USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan

USAC WESTERN MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 30, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.036; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.120; 3. Darren Hagen, 73X, Ford-13.247; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.339; 5. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-13.369; 6. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.387; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.428; 8. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.473; 9. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.525; 10. Sean Dodenhoff, 9D, Dodenhoff-13.538; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.563; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 35S, MF-13.637; 13. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-13.667; 14. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.668; 15. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.710; 16. Troy Rutherford, 11R, Britton-13.748; 17. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-13.786; 18. Ashley Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-14.059; 19. Cory Kruseman, 12K, Kruseman-14.063; 20. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-14.103; 21. Steve Davis, 2D, Davis-14.107; 22. Nate Waite, 35W, MF-14.178; 23. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-14.397; 24. Roby Josett, 2, Josett-17.941; 25. Jeff Harrington, 9E, Dodenhoff-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dodenhoff, 2. Faccinto, 3. Elliott, 4. McQueen, 5. Kruseman, 6. Rutherford, 7. Crone, 8. Waite, 9. Harrington. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Swanson, 3. Nichols, 4. Dalby, 5. Dolacki, 6. Guerrini, 7. Dyson, 8. Ito. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hagen, 2. Schutte, 3. Pankratz, 4. Josett, 5. Cofer, 6. Hazelton, 7. Davis, 8. Faria. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Rutherford, 3. Crone, 4. Dyson, 5. Waite, 6. Ito, 7. Harrington, 8. Hazelton, 9. Davis. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Terry Nichols, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Tyler Dolacki, 6. Cory Kruseman, 7. Sean Dodenhoff, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Frankie Guerrini, 10. Troy Rutherford, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Jeff Harrington, 14. Courtney Crone, 15, Dylan Ito, 16. Robert Dalby, 17. Nate Waite, 18. Chris Dyson, 19. Darren Hagen, 20. Cody Swanson, 21. Robby Josett, 22. Cory Elliott. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Faccinto, Laps 28-30 Gardner.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (14th to 5th)

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN MIDGET RACE: May 21 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

“6TH ANNUAL CANYON CLASH” ON TAP SATURDAY FOR USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 27, 2016... After last Saturday’s race at Yuma, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “6th Annual Canyon Clash” will also feature the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive IMCA Hobby Stocks vs. Renegades, Western ModLites, and Mini Sprints. The front gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the Canyon Speedway will host an Open Practice from 7pm to 10pm on Friday night. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

“The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural “Canyon Clash” in 2011 and returned to victory circle the following year. On his way to the SouthWest crown in 2013, R.J. Johnson added the April classic to his resume. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. earned top honors in 2014 and Johnson grabbed the lead from Stevie Sussex on lap 27 to claim last year’s “Canyon Clash.”

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-six USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car races. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). At Canyon’s last USAC SouthWest race, Sussex passed Davis on the sixteenth circuit to win the March 26th “Easter Eggstravaganza.” A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning last Saturday at Cocopah Speedway, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Piloting Gene Gile’s #13S Quarterback Academy Ellis, Sussex has two feature wins, two heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, five top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie ranks fourth in series wins and will be looking to claim his seventh triumph this Saturday.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) is currently second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran sixth in Yuma’s 30-lap feature. To date, the three-time champion has one feature win, two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th victory at the “Canyon Clash.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored fifth last Saturday from eleventh. Heading to Canyon, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list with 13 main events and will be looking to earn Canyon’s $1,500 payday.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) sits fourth in the championship standings. Piloting his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin led the first ten laps at Yuma before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has three heat race victories, one hard charger award, seven top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” is tied for fifth on the win list with five victories as he looks to add the “Canyon Clash” trophy to his collection.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the point standings. Driving Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey placed fourth last Saturday at Cocopah Speedway. Heading to Canyon, the 1997 ASCA Champion has one heat race victory, two hard charger awards and three top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to earn his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Brian Hosford, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Andy Reinbold, Tom Ogle, Shon Deskins, Landon Cling, Dustin Burkhart, Michael Curtis, and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

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

CANYON CLASH WINNERS: 2011-Jeremy Sherman, 2012-Jeremy Sherman, 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-Charles Davis Jr., 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-R.J. Johnson.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Stevie Sussex-306, 2. R.J. Johnson-276, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-258, 4. Mike Martin-231, 5. Josh Pelkey-225, 6. Matt Rossi-212, 7. Nick Aiuto-185, 8. Tye Mihocko-183, 9. Dennis Gile-178, 10. Chris Bonneau-159, 11. Brian Hosford-139, 12. Bruce St. James-138, 13. Andy Reinbold-137, 14. Tom Ogle-115, Shon Deskins-115, 16. Landon Cling-110, 17. Dustin Burkhart-98, 18. Bryan Clauson-79, 19. Brody Roa-72, 20. Brady Bacon-69.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS HEADLINE BAKERSFIELD ACTION

By Lance Jennings

APRIL 26, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, April 30th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the “Autism Awareness Night” will also feature the new USAC Super 600 Micro Sprints, California Lightning Sprints, H&S Body Works Hobby Stocks, Johasee Rebar American Stocks, and Coca-Cola Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway hosted 103 USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory as Ronnie Gardner and Alex Schutte won last year’s events. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

After rain washed out the April 9th date at Tulare, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner won the Placerville season opener on March 23rd. The 3-time champion is tied with Garrett Hansen for ninth in series history with fourteen wins and will be looking to add another Bakersfield trophy to his collection.

Entering the second point race, Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Racing Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic led nine laps at Placerville before scoring second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will join Saturday’s action.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) is currently third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson finished third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second USAC victory at Bakersfield.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) is fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps before scoring fourth at the “Placerville Short Track Showdown.” Sean will have his sights on earning his first USAC main event win at his hometown track.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the championship standings. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking to celebrate a Bakersfield win on Saturday.

Currently nineteenth in points, Courtney Crone (Corona, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Nate Waite, Tyler Walker, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Ronnie Gardner.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27, 21. Dustin Golobic-25, ---.Nate Waite-25.

 

 

MIDGET SANCTIONS AGREE ON 3-YEAR RPM LIMIT RULES

Officials of the United States Auto Club (USAC), POWRi and ARDC Midget Series today jointly announced a rule which will unify engine platform-specific RPM limits in all sanctioned races, effective May 29, 2016. This commitment to RPM limits constitutes a three-year commitment and any uniform limit modifications will be determined through on-going data analysis obtained through actual on-track racing.

RPM limits are used in midget racing as a "throttle" to limit the expense of further development of current midget racing engine platforms, save money for car owners with increased time between engine maintenance cycles, and as a means to enable midget racing to welcome lower cost alternatives to current engine platforms in the future.

The initial RPM limits will be adopted from a USAC-sponsored study conducted by ILMOR Engineering and in use for the last four race seasons. These RPM limits can be found posted in the individual series rule books for USAC, POWRi and ARDC. Throughout 2016, additional race data will be collected to further study equivalency power curves among the varying midget engine platforms, including pushrod and overhead cam configurations. This data will be used to determine if RPM limit modifications will be required.

Additionally, all entrants using an EFI-branded ignition must use the new EFI "R1" (Red) Ignition Box for all sanctioned races with USAC, POWRi and ARDC. The EFI R1 unit was designed specifically for midget racing and has a limited range of user interface which assures race officials adherence to RPM limit rules and eliminates traction control capabilities through the EFI module.

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.805; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.827; 3. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.866; 4. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.870; 5. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.872; 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.973; 7. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.992; 8. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-16.160; 9. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.240.

FIRST FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Nolan Allison, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. George Kurtz, 7. Famous Rhodes II, 8. Jagger Parker, 9. Jake Nelke. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Chris Lamb, 3, Sam Hatfield, 4. George Kurtz, 5. Jessica Bean, 6. Nolan Allison, 7. Jake Nelke, 8. Jagger Parker, 9. Famous Rhodes II. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Bean, Laps 20-25 Lamb. SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Hatfield, Laps 9-25 Layser.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-279, 2-Layser-270, 3-Bean-254, 4-Hatfield-242, 5-Nelke-231, 6-Allison-227, 7-Kurtz-208, 8-Rhodes-204, 9-Parker-182, 10-Scott Hunter-138.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 30 - Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 – Yuma, Arizona – Cocopah Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 5. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwod), 6. Matt Stewart (#84 Stewart). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 6. Kent Rosevear (#16R Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#13S Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 5. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 6. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Matt Rossi, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Josh Pelkey, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. R.J. Johnson, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Nick Aiuto, 13. Dustin Burkhart, 14. Matt Stewart, 15. Kent Rosevear, 16. Shon Deskins, 17. Landon Cling. NT

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**Rosevear flipped during feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Martin, Lap 11 Rossi, Laps 12-30 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (11th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 30 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway – “Canyon Clash”

 

 

BACON BRINGS IT HOME IN MONTPELIER'S USAC SPRINT DEBUT

Brady Bacon methodically maneuvered his way from his sixth starting spot and, in a three-lap stretch a third of the way into the 30-lap feature, drove from fourth to first, passing Dave Darland on lap 12 and held off a late charge from Kyle Cummins to take the victory in front of a standing-room only crowd in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's debut at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma earned ProSource Fast Qualifying honors in the early going, putting him outside of row three for the feature event. But, it was Darland, from his pole starting position, who quickly established the point at the start with Shane Cottle and Cummins in tow.

By lap five, the freight train of Darland, Cummins and Cottle ran nose-to-tail as they each took to the high side to pull away from the pack. Meanwhile, Bacon went to the bottom, hugging the infield tires as he rapidly reeled in third-running Cottle.

By the tenth lap, Bacon had disposed of Cottle for third, then ran down Cummins for the second spot one lap later before nearly getting by Darland, trailing by about a foot in a dead heat at the start/finish line before claiming the lead just moment later going into turn one on lap 12.

As Bacon blew by the top-three for the lead on the bottom, the trio of Darland, Cummins and Cottle followed suit by heading to the inside line on lap 13 when Cummins got by Darland for second. Cummins moved his car from the bottom to the top and back to the bottom in search of the fast way around as the race crossed the midway point.

An A.J. Hopkins backwards spin on the front-straightaway with 10 to go closed the gap between Bacon in first and second-running Cummins. On the restart, Bacon and Cummins both went to the inside with Cummins hounding Bacon, shadowing his every move, readying himself to pounce on any single slip-up that Bacon might encounter in the closing laps.

With seven laps to go, Cummins was able to get his right front wheel inside of Bacon's left rear in turn two, nearly making contact, but was unable to make it stick, falling back roughly four car-lengths as the two headed into turn three, but a Bret Mellenberndt turn two spin brought out a yellow, providing Cummins with another shot.

After a restart with six to go, Cummins was looking to gain an inch, a yard, anything that would give him an opportunity to gain valuable ground on Bacon at the end, but he was never close enough to mount a serious challenge in the final laps as Bacon never blinked, distancing himself from the fading Cummins and taking the win in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

Brady Bacon #69 at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday night.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

With the victory, Bacon became the sixth different driver to win in the series' first seven races of the 2016 season and, with his 14th career win in the number 69 car, became the all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship "points-paying" races for the venerable Hoffman family team.

"I knew the bottom was a little greasy, so I was trying to drive around it in (turns) one and two; (turns) three and four were good from the start," Bacon, the 2014 series champ, said. "Once it came in in (turns) one and two, I was able to drive by those guys and, from then on, just had to hold on. The car got a little evil right before and after that red (flag), but luckily, I didn't make a mistake big enough for him to get around me. I made some mistakes, but we were able to keep it down on the low line and keep him behind us. We're working hard because we haven't had the start to the season we wanted, so we made some changes to the car and the first race out we won. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the summer."

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins once again put himself in a position to win, but came up just a little short of scoring his initial USAC victory in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. In seven series races thus far in the 2016 season, it was his third 2nd place finish and his fifth top-three result, exemplifying how close he is to finally breaking through for that elusive triumph.

"Everything has been consistent with the car," Cummins beamed. "I just have to thank these guys for working on the car. Everybody is working together and it makes my job easy because I can just focus on the racecar. It's been a good start to the year; I'm hopeful we can just keep knocking them off."

Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, led the first 12 laps of the feature in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton before relenting the spot to Bacon, ultimately ending up third, which moved him into the top-five of the series point standings.

"It was tough to go from the lead to third after the top was so good," Darland said. "Then, we were a little too tight to run the bottom. We had a good car, but I got into a rut down in turn one a couple times and it shoved the front end. Things didn't go all that well at some points, but to get out of here with a third, we're pretty happy."

Contingency award winners included Brady Bacon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), A.J. Hopkins (Simpson Race Products First Heat), Robert Ballou (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat), C.J. Leary (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Racing Products "Hard Charger"), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Semi), Chad Boespflug (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 23, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.199; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.209; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.255; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.284; 5. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.297; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.330; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.367; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.374; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.378; 10. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.385; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.449; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.465; 13. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-14.513; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.521; 15. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.585; 16. Aaron Farney, 15, Farney-14.588; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.642; 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.645; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.712; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.715; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.772; 22. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-14.777; 23. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.874; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.901; 25. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-15.569.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hopkins, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. C.Short, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Goodnight, 8. Ketcham, 9. Hanft. 2:29.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Chapple, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Weir, 7. Simon, 8. Coons. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Cummins, 5. McGhee, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Stanbrough, 3. C.Cottle, 4. Goodnight, 5. Ketcham, 6. Simon, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer, 9. Hanft. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Carson Short, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (15th to 6th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-476, 2-Cummins-451, 3-Bacon-449, 4-Meseraull-445, 5-Darland-409, 6-Ballou-398, 7-Leary-370, 8-Grant-367, 9-McGhee-343, 10-Boespflug-340.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: May 6 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Friday, May 6, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) - 1/2-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "LetsRaceTwo" / "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES:
1:30pm: Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate and Turn 4)
2:00pm: Turn 3 Pit Gate Opens
2:00pm: Spectator Gates Open
6:00pm: Hot Laps Begin
7:30pm: Racing Begins

TICKETS:
Ages 13 & up: $28 (General Admission), $32 (Reserved)
Ages 12 & under: Free (General Admission), $10 (Reserved)

TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, May 7, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio) - 1/2-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "LetsRaceTwo" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars

STARTING TIMES:
1:30pm: Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate and Turn 4)
2:00pm: Turn 3 Pit Gate Opens
2:00pm: Spectator Gates Open
6:00pm: Hot Laps Begin
7:30pm: Racing Begins

TICKETS:
Ages 13 & up: $28 (General Admission), $32 (Reserved)
Ages 12 & under: Free (General Admission), $10 (Reserved)

TRACK ADDRESS: 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (476) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN)
2. (451) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)
3. (449) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
4. (445) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)
5. (409) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)
6. (398) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)
7. (370) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
8. (367) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
9. (343) Max McGhee (Camby, IN)
10. (340) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS
AT MONTPELIER MOTOR SPEEDWAY

4/23/2016: Brady Bacon

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-15.463; 2. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-15.580; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.649; 4. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-15.674; 5. Davey Hamilton Jr., 44, Love-15.675; 6. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.722; 7. Jimmy Leal, 00, Jessop-16.516; 8. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-16.694; 9. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-NT. FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love IV, 2. Hamilton, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Hazelton, 5. Leal. NT

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

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Davey Hamilton Jr., 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Jeff Kelley, 7. Blake Brannon, 8. Jimmy Leal, 9. Ashley Hazelton. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Jessop, Laps 2-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-311, 2-T.Breidinger-241, 3-Brannon-189, 4-Antonia Boscacci-186, 5-Hamilton-153, 6-A.Breidinger-152, 7-Ethan Lesser-128, 8-Hazelton-126, 9-Ariel Biggs-84, 10-Austin Mero-71. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-241, 2-Love-233, 3-Brannon-189, 4-Hamilton-153, 5-A.Breidinger-152, 6-Ethan Lesser-128, 7-Antonia Boscacci-117, 8-Austin Mero-71, 9-Jessop-69, 10-Kelley-55.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: May 7 - Madera (CA) Speedway - "Vukovich Classic"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-14.806; 2. Andy Baugh, 6B, Baugh-14.816; 3. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.835; 4. Dillon Morley, 69x, Morley-15.106; 5. Brent Burrows, 51, Myers-15.129; 6. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-15.214; 7. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.217; 8. Mike Larson, 95, Larson-15.270; 9. Dave Baugh, 7B, Baugh-15.308; 10. Jake Sollenberger, 5, Utsinger-15.378; 11. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-15.418; 12. Brandon Smith, 11, Smith-15.604; 13. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.641; 14. Ryan Jamison, 51J, Jamison-15.767; 15. Todd Baker, 48, Baker-16.040; 16. Jack Marion, 49, Marion-16.425; 17. Mike Cusack Jr., 7, Cusack-16.698; 18. Jackie Willis, 17, Willis-NT; 19. Derek Goble, 55, Goble-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Burrows, 2. Sollenberger, 3. Davis, 4. Smith, 5. Pence, 6. Cusack. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Baugh 2. Morley, 3. Andrews, 4. Larson, 5. Baker, 6. Ross. NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. D.Baugh 2. Mallonee, 3. Hanson, 4. Jamison, 5. Marion. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Andy Baugh, 2. Jeff Mallonee, 3. Mitchell Davis, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Bart Andrews, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Jacob Sollenberger, 8. Brandon Smith, 9. Travis Pence, 10. Mike Larson, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Ryan Jamison, 13. Jackie Willis, 14. Mike Cusack Jr., 15. Jack Marion, 16. Dave Baugh, 17. Ken Hanson, 18. Gedd Ross, 19. Derek Goble. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Mallonee, Laps 5-20 A.Baugh.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Davis-150, 2-Andrews-129, 3-Mallonee-122, 4-Morley-104, 5-Larson-97, 6-Pence-92, 7-Hanson-86, 8-A.Baugh-83, 9-Patrick Bruns-82, 10-Ross-72.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 30 - Burlington, IL - 34 Raceway - "Roberts Tire Center Night at the Races"


 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.014 (New Track Record); 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.168; 3. Landon Hurst, 81X, Watt-15.250; 4. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.264; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.320; 6. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.330; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.406; 8. Tyler Walker, 73, Ford-15.471; 9. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-15.502; 10. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.572; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.585; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.662; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-15.805; 14. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-15.851; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-15.854; 16. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-15.861; 17. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-16.184; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.303; 19. Matt Day, 97, Day-NT; 20. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Sibley, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Marcham, 5. McQueen, 6. Ballard, 7. Day. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Walker, 2. Roa, 3. Guardino, 4. Majors, 5. Adams, 6. Faria, 7. Barnes. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Hurst, 3. Johnson, 4. Timmons, 5. Smith, 6. Kirkbride. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Tyler Walker, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Max Adams, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Trey Marcham, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 10. Tristan Guardino, 11. Jeff Sibley, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Shannon McQueen, 15. Corey Ballard, 16. Kyle Smith, 17. Landon Hurst, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Ricky Kirkbride, 20. Matt Day. NT

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**Faria flipped during second heat. Kirkbride flips during third heat. Hurst flipped during feature.

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

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (17th to 6th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: May 14 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 23, 2016 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.199; 2. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.209; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.255; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.284; 5. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-14.297; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.330; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.367; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.374; 9. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight-14.378; 10. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.385; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.449; 12. Colten Cottle, 1RL, Lambertson-14.465; 13. A.J. Hopkins, 42G, Jackson-14.513; 14. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.521; 15. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-14.585; 16. Aaron Farney, 15, Farney-14.588; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.642; 18. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.645; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.712; 20. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.715; 21. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.772; 22. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-14.777; 23. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.874; 24. Josh Spencer, 66J, Spencer-14.901; 15. Stuart Hanft, 69H, Hanft-15.569.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hopkins, 2. Farney, 3. Darland, 4. Bacon, 5. C.Short, 6. Stanbrough, 7. Goodnight, 8. Ketcham, 9. Hanft. 2:29.30

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Grant, 3. Meseraull, 4. Chapple, 5. S.Cottle, 6. Weir, 7. Simon, 8. Coons. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Stockon, 3. Boespflug, 4. Cummins, 5. McGhee, 6. C.Cottle, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Coons, 2. Stanbrough, 3. C.Cottle, 4. Goodnight, 5. Ketcham, 6. Simon, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Spencer, 9. Hanft. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Jerry Coons Jr.8. Carson Short, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Justin Grant, 11. Thomas Meseraull, 12. Robert Ballou, 13. Chad Boespflug, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Max McGhee, 16. Colten Cottle, 17. Cole Ketcham, 18. A.J. Hopkins, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. Bret Mellenberndt, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Isaac Chapple. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-11 Darland, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-476, 2-Cummins-451, 3-Bacon-449, 4-Meseraull-445, 5-Darland-409, 6-Ballou-398, 7-Leary-370, 8-Grant-367, 9-McGhee-343, 10-Boespflug-340.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: May 6 - Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway - "#LetsRaceTwo" - "Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic"

 

 

STEVIE SUSSEX LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO COCOPAH SPEEDWAY
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 20, 2016... For the second time in series history, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway this Saturday, April 23rd. The fourth point race will also showcase the IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Mods, IMCA Stock Cars, and IMCA Modifieds. The pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, and racing at the fast 3/8-mile facility will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

On his way to his third series crown, R.J. Johnson won the April 11, 2015 debut at Cocopah Speedway. Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Mike Colegrove, and Josh Pelkey rounded out the top-five and Nick Aiuto earned “best passing job” honors with a fifteenth to seventh place run.

Entering Saturday’s event, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) holds a ten point advantage over the competition. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex ran sixth at the April 9th “Spring Fling” at Queen Creek. To date, the two-time Hank Arnold Memorial winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, four top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie is currently tied for fourth in SouthWest wins and will be looking for his sixth victory this Saturday night.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his first win of the season at Queen Creek’s “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the three-time champion has two heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the year. R.J. will have his sights on claiming his series leading 34th feature win at Yuma.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis ran second to Johnson at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has five heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, eight top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles ranks second with 13 main event wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

After running third at Queen Creek, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin has posted three heat race victories, one hard charger award, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led. With five SouthWest triumphs, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner will have his sights on the hometown victory.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) is ranked fifth in the championship points. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey charged from nineteenth to score eighth at the April 9th “Spring Fling.” Heading to Cocopah, the 1997 ASCA Champion has two hard charger awards and two top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday, Josh will be looking to claim his sixth USAC SouthWest main event win.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Nick Aiuto, Matt Rossi, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Tom Ogle, Dennis Gile, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, Brian Hosford, Shon Deskins, Michael Curtis, and more.

