Jones (11/2) & Jerry Coons Jr. (11/2)

2002: Steve Ostling (10/31) & Rip Williams (11/1)

2003: Jac Haudenschild (11/13) & Bud Kaeding (11/14)

2004: Mike Kirby (10/28) & Rip Williams (10/29)

2005: Darren Hagen (11/3) & Damion Gardner (11/4)

2006: Mike Spencer (11/2) & Tony Jones (11/3)

2007: Daron Clayton (11/1) & Jesse Hockett (11/2)

2008: Tony Jones (10/30) & David Cardey (10/31)

2009: Bryan Clauson (11/5) & Levi Jones (11/6)

2010: Levi Jones (11/4) & Damion Gardner (11/5)

2011: Nic Faas (11/3) & Chris Windom (11/5)

2012: Bryan Clauson (11/2)

2013: Nic Faas (11/1)

2014: Robert Ballou (11/7)

2015: Robert Ballou (11/12) & Robert Ballou (11/13)

2016: Chad Boespflug (11/10) & Dave Darland (11/11)

2017: Chase Stockon (11/9) & Brody Roa (11/10)

2018: Justin Grant (11/8) & Justin Grant (11/9)

2019: Brady Bacon (11/7) & Brady Bacon (11/8)

2020: No Race

2021: Jake Swanson (11/4) & Brady Bacon (11/5)

OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT RESULTS: (1996-2021)

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Cary Faas, 6. Rusty McClure, 7. Jeremy Sherman, 8. Rickie Gaunt, 9. Rip Williams, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Kevin Thomas, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Bobby Michnowicz, 14. Cal Smith, 15. Bob Walker, 16. Rodney Argo, 17. Eric Wilkins, 18. Tony Jones, 19. Alex Grigoreas, 20. Richard Harvey Jr., 21. Jimmy May, 22. John Scott, 23. Jim Watson, 24. J.J. Yeley.

1997: 1. Rip Williams, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Ron Shuman, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. Steve Ostling, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Tony Jones, 8. Rickie Gaunt, 9. Mike English, 10. Marc Hart, 11. Rodney Argo, 12. Bob Walker, 13. John Scott, 14. Bob Meli, 15. J.J. Yeley, 16. Cory Kruseman, 17. Rusty McClure, 18. Bobby Michnowicz, 19. Richard Griffin, 20. Cary Faas, 21. Danny Ent, 22. Jimmy Sills, 23. Alex Grigoreas, 24. Mike Boat.

1998: 1. Rodney Argo, 2. Jeremy Sherman, 3. Mike Kirby, 4. Rip Williams, 5. Richard Griffin, 6. Troy Cline, 7. Tony Jones, 8. Marc Hart, 9. Brad Noffsinger, 10. Gary W. Howard, 11. Mike English, 12. Verne Sweeney, 13. Ed Patterson III, 14. Jason Statler, 15. John Scott, 16. Jordan Hermansader, 17. Danny Ent, 18. Steve Ostling, 19. Cory Kruseman, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Mike Boat, 22. Troy Rutherford.

1999: 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Tony Jones, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Mike English, 7. Steve Ostling, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Marc Hart, 10. Mike Boat, 11. John Scott, 12. Richard Griffin, 13. Rodney Argo, 14. Mike Kirby, 15. Jimmy Sills, 16. Alex Grigoreas, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Jay Drake, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. Larry Brown, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Jeremy Sherman, 23. Rusty McClure, 24. Rip Williams.

2000: 1. Tony Jones, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Rip Williams, 5, John Scott, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Derek Davidson, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Jarrett Chaney, 18. Mike English, 19. Jimmy May, 20. Robby Flock, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Tony Elliott, 24. Cary Faas.

2001: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bud Kaeding (1), 2. Tony Jones (6), 3. Brent Kaeding (2), 4. J.J. Yeley (5), 5. Cory Kruseman (10), 6. John Scott (14), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 8. Richard Griffin (9), 9. Jeremy Sherman (24), 10. Mike Kirby (15), 11. Troy Cline (23), 12. Steve Ostling (21), 13. Michael Hinrichsen (19), 14. Brian Venard (11), 15. Gary W. Howard (18), 16. Rickie Gaunt (13), 17. Troy Rutherford (8), 18. Rip Williams (7), 19. Rodney Argo (3), 20. Jarrett Chaney (16), 21. Tracy Hines (20), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (4), 23. Danny Sheridan (17), 24. Tony Elliott (22).

2002: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bud Kaeding (2), 2. Troy Rutherford (16), 3. J.J. Yeley (5), 4. Tony Elliott (10), 5. Mike Spencer (22), 6. Rip Williams (14), 7. Mike English (18), 8. Richard Griffin (3), 9. Mike Faria (17), 10. Cory Kruseman (1), 11. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 12. Tracy Hines (20), 13. Verne Sweeney (23), 14. Brent Kaeding (12), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (24), 16. Steve Ostling (6), 17. Dave Darland (15), 18. John Scott (25), 19. Rickie Gaunt (4), 20. Levi Jones (13), 21. Josh Wise (9), 22. Tony Jones (8), 23. Damion Gardner (7), 24. Mike Kirby (26), 25. Adam Mitchell (21), 26. Cary Faas (19).

2003: (Starting positions in parentheses) 1. Cory Kruseman (1), 2. Jeremy Sherman (21), 3. Bud Kaeding (6), 4. Damion Gardner (12), 5. Richard Griffin (10), 6. Rickie Gaunt (18), 7. Mike Spencer (3), 8. J.J. Yeley (4), 9. Brent Kaeding (2), 10. Bill Rose (14), 11. Josh Wise (5), 12. John Scott (16), 13. Steve Ostling (11), 14. Andy Forsberg (25), 15. Brian Venard (17), 16. Jac Haudenschild (7), 16. Troy Rutherford (13), 18. Levi Jones (24), 19. Tracy Hines (9), 20. Cary Faas (8), 21. Tony Elliott (15), 22. Jon Stanbrough (20), 23. Adam Mitchell (23), 24. Rip Williams (22), 25. Troy Cline (19).

2004: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Josh Ford, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Rip Williams, 9. Steve Ostling, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Brian Venard, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Troy Rutherford, 17. Greg Bragg, 18. Mike Kirby, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Tom Hessert, 23. Brad Sweet, 24. Dickie Gaines, 25. Bobby Cody.

2005: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Rip Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Mike Kirby, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Mat Neely, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brad Sweet, 10. Josh Ford, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Josh Wise, 14. Jason York, 15. Rick Williams, 16. Tom Hessert III, 17. Jordan Hermansader, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Seth Wilson, 20. Bryan Clauson, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Jay Drake, 23. Alan Ballard, 24. Rickie Gaunt, 25. Dickie Gaines, 26. Danny Sheridan, 27. Cory Kruseman

2006: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Josh Wise, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Tony Jones, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. R.J. Johnson, 19. Mat Neely, 20. Danny Sheridan, 21. Garrett Hansen, 22. Alan Ballard, 23. Seth Wilson, 24. Greg Taylor, 25. Critter Malone, 26. Rip Williams, 27. Bobby Cody.

