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WINDOM, BACON, THORSON NATIONAL CHAMPS FETED FRIDAY; WESTERN CHAMPS CELEBRATE JANUARY 28 IN LAS VEGAS

USAC's 61st "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 9, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2016 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. won the USAC Silver Crown Championship while Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. captured the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title for the second time. The National Midget Championship went to Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev.

The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 8-10 at the Indiana Convention Center, located just one block south of the banquet facility.

Numerous other performance awards are also part of the ceremonies as well as special recognition awards.

USAC's .25 Midget National Champions will also be featured at the banquet, during a special awards ceremony held prior to the National Awards Dinner, beginning at 3 pm. The .25 champions will also be headlined during the "Night of Champions" celebration later in the evening.

USAC broadcasters Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb will again serve as this year's emcees.

The Indiana Roof Ballroom is located at 140 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2016 accomplishments on January 28, 2017 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. More information regarding that affair will be released soon.

 

 

ENTRIES SURPASS 60
FOR DEC. 17 JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 IN Du QUOIN

Entries continue to pour in for the 2nd Annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin on Saturday, December 17.

Among the entries so far are two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon from Oklahoma; versatile California racer and two-time Chili Bowl winner Cory Kruseman; plus, USAC Sprint Car standout Thomas Meseraull from California; Indiana Sprint Week feature winner Brent Beauchamp and "Ted Horn 100" Silver Crown winner Chris Urish out of Elkhart, Illinois.

A couple of drivers have already filed their intentions to take the wing off and compete on the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval including World of Outlaws regular Joey Saldana from Indiana and 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. from Kansas.

Drivers who've made their names known to a nationwide audience outside of the dirt discipline are entered as well including 2016 ARCA champ Chase Briscoe and two-time American Le Mans Series titlist Chris Dyson.

West coast star Ryan Bernal is entered in a team car to Saldana while midget racing standouts Kyle Schuett of Philo, Illnois - a winner indoors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis a year ago - and Tyler Thomas are set to hit the stage in their self-owned rides.

Even more entries are expected to join the large field at the racy indoor track located adjacent to the "Magic Mile" at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where the annual "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown race is held each Labor Day weekend.

Tickets are now on sale for the "Junior Knepper 55." Discounted advance general admission tickets can be purchased at http://www.usactickets.com/. No reserved seating will be available for the event; only general admission. Adult tickets are $20. Kids age 6-12 are $10. Children age 5 and under get in for FREE! Pit passes are $35.

Gates open at 1pm with hot laps scheduled for 4pm and racing set for 5pm.

Teams and drivers may now file their entries for the event for free online at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2016-knepper-car-entry, but you must use the coupon code "KNEPPER" at checkout. If you do not pre-enter for the event by December 11, 2016, entries are $30 at the track on race day.

If you are unable to make it to the event in person, http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ will be streaming the race LIVE!

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER - Du QUOIN, ILLINOIS - SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016
Gates open at 1pm. Hot laps at 4pm. Racing at 5pm.
**Several more entries are expected to be filed as we get closer to the event.

60 USAC MIDGETS ENTERED AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2016
0 Johnny Murdock/Conroe, TX (Zero Motorsports)
0B Steve Finn/Collinsville, IL (Zero Motorsports)
1 Travis Pence/Stronghurst, IL (Travis Pence)
1T Tony Roney/Herculaneum, MO (Tony Roney)
2 TBA (Zero Motorsports)
3J Jake Griffin/Quincy, IL (Jim Neuman)
3N Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
3s Brian Shirley/Chatham, IL (Jim Neuman)
3w Alex Watson/Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
4 Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Kyle Jones)
5 Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe)
5c Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle)
6 Andy Baugh/Mason City, IL (Zero Motorsports)
7 Gage Walker/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B Cody Beard/St. Anthony, IN (Cody Beard)
7JR J.D. Black/Grain Valley, MO (J.D. Black)
7K Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Kenny & Reva Irwin)
9 Steve Aplin/St. Louis, MO (Bill Allen)
9K Kyle Schuett/Philo, IL (Schuett Racing)
11 Brent Beauchamp/Fairland, IN (B & B Motorsports)
11L Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Ryan Fleming/Xenia, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
13 Brian Reick/Troy, MO (Zero Motorsports)
14I Isaac Schreurs/Sioux Falls, SD (Jody Rosenboom)
14R Jody Rosenboom/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 Cole Fehr/Coatesville, IN (Live Loud Racing)
15m Shane Morgan/Creve Coeur, IL (Shane Morgan)
15x Tim Siner/Dupo, IL (Siner/Cyliax Racing)
16K Chris Dyson/Poughkeepsie, NY (Kruseman Motorsports)
17 Joey Saldana/Brownsburg, IN (Shannon Saldana)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr./Liberal, KS (Wheeler Racing)
21K Cory Kruseman/Ventura, CA (Kruseman Motorsports)
25P Dylan Peterson/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s Alex Schriever/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
29 Joey Moughan/Springfield, IL (Moughan)
29x David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (Ed Hair)
30T Tyler VanToll/Belleville, IL (Tyler VanToll)
35 Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
35T Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
43T Josh Thomas Edinburg, IL (Josh Thomas)
45x Bricen James/Albany, OR (Johnny Herrera Racing)
50 Daniel Adler/St. Louis, MO (Daniel Adler)
51J Ryan Jamison/Mediapolis, IA (Jamison Racing)
56v Matt Veatch/McLeansboro, IL (Mark Chisholm)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
66 Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Amati Racing)
68 Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (Sarah Fisher Racing)
73 Broc Hunnell/Eolia, MO (Broc Hunnell)
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77u Chris Urish/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
86 Danny Meyer/Tuscola, IL (Ebby Bergfield)
87 Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Shannon Saldana)
88 Terry Babb/Harristown, IL (Terry Babb)
88w Chad Wheeler/Muskogee, OK (Wheeler Racing)
91 Tyler Nelson/Kansas City, MO (Harris Racing)
91A Chris Andrews/Sandusky, OH (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91m Chris Majdik/Redding, CA (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
91T Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports)
95 Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 

 

THORSON WEATHERS STORMY START TO CLAIM 2016 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Coming into the 2016 USAC National Midget season, many observers earmarked Tanner Thorson as the odds-on favorite to become the next series champion.

Armed with three years of experience in the series and a ride in the perennially potent Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports ride, it was more than enough to provide credence to the notion that Thorson would be a contender to win each and every night he strapped into the TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota No 67.

However, the season opener indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin was not a performance anyone was expecting. In what would prove to be the toughest night of the year for Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, Thorson was the only one out of the team's five-car stable to transfer to the feature without a provisional, sneaking around Daniel Adler for the final transfer spot on the final lap of the first semi-feature.

Thorson would manage a solid seventh-place run at Du Quoin before heading into a set of five races in six nights for the 12th annual "Indiana Midget Week." In the IMW opener at Montpelier, Thorson led Kyle Larson for all but one of the first 25 laps of the 30-lap feature, but after a restart with five laps to go, Thorson began to fade with a tire that was losing air, dropping him to a disappointing 18th place finish.

In the second round of IMW, the story was no better after a 19th place run at Gas City I-69 Speedway, which dropped him to a season-low seventh in the standings.

Luckily for him, the season was young and, in this business, memories must be short from one night to the next. One night later, Thorson was back in victory lane with a scintillating performance at Lincoln Park Speedway - the site of his massive crash one year earlier that forced him to miss two races that may very well have prevented him from winning the title. A championship he eventually lost to Tracy Hines by a mere 18 points.

Thorson's results of 11th, 7th, 1st, 7th, 10th throughout the next six contests were indicative of the tumultuous beginnings of his season. By early August, Thorson was fifth in the standings, 76 points out of the lead.

The Minden, Nevada native was figuratively searching for traction. The speed was always there, but consistency had been an errant dart throughout much of the 2016 campaign, thus far, that Thorson needed to rectify if he was going to be the national champ.

And if there was a single event that could be pinpointed as being the turnaround point for Thorson's season, look no further than the seasonal pivot that took place in the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" feature event at Solomon Valley Raceway in Kansas on August 3. No, it wasn't a victory, but after timing in an uncharacteristic 18th fastest in ProSource Qualifying, the deck was stacked against Thorson.

Thorson and the team kept their heads down and methodically picked their way from their ninth row starting spot to grab a second-place finish at the checkered flag, earning himself KSE Hard Charger honors for the effort.

After a sixth place run at the "Belleville Midget Nationals," no driver or team ran up front as consistently through the balance of the season as did Thorson.

A come-from-the-tail victory at Lanco during "Pennsylvania Midget Week" was followed by a second place-run at Eldora. Yet, Thorson remained fourth in the standings with just five races left.

Three-straight nights at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois loomed for Thorson at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals." It was a place that Thorson was comfortable with, a place where he had swept to victories in each of the two events the previous year.

Thorson proved to be a master of the three-eighths mile once again, doubling his season victory total from three to six in a single weekend to become just the second driver in the history of the USAC Midget National Championship to win at least five straight times at a single track. Only the legendary Rich Vogler had reached that milestone in a career, running off six straight victories during his dominance of Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track from 1983 to 1986.

In the process, Thorson vaulted himself to within nine markers of points' leader and teammate Spencer Bayston heading into the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Ill. - the penultimate round of the season championship. Thorson reversed the tables on Bayston by virtue of his seventh-straight top-two finish while Bayston took eighth, boosting him to a nine-point lead heading into the season finale in Ventura, California on Thanksgiving night.

In the "Turkey Night" closer on the beach, Thorson, the defending race winner, started the 76th edition of the 98-lap race from the outside of the fifth row, directly ahead of the front bumper of his main contender, Bayston. If Thorson finished fourth, the match would be over for all intents and purposes. But, a turn four tangle between Bayston and Frankie Guerrini just before halfway marked a sea change that would give Thorson the upper hand.

Though Bayston made a valiant effort to fight back from 23rd to a ninth-place result in the end, Thorson's sixth-place finish was more than enough to be crowned the 2016 USAC National Midget champion over Bayston by 18 points - the same amount Thorson was defeated by Tracy Hines in 2015.

No, the season-closer for Thorson wasn't spectacular and it wasn't as flashy as his charges from the tail Solomon Valley and Lanco. It was a steady drive that, simply put, got the job done. It was a drive that experienced drivers make; a drive that champions make.

Thorson became the state of Nevada's first USAC National champion and provided Keith Kunz his eighth USAC National Midget owner's title. Thorson also led all drivers in each of USAC's three national divisions in 2016 with a combined finish of 5.53.

In a season with high hopes, the trying first half of Thorson's season could've dashed his championship dreams. But, the see-saw ride leveled out for the 20-year-old by late summer when he put together a string of finishes that a driver could only dream of.

Now, those dreams have become a reality for the young driver, and through his dedication and perseverance, forever will Tanner Thorson be known as a USAC champion.

 

 

LARSON CARVES UP TURKEY NIGHT WIN #2; THORSON TASTES FIRST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........On the rare occasion that Kyle Larson gets the chance to take the wheel of a midget these days, he certainly makes each opportunity count.

On Thursday night in the centerpiece of the USAC National and Western States Midget calendar, Larson cooked up one of his patented performances, holding off a furious late-race rally from early leader Brady Bacon to win his second career "Turkey Night Grand Prix" in the 76th running of the prestigious event at California's Ventura Raceway.

Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., started from the outside of the front row in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Bullet/Speedway Toyota alongside Bacon. Larson fought his way to the lead on lap 21 with a turn two outside pass of Bacon. Larson then navigated through numerous bouts with lapped traffic as Bacon rapidly closed to mount a serious challenge on Larson for the victory in the final laps. Larson weathered the storm and sped off to grab the 0.303 second victory over Bacon, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu and Damion Gardner.

Larson became the 18th driver to win "Turkey Night" twice during his career and also joins Mel Kenyon, Ron Shuman, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Dave Darland as one of six drivers to claim a "Turkey Night" victory at two different tracks after also winning in 2012 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

"I had a good qualifying run and started second," Larson explains. "I was able to get by Brady (Bacon) fairly early and got through traffic. I tried the bottom early on, but it still felt like the top was better, so I went back to the top. I could see he was closing in on me a little bit more on the bottom and I knew I just had to get around that one lapper. I was running the top and could see Brady running to my inside. I knew eventually I'd have to get down to the bottom and I knew if I could clear him, I could run a better pace around the bottom. As soon as I cleared the lapper, I got down just in time to hold onto the lead. Once I cleared him, I ran the bottom even though I still went to the top a couple times in (turns) three and four and Brady was still right there. The white flag was not too far after that. A 98-lap race is a long time, but it felt pretty short for me."

A successful NASCAR Cup season that saw Larson score his first career series victory at Michigan in August concluded with the 14th win of his USAC National Midget career on a playground that he doesn't get to visit as much any longer, but cherishes every opportunity he gets.

"I enjoy running on the dirt every chance I get since I don't get to do it a whole lot anymore," Larson admits. Anytime I can do it, run up front and get wins, it's a lot of fun. I can't wait for the rest of the offseason, so I can run some more stuff on the dirt and get some more wins."

A melting pot of 52 midget drivers from coast-to-coast filled the pit area at Ventura in the event's largest car count since Larson's first victory in 2012.

The event was whittled to 29 for the 98-lapper at the one-fifth-mile dirt oval by the beach, but the action was quickly halted with Gage Walker's flip on the first corner of the first lap. He walked away unscathed.

Following the complete restart, Bacon and the FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota backed up the speed shown by recording the fastest laps in two of the three sessions in Wednesday night's practice and Thursday's ProSource/Woodland Auto Display fastest qualifier, proving to be the strongest combination early on after rocketing away to a half-straightaway lead.

By the 13th lap, Bacon was steadfast on the bottom as Larson made waves up on the cush. After slipstreaming through Bacon's wake, Larson charges right to the tail of the leader. On lap 21, Larson ripped around the outside of Bacon in turn two for the race lead. As the pair entered turn three, Larson slanted down from the top, cutting in front of the nose of Bacon just before the apex of the turn to take the bottom line, and the race lead, away just prior to meeting the tail-end of lapped traffic.

Meanwhile, the table was set for a heated battle for the USAC National Midget title. Separated by a mere nine markers coming into "Turkey Night," point leader Tanner Thorson ran eighth and teammate Spencer Bayston 11th just prior to the midway point.

On lap 42, Bayston and Frankie Guerrini were involved in a turn four tangle. The move was disastrous for Bayston as he lost pivotal track position that relegated him to the 23rd position for the restart.

Larson appeared to establish himself in a class of his own as he built his very own half-straightaway lead. However, multiple yellow flag periods would evaporate those leads. With 26 laps to go, Larson and Bacon, running one-two, were separated by the lapped car of Holly Shelton on the restart. It would take a couple of laps before Bacon would manage to slip by Shelton, using a turn one slide job on lap 74 to put Larson back within a clear view of out of the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's helmet visor.

Larson went topside while Bacon remained on the chalk-lined bottom berm as the two entered the green room of lapped traffic. Bacon steadily reeled in Larson, but swiftly as Larson went high, low, anywhere he could go to find daylight.

With seven laps remaining, Bacon edged ahead of Larson on the bottom for the lead, briefly, off turn two. Yet, Larson found an avenue back to the front moments later by sneaking back down to the bottom in front of the lapped car of Nick Chivello to create separation between he and second-running Bacon.

With three laps remaining, Larson and Bacon swapped lines with Larson now down low and Bacon up top. Bacon appeared to have found the top to his liking soon after, but was unable to get off the corners as strongly as Larson who commandeered the point as Bacon lost precious ground.

Larson withstood a heady drive by Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ, to seal the deal in the final laps for his second USAC National Midget win of the year in just his third start.

Minden, Nevada's Thorson would leave the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" a happy man for the second straight Thanksgiving night after winning last season's diamond jubilee. By virtue of his sixth-place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota in Thursday night's feature, the 20-year-old Thorson was crowned as 2016 USAC National Midget champion.

"I went into this race set on winning," Thorson assured. "I didn't think about points all year until this race, so I wasn't trying to make it a big deal to myself because it can get you worked up and it doesn't allow you to perform your best. I just went out there to win the race."

Thorson's teammate and fellow championship combatant Bayston recovered from a spin just before halfway to finish ninth after restarting from the tail. It was an impressive feat in its own right to respond to adversity, but it would not warrant enough points for Bayston to surpass Thorson who became the first Nevada native to claim the series title.

"I saw Spencer get tangled up and it was really unfortunate," Thorson recalls. "You never want to see a teammate go out like that. It was unfortunate for him, but it worked in our favor. This whole team and our sponsors are what make this deal what it is. We have two of the best in the business in Keith (Kunz) and Big Al (Scroggins) who always put awesome cars underneath us."

"I came really close to getting the job done last year, but we came up a little bit short," Thorson adds. "This year, we were able to get it done even though we didn't start the season the way we wanted. I remember we were leading the first race during 'Indiana Midget Week' at Montpelier and popped a right rear tire. A few races later, we had an issue at 'The Ditch' (West Memphis, Ark.) and all that led to a not-so-great stretch. I didn't think that we were going to be able to get the job done after those issues. Suddenly, though, we just started clicking. Every time I went out onto the track, I had an awesome car which allowed me to win a lot of races this year. That's really the only thing that saved me this year. We got wins and stayed consistent after 'Midget Week' and it allowed us to get the job done. It's pretty incredible to be the champion. I'm speechless!"

Thirteenth-place finisher Ronnie Gardner would be the first to tell you that his 'Turkey Night' didn't go as well as he had hoped, but despite that one aberration, it was yet another banner season for the Corona, California native who became the first driver in the history of the USAC Western States Midget series to win four consecutive series championships in his Six8 Motorsports/Baldozier Racing - Esslinger Engineering/Stewart/Esslinger.

"My mom and Sleepy Tripp's wife are really good friends," Gardner explains. "I grew up idolizing Sleepy with what he accomplished on the west coast and across the United States in a midget. It's a pretty big deal to actually beat one of his records."

"I was a little disappointed," Gardner laments about Thursday night's race. "I thought we'd stack up a little better, but we kind of went outside the box tonight just trying to be better than we were, but we missed a little bit. I messed up qualifying and that put us mid-pack at the start and that hurt us in the race. Starting from the middle of the field against this competition makes it hard to get up to the front."

Award winners Thursday night at Ventura Raceway included Brady Bacon (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display/Jason Leffler Memorial Fast Qualifier), Jake Swanson (KSE Racing Products/Keizer Wheels/Rod End Supply Hard Charger), Kyle Larson (Light Up the World Beverages Feature Winner) and Carson Macedo (Don Basile Rookie of the Race).

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USAC NATIONAL/WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 24, 2016 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.277; 2. Kyle Larson, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.356; 3. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.378; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.387; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.425; 6. Damion Gardner, 4k, Klatt-12.458; 7. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.460; 8. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.476; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.543; 10. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.575; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73T, Ford-12.592; 12. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.595; 13. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.602; 14. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.608; 15. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12,614; 16. Colton Hardy, 4H, Lesher-12.624; 17. Michael Pickens, 25p, Rodela-12.639; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.654; 19. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.662; 20. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.682; 21. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.712; 22. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.715; 23. Cory Kruseman, 21k, Kruseman-12.721; 24. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-12.733; 25. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.746; 26. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.754; 27. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.764; 28. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.786; 29. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-12.819; 30. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.827; 31, Nick Chivello, 17k, Morris-12.833; 32. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.836; 33. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.851; 34. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.852; 35. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-12.879; 36. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-12.887; 37. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.960; 38. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.984; 39. Austen Figueroa, 49jr, Bach-13.024; 40. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.059; 41. Chris Ennis, 288, Ennis-13.061; 42. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.071; 43. Zac Taylor, 12k, Kruseman-13.082; 44. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.082; 45. Nate Wait, 35w, MF-13.097; 46. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.110; 47. Dylan Ito, 73F. Ford-13.199; 48. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.233; 49. Tony Everhart, 5T, Everhart-13.319; 50. Kirk Kubik, 32, Kubik-14.223; 51. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-NT; 52. Troy Rutherford, 73x, Ford-NT.

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bernal. 2. Pickens, 3. J.Swanson, 4. Crone, 5. Kruseman, 6. Greth, 7. Chivello, 8. Josett, 9. Shelton, 10. Johnson, 11. Nelson, 12. Deskins, 13. Leer, 14. Taylor, 15. Ito, 16. Figueroa, 17. Ennis, 18. Everhart, 19. Wait. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Boat, 2. R.Gardner, 3. Robinson, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. Dalby, 6. Prickett, 7. Hardy, 8. Dolacki, 9. Guerrini, 10. Barber, 11. Smith, 12. Ebberts, 13. Pankratz, 14. Nichols, 15. Brown, 16. Seavey, 17. Hagopian. 18. Cofer. NT

LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (15 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Kruseman, 3. Guerrini, 4. Chivello, 5. Dalby, 6. Dolacki, 7. Nelson, 8. Smith, 9. Ebberts, 10. Deskins, 11. Barber, 12. Johnson, 13. Hardy, 14. Prickett, 15. Shelton, 16. Greth. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (98 laps) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Shane Golobic, 8. Jake Swanson, 9. Spencer Bayston, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Holly Shelton, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Ryan Robinson, 17. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Maria Cofer, 20. Robby Josett, 21. Tyler Dolacki, 22. Courtney Crone, 23. Nick Chivello, 24. Frankie Guerrini, 25. Michael Faccinto, 26. Michael Pickens, 27. Randi Pankratz, 28. Cory Kruseman, 29. Gage Walker. NT ---------------------------- **Ennis flipped during the first qualifier. Greth flipped during the second qualifier. Hardy flipped during the second qualifier. Walker flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bacon, Laps 21-98 Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/KEIZER WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 8th)

DON BASILE "ROOKIE OF THE RACE:" Carson Macedo (3rd)

FINAL USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Thorson-1,249, 2-Bayston-1,231, 3-Bacon-1,202, 4-Boat-1,162, 5-Macedo-1,126, 6-Robinson-1,003, 7-Shelton-847, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Tyler Thomas-714, 10-Greth-582.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-R. Gardner-1,042, 2-Faccinto-873, 3-Elliott-835, 4-Guerrini-772, 5-Crone-713, 6-Cofer-610, 7-Dalby-609, 8-Pankratz-596, 9-Cody Swanson-564, 10-Dolacki-498.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT (No points) RACE RESULTS:

November 24, 2016 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Ryan Bernal (#51T Roth), 4. Jimmy Crawford (#51 Crawford), 5. Scott Hall (#56K Hall), 6. Dennis Rodriguez (#81T Watt), 7. Austen Figueroa (#49 Bach), 8. Brandon Wiley (#33B Wiley), 9. Ken Mahoney (#6K Mahoney), 10. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole), 11. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Brody Roa (#81 Watt), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#4S Simpson), 4. Bruce Douglass (#13 Davis), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Gary Nelson Jr. (#6N Nelson), 7. Steven Garris (#58 Garris), 8. Katlynn Leer (#U47 Hix), 9. Brian Grosenheider (#30 Grosenheider), 10. Tyler Edwards (#57 Hix), 11. Charlie Butcher (#96 Butcher), 12. Mike Callahan (#96K Cook). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Klint Simpson (#32 Johnson), 2. Jake Swanson (#12 Dale), 3. Tom Hendricks (#4K Kruseman), 4. Kyle Smith (#55 Smith), 5. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 6. Greg Taylor (#7 Taylor), 7. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 8. Wally Pankratz (#2 Swann), 9. Matt McCarthy (#55M McCarthy), 10. Jordan Linson (#10J Linson). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Michael Pickens (#81S Watt), 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Carson Macedo (#21X Tarlton), 5. Klint Simpson, 6. Troy Rutherford, 7. Shon Deskins, 8. Tristan Guardino (#81M Watt), 9. Kyle Smith, 10. Buddy Kofoid, 11. Jimmy Crawford, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Tom Hendricks, 14. Bruce Douglass, 15. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 16. Trey Marcham (81X Watt), 17. Cody Majors (#54 Majors), 18. Brody Roa, 19. Ryan Bernal, 20. Cory Kruseman (#45 Kruseman). NT ------------------------------------ **Woodward flipped during the first semi. Callahan and Butcher flipped during the second semi

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Ensign.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (14th to 3rd)

 

 

 

BRADY BACON FASTEST IN WEDNESDAY'S "TURKEY NIGHT" MIDGET PRACTICE

Ventura, California.........Brady Bacon recorded the fastest overall time of the 53 drivers on hand in Wednesday night's USAC National & Western States Midget practice at Ventura Raceway.

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver was the fastest in two of the three sessions held on the one-fifth-mile oval in preparation for Thursday night's 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix." His time of 12.115 seconds in the first session held up as the top speed on the chart.

Bacon remains mathematically eligible to win the USAC National Midget title, sitting fourth in the standings, 65 points out of the lead heading into Thursday's season-finale. Series point leader Tanner Thorson of Nevada was fourth quickest while Indiana's Spencer Bayston, who is just nine points behind in second, was 16th. Arizona's Chad Boat, the only other driver in the title hunt, was eighth fastest in practice.

NASCAR star Kyle Larson was the fastest of the Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team's seven entries. The Elk Grove, California native was the fastest in the third practice session and third overall.

The 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway continues Thursday, Nov. 24 with ProSource/Woodland Auto Display USAC Midget qualifying, followed by preliminary events including qualifying races and a last chance qualifier that sets the field for the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be on the program, returning with multiple last chance qualifiers and concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Pit gates open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

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PRACTICE: 1. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.115; 2. Damion Gardner, 4x, Klatt-12.144; 3. Kyle Larson, 71w, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.166; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.222; 5. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-12.244; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.247; 7. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.262; 8. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.308; 9. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.314; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Klaasmeyer-12.328; 11. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.337; 12. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-12.339; 13. Holly Shelton, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.348; 14. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-12.363; 15. Carson Macedo, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.367; 16. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.378; 17. Colton Hardy, 4H, Lesher-12.414; 18. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.441; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73T, Ford-12.456; 20. Cody Swanson, 71s, Swanson-12.462; 21. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.473; 22. Austin Brown, 7B, Brown-12.506; 23. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.560; 24. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.564; 25. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-12.570; 26. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.577; 27. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.581; 28. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.583; 29. Michael Pickens, 25p, Rodela-12.587; 30. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.610; 31. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-12.619; 32. Tyler Nelson, 47, Mason-12.683; 33. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-12.776; 34. Chris Ennis, 288, Sidewaze-12.824; 35. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-12.830; 36. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.843; 37. Nate Wait, 35w, MF-12.869; 38. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.920; 39. Dylan Ito, 73F, Ford-12.998; 40. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.074; 41. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.130; 42. Zac Taylor, 12K, Kruseman-13.134; 43. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.174; 44. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-13.559; 45. Nick Chivello, 17K, Morris-13.615; 46. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-13.762; 47. Tony Everhart, 5T, Everhart-14.182; 48. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT; 49. Mike Callahan, 78, Cook-NT; 50. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-NT; 51. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-NT; 52. Katlynn Leer, 77, Leer-NT; 53. Troy Rutherford, 73x, Ford-NT.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS:

November 23, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.226 (New Track Record); 2. Ryan Bernal, 51T, Roth-12.236; 3. Brody Roa, 81, Watt-12.269; 4. Chase Johnson, 24, Johnson-12.288; 5. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-12.303; 6. Jimmy Crawford, 51, Crawford-12.347; 7. Tristan Guardino, 81M, Watt-12.360; 8. Cory Kruseman, 45, Kruseman-12.377; 9. Jake Swanson, 12, Dale-12.393; 10. Greg Taylor, 7, Taylor-12.414; 11. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.437; 12. Michael Pickens, 81S, Watt-12.449; 13. Trey Marcham, 81X, Watt-12.450; 14. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.450; 15. Cody Majors, 54, Majors-12.453; 16. Terry Schank Jr., 1, Gleeson-12.462; 17. Carson Macedo, 21X, Tarlton-12.606; 18. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-12.614; 19. Kaitlynn Leer, U47, Hix-12.616; 20. Shon Deskins, 20, Deskins-12.638; 21. Bruce Douglass, 13, Davis-12.650; 22. Tom Hendricks, 4K, Kruseman-12.651; 23. Dennis Rodriguez, 81T, Watt-12.683; 24. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.699; 25. Klint Simpson, 32, Johnson-12.699; 26. Buddy Kofoid, 4S, Simpson-12.746; 27. Wally Pankratz, 2, Swann-12.789; 28. Gary Nelson Jr., 6N, Nelson-12.847; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.895; 30. Scott Hall, 56K, Hall-12.913; 31. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.922; 32. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-12.997; 33. Tyler Edwards, 57, Hix-12.997; 34. Austen Figueroa, 49, Bach-13.013; 35. Geoffrey Strole, 09S, Strole-13.081; 36. Jordan Linson, 10J, Linson-13.107; 37. Matt McCarthy, 55M, McCarthy-13.134; 38. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-13.248; 39. Ken Mahoney, 6K, Mahoney-13.478; 40. Mike Callahan, 96K, Cook-13.602; 41. Jay Ervine, 51X, Ervine-NT; 42. Guy Woodward, 24X, Woodward-NT; 43. Brian Grosenheider, 30, Grosenheider-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Ensign, 3. Taylor, 4. Douglass, 5. Butcher, 6. Grosenheider, 7. Garris, 8. Crawford. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Marcham, 2. Guardino, 3. Bernal, 4. Rodriguez, 5. Wiley, 6. Strole, 7. Mahoney. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Deskins, 2. Majors, 3. Swanson, 4. Linson, 5. K.Edwards, 6. R.Johnson. NT

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Schank, 3. Roa, 4. Hendricks, 5. Pankratz, 6. Shaw, 7. McCarthy. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Simpson, 2. Pickens, 3. C.Johnson, 4. T.Edwards, 5. Nelson, 6. Leer, 7. Callahan. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Kruseman, 3. Kofoid, 4. Woodward, 5. Hall, 6. Figueroa, 7. Hendricks. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Geoff Ensign, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Trey Macham, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. Cody Majors, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Klint Simpson, 12. Shon Deskins, 13. Rick Hendrix, 14. Jake Swanson, 15. Ryan Bernal, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Greg Taylor, 18. Terry Schank Jr., 19. Buddy Kofoid, 20. Kyle Smith. NT

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**Crawford flipped during the first heat. Kruseman, Hendricks, and Kofoid flipped during the sixth heat. Schank and Taylor flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Kruseman, Laps 6-20 Guardino.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: R.J. Johnson (19th to 10th)

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 24 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

VENTURA RACEWAY HOSTS THURSDAY’S “76TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 22, 2016... This Thursday, November 24th, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “76th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Presented by Agajanian Promotions, the USAC Western States and National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in a special non-point event. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Schoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

The festivities will start tomorrow, November 23rd with a special practice session for the USAC Midgets. In addition, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will compete with time trials, heat races, and a preliminary feature. Time trials are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm.

Since Bob Swanson took the checkered flags at Gilmore Stadium in 1934, the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” (TNGP) has been a “must win” race for drivers from across the country. While other venues like Gardena, Speedway 605, Saugus, Bakersfield, Irwindale, and Perris have showcased the event, it is perhaps best known at the legendary Ascot Park. In 1997, Ventura Raceway hosted the “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat claimed his third-straight “Thanksgiving Classic.” Last year, young Tanner Thorson added his name to the perpetual “Aggie Trophy” alongside many legends of the sport. A complete win list of the “Turkey Night Grand Prix is at the end of this release.

Since May 24, 1986, 137 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Tripp, the seven-time champion, is followed by Billy Boat (13), Page Jones (8), Garrett Hansen (7), and Jimmy Sills (6). On November 18, 1995, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 11.675 and a complete Ventura series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has clinched his fourth consecutive championship. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored his sixth win of the year last Saturday at Bakersfield. At press time, Gardner has also posted eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led to his credit. Now tied with Wally Pankratz for fourth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking to earn his twentieth career victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks second in the Western championship point chase. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was running second at Bakersfield before a lost muffler resulted in a twelfth place finish. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has recorded two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season. At Ventura, Michael will have his sights on his fifth career USAC Western Midget triumph.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) sits third in the USAC Western point standings. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott scored fourth at the Bakersfield clay oval. At press time, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. On Thanksgiving Day, Cory will have his sights on adding the Turkey Night Grand Prix to his resume.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini led the first twenty laps at Bakersfield before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. On Thursday, Guerrini will be looking to earn the second USAC triumph of his career.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone won her first heat race of the season and scored fifth in the Bakersfield feature. At press time, the leading rookie contender has also recorded two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and eight top-10 finishes on the year. Courtney will be looking to break through and claim her first USAC Western States Midget triumph at Ventura.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, Darren Hagen, Troy Rutherford, and more.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nevada) leads the USAC National Midget point chase. Spencer Bayston, Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Carson Macedo, Ryan Robinson, Holly Shelton, Bryan Clauson, Tyler Thomas, and Ryan Greth round out the top-10 drivers.

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 www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

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

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX WINNERS: 1934-Bob Swanson; 1935-Ted Sizemore; 1936-Ronney Householder; 1937-Ronney Householder; 1938-Bob Swanson; 1939-Mel Hansen; 1940-Roy Russing; 1941-Roy Russing; 1945-Danny Oakes; 1946-Perry Grimm; 1947-Johnny McDowell; 1948-Bill Vukovich; 1949-Perry Grimm; 1950-Bill Zaring; 1955-Johnnie Parsons; 1956-Edgar Elder; 1957-George Amick; 1958-Joe Garson; 1959-Tony Bettenhausen; 1960-A.J. Foyt; 1961-A.J. Foyt; 1962-Billy Cantrell; 1963-Mel Kenyon; 1964-Parnelli Jones; 1965-Dick Atkins; 1966-Parnelli Jones; 1967-Gary Bettenhausen; 1968-Sam Sessions; 1969-George Benson; 1970-Gary Bettenhausen; 1971-Bill Englehart; 1972-Tony Simon; 1973-Bill Englehart; 1974-Danny McKnight; 1975-Mel Kenyon; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Gary Patterson; 1978-Rick Goudy; 1979-Ron Shuman; 1980-Ron Shuman; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Ron Shuman; 1983-Kevin Olson; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Brent Kaeding; 1986-Warren Mockler; 1987-Ron Shuman; 1988-Chuck Gurney; 1989-Chuck Gurney; 1990-Stan Fox; 1991-Stan Fox; 1992-Ron Shuman; 1993-Ron Shuman; 1994-Jordan Hermansader; 1995-Billy Boat; 1996-Billy Boat; 1997-Billy Boat; 1998-Jay Drake; 1999-Jason Leffler; 2000-Tony Stewart; 2001-Dave Steele; 2002-Michael Lewis; 2003-Dave Steele; 2004-Bobby East; 2005-Jason Leffler; 2006-Billy Wease; 2007-Dave Darland; 2008-Bobby Santos; 2009-Bryan Clauson; 2010-Bryan Clauson; 2011-Caleb Armstrong; 2012-Kyle Larson, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Christopher Bell, 2015-Tanner Thorson.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4-Ronnie Gardner, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Robby Josett, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1- Robby Josett, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Tanner Thorson.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-1005, 2. Michael Faccinto-850, 3. Cory Elliott-790, 4. Frankie Guerrini-749, 5. Courtney Crone (R)-690, 6. Maria Cofer (R)-585, 7. Robert Dalby (R)-582, 8. Randi Pankratz-573, 9. Cody Swanson-564, 10. Tyler Dolacki-475, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Nate Wait-262, 14. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 15. Terry Nichols-228, 16. Robby Josett-201, 17. Dylan Ito (R)-200, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton (R)-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177. USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tanner Thorson-1194, 2. Spencer Bayston-1185, 3. Brady Bacon-1129, --Chad Boat-1129, 5. Carson Macedo (R)-1058, 6. Ryan Robinson (R)-872, 7. Holly Shelton (R)-810, 8. Bryan Clauson-720, 9. Tyler Thomas-714, 10. Ryan Greth (R)-572, 11. Jerry Coons, Jr.-545, 12. Dave Darland-527, 13. Zach Daum-512, 14. Gage Walker (R)-491, 15. Shane Golobic (R)-407, 16. Steve Buckwalter-316, 17. Davey Ray-253, 18. Justin Peck (R)-226, 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer (R)-192, 20. Jimi Quin-173.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)

 

 

VENTURA HOSTS “76TH ANNUAL TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 22, 2016... Starting tomorrow, November 23rd, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will battle at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Joining the prestigious “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix,” with the USAC National and Western States Midgets, the 360 powered traditional sprints will battle in special non-point events. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, and the program starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: A $50 Entry fee covers both nights. (If you run Thursday only, it is still $50 and you tag back of a B-Main) The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC/CRA, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com.

Ventura Raceway has a strict mandated sound rule and the track legal mufflers are Extreme (Part #6014-3535 180 Degree, Part #3615-3535), Coast Fabrication (350x625x17-2sVRA), Spintech (180 Degree, 1545P Super Stock Series), B&B Performance (FRAC-0375-S, 180 Degree, with side outlet), Flowmaster (Hushpower, Suitcase- Part 53545-USAC.), and Schoenfeld (14272735). The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the legal muffler for Watsonville’s Ocean Speedway, Petaluma Speedway, and Chico’s Silver Dollar Speedway. Failure to comply with the Ventura muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

To date, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held two West Coast Sprint Car races. Johnathon Henry won the West Coast / VRA “Grand Slam” event on April 4, 2009 and Jake Swanson was victorious on July 19, 2014. Since qualifications were not used at both events, a new track record will be set on Wednesday. The event format and purse are listed at the bottom of this release.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) clinched the series championship at Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds on August 13. Piloting the BR Performance owned #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa posted two feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 68 feature laps led to his credit. Brody will race Steve Watt’s #81 Maxwell Industries / SWE entry at Ventura and will be looking for his fourth series triumph.

Jace Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) closed out the season on a hot streak and climbed to second in the West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Jace had two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Competition Suspension Inc. Semi-Main win, nine top-10 finishes, and 85 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd is tied with Peter Murphy for sixth on the series win list and will be looking to add a Ventura win to his resume.

D.J. Johnson (Stockton, California) finished third in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #33 Proplant Farm Services / J. Milano Company Eagle, Johnson scored two feature wins, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led on the season. The former USAC Western Classic Rookie of the Year had a great season and is a threat to win the Ventura doubleheader.

After winning the series point finale at Hanford on August 13th, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ran fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps to his credit. The 2011 Champion ranks second in career wins and will have his sights on earning his twentieth victory.

Max Adams (Loomis, California) had a strong season and placed fifth in the West Coast point standings. Racing his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams registered two heat race victories, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and two feature laps led. The 2016 USAC/CRA Rookie of the year will be looking for his first West Coast win at Ventura.

Finishing ninth in points, Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, California) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Cody Majors, Trey Marcham, Jeff Sibley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Smith, Gary Nelson Jr., Jake Swanson, Shon Deskins, Chase Johnson, Jay Ervine, and more.

Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, California) added the VRA Sprint Car Championship to his list of accomplishments. Kyle Smith, Austen Figueroa, Guy Woodward, Chris Meredith, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Tommy Dunkel, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, and Troy Rutherford round out the top-10 drivers.

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 www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- 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.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Bryan Clauson, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-D.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Troy Rutherford, 2-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Austin Liggett.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jake Swanson.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT PURSE: 1. $1000, 2. $700, 3. $500, 4. $350, 5. $275, 6. $250, 7. $225, 8. $200, 9-20. $125.

THURSDAY NIGHT PURSE: 1. $3000, 2. $1000, 3. $800, 4. $700, 5. $600, 6. $500, 7. $400, 8. $300, 9. $250, 10. $225, 11-20. $150, *First Non-Transfer in each B-Main $125, Second Non-Transfer in each B-Main $100, Third Non-Transfer in each B-Main $75.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FORMAT: Qualify 2 Laps, Heat Races: Invert 4. Take Top-20 out of heat races, If 4 heats take 5, If 5 heats take 4. No B Mains on Wednesday Night. Invert for main is 6 off qualifying time. Top 8 from Wednesday feature are locked into redraw on Thursday for first 8 spots.

THURSDAY NIGHT FORMAT: 2 or 3 Semi-Mains lineup with the 12 non-transfers from A-Main. Wednesday first, then cars that did not make Wednesday feature lined up by time. Top 12 from Semi-Mains go to A-Main. 2 Semi-Mains will be 6 transfer each. 3 Semi-Mains will be 4 transfer each.

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-876, 2. Jace Vander Weerd-807, 3. D.J. Johnson-794, 4. Richard Vander Weerd-704, 5. Max Adams-626, 6. Danny Faria Jr.-622, 7. Austin Liggett-597, 8. Tristan Guardino-590, 9. Ryan Timmons-551, 10. Cody Majors-465, 11. Trey Marcham-457, 12. Jeff Sibley-445, 13. Shannon McQueen-435, 14. Troy Rutherford-401, 15. Kyle Smith-338, 16. Kevin Barnes-249, 17. Colton Slack-242, 18. Stevie Sussex-239, 19. Landon Hurst-192, 20. Kyler Shaw-191.

FINAL VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Rick Hendrix-3030, 2. Kyle Smith-2270, 3. Austin Figueroa-2140, 4. Guy Woodward-1975, 5. Chris Meredith-1250, 6. Kyle Edwards-1000, 7. Hobie Conway-955, 8. Tommy Dunkel-935, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-935, 10. Troy Rutherford-775, 11. Tyler Williams-735, 12. Brandon Wiley-705, 13. Cody Majors-680, 14. Charlie Butcher-660, 15. Kenny Perkins-610, 16. Ed Schawrz-525, 17. Ron Bach-510, 18. Luis Espinzoa-505, 19. Brody Roa-495, 20. Wally Pankratz-495.

2016 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 23: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 24: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)

 

 

2016 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON LOUDPEDAL.TV!

The 76th annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE at http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/ from California's Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 and 24.

The two-night racing spectacular begins Wednesday night, Nov. 23, with a USAC West Coast Sprint Car special event that concludes with a 25-lap feature event, plus USAC Midget practice.

On Thursday night, Nov. 24, the 76th running of the prestigious Thanksgiving night event takes place with live flag-to-flag coverage of hot laps, qualifying, qualifying races, and the 98-lap main event featuring the USAC National and Western States Midgets. A full USAC West Coast Sprint Car program is on the card as well, concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Loudpedal Productions, the official media partner of the United States Auto Club, will showcase all the thrills from Ventura Raceway on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/, produced by industry leaders Fast 4 Media. The 2016 edition of "Turkey Night" features several story lines including the nail-biting points race for the USAC National Midget title between defending race winner Tanner Thorson and Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" candidate Spencer Bayston, who are separated by a mere nine points entering the event.

The "Turkey Night" live stream can be ordered now at http://www.loudpedal.tv/live/. A two-night package that includes Wednesday night's West Coast Sprint Car event and USAC Midget practice as well as Thursday night's 98-lap Midget event, plus a full West Coast Sprint Car program can be purchased for $34.99. A Thursday-only package is available for just $24.99!

Turkey Night's return to Ventura for the first time since 1997 also highlights the return of NASCAR regulars and midget racing veterans Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as well as top contenders Brady Bacon (Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion) and Chad Boat (Son of three-time "Turkey Night" winner Billy Boat), plus top series rookie Carson Macedo, New Zealand's Michael Pickens and many, many more, including all the stars from the national and west coast scenes.

There is a 100-mile blackout of the live stream surrounding Ventura Raceway for both night's events.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with cars on track at 3:30pm on both Wednesday and Thursday with racing action set to start at 5:30pm.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER IS BACK ON TOP AT BAKERSFIELD

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 21, 2016… Charging from sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sliced his way past Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 and claimed last Saturday’s win at Bakersfield Speedway. For Gardner, the 30-lap victory was his sixth triumph of the campaign. Guerrini, hard charger Chad Boat, Cory Elliott, and Courtney Crone followed the point leader to the checkered flags.

Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner nearly swept the Bakersfield show and has a lock on his fourth straight title. Scoring his fifth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, Ronnie bested the eighteen car field and ran second to Chad Boat in his heat race. Heading to Thursday’s Turkey Night Grand Prix at Ventura, Gardner has 155-point lead on the strength of eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 116 feature laps led.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) led the first twenty laps but had to settle for second. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / David Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was eighth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Last year’s BCRA Champion left Bakersfield ranked fourth in points with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led.

Primarily running the outside line, Chad Boat (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from ninth. Racing the Tucker/Boat Motorsports owned #84 Pristine Auction / K&C Drywall Spike, Boat qualified seventh overall and won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Tuning up for Turkey Night, the National Series driver is twenty-eighth in western points with two heat race victories and one top-10 finish.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) had a solid night in front of his hometown fans and scored fourth. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was second fast in time trials and ran second to Michael Faccinto in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point standings with five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) continues to impress with a fifth place run at Bakersfield Speedway. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified third overall and won the night’s Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. At press time, the leading rookie contender is fifth in points with one heat race victory, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and eight top-10 finishes on the year.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) raced to victory in the night’s DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Racing the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth quick in time trials and was running second in the feature before a lost muffler resulted in a twelfth place run. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner is second in the point chase with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season.

On Thursday, November 24th, the USAC Western States Midgets will close out their season at Ventura Raceway for the “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the event is co-sanctioned with the USAC National Midgets and will also feature the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.869; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.940; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.951; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.001; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.014; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.051; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.099; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.221 9. Troy Rutherford, 11B, Brutton-13.299; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.308; 11. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.669; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.703; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.821; 14. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-13.904; 15. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.917; 16. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers-14.347; 17. Quintin Crye, 15X, Crye-14.520; 18. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Gardner, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Hazelton. NT.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. Guerrini, 4. Wait, 5. Crye, 6. Prickett. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Crone, 2. Cofer, 3. Rutherford, 4. Dolacki, 5. Barber, 6. Nichols. NT.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 2. Frankie Guerrini (2nd), 3. Chad Boat (9th), 4. Cory Elliott (5th), 5. Courtney Crone (7th), 6. Maria Cofer (4th), 7. Robert Dalby (3rd), 8. Tyler Dolacki (12th), 9. Troy Rutherford (1st), 10. Tim Barber (15th), 11. David Prickett (17th), 12. Michael Faccinto (8th), 13. Randi Pankratz (10th), 14. Quintin Crye (14th), 15. Ron Hazelton (16th), 16. Brennan Rogers (13th), 17. Nate Wait (11th), 18. Terry Nichols (18th). NT ------------------------------------ **Waite, Hazelton, Crye, Prickett, and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Guerrini, Laps 21-30 Gardner KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (9th to 3rd)

WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-1005, 2. Michael Faccinto-850, 3. Cory Elliott-790, 4. Frankie Guerrini-749, 5. Courtney Crone-690, 6. Maria Cofer-585, 7. Robert Dalby-582, 8. Randi Pankratz-573, 9. Cody Swanson-564, 10. Tyler Dolacki-475, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Nate Wait-262, 14. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 15. Terry Nichols-228, 16. Robby Josett-201, 17. Dylan Ito-200, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.

 

 

BOAT AND LAWSON HONORED AS 76TH "TURKEY NIGHT GP" CO-GRAND MARSHALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Billy Boat and John Lawson. No two names are more synonymous with USAC West Coast Midget racing in the mid-1990s than these gentlemen.

You could also say that no two names struck more fear into their fellow competitors when they pulled into the pits and rolled their car off the hauler for another night of racing than these two.

Victory lane was a second home for Phoenix, Arizona's Boat and Fresno, California's Lawson between the years of 1993 and 1997. It wasn't too uncommon for fans and competitors to witness the familiar black number 15 storm to the front of the pack on its way to another victory.

Though, when the pair first won back in 1993 at Hanford, California's Kings Speedway, the car was pearly white and the number on the tail tank read 8L.

But, soon, the team would find their number and everyone else's number for that matter over the next handful of years.

In a limited four-race program in 1993, Boat and Lawson were victorious in three of those four starts with three fast qualifying times to go along with it.

In a full campaign in 1994, Boat and Lawson won twice in 20 starts, but came up a little short in the points race, finishing in the runner-up spot behind Johnny Cofer.

When the calendar turned its page to the 1995 season, Boat and Lawson were no longer just contenders for race wins. The duo was absolutely dominating as they ran roughshod over the competition in an 18-win season in just 27 starts on their way to a USAC Western States Midget championship by an astounding 311 points!

During a four-month, 11-race stretch from May to September, Boat and Lawson went undefeated and, in the process, set an incredible 11-race win streak that still stands as an all-time USAC record to this day.

Soon thereafter, the two became not only local heroes, but a terror when the national guys rode into town. Ventura, Bakersfield and Perris were practically owned by Boat and Lawson at the end of the 1995 season which started the pair's streak of three consecutive "Turkey Night" victories in 1995, 1996 and Ventura's last "Turkey Night" race in 1997.

As Boat and Lawson ventured out to test the National waters a bit more in 1996 and 1997, their winning ways never wavered. It didn't make a difference if it was the "Copper World Classic" on the one-mile pavement at Phoenix International Raceway, the flat half-mile dirt fairgrounds oval at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, the high-banked circle that is the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks or the converted baseball field at 16th Speedway in Indianapolis.

Boat and Lawson won at all of them.

All but one of Billy's 41 career USAC Western States Midget victories came behind the wheel of a John Lawson-owned machine. Therefore, it is only fitting that on this night, Thursday, November, 24, 2016, that these two legends of racing are celebrated as grand marshals of the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

The 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

There will be an autograph session at the track during intermission on Wednesday night. Advance tickets for the 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available by calling 805-648-7223.

If you can't make it to Ventura Raceway to see "Turkey Night" in person, you can catch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action on both Wednesday and Thursday night on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live! There is a 100-mile broadcast blackout surrounding Ventura Raceway.

 

 

THORSON & BAYSTON: ONE FINAL SHOWDOWN TO DETERMINE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Nine points separate two men from reaching the pinnacle of their sport.

Two men who've endured a season that's seen its ups and its downs, but a season that can be redeemed and rewarded with one more successful performance in an event that simply oozes with history - the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at California's Ventura Raceway.

The main figures playing lead roles on the stage for this Thursday's USAC National and Western States Midget season finale involve two Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammates who've reached the top of the season standings via different avenues: Tanner Thorson and Spencer Bayston. Although, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon do remain mathematically eligible to win the title. Both stand 65 points out of the lead.

Point leader Thorson leads the series with six victories and 180 laps led in 2016 - twice as many as any other driver in both statistical categories. However, inconsistent stretches through the early to mid-point of the season left Thorson in the rearview mirror in the championship hunt. But, a late-season surge has not only thrust Thorson right back into the thick of title contention in the very race he is the defending winner of, the 20-year-old Minden, Nevada native is now in the driver's seat.

In fact, just one and a half month ago, Thorson entered a crucial three-race stretch at Tri-City Speedway's "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois fourth in the series' standings behind Bayston, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon. By the time the checkered flag had flown on Saturday night's finale, Thorson was second in points, just nine out of the lead, after sweeping all three nights of the "Gold Crown."

One race later, at the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Illinois, Thorson left the grounds with a second-place finish in his pocket and became the new USAC National Midget point leader heading into the final event of the season at Ventura.

On the other hand, Bayston has relied on consistency to maintain his position near the top of the standings throughout 2016. The Lebanon, Indiana driver took his sole victory of the season during "Indiana Midget Week" at Gas City I-69 Speedway in Indiana and leads the series in both top-fives and top-ten finishes.

Bayston, the 2015 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, jumped to the point lead in June on the final night of "Indiana Midget Week." After losing the lead briefly in early August, the 18-year-old Bayston regained the top spot in the standings just two races later - a lead he held until the Oct. 21 race at Wayne City.

The USAC National Midget title being decided at "Turkey Night" is no new phenomenon. In fact, just one year ago, in 2015, the championship chase between Tracy Hines and Kevin Thomas, Jr. came down to the finale with Hines able to eke out an 18-point victory to complete the career USAC Triple Crown.