Cocopah Speedway is located at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona. Adult tickets are $15, Senior/Military tickets are $13, Skybox tickets are $30, and Kids (12 & Under) are FREE. For more information, visit www.cocopahspeedway.com or call 928.344.1563.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Stevie Sussex.

YUMA USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
1-R.J. Johnson.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-226, 2. R.J. Johnson-216, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-195, 4. Mike Martin-159, 5. Josh Pelkey-153, 6. Nick Aiuto-140, 7. Matt Rossi-134, 8. Bruce St. James-128, 9. Tye Mihocko-125, 10. Tom Ogle-115, ---. Dennis Gile-115, 12. Chris Bonneau-110, 13. Andy Reinbold-92, 14. Brian Hosford-88, 15. Bryan Clauson-79, 16. Landon Cling-77, 17. Shon Deskins-72, ---. Brody Roa-72, 19. Brady Bacon-69, 20. Josh Hodges-68, ---. Michael Curtis-68

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

D.J. JOHNSON LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO TULARE’S THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 20, 2016... This Saturday, April 23rd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their second stop at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the “J.D. Heiskell & Company Appreciation Day” will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprints and Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates at the lightning fast 1/3-mile oval will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Entering the fifth point race, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-nine USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133 on March 13, 2015. When the series last visited Tulare on March 12th, D.J. Johnson lead all 30 laps to earn his first main event win.

After rain washed away the April 9th date, D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) heads to Saturday’s event with a slim one point lead. Racing the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will be looking to extend his lead with another $1,500 payday at Tulare.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently second in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led on the season. Last year’s 360 Western World Champion will have his sights on claiming his first Tulare victory.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, three top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the year. The 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his seventh career West Coast victory on Saturday.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is ranked fourth in the point standings. Racing Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham has posted three top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last season’s Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) sits fifth in the championship points. Driving his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one feature win, one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The former Ventura champion will be looking to score his fourth West Coast win at Thunderbowl Raceway.

Currently eleventh in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and “Chainsaw” Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, Tristan Guardino, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Kyle Smith, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Cody Majors, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

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

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. D.J. Johnson-264, 2. Brody Roa-263, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-260, 4. Trey Marcham-219, 5. Troy Rutherford-216, 6. Richard Vander Weerd-203, 7. Max Adams-185, 8. Tristan Guardino-173, 9. Austin Liggett-169, 10. Jeff Sibley-147, 11. Ryan Timmons-139, 12. Bryan Clauson-137, 13. Brady Bacon-119, 14. Kevin Barnes-116, 15. Danny Faria Jr.-114, 16. Kyle Smith-93, 17. Ricky Kirkbride-87, 18. Cody Majors-84, 19. Stevie Sussex-78, 20. Shannon McQueen-76.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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White Lightning Motorsports Picks Up Two Top Fives during Knoxville Season Opener

Inside Line Promotions - KNOXVILLE, Iowa (April 19, 2016) - White Lightning Motorsports had a strong start to the Knoxville Raceway season last Saturday when Jamie Ball and Devin Kline each registered a top-five finish during the season opener at the half-mile oval.

"It was a great effort for both of us," Ball said. "We were both consistently fast every time we hit the track."

Ball qualified third quickest and he advanced from sixth to fourth place during a heat race in the 360ci class.

"The night started off great," he said. "Our goal this year is to be consistent every time we hit the track. I feel excellent about the qualifying result. I went in the first lap and missed the bottom. On the second lap I nailed the top as best I could.

"Then we moved forward in the heat race. I had a nice start and spent most of the race racing with Kade Higday for third. He raced good and clean so he earned my respect."

The feature inversion lined Ball up on the outside of the second row for the main event.

"I didn't get the greatest start," he said. "(Clint) Garner got around me right away. I was able to get my wing pulled back and the car locked down and found a nice line to run the bottom. We got by a couple of cars toward the end to get a top five, which is what we need."

Ball recorded a fifth-place result.

Kline kicked off the night in the 305ci class by setting quick time during qualifying. He then charged from sixth to second place in a heat race. A six-car inversion for the main event lined him up on the outside of the third row, but he quickly maneuvered toward the top spot.

Kline was running second on the last lap and was within striking distance of the leader in traffic entering turn three, but a caution came out to set up a green-white-checkered finish.

"I spun my tires on the restart and then slid out of the groove in turns one and two and lost a spot," he said. "Overall I think it was a good opening night. Every time we hit the track we went forward so we have to be happy with that. It was one of the slicker tracks we'll probably see all season. I'm a little bummed with myself, but if this is what I'm bummed about I'll take that."

Kline ended with a third-place finish.

The team will return to Knoxville Raceway this Saturday.

QUICK RESULTS -

JAMIE BALL:

April 16 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 3; Heat race: 4 (6); Feature: 5 (4).

DEVIN KLINE:

April 16 - Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa - Qualifying: 1; Heat race: 2 (6); Feature: 3 (6).

SEASON STATS -

JAMIE BALL : 3 races, 0 wins, 2 top fives, 2 top 10s, 2 top 15s, 2 top 20s

DEVIN KLINE : 1 race, 0 wins, 1 top five, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20

UP NEXT -

Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa

MEDIA LINKS -

Jamie Ball Website: http://www.JamieBall.com

Devin Kline Website: http://www.DevinKline.com

Jamie Ball Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamieBall5j

Devin Kline Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DevinKline5j

APPAREL -

White Lightning Motorsports has t-shirts and hoodies available for purchase at their race trailers in the infield of each sprint car event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT - Allen Construction

Allen Construction specializes in siding for new and remodeled construction in the Des Moines, Iowa, area.

"I'm excited and thankful for the opportunity to work with Allen Construction," Kline said. "A special thanks goes to Matt Allen for his support for me and the race team."

White Lightning Motorsports would also like to thank JJ Kane Auctioneers, Housby, Timber Line Tree Service, Iowa State Savings Bank, The Hearing Clinic, Wingdance Graphics, FK Rod Ends, Ostrich Racing Engines, Sweet Manufacturing, Hooker Harness, My Race Pass, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Fragola Performance Systems, Hoosier Tire, MPD Racing, Sign Pro of Newton, Shell Shock, Maxim Chassis, Hinchman Racewear, Knoxville Raceway Charitable Organization (KRCO) and Bell Helmets for their continued support.

 

 

6 WEEKS TO BYRD'S CHALLENGE DEBUT

Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway will open the unique Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge" June 4 as part of the 2016 "Indiana Midget Week." It's the first of seven USAC National and Western Midget races to determine if anybody can earn one of the incentives posted, including a chance to compete in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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

The races included in the "challenge" are: Lawrenceburg June 4, the final night of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals on August 6 and subsequent races are the August 17 "Pennsylvania Midget Week" race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA.; the "Louie Vermeil Classic" Western Midget race at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway September 4; the "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio September 24; the "Gold Grown Midget Nationals" finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill October 8; and the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway November 24.

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

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

The USAC National Midget Series began indoors at DuQuoin, Ill. in March but suffered a rainout of last weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" and it resumes with the "Indiana Midget Week" activities on the final day of May at Montpelier Motor Speedway. The USAC Western Midgets debuted at Placerville, Calif. in March but suffered a rainout last weekend at Tulare, Calif.

 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "So-Cal Showdown"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-16.826; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.839; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.862; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.950; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.962; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.120; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.125; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.231; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.261; 10. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-17.415; 11. Mike Spencer, 92M, Sertich-17.425; 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.610; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.690; 14. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.695; 15. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-17.748; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.028; 17. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-18.060; 18. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.093; 19. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-18.113; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98X, Tracy-18.156; 21. Greg Alexander, 23, Bellegante-18.362; 22. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.383; 23. Patrick Clark, 21K, Kruseman-19.282; 24. Chris Dyson, 16K, Kruseman-19.623; 25. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-19.765; 26. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Colston, 6. Gansen, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Stewart, 9. A.Sweeney. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. Roa, 3. Spencer, 4. A.Williams, 5. Bender, 6. Hendricks, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Clark, 9. Smith. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hodges, 2. L.Williams, 3. Gardner, 4. Ellertson, 5. Tafoya, 6. Dyson, 7. Malcolm, 8. Alexander. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Colston, 2. Gansen, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Smith, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Hendricks, 8. Tafoya, 9. Alexander, 10. V.Sweeney, 11. Stewart, 12. A.Sweeney, 13. Clark, 14. Dyson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Logan Williams, 12. Chris Gansen, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Jeremy Ellerrtson, 15. Tom Hendricks, 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 17. Verne Sweeney, 18. Tommy Malcolm, 19. Cal Smith, 20. Greg Alexander, 21. Parker Colston, 22. Eddie Tafoya. NT ------------------------------------ **Bender flipped during qualifications. Malcolm flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1- 9 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 10-29 Gardner, Lap 30 Hodges.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 1st)

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Hodges-146, 2-Roa-146, 3-R.Vander Weerd-144, 4-Johnson-122, 5-Swanson-117, 6-Spencer-117, 7-C.Williams-104, 8-Adams-103, 9-Gardner-100, 10-A.Williams-99.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: May 7 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

Chase Stockon won Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

STOCKON DEFENDS HOME TURF; TAKES TRI-STATE'S SPRING SHOWDOWN

It was home-sweet-home for Haubstadt, Indiana resident Chase Stockon as he ran down Thomas Meseraull for the lead on lap 12, and pulled away to capture his first series victory at his backyard track and his seventh career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory at a seventh different track after winning Saturday night's "Spring Showdown" at Tri-State Speedway.

On the initial start, outside front row starter C.J Leary jumped to the lead using the cushion to ride around pole sitter Meseraull for the top spot. The action quickly came to a halt for inside second row starter Max McGhee as he saw his night abruptly end after smoke began to pour out from under the hood of the number 17.

On the restart, it took just one lap around the high-banked paperclip for Meseraull to slide up in front of Leary to claim the lead on the second lap. Meanwhile, Stockon got around Leary for second and then set his sights on Meseraull for the lead.

A yellow for the stopped car of Aaron Farney on the sixth lap bunched up the field momentarily, but the frontrunners continued their torrid pace, catching the backmarkers in less than a handful of laps.

Meseraull rode the high line as Stockon worked the middle, inching ever closer to the lead on each corner of every lap. As Meseraull and Stockon negotiated heavy traffic, Stockon staked his claim for the number one spot, getting by Meseraull at the exit of turn four on lap 12.

Just four laps later, Tri-State Speedway fan favorite Kyle Cummins got by Meseraull for second, putting him in position to make a run at Stockon for his first career series win. Despite a yellow for Isaac Chapple's stopped car with just five laps to go that bunched up the field, on the restart, Cummins was no match for Stockon, who sprinted to a half-straightaway advantage in the final laps to take the checkered flag in his 32-TBI Racing Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher ahead of Cummins, Carson Short, Chad Boespflug, Leary, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Brady Short, Meseraull and Kent Schmidt.

Stockon's win vaulted him into the series point lead by 14 markers over Meseraull. Similarily, after last season's "Spring Showdown," Stockon held a 15-point lead in the series standings. Stockon, the winner of numerous races at Tri-State Speedway over the past several years outside of USAC competition, was proud to add his name to the list of USAC winners at the southwestern Indiana track.

"It feels great to finally get a USAC win down here with it being so close to home," Stockon said. "I've always loved it (Tri-State Speedway) and have been fortunate enough to win a fair share of races and even some down here, but to get a USAC win feels awesome. This thing was unreal and I don't think I could've driven any harder."

Cummins once again showed his prowess at Tri-State, finishing a distant second in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins and, as a result, moved into third in the series standings. Cummins is still searching for his first career USAC win after earning his ninth podium finish in the series. Despite another close, but no cigar performance, Cummins is pleased with his performance after running into misfortune during the last couple of races.

"After last night (at Bloomington) and Lawrenceburg, this is a nice turn around," Cummins said. "Chase (Stockon) was a little better and I thought I had a shot on that late restart. I was going to try to slide him and he moved down a lane and I had to chalk it up a little bit just so I didn't take us both out. It was all I could do, but the car is running really well right now. The beginning of the season has started out really well, so if we can keep up these podiums, we'll get a win."

Young Carson Short of Marion, Illinois, earned a career-best third-place finish in his Richard Short/Total Field & Environmental Services - RASS Restoration/DRC/SPEC.

"It feels really good to kick the season off running well," Short said. "I'm hopeful we can keep this little bit of momentum up for the next few months and keep putting together some good finishes."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 16, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Spring Showdown" - co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.512; 2. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.570; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.588; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.593; 5. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.707; 6. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.725; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.770; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-13.839; 9. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips-13.925; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.934; 11. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.959; 12. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.959; 13. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.063; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-14.248; 15. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-14.287; 16. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.302; 17. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.313; 18. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.344; 19. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.895; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-14.477; 21. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.556; 22. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.687; 23. Jared Chastain, 52c, Chastain-15.699; 24. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-16.549; 25. Nevil Algieo, 11A, Algieo-NT (Time of 14.917 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Bacon, 3. Meseraull, 4. Cummins, 5. Darland, 6. Ballou, 7. Morin, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Algieo. 2:17.42

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schmidt, 2. Farney, 3. C. Short, 4. Grant, 5. Leary, 6. Morin, 7. Chapple, 8. Chastain. 2:18.75

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Jackson, 3. Simon, 4. Swanson, 5. Goodnight, 6. Lyerla, 7. B. Short, 8. Shelton. 2:17.62

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Boespflug, 5. Lyerla, 6. Algieo, 7. Morin, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. Shelton, 10. Chastain. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Chad Boespflug, 5. C.J. Leary, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Brady Short, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Kent Schmidt, 11. Dakota Jackson, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Landon Simon, 14. Dave Darland, 15. James Lyerla, 16. Isaac Chapple, 17. Aaron Farney, 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Brandon Morin, 20. Kody Swanson, 21. Nevil Algieo, 22. Max McGhee. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Leary, Laps 2-11 Meseraull, Laps 12-30 Stockon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Robert Ballou

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Stockon-407; 2-Meseraull-393; 3-Cummins-378; 4-Bacon-368; 5-Ballou-351; 6-Darland-339; 7-Grant-317; 8-Leary-307; 9-McGhee-306; 10-Boespflug-297.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 23 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Hickory, North Carolina - Hickory Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.021; 2. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.133; 3. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.139; 4. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.215; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.239; 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.324; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.330; 8. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.376; 9. Mike Ward, 80, Ward-15.493; 10. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-15.511; 11. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.511; 12. Nic Davidson, 39, Radical-NT.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Scott Hunter, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Jake Nelke, 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Sam Hatfield, 9. George Kurtz, 10. Jagger Parker, 11. Mike Ward, 12. Nic Davidson. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Bean, Laps 24-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-139, 2-Hunter-138, 3-Lamb-136, 4-Nelke-133, 5-Bean-127, 6-Hatfield-112, 7-Rhodes-105, 8-Allison-104, 9-Kurtz-92, 10-Parker-84.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 22 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway


 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Lemoore, California - Lemoore Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. Ariel Biggs, 11E, Biggs-12.847; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-13.017; 3. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-13.397; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44 Love-13.709.

HEAT RACE: (10 laps) 1. Biggs, 2. Hazelton, 3. Love, 4. Boscacci. NT

FEATURE: (15 laps) 1. Ariel Biggs, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Ashley Hazelton, 4. Antioia Boscacci. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Biggs.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-233, 2-Boscacci-186, 3-Toni Breidinger-161, 4-Blake Brannon-132, 5-Ethan Lesser-128, 6-Bigg2-84, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-83, 8-Annie Breidinger-77, 9-Hazelton-75, 10-Austin Mero-71.
NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Biggs-84, 2-Love-78, 3-Hazelton-75, 4-Boscacci-69.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 23 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway - "Hometown Heroes Night"

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

April 16, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jeff Mallonee, 31, Mallonee-14.929; 2. Mitchel Davis, 56, Davis-14.981; 3. Patrick Bruns, 10B, Full Throttle-14.984; 4. Chase McDermand, 40, McDermand-15.009; 5. Gedd Ross, 51R, Johnson-15.091; 6. Dave Anderson, 47, Anderson-15.099; 7. Hunter Lane, 0A, Zero-15.218; 8. Dillon Morley, 69x, Morley-15.231; 9. Mike Larson, 95, Larson-15.482; 10. Ken Hanson, 34, Hanson-15.618; 11. Bart Andrews, 69, Trone-15.723; 12. Johnny Murdock, 0, Zero-15.736; 13. Shane Morgan, 15, Morgan-15.739; 14. John Springer, 3, Springer-15.747; 15. Broc Hunnell, 73, Hunnell-15.825; 16. Travis Pence, 01, Pence-15.916; 17. Ryan Sharshair, 13, Zero-16.991; 18. Derek Goble, 55, Goble-17.257.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruns, 2. McDermand, 3. Morley, 4. Morgan, 5. Springer, 6. Larson, 7. Murdock, 8. Pence, 9. Sharpshair. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Mallonee, 3. Ross, 4. Lane, 5. Andrews, 6. Hunnell, 7. Hanson, 8. Goble, 9. Anderson. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Patrick Bruns, 2. Mitchel Davis, 3. Dave Anderson, 4. Bart Andrews, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Broc Hunnell, 7. Hunter Lane, 8. Ken Hanson, 9. Mike Larson, 10. Chase McDermand, 11. Travis Pence, 12. Ryan Sharpshair, 13. Johnny Murdock, 14. John Springer, 15. Gedd Ross, 16. Jeff Mallonee, 17. Derek Goble, 18. Dillon Morley. NT ------------------------------------ **Murdock flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Mallonee, Laps 2-6 Ross, Laps 7-12 Bruns, Laps 13-16 Anderson, Laps 17-18 Davis, Laps 19-20 Bruns.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bruns-82, 2-Davis-80, 3-Anderson-66, 4-Andrews-65, 5-Morgan-63, 6-Hunnell-58, 7-Lane-57, 8-McDermand-53, 9-Hanson-51, 10-Larson-49.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: April 23 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

CLAUSON CASHES 4TH STRAIGHT USAC SPRINT WIN AT BLOOMINGTON

Bryan Clauson knows the red clay of the Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway like the back of his hand, and over the past several seasons, the track has become his personal ATM as he once again found his way to victory lane for the fourth consecutive time in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at the southern Indiana speed plant.

Clauson, who started 11th, quickly made his way to the front in a race that had a rough beginning for a couple of his competitors up front. After Boespflug led the initial lap from his pole starting position, ProSource fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder, 6th place-running C.J. Leary, got upside down, bouncing over the turn one banking, resulting in the polar opposite of fortunes from his victory in the "Sumar Classic" USAC Silver Crown race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track two weekends ago. Despite the tumble, Leary was able to restart.

On the restart, the action lasted until the end of the second lap as Brady Bacon made an attempt for the second spot on Brent Beauchamp. Same as Leary, Beauchamp ended up taking a wild ride over the turn one berm. However, the damage to Beauchamp's machine was enough to end his night on the hook.

On the next restart, Bacon went to the topside to run down Boespflug, taking the lead off of turn two on the third circuit and opening up a wide margin between himself and his nearest contenders.

After trading sliders with Boespflug, Hunter Schuerenberg, in his new ride for Seth Motsinger Motorsports, followed Bacon's lead by running the high line to take the second position from Boespflug on lap nine. On lap 15, Schuerenberg's superb run slipped through his fingers after sliding over the berm in turn four, falling all the way back to the 10th spot.

Meanwhile, Clauson was on a tear, maneuvering his way into the top-four by the midway point, chasing down and stealing the 3rd spot from Boespflug and taking 2nd from Stockon as he began to turn up the heat on Bacon for the lead.

Clauson rim-rode the cushion around the ¼-mile, erasing and evaporating Bacon's lead in a hurry, ultimately nipping him at the line for the lead on lap 19.

Clauson, who initially did not have Bloomington Speedway on his racing agenda for this weekend, had to be pleased of his decision as he was a man on a mission, pulling away from Bacon in the final laps to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar, beating Bacon, Meseraull, Stockon, Robert Ballou, Dave Darland, Schuerenberg, Jarett Andretti, Brady Short and Max McGhee to the line.

Bryan Clauson of Noblesville, Indiana, picked up his 6th USAC feature win of the 2016 season, four more than any other driver. (David Nearpass Photo)

Since taking the controls of the Dooling/Hayward sprinter in late 2015. Clauson has won five of the 11 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events he has entered. It was the Noblesville, Indiana driver's sixth USAC feature victory in a USAC-sanctioned event in 2016. Only one other driver has won multiple features in USAC this season: Josh Hodges with two.

Rolling along on a wave of confidence, tonight's KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger, Clauson, feels he has the opportunity to win anytime he pulls into Bloomington.

"This place has always been good to me," Clauson said. "I really feel like we can start about anywhere in this number 63 car and still have a shot to win. We were good on the top tonight and everybody else was working the bottom, which left the top open for me. I knew we were good; I just had to make sure I didn't slip off the edge like last year." Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, who led the field with the most laps led, scored a solid second-place finish in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"When you're the leader, it's hard to know where to go," Bacon admitted. "The only thing I could've done to hold him (Clauson) off would've been to go to the top earlier than when I did. But, never on Earth did I think that that was the way to go because the top was so slick all day in (turns) three and four. I just never thought it would've come in like it did. We were better tonight, but so was everyone else. The competition is so tough in this deal right now that everybody is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you can't ever stop!"

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull extended his point lead to 16 points as the series heads into Saturday night's race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. with his third place finish in the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech.