2007: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Casey Shuman, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jesse Hockett, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Danny Sheridan, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tony Jones, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Blake Miller, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Dustin Morgan, 16. Levi Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Josh Ford, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Tim Kaeding, 21. Damion Gardner, 22. Rip Williams, 23. Kevin Swindell, 24. Mike Spencer, 25. Rickie Gaunt, 26. Daron Clayton, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Troy Rutherford.

2008: 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Tony Jones, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Josh Ford, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Tyler Brown, 18. Blake Miller, 19. David Cardey, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Levi Jones, 23. Cole Whitt, 24. Chris Windom, 25. R.J. Johnson, 26. Dustin Morgan, 27. Daron Clayton, 28. Shane Cottle.

2009: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Garrett Hansen, 7. Rip Williams, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brady Short, 11. Greg Bragg, 12. Keith Bloom Jr., 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Tony Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Blake Miller, 19. Kevin Swindell, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Cole Whitt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Chad Boat, 24. Jon Stanbrough, 25. Matt Mitchell, 26. Darren Hagen.

2010: 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bobby East, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Matt Mitchell, 9. Danny Sheridan, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Keith Bloom, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Casey Riggs, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Henry Clarke, 19. Kyle Larson, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Cory Kruseman, 27. Austin Williams.

2011: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Bobby East, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Kyle Larson, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Cody Williams, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. John Aden, 21. Keith Bloom Jr., 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Matt Mitchell, 24. Richard Vander Weerd, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Rip Williams.

2012: 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Ronnie Gardner, 11. Austin Williams, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Rip Williams, 15. Wes McIntyre, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Bud Kaeding, 18. David Bezio, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Johnathon Henry, 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 24. Troy Rutherford, 25. C.J. Leary, 26. David Cardey.

2013: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Brody Roa, 16. Bud Kaeding, 17. Nic Faas, 18. Matt Mitchell, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jace Vander Weerd, 22. David Cardey, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Justin Grant, 25. Ronnie Gardner, 26. Nick Drake, 27. Jake Swanson.

2014: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Garrett Hansen, 24. Geoff Ensign, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Justin Grant.

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges.

2016: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal.

2017: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Austin Williams, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Cody Williams, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Danny Faria Jr., 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Mike Martin, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Dennis Gile, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Max Adams, 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 25. Tommy Malcolm, 26. Richard Vander Weerd.

2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9).

2019: (starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Chris Windom (8), 3. Damion Gardner (7), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 7. Jake Swanson (13), 8. Austin Williams (15), 9. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 10. Bud Kaeding (17), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (9), 12. Brady Bacon (4), 13. Thomas Meseraull (11), 14. R.J. Johnson (21), 15. Tommy Malcolm (22), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (19), 17. Max Adams (12), 18. Logan Seavey (10), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Stevie Sussex (20), 21. Josh Hodges (23), 22. Cody Williams (24), 23. Chris Gansen (25), 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (26), 25. Austin Liggett (14), 26. Brody Roa (18), 27. Chris Bonneau (28), 28. Hunter Schuerenberg (27).

2021: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. C.J. Leary (1), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Jake Swanson (6), 7. Shane Cottle (7), 8. Chris Windom (19), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 10. R.J. Johnson (10), 11. A.J. Bender (12), 12. Brody Roa (16), 13. Logan Seavey (13), 14. Cody Williams (15), 15. Max Adams (9), 16. Carson Short (21), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Dennis Gile (24), 19. Verne Sweeney (25-P), 20. Chris Gansen (22), 21. Tye Mihocko (23), 22. Damion Gardner (8), 23. Logan Williams (14), 24. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (18), 25. Matt Mitchell (20). NT

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS RUMBLE AT $20,000-TO-WIN PERRIS “OVAL NATIONALS”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2022... The chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship returns to Perris Auto Speedway for the "26th Heimark/Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious co-sanctioned event with the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 2nd, followed by three nights (November 3,4,5) of intense racing with a total purse reaching $118,270. The Thursday and Friday main events will pay $5,000-to-win and $600-to-start, with Saturday paying $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. 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 or advance tickets, visit perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

For those that cannot be at the races, floracing.com will broadcast a live stream of the night’s action over the internet.

PRACTICE NIGHT: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 2nd with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 Pizza, Beer, and Soft Drink specials for fans in attendance.

EARLY ENTRY LIST: At press time, 41 cars have entered the event with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The USAC National Rule Book will be followed and can be found at usacracing.com.
- APPROVED/LEGAL TIRES: Hoosier 105/16 Medium, 105/16 H15, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A are legal for the Oval Nationals. Hoosier Tires are mandatory on all four corners.
- TIRES / FUEL: Tires and fuel will be available at the race track.
- ALL RACERS MUST PURCHASE THEIR USAC LICENSE / MEMBERSHIPS ONLINE PRIOR TO THE EVENT AT USACRACING.COM OR USACLICENSE.COM. (If racers have a membership question, contact Julie Tanaka at julietanaka@aol.com.)
- APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535; SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78; FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101; COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S; B&B: FRAC-0375S; SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- ENTRY FEE: There is an entry fee due at registration / pill pick.
- TRANSPONDERS: Transponders ARE MANDATORY and will be available to rent.
- ONE WAY RADIOS / RACECEIVERS: One way radios ARE MANDATORY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front axle tether systems (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- PURSE: Thursday and Friday will pay $5,000-to-win and $600-to-start. Saturday will pay $20,000-to-win and $1,000-to-start. The full purse can be found at http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/2022/22ovalpurse.pdf
- Protocol calls for competitors, crews, officials, and anyone on the grounds to practice safe social distancing, proper sanitizing, and follow local regulations regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural race and there have been sixteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr. lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Last year, Thomas added his third eagle trophy to his collection. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 239 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-two different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” wins, including the “So-Cal Showdown” on March 26th and the “Glenn Howard Memorial” on September 17th. The April 30th “Sokola Shootout” was won by Matt Mitchell and “The Cadillac” Cody Williams topped the May 28th “Salute to Indy.” “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa topped the June 25th “Bubby Jones and Ray Scheetz Memorial” and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. raced to victory at the August 20th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and a complete USAC/CRA win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to the Oval Nationals, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 212-point advantage over the competition. Driving Mark Alexander’s #1 PerformanceOnline.com / Carman Trucking Spike, Gardner finished twelfth at Yuma’s “Western World Championships” finale last Saturday night. To date, the nine-time champion has six feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 179 feature laps led to his credit. Gardner has ninety-five USAC/CRA wins and will be looking to continue his championship bid with his fourth “Oval Nationals” victory.

After finishing fourteenth at Cocopah Speedway, Matt Mitchell (Yorba Linda, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. At press time, the owner/driver of the #37 Roy Miller Freight Lines / Campbell Brothers Storage Maxim has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season. With eight career wins, Mitchell is currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. The 2014 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on earning his first Oval Nationals win and the $20,000 payday.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks third in the championship point standings. Racing the family owned #2 Digalert / Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental DRC, Williams scored tenth in the semi-main of the “Western World Championships.” To date, “The Big Game Hunter” has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” eleven top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year ranks seventh with eleven career triumphs and will be looking for his first win of the year at the “Oval Nationals.”

