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HULBERT NAMED FULL-TIME

USAC NATIONAL ANNOUNCER FOR 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 19, 2024)………Bryan Hulbert has been named the full-time lead announcer for USAC national racing in 2024.

Hulbert’s role will encompass full coverage of each and every event on the Silver Crown, AMSOIL Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule on the track’s public address system as well as on FloRacing’s live stream of every race throughout the 2024 USAC national season.

Originally hailing from New Mexico, but now residing in Oklahoma, Hulbert announced the first six races of the USAC season during the recent Winter Dirt Games XV series in February in Florida, having the opportunity to announce for an organization he has long held an affinity for since his youngest days as a race fan.

“It's very humbling to get the chance to represent USAC, its drivers and sponsors,” Hulbert said. “USAC is a series I've followed since I was a kid and have always held in high regard. I'm looking forward to the season and the challenges that come with it. Winter Dirt Games gave me a chance to work with the entire team and get a feel for how the series runs on a night-to-night basis, start making connections with the teams and establishing a routine.”

Hulbert has handled announcing duties at racetracks for 18 seasons. He started as a trackside reporter in 2006 before taking on the role of lead announcer in 2007 at dirt tracks such as Southern New Mexico Speedway and Texas’ El Paso Speedway Park.

A jack of all trades in motorsports, Hulbert has worked extensively in the departments of marketing, public relations, graphic design, ad design, commercial production, voiceovers, hanging banners, production work, you name it.

Hulbert has also been a fixture on the microphone at the Chili Bowl Nationals for more than a decade, a role he will retain during the winter months following the conclusion of the USAC season.

“The fun part about my job is that I still get to be a fan and contribute to the sport I love,” Hulbert stated. “Chili Bowl and the Tulsa Shootout are the same way, and fortunately, working for USAC will allow me to keep doing what I've been doing in Tulsa with the added benefit of being able to follow teams and drivers I normally only get to see one week a year. It’s definitely going to make studying for the test a lot easier!”

Hulbert’s next gig with USAC will arrive when the National Sprint Car season resumes on Friday, April 5, for the running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track.

 

 

5 YEARS TO THE DAY:

LEARY TRIUMPHS AGAIN

WITH USAC SPRINTS AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 16, 2024)………The last time C.J. Leary won at Florida’s Ocala Speedway, it wound up being a very good year.

After parlaying a final night Winter Dirt Games victory in 2019 at Ocala into a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship later that season, the Greenfield, Ind. racer hopes that 2024 will bear a much similar fruit.

During Friday night’s Winter Dirt Games XV finale at the 3/8-mile dirt track, Leary took the right step in that direction by notching his first feature victory of the season, exactly five years to the day of his only other Ocala triumph, the significance of which wasn’t lost on Leary.

“This is awesome to pick up a win here,” Leary exclaimed. “It’s been since 2019 that we’ve been in victory lane here. Maybe this is a little sign of what’s to come throughout the whole season.”

Leary’s late-race surge on Friday night took him from fourth to first during the final five circuits, where he took over the point from series point leader Logan Seavey just three laps from the finish of the 30-lapper en route to victory in his BGE-Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy, the same 2020-built chassis he won with during Indiana Sprint Week at Kokomo Speedway in 2023.

The 23rd main event win of Leary’s USAC National Sprint Car career moved him to 28th on the all-time list, surpassing 27-time winners Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sammy Sessions while equaling Roger McCluskey on the 28 line.

Leary’s victory was of the resurgent variety, having collected four top-five finishes in each of his first four starts of the USAC season before tallying a distant ninth the night before at Ocala. What they thought was a possible engine malfunction 24 hours earlier turned out to be the same powerplant that guided the team to victory 24 hours later.

“We’ve been so fast and so good, but we had a little bit of an off night last night,” Leary recalled. “I thought we were having engine issues yesterday so we went through the whole thing and diagnosed it and couldn’t find anything wrong, so we just kept running it. This is probably the last night on this rebuild.”

Leary began his race from the fourth spot on the grid while, for the third consecutive event, Chase Stockon led the opening lap after starting from the pole position. However, by lap three, the man on the charge was Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier Kevin Thomas Jr. who utilized the outside line to his liking, blowing by Stockon on the backstretch for the top spot on lap three.

Thomas’ time up front proved to be short-lived as Seavey quickly reeled him in and initiated a successful turn one slide job on the fourth lap which thrusted him into the race lead.

Seavey continued to ride the high line through the middle stages of the race as he swiftly knifed his way through the thick throng of lapped traffic to gain a 1.5 second lead over Thomas. Seavey continued to trounce the field as he assembled a full straightaway lead over Brady Bacon who deftly dove under Thomas in turn two to slot into the second position with nine laps remaining.

From there, Seavey’s interval over Bacon dissipated abruptly, and with six laps to go, Bacon was within a couple whiskers of Seavey’s tail tank when both narrowly avoided disaster. Just ahead of Seavey and Bacon, the lapped car driven by Robert Bell, making his first series start in nearly three years, spun out, forcing the leaders to take evasive action in order to avoid as the race went yellow.

With six to go, Leary found himself mired in fourth on a track that became lathered in rubber. But it didn’t stop Leary from beginning to make a surge. Leary pressed Thomas on lap 26 and wedged into the third spot in turn three under Thomas to move up another spot on the pylon.

Suddenly, fifth running Justin Grant slowed with a flat right rear tire, which caused him to stop in turn one, indicating that tire wear and attrition had begun to rear its head. Grant, winner of three-in-a-row at Ocala in the past week, saw his run end with a season-low 20th place result.

On the immediate restart, Leary shot under Bacon off turn four on lap 27 to corral third and cross the line just before fifth running Daison Pursley became the next victim of a right rear tire’s demise, which went flat and forced him to a stop in turn one.

Now with Leary lined up on Seavey’s rear bumper for the lap 28 restart, it didn’t take long for Leary to flex his muscle. Sweeping wide through turns one and two, Leary loaded up on momentum and carried it with him for the entire length of the the backstretch, and ultimately, was able to scoot under Seavey off turn four to put himself in prime real estate at the front of the field.

Thinking a bit earlier that, when the rubber came, the track surface was going to be hard to pass on, Leary even proved his own theory to be incorrect.

“I think it just kind of paid off there by not being the leader at the end,” Leary explained. “Those guys kept shortening the track up, looking for the rubber, but I was able to keep my momentum up around the top and find some moisture.”

Leary tore away from the pack over the final three trips, and on the last of the 30 laps, poured it on by laying down his fastest lap of the feature as he was taking the checkered flag for a .835 margin of victory over Seavey, Stockon, Thomas and Jadon Rogers, who posted a fine fifth place run. Bacon was headed for a third-place result on the final lap when his right rear tire gave way off turn four, dropping him to seventh in the final running order.

Second at the stripe was Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who finished off his six-race Florida stretch with six consecutive top-three finishes with the brand-new Abacus Racing sprint car team and their CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

“When you’re leading and it takes rubber, you think that’s the best thing,” Seavey said. “But one and two really didn’t take rubber. It was really slippery and tricky, and then you get so much speed down the frontstretch from the rubber, you just go sliding through one and two. I saw C.J. marching up the board every caution and I knew he was really good, but I guess I just assumed that he was driving around guys up a lane and then getting down in front of them on the backstretch just because it was so slick getting off two, so I moved up just half a lane and he snuck right by me. I got myself a little free after seeing guys blow tires and I freed myself up a little bit thinking I could get some weight off my right rear and make it to the end. It was the wrong decision, and I lost the race.”

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) equaled his season-best with a third-place result in his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Superior Tank & Trailer – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/DRC/Fisher Chevy.

“I could see some of the guys’ tires starting to go down and delaminating a little bit, and I kind of knew we needed to save,” Stockon recalled. “Over the years, we’ve always been pretty decent in the rubber, so I was able to pick my way back up to third. We started on the pole both nights here, and on the last two nights, we’ve ended up third. Going first to third doesn’t show how hard these guys have been working on this car to get me comfortable, but we’re inching up on them.”

Joey Amantea (Mount Pocono, Pa.) has had a solid start to his first full season of USAC National Sprint Car racing. On this night, he capped his Winter Dirt Games trip with a run from 20th to 11th. That performance earned him the night's Irvin King Hard Charger award.

For the second consecutive season, Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned the Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia/Flamingo Sandy Winter Dirt Games Passing Master title. Throughout the course of the past week in Florida, The Mad Man passed a total of 44 cars.

Meanwhile, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) recorded his 38th career USAC National Sprint Car Fast Qualifying time, moving him past three-time series champ Larry Dickson and now sits just one behind five-time titlist Levi Jones for sixth all-time.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 16, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.914; 2. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.085; 3. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.158; 4. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.187; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.205; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.267; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.307; 8. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.316; 9. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.401; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.444; 11. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.462; 12. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.476; 13. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.565; 14. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.582; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.619; 16. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.626; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.643; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.719; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.744; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.810; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.886; 22. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.210; 23. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-15.598; 24. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-15.601; 25. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.615; 26. Kobe Simpson, 21K, Simpson-15.705; 27. Jake Bland, 24x, Maddox-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Robert Ballou, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Shane Butler, 9. Chase Howard. 2:04.00

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Mitchel Moles, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Joey Amantea, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Kobe Simpson. 2:02.78

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. Robert Bell. 2:04.89

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (4), 2. Logan Seavey (3), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Jadon Rogers (7), 6. Mitchel Moles (10), 7. Brady Bacon (2), 8. Alex Bright (14), 9. Briggs Danner (12), 10. Carson Garrett (11), 11. Joey Amantea (20), 12. Robert Ballou (16), 13. Jake Swanson (15), 14. Tye Mihocko (13), 15. Kyle Cummins (19), 16. Matt Westfall (9), 17. Tom Harris (17), 18. Brandon Mattox (18), 19. Kobe Simpson (25), 20. Justin Grant (8), 21. Hunter Maddox (21), 22. Daison Pursley (5), 23. Chase Howard (24), 24. Robert Bell (23), 25. Shane Butler (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Chase Stockon, Lap 3 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 4-27 Logan Seavey, Laps 28-30 C.J. Leary.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-462, 2-C.J. Leary-424, 3-Kevin Thomas Jr.-400, 4-Justin Grant-388, 5-Daison Pursley-331, 6-Chase Stockon-322, 7-Briggs Danner-309, 8-Robert Ballou-305, 9-Kyle Cummins-304, 10-Mitchel Moles-295.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-37, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Alex Bright-27, 4-Joey Amantea-24, 5-Logan Seavey-20, 6-C.J. Leary-19, 7-Kyle Cummins-18, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-15, 9-Matt Westfall-15, 10-Briggs Danner-13.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-44, 2-Tye Mihocko-39, 3-Logan Seavey-35, 4-C.J. Leary-30, 5-Alex Bright-30, 6-Joey Amantea-29, 7-Kyle Cummins-27, 8-Justin Grant-26, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-25, 10-Matt Westfall-20.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 5, 2024 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, Indiana – Jim Hurtubise Classic – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Briggs Danner (14.202)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.914)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

ProSource Hard Work Award: Kobe Simpson

Irvin King Hard Charger: Joey Amantea (20th to 11th)

Hughes Racing/Indiana Mafia/Flamingo Sandy Winter Dirt Games XV Passing Master Champion: Robert Ballou

 

 

 

3-FOR-3!

GRANT TOPS USAC SPRINT FIELD

FOR THIRD-STRAIGHT OCALA WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2024)………Quite frankly, Florida’s Ocala Speedway has served all of Justin Grant’s banking needs throughout Winter Dirt Games XV.

After three USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victories in three starts this year, the 3/8-mile dirt oval has been a figurative ATM for Grant and his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

In the process, Grant (Ione, Calif.) set a new milestone on Thursday night at Ocala with his 48th career series victory, surpassing USAC Hall of Fame inductee Tracy Hines for sole possession of fourth place all-time.

Furthermore, Grant became the first driver since Damion Gardner in 2010 to win at least three of the first four events to begin a USAC National Sprint Car season. Now, with seven overall scores, Grant has added to his grand total as both the winningest USAC National Sprint Car driver at Ocala Speedway and as the winningest driver in Winter Dirt Games history.

By doing so, Grant gave TOPP Motorsports a share of the top of the list in terms of the winningest teams in Winter Dirt Games history, tied with Dynamics, Inc. at six main event victories, turning his No. 4 into something more akin to what you might see on the launching pad at Cape Canaveral, located roughly two hours southeast of where he won Thursday night’s feature.

“Our car is lights out around here,” Grant exclaimed. "I feel like we’re about the same speed as everybody else early in the day, but by the time this place gets slick in feature time, this thing has been an absolute rocket ship.”

Grant’s currently active streak of three-straight wins at a single track began with back-to-back victories at Ocala to open the season last weekend. It’s a familiar scenario for Grant who is the only driver to achieve three consecutive wins at one track throughout the past four USAC Sprint Car seasons. Grant has actually accomplished it on two other separate occasions in that span, both coming at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, between 2021-22 and across three successive evenings in August of 2023.

Starting outside the front row on Thursday night at Ocala, Grant quickly established the lead by lap two as he glided underneath pole sitter and opening lap leader Chase Stockon on the inside of turn two, then was practically perfect for the remainder of the 30-lap distance.

Grant had opened up a 2.5 second lead over the field just before the midway point until third-running Timmy Buckwalter slipped over the cushion in turn one on lap 14 and slid to a stop. The incident also affected sixth place Brady Bacon whose horrible, no good, rotten start to the year got even worse when his right rear tire nicked Buckwalter’s rear bumper, flattening Bacon’s rubber as he attempted to avoid Buckwalter’s stalled machine, which prompted a visit to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area for a new tire.

As a result, Bacon restarted at the tail and managed only a 13th in the final finishing order, his fourth finish of 12th or worse in five starts this season.

Just after the ensuing restart, Logan Seavey, gunning to earn his third-straight USAC win of the week after sweeping Tuesday’s twin bill at Volusia, drag raced past Stockon on the front straight to gain the second position on lap 15. That put the only two 2024 USAC winners running one and two.

Just moments later, however, USAC Rookie Trey Osborne (20th) launched over the outside guardrail in between turns three and four on the 16th lap. Osborne walked away from the incident after becoming the second driver of the night to clear the wall after Zach Daum catapulted over the turn four rail before landing outside the track. Both drivers walked away without injury.

Mere moments before Osborne’s crash, Grant overcame a bit of tentativeness on his approach into turns three and four, knowing that in order to defeat Seavey, he was going to have to slightly alter his approach.

“I was afraid to open my entry into turn three, but three and four were getting pretty thin,” Grant explained. “I know you’ve got to open your entry here to get that moisture down the front stretch. On the lap the red came out, I had done that, and it was like, ‘okay, it’s time to move.’”

During the open red flag in which crews are permitted to make adjustments on their cars and offer sage-like advice to their drivers, crew chief Jeff Walker assured Grant that they weren’t going to be beat if they were able to string together 15 more high quality laps on the board. Importantly, both driver and team were in concert and in complete agreement that it was a necessity to get off the bottom of turn four even better than they had been.

“I think I had her figured out,” Grant confidently stated. “But it was certainly nice to have Jeff come out and just get the heart rate back down, settle me down and let me know that what I was thinking was right.”

With 10 laps remaining, the top-two breakaway of the 2023 USAC national champions resumed with Grant keeping Seavey consistently at bay by two to three car lengths at the front of the field.

For the balance of the show, that’s how it remained, and when the curtain closed, that’s how it concluded. At the finish line, Grant was 0.524 seconds ahead of Seavey with Stockon third, Daison Pursley fourth and Jake Swanson fifth.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) increased his series point lead to 27 over Grant after recording his fifth consecutive top-three result in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy, just missing out on becoming the first driver since Damion Gardner in 2010-11 to score three-straight Winter Dirt Games triumphs.

“I think our car was good, if not maybe a touch better than Justin’s,” Seavey pointed out. “I tried to arch turn three one time and it was actually the same lap he arched three. We both were out in the black and he got away from us. When you’ve got a guy like Justin out front, unless a mistake happens, it doesn’t really matter if you’re faster than him or not. We ran a good race and ran a good line to get to his bumper. I thought I had a shot, but the only real shot you have is when there’s a mistake, but there weren’t any.”

For the second race in a row, Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) stepped out into the race lead on the opening lap. This time around, however, he stuck around up front to gain his best USAC result of the season thus far, a third in his KO Motorsports/Banded Ag – Superior Tank & Trailer – Dewig Meats – AMSOIL/DRC/Fisher Chevy

“Kent Schmidt has been turning the wrenches on this thing all week,” Stockon revealed. “We’ve had a fast car and had a lot of good moments, but a little luck just didn’t go our way. I think we’re inching up on these guys. I think it’ll be a trending thing to see the 5s car back up on the podium more often. These guys – Logan and Justin – have a really good pace right now. It’s pretty cool to watch these guys battle it out, but we’d just like to be in front of them while they’re doing that.”

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the biggest mover of in the feature, advancing seven spots from 14th to seventh to earn Irvin King Hard Charger honors. Meanwhile, Shane Butler (Bushnell, Fla.) grabbed the final transfer spot in the semi-feature, which earned him his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature starting spot as well as ProSource Hard Work honors for the night.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.925; 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-13.929; 3. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.005; 4. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.039; 5. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.039; 6. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.040; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.099; 8. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.100; 9. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.126; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.132; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.149; 12. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.194; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.212; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.258; 15. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.340; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.348; 17. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.349; 18. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.376; 19. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.445; 20. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.452; 21. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.487; 22. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.550; 23. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-14.968; 24. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.973; 25. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.047; 26. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.075; 27. Kobe Simpson, 21K, Simpson-16.139; 28. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-17.189.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Robert Ballou, 4. Alex Bright, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Carson Garrett, 7. Shane Butler. 1:57.91

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Hunter Maddox. 1:56.20

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Trey Osborne, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Chase Howard, 7. Kobe Simpson. 1:58.32

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Robert Bell. 1:57.28

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Chase Howard, 4. Shane Butler, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Kobe Simpson, 7. Robert Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Logan Seavey (6), 3. Chase Stockon (1), 4. Daison Pursley (4), 5. Jake Swanson (3), 6. Matt Westfall (9), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (14), 8. Kyle Cummins (8), 9. C.J. Leary (12), 10. Jadon Rogers (10), 11. Robert Ballou (17), 12. Joey Amantea (19), 13. Brady Bacon (7), 14. Carson Garrett (11), 15. Mitchel Moles (16), 16. Tye Mihocko (20), 17. Alex Bright (24), 18. Tom Harris (15), 19. Brandon Mattox (22), 20. Trey Osborne (18), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (5), 22. Chase Howard (21), 23. Briggs Danner (13), 24. Shane Butler (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-30 Justin Grant.

**Hunter Maddox flipped during qualifying. Zach Daum flipped over the turn four guardrail during the fourth heat. Trey Osborne flipped over the turn three guardrail on lap 16 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-384, 2-Justin Grant-357, 3-C.J. Leary-344, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-330, 5-Daison Pursley-297, 6-Kyle Cummins-266, 7-Robert Ballou-259, 8-Briggs Danner-257, 9-Chase Stockon-253, 10-Mitchel Moles-233.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-33, 2-Tye Mihocko-32, 3-Alex Bright-21, 4-Logan Seavey-19, 5-C.J. Leary-16, 6-Matt Westfall-15, 7-Joey Amantea-15, 8-Kyle Cummins-14, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-13, 10-Justin Grant-10.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-40, 2-Tye Mihocko-39, 3-Logan Seavey-30, 4-Justin Grant-24, 5-C.J. Leary-24, 6-Alex Bright-24, 7-Kevin Thomas Jr.-23, 8-Kyle Cummins-20, 9-Matt Westfall-20, 10-Joey Amantea-18.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 16-17, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Logan Seavey (13.946)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Logan Seavey (13.925)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Matt Westfall

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Kyle Cummins

ProSource Hard Work Award: Shane Butler

Irvin King Hard Charger: Kevin Thomas Jr. (14th to 7th)

 

 

GATOR SWEEP!

SEAVEY WINS BOTH ENDS OF

USAC SPRINT TWIN BILL AT VOLUSIA

Barberville, Florida (February 13, 2024)………Throughout the past few years, we’ve witnessed Logan Seavey accomplish a myriad of feats that have not been achieved by any other individuals in generations.

In 2022, he became the first driver to win on all three USAC national season finales on dirt. In 2023, he captured two USAC national victories at two different tracks within a single day. Later that same season, he swept the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals. The list goes on and on.

On Tuesday night at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, Seavey added yet another astounding achievement to his ever-growing list. On this night, the Sutter, Calif. racer did something no other driver has done in more than 22 years – winning multiple USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship features in a single day.

Fellow Californian Bud Kaeding was the most recent to go back-to-back on the same night in October of 2001 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Seavey’s performance was the 18th occasion in which a driver swept both ends of a USAC National Sprint Car doubleheader at the same track on the same day.

The others to accomplish the feat are Jim Hurtubise (1961 Langhorne), Roger McCluskey (1966 Terre Haute), Mario Andretti (1967 Oswego), Greg Weld (1968 Reading), Sammy Sessions (1969 Pocono), Pancho Carter (1973 Winchester), A.J. Foyt (1974 Indiana State Fairgrounds), Tom Bigelow (1974 Minnesota State Fairgrounds), Marvin Carman (1975 Winchester), Pancho Carter (1976 Eldora), Pancho Carter (1976 Winchester), Tom Bigelow (1977 Indiana State Fairgrounds), Pancho Carter (1977 Winchester), Steve Chassey (1979 Winchester), Billy Cassella (1979 Eldora), Doug Wolfgang (1991 Tri-City), Bud Kaeding (2001 Terre Haute).

So few have been able to make their way onto the list over the years and decades, and in continuing a trend that has been true since 1979, Seavey won both of his races on a dirt half-mile – the kind of place that fits him to a T.

“It’s incredible,” Seavey exclaimed. “These races are so hard to win, and to win any of them is just a dream come true for me. These big half-miles really suit me well. Once you get your momentum going, it’s easy to keep it going. I’ve been here in the past and struggled, but this thing is so good. I was really confident, and it showed here tonight. The last 13 months have been the best months of my career and my life. It’s just so cool to be out here winning USAC races.”

In addition, Abacus Racing had a perfect night as well, capturing its first two USAC National Sprint Car features in a span of a little more than an hour. The Noblesville, Ind. based team became the first entrant to win their first two USAC National Sprint Car main events on the same day since Max Dowker at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 1975, a car driven to twin-50 lap victories nearly a half-century ago.

To add to the saga, Abacus Racing’s primary powerplant met its demise as Seavey was taking the checkered flag during a heat race victory in Monday’s rain-abbreviated program. At that point, the team decided to remove the engine out of their CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy spare car and install it in their primary rather than going with the backup.

The move paid off, and here they are now, all of a sudden standing with a pair of wins and the USAC National Sprint Car point lead just four races into the team’s existence with the series, and just a handful of months removed from series titles with both the USAC Silver Crown and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Midgets in 2023.

“(Crewman) Kirk (Simpson) and Ronnie (Gardner) have worked so much harder than I feel they should’ve or needed to,” Seavey praised. “I kind of pushed them to make that call to stay in this car and change engines and keep our starting spot for later. These guys didn’t give up. They just kept working on this thing and making it better for me. When you change engines, it changes everything. With any power difference, it just changes the car completely. Our car has been so good, and to have a big change like that is tough, but you can’t really help engine problems.”

The first of two features held on Tuesday night was a 30-lapper paying $10,000-to-win, which saw Seavey starting ninth on the grid. Pole sitter Carson Garrett led the initial five circuits until outside front row starter Kyle Cummins went topside around the low-riding Garrett to take over the top spot on lap six.

By halfway, Seavey was in the thick of the mix as he charged under Brady Bacon for the second spot on lap 15. After catching Cummins on lap 20, Seavey attempted his first slider to no avail in turns one and two. When Cummins counterpunched to briefly reassume the lead, Seavey sling-shotted his way under Cummins in turns three and four to make the move stick and take over the reins of the race.

“I really was surprised actually when (Cummins) turned down off two,” Seavey recalled. “I think I just hopped the cushion a little bit when I slid him. I was nervous, and then I got an awful final restart and I spun really bad. I had to protect a lot into one and I didn’t feel like I got through one and two good at all, but I kind of got through the back stretch okay. I thought if I could just get into three good and get away from these guys, I’d be okay. I grabbed brake and I got tight, then I just kept making mistakes those last few laps, but the car kind of carried me to the win.”

Just when Seavey seemingly had it all wrapped up in a neat little package just after taking the white flag, calamity ensued. During a battle for third between Bacon and Kevin Thomas Jr., Bacon and the lapped car of Jadon Rogers collided in turns three and four, resulting in Bacon and Rogers flipping over as well as the oncoming car of Trey Osborne. All drivers managed to climb out and walk away.

As was the story all night long, Seavey found no match after the green-white-checkered restart, scoring the win by 1.331 seconds over Cummins, making it two brand-new teams finishing inside the top-two. Thomas Jr. took third while fast qualifier and new one-lap track record holder C.J. Leary grabbed fourth. Meanwhile, Garrett rounded out the top-five.

Starting fourth in the second “Monday make-up” feature of the night, Chase Stockon zipped out to the opening lap lead from his pole starting position. However, third-starting Bacon quickly positioned himself at the front with a slider on Stockon for the lead in turn one on lap two.

By lap four, Seavey had already shot his way into second as he slipped by Stockon to take the spot, then began to work on reeling in Bacon. On lap 11, Seavey swiped the lead from Bacon with a strong run on the back straight. However, just as Seavey cleared Bacon, the yellow flag flew for a 360-degree spin in turn four by Stockon after he and Grant tangled in a battle for seventh. Due to the caution, Seavey relinquished his lead back to Bacon for the ensuing resumption.

It didn’t take long, however, for Seavey to fight his way back to the front. Seavey slid Bacon in turns one and two to take full ownership of the top spot on lap 14, then immediately jetted away to a 1.6 second advantage just a mere lap later.

“It’s tough when you’re leading,” Seavey said of Bacon’s predicament. “He was running fairly hard, but when you’ve got a rabbit to chase, you can always push it a little bit harder. If you’re leading and screw up, you look like a dummy. It’s hard to judge just how hard you can run. If you step over the line once, it gets you, and it did get him there, but he got saved by the yellow. This car is so comfortable on the cushion and secure, you can really hammer it in there and run well. I got to him a little bit earlier in the race and I tried too hard, and I was the one getting up over it. These big fast miles with a curb are tricky, and it’s why we love them.

Nonetheless, the action came to a halt in a major way on lap 20 as Robert Ballou (12th) barrel rolled atop turns one and two. Rogers (17th) attempted to avoid the carnage, but flipped several times himself as well, his second upside down misfortune of the night. Both drivers walked away without harm. Leader Seavey nearly got caught up in it and was forced to take evasive action to avoid the carnage, narrowly avoiding contact with four wheels above the cushion, but kept it going.

Seavey held a 3.542 second lead before the red flag with six to go, but once again, he went undeterred to the finish line, opening up a relatively comfortable gap of 1.742 seconds at the stripe for his second triumphant performance of the night while Bacon, Leary, Daison Pursley and Grant rounded out the top-five.

In addition, Seavey added to his trophy collection with a Big Gator for accumulating the best average finish of the night between the two main events, and of course, an average result of 1.0 for the entirety of the evening is simply impossible for anyone else to overtake, and that is something that nobody was able to accomplish all throughout Tuesday night.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals / Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.151 (New Track Record); 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.375; 3. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.506; 4. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.557; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.574; 6. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.607; 7. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.667; 8. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.700; 9. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-16.707; 10. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.711; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.716; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.760; 13. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.784; 14. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.796; 15. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.816; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.834; 17. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-16.883; 18. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-16.889; 19. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.940; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-16.991; 21. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-17.005; 22. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-17.011; 23. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.043; 24. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.083; 25. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.093; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-17.565; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Briggs Danner, 7. Robert Ballou, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Tom Harris. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Hunter Maddox. 2:18.20

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Brian Ruhlman, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Carson Garrett, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Trey Osborne, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Robert Bell. 2:16.68

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Tom Harris, 3. Trey Osborne, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Hunter Maddox, 7. Chase Howard. 2:22.45

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Kyle Cummins (2), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (8), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Carson Garrett (1), 6. Daison Pursley (25-P), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Briggs Danner (3), 9. Chase Stockon (18), 10. Justin Grant (5), 11. Robert Ballou (24), 12. Joey Amantea (12), 13. Tye Mihocko (19), 14. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 15. Tom Harris (13), 16. Matt Westfall (10), 17. Zach Daum (14), 18. Hunter Maddox (22), 19. Alex Bright (20), 20. Brady Bacon (7), 21. Jadon Rogers (15), 22. Trey Osborne (23), 23. Brandon Mattox (16), 24. Brian Ruhlman (17), 25. Jake Swanson (21). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Carson Garrett, Laps 6-19 Kyle Cummins, Laps 20-30 Logan Seavey.

**Brady Bacon, Jadon Rogers & Trey Osborne flipped on lap 29 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-237, 2-C.J. Leary-230, 3-Justin Grant-223, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-222, 5-Robert Ballou-181, 6-Briggs Danner-180, 7-Kyle Cummins-166, 8-Daison Pursley-164, 9-Carson Garrett-151, 10-Mitchel Moles-149.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER PRESENTED BY SPIRE SPORTS + ENTERTAINMENT POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-78, 2-Kyle Cummins-75, 3-C.J. Leary-72, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-72, 5-Carson Garrett-64, 6-Mitchel Moles-60, 7-Briggs Danner-56, 8-Daison Pursley-55, 9-Justin Grant-53, 10-Chase Stockon-50.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-24, 2-Tye Mihocko-16, 3-Alex Bright-13, 4-Logan Seavey-12, 5-Kyle Cummins-11, 6-C.J. Leary-10, 7-Chase Stockon-9, 8-Briggs Danner-8, 9-Mitchel Moles-7, 10-Jadon Rogers-7.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-31, 2-Tye Mihocko-23, 3-Logan Seavey-22, 4-Justin Grant-18, 5-C.J. Leary-18, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 7-Alex Bright-16, 8-Chase Stockon-15, 9-Kyle Cummins-14, 10-Briggs Danner-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 15-16-17, 2024 – Ocala Speedway Park – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (16.711)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.151)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Brady Bacon

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Robert Ballou

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (24th to 11th)


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12-13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.173 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.424; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.504; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.532; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.562; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.645; 7. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.664; 8. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.705; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.775; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.792; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.834; 12. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.838; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-16.840; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.893; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-16.956; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.991; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-17.112; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.137; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.174; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.231; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.297; 22. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.336; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.397; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-17.513; 25. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.906; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-18.141; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.745.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Chase Howard. 2:16.61 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Hunter Maddox, 9. Robert Bell. 2:17.52

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Robert Bell. 3:00.79

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses, held February 13) 1. Logan Seavey (4), 2. Brady Bacon (3), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Daison Pursley (12), 5. Justin Grant (8), 6. Alex Bright (7), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5), 8. Briggs Danner (10), 9. Mitchel Moles (2), 10. Kyle Cummins (13), 11. Tye Mihocko (23), 12. Tom Harris (17), 13. Carson Garrett (9), 14. Joey Amantea (18), 15. Chase Stockon (1), 16. Robert Ballou (19), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Zach Daum (14), 19. Trey Osborne (24), 20. Hunter Maddox (20), 21. Brian Ruhlman (21), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (11), 23. Jadon Rogers (16), 24. Jake Swanson (15). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-13 Brady Bacon, Laps 14-25 Logan Seavey.

**Robert Ballou & Jadon Rogers flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-307, 2-C.J. Leary-294, 3-Justin Grant-281, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-274, 5-Briggs Danner-229, 6-Daison Pursley-225, 7-Robert Ballou-212, 8-Kyle Cummins-209, 9-Mitchel Moles-195, 10-Carson Garrett-188.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tye Mihocko-28, 2-Robert Ballou-27, 3-Logan Seavey-15, 4-Kyle Cummins-14, 5-Alex Bright-14, 6-C.J. Leary-13, 7-Matt Westfall-12, 8-Briggs Danner-10, 9-Justin Grant-9, 10-Daison Pursley-9.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tye Mihocko-35, 2-Robert Ballou-34, 3-Logan Seavey-25, 4-Justin Grant-21, 5-C.J. Leary-21, 6-Kyle Cummins-17, 7-Alex Bright-17, 8-Kevin Thomas Jr.-16, 9-Briggs Danner-15, 10-Matt Westfall-15.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Timmy Buckwalter (16.994)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.173)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

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

ProSource Hard Work Award: Trey Osborne

Irvin King Hard Charger: Tye Mihocko (23rd to 11th)

 

 

VOLUSIA RAINED OUT MONDAY;

USAC SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER ON TUESDAY!

Barberville, Florida (February 12, 2024)………After receiving heavy continuous rain with thunderstorms in the area and more on the way at Volusia Speedway Park, officials have concluded Monday’s DIRTcar Nationals program with the safety of teams and fans in mind.

By completing the Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi-Feature for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the DIRTcar Late Models, Monday’s program is deemed complete.

However, to make sure drivers and fans still get the shows they came for, Monday’s USAC Sprint Car Feature is being moved to the Tuesday, February 13 program and Monday’s DIRTcar Late Model Feature is being moved to Wednesday, February 14.

That will give fans a USAC doubleheader on Tuesday with the DIRTcar Late Models and then four DIRTcar Late Model Features on Wednesday in addition to the Super DIRTcar Series program.

Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park continues Tuesday, Feb. 13, with DIRTcar Late Models and USAC Sprint Cars.

Twenty-seven USAC Sprint Car drivers were on hand for Monday’s event. C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind) set a new USAC track record in qualifying with a lap of 16.173 seconds for an average speed of 111.297 mph. Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) and Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won each of the three heat races while Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) scored a victory in the semi-feature.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) and Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) will start on the front row of Tuesday’s 25-lap makeup feature program. The first feature will be 30 laps.

On Tuesday, pits open at 1pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30 followed by qualifying and racing. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $40. Premium reserved tickets are $45. Child reserved tickets are $18. Pit passes are $45. Advance tickets available at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/.

Live coverage of Tuesday’s USAC event will be streamed at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 12, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-16.173 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-16.424; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-16.504; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.532; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.562; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-16.645; 7. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-16.664; 8. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-16.705; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-16.775; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.792; 11. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-16.834; 12. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-16.838; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-16.840; 14. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.893; 15. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-16.956; 16. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-16.991; 17. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-17.112; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-17.137; 19. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-17.174; 20. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-17.231; 21. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-17.297; 22. Brian Ruhlman, 49, Ruhlman-17.336; 23. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.397; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-17.513; 25. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-17.906; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-18.141; 27. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-18.745.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Carson Garrett, 6. Robert Ballou, 7. Brian Ruhlman, 8. Trey Osborne, 9. Daison Pursley. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Briggs Danner, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Mitchel Moles, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Chase Howard. 2:16.61 (New Track Record)

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Joey Amantea, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Hunter Maddox, 9. Robert Bell. 2:17.52

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Brian Ruhlman, 5. Hunter Maddox, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Chase Howard, 9. Robert Bell. 3:00.79

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-170, 2-Logan Seavey-159, 3-C.J. Leary-158, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-150, 5-Robert Ballou-136, 6-Briggs Danner-124, 7-Jake Swanson-111, 8-Daison Pursley-109, 9-Joey Amantea-104, 10-Alex Bright-104.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-12, 2-Robert Ballou-11, 3-Kyle Cummins-11, 4-Tye Mihocko-10, 5-C.J. Leary-8, 6-Briggs Danner-8, 7-Mitchel Moles-7, 8-Jadon Rogers-7, 9-Matt Westfall-7, 10-Justin Grant-6.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-16, 2-Tye Mihocko-15, 3-C.J. Leary-14, 4-Alex Bright-14, 5-Logan Seavey-13, 6-Robert Ballou-13, 7-Briggs Danner-13, 8-Kyle Cummins-12, 9-Kevin Thomas Jr.-9, 10-Matt Westfall-9.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Timmy Buckwalter (16.994)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary (16.173)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Alex Bright

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

T.J. Forged / Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

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

ProSource Hard Work Award: Trey Osborne

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK AT OCALA!

GRANT MOVES TO 4TH ON USAC SPRINT WIN LIST

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2024)………One night after moving into the top-five on the all-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature win list, Justin Grant rose even higher in the record books during Saturday’s second round of Winter Dirt Games XV at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

Starting fourth for the second consecutive program, Grant (Ione, Calif.) blitzed past Kevin Thomas Jr. with 10 laps remaining to earn his second victory in as many nights, this one worth $7,500, behind the wheel of the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The 47th career series triumph for Grant subsequently moved him ahead of Jack Hewitt on the list and into a tie for fourth all-time alongside Tracy Hines, the 2002 USAC National Sprint Car titlist. When Grant arrived on the USAC scene in 2010, and during his formative years on the trail in the ensuing years, Hines was among those who took Grant under his wing, showing him the ropes and sharing his knowledge with Grant to help him find his footing in the sport.

All these years later, here they both are, near the top of a historic list that is reserved only for the greatest the sport has ever seen.

“Tying Jack was special, but tying Tracy means a lot to me personally,” Grant explained. “Jack was a heck of a racecar driver, but I know Tracy really well. Tracy has helped me through a lot of the deepest ruts and the darkest times in my racing career. Tracy’s always been there to help me through it, whether it’s injuries or switching rides or losing rides or whatever it is. Tracy gets a rap as being a bit of a hard ass, but Tracy’s a really good guy to a lot of us younger racers and helped teach a lot of us how to do this and how to come along. I appreciate everything he did for me and it’s an honor to be tied with him.”

Furthermore, Grant also finds himself in select company as just one of 11 drivers to win the first two USAC National Sprint Car features in a season: Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1978), Rich Vogler (1987), Robbie Stanley (1993), Brian Tyler (1998), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004), Damion Gardner (2010), Brady Bacon (2020) and now himself (2024).

But more anything, the back-to-back victories indicate a superb start to the season that now encompasses three-straight USAC National Sprint Car wins dating back to the end of the 2023 campaign. In his last 19 series starts, Grant has conquered victor in 10 of them, all of which came soon after master mechanic Jeff Walker joined TOPP Motorsports, forming a combination that has won far more since midsummer of July 2023 than any other team.

“Jeff and I have been racing together a long time,” Grant reminisced. “We speak the same language and it’s a ton of fun racing with him. He’s really, really sharp and he makes me the best that I can be. We come in and we want to be better every time. Every time I come in, he thinks the car needs to be better and I think I need to do a better job behind the wheel. So, we get together and try to make it happen.”

Initially, pole sitter Joey Amantea zipped out to lead the first three laps of his USAC National Sprint Car career. However, third-starting Thomas Jr. soon made his move on Amantea, swiping the top spot with a turn one slider on lap four. It was also a historic outing for Thomas who, on this night, became the 11th driver to reach the 400 career feature start mark with the series.

Meanwhile, further on back in the field, the battle for fifth raged on between Chase Stockon and Robert Ballou. Earlier in the night, Stockon grabbed his 33rd career Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifying time in USAC National Sprint Car competition, tying him with Grant for 11th all-time. Good fortune did not find Stockon in the feature on lap nine, however, as he went topside in turn three while Ballou combed the bottom. The two ultimately collided somewhere in the middle, with Stockon getting the worst end of the situation as he briefly became airborne before landing on all fours and sliding backwards to a stop beyond the cushion in turn four. Stockon restarted but managed only an 18th place result.

When action resumed, Thomas opened his lead to 1.4 seconds as the race neared the halfway mark. Yet on lap 14, 10th running Brady Bacon slipped off turn two and spun to a stop while Kyle Cummins (14th) also spun to a halt while attempting an evasive maneuver. Bacon wound up 12th after the restart while Cummins had to settle for 19th.

Grant, who had run third throughout the duration thus far, soon flexed his muscles. By lap 15, he had moved to second with an up-and-under move on Amantea at the exit of turn four. Over the next five laps, Grant swiftly sliced into Thomas’ 0.8 second advantage, and found himself within a couple car lengths by lap 20. In turn four, Thomas drifted off the bottom, swinging the door wide open for Grant to burst into the lead and straight into the history books.

“You don’t get too many opportunities here at Ocala, so you’ve got to pounce on them when they present themselves,” Grant laid out. “It was almost better to be in second there because I didn’t feel like I was really very good in three and four either. I was able to start moving around and seeing what worked better judging off KTJ, but he didn’t have that luxury. So, we were able to start getting in really high and getting a little bit of cushion to drive across. I’d gotten a couple really good runs, but I’d get to his back bumper, then have to lift. It was like, ‘man if he doesn’t miss it off four, I don’t know what I’m going to do here.’ Then, fortunately, it timed out right. I had a good run then he missed it off four and we were able to slip by.”

Grant’s 1.786 second margin of victory made him the winningest driver in the 15-year history of Winter Dirt Games. His sixth score broke a tie he had held for exactly one day alongside Damion Gardner and Bacon.

Kevin Thomas Jr. came home second with Logan Seavey third, C.J. Leary fourth and ProSource Hard Work award winner Robert Ballou fifth. Alex Bright took sixth after starting 18th, which earned him Irvin King Hard Charger honors.

For Thomas (Cullman, Ala.), two races into his full-time role with Rock Steady Racing, performed admirably, leading a race-high 16 laps while giving the new pairing its best result thus far in the Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy.

Straight out of the box, Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) put the new Abacus Racing ride on the podium with a third-place finish in each of its first two starts in the CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.075; 2. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.104; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-14.165; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.217; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-14.277; 6. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.307; 7. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.332; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.336; 9. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.415; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.422; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.500; 12. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.551; 13. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.556; 14. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.578; 15. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.589; 16. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.626; 17. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.626; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.660; 19. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.737; 20. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.740; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.744; 22. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.763; 23. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.766; 24. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.809; 25. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-15.243; 26. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.392; 27. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.465; 28. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-15.738.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Joey Amantea, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Hunter Maddox. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tom Harris, 2. Briggs Danner, 3. Jadon Rogers, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Alex Bright, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Chase Howard. 1:58.69

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Garrett, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Trey Osborne, 6. Zach Daum, 7. John Mollick. 1:58.17

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Shane Butler. 1:58.20

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Chase Howard, 6. John Mollick, 7. Hunter Maddox. 2:31.17 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3), 3. Logan Seavey (5), 4. C.J. Leary (11), 5. Robert Ballou (10), 6. Alex Bright (18), 7. Daison Pursley (2), 8. Joey Amantea (1), 9. Briggs Danner (14), 10. Tye Mihocko (16), 11. Timmy Buckwalter (15), 12. Brady Bacon (17), 13. Jake Swanson (7), 14. Mitchel Moles (20), 15. Carson Garrett (9), 16. Jadon Rogers (23), 17. Matt Westfall (22), 18. Chase Stockon (6), 19. Kyle Cummins (24), 20. Trey Osborne (19), 21. Brandon Mattox (13), 22. Mark Smith (21), 23. Zach Daum (12), 24. Tom Harris (8). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Joey Amantea, Laps 4-19 Kevin Thomas Jr., Laps 20-30 Justin Grant.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-162, 2-Logan Seavey-147, 3-C.J. Leary-146, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-139, 5-Robert Ballou-132, 6-Briggs Danner-119, 7-Jake Swanson-105, 8-Daison Pursley-105, 9-Joey Amantea-99, 10-Alex Bright-96.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Alex Bright-12, 2-Robert Ballou-11, 3-Kyle Cummins-11, 4-Tye Mihocko-10, 5-C.J. Leary-8, 6-Briggs Danner-8, 7-Mitchel Moles-7, 8-Jadon Rogers-7, 9-Matt Westfall-7, 10-Justin Grant-6.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-15, 2-Briggs Danner-13, 3-Alex Bright-13, 4-Robert Ballou-12, 5-C.J. Leary-11, 6-Kyle Cummins-11, 7-Tye Mihocko-11, 8-Logan Seavey-8, 9-Jadon Rogers-8, 10-Mitchel Moles-7.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 12-13, 2024 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV / DIRTcar Nationals – 1/2-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (14.556)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Chase Stockon (14.075)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jake Swanson

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Tom Harris

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Carson Garrett

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Robert Ballou

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: C.J. Leary

ProSource Hard Work Award: Robert Ballou

Irvin King Hard Charger: Alex Bright (18th to 6th)

 

 

MIRACLE GRANTED:

GRANT SCORES USAC SPRINT OPENER IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 9, 2024)………Justin Grant’s winning performance wasn’t exactly how he drew it up, so to speak, during Friday night’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opener at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

In fact, once Grant took the lead from Brady Bacon five laps from the finish line, he would rather have just driven away scot-free to victory while not having to dwell on any mixed feelings about a subsequent victory celebration.

Nonetheless, on occasion in the sport of auto racing, the best laid plans can go awry. Soon after taking, losing, then retaking the lead from Bacon on lap 26, Grant’s car kicked sideways in turn four, directly into the path of Bacon. Bacon attempted to avoid the idle Grant but clipped his right front tire into Grant’s left rear. As a result, Grant’s car got reignited, then straightened out and continued on while Bacon took the brunt of the misfortune, spinning to a stop.

Henceforth, Grant (Ione, Calif.) traveled the final five laps on the 3/8-mile dirt track toward victory in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy.

The parallels of this year’s season opener and the 2023 lid lifter at Ocala are uncanny. A year ago, Bacon performed a half-spin in turn four, then carried onto victory where he surpassed Jack Hewitt on the series’ all-time win list. For Bacon, that particular performance moved him into a tie for the all-time lead in career Winter Dirt Games victories with five alongside Damion Gardner. Similarly, this time around, Grant’s victory was his fifth in the yearly annual event, elevating him to the top line with Bacon and Gardner.

Grant’s score was monumental in the USAC record books as well with this being the 46th feature win of his USAC National Sprint Car career, tying himself with Hewitt for a share of fifth place on the all-time list.

“That’s really, really cool,” Grant exclaimed upon learning of the feat. “I got to do a stint in Ohio driving for Mark Hery. I learned a lot and learned a lot of racecraft there, and I was able to develop a lot of what I do now racing around Ohio racetracks with Mark. Jack was always around in those days. It’s cool to tie him and it’s really cool that we have those lists so that we can look back at the heroes and legends of our sport. Being able to climb up the list among these giants is an absolute dream come true. I never thought I’d win a single USAC Sprint Car race, so to be climbing up through there with those guys and to be tied with Jack Hewitt on the all-time wins list, it means a lot and it’s very special to me.”

The win proved to be Grant’s ninth in his last 18 USAC National Sprint Car starts dating back to July of 2023. Furthermore, it was Grant’s first season opening triumph with the series since 2017, also at Ocala.

With Grant starting fourth in the 24-car feature lineup, the initial attempt at a start didn’t fare well for 11th starting Sterling Cling. After contact with Alex Bright (14th) on the opening lap, Cling flipped several times in turn four. Zach Daum was also collected in the melee, sliding to a stop. Cling walked away under his own power, but his night evening was put on the shelf.

At that point, outside front row starter Bacon took command of the field as he stepped out front ahead of pole sitter Jake Swanson. Bacon continued to hold a firm grip on the lead throughout the first 10 laps of the race as Grant slid under Swanson in turn one to assume third on lap 11, but still remained about eight car lengths back of Bacon who soon found himself mired in lapped traffic.

Grant continued to edge closer as Bacon continued to nudge his way into the thick of traffic with Tom Harris and Timmy Buckwalter just ahead of the pair. On lap 25, Grant saw daylight on the bottom of turn one and slid up in front of Bacon and Buckwalter to take over the top spot. It proved to be short lived, however, as Grant tried to find a route around Harris to no avail. That opened the door for Bacon to skate back under Grant to retake the lead at the stripe by a wheel.

“As we were coming to Brady, I felt like we had a better racecar,” Grant explained. “I could really eat him up in three and four, but it was going to be really tough to get by him. Fortunately, with the way the lapped traffic worked out, I was able to sneak by him. Then I hit the bottom off three and four and he was able to get me back. I was able to make up a bunch of time around the top, then I got back around him, and I hadn’t entered up high since earlier in the race!”

Grant immediately fought back on the outside in turn one, working a path around Bacon and then Harris before, seemingly, setting off to a clear horizon as he entered turns three and four on lap 26. But not so fast, my friend.

“I got down in there and I got to chopping on the right rear tire with it being real low on air,” Grant recalled. “I just chopped my way and kind of half-spun, then came down the track in front of him. We banged wheels and he spun out. That wasn’t how I wanted that to go. I planned on circling the top and driving away and not having to feel bad about anything. I feel bad we ended Brady’s race there. We were having a heck of a battle, and I was looking forward to battling with him to the end. Brady’s a great racecar driver and it’s a lot of fun racing with him.”

From Bacon’s perspective, it was pure misfortune that befell him and cost him a shot an all-time record fourth career USAC National Sprint Car opening night victory.

“We led the whole race,” Bacon lamented. “Lapped traffic’s really tough here when it’s on the bottom like that. it probably backed my pace off a little bit and enabled him to catch me. Right when I was moving around to get by Harris, he got in there with us. We were mixing it up trying to get past that lapped car and I probably had the better position there in three and four. He kind of got caught in the marbles and spun out. We hit him and he kept going and stalled us.”

It was no contest for Grant after the final restart as he hustled away to a 2.219 second margin of victory over runner-up C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) while Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) rounded out the podium in third. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) earned Irvin King Hard Charger honors with his 10th to fourth high side run as Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) came home a strong fifth.

Leary turned in his best Ocala run since winning the final night in 2019. On this night, he raced his way to a runner-up result aboard his BGE Dougherty Motorsports/Altoz – Valvoline – Hornbeck Concrete/DRC/1-Way Chevy. Dating back to last year, it’s his third consecutive podium finish after a pair of thirds in 2023.

Likewise for Seavey who recorded his best Ocala outing since a third in 2020. But on this occasion, he achieved it with a team making its first ever USAC Sprint Car appearance. Seavey drove to third once again in his Abacus Racing/CG CPAs – Indy Custom Stone – Forecheck Marketing/DRC/Stanton Chevy.

Brandon Mattox (Terre Haute, Ind.) earned ProSource's Hard Work Award for the night. After qualifying 27th out of 30 drivers in the field, Mattox worked his way into the feature lineup.

In Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) rose to seventh place all-time on the USAC National Sprint Car Fast Qualifier list. With his 37th career fast time, KTJ moved past Bryan Clauson and into a tie with Larry Dickson on the list.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 9, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.858; 2. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.892; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.985; 4. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.055; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.107; 6. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.207; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.214; 8. Sterling Cling, 34, SCR-14.223; 9. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.263; 10. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.284; 11. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.289; 12. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.310; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.395; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.418; 15. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.458; 16. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.469; 17. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.492; 18. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.533; 19. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.538; 20. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.553; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.554; 22. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.683; 23. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.771; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.825; 25. Hunter Maddox, 24m, Maddox-14.937; 26. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.975; 27. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.990; 28. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.184; 29. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.359; 30. Will Hull, 7s, Allen-15.905.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tom Harris, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chase Howard, 8. Hunter Maddox. 1:57.32

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Briggs Danner, 2. Carson Garrett, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Trey Osborne, 7. Shane Butler, 8. Will Hull. 1:57.81

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Robert Ballou, 5. Mark Smith, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Zach Daum. 1:57.82

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jadon Rogers, 2. Joey Amantea, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Mitchel Moles, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. John Mollick. 1:58.07

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Bright, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Sterling Cling, 5. Shane Butler, 6. Chase Howard, 7. Hunter Maddox, 8. John Mollick, 9. Trey Osborne. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (4), 2. C.J. Leary (3), 3. Logan Seavey (5), 4. Robert Ballou (10), 5. Briggs Danner (8), 6. Jake Swanson (1), 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Jadon Rogers (9), 11. Daison Pursley (12), 12. Mitchel Moles (13), 13. Joey Amantea (17), 14. Carson Garrett (19), 15. Alex Bright (14), 16. Brady Bacon (2), 17. Tom Harris (21), 18. Matt Westfall (20), 19. Tye Mihocko (23), 20. Zach Daum (16), 21. Brandon Mattox (24), 22. Timmy Buckwalter (18), 23. Mark Smith (22), 24. Sterling Cling (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Brady Bacon, Laps 26-30 Justin Grant.

**Will Hull flipped during the second heat. Sterling Cling flipped on lap one of the feature.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-82, 2-C.J. Leary-76, 3-Logan Seavey-74, 4-Robert Ballou-66, 5-Briggs Danner-66, 6-Kevin Thomas Jr.-65, 7-Jake Swanson-60, 8-Chase Stockon-57, 9-Kyle Cummins-52, 10-Jadon Rogers-51.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Robert Ballou-6, 2-Kyle Cummins-6, 3-Carson Garrett-5, 4-Joey Amantea-4, 5-Tom Harris-4, 6-Tye Mihocko-4, 7-Justin Grant-3, 8-Briggs Danner-3, 9-Brandon Mattox-3, 10-Logan Seavey-2.

HUGHES RACING / INDIANA MAFIA / FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES XV SPRINT CAR PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-8, 2-Robert Ballou-7, 3-Briggs Danner-6, 4-Kyle Cummins-6, 5-Joey Amantea-5, 6-Carson Garrett-5, 7-Joey Amantea-5, 8-C.J. Leary-4, 9-Logan Seavey-4, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: C.J. Leary (14.054)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.858)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chase Stockon

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Briggs Danner

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Jadon Rogers

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Alex Brig

ProSource Hard Work Award: Brandon Mattox

Irvin King Hard Charger: Robert Ballou (10th to 4th)

 

 

ROCK STEADY & FAST:

KTJ IS FASTEST IN OCALA PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 8, 2024)………Kevin Thomas Jr. and Rock Steady Racing’s first night out in 2024 went just about as smooth as you can ask for.

The Cullman, Ala. driver who won at Ocala in 2021 timed in with a best lap of 13.796 seconds during Thursday night’s open practice with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

The three-hour session was the final preparation prior to the opening two races of the series season on Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, at Ocala’s 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Thomas and Rock Steady Racing/Inferno Armor – Eddie Gilstrap Motors – Creative Finishing/Mach-1/Stanton Chevy recorded the best lap of the evening in the second of three groups that timed in on Thursday.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) was the quickest in group one and second fastest overall with a lap of 13.928. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), in the debut of the Abacus Racing sprint car, was the best in the third and final group and third overall at 13.962 seconds. Carson Garrett (Littleton, Colo.) was fourth overall at 14.009 while two-time and defending series champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 14.016.

Rock Steady Racing, with Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) as its driver, won the most recent USAC Sprint Car event at Ocala in February of 2023. Cummins was 14th overall in Thursday’s practice at 14.216. Four-time USAC National Sprint Car titlist Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), winner of the 2023 season opener at Ocala, timed in ninth fastest overall.

For the first night of racing on Feb. 9 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On both nights Feb. 9-10 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class.

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events from Florida will be streamed live and on-demand at https://flosports.link/usac.


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 8, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 3R, Rock Steady-13.796; 2. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.928; 3. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.962; 4. Carson Garrett, 15, BGE Dougherty-14.009; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.016; 6. Chase Stockon, 5s, KO-14.024; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.063; 8. C.J. Leary, 15x, BGE Dougherty-14.083; 9. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.094; 10. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-14.118; 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 20, Hummer-14.136; 12. Briggs Danner, 39, Hogue-14.140; 13. Alex Bright, 27, Heffner-14.210; 14. Kyle Cummins, 3p, Petty-14.216; 15. Sterling Cling, 34, SCR-14.225; 16. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.261; 17. Jadon Rogers, 17GP, Dutcher-14.325; 18. Joey Amantea, 88J, JPA-14.359; 19. Jake Swanson, 2B, 2B Racing-14.392; 20. Zach Daum, 5d, Daum-14.394; 21. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-14.470; 22. Trey Osborne, 5, Baldwin/Fox-14.582; 23. Mark Smith, 43m, Witherspoon-14.612; 24. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Wilson-14.613; 25. Shane Butler, 18, Butler-14.972; 26. Will Hull, 7s, Hull-15.148; 27. John Mollick, 4J, Clever-15.170; 28. Chase Howard, 13, Howard-15.795.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 9-10, 2024 – Ocala Speedway – Ocala, Florida – Winter Dirt Games XV – 3/8-Mile Dirt Track

 

 

CHILDHOOD FRIENDS, NOW TEAMMATES: BACON & LAWHEAD UNITE FOR ’24 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Pat Sullivan – USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 7, 2024)……… Brady Bacon and Billy Lawhead have a long history dating back nearly 30 years. They both grew up watching their fathers, Ronnie Lawhead and Leon Bacon, race in the Tulsa, Okla. area. They traveled and raced together in their early teens and also competed against each other in micro sprints.

Simply put, both men have enjoyed a successful motorsports career.

Now, Bacon and Lawhead have teamed together for the 2024 season. Lawhead will be a key component of Bacon’s quest for a fifth USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in the Dynamics Inc./Hoffman Auto Racing No. 69 starting this Friday, February 9, at Florida’s Ocala Speedway for the first of seven USAC events in a nine-night span across the Sunshine State.

Dubbed “The Kingmaker,” Lawhead has played pivotal roles in the development of both Christopher Bell, and most recently, Ryan Timms. Make no mistake about it, Bacon is convinced that Lawhead can be the key ingredient in what he hopes is a record setting year.

“I am the most excited that I have ever been,” Bacon said. “Billy Lawhead is my childhood best friend, and he was the best man in my wedding. We both learned under my dad.”

When Lawhead reflects on his time with fellow Oklahoman Ryan Timms, he noted, “Eight years together in motorsports is a long go, and I loved it, and it was successful. I am so happy for Ryan and his family given where he is at and what is to come.”

Yet it was time to make a change, and Lawhead is eager to take on a new challenge. Transitions can be hard, but he has landed in familiar circumstances.

“This makes me feel comfortable because it is family,” Lawhead said. “Brady and I grew up together and our families are still close. Our personalities are a lot alike so it will be an easy fit. I’m pumped. It has never aligned where he needed someone, and I needed something to do.”

For Bacon, there is unfinished business at hand, and by the end of the 2023 campaign, he knew his team needed a spark. He feels he has found it. Lawhead will join a solid group that includes veteran Matt Hummel who returns as crew chief. Also on board is Jamey Neeley, a former firefighter with past racing and automotive experience. Bacon knows he is fortunate to have a veteran and seasoned team behind him.

Lawhead is also convinced that all the pieces are in place for Brady to get back to the top step on the podium. He realizes that Bacon’s talent and temperament explain why he already has four USAC titles on his resume and he is poised to help his friend add to that record.

“We are obviously capable,” Lawhead said. “We have everything we need to do it. We just need to put everything together. It’s not easy but it is easier than starting from scratch.”

One thing is for certain. Bacon and Lawhead are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

THE DETAILS:

Seven nights, seven events and two different racetracks across the state of Florida present the grand opening to the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season – February 9-10 at Ocala Speedway; February 12-13 at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park and February 15-16-17 at Ocala Speedway.

FEB. 8-10 OCALA

Practice begins the Winter Dirt Games festivities on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 7-10pm Eastern at Ocala Speedway. Grandstand admission is free while pit admission is $20.

For the first night of racing on Feb. 9 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $35 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $45 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On both nights Feb. 9-10 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class.

FEB. 12-13 VOLUSIA

On both nights, the pits open at 1pm Eastern with grandstands opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat at 5pm and hot laps at 5:30 followed by qualifying and racing. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $40. Premium reserved tickets are $45. Child reserved tickets are $18. Pit passes are $45. Advance tickets available at https://dirtcarnationals.com/tickets/

FEB. 14-17 OCALA

Practice begins the return to Winter Dirt Games festivities on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from 7-10pm Eastern at Ocala Speedway. Grandstand admission is free while pit admission is $20.

For race night on Feb. 15 at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $30 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $40 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Ocala, grandstand admission for ages 13 & up is $35 while kids age 12 & under are free. Pit passes are $45 apiece for ages 6 & up. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are free.

On all three nights Feb. 15-16-17 at Ocala, pits open at 2pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and cars hit the track at 6pm. Outlaw 4’s will serve as the support class. Micro Sprints 270-250-450 will be the support class.

COVERAGE

All seven USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship events from Florida will be streamed live and on-demand at https://flosports.link/usac.

 

 

10-RACE BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER SERIES BEGINS FEB. 13 AT VOLUSIA
By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 6, 2024)………The 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season will contain a 10-race “series within a series” held in memory of one of the series’ all-time greats.

The third edition of the Bubby Jones Racing Master of Goin’ Faster presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment series will encompass 10 events on the USAC National Sprint Car schedule this season, all of which will take place at some of the most legendary tracks on the schedule, including half-miles and some of Ol Bub’s favorite places.

The driver accumulating the most total points throughout the 2024 Bubby Jones Racing Master of Goin’ Faster series will be rewarded with a $10,000 prize. Furthermore, the championship winning crew chief will collect a $2,500 bonus. Jones was a master on two sides of the sport throughout his career – behind the wheel as a driver and behind the wrench as a crew chief.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), the 2023 series champion, enters 2024 as the defending “Bubby Jones” titlist, which begins on February 13 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. during Winter Dirt Games XV. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured the inaugural championship in 2022.

After Volusia, May brings the Bubby Jones series to Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway for the second night of #LetsRaceTwo on May 4 while Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track welcomes the series for the 54th annual Tony Hulman Classic on May 21.

Three more legendary dirt half-miles are on the scene for the Bubby Jones series in the month of June, beginning with June 1 at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway for the Corn Belt Clash. Two Eastern Storm dates in Pennsylvania follow as part of the series in June at Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway on June 14 and Port Royal Speedway on June 15.

July is highlighted by Kokomo Speedway on July 27, which takes place during the 37th annual edition of Indiana Sprint Week.

September’s $20,000-to-win Haubstadt Hustler takes the Master of Goin’ Faster series to Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway on the 14th. Eldora Speedway gets a second Bubby Jones series date for the $15,000-to-win 4-Crown Nationals on September 21. The championship decider for the mini-series concludes at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway during the $20,000-to-win Fall Nationals on October 12.

The Bubby Jones series champion driver will also receive a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art and a year-end acknowledgement at USAC’s Night of Champions in December.

Norman “Bubby“ Jones was a 27-time winner in USAC National competition during his National Sprint Car Hall of Fame career. Among his 27 wins are seven each at Eldora and Terre Haute, two tracks featured prominently on the schedule.

Nicknamed Ol’ Bub, the racing barber who originally hailed from Danville, Illinois, established himself as an “outlaw” racer, winning from coast-to-coast until notching high-profile victories with USAC, including the CBS-televised Du Quoin Silver Crown in 1976, as well as the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ascot Park in 1976 and the Hut 100 at Terre Haute in 1977.

Bubby reigned victorious at the Western World Championships in 1976 and, one year later, Jones made his one and only start in the Indianapolis 500 in 1977, starting 33rd and finishing 21st for car owner, Bobby Hillin.

Jones made his biggest impact with USAC on the National Sprint Car trail during the late 1970s, winning 22 total feature events. 1979 proved to be his breakout year with the series, winning on 11 occasions in one of the prolific seasons in the history of the division at places like Terre Haute, New Bremen, Eldora and the Indiana State Fairgrounds for car owner Don Siebert, and during one stretch, won four in a row before finishing as the championship runner-up.

At the dawn of the 1980s, Bubby moved west to begin the next chapter of his racing career. Competing with the California Racing Association, Jones piloted the Kazarian’s Gas Chem Products entry. In their first year together, Jones and Kazarian earned nine victories, including his first of four at the season-ending Don Peabody Classic.

By the time he hung up his helmet for good in 1991, Bubby had claimed 80 CRA feature wins (2nd overall), including a record 18 triumphs in 1983 and was a multi-time winner of the Firecracker 50, the Pacific Coast Nationals and the Don Peabody Classic. Bubby remained active in racing as a crew chief and team manager. He continued to innovate in chassis designs and the development of Surelock shifter. In 1996, Bubby played a part in the construction of Perris Auto Speedway.

Spire Sports + Entertainment will serve as the presenting sponsor of the series. SS+E has been involved in numerous race promotion and marketing efforts for tracks and events on the USAC schedule in recent years.

Founded in 2010, Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) has blossomed into a multi-tiered entity. Since then, SS+E has become a subsidiary of parent organization Spire Holdings, which includes a a diverse sports portfolio, including Spire Motorsports, SS+E, ECHL hockey teams the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush and the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits and short track promotions company Track Enterprises.

2024 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOING FASTER SCHEDULE:

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN

 

 

MEET THE 15 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR

FULL-TIMERS FOR 2024!

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2024)………It’s time to go racing in 2024 with the largest contingent of USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship full-time competitors in the 69-year history of the series.

The field of 15 full-time drivers and teams is stacked, packed and ready to hit the road for this coming year’s 54-race slate which begins with seven February dates in Florida at Ocala Speedway on February 9-10, Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 and another visit to Ocala Speedway on Feb. 15-16-17.

Here’s the full list of the 15 USAC National Sprint Car full-timers for 2024!


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C.J. LEARY | BGE-DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS #15x

It’s back to the 15x for C.J. Leary for the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

In 2023, the Greenfield, Indiana racer notched his first full season under the BGE-Dougherty Motorsports banner, giving the team its best ever USAC points finish and continued to cement the team as one of the pre-eminent favorites entering 2024.

Leary has finished inside the top-10 of USAC National Sprint Car points in 10 consecutive years, and for the last five seasons, he’s come home fifth or better in the standings each year.

He’s currently on a string of eight straight years with a feature victory, including three in 2023 at Bloomington, Eldora and Kokomo, and also wrapped up the Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster title Presented by Spire Sports + Entertainment.

The 2019 USAC National Sprint Car champ is hungry to build upon the foundation of success that was laid a year ago and aims to continue his stride into the new year of 2024.


KEVIN THOMAS JR. | ROCK STEADY RACING #3R

It’s the most excited he’s been for the start of a race season in a long time. Those are ear-catching words for a driver like Kevin Thomas Jr., who stands as one of the most successful USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship drivers of his era.

The Cullman, Alabama wheelman has teamed up with Rock Steady Racing as they plan an assault on the USAC National Sprint Car season in 2024.

Thomas, the owner of 39 series wins, ranks 11th all-time in that regard while Rock Steady, led by car owner Hank Byram, has raked in 25 victories, most notably over the past decade with driver Kyle Cummins who has moved on to Petty Performance Racing team for 2024.

Thomas already got a bit of a head start with his new team last September at Gas City, and despite early mechanical obstacles, KTJ recovered to win his heat and ran as high as fourth in the feature before slotting into seventh at the finish line.

With both KTJ and Rock Steady hankering for a first USAC title run and something to prove, this new combo is poised to make some noise in the new year.


JAKE SWANSON | 2B RACING #2B

Jake Swanson hit his stride in 2023 as he piloted the Team AZ Racing ride to a career-high four points-paying wins and a career best fifth place finish in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings.

But that was then, and this is now. After five seasons with Team Arizona, Swanson has a new address for 2024 after being tabbed as the new driver of Scott Benic’s 2B Racing DRC/Claxton, which was occupied a year ago by Logan Seavey.

It’s one chapter closing and another opening with 2B Racing, which ranks 12th all-time in series wins with 33 and captured the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car title with Levi Jones at the wheel.

Swanson, who owns and operates a thriving racing shock business, during the week, got a couple beneficial runs with 2B in local Indiana competition, providing them a bit of a head start entering 2024.

Last year, Swanson hit the ground running by winning in his first sprint car start of the year. This time around, he aims to do the same on a team with a storied championship past with an eye on a championship future.


KYLE CUMMINS | PETTY PERFORMANCE RACING #3P

For more than a decade, Kyle Cummins and Rock Steady Racing were constant counterparts, racking up numerous wins in the Midwest while also cementing themselves among the premier pairings in the sport.

But David Bowie once told us about ch-ch-ch-changes! And that’s exactly what’s in store for the Princeton, Indiana driver during the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship campaign.

The brand-new Petty Performance Racing team was created by Arizona’s Jerry Petty who has transitioned from team sponsor and event sponsor into a team owner who will now field Cummins in pursuit of a USAC title in the coming year.

This formation comes on the heels of Cummins equaling his career best with four USAC National Sprint Car feature victories and a sixth-place finish in series points for 2023.

At press time, Cummins’ USAC National Sprint Car win total stands at 18, all of which have come with Rock Steady. For Cummins, it’s a new opportunity. It’s a new challenge. And among the plethora of musical chairs this offseason, this is among the most intriguing ones to watch, pairing a veteran driver with a brand-new team and the racing world to conquer.


JUSTIN GRANT | TOPP MOTORSPORTS #4

Tres. Drei. Trois. Pardon my French. But no matter how you say it – 3 is a magic number for Justin Grant in 2024.

Grant has won the past two series driving titles, and this year, he’ll push toward positioning himself among the top hierarchy of history which so few have reached by winning 3 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championships in a row.

Parnelli Jones scored three consecutive from 1960 to 62. Steve Butler notched three-straight between 1986 and 88. Robbie Stanley was crowned each year between 1991 and 93 and Levi Jones was the most recent to do the deed in 2009, 10 and 11.

Last year, Grant became the 10th driver to amass 400 career starts, and with 45 victories, another similar performance in 2024 will place him among the top-three all time in that category.

Grant enters year seven with TOPP Motorsports, who also will be eying three-in-a-row as an entrant champ, something only Damon Fortune, Tony Stewart Racing and Curb-Agajanian have done.

Grant and TOPP are on the mountaintop. They were the hunted a year ago. They’ll be the hunted in 2024. But as they’ll tell you, “Catch us if you can!”


MATT WESTFALL | RAY MARSHALL MOTORSPORTS #33m

A true renaissance man of motorsports, Matt Westfall has truly just about done it all in his racing career, and he’s done it with proficiency!

Over the years, his driving accomplishments have come in the form of championships in midgets and sprint cars and even modifieds and late models!

But his 2023 triumph at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway might have one-upped them all with it being his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car National Championship feature victory in more than 17 seasons!

Westfall’s 2022 performance saw him post career highs in all categories of USAC Sprint Car competition. In 2023, he equaled or exceeded his previous year’s exploits across the board.

The Buckeye racer is back on the USAC Sprint Car scene full-time again in 2024 with Ray Marshall Motorsports’ yellow number 33m as they pine to build upon what they’ve laid the groundwork for throughout these past several years.

Even at the age of 47, Westfall is proving himself to the racing world time and time again. And as time has proven, you have to admit he’s getting better. Getting better all the time.


BRADY BACON | DYNAMICS, INC. #69

Brady Bacon is on the brink of something special during the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native is back on the drive for five once more after finishing as the runner-up to Justin Grant in each of the past two seasons in 2022 and 2023 after Bacon himself captured two-in-a-row in 2020 and 2021.

No era of USAC Sprint Car racing has offered such a tug-of-war at the top of the championship fight since the era of the Larry and Gary Show between 1968 and 1971 when Dickson and Bettenhausen swapped a pair of titles across a four-year span.

In 2024, Bacon stands one title away from equaling Levi Jones as the driver with the most USAC National Sprint Car crowns. Furthermore, Bacon possesses the second most USAC National Sprint Car feature victories with 53 and is now within an arm’s reach of Dave Darland’s all-time record of 62.

Furthermore, Bacon stands alone by winning USAC Sprint Car features in more states than any other driver with 14. But more than anything else, Bacon wants one more ring for the thumb. And the only state he prefers to compete in is a championship state of mind in 2024.


JADON ROGERS | MICHAEL DUTCHER MOTORSPORTS #17GP

The combination of a winning driver and a victorious crew chief slash team owner have thus far made a fantastic match in their short time together.

Both Jadon Rogers and Michael Dutcher Motorsports possess that same energy and pedigree that has them riding high into 2024 as full-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship contenders.

The duo teamed up for the latter half of 2023 for nine USAC starts, accumulating four top-fives and six top-tens in that stretch, including an impressive 23rd to 5th run on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, plus a pair of fourths at Kokomo and Devil’s Bowl.

Over the past three years, no driver has won more sprint car races in the state of Indiana than Rogers, three of which came just last year in Dutcher’s patented number 17GP.

The 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and the 2012 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year have been on the verge of teaming up to chase the USAC trail in recent. Now, they feel on the verge of something even bigger and better in 2024.


MITCHEL MOLES | REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD MOTORSPORTS #19AZ

Perhaps no driver elicits the same electricity that Mitchel Moles exhibits each time he hits the track in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship competition.

That was proven by the fact that he prevailed in arguably the most exhilarating event of the 2023 USAC Sprint season when he outlasted multiple attacks on the final lap to win the debut at Illinois’ Macon Speedway.

But after what was admittedly an up and down 2023 season, the Raisin City, California native is preparing to rise up another level in 2024. He’s back in the saddle of the 19AZ full-time on the USAC tour, a team which sees Moles, owner and crew chief Andy Reinbold, plus co-owner Todd Underwood as the remaining constants from the year before.

The cast features several fresh faces turning the wrenches, including new car chief Dylan Cook, who won a USAC Sprint title with Justin Grant in 2022, plus the additions of Jacob Johnston and James Turnbull to the crew.

In what will be his third year on the USAC tour coming up, the former professional bass fisherman is angling to make year three one for the highlight reel!


DAISON PURSLEY | TEAM AZ RACING #21AZ

After a new beginning one year ago, it’s another fresh start for Daison Pursley in 2024!

Straight out of a season in which he was named USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year for KO Motorsports, the Locust Grove, Oklahoma driver now finds himself as the full-time wheelman for Team AZ Racing’s number 21AZ.

For the past five years, Team AZ has fielded Jake Swanson as its driver, but after he recently departed to 2B Racing, Pursley was tabbed for the new role.

Pursley and Team AZ’s relationship dates back to October of 2023 when both parties went USAC CRA racing during the Western World Championships at Cocopah, and quickly turned it from a one-weekend deal to a full-time ride after a spectacular two-night sweep of the event.

A good first impression goes a long way, and this combo has good vibes in spades rolling into the 2024 campaign. After all, they’re one of the few pairings in the sport who can lay claim to being undefeated.

It’s full steam into the new year, and now the focus is set on keeping the ball of momentum rolling starting in Florida and beyond!

LOGAN SEAVEY | ABACUS RACING #57

For Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing, winning two out of three USAC national championships together in 2023 ain’t bad. But it could even be better.

In response, the two entities have added a sprint car team to their arsenal for the upcoming 2024 campaign to achieve what only Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley have done before – winning the coveted USAC Triple Crown in a single year.

Seavey comes off a season in which he won twice in USAC National Sprint Car competition for 2B Racing while garnering championship accolades in both the Midget and Silver Crown divisions for Abacus.

The team is new to the sprint car racing world this year, but don’t let that deceive you. Abacus Racing’s first full season of midget and Silver Crown racing resulted in a championship. Call it exceeding expectations but it was certainly no beginner’s luck.

Kirk Simpson will serve as the team’s crew chief on the DRC chassis powered by both 1-Way Technologies and Stanton powerplants.

Expectations are high for this group in its initial foray into sprint car racing, but there’s no one they’d rather have in their seat than Logan Seavey in the quest to grab the final prong of the USAC triple crown.


ROBERT BALLOU | BALLOU MOTORSPORTS #12

It’s back to the grind in 2024 for the winningest driver slash car owner in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship history.

For the past decade, he’s been a perennial front runner on the circuit, which includes a 2015 series championship and 32 victories as an independent aboard his instantly recognizable number 12.

However, last year wasn’t as kind in the win column for the Rocklin, California racer who enters his 19th season with the series. That said, he finished a solid seventh in the standings with crew chief Derrick Bye as his right-hand man while finishing as the runner-up three times and garnering a couple fast qualifying times to boot.

The Mad Man has cemented his legacy as one of the premier USAC Sprint Car drivers of his era, and of any era, He’s 27 starts away from becoming the third driver with 500 career starts, plus his 37 feature triumphs are just three away from reaching 10th all-time.

Perhaps no driver has been able to make as many triumphant bounce backs as Robert Ballou, and in 2024, he aims to bounce back in a big way. Into the win column, into the championship fight and into the record books.



CARSON GARRETT | BGE-DOUGHERTY MOTORSPORTS #15

His journey from his Rocky Mountain Midget roots to becoming USAC’s 2023 National Most Improved Driver came quite quickly in some respects. But in other ways, it’s clear to say Carson Garrett has come a long way both geographically and behind the wheel of a racecar.

Although he’s been at this game for a few years now, last season was truly Carson Garrett’s first go-around on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship trail. That’s when the switch was flipped for the 22-year-old Littleton, Colorado racer as he recorded career bests in every single statistical category, notching three top-fives and came within a whisker of winning his first series feature at Illinois’ Macon Speedway.

Garrett returns in 2024 with the same exact deal, chasing the full USAC National Sprint Car season in the BGE Dougherty No. 15 as a teammate to C.J. Leary.

Although he admitted that the USAC Most Improved Driver award completely took him by surprise, there’s no question that he’s not going to sneak up on the competition in the coming year. It’s expected. For Carson Garrett has now officially arrived on the USAC National Sprint Car scene.


JOEY AMANTEA | JPA RACING #88J

Joey Amantea has made his mark in recent years on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car tour, but in 2024, he’s taking the show on the road full-time with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The 19-year-old known as “The Big Show” will be a busy man in the new year, dividing his full-time racing duties with his full-time role as a college student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University.

Working his way up the ranks through quarter midgets, 600cc micros and as a multi-time USAC 360 sprint car winner, Amantea recently plugged in a 410 Newman’s racing engine into his family-owned Triple X.

Amantea branched out from his home in the Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania to dabble on the USAC national trail in 2023 and turned in a pair of top-10s at Kokomo and Lawrenceburg. The whole experience heightened the team’s desires to strive for even more in the new year.

New tracks, major competition and hitting the road. It’s all part of the continuous progression of the teenage Pennsylvanian. And if there’s any guarantees in life, bet the house on Joey Amantea putting on a big show in 2024.

TREY OSBORNE | BALDWIN-FOX RACING #5 & TREY OSBORNE #6

One year ago, he was named Non-Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, but now Trey Osborne aspires to continue his rapid ascent as a Rookie with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2024.

In a combined effort, the 21-year-old Ohioan will pilot Baldwin-Fox Racing’s DRC/Claxton number five in the majority of USAC events and fill in the remainder of the dates aboard his own Triple X number six powered by a Mopar.

As a hired gun, Osborne now finds himself on an even bigger scale with more eyes and more expectations on him than ever before. But the Don and Mel Kenyon disciple embraces the challenge as he prepares to take on the busiest and most hectic racing season of his young career.

Osborne, who stands a towering 6 foot 8, talked the talk and walked the walked in 2023, meeting his goal of winning three local Indiana races. In the coming year, he’s established a new aspiration of achieving his first three USAC victories.

And as history has already proven, it’s no tall tale to believe Trey Osborne will be a man of his word in 2024.

 

 

USAC SEASON KICK OFF PARTY MARCH 1;

SIGN UP NOW!

Speedway, Indiana (February 2, 2024)………Meet USAC’s racing stars on Friday night, March 1, at the USAC Season Kick Off Party presented by Marc Dailey Racing with support from First Gear Engineering & Technology.

The doors open at 6pm Eastern with the program beginning at 7pm at USAC headquarters, located at 4910 W 16th St. in Speedway, Indiana.

The event is free to attend, and also includes free pizza and refreshments courtesy of 2009 USAC National Midget driving champion Brad Kuhn of Fish Window Cleaning. While attendance is free, donations to RaceAid are appreciated.

Drivers expected to be on hand for a night of fun include USAC national champions Justin Grant, Kody Swanson, Brady Bacon, Logan Seavey and C.J. Leary, plus superstars Kevin Thomas Jr., Kaylee Bryson, Taylor Ferns, Daison Pursley and many more.

For those planning to attend the 2024 USAC Kick Off Party, sign-up for the event has already begun at www.raceaid.fund. Just scroll down to the “USAC Season Off Party” banner and click “Register.” From there, click the bubble next to “Register for a RACEAID Event,” fill out the accompanying information, and you’re set.

Reserving your “ticket” ahead of the event helps us all. An accurate estimate of the crowd is needed in order to reserve the correct quantity of food and beverage for the night’s festivities.

Since 1959, the United States Auto Club Benevolent Foundation (now USAC RaceAid) has provided financial aid to the families of auto racing participants with ties to USAC who have been injured and/or need assistance.

USAC RACEAID also provides support to surviving family members with immediate and ongoing expenses. Over the years, the foundation has provided millions of dollars to help members and their families in times of need. The needs, whether small or large, never cease.

 

 

USAC TRIPLE CROWN ALERT!

SEAVEY GOES ALL IN WITH ABACUS & RICE FOR 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 31, 2024)………Logan Seavey will tackle the full 2024 USAC national schedule with full-time duties in Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition in an attempt to become the third driver to capture a USAC Triple Crown championship season.

Seavey earned two of the three USAC national titles in 2023 in the Silver Crown and National Midget divisions, doubling his reward to $100,000 for scoring both championships. Earning the USAC Triple Crown by winning all three division championships in 2024 will net a driver a total reward of $400,000.

Only two individuals have ever achieved a USAC Triple Crown season by winning driving titles in all three USAC national series: Tony Stewart in 1995 and J.J. Yeley in 2003.

But here’s the catch for Seavey in 2024. The Sutter, Calif. driver will compete in all three series for Abacus Racing, who will attempt to defend their midget title as well as their Silver Crown championship in conjunction with Rice Motorsports. New to the equation for Abacus in 2024 is the addition of a full-time USAC Sprint Car team.

By comparison, Stewart drove for multiple teams during his USAC Triple Crown campaign (Glen Niebel and Steve Lewis) as did Yeley (Bob East/Tony Stewart and Steve Lewis). Seavey’s nemesis, fellow 2024 USAC Triple Crown competitor Justin Grant, will also pursue the feat with three different organizations (Hemelgarn Racing, TOPP Motorsports and RMS Racing).

Seavey will take on the 99-race USAC national schedule with the same familiar pieces who surrounded his efforts in 2023. Ronnie Gardner, the 2023 USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year, will turn the wrenches on the Silver Crown car while Kirk Simpson will be the crew chief for the sprint car team and Johnny Cofer will serve in the same role on the midget.

“Only a couple of guys have won all three in one year, and not many even get the opportunity to try it, so to get the chance to try for all three series titles in one year is pretty cool,” Seavey stated. “I never thought I would get to race out here and now we’re out here full-time, 100-some races a year. And it definitely doesn’t happen often to basically do it with one team. We’re living the dream.”

Abacus burst onto the scene last year in their first full USAC National Midget season with Seavey, winning eight features en route to the championship. Abacus debuted with the Silver Crown series in 2023, joining Rice’s team as a co-entrant and broke through by winning three times on their path to the title. With the brand-new USAC Sprint car effort, Abacus hopes for the same initial success, hitting the ground running beginning with the season opener on February 9 at Florida’s Ocala Speedway.

“It’s going to be tough with a brand-new team, new cars and engines and all this stuff, and other variables that come into it,” Seavey admitted. “I don’t even know if it’s the toughest one, per se, but the sprint car schedule is just so long, anything can happen throughout the season. It kind of allows you to make some mistakes, maybe, and catch up from them. But when you’re racing against guys like Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, Robert Ballou, Kevin Thomas Jr., Kyle Cummins and more, those guys are pretty good every single night, so you don’t really have a lot of room to miss.”

From the beginning, Abacus Racing team principal Brent Cox’s plans always included acquiring a sprint car for Seavey to run, and in 2024, that’s come to fruition.

“When I met with Logan in December of 2022 to get him to drive the midget, the deal was to run the midget and help to kind of put our team on the map, then go sprint car racing in 2024,” Cox explained. “We certainly exceeded expectations in the midget, so we felt inclined to give it a shot and see what we can do with that while also going sprint car racing, which has always been a dream of mine and here we are.”

Cox’s inherent drive to succeed with Abacus Racing’s USAC Sprint Car program is exactly the same as it is for the Midget and Silver Crown teams. The common denominator behind the wheel of those machines is Seavey, and Cox wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Our expectations are high, but we also know how competitive the USAC Sprint Car series is,” Cox acknowledged. “The midget was a bit of an outlier, and we won the Silver Crown series by seven points. We’re confident we’ll do well in the sprint car, but we also know it’s a brand-new thing for us and Logan. We don’t feel like we could have a better driver to do it with than Logan.”

On the USAC Silver Crown program, Rice and Abacus formally came together in name at the beginning of the 2023 season. But they officially melded together following a July accident, due to a broken wheel, at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, which required wholesale repairs on the entire machine. Working together furiously, the team got the car back together in time to finish fifth in the ensuing round at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, which made all the difference in keeping their championship hopes alive.

“Brent and I met at the Chili Bowl the year before, so everything kind of happened really fast,” 2021 and 2023 USAC Silver Crown entrant champion Rice remembered. “We really didn’t know each other all that well until Winchester. When we crashed there, it was a massive effort by a lot of people, and if we wouldn’t have had the Abacus guys to help and to take it up to their shop so they could work on it while Ronnie was at work, we would’ve never been ready. That’s when the team really came together as more of a ‘team’ rather than individual teams. This year, I think we’re going to be more prepared and more organized. We know each other now and we have more of a gameplan earlier in the year, so hopefully, we can implement that on the racetrack.”

For Rice, who hired Seavey prior to the 2020 Silver Crown season, it’s the feeling of having the perfect puzzle pieces of driver, crew and team all jelling together just perfectly at the exact right time.

“Logan’s a huge part of how quickly the race team grew as fast as it did,” Rice praised. “Without him being able to bring a fifth-place car home fifth instead of crashing it, that allowed us to go to the next race and learn even more. If he had crashed a couple cars, we would’ve been in a lot of trouble. By Logan taking care of the equipment early on in our development, it was very crucial to where we are now.”

For Seavey, the plan is set and the goal is clear. After winning two out of three USAC national titles a year ago, the hunger and desire to grab a third has him thrilled, especially to be able to do it with the same group of people he had so much success with in 2023.

“Overall, it gives me comfort and confidence knowing that every time I go to the track this year, I’m working with the same people,” Seavey explained. “With the momentum we have, I don’t want to say ‘we expect’ because it’s going to be tough. But I don’t think you can ever not be disappointed to not win a championship. Obviously, that’s the goal. If you’re not a little bit disappointed when you get beat, you’re not doing the right thing. It’s a competitive sport, and if you’re not looking for more when you’re getting beat, you’re not going to catch up. Our goal is to win all three, and if we don’t, we’re going to be a little disappointed. We’re going to give it our best effort, and to win all three in one year would be crazy.”

The Rice Motorsports/Abacus Racing USAC Silver Crown ride will consist of a DRC chassis on dirt and a Beast chassis on pavement with a Felker Racing Engine under the hood while carrying sponsorship from STIDA and Legacy 40.

Abacus Racing’s sprint car will be a DRC chassis with both 1-Way Technologies and Stanton power while the team’s midget will have a Stanton SR-11x engine between the frame rails of a Spike chassis. Primary sponsors on the sprint car and midget will be CG CPAs, Indy Custom Stone, Forecheck Marketing and Dozerz Nutz & Boltz.

 

 

BALLOU & THE LEIN MACHINE GEAR UP

FOR 2024 USAC SILVER CROWN DIRT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 27, 2024)………Robert Ballou is going USAC Silver Crown racing with the Wisconsin-based team owned by Hans Lein for the full seven race dirt track slate in 2024.

Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), one of the most prolific drivers in USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship history and a driver/entrant champion of the series in 2015, has made just 16 previous Silver Crown starts in his career between 2010-21 with a best finish of second at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2012.

In 2013, Ballou led 80 of 100 laps at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds before running out of fuel while leading. Winning USAC Silver Crown races remains a category that Ballou aspires to conquer, and he feels this opportunity provides him with that shot after three years away from the series.

“If I couldn’t get into a car that was capable or build my own, then I wasn’t ever going to do it again,” Ballou said of Silver Crown racing. “I truly believe that this car is more than capable. With Greg Nelson being the crew chief, his resume speaks for itself. Hans (Lein) has had unbelievable racecars for about 40 years now. I think we should jell pretty well.”

Lein’s black and yellow No. 97 has twice won in USAC Silver Crown competition, both with Tyler Courtney behind the wheel. Together, they scored victories during the 2017 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and in the 2019 Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. In 2023, Mitchel Moles drove the car throughout the season, winning the pole for the round at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

For the past decade, Ballou has been an independent on the USAC National Sprint Car tour, and in fact, is the winningest driver/owner in series history. Accustomed to working and overseeing his own team and equipment, this will be a bit of a change for Ballou with the car being based in Wisconsin, around a 600-mile round trip distance from his Tipton, Ind. residence.

“It’s hard,” Ballou acknowledged. “They asked Ricky Thornton Jr. that question a couple weeks ago when he drove the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports midget at the Chili Bowl. He’s pretty hands on. He mounted his seat and asked them if they needed any help, and they said, ‘no, we got it.’ So, he got in his car and went home. He wasn’t sure what to do. It’s a similar situation here. This car is based in Wisconsin, so it’s not like I can go help out even if I wanted to. But Greg doesn’t really need any help. He’s unbelievable. He builds a really nice racecar and Hans gives him all the funding to make the thing fast. Then, from there, it’s left up to the driver to do his job.”

The dirt side of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown schedule consists of dates at Kansas’ Belleville High Banks on May 17-18; Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway on June 15; Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on July 4; Kansas’ Salt City Speedway on July 19-20; the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17; Illinois’ Du Quoin State Fairgrounds on August 31 and Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on September 20-21.

All those dirt tracks range in size from a half-mile to a full mile, which are right in Ballou’s wheelhouse. His 16 career USAC Sprint Car wins on half-miles rank seventh all-time. Despite the larger characteristics of a Silver Crown car in comparison to a USAC Sprint Car, it’s a trait on the “big tracks” he cites from the early years of his career running a winged sprint car that taught him to keep the car straight and keep the momentum up at venues like California’s Calistoga Speedway. It’s an applicable skill that he feels translates to running a Silver Crown at the larger places he’ll face in 2024.

“I can only assume it’s just because I used to keep the car so straight,” Ballou stated. “I learned how to drive off the right front in a wing sprint car. It’s comforting to roll in straight and lean on the right front. As far as speed, you really don’t notice it, if you will.”

Ballou is amped at the prospect of crossing a USAC Silver Crown win off the list in 2024. He’s won 37 times in USAC National Sprint Car competition, which ranks 12th all-time. With how he feels USAC Silver Crown racing has morphed over the years into a full-out, elongated sprint car race over 50-100 miles, that fits right with the Mad Man’s style.