"It was kind of unfortunate with a couple guys going over there up on top, but we kind of got everybody going down on the bottom," Meseraull said. "I got into Ballou in turn two and, after that, the left front seemed kind of messed up, but, in the end, it helped us run the bottom."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.842; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.863; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-10.924; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.951; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-10.963; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.065; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.076; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-11.152; 9. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.162; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-11.223; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-11.241; 12. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-11.246; 13. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.291; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-11.324; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.428; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-11.435; 17. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-11.436; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.441; 19. Jeff Bland, Jr., 38, Bland-11.464; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.484; 21. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.508; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.539; 23. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2E, Epperson-11.592; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.621; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-11.648; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.695; 27. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-11.857; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.878; 29. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-11.895; 30. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-11.979; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-12.409; 32. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-12.678; 33. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-NT; 34. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-NT; 35. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Leary, 4. B. Short, 5. Andretti, 6. Morin, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Schmidt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Ballou, 6. Thomas, 7. Prock, 8. VanGilder. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Farney, 4. Mattox, 5. Goodnight, 6. Chapple, 7. McGhee, 8. C. Short. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bacon, 3. Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Grant, 6. Simon, 7. Swanson, 8. DiMattia. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Andretti, 3. C. Short, 4. Simon, 5. Thomas, 6. McGhee, 7. Prock, 8. Swanson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Schmidt, 12. VanGilder, 13. Morin, 14. Chapple, 15. Grant, 16. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland, Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT ---------------------------- **Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Beauchamp flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

TRACK: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, Indiana) - ¼-mile, high-banked dirt oval

EVENT: "Spring Showdown" featuring USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series) and Modifieds

STARTING TIMES: Qualifying starts at 6:30 PM with racing to start at 7:30 PM (CST)

TICKETS: Adults $25, Students (Age 13-18) $20, Children 12 & Under Free

TRACK ADDRESS: 10149 U.S. 41, Haubstadt, IN 47639

TRACK PHONE: (812) 768-5995

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.tristatespeedway.com/index.php

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2016 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (341) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA) 2. (325) Chase Stockon (Haubstadt, IN) 3. (306) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 4. (300) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN) 5. (300) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN) 6. (296) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA) 7. (287) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN) 8. (273) Justin Grant (Ione, CA) 9. (272) Max McGhee (Camby, IN) 10. (243) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2016 - Williamston, South Carolina - Anderson Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.411; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.510; 3. Scott Hunter, 14, Brown/Noffsinger-15.541; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.549; 5. Jake Nelke, 00, Nelke-15.608; 6. Jessica Bean, 6, Radical-15.639; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.788; 8. Eric Lewis, 21, Leydig-15.824; 9. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.885; 10. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-15.954; 11. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.182.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Jake Nelke, 2. Andrew Layser, 3. Soctt Hunter, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Nolan Allison, 8. Famous Rhodes II, 9. George Kurtz, 10. Eric Lewis, 11. Jagger Parker. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Lamb, Laps 23-35 Nelke.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-73, 2-Nelke-72, 3-Hunter-68, 4-Lamb-64, 5-Hatfield-63, 6-Bean-56, 7-Allison-52, 8-Rhodes-49, 9-Kurtz-46, 10-Lewis-43.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: April 16 - Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 15, 2016 - Bloomington, Indiana - Bloomington Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-10.842; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-10.863; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-10.924; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-10.951; 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2, Motsinger-10.963; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-11.065; 7. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-11.076; 8. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-11.152; 9. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-11.162; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-11.223; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-11.241; 12. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-11.246; 13. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-11.291; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-11.324; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.428; 16. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-11.435; 17. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-11.436; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.441; 19. Jeff Bland Jr., 38, Bland-11.464; 20. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-11.484; 21. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-11.508; 22. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-11.539; 23. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-11.592; 24. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-11.621; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-11.648; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-11.695; 27. Austin Prock, 77, Wingo-11.857; 28. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-11.878; 29. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-11.895; 30. Kent Schmidt, 5k, Schmidt-11.979; 31. Shelby VanGilder, 22v, VanGilder-12.409; 32. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-12.678; 33. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-NT; 34. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-NT; 35. Ethan Barrow, 15, Barrow-NT. SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Leary, 4. B.Short, 5. Andretti, 6. Morin, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Schmidt. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Bland, 3. Stockon, 4. Cummins, 5. Ballou, 6. Thomas, 7. B.Prock, 8. VanGilder. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Farney, 4. Mattox, 5. Goodnight, 6. Chapple, 7. McGhee, 8. C.Short. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Bacon, 3. Cottle, 4. Darland, 5. Grant, 6. Simon, 7. Swanson, 8. DiMattia. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. Andretti, 3. C.Short, 4. Simon, 5. Thomas, 6. McGhee, 7. Prock, 8. Swanson, 9. Goodnight, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Schmidt, 12. VanGilder, 13. Morin, 14. Chapple, 15. Grant, 16. DiMattia,. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Brady Short, 10. Max McGhee, 11. Carson Short, 12. Kody Swanson, 13. Shane Cottle, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. Justin Grant, 16. Jon Stanbrough, 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 18. Kyle Cummins, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Landon Simon, 22. Brandon Mattox, 23. Jeff Bland Jr., 24. Brent Beauchamp. NT ---------------------------- **Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Beauchamp flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Boespflug, Laps 3-18 Bacon, Laps 19-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-341, 2-Stockon-325, 3-Bacon-306, 4-Darland-300, 5-Cummins-300, 6-Ballou-296, 7-Clauson-287, 8-Grant-273, 9-McGhee-272, 10-Leary-243.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 16 - Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway - "Sprint Showdown" - co-sanctioned by MSCS

 

 

NEW USAC/CRA DRIVER-TEAM COMBINATION DEBUTS THIS SATURDAY AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 12, 2016... When the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, April 16th, a new partnership will make their debut. The Moose Racing #92 Team has announced that 5-Time Champion Mike Spencer will pilot a second car alongside Jake Swanson. The Tom and Laurie Sertich owned team hope to run both cars for the entire season and are looking for additional sponsorship to make this a reality.

Since earning the Non-Wing World Championship Rookie of the Year honors in 2001, Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) has been building a resume worthy of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame consideration. Driving for Ron Chaffin Motorsports, Spencer won five consecutive USAC/CRA titles from 2008 to 2012. As this writing goes to press, Mike ranks second in series history with 63 Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards and 37 main event wins to his credit. On November 3, 2012, the second generation driver scored his greatest victory- the prestigious Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition, Spencer has recorded two USAC West Coast victories, including the inaugural 360 Oval Nationals at Perris in 2013 racing for Mark Priestley.

In a recent interview with Scott Daloisio on the Perris Auto Speedway Podcast (www.perrisautospeedway.com/podcasts.html), Mike explained that following the passing of car owner Ron Chaffin, the family has decided to suspend operations of the #50 team. For the first time in his career, this left Spencer without a ride and the opportunity with Moose Racing became available.

The Huntington Beach, California based Moose Racing Team has competed on the West Coast Sprint Car scene since the mid-1990s. Drivers such as Glenn Carson, Casey Shuman, Tony Jones, Rusty McClure, Dave Darland, Danny Sheridan, Greg Bragg, David Cardey, and more have raced the popular #92 sprint car. Last season, Jake Swanson ran fourth in USAC/CRA points on the strength of four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eight top-5 finishes, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led. In 2014, Jake earned Most Improved Driver honors with USAC/CRA and on June 19th, the team won their USAC West Coast & VRA 360 Sprint Car debut at Ventura Raceway.

To join the efforts of the Moose Racing Team, visit their website at www.sprintcars.com or on Facebook at Mooseracing92.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Saturday, April 16th, at Perris Auto Speedway for the “So-Cal Showdown.” The event will mark the third time in history that the USAC/CRA 410s will race on the same card with the famed World of Outlaw Sprints. The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will join the action on the “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. For advance ticket information, visit woosprint.com. For more information on Perris Auto Speedway, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, surfnsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-82, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-75, 3. Brody Roa-70, 4. Josh Hodges-68, -. Mike Spencer-68, 6. Jake Swanson-63, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-58, 8. R.J. Johnson-54, 9. Cody Williams-50, 10. Parker Colston-48, 11. Max Adams-45, --. A.J. Bender-45, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-38, 14. Austin Williams-37, 15. Logan Williams-36, 16. Jeremy Ellertson-34, 17. Tommy Malcolm-33, 18. Chris Gansen-32, --. Trent Williams-32, 20. Matt Rossi-30.

 


 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 9, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "4th Annual Spring Fling"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mike Martin, 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Stevie Sussex, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Josh Pelkey, 9. Tye Mihocko, 10. Tom Ogle, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Matt Rossi, 16. Kyle Shipley, 17. Michael Curtis, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Nick Aiuto, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Asa Kesterson. NT
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**Lundy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Martin, Laps 17-30 Johnson

HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Sussex-226, 2-Johnson-216, 3-Davis-195, 4-Martin-159, 5-Pelkey-153, 6-Aiuto-140, 7-Rossi-134, 8-St. James-128, 9-Mihocko-125, 10-Ogle-115.

NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: April 23 - Yuma, AZ - Cocopah Speedway

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT TULARE THUNDERBOWL
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their first of two appearances at Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the second point race will also feature the USAC West Coast Sprints, Western RaceSaver Sprints, and the Legends of Kearney Bowl Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone
Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135
Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

Since September 7, 1988, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted seven USAC Western States Midget races. P.J. Jones claimed the series debut as Michael Faccinto and Brady Bacon won last year’s events, joining Robby Flock, Sleepy Tripp, Tracy Hines, and Trey Marcham as Tulare victors. Heading into Saturday’s event, Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010.

After winning the Placerville season opener on March 26th, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the point standings. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and passed Shane Golobic on lap twelve before claiming his fourteenth career victory. The 3-time champion will be looking to continue his championship by adding Tulare to his win list.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, California) is currently second in the championship points. Piloting Doug Bock’s #26 Hubbard Motorsports / Factory Kahne Shocks Spike, Golobic took the lead from Sean Dodenhoff on the third lap and had to settle for second at the checkered flags. The versatile driver splits his schedule with winged sprint cars and it is unknown if he will be in action at Tulare.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) ranks third in the Western Midget point chase. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson ran third in the Placerville season opener. This Saturday, the 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC victory.

Sean Dodenhoff (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the point standings. Driving his #9D Lightning Medical Pro / Torco Oil Spike, Dodenhoff led the first two laps at Placerville before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. Sean will have his sights on scoring his first USAC win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F Spike, Faccinto scored fifth at the Placerville checkered flags. Michael has two career USAC Western Midget victories to his credit and will be looking for another Tulare trophy to add to his collection.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Britton Bock, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Tyler Dolacki, Brian Gard, Matt Streeter, Cory Elliott, Courtney Crone, Robert Dalby, Nate Waite, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the series available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1982*-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Ronnie Gardner

TULARE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS:
1-Brady Bacon, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-P.J. Jones, 1-Trey Marcham, 1-Sleepy Tripp.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-78, 2. Shane Golobic-74, 3. Cody Swanson-69, 4. Sean Dodenhoff-67, 5. Michael Faccinto-63, 6. Randi Pankratz-61, 7. Brady Bacon-60, 8. Britton Bock-54, 9. Taylor Simas-49, 10. Frankie Guerrini-46, 11. Terry Nichols-43, 12. Tyler Dolacki-42, 13. Brian Gard-41, 14. Matt Streeter-39, ---. Maria Cofer-39, 16. Bryan Clauson-38, 17. Cory Elliott-36, 18. Danny Carroll-31, 19. Courtney Crone-30, 20. Robert Dalby-27

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS INVADE QUEEN CREEK FOR “SPRING FLING”
By Lance Jennings

APRIL 6, 2016... This Saturday, April 9th, the cars and stars of the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their first of eight appearances at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. Located within ET Motopark, the “5th Annual Spring Fling” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bomber Stocks, and more. The Front Gates will open at 5:15pm and Racing at the popular 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, seventeen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at the Queen Creek facility. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with ten wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). Last season, Johnson won his second straight “Spring Fling” and Martin scored the popular victory in 2013. Davis won the inaugural event sanctioned by the ASCS Canyon Region in 2012.

After winning the March 26th “Easter Eggstravaganza” at Canyon Speedway Park, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) has taken over the point lead. Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex has also posted one heat race victory, one hard charger award, three top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led to his credit. The young driver will be looking for his sixth victory and add a Queen Creek trophy to his collection.

3-Time Champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) has climbed to second in the championship points. Piloting Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson charged from sixth to finish third at Canyon Speedway Park. Heading to Queen Creek, R.J. has earned three top-qualifier awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 20 feature laps led on the year. Johnson will have his sights on his third “Spring Fling” triumph and his thirty-third SouthWest win.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) sits third in the point standings. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis rebounded to finish seventh on March 26th after a late race caution. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one top-qualifier award, five heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led on the season. “Chargin” Charles will be looking to earn his fourteenth SouthWest victory and continue his championship bid.

Nick Aiuto (Camp Verde, Arizona) is currently ranked fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #27 David Dick Attorney at Law / Ellis Race Cars entry, Aiuto raced to sixth at Canyon Speedway Park after starting ninth. Heading to Arizona Speedway, the veteran driver has one heat race victory and one top-10 finish on the year. This Saturday, Nick will have his sights on his first career series win at Queen Creek.

After earning Canyon’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth, Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) has risen to fifth in the point standings. Piloting Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts machine, Pelkey has one top-10 finish in the campaign. The 1997 ASCA Champion will be looking to claim the checkered flags at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Rossi, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, Tom Ogle, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Brian Hosford, Chris Bonneau, Andy Reinbold, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47346 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11-7) are $5, and Children (6 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

SPRING FLING WINNERS:
2012-Charles Davis Jr., 2013-Mike Martin, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-Stevie Sussex.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
10-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-159, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-121, 4. Nick Aiuto-104, 5. Josh Pelkey-102, 6. Matt Rossi-95, 7. Mike Martin-86, 8. Bryan Clauson-79, 9. Tye Mihocko-74, 10. Dennis Gile-74, 11. Brody Roa-72, 12. Brady Bacon-69, 13. Josh Hodges-68, 14. Tom Ogle-65, 15. Dave Darland-63, 16. Bruce St. James-57, 17. Trey Marcham-54, 18. Brian Hosford-49, 19. D.J. Johnson-48, 20. Chris Bonneau-47.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
April 9: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Spring Fling)
April 23: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway – Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway – Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park – Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #Western Tech Speedway Park – El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway – Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway – Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway – Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WEATHER FORCES KOKOMO MIDGET CANCELLATIONS

This weekend's "Kokomo Grand Prix" for USAC's National Midget Championship races at the Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway have been cancelled due to inclement weather. There is no re-schedule of this event planned.

"We are disappointed that the weather has intervened, producing conditions not conducive for racing for race fans or participants," said race organizer Reece O'Connor. "We want this event to offer everyone a pleasant atmosphere of fun and these weather forecasts will not permit that."

Kokomo Speedway is among USAC's most active venues and will, host "Indiana Midget Week" June 5, "Indiana Sprint Week" July 9 and the "Sprint Car Smackdown" August 24-27, plus a USAC Indiana Midget Championship race October 14.

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS WITH EIGHT RACE, FIVE VENUE SCHEDULE FOR 2016

The USAC Indiana Midget Championship is set to hit the track with an eight-race schedule at five different venues throughout the Hoosier state during the 2016 season.

The series kicks off Friday, May 13, alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series for the first of four dates at northern Indiana's 3/8th-mile clay oval Plymouth Speedway. The ensuing scheduled races at Plymouth are part of the inaugural "Hump Day Summer Series," which takes place on three Wednesday nights throughout the summer on June 29, July 20 and August 31.

The next stop on the calendar includes a trip to Boswell, Indiana's Daugherty Speedway on Saturday night, September 10. Daugherty, formerly known as Kamp Motor Speedway and Henry's Speedway, which has been the home of six USAC National Midget events between 1969 and 2007, hosts the midgets after a nine-year absence.

Additional dates on the slate for the 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Championship have the series at Montpelier Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 17, Gas City I-69 Speedway's "Open Wheel Fall Fest" on Friday, September 30 and the "Kokomo Klash" on Friday, October 14.

Utilizing the rules model for events like the "Kokomo Klash" and series such as the Montpelier Motor Speedway Midget division that has accommodated midget teams over the last several years, the USAC Indiana Midget Championship will have a point fund that guarantees $1,000 to the champion.

The announcement of the series is a revival of the USAC Regional Midget division in the Midwest which last ran on the dirt in 2011 and the first all-dirt Regional USAC Midget division based in the Midwest since 2001.

"The formation of the USAC Indiana Midget Championship adds venues in Indiana to create a schedule that allows local teams to aim for a championship with limited travel," USAC Racing Director Levi Jones said. "We are committed to growing the local midget racing scene and hopeful that it leads to even bigger and better things in the years to come."

Though none of the eight series events will require a USAC entry fee, eligibility for the point fund will require a USAC National or Speed2 Midget driver's license.

The use of a Hoosier SP2, 3 or 4 right rear tire and a D122 or harder compound on the left rear is mandated.

Stay tuned for details on individual race formats and purses will be available soon.

For any questions or additional information, please contact Levi Jones at levi@usacracing.com.

2016 USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
May 13: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Jun 29: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Jul 20: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Aug 31: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Sep 10: Daugherty Speedway - Boswell, Indiana
Sep 17: Montpelier Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana
Sep 30: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Oct 14: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

LEARY BREAKS THROUGH, WINS FIRST USAC NATIONAL RACE IN TERRE HAUTE'S SUMAR CLASSIC

They say good things come to those who wait. Those words never rang more true than in Sunday's "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track as C.J. Leary's turn finally came, breaking through for his long-awaited first career USAC National feature victory in the 2016 Silver Crown season opener, joining his father Chuck, who won the 1997 "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, to become the first father-son duo to win races in the 46-year history of the Silver Crown Series.

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind., the Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" just one season ago, took the lead from Justin Grant on lap 94 and reversed his fortunes from last year's "Sumar Classic" second place finish to take the victory in his Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction-AMSOIL-sponsored DRC/Claxton Toyota.

The 100-lapper in the afternoon sunshine harkened back to yesteryear when the Terre Haute Action Track regularly hosted daytime events, creating a challenge for each of the teams from the get-go. Within the first 10 laps, turn two took rubber and became a treacherous test as the drivers had little room for error between the paper-thin cushion and the Action Track's infamous red, white and blue cement.

Leary, who started outside the front row, continuously made runs at ProSource fast qualifier and race pole sitter Grant for the lead, but was never able to pull ahead, having to settle for the second spot throughout the middle portion of the race. On lap 55, Grant tagged the wall with the right rear in turn two, briefly disrupting his rhythm and momentum, but Leary was unable to close the gap, hitting the wall in the same spot as Grant moments later, with both continuing without damage.

Grant's pace was electric as he lapped everyone but the first eight positions by the 68th lap. By lap 74, Brady Bacon had found the rubber, closing in on Leary for second, now putting Grant, Leary and Bacon one-two-three with one quarter of the race remaining.

Leary closed on Grant once again after Grant bounced his right rear off the turn two wall, but Leary was unable to shrink the advantage, getting pinned behind the lapped car of Neil Shepherd on the bottom, allowing Bacon to run down Leary a few laps later and clear him for the second position with just 21 laps to go.

Just when Bacon appeared to be Grant's top challenger for the lead, Leary returned the favor, beating Bacon to the bottom in the first turn to regain second. With Grant able to ward off every single challenge that was thrown at him, a lap 89 caution for the stopped car of Austin Nemire reset the field.

The car of Robert Ballou was the only lapped machine separating Grant in first and Leary, second. Leary quickly disposed of Ballou and made his charge at Grant and, with just seven laps to go, Leary used a run off the bottom of turn four to jet past Grant for the lead and pull away from the field, winning by a 0.424 second margin over Grant, 2015 Silver Crown champ Kody Swanson, Bacon, Chris Windom, Shane Cottle, defending "Sumar Classic" winner Shane Cockrum, Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland.

One night after his runner-up finish in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, Leary was beaming with confidence and was finally able to claim the victory that had eluded him after six career runner-up finishes in USAC National competition.

C.J. Leary on his way to victory during Sunday's "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. (David Nearpass Photo)

"I never thought my first USAC win would come in the (Silver) Crown car," Leary said. "It kind of feels surreal. The track was rough with it taking rubber, so we had to be a little patient there. That yellow (on lap 89) helped a lot because they had been telling me that Bacon was down there (on the bottom of the track) and that it finally took rubber, so I moved all the way down on that restart and got around Justin (Grant)."

Though somewhat disappointed by his second place finish after running up front for the majority of the 100 lap race, by virtue of his fast qualifying time and leading the most laps (93), Grant, of Ione, Calif., leads the points after the first round of the 2016 Silver Crown schedule.

"The track was tricky just because it was super slick and there wasn't really a lot to hold onto up top," Grant said. "But I felt like we were good up there. I just hated to see that yellow at the end because I felt like we could've finished the deal, but it's a good start to our season and hopefully we can keep building on this. We'll get one soon."

Former "Sumar Classic" winner Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. had a quiet, but strong third place run as he seeks to become the first driver to win three consecutive USAC Silver Crown titles.

"I'm just so thankful to drive for DePalma Motorsports," Swanson beamed. "These guys work so hard for me and deserve to win every race and I hate that I couldn't get this one for them. But we'll take third; it's a solid run to start the season and we'll just go out and try to win the next one."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 3, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Sumar Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-21.691; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-21.806; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-22.021; 4. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-22.066; 5. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-22.222; 6. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-22.225; 7. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-22.819; 8. Dave Darland, 17, Dutcher-22.836; 9. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-22.843; 10. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-22.956; 11. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 27, Phillips-23.025; 12. Terry Babb, 00, Babb-23.226; 13. Robert Ballou, 14, McQuinn-23.259; 14. Bryan Clauson, 6, Klatt-23.544; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-23.839; 16. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-23.914; 17. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-24.011; 18. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-24.610; 19. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-25.039; 20. Neil Shepherd, 7, Shepherd-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Kody Swanson, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Shane Cockrum, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Robert Ballou, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. David Byrne, 14. Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., 15. Neil Shepherd, 16. Terry James, 17. Austin Nemire, 18. Terry Babb, 19. Steve Buckwalter, 20. J.C. Bland. NT ------------------------------ KSE/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-93 Grant, Laps 94-100 Leary.

 

 

DARLAND DOES IT AGAIN AT LAWRENCEBURG FOR USAC SPRINT WIN #58

In what became a contest of survival of the fittest, Dave Darland was the last man standing, making his tires last to the finish to extend his all-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship career victory tally to 58 in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. With the win, Darland continued his incredible streak of winning at least one USAC National feature in each year to 24 consecutive seasons!