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / DRC Chassis entry, Tafoya scored sixteenth in the “Western World” finale. At press time, Eddie has posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one semi-main win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award,” thirteen top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. The 2019 USAC/CRA and USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year will have his sights on the first win of his career at Perris Auto Speedway.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating DRC, Malcolm placed eleventh in the “Western World Championships.” To date, “Thunder” has recorded four heat race victories, one semi-main win, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led in the campaign. Tommy will be looking to earn the first victory of his career at the “Oval Nationals.”

Nate Schank (Santa Rosa, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eleventh in the point chase. The pilot of the family owned #1$ Joe Hunt Magnetos / Sonoma Paint Center entry will have his sights the first win of his career at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

Justin Grant (Ione, California) leads the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series point chase over “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary, Robert Ballou, Emerson Axsom, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon, Matt Westfall, Jake Swanson, and Jadon Rogers.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. The Fairgrounds charges $10 for parking and Advance tickets are available. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Floracing.com, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, In Memory of Shawn McDonald, Laserworx Manufacturing, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Vahlco Wheels, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact Tony Jones at tonyjonesracing@gmail.com or PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner.

HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2019-C.J. Leary, 2020-Not Held, 2021-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2022 HEIMARK/ANHEUSER BUSCH BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS PRESENTED BY ALL COAST CONSTRUCTION ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway) 1-Damion Gardner, 1J-Jake Neal, 1$-Nate Schank, 2-Austin Williams, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5W-Logan Williams, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 6-Logan Calderwood, 8M-Chase Johnson, 12-Danny Sheridan, 12-Robert Ballou, 14-Jaden Rogers, 15-Chris Bonneau, 17GP-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19AZ-Mitchell Moles, 21-A.J. Bender, 21AZ-Jake Swanson, 22AZ-Jason McDougal, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 33M-Matt Westfall, 34-Sterling Cling, 39E-Kyle Edwards, 39T-Troy DeGaton, 41-Ricky Lewis, 42-Logan Seavey, 44-Cody Williams, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 47BC-Emerson Axsom, 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr., 69-Brady Bacon, 71-Brent Owens, 72-Austin Grabowski, 72-Gary Marshall Jr., 74-Shane Sexton, 77M-C.J. Leary, 91R-Brody Roa, 98-Verne Sweeney, T5-Dan Taylor

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 6-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Cody Williams, 1-Emerson Axsom, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Tanner Boul, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Jake Swanson.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Nic Faas – 15.833 (02/25/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL 1-LAP QUALIFYING RECORD: Mike Spencer – 15.891 (11/02/12)

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 51-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Matt Mitchell, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Austin Williams, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 5-Brody Roa, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Brady Bacon, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Garrett Hansen, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Jason York.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1195, 2. Matt Mitchell-983, 3. Austin Williams-964, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5. Tommy Malcolm-870, 6. Brody Roa-820, 7. Logan Williams-815, 8. Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9. Cody Williams-785, 10. Matt McCarthy-657, 11. Nate Schank (R)-625, 12. Verne Sweeney-622, 13. Austin Grabowski-544, 14. A.J. Bender-519, 15. Chris Gansen-489, 16. Chase Johnson-426, 17. Kyle Edwards-401, 18. Trent Williams-391, 19. Shane Sexton-275, 20. Ricky Lewis (R)-255, 21. Chris Bonneau-235, 22. Mike Martin-233, 23. Logan Calderwood-227, 24. Tanner Boul-204, 25. Jake Hodges-192, ... Shon Deskins-192, 27. Dan Taylor-186, 28. Jake Swanson-164, 29. Dustin Cormany-162, ... Jeff Dyer-162, 31. Joel Rayborne-159, 32. Brody Fuson-147, 33. Emerson Axsom-145, 34. C.J. Leary-142, 35. Robert Ballou-136, 36. Austin Liggett-135, 37. Troy Rutherford-125, 38. Justin Grant-119, 39. Sterling Cling-117, 40. Matt Westfall-116, 41. Brady Bacon-114, 42. Steve Hix-111, ... Max Adams-111, 44. Logan Seavey-109, ... Mitchel Moles-109, ... Travis Buckley-109, 47. Kyle Cummins-108, 48. Danny Parrish-102, 49. Jonas Reynolds-88, 50. Kevin Thomas Jr.-83, 51. Dustin Burkhart-74, 52. Randy Nelson-67, 53. Gordon Rodgers-61, 54. Jadon Rogers-59, 55. Jake Helsel-45, 56. Grant Sexton-41, 57. James Herrera-39, 58. Stevie Sussex-35, 59. Andrew Sweeney-34, ... Justin Zimmerman-34, 61. Trent Carter-30, 62. Tony Everhart-26, ... Ben Worth-26, 64. Ryan Timmons-24, 65. Brent Owens-23, 66. Camie Bell-20, ... Jeremy Jonas-20, ... Jake Neal-20, 69. Troy DeGaton-10, ... Tuesday Calderwood-10.

2022 AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

2022 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE:
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
January 29: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
March 26: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 1: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 2: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Ryan Bernal)
April 23: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Damion Gardner)
April 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
May 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Cody Williams)
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Cody Williams)
June 11: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tanner Boul)
June 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 20: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Charles Davis Jr.)
September 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
October 8: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
October 28: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Emerson Axsom)
October 29: *Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Jake Swanson)
November 3: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 4: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 5: *Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.


 


TOMMIE ESTES NAMED
COMPETITION DIRECTOR OF USAC

Speedway, Indiana (November 1, 2022)………Tommie Estes, a name that has been a fixture in dirt track racing for over 45 years, was named Competition Director for USAC’s Circle Track division effective today.

Estes will lead the USAC Silver Crown National Championship in all forms of competition and be an advisor to USAC National Series Director Kirk Spridgeon, who will continue to oversee USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions.

Estes has previously served as the Competition Director for both the ASCS National Sprint Tour and the Chili Bowl Nationals. Estes also oversaw the racing operations at Dodge City Raceway Park for over 10 years.

For many years, Estes competed extensively in sprint car and midget racing, including with USAC’s National Midget and Silver Crown divisions and was a frequent competitor at the Chili Bowl and the Belleville Midget Nationals.

“Tommie is familiar with USAC’s operations and has been a trusted colleague to us over the past several seasons,” Spridgeon said. “It’s a great asset to have someone to fully devote their time to the promoters, track and competitor base to build up the momentum the Silver Crown series is experiencing.”

As the new leader of USAC’s Silver Crown series, Estes will work with tracks and teams for the 2023 program as the series has experienced new growth in recent years in car counts and an evolving schedule.

The added individual focus of Silver Crown racing comes at a time of resurgence for the series with a growing car count and added premier races slated.

Tommie will also be a key advisor in the USAC Sprint and Midget programs, working with Series Director and Competition Leader Kirk Spridgeon. Tommie’s vast racing and track management experience will be a great complement to the traveling series, adding value in all aspects, including technical oversight.

 

HOME SWEEP HOME:
SWANSON DELIVERS WESTERN WORLD
PERFECTION FOR TEAM AZ AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 29, 2022)………Perhaps it was an omen. Perhaps he had a statement to make. Perhaps it was simply his moment. Perhaps it was all of the above.