This year's nine-point difference in the standings heading into the final race is the closest in the past 20 years. Over that same 20-year period since the last "Turkey Night" held at Ventura in 1997, there have been six occasions when the difference between first and second was 20 or less: Rico Abreu by 10 over Christopher Bell in 2014, Bryan Clauson by 16 over Darren Hagen in 2011, Brad Kuhn by 8 over Brad Sweet in 2009, Cole Whitt by 1 over Hines in 2008 and Jason Leffler by 11 over Jay Drake in 1998.

The unique set of circumstances presented to Thorson and Bayston on Thursday night not only pertain to the points race, but also to the fact that, at 98 laps, the race is the longest, most grueling challenge that is put forth in front of the competitors all year long. When does a driver push? When and where can a driver settle in? With so much at stake, does it alter the focus from the race to the points chase or vice versa? Thorson feels that it'll be business as usual.

"I don't think the points race changes my game plan at all," Thorson said. "I'm going into Thursday night with my mindset on winning. If I give my best and give this team the best finish I possibly can, hopefully it will be enough to secure the title. I'm not going into Turkey Night to 'points race;' I'm there to win."

Bayston aims to make his first visit to the one-fifth, seaside oval at Ventura as well as embarking on his initial "Turkey Night" start this Thursday as he heads up a strong crop of Don Basile Rookie of the Race candidates. The 98-lap race is outside the box of what Bayston has been accustomed to in his career, but it is a challenge he is excited to tackle head-on.

"This will be the longest race I've ever run," Bayston claimed. "It will be great to be a part of and it will be something very different for me. Instead of going all-out for 30 laps, I'll have to try to pace myself. Having never been to Ventura before, it will be very helpful to get a lot of practice laps in on Wednesday."

"Going into the final race in the position I'm in, I must run my own race and just do the best I can," Bayston added. "If I run the best I can, it will be up to Tanner to not make mistakes. I just need to put myself in the best position possible and leave the rest up to him. I just have to run the race as if it were any other race."

One year ago, Thorson threw a slide job for the ages on teammate Bell to take over the lead in the final stages of his "Turkey Night" victory. This year, Thorson hopes to ink his name into the record books alongside eight other drivers who have won back-to-back "Turkey Night" titles: Ronney Householder, Roy Russing, A.J. Foyt, Ron Shuman, Chuck Gurney, Stan Fox, Billy Boat and Bryan Clauson.

"It would be awesome if I could add my name to that list with all those great names," Thorson said. "You always want to make history every time you're out on the track and, to do that this Thursday night, it would definitely mean a lot."

The schedule for the 2016 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura Raceway begins Wednesday, Nov. 23 with USAC Midget practice. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Midgets will qualify, then run preliminary events leading into the night's 76th edition of the 98-lap feature.

In addition to the Midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing on both Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, the Sprint Cars will qualify, race heats and a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return with semi-feature events and 30-lap feature.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

There will be an autograph session at the track during intermission on Wednesday night. Advance tickets for the 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available by calling 805-648-7223.

If you can't make it to Ventura Raceway to see "Turkey Night" in person, you can catch flag-to-flag coverage of all the racing action on both Wednesday and Thursday night on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live! There is a 100-mile broadcast blackout surrounding Ventura Raceway.

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"TURKEY NIGHT" RETURNS TO VENTURA

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NEARLY TWO DECADES

Thursday's 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" returns to California's Ventura Raceway for the first time since 1997, concluding a 2016 USAC points racing calendar that features a four-way battle for the USAC National Midget Championship.

Among the four drivers who mathematically have a shot at winning the title are Nevada's Tanner Thorson, the defending "Turkey Night" Champion, who holds a slim nine-point edge over runner-up Spencer Bayston from Indiana.

Both are seeking their initial series titles, while Chat Boat and Brady Bacon have long-shot hopes of overhauling the leaders, trailing Thorson by 65 points each.

Ronnie Gardner of Corona, Calif. virtually locked up his record fourth consecutive USAC Western States Midget crown Saturday night at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. He passed Frankie Guerrini on lap 21 at Bakersfield and led the final 10 laps in his Baldozier Racing/Esslinger Engineering Stewart/Esslinger.

Trailing the Woodland Auto Display fast qualifier at the checkered flag were Guerrini, Chad Boat, Cory Elliott and the series' top rookie in points, Courtney Crone.

A stout field of "Turkey Night" combatants is expected to include former winners Thorson (2015) and Kyle Larson (2012), plus 2016 Western States Champ Gardner, 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Champ Brady Bacon, 2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Champ Damion Gardner, 2016 USAC Southwest Sprint Champ R.J. Johnson and 2016 USAC Indiana Midget Champ Carson Macedo.

Fan Favorite Rico Abreu is also among pre-race favorites as he seeks his initial "Turkey Night" victory.

Winners of the 1997 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura, Billy Boat and car owner John Lawson, will serve as Grand Marshals Thursday.

"Turkey Night" is one of America's most storied motorsports histories, dating back to 1934 and having been won by many of the sport's most accomplished champions.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins Wednesday at Ventura with an open practice for the USAC Midgets. Furthermore, an autograph session featuring all the star drivers will be held at the track during intermission.

In addition to the midgets, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will be competing both nights. On Wednesday, they will qualify, race heats and compete in a 25-lap feature event. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return with semi-feature events, followed by a 30-lap feature.

Advance tickets for the 76th Turkey Night Grand Prix are available by calling 805-648-7223.

Both Wednesday and Thursday night, the pit gates will open at noon, with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm. Cars are set to be on track at 3:30pm with racing scheduled for 5:30pm.

If you cannot make it to the event in person, both nights of "Turkey Night" will be streamed LIVE on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live!

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UPCOMING USAC NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Thursday, November 24, 2016

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship/USAC Western States Midget Championship and USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship

TRACK: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, California) - 1/5-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship & USAC Western States Midget Championship

STARTING TIMES: Pit sweep to clear pits prior to pit gate opening at 11am. Pit windows open at 11:45am. Pit gates open at noon. Tech open/Pill picks from noon to 2:45pm. Drivers Meeting at 2:45pm. Cars on track at 3:30pm. Racing begins at 5:30pm.

TICKETS: General Admission: $35. Reserved/Pre-Sale Seats: $45. Pit Passes: $50.

TRACK ADDRESS: 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

TRACK PHONE: (805) 648-RACE

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.venturaraceway.com/index.html

MEDIA COVERAGE: Streamed LIVE on http://www.loudpedal.tv/live.(100-mile blackout) Live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation and available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 19, 2016 – Bakersfield California – Bakersfield Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.869; 2. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.940; 3. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.951; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.001; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-13.014; 6. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-13.051; 7. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.099; 8. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-13.221 9. Troy Rutherford, 11B, Brutton-13.299; 10. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.308; 11. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.669; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.703; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.821; 14. David Prickett, 122Q, Nichols/Neverlift-13.904; 15. Tim Barber, 3T, Finkenbinder-13.917; 16. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers-14.347; 17. Quintin Crye, 15X, Crye-14.520; 18. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Gardner, 3. Dalby, 4. Pankratz, 5. Rogers, 6. Hazelton. NT.

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Elliott, 3. Guerrini, 4. Wait, 5. Crye, 6. Prickett. NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Crone, 2. Cofer, 3. Rutherford, 4. Dolacki, 5. Barber, 6. Nichols. NT.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Courtney Crone, 6. Maria Cofer, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Tyler Dolacki, 9. Troy Rutherford, 10. Tim Barber, 11. David Prickett, 12. Michael Faccinto, 13. Randi Pankratz, 14. Quintin Crye, 15. Ron Hazelton, 16. Brennan Rogers, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Terry Nichols. NT

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**Waite, Hazelton, Crye, Prickett, and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Guerrni, Laps 21-30 Gardner

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Chad Boat (9th to 3rd)

NEW USAC WESTERN MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 24 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

 

2016 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON LOUDPEDAL.TV!

The 76th annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will be streamed LIVE at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/ from California's Ventura Raceway on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 and 24.

The two-night racing spectacular begins Wednesday night, Nov. 23, with a USAC West Coast Sprint Car special event that concludes with a 25-lap feature event, plus USAC Midget practice.

On Thursday night, Nov. 24, the 76th running of the prestigious Thanksgiving night event takes place with live flag-to-flag coverage of hot laps, qualifying, qualifying races, and the 98-lap main event featuring the USAC National and Western States Midgets. A full USAC West Coast Sprint Car program is on the card as well, concluding with a 30-lap feature.

Loudpedal Productions, the official media partner of the United States Auto Club, will showcase all the thrills from Ventura Raceway on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/, produced by industry leaders Fast 4 Media. The 2016 edition of "Turkey Night" features several story lines including the nail-biting points race for the USAC National Midget title between defending race winner Tanner Thorson and Don Basile "Rookie of the Race" candidate Spencer Bayston, who are separated by a mere nine points entering the event.

The "Turkey Night" live stream can be ordered now at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/Live/. A two-night package that includes Wednesday night's West Coast Sprint Car event and USAC Midget practice as well as Thursday night's 98-lap Midget event, plus a full West Coast Sprint Car program can be purchased for $34.99. A Thursday-only package is available for just $24.99!

Turkey Night's return to Ventura for the first time since 1997 also highlights the return of NASCAR regulars and midget racing veterans Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Christopher Bell as well as top contenders Brady Bacon (Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion) and Chad Boat (Son of three-time "Turkey Night" winner Billy Boat), plus top series rookie Carson Macedo, New Zealand's Michael Pickens and many, many more, including all the stars from the national and west coast scenes.

There is a 100-mile blackout of the live stream surrounding Ventura Raceway for both night's events.

The "Turkey Night Grand Prix" begins with cars on track at 3:30pm on both Wednesday and Thursday with racing action set to start at 5:30pm.

 

 

ALEX BRIGHT TO SUIT UP FOR 2017 USAC EASTERN STORM

Midget racing standout Alex Bright will pilot a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car for Pennsylvania car owner Rick Kaylor in the 11th annual "Eastern Storm" series in 2017. Bright, who has yet to make a USAC Sprint Car start in his career, has 40 career USAC National Midget feature starts, including a second-place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in 2012.

The Collegeville, Pennsylvania native is renowned for his success in a midget on a resume that is highlighted by a 2016 ARDC title as well as a preliminary night feature win at the "Chili Bowl Midget Nationals" earlier in the season in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Car owner Rick Kaylor has been involved in sprint car racing for over two decades. Beginning his driving career in 1989, he has spent the past decade in the role of car owner and sponsor. Rick has owned sprint cars for the likes of Lucas Wolfe, Kenny Jacobs, Ryan Bohlke and, more recently, Super Sportsman driver Troy Rhome and 358 sprint car driver Jordan Givler.

The team is currently assembling a CS9 chassis with a fresh Rider Racing Engine underneath the hood of the No. 13K as Kaylor anxiously awaits his first venture into the world of USAC Sprint Car racing.

"I was at the Knoxville Nationals in 2007 and decided to go to Oskaloosa to watch USAC," Kaylor recalls. "I just thought they were incredible. Since then, I would go to Grandview, or wherever they ran locally, and decided when the time was right, I would like to field a car."

"I started looking at drivers and was spending a lot of time at Susquehanna earlier this year," Kaylor explains. "ARDC just happened to be there quite a bit and I took notice of Alex. I watched him all summer and was impressed with him on the track. Since I didn't know him, I asked around and heard nothing but good things. We talked in September and made a deal for USAC "Eastern Storm" and possibly the URC wingless races."

The schedule for 2017 "Eastern Storm" will be released along with all three of USAC's National schedule at the PRI show in Indianapolis on December 8, 2016.

 

 

DAMION GARDNER & THE ALEXANDERS OVERCOME VALLEYS ON WAY TO USAC/CRA PEAK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The mountain was high and the valley was low at the beginning of Damion Gardner and the Alexander team's 2016 USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car campaign.

The season began with sadness as the team lost its biggest supporter, sponsor Ken Goecke of Scott Sales Company. Just one week later, with heavy hearts, the team soldiered on to compete in the season-opener at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

However, trouble ensued from the get-go as the team was unable to run a single lap in competition due to mechanical trouble, putting them behind the eight-ball in their quest for another championship season.

Yet, the season is long and the possibilities large and even a rocky start wasn't going to deter Concord, California's Gardner and Alexander from capturing their fourth consecutive title.

The team put their collective minds to work and got the proverbial ball rolling in the following race at Perris. Quick all night and victory was a near certainty on the final lap. However, Gardner was caught and passed by young Josh Hodges off the final corner for his first career win.

Though Gardner and Alexander appeared to be back up to speed, there was still a sense by some that there could be a changing of the guard at the top of the USAC/CRA standings with the aforementioned Hodges as well as the emergence of Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson and Austin Williams.

Gardner quickly made up ground, however, reeling off finishes of 4th, 5th, 5th, 2nd, 3rd in the ensuing five races. On July 30 at Perris, though, Gardner would suffer another heartbreak, running out of fuel while leading with five laps to go.

As the page on the calendar turned to August, to the surprise of all, "The Demon" was still searching for that first win. Prior to this year's campaign, the latest Gardner had gone through a season as a full-time USAC/CRA competitor before scoring his first win was mid-April of 2013.

Gardner was pounding on the door of victory lane, but the window of opportunity remained unlocked with the appearance of his personal ATM - Perris Auto Speedway - looming on the schedule once more in late August.

Once again, Gardner was running up front - third, to be exact - on the tenth lap when he was caught up in an incident of his undoing. Gardner restarted from the tail of the 23-car field and proceeded to rip by everybody in the final 20 laps, including Roa with two to go to breakthrough for his first win of 2016 as the series headed into "California Sprint Week" where the flood gates, in a sense, began to open.

Gardner followed a runner-up finish and an 11th place run at Calistoga with two straight victories at Petaluma Speedway and Chico's Silver Dollar Speedway. Gardner nearly pulled off three in a row in Hanford, but was narrowly beaten on the last lap by Thomas Meseraull. Gardner's cumulative results were solid enough to clinch his first "California Sprint Week" title.

After "Sprint Week," Gardner reeled off finishes of 5th, 6th and 4th and added another victory at Perris in October just before the National series came to town for the two-night "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway and three-straight nights at the "Oval Nationals" in Perris.

Gardner, a USAC National Sprint Car regular from 2007 to 2012, came up strong against the toughest competition faced all season with fields consisting of the top-runners from both the West Coast and the National scenes.

Gardner rode into the "Oval Nationals" in top form after a pair of runner-up finishes on both nights at Arizona. Perris holds a special place in Gardner's career. It's the site of 40 of his 70 career USAC/CRA victories. To put that number into perspective, no other driver in the history of the USAC/CRA series has won more than 37 races total!

Gardner ran a solid 4th on opening nights of the "Ovals," then slipped back a bit to an 8th place finish on night number two. But, the Saturday night finale would prove to be magical for Gardner as he led all 40 laps on his way to becoming the third three-time "Oval Nationals" winner, joining Dave Darland and Bud Kaeding.

It was the first USAC National win for Gardner since an "Eastern Storm" victory at Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway in 2012. But, biggest of all, it signaled a resurgence of the west coast as Gardner -became the first USAC/CRA regular competitor since Mike Spencer, also in 2012, to win a USAC National race.

It was a year of the emergence of new stars and parity in USAC/CRA. It wasn't until September when the series finally had its first repeat winner of the season. In total, 14 different drivers took the checkered flag - the most since 2009.

Yet, when all was said and done, it was the familiar silver No. 4 with Damion Gardner and the Alexanders that scaled the mountain once again for the fourth consecutive year - the fifth driving title for Gardner and fifth owner title for the Alexander who also took the championship in 2007 with driver Tony Jones.

At times, the peaks and valleys were tough to tame this year for Gardner and Alexander. A multitude of incidents and gremlins plagued the team for the first half of the season, but nobody should ever count out any team in the month of March during the racing season, especially one the caliber of this combination.

After refusing to show any quit or give in to the pressures and frustration experienced early on, Gardner and Alexander proved why they are successful year-in, year-out. They consistently know how to get the job done and, as a result, their names will forever be etched as 2016 USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champions.

 

 

RONNIE GARDNER LEADS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS TO BAKERSFIELD

 By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 15, 2016... This Saturday, November 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their last of three appearances at Bakersfield Speedway. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the thirteenth point race will also showcase Hobby Stocks, IMCA Stocks, American Stocks, and Mini Dwarfs. The Pit Gates will open at 2:00pm, the Front Gates will open at 4:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 6:00pm at "The West's Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval." For event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 104 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Ronnie Gardner won the April 30th event and Michael Faccinto scored the June 4th triumph. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield triumphs, followed by Billy Boat (7), Jay Drake (5), and “Flash” Jordan Hermansader (4). Heading into Saturday’s race, Ricky Shelton holds the 1-lap qualifying track record of 12.339, set on June 21, 1997.

With two races remaining, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) and holds a 121-point advantage over the competition. Racing the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran second to Robby Josett at Ventura on October 29th. To date, the three-time champion has posted five feature wins, four Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. Currently tied with Page Jones with sixteen triumphs, Ronnie will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Bakersfield victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the USAC Western States point standings. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran fifth at the Ventura show on October 29th. At press time, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the year. Michael has four USAC wins and will have his sights on the Saturday night triumph and keeping his championship hopes alive.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) has climbed to third in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott charged from eighth to score third at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Cory will be looking to earn his second USAC triumph in front of his hometown fans.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini flipped in his Ventura heat race and did not start the main event. At press time, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. At Bakersfield, Frankie will have his sights on moving up the standings by claiming the second USAC victory of his career.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the Western Midget point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored ninth at the Ventura Raceway feature. To date, the Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion has posted two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and seven top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the leading rookie contender will be looking to breakthrough and claim her first series triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Robert Dalby, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Nate Wait, Robby Josett, Dylan Ito, “The Panda Express” Terry Nichols, Ashley Hazelton, Chad Boat, and more.

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

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

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

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

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

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 5-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Tanner Thorson.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-922, 2. Michael Faccinto-801, 3. Cory Elliott-717, 4. Frankie Guerrini-676, 5. Courtney Crone-620, 6. Cody Swanson-564, 7. Randi Pankratz-531, 8. Maria Cofer-523, 9. Robert Dalby-521, 10. Tyler Dolacki-420, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Nate Wait-228, 15. Robby Josett-201, 16. Dylan Ito- 200, 17. Terry Nichols-198, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

BACON BECOMES TWO-TIME USAC SPRINT CHAMP; HOFFMANS HOIST 11TH OWNERS' TITLE TROPHY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

For the second time in the last three seasons, Brady Bacon has been crowned as USAC's 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

Following a runner-up finish at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway in May, the 26-year-old Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took a point lead he would not relinquish, eventually building his advantage in the standings to 314 by season's end. The 314-point margin between Bacon and second-place Stockon was the largest in the USAC National Sprint Car standings since J.J. Yeley's 352-point rout in 2003.

Consistency was paramount for Bacon throughout the 2016 season. Though he was dominant in the standings throughout the final six months of the season, Bacon managed just two victories - the series' first ever visit to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway in May and at the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in June, which proved to be a landmark for the venerable Hoffman family as they became the first team in the history of the USAC National Sprint Car series to reach 100 victories (95 National, 2 Midwest and 3 "Special Events"), truly a milestone that stands as a testament to their legacy of excellence.

The championship hardware goes to the driver who's the most consistent, the one who's backed by a team that is prepared night-in, night-out at racetracks small and large, semi-banked and high-banked. No team has answered that challenge over the past three decades more than the Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Yet, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing's path to the championship didn't solely rely on victories this time around. Following a 2015 season in which they won its most races ever in a single season (7), Bacon and the Hoffmans were dependable and true to form, nearly always found near the front of the field and, along the way, compiled 22 top-fives, and 36 top-ten finishes in 41 series starts (all series bests in 2016).

In the meantime, Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffmans, moved up USAC's National Sprint Car winners' list where he now ranks 26th all-time, tying Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding with 17 career wins.

In July, Bacon collected his first "Indiana Sprint Week" title and Hoffman Auto Racing's first since 1998, becoming just the fifth driver to win the seven-race summer series and the USAC National Sprint Car championship in the same calendar year.

The famed number 69 of the Hoffman's has been a staple of the full USAC Sprint Car trail for nearly 30 years while the family-owned team has roots dating back to USAC's inception in 1956. That year, Eddie Sachs drove the Hoffman midget to a 100-lap victory at Dayton (OH) Speedway. The Hoffman's first USAC Sprint Car victory came just one year later, in 1957, with Don Branson behind the wheel at Ohio's New Bremen Speedway.

Six decades after that first triumph, the Hoffmans are widely-renowned as the most legendary USAC Sprint Car team of all. The Milford, Ohio-based team possesses 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles, teaming with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bacon.

Meanwhile, Bacon became the 16th driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car titles and the first driver from Oklahoma to accomplish the feat.

Bacon's big 2016 season also included being awarded the Mike Curb "Super License" that is given to the driver who earns the most combined points in USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Bacon also leads the way in the ProSource Fast Time Challenge heading into the Thursday, Nov. 24 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

 

 

BACON BECOMES TWO-TIME USAC SPRINT CHAMP; HOFFMANS HOIST 11TH OWNERS' TITLE TROPHY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

For the second time in the last three seasons, Brady Bacon has been crowned as USAC's 2016 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion.

Following a runner-up finish at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway in May, the 26-year-old Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver took a point lead he would not relinquish, eventually building his advantage in the standings to 314 by season's end. The 314-point margin between Bacon and second-place Stockon was the largest in the USAC National Sprint Car standings since J.J. Yeley's 352-point rout in 2003.

Consistency was paramount for Bacon throughout the 2016 season. Though he was dominant in the standings throughout the final six months of the season, Bacon managed just two victories - the series' first ever visit to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway in May and at the Jackson (Minn.) Motorplex in June, which proved to be a landmark for the venerable Hoffman family as they became the first team in the history of the USAC National Sprint Car series to reach 100 victories (95 National, 2 Midwest and 3 "Special Events"), truly a milestone that stands as a testament to their legacy of excellence.

The championship hardware goes to the driver who's the most consistent, the one who's backed by a team that is prepared night-in, night-out at racetracks small and large, semi-banked and high-banked. No team has answered that challenge over the past three decades more than the Hoffman Auto Racing team.

Yet, Bacon and Hoffman Auto Racing's path to the championship didn't solely rely on victories this time around. Following a 2015 season in which they won its most races ever in a single season (7), Bacon and the Hoffmans were dependable and true to form, nearly always found near the front of the field and, along the way, compiled 22 top-fives, and 36 top-ten finishes in 41 series starts (all series bests in 2016).

In the meantime, Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffmans, moved up USAC's National Sprint Car winners' list where he now ranks 26th all-time, tying Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones and Bud Kaeding with 17 career wins.

In July, Bacon collected his first "Indiana Sprint Week" title and Hoffman Auto Racing's first since 1998, becoming just the fifth driver to win the seven-race summer series and the USAC National Sprint Car championship in the same calendar year.

The famed number 69 of the Hoffman's has been a staple of the full USAC Sprint Car trail for nearly 30 years while the family-owned team has roots dating back to USAC's inception in 1956. That year, Eddie Sachs drove the Hoffman midget to a 100-lap victory at Dayton (OH) Speedway. The Hoffman's first USAC Sprint Car victory came just one year later, in 1957, with Don Branson behind the wheel at Ohio's New Bremen Speedway.

Six decades after that first triumph, the Hoffmans are widely-renowned as the most legendary USAC Sprint Car team of all. The Milford, Ohio-based team possesses 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles, teaming with drivers Rich Vogler, Steve Butler, Robbie Stanley, Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bacon.

Meanwhile, Bacon became the 16th driver to win multiple USAC National Sprint Car titles and the first driver from Oklahoma to accomplish the feat.

Bacon's big 2016 season also included being awarded the Mike Curb "Super License" that is given to the driver who earns the most combined points in USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Bacon also leads the way in the ProSource Fast Time Challenge heading into the Thursday, Nov. 24 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" USAC Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

 

 

BACON ADDS MIKE CURB "SUPER LICENSE"
TO 2016 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. has wrapped up the 2016 USAC Mike Curb "Super License," adding that to the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Championship he completed last weekend.

The $5,000 cash award will be presented by Mr. Curb at the December 9 USAC "Night of Champions" National Awards Banquet at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, Ind. The award honors the driver earning the most total USAC National points in the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget series throughout the year.

During the 2016 USAC National season, Bacon has competed in 64 total feature events and posted 21 "podium" finishes.

His margin of victory in the final "Super License" standings remains to be finalized, with the season's final national points-paying race remaining at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget race at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway on November 24.

He enters "Turkey Night" with a whopping 1122-point lead over 2015 Super License champ Dave Darland. Chris Windom, enjoying a late-season surge, stands third in the "Super License" points.

Six total drivers earned points in all three National series. They include Bacon, Darland, Jerry Coons Jr., Bryan Clauson, Shane Cottle and Zach Daum.

MIKE CURB "SUPER LICENSE" POINT STANDINGS
1. (4073) Brady Bacon
2. (2951) Dave Darland
3. (2814) Chris Windom
4. (2362) Chase Stockon
5. (2226) C.J. Leary
6. (2166) Thomas Meseraull
7. (2158) Chad Boespflug
8. (2053) Jerry Coons, Jr.
9. (1960) Robert Ballou
10. (1921) Bryan Clauson
11. (1547) Justin Grant
12. (1526) Shane Cottle
13. (1419) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
14. (1383) Aaron Farney
15. (1264) Max McGhee
16. (1223) Kyle Cummins
17. (1194) Tanner Thorson
18. (1185) Spencer Bayston
19. (1146) Jon Stanbrough
20. (1136) Tyler Courtney
21. (1129) Chad Boat
22. (1058) Carson Macedo
23. (972) Jarett Andretti
24. (583) Kody Swanson
25. (877) Isaac Chapple
26. (872) Ryan Robinson
27. (814) Landon Simon
28. (810) Holly Shelton
29. (778) Zach Daum
30. (714) Tyler Thomas
31. (703) Bret Mellenberndt
32. (678) Carson Short
33. (572) Ryan Greth
34. (510) Hunter Schuerenberg
35. (491) Gage Walker
36. (489) Brady Short
37. (467) Steve Buckwalter
38. (427) Logan Jarrett
39. (407) Shane Golobic
40. (398) David Byrne
41. (386) Casey Shuman
42. (351) Davey Ray
43. (341) Cole Ketcham
44. (340) Austin Nemire
45. (316) Joe Liguori
46. (301) Tony DiMattia
47. (257) Matt Goodnight
48. (241) Shane Cockrum
49. (226) Justin Peck
50. (220) Kyle Robbins
51. (213) Tanner Swanson
52. (205) Kent Schmidt
53. (195) Aaron Pierce
54. (191) Tucker Klaasmeyer
55. (181) Jacob Wilson
56. (180) Patrick Lawson
57. (173) Jimi Quin
58. (163) Mitch Wissmiller
59. (161) Bobby Santos & Matt Westfall
61. (154) Jeff Swindell
62. (153) Tom Harris
63. (138) Dayne Kingshott
64. (134) David Budres
65. (130) Billy Puterbaugh, Jr.
66. (125) Chase Johnson
67. (122) Carmen Perigo
68. (113) Robert Bell
69. (104) Aric Gentry
70. (101) Mark Smith
71. (99) Anton Hernandez
72. (95) Joe Axsom & Chris Fetter
74. (93) Terry James
75. (90) Tim Creech II
76. (88) Tyler Nelson
77. (80) Bill Rose
78. (71) J.C. Bland
79. (70) Tad Roach & Josh Spencer
81. (67) Kyle Schuett
82. (65) Neil Shepherd
83. (61) Terry Babb & Robert Stout
85. (59) Brian Tyler
86. (55) Ryan Newman
87. (52) James Lyerla
88. (51) Dave Berkheimer
89. (50) Mario Clouser, Ted Hines, Dick Mahoney & Austin Prock
93. (47) A.J. Fike
94. (43) Dakota Jackson
95. (40) Ariel Biggs & Kellen Conover
97. (39) Chris Urish
98. (37) Kevin Studley
99. (35) Danny Long
100. (32) Joey Moughan
101. (27) John Heydenreich
102. (25) Russ Gamester
103. (22) Billy Pauch, Jr.
104. (20) Lee Dakus & Ken Drangmeister
106. (13) Jackie Burke & Kenny Gentry
108. (10) Mike Gass & Trevor Kobylarz

 

 

GARDNER GRABS $25 GRAND; TAKES "OVAL NATIONALS" WIN #3 AT THE PAS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........On a night in which he had been awarded the hardware of a hard-earned USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car season title, Damion Gardner collected the biggest single-night reward of his championship season - a $25,000 check and the addition of his name to the list of the only three-time winners in the 21-year history of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Gardner, of Concord, California, trailed for all of one half-straightaway Saturday night before retaking the lead from Richard Vander Weerd on the back straightaway with 13 laps remaining and cruising to a one-second victory in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D.

Gardner, who also won in 2009 and 2011, joined Bud Kaeding and Dave Darland as the only drivers to capture an "Oval Nationals" crown for a third-time in the richest dirt-track race in the state of California. Furthermore, Gardner kept the Eagle trophy in the hands of a USAC/CRA regular for the first time since Mike Spencer in 2012.

"We worked together really well tonight," Gardner said. "We made some big decisions tonight and did some different things and, ultimately, that's what won us the race. I looked at the track and knew it was going to be middle/bottom. I just didn't know if the top would come late. I knew it would slow down enough on the bottom that the top would come late, but I just wasn't sure when. It's tough being out front for 40 laps because you just don't know where to go. On the same hand, running second or third is tough when you have one of these guys running out front. Getting to them and getting around them is a tough task. I knew I was pretty fast and I knew it was slowing down, but I was getting really good runs off the corner. They gave me a good car and, everywhere it went, it worked. Mark and Steve (Alexander) always talk about having bad luck at the 'Oval Nationals' and I wanted to be the one to turn it around for them. That meant a lot to me."

Bad luck plagued Gardner throughout the early portion of the USAC/CRA schedule. It wasn't until late August when Gardner finally broke through for his first triumph of the season. Prior to this year's campaign, the latest Gardner has gone through a season as a full-time USAC/CRA competitor before scoring his first win was mid-April of 2013, but despite the setback, Gardner and the Alexanders persevered to win five races in the final two-and-a-half months of the season to take their fourth consecutive series title together as a team.

"Mark and Steve and everybody on the team have stuck together and kept digging," a prideful Gardner said. "It's been a tough season, not because we haven't been fast, but because we've had to go to the back I don't know how many times and it wasn't because of our doings. Maybe a couple of them, but we always managed to fight back and have a decent finish. We missed the first race, but we battled back and those guys stuck with me. I knew we could do it, but to win the championship and the 'Oval Nationals' in one year is huge."

In a battle of supremacy between USAC's CRA and National Sprint Car divisions in the season finales for both series, two west coast regulars - Brody Roa and Gardner - occupied the front row for the highest-paying National event on the USAC calendar.

Gardner got the best of Roa on the opening lap as he used the inside line on the back straight to surge ahead before sliding up in front of Roa at the exit of four to take the top spot.

On the second lap, Roa slapped the concrete with the right-side tires on the back straightaway, scrubbing off enough speed to allow Vander Weerd to get by for second.

Following a lap eight yellow flag for Josh Hodges' contact with the wall between turns one and two, the front of the field settled into a groove in the middle of the racetrack, but Vander Weerd peeked at the topside of turns one and two, nearly making it work to his advantage. Gardner hammered the throttle, pointed his front wheels to the sky and shot out in front of Vander Weerd to retain the lead.

Near the midway point, Gardner and the rest of the front runners met the tail-end of lapped traffic. Second-running Vander Weerd and third-place Roa managed to catch Gardner as he became hung up in the gridlock. But, on lap 28, Vander Weerd slipped under Gardner between the first and second turn to spurt to the lead. Gardner instantly countered to the inside of Vander Weerd off turn two to blast back to the front of the pack.

Lappers continued to be a bear, but a lap 33 caution for the slowing car of Chris Gansen gave the front of the field a clear sight ahead for the eight-lap shootout to the finish. However, Gardner could not be contained in the final laps as he distanced himself from second-running Vander Weerd. Although, the surging Chris Windom made a late charge on the cushion to spring from fourth to second past Roa and Vander Weerd on the final lap to grab second.

Meanwhile, up ahead, Gardner took the checkered flag for his first USAC National win since 2012 as well as his record-extending 70th career USAC/CRA victory by 1.040 seconds over Windom, Vander Weerd, Roa and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon.

Damion Gardner celebrates in victory lane after winning Saturday night's "Oval Nationals" at Perris - his 70th career USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car victory and his first USAC National Sprint victory since Port Royal (PA) Speedway in 2012. (MIKE GROSSWENDT PHOTO)

Chris Windom, of Canton, Illinois, took the runner-up spot in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar, finishing off a historic run of results that never saw him finish outside the top-six in any USAC National points-paying race through the last four months of the season.

"I found that line late," Windom admits. "I wish I would've found it a few laps sooner; I think we might've had a shot at it at the end. But Derek Claxton is the best crew chief in the country. He works his butt off every night and so does Billy (Grace). We've been rolling the last half of the year really well. It's unfortunate the season's over; I'd like to keep it going. We'll start back up strong going into Florida next year."

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd led briefly coming out of turn two on lap 28, but in the end, settled for a solid third-place run to follow up Friday night's runner-up finish in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark.

"I knew we were in a tough position and I knew it was going to be a hard track to pass on," Vander Weerd explained. "We were able to get to second right at the start. Brody (Roa) pushed a little bit on the first corner and we got around him and then Brady (Bacon) and that got us into second. We just followed Damion (Gardner) for most of the first 30 laps, then I got underneath him and he crossed me back over coming off the top of the corner. He had a little more speed down the back straightaway and he got back underneath me, but I knew lapped traffic would come into play and I knew that was the only way we were going to get back by him. We stayed right with him, but those yellows hurt us. We just got so tight toward the end and, on the last lap, I could hear somebody coming behind me. I thought Chris (Windom) was coming on the inside, but I guess he was running the top. He got me right there at the line. But a third-place finish in the 'Oval Nationals' is awesome!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Bud Kaeding (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Chase Stockon (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), Joe Stornetta (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Jon Stanbrough (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Brody Roa (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Super Six Dash Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Jake Swanson (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winners) and Austin Williams (KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 12, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top 6 in points excluded - No Points) 1. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.587; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.634; 3. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-16.645; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.665; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-16.754; 6. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.768; 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.810; 8. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.851; 9. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.881; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.903; 11. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-16.921; 12. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-16.956; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.960; 14. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.967; 15. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-16.979; 16. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.994; 17. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.093; 18. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-17.141; 19. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.171; 20. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.191; 21. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.260; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-17.270; 23. Troy Rutherford, 4D, Gansen-17.273; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.318; 25. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-17.345; 26. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.364; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.370; 28. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.476; 29. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.546; 30. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.548; 31. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.730; 32. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.763; 33. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.787; 34. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.817; 35. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.881; 36. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.965; 37. Matt McCarthy, 55, McCarthy-18.227.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Kaeding, 3. Chapple, 4. Bernal, 5. Thomas, 6. Macedo, 7. Adams, 8. Malcolm. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Johnson, 3. A. Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. L. Williams, 6. Farney, 7. Colston, 8. Meseraull. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stornetta, 2. Schuerenberg, 3. Hodges, 4. Rutherford, 5. Gansen, 6. Bender, 7. Slack, 8. Ellertson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Leary, 3. Faria, 4. Swanson, 5. Liggett, 6. Majors, 7. Edwards, 8. C. Williams. 2:54.53

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Bacon, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Windom, 6. Darland. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Hodges, 3. Bernal, 4. Liggett, 5. Chapple, 6. Farney, 7. L. Williams, 8. Majors, 9. Sweeney, 10. Ellertson, 11. McCarthy, 12. Lopiccolo, 13. Tafoya. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Meseraull, 3. A. Williams, 4. Spencer, 5. Gansen, 6. Malcolm, 7. C. Williams, 8. Slack, 9. Edwards, 10. Rutherford, 11. Waitman, 12. Faria. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal. NT ---------------------------- **Macedo and Adams flipped during the first heat. Slack flipped during the third heat. Tafoya flipped during the first semi. Faria flipped during the second semi. Bernal flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Gardner.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Austin Williams (20th to 12th)

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2676, 2-Stockon-2362, 3-Darland-2251, 4-Windom-2226, 5-Meseraull-2166, 6-Boespflug-2158, 7-Leary-2038, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Thomas-1419, 10-Farney-1383.

FINAL USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1645, 2-Vander Weerd-1473, 3-Roa-1342, 4-Swanson-1320, 5-A. Williams-1254, 6-Spencer-1061, 7-Adams-938, 8-L. Williams-824, 9-C. Williams-759, 10-Gansen-721.

 

 

DARLAND TAKES THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED TO WIN NIGHT TWO OF THE "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........From the earliest moments of the race, Dave Darland made a commitment to run the top.

Even though it appeared the race was going to become a bottom-feeding procession in the first several laps, the veteran driver blazed his own trail on the cushion as he methodically picked his way through the field to take the lead at the halfway point, then held off a hard-charging Richard Vander Weerd to win his record-extending 59th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on night two of the 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway.

The victory was the Lincoln, Indiana native's first in the series since April at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton. In what has, at times, been a trying season for the winningest driver in the history of the USAC National Sprint division, the three-time "Oval Nationals" champ showed he can still get the job done, even when the deck is stacked against him.

"I went to the bottom early," Darland recalled. "I started on the outside and didn't get too good of a start. I was a little bit scared of that cushion to start with, but by the time I got the chance to go to the bottom, I was tenth! I took a chance going up there, but everybody was bottled up around the bottom and not going very fast, so I opted to go to the top and tried to make it work to get a groove going up there. A couple of guys ahead of me went up there and got away from it, so I was up there by myself. It worked out great! I got up there and made my own lane and went by guys when I could."

"Oval Nationals" opening night winner Chad Boespflug began the race from the pole position and immediately sprinted out to a five-car-length lead by the end of the first lap with Brody Roa and Bud Kaeding in tow.

The night's scariest moment occurred on the fourth lap as Kaeding began to slow dramatically in the middle of the racetrack between turns three and four. Flames began to rise out of the cockpit, forcing Kaeding to evacuate through the top of the rollcage. As Kaeding bailed out of his still-moving machine, both of his legs were engulfed in flames. As the tense seconds ticked away, the fire was extinguished and Kaeding managed to walk away from the scene, albeit in discomfort.

By lap seven, several of the frontrunners remained in single-file formation on the bottom of the racetrack. However, Darland led the topside brigade from the seventh position, awakening the upper groove as he worked his way to sixth by lap nine and fifth on lap 12.

On a restart following Ryan Bernal's climb of the wall on lap 14, the top-four all stuck to the bottom, but not Darland. The 1999 USAC National Sprint Car titlist rode the cushion to rip past Vander Weerd between turns one and two, then outpaced R.J. Johnson off the fourth corner to take third at the stripe.

On lap 15, Darland picked off Roa for second and, one lap later, recorded his fastest lap of the race as he ran down Boespflug to take over the lead, nipping him at the line as the two passed underneath the crossed flags signaling the halfway mark.

Boespflug instantly came right back at Darland with a turn one slider, but Darland stayed on the throttle and narrowly escaped between the concrete and Boespflug's right side wheels to retain the race lead.

Boespflug migrated to the top and stayed within reach of Darland with less than ten to go while Vander Weerd worked the low groove in the third position.

On lap 25, though, Boespflug's race came to a crashing halt after tagging the wall at the exit of turn two, sending him tumbling down the back straightaway. Fortunately, Boespflug walked away uninjured from his battered racecar.

With six laps remaining and the half-mile dirt oval slicked off and widened out from the berm to the concrete wall, it was a tale of two strategies at play with Darland holding steady on the top and Vander Weerd alternating between the top and bottom lines.

The two ran wheel-to-wheel on the first lap following the restart with Darland able to cling to the lead by the smallest of margins. Vander Weerd made a run at him at the entrance of turn one on the 26th lap, but slid up through the middle of the racetrack and over the turn cushion, disrupting his charge to the front for the time being.

However, Vander Weerd came right back at Darland, running as low as possible through the third and fourth turns with the front wheels scraping the top of the berm with Darland in his crosshairs.

Meanwhile, USAC National Sprint point leader Brady Bacon entered the fray, poking his nose underneath Darland and Vander Weerd on the bottom entering turn one.

As Darland and Vander Weerd received the white flag separated by a mere half-car-length, the two ran nose-to-tail on the outside entering the first turn with Bacon on the inside. Vander Weerd ducked to the bottom in turn three for one last try on the final lap, but Darland kept his foot in it and used the momentum to propel himself to the victory by a single car length over Vander Weerd with Bacon a car length back of Vander Weerd in third.

 

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd just narrowly missed his first career USAC National victory, taking second in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark.

"We were all running the bottom at the beginning," Vander Weerd explains. "It was too scary to jump to the top. You definitely want to wait until the bottom slows down a little bit before you jump to the top. Darland went to the top first and we went there second. Darland and I went side-by-side there with about three or four laps to go. I didn't have enough momentum and I knew that if I slid him, it probably wouldn't have been clean, so I just backed out of it, followed him and waited until the last lap. I knew if I was going to win, I had to hit my marks just perfect. We didn't make that corner perfect on the last lap and he got the win."

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma grabbed his second-straight third place result at Perris in as many nights in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"Our weakness has been starting back in the pack," Bacon admits. "We started 12th last night and 14th tonight. Fortunately, we put ourselves in a position that we don't have to start that far back on Saturday. We've had a really good car both nights. Hopefully, we can just keep it underneath us and get 40 good laps tomorrow."

"We were pretty good on the bottom, but there was just always someone there," Bacon said. "We just had to go where the guy in front of us wasn't. That's why it took us a little while to get going. We were jammed up in the back and there wasn't a place for me to go. Finally, it got slick enough that guys in front of me were messing up. Then, we could sneak around them on the bottom. It got pretty technical there at the end. If I would've ran the last three laps perfect, I might've been able to pull it off, but it was just so slick down there and the window was so small. We put ourselves in a position to win at the end despite being handicapped a bit at the beginning. That's what you have to do in these point accumulation deals; you just have to make the most of what's given to you and try not to mess up too bad."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Jake Swanson (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Hunter Schuerenberg (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), A.J. Bender (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Fifth Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Ryan Bernal (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 11, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.417; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.484; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.630; 4. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-16.764; 5. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.810; 6. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 7. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.853; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.872; 9. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.942; 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.997; 11. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.003; 12. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.004; 13. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-17.016; 14. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-17.037; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.045; 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-17.060; 17. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-17.092; 18. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.140; 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-17.159; 20. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-17.165; 21. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-17.177; 22. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-17.267; 23. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-17.279; 24. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.322; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-17.381; 26. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.421; 27. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.445; 28. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.448; 29. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.455; 30. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.468; 31. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.494; 32. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.623; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.656; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.764; 35. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.804; 36. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.867; 37. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.873; 38. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.917; 39. Troy Rutherford, 4D, Gansen-17.937; 40. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.160; 41. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.188; 42. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-18.314; 43. Matt McCarthy, 55, McCarthy-18.383; 44. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Leary, 3. Swanson, 4. Roa, 5. Farney, 6. Slack, 7. Lopiccolo, 8. Majors, 9. Faria. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Boespflug, 3. Hodges, 4. Gardner, 5. Chapple, 6. Gansen, 7. Waitman, 8. Spencer, 9. Malcolm. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bender, 2. Stockon, 3. L. Williams, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Johnson, 6. A. Williams, 7. Sweeney, 8. McCarthy, 9. Ellertson. 2:55.31

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Stornetta, 4. Liggett, 5. Rutherford, 6. Colston, 7. Macedo, 8. Mellenberndt, 9. C. Williams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Meseraull, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Adams, 6. Bernal, 7. Edwards, 8. Tafoya. 2:53.01

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Johnson, 3. Spencer, 4. Faria, 5. A. Williams, 6. Farney, 7. Adams, 8. Chapple, 9. Edwards, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Majors, 12. Gansen, 13. Waitman, 14. Sweeney, 15. Tafoya, 16. Lopiccolo, 17. McCarthy, 18. Macedo, 19. Rutherford, 20. Colston, 21. Malcolm, 22. Slack, 23. Ellertson. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brody Roa, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Joe Stornetta, 13. Josh Hodges, 14. Thomas Meseraull, 15. Ryan Bernal, 16. Jake Swanson, 17. A.J. Bender, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Austin Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Austin Liggett, 22. Chad Boespflug, 23. Mike Spencer, 24. Danny Faria, Jr., 25. Max Adams, 26. Bud Kaeding. NT ---------------------------- **Macedo flipped during the fourth heat. Boespflug flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Boespflug, Laps 16-30 Darland.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (14th to 3rd)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2618, 2-Stockon-2316, 3-Darland-2202, 4-Windom-2159, 5-Meseraull-2143, 6-Boespflug-2106, 7-Leary-2015, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Thomas-1378, 10-Farney-1360.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1575, 2-Vander Weerd-1409, 3-Swanson-1291, 4-Roa-1281, 5-A. Williams-1215, 6-Spencer-1028, 7-Adams-915, 8-L. Williams-801, 9-C. Williams-749, 10-Gansen-698.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

LOVE, BREIDINGER CLAIM USAC WESTERN HPD TITLES
AS LAS VEGAS FINALE IS CANCELLED


Cancellation of the scheduled November 19 USAC Western HPD finale at the Bullring at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway has resulted in finalizing two USAC driving champions for 2016.

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif., tied with Ashley Hazelton for the most USAC female feature victories on the all-time list at nine each, emerges as the Pavement Champion, while Jesse Love IV of Menlo Park, Calif., already having wrapped up the Dirt Championship, is also now the Overall Champion of the series.

Love finished the season with a 280-point edge over Annie Breidinger, while he finished 50 points behind Toni Breidinger in the pavement standings.

Breidinger recorded seven feature wins in 15 pavement starts, while Love won twice on the dirt and once on the pavement, ironically claiming both finales.


FINAL 2016 USAC Western HPD Midget Standings: 1-Jesse Love IV-1,823, 2-Annie Breidinger-1,543, 3-Toni Breidinger-1,266, 4-Antonia Boscacci-1,088, 5-Ashley Hazelton-744, 6-Tom Paterson-697, 7-Blake Brannon-608, 8-Cody Jessop-566, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

FINAL 2016 USAC Western HPD Pavement Midget Standings: 1-Toni Breidinger-1,153, 2-Jesse Love IV-1,103, 3-Annie Breidinger-1,047, 4-Blake Brannon-608, 5-Antonia Boscacci-572, 6-Cody Jessop-487, 7-Tom Paterson-395, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 9-Jeff Kelley-193, 10-Jagger Jones-188

 

 

BOESPFLUG STOPS WINDOM'S STREAK TO TAKE "OVAL NATIONALS" NIGHT ONE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........In what has already been a banner year for Chad Boespflug, the Hanford, California native checked off yet another highlight-reel moment during the 2016 season - a USAC victory in his home state - after winning night one of the 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway.

In fact, the Thursday Perris triumph marks the fifth different state Boespflug has won in during his five career USAC point-paying victories - Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Nebraska and California, not to mention his $60,000 two-night performance at South Dakota's Badlands Motor Speedway in a non-points special event back in August.

Though the box score shows Boespflug leading all 30 laps, it was never quite that easy. Especially so when you have to fend off the hottest sprint car driver in the USA.

Boespflug got the jump at the start, drifting up to the topside to take the lead into turn one ahead of fellow native-Californian Thomas Meseraull. Just four laps in, though, Chris Windom rode the bottom line past Meseraull between turns one and two, then was able to clear him by the midway point of the backstretch to grab second.

On laps seven and eight, Boespflug and Windom engaged in a side-by-side battle for the lead as Ryan Bernal began to surge in the third spot. Bernal would fall out of contention just moments after bursting onto the scene, biking his machine between turns three and four, resulting in a flat left rear tire that brought out the yellow flag.

On the lap eight restart, Boespflug immediately distanced himself from Windom, lifting the left front as he raced down the back straightaway to put a seven car-length gap between first and second.

By lap 12, though, Windom used the extreme bottom on the infield berm to catch and pull even with Boespflug for the lead, but Boespflug hung on by the skin of his teeth to nip Windom at the line to stay at the front by a single car length.

Just after the halfway point, Boespflug hiked the left rear as he bounced through the entrance of turn three and over the cushion, momentarily losing the lead to Windom, the winner of the last three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races coming into Thursday's Perris round.

However, good fortune found Boespflug as, simultaneously, a caution fell for a three-car tangle involving Austin Liggett, Hunter Schuerenberg and Danny Faria, Jr. prior to the entire lap being scored. The field reverted to the running order on the last completed lap, which relegated Windom to second behind Boespflug on the lap 16 restart.

The second half of the race was all Boespflug as he left Windom in the distance without encountering an ounce of trouble, save for a kiss of the concrete with his right rear tire at the exit of turn four with seven laps to go, to take his sixth USAC Sprint Car win of the season - fourth points-paying - in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/Capitol Renegade - Beaver Stripes/Maxim/Claxton.

"I saw Chris (Windom)'s nose there before that first yellow," Boespflug remembers. "I was trying to give it away; I was overdriving it in (turns) three and four and I just had to make sure I hit my marks racing with Chris and Derek (Claxton). They've been so stellar these last couple of weeks. We've been good early on, but we just need to be better in the end. (Crew Chief) Davey Jones and I walked the entire track and got a good setup for what we thought we needed and it worked. I got tighter as the race went on. Usually, we start out too tight, but this time, we got tighter as the race went on which I think was to our advantage. The bottom seemed to go away a little bit, so under the yellows, I tried to pack it in and help kill it as much as I could."

It was Boespflug's first win at Perris and, even though he has plenty of previous experience on the Southern California half-mile, he credits much of his success on Thursday night to the open practice session at the track one night prior.

"Everything we learned happened last night at the open practice," Boespflug admits. "We didn't test for speed; we wanted to make sure we could race and move around on the racetrack and have a car that's drivable for me. I think we found that and everything we learned definitely worked tonight. But, it's pretty special. I raced here for almost an entire year in 2006 back when I lived out here. I'm just so happy to be able to put this on my resume."

Eventual winner Chad Boespflug (white #98E) battle Chris Windom (orange #5) for the lead during Thursday night's "Oval Nationals" opener at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. (NEIL CAVANAH PHOTO)

Chris Windom scored second in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. The Canton, Illinois driver saw his winning streak come to an end as he attempted to become the first driver since Rick Hood in 1985 to win four-straight USAC National Sprint Car features.

"We had a really good car all night," Windom said. "I was just searching there in the feature. I think we were better than Chad there in the middle of the race. On the restarts, we got a little snug on the right rear. He got too far away from us the first five laps after the (lap 16) restart. I couldn't reel him back in. But, we were fast all night. Derek (Claxton)'s done a great job on this car the last few months. We'd won three in a row and we were hoping to make it four, but we'll take a second on opening night. We have a lot of momentum and a lot of confidence coming into this weekend, so we'll keep plugging away and, hopefully, we can come back and win the one that counts on Saturday."

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon took third in the Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar, his season-leading 20th top-five finish in his 39th series start of the season.

"We drew a pretty high pill and had to go out pretty late and didn't quite get the qualifying time we would've liked," Bacon said. "It set us back and we had to start 11th in the feature. It took us awhile to get up through there, but we were fortunate enough to get up to third. I think we might've had something for them if we could've started a little closer to the front. It puts you in a good spot having a good first night. You can't afford to have any problems these first two nights with the way the points work, so I think we're in pretty good shape. We were fast right out of the box tonight!"