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., started 10th and picked his way to the front one-by-one, conserving his right-rear tire as several of the frontrunners fell by the wayside in the latter half of the feature. Justin Grant was the first one to fall victim to tire wear while running in the third spot on lap 19, bringing out the yellow, and moving Darland to third behind Robert Ballou and Thomas Meseraull.

Defending USAC National Sprint car champ Ballou and USAC's most recent feature winner at Lawrenceburg, Meseraull, battled for the top spot throughout the middle portion of the race as the field began to gravitate toward the bottom of the track to the rubber. Though Meseraull threw everything he could at Ballou, he was unable to wrestle away the position.

With just 10 to go, Meseraull's right rear tire began to soften as Shane Cottle and Jerry Coons, Jr. tangled in turn two, bringing out the yellow flag. With right rear tire degradation imminent on Meseraull's machine, all he could do was hold on, but a yellow for fifth-running Chad Boespflug, who lost a right rear tire with eight laps to go, brought a stoppage to the action once again.

On the restart, the right rear tires of leader Ballou and second-place Meseraull began to show their cords. Meseraull's was the first to give way on a lap 22 restart while Ballou's only lasted two more laps until the 24th lap. Darland took over the lead and, with his tires appearing to show limited wear, seemingly took control of the event.

Late-race challenger Brady Bacon stood second when action resumed, but he quickly became the next victim, wearing out a right rear on lap 25.

After Aaron Farney's tire gave way with three to go and a Landon Simon spin in turn three, due to the number of yellow flags and the total laps run under green and yellow conditions during the feature, the decision was made by race control to throw the red flag so that teams could stop for a splash of fuel for the final dash to the finish.

The final restart saw C.J. Leary lined up behind Darland for the final three-lap sprint, but a strong restart by Darland erased all doubt, providing him with an insurmountable lead in the final laps as he wheeled his Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In-Storage - Hoosier Tire-sponsored Maxim/Claxton as straight as an arrow on the bottom of the racetrack on his way to his first victory of the season over Leary, Scotty Weir, Chase Stockon, Max McGhee, KSE Hard Charger Dallas Hewitt, new series point leader Meseraull, Ballou, Grant and Farney.

Darland earned his first USAC win in the seat of a Jeff Walker-owned car since October of 2012 at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona while Walker's number 11 found USAC victory lane for the first time since Chris Windom's triumph in 2013 "4-Crown Nationals" at the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Darland, who dedicated his victory to longtime friend and sponsor Steve Stroud, who passed away in February of this year, netted his seventh career USAC National Sprint win at Lawrenceburg Speedway, two more than any other driver. Darland knew early on that tire conservation was going to be the key to putting his car in victory lane at night's end.

"I knew from the beginning that it was going to be tough to save tires, but I knew everybody else was in the same boat, so we just had to make the best of it," Darland said. "We were fast, but had to save our stuff and I'm glad we could hold on and get it done."

Leary's maiden voyage in the Michael Dutcher Racing number 17GP went about as smoothly as he could hope for, recording ProSource qualifying time to begin the night and finishing a strong second place at the checkered flag for the second consecutive year in the April Lawrenceburg show.

"I was running up top at the start because I didn't even really know how much rubber was down on the bottom," Leary admitted. "But once I moved down, it was just a matter of riding and trying to save your stuff. I hate to run second again, but it was a good first night in Mike's (Dutcher) stuff, so I'm pretty happy."

Weir's run to third in the Todd Keen machine was his best result since April of 2014 when he scored a third at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway.

"I watched the B-Main and knew it was going to lay rubber, so I had the mindset from the beginning that I was just going to ride and try to outlast everybody," Weir said. Thankfully, it sort of played out that way for us and we had a solid run."

Contingency award winners include C.J. Leary (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products First Heat), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat), Jarett Andretti (Benic Enterprises Third Heat), Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat) and Dallas Hewitt (KSE Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: April 2, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.861; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.996; 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.027; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.224; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.304; 6. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.317; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.339; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.350; 9. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.433; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.455; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.570; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.602; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.618; 14. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.817; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.848; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-14.878; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.883; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.050; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.073; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-15.140; 21. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.153; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.197; 23. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.211; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-15.222; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.234; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, 4J Motorsports-15.278; 27. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.304; 28. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-15.316; 29. Cole Ketcham, 41K, Ketcham-15.387; 30. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.475; 31. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.517; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.521; 33. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.565; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-15.774; 35. Kent Wolters, 71wp, Wolters-16.310; 36. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.883.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Bacon, 4. Weir, 5. Windom, 6. Farney, 7. Jarrett, 8. Robbins, 9. Ketcham. 2:06.75

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Simon, 8. Chapple, 9. Gentry. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. Coons, 5. Moffatt, 6. Abrams, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Wolters, 9. Swanson. 2:07.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Cummins, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mattox, 6. Thomas, 7. Goodnight, 8. VanHise, 9. McGhee. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Thomas, 3. Farney, 4. Short, 5. Moffatt, 6. Ketcham, 7. Robbins, 8. Shuman, 9. Simon, 10. Goodnight, 11. Abrams, 12. Chapple, 13. VanHise, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Swanson, 16. Mattox, 17. Jarrett, 18. Wolters, 19. Windom. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT ---------------------------- **Wolters and Jarrett flipped at the start of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Westerfeld, Laps 4-24 Ballou, Laps 25-30 Darland.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-269, 2-Cummins-268, 3-Stockon-253, 4-Darland-240, 5-Grant-240, 6-Ballou-233, 7-Bacon-229, 8-McGhee-228, 9-Bryan Clauson-209, 10-Leary-208.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.553; 2. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.585; 3. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-15.627; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.656; 5. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.767; 6. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-15.802; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.847; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.871; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd- 15.899; 10. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-15.913; 11. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-16.186; 12. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.188; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.190; 14. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.528; 15. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-16.543; 16. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.567; 17. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.576; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.375; 19. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Roa, 3. Guardino, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. Adams, 6. Smith. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Johnson, 3. Marcham, 4. Sibley, 5. Barnes. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kirkbride, 2. Ballard, 3. J.Vander Weeerd, 4. Timmons, 5. McQueen, 6. Rutherford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Trey Marcham, 4. D.J. Johnson, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Max Adams, 7. Ryan Timmons, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Cody Majors, 11. Austin Liggett, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Troy Rutherford, 15. Danny Faria Jr., 16. Corey Ballard, 17. Brody Roa, 18. Kevin Barnes, 19. Steve Hix. NT

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**McQueen flipped during third heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-24 J.Vander Weerd, Lap 25 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 26-28 J. Vander Weerd, Laps 29-30 R.Vander Weerd.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Smith (16th to 5th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: April 9 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Short Track Speedweeks"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.554; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.719; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.939; 4. Austin Mero, 00, Jessop-15.631; 5. Antonia Boscacci, 44b, Love-15.247; 6. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.321; 7. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.329; 8. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.924. RESTRICTED QUALIFYING: 1. Antonia Boscacci, 44b, Love-15.247; 2. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.321; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.924. FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. Lesser, 4. Boscacci. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A.Breidinger, 2. Mero, 3. Brannon, 4. Lemke. NT

RESTRICTED FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Blake Brannon, 2. Antonia Boscacci, 3. Adam Lemke. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Austin Mero, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Ethan Lesser, 7. Antonia Boscacci, 8. Adam Lemke. NT -----------------------------

RESTRICTED FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brannon. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Love, Laps 27-30 T.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-84, 2-Love-78, 3-A.Breidinger-77, 4-Mero-71, 5-Brannon-65, 6-Lesser-61, 7-Boscacci-59, 8-Lemke-54. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-84, 2-Love-78, 3-A.Breidinger-77, 4-Mero-71, 5-Brannon-65, 6-Lesser-61, 7-Boscacci-59, 8-Lemke-54. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD RESTRICTED MIDGET POINTS: 1-Brannon-75, 2-Boscacci-73, 3-Lemke-68.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 16 - Lemoore (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

April 2, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 17GP, Dutcher-13.861; 2. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-13.996; 3. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.027; 4. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.224; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.304; 6. Shawn Westerfeld, 89, Westerfeld-14.317; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.339; 8. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.350; 9. Scotty Weir, 18w, Keen-14.433; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/Eberhardt/Zirzow-14.455; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-14.570; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.602; 13. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.618; 14. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.817; 15. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-14.848; 16. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2E, Epperson-14.878; 17. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.883; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.050; 19. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-15.073; 20. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-15.140; 21. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-15.153; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.197; 23. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-15.211; 24. Dallas Hewitt, 16, Hewitt-15.222; 25. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.234; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-15.278; 27. Garrett Abrams, 32a, Abrams-15.304; 28. Brandon Mattox, 04, Burton-15.316; 29. Cole Ketcham, 41k, Ketcham-15.387; 30. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.475; 31. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.517; 32. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-15.521; 33. Logan Jarrett, 29, Jarrett-15.565; 34. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-15.774; 35. Kent Wolters, 71wp, Wolters-16.310; 36. Riley VanHise, 96, VanHise-16.883.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Bacon, 4. Weir, 5. Windom, 6. Farney, 7. Jarrett, 8. Robbins, 9. Ketcham. 2:06.75

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Westerfeld, 4. Grant, 5. Short, 6. Shuman, 7. Simon, 8. Chapple, 9. Gentry. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andretti, 2. Darland, 3. Ballou, 4. Coons, 5. Moffatt, 6. Abrams, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Wolters, 9. Swanson. 2:07.35

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Cottle, 3. Cummins, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mattox, 6. Thomas, 7. Goodnight, 8. VanHise, 9. McGhee. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Thomas, 3. Farney, 4. Short, 5. Moffatt, 6. Ketcham, 7. Robbins, 8. Shuman, 9. Simon, 10. Goodnight, 11. Abrams, 12. Chapple, 13. VanHise, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Swanson, 16. Mattox, 17. Jarrett, 18. Wolters, 19. Windom. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Max McGhee, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Justin Grant, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Jerry Coons Jr., 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Jarett Andretti, 14. Kyle Cummins, 15. Kevin Thomas Jr., 16. Landon Simon, 17. Carson Short, 18. Cole Ketcham, 19. Shawn Westerfeld, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Shane Cottle, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Joss Moffatt. NT
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**Wolters and Jarrett flipped at the start of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Westerfeld, Laps 4-24 Ballou, Laps 25-30 Darland.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Meseraull-269, 2-Cummins-268, 3-Stockon-253, 4-Darland-240, 5-Grant-240, 6-Ballou-233, 7-Bacon-229, 8-McGhee-228, 9-Bryan Clauson-209, 10-Leary-208.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 15 - Bloomington (IN) Speedway

 

 

IRMA'S "NIGHT AT THE STUTZ" TO FEATURE INDY/USAC STARS PAST AND PRESENT AND HISTORIC STUTZ CAR COLLECTION

Auto racing stars past and present are expected to be on hand alongside an extensive display of Stutz vehicles for the Indiana Racing Memorial Association's "Night at the Stutz" Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 at the Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis.

Building owner Turner Woodard regularly rotates the automobiles from his extensive collection, including race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including a replica of 1926 Indy 500 winner Frank Lockhart's Daytona Beach land speed record car.

Among the drivers committed to attend the event are several current and former auto racing stars from IndyCar and USAC. They include:

** Bryan Clauson: 4-time USAC National Champion and two-time Indy 500 veteran ** Tom Bigelow: 2-time USAC National Champion and nine-time Indy 500 veteran ** Levi Jones: 7-time USAC National Champion ** Johnny Parsons: 12-time Indy 500 veteran ** Jerry Coons, Jr.: 4-time USAC National Champion ** Jerry Sneva: 5-time Indy 500 veteran ** Spike Gehlhausen: 5-time Indy 500 veteran ** Eldon Rasmussen: 3-time Indy 500 veteran

AND MORE!!

You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) Fundraiser, an evening at the historical Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis. The event will include an IRMA Marker dedication honoring Stutz at 6:00pm followed by the fundraiser at approximately 6:30pm.

** Admission to the event will provide access to the exclusive Stutz Car Room, housing the stunning car collection of Turner Woodard that will include a replica of Frank Lockhart's 1928 Land Speed Record car and other historic Stutz automobiles.

The Indiana Racing Memorial Association, Inc. (IRMA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize the historically significant individuals, events, businesses and race tracks that have made Indiana "The Racing Capital of the World."

IRMA believes that the rich heritage of racing in the state of Indiana deserves greater awareness, engagement and recognition. To this end, IRMA is proposing that racing-themed historical markers be developed, officially designated and erected by its organization at appropriate locations throughout the state.

ALSO PROVIDED AT THE EVENT: ** A New Orleans style dinner and dessert, compliments of Yats.

** Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

** The opportunity to mingle and socialize with Indianapolis 500 drivers of the past and present, and with many USAC champions.

** Auctions and drawings for specialty items and cash prizes, including autographed helmets and a "Kiss the Bricks" tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dress is business casual. Ticket price is $45.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT CAN BE PURCHASED AT: --Three Sisters and a Trunk located at 1434 Main Street, Speedway, Indiana

--By check to Bob Gates at 2181 Dockside Dr. Greenwood, IN 46143 or by emailing him at rgates1@msn.com.

--Online with credit card, debit card or via Paypal at: www.indianaracing.org

Donations are appreciated if you cannot make the event.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Location: Stutz Business and Arts Center On the corner of 11th and Capital Ave. at 1060 North Capital Avenue C200, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S ACTION AT HANFORD

By Lance Jennings

MARCH 29, 2016... This Saturday, April 2nd, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their first of three appearances at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds. Promoted by Ron Vander Weerd and Bubby Morse, the Hanford, California oval will also showcase the Western RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, and IMCA Stock Cars. The pit gates will open at 3:00pm, the front gates open at 5:00pm, and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Hanford will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Since March 14, 2009, the Kings County Fairgrounds has hosted forty-one West Coast Sprint Car events. Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd lead all drivers with seven victories and veteran Peter Murphy set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.290 on March 13, 2010. Last season, Bernal, Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and Jace Vander Weerd celebrated main event wins at Hanford. A complete series win list at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) sits atop the USAC West Coast point standings. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa ran fourth at Bakersfield Speedway on March 19th. To date, Brody has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three top-10 finishes, and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion has one series triumph and will be looking to add a Hanford victory to his resume.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson had a solid run at Bakersfield with a third place finish. At press time, D.J. has one feature win, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, three top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his second career West Coast win.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has risen to third in the point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace earned the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Troy Rutherford at Bakersfield. To date, the 2010 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one Keizer Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, two top-10 finishes, and one feature lap led on the season. Vander Weerd will be looking for his seventh career West Coast triumph this Saturday night.

After winning at Bakersfield, Troy Rutherford (Ojai, California) has climbed to fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #11 AAA Propane Service / Trench Shoring Spike, Rutherford has one heat race victory, two top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led to his credit. The 1997 SCRA Rookie of the Year earned one of his three West Coast triumphs at Hanford and will be a threat to win the 30-lap feature.

Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is currently ranked fifth in the championship points. Driving Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham scored fifth at Bakersfield after starting ninth. Heading to Hanford, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday, Trey will have his sights on his first win at the Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

Currently fourteenth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) and Johnny White (Bakersfield, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., “G-Man” Geoffrey Strole, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Shannon McQueen, and more.

Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California. Adult tickets are $15, Student and Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (5 and Under) are FREE. Camping is available on the fairgrounds and for more event information, visit www.racekingsspeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages.

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

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson, 1-Troy Rutherford.

HANFORD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS: 7-Ryan Bernal, 7-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Danny Faria Jr., 4-Bud Kaeding, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Justyne Hamblin, 2-Peter Murphy, 2-T.J. Smith, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Aaron Altaffer, 1-Rusty Carlile, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Terry Schank Jr.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-221, 2. D.J. Johnson-201, 3. Jace Vander Weerd-187, 4. Troy Rutherford-178, 5. Trey Marcham-157, 6. Bryan Clauson-137, 7. Max Adams-126, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-125, 9. Austin Liggett-120, 10. Brady Bacon-119, 11. Tristan Guardino-118, 12. Jeff Sibley-96, 13. Kevin Barnes-85, 14. Ryan Timmons-82, 15. Stevie Sussex-78, 16. Danny Faria Jr.-73, 17. Geoffrey Strole-69, 18. Josh Hodges-68, 19. Dave Darland-63, 20. Landon Hurst-62.

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

STEVIE SUSSEX TRIUMPHS AT CANYON’S “EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 28, 2016... Charging from fifth, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) raced past “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. and held off all challengers to win Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.” For Sussex, the $2,000 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory at Canyon Speedway was noted as one of the most exciting races in track history. Hard charger Josh Pelkey, top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Matt Rossi, and Tom Ogle chased Sussex to the checkered flags.

Making his first start of the year, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James led the first two circuits from the pole position. Looking for his first win, Davis took command from St. James and held the top spot for the next thirteen laps. The five-time state champion’s hopes were dashed as Sussex took the lead for good and recorded the fifth series win of his career.

Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Steve Sussex ran third in his heat race and placed second in the night’s passing points. With the feature victory, Sussex is now tied with Josh Pelkey and Mike Martin for fourth on the SouthWest win list and has taken over the point lead.

Josh Pelkey (Peoria, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from eighth. Piloting Ronnie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / Napa Auto Parts entry, Pelkey scored third in his heat race and seated eighth in the night’s passing points. The 1997 ASCA Champion left his hometown track ranked fifth in the point chase.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) stormed from sixth to finish third in the “Easter Eggstravaganza.” Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body machine, Johnson won the night’s first eight lap heat race and was the program’s top qualifier. For his efforts, the three-time champion has climbed to second in the point standings.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) placed fourth in the Canyon Speedway main event. Racing the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi ran second to Davis in his heat race and ranked fifth in passing points. Heading to Queen Creek on April 9th, the former Western World Champion is sixth in the championship chase.

Tom Ogle (Surprise, Arizona) had a solid night and claimed fifth at the checkered flags after starting seventh. Piloting the family owned #48 RSS Industries / JT Engineering RSS, Ogle was second to Mike Martin in his heat race and placed seventh in passing points. After his first start of the campaign, the veteran driver sits fourteenth in the standings.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second eight lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis took third in passing points and led thirteen laps before Sussex took command. “Chargin” Charles rebounded to finish seventh after a late race caution and climbed to third in points.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) took the checkered flags in the program’s third eight lap heat race. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin was fourth in passing points and placed ninth in the 30-lap main event. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner has risen to seventh in the point standings.
On Saturday, April 9th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will travel to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona. Located at the ET Motopark, the “Spring Fling” will also showcase Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, and more. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:
March 26, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway - “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Stevie Sussex (5th), 2. Josh Pelkey (8th), 3. R.J. Johnson (6th), 4. Matt Rossi (2nd), 5. Tom Ogle (7th), 6. Nick Aiuto (9th), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (4th), 8. Bruce St. James (1st), 9. Mike Martin (3rd), 10. Chris Bonneau (15th), 11. Andy Reinbold (11th), 12. Tye Mihocko (18th), 13. Dennis Gile (10th), 14. Brian Hosford (16th), 15. Michael Curtis (14th), 16. Matt Lundy (12th), 17. Tanner Grau (17th), 18. Dustin Burkhart (20th), 19. Kyle Shipley (13th), 20. Landon Cling (21st). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 St. James, Laps 3-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Sussex.
HARD CHARGER: Josh Pelkey (8th to 2nd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Stevie Sussex-159, 2. R.J. Johnson-134, 3. Charles Davis Jr.-121, 4. Nick Aiuto-104, 5. Josh Pelkey-102, 6. Matt Rossi-95, 7. Mike Martin-86, 8. Bryan Clauson-79, 9. Tye Mihocko-74, 10. Dennis Gile-74, 11. Brody Roa-72, 12. Brady Bacon-69, 13. Josh Hodges-68, 14. Tom Ogle-65, 15. Dave Darland-63, 16. Bruce St. James-57, 17. Trey Marcham-54, 18. Brian Hosford-49, 19. D.J. Johnson-48, 20. Chris Bonneau-47.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 26, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway - “Easter Eggstravaganza”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 6. Kyle Shipley (#99 Shipley), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 2. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Dustin Burkhart (#14AZ Burkhart/White). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Tom Ogle, 6. Nick Aiuto, 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Bruce St. James, 9. Mike Martin, 10. Chris Bonneau, 11. Andy Reinbold, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brian Hosford, 15. Michael Curtis, 16. Matt Lundy, 17. Tanner Grau, 18. Dustin Burkhart, 19. Kyle Shipley, 20. Landon Cling. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 St. James, Laps 3-15 Davis, Laps 16-30 Sussex.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: April 9 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

IRMA'S "NIGHT AT THE STUTZ" TO FEATURE
INDY/USAC STARS PAST AND PRESENT
AND HISTORIC STUTZ CAR COLLECTION

Auto racing stars past and present are expected to be on hand alongside an extensive display of Stutz vehicles for the Indiana Racing Memorial Association's "Night at the Stutz" Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 at the Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis.

Building owner Turner Woodard regularly rotates the automobiles from his extensive collection, including race cars, Indy 500 pace cars, and one-of-a-kind vehicles, including a replica of 1926 Indy 500 winner Frank Lockhart's Daytona Beach land speed record car.

Among the drivers committed to attend the event are several current and former auto racing stars from IndyCar and USAC. They include:

** Bryan Clauson: 4-time USAC National Champion and two-time Indy 500 veteran
** Tom Bigelow: 2-time USAC National Champion and nine-time Indy 500 veteran
** Levi Jones: 7-time USAC National Champion
** Johnny Parsons: 12-time Indy 500 veteran
** Jerry Coons, Jr.: 4-time USAC National Champion
** Jerry Sneva: 5-time Indy 500 veteran

AND MORE!!

You are cordially invited to the 2nd Annual Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) Fundraiser, an evening at the historical Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis. The event will include an IRMA Marker dedication honoring Stutz at 6:00pm followed by the fundraiser at approximately 6:30pm.

** Admission to the event will provide access to the exclusive Stutz Car Room, housing the stunning car collection of Turner Woodard that will include a replica of Frank Lockhart's 1928 Land Speed Record car and other historic Stutz automobiles.

ALSO PROVIDED AT THE EVENT:
** A New Orleans style dinner and dessert, compliments of Yats.

** Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks.

** The opportunity to mingle and socialize with Indianapolis 500 drivers of the past and present, and with many USAC champions.