But one night following a second-place qualifying run and a runner-up finish in the feature, Jake Swanson made certain that he was “the one” in all aspects during Saturday night’s 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti.

One couldn’t help but wonder if it was a harbinger of things to come when the Anaheim, Calif. native kicked open the door at the forefront of Saturday’s program at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway by setting a new track record during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying.

As it soon became abundantly clear, Swanson’s evening was just getting started.

Swanson turned up the wick with a last turn, last lap pass to win his heat race after starting sixth, then followed through by once again charging from sixth to first in the feature, overtaking Robert Ballou for the lead with 13 laps remaining in the 30-lapper to score a complete sweep of the night in his Team AZ Racing/Stratis Construction - Lucas Oil - RSS Industries/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

The complete dominance displayed by Swanson in all phases – from qualifying to his heat race and to the feature – was the first such sweep in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition since Tyler Courtney did so during the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in September of 2019.

To boot, the second USAC National Sprint Car victory of Swanson’s career was his most lucrative thus far with a $10,000 payday and, by doing so, he came through by delivering a dream come true for the Arizona-based Team AZ operation, which finally achieved one of its prized aspirations – winning in their home state at the Western World.

It’s a long way from the sort of season that Swanson described as “chaos” at certain points this summer due to injury, bad luck and misfortune running roughshod over the team in USAC competition during 2022.

“It’s just been non-stop work and there’s been no time for any sort of relaxation. I’ve got a little cold and it turned into a weeklong thing because I couldn’t ever just rest,” Swanson explained. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity to be able to do this. It’s been such a blessing moving to the Midwest (to race more often and for a living) and I didn’t really think I’d ever get the chance. I felt like I was too old. I didn’t really think it was going to happen but then COVID came, and it was one of those decisions where we jumped on it, went all-in and just hoped it would pan out.”

Not only was it a winning performance for Swanson, but it was also a riveting dissection of the 24-car field which witnessed him make all the right moves at all the right times throughout the non-stop, caution-free affair which presented Swanson with his second new track record of the night, this one for the distance of 30 laps.

“My job is so easy when I have such a fast racecar; holy cow,” Swanson exclaimed. “This thing has just been on rails. I was rolling out there starting six and I’m like, man, I’ve got some good guys up here in front of us. I still felt like, as long as I do my job, this car can win the race. I’ve just got to make it happen.”

While Swanson had an eagle eye view of the front of the pack proceedings from his outside row three starting position of the USAC National and USAC CRA co-sanctioned event, pole sitter Ballou stepped away to the early race lead while, in between Ballou and Swanson, a bit of high speed, close-quarters jockeying was at full intensity right from the get-go.

As C.J. Leary darted down the back straightaway right up against the outside wall, the squeeze play was on as Damion Gardner refused Leary access to have free reign to the fourth spot. The ensuing moment put Leary in the pinch position as he bounced his right rear tire off the concrete and lost quite a bit of ground. Leary caught up to Gardner in turn four and the resulting bumper-to-bumper contact sent Gardner slashing sideways across traffic all while retaining his position as Leary slid back to eighth.

Ballou maintained his steady presence on the bottom line for the first third of the race while Friday night winner Emerson Axsom stepped up to the top with a resurgent Leary and Swanson right in tow. However, Swanson was quickly gaining a full head of steam and slid under Leary in turn three to grab the third spot on lap 10.

Swanson soon made a bid for second as he peeked under Axsom for second in turn three on the very next lap before falling back into line and reloading. Swanson utilized his ammo to ultimately breeze past Axsom for second, then completed the pass exiting turn four on lap 13.

Riding the rim like the hero of a paperback novel, Swanson challenged Ballou to an all-out duel just after the midway point with the pair of native Californians riding two-wide down the back straight on the 18th circuit. Digging in, Swanson put the hammer to the nail and rode the wave around the outside of Ballou to complete the pass, and his quest for the lead, off turn four.

“I was worried about the racetrack kind of getting single file and I wanted to get to the lead as soon as I could and make sure I had track position when I needed it,” Swanson noted. “I don’t think it would’ve mattered, though. We still would’ve been able to drive to the front.”

Meanwhile, moments later, Ballou became the one who got burned in a three-way script. Enter number two, which was Leary, who flew around the outside to gain second from Ballou on lap 21, then reeled in Swanson in a hurry and was now within a handful of car lengths outside the lead as the frontrunners work heavy traffic.

Just when Leary seemed poised to strike on lap 24, he tagged the turn two wall in his pursuit of Swanson to reach the head of the class. That caused Leary to lose a substantial enough amount of ground to prevent him from formulating another attack, although he reloaded and was poised to return.

Leary lured his way back into the race for the lead on the final lap and was a mere single car length behind Swanson in turn two when Leary drifted over the top of the cushion, unceremoniously ending his one last chance to take a shot at Swanson.

Though two-wide traffic loomed ahead for Swanson in turns three and four on the final go-around, he was able to navigate swiftly and decisively to clean sail his way into the books as a Western World champion with Leary .816 of a second behind in the runner-up spot. Axsom nipped Ballou at the line for third by a nose with Ballou fourth in the order and Brady Bacon fifth.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) overcame an adventurous first lap in which he free-fell from fourth to eighth. He then gathered it up to advance all the way back to a second place result in his Michael Motorsports/Kodiak Products – Gray Auto – Highsmith Guns – DMI/DRC/1-Way Chevy.

“On the start there, I gave up some ground and I had a run-in with the 1 car,” Leary recalled. “We were so good at the end there and I was going to race Jake really hard. I was hoping to get a run at him in lapped traffic but, overall, it was a good weekend.”

A successful first Western World is in the books for Axsom (Franklin, Ind.). A night after winning the Western World opener, he raced by Ballou on the final lap to take third by inches at the finish line. It's Axsom’s first run of back-to-back podium finishes since February of this season aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

“Once you find a good package for something, you just stick to it and fine-tune,” Axsom said of the blueprint for CMNR’s success throughout the weekend. “I felt like, at the end, we were really coming alive to get Robert at the line. I think it was getting a little abrasive in turn one and, if there was a little bit more time, maybe we would’ve had a shot.”