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway included Damion Gardner (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Bud Kaeding (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), Chad Boespflug (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance Third Heat Winner), Brody Roa (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Macedo (Keizer Aluminum Wheels Fifth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner) and Jon Stanbrough (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2016 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.249; 2. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.313; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.333; 4. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-16.407; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 42x, Bates-16.413; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.437; 7. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.459; 8. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.514; 9. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.576; 10. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-16.609; 11. Joe Stornetta, 3T, Finkenbinder-16.634; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.658; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-16.712; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.727; 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 17v, Faria-16.788; 16. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.796; 17. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.814; 18. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-16.828; 19. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-16.837; 20. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.838; 21. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.847; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-16.850; 23. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-16.860; 24. Logan Williams, 5w, Jory-16.898; 25. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Underwood-16.959; 26. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.973; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.020; 28. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.147; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.192; 30. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.218; 31. Matt Mitchell, 21A, Burkhart-17.245; 32. Troy Rutherford, 11x, Bellegante-17.284; 33. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.287; 34. Colton Slack, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.324; 35. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.331; 36. Verne Sweeney, 98v, Tracy-17.429; 37. Cody Majors, 81x, Watt-17.453; 38. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-17.609; 39. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.656; 40. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.708; 41. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.899; 42. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.911; 43. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.958; 44. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-18.099.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kaeding, 2. Stockon, 3. Gardner, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Stornetta, 6. A. Williams, 7. Mitchell, 8. Bender, 9. Sweeney. 2:53.79

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Darland, 4. Farney, 5. Swanson, 6. Chapple, 7. Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 8. Waitman, 9. Majors. 2:52.36

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Thomas, 3. Windom, 4. Stanbrough, 5. Spencer, 6. Adams, 7. Gansen, 8. Colston, 9. Ellertson. 2:51.09

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bernal, 3. Johnson, 4. L. Williams, 5. Hodges, 6. Malcolm, 7. Slack, 8. Edwards, 9. Lopiccolo. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Meseraull, 3. Schuerenberg, 4. Faria, 5. Liggett, 6. Mellenberndt, 7. Tafoya, 8. C.Williams. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. A. Williams, 2. Swanson, 3. Hodges, 4. Liggett, 5. Chapple, 6. Rutherford, 7. Malcolm, 8. Edwards, 9. Slack, 10. Majors, 11. Gansen, 12. Sweeney, 13. Lopiccolo, 14. Stornetta, 15. Bender, 16. Colston, 17. Adams, 18. Mitchell, 19. Tafoya, 20. Spencer, 21. Mellenberndt, 22. Ellertson. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chad Boespflug, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 11. Bud Kaeding, 12. Brody Roa, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Chase Stockon, 18. Ryan Bernal, 19. Jake Swanson, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 23. Max Adams, 24. Chris Gansen, 25. Hunter Schuerenberg, 26. Austin Liggett. NT ---------------------------- **Mellenberndt and Stornetta flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Boespflug.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Bud Kaeding (23rd to 11th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2546, 2-Stockon-2253, 3-Darland-2125, 4-Meseraull-2101, 5-Windom-2090, 6-Boespflug-2076, 7-Leary-1953, 8-Robert Ballou-1919, 9-Farney-1350, 10-Thomas-1324.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1516, 2-Vander Weerd-1336, 3-Swanson-1248, 4-Roa-1217, 5-A. Williams-1190, 6-Spencer-1003, 7-Adams-892, 8-L. Williams-772, 9-C. Williams-739, 10-Gansen-688.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 11-12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

"FIRESTONE EVENING OF GIVING BENEFIT CONCERT AND CHARITY AUCTION" TO BENEFIT TWO LOCAL CHILDREN'S CHARITIES

Fourth Annual Event Features Live and Silent Auctions, and Music by Bluewater Kings Band

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - A charitable, must-attend event set in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, will take place Thurs., November 17, at Indianapolis Artsgarden, hovering 17 feet above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets, at 110 W. Washington Street.

The fourth annual "Firestone Evening of Giving Benefit Concert and Charity Auction," presented by KECO Coatings, will start at 6:30 p.m. and run to 10 p.m.

The proceeds will help grant the wishes of Indiana Children's Wish Fund (ICWF) children ages 3 to 18, who have been diagnosed with a terminal/life-threatening illness, as well as help support the mission and activities of Racing for Corey (RFC). We are happy to have Firestone Racing participating as our title sponsor again this year.

EVENT DETAILS: The evening's entertainment includes live, high-energy Rock/Jazz/Dance/Funk+Motown music provided by Bluewater Kings Band, silent and live auctions, and a wine pull.

Tickets are $125 per person (must be 21 years or older to attend). A plated dinner will be served with a cash bar. Parking is available at Circle Centre Mall, or by valet at the Conrad Indianapolis ($25). Space is limited, so advanced ticket purchase is required.

Tickets can be purchased by calling KECO Coatings at 317-356-7279 or on www.eventbrite.com. Reserved VIP tables for eight are $1,500, which includes two complimentary bottles of wine, four valet parking passes at Conrad Indianapolis, inclusion in promotional materials, and on-site signage.

The live auction will feature motorsports experiences, including an IndyCar Experience two-seater ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity to have "Dinner with Ed Carpenter." Sports fans will have the chance to bid on a helmet autographed by Indianapolis Colts Legends and memorabilia autographed by Muhammad Ali. There is something for everyone, including trips and much more.

Racing for Corey: Founded in 1999, Racing for Corey is a program designed to bring together the sport of auto racing and kids diagnosed with life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Organized race-themed events are held at racetracks to entertain wish kids and families of various non-profit, wish-granting organizations across the country. Visit www.racingforcorey.org.

Indiana Children's Wish Fund: Founded in 1984, Indiana Children's Wish Fund grants wishes to Indiana children ages 3 to 18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Note: there is no affiliation to any other wish-granting organization. Visit www.indianachildrenswishfund.org.

 

 

 

ALL EYES FOCUSED ON PERRIS THIS WEEKEND FOR 21ST "OVAL NATIONALS"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When you look beyond the visor and into the eyes of a racer, you can see the hopes, the dreams, the fears, the hunger and the anticipation of the fortunes that lie ahead.

Throughout a season, these eyes have seen dirt tracks big and small, from the east to the west, triumph and heartbreak, jubilation and despair.

Eyes blinded by long, hot summer days underneath the sun's rays and infinite visions of painted divider lines and mile markers on deserted stretches of highway traveling from one race to the next.

It's been a long season that's seen its ups and downs; a season that's seen its share of surprises and the emergence of new heroes; a season that sees one more opportunity for man and machine to shine.

These eyes are now affixed on the largest prize of any USAC race this season - this weekend's $25,000-to-win Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway!

With a total three-day purse in excess of $130,000 dollars and a finale that pays $1000 to start, the highest-paying dirt track event in the entire state of California features three-straight nights of glorious USAC Sprint Car racing on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th, 2016.

The "Ovals" have hosted six different Saturday night finale winners in each of the last six years! Among the drivers pre-entered for this year's edition of the event are five former race champions. They include the only three-time winners: Campbell, California's Bud Kaeding, who will pilot a car for owner Alan Kaiser and Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, who looks to extend his record 58 USAC National Sprint Car feature wins in the Jeff Walker/Curb-Agajanian Racing machine.

Additionally, the USAC/CRA series' two most accomplished drivers in terms of feature wins and championships have filed their entries. Five-time series champ Mike Spencer of Temecula, California will wheel the Gansen Engineering 4s at Perris as he seeks his first victory since Canyon's "Hall of Fame Classic" over a year ago.

Four-time USAC/CRA champion and current series point leader Damion Gardner is well on his way to a fourth consecutive series title with a 158-point lead in the standings. The Concord, California native leads all drivers with four wins this season, including a pair at Perris, where he owns 39 career USAC/CRA wins.

Chris Windom and the Baldwin Brothers Racing team come into this year's "Oval Nationals" as arguably the hottest tandem in the United States of America. Windom, the 2010 "Ovals" winner out of Canton, Illinois, has won three straight USAC National Sprint Car features - Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in October as well as a complete sweep of last weekend's two National & CRA features in the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek.

Rip Williams, the 1997 "Ovals" winner, will have three sons competing in this year's event - Austin, Cody and Logan Williams - who will pilot of a trio of Jory-owned cars. Austin has won twice at Perris this season in USAC/CRA competition - May's "Salute to Indy" and September's "Glenn Howard Classic."

Brady Bacon, who aims to capture his first "Oval Nationals" victory this weekend, brings a 257-point lead into the "Oval Nationals" and is a virtual lock to claim his second USAC National Sprint Car driving title, while also supplying the Hoffman Auto Racing team its series-record 11th USAC National Sprint Car Owner's championship and its first "Ovals" win as well!

1999 "Oval Nationals" winner Rickie Gaunt has been tabbed as this year's grand marshal for the event. Additional past victors of the "Oval Nationals" include inaugural race winner Jimmy Sills in 1996, Rodney Argo in 1998, Tony Jones in 2000, Cory Kruseman in 2003 and 2004, Jesse Hockett in 2008 and the late Bryan Clauson, who just one year ago recorded an improbable victory after blowing the engine one night before.

After traveling all-night and much of Saturday driving to Arizona to pick up a new bullet to install under the hood of the Dooling/Hayward Racing number 63, Bryan Clauson got progressively quicker throughout the night, qualifying fourth fastest and finishing second in his heat.

After starting eighth, by the 23rd lap, Clauson was battling for second when leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. hit the turn the turn three wall, collecting second-running Thomas Meseraull. With both out of action, Clauson became the new race leader where he would go relatively unchallenged for the final 18 laps to win the 2015 "Oval Nationals!"

The 21st running of the event begins with an open practice for competitors on Wednesday, November 9th that precedes three straight nights of racing at "The PAS" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 10th, 11th and 12th.

All three nights of the 2016 "Oval Nationals" from Perris will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/!

Twenty-one years of tradition. Twenty-one years of excitement. Twenty-one years of thrills. Twenty-one years of the "Oval Nationals" - an event you cannot miss!

PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY 2016 "OVAL NATIONALS" DATES/TIMES

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 **Practice session begins at 5pm. **Free admission!

Thursday, November 10, 2016 **General admission tickets: $30 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 4pm. Hot laps: 5:30pm. Qualifying: 5:50pm. Racing: 7pm.

Friday, November 11, 2016 **General admission tickets: $30 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 4pm. Hot laps: 5:30pm. Qualifying: 5:50pm. Racing: 7pm.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 **General admission tickets: $35 for adults. Children 6-12 are $10. Kids 5 & under: Free! **Pit gates: Noon. Front gates: 3pm. Autograph session on front straightaway: 3-3:45pm. Hot laps: 5:10pm. Qualifying: 5:30pm. Racing: 6:30pm.

**Three-day general admission passes are available at http://www.perrisautospeedway.com/ or by calling 1-800-595-4849. $20 for children 6-12 and $75 for adults. Three-day reserved tickets are $35 for children 6-12 and $85 for adults.

 

 

BACON BESTS SOUTHWEST SPRINTS IN ARIZONA; R.J. JOHNSON WINS 4TH SERIES TITLE

Queen Creek, Arizona.........Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma scored the feature victory in Saturday night's "Western World" USAC Southwest Sprint Car season finale at Arizona Speedway.

Bacon, driving his Keith Ford/Walker Filtration Systems - Sun Valley AG Transport/Spike/Nogrady, exchanged the lead with early race leader Ryan Bernal on three separate occasions, taking the lead for good with 18 laps to go, then pulling away for the victory over R.J. Johnson, Chris Windom, Ryan Bernal and Shon Deskins.

Meanwhile, Johnson was crowned as USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion for the fourth consecutive year by 131 points over Charles Davis, Jr., Matt Rossi, Mike Martin and Tye Mihocko.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 4. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 3. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 3. Brady Short (#19A Underwood), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Mihocko, 3. Curtis, 4. Ogle, 5. Reinbold, 6. Lundy, 7. Jo.Grady, 8. Ja.Grady, 9. Lindsey, 10. Stolz, 11. Kesterson, 12. St. James. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Tom Ogle, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Zach Madrid, 21. Brian Hosford, 22. Clinton Boyles. NT ----------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bernal, Laps 4-10 Bacon, Lap 11 Bernal, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 7th)

FINAL USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,470, 2-Davis-1,339, 3-Rossi-1,166, 4-Martin-1,160, 5-Mihocko-1,020, 6-Gile-927, 7-Sussex-897, 8-Hosford-820, 9-Bonneau-799, 10-Reinbold-787.

 

 

WINDOM WRAPS UP DOMINANT WESTERN WORLD WEEKEND IN ARIZONA SPEEDWAY VICTORY LANE

Queen Creek, Arizona.........After two straight nights of domination in the Valley of the Sun, Chris Windom may very well be hotter than the surface of the sun at this moment.

One night after claiming victories in both the 410 and 360 sprint car features in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, the Canton, Illinois native finished off his incredible weekend by winning Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National/CRA Sprint Car "Western World Championships" finale for his third feature victory in the last two nights at Arizona Speedway.

With his October victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Windom became the first driver to win three USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a row this season and the first to pull off the hat trick since Robert Ballou during Eastern Storm in June of 2015.

"This has been an awesome weekend," Windom exclaimed. "(Crew Chief) Derek (Claxton) and Billy (Grace) have been busting their butts to keep two cars going. To not finish outside the top-three all weekend is a pretty big feat. It would've been cool to win all four, but I'm not going to complain with three firsts and a third. We're all gelling well together; My crew chiefs and I just work really well together. We just have a lot of confidence right now. When you come to the track knowing you have a really good shot at winning, it just seems to get easier every night."

At the drop of the green flag for the 30-lap feature, outside front row starter Damion Gardner swung wide to gain traction on the cushion, but pole sitter Windom was still able to beat Gardner to turn one, sliding up in front of the four-time USAC/CRA champ to take the point.

Just after completion of lap one, the roles became reversed as Gardner dove to the bottom in turn one to successfully slide job Windom to retake the top spot exiting turn two. However, Windom reset and came right back at Gardner entering turn three, briefly overtaking Gardner for the lead as he drifted up to the outside guardrail. Gardner countered, sprinting downhill off the banking to reclaim the number one spot again at the stripe.

In contrast to the previous night's heavy, hammer down racing surface, the cushion on Saturday night's racetrack was pushed a car width higher, thus presenting the opportunity for a slider-fest in the early going and, after settling in for the next couple of circuits, Windom threw his machinery sideways at the bottom of the first turn, beating Gardner to the cushion between turns one and two. As Gardner checked up, Windom bolted away out front. Gardner thought about making the same response one lap later, but wasn't quite close enough to pull the trigger and, instead, fell into line behind Windom.

Windom instantly established a continuously increasing lead over Gardner and the rest of the 24-car field by the 13th lap as he found himself maneuvering around lapped traffic. Simultaneously, the car of Matt Rossi began to slow in turn two. Max Adams piled in, resulting in him flipping over on the topside of the racetrack. Adams was uninjured as was his racecar, which allowed him to restart the race from the tail of the field with 17 laps remaining.

Continuing the trend from one night earlier, Windom flexed his muscles on the ensuing restart where he advanced his lead to nearly three-quarters of a second just one lap following the restart and, one lap later, stopped the watch at an interval of 1.15 second between himself and Gardner.

The battle for second suddenly became the race to witness as Brady Bacon hawked Gardner for the runner-up spot, but when Bacon stumbled atop the turn two cushion on the 20th lap, Gardner made his getaway and began setting sail for Windom.

The closing gap between the two appeared to be a classic desert mirage as it looked as though each time Gardner got one step (and one car length) closer to the leader, Windom would respond by ripping past a lapped car of his own to maintain the buffer zone between himself and Gardner.

With just four laps remaining, Windom closed the door on any remote possibility that Gardner would be able to run him down. Windom got a two-for-one deal by simultaneously sliding past lappers C.J. Leary and R.J. Johnson entering turn one that gave birth to an insurmountable advantage that Gardner would not overcome.

In a repeat podium sight from one night earlier, Windom was followed to the line by Damion Gardner, who was the only driver to lead race laps (4) other than Windom. Bacon, Dave Darland and Chase Stockon filled out the remainder of the top-five

Concord, California's Gardner earned a second straight runner-up finish in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D that provided him with a seemingly untouchable 158-point lead in the USAC/CRA standings entering the series' final three series races of the season in conjunction with USAC's National Sprint Cars on Nov. 10-11-12 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway's 21st Budweiser "Oval Nationals."

"When the national guys come to town, we want to run good," Gardner explained. "I think the 4-car can go anywhere pretty much. I think we can go anywhere and run up front with anyone. Not to say we would dominate, but when you run up front, you're going to win some. Windom was really fast all weekend and I'm trying figure out how they get around the cushion so good. His car was working really nice on the top, just like it normally does. I got a little work to do to figure out how to get around this joint. We were fast all weekend; that's about all you can ask. It was a good weekend; we just needed a little bit more to keep up with them."

USAC National Sprint Car point leader Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma virtually put a lock on his second career series title Saturday night with a third-place run in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar.

"We were running on seven cylinders from the time we pushed off at the start of the feature," Bacon admitted. "It puts you in a weird spot knowing your motor's not running 100 percent; it's really hard to throw a bomb on a guy and not know if it's going to be there when you step on it and could wind up taking you both out. You race a little different because it's always in the back of your mind and it kind of puts you a half step back. I might have had a car capable of winning if we could've raced a little different, but it just puts you in a bad spot when you have something like that weighing on your mind."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway included Chad Boespflug (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier), Jon Stanbrough (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat Winner), Ryan Bernal (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger) and Carson Macedo (Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner),

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.625 (New Track Record); 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-14.922; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.961; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.004; 5. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.051; 6. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.071; 7. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-15.082; 8. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.079; 9. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.092; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.123; 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.128; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.223; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.242; 14. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.243; 15. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.306; 16. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.323; 17. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.367; 18. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.354; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.417; 20. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.418; 21. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.427; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.468; 23. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.476; 24. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.495; 25. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.522; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-15.530; 27. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.556; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.633; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.690; 30. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.737; 31. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.781; 32. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.928; 33. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.000.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. D. Gardner, 3. Boespflug, 4. Spencer, 5. Macedo, 6. Adams, 7. Gansen, 8. R. Gardner, 9. L. Williams. 2:07.60

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Meseraull, 3. Johnson, 4. Coons, 5. Swanson, 6. Rossi, 7. Farney. 2:09.79

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Bacon, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Hodges, 5. Darland, 6. C. Williams, 7. A. Williams, 8. Sussex. 2:06.54

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. Stockon, 4. Martin, 5. Thomas, 6. Ellertson, 7. Chapple, 8. Curtis. 2:05.61 (New Track Record)

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Rossi, 3. Darland, 4. Thomas, 5. Swanson, 6. Adams, 7. Chapple, 8. R. Gardner, 9. C. Williams, 10. Mellenberndt, 11. Ellertson, 12. L. Williams, 13. Curtis, 14. Farney, 15. Gansen, 16. A. Williams. 3:17.83

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Carson Macedo, 10. Josh Hodges, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Chad Boespflug, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Brody Roa, 17. Thomas Meseraull, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Max Adams, 20. Mike Spencer, 21. Matt Rossi, 22. Mike Martin, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Austin Williams. NT ---------------------------- **Adams flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Windom, Laps 2-5 D. Gardner, Laps 6-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (18th to 8th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2474, 2-Stockon-2217, 3-Meseraull-2061, 4-Darland-2059, 5-Windom-2013, 6-Boespflug-1998, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1911, 9-Farney-1322, 10-Thomas-1274.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1443, 2-Vander Weerd-1285, 3-Swanson-1220, 4-Roa-1170, 5-A. Williams-1127, 6-Spencer-993, 7-Adams-869, 8-L. Williams-744, 9-C. Williams-729, 10-Gansen-665.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 10-11-12 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway - 21st Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals"

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 5, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 4. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 6. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 7. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 8. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 3. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 2. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 3. Brady Short (#19A Underwood), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 2. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 3. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 4. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Mihocko, 3. Curtis, 4. Ogle, 5. Reinbold, 6. Lundy, 7. Jo.Grady, 8. Ja.Grady, 9. Lindesy, 10. Stolz, 11. Kesterson, 12. St. James. NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ)

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Ryan Bernal, 5. Shon Deskins, 6. Matt Rossi, 7. Josh Hodges, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Mike Martin, 12. Brady Short, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Tom Ogle, 15. Aaron Farney, 16. Andy Reinbold, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Chris Bonneau, 19. Michael Curtis, 20. Zach Madrid, 21. Brian Hosford, 22. Clinton Boyles. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Bernal, Laps 4-10 Bacon, Lap 11 Bernal, Laps 12-30 Bacon.

HARD CHARGER: Josh Hodges (15th to 7th)

FINAL USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

 

WINDOM SWEEPS BOTH ENDS OF WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Queen Creek, Arizona.........The unstoppable force that has been Chris Windom over the past three and a half months was unleashed in the southwest Friday night as the Canton, Illinois driver swept both the USAC AMSOIL National/CRA and Southwest Sprint Car features on night number one of the 49th Annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

After taking the checkered flag in the USAC Southwest feature earlier in the night, Windom lined up fourth in the 30-lap USAC National/CRA Sprint Car feature. Quickly, though, Windom worked his way to the front past early race leader and three-time USAC Western States Midget champ Ronnie Gardner on lap five after outpacing him with a run off turn two to grab the top spot as the pair hit turn three.

One lap later, Thomas Meseraull followed suit as he slipped by Ronnie Gardner for second with a similar move off turn four.

Torrential rains that washed-out Thursday night's practice provided a heavy and lightning fast racetrack for competitors Friday night, but nobody was as fast as Windom as he extended his lead just before halfway.

Windom had his advantage wiped away due to separate yellows for the turned around car of Jeremy Ellertson and the slowing car of Dave Darland, who was running fifth. Yet, the slowdown for Windom was only temporary as, on each restart, Windom got the jump and immediately distanced himself from second-running Meseraull.

With five to go, Damion Gardner began to make a charge at Meseraull for the second position. Damion was close enough to poke his nose under Meseraull on multiple occasions getting into turns one and three, but to no avail.

By that point, though, the race for the win slowly dissipated into the desert horizon as Windom now held a three-quarter straightaway lead that he wouldn't relinquish, as he drove to a three-second victory.

On the final corner of the last lap, Gardner blasted around the outside of Meseraull to grab the runner-up spot. Meseraull took third ahead of Brady Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. Windom extended his streak of top-6 finishes in USAC National "points-paying" events that began on July 17 while also becoming the first driver since Bud Kaeding (Terre Haute, Ind. in 2001) to win multiple USAC-sanctioned Sprint Car features in a single night in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar.

"That was in true Bryan Clauson fashion right there," Windom exclaimed. "This is pretty cool to come out here and win both of these races. I can't say enough about (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton, with all the work he and Billy put into these cars that allow us to come out here and do this. Both of our cars were bad fast all night. The track was heavy and hammer down tonight with all the rain they had yesterday. I'm sure we'll have different track conditions tomorrow. Hopefully we can come out here and sweep the whole weekend."

Chris Windom extended his streak of top-6 finishes in USAC National points races that began on July 17, 2016! (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

While Windom has been the hottest National Sprint Car driver of late, the hottest driver in USAC/CRA over the past couple of months has been Concord, California's Damion Gardner, who lengthened his series point lead by taking second in his Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D.

"The car was really good," Gardner said. "I got to thank Steve and Mark (Alexander) and all the guys on the crew who work really hard. We put some good pieces together for these end-of-the-year races. I'm not going to say we couldn't pass because we were passing cars all night. We had the right amount of power, we just ran out of laps. We were coming through the field and just had a really, really good car. I couldn't be more proud of these guys on the crew."

San Jose, California's Thomas Meseraull is one five drivers this season to win features in both the USAC National Sprint Car division as well as the CRA. On Friday night, he rounded out the podium with a third-place finish in his SC Racing/Flag City Machine - C.A. Kustoms/Hawk/Fisher.

"I got lucky," Meseraull admitted. "I started up front. Usually, you don't start that close to the front after qualifying 11th quickest. It was one groove early on, but the track was super fast for the feature. I was running second the whole feature and if Damion was going to squeeze around me on the outside, so be it. Sure enough, he did. I had fans that handed me $100 bills tonight. I towed this car out here myself. Stan Courtad owns the car and Don Whitney loaned me a truck and bought me some shocks. It was just kind of a collaboration of all my friends, so I'm really pumped to be up here."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Chad Boespflug (ProSource/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier and Brown & Miler Racing Solutions Semi Winner), Carson Macedo (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner), Ryan Bernal (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI)/DJ Safety Second Heat Winner and KSE Racing Products/BR Motorsports/King Racing Products Hard Charger), Jon Stanbrough (Benic Enterprises/Circle Track Performance/Keizer Aluminum Wheels Third Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher) and Stevie Sussex (Indy Race Parts/Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Fourth Heat Winner)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.806; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.828; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.875; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.955; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.956; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-14.972; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-15.117; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.163; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.186; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.191; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.195; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.200; 14. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.228; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.257; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.305; 17. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.320; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.330; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.350; 20. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.362; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.392; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.409; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 25. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.455; 26. Brady Short, 19s, Underwood-15.491; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.505; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.523; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.631; 30. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.654; 31. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-15.696; 32. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.734; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.869; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Chapple, 3. Roa, 4. Windom, 5. Boespflug, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Gansen, 9. Ellertson. 2:07.13

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Bacon, 4. R. Gardner, 5. Thomas, 6. Curtis, 7. Short, 8. Rossi, 9. Mellenberndt. 2:09.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Johnson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Farney, 7. Stockon, 8. L. Williams. 2:06.22

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. C. Williams, 3. D. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Coons, 6. Leary, 7. A. Williams. 2:06.43

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stockon, 3. Coons, 4. A. Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Curtis, 9. Short, 10. Leary, 11. Farney, 12. Gansen, 13. L. Williams, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Ellertson, 16. Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Max Adams, 22. Cody Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 25. Dave Darland, 26. Stevie Sussex. NT ---------------------------- **Farney flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 R. Gardner, Laps 5-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 14th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2399, 2-Stockon-2150, 3-Meseraull-2025, 4-Darland-1996, 5-Boespflug-1947, 6-Windom-1935, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1868, 9-Farney-1312, 10-Max McGhee-1264.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1369, 2-Vander Weerd-1224, 3-Swanson-1192, 4-Roa-1132, 5-A. Williams-1104, 6-Spencer-965, 7-Adams-843, 8-L. Williams-734, 9-C. Williams-706, 10-Gansen-655.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World Championships"

 

 

WINDOM WRANGLES FIRST USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT WIN AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

Queen Creek, Arizona.........Chris Windom of Canton, Illinois scored the first of his two victories on Friday night in the USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature on night one of the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway.

Windom survived a late race charge from Brady Bacon to take the victory, though the victory did not come all that easy. Windom pulled out to a large lead by the midway point of the feature, but as he negotiated lapped traffic, Bacon rapidly reeled him in.

With seven laps remaining, Bacon not only caught Windom, he took him for the lead out of the fourth corner.

However, Bacon's lead would be short-lived as, just moments later, he skated up the track at the entrance of turn one, just enough to allow Windom to capitalize and slip back by on the bottom.

After a caution with three laps to go for the stopped car of series point leader R.J. Johnson, lapped traffic would no longer factor into the finish as Windom had a clear track in front of him for the final sprint.

Windom zipped away on the ensuing restart, although, Bacon was able to close in on the final lap to finish just 0.171 of a second behind Windom, who collected his first career USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory and piloted the Baldwin Brothers car to a prelim night victory in the Southwest Sprint portion of the program at the "Western World" for the second consecutive year.

Bacon took second behind Windom while Tom Ogle, Matt Rossi and Ryan Bernal rounded out the top-five.

The USAC Southwest Sprint Car season finale takes place Saturday night, Nov. 5 on the second night of the "Western World" at Arizona Speedway.

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 4. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hodges, 3. Ja.Grady, 4. Farney, 5. Bonneau, 6. Madrid, 7. Gile, 8. Curtis, 9. Jo.Grady, 10. Lindsey, 11. St. James, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Cling, 15. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tom Ogle, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Charles Davis Jr, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Tanner Grau, 19. Zach Madrid, 20. Clinton Boyles, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Shon Deskins. NT ----------------------------------------------- **Cling flipped during the third heat and the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Windom, Lap 24 Bacon, Laps 25-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Johnson-1,390, 2-Davis-1,289, 3-Martin-1,114, 4-Rossi-1,104, 5-Mihocko-980, 6-Gile-912, 7-Sussex-850, 8-Hosford-785, 9-Bonneau-760, 10-Reinbold-755.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "49th Annual Western World Championships"

 

 

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2016 - Queen Creek, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - 49th "Western World Championships"

PROSOURCE/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.806; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.828; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.875; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.955; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.956; 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-14.972; 7. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-15.029; 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-15.117; 9. Mike Spencer, 4s, Gansen-15.163; 10. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-15.186; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-15.191; 12. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.195; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.200; 14. Michael Curtis, 45c, Turner/Wheeler-15.228; 15. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-15.257; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-15.305; 17. Carson Macedo, 42, Cheney-15.320; 18. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-15.330; 19. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-15.350; 20. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.362; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-15.392; 22. Ryan Bernal, 56, Phulps-15.409; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.451; 25. Josh Hodges, 17, McGhee-15.455; 26. Brady Short, 19s, Underwood-15.491; 27. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.505; 28. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.523; 29. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.631; 30. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.654; 31. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-15.696; 32. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.734; 33. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-15.869; 34. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Chapple, 3. Roa, 4. Windom, 5. Boespflug, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Gansen, 9. Ellertson. 2:07.13

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Vander Weerd, 3. Bacon, 4. R. Gardner, 5. Thomas, 6. Curtis, 7. Short, 8. Rossi, 9. Mellenberndt. 2:09.80

BENIC ENTERPRISES/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Johnson, 3. Meseraull, 4. Darland, 5. Swanson, 6. Farney, 7. Stockon, 8. L. Williams. 2:06.22

INDY RACE PARTS/STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. C. Williams, 3. D. Gardner, 4. Adams, 5. Coons, 6. Leary, 7. A. Williams. 2:06.43

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Stockon, 3. Coons, 4. A. Williams, 5. Swanson, 6. Spencer, 7. Hodges, 8. Curtis, 9. Short, 10. Leary, 11. Farney, 12. Gansen, 13. L. Williams, 14. Mellenberndt, 15. Ellertson, 16. Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Chase Stockon, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Jake Swanson, 11. Richard Vander Weerd, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Jon Stanbrough, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Carson Macedo, 17. Mike Spencer, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Aaron Farney, 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 21. Max Adams, 22. Cody Williams, 23. Chris Gansen, 24. Jeremy Ellertson, 25. Dave Darland, 26. Stevie Sussex. NT ---------------------------- **Farney flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 R. Gardner, Laps 5-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/BR MOTORSPORTS/KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 14th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2399, 2-Stockon-2150, 3-Meseraull-2025, 4-Darland-1996, 5-Boespflug-1947, 6-Windom-1935, 7-Robert Ballou-1919, 8-Leary-1868, 9-Farney-1312, 10-Max McGhee-1264.

NEW USAC/CRA AMSOIL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-D. Gardner-1369, 2-Vander Weerd-1224, 3-Swanson-1192, 4-Roa-1132, 5-A. Williams-1104, 6-Spencer-965, 7-Adams-843, 8-L. Williams-734, 9-C. Williams-706, 10-Gansen-655.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World Championships"

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

November 4, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 4. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 5. Ryan Bernal (#56 Phulps), 6. Jason Grady (#45 Grady), 7. Josh Grady (#12J Grady), 8. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Clinton Boyles (#77 JHR), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 SDR), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 5. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. Zach Madrid (#98Z Madrid), 8. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 2. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 3. Brady Bacon (#73 Ford), 4. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ), 5. Brent Yarnal (#29B Yarnal), 6. Ryan Stolz (#56X Stolz), 7. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23 Lindsey). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 2. Chris Windom (#5X Baldwin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 5. Josh Hodges (#74X Hodges), 6. Aaron Farney (#17GP Dutcher), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Hodges, 3. Ja.Grady, 4. Farney, 5. Bonneau, 6. Madrid, 7. Gile, 8. Curtis, 9. Jo.Grady, 10. Lindsey, 11. St. James, 12. Stolz, 13. Yarnal, 14. Cling, 15. Kesterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Tom Ogle, 4. Matt Rossi, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andy Reinbold, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Charles Davis Jr, 9. Brian Hosford, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Jason Grady, 14. Aaron Farney, 15. Josh Hodges, 16. Chris Bonneau, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Tanner Grau, 19. Zach Madrid, 20. Clinton Boyles, 21. Stevie Sussex, 22. Shon Deskins. NT

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**Cling flipped during the third heat and the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-23 Windom, Lap 24 Bacon, Laps 25-30 Windom.

HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (13th to 5th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 5, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS BATTLE AT QUEEN CREEK’S “WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2016... This Friday, November 4th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at Arizona Speedway for the “49th Annual Western World Championships.” Located within ET Motopark in Queen Creek, the season finale will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 3:00pm, spectator gates will open at 4:30pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Thursday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-three USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at Arizona Speedway. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fourteen wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Stevie Sussex (2), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). This season, Johnson has won four of the six previous Queen Creek events and Stevie Sussex claimed victory at the May 7th and September 17th shows.

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World” has been a premier event for race fans to enjoy. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed over the years, 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. The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of the Western World Championship history dating back to 1991 when Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory. Last year, second generation driver Brody Roa from California won the 360 feature at Tucson’s USA Raceway. Boasting a purse of $2,000-to-win on Friday and $5,000-to-win on Saturday, a talented roster of drivers are expected at the Queen Creek facility.

Entering the nineteenth point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 121-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson earned his twelfth victory of the year last Saturday at Casa Grande. At press time, the three-time champion has two fast time awards, ten heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led to his credit. Johnson won the 360 Western World in 2010 and will be looking to close out his championship season with a $5,000 payday.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored ninth last Saturday at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. With fourteen victories, “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list and will have his sights on winning the “360 Western World Championships.”

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) ranks third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourteenth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking to close out the year with a Western World triumph.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored nineteenth at the Casa Grande main event. To date, the 2014 Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on another Western World victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) is fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes Spike, Mihocko charged from sixteenth to score fourth at Casa Grande. At press time, the young driver has one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and earn his first USAC win at the “Western World Championships.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Michael Curtis, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Matt Lundy, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. On Friday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $20 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $5 Kids (6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $25 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. On Saturday, General Admission tickets are $10 Kids, $25 Adults, $35 All Access with pit pass, Kids (6 and under) are FREE. Premium Seating (top 8 rows) are $5 (kids 6 and under), $15 Kids (7-12), $30 Adults, $40 All Access with pit pass. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 12-R.J. Johnson, 6- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Josh Hodges, 1-Charles Davis Jr.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 14-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1355, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1234, 3. Mike Martin-1055, 4. Matt Rossi-1029, 5. Tye Mihocko-933, 6. Dennis Gile-902, 7. Stevie Sussex-822, 8. Brian Hosford-734, 9. Chris Bonneau-728, 10. Landon Cling-701, 11. Andy Reinbold-689, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-543, 15. Michael Curtis-497, 16. Shon Deskins-459, 17. Matt Lundy-455, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win) November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win)

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON ADDS CASA GRANDE’S “HALLOWEEN HAVOC” TO WIN LIST

By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2016... Taking the lead from Indiana visitor C.J. Leary on lap ten, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) claimed last Saturday’s “Halloween Havoc” at Central Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph at Casa Grande was his twelfth win of the year. Leary, hard charger Brady Short, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, and Dennis Gile rounded out the top-five drivers.

Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson started sixth in the main event and charged to his 44th career SouthWest triumph. Setting a new track record in time trials, the three-time champion also won the night’s first heat race. At press time, Johnson heads to the Western World Championships with a 121-point lead with two fast time awards, ten heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 281 feature laps led.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Indiana) led the first nine laps before scoring second at the checkered flags. Piloting the family owned #30 Leary Construction Company / Tnemec Paints Maxim, Leary qualified sixth out of nineteen drivers and ran second to “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race. Ranked thirty-second in points, the veteran racer has his eyes on the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Brady Short (Bedford, Indiana) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a third place run from fifteenth. Driving Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rental machine, Short was fifteenth quick in time trials and scored tenth in his heat race. The Indiana native sits thirty-seventh in points heading to Queen Creek.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) stormed from sixteenth to fourth at Central Arizona Speedway. Racing the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Beaver Stripes Spike, Mihocko qualified sixteenth overall and placed seventh in his heat race. To date, the young driver is fifth in the point standings with one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and sixteen top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) claimed fifth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Piloting the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile was fifth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently sixth in points with six heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced to victory in the night’s second 8-lap heat race. Driving the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis qualified second overall and scored ninth in the main event. To date, the five-time Arizona Champion is second in points with one feature win, thirteen heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-six top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year.

This Friday, November 3rd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway for two nights of action at the “49th Annual Western World Championships.” Located at the ET Motopark, the event will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 29, 2016 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Halloween Havoc”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-15.058 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.249; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.264; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.317; 5. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.325; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.405; 7. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.516; 8. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.613; 9. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.645; 10. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-15.704; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.787; 12. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-15.845; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.865; 14. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.921; 15. Brady Short, 19S, Underwood-15.964; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.979; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.016; 18. Corey Hurley, 71H, Hurley-16.685; 19. Lealand Fuller, 3, Fuller-16.791.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Martin, 3. Farney, 4. Gile, 5. Cling, 6. Reinbold, 7. St. James, 8. Fuller, 9. Lundy, 10. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Leary, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko, 8. Hurley, 9. Hosford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (6th), 2. C.J. Leary (1st), 3. Brady Short (15th), 4. Tye Mihocko (16th), 5. Dennis Gile (2nd), 6. Brian Hosford (12th), 7. Bruce St. James (11th), 8. Matt Lundy (17th), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 10. Aaron Farney (9th), 11. Michael Curtis (14th), 12. Landon Cling (7th), 13. Andy Reinbold (13th), 14. Mike Martin (4th), 15. Chris Bonneau (10th), 16. Stevie Sussex (8th), 17. Lealand Fuller (19th), 18. Corey Hurley (18th), 19. Matt Rossi (3rd). NT --------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Leary, Laps 10-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (15th to 3rd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1355, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1234, 3. Mike Martin-1055, 4. Matt Rossi-1029, 5. Tye Mihocko-933, 6. Dennis Gile-902, 7. Stevie Sussex-822, 8. Brian Hosford-734, 9. Chris Bonneau-728, 10. Landon Cling-701, 11. Andy Reinbold-689, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-543, 15. Michael Curtis-497, 16. Shon Deskins-459, 17. Matt Lundy-455, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE - TRACK - LOCATION November 4: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $2,000-to-Win) November 5: Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships / $5,000-to-Win) ----------------------------------------------- This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

ROBBY JOSETT SHINES IN VENTURA RETURN
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 1, 2016… In just his fourth start of the season, Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, California) led all 30-laps to claim last Saturday’s feature win at Ventura Raceway. For Josett, the $1,000 USAC Western States Midget victory was the fourth win of his career. Fast qualifier Ronnie Gardner, Cory Elliott, Cody Swanson, and Michael Faccinto followed Robby to the checkered flags.

Racing his #2 RL & Sons Construction / Justice Brothers Spike, Robby Josett started on the outside of the front row. Shaking free from polesitter Josh Lakatos and Ronnie Gardner, Josett managed to earn his first win of 2016. Earlier in the program, Robby qualified eleventh out of twenty-five racers and scored third in his heat race. Heading to Bakersfield on November 19th, Josett is fifteenth in the point chase with three top-10 finishes.

Charging from sixth, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) pressured Josett for the top spot but had to settle for second. Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner posted his fourth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and ran second to Alex Schutte in his heat race. Ronnie left Ventura with a 121-point lead on the strength of five main event wins, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) started eighth and sliced his way to third at Ventura Raceway. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was eighth fast in time trials and won the 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point standings with five heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit.

Cody Swanson (Corona, California) had a solid night with his fourth place run at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #71S Marcie Campbell Realtor / Advanced Racing Suspension Spike, Swanson qualified fourth overall and claimed third in his heat race. To date, the former VRA Champion is sixth in points with one feature win, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led on the year.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) scored fifth in the prelude to the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Cory Elliott in his heat race. Michael left Ventura ranks second in the point chase with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led on the season.

Tyler Dolacki (Fresno, California) earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with an eleventh place run from twentieth. Piloting the family owned #18 Simpson Race Products Stealth, Dolacki qualified seventeenth overall and ran seventh in his heat race. The young driver is tenth in the standings with one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, three Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) won the night’s 8-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing the Schutte / McElwee #28 Zito Vault / Proficio Spike, Schutte was seventh fast in time trials and scored twentieth in the feature after a hard crash. At press time, the 2010 Champion is twelfth in points with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led.

Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Alabama) raced to victory in the Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Heat Race #3. Driving Keith Ford’s #73 Walker Filtration Systems / King Racing Products TCR, Thomas qualified twelfth overall and placed nineteenth in the main event after an early exit.

On Saturday, November 19th, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action to Bakersfield Speedway. Located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California, the event will also showcase IMCA Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and American Stocks. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event/ticket information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:
October 29, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.039; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.042; 3. Josh Lakatos, 6K, Kruseman-12.155; 4. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-12.213; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.325; 6. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.347; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.348; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.363; 9. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.365; 10. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.391; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.431; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-12.451; 13. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.482; 14. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.496; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.513; 16. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.517; 17. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-12.647; 18. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.670; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.730; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.943; 21. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.005; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.125; 23. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.265; 24. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers- NT; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Schutte, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Swanson, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer, 7. Wait, 8. Guerrini. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Dalby, 5. Ebberts, 6. Nichols, 7. Dolacki, 8. Seavey. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps)
1. Thomas, 2. Crone, 3. Lakatos, 4. Kruseman, 5. Smith, 6. Hagopian, 7. Hazelton, 8. Rogers. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. Robby Josett (2nd), 2. Ronnie Gardner (6th), 3. Cory Elliott (8th), 4. Cody Swanson (3rd), 5. Michael Faccinto (5th), 6. Josh Lakatos (1st), 7. Danny Ebberts (14th), 8. Randi Pankratz (13th), 9. Courtney Crone (4th), 10. Jake Hagopian (18th), 11. Tyler Dolacki (20th), 12. Maria Cofer (16th), 13. Kyle Smith (15th), 14. Robert Dalby (11th), 15. Nate Wait (19th), 16. Tyler Seavey (23rd), 17. Cory Kruseman (12th), 18. Terry Nichols (17th), 19. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7th), 20. Alex Schutte (9th), 21. Jake Swanson (10th), 22. Ron Hazelton (21st), 23. Brennan Rogers (24th). NT
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**Guerrini flipped during the first heat. J.Swanson, Schutte, Thomas, and Nichols flipped during the feature.
*Frankie Guerrini did not start.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Josett
KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (20th to 11th)

WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS:
1. Ronnie Gardner-922, 2. Michael Faccinto-801, 3. Cory Elliott-717, 4. Frankie Guerrini-676, 5. Courtney Crone-620, 6. Cody Swanson-564, 7. Randi Pankratz-531, 8. Maria Cofer-523, 9. Robert Dalby-521, 10. Tyler Dolacki-420, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-319, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Nate Wait-228, 15. Robby Josett-201, 16. Dylan Ito- 200, 17. Terry Nichols-198, 18. Darren Hagen-195, 19. Ashley Hazelton-178, 20. Taylor Simas-177.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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# = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

THE TRADITION OF ARIZONA & USAC SPRINT CAR RACING HEADS INTO A NEW ERA THIS WEEKEND AT "WESTERN WORLD"

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Even from its earliest days, the racing heroes of the USAC's Thunder and Lightning division - the USAC Sprint Cars - have made the pilgrimage out west.

However, unlike the 21st century in which the annual western trips have become a yearly tradition, from the 1960s through the decade of the 1990s, USAC Sprint Car races in Arizona were not as commonplace.

This coming weekend, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars trek west once again to conclude the season, beginning this weekend at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek for the 49th annual "Western World Championships."

Though no USAC National Sprint Car event was officially co-sanctioned with another organization until late 1985, there have been 34 forays over the past 52 years when the stars of USAC packed up their spurs and headed southwest to the state of Arizona to do battle.

Arizona first played host to the USAC Sprint Cars in January of 1964. Don Branson and A.J. Foyt scored victories in twin 50-milers on the same afternoon at the Arizona State Fairgrounds' mile in Phoenix.

The list of USAC Sprint winners in the Grand Canyon State includes some of the most renowned names in the history of auto racing.

Among that list are Indianapolis 500 winners Foyt and Mario Andretti - a winner in the USAC Sprint Car division's first trip to Manzanita Speedway in 1966. Yet, after the checkered flag fell on that night, it would be another 18 years before the series would make its return to Arizona in 1984 for CRA and SCRA Sprint Car champ, the "Tempe Tornado," Lealand McSpadden to defend his own turf at Manzy.

For much of USAC's history, Manzanita was the traditional Southwest haunt for sprint car racing. From 1966 to 2008, the famed Phoenix half-mile dirt oval played host to 17 USAC National Sprint Car events.

When Manzanita's "Western World" came under the fold of the United States Auto Club in 2004, Bud Kaeding made a late-race pass with just five laps remaining to claim his first "Western World" title.

Only five Arizonian racetracks have hosted a USAC National Sprint Car race, but only one of those tracks was paved. The series made voyages to the ultra-fast, one-mile Phoenix International Raceway on three occasions from 1996-1998. Dave Steele set a blistering pace of 145 mph during qualifying in the last series race run there, but it was two-time series champ Brian Tyler who stole the victory from Steele on the final lap in a race that featured four lead changes in the final four laps!

Since the closure of Manzanita following Darren Hagen's win there in early 2009, the "Western World," which had been a staple of the track for 41 consecutive years from 1968-2008, had to find a new home. After a handful of years at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria under the banner of the ASCS and then the USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series, the prestigious event returned in 2015 as a USAC National Sprint Car race at Tucson's USA Raceway.

Bryan Clauson, USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver in Arizona with five victories, outdueled eventual series champion Robert Ballou in the final laps of last season's "Western World" finale to take his fourth overall win in the event.

For 2016, the "Western World" has a new home - Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway. The one-third-mile dirt oval becomes the sixth different track in Arizona to bring the USAC National Sprint Cars to its place where the stars of today aim to make their mark in the record books of Arizona USAC history.

Pit gates open for this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5 "Western World" at 3pm both days. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

WINDOM RACES INTO WESTERN WORLD ON A HOT SECOND HALF STREAK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

In most stick and ball sports, segments of games are separated by quarters, periods or halves. Sometimes teams get off to a fast start. Although, on many occasions, halftime adjustments are needed to rectify the performance in the second half.

Without question, there's no driver who's had a better second half of the season than Chris Windom.

Though you can't exactly characterize Windom's first half as "slow" by any means, the early part of the season for the Canton, Illinois veteran wasn't one that would immediately catch your eye.

Sure, there was his captivating performance at June's "Horn-Schindler Memorial" Silver Crown 100-lapper at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in which he outdueled Bryan Clauson in a dramatic race that came down to the final lap, but it wasn't until the conclusion of "Indiana Sprint Week" in which Windom truly hit his stride.

Since July 17th's "Sprint Week" round at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, Windom has gone on a consistent tear in which he's rattled off finishes of 6th, 2nd, 6th, 3rd, 6th, 2nd, 2nd and 1st in eight points-paying sprint car races, a 4th in his lone USAC National Midget start and a 5th, 2nd, 1st and 1st on his way to capturing the 2016 USAC Silver Crown championship.

To put it plainly, Windom hasn't finished outside of the top-six positions during a USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint or National Midget feature in three-and-a-half months!

On top of that, Windom was victorious in his only USAC Regional Midget appearance of the season at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in October.

With an average finish of 3.15 over that span heading into this Friday and Saturday's 49th annual "Western World Championships" on Nov. 4-5 at Queen Creek's Arizona Speedway, Windom is simply at the top of his game right now.

Yet, the humble Windom is quick to attribute the results to more than just his driving ability. It all comes down to a combination of the dynamics between himself, his crew chief and the owner.

Since teaming up with the Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise team in mid-2015, the tandem has been nothing short of excellent, collecting a trio of victories this season at Williams Grove as well as the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the "4-Crown Nationals" at Ohio's Eldora Speedway in which he blistered the field in a masterfully, dominating performance.

In May, the Baldwin Brothers reunited with Windom in order to recreate the magic of the 2011 season in which Windom came into his own, recording four USAC National Sprint Car wins during the season on his way to a second-place finish in the series points as well as claiming the "Indiana Sprint Week" title and sweeping a pair of races at Terre Haute and a prelim night in the "Oval Nationals" at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

One of the key components that is crucial to determining the success of any race team is how the driver and his crew chief interact. After capturing a wealth of success with Derek Claxton and Evan Avart on the wrenches in past years, Windom's rides this year returned to the hands of these two individuals, who have proven that the combination between the crew and driver can lead to extraordinary heights.

"Derek and I have always gelled well together and it just took a month or so to get back to where we were when we previously worked together," Windom explained. "The same goes with Evan. We all have a lot of confidence in each other and you must have that with your crew chief and team. We show up to the track knowing we can win night-in and night-out."

"We have worked with each other all summer trying different packages," Windom continued. "Nothing major, but we just settled in on something we both found worked well and that's where you want to be. When you can show up to the track and do the least amount of work throughout the night, it normally proves to be the best way."

To be at the top of your field in any discipline, it takes a variety of pieces to create and maintain that magic. To achieve success with two different employers in three different types of racecars is another whole set of circumstances.

Windom persevered through the entire 2016 Silver Crown season without a single finish outside of the top-five, which was enough to dethrone two-time series champ Kody Swanson.

In the sprint car, Windom has recaptured his form to become one of the favorites each time he and the Baldwin No. 5 hit the track.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunities that I have to work with the best teams and crew chiefs," Windom stated. "I don't know if our success really has settled in for me yet as we are still kind of in full swing and looking to finish off strong out west. We are having a lot of fun right now and that goes hand in hand with success."

"I think we see where we're at right now with everything and want to end the year with our confidence high and not change much going into 2017," Windom added. "Sometimes it seems you can forget and talk yourself into changing things over the course of the offseason, but we just need to stay on the same path we're on and keep it rolling into next year."

This year's "Western World" also features complete shows each night for the USAC 360 Southwest Sprint Cars. Racing action unfolds this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, 2016 with a pair of feature events completing each night's program.

Pit gates open each day at 3pm. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

 

 

ARIZONA SPEEDWAY TAKES OVER AS HOME OF THE "WESTERN WORLD" THIS FRIDAY-SATURDAY

In what has become an annual tradition over the past several years, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship heads to the western United States to finish off its 2016 campaign.

With five races remining at two venues, the first stop on the swing is the 49th annual "Western World Championships."

A staple of the defunct Manzanita Speedway since the event's inception in 1968 through 2008, the "Western World" has bounced around throughout Arizona over the last decade, once calling Peoria's Canyon Speedway Park home before moving to Tucson's USA Raceway in 2015 where it returned as a USAC National Sprint Car race for the first time since 2008.

In 2016, however, "Western World" moves to a new venue - Queen Creek's one-third-mile Arizona Speedway this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, marking the USAC National Sprint Cars' third first-time visit to a track this season - after trips to Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway and South Dakota's Badlands Motor Speedway earlier in the season.

This season marks the 13th consecutive year USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions have hooked up to compete on the same real estate.

Twenty-seven drivers have scored combined USAC National and CRA victories since 2004, including expected "Western World" entrants Damion Gardner, Bud Kaeding, Mike Spencer, Chris Windom, Jon Stanbrough and Chase Stockon.

Former "Western World" champions entered for this weekend's Arizona Speedway contest include 2005 winner Dave Darland, 2014 winner Matt Rossi and 2009 and 2010 victor Brady Bacon, who continues his stranglehold on the National Sprint points by 233 markers with a second USAC National title well within his reach.

Bacon took his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory in the state of Arizona during a preliminary feature in last season's "Western World" at Tucson, Arizona's USA Raceway. Damion Gardner, a 2005 "Western World" preliminary night winner, leads the USAC/CRA standings by 117 points heading into the season's final stretch as he eyes a fourth consecutive series title, and his fifth overall. "The Demon" has been red-hot of late, as showcased by his four series feature wins in the last two months of the season.