** Auctions and drawings for specialty items and cash prizes, including autographed helmets and a "Kiss the Bricks" tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dress is business casual. Ticket price is $45.

TICKETS FOR THE EVENT CAN BE PURCHASED AT:
Three Sisters and a Trunk located at 1434 Main Street, Speedway, Indiana
By check to Bob Gates at 2181 Dockside Dr. Greenwood, IN 46143
Online with credit card, debit card or via Paypal at: www.indianaracing.org

Donations are appreciated if you cannot make the event.

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Location: Stutz Business and Arts Center
On the corner of 11th and Capital Ave. at 1060 North Capital Avenue C200, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

 
CANYON HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA
By Lance Jennings
 
MARCH 23, 2016... After a break in the schedule, the popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway this Saturday, March 26th. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the “Easter Eggstravaganza” will also showcase the Western ModLites, Mini Sprints, IMCA Sport Mods, and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The front gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will host an Open Practice from 7pm to 10pm on Friday night. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-five USAC SouthWest Coast Sprint Car races. 3-time champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Arizona) leads all drivers with twelve “home track” victories and thanks to Rajin Race Wear, Saturday’s main event will pay $2,000 to the victor. A complete series win list at Canyon Speedway is at the bottom of this release.
 
After winning the Las Vegas “FVP Sin City Showdown” on March 4th, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) leads the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson surged past Stevie Sussex off the last corner to score the victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is expected to return to the Midwest and will miss Saturday’s action.
 
Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is second in the SouthWest point standings. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex looked to repeat at Las Vegas until Clauson took the checkered flags. Stevie is currently tied with Ryan Bernal for sixth in series wins and will be looking for his fifth victory.
 
Running third in the chase for the championship is Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California). Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa led three laps at Las Vegas before scoring fourth. The 360 Western World Champion currently leads the USAC West Coast points and is not expected to race at Canyon.
 
Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the championship points. Piloting Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon was in the mix for the Las Vegas win before scoring third. The former USAC National Sprint Car Champion might skip Saturday’s “Easter Eggstravaganza.”
 
Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is fifth in the point standings. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges ran fifth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young driver has already won two Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway and is not expected to compete on Saturday.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Nick Aiuto, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Dennis Gile, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Matt Rossi, Shon Deskins, Brian Hosford, and more.
 
Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $16 with $3 discounts available for Seniors, Military, and Students. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $6 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $20 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).
 
For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges.
 
CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS:
12-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 3-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.
 
USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-79, 2. Stevie Sussex-78, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Brady Bacon-69, 5. Josh Hodges-68, 6. Dave Darland-63, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 8. R.J. Johnson-56, 9. Trey Marcham-54, 10. D.J. Johnson-48, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-45, 12. Nick Aiuto-43, 13. Jason Grady-42, --. Colton Slack-42, 15. Troy Rutherford-40, 16. Casey Shuman-39, 17. Tye Mihocko-32, --. Dennis Gile-32, 19. Max Adams-31, 20. Mike Martin-29, --. Josh Pelkey-29, 22. Matt Rossi-25, 23. Austin Liggett-15, 24. Kenny Perkins-10, --. Josh Grady-10, --. Aaron Reutzel-10, --. Shon Deskins-10, --. Dustin Cormany-10, --. Jeff Sibley-10, --. Landon Cling-10, --. Asa Kesterson-10, --. Richard Vander Weerd-10, --. Tristan Guardino-10, --. Bob Strait-10, --. Brian Hosford-10, --. Ryan Timmons-10.
 
2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 9: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
April 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 23, 2016 – Placerville, California – Placerville Speedway – “Placerville Short Track Showdown”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner (#68 Six8), 2. Shane Golobic (#26 Bock), 3. Matt Streeter (#19S Sala), 4. Michael Faccinto (#35F MF), 5. Brian Gard (#88 Arata), 6. Frankie Guerrini (#35S MF), 7. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 8. Tyler Dolacki (#18 Dolacki). NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Danny Carroll (#9E Dodenhoff), 2. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. Britton Bock (#67 Bock), 5. Maria Cofer (#57 Cofer), 6. Courtney Crone (#25 Rodela), 7. Dustin Golobic (#25G Bock). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 2. Bryan Clauson (#25K Rodela), 3. Sean Dodenhoff (#9D Dodenhoff), 4. Cody Swanson (#71S Swanson), 5. Terry Nichols (#1P Nichols), 6. Taylor Simas (#62 Bock), 7. Nate Waite (#35W MF). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Brian Gard, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Elliott, 18. Courtney Crone, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Nate Waite, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic. NT

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**Dolacki flipped during the first heat. Dalby flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Dodenhoff, Laps 3-11 Golobic, Laps 12-30 Gardner.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: April 9 – Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

PLACERVILLE HOSTS 34TH USAC WESTERN MIDGET OPENER ON WEDNESDAY

 By Lance Jennings

MARCH 21, 2016... On Wednesday, March 23rd, the USAC Western States Midgets will open their 34th season at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Showdown” will also feature the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, Time Trials at 6:30pm with Racing to follow. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or calling 530.344.7592.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535

While a fixture on the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA) Midget schedule, Placerville’s quarter-mile oval has hosted two USAC Western Midget events. On October 11, 1996, “The Professor” Jimmy Sills raced to a popular victory at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. When the series returned to Placerville on June 1, 2013, Shane Golobic won the BCRA co-sanctioned event.

After scoring two wins last season, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) earned his third consecutive championship. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Ram-Bull Racing Stewart, Gardner also posted five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes and 45 feature laps led. Currently tied with Jimmy Sills and Tony Stewart, Ronnie will be looking to claim his fourteenth series triumph.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, California) placed second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Lucas Oil / Simpson Race Products Spike, Shannon recorded two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in 2015. Heading to Placerville, the 2012 Champion will have her sights on her second USAC Western Midget victory.

Cody Swanson (Covina, California) finished third in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson had one Semi-Main win, one Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led. The 2012 VRA Midget Champion will be looking for his second career USAC win.

“The Panda Express” Terry Nichols (Delano, California) ran fourth in the point standings. Piloting his #1P Johasee Rebar / Neverlift Motorsports Spike, Nichols finished last year with three heat race victories and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. The 2009 West Coast Sprint Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first series win this Wednesday night.

Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, California) ran fifth in last year’s championship point chase. Racing the family owned #8 HASA Pool Products / Trench Shoring Edmunds, Pankratz had one hard charger award and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. The veteran driver will be looking to earn her first series win at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Michael Faccinto, Brian Gard, Nick Chivello, Scott Pierovich, Tyler Dolacki, Robert Dalby, and more. In addition, NASCAR’s Kyle Larson, former USAC National Champion Bryan Clauson, and race promoter / World of Outlaw driver Brad Sweet will be on hand.

Placerville Speedway is located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California at 100 Placerville Drive. All seating is reserved and tickets are $45. More ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. For more track information, visit the track's website at www.placervillepeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos that feature the series available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

PLACERVILLE USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Shane Golobic, 1-Jimmy Sills.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - "Short Track Speedweeks"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.856; 2. Davey Hamilton, Jr., 75, Breidinger-14.933; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.954; 4. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-15.557; 5. Ethan Lesser, 73, Lesser-15.565; 6. Antonio Bosacci, 44b, Love-15.738.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Hamilton, 2. Love IV, 3. T.Breidinger, 4. Brannon, 5. Bosacci, 6. Lesser. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Davey Hamilton, Jr., 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Ethan Lesser, 5. Blake Brannon, 6. Antonia Bosacci. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 T.Breidinger, Laps 8-30 Hamilton.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hamilton-80, 2-T.Breidinger-77, 3-Love-77, 4-Lesser-66, 5-Brannon-66, 6-Bosacci-60. NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-Hamilton-80, 2-T.Breidinger-77, 3-Love-77, 4-Lesser-66, 5-Brannon-66, 6-Bosacci-60.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: April 2 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

GOLOBIC GLIDES TO FIRST USAC MIDGET VICTORY IN Du QUOIN'S SHAMROCK CLASSIC

#17w Shane Golobic of Fremont, California won Saturday night's "Shamrock Classic" USAC National Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. (Neil Cavanah Photo)

Shane Golobic of Fremont, California wasn't content on just running the bottom as he went to the high side to pass leader Shane Cottle on lap 34 and was able to pull away on a late green-white-checkered to win his first career USAC Midget National Championship feature in Saturday night's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Golobic, driving the Matt Wood Motorsports/Elk Grove Ford - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Esslinger, joined drivers Kevin Besecker, Blake Fitzpatrick, Todd Forbes, Gene Hartley, Steve Lotshaw, Henry Pens, Dick Pole and Terry Wente as the only drivers to win their first career USAC National Midget race in the season opening event.

Golobic started in the fifth spot, while the night's race promoter Bryan Clauson started on the pole with Tony Roney outside. The 50-lapper started out as the race that refused to begin. Three cautions and a red flag were thrown before a single lap was even completed.

When the race finally did begin, Clauson jumped into the lead with Cottle in tow. Clauson, who won his heat and his qualifying race earlier in the night appeared to be the car to beat as he first encountered lapped traffic on the fifth circuit. On the sixth lap, USAC Midget National Championship Rookie Holly Shelton pirouetted off the berm between turns three and four directly in front of the lead pack. Amazingly, Clauson's car went under the airborne Shelton without making contact.

However, under the caution, Clauson's engine shut off, forcing him into the pit area and leaving him with a hard luck, last place finish on the night. Cottle, who did make slight contact with Shelton during the incident, was the new leader on the ensuing restart followed by Zach Daum.

On the lap 6 restart, Travis Berryhill participated in the only flip during the feature. He was uninjured and, in fact, was able to restart.

With Cottle still in front on lap 18, second running Zach Daum spun in turn three while fourth-place Tyler Thomas came to a stop on the high side, sending them both to the tail.

It was a race to the bottom for the front runners through the midway point of the race as Cottle, Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, and Roney hugged the inside berm while Brady Bacon was the lone driver in the top-five utilizing the higher line.

After a caution brought out by the stopped car of Gage Walker with 18 laps to go, the restart saw second-running Shane Golobic venture to the outside and making it stick, gaining ground on Cottle each lap, resulting in a near dead-heat at the flag stand at the end of the 33rd lap. One lap later, Golobic was finally able to nose his number 17w ahead of Cottle, officially taking the lead at the stripe on lap 34.

Golobic drove away from second-place Cottle to gain a healthy advantage, but the lead was erased when a yellow on the final lap brought out a green-white-checkered finish. With the field bunched up and a clear track in front, Golobic had no problems whatsoever driving away to the victory followed by Cottle, Meseraull, Bacon, Roney, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Thorson, David Budres, Berryhill and Daum.

Saturday night, Golobic became the first driver since Kenny Irwin, Jr. at the Toronto (Ontario) SkyDome in 1993 to win a full, points-paying USAC National Midget feature indoors.

"Man, I've waited so long to hear my name attached to the phrase 'USAC National Midget winner,' and it feels amazing," Golobic exclaimed. "Our car was so good tonight; I've never driven one that good before. I'm so excited to be working with Tim Clauson and this Matt Wood Racing team. I think we've really got a nice package put together and I can't wait for the rest of the season."

Cottle, of Kokomo, Indiana led the most laps (28) and just came short of picking off his first series win since 2010.

"It's hard to be the leader and not really know where those guys behind you are running," Cottle explained. "We were good on the bottom, but then Golobic went around us on the top and from then on, it was just playing defense to hold those other guys off. We had a really good car all night; (we) just couldn't quite finish it off."

Contingency award winners for the "Shamrock Classic" included Bacon (Max Papis Innovations (MPI) "Wheelman of the Race"); Daum, Cottle, Shane Morgan and Daniel Adler (Competition Susepension, Inc. (CSI); Cottle, Clauson, Budres and Chad Boat (All Star Performance); Golobic (Simpson Race Products Steering Wheel); Roney, Ryan Greth, John Campbell and Terry Babb (Simpson Race Products); Golobic (Priority Aviation $777); Golobic, Danny Meyer and Bayston (Afco Shocks); Dave Darland, Chris Andrews, Boat, Robert Bell and Babb (Indy Race Parts); Golobic (Lap 39 leader from Ben Hodgin), plus the Dooling Machine "Pot of Gold" to five different winners.

USAC Contingency award winners included Chase Briscoe (Simpson Race Products First Heat); Bryan Clauson (Benic Enterprises Second Heat); Jake Neuman (Competition Suspension, Inc (CSI) Third Heat); Dereck King (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat) and Tanner Thorson (KSE "Hard Charger").

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: March 19, 2016 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#D33 Davis), 2. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 3. Katlynn Leer (#77K Leer), 4. Justin Grant (#38 Gardner), 5. Nick Knepper (#55 Knepper), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#2x Shuman), 7. Ty Hulsey (#21 Hulsey), 8. Chase Hill (#11H Felker). NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Kevin Olson (#5H Hoppe), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 6. Mike McSparin (#0A Zero), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Chase Johnson (#17m Wood), 3. Michelle Decker (#4M Meents), 4. J.D. Black (#7JR Robinson), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9K Schuett), 6. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 7. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 8. Scott Orr (#88x Orr). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m Noffsinger/Manafort), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Austin Prock (#41 Prock), 7. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 8. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 3. Travis Berryhill (#11 Manic), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Greth), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Robert Bell (#71½ Bell). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 2. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 3. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 4. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 5. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 7. Bill Rose (#6 Rose). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56 5IVE-6IX), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 6. Brad Kraus (#6B Kraus). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Knowles (#13 Zero).

C-MAIN #1: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Macedo, 3. Morgan, 4. McSparin, 5. Hulsey, 6. Rose, 7. Bell. NT

C-MAIN #2: (10 laps) 1. Andrews, 2. Orr, 3. Meyer, 4. Prock, 5. Hill, 6. Klaasmeyer. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Meseraull, 3. Felker, 4. Neuman, 5. Decker, 6. Peck, 7. Siner, 8. Schuett, 9. C.Cottle. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Roney, 3. Adler, 4. Babb, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Bacon, 7. Olson, 8. Urish, 9. Black, 10. D.Robinson. NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Budres, 2. Walker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Daum, 5. Knepper, 6. Hernandez, 7. Leer, 8. K.Thomas, 9. Greth. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Berryhill, 3. King, 4. Golobic, 5. Briscoe, 6. Thorson, 7. Shelton, 8. Bayston, 9. Campbell. NT

SEMI #1: (15 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Adler, 6. Knepper, 7. Schuett, 8. Briscoe, 9. Macedo, 10. Darland, 11. Siner, 12. C.Cottle, 13. K.Thomas, 14. Leer, 15. Campbell. NT

SEMI #2: (15 laps) 1. Berryhill, 2. Babb, 3. Decker, 4. D.Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Andrews, 7. Shelton, 8. Orr, 9. Urish, 10. Neuman, 11. R.Robinson, 12. Greth, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. Daniel Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT

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**Rose flipped during the sixth heat. Prock flipped during the second last chance qualifier. R.Robinson flipped during the second qualifier. Urish flipped during the second qualifier. Berryhill flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Clauson, Laps 6-33 S.Cottle, Laps 34-50 Golobic.

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Golobic-70, 2-Bacon-61, 3-Bayston-55, 4-Thorson-52, 5-Budres-49, 6-Daum-43, 7-Hernandez-41, 8-Boat-37, 9-T.Thomas-35, 10-Shelton-33.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 8-9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

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UPCOMING USAC MIDGET

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

DATE: Friday, April 8-9, 2016

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship

TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) - 1/4-Mile, High-Banked Dirt Oval

EVENT: "Kokomo Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship

TICKETS: General Admission: $20.00; Pit Pass (All Ages): $35.00. Kids 10 & Under FREE with Paid Adult (General Admission Only)

TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN, 46901

TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877

TRACK WEBSITE: http://kokomospeedway.net

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PAST "KOKOMO GRAND PRIX" WINNERS:

4/11/2014: Rico Abreu

4/12/2014: Rico Abreu

4/11/2015: Darren Hagen

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS (TOP-10)

1. (70) Shane Golobic

2. (61) Brady Bacon

3. (55) Spencer Bayston

4. (52) Tanner Thorson

5. (49) David Budres

6. (43) Zach Daum

7. (41) Anton Hernandez

8. (37) Chad Boat

9. (35) Tyler Thomas

10. (33) Holly Shelton

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Mar 19: &&& DuQuoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center

WINNER: Shane Golobic

Apr 8: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Apr 9: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

May 31: @@@ Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway

Jun 1: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway

Jun 2: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway

Jun 3: @@@ Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway

Jun 4: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway

Jun 5: @@@ Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway

Jun 17: West Memphis, AR - Riverside International Speedway

Jun 18: West Memphis, AR - Riverside International Speedway

Aug 2: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway

Aug 3: Beloit, KS - Solomon Valley Raceway

Aug 5: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

Aug 6: Belleville, KS - Belleville High Banks

Aug 14: *** York Haven, PA - Susquehanna Speedway

Aug 15: *** Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park

Aug 16: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway

Aug 17: *** Abbottstown, PA - Lincoln Speedway

Sep 24: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway

Oct 6: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 7: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 8: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway

Oct 21: %%% Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway

Nov 24: ### Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway

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Races noted with &&& represent an indoor race.

Races noted with @@@ represent Indiana Midget Week.

Races noted with *** represent a Co-Sanctioned race with ARDC.

Races noted with %%% represent a co-sanctioned race with POWRi.

Races noted with ### represent a Co-Sanctioned race with the USAC Western Midget Championship.

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2016 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS:

1. (1) Shane Golobic (Southern Illinois Center on March 19)

FEATURE LAPS LED:

1. (28) Shane Cottle

2. (17) Shane Golobic

3. (5) Bryan Clauson

TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull & Tony Roney

TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Travis Berryhill, David Budres, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Thomas Meseraull, Tony Roney & Tanner Thorson

HEAT RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension (CSI), Benic Enterprises & Indy Race Parts):

1. (1) Chase Briscoe, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Dereck King & Jake Neuman

SEMI WINS:

1. (1) Travis Berryhill & Thomas Meseraull

QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (1) Chad Boat, David Budres, Bryan Clauson & Shane Cottle

C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Chris Andrews & Dave Darland

FEATURE STARTS:

1. (1) Terry Babb, Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Travis Berryhill, Chad Boat, David Budres, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Michelle Decker, Andrew Felker, Shane Golobic, Anton Hernandez, Dereck King, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Peck, Daniel Robinson, Tony Roney, Holly Shelton, Tyler Thomas, Tanner Thorson and Gage Walker

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

3/19 Southern Illinois Center: Tanner Thorson (12 positions)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-13.499; 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.633; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.645; 4. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.756; 5. Luke Boles, 56, Boles-13.803; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.894; 7. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-13.971; 8. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-14.147; 9. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-14.165; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 55, Everhart-14.195; 11. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.301; 12. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-14.599; 13. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.606; 14. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-14.633; 15. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-14.839; 16. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-15.024; 17. Cory Elliott, 81X, Watt-15.087; 18. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.345; 19. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.388; 20. Johnny White, 17, White-15.445; 21. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-37.084; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-NT; 23. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. J.VanderWeerd, 3. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Strole, 6. Herrera, 7. Carter. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Boles, 4. Timmons, 5. Barnes, 6. White, 7. Elliott. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Liggett, 3. Marcham, 4. Roa, 5. Faria, 6. Sibley, 7. Majors. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Trey Marcham, 6. Tristan Guardino, 7. Max Adams, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. Jeff Sibley, 10. Ryan Timmons, 11. Luke Boles, 12. Cody Majors, 13. Kevin Barnes, 14. Danny Faria Jr., 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 16. Geoffrey Strole, 17. Johnny White, 18. Austin Liggett, 19. James Herrera, 20. Cory Elliott, 21. Steve Hix. 22. Trent Carter. NT

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**White flipped on lap 15 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Rutherford, Lap 21 J.Vander Weerd, Laps 22-30 Rutherford.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jeff Sibley

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: April 2 – Hanford, CA – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

March 19, 2016 - DuQuoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"

SIMPSON RACING PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chase Briscoe (#D33 Davis), 2. Andrew Felker (#11a Felker), 3. Katlynn Leer (#77k Leer), 4. Justin Grant (#38 Gardner), 5. Nick Knepper (#55 Knepper), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#2x Shuman), 7. Ty Hulsey (#21 Hulsey), 8. Chase Hill (#11H Felker). NT BENIC ENTERPRISES SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#63 RKR/Dooling), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Kevin Olson (#5H Hoppe), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. John Campbell (#19 Campbell), 6. Mike McSparin (#0A Zero), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer). NT COMPETITION SUSPENSION THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Chase Johnson (#17m Wood), 3. Michelle Decker (#4M Meents), 4. J.D. Black (#7jr Robinson), 5. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett), 6. Daniel Robinson (#57d McCreery), 7. Danny Meyer (#86J Bergfeld), 8. Scott Orr (#88x Orr). NT INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dereck King (#91 Harris), 2. Brady Bacon (#76M Noffsinger/Manafort), 3. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 4. Tim Siner (#15 Siner/Cyliax), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Austin Prock (#41 Prock), 7. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 8. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#66 Amati), 3. Travis Berryhill (#11 Manic), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Greth), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Colten Cottle (#5C Cottle), 7. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 8. Robert Bell (#71.5 Bell). NT SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 2. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 3. Anton Hernandez (#37x Felker), 4. Chris Urish (#77U Casson), 5. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 7. Bill Rose (#6 Rose). NT SEVENTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#56 5IVE-6IX), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. David Budres (#31 Manic), 5. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 6. Brad Kraus (#6b Kraus). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Larry Knowles (#13 Zero).

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #1: (10 laps) 1. Darland, 2. Madeoa, 3. Morgan, 4. McSparin, 5. Hulsey, 6. Rose, 7. Bell. NT LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER #2: (10 laps) 1. Andrews, 2. Orr, 3. Meyer, 4. Prock, 5. Hill, 6. Klaasmeyer. NT

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. S.Cottle, 2. Meseraull, 3. Felker, 4. Neuman, 5. Decker, 6. Peck, 7. Siner, 8. Schuett, 9. C.Cottle. NT SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Roney, 3. Adler, 4. Babb, 5. R.Robinson, 6. Bacon, 7. Olson, 8. Urish, 9. Black, 10. D.Robinson. NT THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Budres, 2. Walker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Daum, 5. Knepper, 6. Hernandez, 7. Leer, 8. K.Thomas, 9. Greth. NT FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Berryhill, 3. King, 4. Golobic, 5. Briscoe, 6. Thorson, 7. Shelton, 8. Bayston, 9. Campbell. NT

B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Meseraull, 2. Bacon, 3. Hernandez, 4. Thorson, 5. Adler, 6. Knepper, 7. Schuett, 8. Briscoe, 9. Macedo, 10. Darland, 11. Siner, 12. C.Cottle, 13. K.Thomas, 14. Leer, 15. Campbell. NT B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Berryhill, 2. Babb, 3. Decker, 4. D.Robinson, 5. Bayston, 6. Andrews, 7. Shelton, 8. Orr, 9. Urish, 10. Neuman, 11. R.Robinson, 12. Greth, 13. Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tony Roney, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. David Budres, 9. Travis Berryhill, 10. Zach Daum, 11. Anton Hernandez, 12. Terry Babb, 13. Chad Boat, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Holly Shelton, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Justin Peck, 18. David Robinson, 19. Michelle Decker, 20. Dereck King, 21. Andrew Felker, 22. Bryan Clauson. NT ---------------------------- **Rose flipped during the sixth heat. Prock flipped during the second last chance qualifier. R.Robinson flipped during the second qualifier. Urish flipped during the second qualifier. Berryhill flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Clauson, Laps 6-33 S.Cottle, Laps 34-50 Golobic.

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SERIES POINTS: 1-Golobic-70, 2-Bacon-61, 3-Bayston-55, 4-Thorson-52, 5-Budres-49, 6-Daum-43, 7-Hernandez-41, 8-Boat-37, 9-T.Thomas-35, 10-Shelton-33.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES: April 8-9 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"

 

 

UPDATED 2016 USAC WESTERN MIDGET MUFFLER LIST
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 18, 2016... Officials with the USAC Western States Midget Series have issued an updated list of approved mufflers for competition in 2016. The twelve approved mufflers have been tested and will help meet the sound levels required by racetracks with strict noise regulations. It will still be racer’s responsibility to meet the 95db sound rule enforced at most California racetracks.

“It is our goal and hope that the combination of large choices will enable the racers to find a muffler that works for their combination without costing them a bunch of money,” stated USAC Western Director Chris Kearns. “At the same time, we can keep the racetracks and neighbors happy so that we can preserve midget racing.”

The approved mufflers (with part numbers) are:

B&B:
FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet

COAST FABRICATION:
300x625x17-2s
350x625x17-2s
400x625x17-2s

EXTREME:
3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30)
3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30)
4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone

FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved)
13009130
1509130
13509135

SHOENFELD:
14272735-78
14272535

The USAC Western States Midget Series will open their 34th season on Wednesday, March 23rd at Placerville Speedway. Located on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California, the “Placerville Short Track Showdown” will also showcase the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars. Ticket information can be found at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=201. Race track information can be found at www.placervillepeedway.com or call 530.344.7592.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS:
1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 23: Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
April 9: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA
April 30: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
May 21: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
June 4: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
July 16: *Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Jack London Hall of Fame Picnic Event)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic)
September 8: *Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions)
September 17: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 8: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Fall Shootout)
October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with BCRA Midgets.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS INVADE BAKERSFIELD THIS SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 16, 2016... This Saturday, March 19th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the third point race will also showcase the IMCA Northern SportMods, American Stocks, and the California Lightning Sprints. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, with Racing at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval" set for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: Saturday’s race at Bakersfield will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Since April 2009, the Bakersfield facility has hosted twelve West Coast Sprint Car events. Davey Pombo leads all drivers with three victories and Jace Vander Weerd holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.597, set on March 22, 2014. Last year, Ryan Bernal earned his second Bakersfield checkered flag after passing “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the fourth lap. A complete Bakersfield win list is at the end of this release.

After running second last Saturday at Tulare, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has taken over the point lead. Racing the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and 3 feature laps led to his credit. The 360 Western World Champion will be looking for his second USAC West Coast triumph.

Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) is currently second in the point chase. Piloting Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson scored eighth at Thunderbowl Raceway. To date, the Indy 500 driver has four feature wins, two top-qualifier awards, six heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 80 feature laps led on the year. On Saturday, the former USAC National Champion will promote and race a midget in Duquoin, Illinois.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) runs third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson led all 30 laps to earn his first USAC West Coast win at Tulare. To date, the former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year has one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes. At Bakersfield, the young driver will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon finished tenth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. At press time, the former USAC National Sprint Car Champion has two top-10 finishes and 2 feature laps led on the season. Like Clauson, Brady will be racing a midget in the “Shamrock Classic” in Illinois.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) has climbed to fifth in championship points. Piloting the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace ran sixth last Saturday at Tulare. To date, the former USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year has one semi-main win and one top-10 finish on the year. The Bakersfield track record holder will be looking for his seventh career win on Saturday.

Currently twenty-third in points, Colton Slack (Brentwood, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Troy Rutherford, Trey Marcham, Austin Liggett, Richard Vander Weerd, Max Adams, “Shifter” Landon Hurst, Tristan Guardino, Jeff Sibley, Kevin Barnes, Shannon McQueen, Cody Majors, and more.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior tickets (65 & older) are $14, Military tickets (with ID) are $14, Kids tickets (12-6) are $6, and Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, BR Motorsports, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, King Racing Products, Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs and subscription videos available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 1-D.J. Johnson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
3-Davey Pombo, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Ricky Kirkbride, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Brody Roa-151, 2. Bryan Clauson-137, 3. D.J. Johnson-129, 4. Brady Bacon-119, 5. Jace Vander Weerd-107, 6. Troy Rutherford-100, 7. Trey Marcham-93, 8. Austin Liggett-83, 9. Richard Vander Weerd-80, 10. Stevie Sussex-78, 11. Josh Hodges-68, 12. Max Adams-66, 13. Dave Darland-63, 14. Landon Hurst-62, 15. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 16. R.J. Johnson-56, 17. Tristan Guardino-55, ---. Mike Martin-55, 19. Geoff Ensign-54, 20. Jeff Sibley-47.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

NUMEROUS BONUSES AND PRIZES ADDED TO SHAMROCK CLASSIC POT

Numerous companies have pledged support of Saturday night, March 19th's inaugural "Shamrock Classic" promoted by Bryan Clauson. The much anticipated indoor event at Du Quoin's Southern Illinois Center marks the season opener for the 2016 USAC Midget National Championship season.

Among those offering prizes and bonuses to competitors include Simpson Race Products, who is awarding a brand new helmet to the winner of the 50-lap midget feature while a select few other drivers will receive a set of seatbelts, a set of nomex, as well as a pair of gloves, and a pair of shoes. Additionally, the feature winner will earn $777 from Priority Aviation as a reward for taking the checkered flag.

Five random drivers still running at the finish of the 50-lap feature will be given $200 each courtesy of Dooling Machine. The "Wheelman of the Race" will earn a Max Papis Innovations (MPI) steering wheel for his or her efforts. The driver advancing the most positions during the "Shamrock Classic" will be named "Hard Charger" and receive $200 cash from Elliott Custom Trailers.

Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) is giving away five $50 certificates to various drivers. Likewise, Afco Shocks will award five $50 certificates to five different drivers throughout the evening. Five sets of tear-offs are part of Indy Race Parts' contingency package for Saturday night.

The winners of each of the four qualifying races will receive a $50 certificate from All Star Performance, who will also add another $50 to the pocket of another driver.

In addition to the special contingency awards, competitors this Saturday night will have the opportunity to earn certificates up for grabs at each and every USAC National event throughout the 2016 season: Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI), Benic Enterprises and Indy Race Parts (Heat Race Winners) as well as KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger).

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic," which includes Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts as part of the program, begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting open to all race fans starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.

Reserved seats are $25.00. Adult general admission tickets are $20.00; kids 6-12 are $10.00 and kids 5 years-old and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35.00. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-classic-at-duquoin-tickets-20089747977.

For fans who are unable to attend the event, coverage of the race will be LIVE on http://thecushion.com/ on Saturday, March 19 and can be purchased for $21.50 ($19.25 for Premium/VIP members).

 

 

USAC GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP DEBUTS IN 2016 WITH SIX-RACE SCHEDULE

The Gulf Coast Midget Championship, USAC's newest racing series, has announced a six-race schedule at two southeast Texas venues for the 2016 season.

Bronco Raceway Park in Cleveland, Texas serves as the host of four dates including the series opener on April 23. In addition, the series visits the ¼-mile, semi-banked clay oval on June 11, July 23 and August 27.

The red clay of the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas greets the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship on two occasions during the 2016 campaign on May 7 and for the season finale on September 17.

Each of the six races on the schedule will pay $1000 to the winner of the feature.

All cars participating in the series must appear and fit the guidelines of a traditional midget. Cars powered by spec engines such as the Honda/Ford Focus, Volkswagen or the Chevy II with an entirely stock-production head and block, etc. do not have a minimum weight. For all purpose-built racing engines, cars must meet a minimum weight of 1035 pounds (including driver).

All 1000cc or greater upright cars are eligible to compete without a minimum weight and may be chain-driven and utilize a traditional driveline or quick-change rear-end.

All four corners of the car must be fitted with Hoosier Tires. On the right rear, teams may use the SP2, SP3 or SP4. A D12 tire or harder compound must be used on the left rear.

A maximum 10-inch-width right rear rim may be used. However, a maximum 12-inch width tire may be mounted to the 10-inch rim. Cars with 1000cc engines can use a maximum 12-inch wide right rear wheel rim.

Only one right rear tire can be used for an entire racing event (heat race and all features) unless it is inspected and determined by a race official to be flat or a potential safety hazard. If another tire is required, the replacement tire must be of the same compound and brand as the tire being approved for removal. All tires will be marked following hot laps.

To compete in the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship, drivers must be at least 14 years old and a licensed member as a driver with USAC Speed2.

For more information on the USAC Gulf Coast Midget Championship, please contact Jon McIntyre at mcintyrespeedshop@gmail.com.

2016 USAC GULF COAST MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: Apr 23: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas May 7: Gator Motorplex - Willis, Texas Jun 11: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Jul 23: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Aug 27: Bronco Raceway Park - Cleveland, Texas Sep 17: Gator Motorplex - Willis, Texas

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 12, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.308; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-15.309; 3. D.J. Johnson, 33, Johnson-15.324; 4. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-15.353; 5. Brady Bacon, 73, Ford-15.377; 6. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-15.388; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-15.410; 8. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.445; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.491; 10. Geoff Ensign, 44, Ensign-15.565; 11. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-15.625; 12. Trey Marcham, 81, Watt-15.700; 13. Landon Hurst, 81H, Watt-15.864; 14. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-15.908; 15. Kevin Barnes, 36B, Barnes-16.010; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.027; 17. Tristan Guardino, 81T, Watt-16.109; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-16.110; 19. Johnathon Henry, 17, Henry-16.246; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-16.320; 21. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-16.383; 22. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-16.441; 23. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-16.546; 24. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-16.651.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ensign, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Roa, 4. Rutherford, 5. Hurst, 6. Martin, 7. Henry, 8. Strole. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. Faria, 4. Bacon, 5. Guardino, 6. Smith, 7. Sibley, 8. Timmons. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Johnson, 3. R.Vander Weerd, 4. Barnes, 5. McQueen, 6. Kirkbride, 7. Marcham, 8. Richardson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. D.J. Johnson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Landon Hurst, 6. Jace Vander Weerd, 7. Troy Rutherford, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Geoff Ensign, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Tristan Guardino, 12. Kevin Barnes, 13. Trey Marcham, 14. Jeff Sibley, 15. Geoffrey Strole, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Kyle Smith, 18. Max Adams, 19. Jim Richardson, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Ryan Timmons, 22. Ricky Kirkbride, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Danny Faria Jr. NT --------------------------- **Richardson flipped during the third heat. Faria flipped on lap 1 of the feature. Henry flipped on lap 1 of the feature restart.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 D.J. Johnson.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-151, 2-Clauson-137, 3-Johnson-129, 4-Bacon-119, 5-J.Vander Weerd-107, 6-Rutherford-100, 7-Marcham-93, 8-Liggett-83, 9-R.Vander Weerd-80, 10-Stevie Sussex-78.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 19 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

KERN COUNTY DIRT DEBUT FRIDAY FOR WESTERN HPDs

USAC makes its initial appearance at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif. Friday as the USAC Western HPD Midgets invade the one-third-mile oval.

The series competed on the Kern County quarter-mile pavement in 2014 and 2015, but Friday will be the first event on the new dirt track. Jesse Love III from Menlo Park, Calif. was the 2014 winner on the pavement and Clovis, California's Dylan Nobile won twice there last year.

Love III's son, Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif., was last season's USAC Western "Restricted" HPD Midget champion. Female competitors Antonia Bosacci of Mountain View, Calif. and 2014 Western Dirt HPD Midget champ Ashley Hazelton, Chatsworth, Calif. are also expected to compete.

Orange, California's Wally Pankratz, the 2000 USAC Western Midget champion, and Daniel Anderson, who finished 5th in the series' most recent visit to the city of Bakersfield (on the dirt at Bakersfield Speedway) will battle it out on the clay.

Opening night for the series begins Friday night with pits opening at 3:00pm and spectator gates opening at 5:00pm. Hot laps are set to roll of at 6:00pm with opening ceremonies getting underway at 7:00pm and racing to follow immediately. General admission is $10 for adults while tickets are just $7 for kids age 6-15, active military and seniors 65 years of age or older. Kids age five and under are FREE!

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UPCOMING USAC HPD MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES EVENT

DATE:
March 11, 2016

SERIES:
USAC Western HPD Midget Championship

TRACK:
The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - 1/3-Mile, Clay Oval

EVENT:
Opening Night featuring the USAC Western HPD Midget Championship, A-Mods, Pro Stocks and Mod Lites

STARTING TIMES:
Pits open at 3:00pm
Grandstands open at 5:00pm
Hot Laps begin at 6:00pm
Opening ceremonies get underway at 7:00pm with racing to follow immediately

TICKETS:
Adults: $10
Children Age 6-15, Active Military and Senior Age 65+: $7
Children Age 5 and Under: FREE!

TRACK ADDRESS:
13500 Raceway Blvd Interstate 5 and Enos Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93311

TRACK PHONE:
(661) 835-1264

TRACK WEBSITE:
http://www.kernraceway.com/

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2016 USAC HPD MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Mar 11: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Mar 19: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Apr 1: (E) Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway
Apr 2: (E) Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway
Apr 2: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Apr 15: (E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Apr 16: (E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Apr 16: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Apr 22: (E) Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway
Apr 23: (E) Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway
Apr 23: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Apr 30: (E) Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway
May 7: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
May 13: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
May 14: (E) Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway
May 20: (WD) Orland, CA - Sacramento Valley Speedway
May 21: (WD) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
May 21: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Jun 4: (E) Robersonville, NC - East Carolina Motor Speedway
Jun 4: (WD) Dixon, CA - Dixon Speedway
Jun 11: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Jun 17: (E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Jun 17: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Jun 18: (E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Jun 25: (WP) Anderson, CA - Shasta Speedway
Jun 25: (WP) Fountain, CO - Pikes Peak International Raceway
Jun 25: (WD) Orland, CA - Sacramento Valley Speedway
Jul 9: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Jul 16: (E) Spotsylvania, VA - Dominion Raceway
Jul 21: (WP) Meridian, ID - Meridian Speedway
Jul 22: (E) Raleigh, NC - Wake County Speedway
Jul 22: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Jul 23: (E) Shenandoah, VA - Shenandoah Speedway
Jul 23: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Aug 3: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Aug 6: (E) Swansboro, NC - Carteret County Speedway
Aug 6: (WD) LeMoore, CA - LeMoore Raceway
Aug 6: (WP) Stockton, CA - Stockton 99 Speedway
Aug 13: (E) Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park
Aug 13: (WD) Merced, CA - Merced Speedway
Aug 13: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Aug 27: (E) Asheboro, NC - Caraway Speedway
Sep 9: (WD) Bakersfield, CA - The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park
Sep 10: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Sep 16: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Sep 17: (E) Ridgetop, TN - Highland Rim Speedway
Sep 17: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Sep 24: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 1: (WP) Madera, CA - Madera Speedway
Oct 7: (SE-E) Anderson, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway
Oct 8: (SE-E) Hickory, NC - Hickory Motor Speedway
Oct 15: (WD) Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
Oct 16: (WP) Lake Havasu, AZ - Havasu 95 Speedway
Oct 21: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 22: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
Oct 29: (E) Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park
Nov 19: (WP) Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring
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(E) = USAC Eastern HPD Midgets
(WD) = USAC Western Dirt HPD Midgets
(WP) = USAC Western Pavement HPD Midgets


 

 

WHEELS UP WEDNESDAY SHOW TO COVER ALL THE HAPPENINGS IN USAC RACING FOR 2016

"Wheels Up Wednesday," a new weekly highlight show focusing on all things USAC, made its debut Wednesday night, March 9. The web-based series, that will air each Wednesday night at 9pm EST, 6pm PST throughout the racing season exclusively on http://Loudpedal.TV, covers the most recent USAC activity from coast-to-coast featuring in-depth race highlights, interviews, feature stories and more.

Voiced by Road Trip Productions' Michael McIntyre and written by USAC Media's Richie Murray, the new series plans to fill the void by having a flagship highlight show focusing solely on the thrilling world of USAC racing.

"A show featuring every wheel stand, slide job, amazing finish, thrills and spills from USAC is long overdue and we are very excited to be bringing 'Wheels Up Wednesday' to race fans around the world on Loudpedal.TV," exclaimed series creator and producer Tim Truex of Loudpedal Productions.

Each episode will recap all of USAC's racing action from its vast array of open wheel series from the past weekend as well as preview USAC's upcoming events for the next weekend. Throughout the season, you will also see highlights of classic racing events from USAC's extensive video archive as well as other informative features to keep race fans in the loop.

To watch "Wheels Up Wednesday" each week, subscribe to http://Loudpedal.TV/ now for just $9.95 per month or $99.95 for a full year to watch not only each exciting episode, but you can also catch replays of every single 2016 USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint, National Midget, CRA Sprint and Western Midget race from start to finish as well as several USAC West Coast and Southwest Sprint races. "On-Demand" replays of each USAC race are posted to http://Loudpedal.TV/ one day after the event. Additionally, you will have access to watch all of the 2015 USAC action and enjoy a plethora of "classic" content featuring races from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.


 


FAN-FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE PLANNED FOR
USAC'S INAUGURAL Du QUOIN SHAMROCK CLASSIC

The 2016 USAC Midget National Championship schedule is set to launch Saturday night, March 19, with the inaugural "Shamrock Classic" on the 1/6-mile, semi-banked dirt track located inside the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Thirty-five teams have already pre-entered for the "Shamrock Classic," including USAC champions Bryan Clauson, Dave Darland and Brady Bacon, plus USAC National Series feature winners Zach Daum, Bill Rose, Justin Grant and Thomas Meseraull.

An electric atmosphere was in full force last December in USAC's most recent race at the Southern Illinois Center during the "Junior Knepper 55." Mississippi's Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. chased down teammate Clauson in the final laps to take the victory. Clauson is entered for the event, but is partaking in a new venture for the "Shamrock Classic:" race promoter.

"This event is going to be more than just a race," Clauson exclaimed. "The race fans are in for a treat not only because of the great, competitive racing, but also because of the fan experience. With things like the open drivers meeting, free giveaways, and driver introductions, among many other things, we hope this event will become an annual tradition that fans can look forward to each and every year."

Among the perks fans can enjoy is a free pit pass for those who purchase reserved tickets in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shamrock-classic-at-duquoin-tickets-20089747977. The free pit pass offer, available until Monday, March 14, will provide fans a unique up-close vantage point of the teams and drivers at work prior to, during and after the evening's racing events have concluded.

For fans who are not able to attend the event, coverage will be LIVE on http://thecushion.com/ on Saturday, March 19 and can be purchased for $21.50 ($19.25 for Premium/VIP members).
An open, public, drivers' meeting will be held prior to the night's racing events at 3:30pm and is open to all race fans! The meeting will be held in in the stands at the end of the front straightaway in turn one.

The intimate atmosphere of an indoor racing setting added an extra element of excitement for fans last year as the southern Illinois crowd saw a thrilling show from start to finish. Race fans can expect no different this time around with a format rewarding position advancement through the preliminary events, just as what was used in last December's "Junior Knepper 55" and at the Chili Bowl Nationals. Passing points from the heats and qualifying races will form the lineups for the 50-lap feature event.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center for the "Shamrock Classic," which includes Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts as part of the program, begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.


"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST (35 cars as of March 9)
0A MIKE McSPARIN/Carrier Mills, IL
1T TONY RONEY/Herculaneum, MO
2 TBA
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL
4 RYAN GRETH/New Cumberland, PA
4M MICHELLE DECKER/Guthrie, OK
5c COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL
5x JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN
6 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN
7 GAGE WALKER/Indianapolis, IN
11AG DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN
15 TIM SINER/Dupo, IL
15m SHANE MORGAN/Morton, IL
17m CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA
19 JOHN CAMPBELL/Belleville, IL
21 TY HULSEY/Owasso, OK
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS
35T TYLER ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL
38 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA
50 DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO
55 NICK KNEPPER/Belleville, IL
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL
63 BRYAN CLAUSON/Noblesville, IN
66 THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA
76 KELLEN CONOVER/St. Louis, MO
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL
86 DANNY MEYER/Tuscola, IL
88 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL
91 DERECK KING/Vienna, IL
91A CHRIS ANDREWS/Sandusky, OH
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT TULARE’S FRIDAY/SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 8, 2016... After opening the point season at Las Vegas, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will invade Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway for two nights of action. Starting this Friday, March 11th, the non-wing sprints will tackle the lighting fast 1/3-mile clay oval with the famed World of Outlaw Craftsman and King of the West Sprint Cars. The popular winged Western RaceSaver Sprints will join Saturday’s showcase. The front gates will open at 4:00pm on both nights, time trials is at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The Friday and Saturday races at Tulare will be run under the USAC West Coast Rule Book and a $35 entry fee will be collected both days. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver. Thunderbowl Raceway has 95db at 100 feet state mandated sound rule and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Heading into Friday’s event, the Tulare County Fairgrounds has hosted twenty-eight USAC West Coast Sprint Car races. Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with ten victories and holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.133, set on March 13, 2015. On October 3rd, Jace Vander Weerd added his name to the Tulare record books by dominating the 30-lap main event. The series win list at Thunderbowl Raceway is at the bottom of this release.