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), meanwhile, pocketed up more than $1,100 in bonus bucks for his hard-charging performances during Western World weekend. Seavey passed 26 total cars across both nights to earn the Western World ProSource Passing Master Award. Furthermore, Seavey’s run from 21st to 6th in Saturday’s feature race earned him the coveted Lafond Jar of Change, which made up more than $900 of Seavey’s bonuses courtesy of fan donations.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.127 (New Track Record); 2. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.291; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.342; 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.347; 5. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.388; 6. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.410; 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.413; 8. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.416; 9. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.490; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.494; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.539; 12. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-16.655; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-16.697; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.699; 15. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.717; 16. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.719; 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.730; 18. Chase Johnson, 2i, Yeley/Petty-16.738; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.752; 20. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.772; 21. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-16.807; 22. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.840; 23. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.870; 24. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.898; 25. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.938; 26. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-16.990; 27. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.004; 28. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.030; 29. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.079; 30. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.146; 31. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.174; 32. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.223; 33. Jeremy Jonas, 54, Pardo-17.371; 34. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.439; 35. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-17.670; 36. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-18.972; 37. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-19.096.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Matt McCarthy, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Jeremy Jonas, 9. Nate Schank, 10. Mitchel Moles. 2:19.357

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Brody Roa, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Logan Calderwood, 9. Austin Williams. 2:20.935

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Jake Neal, 9. Mike Martin. 2:24.291

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Matt Mitchell, 6. Justin Zimmerman, 7. Tommy Malcolm, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Wayne Siddle. 2:23.146

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Tommy Malcolm, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Matt Mitchell, 4. Justin Zimmerman, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Austin Williams, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Logan Calderwood, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Nate Schank, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Wayne Siddle, 18. Jeremy Jonas, 19. Austin Grabowski, 20. Ricky Lewis, 21. Matt McCarthy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jake Swanson (6), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Emerson Axsom (3), 4. Robert Ballou (1), 5. Brady Bacon (13), 6. Logan Seavey (21), 7. R.J. Johnson (7), 8. Mitchel Moles (12), 9. Justin Grant (8), 10. Kyle Cummins (20), 11. Matt Westfall (22), 12. Damion Gardner (5), 13. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 14. Matt Mitchell (16), 15. Brody Roa (15), 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (2), 17. Chase Johnson (18), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 19. Tommy Malcolm (11), 20. Verne Sweeney (24-P), 21. Cody Williams (14), 22. Justin Zimmerman (19), 23. Logan Williams (23-P), 24. Jadon Rogers (10). 9:45.759 (New Track Record)

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Robert Ballou, Laps 18-30 Jake Swanson.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2351, 2-Brady Bacon-2268, 3-C.J. Leary-2245, 4-Robert Ballou-2168, 5-Emerson Axsom-2115, 6-Logan Seavey-2007, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1685, 9-Jake Swanson-1612, 10-Jadon Rogers-1604.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1195, 2-Matt Mitchell-983, 3-Austin Williams-964, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-963, 5-Tommy Malcolm-870, 6-Brody Roa-820, 7-Logan Williams-815, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-786, 9-Cody Williams-785, 10-Matt McCarthy-657.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Brady Bacon-133, 3-Thomas Meseraull-131, 4-Logan Seavey-122, 5-Robert Ballou-116, 6-Kyle Cummins-104, 7-Kaylee Bryson-103, 8-Buddy Kofoid-100, 9-Matt Westfall-92, 10-C.J. Leary-86.

FINAL WESTERN WORLD PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-26, 2-Jake Swanson-18, 3-Matt Westfall-16, 4-Robert Ballou-14, 5-Kyle Cummins-13, 6-Brady Bacon-11, 7-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-11, 8-Nate Schank-10, 9-Mitchel Moles-8, 10-Chase Johnson-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3-4-5, 2022 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track – 26th Heimark Anheuser Busch Budweiser Oval Nationals

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Emerson Axsom (16.123)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: Jake Swanson (16.127)

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: R.J. Johnson

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Tommy Malcolm

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Matt Westfall

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (21st to 6th)

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Charles Davis Jr.

Western World ProSource Passing Master Champion: Logan Seavey (26)

LaFond Jar of Change: Logan Seavey


“THE WAIT” IS LIFTED:
AXSOM WINS FIRST USAC SPRINT RACE
IN 8TH MONTHS AT WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 28, 2022)………More often than not, the most preferred method of ending a drought isn’t one that involves heading straight into the desert.

However, Emerson Axsom found the arid surroundings of southwestern Arizona quite replenishing on Friday night during the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti at Somerton’s Cocopah Speedway.

For Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), it had been more than eight months since he last visited victory lane with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, scoring wins in two of the first three rounds during February’s Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park.

Eight months later, the leading Rookie of the Year contender found himself in an envious position within the USAC National Sprint Car ranks during the series’ first ever visit to Cocopah Speedway, starting on the outside of the front row and proceeding to lead all 30 laps of the main event co-sanctioned by USAC CRA aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Driven2SaveLives – ZMax Race Products/Spike/Kistler Chevy.

Including the two early season wins, Axsom has been consistent, reeling off 14 top-fives and 27 top-tens in 35 feature starts while routinely residing inside the top-five in series points. Axsom knew that it was only a matter of time before they could experience that winning feeling once again.

Entering Western World, the pondering of Axsom’s mind as to exactly when “the wait” would be lifted off his shoulders was punctuated by the question, “Why not me?”

“I feel like we’ve had so much speed this season and not a lot of luck, just Rookie mistakes,” Axsom explained. “We’ve had a shot to win a lot of these races, but I feel like I needed a little bit of luck. I felt like if anyone deserves it, maybe it’s me.”

Western World has treated Clauson Marshall Newman Racing beautifully in recent years. With Tyler Courtney in the driver’s seat, the team captured final night victories in three consecutive seasons between 2018-2020. With Axsom stepping into the role this year, he’s picked up the baton successfully to carry on the team’s Western World prosperity, doing so in the driver and team’s first year working together.

“We haven’t had the wins, but it’s not like the speed hasn’t been there,” Axsom noted. “We’ve been up front basically all year and been really consistent especially for a first year group. This is our first year working together so I feel like it’s been a pretty solid year for my first full sprint car season and for all of us working together.”

Axsom bolted out of the gate and into the lead as he blazed a trail around the outside of pole sitter Matt Westfall on the opening lap, firmly finding a line up top in turns one and two and on the bottom of three and four.

Brady Bacon initially closed up the gap on Axsom and found himself within a car length of the race lead on lap five when he drifted into the outside wall on exit, which promptly allowed Jake Swanson to charge underneath to rip the second spot away a single circuit later.

The feature’s initial yellow flag came with seven laps completed as Logan Seavey came to a halt on the back straightaway while running 12th. After a touch up in the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, the reigning Western World champion restarted 24th and came all the way through to finish an impressive ninth, all things considered.

Under caution, Bacon’s right rear tire looked visibly wonky, to use a technical term. When racing resumed, it was only a matter of time before his rubber gave way, which it finally did on lap 12 while running third. With the tire completely flat and his ride slowing dramatically, Bacon detoured to the Work Area where he was fitted with fresh rubber.

Bacon’s subsequent 10th place result severely hampered his chances at a fifth career USAC National Sprint Car title, losing 15 points in the process to eventual fifth place finisher Justin Grant who extended his lead to 93 markers with four events remaining.

Swanson was now the nearest challenger to Axsom’s hold of the lead and made a run on the topside of turn two on the lap 12 restart to show his might. However, he got tight on the cushion and nearly tagged the wall, causing him to lose several car lengths in his pursuit of Axsom.

Simultaneously, Westfall slotted back into third as he slipped under Grant for the third spot entering turn three. But, up front, Axsom built his lead to a full two seconds over Swanson as he moved up a lane off the low line to put the cars of Verne Sweeney, Logan Williams and Matt Mitchell a lap down.