“It’s a totally different type of racing nowadays; it’s gone more toward sprint car racing,” Ballou said of today’s Silver Crown racing style. “You used to run around for 80 laps, then get after it. It’s a sprint dang near the whole time, so a lot plays into it.”

 

 

WESTFALL & ANDREOTTI JOIN NEW

4 KINGS RACING USAC MIDGET TEAM IN ‘24

Pleasant Hill, Ohio (January 26, 2024)………4 Kings Racing will field two full-time entries on the 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail for drivers Matt Westfall and Jake Andreotti.

Founded by a passionate group of racing enthusiasts and industry veterans Rex Turner, Fred Edwards, Matt Westfall and Steve Bordner, 4 Kings Racing, a new team to the USAC National Midget ranks, aims to establish itself as a powerhouse in various racing disciplines, showcasing a blend of skill, innovation, and sportsmanship.

Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) will pilot the team’s No. 54 entry with primary sponsorship from Metalloid. Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) will wheel the team’s No. 14 with primary sponsor from AccroSeal. Both entries will be DRC Chassis powered by Stanton engines and will also carry sponsorship from Lucky 7 Technologies.

“We are thrilled to introduce 4 Kings Racing to the motorsports community,” team spokesperson Turner stated. “Our lineup of talented drivers, combined with our dedication to innovation, positions us for success in the upcoming season. We believe in fostering a culture of teamwork, resilience and continuous improvement, and we look forward to making our mark on the track.”

The collaboration with Westfall brings together two forces in the motorsports world, promising an exciting and competitive campaign. Westfall will be racing the full USAC National Midget schedule for the first time in his career, but possesses an extensive lineage in midgets, capturing a NAMARS Midget crown back in 1998 and has been a regular campaigner in USAC ever since.

Westfall began his racing career in karts at the age of five and has driven and won auto racing championships in a wide variety of machinery, including midgets, sprint cars, modifieds and late models. In 2023, Westfall captured a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship feature victory at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway. In 2024, he takes on the prospect of multiple roles as both a driver and team owner.

“I’ve embraced the challenge of not just driving a race car but steering the destiny of a team,” Westfall remarked. “Owning the track and the team is a dynamic dance between speed and strategy. Together, we are crafting a legacy that isn’t measured in victories, but in the resilience to push boundaries, break records and redefine what’s possible in the world of racing. Buckle up, because this journey is about more than just crossing the finish line, it’s about setting a new standard of excellence.”

Andreotti, meanwhile, is a seasoned driver with an outstanding track record. His Rookie campaign with the USAC National Midgets in 2023 resulted in a best career feature result of second on the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track and finished second in Rookie points. In 2022, he captured Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. with a fourth-place finish.

Additionally, in 2023, Andreotti picked up a pair of USAC Western States Midget main event wins and turned in a triumphant performance with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars. In recent years, he’s won in Australia and scored several marquee victories in micro sprints, including the Clay Cup, the Mark Hagopian Memorial, the High Banks Hustle (prelim) and the Showdown in Beantown as well as track championships at Delta Speedway and Lemoore Raceway.

“I am thrilled to be a part of 4 Kings Racing,” Andreotti exclaimed. “This inaugural team comes with a reputation of excellence, and I believe together, we can achieve great success on the track. It’s an exciting opportunity, and I am grateful for the chance to contribute my skills and experience to the team.”

Team co-owner Fred Edwards also shared his excitement about the formation of USAC’s newest team.

“Having Matt and Jake on board is a significant boost for our team,” Edwards commented. “Their proven track record and versatility makes them ideal fits for the challenges that lie ahead. We are looking forward to a season filled with competitiveness and success.”

Follow 4 Kings Racing on social media for latest updates and behind-the-scenes content: 4.KingsRacing on Instagram, @4KingsRacing on Twitter, 4KingsRacing on Facebook and 4KingsRacing on YouTube.

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

 

KTJ & MOUNCE-STOUT TEAM UP

FOR FULL USAC MIDGET RUN IN ‘24

Speedway, Indiana (January 25, 2024)………Three years after his most recent pursuit of a full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule, Kevin Thomas Jr. is back on the trail in 2024.

This coming season, the Cullman, Ala. racer will contest the full tour for Collinsville, Oklahoma-based Mounce-Stout Motorsports, whom KTJ made nine starts with in part-time duty throughout the 2023 campaign. The ride will carry No. 9 and feature primary sponsorship from Inferno Armor and Rockwell Security.

In 153 career USAC National Midget starts, Thomas has accrued six feature victories and was named series Rookie of the Year in 2014. Back in 2015, Thomas led the points for a time before ultimately finishing a career-best third in the final standings. One item he’s looking to add to his illustrious resume is a USAC National Midget driving title, and he believes he’s in the right spot to get that done.

“I would like to win a midget championship,” Thomas stated. “I came close before but just didn’t get it done. It’s the same thing on the sprint car side. I feel like putting yourself in the best position with a team that has the same goals as you and having the same understanding of what we need to do to get that done, that goes a long way.”

Thomas’ last run at a USAC National Midget title came in 2021 with Petry Motorsports. Since that point, he’s partook in part-time USAC duty with a few different teams. His most prominent address of 2023 in midget racing was with Mounce-Stout and grabbed a best result of 4th at Bloomington Speedway during USAC Indiana Midget Week.

“I was just a fill-in guy here and there, but their stuff was always extremely fast,” Thomas said. “I also like the people who are involved with it too. In this day and age, that goes a long way with me as far as the way things are run and the kind of people you are. If you’re going to spend the entire year with somebody, you just want it to all flow and for everybody to have the same goals and have an understanding of what we plan on doing. They check all those boxes. If you can do it with the right people at the right time, I feel like it will be worth your while.”

For team co-owner Jay Mounce, he’s gotten to watch him race from afar over the years, but a year ago, he got a first-hand experience working alongside the veteran driving presence that Thomas brings to the team.

“He has a lot of knowledge and he’s been around the sport long enough to understand what he needs to be successful, which is a little different than what our program has kind of been based around – more of a developmental type of deal,” Mounce explained. “He’s one of those guys who can be a national champion given the right opportunity.”

The Mounce-Stout team owns one career USAC National Midget feature victory with Jacob Denney at the wheel in 2022. What started in the years leading up to that triumph and continued afterward is the continuous upward trajectory of the team whose shop sits 25 miles north of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s SageNet Center, home of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The difference with KTJ in the seat is having a driver who’s been in the business for quite some time, and thus, can get acclimated quickly and help the symbiosis between driver and team even that much stronger.

“Last year, we were able to see if he had any ideas or thoughts on not only making our program better as a whole but also to just to see where we’re at,” Mounce said. “With younger kids, it’s harder to tell. Everybody’s competitive now and you don’t really know if you’re in that top-five percent of guys who need to be doing this for a living, essentially. He has enough experience, and he came in and hit the ground running. We could plug him in and just see if we were really as fast as we thought we were.”

Thomas has noticed the rise of Mounce-Stout as well, and it’s a large piece of the puzzle as to why he connected with them to begin with in 2023 and why they plan on continue that growth in the coming year.

“The work ethic is there, and the passion is there,” Thomas said of Mounce-Stout Motorsports. “I feel like that’s one of the only reasons I want to do it. I see the want-to and I see the potential of it as well. I have a good feeling about these guys, and I have a good feeling about the opportunity that’s ahead. If we do things right, and we all do our jobs at a high level, nothing says we can’t go win a championship and go win races. I feel like if we put good racecars on the track and we stay on top of our duties as crew members and racecar drivers, then it comes down to whether I do my job or not. I feel like I can, so we’ll just go from there and we’ll see.”

The 2024 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season begins on April 26-27 with the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.

 

 

 

MASTERS COURSE! PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER AWAITS USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 22, 2024)……… Longtime USAC supporter ProSource has once again posted a $2,500 reward to the driver who passes the most total cars during feature events throughout USAC’s 2024 national season.

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

No driver advanced more positions during the 2023 USAC national season than Locust Grove, Oklahoma’s Daison Pursley, who earned the title of ProSource Passing Master for the first time in his career after passing a total of 199 cars in just 62 feature starts throughout the year.

Pursley became the third different winner of the season long ProSource Passing Master award. Since 2020, Buck Rice of ProSource has offered the annual bonus. Past winners include Chris Windom (2020) and Justin Grant (2021 & 2022).

ProSource, of Grand Saline, Texas, has also rewarded USAC competitors through Qualifying, Hard Charger, Hard Work and individual event hard charger awards and will do so again in 2024. A $500 reward from ProSource is set to be paid out for the driver passing the most cars throughout the entirety of Winter Dirt Games XV (all prelims & features).

USAC's 2024 national season begins with seven Winter Dirt Games XV USAC National Sprint Car events in the state of Florida during the month of February. Ocala Speedway hosts the series on February 9-10. Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park is the host for back-to-back nights on February 12-13. Ocala Speedway will round up the busy week with a trio of events on February 15-16-17.

 

 

BRYAN HULBERT TO ANNOUNCE USAC’S WINTER DIRT GAMES XV IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2024)………Bryan Hulbert has been named the lead announcer for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship’s 2024 season opening events during February’s seven-race Winter Dirt Games XV series in Florida.

A veteran announcer with the American Sprint Car Series and a fixture on the microphone at the Chili Bowl Nationals for more than a decade, Hulbert will assume dual roles with USAC during the events at Ocala Speedway on February 9-10 and Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 before returning to Ocala Speedway on February 15-16-17. Hulbert will handle duties on both the track’s public address system as well as on FloRacing’s live stream of each event.

Hulbert most recently announced a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship thriller at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds in 2023, and delivered the call for what was one of the most memorable finishes of the year – a pass for the victory by Bryant Wiedeman with two laps to go.

Having the opportunity to be the voice for that particular race was memorable for Hulbert, and he’s eager to get started with USAC in Florida this winter.

“It means a lot to me to announce for a series with the kind of reputation and prestige that USAC has,” Hulbert said. “To even be called upon and asked to go down and represent USAClike that, it’s very humbling and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Hulbert, originally hailing from Las Cruces, N.M. has been announcing at racetracks for 18 seasons. He started as a trackside reporter in 2006 before taking on the role of lead announcer in 2007 at dirt tracks such as Southern New Mexico Speedway and Texas’ El Paso Speedway Park.

He’s a jack of all trades in motorsports, having worked extensively in the departments of marketing, public relations, graphic design, ad design, commercial production, voiceovers, hanging banners, production work, you name it. This occasion also won’t be Hulbert’s first rodeo in Florida. In years past, he’s announced the King of the 360s in the Sunshine State as well as events at Ocala. However, Volusia is one that’ll be new in his repertoire.

Hulbert has engrossed himself in the racing scene, and his affinity for USAC has been ingrained in him since his earliest days as he took a keen interest for the series’ drivers and events via the weekly newspaper that served as the bible for all motorsports aficionados, Hulbert included.

“I’ve known about USAC since I was a kid,” Hulbert recalled. “National Speed Sport News was the weekly go-to, so I’d always read about what was going on. USAC has a great product and it’s stood the test of time in what it delivers and what it produces. I’ve had the chance to call the sprint car side and I’ve had a chance to call the midget side. Both have been a lot of fun to be a part of.”

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUTS AT KANSAS’ SALT CITY SPEEDWAY JULY 19-20, 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Hutchinson, Kansas (January 15, 2024)………The USAC Silver Crown National Championship has added a new date at a venue with a rich racing history to the 2024 series schedule.

For the first time ever, Salt City Speedway in Hutchinson, Kan. will host the USAC champ cars on its famed dirt half-mile for two consecutive nights on Friday-Saturday, July 19-20. An open USAC Silver Crown practice will take place on Friday, July 19, with a full program consisting of practice, qualifying and a 100-lap feature set for Saturday, July 20.

Located at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Salt City Speedway (named so for its salt mining industry) first contested auto racing events in 1910, making it one of the most historic tracks in the country. Phil Nightingale has experienced his share of memories at the place, dating back to being a fan, then a driver and now as the track’s new general manager, and he can already feel the buzz.

“I’m more than excited about this; I’m over the moon,” Nightingale exclaimed. “This is a dream come true to put together a big race like this, especially with it being my first year as the promoter of the track. Being able to bring the champ cars to Hutchinson is huge. Every person I’ve talked to about USAC coming has been so excited to see these cars race.”

The reveal of this particular event on the schedule this year is significant in a myriad of manners. According to a report from The Hutchinson News, “The Kansas State Fair Board voted Tuesday (January 9, 2024) to rescind its November 2022 vote to demolish Hutchinson Raceway Park at the fairgrounds and accepted a one-year proposal for future use.”

When Nightingale got wind of the move to dismantle more than a century worth of racing history in Hutchinson, he stepped into action. It was personal to him. He was raised 25 miles from the track, and it’s a venue where both he and his son, Jake Nightingale, raced. In fact, Jake won in his first start at the track in a modified in 2015. The process of continuing racing at the joint came rather quickly.

Nightingale met with the fair board in September of 2023, then met with the board again in October and November. Just last week, his proposal received approval via a 13-0 vote to resume racing activities at the venerable central Kansas track.

“The track has a lot of history and it’s close to my old stomping grounds,” Nightingale explained. “When I heard that the fair board had voted to demolish the track, that’s when my adrenaline got running. It was time for me to step in and do something to try to help and promote the racetrack to keep it alive.”

Furthermore, USAC Silver Crown Competition Director Tommie Estes won an NCRA Sprint Car feature at the track in 1989 and will be instrumental in the track preparation for the mid-July event.

Six previous USAC Silver Crown events have been held in the state of Kansas dating back to 2006. Two occurred on the pavement of Kansas Speedway in Kansas City while each of the last four having taken place on the dirt at the Belleville High Banks. In fact, USAC Silver Crown racing will make multiple appearances in Kansas in 2024 with another weekend scheduled for Belleville on May 17-18.

Never has there been a repeat USAC Silver Crown winner in Kansas with six different drivers making it to victory lane, including Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and seven-time series champion Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) who’ll try to become the first multi-time Kansas Silver Crown winner at Salt City. Reigning series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) will attempt to win his first in Kansas at Salt City in 2024.

Times and additional details for the July 19-20, 2024, Salt City Speedway event will be announced at a later date. But for now, the fact that USAC Silver Crown racing is debuting in Hutchinson, to Nightingale, it’s a perfect match for racing history.

“I’ve always been a gearhead, I’ve always loved motors and I’ve always loved hearing loud noises and all that kind of stuff,” Nightingale stated. “We’re just so excited to bring those racers here. Number one for me is to just hear those cars screaming around that racetrack. That’s going to be the most fun.”

 

 

24 DATES SET ON 2024 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Speedway, Indiana (January 6, 2024)………The calendar for the Avanti Windows & Doors USAC CRA Sprint Car racing season has been set with 24 events on the docket in the states of California and Arizona in 2024.

The series, featuring new title sponsorship from Avanti, will open and close at its most oft-visited venue, southern California’s Perris Auto Speedway where USAC CRA will travel to on 10 occasions throughout the 2024 campaign. The season begins at Perris on February 24, and makes monthly trips to throughout the year on March 16, April 27, May 25 (Salute to Indy), June 22, July 13, August 17 and September 21.

The season at Perris is highlighted by the return of the Oval Nationals, which is back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus for the 27th running of the event for two-straight nights on November 8-9.

A similar slate is on the plate for Somerton, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway, which makes an early-season USAC CRA schedule appearance on March 2. Late in the year, USAC CRA is back at Cocopah on November 1-2 for the 57th edition of the Western World Championships.

A pair of additional Arizona state races have been scheduled for Mohave Valley Raceway, which hosts the 410 c.i. sprint cars twice on April 6 and again on October 12.

The newly christened Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. will feature its most substantial USAC CRA schedule yet, featuring three dates at the track this season on June 8, August 31 and September 28.

For the first time since 2022, Nipomo, California’s Santa Maria Raceway is back on the USAC CRA docket which has four dates at the track. A two-night affair at Santa Maria will take place on July 5-6, before the series travels back to the track on August 10 and September 7.

Furthermore, two slots remain listed as “To Be Announced” for May 4 and October 19.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) enters the 2024 season as the reigning USAC CRA Sprint Car driving champion. Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance come in as the most recent entrant titlists with the series.

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2024 AVANTI WINDOWS & DOORS USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 24: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Mar 2: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ

Mar 16: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Apr 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ

Apr 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

May 4: TBA

May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Salute to Indy)

Jun 8: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Jun 22: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Jul 5: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Aug 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Aug 17: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Aug 31: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Sep 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Sep 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA

Sep 28: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Oct 12: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ

Oct 19: TBA

Nov 1: Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)

Nov 2: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ (Western World Championships)

Nov 8: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

Nov 9: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)

 

 

USAC ANNOUNCES RULE UPDATES FOR 2024 SEASON

Speedway, Indiana (January 4, 2024)………USAC has announced a number of rule updates and enforcements to be implemented beginning with the 2024 season for USAC’s Silver Crown National Championship, AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship divisions.

Rule updates were discussed and voted upon by USAC competitors during the annual competition meetings held on December 5, 2023, at USAC headquarters in Speedway, Ind.

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2024 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

203: CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) The front part of the body, known as the nose assembly, shall not be wider than the parallel lines of the body and may not exceed the width of the frame. The nose piece and/or the front bumper shall not exceed 23-inches from the leading edge of the front axle. See Section 206C regarding the front bumper.

(O) Wind screens will be allowed. Measurements will be taken from the bottom of the lower frame rail to the top of the wind screen, which should be no greater than 38-inches. The sail panel may extend rearward to the triangular bar at the back of roll cage. Sail panels may not extend forward past a cross plane established by the back seat. Side visors are not permitted.

(U) Airfoils, wings, spoilers or other aerodynamic appendages will not be permitted. A one-inch (1”) turnout will be allowed along the bottom of the body panels from the front of the nose piece to the rear of the rear axle. The Chief Steward or the Technical Director may have any panel or part removed which is not within the spirit or intent of this rule.

206: BUMPERS/NERF BARS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(C) The front bumper must not extend more than 23-inches from the leading edge of the front axle.

209: WHEELS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(K) Wheel covers will be allowed on both pavement and dirt track cars.

216: ENGINE SIZE LIMITS | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(2) Cylinder heads may be manufactured from aluminum alloy providing that the original factory configuration is maintained. All aftermarket cylinder heads are subject to the approval of the USAC Technical Director.

APPROVED CYLINDER HEADS:

-Chevrolet: Any OEM or aftermarket cylinder heads with intake & exhaust valves in-line.

-SB-2

-RSO

-MOPAR:MOPAR R5/P7

-Ford: Ford C3 and D3 Toyota: Phase 9

218: IGNITIONS & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(I) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

302: DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(E) All cars must weigh a minimum of 1,350 pounds, including the driver. Rule was formerly 1,375 pounds.

304: ROLL CAGE & CHASSIS | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(D) Safety bars or outlaw bars will be mandatory. Sizing will be 1.375” x .083.” One solid bar, no slip joints allowed.

315: IGNITIONS & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(I) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

1312: EVENT PROCEDURE | USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) All standard format events will consist of 24 feature starters unless otherwise noted. If four (4) heat races are held, the top-five (5) finishers will transfer to the feature. If three (3) heat races are held, the top-six (6) finishers will transfer to the feature.

(G) If 48 or more cars are in competition, five (5) heat races will be held with the top-four (4) finishers transferring to the feature.

(H) Semi-Feature, C-Main & D-Main events will be lined up by heat race finish. The front row of the semi will be reserved for the fastest two non-transfers.

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2024 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RULE UPDATES

403: CAR CONSTRUCTION & BODY | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(L) Right side cockpit body panels may be a maximum of thirty-six inches (36”) high as measured from the bottom of the frame rail. Opening must be 150 square inches and not distract driver’s vision as determined by chief steward. The right-side panel cannot extend out any further than four (4”) inches. This includes turnouts from the frame uprights (cage post).

416: IGNITION & ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(J) Only one ignition switch is allowed in the cockpit. A second ignition switch can be utilized but must be in the engine compartment.

1412: EVENT PROCEDURE | USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

(F) All standard format events will consist of 24 feature starters unless otherwise noted. If four (4) heat races are held, the top-five (5) finishers will transfer to the feature. If three (3) heat races are held, the top-six (6) finishers will transfer to the feature.

(G) If 48 or more cars are in competition, five (5) heat races will be held with the top-four (4) finishers transferring to the feature.

(H) Semi-Feature, C-Main & D-Main events will be lined up by heat race finish. The front row of the semi will be reserved for the fastest two non-transfers.

 

 

BURKE JOINS LEGACY AUTOSPORT WITH RWR FOR 2024 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON

Pittsboro, Indiana (December 29, 2023)………Legacy Autosport announced that Trey Burke will drive the No. 60 RFL Facility Solutions, TeamWWF, Texas Micro Optics, Metalloid, Legacy Autosport Chassis (pavement) and DRC (dirt) full-time on the 2024 USAC Silver Crown National Championship trail.

Burke (Alvin, Texas) is a fourth-generation race car driver from Texas who transplanted to Indianapolis, Ind. at age 17. He grew up on the dirt tracks and has been strapping in behind the wheel since the ripe age of nine. Trey has been successful on dirt and asphalt with configurations of ovals, road and street courses. He has raced in the ladder series of both INDYCAR and NASCAR.

“'I know this is a great opportunity for me,” Burke said. “I am humbled by the fact that Mike and Butch Meyer, along with Robbie Wilson, asked me to be part of this team. I know this was a ride that a lot of drivers were after, and I am grateful for being chosen.”

Burke, a Rookie with the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023, finished 10th in the overall points standings, second best among all first-year drivers in the series. For 2024, he joins an outfit that became first time USAC Silver Crown winners this past season with Davey Hamilton Jr. providing the team’s first series victory at WWT Raceway in Madison, Ill.

“I want to thank Legacy and Robbie for believing in me,” Burke stated. “At the end of the day, as a driver, that's all you can ask for. When a group of people believe in you, it changes your perspective and gives you that extra confidence you want. I am looking forward to representing Rick Mattson at RFL Facility Solutions, TeamWWF and Fred Edwards at Metalloid in the Silver Crown series.”

The owner of Legacy Autosport, Louis Michael Meyer, is the great grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the first to celebrate a 500 win with a swig of milk in victory lane. Nearly a full century later, the Meyer name remains at the forefront of the sport and looks forward to adding more history in the coming year with Burke.

“All of us on the team are excited to get to the track and get working with Trey,” Meyer remarked. “He has shown he has the speed and the patience to compete at the top of this series, and I feel that with the right preparation, he can be there at the end for the win. Trey comes from a family with a rich racing history, starting with his great grandfather building some of the first Indy roadsters and has racing experience through every generation after. Trey is a fourth-generation racer like me, and I am looking forward to helping him succeed and add to his own family legacy.”

Burke joins a Legacy Autosport team, which will feature Davey Hamilton Jr. in a full-time ride for the team as well as Nathan Byrd competing in all the pavement rounds during the 2024 campaign.

“We are doing something that has not been done, running a team of three Silver Crown cars,” Meyer revealed. “This is something that could not have happened without the support of Robert Wilson Racing. Robbie is a true racer and huge supporter of Legacy Autosport. He was our first customer and now partner and friend. With already getting a win at Gateway in our first season with the new chassis, I am excited to have Davey, Nathan and now Trey continue to showcase what the new pavement car can do and compete for the championship.”

You can get more info and keep up with the USAC Silver Crown series at www.USACracing.com and catch all the racing action on the FloRacing streaming app and follow @legacyaotosport on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.LegacyAutosport.com for more info.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS’ 2024 SCHEDULE REVEALED

Speedway, Indiana (December 26, 2023)………The 43rd season of USAC Western States midget competition prepares for the 2024 season with 11 race dates at six different dirt ovals throughout the Golden State of California.

The season opens and closes in the city of Bakersfield, Calif. The slate kicks off on March 23 at Bakersfield Speedway, which has hosted 124 USAC Western States Midget events dating back to 1987.

Thereafter, the next round of the series continues down the road to the newly-named The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. on March 30. The series returns to Kern County on October 5 where a champion will be crowned in the season finale during the George Snider Classic, honoring the 1971 USAC Dirt Track National Champion (Silver Crown).

Merced Speedway’s fairgrounds track brings the series in on April 13 while the seaside oval of Ventura Raceway will host the series on three separate occasions on June 1, July 27 and September 14.

Two dates are allotted for Nipomo, California’s Santa Maria Raceway on June 8 and August 24. Hangtown USA’s Placerville Speedway presents a pair of USAC Western States Midget action-packed events on July 6 and September 7.

Both Placerville events will be co-sanctioned by the USAC Western States division and the Bay Cities Racing Association (BCRA). Four dates in all will carry the USAC Western States/BCRA co-sanction designation, including the March 30 date at Kern Raceway and on April 13 at Merced.

Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) enters 2024 as the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion, a series which also boasts as its champions the likes of Jeff Heywood, Sleepy Tripp, Robby Flock, Billy Boat, Jay Drake, Wally Pankratz, Cory Kruseman, Ronnie Gardner and Michael Faccinto, just to name a few.

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2024 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE:

Mar 23: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA

Mar 30: (B) The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

Apr 13: (B) Merced Speedway – Merced, CA

Jun 1: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Jun 8: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Jul 6: (B) Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Jul 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Aug 24: Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA

Sep 7: (B) Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA

Sep 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

Oct 5: The Dirt Track at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway – Bakersfield, CA

**(B) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Bay Cities Racing Association

**This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

23 DATES FOR USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 26, 2023)………The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented by Capitol Custom Trailers features a slate of 23 events ready to roll for the 2024 season.

The series enters its seventh season of competition with a full schedule that sees the series venture to 13 different tracks in four different states (Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & New York).

The championship season begins with the first of three dates at Delaware’s Georgetown Speedway on April 5 with return visits set for May 17 and September 27.

Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, N.J. is the most oft-visited track of the series season with five stops set for April 6, July 6 and October 4 with a non-winners race taking place on October 18 with the season finale arriving on October 19.

Williams Grove Speedway’s famed half-mile welcomes the series to the Mechanicsburg, Pa. dirt oval on April 12 and June 17. Traditional Keystone State venues dot the calendar, including Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pa.) on April 13, Bedford Speedway on Apr. 26 and two trips to Port Royal Speedway on Apr. 27 and Aug. 17.

Bechtelsville, Pa.’s Grandview Speedway kicks off the month of May on the 11th of the month, then is followed by the first of a pair of races at Delmar’s Delaware International Speedway on May 25 and Aug. 10.

Three tracks will appear on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car schedule for the first time in 2024, all in the state of New York, which the series hasn’t visited since 2021. The series makes it a weekend there on June 28 at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, N.Y., and on June 29, the series appears for the first time ever at Fonda Raceway. USAC EC returns late in the season with a debut at Outlaw Speedway in Dundee, N.Y.

The bullring of Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. is circled twice on the schedule on July 10 and August 18. Meanwhile, Mill Hall, Pa.’s Clinton County Fairgrounds brings in the series on August 2.

Briggs Danner (Allentown, Pa.) enters the season as the two-time and reigning USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion (2022 & 2023). Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) is the lone three-time series titlist in 2018-19-20 while Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.) notched the 2021 crown.

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2024 USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS SCHEDULE

Apr 5: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

Apr 6: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Apr 12: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Apr 13: Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA

Apr 26: Bedford Speedway – Bedford, PA

Apr 27: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

May 11: Grandview Speedway – Bechtelsville, PA

May 17: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

May 25: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, DE

Jun 7: Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Jun 28: Utica-Rome Speedway – Vernon, NY

Jun 29: Fonda Raceway – Fonda, NY

Jul 6: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Jul 10: Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Aug 2: Clinton County Fairgrounds – Mill Hall, PA

Aug 10: Delaware International Speedway – Delmar, DE

Aug 17: Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

Aug 18: Action Track USA – Kutztown, PA

Sep 13: Outlaw Speedway – Dundee, NY

Sep 27: Georgetown Speedway – Georgetown, DE

Oct 4: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

Oct 18: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ (Non-Winners Race)

Oct 19: Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, NJ

 

 

HALL TABBED AS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES DIRECTOR STARTING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2023)………Scott Hall, a prominent promoter, racer and series organizer on the west coast open wheel dirt track racing scene, has been named the series director of the USAC Western States Midget series.

Hall, of Roseville, California, officially took his post on the final of November 2023, and has informed us that he has formulated a 16-race schedule for the 2024 season throughout the Golden State.

Hall contends to have a working relationship with the Bay Cities Racing Association to help strengthen and bolster midget racing on the west coast in the now and in the future. Hall’s background in the sport includes a variety of roles and in the formation of multiple sprint car series.

“I’ve raced with a lot of these guys who are now running BCRA at the management level,” Hall said. “I’ve done a lot of promoting in the past with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and I’ve helped develop that, and also redeveloped the Hunt Wingless Series out here. And I’m still on the board for each one of those series.”

Hall also has a deep connection in racing with his daughter, Taylor Hall, who has raced two seasons in outlaw karts and one season in micros sprints in recent years and is now making the move to midget racing. Hall has witnessed several up-and-coming racers in his day and finds passion in helping them develop into becoming the next stars of the sport.

“I’m all about developing the next generation,” Hall stated. “I have my finger on the pulse of the next generation of racers. Racing with my daughter has had us in the trenches (of the sport).”

Hall’s racing lineage runs deep. His grandfather, Jimmy Sills Sr., was a winner on the BCRA Midget circuit in the early to mid-1950s. Jimmy Sills Jr. became a household name as a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion in 1990-94-96 and raced coast-to-coast with USAC, the World of Outlaws, NARC and more, just to name a few.

Recalling his upbringing, Hall can vividly remember watching the Saturday Night Thunder telecasts on ESPN during the early 1990s featuring the USAC Western States Midget at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. The excitement and deep appreciation of the sport was firmly ingrained at the point.

“USAC Western States Midget racing is big to us and our family,” Hall acknowledged. “As a family, we used to sit around the TV and watch Jimmy run Saturday Night Thunder in a midget at Ventura. I see an opportunity with the number of midgets that are in this country right now and to try to bring that back.”

Hall aims to facilitate that type of thrill again for competitors and fans alike starting in 2024. It’s a feeling he can recall from the recent past that instilled a passion for the sport inside him, and he wants to pass on the passion to the current and future generations on the west coast.

“(Former USAC Western States Midget Series Director) Tommy (Hunt) and those guys had it down south and they were getting 60 midgets,” Hall recalled. “I’ve seen it in its prime, so I know what it’s capable of and it’s near and dear to me. I ran sprint cars out here, but I was a little big to run a midget. I’ve always loved non-wing racing and all my wins as a driver have come in non-wing cars. I have a passion for it and all those memories are with me so it’s a big deal to me.”

With his day job in the construction business (roofing and solar), Hall devotes the rest of his time to motorsports, and aims to bring together the two worlds in the form of marketing partners, the life bread of the sport.

“Sales and marketing through racing is a great combination,” Hall explained. “What I think it will take for the midget series to get back up is to work some marketing angles. There’s a lot of passion out here on the west coast for midget racing, and we need to tap into that and do what we’ve done with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. We grew 360 c.i. racing from almost a demise when Civil War was at its end to consistently getting car counts of 30-40.”

All in all, all the work put in comes down to a true passion of the sport, something which Hall possesses in droves, in keeping the sports and the series thriving for years to come and its deep roots in the state of California.

“It’s very important to myself and everybody in my family,” Hall said. “Midget racing started with my grandpa when he got back from World War II and was running indoor tracks in the bay area. The true history of midget racing in California goes back pretty far. To see that history die would be horrible, but as we bring it back, I want to share some of those old memories of how deep midget racing runs in California.”

 

 

TURNING POINT: GARRETT NAMED USAC’S MOST IMPROVED DRIVER FOR 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 14, 2023)………Carson Garrett’s journey from his Rocky Mountain Midget roots to becoming USAC’s National Most Improved Driver came quite quickly in some respects. But in other ways, it’s clear to say that he’s come a long way both geographically and behind the wheel of a racecar.

In his first two seasons competing on a part-time basis with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2021-22, Carson Garrett had appeared in 23 events and qualified for the feature in only 11 of them, with nary a top-10 finish among his results.

The switch was seemingly flipped for the Littleton, Colo. racer in 2023 as he became the first driver from his home state to ever be named as USAC National Most Improved Driver. The 22-year-old recorded career bests in every single statistical category, notching three top-fives and came within a whisker – just 93 hundredths of a second – of winning his first series feature at Macon Speedway in Illinois, and he even added a couple Midwest Sprint Car Series scores at Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway to boot.

The improvements on track were readily apparent for Garrett, but so too were the intricate details of setting the car up and providing valuable info that guided his performance. That was a skill that Garrett possessed none of just a couple seasons ago.

“Honestly, it’s been a little bit of a journey going from starting out as a hobby to finally understanding it and wanting to work on my own stuff,” Garrett explained. “This year, I feel like I was a lot more involved in my feedback toward the crew guys than I was in the previous year. The first year, I had nothing. I was just there.”

Garrett’s first career top-10 with the USAC Sprint Cars turned some heads, not only for where he achieved it (Ohio’s Eldora Speedway) but also for where he came from. His advancement from 20th to 6th during May’s #LetsRaceTwo proved to be among the biggest charges of the season. To illustrate the point, Garrett noted that the setup they utilized was virtually the same as the one he’d used in previous years, further indicating his vast improvement in the seat. But for Garrett, the progression truly took on a new level just a bit before that.

“I feel like it started last year,” Garrett acknowledged. “We got good enough at Haubstadt and we felt good. I told the guys I want to be this good everywhere else. At the start of this year, it just got rolling and when we ran at Eldora, that was a crazy race. I was passing car after car and then I thought, hey wait, these are the top few guys up here. I was like, ‘holy cow!’ I was surprised myself.”

The roll continued throughout the summer months and led to him being in contention regularly during one of the biggest weeks on the USAC National Sprint Car calendar.

“Indiana Sprint Week was killer for us,” Garrett recalled. “We were having pretty good luck, and I think it was three nights in a row, I started on the pole of the feature. It just seemed like we had the momentum going and we were all having fun doing it. KTJ, C.J. and Jake Swanson have all been a big help, and when Jake goes to Haubstadt, he’s like, ‘what are you doing here because I want to get better here.”

Another prideful point for Garrett was the fact that he didn’t use up his equipment, which kept him on track and intact not only from race-to-race but throughout the entire year.

“Between my primary and secondary car, I didn’t tear them up this year,” Garrett pointed out. “I never got upside down, but one of our cars had to get fixed when I was running second during the Indiana Sprint Week race at Lawrenceburg when my tire blew, and I hit the wall. It bent the frame a little bit, but other than that, I felt like we had pretty good luck throughout the year.”

Two major components have aided the team in their rise up the rankings. In 2022, crew chief Doug Dougherty was tabbed to turn the wrenches after assisting Garrett when he raced for KO Motorsports in 2021. Also in 2022, a second car was added to the BGE Dougherty Motorsports stable for Kevin Thomas Jr., which began as only a couple race deal. Ultimately, KTJ gave the team its first three USAC victories. In 2023, C.J. Leary, the 2019 series titlist, was hired for the second seat.

All those pieces, facets and additions have allowed Garrett to build relationships, and as a result, he now feels more comfortable asking the right questions to help improve his performance and blossom into a more well-rounded and versatile racer.

“A couple times this year, I told C.J. what we’re doing, and said, ‘man, if I did that to my car, I’d go out there and be upside down. I won’t do that,’” Garrett said with a laugh. “It’s just preference. I like my car a lot tighter than C.J. does, but with the aspect of him doing our LST Shocks, it’s been huge for me to learn and understand the adjustments and what to try. C.J. is an awesome person to go to and he’ll help anyone out. He won’t fib anything. He’s going to be straightforward and honest with everybody.”

In 2022, Garrett branched out to a new deal alongside his father, Broc Garrett, who owned the equipment. Prior to that, Carson was flying back and forth from Colorado to Indiana with his bag and helmet in hand before making the permanent move to Indiana prior to the 2022 season. Now, as a full-time transplant, Garrett has gotten more time behind the wheel, more time with his crew and more time invested in the sport as he’s taken his efforts up another level.

“I think it’s just seat time and becoming closer with my crew guys and trusting what they’re doing on the car as far as just giving them the right feedback on what I need and what our car needs,” Garrett said. “Doug has been a great help for us since he came along and guided us and helped us by saying you guys should try this or that, and from that point on, he’s been setting the car up. Now I feel like I’m at the point where I can tell them what I need. I’ll tell them my suggestions of what I think they should do. Then we can kind of meet in the middle. Sometimes he says something that I may not think that the car needs. We’re both honest with each other and that just makes me more comfortable with how my car is going to react to the different adjustments we make.”

Garrett returns in 2024 with the same exact deal, chasing the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the BGE Dougherty No. 15. Although he admitted that the Most Improved Driver completely took him by surprise, there’s no question that he’s not going to sneak up on the competition in the coming year. It’s expected. Carson Garrett has now arrived on the USAC National Sprint Car scene.

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USAC NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER AWARD WINNERS:

1966: Bill Mehner (Midget)

1967: Gary Bettenhausen (Midget)

1968: None

1969: None

1970: Larry Rice (Midget)

1971: Bill Renshaw (Midget)

1972: Pancho Carter (Midget)

1973: Bobby Olivero (Midget)

1974: Steve Lotshaw (Midget)

1975: Mark Alderson (Midget)

1976: Tom Bigelow (Indy Car) & Steve Lotshaw (Midget)

1977: Tom Sneva (Indy Car) & Chris Cumberworth (Midget)

1978: Danny Ongais (Indy Car) & Jeff Heywood (Midget)

1979: Tom Bigelow (Indy Car) & Stan Fox (Midget)

1980: Jerry Karl (Indy Car) & Warren Mockler (Midget)

1981: George Snider (Indy Car) & Warren Mockler (Midget)

1982: Mark Alderson (Silver Crown) & Steve Knepper (Midget)

1983: Steve Chassey (Silver Crown) & Kenneth Nichols (Midget)

1984: Manny Rockhold (Silver Crown) & Joe Corrigan (Midget)

1985: Duke Cook (Silver Crown) & John Andretti (Midget)

1986: Warren Mockler (Silver Crown) & Paul Clark (Midget)

1987: Kenny Jacobs (Silver Crown) & Dan Boorse (Midget)

1988: Andy Hillenburg (Silver Crown) & Michael Lang (Midget)

1989: Ron Dunstan (Silver Crown) & Russ Gamester (Midget)

1990: Gary Hieber (Silver Crown) & Roy Caruthers (Midget)

1991: Russ Gamester (Silver Crown) & Tyce Carlson (Midget)

1992: Tony Elliott (Silver Crown) & Dan Drinan (Midget)

1993: Mike Bliss (Silver Crown), Bill Rose (Sprint) & Andy Michner (Midget)

1994: Randy Tolsma (Silver Crown), Kevin Thomas (Sprint) & Steve Barth (Midget)

1995: Dave Darland (Silver Crown), Jason McCord (Sprint) & Brian Gerster (Midget)

1996: Kevin Thomas (Silver Crown), Brian Hayden (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)

1997: Brian Tyler (Silver Crown), Derek Davidson (Sprint) & Jay Drake (Midget)

1998: J.J. Yeley (Silver Crown), Kevin Doty (Sprint) & Travis Welpott (Midget)

1999: Brad Noffsinger (Silver Crown), Robbie Rice (Sprint) & Clay Klepper (Midget)

2000: John Heydenreich (Silver Crown), Brandon Petty (Sprint) & Michael Lewis (Midget)

2001: Jerry Coons Jr. (Silver Crown), Levi Jones (Sprint) & Steve Paden (Midget)

2002: Rich Tobias Jr. (Silver Crown), Kevin Briscoe (Sprint) & Danny Ebberts (Midget)

2003: Tyler Walker (Silver Crown), Marc Jessup (Sprint) & Tom Hessert (Midget)

2004: Bud Kaeding (Silver Crown), Dickie Gaines (Sprint) & Davey Ray (Midget)

2005: Wayne Reutimann Jr. (Silver Crown), Mat Neely (Sprint) & Brad Kuhn (Midget)

2006: Aaron Pierce (Silver Crown), Daron Clayton (Sprint) & Brad Loyet (Midget)

2007: Mat Neely (Silver Crown), Jesse Hockett (Sprint) & Kevin Swindell (Midget)

2008: Cole Whitt

2009: Shane Hmiel

2010: Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

2011: Zach Daum & Casey Riggs

2012: Chase Stockon

2013: Kevin Thomas Jr.

2014: Shane Cockrum

2015: Tanner Thorson

2016: Chad Boespflug

2017: Tyler Courtney

2018: Isaac Chapple

2019: Tanner Carrick

2020: Brandon Mattox

2021: Jake Swanson

2022: Kaylee Bryson

2023: Carson Garrett

 

 

CRUCEAN/MAHONEY VIDEO PARTY SET FOR JANUARY 19 AT USAC

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 13, 2023)………Save the date! On Friday night, January 19, 2024, join us for a Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties Presented by Marc Dailey Racing.

There, we will relive the famed Crucean/Mahoney movie parties at USAC headquarters, located at 4910 W. 16th Street, Speedway, IN 46224. Doors for the event will open at 6pm Eastern.

The event is a fundraiser for USAC RaceAid, formerly known as the USAC Benevolent Foundation. The event will include an evening of historic USAC racing movies from the Dick Wallen collection, plus appearances by USAC Stars past and present. A silent memorabilia auction will be held, and furthermore, snacks and refreshments will be served.

The event is free to attend although donations to RaceAid are encouraged and appreciated. Crucean and Mahoney are both inductees of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and did so much to promote racing and were so vital to the preservation of racing history, particularly USAC.

Advance tickets can be purchased now at www.raceaid.fund. Just scroll down to the ribbon on the page entitled “Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties,” then click on “Register.” Next, click on “Register for a RaceAid Event,” then check the box next to “Salute to the Crucean/Mahoney Movie Parties.” Follow prompts from there, fill out the info and you are set to go for one of the highlights of the winter racing season.

Also, a new throwback Sprint Car Pictorial T-shirt is now on sale and can also be purchased at www.raceaid.fund. USAC’s Rich Forman will produce a special edition salute to the Crucean/Mahoney produced Sprint Car Pictorial magazine, chockfull of historic photos.

The USAC RaceAid program is a fresh brand relaunch of the USAC Benevolent Fund, started in 1959, to assist USAC members and their families in times of need. Over the years, RaceAid has helped hundreds of people in the racing community. We have donated more than $1.3 million dollars to USAC racers in need.

How can you donate to USAC RaceAid? At home, visit www.RaceAid.fund. The USAC #RACEAID program is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

The Movie Party is just one of the events planned during the upcoming winter season at USAC headquarters, including a Salute to Racing Photography exhibit slated for a TBA date in February as well as a March “tip-off” show with USAC champions and other drivers. If you would be interested in supporting one of these events, please reach out to USAC via Facebook or on the “Contact” tab at www.usacracing.com.

 

 

98 USAC NATIONAL EVENTS IN 15 STATES FOR 2024!

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2023)………Get ready! 98 USAC National racing events across 15 United States are scheduled for the upcoming 2024 season between February and November.

The slate includes 54 Sprint Car events, 30 for the Midgets and 14 for the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Which one are you planning to attend first?

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2024 CHRONOLOGICAL USAC NATIONAL SCHEDULE

FEBRUARY

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 10: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $7,500 | Sprint

Feb 12: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000 | Sprint

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000 | Sprint

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000 | Sprint

APRIL

Apr 5: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Jim Hurtubise Classic | $6,000 | Sprint

Apr 6: Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, IL | Salute to Levi Jones | $10,000 | Sprint

Apr 12: TBA | Sprint

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $6,000 | Sprint

Apr 20: Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Apr 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000 | Midget

Apr 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000 | Midget

MAY

May 3: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000 | Sprint

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000 | Sprint

May 5: Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

May 10: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic | $5,000 | Sprint

May 11: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000 | Sprint

May 17: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000 | Midget

May 17-18: Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | Huncovsky Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

May 18: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000 | Midget

May 19: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | $6,000 | Midget

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic | $10,000 | Sprint

May 22: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $5,000 | Sprint

May 23: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $10,000 | Sprint

May 24: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000 | Silver Crown

May 31: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA | Sprint

JUNE

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA | Sprint

Jun 4: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000 | Midget

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

Jun 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000 | Midget

June 11: Grandview Speedway | Bechtelsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

June 12: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 13: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Open Wheel Madness | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jun 16: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 21: Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Bytec Dairyland 100 | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jun 22: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 23: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 28: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $6,000 | Sprint

Jun 29: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $10,000 | Sprint

JULY

Jul 4: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic | $8,000 | Silver Crown

Jul 5: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000 | Sprint

Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000 | Sprint

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 10: Mitchell County Fairgrounds | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000 | Midget

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000 | Midget

Jul 20: TBA | Silver Crown

Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 28: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Jul 31: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

AUGUST

Aug 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 2: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 3: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000 | Sprint

Aug 10: Jennerstown Speedway | Jennerstown, PA | Silver Crown Showdown | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Aug 16: TBA | Silver Crown

Aug 17: Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000 | Sprint

Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000 | Sprint

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000 | Sprint

Aug 31: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000 | Silver Crown

SEPTEMBER

Sep 1: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 2: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen’s Nationals | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 5: (E) RPM Speedway | Crandall, TX | $6,000 | Sprint

Sep 6: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $6,000 | Sprint

Sep 7: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $10,000 | Sprint

Sep 13: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000 | Sprint

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000 | Sprint

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000 | Midget

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000 | Sprint

Sep 20: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns | $5,000 | Midget

Sep 20-21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Silver Crown

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Midget

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000 | Sprint

OCTOBER

Oct 11: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $6,000 | Sprint

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000 | Sprint

Oct 19: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Championship Saturday | $10,000 | Silver Crown

Oct 25: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000 | Sprint

Oct 26: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000 | Sprint

NOVEMBER

Nov 15: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 16: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | TBA | Midget

Nov 20: Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA | TBA | Midget

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 26: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $5,000 | Midget

Nov 30: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $15,000 | Midget

TBA

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000 | Midget

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000 | Midget

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $20,039 | Midget

 

 

HAMILTON JOINS LEGACY FOR FULL-SEASON USAC SILVER CROWN GO IN 2024

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2023)………Nearly all of Davey Hamilton Jr.’s racing exploits throughout his career have come on pavement. Now, the Boise, Idaho native is adding dirt into the mix for 2024 as he takes on the full USAC Silver Crown National Championship schedule for the first time.

The third-generation racer will wheel the Legacy Autosport No. 19 in all 14 events on the upcoming season’s schedule. Last year, Hamilton Jr. collected his first career USAC Silver Crown win at the largest venue on the schedule – the 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill.

That race came on pavement, but the dirt is a new world to Hamilton Jr. He comes from a long lineage of terrific pavement racers, being the grandson of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Ken Hamilton and son of 11-time Indianapolis 500 starter Davey Hamilton.

“I’m going dirt racing now; I never thought I’d say that,” Hamilton stated. “To be going full-time with the USAC Silver Crown series is great. I’ve run quite a bit of races with USAC, but last year, when these guys (at Legacy Autosport) gave me a call and gave me an opportunity, I couldn’t say no. Now I’m going to focus on helping the Legacy guys develop their new program.”

Basically, Hamilton’s dirt experience consists of a brief appearance in Ted Finkenbinder’s midget at the 2017 Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. as well as a few starts in a micro sprint in his earlier days, which makes this practically an entirely new experience.

“I’m not a dirt guy,” Hamilton admitted. “I went and did Cory Kruseman’s school a couple weeks ago (at California’s Ventura Raceway) and that was an experience of a lifetime. I want to do the best that I can, and I want to be on top. I want to compete with (Logan) Seavey and compete with (Kody) Swanson on a full-time basis. A lot of people don’t have me on their radar when it comes to winning races with USAC, but I’ve proved it on the bigger pavement tracks. The past two years at (WWT Raceway), I’ve been in contention, but I think now that I get to focus fully on and do a full season, once I get in the vibe of things, I think we’ll be in contention for sure. I’m excited about the schedule and I’m excited to see what we can do.”

Hamilton was hired by Legacy Autosport midseason in 2023, which has an interesting origin of its own. The owner of Legacy Autosport, Louis Michael Meyer, is the great grandson of Louis Meyer, the first three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and the first to celebrate a 500 win with a swig of milk in victory lane.

As far as Hamilton and Legacy, officially, their first start came at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway in August of 2023 and lasted just three laps before their engine expired. Their ensuing appearance resulted in a victory and came just 10 months after the Legacy’s debut appearance the season before. Hamilton feels there’s a lot of potential this season, feeling that they all fit together and click well while having their priority set on finishing all the races and just being there at the end.

“For them to get a win at this level in their first year, it shows a lot,” Hamilton said in praise of Legacy Autosport. “This team is in the shop everyday just fine tuning on it. The car itself is just a beautiful piece and everything is just proper on it. I think I get to drive the coolest looking car, but I’m a little biased. It’s definitely a beautiful car and they work on these things every day. For the success they’ve shown, they’re dedicated to making this a long-term success with USAC. I’m excited for them and I’m excited for myself to get this opportunity.”

The 2024 USAC Silver Crown campaign begins on April 20 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the running of the Hemelgarn Racing-Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic on the half-mile paved oval.

 

 

SEAVEY & GRANT SHARE SPOTLIGHT

AT 2023 USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 8, 2023).........USAC national driving champions Logan Seavey and Justin Grant shared the spotlight along with other 2023 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night’s 68th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

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USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

A total of 75 USAC national events were held from sea to shining sea during the 2023 campaign, from February’s events in the gator country of Barberville, Florida all the way to November’s night on the beach in Ventura, California.

We were witnesses to milestones, photo finishes, historic streaks, hard charges, a double-up champion, a repeat titlist and a return to the throne.

With the curtain closed on the 68th year of USAC racing, we salute all the individuals and teams who thrived through the yearlong grind on the trail and also those who earned the right to stand on the stage Friday night as one of the very best at their discipline.

USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing – Brownsburg, Indiana

Logan Seavey and Rice Motorsports fell just a few points short of a USAC Silver Crown championship in each of the past two seasons, but in 2023, they weren’t denied. Three dirt wins met the expectations of the team’s desires at Port Royal, Springfield and Eldora. However, the pavement side of the equation saw a huge stride for the team with four top-five results.

However, a July accident at Winchester nearly derailed their championship hopes and aspirations. With all hands on deck between Rice Motorsports and new team co-entrant Abacus Racing, and the sands of the hourglass running short, the team rebuilt their car just in time to finish 5th at Toledo, marking the moment when the two factions truly became one team.

When all was said and done, Seavey, Rice and Abacus prevailed with a scant seven-point edge in earning the title, and coupled with his midget championship, Seavey became the first driver since Levi Jones in 2011 to double up with multiple USAC national titles in a season, which earned him a $50,000 bonus, doubling his point fund payout to $100,000 for the year.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Logan Seavey – Sutter, California

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: Abacus Racing – Noblesville, Indiana

Logan Seavey and Abacus Racing’s 280-point final championship margin at the conclusion of the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season was the largest in nearly two decades since Bobby East’s title in 2004, and it came after they found themselves mired sixth in the standings, 110 points out of the lead in June.

Their run of 22 consecutive top-10 finishes to end the season sealed the deal and tied Jason Leffler’s series record set in 1997, the very same year Seavey was born. Seavey won at Macon Speedway mere hours after winning the USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, becoming just the third driver to win multiple USAC national events at two different racetracks in a single day, a feat previously only accomplished by Billy Vukovich in 1967 and J.J. Yeley in 2004.

Seavey also performed a complete USAC sweep of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora and led the midget series in feature laps led with 214 as well as 21 top-fives and 24 top-tens in 27 starts. He’s now a two-time USAC National Midget champion and his team is a first-time series titlist.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

RICHARD HOFFMAN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 1ST PLACE ENTRANT: TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Indiana

Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports endured a nearly two-month struggle in the late spring/early summer months which overlapped with a change in team personnel and a period of confidence-shaking woes that found the team as far down as sixth in the standings entering mid-summer.

What followed was one of the most dominant stretches in series history for himself, sidekick Jeff Walker and TOPP Motorsports’ Kevin Birchmeier, accounting for a career-high 11 series victories in 2023, including eight in his final 17 starts, and 13 straight top-tens to close out the year.

Grant became the 13th different point leader in a record setting year in terms of point lead changes and was also victorious at Gas City in the closest USAC finish of the season while earning the most lucrative weekend of his career when he cashed $44,500 in a single night by completing a Sprint Car Smackdown sweep at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway. To boot, he finished off the year with $20,000 more in his pocket as the winner of the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg.

Both Grant and TOPP are now two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champions, and for the second year in a row, the first team to do so since Brady Bacon and Dynamics, Inc. in 2020-21. The efforts were worth another $50,000 for their title run.

USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Kody Swanson – Kingsburg, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Doran-Binks Racing – Lebanon, Ohio

Kody Swanson became the first driver to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown wins during a summer stretch in which he collected three consecutive victories at Madison, Winchester and Toledo, making it the fourth occasion in which he won three-in-a-row with the series. No other driver has more than one such streak! He shared the series lead with nine top-fives in 11 series starts and topped all drivers with 433 laps led and six fast qualifying times. For an incredible 10 straight years now, he’s finished either first or second in the standings. Finishing as the runners-up for the USAC Silver Crown series in 2023 were Kingsburg, California’s Swanson and Lebanon, Ohio’s Doran-Binks Racing.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant, Ione, California

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: RMS Racing, Western Springs, Illinois

They’ve made a habit of it throughout their time together, and once again, for the third season in a row, Justin Grant and the RMS Racing team finished inside the top-three of the standings, and this year, both driver and entrant wound up as the runners-up. Grant led 94 laps while accumulating 12 top-fives in 27 starts and was simply spectacular in a masterful drive at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There, the Ione, Calif. driver and Western Springs, Illinois based team went undefeated throughout the weekend to capture the $20,039 dollar prize at the Driven2SaveLives BC39.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE DRIVER: Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 2ND PLACE ENTRANT: Dynamics Inc., Milford, Ohio

For the fourth consecutive year, Brady Bacon and his Dynamics, Inc. team finished top-two in the standings on the strength of seven victories, equaling his career high. Bacon’s $20,000 dollar Haubstadt Hustler victory at Tri-State gave him 53 career USAC National Sprint Car feature wins, pushing the Broken Arrow, Okla. product to second all-time in that category. He also added a second Indiana Sprint Week crown and a pair of victories in Illinois & Texas which set a record for the most different states won in by a USAC National Sprint Car driver at 14. At Wilmot, this combo became the winningest driver/entrant pairing in series history with 41 scores and now they’re your 2023 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runners-up.

USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Justin Grant – Ione, California

USAC SILVER CROWN 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Hemelgarn Racing – LaSalle, Michigan

For the eighth straight season, Justin Grant and Hemelgarn Racing found themselves inside the top-five of the USAC Silver Crown standings at season’s end, finishing third both the driver and entrant standings for 2023. On Labor Day weekend this year, they broke an 18-race string without a victory when he scored the 69th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile. After a somewhat sluggish start which saw them fall to ninth in points, the Ione, Calif. driver and LaSalle, Mich. team rebounded with authority, recording six top-sixes to cap the season.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Bryant Wiedeman – Colby, Kansas

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: CB Industries – Mooresville, North Carolina

Bryant Wiedeman became a first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature winner in 2023, utilizing a low-side pass on the white flag lap to seal a victory in his home state of Kansas at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds. The Colby, Kan. racer ascended to a fourth-place finish in the standings a year ago, just 13 points out of third. However, this year, he took the next step up the ladder by leading 32 laps and grabbing nine top-five results in 26 starts while also bringing his CB Industries team back to the podium at year’s end with Wiedeman and Mooresville, North Carolina’s CBI taking third in the driver and entrant standings, respectively.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE DRIVER: Emerson Axsom – Franklin, Indiana

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR 3RD PLACE ENTRANT: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing – Fishers, Indiana

One year after corralling Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom came back with a sensational sophomore season in which he won on back-to-back nights at Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway en route to the Eastern Storm title before adding another win at Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway. In all, he garnered a series-high 29 top-tens in 36 starts while bringing his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing team to its best points finish in four years. In 2023, Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) and Clauson Marshall Newman (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a third-place finish in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and entrant standings.

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USAC INDIVIDUAL & SPECIAL AWARDS

ROGER McCLUSKEY AWARD: Dave Darland – Lincoln, Indiana

Who would have thought that a straggly kid from Lincoln, Indiana would have come this far? Dave Darland is the absolute epitome of the word “excellence” in every sense of the word. He’s one of seven members of the Triple Crown club, winning championships across all three of USAC’s divisions – Silver Crown, National Midgets and National Sprint Cars where he is the winningest driver in series history.

Darland’s total of 115 USAC feature victories (nationally and regionally) ranks fifth all-time and his 1,334 USAC National feature starts between 1986 and 2023 also ranks number one. He also scored at least one USAC national feature victory in a remarkable 24 consecutive seasons between 1993 and 2016.

He’s raced everywhere and won nearly everything in his long and storied career. He’s won on pavement and dirt, won from coast-to-coast, and titles upon titles, and was one of the most popular drivers to ever compete on the USAC trail. Along the way, he affectionately earned the nickname, “The People’s Champ,” which certainly about sums it up.

The accolades go on and on and we could be here for eternity reciting them, but this man has solidified his position as one of the all-time greats in all motorsports, and that’s a status he will retain for eternity.

It brings me great pleasure to introduce to you this year’s recipient of the Roger McCluskey Award – the incomparable Dave Darland!

MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPION: Justin Grant, Ione, California

A second USAC National Sprint Car championship in as many years isn’t the only impressive accolade Justin Grant repeated in 2023. For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, Grant (Ione, Calif.) was rewarded as the Mike Curb USAC National Driver Champion. He amassed the most total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign and is now just the third driver to win the honor in three consecutive seasons, joining J.J. Yeley and Bryan Clauson in that department. He’s also now one of only two drivers to capture this reward four times in his career along with Tracy Hines. For his performance, Grant collected an extra $10,000.

JOHNNY CAPELS “GOLDEN GREEK” USAC CHIEF MECHANIC OF THE YEAR: Ronnie Gardner – Rice Motorsports & Abacus Racing

It’s a rare feat to win multiple championships in a single year in any aspect of the sport, but Ronnie Gardner was able to achieve that as a crewman in 2023. A five-time USAC Western States Midget titlist as a driver in his own right, he turned in the steering wheel for a wrench and has kept on winning. This year, between his efforts with driver Logan Seavey, Abacus Racing and Rice Motorsports, he amassed a pair of championships in USAC National Midget and USAC Silver Crown competition. The Johnny Capels “Golden Greek” award is reserved for those special individuals who are in the trenches and this year’s recipient is certainly among those as he earned a $10,000 reward for his efforts.

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN' FASTER CHAMPIONSHIP: C.J. Leary – Greenfield, Indiana

C.J. Leary has won a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, an Indiana Sprint Week title and an Eastern Storm crown in his career. In 2023, the Greenfield, Ind. driver added another highlight to his impressive reel by capturing the second annual Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Championship Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment. Leary earned $10,000 for his efforts in the 10-race miniseries and an extra $2,500 for his BGE Dougherty Motorsports team. For Leary, it’s another feather in his cap as he also received a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

Daison Pursley’s conquests in USAC’s National Sprint Car Midget divisions saw him pass a total of 199 cars in 62 feature starts throughout the 2023 season. Those efforts paid off for the Locust Grove, Okla. driver as he earned the title of ProSource Passing Master. Pursley earned a $2,500 prize and becomes the third different winner of the season-long award which rewards the USAC nationally licensed driver who advanced the most positions during feature events throughout the entirety of USAC’s 2023 national season between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS SILVER CROWN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kaylee Bryson – Muskogee, Oklahoma

Throughout the 2023 season, Kaylee Bryson ascended to heights never before reached in USAC’s 68-year history. She became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the standings in a USAC national series and is now the first woman to earn USAC National Rookie of the Year honors of any kind, earning the honor with the Silver Crown series this past season. One year ago, the Muskogee, Oklahoma native became the first woman to earn USAC National Most Improved Driver honors and she’s also the first Okie to win this award.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS BOB STROUD NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Gavin Miller – Allentown, Pennsylvania

Just a few years ago, Gavin Miller stood on the stage at USAC’s Night of Champions as a decorated quarter midget racer. Now the six-time USAC .25 Midget champ is making a name on the USAC National Midget scale by becoming the first Pennsylvanian to win a series feature since Steve Buckwalter 13 years ago. Miller’s win at Bloomington and an eighth place finish in the standings propelled the Allentown, Pa. racer to becoming just the third Keystone State native to receive recognition as the Max Papis Innovations Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year after John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.

MAX PAPIS INNOVATIONS USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Daison Pursley – Locust Grove, Oklahoma

There are comeback stories and then there is the comeback story of Daison Pursley. In 2021, the Locust Grove, Okla. native suffered a spinal injury that kept him inside hospitals and rehab centers for several months. His perseverance and desire ultimately led him back to the driver’s seat. Right out of the box in 2023, he got the racing world’s attention with a $10,000 score at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park, a night he said he’ll always remember. Defying the odds is part of Pursley’s game, and in 2023, he became the first Oklahoman to win the Max Papis Innovations USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year award since Gary Cameron in 1992.

NATIONAL MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: Carson Garrett – Littleton, Colorado

Hailing from Littleton, Colorado, Carson Garrett becomes the first ever Rocky Mountain State driver to ever be named a USAC National Most Improved Driver. Garrett recorded career bests in every single statistical category throughout the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season. In his third year with the series, he notched three top-fives and came within a whisker – just 93 hundredths of a second – of winning his first series feature at Macon Speedway in Illinois. He also made one of the biggest charges of the year when he advanced from 20th to 6th at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

RACE ORGANIZER OF THE YEAR: Steve O’Neal – Port Royal Speedway

For several years now, Steve O’Neal has been the face of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, overseeing a transformation of the facility that fits its moniker to a T as The Speed Palace. He’s long been an advocate for USAC racing in the Keystone State, and since 2012, has been an ardent supporter of USAC Sprint Car racing’s annual running of Eastern Storm. In 2022, he was instrumental in doubling USAC’s participation at Port Royal, adding a Silver Crown event to the night, thus creating one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. In 2023, O’Neal was celebrated as USAC’s Race Organizer of the Year.

USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Dave & Kim Rudisell – Lawrenceburg Speedway

This year, we bid farewell to one of the most supportive and prevalent USAC promoters in the club’s history. USAC celebrated Dave and Kim Rudisell with an honorable send-off as recipients of USAC’s Special Appreciation award. For the past 17 years, they have operated Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway. Between 2007 and 2023, they organized more than 40 USAC National Sprint Car events, eighth most all-time. The last of those 40 served as this past year’s season finale and was the richest race of any kind ever held in the 74-year history of the track. They also promoted 16 USAC National Midget events at The Burg, and in all, they promoted 56 USAC national events which ranks 14th all-time in USAC history.

USAC SPECIAL APPRECIATION (INDIVIDUAL): Chet Christner – FloRacing

Since 2017, Chet Christner has announced several hundreds of USAC national events on the public address system and to a worldwide audience on FloRacing at racetracks from coast-to-coast. With noted catchphrases such as “Drop the Hamma,” “Like a Rat on a Cheeto” and “Going Faster than Breath Mints at a Singles Bar,” etc., Christner’s colorful descriptions, humor and entertaining play-by-play calls captivated legions of race fans. Additionally, he produced a plethora of content and was a substantial help behind the scenes in the technological department in regard to the race day set-up for race broadcasts. Christner has opted to step away from announcing USAC events at the end of the 2023 season, but nonetheless, he will always remain a treasured member of the USAC family.

CAR IQ FAB FOUR CHAMPION: Jade Avedisian – Clovis, California

It was an absolutely fabulous season for Jade Avedisian as she captured the inaugural Car IQ Fab Four championship in 2023. The first of its kind competition determine the top women drivers within all USAC circle track racing based on an equal ratio of average finish in USAC’s Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series in addition to an online fan vote. During the season ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway, Clovis, California’s Avedisian was rewarded with a $10,000 prize courtesy of Car IQ.

DICK JORDAN AWARD: Nikki Klepper – USAC Licensing & RaceAid

Nikki Klepper is, without a doubt, the backbone of so many behind the scenes aspects that go hand in hand with the success of USAC racing. Without her tireless contributions, the USAC Night of Champions wouldn’t even be a possibility. Not only does she make this event happen, she routinely makes it special. Nikki has worked in the front office of USAC for several years in charge of licensing, and recently, has taken on the role as head of USAC’s Benevolent Foundation, now called USAC RaceAid, and has taken it to new heights.

Under her guidance, care and leadership within USAC, Klepper was chosen as the honoree of this year’s Dick Jordan Award of Excellence, honoring an individual who has displayed tireless dedication and commitment to the betterment of USAC. One who has had a profound positive impact within the USAC family and has earned the ultimate respect of their peers within the sport. One who has created a lasting legacy that will persist for generations to follow. One who has set a standard by upholding the values and work ethic as Dick Jordan did throughout his 50-year career with USAC.

ENGLER MACHINE & TOOL FAST PASS: Dave Berkheimer – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

A new contingency award was introduced for the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season with the intention of rewarding a driver and team who are the backbone of the sport. Dave Berkheimer exemplifies that fact, having been a fixture on the series trail for the past eight seasons since 2016. This year, the first car in the running order a lap down was issued an Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass. The Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvanian grabbed five of those throughout the year, which earned him a $4,000 prize – $2,000 each to driver and owner – and he is both of those.

DIRT DRAFT MOST POPULAR DRIVER AWARDS: Kaylee Bryson, Logan Seavey & Thomas Meseraull

Also new for 2023 was the introduction of the Dirt Draft Most Popular Driver award. The winner of these awards were chosen based on who was selected most often by Dirt Draft contest participants in each USAC national division throughout the year. Drivers who were picked most often will earn a bit of bonus money tonight. Those winners are Kaylee Bryson for the Silver Crown series, Logan Seavey for the Sprint Cars and Thomas Meseraull in the Midgets.

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REGIONAL SPRINT & MIDGET SERIES

USAC’s Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from the east to the west throughout 2023, producing five USAC champions. It’s a group that includes a pair of first time USAC titlists and a bevy of others who returned to the forefront as USAC champions once more.

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT DRIVER CHAMPION: Brody Roa – Garden Grove, California

AMSOIL USAC CRA SPRINT ENTRANT CHAMPION: Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance – Menifee, California

After more than 12 years of touring with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars and finishing as the runner-up three times, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) finally reached the pinnacle in 2023 as he scored his first career series driving title. This season also presented him with a new ride owned by Tom and Christy Dunkel/BR Performance of Menifee, Calif., which paid dividends with eight victories and an entrant championship. It’s Roa’s fourth overall USAC title following previous crowns with the Focus Midgets, West Coast Sprints and Southwest Sprints, but it’s his first driving title with USAC CRA.

WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPION: Brody Fuson – Bakersfield, California

Teenage sensation Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished second in the point standings the last two years, but in 2023, he took the next step to become a champion in his Rusty Carlile-owned machine. He earned the most feature wins in a season with the series since Ronnie Gardner in 2016, tallying five victories and 10 top-fives in 11 starts while adding six fast times. In the process, at 18 years of age, he became the youngest ever USAC Western States Midget driving champion.

RAPID TIRE SERVICE EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pennsylvania

It was a season in which Briggs Danner embarked on a journey with a new team, but in the end, the result was precisely the same in 2023 as it was in 2022. Joining the Hogue Racing Enterprises outfit, Danner used a string of consistency to reach the top of the chart in becoming a USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Cars Presented By Capitol Custom Trailers champion. The Allentown, Pennsylvania driver’s two wins and a series-high 12 top-fives in 14 starts highlighted the campaign, and it seemed fitting that three years after winning in his first ever sprint car start, he clinched his second straight title at the very same venue – New Jersey’s Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

WHOLESALE BATTERIES MIDWEST WINGLESS RACING ASSOCIATION SPRINT CHAMPION: Wyatt Burks, Topeka, Kansas

The most successful driver in the history of USAC Midwest Wingless Sprint Car racing did it again in 2023 with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Cars. Wyatt Burks (Topeka, Kan.) backed up previous championships in 2020 and 2022 with a second consecutive crown, and third overall, this season in downright dominant fashion, winning the title by a record 375-point margin on the strength of six series victories, 17 consecutive top-tens and eight-straight top-fives to close it out for the third time in the four-year history of the series.

WEST COAST SPRINT CHAMPION: Ryan Timmons – Pleasant Hill, California

Ryan Timmons has been a stalwart of the USAC West Coast Sprint Car scene dating back to the 2015 season, but this year marked a major breakthrough in becoming the 2023 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion. The 28-year-old racer from Pleasant Hill, California, took third in the series standings for 2018, then followed up with a pair of runner-up finishes in both 2019 and 2021. But as 2023 ultimately proved, this year was his year. He struck first and never relented as he led the standings from start to finish with a pair of wins over the course of the year at California’s Bakersfield Speedway.

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USAC DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES

Three developmental Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, took part in a total of 60 events spanning 10 different states in 2023 from coast to coast and produced four first-time USAC champions with the theme of these series this year being record-breaking points battles, all of which came down to the wire.

MIDWEST MINI SPRINT ASSOCIATION CHAMPION: Mike Larrison – Avon, Indiana

Mike Larrison has competed in nearly every kind of open wheel racing machine in his career. The Avon, Ind. wheelman has driven Silver Crown cars, midgets and sprint cars with and without a wing and on dirt and pavement. He’s driven in the Indy Lights series and has even finished inside the top-10 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A couple years back, he switched his focus to the Midwest Mini Sprint Association, becoming the series’ Rookie of the Year in 2022. The following year, he took the next step and became the top dog in becoming the 2023 Midwest Mini Sprint Association champion.

EASTERN FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Logan Sulyi – Raleigh, North Carolina

Logan Sulyi prevailed in the closest USAC Eastern Midget Association points battle ever in 2023, winning the championship by just four points and one on-track position. Sulyi (Raleigh, N.C) earned the title in style, winning the final two events of the year in his home state of North Carolina. He began his career in quarter midgets and karts before moving on to midgets in 2022 where he finished third in points, setting the stage for a title run. In 2023, he landed inside the top-four in all but one of his 10 starts, winning three times in all, and now he’s your USAC Eastern Midget Association champ.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RADICAL FOCUS MIDGET CHAMPION: Devin Westover – Saratoga Springs, Utah

Devin Westover’s USAC Rocky Mountain Radical Midget championship in 2023 was truly special in so many ways. After 17-year-old Chaz Groat passed away in a 2021 highway accident, Chuck and Julie Groat made the decision to race on in their son’s memory. Westoer (Saratoga Springs, Utah) was handpicked by the family to drive Chaz’s Lucky #13 midget moving forward and he paid them off with a title run by four markers in what was the closest title race in series’ history. He won four times on his path to the title and became Utah’s first USAC champion since Jim Waters 12 years ago in 2011.

MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET CHAMPION: Zach Wigal – Belpre, Ohio

Points weren’t top of mind for Zach Wigal at the beginning of the 2023 USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midget season. After trailing late in the year, the Belpre, Ohio teenager made up substantial ground to take over the point lead with one race remaining. Needing to finish within two spots of fellow Buckeye Bryce Massingill in the Gas City finale to clinch, he did just that, finishing exactly within two positions. In the end, Wigal wound up going the distance to win the series title by the narrowest margin in series history, three points and one single position.

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INTERNATIONAL SNOWMOBILE RACING CHAMPION: Mike Rempel – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hard work, dedication and true sportsmanship are the name of the game for this individual. This year, he placed first in Factory Mod 2 and placed second in points for Pro Stock 800, which is considered as one of the discipline’s premier classes. Overall, he accumulated a total of 509 points, 16 points better than any other rider. Furthermore, both he and his father, Gil, are among the most reliable sportsmen in the series, and they have been known to spend hours picking rocks out of the clay at Hay Days to help provide a better racing surface for all competitors. Tonight, we present to you the 2023 International Snowmobile Racer of the Year, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, this is Mike Rempel!

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NASCAR YOUTH SERIES .25 MIDGET CHAMPIONS

.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT & DIRT CHAMPIONS

LIGHT WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT, SENIOR HONDA DIRT, LIGHT 160 DIRT,

SENIOR ANIMAL DIRT & LIGHT WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Lincoln Smith

.25 MIDGET PAVEMENT CHAMPIONS

MOD WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Tyler Lupton

JUNIOR 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Roo Reaves

JUNIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Easton Gardner

SENIOR HONDA PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Colton Kelly

LIGHT 160 PAVEMENT & SENIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT CHAMPION: Case James

HEAVY HONDA PAVEMENT, UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL PAVEMENT, HEAVY WORLD FORMULA PAVEMENT &

HEAVY 160 PAVEMENT CHAMPION: R.J. Deighton

.25 MIDGET DIRT CHAMPIONS

JUNIOR HONDA DIRT CHAMPION: Ryker Sumner

HEAVY WORLD FORMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Reice Widger

MOD WORLD FORUMULA DIRT CHAMPION: Kaden Wenger

JUNIOR 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Avelina Gosselin

HEAVY 160 DIRT CHAMPION: Augustine Punke

HEAVY HONDA DIRT & UNRESTRICTED ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Avery McMellen

JUNIOR ANIMAL PAVEMENT & JUNIOR ANIMAL DIRT CHAMPION: Jax Wittmer

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chris Jockish and Jockish Flowers provided the floral decorations for the USAC Night of Champions. Bob Baker, president of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum, provided a Hall of Fame membership to each of USAC’s 2023 champion drivers. Dave Olson served as the photographer for the evening’s event and Drake York handled all on-stage interviews.

Among the awards each national driver and entrant champion received are championship rings as well as canvas artwork designed by Rich Forman and a free one-year subscription to FloRacing, the official media provider for USAC. Each USAC driving champion also received a jacket courtesy of Hoosier Racing Tire, the official tire of the United States Auto Club.

 

 

A UNIQUE ROAD:

BRYSON TO TACKLE USAC SILVER CROWN

& TRANS AM RACING IN 2024

Speedway, Indiana (December 8, 2023)………Kaylee Bryson will be stepping up her game in two widely different disciplines throughout the 2024 season.

Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) will compete for two national championships in the coming year as she continues to pilot the AP Driver Development / Logical Systems / SamPierceChevy.com No. 26 USAC Silver Crown machine for Sam Pierce Racing as the reigning series Rookie of the Year.

Bryson has also been named by LSI Racing as the primary driver for the Logical Systems / AP Driver Development / SamPierceChevy.com fleet of Chevrolet Corvettes in the Trans Am series SGT class.

“I am just so happy to be able to drive my two favorite types of race cars for the entire season and race for two championships,” Bryson stated. “Of the 10 different types of cars that I raced in 2023, the Champ Car and Trans Am racing were definitely my favorites. A full season in Trans Am will allow me to develop the road racing skillset I will need to move up [to IndyCar or NASCAR],” Bryson said.

Throughout the 2023 season, Kaylee Bryson ascended to heights never before reached in USAC’s 68-year history. She became the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the standings in a USAC national series and is now the first woman to earn USAC National Rookie of the Year honors of any kind, achieving the feat with the Silver Crown series this past season. One year ago, in 2022, she became the first woman to earn USAC National Most Improved Driver honors and she’s also the first Okie to win this award.

“I have a lot of confidence in chasing the Silver Crown championship as I have realized how important qualifying is without heat races in this series, and I have now raced on almost every track at least once and ran really well on the pavement.”

Bryson posted six top-ten USAC Silver Crown finishes in 2023, five of them on the pavement, and finished fifth out of 75 drivers in USAC Silver Crown driver points.

“It’s so amazing to be able to run for two championships at once and have 26 races that don’t conflict. I have to thank Larry Bailey (LSI owner) and Sam and Aaron Pierce for this really cool opportunity. I can’t wait to start testing in January after the Chili Bowl.”

Bryson and LSI Racing will spend considerable time testing during January and February in Florida in preparation for the Trans Am opener at Sebring International Raceway in late February. She raced in the 2023 Sebring event, running in second place in class before retiring with a mechanical issue.

For further information please visit SamPierceRacing.com, www.USACracing.com and www.GoTransAm.com.

 

 

ROCK STEADY WITH KTJ:

THOMAS JR. TAKES THE WHEEL OF THE 3R

FOR 2024 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………”This is the most excited I’ve been for the start of a race season in a very long time.”

Those are ear-catching words for a driver like Kevin Thomas Jr., who stands not only as one of the most successful USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship drivers of his era, but of any era.

Now, the Cullman, Ala. driver has teamed up with the similarly esteemed Rock Steady Racing outfit as they plan an assault on the USAC National Sprint Car season in 2024.

Thomas, the owner of 39 career USAC National Sprint Car feature victories, ranks 11th all-time in that regard while Rock Steady, led by car owner Hank Byram, has raked in 25 series wins throughout the team’s span, most notably over the past decade with driver Kyle Cummins.

Cummins recently departed the Rock Steady team at the conclusion of the 2023 season, and for many of those years that Cummins and Rock Steady were a force, Thomas Jr. was among their primary nemesis.

“We’ve been competitors for a long, long time,” Thomas noted. “There’s always been a competitive edge that we’ve had against each other. Now we get to put them together and that makes me pretty happy.”

Funny enough, Thomas already got a bit of a head start with his new team last September at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway when he was asked to fill in as a last-minute replacement for Cummins whose wife was due to give birth to their newborn son. In fact, it was Cummins who suggested KTJ would be the man for the job that night.

Despite early obstacles such as a sparkplug issue in hot laps followed up by a lost cylinder in qualifying, Thomas recovered to win his heat race and ran as high as fourth in the feature before slotting into seventh at the finish line. Whether it wound up as an unplanned tryout for the team or not, both sides were pleased with their performance on short notice.

“It was one of those things where it was understood what our goals were and the way we wanted to do things,” Thomas explained. “There wasn’t a whole lot of back and forth and the decision (to drive for them) was quite easy for me just because of the speed that the car has in general. I was a free agent at that time, and I just ran the car a month prior, and things just started to fall into place.”

Byram found KTJ compatible to work with and cites that the number one thing right now is that his driver is extremely fired up, which is always good sign in his eyes, which in turn has him feeling likewise. Yet, like the formation of any new relationship, racing or otherwise, there’s always a bit of anxiousness that comes along with it. For Byram and his team, KTJ solidified to them that the proper pieces were in place in their equipment and in the seat.

“You always have apprehension whether he’s going to like the car like Kyle (Cummins) did or is he going to think it’s terrible,” Byram pondered. “He was just tickled to death with how the car performed, how it handled and how it drove. Any time you put a driver of his caliber in your car, and they get out and they’re happy, it just makes you feel that, as an owner and as a team, we’ve done our jobs. You can always think you have a good car but sometimes it takes more than one opinion. Now we’ve got more than one opinion.”

Crew Chief Tim Spindler echoed those sentiments and even ran down the checklist of the team’s hit list on the circuit each year and feels that they’ll have no issue hitting the ground running starting in February of 2024.

“For our team, chasing Indiana Sprint Week, Smackdown at Kokomo and the Haubstadt Hustler, those are the events we circle on the calendar, and KTJ has had a lot of success at all those events,” Spindler stated of Thomas, who owns two Indiana Sprint Week titles, a single Smackdown final night score and a record four Haubstadt Hustler triumphs himself. “He’s always been the guy we had to beat at those type of races, so when we had the opportunity to get hooked up with him, we went for it, and I believe he’ll fit our program very nicely.”

The Rock Steady group, with a crew consisting of Byram, former racers Tim Spindler and Brian Karraker, plus longtime Indiana Pacers equipment manager Josh “Country” Conder, jelled with KTJ in their first go-around at Gas City. For these past 15 years or so, the two have faced off many a time as direct competitors, yet still maintained a mutual respect.

“That’s one of the things I was very curious about,” Thomas relayed regarding the inner workings of the team’s showings with Cummins. “How does this whole deal operate over here? The majority of the time, you’re looking at their tail tank on the track. But whenever you get to hop into one of those cars, a couple things run through your head. First, you want to make sure you do well, but you also wonder, is the quarterback that good or is the team that good? I think both are good, but with the way the car handles and goes around the racetrack and the communication I had with Tim Spindler, it was easy, and it flowed. I didn’t have to pry for information, and they didn’t either.”

Thomas sang the praises of this new venture and opportunity, offering the fact that he’s been at this sport from all angles over the years as a hired gun and as a driver who doubled as the leadership of his operation at times. Thus far, he likes what he’s seen up close, first hand.

“I got to tell them what I felt, and I got to go get a hot dog while Tim made sure the thing went fast,” Thomas quipped of his partnership with the team at Gas City this year. “That makes the job super easy for a racecar driver. I’ve owned cars and I’ve set my own cars up. I’ve worked with crew chiefs, and I’ve worked without crew chiefs. I’ve kind of been all over the board and it’s nice being able to put your trust into people who have the same goals as you. I feel like I’m a bit more intense than most people, especially verbally, but other than that, they give me a calming effect because I just get to worry about driving the racecar.”

Thomas Jr. will wheel the Mach-1/Stanton Chevy, sponsored by Tim Mason ReMax, Inferno Armor, Competition Suspension, Inc., Eddie Gilstrap Ford and Lucas Oil Center starting with the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opening Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

TREY DOUBLE:

OSBORNE CHASING TWO

USAC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TITLES IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………Few drivers have won, let alone pursued multiple USAC National Rookie of the Year awards in a single season.

However, Trey Osborne is up for the challenge in 2024 as he plans full season runs with both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

The 20-year-old Columbus, Ohio racer will pilot the familiar Baldwin-Fox Racing orange No. 5 in numerous events on the USAC National Sprint Car tour throughout the coming season. In the races that the Baldwin-Fox car will not compete in, Osborne plans to fill in those dates on the trail behind the wheel of his own No. 6.

Furthermore, Osborne, who stands a towering 6’8” and regularly sports a visor reading “Tall” on his racecars, has been tabbed as the full-time driver of the BCR Group No. 81 for the complete USAC Silver Crown season on both dirt and pavement.

With a combined USAC slate consisting of 68 events at press time (54 Sprint and 14 Silver Crown), Osborne is ready to take on the busiest and the most hectic racing season of his career, more than doubling his usual yearly schedule.

“It’s going to be pretty huge,” Osborne acknowledges. “The most races I’ve ever ran in a season was like 35. To go from that to essentially running two whole USAC schedules is going to be pretty challenging, but I’m ready to go.”

Winning multiple USAC national Rookie of the Year awards in a single season isn’t unprecedented but remains relatively rare. In fact, it has occurred on just six occasions throughout the initial 68 years of competition, first by Kenny Jacobs (1986) and additionally by Darren Hagen (2005), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2007), Chad Boat (2008), Kyle Larson (2011) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Recently, Osborne made the move from his most recent residence in Indianapolis, Indiana to West Lafayette in the northern part of the Hoosier State where he now makes his living quarters in the basement of Ken and Margo Baldwin’s home while landing a day job at team co-owner Bob Fox’s construction company where he works, builds and maintains the business’ fleet of equipment.

It’s essentially the same as what Osborne was doing before, just in a new locale and with a race-friendly boss who allows him time off for his racing endeavors when those moments arise. The only change in Osborne’s eyes is that, as a newly-hired gun in the racing game, he now finds himself on an even bigger scale with more eyes and more expectations on him than ever before.

So far, Osborne has talked the talk and walked the walk. When he stated his preseason goal of winning three local Indiana sprint car races in 2023, he achieved it even though, at first, he thought he was a bit crazy in saying that, but he made it happen with a pair of victories at Paragon Speedway and another score at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Similarly, in 2024, he’s set what he feels are attainable goals. As he enters the biggest racing venture of his young career, he’s set his own personal bar to what he believes is achievable in 2024.

“I want to consistently be able to contend,” Osborne stated. “I want to win at least three USAC races, whether that’s just Sprint Car or Silver Crown combined, I don’t care. I want to be competitive the whole season and get better at the larger tracks because I’ve never run these big racetracks. I’ve always competed on smaller tracks, but as long as I keep progressing and keep getting support from the people I have, there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do that.”

In his lone run with Baldwin-Fox during the October 2023 unsanctioned Kokomo Klash, Osborne threw his familiar Triple X setup on the team’s DRC, and admittedly, it didn’t do well by his standards. Since then, Osborne has been working on measuring the differences between the two cars while working in-step with DRC’s Joe Devin, telling him how we wants the car to feel and to get a baseline setup heading into the series season openers in February in Florida.

Osborne noted that his own Triple X/Mopar and Baldwin-Fox’s DRC/Claxton require differing driving styles, and this year will present him the challenge of adapting back and forth between the two pieces of machinery.

Similar things can be said for Osborne’s Silver Crown exploits in the coming season as he learns the heavier and longer champ cars on both dirt and pavement in a pair of separate, purpose-built pieces for each surface courtesy of team owner Malcolm Lovelace and crew.

The all-Ohio team is based out of Springfield, roughly 45 minutes from Osborne’s original stomping grounds of Columbus. Late in 2023, the pairing made two starts, one on the dirt at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway and in the finale on the pavement of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park where Osborne earned hard charger honors by advancing from 19th to 12th, serving notice that even when the chips are down, they can still succeed, laying the groundwork of confidence to achieve even better things lying ahead.

Osborne mentioned that the biggest thing Lovelace wants from him is to watch what the track is doing and try to continuously learn the driving side and just leave the car side of the equation up to Lovelace and his crew. Osborne did just that in his most recent Silver Crown outing.

“After a practice session (at IRP), I’d go, well, I was doing this wrong and I know it, but I kind of have to stop to reset and realize it,” Osborne recalled. “By the time I got to do that, I really just needed more time to be better for the race. Throughout the midsection of the race, my spotter told me I was running top-three lap times for a couple laps. I fell off toward the end, and realized I just need to remember to pay attention to where I’m lifting and where I’m braking on the pavement because I haven’t had to do that nearly as much on dirt just because everything changes so fast.”

Osborne will launch his 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season with Winter Dirt Games XV at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

 

BIG SHOW:

AMANTEA GOES FULL-TIME

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR RACING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 7, 2023)………Joey Amantea has made his mark in recent years on the USAC East Coast Sprint Car tour, but in 2024, he’s taking the show on the road full-time with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

The 19-year-old Mount Pocono, Pa. native and Mechanical Engineering major at Lehigh University will take on the 54-race tour in 2024 aboard his family-owned JPA Racing No. 88J featuring a Triple X Chassis and power from Newman’s Racing Engines.

In recent years, Amantea has tackled a part-time USAC East Coast Sprint schedule with the 360 c.i. engine under the hood, notching a pair of victories on the half-mile dirt ovals of Pennsylvania’s Selinsgrove Speedway and Delaware International Speedway.

However, in 2023, Amantea installed a 410 c.i. powerplant and branched out extensively with the USAC National Sprint Cars, making nine series starts, including a pair of impressive top-10 results in a pair of marquee events. During the Indiana Sprint Week round at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Amantea made a spirited charge from the 18th starting position to finish seventh.

In his first attempt at Kokomo Speedway’s Sprint Car Smackdown, Amantea ran a solid ninth. Each time out, Amantea could sense his own improvement by leaps and bounds after competing and thriving against this discipline’s top talent on their home turf, so to speak. It was an up close and personal challenge he went face-to-face with and performed admirably.

“With the USAC national guys, you’re on edge, even under caution it seems like,” he said with a laugh. “A tremendous amount of knowledge was gained by running against them. They showed me how much harder I needed to drive from what I’m used to and how much harder I still can go as a driver. That’s been huge for myself and my whole team because, honestly, it’s made all of us better due to the face we’ve got to have our car on point every single time we hit the track.”

The whole experience led himself, his father, Joe Amantea, and crew chief Brian Zyck to make the next step and take Joey on the USAC national tour full-time in the coming year.

“Indiana Sprint Week was really the start of us thinking out loud that, hey, we can do this,” Amantea recalled. “Around that time, the talks began, and then we went out to Smackdown and made the show our first time doing it. It was then that my dad said, ‘yeah, let’s go do it.’”

Amantea’s red and black machine is adorned with the name of the family businesses – JPA Masonry and Amantea Real Estate. While Amantea pursues his college degree, he’s determined to some day make a living constructing racecars.

It was an interesting beginning to Amantea’s racing career as neither of his parents had any real tangible connection to the sport initially. Soon, a quarter midget found its way into the Amantea family garage and young Joey began competing extensively in the small cars between the ages of 5-12 against the likes of two-time USAC East Coast Sprint Car champion Briggs Danner.

It was in those early years that Amantea earned the nickname of “The Big Show” from a track public address announcer who witnessed Joey in a quite memorable last to first hard charging effort. On the opening lap, an incident turned Amantea around to a stop, forcing him to restart at the tail of the field where he proceeded to pass every car in his path, including the final one on the last turn of the last lap to earn a remarkable win. And to this day, the moniker has stuck.

Soon, Amantea found himself on the rugged and talent-laden Pennsylvania 600cc Micro Sprint circuit, capturing a Rookie title at Pennsylvania’s Hamlin Speedway. By 2020, at the age of 15, Amantea was behind the wheel of a sprint car, making his debut USAC East Coast feature start at the speedy half-mile of Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

New tracks, major competition and hitting the road while trying to balance a rigorous college workload with a full-time pursuit of the USAC National Sprint Car schedule. It’s all

part of the continuous progression of the teenage Pennsylvanian.

“I’m looking to see how far I can take my abilities as a driver from the beginning to the end,” Amantea said. “I have a few personal goals I’m setting for myself this season. I want to win, and I think we can get that along with a top-10 finish in points and multiple podiums. But mainly, I want to grow as a driver from start to finish, then be able to look back at the end of the season and see how much more I’ve improved. That’s something I’m looking forward to and that excites me.”

Joey Amantea and the JPA Racing team will begin their 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship seasonal quest with Winter Dirt Games XV at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13.

 

 

DIRTY 30, CLEAN SLATE:

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DATES

REVEALED FOR 2024 SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………The USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship enters the 2024 season loaded for bear with 30 events on the calendar from April through November at dirt tracks spanning California, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.


SEASON OPENERS IN KOKOMO

Opening the year are two consecutive nights of the Kokomo Grand Prix at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway, the lone track on the 2024 schedule that was also on the calendar during USAC’s inaugural year of 1956.


HITTING DOUBLES & TRIPLES

Five more events will be held in tandem alongside additional USAC series to make for tantalizing doubles and even tripleheaders throughout the year.

The Belleville (Kan.) Short Track will roll out the welcome mat for two-straight nights of midget racing on May 17-18. That same weekend, the USAC Silver Crown National Championship will make a two-night escapade to the adjoining Belleville High Banks half-mile which surrounds the inner 1/4-mile dirt oval.