After winning last Friday’s USAC SouthWest co-sanctioned “FVP Sin City Showdown” at Las Vegas, Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) leads the point chase. Racing Mike Martin’s #16B Cancer Treatment Centers of America / Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality Group Maxim, Clauson surged past Stevie Sussex off the last corner to score the victory. At press time, the Indianapolis 500 driver is expected to compete at Tulare with both the Outlaw and USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) is currently second in the championship point standings. Driving Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex looked to repeat at Las Vegas until Clauson took the checkered flags. The USAC SouthWest regular is not expected to compete at Tulare and will race at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway on March 26th.

Running six points behind Stevie Sussex is Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California). Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa led three laps at Las Vegas before scoring fourth. Brody won the 360 Western World Championships in Tucson last November and will be looking to add Tulare to his win list.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma) sits fourth in the West Coast point standings. Racing Keith Ford’s #73 Berry Pack / King Racing Products Spike, Bacon was in the mix for the Las Vegas win before scoring third. Like Clauson, the former USAC National Sprint Car Champion will be at Tulare racing “double duty” with the USAC West Coast and Outlaw Sprint Cars.

Josh Hodges (Tijeras, New Mexico) is fifth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #74X Jackson Compaction / Mesilla Valley Transportation Maxim, Hodges finished fifth at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The young driver has already won two Winter Challenge features at Canyon Speedway and is not expected to compete at Tulare.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Trey Marcham, D.J. Johnson, Jace Vander Weerd, Troy Rutherford, Max Adams, Austin Liggett, Jeff Sibley, Richard Vander Weerd, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Shannon McQueen, Bud Kaeding, and more.

Tulare, California’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Grandstand Tickets are $45, Bleacher Seats are $40, and all seats are RESERVED. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Chris Kearns Presents, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase at www.loudpedalvideo.com and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS:
4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges.

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT WINS:
10-Ryan Bernal, 5-Bud Kaeding, 3-Richard Vander Weerd, 2-Kyle Larson, 2-Craig Stidham, 1-Dean Alexander, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Howell, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Peter Murphy, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Bryan Clauson-79, 2. Stevie Sussex-78, 3. Brody Roa-72, 4. Brady Bacon-69, 5. Josh Hodges-68, 6. Dave Darland-63, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-57, 8. R.J. Johnson-56, 9. Trey Marcham-54, 10. D.J. Johnson-48, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-45, 12. Nick Aiuto-43, 13. Jason Grady-42, --. Colton Slack-42, 15. Troy Rutherford-40, 16. Casey Shuman-39, 17. Tye Mihocko-32, --. Dennis Gile-32, 19. Max Adams-31, 20. Mike Martin-29, --. Josh Pelkey-29, 22. Matt Rossi-25, 23. Austin Liggett-15, 24. Kenny Perkins-10, --. Josh Grady-10, --. Aaron Reutzel-10, --. Shon Deskins-10, --. Dustin Cormany-10, --. Jeff Sibley-10, --. Landon Cling-10, --. Asa Kesterson-10, --. Richard Vander Weerd-10, --. Tristan Guardino-10, --. Bob Strait-10, --. Brian Hosford-10, --. Ryan Timmons-10.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 11: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 12: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
April 9: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
July 22: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 5, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - "Sokola Shootout"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bryan Clauson, 16B, Martin-16.529; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.607; 3. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.730; 4. Mike Spencer, 50 Chaffin-16.749; 5. Josh Hodges, 74X, Hodges-16.865; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.914; 7. Trent Williams, 52, Williams-16.920; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.957; 9. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.994; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.002; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.038; 12. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.049; 13. Matt Mitchell, 9, McDonald-17.049; 14. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.082; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.102; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.185; 17. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.299; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.310; 19. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.349; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.391; 21. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.864; 22. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.967; 23. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.070; 24. Mikey Lovas, 36, Lovas-18.111; 25. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.429; 26. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-NT; 27. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-NT; 28. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-NT; 29. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Spencer, 3. Clauson, 4. T.Williams, 5. Adams, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Everhart, 8. Mitchell, 9. Tafoya. 2:49.47

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Colston, 3. Bender, 4. Hodges, 5. C.Williams, 6. L.Williams, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Stewart, 9. A.Williams. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Rossi, 3. Faria, 4. Roa, 5. Swanson, 6. Gansen, 7. Ellertson, 8. Lovas. 2:24.01

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. A.Williams, 3. Adams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Mitchell, 6. Gansen, 7. L.Williams, 8. V.Sweeney, 9. J.Vander Weerd, 10. Ellertson, 11. Tafoya, 12. Lovas, 13. Stewart. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Cody Williams, 9. R.J. Johnson, 10. Max Adams, 11. Parker Colston, 12. A.J. Bender, 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 14. Logan Williams, 15. Jeremy Ellertson, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Trent Williams, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Matt Mitchell, 21. Verne Sweeney, 22. Matt Rossi, 23. Damion Gardner. NT
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**A.Sweeney flipped during qualifications. A.Williams flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 13-30 Clauson.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-82, 2-R.Vander Weerd-75, 3-Roa-70, 4-Hodges-68, 5-Spencer-68, 6-Swanson-63, 7-Faria-58, 8-Johnson-54, 9-C.Williams-50, 10-Colston-48.

NEXT USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR RACE: April 16 - Perris (CA) Auto Speedway


 

USAC WEST COAST/SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

March 4, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - 5th FVP "Sin City Showdown"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 3. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 4. Trey Marcham (#81 Watt), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Kenny Perkins (#0K Perkins), 9. Aaron Reutzel (#0 Styres). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson (#16B Martin), 2. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 3. Casey Shuman (#38 McGerigle), 4. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 5. Max Adams (#5M Adams), 6. Jeff Sibley (#42N Sibley), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (#88 Vander Weerd), 8. Dustin Cormany (#14AZ Burkhart/White), 9. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#42 Cheney), 2. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 3. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 4. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 5. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Strait), 8. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 9. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 3. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 4. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 5. D.J. Johnson (#33 Johnson), 6. Colton Slack (#3F Finkenbinder), 7. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 8. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 9. Bob Strait (#58 Strait). NT

FIRST SEMI: (10 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Mihocko, 3. D.J. Johnson, 4. Reutzel, 5. Guardino, 6. Josh Grady, 7. Liggett, 8. R.Vander Weerd. NT

SECOND SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Jason Grady, 2. Slack, 3. Rossi, 4. Sibley, 5. Strait, 6. Cling, 7. Hosford, 8. Cormany, 9. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Stevie Sussex, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dave Darland, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Trey Marcham, 9. D.J. Johnson, 10. Charles Davis Jr., 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 12. Colton Slack, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Troy Rutherford, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Max Adams, 19. Dennis Gile, 20. Mike Martin, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Matt Rossi. NT ---------------------------- **Deskins flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Clauson, Laps 5-7 Roa, Laps 8-23 Clauson, Laps 24-27 Sussex, Laps 28-29 Bacon, Lap 30 Clauson.

NEW WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEW SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Sussex-78, 3-Roa-72, 4-Bacon-69, 5-Hodges-68, 6-Darland-63, 7-Davis-57, 8-R.J. Johnson-56, 9-Marcham-54, 10-D.J. Johnson-48.

NEXT WEST COAST SPRINT RACE: March 11 - Tulare, CA - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway NEXT SOUTHWEST SPRINT RACE: March 26 - Peoria, AZ - Canyon Speedway Park - "Easter Eggstravaganza"

 

USAC/CRA RACER ATTENDANCE PROGRAM RETURNS FOR 2016
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 4, 2016... Officials with the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series have announced that the Racer Incentive Program will be back for 2016. Designed to encourage more teams to travel and compete during the entire schedule, the program was deemed a success.

Any Amsoil USAC/CRA team that has perfect attendance up to the July 1st race will receive ONE FREE PIT PASS that night at Santa Maria. This will continue as long as perfect attendance is maintained. For teams that had perfect attendance last year, it will carry over until July 1st as long as they keep their perfect attendance record going.

This Saturday, March 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their thirteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. The event is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook and Twitter pages. Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase that feature the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars and for more information, call 805.407.7229 or visit www.loudpedalvideo.com.
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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 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
May 7: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Firecracker 30)
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

13TH USAC/CRA SPRINT CAMPAIGN OPENS SATURDAY AT PERRIS “SOKOLA SHOOTOUT”
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2016... This Saturday, March 5th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will open their thirteenth season at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the annual “Sokola Shootout" will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. The event is also a "Power of Purple Night" Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The "Sokola Shootout" has been a popular event on the West Coast since March 17, 2001 when "The Cowboy" Tony Jones won the inaugural race at Manzanita Speedway. Originally called the "Sokola Classic" to honor past CRA President and USAC Sprint Supervisor Gary Sokola, the race has grown to also recognize his family and their contributions to racing. Last year, Richard Vander Weerd earned his first of four USAC/CRA wins after taking the lead from Mike Spencer on the eighth lap. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Spencer, Ryan Bernal, and Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

After claiming eight wins last year, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) earned his fourth series championship. Racing Mark Alexander's #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 192 feature laps led. “The Demon” will be looking to win his third “Sokola Shootout” and sixty-sixth USAC/CRA feature in honor of sponsor Ken Goecke, who recently passed away.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had his best year with USAC/CRA and finished second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard had four main event wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one dash win, one hard charger award, twenty top-10 finishes, and 139 feature laps led. This Saturday, Vander Weerd will have his sights on defending his “Sokola Shootout” win and earning his sixth USAC/CRA victory.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) ran third in the Amsoil USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Ron Chaffin’s #50 Grubstake Mini Storage / Madera Produce Maxim, Spencer had two main event wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, two semi-main wins, two hard charger awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led to his credit. The five-time champion will be looking for his thirty-eighth victory and honor car owner Ron Chaffin, who recently passed away.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) had a solid year and ran fourth in the championship points. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Victory Race Cars entry, Swanson posted four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led. The 2012 Rookie of the Year will have his sights on his first series win and honor team sponsor John Carroll, who recently passed away.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) scored fifth in last year’s chase for the championship. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 28 feature laps led on the season. The 2009 Rookie of the Year will be looking to make Saturday’s “Sokola Shootout” his fourth USAC/CRA triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Brody Roa, Matt Mitchell, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Logan Williams, “The Flying Peanut” Parker Colston, Jace Vander Weerd, Chris Gansen, A.J. Bender, Jeremy Ellertson, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, Bryan Clauson, and more.

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

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, Circle Track Performance, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

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.

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

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 5: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Sokola Shootout)
April 16: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (So-Cal Showdown)
May 7: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
May 28: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)
June 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
July 1: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
July 2: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Firecracker 30)
July 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 3: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 4: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 5: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 8: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 9: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 10: Keller Auto Speedway - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week presented by All Coast Construction)
September 24: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST & SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON OPENS FRIDAY AT LAS VEGAS
By Lance Jennings

MARCH 1, 2016... This Friday, March 4th, the USAC West Coast and SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The prestigious "5th Annual FVP Sin City Showdown" opens the point season for both groups and will pay $2,500 to the winner. A talented roster of drivers from Arizona, California, and the Midwest will race for bragging rights on the large half-mile clay oval. The famed World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will share the spotlight as the spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing set for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.lvms.com/dirt or call 702.644.4444.

Held during NASCAR weekend, the "FVP Sin City Showdown" has become one of the most popular dates on the USAC West Coast and SouthWest schedules. Last year, Stevie Sussex of Tempe, Arizona grabbed the lead from Sikeston, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg on the twenty-second lap. From there, Sussex held off all challengers to claim his first Las Vegas triumph. Ryan Bernal, Matt Mitchell, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Schuerenberg were the top-five drivers.

Campbell, California’s Bud Kaeding won the inaugural event on his way to the 2012 USAC West Coast championship. Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, Indiana) raced Mike Martin’s second car to victory the following year and Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) earned his first USAC Sprint Car win in 2014. At press time, former USAC National champions Clauson and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland (Lincoln, Indiana) will be in action this Friday night.

After winning his second championship, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) will lead a strong contingent of drivers from the USAC West Coast series. Trey Marcham, Richard Vander Weerd, Jace Vander Weerd, D.J. Johnson, Tristan Guardino, Brody Roa, Ryan Bernal, Bud Kaeding, and “Shifter” Landon Hurst rounded out the top-10 in last year’s point chase. Former VRA Champion Troy Rutherford has announced that he will compete in Las Vegas.

Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson capped off a successful year with his third consecutive USAC SouthWest crown. Johnson heads a strong roster of “Copper State” drivers including “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt Rossi, Stevie Sussex, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Josh Pelkey, Brian Hosford, Andy Reinbold, Nick Aiuto, and Dennis Gile. Other probable drivers are “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Michael Curtis, and Shon Deskins.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is located twelve miles north of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada off Interstate 15 at Exit 54 (Speedway Blvd). The pit gate will open at 2:00pm and more event information can be found at www.lvms.com/dirt or calling (702) 644-4444. Advance General Admission tickets are on sale for $39 and Reserve tickets are $40. For more ticket information, visit www.dirtcar.ticketforce.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks Amsoil, Hoosier Tire, DJ Safety, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. For more information, visit www.westcoastsprintcars.com, and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC West Coast Facebook and Twitter pages. Mike Truex's Loudpedal Productions has DVDs available for purchase at www.loudpedalvideo.com and 805.407.7229.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks Sunoco Race Fuels, Hoosier Tire, Racers Advantage Store, and the Hose Advantage Store for their support. For more information on the group, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC SouthWest Facebook page.
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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.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS:
2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

SIN CITY SHOWDOWN WINNERS:
2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Austin Liggett, 2015-Stevie Sussex.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
March 4: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV (FVP Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
March 11: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 12: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
March 19: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA
April 2: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
April 9: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
April 23: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA
May 14: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Chris & Brian Faria Memorial)
June 18: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
June 25: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
July 22: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
July 23: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Peter Murphy Classic)
August 6: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 12: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA
August 13: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
November 24: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
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This schedule is subject to change.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE - TRACK - LOCATION
March 4: *The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (FVP Sin City Showdown / $2,500-to-Win)
March 26: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Easter Eggstravaganza)
April 9: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
April 23: Cocopah Speedway - Yuma, AZ
April 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Canyon Clash)
May 7: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
May 28: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
May 29: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Salute to Indy)
June 3: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour)
June 4: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour)
June 11: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 2: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
July 30: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Allscapes Back to School Special)
August 17: Lawton Speedway - Lawton, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 18: Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, OK (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 19: 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
August 20: Dodge City Raceway Park - Dodge City, KS (Freedom Tour / Non-Points)
September 2: #El Paso Speedway Park - El Paso, TX (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 3: #Southern New Mexico Speedway - Las Cruces, NM (Border Tour / $2,000-to-Win)
September 17: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 15: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ
October 22: Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
October 29: Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande, AZ
November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win)
November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with NMMRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

"SHAMROCK CLASSIC" ENTRIES FREE UNTIL MARCH 14!

Participants who elect to enter the upcoming March 19 "Shamrock Classic" USAC Midget National Championship race at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin, Ill. will benefit from sponsorship by R.E. Griesemer. Entries filed by March 14 will be FREE of charge by accessing https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/shamrock-classic and entering the discount code regriesemer. R.E. Griesemer, a fire protection contractor that has been installing fire sprinkler systems for the past 40 years, has been a constant supporter of Midwest short-track racing, driver Bryan Clauson and Jonathan Byrd's Racing in their "Circular Insanity" pursuit of 200-plus races this season.

A Bryan Clauson, Inc. promotion, the race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims, similar to the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, just like the format employed last December at DuQuoin, concluding this time with a 50-lap main event.

Additional contingencies, over and above those distributed at all USAC National Midget races, include a Simpson Helmet to the feature winner. Other prizes to be distributed will come from Competition Suspensions, Inc. (CSI), Indy Race Parts and All Star Performance.

Dooling Machine has posted unique "pot of gold" cash prizes for random feature finishers and Max Papis Innovations (MPI) will provide a steering wheel for the driver voted the "Wheel Man of the Race," which will signify an outstanding performance.

The 50-lap feature winner will take home a unique trophy, which will be topped by a pot containing treasure, constructed by Cold Hard Art, the same company which crafts the unique "Indiana Sprint Week" trophies.

Outlaw Karts presented by Indy Race Parts are also part of the evening's racing program.

The timetable of events at the Southern Illinois Center begins with participant parking on March 18 (Friday) from 4-7 pm. Saturday's race-day schedule begins with pits opening at 8 am, followed by a "pit sweep" at noon. Spectator gates open at 1 pm. A public drivers' meeting starts at 3:30 pm and hot laps get under way at 4 pm.

 

 

CARB NIGHT CLASSIC CONTINUES
USAC's MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRADITION
AT LUCAS OIL RACEWAY

USAC's long-standing tradition of racing on Memorial Day weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis continues on Friday night, May 27, 2016, with the running of the "Carb Night Classic...
The Race Before the 500" featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series.

The event will feature a 100-lap event for the USAC Silver Crown Series. In addition, the racing extravaganza at the .686-mile track west of Indianapolis, located just a little over six miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will play host to the 5th Annual USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies as well as complete events for two series from the Mazda Road to Indy: The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

The event is the continuation of a tradition of USAC racing in Central Indiana on Memorial Day Weekend leading up to the running of the Indianapolis 500. In fact, this year's "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" will mark the 34th consecutive year a USAC event has been held at Lucas Oil Raceway on Memorial Day weekend.

"It's very exciting to be part of such a big event on Memorial Day weekend in Indy," USAC Racing Director Levi Jones said. "Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis is synonymous with USAC racing ever since the first event back in 1961. The 'Carb Night Classic' is sure to provide a night full of action-packed open wheel racing for fans."

The Silver Crown Series event, previously known as the "Day Before the 500" last season was won by Kingsburg, California's Tanner Swanson who also took the victory in Lucas Oil Raceway's other Silver Crown event in July of 2015.

In what is a busy week for USAC competitors in Indiana, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars will take on the Terre Haute Action Track Wednesday, May 25, for the 46th running of the "Tony Hulman Classic." The following day, Thursday, May 26, the USAC Silver Crown cars will compete on the one-mile dirt surface at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the prestigious "Hoosier Hundred" before coming to Lucas Oil Raceway for the "Carb Night Classic...The Race Before the 500" on Friday night, May 27.

The back-to-back events on the Silver Crown schedule mark a rare occurrence in the history of the series. Since 1971, only three times has the Silver Crown Series raced at different tracks in consecutive days.

In 1974, Mario Andretti took home both of the weekend's 100-mile races at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield in his Vel's Parnelli Jones Racing number 2 on August 17-18. J.J. Yeley swept 100-lappers on consecutive nights on May 22-23 of 2003 at Lucas Oil Raceway (then called Indianapolis Raceway Park) and the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis in Bob East & Tony Stewart's number 9. The last occasion came in 2008 when Dave Darland won on the dirt at Terre Haute and Bobby East won on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway.


 

USAC Appoints Firestone Farm Tires President to Board of Directors
Tony Orlando named to 3-year term


SPEEDWAY, Indiana - The United States Auto Club (USAC) today announced that Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Farm Tires, has been appointed to the organization's board of directors. Orlando will serve a three year term that began in January. Firestone Farm Tires, a division of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, is a leader in the agricultural tire solutions market.

USAC is America's most diversified motorsports sanctioning organization. Headquartered in Speedway, Indiana, USAC annually conducts more than 250 motorsports events nationwide in a wide variety of disciplines. Throughout the organization's 60-year history, USAC has presented nearly 10,000 total motorsports events internationally, spanning the spectrum of the sport from quarter-midget racing to Indy Cars and Formula One.

"Bridgestone has a great tradition of racing that is ingrained in our company's history and roots, and I am honored to have been appointed to the USAC board of directors," said Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Farm Tires, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. "An avid follower of motorsports for many years, I am looking forward to bringing my passion for the sport to the position."

Orlando joins a board comprised of business executives representing several facets of the sport, including Chairman and Indianapolis businessman Jeff Stoops, Secretary Pete Morse of Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys, Brett Frood of Tony Stewart Racing, Sterling Pratz, founder of Autonet Mobile, Mark Kvamme, co-founder and partner for Drive Capital, Charlie Mancuso, President of Feld Motorsports, Colin Dyne, CEO of Global Rally Cross, and USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller.

For more information about USAC, visit www.USACRacing.com.

 

 

MESERAULL SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN EPIC WINTER DIRT GAMES FINALE

By Richie Murray & Dillon Welch

There's a fine line between conservation and aggressiveness behind the wheel of a racecar. How much a driver can push himself and his car in either strategic direction without sacrificing the other is an art that is truly a difficult art to master. If a driver doesn't push hard enough, he will not put himself in a position to win. Conversely, if a driver doesn't take care of his equipment, namely the four pieces of rubber on his car, throughout the race, odds are he will not likely be standing in victory lane at night's end. On Saturday night, San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull was able to find just the right combination of speed, patience, and timeliness to take the victory on the last corner of the final lap in a wild, topsy-turvy USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship "Winter Dirt Games VII" finale at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

Meseraull, who was the night's ProSource Fast Qualifier would start the 30-lap feature from outside the third row, but it was the previous two nights' fast qualifier Max McGhee who started on the pole and led the first lap of the affair. Following a three-car tangle that brought out the race's first caution, the ensuing restart saw outside front row starter Robert Ballou taking the point from McGhee on lap two with Bryan Clauson in tow.

On the fifth lap, Clauson and Ballou banged wheels three separate times, swapping the lead back-and-forth in a battle of the two most recent series feature winners. As Clauson took command of the top spot, Ballou attempted to regain his rhythm as he dropped to fourth, overtaken by McGhee and Meseraull.

At the halfway point, the surface began to take rubber and tire wear became a primary concern as Meseraull got to the second spot on lap 17 with an outside maneuver on McGhee coming off of turn four. On the 18th lap, Meseraull threw a slide job on Clauson for the lead entering one, making slight contact with his right rear tire on Clauson's left front.

Just two laps later, Clauson regained the lead as Meseraull slid high exiting the second turn. Clauson immediately began to pull away and appeared as if he had the race in the bag as he distanced himself from the rest of the field. However, on lap 23, Clauson became the first victim of tire wear, popping a right rear tire and handing over the lead to youngster Max McGhee, putting the 18-year-old in a position to win his first career series race with just eight laps to go.

Under caution, McGhee and others cooled their tires off on the cushion, looking for any possible way to subdue the heat on the tires for the run to the checkered flag. On lap 25, Brady Bacon, running seventh, and fifth-place Ballou saw right rears wear out on them in what was becoming a battle of survival of the fittest.

With two laps remaining, McGhee, Justin Grant, and Meseraull ran nose-to-tail into turn one when suddenly McGhee's right rear tire went flat, sending him out of the groove, out of the lead, and out of luck. The green flag stayed out as Grant and Meseraull now ran one-two headed for the white flag. On the fourth turn of the final lap, with the checkered flag in sight, Grant's right rear gave way, allowing Meseraull to get underneath him and take his first series win of the season aboard his Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction - Zeller Construction/DRC/Claxton number 66, beating Chris Windom, Kyle Cummins, Chase Stockon and a heartbroken Grant to the finish line.

The Meseraull/Amati combo has become a force within the series since teaming up last summer, already peeling off three feature victories since late September of 2015. But on this night, Meseraull admits that it's not only experience that enabled him to manage his tires enough to win on this night, but sometimes luck plays a role along with being in the right place at the right time.

"I think I'm already one of the guys that can keep the tires under it." Meseraull said. "You can't over-gas these things and tonight that was the key. I tried not to get wheel spin and we made some changes to get the car over on the left side more and I think that was the key. If we'd have been buried on the right rear, we would've been done. Once Clauson went out, I just started to not burn it at all and then it was just a waiting game. Then, Max McGhee lost his (tire) and Justin lost his in the last corner. We kind of got lucky, but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."

Runner-up Chris Windom had a strong, steady, under-the-radar run in his Rick Pollock/Bates Commodities/Maxim/Advanced Engines number 21x, picking his way through the field from his 14th starting spot by altering his race strategy midway through the feature.

"The first ten to twelve laps we had a really good car and could pick some guys off," Windom said. But the last half was all strategy. You had to save your tires as much as possible, and then the last five laps became even more strategic. I was watching the top-three and knew at least a couple of them were going to blow tires because they were going way too hard on the right rear, so I just laid off and hoped that mine would stay up; thankfully it did."

Third place Kyle Cummins continued his impressive performances during "Winter Dirt Games VII" in the Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins number 3R, taking his third consecutive top-three finish in Ocala and extending his lead in the series point standings to 18 markers over Meseraull.

"It's been a really good week," Cummins exclaimed. "Every night we tried something different and we still have a good top-five car each night. The team is clicking and we're having fun. For a while there it became like a job to me. But I just try to go out and race and have a good time. We certainly want to win, but with finishes like that, we're going to start winning some. Once we do win, we'll have even more confidence and, I think, have a really good season."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS: PROSOURCE FAST QUALIFIER: Thomas Meseraull SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT WINNER: Kyle Cummins COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT WINNER: Justin Grant BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT WINNER: Brady Bacon INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT WINNER: Chad Boespflug KSE HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 3RD PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Cummins SCHOENFELD HEADERS 5TH PLACE FINISHER: Justin Grant SCHROEDER/PAC SPRINGS 8TH PLACE FINISHER: Jon Stanbrough TOP MAXIM FINISHER: Chris Windom WILWOOD BRAKE SYSTEMS PASSING MASTER: Bryan Clauson

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:February 20, 2016 - Ocala, Florida - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII" PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.073; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.149; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.157; 4. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.174; 5. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.240; 6. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.269; 7. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.304; 8. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-14.309; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.317; 10. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.322; 11. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.411; 12. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.442; 13. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.500; 14. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.554; 15. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.557; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.580; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.601; 18. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.632; 19. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.658; 20. Brady Short, 17GP, Dutcher-14.706; 21. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.708; 22. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-14.730; 23. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.773; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.798; 25. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-14.848; 26. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.878; 27. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-14.908; 28. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-15.156; 29. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.302; 30. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.339; 31. Lee Dakus, 75, DOW-15.611; 32. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-16.626.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cummins, 2. Clauson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Andretti, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Robbins, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Shuman. 2:04.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Stockon, 3. Spithaler, 4. Ballou, 5. Gentry, 6. Schmidt, 7. Harris, 8. Carlsson. 2:03.00

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Simon, 7. Westfall, 8. Dakus. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. B. Short, 3. Stanbrough, 4. McGhee, 5. C. Short, 6. Farney, 7. Leary, 8. Bell. 2:04.86

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. C. Short, 2. Wissmiller, 3. Farney, 4. Swanson, 5. Leary, 6. Simon, 7. Harris, 8. Robbins, 9. Shuman, 10. Westfall, 11. Dakus, 12. Bell, 13. Mellenberndt, 14. Carlsson, 15. Schmidt, 16. Gentry. NT

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 ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McGhee, Laps 2-4 Ballou, Laps 5-17 Clauson, Laps 18-19 Meseraull, Laps 20-22 Clauson, Laps 23-28 McGhee, Lap 29 Grant, Lap 30 Meseraull.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Cummins-227, 2-Meseraull-209, 3-Clauson-209, 4-Stockon-184, 5-Grant-184, 6-Bacon-178, 7-Ballou-174, 8-McGhee-163, 9-Darland-163, 10-Windom-162.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 2 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway

 

BALLOU BANKS WINTER DIRT GAMES GOLD IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray & Dillon Welch

Some might consider putting the #1 on a racecar in the year following a championship as a well-earned honor. On the other hand, some might consider it a curse.Defending series champion Robert Ballou quickly put the latter notion to rest by leading all 30 laps in his Ballou Motorsports/MPHG Promotions - Blakesley's Auto/Maxim/Ott to win night two of "Winter Dirt Games VII" in Friday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

The Rocklin, California driver started on the pole position, quickly jumping out to a sizable lead in the opening laps. Throughout the duration of the race, Ballou rarely encountered trouble, magnificently maneuvering through lapped traffic by the tenth lap. Just two laps later, a Kyle Robbins turn four spin ridded the leaders of traffic, supplying Ballou with an advantage on the lap 12 restart with the lapped car of Kent Schmidt sandwiched between him and second-running Brady Bacon at the green flag.

Bacon was Ballou's most serious threat in the early going, yet it was previous night's second place finisher Kyle Cummins riding the cushion around Bacon in turn two for the second spot on lap 14.

A flip by Jarett Andretti into turn one on lap 21 created one last restart with ten laps remaining. Cummins' left rear appeared to be low on air as the field prepared to come to the green and Bacon was quickly able to charge past Cummins to claim the second position.

Ballou's commanding lead quickly shrank as Bacon once again was looking at a clear racetrack through his visor. One last move by Bacon on Ballou coming out four to the checkered flag wasn't enough as Ballou earned his first victory of the year, beating Bacon, Cummins, Bryan Clauson and Dave Darland to the line at the finish.

Ballou tallied his 23rd career series win, tying him for 19th on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list with A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

"I thought we had a car that was capable of winning last (Thursday) night, but we forgot to put a bleeder in and it just kind of messed up the night," said Ballou who finished 10th in Thursday night's feature. We didn't point any fingers; we just kept digging. We put our heads down today and I said, 'it's a new night; we've got to start over; it's a long season.' We had to dig deep, but we hit everything where we needed to tonight."

Bacon, the 2014 series champ and a USAC Sprint feature winner in Ocala, Fla. one season ago, discovered during his run Friday night that the high side was the place to be.

"Before the next to last yellow, I tried the bottom and it just didn't work and Cummins got around me," admitted Bacon, the driver of the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/XXX/Williams Mopar. "But the next restart, I went back up top and was able to get back around him. I felt like I was better the first few laps after a restart than a couple of those guys, but everyone was pretty equal up on the top and that was pretty much the only option."

Third place finisher Cummins, who carries the series point lead into Saturday night's "Winter Dirt Games VII" finale, backed up his second place run on Thursday night with another podium finish in his Hank Byram/Vincennes University - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins.

"I kind of found a different groove when I was chasing Robert and I'd catch him, but then lose him again," Cummins said. "This thing is right on the edge of being a handful to drive right now and we just haven't found a good setup to calm it down. We changed quite a bit from last night and it still acted sort of the same. Finishing third is alright, but we'll have to try some drastic stuff tomorrow to really get after it. We're fast. We just have to be better."

Friday night's contingency award winners included Max McGhee (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat); Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension (CSI) Second Heat); Clauson (Benic Enterprises Third Heat & KSE Hard Charger); Brady Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat); Cummins (Schroeder/Pac Springs 3rd Place Finisher); Darland (Schoenfeld Headers 5th Place Finisher); Chris Windom (Schroeder/Pac Springs 8th Place Finisher); Ballou (Top Maxim Finisher).

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

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.771 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-13.914; 3. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.979; 4. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-13.997; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.040; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-14.111; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.115; 8. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.116; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.119; 10. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.152; 11. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.164; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.171; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.221; 14. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-14.290; 15. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.301; 16. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.307; 17. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-14.379; 18. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.409; 19. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.476; 20. Brady Short, 17GP, 14.481; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.491; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.500; 23. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.508; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.565; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-14.592; 26. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-14.636; 27. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-14.655; 28. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-14.704; 29. Lee Dakus, 75, DOW-14.726; 30. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-14.949; 31. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.288; 32. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-15.640; 33. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.657.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. McGhee, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Andretti, 4. Bacon, 5. Spithaler, 6. Wissmiller, 7. Dakus, 8. Leary, 9. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle. 2. Cummins, 3. Darland, 4. Simon, 5. Harris, 6. Shuman, 7. Mellenberndt, 8. Westfall. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clauson, 2. Schmidt, 3. Swanson, 4. Grant, 5. C. Short, 6. Robbins, 7. Farney, 8. Bell. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Boespflug, 3. Ballou, 4. Stockon, 5. Windom, 6. Chapple, 7. Gentry, 8. Carlsson. 1:59.69

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. C. Short, 4. Wissmiller, 5. Leary, 6. Robbins, 7. Farney, 8. Shuman, 9. Gentry, 10. Chapple, 11. Mellenberndt, 12. Dakus, 13. Harris, 14. Westfall, 15. Bell, 16. Spithaler, 17. Carlsson. NT

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
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**Mellenberndt flipped during the semi. Andretti flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ballou

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bryan Clauson

 

CLAUSON CRUISES TO NATIONAL SPRINT SEASON OPENER IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray & Dillon Welch

Although his determined charge to the front was interrupted by three early yellow flags, Noblesville, Indiana's Bryan Clauson was undeterred as he took the checkered flag during "Winter Dirt Games VII" in his Dooling-Hayward/B & H Contractors - Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Spike/Stanton Mopar in Thursday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening feature at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Starting in the fourth position, Clauson quickly pounced to the front, immediately putting pressure on outside front row starter Chase Stockon for the lead by the end of the first lap. However, a turn four spin by Jarett Andretti brought out the yellow before the first lap could be completed, bringing about a complete restart.

On the ensuing restart, Clauson once again shot to the front, taking the lead on the third lap when the rear end on Aric Gentry's car locked up, bringing out the second caution of the 30-lap event. On lap seven, Stockon's tail tank was shadowed around the 3/8-mile D-shaped clay oval by Clauson when Kody Swanson came to a stop backwards in turn four.

Clauson, tired of seeing yellow, was intent on making the most of an extended green flag run, finally claiming the top spot for good on the eighth lap, sliding up in front of Stockon entering turn one and eventually pulling away to a half straightaway lead over Stockon.

Clauson was never challenged despite encountering lapped traffic in the final few circuits, taking his fourth USAC-sanctioned win of the year over Kyle Cummins, Thomas Meseraull, Max McGhee and Chad Boespflug.

Clauson, who won three of the five USAC Southwest/West Coast Sprint features at the "Winter Challenge" at Peoria, Arizona's Canyon Speedway in January likens his success at Bubba Raceway Park to Canyon.

"This place has always been a place since day one that I've taken a liking to," Clauson said. "I kind of like to call it the Canyon of the south for me. Our cars are always really good and I'm proud to drive this thing. It's been a rocket ship since we unloaded it at Eldora last year."

As the track slicked off a bit, Clauson felt that the conditions suited his style to park it in victory lane for the fourth time in "Winter Dirt Games" competition, also picking up victories in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

"Our car, historically, the slicker it gets, the better we are," Clauson said. "We were licking our chops all night. Our Spike chassis and Stanton power were getting to the ground and we felt like we had really good forward drive all night long. We were able to maneuver; that was the big thing. When Chase took our line away up top, I could go to the middle and still make some runs at him. That's what we work on every night, not only to be fast but to be able to make multiple lines work."

Cummins, of Princeton, Indiana, had a superb run, taking second at the checkered, passing Stockon during a three abreast battle along with Meseraull, who collected the third spot.

"At the beginning I felt like I sucked everywhere, but I made some adjustments and it seemed like going into the middle of one, everybody was kind of hanging, and I could make up a little bit of ground. In three and four, I could just run in the middle. Going into one and getting off turn four was my best by far. It seemed like I could make up a huge amount on the guys."

Brady Short, who owns the lead for the Wilwood Brake Systems Passing Master Award for the weekend, was the KSE Hard Charger for the night, moving from 18th to the 11th in the feature. The contingency award winner for Schoenfeld Headers was fifth-place finisher Boespflug while Meseraull (3rd) and Brady Bacon (8th) won contingencies from Schroeder/Pac Springs. The top-finishing driver in a Maxim chassis was McGhee in the fourth spot.

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

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Max McGhee, 17, McGhee-13.967; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Byram-14.091; 3. Bryan Clauson, 63, Dooling/Hayward-14.162; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-14.251; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32/TBI-14.276; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.298; 7. Justin Grant, 5, Baldwin-14.303; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98e, NineEight/EZR-14.398; 9. Robert Ballou, 1, Ballou-14.431; 10. Aaron Farney, 15F, Farney-14.433; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.539; 12. Chris Windom, 21x, Pollock-14.626; 13. Casey Shuman, 4J, Ottinger-14.654; 14. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.724; 15. Kody Swanson, 71p, Phillips/Wolters-14.740; 16. Carson Short, 21, Short-14.775; 17. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-14.779; 18. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.799; 19. Brady Short, 17GP, Dutcher-14.818; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.819; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-14.827; 22. Tom Harris, 5E, East-14.954; 23. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-15.039; 24. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.092; 25. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-15.135; 26. Aric Gentry, 10, GBR-15.161; 27. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.183; 28. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.379; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.693; 30. Brandon Spithaler, 57B, Burkey-NT; 31. Frank Carlsson, 20, Carlsson-NT; 32. Matt Westfall, 38, Baumgartner-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ballou, 2. McGhee, 3. Stockon, 4. Wissmiller, 5. Darland, 6. Shuman, 7. Simon, 8. Bell. 2:07.41

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Cummins, 3. Andretti, 4. Leary, 5. Harris, 6. Farney, 7. Spithaler, 8. Gentry. 2:14.09

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. B. Short, 3. Grant, 4. Clauson, 5. Robbins, 6. Swanson, 7. Mellenberndt. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Boespflug, 3. Windom, 4. Meseraull, 5. C. Short, 6. Schmidt, 7. Westfall, 8. Chapple. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Shuman, 2. Swanson, 3. C. Short, 4. Darland, 5. Gentry, 6. Simon, 7. Farney, 8. Schmidt, 9. Westfall, 10. Harris, 11. Robbins, 12. Spithaler, 13. Bell, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Carlsson, 16. Chapple. NT

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
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Stockon, Laps 8-30 Clauson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Clauson-79, 2-Cummins-79, 3-McGhee-74, 4-Meseraull-72, 5-Boespflug-65, 6-Stockon-63, 7-Grant-58, 8-Bacon-57, 9-Leary-52, 10-Ballou-51.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 19 - Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park - "Winter Dirt Games VII"

 

 

"WINTER DIRT GAMES VII" TO STREAM LIVE ON SPEEDSHIFT TV;
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USAC AND IMRA MIDGET SERIES JOIN FORCES FOR 2016 SEASON

The United States Auto Club (USAC) and the Engler Illinois Midget Racing Association (IMRA) have teamed up for the 2016 racing season to form one of the biggest production engine midget racing series in the Midwest.

The season consists of a 27-race schedule with the majority of the races split between two "home tracks" in Illinois and Iowa: Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Illinois and 34 Raceway in Burlington Iowa. The season opening event takes place Saturday, April 9 at 34 Raceway with the season concluding at Spoon River on Saturday, September 24.

The series will also hold its first ever USAC/IMRA "Summer Sizzle Speedweek" July 21-24, kicking off the week with a two-day event at Farmer City Raceway on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22 for the "Engler USAC/IMRA Nationals." The series will then move to 34 Raceway on Saturday, July 23rd and conclude on Sunday night, July 24th at Spoon River Speedway. Special events have also been schedule throughout the season to bring several high-paying events including a $1500-to-win event at the end of the 2016 season.

IMRA has consistently gained participation with the relatively stock-based, 2.4-liter engine platform, thus eliminating the cost of high-dollar aftermarket parts and creating one of the most affordable grassroots midget racing series. IMRA has seen steady growth over the last three years with more than 45 drivers competing in the series in 2015.

"This was a perfect fit for our series and our drivers," stated IMRA president Tracy Hull. "What a huge boost for our series!"

Furthermore, the 2016 USAC IMRA champion will be honored at December's USAC banquet in Indianapolis.

"What an honor it will be to have the USAC/IMRA Midget champion enter the USAC record books alongside some of the greatest open wheel drivers in history," Hull said. "We could not be happier with our decision to create an alliance with USAC and we are honored to be included."

For more info on the USAC/IMRA Midget Series, including the 2016 rules and event schedule, please visit their Facebook page by searching "Illinois Midget Racing Association."


2016 USAC/ENGLER IMRA MIDGET RACING SERIES TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
April 9: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
April 16: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
April 23: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
April 30: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
May 7: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
May 14: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
May 21: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
May 28: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
May 29: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
June 4: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
June 11: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
June 18: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
June 25: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
July 2: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
July 9: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
July 16: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
July 21: Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, Illinois (Summer Sizzle Speedweek)
July 22: Farmer City Raceway - Farmer City, Illinois (Summer Sizzle Speedweek)
July 23: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa (Summer Sizzle Speedweek)
July 24: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois (Summer Sizzle Speedweek)
August 6: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
August 13: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
August 20: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
August 27: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
September 10: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
September 17: 34 Raceway - Burlington, Iowa
September 24: Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

 

 

NINE VENUES HOST WESTERN STATES MIDGETS IN 2016


USAC's 2016 Western States Midget schedule reflects 15 events at nine venues in the Golden State. Placerville Speedway hosts the March 23 opener while the series season comes to a close at the 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" which unfolds this year on November 24 at the Ventura Raceway.

"Turkey Night" returns to Ventura 19 years after Billy Boat's significant victory in the only previous appearance of the classic at the one-fifth oval by the sea. Boat's win marked his third consecutive "Turkey Night" victory at three different tracks! The November 24 race will be the third of three visits to Ventura this year, following races May 21 and October 29.

Returning to the calendar after 2015 appearances are Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Bakersfield Speedway, Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Petaluma Speedway, Calistoga Speedway, Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico and Santa Maria Raceway. The September 3-4 races at Calistoga are part of the 9th "Louie Vermeil Classic."

Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. has won the past three USAC Western States Midget titles. Nine different drivers scored victories last season, including six different winners in the final six races.

Four September dates comprise this year's "California Midget Week." Ryan Bernal of Hollister, Calif. won last year's "California Midget Week" title.


2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE

March 23: Placerville, CA - Placerville Speedway
April 9: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway
April 30: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
May 21: Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
June 4: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
June 25: Hanford, CA - Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
July 16: Petaluma, CA - Petaluma Speedway
September 3: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway
September 4: Calistoga, CA - Calistoga Speedway
September 8: Chico, CA - Silver Dollar Speedway
September 17: Santa Maria, CA - Santa Maria Raceway
October 8: Tulare, CA - Thunderbowl Raceway
October 29: Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
November 19: Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
November 24: Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway

 

 

PROSOURCE AGAIN REWARDS SPEED IN 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CLAUSON BECOMES 6th USAC DRIVER TO 100 WINS

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINAL WINTER CHALLENGE POINT STANDINGS:

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

 

 

CLAUSON CLAIMS CANYON ON NIGHT #4 OF WINTER CHALLENGE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGETS SET TO MAKE DEBUT IN 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

USAC SOUTHWEST/WEST COAST SPECIAL EVENT SPRINT RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

WINTER CHALLENGE POINTS:

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

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS READY

FOR 21 EVENT SLATE IN 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

28 DATES SET FOR 2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS


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

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

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

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

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

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


2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series Schedule

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

"WINTER CHALLENGE" USAC OPENERS AT CANYON

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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


2016 USAC National Midget Championship Calendar

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


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATE:
Saturday, December 19, 2015

SERIES:
USAC Midget "Special Event"

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

EVENT:
Inaugural "Junior Knepper 55"

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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


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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

47 DATES HIGHLIGHT AMBITIOUS AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT SLATE


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

HONDA USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FINAL HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1.

FINAL HONDA USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1.

 

 

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

By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

ALSO AT TRACK: Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps)

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

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

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa

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


 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Hodges

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

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

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

 

 

LUCKY NUMBER THIRTEEN FOR BALLOU ON WESTERN WORLD OPENING NIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

USAC SOUTHWEST & WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

GARDNER-SPENCER CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO “WESTERN WORLD”

By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

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

By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CLAUSON TAKES TWENTY-FIVE GRAND WITH OVAL NATIONALS WIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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**Malcolm and Liggett flipped during the second semi.

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

NEW AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PIT BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

 

BALLOU DRAWS FIRST BLOOD,
WINS OVAL NATIONALS OPENER

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE PIT BOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

By Lance Jennings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC HPD EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

48TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PRE-ENTRIES

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

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

 

 

2016 FLORIDA SPRINT CAR OPENERS SET AT OCALA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

USAC HPD WESTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

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

 

 

 


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