From there, Axsom went untouched for the remaining handful of dwindling laps to post a 1.936 second margin of victory with Jake Swanson second and Matt Westfall third. Robert Ballou picked off Justin Grant with a move underneath off turn four with four laps remaining to take over fourth at the line. Grant rounded out the top-five.

Seemingly inching closer to a first win of the 2022 USAC season is Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) who took the home state ride from fifth to second in the feature. The run marked his third runner-up result of the USAC National Sprint Car season and the second in his last three feature starts in the seat of the Team AZ Racing/Stratis Construction - Lucas Oil - RSS Industries/DRC/Claxton Chevy.

“I felt like I was making it work up there and I might have a shot, but it got to a point where it was so thin up there, I started smashing the wall,” Swanson recalled. “I didn’t want to end up like Brady with a flat right rear, but I tried as hard as I could. I don’t know, maybe if I would’ve backed the corner up and made up a little more ground the first couple laps, I might’ve been able to get around him. At that point, it was track position. (Emerson) was really good in the black, but I think we know exactly what to do to be just a little bit better tomorrow.”

For Matt Westfall, it was his best performance in 10 years. The Pleasant Hill, Ohio native earned his best USAC National Sprint Car finish since April of 2012 at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. That night a decade ago, he finished third. On this night, in his first trip to Cocopah, he grabbed another third at the wheel of his Ray Marshall Motorsports/Buckeye Machine – Hempy Water/DRC/Gressman Chevy.

“On the start, the tires didn’t fire all that well and I got behind and fell to fifth,” Westfall replayed. “When Brady had that flat tire, it helped us out as we got back to third, and we ended up having a good run.”

While establishing the USAC National Sprint Car track record at Cocopah, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) officially entered the upper crust alongside the best qualifiers in the history of the sport. His Fatheadz Fast Qualifying time was the 39th of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying him with Levi Jones for fifth on the all-time list.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR / WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.509 (New Track Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.540; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.774; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.847; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.873; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.910; 7. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.990; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.022; 9. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-17.037; 10. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-17.173; 11. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.212; 12. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.213; 13. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.285; 14. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-17.339; 15. Chase Johnson, 2i, Yeley/Petty-17.351; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.358; 17. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.365; 18. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-17.375; 19. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.416; 20. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.426; 21. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.458; 22. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.468; 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-17.522; 24. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.526; 25. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-17.541; 26. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.549; 27. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.570; 28. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-17.579; 29. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-17.652; 30. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-17.764; 31. Tye Mihocko, 8, Ream-18.003; 32. Nate Schank, 1$, Schank-18.030; 33. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-18.158; 34. Jeremy Jonas, 54, Pardo-18.205; 35. Jake Neal, 214, Kracht-18.386; 36. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-19.344; 37. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-NT; 38. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-NT; 39. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-NT; 40. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-NT (Time of 17.667 disallowed due to missing the scales)

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / FLOWDYNAMICS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Brody Roa, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Austin Grabowski, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Logan Calderwood. 2:17.26

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Justin Zimmerman, 8. Jeremy Jonas, 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Logan Seavey. 2:14.24

PIT STOP USA / IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Austin Williams, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Chase Johnson, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Shon Deskins, 9. Tye Mihocko. 2:16.13

ROD END SUPPLY / LASERWORX MANUFACTURING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Cody Williams, 6. Ricky Lewis, 7. Nate Schank, 8. Wayne Siddle, 9. Matt Mitchell. 2:14.08 (New Track Record)

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS / FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Mitchel Moles, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Logan Williams, 7. Justin Zimmerman, 8. Chris Bonneau, 9. Austin Grabowski, 10. Logan Calderwood, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Nate Schank, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Jeremy Jonas, 16. Jake Neal, 17. Wayne Siddle, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Ricky Lewis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Emerson Axsom (2), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Matt Westfall (1), 4. Robert Ballou (13), 5. Justin Grant (4), 6. C.J. Leary (6), 7. Kyle Cummins (7), 8. Mitchel Moles (10), 9. Logan Seavey (18), 10. Brady Bacon (3), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 12. R.J. Johnson (12), 13. Chase Johnson (16), 14. Charles Davis Jr. (8), 15. Brody Roa (17), 16. Tommy Malcolm (14), 17. Damion Gardner (15), 18. Sterling Cling (20), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Matt Mitchell (23-P), 21. Logan Williams (21), 22. Verne Sweeney (24-P), 23. Austin Williams (19), 24. Jadon Rogers (11). NT

(P) represents a USAC CRA provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Emerson Axsom.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2297, 2-Brady Bacon-2204, 3-C.J. Leary-2170, 4-Robert Ballou-2100, 5-Emerson Axsom-2045, 6-Logan Seavey-1946, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1639, 9-Jadon Rogers-1575, 10-Jake Swanson-1528.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1146, 2-Austin Williams-954, 3-Matt Mitchell-946, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-927, 5-Tommy Malcolm-838, 6-Logan Williams-792, 7-Brody Roa-780, 8-Cody Williams-755, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-741, 10-Matt McCarthy-647.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-172, 2-Thomas Meseraull-131, 3-Brady Bacon-125, 4-Robert Ballou-116, 5-Logan Seavey-107, 6-Kaylee Bryson-103, 7-Buddy Kofoid-100, 8-Kyle Cummins-94, 9-C.J. Leary-84, 10-Cannon McIntosh-81.

WESTERN WORLD PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-11, 2-Logan Seavey-11, 3-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-10, 4-Jake Swanson-8, 5-Justin Zimmerman-7, 6-Verne Sweeney-7, 7-Mike Martin-5, 8-Chase Johnson-4, 9-C.J. Leary-3, 10-Kyle Cummins-3.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP & AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance & Avanti

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Kevin Thomas (16.942)

Fatheadz Eyewear / Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.509)

Simpson Race Products / Flowdynamics First Heat Winner: Kyle Cummins

Competition Suspension, Inc. / BillsJerky.net Second Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Pit Stop USA / In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Rod End Supply / Laserworx Manufacturing Fourth Heat Winner: Charles Davis Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts / Factory Wraps Semi Winner: Mitchel Moles

GSP Quality Driving Performance: Logan Williams

In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Feature Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (13th to 4th)

Wildwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13: Chase Johnson


BACON TOPS THURSDAY’S
USAC WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 27, 2022)………Brady Bacon possesses a sensational record throughout his career at the Western World Championships.

He’s already gotten off on the right foot to begin his quest for another Western World success story after recording the fastest lap during Thursday night’s open practice for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars at Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway.

Bacon’s time of 16.019 around the 3/8-mile dirt oval bested the 34 cars that were in attendance for the open practice, which served as the final tune up before the running of the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti on Friday and Saturday night, October 28-29.

In fact, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native’s lap was under the official USAC CRA track record of 16.213, set in January of 2022, by Cody Williams. Bacon turned the quick lap during the second round of Thursday’s practice in his Dynamics, Inc./Fatheadz Eyewear – Cressman Sanitation – DriveWFX – Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

Bacon won the opening night feature during the 2021 Western World held at the now-defunct Arizona Speedway. He’s also won two 360 c.i. non-wing sprint car races at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway in 2009 and repeated in the same division there once more in 2010 with the ASCS Canyon Region series.