The late, great Bryan Clauson is the winningest driver when it comes to combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car features with eight career victories.

Just one season ago, in last year's "Western World" Saturday night finale in Tucson, Clauson and Robert Ballou battled side-by-side, lap-after-lap without giving as much as a car length advantage to each other throughout the late race stages.

Mired in heavy traffic, Clauson worked the bottom berm as Ballou rode the high line, as the two swapped the lead between each other a total of four times in a 15-lap span.

With seven laps to go, Ballou almost tipped over the edge, biking his ride before landing back on all fours as Clauson sped away into the distance.

But, on the final lap, Ballou was back in the game after the two swapped lines. Ballou used a run on the bottom curb to nearly pull even with Clauson exiting turn two, but stumbled just enough to slow his momentum. Ballou darted back toward Clauson in turn 3, but it wasn't enough as Clauson broke away to capture his fourth "Western World" crown!

This year's "Western World" also features complete shows each night for the USAC 360 Southwest Sprint Cars. Racing action unfolds this Friday and Saturday night, November 4th and 5th, 2016 with a pair of feature events completing each night's program.

Pit gates open each day at 3pm. Front gates open at 4:30. Hot laps begin at 5:45 with racing set for 7 o'clock.

Grandstand admission Friday night is $20 for adults and $25 on Saturday. Children ages 7-12 are just $10 while children 6 and under are FREE! Two-day general admission tickets for adults are available for the discounted price of $40 and $15 for children ages 7-12.

If you can't make it to Arizona Speedway this weekend, you can catch both nights of "Western World" action LIVE on http://www.speedshifttv.com/.

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Halloween Havoc”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-15.058 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-15.249; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.264; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.317; 5. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.325; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.405; 7. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.516; 8. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-15.613; 9. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-15.645; 10. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-15.704; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.787; 12. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-15.845; 13. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.865; 14. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-15.921; 15. Brady Short, 19S, Underwood-15.964; 16. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.979; 17. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.016; 18. Corey Hurley, 71H, Hurley-16.685; 19. Lealand Fuller, 3, Fuller-16.791.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Martin, 3. Farney, 4. Gile, 5. Cling, 6. Reinbold, 7. St. James, 8. Fuller, 9. Lundy, 10. Short. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Leary, 3. Sussex, 4. Rossi, 5. Bonneau, 6. Curtis, 7. Mihocko, 8. Hurley, 9. Hosford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Brady Short, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Brian Hosford, 7. Bruce St. James, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Charles Davis Jr., 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Andy Reinbold, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Chris Bonneau, 16. Stevie Sussex, 17. Lealand Fuller, 18. Corey Hurley, 19. Matt Rossi. NT

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

HARD CHARGER: Brady Short (15th to 3rd)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4&5 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “49th Annual Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-12.039; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.042; 3. Josh Lakatos, 6K, Kruseman-12.155; 4. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-12.213; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-12.325; 6. Cory Kruseman, 21K, Kruseman-12.347; 7. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.348; 8. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.363; 9. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-12.365; 10. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.391; 11. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.431; 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 73, Ford-12.451; 13. Jake Swanson, 17, Swanson-12.482; 14. Danny Ebberts, 5, Van Dyne-12.496; 15. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.513; 16. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-12.517; 17. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-12.647; 18. Jake Hagopian, 14, Hagopian-12.670; 19. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.730; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.943; 21. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.005; 22. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-13.125; 23. Tyler Seavey, 88, Arata-13.265; 24. Brennan Rogers, 20, Rogers- NT; 25. Austen Figueroa, 49JR, Bach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Gardner, 3. C.Swanson, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Pankratz, 6. Cofer, 7. Wait, 8. Guerrini. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Dalby, 5. Ebberts, 6. Nichols, 7. Dolacki, 8. Seavey. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Crone, 3. Lakatos, 4. Kruseman, 5. Smith, 6. Hagopian, 7. Hazelton, 8. Rogers. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Robby Josett, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Josh Lakatos, 7. Danny Ebberts, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Courtney Crone, 10. Jake Hagopian, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Kyle Smith, 14. Robert Dalby, 15. Nate Wait, 16. Tyler Seavey, 17. Cory Kruseman, 18. Terry Nichols, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr., 20. Alex Schutte, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Ron Hazelton, 23. Brennan Rogers. NT ------------------------------------ **Guerrini flipped during the first heat. J.Swanson, Schutte, Thomas, and Nichols flipped during the feature

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Josett KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Tyler Dolacki (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 19 – Bakersfield (CA) Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 29, 2016 - Kenly, North Carolina - Southern National Motorsports Park - "Spooktacular"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.345; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.402; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.455; 4. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.478; 5. Sam Hatfield, 8,Trainor-15.520; 6. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.616; 7. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.642; 8. Jake Trainor, 88, Trainor-15.817.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. George Kurtz, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Nolan Allison, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jessica Bean, 7. Kyle Resco. NT ------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Lamb.

FINAL USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-972, 2-Layser-950, 3-Bean-905, 4-Hatfield-888, 5-Allison-859, 6-Kurtz-807, 7-Jake Nelke-654, 8-Famous Rhodes II-583, 9-Jagger Parker-532, 10-Resco-406.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL & CRA SPRINTS RESUME YEARLY CLASH OUT WEST TO CONCLUDE 2016 SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars head out west for November's "Western World Championships" in Queen Creek, Ariz. and the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" at Perris, Calif., it will mark the 13th consecutive year USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions have hooked up to compete against each other.

In what has become an annual tradition since the creation of the USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car series, the National series heads to the western part of the United States to finish off its season campaign.

Although, in 2009 and 2010, the series made early season voyages to the west in addition to the season-enders in the fall.

Thus far, 67 races have been contested when the two series have combined. No track has hosted more USAC National/CRA Sprint Car events than has Perris (35), the home of the upcoming Budweiser "Oval Nationals" on Nov. 10-11-12, 2016. The half-mile dirt oval in southern California was the venue of the first National/CRA feature back in 2004, won by Mike Kirby on a preliminary night of the "Ovals."

The "Oval Nationals" has become a staple of the USAC National and CRA schedule since 2004, annually boasting some of the highest car counts for traditional sprint car racing on the west coast as well as awarding the largest winner's share of any USAC race all year.

This year's winner's check for Saturday night at the "Ovals" is a hefty $25,000, with $1000 being paid out to each feature starter, making it one of the most anticipated events of the year for both fans and competitors alike.

The "Ovals" can also lay claim to being the home of the largest car count ever for a points-paying USAC National Sprint Car race. Mike Spencer topped the field that night in which an astounding seventy-five cars and drivers were on hand for the first prelim at Perris on Nov. 2, 2006!

Perris is among the eight tracks who have hosted combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car events including fellow Golden State tracks Calistoga Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway and Kings Speedway.

The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the lone representative for the state of Nevada. Three tracks in the state of Arizona have been home to 24 of these contests - Canyon Speedway Park, USA Raceway and the fabled Manzanita Speedway, which closed its doors in 2009.

Manzanita had been the host of the "Western World Championships" since the event's inception in 1968. Since then, the event has bounced around throughout Arizona, once calling Canyon home before moving to Tucson's USA Raceway in 2015 where it returned as a USAC National Sprint Car race for the first time since 2008.

In 2016, however, "Western World" moves to a new venue - Queen Creek's one-third-mile Arizona Speedway on Nov. 4-5, 2016, marking the USAC National Sprint Cars' third first-time visit to a track this season (Montpelier and Badlands).

2015 "Western World" winner Bryan Clauson is the winningest driver when it comes to combined USAC National and CRA Sprint Car features with eight. Twenty-seven drivers have scored National/CRA victories since 2004, including expected competitors during the upcoming western swing such as Damion Gardner (7 wins), Dave Darland (5), Bud Kaeding (4), Mike Spencer (3), Chris Windom (2), Brady Bacon (1), Jon Stanbrough (1) and Chase Stockon (1).

Gates open at 4pm and racing begins at 7pm for both nights of the 49th "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek Friday and Saturday night, Nov. 4-5.

The 21st annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" are set for Thursday-Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11-12 at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

 

 

ENTRIES CONTINUE TO FILE IN FOR 2016 PERRIS "OVAL NATIONALS"

With Perris Auto Speedway's Budweiser "Oval Nationals" just a couple weeks away, the entries continue to roll-in for the 21st annual event in southern California.

Thus far, 48 entries have been filed from drivers and teams from across the United States, including the best of USAC's AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car divisions.

The first of three full-points paying races for both divisions gets underway at Perris with complete shows on Thursday night, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11 with both paying $5000 to win. Saturday night's finale pays a whopping $25,000 and $1000 to start!

Here are the 48 entries for the "Oval Nationals" as of Thursday, Oct. 27.

1 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL Ballou Motorsports/Franklin Equipment - CEP Concrete/DRC/Chevy

2 AUSTIN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA John Jory/John Jory Corporation - AMA Plastics/Spike/Shaver

3F COLTON SLACK/Brentwood, CA Ted Finkenbinder/Western Industrial X-Ray/Eagle/Bailey Bros.

4 DAMION GARDNER/Concord, CA Mark Alexander/Scott Sales Company - Weld Racing/Spike/J & D

4D TBA Gansen Engineering

4G CHRIS GANSEN/Verdemont Heights, CA Gansen Engineering/Trench Shoring - King Racing Products/Maxim/Kistler

4s MIKE SPENCER/Temecula, CA Gansen Engineering/Trench Shoring - Sander Engineering/Maxim/Kistler

5 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

5m MAX ADAMS/Loomis, CA Max Adams/A.R.T. Speed Equipment - Ken Imler Diesel Performance/ART/Bailey Bros.

5w LOGAN WILLIAMS/Yorba Linda, CA Jack Jory/John Jory Corporation - AMA Plastics/Spike/Shaver

5x TOMMY MALCOLM/Corona, CA Dino Napier/Indiana Truck Salvage - B & B Powder Coating/Victory/Picks

10 RICHARD VANDER WEERD/Visalia, CA Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark

11 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton

12 RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA Robbie & Gaye Allen/ABC Body Shop - PPG Automotive Finishes/Maxim/Shaver

12A JOSH PELKEY/Peoria, AZ Robbie & Gaye Allen/ABC Body Shop - PPG Automotive Finishes/Maxim/Advanced

17 JOSH HODGES/Tijeras, NM Sam McGhee Motorsports/Jackson Compaction - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Maxim/Gibson

17GP AARON FARNEY/Brookston, IN Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin's Propane - Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher

17v DANNY FARIA, JR./Tipton, CA Danny Faria Jr./Buster & Ziggy Enterprises - SurfNSprint/Spike/Shaver

21 A.J. BENDER/San Diego, CA Kim & Richard Bender/K & R Motorsports - Rosson Racing/DRC/Rosson

21A MATT MITCHELL/Yorba Linda, CA Mike Burkhart/Stratis Construction - Westin Diversified/RSS/Chevy

21AZ STEVIE SUSSEX/Tempe, AZ Mike Burkhart/Stratis Construction - Westin Diversified/RSS/Chevy

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction Co. - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar

32 CHASE STOCKON/Fort Branch, IN 32-TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer - Crescent Electric/DRC/Fisher

36 ANTHONY LOPICCOLO/Yorba Linda, CA John & Evelyn Springstead/System 51 - Jasper Ray Foundation for Pool Safety/Maxim/Shaver

39E KYLE EDWARDS/Fountain Valley, CA Gordon Edwards/Safehouse Security - Day Construction/ITI/Van Dyne Mopar

42 CARSON MACEDO/Lemoore, CA Dwight Cheney/Racing Optics - Steelco USA/Maxim/Shaver

42x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA Josh Bates/Sport Clips - LRB Manufacturing/Maxim/Kistler

44 CODY WILLIAMS/Corona, CA John Jory/John Jory Corporation - AMA Plastics/Spike/Shaver

51 R.J. JOHNSON/Tempe, AZ Bobby Martin/Weiler Farms - Pecon Builders/Sherman/Pro Flyer

51T EDDIE TAFOYA/Chino Hills, CA Eddie Tafoya/Specialty Fasteners - System One/Victory/Shaver

52 ISAAC CHAPPLE/Willow Branch, IN LNR Racing/Superior Consulting - CFH Enterprises/Maxim/Dargie

56 RYAN BERNAL/Hollister, CA Michael Phulps/Metal Works - S & S Automotive/A.R.T./Kistler

64 PARKER COLSTON/Lake Elsinore, CA Richard Gore/Circle Track Performance - Jim Ruth/Maxim/RC

69 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Lykins Oil/Triple X/Williams Mopar

69w RANDY WAITMAN/Ramona, CA Randy Waitman/USA Simulators - RAE Automotive/Maxim/Chevy

69x BUD KAEDING/Campbell, CA Alan Kaiser

81 JON STANBROUGH/Avon, IN Jon Stanbrough Racing/Woodland Auto Display - MPHG Promotions/Spike/J & D

81x TBA Steve Watt/Maxwell Industries - Steve Watt Enterprises/Maxim/Chevy

83 AUSTIN LIGGETT/Tracy, CA Tim Liggett/Excel Environmental Services - Lucas Oil/ART/S & S

88 JACE VANDER WEERD/Visalia, CA Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Stone Gate Development/Maxim/Shark

91R BRODY ROA/Garden Grove, CA BR Performance/HD Industries - Lee & Norma Leonard/Maxim/RC Performance

92 JAKE SWANSON/Anaheim, CA Tom & Laurie Sertich/Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror - Clackamas Rigging & Transfer/Triple X/RC

92m TBA Tom & Laurie Sertich/Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror - Clackamas Rigging & Transfer/VictoryRC

97 BRET MELLENBERNDT/Sioux Falls, SD Mellenberndt Racing/Badlands Motor Speedway Rock & Roll Gold Cup-Sheehan Mack/Maxim/Cressman

98 JEREMY ELLERTSON/Lawndale, CA Jeremy Ellertson/Smith & Howard Transport - Inland Rigging/Spike/BRC

98E CHAD BOESPFLUG/Hanford, CA NineEight Motorsports-EZR/AMSOIL - Creative Finishing - Midwest Shades/Maxim/Claxton

98JR ANDREW SWEENEY/Lomita, CA Ken Tracy/Agajanian Enterprises - Dean's Diesel/DRC/Shaver

98v VERNE SWEENEY/Lomita, CA Ken Tracy/Agajanian Enterprises - Dean's Diesel/DRC/Shaver

 

 

SAFETY SEMINAR FOR SHORT TRACK DRIVERS

Co-Presented by ICMS and Stand 21 Safety Foundation at the PRI show in Indianapolis, Indiana on Friday afternoon, December 9, 2016

ICMS and the Stand 21 Safety Foundation will co-present a seminar on the topic of short track driver safety from 1-5pm on Friday afternoon, December 9, 2016 at the PRI show inside the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

This seminar was planned following a request made following inquiries from injured short track drivers at last year's PRI show to bring the ICMS knowledge and processes to the problems that they felt were unique to short track racing.

The schedule for the seminar is as follows:

1:00 - 1:10 PM OPENING REMARKS

Terry Trammell (ICMS) and Don Taylor (Stand 21 Safety Foundation)

1:10 - 2:00 PM DRIVER SYMPOSIUM (RACING INJURIES AND PERSONAL INSIGHTS)

Brian Gerster, Moderator & Participant, Midget and Sprint Car Driver

Kevin Swindell, Sprint Car Driver

Tony Stewart, Short Track Expert Driver

2:00 - 2:30 PM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH SAFETY MEASURES IN DIFFERENT CARS

Tony Stewart, NASCAR Driver

2:30 - 3:00 PM WHAT IT TAKES TO BREAK YOUR BACK. NOT MUCH!

Terry Trammell, M.D., Drivers Medical Advocate, Verizon IndyCar Series

3:00 - 3:30 PM HOW TO ACCESS A MIDGET & SPRINT CAR CHASSIS SAFELY

Davey Hamilton, Midget, Sprint and IndyCar Driver and Father of a Driver

3:30 - 4:15 PM HOW TO MAKE YOUR RACING SEAT MORE PROTECTIVE

Jeff Horton, Eng., Director of Engineering, Verizon IndyCar Series

Dave Sharpley Jr., DJS Safe Seat LLC

4:15 - 5:00 PM HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CONCUSSION AND WHAT DO I DO ABOUT IT

Stephen Olvey, M.D., Motor Sports Director U. of Miami Concussion Center

Julia Daly, ATC, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

5:00 - 5:05 PM SYMPOSIUM SUMMARY

Terry Trammell (ICMS) and Yves Morizot (Stand 21 Racewear)

 

 

CASA GRANDE HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR “HALLOWEEN HAVOC”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 25, 2016... This Saturday, October 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will make their only appearance of the year at Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds in Casa Grande, Arizona, the “Halloween Havoc” will also showcase Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. In honor of the event, drivers will have Halloween candy for young race fans. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

Since March 23, 2013, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted six USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the series debut and is tied with R.J. Johnson for the series lead with two victories. Josh Pelkey and Matt Rossi have also won at the 3/8-mile clay oval and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the nineteenth point race, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 96-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson ran seventh in last Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the three-time champion has eleven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led on the year. R.J. leads all drivers with 43 career SouthWest victories and will be looking to add the “Halloween Havoc” trophy to his collection.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) is second in the championship point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored his first victory of the year at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” To date, the five-time Arizona champion has twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year. With fourteen wins, “Chargin” Charles ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on winning the “Halloween Havoc.”

After running second at Canyon Speedway Park, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) has climbed to third in the point chase. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin has posted six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit. The former Hall of Fame Classic winner is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will be looking for the victory at Casa Grande.

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) ranks fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi placed fifteenth in last Saturday’s feature. At press time, the former Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the series win list, Matt will have his sights on his fourth SouthWest victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) sits fifth in the point standings. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko ran seventh in the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” To date, the young driver has one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and earn his first career USAC win at Central Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Michael Curtis, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Matt Lundy, and more.

Central Arizona Speedway is located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds at 512 N. 11 Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande. To get to the track, take Exit 194 from Interstate 10, then head east five miles to 11 Mile Corner Road, then head south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 11-R.J. Johnson, 6- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Josh Hodges, 1-Charles Davis Jr.

CASA GRANDE USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Charles Davis Jr., 2-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1271, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1175, 3. Mike Martin-1009, 4. Matt Rossi-996, 5. Tye Mihocko-870, 6. Dennis Gile-837, 7. Stevie Sussex-785, 8. Chris Bonneau-691, 9. Brian Hosford-679, 10. Landon Cling-658, 11. Andy Reinbold-649, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-489, 15. Shon Deskins-459, 16. Michael Curtis-453, 17. Matt Lundy-406, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RUMBLE AT VENTURA SATURDAY

 By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 25, 2016... This Saturday, October 29th, the USAC Western States Midgets are back in action at Jim Naylor's Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds, the twelfth point race is a chance for the “mighty midgets” to prepare for the upcoming “76th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Saturday’s action packed card will also feature the winged California Lightning Sprints and Dwarf Cars. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing is scheduled for 5:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: The USAC Western States Midget Series approved/legal mufflers are: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, Coast Fabrication: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s Extreme: 3512-3030 (with insert 2312-30), 3512-3030 SS (with insert 2312-30), 3515-3030, 4615-3035- 15" long x 6" diameter x 3" inlet and 3.5 outlet w/internal cone Flowmaster: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 1509130, 13509135 Shoenfeld: 14272735-78, 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 136 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Sleepy Tripp claimed the inaugural victory and leads all drivers with eighteen wins at the 1/5-mile oval. Tripp, the seven-time champion, is followed by Billy Boat (13), Page Jones (8), Garrett Hansen (7), and Jimmy Sills (6). On November 18, 1995, 1994 Champion Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 11.675 and a complete Ventura series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Entering Saturday’s race, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) sits atop the standings with a 108-point advantage over the competition. Piloting the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner scored his fifth win of the season at Tulare on October 8th. At press time, the three-time champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led. Currently tied with Page Jones for fifth on the series win list, Ronnie will be looking for his nineteenth career victory this Saturday night.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran strong at Tulare before mechanical issues ended his night and resulted with a tenth place finish. To date, this year’s Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Michael will have his sights on his fifth career USAC Western Midget triumph at Ventura.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) sits third in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini ran second to Ronnie Gardner at Tulare. At press time, last year’s BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season. At Ventura, Frankie will be looking to move up the standings with the second USAC triumph of his career.

Cory Elliot (Bakersfield, California) is currently fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott scored fourth at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. To date, last season’s Rookie of the Year has posted four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Cory will have his sights on winning his second career USAC Western States Midget feature.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is ranked fifth in the point standings. Driving Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored third in the October 8th main event at Tulare. At press time, the leading rookie contender has posted two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Courtney will be looking to break through and claim her first USAC Western States Midget triumph.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Robert Dalby, Maria Cofer, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Alex Schutte, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton, Nate Waite, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors, Military, and Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Children’s tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call (805) 648-RACE.

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

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

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

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 4-Ronnie Gardner, 4- P.J. Jones, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Robby Josett, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 5-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Tanner Thorson.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-842, 2. Michael Faccinto-734, 3. Frankie Guerrini-665, 4. Cory Elliott-645, 5. Courtney Crone-567, 6. Cody Swanson-494, 7. Maria Cofer-481, 8. Randi Pankratz-478, 9. Robert Dalby-476, 10. Tyler Dolacki-377, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-288, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Dylan Ito-200, 15. Darren Hagen-195, 16. Nate Wait-193, 17. Ashley Hazelton-178, 18. Taylor Simas-177, 19. Terry Nichols-168, 20. Shane Golobic-165.

 

 

CHARLES DAVIS JR. SPRINTS TO HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL WIN

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2016... Racing past Brian Hosford on lap twenty-three, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned last Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Canyon Speedway Park. The $1,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car victory marked Davis’ first triumph of the season and the fourteenth series win of his career. Hard Charger “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Hosford, and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko followed Davis to the checkered flags.

Instead of the usual passing point format, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” featured a traditional time trials program and Charles Davis Jr. qualified second out of fifteen racers. Unfortunately, a power outage caused a long delay and cancelled the night’s heat races. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Charles Davis Jr. won his second “Arnold Memorial” from fifth with his first triumph coming at Manzanita in 2003. Heading to Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles is second in points with twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 47 feature laps led on the year.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a second place run from seventh. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin was seventh quick in time trials. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner is third in points with six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, three hard charger awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led to his credit.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Arizona) had a solid night with a third place finish at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Racing Mike Burkhart’s #21AZ Stratis Construction / Westin Diversified RSS, Sussex qualified fourth overall. To date, the two-time “Hank Arnold Memorial” winner is seventh in the standings with six feature wins, six heat race victories, two top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 119 feature laps led in 2016.

After leading the first twenty-two laps, Brian Hosford (Gilbert, Arizona) scored fourth at the checkered flags. Driving Bernie Weber’s #22B Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers / Invision Auto Body Spike, Hosford was sixth fast in time trials. At press time, the veteran driver is currently ninth in the point chase with two heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led on the season.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) claimed fifth in the Canyon Speedway Park main event. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko qualified fifth overall at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The young driver sits fifth in the point standings with one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fifteen top-10 finishes in the campaign.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) set a brand new track record and out-qualified the fifteen car field. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson scored seventh at the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The three-time champion left Canyon with a 96-point lead on the strength of eleven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-five top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led on the year.

This Saturday, October 29th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will make their only appearance at Casa Grande’s Central Arizona Speedway. Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, the “Halloween Havoc” will also showcase Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. In honor of the event, drivers will have Halloween candy for young race fans. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 480.266.1378.

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 22, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-13.818 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.213; 3. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.258; 4. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-14.583; 5. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.640; 6. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-14.942; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.983; 8. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.291; 9. Tanner Grau, 34, Team AZ-15.295; 10. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.655; 11. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.658; 12. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.931; 13. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.952; 14. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.205; 15. Brent Yarnel, 29B, Yarnell-18.266.

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 2. Mike Martin (7th), 3. Stevie Sussex (3rd), 4. Brian Hosford (1st), 5. Tye Mihocko (2nd), 6. Matt Lundy (8th), 7. R.J. Johnson (6th), 8. Andrew Reinbold (11th), 9. Landon Cling (10th), 10. Bruce St. James (14th), 11. Tanner Grau (9th), 12. Chris Bonneau (4th), 13. Dennis Gile (12th), 14. Brent Yarnell (15th), 15. Matt Rossi (13th). NT --------------------------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Hosford, Laps 23-30 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Mike Martin (7th to 2nd)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1271, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1175, 3. Mike Martin-1009, 4. Matt Rossi-996, 5. Tye Mihocko-870, 6. Dennis Gile-837, 7. Stevie Sussex-785, 8. Chris Bonneau-691, 9. Brian Hosford-679, 10. Landon Cling-658, 11. Andy Reinbold-649, 12. Nick Aiuto-639, 13. Josh Pelkey-611, 14. Bruce St. James-489, 15. Shon Deskins-459, 16. Michael Curtis-453, 17. Matt Lundy-406, 18. Tom Ogle-353, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Tanner Grau-224.

 

 

USAC MIDGET "JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" SET FOR Du QUOIN'S SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CENTER ON DEC. 17

USAC Midget racing returns indoors to the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois for the second annual "Junior Knepper 55" on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

The non-points-paying special event will feature a star-studded field of midget racers from coast-to-coast as well as stars from across the racing landscape taking part in the race that will take place on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building located adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

One year ago, in the "Knepper 55," 60 midgets were on hand and NASCAR regular/2007 USAC National Midget "Rookie of the Year" Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. scored the victory in a thrilling, classic late-race duel with Bryan Clauson after making the winning pass with just four laps remaining.

The 55-lap event honors the memory of one of USAC's most accomplished car owners - Walter "Junior" Knepper of Belleville, Illinois - whose famed yellow number 55 midgets and sprint cars raced to 58 career USAC feature victories, including 34 in Sprints and 24 in Midgets, with drivers Bob Wente, Tom Bigelow, Mel Kenyon, George Snider, Dana Carter, Rich Vogler and his son Steve Knepper.

For the second consecutive year, Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of Steve, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

"Derek and I are thrilled to announce the second running of the 'Junior Knepper 55,' which celebrates my Grandpa's racing career," Knepper said. "The 2015 event proved to be a tremendous success. Hopefully this year's edition will be even better than the last. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for their continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 17th."

"We are eager to bring back the second Knepper race this year," USAC Racing Director Levi Jones exclaimed. "With the large field of cars expected and the exciting action on the track, it is a can't miss event that will have drivers you don't see regularly competing in USAC National Midgets."

The event will offer a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events. The format utilized will be similar to the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Okla. as well USAC National Midget races this season at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Ill., the "Jason Leffler Memorial" in Wayne City, Ill. and this year's series season-opening "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

An open Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect with no weight or rev limits imposed. No entry fee will be assessed to participants wishing to compete. Also, as is the case for all USAC Midget events, drivers are not required to be USAC-licensed and no additional fees are assessed for temporary permits.

Hot laps for the "Junior Knepper 55" are set for 4pm with the evening's events getting underway at an earlier start time in order to get race fans back on the road after the conclusion of the racing events at a sufficient time.

Additionally, a USAC National Midget points-paying event has been announced for Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Southern Illinois Center.

Stay tuned for further announcements of additional USAC races inside the Southern Illinois Center with competing classes to be announced later.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 22, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. R.J. Johnson, 77M, Michael-13.818 (New Track Record); 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.213; 3. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.258; 4. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-14.583; 5. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.640; 6. Brian Hosford, 22B, Weber-14.942; 7. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.983; 8. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.291; 9. Tanner Grau, 34, Team AZ-15.295; 10. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-15.655; 11. Andy Reinbold, 19, Underwood-15.658; 12. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.931; 13. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.952; 14. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-16.205; 15. Brent Yarnel, 29B, Yarnell-18.266.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Mike Martin, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Brian Hosford, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Matt Lundy, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Andrew Reinbold, 9. Landon Cling, 10. Bruce St. James, 11. Tanner Grau, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Dennis Gile, 14. Brent Yarnell, 15. Matt Rossi.. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Hosford, Laps 23-30 Davis.

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 29 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 22, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.493; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.515; 3. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.518; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44, LOVE-15.662; 5. Dezel West, 21, West-15.822; 6. Jeff Kelley, 55, Kelley-16.829; 7. Jagger Jones, 9w, WHPD-NT

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Jones, 4. West. NT

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

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Toni Breidinger, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Antonia Boscacci, 5. Jeff Kelley, 6. Dezel West, 7. Jagger Jones. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Love.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,823, 2-A.Breidinger-1,543, 3-T.Breidinger-1,266, 4-Boscacci-1,088, 5-Ashley Hazelton-744, 6-Tom Paterson-697, 7-Blake Brannon-608, 8-Cody Jessop-566, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-1,153, 2-Love-1,103, 3-A.Breidimger-1,047, 4-Blake Brannon-608, 5-Boscacci-572, 6-Cody Jessop-487, 7-Tom Paterson-395, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 9-Kelley-193, 10-Jones-188.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: November 19- Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 22, 2016 - Spotsylvania, Virginia - Dominion Raceway

QUALIFYING: 1. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.411; 2. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.479; 3. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.569; 4. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.645; 5. Kyle Resco, 56, Resco-15.672; 6. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.771; 7. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.773; 8. Timmy Tyrell, 39, Radical-15.963; 9. Jake Trainor, 8T, Trainor-16.094; 10. Eric Lewis, 6, Radical-16.310; 11. Jake Garcia, 7, Radical-NT.

FIRST FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Lamb, 2. Nolan Allison, 3. Kyle Resco, 4. Sam Hatfield, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Timmy Tyrell, 7. Jake Trainor, 8. Jake Garcia, 9. George Kurtz, 10. Jessica Bean, 11. Eric Lewis. NT

SECOND FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Chris Lamb, 3. Kyle Resco, 4. Andrew Layser, 5. Sam Hatfield, 6. Jake Trainor, 7. Jessica Bean. NT ------------------------------

FIRST FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Layser, Laps 1-25 Lamb.

SECOND FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Allison, Laps 2-12 Layser, Laps 13-25 Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Lamb-896, 2-Layser-882, 3-Bean-849, 4-Hatfield-828, 5-Allison-793, 6-Kurtz-737, 7-Jake Nelke-654, 8-Famous Rhodes II-583, 9-Jagger Parker-532, 10-Resco-354.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: October 29 - Kenly, NC - Southern National Motorsports Park

 

 

TONI BREIDINGER CATCHES HAZELTON ATOP ALL-TIME LIST, WINS AT LVMS

Las Vegas, NV........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. tied Ashley Hazelton atop USAC's all-time female feature winners list Friday night at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She has a chance to take the all-time lead tonight when the USAC Western HPD Midgets return to LVMS for the second night of the "Senator's Cup Fall Classic." Toni passed sister Annie on lap seven and led the rest of the 30-lapper to beat Annie, Jagger Jones, Antonia Boscacci and Jesse Love IV.

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.444; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.465; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.555; 4. Antonia Boscacci, 44, LOVE-15.712; 5. Dezel West, 21, West-15.905; 6. Jagger Jones, 9w, WHPD-16.102; 7. Brian Sands, 55, Kelley-16.298.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T. Breidinger, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. West, 4. Sands. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Boscacci, 3. Jones. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Annie Breidinger, 3. Jagger Jones, 4. Antonia Boscacci, 5. Jesse Love IV, 6. Brian Sands, 7. Dezel West. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 A.Breidinger, Laps 7-30 T. Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,739, 2-A.Breidinger-1,466, 3-ToBreidinger-1,188; 4-Boscacci-1,075, 5-Ashley Hazelton-744, 6-Tom Paterson-679, 7-Blake Brannon-608, 8-Cody Jessop-556, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-1,075, 2-Love-1,019, 3-A.Breidinger-970, 4-Blake Brannon-608, 5-Boscacci-501, 6-Cody Jessop-487, 7-Tom Paterson-395, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 9-Joey Iest-178, 10-Austin Mero-177.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: October 22- Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring - "Senator's Cup Fall Classic"

 

 

BACON A BEAST IN "JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL" SCORE AT WAYNE CITY

Wayne City, Illinois.........Wayne County Speedway in southern Illinois is a place that's become near and dear to Brady Bacon and the FMR Racing team.

Nearly exactly one year to the day of Bacon and FMR's initial series start, the duo reached its greatest height yet Friday night - their very first USAC National Midget feature victory in the midget racing season's largest winner's payout share in North America.

Bacon, the 2014 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, sped past Chris Windom on the eighth lap and immediately pulled away, leading the final 33 laps of the 40-lap "Jason Leffler Memorial" co-sanctioned by POWRi to, ultimately, take the commanding half-straightaway victory worth $20,000.

It was the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver's third career USAC National Midget feature win and his first in the series since winning the "Hut 100" at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in 2012.

"I think it's amazing how far we've come from this race last year to now," Bacon said. "We were good at this race last year, but at the beginning of this year, we had some struggles and had to fine-tune some stuff and get things rolling to catch Keith (Kunz Motorsports) and some of the faster guys. I'm impressed how fast we've been able to do it."

The team's Wayne City performance follows up a frustrating three-day weekend at the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in Granite City, Illinois two weeks prior in which the team ran into misfortune night-after-night despite having one of, if not the, fastest cars on the racetrack.

"I feel like we've had a car to win the last four or five races; we just haven't been able to do it," Bacon assured. "This is a good race to get rid of some of that bad luck. There was nothing we could do to prevent the things that were happening. It was frustrating, but I just didn't feel like it was anything to waste my time over. I knew we were fast and I knew it was going to happen. Fortunately, this was the one it happened at."

For east coast-based car owner Frank Manafort, the victory is a culmination of what came together just one year ago when Bacon was hired to drive the FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota even though the two had, at that point, never even met.

"To get this win means a lot," a prideful Manafort said. "It's just so great for the whole team and for Janice (East) and (crew chief) Bob East. I'm so happy for him with it being the Jason Leffler race. And for me too! I met Brady for the first time at this race a year ago, so it's wonderful."

East was the crew chief for Leffler when he drove the famed Steve Lewis-owned "Nine Cars" - a period of time when Leffler won his second and third USAC National Midget driving titles in 1998 and 1999. Friday night at Wayne City, East was on the wrenches again, making the calls that worked in Brady's favor to earn the victory in the event honoring Leffler whom East won 12 races with between 1998 and 2000

"I was at Bob (East's) shop," Bacon recalled. "He told me that when he and Jason went to 16th Street Speedway, they crashed every time or something broke every time they went there. But, when it paid $20,000 to win the "Summer Sizzle" at 16th Street (in 1999), they won. That's cool that it kind of happened the same way tonight at the 'Jason Leffler Memorial.'"

At the start, recent USAC Indiana Midget Kokomo Speedway feature winner Chris Windom got the jump from the pole position as Bacon settled into second from the outside of the front row.

Bacon didn't spend too much time doddling in second as he challenged and, eventually, overtook Windom with an outside pass at the exit of turn four on the fifth lap to propel him into the lead.

However, with the stoppage of Rico Abreu's machine in between turns three and four, the pass was negated and the running order would revert to the previous lap.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon continued to do his work a lane higher than Windom who stayed glued to the bottom and, on lap 8, beat Windom on the outside into turn one to grab the lead.

With a clear track in front of him, Bacon shot away to a half-straightaway advantage over Windom on the following laps.

With the tight confines of the one-eighth-mile circuit and 28 feature starters, space was a limited quantity, which, in most cases, would mean that Bacon would have to contend with lapped traffic throughout the event.

However, as opposed to their terrible luck at Granite City, every break seemed to work in Bacon's advantage at Wayne City. Each time Bacon reached the tail end of the field with the possibility of getting hung up traffic looming over him, the caution came out for an incident somewhere else on the track, which bunched up the field and provided Bacon a clear racetrack when action resumed and the ensuing laps following each restart.

It may not have mattered, though, as Bacon was clearly the class of the field Friday night with only Tanner Thorson offering a brief challenge on a restart at the halfway point. Thorson was able to stay nose-to-tail with Bacon midway through the back straightaway on lap 21 before Bacon once again broke away, separating himself from Thorson by a half-straight within a handful of laps.

After a bevy of late-race cautions put a clamp on the action before it could even resume, Bacon answered the bell each and every time racing got back underway, holding off all challengers on each restart and never turning a wheel wrong during the entirety of his 40-lap run to take the checkered flag in the 4th annual race honoring the life of Leffler, the four-time USAC National champion.

Thorson finished in the runner-up spot followed by Carson Macedo, Windom and Andrew Felker.

Although Thorson's three-race winning streak was snapped, his second-place finish in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota provided him enough points to overtake eighth place finisher Spencer Bayston for the lead in the USAC National Midget standings where he now stands nine points in front heading into the season's final race - the 76th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway on Thanksgiving night, November 24.

"I haven't been paying attention to the points as much as everyone probably thinks I am," Minden, Nevada's Thorson admitted. "I've been going out and trying to win and run the best I can to give this team a great finish. We have really good people behind us and they deserve this championship and these wins more than I do. I've just been trying to give everyone on this team a good run every time I go out and it's been working for us."

Leading series rookie contender Carson Macedo of Lemoore, Calif. brought home a third-place result in his first visit to Wayne City Friday night in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Thank you to the Keith Kunz Motorsports team, Big Al (Scroggins), Keith and everybody who works hard at the shop," a thankful Macedo said. "The car ran really well tonight and having a great crew really makes my job easy."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Wayne County Speedway included Carson Macedo (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Qualifier Winner), Dave Darland (Benic Enterprises Third Qualifier Winner), Ryan Robinson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Alex Bright (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Grady Chandler (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

--------------------------------------------------------------------------- USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2016 - Wayne City, Illinois - Wayne County Speedway - 4th "Jason Leffler Memorial" - Presented by Great Clips - Co-sanctioned by POWRi

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 3. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker), 4. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 5. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 6. J.B. Gilbert (#83 Beasley), 7. Jason McDougal (#73 Factor 1), 8. Cole Fehr (#15 Live Loud). 1:53.92

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Klaasmeyer), 2. Carson Macedo (#71k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Riley Kreisel (#93k DKR), 4. Brayton Lynch (#1k RKR), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 7. Austin Brown (#7B Brown). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 2. Shane Cottle (#71x Love), 3. Grady Chandler (#72 Fenton), 4. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Matt Ponder (#5H Hoppe), 6. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 7. Zach Daum (#5D Daum). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (#39 Clauson/Marshall), 3. Rico Abreu (#97k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Chase Briscoe (#38 Gardner), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52c Chapple), 6. Ariel Biggs (#5B Daum), 7. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Justin Peck (#8k Hard Eight), 2. Damion Gardner (#71G Klatt), 3. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 4. Chett Gehrke (#37 Felker), 5. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 6. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 2. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Daniel Adler (#50 Adler), 4. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 5. Justin Grant (#35 Gardner), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ace McCarthy (#28 Kantor). 1:55.47

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Felker, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Adler, 5. Coons, 6. Chandler, 7. S.Cottle, 8. Greth, 9. Malpocker, 10. Loyet, 11. McCarthy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Abreu, 3. Thorson, 4. Bright, 5. Peck, 6. Bayston, 7. Gilbert, 8. Stenhouse, 9. Neuman, 10. Biggs, 11. Daum. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Darland, 2. C.Cottle, 3. Windom, 4. Beason, 5. Walker, 6. Briscoe, 7. Shelton, 8. Grant, 9. Chapple, 10. Fehr, 11. D.Robinson. 2:19.95

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. R.Robinson, 2. Gehrke, 3. Bacon, 4. Lynch, 5. Gardner, 6. McDougal, 7. Thomas, 8. Kreisel, 9. Ponder, 10. Brown. 2:19.19

C-MAIN: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Malpocker, 3. T.Thomas, 4. Chapple, 5. Biggs, 6. Fehr, 7. Neuman. NT

SEMI: (15 laps) 1. Peck, 2. Walker, 3. Chandler, 4. Coons, 5. McDougal, 6. Kreisel, 7. Shelton, 8. Gardner, 9. Grant, 10. Briscoe, 11. Malpocker, 12. Gilbert, 13. T.Thomas, 14. Stenhouse, 15. Lynch, 16. Greth, 17. Adler, 18. Chapple. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT -------------------------------- **Robinson flipped during the third heat. Neuman flipped during the C-Main. Greth flipped during the Semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Windom, Laps 8-40 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Alex Bright (16th to 6th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thorson-1,194, 2-Bayston-1,185, 3-Boat & Bacon-1,129, 5-Macedo-1,058, 6-Robinson-872, 7-Shelton-810, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-T.Thomas-714, 10-Greth-572.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 24 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway - 76th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS RETURN TO CANYON FOR HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 20, 2016... This Saturday, October 22nd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for the annual “Hank Arnold Memorial.” The last track promotion by Kevin Montgomery will also feature the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs SCRA Stock Cars, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive presents IMCA Hobby Stocks vs Renegades, Dwarf Cars, and Mini Sprints. An open practice will be held Friday night from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturday’s racing is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since 1967, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” has been a mainstay on the Arizona sprint car scene. Widely regarded as one of the most popular drivers, mechanics, and car builders in the state, Arnold lost his life in a terrible crash at Manzanita Speedway on June 16, 1967. One week later, Bob Huebner claimed the first of his two memorial victories. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman leads all drivers with six victories and other winners include Wayne Bennet (4), Billy Shuman (3), Eric Wilkins (3), Larry Clark (2), Bob Cleberg (2), Dennis Matousek (2), Bob Ream Jr. (2), Stevie Sussex (2), Lealand McSpadden (1), Buddy Taylor (1), Billy Boat (1), Marty Wilcox (1), Jerry Coons Jr. (1), Josh Pelkey (1), Charles Davis Jr.(1), and Rick Ziehl (1). Last year, R.J. Johnson added the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to his resume on his way to his third series crown. An event win list is at the end of this release.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway has hosted forty-nine USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with fifteen “home track” victories followed by Bryan Clauson (8), Ryan Bernal (4), and Stevie Sussex (4). This year, Clauson (3), Johnson (3), Josh Hodges (2), and Stevie Sussex (1) have earned wins at Canyon, while rain washed out the April 30th show. A complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday’s race at Queen Creek, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 113-point lead over the competition. Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson has eleven feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led on the season. R.J. is looking to get closer to his fourth title with another “Hank Arnold Memorial” victory.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis scored third last Saturday at Arizona Speedway. To date, the five-time Arizona champion has twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season. With thirteen wins, “Chargin” Charles ranks second on the series win list and will have his sights on winning his second “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

“The Real American” Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) sits third in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi scored eighteenth last Saturday night. At press time, the former Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the series win list, Matt will be looking to claim his fourth victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is currently fourth in the SouthWest point standings. Racing his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin placed eighth in the Queen Creek main event. To date, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on taking the victory at Canyon Speedway Park

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks fifth in chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking Spike, Mihocko finished thirteenth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the young driver has one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fourteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and earn his first career USAC SouthWest win this Saturday night.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Stevie Sussex, Chris Bonneau, Nick Aiuto, Brian Hosford, Landon Cling, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Michael Curtis, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Tom Ogle, Matt Lundy, and more.

Canyon Speedway is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles west on Carefree Highway. Adult Tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (7-12) are $10 and Children (6 and under) are FREE. VIP passes are available for $25 and advance tickets are on sale now. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

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

HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 1967-Bob Huebner, 1968-Bob Cleberg, 1969-Jerry McClung, 1970-Bob Cleberg, 1971-Bob Huebner, 1972-Billy Shuman, 1973-Lealand McSpadden, 1974-Buddy Taylor, 1975-Billy Shuman, 1976-Billy Shuman, 1977-Dennis Matousek, 1978-Dennis Matousek, 1979-Larry Clark, 1980-Wayne Bennett, 1981-Larry Clark, 1983-Wayne Bennet, 1984-Wayne Bennet, 1988-Billy Boat, 1989-Wayne Bennet, 1990-Marty Wilcox, 1991-Dick Kelm, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1993-Curt Brown, 1994-Mike Boat, 1996-Jerry Coons Jr., 1997-Josh Pelkey, 1998-Bob Ream Jr., 1999-Eric Wilkins, 2000-Eric Wilkins, 2001-Eric Wilkins, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Jeremy Sherman, 2005-Jeremy Sherman, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Jeremy Sherman, 2008-Andy Reinbold, 2009-Rick Ziehl, 2010-Jeremy Sherman, 2011-Stevie Sussex, 2014-Stevie Sussex, 2015-R.J. Johnson.

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 11-R.J. Johnson, 6- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Josh Hodges.

CANYON USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 15-R.J. Johnson, 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Matt Rossi, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1213, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1100, 3. Matt Rossi-963, 4. Mike Martin-942, 5. Tye Mihocko-810, 6. Dennis Gile-800, 7. Stevie Sussex-718, 8. Chris Bonneau-648, 9. Nick Aiuto-639, 10. Brian Hosford-617, 11. Landon Cling-612, 12. Josh Pelkey-611, 13. Andy Reinbold-600, 14. Shon Deskins-459, 15. Michael Curtis-453, 16. Bruce St. James-446, 17. Tom Ogle-353, 18. Matt Lundy-351, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Jonas Reynolds-190

 

 

R.J. JOHNSON LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 18, 2016... Leading all 30-laps, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) stormed to last Saturday’s USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win at Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway. For Johnson, the $1,500 triumph marked his 43rd career series victory and eleventh win of the campaign.

Racing Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, R.J. Johnson ran second to Dennis Gile in his heat race and ranked sixth out of twenty drivers in passing points. Heading to Saturday’s “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Canyon Speedway Park, the three-time champion has a 113-point lead with nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-four top-10 finishes, and 260 feature laps led to his credit.

Dennis Gile (Phoenix, Arizona) had one of his best nights of the campaign with a second place finish. Driving the family owned #13 Quarterback Academy / Bobby Q Ellis, Gile won the night’s third 8-lap heat race and placed fourth in passing points. Last season’s Rookie of the Year left Queen Creek sitting sixth in the standings with six heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one semi-main win, two hard charger awards, and eighteen top-10 finishes on the season.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) raced from sixth to score third at Arizona Speedway. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and was the night’s top qualifier. To date, the five-time Arizona champion is second in the points with twelve heat race victories, four top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the year.

“The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, Arizona) had a solid night at Queen Creek with a fourth place finish. Racing his #7K Woodland Auto Display / Weld Racing Maxim, St. James ran second to Andy Reinbold in his heat race and placed fifth in passing points. The veteran driver is sixteenth in the point chase with one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 2 feature laps led in the campaign.

Landon Cling (Phoenix, Arizona) charged from eleventh to score fifth in the Arizona Speedway feature. Driving the family owned #54 Cling’s Aerospace Ellis, Landon took third in his heat race and ranked eleventh in passing points. Heading to the “Hank Arnold Memorial,” Cling is eleventh in points with one semi-main win, one hard charger award, and three top-10 finishes.

Tanner Grau (Phoenix, Arizona) earned the night’s “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors with a tenth place run from twentieth. Piloting the Team AZ Racing #34 Westin Diversified entry, Grau scored seventh in his heat race and placed twentieth in passing points. In limited action, Tanner is twenty-first in the point standings with one heat race victory and one top-10 finish.

Andy Reinbold (Gilbert, Arizona) won the program’s second 8-lap heat race. Racing Todd Underwood’s #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Reinbold ranked third in passing points and scored nineteenth in the feature after an early exit. The veteran racer is currently thirteenth in points with one heat race victory, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit.

This Saturday, October 22nd, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series will return to Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona for the “Hank Arnold Memorial.” Located at 9777 West Carefree Highway, more event information can be found at www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or calling 602.258.RACE (7223).

For more information on the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Johnny Shelton Jr. (#9 Shelton), 6. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner, 7. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. R.J. Johnson (1st), 2. Dennis Gile (3rd), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (6th), 4. Bruce St. James (2nd), 5. Landon Cling (11th), 6. Tom Ogle (14th), 7. Michael Curtis (7th), 8. Mike Martin (5th), 9. Matt Lundy (9th), 10. Tanner Grau (20th), 11. Brett Yarnell (17th), 12. Joe Schoepner (18th), 13. Tye Mihocko (13th), 14. Vickie Faber (19th), 15. Chris Bonneau (10th), 16. Josh Pelkey (12th), 17. Matt Rossi (8th), 18. Brian Hosford (16th), 19. Andy Reinbold (4th), 20. Johnny Shelton Jr. (15th) NT. ---------------------------- **Rossi & Pelkey flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson. HARD CHARGER: Tanner Grau (20th to 10th)

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1213, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1100, 3. Matt Rossi-963, 4. Mike Martin-942, 5. Tye Mihocko-810, 6. Dennis Gile-800, 7. Stevie Sussex-718, 8. Chris Bonneau-648, 9. Nick Aiuto-639, 10. Brian Hosford-617, 11. Landon Cling-612, 12. Josh Pelkey-611, 13. Andy Reinbold-600, 14. Shon Deskins-459, 15. Michael Curtis-453, 16. Bruce St. James-446, 17. Tom Ogle-353, 18. Matt Lundy-351, 19. Dustin Burkhart-330, 20. Jonas Reynolds-190

 

 

DAMION GARDNER REBOUNDS TO TOP PERRIS ACTION

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 18, 2016... After flipping in his heat race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) rebounded to win last Saturday’s Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature at Perris Auto Speedway. Taking the lead from Brody Roa on lap seventeen, Gardner sailed to his 69th career series win and fourth victory of the year. Roa, Richard Vander Weerd, Austin Liggett, and Austin Williams chased “The Demon” to the checkered flags.

Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Damion Gardner earned the $2,500 triumph after starting sixth. Earlier in the program, “The Demon” posted his 68th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award after Jake Swanson was disqualified. In his heat race, the four-time champion had secured a transfer spot and flipped after contact with Max Adams, who lost power. After a quick trip to the work area, Gardner came back to score fourth and earned a direct transfer to the main event. With five races left, Damion has a 117 point advantage with three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 100 feature laps led.

After leading the first sixteen laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) had to settle for second at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa qualified fifth out of twenty-six racers and won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2. The USAC West Coast Champion left Perris ranked fourth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 52 feature laps led on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had a solid night with a third place run at Perris. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was sixth quick in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Heading to the Western World, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion is second in points with one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led to his credit.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, California) had his best USAC/CRA run at Perris with a fourth place finish. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil ART, Liggett qualified fourth overall and claimed third in his heat race. In limited action, the USAC West Coast standout has two heat race victories and one top-10 finish on the year.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) scored fifth at the Perris checkered flags. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was second fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year is fifth in the standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from twenty-first. Piloting the Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson was disqualified in time trials with an illegal right rear tire and finished second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year sits third in points with one feature win, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main wins, and fourteen top-10 finishes.