Fall brings the heat by way of a James Dean Classic USAC twin-bill for the National Midgets and the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship at Indiana’s Gas City I-69 Speedway on September 19. That same weekend, Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway presents the BeFour The Crown showdown on September 20, then closes out with a $15,000-to-win affair at Eldora’s half-mile on September 21.

The 42nd running of the 4-Crown at The Big E provides the one and only opportunity of the year to witness all three USAC national divisions in one night, with the winner’s share being increased from $10,000 to $15,000 from 2023 to 2024 for all three series, plus the High Limit Sprint Cars.


TO MID-AMERICA AND TO THE NORTH

USAC National Midget racing will also make its fair share of voyages to Mid-America throughout the spring and summer months with a stop at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex for the John Hinck Championship arriving on May 19.

Mid-America Midget Week goes full send in mid-July with four events during a five-night span in three different states. First up is Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for Tuesday Night Thunder on July 9. One night later, it’s northbound to Kansas for the Chad McDaniel Memorial at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Fairgrounds on July 10.

Jefferson County Speedway in the great state of Nebraska presents two nights of racing to close out Mid-America Midget Week for the Midwest Midget Championship on July 12-13 where the finale pays $10,000-to-win.

Way up north lies Wisconsin’s legendary Angell Park Speedway which will hold two nights of the 39th running of the Firemen’s Nationals on Labor Day weekend, September 1-2.


6 STRAIGHT NIGHTS OF USAC INDIANA MIDGET WEEK

USAC Indiana Midget Week celebrates its 20th birthday in 2024 with another fine slate of six events across six consecutive evenings in the Hoosier state.

For the first time in its young history, Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis launches the frenzied week of racing on June 4. Gas City follows up on June 5 with Lincoln Park Speedway (June 6), Bloomington Speedway (June 7), Tri-State Speedway (June 8) and Kokomo Speedway (June 9) rounding out the busy week.


ADDITION TO TRADITION FOR THE WESTERN SWING

USAC’s end-of-season National Midget California swing has expanded with the addition of a first-time venue and the reshuffling of the dates.

Placerville Speedway’s Hangtown 100 kicks it all off on November 15-16 with the season’s only 100-lap midget race. For the first time ever, Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway presents the USAC National Midgets with a date on November 20.

The annual ventures of Midget Madness continue November 22-23 at Merced Speedway. Meanwhile, Bakersfield Speedway’s November Classic moves from its previous slot as the opening night of the swing and will now serve as the penultimate round of the series season on November 26.

California’s Ventura Raceway will be the host once again of the 83rd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Saturday night, November 30. For 2024, the longest-running midget racing event on the schedule has increased its winner’s share from $10,000 to $15,000.


TO BE ANNOUNCED / DETERMINED

Three notable TBA designations can be found on the 2024 USAC National Midget schedule. The sixth running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 is a certainty for 2024 and will take place at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on yet-to-be-determined dates. Once again, the finale will pay a season high $20,039 to the victor.


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2024 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Apr 26: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $4,000

Apr 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Kokomo Grand Prix | $5,000

May 17: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $4,000

May 18: Belleville Short Track | Belleville, KS | $6,000

May 19: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex | Sweet Springs, MO | John Hinck Championship | $6,000

Jun 4: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $4,000

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jun 8: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Midget Week | $5,000

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway Meeker, OK | Tuesday Night Thunder | $4,000

Jul 10: Mitchell County Fairgrounds | Beloit, KS | Chad McDaniel Memorial | $4,000

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $4,000

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway | Fairbury, NE | Midwest Midget Championship | $10,000

Sep 1: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen's Nationals | $5,000

Sep 2: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | Firemen’s Nationals | $5,000

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $4,000

Sep 20: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | BeFour The Crowns | $5,000

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Nov 15: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | $5,000

Nov 16: Placerville Speedway | Placerville, CA | Hangtown 100 | TBA

Nov 20: Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA | TBA

Nov 22: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000

Nov 23: Merced Speedway | Merced, CA | Midget Madness | $5,000

Nov 26: Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA | November Classic | $5,000

Nov 30: Ventura Raceway | Ventura, CA | Turkey Night Grand Prix | $15,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $5,000

TBA: The Dirt Track at IMS | Speedway, IN | BC39 | $20,039

 

 

BIG SLATE, BIG THRILLS!

55 DATES FOR USAC NATIONAL SPRINTS IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………The addition of more high-paying events, an increased Florida slate, a number of debuts and return visits, plus a plethora of multi-race weekends are among the facets of the 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship schedule.

A total of 55 dates are on the board for the upcoming season between the months of February and October of 2024, making it among the busiest calendars in the series’ 69-year history dating back to 1956.


MONEY SHOWS

Several events in 2024 will showcase a winner’s payout of at least $10,000 or more on the series schedule. However, Sprint Car Smackdown XIII will be the most lucrative of them all in the new year, featuring a $30,000 top prize for the finale of the annual three-race weekend on August 22-23-24.

Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana will host the annual Haubstadt Hustler, paying $20,000-to-win on September 14 while an expanded two-night Fall Nationals will pay out $20,000 to the victor on the second night at Indiana’s Lawrenceburg Speedway on the weekend of October 11-12.

Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway has kicked the top prize up another notch from $10,000 to win in 2023 to $15,000-to-win in 2024 for all three of USAC’s national divisions: Sprint Cars, NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and Silver Crown.


EVEN MORE GOOD PAYDAYS

Shows paying $10,000-to-win are all over the map, starting with Florida’s expanded seven-race Winter Dirt Games schedule in February. Five dates have been announced at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park for February 9-10-15-16-17, with the final night of the bunch paying $10 Grand.

Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park is in the same boat, hosting a pair of events for the USAC National Sprint Cars on February 12-13, the last night offering another $10,000 reward.

For the first time since 1998, USAC National Sprint Cars will make their return to Sumner, Illinois’ Red Hill Raceway for the $10,000-to-win Salute to Levi Jones, where the seven-time USAC national champion made his first career series start more than a quarter century ago.

#LetsRaceTwo brings the series into town for back-to-back nights of $10,000-to-win dates at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway on May 3-4. Another $10,000 check will be awaiting the winner of the longest annually running USAC Sprint Car event of all – the 54th running of the Tony Hulman Classic at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track on May 21.

May brings two nights of USAC Sprint Car racing to Circle City Raceway in Indianapolis, Ind. during the Week of Indy on May 22-23, the latter of which will again pay $10,000. What proved to be one of the most fascinating shows of last season returns to Macon (Ill.) Speedway for Top Gun Weekend on June 28-29 with a $10,000 prize awaiting the victor of night two.

An early July staple of the schedule has long been the Bill Gardner Sprintacular at Putnamville, Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway which once again provides two nights of USAC Sprint Car activity on July 5-6, and boasts another $10,000 jackpot to the winner on the back half of the weekend.

One year after debuting at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway for the Wingless Short Track Nationals, the event is back in 2024 for a two-night tilt on September 6-7 with a $10,000 pot on the docket for the winner during the second leg of the weekend in The Natural State.

Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway once again is scheduled to serve as host of the USAC National Sprint Car season finales in 2024 on October 25-26, with yet another $10,000 award that drivers will be vying for on the second of two nights.


EASTERN STORM A BREWIN’

Eastern Storm, a fixture on the USAC Sprint Car schedule since 2007, celebrates its 17th year of competition in 2024 with six dates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, starting at Grandview Speedway on June 11, Bridgeport Motorsports Park on June 12, Big Diamond Speedway on June 13, Williams Grove Speedway on June 14, Port Royal Speedway on June 15 and Action Track USA to cap off the busy weekend on June 16.


A RESHUFFLED INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

The 37th annual edition of USAC Indiana Sprint Week takes on a bit of a new look across eight events in late July and early August. A rearranged schedule sees Lincoln Park Speedway hosting the opener of the series for the first time since 2001 on July 25. From there, the schedule travels to Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 26, Kokomo Speedway on July 27, Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 28, Circle City Raceway on July 31, the Terre Haute Action Track on August 1, Bloomington Speedway on August 2 and Tri-State Speedway on August 3.


STAPLES OF THE SCHEDULE & A NEW ONE

Additional familiar stops on the tour brings the series to Terre Haute on April 5 for the 23rd edition of the Jim Hurtubise Classic. Annual springtime visits take the series back to Lawrenceburg on April 13, Bloomington on May 10 and Tri-State on May 11.

The series hits the road en route to Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway on May 31 and June 1 for the Corn Belt Clash at the Sprint Car Capital of the World. The GPS says head north to Wisconsin for a pair of dates on June 22 at Wilmot Raceway and June 23 at Sun Prairie’s Angell Park Speedway.

A new venue for USAC takes precedence on September 5 when the series debuts at RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas. Late season activity brings action to Circle City on September 13 and to Gas City on September 19 for the next installment of the James Dean Classic, featuring a doubleheader with the USAC National Midgets.


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2024 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 10: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $7,500

Feb 12: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 13: Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $6,000

Feb 17: Bubba Raceway Park | Ocala, FL | Winter Dirt Games | $10,000

Apr 5: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Jim Hurtubise Classic | $6,000

Apr 6: Red Hill Raceway Sumner, IL | Salute to Levi Jones | $10,000

Apr 12: TBA

Apr 13: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | $6,000

May 3: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000

May 4: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | #LetsRaceTwo | $10,000

May 10: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Larry Rice Classic | $5,000

May 11: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Spring Showdown | $5,000

May 21: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Tony Hulman Classic | $10,000

May 22: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $5,000

May 23: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Circle City Salute | $10,000

May 31: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA

Jun 1: Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, IA | Corn Belt Clash | TBA

June 11: Grandview Speedway | Terre Haute, IN | Eastern Storm | $6,000

June 12: Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, NJ | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 13: Big Diamond Speedway | Pottsville, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 14: Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 16: Action Track USA | Kutztown, PA | Eastern Storm | $6,000

Jun 22: Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, WI | $6,000

Jun 23: Angell Park Speedway | Sun Prairie, WI | $6,000

Jun 28: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $6,000

Jun 29: Macon Speedway | Macon, IL | Top Gun Weekend | $10,000

Jul 5: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $5,000

Jul 6: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Bill Gardner Sprintacular | $10,000

Jul 17: TBA

Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway | Putnamville, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 27: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 28: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Jul 31: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Aug 1: Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Don Smith Classic | $8,000

Aug 2: Bloomington Speedway | Bloomington, IN | Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial | $8,000

Aug 3: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Indiana Sprint Week | $8,000

Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000

Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $6,000

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway | Kokomo, IN | Sprint Car Smackdown | $30,000

Sep 5: (E) RPM Speedway | Crandall, TX | $6,000

Sep 6: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $6,000

Sep 7: (E) Texarkana 67 Speedway | Texarkana, AR | Wingless Short Track Nationals | $10,000

Sep 13: Circle City Raceway | Indianapolis, IN | $5,000

Sep 14: Tri-State Speedway | Haubstadt, IN | Haubstadt Hustler | $20,000

Sep 19: Gas City I-69 Speedway | Gas City, IN | James Dean Classic | $5,000

Sep 21: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Oct 11: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $6,000

Oct 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway | Lawrenceburg, IN | Fall Nationals | $20,000

Oct 25: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $6,000

Oct 26: (E) Red Dirt Raceway | Meeker, OK | $10,000

(E) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

 

 

SYMMETRICAL SCHEDULE:

USAC SILVER CROWN SET FOR 14 DATES IN ‘24

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 6, 2023)………An eclectic docket featuring 14 events with half on dirt and half on pavement tracks is the agenda in 2024 for the 54th season of the most diverse oval racing series on the planet – the USAC Silver Crown National Championship.

Of those 14 dates, 12 events are confirmed at press time with a balanced slate of six events set for dirt tracks and six more on the pavement at venues ranging from half-miles to one miles and on tracks varying from semi-banked to high-banked across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.


NEW FOR ‘24

The last time Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway hosted a USAC national event, the year was 1969. The track surface was still dirt and a human had not yet even stepped foot on the moon. Bob Tattersall wound up as the winner of that day’s midget race more than a half century ago.

Now, it’s the big cars’ turn at Jennerstown. On Saturday night, August 10, USAC competitors of the modern day will take their first shot at the now 0.522-mile paved oval for the inaugural Silver Crown showdown.


100 MILES FOR A PAYDAY AT IRP

The highest-paying event of the 2024 USAC Silver Crown season will also be its longest distance race in terms of laps. On Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, May 24, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park will host the 67th running of the Hoosier Hundred on the .686-mile paved oval. Held for the second year in a row on pavement, the 146-lap, 100-mile event will pay $25,000-to-win.


THE PAVED SLATE

The 2024 season opens and closes on the hardtop with dates at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway for the Rollie Beale Classic on April 20 followed by a trip to the hallowed banks of Indiana’s Winchester Speedway for the running of the Rich Vogler Classic.

The Hoosier Hundred brings the series once again to IRP on May 24, then kicks off the summer months with a swing through Oregon, Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway for the Bytec Dairyland 100 before setting off for a Jennerstown (Pa.) Speedway debut on August 10.

The championship decider and season closer is once again set during Championship Saturday on October 19 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.


THE DIRT HALVES

One of the most fascinating USAC Silver Crown events throughout the 2023 campaign will once again open the dirt portion of the schedule in 2024 on the Belleville High Banks in Kansas during the weekend of May 17-18 with practice and qualifying set for night one followed by the main event on the following evening. The Huncovsky Classic will be held in conjunction with two-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget racing on the Belleville Short Track, located inside the half-mile dirt oval.

Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway will be the place for a full smorgasbord of action on June 15 during Open Wheel Madness, a star-studded affair featuring both USAC’s Silver Crown and AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship divisions at one venue on one night during Eastern Storm weekend in the east.

Indiana’s lone half-mile dirt oval, the Terre Haute Action Track, brings USAC’s champ cars out for the 20th edition of the Sumar Classic on Independence Day. It marks the first USAC Silver Crown event to be held on the fourth of July in exactly 20 years, since Jay Drake’s score at Colorado’s Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004.


TRADITION RICH

A trio of the most tradition rich USAC Silver Crown events of them all are pegged for the dirt in August and September. The 61st running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield provides the first of two $10,000-to-win dirt-mile adventures on the 2024 schedule on August 17.

Fair season in the Land of Lincoln continues two weeks later with the 70th running of the Ted Horn 100 at the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

The final dirt run of the new year sees payout increases across the board. For the 42nd time, the champ cars will compete in the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. The event provides the only opportunity of the year to witness all three USAC national divisions in one night, with the winner’s share being increased from $10,000 to $15,000 from 2023 to 2024 for all three series, plus the High Limit Sprint Cars.


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2024 USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Apr 20: (P) Toledo Speedway | Toledo, OH | Rollie Beale Classic | $8,000

May 5: (P) Winchester Speedway | Winchester, IN | Rich Vogler Classic | $8,000

May 17-18: (D) Belleville High Banks | Belleville, KS | Huncovsky Classic | $8,000

May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Hoosier Hundred | $25,000

Jun 15: (D) Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, PA | Open Wheel Madness | $8,000

Jun 21: (P) Madison International Speedway | Oregon, WI | Bytec Dairyland 100 | $8,000

Jul 4: (D) Terre Haute Action Track | Terre Haute, IN | Sumar Classic | $8,000

Jul 20: TBA

Aug 10: (P) Jennerstown Speedway | Jennerstown, PA | Silver Crown Showdown | $10,000

Aug 16: TBA

Aug 17: (D) Illinois State Fairgrounds | Springfield, IL | Bettenhausen 100 | $10,000

Aug 31: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds | Du Quoin, IL | Ted Horn 100 | $10,000

Sep 20-21: (D) Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, OH | 4-Crown Nationals | $15,000

Oct 19: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park | Brownsburg, IN | Championship Saturday | $10,000

(P) represents a pavement track event

(D) represents a dirt track event

 

 

PURSLEY & TEAM AZ SET TO GO

USAC SPRINT & SILVER CROWN RACING IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 4, 2023)………Fresh off a season in which he was recently named USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year, Daison Pursley is going full-time in 2024 with Team AZ Racing.

Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) will drive for Team AZ in two different capacities in 2024 as a competitor on the full USAC National Sprint Car schedule in the No. 21AZ as well as getting his first taste of USAC Silver Crown action in all the series’ dirt events throughout the year.

For the past five years, Team AZ Racing has fielded driver Jake Swanson on the USAC Sprint Car trail. Swanson recently announced his 2024 plans to run the full series circuit with 2B Racing. Pursley, meanwhile, drove the whole USAC Sprint schedule for KO Motorsports in 2023.

Pursley and Team AZ’s relationship dates back to October of this past year when both parties had an opening in their schedule to go racing with the USAC CRA Sprint Car series at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway for the running of the Western World Championships in what was, at the time, a one weekend deal.

“(Team AZ crew member) Eric Wilkins reached out to me over Facebook messenger and asked if I had any plans for the 2024 season,” Pursley recalled. “At that time, I did not. I was kind of searching around, kind of like they were. They asked if I’d be free for the Western World weekend at Cocopah. We were already headed that direction with the midget stuff, so I said, ‘heck yeah, let’s go race.’ At the time, the plan was to just go race and have fun and had nothing to do with next year. I really enjoyed working with the team and I guess they enjoyed working with me as well. Craig and Michael (Burkhart), Eric and Wendy all just welcomed me with open arms that weekend, and I think we clicked pretty well.”

Clicked pretty well is an understatement. Pursley and Team AZ swept to victory on both nights of the 56th annual event, sending them both into the offseason as an undefeated pairing. And as good fortune has it, their 2024 USAC National Sprint Car slate begins at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park in February where, across two nights, both Team AZ Racing and Pursley were each victorious.

“They’ve built a top-notch sprint car team, and it just shows night-in and night-out their preparation and understanding of what it all takes to go run at this level,” Pursley praised Team AZ. “They’ve been extremely good, and with everything they’ve built, it makes it that much easier for me to jump in a car like that and realize how fast this thing really is with all the expertise they have. Everything they do is top notch, and it just shows when you can go out there and sweep the weekend like that.”

With the knowledge of making a good first impression and then getting to work together before going full steam into the new year, it’s created a quite comforting feel for Pursley. As they enter the new year, their focus is now set on keeping the ball of momentum rolling rather than trying to start the push at the beginning of the season.

“That takes a lot of stress and offseason worry away, seeing how you jell with new people and seeing if everyone gets along,” Pursley explained. “Even though it was just one weekend, we broke the ice with everyone and just clicked very well. In Volusia, there won’t be any new learning experiences and getting used to each other, we’ll just be set on ‘go’ from there and we can go chase some USAC National Sprint Car wins.”

On the flip side of the same token, Team AZ Racing has recently acquired the USAC Silver Crown car owned and operated by Hodges Motorsports and had been driven by Shane Cottle for the past couple seasons. The team will give Pursley his first shot at the “big cars” on the dirt ovals in 2024 and it comes with a unique characteristic with the same driver and team competing in both the USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown series, creating a full sense of familiarity in both aspects as they take on a new challenge.

“It’s all just very different; there’s just really nothing like it,” Pursley acknowledged about USAC Silver Crown racing. “You’re just going to have to jump in there in the first practice session, realize how fast you’re really going, then you’ve got to slow down and take care of your stuff for 100 laps after that. I’m extremely excited and grateful to be able to race on the same Sprint Car and Silver Crown team for them and for them to choose me to run their Silver Crown stuff and build it up with them. I think we’re going to be very good right out of the gate. It’ll definitely be a learning experience, but hopefully we can all pick it up quickly and I can do my job and get to where we’re racing up front.”

With KO Motorsports in 2023, Pursley racked up USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in becoming the first Oklahoman to win the award since 1992. Although they’ve parted, Pursley praised KO Motorsports for providing him with his first sprint car start back in 2021 and also giving him a shot as not only a series Rookie in 2023, but also giving him a chance after suffering a spinal injury in late 2021.

“I owe a huge thanks to them and everything that they’ve done for me,” Pursley said of KO Motorsports. “They run a top-notch operation, and I’ll be forever grateful for the 2023 season I had with them, all the experiences I gained and I just wish them nothing but the best. They’re great people, and I’m thankful for all that they’ve done for me. I guess it’s just business with us having to go our separate ways, but it was a very cool experience that I got to be a part of.”

Team AZ Racing would like to thank several longtime partners who’ve been involved in their program over the years and will continue in 2024 on the side of their DRC Chassis powered by a 1-Way Technologies engine: Phil at Apache Transport, Allen at USW Cat Construction, Steve at RSS Industries, Big Mike at Beaver Stripes and John at Western Diversified.

Pursley and Team AZ’s USAC season opens in 2024 with five USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals.

 

 

THE USAC LIFESTYLE:

ROGERS & DUTCHER TAKE ON

USAC SPRINT TOUR FULL-TIME IN 2024

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 1, 2023)………Jadon Rogers and Michael Dutcher Motorsports are back on the trail for a full season run with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in 2024.

The Worthington, Ind. driver and Cicero, Ind. based team have both contested the full USAC schedule in recent years, and both have been winners, but this will be both parties’ first full-time, full season venture together.

The duo teamed up for the latter half of the 2023 season where they made nine USAC National Sprint Car starts, accumulating four top-five results and six top-tens between August and October, including a 23rd to 5th run on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, plus a pair of fourths at Kokomo and Texas’ Devil’s Bowl Speedway before closing out the campaign with a fifth at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Together, Rogers and Dutcher’s No. 17GP also won on the local level last September, taking a trio of scores on the local Indiana scene with a pair of wins at Paragon Speedway and a Midwest Sprint Car Series triumph at Tri-State Speedway, all of which came on a single successful Labor Day weekend.

It was August of last year when both found themselves in need with Dutcher seeking a driver and Rogers searching for a ride. Since teaming up, the combination has clicked and has provided them with a bit of a leg up entering 2024 with experience working together as opposed to some other teams’ situations in which they are starting anew.

“Dutch and I had been on the verge of getting together multiple times,” Rogers revealed. “Instantly, we were really fast this past year. I’m excited to get back, and I feel like I have a real fighting chance of going after a championship with a guy who has a lot of knowledge.”

Dutcher has quite a pedigree in USAC racing circles. He was the recipient of USAC’s Chief Mechanic of the Year award in 2012 as the head wrench turner on the Corey Tucker Racing/Bryan Clauson, Inc/Curb-Agajanian No. 7 driven to the USAC title by Bryan Clauson that same year.

As a car owner, Dutcher owns 12 career USAC National Sprint Car victories with drivers such as Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jon Stanbrough and Rogers feels he’s the next in line to take the Lifestyle Homes sponsored machine back to victory lane in 2024.

Rogers, the 2020 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and a one-time series winner in 2022 at Tri-State Speedway, cites the comfort of having Dutcher in his corner, noting that he has a bit of a different outlook with his team relying on its success to ultimately pay the bills.

“Dutch runs his program to live, so he wants to win as much as me,” Rogers stated. “I can see that focus in him and how badly he wants it just as much as I do. I know whenever I’m at the racetrack, as much he can give me, he’s going to give it to me and I’m going to do the same for him.”

Rogers has driven in recent years for a variety of teams, and in fact, won nine races on the local Indiana level in 2023 for both Dutcher as well as 4J Motorsports, while also winning with USAC in 2022 for the Engler family in addition to competing extensively in a car owned by his father, Kyle Rogers.

Rogers’ role with Dutcher might be slightly altered from in contrast to past scenarios, but now has his focus fixed on the wheel and the pedals. The 21-year-old may still be young, but he’s a veteran in most any other category as he enters his 10th year of sprint car competition after earning the Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Billy Marvel Jr. Rookie of the Year award at age 13 in 2015.

“With my own deal, I’ve always had input, and it’s nerve wracking enough when you’re trying to focus on driving and doing your best on that end, then you’ve got to mix in the fact of whether you’re making the right decisions on setups and things like that,” Rogers explained. “It’s really nice to have a situation in which you have a crew working on the racecar while I can study the track, and when it’s time for me to get in, I can grab my helmet and get in and the racecar and everything’s ready to go.”

Rogers and Dutcher’s USAC season opens in 2024 with five Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals where Swanson opened 2023 with a victory and now eyes a repeat in the new year.

 


 

PURSLEY PASSES 199,

TAKES 2023 USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Daison Pursley’s conquests in USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions saw him pass a total of 199 cars in just 62 feature starts throughout the 2023 season.

Those efforts paid off for the Locust Grove, Okla. driver as he earned the title of ProSource Passing Master for the 2023 season in his KO Motorsports sprint car and Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports midget.

Pursley earned a $2,500 for the passing master honors and will be honored during the Friday night, December 8, USAC Night of Champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

He becomes the third different winner of the season-long Passing Master award which rewards the USAC nationally licensed driver who advanced the most positions during feature events throughout the entirety of USAC’s 2023 national season between Silver Crown, Sprint Cars and Midgets.

Since 2020, longtime USAC supporter ProSource Buck Rice has offered the reward with past winners including Chris Windom (2020) and Justin Grant (2021 & 2022). This time around, it’s Pursley’s turn, and he is grateful to become the latest to earn the badge of honor.

“Buck does a lot for this sport whether it’s passing master or hard charger throughout the night,” Pursley noted. “He’s always there to hand you your money and congratulate you. It just goes to show that USAC and its supporters are always coming up with these cool awards to give drivers who have had a little hard luck and still get a reward. It’s cool to pick that up, and we’re all thankful for Buck’s support throughout the years. It helps all of us get up and down the road.”

Officially, Pursley’s biggest advancement of the 2023 USAC season came during September’s Firemen’s Nationals midget race at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway. After a rough go in qualifying where he nearly got upside down, Pursley picked his way through the field, starting on the tail in 23rd before driving up to a 9th place result.

But of all the hard charging efforts that stand out, it was his 14th to 2nd run in the sprint car during Eastern Storm at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway where he nearly broke through for his first points-paying victory with the series. It’s one he has a tinge of regret, thinking he could’ve made his move for the lead just a bit sooner.

In the midget at Beloit, Kansas’ Mitchell County Speedway, Pursley traveled from 18th to 6th, and by the end of the race, felt he had the fastest car on the track, but just ran short of laps.

At times, Pursley felt as if he was able to get a lot of those spots because of his aggressiveness on the initial start. With no time or laps wasted, he was always on the loudpedal.

“It shows that we just never quit throughout the night,” Pursley praised. “We didn’t let our qualifying time discourage us for the rest of the night. We were able to keep grinding and clicking away and that’s what I feel I do as a driver. I’m always trying to inch forward whether it’s one spot or one inch, and I feel like I’m always trying. As soon as the green flag drops, you’ve got to be going forward and I’m very thankful for the group I had around me in the midget and the sprint car that allowed me to pull that off.”

Prior to the 2023 season, Pursley was pretty much known for his midget racing experience, namely due to his full-time seasons on the USAC national tour in 2020 and 2021. But in 2023, he became one of the new stars on USAC’s National Sprint Car circuit, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

It’s a pace of lifestyle he has embraced as he continues to pick up the accolades just just two years since a severe spinal injury nearly derailed his life and career before his determined comeback.

“Being a full-time USAC Midget and Sprint Car guy, your schedule is just busy,” Pursley laid out. “There’s just no time for rest, and if you want to do it, you’ve got to be a true racecar driver and love this stuff at heart. Where I feel like I’ve learned a lot this year is just being versatile enough to get inside of a midget and then into a sprint car. The rudest awakening was the fact that these cars are different, and you have to keep that in the back of your mind on how to drive each one of them. You’ve got about three laps of practice each night to start out. It requires you to figure it out on the fly.”

Pursley accomplished both disciplines with flying colors this year, and now it’s true when they say, he's USAC’s master of passing in 2023.


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2023 FINAL USAC PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER STANDINGS:

1. 199-Daison Pursley

2. 173-Logan Seavey

3. 142-Justin Grant

4. 136-Emerson Axsom

5. 106-Shane Cottle

6. 105-Matt Westfall

7. 100-Robert Ballou

8. 95-Chase Stockon

9. 92-Brady Bacon

10. 91-Mitchel Moles

11. 89-Jacob Denney

12. 78-Hayden Reinbold

13. 77-Kyle Cummins

14. 73-Kevin Thomas Jr.

15. 68-Bryant Wiedeman

16. 67-Jake Andreotti

17. 65-C.J. Leary

18. 64-Ryan Timms

19. 63-Gavin Miller

20. 62-Carson Garrett

21. 58-Thomas Meseraull

22. 55-Jade Avedisian

23. 54-Jadon Rogers

24. 53-Kaylee Bryson

25. 50-Taylor Ferns & Jake Swanson

27. 45-Taylor Reimer

28. 43-Wayne Johnson

29. 41-Tanner Thorson

30. 40-Cannon McIntosh

31. 39-Joey Amantea & Travis Welpott

33. 37-Jerry Coons Jr.

34. 32-Chance Crum

35. 28-Mario Clouser

36. 26-Trey Burke, Briggs Danner, Jesse Love & Chase McDermand

40. 24-Bryan Gossel

41. 23-Gregg Cory

42. 22-Brent Beauchamp & Kody Swanson

44. 20-Max Adams

45. 18-Tyler Courtney

46. 17-Dave Berkheimer

47. 16-Russ Gamester & Brandon Mattox

49. 15-Alex Bright, Casey Buckman, Mike McVetta & Ethan Mitchell

53. 14-Bobby Santos

54. 13-Shane Cockrum & Daniel Whitley

56. 10-Derek Bischak & Davey Hamilton Jr.

58. 9-Dakoda Armstrong, Patrick Bruns, Xavier Doney & Carmen Perigo

62. 8-Cole Bodine, Chris Fetter, Tyler Roahrig & Kyle Steffens

66. 7-Nathan Byrd, Trey Osborne, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Thomas

70. 6-Steve Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Charles Davis Jr., Ivan Glotzbach, Nathan Moore, Kyle O'Gara, Steven Russell & Brady Short

78. 5-Mark Smith & Billy Wease

80. 4-Chris Urish & Korey Weyant

82. 3-Mariah Ede, Danny Long, Travis Millar, Tom Paterson & Brent Yarnal

87. 2-Mark Bitner, Chase Dietz, Dallas Hewitt, Davey Ray, Brian Ruhlman & Tanner Swanson

93. 1-Brenham Crouch, Ava Gropp, Matt Mitchell, Kyle Robbins & Dalton Stevens

 

 

LIKE A RECORD:

GRANT GETS 3RD STRAIGHT MIKE CURB

USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 29, 2023)………Justin Grant’s second straight USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship isn’t the only impressive accolade he repeated during the 2023 campaign.

For the third consecutive season, and fourth time overall, the Ione, Calif. racer captured the $10,000 Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship, amassing more total points across the three USAC national divisions throughout the duration of the 2023 campaign.

Grant (2021-2022-2023) now becomes just the third driver to win the honor in three consecutive seasons, joining J.J. Yeley (2001-2002-2003) and Bryan Clauson (2010-2011-2012).

Furthermore, with his first such Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship arriving in 2017, Grant also added his name to the very short list of drivers who’ve earned the reward four times overall, a list which includes only himself and Tracy Hines (2000-2008-2013-2014).

“To have my name alongside the legends and heroes of the sport, it’s why I love the lists and I love seeing where my career stacks up against other guys careers,” Grant explained. “I jokingly say that I feel like my name is devaluing that list, but it’s starting to feel more and more like it belongs. I know how big of a deal those guys were to me, watching them as I grew up and then getting to race against them. They’re huge names and icons and I’m awfully, awfully proud to have my name along with them.”

In making 73 combined USAC national starts in 2023, the Ione, Calif. native totaled 4,394 points, just 184 markers more than second place finishing Logan Seavey.

Curb is accustomed to “records” as a hit making musician and the founder of Curb Records, but now racers like Grant are beginning to make records of their own in association with Curb, a record Grant is proud to have his name be a part of.

“It’s super special for me to not only win it once, but to win it four times now,” Grant exclaimed. “Our on-track performance is one thing, but being able to keep car owners and partners and crew people happy and wanting to go up and down the road with me year after year is another point of pride. It’s a little bit different when we go win a big race or a series championship, which is entirely performance based. But to me, the Mike Curb award speaks more about your ability to manage your role as a driver and multiple race teams. I struggled with that early in my career, so it’s a point of pride now that I’ve been able to be successful at that.”

Additionally, Grant once again finished inside the top-three of all three USAC national divisions’ point standings, also doing so in 2021. In 2023, he tallied a first with the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars for TOPP Motorsports, second with the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets for RMS Racing and third with the Silver Crown series for Hemelgarn Racing. He now stands behind only Rich Vogler in that category, the man who was the first to finish inside the top-three in all three in 1980 before repeating in 1981 and again in 1989.

“Being able to be in the points hunt in all three divisions for a few years now is really cool,” Grant reflected. “We want to win all three, and when you don’t, it always feels like a bit of a disappointment, but it gives you a little perspective on the accomplishment and it’s nice to take a breath and look at the fact that there aren’t many guys who’ve had the opportunity to race for all three, and there’s even less guys who’ve had the opportunity to race for all three in a single year.”

Grant is beyond thankful for the opportunity, and while soaking in the accomplishments at season’s end, he doesn’t take any of it for granted.

“To be one of those guys, and to do my job after having that opportunity, makes me feel very grateful and fortunate for the opportunities I have, the car owners I have, the partners I have, the crews that work on them, my family at home and my wife and kids that support me while I’m out on the road.”

This year marked the 25th year of the Mike Curb USAC National Drivers Championship. Curb has offered the reward annually since the 1999 USAC season to honor USAC’s top overall points champion. Once known as the USAC Super License, the title was rechristened as the National Drivers Championship to more properly represent the accomplishment of achieving the feat, which so few have done. Now Grant will once again accept the honor during USAC’s Night of Champions at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis on Friday night, December 8, 2023.

“The passion he has for motorsports, and especially our form of motorsports, is great, and the fact that he has an award to honor and pay a guy who beats up and down the road and lays it out on the line night-in and night-out is incredible,” Grant said of Curb. “These are dangerous racecars at the end of the day, and when you’re in one as many nights of the year as we are, your odds of getting hurt go up substantially. It feels good to be recognized for that, and it feels good to be appreciated and it means a lot knowing that Mike Curb is willing to do that. He’s done this for a long time now, and I’m honored to win it.”


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MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONS:

1999: Dave Darland

2000: Tracy Hines

2001: J.J. Yeley

2002: J.J. Yeley

2003: J.J. Yeley

2004: Jay Drake

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Josh Wise

2007: Jerry Coons Jr.

2008: Tracy Hines

2009: Cole Whitt

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Bryan Clauson

2012: Bryan Clauson

2013: Tracy Hines

2014: Tracy Hines

2015: Dave Darland

2016: Brady Bacon

2017: Justin Grant

2018: Tyler Courtney

2019: Tyler Courtney

2020: Chris Windom

2021: Justin Grant

2022: Justin Grant

2023: Justin Grant


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2023 MIKE CURB USAC NATIONAL DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

POS PTS DRIVER

1 4394 Justin Grant

2 4210 Logan Seavey

3 3362 Emerson Axsom

4 3073 Daison Pursley

5 2562 C.J. Leary

6 2547 Brady Bacon

7 2345 Mitchel Moles

8 2196 Jake Swanson

9 2107 Kyle Cummins

10 2012 Matt Westfall

11 2005 Kevin Thomas Jr.

12 1977 Robert Ballou

13 1975 Chase Stockon

14 1705 Thomas Meseraull

15 1457 Bryant Wiedeman

16 1429 Ryan Timms

17 1407 Jade Avedisian

18 1373 Carson Garrett

19 1363 Jacob Denney

20 1227 Gavin Miller

21 1190 Cannon McIntosh

22 1177 Taylor Reimer

23 1087 Shane Cottle

24 1075 Jake Andreotti

25 995 Hayden Reinbold

26 921 Jadon Rogers

27 832 Tanner Thorson

28 829 Chase McDermand

29 822 Kody Swanson

30 770 Briggs Danner

31 766 Max Adams

32 703 Mario Clouser

33 623 Brandon Mattox

34 567 Jesse Love

35 561 Daniel Whitley

36 539 Chance Crum

37 528 Charles Davis Jr.

38 475 Jerry Coons Jr.

39 465 Ethan Mitchell

40 447 Kaylee Bryson

41 436 Joey Amantea

42 400 Mariah Ede

43 399 Taylor Ferns

44 382 Bobby Santos

45 345 Sterling Cling

46 334 Trey Burke

47 322 Eddie Tafoya Jr.

48 319 Brent Beauchamp

49 301 Travis Welpott

50 299 Derek Bischak

51 245 Wayne Johnson

52 241 Kyle O'Gara

53 237 Russ Gamester

54 221 Brady Short

55 216 Davey Hamilton Jr.

56 211 Rylan Gray

57 205 Dalton Stevens

58 201 Dave Berkheimer

59 177 Chase Dietz

60 176 Kyle Steffens

61 173 Bryan Gossel

62 173 Gregg Cory

63 173 Mike McVetta

64 172 Dakoda Armstrong

65 164 Xavier Doney

66 155 Tyler Roahrig

67 148 Zack Pretorius

68 143 Tom Harris

69 139 Carmen Perigo

70 137 Billy Wease

71 137 Nathan Byrd

72 135 Tom Paterson

73 130 Steve Buckwalter

74 129 Shane Cockrum

75 125 Tanner Swanson

76 120 Kayla Roell

77 120 Kyle Robbins

78 117 Dallas Hewitt

79 110 Kevin Newton

80 109 Cole Bodine

81 97 Chris Fetter

82 95 Casey Buckman

83 95 Jason McDougal

84 95 Travis Millar

85 92 Ivan Glotzbach

86 90 Oliver Akard

87 90 Peter Hunnibell

88 89 Ava Gropp

89 88 J.J. Hughes

90 81 Davey Ray

91 79 Brenham Crouch

92 76 Saban Bibent

93 71 Patrick Lawson

94 71 Trey Osborne

95 70 Chris Urish

96 70 Ryan Barr

97 66 Patrick Bruns

98 65 Jacob Wilson

99 61 Danny Long

100 60 Blake Brannon

101 60 Curtis Spicer

102 60 Devan Myers

103 57 Holly Jones

104 55 Ryan Thomas

105 53 Korey Weyant

106 50 Corey Joyner

107 49 Aaron Pierce

108 49 Caleb Armstrong

109 49 Tyler Courtney

110 44 Brian Hayden

111 44 Tim Simmons

112 37 Alex Bright

113 37 Nathan Moore

114 33 Brian Ruhlman

115 32 Mark Bitner

116 31 Steven Russell

117 30 Cody Jessop

118 30 Laike Imm

119 29 Mark Smith

120 27 A.J. Fike

121 27 Matt Mitchell

122 27 Parker Jones

123 25 John Tosti

124 23 Matt Goodnight

125 23 Tanner Berryhill

126 20 Scout Spraggins

127 20 Zach Hampton

128 17 Brent Yarnal

129 10 Adam Taylor

130 10 Cary Oliver

131 10 Critter Malone

132 10 Dave Peperak

133 10 Gary Dunkle

134 10 Jace Park

 

 

A NEW BEGINNING:

SWANSON & 2B RACING TEAM UP

FOR 2024 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 30, 2023)………The upcoming 2024 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship will present a new beginning for driver Jake Swanson and 2B Racing.

The two have paired up to chase the full USAC National Sprint Car schedule starting with the February 2024 season openers in Florida aboard the Scott Benic-owned DRC/Claxton ride sponsored by Honest Abe Roofing – America’s Reliable Roofer – and the Newton family.

Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) experienced a breakout year on the USAC National Sprint Car scene in 2023, amassing four feature victories for Team AZ Racing, for whom Swanson had driven throughout the past five seasons.

It’s new scenery for Swanson, who will now take over the wheel of the No. 2B that was occupied by driver Logan Seavey during the 2023 season and saw the pairing capture two USAC National Sprint Car main events.

“I’m looking forward to a fresh start, but to be honest, I don’t feel like I’m starting over. I feel like I’m just closing a chapter on this aspect of my life and career,” Swanson explained. “The next step for me is going to be Scott and 2B Racing and I’m really excited with that.”

Swanson had driven for Team AZ in USAC CRA and USAC national competition since 2019, and in 2021, both made the mutual move together from the west to the Midwest to further expand their racing exploits.

“It’s a little bittersweet,” Swanson admitted. “We’ve had a really good relationship over the years and still do. That aspect of it is hard, but the cool part is that, even though we’re parting ways on the racing side, we’re still able to end things on good terms. It’s an amicable severance and we’re all mature enough to know that we want different things and can go different directions without anybody getting their feelings hurt.”

In addition to being one of the stars of USAC racing, Swanson also owns and operates a thriving racing shock business, Jake Swanson Shock Technology. It is that aspect, plus the time and effort throughout the week put into the race team coupled with an opportunity to not be as much “hands-on” that prompted a change in address for Swanson in the coming year.

“I need to make sure that I’m able to do what needs to be done to ensure the success of those things, which means not having to work on racecars during the week,” Swanson further elaborated. “That transition is really important to me and driving for Benic is really going to help me do that. We’ve done a lot of good things and I feel like I’ve established myself as a racecar driver who can win races on a regular basis in this realm. Being able to jump in with a good team and a good program, and with the things I’m able to bring to the table, I feel like it will help them as well.”

Swanson knew by August that he and Team AZ would not be continuing beyond the 2023 season, but a chance meeting came along in October when Honest Abe Roofing President and car owner/sponsor Kevin Newton reached out to Swanson to drive his winged car during a High Limit Sprint Car Series race at Indiana’s Lincoln Park Speedway. The car that night was crew chiefed by none other than Scott Benic, which led to additional opportunities in the weeks to come.

Shortly thereafter, Swanson was tabbed by Benic to compete in a pair of non-USAC sanctioned events in Indiana at Tri-State Speedway and Kokomo Speedway, which proved beneficial for the new duo and provided them with a bit of a head start going into 2024.

“It was huge, and it’s amazing what just one or two races does for your confidence, preparedness and understanding of the difference between this car and the other car and the things we need to change from when Seavey drove it to the things that I like,” Swanson documented. “Luckily, I’ve worked on (sprint cars) quite a bit, so I know I can pinpoint stuff pretty quickly on what I feel like we need and can get myself more comfortable and closer to what I’m used to because I’ve been building my stuff for so long.”

“I could tell that the fundamentals of the race car and the race team were good and we all worked really well together,” Swanson continued. “I think that there’s some surefire potential to be really successful. It was really key to run those couple of races to get a good understanding of the program as well as how we both operate and to see how we’re going to build stuff going forward and how we’re going to attack the season in 2024.

Benic’s 2B Racing group owns 33 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, which ranks 11th on the all-time list. In 2005, with Levi Jones as the team’s driver, 2B Racing captured the USAC National Sprint Car championship. The new combo of Swanson and 2B has a great pedigree with the team’s storied past, its current status as a regular frontrunner and its future with Swanson at the helm.

“First of all, we couldn’t do any of this without the support of my wife, Dana, and the help of Jeff Claxton. I also want to thank Logan (Seavey) for everything that he’s done with us this past year,” Benic stated. “In September when Logan informed us he would not be back in 2024, we were really concerned on our direction for the future and then along came Jake.”

In the coming year, Benic foresees the likelihood of big success for his team with Swanson at the wheel.

“With Jake and us, I think this has the potential to be a really good combination. He got in our car at the end of this year and had a couple decent runs, and I think there’s a great potential to do more and more things. He learned how to win this year and that’s an important part. I think it’s all a good fit. His ability speaks for itself, and he can help us with different things chassis-wise and on the development of product lines through Benic Enterprises and the things obviously need to continue to work on.”

The new chapter for Swanson and 2B Racing opens in 2024 with five Winter Dirt Games dates at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on February 9-10-15-16-17, plus two nights at Barberville, Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park on February 12-13 for the DIRTcar Nationals where Swanson opened 2023 with a victory and now eyes a repeat in the new year.

“It’s been great getting to know Scott over the course of the past few months,” Swanson praised. “He’s been there and done that for a long time. He’s very in tune with it, and I feel like I’m very in tune with these racecars as well.”

Honest Abe Roofing is also the proud sponsor of the fast qualifiers throughout each and every USAC national event throughout the season. Honest Abe has been installing, repairing, and maintaining residential roofs since 2005. It is their goal to bring a customer service focus to the roofing industry. They are aware that they are providing a very important and necessary service to many homes, so they work incredibly hard to provide the best possible roofing at the most competitive pricing. All their customers are very important to them, and they want to give them a perfect roof to protect their home and keep them comfortable.

Associate sponsorships packages are also available as well by contacting 2B Racing’s Scott Benic at (765) 860-5840 or by email at benicenterprises@aol.com.

 

 

TOP ROOKIE!

GAVIN MILLER NAMED 2023

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 28, 2023)………Pennsylvania has long been a hotbed for some of the finest open wheel dirt track racers in the United States of America.

Gavin Miller of Allentown, Pa. is among the new breed who struck a chord on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail in 2023.

His efforts earned him Max Papis Innovations Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors for his efforts in the seat of the Eibach Springs – TRD/LynK/Speedway Toyota for the famed Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team.

In doing so, the 16-year-old Miller became just the third Keystone State native to receive the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year reward in memory of Stroud, the longtime supervisor for the division. John Andretti (Bethlehem) in 1983 and Andrew Layser (Collegeville) in 2019 are the only previous Pennsylvanians to achieve the feat.

All told, Miller accumulated 56 feature laps led, five top-fives and 14 top-tens in 26 feature starts while finishing eighth in series points. But assuredly, the highlight of the year came in June during USAC Indiana Midget Week at Bloomington Speedway where he raced to his first career series victory in what was just his 10th career series start.

On a restart just before the midway point at Bloomington, Miller slid his KKM teammate and fellow first-time USAC win seeker Jade Avedisian for the top spot, and from there, went undenied for the remaining 16 circuits to earn the victory as he became the first Pennsylvanian to capture a USAC National feature win of any kind since Steve Buckwalter during the Indiana Midget Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway in 2010.

With the win, Miller also became just the second driver to win his first career USAC National Midget feature at Bloomington’s 1/4-mile clay oval. The only other driver to accomplish that was none other than Kyle Larson, who also wheeled a KKM owned car to victory on the red clay, just like Miller.

Up to that point, to USAC fans, Miller had been known for his passing prowess within the series ranks, passing more cars throughout USAC Indiana Midget Week than any other individual with 35 positions advanced in six events, which gave him the title of Indiana Midget Week’s ProSource Passing Master.

“It was definitely a surreal feeling,” Miller recalled of his Bloomington victory. “Getting that first win is always going to be my most favorite and special one. It was definitely one of the goals I set for myself, but I didn’t think I was going to get a win that soon. Not many people get to say that they’ve done it, so it’s really cool.”

Miller’s win also came on the heels of a “what could’ve been” moment when he flipped out of the race while leading 13 laps into the 30-lap feature just four nights prior at Circle City Raceway. Despite not expecting a winning effort to arrive quite so soon, Miller began to realize he had the potential to run up front consistently. But a major part of growing as a racer is withstanding the natural learning curves that occur along the way, but readily admitted that a couple more opportunities slipped through his fingers.

“I thought I could get more, but I threw away a couple,” Miller noted. “I guess you’ve got to throw away a couple in order to learn from your mistakes. I think I’ve made most of them in the book so far. You are still going to make mistakes here and there, especially the one at Merced (Speedway). I had never flipped that badly ever. So, that was a first. But I definitely went into this year not knowing much and came out the other side learning from all those mistakes and showed improvement.”

The Merced moment in November saw Miller going for the lead on lap two down the back straightaway when he clipped the outside guardrail and flipped seven times in all. The accident forced him to miss one night of action the following evening, but also served notice of how far he had come. Now he was battling for wins, while the year before, he made just two feature starts in eight USAC National Midget appearances during the 2022 campaign.

“I was definitely watching more races and getting more seat time, which really helped,” Miller explained. “I wanted it bad; I wanted to run up front and learn from past mistakes and it all has come together from learning from my crew chief and strategizing too. I feel like it all must come into play, and I feel like we’ll be even better next year, especially now having a full year under my belt.”

It was just a few years ago that Miller emerged as a decorated USAC .25 Midget racer, accumulating a total of six championships between 2015 and 2019. Now, he seems to be on the cusp of becoming a regular front runner in USAC National Midget racing. He’s also displayed his sticktoitiveness, bouncing back from heartbreak to win mere nights later and even rebounding from a big wreck to jump in the saddle and move forward.

“Not giving up is the biggest part of it,” Miller chalks his attitude up to. “And just being calm, cool and collected and forgetting the past. You can’t really dwell on it. You’ve got to just keep on moving on. If you can’t do that, then you’re just kind of stuck. You’re focused on what you did wrong, and you want to learn, but you’ve got to keep moving on and focus on keeping getting better.”


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BOB STROUD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1969: Billy Engelhart, Madison, Wis.

1970: Danny Brown, Rossville, Ill.

1971: Danny Caruthers, Anaheim, Calif.

1972: Tommy Astone, Fresno, Calif.

1973: Mike Gregg, Fort Collins, Colo.

1974: Richard Powell, Enid, Okla.

1975: Larry Patton, Anaheim, Calif.

1976: James McElreath, Arlington, Texas

1977: Lonnie Caruthers, Corona Del Mar, Calif.

1978: Tommy Thomas, Dana Point, Calif.

1979: Barry Butterworth, Auckland, N.Z.

1980: Trevor Boys, Calgary, Alta.

1981: Sherman Armstrong Jr., Winchester, Ind.

1982: Chris Maxson, McHenry, Ill.

1983: John Andretti, Bethlehem, Pa.

1984: Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

1985: Bobby Allen, Carmel, Ind.

1986: Steve Enlow, Tulsa, Okla.

1987: John Meyers, Oak Brook, Ill.

1988: Jim Keeker, Cicero, Ind.

1989: Jeff Gordon, Vallejo, Calif.

1990: Dan Ford, Saint Peters, Mo.

1991: Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich.

1992: Brian Gerster, Indianapolis, Ind.

1993: Chuck Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

1994: David Bridges, Indianapolis, Ind.

1995: Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.

1996: Carl Olsen, Auckland, N.Z.

1997: Nick Lundgreen, Franklin, Wis.

1998: Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind.

1999: A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2000: Aaron Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

2001: Bobby East, Brownsburg, Ind.

2002: Teddy Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2002: Ron Gregory, Noblesville, Ind.

2003: Ryan Durst, Lincoln, Neb.

2004: Todd Beach, Donnelsville, Ohio

2005: Darren Hagen, Riverside, Calif.

2006: Bryan Clauson, Noblesville, Ind.

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.

2008: Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz.

2009: Zach Daum, Pocahontas, Ill.

2010: Daniel Bedford, Brentwood, Calif.

2011: Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif.

2012: Rico Abreu, Saint Helena, Calif.

2013: Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla.

2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

2015: Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind.

2016: Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif.

2017: Tanner Carrick, Lincoln, Calif.

2018: Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2019: Andrew Layser, Collegeville, Pa.

2020: Buddy Kofoid, Penngrove, Calif.

2021: Chase Randall, Waco, Texas

2022: Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

2023: Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

 

 

A CALCULATED RISE:

SEAVEY & ABACUS REACH THE TOP AS 2023 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 27, 2023)………It all started with a DM.

When Abacus Racing owner Brent Cox reached out to Logan Seavey via a direct message on Instagram in late 2022, it turned out to be a most fortuitous decision that instantly altered the fortunes for both driver and team.

Just one year later, they were celebrating one of the most dominant USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship seasons in series history. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) earned his second midget series championship after taking the crown during his Rookie season of 2018 while Abacus scored the entrant title in what was their first year of chasing the entire series schedule.

Their 280-point final championship margin was the largest in nearly two decades since Bobby East’s title in 2004. In one year, Seavey doubled his career feature win output from eight to 16, and his run of 22 consecutive top-10 finishes to end the season tied Jason Leffler’s record set in 1997, as fate would have it, the very same year Seavey was born.

Seavey and Abacus Racing’s big year with USAC wasn’t excluded solely to the National Midgets. In October, they wrapped up the USAC Silver Crown championship in conjunction with Rice Motorsports, making Seavey the first driver since Levi Jones in 2011 to collect multiple USAC national championships in a single season. The success earned Seavey $100,000 in total USAC point fund money for the year between his success in the two disciplines.

Furthermore, Abacus Racing became just the second entrant to win multiple USAC national titles in the same season, joining Curb-Agajanian in 2012-13.

It’s almost incomprehensible to think back to 2022 and realize that Seavey was down and out on his fortunes in midget racing. A winless season saw him bounce around to multiple teams while trying recapture the magic of prior years, leaving him disenchanted at the state of affairs. But soon, a message from out of the blue and a new ride were able to bottle up that passion and breathe new life into Seavey on the midget side of things.

“After the last year and a half, I didn’t really have any desire to go midget racing,” Seavey admitted. “I was just going to be focused on our sprint car stuff and go from there. (Abacus) roped me into this midget deal and now I’m having a lot of fun and enjoying it. That certainly helps to keep me going and keeps me excited about midget racing. It was not on the top of my list to go try and race for a midget championship this year, but once you start having fun again, it makes going to the races a lot easier and having success doesn’t hurt either.”

Seavey’s 2023 season began on the right path when he was victorious during January’s running of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. However, the result came in a one-off appearance for the Swindell SpeedLab team. The test to see if the success would ultimately translate to Abacus was a steady rise, beginning with Seavey grabbing the team’s first USAC top-five out west in 2022, followed by the team’s first win and first championship in 2023. Personally, for Seavey, the bulk of it all started with just getting right mentally first and foremost, and when he and Abacus clicked, it was like sweet, sweet music.

“It’s just about getting your confidence back and getting in cars you’re comfortable in that have speed,” Seavey explained. “Kicking it off with a Chili Bowl win this year was as good as you could start a year. Then to come out here and get in this car and have such good chemistry with these guys and to have speed every night, it’s really cool knowing that when I strap into this thing, we’ve got a shot. That’s what it takes, and once you lose that, it’s tough to get back. We started the year really well, and just never really slowed down. Sometimes you get up and you can fall down quickly and lose it. We got up and stayed up all year.”

Compared to how the season unfolded, the early season had its hurdles early in the going. In Seavey and Abacus’ first five USAC Midget starts of 2023, there were three finishes of 12th or worse. The exact turnaround of the season can be pinpointed toward one key moment in June’s USAC Indiana Midget Week round at Circle City Raceway.

There, a surefire victory went by the wayside just three laps from the finish line due to an ignition switch failure. Initially thinking his Indiana Midget Week title hopes were kaput, Seavey won the next night out at Gas City I-69 Speedway in dramatic fashion and rallied to his second career IMW championship and first since 2019.

After Circle City, Seavey found himself mired sixth in the USAC National Midget standings, 110 points out of the lead, but from that point forward, he was practically unstoppable. He won again in July at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and once more in August at Macon (Ill.) Speedway just hours after winning the USAC Silver Crown race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds earlier that same afternoon. In doing so, he became just the third driver to win multiple USAC national events at two different racetracks in a single day: Billy Vukovich (1967) and J.J. Yeley (2004).

September was purely magical as Seavey picked up a Firemen’s Nationals win at Wisconsin’s Angell Park Speedway and backed it up with a second straight triumph at Gas City, which was followed by a complete sweep of the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway where he won the Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown features all within a single evening, the third driver to achieve the feat after Kyle Larson in 2011 as well as Jack Hewitt who, in 1998, won all four crowns with the UMP Modifieds included.

By November, Seavey had such a substantial point lead, he could’ve taken a victory lap around the state of California. Nonetheless, he added two more wins to his total at Bakersfield Speedway and at Merced Speedway while wrapping up the title with three races remaining following a string of 20 top-five results in a span of 22 starts in his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

It’s been quite a road for Abacus Racing’s Brent Cox whose idea of forming a racing team came to him in September of 2020 while he was watching a USAC National event from Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on FloRacing while sitting in his garage. Cox, who is an accountant by trade, graduated from Ball State University and was among the founders of CG CPAs. It’s been a perfect marriage between the two parties with Abacus’ racing acumen and a championship level driver who had regained his midget racing mojo.

“We got their first top-five out here on this swing last year, and to now have 20-something top-fives and eight wins, it’s incredible,” Seavey exclaimed. “I feel like I’m far enough along to where I’m getting better at being able to communicate with (crewmen) Kirk (Simpson) and Johnny (Cofer) about what I need in the car and not being scared to throw my opinion out there and tell them what I need. Or if they make a change I don’t like, they’ll listen to me and go back on it or change something. I feel like I know what I need in the car, and especially throughout the year, I’ve gotten better at just knowing what feels right for me and what makes me able to run the car as hard as I need to.”

In nearly every category, Seavey and Abacus were top-shelf, leading the most feature laps (214) while earning the most top-fives (21) and top-tens (24) and fast qualifying times (4) in 27 series starts on the year. As Seavey full well knows, it’s not a cake walk no matter who you are, and it takes the right people and the right equipment in your corner to make it all work.

“These midget races are no joke,” Seavey iterated. “If you’re not comfortable running these races 99 percent every lap, these guys will eat you up. It’s tough. You’ve got to run your car really hard all the time, and if your car’s not good, you can’t do that. I’m at the point where I feel like I’m confident enough in myself that I know what I need and I feel like I can help Kirk and Johnny make the right decisions, and usually, we’re pretty dang close to the same page anyway. There have been a few times when they’ve wanted to go one way and I’ve wanted to go the other way, and they usually back me up and will go with me, and it's been working so far.”

In all, 13 drivers raced to a USAC National Midget victory in 2023. Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla) added three to the win column, including the season opener in May at the Belleville (Kan.) Short Track and again in June at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and in September at Angell Park.

Also at the Belleville Short Track, Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) landed his first USAC victory in nearly nine years, and it just so happened to take place in the same locale as his last one, albeit at a slightly smaller version of it. His 2014 victory came on Belleville’s 1/2-mile-high banks, which he promptly took a victory lap around after winning this past June.

Just one week prior to his high school graduation in May, Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) was victorious at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, then scored the Indiana Midget Week opener in June at Tri-State Speedway. Two-time USAC National Midget champion Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) picked off a couple Indiana Midget Week wins in June at Circle City and Lincoln Park Speedway.

Bryant Wiedeman and Gavin Miller both became first-time USAC National Midget winners in 2023. Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) finished third in series points and scored a home state victory at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds with a pass for the lead coming to the white flag. Miller (Allentown, Pa.), meanwhile, earned win number one at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway to become the first Keystone State winner since Steve Buckwalter in 2010. As a result of his win and eighth place finish in the standings, Miller was named the 2023 Bob Stroud USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, just the third Pennsylvanian to do so after John Andretti in 1983 and Andrew Layser in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) started his own team and took it to victory lane twice in July’s Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County and then became the first multi-time Jason Leffler Memorial victor in August at Wayne County Speedway in Illinois.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) posted a victory in his first USAC Midget start of the season in September at Eldora while RMS Racing teammates Thomas Meseraull and Justin Grant followed up a week later with substantial victories at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After a long winless drought to open the season, RMS swept the event with Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) leading wire-to-wire in the first of two BC39 prelims. Grant (Ione, Calif.) followed suit with a triumphant performance during the night two prelim as well as in the $20,039-to-win finale before finishing second overall in the season standings for the second occasion in as many seasons.

The California swing in November was practically owned by Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) who went on an undefeated tear with the series, winning all three of his starts on the year. He took two at Placerville Speedway’s Hangtown 100 before becoming a four-time Turkey Night Grand Prix winner in the season finale at Ventura Raceway.

Additionally, Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) captured his first USAC National Midget win in more than five years during a November stop at California’s Merced Speedway for Australia’s Dyson Motorsport.

Six drivers started all 27 feature events in 2023: Seavey, Grant, Timms, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.). Avedisian made history in May when she became the first woman to lead the USAC National Midget point standings in the 68-year history of the series.

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) was a frequent frontrunner with the series, bagging five runner-up finishes in limited duty. At Ventura, he made the biggest charge of any driver with the series in 2023, racing his way up 17 positions from a 23rd starting spot to finish sixth.


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2023 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Logan Seavey

Entrant Champion: Abacus Racing #57

Most Wins: 8-Logan Seavey

Rookie of the Year: 8th-Gavin Miller

Most Laps Led: 214-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Fives: 21-Logan Seavey

Most Top-Tens: 24-Logan Seavey

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 4-Logan Seavey

Most Heat Race Wins: 8-Justin Grant

Most Feature Starts: 27-Jade Avedisian, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Taylor Reimer, Logan Seavey & Ryan Timms

Biggest Charge of the Year: Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Emerson Axsom (23rd to 6th)


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 19: Belleville Short Track - Belleville, KS

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

May 20: Belleville Short Track - Belleville, KS

WINNER: Zach Daum (RAMCO Speed Group #7p)

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

WINNER: Jacob Denney (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 4: (I) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Jacob Denney (Tom Malloy #25)

Jun 5: (I) Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

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

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Jun 8: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Buddy Kofoid (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

Jun 9: (I) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Gavin Miller (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

Jun 10: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Jul 12: (M) Mitchell County Fairgrounds - Beloit, KS

WINNER: Bryant Wiedeman (CB Industries #81)

Jul 14: (M) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Jul 15: (M) (F) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, IL

WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

Aug 19: Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Chris Windom (CB Industries #89)

Sep 23: (F) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Sep 28: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (RMS Racing #7x)

Sep 29: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2)

Sep 30: (F) The Dirt Track at IMS - Speedway, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (RMS Racing #2)

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Nov 17: (A) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

Nov 18: (A) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

Nov 21: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

WINNER: Spencer Bayston (Dyson Motorsport #9AU)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Abacus Racing #57)

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA

WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

(I) represents an Indiana Midget Week event

(M) represents a Mid-America Midget Week event

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(P) represents a program featuring practice only


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1784 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2 1504 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

3 1457 Bryant Wiedeman, Colby, Kan.

4 1429 Ryan Timms, Oklahoma City, Okla.

5 1413 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

6 1407 Jade Avedisian, Clovis, Calif.

7 1363 Jacob Denney, Galloway, Ohio

8 1227 (R) Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

9 1190 Cannon McIntosh, Bixby, Okla.

10 1177 Taylor Reimer, Bixby, Okla.

11 1075 (R) Jake Andreotti, Castro Valley, Calif.

12 1072 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

13 1043 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

14 995 Hayden Reinbold, Gilbert, Ariz.

15 832 Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

16 829 Chase McDermand, Springfield, Ill.

17 567 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

18 567 (R) Jesse Love, Menlo Park, Calif.

19 561 (R) Daniel Whitley, Ferndale, Calif.

20 539 Chance Crum, Snohomish, Wash.

21 477 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

22 465 Ethan Mitchell, Mooresville, N.C.

23 400 (R) Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

24 311 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

25 183 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

26 96 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

27 95 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

28 90 (R) Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

29 90 (R) Peter Hunnibell, Auckland, N.Z.

30 89 (R) Ava Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

31 79 Brenham Crouch, Lubbock, Texas

32 60 (R) Curtis Spicer, Marysville, Kan.

33 60 (R) Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

34 60 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

35 57 Holly Jones, Gold River, Calif.

36 50 (R) Corey Joyner, Concordia, Kan.

37 30 (R) Laike Imm, Beaver City, Neb.

38 30 (R) Cody Jessop, Madera, Calif.

39 27 (R) Parker Jones, Blue Mounds, Wis.

40 20 (R) Scout Spraggins, Cache, Okla.

41 10 Jace Park, Overland Park, Kan.

42 10 (R) Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

43 10 (R) Adam Taylor, Wheatfield, Ind.

(R) = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year Contender


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 1784 Abacus Racing, Indianapolis, Ind. (#57)

2 1504 RMS Racing, Western Springs, Ill. (#2)

3 1457 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#81)

4 1453 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25)

5 1429 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67)

6 1413 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19)

7 1407 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71)

8 1227 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#97)

9 1177 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (#25K)

10 1072 Tim Engler, Princeton, Ind. (#7x)

11 1017 Tanner Thorson Racing, Broken Arrow, Okla. (#88)

12 995 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

13 868 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports, Bixby, Okla. (#08)

14 764 Tom Malloy, El Monte, Calif. (#25m)

15 752 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#67K)

16 709 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#40)

17 672 Petry-Hayward Motorsports, Greenfield, Ind. (#19A)

18 567 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#84)

19 561 Abacus Racing, Noblesville, Ind. (#58)

20 540 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#23)

21 535 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#68)

22 528 Bundy Built Motorsports, Mooresville, N.C. (#19m)

23 400 Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Columbus, Ind. (#71E)

24 366 Rudeen Racing, Liberty Lake, Wash. (#26)

25 363 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19T)

26 322 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#86)

27 221 CB Industries, Mooresville, N.C. (#89)

28 183 THK Motorsports, Sweet Springs, Mo. (#21H)

29 173 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#4)

30 139 Crouch Motorsports, Lubbock, Texas (#1)

31 99 John Schneider, Hellertown, Pa. (#98)

32 96 Glenn Styres Racing, Ohsweken, Ont. (#3G)

33 95 Brian Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. (#25B)

34 90 Team OMR, Fort Myers, Fla. (#41)

35 89 Mounce-Stout Motorsports, Collinsville, Okla. (#5A)

36 60 Spicer RaceCraft, Marysville, Kan. (#4s)

37 60 Jeff Johnson, Bethany, Conn. (#46)

38 60 Jeff Johnson, Bethany, Conn. (#44)

39 50 Joyner Motorsports, Concordia, Kan. (#52J)

40 30 J.R. Ewing, Phillipsburg, Kan. (#2c)

41 10 Scott Roell, Dillsboro, Ind. (#4K)

42 10 Adam Taylor Motorsports, Wheatfield, Ind. (#7T)


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1227 Gavin Miller, Allentown, Pa.

2 1075 Jake Andreotti, Castro Valley, Calif.

3 567 Jesse Love, Menlo Park, Calif.

4 561 Daniel Whitley, Ferndale, Calif.

5 400 Mariah Ede, Fresno, Calif.

6 90 Oliver Akard, Fort Myers, Fla.

90 Peter Hunnibell, Auckland, N.Z.

8 89 Ava Gropp, Lincoln, Neb.

9 60 Blake Brannon, Morgan Hill, Calif.

60 Curtis Spicer, Marysville, Kan.

11 50 Corey Joyner, Concordia, Kan.

12 30 Laike Imm, Beaver City, Neb.

30 Cody Jessop, Madera, Calif.

14 27 Parker Jones, Blue Mounds, Wis.

15 20 Scout Spraggins, Cache, Okla.

16 10 Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

10 Adam Taylor, Wheatfield, Ind.


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2023 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

8-Logan Seavey (Jun 7 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Jul 14 at Jefferson County Speedway, Aug 19 at Macon Speedway, Sep 4 at Angell Park Speedway, Sep 21 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway, Nov 14 at Bakersfield Speedway & Nov 22 at Merced Speedway)

3-Kyle Larson (Nov 17 at Placerville Speedway, Nov 19 at Placerville Speedway & Nov 25 at Ventura Raceway)

3-Ryan Timms (May 19 at the Belleville Short Track, Jun 10 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Sep 3 at Angell Park Speedway)

2-Jacob Denney (May 21 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex & Jun 4 at Tri-State Speedway)

2-Justin Grant (Sep 29 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway & Sep 30 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

2-Buddy Kofoid (Jun 2 at Circle City Raceway & Jun 8 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

2-Tanner Thorson (Jul 15 at Jefferson County Speedway & Aug 18 at Wayne County Speedway)

1-Spencer Bayston (Nov 21 at Merced Speedway)

1-Zach Daum (May 20 at the Belleville Short Track)

1-Thomas Meseraull (Sep 28 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

1-Gavin Miller (Jun 9 at Bloomington Speedway)

1-Bryant Wiedeman (Jul 12 at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds)

1-Chris Windom (Sep 22 at Eldora Speedway)


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FEATURE LAPS LED

214-Logan Seavey

105-Kyle Larson

104-Emerson Axsom & Ryan Timms

94-Justin Grant

69-Jacob Denney

64-Tanner Thorson

56-Gavin Miller

43-Thomas Meseraull

32-Bryant Wiedeman

30-Spencer Bayston

25-Chris Windom

20-Buddy Kofoid

16-Taylor Reimer

15-Jade Avedisian

14-Zach Daum

9-Jake Andreotti

3-Mitchel Moles


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TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES

21-Logan Seavey

12-Justin Grant

9-Jacob Denney & Bryant Wiedeman

8-Buddy Kofoid & Ryan Timms

7-Jade Avedisian, Emerson Axsom & Tanner Thorson

6-Thomas Meseraull

5-Zach Daum, Cannon McIntosh & Gavin Miller

4-Carson Macedo & Taylor Reimer

3-Kyle Larson, Chase McDermand & Daison Pursley

2-Rico Abreu & Jesse Love

1-Jake Andreotti, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Shane Golobic, Karter Sarff, Kevin Thomas Jr., Daniel Whitley & Chris Windom


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TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES

24-Logan Seavey

19-Jacob Denney & Justin Grant

17-Jade Avedisian

16-Ryan Timms

15-Daison Pursley & Bryant Wiedeman

14-Gavin Miller

13-Cannon McIntosh

12-Emerson Axsom & Taylor Reimer

11-Buddy Kofoid & Tanner Thorson

9-Thomas Meseraull

8-Zach Daum & Chase McDermand

5-Jake Andreotti, Carson Macedo & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Karter Sarff

3-Spencer Bayston, Kyle Larson, Jesse Love, Ethan Mitchell, Hayden Reinbold & Daniel Whitley

2-Rico Abreu, Tanner Carrick, Corey Day, Kameron Key, Mitchel Moles & Chris Windom

1-Daniel Adler, Brady Bacon, Kaylee Bryson, Jerry Coons Jr., Kyle Cummins, Shane Golobic, Cade Lewis & Gary Taylor


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HONEST ABE ROOFING FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

4-Logan Seavey

3-Jade Avedisian & Justin Grant

2-Cannon McIntosh, Tanner Thorson & Ryan Timms

1-Jacob Denney, Kyle Larson, Jesse Love, Daison Pursley, Taylor Reimer & Kevin Thomas Jr.


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2023 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FAST QUALIFIERS

May 19: Belleville Short Track – Justin Grant (11.736)

May 20: Belleville Short Track – Cannon McIntosh (11.889)

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Logan Seavey (11.433)

Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway - Jacob Denney (13.612)

Jun 5: Circle City Raceway - Kevin Thomas Jr. (12.385)

Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Jesse Love (11.788)

Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Logan Seavey (12.834)

Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway - Justin Grant (11.945)

Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Justin Grant (14.762)

Jul 12: Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Logan Seavey (12.328)

Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway – Daison Pursley (10.885)

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway – Jade Avedisian (10.072)

Aug 19: Macon Speedway – Tanner Thorson (10.462)

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway – Ryan Timms (14.366)

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway – Jade Avedisian (14.722)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Cannon McIntosh (12.170)

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey (16.637)

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Taylor Reimer (12.687)

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Kyle Larson (12.107)

Nov 21: Merced Speedway – Tanner Thorson (11.526)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Jade Avedisian (11.417)

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Ryan Timms (12.059)


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HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Rod End Supply, T.J. Forged & Car IQ)

8-Justin Grant

7-Daison Pursley & Ryan Timms

6-Logan Seavey

5-Cannon McIntosh Thomas Meseraull & Bryant Wiedeman

3-Jade Avedisian, Emerson Axsom, Zach Daum, Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo, Chase McDermand, Gavin Miller, Ethan Mitchell, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

2-Jake Andreotti, Brady Bacon, Corey Day, Jacob Denney, Brody Fuson, Mitchel Moles & Chris Windom

1-Spencer Bayston, Jerry Coons Jr., Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Michael Faccinto, Shane Golobic, Chelby Hinton, Chase Johnson, Kyle Jones, Kameron Key, Jesse Love, Hayden Reinbold & Karter Sarff


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SEMI WINS: (Presented by Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts)

3-Jade Avedisian & Jacob Denney

2-Carson Macedo, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Tanner Thorson

1-Emerson Axsom, Jake Andreotti, Clinton Boyles, Braden Chiaramonte, Jerry Coons Jr., Justin Grant, Chase McDermand, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull & Mitchel Moles


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C-MAIN WINS:

1-Corey Joyner, Matt Westfall & Zach Wigal


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FEATURE STARTS

27-Jade Avedisian, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Taylor Reimer, Logan Seavey & Ryan Timms

26-Jake Andreotti, Gavin Miller, Hayden Reinbold & Bryant Wiedeman

25-Jacob Denney

24-Cannon McIntosh

23-Thomas Meseraull

20-Emerson Axsom

19-Chase McDermand

15-Chance Crum

14-Tanner Thorson & Daniel Whitley

12-Zach Daum, Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles & Kevin Thomas Jr.

11-Jesse Love

8-Jerry Coons Jr.

7-Mariah Ede

6-Kyle Jones & Carson Macedo

5-Spencer Bayston, Corey Day & Brody Fuson

4-Brady Bacon, Kyle Beilman, Clinton Boyles, Tanner Carrick, Chelby Hinton, Karter Sarff & Bryan Stanfill

3-Kaylee Bryson, Steve Buckwalter, Braden Chiaramonte, Briggs Danner, Michael Faccinto, Anton Hernandez, Chase Johnson, Kameron Key, Kyle Larson, Daniel Robinson & Chris Windom

2-Rico Abreu, Brenham Crouch, Kyle Cummins, Mitchell Davis, Don Droud Jr., Dekota Gay, Shane Golobic, Weston Gorham, Ava Gropp, Holly Jones & Cade Lewis

1-Daniel Adler, Tyler Baran, Zach Boden, Landon Brooks, Jake Bubak, Isaac Chapple, Trevor Cline, Taylor Courtney, Ian Creager, Justin Dickerson, Devon Dobie, Kale Drake, Andrew Felker, Bradley Fezard, Kenney Johnson, Parker Jones, Shannon McQueen, Keith Rauch, Kyle Simon, Gary Taylor, Cameron Weishoff, Matt Westfall, Zach Wigal & Justin Zimmerman


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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

May 19: Belleville Short Track – Daison Pursley (14th to 4th)

May 20: Belleville Short Track – Thomas Meseraull (19th to 3rd)

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Justin Grant (18th to 7th)

Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway – Gavin Miller (21st to 10th)

Jun 5: Circle City Raceway – Tanner Thorson (17th to 4th)

Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Gavin Miller (19th to 10th)

Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway – Buddy Kofoid (7th to 1st)

Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (12th to 5th)

Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jesse Love (21st to 12th)

Jul 12: Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Zach Daum (22nd to 8th)

Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway – Anton Hernandez (21st to 13th)

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (10th to 4th)

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway – Logan Seavey (10th to 2nd)

Aug 19: Macon Speedway – Daniel Adler (22nd to 8th)

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway – Daison Pursley (23rd to 9th)

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway – Justin Grant (10th to 3rd)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Jacob Denney (10th to 2nd)

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway – Thomas Meseraull (14th to 9th)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Hayden Reinbold (15th to 7th)

Sep 28: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Daniel Whitley (21st to 13th)

Sep 29: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Justin Zimmerman (21st to 13th)

Sep 30: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Logan Seavey (12th to 3rd)

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Logan Seavey (9th to 1st)

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Jade Avedisian (12th to 4th)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Carson Macedo (21st to 5th)

Nov 21: Merced Speedway – Justin Grant (22nd to 12th)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman (21st to 12th)

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Emerson Axsom (23rd to 6th)


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GREEN APU GREEN FLAG CHALLENGE FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS

Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant

Jun 5: Circle City Raceway – Gavin Miller

Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway – Jade Avedisian

Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Jake Andreotti

Jul 12: Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Ryan Timms

Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway – Ryan Timms

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Tanner Thorson

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway – Gavin Miller

Aug 19: Macon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway – Gavin Miller

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway – Taylor Reimer

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Justin Grant

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway – Chris Windom

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman

Sep 28: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Sep 29: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Sep 30: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Logan Seavey

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Ryan Timms

Nov 21: Merced Speedway – Spencer Bayston

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Jake Andreotti

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Logan Seavey


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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER

May 19: Belleville Short Track – Jacob Denney (11.974)

May 20: Belleville Short Track – Mitchel Moles (11.842)

May 21: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex – Logan Seavey (11.542)

Jun 4: Tri-State Speedway - Kevin Thomas Jr. (13.814)

Jun 5: Circle City Raceway - Jesse Love (12.366)

Jun 7: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Logan Seavey (12.252)

Jun 8: Lincoln Park Speedway - Jesse Love (12.198)

Jun 9: Bloomington Speedway - Logan Seavey (13.033)

Jun 10: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Logan Seavey (14.709)

Jul 12: Mitchell County Fairgrounds – Jesse Love (12.329)

Jul 14: Jefferson County Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman (11.099)

Jul 15: Jefferson County Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (10.966)

Aug 18: Wayne County Speedway - Thomas Meseraull (10.094)

Aug 19: Macon Speedway – Tanner Thorson (10.568)

Sep 3: Angell Park Speedway – Daison Pursley (14.498)

Sep 4: Angell Park Speedway – Jade Avedisian (14.653)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Bryant Wiedeman (12.327)

Sep 22: Eldora Speedway – Ryan Timms (16.735)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Rico Abreu (16.988)

Sep 28: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Chase McDermand (12.186)

Sep 29: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Justin Grant (12.015)

Sep 30: The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Ethan Mitchell (12.028)

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway – Justin Grant (12.953)

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (12.052)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway – Jesse Love (11.997)

Nov 21: Merced Speedway – Tanner Thorson (11.742)

Nov 22: Merced Speedway – Cannon McIntosh (11.599)

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway – Jesse Love (12.104)


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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [29 wins] Tanner Thorson

15. [28 wins] Kyle Larson

16. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

18. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

21. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart & Buddy Kofoid

23. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

28. [22 wins] Tom Bigelow, Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

31. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

35. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

36. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Tyler Courtney, Stan Fox & Jason Leffler

40. [18 wins] Dave Steele

41. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

43. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Justin Grant, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero, Henry Pens & Logan Seavey

51. [15 wins] Don Branson, Larry Rice & Chris Windom

54. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

57. [13 wins] Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman & Stevie Reeves

61. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim, & Ron Shuman

67. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

73. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung, Thomas Meseraull & Chuck Weyant

80. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

84. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr., Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

97. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

106. [6 wins] Spencer Bayston, Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Cannon McIntosh, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Roger West

120. [5 wins] Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ryan Timms & Jerry Weeks

131. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Zach Daum, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sammy Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

164. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Jacob Denney, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

196. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Emerson Axsom, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Tanner Carrick, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Daison Pursley, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White & Cole Whitt

234. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook Jr., Kyle Cummins, Corey Day, Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Carson Macedo, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, John Meyers, Gavin Miller, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood


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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

1. (93) Mel Kenyon

2. (84) Rich Vogler

3. (77) Jimmy Davies

4. (72) Bob Wente

5. (43) Mike McGreevy

6. (38) Tracy Hines, Dave Strickland & Bob Tattersall

9. (36) Johnny Parsons

10. (33) Chuck Rodee

11. (29) Jimmy Caruthers

12. (28) Tommy Astone & Kevin Olson

14. (27) Parnelli Jones

15. (26) Jason Leffler & Tanner Thorson

17. (25) Gary Bettenhausen

18. (24) Gene Hartley

19. (22) Stan Fox

20. (21) Don Branson, Tony Stewart, Shorty Templeman

23. (20) Bryan Clauson, Dan Drinan, Bobby East, Bobby Grim & Kyle Larson

28. (19) Jay Drake

29. (17) Dave Steele & Mike Streicher

31. (16) Rico Abreu, Billy Engelhart, Darren Hagen, Steve Lotshaw & Bobby Olivero

36. (15) Tom Bigelow, Billy Cantrell, Tyler Courtney, Bob McLean, Les Scott & Logan Seavey

42. (14) Jerry Coons Jr., Dave Darland, Jeff Gordon & Kenny Irwin Jr.

46. (13) George Benson, Jimmy Knight & J.J. Yeley

49. (12) Larry Rice & Josh Wise

51. (11) Brady Bacon, Danny Caruthers, Lonnie Caruthers, Russ Congdon, Tommy Copp, Cannon McIntosh, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader, Len Sutton, Brad Sweet & Sleepy Tripp

63. (10) George Amick, Pancho Carter, Allen Crowe, Billy Vukovich & Leroy Warriner

68. (9) A.J. Foyt, Doug Kalitta, Larry Patton, Stevie Reeves, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Jerry Weeks

75. (8) Spencer Bayston, Christopher Bell, Dana Carter, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Justin Grant, Don Horvath, Kasey Kahne, Sammy Sessions, George Snider & Jack Turner

86. (7) Jade Avedisian, Mike Bliss, Ray Elliott, Allen Heath, Bill Mehner, Andy Michner, Henry Pens, Lowell Sachs & Kody Swanson

95. (6) Chad Boat, Burt Foland, Brian Gerster, Mike Gregg, Kyle Hamilton, Buddy Kofoid, Lee Kunzman, Jerry McClung, Ron Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Don Vogler, Chris Windom & Billy Wood

108. (5) Merle Bettenhausen, Billy Boat, Steve Cannon, Ray Crawford, Kevin Doty, Ronnie Duman, Aaron Fike, Shane Golobic, Rick Goudy, Jeff Heywood, Eddie Johnson, Steve Knepper, Brad Kuhn, Andy Linden, Bobby Santos, Chris Shultz, Billy Shuman, Chuck Weyant & Mauri Wilson

127. (4) Johnny Anderson, Caleb Armstrong, Sonny Ates, Gary Byers, Dane Carter, Joe Corrigan, Zach Daum, Mike Fedorcak, Robby Flock, Danny Frye, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jim Hettinger, Arnie Knepper, Chuck Marshall, Danny McKnight, Ethan Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Jeff Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Gary Ponzini, Richard Powell, Porky Rachwitz, Taylor Reimer, Ricky Shelton, Tom Steiner, Bruce Walkup, Rodger Ward, Roger West, & Zeb Wise

157. (3) Bob Cicconi, Cole Carter, Don Anderson, Donnie Beechler, Dwight Brown, Hank Butcher, Harry Beck, Jack Calabrase, Tanner Carrick, Larry Dickson, Mario Clouser, Steve Buckwalter, Tony Bettenhausen, Tony Elliott, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Gene Force, Bob Hare, Ted Hines, P.J. Jones, Greg Leffler, Grier Manning, Mack McClellan, Roger McCluskey, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Moorhouse, Kenneth Nichols, Jerry Nuckles, Tim Pangborn, Forrest Parker, Johnnie Parsons, Daison Pursley, Johnny Roberts, Randy Roberts, Lloyd Ruby, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Tom Sellberg, Dale Swaim, , Johnnie Tolan & Dillon Welch

198. (2) Sherman Armstrong Jr., Jack Bates, Gays Biro, Art Bisch, Dan Boorse, Kaylee Bryson, Bill Chennault, Paul Clark, Bob Cortner, Chris Cumberworth, Bob Davison, Corey Day, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Nick Fornoro Jr., Gene Gennetten, Elmer George, Joe Giba, Ron Gregory, Ted Hartley, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Shane Hmiel, Eddie Jackson, Bubby Jones, Dick Jones, Page Jones, Ronnie Kaplan, Johnny Kay, Walt Kennedy, Michael Lewis, Brad Loyet, Carson Macedo, Jim Mahoney, Jim McClean, Sarah McCune, Warren Mockler, Earl Motter, Ken Nichols, Hank Nykaza, Steve Paden, Danny Pens, Michael Pickens, Parker Price-Miller, Levi Roberts, Johnny Rodriguez, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer, Ryan Scott, Jigger Sirois, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Danny Stratton, Russ Sweedler, Buddy Taylor, George Tichenor, Ryan Timms, Bud Tingelstad, Steve Troxell, Bobby Unser, Billy Wease, Ken Weiland, Cole Whitt & Carl Williams

261. (1) Bobby Allen, Al Alpern, Chuck Amati, John Andretti, Capp Arnold, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Tony Ave, Emerson Axsom, Steve Barth, Dave Bartlett, Todd Barton, John Batts, Jim Beckley, Daniel Bedford, Dick Betts, Nick Bohanon, Tony Bonadies, Johnny Boyd, Alex Bright, Bob Burbridge, Larry Cannon, Roy Caruthers, Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bud Clemons, Johnny Cofer, Maria Cofer, Duke Cook, Jay Cornell, Chance Crum, A.J. Davis, Jacob Denney, Duke DeRosa, Danny Ebberts, Bob Ellingham, Dean Erfurth, Russ Faucett, Sarah Fisher, Dan Ford, Josh Ford, Danny Frye Jr., Jim Gates, Johnny Gavin, Roy Gillhamer, Roy Graham, Bob Gregg, Mike Groff, Chuck Gurney Jr., Gene Gurney, Butch Haisman, Davey Hamilton, Garrett Hansen, Bob Harkey, Alex Harris, Scott Hatton, Jac Haudenschild, Jim Hemmings, Al Henderson, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hill, Larry Hillerud, Bob Hogle, Shane Hollingsworth, Bill Homeier, Rick Hood, Wally Hostettler, Billy Hughes, Jeff Hunt, Tony Hunt, Gary Irvin, Bob Jesser, Ronnie Johncox, Paul Jones, Jack Jordan, Brent Kaeding, Gary Kanawyer, Jim Keeker, Harry Kern, Jimmy Kirk, Danny Kladis, George Kladis, Clay Klepper, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kojis, Bill Kollman, Jim Lauri IV, Buddy Lee, Donnie Lehmann, Bob Lithgow, Eddie Loomis, Jesse Love, Jim Bob Luebbert, Dave Lundy, Jim Malloy, Bobby Marshman, Larry McCloskey, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Al Miller, J.R. Miller, Stephanie Mockler, Davey Moses, Mike Mosley, Brad Noffsinger, Danny O'Neill, Jan Opperman, Junior Parkinson, Gary Patterson, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Bill Puterbaugh, Jon Rahe, Bill Randall, Chase Randall, Norm Rapp, Keith Rauch, Dickie Reese, Bill Renshaw, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Jack Runyon, John Sarna, Gio Scelzi, Chase Scott, Shane Scully, Roy Seidenstricker, Holly Shelton, Dean Shirley, Tony Simon, C.L. Smith, Bob Spoo, J.P. Standley, Gig Stephens, Tanner Swanson, Kevin Swindell, Kevin Thomas, Bob Twitty, Al Unser, Don Weaver, Terry Wente, Gene Weyant, Johnny White, Newt White, Bryant Wiedeman, Eric Wilkins & Don Wilson


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS

1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney, 2020: Chris Windom, 2021: Buddy Kofoid, 2022: Buddy Kofoid, 2023: Logan Seavey


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ENTRANT CHAMPIONS

1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Brothers, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2013: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2014: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2015: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2016: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2017: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2018: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2019: Clauson Marshall Racing, 2020: Tucker-Boat Motorsports, 2021: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2022: Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, 2023: Abacus Racing


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser, 2020: Buddy Kofoid, 2021: Chase Randall, 2022: Mitchel Moles, 2023: Gavin Miller


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2023 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER


A

RICO ABREU/St. Helena, CA (Tanner Thorson Racing #24)

MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Dennis Hart #15)

DANIEL ADLER/St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler #50)

«OLIVER AKARD/Fort Myers, FL (Team OMR #41)

«JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis #00), (Tom Malloy #25) & (Tom Malloy #25m)

ADAM ANDRETTI/Brownsburg, IN (Jeff Johnson #44)

EASTIN ASHBROOKE/Marion, IN (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #19T)

JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71)

EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Petry-Hayward Motorsports #19A) & (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #68)


B

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (TKH Motorsports #21H)

NICK BARAN/Tomahawk, WI (Roger Engstrom #7E)

TYLER BARAN/Wausau, WI (Scott Baran #11T)

AUSTIN BARNHILL/Wilmington, NC (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #17B)

CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Bill Baue #136)

SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport #9AU)

CODY BEARD/Huntingburg, IN (Beard Racing #7)

KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31) & (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #91)

JOSH BILICKI/Menomonee Falls, WI (RAMCO Speed Group #7c)

ZACH BODEN/Cambridge, WI (Brian Boden #51)

BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci #9)

JAKEB BOXELL/Zanesville, IN (Boxell-Merkler Racing #44JB)

CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Scott Beierle #11) & (RMS Racing #98x)

BLAKE BRANNON/Morgan Hill, CA (Blake Brannon #40B)

CODY BREWER/Choctaw, OK (Central Motorsports #96)

LANDON BROOKS/Rio Oso, CA (RAMCO Speed Group #1D), (RAMCO Speed Group #22p) & (Matt Wood Racing #57w)

KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (CB Industries #89)

JAKE BUBAK/Arvada, CO (Bourke Motorsports #27B)

STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter #25B)


C

DAVID CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Dave Camfield Sr. #16c)

DEVIN CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Dave Camfield Sr. #17c)

DALTON CAMFIELD/Decatur, IL (Dave Camfield Sr. #86c)

TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #98)

ROBERT CARSON/Concord, CA (LOK Enterprises-Carson Segur Racing #99K)

ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Doug Hall #6)

BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Streeter Racing #14J)

MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Fifty6x Racing #56x)

TREVOR CLINE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline #55)

TREVOR COHN/North Platte, NE (Joyner Motorsports #27x)

TOMMY COLBURN/New Berlin, WI (MWR Technology #10A)

KEVIN COOK/Winchester, IN (Kevin Cook #9p)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (Central Motorsports #85)

TAYLOR COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (RAMCO Speed Group #22p)

CADE COWLES/Coweta, OK (Gariss Racing #70)

IAN CREAGER/Covington, OH (Tod Creager #36)

BRENHAM CROUCH/Lubbock, TX (Crouch Motorsports #1)

CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing #26) & (Six8 Motorsports #68w)

DANE CULVER/Riverside, CA (Knuckles Up Racing #50)

KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Glenn Styres Racing #3G)


D

BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (John Schneider #98)

ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (RAMCO Speed Group #7p) & (Trifecta Motorsports #7u)

MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Pat O'Dell #3N) & (Pat O'Dell #56)

COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Wille Kahne #4)

JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy #25)

TYLER DEVENPORT/Jacksonville, MO (Branigan Roark Racing #33)

JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson #21D)

DEVON DOBIE/Wapakoneta, OH (Mike Dobie #23DD)

NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline #55D)

KALE DRAKE/Collinsville, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K)

BRYAN DROLLINGER/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. #71D)

DON DROUD JR./Lincoln, NE (Mark Burch Motorsports #22T)


E

«MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71E)

SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott Evans #118)


F

MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Matt Streeter Racing #14T)

ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Cooper Wayne Felker #11A)

BRADLEY FEZARD/Bonnerdale, AR (Vince Rosa #28p)

CHAD FREWALDT/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4F)

BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile #51)


G

DAVID GASPER/Goleta, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

DEKOTA GAY/Brisbane, AU (Troy Gay #81A)

SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

WESTON GORHAM/Colleyville, TX (Kelly Gorham #18N)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing #2)

«RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Brothers #06)

«AVA GROPP/Lincoln, NE (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #5A)


H

BEN HANEY/Longmont, CO (Ben Haney #3)

RON HAZELTON/Chatsworth, CA (TRC Transmission #15ws)

A.J. HERNANDEZ/Phoenix, AZ (MF Motorsports #35H)

ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Grady Chandler Racing #00)

JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich #22)

CASEY HICKS/Meriden, KS (Casey Hicks #5H)

CHELBY HINTON/Dubberly, LA (Klatt Enterprises #4)

JOSH HODGE/Brownsburg, IN (Josh Hodge Racing #5J)

PETER HUNNIBELL/Auckland, NZ (Ben Covich #65NZ)


I

«LAIKE IMM/Beaver City, NE (J.R. Ewing #2c)


J

CODY JESSOP/Madera, CA (Chad Frewaldt #4c)

CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31) & (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson #46)

HOLLY JONES/Gold River, CA (Bundy Built Motorsports #4)

KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (RAMCO Speed Group #7m)

«PARKER JONES/Blue Mounds, WI (RAB Motorsports #57A)

«COREY JOYNER/Concordia, KS (Joyner Motorsports #52J)


K

KAMERON KEY/Warrensburg, MO (TKH Motorsports #21J)

JOEY KLEMISH/Cortez, CO (MF Motorsports #35K)

BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)


L

KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Racing #1K)

PRESTON LATTOMUS/Lewes, DE (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #23)

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Legacy Autosport #14)

AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing #11L)

CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander #5K)

RICKY LEWIS/Camarillo, CA (Cruz Pedregon #6A)

«JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA (CB Industries #84)


M

CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport #99AU)

CRITTER MALONE/Speedway, IN (Steve Reynolds-Team Ripper #21)

CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Josh Ford Motorsports #8w), (Bundy Built Motorsports #19m) & (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #40)

CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports #08) & (CB Industries #86)

MARK McMAHILL/Peoria, IL (MWR Technology #10c)

SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing #7)

TODD McVAY/Grain Valley, MO (Todd McVay #89)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS Racing #7x) & (Tim Engler #7x)

«GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97)

ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports #4) & (Bundy Built Motorsports #19m)

MARVIN MITCHELL/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell #78)

MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19T) & (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #68)


N

TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (Nichols-Peckfelder Motorsports #1p)


O

DON O'KEEFE JR./Union City, CA (LOK Enterprises-Carson Segur Racing #99)

SCOTT ORR/Columbia City, IN (Josh Hodge Racing #5s) & (Scott Orr #88s)


P

RYAN PADGETT/Anadarko, OK (Phil Shapel #84J)

RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

JACE PARK/Overland Park, KS (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #19T)

WES PINKERTON/Reynolds, IN (Wes Pinkerton #9)

DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19)


R

KEITH RAUCH/Thornton, CO (Bourke Motorsports #27)

TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #25K)

HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

BRANIGAN ROARK/Lincoln, MO (Branigan Roark Racing #44)

TYLER ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins #35)

SEAN ROBBINS/Collinsville, IL (Scott Robbins #53)

DANIEL ROBINSON/Wayne City, IL (RAB Motorsports #57A)

«KAYLA ROELL/Dillsboro, IN (Scott Roell #4K)


S

CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Matt Streeter Racing #14T) & (Caden Sarale #32)

KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Jayme Sarff #21K)

C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (Sarna Motorsports #20)

JEFF SCHINDLER/Evansville, IN (Jeff Schindler #8x)

BRIAN SCHWABAUER/Hastings, NE (Murphy Racing #9)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing #57)

SHAUN SHAPEL/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84s)

DEVIN SIMMONS/Knoxville, IA (Wayne Simmons #F5)

KYLE SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Simon Racing #23)

«CURTIS SPICER/Marysville, KS (Spicer RaceCraft #4s)

«SCOUT SPRAGGINS/Cache, OK (Gariss Racing #07)

BRYAN STANFILL/Bakersfield, CA (Griffiths Motorsports #75AU)

JEFF STASA/Kingman, KS (SBR Motorsports #91s)


T

«ADAM TAYLOR/Wheatfield, IN (Adam Taylor Motorsports #7T)

GARY TAYLOR/Snohomish, WA (Brian Dunlap #32)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Crouch Motorsports #1), (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #19T) & (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #23)

ASHTON THOMPSON/Salem, IN (Mounce-Stout Motorsports #19T)

TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing #28) & (Tanner Thorson Racing #88)

RYAN TIMMONS/Pleasant Hill, CA (Dean Alexander #5v)

RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)

TALIN TURNER/Basehor, KS (Grady Chandler Racing #00)

GARRETT TWITTY/Bakersfield, CA (Garrett Twitty #4)

BRANDT TWITTY/Bakersfield, CA (Kevin Twitty #4B)


V

JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim & Bonnie Vanzant #3v)


W

COLE WAKIM/Simi Valley, CA (Steve Lambert #55)

CAMERON WEISHOFF/Sun Prairie, WI (Weishoff Motorsports #55)

MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner #54)

«DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing #58)

BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (CB Industries #81)

ZACH WIGAL/Belpre, OH (Chase McDermand #40x)

CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (CB Industries #89)

CONNOR WOLF/Lafayette, IN (RAMCO Speed Group #1G)


Z

JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN/Athens, TX (Justin Zimmerman #1z)

 

 

CUMMINS JOINS NEW PETTY TEAM

FOR 2024 USAC SPRINT CAR SEASON

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 26, 2023)………Kyle Cummins, one of the premier drivers on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, will compete on the full schedule in 2024 with the newly established Petty Performance Racing team.

The Princeton, Ind. driver will kick off the upcoming season in a ride owned by Jerry Petty of Litchfield Park, Ariz., CEO of Avanti Windows & Doors LLC which sponsored Cummins sprint car ride throughout the 2023 campaign.

In 2023, Cummins equaled his career high with four USAC National Sprint Car feature victories and finished sixth in USAC points for the Rock Steady Racing team with which he had driven for all but one season dating back to 2015.

Cummins’ USAC National Sprint Car win total stands at 18 entering the 2024 season which presents a new opportunity and challenge for the 36-year-old driver who made his USAC debut back in 2003.

“I’m grateful for Jerry providing me with this exciting and challenging opportunity as well as trusting me to be a part of his transition to a team owner and entrant into dirt track racing,” Cummins stated. “Jerry has offered up a lot of support to the sport in recent years and his commitment to becoming a team owner just shows his continued passion for the sport and his confidence in me. We are excited to build this team over the offseason and can’t wait to get to Florida and see what the rest of 2024 has in store.”

Cummins has been an ardent supporter of USAC Sprint Car racing, accumulating 227 career starts while ranking inside the top-40 all-time in both feature victories and starts. Meanwhile, Petty has been the primary sponsor for such events as Knoxville Raceway’s Corn Belt Clash and Cocopah Speedway’s Western World Championship in addition serving as the primary sponsor for multiple USAC Sprint Car teams.

Cummins and Petty Performance Racing’s debut will arrive in February of 2024 in the state of Florida where the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season will begin with seven events in the Sunshine State between February 9-17, and where Cummins was a feature winner in February of 2023 during the series’ most recent visit.

Leading off the 2024 season is the 15th annual edition of Winter Dirt Games at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park on Friday-Saturday, February 9-10, at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track with a practice night set to begin the festivities on Thursday night, February 8. The first night of racing in Ocala on Friday will pay $6,000-to-win while Saturday night’s weekend capper will pay $7,500-to-win.

USAC National Sprint Car action then moves on down the road to Volusia Speedway Park on Monday-Tuesday, February 12-13, for two consecutive nights of racing on the half-mile dirt oval as part of the DIRTcar Nationals, culminating in a $10,000-to-win finale on Tuesday. As a change from this past year, the Volusia events will be full points-paying events.

Rounding out the Sunshine State trip is a return to Bubba Raceway Park for three more consecutive nights of USAC National Sprint Car racing on February 15-16-17. The first two nights will pay $6,000-to-win with Saturday night’s finale paying $10,000-to-win.

 

 

FOUR SCORE!

LARSON GETS TURKEY NIGHT WIN #4 AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2023)………Kyle Larson has few equals when it comes to Turkey Night Grand Prix success over the years, and on Saturday night at California’s Ventura Raceway, that fact remained true to form.

The Elk Grove, Calif. native punctuated the 2023 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season by becoming just the second driver in the 82-year history of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame to win the famed race at least four times. Ron Shuman maintains the all-time record of eight Turkey Night victories between 1979-1993.

In the latest edition of Turkey Night, Larson made a beeline from his 10th place starting position straight to the lead by lap 27 before pacing the field for the remaining 72 laps to earn his third USAC National Midget triumph in three attempts over the past nine nights in the Golden State aboard his Kyle Larson Racing/HendrickCars.com – FloRacing/Eagle.

Overall, Larson has now reigned victorious at Turkey Night in 2012-2016-2019-2023, and has never finished outside the top-four in any of his 11 career starts in the event dating back to his debut in 2011.

“I’m happy to get another Turkey Night win,” Larson exclaimed. “We’re second on the all-time win list now, which is cool. Hopefully we can catch up someday and maybe be leading this thing. This is such a historic race with it being the 82nd running, which is incredible. it’s been a good event for us, and we’ve always run really well here.”

In addition to his $10,000 winning prize, Larson also earned a 1/4-scale replica of the J.C. Agajanian owned car that Parnelli Jones drove to victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 1963, a trophy which was handmade by Ventura Raceway promoter Jim Naylor. It’s among the rewards that brings Larson back each year in addition to the prestige of becoming a Turkey Night winner once again.

“All the Turkey Night trophies I have from Ventura are probably some of the coolest trophies I have in my collection,” Larson stated. “They get better and better every year and it’s probably the main reason why I come and do this race – just to come and win these awesome trophies. I need to get a little better at qualifying because I want to win some of those (trophies) too.”

Larson’s 27th career USAC National Midget win moved him past USAC Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Gary Bettenhausen for sole possession of 15th on the series’ all-time win list, but this one required him to start outside the fifth row.

Up at the front of the 26-car pack, 2023 USAC National Midget champion and 2021 Turkey Night winner Logan Seavey established the lead early on from his outside front row starting position while pole sitter Ryan Timms gave chase after earlier winning the 30-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature held prior to the midget race.

However, calamity came early on lap two as Taylor Reimer spun, which collected Michael Faccinto on the turn two infield berm. Meanwhile, up top, Mitchel Moles and Brody Fuson launched into orbit during a simultaneous somersault for both drivers, which ended with both drivers and cars upside down, thus ending their evenings prematurely.

Upon resumption, Seavey built himself a full straightway lead all while Larson was already breaking his way into the top-five. Larson went eighth to fifth in a span of two circuits between laps 17 and 18 past Chase McDermand, Spencer Bayston and Bryant Wiedeman. Moments later, on lap 22, Larson slid by defending Turkey Night winner Justin Grant in turn one to slot into fourth.

Seavey was working traffic by lap 26 when Timms suddenly clamped down and made his move for the lead with a turn one slide job that was successful. By turn four, Timms was in trouble as he ricocheted off the cushion, which opened the door underneath for Seavey to make a move entering turn one on the 27th go around.

Attempting to return the favor on Timms in turn one, Seavey slipped past, but in the process, Timms’ wheels locked up as he slid to a stop atop the cushion to bring out the caution and also collected third-running Kale Drake who was making his first career USAC National Midget start. For all intents and purposes, the incident ended Timms’ night with him soldiering on until lap 51 when he dropped out with a 23rd place result following an incident with Mariah Ede that damaged his header.

Seavey resumed at the point as the race leader coming to the green flag restart on lap 27. However, it was time to cue the Jaws music as Larson drew right to Seavey’s rear bumper. In this case – spoiler alert – the ending was much the very same as it has been of late for Larson in his home state of California in November. Larson delivered a turn three slider that put him at the front for good. Day followed suit with Larson to gain second from Seavey after starting 12th.

In that timeframe, Larson had to play it smart with the track conditions changing rapidly. As the wind picked up and the track began to dry out, one faulty move could’ve spelled doom.

“You just had to make good decisions,” Larson explained. “We were all kind of searching for the right lane at the right time. Thankfully, I put together some good laps around the bottom and got clear to the top and got rolling. The top of one and two was getting really wide around there and I figured Logan was running up there, so he was probably going to commit to that. I felt like if I could just poke the bottom, I could get a run and get by. It all worked out really well.”

Over the course of the next several laps, rubber began to rear its ugly head on the 1/5-mile dirt oval’s surface, and Larson knew full well when it was time for him to go to secure his spot before it was too late.

“I knew, shortly after that, the rubber was going to be coming,” Larson guesstimated. “I was just trying to hold the lead and peek to the left and I saw Corey inching toward me on the bottom a couple laps later. That’s when I knew it was time to get down.”

Yet, the battles raged on behind them as a furious fight for 11th on lap 64 resulted in contact between Jade Avedisian (12th) and Justin Grant (11th) off turn four, which pitched Avedisian sideways and collected Cannon McIntosh. McIntosh was the meat in the sandwich at the moment he got tagged in the bumper by Jake Andreotti, which sent McIntosh spinning into the infield. By lap 65, Grant was also out of competition, the victim of a broken front end.

In the final quarter, attrition (and rubber) started to become a concern as Spencer Bayston bowed out to the infield while running fourth on lap 75. Avedisian (11th) came to a halt with a flat right rear tire on lap 75 while Daison Pursley (7th) was stricken with the same fate on lap 86.

Throughout the final 12 lap stretch, Larson never turned a wheel wrong, and there was no room for error, as he railed the bottom right up against the infield berm with Day hanging right in there in second but was only able to close to within one to two car lengths of his back bumper down the stretch to the 98th and final lap.

In the end, Larson prevailed over Day by two car lengths with just a 0.224 second separation between the two as they crossed the stripe. Carson Macedo brought it home third while Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) took fourth and Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) advanced 17th to fifth to earn his best Turkey Night result yet.

Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.), the recently crowned NARC Sprint Car champion, posted the best finish of any Turkey Night first-timer in this year’s field. In his debut Turkey Night performance, he ran a strong second to earn Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors in his Wille Kahne/Sander Engineering – Four CCCC’s Construction – Durst/Bullet/Worth Mopar. The runner-up result for Day was the best finish by a Turkey Night Rookie since Cannon McIntosh in 2019.

“I grew up coming to this race as a kid where we made it a vacation and came down here to hang out at the beach and watch some racing,” Day reminisced. “It’s so cool to run it for the first time and then to run second and be Rookie of the Race. At the beginning, the middle slicked off really fast, then everybody kind of didn’t know where to be. I knew there was rubber under what they watered, so I was just kind of waiting on it and it came in fast. I was able to find it first, so that was good, but Kyle, he’s got way too many laps to not to know when it’s going to come in. When he moved down, that was kind of it.”

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) certainly experienced the most unique finish of the night. After crossing the finish line in third, he slipped above the turn four cushion, tagged the outside wall and flipped – all of which occurred after the checkered flag had already been displayed. Nonetheless, Macedo still finished on the podium in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota for his best Turkey Night performance since his Rookie start in 2016 in which he also scored a third.

“That was a little embarrassing there,” Macedo admitted. “I didn’t have much right rear tire left and I got outside the rubber and gassed it up a little bit just to have fun I guess, and it never stopped sliding. I ended up plowing the cushion and turned it over. It was fun, though. I just wish it was a little bit different with it taking rubber and all. It wasn’t that ideal. Before that, the race was epic, and I was having a ton of fun and it was fun battling with a lot of good drivers.”

Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) started 23rd and finished sixth to earn his best career Turkey Night result, which came on the heels of a 24th to eighth run in the same race a year ago in 2022. Ken Clapp of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was on hand to present Axsom with a $500 bonus for his efforts.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 25, 2023 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – 82nd ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: (Top-10 locked into the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.059; 2. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.138; 3. Kale Drake, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.190; 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-12.203; 5. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.287; 6. Chase McDermand, 8w, Ford-12.289; 7. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.290; 8. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.293; 9. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.306; 10. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.313; 11. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.320; 12. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-12.334; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.347; 14. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.356; 15. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-12.391; 16. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.391; 17. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.427; 18. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.435; 19. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-12.445; 20. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.469; 21. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-12.471; 22. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.491; 23. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.495; 24. Cade Lewis, 5K, Alexander-12.505; 25. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.516; 26. Cole Wakim, 55, Lambert-12.521; 27. Ryan Timmons, 5v, Alexander-12.529; 28. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.539; 29. Peter Hunnibell, 65NZ, Covich-12.553; 30. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.566; 31. Max Adams, 15, Hart-12.568; 32. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.626; 33. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.687; 34. Ricky Lewis, 6A, Pedregon-12.694; 35. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.731; 36. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.764; 37. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-12.768; 38. David Gasper, 73, Ford-12.774; 39. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.831; 40. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.995; 41. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-13.020; 42. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-13.073; 43. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-13.132; 44. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.220; 45. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.269; 46. A.J. Hernandez, 35H, MF-NT; 47. Dane Culver, 50, Knuckles Up-NT (Time of 12.641 disallowed due to missing the scales); 48. Joey Klemish, 35K, MF-NT (Time of 12.936 disallowed due to missing the scales).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Brody Fuson, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Cole Wakim, 7. David Gasper, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Peter Hunnibell, 10. C.J. Sarna, 11. Dane Culver, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Blake Bower. 2:31.99

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Mitchel Moles, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Cade Lewis, 7. Caden Sarale, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. Braden Chiaramonte, 10. Bryan Drollinger, 11. Ryan Timmons, 12. Jim Vanzant, 13. Joey Klemish. NT

T.J. FORGED/CAR IQ THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Gavin Miller, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Max Adams, 8. Jake Bubak, 9. Ricky Lewis, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. A.J. Hernandez, 12. Ron Hazelton. 2:35.11

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom, 2. Hayden Reinbold, 3. Jake Andreotti, 4. Cade Lewis, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Max Adams, 7. Ricky Lewis, 8. Jake Bubak, 9. David Gasper, 10. Caden Sarale, 11. Cole Wakim, 12. Peter Hunnibell, 13. Braden Chiaramonte, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. C.J. Sarna, 16. Bryan Drollinger, 17. Kyle Beilman, 18. Shannon McQueen. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Corey Day (12), 3. Carson Macedo (11), 4. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 5. Jacob Denney (17), 6. Emerson Axsom (23), 7. Buddy Kofoid (16), 8. Logan Seavey (2), 9. Jesse Love (21), 10. Cade Lewis (26), 11. Hayden Reinbold (24), 12. Jake Andreotti (25), 13. Gavin Miller (19), 14. Daison Pursley (9), 15. Mariah Ede (7), 16. Kale Drake (3), 17. Chase McDermand (6), 18. Jade Avedisian (22), 19. Spencer Bayston (8), 20. Justin Grant (5), 21. Cannon McIntosh (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (13), 23. Ryan Timms (1), 24. Taylor Reimer (14), 25. Mitchel Moles (18), 26. Brody Fuson (20). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Logan Seavey, Lap 26 Ryan Timms, Laps 27-98 Kyle Larson.

**Jade Avedisian flipped during qualifying. Mitchel Moles & Brody Fuson flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Carson Macedo flipped after the checkered flag.

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1784, 2-Justin Grant-1504, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1457, 4-Ryan Timms-1429, 5-Daison Pursley-1413, 6-Jade Avedisian-1407, 7-Jacob Denney-1363, 8-Gavin Miller-1227, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1190, 10-Taylor Reimer-1177.

FINAL OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-199, 2-Logan Seavey-173, 3-Justin Grant-142, 4-Emerson Axsom-136, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jesse Love (12.104)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Ryan Timms (12.059)

Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner: Carson Macedo

Rod End Supply Second Qualifier Winner: Corey Day

T.J. Forged/Car IQ Third Qualifier Winner: Michael Faccinto

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

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Jake Andreotti

Hard Charger: Bryant Wiedeman (21st to 12th)

Don Basile Rookie of the Race: Corey Day (2nd)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 25, 2023 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “ARP 82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame”

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI #1: (12 laps, Top 6 Transfer) 1. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 2. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 3. Michael Pombo (#3QC Pombo), 4. Jon DeWees (#63D DeWees), 5. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 6. Davey Pombo (#38S Pombo), 7. A.J. Hernandez (#72 Hernandez), 8. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya), 9. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson), 10. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 11. Elexa Herrera (#5E Herrera), 12. Jeremy Stout (#10 Stout), 13. Scott Clough (#60 Davis), 14. Camie Bell (#29C Bell), 15. Brandon Nelsen (#94 Nelsen), 16. Stevie Rogers (#11 Burgeson/Rogers). NT.

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI #2: (12 laps, Top 6 Transfer) 1. David Gasper (#18 Gasper/Kittle), 2. Grant Sexton (#44 Sexton), 3. Logan Calderwood (#73C Ford), 4. A.J. Bender (#21 Bender), 5. Mariah Ede (#14 Ede), 6. Caleb Saiz (#0 Minks), 7. Verne Sweeney (#98 Guerrero), 8. Dylan Harris (#X Minks), 9. Ronald Webster (#51W Webster), 10. Gage Rucker (#21K Kruseman), 11. Andrew Sweeney (#98A Guerrero), 12. Aaron Altaffer (#84 Altaffer), 13. Anthony Pombo (#3 Pombo), 14. Dalton Smith (#75 Smith), 15. Matt Meredith (#6 Meredith), 16. Heath Holdsclaw (#33 Holdsclaw), 17. Chris Ennis (#86 Ennis). NT.

SAMMY BAHR & RAY STANSBERRY FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ryan Timms (1), 2. Brody Fuson (3), 3. Ricky Lewis (10), 4. Max Adams (8), 5. Blake Bower (4), 6. T.J. Smith (13), 7. Carson Macedo (6), 8. A.J. Bender (18), 9. Ryan Timmons (7), 10. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 11. Caleb Saiz (22), 12. Michael Pombo (15), 13. Grant Sexton (14), 14. Cole Wakim (5), 15. Shon Deskins (19), 16. Mariah Ede (20), 17. Kyle Edwards (11), 18. David Gasper (12), 19. Logan Calderwood (16), 20. Chase Johnson (2), 21. Davey Pombo (21), 22. Jon DeWees (17). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timms
BR MOTORSPORTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Caleb Saiz (22 to 11)

 

 

AXSOM FASTEST IN FRIDAY’S USAC MIDGET

TURKEY NIGHT TUNEUP AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 24, 2023)……… Emerson Axsom led all drivers in Friday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship practice at California’s Ventura Raceway.

The four practice sessions were used in preparation for Saturday night’s 82nd running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented By the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame on November 25.

Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) turned a top time of 12.082 seconds in the second practice session in his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Lynk/Speedway Toyota, which was the fastest among the 46 drivers on hand Friday.

Taylor Reimer (Bixby, Okla.) and three-time Turkey Night winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) timed in second overall with equal times of 12.119. Jacob Denney (Galloway, Ohio) went fourth quickest at 12.136 while Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) rounded out the top-five at 12.156.

This year’s USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.) was sixth fastest overall and was one of three Turkey Night Rookies who posted a lap among the top-10 fastest in the field along with Clovis, California’s Corey Day (9th) and Springfield, Illinois’ Chase McDermand (10th). All will be vying for Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors on Saturday.

Additionally, 2023 USAC National Midget champion and 2021 Turkey Night winner Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was 12th fastest while 2021-22 series titlist Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was 13th and 2017 USAC National Midget champ Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) was 22nd.

One driver notably missing from the practice session was defending Turkey Night winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.). Of note, Grant was also absent from practice during the 2022 running of Turkey Night and went on to win the 98-lap feature event.

On Saturday, more than 50 midgets are expected to compete in the event which debuted in 1934. This year's edition will once again feature a doubleheader with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

The pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:30pm for Saturday's race.

All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $40 for members and $50 for non-members on Saturday. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members on Saturday. Race tickets are available in advance now at www.venturaraceway.com.

Saturday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix can also be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: November 24, 2023 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – 82nd ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame

PRACTICE: 1. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.082; 2. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.119; 3. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.119; 4. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.136; 5. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.156; 6. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.181; 7. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.189; 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-12.218; 9. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-12.225; 10. Chase McDermand, 8w, Ford-12.243; 11. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.251; 12. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.253; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.268; 14. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-12.280; 15. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.286; 16. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.289; 17. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-12.296; 18. Kale Drake, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.309; 19. A.J. Hernandez, 35H, MF-12.352; 20. Max Adams, 15, Hart-12.383; 21. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.385; 22. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.422; 23. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.425; 24. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-12.438; 25. Peter Hunnibell, 65NZ, Covich-12.447; 26. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-12.460; 27. Cade Lewis, 5K, Alexander-12.480; 28. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.495; 29. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.505; 30. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.544; 31. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.562; 32. Cole Wakim, 55, Lambert-12.595; 33. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.640; 34. Ricky Lewis, 6A, Pedregon-12.683; 35. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.725; 36. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.727; 37. Dane Culver, 50, Knuckles Up-12.764; 38. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-12.782; 39. Ryan Timmons, 5v, Alexander-12.824; 40. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-12.914; 41. David Gasper, 73, Ford-12.989; 42. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.087; 43. Jim Vanzant, 3v, Vanzant-13.135; 44. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.500; 45. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-13.535; 46. Joey Klemish, 35K, MF-NT.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1730, 2-Justin Grant-1479, 3-Ryan Timms-1400, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1393, 5-Jade Avedisian-1380, 6-Daison Pursley-1378, 7-Jacob Denney-1305, 8-Gavin Miller-1190, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1167, 10-Taylor Reimer-1154.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-199, 2-Logan Seavey-173, 3-Justin Grant-142, 4-Emerson Axsom-119, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 25, 2023 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – 82nd ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 24, 2023 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “ARP 82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame”

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Grant Sexton (#44 Sexton), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. T.J. Smith (#32 Sarale), 4. Gage Rucker (#21K Kruseman), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29 Yarnal), 6. Elexa Herrera (#5J Herrera), 7. Dylan Harris (#X Minks), 8. Anthony Pombo (#3 Pombo). NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Max Adams (#3X Montgomery), 2. Kyle Edwards (#39 Edwards), 3. Ryan Timms (#5T Timms), 4. Chase Johnson (#25 Muraoka), 5. Chris Ennis (#86 Ennis), 6. Ronald Webster (#51W Webster), 7. Scott Clough (#60 Davis), 8. Dalton Smith (#75 Smith). NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ricky Lewis (#41 Lewis), 2. Michael Pombo (#3QC Pombo), 3. Tom Dunkel (#17A Dunkel), 4. Caleb Saiz (#0 Minks), 5. A.J. Bender (#21 Bender), 6. Logan Calderwood (#73C Ford), 7. Aaron Altaffer (#84 Altaffer), 8. Brody Wake (#78B Wake) NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davey Pombo (#38S Pombo), 2. Verne Sweeney (#98 Guerrero), 3. Brody Fuson (#51 Van Meter), 4. David Gasper (#18 Gasper/Kittle), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#4J Calderwood), 6. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson), 7. Jeremy Stout (#10 Stout), 8. Camie Bell (#29C Bell). NT.

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES / BR MOTORSPORTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Blake Bower (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Carson Macedo (#21X Tarlton), 3. Jon DeWees (#63D DeWees), 4. Heath Holdsclaw (#33 Holdsclaw), 5. Andrew Sweeney (#98A Guerrero), 6. Stevie Rogers (#11 Burgeson/Rogers), 7. Brody Roa (#17R Dunkel). NT.

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES / BR MOTORSPORTS SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (#51T Tafoya), 2. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 3. Cole Wakim (#9 Wakim), 4. Mariah Ede (#14 Ede), 5. A.J.Hernandez (#72 Hernandez), 6. Matt Meredith (#6 Clawson), 7. Brandon Nelsen (#94 Nelsen), 8. Brent Steck (#2S Steck). NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Max Adams, 3. Blake Bower, 4. Kyle Edwards, 5. Colby Johnson, 6. Caleb Saiz, 7. A.J. Hernandez, 8. Jon DeWees, 9. Stevie Rogers, 10. Scott Clough, 11. Anthony Pombo. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Ricky Lewis, 3. David Gasper, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Michael Pombo, 6. Logan Calderwood, 7. A.J. Bender, 8. Jeremy Stout, 9. Matt Meredith, 10. Dalton Smith. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Cole Wakim, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. Mariah Ede, 4. T.J. Smith, 5. Grant Sexton, 6. Davey Pombo, 7. Gage Rucker, 8. Chris Ennis, 9. Brandon Nelsen, 10. Dylan Harris, 11. Camie Bell. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Brody Fuson, 3. Brent Yarnal, 4. Ronald Webster, 5. Elexa Herrera, 6. Verne Sweeney, 7. Heath Holdsclaw, 8. Aaron Altaffer, 9. Shon Deskins, 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS DASH: (15 laps) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Brody Fuson, 4. Blake Bower, 5. Cole Wakim, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Ryan Timmons, 8. Max Adams, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Ricky Lewis. NT.
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**Also at the track, Bryan Whitley (#22 Whitley). Roa flipped during lap 1 of the fifth heat race and was transported to a local hospital for observation. Deskins flipped on lap 1 of the fourth qualifier. Lewis failed to report to scales after the dash.

HIGH TECH PERFORMANCE PILL DRAW AWARD: Matt Meredith
EXTREME MUFFLERS PILL DRAW AWARD: Anthony Pombo
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS PILL DRAW AWARD: Mariah Ede

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 25 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California –“ARP 82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame”

 

 

26 ROOKIE OF THE RACE CONTENDERS

PREPARE FOR TURKEY NIGHT 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 23, 2023)………The ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame annually presents the Don Basile Rookie of the Race Award, honoring the top performance by a first-time feature starter in the 98-lap classic each year.

This year’s crop of 26 Turkey Night Rookies arrive to stake their claim and make their initial mark on the great race featuring USAC’s NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, which will take place for the 82nd time this Saturday night, November 25, at California’s Ventura Raceway.

No Rookie has won the race since Warren Mockler’s last lap heroics in 1986. Jake Andreotti topped the field of Turkey Night debut starters in the 2022 race, finishing a solid fourth.

Nearly half of this year’s 53-car field is among the abundance of Rookie of the Race contenders. In this year’s group are newly crowned USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year for 2023, Gavin Miller (Allentown, Pa.), plus 2023 ARCA Menards Stock Car champion Jesse Love (Menlo Park, Calif.) and 2023 NARC Sprint Car titlist Corey Day (Clovis, Calif.).

Xtreme Outlaw Midget winner Chase McDermand (Springfield, Ill.) will make the trip out west as will 2016 USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) and Ricky Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.) who stands as the winningest sprint car driver in the United States for 2023 with 18 feature victories.

Blake Bower (Brentwood, Calif.), the 2021 USAC Western States Midget champ will take his shot at cracking the Turkey Night field for the first time as will 2022 USAC West Coast Sprint Car king Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, Calif.).

Hayden Reinbold (Gilbert, Ariz.), one of the most improved drivers on the tour, will shoot for his first Turkey Night start along with Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association winner Jake Bubak (Arvada, Colo.). New Zealand’s Peter Hunnibell (Auckland, N.Z.) is the lone international representative in the event.

The award, named in memory of track owner, promoter and 1999 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Don Basile, made its debut in 1998 with Kasey Kahne the first recipient.

Over the years, the Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at Turkey Night have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America. A glance at the list reveals some of the top names from the sport over the past two decades, including one race winner – Kyle Larson (2011) – and five others who’ll be in this year’s field.

Furthermore, there are a talented bunch of past Rookies who’ll all be in the hunt for a first Turkey Night win this Saturday night, including, Carson Macedo (2016), Cannon McIntosh (2019), Mitchel Moles (2021) and Andreotti (2022).


RACE DETAILS

Automotive Racing Products is the title sponsor of the $10,000-to-win, 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship at Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, November 25.

Serving as grand marshals for the event are USAC Hall of Famers and Turkey Night Grand Prix winners Chuck Gurney and Steve Lewis.

Midget practice, plus USAC West Coast Sprint Car heat races, qualifiers and dash will take place on Friday, November 24 with the sprint car semi-feature and feature events, and the 98-lap USAC Midget season finale taking place on Saturday, November 25.

On Friday and Saturday, the pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, the grandstands opening at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm.

Friday’s tickets are $22 for adult general admission, $18 for Senior/Military/Students and free for children under 12. Pit passes are $45 apiece for members and $50 for non-members.

On Saturday, all tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $25 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $40 for members and $50 for non-members on Saturday. Pit passes are $45 for members and $50 for non-members on Saturday.

Race tickets are available now at www.venturaraceway.com


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2023 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX MIDGET ROOKIES: (26)

1p «TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (Nichols-Peckfelder Motorsports)

3v «JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim & Bonnie Vanzant)

4 «COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5v «RYAN TIMMONS/Pleasant Hill, CA (Dean Alexander)

6A «RICKY LEWIS/Camarillo, CA (Cruz Pedregon)

8w «CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Josh Ford Motorsports)

9 «BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

14J «BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Streeter Racing)

15 «MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Dennis Hart)

19AZ «HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

21K «GAGE RUCKER/Truxton, MO (Kruseman Enterprises)

27 «JAKE BUBAK/Arvada, CO (Bourke Motorsports)

31B «KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 «CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

35H «A.J. HERNANDEZ/Phoenix, AZ (MF Motorsports)

35K «JOEY KLEMISH/Cortez, CO (MF Motorsports)

50 «DANE CULVER/Riverside, CA (Knuckles Up Racing)

55 «COLE WAKIM/Simi Valley, CA (Steve Lambert)

65NZ «PETER HUNNIBELL/Auckland, NZ (Ben Covich)

71D «BRYAN DROLLINGER/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros.)

71E «MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K «KALE DRAKE/Collinsville, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 «DAVID GASPER/Goleta, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

78 «MARVIN MITCHELL/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)

84 «JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA (CB Industries)

97 «GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

« represents a Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contender


PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIES OF THE RACE:

1998: Kasey Kahne – Finished 5th

1999: Dave Steele – Finished 5th

2000: Aaron Pollock – Finished 7th

2001: Bobby East – Finished 10th

2002: Jerome Rodela – Finished 9th

2003: Ryan Durst – Finished 10th

2004: Brad Loyet – Finished 9th

2005: Kevin Swindell – Finished 11th

2006: Kody Swanson – Finished 2nd

2007: Mike Murgoitio – Finished 4th

2008: Nic Faas – Finished 13th

2009: Levi Roberts – Finished 2nd

2010: Dalton Armstrong – Finished 3rd

2011: Kyle Larson – Finished 4th

2012: Ryan Bernal – Finished 3rd

2013: Tanner Thorson – Finished 10th

2014: Isaac Chapple – Finished 13th

2015: Robert Dalby – Finished 14th

2016: Carson Macedo – Finished 3rd

2017: Zeb Wise – Finished 5th

2018: Jason McDougal – Finished 8th

2019: Cannon McIntosh – Finished 2nd

2020: No Race

2021: Mitchel Moles – Finished 3rd

2022: Jake Andreotti – Finished 4th

 

 

ONE MORE FOR THE CHAMP:

SEAVEY ADDS MERCED WIN

TO 2023 USAC MIDGET CHECKLIST

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 22, 2023)………As if Logan Seavey’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season couldn’t get any better, the newly-crowned 2023 series titlist added another victory to his credit for good measure on night two of Midget Madness on Wednesday at California’s Merced Speedway.

One night after clinching his second career USAC National Midget championship, Seavey tracked down Jake Andreotti for the race lead seven laps into the 30-lapper and cruised to his series-leading eighth feature win of the year aboard his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Seavey’s 16th career USAC National Midget triumph moved him up to 43rd on the all-time list alongside Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Justin Grant, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero and Henry Pens.

And as it turns out, Seavey not only had excellence on his side on this evening, but he also possessed good fortune. Late in the going, Seavey’s mount was suffering, and ultimately lost power mere moments after crossing under the checkered flag.

There was no time for a victory lap as Seavey won and promptly guided his car to the infield, coasting into victory lane. In the end, he had all the power he needed to get to the finish line and that’s all he really needed when all was said and done.

“Right before that yellow, I think I dropped a valve or cylinder or something,” Seavey revealed. “I wasn’t even sure if it was going to take off on the restart. Lucky these Stanton SR-11s make plenty of power, and even though I was down a little bit, I was still able to win.”

When the bell tolled, Seavey had tallied his 21st consecutive top-10 feature result in USAC National Midget competition, which is the most any driver has achieved since Kasey Kahne put together a 21-race string during his championship season of 2000.

Seavey lined up outside the front row alongside pole sitter Jake Andreotti who, on this very night exactly one year ago at Merced, led the first two laps of his USAC National Midget career. Once again, the early stages at Merced belonged to Andreotti who paced the field for the initial six circuits as Seavey gave chase.

The most major incident of the night occurred on lap four when fifth running Jesse Love slipped over the turn four cushion and pounded the outside wall during a battle for position with Ryan Timms. The contact sent Love, the 2023 ARCA Menards Stock Car champion, flipping down the front straightaway before coming to a rest. Love was able to climb out and walk away, but his car went away on the hook.

On the ensuing restart, Seavey went to work on Andreotti for the race lead, using the low side of the high banked 1/4-mile dirt oval to glide past Andreotti through turns three and four on the seventh lap before pulling up and pulling away from the rest of the field where no one was going to catch him.

“I just wasn’t really sure where I needed to be early,” Seavey admitted. “When I ran the sprint car race (earlier in the night), the bottom was really good, but midgets are a little bit harder to get around the bottom. Jake got off to a really good start and set a good pace. I was struggling with my car early and couldn’t get the thing adjusted like I wanted to and where I thought the car needed to be. It just took a few laps after that restart, and I burned what was left of the bottom down there and was able to get by him, then get up. Once my tires got hot, the car came right to me. I had all the grip I needed there.”

Andreotti continued to challenge Seavey as 10th starting Justin Grant swiped third from Buddy Kofoid on lap 10 while utilizing the low side of the surface. In that same timeframe, Seavey opened up his lead to a half-straight by the time the race hit the halfway point.

As has been the case on occasion this season, while Seavey was experiencing a comfortable drive up front, chaos was ensuing behind him as seemingly half the field threw haymaker after haymaker and shot after shot amid the jockeying from second through eighth in the running order during the final stanza of the affair.

Three-wide racing ensued as every position from second on back became up for grabs with the running order changing repeatedly within the blink of an eye. Grant, who had fallen to fourth, quickly picked off Kofoid for third again, then Andreotti for second on successive laps on the 25th and 26th trips around Merced.

Amidst the tornado of activity, no less than seven drivers: Andreotti, Grant, Kofoid, Jade Avedisian, Carson Macedo, Spencer Bayston and Ryan Timms saw themselves move forward and/or get shuffled back at one point or another during the final six laps.

But the merry-go-round of thrills was halted on lap 28 when 10th running Tanner Thorson stopped on the back straightaway to bring out the last caution, negating Seavey’s commanding 1.601 second lead and setting up a three-lap shootout to the race’s closure.

Kofoid was the boldest mover on the restart as he dove from fifth to third past Timms and Andreotti in turn three on lap 28, while up front, Seavey was leading the path relatively by his lonesome to reign victorious by a 0.797 second margin over Grant, Kofoid, Timms and Macedo who rounded out the top-five in a wild scramble for position that was good to the last drop, Maxwell House style.

It was a solid bounce back night for Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) who started the evening as the 23rd fastest qualifier out of 31 cars. He turned it around by winning his heat race, then charged up through the field from 10th to second in his RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota. Grant has now finished five of his last seven series starts inside the top-four.

Once again, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was a frontrunner at Merced Speedway. In eight career USAC National Midget starts at the track, Kofoid has now finished in the top-three in seven of them. On this night, he gained several spots, lost them, then gained them back during a flurry of activity late to finish on the podium in his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Curb Records/Lynk/Speedway Toyota.

Meanwhile, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) stopped the clock with the fastest ever Honest Abe Roofing Qualifying lap by a USAC National Midget driver at Merced Speedway, laying down a new track record of 11.417 seconds, which broke the one day old track record of 11.526 held by Tanner Thorson. She now owns two one-lap track records with the series, also recording a track record at Illinois’ Wayne County Speedway in August of this year.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2023 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.417 (New Track Record); 2. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-11.460; 3. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.492; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.506; 5. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-11.513; 6. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-11.566; 7. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.582; 8. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.583; 9. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.621; 10. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.644; 11. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.648; 12. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-11.653; 13. Tanner Carrick, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.656; 14. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-11.657; 15. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-11.668; 16. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-11.679; 17. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.688; 18. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.688; 19. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-11.691; 20. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-11.691; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-11.696; 22. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.698; 23. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-11.785; 24. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.848; 25. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-11.849; 26. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-11.851; 27. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.910; 28. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.912; 29. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.063; 30. Peter Hunnibell, 65NZ, Covich-12.083; 31. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Jade Avedisian, 4. Tanner Thorson, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Kyle Beilman. 1:58.43

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Timms, 2. Taylor Reimer, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jesse Love, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Braden Chiaramonte, 7. Gavin Miller, 8. Peter Hunnibell. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Jake Andreotti, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Mariah Ede. 2:00.37

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Fuson, 2. Corey Day, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Mitchel Moles. 2:00.04

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Emerson Axsom, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Braden Chiaramonte, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Cannon McIntosh, 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Mitchel Moles, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Kyle Beilman, 13. Peter Hunnibell, 14. Blake Bower. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (2), 2. Justin Grant (10), 3. Buddy Kofoid (4), 4. Ryan Timms (7), 5. Carson Macedo (11), 6. Jade Avedisian (6), 7. Corey Day (15), 8. Jake Andreotti (1), 9. Spencer Bayston (8), 10. Emerson Axsom (12), 11. Hayden Reinbold (13), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (21), 13. Daison Pursley (14), 14. Taylor Reimer (20), 15. Jacob Denney (19), 16. Tanner Carrick (16), 17. Braden Chiaramonte (17), 18. Brody Fuson (9), 19. Michael Faccinto (18), 20. Tanner Thorson (3), 21. Jesse Love (5), 22. Thomas Meseraull (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Jake Andreotti, Laps 7-30 Logan Seavey.

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the semi. Jesse Love flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1730, 2-Justin Grant-1479, 3-Ryan Timms-1400, 4-Bryant Wiedeman-1393, 5-Jade Avedisian-1380, 6-Daison Pursley-1378, 7-Jacob Denney-1305, 8-Gavin Miller-1190, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1167, 10-Taylor Reimer-1154.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-199, 2-Logan Seavey-173, 3-Justin Grant-142, 4-Emerson Axsom-119, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 25, 2023 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – 1/5-Mile Dirt Track – 82nd ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (11.599)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Jade Avedisian (11.417)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Spencer Bayston

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Ryan Timms

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Justin Grant

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Brody Fuson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Macedo

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Jake Andreotti

Hard Charger: Bryant Wiedeman (21st to 12th)

 

 

BAYSTON WINS FIRST IN FIVE YEARS AT MERCED,

SEAVEY CLINCHES USAC MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 21, 2023)………After what transpired during his most recent visit to California’s Merced Speedway last November, Spencer Bayston felt he had some unfinished business to attend to.

At the conclusion of 30 laps during Tuesday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship return to the high-banked 1/4-mile dirt oval, the Lebanon, Ind. racer put the finishing touches on the task that had eluded him a full year ago at the very same venue.

In November of 2022, Bayston watched his Dyson Motorsport teammate Carson Macedo win the Merced opener. The very next night, Bayston led the initial 25 laps before having his lead slip away to Buddy Kofoid with a mere five laps remaining.

This time around, the roles were reversed with Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, taking the first-place prize after leading all 30 circuits in his Dyson Motorsport/Complete Parts & Equipment – Tarlton & Son – Empire/King/Speedway Toyota while Kofoid finished a distant second.

For Bayston, it was his first USAC National Midget feature victory since an Indiana Midget Week score at Lawrenceburg Speedway more than five years earlier in 2018. His sixth career series victory moved him to 106th on the all-time list alongside Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro Jr., Arnie Knepper, Cannon McIntosh, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. and Roger West.

Furthermore, Bayston became the first Hoosier State native hailing from Indiana to earn a USAC National Midget feature victory since Emerson Axsom almost two-and-a-half years earlier at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway.

Bayston’s wire-to-wire performance puts another one in the win column for the team with the intriguing arrangement of American drivers, chassis from New Zealand and an Australian team that has now won two out of their three ever trips to Merced to go along with a runner-up result.

“It feels really good for all these Aussie guys standing back here behind me,” Bayston exclaimed. “We ran Bakersfield and Placerville and it’s hard; it’s a lot harder than I ever realized getting back into a midget and trying to keep pace with some of the top guys who run every single week. I spent the first couple of races trying to get it figured out. Last year, Carson (Macedo) won the first night out and I should’ve won the second. We knew coming into tonight our cars were going to be fast.”

Meanwhile, as one past series champion was racing his way back to victory lane, another past driving champion was busy adding a second USAC National Midget championship trophy to his case.

When Logan Seavey was pushed away for the start of Tuesday night’s feature, he clinched the season long points title for the second time in his career after previously etching his name into the record books back in 2018. It’s Seavey’s second USAC national title of 2023 after earlier securing the Silver Crown title, making him the first driver to win multiple USAC national championships in a single season since Levi Jones in 2011 (Silver Crown & Sprint).

By virtue of doubling-up with the USAC National Midget and Silver Crown titles in 2023, Seavey earned $100,000 in total point fund money alone for the year between the two divisions.

As far as the race itself, most of the fireworks occurred during the initial lap-and-a-half. Outside front row starter Gavin Miller slipped past pole sitter Bayston for the lead, but Bayston swiftly countered back under off turn four to beat Miller to the stripe and to the lap one lead by just a thread underneath a full car length.

On the second go around, Miller attempted to work the side around Bayston, but clipped his right rear tire into the outside guardrail, which sent him into a serious of six violent flips down the back straightaway and some major airtime before landing on all fours. Miller was able to escape from the wreckage and walk away under his own power.

On the resumption, Bayston shot away and instantaneously opened up a near full second lead over Tanner Carrick who slotted into second, and by the 10-lap mark, the advantage was a half-straightaway over the field for Bayston who’s made rare appearances with the midgets in recent years after winning a race and finishing eighth in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car points this season, but has never lost his touch for midget racing.

“It’s a little bit like riding a bike just with the general concept and the attitude of how the car dances around and bounces and moves,” Bayston acknowledged. “But it’s a little unnerving because you’re just so used to a wing car that has enough power to get you out of trouble and a big wing to shove you into the racetrack.”

Meanwhile, Seavey refused to rest on his championship laurels as he worked by Jesse Love for fifth with a slider on lap 16 after starting back in the 12th position. At the same time, a full straight ahead of Seavey was Bayston who remained the leader he reemerged in lapped traffic once more.

On the 25th lap, the top of the running order experienced a shakeup when fourth-place Emerson Axsom’s ride went up in smoke, forcing him to the infield and into a 19th place result, thrusting Seavey up to fourth and Love back into the top-five with less than five circuits go.

Up front, however, Bayston was never challenged too harshly by his fellow combatants as he sped away for a 0.893 second margin of victory over Buddy Kofoid, Tanner Carrick and Logan Seavey who extended his top-10 streak to 20 in a row, the most in USAC National Midget racing since 2000 when Kasey Kahne accumulated 21, and prior to that, Jason Leffler grabbing 22-straight in 1997.

Rounding out the top-five was 2023 ARCA Menard Stock Car champion Jesse Love who took fifth in the final tally to achieve his best career USAC National Midget showing.

“Just want to say a big thank you to the Dysons for giving me the opportunity to come back and run midgets and have fun with this whole group,” Bayston praised. “Justin (Insley) did a phenomenal job on my car. I got to spend a lot of time with his family back when I used to race in New Zealand. This whole group has done a great job and it’s an absolute blast to come out here and race with them.”

In seven career USAC National Midget starts at Merced, Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) has now finished inside the top-three in six of them. The Penngrove, Calif. racer eked by Tanner Carrick on the final lap, beating him to the line by .042 sec. to finish second in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Curb Records/Lynk/Speedway Toyota.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) narrowly missed out on a runner-up finish at Merced in his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/DR Horton – CVC Concrete/Lynk/Speedway Toyota. However, he did earn his best finish of the USAC National Midget season in the process. Carrick scored a third-place result, his best finish at Merced since 2020.

Tanner Thorson’s Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifying run was the 26th of his USAC National Midget career, moving him past Gary Bettenhausen and into a tie with Jason Leffler for 15th all-time. Furthermore, Thorson’s time of 11.526 eclipsed the former record of 11.635 set by Buddy Kofoid in 2021.

It was the first of three USAC National Midget track records at Merced rewritten on Tuesday night. Jesse Love’s 10-lap heat race victory bested Chris Windom’s 2021 record by more than five seconds while Jade Avedisian’s 12-lap time for her semi-feature win was more than nine seconds faster than Taylor Reimer’s from 2022.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 21, 2023 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-11.526 (New Track Record); 2. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-11.569; 3. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.581; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.581; 5. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-11.635; 6. Tanner Carrick, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.644; 7. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.653; 8. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.661; 9. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-11.674; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-11.689; 11. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-11.696; 12. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-11.712; 13. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-11.738; 14. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-11.776; 15. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-11.809; 16. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.822; 17. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-11.841; 18. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-11.874; 19. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.895; 20. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.911; 21. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-11.926; 22. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-11.938; 23. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-11.945; 24. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-11.947; 25. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.947; 26. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.965; 27. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-11.995; 28. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.104; 29. Peter Hunnibell, 65NZ, Covich-12.587; 30. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-12.625.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Love, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Emerson Axsom, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Taylor Reimer, 8. Mitchel Moles, 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Michael Faccinto. 1:54.98 (New Track Record)

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Bryant Wiedeman, 3. Gavin Miller, 4. Jacob Denney, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. Hayden Reinbold, 8. Peter Hunnibell, 9. Shannon McQueen, 10. Thomas Meseraull. 1:56.50

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Andreotti, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Braden Chiaramonte, 6. Brody Fuson, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Blake Bower, 9. Jade Avedisian, 10. Corey Day. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Jade Avedisian, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Corey Day, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chance Crum, 7. Mitchel Moles, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Taylor Reimer, 10. Brody Fuson, 11. Shannon McQueen, 12. Peter Hunnibell, 13. Blake Bower. 2:18.06 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Spencer Bayston (1), 2. Buddy Kofoid (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (4), 4. Logan Seavey (12), 5. Jesse Love (8), 6. Tanner Thorson (10), 7. Carson Macedo (9), 8. Jacob Denney (14), 9. Ryan Timms (16), 10. Jade Avedisian (11), 11. Daison Pursley (6), 12. Justin Grant (22), 13. Corey Day (18), 14. Bryant Wiedeman (17), 15. Hayden Reinbold (19), 16. Taylor Reimer (23-P), 17. Cannon McIntosh (13), 18. Braden Chiaramonte (15), 19. Emerson Axsom (3), 20. Jake Andreotti (7), 21. Chance Crum (20), 22. Gavin Miller (2), 23. Mitchel Moles (21). NT

(P) represents a provisional starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Spencer Bayston.

**Gavin Miller flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1653, 2-Justin Grant-1404, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1347, 4-Daison Pursley-1335, 5-Ryan Timms-1331, 6-Jade Avedisian-1313, 7-Jacob Denney-1267, 8-Gavin Miller-1180, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1157, 10-Taylor Reimer-1112.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-198, 2-Logan Seavey-172, 3-Justin Grant-134, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 22, 2023 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Tanner Thorson (11.742)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson (11.526)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Jesse Love

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

T.J. Forged/Car IQ Third Heat Winner: Jake Andreotti

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jade Avedisian

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Spencer Bayston

Hard Charger: Justin Grant (22nd to 12th)

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT VENTURA’S “TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 20, 2023... Starting this Friday, November 24th, the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series is back in action for two nights at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “ARP 82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame” will begin with a special program for the non-winged 360 sprints and practice sessions for the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets. On Saturday, the Sprint Cars will return with their Consolation, Semi-Mains, and 30-lap feature while the Midgets will run a complete show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:00am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:15pm.

LOCATION: Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

ENTRIES: At press time, there are 51 USAC West Coast Sprint Cars and over 50 USAC National Midgets entered in the Turkey Night Grand Prix. The Sprint Car entry list is at the end of this release, with more expected on race day.

DEFENDING SPRINT CAR WINNER: Ryan Timms.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Steve Lewis & Chuck Gurney.

LIVE STREAMING: FloRacing.com is the only streaming service that is broadcasting the "82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway.

PIT PARKING: Teams can park their trailers in the pit area on Thursday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Wednesday arrivals can drop off trailers in the parking lot, but must not block the pit gate to leave an open fire lane.

FRIDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: A pill pick/passing points format will be used. The pill pick will set the six heat races and the earned passing points will set a round of qualifying races. The top-10 in passing points from the heat races and qualifiers will compete in a 15-lap dash paying $1,200-to-win and $150-to-win. The dash lineup will be straight up by points. The overall point leader after the dash will start on the pole position of Saturday’s main event.

FRIDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1200, 2-$750, 3-$500, 4-$400, 5-$300, 6-$250, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

SATURDAY SPRINT CAR FORMAT: Cars finishing eleventh and below after Friday’s passing points will run a Consolation and Semi-Mains. The lineups are based straight up on passing points. Saturday’s 30-lap feature with twenty-two (22) cars will pay $3,000-to-win and $225-to-start.

SATURDAY FEATURE PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$1500, 3-$800, 4-$750, 5-$700, 6-$650, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$225.

DRIVER MEMBERSHIPS: USAC licenses ARE NOT REQUIRED for the event.

RACECEIVERS/TRANSPONDERS: Raceceivers and transponders ARE MANDATORY. Transponders are available for rent for $30 total for both nights.

FUEL: High Tech Performance will have fuel available for sale at the race track.

TIRE RULE: Due to the current tire shortages, ANY Hoosier Right Rear Tire is legal for competition until further notice with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series. All four corners must be Hoosier. High Tech Performance and Hoosier will sell tires at the track.

APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK, P1 AUSTRALIA: SSM5C. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

USED/OLD TIRES: Ventura Raceway will deduct $50 from the purse for each used/old tire left in the pit area. Racers must take their discarded/old tires and dispose of them properly.

FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS: Front Axle Tethers (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.

FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS: Full containment seats ARE MANDATORY.

COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS: Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.

RULE BOOK: The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.

When the Turkey Night Grand Prix returned to Ventura Raceway in 2016, track promoter Jim Naylor added the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars to the program. “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign claimed the victory and the non-winged 360s have been a part of the prestigious event ever since. Last year, Ryan Timms of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma led every lap to earn the victory and the complete winner’s list for Sprint Cars at the Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held twenty-seven (27) West Coast Sprint Car events and nineteen different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino, Troy Rutherford, and Jake Swanson with three wins, Rutherford also set the 1-lap track record of 11.941 on June 4, 2022.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Finishline Promotions, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, P1 Racing Images, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, SCRAFAN.COM, Sidewaze Designs, Steve Lafond / Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Wagtimers, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-D.J. Johnson, 2022-Trent Carter, 2023-Ryan Timmons.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: 2009-Terry Nichols, 2010-Chris Ennis, 2011-Ryan Bernal, 2012-Austin Liggett, 2013-Landon Hurst, 2014-Trent Carter & Garrett Long, 2015-Trey Marcham, 2016-Ryan Timmons, 2017-Brandon Wiley, 2018-Britton Bock, 2019-J.J. Ringo, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Jarrett Soares, 2022-Tyler Hatzikian, 2023-Ron LaPlant.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2001-Tony Hunt, 2002-Tony Stewart, 2003-Michael Lewis, 2004-Michael Lewis, 2005-Dave Steele, 2006-Tony Hunt, 2007-Bobby Santos III, 2008-Tracy Hines, 2009-Cole Whitt, 2010-Kody Swanson, 2011-Tanner Swanson, 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo, 2019-Chase Johnson, 2020-CANCELLED, 2021-A.J. Bender, 2022-Ryan Timms. (*2001-2011 = USAC Western Pavement Sprints, 2016-Date = USAC West Coast Sprints)

2023 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
2STX-Brent Steck / Roseville, California / John Steck
3-Anthony Pombo / Kerman, California / Tony Pombo
3-Max Adams / Loomis, California / Montgomery Family
3F-Blake Bower / Brentwood, California / Ted Finkenbinder
3QC-Michael Pombo / Easton, California / Tony & Susan Pombo
4-Charles Davis Jr. / Buckeye, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
5J-Elexa Herrera / New Cuyama, California / James Herrera
6-Logan Calderwood / Goodyear, Arizona / Rex Calderwood
6M-Matt Meredith / Thousand Oaks, California / Sheri Clawson
9-Cole Wakim / Simi Valley, California / Chris Wakim
10-Jeremy Stout / Ojai, California / Jeremy Stout
11-Stevie Rogers / Apple Valley, California / Burgeson & Rogers
14-Mariah Ede / Fresno, California / Ede Motorsports
15-Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, California / Rick Hendrix
17A-Tom Dunkel / Menifee, California / Tom & Christy Dunkel
17R-Brody Roa / Garden Grove, California / Tom & Christy Dunkel
18-David Gasper / Goleta, California / Gasper & Kittle
20-Shon Deskins / Phoenix, Arizona / Shon Deskins Racing
21K-Gage Rucker / St. Louis, Missouri / Kruseman Driving School
21T-Carson Macedo / Lemoore, California / Tarlton Motorsports
22-Bryan Whitley / Ventura, California / Bryan Whitley
25-Chase Johnson / Penngrove, California / Chris Muraoka
29-Camie Bell / Bakersfield, California / Tim Bell
29-Brent Yarnal / Phoenix, Arizona / Brent Yarnal
29T-Ryan Timmons / Pleasant Hill, California / Dave Timmons
32-T.J. Smith / Fresno, California / Caden Sarale
33-Heath Holdsclaw / Loomis, California / Tony Holdsclaw
38-Colby Johnson / Penngrove, California / Johnson Racing
38S- Davey Pombo / Kerman, California / Angela Pombo
39-Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, California / Gordon Edwards
39R-Mark Henry / Rosamond, California / Mark Henry
41-Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, California / Ricky Lewis
43-Justin Kierce / Reseda, California / George Tuttle Jr.
44-Grant Sexton / Lakeside, California / Brent Sexton
51-Brody Fuson / Bakersfield, California / Bob & Toni Van Meter
51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr. / Chino Hills, California / Eddie Tafoya Sr.
51W-Ronald Webster / Chandler, Arizona / Ron & Shea Webster
60-Scott Clough / Gold Beach, Oregon / Sally Davis
63D-Jon DeWees / Lemoore, California / Jon DeWees
72-A.J. Hernandez / Phoenix, Arizona / Aaron Hernandez
73-Dominic Gorden / Fresno, California / Josh Ford Motorsports
74-Shane Sexton / Warner Springs, California / Sexton-Gatlin Racing
78B-Brody Wake / Lake Havasu City, Arizona / Ryan Wake
84-Aaron Altaffer / Fresno, California / Aaron Altaffer
86-Chris Ennis / Bakersfield, California / Allen Ennis
94-Brandon Nelsen / Arroyo Grande, California / Brandon Nelsen
98-Verne Sweeney / Lomita, California / Rachel Guerrero
98A-Andrew Sweeney / Rattlesnake Mountain, Arizona / Rachel Guerrero
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, California / Boul Racing
$-Cash Culp / Apple Valley, California / Cash Culp

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR TRACK RECORD: Troy Rutherford - 11.941 (06/04/22)

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Troy Rutherford, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Chase Johnson, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-A.J. Bender, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-David Gasper, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Ryan Timmons, 1-Ryan Timms, 1-Daniel Whitley.

2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Ryan Timmons, 1-Jake Andreotti, 1-Brody Fuson, 1-David Gasper, 1-Chase Johnson.

FINAL 2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ryan Timmons-406, 2. Brody Fuson-373, 3. Kyle Edwards-359, 4. Ron LaPlant«-343, 5. David Gasper«-315, 6. Tom Hendricks-260, 7. Tyler Hatzikian-255, 8. Jon DeWees«-249, 9. Chris Ennis-236, 10. Adam Christian«-224, 11. Cody Majors-197, 12. Camie Bell-187, 13. Elexa Herrera-184, 14. Trent Carter-182, 15. Logan Calderwood-175, 16. Heath Holdsclaw«-163, --. Jake Andreotti«-163, 18. Tom Dunkel«-159, 19. Steve Hix-143, 20. Bryan Whitley«-137, 21. Hannah Mayhew-133, 22. Troy Rutherford-125, 23. A.J. Bender-114, 24. Matt Day-104, 25. James Herrera-93, 26. Cole Wakim«-85, 27. Chase Johnson-79, 28. Tanner Boul-72, 29. Kaleb Montgomery-68, 30. D.J. Johnson-61, 31. Chris Wakim«-60, 32. Verne Sweeney«-49, 33. Joey Bishop-47, 34. Rick Hendrix-46, 35. Aaron Altaffer-45, 36. Malyssa Perkins«-43, 37. Charlie Butcher-41, --. Gage Stickler-41, 39. Bruce Douglass-40, 40. T.J. Smith-38, 41. Austin Grabowski«-33, 42. Grant Sexton«-29, 43. Eathon Lanfri«-28, 44. Tony Everhart«-10.

2023 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
February 25: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (RAIN)
April 8: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
May 13: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: David Gasper)
June 3: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ryan Timmons)
June 17: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Andreotti)
July 29: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
August 26: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CANCELLED)
September 16: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Brody Fuson)
October 7: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
November 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (82nd Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / SE)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
SE = Special Event / Non-Points.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

16TH TO 1ST:

LARSON PUTS ON A SHOW TO WIN

HANGTOWN 100 AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2023)………No matter how many times you witness it, Kyle Larson’s late-race heroics never fail to completely mesmerize the senses.

On Sunday night at California’s Placerville Speedway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native once again dazzled down the stretch as he charged from his 16th starting position and into the lead on lap 93 of the 100-lap main event before pacing the final eight circuits en route to victory at the Hangtown 100.

For Larson, it was his second USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship triumph of the weekend at his home track of Placerville as he became the first two-time winner of the event after also scoring the inaugural edition back in 2019.

Furthermore, Larson also became the first driver to earn a second overall Hangtown 100 points championship, which he also previously achieved in 2019. His collective efforts throughout the weekend earned him an overall payday of $25,500.

Larson’s 27th career USAC National Midget feature victory in his Kyle Larson Racing/HendrickCars.com – FloRacing/Eagle tied him for the 15th on the all-time series win list alongside USAC Hall of Famers Gary Bettenhausen and Tony Stewart.

With points being top of mind throughout the weekend at the 1/4-mile dirt oval, the accumulation of each and every tally determined the starting lineup for the longest race on the series circuit in 2023. With Larson being the high point driver leading into Sunday’s feature, a 16-pill was randomly drawn, meaning Larson would start 16th on the grid.

Meanwhile Corey Day and Ryan Timms occupied the front row with Timms getting the initial upper hand which he utilized to lead the opening 14 laps. However, their fun at the front soon unraveled when the tail-end lead lap cars of Jesse Love and Landon Brooks spun sideways in turns three and four, which collected both Timms and Day in the incident as they all came to a stop to bring out the first yellow.

Mitchel Moles assumed his new role up front as the race leader coming back to the 15th lap restart. Soon thereafter, 2021 Hangtown 100 winner Justin Grant glided by Moles in turn three, then fended him off at the stripe to take over up front on lap 18.

Grant immediately opened his advantage up to 1.4 seconds until lap 27 when Thomas Meseraull (14th) got caught atop the turn one and two cushion, which sent him barrel rolling, and ultimately, out of the race. Meseraull walked away but was finished for the evening with a 27th place result.

By lap 44, Larson found himself firmly in the thick of the hunt in fourth, but nearly wound up in a precarious position as he hopped several times atop the turn three cushion, dropping him back to sixth and allowing Seavey and Golobic to flash on by for fourth and fifth, respectively. Although the distance was 100 laps with a brief break in between, the pace of the race was always “go time” according to Larson.

“Honestly, I was trying to go as hard as I could the whole time,” Larson explained. “I got stuck really early on in the race. The track was still kind of narrow at that point. Once I got by, I was able to get to fifth or sixth pretty quickly, then got to fourth and hopped really badly and gave up like three spots before the open red. I knew that was going to hurt my chances getting to the lead, but I felt like I could’ve got to the lead much earlier had I not made that mistake. Then I had to work really hard after that.”

Moments before the halfway point, on lap 49, Taylor Reimer (10th) flipped over in turn one, bringing out a red flag that coincided with the pre-scheduled mid-race break for teams to refuel, check air pressure, etc., etc. and perform any activity on their car as long as the tires didn’t leave the ground.

Emerging at the forefront during the ensuing laps following “halftime” was Seavey who restarted fourth and methodically picked his way past Spencer Bayston for third, Mitchel Moles for second and then Justin Grant with an outside turn one maneuver for the lead in rapid-fire succession by lap 58.

“(Logan) really turned the wick up there after the break,” Larson acknowledged. “I was struggling there after the open red, so I had to get up on the wheel there. The lanes got dominant after the break. The top got really fast in three and four. One and two was kind of confusing, but the middle got slowed down enough, we could finally roll the top.”

Moments earlier, Gavin Miller (5th) tried the diamond maneuver off the top rope in turn three, but as he drove down the banking, he collided with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Jade Avedisian (6th), popping her car up into the air before landing back down. On lap 58, Avedisian suddenly slowed on the back straight. The trailing car of Chase Johnson ramped over her left side wheels at full speed, sending both drivers flipping. Avedisian was miraculously able to restart and finished 13th while Johnson was finished for the evening.

With roughly 20 laps remaining, the front four were separated by two different factions. Seavey was in the process of fending off Grant for the lead in heavy traffic while, a full straightaway back, Larson was waging himself in a toil with Golobic.

When Timms spun in turn one on lap 86, the incident proved to be a game changer. Gone was Seavey's 0.950 second lead and it breathed new life into Larson’s pursuit of victory. First, Larson punched it past Golobic for third in turn three on lap 86, then repeated the effort on Grant in turn three on lap 88 to slot into second. Yet Larson remained a far cry from Seavey who held a commanding 1.3 second lead at the time. However, Larson wasn’t content on just riding around at that point.

“I knew that where I was at,” Larson admitted. “I could win the points, but I didn’t want to just win the points. I wanted to win the race. So, we had to get up on the wheel the last 15 laps and start pounding the top of one and two to build some runs.”

However, a yellow flag flew on lap 91 for Cannon McIntosh (16th) who ran out of fuel and slowed to a stop with 10 laps to go and again on lap 93 for Reimer whose car wound up inclined backward on the back straightaway hill. The caution allowed the field to bunch up and for Larson to be right on the rear bumper of Seavey for the lap 93 restart.

Larson swept to the lead past Seavey with his patented turn three slider on the lap 93 restart. Seavey and Golobic swarmed Larson on lap 94 in turn three as both slid their way past, forcing Larson to double back under both cars off turn four to beat Seavey to the line by a half car length. Larson cleared both, then took the slider line for himself to form a bit of a fortress around himself to protect from being slid back.

“They both slid me in three and four and I was able to check up and get a nice run off exit and get back to the lead,” Larson recalled. “I wasn’t quite sure what to do after that in one and two. The safe route would’ve been to run the bottom but Logan’s really good around the cushion, so I didn’t want to do that and let him build up a run behind me. I felt like if I could just not hit the curb hard in one and two, I could at least have enough momentum down the back stretch to protect from a slider. I could see his nose for a few laps there, but with two or three to go, he disappeared from my inside in one and two and I felt like I had gotten a safe enough gap there.”

From there, Larson was unattainable by the rest of the field as he finished off a 0.881 second interval at the finish line over Logan Seavey, Shane Golobic and Justin Grant with Carson Macedo rounding out the top-five.

“A lot kind of happened there during that final eight lap run,” Larson acknowledged. “I knew, being the leader, you’ve got to play some games. Logan took off in the middle and got to the cushion, and he got a little tight. I was actually able to get a good launch and was entering on his right rear into one. He could hear me because he went to protect into three. My angle was just a little bit better than his and I was able to get to the cushion and chop him into one.”

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) came close to becoming the first two-time Hangtown winner aboard his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. He led 35 laps and paced the field until eight laps to go before coming home second. The USAC National Midget point leader has now raced his way to a remarkable 20 top-tens and 19 top-fives in his last 20 starts.

At his self-described favorite racetrack in the world, Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) was in contention for the win during the final laps in his Matt Wood Racing/NOS Energy Drink – FK Rod Ends – DMI – Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. In the end, he raced to his best career Hangtown 100 finish of third.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) advanced all the way from his 21st starting position to finish fifth in the Hangtown100, earning a $500 hard charger bonus from Ms. Blanche Rose. Macedo has now finished all three of his Hangtown 100 starts inside the top-five (5th in 2021, 4th in 2022 & 5th in 2023).


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2023 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (#89 CBI), 2. Kyle Larson (#1K Larson), 3. David Gasper (#73 Ford), 4. Daison Pursley (#19 Reinbold-Underwood), 5. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 6. Justin Grant (#2 RMS), 7. Jade Avedisian (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Carson Macedo (#99AU Dyson), 9. Peter Hunnibell (#65NZ Covich). NT

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Bryant Wiedeman (#81 CBI), 2. Landon Brooks (#57w Wood), 3. Spencer Bayston (#9AU Dyson), 4. Jacob Denney (#25 Malloy), 5. Ryan Timms (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Gavin Miller (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7x Engler), 8. Hayden Reinbold (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood). NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Corey Day (#4 Kahne), 2. Chance Crum (#68w Six8), 3. Cannon McIntosh (#86 CBI), 4. Mitchel Moles (#19T Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Chase Johnson (#31 Beilman), 6. Taylor Reimer (#25K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Buddy Kofoid (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Mariah Ede (#71E Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 in overall points transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Fuson (#51 Carlile), 2. Jesse Love (#84 CBI), 3. Emerson Axsom (#68 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Logan Seavey (#57 Abacus), 5. Tanner Thorson (#88 Thorson), 6. Tanner Carrick (#98 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Blake Bower (#9 Boscacci), 8. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen). NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Jesse Love, 4. Landon Brooks, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. David Gasper, 7. Chance Crum, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Hayden Reinbold, 10. Peter Hunnibell, 11. Bryant Wiedeman, 12. Shannon McQueen. NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (16), 2. Logan Seavey (14), 3. Shane Golobic (3), 4. Justin Grant (8), 5. Carson Macedo (21), 6. Emerson Axsom (5), 7. Buddy Kofoid (13), 8. Mitchel Moles (4), 9. Daison Pursley (19), 10. Jacob Denney (15), 11. Hayden Reinbold (28-P), 12. Landon Brooks (24), 13. Jade Avedisian (10), 14. Spencer Bayston (7), 15. Tanner Thorson (18), 16. Tanner Carrick (9), 17. Ryan Timms (2), 18. Chris Windom (22), 19. Gavin Miller (12), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (25-P), 21. Brody Fuson (17), 22. Cannon McIntosh (6), 23. Taylor Reimer (11), 24. Chase Johnson (26-P), 25. Corey Day (1), 26. Chance Crum (27-P), 27. Thomas Meseraull (20), 28. Jesse Love (23). NT

**(P) represents a promoter’s option starter

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Ryan Timms, Laps 15-17 Mitchel Moles, Laps 18-57 Justin Grant, Laps 58-92 Logan Seavey, Laps 93-100 Kyle Larson.

**Mariah Ede flipped during the third heat. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 27 of the feature. Taylor Reimer flipped on lap 49 of the feature. Jade Avedisian & Chase Johnson flipped on lap 58 of the feature.

FINAL HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Kyle Larson-343, 2-Logan Seavey-329, 3-Justin Grant-308, 4-Jacob Denney-307, 5-Buddy Kofoid-306, 6-Shane Golobic-299, 7-Emerson Axsom-296, 8-Jade Avedisian-286, 9-Mitchel Moles-285, 10-Spencer Bayston-280.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1589, 2-Justin Grant-1359, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1305, 4-Daison Pursley-1285, 5-Ryan Timms-1278, 6-Jade Avedisian-1262, 7-Jacob Denney-1213, 8-Gavin Miller-1151, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1122, 10-Taylor Reimer-1081.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-198, 2-Logan Seavey-164, 3-Justin Grant-124, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 21-22, 2023 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Jesse Love

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Chris Windom

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Bryant Wiedeman

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Corey Day

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Brody Fuson

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Carson Macedo

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Ryan Timms

Blanche Rose Hard Charger: Carson Macedo (21st to 5th)

Lap 69 Leader in Memory of Frank Viera: Logan Seavey

Hangtown 100 Points Champion: Kyle Larson

 

 

53 USAC MIDGETS ENTERED

FOR NOV. 25 TURKEY NIGHT GP AT VENTURA

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 18, 2023)………Fifty-three (53) USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship drivers and cars will partake in the 82nd running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented By the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

They’ll all converge on California’s Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, November 25, for the next installment of the longest-running midget race of them all, a tradition which dates back to 1934.

At least three past Turkey Night Grand Prix winners are included in the driver lineup, namely defending victor Justin Grant (2022), Logan Seavey (2021) and Tanner Thorson (2015).

They’re among the 14 USAC National Midget feature winners in the field, 11 of which are vying for a first Turkey Night midget triumph. It’s a list which includes series champions Buddy Kofoid (2021-22) and Spencer Bayston (2017), plus Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Ryan Timms, Emerson Axsom, Carson Macedo, Jacob Denney, Daison Pursley, Bryant Wiedeman and Mitchel Moles.

Five past Turkey Night Rookies of the Race will be in the field: Thorson, Macedo, McIntosh, Moles and Jake Andreotti who finished fourth in 2022. This year’s class competing for Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors features 25 different drivers.

Leading USAC National Midget Rookie Gavin Miller will be a contender in his first ever Turkey Night run as will the likes of recently crowned ARCA Stock Car champion Jesse Love, plus 2023 NARC Sprint Car champ Corey Day, America’s winningest non-wing sprint car driver Ricky Lewis, New Zealand midget champ Peter Hunnibell, USAC regulars Hayden Reinbold and Chase McDermand, plus winged sprint car ace Jake Bubak, just to name a few.

Five women will compete at Turkey Night with full-time series drivers Jade Avedisian and Taylor Reimer shooting for their first ever USAC win on the big stage as will series Rookie Mariah Ede and veteran racers Randi Pankratz and Shannon McQueen.

McQueen is among the four USAC Western States Midget champions set to defend their home “turf,” so to speak, at Ventura. McQueen (2012) will be joined in that group by two-time titlist Michael Faccinto (2018 & 22), Blake Bower (2021) and newly crowned series king Brody Fuson (2023).

This year’s Turkey Night weekend will once again feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, which also features an entry list that has already surpassed 50 drivers and cars.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, November 24: Grandstands open at 3pm. Midget practice, plus sprint car hot laps, qualifying, heat races and main event.

Saturday, November 25: Grandstands open at 3pm. Sprint car semis and main events plus Turkey Night Grand Prix midget hot laps, qualifying, last chance qualifiers, semis and the 98-lap feature.

Advance tickets, priced from $22-45, can be purchased at www.venturaraceway.com. Additional information is available at 805-648-7223.

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2023 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:

00 JAKE ANDREOTTI/Castro Valley, CA (Pete Davis)

1p «TERRY NICHOLS/Delano, CA (Nichols-Peckfelder Motorsports)

2 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RMS Racing)

3v «JIM VANZANT/Prescott, AZ (Jim & Bonnie Vanzant)

4 «COREY DAY/Clovis, CA (Willie Kahne)

5K CADE LEWIS/Bakersfield, CA (Dean Alexander)

5v «RYAN TIMMONS/Pleasant Hill, CA (Dean Alexander)

6A «RICKY LEWIS/Camarillo, CA (Cruz Pedregon)

7 SHANNON McQUEEN/Tehachapi, CA (McQueen Racing)

7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Tim Engler)

8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)

9 «BLAKE BOWER/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci)

9AU SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Dyson Motorsport)

14J «BRADEN CHIARAMONTE/El Cajon, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Streeter Racing)

14T MICHAEL FACCINTO/Hanford, CA (Graunstadt Enterprises-Matt Streeter Racing)

15ws RON HAZELTON/Chatsworth, CA (TRC Transmission)

19 DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19AZ «HAYDEN REINBOLD/Gilbert, AZ (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

19T MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports)

20 C.J. SARNA/Palm Desert, CA (Sarna Motorsports)

21K «GAGE RUCKER/Truxton, MO (Kruseman Enterprises)

25 JACOB DENNEY/Galloway, OH (Tom Malloy)

25K TAYLOR REIMER/Bixby, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

27 «JAKE BUBAK/Arvada, CO (Bourke Motorsports)

31 CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

31B «KYLE BEILMAN/Los Angeles, CA (Beilman Motorsports)

32 «CADEN SARALE/Stockton, CA (Caden Sarale)

35H «A.J. HERNANDEZ/Phoenix, AZ (MF Motorsports)

35K «JOEY KLEMISH/Cortez, CO (MF Motorsports)

50 «DANE CULVER/Riverside, CA (Knuckles Up Racing)

51 BRODY FUSON/Bakersfield, CA (Rusty Carlile)

55 «COLE WAKIM/Simi Valley, CA (Steve Lambert)

57 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Abacus Racing)

58 DANIEL WHITLEY/Ferndale, CA (Abacus Racing)

65NZ «PETER HUNNIBELL/Auckland, NZ (Ben Covich)

67 RYAN TIMMS/Oklahoma City, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

67K BUDDY KOFOID/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68 EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

68w CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Six8 Motorsports)

71 JADE AVEDISIAN/Clovis, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71D «BRYAN DROLLINGER/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros.)

71E «MARIAH EDE/Fresno, CA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

71K «KALE DRAKE/Collinsville, OK (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

73 «DAVID GASPER/Goleta, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73 TBA (Josh Ford Motorsports)

73x «CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Josh Ford Motorsports)

78 «MARVIN MITCHELL/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)

81 BRYANT WIEDEMAN/Colby, KS (CB Industries)

84 «JESSE LOVE/Menlo Park, CA (CB Industries)

86 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (CB Industries)

88 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Tanner Thorson Racing)

97 «GAVIN MILLER/Allentown, PA (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports)

99AU CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA (Dyson Motorsport)

« Don Basile Rookie of the Race Contenders

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, NOV. 19, AT PLACERVILLE

Placerville, California (November 18, 2023)………Saturday’s running of the Hangtown 100 has been postponed to Sunday, November 19, at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Morning rain and a forecast calling for a 100 percent chance of precipitation throughout the remainder of Saturday forced postponement of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

On Sunday, pits will open at Noon Pacific and front gates open at 2pm with the drivers meeting set for 2:30pm and cars hitting the track for action at 3:30pm. The event will culminate with the only 100-lap USAC Midget event of the season.

During Friday night’s Hangtown 100 opener, Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) raced to the feature victory. Larson (2019) is also one of three past Hangtown 100 winners who’ll be in this Sunday’s lineup along with Justin Grant (2021) and Buddy Kofoid (2012).

Reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at www.hangtown100.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day.

 

 

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE:

LARSON LANDS HANGTOWN 100 OPENING

NIGHT VICTORY AT PLACERVILLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2023)………Kyle Larson estimated that it had been the longest he’d gone without winning a midget race in his illustrious career.

As it turned out, the ingredients that made up his last victory just two days shy of two years ago turned out to be the same mix that led him to victory lane during Friday night’s Hangtown 100 opener at California’s Placerville Speedway.

Although Larson’s time spent behind the wheel of a midget is fewer and far between these days with all his other obligations, this was one he had long coveted, and of course, winning never becomes old hat, even for Larson.

“It was a lot of fun and it’s cool to get back into victory lane in a midget,” Larson stated. “Not that I race them a lot, but it’s been a couple years since I’ve won a midget race. I’ve run 10 or 12 midget races over the last couple of years and that’s probably the longest I’ve gone without winning a midget race.”

In fact, the most recent USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship dub for the Elk Grove, Calif. native came at the very same racetrack and in the very same racecar on this very same weekend in 2021, just less than two weeks after wrapping up that year’s NASCAR Cup Series title.

This time around, utilizing a decade-old Eagle chassis, Larson seemed to be in a class of his own as he raced from his sixth starting position and into the lead just six laps into the feature, then proceeded to glide his way through heavy traffic throughout the duration to win a non-stop, green-to-checker 30-lap main event that ran to completion in a staggering six minutes and 14.69 seconds in his Kyle Larson Racing/HendrickCars.com – FloRacing/Eagle.

“It was fun to go 30 laps non-stop,” Larson acknowledged. “That was pretty intense from my seat. Traffic was crazy and I was watching the board and trying to peek back when I could. I felt like I was putting together good laps. You just don’t know for sure when you get stuck like that.”

Larson’s win was the 26th of his USAC National Midget career, moving him past Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones and Dave Strickland for sole possession of 17th place on the all-time list.

With that said, it took quite an effort just to even get to the point of celebrating his latest triumphant performance. Three separate rain delays disrupted the evening, and to boot, another visit by Mother Nature arrived not too long after the completion of the feature, making for a juiced up 1/4-mile dirt oval.

The driver who has been the most unstoppable on the USAC National Midget circuit all year long is series point leader Logan Seavey who earned the pole and led the initial five laps of the feature ahead of fellow front row starter Taylor Reimer.

A bit further back, Larson slung his ride to the outside and kept his wheel affixed there as he paraded around the outside of Justin Grant, Gavin Miller and Buddy Kofoid in rapid-fire succession. Encountering daylight on the bottom, Larson took the opportunity to drive underneath Taylor Reimer at the exit of turn four on lap five to take second.

All it took was one more lap for Larson to sail around the outside of Seavey in turn two for the lead, and from there, the war was focused on lapped traffic as Larson set a torrid pace, building a full straightaway lead by the halfway point as he powered around the back half of the field at will, a tone he set from the start of the night when he set quick time in qualifying.

“I knew my car was going to be good and I felt really good in the heat race too,” Larson acknowledged. “I just needed to clean some things up. The track was in-between, and we didn’t know what it was going to do with all the rain coming and going and tilling it and all that. When they reworked it before the semi, I could tell that the bottom wasn’t quite that good early, so I was just going to commit to the top and try and get some momentum built. The car just got through the holes well compared to everybody else. That allowed me to move around.”

Larson’s execution was just as perfect in the second half of the race as it was in the first, slicing through the chunky cushion with precision, which gave him the confidence he needed to enter with speed up there. Seemingly, every driver in front of him throughout the race had to enter slower and straighter than he did. Meanwhile, he could just bury it into the cushion and harbored no worries about biking or flipping. When you have a car you’re confident in, you can do a lot with it regardless of the lane, and Larson had exactly what he needed.

As he caught traffic, he was able to get by the first handful with relative ease because they were all running the bottom. Once he got into the thick of the back markers, the task became as tough as two-dollar steak due to this portion of the field running everywhere he wanted to be and making it more difficult to maintain that momentum.

Nonetheless, it didn’t deter Larson much, if at all, as he finished off his trouncing of the 24-car field by a 2.564 second margin over Logan Seavey, Buddy Kofoid and Jade Avedisian with Taylor Reimer rounding out the top-five.

Despite Larson’s victory in the same chassis a couple years prior, by and large, the car was a handful and didn’t produce the type of results night-in and night-out that they expected at the time. In 2023, it’s “so far, so good” with the car handling to perfection and ably maneuvering around every encounter on his way to victory with a crew led by ace wrench Paul Silva.

“We struggled with this thing a couple of years ago when we ran the west coast swing, the Chili Bowl and all that,” Larson recalled. “My car felt really good there; I could get through the holes really good, and I felt like we improved on it each time we hit the racetrack. It feels special after struggling with this thing a couple of years ago to come out and be that much better than the field. Logan’s been dominating the season, and I was able to pass him for the lead. Buddy, Grant, Reimer, everybody up there, they’re really good midget racers. To come in and win the first night out, it feels really great.”

The top-four finishers all represented the state of California at their home state track. Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) led the opening five laps and finished as the runner-up in his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x. The USAC National Midget point leader is now one step closer to clinching the title. And get this. In his past 19 series starts, he’s accumulated 19 top-tens and 18 top-five finishes.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) took a third-place finish in his Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – TRD – Curb Records/Lynk/Speedway Toyota. While the result did end his two-race winning streak with the USAC National Midgets at Placerville, he did continue another run. He's now finished on the podium in his last five Hangtown 100 event starts dating back to 2021.

In such a quick race that seemingly ended in just a few blinks of an eye, it was imperative for any driver to be up on the wheel from the get-go. In that slim time frame, Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.) was the biggest mover, advancing from 12th to finish fourth in her Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Peelz Citrus – Fowler Packing Co./Lynk/Speedway Toyota.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2023 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100

FIRST HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING GROUP: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.212; 2. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-12.234; 3. Chase Johnson, 31, Beilman-12.293; 4. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-12.300; 5. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-12.308; 6. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.453; 7. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.495; 8. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.691; 9. Caden Sarale, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.731.

SECOND HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING GROUP: 1. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.296; 2. Corey Day, 4, Kahne-12.388; 3. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.407; 4. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.425; 5. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.469; 6. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-12.945; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.148; 8. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-13.275; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.554.

THIRD HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING GROUP: 1. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.198; 2. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.262; 3. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.299; 4. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.406; 5. David Gasper, 73, Ford-12.438; 6. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.552; 7. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.584; 8. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-12.684; 9. Landon Brooks, 57w, Wood-12.753.

FOURTH HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING GROUP: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.107; 2. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-12.158; 3. Tanner Carrick, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.172; 4. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-12.187; 5. Chris Windom, 89, CBI-12.218; 6. Tanner Thorson, 88, Thorson-12.299; 7. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-12.485; 8. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.568; 9. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-12.679.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner + top-4 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom (T), 2. Mitchel Moles (T), 3. Thomas Meseraull (T), 4. Jake Andreotti, 5. Logan Seavey (T), 6. Taylor Reimer (T), 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Mariah Ede, 9. Caden Sarale. 2:06.71

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner + top-4 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Cannon McIntosh (T), 2. Jade Avedisian (T), 3. Blake Bower, 4. Daison Pursley (T), 5. Buddy Kofoid (T), 6. Braden Chiaramonte, 7. Corey Day (T), 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Kyle Beilman. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner + top-4 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Jacob Denney (T), 2. Ryan Timms (T), 3. Gavin Miller (T), 4. Hayden Reinbold (T), 5. Justin Grant (T), 6. Landon Brooks, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Carson Macedo, 9. David Gasper. NT

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner + top-4 in points transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Golobic (T), 2. Tanner Carrick (T), 3. Tanner Thorson (T), 4. Brody Fuson, 5. Kyle Larson (T), 6. Spencer Bayston (T), 7. Jesse Love, 8. Chance Crum, 9. Chris Windom. 2:03.09

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Braden Chiaramonte, 2. Brody Fuson, 3. Jake Andreotti, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Bryant Wiedeman, 8. Jesse Love, 9. Mariah Ede, 10. Chance Crum, 11. Landon Brooks, 12. David Gasper, 13. Shannon McQueen, 14. Kyle Beilman, 15. Caden Sarale, 16. Blake Bower. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Logan Seavey (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (4), 4. Jade Avedisian (12), 5. Taylor Reimer (2), 6. Gavin Miller (3), 7. Jacob Denney (8), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Tanner Carrick (7), 10. Spencer Bayston (14), 11. Shane Golobic (18), 12. Cannon McIntosh (13), 13. Ryan Timms (16), 14. Emerson Axsom (11), 15. Mitchel Moles (10), 16. Tanner Thorson (17), 17. Carson Macedo (23), 18. Brody Fuson (24), 19. Daison Pursley (15), 20. Jake Andreotti (22), 21. Corey Day (21), 22. Braden Chiaramonte (20), 23. Hayden Reinbold (19), 24. Thomas Meseraull (9). 6:14.69

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Logan Seavey, Laps 6-30 Kyle Larson.

**Blake Bower flipped during the semi.

(T) represents a heat race transfer

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1539, 2-Justin Grant-1309, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1255, 4-Daison Pursley-1235, 5-Ryan Timms-1228, 6-Jade Avedisian-1212, 7-Jacob Denney-1163, 8-Gavin Miller-1101, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1072, 10-Taylor Reimer-1031.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-188, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Justin Grant-120, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 18, 2023 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Cannon McIntosh (12.052)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kyle Larson (12.107)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Emerson Axsom

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Cannon McIntosh

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Jacob Denney

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Shane Golobic

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Braden Chiaramonte

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Logan Seavey

Hard Charger: Jade Avedisian (12th to 4th)

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET PURSE INCREASES FOR 2023 AT VENTURA

Ventura, California (November 16, 2023)………An increase in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature purse is among the added attractions for this year’s 82nd running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix Presented by the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The 98-lap main event for the midgets at California’s Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, November 25, will pay a purse that has continually increased in recent years.

With ARP’s involvement in the Turkey Night Grand Prix, the car count for the midget portion of the event has exceeded more than 50 drivers and cars each year, producing some of the largest fields on the USAC tour each year. This year’s event already features an entry list with 53 drivers and cars at press time. Furthermore, in 2021, ARP boosted the purse to $10,000-to-win, adding even more prestige to the longest-running midget racing event on the planet.

Meanwhile, the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame has come on board this year to increase the payout to $750 to start in addition to adding a $500 hard charger award for the driver who advances the most positions in that night’s feature race. Provisional starters are excluded from hard charger honors.

The Turkey Night Grand Prix is the greatest tradition in midget racing, dating back to its inaugural edition won by Bob Swanson in 1934. The Agajanian Promotions event has been contested at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway annually since 2016.

“The Turkey Night Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious events in all of racing,” Naylor said. “We couldn’t do it without the assistance of people like Ken Clapp from the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame and from ARP who show their dedication for the event by continually helping us elevate it to another level year after year.”

The event boasts a winners list that includes the likes of Indianapolis 500 winners Johnnie Parsons, Parnelli Jones and A.J. Foyt. Auto racing greats Tony Bettenhausen, Gary Bettenhausen, Bubby Jones, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Jason Leffler, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have won it in recent years.

Fifty USAC National Midgets are entered for this year’s edition of Turkey Night, including past event winners Tanner Thorson (2015), Logan Seavey (2021) and Justin Grant (2022).

Shuman has the most Turkey Night wins with eight. Bob Swanson, Billy Boat, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell each have won the Turkey Night Grand Prix on three occasions.

This year’s weekend will once again feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars, which also features an entry list that has already surpassed 50 drivers and cars.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, November 24: Grandstands open at 3pm. Midget practice, plus sprint car hot laps, qualifying, heat races and main event.

Saturday, November 25: Grandstands open at 3pm. Sprint car semis and main events plus Turkey Night Grand Prix midget hot laps, qualifying, last chance qualifiers, semis and the 98-lap feature.

Advance tickets, priced from $22-45, can be purchased at www.venturaraceway.com. Additional information is available at 805-648-7223.

2023 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET FEATURE PAYOUT:

1. $10,000

2. $5,000

3. $4,000

4. $3,000

5. $2,500

6. $2,000

7. $1,500

8. $1,200

9. $1,150

10. $1,100

11. $1,050

12. $1,000

13. $950

14. $925

15. $900

16. $875

17. $850

18. $825

19. $800

20. $775

21-26. $750

 

 

HAVE MERCY! SIX STORYLINES FOR USAC MIDGETS AT MERCED NOV. 21-22

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Merced, California (November 16, 2023)………Get your kicks on Route 99!

For two-straight nights on November 21-22, California’s Merced Speedway becomes the route for USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing.

The four cylinders of fury make their way to the quarter-mile dirt oval for a double-dose of action featuring the likes of past Merced winners Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull and Tanner Thorson among the 40 entries expected to be on hand.

Look out California! Here are six storylines to watch when USAC comes to the city known as the “Gateway to Yosemite.”

CALLING ALL MERCED WINNERS

In USAC National Midget competition at Merced Speedway, six races have been held and five different drivers have reached victory lane: Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull and Tanner Thorson.

All five drivers will be in the field on both nights this year at Merced as well. Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) is, thus far, the only two-time Merced winner in the field, scoring the second night of the event in both 2021 and 2022 en route to the championship.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) flew to victory in the series debut at Merced in 2020 while Thorson (Minden, Nev.) captured a barnburner the following night when he became the fourth leader in a four-lap span before pacing the final four laps on the way to victory.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) scored a non-stop victory in the 2021 opener at Merced, completing the 30-lap distance at a blistering pace of 6 minutes, 14 seconds. Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) gave both he and his Dyson Motorsport team a first career USAC National victory on the opening night in 2022.

YOU SAY MACEDO, I SAY MERCED-O

An Australian team, a New Zealand chassis and American drivers.

The three ingredients of Dyson Motorsport, a King Chassis and driver Carson Macedo combined to make up the perfect formula during the 2022 opener at Merced. For Macedo and Dyson, it marked their first career USAC National Midget feature victory.

Macedo, the third-place finisher in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car points for 2023, had run a full season of USAC National Midgets in 2016 where he captured Rookie of the Year honors. That same season, the Lemoore, Calif. native also collected a USAC Midwest Regional Midget title as well.

The Dyson team with driver Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) nearly pulled off the same feat a night after Macedo’s triumph, leading 25 of the 30 laps before finishing second. Bayston captured the USAC National Midget title in 2017 and finished eighth in WoO points for 2023 while adding a single win.

On the first try, this team nearly picked off two victories in two nights. Expect them to be in the hunt again in ’23 as well.

SEAVEY SEALING IT UP?

At the rate he’s going, Logan Seavey “could” very well clinch the USAC National Midget championship on one of the two nights of racing at Merced.

Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) has pushed his lead to more than 200 markers over the past couple months and will enter Merced as the points leader regardless of what transpires in the pair of Placerville events leading up.

Seavey is one of nine drivers to start all six previous Merced USAC Midget features along with Tanner Carrick, Cannon McIntosh, Carson Macedo, Tanner Thorson, Mitchel Moles, Buddy Kofoid, Justin Grant and Kaylee Bryson.

In those six starts, he’s finished inside the top-five twice and took sixth and an eighth. His performance entering the California swing includes 16 starts, 16 top-tens, 15 top-fives and six wins. Since his win at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Tuesday, those numbers have all bumped up one more.

A HOME GAME FOR JADE

It was this time of the season two years ago at Merced Speedway when Jade Avedisian made a grand introduction to USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing.

It was there at Merced, located roughly 45 minutes away from her Clovis, Calif. home, that she finished fourth and instantly showed to all onlookers, and to herself, that she belonged.

In both Merced appearances in 2022, she qualified well (1st and 3rd), then finished with a fourth-place result on night two. This time around, she eyes an opportunity to become the first woman to win a USAC National Midget event.

CRUM & SIX8 MAKIN’ IT GREAT

It was at Merced in 2020 when Chance Crum made his USAC National Midget debut, doing so for Clauson Marshall Racing.

For this year’s west coast swing, Crum (Snohomish, Wash.) picked up a ride with Burbank, California’s Six8 Motorsports, a five-time USAC Western States Midget championship team between 2013-17.

Last year, as separate entities, the pair had some of their finest runs on the national scene at Merced. Crum led two laps and finished fourth on night one at Merced while Six8 scored its first USAC National Midget podium result with a third on night two with Jason McDougal at the wheel that night.

Together, this could be a formidable pair to watch as both eye another fine result on the big stage.

PICKING APART THE POINTS

While most eyes are naturally affixed to the top of the USAC National Midget point standings, the race between third, fourth, fifth and sixth is completely up for grabs.

The shuffling between the four spots has been immense with a 43-point gap separating Bryant Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.), Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.), Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and Jade Avedisian (Clovis, Calif.).

Each position represents a difference in point fund money along with pride, and two nights in a row could snowball one way or another in determining positioning.

On the entrant point side, the points race is practically the same, but there’s one more interesting aspect to keep a watch on. Keith Kunz Motorsports’ top-four entries currently reside sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth in points.

Making this all the more intriguing is the fact that KKM has had at least one entry finish inside the top-five of the points in 18 consecutive seasons since 2005. Furthermore, KKM has put one entry into the top-three every year since 2010, a run of 13 seasons in a row. It’s a streak that’s on the line, but he has highly capable shoes in Ryan Timms, Jade Avedisian, Gavin Miller and Taylor Reimer in his stable who will attempt to keep the streak intact.

RACE DETAILS:

Both Tuesday and Wednesday’s events pay $4,000-to-win for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

Both nights, the pits open at 2pm Pacific with the drivers meeting set for 4:30pm. Grandstands open at 5pm and cars get on track at 5:45pm.

On Tuesday, adult general admission for ages 18 and up is $20. Ages 55 & up, military and ages 11-17 general admission are $18. Ages 6-10 general admission is $5. Kids age 5 & under are free. Support classes include IMCA Sport Mods and Hobby Stocks.

On Wednesday, adult general admission for ages 18 and up is $25. Ages 55 & up, military and ages 11-17 general admission are $23. Ages 6-10 general admission is $10. Support classes include winged 360 Sprint Cars.

Advance tickets can be purchased at: https://www.myracepass.com/tracks/2102/tickets

Both Merced races this week will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

2-Buddy Kofoid

1-Justin Grant, Carson Macedo, Thomas Meseraull & Tanner Thorson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

2020: Thomas Meseraull (11/20) & Tanner Thorson (11/21)

2021: Justin Grant (11/23) & Buddy Kofoid (11/24)

2022: Carson Macedo (11/22) & Buddy Kofoid (11/23)

TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT MERCED SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/24/2021 - Buddy Kofoid - 11.635 - 77.353 mph

10 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Chris Windom - 2:00.070 - 74.956 mph

12 Laps - 11/23/2022 - Taylor Reimer - 2:27.310 - 73.315 mph

30 Laps - 11/23/2021 - Justin Grant - 6:14.350 - 72.125 mph

MERCED SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2020 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (6), 2. Tanner Carrick (2), 3. Cannon McIntosh (5), 4. Carson Macedo (8), 5. Tanner Thorson (15), 6. Shane Golobic (3), 7. Ryan Bernal (9), 8. Spencer Bayston (11), 9. Kyle Larson (19), 10. Emerson Axsom (14), 11. Mitchel Moles (7), 12. Buddy Kofoid (21), 13. Logan Seavey (16), 14. Tyler Courtney (23-P), 15. Chris Windom (22), 16. Justin Grant (17), 17. Colby Copeland (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (13), 19. Chase Randall (20), 20. Daison Pursley (1), 21. Zeb Wise (12), 22. Michael Faccinto (10), 23. Cole Bodine (24-P), 24. Jesse Love (4). NT

2020 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (4), 2. Buddy Kofoid (1), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Kyle Larson (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (3), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Carson Macedo (8), 8. Cannon McIntosh (10), 9. Justin Grant (7), 10. Mitchel Moles (11), 11. Shane Golobic (14), 12. Daison Pursley (13), 13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (12), 14. Colby Copeland (15), 15. Emerson Axsom (16), 16. Tanner Carrick (21), 17. Chris Windom (18), 18. Kaylee Bryson (23-P), 19. Zeb Wise (19), 20. Bryant Wiedeman (20), 21. Robert Dalby (24-P), 22. Ben Worth (17), 23. Chance Crum (22), 24. Chase Johnson (9). 7:18.810

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Tanner Thorson (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Emerson Axsom (6), 5. Cannon McIntosh (5), 6. Shane Golobic (7), 7. Mitchel Moles (4), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Carson Macedo (10), 10. Jason McDougal (14), 11. Chris Windom (9), 12. Zeb Wise (12), 13. Tanner Carrick (16), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Ryan Bernal (18), 16. Kaylee Bryson (8), 17. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 18. Ryan Timms (21), 19. Jade Avedisian (19), 20. Maria Cofer (20), 21. Chase Johnson (22), 22. Brenham Crouch (15), 23. Bryant Wiedeman (23-P), 24. Hayden Reinbold (24-P). 6:14.35

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Justin Grant (17), 4. Jade Avedisian (1), 5. Logan Seavey (5), 6. Emerson Axsom (9), 7. Bryant Wiedeman (11), 8. Shane Golobic (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (8), 10. Ryan Timms (16), 11. Taylor Reimer (13), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (23-P), 13. Maria Cofer (18), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Jake Andreotti (20), 16. Cannon McIntosh (4), 17. Mitchel Moles (14), 18. Kaylee Bryson (19), 19. Brenham Crouch (15), 20. Carson Macedo (3), 21. Thomas Meseraull (21), 22. Tanner Carrick (7), 23. Jason McDougal (22), 24. Kyle Larson (10). NT

2022 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Carson Macedo (5), 2. Buddy Kofoid (14), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Chance Crum (1), 5. Logan Seavey (6), 6. Mitchel Moles (3), 7. Kaylee Bryson (7), 8. Cannon McIntosh (19), 9. Tanner Thorson (13), 10. Brenham Crouch (23-P), 11. Spencer Bayston (15), 12. Thomas Meseraull (17), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Tanner Carrick (12), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (8), 16. Emerson Axsom (22), 17. Jade Avedisian (10), 18. Michael Faccinto (18), 19. Jacob Denney (16), 20. Daniel Whitley (11), 21. Taylor Reimer (20), 22. Daison Pursley (21), DQ. Jake Andreotti (2). NT

2022 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (3), 2. Spencer Bayston (1), 3. Jason McDougal (7), 4. Jade Avedisian (5), 5. Jacob Denney (14), 6. Carson Macedo (4), 7. Cannon McIntosh (15), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Mitchel Moles (6), 10. Tanner Carrick (17), 11. Justin Grant (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23-P), 13. Ryan Timms (9), 14. Chance Crum (24-P), 15. Taylor Reimer (12), 16. Brenham Crouch (10), 17. Tanner Thorson (21), 18. Gavin Miller (20), 19. Jake Andreotti (13), 20. Kaylee Bryson (19), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Bryant Wiedeman (18), 23. Daniel Whitley (2), 24. Dylan Bloomfield (22). NT

 

 

NOVEMBER REIGN:

SEAVEY DELIVERS A FITTING TRIBUTE

WITH BAKERSFIELD USAC MIDGET WIN

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 14, 2023)………Logan Seavey remembers it well.

The last time the Sutter, Calif. native won the November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway in 2018, it cemented his USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship hopes and aspirations.

Five years later, at the very same 1/3-mile clay oval, the current series point leader’s second victory at Bakersfield on Tuesday night brought him one step and one race closer to wrapping up a second career series title.

The ninth place starting Seavey tracked down racelong leader Emerson Axsom with nine circuits remaining in the 30-lapper to earn the seventh victory of his magical USAC National Midget season in his Abacus Racing/Honest Abe Roofing - Indy Custom Stone - Laura Kopetsky Tri-Ax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Seavey’s 15th career USAC National Midget victory moved him inside the top-50 all-time on the series win list alongside Don Branson, Larry Rice and Chris Windom.

The occasion was made doubly special with the sky-blue No. 57 paint scheme Seavey was sporting in tribute to Abacus Racing crewman Johnny Cofer who had the car revealed to him in surprising fashion at the team’s Noblesville, Ind. shop last Wednesday.

Cofer himself drove a sky-blue No. 57 to a USAC Western States Midget victory at Bakersfield Speedway back in 1994 en route to that year’s season title. Seavey is keen on keeping the trend going as his only Bakersfield win resulted in a championship and his latest on Tuesday moved him even closer to clinching.

In a hole early after a 21st place qualifying run, Seavey dug in and shoveled his way out with a heat race victory, which positioned him on the inside of row five for the feature. Earlier in the evening, Cofer was a tad unnerved, but Seavey would soon lead Cofer out of any sense of uneasiness.

“Even when we get a little behind, we figure it out really quickly and get it right back,” Seavey explained. “Johnny was a little nervous. He said, ‘man, are we buried yet?’ I said, ‘no worries; we’ll take care of it.’ And we did and we’re here. It speaks to how good this car is. We were a little off there early in the night, but we got it all squared away and sorted out. We were good in the heat race and really good in the feature.”

For Cofer, it was like old times with his Dwaine Esslinger owned ride he wheeled nearly three decades ago. Now with his retro tribute paint scheme back on the track, it’s led to the competition further suggesting that they bring back their own versions of retro schemes.

Among them was team owner Keith Kunz pondering the thought of bringing out a car resembling the machine Billy Boat drove to three-straight Turkey Night Grand Prix wins in 1995-96-97 and a USAC record 11 straight feature victories with the Western States Midgets in 1995 and was routinely a thorn in the side of Cofer “back in the day.”

“It’s just perfect,” Cofer exclaimed. “I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team and what (Abacus Racing team owner) Brent Cox has done to develop this team so quickly and it’s just phenomenal to watch Logan race. Keith (Kunz) just had a good idea. He said if these guys went ahead and did the blue 57, he’s going to bring the black 15 out with Boat’s deal and that could be trouble because he whooped me all the time.”

Nonetheless, holding the upper hand early was Axsom who jetted out to the initial lead on the low side as outside front row starter Justin Grant worked the top groove a couple car lengths back in second.

Two-time November Classic winner Buddy Kofoid (2020 & 2021) soon made his way into third on lap two and began hustling toward the leaders who were involved in their own tussle with Grant making a charge at Axsom in turns one and turn three, sliding past each time as Axsom retained control by scooting back under Grant off the exit.

Grant’s turn three maneuver proved detrimental as he pushed wide over the cushion, opening the door for Kofoid to slot into second on lap eight. The same two remained relentless, scrubbing tires off each other in turns three and four as the two fought to stay within earshot of Axsom who began to dice his way through lapped traffic a near full second ahead.

At the midway point entering turn three, Kofoid got caught up behind the lapped car of his teammate, Mariah Ede. Through the turns, the two glanced wheels, once more stifling Kofoid’s momentum, thus allowing Grant to capitalize by flashing across the nose of Kofoid to grab the spot back.

However, while that particular kerfuffle was transpiring, Seavey calmly cruised underneath both drivers to elevate himself from fourth to second on the leaderboard.

“I say it a lot, but when your car is this good, you can be patient and wait for the right move to come open and then take them when you get a chance and not mess it up when you do get the chance,” Seavey reasoned. “You don’t get a chance to go by two guys fairly easily like that, especially Buddy and Justin. They were just racing so hard with each other that I was able to sneak by down there on the bottom and then get right back up and get my speed back going.”

As Axsom sought a lane lower than Chance Crum while putting him a lap down in turn one on lap 22, Axsom’s momentum was suddenly hindered, and Seavey was on hand to capitalize. Seavey never broke stride going even lower than Axsom as he blasted by into the lead in turn one.

“That’s just racing,” Seavey explained. “You’ve got two guys racing in front of you and the easiest way to go by two good guys is to catch them when they are racing each other, and I was able to do that. The bottom was so narrow and so slick. To go down there for the first time in a long time and to nail the bottom and go by two of the best cars in the field is cool.”

A lap and a half later, disaster struck KKM teammates Gavin Miller and Kofoid. Miller, running fifth, ramped over the right rear tire of fourth place Kofoid in between turns three and four, sending Miller into the wall, which he ramped up and flipped over 1.5 times before coming to a rest upside down. Miller was able to walk away. During the ensuing stoppage, Kofoid pulled off to the Indy Metal Finishing Work Area, but soon returned to the tail of the field and raced back to a 14th place result.

On the final restart with seven laps remaining, Seavey said “sayonara” and quickly established a half straightway advantage before finishing up and crossing the line as the victor 1.705 seconds ahead of Emerson Axsom, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh and Carson Macedo.

For Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.), it was so close yet again at Bakersfield in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Curb Records - TRD/Lynk/Speedway Toyota. For the fifth time this season, Axsom finished as the runner-up in a USAC National Midget feature without a win. This time at Bakersfield, he led a race high 21 of 30 laps before slotting into second in the final tally. It also marked Axsom’s second runner-up performance at Bakersfield following a similar performance in 2021 in which he led the first 17 laps and finished second.

In Justin Grant’s first 19 feature starts to begin the 2023 USAC National Midget season, he had earned just two top-three finishes. Now, in his last three starts, he's finished inside the top-three on three consecutive occasions, with a third at Bakersfield serving as the latest gold star on his recent late season run with RMS Racing/NOS Energy Drink – EnviroFab – Response Management Services/Spike/Speedway Toyota.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: November 14, 2023 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, California – 1/3-Mile Dirt Track – November Classic

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Taylor Reimer, 25K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.687; 2. Cannon McIntosh, 86, CBI-12.719; 3. Buddy Kofoid, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.757; 4. Gavin Miller, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.781; 5. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-12.809; 6. Justin Grant, 2, RMS-12.844; 7. Emerson Axsom, 68, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.862; 8. Michael Faccinto, 14T, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.881; 9. Cade Lewis, 5K, Alexander-12.887; 10. Jacob Denney, 25, Malloy-12.896; 11. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt/Streeter-12.900; 12. Jade Avedisian, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.900; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.905; 14. Bryant Wiedeman, 81, CBI-12.914; 15. Hayden Reinbold, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.947; 16. Carson Macedo, 99AU, Dyson-12.995; 17. Ryan Timms, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.001; 18. Daniel Whitley, 58, Abacus-13.031; 19. Daison Pursley, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.052; 20. Mariah Ede, 71E, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.061; 21. Logan Seavey, 57, Abacus-13.069; 22. Chance Crum, 68w, Six8-13.075; 23. Mitchel Moles, 19T, Reinbold/Underwood-13.090; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, Engler-13.093; 25. Peter Hunnibell, 65NZ, Covich-13.100; 26. Spencer Bayston, 9AU, Dyson-13.136; 27. Brandt Twitty, 4B, Twitty-13.140; 28. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-13.208; 29. Jesse Love, 84, CBI-13.218; 30. David Gasper, 73, Ford-13.271; 31. Blake Bower, 9, Boscacci-13.306; 32. Chase Johnson, 31B, Beilman-13.580; 33. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols/Peckfelder-13.839; 34. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-14.305; 35. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT; 36. Garrett Twitty, 4, Twitty-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Ryan Timms, 3. Taylor Reimer, 4. Shannon McQueen, 5. Jake Andreotti, 6. Cade Lewis, 7. Jesse Love, 8. Peter Hunnibell, 9. Terry Nichols. 2:12.37

ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Cannon McIntosh, 3. Jacob Denney, 4. Bryant Wiedeman, 5. Chance Crum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. David Gasper, 8. Ron Hazelton, 9. Daniel Whitley. NT

T.J. FORGED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Emerson Axsom, 4. Mitchel Moles, 5. Hayden Reinbold, 6. Brandt Twitty, 7. Blake Bower, 8. Braden Chiaramonte, 9. Marvin Mitchell. NT

CAR IQ FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Gavin Miller, 3. Brody Fuson, 4. Mariah Ede, 5. Jade Avedisian, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Chase Johnson, 8. Thomas Meseraull. NT

ELLIOTT’S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Andreotti, 2. Jade Avedisian, 3. Chance Crum, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Cade Lewis, 6. Hayden Reinbold, 7. Braden Chiaramonte, 8. Chase Johnson, 9. David Gasper, 10. Blake Bower, 11. Brandt Twitty, 12. Jesse Love, 13. Spencer Bayston, 14. Ron Hazelton, 15. Peter Hunnibell, 16. Terry Nichols, 17. Daniel Whitley, 18. Thomas Meseraull, 19. Marvin Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (9), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (2), 4. Cannon McIntosh (5), 5. Carson Macedo (7), 6. Daison Pursley (8), 7. Taylor Reimer (6), 8. Jade Avedisian (14), 9. Jacob Denney (13), 10. Hayden Reinbold (17), 11. Jake Andreotti (10), 12. Bryant Wiedeman (16), 13. Ryan Timms (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (4), 15. Mitchel Moles (21), 16. Cade Lewis (12), 17. Brody Fuson (22), 18. Chance Crum (20), 19. Shannon McQueen (15), 20. Mariah Ede (19), 21. Gavin Miller (3), 22. Michael Faccinto (11). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Emerson Axsom, Laps 22-30 Logan Seavey.

**Daniel Whitley & Thomas Meseraull flipped during the semi. Gavin Miller flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1489, 2-Justin Grant-1259, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1205, 4-Daison Pursley-1185, 5-Ryan Timms-1178, 6-Jade Avedisian-1162, 7-Jacob Denney-1113, 8-Gavin Miller-1051, 9-Cannon McIntosh-1022, 10-Taylor Reimer-981.

OVERALL USAC NATIONAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-188, 2-Logan Seavey-152, 3-Justin Grant-120, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-91.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 17-18, 2023 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, California – 1/4-Mile Dirt Track – Hangtown 100


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS

Dirt Draft Hot Laps Fastest Driver: Justin Grant (12.953)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Taylor Reimer (12.687)

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Rod End Supply Second Heat Winner: Justin Grant

T.J. Forged Third Heat Winner: Daison Pursley

Car IQ Fourth Heat Winner: Carson Macedo

Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Semi Winner: Jake Andreotti

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Emerson Axsom

Hard Charger: Logan Seavey (9th to 1st)

 

 

NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series Brings Midget Madness to Merced Speedway to Open Thanksgiving Week

(PETERSEN MEDIA- Merced, CA)- For the fourth consecutive season Merced Speedway will open Thanksgiving Week with the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series headlining a two-night Midget Madness program next Tuesday and Wednesday night.

As the stars and cars of the National series make their annual November trip to California, next week is their final week of the 2023 season, and Merced Speedway will again host the series for two nights of action, culminating with a Midget/Winged 360 Doubleheader on Wednesday night.

The action does get underway on Tuesday as the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series headlines the card with the IMCA Sport Mods and the Hobby Stocks also scheduled for action.

Wednesday night’s Thanksgiving Eve show again features the NOS Energy USAC National Midget Series, and they will be joined on the ╝ mile bullring by the Winged 360ci Sprint Cars in what is the third and final appearance of the season at the track.

Some of the national stars expected to be in attendance Tuesday and Wednesday night include Buddy Kofoid, Logan Seavey, Ryan Timms, Justin Grant, Daison Pursley, Tanner Thorson, Thomas Meseraul, Jade Avedisian, Taylor Reimer and a host of others.

Tickets are available online at mercedspeedway.net and will also be available to purchase at the front gate.

Tuesday night prices will be $20 for adults 18 and up, Juniors 11-17, Seniors 55 and up and Military with ID will be $18, Kids 6-10 will be $5, and those young fans 5 and under are admitted for fee.

Wednesday night Adult tickets will run $25, Juniors, Seniors, and Military (with ID) will be $23, Kids 6-10 will be admitted for $10, and those fans 5 and under will have no charge.

The Sprint Car Challenge Tour muffler rule for the Winged 360’s will be enforced, and it allows drivers to use the Flowmaster 53545-10 with turndowns, the Spintech Superstock 1000 #1545 with turndowns, and the Diamond Schoenfeld. The program will follow all SCCT race rules as well.

Tuesday and Wednesday night the pit gates will open at 2pm and the grandstands will open at 5pm with racing slated to go green at 7pm.

STAY CONNECTED- Keep up with the happenings at Merced Speedway by clicking over to www.mercedspeedway.net or by ‘Liking’ https://www.facebook.com/mercedspeedway/ on Facebook.

Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Drive Merced, CA 95341.

 

 

DRIVER SPOTLIGHT: GAVIN MILLER

Toyota Dirt Driver Spotlight

Gavin Miller

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97 – LynK Chassis Powered by a Speedway Toyota

Age: 16

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania

Gavin Miller kicks off the six-race West Coast swing of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship season in position to clinch the series Rookie of the Year title at just 16 years old.

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports driver was a six-time USAC National .25 Midget champion and is one of just three drivers along with teammate Ryan Timms and veteran Zach Daum to have won with USAC, Xtreme and POWRi this year.

Gavin, what would it mean to you to win USAC Midget Rookie of the Year?

GM: It would mean a lot. We’ve been pretty consistent and pretty well-rounded all year. I have to thank Pete Willoughby and Keith Kunz and everyone at KKM, and I think it would mean a lot to them as well. Just to know that we’ve run consistently well all year, it’s pretty special. It’s what we were shooting for when we started the year and we had pretty high expectations. Now we need to keep working toward earning that title.

What was it like getting a win in three different midget series as a 16-year-old rookie? Had you even been to most of these tracks before this year?

GM: Not many people get the chance to say they’ve done that in their first year in a midget, so it’s been pretty special. Most of these tracks we’ve raced at are new to me - pretty much all the tracks other than Port City and a couple of the California tracks. USAC Indiana Midget Week (where he won at Bloomington) was totally new to me.

You’ve earned 21 top-five and 40 top-10 finishes in 51 races between USAC and Xtreme. How have you stayed so consistent in your first full season in a midget?

GM: I think the key is just to start off the night strong. Getting a good qualifying run has probably been the most important thing, then trying to get a good result in the heat race and then I just try to race everyone clean and stay out of trouble in the feature. Running a partial season last year definitely helped me learn more. The more seat time you get, the more you improve. I’m just trying to give and get feedback from my guys. They’re teaching me a lot and showing me how I need to improve every race.

So how did you get started in racing and who were your heroes growing up?

GM: My dad brought me to the track one day and we saw quarter midgets racing at the fair and I told my dad that I wanted to do that. I was five at the time. Then I started racing quarter midgets at six years old in 2012. My heroes growing up were probably Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Donny Schatz.

How did you team up with KKM?

GM: I started out running micros with Keith. We called him up and told him we were interested in running the micros and it just grew from there.

It seems like most drivers around your age do at-home schooling, yet with a schedule of 50+ races this year, you still do in-class at your local school. How hard is that?

GM: I have to keep the grades up in order to race. It’s definitely hard to be at a race and still keep up in school when you miss all those days in class, and then you have to come back and take a test. The key is you have to let your teachers know when you’ll be leaving and get all your work done ahead of time.

What’s your long-term goal in racing?

GM: I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and stay focused on what I’m racing right now. Eventually, maybe ending up in a sprint car or even switching over to pavement.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in North America for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our more than 1,800 dealerships.

Toyota directly employs more than 63,000 people in North America who have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 45 million cars and trucks at our 13 manufacturing plants. By 2025, Toyota’s 14th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 24 electrified options.

Media Contacts:

Sam Mahoney, Toyota PR - 980-900-8573 - Samuel.Mahoney@Toyota.com

John Procida, Toyota USAC PR - 313-515-3985 - johnprocidapublicrelations@gmail.com

 

 

SEASON REVIEW: A LONG TIME COMING, ROA WRAPS UP FIRST USAC CRA SPRINT TITLE IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 13, 2023)………After more than 12 years of going up and down the road with the AMSOIL USAC CRA Sprint Cars, Brody Roa finally reached the pinnacle in 2023 as a first-time series driving champion.

For the Garden Grove, Calif. native, it’s his fourth overall USAC championship following previous points titles with the California Dirt Ford Focus Midgets (2009), the West Coast Sprint Cars (2016) and the Southwest Sprint Cars (2019).

But this particular one stands out among the rest. Roa, a regular with USAC CRA since 2011, has come painfully close to a championship on numerous occasions throughout the years. The 32-year-old driver finished second in the standings on three occasions in 2017-18-21 and was third another three times in 2012-16-19.

The thing is, for the duration of his decade-plus of sprint car racing, Roa had been synonymous with the family-owned No. 91R. Initially, the plan for the season was to run his own car while dabbling in Inland Rigging’s Tom and Christy Dunkel’s 360 c.i. powered sprint car with the USAC West Coast series. However, after a dinner with the Dunkels, those plans were doubled with the team adding a full slate of USAC CRA racing to the plate.

Dunkel had recently purchased the 410 c.i. Shaver engines that former Roa sponsor HD Industries had sold, and shortly thereafter, Roa sold much of his own equipment, including his Eagle chassis and his trailer. Instead, for the 2023 season, Roa would be wheeling a DRC chassis, something which he had never done prior to the start of the year. As it turned out, the start of the year set the tone for a championship run.

Roa reeled off a pair of victories on consecutive nights to open the season in January at Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway in his Inland Rigging – Dunkel Farms – Biker Bruce Fischer/DRC/Shaver Chevy. In April, he began the first of two three-race winning streaks during the year, including his first win at Hanford, California’s Kings Speedway followed by a photo finish win over Mitchel Moles at Bakersfield, California’s The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park and then followed up with his fifth win in eight races at Arizona’s Mohave Valley Raceway, equaling the best start by any driver in series history.

In a dominant June and July run, Roa collected a win in the longest distance race of the season in the 40-lap Bubby Jones & Ray Scheetz Memorial at Perris (Calif.) Speedway. A victory at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway followed thereafter before gaining a milestone at Perris, marking his 21st career USAC CRA win, which moved him ahead of 2007 series champion and now USAC CRA Series Director Tony Jones for sole possession of fourth on the all-time series win list.

In the end, Roa corralled the series title by a commanding 114-point margin and provided the Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance No. 17R its first series entrant championship. Roa led all drivers in most major statistical categories, including eight wins, 173 laps led, 14 top-fives and 15 top-tens in the span of 18 feature starts.

Meanwhile, Tommy Malcolm (Corona, Calif.) had to wait eight years and 109 starts to make it to USAC CRA victory lane for the first time in his career. And it was all worth the wait for the driver who has been a series regular since 2015. In May, he and his Dino Napier-owned No. 5x reached the promised land for the first time, leading all 30 laps to score his initial series victory at Tulare, California’s Thunderbowl Raceway where it seemed fitting that the driver nicknamed “Tommy Thunder” picked up his first score.

Malcolm’s wait to win his second feature lasted exactly one week and one more start as he went back-to-back to capture the Salute to Indy at Perris. In September, Malcolm’s breakout season continued with win number three in the Glenn Howard Classic at Perris. In the final tally, Malcolm finished a career-best second in the series standings.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) is undefeated in his USAC CRA career, making two starts and winning both within a 24-hour span in November at Cocopah during the running of the 56th annual Western World Championships, giving the home state team from Arizona (Team AZ Racing) its second consecutive Western World title after taking it with driver Jake Swanson in 2022. The victory came in Pursley’s first visit to Arizona since suffering a severe spinal injury during a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event during the Western World Championships of 2021 at the now defunct Arizona Speedway.

Five drivers added a single USAC CRA victory in 2023. Now two-time USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Champion Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) ventured west to find a seat in the J.W. Mitchell Motorsports ride and promptly took the victory in March at Perris. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) raced to the lead on the 10th lap and led the remaining 21 en route to a win in April for Josh Ford Motorsports at Mohave Valley.

April’s USAC CRA Sprint Car showdown at Perris was one that Matt Mitchell originally wasn’t even slated to compete in as a driver. But not only did the veteran racer from Yorba Linda, Calif. compete, he made it a victorious effort. Mitchell was originally intending to fly to Indiana to compete in that weekend’s USAC Silver Crown Sumar Classic. But with its cancellation, Mitchell stayed back home in So. Cal. to add a win as a driver after winning as a car owner the month before.

In October at Mohave Valley, Ricky Lewis (Camarillo, Calif.) tallied his first career USAC CRA victory, leading the final 22 laps aboard his Dave Brown owned machine. Lewis ultimately became the winningest non-wing sprint car driver in the USA during the 2023 season, winning 17 times total in six different states (Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and Arizona) across a wide variety of series, including the Great Lakes Traditional Sprints, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series, the Midwest Sprint Car Series, the USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association and USAC CRA, and also scored a couple local, unsanctioned victories for good measure.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) closed out his year in winning fashion in November by scoring USAC CRA season finale at Perris. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) paced the final 13 laps to give Michael Motorsports its first ever Perris victory. For Leary, it was his second career USAC CRA victory at Perris after also grabbing a win at the half-mile dirt oval back in 2019.

Brothers Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Cody Williams (Corona, Calif.) finished third and fourth in the series standings, respectively. Cody led all series drivers with six fast qualifying times on the year.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, Calif.) rounded out the top-five in the final points and tied with Malcolm as the winningest heat race driver of the season with six scores.

Grant Sexton (Lakeside, Calif.) tallied an eighth-place finish in the standings to earn Rookie of the Year honors for USAC CRA in 2023.

Sixty-eight (68) different drivers made a feature start during the 2023 season with Malcolm and Roa the only drivers making a start in all 18 feature events.

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: Brody Roa

Entrant Champion: Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance #17R

Most Wins: 8-Brody Roa

Rookie of the Year: Grant Sexton

Most Laps Led: 173-Brody Roa

Most Top-Fives: 14-Brody Roa

Most Top-Tens: 15-Brody Roa

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Cody Williams

Most Heat Race Wins: 6-A.J. Bender & Tommy Malcolm

Most Feature Starts: 18-Tommy Malcolm & Brody Roa

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1 1282 Brody Roa, Garden Grove, Calif.

2 1168 Tommy Malcolm, Corona, Calif.

3 974 Austin Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

4 919 Cody Williams, Corona, Calif.

5 884 A.J. Bender, San Diego, Calif.

6 802 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.

7 777 Logan Calderwood, Goodyear, Ariz.

8 681 (R) Grant Sexton, Lakeside, Calif.

9 596 Verne Sweeney, Lomita, Calif.

10 567 R.J. Johnson, Laveen, Ariz.

11 532 Logan Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

12 447 Ricky Lewis, Camarillo, Calif.

13 355 Chris Gansen, Verdemont Heights, Calif.

14 351 Chase Johnson, Penngrove, Calif.

15 347 Austin Grabowski, Riverside, Calif.

16 336 Brent Owens, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

17 336 (R) James Turnbull II, Indio, Calif.

18 336 Matt McCarthy, Riverside, Calif.

19 290 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

20 268 Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, Calif.

21 251 Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.

22 248 James Herrera, New Cuyama, Calif.

23 245 (R) Brody Fuson, Bakersfield, Calif.

24 233 Jeff Dyer, Yucca Valley, Calif.

25 228 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

26 222 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

27 221 Andrew Sweeney, Queen Creek, Ariz.

28 214 (R) Braden Chiaramonte, El Cajon, Calif.

29 188 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

30 169 (R) Jake Andreotti, Castro Valley, Calif.

31 164 Chris Bonneau, Peoria, Ariz.

32 161 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

33 159 Ryan Timmons, Pleasant Hill, Calif.

34 153 (R) Tommy Dunkel, Menifee, Calif.

35 146 Kyle Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif.

36 141 Tanner Boul, Auberry, Calif.

37 136 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

38 134 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

39 133 Gary Marshall Jr., Pomona, Calif.

40 119 (R) Don Gansen, Verdemont Heights, Calif.

41 117 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

42 117 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

43 107 Shane Sexton, Warner Springs, Calif.

44 104 (R) Richard McCormick, Agua Dulce, Calif.

45 102 (R) Dawson Faria, Tipton, Calif.

46 94 David Gasper, Goleta, Calif.

47 84 (R) Camie Bell, Bakersfield, Calif.

48 78 (R) Jim Vanzant, Prescott, Ariz.

49 72 (R) Mark Henry, Rosamond, Calif.

50 65 Troy Rutherford, Ojai, Calif.

51 59 Jace Vander Weerd, Visalia, Calif.

52 48 Dustin Cormany, Surprise, Ariz.

53 46 (R) Tyler Hatzikian, Murrieta, Calif.

54 41 Shon Deskins, Phoenix, Ariz.

55 32 (R) Hannah Mayhew, Acton, Calif.

56 30 (R) Brody Wake, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

57 28 Tony Everhart, El Cajon, Calif.

58 26 (R) Jake Helsel, Arlington, Wash.

59 10 (R) A.J. Hernandez, Phoenix, Ariz.

60 10 (R) Elexa Herrera, New Cuyama, Calif.

**(R) represents a USAC CRA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS:

1 1282 Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance Menifee, Calif. (#17R)

2 1168 Dino Napier, Corona, Calif. (#5x)

3 974 Rip Williams, Anaheim, Calif. (#2)

4 919 Cody Williams, Norco, Calif. (#44)

5 884 Kim & Richard Bender, San Diego, Calif. (#21)

6 802 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz. (#47)

7 707 Josh Ford Motorsports, Oxnard, Calif. (#73)

8 681 Brent Sexton, Lakeside, Calif. (#22)

9 640 Rachel Guerrero, Westminster, Calif. (#98)

10 404 J.W. Mitchell Motorsports, Costa Mesa, Calif. (#37)

11 360 Austin Grabowski, Riverside, Calif. (#72)

12 343 Ricky Johnson, Laveen, Ariz. (#51)

13 268 Dave Brown, Camarillo, Calif. (#41)

14 251 Eddie Tafoya Sr., Chino Hills, Calif. (#51T)

15 233 Cal-Sun Racing, Phelan, Calif. (#39)

16 214 Daniel Chiaramonte, El Cajon, Calif. (#73B)

17 177 Rachel Guerrero, Westminster, Calif. (#98A)

18 161 Team AZ Racing, Danville, Ind. (#21AZ)

19 150 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

20 146 Gordy Edwards, Fountain Valley, Calif. (#39E)

21 117 Sterling Cling Racing, Tempe, Ariz. (#34)

22 83 Brent Sexton, Lakeside, Calif. (#22x)

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINNERS:

Jan 27: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Jan 28: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Mar 18: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Justin Grant (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports #37)

Apr 1: Mohave Valley Raceway - Mohave Valley, AZ

WINNER: Chase Johnson (Josh Ford Motorsports #73)

Apr 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Matt Mitchell (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports #37)

Apr 22: Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Apr 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway - Mohave Valley, AZ

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA

WINNER: Tommy Malcolm (Dino Napier #5x)

May 27: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Tommy Malcolm (Dino Napier #5x)

Jun 10: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Jun 24: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Jul 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Brody Roa (Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R)

Sep 23: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: Tommy Malcolm (Dino Napier #5x)

Oct 14: Mohave Valley Raceway - Mohave Valley, AZ

WINNER: Ricky Lewis (Dave Brown #41)

Nov 3: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Nov 4: Cocopah Speedway - Somerton, AZ

WINNER: Daison Pursley (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Nov 11: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA

WINNER: C.J. Leary (Michael Motorsports #77m)

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS:

8-Brody Roa (Jan 27 at Cocopah Speedway, Jan 28 at Cocopah Speedway, Apr 22 at Kings Speedway, Apr 29 at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park, May 6 at Mohave Valley Raceway, Jun 10 at Perris Auto Speedway, Jun 24 at Bakersfield Speedway & Jul 15 at Perris Auto Speedway)

3-Tommy Malcolm (May 20 at Thunderbowl Raceway, May 27 at Perris Auto Speedway & Sep 23 at Perris Auto Speedway)

2-Daison Pursley (Nov 3 at Cocopah Speedway & Nov 4 at Cocopah Speedway)

1-Justin Grant (Mar 18 at Perris Auto Speedway)

1-Chase Johnson (Apr 1 at Mohave Valley Raceway)

1-C.J. Leary (Nov 11 at Perris Auto Speedway)

1-Ricky Lewis (Oct 14 at Mohave Valley Raceway)

1-Matt Mitchell (Apr 15 at Perris Auto Speedway)

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2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE LAPS LED:

173-Brody Roa

95-Tommy Malcolm

58-Daison Pursley

49-Chase Johnson

33-Austin Williams

25-Justin Grant

22-Ricky Lewis

20-Matt Mitchell

13-Jake Andreotti & C.J. Leary

12-Charles Davis Jr.

11-Don Gansen

8-J.J. Yeley

7-Mitchel Moles

4-Ryan Timmons

3-Cody Williams

1-Chris Gansen, Kaleb Montgomery, Jake Swanson & Matt Westfall

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR TOP-5 FEATURE FINISHES:

14-Brody Roa

9-Tommy Malcolm

8-Charles Davis Jr. & Austin Williams

5-A.J. Bender & Cody Williams

4-R.J. Johnson

3-Chase Johnson, C.J. Leary, Ricky Lewis, Matt Mitchell, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Logan Williams

2-Braden Chiaramonte & Daison Pursley

1-Max Adams, Jake Andreotti, Ryan Bernal, Logan Calderwood, Sterling Cling, Brody Fuson, Chris Gansen, Austin Grabowski, Justin Grant, Mitchel Moles, Kaleb Montgomery, Troy Rutherford, Grant Sexton, Ryan Timmons & Matt Westfall

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR TOP-10 FEATURE FINISHES:

15-Brody Roa

14-Tommy Malcolm

11-Austin Williams

10-A.J. Bender, Charles Davis Jr. & Cody Williams

8-Logan Calderwood

7-R.J. Johnson

6-Ricky Lewis

5-Grant Sexton & Logan Williams

4-Chase Johnson, Matt McCarthy, Matt Mitchell, Verne Sweeney & Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Kyle Edwards, Chris Gansen, Austin Grabowski, C.J. Leary, Andrew Sweeney & Matt Westfall

2-Jake Andreotti, Tanner Boul, Braden Chiaramonte, Dawson Faria, Brody Fuson, Tye Mihocko, Mitchel Moles, Brent Owens, Daison Pursley, Jake Swanson, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Ryan Timmons

1-Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Sterling Cling, Tommy Dunkel, Jeff Dyer, Danny Faria Jr., Don Gansen, David Gasper, Justin Grant, Tyler Hatzikian, James Herrera, Richard McCormick, Kaleb Montgomery, Troy Rutherford, Brent Sexton, James Turnbull II & Jace Vander Weerd

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE STARTS:

18-Tommy Malcolm & Brody Roa

17-A.J. Bender, Logan Calderwood & Austin Williams

16-Grant Sexton & Cody Williams

15-Verne Sweeney

13-Charles Davis Jr.

11-Logan Williams

10-R.J. Johnson

9-James Turnbull II

8-Austin Grabowski, Ricky Lewis & Brent Owens

7-Chris Gansen, James Herrera & Matt McCarthy

6-Jeff Dyer & Chase Johnson

5-Brody Fuson, Andrew Sweeney & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

4-Chris Bonneau, Braden Chiaramonte, Gary Marshall Jr., Matt Mitchell, Mitchel Moles & Kevin Thomas Jr.

3-Max Adams, Jake Andreotti, Tommy Dunkel, Kyle Edwards, Don Gansen, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Richard McCormick, Tye Mihocko, Brent Sexton, Ryan Timmons & Matt Westfall

2-Camie Bell, Tanner Boul, Sterling Cling, Drake Edwards, Dawson Faria, David Gasper, Mark Henry, Mike Martin, Daison Pursley, Shane Sexton, Jake Swanson & Jim Vanzant

1-Ryan Bernal, Dustin Cormany, Shon Deskins, Tony Everhart, Danny Faria Jr., Tyler Hatzikian, Jake Helsel, Hannah Mayhew Kaleb Montgomery, Josh Pelkey, Malyssa Perkins, Troy Rutherford, Jace Vander Weerd, Brody Wake & J.J. Yeley

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

6-Cody Williams

2-R.J. Johnson

1-Ryan Bernal, Brody Fuson, C.J. Leary, Ricky Lewis, Tommy Malcolm, Matt Mitchell, Mitchel Moles, Brody Roa, Eddie Tafoya Jr. & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR HEAT RACE WINS:

6-A.J. Bender & Tommy Malcolm

5-Brody Roa

4-Charles Davis Jr. & R.J. Johnson

2-Jake Andreotti, Logan Calderwood, Brody Fuson, Ricky Lewis, James Turnbull II, Austin Williams & Cody Williams

1-Chris Bonneau, David Gasper, Austin Grabowski, Chase Johnson, Daison Pursley, Grant Sexton, Andrew Sweeney, Verne Sweeney, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Kevin Thomas Jr. & Logan Williams

2023 USAC CRA SPRINT CAR SEMI-FEATURE WINS:

2-Max Adams

1-C.J. Leary, Brody Roa & Cody Williams

ALL-TIME USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (FULL POINTS EVENTS)

1. (95) Damion Gardner

2. (38) Mike Spencer

3. (35) Cory Kruseman

4. (21) Brody Roa

5. (20) Tony Jones

6. (12) Bryan Clauson

7. (11) Austin Williams

8. (10) Ryan Bernal, Nic Faas, Mike Kirby & Rip Williams

12. (9) Brady Bacon, David Cardey, Matt Mitchell & Richard Vander Weerd

16. (8) Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt & Danny Sheridan

19. (7) Robert Ballou, Justin Grant & R.J. Johnson

22. (6) Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, Blake Miller, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

27. (5) Charles Davis Jr. & Garrett Hansen

29. (4) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney, Darren Hagen, Chase Johnson, Kevin Swindell & Chris Windom

34. (3) Rico Abreu, Jerry Coons Jr., Jesse Hockett, Austin Liggett, Tommy Malcolm, Thomas Meseraull, Jeremy Sherman, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir, Cody Williams & Josh Wise

45. (2) Tyler Brown, Josh Hodges, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Daison Pursley, Troy Rutherford & Hunter Schuerenberg

49. (1) Emerson Axsom, Alan Ballard, Jayme Barnes, Christopher Bell, Chad Boespflug, Tanner Boul, Greg Bragg, Daron Clayton, Colby Copeland, Shane Cottle, Danny Faria Jr., Ricci Faria, Josh Ford, Marty Hawkins, Tracy Hines, Kyle Hirst, Tim Kaeding, Ricky Lewis, Mike Martin, Adam Mitchell, Johnny Rodriguez, Logan Seavey, Carson Short, Jon Stanbrough, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Timmons, Jace Vander Weerd, Cole Whitt & Jason York

ALL-TIME USAC CRA SPRINT CAR FEATURE WINS: (NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENTS)

1. (2) C.J. Leary

2. (1) Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

2004: Rip Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

2005: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2006: Cory Kruseman, Ventura, Calif.

2007: Tony Jones, Norco, Calif.

2008: Mike Spencer, Temecula, Calif.

2009: Mike Spencer, Temecula, Calif.

2010: Mike Spencer, Temecula, Calif.

2011: Mike Spencer, Temecula, Calif.

2012: Mike Spencer, Temecula, Calif.

2013: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2014: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2015: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2016: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2017: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2018: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2019: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2020: None

2021: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2022: Damion Gardner, Concord, Calif.

2023: Brody Roa, Garden Grove, Calif.

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

2004: John Jory #3, Villa Park, Calif.

2005: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2006: Glenn Crossno #38, Alta Loma, Calif.

2007: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2008: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2009: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2010: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2011: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2012: Ron Chaffin Motorsports #50, Madera, Calif.

2013: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2014: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2015: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2016: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2017: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2018: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2019: Mark Alexander #4, Torrance, Calif.

2020: None

2021: Mark Alexander #1, Torrance, Calif.

2022: Mark Alexander #1, Torrance, Calif.

2023: Tom & Christy Dunkel/BR Performance #17R, Menifee, Calif.

USAC CRA SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

2004: Ronnie Case, Camarillo, Calif.

2005: R.J. Johnson, Laveen, Ariz.

2006: Blake Miller, Yorba Linda, Calif.

2007: Scotty Weir, Marion, Ind.

2008: Nic Faas, Huntington Beach, Calif.

2009: Austin Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

2010: Jace Vander Weerd, Visalia, Calif.

2011: David Bezio, El Cajon, Calif.

2012: Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

2013: Markus Niemela, Rauma, Fin.

2014: Logan Williams, Yorba Linda, Calif.

2015: Parker Colston, Lake Elsinore, Calif.

2016: Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

2017: Matt McCarthy, Riverside, Calif.

2018: Joel Rayborne, West Covina, Calif.

2018: Austin Ervine, Bakersfield, Calif.

2019: Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.

2020: None

2021: Austin Grabowski, Riverside, Calif.

2022: Nate Schank, Santa Rosa, Calif.

2023: Grant Sexton, Lakeside, Calif.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2023 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.239; 2. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-16.389; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.485; 4. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.546; 5. C.J. Leary, 77M, Michael-16.547; 6. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.613; 7. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel/BR-16.632; 8. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.668; 9. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.719; 10. Logan Calderwood, 73C, Ford-16.789; 11. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-16.850; 12. R.J. Johnson, 51, Johnson-16.882; 13. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.884; 14. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-16.895; 15. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.031; 16. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.037; 17. Brody Fuson, 51B, Van Meter-17.090; 18. David Gasper, 73, Ford-17.099; 19. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-17.210; 20. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.440; 21. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-17.451; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.737; 23. Tom Dunkel, 17A, Dunkel-18.042; 24. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.143; 25. Malyssa Perkins, 85M, Perkins-18.248; 26. Gary Marshall Jr., 23, Bellegante-19.236; 27. Matt Westfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-21.460; 28. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-NT; 29. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. C.Williams, 3. Moles, 4. Mohocko, 5. Leary, 6. Boul, 7. Perkins. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gasper, 2. Bender, 3. Malcolm, 4. Calderwood, 5. Dyer, 6. Sweeney, 7. Marshall. 2:57.82.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Turnbull, 2. Roa, 3. Davis, 4. McCarthy, 5. G.Sexton, 6. Owens, 7. Dunkel. 2:53.95.

WC FRIEND COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. A.Williams, 3. L.Williams, 4. Grabowski, 5. S.Sexton, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lewis. 3:00.10.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. G.Sexton, 3. Mitchell, 4. Owens, 5. Dyer, 6. Sweeney, 7. S.Sexton, 8. Dunkel, 9. Perkins, 10. Boul. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. C.J. Leary (7), 2. Brody Roa (1), 3. Tommy Malcolm (5), 4. Matt Mitchell (22), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 6. Cody Williams (8), 7. Tye Mihocko (12), 8. Grant Sexton (14), 9. Brent Owens (18), 10. Logan Calderwood (9), 11. Verne Sweeney (20), 12. Jeff Dyer (13), 13. Mitchel Moles (6), 14. Logan Williams (3), 15. James Turnbull II (10), 16. Matt McCarthy (21), 17. David Gasper (17), 18. R.J. Johnson (11), 19. Brody Fuson (16), 20. Austin Grabowski (19), 21. Austin Williams (15), 22. A.J. Bender (2). NT.
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**Boul flipped during qualifications. Gasper and L.Williams flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1-17 Roa, Laps 18-30 Leary
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Matt Mitchell (22 to 4)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mitchel Moles

 

 

100 LAPS TO GO!

PLACERVILLE’S HANGTOWN 100 PRESENTS

BIG CHALLENGE FOR USAC MIDGETS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 9, 2023)………One-hundred laps. It’s a daunting task in a midget any way you slice it.

For one, it’s imperative to ensure you can make it the distance, not only mechanically but physically and mentally as well.

It’s challenging, but this is why racers do what they do. To face off against tasks most ordinary individuals wouldn’t dare take on and to defeat their peers in competition.

That’s what we’ll be witnessing for two straight nights with the fourth running of the Hangtown 100 at California’s Placerville Speedway featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on November 17-18, 2023.

Here’s six of the many storylines we’re watching at this year’s edition of the one and only 100-lap USAC Midget race on the series schedule.


KYLE LARSON RETURNS TO HANGTOWN

Placerville Speedway is the home to some of Kyle Larson’s most cherished racing moments. It’s the place he made his first sprint car start. It’s the place he won his first sprint car race. It’s the place he describes as his “home track.”

Now, for the first time in 2023, Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) will be making an appearance with the USAC National Midgets during the running of the Hangtown 100.

He will forever be known as the first ever winner of the Hangtown 100, capturing the inaugural running of the event back in 2019 after starting 10th, then won a Hangtown prelim in 2021 after charging from the seventh spot.

Larson, the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series champion, is a frequent hard charger at the Hangtown 100, driving from 23rd to fourth on night one in 2019 and 12th to sixth in the 2021 opener.


KOFOID EYING RARE BACK-TO-BACK FEAT OF 100-LAP WINS

No driver has won consecutive 100-lap USAC National Midget features since Sam Isenhower on the indoor concrete, coke syrup-infused surface of Fort Wayne’s Memorial Coliseum in 1988.

No driver has won consecutive 100-lap USAC National Midget features on dirt since Ron Shuman in 1982 at the Terre Haute Action Track’s Hut 100 and Ascot Park’s Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) intends to change that in 2023 at Placerville where he comes in as the defending Hangtown 100 winner. In fact, he’s won his past two USAC Midget starts at Placerville, scoring the night two prelim and the finale in 2022.

Kofoid, the 2021-22 USAC National Midget champion, will also try to maintain Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports’ stranglehold of the Hangtown 100 after having swept all three nights of the event in 2022 with driver Tanner Carrick also taking the opener.

Already a winner at Placerville this season, Kofoid grabbed a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car triumph there during September’s 49er Gold Rush Classic.



WINNING A PIECE OF THE PLACERVILLE PIE

Speaking of drivers who’ve already achieved winning performances at Placerville this year in other disciplines, there’s actually quite an array of drivers in that category.

Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) gave Keith Kunz Motorsports its 134th USAC National Midget victory during last year’s Hangtown 100 opening night prelim, a triumph which made KKM the winningest team in series history. Carrick has been a regular in winged 360 Sprint Car competition this year at Placerville, scoring a feature win in July while finishing eighth in the standings. The two-time USAC National Midget winner will be aboard the No. 98 midget for KKM at Placerville and also for two nights at Merced (Calif.) Speedway on November 21-22.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) will drive for car owner and Hangtown 100 promoter Matt Wood in the event. Golobic won the World of Outlaws stop at Placerville in 2019 and scored a 360 win of his own this past August. The 2017 USAC Indiana Midget Week champion will be vying for his first USAC National Midget feature win since 2016.

Furthermore, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.) is the 360 Sprint Car track champ at Placerville for 2023 while also tallying a main event victory as well. The two-time USAC Western States Midget titlist will pilot a midget out of the Graunstadt Enterprises/Matt Streeter Racing stable and has also bagged a USAC WSM victory at Placerville in 2022. Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, Calif.) and newly crowned USAC WSM champ Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, Calif.) have also been victorious with the USAC WSM series at Placerville of late with Andreotti scoring in 2022 and Fuson this past July.


HANGING 10 AT THE HANGTOWN 100

The Hangtown 100 of 2021 was a banner weekend for both Justin Grant and Ryan Timms, and between the two drivers, they own five USAC National Midget victories in 2023 and reside inside the top-four of the series standings.

Grant (Ione, Calif.) raced past Buddy Kofoid with 14 laps to go to win the Hangtown 100 finale that year at the place he later said is “where I grew up; this is where I fell in love with racing; this is the place where I decided I wanted to be a racecar driver.”

Timms (Oklahoma City, Okla.), at just 15 years, 3 months and 12 days old, made history on night one of the Hangtown 100 to become the youngest feature winner in the history of USAC National Midget racing, a record that stands to this day.

Grant’s been on a hot streak of late, having won two of the last three after going winless with the series until late September. Timms, meanwhile, wants to finish strong driving for the same team and car number that has won each of the past two Hangtown 100 features with Kofoid in the seat in 2021.


STRAIGHT TO THE POINT

The Hangtown 100 format is a bit different than the norm with the accumulation of points playing a role front and center on the stage throughout the two nights of the event.

Points will be earned via finishing position and number of positions advanced throughout each night, which will not only seed the starting lineups, but also will pay off in the end. The driver accruing the most points throughout the Hangtown 100 will receive a $12,500 reward at the end of the weekend.

Friday’s 30-lap, $5,000-to-win feature will pay 50 appearance points only toward the USAC National Midget standings. Saturday’s 100-lap, $8,000-to-win finale will pay feature points only toward the USAC National Midget season-long tally for all licensed series drivers and entrants.


THE LONE 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE OF THE YEAR

Furthermore, the event is the one and only 100-lap event on the USAC National Midget calendar this season. Once a regular feature on the schedule in the early years of the series, these days, a race of its distance is as rare a sight as a white squirrel in the wilderness.

In fact, this year’s Hangtown 100 will be the 398th 100-lap feature run in the series’ history since the dawn of USAC’s formation in 1956, and the 117th in the state of California.

Four drivers in this year’s Hangtown 100 field have experienced the feat of winning 100-lap USAC Midget races: Kyle Larson, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh and Buddy Kofoid.

Larson captured the Hangtown 100 at Placerville in 2019 as did Grant in 2021 and Kofoid in 2022. McIntosh’s 100-lap victory came in 2022 at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway. McIntosh has yet to win at Placerville, twice finishing second in 30-lap prelim features in both 2021 and 2022.

THE DETAILS:

Front gates open at 3pm each night at the Hangtown 100. Reserved and general admission ticket packages for the Hangtown 100, along with single night tickets, are available at www.hangtown100.com. Tickets will also be available at the gate on race day.

Both nights of racing at the Hangtown 100 can be watched LIVE on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1411, 2-Justin Grant-1186, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1161, 4-Ryan Timms-1134, 5-Daison Pursley-1122, 6-Jade Avedisian-1110, 7-Jacob Denney-1061, 8-Gavin Miller-1018, 9-Cannon McIntosh-949, 10-Thomas Meseraull-922.


USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2-Buddy Kofoid & Kyle Larson

1-Tanner Carrick, Justin Grant, Gio Scelzi & Ryan Timms


USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

2019: Gio Scelzi (11/19) & Kyle Larson (11/20)

2021: Ryan Timms (11/18), Kyle Larson (11/19) & Justin Grant (11/20)

2022: Tanner Carrick (11/17), Buddy Kofoid (11/18) & Buddy Kofoid (11/19)


TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 11.397

10 Laps - 11/19/2021 - Brenham Crouch - 1:56.949

12 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Tanner Thorson - 2:25.95

30 Laps - 11/18/2021 - Ryan Timms - 6:07.97


PLACERVILLE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE RESULTS:

2019 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

2019 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT

2021 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Timms (2), 2. Cannon McIntosh (5), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Shane Golobic (8), 5. Emerson Axsom (3), 6. Kyle Larson (12), 7. Chris Windom (10), 8. Zeb Wise (4), 9. Thomas Meseraull (17), 10. Logan Seavey (11), 11. Brenham Crouch (9), 12. Kaylee Bryson (14), 13. Tanner Carrick (18), 14. Buddy Kofoid (22), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (1), 16. Tanner Thorson (20), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Kevin Thomas Jr. (19), 19. Chase Randall (7), 20. Colby Copeland (13), 21. Michael Faccinto (21), 22. Colby Johnson (15), 23. Carson Macedo (23), 24. Hayden Reinbold (25-P), 25. Cory Eliason (26-P), 26. Ryan Bernal (24). 6:07.97 (New Track Record)

2021 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Emerson Axsom (6), 3. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 4. Jason McDougal (8), 5. Buddy Kofoid (9), 6. Carson Macedo (3), 7. Zeb Wise (1), 8. Logan Seavey (11), 9. Taylor Reimer (12), 10. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 11. Justin Grant (24), 12. Ethan Mitchell (5), 13. Brenham Crouch (17), 14. Maria Cofer (10), 15. Chris Windom (2), 16. Colby Copeland (13), 17. Ryan Timms (20), 18. Tanner Carrick (25-P), 19. Shane Golobic (19), 20. Tanner Thorson (22), 21. Chase Johnson (15), 22. Michael Faccinto (14), 23. Cory Eliason (23), 24. Cannon McIntosh (26-P), 25. Caden Sarale (18), 26. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

2021 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (7), 2. Buddy Kofoid (6), 3. Logan Seavey (11), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Carson Macedo (13), 6. Tanner Thorson (14), 7. Cory Eliason (25-P), 8. Emerson Axsom (10), 9. Tanner Carrick (22), 10. Shane Golobic (9), 11. Kevin Thomas Jr. (16), 12. Thomas Meseraull (23), 13. Colby Copeland (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (24), 15. Bryant Wiedeman (4), 16. Taylor Reimer (1), 17. Zeb Wise (2), 18. Kyle Larson (12), 19. Cannon McIntosh (17), 20. Chase Elliott (28-O), 21. Jade Avedisian (27-O), 22. Ethan Mitchell (19), 23. Michael Faccinto (21), 24. Ryan Timms (8), 25. Jason McDougal (18), 26. Maria Cofer (20), 27. Carson Sousa (26-P), 28. Brenham Crouch (5). NT

2022 NIGHT #1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Carrick (2), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Buddy Kofoid (9), 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (6), 5. Spencer Bayston (8), 6. Cannon McIntosh (12), 7. Shane Golobic (10), 8. Chris Windom (4), 9. Colby Copeland (5), 10. Jason McDougal (3), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (14), 12. Mitchel Moles (22), 13. Thomas Meseraull (21), 14. Justin Grant (16), 15. Dominic Gorden (13), 16. Tanner Thorson (19), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Daison Pursley (24), 19. Emerson Axsom (11), 20. Taylor Reimer (26-P), 21. Kaylee Bryson (25-P), 22. Carson Macedo (7), 23. Jade Avedisian (20), 24. Daniel Whitley (23), 25. Jake Andreotti (15), 26. Logan Seavey (17).

2022 NIGHT #2 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Cannon McIntosh (9), 3. Tanner Thorson (4), 4. Tanner Carrick (12), 5. Chris Windom (13), 6. Logan Seavey (19), 7. Spencer Bayston (15), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Shane Golobic (16), 10. Carson Macedo (22), 11. Jake Andreotti (10), 12. Corey Day (21), 13. Justin Grant (18), 14. Mitchel Moles (23), 15. Chance Crum (6), 16. Jason McDougal (17), 17. Jacob Denney (14), 18. Michael Pickens (8), 19. Ryan Bernal (20), 20. Ryan Timms (2), 21. Colby Copeland (24), 22. Kaylee Bryson (11), 23. Thomas Meseraull (1), 24. Jade Avedisian (7). NT

2022 NIGHT #3 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Chance Crum (21), 3. Justin Grant (11), 4. Carson Macedo (14), 5. Tanner Thorson (8), 6. Spencer Bayston (5), 7. Cannon McIntosh (1), 8. Shane Golobic (4), 9. Tanner Carrick (3), 10. Bryant Wiedeman (7), 11. Thomas Meseraull (17), 12. Kevin Thomas Jr. (15), 13. Chris Windom (6), 14. Mitchel Moles (12), 15. Ryan Timms (22), 16. Jake Andreotti (18), 17. Kaylee Bryson (25-U), 18. Jade Avedisian (28-P), 19. Michael Pickens (9), 20. Michael Faccinto (27-P), 21. Emerson Axsom (19), 22. Tony Gomes (23), 23. Corey Day (20), 24. Brenham Crouch (26-U), 25. Colby Copeland (13), 26. Jason McDougal (10), 27. Logan Seavey (16), 28. Daniel Whitley (24). NT

 

 

AVEDISIAN AIMS FOR A BREAKTHROUGH ON USAC MIDGETS' WEST COAST SWING

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 10, 2023)………It was this time of the season two years ago when Jade Avedisian made a grand introduction to USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship racing.

With a pedigree that included a standout upbringing in micro sprints, including a 2017 USAC Junior Micro Sprint championship, she made her debut in time for the series’ west coast swing in 2021.

It was there at Merced Speedway, located roughly 45 minutes away from her Clovis, Calif. home, that she finished fourth and instantly showed to all onlookers, and to herself, that she belonged.

Now, two years later, she continues to progress up the rankings, currently standing sixth in points and, earlier this year, became the first woman to lead the USAC National standings. Still just 17 years old, Avedisian is already preparing for her third annual west coast trip with the USAC Midgets and can note some of the differences between now and then.

“I just got in and tried to do the best I could at the time,” Avedisian said. “This is my third time on the west coast in a midget and I know I’ve come a long way since then, and especially this year, I feel like I’m head and shoulders ahead of where I even started this year.”

The stats don’t lie. She’s made all 21 feature starts with USAC and her six top-fives and 13 top-ten results have doubled her previous career-highs from a year ago when she made 20 series starts. Although she’s excited to be back on the west coast, she aims to be a few spots better. With three runner-up USAC finishes this season, she feels her time to win is coming, but winning a USAC race requires almost perfect execution in every facet. At Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, one little slip atop the turn two cushion while leading cost her the victory. But despite the close calls, Avedisian knows she possesses all the tools to eventually seal the deal, but it requires a complete showing from beginning to end.

“I feel like there’s a lot of nights this year that I’ve been so frustrated because we were so close,” Avedisian revealed. “I’ll always be angry about the Bloomington deal. I feel like that was our chance to win but I put myself in a bad position and made a mistake and that was that. But I feel pretty confident going out to the west coast. I’ve come a long way this year and I know we’re going to have really good cars out there, so I need to capitalize and limit the mistakes.”

One new aspect for Avedisian in 2023 was her joining Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, the owner of 12 USAC National Midget titles and 143 series wins, both all-time records. Knowing their history, reputation and the fact that she was now in the same position as Buddy Kofoid with the same team and crew chief (Jarrett Martin) that won the championship the last two years, admittedly, it placed a little bit more pressure on herself to perform.

“I definitely would say that I was putting more pressure on myself just because everyone knows how good they are and I feel like they have chances to win almost every single night,” Avedisian admitted. “Last year, I wasn’t really that consistent on my end. I was either all in or really bad. So, I knew that was going to be a big step for me to take going into this year.”

Martin, who has earned top honors as the recipient of the Johnny Capels USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year in 2021-22, was assigned to Avedisian this year, and they’ve clicked. Together, they grabbed the 2023 Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series title on the strength of five feature victories, but it came with its share of learning curves along the way as well.

At times earlier this season, Avedisian admits to pushing way too hard and surpassing the edge, but in the process, she learned that in order to be faster, sometimes you’ve got to slow down. She remarked that, in midsummer of this season, there was a light switch moment that helped her post more consistent results from that point forward.

“Having Jarrett on my side this year has been great,” Avedisian praised. “He’s coached me through everything and has helped out a ton. (KKM) has done it for so many years and they’ve got a big notebook, so when they see something that happens, and they’ve seen many young drivers coming up, they know the tendencies they have. They’ve got no quit, I’ll tell you that. No matter what happens throughout the night or the night before, they never give up on you.”

A year ago this time, while driving for CB Industries, Avedisian had her first meeting with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports in a not-so-fun, but oh-so-memorable manner at California’s Placerville Speedway. It was there, while battling for third in the feature, she and KKM’s Tanner Carrick touched wheels, sending Avedisian ramping up the wall and flipping over three times in nose-to-tail fashion before coming to a rest on the other side of the turn one banking.

Avedisian walked away from the scene and, in fact, traveled on foot all the way from turn one to turn three to give Carrick a fist bump with nary a word said. It was a much-ballyhooed moment that had the racing world buzzing regarding her maturity. As fate would have it, now the same two drivers will be teammates for four events during the upcoming west coast trip with KKM.

“I had no clue what I was going to do,” Avedisian said with a laugh when recalling her meet and greet with Carrick that night. “I got out of the car, and I started walking, and I was like, I have no clue what I’m going to do. I walked up to his car and thought, ‘what am I going to do?’ So I did a fist bump. I know I probably wanted to do other things, but I just can’t do that to the people who support me on my firesuit and to put all the other people around me and all my partners in a bad light.”

Avedisian sure hopes better times await on this west coast trip, and one thing she knows for sure, if she is able to break through and become the first woman to capture a USAC National feature win, it will have been well-earned.

“USAC races are so tough,” she said. “I can’t even express how tough they are, starting with qualifying to having to get out of your heat race, which is a big thing. I just need to set myself up early in the night, do my best and execute the best I can.”

2023 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REMAINING SCHEDULE:

Nov 14: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA – November Classic

Nov 17: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA – Hangtown 100

Nov 18: Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA – Hangtown 100

Nov 21: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 22: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA

Nov 25: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA – ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

BRODY ROA LEADS USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS TO PERRIS SEASON FINALE
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 8, 2023... This Saturday, November 11th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at Perris Auto Speedway for their season finale. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the final point race is presented by Heimark Distributors / Anheuser Busch and will feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and Southwest Lightning Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

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

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

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 248 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and forty-three different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 51 “home track” wins and this year’s races have been claimed by Justin Grant, Matt Mitchell, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm (twice), and Brody Roa (twice). Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012 and the complete Perris USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

After last week’s hard fought “Western World Championships” at Cocopah Speedway near Yuma, Arizona, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) has clinched the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance owned #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa has eight feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 177 feature laps led to his credit. Brody ranks fourth with 21 career victories and will be looking to celebrate the title with another win at Perris.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led on the year. Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights adding another win to his resume this Saturday night.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is third in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Piloting the family owned #2 Digalert / Ramona Duck Club DRC, Williams has two heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit. With eleven career triumphs, Austin will be looking to earn his first win of the season at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The owner/driver of the #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career wins and will have his sights on the victory at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Racing the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / Schweitzer Racing DRC, Bender has six heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. Last season’s USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year will be looking to claim his first USAC/CRA victory at the season finale.

Grant Sexton (Lakeside, California) has a lock on Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eighth in the point standings. The driver of the family owned #22 Sexton Fire Protection / East County Electric Works Triple X is followed by James Turnbull II (Indio, California), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California), Tom Dunkel (Menifee, California), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California), Dawson Faria (Tipton, California), and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Logan Calderwood, Verne Sweeney, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Ricky Lewis, Chris Gansen, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Matt McCarthy, Brent Owens, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Andrew Sweeney, Matt Mitchell, Matt Westfall, Kyle Edwards, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, Don Gansen, and more.

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

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, WC Friend Company, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner, 2019-Damion Gardner, 2020-NO AWARD, 2021-Damion Gardner, 2022-Damion Gardner, 2023-Brody Roa.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Brody Roa, 3-Tommy Malcolm, 2-Daison Pursley, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Matt Mitchell.

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

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

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1208, 2. Tommy Malcolm-1093, 3. Austin Williams-944, 4. Cody Williams-857, 5. A.J. Bender-854, 6. Charles Davis Jr.-734, 7. Logan Calderwood-729, 8. Grant Sexton (R)-629, 9. Verne Sweeney-554, 10. R.J. Johnson-532.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Justin Grant)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (RAIN)
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (RAIN)
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (RAIN)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
November 3: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Daison Pursley)
November 4: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Daison Pursley)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (30 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

ALL ROADS LEAD TO BAKERSFIELD:

USAC MIDGET WEST COAST SWING BEGINS NOV. 14

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 8, 2023)………All roads lead to California’s Bakersfield Speedway!

For one, it’s the start of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship’s annual voyage to the west coast on Tuesday night, November 14, the first of six races in a 12-day span in the Golden State to close out the 2023 season.

Secondly, the November Classic presents a myriad of new beginnings and challenges ahead with the likes of Thomas Meseraull’s debut with a new team looming as well as RMS Racing’s three-race winning streak being put to the test, Buddy Kofoid’s pursuit of a historic third Bako win and Logan Seavey’s championship quest, just to mention a few.

Here’s a look at six of the storylines we’re watching on Tuesday at Bakersfield!


NEW DIGS FOR MESERAULL

The November swing discussion starts with a new beginning for defending Bakersfield winner Thomas Meseraull.

After the recent parting of ways between Meseraull and the RMS Racing team, Meseraull and his Engler-powered EA Stealth engine will make its debut with a former Spike Chassis out of the RMS stable which will retain the same familiar number of 7x.

It’s quite the change of scenery for Meseraull who has scored all 10 of his USAC National Midget career victories for RMS and has competed full-time with the team since their formation in 2018. Meseraull took the team’s ride to a 30-lap wire-to-wire victory at Bakersfield in 2022.

Bakersfield success has been part of the equation for Meseraull since the earliest days of his racing career and continues to the current day. In fact, his very first USAC-sanctioned feature win came at Bakersfield with the Western States Midget division all the way back in the year 2000.


RMS LOOKING “FOUR” MORE

Speaking of which, after a daunting and frustrating season, the RMS Racing team has recently broken through to hit their stride on the USAC National Midget trail.

After going winless throughout the first 18 events of the year, the team has now won three-straight, including two by Justin Grant while Meseraull added one to the win column as well.

Now sporting a one-car effort for the upcoming California swing solely for Grant, the RMS outfit is riding a streak which equals the team’s longest string of victories set during the first three rounds of the 2022 season.

Now the pursuit for team principal Dave Estep and crew is to become the first team not named Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports to win four-straight USAC National Midget features since Tucker-Boat Motorsports took five consecutive triumphs in 2020.

Furthermore, RMS enters the upcoming trip as the most recent winner in the state of California with Grant reigning victorious during the season-ending Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura Raceway in 2022.


BUDDY’S BACK AT BAKO

Buddy Kofoid’s midget starts have been fewer and further between this year in comparison to recent seasons. But the 2021-22 USAC National Midget champion has been a force every time he’s hit the track this season to no one’s surprise.

In just five USAC National Midget starts during the 2023 campaign, the Penngrove, Calif. driver has finished inside the top-five in all five, including a pair of feature victories.

Furthermore, in his past three Bakersfield appearances, he’s finished on the podium each time and won twice in back-to-back fashion in 2020-21. With one more victory on Tuesday, he’d equal current Keith Kunz Motorsports C.E.E.O. (Chief Everything Else Officer) Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich as the winningest USAC Midget drivers at Bakersfield.

Kofoid is committed to competing on the full six-race slate with the USAC Midgets in November in the seat of the KKM/Curb-Agajanian No. 67K, one of seven entries from the team’s stable that’ll be on hand at Bakersfield.


SEAVEY WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP CLOSEOUT ON HIS MIND

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is one of three past November Classic winners slated to compete in Tuesday’s event at Bakersfield along with Buddy Kofoid and Thomas Meseraull.

Seavey captured the 2018 Bakersfield round in grand style by utilizing the high line to pass for the victory coming out of the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap, which also locked up the series title for him in one fell swoop.

It was during the California rounds a year ago in which Seavey made his debut with Abacus Racing. Now, a year later, the pair stands head and shoulders above the field on the brink of a championship, up 225 points in the series standings with just six races remaining.

Coming off a fifth-place finish at Bakersfield in 2022, Seavey and Abacus would like to further cement their title wishes with another “one fell swoop” performance on Tuesday.


DOUBLE-O ANDREOTTI

Jake Andreotti has competed the entirety of the USAC National Midget season in a car owned by Tom Malloy. However, for the remainder of the season, he’ll find himself back in a former, but familiar, ride.

The Castro Valley, Calif. native has re-teamed up with car owner Pete Davis and his No. 00 for the six-race schedule in their California homeland, the same team with which he accrued several impressive runs this time a year ago, punctuated by a fourth-place result in the 2022 season finale at Ventura.

This year alone, in limited starts on off-weekends from the national trail, Andreotti ventured back home to California and has been stellar in Davis’ No. 00 with the USAC Western States Midgets. In just three starts, Andreotti and Davis won twice and finished as the runner-up in the other.

Even better, Andreotti is undefeated in a midget on Bakersfield soil this year. However, both of those victories came at the neighboring The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Nonetheless, the team is confident that they can have another breakthrough moment this time around just down the road in Bako.

AUSTRALIA TEAMS WITH AMERICA

Just like clockwork, the distinctive machinery of Australia’s Dyson Motorsport and American drivers Carson Macedo and Spencer Bayston return to the field for a full two weeks of midget racing on the west coast of the U.S. in the Fall.

Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) are coming off a year in which they both finished inside the top-eight of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink point standings for 2023.

Both drivers have established themselves in midgets along the way as well with Macedo earning a USAC Indiana Regional Midget series title and National Rookie of the Year honors in 2016. Last year at Merced, Macedo was able to notch his first career USAC National Midget victory.

Bayston, meanwhile, was a mainstay at the top of USAC National Midget racing throughout the mid to late 2010s, establishing himself as both a National Midget champion in 2017 and an Indiana Midget Week titlist in 2018.


THE DETAILS

The Tuesday, November 14 running of the November Classic at California’s Bakersfield Speedway features the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, California Lightning Sprints and American Stocks.

Pits open at Noon Pacific with the gates opening at 4pm, the drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $20. Kids 6-12 general admission tickets are $10. Kids 5 and under general admission tickets are free. Ages 65+ and military (ID required) general admission tickets are $18.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California’s Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 24 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile that has been both paved and dirt throughout its history.

The NOS Energy Drink November Classic from Bakersfield will be streamed live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.


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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-1411, 2-Justin Grant-1186, 3-Bryant Wiedeman-1161, 4-Ryan Timms-1134, 5-Daison Pursley-1122, 6-Jade Avedisian-1110, 7-Jacob Denney-1061, 8-Gavin Miller-1018, 9-Cannon McIntosh-949, 10-Thomas Meseraull-922.


TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS AT BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY:

1 Lap - 11/16/2021 - Cannon McIntosh - 12.347 - 97.092 mph

6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.460 - 83.192 mph

8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.590 - 92.580 mph

10 Laps - 11/17/2020 - Jonathan Beason - 2:03.059 - 97.417 mph

12 Laps - 11/16/2021 - Chase Randall - 2:31.417 - 95.077 mph

15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.910 - 87.678 mph

100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph


BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:

3-Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich

2-Buddy Kofoid, Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp

1-Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Kyle Larson, Thomas Meseraull, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler


BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:

1959: Davey Moses (8/2)

1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)

1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)

1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)

1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)

1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)

1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)

1991: Page Jones (11/23)

1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)

1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)

1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)

1995: Billy Boat (11/23)

1997: Jay Drake (11/22)

1998: Jay Drake (11/26)

1999: Dave Darland (11/20)

2000: Jay Drake (11/18)

2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)

2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

2019: Kyle Larson (11/23)

2020: Buddy Kofoid (11/17)

2021: Buddy Kofoid (11/16)

2022: Thomas Meseraull (11/15)


BAKERSFIELD SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS:

1959 FEATURE: 1. Davey Moses, 2. Joe Garson, 3. Billy Cantrell, 4. Norm Rapp, 5. Cal Niday, 6. Johnny Wood, 7. Leroy Neumayer, 8. Gene Gurney, 9. Johnny Melton, 10. Jim Gilchrist, 11. Johnnie Tolan, 12. Chuck Booth, 13. Dempsey Wilson, 14. Joe Soares, 15. Norm Hall, 16. Don Staudinger. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Frank Secrist, 2. George Benson, 3. Duane Sears, 4. Tom Trader, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. Larry Ferrua, 7. Jimmy Caruthers, 8. Jim Bob Luebbert, 9. Bernie Schechter, 10. Al Henderson, 11. Ned Spath, 12. Clark Templeman, 13. Ed Johns, 14. Joe Garson, 15. Walt Kennedy, 16. Paul Jones, 17. Porky Rachwitz, 18. Jack Sachse. NT

1966 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2.Al Henderson, 3. George Benson, 4. Rick Henderson, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Don Melton, 7. Billy Wilkerson, 8. Dickie Deis, 9. Bruce Walkup, 10. Johnny Moorhouse, 11. Tom Trader, 12. Ed Johns, 13. Ron Hughes, 14. Mike Mosley, 15. Paul Jones, 16. Frank Secrist, 17. George Todd, 18. Larry Ferrua.

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Duane Sears, 3. Mike McGreevy, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Johnny Moorhouse, 6. George Benson, 7. Jan Opperman, 8. Dave Strickland, 9. Herman Hutton, 10. Walt Kennedy, 11. Billy Wilkerson, 12. Gil Alcala, 13. Don Sparks, 14. Henry Rossi, 15. Don White, 16. Ray Lattie, 17. Ed Johns, 18. Dickie Deis. NT

1967 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Billy Vukovich, 2. Walt Kennedy, 3. George Benson, 4. Johnny Moorhouse, 5. Larry Ferrua, 6. Dickie Deis, 7. Ray Lattie, 8. Ron Hughes, 9. Jerry Welton, 10. Clark Templeman, 11. Tom McCoy, 12. Jim Vaughan, 13. Sonny White, 14. Dennis Johansen, 15. Jack Yeley, 16. Porky Rachwitz, 17. Johnny Parsons, 18. Billy Wilkerson. NT

1974 FEATURE: (30 laps), 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Chuck Gurney, 3. Pancho Carter, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Jimmy Caruthers, 6. Jerry Weeks, 7. Danny O'Neill, 8. Bill Weingarten, 9. Danny McKnight, 10. Larry Rice, 11. Johnny Anderson, 12. Jim Beckley, 13. Gary Irvin, 14. Mark Alderson, 15. Wheeler Gresham, 16. Hank Butcher, 17. Roger Mears, 18. Bobby Tripp, 19. Jeff Heywood, 20. George Snider.

1988 FEATURE (40 laps) 1. Rich Vogler, 2. Darryl Haugh, 3. Wally Pankratz, 4. Kevin Olson, 5. Dave Strickland Jr., 6. Ken Nichols, 7. Mario Bringetto Jr., 8. Tommy White, 9. Chuck West, 10. Floyd Alvis, 11. Johnny Cofer, 12. Rick Zermani, 13. Rusty Rasmussen, 14. Jim Berg, 15. Larry Derwin, 16. Joe Winters, 17. Sleepy Tripp, 18. Robby Flock, 19. P.J. Jones, 20. Frank Pedregon, 21. John Starks, 22. Terry Wente. NT

1989 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Mario Bringetto Jr., 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Terry Farrar, 5. Kevin Olson, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Dirk VanCott, 8. Kevin Doty, 9. Bob Davison, 10. Dennis Hart, 11. Terry Tarditi, 12. Ray Derby, 13. Hank Butcher, 14. Jeff Gordon, 15. P.J. Jones, 16. Ron Hughes Jr., 17. Rick Taylor, 18. Tommy White, 19. Dan Drinan, 20. Frank Pedregon. NT

1990 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Terry Farrar, 2. Dave Strickland Jr., 3. Sleepy Tripp, 4. Ricky Gray, 5. P.J. Jones, 6. Jeff Gordon, 7. Russ Gamester, 8. Mike Streicher, 9. Robby Flock, 10. Rick Taylor, 11. John McLaughlin, 12. George Ito, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. Ray Derby, 15. Kevin Doty, 16. Mike Appio, 17. Lee Yetter, 18. Frank Pedregon, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Stephen Lewis. NT

1991 FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Page Jones, 2. P.J. Jones, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Robby Flock, 5. Doug Kalitta, 6. Mike Streicher, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Andy Pierce, 10. Jordan Hermansader, 11. Tyce Carlson, 12. Critter Malone, 13. Terry Tarditi, 14. John Kaiser, 15. Stan Fox, 16. Doug Silva, 17. Wally Pankratz, 18. Ricky Gray, 19. George Ito, 20. Keith Rauch. NT

1992 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Tony Elliott, 3. Stevie Reeves, 4. Hank Butcher, 5. Chuck Gurney, 6. Stan Fox, 7. John Heydenreich, 8. George Ito, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Brett Horrobin, 11. Keith Chrisco, 12. Jordan Hermansader, 13. Mike Streicher, 14. Glenn Carson, 15, Joe Gaerte, 16. Lealand McSpadden, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Jonkman, 19, John Harkrader, 20. Page Jones, 21. Billy Garcia, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Billy Boat, 24. Terry Tarditi. NT

1993 FEATURE: (100 laps): 1. Ron Shuman, 2. Robby Flock, 3. Johnny Cofer, 4. George Ito, 5. Jay Drake, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jordan Hermansader, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Stan Fox, 11. Ron Hazelton, 12. Keith Chrisco, 13. Chuck Gurney, 14. Hank Butcher, 15. Rick Hendrix, 16. Richard Griffin, 17. Stevie Reeves, 18. Page Jones, 19. Jimmy Sills, 20. Robert Dolacki, 21. Ronnie Day, 22. Sleepy Tripp, 23. Cary Faas, 24. Billy Boat. NT

1994 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Jordan Hermansader, 2. Hank Butcher, 3. Kenny Irwin Jr., 4. Billy Boat, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Danny Lasoski, 7. Johnny Cofer, 8. George Ito, 9. Jack Runyon, 10. Sleepy Tripp, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Robert Dolacki, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Tony Elliott, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Ronnie Johncox, 17. Jimmy Sills, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Rick Hendrix, 20. Wally Pankratz, 21. Tony Stewart, 22. Lealand McSpadden, 23. Donnie Beechler, 24. Andy Michner. 25:56.85

1995 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Kenny Irwin Jr., 3. Kevin Doty, 4. Richard Griffin, 5. Rick Hendrix, 6. George Ito, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Jimmy Sills, 9. Andy Michner, 10. Ron Shuman, 11. Hank Butcher, 12. Larry Brown, 13. Shane Scully, 14. J.J. Ercse, 15. Frankie Kerr, 16. Jeremy Sherman, 17. Danny Lasoski, 18. Jason Leffler, 19. Wally Pankratz, 20. Jim Keene, 21. Jay Drake, 22. Brian Gerster, 23. Johnny Cofer, 24. J.R. Lawson. 26:58.12

1997 FEATURE: (100 laps) 1. Billy Boat, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Jimmy Sills, 4. Wally Pankratz, 5. Tracy Hines, 6. Ricky Shelton, 7. Jerry Coons Jr., 8. Clay Klepper, 9. Craig Brady, 10. Dwayne Marcum, 11. Rick Hendrix, 12. Shane Scully, 13. Steve Paden, 14. Cory Kruseman, 15. Larry Brown, 16. Jason Leffler, 17. Nick Lundgreen, 18. Steve Barth, 19. John Heydenreich, 20. Danny Lasoski, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Kevin Thomas, 23. Robert Dolacki, 24. Marc DeBeaumont. NT

1998 FEATURE: (100 laps - Held Nov. 26) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Jason Leffler, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Dave Darland, 5. Kasey Kahne, 6. Dan Boorse, 7. Jimmy Sills, 8. Ricky Shelton, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Brian Tyler, 11. Robby Flock, 12. Michael Lewis, 13. Ronnie Day, 14. Rick Hendrix, 15. Aaron Fiscus, 16. Dane Carter, 17. Kevin Doty, 18. Scott Hansen, 19. Steve Paden, 20. Brian Stanfill, 21. Shane Scully, 22. Jordan Hermansader, 23. John Starks, 24. Donnie Beechler. NT

1999 FEATURE: (50 Laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Jay Drake, 3. Michael Lewis, 4. Travis Welpott (#8), 5. Marc DeBeaumont, 6. Wally Pankratz, 7. Clay Klepper, 8. Glenn Carson, 9. Bobby Boone, 10. Steve Paden, 11. Dane Carter, 12. Rick Vaughn, 13. Dave Stoltz, 14. A.J. Felker (MCI), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 16. Bryan Stanfill, 17. Ed Carpenter, 18. Dwayne Marcum, 19. Derrick Hearron, 20. Ryan Newman, 21. Dean Alexander, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Bud Kaeding, 24. Bruce Donaldson, 25. Thomas Meseraull. NT

2000 FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Jay Drake, 2. Kasey Kahne, 3. Aaron Fike, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Ronnie Day, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Thomas Meseraull, 8. Steve Paden, 9. Keith Rauch, 10. Bryan Stanfill, 11. Jimmy Sills, 12. John Nervo, 13. Jimmy Christian, 14. Dwayne Marcum, 15. A.J. Johnson, 16. Sarah McCune, 17. Derrick Hearron, 18. Ryan Scott, 19. Wally Pankratz (#37x), 20. Rick Hendrix, 21. Dave Darland, 22. Marc DeBeaumont, 23. Shane Scully, 24. Michael Lewis. NT

2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen. NT

2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT

2019: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT

2020 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (5), 2. Kyle Larson (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Chase Johnson (1), 5. Spencer Bayston (4), 6. Chris Windom (20), 7. Tanner Thorson (6), 8. Cannon McIntosh (16), 9. Justin Grant (14), 10. Carson Macedo (21), 11. Jonathan Beason (8), 12. Emerson Axsom (12), 13. Clinton Boyles (10), 14. Ethan Mitchell (11), 15. Kaylee Bryson (7), 16. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9), 17. Andrew Layser* (24), 18. Michael Faccinto (13), 19. Tanner Carrick (15), 20. Cole Bodine* (23), 21. Bryant Wiedeman (19), 22. Frankie Guerrini (22), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Daison Pursley (17). NT

2021 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Buddy Kofoid (2), 2. Emerson Axsom (1), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Tanner Thorson (5), 5. Cannon McIntosh (11), 6. Cory Eliason (8), 7. Chris Windom (7), 8. Bryant Wiedeman (3), 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (17), 11. Thomas Meseraull (22), 12. Tanner Carrick (20), 13. Brenham Crouch (15), 14. Kaylee Bryson (19), 15. Ryan Timms (13), 16. Tony Gomes (18), 17. Taylor Reimer (16), 18. Chase Randall (12), 19. Jade Avedisian (6), 20. Carson Macedo (10), 21. Ethan Mitchell (14), 22. Michael Faccinto (21). NT

2022 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (3), 2. Michael Pickens (4), 3. Buddy Kofoid (6), 4. Cannon McIntosh (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (10), 7. Brenham Crouch (16), 8. Emerson Axsom (8), 9. Chance Crum (14), 10. Spencer Bayston (21), 11. Bryant Wiedeman (13), 12. Kaylee Bryson (15), 13. Gavin Miller (17), 14. Jake Andreotti (11), 15. Jade Avedisian (9), 16. Dominic Gorden (22), 17. Alex Bright (18), 18. Mitchel Moles (2), 19. Hayden Reinbold (20), 20. Cade Lewis (24-P), 21. Daison Pursley (12), 22. Taylor Reimer (1), 23. Jacob Denney (23-P), 24. Jason McDougal (19). NT

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2023 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – “56th Western World Championships presented by Avanti Windows & Doors and Yuma Insurance”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. C.J. Leary, 77M, Michael-16.239; 2. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.350; 3. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.412; 4. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.479; 5. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.692; 6. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-16.703; 7. Braden Chiramonte, 73B, Chiaramonte-16.744; 8. R.J. Johnson, 2R, Yeley/Petty-16.784; 9. Justin Grant, 37, Mitchell-16.799; 10. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.825; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-16.827; 12. Max Adams, 44C, Corey-16.855; 13. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-16.871; 14. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-16.885; 15. Matt Wetsfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-17.006; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.019; 17. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15, Bonneau-17.046; 18. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel/BR-17.060; 19. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.076; 20. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-17.154; 21. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-17.192; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.343; 23. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.359; 24. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.417; 25. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-17.548; 26. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.584; 27. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-17.758; 28. Logan Calderwood, 73C, Ford-17.913.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Malcolm, 4. Grant, 5. L.Williams, 6. Turnbull, 7. Boul. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Lewis, 2. Roa, 3. Swanson, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. Pelkey, 7. Sweeney. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Pursley, 2. Davis, 3. Westfall, 4. Chiaramonte, 5. G.Sexton, 6. S.Sexton, 7. Bender. NT.

WC FRIEND COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Johnson, 2. Mihocko, 3. R.J.Johnson, 4. Moles, 5. Adams, 6. Grabowski, 7. Calderwood. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. A.Williams, 3. G.Sexton, 4. L.Williams, 5. Turnbull, 6. Calderwood, 7. Grabowski, 8. Boul, 9. S.Sexton, 10. Sweeney, 11. Bender, 12. Pelkey. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Daison Pursley (4), 2. Kevin Thomas Jr. (17), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 5. Braden Chiaramonte (7), 6. Mitchel Moles (3), 7. Matt Westfall (15), 8. R.J. Johnson (8), 9. Jake Swanson (1), 10. Tommy Malcolm (2), 11. Chase Johnson (19), 12. Brody Roa (18), 13. Tye Mihocko (16), 14. James Turnbull II (20), 15. Grant Sexton (21), 16. Max Adams (12), 17. A.J. Bender (23), 18. Logan Calderwood (22), 19. Verne Sweeney (23), 20. Cody Williams (5), 21. Ricky Lewis (10), 22. Austin Williams (14), 23. Logan Williams (13), 24. Justin Grant (9). NT,
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**Boul flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Swanson, Laps 2-30 Pursley
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER / LAFOND JAR OF CHANGE HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (17 to 2)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tye Mihocko

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 11 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California

 

 

 


AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS

November 3, 2023 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – “56th Western World Championships presented by Avanti Windows & Doors and Yuma Insurance”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-16.393; 2. C.J. Leary, 77M, Michael-16.429; 3. Daison Pursley, 21AZ, Team AZ-16.464; 4. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-16.498; 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15, Bonneau-16.605; 6. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-16.779; 7. Max Adams, 44C, Corey-16.824; 8. Matt Wetsfall, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.830; 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.869; 10. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel/BR-16.939; 11. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-17.026; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-17.048; 13. Justin Grant, 37, Mitchell-17.061; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.061; 15. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.117; 16. Braden Chiramonte, 73B, Chiaramonte-17.151; 17. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-17.158; 18. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.210; 19. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-17.283; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.307; 21. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-17.479; 22. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-17.481; 23. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-17.519; 24. R.J. Johnson, 2R, Yeley/Petty-17.547; 25. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-17.591; 26. Josh Pelkey, 12, Allen-17.646; 27. Logan Calderwood, 73C, Ford-17.681; 28. Dustin Burkhart, 21X, Team AZ-17.851; 29. Mitchel Moles, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.932; 30. Patrick Krob, 3K, Krob-18.380; 31. Shane Sexton, 74, Sexton/Gatlin-18.436; 32. Justin Kierce, 43, Tuttle-18.559; 33. J.J. Yeley, 2Y, Yeley/Petty-NT.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Grant, 3. Thomas, 4. Lewis, 5. Moles, 6. G.Sexton, 7. Tafoya, 8. Grabowski. NT.

BILLSJERKY.NET SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Roa, 3. Leary, 4. Mihocko, 5. C.Johnson, 6. Boul, 7. Pelkey. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sweeney, 2. Turnbull, 3. L.Williams, 4. Pursley, 5. Adams, 6. Bender, 7. Calderwood, 8. S.Sexton. NT.

WC FRIEND COMPANY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J.Johnson, 2. Westfall, 3. Swanson, 4. Chiaramonte, 5. C.Williams, 6. Davis, 7. Kierce, 8. Burkhart. NT.

FACTORY WRAPS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Adams, 2. C.Johnson, 3. Davis, 4. Moles, 5. Grabowski, 6. Pelkey, 7. G.Sexton, 8. Bender, 9. Kierce, 10. Calderwood, 11. Boul, 12. S.Sexton, 13. Burkhart, 14. Tafoya, 15. C.Williams. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Daison Pursely (4), 2. Matt Westfall (1), 3. Kevin Thomas Jr. (2), 4. Chase Johnson (7), 5. C.J. Leary (5), 6. Jake Swanson (3), 7. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 8. Logan Williams (10), 9. Tye Mihocko (13), 10. Austin Grabowski (17), 11. Austin Williams (14), 12. Tommy Malcolm (15), 13. Mitchel Moles (22), 14. A.J. Bender (23), 15. Brody Roa (9), 16. Josh Pelkey (21), 17. Verne Sweeney (18), 18. Max Adams (8), 19. R.J. Johnson (19), 20. Justin Grant (12), 21. James Turnbull II (16), 22. Grant Sexton (20), 23. Ricky Lewis (6). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Westfall, Laps 2-30 Pursley
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: Mitchel Moles (22 to 13)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mitchel Moles

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 4 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona – “56th Western World Championships presented by Avanti Windows & Doors and Yuma Insurance”

 

 

(RO)OKIE OF THE YEAR!

PURSLEY EARNS USAC SPRINT CAR

TOP ROOKIE HONORS FOR 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 1, 2023)………Just six years earlier, Daison Pursley stood on the stage at USAC’s Night of Champions as the club’s Restricted 600 Micro Sprint champion for 2017.

So much has happened in the Locust Grove, Oklahoma native’s life and racing career since that point, and the journey just to get back into the seat of a racecar has been a long and arduous one.

Now, in December, he’ll stand on that same stage once more at the Indiana Roof Ballroom when he receives the honor of being named the 2023 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship Rookie of the Year, becoming only the second Okie to earn the award after Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Gary Cameron II in 1992.

Nearly 10 months after a 2021 midget crash left him with a spinal cord injury and lengthy stays in a hospital and a rehabilitation center, Pursley returned to the racetrack. Now, just a bit over a year later, he’s the top dog among all first-year drivers on the sprint car trail.

“It’s pretty amazing to say the least,” Pursley reflected. “No matter what route I took or however I got there, it’s amazing to accomplish that feat and it means a lot. KO Motorsports, (team manager) Kent Schmidt and Brian Davis and everybody who’s a part of this deal, they really brought me in with open arms as a Rookie.”

During the points season of 2023, Pursley finished 11th in the overall standings, making 35 USAC National Sprint Car starts in 36 attempts, garnering three top-fives, 14 top-tens and a pair of fast qualifying efforts, including a new track record in his first ever trip to Pennsylvania’s Big Diamond Speedway, and also achieved fast time honors in his first visit to the Keystone State’s Port Royal Speedway.

Entering a non-points special event contest on Valentine’s Day with just five career sprint car starts under his belt, the 18-year-old earned an attention-getting $10,000 payday during a caution-free DIRTcar Nationals 30-lap victory at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park half-mile dirt oval.

At the time, Pursley remarked that it’s a night he’ll always remember forever. Although just nine months have past since that moment, time has since proven that to be a fact. It was truly a treasured moment for Pursley as he reflects on the highlights of the year.

“We went to Volusia, not really having any expectations at all,” Pursley acknowledged. “That showed us that, dang, maybe we can do this and that maybe we are pretty fast in this deal and that being a Rookie doesn’t kind of matter. My other starts prior to that were at (quarter-mile tracks) Tri-State Speedway and Circle City Raceway, so it was nowhere close to something like Volusia by any means. It was pretty remarkable, especially after the year I just had, getting back inside of a racecar and not really knowing what my future held.”

Defying the odds so soon right out of the box, one might feel that the expectations might need to be recalibrated a bit after his triumphant night. However, the team knew that the USAC National Sprint Car season is a long and winding road. Obviously, the goal is to win each and every time on the track, but in facing many of the tracks for the first time in his career, Pursley kept things realistic, knowing that there were going to be a fair share of learning curves along the path.

“I felt like, overall, it was a really good Rookie season although we had a lot of trial and error; non-wing sprint cars are no joke, so it took a lot,” Pursley stated. “We did many good things as well and I’m forever thankful for everything that I’ve been went through the past couple of years and the things that I’ve gotten to accomplish.”

After an uneasy stretch to open the points portion of the season, Pursley excelled during a personal hot streak in May and June. He reeled off eight consecutive top-10 finishes, which concluded with back-to-back podium results, topped by a runner-up at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway and a third the very next night at Port Royal. His excellence earned him a runner-up finish in the Eastern Storm standings, the best performance by any first-year driver in the series since Cole Whitt captured the 2008 miniseries title.

“Everything wasn’t clicking the way we’d hoped it would, then it kind of got me down, then it got the whole crew down, then we went to Pennsylvania and had a really good showing,” Pursley remembered. “It showed that everything was back in motion and showed that we are more than capable of running up front in these races.”

But soon, the ups and downs came in droves during the dog days of summer with Pursley making just one reappearance inside the top-five following Eastern Storm – a fifth at Lawrenceburg Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week. Pursley now takes it all in stride, chalking it up to him just trying to get his footing in his first foray into a new discipline.

“It just goes to show you how tough USAC Sprint Car racing is,” Pursley added. “You’ve got 10 guys who can win on any given night. To win one of these races, you’ve got to be up on your toes, and you have to be really sharp like Justin Grant, Brady Bacon, C.J. Leary and all those guys are. They show you how good they are and how much being a veteran plays a role in this sport.”

In the end, Pursley became the ninth teenager to earn Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC National Sprint Cars: Boston Reid (19 in 2002), Darren Hagen (19 in 2005), Chad Boat (16 in 2008), Coleman Gulick (18 in 2011), C.J. Leary (16 in 2012), Tyler Courtney (19 in 2013), Jadon Rogers (18 in 2020), Emerson Axsom (18 in 2022) and Daison Pursley (18 in 2023).

Furthermore, Pursley is already the second Oklahoma native to be named Rookie of the Year in a USAC national series during the 2023 season. Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) was previously announced as the USAC Silver Crown National Championship Rookie of the Year recipient.


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (1660) Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

2. (436) Joey Amantea, Mount Pocono, Pa.

3. (211) Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

4. (205) Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas

5. (164) Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.

6. (148) Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.

7. (143) Tom Harris, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK

8. (110) Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

9. (110) Kevin Newton, Farmersburg, Ind.

10. (95) Travis Millar, Wandin, North Vic.

11. (92) Ivan Glotzbach, Fillmore, Ind.

12. (76) Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

13. (70) Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio

14. (60) Devan Myers, Delphi, Ind.


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1971: Darl Harrison, Tiffin, Ohio

1972: Billy Cassella, Weirton, W.Va.

1973: Rich Leavell, Elwood, Ind.

1974: Lee Osborne, Lebanon, Pa.

1975: Marvin Carman, Union City, Mich.

1976: Roger Rager, Mound, Minn.

1977: Eddie Leavitt, Kearney, Mo.

1978: Tim Richmond, Ashland, Ohio

1979: Jerry Carman, Burlington, Mich.

1980: Frank Riddle, Tampa, Fla.

1981: Steve Long, Indianapolis, Ind. (co)

1981: Johnny Coogan, Alexandria, Ind. (co)

1982: Danny Milburn, Indianapolis, Ind.

1983: Dean Shirley, Middletown, Ill.

1984: Jerry Russell, Springfield, Ill.

1985: Terry Shepherd, Warsaw, Ind.

1986: Kenny Jacobs, Holmesville, Ohio

1987: Rick Ungar, Garrettsville, Ohio

1988: Dean Jacobs, Fredericksburg, Ohio

1989: Eric Gordon, Greenfield, Ind.

1990: Rick Howerton, Indianapolis, Ind.

1991: Tony Stewart, Columbus, Ind.

1992: Gary Cameron II, Tulsa, Okla.

1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.

1994: Bobby Smith, Martinsville, Ind.

1995: Mark Cassella, Weirton, W.Va.

1996: Gus Wasson, Bloomdale, Ohio

1997: J.J. Yeley, Phoenix, Ariz.

1998: Tracy Hines, New Castle, Ind.

1999: Ryan Newman, South Bend, Ind.

2000: Bud Kaeding, Campbell, Calif.

2001: Ed Carpenter, Indianapolis, Ind.

2002: Boston Reid, Logansport, Ind.

2003: Michael Lewis, Noblesville, Ind. (co)

2003: Mat Neely, Robinson, Ill. (co)

2004: Josh Ford, Camarillo, Calif. (co)

2004: Josh Wise, Riverside, Calif. (co)

2005: Darren Hagen, Riverside, Calif.

2006: Scotty Weir, Marion, Ind.

2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Olive Branch, Miss.

2008: Chad Boat, Phoenix, Ariz.

2009: Henry Clarke, Villa Park, Calif.

2010: Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

2011: Coleman Gulick, Binghamton, N.Y.

2012: C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

2013: Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

2014: Jarett Andretti, Mooresville, N.C.

2015: Aaron Farney, Brookston, Ind.

2016: Isaac Chapple, Willow Branch, Ind.

2017: Stevie Sussex, Tempe, Ariz.

2018: Timmy Buckwalter, Douglassville, Pa. (co)

2018: Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif. (co)

2019: Dustin Clark, Washington, Ind.

2020: Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.

2021: Tanner Thorson, Minden, Nev.

2022: Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

2023: Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

 

 

BRIGHT SHINES IN USAC EAST COAST FINALE AT BRIDGEPORT
 

By: Nick Fillman – USAC ECSC

Swedesboro, New Jersey (October 28, 2023)………In only his second start since returning to action from a horrific crash and injury in July, Alex Bright was able to conquer the high banks of the Bridgeport Motorsports Park in dominating fashion. The in for Bright and the Heffner Racing Enterprises South team was their second of the season and came in the season finale of the Rapid Tire Services, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade.

Alex Bright and Mike Thompson lead the field to green for the final event of the 2023 season, which came in the series one and only completed event at the Bridgeport Motorsports Park.

Bright immediately shot to the race lead and dispatched Mike Thompson, while Joey Amantea and Kenny Miller were quick to work to the front of the field as well. By virtue of missing the inversion spot for the feature, Briggs Danner started in the ninth-place position and was quickly trying to make moves to the high side of the speedway in his march forward. At the same time, his closest competitor for both the driver and owner championships, Steven Drevicki started just ahead of Danner as the pair began to pick off cars.

Bright was enjoying a half-track lead over the rest of the top five which saw Kenny Miller lll move into the second-place position, with Joey Amantea, Briggs Danner, and a battle for fifth between Timmy Buckwalter and Steven Drevicki. Danner was glued to the rear bumper of Amantea for the final spot on the podium but was unable to get the position away from Amantea early on. Timmy Buckwalter eventually moved to the high side of the speedway and moved passed Drevicki for the final position inside the top five.

As the field quickly approached and got to the half way point of the feature event, Bright had made his way to lapped traffic at the back of the field and began to negotiate the lapped cars. Kenny Miller held on to second as Joey Amantea and Biggs Danner waged war for the third spot, lap after lap, for nearly four laps before Danner was able to move by Amantea for the final podium spot.

With ten laps to go, Alex Bright had closed in on a fight for position at the tail end of the top ten, featuring three wide battles for position between Preston Lattomus, Ed Aikin, and JT Ferry. This allowed Kenny Miller lll and Briggs Danner to draw in ever more on Bright for the race lead, but laps were quickly evaporating from the score board.

With Bright continuing to battle the lapped cars in front of him, Danner had moved by Kenny Miller lll and secured the second spot. The hunt was on as Danner began to eat into the lead that Bright had over the rest of the field with only a handful of laps remaining.

Meanwhile, Joey Amantea had reeled in Kenny Miller for third as the pair began to battle side by side for position, with the rest of the top seven: Timmy Buckwalter, Steven Drevicki, and Mikey Thompson all running equidistant to each other as the feature event drew to a close.

Despite the charge by Danner, and Bright continuing to battle with lapped cars for position, getting as close as being in the same set of corners was all Danner could muster in the season finale. Alex Bright went on to collect win number three of the season over Danner, a photo finish for third going to Kenny Miller, Joey Amantea and Timmy Buckwalter completing the top five.

One week removed from the teams return to action, a second to sixth run at the Delaware International Speedway, Alex Bright and the Heffner Enterprises South Team hit on all cylinders Saturday night and scored the convincing win. Bright has been no stranger to victory lane at Bridgeport, nor has Curt Michael and the Heffner team. Both of whose experience was on full display Saturday night. It is only fitting that the first victory for Bright and team, comes at track that is of eerie size, and shape as the venue Bright suffered his horrific crash. Perhaps a conquering of any last reservations that the veteran driver may have had, and a great way to close a season and build for the future.

While Briggs Danner came just one spot short of victory in the feature event Saturday, he and the Hogue Racing Enterprises team were victorious in the yearlong battle for driver and owner points. The new pairing found victory lane twice, in back-to-back weeks on their way to the title, and with a convincing nine to two drive Saturday night, proved that they were without a doubt the team to beat in 2023.

Kenny Miller lll capped off a break out season with the USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series on Saturday night, with yet another podium run, thus concluding a five top five, eight top ten, and three victory season in only night events for the Morgantown, PA family team. While we certainly encourage Kenny to continue with his career outside of racing, thoughts of what “could have been” will linger through the series of what the team may have been able to do in a full season of action.

Joey Amantea rounded out the 2023 campaign for the USAC East Coast Series where he did much of the 2023 season, inside the top five. The sophomore driver had an ambitious schedule for the season, which no doubt helped not only the driver, but the team grow as a whole. Amantea battled hard in the feature with Briggs Danner for position, before a right rear tire began to deflate, forcing Amantea to drop back a pair of positions.

Rounding out the top five on the ninth was one time feature winner in 2023, Timmy Buckwalter. The pairing of Paul Lotier and Robert Hummer was one of great success starting with Eastern Storm in June and continuing throughout the season. Buckwalter scored a convincing heat race victory on Saturday night but was unable to draw any further into the top five in the green to checker feature event. Perhaps with another caution flag, Buckwalter could have had something else to say about the feature event. Look for the Lotier/Hummer team to head to the Charlotte World Finals this week with the wings on top, and possibly more events in 2024.

With the final checkered flag thrown of 2023, the Rapid Tire Services, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series, presented by Capitol Renegade would like to thank all the drivers, teams and fans for their support of the 2023 campaign! We are already looking forward to next year, and have some exciting bookings planned, some of which have already been announced like our return to New York on July 4th weekend of 2024 which will feature first time events at the Utica Rome and Fonda Speedway’s!

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2023 – Bridgeport Motorsports Park – Swedesboro, New Jersey

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 88J-Joey Amantea (2), 2. 1-Patrick Chilmonik (1), 3. 7-Ed Aikin (4), 4. 23m-Kenny Miller III (10), 5. 39-Briggs Danner (9), 6. 87-Austin Graby (3), 7. 17J-Jonathan Swanson (6), 8. 7B-Aidan Borden (7), 9. 67-Jason Cherry (8), 10. 64-Richy Carnathan (5). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature, starting positions in parentheses) 1. 20-Timmy Buckwalter (2), 2. 19-Steven Drevicki (4), 3. 27-Alex Bright (6), 4. 11-Mike Thompson (5), 5. 5B-Bobby Butler (7), 6. 18T-J.T. Ferry (8), 7. 23B-Preston Lattomus (9), 8. 39x-Scott Frack (1), 9. 91-Mick D'Agostino (3), 10. 44-Gary Huston (10). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Alex Bright (1), 2. Briggs Danner (9), 3. Kenny Miller III (3), 4. Joey Amantea (5), 5. Timmy Buckwalter (7), 6. Steven Drevicki (6), 7. Mike Thompson (2), 8. J.T. Ferry (12), 9. Bobby Butler (10), 10. Preston Lattomus (14), 11. Austin Graby (11), 12. Ed Aikin (4), 13. Mick D'Agostino (18), 14. Scott Frack (16), 15. Jason Cherry (17), 16. Richy Carnathan (19), 17. Jonathan Swanson (13), 18. Gary Huston (20), 19. Aidan Borden (15), 20. Patrick Chilmonik (8). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Alex Bright.

FEATURE HARD CHARGER: Briggs Danner (9th to 2nd)

FINAL USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CARS PRESENTED BY CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS POINTS: 1-Briggs Danner-960, 2-Steven Drevicki-893, 3-Joey Amantea-784, 4-Bobby Butler-723, 5-J.T. Ferry-722, 6-Ed Aikin-608, 7-Preston Lattomus-593, 8-Mike Thompson-555, 9-Bruce Buckwalter Jr.-541, 10-Carmen Perigo-503.

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS READY TO BATTLE AT “56TH WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 30, 2023... Starting this Friday, the battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship resumes at Cocopah Speedway’s “56th Western World Championships presented by Avanti Windows & Doors and Yuma Insurance.” Promoted by Brad Whitfield, the prestigious event will have two nights (November 3&4) of intense racing that also features the non-winged ASCS 360 Sprint Cars. Located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street, the pit gates at “The Diamond in The Desert” will open at 2:00pm (Mountain Time), spectator gates will open at 4:00pm, and racing at 6:00pm. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit the track’s website at racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

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

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

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headline divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Jake Swanson claimed his first Western World Championship and the winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Friday’s event marks the eleventh race in USAC/CRA history at the fast 3/8-mile clay oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with five Cocopah Speedway wins, while “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa won the series’ first Yuma main event on June 2, 2012. Roa also claimed the two January season openers as Jake Swanson established the track record of 16.127 seconds on October 29, 2022.

Heading to the Cocopah Speedway, “The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the USAC/CRA standings with a stout 127 point lead. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance owned #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa scored eighth at Mohave Valley Raceway on October 14th. At press time, Brody has eight feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 177 feature laps led to his credit. The 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion ranks fourth with 21 career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to add the Western World Championships to his resume.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm charged from sixteenth to second at the Mohave Valley return. To date, the veteran driver has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led on the year. Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a win at Cocopah Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is third in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Piloting the family owned #2 Digalert / Ramona Duck Club DRC, Williams raced from eleventh to seventh on October 14th. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit. With eleven career triumphs, Austin will be looking to earn his first win of the season at “The Diamond in The Desert.”

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The owner/driver of the #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC scored seventeenth in the Mohave Valley feature. To date, the former National Non-Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the season.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Racing the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / GAS Chassis entry, Bender finished twelfth at Mohave Valley. At press time, the 2022 USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year has six heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, and ten top-10 finishes in the campaign. A.J. will be looking to claim the first USAC/CRA victory at the “Western World Championships.”

Grant Sexton (Lakeside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eighth in the point standings. The driver of the family owned #22 Sexton Fire Protection / East County Electric Works Triple X is followed by James Turnbull II (Indio, California), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California), Tom Dunkel (Menifee, California), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California), Dawson Faria (Tipton, California), and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Calderwood, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Verne Sweeney, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Ricky Lewis, Chris Gansen, Matt McCarthy, Brent Owens, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Andrew Sweeney, Matt Mitchell, Chris Bonneau, Kyle Edwards, “Shugah” Shane Sexton, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more.

Cocopah Speedway is located at 3450 West County 15th Street in Somerton, Arizona at the intersection of US Highway 95 and County 15th Street. Advance tickets are available. Adult tickets are $25, Reserved tickets are $35, Student tickets are $15, and Pit Passes are $40 for members. Camping is available and for more information, visit racecocopahspeedway.com or call 602.292.7607.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks BillsJerky.net, Factory Wraps, Flowdynamics Incorporated, The Gardner Family (In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner), Hoosier Racing Tires, WC Friend Company, Woodland Auto Display, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, and Wilwood Disc Brakes for their support.

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

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-Sammy 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-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney, 2019-Tyler Courtney, 2020-Tyler Courtney, 2021-Logan Seavey, 2022-Jake Swanson.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Brody Roa, 3-Tommy Malcolm, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Ricky Lewis, 1-Matt Mitchell.

COCOPAH AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP TRACK RECORD: Jake Swanson – 16.127 (10/29/22)

COCOPAH AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 1-Emerson Axsom, 1-Jake Swanson.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1122, 2. Tommy Malcolm-995, 3. Austin Williams-869, 4. Cody Williams-814, 5. A.J. Bender-789, 6. Logan Calderwood-691, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-612, 8. Grant Sexton (R)-570, 9. Verne Sweeney-492, 10. R.J. Johnson-44.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Justin Grant)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (RAIN)
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (RAIN)
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (RAIN)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Ricky Lewis)
November 3: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (30 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

STEVE LEWIS & CHUCK GURNEY

NAMED CO-GRAND MARSHALS FOR TURKEY NIGHT G.P.

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Ventura, California (October 26, 2023)………USAC racing legends Steve Lewis and Chuck Gurney have been named co-grand marshals of the 82nd running of the ARP Turkey Night Grand Prix at California’s Ventura Raceway on Saturday night, November 25.

Lewis, of Laguna Beach, Calif., was one of USAC’s most proficient car owners, capturing six Turkey Night victories with drivers Stan Fox (1990-91), Jason Leffler (1999), Tony Stewart (2000), Bobby East (2004) and Dave Darland (2007).

Nearly every major name driver competed in his legendary “Nine Cars” during his tenure with USAC, racking up 133 National victories. His triumphs include basically every major race in America as well as 10 USAC National entrant titles with drivers Stevie Reeves, Tony Stewart, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Kasey Kahne, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Bobby East.

The founder of the sport’s highly acclaimed Performance Racing Industry trade show, Lewis set new standards for excellence in the sport. As a race promoter, he organized lucrative race events at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Orlando, Fla. which offered a $50,000 bonus for any driver who could claim double victories in either.

In 2004, Lewis was inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and in 2006, he was inducted into the Belleville High Banks Hall of Fame in Kansas. He also earned USAC’s coveted Roger McCluskey Award of Excellence in 2009 and was inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame in 2017.

Gurney, of Livermore, Calif, was a stellar performer across the board, and in 1988-89, he was victorious in consecutive years at the Turkey Night Grand Prix wins at Gardena, California’s Ascot Park for car owner Larry Howard.

In USAC’s Silver Crown wars, Gurney earned 14 victories and the 1989 series championship. He scored a phenomenal seven victories in the Tony Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, plus three wins in the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and added 1982 and 1983 Hoosier Hundred victories at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Furthermore, Gurney captured five USAC National Sprint Car wins and his victories in the Midgets include three wins in the Copper World Classic at Arizona’s Phoenix International Raceway in addition to the 1989 running of the Belleville (Kans.) Midget Nationals.

Gurney, the 1983 NARC Sprint Car king and the 1985 USAC National Supermodified titlist, has been honored five times by the Motorsports Press Association as its open wheel Driver of the Year, and in 2017, was named to the USAC Hall of Fame. Just recently, Gurney was announced as an inductee to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, class of 2023.

Agajanian Promotions presents the 2023 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, which begins on Friday, November 24, with USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship practice, plus USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Car hot laps, qualifying, heat races and main event. Grandstands open at 3pm Pacific.

On Saturday, November 25, the Turkey Night Grand Prix final night consists of midget hot laps, qualifying, last chance qualifiers, semis and the 98-lap feature, plus sprint car semis and main events. Grandstands open at 3pm Pacific.

Advance tickets, priced from $22-45, can be purchased at www.venturaraceway.com. Additional information is available at 805-648-7223.

 

 

BACK-2-BACK:

GRANT CLIMBS HIS WAY BACK

TO THE TOPP AS USAC SPRINT CHAMP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 25, 2023)………”Racing’s funny.”

That’s how Justin Grant reflected on the twists and turns he endured en route to his second consecutive USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National driving Championship in 2023 for TOPP Motorsports.

It’s a team that endured a nearly two-month struggle in the late spring/early summer months which overlapped with a change in team personnel and a period of confidence-shaking woes that found the team as far down as sixth in the standings, 83 points out of the lead, entering mid-summer.

What was not a laughing matter quickly turned into one of the most dominant stretches put together by any team in series history. For the last half of the season, Grant and his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink – Bow Foundation – TOPP Industries/Maxim/Kistler Chevy No. 4 were practically untouchable on their way to the $50,000 championship prize.

With a career-high 11 USAC National Sprint Car victories in 2023, including eight wins in his final 17 starts, Grant (Ione, Calif.) finished out the campaign with 13 straight top-tens to earn the title by a 109-point margin over yearlong challenger Brady Bacon. Grant became the 13th different point leader on September 9, one of a record six different drivers to lead the standings in 2023. The previous record was 12 lead changes among six drivers back in 2012.

In the process, Grant became the 10th driver to capture consecutive USAC National Sprint Car titles, joining Parnelli Jones (1960-61-62), Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-87-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11), Bryan Clauson (2012-13) and Brady Bacon (2020-21).

“It’s incredible to hear my name rattled off with all of those guys,” an awestruck Grant remarked. “It’s also something that’s not necessarily something flukey or obscure; it’s something that took work and is truly an accomplishment. A few of them were before my time, but obviously, I know of them and what they did, and a few of them are guys that I grew up watching and a few more of them are guys that were the top dogs when I moved to Indiana. Now, to be there with Brady, who is one of the best of our generation, is very cool. The last couple of years getting to battle with Brady has been very rewarding. He’s very good at what he does and is very good at running for championships. It’s taken a lot of work on my end to try and rise to the occasion.”

No championship is easy by any stretch of the imagination and Grant experienced his share of troubles in 2023. A strong beginning was earmarked by back-to-back series wins, including a complete sweep of the night at Tri-State Speedway and a score on the opening night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora. One night later at Eldora, Grant got upside down, setting off a string of five 13th place or worse results in a six-race stretch.

“It just seemed like we didn’t have a lot of speed, and the days that we did find some speed, I managed to crash or something, and it just seemed like we couldn’t get anything to go right,” Grant recalled. “I remember thinking that our championship hopes were pretty well squashed. We had kind of thrown it away at this point, and obviously, I’m going to keep doing my job, but I figured it was going to be pretty unlikely.”

When it rains, it pours, and after a push truck got the best of his car while being shoved away for qualifying on the opening night of Eastern Storm at Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway, Grant was running mid-pack when Grant felt his confidence slipping away.

“I remember just riding around 10th or 11th one night during Eastern Storm and thinking I don’t know if I’ll ever win another race again. This might be it. I might not ever win again.”

However, a sigh of relief arrived by the end of the week when Grant won on the half-mile of Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway. But the positivity proved to be short lived. After an overall tumultuous Eastern Storm, Grant’s crew chief, Dylan Cook, made the surprising revelation that he was leaving the team to pursue other opportunities. In the aftermath, in stepped veteran crew chief Jeff Walker, a three-time USAC National Sprint Car entrant champ in 1998, 2000 and 2001.

Grant and Walker’s relationship dates all the way back to 2008-09 when Grant, then a recent BCRA Midget champ on the west coast, made the move to the Midwest to work and live with Walker. Grants explains that, back then, Walker taught him much of the knowledge he still uses to this day with Walker possessing the ability to get the best out of Grant and numerous others he’s helped along the way.

A particularly rough two-night Macon (Ill.) Speedway outing in July saw Grant involved in crashes on both nights, the first of which sent him veering into the infield, and ultimately, striking a Cadillac Escalade push truck, wedging the nose of his car under its rear bumper. While gone midget racing the following week, Walker was busy at work in the team’s Gasoline Alley shop, going through the inventory before calling Grant and alerting him that he’d found some stuff that wasn’t quite right. It’s a piece of the puzzle that Grant fondly describes as Walker going “full J-Dub.”

“I had complained on the way home from Macon – I was more complaining about myself – but I just didn’t know if it was me and I just didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t feel the racecar. I wasn’t sure if I was messed up or something else is messed up or what, but I just felt completely lost with the car. He’s like, ‘oh, Levi (Jones) and I had this happen one time and he said the same thing that he couldn’t feel the racecar. We’re going to fix that, and you’ll get back to kicking their asses again.’ Just having that, whether there was something actually wrong or not, gave me the belief that it wasn’t me and that we were going to be good again. Having that just helped me find my way back.”

Things seemingly turned on a dime from that point forward. The next race out, Grant stole a last lap victory from Robert Ballou during the USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway and he never slowed down from there on. It was the first of his three wins during Indiana Sprint Week, which saw him collect additional scores at Lawrenceburg Speedway and the Terre Haute Action Track.

However, August marked the most successful and lucrative single weekend of his career when he nailed down three consecutive victories in as many nights at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway to become the first driver in the 12-year history of Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts Sprint Car Smackdown to sweep his way to three successive feature triumphs in one weekend. His take home pay for Saturday night alone was $44,500, pocketing the base pay of $30,000 while also adding a cool $500 per each lap led.

Grant proceeded to sweep the USAC Sprint season at Gas City with a James Dean Classic triumph in September, then secured a win in what turned out to be the season finale, a $20,000 payday in October’s Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg. In doing so, Grant became the 11th driver to win the final race of his championship season, joining Eddie Sachs (1958), Tommy Hinnershitz (1959), Parnelli Jones (1960), Pancho Carter (1974), Sheldon Kinser (1977 & 1982), Steve Butler (1988), Josh Wise (2006), Levi Jones (2011) and Brady Bacon (2020).

It all started with confidence being re-instilled in Grant. Kevin Birchmeier’s TOPP Motorsports team has had Grant in the seat for the past six consecutive seasons, and now their reward includes back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car championships.

“We were able to turn it around just because the team at TOPP Motorsports with Kevin Birchmeier who has always had my back 110 percent,” Grant praised. “The more I struggle, the more he’s pumping me up. I’ve driven for a lot of car owners and that’s pretty rare. I’m always super grateful for Kevin and it’s a different experience driving racecars when you know that the people you’re driving for are in your corner no matter what. That allows you to be comfortable and able to work through things to get back to where you need to be. When you’re trying to force it back, it never works.”

To win a championship with Walker is the reward of a journey that started 15 years ago. Walker helped Grant buy his first passenger car when he was a teenager and when Walker became available after parting ways with Sterling Cling Racing this past summer, Grant swooped him up in a heartbeat. In fact, Walker was set on retirement, insisting that he was finished before the call came from Grant. The initial plan of just helping Grant for a few weeks suddenly transformed into a role for the rest of the season, and now Walker is prepared to chase a third-straight USAC Sprint title with Grant in 2024.

Grant harbors no hard feelings about Cook’s exodus from the team and insisted that Cook was doing his job just fine. However, Grant admitted that, on occasion, a little bit of a shakeup and a fresh outlook can re-spark things. And with the combination of TOPP and Walker, Grant felt he was at his best.

“With the environment at TOPP Motorsports, Kevin allows me to be my best and then getting J-Dub involved really made me be my best,” Grant said. “I like winning, and I like seeing my name on those all-time lists, but it’s extra rewarding to get to do it for an owner like Kevin. Kevin hired me in 2018 after I got released from the Sam McGhee Motorsports car when we lost the championship and has stuck with me ever since, so it’s special for me to be able to win races for him and win him championships.”

“And being able to win one for Jeff,” Grant continued. “He’s the one who brought me to the Midwest and taught me a lot of what I know and got me started. He’s been in a pretty big lull, so to get him back and be part of him winning races again, and doing all that, feels really, really good. It feels like a little bit of repayment for what he has done for me over the years.”

For the fourth consecutive year, and sixth time overall, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) finished top-two in the series standings on the strength of seven victories. His $20,000 Haubstadt Hustler victory in September at Tri-State gave him his 53rd career USAC National Sprint Car feature win, pushing him up to second all-time in series victories past Tom Bigelow. Additionally, by adding a pair of victories at Macon (Illinois) and at Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Texas), Bacon became the new record holder of the most different states won in by a USAC National Sprint Car driver. Bacon now stands alone at 14.

Furthermore, Bacon picked up his second career USAC Indiana Sprint Week championship in 2023, which was highlighted in round three of the series at Lawrenceburg where he was light at the scales in tech inspection after qualifying. The penalty forced him to start from the tail in all proceeding events throughout the evening. In the feature, he managed to make the biggest charge of the entire USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season when he advanced from his 22nd starting position to finish third.

One year after corralling Rookie of the Year honors, Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) finished third in the standings for Clauson Marshall Newman Racing. The highlight of the season came in June when Axsom won on back-to-back nights in Pennsylvania at Big Diamond Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway, which vaulted him to the Eastern Storm title.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) equaled his career high with four USAC National Sprint Car wins, including a comeback victory at Ocala, Florida’s Bubba Raceway Park, which involved the team blowing their only two engines they brought with them prior to the race. Receiving a third engine just in the nick of time that was driven through the night from Indiana, the Rock Steady Racing team installed the new powerplant under the hood in a hotel parking lot and proceeded to win a $10,000 payday.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) piloted his Team AZ Racing ride to a career high four wins and a career best fifth place finish in the points. Among his quartet of victories was a last lap pass of Bacon to win a $12,000 top prize at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) won three series features and was rewarded with a $10,000 top prize for earning the Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment championship. Leary, in his first season with the BGE Dougherty Motorsports team, became the titlist after tallying the most points throughout a 10-race miniseries at 10 different tracks within the USAC National Sprint Car season.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and 2B Racing got hot late in the season, winning twice in September in spectacular fashion with a last lap pass of Shane Cottle for the victory at Indiana’s Circle City Raceway followed by a complete sweep of the USAC portion of the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway where he won a Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown feature on the very same night within the span of a couple hours.

Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Calif.) won once for Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports in the series debut on the 1/5-mile Macon Speedway in July. During the series’ first ever visit to Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway in September, Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio) returned to USAC National Sprint Car victory lane for the first time since 2006. The 17-year, two month and 23-day span between series victories was a new USAC record, surpassing the previous mark of 12 years, 11 months and 4 days between wins by Doug Wolfgang between 1978-1991. In doing so, he also provided veteran car owner Ray Marshall his long-awaited first USAC score.

Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) finished 11th in the overall series standings for KO Motorsports to earn USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors for the 2023 season, just less than two years after suffering a severe spinal cord injury which required several months of recovery in a hospital and rehabilitation center. Pursley scored a non-points special event victory on Valentine’s Day at Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.

Bacon led all series drivers with 262 feature laps led throughout 2023. Bacon also topped all drivers with five fast qualifying times and 25 top-fives in 36 starts while Axsom notched a series-best 29 top-tens. Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) was the heat race master of the season, picking up 12 victories. Meanwhile, five drivers started all 36 feature events, including Axsom, Bacon, Ballou, Grant and Leary.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), who finished eighth in the standings, became just the fifth driver in USAC National Sprint Car history to finish inside the top-10 of the point standings in at least 12 consecutive years dating back to 2012. The only drivers with as many or more consecutive top-five points finishes in the series are Dave Darland (1997-2018), Sheldon Kinser (1974-1987), Levi Jones (2001-2012) and Chris Windom (2010-2021).

The racing community grieved the death of competitor Justin Owen (Harrison, Ohio) who succumbed to injuries following a qualifying accident on April 8 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway after his car made contact with the outside wall and flipped multiple times in turn three. The 26-year-old Owen was the reigning Lawrenceburg sprint car track champion at the time of his death. Owen’s passing was the first in USAC National Sprint Car racing since Don Townsend in a 2005 practice crash at Ohio’s Mansfield Motorsports Park. Owen’s incident was the first fatal accident with the USAC National Sprint Car division on dirt since Jeff Thickstun at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1984.


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2023 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Driver Champion: Justin Grant

Entrant Champion: TOPP Motorsports

Most Feature Wins: 11-Justin Grant

Top Rookie in Points: 11th-Daison Pursley

Most Laps Led: 262-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: 25-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 29-Emerson Axsom

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Brady Bacon

Most Heat Race Wins: 12-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 36-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

Biggest Charge of the Year: Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 3rd)


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 2329 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

2. 2220 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

3. 2159 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

4. 2101 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

5. 2040 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

6. 2011 Kyle Cummins, Princeton, Ind.

7. 1977 Robert Ballou, Rocklin, Calif.

8. 1755 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

9. 1750 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

10. 1733 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

11. 1660 (R) Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

12. 1630 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

13. 1373 Carson Garrett, Littleton, Colo.

14. 1335 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

15. 921 Jadon Rogers, Worthington, Ind.

16. 892 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

17. 770 Briggs Danner, Allentown, Pa.

18. 766 Max Adams, Loomis, Calif.

19. 633 Thomas Meseraull, San Jose, Calif.

20. 623 Brandon Mattox, Terre Haute, Ind.

21. 528 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz.

22. 436 (R) Joey Amantea, Mount Pocono, Pa.

23. 335 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

24. 322 Eddie Tafoya Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.

25. 319 Brent Beauchamp, Fairland, Ind.

26. 262 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

27. 221 Brady Short, Bedford, Ind.

28. 211 (R) Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

29. 205 (R) Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas

30. 164 (R) Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.

31. 153 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

32. 148 (R) Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.

33. 143 (R) Tom Harris, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK

34. 110 (R) Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

35. 110 (R) Kevin Newton, Farmersburg, Ind.

36. 109 Cole Bodine, Rossville, Ind.

37. 98 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

38. 95 Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla.

39. 95 (R) Travis Millar, Wandin North, Victoria, AU

40. 92 (R) Ivan Glotzbach, Fillmore, Ind.

41. 88 J.J. Hughes, Jasper, Ind.

42. 76 (R) Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

43. 70 (R) Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio

44. 60 (R) Devan Myers, Delphi, Ind.

45. 44 Brian Hayden, Fillmore, Ind.

46. 10 Critter Malone, Pittsboro, Ind.

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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1. 2329 TOPP Motorsports, Rochester, Ind. (#4)

2. 2220 Dynamics, Inc., Milford, Ohio (#69)

3. 2159 Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, Fishers, Ind. (#47BC)

4. 2105 Rock Steady Racing, Dupont, Ind. (#3R)

5. 2101 Team AZ Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#21AZ)

6. 2040 BGE Dougherty Motorsports, Evansville, Ind. (#15x)

7. 1977 Ballou Motorsports, Tipton, Ind. (#12)

8. 1755 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5s)

9. 1750 2B Racing, Marion, Ind. (#2B)

10. 1733 Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, Gilbert, Ariz. (#19AZ)

11. 1660 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5p)

12. 1630 Ray Marshall Motorsports, Forest, Ohio (#33m)

13. 1383 Michael Dutcher Motorsports, Cicero, Ind. (#17GP)

14. 1373 BGE Dougherty Motorsports, Evansville, Ind. (#15)

15. 770 Epperson Racing, Camby, Ind. (#2E)

16. 770 Hogue Racing Enterprises, Westampton, N.J. (#39)

17. 623 Brandon Mattox Racing, Brazil, Ind. (#28)

18. 566 Cheney Racing, Glendora, Calif. (#42)

19. 556 Baldwin-Fox Racing, West Lafayette, Ind. (#5)

20. 528 Charles Davis Jr., Buckeye, Ariz. (#47)

21. 436 JPA Racing, Cresco, Pa. (#88J)

22. 338 Max & Scott Adams, Marion, Ind. (#5x)

23. 335 Sterling Cling Racing, Tempe, Ariz. (#34)

24. 322 Eddie Tafoya Sr., Chino Hills, Calif. (#51T)

25. 307 Chris Dyson Racing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#20)

26. 262 Mario Clouser Motorsports, Chatham, Ill. (#6)

27. 261 On The Gass Racing, Advance, Ind. (#17)

28. 221 Randy Edwards, Evansville, Ind. (#61m)

29. 205 Stevens Racing Holdings, Ennis, Texas (#99x)

30. 173 Lauren Beauchamp, Needham, Ind. (#11)

31. 166 Wedgewood Motorsports, Cincinnati, Ohio (#98)

32. 164 Doney-Lawson Racing, Odessa, Mo. (#74)

33. 161 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74x)

34. 158 Gray Brothers, Greenfield, Ind. (#06)

35. 148 Jeff Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind. (#9z)

36. 143 Tom Harris Motorsport, Tipton, Ind. (#84)

37. 140 Kevin Newton, Farmersburg, Ind. (#16TH)

38. 127 Paul Hazen, Columbia City, Ind. (#57)

39. 112 Brian Hayden Racing, Fillmore, Ind. (#2H)

40. 110 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5K)

41. 109 4J Motorsports, Mooresville, Ind. (#14)

42. 109 Kevin Bodine, Rossville, Ind. (#57B)

43. 95 KO Motorsports, Owensville, Ind. (#5m)

44. 95 Travis Millar, Wandin North, Victoria, AU (#93AU)

45. 92 Ivan Glotzbach, Fillmore, Ind. (#i1)

46. 88 John Hughes, Jasper, Ind. (#76)

47. 88 Jennifer Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#21)

48. 70 Barr Family, Piqua, Ohio (#21B)

49. 60 Devan Myers, Bringhurst, Ind. (#75)

50. 10 Seven LLC, Pittsboro, Ind. (#7)


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 1660 Daison Pursley, Locust Grove, Okla.

2. 436 Joey Amantea, Mount Pocono, Pa.

3. 211 Rylan Gray, Greenfield, Ind.

4. 205 Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas

5. 164 Xavier Doney, Odessa, Mo.

6. 148 Zack Pretorius, Yorktown, Ind.

7. 143 Tom Harris, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK

8. 110 Kayla Roell, Dillsboro, Ind.

9. 110 Kevin Newton, Farmersburg, Ind.

10. 95 Travis Millar, Wandin, North Vic.

11. 92 Ivan Glotzbach, Fillmore, Ind.

12. 76 Saban Bibent, Cincinnati, Ohio

13. 70 Ryan Barr, Piqua, Ohio

14. 60 Devan Myers, Delphi, Ind.


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 13: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Feb 14: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Daison Pursley (KO Motorsports #5p)

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Apr 15: (MS) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

May 5: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

May 6: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

May 24: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

May 25: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jun 3: (MW) Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jun 13: (E) Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jun 15: (E) Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, PA

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Jun 16: (E) Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 18: (E) (A) Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 3: (MS) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 7: (A) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Mitchel Moles (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 8: (A) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 21: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 22: (I) Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Jul 23: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 24: (I) Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jul 26: (I) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 27: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jul 28: (I) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 7: (AE) Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Sep 9: (AE) Texarkana 67 Speedway – Texarkana, AR

WINNER: Matt Westfall (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (2B Racing #2B)

Sep 16: (MS) (F) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Logan Seavey (2B Racing #2B)

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS ------------------

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

(MS) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

(AE) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

(MW) represents an event with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Association Sprint Cars

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

11-Justin Grant (Apr 15 at Tri-State Speedway, May 5 at Eldora Speedway, Jun 17 at Port Royal Speedway, Jul 21 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Jul 23 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Aug 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 25 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 26 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 21 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & Oct 7 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

7-Brady Bacon (Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 23 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Jun 24 at Wilmot Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 8 at Macon Speedway, Sep 7 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway & Sep 16 at Tri-State Speedway)

4-Kyle Cummins (Feb 18 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 25 at Circle City Raceway, Jun 18 at Action Track USA & Jul 24 at Circle City Raceway)

4-Jake Swanson (May 24 at Circle City Raceway, Jun 3 at Knoxville Raceway, Jun 13 at Grandview Speedway & Jul 27 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

3-Emerson Axsom (Jun 15 at Big Diamond Speedway, Jun 16 at Williams Grove Speedway & Jul 28 at Bloomington Speedway)

3-C.J. Leary (Apr 14 at Bloomington Speedway, May 6 at Eldora Speedway & Jul 22 at Kokomo Speedway)

2-Logan Seavey (Sep 15 at Circle City Raceway & Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Mitchel Moles (Jul 7 at Macon Speedway)

1-Matt Westfall (Sep 9 at Texarkana 67 Speedway)


NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT WINS:

1-Daison Pursley (Feb 14 at Volusia Speedway Park)

1-Jake Swanson (Feb 13 at Volusia Speedway Park)


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FEATURE LAPS LED

262-Brady Bacon

253-Justin Grant

111-Emerson Axsom

105-C.J. Leary

102-Kyle Cummins & Jake Swanson

44-Logan Seavey

31-Robert Ballou

30-Matt Westfall

23-Jadon Rogers

18-Mitchel Moles

17-Xavier Doney

16-Timmy Buckwalter

15-Carson Garrett & Thomas Meseraull

14-Briggs Danner

12-Shane Cottle

5-Max Adams


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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

25-Brady Bacon

23-Justin Grant

20-Kyle Cummins

17-Emerson Axsom

13-C.J. Leary & Jake Swanson

11-Robert Ballou

9-Logan Seavey

8-Mitchel Moles

7-Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon

4-Shane Cottle

3-Briggs Danner, Carson Garrett, Daison Pursley & Matt Westfall

2-Timmy Buckwalter & Thomas Meseraull

1-Max Adams, Dustin Beck, Xavier Doney & Jason McDougal


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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

29-Emerson Axsom

28-Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

27-Kyle Cummins

26-Brady Bacon

24-Robert Ballou & Jake Swanson

20-Mitchel Moles

18-Logan Seavey & Chase Stockon

14-Daison Pursley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

13-Matt Westfall

10-Carson Garrett

9-Shane Cottle & Briggs Danner

8-Jadon Rogers

6-Thomas Meseraull

4-Max Adams

2-Joey Amantea, Brent Beauchamp, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Charles Davis Jr. & Xavier Doney

1-Dustin Beck Mario Clouser, Colten Cottle, Zach Daum, Steven Drevicki, Cody Gardner, Anton Hernandez, J.J. Hughes, Chase Johnson, Kyle Jones, Riley Kreisel, Ricky Lewis, Jason McDougal, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short, Kody Swanson, Scotty Weir & Justin Zimmerman


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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Brady Bacon

4-Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary

3-Justin Grant & Jake Swanson

2-Robert Ballou, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley & Logan Seavey

1-Shane Cottle, Brayden Fox, Ricky Lewis, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall


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HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Rod End Supply, T.J. Forged & Car IQ)

12-Robert Ballou

11-Justin Grant

10-Mitchel Moles

9-Emerson Axsom

8-Brady Bacon & Kyle Cummins

7-Carson Garrett, C.J. Leary & Matt Westfall

6-Chase Stockon

5-Charles Davis Jr. & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Jadon Rogers

3-Jake Swanson

2-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Steven Drevicki & Thomas Meseraull

1-Max Adams, Joey Amantea, Dustin Beck, Mario Clouser, Colten Cottle, Chance Crum, Briggs Danner, Geoff Ensign, Rylan Gray, Korbyn Hayslett, Anton Hernandez, Dallas Hewitt, Kyle Jones, Larry Kingseed Jr., Ricky Lewis, Brandon Mattox, Trey Osborne, Zack Pretorius, Kendall Ruble, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Wesley Smith, Mitch Wissmiller & Justin Zimmerman


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SEMI WINS

5-Mitchel Moles

3-Brady Bacon, Daison Pursley, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, Jake Swanson & Logan Seavey

1-Emerson Axsom, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Zack Pretorius, Jadon Rogers, Carson Short, Matt Westfall & J.J. Yeley


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D-MAIN WINS

1-Brayden Clark & Rylan Gray


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C-MAIN WINS

1-Joey Amantea, Saban Bibent, Colten Cottle, Ivan Glotzbach, Dustin Ingle, Brandon Mattox, Jadon Rogers & John Sluss


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FEATURE STARTS

36-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

35-Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon & Jake Swanson

34-Kyle Cummins & Matt Westfall

33-Mitchel Moles

31-Carson Garrett

27-Kevin Thomas Jr.

20-Jadon Rogers

19-Max Adams

16-Shane Cottle

15-Briggs Danner

14-Brandon Mattox

13-Charles Davis Jr. & Thomas Meseraull

9-Joey Amantea

8-Geoff Ensign & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

7-Brent Beauchamp, Alex Bright & Sterling Cling

6-Mario Clouser

5-Ricky Lewis, Tye Mihocko, Trey Osborne & Brady Short

4-Timmy Buckwalter, Chance Crum, Braxton Cummings, Rylan Gray, Dalton Stevens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson & Justin Zimmerman

3-Cole Bodine, Colten Cottle, Dave Darland, Xavier Doney, Steven Drevicki, Tom Harris, Korbyn Hayslett, Jack Hoyer, Hunter Maddox, Matt Mitchell, Zack Pretorius & Scotty Weir

2-Dustin Beck, Harley Burns, Tim Creech, Mitchell Davis, Brayden Fox, Aric Gentry, Anton Hernandez, Dallas Hewitt, J.J. Hughes, Kyle Jones, Jordan Kinser, Preston Lattomus, Carmen Perigo, Brody Roa, Kayla Roell & Kendall Ruble

1-Garrett Abrams, Ed Aikin, Greg Alt, Saban Bibent, Nick Bilbee, Donny Brackett, Andy Bradley, Bobby Butler, Logan Calderwood, Nathan Carle, Isaac Chapple, Zach Daum, Austin DeBlauw, Paul Dues, Logan Faucon, Cody Gardner, Ivan Glotzbach, Kurt Gross, Allen Hafford, Brian Hayden, Tyler Hewitt, Todd Hobson, Jason Howell, Steve Irwin, Chase Johnson, Larry Kingseed Jr., Riley Kreisel, James Lyerla, Jason McDougal, Travis Millar, Kyle Moody, Billy Pauch Jr., Clayton Rossman, Brian Ruhlman, Adyn Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Jake Scott, Sam Scott, Keith Sheffer II, Carson Short, Cameron Smith, Wesley Smith, Travis Thompson, Matt VanderVere, Dan Wade, Paul White, Mitch Wissmiller & J.J. Yeley


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2023 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFIERS

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Jason McDougal

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Matt Westfall

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – Mitchel Moles

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Jake Swanson

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Kyle Cummins

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Jake Swanson

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brayden Fox

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – C.J. Leary

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Robert Ballou

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Brady Bacon

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Robert Ballou

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Ricky Lewis

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – C.J. Leary

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Jake Swanson

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon


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GREEN APU GREEN FLAG CHALLENGE FEATURE FIRST LAP LEADERS

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – C.J. Leary

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Max Adams

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Timmy Buckwalter

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Emerson Axsom

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Justin Grant

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Xavier Doney

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Jake Swanson

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Briggs Danner

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – C.J. Leary

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Matt Westfall

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Carson Garrett

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Shane Cottle

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou


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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (16th to 9th)

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jordan Kinser (20th to 12th)

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett (16th to 7th)

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Kody Swanson (17th to 8th)

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Carson Garrett (20th to 6th)

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – C.J. Leary (13th to 5th)

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Daison Pursley (16th to 9th)

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Chase Stockon (18th to 7th)

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Chase Johnson (19th to 7th)

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Alex Bright (22nd to 10th)

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Robert Ballou (14th to 7th)

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Daison Pursley (14th to 2nd)

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Daison Pursley (10th to 3rd)

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Brady Bacon (16th to 9th)

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Brady Bacon (5th to 1st)

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Robert Ballou (17th to 8th)

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Matt Westfall (17th to 6th)

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Robert Ballou (16th to 8th)

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 11th)

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (20th to 8th)

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 3rd)

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle (12th to 3rd)

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Shane Cottle (17th to 7th)

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brent Beauchamp (22nd to 10th)

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 13th)

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Briggs Danner (16th to 8th)

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (21st to 3rd)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley (20th to 13th)

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Emerson Axsom (21st to 8th)

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Kyle Jones (21st to 13th)

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Robert Ballou (14th to 3rd)

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (15th to 5th)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Matt Westfall (12th to 3rd)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Daison Pursley (18th to 10th)

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Kyle Cummins (21st to 10th)


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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Kyle Cummins

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon

Apr 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jake Swanson

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Matt Westfall

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – Kevin Thomas Jr.

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 18: Action Track USA – N/A

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Brady Bacon

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Chase Stockon

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Max Adams

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Brady Bacon

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Robert Ballou

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Shane Cottle

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Robert Ballou

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Robert Ballou

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Brady Bacon

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Jake Swanson

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS



ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS (1956-2023)

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [53 wins] Brady Bacon

3. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

4. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

5. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

6. [45 wins] Larry Dickson & Justin Grant

8. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

9. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

10. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

11. [39 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

12. [37 wins] Robert Ballou & Sheldon Kinser

14. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

16. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

17. [31 wins] Tyler Courtney

18. [30 wins] Chris Windom

19. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones, C.J. Leary & Sammy Sessions

33. [21 wins] Greg Weld

34. [18 wins] Kyle Cummins

35. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

38. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson

40. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

43. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

47. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

48. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

49. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

53. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Logan Seavey, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

58. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

62. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

66. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

76. [6 wins] Emerson Axsom, Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Shane Cottle, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider, Jake Swanson & Dick Tobias

87. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

104. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

117. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mitchel Moles, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

139. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward, Matt Westfall & Carl Williams

173. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-2023)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (60) Tracy Hines

4. (49) Brady Bacon

5. (45) C.J. Leary

6. (39) Levi Jones

7. (37) Larry Dickson

8. (36) Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

10. (35) Rich Vogler

11. (33) Justin Grant

12. (32) Chase Stockon

13. (31) Sheldon Kinser

14. (30) Pancho Carter

15. (29) Don Branson

16. (27) Dave Steele

17. (26) Jay Drake

18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

20. (23) Jon Stanbrough

21. (22) Steve Butler

22. (21) A.J. Foyt

23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

26. (19) Greg Weld

27. (18) Parnelli Jones

28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler

34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins & Damion Gardner

38. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

40. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom

47. (11) Robert Ballou, Jim McWithey & George Snider

50. (10) Sonny Ates, Jim Hurtubise, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles & Jake Swanson

55. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

58. (8) Shane Cottle, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Logan Seavey

64. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

80. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath & Ken Schrader

89. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas

100. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Brad Sweet & Bob Wente

120. (3) Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

154. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Chad Boat, Keith Bloom Jr., Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Brayden Fox, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Jason McDougal, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Daison Pursley, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

199. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Al “Cotton” Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens Jr., Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Buddy Kofoid, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, Ricky Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Ryan Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sammy Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon, 2021: Brady Bacon, 2022: Justin Grant, 2023: Justin Grant


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance-Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker-Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker-Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc., 2021: Dynamics, Inc., 2022: TOPP Motorsports, 2023: TOPP Motorsports


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers, 2021: Tanner Thorson, 2022: Emerson Axsom, 2023: Daison Pursley


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2023 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER:


A

GARRETT ABRAMS/Rushville, IN (Garrett & Tony Abrams #32)

MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA (Max & Scott Adams #5x) & (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP)

ED AIKIN/Lincoln University, PA (EA Motorsports #7)

GARRETT AITKEN/Paris, IL (Greg Aitken #32)

GREG ALT/Watertown, WI (Alt Motorsports #22)

JOEY AMANTEA/Mt. Pocono, PA (JPA Racing #88J)

COLLIN AMBROSE/Owensboro, KY (Lynn Ambrose #36)

EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

DAVE AXTON/Port Byron, NY (Dave Axton #2)


B

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc. #69) & (Wedgewood Motorsports #98)

ROBERT BALLOU/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports #12)

KOBY BARKSDALE/Norman, OK (Knight Racing #16K)

RYAN BARR/Piqua, OH (Barr Family #21B)

STAN BEADLES/Owensville, IN (Beadles Racing #84)

BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Fairland, IN (Lauren Beauchamp #11) & (Jeff Olson #34)

DUSTIN BECK/Petersburg, IN (Hensen-Rupp #75)

A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA (Rich Bender #21)

SABAN BIBENT/Cincinnati, OH (Wedgewood Motorsports #98)

NICK BILBEE/Indianapolis, IN (Bilbee Motorsports #17)

COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Kevin Bodine #57B)

DONNY BRACKETT/Fort Branch, IN (Tony Brackett #4B)

ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Hoosier Speed-Fortune #86)

ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Heffner Racing Enterprises #27) & (Heffner-Hummer Motorsports #27)

CORY BRUNS/Lincoln, IL (Judy Smith & Tony Robertson #8)

TIMMY BUCKWALTER/Douglassville, PA (LNB Motorsports #7) & (Lotier-Hummer Motorsports #20T)

PATRICK BUDDE/Bartelso, IL (Patrick Budde #90)

WYATT BURKS/Topeka, KS (Wyatt Burks Racing #11w)

HARLEY BURNS/Brazil, IN (Harley Burns #16)

BOBBY BUTLER/Milford, NJ (Butler Motorsports #5B)


C

LOGAN CALDERWOOD/Goodyear, AZ (Rex Calderwood #6)

TROY CAREY/Tullamore, New South Wales, AU (Troy Carey Motorsports #45N)

NATHAN CARLE/West Harrison, IN (Jeff Carle #14c)

CINDY CHAMBERS/Bloomington, IN (DC Motorsports #18c)

DAYLAN CHAMBERS/Bowling Green, IN (KCBJ Motorsports #8D)

ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN (Chapple-Hall Racing #6)

JASON CHERRY/Blandon, PA (Jason Cherry Racing #67c)

PATRICK CHILMONIK/Milford, NJ (Patrick Chilmonik #1)

BRAYDEN CLARK/Tipton, IN (Roy Jackson-Mark Clark #42G)

DUSTIN CLARK/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark Racing #75)

STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing #34)

MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Mario Clouser Motorsports #6)

COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (KCBJ Motorsports #8D) & (Paul Hazen #57)

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Epperson Racing #2E), (Hodges Motorsports #74x) & (Joe Leer #77K)

TIM CREECH/Greenfield, IN (Tim Creech #31)

CHANCE CRUM/Snohomish, WA (Rudeen Racing #26)

BRAXTON CUMMINGS/Bedford, IN (Bub & Amanda Cummings #71B)

KYLE CUMMINS/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing #3R)


D

BRIGGS DANNER/Allentown, PA (Hogue Racing Enterprises #39)

DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Dave Darland Racing-Curb-Agajanian #36D)

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY/Evansville, IN (Michael Daugherty #3.14)

ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5d)

CHARLES DAVIS JR./Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis Jr. #47)

MITCHELL DAVIS/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis #56)

AUSTIN DeBLAUW/Ventura, CA (DeBlauw Racing #65)

BRYAN DEBRICK/Bedford, TX (Bryan Debrick #10)

XAVIER DONEY/Odessa, MO (Doney-Lawson Racing #74)

STEVEN DREVICKI/Reading, PA (Greg Fitzpatrick-DeGre Engineering #19)

DON DROUD JR./Lincoln, NE (Mark Burch Motorsports #1m)

PAUL DUES/Minster, OH (Dues Racing #87)


E

CURT ELLIOTT/Fletcher, OH (Curt Elliott #28)

GEOFF ENSIGN/Sebastopol, CA (Ensign Motorsports #3F) & (On The Gass Racing #17)

SCOTT EVANS/Rhome, TX (Scott & Kristen Evans #118)


F

LOGAN FAUCON/Elkhart, IL (Scott & Kay Faucon #52F)

GARY FLOYD/San Angelo, TX (Tammy Sturgeon #72)

DAMON FORTUNE/Terre Haute, IN (Hoosier Speed-Fortune #39)

BRAYDEN FOX/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing #53)

PARKER FREDERICKSON/Kokomo, IN (Parker Frederickson #34F)


G

CODY GARDNER/Little Rock, AR (Tiny Gaines #G6)

CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15)

ARIC GENTRY/Robards, KY (Larry Gentry #10)

GABRIEL GILBERT/Greenwood, IN (Gabriel Gilbert Racing #10G)

IVAN GLOTZBACH/Fillmore, IN (Ivan Glotzbach #i1)

MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports #4)

RYLAN GRAY/Greenfield, IN (Gray Brothers #06) & (Gray Brothers #81)

COLIN GRISSOM/Anderson, IN (Colin Grissom #00)

KURT GROSS/Washington, IN (Hensen-Rupp #71x)

FRANKIE GUERRINI/San Rafael, CA (F & F Racing #63)


H

ALLEN HAFFORD/Beach Park, IL (Hafford Motorsports #38)

SCOTT HAMPTON/Greenfield, IN (Slinkard Motorsports #51)

JOSH HANNA/Tyler, TX (Josh Hanna #82)

TOM HARRIS/Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (Tom Harris Motorsport #84)

BRIAN HAYDEN/Fillmore, IN (Brian Hayden Racing #2H)

KORBYN HAYSLETT/Troy, OH (Kim & Dave Hayslett #1H)

TONY HELTON/Cloverdale, IN (Jeff Miller #87)

ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5)

DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Jamie Miller #6m) & (Jennifer Hewitt #21)

TYLER HEWITT/Marion, IN (Scott & Kristen Evans #118)

TODD HOBSON/Clyde, Victoria, AU (Joe Daming #5T)

RAYMOND HOLDEN/Evansville, IN (Holden Motorsports #2R)

ALLEN HOWARD JR./Terre Haute, IN (AJR Motorsports #4u)

CHASE HOWARD/Nesbit, MS (Ronnie Howard #13)

JASON HOWELL/Azle, TX (Tammy Sturgeon #44)

JACK HOYER/Frankfort, IN (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5) & (Chris Hoyer #11)

J.J. HUGHES/Jasper, IN (John Hughes #76)

JONATHAN HUGHES/Knoxville, IA (Jay Hughes #67)


I

DUSTIN INGLE/Lima, OH (Dustin Ingle Racing #2DI)

STEVE IRWIN/Fenton, MI (Flying Zero Racing #0)

JOHNNY IVERS/Vincennes, IN (Ivers-Thomas Racing #55)


J

JACK JAMES/Harlan, IN (Jack James #99)

CHASE JOHNSON/Penngrove, CA (Yeley Motorsports #2)

KYLE JOHNSON/Greencastle, IN (Mike Johnson #99J)

KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Mike Melton #11)


K

TYLER KENDALL/Connersville, IN (Matt Kendall #20)

LARRY KINGSEED JR./Castalia, OH (Larry Kingseed #21) & (Powell Racing #59)

JORDAN KINSER/Bloomington, IN (Jerry Burton #04)

RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Yeley Motorsports #2J) & (DKR Motorsports #91)


L

ZACH LAMB/Aurora, IN (Zach Lamb #73)

PRESTON LATTOMUS/Lewes, DE (Michael Lattomus #23B)

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

RICKY LEWIS/Camarillo, CA (Dave Brown #41)

JAMES LYERLA/Hillsboro, IL (JL Motorsports #11)


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HUNTER MADDOX/Bloomington, IN (Hunter Maddox #24m)

CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC #7)

BRANDON MATTOX/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing #28)

MATT McDONALD/Brownsburg, IN (Darrell McDonald #5m)

JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (KO Motorsports #5m)

JUSTIN MENEELY/Brazil, IN (Meneely Motorsports #100)

THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (Epperson Racing #2E), (Chris Dyson Racing #20) & (NIKSTE LLC #23K)

TYE MIHOCKO/Peoria, AZ (Brian Hayden Racing #2H), (Dave Wilson #5) & (Jamie Paul #24p)

TRAVIS MILLAR/Wandin North, Victoria, AU (Travis Millar #93AU)

TYLER MILLER/Kokomo, IN (Tyler Miller Motorsports #67)

MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (J.W. Mitchell Motorsports #37)

JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (Moffatt Racing #5J) & (A.J. Felker Racing #37)

MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

JOHN MOLLICK/Toronto, OH (Scott Clever #4J)

KYLE MOODY/Lewisberry, PA (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5x)

CHRISTIAN MOORE/Bullard, TX (Joe Moore #6)

EVAN MOSLEY/Lapel, IN (Steve Thomas #20T) & (Chris Barkdull #27)

TODD MOULE/Heathcote, Victoria, AU (Tony Moule #26)

DEVAN MYERS/Delphi, IN (Devan Myers #75)


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KEVIN NEWTON/Farmersburg, IN (Kevin Newton #16TH)

ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Lakeland, TN (Nicholson Motorsports #16)


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TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Trey Osborne #6T)

JUSTIN OWEN/Harrison, OH (Fischesser-Owen Racing #4J)


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CHASE PARSON/Abilene, TX (Parson Racing #57)

BILLY PAUCH JR./Frenchtown, NJ (Heffner Racing Enterprises #27H)

JORDAN PAULSEN/Trevor, WI (Jordan Paulsen #4p)

CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman #21)

WES PINKERTON/Reynolds, IN (Hajduk Motorsports #21)

ZACK PRETORIUS/Yorktown, IN (Jeff Pretorius #9z)

JEFF PRITCHETT/Evansville, IN (Nine-One-One Motorsports #2J)

DAISON PURSLEY/Locust Grove, OK (KO Motorsports #5p)


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BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA (Tom & Christy Dunkel #17R)

KAYLA ROELL/Dillsboro, IN (KO Motorsports #5K)

JADON ROGERS/Worthington, IN (4J Motorsports #4J), (Baldwin-Fox Racing #5), (4J Motorsports #14) & (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP)

CLAYTON ROSSMAN/Wadsworth, IL (Hajduk Motorsports #21)

KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Jerry Ruble #17)

BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman #49)


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NATE SCHANK/Santa Rosa, CA (Janis Schank #1)

ADYN SCHMIDT/Haubstadt, IN (Adam Schmidt #12s) & (Chet Williams #38)

STEPHEN SCHNAPF/Newburgh, IN (Hoosier Speed-Fortune #39F)

BRYAR SCHROETER/Kokomo, IN (Bryar Schroeter #21s)

JAKE SCOTT/Morgantown, IN (Jeff Miller #33)

SAM SCOTT/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott #7s)

NATHAN SEALE/Fort Branch, IN (Nathan Seale Racing #1s)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (2B Racing #2B)

KEITH SHEFFER II/Jerome, MI (Sheffer Racing #86)

ERIC SHELTON/Decatur, IL (Paul Shelton #70)

KYLE SHIPLEY/El Mirage, AZ (Kyle Shipley #0G)

BRADY SHORT/Bedford, IN (Randy Edwards #61m)

CARSON SHORT/Marion, IL (Beadles Racing #84)

KOBE SIMPSON/Bonham, TX (Kevin Simpson #21K)

ALEC SIPES/Springville, IN (Hayward Motorsports #19) & (Alec Sipes #99)

JACKSON SLONE/Noblesville, IN (Borzio-Slone #16)

JOHN SLUSS/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro #4R)

CAMERON SMITH/Spring Grove, PA (Lee Kauffman #96)

MARCUS SMITH/Tracy, CA (Marcus & Mark Smith #28s)

WESLEY SMITH/Nixa, MO (Bryan Smith #44)

DALTON STEVENS/Scurry, TX (Stevens Racing Holdings #99x)

CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (KO Motorsports #5s)

STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ (Tyler Sturgeon Racing #77s)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Rock Steady Racing #3R), (Wedgewood Motorsports #77) & (Wedgewood Motorsports #98)

DOUG SYLVESTER/Ottumwa, IA (Doug Sylvester #12x)


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EDDIE TAFOYA JR./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya Sr. #51T)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Yeley Motorsports #2J), (2B Racing #2x), (Rock Steady Racing #3R), (Kevin Newton #16), (Michael Dutcher Motorsports #17GP), (Landon Simon Racing #24) & (Cheney Racing #42)

STEVE THOMAS/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas #20)

TRAVIS THOMPSON/Brazil, IN (Travis Thompson #7)


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EDDIE VANCIL/Olney, IL (Eddie Vancil #7v)

MATT VANDERVERE/Burlington, WI (VanderVere Racing #10v)


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DAN WADE/Wilmot, WI (Dan Wade #15)

VINNY WARD/Springfield, IL (Tom Ward #82)

SCOTTY WEIR/Marion, IN (NIKSTE LLC #23K) & (Landon Simon Racing #24)

MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

PAUL WHITE/Temple, TX (Greg Wade #1)

NOAH WHITEHOUSE/Greenfield, IN (Scott Whitehouse #00w)

TAYTE WILLIAMSON/Rushylvania, OH (Brent Williamson #20)

MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL (RNB Motorsports #29)

BEN WOODS/Newton, IA (B & R Motorsports #11B)


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J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Yeley Motorsports #2) & (Yeley Motorsports #2J)


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JUSTIN ZIMMERMAN/Athens, TX (D-Up Racing #1)

 

 

RED DIRT USAC SPRINT CAR WEEKEND

RAINED OUT FOR OCT. 27-28

Meeker, Oklahoma (October 25, 2023)………Substantial rain today and tonight coupled with forecasted rain this weekend has forced cancellation of the October 27-28 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season finale at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway.

The Red Dirt event was to be the series’ debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval and the series’ first trip to the Sooner State since 2004.

“Obviously, we are so disappointed to lose this weekend to weather,” Red Dirt Raceway promoter Cody Brewer stated. “With competitors and fans coming from all over, we want to decide on this before they hit the road. There has been so much excitement for this show, and we remain committed to bringing USAC Sprint Cars back to Oklahoma. We will continue our facility improvements to make it a true showcase event for sprint car competitors and fans to attend next year.”

The 2023 USAC National Sprint Car season is now complete. For the second consecutive season, Justin Grant is the driver champion while TOPP Motorsports is the entrant titlist.

The USAC national racing season resumes in November with six USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events in the state of California: Nov. 14 at Bakersfield Speedway for the November Classic, Nov. 17-18 at Placerville Speedway for the Hangtown 100, Nov. 21-22 at Merced Speedway, and Nov. 25 at Ventura Raceway for the season-ending 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

 

 

“IT’S TRULY A DREAM,” HANK DAVIS TO DRIVE CORNELL MIDGET ON 2024 USAC TRAIL

Monee, Illinois (October 23, 2023)………Cornell Racing Stables will return to the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail in 2024 with driver Hank Davis as their wheelman in the team’s trademark gold leaf number 8.

The car will be a Triple X Chassis powered by a Stanton SR-11x piloted by the rising star from Sand Springs, Okla. Davis captured the racing world’s attention when he captured an A-Main victory on a preliminary night during the January 2023 Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla.

Davis scored that victory in the seat of the Seymour Racing ride, which has a monumental history of its own in USAC racing lore. Now, with Davis joining the Monee, Ill. based Cornell team, he has now gotten the chance to compete for two iconic teams on big stages.

The history is certainly not lost on the 20-year-old Davis who grew up learning about the history of Rich Vogler and his legendary career. Vogler thrived and won in USAC competition for both Seymour and Cornell, and Davis appreciates the fact that he now gets to live out something beyond his wildest dreams.

“It’s just something you only dream of,” Davis said of receiving this opportunity with Cornell. “As a kid knowing who Rich Vogler was and knowing that the same people that had him around also want me around their team, it’s simply crazy. Getting the chance to be around two historic teams such as the Seymours and now the Cornell family, it’s truly a dream.”

With over 60 years in USAC racing, Cornell Racing Stables has some history, including bringing the winningest driver in USAC history, Rich Vogler, to the big stage as their driver. In all, Cornell owned cars captured nine career USAC National Midget feature victories between 1967-79 with drivers such as Bob Hare and Roger West once, Gary Ponzini twice and their most recent five with Vogler.

The Cornell team has hired David Kovar for the engineering and management roles on the midget operation while Jeff Matty will prepare the car for competition. Meanwhile, car owner Curt Cornell is excited at the prospect of the combination of Davis, Triple X and Stanton SR-11 power in the coming year.

“We are excited about choosing Triple X as our chassis supplier,” Cornell stated. “With their professional business model, great cars, prompt service and deliveries, plus successes on the national level with their sprint cars, Triple X was a given. As for being powered by a Stanton SR-11x, its horsepower advantage and repeated wins in big events made that an easy choice too. The always stocked and very knowledgeable folks at Behling Racing Equipment will supply the remaining components.”

Cornell Racing Stables will also continue to compete on the USAC Silver Crown National Championship trail. Since 2017, the team has fielded cars on the dirt for drivers such as Johnny Petrozelle and Davey Ray. However, getting back into the USAC National Midget ranks has the team excited on numerous fronts and now they eagerly look forward to adding another feather in their cap after more than six decades of involvement in USAC racing.

“Having won multiple USAC events over the course of our racing career with a twin overhead cam engine, a push rod and rocker arm engine, plus an opposed cylinder engine, completing the quartet by winning with a single overhead cam engine would just be icing on the cake,” Cornell stated.

 

 

WEST COAST STOCK CAR/MOTORSPORTS HoF ANNOUNCED AS TURKEY NIGHT PRESENTING SPONSOR

Bakersfield, California (October 23, 2023)………The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame will be the presenting sponsor of the United States Auto Club (USAC) sanctioned 82nd running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship on November 24-25 at southern California’s Ventura Raceway.

The USAC Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix is the longest running west coast auto racing event, dating to 1934. It began as the traditional season ending event at Gilmore Stadium in Los Angeles and was held on Thanksgiving Day.

J.C. Agajanian revived the Midget Grand Prix as the Gilmore Grand Prix in 1956. “Turkey Night” was adopted in 1975. Agajanian Promotions handles promotional duties regardless of venue and the prestigious race has been held annually at Ventura Raceway since 2016 after calling many Southern California tracks home, including a 30-year run at Ascot Park.

“To be the presenting sponsor for the oldest, most exciting motorsports event in the United States other than the Indianapolis 500 is a huge honor for the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame,” said Ken Clapp, Chairman and CEO of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame. “’The ‘Hall’ is totally committed to being a part of making the 82nd running of Turkey Night the biggest midget and sprint car combo show of the year.”

“Since ‘The Hall’ expanded its areas of recognition to include various forms of open wheel racing, we have become engaged with a greater number of high achieving persons for induction. This has propelled the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame to the position of most desired and recognized motor sports hall of fame west of the Mississippi River.”

Indianapolis 500 winners who also won Turkey Night include Johnnie Parsons, Parnelli Jones and A.J. Foyt. Other notable winners include Tony Bettenhausen, Gary Bettenhausen, Bubby Jones, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Jason Leffler, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, Bryan Clauson, Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell, Logan Seavey and defending race winner, Justin Grant.

Shuman has the most Turkey Night wins with eight. Bob Swanson, Billy Boat, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell have three apiece.

This year’s weekend will once again feature the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars.

Schedule:

Friday, November 24: Grandstands open at 3pm. Midget practice, plus sprint car hot laps, qualifying, heat races and main event.

Saturday, November 25: Grandstands open at 3pm. Sprint car semis and main events plus Turkey Night Grand Prix midget hot laps, qualifying, last chance qualifiers, semis and the 98-lap feature.

Advance tickets, priced from $22-45, can be purchased at www.venturaraceway.com. Additional information is available at 805-648-7223.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST STOCK CAR/MOTORSPORTS HALL OF FAME:

The West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame was conceived in 2001 as a means of recognizing significant contributors and contributions to the sport of stock car/motorsports competition. The mission of the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame is to preserve the history and heritage of the important role that west coast stock car and motorsports figures have played in the sport’s development and continuation, and to recognize, through annual enshrinement, of outstanding individuals and groups within the sport such as, but not limited to, designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, race track owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.

The Hall is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations and groups from coast to coast. During its tenure, the Hall has raised more than $800,000 in the past five of its 22 years for youth, health and safety, hospitals, animal rescue, military and other charitable causes.

For more information on the West Coast Stock Car/Motorsports Hall of Fame visit: www.WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com

 

 

THE CURTAIN CALL:

STORYLINES FOR USAC SPRINTS’

RED DIRT FINALE OCT. 27-28

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (October 23, 2023)………It’s the first of times. It’s the last of times.

It’s the start of one chapter and the closing of another when the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship ventures to Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for the first time ever on Friday-Saturday, October 27-28.

On the same token, the curtain will close on the 2023 series season where a champion will be crowned and the ink on the 68th season of competition officially dries on the record books.

We’ve witnessed how the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have performed here before in this land. But we’ve never seen anything like this before – USAC National Sprint Cars spraying red dirt of the Oklahoma kind for two consecutive nights to close out a most historical season with the series.

Here are the storylines to keep your noggin glued to when USAC Sprint Cars come to call on the 1/4-mile dirt oval this weekend for $6,000-to-win on Friday night and a $10,000-to-win finale on Saturday evening.


GRANT VS. BACON – THE FINAL ROUND

It’s not only the USAC National Sprint Car season that wraps up this weekend; it’s also the culmination of a championship season.

Justin Grant enters the weekend as the point leader with a 109-point edge over Brady Bacon. Grant is seeking to become the first back-to-back USAC National Sprint Car titlist since Bacon in 2020-21. Meanwhile, Bacon is on the drive for five career series championships.

However, while not completely insurmountable, it would require an unprecedented comeback by Bacon in order to overtake Grant for the title this weekend. Only twice in the past quarter century has a driver vaulted into the point lead on the final weekend of the season.

In 2001, Jay Drake held a 29-point lead, but was injured in a regional midget crash at Terre Haute, which forced him to miss the final two events of the USAC Sprint Car season, ultimately losing the title to J.J. Yeley by 19 markers. In 2018, Kevin Thomas Jr. led Tyler Courtney by two entering the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. In the end, the pair were tied at the top of the standings, but by virtue of more victories throughout the season, Courtney earned the tiebreaker and the crown.

Both nights this weekend will feature the standard points format with 6-5-4-3-2-1 available to the top-six qualifiers, 8-7-6-5 to the top-four heat race finishers and 4-3-2-1-1-1 to the top-six in the semi. For the feature, the winner picks up 70 for the win and the points decrease by three per position throughout the top-ten. For finishers 10-20, the points decrease by two points per position. All finishers 20th on back will earn 23 points apiece. All non-transfers receive 10 points each.


THE SOONER THE BETTER – USAC IS BACK IN OKLAHOMA

Oklahoma is a rare territory for the USAC National Sprint Cars to set up camp. Just seven previous appearances have been made by the series since 1966. In fact, the series’ most recent visit to Oklahoma came 19 years ago in 2004 with a victory by Jay Drake at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex.

Eventual three-time series champ Larry Dickson conquered the debut in July of 1966 in Tulsa while Roger McCluskey took the next night in Muskogee. In 1967, Ralph Liguori scored the weekend opener at Tulsa while Greg Weld prevailed in the weekend capper at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.

After a nearly two decade wait, USAC Sprints returned to the Sooner State in 1985 as part of the USAC vs. CRA Challenge. CRA’s Mike Sweeney was the triumphant party in the first of two Oklahoma dates at Lawton Speedway while, one night later, USAC’s Rick Hood cashed in at OKC, kicking off a string of four-straight series victories, a feat which hasn’t been duplicated since.

There’s one particular thread in common for all the previous years in which the series stopped by to race in Oklahoma. In every single one of those years, the eventual USAC National Sprint Car champion was among the feature winners. It’s an omen that either Justin Grant or Brady Bacon would love to continue this weekend at Red Dirt.


RED DIRT IS OKIE-DOKIE WITH DAISON

With several ASCS Elite Non-Wing and USAC Midwest Wingless Racing Association Sprint Car regulars planning to compete this weekend at Red Dirt, the field is set to be chockfull of Oklahoma natives.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is the all-time winningest Oklahoman in USAC National Sprint Car history with 53 scores in his illustrious career. However, Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) will also be among those eying a first career points-paying victory with the series.

If you recall, back in 2021, Pursley earned his first career USAC National Midget feature win at Red Dirt, sweeping the night, in fact, after also earning a micro victory that very same evening.

Pursley, who leads all 2023 Rookies by sitting 11th in the USAC National Sprint Car standings at press time, now aims to become just the seventh driver to earn both his first USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget points-paying event wins at the same track: Bob Hogle (Ascot Park), Bobby Unser (Ascot Park), Gary Patterson (Ascot Park), Jack Hewitt (Eldora Speedway), Mack McClellan (Illiana Motor Speedway) and Mike Bliss (Indianapolis Raceway Park).


RED DIRT ON A SMALLER SCALE

Being behind the wheel of a sprint car will be a new experience for most this weekend at Red Dirt. However, it doesn’t mean that Red Dirt is necessarily new to them.

Two drivers in this weekend’s USAC Sprint Car field have won USAC National Midget feature events at Red Dirt: Logan Seavey (2019) and Daison Pursley (2021). Seavey also ran as the runner-up in 2018 with the midgets at Red Dirt.

Justin Grant went 13th to 2nd back in 2021 and was 2nd again in 2022. Bacon grabbed a 5th in 2018 and Emerson Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) collected a 6th in 2020 while Mitchel Moles (Raisin City, Ind.) tallied a 9th in 2022.

Not to mention, three-time USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma champion Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) has won twice with the series at Red Dirt where he plans to be on hand for his USAC National Sprint Car debut this weekend.


CLOSING TIME – LAST CALL FOR METHANOL

Closing time, one last call for methanol! Yeah, crazy enough, the end of the USAC National Sprint Car season is here and that means that several achievements are on the line.

Only three drivers have won both the season opening points race and the final in the same year: Pat O’Connor (1956), Rich Vogler (1986) and Brady Bacon (2020). Bacon, an Ocala, Florida opener winner in February, will try to become the first to accomplish the feat twice.

Justin Grant has already won at the same track on consecutive evenings in August of this year at Kokomo – three-in-a-row in fact. If he could pull off a sweep of the Red Dirt weekend, he’d become just the fourth driver to achieve consecutive wins at a particular track twice in the same season. Pancho Carter pulled off the feat at Winchester and Eldora in 1976; Tom Bigelow doubled up twice at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in 1977; and Brady Bacon pulled it off at Knoxville and Perris in 2019.

“Walking off” with a feature victory and a championship on the same night has only been accomplished 10 previous times: Eddie Sachs (1958), Tommy Hinnershitz (1959), Parnelli Jones (1960), Pancho Carter (1974), Sheldon Kinser (1977 & 1982), Steve Butler (1988), Josh Wise (2006), Levi Jones (2011) and Brady Bacon (2020). Bacon himself and Justin Grant are in position to become the next.

Additionally, on eight occasions, a driver has won multiple USAC National Sprint Car features to close out the season. That list includes Roger McCluskey (1962), Sheldon Kinser (1982), Jack Hewitt (1997), Tracy Hines (2000), Josh Wise (2006), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007), Kevin Swindell (2008) and Tyler Courtney (2019). Hines (2000) remains the lone driver to win each of the last three to close out a season. Justin Grant currently rides a one-race winning streak entering the event.


UPCOMING RACE DETAILS:

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing Sprints) will compete at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for two consecutive nights of competition on Friday-Saturday, October 27-28. Sport Modifieds/B-Mods and Non-Wing Micros will comprise Friday night’s program while Factory Stocks and Non-Wing Micros will be on hand for Saturday night’s event.

A practice night will begin the weekend on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30-9pm Central. Grandstand admission is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

On Friday, pit gates open at 2pm central with the grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. On Saturday, pit gates open at noon central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

General admission tickets are $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. High school students and younger are $10. Tickets are available online at www.reddirtraceway.com under the “Buy Tickets” tab and will be sold the day of the show as well.

All access passes (pit access & general admission seating) are available as well for $40 and available at the pit gate on the day of the show only. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are $10. The tailgate area is $175 per carload (up to 8 people per car).


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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-2329, 2-Brady Bacon-2220, 3-Emerson Axsom-2159, 4-Jake Swanson-2101, 5-C.J. Leary-2040, 6-Kyle Cummins-2011, 7-Robert Ballou-1977, 8-Chase Stockon-1755, 9-Logan Seavey-1750, 10-Mitchel Moles-1733.


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USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS IN OKLAHOMA:

7-16-1966: Larry Dickson at the Tulsa Fairgrounds (George Nesler #29)

7-17-1966: Roger McCluskey at Muskogee Speedway (Mutt Anderson #51)

7-8-1967: Ralph Liguori at the Tulsa Fairgrounds (Carl Forberg #15)

7-9-1967: Greg Weld at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds (Ward Dunseth-Paul Leffler #92)

5-11-1985: Mike Sweeney at Lawton Speedway (Joe Kasparoff #5c)

5-12-1985: Rick Hood at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds (Damon Fortune #39)

9-17-2004: Jay Drake at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex (Tony Stewart Racing #20)


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2023 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS

Driver Point Leader: Justin Grant

Entrant Point Leader: TOPP Motorsports

Most Feature Wins: 11-Justin Grant

Top Rookie in Points: 11th-Daison Pursley

Most Laps Led: 262-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: 25-Brady Bacon

Most Top-Tens: 29-Emerson Axsom

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 5-Brady Bacon

Most Heat Race Wins: 12-Robert Ballou

Most Feature Starts: 36-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

Biggest Charge of the Year: Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 3rd)


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS

Feb 13: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Feb 14: (SE) Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

WINNER: Daison Pursley (KO Motorsports #5p)

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, FL

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Apr 15: (MS) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

May 5: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

May 6: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

May 24: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

May 25: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jun 3: (MW) Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jun 13: (E) Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, PA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jun 15: (E) Big Diamond Speedway - Pottsville, PA

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Jun 16: (E) Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Jun 17: (E) Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jun 18: (E) (A) Action Track USA - Kutztown, PA

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway - Wilmot, WI

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 3: (MS) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 7: (A) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Mitchel Moles (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Jul 8: (A) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 21: (I) Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 22: (I) Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Jul 23: (I) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 24: (I) Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jul 26: (I) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 27: (I) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jul 28: (I) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Texarkana, AR

WINNER: Matt Westfall (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway - Indianapolis, IN

WINNER: Logan Seavey (2B Racing #2B)

Sep 16: (MS) (F) Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Logan Seavey (2B Racing #2B)

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Oct 27: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, OK

Oct 28: (AE) Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, OK

------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS ------------------

(SE) represents a non-points, special event

(P) represents a program featuring practice only

(F) represents an event awarding feature points only

(MS) represents an event co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

(AE) represents an event co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing

(MW) represents an event with the USAC Wholesale Batteries Midwest Wingless Association Sprint Cars

(E) represents an Eastern Storm event

(A) represents an event awarding appearance points only

(I) represents an Indiana Sprint Week event


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2023 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS

11-Justin Grant (Apr 15 at Tri-State Speedway, May 5 at Eldora Speedway, Jun 17 at Port Royal Speedway, Jul 21 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, Jul 23 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Jul 26 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Aug 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 25 at Kokomo Speedway, Aug 26 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 21 at Gas City I-69 Speedway & Oct 7 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

7-Brady Bacon (Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 23 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Jun 24 at Wilmot Raceway, Jul 3 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 8 at Macon Speedway, Sep 7 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway & Sep 16 at Tri-State Speedway)

4-Kyle Cummins (Feb 18 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 25 at Circle City Raceway, Jun 18 at Action Track USA & Jul 24 at Circle City Raceway)

4-Jake Swanson (May 24 at Circle City Raceway, Jun 3 at Knoxville Raceway, Jun 13 at Grandview Speedway & Jul 27 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

3-Emerson Axsom (Jun 15 at Big Diamond Speedway, Jun 16 at Williams Grove Speedway & Jul 28 at Bloomington Speedway)

3-C.J. Leary (Apr 14 at Bloomington Speedway, May 6 at Eldora Speedway & Jul 22 at Kokomo Speedway)

2-Logan Seavey (Sep 15 at Circle City Raceway & Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Mitchel Moles (Jul 7 at Macon Speedway)

1-Matt Westfall (Sep 9 at Texarkana 67 Speedway)


NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT WINS:

1-Daison Pursley (Feb 14 at Volusia Speedway Park)

1-Jake Swanson (Feb 13 at Volusia Speedway Park)


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FEATURE LAPS LED

262-Brady Bacon

253-Justin Grant

111-Emerson Axsom

105-C.J. Leary

102-Kyle Cummins & Jake Swanson

44-Logan Seavey

31-Robert Ballou

30-Matt Westfall

23-Jadon Rogers

18-Mitchel Moles

17-Xavier Doney

16-Timmy Buckwalter

15-Carson Garrett & Thomas Meseraull

14-Briggs Danner

12-Shane Cottle

5-Max Adams

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES

25-Brady Bacon

23-Justin Grant

20-Kyle Cummins

17-Emerson Axsom

13-C.J. Leary

13-Jake Swanson

11-Robert Ballou

9-Logan Seavey

8-Mitchel Moles

7-Kevin Thomas Jr.

5-Jadon Rogers & Chase Stockon

4-Shane Cottle

3-Briggs Danner, Carson Garrett, Daison Pursley & Matt Westfall

2-Timmy Buckwalter, & Thomas Meseraull

1-Max Adams, Dustin Beck, Xavier Doney & Jason McDougal


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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES

29-Emerson Axsom

28-C.J. Leary

27-Kyle Cummins

26-Brady Bacon

25-Justin Grant

24-Robert Ballou & Jake Swanson

20-Mitchel Moles

18-Logan Seavey & Chase Stockon

14-Daison Pursley & Kevin Thomas Jr.

13-Matt Westfall

10-Carson Garrett

9-Shane Cottle & Briggs Danner

8-Jadon Rogers

6-Thomas Meseraull

4-Max Adams

2-Joey Amantea, Brent Beauchamp, Alex Bright, Timmy Buckwalter, Charles Davis Jr. & Xavier Doney

1-Dustin Beck Mario Clouser, Colten Cottle, Zach Daum, Steven Drevicki, Cody Gardner, Anton Hernandez, J.J. Hughes, Chase Johnson, Kyle Jones, Riley Kreisel, Ricky Lewis, Jason McDougal, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble, Brady Short, Kody Swanson, Scotty Weir & Justin Zimmerman


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FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

5-Brady Bacon

4-Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary

3-Justin Grant & Jake Swanson

2-Robert Ballou, Mitchel Moles, Daison Pursley & Logan Seavey

1-Shane Cottle, Brayden Fox, Ricky Lewis, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Matt Westfall


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HEAT RACE / QUALIFYING RACE WINS (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Rod End Supply, T.J. Forged & Car IQ)

12-Robert Ballou

11-Justin Grant

10-Mitchel Moles

9-Emerson Axsom

8-Brady Bacon, Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary

7-Carson Garrett & Matt Westfall

6-Chase Stockon

5-Charles Davis Jr. & Kevin Thomas Jr.

4-Jadon Rogers

3-Jake Swanson

2-Brent Beauchamp, Shane Cottle, Steven Drevicki & Thomas Meseraull

1-Max Adams, Joey Amantea, Dustin Beck, Mario Clouser, Colten Cottle, Chance Crum, Briggs Danner, Geoff Ensign, Rylan Gray, Korbyn Hayslett, Anton Hernandez, Dallas Hewitt, Kyle Jones, Larry Kingseed Jr., Ricky Lewis, Brandon Mattox, Trey Osborne, Zack Pretorius, Kendall Ruble, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Wesley Smith, Mitch Wissmiller & Justin Zimmerman


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SEMI WINS

5-Mitchel Moles

3-Brady Bacon, Daison Pursley, Chase Stockon & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-C.J. Leary, Brandon Mattox, Jake Swanson & Logan Seavey

1-Emerson Axsom, Robert Ballou, Kyle Cummins, Carson Garrett, Zack Pretorius, Jadon Rogers, Carson Short, Matt Westfall & J.J. Yeley


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D-MAIN WINS

1-Brayden Clark & Rylan Gray


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C-MAIN WINS

1-Joey Amantea, Saban Bibent, Colten Cottle, Ivan Glotzbach, Dustin Ingle, Brandon Mattox & Jadon Rogers


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FEATURE STARTS

36-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Justin Grant & C.J. Leary

35-Daison Pursley, Logan Seavey, Chase Stockon & Jake Swanson

34-Kyle Cummins & Matt Westfall

33-Mitchel Moles

31-Carson Garrett

27-Kevin Thomas Jr.

20-Jadon Rogers

19-Max Adams

16-Shane Cottle

15-Briggs Danner

14-Brandon Mattox

13-Charles Davis Jr. & Thomas Meseraull

9-Joey Amantea

8-Geoff Ensign & Eddie Tafoya Jr.

7-Brent Beauchamp, Alex Bright & Sterling Cling

6-Mario Clouser

5-Ricky Lewis, Tye Mihocko, Trey Osborne & Brady Short

4-Timmy Buckwalter, Chance Crum, Braxton Cummings, Rylan Gray, Dalton Stevens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson & Justin Zimmerman

3-Cole Bodine, Colten Cottle, Dave Darland, Xavier Doney, Steven Drevicki, Tom Harris, Korbyn Hayslett, Jack Hoyer, Hunter Maddox, Matt Mitchell, Zack Pretorius & Scotty Weir

2-Dustin Beck, Harley Burns, Tim Creech, Mitchell Davis, Brayden Fox, Aric Gentry, Anton Hernandez, Dallas Hewitt, J.J. Hughes, Kyle Jones, Jordan Kinser, Preston Lattomus, Carmen Perigo, Brody Roa, Kayla Roell & Kendall Ruble

1-Garrett Abrams, Ed Aikin, Greg Alt, Saban Bibent, Nick Bilbee, Donny Brackett, Andy Bradley, Bobby Butler, Logan Calderwood, Nathan Carle, Isaac Chapple, Zach Daum, Austin DeBlauw, Paul Dues, Logan Faucon, Cody Gardner, Ivan Glotzbach, Kurt Gross, Allen Hafford, Brian Hayden, Tyler Hewitt, Todd Hobson, Jason Howell, Steve Irwin, Chase Johnson, Larry Kingseed Jr., Riley Kreisel, James Lyerla, Jason McDougal, Travis Millar, Kyle Moody, Billy Pauch Jr., Clayton Rossman, Brian Ruhlman, Adyn Schmidt, Stephen Schnapf, Jake Scott, Sam Scott, Keith Sheffer II, Carson Short, Cameron Smith, Wesley Smith, Travis Thompson, Matt VanderVere, Dan Wade, Paul White, Mitch Wissmiller & J.J. Yeley


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2023 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFIERS

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Jason McDougal

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Justin Grant

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Matt Westfall

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – Mitchel Moles

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Jake Swanson

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Kyle Cummins

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Jake Swanson

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Logan Seavey

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brayden Fox

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Kyle Cummins

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – C.J. Leary

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Robert Ballou

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Brady Bacon

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Robert Ballou

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Ricky Lewis

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – C.J. Leary

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Jake Swanson

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon


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GREEN APU GREEN FLAG CHALLENGE FEATURE FIRST LAP LEADERS

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – C.J. Leary

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Max Adams

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Timmy Buckwalter

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Emerson Axsom

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Justin Grant

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Jake Swanson

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Justin Grant

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Xavier Doney

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Brady Bacon

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Jake Swanson

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Briggs Danner

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Jadon Rogers

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – C.J. Leary

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Matt Westfall

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Carson Garrett

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Shane Cottle

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Logan Seavey

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Robert Ballou


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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Robert Ballou (22nd to 10th)

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Kevin Thomas Jr. (16th to 9th)

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jordan Kinser (20th to 12th)

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Garrett (16th to 7th)

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Kody Swanson (17th to 8th)

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Carson Garrett (20th to 6th)

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – C.J. Leary (13th to 5th)

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Daison Pursley (16th to 9th)

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Chase Stockon (18th to 7th)

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Chase Johnson (19th to 7th)

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Alex Bright (22nd to 10th)

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Robert Ballou (14th to 7th)

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Daison Pursley (14th to 2nd)

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Daison Pursley (10th to 3rd)

Jun 18: Action Track USA – Brady Bacon (16th to 9th)

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Brady Bacon (5th to 1st)

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Robert Ballou (17th to 8th)

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Matt Westfall (17th to 6th)

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Robert Ballou (16th to 8th)

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 11th)

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (20th to 8th)

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon (22nd to 3rd)

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Shane Cottle (12th to 3rd)

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Shane Cottle (17th to 7th)

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brent Beauchamp (22nd to 10th)

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Shane Cottle (22nd to 13th)

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Briggs Danner (16th to 8th)

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Shane Cottle (21st to 3rd)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley (20th to 13th)

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Emerson Axsom (21st to 8th)

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Kyle Jones (21st to 13th)

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Robert Ballou (14th to 3rd)

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (15th to 5th)

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Matt Westfall (12th to 3rd)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Daison Pursley (18th to 10th)

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Kyle Cummins (21st to 10th)


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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST HOT LAPS DRIVER

Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park – Kyle Cummins

Feb 18: Bubba Raceway Park – Chase Stockon

Apr 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Apr 14: Bloomington Speedway – Jake Swanson

Apr 15: Tri-State Speedway – Jadon Rogers

May 5: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

May 6: Eldora Speedway – Matt Westfall

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track – Kevin Thomas Jr.

May 24: Circle City Raceway – Justin Grant

May 25: Circle City Raceway – Kevin Thomas Jr.

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway – Emerson Axsom

Jun 13: Grandview Speedway – Thomas Meseraull

Jun 15: Big Diamond Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 18: Action Track USA – N/A

Jun 24: Wilmot Raceway – Brady Bacon

Jul 3: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

Jul 7: Macon Speedway – Chase Stockon

Jul 8: Macon Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jul 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Max Adams

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway – Daison Pursley

Jul 23: Lawrenceburg Speedway – C.J. Leary

Jul 24: Circle City Raceway – Brady Bacon

July 26: Terre Haute Action Track – Robert Ballou

July 27: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Bacon

July 28: Bloomington Speedway – Shane Cottle

Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway – Justin Grant

Aug 25: Kokomo Speedway – Logan Seavey

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway – Brady Bacon

Sep 7: Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Robert Ballou

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Robert Ballou

Sep 15: Circle City Raceway – Brady Bacon

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Sep 21: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Jake Swanson

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Brady Bacon


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS



ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [53 wins] Brady Bacon

3. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

4. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

5. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

6. [45 wins] Larry Dickson & Justin Grant

8. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

9. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

10. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

11. [39 wins] Kevin Thomas Jr.

12. [37 wins] Robert Ballou & Sheldon Kinser

14. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

16. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

17. [31 wins] Tyler Courtney

18. [30 wins] Chris Windom

19. [28 wins] Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

23. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

25. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Parnelli Jones

28. [23 wins] Roger McCluskey

29. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones, C.J. Leary & Sammy Sessions

33. [21 wins] Greg Weld

34. [18 wins] Kyle Cummins

35. [17 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Jim Hurtubise & Bud Kaeding

38. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Jud Larson

40. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman & Brian Tyler

43. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Lee Kunzman, Chase Stockon & Bruce Walkup

47. [13 wins] Steve Chassey

48. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

49. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Elmer George, Tommy Hinnershitz & Greg Leffler

53. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull, Eddie Sachs, Logan Seavey, Tony Stewart & Johnny Thomson

58. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Pat O'Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

62. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

66. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

76. [6 wins] Emerson Axsom, Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Shane Cottle, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider, Jake Swanson & Dick Tobias

87. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh, Tanner Thorson & Cole Whitt

104. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Van Johnson, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Ralph Liguori, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

117. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Joe Barzda, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Jerry “Scratch” Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Andy Linden, Charlie Masters, Mitchel Moles, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

139. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Ed Elisian, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, Jason McDougal, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Jim McWithey, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Bob Sweikert, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward, Matt Westfall & Carl Williams

173. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Billy Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jim McElreath, Charlie Musselman, Bobby Olivero, Jim Packard, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Jadon Rogers, Stephen Schnapf, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Chuck Weyant, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth


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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (1956-PRESENT)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (62) Dave Darland

3. (60) Tracy Hines

4. (49) Brady Bacon

5. (45) C.J. Leary

6. (39) Levi Jones

7. (37) Larry Dickson

8. (36) Bryan Clauson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

10. (35) Rich Vogler

11. (33) Justin Grant

12. (32) Chase Stockon

13. (31) Sheldon Kinser

14. (30) Pancho Carter

15. (29) Don Branson

16. (27) Dave Steele

17. (26) Jay Drake

18. (24) Gary Bettenhausen & J.J. Yeley

20. (23) Jon Stanbrough

21. (22) Steve Butler

22. (21) A.J. Foyt

23. (20) Jerry Coons Jr., Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

26. (19) Greg Weld

27. (18) Parnelli Jones

28. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

31. (15) Kenny Irwin Jr., Sammy Sessions & Brian Tyler

34. (14) Billy Cassella, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins & Damion Gardner

38. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

40. (12) Steve Chassey, Elmer George, Rick Hood, Jud Larson, Bill Puterbaugh, Joe Saldana & Chris Windom

47. (11) Robert Ballou, Jim McWithey & George Snider

50. (10) Sonny Ates, Jim Hurtubise, Thomas Meseraull, Mitchel Moles & Jake Swanson

55. (9) Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

58. (8) Shane Cottle, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser, Pat O’Connor, Hunter Schuerenberg & Logan Seavey

64. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Carson Short, Mike Spencer, Johnny Thomson, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

80. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath & Ken Schrader

89. (5) Chad Boespflug, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Tommy Hinnershitz, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley & Kevin Thomas

100. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Timmy Buckwalter, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Van Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith, Brad Sweet & Bob Wente

120. (3) Tommy Astone, Emerson Axsom, Brent Beauchamp, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Andy Linden, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Jadon Rogers, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt & John Wolfe

154. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Chad Boat, Keith Bloom Jr., Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Brayden Fox, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Bobby Grim, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Jason McDougal, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Charlie Musselman, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Fred “Jiggs” Peters, Daison Pursley, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Bob Veith, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

199. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Chuck Arnold, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Joe Barzda, Ryan Bernal, Nick Bilbee, Lee Brewer Jr., Bill Brown, Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Bob Cleberg, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Briggs Danner, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Steven Drevicki, Rex Easton, Al “Cotton” Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens Jr., Joey Kerr, Russ Klar, Buddy Kofoid, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, Ricky Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Nick McCormick, Wes McIntyre, Bob McLean, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Rex Records, Jerry Richert Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Hank Rogers, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Bob Sweikert, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Ryan Thomas, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Buster Warke, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Matt Westfall, Chuck Weyant, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sammy Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary, 2020: Brady Bacon, 2021: Brady Bacon, 2022: Justin Grant


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance-Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker-Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker-Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson Marshall Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports, 2020: Dynamics, Inc., 2021: Dynamics, Inc., 2022: TOPP Motorsports


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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR

1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark, 2020: Jadon Rogers, 2021: Tanner Thorson, 2022: Emerson Axsom

 

 

FOR DAISON PURSLEY,

THE RED DIRT OF OKLAHOMA IS HOME

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Meeker, Oklahoma (October 24, 2023)………Daison Pursley has a box full of fond memories of Red Dirt Raceway.

He grew up racing and winning in the micro sprint division at the Meeker, Okla. dirt oval, located just a tick under two hours from his native Locust Grove, Okla. Despite now residing in Brownsburg, Ind., for all intents and purposes, Red Dirt Raceway is home for the driver who just turned 19 years old over the weekend.

To date, the most monumental victory of Pursley’s USAC racing career came at Red Dirt. In July of 2021, Pursley notched a NOW600 Micro Sprint win, and several minutes later that same night, picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship win at the 1/4-mile.

Now two years removed from that night, and a significant spinal injury that sidelined for nearly the entire 2022 season, Pursley is now back on track and setting his focus on earning a first career USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship points-paying race triumph this weekend. And it very well could happen right at home.

Pursley is set to wheel his KO Motorsports/Hutson John Deere – S & C Machine – Peterbilt/Flea RC/J & D Chevy at Red Dirt for two consecutive nights of racing on Friday-Saturday, October 27-28, with a chance at pulling off a feat so few others have accomplished in the 68-year history of USAC racing.

Just six drivers have earned both their first USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget points-paying event wins at the same track: Bob Hogle (Ascot Park), Bobby Unser (Ascot Park), Gary Patterson (Ascot Park), Jack Hewitt (Eldora Speedway), Mack McClellan (Illiana Motor Speedway) and Mike Bliss (Indianapolis Raceway Park).

Only California’s Hogle and Patterson were able to achieve both accolades in their respective home states as did Ohio’s Jack Hewitt. It’s something that Pursley is keen on seeing through with two opportunities this weekend on back-to-back nights.

Back in 2021, Pursley was a burgeoning talent on the midget racing scene and emerged with his first series win in what was his 47th career start for the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team. This weekend, Red Dirt will mark Pursley’s 39th and 40th career USAC National Sprint Car starts, getting right into the sweet spot of "winning time" just as he did two years earlier.

“I feel like it helped kickstart my career and just told me that I could do this at the national level and that I could maybe be pretty good at it one day,” Pursley reflected. “It was a trying time. You question yourself on whether you can do it and if you’re good enough. Finally, all the stars aligned that night.”

Going even further back, Pursley reflected on the journey leading up to his USAC national break. He grew up as a fan of home state micro sprint heroes Frank Flud, Chris Andrews and Jason McDougal, drivers whom Pursley would eventually race with, and ultimately, go on to defeat from time to time.

Pursley himself became a standout on the NOW600 micro sprint trail, which included a heavy dose of Oklahoma venues such as Red Dirt Raceway, Port City Raceway, Creek County Speedway and I-44 Riverside Speedway. By 2017, he was a USAC champion in the Restricted 600 Micro class.

“On Friday nights, we’d always go up there (to Red Dirt) with my dad, my mom and me, and we’d go racing,” Pursley recalled. “Going up and down the road with your family is something I’ll always cherish and sometimes, kind of miss. You’re just a young kid who doesn’t have any stress in the world, just trying to make a name for yourself in the racing world and trying to make your parents proud. That’s why it was extremely special to finally knock off that first USAC National Midget win at Red Dirt.”

Pursley discovered early on that Red Dirt fit his driving style with a number of wins. However, with the track's confines being a little big on the micro side, Pursley readily admitted he didn’t run the top often, but sure does have a lot of laps running the bottom.

Pursley’s Rookie year on the USAC National Sprint Car trail has had its fair share of highs, tests and learning curves to face. On the opening weekend of the 2023 season in February, he claimed a feature victory in a non-points special event on the half-mile of Florida’s Volusia Speedway Park.

In all, he’s accumulated three top-fives in 2023 USAC Sprint points-paying races with bests of second at Williams Grove, third at Port Royal and fifth at Lawrenceburg, and at 11th in the overall standings, is well on his way to collecting Rookie of the Year honors.

Yet a win on his home “turf” this weekend would certainly put the icing on the cake for a solid first season as a USAC National Sprint Car competitor.

“We’ve been in contention to win these races,” Pursley acknowledged. “I just feel like we haven’t been able to put a full night together whether that’s qualifying badly, missing the heat race transfer, then feeling really good in the feature despite starting too far back. We’ve had a really strong Rookie season with a whole lot of firsts. Non-wing sprint cars are animals that we’re trying to tame, and I feel like I’ve done an okay job. Sometimes I feel like I show up and kind of forget what I’m doing, and I feel like a complete Rookie again. It would just be pretty special to cap off that season with a win in my home state.”


UPCOMING RACE DETAILS:

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing Sprints) will compete at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for two consecutive nights of competition on Friday-Saturday, October 27-28. Sport Modifieds/B-Mods and Non-Wing Micros will comprise Friday night’s program while Factory Stocks and Non-Wing Micros will be on hand for Saturday night’s event.

A practice night will begin the weekend on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30-9pm Central. Grandstand admission is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

On Friday, pit gates open at 2pm central with the grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. On Saturday, pit gates open at noon central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

General admission tickets are $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. High school students and younger are $10. Tickets are available online at www.reddirtraceway.com under the “Buy Tickets” tab and will be sold the day of the show as well.

All access passes (pit access & general admission seating) are available as well for $40 and available at the pit gate on the day of the show only. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are $10. The tailgate area is $175 per carload (up to 8 people per car).

 

 

HISTORY MADE:

KAYLEE BRYSON IS USAC SILVER CROWN

RACING’S TOP ROOKIE IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 19, 2023)………At the outset of the 2023 USAC Silver Crown National Championship season, Kaylee Bryson’s primary goal was to capture Rookie of the Year honors.

At the conclusion of the year, that goal has been realized as the Muskogee, Okla. driver earned a fifth place finish in the series standings to be named USAC Silver Crown racing’s top Rookie.

In doing so, she became just the second driver in the past decade of USAC Silver Crown competition to finish inside the top-five of the standings and also be named Rookie of the Year (Logan Seavey in 2021).

As one of just five drivers to start all 11 series feature events in 2023, Bryson became the first Oklahoman to be named USAC Silver Crown’s top Rookie and the first woman to earn Rookie of the Year honors with a national division in the 68-year history of the United States Auto Club.

Obviously, she is recognized as a competitor first and foremost, just like anybody else. But it is important to acknowledge the achievement of breaking barriers by ascending to the heights of becoming the first woman to win a USAC National Rookie of the Year, but also becoming the first woman to finish inside the top-five of the point standings in a USAC National series.

“I didn’t even realize I was the first to do it,” Bryson acknowledged. “It’s always cool to have your name on a record, for sure. It’s something that will be remembered forever, so it’s very cool to be the first to do it.”

Bryson led the Rookie points for all but one of the 11 events throughout the season, earning top-10 finishes in six of the events and was the top Rookie finishing driver in four races, grabbing 8th at the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks, a 7th at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, a season-best 6th at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway and another 7th in the season finale at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Of note, another aspect that Bryson made a prime concern was taking care of equipment. In fact, she was running at the finish in 10 of the 11 events with only a broken rocker arm ending their string in September at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, all of which aided in her top-five point pursuit, which trailed only Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson, Justin Grant and C.J. Leary in the end-of-year standings, all of whom are USAC national champions.

“The goal was to win Rookie of the Year, but we always wanted to do more than that,” Bryson explained. “It felt really good to get fifth in points and it just goes to show how good of a team we have. My entire team works so hard behind the scenes and is so dedicated, and I’m glad that it showed. The top-four guys in front of me in the points are extremely good at what they do and they’re really good drivers who’ve done it for a really long time. To be in the top-five with them feels amazing and I’m just really proud of my team and thankful for all their support.”

Bryson got her feet wet with the series in 2022, starting four events toward the end of the campaign, which allowed her to gain some experience and make some notes all while retaining her Rookie status for 2023. Already possessing seat time on dirt and pavement with the series and returning with the same team helped her gain a slight edge on her competition so that they could hit the ground running in their Sam Pierce/AP Driver Development – Logical Systems, Inc. – RE Technologies – Welsch Heating & Cooling – Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems McGunnegil Chevy with a Maxim chassis on the dirt and a Beast on the pavement.

“I think just getting in the seat and getting laps was huge for me,” Bryson reflected. “I went from midgets to Silver Crown this year where the cars are way bigger and way faster and race on way bigger tracks. It was helpful to get that experience and be able to plan ahead of time while having an offseason to think about it and plan out what I was going to do for the next season.”

The jump from her initial four races to a full 11-race slate between 2022 and the start of 2023 was a major step in the learning process. But the curve from her first outing in 2022 to the end of 2023 saw major strides in numerous areas of her racing acumen. Not to mention, she was amid the beginning stages of her transition from a full dirt schedule to a mix of both pavement and dirt surfaces from race-to-race. However, she had some support in the form of a veteran team and driver coach, both of whom possess more than two decades of experience in the series.

“The biggest thing for me was learning how to manage tires and learning how to drive on pavement,” Bryson stated. “I grew up racing on dirt, so running a series that races on both dirt and pavement was a huge step for me and a huge learning curve. Being able to get comfortable on pavement and learn how to pass cars and qualify well felt like the biggest barrier I had to overcome this year to get fifth in points. My team did a great job teaching me all year and Aaron Pierce did an amazing job as my driver coach. He has so much experience under his belt, and for him to be able to relay what he knows and teach me, was really huge for us.”

Speaking of passing cars, few drivers advanced more positions throughout the 2023 season than Bryson who passed 47 cars, third most in the series. Twice, she gained the most spots in a single race. At Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway, she traveled 15th to 8th, and at Winchester, she powered from 13th to 7th. Even more impressively, it was her first visit to either track, and to add to it, both occurred on pavement surfaces. However, despite all that, she used her multitude of dirt experience to assist her in adapting and succeeding.

“I think (passing cars on pavement) kind of helped from the dirt side of things and I always knew that there was another line to choose,” Bryson said. “Coming out on the pavement, I didn’t have a lot of experience, but I do know that you’re not going to pass a car by following them. We just tried what we could and ended up working for us.”

In fact, the pavement was where she excelled. Her four best results of the season came on pavement. Learning is a natural part of the progression of a racing career, but excelling while learning at the same time is an experience that is difficult to achieve. But Bryson managed to accomplish it.

“Most of the pavement races I went to, I had a blast,” Bryson exclaimed. “At places like Winchester, WWT Raceway and IRP, I had so much fun this year just learning to drive on pavement. In May at IRP, I wasn’t good in qualifying, but by the end of the year, I was two seconds faster than I was at the beginning of the year. So, we’re just constantly improving. I had so much fun racing on the pavement this year, getting faster and passing cars. It’s just so much fun to learn as you go on.”


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 447 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

2. 334 Trey Burke, Alvin, Texas

3. 245 Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, Okla.

4. 177 Chase Dietz, York, Pa.

5. 172 Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind.

6. 160 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

7. 155 Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind.

8. 135 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

9. 71 Trey Osborne, Columbus, Ohio

10. 55 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

11. 44 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark.

12. 37 Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pa.

13. 37 Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas

14. 32 Mark Bitner, Columbus, N.J.

15. 27 Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, Calif.

16. 25 John Tosti, High Ridge, Mo.

17. 23 Tanner Berryhill, Bixby, Okla.

18. 20 Zach Hampton, Clayton, Ind.

19. 17 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz.

20. 10 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

21. 10 Gary Dunkle, Lincoln, Neb.

22. 10 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.

23. 10 Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1981: Jack Hewitt

1982: Keith Kauffman

1983: Rick Hood

1984: Dave Blaney

1985: Steve Butler

1986: Kenny Jacobs

1987: Jeff Swindell

1988: Gene Lee Gibson

1989: Jimmy Sills

1990: Eric Gordon

1991: Stevie Reeves

1992: Jim Keeker

1993: Randy Tolsma

1994: Kenny Irwin Jr.

1995: Chuck Leary

1996: Ryan Newman

1997: Jimmy Kite

1998: Todd Kane

1999: Paul White

2000: Kasey Kahne

2001: Aaron Fike

2002: Matt Westfall

2003: Ron Gregory

2004: Aaron Pierce

2005: Josh Wise

2006: Mat Neely

2007: Cameron Dodson

2008: Steve Arpin

2009: Kody Swanson

2010: Bryan Clauson

2011: Kyle Larson

2012: Kyle Hamilton

2013: Chris Windom

2014: Caleb Armstrong

2015: C.J. Leary

2016: Casey Shuman

2017: Joss Moffatt

2018: Kyle Robbins

2019: Derek Bischak

2020: Bryan Gossel

2021: Logan Seavey

2022: Gregg Cory

2023: Kaylee Bryson

 

 

ORANGE FOR OSBORNE!

TALL TREY GETS USAC SPRINT CAR RIDE

WITH BALDWIN-FOX

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 18, 2023)……..Throughout the racing season, Trey Osborne’s living quarters have consisted of a rented one car garage with a mattress on the floor to sleep on.

The confines are cramped, and with him being 6’8” tall, space is few and far between. As a matter of fact, his racecar and his sleeping quarters overlap. In fact, hovering over his head as he lies on his mattress each night is the tail tank of his own sprint car.

Now, the Columbus, Ohio native has become a hired gun on the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour and will contest the final two events of the 2023 season in the Baldwin-Fox Racing No. 5 on October 27-28 at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway.

Baldwin-Fox Racing captured the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car entrant championship and has won 22 career feature events with the series. The 20-year-old Osborne has been running his own operation on his own dime but has recently found himself hired for full-time duty with a winning USAC Silver Crown series team and now has a shot with a team who has had its share of success on the USAC National Sprint Car circuit.

“It means a lot just to be trusted with it because these cars aren’t cheap,” Osborne explained. “But at the same time, it’s pretty nice to be able to run someone else’s stuff. Ken (Baldwin) has a lot more resources, more parts and pieces and funding than what I can possibly do with my own stuff. I’m really excited to see what we can do before the end of the year.”

In recent weeks, the team has acquired brand-new tall-cage DRC chassis, which Osborne has promptly assembled. Osborne, who works on the southeast side of Indianapolis at a Caterpillar dealership, has made several back-and-forth one hour and 15-minute trips, each way, to and from the Baldwin-Fox shop in West Lafayette, Ind.

“The first day I came up here, he pretty much told me, ‘here’s the shop and here’s where the tools are; here’s our racecars; build them and we’ll go racing,’” Osborne laid out. “I’ve built a primary and a backup car for Red Dirt, so I’ve gotten them together how I like them, and we’ll see what we can do with them. He bought tall cage cars, which is pretty awesome, and it helps me out a lot.”

Though the physical address is a tad different, Osborne’s role remains practically the same as it always has – build, maintain and race. But the wealth of elements he now has at his fingertips in the Baldwin-Fox shop are a game changer.

“My duty is as a driver, but it also involves the same things as it was before with me building everything,” Osborne stated. “Just newer parts, newer cars, nicer parts and engines, and more tools that make it easier to do the work too, plus a big wide-open shop. So, it’s been an interesting change. I sleep under the tail tank of my own car at a garage. To go from that to this is pretty wild.”

Osborne has plans soon to move to the West Lafayette area, but in many ways, has already made his home at the shop as he continuously prepares his new orange-colored racecars for battle. However, his first USAC events for the Baldwin-Fox team include a venue far away from any place he’s ever called home. In fact, it will be the furthest he’s ever traveled to compete in an event.

“This will definitely be the furthest I’ve gone to race anything,” Osborne revealed of the October 27-28 events at Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway. “Before this, Michigan was the furthest away and that was with quarter midgets. I’ve been down south before but not to go racing. I watched the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals a few years ago down in Oklahoma, but this will be different.”

Osborne, who’s won twice on the local Indiana scene during his first full season of sprint car racing in 2023 – twice at Paragon Speedway and once at Gas City I-69 Speedway – has turned heads throughout the season and instantly gained a groundswell of new fans with his performances during August’s Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway. Now, the 2018 USSA Kenyon Midget series champion is ready to tackle a new venture once more at Red Dirt where not only he, but the entire USAC National Sprint Car competitor base, will be making its debut with the series at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

“Just looking at pictures of the track and the video that I can find, it looks like it’s roughly similar to something we might have at some of the tracks in Indiana,” Osborne contrasted and compared. “It looks like it could be something that’s similar to a Gas City or Kokomo, that sort of racing style I guess.”


UPCOMING RACE DETAILS:

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship (co-sanctioned by ASCS Elite Non-Wing Sprints) will compete at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway for two consecutive nights of competition on Friday-Saturday, October 27-28. Sport Modifieds/B-Mods and Non-Wing Micros will comprise Friday night’s program while Factory Stocks and Non-Wing Micros will be on hand for Saturday night’s event.

A practice night will begin the weekend on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30-9pm Central. Grandstand admission is free while pit passes are $20 apiece.

On Friday, pit gates open at 2pm central with the grandstands opening at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following. On Saturday, pit gates open at noon central with the grandstands opening at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm with qualifying and racing immediately following.

General admission tickets are $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. High school students and younger are $10. Tickets are available online at www.reddirtraceway.com under the “Buy Tickets” tab and will be sold the day of the show as well.

All access passes (pit access & general admission seating) are available as well for $40 and available at the pit gate on the day of the show only. Pit passes for ages 5 & under are $10. The tailgate area is $175 per carload (up to 8 people per car).

 

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

FOR USAC’S NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS ON DEC. 8

You are invited to the 2023 USAC Night of Champions!

Join us at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis on Friday, December 8, to honor and recognize USAC’s 2023 champions and special award recipients. Cocktail hour will begin at 6pm Eastern with the opening ceremonies starting at 6:30pm followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

Please RSVP your ticket online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2023-night-of-champions. The RSVP deadline is Friday, December 1. Ticket prices will increase after that date. All tickets will be available for pick up at the Indiana Roof Ballroom on Friday night, December 8.

Night of Champions tickets are $75 apiece and include entry to the reception and dinner, plus two (2) drinks with each ticket. Childrens tickets are $40 each.

There will be no charge to attend the USAC .25 awards banquet, which will take place at 2pm Eastern on Friday, December 8, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Light food and drinks will be served. This ticket is not valid for the Night of Champions event. Each National .25 Midget champion will receive one champion banner. Additional banners can be purchased for $25 each.

For all questions, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacnation.com.


WHAT: 68th Annual USAC Night of Champions

WHEN: Friday, December 8, 2023 – Cocktails at 6:00pm Eastern & Opening Ceremonies at 6:30pm Eastern

WHERE: Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, Indiana – 140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

RSVP: By December 1, 2023 (Prices increase after this date)


 

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM:

SEAVEY REACHES USAC SILVER CROWN

PINNACLE IN 2023

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 16, 2023)………Leading into the USAC Silver Crown National Championship finale at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, Logan Seavey’s co-car owners Robbie Rice and Brent Cox confided that sleep was going to be hard to come by as they counted down the days to the final race of the season.

Sutter, California’s Seavey and the Brownsburg/Noblesville, Indiana based Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing team’s anxiety was exacerbated when rain washed out the originally scheduled date after qualifying, postponing the event to the next day and providing the team 24 more hours of anticipation and increasingly bitten fingernails with one goal in mind – beat Kody.

Their respective uneasiness was completely understandable. Seavey and Rice played a starring role in the season finales during each of the past two years where they found themselves right on the cusp of a first championship, both of which involved their arch nemesis, seven-time champion Kody Swanson.

Seavey entered the last race of 2021 trailing Swanson by one point, and in 2022, stood three points ahead of Swanson going into the final round. On both occasions, Seavey and Rice came up just short when all was said and done, finishing a distant second as they watched Swanson add on to his historic resume.

In 2023, Seavey led once again, but this time, the point margin was 16. With the said, the venue of IRP is akin to homefield advantage for Swanson with him being a seven-time Silver Crown winner at the joint while Seavey was practically a newcomer, still learning the ropes of the asphalt trade. However, when the coast was clear after 100 laps and the points were tallied up, Seavey, Rice and Abacus were finally USAC Silver Crown champions.

Seavey’s sixth place run in the race aboard his DiaEdge Mitsubishi Materials - STIDA.com - CG CPAs sponsored machine was good enough to secure the championship by a seven-point margin over Swanson, making it the eighth closest USAC Silver Crown points race on record in the 53-year history of the series. While Abacus grabbed its first USAC title, it was the second for Rice Motorsports who earned the most entrant points back in 2021.

The three dirt wins by Seavey in 2023 met the expectations of the team’s desires as he scored at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, the Illinois State Fairgrounds as well as third consecutive victory in the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, a night in which he swept to victory in all three USAC divisions in the midget and sprint car. Overall, in five dirt starts, he never once finished outside the top-five.

However, the pavement tracks are truly where the tale would be told. Seavey answered resoundingly out of the gate and strung together a 2nd at IRP in May, a 4th at Illinois’ World Wide Technology Raceway, a pair of 5th place results at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway and Ohio’s Toledo Speedway, plus a 6th in the IRP finale in October. The performances exceeded his results from year’s past and kept him and Swanson neck-and-neck at the top of the points all year long.

“Right when we joined this series, the dirt races came right to me,” Seavey acknowledged. “I could run well in those, but the pavement is just a little bit of a different ballgame for me. Everyone knew that if we could pick it up on the pavement and be competitive, we’d have a good shot, and we did that a lot this year. We had good runs pretty much every time on the pavement except for Winchester when we crashed.”

The incident in July at Winchester was seemingly disastrous initially when Seavey’s right front wheel center broke, sending him straight into the outside turn two wall. A 12th place result for Seavey coupled with Swanson’s victory lifted Swanson to the point lead and left the Rice-Abacus team in a perilous position to fully prepare their equipment for another 100-lap test at Toledo two weeks later in a car that had just a handful of pieces that didn’t need replacing.

Among the backstories is that Abacus, which began competition in the USAC National Midget ranks in 2021, joined in on the Seavey/Rice Silver Crown effort to start the 2023 campaign. Following the accident, the two factions melded together with a common goal of tediously putting the car back together piece-by-piece and part-by-part.

With all hands on deck, there was little time to get everything back together with the sands of the hourglass running short. In the end, it was mission accomplished, and it was truly the moment when Rice Motorsports and Abacus Racing truly became one team, which was rewarded with another top-five run at Toledo.

“This whole team has just been working so hard,” Seavey praised. “The Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing guys work as hard as anybody I know. All these guys on all these teams work hard, but Winchester was tough for us, and just to get the car back together and in shape to race was huge.”

The Rice-Abacus crew included team principals Robbie Rice and Brent Cox, plus crewman/spotter Ronnie Gardner as well as Kirk Simpson, Johnny Cofer, Daniel Whitley, Bryan Whitley and engine builder A.J. Felker.

Fans familiar with the sport may recognize some of those names for their prowess behind the wheel as well in years past. Rice was the 1998 Lincoln Park Speedway sprint car track champion while Ronnie Gardner was a five-time USAC Western States Midget titlist. Cofer was crowned as the 1994 USAC Western States Midget champ and Felker was a longtime midget competitor himself, winning at such places as the Winchester Speedway high banks. Daniel Whitley is currently a Rookie driver on the USAC National Midget trail.

“It’s a full effort from everyone who works on this thing and gets it on track,” Seavey reiterated. “It means a lot to me that these guys work so hard so I can drive good racecars. We know our dirt car is really good and we could win some races there, but to beat Kody, we had to at least be competitive on the pavement and we were able to do that this year.”

Seavey also now finds himself in a spot to pocket a substantial amount of money in 2023 by winning two of the three USAC National driving championships. He currently leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings by 225 points with just six events remaining. If he is able to close out the midget title, he will “double” his overall reward.

His $20,000 payday for the Silver Crown championship coupled with a possible $30,000 prize for the midget crown would double his championship payout to $100,000 for the season. Not to mention, he’s now the proud owner of driving titles in two of USAC’s three national divisions. He already has a midget championship to his credit from 2018 and now has added on a Silver Crown title in 2023. Now he eyes a future sprint car championship in the coming years in order to make him the eighth USAC Triple Crown champion alongside Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines and Chris Windom.

“I love the USAC Silver Crown series, I love these racecars and I love everything about it,” Seavey exclaimed. “I’m just super, super happy to finally get one and now we’ve only got one championship left for the Triple Crown. I’ve got the Midget and the Silver Crown, so hopefully in the next year or two, I can go after a sprint car championship and try to grab one of those.”

Elsewhere during the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season, the series made a triumphant return to the Belleville (Kan.) High Banks for the first time since 2015. In the series’ opener, Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) prevailed in a fantastic late race duel with Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), which ended with Grant upside down in the turn one fence.

In May, the Hoosier Hundred returned to the schedule, and was held for the first time on pavement at IRP. Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) scored the 146-lap, 100-mile victory after Kody Swanson fell out with a mechanical issue while leading on lap 116. The 146-lap distance was the longest in 12 years and the car count of 32 was the largest for a pavement USAC Silver Crown race in 18 years. Santos’ take-home pay of $26,000 was among the most lucrative in series history.

Kody Swanson became the first driver to reach 40 career USAC Silver Crown wins during a summer stretch in which he collected three consecutive victories at Madison, Winchester and Toledo, making it the fourth occasion in which he won at least three consecutive main events with the series. No other driver has more than one such streak.

Davey Hamilton Jr. (Boise, Idaho) and Legacy Autosport became first-time series winners on the same afternoon at WWT Raceway. On top of that, the team’s own in-house Legacy Chassis won its first ever race with the series, becoming the first chassis other than a Beast to win a pavement USAC Silver Crown race since Chet Fillip’s Tex-Mex 15 years earlier at Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway in 2008.

Justin Grant broke an 18-race string without a USAC Silver Crown win when he scored the annual Labor Day weekend Ted Horn 100 in early September at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. Grant proceeded to become the first driver to win the race from the pole position since Shane Cottle did the deed 16 years earlier in 2007.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) took over the lead from Kody Swanson a quarter of the way through the season finale at IRP to earn a record eighth career USAC Silver Crown victory at IRP, which ranks number one all-time, breaking a tie he had held with his older brother atop the leaderboard.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) finished fifth in the Silver Crown standings which propelled her to earning Rookie of the Year honors with the series. By doing so, she became the first woman to be named Rookie of the Year in a USAC National series. Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) took seventh in points, marking the first time in USAC Silver Crown history that two women have finished inside the top-10 of the series standings.

Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) set an all-time record in October at IRP when he made his 213th career Silver Crown start dating back to 1989. Gamester now owns the record for most career series starts, breaking a tie he had held with Brian Tyler.

Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson tied for most wins in the series during the 2023 campaign with three apiece. Both also shared the series lead with nine top-five finishes in 11 series starts. Kody topped the series with 433 laps led and six fast qualifying times while Seavey finished inside the top-10 on a series-leading 10 occasions.

Five drivers started all 11 feature events in 2023: Kaylee Bryson, Trey Burke (Alvin, Texas), Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.), Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson. Chase Dietz (York, Pa.) turned in a performance for the ages in his first career series start at Port Royal, finishing as the runner-up to Seavey.

Two drivers shared the biggest hard charging performance of the season. Series Rookie and longtime sprint car veteran Wayne Johnson (Tuttle, Okla.) advanced 26th to 8th at Du Quoin. Meanwhile, in what was his first Silver Crown start in two years, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) also went 26th to 8th at Eldora. Courtney’s duties came in a last-minute substitute role when the Chris Dyson Racing team’s driver, Brady Bacon, accidentally spilled methanol in his eye during a fueling mishap in the pits, swelling his eye shut.

A new incentive for lapped cars was implemented for the 2023 USAC Silver Crown season. The first car in the running order that has been lapped was issued an Engler Machine & Tool Fast Pass, granting that team one lap back as long as the car has not pitted or was involved in the most recent caution. Series veteran Dave Berkheimer earned five fast passes throughout the year and collected the $4,000 prize, divided up into $2,000 rewards for both the driver and car owner, which Berkheimer is both.

Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio) made his USAC Silver Crown debut in 2023, and can now stake his claim as the tallest driver to ever compete in an event with the series. The 6’8” tall redhead was a quick study, earning hard charger honors in the season finale at IRP when he raced from 19th to 12th.

Tommie Estes Jr., a name that has been a fixture in dirt track racing for over 45 years, was named Competition Director for USAC’s Silver Crown National Championship starting with the 2023 season. Estes had previously served as the Competition Director for both the ASCS National Sprint Tour and the Chili Bowl Nationals. For many years, Estes competed extensively in sprint car and midget racing, including with USAC’s National Midget and Silver Crown divisions and was a frequent competitor at the Chili Bowl and the Belleville Midget Nationals.


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: 3-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Driver Champion: Logan Seavey

Entrant Champion: Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing #22

Rookie of the Year: Kaylee Bryson (5th)

Most Laps Led: 433-Kody Swanson

Most Top-Fives: 9-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Most Top-Tens: 10-Logan Seavey

Most Fast Qualifying Times: 6-Kody Swanson

Most Feature Starts: 11-Kaylee Bryson, Trey Burke, Mario Clouser, Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

Best Finish By A Rookie: Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Chase Dietz (2nd)

Most Positions Advanced in a Race: (18) Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Wayne Johnson (26th to 8th) & Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Tyler Courtney (26th to 8th)


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE & RESULTS

May 20: (D) Belleville High Banks - Belleville, KS

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

May 26: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

WINNER: Bobby Santos (DJ Racing #98)

Jun 17: (D) Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing #22)

Jun 23: (P) Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI

WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Binks Racing #77)

Jul 20: (P) Winchester Speedway - Winchester, IN

WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Binks Racing #77)

Aug 5: (P) Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH

WINNER: Kody Swanson (Doran-Binks Racing #77)

Aug 19: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, IL

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing #22)

Aug 27: (P#) World Wide Technology Raceway - Madison, IL

WINNER: Davey Hamilton Jr. (Legacy Autosport #19)

Sep 2: (D#) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, IL

WINNER: Justin Grant (Hemelgarn Racing #91)

Sep 23: (D) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: Logan Seavey (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing #22)

Oct 14: (P) Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

WINNER: Tanner Swanson (Bowman Racing #2)

------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

(D) represents a dirt event

(P) represents a pavement event

# represents a daytime event


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 676 Logan Seavey, Sutter, Calif.

2. 669 Kody Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

3. 561 Justin Grant, Ione, Calif.

4. 462 C.J. Leary, Greenfield, Ind.

5. 447 (R) Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

6. 441 Mario Clouser, Auburn, Ill.

7. 399 Taylor Ferns, Shelby Township, Mich.

8. 382 Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass.

9. 382 Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, Ohio

10. 334 (R) Trey Burke, Alvin, Texas

11. 301 Travis Welpott, Pendleton, Ind.

12. 299 Derek Bischak, Angola, Ind.

13. 245 (R) Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, Okla.

14. 241 Kyle O'Gara, Beech Grove, Ind.

15. 237 Russ Gamester, Peru, Ind.

16. 220 Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind.

17. 216 Davey Hamilton Jr., Boise, Idaho

18. 201 Dave Berkheimer, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

19. 195 Shane Cottle, Kansas, Ill.

20. 177 (R) Chase Dietz, York, Pa.

21. 176 Kyle Steffens, Saint Charles, Mo.

22. 173 Mike McVetta, Grafton, Ohio

23. 173 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo.

24. 173 Gregg Cory, Shelbyville, Ind.

25. 172 (R) Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind.

26. 164 Jerry Coons Jr., Tucson, Ariz.

27. 160 (R) Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

28. 155 (R) Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind.

29. 144 Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, Okla.

30. 139 Carmen Perigo, Stoystown, Pa.

31. 137 Billy Wease, Noblesville, Ind.

32. 137 Nathan Byrd, Goodyear, Ariz.

33. 135 (R) Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

34. 135 Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind.

35. 129 Shane Cockrum, Benton, Ill.

36. 125 Tanner Swanson, Kingsburg, Calif.

37. 120 Kyle Robbins, New Castle, Ind.

38. 103 Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, Ala.

39. 97 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo.

40. 95 Jake Swanson, Anaheim, Calif.

41. 95 Casey Buckman, Chandler, Ariz.

42. 81 Davey Ray, Davenport, Iowa

43. 71 (R) Trey Osborne, Columbus, Ohio

44. 71 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill.

45. 70 Chris Urish, Elkhart, Ill.

46. 66 Patrick Bruns, Champaign, Ill.

47. 65 Jacob Wilson, Crawfordsville, Ind.

48. 61 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo.

49. 55 (R) Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

50. 53 Korey Weyant, Springfield, Ill.

51. 49 Caleb Armstrong, New Castle, Ind.

52. 49 Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind.

53. 49 Aaron Pierce, Muncie, Ind.

54. 44 (R) Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark.

55. 37 (R) Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pa.

56. 37 (R) Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas

57. 35 Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa.

58. 33 Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, Mich.

59. 32 (R) Mark Bitner, Columbus, N.J.

60. 31 Steven Russell, Rochester, Ill.

61. 29 Mark Smith, Sunbury, Pa.

62. 27 (R) Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, Calif.

63. 27 A.J. Fike, Galesburg, Ill.

64. 25 (R) John Tosti, High Ridge, Mo.

65. 23 (R) Tanner Berryhill, Bixby, Okla.

66. 23 Matt Goodnight, Winchester, Ind.

67. 20 (R) Zach Hampton, Clayton, Ind.

68. 19 Dallas Hewitt, Troy, Ohio

69. 17 (R) Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz.

70. 10 (R) Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

71. 10 Joss Moffatt, Columbus, Ind.

72. 10 (R) Gary Dunkle, Lincoln, Neb.

73. 10 (R) Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.

74. 10 (R) Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. ENTRANT, TEAM LOCATION

1 676 Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing, Brownsburg, Ind. (#22)

2 669 Doran-Binks Racing, Lebanon, Ohio (#77)

3 561 Hemelgarn Racing, LaSalle, Mich. (#91)

4 462 Klatt Enterprises, Hastings, Neb. (#6)

5 447 Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#26)

6 441 Kazmark Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#92)

7 399 Taylor Ferns Racing, Shelby Township, Mich. (#555)

8 392 Legacy Autosport, Pittsboro, Ind. (#19)

9 382 DJ Racing, Boca Raton, Fla. (#98)

10 376 BCR Group, South Vienna, Ohio (#81)

11. 308 Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG, Jamestown, Ind. (#11)

12. 301 Welpott Racing, Pendleton, Ind. (#18)

13. 299 Derek Bischak, Indianapolis, Ind. (#131)

14. 268 Chris Dyson Racing, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (#9)

15. 245 TwoC Racing, Liberal, Kan. (#12)

16. 241 SFHR Development, Indianapolis, Ind. (#67)

17. 237 Gamester Racing, Peru, Ind. (#51)

18. 220 Pink 69 Racing, Evansville, Ind. (#69)

19. 213 John Haggenbottom, Bristol, Pa. (#24)

20. 201 Berkheimer Racing, Mechanicsburg, Pa. (#31)

21. 196 Hans Lein, Edgerton, Wis. (#97)

22. 177 Bruce Lee, Abbottstown, Pa. (#86)

23. 176 Steffens Motorsports, Saint Charles, Mo. (#08)

24. 173 RAM Engineering, Waterford, Mich. (#94)

25. 173 Bryan Gossel, Fort Collins, Colo. (#06)

26. 173 Williams Racing, Saint Paul, Ind. (#32)

27. 172 C & A Motorsports, New Castle, Ind. (#5)

28. 160 Nolen Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#20)

29. 149 Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG, Jamestown, Ind. (#14)

30. 139 John Stehman, Halifax, Pa. (#52)

31. 137 Robert Wilson Racing, Noblesville, Ind. (#60)

32. 135 Tom Paterson, Argos, Ind. (#111)

33. 125 Mike Bowman, Brownsburg, Ind. (#02)

34. 120 KR Racing, New Castle, Ind. (#7)

35. 118 Byrd Racing, Greenwood, Ind. (#88)

36. 110 Hodges Motorsports, Albuquerque, N.M. (#74)

37. 97 Chris Fetter, Troy, Mo. (#15)

38. 95 DMW Motorsports, Chandler, Ariz. (#10)

39. 95 C-Buck Motorsports/Eddie Sachs Jr., Chandler, Ariz. (#25)

40. 83 Five Three Motorsports, Joliet, Ill. (#53)

41. 81 Cornell Racing Stables, Monee, Ill. (#8)

42. 71 Patrick Lawson, Edwardsville, Ill. (#2)

43. 70 Chris Urish, Lincoln, Ill. (#77)

44. 67 Westfall Racing, Pleasant Hill, Ohio (#54)

45. 66 Full Throttle Racing, Champaign, Ill. (#95)

46. 65 Wilson Brothers Racing, Crawfordsville, Ind. (#107)

47. 65 BLS Motorsports, Benton, Ill. (#71)

48. 62 Sam Pierce, Daleville, Ind. (#126)

49. 61 Danny Long, Bonne Terre, Mo. (#44)

50. 55 Wingo Brothers Racing, Pittsboro, Ind. (#118)

51. 53 Scott Weyant, Springfield, Ill. (#99)

52. 44 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark. (#3)

53. 37 Chip Thomas, Belleville, Ill. (#48)

54. 35 John Tosti, High Ridge, Mo. (#07)

55. 33 Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, Mich. (#49)

56. 32 Henry Yeska, Columbus, N.J. (#4)

57. 31 McQuinn Motorsports, Springfield, Ill. (#14)

58. 29 L & M Motorsports, Sunbury, Pa. (#01)

59. 27 Patty Bateman, Murphysboro, Ill. (#55)

60. 27 DMW Motorsports, Chandler, Ariz. (#5)

61. 23 Goodnight Racing, Hartford City, Ind. (#39)

62. 20 Brad & Tara Armstrong, New Palestine, Ind. (#99)

63. 19 Dallas Hewitt, Fletcher, Ohio (#57)

64. 17 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz. (#29)

65. 10 A.J. Felker Racing, Jeffersonville, Ind. (#37)

66. 10 Gary Dunkle, Shirley, Ind. (#34)

67. 10 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill. (#110)

68. 10 Dave Peperak Motorsports, Clinton, Ind. (#777)

69. 10 Sammy & Mouren Fetter, Bridgeton, Mo. (#88)


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

POS. PTS. DRIVER, HOMETOWN

1. 447 Kaylee Bryson, Muskogee, Okla.

2. 334 Trey Burke, Alvin, Texas

3. 245 Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, Okla.

4. 177 Chase Dietz, York, Pa.

5. 172 Dakoda Armstrong, New Castle, Ind.

6. 160 Emerson Axsom, Franklin, Ind.

7. 155 Tyler Roahrig, Plymouth, Ind.

8. 135 Mitchel Moles, Raisin City, Calif.

9. 71 Trey Osborne, Columbus, Ohio

10. 55 Ryan Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.

11. 44 Tim Simmons, Cabot, Ark.

12. 37 Alex Bright, Collegeville, Pa.

13. 37 Nathan Moore, Kaufman, Texas

14. 32 Mark Bitner, Columbus, N.J.

15. 27 Matt Mitchell, Yorba Linda, Calif.

16. 25 John Tosti, High Ridge, Mo.

17. 23 Tanner Berryhill, Bixby, Okla.

18. 20 Zach Hampton, Clayton, Ind.

19. 17 Brent Yarnal, Phoenix, Ariz.

20. 10 Sterling Cling, Tempe, Ariz.

21. 10 Gary Dunkle, Lincoln, Neb.

22. 10 Cary Oliver, Buncombe, Ill.

23. 10 Dave Peperak, Clinton, Ind.


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RACE WINS:

3-Kody Swanson (Jun 23 at Madison International Speedway, Jul 20 at Winchester Speedway & Aug 5 at Toledo Speedway)

3-Logan Seavey (Jun 17 at Port Royal Speedway, Aug 19 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds & Sep 23 at Eldora Speedway)

1-Brady Bacon (May 20 at the Belleville High Banks)

1-Justin Grant (Sep 2 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds)

1-Davey Hamilton Jr. (Aug 27 at World Wide Technology Raceway)

1-Bobby Santos (May 26 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)

1-Tanner Swanson (Oct 15 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park)


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LAPS LED:

433-Kody Swanson

125-Logan Seavey

114-Justin Grant

84-C.J. Leary

77-Tanner Swanson

48-Davey Hamilton Jr.

46-Shane Cottle

31-Bobby Santos

9-Chase Dietz

8-Brady Bacon

1-Emerson Axsom


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TOP-FIVE FINISHES:

9-Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

5-Justin Grant & Bobby Santos

4-Derek Bischak & C.J. Leary

2-Brady Bacon, Shane Cottle, Chase Dietz, Davey Hamilton Jr., Carmen Perigo & Tyler Roahrig

1-Emerson Axsom, Mario Clouser, Shane Cockrum, Taylor Ferns, Chase Stockon, Tanner Swanson & Matt Westfall


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TOP-TEN FINISHES:

10-Logan Seavey

9-Kody Swanson

8-Justin Grant

7-Mario Clouser

6-Kaylee Bryson & C.J. Leary

5-Bobby Santos

4-Dakoda Armstrong, Derek Bischak & Taylor Ferns

3-Shane Cottle, Chase Dietz, Davey Hamilton Jr., Kyle O’Gara & Matt Westfall

2-Emerson Axsom, Brady Bacon, Trey Burke, Shane Cockrum, Jerry Coons Jr., Russ Gamester, Wayne Johnson, Carmen Perigo, Tyler Roahrig, Chase Stockon & Tanner Swanson

1-Caleb Armstrong, Nathan Byrd, Tyler Courtney, Mike McVetta, Mitchel Moles, Davey Ray, Kyle Steffens, Kevin Thomas Jr., Billy Wease & Jacob Wilson


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FEATURE STARTS:

11-Kaylee Bryson, Trey Burke, Mario Clouser, Logan Seavey & Kody Swanson

10-Taylor Ferns, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary & Travis Welpott

9-Matt Westfall

8-Russ Gamester

7-Dave Berkheimer & Wayne Johnson

6-Derek Bischak, Gregg Cory, Kyle O'Gara, Tom Paterson, Bobby Santos & Kyle Steffens

5-Bryan Gossel, Davey Hamilton Jr., Mike McVetta & Chase Stockon

4-Dakoda Armstrong, Emerson Axsom, Nathan Byrd, Jerry Coons Jr., Shane Cottle, Mitchel Moles, Kyle Robbins & Billy Wease

3-Casey Buckman, Shane Cockrum, Chase Dietz, Chris Fetter, Patrick Lawson, Carmen Perigo, Tyler Roahrig, Jake Swanson & Kevin Thomas Jr.

2-Brady Bacon, Patrick Bruns, Danny Long, Trey Osborne, Aaron Pierce, Davey Ray, Tanner Swanson, Ryan Thomas, Chris Urish & Korey Weyant

1-Caleb Armstrong, Tanner Berryhill, Mark Bitner, Alex Bright, Steve Buckwalter, Tyler Courtney, A.J. Fike, Matt Goodnight, Zach Hampton, Dallas Hewitt, Matt Mitchell, Nathan Moore, Brian Ruhlman, Steven Russell, Tim Simmons, Mark Smith, John Tosti, Jacob Wilson & Brent Yarnal


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HONEST ABE ROOFING FAST QUALIFIERS BY RACE:

May 20: Belleville High Banks – Kody Swanson

May 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bobby Santos

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Mitchel Moles

Jun 23: Madison International Speedway – Kody Swanson

Jul 20: Winchester Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 5: Toledo Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 19: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Logan Seavey

Aug 27: World Wide Technology Raceway – Kody Swanson

Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Justin Grant

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Justin Grant

Oct 14: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Kody Swanson


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HONEST ABE ROOFING FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

6-Kody Swanson

2-Justin Grant

1-Mitchel Moles, Bobby Santos & Logan Seavey


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GREEN APU GREEN FLAG CHALLENGE FIRST LAP LEADER:

May 20: Belleville High Banks – Kody Swanson

May 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Kody Swanson

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Kody Swanson

Jun 23: Madison International Speedway – Kody Swanson

Jul 20: Winchester Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 5: Toledo Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 19: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Emerson Axsom

Aug 27: World Wide Technology Raceway – Logan Seavey

Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – C.J. Leary

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Chase Dietz

Oct 15: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Kody Swanson


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TOP ROOKIE FINISHER OF THE RACE:

May 20: Belleville High Banks – Kaylee Bryson (8th)

May 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Tyler Roahrig (3rd)

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Chase Dietz (2nd)

Jun 23: Madison International Speedway – Tyler Roahrig (3rd)

Jul 20: Winchester Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (7th)

Aug 5: Toledo Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (6th)

Aug 19: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Emerson Axsom (5th)

Aug 27: World Wide Technology Raceway – Trey Burke (6th)

Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Emerson Axsom (7th)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Chase Dietz (3rd)

Oct 15: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Kaylee Bryson (7th)


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HARD CHARGER OF THE RACE:

May 20: Belleville High Banks – Chase Stockon (13th to 3rd)

May 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bryan Gossel (27th to 11th)

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Steve Buckwalter (20th to 14th)

Jun 23: Madison International Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (15th to 8th)

Jul 20: Winchester Speedway – Kaylee Bryson (13th to 7th)

Aug 5: Toledo Speedway – Taylor Ferns (17th to 8th)

Aug 19: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Taylor Ferns (26th to 12th)

Aug 27: World Wide Technology Raceway – Justin Grant (9th to 3rd)

Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Wayne Johnson (26th to 8th)

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – Tyler Courtney (26th to 8th)

Oct 15: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Trey Osborne (19th to 12th)


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DIRT DRAFT FASTEST PRACTICE DRIVER

May 20: Belleville High Banks – Brady Bacon

May 26: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bobby Santos

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway – Kody Swanson

Jun 23: Madison International Speedway – Kody Swanson

Jul 20: Winchester Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 5: Toledo Speedway – Kody Swanson

Aug 19: Illinois State Fairgrounds – Justin Grant

Aug 27: World Wide Technology Raceway – Kody Swanson

Sep 2: Du Quoin State Fairgrounds – Shane Cottle

Sep 23: Eldora Speedway – C.J. Leary

Oct 15: Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Bobby Santos


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STATS

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE WINS:

1. [40 wins] Kody Swanson

2. [23 wins] Jack Hewitt

3. [18 wins] Brian Tyler

4. [16 wins] Dave Steele

5. [15 wins] J.J. Yeley

6. [14 wins] Dave Darland & Chuck Gurney

8. [12 wins] Bobby Santos & Jimmy Sills

10. [11 wins] Bobby East

11. [10 wins] Gary Bettenhausen, Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson

14. [9 wins] Tracy Hines

15. [8 wins] Logan Seavey & Chris Windom

17. [7 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Rick Hood & George Snider

20. [6 wins] Tom Bigelow, Russ Gamester, Kenny Irwin Jr., Jason Leffler, Ken Schrader & Al Unser

26. [5 wins] Mario Andretti, Donnie Beechler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cockrum, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Justin Grant, Bud Kaeding, Sheldon Kinser & Larry Rice

36. [4 wins] Kyle Larson, Jeff Swindell & Rich Vogler

39. [3 wins] Brady Bacon, Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Cameron Dodson, A.J. Fike, Levi Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jim Keeker, Steve Kinser, C.J. Leary, Bobby Olivero, Johnny Parsons, Aaron Pierce, Ron Shuman, Tony Stewart, Tyler Walker & Paul White

56. [2 wins] Pat Abold, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle, Larry Dickson, Billy Engelhart, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Joe Saldana, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Whitt, Josh Wise & Doug Wolfgang

70. [1 win] Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Marvin Carman, Shane Carson, Bob Cicconi, Herb Copeland, Bruce Field, Aaron Fike, Chet Fillip, Bob Frey, Eric Gordon, Davey Hamilton Jr., Kyle Hamilton, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Shane Hmiel, Shane Hollingsworth, Jimmy Horton, Jackie Howerton, Kevin Huntley, Kenny Jacobs, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Jimmy Kite, Chuck Leary, Eddie Leavitt, Jason McCord, Jim McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Mat Neely, Brad Noffsinger, Stevie Reeves, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Danny Smith, Kevin Thomas, Rich Tobias Jr., Chris Urish, Billy Vukovich & Jacob Wilson


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

47-Kody Swanson

21-Jimmy Sills

19-Dave Steele

17-Tracy Hines

14-Jerry Coons Jr.

13-J.J. Yeley

10-Bobby East & Rich Vogler

9-Justin Grant, Chuck Gurney & Jason Leffler

8-Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, Levi Jones, Johnny Parsons & Tanner Swanson

7-Tom Bigelow, C.J. Leary & Josh Wise

6-Gary Bettenhausen, Steve Chassey, Jack Hewitt & Larry Rice

5-Kenny Irwin Jr., Aaron Pierce, Bobby Santos, Jeff Swindell & Al Unser

4-Donnie Beechler, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Courtney, Larry Dickson, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Rick Hood, Jim Keeker, Sheldon Kinser, Kyle Larson, Brad Noffsinger, Joe Saldana, George Snider, Brian Tyler & Greg Weld

3-Mario Andretti, Mike Bliss, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Robby Flock, Shane Hmiel, Ryan Newman, Ken Schrader & Ron Shuman

2-Dave Blaney, Ed Carpenter, Dane Carter, A.J. Fike, Shane Hollingsworth, Bud Kaeding, Steve Kinser, Lee Kunzman, Chuck Leary, Jon Stanbrough, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tyler Walker, Jacob Wilson & Chris Windom

1-Mark Alderson, Brady Bacon, Teddy Beach, Christopher Bell, Bob Cicconi, Shane Cockrum, Derek Davidson, Cameron Dodson, Pablo Donoso, Thad Dosher, Paul Durant, Bob Ewell, Chet Fillip, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Eric Gordon, Jeff Gordon, Davey Hamilton, Jac Haudenschild, John Heydenreich, Gary Hieber, Tray House, Jackie Howerton, Kenny Jacobs, Jon Johnson, Bubby Jones, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Keith Kauffman, Steve Kent, Arnie Knepper, Michael Lewis, Jason McDougal, Lealand McSpadden, Warren Mockler, Mitchel Moles, Mat Neely, Roger Rager, Wayne Reutimann Jr., Bill Rose, Logan Seavey, Randy Tolsma, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Doug Wolfgang


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP NON-POINTS SPECIAL EVENT RACE WINS:

1. [3 wins] Jack Hewitt

2. [2 wins] Rick Hood

3. [1 win] George Snider, Kody Swanson, Rich Vogler & Billy Vukovich


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER CHAMPIONS:

1971: George Snider, 1972: A.J. Foyt, 1973: Al Unser, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1975: Jimmy Caruthers, 1976: Billy Cassella, 1977: Larry Rice, 1978: Pancho Carter, 1979: Bobby Olivero, 1980: Gary Bettenhausen, 1981: Larry Rice, 1982: Ken Schrader, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Jimmy Sills, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Mike Bliss, 1994: Jimmy Sills, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Dave Darland, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Paul White, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Dave Steele, 2005: Dave Steele, 2006: Bud Kaeding, 2007: Bud Kaeding, 2008: Jerry Coons Jr., 2009: Bud Kaeding, 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Bobby East, 2013: Bobby East, 2014: Kody Swanson, 2015: Kody Swanson, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Kody Swanson, 2018: Kody Swanson, 2019: Kody Swanson, 2020: Justin Grant, 2021: Kody Swanson, 2022: Kody Swanson, 2023: Logan Seavey


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRANT CHAMPIONS:

1971: Leader Card Racers, 1972: A.J. Foyt Enterprises, 1973: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1974: Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, 1975: George Middleton, 1976: Louie Seymour & Sons, 1977: Dave LeFevre, 1978: Johnny Capels, 1979: Leader Card Racers, 1980: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1981: Johnny Vance, 1982: Steve Enslow, 1983: Delrose-Holt Racing, 1984: Ralph & Jim DePalma, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Bob Hampshire, 1987: Bob Hampshire, 1988: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1989: Junior Kurtz, 1990: Bob Consani, 1991: Fred Ede, 1992: Kenneth Jarrett Farms, 1993: Del McClure, 1994: Gary Stanton, 1995: Glen Niebel, 1996: Stanton Racing, 1997: Foxco, Inc., 1998: Goetz Racing, 1999: Snider-Foyt Racing, 2000: Terry Riggs, 2001: Paul Cook Racing, 2002: East-Stewart Racing, 2003: East-Stewart Racing, 2004: East-Stewart Racing, 2005: East-Stewart Racing, 2006: Leffler-BK Racing, 2007: BK Racing, 2008: RW Motorsports, 2009: BK Motorsports, 2010: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2012: RW Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2013: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 2014: DePalma Motorsports, 2015: DePalma Motorsports, 2016: DePalma Motorsports, 2017: DePalma Motorsports, 2018: DePalma Motorsports, 2019: Klatt Enterprises, 2020: Hemelgarn Racing, 2021: Rice Motorsports, 2022: Doran-Dyson Racing, 2023: Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:

1981: Jack Hewitt, 1982: Keith Kauffman, 1983: Rick Hood, 1984: Dave Blaney, 1985: Steve Butler, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Jeff Swindell, 1988: Gene Lee Gibson, 1989: Jimmy Sills, 1990: Eric Gordon, 1991: Stevie Reeves, 1992: Jim Keeker, 1993: Randy Tolsma, 1994: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1995: Chuck Leary: 1996: Ryan Newman, 1997: Jimmy Kite, 1998: Todd Kane, 1999: Paul White, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Aaron Fike, 2002: Matt Westfall, 2003: Ron Gregory, 2004: Aaron Pierce, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Cameron Dodson, 2008: Steve Arpin, 2009: Kody Swanson, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Hamilton, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Caleb Armstrong, 2015: C.J. Leary, 2016: Casey Shuman, 2017: Joss Moffatt, 2018: Kyle Robbins, 2019: Derek Bischak, 2020: Bryan Gossel, 2021: Logan Seavey, 2022: Gregg Cory, 2023: Kaylee Bryson


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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

213-Russ Gamester

212-Brian Tyler

201-Dave Darland

184-Jerry Coons Jr.

172-Tracy Hines

163-Jack Hewitt

153-Eric Gordon

151-Johnny Parsons

147-Tony Elliott

139-Kody Swanson

129-George Snider

125-Gary Hieber

115-Chuck Gurney

113-Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

111-Dave Steele

110-John Heydenreich

106-Aaron Pierce

105-A.J. Fike

100-Larry Rice

94-Jay Drake & Paul White

91-J.J. Yeley

90-Tom Bigelow

88-Mark Alderson

84-Justin Grant & Jason McCord

83-Gary Bettenhausen

79-Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

78-Chris Windom

77-Rich Vogler

76-Larry Dickson

75-Shane Cottle & Ryan Newman

74-Steve Chassey

73-Bobby Santos & Rich Tobias Jr.

72-Bobby East

71-David Byrne, Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

70-Steve Butler

68-Billy Engelhart

67-Joe Saldana

66-Brad Noffsinger

65-Jerry Nemire

62-Ron Shuman

60-Randy Bateman, Austin Nemire, Wally Pankratz & Bill Rose

59-C.J. Leary

58-Rick Hood

55-Gary Irvin & Jacob Wilson

54-Tom Capie, Shane Cockrum & Shane Hollingsworth

53-Chet Fillip, Patrick Lawson & Jason Leffler

52-Wayne Reutimann Jr.

50-Matt Westfall

49-Kyle Robbins & Tony Stewart

48-Mike Bliss, Ken Schrader & Travis Welpott

47-Bob Cicconi & Tanner Swanson

46-Jim Keeker, Billy Vukovich & Bentley Warren

45-Derek Davidson & Jeff Swindell

43-Kenny Irwin Jr. & Tyler Walker

42-Dane Carter, Matt Goodnight & Jon Stanbrough

41-Danny Milburn

40-Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler, Chip Thomas & Chris Urish

39-Dave Berkheimer, Tray House & Jim McElreath

38-Chuck Leary & Bobby Olivero

37-Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh Jr. & Roger Rager

36-Brady Bacon, Ed Carpenter & Ron Dunstan

35-Mike Haggenbottom & Logan Seavey

34-Ronnie Burke, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

33-Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

32-Brent Kaeding

31-Terry Babb, Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

30-Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold & Jerry Russell

29-Taylor Ferns, Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

28-Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

27-Brad Armstrong, Steve Buckwalter, Bryan Clauson & Davey Ray

26-Dan Drinan & Joe Liguori

25-Kasey Kahne, Nick Lundgreen & Jerry Miller

24-Pat Abold, Derek Hagar & Kenny Jacobs

23-Derek Bischak & Cameron Dodson

22-Billy Cassella, Kevin Doty & Bob Frey

21-Chris Fetter, Kyle Hamilton & Walt Kennedy

20-Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks, Kyle Steffens, Kevin Thomas Jr. & Randy Tolsma

19-Tyler Courtney, Bruce Field, Brian Gerster, Gene Lee Gibson, Bryan Gossel, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune, Lealand McSpadden & Casey Shuman

18-Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Mike Murgoitio, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

17-Patrick Bruns, Jimmy Caruthers, A.J. Foyt, Kyle O’Gara, Sammy Sessions, Billy Wease & Kramer Williamson

16-Robert Ballou, Mario Clouser, Gregg Cory, Pablo Donoso & Jake Swanson

15-Kaylee Bryson, Casey Buckman, Paul Clark, Davey Hamilton Jr., Dallas Hewitt, P.J. Jones, Carmen Perigo & Bruce Walkup

14-Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Danny Long, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

13-Nathan Byrd, Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Mike McVetta, Andy Michner, Tom Paterson, Brian Paulus, Chase Stockon, Rodney Weesner & Bud Wilmot

12-Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Jason McDougal, Billy Pauch, Ricky Shelton & Bill Tyler

11-Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Trey Burke, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Terry James, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, Kyle Larson, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Greg Weld & Greg Wilson

10-Caleb Armstrong, Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Mark Smith, Robert Smith & Robbie Stanley

9-Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Toni Breidinger, Karl Busson, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson Jr., Chappy Knaack, Eddie Leavitt, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Johnny Rutherford & Korey Weyant

8-Jim Anderson, Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steven Russell, Steve Siegel, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

7-John Andretti, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi Jr., Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro Jr., Joe Gaerte, Cody Gallogly, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Wayne Johnson, Chad Kemenah, Paul Koch, Jimmy Light, Joe McCarthy, Thiago Medeiros, Austin Mundie, Michael Roselli Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

6-Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Emerson Axsom, Annie Breidinger, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Jake Day, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Tyler Roahrig, Brian Ruhlman, Brian Seidel, Jake Simmons, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

5-Sport Allen, Dakoda Armstrong, Todd Beach, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Shane Carson, Mark Cassella, Kyle Cummins, John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Chris Phillips, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Red Stauffer, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

4-Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts Jr., Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Herb Copeland, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Mitchel Moles, Nathan Moore, Dave Peperak, Rodney Ritter Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Tim Siner, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun, Miranda Throckmorton & Ronnie Wuerdeman

3-Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Lee Brewer Jr., Rick Brown, Dave Burns, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marvin Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Chase Dietz, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Nick Hamilton, Darryl Haugh, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Ryan Moore, Mike Mosley Jr., Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Kevin Studley, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside, Greg Wooley & Brent Yarnal

2-Mike Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Nick Bilbee, Dean Billings, Mark Bitner, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Frank D’Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, Charles Davis Jr., James Davison, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney Jr., Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Lyn McIntosh, Dustin Morgan, Aaron Mosley, Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Cary Oliver, Trey Osborne, Lynn Paxton, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Ryan Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther & Jack Ziegler

1-Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Tanner Berryhill, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Alex Bright, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis Jr., Brad Davis, Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye Jr., Jeff Galas, Ronnie Gardner, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, David Gravel, Gary Griffith, Zach Hampton, Brett Hearn, Jojo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Chase Johnson, Erik Karlsen, Kraig Kinser, Buddy Kofoid, Dana LaLiberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Tye Mihocko, Jim Mills, Matt Mitchell, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Tommy Nichols, Don O’Keefe, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch Jr., Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Pat Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard Jr., Danny Shouse, Tim Simmons, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, John Tosti, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley & Tiffany Wyzard


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2023 USAC SILVER CROWN DRIVER & TEAM ROSTER:


A

«DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports #5)

CALEB ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (Legacy Autosport #19)

«EMERSON AXSOM/Franklin, IN (Nolen Racing #20)


B

BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Chris Dyson Racing #9)

DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing #31)

«TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG #14)

DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak #131)

«MARK BITNER/Columbus, NJ (Henry Yeska #4)

«ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (John Haggenbottom #24)

PATRICK BRUNS/Champaign, IL (Full Throttle Racing #95)

«KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce #26)

CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports-Eddie Sachs Jr. #25)

STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports #53)

«TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG #11)

NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Byrd Racing #88)


C

«STERLING CLING/Tempe, AZ (John Tosti #07)

MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports #92)

SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (BLS Motorsports #71), (Hans Lein #97) & (Sam Pierce #126)

JERRY COONS JR./Tucson, AZ (John Haggenbottom #24) & (Patty Bateman #55)

GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing #32)

SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Chris Dyson Racing #9) & (Hodges Motorsports #74)


D

«CHASE DIETZ/York, PA (Bruce Lee #86)

«GARY DUNKLE/Lincoln, NE (Gary Dunkle #34)


F

TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing #555)

CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Chris Fetter #15)

A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Five Three Motorsports #53)


G

RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #51)

MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel #06)

JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing #91)


H

DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG #14) & (Legacy Autosport #19)

«ZACH HAMPTON/Mooresville, IN (Brad & Tara Armstrong #99)

DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt #57)


J

«WAYNE JOHNSON/Tuttle, OK (TwoC Racing #12)


L

PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson #2)

C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises #6)

DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long #44)


M

MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (RAM Engineering #94)

«MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA (DMW Motorsports #5)

JOSS MOFFATT/Columbus, IN (A.J. Felker Racing #37)

«MITCHEL MOLES/Raisin City, CA (Hans Lein #97)

«NATHAN MOORE/Kaufman, TX (Chip Thomas #48)


O

KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development #67)

«CARY OLIVER/Buncombe, IL (Cary Oliver #110)

TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group #81) & (Sammy & Mouren Fetter #88)


P

TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson #111)

«DAVE PEPERAK/Clinton, IN (Dave Peperak Motorsports #777)

CARMEN PERIGO/Stoystown, PA (John Stehman #52)

AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce #126)


R

DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables #8)

«TYLER ROAHRIG/Plymouth, IN (Legacy Autosport #19)

KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing #7)

BRIAN RUHLMAN/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman #49)

STEVEN RUSSELL/Rochester, IL (McQuinn Motorsports #14)


S

BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing #98)

LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing #22)

«TIM SIMMONS/Cabot, AR (Tim Simmons #3)

MARK SMITH/Sunbury, PA (L & M Motorsports #01)

KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens #8)

CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN (Pink 69 Racing #69)

TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing #02)

JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA (DMW Motorsports #10)

KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing #77)


T

«RYAN THOMAS/Indianapolis, IN (Wingo Brothers Racing #118)

KEVIN THOMAS JR./Cullman, AL (Legacy Autosport #19), (John Haggenbottom #24) & (Five Three Motorsports #53)

«JOHN TOSTI/High Ridge, MO (John Tosti #07)


U

CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish #77)


W

BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Robert Wilson Racing #60)

TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing #18)

MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Racing #54) & (BCR Group #81)

KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant #99)

JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing #107)


Y

«BRENT YARNAL/Phoenix, AZ (Brent Yarnal #29)



(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

TANNER SWANSON SCORES IRP FINALE,

LOGAN SEAVEY SECURES USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 15, 2023)………Familiar territory and new found glory was uncovered during Sunday’s rain-postponed Howard Companies Championship Saturday/Sunday USAC Silver Crown finale at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

For Tanner Swanson, it was business as usual at the .686-mile paved oval as he took over the lead from older brother Kody Swanson on lap 24, then led the remaining 77 laps to earn a record eighth career USAC Silver Crown victory at IRP, which ranks number one all-time.

For Logan Seavey, after two consecutive seasons of close encounters with the USAC Silver Crown championship, on this afternoon, the third time was finally the charm. Seavey finished sixth in the 100-lapper to secure the crown for the first time in his career, five years removed from a USAC National Midget title in 2018.

Tanner (Kingsburg, Calif.) piloted his Bowman Racing/Swift Fab & Welding/Beast/Kistler Chevy to a second consecutive season finale victory at IRP. His 10th overall win in his USAC Silver Crown career moved him to 11th on the all-time list alongside past series champions Gary Bettenhausen and Mike Bliss.

Nine of Tanner’s 10 series triumphs have come with the Bowman Racing team who tabbed Tanner as their driver a decade ago. As it turned out, the pairing of a part-time USAC Silver Crown driver and a part-time USAC Silver Crown entrant was a perfect match for full-time success.

“This team is awesome,” Tanner exclaimed. “When we started running for them, this team hadn’t won a Crown race. Now we’ve won eight of them here and one at Gateway. It’s been an awesome run, and who would’ve thought when Kody and I were 12 and 9 years old in Junior Sprints that we’d be racing on this stage and competitively?”

The winningest brothers in USAC Silver Crown history shared the lead during the first quarter of the event. Third-starting Tanner found himself shuffled back to fifth on the opening lap while pole sitter Kody burst out to lead lap one.

Kody played a key role in the title fight entering IRP, trailing Seavey by 16 points in the standings. Kody shaved three markers off Seavey’s advantage by virtue of capturing the pole during Saturday’s Honest Abe Roofing qualifying session and was keen on grabbing three more bonus points for the most laps led on Sunday in addition to 70 more for winning the main event.

It appeared to be Kody’s day for a substantial period of time as he rushed out to a four to five car length lead over outside front row starter Bobby Santos. Meanwhile, fifth-starting Seavey nearly had an all-out fracas on the opening lap, which sent him into a brief tailspin back to ninth.

“I got a really bad start,” explained Seavey, driver of the Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing/DiaEdge Mitsubishi Materials - STIDA.com - CG CPAs/Beast/Felker Chevy. “I ran in the back of Tanner there and about crashed and lost a bunch of track position. By the time I got back to where I needed to be, the leaders were gone, so I just rode around and knew that if I tried to run them down, I’d kill my car. So, I just rode around waiting for a yellow.”

Tanner too found himself in the same boat as Seavey, dropping back to fifth before steadily moving his way forward to fourth past C.J. Leary on lap 11, then by Justin Grant for third on the 15th go around.

By lap 24, Kody’s car was becoming extremely tight in the turns, allowing Santos and Tanner to pull right to the tail of Kody. By turn two, Santos took his shot, driving under Kody to take the lead for about a five second stretch before Tanner pulled off a two-for-one deal by blazing past the inside of both Kody and Santos on the back straightaway to take over the point. It was a fantastic and prompt recovery for Tanner after the early hardship.

“We had such a terrible start, but it kind of ended up being nice,” Tanner revealed. “I got to sit there behind C.J. for a little bit and got to see how he was handling, then got to see Justin, then got to Bobby and Kody. I saw that I had a little bit better car than Bobby and knew that I was going to have time. It’s hard to pass around this place and those two guys are the best there is at it. We were lucky to double up and get both of them at the same time.”

In the ensuing laps, Kody’s handling issues became undeniable as he fell dramatically off the pace, and on lap 26, he kissed the outside wall between turns one and two with his right-side tires, dropping him back to fifth, 10 seconds out of the lead, and just one spot ahead of Seavey in sixth, which positioned Seavey back into the driver’s seat of the championship.

When 14th running Trey Burke’s car went up in smoke on the 44th lap to bring out the first caution of the event, Kody dipped into pit lane under yellow to allow the Doran-Binks Racing crew to make an air pressure adjustment on the right rear tire. Kody returned to the track just in the nick of time to beat the pace truck and remain on the lead lap, but ducked back into the pits a lap later as the crew went right back to work on the right rear.

Returning to the field in the 11th spot at the tail end of the lead lap, Kody soon found himself in serious trouble on the lap 54 restart. Entering the low side of turn one, Kody’s left front wheel locked up, sending a smoke signal into the crisp, cool air and right into the path of oncoming Derek Bischak. As a result, Bischak slammed the wall and received significant front-end damage that knocked him out of the race, while Swanson bounced off the wall and kept going.

Seavey, now running fifth at the midway point, felt as comfortable as he had all day, but he also knew he couldn’t allow himself to be that comfortable, knowing that Kody was still back there on the lead lap despite his recent struggle. Seavey gained fourth on lap 63 when he charged around the outside of Leary in turns three and four. Of utmost importance, the fourth spot was crucial to Seavey and ingrained in his mind throughout the day, knowing that if he finished there, he would clinch the title regardless of where Kody finished.

In the meantime, Kody had changed up his line to more of a lower entry on each end of the racetrack. He utilized the new path to race his way by Dakoda Armstrong, Kyle O'Gara, Kaylee Bryson, Mario Clouser and Davey Hamilton Jr. in quick succession to climb his way up from 11th to 6th in an 11-lap span by lap 73.

By that point, race leader Tanner had the field covered to the tune of more than four seconds, but the battle raged on for fourth, fifth and sixth between Seavey, Leary and Kody who were all in Blue Angels formation under a blanket, which many needed on this day due to the cool temperatures. Leary swiped fourth from Seavey on lap 83, but Seavey remained tight on Leary’s bumper all while Kody kept poking his nose along the side of Seavey lap after lap as they split around the lapped car of Travis Welpott with just 13 laps to go in a particularly close encounter of the third turn kind.

While Tanner Swanson’s lead ballooned to seven seconds at the front of the field with less than 10 laps remaining, Kody Swanson was throwing everything he had in the tank at Seavey to work his way up another spot. Instead, with three to go, Kody grabbed two more as he darted around the outside of Seavey in turn three, then cut to the inside of Leary off turn four to go sixth to fourth in one fell swoop.

It was there in that moment that Seavey conceded the spot and fell into line, essentially saying “no mßs,” as he fell into line and finished the last couple laps sans stress for himself, his spotter and the entire crew.

“I saved my stuff to make sure I had a little bit there in the end if (Kody) came back through,” Seavey said of his plan after Kody pitted at mid-race. “I was able to hold him off as long as I needed to but then had to settle in those last few and make sure we finished. It sucks a little bit because I feel like this is the best we’ve ever been here and I’d like to go race up there with the guys up front, but there comes a point when you’ve got to look at the big picture and settle in there and finish the race.”

Tanner finished off a dominant victory by a whopping 9.799 second margin over Bobby Santos, Justin Grant, Kody Swanson and C.J. Leary. Logan Seavey came home sixth to win the championship by a seven-point margin over Kody, making it the eighth closest USAC Silver Crown points race in the 53-year history of the series.

Additionally, Seavey provided his Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing team the series entrant title for 2023. For Rice, it’s his second Silver Crown entrant title after also scoring in 2021 while Abacus earned its first, and very well could soon double up with Seavey as they both currently lead the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship standings.

Furthermore, Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) set an all-time record on Sunday at IRP with his 213th career series start dating back to 1989. Gamester now owns the record for most career series starts, breaking a tie he had held with Brian Tyler.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14-15, 2023 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Howard Companies Championship Saturday & Sunday

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-20.838; 2. Bobby Santos, 98, DJ-20.845; 3. Tanner Swanson, 2, Bowman-20.914; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.958; 5. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-20.969; 6. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-21.187; 7. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.193; 8. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-21.257; 9. Davey Hamilton Jr., 19, Legacy-21.403; 10. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-21.449; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-21.530; 12. Dakoda Armstrong, 5, C & A-21.664; 13. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.674; 14. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.676; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 14, Hamilton/SRG-21.776; 16. Trey Burke, 11, Hamilton/SRG-21.859; 17. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-21.975; 18. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-22.115; 19. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-22.301; 20. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-22.379; 21. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-24.321; 22. Tom Paterson, 111, Paterson-NT; 23. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 24. Mike McVetta, 94, RAM-NT; 25. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (3), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. Justin Grant (4), 4. Kody Swanson (1), 5. C.J. Leary (8), 6. Logan Seavey (5), 7. Kaylee Bryson (11), 8. Davey Hamilton Jr. (9), 9. Mario Clouser (6), 10. Dakoda Armstrong (12), 11. Kyle O’Gara (10), 12. Trey Osborne (19), 13. Kyle Steffens (16), 14. Bryan Gossel (17), 15. Travis Welpott (20), 16. Gregg Cory (18), 17. Derek Bischak (13), 18. Trey Burke (15), 19. Russ Gamester (7), 20. Tanner Berryhill (14), 21. Tom Paterson (21). 44:04.426

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Kody Swanson, Laps 24-100 Tanner Swanson.

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-676, 2-Kody Swanson-669, 3-Justin Grant-561, 4-C.J. Leary-462, 5-Kaylee Bryson-447, 6-Mario Clouser-441, 7-Taylor Ferns-399, 8-Bobby Santos-382, 9-Matt Westfall-382, 10-Trey Burke-334.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-186, 2-Logan Seavey-144, 3-Justin Grant-120, 4-Emerson Axsom-117, 5-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Chase Stockon-95, 9-Brady Bacon-92, 10-Mitchel Moles-85.


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Bobby Santos (20.665)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (20.838)

Green APU Green Flag Challenge First Lap Leader: Kody Swanson

Hard Charger: Trey Osborne (19th to 12th)

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 14, 2023 – Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, Arizona

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 2E, Yeley/Petty-14.451; 2. Brody Roa, 17R, Dunkel/BR-14.480; 3. Braden Chiaramonte, 73B, Chiaramonte-14.497; 4. Verne Sweeney, 98, Guerrero-14.502; 5. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.542; 6. Andrew Sweeney, 98A, Guerrero-14.653; 7. Ricky Lewis, 41, Lewis-14.684; 8. Austin Grabowski, 72, Grabowski-14.713; 9. J.J. Yeley, 2Y, Yeley/Petty-14.725; 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.727; 11. Austin Williams, 2, Williams-14.727; 12. Brody Fuson, 51, Van Meter-14.730; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-14.731; 14. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-14.761; 15. James Turnbull II, 2J, Turnbull-14.767; 16. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.775; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.813; 18. Logan Williams, 5W, McCarthy-14.829; 19. Richard McCormick, 71X, Luport-15.036; 20. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-15.056; 21. Grant Sexton, 22, Sexton-15.183; 22. Shane Sexton, 74, Gatlin/Sexton-15.256; 23. Logan Calderwood, 6, Calderwood-15.325; 24. David Gasper, 73, Ford-15.495; 25. Racin Silva, 5S, Silva-15.678; 26. Mark Henry, 39R, Henry-15.914; 27. Camie Bell, 29C, Bell-16.711.

FLOWDYNAMICS INCORPORATED / BILLSJERKY.NET FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Lewis, 3. Malcolm, 4. V.Sweeney, 5. Bender, 6. Johnson, 7. McCormick, 8. Silva, 9. S.Sexton. NT.

IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER / FACTORY WRAPS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. McCarthy, 3. C.Williams, 4. Grabowski, 5. Roa, 6. Calderwood, 7. A.Williams, 8. Owens, 9. Henry. NT.

WC FRIEND COMPANY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Sweeney, 4. Yeley, 5. Gasper, 6. Chiaramonte, 7. Turnbull, 8. G.Sexton, 9. Bell. NT.

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. Gasper, 4. Chiaramonte, 5. A.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. G.Sexton, 8. Calderwood, 9. Turnbull, 10. McCormick, 11. S.Sexton, 12. Henry, 13. Bell, 14. Silva, 15. Owens. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Ricky Lewis (3), 2. Tommy Malcolm (16), 3. Brody Fuson (12), 4. Braden Chiaramonte (9), 5. R.J. Johnson (7), 6. David Gasper (22), 7. Austin Williams (11), 8. Brody Roa (8), 9. Matt McCarthy (17), 10. Andrew Sweeney (4), 11. Logan Williams (18), 12. A.J. Bender (13), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (10), 14. J.J. Yeley (1), 15. James Turnbull II (15), 16. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 17. Cody Williams (14), 18. Logan Calderwood (21), 19. Grant Sexton (20), 20. Richard McCormick (19), 21. Austin Grabowski (2), 22. Verne Sweeney (6). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Yeley, Laps 9-30 Lewis.
IN MEMORY OF JIM & CHET GARDNER HARD CHARGER: David Gasper (22nd to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Eddie Tafoya Jr.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 3&4 – Cocopah Speedway – Somerton, Arizona - “56th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

IRP’S USAC SILVER CROWN FINALE

POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 14, 2023)………Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown National Championship finale has been postponed to Sunday, October 15, after persistent showers hammered Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park following qualifying.

Track drying efforts were made for nearly two hours, but the cool temperatures combined with the existing moisture on the surface of the .686-mile paved oval didn’t help matters.

On Sunday, the pits open at 9am Eastern with the front gates opening at 11am, practice at 11am and the three feature events beginning at noon. The 30-lap Browns Oil Service Pavement Midget feature will begin the festivities followed by a 40-lap 500 Sprint Car Tour feature and the 100-lap USAC Silver Crown finale.

Wristbands, tickets and pit passes from Saturday may be used for entry to Sunday’s racing program at IRP.

USAC Silver Crown Dirt Draft Practice and Honest Abe Qualifying was completed on Saturday prior to the weather intervening. Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) was the fastest in both practice sessions while Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) captured the pole position with a lap of 20.838 seconds during qualifying.

Swanson’s fast qualifying effort earned him three bonus points toward the USAC Silver Crown championship standings. He now stands 13 points behind championship leader Logan Seavey. Seavey will start in the fifth spot, and if he is able to finish fourth or better in Sunday’s main event, he would clinch the series title.


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USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2023 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Howard Companies Championship Saturday

HONEST ABE ROOFING QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 77, Doran/Binks-20.838; 2. Bobby Santos, 98, DJ-20.845; 3. Tanner Swanson, 2, Bowman-20.914; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.958; 5. Logan Seavey, 22, Rice/Abacus-20.969; 6. Mario Clouser, 92, Kazmark-21.187; 7. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-21.193; 8. C.J. Leary, 6, Klatt-21.257; 9. Davey Hamilton Jr., 19, Legacy-21.403; 10. Kyle O'Gara, 67, SFHR-21.449; 11. Kaylee Bryson, 26, Pierce-21.530; 12. Dakoda Armstrong, 5, C & A-21.664; 13. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-21.674; 14. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.676; 15. Tanner Berryhill, 14, Hamilton/SRG-21.776; 16. Trey Burke, 11, Hamilton/SRG-21.859; 17. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-21.975; 18. Bryan Gossel, 06, Gossel-22.115; 19. Gregg Cory, 32, Williams-22.301; 20. Trey Osborne, 81, BCR-22.379; 21. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott-24.321; 22. Tom Paterson, 111, Paterson-NT; 23. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 24. Mike McVetta, 94, RAM-NT; 25. Taylor Ferns, 555, Ferns-NT

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses)

Postponed to Sunday, October 15.

USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-621, 2-Kody Swanson-608, 3-Justin Grant-497, 4-C.J. Leary-404, 5-Mario Clouser-395, 6-Kaylee Bryson-395, 7-Taylor Ferns-389, 8-Matt Westfall-382, 9-Bobby Santos-315, 10-Trey Burke-307.

OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Daison Pursley-179, 2-Logan Seavey-130, 3-Emerson Axsom-112, 4-Justin Grant-106, 4-Shane Cottle-106, 6-Matt Westfall-105, 7-Robert Ballou-100, 8-Brady Bacon-92, 9-Chase Stockon-90, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-73.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 15, 2023 – Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park – Brownsburg, Indiana – .686-Mile Paved Oval – Howard Companies Championship Saturday


CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Dirt Draft Practice Fastest Driver: Bobby Santos (20.665)

Honest Abe Roofing Fast Qualifier: Kody Swanson (20.838)

 

 

THE SEAVEY & SWANSON SHOW:

GLOVES ARE OFF FOR SATURDAY'S

USAC SILVER CROWN FINALE AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 12, 2023)………On Tuesday afternoon, both Logan Seavey, Kody Swanson and their respective teams took a relatively similar approach into a private testing session at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The task was simple – to make sure everything is buttoned up for this weekend’s running of the Howard Companies Championship Saturday USAC Silver Crown season finale on October 14 at IRP where Seavey brings in a 16-point lead in the standings over Swanson.

Seeing how the pavement cars haven’t turned a wheel in more than six weeks, and nearly five months since their last run at IRP, the test was beneficial in a myriad of manners, least of all to make sure it was “all systems go” heading into Saturday.

For Seavey and his Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing team, there were oil leaks and rear end leaks to double check on and the team even made a mock qualifying run to help ensure a quality starting spot so that they won’t have to fight their way up through the field on race day.

As far as Swanson and the Doran-Binks Racing operation, the modus operandi was to sort out the brake trouble that plagued them the last time out at WWT Raceway in late August and to get a little more homework completed to make certain that all the i’s were dotted, and all the t’s were crossed heading into the real deal this weekend.

While both teams’ ultimate goal of a championship remains the same, their approaches to Saturday’s final race day of the USAC Silver Crown season differ just a bit. Both have been in this very same position each of the last three years with Swanson leading Seavey by one entering the finale in 2021 while Seavey came into the finale of 2022 with a three-point edge. Both times, however, Swanson ultimately prevailed with the series crown.

For Seavey, the task on paper for Saturday is simple – finish fourth or better, and regardless of what Swanson does, Seavey wins the championship. As a change of pace, Seavey doesn’t have to win or beat Kody this time around. Knowing that they finished as the runner-up this past May at IRP does a bit to ease their comfort level. But “comfort” is a relative term in auto racing, although Seavey admitted, “I feel a lot better on the pavement; this is one of our better tracks, so overall, I feel better about it than I did last year.”

As for Swanson, the weight is lifted off his shoulders a bit. He’s fully aware that he can only control what he can control, and that means trying to earn three points for winning the pole, grabbing three more points for leading the most laps, and 70 more for scoring the feature win, all departments in which he ranks number one all-time at the .686-mile paved oval. From there, the points will take care of themselves, championship or no championship.

“For me this time, there’s no pressure, like at all,” Swanson admitted. “We’ve won some races and we’ve been fast, but we’ve had a couple miscues that put us in this situation. We’re far enough back that the ball is in his court. If he finishes inside the top-four, there’s nothing that I can do. I just want to win the race.”

Swanson experienced those “miscues” at IRP in May when a fuel pump issue knocked him out of the race while leading and once more at WWT Raceway in August when his brakes malfunctioned, again while leading, relegating him to 19th and 14th place results, respectively. All the while, Seavey racked up a 2nd and 4th place finish in those two outings, gaining him valuable points. On the flipside, when Seavey’s right front wheel center broke at Winchester and sent him into the wall, Swanson answered with a resounding victory.

Yes, all the races pay the same amount of points each time out on the USAC Silver Crown schedule, and with the slate only being 11 races long throughout the year, mistakes must be minimized and avoiding DNFs are critical in determining a champion, requiring almost outright perfection each race, every race on both dirt and pavement. But the points are put under an even higher resolution microscope in a one-race setting, and Seavey acknowledged that fact. But same as always, they’re trying to keep everything as even-keeled as possible and preparing the same as they do every time they’re in the shop or at the racetrack.

“Obviously, the nerves are a little bit up on everybody,” Seavey stated. “We’re all looking at the same goal and we see the points and what not. We always try to be prepared as much as possible. Winchester was our first real DNF of the year and it hurt us really bad. But we got our car rebuilt after that and we were just as good. I’d like to think we’re as prepared and I’m just as prepared as we always would be, and we can just show up here and try to win a race.”

Swanson acknowledges his role on the race team is a bit more atypical. Prior to testing on Tuesday at IRP, Swanson was in the team’s Cincinnati, Ohio-based shop, located roughly two hours away, until 10:30pm the night before in order to be ready for testing the next morning. Though stress is a natural element of this aspect of the sport, Swanson is trying not to sweat it out regarding the points race, and instead, focusing on the part of just trying to go out and win.

“There are little parts of it I’m involved with that make it challenging,” Swanson explained. “In some ways, it can stress you out because you’re involved in so many layers. But I’m doing my best to enjoy each opportunity and each race and not to get so caught up in it. We’re just trying to win a race this weekend and hope it works out. There are many hands that are in on it and I’m thankful for everyone who does pitch in on it.”

Just two years ago, Seavey’s ambition on the pavement was just to finish races and to finish on the lead lap. Two years later, he’s eager to win on the pavement and has finished inside the top-five in all but one race this year, the lone DNF being due to an accident. Due to his relative lack of experience on the pavement in comparison to Swanson, Seavey feels as if there’s no way he can ride around and coast to reach his goal on Saturday night. It’s going to be an all-out effort from top to bottom for 100 laps to get to where he wants to be.

“I don’t feel like I can slow down at all,” Seavey stated. “I have to run as hard as I can to be in the top four or five. I just don’t have the experience the other guys have but it’s part of learning and being a part of a series you’re new to and a surface that you’re new to. To run fourth on pavement would be a great day, but our goal coming into every pavement race is to win even though we haven’t won one yet. Even from last year to this year, I’ve gotten a lot more confident in the car. Running the Little 500 (at Anderson Speedway) helped in that regard, learning how to run side-by-side with other cars and pass on pavement. A couple years ago, the goal was to just finish.”

The high-speed chess match between Seavey and Swanson has gone back and forth all year long. Seavey has won three times on the dirt while Swanson has answered with a top-five in every dirt outing. Swanson has been victorious three times on the pavement this year while Seavey has answered with top-fives in all but one of those starts. So much is so even with these two wheelmen, and faltering at any point in the season can be detrimental, most definitely in a season finale setting.

“It’s part of Silver Crown racing,” Swanson said. “The season is so short, you can’t afford anything that doesn’t go your way, and some years, that’s how it goes. I’m really fortunate to have had a number of years where things did work out and this year, we still have a chance. I’m not complaining in any way. I’m just thankful to have a chance and we’ll try to go out and win a race this weekend.”

RACE DETAILS

Championship Saturday features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, the 500 Sprint Car Tour and Pavement Midgets on Saturday, October 14.

Spectator gates open at noon eastern, followed by 500 Sprint Car Tour Practice at 12:30, Pavement Midget Practice at 12:55, USAC Silver Crown Practice at 1:20, 500 Sprint Car Tour Practice at 1:50, Pavement Midget Practice at 2:15, USAC Silver Crown Practice at 2:40, 500 Sprint Car Tour Qualifying at 3:10, Pavement Midget Qualifying at 3:40, USAC Silver Crown Qualifying at 4:10, Opening Ceremonies at 4:45 with main events starting at 5pm. Times are subject to change. All times are eastern.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.raceIRP.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on race day.

Saturday’s event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.

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SATURDAY’S IRP USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

5 (R) DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

11 (R) TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

14 (R) TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Legacy Autosport)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce Racing)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

60 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Robert Wilson Racing)

67 KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 (R) TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (Ram Engineering)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

111 TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

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

OCTOBER 10, 2023... The chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship resumes this Saturday, October 14th at Mohave Valley Raceway. Promoted by Ron Meyer, the fifteenth point race will also feature Dwarf Cars, Mini Dwarfs- Masters and Sportsman, and the Southwest versus California Lightning Sprints. Located at 2750 Laguna Road in Mohave Valley, Arizona, the Pit Gates will open at 2:30pm, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:30pm, with Racing scheduled for 7:30pm. For more information, visit mohavevalleyracceway.com or call 928.346.3000.

NOTE: The November 3&4 “Western World Championships” has been moved from Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande, Arizona to Cocopah Speedway in Yuma, Arizona. Please update your schedules.

NOTE: The November 11 main event at Perris Auto Speedway is now scheduled for 30 laps.

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

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

Saturday’s race is the fifth event in series history at the Mohave Valley clay oval. Brody Roa topped his second Mohave Valley win on May 6th and Chase Johnson raced to victory on April 1st. On that night, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams lowered his track record with a time of 13.923 seconds. The complete Mohave Valley USAC/CRA win list is at the end of this release.

“The Pride of Garden Grove” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) leads the USAC/CRA standings with a stout 142 point lead. Driving the Tom & Christy Dunkel / BR Performance owned #17R Inland Rigging / Dunkel Farms DRC, Roa ran second to “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm at the September 23rd “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, Brody has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim and Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 177 feature laps led to his credit. The 2019 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion ranks fourth with 21 career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to get closer to his first CRA crown with another Mohave Valley win.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point standings and is enjoying his best season in sprint cars. Racing Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / B&B Powder Coating Maxim, Malcolm scored his third win of the campaign at the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the veteran driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 95 feature laps led on the year. Tommy “Thunder” will have his sights on adding a Mohave Valley victory to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) is third in the USAC/CRA championship standings. Piloting the family owned #2 Digalert / Ramona Duck Club DRC, Williams charged from seventh to third at Perris Auto Speedway on September 23rd. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led to his credit. With eleven career triumphs, Austin will be looking to earn his first win of the season this Saturday night.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. The owner/driver of the #44 WC Friend Company / Trench Shoring DRC raced to a seventh place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the former National Non-Wing Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, and nine top-10 finishes on the season. “The Cadillac” has three career wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the season.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, California) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Racing the family owned #21 Bender Pool & Spa / GAS Chassis entry, Bender finished nineteenth at the Perris “Howard Classic.” At press time, last season’s USAC Western States Midget Rookie of the Year has six heat race victories, one In Memory of Jim & Chet Gardner Hard Charger Award, and ten top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday night, A.J. will be looking to claim the first USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Grant Sexton (Lakeside, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors and ranks eighth in the point standings. The driver of the family owned #22 Sexton Fire Protection / East County Electric Works Triple X is followed by James Turnbull II (Indio, California), Jake Andreotti (Castro Valley, California), Tom Dunkel (Menifee, California), Brody Fuson (Bakersfield, California), Dawson Faria (Tipton, California), and Jim Vanzant (Prescott, Arizona).

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Logan Calderwood, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Verne Sweeney, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Brent Owens, “The Gunslinger” Austin Grabowski, Eddie Tafoya Jr., Andrew Sweeney, Chris Bonneau, Richard McCormick, Braden Chiaramonte, Mark Henry, and more.

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

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

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

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Brody Roa, 3-Tommy Malcolm, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell.

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA 1-LAP TRACK RECORD: Cody Williams – 13.923 (04/01/23)

MOHAVE VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Chase Johnson.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Brody Roa-1064, 2-Tommy Malcolm-922, 3-Austin Williams-816, 4-Cody Williams-779, 5-A.J. Bender-749, 6-Logan Calderwood-663, 7-Charles Davis Jr.-571, 8-Grant Sexton-544, 9-Verne Sweeney-461, 10-R.J. Johnson-377.

2023 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
January 27: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
January 28: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
March 3: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 4: Central Arizona Raceway – Casa Grande, AZ (RAIN)
March 18: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Justin Grant)
March 24: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (RAIN)
March 25: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (RAIN)
April 1: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Chase Johnson)
April 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Matt Mitchell)
April 22: Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 29: The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 6: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 20: Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
May 27: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
June 10: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
June 24: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 15: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
August 19: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (RAIN)
September 23: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Tommy Malcolm)
October 14: Mohave Valley Raceway – Mohave Valley, AZ
November 3: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 4: Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 11: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (30 Laps)
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TBA = To Be Announced.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THE FINALE:

SEAVEY & SWANSON DECIDE

USAC SILVER CROWN TITLE ON SATURDAY AT IRP

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (October 11, 2023)………This is it. This is the one. This is the finale.

The stage is set for this Saturday’s USAC Silver Crown National Championship season closer on the .686-mile paved oval of Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Ind. on October 14 during Howard Companies Championship Saturday.

A championship is on the line between Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson. Seavey’s bid for a first career USAC Silver Crown championship comes down to the wire for the third year in a row. Meanwhile, Swanson’s goal of an unprecedented eighth career USAC Silver Crown title, and third in a row, is on the line.

Some nerves are wracked but confident. Some nerves are calm but sleep leading into race day may not come as easy as it once did.

Who will thrive and who will shine? This season goes to 11 and race number 11 of the 2023 campaign will answer all our lingering questions.

For now, all we can do is speculate, pontificate and await. Here’s six storylines leading into the 2023 USAC Silver Crown championship finale on Saturday at IRP.


SEAVEY VS. SWANSON – ROUND THREE

Just 16 points separate Logan Seavey and Kody Swanson heading into the final bout of the USAC Silver Crown championship season this Saturday at IRP. Regardless of what Swanson accomplishes throughout the day, if Seavey finishes fourth or better in the main event, the title is his.

A maximum of 76 points are up for grabs with three points apiece available for the fastest qualifier and the driver leading the most laps. The feature winner takes 70.

It’s the third consecutive season the championship race has come down to the fellow Californians on the pavement. Entering 2021’s finale, Swanson held a one-point lead over Seavey. Swanson proceeded to win while Seavey finished 10th with Swanson claiming the title by 34 markers.

At the 2022 closer, Seavey entered with a one-point lead, but was plagued by mechanical issues that caused his ride to drop out with a broken oil pump belt while running third. Swanson’s fourth place result coupled with Seavey’s 20th gave Swanson a 41-point edge in the final tally.


TAKING OWNERSHIP OF THE TITLE

Not only is the driver championship up for grabs, so too are each driver’s respective teams. Seavey’s Rice Motorsports team captured the USAC Silver Crown entrant title in 2021 and finished as the runner-up with Seavey in 2022. Once again, this pairing is on top entering Saturday’s finale.

This year, the team has a bit of a different makeup than usual. Abacus Racing, who Seavey currently drives for in USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship competition, partnered with Rice Motorsports on the Silver Crown side this year. Abacus is seeking its first USAC National entrant championship and could double up with multiple championships alongside Seavey in 2023.

Doran Racing will attempt to defend its Silver Crown entrant championship from a year ago as Doran-Dyson Racing. The Doran team also found a new partner for 2023 in Dan Binks to form the Doran-Binks Racing outfit.

For Binks, it’s his first attempt at Silver Crown glory after previously serving as the crew chief for Corvette Racing’s factory sports car team throughout a nearly two decade span. Under Binks’ direction, the team won the 24 Hours of Le Mans six times and numerous IMSA championships. Doran, meanwhile, has won the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway as a crew chief, a team member, a team manager, a car owner and even as a car manufacturer.


THE IRP STRANGLEHOLD IS MAKING HISTORY

Three names synonymous with success at IRP over much of the past two decades are, without a doubt, Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson and Bobby Santos. All three could also find themselves at the top of the IRP USAC record book on Saturday.

Kody Swanson and Tanner Swanson share many distinctions throughout their USAC Silver Crown careers. Among the brothers’ claims to fame are their share of the all-time lead in Silver Crown race victories at IRP with seven apiece.

Tanner evened the score on this weekend a year ago, passing Kody with 36 laps to go to grab the victory. Furthermore, the two Swansons also hold the top-two spots in terms of Silver Crown poles at IRP with Kody at eight and Tanner at seven.

Santos (Franklin, Mass.) owns 15 victories under the USAC banner at IRP, and with a 16th on Saturday, would become the all-time winningest driver with the series at IRP, a spot he’s currently tied for with Tracy Hines.

Santos’ sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory came at IRP this past spring, and a seventh on Saturday would tie him for the all-time lead on the list.


GAMESTER BACK TO #1 ALL-TIME

In the grand ol’ 53-year history of USAC Silver Crown competition, no driver owns more career series starts than Russ Gamester and Brian Tyler.

After Saturday’s race at IRP, that distinction could involve just Gamester (Peru, Ind.) who is primed to take over the lead in the category as he prepares to make his 213th career series start since making his series debut in 1989.

Saturday would also mark his 30th career IRP Silver Crown start dating back to 1991, making him the first driver to reach that mark at the west side Indy oval. Among the 1989 USAC National Midget champion’s six career USAC Silver Crown wins is a daytime victory on a Sunday afternoon at IRP in 2000.


LAST CHANCE TO DANCE IN ‘23

For many outside the title fight, Saturday’s IRP 100-lapper presents one final opportunity to make a lasting mark on the 2023 season.

Several consistent frontrunners have yet to win on the trail this year, but you can fully expect them to be in contention when the time comes to get down to business this weekend.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) stands fourth in points and owns a pair of runner-up results this year, including on the pavement of Ohio’s Toledo Speedway and on the dirt at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois. In fact, Leary finished second at IRP on this weekend in 2022.

Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) has taken it to a whole new level on the Silver Crown circuit in 2023, already grabbing four top-five finishes (all on the pavement) as he searches for his first career series triumph. This year alone, he can count a pair of third-place results at Winchester and Toledo, plus a fourth at IRP and a 5th at WWT.

In three career IRP Silver Crown starts, Mario Clouser (Auburn, Ill.) hasn’t finished outside the top-nine. His best result of the 2023 season came on the pavement at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway with a fourth.

Taylor Ferns (Shelby Township, Mich.) earned a career-best finish of third at IRP in 2022. Her best result of the 2023 campaign also came at IRP when she garnered a fifth in May.

Kaylee Bryson (Muskogee, Okla.) looks to cement her status as the series’ Rookie of the Year as she aims to best her top season finishes of 6th at Toledo, 7th at Winchester and 7th at WWT Raceway. Fellow Rookie Trey Burke (Alvin, Texas) will aim to finish a solid first series season inside the top-10 of the standings with a nice run on Saturday at IRP following a recent sixth place result at WWT.


DOUBLE & TRIPLE-DIPPERS AT IRP

Saturday will be a madhouse with three divisions all competing in full programs at IRP – USAC Silver Crown, the 500 Sprint Car tour and the Browns Oil Service Champion Midget Twin 25s.

Not only will the pits be spilling over with cars, it’ll be bustling with drivers pulling double and even triple duty as they constantly jump from one car to another throughout the day.

Four drivers will be competing in on all three divisions on Saturday: Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos and Kyle O’Gara, all of whom already find themselves in the win column at IRP.

Meanwhile, 11 more drivers in the Silver Crown lineup will be in the seat of at least one other car at IRP. The list includes Trey Burke (Sprint), Nathan Byrd (Midget), Mario Clouser (Midget), Dakoda Armstrong (Sprint), Taylor Ferns (Sprint), Bryan Gossel (Sprint), Justin Grant (Midget), Tom Paterson (Sprint), Kyle Robbins (Sprint), Logan Seavey (Midget) and Travis Welpott (Sprint).


RACE DETAILS

Championship Saturday features the USAC Silver Crown National Championship, the 500 Sprint Car Tour and Pavement Midgets.

Spectator gates open at noon eastern, followed by 500 Sprint Car Tour Practice at 12:30, Pavement Midget Practice at 12:55, USAC Silver Crown Practice at 1:20, 500 Sprint Car Tour Practice at 1:50, Pavement Midget Practice at 2:15, USAC Silver Crown Practice at 2:40, 500 Sprint Car Tour Qualifying at 3:10, Pavement Midget Qualifying at 3:40, USAC Silver Crown Qualifying at 4:10, Opening Ceremonies at 4:45, 500 Sprint Car Tour Feature at 5:05, Pavement Midget Feature at 6:05 and the USAC Silver Crown Feature at 7:05. Times are subject to change. All times are eastern.

Advance tickets are on sale now at www.raceIRP.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on race day.

Saturday’s event will be aired live on FloRacing at https://flosports.link/40w7aPg.


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SATURDAY’S IRP USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST:

02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)

06 BRYAN GOSSEL/Fort Collins, CO (Bryan Gossel)

08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Charles, MO (Gordon Steffens)

2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)

5 (R) DAKODA ARMSTRONG/New Castle, IN (C & A Motorsports)

6 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Klatt Enterprises)

7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)

11 (R) TREY BURKE/Alvin, TX (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

14 (R) TANNER BERRYHILL/Bixby, OK (Davey Hamilton Racing-SRG)

18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)

19 DAVEY HAMILTON JR./Boise, ID (Legacy Autosport)

22 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Rice Motorsports-Abacus Racing)

26 (R) KAYLEE BRYSON/Muskogee, OK (Sam Pierce Racing)

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)

32 (R) GREGG CORY/Shelbyville, IN (Williams Racing)

51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)

60 NATHAN BYRD/Goodyear, AZ (Robert Wilson Racing)

67 KYLE O’GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFHR Development)

77 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Doran-Binks Racing)

81 (R) TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (BCR Group)

91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)

92 MARIO CLOUSER/Auburn, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)

94 MIKE McVETTA/Grafton, OH (Ram Engineering)

98 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)

111 TOM PATERSON/Argos, IN (Tom Paterson)

131 DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)

555 TAYLOR FERNS/Shelby Township, MI (Taylor Ferns Racing)

(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


USAC SILVER CROWN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-621, 2-Kody Swanson-605, 3-Justin Grant-497, 4-C.J. Leary-404, 5-Mario Clouser-395, 6-Kaylee Bryson-395, 7-Taylor Ferns-389, 8-Matt Westfall-382, 9-Bobby Santos-315, 10-Trey Burke-307.


TRACK RECORDS FOR USAC SILVER CROWN AT INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK:

1 Lap - 5/20/2000 - Jason Leffler - 20.298 - 121.667 mph

10 Laps - 8/2/2001 - Derek Davidson - 3:35.06 - 104.789 mph

15 Laps - 5/22/2003 - Chet Fillip - 5:16.38 - 117.087 mph

20 Laps - 8/2/1995 - Eric Gordon - 7:14.71 - 113.621 mph

25 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jim Childers - 9:51.91 - 104.306 mph

100 Laps - 5/12/2001 - Mike Bliss - 35:41.40 - 115.326 mph

146 Laps - 5/26/2023 - Bobby Santos - 1:13:52.03 - 81.354 mph

150 Laps - 7/11/1987 - Jeff Bloom - 1:02:32.109 - 98.728 mph

USAC SILVER CROWN WINS AT IRP:

7-Kody Swanson & Tanner Swanson

6-Bobby Santos

5-Mike Bliss

3-Bobby East

2-Kenny Irwin Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader

1-Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley


USAC SILVER CROWN WINNERS AT IRP:

1985: Rick Hood (7/13)

1986: Ken Schrader (7/13)

1987: Jeff Bloom (7/11)

1988: Bruce Field (7/9)

1989: Bob Cicconi (7/8) & Ken Schrader (7/8)

1990: George Snider (6/30)

1991: Johnny Parsons (6/29)

1992: Jim Keeker (6/27)

1993: Mike Bliss (6/26)

1994: Mike Bliss (8/4)

1995: Jim Keeker (8/2)

1996: Mike Bliss (5/18) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/31)

1997: Pat Abold (5/17) & Kenny Irwin Jr. (7/30)

1998: Tony Stewart (5/16) & Jason Leffler (7/29)

1999: Ryan Newman (5/22) & Dave Steele (8/4)

2000: Jason Leffler (5/20) & Russ Gamester (8/6)

2001: Mike Bliss (5/12) & Kasey Kahne (8/2)

2002: Mike Bliss (8/1)

2003: J.J. Yeley (5/22) & Jason McCord (7/31)

2004: Jay Drake (8/5)

2005: Bobby East (8/4)

2006: Brian Tyler (8/3)

2007: Bobby East (7/26)

2008: Bobby East (7/24)

2009: Bobby Santos (7/23)

2010: Tracy Hines (7/22)

2011: Kody Swanson (7/28)

2012: Bobby Santos (5/19) & Bobby Santos (7/26)

2013: Tanner Swanson (7/27)

2014: Tanner Swanson (5/17) & David Byrne (7/24)

2015: Tanner Swanson (5/23) & Tanner Swanson (7/23)

2016: Tanner Swanson (5/27) & Kody Swanson (7/21)

2017: Kody Swanson (5/26) & Bobby Santos (7/20)

2018: Kody Swanson (5/25)

2019: Kyle Hamilton (5/24) & Kody Swanson (9/7)

2020: Tanner Swanson (8/21)

2021: Kody Swanson (5/29) & Kody Swanson (8/14)

2022: Bobby Santos (5/27) & Tanner Swanson (10/22)

2023: Bobby Santos (5/26)

USAC SILVER CROWN RESULTS AT INDIANAPOLIS RACEWAY PARK:

JULY 13, 1985 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Rick Hood (5), 2. Ken Schrader (2), 3. Dave Blaney (4), 4. Larry Rice (21), 5. Gary Bettenhausen (13), 6. Joe Saldana (18), 7. Bruce Field (6), 8. John Andretti (12), 9. Rich Vogler (1), 10. Sheldon Kinser (3), 11. John Batts Jr. (24), 12. Jac Haudenschild (16), 13. Tom Bigelow (7), 14. Jerry Nemire (10), 15. Kramer Williamson (22), 16. Ken Hamilton (8), 17. Billy Engelhart (11), 18. Mark Alderson (23), 19. George Snider (9), 20. Gary Irvin (15), 21. Steve Chassey (17), 22. Doug Saunier (20), 23. Danny Milburn (19), 24. Johnny Parsons (14). 1:07:16.06

JULY 13, 1986 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ken Schrader (2), 2. Steve Butler (15), 3. Rick Hood (9), 4. Dave Blaney (7), 5. Billy Engelhart (3), 6. Jack Hewitt (21), 7. George Snider (5), 8. Gary Bettenhausen (1), 9. Warren Mockler (16), 10. Bob Frey (12), 11. Tom Bigelow (10), 12. Larry Dickson (13), 13. Jeff Bloom (20), 14. Manny Rockhold (23), 15. Greg Staab (19), 16. Steve Chassey (18), 17. Duke Cook (17), 18. Taylor Andrews (24), 19. Larry Rice (4), 20. Nick Fornoro Jr. (11), 21. Bruce Field (6), 22. Gary Irvin (8), 23. Johnny Parsons (22), 24. Mark Alderson (14). 1:03:15.05

JULY 11, 1987 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jeff Bloom (3), 2. Jack Hewitt (17), 3. Steve Butler (2), 4. Rick Hood (16), 5. Jeff Swindell (14), 6. Bruce Field (12), 7. Steve Chassey (13), 8. Warren Mockler (19), 9. Mark Alderson (7), 10. Tony Elliott (26), 11. Kenny Jacobs (9), 12. Duke Cook/Ken Schrader (18), 13. Larry Rice (21), 14. Jim Childers (15), 15. Terry Kawell (24), 16. Manny Rockhold (20), 17. Gary Bettenhausen (11), 18. Bob Frey (8), 19. Bob Cicconi (6), 20. Rich Vogler (1), 21. Andy Hillenburg (10), 22. Ron Dunstan (23), 23. Kelly Kinser (22), 24. Mike Bliss (25), 25. Ken Schrader (4), 26. Dave Blaney (5). 1:02:32.109

JULY 9, 1988 FEATURE: (150 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bruce Field (6), 2. Steve Butler (17), 3. Bob Frey (16), 4. George Snider (15), 5. Steve Chassey (9), 6. Tray House (14), 7. Billy Vukovich III (3), 8. Gene Lee Gibson (1), 9. Jack Hewitt (19), 10. Jerry Russell (23), 11. Larry Rice (10), 12. Jim Keeker (21), 13. Kenny Jacobs (11), 14. Palmer Crowell (5), 15. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 16. Andy Hillenburg (8), 17. Ray Joe Fager (25), 18. Mark Alderson (13), 19. Ken Schrader (7), 20. Johnny Parsons (2), 21. Gary Irvin (18), 22. Gary Hieber (22), 23. Tony Elliott (24), 24. Bob Cicconi (20), 25. Rich Vogler (26), 26. Jeff Bloom (12). NT

JULY 8, 1989 FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Bob Cicconi (6), 2. Ken Schrader (2), 3. Bruce Field (9), 4. Gary Bettenhausen (12), 5. Mark Alderson (4), 6. Johnny Parsons (13), 7. Bob Frey (3), 8. Larry Rice (14), 9. Rusty Rasmussen (8), 10. Walt Kennedy (23), 11. George Snider (19), 12. Andy Hillenburg (15), 13. Tony Elliott (10), 14. Tom Bigelow (21), 15. Wayne Hammond (11), 16. Warren Mockler (22), 17. Gene Lee Gibson (20), 18. Gary Hieber (17), 19. Steve Butler (5), 20. Manny Rockhold (7), 21. Jim Mahoney (16), 22. Steve Chassey (18), 23. Rich Vogler (1), 24. Jeff Bloom (24). NT

JULY 8, 1989 FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Ken Schrader (2), 2. Gary Bettenhausen (4), 3. Bob Cicconi (1), 4. Andy Hillenburg (12), 5. Bruce Field (3), 6. Wayne Hammond (15), 7. Mark Alderson (5), 8. Rusty Rasmussen (9), 9. Johnny Parsons (6), 10. Jeff Bloom (20), 11. George Snider (11), 12. Larry Rice (8), 13. Warren Mockler (16), 14. Tom Bigelow (14), 15. Rick Tomasik (24), 16. Gary Hieber (18), 17. Danny Milburn (21), 18. Tony Elliott (13), 19. Mike Thomas (23), 20. Lyn McIntosh (22), 21. Bob Frey (7), 22. Gene Lee Gibson (17), 23. Walt Kennedy (10), 24. Jim Mahoney (19). NT

JUNE 30, 1990 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. George Snider (16), 2. Ken Schrader (11), 3. Eric Gordon (2), 4. Bob Frey (10), 5. Brent Kaeding (3), 6. Jeff Gordon (6), 7. Jack Hewitt (15), 8. Davey Hamilton (9), 9. Wally Pankratz (7), 10. Andy Hillenburg (17), 11. Bob Cicconi (5), 12. Warren Mockler (1), 13. Chuck Gurney (13), 14. Roy Caruthers (14), 15. Rusty McClure (23), 16. Wayne Hammond (12), 17. Jimmy Sills (18), 18. Steve Butler (19), 19. Tray House (20), 20. Gary Hieber (21), 21. Rich Vogler (8), 22. Stan Fox (4), 23. Tony Elliott (22), 24. Bentley Warren (25), 25. Manny Rockhold (24). NT

JUNE 29, 1991 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Johnny Parsons (1), 2. Eric Gordon (6), 3. Jim Keeker (15), 4. Steve Butler (16), 5. Wally Pankratz (5), 6. Russ Gamester (8), 7. Chuck Gurney (9), 8. Steve Chassey (11), 9. Larry Dickson (14), 10. Tony Elliott (21), 11. Tray House (20), 12. Gary Hieber (18), 13. Andy Hillenburg (13), 14. Mike Fedorcak (22), 15. Greg Staab (19), 16. Jerry Nemire (23), 17. Gene Lee Gibson (10), 18. Jeff Gordon (3), 19. Brad Marvel (24), 20. Robbie Stanley (12), 21. Stan Fox (4), 22. Bob Cicconi (17), 23. Jimmy Sills (2), 24. George Snider (7). 42:09.55

JUNE 27, 1992 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jim Keeker (1), 2. Johnny Parsons (2), 3. Jimmy Sills (7), 4. Mike Bliss (4), 5. Jim Mahoney (11), 6. Tony Stewart (5), 7. Steve Butler (8), 8. Stevie Reeves (17), 9. Chip Thomas (9), 10. Russ Gamester (6), 11. Eric Gordon (13), 12. Joe Gaerte (10), 13. Wally Pankratz (3), 14. Tony Elliott (20), 15. Larry Dickson (23), 16. Tray House (22), 17. Greg Staab (24), 18. Cary Faas (18), 19. Page Jones (14), 20. Jack Hewitt (15), 21. Tyce Carlson (16), 22. Mike Fedorcak (19), 23. Davey Hamilton (12), 24. Warren Mockler (21). NT

JUNE 26, 1993 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (3), 2. Johnny Parsons (2), 3. George Snider (4), 4. Stevie Reeves (9), 5. Eric Gordon (16), 6. Ron Shuman (14), 7. Jim Keeker (11), 8. Steve Butler (6), 9. Tony Elliott (10), 10. Jim Mahoney (8), 11. Gary Hieber (12), 12. Bob Cicconi (21), 13. Ronnie Burke (19), 14. Bob Frey (20), 15. Greg Staab (18), 16. Wally Pankratz (5), 17. Bill Baue (24), 18. Jimmy Sills (1), 19. Tray House (22), 20. Larry Dickson (13), 21. Tyce Carlson (15), 22. Chip Thomas (17), 23. Tony Stewart (7), 24. Gary Cameron II (23). NT

AUGUST 4, 1994 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (4), 2. P.J. Jones (1), 3. Johnny Parsons (3), 4. Kenny Irwin Jr. (8), 5. Jimmy Sills (12), 6. Tony Elliott (6), 7. Ron Shuman (15), 8. George Snider (20), 9. Randy Tolsma (14), 10. Chuck Gurney (17), 11. Jack Runyon (19), 12. Wally Pankratz (13), 13. Kenneth Nichols (24), 14. Rocky Hodges (23), 15. Bentley Warren (10), 16. Jack Hewitt (21), 17. Chuck Leary (16), 18. Rusty McClure (11), 19. Andy Michner (2), 20. Gary Hieber (18), 21. Page Jones (5), 22. Eric Gordon (7), 23. Russ Gamester (9), 24. Dave Steele (22). NT

AUGUST 2, 1995 FEATURE: (60 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jim Keeker (1), 2. Tony Stewart (2), 3. Kenny Irwin Jr. (11), 4. Mike Bliss (3), 5. Davey Hamilton (12), 6. Dave Darland (7), 7. Eric Gordon (5), 8. Dave Steele (13), 9. Johnny Parsons (9), 10. Dan Drinan (15), 11. Bentley Warren (22), 12. Jack Runyon (14), 13. Lee Brewer Jr. (24), 14. Gary Hieber (17), 15. Jimmy Sills (8), 16. Jack Hewitt (4), 17. Chuck Gurney (6), 18. Tyce Carlson (20), 19. Randy Tolsma (18), 20. Jimmy Kite (23), 21. Kevin Doty (19), 22. Andy Michner (16), 23. Chuck Leary (21), 24. Rocky Hodges (10). NT

MAY 18, 1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (7), 2. Kenny Irwin Jr. (4), 3. Dave Blaney (2), 4. Kevin Doty (5), 5. Dave Steele (3), 6. Jim Keeker (6), 7. Johnny Parsons (17), 8. Chuck Gurney (8), 9. Chet Fillip (22), 10. Dave Darland (24), 11. Jack Hewitt (9), 12. Russ Gamester (13), 13. Wally Pankratz (14), 14. Chip Thomas (27), 15. Jimmy Sills (29), 16. Sammy Swindell (11), 17. Ryan Newman (12), 18. Pat Abold (16), 19. Robby Flock (1), 20. Tony Elliott (26), 21. Jim Mahoney (19), 22. Frankie Kerr (10), 23. Jackie Burke (23), 24. Chuck Leary (15), 25. John Heydenreich (20), 26. Bill Baue (21), 27. Kenneth Nichols (25), 28. Bill Rose (30), 29. Eric Gordon (18), 30. Bentley Warren (28). NT

JULY 31, 1996 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr. (1), 2. Jimmy Sills (2), 3. Mike Bliss (11), 4. Robby Flock (8), 5. Eric Gordon (24), 6. Davey Hamilton (7), 7. Jack Hewitt (14), 8. Dave Darland (15), 9. Andy Michner (13), 10. Pat Abold (10), 11. Donnie Beechler (23), 12. Paul Durant (27), 13. Kenneth Nichols (29), 14. Steve Barth (12), 15. Chuck Gurney (20), 16. Randy Tolsma (21), 17. Gary Hieber (30), 18. Rocky Hodges (5), 19. Tracy Hines (19), 20. Tony Stewart (3), 21. Ryan Newman (9), 22. Dan Drinan (6), 23. Jackie Burke (18), 24. Bill Baue (28), 25. Gary Irvin (17), 26. Brian Tyler (22), 27. Dave Steele (4), 28. Tony Elliott (26), 29. Jim Keeker (16), 30. Bill Rose (25). NT

MAY 17, 1997 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Pat Abold (4), 2. Jimmy Kite (8), 3. Jack Hewitt (6), 4. Donnie Beechler (28), 5. Jim Keeker (1), 6. Davey Hamilton (2), 7. Kenny Irwin Jr. (7), 8. Chuck Leary (9), 9. Andy Michner (11), 10. Russ Gamester (16), 11. Chuck Gurney (13), 12. Bentley Warren (12), 13. Brian Tyler (23), 14. Eric Gordon (29), 15. Dave Darland (27), 16. Ronnie Burke (26), 17. Rocky Hodges (19), 18. Joe Gosek (30), 19. Cory Kruseman (18), 20. Bill Baue (25), 21. Todd Thomas (20), 22. Tracy Hines (17), 23. Ryan Newman (14), 24. Robby Flock (15), 25. Jimmy Sills (5), 26. Kevin Thomas (10), 27. Brian Gerster (3), 28. Jason McCord (24), 29. Jay Drake (22), 30. Dave Steele (21). NT

JULY 30, 1997 FEATURE: (100 Laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kenny Irwin Jr. (28), 2. Mike Bliss (12), 3. Dan Drinan (13), 4. Pat Abold (9), 5. Bentley Warren (26), 6. Chet Fillip (8), 7. Tracy Hines (19), 8. Jimmy Kite (5), 9. Jim Keeker (15), 10. Jeff Mitrisin (30), 11. Jason McCord (23), 12. Joe Gosek (29), 13. Jason Leffler (21), 14. Dave Darland (14), 15. Andy Michner (27), 16. Russ Gamester (1), 17. Robby Flock (18), 18. Ryan Newman (11), 19. Davey Hamilton (10), 20. Jack Hewitt (3), 21. Donnie Beechler (22), 22. J.J. Yeley (20), 23. Tony Stewart (2), 24. Jay Drake (4), 25. Brian Gerster (6), 26. Doug Kalitta (24), 27. Ronnie Burke (25), 28. John Heydenreich (16), 29. Paul Durant (7), 30. Chuck Leary (17). NT

MAY 16, 1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tony Stewart (2), 2. Pat Abold (5), 3. Dave Steele (13), 4. Russ Gamester (3), 5. Jason Leffler (1), 6. Doug Didero (7), 7. Tracy Hines (21), 8. Brian Tyler (19), 9. Chet Fillip (11), 10. Jimmy Sills (6), 11. Ryan Newman (26), 12. Bentley Warren (18), 13. Gary Hieber (25), 14. Kevin Thomas (15), 15. J.J. Yeley (27), 16. Ronnie Day (22), 17. John Heydenreich (20), 18. Eric Gordon (16), 19. Jason McCord (10), 20. Mike Brooks (12), 21. Lou Cicconi Jr. (28), 22. Dave Darland (14), 23. Donnie Beechler (4), 24. Troy Regier (30), 25. Jay Drake (9), 26. Todd Kane (23), 27. Chuck Leary (8), 28. Ken Hamilton (24), 29. Bill Rose (29), 30. Robby Flock (17). 44:57.26

JULY 29, 1998 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason Leffler (1), 2. Dave Steele (2), 3. Russ Gamester (3), 4. Ryan Newman (4), 5. Tony Stewart (21), 6. Brian Tyler (6), 7. Robby Flock (11), 8. Jack Hewitt (9), 9. Eric Gordon (16), 10. Dan Drinan (12), 11. Dave Darland (18), 12. Pat Abold (15), 13. Tracy Hines (22), 14. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (14), 15. Donnie Beechler (17), 16. Bentley Warren (23), 17. Jimmy Sills (10), 18. Gary Hieber (20), 19. Brad Armstrong (27), 20. John Heydenreich (7), 21. Chet Fillip (19), 22. Mike Brooks (24), 23. Mike Bliss (5), 24. Derek Davidson (26), 25. Doug Didero (25), 26. Bill Baue (29), 27. Brian Gerster (13), 28. Lou Cicconi Jr. (30), 29. Dave Blaney (8), 30. Johnny Parsons (28). NT

MAY 22, 1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Ryan Newman (1), 2. Tracy Hines (5), 3. Brian Tyler (14), 4. Russ Gamester (7), 5. Pat Abold (9), 6. Robby Flock (20), 7. Jason McCord (16), 8. Tony Elliott (8), 9. Doug Didero (4), 10. Derek Davidson (12), 11. Chet Fillip (17), 12. Jack Hewitt (21), 13. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (25), 14. Bentley Warren (18), 15. J.J. Yeley (29), 16. Gary Hieber (2), 17. Kipp Beard (15), 18. Ken Hamilton (19), 19. Jimmy McCune (22), 20. Dane Carter (23), 21. Mike Ordway (26), 22. Bill Tyler (28), 23. Tim Cox (30), 24. Jay Drake (11), 25. Brad Noffsinger (10), 26. Jason Leffler (#2) (13), 27. Paul White (27), 28. Dave Darland (3), 29. Jimmy Sills (6), 30. Bill Baue (24). NT

AUGUST 4, 1999 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Dave Steele (4), 2. Kenny Irwin Jr. (2), 3. Chuck Leary (1), 4. Ryan Newman (3), 5. Russ Gamester (7), 6. Jack Hewitt (8), 7. Gary Hieber (12), 8. Jason Leffler (5), 9. Tracy Hines (11), 10. Jay Drake (9), 11. Mike Bliss (21), 12. Bentley Warren (24), 13. Dave Darland (13), 14. Brian Paulus (26), 15. Rebel Jackson Jr. (10), 16. Eric Gordon (25), 17. Chet Fillip (19), 18. Jason McCord (23), 19. J.J. Yeley (16), 20. Brad Noffsinger (6), 21. Jimmy Sills (17), 22. Rick Treadway (28), 23. Rich Tobias Jr. (29), 24. Brian Gerster (30), 25. Tony Elliott (18), 26. Tom Capie (20), 27. Brian Tyler (14), 28. Jimmy McCune (22), 29. Dane Carter (27), 30. Paul White (15). 41:00.18

MAY 20, 2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason Leffler (1), 2. Ryan Newman (10), 3. Jimmy McCune (3), 4. Kasey Kahne (27), 5. Brian Tyler (13), 6. Brian Paulus (14), 7. Dave Darland (24), 8. Russ Gamester (16), 9. Tony Elliott (19), 10. Jack Hewitt (26), 11. Dave Steele (2), 12. John Heydenreich (4), 13. Pat Abold (29), 14. Paul White (17), 15. Jimmy Sills (20), 16. Jay Drake (21), 17. Bobby McMahan (22), 18. Brad Noffsinger (18), 19. Billy Whittaker (6), 20. Eric Gordon (23), 21. J.J. Yeley (15), 22. Gary Hieber (7), 23. Ed Carpenter (8), 24. Todd Kane (28), 25. Jason McCord (5), 26. Chet Fillip (9), 27. Tracy Hines (11), 28. Bud Kaeding (12), 29. A.J. Fike (25), 30. Bentley Warren (30). NT

AUGUST 6, 2000 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Russ Gamester (5), 2. J.J. Yeley (1), 3. Chet Fillip (10), 4. Dave Steele (12), 5. John Heydenreich (13), 6. Jason McCord (8), 7. Jason Leffler (4), 8. Brad Noffsinger (7), 9. Tony Stewart (2), 10. Jimmy McCune (24), 11. Brian Tyler (20), 12. Dave Darland (23), 13. Kasey Kahne (9), 14. Ed Carpenter (26), 15. Eric Gordon (27), 16. Tracy Hines (16), 17. A.J. Fike (17), 18. Pat Abold (21), 19. Derek Davidson (25), 20. Jack Hewitt (11), 21. Ryan Newman (3), 22. Bud Kaeding (6), 23. Rich Tobias Jr. (28), 24. Dane Carter (22), 25. Gary Hieber (15), 26. Brian Paulus (18), 27. Bill Rose (19), 28. Tony Elliott (30), 29. Chuck Leary (29), 30. Paul White (14). 39:07.17

MAY 12, 2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (5), 2. Russ Gamester (6), 3. Tracy Hines (1), 4. Derek Davidson (12), 5. Paul White (2), 6. Ed Carpenter (19), 7. Jason McCord (20), 8. Kasey Kahne (3), 9. Dave Darland (8), 10. Chet Fillip (7), 11. J.J. Yeley (9), 12. Jay Drake (10), 13. Brian Tyler (21), 14. Dane Carter (4), 15. Brad Noffsinger (15), 16. John Heydenreich (17), 17. Bud Kaeding (13), 18. Tony Elliott (23), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (27), 20. Gary Hieber (18), 21. Michael Lewis (25), 22. Bobby McMahan (30), 23. Jimmy McCune (28), 24. Eric Gordon (22), 25. Dave Steele (11), 26. Brian Paulus (16), 27. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (24), 28. Carl Edwards (26), 29. Tyler Walker (14), 30. Rich Tobias Jr. (29) 35:41.40

AUGUST 2, 2001 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kasey Kahne (9), 2. Brian Tyler (1), 3. Brad Noffsinger (3), 4. J.J. Yeley (7), 5. Michael Lewis (5), 6. Tracy Hines (8), 7. Paul White (6), 8. P.J. Jones (15), 9. Tyler Walker (2), 10. Russ Gamester (4), 11. Bud Kaeding (11), 12. Jason McCord (10), 13. Dave Steele (17), 14. Derek Davidson (22), 15. Jonathan Vennard (30), 16. Tony Elliott (28), 17. Ed Carpenter (20), 18. Aaron Fike (19), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (14), 20. Carl Edwards (24), 21. Cory Kruseman (13), 22. Billy Puterbaugh Jr. (25), 23. Tom Capie (29), 24. John Heydenreich (21), 25. Jay Drake (18), 26. Rich Tobias Jr. (26), 27. Mike Bliss (23), 28. Tony Stewart (16), 29. Dave Darland (#135) (27). (Dane Carter car disqualified for failing to pass post-race technical inspection) (12). 38:33.06

AUGUST 1, 2002 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Mike Bliss (1), 2. Russ Gamester (3), 3. Jason Leffler (6), 4. J.J. Yeley (2), 5. Tracy Hines (8), 6. Carl Edwards (16), 7. Dave Steele (12), 8. John Heydenreich (20), 9. Brian Tyler (7), 10. Tony Stewart (22), 11. Aaron Pollock (9), 12. Ed Carpenter (18), 13. Tyler Walker (25), 14. Dave Darland (14), 15. Derek Davidson (11), 16. Tony Elliott (31), 17. Paul White (19), 18. Teddy Beach (27), 19. Jimmy Kite (30), 20. P.J. Jones (15), 21. Aaron Fike (5), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (29), 23. Brad Noffsinger (17), 24. David Gough (28), 25. Jason McCord (24), 26. Jonathan Vennard (13), 27. Chet Fillip (4), 28. Jay Drake (26), 29. Kasey Kahne (21), 30. Rich Tobias Jr. (23), 31. Bobby East (10). 44:55.65

MAY 22, 2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. J.J. Yeley (4), 2. Dave Steele (1), 3. Brian Tyler (11), 4. Dave Darland (19), 5. Tracy Hines (6), 6. Chet Fillip (21), 7. A.J. Fike (18), 8. John Starks (10), 9. Tyler Walker (2), 10. Michael Lewis (20), 11. Jason McCord (22), 12. Russ Gamester (7), 13. Bobby East (9), 14. Jay Drake (13), 15. Teddy Beach (26), 16. Paul White (25), 17. Dane Carter (30), 18. Matt Westfall (23), 19. Donny Schatz (16), 20. Ron Gregory (5), 21. Ed Carpenter (15), 22. Aaron Pierce (8), 23. John Heydenreich (31), 24. Levi Jones (27), 25. Brad Noffsinger (28), 26. Lance Kobusch (14), 27. Bentley Warren (29), 28. Jason Leffler (3), 29. Jimmy McCune (17), 30. Aaron Fike (24), 31. Bud Kaeding (12). NT

JULY 31, 2003 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McCord (15), 2. J.J. Yeley (1), 3. Carl Edwards (4), 4. Dave Darland (12), 5. Dave Steele (2), 6. Bobby East (3), 7. Tony Elliott (18), 8. Paul White (7), 9. Dane Carter (24), 10. Brad Noffsinger (13), 11. Jimmy McCune (17), 12. Jonathan Vennard (30), 13. David Bridges (27), 14. John Starks (16), 15. Rich Tobias Jr. (25), 16. Aaron Pierce (28), 17. Tyler Walker (14), 18. Ron Gregory (10), 19. Jason Leffler (8), 20. John Heydenreich (19), 21. Eric Butze (11), 22. Jimmy Kite (23), 23. Levi Jones (29), 24. Kasey Kahne (26), 25. Tracy Hines (6), 26. Brian Tyler (5), 27. Mike Bliss (9), 28. Michael Lewis (22), 29. Aaron Fike (20), 30. Chet Fillip (21), 31. Eric Gordon (31). NT

AUGUST 5, 2004 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jay Drake (1), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. Jason McCord (10), 4. Eric Gordon (21), 5. Dave Blaney (7), 6. Chet Fillip (26), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (12), 8. Bobby Santos (13), 9. Bobby East (11), 10. Aaron Pierce (19), 11. Dave Steele (22), 12. Bud Kaeding (3), 13. Dane Carter (4), 14. Russ Gamester (14), 15. Ron Gregory (25), 16. Aaron Fike (29), 17. P.J. Jones (18), 18. Boston Reid (15), 19. Paul White (5), 20. John Heydenreich (30), 21. Brian Tyler (17), 22. Tony Elliott (28), 23. Jeff Gardner (23), 24. Jimmy Kite (20), 25. Mike Bliss (2), 26. Tracy Hines (27), 27. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (8), 28. Tyler Walker (9), 29. Michael Lewis (16), 30. Aaron Pollock (24). 44:35.25

AUGUST 4, 2005 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (4), 2. Jason Leffler (1), 3. Josh Wise (5), 4. Jason McCord (22), 5. Tracy Hines (9), 6. Eric Gordon (21), 7. Chet Fillip (16), 8. Jimmy Kite (24), 9. Michael Lewis (23), 10. Dave Steele (8), 11. Ryan Durst (14), 12. Stevie Reeves (27), 13. Ron Gregory (12), 14. Tim Barber (17), 15. Todd Beach (25), 16. John Heydenreich (32), 17. Brian Tyler (29), 18. Dave Darland (10), 19. Kasey Kahne (3), 20. Teddy Beach (15), 21. Carl Edwards (13), 22. Jerry Coons Jr. (18), 23. Marc Jessup (6), 24. Tyler Walker (7), 25. Paul White (19), 26. Jay Drake (2), 27. Kyle Nicholas (28), 28. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (11), 29. Brad Armstrong (30), 30. Kevin Swindell (26), 31. Mike Bliss (20), 32. Russ Gamester (31). 40:07.731

AUGUST 3, 2006 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brian Tyler (3), 2. Carl Edwards (5), 3. Dave Steele (4), 4. Aaron Pierce (7), 5. Bryn Gohn (12), 6. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (10), 7. Thiago Medeiros (9), 8. Josh Wise (1), 9. Mat Neely (8), 10. Jay Drake (6), 11. Bud Kaeding (2), 12. Bobby Santos (13), 13. Tim Barber (11), 14. Rodney Weesner (14). 42:43.281

JULY 26, 2007 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (2), 2. Pablo Donoso (7), 3. Tim Barber (5), 4. Cameron Dodson (3), 5. Mike Murgoitio (9), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (11), 7. Bud Kaeding (12), 8. Jason Leffler (1), 9. Brian Tyler (15), 10. Billy Wease (10), 11. A.J. Fike (4), 12. Mat Neely (8), 13. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (16), 14. Aaron Pierce (6), 15. Marc Jessup (14), 16. Paul White (17), 17. Brad Armstrong (18), 18. P.J. Jones (13). 47:41.509

JULY 24, 2008 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby East (2), 2. Ryan Newman (3), 3. Chet Fillip (4), 4. Dave Darland (17), 5. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 6. Aaron Pierce (11), 7. Levi Jones (6), 8. A.J. Fike (13), 9. Wayne Reutimann Jr. (12), 10. Mike Murgoitio (8), 11. Brian Tyler (14), 12. Eric Gordon (5), 13. Jacob Wilson (20), 14. Shane Hmiel (1), 15. Tracy Hines (7), 16. Steve Arpin (21), 17. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (24), 18. Michael Annett (25), 19. Brad Armstrong (22), 20. Ryan Smith (19), 21. Zach Schiff (16), 22. Mario Marietta (15), 23. Shane Hollingsworth (18), 24. Tom Capie (26), 25. Cameron Dodson (23), 26. Shane Cottle (10). 42:46.92

JULY 23, 2009 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (2), 2. Bobby East (3), 3. Bud Kaeding (4), 4. Chet Fillip (1), 5. Tyler Walker (10), 6. Kody Swanson (19), 7. Eric Gordon (6), 8. Ryan Newman (9), 9. Cameron Dodson (20), 10. Tracy Hines (12), 11. Josh Wise (21), 12. Dakoda Armstrong (5), 13. Mike Lichty (11), 14. Davey Hamilton (23), 15. Mario Marietta (16), 16. Levi Jones (14), 17. A.J. Fike (15), 18. Jerry Coons Jr. (8), 19. Jacob Wilson (7), 20. Brian Tyler (18), 21. Aaron Pierce (27), 22. Zach Daum (25), 23. Shane Hmiel (17), 24. Ryan Smith (28), 25. Brad Armstrong (26), 26. Tony Hunt (22), 27. Russ Gamester (13), 28. Dave Darland (24), 29. Patrick Bruns (29), 30. Rodney Weesner (30). 37:41.05

JULY 22, 2010 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tracy Hines (3), 2. Levi Jones (7), 3. Jacob Wilson (8), 4. Brad Sweet (1), 5. Bobby East (10), 6. Bobby Santos (13), 7. Bud Kaeding (11), 8. Shane Hmiel (16), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (9), 10. Troy DeCaire (30), 11. Bryan Clauson (14), 12. Brian Tyler (17), 13. Eric Gordon (15), 14. Mario Marietta (20), 15. A.J. Fike (5), 16. Justin Carver (24), 17. Aaron Pierce (22), 18. Shane Hollingsworth (25), 19. Mike Larrison (23), 20. Tanner Swanson (6), 21. Coleman Gulick (28), 22. Derek Hagar (27), 23. Kody Swanson (4), 24. Ryan Newman (2), 25. Mike Lichty (26), 26. Russ Gamester (19), 27. Zach Daum (12), 28. Jason Leffler (18), 29. Zach Martini (29), 30. Tyler Walker (21). NT

JULY 28, 2011 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (6), 2. Tracy Hines (1), 3. Tanner Swanson (5), 4. Levi Jones (4), 5. Bobby Santos (19), 6. Bryan Clauson (12), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 8. Ryan Newman (8), 9. Bobby East (3), 10. Eric Gordon (9), 11. Brian Tyler (11), 12. Aaron Pierce (18), 13. Bud Kaeding (17), 14. Josh Wise (14), 15. Jacob Wilson (15), 16. A.J. Fike (13), 17. Russ Gamester (16), 18. Dave Steele (22), 19. Kyle Larson (10), 20. Zach Daum (21), 21. Jimmy Kite (28), 22. Todd Kane (29), 23. Mike Larrison (24), 24. David Byrne (20), 25. Derek Hagar (27), 26. John Heydenreich (26), 27. Jason Leffler (2), 28. Ryan Smith (23), 29. Brian Gerster (25). NT

MAY 19, 2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (3), 2. Kody Swanson (1), 3. Bud Kaeding (2), 4. Tanner Swanson (4), 5. Jacob Wilson (5), 6. Tracy Hines (11), 7. Eric Gordon (14), 8. Levi Jones (7), 9. A.J. Fike (8), 10. Russ Gamester (19), 11. Bobby East (6), 12. Kyle Hamilton (12), 13. Zach Daum (15), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. (10), 15. Jimmy Kite (17), 16. Doug Berryman (16), 17. David Byrne (13), 18. Brian Tyler (9), 19. Donnie Beechler (18). 47:57.38

JULY 26, 2012 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Kody Swanson (4), 3. Bobby East (11), 4. Kyle Larson (3), 5. Tanner Swanson (2), 6. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 7. Eric Gordon (7), 8. Russ Gamester (9), 9. Levi Jones (14), 10. Bud Kaeding (16), 11. Jacob Wilson (12), 12. Kyle Hamilton (10), 13. Brian Tyler (8), 14. A.J. Fike (15), 15. Taylor Ferns (13), 16. Tracy Hines (5), 17. Aaron Pierce (17), 18. Jimmy Kite (18). 36:48.05

JULY 27, 2013 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (1), 3. David Byrne (6), 4. Chris Windom (3), 5. Tracy Hines (5), 6. Jacob Wilson (8), 7. Bobby East (11), 8. Aaron Pierce (13), 9. Brian Tyler (15), 10. Taylor Ferns (9), 11. Russ Gamester (12), 12. Frank D’Alonso (17), 13. Randy Bateman (16), 14. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 15. Jarett Andretti (14), 16. Bobby Santos (7), 17. Shane Hollingsworth (10). NT

MAY 17, 2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (1), 2. Kody Swanson (18), 3. David Byrne (3), 4. Tracy Hines (2), 5. Bobby Santos (5), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Kyle O’Gara (9), 8. Jacob Wilson (4), 9. Bobby East (12), 10. A.J. Fike (11), 11. Taylor Ferns (6), 12. Cale Thomas (14), 13. Christopher Bell (17), 14. Jarett Andretti (10), 15. John Hunt (16), 16. Caleb Armstrong (7), 17. Shane Cockrum (13), 18. Davey Ray (15), 19. Dave Darland (19). NT

JULY 24, 2014 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. David Byrne (4), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kody Swanson (5), 4. Ryan Newman (2), 5. Bobby Santos (3), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Jacob Wilson (9), 8. Bobby East (10), 9. Jarett Andretti (14), 10. Ken Schrader (12), 11. Davey Hamilton Jr. (18), 12. Chris Phillips (20), 13. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 14. Davey Ray (22), 15. Patrick Lawson (24), 16. Kyle O’Gara (13), 17. Caleb Armstrong (11), 18. Cale Thomas (16), 19. Tracy Hines (6), 20. C.J. Leary (15), 21. Ryan Litt (17), 22. John Heydenreich (19), 23. A.J. Fike (21), 24. Jarid Blondel (23). NT

MAY 23, 2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (1), 2. Kody Swanson (5), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 5. Aaron Pierce (8), 6. A.J. Fike (2), 7. Tracy Hines (3), 8. David Byrne (10), 9. C.J. Leary (9), 10. Austin Nemire (12), 11. Jarett Andretti (11), 12. Rex Norris III (13), 13. Jacob Wilson (6), 14. Dave Baumgartner (14), 15. Patrick Lawson (15), 16. Davey Ray (18), 17. Tad Roach (16), 18. Jimmy Parsons (17). 40:23.16

JULY 23, 2015 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (3), 3. Ryan Newman (2), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Aaron Pierce (1), 7. David Byrne (7), 8. Jerry Coons Jr. (6), 9. A.J. Fike (10), 10. Austin Nemire (11), 11. Rex Norris III (13), 12. Joe Axsom (14), 13. Jarett Andretti (15), 14. Tim Barber (16), 15. Patrick Lawson (18), 16. C.J. Leary (12), 17. Jacob Wilson (8), 18. Jimmy McCune (17), 19. Tad Roach (19). 37:25.11

MAY 27, 2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (4), 2. Kody Swanson (2), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. Robert Stout (5), 5. Aaron Pierce (6), 6. Justin Grant (12), 7. David Byrne (9), 8. Joe Axsom (11), 9. Shane Cockrum (16), 10. Joe Liguori (10), 11. Austin Nemire (13), 12. Casey Shuman (14), 13. Shane Cottle (15), 14. Jacob Wilson (8), 15. Bobby Santos (1), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 17. Patrick Lawson (17). 51:38.838

JULY 21, 2016 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tanner Swanson (4), 3. Jerry Coons Jr. (3), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Chris Windom (6), 6. Ryan Newman (2), 7. Justin Grant (9), 8. Jacob Wilson (8), 9. Joe Axsom (10), 10. Joe Liguori (11), 11. Casey Shuman (15), 12. Austin Nemire (12), 13. Kevin Studley (17), 14. David Byrne (7), 15. Patrick Lawson (16), 16. Shane Cottle (13), 17. Shane Cockrum (14). 45:52.428

MAY 26, 2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (3), 3. Tanner Swanson (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Aaron Pierce (9), 6. David Byrne (7), 7. Kevin Studley (15), 8. A.J. Russell (11), 9. Jerry Coons Jr. (5), 10. Patrick Lawson (17), 11. Toni Breidinger (13), 12. Joss Moffatt (14), 13. Troy Thompson (20), 14. Justin Grant (4), 15. Davey Hamilton Jr. (8), 16. Bill Rose (18), 17. Joe Liguori (16), 18. Joe Axsom (10), 19. J.C. Bland (19), 20. Cody Gerhardt (12). 47:17.986

JULY 20, 2017 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (3), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Aaron Pierce (4), 4. Kody Swanson (2), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 8. David Byrne (8), 9. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 10. Annie Breidinger (18), 11. Kevin Studley (13), 12. Tyler Courtney (17), 13. Joss Moffatt (16), 14. Matt Goodnight (21), 15. Patrick Lawson (14), 16. Joe Liguori (20), 17. Joe Axsom (11), 18. Ryan Newman (6), 19. Bill Rose (15), 20. Damion Gardner (9), 21. Shane Cottle (19). 47:34.181

MAY 25, 2018 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tanner Swanson (22), 3. Aaron Pierce (6), 4. Bobby Santos (2), 5. Chris Windom (4), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. David Byrne (3), 8. Jim Anderson (8), 9. Eric Gordon (9), 10. Kyle Hamilton (21), 11. Travis Welpott (17), 12. Patrick Lawson (16), 13. Cody Gerhardt (14), 14. Dave Darland (13), 15. Kyle Robbins (11), 16. Toni Breidinger (15), 17. Matt Goodnight (12), 18. Bill Rose (18), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (7), 20. Derek Bischak (20), 21. Austin Blair (10), 22. Mike Haggenbottom (19). 40:54.232

MAY 24, 2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Hamilton (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (17), 3. Bobby Santos (4), 4. Justin Grant (3), 5. Eric Gordon (16), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. Brian Gerster (9), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (10), 9. Austin Nemire (12), 10. Cody Gallogly (8), 11. Kyle Robbins (11), 12. John Heydenreich (15), 13. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 14. Chris Windom (5), 15. Derek Bischak (7), 16. Kody Swanson (1), 17. Matt Goodnight (13). NT

SEPTEMBER 7, 2019 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kyle Hamilton (6), 4. Jim Anderson (10), 5. James Davison (9), 6. David Byrne (5), 7. Bobby Santos (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (20), 11. Joe Liguori (12), 12. Patrick Lawson (18), 13. Annie Breidinger (22), 14. Austin Nemire (14), 15. Matt Goodnight (15), 16. Eric Gordon (8), 17. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 18. John Heydenreich (21), 19. Ryan Newman (7), 20. Cameron Dodson (17), 21. Derek Bischak (23), 22. Cody Gallogly (16), 23. Brian Gerster (13), 24. Dave Berkheimer (24). 50:56.46

AUGUST 21, 2020 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (2), 2. Aaron Pierce (7), 3. Kyle Hamilton (4), 4. Bobby Santos (5), 5. Justin Grant (3), 6. Eric Gordon (6), 7. Patrick Lawson (21), 8. Russ Gamester (8), 9. Chris Windom (10), 10. Kody Swanson (1), 11. Shane Cottle (13), 12. Austin Nemire (14), 13. Matt Goodnight (15), 14. Travis Welpott (18), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (20), 16. Toni Breidinger (17), 17. Kyle Robbins (19), 18. Derek Bischak (11), 19. Kyle O’Gara (12), 20. John Heydenreich (9), 21. Bryan Gossel (22), 22. Jim Anderson (16), 23. Dave Berkheimer (24), 24. Brent Yarnal (23). 50:44.343

MAY 29, 2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. David Byrne (3), 4. Justin Grant (4), 5. Taylor Ferns (8), 6. Jim Anderson (5), 7. Logan Seavey (12), 8. Shane Cottle (6), 9. Patrick Lawson (17), 10. Austin Nemire (13), 11. Kyle Robbins (10), 12. Kyle O'Gara (14), 13. Bryan Gossel (16), 14. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 15. Eric Gordon (11), 16. Matt Goodnight (15), 17. Annie Breidinger (18), 18. Jake Day (21), 19. Tanner Swanson (23), 20. Travis Welpott (9), 21. Nathan Byrd (7), 22. Dave Berkheimer (22), 23. Brent Yarnal (20). NT

AUGUST 14, 2021 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Tyler Roahrig (7), 3. Bobby Santos (3), 4. Tanner Swanson (2), 5. David Byrne (6), 6. Kyle O'Gara (11), 7. Austin Nemire (16), 8. Logan Seavey (9), 9. Russ Gamester (10), 10. Travis Welpott (13), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (23), 12. Annie Breidinger (22), 13. Aaron Pierce (12), 14. Eric Gordon (14), 15. Nathan Byrd (18), 16. Bryan Gossel (24), 17. Derek Bischak (4), 18. Justin Grant (8), 19. Jake Day (25), 20. Ryan Newman (5), 21. Kyle Robbins (20), 22. Shane Cottle (15), 23. Joe Liguori (19), 24. Taylor Ferns (17), 25. Patrick Lawson (21), 26. Dave Berkheimer (26). 57:28.825

MAY 27, 2022 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Kody Swanson (3), 3. Taylor Ferns (10), 4. C.J. Leary (6), 5. Logan Seavey (8), 6. Brian Tyler (13), 7. Mario Clouser (24), 8. Davey Hamilton Jr. (22), 9. Eric Gordon (21), 10. Gregg Cory (18), 11. Kyle O’Gara (11), 12. Nathan Byrd (14), 13. Justin Grant (12), 14. Bryan Gossel (20), 15. Nick Hamilton (5), 16. Tanner Swanson (7), 17. Travis Welpott (25), 18. Ryan Newman (2), 19. Russ Gamester (9), 20. Kyle Robbins (16), 21. Austin Nemire (15), 22. Mike McVetta (19), 23. Patrick Lawson (17), 24. Derek Bischak (4), 25. Dave Berkheimer (23). 50:50.044

OCTOBER 22, 2022 FEATURE: (100 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Swanson (2), 2. C.J. Leary (10), 3. Tyler Roahrig (9), 4. Kody Swanson (1), 5. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 6. Justin Grant (6), 7. Bobby Santos (4), 8. Nathan Byrd (8), 9. Mario Clouser (7), 10. Nick Hamilton (5), 11. Brian Tyler (13), 12. Travis Welpott (19), 13. Gregg Cory (17), 14. Kyle Robbins (16), 15. Jake Day (20), 16. Bryan Gossel (15), 17. Mike McVetta (14), 18. Russ Gamester (11), 19. Kaylee Bryson (18), 20. Logan Seavey (3), 21. Dave Berkheimer (21). 40:52.622

MAY 26, 2023 FEATURE: (146 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Bobby Santos (1), 2. Logan Seavey (15), 3. Tyler Roahrig (10), 4. Derek Bischak (6), 5. Taylor Ferns (13), 6. Nathan Byrd (8), 7. Tanner Swanson (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Mario Clouser (18), 10. Mike McVetta (20), 11. Bryan Gossel (27), 12. Jerry Coons Jr. (23), 13. Casey Buckman (19), 14. Wayne Johnson (24), 15. Kaylee Bryson (30), 16. Travis Welpott (26), 17. Gregg Cory (28), 18. Russ Gamester (9), 19. Kody Swanson (2), 20. Kyle Steffens (22), 21. Trey Burke (21), 22. Patrick Lawson (11), 23. Matt Westfall (25), 24. C.J. Leary (5), 25. Kyle O'Gara (16), 26. Brent Yarnal (29), 27. Dave Berkheimer (32), 28. Emerson Axsom (7), 29. Billy Wease (14), 30. Kyle Robbins (17), 31. Davey Hamilton Jr. (12), 32. Tom Paterson (31). 1:13:52.03 (New Track Record)

 

 

ANDREOTTI POWERS TO $3,000 KERN COUNTY WIN;
FUSON CLAIMS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET TITLE

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 9, 2023… Starting fourth, Jake Andreotti of Castro Valley, California led all 30-laps to claim Saturday’s $3,000 “George Snider Classic” victory at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park. Returning from the Midwest to pilot Pete Davis’ #00 Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters / Buchannan Automotive entry, Andreotti earned the fourth USAC Western States Midget triumph of his career. Newly crowned champion Brody Fuson, fast qualifier and new track record holder Cade Lewis, Chase Johnson, and Braden Chiaramonte followed Andreotti to the checkered flags.

Andreotti opened his night by qualifying second overall and was one of six drivers to qualify under his track record that was set at the last KCRP visit in April. Jake would go on to win his 10-lap heat race sponsored by Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters and finished fourteenth in points while running a limited schedule.

Bakersfield, California’s Cade Lewis established the new track record with a time of 14.199 seconds at the 1/3-mile clay oval. Driving Dean “Kiwi” Alexander’s #5K Wireless 101 / Mobil 1 Spike, Lewis’s time earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season. Cade would later place third in his heat race, score third in the main event, and finish second in the point standings.

Brody Fuson of Bakersfield, California was the first driver to break Andreotti’s track record from April before settling into third on the Woodland time charts. Racing Rusty Carlile’s #51 Race Pa Motorsports / Van Meter Motorsports Spike, Fuson won the 10-lap Jordan Hanni Well Drilling Heat Race and ran second to Andreotti in the main event. Once the Jason Vance checkered flags flew, Fuson has clinched the USAC Western States Midget Series Championship for 2023.

Starting fourteenth, newcomer Brandt Twitty of Bakersfield, California earned the night’s Ebbco Offroad Hard Charger Award after finishing eighth in the 30-lap “Sammy Bahr Feature.” Piloting the family owned #56 entry, Twitty did break Andreotti’s old track record but was found to be too light at the scales. Brandt placed seventh in his heat race and placed thirty-third in the point chase after his first night of racing with the series.

Madera, California’s Marvin Mitchell claimed the night’s Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” after placing thirteenth in the main event. Driving his #78 TRC Transmission Elite, the longtime veteran qualified fourteenth overall and placed seventh in his heat race. Marvin closed out his season ranked thirteenth in points after a limited schedule.

With his eleventh place finish in the main event, Ben Covich of Auckland, New Zealand earned Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC Western States Midget Series. The owner/driver of the #65 Dean “Kiwi” Alexander / Matt Streeter Racing backed Spike was thirteenth fast in time trials and ran eighth in his heat race.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks Allstate Boring, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Ebbco Offroad, Esslinger Engineering, Extreme Mufflers, Finishline Promotions, FloRacing, Graunstadt Enterprises, High Tech Performance, Hoosier Racing Tires, Hot Head Competition Engine Heaters, Jordan Hanni Well Drilling, JT Engineering, M&M Racing Photos, Mitchell Vranjes Engineering, P1 Racing Images, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, SCRAFAN.COM, Sidewaze Designs, Steve Lafond, Tear-Off Heaven Fotos, Tel Tac Digital Tachometers, T-Zone Promotions, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Wireless 101, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES: October 7, 2023 – The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway Park - Bakersfield, California – “George Snider Classic” & “Championship Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY FAST QUALIFIER: 1. Cade Lewis, 5K, Alexander-14.199 (New Track Record); 2. Jake Andreotti, 00, Davis-14.304; 3. Brody Fuson, 51, Carlile-14.385; 4. Braden Chiaramonte, 14J, Graunstadt-14.564; 5. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.628; 6. Ben Worth, 5V, Alexander-14.639; 7. T.J. Smith, 32, Sarale-14.639; 8. Chase Johnson, 73, Ford-14.735; 9. Keoni Texeira, 50, Texeira-14.916; 10. Samuel May, 55, Lambert-15.000; 11. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols/Peckfelder-15.386; 12. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-16.065; 13. Ben Covich, 65, Covich-16.261: 14. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.702; 15. Brandt Twitty, 56, Twitty-NT.

JORDAN HANNI WELL DRILLING FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fuson, 2. Smith, 3. Lewis, 4. Sarna, 5. Texeira, 6. Nichols, 7. Twitty, 8. Covich. NT.

HOT HEAD COMPETITION ENGINE HEATERS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Andreotti, 2. Chiaramonte, 3. Worth, 4. Johnson, 5. May, 6. Hazelton, 7. Mitchell. NT

SAMMY BAHR FEATURE: (30 laps, With Starting Positions) 1. Jake Andreotti (4), 2. Brody Fuson (3), 3. Cade Lewis (5), 4. Chase Johnson (7), 5. Braden Chiaramonte (2), 6. T.J. Smith (6), 7. C.J. Sarna (1), 8. Brandt Twitty (14), 9. Ben Worth (15), 10. Terry Nichols (10), 11. Ben Covich (12), 12. Ron Hazleton (11), 13. Marvin Mitchell (13), 14. Keoni Texeira (8), 15. Samuel May (9). NT.
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Andreotti.
EBBCO OFFROAD HARD CHARGER: Brant Twitty (14th to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13: Marvin Mitchell

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Brody Fuson-831, 2-Cade Lewis-790, 3-C.J. Sarna-558, 4-Ben Worth-532, 5-Ron Hazelton-528, 6-Ben Covich-410, 7-Caden Sarale-404, 8-Randi Pankratz-403, 9-Samuel May-384, 10-T.J. Smith-341.

FINAL WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER POINTS: 1-Brody Fuson-58, 2-Cade Lewis-38, 3-Caden Sarale-17, 4-Jake Andreotti-14, 5-Ben Worth-13, --C.J. Sarna-13, 7-David Gasper-11, --T.J. Smith-11, 9-Robby Josett-8, --Brandon Wiley-8.

FINAL SAMMY BAHR FEATURE POINTS: 1-Brody Fuson-700, 2-Cade Lewis-680, 3-C.J. Sarna-502, 4-Ron Hazelton-490, 5-Ben Worth-465, 6-Ben Covich-390, 7-Randi Pankratz-362, 8-Caden Sarale-351, 10-T.J. Smith-296.

FINAL PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Cade Lewis-35, 2-Brody Fuson-32, 3-Ron Hazelton-25, 4-Ben Covich-20, 5-C.J. Sarna-12, 6-Marvin Mitchell-11, 7-David Gasper-10, 8-Samuel May-9, --Jake Andreotti-9, --Ben Worth-9.

 

 

MASTERMIND:

LEARY LANDS 2023

BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER TITLE

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 8, 2023)………C.J. Leary has won a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, an Indiana Sprint Week title and an Eastern Storm crown in his career.

In 2023, the Greenfield, Ind. driver added another highlight to his impressive reel by capturing the second annual Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster Championship Presented By Spire Sports + Entertainment.

Leary earned $10,000 for his efforts in the 10-race miniseries and an extra $2,500 for his BGE Dougherty Motorsports team based out of Evansville, Ind. He finished off the championship with a sixth-place result on Saturday night at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

In the end, Leary won the Bubby Jones title by a 10-point margin over runner-up Emerson Axsom who carried the series lead into the Lawrenceburg finale by five markers. Axsom (Franklin, Ind.) had led the standings for the past five events since mid-July.

For Leary, it’s another feather in his cap as he also will receive a custom trophy provided by Potter Metal Art and a year-end acknowledgement at USAC’s Night of Champions in December for his accomplishment in winning the series named in honor of the 1998 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee, nicknamed Ol’ Bub.

“It’s something we set out to do at the beginning of the year,” Leary stated. “Bubby was a badass, so it’s cool to win this in his honor. It’s super special and the Bubby Jones deal ranks right up there (in my career). It’s 10 races all across the country and it’s definitely an honor.”

In 10 Bubby Jones series starts, Leary piloted his Altoz – Hornbeck Concrete - Highsmith Guns - Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts/DRC/1-Way Chevy to a pair of wins, including the opener at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in May as well as the Indiana Sprint Week round at Kokomo Speedway in July.

On the journey, Leary also notched a second in the series debut at Arkansas’ Texarkana 67 Speedway, a 4th at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway, a 5th at Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track, a 6th at both Indiana’s Bloomington Speedway and Lawrenceburg, plus an eighth at Pennsylvania’s Williams Grove Speedway and a 10th at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway.

Only one aberration disrupted Leary’s flow – a flat tire at Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway, which dropped him down to a 17th place result and lowered him to fourth in the points, 37 out of the lead, leading Leary to believe that a Bubby Jones title run might be out of the question.

“I felt like we may not be able to get it done,” Leary admitted. “We blew a tire at Port Royal and ended up running 17th. I felt like that really hindered our shot with it only being a 10-race series. But we were able to rebound pretty well, ran good and won some races, and that’s what it’s all about.”

While Leary took two victories in the 10-race victories, five more drivers also earned their share of glory in the series. In fact, four drivers won on multiple occasions.

Emerson Axsom won twice on June 16 at Williams Grove and July 28 at Bloomington. Brady Bacon, the 2022 Bubby Jones Master of Goin’ Faster champion, scored two triumphs on May 23 at Terre Haute and on September 16 at Tri-State. Justin Grant took two on June 17 at Port Royal and on October 7 at Lawrenceburg.

Grabbing one victory apiece, meanwhile, were Jake Swanson on June 3 at Knoxville and Matt Westfall on September 9 at Texarkana 67.

Spire Sports + Entertainment served as the presenting sponsor of the series. SS+E has been involved in numerous race promotion and marketing efforts for tracks and events on the USAC schedule in recent years. Founded in 2010, Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) has blossomed into a multi-tiered entity. Since then, SS+E has become a subsidiary of parent organization Spire Holdings, which includes a a diverse sports portfolio, including Spire Motorsports, SS+E, ECHL hockey teams the Rapid City (S.D.) Rush and the Greenville (S.C.) Swamp Rabbits and short track promotions company Track Enterprises.


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BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER CHAMPIONS

2022: Brady Bacon

2023: C.J. Leary


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2023 BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER WINNERS

May 6: Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

May 23: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jun 3: Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

WINNER: Jake Swanson (Team AZ Racing #21AZ)

Jun 16: Williams Grove Speedway - Mechanicsburg, PA

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Jun 17: Port Royal Speedway - Port Royal, PA

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 22: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

WINNER: C.J. Leary (BGE Dougherty Motorsports #15x)

Jul 28: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

WINNER: Emerson Axsom (Clauson Marshall Newman Racing #47BC)

Sep 9: Texarkana 67 Speedway – Texarkana, AR

WINNER: Matt Westfall (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

Sep 16: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN

WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Oct 7: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)


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2023 FINAL BUBBY JONES MASTER OF GOIN’ FASTER POINT STANDINGS

1. 636-C.J. Leary

2. 626-Emerson Axsom

3. 595-Brady Bacon

4. 595-Mitchel Moles

5. 578-Jake Swanson

6. 568-Justin Grant

7. 540-Kyle Cummins

8. 523-Chase Stockon

9. 486-Daison Pursley

10. 472-Robert Ballou

11. 425-Logan Seavey

12. 408-Matt Westfall

13. 406-Carson Garrett

14. 358-Kevin Thomas Jr.

15. 293-Briggs Danner

16. 257-Max Adams

17. 215-Charles Davis Jr.

18. 186-Jadon Rogers

19. 131-Shane Cottle

20. 129-Brandon Mattox

21. 114-Justin Zimmerman

22. 106-Thomas Meseraull

23. 104-Eddie Tafoya Jr.

24. 95-Geoff Ensign

25. 88-Matt Mitchell

26. 80-Mario Clouser

27. 73-Steven Drevicki

28. 71-Timmy Buckwalter

29. 68-Brent Beauchamp & Alex Bright

31. 66-Joey Amantea

32. 64-Dustin Beck & Dalton Stevens

34. 59-Sterling Cling & Chase Johnson

36. 55-J.J. Hughes & Zack Pretorius

38. 52-Kendall Ruble

39. 50-Hunter Maddox

40. 48-Cody Gardner & Riley Kreisel

42. 47-Wesley Smith

43. 46-Nick Bilbee & Paul White

45. 45-Tim Creech & Stevie Sussex

47. 43-Dallas Hewitt & Brady Short

49. 42-Ivan Glotzbach & Brody Roa

51. 38-Kyle Jones & Kody Swanson

53. 36-Saban Bibent, Braxton Cummings & Preston Lattomus

56. 34-Logan Calderwood & Travis Thompson

58. 33-J.J. Yeley

59. 32-Garrett Abrams & Jack Hoyer

61. 31-Chance Crum & Adyn Schmidt

63. 30-Jason Howell

64. 28-Scotty Weir

65. 27-Andy Bradley

66. 24-Ed Aikin, Trey Osborne & Keith Sheffer II

69. 23-Nathan Carle, Stephen Schnapf & Carson Short

72. 20-Ryan Barr, Troy Carey, Jason Cherry, Aric Gentry, Rylan Gray, Tom Harris, Jack James, Travis Millar & Kevin Newton

81. 10-Dave Axton, A.J. Bender, Cole Bodine, Donny Brackett, Wyatt Burks, Isaac Chapple, Brayden Clark, Colten Cottle, Dave Darland, Michael Daugherty, Bryan Debrick, Xavier Doney, Don Droud Jr., Gary Floyd, Parker Frederickson, Matt Goodnight, Brian Hayden, Anton Hernandez, Tyler Hewitt, Raymond Holden, Allen Howard Jr., Chase Howard, Jonathan Hughes, Dustin Ingle, Johnny Ivers, Tyler Kendall, Larry Kingseed Jr., Jordan Kinser, Tyler Miller, Joss Moffatt, Kyle Moody, Christian Moore, Evan Mosley, Devan Myers, Chase Parson, Jeff Pritchett, Kayla Roell, Brian Ruhlman, Bryar Schroeter, Sam Scott, Kobe Simpson, Alec Sipes, Doug Sylvester, Vinny Ward, Noah Whitehouse, Tayte Williamson & Ben Woods

 

 

USAC LEGEND DAVE DARLAND ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 6, 2023)………Dave Darland, one of seven USAC Triple Crown champions and the winningest driver in USAC National Sprint Car history, announced his retirement via a Facebook post on Friday night.

Darland achieved his USAC Triple Crown club status by winning the USAC Silver Crown title in 1997, the National Sprint Car crown in 1999 and back-to-back National Midget driving championships in 2001-02. Only Darland, Pancho Carter, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Jerry Coons Jr., Tracy Hines and Chris Windom belong to that exclusive club.

The first of Darland’s record 62 career USAC National Sprint Car victories came in May of 1993 during the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for car owner Brent Earlywine. In fact, his total of 115 USAC feature victories (nationally and regionally) ranks fifth all-time, and also includes 30 National Midget triumphs and 14 with the Silver Crown series.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., recorded a total of 1,334 USAC National starts, which ranks first in series history, including 797 in the USAC Sprint Cars, 336 in the Midgets and 201 Silver Crown. His first USAC start came on September 29, 1986, with the National Sprint Cars in the 4-Crown Nationals at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. His most recent start came at his home track of Kokomo Speedway in August of 2023.

The 2017 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee has raced everywhere and won nearly everything in his long and storied career. He’s won on pavement and dirt, won from coast-to-coast, and titles upon titles, and was one of the most popular drivers to ever compete on the USAC trail, affectionately earning the nickname, “The People’s Champ.”

“Forty-two years of sprint car racing (52 years of being behind the wheel of a race car), that's a long time,” Darland stated. “One-hundred-plus races per year for many years, thousands and thousands of miles traveled, records set and records broken. Fans who became friends and family, great car owners to fulfill the need of racing and awesome sponsors who made it happen.”

Darland announced that the Friday, October 13, Kokomo Klash at Kokomo Speedway would be the last race of his career. But now, the 57-year-old has decided it’s time to step away from the cockpit for good.

“Now is the time for my family and my five grandkids; my time,” Darland explained. “I’m retiring and (there’s) no looking back. The memories have been made and I've fulfilled my dreams and plans.”

Darland initially gained fame locally on the Indiana sprint car scene, driving his father Bob Darland’s famed yellow number 36D. His first sprint car victory came at Kokomo when he defeated the legendary Bob Kinser. Several track championships came his way in the ensuing years, including four at Kokomo in 1987-91-93-94 and at Lincoln Park Speedway in 1990-91.

He truly broke onto the national scene with a Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown victory in 1995 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds for car owner Galen Fox, then became a hired gun, winning the 1999 USAC National Sprint Car title for the Hoffman family’s Dynamics, Inc. team and the 2001-02 USAC National Midget points championships for car owner Steve Lewis, three of the most famed car owners and teams to ever compete in the sport.

All these years later, Darland has solidified his position as one of the all-time greats in USAC racing, a status he will retain for eternity.

“Who would have thought that a straggly kid from Lincoln, Indiana would have come this far?” Darland pondered. “Thank you to every person who stood beside me, with me and against me. You made me the person that I am, the career that I've had, and for that, I am forever grateful. Thank you for being the best fans, friends and family.”

 

 

$20 GRAND GRANT!

JG POCKETS A USAC SPRINT CAR PAYDAY

AT LAWRENCEBURG’S FALL NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (October 7, 2023)………Justin Grant has characterized Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway as sort of a second home to him throughout his racing career.

He’s won numerous races at the 3/8-mile dirt oval, including the first feature victory of his USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship career in 2012, but none have been more lucrative than the $20,000 payday he pocketed on Saturday night during the 16th running of the Fall Nationals.

Just as he did that night more than a decade ago, the Ione, Calif. native capped the evening with a hat shake, saluting the fans while holding his helmet out of the top of the roll cage during his ceremonial victory lap.

On a night in which he became the 10th driver to achieve 400 career USAC National Sprint Car feature starts, Grant raced away to the most dominant score of the 2023 season, lapping all but the top-seven finishers in a a 6.756 second shellacking behind the wheel of his TOPP Mo