Furthermore, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park in 2012, Bacon was an ASCS Winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner. He returned to USA Raceway in 2015 to add a USAC National Sprint Car triumph on a prelim night. When Western World migrated to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., Bacon’s winning ways continued with USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car scores in 2016-17-18, followed by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2019.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) timed in second quickest at 16.038 while USAC CRA point leader Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) was third at 16.250. USAC National Sprint Car point leader Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). took eighth at 16.386 while reigning Western World champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was 14th.

RACE DETAILS

The Western World Championships features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars along with IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Each night, the pits open at 3pm Mountain Time with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.racecocopahspeedway.com.

Friday and Saturday’s events will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: October 27, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti

PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.019; 2. C.J. Leary, 77m, Michael-16.038; 3. Damion Gardner, 1, Alexander-16.250; 4. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.261; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 17GP, Dutcher-16.310; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.334; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.343; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.386; 9. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.476; 10. Kyle Cummins, 2J, Yeley/Petty-16.575; 11. Emerson Axsom, 47BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.622; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.632; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14, Engler-16.649; 14. Logan Seavey, 42, Cheney-16.720; 15. Jake Swanson, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.734; 16. Shon Deskins, 20, SDR-16.753; 17. Chase Johnson, 8m, May-16.769; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.778; 19. Ricky Lewis, 41, Stensland/Halley-16.822; 20. Logan Williams, 5w, McCarthy-16.829; 21. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-16.867; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.925; 23. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.948; 24. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-17.046; 25. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.056; 26. Tye Mihocko, 8, Ream-17.074; 27. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.265; 28. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.287; 29. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.673; 30. Wayne Siddle, 007, Siddle-18.089; 31. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.282; 32. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-NT; 33. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-NT; 34. Justin Zimmerman, 1J, Zimmerman-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: October 28-29, 2022 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track – 55th annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti


 

SEAVEY & WHITLEY RIDE WITH ABACUS
FOR USAC MIDGET WESTERN SWING

Speedway, Indiana (October 28, 2022)………Abacus Racing will field entries for Logan Seavey and Daniel Whitley during the final seven-race California swing of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in November.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will pilot the no. 58 entry with primary sponsorship from Indy Custom Stone. The 2018 USAC National Midget champion captured the most recent USAC National Midget foray in California last November at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Now Seavey will look to finish the 2022 season equally as strong.

“I am excited to drive for Abacus,” Seavey exclaimed. “We have been in discussions for a while about working together and it made sense to do the races in California.”

The first race of the November stretch takes place at Bakersfield Speedway on November 15, followed by three races at Placerville Speedway on November 17-18-19 and two races at Merced Speedway on November 22-23. The western stretch concludes with Turkey Night at Ventura Raceway on November 26 where Seavey is the defending champion.

Having Seavey in the car provides Abacus with veteran experience, which had its primary driver since the team's inception, Maria Cofer, step away from racing due to health issues.

“It was tough to know Maria wasn't going to be in the car anymore,” said Brent Cox, team principal for Abacus Racing. “But, as a team, we knew we needed to do what we could to field entries for these races and Logan was a natural selection for us.”

Continuing the California connection for Abacus Racing will be Daniel Whitley from Ferndale, Calif. who will drive the team’s familiar no. 57. The 18-year-old debuted with the team earlier this month. In his first night with the team, Whitley won his heat race.

Like Seavey, Whitley's racing roots began in California. Whitley has extensive experience in 410 and 360 wingless sprint cars in California, having won seven times this year, including with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars in June at Ventura. It's a youthful compliment to Seavey's extensive racing resume.

“We are very happy with our California driver line-up,” Cox beamed. “Both have experience at these tracks and have had success and won races. Having both of them along with Johnny (Cofer) and Kirk (Simpson) who also have experience at these tracks gives us a lot of confidence as a team going into these races.”

2022 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CALIFORNIA SWING:

Nov 15: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

Nov 22: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 23: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 26: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA


 

STEERING WESTWARD: 55TH WESTERN WORLD PRESENTS USAC SPRINT DEBUT AT COCOPAH

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Somerton, Arizona (October 25, 2022)………If at first you don’t succeed, then dust yourself off and try again.

Logan Seavey lived and breathed this particular 21st century proverb through and through during both nights of last year’s Western World Championships.

On opening night, the Sutter, Calif. native led 25 of 30 laps before one tiny mistake cost him the victory. The following evening, Seavey vowed not to repeat his misfortune nor his ultimate fate, and instead, led all 30 circuits, only briefly relenting the top spot to C.J. Leary just past the halfway mark.

Now Seavey will attempt to make it back-to-back scores at a first-time venue for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship this Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, at Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, an event co-sanctioned by the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars.

The 3/8-mile dirt oval on the deep southwest border of Arizona will serve as a first-time host of one of the most venerable events in all of dirt track racing – the 55th Annual Chapman Chevrolet of Yuma Western World Championships Presented by Yuma Insurance and Avanti.

Reigning race winner Seavey will pilot Dwight Cheney’s No. 42 in the event, a car in which he has finished as the runner-up in during his past two USAC National Sprint Car feature starts. He’s one of a multitude of past Western World Winners looking forward to the challenge of competing at Cocopah, which last hosted a USAC National event in 1989, a midget feature won by Robby Flock.

Among the past Western World victors looking to challenge for Friday’s $6,000 and Saturday’s $10,000 top prizes are Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) who captured a 2021 opening night triumph. Bacon’s Western World record is impeccable. He won two 360 c.i. non-wing sprint car races at Tucson, Arizona’s USA Raceway in 2009 and repeated in the same division there once more in 2010 with the ASCS Canyon Region series.

Furthermore, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park in 2012, Bacon was an ASCS Winged 360 Sprint Car feature winner. He returned to USA Raceway in 2015 to add a USAC National Sprint Car triumph on a prelim night. When Western World migrated to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz., Bacon’s winning ways continued with USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Car scores in 2016-17-18, followed by a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win in 2019.

Bacon resides second in USAC National Sprint Car points entering the event behind Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who holds a 76-point lead as he pursues a first career series driving championship. Grant has won three preliminaries in Western World competition. He took a 360 Sprint prelim in 2015 followed by a USAC National Sprint Car score in 2018 and a USAC National Midget win during the 2021 opener.

Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) will make the trip west with the USAC national tour to compete as a driver for the first time since 2017. Ballou was spectacular during the 2015 season en route to the USAC National Sprint Car championship. His 13th win that year came during Western World on a prelim night.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) makes the venture to Arizona with Michael Dutcher Motorsports, a combo which hasn’t hit the west since the 2015 season. KTJ found Western World victory lane with the midget back in 2019.

USAC Southwest Sprint Cars’ winningest driver, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) posted a pair of Western World prelim Sprint Car wins with the 360s in both 2009 and 2013. He’s also experienced success at Cocopah, winning a USAC Southwest round there in 2015. His most successful run with the USAC National Sprint Cars in his home state came in 2017 with a 3rd in the closer. R.J.’s father, Ricky Johnson, collected a non-wing 360 sprint car win at Western World in 1995.