Preparing for the upcoming Oval Nationals, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, California) won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Racing his #17V Buster & Ziggy Enterprises / SurfNSprint Spike, Faria qualified thirteenth overall and scored eighth in the main event. The two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is currently nineteenth in USAC/CRA points with one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) raced to victory in the 10-lap Circle Track Performance / Keizer Wheels Heat Race #3. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Spencer was third quick in time trials and scored eighteenth in the feature after an early exit. The five-time champion is currently sixth in the point standings with two heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, California) won the 12-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main. Piloting the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4G Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Gansen qualified tenth overall, ran fifth in his heat race, and scored tenth in the main event. Heading to Arizona Speedway, Chris is tenth in points with one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, and two top-10 finishes to his credit.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will make their first trip to Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Arizona on November 4th & 5th. The “49th Annual Western World Championships” will also feature the Amsoil USAC National and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. Located at the ET Motopark, more event and ticket information can be found at www.arizonaspeedway.net or calling 480.926.6688.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.593; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.660; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.700; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.802; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.821; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.825; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.042; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.049; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-17.074; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.105; 11. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.119; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.163; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.187; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.314; 15. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.315; 16. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.498; 17. Randy Waitman, 69, Waitman-17.701; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.709; 19. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.748; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.758; 21. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.869; 22. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.196; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.233; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-19.158. 25. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-NT; 26. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Liggett, 4. Gardner, 5. Gansen, 6. Edwards, 7. Smith, 8. Stewart, 9. Adams. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Waitman, 6. Colston, 7. A.Sweeney, 8. V.Sweeney. 2:49.41.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Malcolm, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Ballard, 7. Sussex, 8. Everhart. 2:52.01.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Sussex, 3. Waitman, 4. Colston, 5. Edwards, 6. Smith, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Ballard, 9. Stewart, 10. Everhart, 11. A.Sweeney, 12. Tafoya, 13. Adams. 14. L.Williams. 3:29.11

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6th), 2. Brody Roa (2nd), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 4. Austin Liggett (3rd), 5. Austin Williams (5th), 6. Tommy Malcolm (12th), 7. Jake Swanson (21st), 8. Danny Faria Jr. (10th), 9. Stevie Sussex (8th), 10. Chris Gansen (9th), 11. Parker Colston (22nd), 12. Jeremy Ellertson (15th), 13. Verne Sweeney (17th), 14. Logan Williams (23rd), 15. Matt Stewart (19th), 16. Randy Waitman (14th), 17. Cal Smith (13th), 18. Mike Spencer (4th), 19. Cody Williams (7th), 20. Kyle Edwards (16th), 21. Tony Everhart (20th), 22. Corey Ballard (18th), 23. A.J. Bender (11th). NT ----------------------- **Gardner flipped during the first heat. L.Williams & A.Sweeney flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Roa, Laps 17-30 Gardner. BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (21st to 7th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1293, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-1176, 3. Jake Swanson-1148, 4. Brody Roa-1080, 5. Austin Williams-1064, 6. Mike Spencer-935, 7. Max Adams-815, 8. Logan Williams-724, 9. Cody Williams-676, 10. Chris Gansen-632, 11. Jace Vander Weerd-602, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-596, 13. Tommy Malcolm-477, 14. Stevie Sussex-461, 15. Ronnie Gardner-397, 16. Thomas Meseraull-383, 17. Verne Sweeney-381, 18. R.J. Johnson-378, 19. Danny Faria, Jr.-371, 20. A.J. Bender-355.

 

 

 

CLAUSON AND STENHOUSE RACE ON IN BRYAN'S MEMORY THURSDAY AT WAYNE CITY

BY: RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

One year ago at the "Jason Leffler Memorial," we were fortunate enough to witness a classic Bryan Clauson performance.

On the gas, smooth and steady, never flinching a muscle, Bryan was able to fend off a relentless Rico Abreu during the final 12 circuits of an intense 40-lap feature to take the victory on the one-eighths-mile bullring.

This Thursday night at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, there will certainly be a void with the absence of Bryan. It's the difficult reality we've all had to accept over these past two months.

However, the Clauson name will still retain a presence in this year's "Leffler Memorial" with the formation of a new team fielded by Bryan's father, Tim Clauson, and Priority Aviation's Richard Marshall.

The Clauson/Marshall Racing No. 39 will be raced this Thursday night by Bryan's close friend, former roommate and current NASCAR Sprint Cup competitor Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

"It's a huge honor to be a part of this team and to drive this car in honor of Bryan for the rest of the year," Stenhouse said. "It's special for a lot of reasons. Bryan had a passion for the 'Leffler Memorial' and it's special with it being Tim (Clauson)'s first race back working on the car. Bryan let me race for him over the years and it's always been fun driving his car, especially for this race."

Tim is looking forward to returning to the track and being surrounded by his friends in the racing community as well as working with family friend Stenhouse behind the wheel once again.

"It will be great getting back to the track and seeing all of our friends again, first and foremost," Clauson said. "On the competition side of things, though, we're bringing a really nice racecar. Bryan, like most race car drivers, didn't really want anybody else driving his car, but Ricky is the exception. Ricky represents Bryan on so many levels. He's an ambassador to the sport and to our family. For our first race back, there's nobody else we'd rather have in the car than Ricky."

The Clauson/Marshall partnership is a continuation of what the Clausons and Marshall began in the late 2000s to provide young up-and-coming drivers an opportunity to race their team's midgets, giving back to the sport just as Bryan was making the transition to NASCAR, following a similar path that a four-time USAC National champion took nearly a decade earlier - the namesake of Thursday night's race, Jason Leffler.

"When Bryan first went down south, Jason was the big USAC guy and Bryan was the new kid in town," Clauson recalled. "Last year at Wayne City, I remember listening to Bryan speak in victory lane. He spoke about Jason with such reverence. It was in that moment, I realized the respect Bryan had for Jason, our sport and its history."

Stenhouse's most recent USAC National Midget starts came for Bryan Clauson Racing during a pair of races at Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas back in June of 2016. Stenhouse only managed finishes of 16th and 9th, an appearance most noteworthy of him incidentally creating a viral video in which he flipped down the back straightaway during Friday night's feature, but managed to land on all four wheels and keep going.

However, it was Ricky's friend pitted right next to him where the word 'perseverance' was on full display.

"We had motor problems with Bryan's car all day Saturday and all of us kept digging and digging with our crew and Ricky's dad. After struggling all day, we wound up winning that night. Whenever Ricky and I talk, that weekend is the first thing to come up."

It was a special bond that Bryan and Ricky had, not only through racing together, but also off the track. A bond that Ricky describes as more like family.

"Bryan was kind of like my older brother," Stenhouse said. "I moved in with him back in North Carolina. We spent every day and night together going to basketball games, golfing, bowling and rodeos. We have a lot of similarities with the way we presented ourselves. We had a great friendship and had a lot of fun."

Stenhouse will pilot the Priority Aviation - B & H Contractors - Elk Grove Ford/Spike/Stanton SR-11 for Clauson/Marshall Racing Thursday night at Wayne City. Marshall, along with Brodie Hayward and Matt Wood, played an essential role in Bryan's career, not only through their sponsorships, but through their friendship over the years.

Watch Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and the Clauson/Marshall Racing number 39 this Thursday night, October 20th in the 4th annual "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Pit gates open at noon with the front gates opening at 5pm. Cars hit the track Hot laps at 6pm and racing getting underway at 7pm. General admission tickets are just $15. Pit passes are $35.

 

 

THURSDAY'S "LEFFLER MEMORIAL" PACKS STAR POWER FROM ACROSS THE RACING LANDSCAPE

BY: RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

The swan song of USAC racing in the Midwest this season comes to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois this Thursday night, October 20th for the 4th annual "Jason Leffler Memorial."

Nestled alongside a cornfield in the heart of southern Illinois, the one-eighth mile dirt track comes alive just once a year for midget racing.

When a driver rolls into Wayne City, he or she has to be on their game. It's close-quarters, full-contact racing and if you don't have your elbows up and your right foot on the gas, you'll get left behind.

Things happen in a hurry here and taking a victory in the "Jason Leffler Memorial" is not something that's handed to you. It's earned.

The 20,000-dollar enticement to win this race is enough alone to draw some of the biggest car counts of the season, but this is an event that has quickly been acknowledged as one of the crown jewels on the USAC Midget calendar, not only due to it providing the largest winner's share of any midget race in the USA, but also because of the namesake of this race, National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Famer Jason Leffler.

Leffler etched his name as one of the legends of the United States Auto Club throughout his career as a 3-time USAC National Midget champ and one-time Silver Crown titlist along with victories in the Belleville Midget Nationals, the Hut 100, the Copper World Classic, the Night Before the 500 and twice at the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Not only was the Long Beach, California native a champion on the track, he was a champion in life. Even when his success eventually brought him to NASCAR, Leffler never forgot where he came from. He continued to race with USAC whenever his schedule allowed and proved to be an ambassador of the sport through his team ownership in USAC's three national divisions, including a Silver Crown owner title with driver Bud Kaeding in 2006.

After losing his life in a sprint car accident at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway in 2013, Leffler's name lives on as the namesake of one the marquee events on the racing calendar; an event that brings names from all across the racing landscape come to Wayne City to race in his name.

NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. are no strangers to midget racing. Larson, a 13-time USAC Midget feature winner was victorious in his first USAC appearance of the season earlier this May at Montpelier Motor Speedway during "Indiana Midget Week."

Just last December, Stenhouse won in his return to USAC with an indoor triumph at the "Junior Knepper 55" inside the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Now a NASCAR Truck Series regular, Rico Abreu has already picked up two USAC Midget victories this season, including the "Indiana Midget Week" finale at Kokomo in June and a pure domination of the field in a stirring drive at Eldora's "4-Crown Nationals" just one month ago.

Newly-crowned ARCA champion Chase Briscoe has a small amount of seat time in a midget time this season, but was able to score a career-best 5th place finish in last December's feature at Du Quoin.

2013 World of Outlaws champ Daryn Pittman returns to the seat of a midget Thursday night. The Oklahoma native who currently sits 2nd in Outlaw points, was the winner of the "Leffler Memorial" back in 2014.

Four-time USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner flies in from the west coast for the "Leffler Memorial" this Thursday to make his first USAC National Midget start of the season. In "The Demon's" last midget start on Thanksgiving Night 2015, Gardner scored a podium finish in the season-ending "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Perris.

Three-time POWRi champion Zach Daum is a local favorite from Pocahontas, Illinois and was the inaugural "Leffler Memorial" winner in 2013.

But, the biggest storyline remains the race for the 2016 USAC National Midget Championship. Now, with just two races remaining, Spencer Bayston clings to a scant nine-point lead over Tanner Thorson.

Just two weeks ago, Thorson swept all three nights of the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois to close a 30-point deficit to nine.

Chad Boat is 40 points out of the lead while Brady Bacon still holds onto hope as the fourth and final title contender 77 points behind Bayston.

Just one year ago at the "Leffler Memorial," who could forget the intense battle between for the win between Bryan Clauson and Rico Abreu?

After leading the first 28 laps, Clauson had to fend off a relentless Abreu for the final, classic 12-lap stretch that saw Abreu throw slider after slider in pursuit of Clauson, where he eventually was able to nip Clauson at the line for the lead on lap 29 of the 40-lap feature.

Abreu used all of the racetrack: high, low and even the guardrail to stay in front of Clauson, but BC had an answer each and every time as he fought his back to the front, getting back by Abreu in the closing laps as Abreu nearly spun it out, but was able to kept it going. But, simultaneously, a yellow-flag for the stopped car of Tanner Thorson gave Abreu another shot.

On the final lap, Rico attempted one last slider on Clauson for the lead and the $20,000 prize, but just couldn't quite make it stick, allowing Clauson to pull away and take the hard-fought, hard-earned victory in the 2015 "Jason Leffler Memorial."

General admission tickets for this Thursday's spectacular at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois are just $15 and pit passes are $35!

 

 

$20,000 AWAITS THURSDAY'S "LEFFLER MEMORIAL" WINNER; FANS INVOLVED IN $50,000 CASH BONUS!

The logjam at the top of the USAC National Midget standings is sure to create added excitement at this Thursday night's "Jason Leffler Memorial" race at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill., not to mention the $20,000 winner's share of the purse, which will provide the biggest payday for a midget feature winner in the USA all year!

Co-sanctioned by POWRi, Thursday's race is the fourth since Leffler, the three-time USAC National Midget Champion, perished in a 2013 Sprint race in New Jersey. Track owner Doug Stringer has not only created a more competitive atmosphere for this year's race with the new date, but has also sweetened the pot for race fans attending with their own pot of gold!

One lucky fan will have an opportunity to win $50,000! A bin with 100 envelopes will be assembled, one containing the $50,000 prize, among other prizes. If the winning driver, who selects first, does not draw the $50,000 prize, then it becomes some lucky fan's opportunity to try to draw the lucky $50,000 envelope!

On the race track, drivers will vie for valuable points toward the USAC and POWRi championships. The top four USAC drivers are separated by just 77 points, with only Thursday's race and the November 24 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura, Calif. remaining on the calendar.

Spencer Bayston leads teammate Tanner Thorson by just nine points in the latest USAC standings, with Chad Boat 40 points behind the leader and Brady Bacon 77 behind.

The new race date has allowed drivers from other racing series to compete, which will see USAC graduates Kyle Larson, Rico Abreu and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. return for another crack at winning the race as well as 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman and newly-crowned ARCA champion Chase Briscoe.

Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Leffler Memorial Auction and the Leffler Memorial Race are donated to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust for Jason's son Charlie. The 2016 Jason Leffler Memorial Auction will take place Wednesday.

Mike Curb of Nashville, Tenn. will try to become USAC's all-time winningest National car owner Thursday. He has tied Wilke Racers/Leader Cards at the top with 136 total USAC National wins and a victory Thursday would be Curb's first in the "Leffler Memorial."

The Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian team includes the top two in USAC's National points (Bayston and Thorson), plus drivers Carson Macedo (USAC's 2016 Indiana Midget Champ), Ryan Robinson and Holly Shelton, plus NASCAR vets Larson and Abreu, who will return for this special event.

Zach Daum won the inaugural "Jason Leffler Memorial" in 2013, while Daryn Pittman won in 2014 and Bryan Clauson last year.

Pit gates open for Thursday's "Leffler Memorial" at noon with the front gates opening at 5pm. Cars hit the track Hot laps at 6pm and racing getting underway at 7pm.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

October 15, 2016 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Randi Pankratz, 98jr, Pankratz-13.576; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-13.597; 3. Joel Rayborne, 13, Rayborne-13.629; 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-13.636; 5. Brandon Biggs, 11R, Biggs-13.803; 6. Kyle Beilman, 37, Pankratz-13.882; 7. Mike Leach, 33, Leach-13.957; 8. Antonia Boscacci, 44, Love-14.001; 9. Annie Breidinger, 15, Hazelton-14.462; 10. Jet Davison, 59, Davison-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Rayborne, 2. Pankratz, 3. Leach, 4. Biggs, 5. A.Breidinger. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hazelton, 2. Boscacci, 3. Love, 4. Davison, 5. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Jesse Love IV, 2. Jet Davison, 3. Randi Pankratz, 4. Ashley Hazelton, 5. Joel Rayborne, 6. Antionia Boscacci, 7. Mike Leach, 8. Annie Breidinger, 9. Brandon Biggs, 10. Kyle Beilman. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Davison, Laps 6-20 Love IV.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-1,668, 2-A.Breidinger-1,388, 3-Toni Breidinger-1,104, 4-Boscacci-946, 5-Hazelton-744, 6-Tom Paterson-679, 7-Blake Brannon-608, 8-Cody Jessop-556, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

FINAL USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET DIRT POINTS: 1-Love IV-720, 2-Hazelton-579, 3-Boscacci-516, 4-A.Breidinger-496, 5-David Prickett-331, 6-Tom Paterson-284, 7-Daniel Anderson-283, 8-Rayborne-240, 9-Pankratz-233, 10-Leach-169.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: October 21 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

WINDOM BESTS BOESPFLUG IN BREATHTAKING "HURTUBISE CLASSIC" AT TERRE HAUTE

Terre Haute, Indiana.........Over the last three-months, the red-hot Chris Windom has been on a tear.

However, the Canton, Illinois veteran driver may have saved his best performance of the year for Saturday night's "Jim Hurtubise Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the famed Terre Haute Action Track.

Windom battled back-and-forth, lap-after-lap, in a "hold your breath" 30-lap boxing match with Chad Boespflug that saw an astonishing 26 unofficial lead changes - four officially at the start/finish line!

The last lead change occurred with just three laps remaining when Windom made a turn three slider stick, then held Boespflug at bay off the fourth corner to claim the spot for good before going on to victory lane after one of the most memorable races witnessed in the long, storied history of the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds' half-mile.

During this stretch since mid-July, Windom has been victorious in the "Ted Horn 100" at Du Quoin and the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora on his way to the USAC Silver Crown title and, one night after his midget victory in the "Kokomo Klash," Windom picked up his second career "Jim Hurtubise Classic" trophy, joining Jack Hewitt as the only multiple-time winner of the race that debuted in 1990.

Plus, Windom's impressive streak of top-six finishes in USAC National races continues, a stretch that dates back to July 17th's "Indiana Sprint Week" feature at Terre Haute.

It was the second USAC National Sprint Car victory of the year for the team after the return of Windom to the Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar, the same core group that captured the "Hurtubise Classic" back in 2011.

"You can race Chad (Boespflug) clean like that and you don't have to worry about anything," Windom said. "We had a hell of a race going on there. He found the top and got around me in the middle part of the race. Once I moved up and got in his line, we were a little better than him. We just kept slicing and dicing in (turns) three and four and, finally, I got a slide job to stick and got back in front of him. I thought once we got there, we'd be good."

"I knew at the start, it was really good on the bottom and, as we were going, it felt a little slower and slower," Windom added. "You're kind of a sitting duck when you're leading the race and you just don't know. I kept watching and watching and saw him rip by me. He ran a really good turn four, so we had to get in line behind him and chase him back down."

Unseasonably comfortable weather brought a sizable crowd for the USAC National Sprint Car Midwest season finale and, right from the get-go, the drivers up front put on a show that none of the fans in attendance would forget over the long Indiana winter.

On the start, pole sitter Justin Grant slid up in front of outside front row starter Thomas Meseraull to take the lead into turn one.

Meanwhile, Boespflug ducked down to the low side, briefly sticking his nose in front of Grant in turn two. The two continued their side-by-side battle throughout the first lap with Grant able to inch ahead at the stripe by two car lengths.

The two were stuck together as if they were racing side-by-side on a slot car track throughout the second circuit with Grant able to hold onto the top spot by the skin of his teeth at the line. Boespflug immediately pulled the bow and shot like an arrow down to the bottom of turn one, sliding up in front of Grant to grab the lead by the time the pair reached turn two.

One lap later, as Boespflug and Grant ran one-two, seventh-starting Windom seemingly came out of nowhere, rocketing from third to first in one-fell-swoop using a monster run off of turn two.

Windom's initial bid for the lead was short-lived as Boespflug was able to recapture the point on lap three, but the signs were there that Windom would play a lead role on tonight's stage.

On the ensuing lap, Windom once again used the bottom of turn two to power past Boespflug, instantaneously manufacturing a seven-car-length advantage as he appeared to be on the verge of a runaway.

Not so fast, my friend.

Little-by-little, lap-after-lap, Boespflug began to reel in Windom near the midway point as he altered his plan of attack by hitting the bottom of turns one and two and then formed his own groove up near the outside wall between turns three and four, running a line that would've made five-time Action Track winner Jim Hurtubise proud.

With 13 laps to go, the high line would pay off as Boespflug raced out of turn four with a full head of steam to slip by Windom for the lead on the outside, then cutting down to take away Windom's line as the two entered turn one. Windom responded with an unsuccessful turn three slider, falling in line behind Boespflug as he reloaded the chamber for his next shot at the lead.

Windom took his next run at Boespflug into turn three with 11 laps to go, blasting across the front of Boespflug's nose as they both drifted up to the red, white and blue-striped concrete. Boespflug countered, turning underneath Windom and nearly making contact when sliding across Windom's front bumper as the two raced mere inches apart off turn four.

 

The two drag-raced side-by-side down the front stretch, never giving an inch to each other through the first and second turns. With Windom whispering into the inside guardrail with his left front wheel and Boespflug just to his outside, the pair aimed for the same spot on the bottom of turn two where something had to give. Windom ran out of room, cracking the throttle just enough to allow Boespflug to assume the point for the time-being.

On laps 23 and 24, Windom went to the well once again, using a run off of turn two to pull even with Boespflug as they entered the third turn, but to no avail, as the two now encountered lapped traffic.

On laps 25 and 26, Windom fell into line behind Boespflug, shadowing his rear bumper off turn two each time as he contemplated his next move.

With three laps left, leader Boespflug and Windom had lapped cars high and low across the racetrack to contend with. Boespflug followed Corey Smith while Windom stalked Isaac Chapple with the leaders separated by a half-car-length.

Boespflug moved up a couple lanes to split between Chapple and Smith while Windom briefly got hung up behind Chapple.

But, as was the case all night, turn two was Windom's personal ATM as he disposed of Chapple and once again rocketed off the second turn and down the back straightaway to beat Boespflug into turn three, sliding up to the outside wall as Boespflug crossed over, trying with all his might to fight his way back to Windom off of turn four. Windom had just enough bite to sprint off of turn four to beat Boespflug to the line by a single car length before he ripped Boespflug's line away going into turn one.

That action proved to be the winning move for Windom as he finished off the final two laps in style to take his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year followed by Boespflug, Jerry Coons, Jr., Chase Stockon and Grant.

Hanford, California's Boespflug officially led at the start/finish line on two different occasions, running at the front for a total of 13 laps before settling for second-place in his NineEight Motorsports-EZR/PAC Racing Springs - Schroeder Torsion Bars/Maxim/Claxton.


"That was fun," Boespflug exclaimed. "That was a great battle between Chris and I. I was trying to think of how I was going to hold him off. He was so much better off of 2. I gained a lot of ground in 3 and 4. This car was awesome tonight. It was so stable. I had so much forward drive. Man, that was a lot of fun. It took the breath out of me!"

Third-place finisher Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona, the 2013 "Jim Hurtubise Classic" winner, came home with his best USAC Sprint Car finish of the season in his Monte Edison/Crume-Evans Insurance - Lincoln Condos/Spike/Chevy in what may have been longtime team owner Edison's farewell race.

"I just want to thank Monte and all these guys," Coons praised. "It's been a lot of fun driving for these guys. They work very hard and they put a nice racecar together week in week out. It's been a blast. I'm looking forward to seeing what next year brings."

"You see them up there dicing it up and think, 'Hey, maybe we will win this thing," Coons said regarding Windom and Boespflug's battle for the lead. "These guys are great racers and, obviously, they respect each other. It looks like it was pretty exciting up there. We had a good racecar. I wish I could've been up there to spice it up a little bit."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at the Terre Haute Action Track included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Jon Stanbrough (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 15, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.424; 2. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-20.628; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-20.771; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-20.779; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-20.834; 6. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-20.857; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.870; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.893; 9. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-20.909; 10. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-20.961; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-21.005; 12. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-21.049; 13. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.098; 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-21.208; 15. Carson Macedo, 21k, Krockenberger-21.229; 16. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-21.233; 17. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.243; 18. Corey Smith, 66, Smith-21.244; 19. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.318; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-21.511; 21. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-22.476; 22. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-25.954.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Robbins, 7. Hughes, 8. Pritchett. 2:48.94

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Meseraull, 6. Chapple, 7. Mellenberndt. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Smith, 3. Grant, 4. Coons, 5. Macedo, 6. Bares, 7. McMillin. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug. 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Bret Mellenberndt, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15. Carson Macedo, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Joe Bares, 20. Nate McMillin, 21. J.J. Hughes, 22. Jeff Pritchett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Grant, Laps 3-4 Boespflug, Laps 5-16 Windom, Laps 17-27 Boespflug, Laps 28-30 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (17th-7th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,327, 2-Stockon-2,094, 3-Darland-1,968, 4-Meseraull-1,955, 5-Robert Ballou-1,919, 6-Boespflug-1,885, 7-Leary & Windom-1,858, 9-Farney-1,287, 10-Max McGhee-1,264.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 4-5 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World Championships"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

October 15, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey),, 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 6. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 7. Tanner Grau (#34 Team AZ). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 5. Johnny Shelton Jr. (#9 Shelton), 6. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner, 7. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 5. Brian Hosford (#32B Weber), 6. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Dennis Gile, 3. Charles Davis Jr., 4. Bruce St. James, 5. Landon Cling, 6. Tom Ogle, 7. Michael Curtis, 8. Mike Martin, 9. Matt Lundy, 10. Tanner Grau, 11. Brett Yarnell, 12. Joe Schoepner, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Vickie Faber, 15. Chris Bonneau, 16. Josh Pelkey, 17. Matt Rossi, 18. Brian Hosford, 19. Andy Reinbold, 20. Johnny Shelton Jr. NT.

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**Rossi & Pelkey flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Johnson.

HARD CHARGER: Tanner Grau (20th to 10th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 22 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 15, 2016 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Terre Haute Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.424; 2. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-20.628; 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 10E, Edison-20.771; 4. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-20.779; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC Racing-20.834; 6. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-20.857; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.870; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.893; 9. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-20.909; 10. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-20.961; 11. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-21.005; 12. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-21.049; 13. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-21.098; 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-21.208; 15. Carson Macedo, 21k, Krockenberger-21.229; 16. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-21.233; 17. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.243; 18. Corey Smith, 66, Smith-21.244; 19. J.J. Hughes, 76, Hughes-21.318; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-21.511; 21. Nate McMillin, 24x, McMillin-22.476; 22. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-25.954.

u SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Darland, 5. Stockon, 6. Robbins, 7. Hughes, 8. Pritchett. 2:48.94

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Farney, 4. Thomas, 5. Meseraull, 6. Chapple, 7. Mellenberndt. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stanbrough, 2. Smith, 3. Grant, 4. Coons, 5. Macedo, 6. Bares, 7. McMillin.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Chad Boespflug. 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Jon Stanbrough, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Aaron Farney, 11. Bret Mellenberndt, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 15. Carson Macedo, 16. Corey Smich, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Kyle Robbins, 19. Joe Bares, 20. Nate McMillin, 21. J.J. Hughes, 22. Jeff Pritchett. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Grant, Laps 3-4 Boespflug, Laps 5-16 Windom, Laps 17-27 Boespflug, Laps 28-30 Windom.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (17th-7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,327, 2-Stockon-2,094, 3-Darland-1,968, 4-Meseraull-1,955, 5-Robert Ballou-1,919, 6-Boespflug-1m885, 7-Leary & Windom-1,858, 9-Farney-1,287, 10-Max McGhee-1,264.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 4 - Queen Creek, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "49th Western World"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 15, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.593; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.660; 3. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-16.700; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.802; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.821; 6. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.825; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.042; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.049; 9. Stevie Sussex, 21AZ, Burkhart-17.074; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.105; 11. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.119; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.163; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-17.187; 14. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.314; 15. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.315; 16. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.498; 17. Randy Waitman, 69, Waitman-17.701; 18. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-17.709; 19. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.748; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.758; 21. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.869; 22. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-18.196; 23. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-18.233; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-19.158. 25. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-NT; 26. Parker Colston, 64, Gore-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Swanson, 3. Liggett, 4. Gardner, 5. Gansen, 6. Edwards, 7. Smith, 8. Stewart, 9. Adams. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Bender, 3. A.Williams, 4. C.Williams, 5. Waitman, 6. Colston, 7. A.Sweeney, 8. V.Sweeney. 2:49.41.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. Malcolm, 3. Vander Weerd, 4. Ellertson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Ballard, 7. Sussex, 8. Everhart. 2:52.01.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gansen, 2. Sussex, 3. Waitman, 4. Colston, 5. Edwards, 6. Smith, 7. V.Sweeney, 8. Ballard, 9. Stewart, 10. Everhart, 11. A.Sweeney, 12. Tafoya, 13. Adams. 14. L.Williams. 3:29.11

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Austin Wiliams, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Danny Faria Jr., 9. Stevie Sussex, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Parker Colston, 12. Jeremy Ellertson, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Logan Williams, 15. Matt Stewart, 16. Randy Waitman, 17. Cal Smith, 18. Mike Spencer, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Kyle Edwards, 21. Tony Everhart, 22. Corey Ballard, 23. A.J. Bender. NT

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**Gardner flipped during the first heat. L.Williams & A.Sweeney flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Roa, Laps 17-30 Gardner.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (21st to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 4 & 5 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway – “Western World Championships”

 

 

USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 14, 2016 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Kokomo Klash X"

QUALIFICATIONS: (no points) 1. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.274; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.347; 3. Gage Walker, 7, Walker-13.469; 4. Carson Macedo, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.529; 5. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.599; 6. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.610; 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry/Goff-13.721; 8. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.728; 9. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-13.902; 10. Shane Cottle, 57, RAB-13.920; 11. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray Auto-13.976; 12. Mitch Wissmiller, 27, SFH-14.160; 13. Anton Julian, 44, Pace-14.176; 14. Kyle O'Gara, 67x, SFH-14.234; 15. Dalton Camfield, 10c, Camfield-14.250; 16. Chett Gehrke, 10, Moore-14.278; 17. Ryan Secrest, 17, Koontz-14.403; 18. Logan Arnold, 43, Arnold-14.439; 19. Justin Dickerson, 21D, Dickerson-14.487; 20. Kurt Mayhew, 21, Mayhew-14.508; 21. Don O'Keefe, 0, LOK-14.565; 22. Dave Camfield, 87, Camfield-14.624; 23. Ray Seach, 82, Seach-14.805; 24. Cole Fehr, 15, Live Loud-14.863; 25. Alex Watson, 11T, Taylor-15.027; 26. Jon Watson, 41, 3W Racing-15.458; 27. Rich Drangmeister, 3, Drangmeister-15.731; 28. Andrew Hennig, 2, H3 Motorsports-16.004; 29. Ken Drangmeister, 76, Drangmeister-16.305; 30. Davey Ray, 33, RAYPRO-NT; 31. Logan Jarrett, 29, Doak-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Robinson, 3. Thorson, 4. Coons, 5. Walker, 6. Cottle, 7. Julian, 8. Arnold, 9. Dalton Camfield, 10. Dickerson. 1:49.07

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. Ray, 4. Shelton, 5. Gehrke, 6. Mayhew, 7. Seach, 8. Fehr, 9. A.Watson, 10. K.Drangmeister. 1:48.71

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Windom, 2. O'Gara, 3. Secrest, 4. Dave Camfield, 5. O'Keefe, 6. Hennig, 7. J.Watson, 8. R.Drangmeister, 9. DiMattia. 1:51.33

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. DiMattia, 2. Julian, 3. Mayhew, 4. Seach, 5. Fehr, 6. Dalton Camfield, 7. A.Watson, 8. Hennig, 9. J.Watson, 10. R.Drangmeister, 11. K.Drangmeister, 12. Arnold, 13. Cottle. 2:24.35

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Gage Walker, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Carson Macedo, 9. Chett Gehrke, 10. Kyle O'Gara, 11. Kurt Mayhew, 12. Ray Seach, 13. Ryan Secrest, 14. Dave Camfield, 15. Anton Julian, 16. Spencer Bayston, 17. Don O'Keefe, 18. Cole Fehr, 19. Jerry Coons Jr., 20. Tony DiMattia. NT
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**Wissmiller flipped during qualifying. Bayston flipped on lap 19.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Windom.

FINAL USAC INDIANA MIDGET CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Macedo-271, 2-Thorson-261, 3-Robinson-248, 4-Bayston-219, 5-Walker-216, 6-Shelton-215, 7-Ray-198, 8-Darland-192, 9-Justin Peck-160, 10-Brayton Lynch-146.

 

 

NEW FACES EMERGE AT THE FRONT OF USAC SPRINT FIELD IN 2016

As we look forward to this Saturday night's "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, which marks the Midwest finale for the series before heading out west, we can't help but reflect on what a superb season this has been.

A breakthrough 2016 season has welcomed a bevy of new names and faces to victory lane for the first time in their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car careers.

After Josh Hodges most recent series victory at Lawrenceburg two weeks ago, already, seven different drivers: Scotty Weir (Gas City), Tyler Courtney (Gas City), Kyle Cummins (Kokomo), Brent Beauchamp (Bloomington), Carson Short (Tri-State), C.J. Leary (Kokomo) and Hodges have all raced to their initial series wins in what has proved to be an unpredictable year.

After thumbing through the records and statistics in the USAC vault, this wide-open season is, surprisingly, a bit in the distance behind the season that produced the most first-time winners: 1967.

In 1967, 11 different new winners claimed their first USAC National Sprint Car Series' win with eventual champs Rollie Beale and Sam Sessions headlining the list.

The class of first-time winners in 1967 combined for a total of 86 USAC Sprint Car wins with the aforementioned Beale and Sessions as well as Jerry "Scratch" Daniels, Bob Wente, Mickey Shaw, Ralph Liguori, Billy Vukovich, Mike Mosley, Bruce Walkup, Sonny Ates and Bob McCoy.

None from that group of 11, however, got his first at the Terre Haute Action Track - a place where 19 men have scored their first triumphs since 1961 (second-most of any track behind Eldora's 31)! This Saturday's event's namesake, Jim Hurtubise, was the first to do so, driving the Sterling Plumbing Special to the win at the "Action Track" back in June of '61.

Series champs Gary Bettenhausen, Sheldon Kinser, Dave Darland, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons, Jr. all had their breakthrough wins at Terre Haute. This quintet is responsible for 180 combined USAC National Sprint Car feature victories and nine USAC Sprint titles. Two of those, Darland and Coons, will be in action this Saturday night at Terre Haute.

Three of those 19 broke into victory lane during the "Jim Hurtubise Classic:" Rusty McClure (1992), Yeley (1997) and Tony Jones (1999).

Bobby Marshman clicked off his first and only career USAC Sprint win at the controls of Wally Meskowski's No. 9 in August of 1963 - a year in which each of the four new series winners never won again!

Sadly, for three of the four, their flourishing racing careers would come to an end just as they were getting going. Allen Crowe would perish less than a month after his Eldora victory. Marshman would pass away after a testing accident at Phoenix International Raceway just over a year later. Johnny White would be paralyzed after a racing accident at Terre Haute nine months after his Allentown victory.

One driver fairly new to the scene is Aaron Farney, who's certainly one to keep an eye on this Saturday night although it's been a trying sophomore season for the reigning USAC Sprint Car Rookie of the Year who calls Brookston, Indiana home.

One place he has looked comfortable is on the flat half-mile dirt ovals and Terre Haute meets that criteria. His lone top-five finish this season came at Terre Haute during "Indiana Sprint Week," but last summer, he became the latest driver to get his first USAC Sprint win at Terre Haute and the first to do so at the track since Richard Griffin in 2000. Now teamed with the Michael Dutcher Motorsports team, Farney looks to recapture the glory of victory he found one year ago.

Or, perhaps, it will be yet another new name who finds his way to the front for the first time; someone like Jarett Andretti whose legendary great uncle, Mario, won his first USAC Sprint Car race just a little over 100 miles from the Terre Haute Action Track, at the Salem Speedway in 1964.

The eighth first-timer of 2016 could be lurking right around the corner, eagerly awaiting their turn in the spot light. It's been a wild and unpredictable season thus far. It would be wise not to count anybody out. Especially this Saturday night in the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track, a venue where eight drivers - Marshman, Jim McElreath, Mel Cornett, Chet Johnson, McClure, Terry Pletch, Griffin and Farney - have caught lightning in a bottle for the one and only time.

Pit gates for Saturday night's "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at the Terre Haute Action Track open at 3:00pm with front gates opening at 4. Hot laps get underway at 6 with ProSource Qualifying set for 6:30 and racing beginning at 7.

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CARS RUMBLE AT QUEEN CREEK SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2016... The popular USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are set to invade Queen Creek’s Arizona Speedway this Saturday, October 15th. Promoted by Jonah Trussel and located within ET Motopark, the sixteenth point race will also feature Sport Mods, ModLites, and Pure Stocks. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing at the fast 3/8-mile oval will start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

Since April 13, 2013, twenty-two USAC SouthWest Sprint Car races have been held at Arizona Speedway. Three-time and defending series champion R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with thirteen wins followed by “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (5), Stevie Sussex (2), “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (1), and Josh Pelkey (1). This season, Johnson has won three of the five previous Queen Creek visits and Stevie Sussex claimed the other two wins, including the September 17th event.

Entering Saturday’s show, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) has a 113-point lead over the competition. Driving Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, Johnson finished third at Queen Creek on September 17th. To date, the second generation driver has posted ten feature wins, nine heat race victories, six top-qualifier awards, twenty-three top-10 finishes, and 230 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. is inching closer to another title and will be looking for his series leading 43rd main event victory this Saturday night.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis claimed fourth in the September 17th feature. At press time, the five-time Arizona champion has eleven heat race victories, three top-qualifier awards, one hard charger award, twenty-two top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led in the campaign. With thirteen wins, “Chargin” Charles is second on the series win list and he will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

Matt Rossi (Glendale, Arizona) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #02 Apache Scapes / IWR Spike, Rossi charged from eleventh to score fifth at Queen Creek. To date, the former Western World 360 Champion has three heat race victories, one semi-main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and thirteen feature laps led on the year. Currently tied with Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, and Rick Ziehl for ninth on the USAC SouthWest win list, Matt will be looking to earn his fourth victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, Arizona) is fourth in the point standings. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Boulevard Truck Maxim, Martin scored fourteenth at Queen Creek on September 17th. At press time, the former Hall of Fame Classic winner has six heat race victories, one top-qualifier award, two hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season. “The Magic Man” is tied with Josh Pelkey for fifth on the series win list and will have his sights on claiming the Arizona Speedway triumph.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, Arizona) ranks fifth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Property Solutions / Michael Most Trucking entry, Mihocko charged from tenth to score sixth at Arizona Speedway. To date, the young driver has posted one top-qualifier award, one hard charger award, and fourteen top-10 finishes in the campaign. Tye will be looking to breakthrough and claim the first USAC SouthWest triumph of his career at Queen Creek.

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

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in Queen Creek, just five miles south of Mesa. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

2016 USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 10-R.J. Johnson, 6- Stevie Sussex, 4-Bryan Clauson, 3-Josh Hodges.

QUEEN CREEK USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 13-R.J. Johnson, 5-Charles Davis Jr., 2-Stevie Sussex, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Josh Pelkey.

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. R.J. Johnson-1135, 2. Charles Davis Jr.-1022, 3. Matt Rossi-928, 4. Mike Martin-881, 5. Tye Mihocko-769, 6. Dennis Gile-722, 7. Stevie Sussex-718, 8. Nick Aiuto-639, 9. Chris Bonneau-609, 10. Brian Hosford-587, 11. Josh Pelkey-576, 12. Andy Reinbold-568, 13. Landon Cling-548, 14. Shon Deskins-460, 15. Michael Curtis-400, 16. Bruce St. James-376, 17. Dustin Burkhart-330, 18. Matt Lundy-300, 19. Tom Ogle-295, 20. Jonas Reynolds-190.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HEADLINE SATURDAY’S ACTION AT PERRIS

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 12, 2016... After a short break, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, October 15th at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Since March 6, 2004, the half-mile clay oval at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 189 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 38 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. To date, there have been eight “home track” shows and seven different drivers have taken the checkered flags. California’s Austin Williams won the May 28th “Salute to Indy” and the “Glenn Howard Classic” on September 24th. Indiana’s Bryan Clauson, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, and California’s Richard Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Matt Mitchell, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner have stood atop the podium. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

After scoring fourth at Peoria, Arizona’s “Hall of Fame Classic” finale on October 1st, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a 107-point advantage over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. The four-time champion leads all drivers with 68 USAC/CRA victories and will be looking for another Perris win this Saturday night.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard claimed third in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led on the year. Vander Weerd is tied with Robert Ballou, Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding, and Blake Miller for fifteenth on the USAC/CRA win list and will have his sights on his seventh victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson won the “Hall of Fame Classic” preliminary feature and ran eleventh on October 1st. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main wins, and thirteen top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Jake will be looking for the second USAC/CRA main event win of his career.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is currently fourth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa placed eighteenth at Canyon Speedway Park. At press time, the USAC West Coast Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks fifth in the championship chase. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished second at the “Hall of Fame Classic” finale. To date, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has posted two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin is tied with Garrett Hansen for twentieth on the USAC/CRA win list and will be looking to score his sixth career victory.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), Trent Williams (Victorville, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Spencer, Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Jace Vander Weerd, Chris Gansen, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Stevie Sussex, Ronnie Gardner, Verne Sweeney, A.J. Bender, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Anthony Lopiccolo, and more.

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

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

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

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

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 38-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Robert Ballou, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Thomas Meseraull, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1212, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-1105, 3. Jake Swanson-1089, 4. Brody Roa-1003, 5. Austin Williams-995, 6. Mike Spencer-896, 7. Max Adams-805, 8. Logan Williams-689, 9. Cody Williams-646, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-602, 11. Chris Gansen-585, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-552, 13. Tommy Malcolm-415, 14. Stevie Sussex-412, 15. Ronnie Gardner-397, 16. Thomas Meseraull-383, 17. R.J. Johnson-378, 18. Verne Sweeney-343, 19. Geoff Ensign-342, 20. A.J. Bender-325, ---Chad Boespflug-325.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

RONNIE GARDNER REBOUNDS TO SCORE FALL SHOOTOUT VICTORY AT TULARE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 10, 2016… After restarting at the back, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) charged forward and won last Saturday’s “KRC Safety Fall Shootout” at Tulare’s Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. The $1,500 USAC Western States Midget triumph was Gardner’s fifth win of the season and eighteenth overall, tying Page Jones for fifth overall. Frankie Guerrini, rookie point leader Courtney Crone, Cory Elliott and Maria Cofer rounded out the top-five drivers.

As the green flag waved, outside front row starter and fast qualifier Alex Schutte got the jump on polesitter Courtney Crone for the top spot. Looking for his third win, Schutte set a blistering pace on the Tulare clay with Michael Faccinto, Guerrini, Elliott and Gardner giving chase. The four drivers raced hard and Faccinto broke free to challenge the leader. Action came to a halt on lap seven for a Shannon McQueen flip and Gardner went to the work area for repairs. McQueen was not hurt and both drivers restarted at the back.

Back out front, Schutte maintained control with Faccinto hot on his heels. Unfortunately, Faccinto had to retire on lap twenty-two with engine issues. Inheriting second, Guerrini took up the challenge but Schutte had an excellent restart and inched away from the field. Racing from the back, Gardner took over second and a caution flag flew for a stopped McQueen on lap twenty-eight. Under yellow, leader Schutte had mechanical issues and had to retire to the pit area. This handed the lead to Gardner, who sailed to the checkered flags and scored his first Tulare victory.

Driving the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Ronnie Gardner qualified third out of the thirteen racers, ran fourth in his heat race, and earned the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply “Hard Charger / Best Passing Job” honors. The three-time champion heads to Ventura with a 108-point lead with three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 106 feature laps led.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ran second in the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout.” Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini was sixth quick in time trials and won the night’s 8-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Last year’s BCRA Champion left Tulare ranked third in the point chase with two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 16 feature laps led on the season.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) had a solid night with a third place run at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. Piloting Jerome Rodela’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone qualified fourth overall and ran second to Guerrini in her heat race. The leading rookie contender sits fifth in points on the strength of two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and six top-10 finishes.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) raced hard and scored fourth at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway. Racing the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott was seventh fast in time trials and placed third in his heat race. Last season’s Rookie of the Year is fourth in the standings with four heat race victories and nine top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Maria Cofer (Macdoel, California) had her best night of the season with a fifth place run from eighth at the “KRC Safety Fall Shootout.” Driving the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches / Edmunds Auto Research Spike, Cofer qualified twelfth overall and ran fourth in her heat race. To date, the second generation driver is ranked seventh in the point chase with four top-10 finishes.

Alex Schutte (Redding, California) earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season. Racing the Schutte/McElwee #28 Zito Vault / Proficio Spike, Schutte ran second to Michael Faccinto in his heat race and scored seventh in the feature after suffering mechanical issues. In limited starts, the Gold Cup Race of Champions winner is twelfth in points with two feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) won a hard fought Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Piloting the MF Motorsports’ #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto was fifth fast in time trials and scored tenth in the main event after retiring to the pit area. The Louie Vermeil Classic Champion ranks second in the point standings with two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led to his credit.

On Saturday October 29th, the USAC Western States Midget Series will return to action at Ventura Raceway. Located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California, the date will also showcase the California Lightning Sprints and Dwarf Cars. More event and ticket information can be found at www.venturaraceway.com or calling 805.648.RACE.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. -------------------------------------------------------------- USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2016 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway – “KRC Safety Fall Shootout”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.651; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-15.792; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-15.830; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.851; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.886; 6. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.989; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.018; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-16.164; 9. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-16.248; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.283; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.369; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.540; 13. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.698;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Schutte, 3. Elliott, 4. Gardner, 5. Dalby, 6. Dolacki, 7. Wait. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Crone, 3. McQueen, 4. Cofer, 5. Pankratz, 6. Swanson. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Ronnie Gardner (7th), 2. Frankie Guerrini (3rd), 3. Courtney Crone (1st), 4. Cory Elliott (5th), 5. Maria Cofer (8th), 6. Cody Swanson (12th), 7. Alex Schutte (2nd), 8. Shannon McQueen (6th), 9. Robert Dalby (9th), 10. Michael Faccinto, (4th) 11. Randi Pankratz (10th), 12. Tyler Dolacki (11th), 13. Nate Wait (13th). NT ------------------------------------ **Swanson and Pankratz flipped during the second heat. McQueen and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Schutte, Laps 29-30 Gardner. KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (7th to 1st)

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Ronnie Gardner-842, 2. Michael Faccinto-734, 3. Frankie Guerrini-665, 4. Cory Elliott-645, 5. Courtney Crone-567, 6. Cody Swanson-494, 7. Maria Cofer-481, 8. Randi Pankratz-478, 9. Robert Dalby-476, 10. Tyler Dolacki-377, 11. Shannon McQueen-356, 12. Alex Schutte-288, 13. Sean Dodenhoff-242, 14. Dylan Ito-200, 15. Darren Hagen-195, 16. Nate Wait-193, 17. Ashley Hazelton-178, 18. Taylor Simas-177, 19. Terry Nichols-168, 20. Shane Golobic-165.

2016 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION October 29: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA November 19: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA November 24: #Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix) ----------------------------------------------- # = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC National Midgets. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT'S "HURTUBISE CLASSIC"

It has been nearly three months since the Terre Haute Action Track has come alive with the roar of engines. Race fans in the Midwest will get a chance to see the 1/2-mile back in action this Saturday night, October 15 for the "Hurtubise Classic" featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship in its final Midwest race of the 2016 season.

The "Hurtubise Classic" was originally scheduled for September 16, but rainfall put a damper on the show, forcing the postponement to this upcoming weekend. Fortunately, Mother Nature has extended summer-like weather into the middle of October as weekend forecasts for Terre Haute show temperatures in the mid to upper 70s with partly sunny skies.

The "Hurtubise Classic" is run in the memory of Jim Hurtubise, a USAC star and Indy 500 competitor from the early days of the United States Auto Club. Hurtubise raced with the USAC Champ Car series from 1959-1974 and had 97 starts with 4 victories. The veteran driver also ran in ten Indianapolis 500-mile races between 1960-1974 and had a best finish of 13th in 1962. Hurtubise also made over 30 NASCAR starts, winning a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Brady Bacon leads the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings entering the event with Chase Stockon 245 points behind. Dave Darland, Robert Ballou, and Thomas Meseraull complete the top five. In the two most recent stops for the series at the Action Track, Ballou won the "Tony Hulman Classic" in May while Chase Stockon raced to victory in the "Don Smith Classic" during Indiana Sprint Week in July.

Pit gates Saturday will open at 3:00pm, grandstands at 4:00 with hot laps on track at 6:00, qualifying at 6:30 and racing at 7:00.

For more information, follow the Action Track online at www.terrehauteactiontrack.net and on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrehauteactiontrack. Updates are also available by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

The Terre Haute Action Track is located at the Wabash County Fairgrounds, in Terre Haute, IN. The physical address is 3901 South US Hwy 41, Terre Haute, IN 47807.

**TRACK ENTERPRISES


 

ROBERT BALLOU RECOVERY FUND SET UP

A recovery fund has been set up to help with medical costs for 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California.

Robert was injured in a severe accident on September 3, 2016 during the "Louie Vermeil Classic" USAC/CRA AMSOIL Sprint Car feature at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway.

Although he was able to walk to the ambulance, Robert was later airlifted to Stanford (Calif.) Medical Center anticipating surgery. After an evaluation, Robert was then informed that surgery would not be needed. After four days at the hospital, Robert was released.

A couple weeks later, Robert returned to Indianapolis, Indiana to visit with Dr. David Schwartz at OrthoIndy, who quickly determined that surgery would, in fact, be necessary. Robert's C7 vertebrae had suffered a burst fracture and was protruding too far and too close to the spinal cord. Dr. Schwartz felt that the vertebrae could never come back together and heal properly.

Surgery was completed on Friday, October 7 at OrthoIndy by Dr. Schwartz with 100% success and received an outlook for a full recovery.

At this time, Robert is looking forward to completing his full recovery in Indy with only a neck brace for the next eight to 12 weeks. With that said, doctors are anticipating that he may be out of the race car for an estimated eight to 12 months, depending on how quickly he heals. Robert plans to prepare for the 2017 season and, hopefully, return to the racecar and competing as early as August.

Donations for Robert may be sent to: Robert Ballou c/o USAC 4910 W. 16th Street Speedway, IN 46224

 

 

USAC SPRINTS MAKE FINAL MIDWEST APPEARANCE AT TERRE HAUTE THIS SATURDAY FOR "JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC"

The USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its final Midwest appearance of the 2016 season, before heading out west, this Saturday night, October 15 at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track for the 17th "Jim Hurtubise Classic."

The race honors Hurtubise, the auto racing legend who dominated the Action Track back in the early 1960s. The North Tonawanda, New York native known as "Herk" racked up five consecutive USAC Sprint Car wins from 1960 to 1962, a feat that hasn't been matched in the ensuing 54 years.

The "Hurtubise Classic" dates back to 1990 when Jack Hewitt won the inaugural edition of the event, but this year's race marks just the 17th running; the tradition resumed after a ten-year hiatus from the schedule from 2000 to 2009.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon enjoys a hefty 245-point lead over Chase Stockon in the series standings. Bacon and Stockon are among the five past "Hurtubise Classic" winners expected to compete in Saturday night's event.

Bacon's lone Terre Haute triumph came at the "Hurtubise" in the fall of 2014 while Stockon raced to victory in 2012. Stockon's most recent series victory came at Terre Haute just three months ago at the "Don Smith Classic" during "Indiana Sprint Week."

Those two will be joined by recent "Hurtubise" winners Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Chris Windom (2011) and Jon Stanbrough (2010).

The event has proven to be wide-open over the years, producing 14 different feature winners in the 16 runnings of the race. Only the great Jack Hewitt was able to win multiple "Hurtubise Classics" throughout his career, taking three of them, including the first two in 1990 and 1991, before grabbing his third one in 1995.

In fact, the last 11 "Hurtubise Classic" have produced a different winner each time. Terre Haute USAC winning drivers looking for their first "Hurtubise" trophy this Saturday include the USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, as well as 2016 "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown winner C.J. Leary, 2015 "Don Smith Classic" victor Aaron Farney and 2013 "Don Smith Classic" winner Kevin Thomas, Jr., who will continue to sport the No. 1 on his car for Robert Ballou, winner of the 2015 "Hurtubise" as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in USAC/CRA Sprint Car crash at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway in September.

Pit gates for Saturday night's event open at 3:00pm with front gates opening at 4. Hot laps get underway at 6 with ProSource Qualifying set for 6:30 and racing beginning at 7.

 

THORSON THWARTS MACEDO'S LATE-RACE CHARGE
TO SWEEP 2ND STRAIGHT "GOLD CROWN" AT GRANITE CITY

Granite City, Illinois.........For the second consecutive year, the "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" became the "Tanner Thorson Show" at Tri-City Speedway.

The 20-year-old Minden, Nevada native held off hard-charging teammate Carson Macedo after a late-race restart to win his fifth "Gold Crown" feature in a row dating back to the 2015 event.

Thorson's unforgettable weekend also vaulted him to within arm's reach of the USAC Midget National Championship point lead behind teammate Spencer Bayston with two races remaining as he now stands in the shadows of Bayston just nine back by virtue of three consecutive victories in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I could see those guys on the restarts throwing sliders at each other, so I knew I just needed to hit my marks perfectly on the last one," Thorson said. "I knew it'd happen to me eventually, but thankfully, we had enough of a buffer over Carson when we got to turn one that we were able to hold on. I love this place, though; it's so much fun to race on. The "Gold Crown" is a marquee event and to sweep it two years in a row is awesome. Big Al (Scroggins) gave me an awesome setup tonight and that makes my job easy."

As high-point man for the night, Thorson began Saturday night's 40-lap finale from the pole and, from the outset, he immediately established himself as the driver to beat, constructing a lead of more than a second-and-a-half over his fellow championship contenders Bayston, Chad Boat and Brady Bacon who ran first through fourth in the early going.

But on lap nine, two of those contenders would see their nights take an unexpected turn for the worse.

Entering turn one side-by-side, Boat's right rear tire ramped over Bacon's left front, sending Bacon into a series of violent snap rolls into the catch fencing before coming to a rest on the track surface.

With the fence heavily damaged, extensive repairs had to be made before racing could continue. Uunder the lengthy red flag, Brady Bacon's FMR Racing crew thrashed feverishly to make repairs to their Beast/Toyota in time for the restart as did Boat who joined Bacon at the tail of the field when the race resumed.

With Bacon and Boat both out of the contention at the front for the meantime, it became a two-car race between Thorson and Bayston at the head of the pack.

Thorson found a comfort zone at the top of turns one and two and the bottom of turns three and four with Bayston in tow, hugging the low line all the way around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

However, Bayston was only able to hang with Thorson for a couple of laps following the restart before Thorson began separating himself from the field once again as the race crossed the halfway point.

On the lap 24 restart following Kyle Jones' slide into the infield with a collapsed front end, the fiercest battle for position became the race for second as Macedo hit the bottom of turn one before sliding up in front of Bayston. Macedo took the position, albeit briefly, when Bayston countered and dove underneath to reclaim the spot exiting turn two.

One lap later, Macedo gave the all-out assault on Bayston one more try, but saw the same result once again as Bayston answered each successive challenge that was thrown at him.

 

With less than ten laps remaining, Brad Loyet was a man on a mission just laps after entering the top-five from the back half of the field in Ken Malpocker's No. 22. A furious battle between the two waged on and, on the 33rd circuit, Loyet raced high into turn one alongside Bright for fourth. Loyet ran out of racetrack and out of luck as he rode his right side wheels up the concrete perimeter, somersaulting nose-to-tail a couple of times before coming to a rest on his wheels.

The ensuing restart presented another opportunity for Macedo to set up a slide job on Bayston for second. This time was a success las Macedo blasted by his teammate in turn one. Bayston once again crossed-over, cutting beneath Macedo exiting turn two, then partaking in a side-by-side drag race into turn three that was won by Macedo.

Macedo could now set his laser-focus on running down Thorson, who hadn't yet faced much of a battle at the end of the feature during the first two nights of the "Gold Crown." But Macedo was only able to trim a miniscule amount of time between he and Thorson as the laps ticked away and the odds became slimmer.

With just two laps to go, Thorson had victory just within his grasp, but the hard-charging Zach Daum, who was running fourth, tagged the outside wall with quite a force between turns one and two before coming to a stop, necessitating a yellow flag.

With Macedo right on Thorson's tail for the green-white-checkered finish, Macedo shot to the bottom entering turn one on the restart, overtaking the top spot from Thorson momentarily, but Thorson anticipated the move and crossed over, using the downhill momentum off the turn two banking to drive back by Macedo for the lead.

That proved to be Macedo's last shot as Thorson was able to thwart the attack and pull away on the final lap and a half to defeat Macedo by 0.724 seconds, followed by Bayston and a remarkable comeback by Brady Bacon who raced from the tail to grab fourth after nearly clearing the turn one fence earlier in the feature. Ryan Robinson rounded out the top-five.

Carson Macedo's second-place run in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota equaled his best career result set back in June of this season in West Memphis, Arkansas. With two races remaining, Macedo, the series' leading rookie in the standings, seeks to become just the 13th driver (and the first since Christopher Bell in 2013) to win the USAC National Midget "Rookie of the Year" award and be victorious in a feature in the same season.

"We were really fast," Macedo stated matter-of-factly. "I thought I had a shot. I was pretty thankful when that yellow came out with three (laps) to go. I threw everything I had at him and we just came up short. Overall, though, I'm happy with the weekend. We were consistent and that's big. I really like this race track and had a blast; I just wish we were up there in victory lane tonight."

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston continues to hold onto the USAC Midget National Championship lead after his third place finish Saturday night in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, though the gap has now shrunk to a mere nine points over the rapidly-approaching Thorson.

"Early on, I was following Tanner and trying to learn," Bayston explained. "We didn't lose too much ground on him there and then, once we went up top, I felt stronger. Under the red, we started to have a right rear issue and it blistered when we went back to green. I was sort of in defense mode at the end, which allowed Carson to get by. I'm happy for Tanner, though. To sweep this race two years in a row and for us to sweep the podium tonight tells you how good this team is and how hard everybody works."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-City Speedway included Ryan Robinson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Macedo (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Jake Neuman (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brayton Lynch (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 8, 2016 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 4. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Tyler Roth (#13 Zero), 8. Joey Rinne (#0 Zero). 2:02.83

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Tyler Thomas (Thomas #91T), 4. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 5. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 6. Davey Ray (#23 Two-Three), 7. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell). 2:01.95

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Kyle Jones (#5B Daum), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 4. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 5. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 6. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 7. Brad Loyet (#22 Malpocker). 2:03.41

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bacon, 3. Greth, 4. Jones, 5. Lynch, 6. Hunnell, 7. Roth. 2:34.51

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Ray, 3. Walker, 4. Loyet, 5. Thomas, 6. Bright, 7. Neuman. 2:35.61

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Macedo, 5. Daum, 6. Darland. 2:37.03

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Jake Neuman, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Chad Boat, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Brayton Lynch, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Joey Rinne, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Brad Loyet, 18. Broc Hunnell, 19. Kyle Jones, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Tyler Roth, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. NT
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**Bacon flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Loyet flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Neuman (21st to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1136, 2-Thorson-1127, 3-Boat-1096, 4-Bacon-1059, 5-Macedo-994, 6-Robinson-843, 7-Shelton-787, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Thomas-704, 10-Greth-562.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 20 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial" (Co-Sanctioned by POWRi)

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 8, 2016 - Tulare, California - Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway -"KRC Safety Fall Shootout"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-15.651; 2. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-15.792; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-15.830; 4. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-15.851; 5. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-15.886; 6. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-15.989; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.018; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-16.164; 9. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-16.248; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.283; 11. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.369; 12. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-16.540; 13. Nate Wait, 35W, MF-16.698;

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Schutte, 3. Elliott, 4. Gardner, 5. Dalby, 6. Dolacki, 7. Wait. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Guerrini, 2. Crone, 3. McQueen, 4. Cofer, 5. Pankratz, 6. Swanson. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Frankie Guerrini, 3. Courtney Crone, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. Maria Cofer, 6. Cody Swanson, 7. Alex Schutte, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Michael Faccinto, 11. Randi Pankratz, 12. Tyler Dolacki, 13. Nate Wait. NT ------------------------------------ **Swanson and Pankratz flipped during the second heat. McQueen and Dalby flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Schutte, Laps 29-30 Gardner.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (7th to 1st)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Gardner-842, 2-Faccinto-734, 3-Guerrini-665, 4-Elliott-645, 5-Crone-567, 6-Swanson-494, 7-Cofer-481, 8-R.Pankratz-478, 9-Dalby-476, 10-Dolacki-377.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: October 29 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 8, 2016 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 4. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Tyler Roth (#13 Zero), 8. Joey Rinne (#0 Zero). 2:02.83

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Tyler Thomas (Thomas #91T), 4. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 5. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 6. Davey Ray (#23 Two-Three), 7. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell). 2:01.95

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Kyle Jones (#5B Daum), 3. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 4. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 5. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 6. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 7. Brad Loyet (#22 Malpocker). 2:03.41

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Bacon, 3. Greth, 4. Jones, 5. Lynch, 6. Hunnell, 7. Roth. 2:34.51

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Robinson, 2. Ray, 3. Walker, 4. Loyet, 5. Thomas, 6. Bright, 7. Neuman. 2:35.61

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Shelton, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Macedo, 5. Daum, 6. Darland. 2:37.03

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Spencer Bayston, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Ryan Robinson, 6. Holly Shelton, 7. Jake Neuman, 8. Alex Bright, 9. Chad Boat, 10. Tyler Thomas, 11. Gage Walker, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Brayton Lynch, 14. Davey Ray, 15. Joey Rinne, 16. Zach Daum, 17. Brad Loyet, 18. Broc Hunnell, 19. Kyle Jones, 20. Ryan Greth, 21. Tyler Roth, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr. NT -------------------------------- **Bacon flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Loyet flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jake Neuman (21st to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1136, 2-Thorson-1127, 3-Boat-1096, 4-Bacon-1059, 5-Macedo-994, 6-Robinson-843, 7-Shelton-787, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Thomas-704, 10-Greth-562.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 20 - Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway - "Jason Leffler Memorial" (Co-Sanctioned by POWRi)

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

THORSON WINS 4TH IN A ROW AT GRANITE CITY;
CRUISES TO NIGHT #2 "GOLD CROWN" VICTORY

Granite City, Illinois.........Throughout history, certain tandems have become synonymous with each other: Lewis and Clark, Lennon and McCartney, Calvin and Hobbes, Milk and Cookies, etc.

After his USAC Midget National Championship feature victory Friday night, a new duo to add to the list may very well be Tanner Thorson and Tri-City Speedway.

The Minden, Nevada driver dominated every lap of the caution-free affair in which he established a new 35-lap track record at the 3/8-mile dirt oval on the way to his fourth straight "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" win dating back to 2015.

In the process, Thorson was able dig a little closer to the point-lead, as he is now just 15 points behind teammate Spencer Bayston in the latest series standings with three events remaining including Saturday night's "Gold Crown" finale.

Thorson began the feature from outside of the front row alongside Brady Bacon and immediately established the point as the field hit turn one on the opening lap.

Bacon, another driver in the thick of the series point race, encountered trouble one night prior after suffering a cut tire while leading with six laps to go. On this night, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native settled into second in the early going, running the high side as Thorson worked the bottom.

Suddenly, on lap six, heartbreak met Bacon for the second consecutive night as his mount began to slow dramatically entering turn three, resulting in an early exit, a 20th place finish and the loss of substantial ground in the title race - a race that he now finds himself 74 points out of the lead after entering Thursday down just 22.

With Bacon now out of sight, no one was able to put up much of a fight on Thorson for the remaining 30 laps and, though, Thorson quickly distanced himself to a three-second lead by the 15th lap, he was unable to completely break away from his fellow competitors involved in the point race.

With his pass on Thursday night runner-up Zach Daum, Chad Boat positioned himself in third, a straightaway behind leader Thorson and Bayston with 20 to go.

The only obstacle separating Thorson from certain victory in the second half of the contest was lapped traffic. But, with a full straightway lead, Thorson was in a zone and a backmarker or two wasn't going to trip him up on this night.

Thorson had to negotiate the eighth, ninth and tenth place cars with less than five laps to go as the battle for position between Holly Shelton, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Kyle Jones waged on in front of the leader.

Thorson had little trouble as he stuck to the bottom while the lappers pursued the high side, providing Thorson a clear path to an eventual, commanding 4.85 second victory over Bayston, Boat, Ryan Robinson and Carson Macedo.

Thorson completed the 35-lap feature at a track record time of nine minutes, 24.36 seconds in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota, his series-leading fifth USAC National Midget victory of the 2016 season and the ninth of his career.

"I don't know if it's me or this car that keeps getting to victory lane, but these Keith Kunz guys are awesome," Thorson exclaimed. "They deserve to be here. The track was in our favor tonight, for sure. You can't enter the bottom too early here; that makes it tough, but having that track position at the start was really big. Our confidence level is really high heading into tomorrow and I'm looking forward to trying to make it two 'Gold Crowns' in a row."

Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston held serve at the head of the points race, finishing one spot behind Thorson in Friday night's feature to take second in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Mobil 1/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"I was more confident tonight than I was last night," Bayston thought. "I made a couple mistakes earlier in the night and the guys made sure to point them out to me so we could correct them for the feature; I feel like we made some progress in that sense. Tanner was really good through the lapped cars. I felt like I was catching him a little bit, but he was so strong on the bottom that it was hard to make up any ground. We probably needed a yellow, but we'll take a second for points, though, and go try to get a win tomorrow."

Chad Boat, of Phoenix, Arizona, now stands 22 markers out of the lead and seven behind Thorson in the updated series standings after earning third in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Track position hurt us a little bit," Boat admitted. "We were rolling there for ten laps or so and I thought we could get Spencer. I felt like we were better than Tanner, but then our tire went away and I just had to hold on. Overall, though, it was a decent night. We learned some things last night and got better tonight, so we'll hopefully be two spots better tomorrow."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway included Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Alex Bright (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jake Neuman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 7, 2016 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 3. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry/Goff), 6. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 7. Kyle Jones (#5B Daum), 8. Davey Ray (#23 Two-Three). 2:02.44

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 5. Tyler Thomas (Thomas #91T), 6. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). 2:03.28

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 2. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Brad Loyet (#22 Malpocker), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 6. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 7. Tyler Roth (#13 Zero). 2:05.01

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Bayston, 3. Thorson, 4. Neuman, 5. Shelton, 6. Bright, 7. Lynch, 8. Murdock. 2:40.66

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Loyet, 3. Boat, 4. Robinson, 5. Walker, 6. Coons, 7. Roth. NT

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Jones, 2. Daum, 3. Macedo, 4. Darland, 5. Greth, 6. Peck, 7. Ray. 2:45.99

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Chad Boat, 4. Ryan Robinson, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Brad Loyet, 8. Holly Shelton, 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10. Kyle Jones, 11. Dave Darland, 12. Alex Bright, 13. Jake Neuman, 14. Tyler Thomas, 15. Justin Peck, 16. Gage Walker, 17. Brayton Lynch, 18. Davey Ray, 19. Tyler Roth, 20. Brady Bacon, 21. Johnny Murdock, 22. Ryan Greth. 9:24.36
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Alex Bright (22nd to 12th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1072, 2-Thorson-1057, 3-Boat-1050, 4-Bacon-998, 5-Macedo-927, 6-Robinson-785, 7-Shelton-732, 8-Bryan Clauson-720, 9-Thomas-661, 10-Greth-539.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 8 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

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THORSON THRILLS AT GRANITE CITY; WINS NIGHT #1 OF "GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS"

Granite City, Illinois.........While it may not become as famous as Danny Sullivan's "Spin and Win" at the 1985 Indianapolis 500, Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson's "Half Spin and Win" performance on Thursday's opening night of the 2016 "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway will surely go down as one he won't soon forget.

While running fourth on the sixth lap of the 30-lap feature, Thorson drifted into the infield after getting sideways between turns three and four. Thorson regained control of the car, kept the RPMs up and was able to continue on, albeit after kicking up a cloud of southern Illinois soil as he gassed his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota through the infield to rejoin the action on the front straightaway.

The mishap immediately dropped Thorson back to seventh as teammates Carson Macedo and Spencer Bayston sped past as did 2008 "Gold Crown" winner Jerry Coons, Jr.

Not only was Thorson's bid for a third straight Granite City victory in jeopardy, an opportunity to cash in on valuable points toward a tight USAC National Midget championship were in danger of being squandered.

Thorson didn't panic and, one lap later, he was able to get back around Coons for sixth just before the yellow flag flew for a Brayton Lynch spin on the back straight.

On the ensuing restart, Thorson worked his way back to the fourth spot as, up front, Brady Bacon threw a successful slider on Chad Boat for the lead entering turn one.

After disposing of Zach Daum for third, Thorson engaged in a see-saw battle with Boat for second that changed hands three times.

On the tenth lap, Thorson used a big run on the bottom of turn four to grab the spot from Boat. But, on lap 11, Boat cruised the cushion to glide around the outside of Thorson in turn four to retake the position. Thorson stuck within close range and was able to take ahold of second for good with another run on the bottom of turn four past Boat on the 12th lap.

The spectacular back-and-forth game of chess between Boat and Thorson played into Bacon's favor as it allowed Bacon to stretch his lead out front to more than a second as he sought his first USAC National Midget win since 2012's "Hut 100" at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway.

Thorson also began to put distance between himself and third-running Boat, but with ten laps to go, race leader Bacon began to encounter lapped traffic. With cars running high and low, Bacon had the daunting task of carefully wading his way through the backmarkers with a flying Thorson set to pounce at a moment's notice.

Bacon had difficulty working his way around the lapped car of Gage Walker, eventually executing a lap 22 slide job on Walker, but that allowed Thorson to knock a half-second off of the interval and slice Bacon's lead down to a mere three car lengths.

With Thorson hot on the trail of Bacon with six laps remaining, Bacon bounced over the turn four cushion, contacting the outside wall before continuing on as Thorson shot by for the lead.

There would be no victory lane celebration for Bacon on this particular night as, by the time he hit turn two, it became apparent that the right rear tire on his machine was flat, necessitating a yellow that brought the action to a halt.

The late-race restart set up a rematch of last year's Saturday night "Gold Crown" showdown between Thorson and Daum. This time around would be the same as the last as Thorson would once again hold the upper hand, pulling away on the restart to tame the three-eighths-mile dirt oval in Granite City for the third time in as many tries dating back to last year's sweep of the "Gold Crown."

Thorson's eighth career victory in the series came one and a half second in front of Daum, Macedo, Boat and Bayston. Thorson became just the second driver to win three straight at the "Gold Crown," joining Darren Hagen, who won three in a row during a single weekend in 2010.

Meanwhile, a minor bit of redemption was in store for Bacon in the end as he raced to a sixth place finish during the final six laps after changing his right rear tire and restarting from the tail.

With Thorson's win and Bacon's misfortune, the tide has once again turned in the race for the 2016 USAC National Midget title. The points battled that entered Thursday night with just a 30-point separation between first and fourth remained at 30, but with a few positions rearranged.

Thorson leapfrogged both Bacon and Boat to vault from fourth to second in the standings with four races remaining while Bayston's lead shrunk from 22 to 18. With Thorson's recent dominance at Granite City, he has the chance to make up a good chunk of ground during the next two nights of the "Gold Crown."

"This is one of my favorite tracks," Thorson exclaimed. "Saving the tires is going to be a big factor in these races this weekend because the track is so fast and the races are longer. I feel like I saved them pretty well tonight, but it's a 40-lapper on Saturday. The last couple of restarts were tricky because I knew the bottom was good. It went away on entry, though, toward the end of the race so I knew I needed to get to the top. I just went with my gut and it worked out for us. My guys gave me a great car and we're excited for tomorrow and Saturday."

Zach Daum had to settle for his second straight runner-up performance at Granite City behind Thorson in his Dan Daum/TRD - Daum Crop Insurance/Eagle/Stanton Toyota, but the Pocahontas, Illinois native was pleased to bring home his best USAC finish of the season.

"We were back there in the thick of it, even though we were towards the front." Daum explained. "The big sliders are probably more nerve-wracking to watch than when you're in the car and I know that nine out of ten guys out here aren't going to stick you in the fence if they can't clear you. We'll take a second tonight; it's the same as last year with Tanner out front, but hopefully by the end of the weekend, we can change that."

Leading series rookie Carson Macedo of Lemoore, California turned in another solid performance Thursday night, grabbing third in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - Tarlton & Son/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"The car was good tonight, but the track was tricky," Macedo said. "You had to find where you were good at right away and Tanner did that. I'm happy with our night, though; it was fun to race with all of these guys the way we did, really hard, but very clean. This place is wild! You have to respect it because you're moving. There's not a lot of room on the top of turn four, but you have to commit to the top if you're going to run it. It's tricky, but I'm really excited for the next two nights."

Davey Ray and Ryan Greth walked away uninjured after both flipped in turn one on the second lap of the feature.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Tri-City Speedway included Tyler Thomas (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher), Chad Boat (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Brad Loyet (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner) and Gage Walker (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 6, 2016 - Granite City, Illinois - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (Thomas #91T), 2. Justin Peck (#5x Peck), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Dave Darland (#11AG Gray), 5. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Kyle Jones (#5B Daum), 7. Alex Bright (#77 Hemler), 8. Steve Buckwalter (#25 Buckwalter), 9. Gage Walker (#7 Walker). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Davey Ray (#33 RAYPRO), 3. Ryan Greth (#4 Lesher), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 8. Andrew Felker (#11A Felker). 2:01.55

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brad Loyet (#05 Loyet), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Carson Macedo (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25x Petry/Goff) 5. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 6. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 7. Tyler Roth (#13 Zero), 8. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero). 2:03.44

FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Ray, 3. Jones, 4. Coons, 5. Lynch, 6. Murdock, 7. Loyet, 8. Bright. 2:37.67

SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Macedo, 2. Bacon, 3. Daum, 4. Darland, 5. Neuman, 6. Malpocker, 7. Robinson. NT

THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps) 1. Thorson, 2. Greth, 3. Shelton, 4. Bayston, 5. Peck, 6. Thomas, 7. Roth. 2:36.61

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Zach Daum, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Kyle Jones, 8 Jerry Coons, Jr., 9. Dave Darland, 10. Holly Shelton, 11. Jake Neuman, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Tyler Thomas, 14. Gage Walker, 15. Andy Malpocker, 16. Ryan Robinson, 17. Steve Buckwalter, 18. Johnny Murdock, 19. Brayton Lynch, 20. Tyler Roth, 21. Alex Bright, 22. Davey Ray, 23. Ryan Greth. NT -------------------------------- **Ray and Greth flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Boat, Laps 8-24 Bacon, Laps 25-30 Thorson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Gage Walker (22nd to 14th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-1005, 2-Thorson-987, 3-Boat-986, 4-Bacon-975, 5-Macedo-869, 6-Robinson-724, 7-Bryan Clauson-720, 8-Shellton-683, 9-Thomas-626, 10-Greth-516.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: October 7-8 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

INAUGURAL GOLD CROWN WINNER COONS RETURNS
TO THE SITE OF MEMORABLE 2008 VICTORY

Jerry Coons, Jr. has seen plenty of victory lanes throughout his illustrious racing career. That includes 19 USAC National Midget wins, 17 USAC National Sprint Car victories and seven in the USAC Silver Crown Championship.

One of those 43 career USAC Nationals wins he remembers most is the inaugural "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois back in 2008. Driving the famed Wilke Racing No. 11 that night, a multitude of things had the USAC "Triple Crown" champ on his toes throughout the 50-lap feature that, in the end, came up roses.

"I remember being so tight on the bottom that I started losing the brakes, then a yellow flag came out and my brakes were gone," Jerry recalls. "I was doing everything. I even pulled the cap off the reservoir just to let out any heat that I could! Not that it helped anything, but I was just trying to cool the fluid off the best I could. I was doing anything and everything to cool it. Luckily, the yellow lasted awhile and cooled the fluid off."

"There was a lot on my mind that night," Jerry continued. "We were trying to develop the Hemi (engine) that year. We had several DNF's with the Hemi at Angell Park (Sun Prairie, Wisc.) that year. It was on my mind at the end if the engine was going to last."

Jerry is set to return to the site of that victory this Thursday-Friday-Saturday, October 6-7-8 for the 7th running of the "Gold Crown." Set to make just his second appearance in the Scott Petry-Terry Goff Motorsports No. 25 beginning Thursday, Jerry's relationships within his new role as coordinator of USAC's .25 Midget Series led to him landing the ride.

"The Petry's are friends with guys who run quarter midgets," Jerry explained. "One day, these guys were talking at the quarter midget track about that car. He gave me Brad Gray's number and said, 'hey, there interested in talking to you.' I gave them a call, then sat down and talked to him and put the deal together. It was kind of a weird coincidence."

Petry and Goff are new entrants to USAC Midget racing this season, but they certainly do not lack USAC experience. In fact, Goff, who maintains the car at his shop along with Gray's No. 11AG that is driven by Dave Darland, won nine USAC Speedrome Midget races between 1992 and 1996 in addition to his astounding 15 UMRA TQ Midget driving titles.

Though it is a new ride for the Tucson, Arizona native, Jerry has never had much trouble stepping into a new situation and getting up to speed quickly, something he asserts to the mechanical knowledge he learned as a young, budding racer working on his dad's racecars.

"Even early on when I was racing and taking care of my dad's cars, I always worked on them myself," Jerry said. "I've been able to work with some very good crew chiefs and car owners throughout the years. Everyone I've worked with, I've tried to learn and pay attention to what they're doing and work with them."

"Sometimes you get into cars and they might be off on their setups and it's just a matter of getting the car dialed in or finding some little things here and there that need to be straightened out," Jerry continued. "I can go into a track with a pretty basic setup in a midget, sprint or silver crown car and go from there while working with the car owner and crew chief together; that's kind of how I approach it. I don't try to be hard headed. I'm always learning and working together to make the car better."

Jerry returns to the seat this weekend in Granite City one week removed from a huge weekend of USAC .25 midget racing at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. His schedule of racing endeavors, coordinating quarter midget events and raising a family with two young children is quite a balance to maintain. It's a schedule which, throughout the season, has curtailed his racing ventures a bit, but not as much as you'd think. Jerry estimates that he still was able to compete somewhere in the neighborhood of 60-70 events in 2016, including a full-slate of USAC Silver Crown racing for owner Gene Nolen.

Jerry lives a day-to-day schedule that some would consider hectic, though, he admits that it has been pretty manageable, but admits there's been a few stressful times although it has had little effect on his racing career.

"If I have to miss one or two, that's part of it," Jerry accepts. "We had a great event in Las Vegas last weekend, but now I'm looking forward to getting back in the seat. I haven't gotten to run midgets a whole lot this year, so I'm really looking forward to heading to Granite City this weekend."

The three-day racing weekend is the only occasion all season on the USAC National Midget trail in which the series holds three complete racing programs on three consecutive nights at the same venue. After a move to a two-day format held on Labor Day weekend in 2015, the "Gold Crown" made the popular move back to its traditional three night-format in the month of October, presenting a unique challenge to competitors.

"Teams that struggle will now have an extra night to dial their cars in and you got guys who are good and it might give them an extra night to dial themselves out," Jerry joked. "There's been a couple years there where I did struggle the first two nights, then we just kind of stabbed at something for Saturday night."

The year I ran second to Levi (Jones) in 2011, I kind of struggled the first two nights and we threw a little something different at the car and it was good on Saturday. The same thing happened the next year when I drove for Joe Dooling and Rusty Kunz. We ended up running second to Kyle Larson on Saturday night. Hopefully I don't struggle the first two nights this time around and we can just be consistent every night."

Despite being one of USAC's most consistent drivers over the past two decades, Jerry, the 2006 and 2007 USAC National Midget champion, is still searching for his first series win since the 2010 "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, something he hopes to change this weekend at one of his favorite racetracks.

"The 'Gold Crown' has always had such good racing; we've been able to see some incredible races there over the years," Jerry said. "It's a tough deal to win, but it's a race you'd definitely like to have your name on, for sure. The Gundakers have done a great job with the track and it's a good-paying race. It's nice going to a fun racetrack that you enjoy going to for three nights. It's certainly a race I'd like to get my name on again."

All three nights at Granite City, the pit area opens at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5:30 and racing getting underway at 7.

General admission tickets are $20 on Thursday, $25 on Friday and $28 for the finale on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are FREE all three nights while pit passes are $35.

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

TULARE HOSTS USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SHOOTOUT ON SATURDAY

This Saturday, October 8th, the USAC Western States Midgets are back in action at Tulare's Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway. Promoted by Steve Faria, the "KRC Safety Fall Shootout" will also feature the winged King of the West 410 Sprints, Winged Western RaceSaver 305 Sprints, and the "Legends of Kearney Bowl" Vintage Cars. The front gates will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 6:00pm, with racing scheduled for 7:00pm. For more information, visit the track's website at www.tularethunderbowl.com or call 559.688.0909.

Saturday's event marks the eighth appearance of the "mighty midgets" at the Tulare County Fairgrounds. P.J. Jones won the September 7, 1988 Tulare debut and Bryan Clauson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.628, set on November 13, 2010. Other Tulare winners are Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Robby Flock, Tracy Hines, Trey Marcham, and Sleepy Tripp.

Entering the eleventh point race, Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) has an 82-point lead over the competition. Driving the Six8 Motorsports' #68 Baldozier Racing / Esslinger Engineering Stewart, Gardner ran second to Cody Swanson at Santa Maria on September 17th. To date, the three-time champion has posted four feature wins, three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led. Ronnie is currently ranked sixth overall with seventeen career victories and will be looking to add Tulare to his win list.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, California) is second in the championship point chase. Piloting the MF Motorsports' #35F OSV / Lucas Oil Spike, Faccinto ran sixth in the Santa Maria feature. At press time, this year's "Louie Vermeil Classic" champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 67 feature laps led to his credit. This Saturday, Michael will have his sights on his fifth career USAC Western Midget triumph. Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, California) ranks third in the USAC Western Midget point standings.

Racing the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored fourth at the September 17th main event. To date, last year's BCRA Champion has one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, and nine top-10 finishes in the campaign. Frankie will be looking to gain valuable points at Tulare with his second career USAC win.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, California) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #11E FK Indy / Oilwize Spike, Elliott led the first twenty-four laps at Santa Maria before scoring third at the checkered flags. At press time, last season's Rookie of the Year has posted four heat race victories and eight top-10 finishes to his credit. At Tulare, Cory will have his sights on earning his second career USAC Western States Midget victory.

Courtney Crone (Corona, California) is fifth in the championship point standings. Piloting Jerome Rodela's #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines Breka, Crone scored eighth at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the leading rookie contender has earned two Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Hard Charger Awards and five top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, Courtney will be looking to score her first series win at the Tulare County Fairgrounds.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Randi Pankratz, Cody Swanson, Robert Dalby, Maria Cofer, Tyler Dolacki, Shannon McQueen, Alex Schutte, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton, Nate Waite, and more.

Tulare, California's Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway is located at the Tulare County Fairgrounds at the corner of Bardsley and K Streets. Reserved Grandstand Tickets are $20 and General Admission Seats are $18. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 559.688.0909. For more event information, visit the track's website at www.tularethunderbowl.com.

 

 

Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

R.J. JOHNSON WINS “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2016... Racing past Max Adams on the twenty-second lap, R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) sprinted to last Saturday’s “16th Annual Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic” victory. For his efforts, Johnson earned $3,000 for claiming his first Amsoil USAC/CRA main event of the year at Canyon Speedway Park. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, and Mike Spencer rounded out the top-five drivers.

Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders entry, R.J. Johnson scored his third career USAC/CRA triumph. Earlier in the program, the second generation driver qualified seventh out of twenty-two racers and ran second to Brody Roa in his heat race. In limited starts, the three-time USAC SouthWest Champion is seventeenth in the USAC/CRA point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five top-10 finishes, three heat race victories, and 9 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading nineteen laps the previous night, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) took second in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams was sixth quick in time trials and ran second to Michael Curtis in his heat race. The 2009 Rookie of the Year left Canyon ranked fifth in the standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led on the season.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) charged from seventh to score third at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and finished fifth in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion heads to Perris ranked second in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led in the campaign.

After restarting at the back, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) sliced his way to fourth in the “Hall of Fame Classic.” Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified fifth overall and claimed third in his heat race. The four-time champion left Canyon with a 107-point lead with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eleven heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, one BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) scored fifth at the Canyon Speedway Park checkered flags. Racing the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Spencer was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to Charles Davis Jr. in his heat race. The five-time champion is currently sixth in the point standings with one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 40 feature laps led on the season.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, Arizona) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with an eighth place run from fourteenth. Piloting the Massey Motorsports’ #50 RSS Industries / Rod End Supply RSS, Davis qualified fourteenth overall, won the DJ Safety Heat Race #2, and also earned an additional $100 from Beaver Stripes for being the hard charger. In USAC/CRA action, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has also posted one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and two top-10 finishes.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) won the night’s 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa was thirteenth quick in time trials and scored eighteenth in the main event. The USAC West Coast Champion is fourth in the USAC/CRA standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the year.

Making his second USAC/CRA start of 2016, Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, Arizona) won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing the Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler owned #45C WSP / Metro Surveying XXX, Curtis qualified twelfth overall and scored thirteenth in the “Hall of Fame Classic”

Thanks to Beaver Stripes for also awarding Max Adams (Loomis, California) $100 for earning the highest finishing 360 honors with a sixth place finish.

On Saturday, October 15th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will return to Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. The nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, more event information can be found at www.perrisautospeedway.com or calling 951.940.0134.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:
October 1, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “16th Annual Sands Chevrolet Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.668; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.766; 3. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.767; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.816; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.828; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.863; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.865; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.875; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-13.894; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.929; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.003; 12. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-14.043; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.176; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.182; 15. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.206; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.213; 17. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.227; 18. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.237; 19, Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.253; 20. Tye Mihocko, 05, Mihocko-14.678; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.101; 22. Tanner Grau, 34, Team AZ-15.462.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. Adams, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Martin, 7. Gansen, 8. Grau. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Davis, 2. Spencer, 3. D.Gardner, 4. Malcolm, 5. Bonneau, 6. Swanson, 7. Mihocko. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps)
1. Curtis, 2. A.Williams, 3. Pelkey, 4. Rossi, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions)
1. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 2. Austin Williams (4th), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (7th), 4. Damion Gardner (5th), 5. Mike Spencer (2nd), 6. Max Adams (1st), 7. Mike Martin (9th), 8. Charles Davis Jr. (14th), 9. Josh Pelkey (15th), 10. Logan Williams (16th), 11. Jake Swanson (8th), 12. Ronnie Gardner (10th), 13. Michael Curtis (12th), 14. Tye Mihocko (20th), 15. Chris Gansen (19th), 16. Matt Lundy (21st), 17. Tanner Grau (22nd), 18. Brody Roa (13th), 19. Tommy Malcolm (11th), 20. Matt Rossi (6th), 21. Cody Williams (18th), 22. Chris Bonneau (17th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Adams, Laps 22-30 Johnson.
BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (14th to 8th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS:
1. Damion Gardner-1212, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-1105, 3. Jake Swanson-1089, 4. Brody Roa-1003, 5. Austin Williams-995, 6. Mike Spencer-896, 7. Max Adams-805, 8. Logan Williams-689, 9. Cody Williams-646, 10. Jace Vander Weerd-602, 11. Chris Gansen-585, 12. Jeremy Ellertson-552, 13. Tommy Malcolm-415, 14. Stevie Sussex-412, 15. Ronnie Gardner-397, 16. Thomas Meseraull-383, 17. R.J. Johnson-378, 18. Verne Sweeney-343, 19. Geoff Ensign-342, 20. A.J. Bender-325, ---Chad Boespflug-325.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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ATTACHED PHOTOS/IMAGES:
#51 R.J. Johnson & crew in Victory Circle at Canyon Speedway Park.

 

 

GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS BRINGS HEATED POINT RACE TO GRANITE CITY OCT. 6-7-8

A mere 30 points separate the top-four in a heated USAC National Midget Championship race that rides into Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois this weekend for three straight nights of the prestigious "Gold Crown Midget Nationals."

The three-night spectacular in Granite City features three complete points-paying events beginning with Thursday night, Oct. 6th's $3000-to win event, a $4000-to-win feature on Friday night, Oct. 7th before concluding with Saturday night's finale on Oct. 8th that pays $5000 to the winner.

With only five races remaining on USAC's National Midget calendar, this weekend's tripleheader slate will prove crucial toward determining this year's newest series champion.

Leading the way with a 22-point advantage is Spencer Bayston. The 18-year-old looks to join Jeff Gordon in 1989 and 1990 as just the second driver to win the USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year award and the series title in consecutive years. Only four teenagers have ever won the USAC National Midget title: Gordon in 1990, Bobby East in 2004, Cole Whitt in 2008 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

With his lone victory coming in Gas City's "Indiana Midget Week" round in June, Bayston remains in the driver's seat for the title ahead of Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat. The 2008 series "Rookie of the Year" returned to the series this year with a bang, winning at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway in August before following it up by sweeping both nights of this year's "Belleville Midget Nationals." Boat lies just 22 points behind Bayston and five ahead of third-place Brady Bacon out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Bacon currently holds a commanding lead in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, but he's hungry for more, sitting third in the USAC National Midget points, just 27 out of the lead behind Bayston.

Bacon aims to join the ranks of Rich Vogler, Tony Stewart and J.J. Yeley as the only drivers to win the USAC National Sprint and Midget titles in the same season. Though Bacon is still searching for his first USAC National Midget victory since the 2012 "Hut 100" in Haubstadt, Indiana, the veteran driver's seven top-five finishes have kept him in the hunt throughout the season.

Along with Boat, Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson is this season's winningest driver in USAC National Midget competition with three victories. Despite occasional bouts of inconsistency during the season, Thorson's wins at Putnamville, West Memphis and Lanco have put him right in the thick of the title hunt. Just 30 out of the lead, Thorson's Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports team will be aiming for their fourth consecutive "Gold Crown" victory. Kyle Larson won in 2012, Christopher Bell in 2013 and, after a rainout in 2014, Thorson was able to return the team to victory in 2015.

In fact, Thorson swept both nights of last year's "Gold Crown" including a spectacular showing in Saturday night's 40-lap finale after going from first to worst and back to first after tagging the turn two wall and banging the turn three cushion, forcing him to pit to change a flat right rear tire just after the halfway point. He then proceeded to restart from the tail, working his way back through the field, passing Zach Daum heading to the white flag and drove away to capture the 2015 "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" in spectacular fashion!

All three nights at Granite City, the pit area opens at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5:30 and racing getting underway at 7.

General admission tickets are $20 on Thursday, $25 on Friday and $28 for the finale on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are FREE all three nights while pit passes are $35.

MOWA Sprint Cars will also be on the card on Friday and Saturday night.

Granite City's Saturday night feature is round six of seven of the 2016 Jonathan Byrd's "Indy Challenge." Rico Abreu has won twice (Kokomo and Eldora), Chad Boat twice (both at Belleville) and Michael Faccinto (Calistoga). The final race of the "Indy Challenge" will take place Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 24.

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UPCOMING USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 6-7-8, 2016

SERIES: USAC Midget National Championship

TRACK: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, Illinois) - 3/8-mile, dirt oval

EVENT: "Gold Crown Midget Nationals" featuring the USAC Midget National Championship (Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.) and MOWA Sprint Cars (Fri.-Sat.)

STARTING TIMES: All three nights at Granite City, the pit area opens at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5:30 and racing getting underway at 7.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $20 on Thursday, $25 on Friday and $28 for the finale on Saturday. Kids 12 and under are FREE all three nights while pit passes are $35.

TRACK ADDRESS: 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040

TRACK PHONE: (618) 931-7836

TRACK WEBSITE: http://www.tricityspeedway.net/

MEDIA COVERAGE: Live stream on http://www.thecushion.com/. Updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation and available on the Race Monitor app on your phone.

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PAST WINNERS OF THE "GOLD CROWN MIDGET NATIONALS:" 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2010: Darren Hagen, 2011: Levi Jones, 2012: Kyle Larson, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2015: Tanner Thorson

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

1. (947) Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, IN) 2. (925) Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ) 3. (920) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 4. (917) Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV) 5. (805) (R) Carson Macedo (Lemoore, CA) 6. (720) Bryan Clauson (Noblesville, IN) 7. (693) (R) Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, CA) 8. (640) (R) Holly Shelton (Sacramento, CA) 9. (589) Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK) 10. (493) (R) Ryan Greth (New Cumberland, PA) **(R) represents a USAC Midget National Championship Rookie Driver

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HURRYIN' HODGES HAMMERS 'EM IN "FALL NATIONALS" AT THE BURG

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........In a season that's seen a new crop of youngsters step up to the forefront of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, Josh Hodges became the latest to establish himself as a first-time series winner, taking the lead with 13 laps to go, then running away from the field for a commanding victory in Saturday night's $10,000-to-win "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The 21-year-old Hodges, from Tijeras, New Mexico, became the seventh first-time winner on the USAC National Sprint Car trail during the 2016 season, joining Scotty Weir, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Cummins, Brent Beauchamp, Carson Short and C.J. Leary on the list.

The state of New Mexico's first USAC National winner since Silver City's Richard Griffin scored a Sprint Car feature victory at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in 2000, Hodges has continually progressed since his first tour of "Indiana Sprint Week" in the summer 2015.

In 2016, he's been a force in the western United States within USAC, winning a CRA Sprint Car feature, two West Coast/Southwest Sprint Car Special Events and a Southwest Sprint Car feature. In addition, Hodges has traveled back-and-forth between the west and the Midwest throughout the season, allowing him to snag a pair of unsanctioned sprint car feature victories at Lawrenceburg.

However, on Saturday night, Hodges made the Midwest his stage and, a little over a year after his debut on the National scene, the fruits of his labor have paid off with a USAC National victory in his Jack Hodges/Jackson Compaction - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Maxim/Gibson.

"I knew it was going to be tough to beat Darland on the start," Hodges admitted. "I thought we had gotten a decent start, but he just beat me to turn one. I just got in a rhythm. I've gotten to run here quite a bit, so I kind of knew what to look for and, luckily, we caught lapped traffic in time and I was able to get moved up. It seemed like it slowed up just enough there; when it slows up and you get to lapped traffic, you need to move up. I was able to do that and when you're running third, you can go where they're not. Our car was bad fast. It's unreal to get our first USAC win here at such a big show!"

Earlier in the night, Hodges' Southwest Sprint Car rival, Stevie Sussex, laid down the fastest lap in ProSource Qualifying in his first ever visit to Lawrenceburg, making his debut in the Phillips Motorsports machine. The Tempe, Arizona driver, aiming to make his first USAC National Sprint Car feature start since 2011, earned $1100 for the quick lap courtesy of ProSource and the Lawrenceburg Speedway Fire Rescue team in memory of Bill Hall.

Hodges held the pole for the 30-lap main event with April Lawrenceburg winner Dave Darland alongside.

Darland got the early jump at the start on the outside. Hodges fought to stay alongside Darland for the duration of the first lap, but Darland prevailed off of turn four to secure the lead on the opening lap.

Nearing the halfway mark, Darland saw his six car length advantage over Hodges begin to shrink as the two neared lap traffic. As the two continued to run the middle of the racetrack, third-running Windom closed in to make it a three-car tango.

On lap 15, Hodges migrated to the high side, which in the short-run cost him a position as Windom shot underneath to grab second off of turn two.

Saturday night, Josh Hodges became the seventh driver of 2016 to earn his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

In the long run, though, the move to the high side would pay large dividends for Hodges as he created his own line up top that enabled him to pull even with Windom off the second turn on lap 16. Both Hodges and Windom surrounded the tail tank of Darland as the three drag raced under a blanket down the back straightaway.

Hodges rode the rim through turns three and four, propelling himself past Windom for second at the stripe by a half-car length.

Yet, Darland still maintained the advantage up front and, on lap 18, the lapped car of Joss Moffatt got a bit sideways between turns one and two, encroaching on the line of Darland at the exit of turn two. Darland pitched his car slightly to avoid contact, allowing Hodges and Windom to once again be close enough to smother him with pressure.

The three formed a nose-to-tail freight train into turn three and as Darland continued to cut through the middle, Hodges and Windom stepped out of line to hit the cushion. Hodges nailed the berm perfectly and rode the rail to the lead past Darland at the line at the completion of lap 18.

One lap later, Windom utilized the same line in the same part of the racetrack to produce the same result, flying by Darland for the second position.

However, Hodges was long gone by that point, stretching his lead out to a half-straightaway with five laps remaining.

With all the lapped cars in front of him cooperating by running the low side, Hodges had no trouble putting this race on ice in the final laps, cruising to a 1.884 second win in the fastest 30-lap USAC Sprint Car feature ever run at Lawrenceburg: 7 minutes, 21.09 seconds over Windom, Darland, Kyle Cummins and Justin Grant.

Second place finisher Chris Windom came off his recent wrapping up of the 2016 Silver Crown title with his second straight runner-up result in his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/Maxim/Claxton Mopar. The Canton, Illinois veteran has been a model of consistency this season, not only in the Silver Crown division in which he finished in the top-five in all nine races, but also in the Sprint Car where he has not finished outside of the top-six since July 16!

"It was going to be a good race there for a while," Windom thought. "Then, Josh (Hodges) jumped to the top and found something there and pulled away from us. We're fortunate to get up to second. We just didn't quite have enough for him tonight."

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, who owns the most USAC Sprint Car wins at Lawrenceburg with seven, led the opening 17 laps of Saturday night's feature in his Jeff Walker-Curb-Agajanian Racing/Jam-It-In Storage - Hoosier Tire/Maxim/Claxton.

"We're pretty happy to get out of here with a decent finish," a relieved Darland shared. "It's been a tough summer; we haven't been running that great. About ten laps in, we lost a cylinder or something happened to it. From lap ten on, it just didn't run quite right. It kept losing power the longer the race went. To get out of here with a third place finish with the problems we had, we're certainly happy about it. If that hadn't have happened, I think we had a good chance at winning."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway included Stevie Sussex (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Chad Boespflug (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger and Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 1, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Fall Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Stevie Sussex, 71p, Phillips-13.453; 2. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.529; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.544; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.586; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.595; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.614; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.614; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.615; 9. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.623; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.647; 11. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-13.654; 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.735; 13. Drew Abel, 04, PCA-13.794; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-13.803; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.831; 16. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-13.852; 17. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-13.855; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.861; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.948; 20. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-13.954; 21. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-13.973; 22. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.191; 23. J.T. Stapp, 74, JDS-14.323; 24. Dickie Gaines, 71s, Spille-14.336; 25. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.510; 26. Carson Short, 21, Short-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Abel, 3. Hodges, 4. Cummins, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Leary, 7. Sussex, 8. Simon, 9. McVey. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Moffatt, 4. Short, 5. Hopkins, 6. Stockon, 7. Bilbee, 8. Stapp, 9. Grant. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Chapple, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Windom, 6. Andretti, 7. Farney, 8. Gaines. 1:52.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Stockon, 5. Andretti, 6. Bilbee, 7. Farney, 8. Simon, 9. Gaines, 10. McVey. 2:51.39

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR) ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Darland, Laps 18-30 Hodges.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (20th-13th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,268, 2-Stockon-2,023, 3-Darland-1,929, 4-Robert Ballou-1,919, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1,910, 6-Boespflug-1,809, 7-Leary-1,807, 8-Windom-1,780, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,233.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 15 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

 October 1, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.581; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.680; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.721; 4. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.805; 5. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.862; 6. Jagger Jones, 9w, WHPD-14.884; 7. Antonia Boscacci, 44b, Love-14.993; 8. Blake Brannon, 60, Brannon-15.371; 9. Ron Hazelton, 5, Hazelton-15.391; 10. Aaron Reaves, 00, Jessop-15.991.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. Love, 3. Boscacci, 4. Jessop, 5. R.Hazelton. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. A. Breidinger, 2. Paterson, 3. Jones, 4. Brannon, 5. Reaves. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Annie Breidinger, 2. Tom Paterson, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Jesse Love IV, 5. Toni Breidinger, 6. Antonia Boscacci, 7. Jagger Jones, 8. Ron Hazelton, 9. Aaron Reaves, 10. Blake Brannon. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Love, Laps 19-30 A.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love-1,587, 2-A.Breidinger-1,335, 3-T.Breidinger-1.104, 4. Boscacci-884, 5-Paterson-679, 6-Ashley Hazelton-672, 7-Brannon-608, 8-Jessop-556, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T,Breidinger-991, 2-Love-948, 3-A.Breidinger-892, 4-Brannon-608, 5-Jessop-487, 6-Boscacci-430, 7-Paterson-395, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288, 9-Joey Iest-178, 10-Austin Mero-177.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: October 15 - Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

October 1, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “16th Annual Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-13.668; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-13.766; 3. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-13.767; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-13.816; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.828; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-13.863; 7. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.865; 8. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-13.875; 9. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-13.894; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.929; 11. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.003; 12. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-14.043; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.176; 14. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.182; 15. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.206; 16. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.213; 17. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.227; 18. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.237; 19, Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.253; 20. Tye Mihocko, 05, Mihocko-14.678; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.101; 22. Tanner Grau, 34, Team AZ-15.462.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. Adams, 5. Vander Weerd, 6. Martin, 7. Gansen, 8. Grau. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Spencer, 3. D.Gardner, 4. Malcolm, 5. Bonneau, 6. Swanson, 7. Mihocko. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Curtis, 2. A.Williams, 3. Pelkey, 4. Rossi, 5. R.Gardner, 6. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Max Adams, 7. Mike Martin, 8. Charles Davis Jr., 9. Josh Pelkey, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Ronnie Gardner, 13. Michael Curtis, 14. Tye Mihocko, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Matt Lundy, 17. Tanner Grau, 18. Brody Roa, 19. Tommy Malcolm, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Cody Williams, 22. Chris Bonneau. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Adams, Laps 22-30 Johnson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (14th to 8th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 15 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 1, 2016 - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - Lawrenceburg Speedway - "Fall Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Stevie Sussex, 71p, Phillips-13.453; 2. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.529; 3. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.544; 4. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.586; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.595; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.614; 7. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.614; 8. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.615; 9. Dave Darland, 11, Walker-13.623; 10. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.647; 11. A.J. Hopkins, 14H, Hopkins-13.654; 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.735; 13. Drew Abel, 04, PCA-13.794; 14. Kevin Thomas Jr., 1, Ballou-13.803; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.831; 16. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight-13.852; 17. Joss Moffatt, 5J, Moffatt-13.855; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-13.861; 19. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.948; 20. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-13.954; 21. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-13.973; 22. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-14.191; 23. J.T. Stapp, 74, JDS-14.323; 24. Dickie Gaines,71s, Spille-14.336; 25. Tony McVey, 7m, McVey-14.510; 26. Carson Short, 21, Short-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boespflug, 2. Abel, 3. Hodges, 4. Cummins, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Leary, 7. Sussex, 8. Simon, 9. McVey. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Thomas, 2. Courtney, 3. Moffatt, 4. Short, 5. Hopkins, 6. Stockon, 7. Bilbee, 8. Stapp, 9. Grant. NT

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Darland, 3. Chapple, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Windom, 6. Andretti, 7. Farney, 8. Gaines. 1:52.93

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Grant, 3. Leary, 4. Stockon, 5. Andretti, 6. Bilbee, 7. Farney, 8. Simon, 9. Gaines, 10. McVey. 2:51.39

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jarett Andretti, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Carson Short, 14. Bret Mellenberndt, 15. Nick Bilbee, 16. A.J. Hopkins, 17. C.J. Leary, 18. Chad Boespflug, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Joss Moffatt, 22. Landon Simon, 23. Drew Abel. 7:21.09 (NTR) ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-17 Darland, Laps 18-30 Hodges.

KSE HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (20th-13th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,268, 2-Stockon-2,023, 3-Darland-1,929, 4-Robert Ballou-1,919, 5-Thomas Meseraull-1,910, 6-Boespflug-1,809, 7-Leary-1,807, 8-Windom-1,780, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,233.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 15 - Terre Haute (IN) Action Track - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 30, 2016 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “16th Annual Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Massey-14.085; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-14.091; 3. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.093; 4. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-14.104; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.114; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.160; 7. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-14.178; 8. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.272; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-14.273; 10. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-14.361; 11. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.372; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.397; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.457; 14. Chris Bonneau, 78, Bonneau-14.506; 15. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.616; 16. Tye Mihocko, 05, Mihocko-14.741; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-14.802; 18. Michael Curtis, 45C, Turner/Wheeler-14.810; 19. Landon Cling, 54, Cling-14.823; 20. Josh Pelkey, 12A, Allen-14.853; 21. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-14.874; 22. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Spencer, 4. R.Gardner, 5. Hardy, 6. Mihocko, 7. Cling, 8. Davis. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Swanson, 3. Malcolm, 4. C.Williams, 5. Bonneau, 6. Gansen, 7. Pelkey. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Martin, 3. Curtis, 4. A.Williams, 5. Lundy, 6. Vander Weerd, 7. L.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Cody Williams, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Max Adams, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Josh Pelkey, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Ronnie Gardner, 14. Tommy Malcolm, 15. Mike Martin, 16. Austin Williams, 17. Landon Cling, 18. Michael Curtis, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Colton Hardy, 22. Chris Bonneau. NT.

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**L.Williams flipped during third heat. Hardy flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Spencer, Laps 6-23 A.Williams, Laps 24-30 Swanson.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Damion Gardner (22nd to 6th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - “16th Annual Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

AFTER EMOTIONAL 2012 VICTORY, STOCKON AND LAWRENCEBURG'S "FALL NATIONALS" HAVE SPECIAL BOND

BY: RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

Saturday night, September 29, 2012 is a date that Chase Stockon won't soon forget.

The Fort Branch, Indiana driver was in the midst of his first full season on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour. The usual sleepless nights working in the garage and racking up miles on the road away from home each weekend is par for the course when one travels the entire USAC schedule. Especially for a team hitting the trail for the first time.

However, that was no match for what Chase and his family were going through personally. His mother, Laura, his biggest fan and his rock, who had been battling ovarian cancer, passed away in August of 2012.

Chase soldiered on through the rest of August and, by the time September came, Chase and his father, Sammy, publicly revealed their sprint car in new colors to honor Laura's life, a decision that had been put into place shortly after her diagnosis.

"Once my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my dad and I planned our first tribute car to run in September for ovarian cancer awareness month," Chase recalls. "The first car we came up with that had the teal colors - the color of ovarian cancer awareness - was one of my mom's all-time favorites. After she passed, it was an easy decision for me to put the teal colors back on the car. In her honor, we ran it that way for the rest of the 2012 season. Every year since her passing, we've run the scheme for the ovarian cancer awareness month of September as well as the 'Fall Nationals' at Lawrenceburg.

A crisp, cool late September autumn night at southeastern Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway greeted Chase and the USAC Sprint Cars.

Chase timed in seventh fastest and finished fourth in his heat to transfer to the night's 30-lap feature. However, Tyler Courtney missed the transfer during the semi, which moved Chase up to the pole position for the night's A-Main.

At the start, Chase immediately pulled away from outside front row starter Chris Windom - wheeling the potent Tony Stewart Racing No. 20. Chase was smooth and fast, distancing himself from Windom and the rest of the field as he entered lapped traffic prior to the halfway point.

Windom began to close as Chase sliced and diced through the backmarkers, but as Windom bounced through turn three in the late-going while running just a few car lengths behind, a storybook finish was unfolding just as Chase rounded the final corner and saw the twin checkered flags.

"My emotions coming to the finish line were strong," Chase recalls. "Winning a USAC race has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little kid. I knew we were pretty good that night and never really had a challenge or heard anybody near me, so I was bouncing through (turns) three and four knowing nobody was even close."

As Chase crossed the finish line after leading all 30 laps in mostly dominating fashion, a bevy of thoughts raced through his mind as he headed for victory lane. Not only was it a great personal accomplishment that he achieved, it was his first win without his mother at the racetrack with him.

"The feeling of accomplishing a feat that we've been so close to so many times at that point, it just felt amazing, like a major weight that had been lifted off my shoulders," Chase reminisces. "Once I pulled into victory lane, she was on my mind a lot because that was the first time I had won without her. I just knew how proud she would have been of that moment. "Winning a USAC race alone is a major accomplishment, not only for me, but for my family. She would've been ecstatic and the first one to victory lane."

"She would've had a big grin on her face," Chase assured. "I know she would've said 'good job bubby!' Not only was my mom my biggest critic while driving, she was also the biggest fan. She was always quick to point out the things I did correctly and the things I've done wrong. She pushed me to be the driver I am today."

To Chase, Lawrenceburg Speedway and the "Fall Nationals" will always remain a special place and a special race. A race in which his childhood dream first came true and a place that brings him comfort when he remembers his mom.

"Lawrenceburg had a little more meaning to me when we went there after that," Chase admitted. "That particular night, we almost seemed unbeatable and it brought a lot of confidence to us every time we visited the place after that. The other races at 'The Burg' might seem like just another race, but when it comes to the 'Fall Nationals,' it brings a different mindset to not only me, but to the team, to try and win it again."

See Chase, who currently sits second in series points with a pair of wins, race the Laura Lynn Special/Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month No. 32 this Saturday night, October 1 for the next edition of the "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship where Chase will try duplicate their 2012 triumph.

The pit area opens at 3pm Saturday while the front gate opens at 5pm. Hot laps are set for 6pm with opening ceremonies slated for 7pm with racing to immediately follow.

 

 

SHELTON EQUALS USAC RECORD WITH 5TH PLACE RUN AT ELDORA

USAC National Midget driver Holly Shelton continues to impress during her rookie campaign in the series.

Just last Saturday at Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway, the 20-year-old Sacramento, California native recorded her first career top-five finish of the season. That accomplishment put her in exclusive company.

Shelton became just the third female driver to record a top-five finish in a dirt USAC National Midget feature event. She joins the late Jeri Rice and Sarah McCune as the only ones to accomplish the feat.

Tucson, Arizona's Rice recorded a 5th place finish at Eagle (Neb.) Raceway on Aug. 2, 1988 and Perrysburg, Ohio's Sarah McCune was a 5th place finisher at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois on June 4, 2003.

Shelton's result was the best finish - pavement or dirt - for a female in a USAC National Midget feature in three years when Taylor Ferns from Shelby Township, Michigan took 5th on the pavement at Fountain, Colorado's Pikes Peak International Raceway on June 29, 2013.

No female has ever won a USAC National Midget, National Sprint Car or Silver Crown feature. The best ever finish for a woman in a USAC National event was a 2nd, earned by McCune at a midget race at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sept. 19, 1999.

Other top-fives earned by ladies throughout the history of USAC National Midget racing include Zionsville's Bev Griffis, who finished 3rd at Winchester on April 7, 1991, and Westfield, Indiana's Stephanie Mockler - the only female driver to score multiple top-fives in USAC National Midget competition - who took a 3rd at Indianapolis Raceway Park on May 27, 2006 and a 5th at Toledo (OH) Speedway on July 6, 2007.

Furthermore, Shelton currently stands 8th in the 2016 USAC National Midget points standings. Ferns, back in 2013, is the only female to finish in the top-10 of the National Midget points (9th). With only five races remaining in the season and holding a 51-point advantage over her nearest competitor, Shelton may very well add that to her rapidly growing résumé.

 

 

8 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME; TOMMY HUNT, KEVIN TRIPLETT JOIN BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Five drivers, two car owners and a race organizer comprise the 2017 class of inductees for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Alphabetically they are: Steve Cannon, Sim Clark, Jay Drake, Billy Garrett, Johnny Mantz, Mitch Miller, Wes Saegesser and Gary Zarounian. They will be officially inducted during ceremonies in Tulsa, Okla. on January 14 during the week of the Chili Bowl Nationals Midget event.

Cannon, of Oakwood, Ill., was one of two brothers (Larry) who excelled in motorsports. Especially proficient on the small bullrings of the Midwest, Cannon racked up 21 USAC National Midget wins during his career. A licensed barber in Danville for 50 years, he also was a firefighter and was once named "Firefighter of the Year. He began racing modifieds in the early 1960s and in 1974 he won USAC's Indoor Midget title. He succumbed to Parkinsons Disease in 2015.

Clark, after a stint with ARDC on the East coast in the pre and post-war era, moved to California and excelled as a car owner. In 1951 he won the Indoor BCRA Midget car owner title with Ed Normi as the driver. Later, he fielded title winning cars for Tommy Copp indoors in 1959 and 1961, plus full titles for Dick Atkins in 1964, Bob DeJong in 1969 and Hank Butcher in 1971 and 1972. One of his early hot-shoes was also Billy Vukovich, Jr.

Drake, another transplanted Californian, had tremendous success not only in USAC's National Midget Series, where he scored 17 victories, but also in the Silver Crown cars (5 wins) and Sprint Cars (25 wins). USAC's 1990 and 1991 TQ Midget Champ and 1996 Western States Midget king, he went on to claim the 2004 USAC Sprint Car crown. Named the USAC National Midget Most Improved driver, he won the 2000 Hut Hundred and the 2001 Chili Bowl. He also competed in the Infinity Pro Series. In 2000 he was the USAC Indiana Sprint Week Champ

Garrett, born in Princeton, Ill. in 1933, won the 1954 and 1955 URA Midget Championship and graduated to Championship cars where he started the 1956 ad 1958 Indianapolis 500s He finished 16th in 1956 but encountered mechanical problems in 1958. He suffered critical injuries in the 1958 100-mile championship race at the Milwaukee Mile and never fully recovered. He passed away in 1999 in California.

Mantz, born in Hebron, Ind., earned reknown for his exploits in the National Championship and Stock Car series, although his expertise spanned several motorsports venues. A top-ranking URA Midget driver, he was second in the 1947 Blue (Offy) circuit and fourth in the Red (Non-Racing Engines) Circuit. He debuted in the Indianapolis 500 in 1948, then returned and finished seventh in the 1949 race. In 1956 he earned the inaugural championship of the very competitive USAC National Stock Car Series. In 1950 he became the first winner of the famous "Southern 500" NASCAR race at Darlington, S.C. He was fatally injured in a highway crash in 1972.

Miller, a Colorado motorsports icon, is credited with having founded the prestigious "Belleville Midget Nationals" in 1978, a race which continues to this day. He has long been associated with the sport, was heavily involved with the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMS) and organized the Southwest Independent Midget Series (SWIMS) and the AIMS. Between 1966 and 1984 he served as a seven-time President of RMMRA as well as Competition Director and Business Manager. He is a member of the Colorado and Belleville High Banks Motorsports Halls of Fame.

Saegesser, who eventually took a post as the AAA Southwest Zone Supervisor in the 1940s, retired from driving in 1950 after a long and distinguished Midget racing career that included more than a hundred feature victories. He scored wins in 11 states and Canada and his first win came at Kansas City in 1937. He was the 1937 Southwest and Tulsa Midget Champion, then won the 1942 Texas/Oklahoma title and was the Houston Speed Bowl king in 1942. All this while competing with a shortened left arm which sported no hand!

Zarounian, whose family built car dealerships in central California, immersed himself in not only auto racing but also in numerous business ventures and in 1976 he competed in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nev. The Zarounian team hired the best drivers in the business and their success was immense. In addition to eight USAC Silver Crown victories and 11 in the USAC National Midget wars, they fielded cars for drivers like Sleepy Tripp, who racked up two National and seven Western States titles. During the 1980s and 1990s the Tripp-Zarounian Western team was nearly unbeatable. In 1990 Jeff Gordon also posted a victory at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. driving a Zarounian Midget. George passed away in 2014 at the age of 93.

In other Hall of Fame news, Tommy Hunt and Kevin Triplett have been added to the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

 

 

CANYON’S USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC” STARTS FRIDAY

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016... After a hard fought “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will invade Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park for two nights of action. Promoted by Kevin Montgomery, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 30th, and will also showcase the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars, Mini Sprints, Western ModLites, and Vintage Cars. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing at 7:00pm both days. In addition, the track will host an open practice on Thursday from 6pm to 9pm. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection, one-way radios are mandatory for drivers, and MUFFLERS ARE NOT REQUIRED for the upcoming “Hall of Fame Classic.” USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Since November 28, 2011, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted twelve Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. Bryan Clauson leads all drivers with five victories and “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.072 on November 15, 2014. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman, Bryan Clauson, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner are tied for the series lead with two “Hall of Fame Classic” victories and a complete series win list at Canyon is at the end of this release.

A special autograph session will be held with many Arizona racing legends and Jimmy Blanton will serve as Grand Marshall. Karl Korbacher, Corky Larson, Henry "Tex" Guthrie, Buddy Rice and "Big" Bob Moore will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. Steve Chassey, Ricky Hood, Jerry McClung, “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden, Jimmy Oskie, Buzz Rose, and “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman will join the inductees for a special autograph session and meet the fans.

Entering Friday’s event, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) leads the standings with a 104-point advantage. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored fifth at last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic.” The four-time champion enters the seventeenth point race with three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, ten heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 68 feature wins and will be looking for his third victory of the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks second in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard led the opening laps of the “Glenn Howard Classic” before taking second at the checkered flags. To date, the 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led. Richard has six career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with the “Hall of Fame Classic” triumph.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson finished seventh last Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main wins, and twelve top-10 finishes on the season. Jake will be looking to earn his first career USAC/CRA main event at Canyon Speedway Park.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA championship point chase. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa scored fourth at in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the newly crowned USAC West Coast Series Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. Brody has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on adding the “Hall of Fame Classic” trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams won last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the 2009 Rookie of the Year has posted two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin has five career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking for his first win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), Trent Williams (Victorville, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Spencer, Jace Vander Weerd, Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, Stevie Sussex, Ronnie Gardner, R.J. Johnson, Josh Pelkey, Matt Stewart, “The Magic Man: Mike Martin, Michael Curtis, and more.

Canyon Speedway Park is located at 9777 West Carefree Highway in Peoria, Arizona. To get to the track, take Lake Pleasant Parkway, then 1.3 miles West on Carefree Highway. On race day, Adult Tickets will be $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Kids Tickets (7-12) are $10 on Friday and Saturday, with Children (6 & under) are FREE. VIP Suite tickets are also available for $30 on Friday and $35 on Saturday. For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

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

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

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

HALL OF FAME CLASSIC WINNERS: 2000-Jeremy Sherman, 2001-Tony Jones, 2002-Damion Gardner, 2003-Charles Davis Jr., 2004-Mike Kirby, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Jeremy Sherman, 2007-Danny Sheridan, 2008-Cancelled, 2009-Not Held, 2010-Not Held, 2011-Bryan Clauson, 2012-Mike Martin, 2013-Chase Stockon, 2014-Bryan Clauson, 2015-Mike Spencer.

PEORIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Bryan Clauson, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Tracy Hines, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Chase Stockon.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Thomas Meseraull, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1080, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-976, 3. Jake Swanson-958, 4. Brody Roa-915, 5. Austin Williams-883, 6. Mike Spencer-758, 7. Max Adams-688, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-602, 9. Logan Williams-595, 10. Cody Williams-552, ... Jeremy Ellertson-552, 12. Chris Gansen-522, 13. Stevie Sussex-412, 14. Thomas Meseraull-383, 15. Tommy Malcolm-344, 16. Verne Sweeney-343, 17. Geoff Ensign-342, 18. A.J. Bender-325, ... Chad Boespflug-325, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-314.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships) November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $5,000-to-win) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $5,000-to-win) November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction / $25,000-to-win) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS SPRINTS TO PERRIS “GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC” TRIUMPH

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016... Powering past Richard Vander Weerd on the sixth circuit, Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) sailed to last Saturday’s feature win at Perris Auto Speedway. For Williams, the “9th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” victory was his second Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of the season and the fifth of his career. Vander Weerd, R.J. Johnson, Brody Roa, and fast qualifier “The Demon” Damion Gardner rounded out the top-five drivers.

Starting on the inside of the second row, Austin Williams piloted Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike to victory in celebration of his car owner’s birthday. Earlier in the program, the 2009 Rookie of the Year qualified fifth out of twenty-nine racers and scored fourth in his heat race. Heading to Canyon’s “Hall of Fame Classic,” Austin is fifth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 55 feature laps led to his credit.

After leading the opening laps, Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) had to settle for second at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard was eighth fast in time trials and ran second to R.J. Johnson in his heat race. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion is second in the point standings with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 61 feature laps led in the campaign.

R.J. Johnson (Tempe, Arizona) returned to USAC/CRA action and finished third in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving Bobby Martin’s #51 Weiler Farms / Pecon Builders entry, Johnson qualified fourth overall and won the night’s Stand 21 Racer Goes Safer Foundation Heat Race #4. In limited action, the three-time USAC SouthWest Champion is twenty-fifth in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, and three top-10 finishes on the year.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) scored fourth in the Perris 30-lap main event. Piloting the #91R BR Performance HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa was seventh quick in time trials and ran second to Ronnie Gardner in his heat race. The newly crowned USAC West Coast Champion sits fourth in the standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) ran fifth in the “9th Annual Glenn Howard Classic.” Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and won the 10-lap Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1. The four-time champion has a 104-point lead with three feature wins, ten heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led in 2016.

Making his first 410 start, Trey Marcham (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) earned the night’s BR Motorsports / King Racing Products “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with a ninth place run from fifteenth. Driving Steve Watt’s #81M Maxwell Industries / Steve Watt Enterprises Maxim, Marcham qualified fifteenth overall and scored fourth in his heat race.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) won the night’s 10-lap DJ Safety Heat Race #2. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging & Transfer XXX, Swanson was second quick in time trials and finished seventh in the main event. The 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently third in the point chase with three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, two Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main wins, and twelve top-10 finishes on the season.

Ronnie Gardner (Corona, California) drove to victory in the Circle Track Performance / Keizer Aluminum Wheels Heat Race #3. Racing Robbie & Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Gardner qualified eleventh overall and finished sixth in the main event. The three-time USAC Western States Midget Champion is twenty-first in the point standings with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign.

Mike Spencer (Temecula, California) won the night’s 12-lap Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main. Driving the Gansen Engineering Motorsports’ #4S Trench Shoring / King Racing Products Maxim, Spencer was sixteenth quick in time trials and scored fifteenth in the 30-lap main event. Heading to Canyon Speedway Park, the five-time champion ranks sixth in points with one heat race victory, nine top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the year.

“The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson (Lawndale, California) flipped hard in turn three during the 12-lap semi-main. Track safety crews arrived on the scene and had to cut the cage of the #98 Smith & Howard Transport / Inland Rigging Racecrafter for extraction. The veteran racer was transported to a local hospital for observation and everyone with the USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series wishes Jeremy a quick and full recovery.

The Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action this Friday and Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Arizona. The two night "Hall of Fame Classic" will also feature the Allscapes IMCA Stock Cars vs. SCRA Stock Cars, Mini Sprints, Western Modlites, and Vintage Cars. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call (602) 258-7223 (RACE).

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “9th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.304; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.360; 3. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.516; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.557; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.608; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.611; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.637; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.716; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.761; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.765; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.770; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.806; 13. Matt Mitchell, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.818; 14. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.027; 15. Trey Marcham, 81M, Watt-17.027; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-17.081; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.146; 18. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.193; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.197; 20. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.273; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.374; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.384; 23. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-17.423; 24. Randy Waitman, 69, Waitman-17.527; 25. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.730; 26. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.772; 27. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.885; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-19.178; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-19.267.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. A.Williams, 5. Lopiccolo, 6. Bender, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Sweeney. 2:51.28

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. V.Sweeney, 5. C.Williams, 6. Liggett, 7. Smith. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Gansen, 4. Marcham, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stewart, 7. Edwards. 2:57.58.

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ballard, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Ellertson, 6. Waitman. 2:52.06

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. C.Williams, 3. Liggett, 4. Lopiccolo, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stewart, 7. Edwards, 8. A.Sweeney, 9. Waitman, 10. Bender, 11. Ellertson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Williams (3rd), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (1st), 3. R.J. Johnson (4th), 4. Brody Roa (2nd), 5. Damion Gardner (6th), 6. Ronnie Gardner (11th), 7. Jake Swanson (5th), 8. Logan Williams (7th), 9. Trey Marcham (15th), 10. Tommy Malcolm (14th), 11. Austin Liggett (8th), 12. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 13. Jace Vander Weerd (12th), 14. Matt Mitchell (13th), 15. Mike Spencer (16th), 16. Chris Gansen (18th), 17. Corey Ballard (19th), 18. Verne Sweeney (21st), 19. Anthony Lopiccolo (20th), 20. Max Adams (17th), 21. Matt Stewart (22nd), 22. Cody Williams (10th). NT ----------------------- **Ellertson flipped on lap 7 of the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 6-30 A.Williams. BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (15th to 9th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1080, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-976, 3. Jake Swanson-958, 4. Brody Roa-915, 5. Austin Williams-883, 6. Mike Spencer-758, 7. Max Adams-688, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-602, 9. Logan Williams-595, 10. Cody Williams-552, ... Jeremy Ellertson-552, 12. Chris Gansen-522, 13. Stevie Sussex-412, 14. Thomas Meseraull-383, 15. Tommy Malcolm-344, 16. Verne Sweeney-343, 17. Geoff Ensign-342, 18. A.J. Bender-325, ... Chad Boespflug-325, 20. Danny Faria Jr.-314.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE-TRACK-LOCATION September 30: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) October 1: Canyon Speedway - Peoria, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic) October 15: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA November 4: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships) November 5: *Arizona Speedway - Queen Creek, AZ (Western World Championships) November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 11: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) November 12: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction) ----------------------------------------------- * = Co-Sanctioned Event with Amsoil USAC National Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tracy Hull (#24 Hull), 2. Gedd Ross (#51R Johnson), 3. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 4. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 5. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 6. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 7. Nick Corea (#38 Dori), 8. Robert Leffel (#11L Leffel), 9. Ryan Mangold (#47 Mangold). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke (#11c Matteson), 2. Tyler Baran (#11 Baran), 3. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 4. Alex Watson (#11w Watson), 5. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 6. Todd Baker (#48 Baker), 7. Alfred Galedrige (#41 Watson), 8. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Probst (#99 Probst), 2. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 3. Tyler Roth (#0B Zero), 4. Johnny Murdock (#0 Zero), 5. Beau Burnett (#13 Zero), 6. Mitchell Davis (#56 Davis), 7. Chase McDermand (#40 MWR), 8. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chett Gehrke, 2. Gedd Ross, 3. Brent Burrows. 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Jake Sollenberger, 7. Broc Hunnell, 8. Tracy Hull, 9. Hunter Lane, 10. Dave Baugh, 11. Todd Baker, 12. Mitchell Davis, 13. Alex Watson, 14. Tyler Baran, 15. Ryan Mangold, 16. Ryan Probst, 17. Johnny Murdock, 18. Beau Burnett, 19. Tyler Roth, 20. Robert Leffel, 21. Chase McDermand, 22. Jeff Mallonee, 23. Alfred Galedrige, 24. Nick Corea, 25. Andy Baugh. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Probst, Laps 9-17 Morley, Laps 18-30 Gehrke.

FINAL USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-1,304, 2-Morley-1,133, 3-Burrows-1,000, 4-Sollenberger-991, 5-Davis-875, 6-Hunnell-812, 7-A.Baugh-781, 8-Lane-775, 9-McDermand-659, 10-Travis Pence-640.

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: (Times N/A) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 4. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 5. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 6. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 7. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 8. Jim Santa Maria (#5 Matczak), 9. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 10. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 11. Kelly Arrison (#10 Arrison).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2, Adam Whitney, 3. John Heydenreich, 4. Jeff Horn, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. Jim Santa Maria, 7. Robert Tucker, 8. Jeff Champagne, 9. Ray Miller, 10. Kelly Arrison, 11. Seth Carlson. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Horn, Laps 2-11 Whitney, Laps 12-30 Pierson.

FINAL USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pierson-1,217, 2-Whitney-1,008, 3-Christensen-992, 4-Tucker-911, 5-Josh Sunn-884, 6-Champagne-843, 7-Miller-761, 8-Manny Dias-690, 9-Horn-675, 10-Mark Cole-583.

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-15.462; 2. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-15.692; 3. Jesse Love IV, 38L, Love-15.695; 4. Brian Sands, 55, Kelley-16.072.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. A.Breidinger, 4. Sands. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Jesse Love IV, 3. Annie Breidinger, 4. Brian Sands. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 T.Breidinger.

 

 

WINDOM IS SILVER CROWN CHAMP WITH 4-CROWN VICTORY AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio.........Chris Windom left no doubt that he came to Eldora Speedway Saturday night in championship mode.

The Canton, Illinois driver arrived at Eldora's "4-Crown Nationals" with a ten-point deficit to two-time and defending USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson.

By the time Windom pulled into victory lane after a dominating, soul-crushing performance on the half-mile dirt oval, he was the USAC Silver Crown division's newest champion.

Earlier in the night, it appeared that Windom's fortunes would not play in his favor after teammate Tyler Courtney knocked him off the pole with a great qualifying run late in the session, thus denying Windom the three bonus points that go along with being ProSource Fast Qualifier in the Silver Crown Series.

Despite that, Windom still had a seat on the outside of the front row for the series' season finale with Courtney on the inside of the front row. Swanson started fourth. The objective for Swanson was clear: finish 3rd or better and the Silver Crown title was his. And that's where Swanson intended to get to as soon as possible.

At the drop of the green flag, a four-car scramble for the lead ensued with Jeff Swindell ducking underneath polesitter Courtney while Swanson split between the cars of Courtney and Windom as he shot into turn one. Windom utilized the high side and the momentum to zip to the point off turn two on the opening lap with Swanson occupying second.

By lap ten, Windom had already built up a half-lap advantage and had already begun to enter heavy lapped traffic. Windom continued to put the hurt on the field, but, unfortunately for him, there are no style points for the margin of lead a driver has. Though Swanson was on the opposite side of the track as Windom, as long as Swanson maintained that position in the top-three, he would retain the point lead.

However, on lap 15, disaster dashed Swanson's championship dream.

As Swanson ducked low into turn one, he came upon the lapped car of Dakota Jackson. The two made contact, causing both Swanson and Jackson to spin to a stop.

Swanson would return to the work area in the pits where the DePalma Motorsports crew assessed the extent of the damage. The front bumper was broken off and the steering was seriously hindered with the front wheels not angled in their intended direction.

Yet, Swanson and his crew refused to throw in the towel and sent him back out onto the racetrack where he would restart eighth on the lap 15 restart. But, as soon he entered turn one, Swanson promptly looped it on his own to bring out another yellow.

On the ensuing restart, Windom was gone, where he'd eventually build an insurmountable 16.9 second lead around the half-mile as he set a torrid pace in which he lapped all the way up to third-place!

Just as Windom was setting up to put a lap on his teammate Courtney, who was running third, with 14 laps to go, Davey Ray completed a 360 spin at the bottom of turn four to bring out the night's final caution.

Meanwhile, Swanson had amazingly carried his car to the end of the 50-lap race in which he had actually worked his way up to fifth in the final laps. If a couple of cars in front of him in the running order encountered trouble of some sort, causing them to drop out, Swanson would be right back in championship contention.

However, none of these scenarios would play out as Windom continued to absolutely hammer the field in his RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Maxim/Wallace on his way to his third Silver Crown victory of the season over Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon and Kody Swanson.

"I'm at a loss for words," a thrilled Windom said. "I knew it was going to be a big feat coming in. It was tough to see Kody (Swanson) go out with hardships ike that early in the race. We fought all year and we've earned every bit of this championship. From Rob Hart at the start of the year to bringing on Evan Avart, he's been spot on for me. This car drove itself around here. It was amazing! (The car) was perfect. It couldn't have been any better. I got to thank Fred and Gloria (Gormly). I'm so happy to get them a championship. We're going to celebrate now!"

With the points accumulated by a trio of victories at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois and Eldora as well as a top-five finish in all nine series races this season, Windom defeated Swanson in the final Silver Crown standings by a mere five points, making it one of the closest point races in the history of the United States Auto Club.

It's the first time since 1992 that an Eldora Silver Crown season finale featured a points change at the top. Furthermore, Windom's victory marked the 12th time in the 46-year history of the series that the winner of the season finale race was also the season champion.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Tyler Courtney (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/Martens Machine Shop/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Joe Liguori (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 99, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 2. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 3. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-18.187; 4. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-18.248; 5. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-18.273; 6. Dave Darland, 6, Klatt-18.592; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.595; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.796; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-18.823; 10. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-18.999; 11. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-19.003; 12. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-19.159.13. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-19.225; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-19.227; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-19.265; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-19.281; 17. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-19.311; 18. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-19.392; 19. Dakota Jackson, 120, Nolen-19.464; 20. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 27, Phillips-19.471; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 0, Barker/Thackery-19.559; 22. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-20.154; 23. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT (Time of 19.717 disallowed).

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Chris Fetter, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Dakota Jackson, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. David Byrne, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Mitch Wissmiller, 19. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 20. Dave Berkheimer, 21. Aaron Pierce, 22. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **Tyler flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Shane Cottle (21st to 9th)

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-588, 2-Swanson-583, 3-Grant-474, 4-Coons-465, 5-Byrne-400, 6-Cottle-381, 7-Shuman-376, 8-Nemire-342, 9-Liguori-318, 10-Bacon-268.

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

GRATEFUL GRANT GETS THE SPRINT WIN AT ELDORA'S "4-CROWN NATIONALS"

Rossburg, Ohio.........Eldora Speedway has provided the highest of highs and lowest of lows to Justin Grant over the last couple of seasons.

Just a little over four months after his most recent visit to Eldora Speedway, Grant, a 2015 Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner, found himself without a full-time sprint car ride.

Throughout the summer the Ione, California driver bounced around between a handful of different teams searching for consistent success, but since joining forces with the Sam McGhee Motorsports team in mid-August, the pair have jelled to become a force night-in, night-out.

Saturday night at Eldora, it all finally came together for the team and the driver as they both recorded their biggest wins to date in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the 35th running of the "4-Crown Nationals."

On the opening lap, outside front row starter Matt Westfall held off a Thomas Meseraull slider in the first turn to secure the lead early on. Instantly, Grant followed Westfall on the outside to fall in line in the second spot.

Westfall, an Eldora USAC Sprint Car winner back in 2006, looked solid in the early going, leading the first third of the feature. But Grant was on a mission that saw him dive to the bottom of turn three on lap 11, sliding up in front of Westfall to claim the lead as Westfall began to fade.

Eighth starting Chris Windom began to ascend by the midway point of the 30-lapper as he reeled in Grant just before a lap 13 caution fell for the stopped car of Scotty Weir, who was caught up in a back straightaway kerfuffle that involved a few cars, with Weir being the unluckiest one of the bunch.

The yellow placed Windom on the tail of Grant for the lap 13 restart, providing a prime opportunity for Windom to challenge Grant.

Windom hurried to the bottom for a slide job on Grant, momentarily nosing ahead between turns one and two, but with little room to spare with Windom underneath him and the concrete wall to his outside, but Grant kept his foot on the gas to escape through the narrow alley left open to reclaim the lead.

Grant would extend his lead to a full second over Windom, and by the time he would reach lapped traffic with ten to go, Grant would gladly accept all the extra breathing room he could get.

The two continued to engage in a high-speed, high-wire act through the back of the field as they came upon the car of Jerry Coons, Jr. with five laps to go. Grant had to briefly step out of the throttle, allowing Windom to pull alongside the inside of Grant momentarily, but was unable to rip the lead away from Grant.

Justin Grant in victory lane after earning his fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and first "4-Crown Nationals" victory Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. (RYAN SELLERS PHOTO)

Windom remained within striking distance of Grant in the final circuits as Grant threaded the needle, going for the jugular as he squeezed his way between the lapped cars of Bret Mellenberndt and Jarett Andretti at the entrance of turn one.

Grant manufactured a little bit of space between himself and Windom that might've made all the difference. And Grant certainly knows all too well how quickly things can happen at Eldora for better or worse, having stolen a victory from C.J. Leary's grasp at Eldora during the 2015 "Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends."

On the final corner of the final lap, Windom was close, but not close enough for any last lap heroics on this night, as Grant hung on to win his fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and the first ever for the Sam McGhee Motorsports Team over Windom, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland and Tyler Courtney.

"I don't know what it was like behind me, but it was exciting looking out of the front of the 17 car," the exuberant Grant said in victory lane after taking the Sam McGhee Motorsports/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Mike McGhee & Associates/Maxim/Foxco to the victory. "The holes in one and two were a handful. It seemed like it was fastest just to run right through them. (Turns) three and four were real tricky. I had to be careful not to get into the fence down there. When you get in lapped traffic, you're just kind of on a hope and a prayer."

"I can't thank the McGhee family enough," Grant continued. "Sam McGhee does an amazing job with this racecar. He's 16 years old. He does all the work on this thing, sets it up and calls all the shots; he's incredible! This race has always been one of the big ones to me, if not the biggest one. I've won at Eldora before, but the "4-Crown" is a whole other level of special."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Chase Stockon (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kody Swanson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Matt Goodnight (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat), Josh Hodges (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Bret Mellenberndt (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.514; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.612; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.612; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.705; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.901; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.918; 7. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-17.048; 8. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-17.105; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.113; 10. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-17.172; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.190; 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.193; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-17.248; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.249; 15. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.283; 16. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-17.301; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.314; 18. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.320; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.354; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.355; 21. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.398; 22. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.433; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.440; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.451; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.459; 26. Jerry Coons Jr., 20N, Nolen-17.542; 27. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-17.552; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-17.557; 29. Carson Short, 66, Amati-17.609; 30. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-17.719; 31. Logan Hupp, 7x, Gindling-17.730; 32. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.741; 33. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-17.836; 34. Drew Rader, 74, Seven-Four-17.847; 35. Travis Hery, 21, Hery-17.852; 36. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-17.856; 37. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-17.883; 38. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-18.036; 39. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, DPI-18.203; 40. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-18.259.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Simon, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Stockon, 7. C.Short, 8. DiMattia, 9. Blackhurst, 10. Underwood. 2:14.65

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Whited, 5. Bilbee, 6. Coons, 7. Andretti, 8. Rose, 9. K.Wissmiller, 10. Rader. 2:12.50

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Goodnight, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Meseraull, 5. Cottle, 6. Hery, 7. Hupp, 8. Smith, 9. Ingle, 10. Windom. 2:13.81

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Chapple, 3. Weir, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Hall, 7. Bares, 8. Creech, 9. Courtney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Courtney, 3. Windom, 4. Boespflug, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Andretti, 7. Coons, 8. Bilbee, 9. Cottle, 10. C.Short, 11. Rose, 12. Hall, 13. Hupp, 14. Rader, 15. Bares, 16. Blackhurst, 16. Hery, 18. Creech, 19. K.Wissmiller, 20. Underwood, 21. Ingle, 22. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Josh Hodges, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Carson Short, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Scotty Weir, 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **Courtney flipped during the fourth heat. DiMattia flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Westfall, Laps 11-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Josh Hodges (22nd to 9th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,214, 2-Stockon-1,979, 3-Robert Ballou-1,919, 4-Meseraull-1,910, 5-Darland-1,855, 6-Boespflug & Leary-1,774, 8-Windom-1,708, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,209.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 1 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -"Fall Nationals"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

RICO ROMPS IN ELDORA 4-CROWN MIDGET ROUT

Rossburg, Ohio.........Rico Abreu arrived at Eldora Speedway Saturday evening via an airplane ride alongside Tony Stewart after competing in the afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in New Hampshire.

As soon as the St. Helena, California driver hit the western Ohio half-mile for the first time on Saturday, it almost seemed as if Abreu was still on-board a jet as he piloted his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports entry to a complete sweep of the night's USAC National Midget events, recording ProSource Fast Qualifying time, then following that up with a new 8-lap track record run on his way to a heat race victory before slashing his way to third from his sixth starting position by the end of the first lap of the feature.

Abreu rocketed around the outside of teammate Tanner Thorson in turn two on the second lap, and then quickly ran down leader Chad Boat by the time the two got to turn three.

Abreu instantly shot down to the bottom of turn three for a classic Eldora slide job right up in front of Boat to take the top spot as Boat countered underneath Abreu and drag raced to the line with Abreu beating Boat back to the stripe by a wheel.

Boat, who won both nights at the "Belleville Midget Nationals," one month ago, made one more attempt on Abreu into turn one on the third lap, but came up short as Abreu shot out of a cannon off the turn two cushion to instantly leave Boat in his afterthoughts. By the tenth lap, Abreu had established a full-straightaway lead that continued to grow as he sliced, diced and pureed his way through the backmarkers while the lap counter on the scoreboard ticked away, but with just four laps remaining, Abreu's lead would be wiped away as Tyler Courtney slowed with a broken U-Joint.

On the lap 22 restart, it was no contest as Abreu pulled away without missing a beat, but the battle for second waged between Boat, Thorson and Brady Bacon became the race to watch as Thorson slid by Boat for second entering turn one. Bacon slipped past Boat as well for third and made a mad-dash toward Thorson for second in turn one a lap later that came up short.

Rico Abreu won his second "4-Crown" USAC Midget race Saturday night at Eldora Speedway. The St. Helena, California driver also won in 2013. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Yet, in the distance was Abreu who finished off one of the most impressive drives in "4-Crown" midget history as he lapped up to sixth place on his way to his second career USAC Midget victory at Eldora (2013) in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian/DC Solar - Abreu Vineyards/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"Keith Kunz gives me phenomenal racecars every time I come and race with him. I'm very fortunate I get to race with him," Abreu praised. "It's special every time I get to stand up here (at Eldora). I've come close a lot this year and last year, but just never was able to get a win, but we've had solid finishes here."

Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson took second in his Keith Kunz - Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/TRD - JBL Audio/Bullet/Speedway Toyota as he edged his way into the thick of a tightened USAC National Midget point race where he now sits just 30 points out of the lead behind Spencer Bayston who dropped out on the sixth lap of Saturday night's feature and finishing in the 22nd position.

Brady Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, finished third in his FMR Racing/Beast/Toyota. With five races remaining, Bacon finds himself 27 points out of the lead in the series standings and just five behind Boat.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway included Rico Abreu (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Spencer Bayston (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (Benic Enterprises/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Carson Macedo (KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger) and Jake Neuman (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.164; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.647; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-17.647; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.721; 5. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-17.724; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.775; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.852; 8. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.972; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 25x, Petry/Goff-18.065; 10. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-18.153; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7k, Irwin-18.155; 12. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-18.197; 13. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-18.211; 14. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-18.236; 15. Justin Grant, 37x, Felker-18.391; 16. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-18.491; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52c, Chapple-18.528; 18. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW-19.075; 19. Eric Hein, 3, Drangmeister-20.411; 19. Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-NT (Time of 19.266 disallowed); 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-NT (Time of 19.763 disallowed); 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-NT; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-NT; 24. Carson Macedo, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 25. Ken Drangmeister, 76, Drangmeister-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Thorson, 3. Felker, 4. Robinson, 5. Neuman, 6. Blackhurst, 7. Hein, 8. DiMattia. 2:08.94 (NTR)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. Ray, 4. Shelton, 5. Chapple, 6. Courtney, 7. Bell. 2:15.76

BENIC ENTERPRISES/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Coons, 5. Grant, 6. Greth, 7. Wood, 8. Gipson. 2:14.25

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Jake Neuman, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Bear Wood, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Tyler Courtney, 19. Eric Hein, 20. Gary Gipson, 21. Ryan Greth, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT -------------------------------- **DiMattia and Macedo flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boat, Laps 2-25 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Carson Macedo (23rd to 7th)

NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bayston-947, 2-Boat-925, 3-Bacon-920, 4-Thorson-917, 5-Macedo-805, 6-Bryan Clauson-720, 7-Robinson-693, 8-Shellton-640, 9-Tyler Thomas-589, 10-Greth-493.

NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: October 6-7-8 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

**RICHIE MURRAY - USAC MEDIA

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tyler Courtney, 99, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 2. Chris Windom, 98, RPM/Gormly-18.099; 3. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-18.187; 4. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-18.248; 5. Brady Bacon, 48, Martens-18.273; 6. Dave Darland, 6, Klatt-18.592; 7. Justin Grant, 8, Carli-18.595; 8. Steve Buckwalter, 53, SET-18.796; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-18.823; 10. Davey Ray, 25, Sachs-18.999; 11. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-19.003; 12. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-19.159.13. Austin Nemire, 91, Hemelgarn-19.225; 14. Casey Shuman, 55, Bateman-19.227; 15. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-19.265; 16. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary/6R-19.281; 17. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-19.311; 18. Joe Liguori, 58, Liguori-19.392; 19. Dakota Jackson, 120, Nolen-19.464; 20. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 27, Phillips-19.471; 21. Mitch Wissmiller, 0, Barker/Thackery-19.559; 22. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-20.154; 23. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT (Time of 19.717 disallowed).

FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kody Swanson, 6. Jeff Swindell, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Shane Cottle, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Chris Fetter, 12. Steve Buckwalter, 13. Joe Liguori, 14. Dakota Jackson, 15. Austin Nemire, 16. David Byrne, 17. Davey Ray, 18. Mitch Wissmiller, 19. Billy Puterbaugh Jr., 20. Dave Berkheimer, 21. Aaron Pierce, 22. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **Tyler flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/MARTENS MACHINE SHOP LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Shane Cottle (21st to 9th)

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-588, 2-Swanson-583, 3-Grant-474, 4-Coons-465, 5-Byrne-400, 6-Cottle-381, 7-Shuman-376, 8-Nemire-342, 9-Liguori-318, 10-Bacon-268.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “9th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.304; 2. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.360; 3. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.516; 4. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.557; 5. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.608; 6. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.611; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.637; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.716; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.761; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.765; 11. Ronnie Gardner, 12, Allen-16.770; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.806; 13. Matt Mitchell, 21AZ, Burkhart-16.818; 14. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-17.027; 15. Trey Marcham, 81M, Watt-17.027; 16. Mike Spencer, 4S, Gansen-17.081; 17. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-17.146; 18. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.193; 19. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.197; 20. Corey Ballard, 20, Ballard-17.273; 21. Anthony Lopiccolo, 36, Springstead-17.374; 22. Verne Sweeney, 98V, Tracy-17.384; 23. Matt Stewart, 84, Stewart-17.423; 24. Randy Waitman, 69, Waitman-17.527; 25. Andrew Sweeney, 98JR, Tracy-17.730; 26. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.772; 27. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.885; 28. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-19.178; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-19.267.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. D.Gardner, 2. Mitchell, 3. Faria, 4. A.Williams, 5. Lopiccolo, 6. Bender, 7. Tafoya, 8. A.Sweeney. 2:51.28

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Malcolm, 3. Adams, 4. V.Sweeney, 5. C.Williams, 6. Liggett, 7. Smith. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Gansen, 4. Marcham, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stewart, 7. Edwards. 2:57.58.

STAND 21 RACER GOES SAFER FOUNDATION FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. R.Vander Weerd, 3. Ballard, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. Ellertson, 6. Waitman. 2:52.06

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Spencer, 2. C.Williams, 3. Liggett, 4. Lopiccolo, 5. L.Williams, 6. Stewart, 7. Edwards, 8. A.Sweeney, 9. Waitman, 10. Bender, 11. Ellertson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Damion Gardner, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Logan Wiliams, 9. Trey Marcham, 10. Tommy Malcolm, 11. Austin Liggett, 12. Danny Faria Jr., 13. Jace Vander Weerd, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Corey Ballard, 18. Verne Sweeney, 19. Anthony Lopiccolo, 20. Max Adams, 21. Matt Stewart, 22. Cody Williams. NT

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**Ellertson flipped on lap 7 of the semi..

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 6-30 A.Williams.

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Trey Marcham (15th to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 30 & October 1 – Peoria, AZ – Canyon Speedway Park - “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.514; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.612; 3. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.612; 4. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-16.705; 5. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-16.901; 6. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-16.918; 7. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-17.048; 8. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-17.105; 9. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-17.113; 10. Nick Bilbee, 17N, Bilbee-17.172; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 9x, SC-17.190; 12. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-17.193; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-17.248; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-17.249; 15. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-17.283; 16. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-17.301; 17. Landon Simon, 24, LSR-17.314; 18. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-17.320; 19. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.354; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.355; 21. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-17.398; 22. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.433; 23. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.440; 24. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-17.451; 25. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-17.459; 26. Jerry Coons Jr., 20N, Nolen-17.542; 27. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-17.552; 28. Mitch Wissmiller, 1w, Wissmiller-17.557; 29. Carson Short, 66, Amati-17.609; 30. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-17.719; 31. Logan Hupp, 7x, Gindling-17.730; 32. Luke Hall, 9N, Nelson-17.741; 33. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-17.836; 34. Drew Rader, 74, Seven-Four-17.847; 35. Travis Hery, 21, Hery-17.852; 36. Tim Creech, 2c, Creech-17.856; 37. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-17.883; 38. Kyle Wissmiller, 3, Simmons-18.036; 39. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, DPI-18.203; 40. Joe Bares, 19, TEST-18.259.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Simon, 3. K.Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Boespflug, 6. Stockon, 7. C.Short, 8. DiMattia, 9. Blackhurst, 10. Underwood. 2:14.65

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Bacon, 3. Darland, 4. Whited, 5. Bilbee, 6. Coons, 7. Andretti, 8. Rose, 9. K.Wissmiller, 10. Rader. 2:12.50

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Goodnight, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Meseraull, 5. Cottle, 6. Hery, 7. Hupp, 8. Smith, 9. Ingle, 10. Windom. 2:13.81

FOURTH HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Chapple, 3. Weir, 4. Hewitt, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Hall, 7. Bares, 8. Creech, 9. Courtney. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Stockon, 2. Courtney, 3. Windom, 4. Boespflug, 5. Mellenberndt, 6. Andretti, 7. Coons, 8. Bilbee, 9. Cottle, 10. C.Short, 11. Rose, 12. Hall, 13. Hupp, 14. Rader, 15. Bares, 16. Blackhurst, 16. Hery, 18. Creech, 19. K.Wissmiller, 20. Underwood, 21. Ingle, 22. DiMattia. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Dallas Hewitt, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Josh Hodges, 10. Nick Bilbee, 11. Brandon Whited, 12. Kevin Thomas Jr., 13. Bret Mellenberndt, 14. Jarett Andretti, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Thomas Meseraull, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Matt Goodnight, 19. Carson Short, 20. Aaron Farney, 21. Chad Boespflug, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Scotty Weir, 24. Landon Simon, 25. C.J. Leary. NT -------------------------------- **Courtney flipped during the fourth heat. DiMattia flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Westfall, Laps 11-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Josh Hodges (22nd to 9th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Bacon-2,214, 2-Stockon-1,979, 3-Robert Ballou-1,919, 4-Meseraull-1,910, 5-Darland-1,855, 6-Boespflug & Leary-1,774, 8-Windom-1,708, 9-Max McGhee-1,264, 10-Farney-1,209.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 1 - Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway -"Fall Nationals"

 

 

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 24, 2016 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Rico Abreu, 97k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.164; 2. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.647; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-17.647; 4. Tanner Thorson, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.721; 5. Davey Ray, 33, Team RAYPRO-17.724; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-17.775; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.852; 8. Holly Shelton, 67k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-17.972; 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 25x, Petry/Goff-18.065; 10. Jake Blackhurst, 37, Felker-18.153; 11. Tyler Courtney, 7k, Irwin-18.155; 12. Ryan Greth, 4, Lesher-18.197; 13. Andrew Felker, 11A, Felker-18.211; 14. Dave Darland, 11AG, Gray-18.236; 15. Justin Grant, 37x, Felker-18.391; 16. Jake Neuman, 3N, Neuman-18.491; 17. Isaac Chapple, 52c, Chapple-18.528; 18. Bear Wood, 8JR, LW-19.075; 19. Eric Hein, 3, Drangmeister-20.411; 19. Robert Bell, 71-1/2, Bell-NT (Time of 19.266 disallowed); 20. Gary Gipson, 5, Byers-NT (Time of 19.763 disallowed); 22. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-NT; 23. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-NT; 24. Carson Macedo, 71k, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-NT; 25. Ken Drangmeister, 76, Drangmeister-NT.

FIRST HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Abreu, 2. Thorson, 3. Felker, 4. Robinson, 5. Neuman, 6. Blackhurst, 7. Hein, 8. DiMattia. 2:08.94 (NTR)

SECOND HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Bayston, 2. Darland, 3. Ray, 4. Shelton, 5. Chapple, 6. Courtney, 7. Bell. 2:15.76

THIRD HEAT : (8 laps) 1. Boat, 2. Bacon, 3. Macedo, 4. Coons, 5. Grant, 6. Greth, 7. Wood, 8. Gipson. 2:14.25

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Rico Abreu, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Holly Shelton, 6. Davey Ray, 7. Carson Macedo, 8. Ryan Robinson, 9. Jerry Coons Jr., 10. Dave Darland, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Jake Neuman, 14. Isaac Chapple, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Bear Wood, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Tyler Courtney, 19. Eric Hein, 20. Gary Gipson, 21. Ryan Greth, 22. Spencer Bayston, 23. Steve Buckwalter. NT -------------------------------- **DiMattia and Macedo flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Boat, Laps 2-25 Abreu.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER AWARD: Carson Macedo (23rd to 7th)

NEW USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bayyston-947, 2-Boat-925, 3-Bacon-920, 4-Thorson-917, 5-Macedo-805, 6-Bryan Clauson-720, 7-Robinson-693, 8-Shellton-640, 9-Tyler Thomas-589, 10-Greth-493.

NEXT USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RACES: October 6-7-8 - Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway - "Gold Crown Midget Nationals"

 

 

BACON AND COURTNEY READY FOR QUADRUPLE DUTY SATURDAY IN 4-CROWN AT ELDORA

By Richie Murray Courtesy USAC Media Two drivers have each thrown their hat into the ring and will put themselves to the mental and physical test involved with running all four legs of this Saturday’s 35th running of the “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma’s Brady Bacon and Indianapolis, Indiana’s Tyler Courtney have both secured rides in the USAC Silver Crown, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car, USAC National Midget and Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions for Saturday’s spectacular.

Bacon will be behind the wheel of four machines that he is quite familiar with: the Paul Martens No. 48 Silver Crown car, the Hoffman Auto Racing/Dynamics No. 69 AMSOIL Sprint Car, the FMR Racing No. 76m Midget and his own No. 99 Wing Sprint Car in the All Star portion of the program.

In addition to his duties piloting the four machines on Saturday, Bacon is involved in two different USAC National points races. He has a commanding 219-point lead in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings and also sits third in National Midget points, just 66 markers out of the lead.

Courtney, on the other hand, has dabbled in several different series this season with the TOPP Motorsports No. 23c sprint car that he will wheel in both the USAC Sprint and All Star divisions. But this Saturday night, he will make his return to the Silver Crown and National Midget series with his debut in the RPM/Fred Gormly No. 99 champ car and the Kenny Irwin, Sr. No. 7K – a car in which made a handful of starts in during the 2015 season.

Bacon, who owns a victory in the USAC Sprint Car feature at the “4-Crown” in 2014, has run three classes in one night during the two previous years of the “4-Crown,” but 2016 will mark the first time he will do quadruple duty in one night, which he notes is actually more mentally taxing than it is physical.

“Mental fatigue and trying to think about all of the different cars and circumstances you are in is the most tiring part,” Bacon said. “Physical fatigue isn’t as big of an issue at Eldora as the mental aspect.”

Courtney, who will attempt “the quadruple” for the first time on Saturday, anticipates that he won’t have a problem with fatigue because, after all, it’s Eldora Speedway.

“I've never done all four classes before, so I'm not sure if the fatigue is going to play a factor,” Courtney wondered. “If I had to guess, though, your adrenaline is going to be pumping all night. It’s Eldora! If that place doesn't pump your adrenaline, then I don't know what will.”

All four cars running Saturday night are similar, yet have their own unique characteristics. Courtney notes that the advice he’s received from friend and current NASCAR star Kyle Larson tells him that more track time you get, the more it helps you throughout the night.

“From talking to Kyle Larson a few times, he says the more cars you run there, it doesn't necessarily get easier throughout the night, but it does help you the more laps you run just figuring out the track and how to get around it.”

Bacon, on the other hand, says that things begin to slow down for you after stepping foot in a sprint car at “The Big E.”

“Running the wing and non-wing sprint car helps a lot with the other classes and slows things down for you because the sprint cars are so much faster at Eldora than the other divisions,” Bacon explained.

Bacon, the 2014 USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National champion, relishes the opportunity to be in such good equipment night-in, night-out that has propelled him to become the only driver to occupy a spot in the top-12 in all three USAC National standings.

“I am extremely excited about having great car owners and equipment to have a legitimate shot at every division,” Bacon beamed. “I think the hardest part is having cars capable of winning in every class. It would be a huge accomplishment to put my name on the same list as Jack Hewitt winning all four or even Kyle Larson by winning three.”

Courtney has been an outlaw racer this year behind the wheel of a sprint car, running non-wing and wing races whenever and wherever he can without a single thought of points racing running through his mind.

“I think it does give me a slight advantage racing a little bit of everything this year,” Courtney believes. “Seat time in anything is always beneficial; I think the best example of that was Bryan Clauson. Bryan was always one of the best, but this year, he got to race over 100 times and really got to fine tune his craft and it truly showed. He kicked our butts even worse than before! I believe racing a little bit of everything this year has helped me get prepared for this weekend and I think myself and the teams I'm running for are ready to go.”

Courtney explains that you can’t tiptoe around Eldora and be fast. Who’s willing to put their right rear right up against the wall and stand on the gas will determine if you’re going to be running at the front or the back when the checkered flag falls on the night.

“Throughout the night, the biggest difference you notice is just the speed difference between all the cars,” Courtney noted. “At the end of the day, it’s Eldora and, if you aren't up on the fence in every car that you’re in, you're not going to be fast! You're basically doing the same thing in every car, just at different speeds.”

With the return of “4-Crowns” to a single night for the first time since 2007, along comes a bonus that carries a large sum of money if Bacon or Courtney are able to persevere and match Jack Hewitt’s four wins or Kyle Larson’s three victories.

Scoring four wins in each of the four features Saturday night will net a driver a $100,000 bonus. A driver who grabs three out of four checkered flags will still receive a nice $25,000 bonus to go along with their winnings.

Believe it or not, in 15 of the 34 editions of the “4-Crown,” one driver has won multiple features. Only two drivers have won multiple features in a single night more than once. Dave Darland did it in 1999 and 2004 while the incomparable Jack Hewitt accomplished the feat on four occasions (1991, 1996, 1997 and the unforgettable night in 1998 when he became the first and only driver to sweep all four divisions.)

Kyle Larson was the last to sweep all three USAC divisions in one night during his first ever visit to the Eldora high banks back in 2011.

Other drivers to have won at least two of the four crowns in a single night include Steve Kinser (1981), Larry Rice (1985), Rich Vogler (1986), Tony Stewart (1995), J.J. Yeley (2001), Dave Darland (2004), Tracy Hines (2006), Chris Windom (2013) and Christopher Bell (2015).

Spectator gates for Saturday’s “4-Crown Nationals” open at noon, while hot laps are set to begin at 4:30pm with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.

About Eldora Speedway: Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Celebrating its 63rd season in 2016, Eldora hosts the biggest events in short-track racing including the $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream by Ferris Mowers; the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend; the Camping World Truck Series’ Aspen Dental Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s only race on dirt; the 46th annual World 100; and the legendary 4-Crown Nationals. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 63rd consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information, is available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com and can be requested by phone at (937) 338-3815. Fans can get behind-the-scenes access of Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and visiting www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedway.

 

 

TALENT-RICH ELDORA SILVER CROWN FIELD ENTERED FOR SATURDAY'S "4-CROWN NATIONALS"

A strong field of 26 cars and drivers have entered this Saturday's 35th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which would mark the largest field for the series at the track in six years!

The field includes four past "4-Crown" Silver Crown race winners including four-time winner Dave Darland (2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009), two-time winner Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007 and 2014) as well as one-time victors Chris Windom (2013) and Brian Tyler (2002).

Silver Crown champs Darland (1997), Coons (2008) and two-time defending titlist Kody Swanson headline the series' season finale that includes one of the closest point races in series history. Chris Windom comes into Eldora trailing Swanson by a mere ten points. With each position worth three points as well as bonus points available for qualifying and leading the most laps, the title is certainly up for grabs between Swanson and Windom.

Windom will have a teammate to work alongside this Saturday as Tyler Courtney makes his season debut in the series in the RPM/Fred Gormly #99 - the very same car that won the 2015 "4-Crown" 50-lapper with driver Christopher Bell.

Courtney is one of two drivers who is planning to run all four divisions on Saturday. He, along with Brady Bacon, will have a full slate with both running in USAC's Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car, and National Midget events as well as putting on the wing to run in the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the program.

If Bacon or Courtney can win all four feature events on Saturday night, he will pocket an incredible $100,000 bonus! Winning three of four will net one of them a hefty $25,000 prize.

Spectator gates for Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" open at noon, while hot laps are set to begin at 4:30pm with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.

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USAC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST FOR ELDORA SPEEDWAY'S "4-CROWN" SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

0 MITCH WISSMILLER/Saybrook, IL Matt Barker - Ruthe Thackery/Disaster Grafix - Colfax Bar & Grill/Beast/Chevy

07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN Wilson Brothers Racing/Jet Star - Anderson Transport/Beast/Claxton Toyota

6 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN Klatt Enterprises/Cancer Treatment Centers of America - Jonathan Byrd's Hospitality & Restaurant Group/Beast/Ford

8 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA Chris Carli/Joe's Racing Products - Wilwood Engineering/DRC/Claxton Chevy

12 BRIAN TYLER/Mount Pleasant, NC Galas Motorsports/Magnum Rotating & Pumps, Inc./Beast/Galas Chevy

20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Maxim/Tranter Chevy

21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN Swanson Racing/Jet Star - Rosewood Machine & Tool/Maxim/Toyota

25 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA Eddie Sachs Racing/Mecum Auctions - Checkered Flag Tavern/Beast/Team RAYPRO Chevy

26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN Sam Pierce/Sam Pierce Chevrolet - Tom Cherry Mufflers/Beast/Pierce Chevy

27 BILLY PUTERBAUGH JR./Brownsburg, IN Carla & Steve Phillips/Roberts Tech Jobs - Disaster Graphics/Beast/Chevy

29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL Joey Moughan/Modern Paving & Scrap - Conaway Handyman Service/Maxim/Claxton Mopar

30 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN Leary-6R Racing/Leary Construction - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Toyota

31 DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA Berkheimer Racing/Subway Auto Body - Cease Auctioneers/Drinan/Chevy

40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI Byrne Racing/Stoops Freightliner-Truck Country - Bytec Resource Management/J & D/Chevy

48 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK Paul Martens/Martens Machine Shop/Maxim/Kistler Chevy

53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA SET Racing/Alloy Wheel Repair - Heroes West Sports Grill/Beast/Brown Chevy

55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ Patty Bateman/Hucks Convenience Stores/Beast/Chevy

58 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL Ralph Liguori/Sunshine Trailer Park - Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/DRC/Kercher Chevy

63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA DePalma Motorsports/Radio Hospital - Champion Oil/Maxim/Hampshire Chevy

66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN Bill Rose/Rose/Beast/Claxton

81 SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN Curtis Williams/Roger Williams Precision Engines - QS Components/Maxim/Chevy

89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO Fetter Tile LLC/Fetter Tile - F & S Collision Repair/Beast/TMS Chevy

91 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH Hemelgarn Enterprises/Hemelgarn Enterprises/J & J/Ford

98 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise/Wallace/Mopar

99 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN RPM-Fred Gormly/RPM Auto Enterprise - Seals-It Indy Race Parts/DRC/Mopar

201 DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN Nolen Racing/KECO - Columbus Container/Twister/Tranter Chevy

USAC SILVER CROWN TRACK RECORDS at Eldora Speedway 1 Lap: 9/23/05 - Josh Wise - 15.334 (117.386 mph) 15 Laps: 9/23/06 - Paul White - 4:16.18 (105.395 mph) 20 Laps: 9/28/96 - Dave Darland - 5:53.42 (101.862 mph) 50 Laps: 9/23/06 - Mat Neely - 14:59.56 (100.049 mph)

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 20, 2016... This Saturday, September 24th, the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to action at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, “9th Annual Glenn Howard Classic" will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprints and the PAS Young Gun Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will start at 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO USAC/CRA COMPETITORS: The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier tires. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is also the current legal tire with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com.

Saturday's event honors Glenn Howard who is considered by many in the industry as a "racer's racer." Throughout his involvement in racing, Glenn had served as a crew member, driver, car owner, sponsor, official, and business man. Howard's So-Cal Performance was recognized as a major parts supplier to racers across the globe for many years. In 1993, Glenn became the first president of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and helped to build the foundation of the nationally respected club. After his term was over, Howard remained active in motorsports until his passing in September 2007. Kazarian, Perris Auto Speedway, and the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are proud to honor Glenn's memory with the annual event and the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 188 USAC/CRA Sprint Car events. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 37 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. To date, there have been seven previous “home track” shows and seven different drivers have taken the checkered flags. Indiana’s Bryan Clauson, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, and California’s Austin Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, Matt Mitchell, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner have stood atop the podium. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.

After earning his second “California Sprint Week” crown, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) leads the standings with a 106-point advantage. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner enters the sixteenth point race with three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, nine heat race victories, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led. “The Demon” leads all USAC/CRA drivers with 68 victories and will be looking for his third consecutive Howard Classic win.

Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, California) ranks second in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #10 Vander Weerd Construction / Stone Gate Development Maxim, Richard has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 56 feature laps led on the year. The 2011 USAC West Coast Champion has six career USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on the “Glenn Howard Classic” victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, California) sits third in the chase for the championship. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Clackamas Rigging and Transfer XXX, Swanson has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, two Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main wins, and eleven top-10 finishes on the season. The 2012 Rookie of the Year will be looking to score his first career USAC/CRA win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, California) is fourth in the USAC/CRA championship points. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Lee & Norma Leonard Maxim, Roa has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led in the campaign. The USAC West Coast Series Champion has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on adding the “Glenn Howard Classic” to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, California) ranks fifth in the point standings. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams has posted one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Semi-Main win, two BR Motorsports / King Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Rookie of the Year has 4 career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking add his name to the winner’s list of the “Howard Classic.”

Currently ranked seventh in points, Max Adams (Loomis, California) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Andrew Sweeney (Lomita, California), Trent Williams (Victorville, California), and Mikey Lovas (Wildomar, California) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Mike Spencer, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Logan Williams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Chris Gansen, Stevie Sussex, A.J. Bender, Verne Sweeney, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Anthony Lopiccolo, and more.

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

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

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

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

GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC/MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones, 2009-Bryan Clauson, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Nic Faas, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 38-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 4-Robert Ballou, 3-Dave Darland, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Austin Williams, 1-Jason York.

2016 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bryan Clauson, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Austin Williams.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1008, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-902, 3. Jake Swanson-893, 4. Brody Roa-847, 5. Austin Williams-806, 6. Mike Spencer-721, 7. Max Adams-659, 8. Jace Vander Weerd-560, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-542, 10. Logan Williams-541, 11. Cody Williams-526, 12. Chris Gansen-485, 13. Stevie Sussex-412, 14. Thomas Meseraull-383, 15. Geoff Ensign-342, 16. Chad Boespflug-325, 17. A.J. Bender-315, 18. Verne Sweeney-311, 19. Kevin Thomas Jr.-304, 20. Tommy Malcolm-294.

 

 

SWANSON AND WINDOM PREPARE TO DUEL FOR SILVER CROWN TITLE SATURDAY AT ELDORA

In the 46-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Championship, only six times has the race for the series title been separated by ten points or less heading into the final event of the season.

That scenario is the story that headlines this Saturday night's 35th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

On the strength of a season-high three wins this season, Kingsburg, California's Swanson leads Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom in the Silver Crown Championship standings heading into the final race. Yet, Windom sits only ten points behind Swanson by virtue of no finishes outside of the top-five in 2016.

Swanson is on the verge of becoming the Silver Crown series' first driver to win three consecutive championships. In 2014, the points race went right down to the wire at the final race in Syracuse, New York, with Swanson holding on to take his first title.

One year later in 2015, it was a completely different story as Swanson had already clinched the title before his DePalma Motorsports team had even rolled the No. 63 out of the hauler at the last race.

This time around, it's another tight title battle for Swanson who's seen the points race play in his favor from multiple angles based on his past experience.

"Our first championship in 2014 was very nerve-wracking because of how close it was," Swanson admitted. "Since it worked out, it was a great feeling to have won it and to finally have that relief. On the other hand, 2015 was fun going into (the final race at) Syracuse because we finally got a chance to race without having to consider any championship effects; we just got to race to win."

"It is definitely a tough race mentally," Swanson continued. "Knowing that the points are so close, and that it's the finale, it means there are no more second chances. Throughout the race, you never feel safe, no matter where you're running, you hear every noise, feel every vibration and you're just nervous about the finish until it's finally over."

Conversely, Windom is seeking his first USAC National Championship and feels that being the "chaser" at the finale gives him a "nothing to lose" mentality.

"In this position, I'm the one chasing and Kody is being chased," Windom explained. "So, I think you just have to go for it and race to win like you would any other night. There may always come a time, especially late in the race, where you may take a risk or a chance you normally wouldn't if it means a championship."

Bobby Olivero (1979), Dave Darland (1995 & 2000), Bud Kaeding (2010) and Bobby East (2012 & 2013) are among the drivers who've entered the season finale hanging by a thread with a less than ten-point lead. Three of those drivers were able to retain their lead and hang on for the title; three did not (Darland twice and Kaeding).

The odds are not impossible for Windom to overcome the ten-point deficit Saturday night. There's been nine occasions when the point lead changed hand in the final event, but none since 2010 when Levi Jones overtook Kaeding in the finale at Toledo Speedway by a single position!

Others include Al Unser over both Mario Andretti and Tom Bigelow in 1973, Billy Cassella over Johnny Parsons in 1976, Mike Bliss over Ron Shuman in 1993, Tony Stewart over both Darland and Jack Hewitt in 1995, Jimmy Sills over Kenny Irwin, Jr. in 1996, Jason Leffler over Brian Tyler in 1998 and Tracy Hines over Darland in 2000.

The last season finale held at Eldora that involved a lead change at the top of the standings came back in 1992 when Steve Butler erased an 18-point deficit behind Jeff Swindell to take the championship.

"It would be a major accomplishment for me," Windom said. "I've been so close in both the Sprint Car and Silver Crown series. I also know how much it would mean to my team owners Fred and Gloria (Gormly). I've been working hard toward this the last few years and I believe we have a great combination with Evan (Avart) and the RPM Motorsports team to come in and steal this championship."

Saturday's fifty-lap race on the half-mile differs from all others on the schedule based on its distance - 25 miles. The majority of Silver Crown races are determined by who best manages the balance between conservation and aggression. The shorter race eliminates those elements, which makes it a different ballgame for the competitors.

"I feel like it is more like a sprint car race," Swanson said. "The physical length of the race being shorter changes things. You don't have to worry about saving equipment as much, but you don't have time to let passes go and just plan on getting them back later. Since we don't run a full load of fuel, the car handling doesn't change as much either, so you lose that element too."

"Eldora does seem to go by quicker than any other Crown race," Windom acknowledged. "Typically, tire wear isn't an issue, so it allows you to go all out more like a sprint car race. I personally enjoy being able to attack a Crown car for the full 50 laps." Swanson and Windom will have to compete against a hungry field of drivers who make up Saturday's 26-car Silver Crown entry list for Eldora.

Spectator Gates open at noon, while hot laps are set to begin at 4:30pm with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.

Saturday night's card at Eldora also features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS IN GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL SATURDAY AT PERRIS AUTO SPEEDWAY!

(Perris, CA, September 20, 2016) Perris Auto Speedway will welcome in fall this Saturday night, September 24th, with one of the most prestigious races on the 2016 schedule. The 9th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial will take place and it will offer a trophy that the entire Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Car field would love to put on their mantel piece come early Sunday morning. The PAS Senior and Young Guns will also be on the program at the “Southern California Home of Major League Sprint Car Racing.” Spectator gates will open at 5:00 PM and the first race will be at 7:00.

Howard, who passed away in 2007, is a giant in the history of sprint car racing in Southern California. He was a racer, innovator and race official. His time in the sport spanned more than 50 years.

“Everybody wants to win this race because of the man Glenn Howard was,” promoter Don Kazarian said. “He virtually wore every hat there is to wear in the sport. He had a hand in hundreds of driver’s careers and he helped everyone who ever asked him. He always had sage advice for the youngsters coming up in the sport. By listening to him, they all became better racers. We not only miss Glenn at this event, we miss him every time we open the pits at a sprint car race.”

Since the inception of the event in 2007, six different drivers have added their names to the victory ledger. Tony Jones, Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman, Nic Faas, Mike Spencer and Damion Gardner. Faas and Gardner, with two wins each, are the only drivers to have won the race more than one time. Gardner has won it the last two years in a row.

Damion Gardner of Concord, shown here on the inside of Cody Williams of Corona and Max Adams of Loomis, will be looking to score his third straight win in the Glenn Howard Memorial this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Vane Ledgerwood.

Gardner, who calls Concord home, has been on fire in the USAC/CRA Series as of late winning three of the last seven races, taking the “California Sprint Week” title and taking over the series point lead. Heading into Saturday’s showdown at The PAS, he has a commanding 106-point lead over Upland born Visalia resident Richard Vander Weerd in the season long championship standings. Anaheim’s Jake Swanson is third and is only 9-points behind Vander Weerd.

In addition to all of the regular USAC/CRA stars, Laveen, Arizona’s R.J. Johnson, a multiple time USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series champion, and three-time USAC Western Midget champ Ronnie Gardner will also throw their helmets into the ring on Saturday.

15-year-old Courtney Crone of Corona, fresh off a win in the VRA Sprint Car Series at the Ventura Raceway, will head the Young Guns (drivers 14-25 with no prior sprint car experience) field on Saturday and former Pittsburgh Pirates draft choice Eddie Tafoya of Chino Hills will lead the Seniors (drivers 45 and older).

With only two races to go in their seasons, Crone already has one hand on the Young Guns series trophy as she leads Acton college student Hannah Mayhew by 85-points in the championship standings. Things are different in the Seniors where Tafoya has a slender 5-point lead over Hollywood stunt man Richard McCormick of Canyon Country.

Adult tickets are $25.00. Seniors 65 and older get in for $20.00. Active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12 get in for just $5.00. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The event will not sell out and there will be plenty of tickets available for everyone at the ticket window on Saturday. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

For patrons who wish to purchase tickets in advance, they can do so 24-hours a day by clicking on the following link September 24 advance tickets or by calling 1-800-595-4849.

Camping is available for $25.00 per night for all PAS events. The campground opens at noon the day before each event. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1:00 PM.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points

1. Damion Gardner - Concord, CA - 1008

2. Richard Vander Weerd – Visalia, CA – 902

3. Jake Swanson – Anaheim, CA – 893

4. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 847

5. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 806

6. Mike Spencer - Temecula, CA – 721

7. Max Adams - Loomis, CA – 659

7. Jace Vander Weerd – Visalia, CA – 560

9. Jeremy Ellertson - Lawndale, CA - 542

10. Cody Williams - Corona, CA – 541

PAS Senior Sprints

1. Eddie Tafoya – Chino Hills, CA – 396

2. Richard McCormick – Canyon Country, CA – 391

3. Dwayne Marcum – Riverside, CA – 294

4. Rick Hendrix – Palmdale, CA – 272

5. Bill Badger – Santa Clarita, CA – 243

PAS Young Gun Sprints

1. Courtney Crone – Corona, CA – 428

2. Hannah Mayhew – Acton, CA – 343

3. Matt McCarthy – Riverside, CA - 279

4. Daniel Anderson - Venice, CA – 278

5. Timmy Fitch – Lake Elsinore – 261

The complete 2016 Perris Auto Speedway schedule is at the end of this release.

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Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds (home of October’s Southern California Fair), approximately one-hour east of Los Angeles and one-hour North of San Diego. To get to the track, take the 215 freeway, exit on the Ramona Expressway and go three miles east to the fairgrounds.

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September 24th "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 1st - 9th Southern California Fair

October 7th Democross 7:00 PM. Admission to the fair gets you into the Democross free.

October 15th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprints and PAS Young Guns

October 29th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and IMCA Modifieds, CDCRA Dwarf Cars

November 9th Oval Nationals Practice

November 10th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 11th Budweiser Oval Nationals "Presented by All Coast Construction"

November 12th Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction"

 

 

USAC SPRINTS HEAD TO ELDORA FOR SATURDAY’S 4-CROWN NATIONALS

(Courtesy USAC Racing PR) Saturday night’s 35th “4-Crown Nationals” brings all three of USAC’s National divisions to Rossburg, Ohio’s half-mile Eldora Speedway for one night and, as usual, the one thing that is predictable in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the program is unpredictability.

There have been nine different feature winners in the last nine “4-Crown” Sprint Car races and no repeat winner since Bud Kaeding in 2001 and 2002.

San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull earned his first career USAC National victory in last year’s event and joins Brady Bacon (2014), Chris Windom (2013), Jerry Coons Jr. (2009) and Dave Darland (1999) as series regulars who are expected to compete this Saturday night.

Current drivers in the top-ten in the AMSOIL National Sprint points who are looking for their first “4-Crown” triumph include Chase Stockon (third), C.J. Leary (seventh) and Aaron Farney (tenth). Hanford, California’s Chad Boespflug (sixth) won at Eldora in May, but seeks his first career “4-Crown” win this Saturday.

Bacon, of Broken Arrow, Okla., is firmly locked into the lead in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship standings by a whopping 219 points over the injured Robert Ballou – a 2007 “4-Crown” Sprint winner.

Chase Stockon is poised to take over the number two position in the standings, trailing Ballou by just two points after last Saturday’s race at Haubstadt, Ind. won by Kyle Cummins. Ballou continues to recuperate from injuries suffered in a crash at Calistoga, Calif. earlier this month.

Cummins, of Princeton, Ind., led the final 21 laps of last Saturday’s “Haubstadt Hustler” co-sanctioned by MSCS after passing Tyler Courtney on lap 20 in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings – Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins. Tyler Courtney took second ahead of Shane Cottle, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Stockon.

Tyler Hewitt was Saturday’s ProSource fast qualifier while Jon Stanbrough came from 22nd to 10th to claim the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.

Last Friday night’s “Jim Hurtubise Classic” at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track was rained out and has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 15.

Spectator Gates open at noon, while hot laps are set to begin at 4:30pm with qualifications and racing to immediately follow.

Saturday night’s card at Eldora also features the USAC Silver Crown Championship, the USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

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UPCOMING USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT:

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016

SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship

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

EVENT: 35th “4-Crown Nationals” featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC Silver Crown Championship, USAC Midget National Championship and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

STARTING TIMES: 11:30 AM: Turn 3 Race Registration opens (pit passes & media credential sign-in), 11:30 AM: Main Gate Ticket Office opens (tickets, pit passes, & will call), 11:30 AM: Turn 4 Ticket Office opens (tickets & pit passes), 11:30 AM: Gates Cleared to prepare for Opening, 12:00 PM: Spectator Gates open. 4:30 PM: Hot Laps begin, 8:00 PM: Racing begins.

TICKETS: (General Admission) Ages 13 & up: $30, Ages 12 & under: FREE! (Reserved) Ages 13 & up: $34, Ages 12 & under: $14.

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

TRACK PHONE: (937) 338-3815

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

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PAST “4-CROWN NATIONALS” USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Steve Kinser, 1983: Jack Hewitt, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Tony Elliott, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Steve Butler, 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Danny Smith, 1993: Tony Elliott, 1994: Kevin Doty, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Jimmy Sills, 1997: Jack Hewitt, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tracy Hines, 2001: Bud Kaeding, 2002: Bud Kaeding, 2004: Dickie Gaines, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2007: Robert Ballou, 2008: Brad Sweet, 2009: Jerry Coons Jr., 2010: Levi Jones, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Tracy Hines, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Thomas Meseraull

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 – Queen Creek, Arizona – Arizona Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1.Josh Pelkey (#12 Allen), 2. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Massey), 4. Tom Ogle (#48 Ogle), 5. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 6. Landon Cling (#54 Cling), 7. Brett Yarnell (#29B Yarnell). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex (#21AZ Burkhart), 2. Shon Deskins (#20 Deskins), 3. Matt Rossi (#02 Rossi), 4. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 5. Brian Hosford (#22B Weber), 6. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 7. Tyler Brown (#9G Brown). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#77M Michael), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 4. Cody Batten (#71B Batten), 5. Lealand Fuller (#3 Fuller), 6. Jordan Stetson (#8AZ Stetson), 7. Vickie Faber (#50V Faber). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 2. Andy Reinbold (#19 Underwood), 3. Chris Bonneau (#78 Bonneau), 4. Tanner Grau (#34 Grau), 5. Joe Schoepner (#17 Schoepner), 6. Zach Madrid (#5Z Madrid). NT

SEMI: (10 laps) 1. Gile, 2. Cling, 3. Lundy, 4. Schoepner, 5. Hosford, 6. Fuller, 7. Yarnel, 8. Faber, 9. Stetson, 10. Brown. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Stevie Sussex, 2. Josh Pelkey, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Charles Davis Jr., 5. Matt Rossi, 6. Tye Mihocko, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Tom Ogle, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Kyle Shipley, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Landon Cling, 13. Brian Hosford, 14. Mike Martin, 15. Shon Deskins, 16. Cody Batten, 17. Matt Lundy, 18. Joe Schoepner, 19. Tanner Grau, 20. Bruce St. James, 21. Lealand Fuller, 22. Andy Reinbold. NT

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**Madrid flipped during the fourth heat. Reinbold flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Pelkey, Laps 20-25 Sussex.

HARD CHARGER: Dennis Gile (17th to 9th)

NEW USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 15 – Queen Creek, AZ – Arizona Speedway

 

 

USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 18, 2016 - Whitesville, Kentucky - Kentucky Motor Speedway

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.786; 2. Sam Hatfield, 8, Hatfield-15.803; 3. George Kurtz, 4, Kurtz-15.908; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.971; 5. Andrew Layser, 35, Layser-15.998; 6. Famous Rhodes II, 7, Radical-16.126; 7. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.227; 8. Jagger Parker, 20, Parker-16.299; 9. Eric Lewis, 6, Radical-16.303; 10. Jackson Boone, 23, Boone-16.322; 11. Neal Allison, 39, Radical-16.931.

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

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Layser, Laps 6-31 Bean, Laps 32-35 Lamb.

NEW USAC EASTERN MIDGET POINTS: 1-Layser-759, 2-Lamb-756, 3-Bean-737, 4-Hatfield-708, 5-Kurtz-685, 6-Jake Nelke-654, 7-Nolan Allison-651, 8-Rhodes-583, 9-Parker-532, 10-Scott Hunter-294.

NEXT USAC EASTERN MIDGET RACE: October 17 - Williamston, SC - Anderson Motor Speedway (SE)

 

 

GERHARDT AND NICHOLS SNARE 45TH HARVEST CLASSIC AT MADERA

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (September 17, 2016) - The 45th Harvest Classic at the LoanMart Madera Speedway brought out a complete night of open wheel horsepower combined with multi-engine tractor pulls and vintage Super Modifieds on Saturday night. Cody Gerhardt took over the Madera Western Winged Sprint points with a big victory while Chad Nichols dominated for a strong BCRA Midget win.

Rookie Dylan Nobile took quick time in qualifying over his teammate Gerhardt, and they occupied the third row of the 30 lap feature televised on MAVTV. Justin Kawahata of Clovis took the lead on the opening lap from the outside of incoming points leader Tom Baker of Carmichael. Chowchilla's Eric Humphries fell backwards to sixth from the third starting position allowing Winton's Gordon Rogers to snake into third. Gerhardt jumped inside Rogers to challenge for third and ended up going two for one when Baker swung wide in turn four.

With Gerhardt up into second on only the fifth lap, he turned his attention to Kawahata. He reeled in the rookie and took over the top spot on lap 12. Nobile followed suit to take second on lap 14. On the 15th lap, car #15 of Humphries fell out of the race with mechanical problems.

Kawahata and Rogers staged a nice battle for third with a 26 year-old and a 62 year-old dueling. Gerhardt managed to maintain a solid lead on Nobile across the finish line in the six minute, 31 second main with Kawahata taking a well deserved third-place finish over Rogers and Baker.

Chad Nichols of Colma had no trouble motoring away for one of the most substantial winning margins of the year in the BCRA Midget 30 lap feature. His margin of victory was 9.7 seconds at nearly 2/3rds of a lap. Antioch's Nick Foster, Jr. led the opening three laps of the race but the three-time BCRA champion was quickly passed by fourth starting Nichols.

Foster, Dr. David Goodwill, and Redding's Alex Schutte, who entered the race five-for-five in BCRA dirt Midget races this year, had an intense competition for second all race long. Nichols, Foster, Goodwill, Schutte, and Bobby Wilson were the top-five finishers after a 6:55 race for BCRA.

Folsom's Jerry Kobza got a big come from behind win in the NCMA Sprint Cars to unofficially take the overall division championship for 2016 as well. Kobza overcame an incident in his heat race to come from shotgun on the field to win the 30 lap feature. Kobza was the third different leader of a busy main event.

Jeff Burrows started the race from the pole with Madera's Cody Jessop shooting up into second place from sixth starting position early on. Burrows' car owner Dan Ariaz spun in turn four to bring out the first caution on lap five. Jessop used that caution period to get past Burrows for the lead position.

Jessop pulled away while a great battle developed with Kobza taking over second from Burrows. Jessop had the race in hand before he lost a left rear wheel entering turn one to end his evening on lap 20.

Kobza assumed the top position and fended off points rival Denny Burrell of Ripon in a thrilling ten lap shootout down to the wire. Rocklin's John Mamula held on for third ahead of Ariaz the final of the finishing cars.

The CSS 360 Super Modifieds had one of their best programs of 2016 and it was a race about being in the right place at the right time. Clovis' AJ Russell took over the lead on the initial start from the 18 car of Lance Jackson who fell back to fourth early on.

Russell had a sizeable lead on the rest of the field while Bakersfield's Justin Tuey and the fast-time qualifier Chowchilla's Eric Humphries staged a great duel for second. That duel ended up being the duel for the lead when Russell blew his engine as he came to the conclusion of lap 15.

Tuey assumed the top position with Humphries in tow while Russell came to a stop about 30 feet inside turn one in the infield. The caution was waved on lap 20 when an incident in the infield between an official and a crew member caused additional attention. After the incident was resolved, the racing resumed hot and heavy up front with Tuey proving strong enough to get the victory head of Humphries, Jackson, Carl Mott, and Clovis' Austin Carter.

San Martin's Tom Patterson, 16 years old and known affectionately as "Mr. T.", earned his first USAC HPD Midget victory at LoanMart Madera Speedway leading all 30 laps. Patterson maintained a three-to-four car length advantage throughout the contest while double-duty racer Cody Jessop held off a furious pack including Jesse Love IV and the Briedinger sisters of Annie and Toni. Young rookie Joey Iest of Madera also kept his nose in the battle.

Love made numerous attempts to get around Jessop in a wildly entertaining battle. A spin on lap 20 involving Annie Breidinger gave the rest of the field another shot at Patterson, but he proved too strong en route to the five car length win. Jessop did a great job to get second ahead of the hard charging Love with Toni Briedinger and Iest the top-five.

The Twisted Tea Modifieds crowned their champion with Pleasanton's Rick Avila earning his first Madera championship.

The Harvest Classic opened on Friday night with the first champions of the season crowned. Matt Erickson fended off a tremendous 21 car field for the "local" Madera race, not part of the eight race LoanMart Open Late Model televised series. Rick Thompson, the 2015 Madera overall Late Model champion, finished sixth and it was enough to get the local track championship for the non-televised races of 2016. Erickson won Friday's 30 lap feature ahead of Modesto drivers Kyle Gottula and Aaron Coonfield, who were both making their Madera Late Model debuts for the year.

Clovis' Thomas Suarez had a third place effort in Hobby Stocks that was enough to earn him the local Madera Hobby Stock points championship as well. Multi-time track champion Howard Holden, also of Clovis, won Friday's main event ahead of Jesus Hernandez.

LoanMart Madera Speedway continues on Saturday September 24th with Race #7 of the MAVTV televised $1,000 to win LoanMart Open Late Model Series 100 laps (split 50's)! Also in action will be Race #7 of the 51FIFTY Jr. Late Model Series 50 laps (split 25's), Race # 7 of the Super Hobby Stock Series, MST, Toyota Sedans, 4-Bangers, Barrel Race Extreme Enduro Series 40 lap Sprint race & an Enduro Sprint Race (40 laps)

Race fans can catch up on LoanMart Madera Speedway action every Thursday with "Madera Racing" on MAVTV at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific. Round #6 of the LoanMart Late Models airs this week on MAVTV and also on the LucasOilRacing.TV app.

For more information visit www.RaceMadera.com

 

 

USAC IMRA MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 - Burlington, Iowa - 34 Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Hunter Lane (#0A Zero), 2. Broc Hunnell (#73 Hunnell), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Dave Anderson (#47 Anderson), 5. Ryan Probst (#99 Probst). 6. Kendra Leer (#70k Leer). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 2. Dillon Morley (#69x Morley), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Ken Hanson (#34 Hanson), 5. Tracy Hull (#24 Hull), 6. Travis Pence (#01 Pence). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Jeff Mallonee, 2. Ryan Probst, 3. Broc Hunnell, 4. Dillon Morley, 5. Brent Burrows, 6. Ken Hanson, 7. Dave Anderson, 8. Kendra Leer, 9. Travis Pence, 10. Hunter Lane, 11. Tracy Hull, 12. Andy Baugh. NT ------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Morley, Laps 4-20 Mallonee.

NEW USAC IMRA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Mallonee-1,280, 2-Morley-1,066, 3-Jake Sollenberger-933, 4-Burrows-932, 5-Mitchell Davis-833, 6-Baugh-757, 7-Hunnell-753, 8-Lane-725, 9-Pence-640, 10-Chase McDermand-634.

NEXT USAC IMRA MIDGET RACE: September 24 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

USAC DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway - "NE Dirt Track Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 2. Dean Christensen (#69 Miller), 3. Ray Miller (#1w Miller), 4. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 5. Jeff Champagne (#15 Manafort), 6. Jim Santa Maria (#5 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Pierson (#76 Manafort), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Andy Barrows (#64 Barrows), 4. Bobby White (#3 Matczak), 5. Mark Cole (#6x Cole), 6. Robert Tucker (#17 Donnelly), 7. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak). NT

DASH: (4 laps) 1. Christensen, s. Whitney, 3. Heydenreich, 4. Barrows. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Pierson, 2. Jeff Champagne, 3. Robert Tucker, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Dean Christensen, 6. John Heydenreich, 7. Seth Carlson, 8. Ray Miller, 9. Andrew Barrows, 10. Manny Dias, 11. Jeff Horn (#A1 Mossman), 12. Jim Santa Maria, 13. Bobby White, 14. Mark Cole. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Christensen, Laps 15-20 Pierson.

NEW USAC DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Pirson-1,141, 2-Whitney-941, 3-Christensen-935, 4-Josh Sunn-884, 5-Tucker-856, 6-Champagne-792, 7-Miller-715, 8-Dias-690, 9-Horn-613, 10-Cole-583.

NEXT USAC DMA MIDGET RACE: September 24 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

A LONG-TIME COMIN'; CUMMINS FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH FOR FIRST HAUBSTADT USAC WIN

Haubstadt, Indiana.........It took Kyle Cummins a decade to kick open the door that separated him from his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win back in July at Kokomo Speedway's "Indiana Sprint Week" round.

It would only take another two months for the Princeton, Indiana native to break through for that elusive first USAC victory at his home track - Tri-State Speedway.

Just one year after he saw his bid for a first USAC victory at Tri-State slip through his fingers after being caught up in an accident with a stopped car just five laps from the end, Cummins refused to let this one get away after taking the lead near the halfway point.

Cummins was then able to gracefully navigate his way through traffic without incident and withstood a late caution that bunched up the field to take the victory in his Rock Steady Racing/ProGlide Bearings - Tim Mason ReMax/Mach-1/Cummins in Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" co-sanctioned by MSCS.

"We had the car a little looser than we planned on," Cummins said. "I knew I couldn't get Tyler (Courtney) off the middle to bottom. I ran with him up top and adjusted on the shocks and tried the bottom again. I could hang with him, but I couldn't pass him. I just started hammering the top and, when he made a mistake, we were there to pounce."

"The track was tricky," Cummins added. "The cushion was built up probably a foot tall, so I backed the corner up a lot and tried to just catch it on the exit. As soon as it hit on exit, the car would launch and I knew there was no way somebody was going to get around us. I just kept trying to hit my marks and get through the lapped cars. I got into a rhythm for a little bit and just tried to keep clicking them off. I've had a yellow with one to go on both races I've won, so that makes it nerve-racking, but tonight was great and we took home a little bit of money. I can't complain."

Cummins would start fifth in the 23-car starting field for the series' second 40-lap feature of the season while Carson Short, Tri-State's "Indiana Sprint Week" winner two months prior, began the race from the pole position and shot out to the early lead.

It was smooth sailing for Short early on as he looked to replicate his most recent USAC visit to the southwestern Indiana quarter mile paperclip after cruising to a healthy ten-car-length lead in the opening laps over Tyler Courtney in the second spot.

But on the eighth lap, Short's dream of a repeat performance came to a rest upside down in the second turn after he bicycled on the high side of the racetrack, making slight wall contact with his right rear tire that tipped him over. Incredibly, Short restarted from the tail and worked his way back to a strong seventh place finish at the checkered!

Courtney inherited the lead at that point, but he had a hungry Cummins right on his tail tank for the lap eight restart. Cummins went low while Courtney utilized the top side to pull away a bit from Cummins initially, but a bobble on the cushion in turns three and four by Courtney allowed Cummins to close, initiating an intense side-by-side duel between the two that lasted lap-after-lap.

Each time Cummins was able to edge ahead underneath Courtney exiting turns two and four, Courtney was able to successfully use the downhill momentum off the banking to beat Cummins to the stripe by a half-car length on laps 9-11.

By lap 20, Courtney was able to extend his lead to six-car-lengths over Cummins, but he would suffer nearly the same fate as did early race leader Short, banging his right rear Hoosier off the turn one cushion, biking the car off of its left side wheels before all four pieces of rubber came back to Earth.

As Courtney scrambled to regain control of his machine, that's when Cummins saw the light peeking through the cracked-open door as he darted to the bottom of Courtney to sprint into the lead off of the second turn.

One lap later, at the halfway point, ProSource Fast Qualifier Tyler Hewitt escaped injury after getting upside down in turn two. The damage was minimal to Hewitt's car, allowing him to restart from the tail of the field.

Closing in on ten laps to go, Cummins found himself with a fairly comfortable lead up front, but that certainly didn't present an opportunity to relax as lapped traffic beckoned. Opposed to last year's "Haubstadt Hustler," luck would play into Cummins' hands this time around as misfortune found Brady Short, whose night went up in a plume of smoke in the second turn on lap 31.

The caution gave Cummins a clear field of vision void of obstacles, leaving just him vs. the racetrack to settle their longstanding score. Additional assistance was found with the lapped car of Dakota Jackson serving as a buffer between Cummins and second-running Courtney on the restart with ten laps to go, thus allowing Cummins to make a clean getaway out of the gate as soon as Tom Hansing's green flag flew.

In the late stages, a new player emerged near the front of the pack in Sikeston, Missouri's Daron Clayton, who was making his first start since the 2015 "Haubstadt Hustler." Clayton, a five-time USAC Sprint winner at Tri-State, had steadily moved his way to third with five laps to go, climbing his way forward from the 17th starting spot in his patented thrilling style.

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins won his second career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature in Saturday night's "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway. (RICH FORMAN PHOTO)

Yet, Clayton's ride to the front ended nearly as soon as he entered the top-three, getting way out of shape in turn two with three laps to go, thus allowing Shane Cottle to capitalize and rip the third spot away to reclaim the final spot on the podium.

As Cummins eyed a surefire victory on the final lap, fourth-running Clayton encountered trouble, sliding sideways through the second turn once again, but this time coming to a stop to bring out the yellow.

Cummins would have to survive one last round before this fight was over, having to withstand a green-white-checkered race to the finish.

Cummins dug down deep on the lap 39 restart, hammering the throttle to pull away from Courtney at the drop of the green. As Cummins cruised away to his second career USAC victory, the battle was on for second as Courtney and Cottle waged war for the final pair of laps.

As the two came out of turn four locked wheel-to-wheel for the checkered, Courtney was able to muster up enough power on the outside to beat Cottle to the line by less than a tenth of a second to grab the runner-up spot over Cottle with Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chase Stockon rounding out the top-five.

It was yet another solid result for second-place finisher Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Indiana, who drove the TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy to his seventh top-five and 13th top-ten finish in 14 USAC Sprint starts during the 2016 season.

"This is my fourth year coming here and this is the most frustrating place I've ever ran," Courtney lamented. "It's almost more of a relief to have a good run here. We usually have fast cars, but it's taken me a while to figure it out as a driver. To nail it both on the setup and as a driver tonight is really rewarding. It gives me confidence that when we come back here next year, we're going to be in the hunt. I've never even finished a race on the lead lap here, so running second to Kyle Cummins - one of the best ever down here - is nothing to hang our heads about."

Shane Cottle came within mere feet of taking second away from Courtney on the final lap, but settled for a fine third-place run in his Paul Hazen/Kercher Engines - Physical Medicine Consultants/DRC/Kercher. It was the Kokomo, Indiana driver's best run in the series since scoring a third at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway in July of 2014.

"I was too tight to run the top, so we committed to the bottom," Cottle explained. "Then, it got technical down there too as the moisture kept creeping down towards the tires. It feels great to have a good run. We've had a handful of issues this year with motors and other things breaking; we've just been having all-around bad luck. To run strong tonight is a great morale booster as we get ready to head to Eldora next weekend."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway included Tyler Hewitt (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dakota Jackson (Competition Suspension, Inc. (CSI) Second Heat Winner), Aaron Farney (Benic Enterprises Third Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat), Jon Stanbrough (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Brian Karraker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Feature Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 17, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.368; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.423; 3. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.466; 4. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.474; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-13.477; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.573; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.637; 8. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.648; 9. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.651; 10. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.652; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.677; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.725; 13. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-13.737; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.754; 15. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.775; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.778; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.786; 18. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-13.789; 19. Daron Clayton, 11D, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.817; 20. Bradley Sterrett, 21K, Krockenberger-13.853; 21. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.861; 22. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.869; 23. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-13.882; 24. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.890; 25. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.895; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.919; 27. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.997; 28. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.038; 29. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.043; 30. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-14.099; 31. Collin Ambrose, 11N, Ambrose-14.114; 32. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.119; 33. J.T. Stapp, 74, JDS-14.159; 34. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-14.276; 35. Brian Karraker, 23K, Karraker-14.326; 36. Jared Chastain, 52c, Chastain-14.409; 37. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.487; 38. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-15.401; 39. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-15.594; 40. Cody Leohr, 46L, Leohr-15.719; 41. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Cummins, 3. Brackett, 4. Mattox, 5. B. Short, 6. Ambrose, 7. Malone, 8. Chapple, 9. Pritchett. 2:17.86

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jackson, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Williams, 5. Schmidt, 6. Stapp, 7. Wallace, 8. Babcock. 2:18.01

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Darland, 3. Grant, 4. Hewitt, 5. Clayton, 6. Lyerla, 7. Sterrett, 8. Chastain. 2:17.57

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Karraker, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Morin, 7. McMillin, 8. Shelton. 2:19.76

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. C. Short, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Bacon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chambers, 7. Leohr, 8. Mellenberndt. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Malone, 2. Sterrett, 3. Chapple, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Babcock, 6. McMillin, 7. Wallace, 8. Chastain, 9. Shelton, 10. Pritchett, 11. Leohr. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Clayton, 3. Mattox, 4. Karraker, 5. Bacon, 6. Boespflug, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Ambrose, 9. Stapp, 10. Malone, 11. Schmidt, 12. Williams, 13. Babcock, 14. Lyerla, 15. Morin, 16. Sterrett, 17. Mellenberndt, 18. Chambers, 19. Chapple, 20. Hewitt. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Carson Short, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Brian Karraker, 14. Tyler Hewitt, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Daron Clayton, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Brady Short, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Donny Brackett, 23. Aaron Farney. NT -------------------------------- **Mellenberndt flipped during the fifth heat. C. Short flipped on lap 8 of the feature. Hewitt flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 C. Short, Laps 8-19 Courtney, Laps 20-40 Cummins.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2138, 2-Robert Ballou-1919, 3-Stockon-1917, 4-Meseraull-1874, 5-Darland-1787, 6-Boespflug-1748, 7-Leary-1743, 8-Windom-1635, 9-Max McGhee-1264, 10-Farney-1178.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.593; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.664; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.672; 4. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.680; 5. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.906; 6. Joey Iest, 19, Iest-14.988; 7. Jerry Kobza, 00, Jessop-15.257.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. T.Breidinger, 3. Jessop, 4. A.Breidinger, 5. Iest, 6. Paterson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tom Paterson, 2. Cody Jessop, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Joey Iest, 6. Austin Mero (#00), 7. Annie Breidinger. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Paterson.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-1,436, 2-A.Breidinger-1,177, 3-T.Breidinger-949, 4-Antonia Boscacci-823, 5-Ashley Haze;ton-672, 6-Paterson-602, 7-Blake Brannon-560, 8-Jessop-485, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T,Breidinger-836, 2-Love IV-797, 3-A,Breidinger-734, 4-Blake Brannon-560, 5-Jessop-416, 6-Antonia Boscacci-369, 7-Paterson-318, 8-Davey Hamilton Jr,-288, 9-Iest-178, 10-Mero-177.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: September 24 - Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway Bullring

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 - Haubstadt, Indiana - Tri-State Speedway - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by MSCS)

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.368; 2. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.423; 3. Dave Darland, 11, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.466; 4. Shane Cottle, 57, Hazen-13.474; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 1, Ballou-13.477; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 66, Amati-13.573; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.637; 8. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-13.648; 9. Carson Short, 21, Short-13.651; 10. Justin Grant, 17, McGhee-13.652; 11. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.677; 12. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.725; 13. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-13.737; 14. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-13.754; 15. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.775; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.778; 17. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.786; 18. Aaron Farney, 17GP, Dutcher-13.789; 19. Daron Clayton, 11D, Walker/Curb-Agajanian-13.817; 20. Bradley Sterrett, 21K, Krockenberger-13.853; 21. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-13.861; 22. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.869; 23. James Lyerla, 11x, Lyerla-13.882; 24. Tyler Thomas, 04, Burton-13.890; 25. Brady Short, 11p, Pottorff-13.895; 26. Bret Mellenberndt, 97, Mellenberndt-13.919; 27. Jon Stanbrough, 81, Stanbrough-13.997; 28. Brandon Morin, 98, Morin-14.038; 29. Chad Boespflug, 98E, NineEight/EZR-14.043; 30. Nate McMillin, 24, McMillin-14.099; 31. Collin Ambrose, 11N, Ambrose-14.114; 32. Chet Williams, 38, Williams-14.119; 33. J.T. Stapp, 74, JDS-14.159; 34. Chris Babcock, 35, Babcock-14.276; 35. Brian Karraker, 23K, Karraker-14.326; 36. Jared Chastain, 52c, Chastain-14.409; 37. Daylan Chambers, 4c, Chambers-14.487; 38. Jim Shelton, 41, Shelton-15.401; 39. Jeff Pritchett, 2J, Pritchett-15.594; 40. Cody Leohr, 46L, Leohr-15.719; 41. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cottle, 2. Cummins, 3. Brackett, 4. Mattox, 5. B. Short, 6. Ambrose, 7. Malone, 8. Chapple, 9. Pritchett. 2:17.86

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jackson, 2. Windom, 3. Meseraull, 4. Williams, 5. Schmidt, 6. Stapp, 7. Wallace, 8. Babcock. 2:18.01

BENIC ENTERPRISES THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Farney, 2. Darland, 3. Grant, 4. Hewitt, 5. Clayton, 6. Lyerla, 7. Sterrett, 8. Chastain. 2:17.57

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Leary, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Karraker, 5. Stanbrough, 6. Morin, 7. McMillin, 8. Shelton. 2:19.76

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. C. Short, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Bacon, 5. Boespflug, 6. Chambers, 7. Leohr, 8. Mellenberndt. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps) 1. Malone, 2. Sterrett, 3. Chapple, 4. Mellenberndt, 5. Babcock, 6. McMillin, 7. Wallace, 8. Chastain, 9. Shelton, 10. Pritchett, 11. Leohr. NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. B. Short, 2. Clayton, 3. Mattox, 4. Karraker, 5. Bacon, 6. Boespflug, 7. Stanbrough, 8. Ambrose, 9. Stapp, 10. Malone, 11. Schmidt, 12. Williams, 13. Babcock, 14. Lyerla, 15. Morin, 16. Sterrett, 17. Mellenberndt, 18. Chambers, 19. Chapple, 20. Hewitt. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Shane Cottle, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Carson Short, 8. Justin Grant, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Jon Stanbrough, 11. C.J. Leary, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Brian Karraker, 14. Tyler Hewitt, 15. Brandon Mattox, 16. Tyler Thomas, 17. Daron Clayton, 18. Dakota Jackson, 19. Brady Short, 20. Chad Boespflug, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Donny Brackett, 23. Aaron Farney. NT -------------------------------- **Mellenberndt flipped during the fifth heat. C. Short flipped on lap 8 of the feature. Hewitt flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 C. Short, Laps 8-19 Courtney, Laps 20-40 Cummins.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jon Stanbrough (22nd to 10th)

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Bacon-2138, 2-Robert Ballou-1919, 3-Stockon-1917, 4-Meseraull-1874, 5-Darland-1787, 6-Boespflug-1748, 7-Leary-1743, 8-Windom-1635, 9-Max McGhee-1264, 10-Farney-1178.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 24 - Rossburg, Ohio - Eldora Speedway - 35th "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 17, 2016 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-14.322; 2. Michael Faccinto, 35F, MF-14.474; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.533; 4. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.587; 5. Courtney Crone, 25, Rodela-14.842; 6, Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.881; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 63, Guerrini-14.883; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Swanson-14.943; 9. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-15.358; 10. Tyler Dolacki, 18, Dolacki-15.522; 11. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-18.774; 12. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Guerrini, 3. Cofer, 4. Crone, 5. Pankratz, 6. Ito. NT

DJ SAFETY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Swanson, 3. McQueen, 4. Faccinto, 5. Dolacki, 6. Dalby. NT

LIGHT UP THE WORLD BEVERAGES FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Cody Swanson, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Frankie Guerrini, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Tyler Dolacki, 8. Courtney Crone, 9. Maria Cofer, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Dylan Ito, 12. Robert Dalby. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-.24 Elliott, Laps 25-30 Swanson.

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Cody Swanson (4th to 1st)

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS:

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 8 – Tulare, CA – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

 

 

USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE RESULTS:

September 16, 2016 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 45th Annual "Harvest Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Toni Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-14.456; 2. Jesse Love IV, 38, Love-14.476; 3. Annie Breidinger, 75, Breidinger-14.566; 4. Cody Jessop, 1, Jessop-14.628; 5. Blake Brannon, 40, Brannon-14.714; 6. Tom Paterson, 9, Paterson-14.727; 7. Austin Mero, 00, Jessop-NT.14.873; 8. Joey Iest, 19, Iest-15.018; 9. Johnny Nichols, 60, Burks-15.707.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. T.Breidinger, 2. A.Breidinger, 3. Brannon, 4. Mero, 5. Nichols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Love, 2. Jessop, 3. Paterson, 4. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Annie Breidinger, 2, Cody Jessop, 3. Jesse Love IV, 4. Toni Breidinger, 5. Tom Paterson, 6. Joey Iest, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Blake Brannon, 9. Austin Mero. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Jessop, Laps 13-25 A.Breidinger.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET POINTS: 1-Love IV-1,359, 2-A.Breidinger-1,112, 3-T.Breidinger-875, 4-Antonia Boscacci-823, 5-Ashley Hazelton-672, 6-Brannon-560, 7-Paterson-527, 8-Jessop-409, 9-David Prickett-391, 10-Davey Hamilton Jr.-347.

NEW USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET PAVEMENT POINTS: 1-T.Breidinger-762, 2-Love IV-720, 3-A.Breidinger-669, 4-Brannon-560, 5-Antonia Boscacci-369, 6-Jessop-340, 7-Davey Hamilton Jr.-288; 8-Paterson-243, 9-Adam Lemke-172, 10-Ashley Hazleton-165.

NEXT USAC WESTERN HPD MIDGET RACE: September 17 - Madera (CA) Speedway - 45h Annual "Harvest Classic"

 

 

 


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