Like Johnson, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) has also tasted the sweetness of success at Cocopah, capturing the USAC CRA Sprint Car feature there in 2012. This past January with USAC CRA at Cocopah, Roa tabbed results of 4th, 5th and 6th in consecutive outings. His success expands to Western World as well where he stamped a victory on the final night of the 2015 event with the USAC Southwest 360 Sprint Cars.

However, no driver in the field has experienced as much success at Cocopah as Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) who has won each of the last five visits by USAC CRA to the track since 2013. He won three-in-a-row at Cocopah on consecutive nights this past January. Gardner also owns a Western World prelim victory in 2005 at Manzanita. The nine-time USAC CRA Sprint Car champion currently holds a commanding 188-point lead in the series standings as he eyes a record 10th series title.

THE NATIONAL TRAVELERS

In addition to Seavey, Bacon, Ballou and Thomas, the USAC National travelers include the likes C.J. Leary, Emerson Axsom, Jadon Rogers, Kyle Cummins, Mitchel Moles and Matt Westfall.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won four USAC-sanctioned sprint car events in the state of Arizona, all of which have been with either the CRA or Southwest series. The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car titlist’s Michael Motorsports-owned machine won a Western World prelim in the 360 division back in 2013 with R.J. Johnson as his driver.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) is the top Rookie in USAC National Sprint Car points coming into the weekend, buoyed by two feature victories. While it’s his first Western World sprint car attempt, it’s not the first rodeo for his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team. CMNR won the sprint car portion on the final night of Western World during a three-year stretch between 2018-19-20.

Rogers (Worthington, Ind.) is taking on the west for the first time in his young career after just recently winning his first USAC National Sprint Car feature during mid-September’s Haubstadt Hustler at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has won each of the last two events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule and four overall during the 2022 season. He’ll make his Western World debut driving an Arizona-bred machine, owned by Yeley-Petty Racing.

Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) has performed superbly throughout his Rookie USAC Sprint Car season with a pair of feature wins and seven fast qualifying times. He rides with a team that has Arizona origins to the core – Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports.

Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) is among the veterans traveling to Western World for the first time. Westfall has turned in a wonderful with the USAC National Sprint Cars and currently sits a career-best eighth in the series standings.

CRA IN ‘ZONA

The most recent USAC CRA regular to defeat the USAC National Sprint Car contingent was Brody Roa at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway in 2017. CRA competitors do hold the upper hand in terms of experience at Cocopah with several participating in January’s three-night show earlier this year.

The Williams brothers were all quick at Cocopah this winter with Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) scoring a runner-up feature result and a fast qualifying time during the weekend. Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.) set the one-lap USAC CRA track record of 16.213 at Cocopah and finished a best of 5th in the main event. Logan Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.), meanwhile, notched finishes of 6th, 7th and 7th.

Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) and Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, Calif.) each grabbed solid second-place finishes on nights two and three at Cocopah in January. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, Calif.) slotted into the third spots in the finishing order during the first two evenings of racing.

Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) may hail from the Grand Canyon State, but he has spent the bulk of the season racing in the Midwest, collecting a Lincoln Park Speedway track championship in Putnamville, Ind. this year. He does possess Cocopah experience, however, finishing 7th with the USAC Southwest series in 2016. Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.), likewise, spent much of his summer racing in the Midwest but returns home for a Western World run.

Verne Sweeney (Lomita, Calif.) had the biggest night of his racing career in Arizona when he won the CRA season opening night feature at Manzanita in 1991. He ran 10th at Cocopah earlier this year.

The ever-popular Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) finished inside the top-five on all three nights of racing at Cocopah to begin the 2022 USAC CRA season, taking 4th, 4th and 5th. Shon Deskins (Phoenix, Ariz.) ran 3rd at Cocopah with the USAC Southwest Sprints in 2015.

Logan Calderwood and Chris Bonneau each competed with the ASCS Southwest Region Winged 360 Sprints at Cocopah back in May of this year. Calderwood (Goodyear, Ariz.), the grandson of famed 1990 USAC car owner Dave Calderwood, finished 4th in that event while Bonneau (Phoenix, Ariz.) took 5th.

USAC CRA regulars returning for their second visit to Cocopah this year include Santa Rosa, California’s Nate Schank (11th), Warner Springs, California's Shane Sexton (11th), Riverside, California's Matt McCarthy (14th) and Riverside, California’s Austin Grabowski (15th).

RACE DETAILS

The Western World Championships feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars along with IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks.

Each night, the pits open at 3pm Mountain Time with the grandstands opening at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with qualifying and racing to immediately follow.

There is a practice night on Thursday night, October 27. Grandstand admission is free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. A pit party will follow practice courtesy of Yuma Auto and RV Center featuring a free rib tip meal with sides for anyone with a pit pass wristband.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.racecocopahspeedway.com.

Friday and Saturday’s events will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/3OivVbj.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2232, 2-Brady Bacon-2154, 3-C.J. Leary-2103, 4-Robert Ballou-2032, 5-Emerson Axsom-1970, 6-Logan Seavey-1898, 7-Chase Stockon-1711, 8-Matt Westfall-1569, 9-Jadon Rogers-1545, 10-Jake Swanson-1448.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1112, 2-Austin Williams-924, 3-Matt Mitchell-920, 4-Eddie Tafoya Jr.-901, 5-Tommy Malcolm-806, 6-Logan Williams-768, 7-Cody Williams-745, 8-Brody Roa-740, 9-Charles Davis Jr.-698, 10-Matt McCarthy-637.

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL NIGHT WINNERS:

1968: Bob Cleberg (Non-Wing Sprint)

1969: Bob Huebner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1970: Jerry McClung (Non-Wing Sprint)

1971: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1972: Jan Opperman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1973: Earl Wagner (Non-Wing Sprint)

1974: Rick Ferkel (Non-Wing Sprint)

1975: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1976: Bubby Jones (Non-Wing Sprint)

1977: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1978: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1979: Tim Green (Non-Wing Sprint)

1980: Jeff Swindell (Non-Wing Sprint)

1981: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1982: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1983: Steve Kinser (Non-Wing Sprint)

1984: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1985: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1986: Bobby Davis Jr. (Winged Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1987: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Lealand McSpadden (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1988: Mark Kinser (Winged Sprint) & Jack Yeley (Mighty Midgets of Arizona)

1989: Sammy Swindell (Winged Sprint) & Gary Faucett (Midget)

1990: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint)

1991: Danny Lasoski (Winged Sprint), Wayne Bennet (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Ron Shuman (Arizona Midget Racing Association)

1992: Steve Kinser (Winged Sprint), Bob Ream Jr. (Non-Winged 360 Sprint) & Bob Broseman (Midget)

1993: Lealand McSpadden (Non-Wing Sprint)

1994: Ron Shuman (Non-Wing Sprint)

1995: Lealand McSpadden (SCRA Sprint), Ricky Johnson (Non-Wing 360 Sprint) & Josh Pelkey (Midget)

1996: Steve Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1997: Mark Kinser (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1998: Tyler Walker (World of Outlaws Sprint)

1999: Donny Schatz (World of Outlaws Sprint)

2000: Jay Drake (SCRA Sprint)

2001: Jeremy Sherman (SCRA Sprint)

2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)

2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (