USAC Race Results & Press Releases

Courtesy, Dick Jordan


 

SWANSON, COURTNEY, SEAVEY SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT FRIDAY'S 63RD NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS CELEBRATION

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2018).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, Tyler Courtney and Logan Seavey shared the spotlight along with other 2018 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 63rd USAC "Night of Champions" celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

Swanson, of Kingsburg, Calif., Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN and Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., earned National championships. Swanson is a four-time Silver Crown titlist, Courtney a first-time AMSOIL Sprint Car king and Seavey a first-time P1 Insurance National Midget champ.

Courtney secured the $5,000 Mike Curb "Super License" in memory of Bryan Clauson. The award was presented for scoring the most National points combined in the three series.

Car owner National champions for 2018 included DePalma Motorsports of Lima, Ohio (Silver Crown), Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing of Fishers, Ind. (Sprint) and Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports of Columbus, Ind. (Midget).

Emcees Pat Sullivan, Dillon Welch and Butch Lamb orchestrated the presentations, which included driver and car entrant champions, Rookies of the Year, Most Improved Drivers and special award recipients.

Among items presented to the 2018 champions were championship rings from Jostens, trophies, plaques, Hoosier Tire jackets, medallions, distinctive sound art canvases and OGIO Sonic Sling Packs from Elliott's Custom Trailers.

Sprint Car driving champions in addition to the aforementioned included Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif. (AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints); Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. (West Coast Sprints), Charles Davis, Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprints), Steven Drevicki of Reading, Pa. (East Coast Sprints) and Brett Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. (Wingless Oklahoma Sprints).

Other 2018 champions included Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. (Light up the World Beverages Western States Midgets); Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. (USAC Eastern Midgets), Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, NY (Laquerre's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget); Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio (Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget); Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. (Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget), Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Overall and Pavement), Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. (Western Speed2 Midget Dirt) and Jessica Bean of Farmland, Ind. (Eastern Speed2 Midget).

Jarrett Kramer of Spring Valley, Calif. earned the USAC National Lightning Sprint title.

Also honored for their 2018 championships at Kutztown, Pa.'s Action Track USA were Billy Pauch, Jr. of Frenchtown, NJ (All Pro SpeedSTRs and Hyper Racing Wingless 600 Sprints); Jared Silfee of Saylorsburg, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment All Star Slingshots) and Tyler Ulsh of Shade Gap, Pa. (Speedway Entertainment Junior Slingshots).

Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were drivers Steven Snyder (Heavy 160 Dirt and Heavy World Formula Pavement), Paul Hartwig (Junior Honda Dirt), Dylan Kontra (Senior Honda Dirt), Kenny Beinhower (Heavy Honda Dirt), Jacob Denney (Light 160 and Light World Formula Dirt), Tyler Driscoll (Junior Animal Dirt), Preston Lattomus (Senior Animal and Light Formula Mod Dirt), Jayden Wolf (Unrestricted Animal and Heavy World Formula Dirt), Ethan Burdett (Junior Honda and Junior Animal Pavement), Hunter Wise (Light 160 and Light World Formula Pavement), Ryan Wilson (Heavy 160 Pavement), Nick Loden (Senior Honda Pavement), Chase Spicola (Senior Animal Pavement), Daytona Spicola (Unrestricted Animal Pavement), Justis Sokol (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement) and Taylor Watson (Heavy Honda Pavement).

USAC President Kevin Miller presented USAC Special Appreciation Awards to Scott Petry and Reece O'Connor, acknowledging their contributions to the BC39 Midget race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Roger McCluskey Award to Phil Grove for his outstanding support of and contributions to the BC39 Midget race. Race organizer Doug Boles also was awarded the Race Organizer of the Year award for the September Midget spectacular at IMS.

Kyle Robbins of New Castle, Ind. earned the 2018 USAC Silver Crown "Rookie of the Year" honor. Timmy Buckwalter of Douglassville, Pa. and Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. shared the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Rookie honors and Seavey was also presented the Bob Stroud Memorial Rookie of the Year award for the P1 Insurance National Midget Series.

Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. was named USAC's Most Improved National Driver of 2018.

USAC's 2018 Chief Mechanic of the Year award went to Tyler Ransbottom, who orchestrated Courtney's drive to the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title.

In a special ceremony, the #63 Silver Crown car was proclaimed a "lifetime registration" for DePalma Motorsports, the Silver Crown Car Owner champions who announced their retirement at the end of 2018.

Dick Jordan, who is celebrating his 50th year at USAC, was honored for his contributions to the series with an award named after him. Recipients of the award will have to meet the criteria of one who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC racing.

Two driving championships concluded in virtual ties in 2018, with Tyler Courtney and Michael Faccinto benefitting from their total feature wins in claiming their respective titles. The only previous tie in USAC history resulted in 1977 when Herm Johnson and Tom Bagley shared the Mini-Indy crown.

Second and third-place drivers and car entrants in USAC's National racing series also received their year-end recognition and awards.

All USAC driving champions were also presented one-year memberships by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

Floral decorations were provided by Jockish Flowers of Indianapolis.

 

LEARY TO DRIVE FULL-TIME FOR FMR
ON 2019 USAC MIDGET TRAIL

Indianapolis, Indiana.........C.J. Leary has agreed to drive full-time for FMR Racing on the complete 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail.

Leary, of Greenfield, Ind., has been a standout on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail for the last number of years, but will now take on the midget tour for the first time in his racing career aboard the No. 76m.

Brady Bacon, FMR's driver for the past three seasons, has taken a step back from full-time midget competition, but will still compete as a teammate to Leary in 10-12 races on the 33-race schedule in 2019.

Bacon and FMR have won several races on the USAC National Midget tour in recent seasons, including the inaugural running of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2018.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. REJOINS PETRY FOR 2019 USAC MIDGET CAMPAIGN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 7, 2018).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. has rejoined Petry Motorsports to take on the full USAC NOS Energy Drink USAC Midget National Championship schedule in 2019.

The Cullman, Ala. driver competed for Petry to conclude the 2017 season and began the 2018 campaign for the team, finishing 13th in the 2017 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway, then started 2018 with a 15th at the "Shamrock Classic" in Du Quoin, Ill. and a 10th at the "Kokomo Grand Prix" in Kokomo, Ind.

Thomas, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car runner-up, ran the remainder of the 2018 Midget season for Joe Dooling, finishing 8thin the standings with a pair of victories at Kokomo during "Indiana Midget Week" and the "Chad McDaniel Memorial" at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

A year ago, the Thomas and Petry connection began the season with two consecutive midget victories at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. The 2019 USAC National Midget season debuts at the same 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt oval this year with "Winter Dirt Games X."

Thomas already has the comfort level of racing with a team he holds previous experience with. To start off at a venue that they've hit their highest successes at is a nice springboard for what Thomas believes will be a successful venture.

"I'm really excited to be back with Scott, Terry, Tim and the rest of the guys," Thomas said. "I have such a blast racing for them and look forward to a long-lasting relationship. They have put in the effort and time to become a top-tier team. Now it's time to keep building and come out strong in Florida again."

Thomas has been one of the most successful drivers in USAC over the past several seasons. Thomas owns four career USAC National Midget feature victories and 25 USAC National Sprint Car wins, tying him with Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 18th all-time.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

 

 

FLOSPORTS ANNOUNCES MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH USAC ON FLORACING.COM

AUSTIN, Texas - December 6, 2018 - Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, announced a multiyear partnership with the United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) to provide live and on-demand coverage of more than 80 races per year exclusively on FloRacing.com.

Through this new agreement, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019, FloRacing will broadcast all of USAC Racing's flagship National Championship events in its Silver Crown Championship, AMSOIL National Sprint Series and the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship.

Included in the partnership, existing Loudpedal.tv subscribers will be granted access to not only all live and on-demand FloRacing content, but thousands of other live events streamed across 20+ other verticals across the FloSports network.

"FloRacing is the ideal partner for us as we look to provide a best-in-class experience for our fans," USAC CEO Kevin Miller said. "We're excited about FloRacing's vision for motorsports and look forward to the enhanced coverage they will bring to promoting our series and events to a wider and more diverse audience base. The FloSports subscription model of just $150 annually for all of USAC races along with thousands of other live events makes this a true winner for racing fans worldwide."

"This is a significant partnership for us, and a big win for our motorsports fans," FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition Mike Levy said. "We will provide subscribers with a better and more affordable solution to consume live racing. Given its heritage, USAC immediately propels our efforts to grow coverage of the sport."

The 2019 USAC National season begins with the kickoff of an expanded "Winter Dirt Games" schedule that brings the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets to Ocala, Fla., for their debut appearance at Bubba Raceway Park on Feb. 8-9, followed by the return of the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars Feb. 14-16.

Throughout the season, FloRacing will take you to the marquee events on the USAC calendar, including the 14th annual Indiana Midget Week on June 4-9, the 12th annual Eastern Storm on June 11-16, Mid-America Midget Week on July 9-14, the 32nd Indiana Sprint Week on July 18-27, and Pennsylvania Midget Week on July 30 - August 3, among many competitions.

To access live and on-demand coverage of USAC races and other racing events, visit FloRacing.com to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the events across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on iOS, Roku, or Apple TV 4.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

For more information, visit FloRacing.com or FloSports.tv.

About FloSports FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, partners with event rights holders, governing bodies, and other media companies to unlock a world of sports coverage that true fans have been waiting for. Through live streaming of premier events, original video programming, and weekly studio shows, FloSports is growing the sports, the events, the athletes, and the fans. Current verticals under the FloSports header include Racing, Softball, MMA, Basketball, Wrestling, Track, Gymnastics, Hockey, and more.

About USAC Since 1956, United States Auto Club (USAC) has proven itself as being the most diversified motorsports sanctioning body in the world. It is the official sanctioning body of many of today's largest racing series including its own suite of circle track series in Silver Crown, Sprint, Midget and .25 Midget racing (quarter midgets), Pirelli World Challenge, Rallycross, American Rally Association, International Snowmobile Racing, Robby Gordon Stadium Trucks, Ultra 4 Racing, Formula Race Promotions and USAC Karting. USAC has over 17,000 competitors racing at more than 1,000 sanctioned events globally.


 


DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 RETURNING
SEPT. 4-5, 2019 TO THE DIRT TRACK AT IMS

From IMS Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........The Driven2SaveLives BC39 race, which debuted in September 2018 as an overwhelming success with drivers, teams and fans, will return for its second running Wednesday, Sept. 4 and Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

The United States Auto Club (USAC) National Midget Championship event once again will kick off the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating five consecutive days of action at the Racing Capital of the World.

Ticket reorders and new applications are being accepted through Jan. 4, 2019 at IMS.com and through the IMS Ticket Office. The inaugural event featured a capacity crowd despite rainy conditions, so fans should act quickly to reorder or apply for seats. Tickets will go on sale to the general public in early 2019.

The event will continue to honor late USAC champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 starter Bryan Clauson and increase awareness of and participation in the Indiana Donor Network and Driven2SaveLives.

"The Driven2SaveLives BC39 was a spectacular event for everyone involved, putting talented short-track racers and teams from across America into a richly deserved spotlight," IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. "There were memories made for a lifetime both nights, so everyone at IMS is so happy to see this event return in September 2019 as part of our Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard weekend.

"We're especially grateful that the BC39 raised so much awareness of the Driven2SaveLives campaign and honored the memory of Bryan Clauson, an extraordinary race driver who was an even better person. We will continue to work hard to ensure this event carries on the incredible legacy of BC through the Indiana Donor Network."

Two-time USAC National Champion Brady Bacon won the 39-lap feature race Thursday night, Sept. 6 to earn the richest purse in recent Midget racing history. The thrilling race before a packed house came after track crews worked tirelessly to prepare the quarter-mile clay oval track after heavy afternoon rain.

The inaugural event opened Sept. 5 with a dazzling victory by 15-year-old Indiana native Zeb Wise, a protégé of Clauson, under the lights in the Stoops Pursuit race.

Dirt and asphalt racers from around the country competed in the inaugural event at IMS, with an all-time record entry of 118 Midget cars. Competitors included NASCAR stars Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Christopher Bell, popular IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly and eight former USAC Midget national champions.

The Driven2SaveLives BC39 also marked the triumphant debut of The Dirt Track at IMS, located inside Turn 3 of the oval. The event also started a new chapter in the longstanding relationship between USAC and IMS, which were synonymous for many years after the sanctioning body was formed in 1956 by IMS owner Tony Hulman. USAC was the sanctioning body for the Indianapolis 500 from 1956 through 1997.

"We had high expectations for the BC39 last year, and the atmosphere and the on-track action was everything we dreamed it could be and more," USAC President Kevin Miller said. "The BC39 is a truly special event and one that has already become a crown jewel of dirt track racing. We are thrilled that the event is returning and I know drivers, teams and fans are already circling this one on their calendars."

Indiana Donor Network, which oversees and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation across the state, launched Driven2SaveLives in April 2016 with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Stefan Wilson to promote donation and transplantation awareness around the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. At the time, the campaign honored Stefan's late brother, IndyCar race winner Justin Wilson, who died in August 2015 from injuries he sustained in a race crash and saved five lives as an organ donor.

Three-time USAC Midget and two-time USAC Sprint Car national champion Clauson, a versatile and beloved driver, died in August 2016 following a race accident. As a registered donor, he went on to save five lives as an organ donor and continues to heal the lives of countless others as a tissue donor. In January 2017, Indiana Donor Network partnered with Clauson-Marshall Racing and expanded Driven2SaveLives into dirt track racing in honor of Clauson.

 

 

NOS® ENERGY DRINK NAMED TITLE SPONSOR
OF USAC NATIONAL MIDGETS BEGINNING IN 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........NOS Energy Drink has partnered with the United States Auto Club to become the title sponsor of the USAC Midget National Championship, beginning with the 2019 racing season.

NOS Energy Drink and USAC have agreed multi-year deal that will position the high-performance energy drink as The Official Energy Drink of one of the most highly-competitive and intense racing series in the world with USAC Midget racing.

"We are thrilled to welcome the NOS Energy Drink family to the USAC Midget National Championship," USAC President/CEO Kevin Miller said. "USAC racers are some of the most extreme athletes in the world and partnering up with a nationally recognized brand with a passion for motorsports is a winning combination. USAC's Midget division is the most competitive and exciting it's ever been with intense, wheel-to-wheel racing at marquee events from coast-to-coast. To connect two of the most exciting brands - USAC Midget racing and NOS Energy Drink - is a perfect match."

"We're really going to be going in circles in 2019 and we couldn't be happier," exclaimed NOS Energy Drink Marketing Director, Lauren Albano. "We started working with the United States Auto Club in 2018 and quickly came to realize that its' brand of hard charging, lock-to-lock racing was an exact reflection of what NOS Energy Drink is all about. We were all part of so much excitement, horsepower and energy at Indiana Sprint Week, the spectacular BC39 event and, well, racing to victory with our teams and drivers in 2018 that we decided to hop everything up reach and for a higher gear. We are excited to welcome USAC and race fans to the NOS Energy Drink team!"

NOS Energy Drink is known for its association with racing and success. During the 2018 season, the beverage was the title sponsor for the 31st annual "Indiana Sprint Week," which saw racetracks filled to capacity night-after-night to witness USAC racing. Last September, NOS Energy Drink served as the presenting sponsor for the inaugural "BC39" at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which featured the highest car count (110) for a single event in the history of the USAC Midget National Championship as well as the highest winner's share for a race during season for the series. Additionally, NOS Energy Drink sponsored numerous drivers who found victory lane in USAC competition during the year.

USAC Midget racing is at the top of its game right now, coming off a season in which 11 different drivers found victory lane, the most since 2012. NOS Energy Drink is at the top of its game right now as well, showing a commitment to USAC and the short track racing community, which continues to grow each and every year. NOS Energy Drink is the Official Energy Drink of USAC and will continue to be the presenting sponsor of the BC39 as well as the title sponsor of several races throughout the year.

The 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule features its largest slate of events in over two decades with a myriad of notable races dotting the U.S. map. The season begins with the series debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the kickoff of "Winter Dirt Games X" with two complete shows on Feb. 8-9. The head indoors on Mar. 9 for the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, followed by the "Kokomo Grand Prix" doubleheader on Apr. 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway. A double-dip at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. follow on May 17-18.

A busy summer stretch takes you to the Hoosier State for the 15th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" from June 4-9 at Montpelier, Gas City, Putnamville (Lincoln Park), Bloomington, Lawrenceburg and Kokomo. A stop at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. precedes Mid-American Midget Week, which includes visits to Meeker, Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, the two-night "Midwest Midget Championship" at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

The end of July kicks off "Pennsylvania Midget Week" between July 30 and Aug. 3 at Grandview, Action Track USA, Path Valley, Linda's and Lanco. The second installment of the "BC39" returns to The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 4-5 followed by the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sept. 28. The Midwest season finishes up at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Oct. 19 before the series heads west for an expanded docket of races starting with the 52nd annual "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16, before heading to California's Placerville Speedway on Nov. 20-21, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on Nov. 23 and the season-capper on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway for the 79th "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

Based in Corona, California, NOS Energy is part of the Monster Energy Company, acquired from The Coca-Cola Company in 2015. Launched in 2005, NOS Energy Drink fuels performance by providing the high-performance energy and enhanced mental focus you need to stay ahead of the pack. Whether on the track, tuning a favorite car in the garage, or conquering your day, NOS Energy delivers a kick. Rooted in auto-culture, NOS Energy Drink is a proud partner of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Forsberg, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Chris Windom, Tyler Courtney and Sheldon Haudenschild - just to name a few. High Performance Energy. High Performance Athletes. For more information, visit http://www.drinknos.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/NOSEnergyDrink/.

2019 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 9: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jun 29: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Joliet, IL)
Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)
Jul 10: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Sep 4-5: (A) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Nov 15: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 20: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 21: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 23: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)
Nov 28: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
TBA: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
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(A) = Appearance Points Only
(W) = Co-Sanctioned by the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets

 

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
IS LARGEST IN TWO DECADES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........A talent-laden USAC National Midget field is set to tackle the largest series schedule since 1997 with 33 events at 27 different tracks in 11 states making up the 2019 series slate, highlighted by a host of first-time venues.

The season kicks off February 8-9 for "Winter Dirt Games" with the series' debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for the first visit by the USAC National Midgets to the Sunshine State since 2013. From there, the series heads to traditional stops indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin for the "Shamrock Classic" on March 9, then onto the two-night "Kokomo Grand Prix" April 5-6 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway.

In May, the midgets return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. for the first time since 2016 on the 17th. The following night, just across the Mississippi River, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. will host the series for the first time ever on the 18th.

A busy June stretch begins with the 14th edition of "Indiana Midget Week" - six races in six consecutive nights between June 4-9 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway. The end of June is marked by the return of USAC to The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. on June 29 for the first time since 2004.

Two huge weeks of racing commence in the month of July with "Mid-America Midget Week" racing into the Heartland of America for five races in six nights, starting with Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. on July 9, Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans. on July 10, Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. on July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.

On July 30, "Pennsylvania Midget Week" begins with five events in as many nights, which takes the series to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. for the first time in 30 years. The following night, July 31, it's onto the series' debut at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., before rounding out the week at the familiar "PA Midget Week" venues of Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. on Aug. 1, Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. on Aug. 2 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. on Aug. 3.

September begins with a bang on the 4th and 5th with the return of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then, it's off to Eldora Speedway and the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" on Sept. 28. Moving into October, the first USAC Midget race at Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway since 2012 will take place on the 19th.

In November, it's time to head west for the series' debut at Arizona Speedway for two consecutive nights of the "Western World Championships" on Nov. 15-16 - a doubleheader alongside the USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars. California's Placerville Speedway joins the schedule for the initial time on Nov. 20-21. Staying in California, Bakersfield Speedway's "November Classic" serves as the penultimate race of the season on Nov. 23, leading into the capper, Thanksgiving Night, Nov. 28 on the beach at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway. All races will be held in conjunction with the USAC Light Up The World Western States Midgets.

At press time, the date for the "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. is yet to be announced.

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE
Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 9: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)
Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway (Montpelier, IN)
Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jun 9: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jun 29: The Dirt Oval at Route 66 (Joliet, IL)
Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)
Jul 10: Solomon Valley Raceway (Beloit, KS)
Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)
Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)
Sep 4-5: (A) Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Speedway, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Nov 15: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (W) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 20: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 21: (W) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Nov 23: (W) Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)
Nov 28: (W) Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)
TBA: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)
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(A) = Appearance Points Only
(W) = Co-Sanctioned by the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets

 

 

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT HIT THE TRAIL
FOR 44 RACES IN 12 STATES IN 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........Forty-four races in 12 different states make up the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule for the 2019 season.

For the tenth consecutive year, the tour begins in the Sunshine State for "Winter Dirt Games X," three nights in a row at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. on February 14-15-16. On March 30, the bulk of the season gets revved up at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, with two more Hoosier state races following on April 12-13 at Bloomington Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, respectively.

Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway says #LetsRaceTwo in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on May 10-11. The following week, the series hits the road for a pair of doubleheaders, one of five this season in conjunction with the USAC National Midgets, on May 17 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for the "Rivertown Showdown." The 49th "Tony Hulman Classic" takes the green at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on May 22. To close out the month of May, the series hits the road toward the Heartland for the "I-80 Dirt Classic" at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. June opens up one state to the south in Kansas City, Kans. at Lakeside Speedway on June 1.

The 13th edition of Eastern Storm takes over Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey between June 11-16. Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. leads off the five-race series on June 11, followed by New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway on June 12, BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa. on June 13, Port Royal Speedway in Pa. on June 15 and concludes at New York's Weedsport Speedway on June 16. The series draws June to a close with the "Bill Gardner Sprintacular" on June 22 at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

The busiest month of the year arrives in July with 10 races in a 23-night span. The inaugural "Corn Belt Nationals" debuts at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway on July 5-6 with two-nights and two complete shows with the final night paying a whopping $20,000-to-win and $1000 to start.

The hits keep on coming in July with the 32nd annual "Indiana Sprint Week," which includes a distinct array of tracks with their own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues. ISW also features an expanded schedule of eight races, equaling the schedule of 2003 and 2007 for the most ever in the history of ISW.

It all begins July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, before heading to Plymouth Speedway on July 19, Kokomo Speedway on July 20 and Lawrenceburg Speedway on July 21. After a two-day break, ISW reconvenes July 24 at the Terre Haute Action Track, then onto Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on July 25, Bloomington Speedway on July 26 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt in July 27.

Kokomo serves as the base for the series for four consecutive nights between August 21-24. The series' lone non-points special event takes place on night one with #GYATK Night on August 21. The following three nights on August 22-23-24 at Kokomo play host to the eighth installment of "Sprint Car Smackdown."

The next six races in line close up shop on the Midwestern portion of the schedule with the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" at Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track on September 13, the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway on September 14, the "James Dean Classic" at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway on September 26, the 38th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on September 28, the "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on October 5 and a return visit to Terre Haute for the "Wabash Clash" on October 11.

The west calls the National teams to California and Arizona along with the USAC/CRA and USAC Southwest Sprint Car tours to complete the 2019 campaign. First up, it's the 24th annual "Oval Nationals" at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for three nights on November 7-8-9. The 52nd Western World Championships at San Tan Valley's Arizona Speedway now take the role as the host of the season finales on Nov. 15-16, which also has the USAC National Midgets on the event card.

2019 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
Feb 14: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Feb 16: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)
Mar 30: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Apr 12: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Apr 13: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
May 10: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 11: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
May 17: Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
May 18: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
May 22: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
May 31: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)
Jun 1: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Jun 11: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jun 12: Bridgeport Speedway (Bridgeport, NJ)
Jun 13: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Jun 15: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Jun 16: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)
Jun 22: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 5: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jul 6: Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Jul 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Jul 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Jul 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Jul 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Jul 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Jul 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Jul 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Jul 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Aug 21: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) (SE)
Aug 22: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 23: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Aug 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sep 13: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Sep 14: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
Sep 26: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Sep 28: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Oct 5: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Oct 11: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Nov 7: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 8: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 9: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)
Nov 15: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
Nov 16: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)
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(M) = Co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series
(C) = Co-sanctioned by USAC/CRA
(S) = Co-sanctioned by the USAC Southwest

 

 

MEMPHIS TO HOST USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON OPENER IN MARCH

Millington, Tennessee (December 6, 2018).........Memphis International Raceway and the United States Auto Club announced the 2019 Season opener for the Silver Crown Champ Car Series will be held at MIR on Saturday, March 23.

This marks a return to the three-quarter mile for the popular open-wheel cars, which held its first event at Memphis in 1998. The 100-lap race will be the lid lifter on their 12-race season schedule for this season.

"This will be a great event for both MIR, the Memphis area and the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series," said Tim Packman, President of MIR. "We are honored to have this legendary series with their iconic style of racing returning to Memphis."

"An event of this caliber also lets the racing community know MIR is committed to bring more oval track entertainment to our facility. We are looking forward to this event with the local business community and our fans turning out to watch the stars in the cars."

Top names such as 2018 champion Kody Swanson, Chris Windom and Justin Grant are expected to compete. From a historical standpoint, past Silver Crown champions such as Gary Bettenhausen, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, to name a few, all went on to championship careers on multiple levels.

"Memphis has hosted some of the most competitive races in Silver Crown history and I'm beyond thrilled the series is headed back in 2019," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "Silver Crown was first there in 1998. From day one, it's been a first-class facility with a track perfectly suited for Silver Crown racing, offering multiple grooves and side-by-side racing, which will provide an exhilarating experience for race fans."

Early plans are shaping up to have an open practice session on Friday, March 22 followed the next day with two practices, qualifying and the 100-lap race on Saturday afternoon. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7 via https://tickets.thefoat.com/MIRTickets/host_id-20661/season_tickets_first-1/pages/1-2

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN RETURNS TO MEMPHIS
& THE GROVE ON 12-RACE 2019 SCHEDULE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 6, 2018).........Memphis International Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway return to the USAC Silver Crown schedule for the 2019 season on what is the largest slate of events since 2007.

The Memphis race on March 23 will serve as the opener for the 49th year of the Silver Crown series, which hasn't visited the ¾-mile paved oval since 2004. It's one of six races on the blacktop in 2019, creating a balanced mix with the six dirt races on the docket.

The return to Williams Grove Speedway marks the series' comeback to the famed half-mile dirt oval on June 14, following a one-year hiatus. The race is nestled in the midst of Eastern Storm, which includes five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in the East to create a can't-miss week of racing action.

Silver Crown racing's history is full of legendary drivers competing on legendary tracks. The dirt side is a venerable Hall of Fame of dirt venues in the United States. On April 14, the series heads to Indiana's lone half-mile dirt venue, the Terre Haute Action Track, for the "Sumar Classic."

The dirt miles have been a staple on the Champ Car racing circuit nearly since the invention of the automobile. The tradition continues with three dates on the historic Fairground tracks. On May 23, the Indiana State Fairgrounds lead off the trio of miles with the "Hoosier Hundred." From there, it's onto the two Illinois miles of Springfield on August 17 for the "Bettenhausen 100" and Du Quoin on September 1 for the "Ted Horn 100."

The season concludes on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the 38th edition of the "4-Crown Nationals," marking the only opportunity all season to witness all three of USAC's national divisions (Silver Crown, AMSOIL National Sprint Car & National Midget) on the same event card on the same night.

On the pavement side of the equation, following Memphis, the series takes on the familiar haunts of Ohio's Toledo Speedway for the "Rollie Beale Classic" on April 27, the first of two stops at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. on May 24 for the "Dave Steele Carb Night Classic." The series debut at Oregon, Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway last year was a rousing success. The Silver Crown cars return there for round No. 2 of the "Dairyland 100" on June 28.

Salem Speedway has hosted USAC racing since the club's inception in 1956. One of the most tenured races on the calendar is the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial," which brings the series to the high banks on Aug. 10. The final pavement race of the year hits Lucas Oil Raceway for a second time on September 7 with the "Rich Vogler Classic."

2019 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE
Mar 22-23: (P#) Memphis International Raceway (Millington, TN)
Apr 14: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Apr 27: (P) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)
May 23: (D) Indiana State Fairgrounds (Indianapolis, IN)
May 24: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)
Jun 14: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Jun 28: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)
Aug 10: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)
Aug 17: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)
Sep 1: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)
Sep 7: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis (Brownsburg, IN)
Sep 27-28: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
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(P) = Pavement Race
(D) = Dirt Race
# = Daytime Race

 

 

SWANSON, COURTNEY, SEAVEY TO CELEBRATE USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FRIDAY IN INDY

USAC's 63rd "Night of Champions" National Awards Dinner is scheduled for Friday night, December 7, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind. Champions of USAC's 2018 racing series will be honored during the gala evening.

Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. earned his fourth USAC Silver Crown Championship while Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. survived an unprecedented tie with Kevin Thomas, Jr. to capture the AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. The National Midget Championship went to Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif.

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm. The affair will be held again this year in conjunction with the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (PRI), which will be held December 6-8 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.

Pat Sullivan and Dillon Welch will again serve as this year's emcees, with assistance from Butch Lamb.

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

USAC's Western racing champions will celebrate their 2018 accomplishments on February 16, 2019 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Addition information regarding the event will be released soon.


 

WINDOM SECURES USAC SILVER CROWN / SPRINT RIDES FOR 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 4, 2018).........It didn't take long for Chris Windom, one of the most coveted free agents in USAC racing this offseason, to find two new full-time rides for the 2019 season in the Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car divisions.

The Canton, Illinois native will compete on the full USAC Silver Crown tour aboard the Goodnight/Byrd Racing No. 17 in the coming season. He will have crew chief Scott Benic on the wrenches along with sponsors Jonathan Byrd's Racing, The Pallet Builders and NOS Energy Drink on board for the campaign on both the dirt and the pavement as he aims for a second Silver Crown title. Matt Goodnight, who finished eighth in points in 2018, will compete in a second car for the team alongside Windom.

Windom will also compete on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car slate in 2019, piloting the Goacher Racing No. 5G. Following Windom to the team is crew chief Derek Claxton. Together, Windom and Claxton captured the 2017 series title and, just this past year, won both the Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week titles. NOS Energy Drink will serve as the primary sponsor with Joe Brandon/Parallax Power Supply and Jonathan Byrd's Racing also serving as sponsors.

Windom has consistently been a front runner on the USAC National scene over the past several years. In 2018, he won twice on the Silver Crown tour with Nolen Racing, sweeping both events on the dirt miles in Illinois (Springfield and Du Quoin) and four times in the Sprint Car with Baldwin Brothers Racing at Eldora, Williams Grove, Port Royal and a special event at Kokomo.

Windom was the only driver to finish in the top-three of both the USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car standings in 2018. Now he must adapt to a pair of new rides, but the outlook remains the same. His goal is winning a championship in both series and he believes he has the support in place to make that become a reality.

"It's always somewhat of an uphill battle to climb," Windom admitted. "I feel very confident about the sprint car deal being able to bring Derek (Claxton) along with me after the success we've had together over the last few years. I think, together, we can take that straight to another team and apply it right away."

"I feel really good about both deals," Windom continued. "I know Scott (Benic) and Matt (Goodnight) have really nice cars on the Crown side of things. I was a little worried here the last week when my whole deal with the sprint car got dropped on me. I'm looking forward to everything. I'm with two solid, championship-caliber teams."

The Goodnight and Goacher teams have been mainstays on the USAC trails for several seasons now, and they were eager to jump in with both feet on having Windom in their seats for the coming season. After a few phone calls and a couple meetings, Windom quickly found his homes for the upcoming year.

"It went both ways," recalled. "I made a few phone calls. I got a few phone calls. Having NOS come in as a primary sponsor on the sprint car deal obviously helps out a ton. I didn't know a whole lot about the sprint car operation up until just a few days ago. We went and had a meeting with them. Derek and I decided it would be a pretty good deal together with Goacher and Joe Brandon being the owners on the deal."

"I think both sides are going to be great," Windom added. "The Goodnight and Benic piece is something we put together with David Byrd and Jonathan Byrd's Racing. I think we've taken a good step for next year. Obviously, we've got to put everything together as far as actual racecars, but I think we've got all the pieces to do it."

 

 

LEARY LANDS USAC SPRINT RIDE WITH REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

C.J. Leary has joined Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports to compete on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule for the 2019 season.

The 22-year-old Greenfield, Ind. native steps into #19AZ for the Arizona-based team who will be competing on the entire National trail for the first time along with highly-successful crew chief Davey Jones.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to drive for Team Reinbold," Leary said in the team's press release. "I'm excited to get into the shop and get the #19 cars started for 2019. I know Andy (Reinbold) can provide the tools necessary to win races, contend for the championship, and have a blast while doing it."

Leary and the Reinbold/Underwood team have each found their share of success in USAC Sprint Car racing in recent years. Leary owns seven victories in the series, including one during "Indiana Sprint Week" at Bloomington Speedway in 2018. Reinbold/Underwood competed mainly on the west coast, winning a pair of USAC/CRA Sprint Car features at California's Perris Auto Speedway this season with driver Justin Grant.

Toward the end of the 2017 season, Reinbold/Underwood won, to date, their lone USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, at Arizona Speedway with Thomas Meseraull behind the wheel. The team also competed on the "Indiana Sprint Week" tour this past season with driver R.J. Johnson. Now comes the true test as the team expands its horizons and hits the trail to take on the entire schedule for 2019.

"We are excited to add C.J. and Davey to our racing family," Reinbold said. "Our team has always been operated with a strong family influence. Having the ability to compete for a USAC National title with one of the best young drivers behind the wheel is a true blessing to us. (We're) super pumped to get this season rolling."

The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season begins February 14-15-16 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for "Winter Dirt Games X."

 

BRISCOE AND T-MEZ SIGN ON FOR KNEPPER 55 IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Chase Briscoe and Thomas Meseraull are among the latest drivers to enter the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55," as the entry list surges above 40 for the December 15 USAC Midget Special Event from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Briscoe finished second in the 2017 "Knepper 55," behind winner Christopher Bell. The Mitchell, Ind. native and son of six-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner returns to his own No. 5 for the event. The 2017 NASCAR Truck Series Rookie of the Year and Most Popular Driver recently signed on to become a full-time driver for Stewart-Haas Racing in NASCAR's Xfinity series for 2019.

San Jose, California's Meseraull has been successful indoors at Du Quoin, finishing third during the 2016 "Shamrock Classic." Meseraull was a two-time winner on this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail with victories during "Eastern Storm" at Weedsport (N.Y.) Speedway and on the "Indiana Sprint Week" visit to Kokomo Speedway. He will team up with Dave Darland in a pair of RMS LLC cars.

Among the other entries are a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., captured the 2001 and 2002 series titles in addition to his 1997 Silver Crown and 1999 National Sprint Car championships. He will drive the RMS LLC No. 36D. National Midget Hall of Famer Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won his USAC National Midget titles in 1982 and 1987. He will climb aboard Dennis Hoppe's No. 5H on the 1/5-mile, indoor dirt oval.

Five-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham, who led the first 17 laps of the 2017 "Knepper 55," picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Winged sprint car veterans Ryan Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr. will shed the wing for a night of midget racing. Bruce, of Liberal, Kans. was the 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year while Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Smith has won races with both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Chris Andrews and Josh Most normally just make a single USAC Midget appearance per year, usually at the Southern Illinois Center. More often than not, they make the rare appearance count. Andrews, of Tulsa, Okla. finished third in the 2016 "Knepper 55" while Most took home seventh in the 2017 "Shamrock Classic."

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

In 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps.

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on Saturday, December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST
(41 cars as of November 29, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team
05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports)
1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing)
1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland)
2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team)
2B Jason Grady / Farmington, NM (2B Racing)
2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage)
3 Alex Watson / Columbus, OH (3w Racing)
5 Chase Briscoe / Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe)
5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II)
7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard)
7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover)
9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing)
11L Aaron Leffel / Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing)
11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne)
11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young)
14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer)
17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights)
22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing)
23 Mitchell Davis / Auburn, IL (Patrick Ryan)
32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham)
35 Tyler Robbins / Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins)
36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC)
36J Thomas Meseraull / San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
49F Taylor Forbes / Harrisburg, SD (Taylor Forbes)
50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler)
57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
81 Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights)
81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing)
88 Terry Babb / Decatur, IL (Terry Babb)
91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing)
95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)
721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

 

 

 

SUPER SEASON NETS SUNSHINE SUPER LICENSE TITLE
Speedway, Indiana (November 28, 2018).........You can add another feather to the cap of Tyler Courtney's memorable year after accumulating the most points in USAC's three national divisions throughout the season to claim the Mike Curb Super License for 2018 and a $5000 prize.
Courtney, who wrapped up the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title earlier this month, earned a total of 3809 points across USAC's Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions. Justin Grant was second with 3694 points, while Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3662), Brady Bacon (3389) and Chris Windom (3223) rounded out the top-five.
Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., led all drivers with a season-high 13 feature wins in USAC national competition in 2018. His 11 National Sprint Car victories came at nine different racetracks with two wins apiece at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track as well as single wins at Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Kokomo Speedway, Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, Tri-City Speedway in Illinois, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and his final win coming at Arizona Speedway. In the process, he became just the tenth driver to win a double-digit number of USAC National Sprint Car races in a single season.
In the P1 Insurance National Midgets, he recorded two victories, at Kokomo and at Eldora, finishing fourth in series points. In Silver Crown, he was 19th in the standings, winning the pole and finishing third at Terre Haute. He finished third again in the "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Courtney is one of the many champions who'll be honored at the 63rd Annual USAC "Night of Champions" at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis on Friday night, December 7, 2018, located atop the Indiana Repertory Theater at 140 W. Washington St.
Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.
Tickets are $65 each and must be reserved by Friday, November 30. To reserve your seat, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacracing.com or by phone at (317) 247-5151.
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2018 FINAL MIKE CURB SUPER LICENSE STANDINGS
1. Tyler Courtney - 3809
2. Justin Grant - 3694
3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 3662
4. Brady Bacon - 3389
5. Chris Windom - 3223
6. C.J. Leary - 2637
7. Dave Darland - 2530
8. Chase Stockon - 2343
9. Robert Ballou - 1771
10. Logan Seavey - 1684
11. Isaac Chapple - 1572
12. Jerry Coons, Jr. - 1374
13. Chad Boespflug - 1104
14. Kody Swanson - 988
15. Thomas Meseraull - 936
16. Chad Boat - 918
17. Carson Short - 887
18. Kyle Cummins - 885
19. Jarett Andretti - 875
20. Tanner Carrick - 846
21. Spencer Bayston - 766
22. Timmy Buckwalter - 746
23. Matt Westfall - 653
24. Jason McDougal - 646
25. Josh Hodges - 645
26. Zeb Wise - 632
27. Ryan Robinson - 592
28. Tucker Klaasmeyer - 546
29. Tony DiMattia - 522
30. Nick Bilbee - 518
31. Holly Shelton - 487
32. David Byrne - 459
33. Tyler Thomas - 434
34. Matt Goodnight - 426
35. Kyle Robbins - 392
36. Brayton Lynch - 390
37. Sam Johnson - 388
38. Alex Bright - 373
39. Travis Welpott - 348
40. Robert Bell - 332
41. Bobby Santos - 329
42. Brandon Mattox - 329
43. Austin Nemire - 327
44. Mike Haggenbottom - 282
45. Tanner Thorson - 279
46. Jacob Wilson - 276
47. Cole Bodine - 271
48. Aaron Pierce - 262
49. Kyle Craker - 260
50. Zane Hendricks - 259
51. Andrew Layser - 240
52. Joe Stornetta - 235
53. Johnny Petrozelle - 231
54. Zach Daum - 229
55. Eric Gordon - 228
56. Kyle Hamilton - 221
57. Mario Clouser - 214
58. Shane Cottle - 209
59. Shane Cockrum - 206
60. Ethan Mitchell - 195
61. Stevie Sussex - 187
62. Joe Liguori - 180
63. Bill Rose - 179
64. Toni Breidinger - 175
65. Patrick Lawson - 158
66. Aric Gentry - 154
67. Matt Moore - 154
68. Landon Simon - 149
69. Kent Schmidt - 148
70. Cody Gerhardt - 147
71. Jake Neuman - 136
72. Jadon Rogers - 119
73. Chris Dyson - 115
74. Jim Anderson - 110
75. Steve Buckwalter - 109
76. Gage Walker - 94
77. Joey Moughan - 92
78. Austin Mundie - 91
79. Tyler Nelson - 87
80. Tom Harris - 86
81. Tyler Clem - 86
82. Patrick Budde - 84
83. Garrett Aitken - 80
84. Neil Shepherd - 75
85. Casey Shuman - 74
86. Tanner Swanson - 70
87. Travis Thompson - 70
88. Korey Weyant - 65
89. Russ Gamester - 62
90. J.C. Bland - 58
91. Chris Fetter - 57
92. Keith Burch - 56
93. Chris Urish - 55
94. Dave Berkheimer - 55
95. Austin Blair - 51
96. Brian Tyler - 50
97. Derek Bischak - 50
98. Jeff Swindell - 49
99. Terry James - 45
100. Curtis Spicer - 44
101. Coleman Gulick - 43
102. John Heydenreich - 41
103. Mike Martin - 40
104. Cody Gallogly - 37
105. Jesse Dunham - 37
106. A.J. Fike - 33
107. A.J. Russell - 31
108. Terry Babb - 31
109. Brett Becker - 30
110. Kyle O'Gara - 30
111. Joss Moffatt - 22
112. Danny Long - 20
113. Jackie Burke - 20
114. Ken Schrader - 20
115. Bear Wood - 10
116. Daniel Robinson - 10
117. Ted Hines - 10

 

 

DARLAND AND DALY HIGHLIGHT FIRST KNEPPER 55 ENTRY LIST

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The initial entry list for the fourth annual "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Midget Special Event has been released and, thus far, 33 cars have entered the Saturday, December 15 race from the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Among the entries are a pair of decorated USAC National Midget champions in Dave Darland and Kevin Olson. Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., captured the 2001 and 2002 series titles in addition to his 1997 Silver Crown and 1999 National Sprint Car championships. He will drive the RMS LLC No. 36D. National Midget Hall of Famer Olson, of Loves Park, Ill., won his USAC National Midget titles in 1982 and 1987. He will climb aboard Dennis Hoppe's No. 5H on the 1/5-mile, indoor dirt oval.

Three-time Indy Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly, of Noblesville, Ind., steps into the Jody Rosenboom No. 22CD for his second career appearance in a midget. Beech Grove, Indiana's Kyle O'Gara, the 2014 USAC Pavement Midget champ, belts into the SFH Racing Development No. 67 for the "Knepper 55." Meanwhile, southern Illinois USAC Silver Crown star Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill., twice a winner on the adjacent "Magic Mile," will wheel the Harris Racing No. 91.

Robert Dalby off Simi Valley, Calif. and Newcastle, Oklahoma's Trey Marcham have each had success in the USAC Western States Midget division during their careers. Dalby finished third in series points this season and will drive for Loyet Motorsports, the team that won the second-ever USAC-sanctioned race at the Southern Illinois Center, a Midwest HPD Midget event in 2005. Marcham picked up three victories with the series in 2014.

Winged sprint car veterans Ryan Smith and Tony Bruce, Jr. will shed the wing for a night of midget racing. Bruce, of Liberal, Kans. was the 2006 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year while Kunkletown, Pennsylvania's Smith has won races with both the World of Outlaws and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

Chris Andrews and Josh Most normally just make a single USAC Midget appearance per year, usually at the Southern Illinois Center. More often than not, they make the rare appearance count. Andrews, of Tulsa, Okla. finished third in the 2016 "Knepper 55" while Most took home seventh in the 2017 "Shamrock Classic."

The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15 "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code KNEPPER to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

In 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps.

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

The race will be streamed LIVE on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with LIVE audio on the USAC app. As always, you can catch each and every USAC National event a day after the race is run, on-demand, on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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"JUNIOR KNEPPER 55" ENTRY LIST (33 cars as of November 27, 2018)

Car # / Driver / Hometown / Team 05D Robert Dalby / Simi Valley, CA (Loyet Motorsports) 1T Thomas Chandler / Festus, MO (Roney Racing) 1z Chris Roseland / Carter Lake, IA (Chris Roseland) 2 Chris Baue / Indianapolis, IN (Baue Family Race Team) 2G Andy Gage / Whiting, IA (Andy Gage) 5H Kevin Olson / Loves Park, IL (Dennis Hoppe) 5v Jesse Vermillion / Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing) 6D Don Dawson II / Carlisle, IA (Don Dawson II) 7 Cody Beard / Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard) 7x Jon Steed / Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports) 9 Emilio Hoover / Broken Arrow, OK (Emilio Hoover) 9JR Derek Hagar / Marion, AR (Hagar/Proctor Racing) 11T Trey Osborne / Columbus, OH (Richard Osborne) 11y Travis Young / Casey, IL (Travis Young) 14x Jody Rosenboom / Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 15J Jeff Wimmenauer / Greenwood, IN (Bill Wimmenauer) 17B Ryan Bickett / Ramona, SD (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. / Liberal, KS (Team Eights) 22CD Conor Daly / Noblesville, IN (Jody Rosenboom Racing) 32 Trey Marcham / Newcastle, OK (Trey Marcham) 36D Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN (RMS LLC) 36J TBD / TBD (RMS LLC) 41 Oliver Akard / Fort Myers, FL (Dan Akard) 50 Daniel Adler / St. Louis, MO (Mike Adler) 57D Daniel Robinson / Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports) 67 Kyle O'Gara / Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development) 68 Ryan Smith / Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development) 81 Seth Bergman / Snohomish, WA (Team Eights) 81x Drew Fuhrman / Belleville, IL (The Duke Racing) 91 Shane Cockrum / Benton, IL (Harris Racing) 92m Josh Most / Red Oak, IA (Most Racing) 95 Chris Andrews / Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing) 721 Brendon Wiseley / Sand Springs, OK (MLM Motorsports)

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BELL TOLLS TWICE IN A ROW AT TURKEY NIGHT G.P.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Christopher Bell struck history Thursday night at Ventura Raceway, becoming just the third 3-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winning driver in the 78-year history of the famed race.

For the second consecutive Thanksgiving night, however, Bell had to fend off a familiar foe who was on a quest to reach the same exclusive club of three-time winners in Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Kyle Larson.

After applying relentless pressure to Larson throughout much of the second half of the 98-lap event, with just 12 laps remaining, and mired in lapped traffic, Bell slipped underneath Larson between turns three and four to grab a lead he wouldn't relinquish, adding a third "Turkey Night" trophy to his ever-growing collection following previous wins in 2014 and 2017.

Bell, the 2013 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget champion from Norman, Okla., sang the praises of playing the role of the chaser in traffic, as a cop would in the hot pursuit of a suspect on the lam.

"I just got lucky there being in second," Bell admitted. "Someone was making the bottom work underneath me in three and four and I figured it was going to get better and better. I trapped Kyle up there with a lapped car and I was able to squeak by in the rubber, stay down there and not miss my marks."

Bell, always the hard charger, began the race from the ninth position, but steadily climbed his way up the scoring pylon into the top-three as outside front row starter Chad Boat held the advantage up front for the first half of the main.

Larson, a two-time "Turkey Night" victor in 2012 and 2016, had already begun his surge to the front by that point, continuously taking peeks at the lead. Nonetheless, Boat was able to dodge every lawn dart thrown in his direction to remain at the point as he aimed to join his father, three-time winner Billy Boat, as a fellow "Turkey Night" winner.

Yet, on lap 51, Larson finally got it rolling on the top side to drive around Boat for the lead exiting turn two, then immediately darted across Boat's nose to steal the bottom entering the third turn to secure the position. Bell and Tucker Klaasmeyer followed suit on the following lap by getting around Boat for second and third, respectively.

Now, the duel would commence between two giants of dirt track midget racing discipline, each at the peak of their prime. Following fourth-running Shane Golobic's spin on lap 68, the race transformed into just your weekly 30-lap affair, albeit with a nice payday and a prestigious attachment being placed next to the eventual winner's name. That's when Bell turned up the wick.

On the lap 71 restart, Bell took a run at Larson, sliding side-by-side with his teammate into turn one to no avail. Bell stuck with it again in turn one the next lap around the 1/5-mile dirt oval, unable to make the pass stick, but sending a message to Larson that it was game on.

On the 74th circuit, Bell slid past Larson on the entry into turn one, but Larson ably countered by driving underneath Bell off turn two to retake the lead, closing the door on Bell in the process into turn three as the pair's wheels glanced off each other.

Bell ramped up the momentum, running his No. 21 high and wide off turn four as he rocketed down the front straightaway, which gave him a full head of steam as he dove to the bottom of Larson into turn one. He did so on lap 80 as he slid past Larson once again to snag the race lead just long enough for the flashbulbs from the photographers to light up the sky before Larson crossed over and raced back to the lead on the back straight with lapped traffic quickly coming into view.

With 12 laps remaining, Larson entered turns three and four on the high line to get around fellow teammate Sam Johnson. The line proved to be too long of a way around as Bell stuck his racecar underneath Johnson's against the bottom berm and propelled himself to the lead.

Traffic still loomed for Bell, however, as he carefully and successfully maneuvered under teammate Ryan Robinson and Golobic into the first turn with six laps remaining with Larson in tow.

Christopher Bell became just the third driver to win the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" three times, joining Ron Shuman and Billy Boat.
(Rich Forman Photo)

As 2018 USAC National Midget champ, and sixth-place runner, Logan Seavey sat sideways in turn one to bring out the yellow on lap 96, it put a halt to the traffic situation, but Bell had to endure a test of his patience as two more additional cautions and two more restarts weighed on his mind.

"I knew there was a chance he was going to circle me on the top," Bell explained. "I just wanted to see that race end because you can't keep giving him try after try after try."

Larson greeted the opportunity on the final restart, hitting the top and used a huge drive off the exit of turn two before diving down to the bottom in three to get underneath Bell. The meticulous Bell was well-equipped to handle the charge, occupying the bottom and thwarting any chance of Larson attempting a slider.

Larson made one final run at Bell off two on the final lap, closing right on the tail of Bell midway down the back straight before splitting to the bottom of the entry of three, slightly scraping his left front wheel on the top of the berm before banging his right front wheel into Bell's left rear. The contact knocked Larson slightly askew, but Bell took a lickin' and kept on tickin', bringing his ride home for a 1.5 car-length victory over Larson, Boat, Klaasmeyer and Tyler Courtney.

The victory was the 23rd USAC National Midget win for Bell, moving him past Bobby East and Shorty Templeman on the all-time list and into 20th where he's now tied with Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson and Billy Vukovich.

For Larson of Elk Grove, Calif., it was his sixth top-four finish in six "Turkey Night" starts, but it was just one lap, one slip-up that might've been the factor in preventing him from becoming a three-time winner.

"I just made a slight mistake in traffic sliding in three and four to clear a lapper," Larson recalled. "He was able to sneak by on the bottom. That's about when it started taking rubber in three and four. I wish I would've done just a little better job in traffic. It seems like every time he beats me, it's because of traffic. I just have to work on my craft some and try to get better and hopefully start beating him here."

For the second time this year in USAC, a rarity occurred with the USAC Light Up The World Western States Midget championship resulting in a tie. Like the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title race between Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr., this year's Western States champ was decided on a tiebreaker with Michael Faccinto being crowned the series titlist over Alex Schutte. Faccinto scored three wins in 2018 to Schutte's two.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Ventura Raceway were Jesse Colwell (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Rico Abreu (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Chalk Stix Third Qualifier Winner), Colby Copeland (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jerry Coons, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Robert Dalby (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGETS presented by CBD Living Water RACE RESULTS: November 22, 2018 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING (Top-10 Locked Into Feature): 1. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.425; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.426; 3. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.444; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.457; 5. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-12.464; 6. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.487; 7. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.537; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.548; 9. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.555; 10. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.570; 11. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.601; 12. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.625; 13. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.629; 14. Carson Garrett, 15c, Garrett-12.638; 15. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-12.650; 16. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-12.657; 17. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.680; 18. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.684; 19. McKenna Haase, 85, Tucker/Boat-12.691; 20. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-12.692; 21. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.697; 22. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.708; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.716; 24. Colby Copeland, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.737; 25. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.750; 26. Grady Chandler, 7u, Trifecta-12.755; 27. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.775; 28. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.803; 29. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.807; 30. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.830; 31. Austin Liggett, 67x, Bock-12.852; 32. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-12.856; 33. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-12.892; 34. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.963; 35. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.951; 36. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.959; 37. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-12.963; 38. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.964; 39. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.978; 40. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-13.033; 41. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.047; 42. Michelle Decker, 4m, Meents-13.047; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.055; 44. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.057; 45. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.090; 46. C.J. Leary, 55, Bowman-13.100; 47. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.111; 48. Sheldon Haudenschild, 17s, Clauson Marshall-13.129; 49. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.143; 50. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-13.174; 51. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-13.177; 52. Mike Leach, 33p, Leach-13.192; 53. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-13.197; 54. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.221; 55. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-13.238; 56. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-13.241; 57. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-13.295; 58. Buddy Kofoid, 73K, Ford-13.426; 59. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.428; 60. Kevin Woody, Jr., 2, Dukes-13.625; 61. Olivia Bennett, 77B, Bennett-13.842.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Colwell, 2. Grant, 3. McDougal, 4. Coons, 5. Garrett, 6. Shelton, 7. Dalby, 8. Morgan, 9. Chandler, 10. Henry, 11. Hollan, 12. Cofer, 13. Ito, 14. Anderson, 15. L. Bennett, 16. Lewis, 17. Drollinger. 2:31.84

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Abreu, 2. Bodine, 3. Seavey, 4. Faccinto, 5. Copeland, 6. Josett, 7. Heath, 8. Decker, 9. Johnson, 10. Haudenschild, 11. Schutte, 12. Pankratz, 13. Fernandez, 14. Woody, 15. Sheil, 16. Macedo, 17. J. Swanson. NT

CHALK STIX / COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Wise, 2. Bayston, 3. Leary, 4. C. Swanson, 5. D. Golobic, 6. Liggett, 7. Haase, 8. Bernal, 9. Gardner, 10. Sarna, 11. O. Bennett, 12. Beilman, 13. Cling, 14. B. Bennett, 15. Ensign, 16. Leach, 17. Kofoid. NT

INDY RACE PARTS / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Copeland, 2. Garrett, 3. Josett, 4. Liggett, 5. Dalby, 6. Decker, 7. Haudenschild, 8. Bernal, 9. Gardner, 10. Haase, 11. Chandler, 12. Johnson, 13. Heath, 14. Morgan, 15. Sarna, 16. D. Golobic, 17. Henry, 18. Shelton. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Christopher Bell (9), 2. Kyle Larson (3), 3. Chad Boat (2), 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer (6), 5. Tyler Courtney (8), 6. Tanner Carrick (1), 7. Brady Bacon (10), 8. Jason McDougal (17), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (20), 10. Justin Grant (14), 11. Cole Bodine (15), 12. Jesse Colwell (11), 13. Colby Copeland (23), 14. Robert Dalby (30), 15. Cody Swanson (22), 16. Logan Seavey (18), 17. Spencer Bayston (16), 18. Michael Faccinto (21), 19. Shane Golobic (4), 20. C.J. Leary (19), 21. Ryan Robinson (7), 22. Rico Abreu (12), 23. Sam Johnson (27), 24. Zeb Wise (13), 25. Tanner Thorson (5), 26. Robby Josett (25), 27. Austin Liggett (26), 28. Carson Garrett (24), 29. Alex Schutte (28), 30. Holley Hollan (29). NT
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**Pankratz flipped during qualifying. Shelton flipped during the semi. Henry flipped during the semi. D. Golobic and Sarna flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-50 Boat, Laps 51-86 Larson, Laps 87-98 Bell.

DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Jason McDougal

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Colby Copeland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Robert Dalby

FINAL USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-1019, 2-Boat-918, 3-Bacon-903, 4-Courtney-862, 5-Bayston-862, 6-Carrick-846, 7-Grant-845, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-711, 9-Wise-632, 10-Coons-606.

FINAL USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Faccinto-753, 2-Schutte-753, 3-Dalby-613, 4-Josett-593, 5-Sarna-538, 6-David Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-438, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 22, 2018 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” / “Battle of the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Michael Pickens (#81X Watt), 2. Logan Seavey (#21K Kruseman), 3. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 4. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 5. Tyler Edwards (#57X Hix), 6. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 7. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 8. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 9. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 10. Nate Schank (#1S Schank), 11. Matt Stewart (#33 Case). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 2. Colby Copeland (#16A Copeland), 3. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau), 4. Max Adams (#38 Long), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 7. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward), 8. Cody Majors (#81M Watt), 9. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD SEMI: (12 laps, Top 4 Transfer) 1. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 2. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 3. Slater Helt (#81S Watt), 4. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 5. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 6. Cooper Desbiens (#4D Desbiens), 7. Charlie Butcher (#96 B&B), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23S Lindsey). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Geoff Ensign, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Tristan Guardino, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Colby Copeland, 8. Ryan Bernal, 9. Tanner Carrick, 10. Stevie Sussex, 11. Slater Helt, 12. Michael Pickens, 13. Ryan Timmons, 14. Logan Seavey, 15. Max Adams, 16. J.J. Ringo, 17. Tye Mihocko, 18. Troy Rutherford, 19. Brody Roa, 20. C.J. Leary, 21. Chase Johnson, 22. Brady Bacon. NT ----------------------- **Woodward flipped on lap 10 of the second semi. Timmons flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Leary, Laps 14-30 Macedo SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / ROD END SUPPLY HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (22nd to 8th)


 

SCHUTTE SPEEDS TO FASTEST LAP IN TURKEY NIGHT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........USAC Light Up The World Western States Midget point leader Alex Schutte led a field of 61 drivers with the fastest lap in practice Wednesday night at Ventura Raceway in preparation for Thursday's 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The Redding, Calif. driver recorded a lap of 12.132 seconds around the 1/5-mile dirt oval. Recently-crowned USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Tyler Courtney was second at 12.135, while Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Kyle Larson, Christopher Bell and Spencer Bayston rounded out the top-five.

USAC P1 Insurance National Midget point leader Logan Seavey was 22nd practice. He clinched the series title with a last-lap, last-corner pass of Rico Abreu last Saturday at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway.

On Thursday, the pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting taking place at 2:30pm. Cars are scheduled to hit the track for hot laps at 3:30pm (Pacific Time). USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will also be on hand with semi-features and a 30-lap main event.

USAC Midget qualifying will lock the top-10 into the feature. The rest of the field will compete in three qualifying races, 12 laps apiece with the top-four transferring to the feature. Finishers 5-10 in each qualifier will run in the Last Chance Race, which will transfer the top-four finishers to complete the field for the 98-lap feature.

"Turkey Night" will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app. You can also catch video of the event a day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET presented by CBD Living Water PRACTICE RESULTS: November 21, 2018 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

PRACTICE: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.132; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.135; 3. Kyle Larson, 1, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.215; 4. Christopher Bell, 21, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.229; 5. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.241; 6. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.258; 7. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.288; 8. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.295; 9. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.312; 10. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.319; 11. Robby Josett, 68, Six8-12.333; 12. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.338; 13. C.J. Leary, 55, Bowman-12.405; 14. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.414; 15. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.450; 16. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.455; 17. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-12.467; 18. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.477; 19. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-12.483; 20. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-12.483; 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.487; 22. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.506; 23. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.518; 24. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.523; 25. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-12.532; 26. Carson Garrett, 15c, Garrett-12.541; 27. Sheldon Haudenschild, 17s, Clauson Marshall-12.559; 28. Colby Copeland, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.578; 29. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-12.582; 30. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.589; 31. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.590; 32. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.597; 33. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.619; 34. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.632; 35. Buddy Kofoid, 73K, Ford-12.640; 36. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-12.652; 37. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-12.653; 38. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.659; 39. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.702; 40. McKenna Haase, 85, Tucker/Boat-12.708; 41. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.713; 42. Carson Macedo, 73x, Ford-12.800; 43. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.834; 44. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-12.835; 45. Grady Chandler, 7u, Trifecta-12.885; 46. Michelle Decker, 4m, Meents-12.896; 47. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-12.899; 48. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-12.913; 49. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-12.962; 50. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-12.963; 51. Ryan Bernal, 73T, Ford-12.966; 52. Austin Liggett, 67x, Bock-12.994; 53. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.102; 54. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.112; 55. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-13.122; 56. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.292; 57. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-13.386; 58. Olivia Bennett, 77B, Bennett-13.444; 59. Kevin Woody, Jr., 2D, Dukes-13.484; 60. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.492; 61. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-988, 2-Bacon-851, 3-Boat-849, 4-Bayston-833, 5-Courtney-804, 6-Grant-802, 7-Carrick-785, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-609, 10-Robinson-569.

NEW USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Schutte-730, 2-Faccinto-726, 3-Dalby-578, 4-Josett-570, 5-Sarna-528, 6-David Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-428, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 21, 2018 – Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Cody Majors (#81M Watt), 3. Tyler Courtney (#81 Watt), 4. Colby Copeland (#16A Copeland), 5. Brody Roa (#91R BR), 6. Albert Pombo (#35 Pombo), 7. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 8. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 9. Matt Stewart (#33 Case). NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Geoff Ensign (#3F Finkenbinder), 2. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 3. Koen Shaw (#88K Shaw), 4. Charlie Butcher (#96 B&B), 5. Nate Schank (#1S Schank), 6. Shawn Arriaga (#56 Arriaga), 7. Shannon McQueen (#7 McQueen), 8. Kyle Edwards (#39E Edwards), 9. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Max Adams (#38 Long), 2. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 3. Michael Pickens (#81X Watt), 4. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 5. Cooper Desbiens (#4D Desbiens), 6. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 7. Tyler Edwards (#57X Hix), 8. Hannah Mayhew (#43 Mayhew), 9. Guy Woodward (#24X Woodward). NT

ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett), 3. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 4. Slater Helt (#81S Watt), 5. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 6. Logan Seavey (#21K Kruseman), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3 Montgomery), 8. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix). NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon/Marshall), 3. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Steve Hix (#57 Hix), 6, Joey Bishop (#45 Bishop), 7. Chris Tramel (#77 Tramel), 8. Rob Lindsey (#23S Lindsey). NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bacon, 3. Copeland, 4. Macedo, 5. Pickens, 6. Shaw, 7. Pombo, 8. K.Edwards, 9. Butcher. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Guardino, 3. Ensign, 4. Roa, 5. Helt, 6. Mihocko, 7. Adams, 8. Arriaga, 9. Desbiens. NT

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Timmons, 3. Ringo, 4. Hardy, 5. Lindsey, 6. Schank, 7. Bishop, 8. Swanson. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Sussex, 3. Liggett, 4. Seavey, 5. Carrick, 6. Bernal, 7. Majors, 8. Hix, 9. Mayhew, 10. Stewart. NT

ROD END SUPPLY DASH: (15 laps) 1. Leary, 2. Johnson, 3. Macedo, 4. Bacon, 5. Ensign, 6. Liggett, 7. Sussex, 8. Rutherford, 9. Courtney, 10. Guardino. NT
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**Stewart flipped on lap 2 of first heat. Mihocko flipped on lap 6 of second heat. Woodward flipped on lap 1 of third heat. Hendrix flipped on lap 2 of fourth heat. Montgomery flipped on lap 4 of fourth heat. Tramel flipped on lap 1 of fifth heat.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Chase Johnson

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 22 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / Battle of the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 


LARGEST TURKEY NIGHT FIELD IN 20 YEARS
SET FOR THURSDAY AT VENTURA

Ventura, California (November 20, 2018).........The largest field of drivers for the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" since 1998 is ready to go for the 78th installment of the prestigious Thanksgiving night race this Thursday, November 22, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Among the 67 expected entries for the USAC P1 National National Midgets and Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets is a stacked driver lineup featuring the best-of-the best from a variety of racing disciplines, including past "Turkey Night" winners Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014 & 2017) and 2015 winner Tanner Thorson heading the list.

Also entered is 2018 USAC National Midget champ Logan Seavey, 2014 champion Rico Abreu, plus 2018 feature winners Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Zeb Wise and Brady Bacon as well as Western States winners Alex Schutte, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Shane Golobic and Jake Swanson along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC/CRA's winningest sprint car driver Damion Gardner and past Western States Dirt champ David Prickett among many others.

Sheldon Haudenschild and Carson Macedo are studs in the winged sprint car world who will hop in a midget for their USAC Midget season debuts.

Interestingly, 33 of the 67 entered drivers are eligible to win the Don Basile "Turkey Night" Rookie of the Race honors. Wise was the top Rookie in 2017, finishing 5th.

Turkey Night actually kicks off a night earlier with practice on Wednesday, November 21. USAC West Coast/VRA Sprints will be on the card both nights.

Both Wednesday and Thursday, the pits open at 11am with the drivers meeting at 2:45pm, preceding the cars hitting the track for hot laps at 3:30pm (Pacific Time).

Both nights of racing will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app.

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2018 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
1 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL
1p (R) Ricky Lewis/Oxnard, CA
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA
2D (R) Kevin Woody, Jr./Victor, NY
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
3F (R) Geoff Ensign/Sebastapol, CA
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
4M (R) Michelle Decker/Guthrie, OK
5 (R) Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
7u (R) Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
10 (R) Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO
10B (R) Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO
15 (R) Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15c (R) Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC (R) Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G (R) Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17s (R) Sheldon Haudenschild/Wooster, OH
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 (R) C.J. Sarna/Long Beach, CA
21 Christopher Bell/Norman, OK
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 (R) Kyle Beilman/Santa Monica, CA
33P (R) Mike Leach/Foothill Ranch, CA
35 (R) Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
55 (R) C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
55T (R) Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67x (R) Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA
68w Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71D (R) Bryan Drollinger/Lomita, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71R (R) Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Covina, CA
71x (R) Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA
72 (R) Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
73 (R) Dylan Ito/Newbury Park, CA
73K (R) Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA
73T Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA
73x Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA
76E Justin Grant/Ione, CA
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 (R) Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
77B (R) Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CO
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
85 (R) McKenna Haase/Des Moines, IA
87 (R) Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA
91 (R) Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F (R) Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 (R) Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
(R) = Don Basile Rookie of the Race Candidate

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

SCHUTTE-FACCINTO CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEADS TO VENTURA’S “78TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 19, 2018... After last Saturday’s dramatic “November Classic” at Bakersfield, the Light Up The World USAC Western States and P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets will battle in one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. On Thursday, November 22nd, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will host the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” The USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the action packed card in the non-point “Battle of the Beach.” The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

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ARP BONUS: Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night midget and 360 sprint car main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake, and Tommy Hunt.

PAY PER VIEW: The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at www.speedshifttv.com.

The festivities for the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will start on Wednesday, November 21st. That night, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash in a special non-points event and the USAC National and Western States Midgets will have their practice sessions. On Thursday, the Sprint Cars will return for their non-point “Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget show with time trials, last chance races, and 98-lap main event. There will be a special driver autograph session at intermission.

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 it’s first “granddaddy of all midget races” and Billy Boat claimed his third-straight “Thanksgiving Classic.” Last year, Christopher Bell outdueled NASCAR’s Kyle Larson to add his name for the second time 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, 144 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 Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on October 27th, 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion Jake Swanson took the checkered flags. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) has taken over the point lead and holds a slim 4-point advantage. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte scored seventeenth last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights earning the championship with a “Turkey Night Grand Prix” victory.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) ranks second in the Light Up The World point standings. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto scored twenty-fourth at Bakersfield after an early flip. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking to win the championship with a victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has risen to third in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby scored a sixteenth place finish in Bakersfield’s “November Classic.” To date, the young driver has posted one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Thursday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Ventura Raceway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits fourth in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. The pilot of his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike did not compete at Bakersfield last Saturday night. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will drive the Six8 Motorsports’ #68 Stewart (formerly driven by Ronnie Gardner) at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished eighteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting his #20 Cactus Jack’s / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna used a provisional and scored nineteenth last Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver has one career victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with a strong run on Thursday night.

Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) has a lock on earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. Driving the family owned #31 Dave.com / Six8 Motorsports Spike, Beilman has posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. Kyle will be looking to have a strong outing at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Over 60 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura. Among them are David Prickett, Frankie Guerrini, Randi Pankratz, Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Jake Swanson, Daniel Anderson, Cody Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Ryan Bernal, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Bryan Drollinger, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Mike Leach Jr., Tony Everhart, Bruce Hiroshima, Austin Liggett, Johnathon Henry, Ricky Lewis, Michelle Decker, Chase Johnson, Carson Macedo, Buddy Kofoid, Shane Golobic, Kyle Larson, and more.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zeb Wise, and Ryan Robinson round out the top-10 in points.

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 Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

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, 2016-Kyle Larson, 2017-Christopher Bell.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 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-Christopher Bell, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 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-Jake Swanson, 1-Tommy White.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-730, 2. Michael Faccinto-726, 3. Robert Dalby-578, 4. Robby Josett-570, 5. C.J. Sarna-528, 6. David Prickett-509, 7. Kyle Beilman-428, 8. Shannon McQueen-370, .. Ronnie Gardner-370, .. Frankie Guerrini-370, 11. Randi Pankratz-358, 12. Maria Cofer-316, 13. Clayton Ruston-310, 14. Jake Swanson-294, 15. Daniel Anderson-279, 16. Cody Swanson-263, 17. Marvin Mitchell-262, 18. Ryan Bernal-260, 19. Dylan Ito-216, 20. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-186.

2018 P1 INSURANCE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Logan Seavey-988, 2. Brady Bacon-851, 3. Chad Boat-849, 4. Spencer Bayston-833, 5. Tyler Courtney-804, 6. Justin Grant-802, 7. Tanner Carrick-785, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr.-711, 9. Zeb Wise-609, 10. Ryan Robinson-569, 11. Jerry Coons Jr.-560, 12. Jason McDougal-536, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer-484, 14. Holly Shelton-477, 15. Tyler Thomas-434, 16. Brayton Lynch-390, 17. Alex Bright-373, 18. Sam Johnson-365, 19. Kyle Cracker-260, 20. Zane Hendricks-259.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
November 22: #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.

 

 

VENTURA’S “78TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” DOUBLEHEADER STARTS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 19, 2018... Starting Wednesday, November 21st, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will battle at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will begin with a special Wednesday non-point program for the 360 sprint cars and practice for the USAC National and Western States Midgets. On Thursday, the sprint cars will return for their non-point “Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget show. The Pit Gates at the “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” will open at 11:45am, the Driver’s Meeting will be held at 2:45pm, the Spectator Gates open at 3:00pm, and practice starts at 3:30pm.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. A $100 Entry fee covers both nights. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, B&B: FRAC-0375S, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

ARP BONUS: Automotive Racing Products is offering a special $50,000 bonus to the driver that wins both the Thursday night sprint car and midget main events. A talented roster of drivers from across the country are expected at this prestigious event.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Cory Kruseman, Jay Drake, and Tommy Hunt.

PAY PER VIEW: The event is available on pay-per-view and will be live streamed at www.speedshifttv.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held eleven West Coast Sprint Car races and eight different drivers have claimed victory. This season, Austin Liggett, Ryan Bernal and Tristan Guardino celebrated “Battle of the Beach” wins and Liggett set a new track record (11.983) on August 25th. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

When the checkered flags flew on October 6th at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett won by a slim 17-point margin and became the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. In all, Austin posted two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. With seven career wins, Liggett ranks third in the “Battle of the Beach” mini-series and will be looking to add the Turkey Night Grand Prix to his resume.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) finished second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino had two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. Tristan has five career wins and have his sights on adding another winning trophy to his collection.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) placed third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons had two feature wins, three heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 57 feature laps led on the season. The 2016 Rookie of the Year will be looking for his first victory at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranked fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen posted twelve top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2012 USAC Western States Midget Champion will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) placed fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix recorded two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year. Hix will field a two-car effort with Tyler Edwards and will be looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2018. Driving Mike Bock’s #67 West Evans Motorsports / Abreu Vineyards Eagle, Bock posted one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award and seven top-10 finishes on the season. Britton will be looking for his first series win and Austin Liggett will pilot his midget at the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

Over 40 drivers are expected to be in action at Ventura Raceway. Among them are Max Adams, Shawn Arriaga, Tyler Courtney, Kyle Edwards, Slater Helt, Rick Hendrix, Chase Johnson, Colby Johnson, Austin Kuehl, C.J. Leary, Rob Lindsey, Cody Majors, Hannah Mayhew, Kaleb Montgomery, Brent Owens, Michael Pickens, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Koen Shaw, Matt Stewart, Ryan Stolz, Stevie Sussex, Jake Swanson, Tanner Thorson, Shawn Torbert, Chris Tramel, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) earned his fourth VRA Sprint Car Championship over “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Joey Bishop, Charlie Butcher, Kyle Edwards, Tyler Hatzikian, Guy Woodward, Chris Tramel, and Chris Meredith.

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, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr, 2016- Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett.

TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Ryan Timmons, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett.

FINAL 2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett-929, 2. Tristan Guardino-912, 3. Ryan Timmons-839, 4. Shannon McQueen-733, 5. Steve Hix-723, 6. Koen Shaw-685, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-630, 8. Britton Bock-611, 9. Austin Ervine-525, 10. Ryan Stolz-453, 11. Richard Vander Weerd-441, 12. Ryan Bernal-437, 13. Jace Vander Weerd-433, 14. Troy Rutherford-374, 15. Brandon Wiley-344, 16. Jake Swanson-312, 17. Trent Carter-296, 18. Kyle Edwards-218, 19. Kaleb Montgomery-213, --. James Herrera-213

2018 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1775, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-1405, 3. Rick Hendrix-1335, 4. Joey Bishop-1050, 5. Charlie Butcher-880, 6. Kyle Edwards-715, 7. Tyler Hatzikian-405, 8. Guy Woodward-260, 9. Chris Tramel-215, 10. Chris Meredith-180.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

BREIDINGER CAPS 2018 SPEED2 SEASON WITH LAS VEGAS REPEAT; LEMKE GRABS 2 TITLES

Las Vegas, NV.........Toni Breidinger of Hillsboro, Calif. scored her 19th USAC feature event victory Saturday night as the 2018 USAC Western Speed2 Series closed at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedwau. She led all 30 laps to beat Joey Iest, Cody Jessop, Dillon Tucker and Kylie Ith. Adam Lemke ended up as the 2018 USAC Western Speed2 Overall and Pavement Midget Champion.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.278; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.496; 3. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-15.524; 4. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.556; 5. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-15.615; 6. Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.645; 7. Kylie Ith, 31, Ith-15.852. 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.101.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tucker, 2. Jessop, 3. Ith, 4. Nchols. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Breidinger, 2. Waters, 3. Iest. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Cody Jessop, 4. Dillon Tucker, 5. Kylie Ith, 6. Natalie Waters, 7. Johnny Nichols, 8. Adam Lemke. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Breidinger.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,403, 2-Iest-1,195, 3-Nichols-713, 4-Breidinger-622, 5-Blake Brannon-509, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Jessop-351, 8-Tucker-282, 9-Bryant Bell-253, 10-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,180, 2-Iest-919, 3-Nichols-713, 4-Breidinger-622, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Jessop-279, 7-Bryant Bell-253, 8-Tucker-216, 9-Waters-122, 10-Ith-116.

 

SEAVEY SAVES BEST FOR LAST AT BAKERSFIELD,
CLINCHES USAC NATIONAL MIDGET TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........For 29 and three-quarters of a lap, Logan Seavey was staring straight at the tail tank of his teammate Rico Abreu's car as he followed him lap-after-lap around the Bakersfield Speedway 1/3-mile dirt oval.

But all it took was one quarter, and one big run off the high side of turn four, for Seavey to race around the 2014 series champ for the lead and score his third victory of the year by a .292-second margin.

Though the Sutter, Calif. driver was steadfast in his approach down the stretch, Seavey admitted he nearly gave up on the high line. But he stuck with it and stuck his Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in victory lane at Saturday's "November Classic" USAC P1 Insurance National and Light Up The World Western States Midget event.

"I was just kind of riding behind him," Seavey recalled. "On that last run, got away from me, so I kept working the top. I almost gave up on it, but on the last lap, I fully committed, and I got a bunch of drive off exit. I definitely wasn't expecting that. It looked like he maybe bobbled a little bit, but sometimes, that's what it takes."

Seavey ran second for and played the role of the chaser, which afforded him the opportunity to dust off a few trails of his own as he sought a way around Abreu.

"Racing with Rico so long, you learn how his driving style works," Seavey explained. "He was committed to the bottom and he's really good on top. Obviously, Rico's known for that. Luckily, I was the one running second and I was able to search. He had to commit to his line and do what was working for him. That's the bad part about leading these races because we've all lost them that way. Tonight, we got one that way."

With the victory and the subsequent addition of maximum feature points to his credit, Seavey has essentially clinched the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget championship, carrying a 137-point advantage into Thursday's season finale, the 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix" at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

It's been an amazing journey for the quick study who started his first USAC Midget race just a calendar year ago. On this night, the series Rookie became the first driver to reach victory lane for the third time in 2018 in what has been an incredibly-balanced season. With a National title now in his back pocket, he has reached a stratosphere that few have ever achieved as a USAC National Midget champion in his Rookie season, following in the tracks of Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013.

"It's pretty dang cool," Seavey exclaimed. "Not too long ago, I didn't even have a midget ride. I was just hoping one day to be able to race midgets. Now here we are with the best team in the world and we're USAC national champions!"

Although Seavey began the feature event from the pole position, it was outside front row starter Abreu who looked every bit the dominator on this night as he locked in on winning his first series race in over 16 months. Abreu rocketed around the outside of Seavey on the first and second tries at the green, which were called back due to multiple stoppages, the first of which saw Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto get upside down. He finished 24th and now trails Alex Schutte by four points in the standings entering the finale.

The third time was a charm as Seavey slid up further to prevent Abreu's charge off turn two, but Abreu quickly countered and dove back under Seavey off turn two to snag the lead once again, then immediately headed to the bottom entering turn three. Abreu would play the balancing act of entering high in turn one and rolling the bottom of turn three for the duration.

Through the mid-portion of the race, Seavey was engaged with Zeb Wise for the runner-up spot with fellow series Rookie Wise momentarily possessing the position on lap 13 with ta turn one slider, but Seavey was able to punch his way back by on the back straight with Wise, Chad Boat and Shane Golobic hanging in the not-so-distant rear.

With ten to go, Seavey ramped up the pressure as he shadowed Abreu on both ends of the racetrack, high in one and low in three. Following a Ryan Robinson spin in turn three with nine laps remaining, the top-three of Abreu, Seavey and Wise were in freight-train mode as they battled for the lead. Seavey broke from the tracks and went topside in turn three on lap 23, diamonding off midway between three and four which resulted in a him gaining a big run that allowed him to close right on the rear bumper of Abreu exiting off the bottom of four. Seavey kept the train a rolling all the way into turn one, sliding up in front of Abreu, but again, Abreu put on his bulletproof vest and put a stop to Seavey's Bullet (By Spike), countering back by and driving past Seavey to retake the point.

After Wise slowed to a stop on lap 24 to bring out the final yellow, the score would be settled between Abreu and Seavey. Abreu utilized a quality start off the blocks at the drop of the green to gain a half-second advantage right off the bat, but that's where Seavey went to work, searching high, low and everywhere in between.

On the last lap, Seavey stalked Abreu through turns one and two, but as Abreu headed for the bottom of three, Seavey had no doubts in his mind about heading to the top. He nailed it as perfect as perfection can be, ripping past Abreu off the final turn to score the victory by two car lengths over Abreu, with S. Golobic a close-by third, Spencer Bayston fourth and Chad Boat fifth.

"Not too long ago, I didn't even have a midget ride. I was just hoping one day to be able to race midgets. Now here we are with the best team in the world and we're USAC national champions!" - Logan Seavey (Devin Mayo Photo)

For Rico, it was a tough one to take as he appeared to be in control as others made runs at him throughout the event. But, as you'll hear drivers say, being in the lead can become a disadvantage at times on a dirt track, not knowing where your nearest competition is and not being able to see where the fastest line is at the moment.

"I just tried to be as patient as I could throughout the race," Abreu remembers. "When you get all these cautions, it changes the momentum of everything. I felt like we were good enough for a l0ittle five-lap dash there at the end. I should've moved around a lot more, but we never caught lapped traffic, so I couldn't judge my pace off anybody. I just set my own pace and waited for someone to drive around me, so I could race with them. Logan got by at the perfect time."

"I just made the wrong mistakes at the wrong times," Abreu continued. "If the roles were reversed, I would've been doing the same thing by moving around a lot more. You get trapped when you're leading, though. My car felt really good on the bottom of three and four. I had that diamond line in one and two where I could get such a big run down the back stretch and then slam on the brakes and slow it down. Another Kunz car won and, if you're going to run second, you might as well run second to one of your guys.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway were Michael Faccinto (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Alex Schutte (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Cody Swanson (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jason McDougal (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Holly Shelton (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL & LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET presented by CBD Living Water RACE RESULTS: November 17, 2018 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.536; 2. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.724; 3. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.729; 4. Shane Golobic, 17w, Clauson Marshall/Wood-12.756; 5. Damion Gardner, 25x, Rodela-12.782; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson Marshall-12.786; 7. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-12.807; 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.811; 9. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-12.829; 10. Rico Abreu, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.831; 11. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.850; 12. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.867; 13. Spencer Bayston, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.872; 14. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.890; 15. Justin Grant, 76E, FMR-12.911; 16. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.931; 17. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.935; 18. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall-12.942; 19. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-13.000; 20. Cody Swanson, 71s, Campbell-13.039; 21. Holley Hollan, 35, Petry-13.048; 22. Sterling Cling, 5, Petry-13.049; 23. Jesse Colwell, 71x, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.056; 24. Michael Pickens, 67z, Kahne-13.061; 25. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-13.094; 26. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.145; 27. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-13.148; 28. Daniel Anderson, 7, McQueen-13.180; 29. C.J. Leary, 68, Six8-13.216; 30. Cole Bodine, 17BC, Clauson Marshall-13.230; 31. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.239; 32. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.304; 33. Jake Swanson, 68w, Six8-13.307; 34. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-13.465; 35. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15x, Hazelton-13.903; 36. Jesse Fernandez, 97F, Fernandez-14.309; 37. Shawn Jones, 10w, Jones-14.661; 38. David Prickett, 24x, Neverlift-NT; 39. Ricky Lewis, 1p, Nichols-NT; 40. Tanner Thorson, 3c, Tri-C-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Faccinto, 2. D. Golobic, 3. Bayston, 4. Hollan, 5. Boat, 6. Gardner, 7. J. Swanson, 8. McDougal, 9. Leary, 10. Jones. 1:44.15

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Abreu, 3. Wise, 4. Cling, 5. Shelton, 6. Heath, 7. Dalby, 8. Bodine, 9. Cofer. 1:43.59 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX / COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. Schutte, 2. Grant, 3. Bacon, 4. Coons, 5. Robinson, 6. Colwell, 7. Johnson, 8. Lewis, 9. Beilman, 10. Hazelton-Heredia. 1:47.84

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to feature) 1. C. Swanson, 2. Seavey, 3. Pickens, 4. S. Golobic, 5. Carrick, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Sarna, 8. Anderson, 9. Fernandez, 10. Thorson. 1:48.80

PYROTECT RACING CELLS C-MAIN: (8 laps, top-4 transfer) 1. Bodine, 2. J. Swanson, 3. Cofer, 4. Sarna, 5. Fernandez, 6. Hazelton-Heredia, 7. Lewis, 8. Jones. NT

ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer) 1. Boat, 2. Carrick, 3. Robinson, 4. Klaasmeyer, 5. McDougal, 6. Johnson, 7. Shelton, 8. Gardner, 9. J. Swanson, 10. Dalby, 11. Leary, 12. Bodine, 13. Cofer, 14. Colwell, 15. Sarna, 16. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. Rico Abreu (2), 3. Shane Golobic (6), 4. Spencer Bayston (11), 5. Chad Boat (7), 6. Tanner Carrick (13), 7. Brady Bacon (4), 8. Holly Shelton (25), 9. Jason McDougal (21), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (9), 11. Jerry Coons, Jr. (22), 12. Cole Bodine (23), 13. Cody Swanson (17), 14. Sam Johnson (8), 15. Dustin Golobic (3), 16. Robert Dalby (24), 17. Alex Schutte (16), 18. Holley Hollan (18), 19. C.J. Sarna (26), 20. Zeb Wise (5), 21. Ryan Robinson (10), 22. Tyler Courtney (15), 23. Sterling Cling (19), 24. Michael Faccinto (14), 25. Justin Grant (12), 26. Michael Pickens (20). NT
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**Jones flipped during the C-Main. Beilman flipped during the semi. Faccinto flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 Abreu, Lap 30 Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (21st to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Cody Swanson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Holly Shelton

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-988, 2-Bacon-851, 3-Boat-849, 4-Bayston-833, 5-Courtney-804, 6-Grant-802, 7-Carrick-785, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-609, 10-Robinson-569.

NEW USAC LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Schutte-730, 2-Faccinto-726, 3-Dalby-578, 4-Robby Josett-570, 5-Sarna-528, 6-Prickett-509, 7-Beilman-428, 8-Frankie Guerrini-370, 9-Ronnie Gardner-370, 10-Shannon McQueen-370.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE NATIONAL AND LIGHT UP THE WORLD WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 22 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 78th "Turkey Night Grand Prix"

 

BREIDINGER TACKS ON ANOTHER WIN AT LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas, NV........Tony Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif., the winningest driver in USAC history, continued her winning ways Friday at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning the 30-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature. She passed Adam Lemke in lap 17and led the rest of the way to beat Dillon Tuckerm Joey Iest, Lemke and Cody Jessop. The series concludes tonight at LVMS.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2018 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-15.214; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.285; 3. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-15.378; 4. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-15.439; 5 Cody Jessop, 00, Jessop-15.578; 6. Natalie Waters, 1, Waters-15.662; 7. Kylie Ith, 31, Ith-15.814; 8. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.270; 9. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Dillon Tucker, 3. Joey Iest, 4. Adam Lemke, 5. Cody Jessop, 6. Natalie Waters, 7. Kylie Ith, 8. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Tucker, Laps 4-16 Lemke, Laps 17-20 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,351, 2-Iest-1,117, 3-Nichols-656, 4-Breidinger-538, 5-Blake Brannon-509, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Jessop-279, 8-Bryany Bell-253, 9-Tucker-211, 10-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,028, 2-Iest-842, 3-Nichols-656, 4-Nreidinger-538, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Jessop-279, 7-Bryant Bell-253, 8-Tucker-216, 9-Ethan Lesser-68, 10-Austin Carter-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: November 17 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

USAC NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS COMES TO DOWNTOWN INDY ON DECEMBER 7TH

Indianapolis, Indiana (November 16, 2018).........Please join us as the United States Auto Club celebrates its best at the 63rd Annual "Night of Champions" at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis on Friday night, December 7, 2018.

Each of USAC's champions and special award recipients will be honored in the ceremony that will take place on PRI weekend at the beautiful facility located atop the Indiana Repertory Theater at 140 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cocktails are set to begin at 6pm Eastern with dinner and the awards ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:30pm.

Tickets are $65 each and must be reserved by Friday, November 30. To reserve your seat, please contact Nikki Klepper at nikki@usacracing.com or by phone at (317) 247-5151.

 

 

BAKERSFIELD USAC MIDGETS LIVE
SATURDAY ON SPEED SHIFT TV

Bakersfield, California (November 16, 2018).........

The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets are headed to the west coast this weekend and you're invited to join them as Speed Shift TV will have live coverage of the Saturday, November 17 event at California's Bakersfield Speedway.

Around 40 of the top wheelmen and women from USAC's National and Light Up The World Western States Midget series will be on hand for the "November Classic," including four past USAC National Midget champions, Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006-07), Rico Abreu (2014), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017) along with current point leader Logan Seavey.

The stacked lineup also features four additional individuals who've driven to USAC National Midget victory lane in 2018: Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat. Michael Pickens won a pair with the series in 2017, but will be making his first start of the year this Saturday. C.J. Leary has tallied wins in both the USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series this year, but is on track to make a rare midget start this weekend in search of his first series victory.

Michael Faccinto leads the Western States contingent with a two-point lead over Alex Schutte in the standings. Faccinto was victorious at Bakersfield in June and also won in 2016, while Schutte, the 2010 Western States champ, has won twice at Bakersfield in his career during the 2009 and 2015 seasons. Cody Swanson picked up his first Western States win at Bakersfield in 2013.

Damion Gardner is a seven-time champ in USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, but he's top-flight in a midget as well, with a win under his belt at Bakersfield in 2005. Shannon McQueen and David Prickett, the 2012 overall and 2012 Western States dirt champs, respectively, are also expected entrants along with the driver who swept both nights of the midget portion of this year's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga, Shane Golobic.

Pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm. Drivers meeting at 4:30pm. Cars on track at 5pm. (Pacific Time) (All Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE! Pit pass are $45 each.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BAKERSFIELD "NOVEMBER CLASSIC" EXPECTED ENTRIES:
1p Ricky Lewis/Oxnard, CA
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
5 Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7 Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
68w Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA
71x Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
?? Justin Grant/Ione, CA

 

 

BIG MIDGET FIELD EXPECTED
FOR NOVEMBER CLASSIC SATURDAY AT BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 14, 2018).........An abundance of USAC Midget racing talent will be on display in this Saturday's "November Classic" at Bakersfield Speedway as the P1 Insurance National Midgets clash with the Light Up The World Western States Midgets for the first of two times in 2018.

The field sees four past USAC National Midget champions on board for the November 17 race on the speedy 1/3-mile dirt oval, including Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006-07), Rico Abreu (2014), Tanner Thorson (2016), Spencer Bayston (2017) along with current point leader Logan Seavey.

The stacked lineup also features four additional individuals who've driven to USAC National Midget victory lane in 2018: Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon, Zeb Wise and Chad Boat. Michael Pickens won a pair with the series in 2017, but will be making his first start of the year this Saturday. C.J. Leary has tallied wins in both the USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL National Sprint Car series this year, but is on track to make a rare midget start this weekend in search of his first series victory.

Michael Faccinto leads the Western States contingent with a two-point lead over Alex Schutte in the standings. Faccinto was victorious at Bakersfield in June and also won in 2016, while Schutte, the 2010 Western States champ, has won twice at Bakersfield in his career during the 2009 and 2015 seasons. Cody Swanson picked up his first Western States win at Bakersfield in 2013.

Damion Gardner is a seven-time champ in USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, but he's top-flight in a midget as well, with a win under his belt at Bakersfield in 2005. Shannon McQueen and David Prickett, the 2012 overall and 2012 Western States dirt champs, respectively, are also expected entrants along with the driver who swept both nights of the midget portion of this year's "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga, Shane Golobic.

Pits open at 2pm, gates open at 4pm. Drivers meeting at 4:30pm. Cars on track at 5pm. (Pacific Time) (All Times Subject to Change). Adult general admission tickets are $16, senior and military tickets are $14, kids 6-12 are $8 and kids age 5 and under are FREE! Pit pass are $45 each.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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BAKERSFIELD "NOVEMBER CLASSIC" EXPECTED ENTRIES:
1p Tristin Thomas/Burlington, WA
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
5 Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ
7 Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15x Ashley Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
67z Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ
68 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
76m Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO
97K Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA
?? Justin Grant/Ione, CA

 


 

78TH TURKEY NIGHT REPRESENTED BY 14 STATES, 2 COUNTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 14, 2018).........Turkey Night is a destination race. It's one any driver wants to add to his or her resume when the helmet is hung up.

That's a major reason why drivers come from all over each Fall to race midgets in southern California when Thanksgiving Night rolls around each year, as will happen on Thursday, November 22, when top guns from the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, Light Up The World Western States Midgets and other racing disciplines converge on Ventura Raceway for the 78th edition of this grand event.

This year's pre-entry list features drivers from 14 different states and two countries (United States and New Zealand). Unsurprisingly, the home state of California leads all states with 33 drivers representing the Golden State. The remaining states are spread fairly evenly with six each from Colorado and Oklahoma, five from Indiana, a pair from Washington, and one apiece from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New York and Ohio.

Six of the 14 states in this year's field have never produced a "Turkey Night" winner: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Washington. Although, Iowa was the residence of two-time winner Mel Kenyon for a period at the beginning of his career before he made his home in Lebanon, Ind.

There has never been a foreign-born winner, although Michael Pickens is highly-capable of changing that stat this year! Meanwhile, the states of Missouri and New York have had quite a hiatus from "Turkey Night" glory. Missouri's last triumphs were with Roy Russing, who went back-to-back in 1940-41. "Bullet" Joe Garson scored in 1958 as New York's lone winner.

Eighteen states have had a driver claim a "Turkey Night" victory, with California leading the way at 24. Indiana sits in second with 12, nine of which have occurred since the turn of the century. Arizona has 11, but what makes it even more impressive is that all 11 of them were accomplished by just two drivers! Ron Shuman leads all drivers with eight while Billy Boat has three. Illinois chimes in at six and Wisconsin at four.

Oddly enough, all seven states with exactly two "Turkey Night" wins have just one driver representing them as two-time winners of the race: Parnelli Jones (Arkansas), Dave Steele (Florida), Bob Swanson (Minnesota), Roy Russing (Missouri), Ronney Householder (Nebraska), Christopher Bell (Oklahoma) and A.J. Foyt (Texas).

Notching a single in the win column over the years are Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Oregon and South Dakota.

Fans come from all over to witness this event in-person too! Turkey Night tix can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/78th-annual-turkey-night-grand-prix-tickets-42401301434?fbclid=IwAR3f5z07dJt8vp7zb46bY3wbWghCfr_naegvhVoi4OSJ0WlaXaIqpSBSfp4

On Thursday, November 22, it's a full program for the Midgets, plus semis and a feature for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for VRA and USAC members. $50,000 will go to a driver if he or she can win both main events.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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2018 TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES (BY STATE):

ALABAMA: (1) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ARIZONA: (3) Chad Boat, Sterling Cling & Jerry Coons, Jr.

CALIFORNIA: (33) Rico Abreu, Daniel Anderson, Kyle Beilman, Ryan Bernal, Tanner Carrick, Maria Cofer, Colby Copeland, Robert Dalby, Bryan Drollinger, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Dustin Golobic, Shane Golobic, Frankie Guerrini, Ashley Heredia, Dylan Ito, Chase Johnson, Robby Josett, Buddy Kofoid, Kyle Larson, Mike Leach, Jr., Austin Liggett, Carson Macedo, Randi Pankratz, David Prickett, Ryan Robinson, C.J. Sarna, Alex Schutte, Logan Seavey, Holly Shelton, Cody Swanson, Jake Swanson & Brad Sweet

COLORADO: (6) Blaze Bennett, Lance Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Jesse Fernandez, Carson Garrett & Chris Sheil

ILLINOIS: (1) Brayton Lynch

INDIANA: (5) Spencer Bayston, Cole Bodine, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary & Zeb Wise

IOWA: (1) McKenna Haase

KANSAS: (1) Tucker Klaasmeyer

MISSOURI: (1) Sam Johnson

NEVADA: (1) Tanner Thorson

NEW YORK: (1) Kevin Woody, Jr.

OHIO: (1) Sheldon Haudenschild

OKLAHOMA: (6) Brady Bacon, Christopher Bell, Grady Chandler, Michelle Decker, Holley Hollan & Jason McDougal

WASHINGTON: (2) Tristin Thomas & Colton Heath

NEW ZEALAND: (1) Michael Pickens

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1934-2017 TURKEY NIGHT WINNERS (BY STATE):

ARIZONA: (11) Billy Boat (3) & Ron Shuman (8)

ARKANSAS: (2) Parnelli Jones (2)

CALIFORNIA: (24) Dick Atkins, George Benson, Billy Cantrell, Jay Drake, Edgar Elder, Rick Goudy, Perry Grimm (2), Chuck Gurney (2), Jordan Hermansader, Brent Kaeding, Kyle Larson (2), Jason Leffler (2), Danny McKnight, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Gary Patterson, Tony Simon, Ted Sizemore, Bill Vukovich & Bill Zaring

FLORIDA: (2) Dave Steele (2)

ILLINOIS: (6) Gary Bettenhausen (2), Tony Bettenhausen, Bubby Jones, Johnny McDowell & Kevin Olson

INDIANA: (12) Caleb Armstrong, Bryan Clauson (2), Dave Darland (2), Bobby East, Mel Kenyon (2), Warren Mockler, Michael Lewis, Tony Stewart & Billy Wease

MASSACHUSETTS: (1) Bobby Santos

MICHIGAN: (1) Sam Sessions

MINNESOTA: (2) Bob Swanson (2)

MISSOURI: (2) Roy Russing (2)

NEBRASKA: (2) Ronney Householder (2)

NEVADA: (1) Tanner Thorson

NEW YORK: (1) Joe Garson

OKLAHOMA: (2) Christopher Bell (2)

OREGON: (1) George Amick

SOUTH DAKOTA: (1) Mel Hansen

TEXAS: (2) A. J. Foyt (2)

WISCONSIN: (4) Billy Engelhart (2) & Stan Fox (2)


NATIONAL MIDGET HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2018 INCLUDES ANDRETTI, ASTONE, CLAUSON, IRWIN, MARSHMAN, STREICHER

Speedway, Indiana (November 14, 2018).........The National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame has named six of the sport's all-time greats into its 2018 class, which will be celebrated with a luncheon and induction ceremony on Friday, January 18, inside Fair Meadows Hall (Simulcast Building) at the Tulsa (Okla.) State Fairgrounds, located adjacent to the Tulsa Expo Center which will be hosting the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals that week. The doors will open at 11am, with the luncheon beginning at 11:30am (Central).

The Class of 2018 includes (in alphabetical order) Mario Andretti, Tommy Astone, Bryan Clauson, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Bobby Marshman and Mike Streicher.

Synonymous with American auto racing, Mario Andretti has accomplished nearly everything in the realm of motorsport. He was named Driver of the Century by the Associated Press in 1999 and the American Driver of the Century by Racer Magazine in 2000. In his illustrious career, the Italian-born drive who resided in Nazareth, Pa. captured the Formula One World Championship in 1978 as well as USAC National Championships in 1965, '66, '69 and the CART title in 1984. He stands alone as the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (1969), Daytona 500 (1967) and the Formula One World Championship. His versatility behind the wheel is unquestionable with victories at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1969, the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1967, '70 and '72, an IROC series title in 1979 and as a USAC Midget winner in 1966 at Michigan's Berlin Raceway. He began his open wheel racing career in TQ Midgets with the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association in 1961 before jumping into full-size midgets with ARDC. On Labor Day weekend in 1963, he won three midgets features in one day at two different tracks: New Jersey's Flemington Speedway in the afternoon and twin features at Pennsylvania's Hatfield Speedway during the evening, all driving for the Mataka Brothers, who, from that day forward, always carried the number 3N1 on their cars in honor of the amazing feat.

Though his USAC National Midget career was somewhat brief, Fresno, California's Tommy Astone had an impressive run between 1974 and 1976, winning seven victories at Burlington, Iowa, Hartford, Mich., Kingsport, Tenn., Sun Prairie, Wisc., Springville, Utah and Kokomo, Ind. and his most notable victory coming in the 1974 Night Before the 500 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, all for car owner Doug Caruthers. He finished runner-up in the final USAC National Midget standings in 1973-1974 and third in 1976. He emerged in victory lane with the USAC Western States Midgets once in 1983 at Ascot Park and on four occasions at Hanford, Calif., Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway and twice at Ventura, Calif. Astone was inducted into Bay Cities Racing Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and competed with the California Racing Association, Astone also scored his lone USAC National Sprint Car victory at New York's Erie County Fairgrounds in 1976.

No driver fit more racing accomplishments in as short amount of time in USAC history as did Bryan Clauson. The Sacramento, California-born driver who made Noblesville, Ind. his home during his career is one of just six drivers to reach 100 USAC feature wins during a career. His 112 career USAC wins rank only behind racing legends Rich Vogler, A.J. Foyt, Sleepy Tripp, Mel Kenyon and Dave Darland. Thirty-eight of those came in USAC National Midget competition with mega wins at Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2009 and '10, the Hut Hundred in 2010, the 4-Crown Nationals in 2014, the Chili Bowl in 2014 and the Belleville Nationals in 2009, '10 and '15. His achievements spread across the racing spectrum with three Indiana Midget Week titles to his credit in 2009, '11 and '16 and was a star "down under" in New Zealand at Western Springs. His championships run the gamut as the USAC National Drivers Championship winner in 2010, '11 and '12; the 2012 and '13 USAC National Sprint Car champion; the 2010 and '11 USAC National Midget Championship. His talents took him to a trio of starts at the Indianapolis 500, the last of which came in 2016 where he led the 100th lap of the 100th running. Clauson lost his life in a crash at the 2016 Belleville Nationals, fittingly while leading the race, at age 27.

Kenny Irwin, Jr. made his mark in every racecar he stepped foot in, but he particularly shined in midget racing. He won the 1992 All American Midget Series championship in the family-owned car where he earned a ton of accolades, including a pair of wins on the high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and at Indianapolis Raceway Park, as well as a 1993 USAC season-opening victory at the SkyDome in Toronto. He ventured to Dave Calderwood's No. 4 in 1995 and continued his winning ways, scoring on the Springfield Mile. He then moved to the famed Steve Lewis No. 9 car where he won twice at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and at South Dakota's Huset's Speedway en route to the 1996 USAC National Midget title. He was the 1998 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and was twice a winner in NASCAR's Truck Series. The rising star lost his life in 2000 during a practice crash at New Hampshire International Speedway at the age of 30.

Bobby Marshman was one of the brightest young, upcoming drivers of his era when he passed away in a Champ Car testing crash in the Fall of 1964 at just 28 years old. Despite the briefness of his career, the Pottstown, Pa. driver was a force in racing right from the get-go. The son of 1949 AAA East Coast Midget champ and longtime promoter of Pennsylvania's Hatfield Speedway George Marshman, Bobby began his midget racing career with ARDC where, in his first season in 1958, he finished third in the standings. He excelled in long-distance midget races, particularly, winning big events at Trenton, N.J. in 1960, '61 and '62 at lengths of 300, 250 and 100 miles. The latter two at Trenton served as two of his four career USAC National Midget victories. He also won in USAC Sprint Car, Stock Car and Championship Car competition, winning the 1962 Bobby Ball Memorial at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. He was co-Rookie of the Year with Parnelli Jones at the 1961 Indianapolis 500, starting 33rd and finishing 7th).

Mike Streicher has been a success in nearly all facets of midget racing. The Findlay, Ohio native has won USAC National Midget championships as a driver, car owner, mechanic and car builder. In 1983, he captured his first series title with USAC as a car owner and mechanic for driver Rich Vogler. In 1988 at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, he won the first of his six career USAC National Midget features and was victorious in the Hoosier Dome Invitational in 1990. The following season, in 1991, Streicher raced to three victories, the USAC National Midget driver title and his third owner championship. He constructed the Hawk Chassis, which raced to countless Midget feature wins in USAC, NAMARS, ARCA, NEMA, ARDC, and others. Streicher remains active in racing to this day as a professor at University of Northwestern Ohio's motorsports program to educate future racers and mechanics.

For induction ceremony tickets and more information on the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/National-Midget-Auto-Racing-Hall-of-Fame-175885105763849/

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

USAC WESTERN STATES & NATIONAL MIDGETS CLASH AT BAKERSFIELD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 13, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water will clash with the P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, November 17th. Promoted by Scott Schweitzer, the eleventh point race will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at 3:00pm, 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: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 3, 1987, Bakersfield Speedway has hosted 109 USAC Western States Midget races and P.J. Jones claimed the inaugural victory. Former champions Sleepy Tripp and Robby Flock are tied for the series lead with eight Bakersfield wins and Ricky Shelton set the track record of 12.339 on June 21, 1997. Rain washed out the March 17th season opener with BCRA and Michael Faccinto was victorious on June 16th. A complete Bakersfield series win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Bakersfield, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) has a slim 2-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto was the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger at Ventura Raceway on October 27th with a twenty-first to sixth place run. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has posted three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking to extend his point lead with a victory this Saturday night.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Ontario West Spike, Schutte was the fast qualifier at Ventura Raceway and scored fourth in the main event. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights on reclaiming the point lead with a win at Bakersfield Speedway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Piloting his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett had engine problems and scored twenty-third on October 27th after an early exit. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby finished eighteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory at Bakersfield.

C.J. Sarna (Palm Desert, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting his #20 Cactus Jack’s / Final Final Clothing Spike, Sarna charged to a seventh place finish from eighteenth at Ventura. To date, the 2007 Co-Rookie of the Year has posted eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The second generation driver has one career victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night triumph.

Currently seventh in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are David Prickett, Shannon McQueen, Frankie Guerrini, Randi Pankratz, Clayton Ruston, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, and more.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) leads the USAC National Midget Series point chase. “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chad Boat, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Spencer Bayston, Tanner Carrick, Kevin Thomas Jr., Zeb Wise, and Ryan Robinson round out the top-10 in points.

Bakersfield Speedway is located at 5001 North Chester Extension in Bakersfield, California. Adult tickets are $16, Senior and Military tickets (ID Required) are $14, Kids tickets (6 to 12) are $8, and Children Tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.bakersfieldspeedway.com or call 661.393.3373.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 3-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Jake Swanson.

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 8-Robby Flock, 8-Sleepy Tripp, 7-Billy Boat, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 5-Jay Drake, 4-Jordan Hermansader, 3-Steve Paden, 3-Ron Shuman, 3-Jimmy Sills, 3-Danny Stratton, 3-Josh Wise, 2-Hank Butcher, 2-Bob Davison, 2-Ronnie Day, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Garrett Hansen, 2-P.J. Jones, 2-Page Jones, 2-Trey Marcham, 2-Wally Pankratz, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Alex Schutte, 2-Shane Scully, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Larry Brown, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Dave Darland, 1-Michelle Decker, 1-Larry Derwin, 1-Danny Ebberts, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Billy Felts Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Scott Hansen, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-Gary Howard, 1-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.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-695, 2. Alex Schutte-693, 3. Robby Josett-570, 4. Robert Dalby-547, 5. C.J. Sarna-503, 6. David Prickett-499, 7. Kyle Beilman-418, 8. Shannon McQueen-370, .. Ronnie Gardner-370, .. Frankie Guerrini-370, 11. Randi Pankratz-358, 12. Clayton Ruston-310, 13. Maria Cofer-306, 14. Jake Swanson-284, 15. Daniel Anderson-269, 16. Marvin Mitchell-262, 17. Ryan Bernal-260, 18. Cody Swanson-218, 19. Dylan Ito-216, 20. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-176.

2018 P1 INSURANCE USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Logan Seavey-911, 2. Brady Bacon-793, 3. Chad Boat-781, 4. Tyler Courtney-773, 5. Justin Grant-772, 6. Spencer Bayston-766, 7. Tanner Carrick-727, 8. Kevin Thomas Jr.-711, 9. Zeb Wise-579, 10. Ryan Robinson-544, 11. Jerry Coons Jr.-514, 12. Jason McDougal-489, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer-440, 14. Tyler Thomas-434, 15. Holly Shelton-423, 16. Brayton Lynch-390, 17. Alex Bright-373, 18. Sam Johnson-325, 19. Kyle Cracker-260, 20. Zane Hendricks-259.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA
November 22: #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.


 

TURKEY NIGHT DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE CONTENDERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California.........Over the years, Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors at the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" have been awarded to some of the most talented young racers in America.

Just a glance down the list will show you the names of Kasey Kahne, Dave Steele, Bobby East, Kody Swanson, Kyle Larson, Tanner Thorson, Carson Macedo and Zeb Wise as individuals who've made an impact in their first appearance at the prestigious race early in their careers before going onto achieve big things in the racing world.

This year's 78th edition of "Turkey Night" on November 22 at California's Ventura Raceway has its own share of drivers who are on the cusp of big things themselves along with a slew of drivers who've already established themselves as stars in their own disciplines outside of midget racing.

Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is one who's part of both categories, winning in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and Silver Crown divisions in 2018, including a memorable drive to win the Crown finale at Eldora Speedway in September.

Jac Haudenschild was a frequent competitor at "Turkey Night," last competing in 2013, but now it's his son Sheldon's turn to take the wheel. This year, Sheldon, from Wooster, Ohio, was a five-time winner on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car trail.

Jason McDougal, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, became a first-time winner in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this season at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo.

Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine nearly pulled off a stunner in July, leading 28 laps and finishing second at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex in just his fourth career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget start.

Buddy Kofoid, of Penngrove, Calif., has turned heads on the west coast in winged sprint cars while fellow Penngrove native Chase Johnson and Roseville, California's Colby Copeland have each won USAC/CRA Sprint Car features in 2018. Fremont, California's Dustin Golobic made his Turkey Night debut in 2017, missing the main event, but returns for a go at his first feature start. Tempe, Arizona's Sterling Cling has a background in off-road racing and with USAC Southwest Sprints, where he finished 11th in points this year.

Sam Johnson of St. Peters, Mo. has competed regularly with the USAC National Midgets in his first year behind the wheel of a midget. Western States regulars C.J. Sarna, Kyle Beilman, Mike Leach, Bryan Drollinger and Dylan Ito represent California's Rookie crop. The Northwest contingent consists of Tristin Thomas and Colton Heath from Washington. Kevin Woody, Jr., whose unique backstory includes experience as an Army combat veteran and currently as a government bodyguard comes cross country from New York to take in his first Turkey Night experience.

The Colorado contingent brings Carson Garrett back for his second appearance and debuts by Chris Sheil, Jesse Fernandez as well as Blaze Bennett, his brother Lance Bennett and Lance's wife, Olivia Bennett.

Olivia is one of four female Turkey Night Rookies in the field, including Oklahomans Michelle Decker and Holley Hollan, and Iowan McKenna Haase.

Last year, it was Zeb Wise driving to a 5th place finish and the top Rookie honors. In 2018, he translated that into becoming a frontrunner on the USAC National Midget tour and etched his name into the record books as the youngest ever USAC National Midget feature winner. Who'll be the next to take that step from this group?

"Turkey Night" gets underway Wednesday, November 21, with Midget practice and warmups, hot laps, heats and a Fast Dash for USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission adult tickets are $20, senior/military/students are $15 and children under 12 are free with accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 for VRA and USAC members.

On Thursday, November 22, it's a full program for the Midgets, plus semis and a feature for the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars. Pits open at 11:45am, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, front gates at 3pm and cars on track at 3:15pm. General admission tickets are $35. Reserved tickets are $45 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 for VRA and USAC members. $50,000 will go to a driver if he or she can win both main events.

Turkey Night tix can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/78th-annual-turkey-night-grand-prix-tickets-42401301434?fbclid=IwAR3f5z07dJt8vp7zb46bY3wbWghCfr_naegvhVoi4OSJ0WlaXaIqpSBSfp4

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

PAST DON BASILE TURKEY NIGHT ROOKIES OF THE RACE: 1998: Kasey Kahne, 1999: Dave Steele, 2000: Aaron Pollock, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Jerome Rodela, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Brad Loyet, 2005: Kevin Swindell, 2006: Kody Swanson, 2007: Mike Murgoitio, 2008: Nic Faas, 2009: Levi Roberts, 2010: Dalton Armstrong, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Ryan Bernal, 2013: Tanner Thorson, 2014: Isaac Chapple, 2015: Robert Dalby, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Zeb Wise

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK EXPANDS TO 8 RACES IN 2019

Speedway, Indiana.........Indiana Sprint Week will expand to its largest schedule in over a decade when the 32nd annual edition of the wildly-popular event arrives in 2019 for eight races in ten nights between July 18-27.

There have been only two other occasions when ISW featured eight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint races, in 2003 and 2007. The 2019 ISW schedule includes eight distinct tracks each with their own characteristics, ranging from relatively flat to high banks, from quarters to half-miles and from wide-sweeping turns to paperclip-shaped venues, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine.

"This is a can't-miss swing that includes eight great facilities stretching all over the Hoosier state," USAC series coordinator Levi Jones said. "With passionate, loyal teams and fans marking Indiana Sprint Week on their calendars each year, adding one more race to an already great event just makes this series even better in 2019."

Indiana Sprint Week will begin on Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway before heading northwest to Plymouth Speedway, which made its debut on the ISW schedule in 2018, the following night on Friday, July 19. From there, the series travels an hour south on U.S. 31 to Kokomo Speedway on Saturday, July 20. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 21 in the southeastern part of the state at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch that begins at the Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 24. Then, it's off to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 25, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 26 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, July 27 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to eight races over a week-and-a-half and has become the marquee event on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail that draws massive crowds and welcomes travelers from around the world, both driver and fan alike.

The USAC National Sprint Car division's winningest driver, Dave Darland, owns the most Indiana Sprint Week victories with 20. Levi Jones and Kevin Thomas have the most ISW titles with four. Chris Windom captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title.

2019 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:
Thu., July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Fri., July 19: Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana
Sat., July 20: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Sun., July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wed., July 24: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Thu., July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Fri., July 26: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Sat., July 27: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana

 

 

USAC MIDGETS HEAD WEST THIS SATURDAY, FIRST STOP BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California.........USAC National racing continues its adventure out west this weekend, but now the focus turns to the midgets as teams point the compass toward California's Bakersfield Speedway this Saturday, November 17, for the "November Classic," the penultimate round for both the USAC P1 Insurance National & Light Up the World Western States Midget seasons.

Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. returns to Bakersfield as the defending winner of the "November Classic," where he led the final 24 laps to collect the victory. He's second in points this year with one season score, which came at the $15,000-to-win "BC39" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track in September, one of 11 different winners in 15 races this season.

Bacon trails series Rookie Logan Seavey, who carries a commanding 118-point lead in the National standings coming in and could, for all intents and purposes, lock up the title this weekend. Only two previous drivers have won the USAC National Midget championship in his Rookie season - Danny Caruthers in 1971 and Christopher Bell in 2013. Sutter, California's Seavey has won twice this year and is one of only four drivers to have multiple wins with the series in 2018.

Multi-time winners Chad Boat and Tyler Courtney run third and fourth in the standings, respectively. Phoenix, Arizona's Boat finished 12th a year ago in his first national appearance at the 1/3-mile dirt oval. His father, Billy Boat, won seven USAC Western States Midget races at Bakersfield between 1994 and 1997, including a National win there in 1995. Last Saturday, Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., wrapped up the closest championship race in the history of USAC with his first AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. He finished fourth at Bakersfield in 2017 in his first visit there a year ago.

Speaking of historical Rookie seasons, like Seavey, Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. has had a memorable year, becoming the youngest driver in series history to win a feature event, in August at Lanco, after spending two months of the summer on the sidelines due to injury. The 15-year-old Clauson Marshall Racing teammate to Courtney turns a year older this Thursday. Wise made his USAC debut at Bakersfield a year ago, finishing 19th.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champ, finished in the runner-up spot at Bakersfield in 2017. The Lebanon, Ind. native is sixth in points this year and part of a strong crop of Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian driver lineup. Along with Seavey, 2014 USAC National Midget champ Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif. is back in the saddle, plus teammates Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Carrick was 10th a year ago, while Robinson was 7th and Shelton 22nd. Those three and newcomers, plus Klaasmeyer and Johnson, are all seeking their first career USAC National Midget wins as are Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Brayton Lynch (Springfield, Ill.). Each of this year's five Western States Midget feature winners are eager to pick up their first National Midget triumphs: Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), Alex Schutte (Redding, Calif), Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.), Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.).

Faccinto led the first six laps of last season's "November Classic" before finishing 9th. He leads the Western States points by just two markers over Alex Schutte and won at Bakersfield in June. Schutte was the top of the Western States contingent in the 2017 "November Classic" feature, bringing home an 8th place result and finished 4th there this past June. Schutte (2010), David Prickett (2012 Dirt) and Shannon McQueen (2012) are past Western States champions expected to compete.

Gardner just recently collected his sixth-straight AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car crown, and seventh overall, last weekend, but is always strong whenever he straps into a midget. He was victorious at Santa Maria in August. Shane Golobic swept both nights of the "Louie Vermiel Classic" at Calistoga on Labor Day weekend. He was the hard charger last year at the "November Classic," racing from his 16th starting spot to a 6th place finish. Swanson, the 2017 West Coast Sprint Car champ, and 2nd place finisher in June at Bakersfield, won the most recent Western States race at Ventura in October.

The Bakersfield race marks the 160th combined USAC National & Western States Midget race. A Western States regular hasn't won a National race since Danny Stratton in 2007.

All the action will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio for free on the USAC app. As always, all USAC National and Western States events will be available to view within a day following the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Faccinto-695, 2-Schutte-693, 3-Josett-570, 4-Dalby-547, 5-Sarna-503, 6-Prickett-499, 7-Beilman-418, 8-Ronnie Gardner, McQueen & Guerrini-370.

 

THOMAS REPEATS $25K OVAL NATIONALS WIN;
COURTNEY WINS USAC SPRINT TITLE ON TIEBREAKER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

That about sums of the rollercoaster of emotions Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney endured at the conclusion of Saturday night's Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. notched his second-straight "Oval Nationals" win worth $25,000, but lost the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship on a tiebreaker to Tyler Courtney who gained the one spot he needed on the final lap after it appeared as if his title chances had slipped through his fingertips just moments before.

After 40 races from coast-to-coast, and 40 laps around Perris, the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season concluded in the most dramatic of fashion, deadlocked at the top of the standings for the first time in the 63-year history of the series. It's a record that will never be eclipsed, breaking the previous closest title race from 1965 when Johnny Rutherford defeated Greg Weld by 2.5 points.

Drama, agony, ulcers, heartbreak and, ultimately, joy were just a few of the ingredients in the mix during the final lap of the 23rd annual affair, which provided us with a nail-biter of a race on the track and on the Xcel Spreadsheet which was unlike any we've seen in recent times.

As he did Friday night, Courtney jumped out front once again at the start of the main event, although it was short-lived as Dave Darland escaped unscathed after a turn four flip on the opening lap.

On the complete restart, Courtney checked out from his outside front row starting spot while polesitter C.J. Leary cleared a charging Chase Stockon in turn two to lock up the second spot where he'd remain for much of the first half. That is until A.J. Bender became the second casualty of the young feature, flipping between turns three and four on the 14th lap before walking away under his own power.

Leary was salivating with thoughts of racing fortune when action resumed, sticking right to the bumper of Courtney until lap 16 when the two went wheel-to-wheel with Leary making the pass in turn two and narrowly leading before Courtney came right back at him for the spot on the following lap. Courtney made his move for the lead on the back straight, but Leary made a charge between three and four with Courtney just barely nipping Leary for the lead at the line this time.

On the 18th circuit, Leary was able to clear Courtney again in turn two to retake the lead and instantly began to widen the gap between he and Courtney to nearly a second and looked to be the head of the class.

With 14 laps remaining, Leary led the field entering turn one, but his ride appeared to be a handful as he wrestled with his steering wheel to get the car to turn. Courtney and Thomas, running second and third at the time, ate his lead up in the flick of a switch. Just moments later, the car of 22nd running Chris Gansen slowed to a stop at the inside of turn four to bring out the yellow. During the caution, Leary pulled into the work area to replace the right rear rubber. Though he returned to the track, his bid for a win was quashed for all intents and purposes and he'd soldier on to a 15th place finish.

That now placed the top-two in points in first and second on the track. Courtney came into the feature with a nine-point advantage and the objective was clear - finish fourth or better and the title was his regardless of what Thomas did. However, at the moment, the biggest single race payday of the year was just within reach and he was keen on putting that cherry on top of the pie with just 13 laps remaining.

Thomas worked on Courtney over the next handful of laps and, on lap 33, made his move around the outside of Courtney to grab the lead. Courtney was still in decent shape as he ran second, but one lap later, Chris Windom also scooted by and, suddenly, Courtney's title bid was in a perilous state.

With four laps remaining, Stockon slipped by the suddenly fading Courtney for third while Bacon was suddenly breathing down his neck for fourth. Courtney was able to take a deep breath for a moment during the red with three laps remaining that resulted when R.J. Johnson flipped between turns one and two from which he'd walk away.

With three to go, leader Thomas and fourth-running Courtney were locked up at the top of the standings as they stood in the moment. Courtney's role was clear. Do not let Bacon get by! However, Bacon put his ride up a lane higher than Courtney on the restart and drove around him in turn two to move into fourth and put Courtney on the outside looking in from fifth. One lap later, with 38 of the 40 laps complete, three-time "Ovals" winner Bud Kaeding slowed to a stop on the inside of turn four. The ensuing restart attempt also didn't take as Max Adams stopped at the bottom of turn two.

Two laps remained for the final round of this yearlong boxing match that's seen the point lead switch nine times among three drivers. As it stood on the lap 39 restart, Thomas was up on Courtney by three markers. Once the green flag fell, two distinct races were occurring for the race win and for fourth. Thomas held Stockon and Windom in check behind him for the race lead while Bacon handled Courtney as the field passed under the white flag.

Entering the first turn, suddenly, Bacon began to slow as his fuel tank began to run dry. Courtney was right there to capitalize and miraculously moved back into fourth and into the safe zone that he needed to be in to win the title.

Thomas finished the final lap of the final race of the season in grand fashion, winning the finale for the second consecutive season and becoming the first driver since Dave Darland in 2005-06 to win the "Oval Nationals" in successive years, while Stockon and Windom finished second and third, respectively.

"Two in a row here at the Oval Nationals! To come out of this place as the winner, that's pretty humbling," Thomas exclaimed. "It's hard whenever you get those cautions late in the race. You just have to struggle on hitting the bottom. I knew I got the lead around Sunshine running the middle. On the last lap, I saw Stockon up there and I knew with the way his stuff rolls and with the way our car was working, I just straight gave up on the bottom. I was just ripping right through the middle."

Meanwhile, Courtney clawed his way back to fourth to win the title via a tiebreaker. Both Courtney and Thomas finished with 2733 points, but Courtney's 11 victories trumped Thomas' 7, thus earning him the title in the closest points race in series history. Another 2018 champion, Damion Gardner, rounded out the top-five in the finish to collect his sixth-straight USAC/CRA Sprint Car crown and seventh overall.

Tyler Courtney won the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship, equaling the number of points that Kevin Thomas, Jr. scored, but held the tiebreaker with 11 victories compared to 7 for Thomas. (Michael Fry Photo)

"I didn't want to make it that close," Courtney said with a laugh. "We had a really good racecar tonight. It just kind of went away on us there. I couldn't stick the middle like those guys were doing, but I'd rather have luck on our side than be good sometimes. I think we had a guy upstairs looking on us tonight. We're doing all this in honor of Bryan Clauson. I'm honored to be a part of this. To come out our first year as a sprint car team and be the national champions is truly something special. It's not something many people can do, and I've got a great group behind me. I've been busting my tail to get to this step and it took a lot of people believing in me along the way. It feels like everything's paying off."

Thomas was matter of fact when it came to the title race. Just one more win - one more position, even - would have provided him just enough points toward the championship.

"For this to come all the way down to the wire and actually tie in points, that's pretty nuts," Thomas reflected. "It was a hard-fought battle all year. We tied, but he won more races. That's what got him here."

At the beginning of this season, Courtney entered new territory, exiting the TOPP Motorsports team that he had accrued so much success with over the past two seasons, to join the newly-created sprint car team owned by Tim Clauson, Richard Marshall and 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion driver Ryan Newman. The goals may have been lofty to some, but this team meant business from day one and there's no resting on their laurels according to Courtney.

"One of our goals was to be on the podium at the end of the year," Courtney remembered. "Obviously, we try to exceed our goals and we came out with 11 wins and a championship. We're going to go back to the drawing board, reset our goals, and come back and defend this title."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway were R.J. Johnson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner) Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Logan Williams & Danny Faria, Jr. (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfers).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 10, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.626; 2. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.636; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.649; 4. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-16.769; 5. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.810; 6. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.823; 7. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.865; 8. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.904; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.907; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.968; 11. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-16.971; 12. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.049; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.055; 14. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.075; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.090; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.158; 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.171; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.198; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.206; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.216; 21. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.289; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.317; 23. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.334; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.344; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.497; 26. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.614; 27. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.666; 28. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.675; 29. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.699; 30. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.766; 31. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-18.003; 32. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.505; 33. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.794; 34. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.942.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Adams, 3. Davis, 4. Hodges, 5. Faria, 6. Edwards, 7. McDougal, 8. Marshall, 9. Meseraull. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. A. Williams, 3. Sheridan, 4. Seavey, 5. McCarthy, 6. Bender, 7. Chapple, 8. Rodgers, 9. Waitman. 2:53.25

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. C. Johnson, 3. J. Vander Weerd, 4. Kaeding, 5. Liggett, 6. Malcolm, 7. Mihocko, 8. Swanson. 2:54.56

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Roa, 3. C. Williams, 4. Gansen, 5. Sweeney, 6. Ervine, 7. L. Williams, 8. R. Vander Weerd. NT

BR MOTORSPORTS / KING RACING PRODUCTS SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, finish order sets feature lineup) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics), 4. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 5. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 6. Damion Gardner (#4x Alexander). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Seavey, 3. Liggett, 4. J. Vander Weerd, 5. Bender, 6. L. Williams, 7. Malcolm, 8. McCarthy, 9. Sweeney, 10. Sheridan, 11. Ervine, 12. R. Vander Weerd. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kaeding, 2. McDougal, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Williams, 5. Gansen, 6. Faria, 7. Edwards, 8. Mihocko, 9. Rodgers, 10. Davis. 3:31.71

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9). NT
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**Meseraull flipped during the first heat. Gardner flipped during the Super 6 Dash. Darland flipped on the opening lap of the feature. Bender flipped on lap 14 of the feature. R.J. Johnson flipped on lap 38 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Courtney, Lap 16 Leary, Lap 17 Courtney, Laps 18-26 Leary, Laps 27-32 Courtney, Laps 33-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (15th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Logan Williams & Danny Faria, Jr.

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2733, 2-K. Thomas-2733, 3-Windom-2651, 4-Stockon-2343, 5-Bacon-2331, 6-Leary-2328, 7-Darland-2292, 8-Grant-2290, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1572.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1643, 2-Roa-1598, 3-A. Williams-1354, 4-C. Williams-1189, 5-Swanson-1173, 6-R.J. Johnson-1113, 7-Max Adams-1044, 8-L. Williams-976, 9-Faria-972, 10-Gansen-872.


 

GRANT STRIKES TWICE
FOR OVAL NATIONALS NIGHT TWO VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California......... When it comes to the first two nights of the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway, it seems you just can't keep Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney away from each other in late-race situations.

It also appears that down the stretch of the season, you just can't keep Justin Grant out of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane as he collected his fifth win in the past seven races.

Lightning does in fact strike the same spot twice when it comes to the final two laps of the first two nights of the "Ovals." Just like he did in Thursday's opener, Justin Grant chased down Tyler Courtney in traffic coming to the white flag with the two making contact while battling for the lead in turn three.

For the second-straight night, Grant got the upper hand in the end with Courtney settling for a runner-up finish despite a dominant performance up to that point.

It led to a subdued victory lane celebration in which Grant chided himself for how it all went down in the end as he was gunning for race wins while Courtney was in the midst of a seriously tight points race on the final weekend of the season.

"I'm pretty disappointed in myself," Grant admitted. "That's not how I wanted to win that thing. I got tight against the cushion going into three right when he was getting sideways - my mistake. I'm really glad he didn't get turned around and lose many points. The last thing I wanted to do was mess that up. That's not how I wanted to win that race. My guys deserve it, but I feel really bad about it. It's hard racing in traffic like that. There's not a lot of options, but I certainly didn't want to do that."

Grant set fast qualifying time earlier in the evening while Courtney and fellow title contender Kevin Thomas, Jr. occupied the front row for the 30-lap feature. Courtney slotted himself into the lead ahead of Thomas on the opening lap when a melee ensued involving five cars: Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa and Isaac Chapple, who tipped upside down. Chapple climbed out of the wreckage unscathed, but was finished for the night as was Roa, who saw his opportunity at a first USAC/CRA crown take a major blow.

Once action resumed, Courtney checked out, lifting the front wheels to the heavens as he ripped down the back straightaway. Meanwhile, Grant was already on the assault, jetting from fifth to fourth to third on laps two, three and four to settle in behind Chase Stockon and leader Courtney in the early going.

By lap nine, Grant and Stockon were exchanging recipes for sliders at both ends of the racetrack, ultimately securing the second spot on the 11th lap. However, Courtney used that opportunity to construct a six second lead as the race neared the midway point.

Simultaneously, Courtney began his approach of lapped traffic, setting a torrid pace as he avoided close calls with a pair of past USAC champs, first with bumper-to-bumper contact of Danny Faria, Jr. between turns three and four and near wheel-banger with R.J. Johnson at the flag stand. Grant munched more than a third out of Courtney's lead in the process.

Courtney had no intention of being timid as he charged through traffic, slicing high and low between the tail end of the field. But, so was Grant. With ten to go, Grant on the scene trying his hand at a pair of sliders in turn three on laps 21 and 22 that he very nearly pulled off.

At some points, it appeared to be over, especially after smacking the concrete between turns three and four with six laps remaining that cost him valuable ground as the clock, and the laps, ticked away. But sand still remained in the hourglass for Grant as Courtney met a three-wide group of Josh Hodges, Max Adams and Damion Gardner involved in their own race for 13th, allowing Grant to reel Courtney in for one more run.

With the victory, Grant set a new, personal season-high of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins with five, moving him into a three-way tie for 42nd on the all-time series win list alongside Don Branson & Steve Chassey at 13 wins.

As the two raced to the white flag, Grant followed Courtney down the back straight with less than two car lengths separating the pair. Courtney entered high in turn three around the outside of Hodges. Grant followed suit with a big run on the cushion when Grant's front bumper and Courtney's rear bumper collided, resulting in Courtney performing a 90-degree angle turnabout while Grant escaped by the skin of his teeth between Courtney and the outside wall. Courtney miraculously gathered it up and carried on his merry way, albeit in second, with a championship-salvaging save considering the implications that would've transpired had he stalled it.

Grant finished off the final lap unchallenged, winning his fourth-straight feature event at Perris in as many starts this year. Courtney took second ahead of Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Stockon.

With the victory, Grant set a new, personal season-high of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories with five, moving him into a three-way tie for 42nd on the all-time series win list alongside Don Branson and Steve Chassey at 13 wins.

Courtney's second-place run did allow him to open up his National point lead over Thomas from seven to nine heading into Saturday's season finale. Meanwhile, in the CRA title race, Gardner and Roa had less than desirable finishes of 16th and 25th respectively. Gardner extended his lead to 33 as he aims to lock down his sixth-straight series crown and seventh overall.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Angle Buildings Fifth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.868; 2. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.881; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.944; 4. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.974; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.978; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.994; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-17.063; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.066; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.069; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.115; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.126; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.127; 13. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.146; 14. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.205; 15. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.211; 16. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-17.217; 17. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-17.255; 18. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.299; 19. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.300; 20. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-17.309; 21. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.310; 22. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.335; 23. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.350; 24. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.374; 25. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.438; 26. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.471; 27. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.522; 28. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.629; 29. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.713; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.773; 31. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.812; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.864; 33. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.877; 34. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.898; 35. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.917; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-18.027; 37. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-18.096; 38. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-18.167; 39. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-18.752; 40. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-19.169; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. Grant, 5. Rodgers, 6. Sheridan, 7. J. Vander Weerd. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. L. Williams, 3. McDougal, 4. Liggett, 5. C. Johnson, 6. Chapple, 7. Sweeney, 8. Mihocko. 2:54.17

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. A. Williams, 3. Windom, 4. Leary, 5. Davis, 6. Faria, 7. Meseraull, 8. Waitman. 2:54.73

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Darland, 3. Roa, 4. Kaeding, 5. Bender, 6. C. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. Ervine. 2:54.43

ANGLE BUILDINGS / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Hodges, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Adams, 5. Swanson, 6. McCarthy, 7. Edwards, 8. Marshall. 2:55.46

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Swanson, 3. Chapple, 4. C. Johnson, 5. J. Vander Weerd, 6. Faria, 7. McCarthy, 8. Bender, 9. Edwards, 10. Gansen, 11. Mihocko, 12. Sweeney, 13. Waitman, 14. Marshall, 15. Rodgers, 16. Ervine, 17. Davis, 18. Sheridan, 19. C. Williams. NT

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (6), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 4. Chris Windom (17), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Brady Bacon (15), 7. C.J. Leary (8), 8. Thomas Meseraull (7), 9. Bud Kaeding (4), 10. Jason McDougal (5), 11. Logan Seavey (20), 12. Jake Swanson (10), 13. Austin Williams (12), 14. Max Adams (19), 15. Josh Hodges (23), 16. Damion Gardner (18), 17. Richard Vander Weerd (14), 18. Chase Johnson (16), 19. Austin Liggett (24), 20. Dave Darland (13), 21. Logan Williams (21), 22. R.J. Johnson (22), 23. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 24. Cody Williams (25), 25. Brody Roa (9), 26. Isaac Chapple (11). 9:01.84
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**Gile flipped during qualifying. Malcolm flipped during qualifying. Davis flipped during the semi. Chapple flipped on the opening lap of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (17th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Austin Williams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Austin Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Jace Vander Weerd

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2672, 2-K. Thomas-2663, 3-Windom-2587, 4-Leary-2295, 5-Bacon-2290, 6-Stockon-2276, 7-Darland-2269, 8-Grant-2241, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1535.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1585, 2-Roa-1552, 3-A. Williams-1302, 4-C. Williams-1166, 5-Swanson-1163, 6-R.J. Johnson-1090, 7-Max Adams-1017, 8-L. Williams-945, 9-Faria-933, 10-Gansen-843.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: November 10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS POINTS (After Night 2 of 3)

Perris, California (November 9, 2018)………Six drivers have locked themselves into Saturday night’s A-Main for the 23rd Annual Budweiser “Oval Nationals” presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

Though Tyler Courtney has finished in the runner-up spot to Justin Grant the past two nights, he leads the way with a five-point advantage over Grant based on points earned through qualifying and the preliminary events both nights.

Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon, Damion Gardner and C.J. Leary are also locked in and will compete against Courtney and Grant in the six-lap “Super Six Dash” on Saturday night to determine the first three rows for the start of the $25,000-to-win feature event. All others seventh on back in the standings will compete in the full program with qualifying, heats and the semi-feature on tap.

On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm. All times Pacific.

The event will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

Oval Nationals Standings

1. Tyler Courtney – 287

2. Justin Grant – 282

3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. – 273

4. Chase Stockon – 271

5. Damion Gardner – 245

6. C.J. Leary – 244

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7. Brady Bacon – 243

8. Chris Windom – 240

9. Logan Seavey – 223

10. Jake Swanson – 220

11. Thomas Meseraull – 203

12. Brody Roa – 202

13. Richard Vander Weerd – 202

14. Dave Darland – 196

15. Jason McDougal – 195

16. Max Adams – 194

17. Josh Hodges – 188

18. Logan Williams – 184

19. Chase Johnson – 182

20. R.J. Johnson – 180

21. Isaac Chapple – 179

22. Bud Kaeding – 174

23. Austin Williams – 169

24. Danny Sheridan – 147

25. Austin Liggett – 147

26. Chris Gansen – 143

27. Cody Williams – 134

28. Jace Vander Weerd – 119

29. A.J. Bender – 115

30. Danny Faria, Jr. – 112

31. Matt McCarthy – 112

32. Charles Davis, Jr. – 103

33. Kyle Edwards – 103

34. Verne Sweeney – 103

35. Tye Mihocko – 102

36. Randy Waitman – 101

37. Frank Rodgers – 96

38. Tommy Malcolm – 52

39. Dennis Gile – 51

40. Gary Marshall, Jr. – 51

41. Austin Ervine – 49

 

 

RESILIENT GRANT GRABS OVAL NATIONALS OPENER AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........For better or worse, Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports have learned how to be resilient this year.

They've successfully overcome their season-long, mountainous valley of struggles that kept them winless through their first 33 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts of 2018.

And, on Thursday night, the pair overcame humble beginnings that forced them to start from the fifth row in the A-Main for the opener for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway.

There was no head-hanging with this bunch as they went to work with Grant methodically picking his way through the field and, with two laps remaining, came to a fork in the middle of the road. So, he took it.

After a brief tussle with Tyler Courtney, Ione, California's Grant grabbed the lead in late-race fashion in much the same manner as he did in the "Western World" opener one week ago to score his fourth series win in the past six races.

In each of those previous three triumphs, he started from the front row. This one, however, feature the extra element of traffic to wade through on the way to the front.

"We started so far in the back, I got to see it all," Grant said. "I kind of buried these guys tonight. I didn't qualify well, and we weren't very good in the heat race. They made some changes, got us dialed in and this thing was a rocket ship in the feature."

Granted started 10th in the 26-car field, finding his rhythm early on as last year's "Ovals" opening night winner Chase Stockon drove off to the lead after narrowly squeezing around Brady Bacon on the back straight for the point on the first of 30 circuits.

The night's only red flag came on the fourth lap when C.J. Leary, Grant and Thomas Meseraull got stacked up off turn two while running 9th-10th-11th. Meseraull ramped over the back end of Grant and double barrel-rolled before walking away uninjured.

Through the middle stages, it appeared to be Courtney's show once again as he slid Damion Gardner for second on the eighth lap, then began his pursuit of Stockon. Courtney presented his presence in turn three on the 12th lap, giving a sneak peak of his front bumper to Stockon who clung to the lead for just one more half a trip around the PAS. Courtney came right back at Stockon in turn one on lap 13 and slid to the front with ease and appeared to be gonzo, darting off to a 2.5-second lead past the midway point when the yellow fell for a flat left rear by Cody Williams.

At that point, most eyes were on Courtney at the top of the heap while Grant scrapped his way from seventh to second in succession, passing one car each lap from lap 12 through 17 as he swiftly bolted by Stockon in turn three following the lap 17 restart.

Grant closed rapidly toward Courtney who was seeking to extend his series-leading win tally to 12 this season. Grant gained ground, then lost some, as he hustled his ride around the half-mile, sometimes tapping the wall and banging the cushion as he laid it on the line with no championship implications like he did last year and, thus, had practically nothing to lose.

Once a strip of rubber began to appear on the surface in the late stages, it looked to be lights out for Grant's opportunities. For it was easier to catch than it was to pass at the moment. With three to go, though, the car of Tommy Malcolm bounced off the turn two wall. As he was gathering it up, Courtney and Grant quickly swarmed. Courtney followed Malcolm into turn three, but Grant went right for the jugular, diving to the bottom and sliding wheel-to-wheel with Courtney when the two made contact - Grant's right rear and Courtney's left rear - which sent Courtney scooting up to the outside wall before he grabbed the wheel, punched the gas and motored onward, albeit in the runner-up position now.

Justin Grant's 12th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory tied him with Eric Gordon for 44th on the all-time win list. (Rich Forman Photo)

On the final lap, Grant found himself in a similar position as Courtney the lap before. He pulled no punches, diving to the bottom of turn three and sliding across the nose of Malcolm to put his destiny into his own grasp. Courtney drove a line lower than both Grant and Malcolm through three and four, making one last run, but came up just two car lengths short as Grant continued his undefeated streak at Perris in 2018 for his third win of the season at the So Cal dirt oval. Courtney came home second ahead of Damion Gardner, Stockon and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I thought when it started laying rubber there, we were probably done, and we wouldn't be able to get by Tyler there," Grant admitted. "But he got caught behind the lapper and we fired it in there. He tried to drive around it at the last minute, but when you're sliding across coming back to rubber, there's not a lot you can do."

It's not ideal to get behind the proverbial eight-ball on a race night, or a season for that matter. But, that's where Grant and TOPP have seemed to thrive the most. Now, they're world beaters and the sky seems to be the limit for this pair moving forward in the TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - TOPP Performance Race Parts - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/TOPP.

Though disheartened about the finish, Courtney did manage to take over the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead by seven points over Thomas with two races remaining at Perris these next two nights. On the CRA side, Gardner extended his lead to 23 over Brody Roa.

Of note, to begin the night, Kevin Thomas, Jr. set a new USAC National Sprint Car single-season record for fast qualifying times, laying down his 15th fast time of the year to break Tom Bigelow's mark of 14 in 1978.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Richard Vander Weerd (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 8, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.455; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.504; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.524; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.612; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.625; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.664; 7. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.683; 8. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.715; 9. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.804; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.820; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.877; 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.931; 13. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-16.935; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.939; 15. Jason McDougal, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-16.950; 16. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.988; 17. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-17.052; 18. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-17.063; 19. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Thomas/Curb-Agajanian-17.091; 20. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.125; 21. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-17.146; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.159; 23. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-17.172; 24. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.200; 25. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-17.235; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.292; 27. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.324; 28. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.349; 29. Logan Williams, 5J, Jory-17.357; 30. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.377; 31. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-17.445; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.604; 33. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-17.636; 34. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.642; 35. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-17.700; 36. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.765; 37. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.783; 38. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.835; 39. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.419; 40. Austin Ervine, 51, Ervine-18.519; 41. Frank Rodgers, 11x, Rodgers-19.459; 42. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Hodges, 3. Grant, 4. Thomas, 5. Leary, 6. Malcolm, 7. McCarthy, 8. Kaeding, 9. Rodgers. 2:53.44

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gansen, 3. R. Vander Weerd, 4. Swanson, 5. Faria, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Liggett, 8. Sweeney. 2:55.32

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Gardner, 2. Sheridan, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Darland, 5. Adams, 6. Davis, 7. A. Williams, 8. Mihocko. 2:53.39

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Meseraull, 3. L. Williams, 4. C. Johnson, 5. Seavey, 6. Bender, 7. Waitman. NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Stockon, 3. Roa, 4. McDougal, 5. C. Williams, 6. Gile, 7. Edwards, 8. Ervine. 2:55.78

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. C. Williams, 3. Seavey, 4. Adams, 5. A. Williams, 6. J. Vander Weerd, 7. Bender, 8. Liggett, 9. Kaeding, 10. Davis, 11. McCarthy, 12. Faria, 13. Malcolm, 14. Gile, 15. Sweeney, 16. Waitman, 17. Mihocko, 18. Edwards, 19. Rodgers. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (3), 3. Damion Gardner (4), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 6. C.J. Leary (7), 7. Brody Roa (9), 8. Logan Seavey (8), 9. Brady Bacon (1), 10. Jake Swanson (5), 11. Chris Windom (19), 12. Dave Darland (16), 13. Richard Vander Weerd (11), 14. Isaac Chapple (21), 15. Max Adams (12), 16. Danny Sheridan (20), 17. Chase Johnson (17), 18. Logan Williams (24), 19. Cody Williams (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (23), 21. Tommy Malcolm (26), 22. Chris Gansen (22), 23. Josh Hodges (15), 24. Austin Williams (25), 25. Thomas Meseraull (13), 26. Jason McDougal (14). NT ---------------------------- **Meseraull flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Stockon, Laps 13-28 Courtney, Laps 29-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (10th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Richard Vander Weerd

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Austin Williams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-2597, 2-K. Thomas-2590, 3-Windom-2520, 4-Darland-2239, 5-Leary-2238, 6-Bacon-2229, 7-Stockon-2208, 8-Grant-2160, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1510.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1546, 2-Roa-1523, 3-A. Williams-1258, 4-C. Williams-1143, 5-Swanson-1121, 6-Johnson-1059, 7-Max Adams-977, 8-L. Williams-915, 9-Faria-910, 10-Gansen-833.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 9-10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

DARLAND MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND-MOST
USAC SPRINT FAST TIMES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Qualifying is an essential aspect in the sport of auto racing, usually setting the tone for the night and putting a driver in position to claim the checkered flag at the end of the night.

Perhaps it's no surprise that the top-three drivers in terms of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories are also one-two-three on the all-time list for most fast qualifying times with the series.

Tom Bigelow remains at the top with a staggering 65 fast qualifying times in his career, but with his fast time at Arizona Speedway's "Western World Championships" last Saturday, Dave Darland moved into a tie for second with Tracy Hines at 60 fast times.

Darland is the series' winningest driver at 62 feature victories and owns the most starts in series history at 731, but soon could be closing in another record in the 2019 season. Three races remain this week, November 8-9-10 in conjunction with the USAC/CRA Sprints in the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES
(1961-Present)

1. (65) Tom Bigelow

2. (60) Dave Darland & Tracy Hines

4. (39) Levi Jones

5. (37) Larry Dickson

6. (36) Bryan Clauson

7. (35) Rich Vogler

8. (32) Brady Bacon

9. (31) Sheldon Kinser

10. (30) Pancho Carter

11. (27) Dave Steele

12. (26) Jay Drake & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

14. (24) Gary Bettenhausen, Chase Stockon & J.J. Yeley

17. (23) Jon Stanbrough

18. (22) Steve Butler

19. (20) Jerry Coons, Jr. Tony Elliott & Roger McCluskey

22. (19) Justin Grant & Greg Weld

24. (17) Don Branson & A.J. Foyt

26. (16) Rollie Beale, Jack Hewitt & Doug Kalitta

29. (15) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Sam Sessions & Brian Tyler

32. (14) Billy Cassella & Parnelli Jones

34. (13) Bobby East & Bruce Walkup

36. (12) Steve Chassey, Damion Gardner, Rick Hood, C.J. Leary, Bill Puterbaugh & Joe Saldana

42. (11) George Snider

43. (10) Sonny Ates

44. (9) Jim Hurtubise, Jud Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Johnny Rutherford & Josh Wise

49. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser & Chris Windom

53. (7) Marvin Carman, Mark Cassella, Cary Faas, Bud Kaeding, Jim Keeker, Cory Kruseman, Larry Rice, Hunter Schuerenberg, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad & Bobby Unser

64. (6) Mike Bliss, Daron Clayton, Shane Cottle, Derek Davidson, Eric Gordon, Richard Griffin, Jac Haudenschild, Tray House, James McElreath, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Parsons & Ken Schrader

76. (5) Chad Boespflug, Tyler Courtney, Cy Fairchild, Blake Fitzpatrick, Bob Frey, Andy Michner, Jan Opperman, Boston Reid, Tom Sneva, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet & Kevin Thomas

88. (4) Jeff Bloom, Kevin Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Billy Engelhart, Chet Fillip, Darren Hagen, Chuck Hulse, Kenny Jacobs, Lee Kunzman, Jim McElreath, Don Nordhorn, Dave Peperak, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr., Joey Saldana, Terry Shepherd, Carson Short, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Bob Wente

107. (3) Tommy Astone, Dave Blaney, Karl Busson, Kevin Doty, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Gary Gray, John Heydenreich, Gordon Johncock, Greg Leffler, Ralph Liguori, Steve Long, Larry Martin, Justin Marvel, Jason McCord, Larry Moore, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Lee Osborne, Brandon Petty, Jerry Poland, Bob Pratt, Brady Short, Danny Smith, Tony Stewart, Dean Thompson, Dick Tobias, Scotty Weir, Cole Whitt and John Wolfe

139. (2) Jarett Andretti, Mario Andretti, Keith Bloom, Chuck Booth, Don Brown, Duke Cook, Allen Crowe, Nic Faas, Larry Gates, Gene Lee Gibson, Coleman Gulick, Dave Hanna, Darl Harrison, Shane Hmiel, Josh Hodges, Marc Jessup, Brad Marvel, Max McGhee, Kevin Miller, Dustin Morgan, Brad Noffsinger, Gary Patterson, Byron Reed, Jerry Richert, Dave Roahrig, Jimmy Sills, Al Smith, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Stephens, Stevie Sussex, Kody Swanson, Tyler Thomas, Jerry Weeks, Johnny White, Carl Williams & Jacob Wilson

184. (1) Pat Abold, Donnie Adams, Bobby Adamson, Mark Alderson, Chuck Amati, Dick Atkins, Terry Babb, Brent Beauchamp, Ryan Bernal, Lee Brewer, Jr., Dale Burton, Gary Cameron, Larry Cannon, Billy Cantrell, Dana Carter, Rob Chaney, Bob Cicconi, Leon Clum, Peter Cozzolino, Don Davis, Doc Dawson, Brad Doty, Cotton Farmer, Dave Feese, Braylon Fitzpatrick, Brad Fox, Jared Fox, Joe Gaerte, Harry Garrett, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Bobby Grim, Chuck Gurney, Norm Hall, Jerry Hansen, Brian Hayden, Jonathan Hendrick, Hank Henry, Tyler Hewitt, Ted Hines, Jesse Hockett, Bob Hogle, Danny Holtsclaw, Kevin Huntley, Gary Irvin, Mike Johnson, Dee Jones, Page Jones, Todd Kane, Ray Kenens, Joey Kerr, Rich Leavell, Jason Leffler, Michael Lewis, John Logan, Ed Lynch, Jr., Critter Malone, Louie Mann, Mike Mann, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, Wes McIntyre, Blake Miller, Jerry Miller, Jr., Ron Milton, Hal Minyard, Matt Mitchell, Warren Mockler, Mike Mosley, Mike Murgoitio, Paul Pitzer, Gary Ponzini, Ande Possman, Roger Rager, Davey Ray, Jerry Richert, Jr., Red Riegel, Travis Rilat, Manny Rockhold, Bill Rose, Joe Roush, Jerry Russell, Bobby Santos, Don Schilling, John Sernett, Neil Shepherd, Jeremy Sherman, Dean Shirley, Eric Shively, Randy Smith, Wib Spalding, Ned Spath, Greg Staab, Steve Stapp, Richard Summers, Jake Swanson, Jeff Swindell, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Tom Tepe, Leon Thickstun, Richard Vander Weerd, Jonathan Vennard, Billy Vukovich, Billy Vukovich III, Lennie Waldo, Gus Wasson, Shawn Westerfeld, Tony Weyant, Austin Williams, Rip Williams, Eddie Wirth & Mitch Wissmiller

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS ARE LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV NOV. 8-9-10

Perris, California.........Speed Shift TV has live coverage of all three nights of the 23rd Annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction from Perris Auto Speedway this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 8-9-10.

A pair of tight championship races are on the line with both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars. The National race features three drivers: Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom within 50 points. Thomas and Courtney are separated by just two points. Thomas is the defending winner of the "Oval Nationals." Windom won it in 2010.

Meanwhile, in the CRA standings, Damion Gardner seeks to wrap up his sixth-straight CRA title, and seventh overall, after overtaking Brody Roa in the points during last week's "Western World Championships." Roa is just five points behind Gardner and was a winner on the second night of the "Ovals" a year ago.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

REIGNING USAC SPRINT CHAMP WINDOM BIDS
FOR ANOTHER TITLE SHOT AT OVAL NATS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........Chris Windom is one of three contenders for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car crown coming into this week's "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway, which marks the conclusion of a heated battle between he and first-time title hopefuls Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney who are separated by just two.

Though Windom, of Canton, Ill., stands third in the standings at the moment, 50 points behind the leader, he's in a unique position. Not only has he won the Oval Nationals before, but the 2010 race winner arrives for the Nov. 8-9-10 races as the series' reigning champ. Although Windom is reliably cool under pressure, he's already experienced this moment and conquered it as recently as last year, erasing a deficit late in the season to win his first USAC National Sprint Car championship.

With that scenario in mind, one can't help but think how he will fare this year in the role as the champ. It begged the question. How have past USAC National Sprint Car champions fared in the standings the year following their title?

Forty-seven years have gone into the books since the first "National" schedule was put into place in 1961. There have been 11 occasions in which the driver winning the title the previous year repeated the feat the following year: Parnelli Jones (1961-62), Sheldon Kinser (1981-82), Rick Hood (1984-85), Steve Butler (1986-87-88), Robbie Stanley (1991-92-93), Brian Tyler (1996-97), Levi Jones (2009-10-11) and Bryan Clauson (2012-13).

A handful of others endured injuries in competition that severely hindered their championship prospects: Johnny Rutherford in 1966, Butler in 1989 and Robert Ballou in 2016. There've also been a pair we've lost to tragic accidents in the midst of the season as they were seeking their respective titles: Rich Vogler in 1990 and Robbie Stanley in 1994. Others, meanwhile, made the decision to venture down south to try their hand in the NASCAR ranks following their title season: Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Josh Wise.

The majority of the time, however, the defending champion ranked right in the bulk of the top-three of the standings the following season, 28 times, in fact, out of 47 seasons. Windom is guaranteed to become the 29th of those drivers to finish in the top-three as he can't slip below that threshold with three races remaining, but he still can climb to the top.

How will everything shake it out? It's going to be difficult for Windom to erase a 50-point hole in three races, but history doesn't always rule what happens in the moment. After all, that's why you and I watch and why we'll be watching again tonight.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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HOW THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPS FARED THE FOLLOWING SEASON (1956-2017)

Tommy Hinnershitz: (1st in 1956 & 4th in 1957 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pat O'Connor: (1st in 1956 & 6th in 1957 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bill Randall: (1st in 1957 & 11th in 1957 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Elmer George: (1st in 1957 & 3rd in 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Johnny Thomson: (1st in 1958 & 14th in 1959 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Driver Points)
Eddie Sachs: (1st in 1958 & 4th in 1959 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tommy Hinnershitz: (1st in 1959 & 15th in 1960 USAC Eastern Sprint Car Points)
Don Branson: (1st in 1959 & 2nd in 1960 USAC Midwest Sprint Car Driver Points)
A.J. Foyt: (1st in 1960 USAC Eastern Points & 3rd in 1961 USAC National Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1960 USAC Midwest Points & 1st in 1961 National Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1961 & 1st in 1962 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Parnelli Jones: (1st in 1962 & 12th in 1963 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Roger McCluskey: (1st in 1963 & 17th in USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Don Branson: (1st in 1964 & 6th in 1965 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Johnny Rutherford: (1st in 1965 & Unlisted in 1966 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Roger McCluskey: (1st in 1966 & 40th in 1967 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Greg Weld: (1st in 1967 & 3rd in 1968 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1968 & 2nd in 1969 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Gary Bettenhausen: (1st in 1969 & 2nd in 1970 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1970 & 2nd in 1971 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Gary Bettenhausen: (1st in 1971 & 19th in 1972 USAC National Sprint Car Points)
Sam Sessions: (1st in 1972 & 5th in 1973 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rollie Beale: (1st in 1973 & 7th in 1974 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pancho Carter: (1st in 1974 & 4th in 1975 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Larry Dickson: (1st in 1975 & 4th in 1976 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Pancho Carter: (1st in 1976 & 3rd in 1977 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1977 & 9th in 1978 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tom Bigelow: (1st in 1978 & 5th in 1979 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Greg Leffler: (1st in 1979 & 10th in 1980 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rich Vogler: (1st in 1980 & 2nd in 1981 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1981 & 1st in 1982 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Sheldon Kinser: (1st in 1982 & 3rd in 1983 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Ken Schrader: (1st in 1983 & Unlisted in 1984 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rick Hood: (1st in 1984 & 1st in 1985 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rick Hood: (1st in 1985 & 2nd in 1986 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1986 & 1st in 1987 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1987 & 1st in 1988 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1988 & 9th in 1989 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Rich Vogler: (1st in 1989 & 8th in 1990 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Steve Butler: (1st in 1990 & 3rd in 1991 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1991 & 1st in 1992 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1992 & 1st in 1993 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robbie Stanley: (1st in 1993 & 23rd in 1994 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Doug Kalitta: (1st in 1994 & 2nd in 1995 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Stewart: (1st in 1995 & 50th in 1996 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brian Tyler: (1st in 1996 & 1st in 1997 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brian Tyler: (1st in 1997 & 8th in 1998 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Elliott: (1st in 1998 & 3rd in 1999 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Dave Darland: (1st in 1999 & 6th in 2000 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tony Elliott: (1st in 2000 & 3rd in 2001 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
J.J. Yeley: (1st in 2001 & 2nd in 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Tracy Hines: (1st in 2002 & 3rd in 2003 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
J.J. Yeley: (1st in 2003 & 15th in 2004 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Jay Drake: (1st in 2004 & 4th in 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2005 & 2nd in 2006 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Josh Wise: (1st in 2006 & 41st in 2007 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2007 & 2nd in 2008 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Jerry Coons, Jr.: (1st in 2008 & 5th in 2009 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2009 & 1st in 2010 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2010 & 1st in 2011 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Levi Jones: (1st in 2011 & 9th in 2012 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bryan Clauson: (1st in 2012 & 1st in 2013 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Bryan Clauson: (1st in 2013 & 2nd in 2014 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brady Bacon: (1st in 2014 & 4th in 2015 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Robert Ballou: (1st in 2015 & 8th in 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Brady Bacon: (1st in 2016 & 9th in 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)
Chris Windom: (1st in 2017 & ? in 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Driver Points)

 

 

TYLER COURTNEY LEADS OVAL NATIONALS PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........The top drivers in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points recorded the top-two lap times in Wednesday night's practice session at Perris Auto Speedway in preparation for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, November 8-9-10.

Tyler Courtney, who trails Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the standings by just two points, topped the charts with a lap of 16.419 seconds around the half-mile dirt oval aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy. Thomas was second fastest at 16.435, while Justin Grant, Jason McDougal and Brady Bacon rounded out the top-five among the 27 cars who took to the track.

Third in the National standings, reigning champ Chris Windom, did not partake in the practice session. He's 50 points out of the series lead coming into these final three races of the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, a tight USAC/CRA Sprint Car point race will also be decided this week with Damion Gardner holding a nine-point lead over Brody Roa. Gardner is aiming for his sixth-straight series crown and seventh overall, while Roa is gunning for his first. Neither driver participated in Wednesday's session.

A car count in the mid-40s is expected for the "Oval Nationals," which has a purse of over $131,000 and a payout of $25,000 to Saturday night's feature winner.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 7, 2018 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

PRACTICE: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-16.419; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-16.435; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.449; 4. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-16.452; 5. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.524; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.528; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-16.567; 8. Chase Johnson, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.569; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.615; 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.718; 11. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-16.726; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.734; 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.750; 14. Bud Kaeding, 16, Martin-16.782; 15. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-16.849; 16. Charles Davis, Jr., 50, Davis-16.912; 17. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.959; 18. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.967; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.078; 20. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.413; 21. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-17.424; 22. Gary Marshall, Jr., 72, Marshall-18.041; 23. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.064; 24. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-18.764; 25. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-19.266; 26. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-21.251; 27. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-NT.


 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR.'S QUALIFYING PROWESS
HAS TURNED HEADS IN 2018

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California.........When it comes down to the end of a nitty gritty USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points race, you look for any omens you can spot.

You may look for a titlist in terms of overall victories - 2nd in points Tyler Courtney has 11. Perhaps it's in terms of consistency - 3rd in points Chris Windom has a series-leading 35 top-ten finishes in 37 starts.

One that kind of gets overlooked is fast qualifying times. Series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. has a season-leading 14 in 2018, which is 10 more than his nearest competitor. But, when you think about it, each fast qualifying time pays points - 6 points in fact. This year, Courtney has a pair while Windom has just one. All those points add up at the end of the season, not to mention that laying down a good lap sets the tone for the night and will place that driver in the top-portion of the field come feature time.

Against a field as tough as this one is, being in a position where you don't have to pass as many cars is essential. A bad qualifying lap puts you behind the proverbial eight-ball, forcing a driver to play the game of catchup all throughout the year. Plus, starting near the back puts you in more jeopardy of being caught up in an incident that takes you out of contention for feature wins and, thus, max pointage.

One of the more telling facts is that the only three occasions in which a driver has reached double-digits in fast qualifying times during a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season, it has resulted in that driver winning the series title: Tom Bigelow in 1978, Rich Vogler in 1989 and Bryan Clauson in 2012.

Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s historical 2018 season has already equaled him with Tom Bigelow's record of 14 fast times in 1978. A look inside the numbers reveals that Bigelow scored quick times at eight different tracks: Winchester and Salem four times apiece, and one each at IRP, I-70, Toledo, Sharon, Sandusky and Queen City.

Thomas, meanwhile, has done this at a record 13 different venues, repeating the feat at Bubba Raceway Park in race one and three of the 2018 season, then reeling off a stretch of quick times at Plymouth, Eldora, Terre Haute, I-80, Williams Grove, Port Royal, BAPS, Bridgeport, Bloomington, Tri-State, Kokomo and Tri-City.

Both ripped off streaks of four consecutive fast times at one point in the season. Bigelow doing four-in-row at Sharon, Sandusky and back-to-back afternoons at Salem in June of 1978. Thomas did four-straight in four nights this year during Eastern Storm at Williams Grove, Port Roya, BAPS and Bridgeport.

Interestingly, Bigelow's big qualifying year of 1978 came one year following becoming the winningest driver in the series, but coming up just shy of the title. Thomas was the winningest driver of 2017 and translated that to more "consistent" runs to put him in contention for the season title.

By no means does any of this mean it's a foregone conclusion that KT has the title locked up, but qualifying up front regularly certainly pays its dividends and will prove so once again in this week's 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway. Either way, as is the case in most race you go to, you can see something that's never occurred before in the history of the series. Kevin Thomas, Jr. can be a part of that history this week.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

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MOST FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (SINGLE SEASON)
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

BY RANK:
1978: 14-Tom Bigelow
2018: 14-Kevin Thomas, Jr.
1989: 10-Rich Vogler
2012: 10-Bryan Clauson
1977: 9-Pancho Carter
1995: 9-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
2002: 9-J.J. Yeley
2003: 9-J.J. Yeley
1976: 8-Pancho Carter
1979: 8-Steve Chassey
2013: 8-Dave Darland
2014: 8-Brady Bacon
2015: 8-Chase Stockon
2000: 7-Jay Drake & Tracy Hines
2017: 7 Justin Grant
1961: 6-Roger McCluskey
1966: 6-Don Branson & Roger McCluskey
1968: 6-Sonny Ates & Larry Dickson
1970: 6-Larry Dickson & Bill Puterbaugh
1971: 6-Larry Dickson
1984: 6-Rick Hood
1990: 6-Steve Butler
1991: 6-Steve Butler
1996: 6-Dave Darland
1997: 6-Richard Griffin
1999: 6-Tracy Hines
2001: 6-Tracy Hines
2016: 6-Bryan Clauson & Chase Stockon
1962: 5-Parnelii Jones
1965: 5-Johnny Rutherford
1973: 5-Sam Sessions & Tom Sneva
1974: 5-Tom Bigelow
1980: 5-Tom Bigelow
1981: 5-Eddie Leavitt
1982: 5-Sheldon Kinser
1983: 5-Rich Vogler
1994: 5-Mike Bliss & Doug Kalitta
1998: 5-Tony Elliott & Brian Tyler
2004: 5-Levi Jones
2005: 5-Levi Jones
2006: 5-Levi Jones & Josh Wise
2008: 5-Tracy Hines
2010: 5-Bryan Clauson
2011: 5-Levi Jones
1964: 4-A.J. Foyt & Jud Larson
1967: 4-Greg Weld
1969: 4-Larry Dickson, Cy Fairchild & Greg Weld
1972: 4-Tom Bigelow
1975: 4-Marvin Carman, Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson
1985: 4-Steve Butler
2009: 4-Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines & Jon Stanbrough
1963: 3-Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse & Parnelli Jones
1987: 3-Rich Vogler
1988: 3-Tray House & Rich Vogler
1992: 3-Jim Keeker & Robbie Stanley
1993: 3-Doug Kalitta
2007: 3-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Levi Jones
1986: 2-Sheldon Kinser

MOST FAST QUALIFYING TIMES (SINGLE SEASON)
USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CARS

BY YEAR:
1961: 6-Roger McCluskey
1962: 5-Parnelii Jones
1963: 3-Don Branson, A.J. Foyt, Chuck Hulse & Parnelli Jones
1964: 4-A.J. Foyt & Jud Larson
1965: 5-Johnny Rutherford
1966: 6-Don Branson & Roger McCluskey
1967: 4-Greg Weld
1968: 6-Sonny Ates & Larry Dickson
1969: 4-Larry Dickson, Cy Fairchild & Greg Weld
1970: 6-Larry Dickson & Bill Puterbaugh
1971: 6-Larry Dickson
1972: 4-Tom Bigelow
1973: 5-Sam Sessions & Tom Sneva
1974: 5-Tom Bigelow
1975: 4-Marvin Carman, Pancho Carter & Larry Dickson
1976: 8-Pancho Carter
1977: 9-Pancho Carter
1978: 14-Tom Bigelow
1979: 8-Steve Chassey
1980: 5-Tom Bigelow
1981: 5-Eddie Leavitt
1982: 5-Sheldon Kinser
1983: 5-Rich Vogler
1984: 6-Rick Hood
1985: 4-Steve Butler
1986: 2-Sheldon Kinser
1987: 3-Rich Vogler
1988: 3-Tray House & Rich Vogler
1989: 10-Rich Vogler
1990: 6-Steve Butler
1991: 6-Steve Butler
1992: 3-Jim Keeker & Robbie Stanley
1993: 3-Doug Kalitta
1994: 5-Mike Bliss & Doug Kalitta
1995: 9-Kenny Irwin, Jr.
1996: 6-Dave Darland
1997: 6-Richard Griffin
1998: 5-Tony Elliott & Brian Tyler
1999: 6-Tracy Hines
2000: 7-Jay Drake & Tracy Hines
2001: 6-Tracy Hines
2002: 9-J.J. Yeley
2003: 9-J.J. Yeley
2004: 5-Levi Jones
2005: 5-Levi Jones
2006: 5-Levi Jones & Josh Wise
2007: 3-Bryan Clauson, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Levi Jones
2008: 5-Tracy Hines
2009: 4-Bryan Clauson, Tracy Hines & Jon Stanbrough
2010: 5-Bryan Clauson
2011: 5-Levi Jones
2012: 10-Bryan Clauson
2013: 8-Dave Darland
2014: 8-Brady Bacon
2015: 8-Chase Stockon
2016: 6-Bryan Clauson & Chase Stockon
2017: 7 Justin Grant
2018: 14-Kevin Thomas, Jr.

 

HISTORY IN THE MAKING:
NARROW USAC SPRINT TITLE RACE TO BE DECIDED AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 6, 2018).........As the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars head into the season's final weekend of 2018, we're staring down the barrel of history in the making.

Only two points separate Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tyler Courtney in the National standings with just three races remaining - the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10.

The old saying, "if the season ended today...," would make the current interval the closest finish in the history of the series. Close championship races have been more of the norm of late with six of the top-ten closest championships all occurring since the year 2000.

Last year's battle came down to the final race with Chris Windom prevailing by a mere six points over Justin Grant to lock up the title in the third-closest title race ever. None have yet surpassed the 2.5-point margin Johnny Rutherford had to close out his 1965 USAC National Sprint Car championship over Greg Weld, however.

A close title race such as this is sure to get the drivers up on their toes and the fans on their feet with each qualifying session, heat race and feature having substantial meaning. Two points is literally just one spot in the feature. Each spot in the top-ten pays three points more than the driver behind him from 70 to 43. From 11th to 20th, the dropdown is two points per position from 41 points to 23. Twenty-three points are granted for all finishers 20th on back.

If trouble befalls one or both, it could prove to be the nail in Thomas or Courtney's bid for the title. Plus, your reigning series champ and 2010 "Oval Nationals" winner Windom is just 50 points back, ready to pounce.

Without further ado, here is the list of the all-time closest points races in the history of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars. We very well could have a new number one when all is said and done this Saturday night, so get your calculators and T-Squares ready. You're going to need them!

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CLOSEST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
1. 1965: (2.5) Johnny Rutherford over Greg Weld
2. 2012: (5) Bryan Clauson over Dave Darland
3. 2017: (6) Chris Windom over Justin Grant
4. 1967: (11) Greg Weld over Sam Sessions
5. 2002: (13) Tracy Hines over J.J. Yeley
6. 2005: (13) Levi Jones over Dave Darland
7. 2001: (19) J.J. Yeley over Jay Drake
8. 1973: (24) Rollie Beale over Lee Kunzman
9. 2000: (24) Tony Elliott over Jay Drake
10. 1979: (32) Greg Leffler over Bubby Jones
11. 1987: (32) Steve Butler over Rich Vogler
12. 1991: (35) Robbie Stanley over Eric Gordon
13. 1986: (36) Steve Butler over Rick Hood
14. 1994: (43) Doug Kalitta over Tray House
15. 1992: (45) Robbie Stanley over Steve Butler
16. 1972: (47) Sam Sessions over Rollie Beale
17. 1962: (50) Parnelli Jones over Roger McCluskey
18. 1971: (55) Gary Bettenhausen over Larry Dickson
19. 2014: (56) Brady Bacon over Bryan Clauson
20. 1980: (61) Rich Vogler over Steve Chassey
21. 1998: (62) Tony Elliott over Kevin Thomas
22. 2013: (63) Bryan Clauson over Dave Darland
23. 1961: (67.8) Parnelli Jones over Jim Hurtubise
24. 2004: (74) Jay Drake over Bud Kaeding
25. 1977: (75) Sheldon Kinser over Tom Bigelow
26. 2008: (84) Jerry Coons, Jr. over Levi Jones
27. 2007: (85) Levi Jones over Darren Hagen
28. 2015: (87) Robert Ballou over Dave Darland
29. 1975: (88) Larry Dickson over Rollie Beale
30. 2006: (88) Josh Wise over Levi Jones
31. 2011: (99) Levi Jones over Chris Windom
32. 1984: (102) Rick Hood over Sheldon Kinser
33. 1995: (119) Tony Stewart over Doug Kalitta
34. 1970: (131) Larry Dickson over Gary Bettenhausen
35. 2010: (132) Levi Jones over Damion Gardner
36. 1983: (148) Ken Schrader over Larry Rice
37. 1981: (160) Sheldon Kinser over Rich Vogler
38. 1989: (171) Rich Vogler over Eric Gordon
39. 1993: (175) Robbie Stanley over Tray House
40. 1996: (176) Brian Tyler over Doug Kalitta
41. 1974: (184) Duane "Pancho" Carter over Tom Bigelow
42. 1969: (189.2) Gary Bettenhausen over Larry Dickson
43. 1966: (194) Roger McCluskey over Mario Andretti
44. 1982: (217) Sheldon Kinser over Rich Vogler
45. 1988: (222) Steve Butler over Greg Staab
46. 1978: (223) Tom Bigelow over Chuck Gurney
47. 1999: (224) Dave Darland over Tracy Hines
48. 2009: (224) Levi Jones over Cole Whitt
49. 1964: (236) Don Branson over Jud Larson
50. 1990: (257) Steve Butler over Eric Gordon
51. 1997: (289) Brian Tyler over Kevin Thomas
52. 1985: (301) Rick Hood over Steve Butler
53. 1963: (309) Roger McCluskey over A. J. Foyt
54. 2016: (314) Brady Bacon over Chase Stockon
55. 2003: (352) J.J. Yeley over Jay Drake
56. 1968: (358) Larry Dickson over Gary Bettenhausen
57. 1976: (369) Duane "Pancho" Carter over Tom Bigelow

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.


 

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST FIVE PREVIOUS WINNERS AND TITLE CHASES TO BOOT

Perris, California.........Forty-five cars have pre-entered for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on November 8-9-10 at Perris Auto Speedway.

The prestigious event on the southern California half-mile presents three-straight nights of racing starting this Thursday night and concluding Saturday night, which pays a whopping $25,000-to-win and serves as the season finale for both the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars.

The race includes past "Ovals" winners Bud Kaeding Damion Gardner, Dave Darland, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., plus 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon and 2018 USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winners Austin Williams, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and Brody Roa as well as five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist R.J. Johnson, 2018 Southwest champion Charles Davis, Jr., past West Coast Sprint champ Danny Faria, Jr. and current USAC Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto, among many others.

A tight points race is also in play in both the National and CRA divisions. Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the National points by just two points over Tyler Courtney while reigning champ Chris Windom sits in third, 50 out of the lead. Damion Gardner overtook Brody Roa for the CRA point lead in last Saturday's Western World finale at Arizona Speedway and now stares down his sixth consecutive CRA championship trophy, and seventh overall, with a nine-point lead in the standings.

On Thursday and Friday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:30pm. On Saturday, the pits open at noon, front gates open at 3pm, autograph session from 3-4pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 5:15pm.

All three nights will be live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio also available on the USAC app.

2018 BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
Car # / Driver / Residence / Car Owner
2 Austin Williams / Yorba Linda, CA / John Jory
4 Justin Grant / Ione, CA / TOPP Motorsports
4D TBA / Gansen Motorsports
4G Chris Gansen / Verdemont Heights, CA / Gansen Motorsports
4x Damion Gardner / Concord, CA / Mark Alexander
5 Chris Windom / St. Louis, MO / Baldwin Brothers
5J Logan Williams / Yorba Linda, CA / John Jory
5m Max Adams / Loomis, CA / Max Adams
5T Tye Mihocko / Peoria, AZ / Tye Mihocko
5x Tommy Malcolm / Corona, CA / Dino Napier
7BC Tyler Courtney / Fishers, IN / Clauson Marshall Newman Racing
8 Michael Faccinto / Hanford, CA / Jim Richardson
10 Richard Vander Weerd / Visalia, CA / Vander Weerd Racing
12 Dave Darland / Lincoln, IN / Ballou Motorsports
12B Joel Rayborne / West Covina, CA / Rodney Rayborne
13 Dennis Gile / Mesa, AZ / Gene Gile
15 Danny Sheridan / Santa Maria, CA / Rick Johnson
16 Bud Kaeding / Campbell, CA / Mike Martin Racing
19AZ Andy Reinbold / Gilbert, AZ / Andy Reinbold & Todd Underwood
19s Jason McDougal / Broken Arrow, OK / Andy Reinbold & Todd Underwood
21 A.J. Bender / Ramona, CA / Richard Bender
28 Matt McCarthy / Riverside, CA / Matt McCarthy
30 C.J. Leary / Greenfield, IN / Chuck Leary
32 Chase Stockon / Fort Branch, IN / Chase Stockon
34AZ Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / Grau/Burkhart
39E Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, CA / Gordon Edwards
42 Danny Faria, Jr. / Tipton, CA / Dwight Cheney
44 Cody Williams / Corona, CA / John Jory
50 Charles Davis, Jr. / Buckeye, AZ / Charles Davis Jr.
51 Austin Ervine / Bakersfield, CA / James Ervine
52 Isaac Chapple / Wilkinson, IN / Isaac Chapple
55 Tony Everhart / El Cajon, CA / Tony Everhart
68 Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Shawn Thomas
69 Kevin Thomas, Jr. / Cullman, AL / Dynamics, Inc.
72 Gary Marshall, Jr. / Pomona, CA / Gary Marshall Sr. & Jr.
74x Josh Hodges / Tijeras, NM / Jack Hodges
83 Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
88 Jace Vander Weerd / Visalia, CA / Vander Weerd Racing
90 Randy Waitman / Ramona, CA / Randy Waitman
91R Brody Roa / Garden Grove, CA / BR Performance
92 R.J. Johnson / Laveen, AZ / Tom & Lauri Sertich
92x TBA / Tom & Lauri Sertich
98 Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson
98v Verne Sweeney / Lomita, CA / Ken Tracy
99 Brady Bacon / Broken Arrow, OK / Brady Bacon Racing


 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

November 3, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “51st Western World Championships”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 2. C.J. Leary (#33 Cushman), 3. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 6. Austin Ervine (#51X AJ), 7. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 8. Dave Darland (#2 Yeley), NT.

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 3. Chase Stockon (#1AZ Trussel), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 6. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Michael Fanelli (#2F Fanelli). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 4. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 5. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 6. Caleb Saiz (#42 Burns), 7. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 8. Spencer Hill (#11W West). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 2. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 3. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 4. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 5. Travis Oldfield (#38 Oldfield), 6. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 7. Austin Kuehl (#34X Grau/Oliver), 8. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. St. James, 2. Martin, 3. Deskins, 4. Oldfield, 5. Fanelli, 6. Hill, 7. Ervine, 8. Perreira, 9. Maroney, 10. Most, 11. Saiz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Kevin Thomas Jr., 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Colton Hardy, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Martin, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Matt Lundy, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Michael Fanelli, 16. Nick Aiuto, 17. Spencer Hill, 18. Travis Oldfield, 19. Asa Kesterson, 20. Sterling Cling, 21. J.R. Bonesteel, 22. Chase Stockon, 23. Jake Swanson. NT ---------------------------- **Swanson flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Bernal, Laps 9-30 Bacon. HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (16th to 5th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: C.J. Leary

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

 

SUNSHINE FINDS A POCKETFUL OF REDEMPTION AT WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Twenty-four hours prior to taking the green flag for Saturday night's 51st "Western World Championships" finale at Arizona Speedway, Tyler Courtney was lamenting how he threw away a victory in lapped traffic.

It was a mistake the Indianapolis, Indiana driver expressed he couldn't repeat when racing against competition that is at the top of their game.

Twenty-four hours later, Courtney was standing in victory lane, reversing the spell that cast him in the throes of lapped traffic. This time, it was he who capitalized in lapped traffic as he ran down Dave Darland with 13 laps remaining to win his 11th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again," an adamant Courtney said.

Courtney started fifth on the field while, up front, fellow USAC National Sprint Car championship contender Chris Windom rocketed from his outside front row starting position to the lead past pole sitter Damion Gardner and quickly carved out a two-plus second advantage.

On the move and not wasting a single heartbeat was Courtney who advanced three spots to second on the opening lap, slithering around the outside of Dave Darland on the top of turn two to gain the position. Darland fought back to regain second on the fourth lap just before the night's first yellow flag fell for the stopped car of 2014 "Western World" winner Matt Rossi on lap five.

On the restart, Darland reared back and fired a slider into turn one. As Windom came off the top to launch his way off turn two, the duo nearly went hammer to nail. Windom got on the binders, which shuffled him out of the deck and back to fourth as Courtney and Leary shot past for second and third, respectively, while Darland carried onward with the race lead.

However, the lap six restart following top CRA Rookie Joel Rayborne's incident in turn four saw Leary wrestle the second position away from Courtney where he would remain until the ninth lap when Courtney eked between Leary and the turn two concrete to nab the runner-up position for the time being, with leader Darland now within earshot.

Whereas Courtney gave into impatience and trigger happiness on Friday night, Saturday night would prove to have a different outlook as he stuck to his guns up top. On lap 18, Courtney's stick-to-itiveness paid off as the two began to work their way into traffic. Darland went to the bottom of three and four to work by Rossi and R.J. Johnson, still maintaining the lead to the stripe.

Entering turn one, Darland drove it in the corner as straight as an arrow and slid to the top, cutting in front of Courtney's line up on the lip. Courtney countered underneath Darland and two raced wheel-to-wheel down the back straight of the 3/8-mile dirt oval with Darland clinging to a slight advantage into three. Courtney threw his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy deep into turn three, shoulder-to-shoulder with Darland.

Darland appeared, momentarily, to have the momentum to ride back by Courtney on the outside, but, instead, snagged the right rear in the cushion just enough to lift the front wheel just a smidge. The two remained wheel-to-wheel all the way through the corner with Darland getting just a tad squirrely on exit, somehow avoiding contact with the distance between the two being roughly the circumference of a feline whisker, as Courtney raced to the lead at the line by two car lengths.

"I screwed myself with lapped cars last night and I was determined that I wasn't going to do that again." - Tyler Courtney (Adam Mollenkopf Photo)

Moments later, Austin Williams slowed to bring out the yellow, setting up a restart with 11 to go that had Darland weighing his options, first peeking his front bumper to the inside of Courtney to no avail, but remaining in stalking mode with his hackles raised, just hoping for a Courtney mistake down the stretch on the narrowing groove up top.

The cameramen were in position, this author's headline was already halfway written, the checkered flag was in hand and all appeared to be settled on the final lap for Courtney when Rossi stopped at the flag stand to bring out the final yellow, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

Courtney was hoping for an uneventful last restart and that's just what he got as Darland could not get close enough to the back bumper of Courtney to mount a challenge throughout the two-lap shootout. Courtney sealed the deal with a pair of laps that were in sync, with car and driver in perfect harmony to win by half a second over Darland, Leary, Windom and Logan Seavey.

Courtney's 11th win of the year positioned him as just the seventh driver to reach that number of victories within a single USAC National Sprint Car season, equaling him with Bubby Jones' 11-win season in 1979. With point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. taking eighth in the feature, Courtney moved to within two points of the USAC National Sprint title with three races remaining on Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

"We had high expectations coming into this year, but I think we've exceeded all of them," Courtney exclaimed. "But we're not done yet. We've got three races left and still have the big picture in mind. We've just got to keep doing what we're doing and plug along. You just got to let it play out."

Meanwhile, in the USAC/CRA Sprint Car standings, Gardner overtook Brody Roa atop the leaderboard in the standings by five points with three races left to go at Perris.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway were Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner / Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner / KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner) and Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 3, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships" WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.235; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.277; 3. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.298; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.375; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.434; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.473; 7. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.503; 8. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.534; 9. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.551; 10. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.575; 11. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.631; 12. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.647; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.649; 14. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.735; 15. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.793; 16. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.814; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.822; 18. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.866; 19. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.890; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.908; 21. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.949; 22. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-16.044; 23. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-16.109; 24. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.117; 25. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.132; 26. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-16.138; 27. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.169; 28. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-16.290; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.821.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. Swanson, 3. Bacon, 4. Darland, 5. Hodges, 6. Meseraull, 7. Gansen, 8. Rayborne. 2:10.11

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Johnson, 3. Grant, 4. Sheridan, 5. A. Williams, 6. Sussex, 7. Faria. 2:12.18

CHALK STIX / KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Rossi, 3. Windom, 4. Bernal, 5. Seavey, 6. McDougal, 7. L. Williams. 2:12.02

INDY RACE PARTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS / ROD END SUPPLY FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stockon, 2. Leary, 3. Roa, 4. Gardner, 5. Mihocko, 6. Gile, 7. C. Williams. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) / ROD END SUPPLY SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Meseraull, 2. Hodges, 3. Seavey, 4. A. Williams, 5. Sussex, 6. L. Williams, 7. Mihocko, 8. Gile, 9. Gansen, 10. Rayborne, 11. McDougal. 3:15.18

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Dave Darland (6), 3. C.J. Leary (4), 4. Chris Windom (2), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Justin Grant (3), 7. Damion Gardner (1), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13), 9. Chase Stockon (14), 10. Thomas Meseraull (8), 11. Ryan Bernal (16), 12. Jake Swanson (9), 13. Brody Roa (17), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Brady Bacon (20), 16. Josh Hodges (18), 17. R.J. Johnson (15), 18. Danny Sheridan (10), 19. Matt Rossi (19), 20. Austin Williams (12), 21. Stevie Sussex (21), 22. Logan Williams (22), 23. Joel Rayborne (24), 24. Cody Williams (23). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Windom, Laps 5-17 Darland, Laps 18-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (13th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brody Roa

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tye Mihocko

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2521, 2-Courtney-2519, 3-Windom-2471, 4-Darland-2195, 5-Leary-2178, 6-Bacon-2175, 7-Stockon-2138, 8-Grant-2084, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1461.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1470, 2-Roa-1465, 3-A. Williams-1235, 4-C. Williams-1115, 5-Swanson-1068, 6-Johnson-1030, 7-Max Adams-943, 8-Faria-900, 9-L. Williams-882, 10-Gansen-803.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 8-9-10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction

 

GRANT GROOVES AT WESTERN WORLD OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........In a nutshell, the opening night of the 51st "Western World Championships" is a microcosm of the way the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season has unfolded for Justin Grant and TOPP Motorsports.

Just when you began to count this pair out, here they are, back with gusto in the autumn of Friday night's 30-lapper at Arizona Speedway and in the autumn of the racing season.

After relinquishing the lead twice - on lap 7 and lap 18 - Grant didn't let himself get thrown far from the bull. He grabbed it by the horns and charged back into contention, for the final time with five laps remaining, escaping between Tyler Courtney and the outside turn two wall like a matador side stepping the brunt of a bull's charge to score his third USAC National Sprint Car feature victory in his last four starts.

It was the Ione, California native's 11th win with the series, moving him past Tony Stewart on the career wins list and into a tie for 45thalongside Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler and Chase Stockon.

Grant began the race from the pole position, initially crawling the bottom into turn one to get past outside front row starter C.J. Leary for the lead. By the time Grant got to turn three, he went topside as Kevin Thomas, Jr and Damion Gardner gave chase on the bottom.

Thomas dug his way to the lead off the fourth turn on the seventh lap to snare the lead. But his time up front was already fleeting as Grant charged back on the outside off turn two the following lap and slammed the door in turn three to yank the low line away from Thomas.

Grant shuffled his line, going to the shelf between turns one and two and skimming the bottom of three and four, searching the 3/8-mile dirt oval for any potential gains while Thomas and Gardner see-sawed the runner-up spot.

At the halfway mark, Logan Williams got sideways between turns one and two as the front runners bore down on him. While Williams was able to right his ship, Gardner and Thomas got bogged up just enough that allowed fourth-running Courtney to capitalize and skedaddle his way around both from fourth to second in one fell swoop off turn four. Moments later, seventh-running Jason McDougal was found turned around in turn two to bring out the feature's lone stoppage.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney and Gardner both stuck their hands in the cookie jar between turns one and two, racing three-wide with leader Grant momentarily before Grant was able to pop his way out of the crowd and escape with the lead.

A lap later, though, the story would take a turn as Courtney used a massive run off the cushion in turn four to blast past Grant like his shoes were stuck in mud.

However, stories have chapters. And Grant was more than eager to write a different ending than one might have suspected based on Courtney's 10 victories this year. But, Grant had no cliffhanger or sequel in mind. This one was going to have a concise, fairytale ending.

Grant never let Courtney stray too far as they both religiously ripped the topside. Once traffic came into play, Courtney came off the top to split between the lapped cars of Danny Faria, Jr. and Tye Mihocko between turns three and four, which allowed Grant to draw nearer. Courtney tried the 7/10 split again in turn one while Grant nailed his boots up top.

As Courtney slid across the track toward the turn two wall on the 26th lap, Grant had two choices: lift and relent the position or gas it up and go like hell. He chose the latter and escaped with the lead with roughly the width of a dime to spare between he and contact.

Courtney took one final shot at Grant on the final lap with a slider into turn one. Grant stamped the throttle, banging off the turn two concrete as he jetted back around Courtney one final time to bring home a 0.892 second victory over Courtney, Gardner, Chris Windom and Thomas.

"On tracks like this, you end up being a sitting duck when you're the leader and the track is moving around. Once (Courtney) got by us, I jumped up there behind him and he left us half a hole over there and I wasn't planning on losing this race tonight." - Justin Grant (Rich Forman Photo)

Grant was an user of the entire racetrack on this night, from the bottom to the top, searching and scouring the land like Amerigo Vespucci for 30 laps. Once he got passed just after halfway, he found the fast way around, but all he needed was a little bit of daylight that he could use to get by Courtney and conquer the land they call victory lane.

"We were leading early and then went to the bottom," Grant recalled. "On tracks like this, you end up being a sitting duck when you're the leader and the track is moving around. Once (Courtney) got by us, I jumped up there behind him and he left us half a hole over there and I wasn't planning on losing this race tonight! This 4 car has been amazing and I'm having a blast. I've won a lot of races against the concrete and on the fence. I don't know if I've ever run one that hard on the concrete and hit it quite that many times."

Unlike Grant, Indianapolis, Indiana's Courtney was simultaneously racing for a feature win as well as a series title. While he did gain six points on Thomas with four races remaining on the National trail, he felt like this was one he let slip away.

"I threw one away tonight," Courtney admitted. "I got a little impatient there in traffic and wasted a lot of time with lapped cars. You just can't make mistakes like that when you're racing against guys that are at the top of their game."

A pair of title races were in play tonight. The National Sprint points have tightened up slightly with Thomas now holding a 28-point lead over Courtney with Windom 60 markers behind the leader. The CRA standings have shrunk as well with Brody Roa holding the edge by nine points over Gardner.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were Brody Roa (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), R.J. Johnson (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Jake Swanson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 2, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships"

QUALIFYING: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.204; 2. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.257; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.279; 4. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.305; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-15.309; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.358; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.362; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.377; 9. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.390; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.422; 11. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.431; 12. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.440; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.501; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.525; 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 42, Cheney-15.552; 16. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-15.569; 17. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.594; 18. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-15.653; 19. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.685; 20. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.711; 21. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.836; 22. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.851; 23. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.892; 24. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.159; 25. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.167; 26. Logan Williams, 5x, Jory-16.170; 27. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.181; 28. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-16.236; 29. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-16.376; 30. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.398.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Roa, 2. Gardner, 3. Chapple, 4. Meseraull, 5. Courtney, 6. Swanson, 7. Mihocko, 8. Rayborne. 2:42.24

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Seavey, 3. Bacon, 4. Bernal, 5. A. Williams, 6. Rossi, 7. L. Williams. 2:39.60

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Johnson, 2. Stockon, 3. Leary, 4. Thomas, 5. Faria, 6. Gansen, 7. C. Williams. 2:36.99

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. McDougal, 3. Hodges, 4. Grant, 5. Sussex, 6. Sheridan, 7. Gile. 2:29.45

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. A. Williams, 3. Rossi, 4. Faria, 5. Mihocko, 6. L. Williams, 7. Gansen, 8. C. Williams, 9. Gile, 10. Rayborne, 11. Sheridan, 12. Sussex, 13. Swanson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (7), 3. Damion Gardner (9), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 6. C.J. Leary (2), 7. Brody Roa (15), 8. Brady Bacon (13), 9. Dave Darland (12), 10. Logan Seavey (5), 11. R.J. Johnson (17), 12. Chase Stockon (11), 13. Thomas Meseraull (6), 14. Isaac Chapple (18), 15. Matt Rossi (19), 16. Austin Williams (8), 17. Josh Hodges (20), 18. Cody Williams (23), 19. Danny Faria, Jr. (14), 20. Tye Mihocko (22), 21. Ryan Bernal (16), 22. Joel Rayborne (24), 23. Logan Williams (21), 24. Jason McDougal (3). NT ---------------------------- **Sussex flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Grant, Lap 6 Thomas, Laps 7-17 Grant, Laps 18-25 Courtney, Laps 26-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (15th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jake Swanson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Gansen

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2464, 2-Courtney-2436, 3-Windom-2404, 4-Bacon-2136, 5-Darland-2117, 6-Leary-2104, 7-Stockon-2084, 8-Grant-2022, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1418.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-1422, 2-Gardner-1413, 3-A. Williams-1211, 4-C. Williams-1092, 5-Swanson-1022, 6-Johnson-994, 7-Max Adams-943, 8-Faria-890, 9-L. Williams-858, 10-Gansen-793.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 3 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st "Western World Championships"

 

SWANSON KICKS OFF "WESTERN WORLD" WITH SOUTHWEST WIN

San Tan Valley, AZ........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. led the final 14 laps to win Friday night's 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race which kicked off the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway. Brady Bacon took second ahead of R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex and Kevin Thomas Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: November 2, 2018 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal (#73 Ford), 2. Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon), 3. Dave Darland (#2 Yeley), 4. Chase Stockon (#1AZ Trussel), 5. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Ryan Stolz (#72 Ford), 8. Spencer Hill (#11W West), 9. Michael Fanelli (#2F Fanelli). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 2. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 5. Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin), 6. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 7. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 8. Travis Oldfield (#38 Oldfield), 9. Frank Rodgers (#11X Rodgers). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jake Swanson (#34AZ Grau/Burkhart), 2. Austin Kuehl (#34X Grau/Oliver), 3. Shon Deskins (#7 Richards), 4. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 5. C.J. Leary (#33 Cushman), 6. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 7. J.R. Bonesteel (#0 Bonesteel), 8. Austin Ervine (#51X AJ). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Caleb Saiz (#42 Burns), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5T Mihocko), 4. Randy Nelson (#9 Nelson) 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 7. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Thomas, 4. Cling, 5. Aiuto, 6. Lundy, 7. Gile, 8. St. James, 9. Martin, 10. Stolz, 11. Bonesteel, 12. Fanelli, 13. Ervine, 14. Oldfield, 15. Perreira, 16. Most. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Kevin Thomas Jr., 6. Charles Davis Jr., 7. Chris Windom, 8. C.J. Leary, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Shon Deskins, 12. Chase Stockon, 13. Austin Kuehl, 14. Matt Lundy, 15. Colton Hardy, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Asa Kesterson, 18. Randy Nelson, 19. Caleb Saiz, 20. Ryan Bernal, 21. Nick Aiuto, 22. Colton Maroney. NT ---------------------------- *Cling flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Swanson, Laps 9-16 Bacon, Laps 17-30 Swanson.

HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas Jr. (19th to 5th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Jake Swanson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,303, 2-Mihocko-1,162, 3-Martin-1,064, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Lundy-772, 6-Johnson-711, 7-Chris Bonneau-666, 8-Most-599, 9-Gile-596, 10-Andy Reinbold-546.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 3 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV WILL AIR BOTH NIGHTS OF WESTERN WORLD

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Speed Shift TV has live coverage for both nights of the 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway this Friday and Saturday, November 2-3.

The field features the top guns from the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and the USAC/CRA Sprint Car circuit. Both series are in the midst of tight points battles with just five races remaining.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney by just 34 points while reigning series champ and 2016 "Western World" 410 winner Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. resides in third, 62 points behind the leader.

Meanwhile, in the CRA standings, Garden Grove, California's Brody Roa stands atop the points by 20 markers over six-time champ Damion Gardner of Concord, Calif., who is aiming for a sixth-straight series title.

The card features a doubleheader of 410 and 360 sprints with the Southwest Series also on hand for two complete programs both nights. Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon won each end of the USAC National/CRA show in 2017 while Brady Bacon and Chris Windom captured the pair of Southwest features.

On both nights of Western World, the pits open at 2pm and front gates at 3pm. The drivers meeting is at 4:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 5:25pm Mountain time.

Make sure to catch all the action from both nights of "Western World" live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to the live audio feed on the USAC app. You can also catch all the action a day later, on-demand, at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

 

 

FREE CAR ENTRY OPEN TO KNEPPER 55 COMPETITORS! TICKETS ON SALE TOO!

Du Quoin, Illinois (November 2, 2018).........The Knepper family is once again sponsoring FREE entry for competitors to enter their midgets for the Saturday, December 15th "Junior Knepper 55" USAC Special Event at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Illinois.

After visiting https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-car-entry, use the coupon code "KNEPPER" to enter your car for the race for no charge. The offer expires Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The complete pre-entry list for the event will be published the following day, Monday, December 10th.

Additionally, tickets are now on sale for the 4th annual "Junior Knepper 55" at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales. The race will serve as the final event of the 2018 USAC racing season. Adult general admission tickets are available for just $19 in advance.

Furthermore, on https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-knepper-55-ticket-sales, you may order your 2018 "Junior Knepper 55" event t-shirt now for just $25. Sizes small through 4XL are available, but make sure to get yours soon while supplies last.

The event carries no points toward the USAC National Midget season championship, but has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win on the series calendar, annually boasting a large car count and a star-studded field to boot.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

In 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps.

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Doors open for the event at 2:30pm (Central) on December 15. A public drivers meeting will take place in the grandstands at 3:30pm. Cars are scheduled to get on track for hot laps at 4pm.

 

SUNSHINE TOPS WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE NIGHT

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Tyler Courtney led all drivers in practice Thursday night at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 51strunning of the "Western World Championships" Friday and Saturday night, November 2-3.

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., ripped around the 3/8-mile with the top time of 14.943 seconds aboard his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Priority Aviation/Spike/Rider Chevy. Jason McDougal was the only other driver under 15 seconds at 14.958. Justin Grant was third ahead of Chris Windom, Brady Bacon, Thomas Meseraull, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chase Stockon, Isaac Chapple and Dave Darland.

The open practice featured cars and drivers competing in both the USAC AMSOIL National/CRA Sprint Car event as well as the Southwest Sprint Car race. A handful of drivers took laps in both their 410 and 360-powered rides Thursday night, including C.J. Leary, Thomas, Stockon and Darland.

Make sure to catch all the action from both nights of "Western World" live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to the live audio feed on the USAC app.
On both nights of Western World, the pits open at 2pm and front gates at 3pm. The drivers meeting is at 4:30pm with cars set to hit the track at 5:25pm Mountain time.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL & CRA SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 1, 2018 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 51st"Western World Championships"

1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson Marshall Newman-14.943; 2. Jason McDougal, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.958; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.096; 4. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-15.195; 5. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-15.202; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77m, Michael-15.237; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.304; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.307; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-15.355; 10. Dave Darland, 12, Ballou-15.369; 11. Stevie Sussex, 12A, Allen-15.592; 12. Danny Sheridan, 15, Johnson-15.684; 13. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.707; 14. Colton Hardy, 74, Hardy-15.723; 15. C.J. Leary, 33-15.870; 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 73, Ford-15.877; 17. Shon Deskins, 7, Deskins-15.926; 18. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.042; 19. Chase Stockon, 1AZ-16.144; 20. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-16.217; 21. Nick Aiuto, 27, Aiuto-16.255; 22. Caleb Saiz, 42, Saiz-16.269; 23. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.432; 24. Joel Rayborne, 12x, Rayborne-16.586; 25. #68-16.611; 26. Travis Oldfield, 38, Oldfield-16.612; 27. Spencer Hill, 11w, Hill-16.707; 28. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.762; 29. Dave Darland, 2, Yeley-16.763; 30. J.R. Bonesteel, 0, Yeley-16.872; 31. #72-17.258.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

CHARLES DAVIS JR. LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “51st WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 31, 2018… The battle for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car crown will be settled at the “51st Western World Championships.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, Arizona Speedway will host two nights of the prestigious race starting, this Friday, November 2nd. In addition to the traditional 360 sprints, the action packed card will also showcase the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and the festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice with FREE Grandstand Admission from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. The non-winged 360 sprints have been a part of the Western World history dating back to 1991 when Wayne Bennet claimed the Manzanita victory. Last year, Chris Windom swept both nights of the “360 Western World Championships.”

Heading to San Tan Valley, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has a stout 124-point lead over the competition. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis scored fifth in last Saturday’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, “Chargin” Charles has nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 30 career SouthWest wins and will be looking to celebrate the championship with the Western World victory.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko finished eighth at Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the young driver has two feature wins, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and nine feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on his last shot at the championship with the “Western World” triumph.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin finished thirteenth at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. To date, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. With six career wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year still has a shot at the championship and will be looking to sweep the “Western World.”

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. The pilot of Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim skipped the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” after flipping his mount at Canyon Speedway Park on September 22nd. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis is done for the season as his car owners regroup for next year’s schedule.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The driver of the #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X scored eleventh in last Saturday’s main event at Casa Grande. As this writing goes to press, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at Arizona Speedway.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Zack Madrid, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Austin Kuehl, Stevie Sussex, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, 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 $25 Adults, $25 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. On Saturday, $30 Adults, $30 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

360 WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1991-Wayne Bennet, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1995-Ricky Johnson, 2002-Jeremy Sherman, 2003-Jeremy Sherman, 2004-Josh Ford, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Brady Bacon, 2010-R.J. Johnson, 2011-Tracy Hines, 2012-Bryan Clauson, 2013-Bryan Clauson, 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Brody Roa, 2016-Brady Bacon, 2017-Chris Windom.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 18-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 9-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Tye Mihocko, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1237, 2. Tye Mihocko-1113, 3. Mike Martin-1054, 4. Michael Curtis-802, 5. Matt Lundy-736, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson-639, 8. Tyler Most-589, 9. Dennis Gile-586, 10. Andy Reinbold-546, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling-381, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Stevie Sussex-266, 15. Bruce St. James-249, 16. Colton Hardy-245, 17. Asa Kesterson-242, 18. Austin Kuehl-232, 19. Kyle Shipley-225, ... Ronnie Clark-225.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS JR. TRIUMPHS AT CASA GRANDE’S “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH”

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 30, 2018... After flying from the Midwest, Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL) was victorious at last Saturday’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving the Imperial Motorsports’ #75X Mazatzal Dirt Works / Jeff’s Jam It In Storage entry, Thomas powered by Stevie Sussex on lap ten and held off all challengers to earn his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the year. Top qualifier R.J. Johnson, Logan Seavey, Jason McDougal, and point leader “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. followed “KTJ” to the checkered flags.

Before earning his second career USAC SouthWest triumph, Kevin Thomas Jr. won the night’s second 8-lap heat race and ranked fourth in passing points out of the eighteen car field. The USAC National series driver left Casa Grande ranked 34th in the point standings.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) returned to USAC SouthWest action and finished second in the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” Piloting Bobby Martin’s #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pecon Builders Sherman, Johnson won the program’s third heat race and claimed his third Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the season. To date, the five-time champion is seventh in the point chase with four feature wins, five heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led.

Like Thomas, Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) flew to Arizona before scoring third at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. Racing the Reinbold/Underwood #19 AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Seavey won the night’s first 8-lap heat race and sat third in passing points. After his first start, the USAC National Midget Series point leader is thirty-fifth in the SouthWest point standings.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK) earned the night’s hard charger award with a fourth place run from tenth at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving the Reinbold/Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, McDougal scored fourth in his heat race and placed tenth in passing points. In limited appearances, Jason ranks thirtieth in the championship standings with two top-10 finishes.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) claimed fifth in the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis finished third in his heat race and ranked second in the nightly passing points. The point leader heads to the Western World Championships with nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twenty top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, November 2nd at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The “51st Western World Championships” will also showcase the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA 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 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Howl-O-Ween Bash”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 3. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 4. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 3. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (3rd), 2. R.J. Johnson (6th), 3. Logan Seavey (4th), 4. Jason McDougal (10th), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (5th), 6. Isaac Chapple (11th), 7. Stevie Sussex (1st), 8. Tye Mihocko (8th), 9. Colton Hardy (2nd), 10. Ronnie Clark (7th), 11. Matt Lundy (13th), 12. Dennis Gile (9th), 13. Mike Martin (16th), 14. Nick Aiuto (18th), 15. Joe Scheopner (12th), 16. Sterling Cling (15th), 17. Daylin Perriera (17th), 18. Tyler Most (14th). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Sussex, Laps 10-30 Thomas. HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (10th to 4th) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1237, 2. Tye Mihocko-1113, 3. Mike Martin-1054, 4. Michael Curtis-802, 5. Matt Lundy-736, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson-639, 8. Tyler Most-589, 9. Dennis Gile-586, 10. Andy Reinbold-546, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling-381, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Stevie Sussex-266, 15. Bruce St. James-249, 16. Colton Hardy-245, 17. Asa Kesterson-242, 18. Austin Kuehl-232, 19. Kyle Shipley-225, ... Ronnie Clark-225.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & NATIONAL SPRINTS BATTLE AT 51ST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Lance Jennings
 
OCTOBER 30, 2018... Starting, this Friday, November 2nd, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and National Sprint Cars are set for two nights of action at San Tan Valley’s Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “51st Annual Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. On both days, the Pit gates will open at 2:00pm, spectator gates will open at 3:00pm, and racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. The event will be live on pay-per-view at www.speedshifttv.com and the festivities will begin on Thursday with an open practice with FREE Grandstand Admission from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc
 
2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
 
Noted as an Arizona tradition since 1968 when Bob Cleberg took the checkered flags at the Manzanita Speedway, the “Western World Championships” has been a premier event for sprint car racing. While the headlining divisions and host tracks may have changed, some of the most notable names in the sport have claimed victory at the Western World. Hall of Fame racers like Jan Opperman, Rick Ferkel, Ron Shuman, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden, Sammy Swindell, and Steve Kinser have stood atop the podium. Last year, Chase Stockon added his name to the winner’s list and “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.
 
Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held six AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and five different drivers have claimed victory. Chris Windom leads all drivers with two wins as Jake Swanson and “The Demon” Damion Gardner earned victories at September’s “Hall of Fame Classic. At press time, “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug holds the one 1-lap track record of 14.625 set on November 5, 2016. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.
 
Entering the twentieth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 20-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored fourth at Perris Auto Speedway on October 20th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 94 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the Western World Championships to his resume.
 
“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner ran second to Justin Grant at the October 20th main event. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, twelve heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has eighty career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on adding his name to the winner’s lest of the Western World Championships.
 
“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams ran fifth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for a victory at Arizona Speedway.
 
“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished eighth at Perris Auto Speedway. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at San Tan Valley.
 
Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson placed sixth in the Perris 30-lap main event. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to add the Western World trophy to his collection.
 
Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.
 
Among the other drivers expected to be in action are R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Matt McCarthy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Zack Madrid, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Logan Seavey, and more.
 
Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, AL) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Justin Grant, “The Mad Man” Robert Ballou, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.
 
Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, 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 $25 Adults, $25 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. On Saturday, $30 Adults, $30 Seniors, $15 Kids 11 & Under. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.
 
The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks Hoosier Tire, All Coast Construction, BR Motorsports, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Bullet Impressions, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.
 
For more information on USAC/CRA, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at www.usacracing.com. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat pages.
 
Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.
 
WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon.
 
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.
 
SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.
 
AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1362, 2. Damion Gardner-1342, 3. Austin Williams-1176, 4. Cody Williams-1065, 5. Jake Swanson-1012, 6. R.J. Johnson-945, 7. Max Adams-943, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-834, 10. Chris Gansen-783, 11. Tommy Malcolm-646, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-512, 14. Matt McCarthy-477, 15. Joel Rayborne-430, 16. Austin Ervine-383, 17. Verne Sweeney-342, 18. Chase Johnson-322, 19. Austin Liggett-311, 20. Geoff Ensign-266.
 
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

3-TIME OVAL NATS WINNER BUD KAEDING ENTERS FOR PERRIS

Perris, California.........Three-time Oval Nationals winner Bud Kaeding has signed on to drive for Mike Martin Racing in the 23rd annual running of the event on November 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif., is a three-time winner of the Oval Nationals, scoring in 2001, 2002 and again in 2007 - one of three drivers to do so along with Dave Darland and Damion Gardner.

A much-accomplished racer on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail throughout the 2000s, Kaeding has been victorious on 17 occasions with the series, most recently in 2012 "Tony Hulman Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track. Kaeding's last appearance came in the 2016 Oval Nationals where he finished in the sixth position in Martin's No. 16.

Kaeding is a five-time champion under the USAC banner. He is a three-time USAC Silver Crown champion, capturing titles in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and has won regional Sprint Car titles with the Western series in 1999 and the West Coast series in 2012.

The Mike Martin Racing car has made three appearances with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars in 2018, all coming in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Mike Martin, as a driver, won a USAC National/CRA Sprint Car feature at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. back in 2012.

Over 40 drivers are already entered for the event that includes past "Ovals" winners Damion Gardner, Dave Darland, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., plus 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winners Justin Grant, Tyler Courtney, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon and Brady Bacon and 2018 USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature winners Austin Williams, Max Adams, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd and Brody Roa as well as five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car titlist R.J. Johnson, current Southwest point leader Charles Davis, Jr., past West Coast Sprint champ Danny Faria, Jr. and current USAC Light Up The World Beverages Western States Midget point leader Michael Faccinto, among many others.

Advance tickets for all the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, are available 24 hours a day online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not want to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

Watch the race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and/or listen to live audio on the USAC app.

 

 

SEAVEY AND McDOUGAL GO WESTWARD WITH REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona.........Two of USAC's youngest sensations, Logan Seavey and Jason McDougal, have teamed up with Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports for this weekend's 51st running of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3.

Reinbold/Underwood was successful on the opening night of "Western World" in 2017 when Thomas Meseraull drove to victory in the 30-lap USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Car feature with a last-lap pass of Brady Bacon.

This year, the team has partnered with Seavey and McDougal as part of a two-car effort. Seavey, of Sutter, Calif., has been a standout on the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget trail this year, leading both the championship standings and the Rookie of the Year points on the strength of two victories. He's also been solid in just a handful of USAC National Sprint Car appearances in 2018 with a pair of third-place runs at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. serving as his best results in eight starts.

Seavey has made two starts for Reinbold/Underwood this year in USAC/CRA action, both in September at Arizona. One night, he took fast qualifying honors, then followed it up with a second-place finish the following night at Arizona.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's McDougal has gotten off to a hot start in his first 14 career USAC National Sprint Car starts, all coming since the beginning of July where he made a 22nd to 3rd charge at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. McDougal won in just his eighth series start on Labor Day weekend in Pevely, Mo. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, one of his eight top-ten and four top-five finishes this season.

McDougal will also join the Reinbold/Underwood team when the series heads to California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 8-9-10.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars. Pits open at 2pm, front gates at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars hitting the track for hot laps at 5:25pm. All times are local.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 


 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

When the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Cars get together, it creates an extra dynamic to the racing program. Akin to a team going on the road in stick and ball sports, it pits one against the other on their "home turf" so to speak for bragging rights.

That's the stage that's set as the National teams head west to face off with CRA for the 51st edition of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 2-3, then concluding November 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 23rd annual Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction.

Since the 2004 season, when CRA went under the sanctioning of USAC, they and the USAC National Sprint Cars have formally raced with each other on 77 occasions. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 14 years, including in each of the past two years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Some drivers fall into both categories as a representative of both the National and CRA divisions at one point in their career, such as Gardner, who is tied with Bryan Clauson as the winningest driver when the National and CRA series meet with eight victories apiece.

USAC vs. the CRA regulars goes all the way back to the 1960 season when the USAC Sprints made their first venture west to California and Clovis Speedway. Don Davis would defeat the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win would prove to be his only USAC National Sprint Car victory, same as 12 other CRA regulars who got their single USAC win out west: Bob McCoy, Bob Hogle, Gary Patterson, Bobby Olivero, Eddie Wirth, Mike Sweeney, Mike Kirby, David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Martin and Roa.

Most of those individuals were stars in their own right and by no means a one-hit-wonder, holding the crown as a CRA driving titlist, including Hogle in 1963 & 1968, Bobby Olivero in 1975 (also a Silver Crown titlist in 1979), Wirth in 1985, Kirby in 1993 and Gaunt in 2004.

The USAC and original CRA first officially met at the conclusion of the 1984 for a pair of non-points special events at Manzanita Speedway and Ascot Park entitled the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series." CRA regulars, Arizonian Lealand McSpadden and Californian Rip Williams, took respective victories. They would eventually both be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The following year, the "USAC/CRA Sprint Challenge Series" expanded to venues throughout the country, beginning in the west to open the season before working its way through the Midwest and back home to conclude the year. Eleven races were held at eight different venues with Rick Hood claiming three victories at Phoenix, Arizona's Manzanita Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas and State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, Okla. The opening night triumph at Manzanita was especially memorable, coming just five months after both of Hood's legs were broken in a freak accident when he was struck by a sprint car while walking through the infield to watch a practice session at the very same track.

Bubby Jones scored two at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kans. and at Ascot Park in Gardena, Calif. Single victories were owned by McSpadden (Manzanita), Wirth (Ascot Park), Sheldon Kinser (Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway), Ron Shuman (Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track), Mike Sweeney (Oklahoma's Lawton Speedway) and Bob East (Manzanita).

While CRA regulars took 6 of 11 victories, it was USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown champ Rick Hood earning the title by 34 points over Sweeney, Wirth, Brad Noffsinger and Steve Butler.

More informally, several of the top SCRA drivers made their way to the Hoosier state for "Indiana Sprint Week" in 1997 and 1998. Arizona's J.J. Yeley burst onto the nationwide scene, winning back-to-back races at Kokomo and Terre Haute on his way to the ISW title. Throughout the week, five-time CRA champ Richard Griffin of Silver City, New Mexico was mesmerizing, going 6-for-6 as fast qualifier in his six appearances. In 1998, times were tougher for the west coast contingent during ISW as USAC regulars swept the six events and the title went to Dave Darland.

In 1999 and 2000, the Non-Wing World Championship arrived at the Terre Haute half-mile for a big payday and the ultimate showcase for sprint car supremacy. The battlefield proved pretty equal both years with eventual 2007 USAC/CRA champ Tony Jones capturing the victory on night one with Jerry Coons, Jr. following up the next night with his first career series win as well. The final night saw the versatile, standout wing invader, Frankie Kerr, playing spoiler by taking the cash and the trophy back home to Ohio.

In 2000, the NWWC series returned to Terre Haute with Jay Drake dominating both of his designated nights, while Griffin nailed his first series victory down with a late-race pass of Kevin Briscoe.

The final matchup between USAC and SCRA for the NWWC arrived in 2003 for a three-race set in three consecutive nights. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley scored at Terre Haute with Tracy Hines taking top honors at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway and California's Troy Rutherford taking the finale at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Will this year be the year that CRA stars get it done yet again on their home tracks? Viable candidate lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner and Austin Williams already winning this year at Perris while Gardner and Jake Swanson have sealed the deal at Arizona. Throw in CRA point leader Roa, Cody Williams, R.J. Johnson, Max Adams, Danny Faria, Jr., Logan Williams, Ryan Bernal and several others and you've got a bunch who can make some noise, following in the footsteps of their brethren who staked their claim on their home dirt against National competition.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars. Pits open at 2pm, front gates at 3pm, with the drivers meeting taking place at 4:30pm and cars hitting the track for hot laps at 5:25pm. All times are local.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

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WHEN USAC NATIONAL & USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS HAVE RACED IN SAME EVENT (SINCE 2004):

CRA Winners (17)

1. (3) Damion Gardner & Mike Spencer

3. (2) Nic Faas & Tony Jones

5. (1) David Cardey, Rickie Gaunt, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa & Rip Williams

National Winners (60)

1. (8) Bryan Clauson

2. (6) Dave Darland

3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner

5. (4) Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom

8. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell

11. (2) Darren Hagen, Jesse Hockett & Josh Wise

14. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tracy Hines, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Cole Whitt

 

 

2018 SEASON MARKS ONE OF THE BUSIEST EVER IN USAC SPRINT HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One-thousand, eight-hundred and sixty-eight. That's the number of USAC Sprint Car events held since the club's inception in 1956 coming into the final two weekends of the 2018 season Nov. 2-3 at Arizona Speedway and Nov. 8-9-10 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Of those 1,868 races throughout a 63-year span, this year actually marks one of the busiest years in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history with a total of 37 events already held - 36 points races and one non-points, special event. Barring any weather disruptions over these next two weekends - knock on wood - this would mark the fourth largest schedule in terms of events run by the series.

The year 1977 set the highwater mark with 51 events held, but the schedule consisted visits to only six different states: Indiana, California, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 2018 already, the series has ventured to 10 states, with two more to be added in November for a total of 12 states, which will make it the third most diverse schedule as far as states traveled to: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

What makes it the third busiest schedule in its 63-year-history? If you add the Number of Events + the Number of Tracks, 1977's cumulative score works out as 57 (51 events + 6 tracks). Meanwhile, 2016 had 45 events in 11 states to become the second busiest at 56 points.

This year, if all goes according to schedule at Arizona and Perris, with 41 events in 12 states, you would arrive at a cumulative score of 53, making it the third busiest overall season in the history of the series when all the pieces are put together. And that goes with having five rain outs which prevented a trip to the state of Kansas, which would've added one more point to the total.

Without further ado, here's a gander at the year-by-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, ranked by the number of events held and how many states held those events.

YEAR-BY-YEAR EVENT AND TRACK COUNT (BY RANK)

1. 1977: (51) 51 Points Races (6 States)

2. 2016: (45) 41 Points Races, 4 Special Events (11 States)

3. 1976: (44) 44 Points Races (4 States)

4. 1973: (41) 41 Points Races (6 States)

5. 1978: (40) 40 Points Races (9 States)

6. 1968: (39) 39 Points Races (9 States)

7. 1979: (39) 39 Points Races (5 States)

8. 2010: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)

9. 2012: (39) 38 Points Races, 1 Special Event (13 States)

10. 2015: (39) 39 Points Races (10 States)

11. 2009: (38) 36 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)

12. 2017: (38) 37 Points Races, 1 Special Event (10 States)

13. 2004: (37) 35 Points Races, 2 Special Events (15 States)

14. 2006: (37) 36 Points Races, 1 Special Event (11 States)

15. 2003: (36) 31 Points Races, 5 Special Events (7 States)

16. 2005: (36) 34 Points Races, 2 Special Events (9 States)

17. 2011: (36) 36 Points Races (10 States)

18. 2018: (36) 35 Points Races, 1 Special Event (12 States)

19. 1967: (34) 34 Points Races (8 States)

20. 1974: (34) 34 Points Races (4 States)

21. 1975: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)

22. 1999: (34) 34 Points Races (5 States)

23. 2013: (33) 33 Points Races (9 States)

24. 2001: (32) 31 Points Races, 1 Special Event (7 States)

25. 2014: (32) 32 Points Races (10 States)

26. 1970: (31) 31 Points Races (8 States)

27. 1971: (31) 31 Points Races (5 States)

28. 1972: (31) 31 Points Races (7 States)

29. 1997: (31) 31 Points Races (4 States)

30. 1998: (31) 31 Points Races (6 States)

31. 1990: (29) 29 Points Races (7 States)

32. 2000: (29) 29 Points Races (5 States)

33. 2002: (29) 28 Points Races, 1 Special Event (6 States)

34. 2007: (29) 29 Points Races (8 States)

35. 1956: (28) 27 Point Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)

36. 2008: (28) 27 Points Races, 1 Special Event (8 States)

37. 1965: (27) 27 Points Races (6 States)

38. 1966: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)

39. 1969: (27) 27 Points Races (7 States)

40. 1985: (27) 27 Points Races (9 States)

41. 1994: (27) 27 Points Races (5 States)

42. 1996: (27) 27 Points Races (10 States)

43. 1982: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)

44. 1995: (26) 26 Points Races (8 States)

45. 1961: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)

46. 1963: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)

47. 1964: (24) 24 Points Races (6 States)

48. 1980: (24) 24 Points Races (4 States & 2 Countries)

49. 1991: (24) 24 Points Races (7 States)

50. 1960: (23) 23 Points Races (6 States)

51. 1962: (22) 22 Points Races (5 States)

52. 1984: (22) 20 Points Races, 2 Special Events (5 States)

53. 1981: (21) 21 Points Races (5 States)

54. 1957: (20) 20 Points Races (4 States)

55. 1988: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States)

56. 1989: (20) 20 Points Races (6 States & 2 Countries)

57. 1958: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)

58. 1993: (19) 19 Points Races (4 States)

59. 1992: (18) 18 Points Races (6 States)

60. 1959: (17) 17 Points Races (7 States)

61. 1983: (17) 17 Points Races (3 States)

62. 1987: (14) 14 Points Races (6 States)

63. 1986: (11) 11 Points Races (3 States)

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

TURKEY NIGHT MIDGET ENTRY LIST HITS 60!

Ventura, California.........The initial entry list for the 78th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" has been released with 60 drivers already indicating their intentions to compete in the prestigious race.

The November 22 event at Ventura Raceway featuring the USAC P1 National National Midgets and Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets will have a stacked lineup featuring the best-of-the best from a variety of racing disciplines, including past "Turkey Night" winners Kyle Larson (2012 & 2016), Christopher Bell (2014 & 2017) and 2015 winner Tanner Thorson heading the list.

Also entered are 2018 USAC National Midget feature winners Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Logan Seavey, Chad Boat, Spencer Bayston, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Zeb Wise and Brady Bacon as well as Western States winners Alex Schutte, Michael Faccinto, Damion Gardner, Shane Golobic and Jake Swanson along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr., USAC/CRA's winningest sprint car driver Damion Gardner and past Western States champ David Prickett among many others.

Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo are studs in the winged sprint car world who will hop in a midget for their USAC Midget season debuts.

The race will take place Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 22, with a practice night scheduled for Wednesday, November 21. USAC West Coast/VRA Sprints will be on the card both nights.

The race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ with live audio available on the USAC app.

2018 "TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX" MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
1 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA
1K Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL
1P Tristan Thomas/Burlington, WA
2 Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA
2D Kevin Woody/Victor, NY
3c Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA
4M Michelle Decker/Guthrie, OK
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN
7u Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA
9D Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA
9F Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA
10 Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO
10B Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO
15 Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK
15c Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO
15x Ashley Hazelton-Heredia/Chatsworth, CA
17BC Justin Grant/Ione, CA
17G Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA
17s Sheldon Haudenschild/Wooster, OH
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA
20 C.J. Sarna/Long Beach, CA
21 Christopher Bell/Norman, OK
24x David Prickett/Fresno, CA
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ
25x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS
28 Alex Schutte/Redding, CA
31 Kyle Beilman/Santa Monica, CA
33P Mike Leach/Foothill Ranch, CA
35 Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN
50 Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA
55 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA
63 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL
63D Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA
67K Holly Shelton/Sacramento, CA
68 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA
71 Ryan Robinson/Foresthill, CA
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA
71R Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA
71s Cody Swanson/Covina, CA
71x Bryan Drollinger/Lomita, CA
72 Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO
73 Dylan Ito/Newbury Park, CA
73K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA
73T Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA
73x Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA
76M Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK
77 Daniel Anderson/Riverside, CA
77B Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CA
84 Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ
85 McKenna Haase/Des Moines, IA
87 Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CA
97 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN
97F Jesse Fernandez/Parker, CO

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USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS OPENING UP RULEBOOK
TO ALLOW 410 c.i. ENGINES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint Car Series has announced it will open up their rules package to include 410 cubic-inch engines beginning with the 2019 racing season.

The move now aligns the series with the same rulebook as the USAC AMSOIL National and CRA Sprint Car Series. Although, 360 c.i. engines will remain legal to run with the series, the rule change will give the series a major boost heading into the future.

"The tradition of both USAC and Arizona Sprint Car racing is with 410 c.i. engines," series coordinator Chris Kearns said. "More and more Arizona-based teams have been purchasing 410's of late and this move is going to bring new life to the Southwest Sprint Car Series in 2019 and beyond."

The Southwest Sprint Cars will also now feature a raised purse for each race, paying a minimum of $2000-to-win and $250 to start. Additionally, the USAC/CRA events at Arizona venues will now be co-sanctioned by the Southwest Sprints and will have an increased payout of $3000-to-win and $400 to start.

Furthermore, beginning with the 52nd running of the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in November of 2019, the main event will now have the Southwest Sprints competing with the National Sprint series.

The Southwest Sprints will now venture into California's Perris Auto Speedway for a pair of events in 2019 that will be co-sanctioned by the USAC/CRA Sprints, paying $2500-to-win and $300 to start. Throughout its history, the Southwest Sprints have been a primarily Arizona-based series, with a handful of races this year at locales such as Nevada, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

The Southwest Sprint Car Series is currently in its eighth season under USAC sanction, all run under the previous 360 c.i. engine rules.

The Southwest Sprints made their debut in 2003 with Rick Ziehl as the champion with Beau Binder grabbing the title in 2004. After nearly a decade, the USAC Southwest Sprints returned in 2013 with R.J. Johnson taking five consecutive titles between then and 2017. Charles Davis, Jr. currently leads the standings with two races remaining this season, this Friday and Saturday, November 2-3 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley for the 51st running of the "Western World Championships."

 

 

THOMAS-COURTNEY-WINDOM ENGAGE
IN HISTORICALLY TIGHT POINTS RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

The 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season comes down to just five races in the month of November. That's five opportunities for things to go perfectly right and five opportunities for things to go perfectly awry. Over the years, we've seen our share of both.

Over the next two weekends, the series will indulge in the final five events of the season at Arizona Speedway on November 2-3 and California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10. The common refrain has always been "How the west was won." But in this case, it's been "How the championship was won...out west."

Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads Tyler Courtney by 34 coming into the final stretch while the distance between Thomas and third-place Chris Windom is separated by only 62 points, the third such closest title race between the top-three at this point in the season since the USAC National Sprint Car series began concluding its season out west in 2004 - behind only 2015 (43 pts.) and 2012 (57 pts.). Since 2004, only two title races have ended with a race closer than that between the top-three - 2011 (34 pts.) and 2017 (58 pts.).

It's a tight race that could go in any one driver's favor and, since 2004, some have played out in the leader's favor while some years have featured a comeback of epic proportions. Let's dig into the stats for those years.

Between 2004 and 2006, the champs saw their lead in the standings shrink out west, but had enough of a cushion to handle their business. Jay Drake's 2004 lead dwindled from 141 to 74, Levi Jones in 2005 went from 78 to 13, while Josh Wise's fell from 113 to 88. Jones took his second title in 2007, upping the interval from 71 to 85 by the finale.

In 2008, Jerry Coons, Jr. took a miniscule two-point lead over Jones into races at Perris and Manzanita. Consistency was his magic wand down to the wire, clicking off five-straight top-fives to close out his only career USAC National Sprint Car title by 86 markers over Jones.

The following year, in 2009, Jones found himself in the driver's seat, leading Dave Darland by 27 points going into Perris and Tulare. Jones reeled off four top-fives in the final five, including a win on a preliminary night of the "Oval Nationals" at Perris to take his third title by 224. Meanwhile, Cole Whitt slipped into second as misfortune befell Darland's hopes of a second series title. Jones was back at it a year later in 2010 with a little less pressure, bumping up his lead from 91 to 179 to notch title number four.

In 2011, Jones was back at it once again, up by 44 and on the verge of a third consecutive championship. No driver of his era was more consistent in locking down a title than him and he proved it once again with a 4th, 3rd, 3rd, 3rd and a victory in the season finale at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. to become the sixth, and most recent, driver to win the finale and the series title in one fell swoop, which he did by 99 over Chris Windom.

In 2012, Bryan Clauson came firing on all cylinders to conclude the season, erasing Darland's 23-point advantage that included a prelim night win at Perris. Though Darland won at Canyon to open the western swing, it is one costly night that basically determined his fate - a 17th place finish the next night at Canyon. Clauson won by a narrow margin of five over Darland despite missing a chunk of races earlier in the year due to his Indianapolis 500 commitments.

It was the Bryan and Dave show once again in 2013, but the roles were reversed this time around as Clauson held a mere 13-point lead with four to go at Canyon and Perris. Clauson got a win at Canyon, then tallied up a 7th, 4th and 2nd to win over Darland by 63.

Clauson was in contention for a third-straight title in 2014, but Brady Bacon was determined to get his first, upping his 51-point lead to 56 by the end of the swing following finishes of 2nd, 8th, 7th and 3rd. Bacon duplicated the feat in most-dominating fashion in 2016, jumping up his interval from 233 to 314 based on night-after-night of top-five runs.

Robert Ballou got his first a year later in his historical 13-win year, winning three of the final six to up the ante from 19 to 87 points over Darland to become the champ. Just last year, Windom was the next in line to become a first-time champ, deleting a 29-point lead by Grant in the western swing opener at Arizona and bringing it home by a scant six points. The top-three were separated by just 58 at season's end with a red-hot and closing Kevin Thomas, Jr. claiming third.

It seems pretty simple. The mathematical solution is to get yourself up front night-after-night at all five races. One off night could spell failure, especially with three individuals in this heated contest. And that seems to be the one thing that separates Thomas, Courtney and Windom. All have been able to finish on a consistent basis this year, hence, the reason they are at the position they're in right now. One missed setup, one bike, one night of disarray. The one who avoids those will live without regret, but will that be enough to win the title? Let's find out for ourselves, shall we?

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

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YEAR-BY-YEAR TOP-3 IN USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINTS
(Since 2004)

2004
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jay Drake-1,480; 2-Bud Kaeding-1,339; 3-Cory Kruseman-1,304
Final Standings: 1-Drake-1,620; 2-Kaeding-1,546; 3-Kruseman-1,538
Drake up by 141 coming in, wins by 74 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 176 coming in, 82 at season's end.

2005
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,375; 2-Dave Darland-1,297; 3-Jay Drake-1,188
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,670; 2-Darland-1,657; 3-Bud Kaeding-1,349
Jones up by 78 coming in, wins by 13 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 187 coming in, 321 at season's end.

2006
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Josh Wise-1,490; 2-Levi Jones-1,377; 3-Dave Darland-1,332
Final Standings: 1-Wise-1,773; 2-Jones-1,685; 3-Darland-1,599
Wise up by 113 coming in, wins by 88 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 158 coming in, 174 at season's end.

2007
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,232; 2-Darren Hagen-1,161; 3-Dave Darland-1,078
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1.402; 2-Hagen-1,317; 3-Darland-1,274
Jones up by 71 coming in, wins by 85 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 154 coming in, 128 at season's end.

2008
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,114; 2-Levi Jones-1,112; 3-Cole Whitt-1,051
Final Standings: 1-Coons-1,402; 2-Jones-1,316; 3-Tracy Hines-1,193
Coons up by 2 coming in, wins by 86 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 63 coming in, 209 at season's end.

2009
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,554; 2-Dave Darland-1,527; 3-Cole Whitt-1,448
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,827; 2-Whitt-1,603; 3-Darland-1,601
Jones up by 27 coming in, wins by 224 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 106, coming in, 226 at season's end.

2010
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,898; 2-Bryan Clauson-1,807; 3-Damion Gardner-1,769
Final Standings: 1-Jones-1,781; 2-Gardner-1,602; 3-Clauson-1,557
Jones up by 91 coming in, wins by 179 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 129 coming in, 224 at season's end.

2011
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Levi Jones-1,324; 2-Chris Windom-1,280; 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,242
Final Standings: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,056, 2-Windom-1,024; 3-Jones-1,022
Jones up by 44 coming in, Clauson wins by 32 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 82 coming in, 34 at season's end.

2012
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Dave Darland-1,876, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,853, 3-Jon Stanbrough-1,819
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-2,087, 2-Darland-2,082, 3-Stanbrough-2,019
Darland up by 23 coming in, Clauson wins by 5 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 57 coming in, 68 at season's end.

2013
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Bryan Clauson-1,706, 2-Dave Darland-1,693, 3-Brady Bacon-1,583
Final Standings: 1-Clauson-1,948, 2-Darland-1,885, 3-Bacon-1,770
Clauson up by 13 coming in, wins by 63 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 123 coming in, 178 at season's end.

2014
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-1,762, 2-Bryan Clauson-1,711, 3-Dave Darland-1,683
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-1,974; 2-Clauson-1,918; 3-Darland-1,885
Final Standings: Bacon up by 51 coming in, wins by 56 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 79 coming in, 89 at season's end.

2015
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Robert Ballou-1,902, 2-Chase Stockon-1,883, 3-Dave Darland-1,859
Final Standings: 1-Ballou-2,274, 2-Darland-2,187, 3-Stockon-2,092
Ballou up by 19 coming in, wins by 87 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 43 coming in, 182 at season's end.

2016
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Brady Bacon-2,327, 2-Chase Stockon-2,094, 3-Dave Darland-1,968
Final Standings: 1-Bacon-2676, 2-Stockon-2362, 3-Darland-2251
Bacon up by 233 coming in, wins by 314 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 359 coming in, 425 at season's end.

2017
Standings Prior To West Trip: 1-Justin Grant-2,006, 2-Chris Windom-1,977, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,891
Final Standings: 1-Windom-2,290, 2-Grant-2,284, 3-Thomas-2,232
Grant up by 29 coming in, Windom wins by 6 at season's end.
Top-three separated by 115 coming in, 58 at season's end.

 

 

DARLAND TO RACE FOR BALLOU
IN FINAL 5 USAC SPRINT RACES OUT WEST

The United States Auto Club (USAC Racing) Competition Committee met on Saturday, Oct., 27, 2018 to discuss a request by suspended USAC driver Robert Ballou to have a car entered into the remaining five events on the AMSOIL National Sprint Car 2018 season.

The Competition Committee reviewed this request and approved the Ballou Motorsports #12 would be allowed entry into those events based upon the provision that only Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland could be the driver Nov. 2-3 in the 51st "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. and Nov. 8-9-10 in the 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

Darland, 5th in points, is the winningest driver in the history of the series with 62 victories, including three this year at Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, Lincoln Park Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. As a driver, Ballou won his 29th career series victory this season at Pennsylvania's BAPS Motor Speedway. Both are past champions of the series, Darland in 1999 and Ballou in 2015.

On Sept. 26, 2018 Ballou was prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of the 2018 calendar year due to numerous actions conducted by Ballou which were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing. The car entry by Robert Ballou will not be eligible for owner points or 2018 incentives as part of additional penalties/fines announced previously.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

 

#17 FOR BREIDINGER AFTER STOCKTON SWEEP

Stockton, CA........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. added a 17th career USAC feature win Sunday, taking the Western Speed2 Midget feature at Stockton 99 Speedway after passing Adam Lemke on the final lap. She was trailed by Joey Iest, Lemke, Dillon Tucker and Bryant Bell.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 28, 2018 - Stockton, California - Stockton 99 Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-13.822; 2. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-13.897; 3. Toni Breidinger, 26B, Breidinger-13.945; 4. Dillon Tucker, 11, Tucker-14.032; 5. Bryant Bell, 00, Jessop-14.644; 6. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-16.220.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Lemke, 2. Iest, 3. Tucker, 4. Breidinger, 5. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Dillon Tucker, 5. Bryant Bell. NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Lemke, Lap 20 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,285, 2-Iest-1,049, 3-Nichols-607, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Breidinger-462, 6-Tyler Slay-361, 7-Bell-253, 8-Cody Jessop-219, 9-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 10-Keoni Texeira-137.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-962, 2-Iest-785, 3-Nichols-607, 4-Breidinger-462, 5-Blake Brannon-439, 6-Bell-253, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Tucker-146, 9-Ethan Lesser-68, 10-Austin Carter-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: November 17-18 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

KT WINS "HOWL-O-WEEN BASH" AT CASA GRANDE

Casa Grande, AZ........Kevin Thomas Jr. of Cullman, Ala. sped to victory in Saturday night's 30-lap Sands Chevrolet USAC Soiuthwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. R.J. John son was second in the "Howl-O-Week Bash" ahead of Logan Seavey, Jason McDougal and Charles Davis Jr.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Howl-O-Ween Bash"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams), 3. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 4. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner), 5. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 6. Nick Aiuto (#27 Aiuto). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr. (#75X Imperial), 2. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 3. Dennis Gile (#13G Gile), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 5. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 6. Mike Martin (#16 Martin). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Jason McDougal (#19S Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 6. Daylin Perreira (#21 Perreira). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Tye Mihocko, 9. Colton Hardy, 10. Ronnie Clark, 11. Matt Lundy, 12. Dennis Gile, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Nick Aiuto, 15. Joe Scheopner, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Daylin Perriera, 18. Tyler Most. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Sussex, Laps 10-30 Thomas.

HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (10th to 4th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Charles Davis Jr.-1,237, 2-Tye Mihocko-1,113, 3-Mike Martin-1,054, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-736, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-639, 8-Tyler Most-589, 9-Dennis Gile-586, 10-Andy Reinbold-546.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 2&3 - San Tan Valley, Arizona - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships"

 

 

SWANSON TOPS VENTURA MIDGET FEATURE

Ventura, CA........Jake Swanson of Garden Grove, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget race at Ventura Raceway. Cody Swanson finished second ahead of Damion Gardner, Buddy Kofoid and Alex Schutte, who now trails Michael Faccinto by just two points in the latest standings.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS: October 27, 2018 - Ventura, California - Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-11.945; 2. Jake Swanson, 68W, Six8-11.982; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-12.051; 4. Damion Gardner, 25, Rodela-12.076; 5. Buddy Kofoid, 73X, Ford-12.149; 6. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.258; 7. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.261; 8. Tristan Thomas, 1P, Nichols-12.296; 9. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.336; 10. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.341; 11. Frankie Guerrini, 9F, Dodenhoff-12.354; 12. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.388; 13. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drolinger-12.465; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.585; 15. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.767; 16. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-12.896; 17. Jessica Clark, 68, Six8-12.980; 18. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-13.135; 19. Gage Rucker, 16K, Kruseman-13.379; 20. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-NT; 21. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-NT; 22. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT; 23. Mike Leach Jr, 33P, Leach-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Schutte, 3. Dalby, 4. McQueen, 5. Rucker, 6. Hazelton-Heredia, 7. Drollinger, 8. Prickett. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Guerrini, 3. Kofoid, 4. Thomas, 5. Anderson, 6. Ito, 7. Clark, 8. Josett. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Beilman, 3. Pankratz, 4. Leach, 5. Everhart, 6. Sarna, 7. Faccinto. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Cody Swanson, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Kyle Beilman, 9. Randi Pankratz, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Jessica Clark, 12. Tony Everhart, 13. Daniel Anderson, 14. Frankie Guerrini, 15. Bryan Drollinger, 16. Shannon McQueen, 17. Dylan Ito, 18. Robert Dalby, 19. Tristan Thomas, 20. Mike Leach Jr., 21. David Prickett, 22. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 23. Robby Josett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 J.Swanson.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Michael Faccinto (21st to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS: 1-Faccinto-695, 1-Schutte-693, 3-Josett-570, 4-Dalby-547, 5-Sarna-503, 6-Prickett-499, 7-Beilman-418, 8-Ronnie Gardner, McQueen & Guerrini-370.

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: November 17 - Bakersfield (CA) Speedway - co-sanctioned with P1 Insurance USAC National Midgets

 

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE HEATS UP AT CASA GRANDE

By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2018… The championship battle for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars heads to Central Arizona Speedway this Saturday, October 27th. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” is the fifth and last appearance of the year for the USAC 360s at the Casa Grande oval. The action packed card will also feature IMCA Modifieds, Modlites, Pure Stocks, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 4:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 6:00pm. In addition, the track will hold an open practice for all divisions on Friday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted thirteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and leads the series with seven victories, including all four races of 2018. Five-time champion R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the sixteenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Casa Grande with a stout 111-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis scored eighth at last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, “Chargin” Charles has nine feature wins, ten heat race victories, five Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 252 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 30 SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” to his resume.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko earned his second win of the season at the “Race For The Cure.” At press time, the young driver has three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, four hard charger awards, fifteen top-10 finishes, and nine feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on gaining valuable points with the Saturday night victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin ran second to Tye Mihocko at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, “The Magic Man” has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 51 feature laps led to his credit. With six career wins, the 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year still has a shot at the championship and will be looking to add another trophy for his collection.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. The pilot of Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim skipped the “Race For The Cure” after flipping his mount at CSP on September 22nd. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, two hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis is done for the season as his car owners regroup for next year’s schedule.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) is fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. The driver of the #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X skipped last Saturday’s “Race For The Cure” at Canyon Speedway Park. As this writing goes to press, last season’s Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories and thirteen top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at the “Howl-O-Ween Bash.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Dennis Gile, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Zack Madrid, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, Austin Kuehl, Stevie Sussex, Jason McDougal, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas Jr., 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/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook. ----------------------------------------------- SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 7-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 9-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 2-Tye Mihocko, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Charles Davis Jr.-1,168, 2-Tye Mihocko-1,057, 3-Mike Martin-1,014, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Tyler Most-558, 9-Andy Reinbold-546, 10-Dennis Gile-541.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE DATE – TRACK – LOCATION October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash) November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships) ———————————————– * = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WHO COULD EMERGE AS A FIRST-TIME USAC SPRINT WINNER AT ARIZONA AND PERRIS?

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A first-time winner is always a joyous sight to see. From a driver perspective, it's the culmination of a dream to step foot in victory lane against the stiffest competition around. From a fan perspective, it brings new blood to the forefront, meaning a deeper driver lineup, thus, more exciting racing, theoretically speaking.

When the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars trekked westward in late 2017, USAC/CRA Sprint Car regular Brody Roa was one of those who entered the fray, winning his first National series race at his home track of Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway on night two of the "Oval Nationals."

The Garden Grove, Calif. driver always appeared capable, finishing third the night previous and telling the audience over the P.A. system that, the year before, he would've been laughing had anyone told him that he would finished on the podium at the Oval Nationals. Nobody was laughing the following night when he led all 30 laps around the half-mile on his way to National win numero uno.

Roa's victory marked the lone occasion a "newbie" entered onto the USAC win list in 2017. For 2018, that number has doubled to two drivers - one who's victory was a long-time coming and one who's seemingly burst onto the National scene with a flurry of success.

That would be Jason McDougal, the micro sprint hero from Broken Arrow, Okla., who jumped into a sprint car for the first time earlier this season and took to it like a duck to water, driving from 22nd to 3rd in his first USAC National Sprint Car start at Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway in July, then winning on September 1 for the first time at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, racing past National point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. on a late-race restart for the win.

Back up to the week before and fellow Oklahoman Tyler Thomas finally got his first "W" at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway on night two of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII." He recently doubled up last Sunday for his first USAC P1 Insurance National Midget win of his career at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. to become the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to get both firsts in a single season.

With five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races remaining on the calendar, the question remains. Can another first-time winner emerge? Let's look into the numbers and the probabilities of that occurring.

Arizona Speedway, host of the 51st "Western World Championships" on Nov. 2-3, has held just four USAC National Sprint Car races and the winners on that list are all multi-time USAC National Sprint Car winners who've been successful at a variety of tracks big and small, including Chris Windom (twice), Thomas Meseraull and Chase Stockon.

Meanwhile, Perris Auto Speedway, which brings the 23rd running of the Budweiser "Oval Nationals" presented by All Coast Construction to southern California on Nov. 8-9-10 has had ten first-time National winners in only 41 races. Among those are Mike Kirby, Rip Williams, Darren Hagen, Damion Gardner, Mike Spencer, Jesse Hockett, David Cardey, Nic Faas, Rickie Gaunt and Roa.

A common thread among them is obvious. All but one is a native of California. All but two were USAC/CRA regulars. Plus, with limited appearances by the National series in the Golden State, it provides less than a handful of opportunities for the USAC/CRA regulars to showcase their talents on the National stage.

Also, one thing to look at is the size of the track that is most conducive to producing first-time USAC National Sprint Car winners. Most events are held on tracks less than three-eighths of a mile in size and both first-time winners this season have been on quarter-mile venues. However, throughout the history of the series, quite a few have gotten their first on tracks on three-eighths of a mile or larger. As has been mentioned, 10 got it done at Perris, but 31 have done it at Eldora and 19 at Terre Haute among others.

As a matter of fact, 204 of the 246-career winners in USAC National Sprint Cars got their first victory on a track three-eighths of a mile or larger. Yes, tracks shorter than a half-mile did not join the schedule until 1981, but even so, 106 of the 148 occurred on track three-eighths or larger from 1981 to present.

Half-mile tracks aren't usually weekly event tracks where "local" drivers can get quite a few laps and be ready to contend when USAC arrives such as what occurred in 2016 when seven drivers won for the first time, all coming at "weekly" Indiana tracks, Gas City (Scotty Weir & Tyler Courtney), Kokomo (Kyle Cummins & C.J. Leary), Bloomington (Brent Beauchamp), Tri-State (Carson Short) and Lawrenceburg (Josh Hodges).

So, basically, the trend seems to be that a first-time winner will most likely occur at a regularly-running track of three-eighths of a mile in length or longer. Boom. That fits the description of the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. However, not quite the case for the 1/3-mile Arizona Speedway. But we won't completely discount that as an opportunity for someone to strike gold for the first time.

Logan Seavey, the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget point leader, has made eight starts with the USAC National Sprint Cars this season with thirds at both Bloomington and Tri-State, but hasn't reached victory lane as of yet like he has twice with the Midgets in 2018. He's made two USAC/CRA starts this year as well, both at Arizona in September where he was fast qualifier one night and finished 2nd the ensuing night behind Damion Gardner, showing he can be a contender when he takes the wheel of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports ride that won night one of "Western World" in 2017 with driver Thomas Meseraull.

Another driver that has emerged to become a contender is Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind. who's shown huge gains this year with a pair of thirds at Eldora and Gas City to close out the month of September. What has Chapple done to prepare for this venture out west? He came out early to get a head start on matters, finishing 9th at Perris last Saturday and even made a venture out west in March to begin the year to get more laps and seat time which have paid great dividends for the 2016 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

As you look down the list of USAC/CRA regulars who are seeking that first national win, the names R.J. Johnson, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson and Richard Vander Weerd stand out. Johnson of Laveen, Ariz., has four career wins at Perris with CRA and an incredible 16 times with the Southwest Sprint series at Arizona. Yorba Linda, California's Austin Williams has won on four occasions at Perris and twice already this year. Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif., has already won at Arizona in USAC/CRA competition this year and is oft-fast at Perris, setting quick time five times in 2017. Visalia, California's Vander Weerd has won six times at Perris and finished 3rd in the "Ovals" as recently as 2016.

The opportunities are there, and this talented group will have ample opportunity to get it done. But when you have drivers like top National contenders like Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney and Chris Windom as well as top USAC/CRA runners Brody Roa and Damion Gardner on hand, your have your work cut out for you. However, that's the name of the game and it's not easy. When you win a USAC National Sprint Car race, you'll know you have truly earned it.

The 51st "Western World Championships" from Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. on November 2-3 will feature the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship with the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars as well as the USAC Southwest Sprint Cars.

The 23rd Budweiser "Oval Nationals" California's Perris Auto Speedway on November 8-9-10 features three-straight nights of USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars, concluding with a $25,000-to-win prize on the final night.

All five remaining races will all be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and live audio will be on the USAC app.

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

VENTURA HOSTS USAC MIDGET TURKEY NIGHT TUNE-UP SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2018... In preparation for the “78th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix,” the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water heads to Ventura Raceway this Saturday, October 27th. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the tenth point race will also feature the VRA Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and Focus Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since May 24, 1986, 143 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 Ventura wins. When the series last visited the popular oval on September 15th, five-time champion Ronnie Gardner took the checkered flags and announced his retirement. At press time, Johnny Cofer holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 11.675, set on November 18, 1995 and a complete series Ventura win list is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Ventura, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) leads the standings with a 12-point advantage. Racing the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto earned his third win of the season at Santa Maria on October 6th. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has also posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael eight career victories and will be looking for his first win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte ran second to Faccinto in the October 6th main event. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, seven heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Piloting his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett finished sixteenth at Santa Maria after an early exit. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and five feature laps led to his credit. Robby has four career USAC wins and will be looking to add another trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby placed sixth in the October 6th feature. At press time, the young driver has one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 17 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on earning the first career USAC victory.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth USAC Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett finished eighth at Santa Maria Raceway. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led in the campaign. David has one career USAC victory and will be looking to gain valuable points with the Saturday night triumph.

Currently eighth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Frankie Guerrini, Clayton Ruston, Randi Pankratz, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Jake Swanson, Dylan Ito, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Cody Swanson, Bryan Drollinger, Tristan Guardino, and more.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older), Active Military tickets (ID Required), and Student tickets (with ID) are $11. Kids tickets (12 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

VENTURA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 18-Sleepy Tripp, 13-Billy Boat, 8-Page Jones, 7-Garrett Hansen, 6-Ronnie Gardner, 6-Jimmy Sills, 5-Johnny Cofer, 5-Robby Flock, 5-Cory Kruseman, 4-Robert Dolacki, 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-Christopher Bell, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Kevin Doty, 1-Tony Elliott, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Stan Fox, 1-Russ Gamester, 1-Chuck Gurney, 1-Daryl Haugh, 1-Rick Hendrix, 1-A.J. Johnson, 1-Ryan Kaplan, 1-Josh Lakatos, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Brad Loyet, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Lealand McSpadden, 1-Matt Mitchell, 1-Steve Paden, 1-Rusty Rasmussen, 1-Keith Rauch, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Shane Scully, 1-Ron Shuman, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Tommy White.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto 634, 2. Alex Schutte 622, 3. Robby Josett 546, 4. Robert Dalby 514, 5. David Prickett 475, 6. C.J. Sarna 448, 7. Ronnie Gardner 370, 8. Kyle Beilman 362, 9. Shannon McQueen 334, 10. Frankie Guerrini 328, 11. Clayton Ruston 310, 12. Randi Pankratz 306, --. Maria Cofer 306, 14. Marvin Mitchell 262, 15. Ryan Bernal 260, 16. Daniel Anderson 228, 17. Jake Swanson 201, 18. Dylan Ito 184, 19. Ashley Heredia 150, 20. Cory Elliott 146.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #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.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

JUSTIN GRANT GOES 2 FOR 2 AT THE PAS!
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 22, 2018... Making his second start in the Reinbold/Underwood #19S AME Electrical / Ross Equipment Rentals Spike, Justin Grant (Ione, CA) sprinted to last Saturday’s feature win at Perris Auto Speedway. For Grant, the 30-lap victory was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull, point leader Brody Roa, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams followed Grant to the checkered flags.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Brody Roa grabbed the early lead. Within a few laps, the leader faced a serious challenge from Jake Swanson. The two young drivers raced side by side until Swanson grabbed the top spot on lap eight. Charging from sixth, Grant was within striking distance and powered by both drivers to the lead on the next circuit. >From there, Grant set a torrid pace on the outside line as Gardner entered the fray with Roa and Swanson. As the three battled for position, Grant stretched out his advantage while racing past slower traffic.

By lap eighteen, Gardner moved to second as Grant had a commanding lead. With the laps counting down, Grant’s progress was slowed by traffic and Gardner began to reel in the leader. However, Grant broke free and scored his second win in as many starts at Perris in his Arizona based ride.

After winning the night before at Kokomo, Indiana, Justin Grant flew to California and nearly swept the Perris program. The USAC National series driver claimed the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award over the 24 car field, finished third in his heat race, won his third career USAC/CRA feature, and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a sixth to first place run. With two starts, Justin ranks twenty-seventh in the USAC/CRA point chase with two wins and 40 feature laps led to his credit.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced from fifth to second at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner was second fast in time trials and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The six-time champion is second in the point standings with has five feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, twelve heat race victories, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season.

“T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA) slipped by Brody Roa on the last lap to finish third at Perris Auto Speedway. Making his first start in Bill Michael’s #77M Kodiak Products / Beal’s Auto Body Sherman, the Midwest based driver qualified sixth overall and placed fourth in his heat race. Heading to the Western World Championships on November 2nd at San Tan Valley, Arizona, Meseraull sits fortieth in USAC/CRA points.

After leading the opening laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) scored fourth in the 30-lap feature. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. To date, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) had a solid night with a fifth place finish at Perris. Driving Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams qualified third overall and ran third in his heat race. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year is third in the standings with two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign.

Matt McCarthy (Riverside, CA) earned his first heat race win of 2018 in the Extreme Mufflers sponsored event. Racing the family owned #28M Flowdynamics Incorporated / Purgeplugs.com Maxim, McCarthy was thirteenth fast in time trials and scored fifteenth in the main event. The 2017 Rookie of the Year sits fourteenth in championship points with two top-10 finishes on the year.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams qualified ninth and scored twenty-third in the feature after an early exit. The 2016 Rookie of the Year ranks seventh in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, November 2nd at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. The “51st Western World Championships” will also showcase the Sands Chevrolet 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, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.354; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.369; 3. Austin Williams, 2 Jory-16.631; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.705; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77M, Michael-16.818; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.895; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.939; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.970; 11. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.006; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.235; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.263; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.289; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.372; 16. A.J. Bender, 42, Cheney-17.434; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.543; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.567; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.624; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98E, Ellertson-17.630; 21. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.951; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.117; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.193; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.389.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Malcolm, 5. C.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. Sweeney, 8. Ervine. 2:58.99

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. Chapple, 5. Johnson, 6. Waitman, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall. 2:57.77

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. A.Williams, 4. Meseraull, 5. Gansen, 6. Everhart, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Justin Grant (6th), 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull (1st), 4. Brody Roa (2nd), 5. Austin Williams (4th), 6. Jake Swanson (3rd), 7. Austin Liggett (12th), 8. Cody Williams (7th), 9. Isaac Chapple (8th), 10. R.J. Johnson (11th), 11. Tommy Malcolm (10th), 12. Logan Williams (17th), 13. A.J. Bender (16th), 14. Randy Waitman (14th), 15. Matt McCarthy (13th), 16. Verne Sweeney (19th), 17. Chris Gansen (15th), 18. Joel Rayborne (18th), 19. Gary Marshall Jr. (22nd), 20. Jeremy Ellertson (20th), 21. Austin Ervine (21st), 22. Tony Everhart (23rd), 23. Max Adams (9th). NT
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**Dyer flipped during the third heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Roa, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Grant
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (6th to 1st)
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1362, 2. Damion Gardner-1342, 3. Austin Williams-1176, 4. Cody Williams-1065, 5. Jake Swanson-1012, 6. R.J. Johnson-945, 7. Max Adams-943, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-834, 10. Chris Gansen-783, 11. Tommy Malcolm-646, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-512, 14. Matt McCarthy-477, 15. Joel Rayborne-430, 16. Austin Ervine-383, 17. Verne Sweeney-342, 18. Chase Johnson-322, 19. Austin Liggett-311, 20. Geoff Ensign-266.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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TYLER THOMAS TALLIES FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT LEFFLER MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........For much of the past decade, Tyler Thomas has been patiently waiting for his turn at USAC glory.

There were the heartaches and the struggles, but the fire never waned inside the Collinsville, Oklahoma driver.

Sunday night, his turn finally arrived as he captured his first career USAC P1 Insurance National Midget feature win in the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial" at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

The triumph came just shy of two months following his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August. He's now become the first driver to win both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011.

"To do both in the same year is something I'll remember forever," Thomas said. "For six or seven years, we've been trying to get a midget win. Tonight, this car was on rails from hot laps on. We made good changes all night. My dad did an awesome job on the car. It went everywhere I wanted it to go. It allowed me to be more aggressive, especially on starts on restarts. I could go where they weren't, and the car would stick. To get it done at the Jason Leffler Memorial is a really special feeling. It's such a prestigious race to win. I couldn't be happier."

Thomas began the 40-lapper from the outside of the front row while Jason McDougal occupied the inside. The two challenged each other for supremacy immediately, racing side-by-side throughout the entirety of the opening lap. McDougal nipped Thomas at the line on the outside, then scooted across the nose of Thomas into turn one to snag the top spot.

McDougal wasn't able to stray too far away as he occupied the low line and Thomas went to work one lane higher. On lap four, Thomas cut underneath McDougal in turn four as McDougal slid up the racetrack, Thomas won the drag race to the stripe by a wheel.

Around lap 12, lapped traffic was downright serious, locking down Thomas' groove in nose-to-tail fashion. However, on this tight, 1/8-mile dirt oval, you have to be on the attack and that's exactly what Thomas did, slicing through the field like a corn cutter to escape the fray.

At the same time, Christopher Bell was on the move, getting to second on lap 16 just prior to a turn four spin by Zach Daum that collected the 2013 USAC National Midget champ. Daum, the inaugural "Leffler Memorial" winner in 2013, was finished for the evening while Bell would restart from the tail and charge back to sixth by race's end.

By halfway, Thomas had distanced himself to about a six-car-length advantage over McDougal and Tyler Courtney who were amidst their own battle. Off turn two on the 20th lap as the two scrambled for the runner-up spot, McDougal's bid for a first career series win was extinguished when he looped it in turn three with apparent mechanical trouble following contact.

Courtney stuck a foot in the door on laps 22 and 23 following the restart, driving wheel-to-wheel with Thomas entering turn one. Yet, Courtney was unable to keep up with the momentum of Thomas as he drove away off turn two on the 24th lap, methodically stretching the lead out until a Tucker Klaasmeyer flip in turn four on lap 28 halted the proceedings.

Thomas had a tremendous lap 28 restart that put him in a practical lockdown of the position barring any unforeseen circumstances. One thing was for certain at this stage in the game. Lapped traffic would more than likely not come into play. So, there it was, a handful of laps and a clear, open road lying in front of Thomas, waiting for him to stake his claim. Pressure to some, yes. But to Thomas, he was able to stay as cool as the brisk southern Illinois autumn air down the stretch.

With the victory, Tyler Thomas has now become the first driver to win both his first career USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget features in the same season since Kyle Larson in 2011. (Josh James Photo)

"Surprisingly, I was able to keep myself pretty calm the whole race," Thomas admitted. "The good thing about those yellows is that we didn't have to get in lapped traffic. Of course, that's always tricky here as tight as this place is. My car felt like it was on cruise control the whole race. I had a good line and I felt really comfortable and confident in what we could do."

And it showed. Thomas' last restart was solid, constructing the foundation for a wall that none of his competitors would be able to penetrate. Meanwhile, Courtney and Chad Boat had their own war of wheels in motion behind him for second, but that just offered Thomas more space to do his work at the front of the deal.

Thomas drove away to his first series win in his 83rd career start aboard his Brian Thomas/BT Machine - AirGroup - Engler Machine - Smith Titanium/Spike/Toyota. Boat got by Courtney to grab second late in the going. Courtney took home third while Justin Grant and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jonathan Beason rounded out the top-five.

Thomas became the 11th different winner in 15 USAC National Midget races in 2018. With two races remaining, there has yet to be a driver win more than twice in this ultra-competitive season.

Besides Thomas, the only other drivers in USAC history to score their first National Sprint and National Midget wins in the same season were Kyle Larson (2011), Cole Whitt (2008), Brad Sweet (2008), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007), Bobby Santos (2006), Shane Cottle (2006), Mike Bliss (1993), Jeff Gordon (1989), Billy Shuman (1973), Larry Cannon (1969), Larry Dickson (1966), Chuck Hulse (1963) and Parnelli Jones (1961).

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Wayne County Speedway included Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Tyler Thomas (Chalk Stix Third Qualifier Winner), Logan Seavey (Indy Race Parts Fourth Qualifier Winner), Jonathan Beason (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Sam Johnson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Russ Gamester (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 21, 2018 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 5th "Jason Leffler Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Brian Grogan (#7G Grogan), 9. Brian Jones (#51B Jones). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#74 Tucker/Boat), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Cole Bodine (#39 Clauson Marshall), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 McIntosh), 6. David Budres (#23 Budres), 7. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#7D Estep), 5. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 G & R), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 8. Travis Young (#11y Young). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Holley Hollan (#35 Petry), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Garrett Thomas (#56y Fifty6x), 7. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 8. Chase Jones (#33 RayPro). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 3. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Daniel Robinson (#91 Harris), 5. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 8. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Bodine, 4. Coons, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Chisholm, 8. Young, 9. Budres, 10. Haase, 11. Klaasmeyer. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Bell, 3. Wise, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. R. Robinson, 7. Hollan, 8. Johnson, 9. Elledge, 10. B. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Neuman, 3. Beason, 4. Carrick, 5. Bright, 6. D. Robinson, 7. O'Gara, 8. Seach, 9. G. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Gamester, 5. Daum, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lynch, 8. Grogan, 9. McIntosh, 10. C. Jones. NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Budres, 2. Haase, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Seach, 5. Grogan, 6. Elledge, 7. G. Thomas, 8. Young. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Shelton, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Gamester, 8. Hollan, 9. O'Gara, 10. McIntosh, 11. Seach, 12. Johnson, 13. Budres, 14. Chisholm, 15. Mitchell, 16. Haase, 17. D. Robinson, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19). ---------------------------- **Jones flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDougal, Laps 4-40 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Sam Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Russ Gamester

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

 

 

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

October 21, 2018 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - 5th "Jason Leffler Memorial"

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 8. Brian Grogan (#7G Grogan), 9. Brian Jones (#51B Jones). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#74 Tucker/Boat), 2. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 3. Cole Bodine (#39 Clauson Marshall), 4. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 McIntosh), 6. David Budres (#23 Budres), 7. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres). NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Dave Darland (#7D Estep), 5. Jonathan Beason (#8J Hard Eight), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 G & R), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 8. Travis Young (#11y Young). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Holley Hollan (#35 Petry), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Garrett Thomas (#56y Fifty6x), 7. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 8. Chase Jones (#33 RayPro). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 3. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Daniel Robinson (#91 Harris), 5. McKenna Haase (#85 Tucker/Boat), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFH), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 8. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x). NT

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Bodine, 4. Coons, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Grant, 7. Chisholm, 8. Young, 9. Budres, 10. Haase, 11. Klaasmeyer. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Bell, 3. Wise, 4. Bacon, 5. Shelton, 6. R. Robinson, 7. Hollan, 8. Johnson, 9. Elledge, 10. B. Jones. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. T. Thomas, 2. Neuman, 3. Beason, 4. Carrick, 5. Bright, 6. D. Robinson, 7. O'Gara, 8. Seach, 9. G. Thomas. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Seavey, 2. Boat, 3. Bayston, 4. Gamester, 5. Daum, 6. Mitchell, 7. Lynch, 8. Grogan, 9. McIntosh, 10. C. Jones. NT

C-MAIN: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Budres, 2. Haase, 3. Klaasmeyer, 4. Seach, 5. Grogan, 6. Elledge, 7. G. Thomas, 8. Young. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Daum, 4. Shelton, 5. R. Robinson, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Gamester, 8. Hollan, 9. O'Gara, 10. McIntosh, 11. Seach, 12. Johnson, 13. Budres, 14. Chisholm, 15. Mitchell, 16. Elledge, 17. D. Robinson, 18. Lynch. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (2), 2. Chad Boat (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (3), 4. Justin Grant (16), 5. Jonathan Beason (18), 6. Christopher Bell (7), 7. Spencer Bayston (8), 8. Zeb Wise (12), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (17), 11. Ryan Robinson (21), 12. Cole Bodine (11), 13. Sam Johnson (23), 14. Alex Bright (14), 15. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 16. Brady Bacon (6), 17. Tanner Carrick (15), 18. Dave Darland (13), 19. Jake Neuman (5), 20. Holly Shelton (20), 21. Tucker Klaasmeyer (22), 22. Jason McDougal (1), 23. Zach Daum (19).

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**Jones flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 McDougal, Laps 4-40 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jonathan Beason (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Sam Johnson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Russ Gamester

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-911, 2-Bacon-793, 3-Boat-781, 4-Courtney-773, 5-Grant-772, 6-Bayston-766, 7-Carrick-727, 8-K. Thomas-711, 9-Wise-579, 10-Robinson-544.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: November 17 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - "November Classic"

 

 

GRANT WINS CRA 30-LAP "OVAL NATIONALS" TUNEUP AT PERRIS

Perris, CA........Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. passed Jake Swanson on lap nine and led the rest of the way Saturday in a final tuneup for the upcoming "Oval Nationals" at Perris Auto Speedway. Trailing Grant in the 30-lap AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint feature were Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Brody Roa and Austin Williams. Gardner sliced Roa's point lead to just 20 points in the process.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Perris, California - Perris Auto Speedway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Justin Grant, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-16.354; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.369; 3. Austin Williams, 2 Jory-16.631; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.705; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.765; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 77M, Michael-16.818; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.866; 8. Isaac Chapple, 52, Chapple-16.895; 9. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.939; 10. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.970; 11. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.006; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.235; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.263; 14. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-17.289; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.372; 16. A.J. Bender, 42, Cheney-17.434; 17. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.543; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.567; 19. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.624; 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 98E, Ellertson-17.630; 21. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.951; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-18.117; 23. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.193; 24. Tony Everhart, 55, Everhart-18.389.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. McCarthy, 2. Swanson, 3. Grant, 4. Malcolm, 5. C.Williams, 6. Bender, 7. Sweeney, 8. Ervine. 2:58.99

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. Chapple, 5. Johnson, 6. Waitman, 7. Ellertson, 8. Marshall. 2:57.77

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS/ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Liggett, 3. A.Williams, 4. Meseraull, 5. Gansen, 6. Everhart, 7. Rayborne, 8. Dyer. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Austin Liggett, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Isaac Chapple, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Logan Williams, 13. A.J. Bender, 14. Randy Waitman, 15. Matt McCarthy, 16. Verne Sweeney, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 20. Jeremy Ellertson, 21. Austin Ervine, 22. Tony Everhart, 23. Max Adams. NT --------------------------- **Dyer flipped during the third heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Roa, Lap 8 Swanson, Laps 9-30 Grant

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (6th to 1st)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-1,362, 2-Gardner-1,342, 3-A.Williams-1,176, 4-C.Williams-1,065, 5-Swanson-1,012, 6-Johnson-945, 7-Adams-943, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9-L.Williams-834, 10-Gansen-783.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: November 2 & 3 - San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway - "51st Western World Championships" - co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars

 

 

MIHOCKO LEADS FINAL 3 TO TAKE "RACE FOR THE CURE" AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........Tye Mihocko of Peoria, Ariz. won Saturday night's "Race for the Cure" Sands Chevrolet USAC Southwest Sprint race at his home track, Canyon Speedway Park. He led the final three laps after Stevie Sussex, who led laps 21-27, flipped. Mike Martin finished second, while Rick Ziehl was third ahead of Asa Kesterson and Sussex, who was placed fifth.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Stevie Sussex (#12 Allen), 5. Rick Ziehl (#20Z Ziehl), 6. Austin Kuehl (#34X Team AZ), 7. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 8. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

QUALIFIER: (8 laps) 1. Kuehl, 2. Sussex, 3. Davis, 4. Martin, 5. Ziehl, 6. Kesterson, 7. Most, 8. Mihocko. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tye Mihocko, 2. Mike Martin, 3. Rick Ziehl, 4. Asa Kesterson, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Tyler Most, 7. Austin Kuehl, 8. Charles Davis Jr. NT ---------------------------- **Davis and Sussex flipped during the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Kuehl, Laps 4-20 Martin, Laps 21-27 Sussex, Laps 28-30 Mihocko.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (5th to 1st)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,168, 2-Mihocko-1,057, 3-Martin-1,014, 4-Michael Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Chris Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Most-558, 9-Andy Reinbold-546, 10-Dennis Gile-541.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 27 - Casa Grande, Arizona - Central Arizona Speedway - "Howl-O-Ween Bash"

 

 

SANTA MARIA DIRT FINALE CANCELLED

Santa Maria, CA........Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Dirt finale was cancelled, leaving Tyler Slay as the 2018 series champion. The pavement series resumes October 27-28 at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: October 20, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

RACE CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF ENTRIES -----------------------------

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,128, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

FINAL USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Tyler Slay-361, 2-Adam Lemke-323, 3-Joey Iest-272, 4-Ashley Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACES: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV SUNDAY

Wayne City, Illinois.........Speed Shift TV will have live, flag-to-flag coverage of the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets' return to Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial" this Sunday, October 21.

The event honors the memory of the late, four-time USAC National champion with a 40-lap finale that offers $10,000 big ones to the winner. It's also the final race for the series in the Midwest this season.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon, who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

Along with Oklahomans Bacon and Pittman, plus Illinoisan Daum, expect to see a jam-packed, talented lineup of 2018 series winners, including point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. and Chad Boat of Phoenix, Ariz. along with Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, Ione, California's Justin Grant and Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise as well as reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

Live video will be on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. You may also listen to the race via live audio on the USAC app. Furthermore, full coverage of the race will be available, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ the day following the race.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR BATTLE RESUMES AT PERRIS
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 16, 2018... The championship battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series resumes this Saturday, October 20th, at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the nineteenth point race will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track." will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 209 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 45 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. This season, Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams lead all drivers with two “home track” victories and Justin Grant triumphed on June 23rd. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Heading to Perris, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 30-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa charged from fourteenth to third at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 29th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a victory this Saturday night.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner scored his fifth win of the season at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, eleven heat race victories, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 155 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has eighty career USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with a Perris triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point chase. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished eighth in the September 29th “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for another “home track” victory.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams finished tenth in the San Tan Valley, Arizona main event. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has three Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson won the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” opener and scored fifth the following night. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, three Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 42 feature laps led on the season. Jake has two career USAC/CRA victories and will be looking to earn his first win at Perris.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Max Adams, R.J. Johnson, Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Austin Liggett, Trent Williams, Justin Grant, “T-Mez” Thomas Meseraull, “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, and more.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 5-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

LEFFLER MEMORIAL RETURNS SUNDAY TO WAYNE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois.........The USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets will race in the memory of four-time USAC National champion Jason Leffler this Sunday, October 21, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, for the fifth running of the "Jason Leffler Memorial."

The event positions itself as the final Midwest series' race this season before heading west for California to round out the year, providing fans in the area one last time to enjoy the action before the sun sets on the 2018 racing calendar.

The one-eighth-mile dirt oval has been home to the event since 2013 with such winners as Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman, Bryan Clauson and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who returns as the reigning winner of the "Leffler Memorial."

In that event, Bacon led the final 33 laps to capture an emotional victory - the first for car owner Frank Manafort and a meaningful win for USAC Hall of Fame crew chief and car builder Bob East who guided Leffler to two of his three USAC National Midget titles as well as a Silver Crown championship.

It's been an intensely competitive season with no single driver earning more than two victories. Series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. has won both of his races on bullrings this year at a pair of one-sixth mile venues - the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin and at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex. Sunday will mark Seavey's "Leffler Memorial" debut on the one-eighth-mile in Wayne City.

Second through eighth in the points is a log jam involving seven drivers and five different teams separated by only 82 points. Bacon is second, 118 behind the leader, with multi-time winner Chad Boat of Phoenix, Arizona trailing in third just 12 points behind Bacon.

Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney (4th in points) is the most recent winner in the series, taking the checkered at Eldora Speedway in September and is one of three Clauson Marshall Racing drivers in the top-ten of the standings. All three of the CMR drivers have been in victory lane this season with Courtney taking a pair at Kokomo and Eldora. Justin Grant, the only driver this season to win in all three USAC National divisions, is fifth in the standings. The Ione, Calif. driver won in July at Jefferson County Speedway in Nebraska. Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. (9th in points) made a spectacular return after being sidelined for two months due to injury, winning the Pennsylvania Midget Week opener at Lanco and becoming the youngest winner in the history of the series. It was the 2016 "Leffler Memorial" where the CMR team made its debut, finishing 20th with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Reigning series champ Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. has been in the same boat as Wise, suffering an injury that put him on the shelf for a little while, but returned full speed with authority in the most recent race at Eldora where he ran up front until a major shunt took him out of contention. He stands sixth in the standings along with fellow Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates Tanner Carrick of Lincoln, Calif. (7th) and Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson (10th) also in the top-ten of the points.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. is eighth in points for Joe Dooling's team which won the 2015 edition of the "Leffler Memorial" at Wayne City with driver Bryan Clauson. Thomas leads the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, but has also found success in the midgets, winning at both Kokomo and at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

The race honors the late, great Jason Leffler. In the late 1990s, Leffler made tracks big and small his personal playground as he raced to three consecutive Midget titles in 1997-98-99 and 19 career USAC National Midget feature wins in some of the most prestigious races, including the "Belleville Midget Nationals," "Hut Hundred," "Copper World Classic," "Summer Sizzle," "Turkey Night Grand Prix," and the "Night Before the 500" between 1997 and 2005. Though Leffler may have been small in stature, his legacy in the sport of midget racing remains that of a giant.

The Wayne City dirt oval is a true bullring, regularly producing spectacular wheel-banging, ultra-competitive action that has become the norm on this southern Illinois soil nestled between farmland during this harvest season.

The race will be held utilizing a format awarding position advancement through the prelims. Passing points from the heats and qualifiers will seed the lineups for the feature events, concluding with the 40-lap A-Main. The event will offer 10 appearance points toward this year's USAC P1 Insurance National Midget standings.

The $10,000-to-win event will have the pits open at noon on raceday. The front gates open at 2pm with cars hitting the track at 4pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 and kids age 12 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-901, 2-Brady Bacon-783, 3-Chad Boat-771, 4-Tyler Courtney-763, 5-Justin Grant-762, 6-Spencer Bayston-756, 7-Tanner Carrick-717, 8-Tyler Thomas-701, 9-Zeb Wise-569, 10-Ryan Robinson-534.

PAST "JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL" WINNERS: 2013: Zach Daum, 2014: Daryn Pittman, 2015: Bryan Clauson, 2016: Brady Bacon

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON WINS DELAYED "RODNEY COOK CLASSIC"

Altamahaw, NC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Sunday night's 35-lap "Rodney Cook Classic" at Ace Speedway. The race had been delayed one day after power outages plaqued the facility after Hurricane Michael. Jake Garcia finished second ahed of Jessica Bean, Chris Lamb and Neal Allison.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: October 14, 2018 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway - "Rodney Cook Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Murray, 22, Murray-15.552; 2. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.615; 3. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.617' 4. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.645; 5. Chris Lamb, 9, Lamb-15.675; 6. Jake Garcia, 35, Garcia-15.762; 7. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.780; 8. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-15.855; 9. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.110; 10. Doug Patton, 39, Patton-25.309'

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jake Garcia, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Chris Lamb, 5. Neal Allison, 6. Connor Gross, 7. Alex Murray, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Jordan Empie, 10. Doug Patton. NT --------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS:Laps 1-5 Layser. Lap 6 Nolan Allison, Lap 7 Layser, Laps 8-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-788, 2-Nolan Allison-745, 3-Neal Allison-722, 4-Jordan Empie-592, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-438, 7-Chris Lamb-425, 8-Levi Riffle-327, 9-Dameron Taylor-245, 10-Alex Murray-180.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: October 27 - Spotsylvania, Va. - Dominion Raceway

 

 

SWANSON SIGNS WITH NOLEN RACING FOR 2019 USAC SILVER CROWN RUN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Whiteland, Indiana.........Four-time USAC Silver Crown champion Kody Swanson has signed with Nolen Racing to run the full 2019 USAC Silver Crown schedule.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, who set the all-time Silver Crown wins record with his 24th victory last August at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, became a free agent following the closure of DePalma Motorsports earlier this week, whom he had raced for since the 2013 season and had accumulated 21 career wins with.

The Whiteland, Indiana-based Nolen Racing team has won 11 career Silver Crown races since the 1991 season with drivers Johnny Parsons, Jim Keeker, Tony Elliott, Shane Hollingsworth and Chris Windom. However, the team has yet to claim its first Silver Crown title. This past year, Nolen ran two cars full-time, finishing third and fifth in the series' standings with drivers Windom and Jerry Coons, Jr., respectively.

For 2019, the team will run one car on the Silver Crown trail for Swanson, who in 2018, raced a Gene Nolen-owned car to victory at the Payless Little 500, a grueling, 500-lap sprint car race at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway. The win was Swanson's second in the race and Nolen's first.

Swanson scored five wins in a row this past summer, setting a new mark for consecutive triumphs. Interestingly enough, Swanson's run was stopped by a Nolen Racing car, which was driven by Windom to two-straight wins on the Illinois miles in Springfield and Du Quoin.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV HAS USAC SPRINTS LIVE FROM TERRE HAUTE THIS FRIDAY

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 10, 2018).........The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' final Midwest race of the season will be LIVE on Speed Shift TV this Friday, October 12, from the Terre Haute Action Track!

The "Wabash Clash" will feature a class field of top guns, three of which are entangled in a tight championship race separated by only 62 points. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings. Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, second in the standings, has won twice already at Terre Haute this season and is aiming to become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three at Terre Haute in a single season. Chris Windom of Canton, Ill., is third in the standings, 62 back, and leads all active drivers with four career USAC Sprint wins at the famed half-mile.

Also on board to clash along the Wabash are Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon, who won the series' most recent stop at Terre Haute in September. Dave Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the winningest driver in the history of the series and returns to the site of where victory numero uno occurred for him in 1993. Fort Branch, Indiana's Chase Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016.

C.J. Leary has not yet won in a USAC Sprint Car at Terre Haute, but is a veteran of victory lane in a Silver Crown car there back in 2016. The hottest driver in the series of late has been Justin Grant of Ione, Calif, who's won two of the last three. Like Leary, he's looking to break into the win column for the first time at Terre Haute in a USAC Sprint Car, but he did win in a Silver Crown car back in April of this year.

Coverage of the race will also be LIVE on the USAC app with free audio. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

If you're heading to the track, general admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

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THE TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK; A LEGENDARY PLACE FOR LEGENDARY RACERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Terre Haute Action Track is complete with legends. But, perhaps even more so, it's those drivers who make the Terre Haute Action Track a legend itself.

After all, the drivers who've won on the Terre Haute half-mile make up the top-16 on the list of all-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners. That inherently means that these drivers get the job done pretty much anywhere they go regardless of the track and it's the racing heroes who've made the Action Track spectacular over the past six decades.

Terre Haute is the home of the next stop on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule this Friday, October 12, for the "Wabash Clash." The 160th points race for the series at Terre Haute will feature today's USAC racing heroes, ones who have established their track record of success at the famed western Indiana venue.

You can even trace all the way back to 30th in all-time USAC National Sprint career victories - Jerry Coons, Jr. and Bud Kaeding. Yep, they've both won at Terre Haute. But none have reached victory lane here more than Gary Bettenhausen and Jack Hewitt with eight apiece. Unsurprisingly, both reside in the top-eight in all-time USAC Sprint wins. Bettenhausen is eighth with 40 wins and Hewitt fourth after notching 46 victories.

All the drivers in between in terms of all-time wins - Dave Darland, Tom Bigelow, Tracy Hines, Larry Dickson, Pancho Carter and Bryan Clauson - have won at Terre Haute too.

Among the drivers expected to compete Friday at Terre Haute, nobody owns more victories in the seat of a USAC Sprint Car than Canton, Ill. driver Chris Windom with four scores. All those victories have come in the Baldwin Brothers Racing No. 5, with a pair in 2011 and another two tacked on to his tally in October of 2016 and September of 2017.

There's five of who have won twice apiece at Terre Haute, including Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla., who just won there at the most recent visit in September. He has a shot to become the second driver this season to win two-straight USAC Sprint Car races at Terre Haute, equaling what Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. did during May and July of this year for his first two career triumphs at the famed track. There have never been multiple repeat winners within a single season of USAC Sprint Car racing at Terre Haute.

Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland has an interesting attribute in that his two career USAC Sprint Car wins at Terre Haute came 21 years apart from each other (1993-2014). No other driver has even come close to equaling that record of success, endurance and longevity.

It took a while for series point leader Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. to return to Terre Haute victory lane once again at Terre Haute last October, four years following his breakthrough in 2013 in which he engaged in a wild late-race duel with Darland to get the win. Chase Stockon also took a four-year gap between his two, first coming in 2012 and then again in the summer of 2016 for the Fort Branch, Indiana driver at the track he considers home sweet home.

None of these are a given to win this Friday. The unpredictability of racing is a big reason of why we love this stuff. In fact, 19 drivers have earned their first career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Terre Haute including Jim Hurtubise (1961), Bobby Marshman (1963), Gary Bettenhausen (1968), Jim McElreath (1970), George Snider (1971), Joe Saldana & Mel Cornett (1973), Sheldon Kinser (1974), Chuck Gurney (1976), Chet Johnson (1982), Rusty McClure (1992), Darland (1993), J.J. Yeley (1997), Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Terry Pletch (1999), Richard Griffin (2000) and Aaron Farney (2015).

Additionally, you have those current established stars who've yet to have their breakthrough at Terre Haute in USAC National Sprint Car competition, including C.J. Leary and Justin Grant, both of whom have won in a Silver Crown car there, plus Carson Short and Kyle Cummins among others.

Perhaps a new hero of the Action Track will emerge. Perhaps it will be one from a crop of drivers who'll reaffirm their position as an Action Track hero of today. Either way, the storyline writes itself as it has time and time again - 159 times before.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

 

 

DEPALMA MOTORSPORTS LEAVES ON TOP AFTER 5 STRAIGHT SILVER CROWN TITLES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lima, Ohio (October 9, 2018).........DePalma Motorsports, one of the most iconic and successful teams in the history of the USAC Silver Crown series, is riding into the sunset on top of their game, announcing that their 2018 championship season was the last for the Lima, Ohio-based team.

It concludes a magical five-year run with Kody Swanson of Kingsburg, Calif. DePalma Motorsports itself won the Silver Crown owner title each year they had Swanson as their full-time driver between 2014 and 2018. Swanson himself won Silver Crown driving titles in the DePalma No. 63 in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

The accomplishment of five consecutive series titles set by the team had never been seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

Along the way, Swanson and the DePalmas rewrote the record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years. Regardless of dirt or pavement, the combo was always up front.

This past year, Swanson and the DePalmas won five-straight races, breaking Jack Hewitt's long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set in 1986. The last of Swanson's five wins, at Indiana's Salem Speedway, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list.

With all that said, the accolades and the broken records have put the DePalmas at the pinnacle of the sport, but it's the people of racing that car owner Tony DePalma is going to miss the most.

"I've met a lot of good people in this sport and built a lot of great relationships," DePalma said. "It's been a pleasure to know a lot of people in this sport and it's really one of the most rewarding things besides, obviously, winning races. It's been really neat to get to know Kody's family and friends over the last several years. It's also fun to get to know our competitors. Yeah, they're the people we competed against, but most of them I view as friends. That's the most rewarding thing."

DePalma returned to Silver Crown racing in 2002, inheriting his uncle Ralph's stable of race cars after his passing. DePalma owned cars had notable runs with driver Mike Brecht in the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, turning in a 3rd in 2004 and a 2nd in 2006.

Following his father Jim's passing, the cars were mothballed so to speak before the family team returned in 2010, then hit the circuit full steam when they put Swanson full-time in the seat for the 2014 season and quickly found the magic touch that Tony's father and uncle used to claim the 1984 Silver Crown owner title with driver Dave Blaney.

The familiar sight of the No. 63 up front has been commonplace, and it will certainly be a change to see for those in the stands and those on the track, but also to the DePalma team.

"No doubt about it, we're going to miss it," DePalma admitted. "'We're going to miss the camaraderie, the anticipation and the anxiety of competing. We were always pretty stoked and focused, and it was a standing joke of 'hey, pass the bottle of antacid.' We were really uptight about each and every race, but that's part of the reason we did well is because we put so much into it."

The team put all they had into it and then some as they raised their game to exemplary heights. However, DePalma felt now was the right time to make the exit for a myriad of reasons.

"I saw my kids starting to miss things with their kids; that was one piece of it," DePalma began. "There are other things I want to pursue and have started to put into motion a little bit. I'm missing some of the things I shouldn't be missing. Long story short, what took me over the edge was, what a better exit point than this? We were going to have to exit at some point in time anyway. Maybe it's premature, but I've always believed, when I've looked at athletes in various sports, I've always scratched my head thinking 'why didn't you get out when you were on top?'"

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together with the DePalmas, more than any other driver/team combination in the history of the series.

"These last five years and the relationships that my family and I have had with the DePalma family and this team have been career and life changing," Swanson said. "When we met, I may have been more at a breaking point than a crossroads in my career, and along with a few other key people, this family and race team gave me a chance to continue and an incredible opportunity to be part of something special. Over the years we were blessed to gel as a team, but developed further than that, and into a family of our own. Everyone that has been involved has gotten along together so well. We have developed relationships personally that treat each other like family, maybe even better in some cases, and has become a team that almost any and every other would pale in comparison to."

"I am extremely grateful to have raced and become friends with each and every member of this team, and for the sacrifices that each of them, and their families, have made as part of this team," Swanson continued. "It has been such a unique situation, and something not easily found in an entire team across any sport. Everyone involved gave it their all, without hesitation, and wanted to compete together for all the right reasons. We all wanted to do our best, and everyone put in all the effort they could to try to win races together. You simply can't ask for anything more than that in a team, and what we've been able to accomplish together has been incredible and something I am so thankful for my family and I to have been a part of."

 

 

YOUNG USAC SPRINT STARS CLIMBING ALL-TIME WIN LIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

One of the most fun things for a stat geek to look up is, you guessed it, stats. One of the more interesting stats for a fan of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing and an appreciation of its history is the list of career feature wins.

As we ride into a venue that has played a large part of that history, Indiana's Terre Haute Haute Action Track, this Friday, October 12 for the "Wabash Clash," one aspect of the list that has been quite noticeable this year is the rise of a few of the series' young stars up the rankings and compare how they stack up with those who came before them.

Notably, you can look to the top-four drivers in the USAC National Sprint Car points: Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom and Brady Bacon. All drivers who are in their prime, in their 20s, living it up on the track in the glory days of today.

With six victories this season, Cullman, Alabama's Thomas has climbed into the top-20 alongside legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey with 23 career wins, which he's racked up in a hurry. Seven last year and six already this year with six races remaining has put him at 13 over the past two years. With another season or two of putting up similar numbers, KT would find himself in the top-10 all-time in a hurry where Jon Stanbrough and Rich Vogler stand tied with 35 wins apiece.

Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., has the "lowest" total of the bunch with 16, but relatively, he's just getting started. He's already picked off 10 this year to climb to 32nd on the list, tied with Damion Gardner. Courtney's already become a part of the record book this past September at the "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway, marking the tenth occasion a driver has reached at least 10 series wins in a season.

Windom is an already-established USAC star who's collected two national championships to his ever-growing resume. The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint Car champ, who hails from Canton, Ill., has steadily worked his way up the list to 28th with 19 career wins with three triumphs this season.

When Bacon won recently at Terre Haute in September, the victory sent him to 22 career wins for 23rd place on the list, equaling Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sam Sessions. That score was the fourth of the season for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver in his own Brady Bacon Racing No. 99.

Of course, they're all chasing the king of USAC National Sprint Cars, the one who's made more starts (731) and earned more victories (62) than any driver in the history of the series and lies fifth in the current standings right behind this group. He's had a resurgent year with three wins and definitely appears capable of pushing his records further out of reach for all those who trail him.

One thing all these drivers have in common is they've won at the Terre Haute Action Track in the seat of a USAC National Sprint Car. To be the best, you're going to have to tame one of the most legendary racetracks of them all. This Friday night, each will have a chance to do that as they not only climb up the all-time USAC rankings, but those of The Action Track as well.

Windom's won there four times. Bacon, Thomas and Courtney have two as does Darland. Odds are one of these will be part of the headline this time come Friday.

Despite that, future wins and successes can't be predicted, and drivers have to be at or near the top of their game for a long-time to put up the kinds of numbers Darland has. Thomas, Courtney, Windom and Bacon have sustained their successes for a while now and show no signs of slowing down. Time can only tell what the future will hold, but first things first. We'll see who tames Terre Haute first this Friday, shall we?

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [52 wins] Tom Bigelow

3. [47 wins] Tracy Hines

4. [46 wins] Jack Hewitt

5. [45 wins] Larry Dickson

6. [42 wins] Pancho Carter

7. [41 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [40 wins] Gary Bettenhausen

9. [37 wins] Sheldon Kinser

10. [35 wins] Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

12. [32 wins] Rollie Beale

13. [28 wins] Robert Ballou, Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

16. [26 wins] Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

18. [25 wins] Steve Butler & Jay Drake

20. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt, Roger McCluskey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

23. [22 wins] Brady Bacon, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

27. [21 wins] Greg Weld

28. [19 wins] Chris Windom

29. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

32. [16 wins] Tyler Courtney & Damion Gardner

34. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

38. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

42. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

44. [12 wins] Eric Gordon

45. [11 wins] Daron Clayton, Greg Leffler & Chase Stockon

48. [10 wins] Justin Grant & Tony Stewart

50. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

53. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Thomas Meseraull, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

58. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, C.J. Leary, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

69. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

77. [5 wins] Larry Cannon, Dana Carter, Derek Davidson, Gene Lee Gibson, Jeff Gordon, Chuck Gurney, Shane Hmiel, Kevin Huntley, Frankie Kerr, Kelly Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Jim Mahoney, Andy Michner, Johnny Parsons, Bill Puterbaugh & Cole Whitt

93. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Cary Faas, Jesse Hockett, Steve Kinser, Michael Lewis, Don Nordhorn, Lee Osborne, Red Riegel, Ken Schrader, Al Smith & Danny Smith

104. [3 wins] Chuck Amati, Sonny Ates, Jeff Bloom, Mark Cassella, Shane Cottle, Kyle Cummins, Jerry Daniels, Bob East, Bob Frey, Dickie Gaines, Wayne Hammond, Tray House, Kenny Jacobs, Tony Jones, Kyle Larson, Ralph Liguori, Charlie Masters, Mike Mosley, Larry Rice, Ron Shuman, Mitch Smith & Doug Wolfgang

126. [2 wins] Chad Boat, Marvin Carman, Ed Carpenter, Brad Doty, Nic Faas, Cy Fairchild, Brad Fox, Arnie Knepper, Danny Lasoski, Mack McClellan, James McElreath, Lealand McSpadden, Danny Milburn, Mat Neely, Ryan Newman, Jerry Poland, Casey Riggs, Bill Rose, Mickey Shaw, Terry Shepherd, Dean Shirley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Swindell, Sammy Swindell, Mike Spencer, Bud Tingelstad, Billy Vukovich, Mike Ward & Carl Williams

155. [1 win] Donnie Adams, A.J. Anderson, Brad Armstrong, Tony Armstrong, Tommy Astone, Dick Atkins, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Stan Bowman, Alan Brown, Karl Busson, Johnny Capels, David Cardey, Bob Cicconi, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Duke Cook, Mel Cornett, Allen Crowe, Bill Engelhart, Cotton Farmer, Aaron Farney, Gary Fedewa, Blake Fitzpatrick, Joe Gaerte, Russ Gamester, Rickie Gaunt, Elmer George, Brian Gerster, Todd Gibson, Ron Gregory, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Jerry Hansen, Jim Hemmings, Josh Hodges, Bob Hogle, Jackie Howerton, Chuck Hulse, Logan Jarrett, Marc Jessup, Gordon Johncock, Chet Johnson, Page Jones, Bob Kinser, Mike Kirby, Fred Linder, Steve Long, Hank Lower, Brett Mann, Bobby Marshman, Larry Martin, Mike Martin, Brad Marvel, Justin Marvel, Rusty McClure, Bob McCoy, Jason McDougal, Jim McElreath, Bobby Olivero, Gary Patterson, Billy Pauch, Dave Peperak, Jiggs Peters, Aaron Pierce, Paul Pitzer, Terry Pletch, Billy Puterbaugh Jr., Bud Randall, Byron Reed, Boston Reid, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Brody Roa, David Roahrig, Carson Short, Billy Shuman, Jimmy Sills, Smokey Snellbaker, Wib Spalding, Greg Staab, Randy Standridge, Ron Standridge, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Mike Sweeney, Jeff Swindell, Clark Templeman, Tyler Thomas, Bill Tyler, Rick Ungar, Lennie Waldo, Tyler Walker, Scotty Weir, Kenny Weld, Bob Wente, Matt Westfall, Johnny White, Rip Williams, Jacob Wilson & Eddie Wirth


 

4TH ANNUAL JUNIOR KNEPPER 55 SET FOR DEC. 15 IN Du QUOIN

Du Quoin, Illinois (October 8, 2018).........The fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55" returns to the USAC Midget calendar on Saturday, December 15 indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Though the special event carries no points toward the season championship, it has quickly become one of the most coveted races to win. Boasting large car counts and a star-studded field, the "Knepper 55" has already produced its share of memorable moments on the 1/6-mile dirt track located inside the building adjacent to the famed Du Quoin State Fairgrounds one-mile dirt oval.

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.

Nick Knepper, grandson of Junior and son of 13-time USAC National Midget winner Steve Knepper, will promote the event along with Derek LeMaster.

"Derek and I are very excited to announce the fourth running of the "Junior Knepper 55," Nick Knepper said. "The previous versions of this event have been tremendous, and we will continue to build upon our past successes. I'd like to thank my family, friends, and USAC for the continued support. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Southern Illinois Center on December 15th."

Last year, Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday in grand style after passing Chad Boat with four laps remaining to win the third annual running over Chase Briscoe, Shane Golobic, Boat and Justin Grant.

In 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney earned his first career USAC-sanctioned Midget feature victory in his first start for the Clauson/Marshall Racing team. In the inaugural running in 2015, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. electrified the crowd in the 55-lap feature, coming from the back of the pack to score the victory in the final laps.

Earlier this March, current USAC National Midget point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. won his first career USAC race in the "Shamrock Classic" at the Southern Illinois Center.

Cars are scheduled to get on track at 4pm (Central). A format utilizing passing points will be used to seed the feature lineups. Event times, ticket prices and additional information will be announced in the near future.

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WABASH CLASH BRINGS USAC SPRINTS
TO TERRE HAUTE FRIDAY FOR MIDWEST FINALE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........The Midwest season finale for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars can be a bittersweet symphony. So much good racing, yet so little time remains to witness it as the clock winds down on 2018.

But, as it is with racing and stick and ball sports, when time runs short in a close battle, the pressure and intensity increase, which rises the crowd to its feet to see who's up to the challenge and who will succeed.

This Friday, October 12, the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points battle comes to a head at the Hoosier State's lone half-mile dirt oval, the Terre Haute Action Track, for the "Wabash Clash" with the top-three in the standings separated by a mere 62 markers.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 34 points over Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. Thomas has won twice at Terre Haute in his USAC Sprint Car career, first taking the checkered in 2013 and once again in October of 2017. Thomas has scored six wins on the trail this year as he seeks his first USAC National title and the 12th owner title for Dynamics, Inc.

Courtney is the winningest driver in the series this year with 10 victories as he aims to track down Tom Bigelow's single-season win record of 14, set in 1977 with just six races remaining. Among the ten victories this season are a pair at Terre Haute, back in May and July. With another victory Friday, Courtney would become the first driver since Levi Jones in 2005 to win three USAC National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute in a season.

Windom is third in the standings, 62 back, and in search of becoming the first back-to-back series champ since 2012 and 2013. Terre Haute has been a playground of success for the Canton, Ill. driver over the years. He has four wins in USAC Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute, including twice in 2011, and once each in October of 2016 and in September of 2017.

Behind the race between the top-three is a battle for fourth that involves four drivers separated by just 43 points back to seventh: Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon may be fourth and out of contention for a third series title, but the 2014 and 2016 USAC National Sprint Car titlist remains a threat to win any race down the stretch. Bacon is the most recent victor at Terre Haute back in September where he led the remaining 25 laps to score his second career victory at the track following his first win there in 2014.

Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., is the all-time leader in terms of USAC National Sprint Car victories with 62, yet only two of those have come at the track where the 1999 series champ made his series debut in 1986. The first of those two victories came in 1993, where he earned his first career series win. It took 21 years for him to follow it up with another score in 2014. He was in contention last October at Terre Haute, recording fast qualifying time, winning his heat and nearly pulling off another win at the famed half-mile.

Leary led the first five laps in September's round at Terre Haute on his way to a fourth-place finish. Leary's won once this season at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver has been on a bit of run lately despite a spill at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway in September. From the time of the last Terre Haute race leading into Lawrenceburg, Leary had put together finishes of 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 3rd and 2nd. Leary is a past USAC winner at Terre Haute, capturing the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race in 2016.

Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon is a two-time USAC Sprint Car winner at Terre Haute in 2012 and again in 2016. He won the season-opening race in Ocala, Fla. back in February, but hasn't found victory lane since. It was near this point last year in which Stockon found his second wind, ripping off a pair of victories to close out his season on a strong note. Along with his current consecutive starts streak that leads all drivers, Stockon has the longest current streak of top-five finishes in the final USAC National Sprint standings, dating to 2013.

Interestingly, the top-eight in the series standing have all won in USAC National competition at Terre Haute, including the hottest driver in the series of late, Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. Grant won the "Sumar Classic" Silver Crown race earlier this April for his first win at Terre Haute. Grant has won two of the last three USAC National Sprint Car features after a 59-race winless drought with victories at Indiana's Kokomo and Lawrenceburg Speedways to close out the month of September.

The fourth and final appearance of the year for the series at the Terre Haute Action Track begins Friday, October 12, with pits opening at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

General admission grandstand tickets are $25 for adults while general admission infield tickets are $15. General admission tickets for children age 11 and under are FREE. Reserved grandstand tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under.

Two-day passes that also include the Saturday night, October 13 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car event at Terre Haute are $50 for adult grandstand general admission ($60 reserved & $30 infield). Children 11 and under grandstand general admission tickets are FREE ($20 reserved & FREE infield).

Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=281.

Fans can watch Friday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and listen LIVE on the USAC app. As always, you can watch the race one day later, on-demand at http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. Live updates will be available throughout the night on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/, https://twitter.com/USACNation/ and on the Race Monitor app.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2397, 2-Tyler Courtney-2363, 3-Chris Windom-2335, 4-Brady Bacon-2081, 5-Dave Darland-2063, 6-C.J. Leary-2043, 7-Chase Stockon-2038, 8-Justin Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Isaac Chapple-1383.

ALL-TIME TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:

(8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

(6) J.J. Yeley, Bubby Jones & Sheldon Kinser

(5) Jim Hurtubise, Jon Stanbrough, Levi Jones & Rich Vogler

(4) Bud Kaeding, Chris Windom & Roger McCluskey

(3) Cary Faas, Daron Clayton, Don Branson, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr., Joe Saldana, Pancho Carter, Rick Hood, Steve Butler & Tracy Hines

(2) Brady Bacon, Bruce Walkup, Chase Stockon, Cory Kruseman, Dave Darland, Dick Tobias, Greg Weld, Johnny Rutherford, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow & Tyler Courtney

(1) A.J. Foyt, Aaron Farney, Andy Linden, Billy Cassella, Bobby Marshman, Bobby Unser, Brad Sweet, Bryan Clauson, Charlie Masters, Chet Johnson, Chuck Gurney, Doug Kalitta, Ed Elisian, Eddie Leavitt, Eddie Sachs, Frankie Kerr, George Snider, James McElreath, Jan Opperman, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Kevin Thomas, Larry Dickson, Larry Rice, Mel Cornett, Richard Griffin, Robbie Stanley, Ron Shuman, Rusty McClure, Sam Sessions, Steve Chassey, Steve Kinser, Terry Pletch, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tony Elliott, Tony Jones & Tray House

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Austin Liggett of Tracy, Calif. locked up the 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint car championship Saturday night, while Ryan Timmons of Pleasant Hill, Calif. won the series finale, leading all 30 laps at Santa Maria Raceway. Tristan Guardino finished second in the final race as Trent Carter took third ahead of Danny Faria Jr. and Steve Hix.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway – “Championship Night” – co-sanctioned with Santa Maria 360 Sprints

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.661; 2. Danny Faria Jr., 8, Richardson-13.874; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.011; 4. Ricky Kirkbride, 87, Van Meter-14.153; 5. Trent Carter, 13, Carter-14.283; 6. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-14.287; 7. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.312; 8. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.319; 9. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Team 33-14.321; 10. Ryan Timmons, 29T,Timmons-14.458; 11. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.461; 12. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-14.470; 13. Kyler Shaw, 92, Shaw-14.486; 14. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.608; 15. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-14.636; 16. Bill Jones, 16J, Herrera-14.727; 17. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-14.866; 18. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-15.061; 19. Tyler Most, 3, Most-15.163; 20. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.439; 21. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-15.615; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.348.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Guardino, 3. Timmons, 4. Kirkbride, 5. Ky.Shaw, 6. Jones, 7. Ervine, 8. Most. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Rutherford, 3. Cling, 4. Carter, 5. Hendricks, 6. Bock, 7. Herrera. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Wiley, 2. Liggett, 3. McQueen, 4. Mihocko, 5. Ko.Shaw, 6. Edwards, 7. Stolz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Timmons, 2. Tristan Guardino, 3. Trent Carter, 4. Danny Faria Jr., 5. Steve Hix, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Kyler Shaw, 8. Koen Shaw, 9. Britton Bock, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. James Herrera, 12. Ricky Kirkbride, 13. Austin Ervine, 14. Kyle Edwards, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Tyler Most, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Tom Hendricks, 19. Brandon Wiley, 20. Austin Liggett, 21. Ryan Stolz, 22. Bill Jones. NT ---------------------------- **Rutherford flipped on lap 20 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Timmons SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: James Herrera (20th to 11th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 21&22 – Ventura (CA) Raceway – “Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

Santa Maria, CA........Michael Faccinto of Hanford, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Saturday night's Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget race at Santa Maria Raceway, protecting his series points lead in the process. Alex Schutte finished second to stay close in the standings, with Maria Cofer, Cody Swanson and Jake Swanson rounding out the "top-five" at the finish.

October 6, 2018 – Santa Maria, California – Santa Maria Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.155; 2. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-14.179; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.208; 4. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-14.263; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.306; 6. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-14.418; 7. Frankie Guerrini, 9F, Dodenhoff-14.468; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-14.473; 9. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-14.577; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 73, Ford-14.583; 11. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-14.676; 12. Michelle Decker, 7, McQueen-15.272; 13. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-15.416; 14. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman,15.528; 15. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-16.107; 16. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. C.Swanson, 3. Dalby, 4. J.Swanson, 5. Guerrini, 6. Sarna, 7. Nichols, 8. Hazelton-Heredia. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Faccinto, 3. Prickett, 4. Anderson, 5. Decker, 6. Kofoid, 7. Beilman, 8. Josett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Alex Schutte, 3. Maria Cofer, 4. Cody Swanson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Frankie Guerrini, 8. David Prickett, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Michelle Decker, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Daniel Anderson, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15. Buddy Kofoid, 16. Robby Josett. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Faccinto.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (14th to 11th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: October 27 – Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

 

WILSON WINS TITLE AS SMITH GRABS OKLAHOMA FINALE

Meeker, Okla.,,,,,,,,Bratt Wilson of Sapulpa, Okla. is the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprnts Oklahoma Champion following a nail-biting finish in the series finale Friday night at Red Dirt Raceway. Wilson finished 10th in the 25-lap feature but it was good enough to edge Cameron Hagin by four points and Danny Smith by 12 in the final tally. Smith, of Sapulpa, won the feature over Johnny Kent, Hagin, Ty Hulsey and Tim Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 2. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 4. Jeffery Newell (#22X Newell), 5. Ryan Dean (#79x Dean), 8. Donovan Wise (#83 Taylor), 7. Duane Forsgren (#16 Forsgren). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Michael Tyre II (#T16 Tyre). 2. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 3. Ty Hulsey (#24H Risley), 4. Noah Gass (#20G Gass), 5. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 6. David McDuffee (#43 McDuffie), 7. Ryan Padgett (#98 Padgett). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 3. Joshua Tyre (#4 Admire), 4. Craig Carroll (#24C Risley), 5. Jerry Jumper (#3X Jumper), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Roy Entze II (#2E Entze). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Danny Smith, 2. Johnny Kent, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Ty Hulsey, 5. Tim Kent, 6. Noah Gass, 7. Ryan Padgett, 9. Jeffery Newell, 9. Craig Carroll, 10. Brett Wilson, 11. Cody Jarvis, 12. Roy Entze II, 13. Michael Tyre II, 14. Donovan Wise, 15. Jerry Jumper, 16. Daune Forsgren, 17. David McDuffee, 18. Grant Wresche, 19. Casey Wills, 20. Ryan Dean. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Smith.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-1,360, 2-Hagin-1,356, 3-Smith-1,348, 4-J.Kent-1,286, 5-Tyre II-1,282, 6-Wills-1,207, 7-Carroll-1,082, 8-Wresche-1,034, 9-Jarvis-1,005, 10-Hulsey-934.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT SANTA MARIA
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water is back in action this Saturday, October 6th at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the ninth point race will also showcase the USAC West Coast vs Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Saturday event will be the 38th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp, the all-time series leader with 104 victories, won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. In the last two appearances, Michael Faccinto was victorious on April 28th and “The Demon” Damion Gardner topped the August 11th “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” J.R. Lawson holds the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.667, set on August 26, 1995 and a complete series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Heading to Santa Maria, Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) holds a slim 11-point lead over the competition. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto led five laps at Ventura on September 15th before running second to Ronnie Gardner. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 34 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael has seven career victories and will be looking to continue his championship bid with another Santa Maria triumph.

Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte finished sixteenth at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, six heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight wins to his credit and will have his sights on the Saturday night victory.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) is third in the Light Up The World Beverages point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett rebounded to score third in Ventura’s September 17th main event. At press time, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. Josett has four series wins and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby led the first three laps at Ventura Raceway before scoring fourth at the checkered flags. To date, the young driver has one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 17 feature laps led in the campaign. Robert will have his sights on his first series win at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #24X Crysalli Artesian Water / Mt. Rose Cocktail Mixes Spike, Prickett scored ninth in the September 15th main event. At press time, the 2012 Western Dirt Series Champion has one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 12 feature laps led on the year. David has one USAC win and will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Currently ninth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Shannon McQueen, Clayton Ruston, Randi Pankratz, Frankie Guerrini, Marvin Mitchell, Maria Cofer, Dylan Ito, Jake Swanson, Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Terry Nichols, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Shane Golobic, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner.

SANTA MARIA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Michael Faccinto-552, 2. Alex Schutte-541, 3. Robby Josett-514, 4. Robert Dalby-451, 5. David Prickett-420, 6. C.J. Sarna-399, 7. Ronnie Gardner-370, 8. Shannon McQueen-334, 9. Kyle Beilman-319, 10. Clayton Ruston-310, 11. Randi Pankratz-306, 12. Frankie Guerrini-272, 13. Marvin Mitchell-262, 14. Ryan Bernal-260, 15. Maria Cofer-233, 16. Dylan Ito-184, 17. Daniel Anderson-181, 18. Cory Elliott-146, 19. Jake Swanson-138, 20. Bryan Drollinger-123.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #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.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN LIGGETT LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA “CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 3, 2018... After a break in the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will return to Santa Maria Raceway this Saturday, October 6th. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “Championship Night” is co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprints and will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at "The West's Best Short Track" will open at 4:00pm and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

In addition to crowning the USAC West Sprint Car Champion, Saturday’s “Championship Night” will also celebrate the local Santa Maria track champions. Last year, Jake Swanson earned the series title, Trent Carter took his second Santa Maria crown, and Tristan Guardino led all 30-laps to score the main event win.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-six West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. In the last three appearances, Troy Rutherford claimed the April 28th show, Austin Liggett topped the June 9th “Ron Otto Memorial,” and Bernal scored the August 11 “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354, set on September 11, 2004 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan. A complete series win list at Santa Maria Raceway is at the end of this release.

Entering the final point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has a 63-point lead over the competition and could be the first driver to earn rookie of the year honors (2012) and the championship. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett scored twelfth in the August 25th feature at Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” To date, the point leader has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led on the year. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking to celebrate a “Championship Night” victory.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) is second in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won Ventura’s “Battle at the Beach Race #3.” At press time, the micro sprint graduate has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit. With five career wins, Tristan will have his sights on his second “Championship Night” triumph and a shot at the crown.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons charged from twelfth to second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Heading to the fourteenth point race, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday, Ryan will be looking to add Santa Maria’s winning trophy to his collection.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point standings. Piloting Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen raced from sixteenth to eighth at Ventura’s August 25th main event. At press time, the 2012 USAC Western Midget Champion has eleven top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the year. Shannon will race double duty with the USAC Western States Midgets and will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Santa Maria Raceway.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) is fifth in the USAC West Coast Sprint Car point chase. Racing his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix had a solid fourth place finish at Ventura Raceway. To date, Steve has one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday, Hix will be looking to earn his first series feature win at the “Championship Night.”

Currently seventh in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Koen Shaw, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Stolz, Troy Rutherford, Brandon Wiley, Trent Carter, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, Matt Day, and more.

“Turd Ferguson” Trent Carter (Terra Bella, CA) leads the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Car point standings. Ryan Stolz, Jordan Linson, James Herrera, Austin Liggett, Tristan Guardino, Kaleb Montgomery, Matt Day, Brandon Wiley, and Shannon McQueen round out the top-10 in points.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Military, Seniors, and Student (17-13) Tickets are $15, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT WINNERS: 2017-Tristan Guardino.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Tristan Guardino, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 11-Ryan Bernal-437, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-433, 13-Ryan Stolz-428, 14-Troy Rutherford-338, 15-Jake Swanson-312, 16-Brandon Wiley-311, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213, 19-Kyle Smith-183, 20-Kyle Edwards-180.

2018 SANTA MARIA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Trent Carter-202, 2-Ryan Stolz-180, -Jordan Linson-180, 4-James Herrera-174, 5-Austin Liggett-130, 6-Tristan Guardino-118, 7-Kaleb Montgomery-112, -Matt Day-112, 9-Brandon Wiley-110, 10-Shannon McQueen-108, 11-Koen Shaw-106, 12-Steve Hix-103, -Ryan Timmons-103, 14-Britton Bock-98, 15-Austin Ervine-97, 16-Ryan Bernal-81, 17-Danny Faria Jr.-75, 18-Patrick Frisco-65, 19-Troy Rutherford-64, 20-Tanner Thorson-44.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

FRIDAY'S RED DIRT FINALE FACES 3 USAC WSO HOPEFULS

Meeker, Oklahoma.........Friday's USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma finale at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. will showcase the battle for series supremacy between three primary drivers. Point leader Brett Wilson has a 29-point lead over Cameron Hagin and a 52-point lead over Danny Smith as those three are expected to fight for the crown Friday.

Wilson has three wins and a third in nine starts, while Hagin, lacking a feature win, has a second and three thirds in 10 starts. Smith has three wins and a pair of seconds.

Friday's race will be the fifth at Red Dirt this year. Winners so far have been Wilson, Smith, Andrew Deal and Johnny Kent.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,250, 2-Cameron Hagin-1,221; 3-Danny Smith-1,198, 4-Michael Tyre-1,178, 5-Johnny Kent-1,144, 6-Casey Wills-1,115, 7-Cody Jarvis-997, 8-Craig Carroll-969, 9-Grant Wresche-940, 10-Kyle Clark-931.

 

 

USAC EASTERN SPEED2S HEAD FOR DURHAM SATURDAY

Durham, North Carolina (October 3, 2018).........Jessica Bean leads the USAC Eastern Speed2 Midgets to this Saturday night's race at Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. She enjoys a 29-point lead over Nolan Allison entering the race.

Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill., while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

Alex Watson of Columbus, Ohio won Saturday night's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget finale at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway. Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio finished third and claimed the 2018 series championship. Cory Guingrich finished second Saturday ahead of Leffel, Jon Steed and Kevin Blue.

Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera (Calif.) Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-652, 2-Nolan Allison-623, 3-Neal Allison-599, 4-Jordan Empie-494, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Connor Gross-315, 7-Chris Lamb-286, 8-Dameron Taylor-245, 9-Levi Riffle-223, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,165, 2-Shane Morgan-909, 3-Brent Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Kurt Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-Daltyn England-605, 8-Kevin Battefeld-590, 9-Tyler Roth-486, 10-Sean Murphy-474.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-786, 2-Alex Watson-635, 3-Stratton Briggs-602, 4-Jon Steed-565, 5-Cory Guingrich-520, 6-Jon Watson-482, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kreigbaum-350, 9-Kevin Blue-322, 10-Trey Osborne-278.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,164, 2-Joey Iest-895, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Toni Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-805, 2-Joey Iest-631, 3-Johnny Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Toni Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

GARDNER & SWANSON SHINE AT USAC/CRA “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 1, 2018... Securing the lead from R.J. Johnson on lap seventeen, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) streaked to last Saturday’s “Hall of Fame Classic” victory at Arizona Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned his fifth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Logan Seavey, hard charger Brody Roa, Johnson, and Friday night winner Jake Swanson.

As the green flag waved, outside front row starter Johnson grabbed the early lead. Despite a few caution flags, Johnson maintained the top spot and led the first ten laps at the San Tan Valley clay oval. Charging from sixth, Gardner powered to the lead on the next circuit but Johnson had other plans. Reclaiming the top spot on the following lap and looking for his first win of the campaign, R.J. led the next five laps in the Moose Racing #92 Triple X. “The Demon” returned the favor for the lead and held off a late surge by Seavey and Roa to take the checkered flags.

Gardner swept the Saturday night finale by setting his sixth Woodland Auto Display Fast Time, winning the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and claiming the 80th series win of his career. With twenty-one racers in the pit area, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) topped the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3 and earned the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with a third place run from nineteenth.

Friday’s opening night of the “Hall of Fame Classic” belonged to Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA). Starting on the pole position and despite losing his brakes, Swanson led all 30-laps in John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Western Premier Hauling / KSE Custom Drywall DRC. Swanson’s win marked the first USAC/CRA triumph for Team AZ Racing and the second career victory for their driver. Roa, Gardner, Johnson, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA) began the “Hall of Fame Classic” be earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time aboard the Reinbold / Underwood #19S AME Electrical Spike. Matt Rossi (Glendale, AZ) topped the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, Gardner won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2, and Malcolm claimed the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) dropped two cylinders of his 360 engine and earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award with an eleventh place run from eighteenth.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will take a break and return to action on Saturday, October 20th at Perris Auto Speedway. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the nineteenth point race will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars. 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, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 28&29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

9/28 FRIDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)
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9/29 SATURDAY SAN TAN VALLEY FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1292, 2. Damion Gardner-1262, 3. Austin Williams-1108, 4. Cody Williams-1012, 5. Jake Swanson-947, 6. Max Adams-912, 7. R.J. Johnson- 898, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-864, 9. Logan Williams-789, 10. Chris Gansen-750, 11. Tommy Malcolm-600, 12. Ryan Bernal-527, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-436, 15. Joel Rayborne-401, 16. Austin Ervine-359, 17. Verne Sweeney-309, 18. Matt Rossi-258, 19. Charles Davis Jr.-256, 20. Austin Liggett-252.
2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC MIDGETS ADDED TO WINTER DIRT GAMES
TO OPEN 2019 USAC SEASON IN FLORIDA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida.........The season-opening kickoff to USAC's 2019 National calendar has expanded with the addition of USAC Midget National Championship racing to the February festivities at Bubba Raceway Park along with the annual appearance by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

"Winter Dirt Games has annually been one of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars' greatest traditions over the past decade," said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. "The addition of USAC National Midgets to the event adds makes it even that much bigger. This is truly going to be a can't-miss event, and what a way it will be to open up the 2019 USAC season!"

The Midgets will make their debut at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track on Thursday, February 7, with an open practice, followed by two consecutive, full nights of racing on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9, the first appearance by the series in the Sunshine State in five seasons.

The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at "Winter Dirt Games." The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, February 13, then three complete full programs on Thursday, February 14, Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16.

While "Winter Dirt Games" has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it's also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the "Sunshine State" to witness the most competitive racing series' lone appearance in the state during the year.

"This is one of those events that everybody circles on their calendars," track owner Tom Bean said. "Next year, it's getting even bigger and better with two premier USAC divisions on board and I'm beyond thrilled to get the 2019 season started in a big way."

Twenty-one USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the track since 2011. Chase Stockon won the 2018 season opener at Ocala while Tyler Courtney captured the next two. Bryan Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba's with four victories in four different seasons. Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon, Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant, Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.

Meanwhile, USAC Midget events in the Florida has been few and far between since the inception of the club in 1956. Only seven times have USAC Midgets ventured to Florida over the years. The most recent occasion was on the pavement at New Smyrna Speedway in 2013, won by Bobby Santos and Kyle Larson. The first USAC Midget races in Florida came in a week span during 1963. Johnny Riva and Bob Wente were victorious at Palmetto Speedway while Chuck Rodee and Wente also picked up victories at Golden Gate Speedway. It was another 42 years before the series returned in 2005 for a non-points special event at Orlando Speed World Speedway, won by Josh Wise.

Additional info on the events will be made public in the coming months.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS TREK TO MISSOURI & KANSAS FOR DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND AT LAKE OZARK & LAKESIDE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Nearing the end of the season, a team has one of two directions to go. They can rise to the occasion or wither on the vine.

This past weekend, we saw at least two drivers rise to the occasion when they needed it the most: Justin Grant and Kevin Thomas, Jr., who are hitting their respective strides as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars move into the month of October where two races lie ahead this weekend west of the Mississippi.

Friday, October 5, the series aims its compass toward Eldon, Missouri and Lake Ozark Speedway for its first trip to the 1/3-mile dirt oval since 2006. The following night, Saturday, October 6, Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans. returns to the docket for its 19th all-time appearance on the series schedule.

Grant was in a different scenario last year at this point. Heading into October of 2017, Grant was the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint point leader and gunning for the title while Thomas had no points weighing on his shoulders, just winning races were on his mind. This time, the roles are reversed as Thomas holds a 34-point lead in the standings with just eight races remaining and Grant can play the spoiler.

After a tumultuous first seven months of the season, Grant and TOPP Motorsports finally broke through this past weekend with a pair of $10 Grand wins at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway and Lawrenceburg Speedway for their first two victories of the season.

Meanwhile, Thomas' weekend started out sluggish with a 10th at Kokomo. He followed it up with his sixth score of the season at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway, then added a fifth at Lawrenceburg to punctuate the weekend and stay afloat atop the points in his quest for a first USAC National title.

Momentum is a huge player toward the end of the year. Some find it, and some are seemingly like a ship without a rudder. It behooves the drivers who found the "Big Mo" to avoid doing their Sir Isaac Newton impressions and come back to Earth at this point. This weekend's lone trips to Lake Ozark and Lakeside could be the catalyst in who goes up and who goes down as we hit the balance of the season.

Jerry Coons, Jr. won the most recent series outing at Lake Ozark in 2006 for Dynamics, Inc., the team that Thomas has taken to the threshold of a possible 12th USAC National Sprint Car title at year's end. The only other USAC regular expected to compete in this Friday's race to have USAC Sprint Car experience at Lake Ozark, Dave Darland, finished third that day. The only other occasion the series has visited the Show-Me State this season was a September race won by Jason McDougal at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars have made the trip to Missouri 24 previous times with Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. winning the most recent occasion in 2017 at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Courtney stands second in points ahead of Canton, Illinois native and St. Louis resident Chris Windom, who's 62 behind leader Thomas while Brady Bacon resides in fourth, out of the race for the title, but by no means has he bowed out of competition for winning races. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Bacon won last summer at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kans., host of this Saturday's race.

There have been 18 previous appearances at the new and old Lakeside Speedways, on both the dirt and pavement, by the series since its first race there in 1963, won by Don Branson. Coming into Saturday night's event, 14 of the 18 past winners at Lakeside are either USAC champions, National Sprint Car Hall of Famers (NSCHOF) or, in some cases, both.

Branson, a 1994 NSCHOF inductee, kicked it off with a Lakeside victory in 1963. By that point, the Rantoul, Illinois driver had already established himself as one of the greats with a USAC Midwest Sprint Car title from 1959 already affixed to his resume. A year following his Lakeside win, Branson captured the National Sprint Car championship and is one of five to achieve honors as a member of the NSCHOF to go along with a USAC National title and a USAC Sprint Car feature win at Lakeside, including Greg Weld, Robbie Stanley and Tony Elliott.

USAC National Champions make up the next group of Lakeside winners. Kenny Irwin, Jr. and Dave Steele never became National Sprint Car titlists. Irwin earned the 1996 National Midget title while Steele was the king of Silver Crown in 2004 and 2005. However, the two were standouts in the sprint car ranks throughout their careers, primarily on the pavement. Lakeside fit them to a T during the 1990s when the track's surface was converted to asphalt and those two took advantage by winning in consecutive years: Irwin in 1995 and Steele in 1996.

Two-time USAC Sprint champ Brian Tyler (1996-97) was the final winner on the Lakeside pavement in 1998. USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley snared a win following the return to dirt in 2001. Robert Ballou, the 2015 USAC National Sprint Car champ, is the only driver to have scored multiple USAC Sprint wins at Lakeside, tallying consecutive triumphs in 2015 and 2016.

Jud Larson, a NSCHOF inductee in 1992, took Lakeside in 1965. "Outlaw" sprint drivers who made the bulk of their hall of fame careers mainly with the wing - Doug Wolfgang and Smokey Snellbaker - made a rare stop with USAC to win Lakeside in 1978 and 1981, respectively.

Highly successful standout drivers in their own right, 5-time Indy 500 starter/5-time USAC Midget winner Arnie Knepper (1966 Lakeside winner) and six-time Indy 500 starter Carl Williams (1968) won on the old Lakeside Speedway half-mile. Five-time USAC Sprint winner Jim Mahoney (1991), 2016 winner Thomas Meseraull (8 USAC Sprint wins) each have risen to the top at the "new" Lakeside Speedway that opened in 1989.

Grant (8th in points) ran second at Lakeside in 2017 ahead of Windom, Chase Stockon (7th in points), Courtney, Leary (6th in points). Before the last two weekends, the best career USAC finish by Isaac Chapple (10th in points) was a 22nd to 7th charge at Lakeside in 2016. The surging Chapple got a 3rd at Eldora, then followed up with another 3rd at Gas City after leading the first 25 laps of the contest.

Friday at Lake Ozark, pit gates open at 3pm while the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is slated for 6:30pm with cars on track at 7pm. Adult tickets are $18, senior & military are $16 and kids 7-13 years old are $5. Kids 6 and under are FREE! Adult pit passes are $30, while children's pit passes are $20 for kids age 6-13 years and $3 for small ones age 5 and under.

Saturday at Lakeside, pit gates open at 4:30pm and the front gates open at 5pm. The drivers meeting is a go for 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, children age 12 and under are FREE. Seniors over the age of 65, plus military and students with proper ID are $15. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $10 for children 6 and under. General admission terrace seats are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and military. Kids age 6-12 are $8 and 5 and under are FREE. Suite seats are $40 for adults, $20 for kids age 7-12 and $10 for 6 and under.

As with every USAC National race, you can catch both races on-demand a day following the completion of the race on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to the race live on the USAC app, plus follow along with all the action on USAC's social media channels on Twitter: @usacnation, Facebook: USAC Racing and Instagram: @usacnation.

 

 

DAVIS TAKES CANTON FINALE; BAUGH GRABS IMRA CHAMPIONSHIP

Canton, IL........Mitchell Davis of Auburn, Ill. won Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget finale at Spoon River Speedway, while Andy Baugh of Mason City, Ill. laid claim to the 2018 series championship. Trailing Mitchell Sunday were Sean Murphy, Brent Burrows, Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. Karter Sarff led the first 14 laps before Davis led the final six.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 30, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry),2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 4. Daltyn England (#19E England), 5. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 6. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 7. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 8. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 3. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 4. Mark McMahill (57 McMahill), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Patrick Ryan (#23 Ryan). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#51R Johnson), 2. Karter Sarff (#6B Baugh), 3. Austin Archdale (#7x Mahan), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Brent Burrows, 4. Tyler Roth, 5. Daltyn England, 6. Kevin Battefeld, 7. Jeff Sparks, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Patrick Ryan, 10. Kurt Mueller, 11. John Heitzman, 12. Shane Morgan, 13. Charlie Kunz, 14. Karter Sarff, 15. Austin Archdale, 16. Mark McMahill, 17. Christopher Adrien, 18. Jeremy Hull, 19. Scott Koerner, 20. Andy Baugh. NT

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

FINAL ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,165, 2-Morgan-909, 3-Burrows-762, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Mueller-653, 6-Jake Sollenberger-629, 7-England-605, 8-Battefeld-590, 9-Roth-486, 10-Murphy-474.

 

 

MONEYMAN GRANT CASHES 10K
ONCE AGAIN AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana.........Justin Grant's wait to win his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature of the season didn't take nearly as long as it took to get his first.

Following his first series victory in nearly 16 months on Thursday, the Ione, Calif. native only had to endure two more nights to tally up his next triumph, Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The waiting may be the hardest part, but patience does reap its own rewards in the end. For the second time in three nights, Grant pocketed 10-grand by virtue of his victory in the TOPP Motorsports/TOPP Performance Race Parts - The Bow Foundation/Maxim/TOPP Gaerte.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it," Grant said with a laugh. "To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now."

Grant pushed to the lead from his outside front row starting spot around pole sitter Dave Darland on the initial lap, but any early momentum he gained was stifled when C.J. Leary found trouble in turn one on the second lap, sending him into a wild flip and a not-so-graceful landing. Leary, who had earlier set fast time, won his heat and had moved from sixth to fourth on the opening lap, gingerly exited his war-torn machinery and would ultimately have to take a visit for X-rays on his neck and back.

On the ensuing restart, second-running Bacon put his tail up on the fence and used a diamond move to run Grant down like a cheetah tracking down a gazelle, blowing by Grant for the lead midway down the back straightaway. Grant fought back, trying to slide underneath Bacon, but each time, Bacon's diamond shined brighter than 10 karats, pulling away and stretching out his lead until Brandon Spithaler's turn four spin and small flare-up flame brought out the caution on lap 12. Grant now had a reprieve and he wasn't going to let it go to waste.

"I was running the bottom in (turns) three and four and shortcutting it to the cushion, staying out of the holes getting into one," Grant recalled. "But I was kind of hanging off two. I knew I was hanging there, but I didn't know if you could run in above the holes or through the holes into one and two and diamond down. And I knew Leary had gotten into the fence in one, so I figured that's what he had done. So, I was a bit hesitant to try it. When Brady drove by us doing the diamond off two, I followed him for a few laps and figured out how our car wanted to get through there to do it right. I felt like we were nipping at his lead a little bit."

Grant immediately rared back his axe and took his first swing in turn one on the lap 12 restart, sliding up in front of Bacon briefly for the point. Bacon got back by, but Grant had wrapped his lasso to the #99 of Bacon by then. When push came to shove at the exit of turn four on the 13th lap, Grant was there to capitalize and move his way back into the lead.

"On the restart, I was able to get in, slide him and chalk him up," Grant remembered. "He went to block the slider into three and got to bouncing and we were able to sneak by. I felt like his car was a little better in turns one and two and I was freed up enough to run three and four hard and he just got to bouncing. Once we figured out how to use the holes in one and two and get the diamond down off two, I felt really good and I didn't know if anybody had anything for us once we got rolling in that line. I couldn't do it faster than how I was doing it. Every time during the cautions, I started to settle down in the seat and I reminded myself I've got no stake in points in this deal and I really need the money. It's 10-grand to win. If there's a night to hang one in the fence trying to win, this is the night."

As Bacon tussled with Courtney for the second spot, Grant gained some leeway to a one-second-plus lead until lap 22 when lapped traffic came into play. Grant was in expert mode as he navigated through the back part of the field, keeping Bacon at an arm's length distance entering the final five laps.

The distance became closer and nearer, with Bacon cutting the interval to eight tenths, six tenths and, finally, four tenths. On the final lap, Bacon had one more bullet in the chamber as he followed Grant into turn one. However, his right rear caught the outer concrete, took a hop and skip that was enough for Grant to gain back his breathing space, which he used to secure his second USAC National Sprint Car victory of the season (and the weekend) and the 10th of his career, tying him with Tony Stewart for 48th all-time.

"It's been a rough year and we can definitely use the money at the Grant household. We're happy to have it. To win one race that pays anything against these guys right now is awesome. To win a couple big ones in a single weekend, you can't ask for better than that. I feel like a sprint car driver again. I'm having a blast and remembering why I do this stuff now." - Justin Grant (Ryan Sellers Photo)

After a seven-month dry spell in USAC competition since Grant and TOPP paired up at the beginning of the 2018 season, the two have finally found the recipe for success that so many felt this combo was capable of all along.

"We've been gaining on them a little bit around Indiana Sprint Week time," Grant explained. "The big kick is we found stuff with the cars and got our engine program ripping a lot better. The motors are hitting really hard now and it's just letting me do a lot of stuff that I couldn't do before. I can get in the cushion and I've got enough motor to get myself out of trouble now. Between that, having a few good runs and getting some confidence going, we're feeling like we know what we're doing again."

Bacon finished second ahead of Courtney, Chris Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr. Windom had to move to a backup car after a violent flip during qualifying in his primary, picking up hard charger honors after racing from 18th to 4th. Thomas, meanwhile, had his point lead clenched up to 34 points over Courtney in second and 62 in front of Windom in third.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brian VanMeveren (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT
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**Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.439; 2. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.535; 3. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.557; 4. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.791; 5. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.834; 6. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.897; 7. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.916; 8. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.936; 9. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.947; 10. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.962; 11. Austin Willams, 2, Jory-15.982; 12. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-16.142; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.247; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.265; 15. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.270; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-16.319; 17. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.865; 18. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-17.078; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-17.365; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-19.867; 21. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Faria, 3. Martin, 4. L.Williams, 5. McCarthy, 6. Rossi, 7. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Seavey, 3. Davis, 4. C.Williams, 5. A.Williams, 6. Mihocko, 7. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Madrid, 5. St. James, 6. Gansen, 7. Lundy. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Brody Roa, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Charles Davis Jr., 8. Austin Williams, 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Cody Williams, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Mike Martin, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Bruce St. James, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Logan Williams, 18. Matt Lundy, 19. Austin Ervine, 20. Matt Rossi, 21. Joel Rayborne. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Johnson, Lap 11 Gardner, Laps 12-16 Johnson, Laps 17-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (14th to 3rd)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 20 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway

 

 

BREIDINGER #1 IN MADERA SPEED2S

Madera, CA........Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest, Adam Lemke, Elvis Rankin and Johnny Nichols rounded out the top five.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 29, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-14.464; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.596; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-14.605; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-14.910; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-NT.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Breidinger, 2. Lemke, 3. Rankin, 4. Iest, 5. Michols. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Toni Breidinger, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Adam Lemke, 4. Elvis Rankin, 5. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Iest, Laps 3-30 Breidinger.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,164, 2-Iest-895, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake BBrannon-509, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Breidinger-302, 7-Cody Jessop-219, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryan Bell-127.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-805, 2-Iest-631, 3-Nichols-535, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Breidinger-302, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: October 27-28 - Stockton (CA) 99 Speedway

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 29, 2018 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.877; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.946; 3. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.954; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.998; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.028; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.105; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.122; 8. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.181; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.207; 10. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-14.238; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.267; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.271; 13. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.351; 14. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.383; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.391; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.457; 17. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.506; 18. Justin Peck, 04, Burton-14.535; 19. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-14.549; 20. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.563; 21. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-14.585; 22. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-14.741; 23. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.754; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-14.808; 25. Brandon Spithaler, 77, Gagliardi-14.942; 26. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Jackson, 3. Grant, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. VanMeveren, 7. T. Thomas, 8. Spithaler, 9. Bilbee. 2:00.05

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Short, 2. Westfall, 3. Andretti, 4. Darland, 5. K. Thomas, 6. Windom, 7. DiMattia, 8. Rodgers, 9. Courtney. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Gaines, 3. Hodges, 4. Peck, 5. McDougal, 6. Chapple, 7. Hewitt, 8. Abrams. 1:57.93

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Windom, 3. Chapple, 4. Hewitt, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Spithaler, 7. Bilbee, 8. VanMeveren, 9. DiMattia, 10. Abrams, 11. Rodgers. 2:58.67

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Brady Bacon (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Chris Windom (18), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 6. Dave Darland (1), 7. Jarett Andretti (11), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Isaac Chapple (8), 10. Josh Hodges (9), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Tyler Thomas (20), 13. Dakota Jackson (13), 14. Nick Bilbee (16), 15. Matt Westfall (14), 16. Justin Peck (15), 17. Jason McDougal (12), 18. Shane Cottle (10), 19. Dickie Gaines (17), 20. Brandon Spithaler (21), 21. C.J. Leary (6). NT ---------------------------- **Windom flipped during qualifying. Leary flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-12 Bacon, Laps 13-30 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brian VanMeveren

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brian VanMeveren

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2397, 2-Courtney-2363, 3-Windom-2335, 4-Bacon-2081, 5-Darland-2063, 6-Leary-2043, 7-Stockon-2038, 8-Grant-1947, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1383.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 5 - Lake Ozark Speedway - Eldon, Missouri

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

San Tan Valley, AZ........Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. won the opening night feature of the "Hall of Fame Classic" at Arizona Speedway, leading all 30 laps. AMSOIL USAC/CRA point leader Brody Roa finished second ahead of Damion Gardner, R.J. Johnson and Charles Davis Jr. Night two is scheduled Saturday.

September 28, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Logan Seavey, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.150; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-15.212; 3. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-15.215; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-15.237; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.299; 6. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.363; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.388; 8. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-15.394; 9. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-15.412; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.484; 11. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-15.517; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.520; 13. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.605; 14. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-15.699; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-15.766; 16. Zack Madrid, 15, Fly-15.865; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-15.921; 18. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.932; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-16.163; 20. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.352; 21. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-16.984.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rossi, 2. Davis, 3. Swanson, 4. Madrid, 5. A.Williams, 6. Seavey, 7. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Mihocko, 3. Roa, 4. McCarthy, 5. C.Williams, 6. Lundy, 7. Faria. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Malcolm, 2. Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. St. James, 5. Martin, 6. Gansen, 7. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Charles Davis Jr., 6. Austin Williams, 7. Danny Faria Jr., 8. Mike Martin, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Matt Rossi, 11. Bruce St. James, 12. Zack Madrid, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Logan Williams, 16. Cody Williams, 17. Chris Gansen, 18. Joel Rayborne, 19. Logan Seavey, 20. Matt Lundy, 21. Austin Ervine. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Swanson SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Bruce St. James (18th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 29 – Arizona (AZ) Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

THOMAS A REBEL WITH A CAUSE IN GAS CITY'S JAMES DEAN CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana.........James Dean was a rebel, one not exactly keen on following the rules. At least that's how the 1950s movie star's iconic roles were portrayed on the silver screen.

Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway's "James Dean Classic," Kevin Thomas, Jr. showed his rebellious side, not being content to follow in second. Instead, he strayed from the path and created his own way to glory for his sixth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory of the year, moving himself into the top-20 all-time in series wins with 23, equaling legends A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.

Thomas ran second behind Isaac Chapple in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy for the first 25 circuits of the 30-lap feature, but steadily worked the top line until it became his red carpet, then drove around Chapple for the lead with five laps remaining to capture his second career USAC win at the quarter-mile dirt oval and first since 2013.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster. We searched and searched and searched, tried two, three, four different times, different lines, different corners. It's not that we even found the faster line. I think he just slipped up a little bit there in turns three and four and that let us get by. We were just on the right part of the racetrack at the right time."

Thomas started fourth, yet managed to get up to the front in quick fashion as he and outside front row starter Chapple split around pole sitter Jason McDougal heading into turn one to occupy the top-two spots with Chapple up front and Thomas trailing just behind.

The two would be Elmer's-glued to each other for the first two-thirds of the event as Chapple worked the middle-to-low line and Thomas danced around, top and bottom, in search of his own groove that would carry him to the front.

By the 19th lap, Thomas' began to enjoy the fruits of his labor, finally finding consistent bite up top, relentlessly carving out the top groove to close within striking distance of Chapple while heavy lapped traffic loomed. However, the traffic game would be scrapped from the table when Dallas Hewitt spun to a stop off the banking between turns three and four, forcing Thomas to reset his gameplan on the fly.

"We were closing in on traffic pretty fast," Thomas recalled. "You're sizing him up when you're in clean air. When you see lapped traffic, you start thinking other things. Is this line blocked whenever I get there or am I going to have to follow him? You know around about how many laps you have left, at least within two or so. I knew we were closing in on halfway and I started seeing lapped traffic. I didn't want to get stuck and then have to ride around on the bottom and not be able to maneuver. Then the caution came out and then you have to reset. You have to do what you've been doing to get past him. On restarts, we weren't that good because the top didn't have the momentum right off the bat, so it took me a minute to get to him. If I follow him and he makes a mistake, then we both make a mistake."

Once racing resumed, Thomas picked up right where he left off, ripping the top, while Chapple was nearly flawless on the bottom, taking the shortest road travelled in search of his first career series victory, just two races removed following the 2016 series Rookie of the Year's best career finish of third at Eldora.

All it took was one less-than-perfect corner entry for Chapple and Thomas was there to pounce, driving around Chapple for the point on the outside on lap 26 to snare the lead before cruising away virtually unchallenged for victory while a chaotic final two-lap scramble behind him developed.

"Being in the second spot makes you move around, even if you don't want to, and even if the bottom is the preferred line or the top, whatever it may be," Thomas explained. "You have to move around and search, maybe use a slower line, but make it faster." - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Ryan Sellers Photo)

C.J. Leary got by Chapple for second with two to go, then McDougal put in his bid to steal away third from Chapple on the final lap. The two seemingly locked horns entering turn three. Still entangled, the seventh-place car of Josh Hodges plowed into McDougal. Chapple broke free and managed to drive away while McDougal and Hodges saw their solid days at the office crumble to a stop on the bottom of turns three and four. McDougal and Hodges were relegated to 18th and 19th place finishes, respectively, as a result. Meanwhile, Dallas Hewitt found himself upside down in turn two, an incident from which he walked away unscathed.

Leary ran second ahead of Chapple, Chris Windom and Chase Stockon to round out the top-five.

Thomas bounced back from a less-than-stellar result the night before at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway where he scored a tenth and saw his point lead vanish. But the Cullman, Ala. driver was jubilant as he got back on the proverbial horse at Gas City, earning his second win in the last four series races after a three-month winless drought. The recent outings have helped him surge to a 37-point lead entering Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway ahead of Tyler Courtney who had a tumultuous night, starting and finishing 17th. Windom sits third, 59 points out of the lead.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dustin Ingle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-11.988; 2. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.016; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.078; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.144; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.242; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.251; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.263; 8. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.272; 9. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-12.293; 10. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-12.297; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.302; 12. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.327; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.346; 14. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.347; 15. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-12.382; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-12.422; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.427; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.442; 19. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.453; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.493; 21. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.495; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-12.553; 23. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-12.603; 24. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-12.603; 25. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-12.731; 26. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-12.748; 27. Billy Cribbs, 16, Cribbs-12.782; 28. Shane Cockrum, 24p, Paul-12.900; 29. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-13.261; 30. Frank Rodgers, 11, Rodgers-13.312; 31. Jack James, 99J, James-13.353; 32. Bob McMillin, 5m, McMillin-13.358; 33. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Boyles, 3. Windom, 4. Cottle, 5. Grant, 6. Westfall, 7. T. Hewitt, 8. Harbison. 2:03.21

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. D. Hewitt, 3. Bacon, 4. Leary, 5. Hery, 6. Meseraull, 7. Rodgers, 8. VanMeveren. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Cummins, 2. K. Thomas, 3. McDougal, 4. DiMattia, 5. Goodnight, 6. Hodges, 7. Cribbs, 8. James. 2:03.79

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ingle, 2. Darland, 3. Short, 4. Stockon, 5. T. Thomas, 6. Cockrum, 7. Abrams, 8. McMillin. 2:05.02

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Hodges, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Westfall, 5. Meseraull, 6. T. Hewitt, 7. Abrams, 8. Cockrum, 9. Cribbs, 10. Hery, 11. Rodgers, 12. Harbison, 13. McMillin, 14. James, 15. VanMeveren, 16. Goodnight. 2:30.38

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Isaac Chapple (2), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. Chase Stockon (3), 6. Dave Darland (12), 7. Kyle Cummins (18), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (8), 10. Clinton Boyles (20), 11. Shane Cottle (9), 12. Matt Westfall (13), 13. Brady Bacon (14), 14. Carson Short (16), 15. Tyler Hewitt (22), 16. Tony DiMattia (15), 17. Tyler Courtney (17), 18. Jason McDougal (1), 19. Josh Hodges (11), 20. Dallas Hewitt (21), 21. Dustin Ingle (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10). NT ---------------------------- **D. Hewitt flipped on lap 30 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Chapple, Laps 26-30 K. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Matt Westfall

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Garrett Abrams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2330, 2-Courtney-2293, 3-Windom-2271, 4-Leary-2006, 5-Darland-2003, 6-Bacon-2002, 7-Stockon-1982, 8-Grant-1871, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1334.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 29 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - "Fall Nationals"

 

 

GRANT FINALLY REACHES "THE TOPP"
AT SMACKDOWN VII

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Fifty-nine races. 482 days. That's how long it had been since Justin Grant last reached USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory lane coming into Thursday night's "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale at Kokomo Speedway.

Likewise, it had been 43 races and 398 days since TOPP Motorsports last found victory lane themselves, incidentally enough at the "Smackdown" finale in 2017 with driver Tyler Courtney.

Fittingly, the conclusion of this 40-lap main event came down to Grant and Courtney, but it was Grant who ultimately pulled through to become the first driver in 2018 to win in all three USAC National divisions: Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget.

After a tumultuous year that's been plagued by misfortune and a seemingly endless cloud of bad luck, twas time for the turnstiles of fortune to change. Over their last handful of outings, Grant and the TOPP team discovered a little bit of lightning in a bottle, but still, that black cloud remained steadfast, casting a shadow of doubt.

The sun finally broke through those clouds for a change, and shined brightly on the Ione, Calif. native driver and the Rochester, Indiana-based team as they persevered for their first USAC win since pairing up at the beginning of the season.

"These last couple weeks, this TOPP Motorsports car has really been ripping and it's been a lot of fun to drive," Grant explained. "This race has always eluded me. I'm so excited to be up here and so happy to do it for these guys. They've got an awesome racecar. It's about time I lived up to their results from last year. It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it."

Grant made his initial overture as a prime contender when he was victorious in the "King of the Hill" two-car shootout, which placed him on the pole for the feature. Grant appeared to have a nice jump on the start, yet Dave Darland was able to beat him to the point in turn one. Grant powered back, returning the favor by gracing the low line into turn three, then sliced up in front of Darland to retake the lead. From that point forward, Grant was nearly unattainable, laying down a one-second lead on Darland and the rest of the field in the early stages.

Just past midway, Grant was carving up lapped traffic like a Thanksgiving Day turkey as he dipped low and swung high to split his way through the blockade of racecars. A near close call came just moments later as he slid into turn two near Clinton Boyles. Grant's rear bumper and Boyles' front bumper sliced each other, but neither was worse for the wear and remained on course without harm.

Meanwhile, current third-place runner and defending race winner Courtney played the role of Pacman, chomping the interval down until he was in the same vicinity as Darland on lap 22 where he dove to the bottom, three-wide alongside Darland and Boyles, emerging at the exit of turn two with the second position and seeking the lead as Grant no longer was able to hide.

Once Courtney got to second, he was like Heinz - in catchup mode - as he cut tenths off here and there like a butter knife through a stick of Land O'Lakes. But, suddenly, Courtney's charge was placed on hold. Fifth-running Chris Windom had encountered a flat right-rear tire on his ride, which sent him to the work area for a fresh set of rubber during the night's lone yellow flag.

"It's been a rough year, but I told a few people this week that if I didn't win a race all year, but I got to win Smackdown, it would all be worth it." - Justin Grant (Travis Branch Photo)

For the lap 30 restart, lapped traffic was clear, and an open track became a warm, welcomed sight. However, Grant and Courtney were separated by the lapped car of Scotty Weir. Grant set sail smoothly, cutting through the middle of the track, then running a consistent line of the top in turns one and two and the bottom in turns three or four while Courtney proceeded to swap lines to take on the challenge of reeling in Grant.

Courtney was only able to make up so much down the stretch as Grant was spot-on lap-after-lap, never missing a beat on his way to a 1.036 second win and a $10,000 payday. Courtney took second ahead of Hard Charger C.J. Leary, Rookie of the Race Jason McDougal and Brady Bacon.

"That's the best I've ever felt at this place," Grant admitted. "The car was on rails. I could use the cushion if I wanted to and I could rip right below it if I felt like it. It was really incredible. It was fun to drive. Lapped traffic had me pretty worried, but I felt like we were pretty good, and I could pick my way through. Restarts had me more worried than anything. Tyler's been a roll this year and a lot of times that momentum will let you do things you normally couldn't do. I was a little worried about holding him off on restarts, but it all worked out."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Logan Seavey (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. First Qualifying Race Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Justin Grant (Capitol Custom Trailers & Coaches King of the Hill Winner), C.J. Leary (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charge & B & W Auto Mart Pass Master & Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Second Qualifying Race), Chris Windom (Weld Cool Move of the Race), Chad Boespflug (STIDA.com Hard Luck Award) and Jason McDougal (Wilwood Brake Kit & Arizona Sport Shirts/Kick-It Rookie of the Race).

Tyler Courtney retook the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead with 10 events remaining. The Indianapolis, Ind. driver now holds a seven-point advantage over Kevin Thomas, Jr., who finished 10th. Windom is third in the standings, making up a little bit of ground, trailing by 58 points behind Courtney.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 28, 2018 - Kokomo, Indiana - Kokomo Speedway - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey (#5B Briscoe), 2. Kyle Cummins (#3c EZR/Cummins), 3. Scotty Weir (#22 Simon), 4. Dakota Jackson (#3 Jackson), 5. Carson Short (#5CB Briscoe), 6. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 7. Brian VanMeveren (#24x VanMeveren). NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#30 Leary), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Jarett Andretti (#18 Andretti), 4. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen), 5. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 6. Tyler Hewitt (#97x One More Time), 7. Shane Cottle (#5G Goacher), 8. Corey Smith (#66s CS). 2:11.57

CAPITOL CUSTOM TRAILERS & COACHES "KING OF THE HILL" 2-CAR SHOOTOUTS: (3 laps each) Round 1: Jason McDougal (#71p Daigh/Phillips) defeats Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall Newman). Dave Darland (#36D Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian) defeats Brady Bacon (#99 Bacon). Tyler Thomas (#2E Epperson) defeats Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#69 Dynamics). Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) defeats Chris Windom (#5 Baldwin). Round 2: Darland defeats McDougal. Grant defeats T. Thomas. Final Round: Grant defeats Darland.

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. C.J. Leary (10), 4. Jason McDougal (4), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Chris Windom (8), 7. Dave Darland (2), 8. Tyler Thomas (3), 9. Chase Stockon (12), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 11. Jarett Andretti (14), 12. Dakota Jackson (15), 13. Logan Seavey (9), 14. Kyle Cummins (11), 15. Scotty Weir (13), 16. Carson Short (17), 17. Isaac Chapple (18), 18. Clinton Boyles (16), 19. Tyler Hewitt (20), 20. Corey Smith (23), 21. Brian VanMeveren (21), 22. Shane Cottle (22), 23. Landon Simon (19). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Leary (10th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Logan Seavey

B & W AUTO MART PASS MASTER: C.J. Leary

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1-Courtney-2256, 2-K. Thomas-2249, 3-Windom-2198, 4-Bacon-1959, 5-Darland-1941, 6-Leary-1929, 7-Stockon-1916, 8-Grant-1816, 9-Robert Ballou-1771, 10-Chapple-1261.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - "James Dean Classic"

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS & MARTIN TOP SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... Starting on the outside of the front row, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) raced past Andy Reinbold with five laps remaining to win last Saturday’s “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships” at Canyon Speedway Park. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental Services RSS, Davis scored his ninth Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph of the campaign. Hard charger “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, Reinbold, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and Colton Hardy chased the point leader to the checkered flags. The 30-lap victory was the 30th career USAC SouthWest win for the five-time Arizona sprint car champion.

Using a rare qualifying format, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James (Phoenix, AZ) opened Saturday’s action by topping the charts in the Beaver Stripes Time Trials. Davis and Reinbold claimed the 8-lap heat race victories as Mihocko posted his third hard charger award of 2018 with a ninth to second place run in the feature.

Friday’s opening night of the “Southwest Championships” belonged to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ). Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American Flowtech Maxim, Martin powered by Kyle Shipley on the second circuit and led the rest of the way to earn his first win of the season. Davis, R.J. Johnson, Mihocko, and Reinbold rounded off the top-five drivers as “The Magic Man” earned his sixth career series victory.

Johnson, St. James, and Matt Lundy won their 8-lap heat races as Johnson posted his second Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award of the year. With a fifteenth to ninth place run in the main event, Michael Curtis claimed his second hard charger award of the season.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will take a break in the schedule before returning to Canyon Speedway Park on October 20th for the “Race For The Cure.” The action packed card will also feature Dwarf Cars, Modlites, and CSP Non-Wing Micro Sprints. Advance tickets are on sale and for more information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21&22, 2018 – Peoria, Arizona – Canyon Speedway Park – “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships”

9/21 FRIDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Tyler Most, 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Asa Kesterson, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Mike Waddle. NT
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**Keefer flipped during the second heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shipley, Laps 2-30 Martin.
HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 9th)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson.
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9/22 SATURDAY CANYON FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Colton Hardy, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Tyler Merrill, 8. Asa Kesterson, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Tyler Most, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Michael Curtis. NT
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**Bonneau & Curtis flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Reinbold, Laps 26-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (9th to 2nd)
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-1105, 2. Tye Mihocko-979, 3. Mike Martin-936, 4. Michael Curtis- 802, 5. Matt Lundy-691, 6. Chris Bonneau-666, 7. R.J. Johnson- 558, 8. Andy Reinbold-546, 9. Dennis Gile-541, 10. Tyler Most-502, 11. Josh Pelkey-436, 12. Sterling Cling- 346, 13. Zack Madrid-288, 14. Bruce St. James-249, 15. Kyle Shipley-225, 16. Colton Maroney-206, 17. Tyler Adams-200, 18. Colton Hardy-190, 19. Asa Kesterson-179, 20. Ronnie Clark-175.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 


 

BALLOU SUSPENDED FOR REMAINDER OF 2018 USAC SEASON

On September 24th, the United States Auto Club Competition Committee held a comprehensive review regarding numerous actions conducted by Robert Ballou, a USAC National Sprint Car competitor. These actions follow several discussions between USAC and Ballou during the 2016 and 2017 USAC racing season, in which similar actions were repeated. All of Ballou's actions reviewed were deemed detrimental to the sport of auto racing.

On September 25th, a meeting was held with Mr. Ballou, along with key industry track partners, to discuss the repeated concerns.

The findings of the Competition Committee and action taken is as follows under USAC Rule 10.32:

Continued violations of USAC Competition Rules and Procedures have imposed harm and risk to the viability of the USAC National Sprint Car Series. As such, the United States Auto Club has imposed the following fines and penalties for the 2018-2019 seasons for Robert Ballou:

1. Prohibited from all USAC competition for the remainder of calendar year 2018.

2. Forfeiture of USAC annual points funds presented by AMSOIL for recognition of Championship points.

3. Competition allowed in USAC Racing in 2019 under probation with zero tolerance for similar actions.

These fines and penalties are effective immediately.

 

 

IMRA, MIDWEST SPEED2S CLOSE AT SPOON RIVER, MONTPELIER; WESTERN AT MADERA

Two USAC Speed2 Midget championships conclude this week. The Midwest Thunder series concludes Friday at Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway while the Engler IMRA series finishes up Saturday at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. The USAC Western Speed2s also compete Saturday at Madera (Calif.) Speedway

Shane Morgan of Creve Coeur, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth trailed at the finish.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laquerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt., while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-1,023,-2-Will Hull-1,010, 3-Joe Krawiec-1,006, 4-Seth Carlson-932, 5-Derek O'Hearn-916, 6-Adam Whitney-790, 7-Justin Phillips-779. 8-Mike Chaffee-685, 9-Jeff Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-1,062, 2-Shane Morgan-862, 3-Brent Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Jake Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-Daltyn England-542, 8-Kevin Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Tyler Roth-421.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-722, 2-Alex Watson-565, 3-Stratton Briggs-556, 4-Jon Steed-504, 5-Cory Guingrich-453, 6-Jon Watson-439, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kyle Kriegbaum-319, 9-Trey Osborne-278, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 OVERALL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-1,089, 2-Joey Iest-818, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-471, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Toni Breidinger-218, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bryant Bell-127.

USAC WESTERN SPEED2 PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Adam Lemke-730, 2-Joey Iest-546, 3-Johnny Nichols-471, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Toni Breidinger-218, 7-Bryant Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-883, 2-Joe Krawiec-869, 3-Will Hull-856, 4-Derek O'Hearn-804, 5-Seth Carlson-794, 6-Adam Whitney-720, 7-Justin Phillips-672, 8-Brandon Emerson-577, 9-Mike Chaffee-565, 10-Jeff Horn-530.

 

 

USAC SPRINT TRIPLEHEADER HITS KOKOMO-GAS CITY-LAWRENCEBURG THIS WEEKEND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sure, Indiana Sprint Week has already passed us by just the same as the sun has set on the summertime.

Entering Fall, why not an Indiana Sprint Weekend to keep the fires burning, and oh, how they have burned with spectacular action with a special breed of competitors laying the groundwork for an entertaining stretch as we wind down the clock on the Midwest racing calendar.

This week's slate of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition takes us to three Hoosierland racetracks in a three-night span, Thursday, Sept. 27, at Kokomo Speedway, Friday, Sept. 28 at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 29 at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The leadoff is Kokomo for "Take 3" of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII," which resumes after two previous tries that were doomed by rain. The two prelim races for "Smackdown" in late August produced another tally mark for the winningest series driver this year with the series, Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., as well as a first-time winner in Collinsville, Okla. driver Tyler Thomas.

Past final night winners in the "Smackdown" field include three-time victor Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (2016) and reigning winner Courtney (2017).

Rarely does an event truly live up to its moniker, but last year's "Smackdown" finale was an apt description of how the final laps and post-race theatrics unfolded. Courtney utilized a slider to grab the lead from race-long leader Tyler Thomas on the final green-white-checkered, but it took quite a while and a wild set of circumstances to get there.

After fighting engine issues early on in the night, Courtney encountered a maze that took just two laps, but resulted in jubilation for some, heartbreak for others and grass stains for a few who rolled around in the infield after voicing their displeasure with the way things played out down the stretch.

The unique "Smackdown" format will feature qualifying races, plus the "King of the Hill" two-car, three lap shootouts that pits the top-8, locked in A-Main drivers competing for their starting spots in the night's A-Main, which leads into the last chance races and concludes with the 40-lap A-Main.

The top-8 drivers locked into Thursday's feature include "Smackdown" point leader Courtney, second-place Justin Grant, Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Jason McDougal, who, along with T. Thomas, is the only other first-time winner with the series.

C.J. Leary leads the B & W Auto Mart Passing Master Award standings, passing a total of 16 cars throughout the preliminary and feature events throughout the two nights of "Smackdown" run thus far.

Thursday at Kokomo, all gates open at 3pm. Cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45.

Three-day "Smackdown" ticketholders must turn in their wristband at the ticket window in exchange for a new one. Tickets that were already redeemed are NOT valid for re-entry. It is only the wristband that will be accepted as a rain check, no exceptions.

Friday's "James Dean Classic" marks the series' return to the Gas City I-69 Speedway quarter-mile oval for the first time since July of 2017 when Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary emerged with the victory in a wild one, passing Robert Ballou with five laps remaining to score the win.

Expected entrants for Friday's race who've been victorious in a USAC event at Gas City include Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. (2006 & 08), Darland (2009 & 11), K. Thomas, (2013), Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (2015), Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. (2015), Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016), Courtney (2016) and Leary (2017).

The victories for Cottle, Weir and Courtney were each their first visits to victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition.

Gas City's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Saturday's "Fall Nationals" at Lawrenceburg Speedway concludes the frenetic month of September for the series as it heads to the speedy 3/8-mile dirt oval for one final time in 2018. As has been the case on ten occasions already this season, Courtney was the victor in the last series' visit in July during "Indiana Sprint Week." Courtney also won the series' most recent race in last Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

Courtney is the tenth driver to join the elite double-digit club of drivers who've won 10 or more USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features in a single season: Tom Bigelow (14 wins in 1977), J.J. Yeley (13 in 2003) & Robert Ballou (13 in 2015), Larry Dickson (12 in 1968) & Pancho Carter (12 in 1976), Bubby Jones (11 in 1979), Dickson (10 in 1970), Carter (10 in 1977) & Jay Drake (10 in 2000).

Past "Fall Nationals" winners aiming to duplicate that performance this Saturday include Chase Stockon (2012) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2017). Thomas disposed of fellow second row starter Leary, then front row combatants Ballou and Grant in a rapid-fire succession of precision with an outside move off turn two that propelled him from fourth to first on the opening lap, leading all 30 circuits on his way to victory.

Lawrenceburg's pits open at 3pm, front gates at 5pm and hot laps at 6pm with opening ceremonies slated for 7pm. Adult tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are FREE! Pit passes are $30 apiece for all ages.

Five drivers have won at all three tracks on the docket this weekend, including Courtney, Leary, Darland, K. Thomas and Stockon.

The upcoming events mark the 61st appearances by the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars at Kokomo, the 31st at Gas City and the 61st at Lawrenceburg.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars made their debut at Kokomo on July 22, 1981 with Tom Bigelow capturing the victory in the Gohr Distributing No. 56. The first visit to Lawrenceburg on September 18, 1983 found Danny Milburn collecting the victory aboard the Stenger Leasing/Southside Ready Mix No. 3. Gas City made its first appearance on the schedule in 2002 when Cory Kruseman snagged the win behind the wheel of the Keith Kunz Motorsports No. 67.

The all-time winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver at Kokomo is Dave Darland with nine. Darland also owns the most at Lawrenceburg with seven. Jon Stanbrough tops the list with six at Gas City.

All three races will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ and available to watch on-demand a day after the event is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. You can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2206, 2-Courtney-2189, 3-Windom-2143, 4-Bacon-1901, 5-Darland-1889, 6-Stockon-1870, 7-Leary-1865, 8-Ballou-1771, 9-Grant-1746, 10-Chapple-1232.

 

 

SPEED SHIFT TV BRINGS LIVE COVERAGE OF USAC TRIPLEHEADER WEEKEND

Speedway, Indiana (Sept. 26, 2018).........Speed Shift TV will provide live coverage via pay-per-view of all three of this weekend's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship races in the Hoosier State from Kokomo, Gas City and Lawrenceburg.

The renewal of the "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" finale resumes Thursday, September 27, at Kokomo Speedway. The series then moves onto Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday, September 28, for the "James Dean Classic." The busy weekend stretch concludes Saturday, September 29, with the "Fall Nationals" from Lawrenceburg Speedway.

The field for the weekend includes all the top stars of USAC Sprint Car racing, featuring a close battle for the championship between Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney and Canton, Illinois driver Chris Windom, who are all separated by 63 points.

Additional top guns include Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), plus Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who both recently broke into the win column for the first time in their USAC careers.

Thursday at Kokomo, cars hit the track at 6pm with racing to immediately follow. A program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program a Kokomo. Friday at Gas City, cars get on track for hot laps at 6:25pm. Saturday at Lawrenceburg, hot laps are set for 6pm.

In addition to the live stream on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/, each of three events will be available to watch on-demand a day after the events are run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/. As always, you can listen to all USAC National events live on the USAC app.

USAC LINKS

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Subscribe to www.loudpedal.tv to view replays of this year's races as well as historical USAC action from the past.

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS INVADE ARIZONA SPEEDWAY FOR “HALL OF FAME CLASSIC”

By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018... After battling at the Perris “Glenn Howard Classic,” the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will head to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona for two nights of action. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” starts this Friday, September 28th and will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged micro sprints. On Saturday, the track will also host a special legends autograph session, including this year’s inductees to the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium and the 105/18 Hard as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since November 4, 2016, Arizona Speedway has held four AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events as part of the “Western World Championships” with the AMSOIL USAC National Series. Chris Windom leads all drivers with 2 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 14.625 was set by “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug on November 5, 2016. A complete series win list at the San Tan Valley oval is at the end of this release.

Originally a 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car race sanctioned by SCRA in 2000, the “Hall of Fame Classic” has been an Arizona tradition going back to the legendary Manzanita Speedway. “The Shermanator” Jeremy Sherman won the inaugural race and the event has since been a part of the USAC/CRA, USAC National, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules. Sherman, Damion Gardner, Bryan Clauson, and R.J. Johnson are tied with two “Hall of Fame Classic” victories. The event winner’s list is at the end of the release.

A special autograph session will be held on Saturday with many Arizona racing legends and Frank McDaniel will serve as Grand Marshall. Terry Belcher Sr., Dennis Matousek, Jim Rogers, Marty Wilcox, and Eric Wilkins will be inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame. Bob Bishop, Chuck Buckman, Larry Clark, Wayne Gibson, Ricky Johnson, Mike Leslie, Mickey Meyer, Marty Miller, Jimmy Norman, “The Flying Shoe” Ron Shuman, and “The Ripper” Rip Williams will join the inductees at the autograph session and meet the fans.

Entering the seventeenth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 44-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led thirteen laps and finished second in last Saturday’s “Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the “California Sprint Week” Champion has of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the “Hall of Fame Classic” to his resume.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won his fourth “Glenn Howard Classic” last Saturday night. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has four feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-nine USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on gaining valuable points with Arizona Speedway wins.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished third at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. Austin has seven career wins and will be looking sweep the “Hall of Fame Classic.”

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams set fast time and rebounded from a mid-race tangle to score eighth at Perris. At press time, the former Victorville Champion has four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on adding Arizona Speedway to his win list.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams raced from tenth to sixth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led to his credit. Max has two career USAC/CRA wins and will be in contention for the “Hall of Fame Classic” victories.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, “The Bull” Tye Mihocko, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior Tickets are $20, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

SANDS CHEVROLET 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, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

DAMION GARDNER WINS PERRIS “11TH GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 24, 2018... Taking advantage on a restart, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) slipped past Brody Roa on lap 20 and stormed to last Saturday’s “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner earned $2,500 by claiming his fourth AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. Point leader Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, hard charger A.J. Bender, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. rounded out the top-five drivers.

After Perris starter Kevin Winters waved the green flag, third starting R.J. Johnson raced past front row starters Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm and Brody Roa to grab the early lead. Looking for his first USAC/CRA win of 2018, Johnson led the first six laps before Roa took charge. Once out front, the newly crowned “California Sprint Week” Champion set a torrid pace and reached slower traffic.

While Roa maintained control, the battle for the other top-ten spots was furious. However, a couple of cautions halted the action, including and a red flag for a Johnson flip that also collected fast qualifier “The Cadillac” Cody Williams. Now in second, the fifth starting Gardner was in the runner-up spot and challenged for the lead on the restart. Roa battled back and held strong, but “The Demon” grabbed the top spot. Once out front, Gardner extended his advantage, but heavy lapped traffic a few laps later would hamper the leaders. Roa was closing the gap, but Gardner sliced his way through the traffic to score his fourth “Howard Classic” and 79th USAC/CRA triumph.

Earlier in the program, “The Demon” Damion Gardner qualified second out of nineteen racers and won the night’s Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The six-time champion heads to Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic” ranked second in the point chase with five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, nine heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 140 feature laps led.

After leading thirteen laps, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) finished second in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Gardner in his heat race. The point leader left the Lake Perris Fairgrounds with a 44-point lead on the strength of three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) scored third in the Perris Auto Speedway main event. Piloting Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams qualified third overall and placed second to Danny Faria Jr. in his heat race. Currently sitting third in the point standings, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and feature laps led in the campaign.

A.J. Bender (San Diego, CA) earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with fourth place run from eighteenth. Racing the family owned #21 K&R Motorsports / Rosson Racing DRC, Bender was eighteenth fast in time trials and finished fourth in his heat race. At press time, the 2008 CLS Rookie of the Year is thirteenth in USAC/CRA point standings with five top-10 finishes to his credit.

Starting ninth, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) claimed fifth in the “Glenn Howard Classic.” Driving Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria qualified ninth overall and won the night’s Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. To date, the two-time USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion is eighth in the point chase with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led in 2018.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) began the night by earning his third Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year. Racing Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams also won the night’s Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1 and rebounded to score eighth in the main event. At press time, the former Victorville Champion sits fourth in the standings with four heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back in action for two nights starting Friday, September 28th at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Arizona. In addition to a legends autograph session, the annual “Hall of Fame Classic” will also feature the San Tan Ford Sprint Cars and winged mini sprints. 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, Bullet Impressions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, King Racing Products, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, surfNsprint.com, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, contact PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.479; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.672; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.778; 4. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.844; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.000; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.022; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.039; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.048; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.111; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.259; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.689; 13. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.042; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.050; 15. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.188; 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.235; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.260; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT, 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Marshall. 2:57.19

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Rayborne, 6. Ervine. 2:57.80

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Smith. 2:59.15

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Damion Gardner (5th), 2. Brody Roa (2nd), 3. Austin Williams (4th), 4. A.J. Bender (18th), 5. Danny Faria Jr. (9th), 6. Max Adams (10th), 7. Logan Williams (8th), 8. Cody Williams (6th), 9. Tommy Malcolm (1st), 10. Chris Gansen (7th), 11. Verne Sweeney (12th), 12. Matt McCarthy (11th), 13. Gary Marshall Jr. (16th), 14. Austin Ervine (17th), 15. Joel Rayborne (14th), 16. Cal Smith (15th), 17. R.J. Johnson (3rd), 18. Eddie Tafoya (13th). NT
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**Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Johnson, Laps 7-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (18th to 4th)

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1145, 2. Damion Gardner-1101, 3. Austin Williams-993, 4. Cody Williams-927, 5. Max Adams-912, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-758, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-748, 9. Logan Williams-716, 10. Chris Gansen-684, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-497, 13. A.J. Bender-472, 14. Matt McCarthy-357, 15. Joel Rayborne-347, 16. Verne Sweeney-309, 17. Austin Ervine-307, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.
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MORGAN #1 IN SPOON RIVER IMRA MIDGETS

Canton,IL........Shane Morgan of Creve Couer, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway. Sean Murphy, Andy Baugh, Daniel Robinson and Tyler Roth gtrailed at the finish.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 3. Daniel Robinson (#6B Baugh), 4. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 5. Ryan Patrick (#23 Patrick). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 2. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 3. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 4. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Justin Behrens (#17 Behrens). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sean Murphy (#5M Murphy), 2. A.J. Hill (#51R Johnson), 3. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 4. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 5. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 6. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). 7. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Daltyn England (#19E England),

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Morgan, 2. Sean Murphy, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Daniel Robinson, 5. Tyler Roth, 6. A.J. Hill, 7. Brent Burrows, 8. Tori Smith, 9. Justin Behrens, 10. Scott Koerner, 11.Jake Sollenberger, 12. Ryan Patrick, 13. John Heitzman, 14. Kevin Battefeld, 15. Dave Baugh, 16. Christopher Adrien, 17. Jeff Sparks, 18. Charlie Kunz. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Morgan.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,062, 2-Morgan-862, 3-Burrows-690, 4-Robby McQuinn-662, 5-Sollenberger-629, 6-Kurt Mueller-606, 7-England-542, 8-Battefeld-531, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Roth-421.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 28 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

HULL TAKES DMA FINALE; TITLE TO GOFF

Bradford, VT........Will Hull of Plainfield, Vt. won Saturday night's USAC Laguerre's Sports DMA Midget finale at Bear Ridge Speedway while Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. secured his initial USAC driving championship after finishing second in the 45-lap three-segment feature event. Joe Krawiec was third, followed by Seth Carlson and Mike Chaffee.

USAC LAGUETTE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Bradford, Vermont - Bear Ridge Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Seth Carlson, 2, Matczak-15.045; 2. Will Hull, 3, Matczak-15.120; 3. Joe Krawiec, 1B. Miller-15.143; 4. Dan Douville, 7x, Douville-15.171; 5. Josh Harrington, 96, Harrington-15.323; 6. Jason Goff, 19J, Goff-15.359; 7. Mike Chaffee, 18c, Chaffee-15.441; 8. Tim Gallant, 33, Gallant-15.456; 9. Justin Phillips, 1m, Miller-15.491; 10. Jeff Horn, 1A, Mossman-15.588; 11. Robert White, 68, White-15.622; 12. Derek O'Hearn, 55, Matczak-15.642; 13. Tim West, 23, West-16.669; 14. Adam Whitney, 12, Whitney-NT; 15. Alex Rose, 11, Rose-NT.

FEATURE: (45 laps) 1. Will Hull, 2. Jason Goff, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Seth Carlson, 5. Mike Chaffee, 6. Derek mO'Hearn, 7. Tim Gallant, 8. Dan Douville, 9. Justin Phillips, 10. Josh Harrington, 11. Adam Whitney, 12. Robert White, 13. Tim West, 14. Adam Whtney, 15. Alex Rose. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Segment #1: Laps 1-10 Krawiec; Segment #2: Laps 1-8 O'Hearn, Laps 9-15 Hull; Segment #3: Laps 1-10 Gallant, Laps 11-20 Carlson.

FINAL LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-1,023,-Hull-1,010, 3-Krawiec-1,006, 4-Carlson-932, 5-O'Hearn-916, 6-Whitney-790, 7-Phillips-779. 8-Chaffee-685, 9-Horn-614, 10-Brandon Emerson-577.

 

 

DAVIS WINS "SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS" CLOSER

Peoria, AZ........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. passed Andy Reinbold on lap 26 and led the final five laps to win Saturday's USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Tye Mihocko took second ahead of Andy Reinbold, Mike Martin and Colton Hardy,

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.219; 2. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.496; 3. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.554; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.612; 5. Colton Hardy, 74, Williams-15.702; 6. Asa Kesterson, 18, Kesterson-15.761; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.798; 8. Andy Reinbold, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-15.852; 9. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.031; 10. Tyler Merrill, 88, Merrill-16.191; 11. Tyler Most, 3, Most-16.749; 12. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Hardy, 3. St. James, 4. Cling, 5. Mihocko. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Reinbold, 2. Martin, 3. Bonneau, 4. Kesterson, 5. Merrill, 6. Most. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Tye Mihocko, 3. Andy Reinbold, 4. Mike Martin, 5. Colton Hardy, 6. Bruce St. James, 7. Tyler Merrill, 8. Asa Kesterson, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Tyler Most, 11. Chris Bonneau, 12. Michael Curtis. NT ---------------------------- **Bonneau & Curtis flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Reinbold, Laps 26-30 Davis.

HARD CHARGER: Tye Mihocko (9th to 2nd)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,105, 2-Mihocko-979, 3-Martin-936, 4-Curtis-802, 5-Matt Lundy-691, 6-Bonneau-666, 7-R.J. Johnson-558, 8-Reinbold-546, 9-Dennis Gile-541, 10-Most-502.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 20 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Race For The Cure"

 

SWANSON REWRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
ON WAY TO 4TH SILVER CROWN DRIVING TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Unprecedented is a word you don't hear that often in racing that much. After all, if you've been around for a while, you see records that may seem untouchable, or so many of us thought.

When Kody Swanson and the DePalma Motorsports teamed up in 2013, they basically created their own record book, one of which Silver Crown participants will be chasing for years and years.

Saturday night at Eldora Speedway, Swanson completed his fourth USAC Silver Crown season championship in one of the most dominant seasons of all, capturing the title by a grand total of 82 points. Not a single time throughout the season did the Kingsburg, Calif. native trail the points race.

It was August 18 before Swanson even had a race where he finished outside of the top-two! Prior to that, he began the season with two-straight runner-up finishes - two races in which he led a chunk of late in the going. Then, he proceeded to reel off five victories in a row during a midsummer stretch that saw him win four times on the pavement and once on the dirt, on half-mile speedways and on one-mile tracks, at Ohio's Toledo Speedway, the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway and Indiana's Salem Speedway.

Regardless of where you saw the series run, the No. 63 car was normally up front. The five-in-a-row broke a long-standing, 32-year-old record of four-straight Silver Crown wins set by Jack Hewitt, who also made car No. 63 wrenched by Bob Hampshire the dominant force in the sport a generation before. Sometimes it seems that as fast as the world moves, some things seem to stay the same.

The last of those five wins, at Salem, was the ultimate. Kody drove to his 24th career victory in the Silver Crown Champ Car Series, overtaking the top spot on the all-time win list. Hewitt had previously held the record for just shy of three decades.

All the personal accolades are nice, but the one that Kody may very well be the proudest of is the record achieved for DePalma Motorsports. The Lima, Ohio-based family gave him a shot six years ago when his racing career was at a crossroads.

As crazy as it seems now, Kody was still seen as primarily a "pavement specialist" at the time and was tabbed as the driver for the blacktop while he searched for rides on the dirt to prove himself as a capable shoe. He recorded a 2nd, 5th and another 2nd in the first three pavement outings for DePalma during that initial season together in 2013. For 2014, Kody was handed the keys to both the pavement and dirt rides and he hasn't missed a beat since, reeling off 21 wins together in the past five years and the four season titles.

Each of the five years Kody has been the full-time driver for the DePalma family, they have won the championship. It's another accomplishment we've not seen before in the series, snapping the series record for streaking (four) set by Bob East/Tony Stewart Racing between 2002 and 2005 as well as Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, which grabbed four in a row from 2010 to 2013.

It's a season-long goal for Kody and the DePalma's every year, and Kody takes a lot of pride in the chance to drive this car for this team and be able to make history together.

"When I got the chance to drive for them the first time, their goal was to try to win the championship or run as high as they could in the points," Swanson recalled. "I was just pavement only at the time. But the following year, I got the chance to run for them full-time and we won our first title together - my first and theirs. It's so special to get five-in-a-row for them to become the first in history to do that. It's great to be a part of this, but I try so hard to do a good job for this team. To be a part of this team record is as special as anything else to me."

 

LEARY LEAVES NOTHING ON THE TABLE
IN ELDORA SILVER CROWN VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........C.J. Leary felt he gave one away earlier Saturday night in the USAC Sprint Car portion of the 37th "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway.

When the time came for him to set foot in his USAC Silver Crown car for the season finale, he made it his life's mission to not let another golden opportunity slip through his fingers.

"The top was so treacherous, I kept making little mistakes and throwing the right front into it," Leary recalled. "I thought I gave the race away three or four times. This racecar was bad fast, and I had a bad fast sprint car too. But the driver stepped on it in that one."

Leary's hunger was palpable after finishing second in the sprinter. You would've had to use a jackhammer to crack that lingering "What if" thought out of his head throughout the 50-lap Silver Crown finale. He wasn't going to let anything go to chance; he was going to put this race in his own hands and be on the attack on the cushion. Although, the cushion at this particular moment of the night was an unmovable concrete wall.

"I'm always one to bang the boards," Leary admitted. "The top's the best place to run here at Eldora. The guy who can throw his nut sack over his shoulder and just haul it around here is normally the winner. I'm just glad to be standing down here and have the car in one piece after banging off the fence for the 50 laps."

Leary had his work cut out for him, starting the race from the eighth position in his Chuck & Tammi Leary/Leary Construction - GreenTech Lubricants/DRC/1-Way Toyota, while Shane Cottle took off from the pole to lead early despite a rough going for others in the field that created a bevy of stoppages within the first eight laps.

On the third lap, David Byrne flipped into the catchfence between turns three and four to bring out the first red flag. Chris Windom, the victor of the two most recent series races, had a rear end break on him just as he was poised to snag the race lead on the seventh circuit. A lap later, defending race winner Tyler Courtney's bid to sweep the three USAC divisions in a single night came to an abrupt end after tagging the turn one wall and flipping. Both Byrne and Courtney were uninjured.

As he had done throughout the night, Leary was on a mission, sliding into second past Jerry Coons, Jr. in turn one on the 15th go-around. By the time the two hit the back straight, Kevin Thomas, Jr. entered the fray and also ripped past Coons to move into third. Thus began what would be a familiar refrain for the remaining 33 laps - Leary and Thomas side-by-side!

As the two found their distinctive grooves - Leary heaving his car around the top against the outside wall and Thomas keeping his car straight as an arrow through the middle - they were able to cut Cottle's lead down substantially from a second-plus to pretty much nil within a handful laps.

Leary pulled the bow first, sliding by Cottle momentarily in turn two on lap 30 with Thomas crashing the party as well. Cottle re-emerged with the lead at the line as the trio crossed the stripe three-wide.

Shuffle, repeat, shuffle, repeat like an old five-disc CD changer your grandparents might still own, that was the name of the game. Thomas initially gained the lead on lap 31, controlled three laps before Leary blasted by around the outside. Two laps later, Leary repainted the turn one wall with rubber after blasting the concrete, allowing Thomas to sneak back by for another three-lap stint at the front.

"I'm always one to bang the boards," Leary admitted. "The top's the best place to run here at Eldora. The guy who can throw his nut sack over his shoulder and just haul it around here is normally the winner. I'm just glad to be standing down here and have the car in one piece after banging off the fence for the 50 laps." (Rich Forman Photo)

Leary again was pestering Thomas around the top, coming back to snare the lead on lap 39, but for nary one trip around the half-mile - by a half-car-length - before bouncing off the turn one wall again, handing the race back over to Thomas for one lap. Leary once again roared back to reclaim the lead the following time around, then led for four laps before battering the turn one wall again, allowing Thomas to take the advantage with six laps remaining.

Leary was relentless, ripping the topside around Thomas off turn four coming to the stand with three laps to go, beating Thomas by the mere diameter of a wheel. Thomas, never doubting, made one last ditch run at Leary into turn one, nearly getting the deed done, but Leary cleared Thomas by as much as the thickness of a five o'clock shadow exiting turn two.

All that stood in Leary's way between he and a first series victory since Terre Haute in 2016 was a triumvirate of lapped cars. However, they were all hugging the bottom, which was more of a bugaboo to Thomas' middle line than it was to Leary skimming the fence.

Leary was untouched the remainder of the way to win his second career Silver Crown race by a half-second over Thomas, a second-place finisher for the third race in a row. Pole sitter Cottle finished third in front of an impressive fourth-place run in Jason McDougal's series' debut while new, four-time series champ Kody Swanson rounded out the top-five.

"Winning these Silver Crown races are the crown jewel," Leary said. "Winning sprint car races are cool, but these are my favorite races to run. This is a dream come true tonight."

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21-22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-16.764; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-16.888; 3. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.935; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.993; 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.993; 6. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.998; 7. Jason McDougal, 9, Dyson-17.002; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.011; 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.118; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 56, Foxco-17.146; 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.179; 12. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-17.250; 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.306; 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.333; 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.543; 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.554; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-17.714; 18. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-17.765; 19. Aaron Schuck, 53, Five-Three-18.034; 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-18.513; 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-19.076; 22. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-NT, 23. Dave Darland, 43, Felker/Nix-NT.

FEATURE: (50 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (8), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10), 3. Shane Cottle (1), 4. Jason McDougal (7), 5. Kody Swanson (5), 6. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 7. Justin Grant (12), 8. Brady Bacon (4), 9. Kyle Robbins (11), 10. Jacob Wilson (16), 11. Austin Nemire (15), 12. Bill Rose (20), 13. Steve Buckwalter (#53) (19), 14. Matt Goodnight (9), 15. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 16. Dave Darland (23), 17. Travis Welpott (14), 18. Chris Fetter (18), 19. Dave Berkheimer (21), 20. Aaron Pierce (22), 21. Tyler Courtney (6), 22. Chris Windom (3), 23. David Byrne (13). NT
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**Byrne flipped on lap 3 of the feature. Courtney flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Cottle, Laps 31-33 Thomas, Laps 34-35 Leary, Laps 36-38 Thomas, Lap 39 Leary, Lap 40 Thomas, Laps 41-44 Leary, Laps 45-46 Thomas, Laps 47-50 Leary.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

FINAL USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Swanson-641, 2-Grant-559, 3-Windom-526, 4-Byrne-462, 5-Coons-433, 6-Robbins-372, 7-Welpott-348, 8-Goodnight-344, 9-Bobby Santos-329, 10-Nemire-327.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 22, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.479; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.672; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.778; 4. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.844; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.844; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.000; 7. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.022; 8. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-17.039; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.048; 10. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.111; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.259; 12. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.689; 13. Eddie Tafoya, 51T, Tafoya-18.042; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.050; 15. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-18.188; 16. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-18.235; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.260; 18. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT, 19. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Johnson, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Marshall. 2:57.19

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. L.Williams, 4. McCarthy, 5. Rayborne, 6. Ervine. 2:57.80

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Bender, 5. Sweeney, 6. Smith. 2:59.15

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Austin Williams, 4. A.J. Bender, 5. Danny Faria Jr., 6. Max Adams, 7. Logan Williams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Tommy Malcolm, 10. Chris Gansen, 11. Verne Sweeney, 12. Matt McCarthy, 13. Gary Marshall Jr., 14. Austin Ervine, 15. Joel Rayborne, 16. Cal Smith, 17. R.J. Johnson, 18. Eddie Tafoya. NT --------------------------- **Johnson flipped on lap 18 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Johnson, Laps 7-19 Roa, Laps 20-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: A.J. Bender (18th to 4th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: September 28&29 – Arizona (AZ) Speedway – “Hall of Fame Classic”

 

 

COURTNEY CHARGES TO MIDGET SCORE AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Tyler Courtney picked up right where he left the "4-Crown Nationals" stage one year ago, following up a walk-off homer in the Silver Crown race last year with a dominating performance in the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget event Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native set the tone early, recording quick time in time trials, winning his heat and then leading the final 16 laps to capture the victory worth $5000 in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Indiana Donor Network/Spike/Stanton SR-11.

Courtney launched his assault from the outside of the third row and quickly cracked the whip as he moved up through the field to second behind teammate Justin Grant by the fifth lap and brought along a challenger with him in Spencer Bayston.

Courtney and Bayston exchanged sliders as they tussled for the runner-up spot, while Bayston, the reigning series champ and race winner, showed no rust and no hesitation in his return from a leg injury suffered in an August sprint car crash.

However, Bayston's bid for a repeat win came to a crashing halt on the tenth lap as he was tucked in behind Courtney in turn one. On entry, Bayston tagged his right rear rubber against the outside wall and partook in a horrifying incident that mangled his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian ride. Bayston emerged from the mangled wreckage, but was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

On the ensuing restart, Courtney wasted no time, delivering a slider immediately into turn one past Grant. Grant retaliated and made a run back at Courtney as they battled side-by-side for the remainder of lap 10 before he tried his hand at returning the favor in turn one. Instead, Grant slid up the hill in turn two as he attempted to slide up in front of Courtney, but it wasn't quite enough to slow down Courtney, who plucked out a straightaway lead down the stretch.

Nothing would interrupt Courtney in the waning laps as he powered away for a 4.8 second victory, the fifth of his career and second of the year in the series, over Grant, KSE Racing Products/Larry Rice High Performance Hard Charger Logan Seavey (from 13th), Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Tanner Carrick.

Courtney's victory allowed the Clauson Marshall Racing bunch to break the stranglehold that the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team had possessed coming into the event, winning six of the last seven and the last three-in-a-row.

"Tim (Clauson) and everybody at Clauson Marshall Racing gave me one heck of a car," Courtney exclaimed in victory lane. "Anytime you get to win at Eldora, it's special. To do it during 4-Crown is even cooler."

"Tim (Clauson) and everybody at Clauson Marshall Racing gave me one heck of a car," Courtney exclaimed in victory lane. "Anytime you get to win at Eldora, it's special. To do it during 4-Crown is even cooler." (Ryan Sellers Photo)

Rico Abreu, the 2016 winner of the midget portion of the '4-Crown,' was involved in an accident during hot laps that also included Chris Baue. The 2014 USAC National Midget champ from St. Helena, Calif. was evaluated at the Premier Health Infield Care Center at Eldora and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner, ProSource Fast Qualifier & Saldana Racing Products Sweep), Zeb Wise (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Chad Boat (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher). -------------------------------------

USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th"4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson-Marshall-16.475; 2. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson-Marshall-16.603; 3. Brady Bacon, 76m, FMR-16.610; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-16.610; 5. Justin Grant, 17BC, Clauson-Marshall/Wood-16.638; 6. Holly Shelton, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.720; 7. Spencer Bayston, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.744; 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 63, Dooling-16.752; 9. Zane Hendricks, 27z, Tucker/Boat-16.761; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-16.798; 11. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.803; 12. Ryan Robinson, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.806; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.853; 14. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.853; 15. Jason McDougal, 15, Petry-16.899; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.911; 17. Sam Johnson, 72, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.924; 18. Chris Windom, 35, Petry/Goff-16.938; 19. Alex Bright, 77, Bright-16.991; 20. Hank Davis, 42, Franklin-17.141; 21. Chase Jones, 33, RayPro-17.287; 22. Andrew Layser, 35L, Bright-17.365; 23. Chris Baue, 35x, Baue-18.809; 24. Rich Drangmeister, 18, Drangmeister-23.387.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Seavey, 3. Johnson, 4. Bayston, 5. Boat, 6. Coons, 7. Davis. 2:16.49

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Wise, 2. McDougal, 3. Thomas, 4. Robinson, 5. Grant, 6. Windom, 7. Jones. 2:18.76

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Klaasmeyer, 2. Carrick, 3. Bright, 4. Shelton, 5. Bacon, 6. Hendricks, 7. Layser. 2:19.52

FEATURE: (25 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Logan Seavey (13), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 5. Tanner Carrick (12), 6. Holly Shelton (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 8. Ryan Robinson (11), 9. Jason McDougal (14), 10. Brady Bacon (4), 11. Hank Davis (19), 12. Sam Johnson (16), 13. Chad Boat (3), 14. Zane Hendricks (9), 15. Chase Jones (20), 16. Alex Bright (18), 17. Andrew Layser (21), 18. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 19. Chris Windom (17), 20. Spencer Bayston (7), 21. Zeb Wise (5). NT ---------------------------- **Bayston flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Grant, Laps 10-25 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (13th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chad Boat

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-901, 2-Bacon-783, 3-Boat-771, 4-Courtney-763, 5-Grant-762, 6-Bayston-756, 7-Carrick-717, 8-Thomas-701, 9-Wise-569, 10-Robinson-534.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 21 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - "Jason Leffler Memorial"


 

 

SUNSHINE STRIKES 10 WITH ELDORA SPRINT WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........To get to double-digits in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win column, you must win at Eldora Speedway.

Maybe it's an omen, a harbinger or what have you, but history tells us as much.

Courtney reiterated that fact Saturday night during the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV, marking just the tenth occasion a driver has reached at least 10 series wins in a season and the 10th of those select drivers in that club to win at Eldora during their banner year.

Tom Bigelow (14 wins), J.J. Yeley & Robert Ballou (13), Larry Dickson & Pancho Carter (12), Bubby Jones (11), Dickson, Carter & Jay Drake (10) each got it done at Eldora on their magical seasons. Now you can add a little "Sunshine" to that list.

However, the ride to get there on this night was a tad turbulent early on as the team ran into mechanical issues that forced them to swap out the engine for another bullet following qualifying. It seemed to do the trick as Courtney walloped the competition in his heat race, then proceeded to decimate the field for much of the 30-lapper in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy until having to hold off a late surge from hard-charging C.J. Leary left that fairytale ending hanging in the balance momentarily.

Courtney started from the pole position, but it was 2007 "4-Crown" USAC Sprint Car winner Robert Ballou who eked into the lead from his outside front row starting spot to lead the opening lap with Leary and Courtney in tow.

As Leary trailed Ballou, the reigning "4-Crown" Sprint Car winner was amidst a battle with Courtney for second. Courtney threaded the dot of the i around the outside of Leary in turn two. Leary then snagged the concrete and spun completely around down the back straightaway and somehow, someway, avoided catastrophe as the entire field missed him, allowing him to restart, although he would now have to come from the tail in 22nd.

Following the restart, Courtney made his surge, sliding past Ballou entering the third turn. Ballou countered with an uppercut to the chin and clung to his grip of the lead as the pair crossed the line. Courtney reloaded and fired his next shot, sliding to the lead past Ballou entering turn one. By lap 10, Courtney's advantage was a full-straight ahead of Ballou.

Ballou's bid to get back into the game hit a literal snag on the 14th lap when he clipped the turn two outside wall and spun around to a stop, ending his evening earlier than anticipated. That moved Justin Grant into second where he and the hard-charging Leary took a full head a steam at running down Courtney. Grant found the demise of his night in the same spot that took caught Leary and Ballou earlier in turn two. Grant's car churned against the concrete along the back straight before grinding to a halt with four laps remaining.

Leary was in second behind Courtney for the lap 27 restart, but a challenge to Courtney's throne was discarded almost immediately as Courtney blitzed to a good jump when action resumed. The only race for position was behind Courtney as Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Isaac Chapple roamed three-wide at times for the runner-up position.

It was all to Courtney's advantage, however, as he drove away to his tenth series win of the year and joined Jack Hewitt, Kyle Larson, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland as the fifth driver to win in a Midget, USAC Sprint Car and Silver Crown car during his "4-Crown" career.

Leary finished second ahead of Chapple, who scored a career-best third-place result. Point leader Thomas was fourth ahead of Chris Windom.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & ProSource Fast Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Nick Bilbee (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Dakota Jackson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Timmy Buckwalter (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Scotty Weir (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th"4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.607; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-15.799; 3. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-15.976; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.997; 5. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-16.035; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-16.088; 7. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-16.103; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.110; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-16.156; 10. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.197; 11. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-16.208; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.214; 13. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-16.277; 14. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-16.287; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-16.296; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-16.301; 17. Chad Boespflug, 98, NineEight-16.331; 18. Dickie Gaines, 44x, Soudrette-16.374; 19. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-16.394; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.494; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.571; 22. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-16.641; 23. Joe Liguori, 44, Liguori-16.686; 24. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-16.731; 25. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-16.832; 26. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-16.899; 27. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-16.919; 28. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-16.926; 29. Bill Rose, 320, Kissel-16.988; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-16.992; 31. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.081; 32. Brandon Whited, 15, Whited-17.093; 33. Matt Cooley, 19, Cooley-17.120; 34. Josh Cunningham, 63, Cunningham-17.235; 35. Mike Burkin, 79, Mahoney-17.236; 36. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-17.245; 37. Barney Craig, 71c, Craig-17.250; 38. Jack James, 99J, James-18.578; 39. Ken Drangmeister, 27, Drangmeister-19.007.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. Westfall, 3. Bacon, 4. Buckwalter, 5. Cottle, 6. Boespflug, 7. J. Wilson, 8. Rose, 9. Cooley, 10. Craig. 2:16.59

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Darland, 3. Windom, 4. Bilbee, 5. Chapple, 6. Goodnight, 7. Gaines, 8. Cunningham, 9. James. 2:16.45

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Leary, 2. Ballou, 3. Jackson, 4. Gentry, 5. Smith, 6. Welpott, 7. Burkin, 8. Drangmeister, 9. Liguori, 10. Hewitt. 2:15.28

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Ingle, 3. McDougal, 4. Tilton, 5. Perigo, 6. Stockon, 7. Weir, 8. C. Wilson, 9. Whited. 2:16.89

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Gaines, 2. Cottle, 3. Stockon, 4. Perigo, 5. Chapple, 6. J. Wilson, 7. Weir, 8. Whited, 9. Burkin, 10. Goodnight, 11. Rose, 12. C. Wilson, 13. Smith, 14. Craig, 15. Welpott, 16. Cunningham, 17. Cooley, 18. Drangmeister, 19. James, 20. Boespflug. 3:44.08

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Isaac Chapple (10), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Chris Windom (3), 6. Chase Stockon (7), 7. Dave Darland (14), 8. Nick Bilbee (19), 9. Dickie Gaines (16), 10. Brady Bacon (9), 11. Carmen Perigo (15), 12. Shane Cottle (21), 13. Dakota Jackson (11), 14. Matt Westfall (18), 15. Dustin Ingle (17), 16. Ty Tilton (20), 17. Justin Grant (6), 18. Jason McDougal (12), 19. Robert Ballou (2), 20. Aric Gentry (22), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 22. Jacob Wilson (8). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Ballou, Laps 3-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/LARRY RICE HIGH PERFORMANCE HARD CHARGER: Nick Bilbee (19th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Timmy Buckwalter

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Scotty Weir

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2206, 2-Courtney-2189, 3-Windom-2143, 4-Bacon-1901, 5-Darland-1889, 6-Stockon-1870, 7-Leary-1865, 8-Ballou-1771, 9-Grant-1746, 10-Chapple-1232.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 27 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

MARTIN "MAGIC" PREVAILS AT PEORIA

Peoria, AZ........"Magic" Mike Martin of Yuma, Ariz. led all but one lap to win Friday night's "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships" USAC Southwest Sprint race at Canyon Speedway Park. Series point leader Charles Davis Jr. was second ahead of R.J. Johnson, Tye Mihocko and Andy Reinbold.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21, 2018 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. R.J. Johnson (#51 Martin), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Asa Kesterson (#18 Kesterson), 4. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 5. Colton Hardy (#74 Williams). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 4. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 5. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 6. Mason Keefer (#7 Keefer). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 2. Kyle Shipley (#0G Shipley), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 5. Rick Shuman (#25 Shuman). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Mike Martin, 2. Charles Davis Jr., 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Tye Mihocko, 5. Andy Reinbold, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Colton Hardy, 9. Michael Curtis, 10. Matt Lundy, 11. Sterling Cling, 12. Tyler Most (#3 Most), 13. Bruce St. James, 14. Asa Kesterson, 15. Dennis Gile, 16. Rick Shuman. NT ---------------------------- **Keefer flipped during the second heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Shipley, Laps 2-30 Martin.

HARD CHARGER: Michael Curtis (15th to 9th)

BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: R.J. Johnson.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Davis-1,027, 2-Mihocko-908, 3-Martin-865, 4-Curtis-763, 5-Lundy-691, 6-Bonneau-614, 7-Johnson-558, 8-Gile-541, 9-Reinbols-474, 10-Most-456.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 22 - Peoria, Arizona - Canyon Speedway Park - "Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships"

 

 

COTTLE CORRALS SILVER CROWN POLE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio.........Shane Cottle scored the pole for Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race at Eldora Speedway.

In Friday's qualifying session, the Kansas, Illinois native recorded a lap of 16.764, topping the 22-car field to start from the first position in the 50-lapper, which concludes the night of action that also offers up complete programs for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midget, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

Cottle will be joined on the front row by Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Coons' Nolen Racing teammate Chris Windom, whose won the two most recent events on the Silver Crown calendar, will line up third alongside Brady Bacon. Series champ Kody Swanson and defending race winner Tyler Courtney occupy row three, with newcomer Jason McDougal and C.J. Leary taking row four with Matt Goodnight and Kevin Thomas, Jr. rounding out the top-ten qualifiers in row five.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN "4-CROWN" WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Ron Shuman, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Larry Rice, 1988: Jack Hewitt, 1989: Jack Hewitt, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Ron Shuman, 1994: Jack Hewitt, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Jack Hewitt, 1997: Kevin Huntley, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Jimmy Sills, 2000: J.J. Yeley, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Brian Tyler, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Dave Darland, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Dave Darland, 2009: Dave Darland, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Jerry Coons Jr., 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Tyler Courtney

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-583, 2-Justin Grant-507, 3-Chris Windom-503, 4-David Byrne-439, 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Kyle Robbins-326, 8-Travis Welpott-319, 9-Matt Goodnight-309, 10-Austin Nemire-286.

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 22, 2018 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

QUALIFYING: 1. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-16.764 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-16.888 3. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-16.935 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-16.993 5. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-16.993 6. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-16.998 7. Jason McDougal, 9, Dyson-17.002 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-17.011 9. Matt Goodnight, 39, 17.118 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. 56, Foxco-17.146 11. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-17.179 12. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn- 13. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-17.306 14. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-17.333 15. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.543 16. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-17.554 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-17.714 18. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-17.765 19. Aaron Schuck, 53, Five-Three-18.034 (Car will be raced by Steve Buckwalter on Saturday) 20. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-18.513 21. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-19.076 22. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-NT

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK’S “SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018… This Friday and Saturday, September 21st & 22nd, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park for the “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships.” Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the Peoria, Arizona oval will also showcase the Allscapes Stock Cars, Desert Restorations IMCA Hobby Stocks, Modlites, and Micro Sprints, The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. In addition, there will be an open practice at the track on Thursday, September 20th, starting at 7:30pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-one Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen “home track” victories, including the February 3rd “Steve Stroud Memorial” and May 27th “Salute to Indy.” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 31st “Easter Eggstravaganza” and the May 26th “Salute to Indy” opening night. Fourteen different drivers have claimed victory at Canyon Speedway Park and a complete series track win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the thirteenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) has a stout 118-point lead over the competition. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis earned his eighth win of the year at Arizona Speedway’s “Lealand McSpadden Classic” on September 8th. To date, the five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has also posted eight heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 247 feature laps led on the year. Davis has twenty-nine series wins and will be looking to sweep the “Southwest Championships.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #5 Dave Wilson Realty / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko ran third in the September 8th “Lealand McSpadden Classic.” At press time, “The Bull” has one feature win, three heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 6 feature laps led to his credit. Tye will have his sights on gaining valuable points with his first wins at Canyon Speedway Park.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) sits third in the chase for the championship. Driving his #16 Sherwin-Williams / Naquin Precision Earth Moving Maxim, Martin ran second to Charles Davis Jr. at the “McSpadden Classic.” To date, “The Magic Man” has posted four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led on the season. Mike has five career USAC SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the “Southwest Championships” to his resume.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) ranks fourth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis led the first five laps at the “McSpadden Classic” before finishing sixth at the checkered flags. At press time, Michael has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led on the year. Curtis will have his sights on joining the USAC SouthWest winner’s list at Canyon Speedway Park.

Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) has climbed to fifth in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy scored eighth in the September 8th main event. To date, Matt has one heat race victory and twelve top-10 finishes to his credit. Lundy will be looking to claim his first series win at the “SouthWest Championships.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Andy Reinbold, Zack Madrid, Sterling Cling, Colton Maroney, “The Radio Flyer” Bruce St. James, 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. General Admission Adult tickets are $20, Senior tickets (60 and over) are $15, Active Military (with ID) tickets are $15, and Kids tickets (11 and under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling 602.258.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit www.canyonspeedwaypark.com.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows)
19-R.J. Johnson, 9-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Hodges, 2-Josh Pelkey, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-954, 2. Tye Mihocko-835, 3. Mike Martin-786, 4. Michael Curtis-713, 5. Matt Lundy-637, 6. Chris Bonneau-556, 7. Dennis Gile-503, 8. R.J. Johnson-480, 9. Josh Pelkey-436, 10. Tyler Most-417, 11. Andy Reinbold-411, 12. Zack Madrid-288, 13. Sterling Cling-245, 14. Colton Maroney-206, 15. Tyler Adams-200, 16. Ronnie Clark-175, 17. Austin Kuehl-174, 18. Jake Swanson-172, 19. Joe Scheopner-166, 20. Rick Shuman-165.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS IN GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL SATURDAY AT PERRIS!

(Perris, CA, September 19, 2018) Perris Auto Speedway will send the summer out with a bang this Saturday night, September 22nd, with the 11th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial for the Amsoil USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. The PAS Senior & Young Gun Sprints will also be a part of the card and the dazzling Western Racing Association vintage cars will be on hand. Spectator gates will open at 5:00 P.M. with racing at 7:00.

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Glenn Howard Memorial this Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Please give photo credit to Doug Allen.

Saturday’s race honors the late Glenn Howard, who was part of the Southern California racing scene for more than 50 years as a driver, car owner, official, racing business owner and innovator. He helped hundreds of drivers in their careers. Ironically, Saturday’s race will be 11-years to the day that Howard passed away

“This race is huge for so many of our drivers,” promoter Don Kazarian said on Tuesday. “Glenn did so much for the sport. When you think about it, there was nothing he did not or could not do. But, I think the reason most drivers want to win it is the fact that he helped everybody. He just wanted to make the sport better for everyone and that is exactly what he did for a very long time. Even though he passed away quite a few years ago, his impact is still felt in the sport and it always will be. It is an honor to host his memorial race at The PAS.”

Three of the favorites in Saturday’s race will be the top three in the USAC/CRA Series point standings, Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Concord’s Damion Gardner and “The Big Game Hunter,” Austin Williams of Yorba Linda. Williams, whose first ever sprint car race at The PAS was in the inaugural Glenn Howard Memorial in 2008, is the only driver with more than one (he has two wins) USAC/CRA win at The PAS this year. Gardner and Ion, California’s Justin Grant, have one win each.

Both of Williams PAS victories this year came after Gardner and Roa tangled and crashed in their heated battle for the 2018 championship.

“It is unfortunate for those guys, but I don’t know exactly what happened if they took each other out or it was a racing incident,” a happy Williams told the crowd after winning The PAS main event five-weeks ago. “I stole another one from them two guys. I will take them any way I can get them. It sure feels good to get over here (on the victory podium).”

In addition to making his debut at The PAS ten-years ago in the Glenn Howard Memorial, Williams, 27, also won the race in 2016. Gardner is the all-time leading winner in the race having taken home the hardware in 2014, 2015 and last year. Gardner’s former teammate on the Mark Alexander team, Nic Faas, is the only other driver with more than one win in the race on the famous Riverside County half-mile clay oval. He posted his wins in 2011 and 2013. Tony Jones, the late Bryan Clauson, Cory Kruseman and Mike Spencer have one win each in the Howard Memorial.

The PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprints will be contesting their next to last race of 2018 on Saturday night. Former Speedway Motorcycle racer and Wheel2Wheel Raceway promoter John Aden, who resides in Apple Valley, leads defending champion Richard McCormick of Canyon Country by 14-points going into Saturday’s Senior Sprint (drivers 45 and older) race. Things are quite different in the Young Guns (drivers 14-25 with no prior sprint car experience) where Eddie Tafoya Jr. of Chino Hills has a commanding 97-point advantage over Apple Valley’s Austin Brundage.

Adult tickets for Saturday’s USAC/CRA race are $25.00. Seniors 65 and over get in for $20.00. For active military members with proper id, teens 13-18 with their school id and kids 6-12, it is just $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. Parking on the fairgrounds is $8.00.

Fans who would like to make it a full Saturday of racing can take in the So Cal Oval Karters and SoCal Mowers race at SoCal Fair Motorcycle Speedway at noon. The first year dirt oval track is located about 200 feet outside the fourth turn at The PAS. Admission to the kart race is free.

Advance tickets for all PAS events, including this Saturday and November’s 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction, are available 24 hours a day online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7 or by calling 1-800-595-4849. For fans who do not want to buy advance tickets, there will be plenty available for everyone at the ticket window each race night.

Amsoil USAC/CRA Points

1. Brody Roa – Garden Grove, CA – 1069

2. Damion Gardner – Concord, CA – 1018

3. Austin Williams – Yorba Linda, CA – 918

4. Cody Williams – Corona, CA – 864

5. Max Adams – Loomis, CA – 851

PAS Senior Sprints

1. John Aden – Apple Valley, CA – 253

2. Richard McCormick – Canyon Country, CA - 239

3. Ed Schwarz – Santa Fe Springs, CA - 211

4. Rick Hendrix - Palmdale, CA - 204

5. Eddie Williams – El Segundo, CA – 160

PAS Young Guns

1. Eddie Tafoya Jr. – Chino Hills, CA - 252

2. Austin Brundage – Apple Valley, CA - 155

3. Ricky Lewis – Oxnard, CA – 115

3. Tyler Most – Peoria, AZ - 115

5. Amanda Roberson – Ramona, CA - 112

Perris Auto Speedway wants to thank its corporate partners for the 2017 season. All Coast Construction, Amsoil, Austin Hutchinson Realtor, Battery Systems, Brass and Bass Firearms & Fishing Supplies, Budweiser, Bud’s Tire Pro, Center Point Church, Chris’ Hauling, City of Perris, Country Values Magazine, Daytona Boat & RV Storage, Ed Moore Bullet Proof Driveshaft, Edelbrock, Flowdynamics, Full Throttle Scissor Lift Rental, Green Sheet, Greg Smith Equipment, Harley’s Custom Cycles, HD Industries, Hoosier Tires, Indiana Truck Salvage, K2 Displays, K&N Engineering, Living Water’s Hospice, Luke’s Transmission, Moreno Valley Magazine of Values, Paul Oil Company, Pepsi-Cola, Pick-A-Part Auto Salvage, Pole Position, Precision Engine of Temecula, PrintItNow.com, Shaver Specialties, Square H, Sunstate Equipment, Swedish Speed, Trench Shoring, Valley News and Vista Paint.

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Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the So Cal Fair and Event Center (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. For directions on MapQuest, the address to enter is: 18700 Lake Perris Drive and the zip code is 92571.

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2018 Perris Auto Speedway

September 22nd "GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC" USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars

October 6th - 14th SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FAIR

October 20th USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, PAS Senior Sprint Cars and PAS Young Guns Sprint Cars

October 27th PASSCAR "Champions Night” - Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Factory Stocks and Modifieds

November 7th Oval Nationals Practice

November 8th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 9th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

November 10th 23rd Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals “Presented by All Coast Construction" USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

 

 

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “11TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018... After a hard fought “California Sprint Week,” the cars and stars of the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series return to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, September 22nd. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "11th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” will also feature the PAS Senior Sprint Cars, PAS Young Gun Sprint Cars, and WRA Vintage Cars. The spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track." will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “Medium” is also the legal with the USAC West Coast, USAC SouthWest, and VRA Sprint Cars. Cars must pass a tech inspection and one-way radios are mandatory for drivers. USAC/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since March 6, 2004, the Lake Perris Fairgrounds has held 208 AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car events and thirty-eight different drivers have claimed victory. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with 44 main event wins and the 1-lap track record of 15.833 was set by Nic Faas on February 25, 2012. In the four previous races of 2018, Gardner topped the April 21st “Sokola Shootout” and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams won the May 26th “Salute to Indy.” USAC National driver Justin Grant claimed the June 23rd main event and Williams scored the August 18th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” win. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

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 businessman. 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.

Entering the sixteenth point race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has a 51-point lead over the competition. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa won the six-race “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week” mini-series and claimed victory at Watsonville on September 7th. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast 360 Champion has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 74 feature laps led to his credit. With six career USAC/CRA wins, Brody will be looking to add the “Glenn Howard Classic” to his resume.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner tied for third in the “California Sprint Week” and won at Calistoga on September 1st. At press time, “The World’s Fastest Sprint Car Driver” has three feature wins, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 129 feature laps led on the season. The six-time champion has seventy-eight USAC/CRA victories and will have his sights on his fourth "Glenn Howard Classic” win.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) is third in USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Jack Jory’s #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams finished second to Roa in the “California Sprint Week” mini-series. To date, Williams has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has seven career wins and will be looking for his second “Glenn Howard Classic” triumph.

“The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) ranks fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams placed fourth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. At press time, the 2010 Victorville Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led on the year. “The Cadillac” has one career USAC/CRA triumph and will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Max Adams (Loomis, CA) sits fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance Maxim, Adams placed sixth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led. Max has two series wins and will be in contention for the “Howard Classic” victory.

Currently ranked fifteenth in points, Joel Rayborne (West Covina, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) and Gary Paulson (Woodland, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, R.J. Johnson, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Logan Williams, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, A.J. Bender, Matt McCarthy, Verne Sweeney, Jace Vander Weerd, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Trent Williams, “Showtime” Danny Sheridan, and more.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-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, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jace Vander Weerd.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 44-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 6-Richard Vander Weerd, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Justin Grant, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Chad Boespflug, 1-Greg Bragg, 1-Daron Clayton, 1-Charles Davis Jr., 1-Josh Ford, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Adam Mitchell, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1069, 2. Damion Gardner-1018, 3. Austin Williams-918, 4. Cody Williams-864, 5. Max Adams-851, 6. Jake Swanson-802, 7. R.J. Johnson-719, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-682, 9. Logan Williams-658, 10. Chris Gansen-636, 11. Ryan Bernal-527, 12. Tommy Malcolm-444, 13. A.J. Bender-406, 14. Matt McCarthy-313, 15. Joel Rayborne-310, 16. Austin Ervine-269, 17. Verne Sweeney-264, 18. Austin Liggett-252, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-251, 20. Matt Rossi-178.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC SILVER CROWN PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........The big cars of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series are known for endurance races. One-hundred miles, tire and fuel conservation and being in position at the end usually dictate how the race will unfold.

This Saturday's 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV at Eldora Speedway is about as close to a sprint race as you can get. It's 50 laps around a half-mile, all out, for the finale of the series' 48th season.

Kody Swanson has virtually locked up an unprecedented fourth series championship. With a 76-point lead and a max of 76 points on the table, all the Kingsburg, Calif. native has to do is sign-in (worth 10 appearance points) and the title is his.

At that point, Swanson is basically playing with house money, taking the pressure of "points racing" out of the equation and allowing him to affix his sole focus to the steering wheel and the pedals as he searches for his first Silver Crown win, the only dirt track on this year's Silver Crown schedule that he hasn't yet won at.

Only three drivers have recorded a win at Eldora on their road to a championship when the "4-Crown" has been the finale: Jack Hewitt in 1986, Steve Butler in 1992 and Chris Windom in 2016.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. is one of only four drivers to have won in all three of USAC's National open wheel divisions during the "4-Crown" (Jack Hewitt, Kyle Larson & Dave Darland). Coons scored his wins in 2007 and 2014 for two different teams. He's still angling for that first Silver Crown win for Gene Nolen's team, which too is eager to breakthrough for the first time at Eldora.

Barriers that have stood in the way of Nolen and victory at a track that has eluded his pilots have already been busted this year by Coons teammate, Chris Windom. The Canton, Ill. driver has won the past two Silver Crown races, both on the Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin. Capturing Springfield was a first for both Nolen and Windom. The Du Quoin score was the first for the team there this millennium, following wins in 1992 and 1999. Windom, the two-time "4-Crown" Silver Crown winner and series champ, finished second in 2017.

The driver Windom chased to the line was Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., who drove himself and his Hans Lein-owned ride to both their first Silver Crown wins as driver and owner, respectively. He joins an interesting list of drivers to earn their first Silver Crown triumph at the "Big E:" Steve Kinser (1981), Danny Smith (1982), Ron Shuman (1982), Ken Schrader (1983), Steve Butler (1990), Kevin Huntley (1997), Mat Neely (2006), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Bryan Clauson (2010), Chris Windom (2013) and Christopher Bell (2015).

Justin Grant, a 2016 "4-Crown" Sprint Car winner, is a surefire bet to be a threat in the Champ Car. The Ione, California driver won the "Sumar Classic" at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track in April in his Hemelgarn Racing mount. Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon won in May in a Sprint Car at Eldora and finished fifth in last year's Eldora Silver Crown ride.

On Friday, September 21, the Silver Crown Champ Car Series will lead off the USAC portion of the event with practice and single car qualifying along with complete shows for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the Eldora Stock Cars.

Friday's event will begin at 6pm with World of Outlaws practice and qualifying, Silver Crown practice, stock car hot laps, followed by Silver Crown qualifying, all preceding the opening ceremonies and the remainder of the night's racing activities.

The Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session the following day, Saturday, September 22, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm and spectator gates open at 2pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and $10 for ages 12 & under.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN "4-CROWN" WINNERS: 1981: Steve Kinser, 1982: Ron Shuman, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1985: Larry Rice, 1986: Jack Hewitt, 1987: Larry Rice, 1988: Jack Hewitt, 1989: Jack Hewitt, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Steve Butler, 1993: Ron Shuman, 1994: Jack Hewitt, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Jack Hewitt, 1997: Kevin Huntley, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Jimmy Sills, 2000: J.J. Yeley, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Brian Tyler, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Dave Darland, 2006: Mat Neely, 2007: Jerry Coons Jr., 2008: Dave Darland, 2009: Dave Darland, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Chris Windom, 2014: Jerry Coons Jr., 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Tyler Courtney

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-583, 2-Justin Grant-507, 3-Chris Windom-503, 4-David Byrne-439, 5-Jerry Coons, Jr.-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Kyle Robbins-326, 8-Travis Welpott-319, 9-Matt Goodnight-309, 10-Austin Nemire-286.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC SPRINT CAR PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........C.J. Leary seems more than poised for a breakout performance this Saturday in the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV at Eldora Speedway.

He's led in four of the past six races for a total of 69 laps, 38 more than any other driver during that span. The results have been there: a 2nd, 6th, 6th, 4th and 2nd. Yet, none of those include a 1st, a cage stand, a check or one of the other many spoils of victory.

Those "spoils" were something the Greenfield, Indiana driver got to experience in full effect last year after grabbing his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "4-Crown" triumph at Eldora.

Leary is among six past winners expected to compete in Saturday's stacked field, including Dave Darland (1999), Robert Ballou (2007), Chris Windom (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) and Justin Grant (2016).

Darland, of Lincoln, Indiana, has been a revelation this year, scoring three victories and is fifth in points. Rocklin, California's Ballou has scored five of his 28 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins at Eldora, including the first three of his career back in 2007 & 2010. Windom, of Canton, Ill., got his in 2013, then won again in the Silver Crown car at Eldora in 2016. Ione, California's Grant punched in a W back in 2016.

The points race is tighter than a Chinese Finger Trap, with no driver in the top-three able to separate themselves from each other at the top. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the standings by 21 following his victory last Saturday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. His venerable Dynamics, Inc. No. 69 has scored five wins in the "4-Crown' over the years, including 1999 with Darland, 2006 with Tracy Hines, 2009 with Jerry Coons, Jr., 2011 with Kyle Larson and 2014 with Bacon.

Tyler Courtney runs second in the standings behind Thomas and is having a banner year that includes a series-high nine wins. A victory Saturday at Eldora would put him on an exclusive list of drivers who've won double-digit races in a single season along with Tom Bigelow (14), J.J. Yeley & Robert Ballou (13), Larry Dickson & Pancho Carter (12), Bubby Jones (11), Dickson, Carter & Jay Drake (10).

Courtney's current tally of nine wins in a season is tied for the tenth winningest season in the history of the series, equaling Parnelli Jones (1961), Roger McCluskey (1966) and Rick Hood (1985).

One thing all those drivers have in common is that they've won a USAC National Sprint Car feature at Eldora in the very same year they accumulated double-digit wins. Courtney has yet to win at Eldora this season and Saturday marks his last shot. Bacon and Windom won the two most recent trips to Eldora back in May of this year.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., is third in points, only 54 out of the lead as he seeks his second career series title.

Leary's bid for a repeat USAC Sprint Car win at the "4-Crown" has been duplicated five previous times by Steve Kinser in 1981-82, Steve Butler in 1988-89, Jack Hewitt in 1990-91 & 1997-98 and Bud Kaeding in 2001-02.

This Saturday's event will mark the 199th USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race held at Eldora Speedway, which is the most appearances at any track in series history.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

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, 2016: Justin Grant, 2017: C.J. Leary

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Kevin Thomas-2132, 2-Tyler Courtney-2111, 3-Chris Windom-2078, 4-Brady Bacon-1852, 5-Dave Darland-1830, 6-Chase Stockon-1810, 7-C.J. Leary-1786, 8-Robert Ballou-1739, 9-Justin Grant-1703, 10-Isaac Chapple-1167.

 

 

4-CROWN NATIONALS ELDORA USAC MIDGET PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Midgets on the high banks of Eldora Speedway are breathtakingly spectacular and that's what this Saturday's 37thrunning of the "4-Crown Nationals" will surely provide when the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets make their lone annual trip to the legendary half-mile.

Series point leader Logan Seavey may technically be a Rookie as he eyes his first career midget start at Eldora. But the 21-year-old Sutter, Calif. native appears as that in name only as he carries a 98-point lead into the race on the strength of consistency with a pair of wins in Du Quoin, Ill. and Sweet Springs, Mo. In July, Seavey made his initial expedition of Eldora a memorable one, leading 53 laps on his way to an eighth-place finish in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut.

Among his Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammates are 2016 "4-Crown" midget winner Rico Abreu of St. Helena, Calif., who always offers a thrill at Eldora. In that 2016 race, the 2014 USAC National Midget champ swept the night, recording fast time, winning his heat, and then dominating the feature.

Rico takes over the helm of the straight No. 97 while reigning series champ and 2017 race winner Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. will give it a go in the No. 97K, returning to the seat following injuries suffered in an August racing accident.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon has been on a roll of late, winning 15-grand in a midget at the #BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, becoming a father for the third time and then winning the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track, all within a nine-day span.

Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. heads a talent-loaded Petry Motorsports bunch who've all found a bevy of success. The USAC Triple Crown champ won the 2010 midget portion of the "4-Crown." He'll be joined by upstart Broken Arrow, Oklahoma driver Jason McDougal, who will be laying his eyes on Eldora Speedway for the first time ever this weekend. Chris Windom, a past winner in the Sprint and Silver Crown portions of the "4-Crown," joins in a third Petry car for a run to add a third prong to his crown.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat knows how to get it done on the fast, half-mile dirt ovals as evidenced by his three career victories on the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks. He's currently fourth in points with two wins on the season. He finished fourth and led a lap back in 2016.

Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif., was the victor of the Sprint Car feature at the 2016 "4-Crown," but the versatile wheelman has shown the ability to get the job done in any division, winning this year in both a Silver Crown car and a Midget, which he did for the Clauson Marshall Racing crew in Fairbury, Neb. in July. His teammates are a stacked bunch too! Indianapolis, Indiana's Tyler Courtney has won nine times in a sprint car with USAC in 2018 and he's the reigning winner of the Silver Crown 50-lapper at Eldora a year ago. Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise has turned some heads this season in his Rookie campaign, winning in August at Lanco in Pennsylvania to become the youngest winner in the history of the series, then followed that up with a charge from 18th to 1st in the Pursuit Race during the "BC39."

The Dooling No. 63 is a familiar sight in victory lane, doing so already twice this year with Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the controls. Back in 2014, the ride captured the "4-Crown" with Bryan Clauson at the wheel. Thomas is looking to notch his first career Eldora Speedway win.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am, spectator gates open at noon, a USAC autograph session will take place from 3-4pm in the fan zone, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6pm. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Saturday's full events will have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT THE "4-CROWN NATIONALS:" 1981: Ken Schrader, 1982: Rich Vogler, 1983: Johnny Parsons, 1985: Rich Vogler, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Robby Flock, 1990: Stan Fox, 1991: Jeff Gordon, 1992: Johnny Parsons, 1993: Jack Hewitt, 1994: Steve Knepper, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Tracy Hines, 1997: Jay Drake, 1998: Jack Hewitt, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Jay Drake, 2004: Dave Darland, 2005: Danny Stratton, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2008: J.J. Yeley, 2009: Brad Sweet, 2010: Jerry Coons Jr., 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Kyle Larson, 2013: Rico Abreu, 2014: Bryan Clauson, 2015: Christopher Bell, 2016: Rico Abreu, 2017: Spencer Bayston

 

 

DAVIS #1 IN QUINCY IMRA SPEED2S

Quincy, IL........Mitchell Davis led all 18 laps to win Sunday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Quincy Raceways. Andy Baugh was second ahead of Bart Andrews, Jeremy Hull and Jeff Sparks.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 16, 2018 - Quincy, Illinois - Quincy Raceways

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Bart Andrews (#69 Trone), 5. Mark Billings (#60E Billings), 6. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman), 7. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks). NT

FEATURE: (18 laps) 1. Mitchell Davis, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Bart Andrews, 4. Jeremy Hull, 5. Jeff Sparks, 6. Mark Billings, 7. John Heitzman. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Davis.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-1,064, 2-Shane Morgan-784, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Brent Burrows-630, 5-Kurt Mueller-606, 6-Jake Sollenberger-584, 7-Daltyn England-532, 8-Kevin Battefeld-492, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 22 - Canton, IL - Spoon River Speedway

 

 

McDOUGAL TO MAKE SILVER CROWN DEBUT FOR DYSON AT ELDORA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio.........Jason McDougal has been tabbed as the driver for the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series arrives at Eldora Speedway September 21-22 for the 37th running of the "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV.

Dyson, a two-time American LeMans Series champ, has been a frequent competitor with USAC in 2018, serving a dual role as both a car owner and driver. In June, his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car won the "Eastern Storm" finale at New York's Weedsport Speedway. He's also made three Silver Crown starts as a driver, finishing 13th at both Springfield and Du Quoin.

However, Dyson has a conflict that will not allow him to be behind the wheel of his Silver Crown car as a driver, instead competing in a Trans Am race at Virginia International Raceway where he is competing for a series title.

So, in came the call as to who to put in the seat for Eldora.

"(Crew Chief) Sean Michael and I were thinking about who we could put in the car," Dyson recalled. "We reached out to Kevin Thomas, Jr., who drove our midget at the Chili Bowl this year, and he suggested that we take a look at Jason McDougal. Sean and I happened to be out at Pevely the night before our Silver Crown race at Du Quoin. We met with Jason and visited him, then went up to the stands and watched him win his heat race from fifth on the grid, then he went out and won the feature. I thought that was a pretty solid audition!"

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's McDougal was victorious in just eighth start on that September 1 race, proving he is a quick study in his first year in sprint cars.

His only experience with Silver Crown cars came as the spotter for Kevin Thomas, Jr. a month ago at the Springfield Mile, finishing second. Now comes another big test as McDougal jumps behind the wheel of a Silver Crown for the first time ever.

"I've actually never been to Eldora before," McDougal admitted. "I'm pretty pumped to go there in general. I'd never been to a Crown race until this year and they're pretty awesome. It's a long race and you've got a long time, but I've got some patience. And I think I'll be pretty good at conserving my tires."

McDougal hits the Eldora half-mile for the first time on Friday, September 21, when the Silver Crown cars lead off the USAC portion of the event with practice and single car qualifying along with complete shows for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and the Eldora Stock Cars.

Friday's event will begin at 6pm with World of Outlaws practice and qualifying, Silver Crown practice, stock car hot laps, followed by Silver Crown qualifying, all preceding the opening ceremonies and the remainder of the night's racing activities.

On Saturday, September 22, the Silver Crown teams will again have a practice session, leading into their 50-lap finale as part of the event which will feature complete events for the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

On Friday, pits open at 1:30pm and spectator gates open at 2pm. General admission tickets are $25 for ages 13 & up and free for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $29 for ages 13 & up and $10 for ages 12 & under.

On Saturday, pits open at 11:30am and spectator gates open at noon. General admission tickets are $30 for ages 13 & up and $30 for ages 12 & under. Reserved tickets are $34 for ages 13 & up and $14 for ages 12 & under: $14.

Friday night's action will be available LIVE via audio on the USAC app. Saturday's full events will also have LIVE audio on the USAC app along with LIVE video on http://Live.EldoraSpeedway.com/.

 

 

POINT LEADER GOFF WINS AT LEGION

Rumney, NH........USAC Laguette's Sports DMA Speed2 Midget point leader Jason Goff of Preston Hollow, N.Y. won Friday night's feature at Legion Speedway. Will Hull took second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Jeff Horn and Robert White.

USAC LAGUETTE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Rumney,New Hampshire - Legion Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jason Goff (#19J Goff), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Derek O'Hearn (#55 Matczak), 4. Justin Phillips (#1m Miller), 5. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 6. Will Hull (#3 Matczak). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jeff Horn (#A-1 Mossman), 2. Mike Chaffee (#18c Chaffee). 3. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 4. Brandon Emerson (#8 Emerson), 5. Robert White (#68 White), 6. Tim Gallant (#33 Gallant). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Jason Goff, 2. Will Hull, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Jeff Horn, 5. Robert White, 6. Adam Whitney, 7. Derek O'Hearn, 8. Tim Gallant, 9. Brandon Emerson, 10. Mike Chaffee, 11. Seth Carlson, 12. Justin Phillips. NT ---------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps N/A (Will update later)

NEW LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Goff-883, 2-Krawiec-869, 3-Hull-856, 4-O'Hearn-804, 5-Carlson-794, 6-Whitney-720, 7-Phillips-672, 8-Emerson-577, 9-Chaffee-565, 10-Horn-530.

NEXT USAC LAGUERRE'S SPORTS DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: September 22 - Bradford, VT - Bear Ridge Speedway

 

 

WEYANT GRABS SPOON RIVER IMRA MIDGET FEATURE

Canton, IL........Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. won Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget feature at Spoon River Speedway. He passed Shane Morgan on lap 15 and led to the checkered to beat Tyler Roth, Andy Baugh, Brent Burrows and Jason Allen.

ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Canton, Illinois - Spoon River Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 2. Tyler Roth (#18 Roth), 3. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 6. Daltyn England (#19E England), 7. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 8. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 2. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 3. Korey Weyant (#51R Johnson), 4. Jeremy Hull (#24 Hull), 5. Ryan Patrick (#23 Patrick), 6. Charlie Kunz (#27 Kunz), 7. Blake Haynes (#9B Haynes). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mitchel Davis (#37 Raymond), 2. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 3. Jeff Mallonee (#31 Mallonee), 4. Kurt Mueller (#83 Mueller), 5. Tori Smirh (#18 Smith), 6. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 7. Christopher Adrien (#21 Adrien). NT

FEATURE: (24 laps) 1. Korey Weyant, 2. Tyler Roth, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Brent Burrows, 5. Jason Allen, 6. Charlie Kunz, 7. Scott Koerner, 8. Jeff Sparks, 9. Jeff Mallonee, 10. Jeremy Hull, 11. Tori Smith, 12. Dave Baugh, 13. Jake Sollenberger, 14. Blake Haynes, 15. Shane Morgan, 16. John Heitzman, 17. Kurt Mueller, 18. Mitchell Davis, 19. Ryan Patrick, 20. Christopher Adrien, 21. Dalytn England, 22. Kevin Battefeld. NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Morgan, Laps 15-24 Weyant.

NEW ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 POINTS: 1-A.Baugh-991, 2-Morgan-784, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Burrows-630, 5-Mueller-606, 6-Sollenberger-584, 7-England-523, 8-Battefeld-483, 9-Blake Buchholz-432, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

NEXT ENGLER USAC IMRA SPEED2 RACE: September 16 - Quincy (IL) Raceways

 

 

LEMKE EXTENDS WESTERN LEAD WITH MADERA VICTORY

Madera, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. led all but the first lap to win Saturday night's "Harvest Classic" USAC Western Speed2 Midget feature at Madera Speedway. Joey Iest, Toni Breidinger, Elvis Rankin and Bryant Bell rounded out the "top-five."

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Toni Breidinger, 26, Breidinger-14.828; 2. Joey Iest, 17, Iest-14.876; 3. Adam Lemke, 98, Lemke-15.004; 4. Elvis Rankin, 54, Rankin-15.113; 5. Johnny Nichols, 14, Nichols-15.359; 6. Bryant Bell, 00, Jessop-15.854.

HEAT RACE: (8 laps): 1. Breidinger, 2. Iest, 3. Lemke, 4. Rankin, 5. Nichols, 6. Bell. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Joey Iest, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Elvis Rankin, 5. Bryant Bell, 6. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Rankin, Laps 2-30 Lemke.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,089, 2-Iest-818, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Nichols-471, 5-Tyler Slay-361, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Breidinger-218, 8-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Bell-127.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-730, 2-Iest-546, 3-Nichols-471, 4-Blake Brannon-439, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Breidinger-218, 7-Bell-127, 8-Ethan Lesser-68, 9-Austin Carter-63, 10-George Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 22 - The Bullring at Las Vegas (NV) Motor Speedway

 

 

LEFFEL SCORES 3RD MIDWEST WIN AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, IN........Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio scored his third victory of the 2018 USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 campaign Saturday night at Montpelier Motor Speedway. He passed Stratton Briggs on lap 10 and led the final 11 laps for the win over Jon Steed, Alex Watson, Briggs and Cory Guingrich.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 2. Jon Steed (#7s Steed), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 5. Cory Guingrich (#11G Guingrich), 6. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 7. Kevin Blue (#7DW Blue), 8. Tyler Key (#5c Key), 9. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 10. Blake Vermillion (#73 Vermillion), 11. Brent Watson (17K Watson), 12. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 13. Bill Dunham (#84 Dunham), 14. Thomas Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 15. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 16. Don Bigelow (#4 Bigelow), 17. Jim Dues (#3D Dues), 18. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Briggs, Laps 10-20 Leffel.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-722, 2-A.Watson-565, 3-Briggs-556, 4-Steed-504, 5-Guingrich-453, 6-J.Watson-439, 7-Chett Gehrke-432, 8-Kriegbaum-319, 9-Trey Osborne-278, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: September 29 - Montpelier (IN) Motor Speedway

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

 September 15, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-11.757; 2. Jake Swanson, 73X, Ford-11.968; 3. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-11.983; 4. Robby Josett, 2, Josett-12.085; 5. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.122; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.144; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.225; 8. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.278; 9. Tristan Thomas, 1P, Nichols-12.445; 10. Tristan Guardino, 16K, Kruseman-12.559; 11. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-12.695; 12. Bruce Hiroshima, 55, Hiroshima-12.756; 13. Bryan Drollinger, 71, Drollinger-12.838; 14. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.948; 15. Keoni Texeira, 73T, Ford-12.972; 16. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.070; 17. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 15, Hazelton-13.851; 18. Daniel Anderson, 77, Anderson-13.972; 19. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-NT; 20. Clayton Ruston, 7R, CR-NT; 21. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Faccinto, 3. Josett, 4. Prickett, 5. Guardino, 6. Drollinger, 7. Leach. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Beilman, 3. Ito, 4. Ruston, 5. Hazelton-Heredia, 6. Swanson, 7. Pankratz. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Thomas, 3. McQueen, 4. Sarna, 5. Hiroshima, 6. Texeria, 7. Anderson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Robby Josett, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Shannon McQueen, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Tristan Guardino, 9. David Prickett, 10. Clayton Ruston, 11. Daniel Anderson, 12. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 13. Mike Leach Jr., 14. Kyle Beilman, 15. Dylan Ito, 16. Alex Schutte, 17. Bruce Hiroshima, 18. Bryan Drollinger, 19. Tristan Thomas, 20. Randi Pankratz, 21. Keoni Texeira. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Dalby, Laps 4-8 Faccinto, Laps 9-30 Gardner. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (17th to 6th)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: October 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

THOMAS EMERGES FROM THE WRECKAGE
TO CELEBRATE 3RD HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana.........An unprecedented accomplishment deserves an unprecedented celebration in Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s book.

Just moments after taking the checkered flag to become the first three-time winner of the "Haubstadt Hustler" at Tri-State Speedway, Thomas found himself sandwiched between a pile of racecars in turn one with heavy damage to the front end of his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Jonathan Byrd/DRC/Speedway Chevy.

If it had been one lap earlier, it would've been a devastating heartbreaker for the Cullman, Alabama driver. Instead, it created a memorable celebration from the makeshift turn one junkyard as he emerged from the top of the roll cage to high-five his roommate and third-place finisher Jason McDougal who stacked his ride alongside that of Thomas.

"I've never had that happen. That was something special," Thomas exclaimed. "Immediately, I was kind of pissed off because I probably tore some crap up. But, at the end of the day, I'm the only person to win this race three times. I instantly went from a little frustrated to super pumped. When I got out, it was just a front end. We just won $10,000; we'll put another front end on it."

"Standing up in the middle of the corner on a wrecked racecar and doing a cage stand, it's not normal, but we got the job done," Thomas reflected. "Standing up on the four-wheeler with the crowd going nuts, that's something that'll definitely go down as something special in my memory, something that we'll still be talking about 10 years from now with our friends."

Thomas' voyage to get there began from the third spot behind front row starters Kent Schmidt and C.J. Leary. Schmidt sprinted to the lead on the opening lap, narrowly eclipsing Leary at the line by a foot. However, Leary took sole ownership of the lead entering turn one and would have a Master Lock on the spot for the bulk of the 40-lapper.

As Leary shined through much of the early stages, the night's most gnarly incident occurred on the 13th lap when third-running Schmidt's machine broke entering the third turn. Fourth-running and previous night's Terre Haute winner Brady Bacon was trailing just behind, but with nowhere to go, ramped over Schmidt's left rear wheel, snapped around backwards and flipped over. He was okay and, miraculously, restarted the race from the tail, ultimately finishing 14th.

Throughout the middle stages and within ten to go, Leary was in control, upping his lead to more than a second and a half while Thomas and McDougal duked it out for second. However, as can and will happen often in racing, lapped traffic came into play, at moments being a benefit to Leary and other times, ehh, not so much.

With four laps remaining, as soon as Leary's pace was stifled in traffic, it was almost as if you could hear the theme from the movie Jaws playing in the distance. As Leary drifted just a tad high off turn four, Thomas stuck his ride underneath Leary's, pulling side-by-side along each other in a drag race to the line to snare the lead, one in which he would not relinquish.

Thomas got a bit sideways between turns three and four coming to the checkered, but it was no harm, no foul, as he straightened it out, stood on the gas and finished out his fifth win of the year, followed by Leary, McDougal in his first ever visit to Tri-State, while Dave Darland and Carson Short rounded out the top-five.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. takes his second Tri-State Speedway USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year in front of a packed house Saturday night in the "Haubstadt Hustler." (Neil Cavanah Photo)

"I've been in the same situation the past couple of weeks," Thomas admitted. "Leading is not necessarily the best place to be. C.J. skated up just a little bit off four and kind of got caught behind a lapped car. We were able to get up underneath him and beat him to one. As narrow as the track was, it wasn't necessarily blocking, but you could run a safe line where you don't have to run balls out and you can still make your car work and it makes it really hard to pass you. It's just one of those mind games. We were just trying to figure out the racetrack and it all played out in our favor tonight. We could do it all over again tomorrow and C.J. probably wins this race. We had a good racecar and luck on our side, finally."

Though he carried the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point lead coming into Tri-State, Thomas' name was MIA on the winners' list for quite a while. He was certainly well aware that it had been just a few days shy of three months since his last triumph. He's had many a good run, qualified well - 14 fast times, in fact - but just wasn't able to get over the hump. Now with a win under his belt and a 21-point advantage in the standings, he's now back at the top of his game heading to next Saturday's "4-Crown Nationals" at Eldora Speedway where he knows the gameplan.

"You have to win races in order to win this deal," Thomas point blanked. "Sunshine (Tyler Courtney) is right behind and he wins every three races it seems like. If you're not winning races, eventually those third places aren't going to do the job. With the way this championship is going, the consistency is what's got us back to the lead, but if you want to secure that lead, you're going to have to win. You have to score the most points every single night and you have to run away with it. As good as they are, when you have one bad night, have one flat tire, or have one little thing go wrong, there's 30 points. You have to give yourself a cushion. You can't bank on a 10-point cushion getting you through the year because it ain't."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Stephen Schnapf (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chet Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Kendall Ruble (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 15, 2018 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" (Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series)

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.810; 2. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.829; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.847; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.904; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.906; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.920; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.960; 8. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.966; 9. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.979; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-13.979; 11. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-13.989; 12. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.046; 13. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-14.058; 14. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.073; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.085; 16. Carson Short, 5B, Briscoe-14.112; 17. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-14.260; 18. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.287; 19. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.310; 20. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.331; 21. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.341; 22. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-14.378; 23. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.411; 24. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.456; 25. Josh Hodges, 11H, Pottorff/Short-14.564; 26. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-14.739; 27. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.748; 28. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-14.759; 29. Brian Wallace, 27, Wallace-14.817; 30. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.950; 31. Chad Boespflug, 11p, Pottorff/Short-15.147; 32. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-15.237; 33. James Lyerla, 11, JL-15.328; 34. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-16.021.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Leary, 3. Cummins, 4. Brackett, 5. Gentry, 6. DiMattia, 7. Boespflug, 8. Mattox, 9. Hayhurst. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Schnapf, 2. Schmidt, 20 Ballou, 4. Chapple, 5. Clayton, 6. Arriaga, 7. Hodges, 8. Sussex, 9. Ambrose. 2:18.38

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon 4. Short, 5. Williams, 6. Jackson, 7. Budde, 8. Perrott. 2:19.48

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. McDougal, 3. Grant, 4. Courtney, 5. Ruble, 6. Malone, 7. Wallace, 8. Lyerla. 2:16.96

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Clayton, 2. Gentry, 3. Williams, 4. Ruble, 5. Malone, 6. DiMattia, 7. Jackson, 8. Hodges, 9. Boespflug, 10. Mattox, 11. Lyerla, 12. Budde, 13. Arriaga, 14. Hayhurst, 15. Perrott, 16. Wallace, 17. Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT
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**Bacon flipped on lap 13 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Schmidt, Laps 2-36 Leary, Laps 37-40 Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Short (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chet Williams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kendall Ruble

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Thomas-2132, 2-Courtney-2111, 3-Windom-2078, 4-Bacon-1852, 5-Darland-1830, 6-Stockon-1810, 7-Leary-1786, 8-Ballou-1739, 9-Grant-1703, 10-Chapple-1167.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 22 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th "4-Crown Nationals" presented by NKT.TV

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RANKIN TAKES "HARVEST CLASSIC" OPENER AT MADERA

Madera, CA........Elvis Rankin of Evergreen, Colo. won Friday night's "Harvest Classic" USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at Madera Speedway. He passed Johnny Nichols on lap five and led the rest of the way for the 25-lap win. Adam Lemke finished second ahead of Toni Breidinger, Joey Iest and Austin Carter.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Madera, California - Madera Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#98 Lemke), 2. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 3. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 4. Austin Carter (#00 Jessop), 5. Toni Breidinger (#26 Breidinger), 6. George Tuttle (#98x Tuttla), 7. Johnny Nichols (#14 Nichols). NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Elvis Rankin, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Toni Breidinger, 4. Joey Iest, 5. Austin Carter, 6. Johnny Nichols. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Nichols, Laps 5-25 Rankin.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-1,009, 2-Iest-739, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Nichols-410, 5-Tyler Slay-369, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 8-Breidinger-140, 9-Keoni Texeira-137, 10-Ariel Biggs-82.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN PAVEMENT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-650, 2-Iest-467, 3-Blake Brannon-439, 4-Nichols-410, 5-Cody Jessop-219, 6-Breidinger-140, 7-Ethan Lesser-68, 8-Bryant Bell-65, 9-Carter-63, 10-Tuttle-13.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 15 - Madera (CA) Speedway - 46th Annual "Harvest Classic"

 

 

JOHNNY KENT WINS "RED DIRT DERBY"

Meeker, OK........Johnny Keny of Kiefer, Okla. passed Cameron Hagin on lap six and led the rest of the way to win Friday's "Red Dirt Derby" USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature. Alex DeCamp finished second ahead of Cameron Hagin, Danny Smith and Jeffery Newell.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Meeker, Oklahoma - Red Dirt Raceway - "Red Dirt Derby"

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 2. Dannyn Smith (#5$ Smith), 3. Alex DeCamp (#84 DeCamp), 4. Roy Entze II (#2E Entze), 5. Brian Harvey (#29H Harvey), 6. Patrick Prescott (#5P Prescott), 7. Ryan Dean (#79x Dean). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Casey Wills (#31X Wills), 2. Warren Fields (#1 Fields), 3. Jeffery Newell (#22X Newell), 4. Ben Frey (#24 Frey), 5. Kyle Clark (#9$ Clark), 6. Grant Wresche (#13 Wresche), 7. Taylor Peterson (#96 Peterson). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 2. Cody Jarvis (#18J Jarvis), 3. Tanner Conn (#78 Conn), 4. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 5. Tim Kent (#79 Kent), 6. Michael Tyre II (#T16 Tyre). 7. Jordan Weaver (#5X Weaver). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Johnny Kent, 2. Alex DeCamp, 3. Cameron Hagin, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Jeffery Newell, 6. Tanner Conn, 7. Brett Wilson, 8. Kyle Clark, 9. Tim Kent, 10. Taylor Peterson, 11. Michael Tyre II, 12. Cody Jarvis, 13. Graant Wresche, 14. Warren Fields, 15. Ben Frey, 16. Brian Harvey, 17. Roy Entze II, 18. Patrick Prescott, 19. Casey Wills, 20. Ryan Dean, 21. Jordan Weaver. NT ------------------------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Hagin, Laps 6-25 J.Kent.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT POINTS: 1-Wilson-1,250, 2-Hagin-1,221; 3-Smith-1,198, 4-Tyre-1,176, 5-J.Kent-1,144, 6-Wills-1,115, 7-Jarvis-997, 8-Craig Carroll-969, 9-Wresche-940, 10-Clark-931.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA SPRINT CAR RACE: October 5 - Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Speedway


 

BACON POURS IT ON IN HURTUBISE CLASSIC VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana.........It's certainly been a whirlwind week-plus of highs for Brady Bacon.

Last Thursday, he picked up a victory worth $15,000 in the BC39 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Monday, he became a father for the third time with the birth of daughter, Linley. And Friday, he hit the jackpot once again, winning his second career "Jim Hurtubise Classic" USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature at the Terre Haute Action Track.

"They say when it rains, it pours, and we needed some rain on our crops at home," Bacon said. "This has been a good little stretch. For some reason, new kids bring a lot of wins it seems like. We've won two championships the year the last two kids were born and now we got this one. We can win a lot of money from here to the end of the year with a lot of big paying races, so this is a good time to get momentum."

Bacon rolled off fifth in his own Brady Bacon Racing/Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star Technologies/Triple X/Rider Chevy. Pole sitter Shane Cottle set the pace into turn one on the opening lap, but it was outside front row starter C.J. Leary who won the race to turn three to grab the lead where he'd remain for the first five circuits.

On lap six, Nick Bilbee and Josh Hodges tangled in turn one, sending Bilbee hard into the outside concrete to bring out the first stoppage of the night. Both were uninjured, but both were finished for the evening.

The caution closed the gap between Leary and the rapidly climbing Bacon for the lap six restart. Leary held the advantage when racing returned to green, but Bacon was close enough to apply pressure. Leary drifted a bit high on the exit of four and Bacon was there to capitalize on the bottom, ripping the lead away and, immediately, carving out a half-straightaway lead nearing the halfway point when Dave Darland slowed to a stop in turn two on lap 13.

When action resumed, second-place Robert Ballou was able to stay in touch with Bacon, bouncing along the bottom between turns three and four as he trailed five car lengths back.

The 2014 (Bacon) and 2015 (Ballou) "Hurtubise" winners were now set one/two with Bacon relentlessly attacking the top lap-after-lap, four wheels above the cush as Ballou put the chase on. But, with six laps remaining, Bacon nearly lost all those gains on the track and nearly gained a migraine, getting completely sideways between turns one and two. Bacon gathered up his mount and motored on, while Ballou was unable to erase any ground.

"They say when it rains, it pours, and we needed some rain on our crops at home. This has been a good little stretch. For some reason, new kids bring a lot of wins it seems like. We've won two championships the year the last two kids were born and now we got this one. We can win a lot of money from here to the end of the year with a lot of big paying races, so this is a good time to get momentum." (Dallas Breeze Photo)

"We were kind of getting in above the cushion and got up a little too high," Bacon explained. "There must've been a big clump up there or some heavy stuff and it caught us and turned us sideways. Luckily, we were able to get it pointed straight."

What first appeared like a bout of misfortune turned into good fortune for the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native as he simultaneously danced with lapped traffic with Ballou hot on the trail.

"I squeezed by the 11 car (James Lyerla) and there wasn't a whole lot of extra room," Bacon recalled. "I had all four wheels above the cushion. But when things are going your way, you can get by with stuff that maybe you shouldn't be able to. Sometimes that's just the way it works and I'm glad it's my turn right now."

Tenth-running Justin Grant's car went up in smoke with five laps remaining to bring out the final yellow. On the ensuing restart, Bacon had the buffer of a lapped car in Isaac Chapple between he and Ballou to break away with any increment of a gain he could pocket. Bacon was as precise as the arc of an Olympic high diver while Ballou got around Chapple with relative ease, but he was playing catchup now and Bacon had no intentions of getting run down on this night, holding a steady interval and never missing a beat down the stretch to win for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him for 22nd on the all-time list alongside Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions.

"We've struggled by my standards here this year," Bacon admitted. "We made some changes of what we thought would make it better and we really had a good racecar. I had a new shock on that we were trying tonight, and it was really good. We could stick anywhere we wanted at the beginning of the race and had a lot of grip into the center. That dictates your speed here, and I could carry momentum and not have to overdrive it to carry a lot of speed. We used our tire up a little bit, but that's kind of part of it here. I felt like if someone challenged me I could've gone a little bit harder, but it was nice to be able to get to the front as quick as we did."

Contingency award winners Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Carson Short (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 14, 2018 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - "Jim Hurtubise Classic"

QUALIFYING: 1. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-19.621; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-19.746; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-19.877; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-19.941; 5. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.017; 6. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-20.062; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-20.099; 8. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.126; 9. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-20.182; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.184; 11. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.188; 12. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-20.197; 13. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.211; 14. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-20.234; 15. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.353; 16. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.399; 17. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.444; 18. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.579; 19. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.712; 20. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.788; 21. James Lyerla, 11, JL-20.801; 22. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-21.010; 23. Gabe Griffith, 37, Griffith-22.112; 24. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-22.413.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Thomas, 3. Short, 4. Courtney, 5. Rose, 6. Grant, 7. VanMeveren, 8. Arriaga. 2:45.44

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Hodges, 2. Bacon, 3. Windom, 4. Leary, 5. Chapple, 6. McMillin, 7. Andretti, 8. Griffith. NT

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Bilbee, 3. McDougal, 4. Cottle, 5. Stockon, 6. Sussex, 7. Lyerla, 8. Budde. 2:47.59

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (5), 2. Robert Ballou (6), 3. Chris Windom (7), 4. C.J. Leary (2), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12), 6. Shane Cottle (1), 7. Tyler Courtney (3), 8. Chase Stockon (4), 9. Stevie Sussex (11), 10. Jason McDougal (17), 11. Jarett Andretti (10), 12. Bill Rose (15), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. James Lyerla (20), 15. Shawn Arriaga (21), 16. Brian VanMeveren (18), 17. Patrick Budde (23), 18. Carson Short (13), 19. Justin Grant (9), 20. Dave Darland (8), 21. Gabe Griffith (22), 22. Nick Bilbee (14), 23. Josh Hodges (16). NT
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**McMillin flipped during the second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Leary, Laps 6-30 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Carson Short

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-2062, 2-Courtney-2056, 3-Windom-2049, 4-Bacon-1817, 5-Darland-1769, 6-Stockon-1761, 7-Leary-1719, 8-Ballou-1687, 9-Grant-1678, 10-Chapple-1128.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 15 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler"

 

TOP DRIVERS HAVE FOUND SUCCESS
AT BOTH TERRE HAUTE AND TRI-STATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

On a Venn Diagram, there's certainly not many similarities that will appear in the overlapping closed curves when comparing the Terre Haute Action Track and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

After all, as the naked eye can see, Terre Haute is a large, sweeping half-mile while Tri-State is a quarter-mile paperclip. One takes roughly 20 seconds to get around and one, is, say, about seven or eight seconds shorter.

However, these two celebrated Hoosier-state speedways both require drivers to be on the gas and up on the wheel at all times. And that'll be the showcase when the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars hit Terre Haute this Friday, Sept. 14, for the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" and Tri-State on Saturday, Sept. 15, for the "Haubstadt Hustler."

Though the similarities are few, no less than 16 drivers have found victory lane at both venues with the USAC National Sprint Cars over the years, namely Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Daron Clayton, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Cory Kruseman, Jon Stanbrough, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and J.J. Yeley.

What do these individuals have in common? Well, for starters, let's take a look at the collection of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championships this group has racked up. Bacon has two (2014-16), Ballou has one (2015), Butler has four (1986-87-88-90), Darland has one (1999), Drake has one (2004), Elliott has two (1998-2000), Hines has one (2002), Hood has two (1984-85), Jones has five (2005-07-09-10-11), Windom has one (2017) and Yeley has two (2001-03).

To put those facts into a neatly-wrapped package, those drivers who've won at both Terre Haute and Tri-State account for nine of the 12 most recent USAC National Sprint Car champions over the past two decades.

The ones who weren't champions with the series are some of the most accomplished drivers of their eras. Clayton has run a partial schedule for the better part of a decade and has never chased a title with USAC. Kruseman is an SCRA champ, USAC/CRA champ, Western States Midget champ and two-time Indiana Sprint Week titlist. Stanbrough ranks ninth on the all-time win list alongside Rich Vogler, but never chased a championship during his illustrious career. Stockon is one of the most consistent drivers of the past decade, finishing in the top-five of the standings in five consecutive years. Thomas currently leads the series standings heading into this weekend's pair of races.

Don't be surprised to see someone double up this weekend with as versatile as these front runners are, with a tight points race on hand involving the top-three of Thomas, Tyler Courtney and Windom separated by a scant 18 points. However, that versatility also could bode well for a wide swath of drivers to get the job done at either/or with Bacon, Ballou, Clayton, Darland, Stockon, Thomas and Windom, among others all expected to be at the forefront when the checker falls.

Meanwhile, Courtney has yet to win at Tri-State, nor have the likes of Kyle Cummins or Carson Short won at Terre Haute to complete the double-dip. But don't count them out. As good as the legend, Darland, has been throughout his career, no one was more surprised and elated to win at Tri-State than himself back in July at the last Tri-State visit by the series.

"I just won at Haubstadt," Darland exclaimed at the time. "It's unbelievable! I never thought I'd say that."

As good as this season's been with the points battle and two young emerging talents winning two of the last three races in Tyler Thomas at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August and Jason McDougal in Pevely, Mo. Back in early September, there's nothing more that can't be believed in 2018.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, a FREE pit party will take place from 4 to 6pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet drivers, get autographs, take pictures prior to the on-track action. The drivers meeting will begin at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 11 and under are free.

Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

You can listen to both races LIVE on the USAC app. A day later after each event is run, you can watch complete flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1997, 2-Tyler Courtney-1996, 3-Chris Windom-1979, 4-Dave Darland-1738, 5-Brady Bacon-1735, 6-Chase Stockon-1704, 7-C.J. Leary-1651, 8-Justin Grant-1650, 9-Robert Ballou-1606, 10-Isaac Chapple-1087.

 

 

USAC SPRINT DOUBLEHEADER WEEKEND SLIDES INTO TERRE HAUTE AND HAUBSTADT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

A USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend in the state of Indiana begins a stretch of five consecutive weekends of racing that could be the ascent for some and the downfall for others in the championship chase as we watch, with a keen eye, toward those drivers occupying the top-three of the standings.

Entering the weekend's races Friday, Sept. 14 at the Terre Haute Action Track and Saturday, Sept. 15 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Kevin Thomas, Jr. leads the points by a single over Tyler Courtney while reigning champ Chris Windom is just 18 out of the lead.

Unsurprisingly, each of these three drivers combined have won the five most recent stops by the series at Terre Haute, which kicks off this weekend's activities with the "Jim Hurtubise Classic" on the legendary half-mile in which the man for whom the race is named, "Herk," was unstoppable on the half-mile from late 1960 through the 1962 season where he was an undefeated 5 and 0, incidentally, the same as these current three drivers have between them.

Windom, of Canton, Ill., a three-time winner and the possessor of the last two "Hurtubise Classic" trophies in 2016 and 2017. Cullman, Alabama's Thomas won the combined "Tony Hulman/Don Smith Classic" in October of 2017. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., meanwhile, has dominated the Action Track this season, winning in both May and July. Thomas was 2nd and 5th in each of those two races while Windom scored a 4th and a 6th, respectively.

It was the "Hurtubise" weekend last year in which Windom began his surge, carrying a 93-point deficit into Terre Haute. Following his win, Windom was consistently spectacular, eventually surging to the point lead and the series title in succession.

Additionally, Windom and Thomas were the lone drivers to win at both Terre Haute and Haubstadt during the 2017 season. Thomas won again at Haubstadt this Spring while Windom led the first 23 laps before giving way to Darland during the summer visit to the southern Indiana quarter-mile. The tricky paperclip-shaped track hasn't been as kind to Courtney, with 12th and 9th place results in the two visits this season.

Like Thomas and Windom, recent series champions Robert Ballou of Rocklin, California and Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma have mastered the task of winning at both the Wabash Valley half-mile fairgrounds oval and at the two dragstrips connected by a pair of turns in southwestern Indiana. So have USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland and Chase Stockon, who is seeking his first victory since the 2018 season opener in Ocala, Fla.

Past "Jim Hurtubise Classic" winners at Terre Haute include: 1990: Jack Hewitt, 1991: Jack Hewitt, 1992: Rusty McClure, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Tray House, 1995: Jack Hewitt, 1996: Kevin Thomas, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Tony Jones, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Chris Windom, 2012: Chase Stockon, 2013: Jerry Coons, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Chris Windom, 2017: Chris Windom.

Past victors of the $10,000-to-win "Haubstadt Hustler," co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series, are 2008: Jeff Bland, Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2012: Daron Clayton, 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

On Friday night at Terre Haute, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm, a FREE pit party will take place from 4 to 6pm, allowing fans to walk through the pits, meet drivers, get autographs, take pictures prior to the on-track action. The drivers meeting will begin at 6pm with cars set to hit the track at 6:30pm (eastern time). Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25, infield admission is $15 and children 11 and under are free.

Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, pit gates open at 3pm, grandstands at 4pm and on-track activities set to begin at 6pm (central time). Adult tickets are $25, students (age 13-18) are $20, children 12 & under are free.

You can listen to both races LIVE on the USAC app. A day later after each event is run, you can watch complete flag-to-flag coverage on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STANDINGS: 1-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1997, 2-Tyler Courtney-1996, 3-Chris Windom-1979, 4-Dave Darland-1738, 5-Brady Bacon-1735, 6-Chase Stockon-1704, 7-C.J. Leary-1651, 8-Justin Grant-1650, 9-Robert Ballou-1606, 10-Isaac Chapple-1087.


 


SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 8, 2018 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “3rd Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic”

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 3. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 4. Bruce St. James (#7K St. James), 5. Rick Shuman (#25 Shuman), 6. Sterling Cling (#34 Cling), 7. Joe Scheopner (#17 Scheopner). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Dennis Gile (#13 Gile), 2. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 3. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 4. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 5. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 6. Tyler Merill (#88 Merrill), 7. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

ALSO AT TRACK: Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood).

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Mike Martin, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Bruce St. James, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Matt Lundy, 9. Sterling Cling, 10. Joe Scheopner, 11. Tyler Most, 12. Tyler Merill, 13. Colton Maroney, 14. Rick Shuman. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Curtis, Laps 6-30 Davis.
HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (4th to 1st)
BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Tye Mihocko

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: September 21 & 22 – Peoria, Arizona –Canyon Speedway Park – “Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships”

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 8, 2018 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway At Kings Fairgrounds - “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-16.167; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.199; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.244; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-16.625; 5. Jace VanderWeerd, 88, 16.644; 6. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-16.660; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.673; 8. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-16.690; 9. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-16.787; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.789; 11. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-16.933; 12. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.988, 13. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-17.018; 14. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.203; 15. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-17.279; 16. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-17.291; 17. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.462; 18. Cal Smith, 39, Cal-Sun-17.750; 19. Austin Ervine, AJ, 18.042.

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

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. L.Williams, 3. R.J.Johnson, 4. Gansen, 5. Rayborne. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Garnder, 2. Bernal, 3. C.Johnson, 4. Adams, 5. Ensign, 6. Smith. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Brody Roa, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Max Adams, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Koen Shaw, 12. Logan Williams, 13. Cal Smith, 14. Joel Rayborne, 15. Shayna Sylvia, 16. Ryan Bernal, 17. Geoff Ensign, 18. Chase Johnson, 19. Austin Ervine. NT
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**C.Johnson flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Roa, Laps 6-30 Vander Weerd.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (17th to 11th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

FINAL BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-426, 2-A.Williams-406, 3-Gardner-377, --Faria-377, 5-Bernal-375, 6-Adams-337, 7-C.Williams-323, 8-C.Johnson-322, 9-L.Williams-302, 10-R.J.Johnson-297.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 22 – Perris (CA) Auto Speedway – “Glenn Howard Classic”

 

 

TYLER "SLAYS" FIELD AT SANTA MARIA

Santa Maria, CA........Tyler Slay of Watsonville, Calif. won Saturday night's USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at Santa Maria Raceway, beating Adam Lemke and Elvis Rankin to the checkered flag.

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 8, 2018 - Santa Maria, California - Santa Maria Raceway

HEAT RACE: (8 laps) 1. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke), 2. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 3. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Tyler Slay, 2. Adam Lemke, 3. Elvis Rankin. NT -----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: (N/A) Will update later

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-934, 2-Joey Iest-671, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Slay-361, 5-Johnny Nichols-353, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Ashley Hazeelton-Heredia-146, 8-Keoni Texeira-137, 9-Ariel Biggs-82, 10-Jimmy May-75.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Slay-361, 2-Lemke-357, 3-Joey Iest-272, 4-Ashley Hazelton-Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-82, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 14 - Madera (CA) Speedway

 

 

LEMKE WINS AT KERN COUNTY

Bakersfield, CA........Adam Lemke of Hollister, Calif. won Friday night's 20-lap USAC Western Speed2 Midget race at The Dirt Track at Kern County Raceway. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, Elvis Rankin, Tyler Slay and Joey Iest rounded out the "top-five."

USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET PAVEMENT RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2018 - Bakersfield, California - The Dirt Track at Kern County

HEAT RACE (8 laps) 1. Tyler Slay (#15 Breidinger), 2. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia (#5 Hazelton), 3. Joey Iest (#17 Iest), 4. Elvis Rankin (#54 Rankin), 5. Adam Lemke (#41 Lemke). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Lemke, 2. Ashley Hazelton-Heredia, 3. Elvis Rankin, 4. Tyler Slay, 5. Joey Iest. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A (Will update later)

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN OVERALL MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Lemke-859, 2-Iest-671, 3-Blake Brannon-509, 4-Johnny Nichols-353, 5-Slay-285, 6-Cody Jessop-219, 7-Hazelton-Heredia-146, 8-Keoni Texeira-137, 9-Ariel Biggs-82, 10-Jimmy May-75.

NEW USAC SPEED2 WESTERN DIRT MIDGET STANDINGS: 1-Slay-285, 2-Lemke-284, 3-Iest-272, 4-Hazelton-Heredia-146, 5-Keoni Texeira-137, 6-Ariel Biggs-83, 7-Jimmy May-75, 8-Blake Brannon-70, 9-James Prickett-69, 10-Mike Leach-63.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 WESTERN MIDGET RACE: September 8 - Santa Maria (CA) Raceway

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 7, 2018 – Watsonville California – Ocean Speedway - “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

Watsonville, CA........Brody Roa of Garden Grove, Calif. led all 30 laps to win Friday night's "California Sprint Week" AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint race at Ocean Speedway. Ryan Bernal took second ahead of Chase Johnson, Max Adams and fast qualifier Austin Williams.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-12.955; 2. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.049; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-13.091; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.101; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.140; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.162; 7. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-13.165; 8. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-13.193; Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.225; 10. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.271; 11. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-13.300; 12. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.315; 13. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.342; 14. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.388; 15. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-13.412; 16. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-13.528; 17. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-13.589; 18. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.048; 19. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-14.289.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.J.Johnson, 2. L.Williams, 3. A.Williams, 4. Sylvia, 5. Gansen, 6. Bernal, 7. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Shaw, 3. Faria, 4. Adams, 5. Ensign, 6, Gardner. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Liggett, 3. C.Williams, 4. Ervine, 5. Aton, 6. C.Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Max Adams, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Cody Williams, 9. Damion Gardner, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Billy Aton, 12. Koen Shaw, 13. Geoff Ensign, 14. R.J. Johnson, 15. Chris Gansen, 16. Shayna Sylvia, 17. Joel Rayborne, 18. Austin Ervine, 19. Austin Liggett. NT --------------------------- **Gardner flipped during second heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Roa SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (13th to 7th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-359, 2-A.Williams-346, 3-Bernal-337, 4-Faria-300, 5-Gardner-298, 6-C.Johnson-289, 7-Adams-279, 8-C.Williams-266, 9-L.Williams-256, 10-R.J.Johnson-248.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 8 – Hanford, California – Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

BACON BANKS $15,000 BC39 VICTORY AT IMS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Brady Bacon has won quite a few big races thus far in his racing career, but Thursday night, he put himself into a stratosphere unclaimed by any other: feature winner on the dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native made his winning move in traffic with just eight laps remaining to score the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink victory worth $15,000, his first series win of 2018.

But if you're going to win one, and only one, all year, make it one to remember. Bacon relishes that fact for not only himself, but for his FMR Racing crew who've been through the battlefields with him for four years now, a group of individuals he doesn't take for granted.

"This is definitely up at the top," Bacon exclaimed. "It's a first-year event, but it's the first win on the dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and no one can ever take that away. Obviously, there's a lot of things that make it special for me, the team, Bob (East), Brad (Noffsinger) and Frank (Manafort). As many years as those guys have been together and to still be winning, it's an honor to work with guys like that. To still want to work this hard takes a lot to be at the top. They've done all the work, made the investment in me and still think I'm at the top. This one's probably going to take a while to sink in."

After a lengthy rain delay that pushed the evening's event back several hours, the A-Main pushed off just after midnight for the Inaugural 39-lap race where Bacon set forth all the way back in the seventh position.

Pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. was masterful early, spurting out front from the drop of the green to lead the first baker's dozen of laps, working the bottom as Tyler Courtney blitzed the top just about one to two car lengths behind Thomas in a lap-after-lap battle for supremacy.

Thomas created some separation between he and Courtney in the first-third of the event until a six-car melee ensued between turns three and four on the 14th lap, resulting in Tucker Klaasmeyer toppling over on the 14th lap. He was uninjured and did not restart.

The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Mike Roth Photo)

Once racing resumed, second-place Bacon made his presence felt as a contender, serving as Thomas' largest foil thus far, putting pressure on the Alabama driver as the two gapped the field.

On the 20th lap, Bacon fired his first shot across the bow, going stride-to-stride with Thomas into turn three, but Thomas was able to muscle his way back to the bottom to secure the line and the position. Bacon's move for the lead seemed imminent and, a lap later, he took another jab at Thomas off turn two, this time pulling the wheels off the ground, with a tad too much tightness at the moment, as his Brown & Miller Racing Solutions - Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1/Beast/Toyota roared to life.

The pressure was on Thomas as the pair hit lapped traffic. Thomas' line swung a little wider off the bottom as time wore on while Bacon's arching line stuck him to the bottom on exit like glue. Thomas' lead clung to life as he ripped from the high side of four off exit, swinging low like a sweet chariot across the nose of Bacon into turn one on lap 24 to retain the lead.

Traffic was plentiful on the bottom, forcing Thomas and Bacon to occupy the unclaimed high side nearing ten to go as Chad Boat suddenly entered the fray in third. Thomas slid out in turn four on lap 31 as Bacon tethered himself to the bottom and powered to the lead by a car length at the start/finish line. Thomas immediately darted to the bottom entering turn one as both he and Bacon put on a dueling Tokyo drift display through the corner while Boat emerged on the bottom to make it three-wide for the race lead down the back straight entering turn three.

"He wasn't leaving the door open for me until it got a little slicker," Bacon recalled. "He kept opening it wider and wider, and I was getting a better run. I just had to time it right. I got under him once and I thought I might've given it away by not staying in front of him. We were able to put enough pressure on him and made him think and move around a little bit, which allowed me to sneak underneath him. It was not over by any means because he had a really good racecar too and traffic could've gone in a number of ways."

BC39 winner #76m Brady Bacon goes wheels up while battling for the lead with Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Rich Forman Photo)

Indeed, it did, as Bacon remained on the high side and established some personal space, climbing the ladder to the top and ever-so-slightly, subtly pinning Thomas and Boat behind the lappers between turns one and two.

Boat's attack was relentless, and Bacon had to be as suave as possible down the stretch. The veteran two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ was unflappable, keeping Boat at bay in the final laps to win by a half-second over Boat, Thomas, Courtney and KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger Christopher Bell from 17th.

"I thought we had a really good car from the start," Bacon explained. "I knew I was going to be a little tight at the beginning. We had some wheelies going on, but I knew it was going to come to me. I could see some black come in on the track. We had a really good line where we could throw it sideways and come off straight on the bottom."

Bacon, who is expecting to become a father once again in the coming weeks with baby number three on the way, is eager to look at the big picture of things through what has been a tumultuous season in some ways with switching Sprint Car teams in the middle of the season and a series of misfortunes in the Silver Crown car despite being strong the majority of time, but without the results to show for. The results came through Thursday at IMS as he and his crew came to the forefront to notch down a prestigious victory.

"It's been a season of adversity and overcoming obstacles," Bacon detailed. "Having a solid deal here in the midget helps a lot. Everyone who's involved has pitched in and done their part above and beyond what anyone should expect anyone to do.

Driver Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. was transported to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for non-life-threatening injuries following his accident during the fourth qualifying race.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2018 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson Marshall/Wood), 4. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 5. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 6. Cole Bodine (#57BC Clauson Marshall), 7. Anton Hernandez (#11A Gray), 8. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 9. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 10. Roy Caruthers (#5x Boyle), 11. Austin Langenstein (#7CG Seven), 12. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 2. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ryan Smith (#67R SFHR), 8. Riley Kreisel (#37K Felker), 9. Ray Seach (#31 Budres), 10. Presley Truedson (#5T Daum), 11. Olivia Bennett (#77x Bennett), 12. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). 2:06.99

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 2. David Budres (#23 Budres), 3. Critter Malone (#7CH Seven), 4. Brian Karraker (#29J Jarrett), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 7. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 9. C.J. Leary (#5 Baldwin), 10. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 11. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 12. Matt Lux (#7K K & R), 13. Chase McDermand (#57B Ecker). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 3. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 4. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 5. Dakota Jackson (#17D Koontz), 6. Korey Weyant (#99w Mounce), 7. Jeb Sessums (2NDHarris), 8. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley), 9. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 10. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), 11. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 12. Kyle May (#39 May), 13. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery). NT

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 2. Andrew Layser (#35L Bright), 3. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 4. Davey Ray (#33 RayPro), 5. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 6. Russ Gamester (#51 Gamester), 7. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 8. Alex Schriever (#25s Davis), 9. Tyler Shoemaker (#1T Mounce), 10. Landon Cassill (#21x Shuman), 11. Bryan Drollinger (#71x Drollinger). NT

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17s Clauson Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 4. Matt Sherrell (#2D Harris), 5. Braydan Willmington (#89 RayPro), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 7. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 8. Brian Peterson (#7p Peterson), 9. Chase Jones (#33c RayPro), 10. Payton Pierce (#37x Felker). NT

SEVENTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 2. Shane Cottle (#1ST Saucier), 3. Andrew Felker (57A Ecker), 4. Gio Scelzi (#25x Malloy), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. Chris Baue (#35x Baue), 7. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 8. Robby Spino (#46 Johnson), 9. Maria Cofer (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 10. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 11. McKenna Haase (#14s RAMS), 12. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz). NT

EIGHTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Chris Windom (#35 Petry), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 5. J.J. Yeley (#63D Dooling), 6. Dave Darland (#1BR SFHR), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Carson Garrett (#15c Garrett), 9. David Prickett (#24x Neverlift), 10. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 11. J.B. Gilbert (#56Y Fifty6x), 12. Conor Daly (#1 LSR), 13. Nate Foster (#57F Foster). 2:09.30

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Johnny Petrozelle (#8c Cornell), Casey Shuman (#4A RAMS), Logan Arnold (#43 Arnold), Rich Drangmeister (#18 Drangmeister), Zach Daum (#5D Daum), Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton) & Shane Cockrum (#91 Harris)

FEATURE: (39 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (7), 2. Chad Boat (10), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Christopher Bell (17), 6. Alex Bright (8), 7. Justin Grant (6), 8. Holly Shelton (9), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Ryan Robinson (3), 11. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (11), 12. Chris Windom (22), 13. Logan Seavey (23), 14. Zeb Wise (14), 15. Shane Cottle (13), 16. Jason McDougal (25), 17. Maria Cofer (24), 18. Terry Babb (20), 19. Brayton Lynch (4), 20. David Budres (19), 21. Brian Karraker (21), 22. Tyler Thomas (18), 23. Tucker Klaasmeyer (15), 24. Jake Neuman (16), 25. Dillon Welch (12), 26. Dave Darland (26). NT
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**Young flipped during the third qualifier. Dalby flipped during the fourth qualifier. Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 K. Thomas, Laps 31-39 Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Christopher Bell (17th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Logan Seavey

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 22 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 37th Annual "4-Crown Nationals"

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 6, 2018 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway - “Gold Cup Race of Champions / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.865; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.055; 3. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.105; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.165; 5. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.168; 6. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-14.210; 7. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-14.313; 8. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-14.364; 9. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.416; 10. Ron Laplant, 69, Laplant-14.439; 11. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhaus-14.441; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.445; 13. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-14.452; 14. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-14.476; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.484; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.536; 17. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.553; 18. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-14.599; 19. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.709; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-14.801; 21. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-14.934; 22. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-15.053; 23. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.098; 24. David Johnson, 16, Johnson-18.198.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. Adams, 4. A.Williams, 5. Laplant, 6. Sylvia, 7. Larson, 8. Copeland. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Ensign, 3. Gansen, 4. Shaw, 5. McCarthy, 6. Swanson, 7. Paulson, 8. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.J.Johnson, 3. Roa, 4. C.Johnson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Faccinto, 7. Jessop, 8. D.Johnson. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Johnson, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Colby Copeland, 4. Koen Shaw, 5. Logan Williams, 6. Austin Williams, 7. Michael Faccinto, 8. R.J. Johnson, 9. Jake Swanson, 10. Max Adams, 11. Damion Gardner, 12. Ryan Bernal, 13. Cody Williams, 14. Geoff Ensign, 15. Shayna Sylvia, 16. Chris Gansen, 17. Cody Jessop, 18. Gary Paulson, 19. Ron Laplant, 20. Richard Brace Jr., 21. David Johnson, 22. Matt McCarthy, 23. Nick Larson, 24. Danny Faria Jr. NT --------------------------- **Gardner flipped on lap 10 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 C.Johnson, Laps 3-10 Gardner, Laps 11-28 Copeland, Laps 29-30 C.Johnson. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (23rd to 9th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-281, 2-A.Williams-276, 3-Bernal-264, 4-Gardner-245, 5-Faria-237, 6-C.Johnson-221, 7-Adams-214, 8-C.Williams-207, 9-L.Williams-206, 10-R.J.Johnson-205.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 7 – Watsonville, California – Ocean Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN TO RACE VANCE/ARISTOCRAT
CROWN CAR IN SATURDAY 'S VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Ryan Newman has been tabbed as the driver to wheel the Johnny Vance/Aristocrat Products No. 2 this Saturday, September 8, when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series makes its second and final appearance of the season for the "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Newman, whose racing accolades include the 1999 USAC Silver Crown title, plus the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 crowns, has been a regular competitor in the "Vogler Classic" in recent years. He's a recipient of the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship, plus a past winner of the event in 2000.

The car is in tribute to a number of individuals who influenced Newman, namely Vance, whose car Newman raced to Vance's final USAC National Sprint Car victory at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway in 2000. Vance passed away in June of 2017.

Additionally, the late Dave Steele was a frequent winner in the Vance machine in the late 1990s. Prior to Newman, Bryan Clauson was the final driver to make laps in Vance's Silver Crown car during a test a LOR. Plus, the man the race honors this Saturday is Rich Vogler, who was the first one to wheel a Vance-owned car in USAC competition.

Last year, Newman and company brought the car out to LOR in its familiar, immaculate black, yellow and red scheme. He started sixth, but bowed out only 30 laps into the 100-lapper with handling issues and had to settle for an 18th place finish.

The significance of LOR to Newman and Vance is in special as well. In fact, the .686-mile paved oval is where Vance won his final USAC race as a car owner, with Tracy Hines in a Silver Crown event in July of 2010.

It's also the venue that hosted both Newman's first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999.

Fittingly, LOR (Indianapolis Raceway Park as it was known at the time) was the location of Newman's first USAC Sprint Car start for Vance in August of 1999, a second-place finish behind Vance's former driver, Dave Steele.

The 40-year-old South Bend, Indiana native has become one of the most successful drivers to transition from USAC to stock cars during his 17-year career as a full-time competitor in NASCAR's premier series that includes 18 wins, 51 poles and a 2nd place points finish in 2014.

Newman's among a star-studded cast entered for Saturday's "Vogler Classic," including past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Russ Gamester and David Byrne along with past champs Kody Swanson, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
2 RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Johnny Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
31 (R) DEREK BISCHAK/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (Felker/Nix Racing)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

WISE WINS PURSUIT,
BRIGHT HIGH POINT MAN IN BC39 OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........Wednesday's opening night of the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink began a new era of racing at the Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, set inside turn three of the surrounding world-famous 2.5-mile paved oval.

15-year-old Zeb Wise captured the victory in the Stoops Pursuit, a 20-lap elimination race in which you would be eliminated if you were passed. Coming to the white flag, the Angola, Ind. native went on the offense, sliding by Alex Bright in turn four on the penultimate lap to win the $1500 payday. In doing so, he put the 39BC in victory lane at the BC39, a fitting tribute to the late, great USAC champ in which the event is named for.

In preliminary action, Tyler Courtney completed an IMS Dirt Track version of a spin and win to become the first official winner of a race at the quarter-mile dirt oval, sliding to halt midway through the ten-lapper while leading, but the Indianapolis, Ind. driver got up on the wheel and drove it back to the front to capture the win in heat race one. Meanwhile, David Prickett and Tyler Nelson were involved in a tangle that resulted in a double-flip. Both walked away.

In heat race two, Macdoel, California's Maria Cofer, subbing for the injured Spencer Bayston, became the first female winner in the history of the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, getting to the point on the second lap from her outside front row starting spot.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. shot from fifth to first by lap two and never looked back, dominating heat race three to take the victory.

Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. wired the field in heat race four, leading all 10 laps to score the victory. Behind him, a torrid battle ensued as Dillon Welch ripped the fence lap after lap alongside Brian Karraker, but Karraker was able to get the spot to finish second on the final lap behind Cottle.

Tucker Klaasmeyer drove from seventh to first by halfway as the Paola, Kansas driver cruised to a two-second victory in heat race five.

An enthralling heat six saw USAC Triple Crown champ J.J. Yeley and Shane Golobic dip and dive, exchanging the front spot numerous times, with Yeley spraying the concrete with soil as he flirted with the turn two concrete each time he exited turn two in his journey to victory lane.

Jason McDougal and Steve Buckwalter banged wheels, nerf bars, you name it, in their torrid battle for the lead for the majority of heat race seven. A wheel-to-wheel, slider fest raged on until McDougal slipped on the berm near the end. Buckwalter, of Royersford, Pa. took control and raced on to victory. Zach Daum walked away from a turn two flip during the heat.

When Norman, Oklahoma's Christopher Bell starts from the pole, it's trouble for pretty much everyone else. The 2013 USAC National Midget champ put it to the competition, winning heat race eight handily.

It was a tale of two different lines in heat nine between Chad Boat and Tyler Thomas. But, the difference in this one was the two repeatedly swapped the lead back and forth, exchanging slider after slider after slider before Collinsville, Oklahoma's Thomas rode the rim in turn four to nip Boat at the line for the victory.

Foresthill, California's Ryan Robinson controlled heat race 10 from the outset, leading every lap despite starting fifth. Brayton Lynch followed suit, advancing from eighth to a second-place finish, rapidly closing on Robinson during the final laps as Robinson biked it on the cushion and motored on.

Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. was the lone winner from the back row, taking heat race 11 from the ninth starting spot after engaging in a furious battle with Davey Ray in the early going. Bright became the night's high-point man heading into Thursday's finale.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. made a late rally to challenge Brady Bacon on the final lap, but Bacon, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ out of Broken Arrow, Okla. was perfect, leading the final nine laps to win heat race 12.

The "BC39" continues Thursday night, September 6 at IMS with the final events taking place, beginning with the eight qualifying races before moving into the main events and concluding with the 39-lap A-Main. The pits open at 8am, drivers meeting in the pagoda at 3pm and cars hitting the track at 5pm. All times Eastern.

The event will be streamed LIVE via pay-per-view on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/ while LIVE audio can be heard for FREE on the USAC app. A one-hour show recapping both nights of the "BC39" will air this Friday, September 7, at 6pm Eastern on NBC Sports.

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USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2018 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson Marshall), 2. Dave Darland (#1BR SFHR), 3. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 4. Matt Lux (#7K K & R), 5. Payton Pierce (#37x Felker), 6. Brian Peterson (#7p Peterson), 7. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 8. David Prickett (#24x Neverlift), 9. Bryan Drollinger (#71x Drollinger). NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Maria Cofer (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson Marshall), 3. Chris Windom (#35 Petry), 4. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 5. Zane Hendricks (#27z Tucker/Boat), 6. Shane Cockrum (#91 Harris), 7. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 8. Presley Truedson (#5T Daum), 9. Kyle May (#39 May). 2:15.21

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#63 Dooling), 2. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 3. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Cole Bodine (#57BC Clauson Marshall), 5. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 6. Chris Urish (#77u Casson), 7. McKenna Haase (#14s RAMS), 8. John Heydenreich (#22 Heydenreich), 9. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Shane Cottle (#1ST Saucier), 2. Brian Karraker (#29J Jarrett), 3. Dillon Welch (#99p Ronk), 4. Holly Shelton (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 6. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 7. Andy Bradley (#49 Bradley), 8. Jesse Vermillion (#5v Vermillion), 9. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Terry Babb (#37 Felker), 3. Casey Shuman (#4A RAMS), 4. Andrew Felker (57A Ecker), 5. Karsyn Elledge (#83 Tucker/Boat), 6. Critter Malone (#7CH Seven), 7. Braydan Willmington (#89 RayPro), 8. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 9. Landon Cassill (#21x Shuman). NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.J. Yeley (#63D Dooling), 2. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson Marshall/Wood), 3. Chase Jones (#33c RayPro), 4. Sam Johnson (#72 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Landon Simon (#24 LSR), 6. Dakota Jackson (#17D Koontz), 7. Gio Scelzi (#25x Malloy), 8. Rich Drangmeister (#18 Drangmeister), 9. Tracy Hines (#11 Leader Card). NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Steve Buckwalter (#0 Buckwalter), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 4. Jason McDougal (#15 Petry), 5. David Budres (#23 Manic), 6. Riley Kreisel (#37K Felker), 7. Dylan Peterson (#25p Peterson), 8. Roy Caruthers (#5x Boyle), 9. Zach Daum (#5D Daum). NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Korey Weyant (#99w Mounce), 3. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett), 4. Tyler Shoemaker (1T Mounce), 5. Carson Garrett (#15c Garrett), 6. Anton Hernandez (#11A Gray), 7. Glenn Waterland (#11c Waterland), 8. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 9. Chris Baue (#35x Baue). NT

NINTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 3. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 4. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 5. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Olivia Bennett (#77x Bennett), 8. Jeb Sessums (2ND Harris). NT

TENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 3. Russ Gamester (#51 Gamester), 4. Ryan Smith (#67R SFHR), 5. Andrew Layser (#35L Bright), 6. Chase McDermand (#57B Ecker), 7. Logan Arnold (#43 Arnold), 8. Johnny Petrozelle (#8c Cornell), 9. Conor Daly (#1 LSR). 2:17.93

ELEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Alex Bright (#77 Bright), 2. Travis Young (#11Y Young), 3. Davey Ray (#33 RayPro), 4. Trey Osborne (#11T Taylor), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Alex Schriever (#25s Davis), 7. J.B. Gilbert (#56Y Fifty6x), 8. Robby Spino (#46 Johnson), 9. Nick Hamilton (#32 Hamilton). NT

TWELFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17s Clauson Marshall), 3. C.J. Leary (#5 Baldwin), 4. Justin Grant (#17BC Clauson Marshall/Wood), 5. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 6. Matt Sherrell (#2D Harris), 7. Joey Moughan (#29 Casson), 8. Ray Seach (#31 Budres), 9. Austin Langenstein (#7CG Seven). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Michael Koontz (#17K Koontz)

STOOPS PURSUIT RACE: (20 laps) 1. Wise, 2. Bright, 3. Stenhouse, 4. Yeley, 5. Coons, 6. Klaasmeyer, 7. Lynch, 8. Westfall, 9. Cottle, 10. Boat, 11. Weyant, 12. Young, 13. Lux, 14. Jones, 15. R. Robinson, 16. Bacon, 17. T. Thomas, 18. Karraker, 19. Babb, 20. Cofer, 21. Buckwalter, 22. C. Bell, 23. Grant, 24. Courtney, 25. K. Thomas. NT

REMAINDER OF PROGRAM TO BE COMPLETED THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
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**Koontz flipped during practice. Prickett and Nelson flipped during the first heat. Daum flipped during the seventh heat. Sessums flipped during the ninth heat. C. Bell and Jones flipped during the pursuit.

NEW USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Seavey-830, 2-Bacon-732, 3-Bayston-728, 4-Boat-727, 5-Grant-689, 6-Courtney-679, 7-Carrick-652, 8-K. Thomas-634, 9-Wise-533, 10-R. Robinson-480.

BC39 POINTS: 1-Bright-160, 2-Klaasmeyer-155, 3-Babb-153, 4-Weyant-148, 5-Lynch-148, 6-Courtney-145, 7-K. Thomas, 8-R. Robinson-145, 9-Wise-143, 10-Buckwalter-135.

NEXT USAC P1 INSURANCE MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 6 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

DAVIS LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO “LEALAND MCSPADDEN CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 5, 2018… After running Casa Grande’s 2-day “Hank Arnold Memorial, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, September 8th, at Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the “3rd Annual Lealand McSpadden Classic” is the fifth of seven appearances at the fast 3/8-mile oval. The action packed card at the San Tan Valley oval will also feature Dwarf Cars, Pure Stocks, and Bombers. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Originally a winged 360 race, the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” honors the Arizona racing legend and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver. Starting his career at the famed Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, McSpadden raced Super Modifieds before graduating to the Arizona Racing Association (ARA) Sprint Cars. Known for his “on the gas” driving style, “The Tempe Tornado,” earned his first ARA win in 1972 and claimed the series championship in 1975. In 1977, the fan favorite won 25 main events at Manzanita racing sprint cars, midgets, sprint buggies, stocks, and super-modifieds. After being hired to run Gary Stanton’s “house car,” McSpadden raced across the country and was very fast and competitive. This brought him national attention and racing opportunities with the United States Auto Club (USAC) and the World of Outlaws, where he claimed a victory at California’s Ascot Park in 1978.

Throughout the years, “The Tempe Tornado” had a flexible work schedule that allowed him stay home and race as he chose. Whether it was a sprint car, midget, or silver crown car, it was not uncommon to see McSpadden race with the California Racing Association (CRA), Northern Auto Racing Club (NARC), USAC, World of Outlaws, United Sprint Association (USA), Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA), and various open competition shows. By the time he retired from racing in 1996, Lealand had won over 200 main events, most notably the Western World Championships (1978, 1993, 1995), Dirt Cup (1981, 1984), Copper World Classic (1988 Sprint Car), Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (1991), and the Hulman Hundred (1992). Along the way, “The Tempe Tornado” also won the 1992 CRA and 1995 SCRA Sprint Car Championships.

After winning both nights of the “Hank Arnold Memorial” at Casa Grande, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Arizona Speedway with a stout 117-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis is inching closer to his first series crown on the strength of seven feature wins, seven heat race victories, four Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 222 feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 28 SouthWest wins and will be looking add the “Lealand McSpadden Classic” trophy to his collection.

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko has one feature win, three heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, two hard charger awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” won at San Tan Valley on April 28th and will have his sights on adding his name to the “McSpadden Classic” winner’s list.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has four heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, twelve top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. The 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has five series wins and will be looking to earn another victory at Arizona Speedway.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, eleven top-10 finishes and 5 feature laps led on the season. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first sprint car win this Saturday night.

After running seventh in the “Arnold Memorial” finale, Matt Lundy (Phoenix, AZ) has climbed to fifth in the point chase. Racing his #98 Desert State Electric / Race Shack Triple X, Lundy has posted one heat race victory and eleven top-10 finishes in the campaign. The Challenge Cup / Napa sprint car veteran will be looking to score his first USAC victory at the “McSpadden Classic.”

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Andy Reinbold, Tyler Most, Zack Madrid, Colton Maroney, Sterling Cling, Mason Keefer, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Larry Kesterson, Rick Shuman, and more.

Arizona Speedway is located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, just five minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Adult Tickets are $15, Senior Tickets are $12, Kids Tickets (11 & under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-R.J. Johnson.

LEALAND McSPADDEN CLASSIC WINNERS: 2016-Billy Chester, 2017-Jesse Baker.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 18-R.J. Johnson, 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 7-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1.Charles Davis Jr.-869, 2. Tye Mihocko-752, 3. Mike Martin-702, 4. Michael Curtis-648, 5. Matt Lundy-583, 6. Chris Bonneau-488, 7. R.J. Johnson-480, 8. Dennis Gile-440, 9. Josh Pelkey-436, 10. Andy Reinbold-397, 11. Tyler Most-373, 12. Zack Madrid-288, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Ronnie Clark-175, 16. Austin Kuehl-174, 17. Jake Swanson-172, 18. Colton Moroney-165, 19. Kyle Shipley-162, 20. Mason Keefer-156.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Classic)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

SATURDAY'S RICH VOGLER CLASSIC SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST REVEALED

Brownsburg, Indiana.........A field of 22 cars is expected for this Saturday's, September 8, USAC Silver Crown "Rich Vogler Classic" at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis with former race winners and champions across the board.

Past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman, Russ Gamester and David Byrne are entered along with past champs K. Swanson, Newman, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

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"RICH VOGLER CLASSIC" ENTRY LIST:
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
2 RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Johnny Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 ERIC GORDON/Greenfield, IN (Armstrong Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
32 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
60 (R) CODY GERHARDT/Fresno, CA (Cody Gerhardt)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
80 (R) TONI BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 (R) CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 (R) JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Gene Kazmark)
96 (R) AUSTIN BLAIR/Fairview Heights, IL (Blair Racing)
98 DAVEY HAMILTON, JR./Boise, ID (RPM/Fred Gormly)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

HAMILTON JR. TO RACE FOR RPM/GORMLY IN SATURDAY'S VOGLER CLASSIC

Brownsburg, Indiana.........Davey Hamilton, Jr. will make his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season debut this Saturday, September 8, when the series returns to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the "Rich Vogler Classic."

The 21-year-old Boise, Idaho native will compete in a familiar car, the No. 98 for the RPM/Fred Gormly team, which captured the 2016 Silver Crown title with driver Chris Windom. Hamilton made four starts for the team during the 2017 season with a best finish of 5th at Salem (Ind.) Speedway and a 9th at Lucas Oil Raceway, the .686-mile paved oval where he made his first series start in 2014, and the home of this Saturday's 100-lap event.

"I'm so excited to be back racing in the Silver Crown Series," Hamilton said. "To get to return with a great team like RPM/Fred Gormly at a place where my Silver Crown career began is such a thrill and I'm really looking forward to seeing what we can do this Saturday night."

The son of 11-time Indy 500 starter, Davey Hamilton, has just five career Silver Crown starts, but has plans in the works to make more frequent appearances in the big cars among his racing endeavors in the coming years.

Hamilton gives thanks to Jonathan Byrd's, Mister Quik Home Services and Hoosier Tire for the opportunity to compete in the penultimate race of the 2018 Silver Crown season. Kody Swanson won the first appearance at LOR in May ahead of brother Tanner Swanson who charged from 22nd to 2nd and was challenging for the win during the final laps.

A field of 22 cars is expected for the event with former race winners and champions across the board. Past LOR Silver Crown winners Kody Swanson, Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Ryan Newman, Russ Gamester and David Byrne are entered along with past champs K. Swanson, Newman, Chris Windom, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Dave Darland, plus 2012 Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton and current top Rookie Kyle Robbins, among many others.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 3, 2018 – Petaluma, California – Petaluma Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.311; 2. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-14.358; 3. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-14.413; 4. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-14.449; 5. John Clark, 12J, Clark-14.450; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.457; 7. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-14.468; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.489; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.530; 10. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-14.530; 11. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-14.642; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-14.699; 13. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-14.780; 14. Max Adams, 3T, Finkenbinder-14.806; 15. Gary Paulson, 45, Kleinhans-14.849; 16. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.859; 17. Shayna Sylvia, 3F, Finkenbinder-15.021; 18. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-15.102; 19. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.621; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-29.895; 21. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. R.J.Johnson, 3. Gardner, 4. McCarthy, 5. C.Williams, 6. Larson, 7. Brophy. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Faria, 3. Gansen, 4. Ensign, 5. Clark, 6. Sylvia. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. C.Johnson, 3. L.Williams, 4. A.Williams, 5. Arriaga, 6. Paulson, 7. Brace. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Austin Willams, 3. Danny Faria Jr., 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Logan Williams, 9. Max Adams, 10. Geoff Ensign, 11. R.J. Johnson, 12. Richard Brace Jr., 13. Shayna Sylvia, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. John Clark, 16. Nick Larson, 17. Chase Johnson, 18. Ricky Brophy, 19. Gary Paulson, 20. Jake Swanson, 22. Shawn Arriaga. NT --------------------------- **Clark flipped during qualifications. Swanson flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bernal. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Richard Brace Jr. (20th to 12th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Bernal-217, 2-A.Williams-213, 3-Roa-208, 4-Faria-204, 5-Gardner-190, 6-Adams-165, 7-C.Williams-163, 8-Ensign-150, 9-R.J.Johnson-149, 10-L.Williams-144

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 6 – Chico, California – Silver Dollar Speedway – “Gold Cup Race of Champions / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

GAS CITY & KOKOMO THE HOT TICKET FOR USAC SPRINTS THIS FRI./SUN.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

An Indiana state double-dip for the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars is on tap this weekend with a pair of events on Friday, September 7, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Sunday, September 9, at Kokomo Speedway.

The Gas City trip marks the return of the series to the quarter-mile oval for the first time since July of 2017 when Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary emerged with the victory in a wild one, passing Robert Ballou with five laps remaining to score the win.

Thirty USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car events have been held at Gas City since debuting on the schedule in 2002. Expected entrants for Friday's race who've been victorious in a USAC event at Gas City include Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. (2006 & 08), Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2009 & 11), Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. (2013), Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. (2015), Chase Stockon of Fort Branch, Ind. (2015), Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016), Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. (2016) and Leary (2017).

The victories for Cottle, Weir and Courtney were each their first visits to victory lane in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition. Speaking of that fact, the most recent occasion the series was on Hoosier state soil produced a first-time winner as well in Collinsville, Oklahoma's Tyler Thomas, who won at Kokomo a couple weeks back on the second night of "Sprint Car Smackdown VII." The following night's finale was rained out and will be made up this Sunday at Kokomo Speedway.

The unique format will feature qualifying races, plus the "King of the Hill" two-car, three lap shootouts that pits the top-8, locked in A-Main drivers competing for their starting spots in the night's A-Main, which leads into the last chance races and concludes with the 40-lap A-Main.

The top-8 drivers locked into Sunday's feature include "Smackdown" point leader Tyler Courtney, winner of last Friday's Sprint feature at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Justin Grant is second ahead of Tyler Thomas, Brady Bacon, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Chris Windom and Jason McDougal, who was victorious for the first time in USAC competition last Saturday at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri, then followed it up with a local win at Kokomo.

C.J. Leary leads the B & W Auto Mart Passing Master Award standings, passing a total of 16 cars throughout the preliminary and feature events throughout the two nights of "Smackdown" run thus far.

Friday night at Gas City, the pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 while kids 12 and under are free and pit passes are $30 apiece.

Sunday at Kokomo, all gates open at 2pm. Cars hit the track at 5pm with racing to immediately follow. Additionally, a program for the BOSS Sprint Series will be held in addition to USAC's "Smackdown" program. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 10 & under tickets are free with paid adult (general admission only). Pit passes for all ages are $45.

Three-day "Smackdown" ticketholders must turn in their wristband at the ticket window in exchange for a new one. Tickets that were already redeemed are NOT valid for re-entry. It is only the wristband that will be accepted as a rain check, no exceptions.

The Kokomo race will be streamed live on http://www.SpeedShiftTV.com/. Both Gas City and Kokomo will be available to watch on-demand a day after the event is run on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ and you can listen to both live on the USAC app.

 

 

SILVER CROWN STARS ARRIVE SATURDAY AT LOR FOR VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana.........The penultimate USAC Silver Crown Champ Car race on the 2018 calendar brings the series back to the blacktop for the final time this year on the tricky, paved .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway, located west of Indianapolis Saturday, September 8, for the "Rich Vogler Classic."

Over the last decade, the three dominant figures at the track in Silver Crown competition at LOR have been namely brothers Tanner Swanson, Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos.

Tanner put on a show back in May's "Carb Night Classic" at LOR, opting to start from the tail for a chance at a substantial bonus payday, driving from 22nd to 2nd, coming up just short to Kody at the checkered. Tanner, of Kingsburg, Calif., owns a pair of "Vogler Classic" wins in 2013 and 2015 among his five wins at LOR in the Silver Crown car, tied with Mike Bliss for the most all-time at the track that's hosted USAC events annually since its 1961 opening.

Kody has collected four wins over that span at LOR, including the 2016 "Vogler Classic." Kody, also from Kingsburg , Calif., recently surpassed Jack Hewitt as the winningest Silver Crown driver of all-time with his 24th win in the most recent pavement Silver Crown race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in August. Kody holds a commanding 76-point advantage in the standings as he aims to claim an unprecedented fourth career Silver Crown title.

Franklin, Massachusetts' Bobby Santos is the lone driver not named Kody Swanson to win one on the pavement this season. While Kody has won the last four, Santos captured the opener at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz. in April. Santos has triumphed on four occasions at LOR, including last year's "Vogler Classic."

The lone active driver outside of that three to have barged into victory line at LOR in that span is Shullsburg, Wisconsin's David Byrne, who was victorious in one of the most memorable finishes in the long history of the series. Byrne charged like a madman following the final restart with less than 10 laps to go, then ran down Tanner Swanson on the final corner of the final lap to win the 2014 "Vogler Classic" in what remains his only Silver Crown win to date. Byrne currently resides in the fourth spot in the standings.

The "Rich Vogler Classic" has a rich history that dates to 1991 and was run for many years at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Expected entrants for Saturday's round at LOR who also have wins in the "Vogler Classic" there are past Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 winner Ryan Newman of South Bend, Ind. in 2000 and Dave Darland in 2005.

Newman also claimed his first career Silver Crown victory right at LOR in the Spring of 1999 on his way to the series title.

Greenfield, Indiana's Eric Gordon has made a successful return to competition this season on the pavement. The nine-time "Little 500" winner collected three USAC National Sprint Car victories at LOR, one each in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. had a solid top-five finish in this past May's Silver Crown go at LOR. The 2016 series champ has raced to victory in the Silver Crown series' two most recent outings on the Illinois dirt miles in Springfield and Du Quoin. The win was his first for longtime car owner Gene Nolen, who himself possesses a pair of victories at LOR with drivers Johnny Parsons in 1991 and Jim Keeker in 1995.

Windom has the third spot in the points coming into LOR, one position behind Ione, California's Justin Grant who's substantially stepped up his game on the pavement with two poles at Toledo (Ohio) Speedway and Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway.

Windom's teammate Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. has started on the front row in the past two races and is fifth in points. Kyle Robbins tops the Rookie of the Year race at seventh in the standings, seven ahead of Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott in eighth.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champ, won the Silver Crown stop at LOR back in the summer of 2000. Jim Anderson, of Joliet, Illinois, a 4thplace finisher at Madison in June, returns to the place where he made his first series start, an 8th, in May. Past Silver Crown Rookie of the Year Kyle Hamilton of Danville, Ind. is back along with USAC's all-time winningest female driver Toni Breidinger of Hillsborough, Calif. and two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Bill Rose of Plainfield, Ind.

Pits open at noon, with practice set for 3pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing at 7pm. The race will be live via pay-per-view on http://www.Speed51.com/ and tape-delayed for a later airing on MAVTV.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $25. Advance tickets for children 11 and under are $10. On the day of race, at the gate, adult general admission tickets are $25 and general admission tickets for children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

 

 

BC39 TO BE STREAMED LIVE ON SPEED SHIFT TV SEPT. 5-6

Speedway, Indiana.........Speed Shift TV will have exclusive live flag-to-flag coverage via pay-per-view of the September 5-6 Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink USAC P1 Insurance National Midget race from the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The broadcasts will begin at 5pm Eastern on both Wednesday and Thursday of the "BC39."

This is a cannot-miss event with an entry list boasting an unprecedented 118 drivers from coast-to-coast and around the globe, a USAC National Midget record for a single race.

The lineup literally contains an entire field of past USAC National Midget feature winners, 24 in total, and eight past series champs including Dave Darland (2001 & 2002), Tracy Hines (2015), Christopher Bell (2013), Tanner Thorson (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006 & 2007), Russ Gamester (1989), Spencer Bayston (2017) and J.J. Yeley (2013), who've all won feature events.

In addition, USAC Midget feature winners entered for the "BC39" include Steve Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Critter Malone, Billy Wease, Justin Grant, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, John Heydenreich, Davey Ray, Zeb Wise, Kevin Thomas, Jr., current series point leader Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon and Chad Boat.

Plus, you have a number of successful drivers who've yet to break into a USAC National Midget victory lane such as C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, Shane Cockrum, Tyler Thomas, the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car last weekend at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright.

Yeley is the lone driver in the field to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 during his career. However, he's not the only one with stock car experience on the famed 2.5-mile paved oval surrounding the ¼-mile dirt track. Eight-time Brickyard starter Landon Cassill plans to make his USAC debut at the "BC39."

Five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Conor Daly of Noblesville, Indiana has recently announced his intentions to make his USAC National Midget debut in the "BC39" for Landon Simon Racing.

Chase Briscoe has a plethora of experience of the fendered variety as well dirt track, open wheel cars. He combined those two talents to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' stop at Eldora Speedway in July.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets and all the race info can be found on http://www.TheBC39.com/.

Additionally, NBC Sports will broadcast a one-hour recap of the "BC39" on Friday, September 7, at 6pm Eastern.

 

 

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Casa Grande, Arizona – Central Arizona Speedway – “Hank Arnold Memorial”

DAVIS SWEEPS "HANK ANOLD MEMORIAL" AT CASA GRANDE
 
Casa Grande, Ariz.........Charles Davis Jr. of Buckeye, Ariz. won Sunday night's 25-lap "Hank Arnold Memorial" USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint race at Central Arizona Speedway. He also won there Saturday. On Sunday, Ronnie Clark took second ahead of Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau and Tye Mihocko.

HEAT RACE: (10 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr. (#50 Davis), 2. Michael Curtis (#11C Turner/Wheeler), 3. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 4. Chris Bonneau (#15 Bonneau), 5. Ronnie Clark (#6 Clark), 6. Andy Reinbold (#19 Reinbold/Underwood), 7. Mike Martin (#16 Martin), 8. Colton Maroney (#68 Maroney), 9. Matt Lundy (#98 Lundy), 10. Tyler Most (#3 Most). NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Charles Davis Jr., 2. Ronnie Clark, 3. Mike Martin, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Michael Curtis, 7. Matt Lundy, 8. Tyler Most, 9. Andy Reinbold, 10. Colton Maroney. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Reinbold, Laps 2-18 Clark, Laps 19-25 Davis. HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (6th to 1st) BEAVER STRIPES PASSING MASTER: Charles Davis Jr.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 8 – San Tan Valley, Arizona – Arizona Speedway – “Lealand McSpadden Tribute”

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

Calistoga, CA........Colby Copeland of Roseville, Calif. scored a surprise victory in Sunday's 30-lap "Louie Vermeil Classic" at Calistoga Speedway, leading all 30 laps to beat Brody Roa, Chase Johnson, Austin Williams and Ryan Bernal. Roa vaulted back into the series point lead as a result.

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.701; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.735; 3. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.747; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.818; 5. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-19.876; 6. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-19.876; 7. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.124; 8. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-20.138; 9. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-20.192; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-20.202; 11. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-20.255; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.286; 13. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-20.305; 14. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-20.325; 15. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-20.526; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.639; 17. Nick Larson, 24N, Larson-20.647; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.892; 19. Shayna Sylvia, 3T, Finkenbinder-20.894; 20. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-21.013; 21. Zack Lynskey, 7N, Lynskey-21.243; 22. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-21.646; 23. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-21.964; 24. Johnathon Henry, 8, Richardson-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Gardner, 3. Gansen, 4. Swanson, 5. Ensign, 6. Adams, 7. Sylvia, 8. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Roa, 3. C.Williams, 4. Copeland, 5. R.J.Johnson, 6. Larson, 7. Jessop, 8. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Vander Weerd, 2. A.Williams, 3. Faria, 4. C.Johnson, 5. McCarthy, 6. Lynskey, 7. L.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Colby Copeland, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Chase Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Danny Faria Jr., 7. Geoff Ensign, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Cody Williams, 10. Jace Vander Weerd, 11. Max Adams, 12. R.J. Johnson, 13. Logan Williams, 14. Chris Gansen, 15. Zack Lynskey, 16. Matt McCarthy, 17. Shayna Sylvia, 18. Cody Jessop, 19. Nick Larson, 20. Austin Ervine, 21. Jake Swanson, 22. Richard Brace Jr., 23. Damion Gardner. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Copeland SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (14th to 5th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Roa-142, 2-Bernal-139, 3-A.Williams-137, 4-Faria-133, 5-Gardner-117, 6-Adams-111, 7-Liggett-110, 8-Copeland-108, 9-C.Johnson-105, 10-Ensign-102.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 3 – Petaluma (CA) Speedway – “Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

September 2, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

Calistoga, CA........Shane Golobic of Fremont, Calif. followed Saturday night's "Louie Vermeil Classic" win with a repeat victory in Sunday night's feature at Calistoga Speedway. Michael Faccinto took second ahead of Ryan Bernal, Alex Schutte and Robby Josett.
 

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-19.877; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-20.159; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-20.281; 4. Robby Josett, 9F, Dodenhoff-20.567; 5. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-20.602; 6. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-20.620; 7. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-20.728; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-20.852; 9. Johnathon Henry, 3F, Finkenbinder-21.110; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-21.564; 11. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-23.455; 12. Kyle Beilman, 2, Josett-24.817; 13. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-28.063.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Golobic, 3. Faccinto, 4. Henry, 5. Mitchell, 6. Bernal. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. Josett, 3. Dalby, 4. Prickett, 5. Sarna, 6. Beilman. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Michael Faccinto, 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Alex Schutte, 5. Robby Josett, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. David Prickett, 8. Ronnie Gardner, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Johnathon Henry, 11. Marvin Mitchell, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. Kyle Beilman. NT ----------------------- **Bernal flipped during the first heat race.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Josett, Laps 6-20 Golobic SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (11th to 3rd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: September 15– Ventura (CA) Raceway

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

WINDOM'S PLAN COMES TOGETHER IN Du QUOIN TED HORN 100 VICTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Every driver, every team has a plan when they enter the ring for 100 miles of USAC Silver Crown racing at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Sometimes those plans go awry and sometime those plans come to fruition. Then again, other times, the way things play out don't fit into either of those columns. Sometimes, you must take advantage of the hand you're dealt and see where it goes.

That was how Chris Windom's Sunday night played out down the stretch for the topsy-turvy conclusion to the latest edition of the "Ted Horn 100."

Not one, but two race leaders ran out of fuel during the final 13-lap stretch and the Canton, Illinois driver was poised to pounce, leading the final six laps to win his second "Ted Horn 100" in the last three years. He also became the first driver in a decade, since Brian Tyler in 2008, to sweep both Silver Crown races on the Illinois dirt miles of Du Quoin and Springfield in the same year.

Windom started eighth in the 30-car field aboard his Gene Nolen Racing/KECO Coatings/Maxim/Tranter Chevy. Meanwhile, up front, his teammate and outside front row starter Jerry Coons, Jr. notched the top spot, maneuvering around the outside of pole sitter Jacob Wilson to lead the opening six circuits.

Brady Bacon was a man in motion early on, riding the high line from the fourth starting spot to the lead past Coons on lap seven.

The race came to a halt on the 15th lap when J.C. Bland's rear axle snapped, sending him flipping over the inside guardrail on the back straightaway nearing the entrance to turn three.

The ensuing restart was a Flying Wallendas high wire act between Bacon and C.J. Leary, both running the fence at a torrid pace as they separated themselves from the pack until the second and final stoppage of the night on lap 34 when series Rookie Austin Mundie flipped it over in turn one and walked away unscathed.

When the time came to restart, race leader Bacon's car was unable to fire. His car was pushed to the infield without power and, being unable to restart due to a clutch issue, retired for the remainder of the evening.

That gave the lead to Leary who was a rocket right out of the box in his second race for the DMW Motorsports team, riding the high line to perfection and constantly extending his lead, up to over three seconds by the halfway point. As the laps wound down to 40 to go and 30 to go, Leary maintained a lead of between two and three seconds, with Windom in third another 10 whole seconds back.

While Windom had an inkling that both Leary and Courtney would run into issues with fuel, he wasn't exactly sure if or when he had to turn up the wick to catch them as he remained disciplined at his own pace.

"It's really hard in that situation," Windom explained. "I didn't know when to pick it up because we never got a caution. There really wasn't a right time to. I don't feel like I've really learned that until this year. You really have to pace yourself. It may not always work out but, nine times out of ten, it's going to work out because the pace those guys tried setting there, I didn't think was sustainable for 100 laps."

Chris Windom's triumph also added a third Du Quoin Silver Crown victory to car owner Gene Nolen's list of accomplishments, previously scoring wins with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

The furious pace on the long green flag run and running the high line for the entire duration of the race would soon rear its ugly head with 15 laps remaining. Courtney began to pulley the once untouchable Leary, ultimately passing the sputtering Leary on the 88th lap exiting turn two. Leary slowed considerably, but was able to nurse his ride home the rest of the way for a seventh place finish.

Now, Courtney was in control, and he too had no hesitation of letting up anytime soon, stretching his advantage over Windom to 5.4 seconds with six laps to go just before the proverbial rug got pulled out from beneath the Indianapolis, Indiana driver and his bid to claim his first win on a mile.

On lap 95, Courtney's thirsty engine sputtered off turn four, coasting down the front straightaway and gave way to Windom who had planned to be in contention at the end, but most probably not in the manner it ultimately did.

"I didn't think the race was going to play out that way," Windom admits. "I didn't think we'd go green for that long. I thought we'd get a caution with 20 or 30 to go, then I'd be able to race them for the lead. It never came, so then I started thinking with 20 to go that, with the pace they're setting, there's no way they're going to last. I got a little more nervous when there were 13 to go and they were still 13 seconds ahead of me. Finally, my spotter came over the radio and said the No. 10 and then the 97 was slowing. So, I knew it was our race to lose at that point."

"I moved down and tried to conserve fuel then because I started getting nervous that I was going to run out," Windom continued. These races are different every time. You never know what you're going to get. I don't think I've ever ran a Crown race at that pace for that long. I tried to manage it as long as I could. I've had to learn the hard way a lot of times here while leading. I've run out of fuel and crashed multiple times. I tried to take what I've learned from the past and put it to use here today."

That experience ultimately paid off for Windom, the 2016 series champ, as he was able to bring home his eighth career Silver Crown score to move into sole possession of 14th on the all-time list. The triumph also added a third Du Quoin Silver Crown victory to car owner Gene Nolen's list of accomplishments, previously scoring wins with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999.

Same as Springfield, Windom led only a scant number of laps (15 in total between there and Du Quoin) but came away with two monster victories on his racing resume. Also similar was Kevin Thomas, Jr. finishing in the runner-up spot. Shane Cockrum took third ahead of Justin Grant with Kody Swanson rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds were Mike Haggenbottom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Dyson (Wilwood Brakes 13th place finisher) and Terry James (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2018 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - "Ted Horn 100"

QUALIFYING: 1. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-30.214; 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 20, Nolen-30.286; 3. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-30.343; 4. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.452; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-30.474; 6. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-30.605; 7. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-30.650; 8. Chris Windom, 17, Nolen-30.670; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-30.737; 10. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-30.739; 11. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-30.744; 12. Kody Swanson, 63, DePalma-30.806; 13. Joe Liguori, 4, Liguori-30.847; 14. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-31.077; 15. Joey Moughan, 29, Moughan-31.183; 16. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-31.193; 17. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-31.214; 18. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.296; 19. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-31.408; 20. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-31.856; 21. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-31.874; 22. Bill Rose, 75, Rose-31.911; 23. Russ Gamester, 51, Gamester-31.941; 24. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.199; 25. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-32.275; 26. Mike Haggenbottom, 124, Haggenbottom-32.311; 27. J.C. Bland, 5, Bland-32.340; 28. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-32.418; 29. Chris Dyson, 9, Dyson-32.792; 30. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-32.922; 31. Keith Burch, 24, Burch-33.090; 32. A.J. Fike, 14, McQuinn-33.125; 33. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-33.415; 34. Terry James, 23, Satterthwaite-33.778; 35. Jackie Burke, 33, Burke-33.807; 36. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-35.851; 37. Danny Long, 44, Long-NT; 38. Chris Fetter, 89, Fetter-NT.

LAST CHANCE RACE: (12 laps) 1. Haggenbottom, 2. Dyson, 3. Bland, 4. Burch, 5. Babb, 6. Weyant, 7. James, 8. Welpott, 9. Buckwalter, 10. Burke. 6:41.75

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (8), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Shane Cockrum (14), 4. Justin Grant (9), 5. Kody Swanson (12), 6. David Byrne (6), 7. C.J. Leary (3), 8. Austin Nemire (17), 9. Joey Moughan (15), 10. Kyle Robbins (7), 11. Mike Haggenbottom (25), 12. Bill Rose (22), 13. Chris Dyson (26), 14. Tyler Courtney (11), 15. Shane Cottle (16), 16. Jerry Coons Jr. (2), 17. Jacob Wilson (1), 18. Joe Liguori (13), 19. Keith Burch (28), 20. Patrick Lawson (21), 21. Brady Bacon (4), 22. Matt Goodnight (20), 23. Chris Urish (10), 24. Austin Mundie (19), 25. Terry Babb (29), 26. Brian Tyler (24), 27. Korey Weyant (30), 28. J.C. Bland (27), 29. Russ Gamester (23), 30. Jeff Swindell (18). NT ------------------------------ **Bland flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Mundie flipped on lap 34 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Coons, Laps 7-34 Bacon, Laps 35-87 Leary, Laps 88-94 Courtney, Laps 95-100 Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER AWARD: Mike Haggenbottom (25th to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Dyson

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Terry James

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Swanson-583, 2-Grant-507, 3-Windom-503, 4-Byrne-439, 5-Coons-378, 6-Bobby Santos-329, 7-Robbins-326, 8-Welpott-319, 9-Goodnight-309, 10-Nemire-286.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE September 8 - Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis - Brownsburg, Indiana - "Rich Vogler Classic"

 

LEFFEL EXTENDS POINT LEAD WITH MONTPELIER SCORE

Montpelier, IN........Aaron Leffel of Springfield, Ohio extended his lead in the USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget series standings with Saturday night's 20-lap feature victory at Montpelier Motor Speedway. He grabbed the lead from Alex Watson on lap nine and never looked back as Watson came home second ahead of Strattion Briggs, Jon Steed and Gunnar Lucius.

USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER MIDGET RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2018 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 3. Stratton Briggs (Briggs #71) ,4. Jon Steed (#11T Taylor), 5. Gunnar Lucius (#22L Lucius), 6. Taylor Cox (#7x Cox), 7. Kevib Blue ($DW7 Blue), 8. Brent Watson (#17k Watson), 9. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 10. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bifgelow), 11. Kenny Key (#5c Key), 12. Zach Guingrich (#11G Guingrich), 13. Ben Taylor (#11T Taylor), 14. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 15. Tom Hunt (#12 Hunt). NT ----------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 A.Watson, Lap 5 Leffel, Laps 6-8 A.Watson, Laps 9-20 Leffel.

NEW USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER POINTS: 1-Leffel-652, 2-A.Watson-501, 3-Briggs-495, 4-Steed-437, 5-Chett Gehrke-432, 6-Cory Guingrich-395, 7-Jon Watson-384, 8-Trey Osborne-278, 9-Kriegbaum-273, 10-John Heydenreich-268.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 MIDWEST THUNDER RACE: September 8 - Canton, Ill. - Spoon River Speedway - w/IMRA

 

 

McDOUGAL WINS FIRST WITH LATE RACE PASS OF ROOMIE AT I-55

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Pevely, Missouri.........Back at the end of May, Jason McDougal moved from his Broken Arrow, Oklahoma home to the state of Indiana to further his racing career.

Sight unseen, at the invitation of fellow racer Kevin Thomas, Jr., McDougal became roommates with Thomas and his wife Whitney at their home.

Fast forward to Saturday night and the final restart with five laps remaining in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car debut at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. McDougal put his Daigh-Phillips Motorsports/DRC/Foxco Chevy up on the rail and outdueled Thomas on the final restart with five laps remaining to pick up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory.

It's been quite a run for McDougal who has quickly made a name for himself in the USAC ranks over the past handful of months, an opportunity he said wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the driver he defeated on night two of the Brandt "River Town Showdown."

"It was actually his idea for me to be here," McDougal explained. "He gave me this opportunity, honestly, to be doing this right now. Without him, I wouldn't be here. I know he's down on himself right now for losing, but I know, deep down, he's proud."

Initially, it was McDougal who held the point on the opening lap by mere inches as he tussled to and fro with Chase Stockon for the first three laps, with Stockon emerging at the forefront as an incident in turn three shook up the look at the front when Thomas and Robert Ballou made contact battling for the third position in turn three.

Thomas took a hop, skip and a jump before landing on all fours and motoring on. Meanwhile, Ballou took the worst of it, sliding sideways to a stop in the middle of turn three. He restarted from the tail and made a miraculous charge back through the field to a third-place finish by race's end.

By lap 12, the leaders had hit L.A. rush hour construction zone traffic with cars spread from the inside wall to the outside concrete, leaving not much room for the frontrunners to maneuver. It would take precise precision, which Thomas used to thread the eye of the needle between Stockon and the lapped car of Chuck Walker in turn three on lap 13 to grab the lead. Stockon went down swinging, racing back to the bottom, wheel-to-wheel with Thomas until Thomas secured the position.

In the scramble, you could throw an electric blanket over the top seven, which ultimately was tail-ended by McDougal where he had dropped to and would remain throughout the midway point. McDougal steadily worked his way back toward the front, to fourth by lap 18 and to third by the 19th lap behind Thomas and now Courtney, the previous night's winner in Granite City, Ill., who threw multiple figurative punches at Thomas with a slider in turn one on the 21st lap to take the lead before Thomas returned the favor in turn four to reclaim the spot later that same lap.

On the 25th lap, one of the most frightening incidents of the season occurred as Walker climbed the front straightaway wall and got into the catch fencing in turn one, tearing down several posts and links as he helicoptered across the track upside down with pieces and parts of his yellow racecar strewn about the property.

Walker climbed out of the wreckage and walked away under his own power with a severely damaged machine. The ensuing carnage resulted in a nearly one-hour red flag period, forcing drivers to sit, wait, and ponder what they would do on this final restart.

McDougal and the team decided not to make a single mechanical change during the open red, but there was a benefit to it all for McDougal that wasn't associated with bringing out any tools or tool accessories.

McDougal became the second driver in the last three races to pick up his first career series victory, joining fellow Okie Tyler Thomas, who won just eight days earlier at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. (Rich Forman Photo)

"Honestly, having that long red kind of helped," McDougal said. "I was getting a little tired on that long green run. I knew I had to concentrate, hit my marks and not worry about what everyone else was going to do. We had it rolling pretty good early and we were trying the top. After the first couple of laps, it seemed like it went right around the bottom and I fell back, then the top picked back up. We were pretty consistent all night around the top."

And so, the stage had been set with the established Thomas leading the young, upstart McDougal for the final restart.

While Thomas stayed tried and true to the bottom of the track, McDougal simply threw caution to the wind and ripped the top with relentless abandon, surging past Thomas with four laps to go. Thomas hung on tightly and tried not to let go of his fading grip of the lead, but McDougal had his ride and the topside of the racetrack working in unison, like a bullet train on a monorail.

McDougal was flawless with the laps dwindling and wouldn't be denied on this particular night, bringing home his first checkered flag with USAC. McDougal became the second driver in the last three races to pick up his first career series victory, joining fellow Okie Tyler Thomas, who won just eight days earlier at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway. New series point leader, by one, Thomas, finished second ahead of Ballou, Courtney and Justin Grant.

It was only McDougal's fourth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race in the No. 71p for Steve and Carla Phillips, owners of 17 series wins with Darland between 2013 and 2015.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 were Robert Ballou (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Chalk Stix/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Korey Weyant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Jadon Rogers (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2018 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.440; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.548; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.626; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.719; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.797; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.842; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.868; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.869; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.977; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.983; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.032; 12. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.107; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-13.144; 14. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-13.203; 15. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-13.392; 16. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-13.424; 17. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.432; 18. Korey Weyant, 99w, Weyant-13.569; 19. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-13.608; 20. Chuck Walker, 55, Walker-13.878; 21. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.381; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Courtney, 5. Rogers, 6. Seiler, 7. Parmeley. 1:44.38 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Williams, 3. Grant, 4. Leary, 5. Bacon, 6. Clouser, 7. Walker. 1:45.85

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Weyant, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Budde, 7. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT ---------------------------- **Walker flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McDougal, Laps 2-12 Stockon, Laps 13-14 Thomas, Laps 15-16 Stockon, Laps 17-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Korey Weyant (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jadon Rogers

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jadon Rogers

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-1997, 2-Courtney-1996, 3-Windom-1979, 4-Darland-1738, 5-Bacon-1735, 6-Stockon-1704, 7-Leary-1651, 8-Grant-1650, 9-Ballou-1606, 10-Chapple-1087.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 7 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-21.054; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-21.163; 3. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-21.616; 4. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-21.621; 5. Max Adams, 3F, Finkenbinder-21.637; 6. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-21.691; 7. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-21.697; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-21.745; 9. Cody Jessop, 35, Grier-21.876; 10. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-21.880; 11. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-21.971; 12. Logan Williams, 5, Jory-22.001; 13. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-22.007; 14. Johnathan Henry, 8, Richardson-22.012; 15. Geoff Ensign, 56, Phulps-22.171; 16. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-22.232; 17. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-22.243; 18. Colby Copeland, 16A, Copeland-22.337; 19. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-22.488; 20. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-22.499; 21. Nick Larson, 24, Larson-22.787; 22. Shayna Silvia, 3T, Finkenbinder-23.080; 23. Richard Brace Jr., 2R, Brace-23.081; 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-23.252; 25. Zack Lynskey, 7N, Lynskey-23.259; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-23.347.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Roa, 2. A.Williams, 3. Bernal, 4. Gardner, 5. Liggett, 6. Gansen, 7. Lyskey, 8. Sylvia, 9. Ervine. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. C.Williams, 2. Adams, 3. Swanson, 4. Faria, 5. C.Johnson, 6. Henry, 7. Aton, 8. McCarthy, 9. Brace. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Copeland, 2. Ensign, 3. Jessop, 4. R.Johnson, 5. L.Williams, 6. Vander Weerd, 7. Larson, 8. Thorson. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Danny Faria Jr., 3. Ryan Bernal, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Max Adams, 6. Brody Roa, 7. R.J. Johnson, 8. Austin Liggett, 9. Logan Williams, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Cody Williams, 12. Geoff Ensign, 13. Cody Jessop, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Johnathon Henry, 16. Billy Aton, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Chris Gansen, 19. Shayna Silvia, 20. Richard Brace Jr., 21. Austin Ervine, 22. Chase Johnson, 23. Zack Lynskey, 24. Colby Copeland, 25. Nick Larson, 26. Tanner Thorson. NT --------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-21 Faria, Laps 22-25 Gardner SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Matt McCarthy (26th to 10th)

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEW BULLET IMPRESSIONS CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Gardner-81, 2-Bernal-73, 3-Faria-72, 4-A.Williams-68, 5-Adams-67, 6-Roa-63, 7-R.J.Johnson-58, 8-Liggett-53, 9-L.Williams-50, 10-C.Williams-49.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 2 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week”

 

 

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 – Calistoga, California – Calistoga Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Shane Golobic, 17W, Wood-21.835; 2. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-21.884; 3. Michael Faccinto, 9D, Dodenhoff-22.206; 4. Alex Schutte, 28, Schute/McElwee-22.218; 5. Dustin Golobic, 17G, Wood-22.591; 6. Robby Josett, 9F, Dodenhoff-22.672; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-22.804; 8. David Prickett, 24X, Neverlift-22.954; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31, Beilman-23.015; 10. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-23.167; 11. Johnathon Henry, 3F, Finkenbinder-23.179; 12. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-23.470; 13. Max Adams, 2, Josett-23.629; 14. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-24.061; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 16. Tanner Thorson, 3C, Lamar-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. D.Golobic, 3. S.Golobic, 4. Dalby, 5. Pankratz, 6. Beilman, 7. Henry, 8. Adams. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Josett, 2. Schutte, 3. Prickett, 4. Bernal, 5. Gardner, 6. Sarna, 7. Mitchell. NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Alex Schutte, 4. Robby Josett, 5. David Prickett, 6. Marvin Mitchell, 7. Dustin Golobic, 8. Michael Faccinto, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Randi Pankratz, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Tanner Thorson, 13. Johnathon Henry, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Max Adams, 16. Robert Dalby. NT ----------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Schutte, Laps 8-20 S.Golobic. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Ronnie Gardner (10th to 2nd)

NEW LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINTS:

NEXT LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER RACES: September 2 – Calistoga (CA) Speedway – “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic”

 

 

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS:

September 1, 2018 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.440; 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.548; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.626; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-12.719; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.797; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.842; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.868; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.869; 9. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.977; 10. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-12.983; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.032; 12. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-13.107; 13. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-13.144; 14. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-13.203; 15. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-13.392; 16. Scottie Gretzmacher, 16G, Gretzmacher-13.424; 17. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.432; 18. Korey Weyant, 99w, Weyant-13.569; 19. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-13.608; 20. Chuck Walker, 55, Walker-13.878; 21. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-14.381; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-14.854.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Ballou, 2. Windom, 3. Darland, 4. Courtney, 5. Rogers, 6. Seiler, 7. Parmeley. 1:44.38 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Williams, 3. Grant, 4. Leary, 5. Bacon, 6. Clouser, 7. Walker. 1:45.85

CHALK STIX/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas, 2. Chapple, 3. Stockon, 4. Weyant, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Budde, 7. Miller. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (2), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Robert Ballou (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Justin Grant (11), 6. C.J. Leary (8), 7. Dave Darland (7), 8. Chris Windom (10), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Korey Weyant (18), 11. Isaac Chapple (9), 12. Mario Clouser (14), 13. Jadon Rogers (13), 14. Chet Williams (17), 15. Scottie Gretzmacher (16), 16. Patrick Budde (21), 17. Adam Parmeley (22), 18. Wade Seiler (19), 19. Chuck Walker (20), 20. Brady Bacon (5), 21. Joe B. Miller (12), 22. Mitch Wissmiller (15). NT ---------------------------- **Walker flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 McDougal, Laps 2-12 Stockon, Laps 13-14 Thomas, Laps 15-16 Stockon, Laps 17-26 Thomas, Laps 27-30 McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Korey Weyant (18th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jadon Rogers

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jadon Rogers

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-K. Thomas-1997, 2-Courtney-1996, 3-Windom-1979, 4-Darland-1738, 5-Bacon-1735, 6-Stockon-1704, 7-Leary-1651, 8-Grant-1650, 9-Ballou-1606, 10-Chapple-1087.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 7 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

 


 

NOLAN ALLISON ACE AT ACE

Altamahaw, N.C.........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. won Friday night's 35-lap USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Ace Speedway, leading the final 31 laps after passing Johnny Petrozelle on laps five. Jessica Bean took second ahead of Neal Allison, Connor Gross and Petrozelle.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2018 - Altamahaw, North Carolina - Ace Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-15.832; 2. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.875; 3. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.017; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.056; 5. Johnny Petrozelle, 9, Race Gear-16.175; 6. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-16.230; 7. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16.261; 8. J.J. Horstman, 8, Race Gear-16.521; 9. Doug Patton, 39, Race Gear-17.147.

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Connor Gross, 5. Johnny Petrozelle, 6. Jordan Empie, 7. J.J. Horstman, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Doug Patton. NT --------------------------

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Petrozelle, Laps 5-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-649, 2-Nolan Allison-608, 3-Neal Allison-583, 4-Empie-483, 5-Sam Hatfield-481, 6-Gross-301, 7-Chris Lamb-286, 8-Dameron Taylor-245, 9-Riffle-210, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: September 1 - Robersonville, N.C. - East Carolina Motor Speedway

 

 

COURTNEY DELIVERS A STONE COLD PERFORMANCE IN GRANITE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois.........Tyler Courtney hasn't visited Tri-City Speedway that often throughout his racing career. In fact, Friday night marked just the fourth visit to the 3/8-mile dirt oval for the Indianapolis, Indiana driver. But, each time, it's been in a different type of car, from a micro, to a midget and to a winged sprint car.

Yet, it doesn't seem to matter what type of track Courtney visits this year. If it has a victory lane, seemingly, Courtney knows how to find his way there after 30 laps, which he did again for the ninth time this season in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition, leading the final 21 laps and warding off an all-out assault from Brady Bacon and Kevin Thomas, Jr. during the final laps to score his 15th career series win on night one of the Brandt "River Town Showdown" in his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy. The triumph ties him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler for 33rd all-time.

Courtney rolled off from the fourth-starting position, while C.J. Leary rocketed around the outside of pole sitter Chase Stockon to occupy the top spot off turn two on the opening lap, where he would remain for the first nine circuits.

On the tenth lap, Courtney seized the opportunity, diving to the bottom of turn one and sliding up in front of Leary to capture the lead. Leary surged back toward Courtney and the two made contact off the exit of turn two, sending Courtney sideways down the back straightaway. Courtney recovered as Leary made an attempt to reclaim his once-owned land up front to no avail.

Following a yellow for Kyle Stearns losing a wheel on his machine with 10 laps complete, Courtney was dominant up front with a clear track ahead of him after the lap 11 restart, breaking away to a 1.5 second advantage in the ensuing laps. Meanwhile, a jostling of position took place just behind with Bacon slipping by Leary for second off turn two on the 14th lap and, moments later, Thomas getting around Leary for the third position.

With less than ten to go, Courtney began to find himself mired in a minefield of traffic. As the heart rate began to race and the interval began to shrink, the plot thickened. One false step and the race could be handed over to the surging Bacon. Courtney took every action and reaction he could to stay afloat, splitting between the lapped cars of Daron Clayton and Mario Clouser entering turn one with six laps remaining to create some sorely-needed separation and buy a little bit of time.

"The lapped cars didn't want to go a lap down," Courtney recalled. "They're racing and doing their job. It's part of it. You have to get around them and just hope that you get around them at the right time and hope the guy behind you is going to struggle as well. Tonight, that wasn't the case. Once I got around him, he seemed to be right on my butt."

With four laps to go, Courtney drifted into turn one to split between lappers Isaac Chapple and Jadon Rogers. As Courtney swung wide, Bacon was glued to the bottom and found the drive to surge ahead to the lead briefly. Moments later, at the exit of two, Courtney looked like a rock in a slingshot, finding the grip to blast back past Bacon around the outside of the back straight to retake the lead.

Like Rockwell, Courtney felt like somebody, namely Bacon, was watching him and his every move, so he figured he'd better take action sooner rather than later.

"I knew someone had to be close because I wasn't getting through (turns) one and two very well, but I didn't know what else to do," Courtney replayed. "He showed me a nose there and I thought he was running all the way at the bottom. So, I went down to the bottom and he drove around me on the outside. I was kind of like, 'man, I don't know what to do here.' Luckily, we had a yellow there where I could regroup and look at the track a little better. I knew I was going to have to protect and I knew the (Thomas) was going to race (Bacon) really hard, which, obviously, played in our favor."

Tyler Courtney picked up his 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win Friday night at Tri-City Speedway, tying him with Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler for 33rd all-time. (Rich Forman Photo)

One lap later, the two switched roles entering turn one. Courtney stuck to the bottom and Bacon swept out wide from the bottom of one to the top of two. Bacon found the traction on the topside of the exit of turn two to pull ahead entering the third turn, but Courtney slid up in front of Bacon to maintain the top spot just as the yellow flew for an incident involving fifth-place running Justin Grant and Clouser between turns one and two, setting up one final restart for the win.

"Three laps are a lot with the guys we got in the series right now," Courtney admitted. "I knew they were going to have to be three perfect ones."

Courtney got a good jump on the field, but it was Thomas who was the one to watch down the stretch as he put himself right into contention for the victory, shooting past Bacon off turn four with two laps to go, then running down and applying some serious pressure to Courtney.

Courtney admits those final laps following the restart weren't exactly perfect, but they got the job done, holding off one final attempt by Thomas into turn three on the final go-around to win his ninth race of the year over Thomas, Bacon, Robert Ballou and Dave Darland.

Courtney became only the second driver in the last 15 seasons to have nine USAC National Sprint Car wins before the end of August and the first since Ballou's nine at this same juncture in 2015. Ballou eventually tallied up 13 total wins, second-most in a single season behind Tom Bigelow's record 14 in 1977.

Also, of note, Courtney became the newest series point leader by a single marker over Windom. Just six points behind the leader in the third position is Thomas in one of the closest point races in the history of the sport.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Tri-City Speedway were Isaac Chapple (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Zach Daum (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Joe B. Miller (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Daron Clayton (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Chet Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Patrick Budde (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2018 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-14.316 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-14.529; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.536; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.596; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-14.631; 6. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-14.638; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.697; 8. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.699; 9. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.809; 10. Mitch Wissmiller, 1, Wissmiller-14.851; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-14.854; 12. Zach Daum, 5D, Daum-14.860; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.942; 14. Jadon Rogers, 14J, Rogers-15.171; 15. Kent Schmidt, 5K, Schmidt-15.182; 16. Joe B. Miller, 51B, Miller-15.221; 17. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-15.284; 18. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-15.543; 19. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-15.640; 20. Wade Seiler, 7s, Seiler-15.758; 21. Kyle Stearns, 87, Stearns-15.781; 22. Adam Parmeley, 21B, Parmeley-16.582; 23. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-16.622; 24. Daron Clayton, 5o, Schmidt-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chapple, 2. K. Thomas, 3. Stockon, 4. Courtney, 5. Wissmiller, 6. Miller, 7. S. Thomas, 8. Paremeley. 2:00.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Darland, 3. Clouser, 4. Windom, 5. Bacon, 6. Rogers, 7. Seiler, 8. Budde. 1:59.12 (New Track Record)

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daum, 2. Leary, 3. Ballou, 4. Schmidt, 5. Williams, 6. Stearns, 7. Grant. 2:02.90

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Miller, 2. Clayton, 3. Grant, 4. Rogers, 5. Seiler, 6. S. Thomas, 7. Stearns, 8. Budde, 9. Parmeley. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 3. Brady Bacon (5), 4. Robert Ballou (9), 5. Dave Darland (11), 6. Chris Windom (3), 7. Zach Daum (12), 8. Justin Grant (7), 9. Chase Stockon (1), 10. Joe B. Miller (16), 11. Isaac Chapple (13), 12. Daron Clayton (22), 13. Chet Williams (18), 14. Mario Clouser (17), 15. Kent Schmidt (15), 16. Jadon Rogers (14), 17. Steve Thomas (19), 18. Jason McDougal (8), 19. Wade Seiler (20), 20. C.J. Leary (2), 21. Mitch Wissmiller (10), 22. Kyle Stearns (21). NT ---------------------------- **Clayton flipped during qualifying.

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

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Daron Clayton (22nd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chet Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Patrick Budde

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Courtney-1924, 2-Windom-1923, 3-K. Thomas-1918, 4-Bacon-1703, 5-Darland-1680, 6-Stockon-1651, 7-Leary-1591, 8-Grant-1586, 9-Ballou-1531, 10-Chad Boespflug-1084.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: September 1 - Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri - Brandt "River Town Showdown"

 

 

50 BIG LAPS FOR SUNDAY'S RED DIRT WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA!

The battle for the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma championship faces a huge weekend, with enhanced prize money and a big extended 50-lap feature event at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Thanks to the assistance of Hoosier Tires, Tri-State Claims of Oklahoma, Barksdale Automotive, Green Turf Sod, Machine Services, Boyd's Racing Engines, Downtown Digital Design, Annette Leesekamp, Jim Carr, Hardwood Innovations and Stinger Chassis, Sunday's race will be laced with unprecedented competition as drivers jostle for positions with the series conclusion in sight in October at Red Dirt.

Red Dirt Raceway promoters Cody & Melissa Brewer appreciate the added assistance of Jet Starr with Bagwell Dixie Co., Rick Kohn of Hardwood Innovations and Leon Brownlee of Tri-State Claims and Boyd's Racing Engines as the event salutes the memory of "The Flying Dutchman," the father of Jim Carr.

Gates open at 4 pm Sunday, with racing at 6. General admission is just $15, with kids under 54 inches tall FREE in the grandstand! Pit passes are $30.

Don't miss this special event, the first of three at Red Dirt which will close out the 2018 campaign.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,066, 3-Craig Carroll-969, 4-Cameron Hagin-964, 5-Casey Wills-929, 6-Michae Tyre II-926, 7-Johnny Kent-894, 8-Ty Hulsey-804, 9-Cody Jarvis-783, 10-Grant Wresche-771.

 

 

4 SPEED2 MIDGET RACES IN 3 STATES ON TAP THIS WEEK

Four races in three states occur in USAC's Speed2 Midget series this weekend.

Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. hosts Friday's Eastern series race, then ventures Saturday to East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, N.C. The Midwest Thunder series returns to Montpelier (Ind.) Motor Speedway Saturday and the Engler IMRA Speed2 series will compete at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Saturday.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Conn. took the lead on the white flag lap and led to the finish to win last Saturday night's USAC DMA Midget race at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. Adam Whitney took second ahead of Joe Krawiec, Jeff Horn and Derek O'Hearn. Only 20 points separate the top-four in the latest series points.

Nolan Allison of Greensboro, N.C. led all 35 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Dillon (S.C.) Motor Speedway. Sam Hatfield took second ahead of series point leader Jessica Bean, Connor Gross and Alex Murray.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-735, 2-Joe Krawiec-724, 3-Will Hull-723, 4-Seth Carlson-715, 5-Derek O'Hearn-677, 6-Justin Phillips-598, 7-Adam Whitney-585, 8-Brandon Emerson-486, 9-Mike Chaffee-468, 10-David Moniz-421.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-570, 2-Nolan Allison-532, 3-Neal Allison-515, 4-San Hatfield-481, 5-Jordan Empie-428, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Connor Gross-235, 9-Levi Riffle-160, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-855, 2-Shane Morgan-668, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Kurt Mueller-572, 5-Jake Sollenberger-510, 6-Brent Burrows-498, 7-Daltyn England-479, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Kevin Battefeld-424, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-582, 2-Alex Watson-434, 3-Chett Gehrke-432, 4-Stratton Briggs-431, 5-Cory Guingrich-395, 6-Jon Watson-384, 7-Jon Steed-376, 8-Trey Osborne-278, 9-John Heydenreich-268, 10-Kyle Kriegbaum-248.

 

 

1ST OF 3 RED DIRT OKLAHOMA SPRINT RACES OPENS SUNDAY

Meeker, Oklahoma.........Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. opens a three-race stretch which will close out the 2018 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma campaign, hosting the series this Sunday night, September 2.

Only two points separate Danny Smith and Brett Wilson in the latest standings, with Craig Carroll third in the points entering the final three races.

Wilson won the series opener at Red Dirt in March and Cameron Hagin won there in May. Rain forced cancellation of the last Red Dirt outing in June.

The Meeker oval will host September 7 and October 5 races to complete the 2018 series schedule.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,066, 3-Craig Carroll-969, 4-Cameron Hagin-964, 5-Casey Wills-929, 6-Michael Tyre II-926, 7-Johnny Kent-894, 8-Ty Hulsey-804, 9-Cody Jarvis-783, 10-Grant Wresche-771.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS EYE CASA GRANDE’S “HANK ARNOLD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 29, 2018… The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday and Sunday (September 1st & 2nd) at Central Arizona Speedway in Casa Grande, Arizona. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the annual “Hank Arnold Memorial” will also feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sport Mods, Pure Stocks, Bombers, and Power 600 Micro Sprints. The spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. . The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed. The 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 SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.southwestsprintcars.com or www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

Since 1967, the “Hank Arnold Memorial” has been a part 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), Charles Davis Jr. (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), and Rick Ziehl (1). Davis won the last running of the Hank Arizona Memorial in 2016 at Canyon Speedway Park. An event win list is at the end of this release.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted eleven USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. won the March 23, 2013 debut and leads the series with five victories, including the last March and April shows. R.J. Johnson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 15.058 on October 29, 2016 and the Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Heading to the tenth point race, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) heads to Casa Grande with a stout 97-point lead. Driving his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis has five feature wins, six heat race victories, three Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 191feature laps led. The five-time Arizona Sprint Car Champion has 25 SouthWest wins and will be looking to sweep the “Hank Arnold Memorial.”

“The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Peoria, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #5 Hunt Realty by Dave Wilson / Mears Mechanical Spike, Mihocko has one feature win, two heat race victories, two Beaver Stripes Passing Master Awards, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes, and six feature laps led in the campaign. “The Bull” will have his sights on adding his name to the “Hank Arnold Memorial” winner’s list.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Racing his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / Ultimate Offroad Maxim, Martin has three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, ten top-10 finishes, and 5 feature laps led to his credit. The 2004 SCRA Rookie of the Year has five series wins and will be looking to claim the $1,500 paydays.

Michael Curtis (Cottonwood, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Driving Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler’s #11C DAR Racing / JT Engineering Maxim, Curtis has one heat race victory, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, one hard charger award, nine top-10 finishes and 4 feature laps led on the season. The young driver will have his sights on earning his first series win at Central Arizona Speedway.

Five-time USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champion, R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is fifth in point chase. Racing both the Reinbold/Underwood #19 Spike and Bobby Martin’s #51 Sherman, Johnson has four feature wins, three heat race victories, one Beaver Stripes Passing Master Award, six top-10 finishes, and 75 feature laps led. Johnson will miss the “Hank Arnold Memorial” to race in California with the USAC/CRA 410 sprints.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, Dennis Gile, Josh Pelkey, Chris Bonneau, Zack Madrid, Andy Reinbold, Tyler Most, Sterling Cling, Mason Keefer, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Brent Yarnal, Larry Kesterson, Rick Shuman, 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/Military tickets are $12, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit www.centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Hoosier Tire, and Beaver Stripes for their support. For more information on the series, visit www.southwestsprintcars.com, www.usacracing.com, or follow the series on Facebook.
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SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2013-R.J. Johnson, 2014-R.J. Johnson, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-R.J. Johnson, 2017-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, 1982-NO RACE, 1983-Wayne Bennet, 1984-Wayne Bennet, 1985-NO RACE, 1986-NO RACE, 1987-NO RACE, 1988-Billy Boat, 1989-Wayne Bennet, 1990-Marty Wilcox, 1991-Dick Kelm, 1992-Bob Ream Jr., 1993-Curt Brown, 1994-Mike Boat, 1995-NO RACE, 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, 2012-NO RACE, 2013-NO RACE, 2014-Stevie Sussex, 2015-R.J. Johnson, 2016-Charles Davis Jr., 2017-NO RACE.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 5-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 5-Charles Davis Jr., 4-R.J. Johnson, 1-Jeremy Campbell, 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Charles Davis Jr.-709, 2. Tye Mihocko-612, 3. Mike Martin-577, 4. Michael Curtis-510, 5. R.J. Johnson-480, 6. Matt Lundy-476, 7. Dennis Gile-440, 8. Josh Pelkey-436, 9. Chris Bonneau-361, 10. Zack Madrid-288, 11. Andy Reinbold-283, 12. Tyler Most-274, 13. Tyler Adams-200, 14. Sterling Cling-196, 15. Austin Kuehl-174, 16. Jake Swanson-172, 17. Kyle Shipley-162, 18. Mason Keefer-156, 19. Matt Rossi-155, 20. Brent Yarnal-149.

2018 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
September 1: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hank Arnold Memorial)
September 8: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Lealand McSpadden Tribute)
September 21: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
September 22: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Sands Chevrolet Southwest Championships)
October 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Race For The Cure)
October 27: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 2: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with USAC West Coast Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC RECORD 118 MIDGETS OFFICIALLY ENTERED FOR BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The final entry list is set for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink and, man, it's extraordinary!

When the entry period concluded at noon on Wednesday, 118 USAC P1 Insurance Nationals Midgets had entered the September 5-6 event at the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway Dirt Track, toppling the record book for most cars to ever to enter a USAC National Midget event in its 63 years of history.

The all-time highest car count in the series came in 1990 when 109 competed in the final race at the famed Ascot Park half-mile in Gardena, California for the annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The lineup literally contains an entire field of past USAC National Midget feature winners, 24 in total, and eight past series champs including Dave Darland (2001 & 2002), Tracy Hines (2015), Christopher Bell (2013), Tanner Thorson (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2006 & 2007), Russ Gamester (1989), Spencer Bayston (2017) and J.J. Yeley (2013), who've all won feature events.

In addition, USAC Midget feature winners entered for the "BC39" include Steve Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Tyler Courtney, Critter Malone, Billy Wease, Justin Grant, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, John Heydenreich, Davey Ray, Zeb Wise, Kevin Thomas, Jr., current series point leader Logan Seavey, Brady Bacon and Chad Boat.

Plus, you have a number of successful drivers who've yet to break into a USAC National Midget victory lane such as C.J. Leary, Chris Windom, Matt Westfall, Shane Cockrum, Tyler Thomas, the most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car last weekend at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright.

Yeley is the lone driver in the field to have competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 during his career. However, he's not the only one with stock car experience on the famed 2.5-mile paved oval surrounding the ¼-mile dirt track. Eight-time Brickyard starter Landon Cassill plans to make his USAC debut at the "BC39."

Chase Briscoe has a plethora of experience of the fendered variety as well dirt track, open wheel cars. He combined those two talents to win the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' stop at Eldora Speedway in July.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 5pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets and all the race info can be found on http://www.TheBC39.com/.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(118 Cars Entered)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
5T PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG AUSTIN LANGENSTEIN/Scranton, PA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7K MATT LUX/Manilla, IN (K & R Racing)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
8c JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Curt Cornell)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14J HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Factory BOSS Racing)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
14x JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
19m ®ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x LANDON CASSILL/Cedar Rapids, IA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
23 DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (David Budres)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
29J BRIAN KARRAKER/Dongola, IL (Tony Jarrett)
31 RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (David Budres)
33 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Team RayPro)
33c CHASE JONES/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
37 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (A.J. Felker Racing)
37x PAYTON PIERCE/Bridgeport, TX (A.J. Felker Racing)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (G & R Racing)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
71½ ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 ®KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA TBA/TBA (Landon Simon Racing)
**(R) represents a USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO WINS WILD VENTURA BATTLE AT THE BEACH
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 27, 2018... Regaining the lead on lap twenty-five, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) sailed to last Saturday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” triumph at Ventura Raceway. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino claimed his second $1,500 USAC West Coast Sprint Car feature win of the campaign over Ryan Timmons, Kyle Smith, Steve Hix, and Charlie Butcher.

Starting on the outside of the front row, Tristan Guardino grabbed the early lead and was pressured by polesitter Austin Liggett. Liggett, the new track record holder, took command on the eighth circuit as he looked to sweep the program. Once out front, Austin reached slower traffic and was soon challenged by defending champion Jake Swanson. The leaders raced in close quarters on the 1/5-mile oval and Liggett was knocked into the infield on lap sixteen. Swanson became the new race leader but soon faced a resurging Guardino. As the laps counted down, Swanson began to struggle with his car and bounced off the fourth turn wall, coming to a stop. From there, Guardino shook free from a charging Ryan Timmons to win the VRA co-sanctioned main event.

Tristan Guardino began the night by qualifying second out of the eighteen car field and winning the Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. At press time, Tristan is second in points with one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, ten top-10 finishes, and 49 feature laps led to his credit.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) charged from twelfth to score second at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Racing the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons was sixth fast in time trials and placed fourth in his heat race. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year is third in points with one feature win, three heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led on the season.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) raced from seventh to third in the “ARP Battle of the Beach Race #3. Driving the family owned #55 Roy’s Towing / California RV Service Spike, Smith qualified thirteenth overall and finished third in his heat race. Kyle leads the VRA point standings and has his sights on his fourth track championship.

Steve Hix (Ventura, CA) had a solid night at Ventura Raceway with a fourth place finish. Piloting his #57 No Limit Powder Coating / Delano Roofing Triple X, Hix was fifth quick in time trials and ran second to Guardino in his heat race. At press time, Steve ranks fifth in the point chase with one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and three feature laps led on the year.

Charlie Butcher (Santa Barbara, CA) had his best USAC West Coast run win a fifth place finish after starting fourteenth. Racing his #96 BRC Race Engines entry, Butcher qualified eighth overall and scored fifth in his heat race.

Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA) earned his second Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger / “Best Passing Job” honors with a seventh place run from eighteenth. Driving the AJ Motorsports’ #51 Pritchett Metal Products / Healthy Soil entry, Ervine was ninth fast in time trials and scored sixth in his heat race. The rookie contender is ninth in the point standings with three top-10 finishes.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) earned his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, set a new track record, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored eleventh in his heat race. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, the point leader left Ventura with two feature wins, two Woodland Display Fast Time Awards, five heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 91 feature laps led.

Kyle Edwards (Fountain Valley, CA) raced to victory in the Competition Suspension Inc. / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. Piloting the family owned #39E Safehouse Security / Day Construction Stinger, Edwards qualified twelfth overall and scored fifteenth in the main event.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars will take a break in their schedule and will return to action on Saturday, October 6th at Santa Maria Raceway. Co-sanctioned with the Santa Maria 360 Sprint Cars, the “Championship Night” is the final point race of the year. The event will also feature the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, NMRA TQ Midgets, and Mini Dwarfs. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Advance tickets are on sale and visit the track’s website at www.santamariaraceway.com or call 805.922.2232 for more information.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-11.983 (New Track Record); 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.077; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.091; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.155; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.161; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.170; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.286; 8. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.405; 9. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.623; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-12.627; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-12.670; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.674; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.682; 14. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.725; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-12.736; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.818; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.926; 18. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ellertson, 3. Smith, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Hendricks, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hix, 3. Hendrix, 4. Bock, 5. Butcher, 6. Bishop. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Rutherford, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Tristan Guardino (2nd), 2. Ryan Timmons (12th), 3. Kyle Smith (7th), 4. Steve Hix (5th), 5. Charlie Butcher (14th), 6. Tom Hendricks (13th), 7. Austin Ervine (18th), 8. Shannon McQueen (16th), 9. Ryan Stolz (15th), 10. Joey Bishop (17th), 11. Jake Swanson (9th), 12. Austin Liggett (1st), 13. Jeremy Ellertson (4th), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (10th), 15. Kyle Edwards (3rd), 16. Rick Hendrix (8th), 17. Troy Rutherford (6th), 18. Britton Bock (11th). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-16 Liggett, Laps 17-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Guardino
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (18th to 7th)

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-895, 2-Tristan Guardino-832, 3-Ryan Timmons-763, 4-Shannon McQueen-684, 5-Steve Hix-657, 6-Koen Shaw-632, 7-Britton Bock-562, 8-Danny Faria Jr.-556, 9-Austin Ervine-486, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-441.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night)
November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points)
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** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water

CALISTOGA’S LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC ON TAP FOR USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 28, 2018... The cars and stars of the Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water are gearing up for the richest dates on the schedule. Starting this Saturday, September 1st, “the mighty midgets” will tackle Calistoga Speedway for the 2-night “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Paying an outstanding purse of $6,000-to-win and $600-to-start each night, the events at the famed 1/2-mile are a big part of the championship point chase.

Also showcasing the AMSOIL USAC/CRA 410 Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars, the popular 2-day event will have many pre-race festivities such as a vintage car show, raffles, wine tasting, silent auctions, and beer garden events for fans to enjoy. The Spectator Gates at the Napa County Fairgrounds will open at 4:00pm with racing set to begin at 5:30pm each night.

NOTICE TO RACERS: USAC memberships can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS:
B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet,
COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s
EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout)
FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135
SCHOENFELD: 14272535
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since July 2, 1993, twenty-eight USAC Western States Midget races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds. Rico Abreu leads all drivers with six wins and Spencer Bayston set the 1-lap qualifying record of 19.676 on September 3, 2017. A complete series win list at Calistoga is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the sixth point race, Alex Schutte (Redding, CA) holds a slim 18-point lead over the competition. Driving the Schutte/McElwee #28 Proficio / Aircraft Electrical Components Spike, Schutte scored twelfth at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 11th. To date, the 2010 champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. Alex has eight career series wins and will be looking to add the “Louie Vermeil Classic” to his resume.

Michael Faccinto (Hanford, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the Dodenhoff Motorsports’ #9D Lightning Medical / Rocket Sports & Entertainment Spike, Faccinto claimed fifth at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2016 Louie Vermeil Classic Winner has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 29 feature laps led in the campaign. Michael seven career victories and will have his sights on Calistoga’s $6,000 paydays.

Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, CA) sits third in the Western States Midget point standings. Racing his #2 Walker Air Filtration / Morse Muffler Spike, Josett charged from twelfth to sixth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” To date, Robby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. Josett has four series wins and will be looking to add the “Louie” trophy to his collection.

After running second to “The Demon” Damion Gardner at Santa Maria, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has four top-10 finishes and 14 feature laps led on the year. Robert will have his sights on his first USAC triumph at Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, CA) ranks fifth in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #63 F&F Racing / Davis Motorsports Spike, Guerrini scored fifteenth at Santa Maria after an early flip. To date, the 2015 BCRA Champion has two heat race victories, three top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. Frankie has one career USAC victory and will be looking to claim victory at Calistoga Speedway.

Currently twelfth in points, Kyle Beilman (Mar Vista, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Daniel Anderson (Riverside, CA) is also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Clayton Ruston, David Prickett, C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Ronnie Gardner, Ryan Bernal, Ron Hazelton, Cody Swanson, Tanner Thorson, and more.

Calistoga Speedway is located on the Napa County Fairgrounds at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California. Reserved Adult tickets are $40, General Admission Adult Tickets are $35. Kids Tickets (6-12) are $10, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at
www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

The Light Up The World USAC Western States Midget Series presented by CBD Living Water thanks Hoosier Tire, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Racing Optics, Rod End Supply, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC Western States Midget DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER CHAMPIONS: 1982-*Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC MIDGET WINNERS: 2008-Johnny Rodriguez, 2009-Josh Ford, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Johnathon Henry, 2012-Rico Abreu, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014- Christopher Bell, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Michael Faccinto, 2017-Rico Abreu.

CALISTOGA LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER WINS: 6-Rico Abreu, 4-Billy Boat, 2-Johnny Rodriguez, 2-Tanner Thorson, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Michael Faccinto, 1-Josh Ford, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Jim Keene, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Evan Margeson, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Scott Pierovich, 1-Tony Stewart.

LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER POINT STANDINGS: 1. Alex Schutte-352, 2. Michael Faccinto-334, 3. Robby Josett-303, 4. Robert Dalby-285, 5. Frankie Guerrini-272, 6. Shannon McQueen-269, 7. Clayton Ruston-262, 8. David Prickett-248, 9. C.J. Sarna-243, 10. Maria Cofer-233, 11. Randi Pankratz-195, 12. Kyle Beilman-193, 13. Marvin Mitchell-160, 14. Ronnie Gardner-154, 15. Ryan Bernal-151, 16. Cory Elliott-146, 17. Dylan Ito-145, 18. Daniel Anderson-138, 19. Bryan Drollinger-93, 20. Austin Liggett-81.

2018 LIGHT UP THE WORLD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRESENTED BY CBD LIVING WATER SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / $6,000-to-win)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / $6,000-to-win)
September 15: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
October 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA
October 27: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 17: #Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 22: #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.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“5TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” OPENS SATURDAY AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 28, 2018... The powerful AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are ready for the “5th Annual Bullet Impressions California Sprint Week.” The six-race mini-series at five different tracks will open this Saturday, September 1st, at Calistoga’s “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” over two nights. From there, the traditional 410s will tackle the clay ovals of Petaluma, Chico, Watsonville, and Hanford. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $6,000-to-win ($600-to-start) and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win ($300-to-start). With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major factor in the chase for the championship.

Thanks to Bullet Impressions – onefasttee.com, the winner of the “California Sprint Week” point standings will earn $500, second will take home $300, and third will make $200. Last season, forty-nine drivers took the green flag and “The Demon” Damion Gardner emerged with his third mini-series crown in four years.

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. The “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 an entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at www.usacracing.com. Full season and single event USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: (Calistoga & Hanford Legal)
EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535
SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78
FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101
COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S
B&B: FRAC-0375S
SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK
*Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

PETALUMA/CHICO/WATSONVILLE MUFFLER RULES: Petaluma, Chico, and Watsonville have a tougher sound rule and the Flowmaster “Suitcase” (Part 53545-USAC) is the ONLY LEGAL MUFFLER for Petaluma and Watsonville. The Flowmaster “Suitcase” is also the preferred/recommended muffler at Chico and cars with other mufflers will be checked for sound. If the sound levels are broken, the racer will be disqualified and not allowed to compete.

PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: At Petaluma, tarps are mandatory under all race cars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Entering the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been six different winners and eight drivers have claimed fast time honors. The chase for the championship is heating up as Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has taken over the point lead and carries a 3-point advantage. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Jake Swanson, Max Adams, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, R.J. Johnson, A.J. Bender, and Chris Gansen round out the top-10 drivers.

On September 1st and 2nd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, twenty USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds and Ryan Bernal and Rico Abreu lead all drivers with 3 wins. On September 3, 2017, Ryan Bernal broke the 19-second barrier for non-winged sprints and set the 1-lap track record at the scenic half-mile by posting a time of 18.869. The Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit www.calistogaspeedway.org, or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull, 2017-Rico Abreu.

CALISTOGA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Rico Abreu, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

CALISTOGA PURSE: (EACH NIGHT) 1. $6000, 2. $3000, 3. $2000, 4. $1400, 5. $1200, 6. $1000, 7. $850, 8. $800, 9. $750, 10. $700, 11. $650, 12. $600, 13-22. $600.

CALISTOGA 360 BONUS: (EACH NIGHT) 1. $850, 2. $500, 3. $300, 4. $200, 5. $100.

On Monday, September 3rd, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has showcased six USAC/CRA events. Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. The action packed card will also feature Modifieds and Super Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit www.petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Mike Spencer, 1-David Cardey, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Williams.

After a short break, the popular mini-series will continue on Thursday, September 6th, at Dennis Gage's Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Held during the "65th Gold Cup Race of Champions," the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds has hosted five USAC/CRA appearances. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap track record of 13.353 on September 8, 2016. Winged 360 Sprint Cars will share the spotlight in the “Platinum Cup” with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Silver Dollar Speedway is located at 2357 Fair Street in Chico, California and for more information, visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com or call 530.350.7275.

CHICO AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-Kyle Larson.

The following night, Friday, September 7th, Ocean Speedway in Watsonville will host the fourth round of the northern tour. Promoted by John Prentice, the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds oval has held ten USAC/CRA events and Mike Spencer leads all drivers with three triumphs. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap qualifying record of 12.500 on September 5, 2014. American Stocks, Four Bangers, and Police-N-Pursuit will join the action as qualifying starts at 6:00pm. Ocean Speedway is located at 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville, California and for more details, visit www.racepmg.com/oceanspeedway or call 831.688.7223.

WATSONVILLE AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Mike Spencer, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Cory Kruseman, 1-Marty Hawkins, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

Hanford’s Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds will host the finale of the “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, September 8th. Promoted by Bubby Morse, the event marks the eleventh USAC/CRA appearance at the Kings County Fairgrounds. “The Demon” Damion Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and Bud Kaeding set the 1-lap qualifying record of 14.793 on November 12, 2011. The action packed card will also feature the Western RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars, Mini Stocks, and Mod Lites. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm with Racing scheduled for 7:00pm. Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds is located at 801 South 10th Avenue in Hanford, California and for more information, visit www.kellerautospeedway.com or call 559.651.1990.

HANFORD AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Ricci Faria, 1-Levi Jones, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC/CRA DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Max Adams, 1-Justin Grant, 1-Austin Liggett.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-643, 2. Damion Gardner-640, 3. Cody Williams-542, 4. Jake Swanson-541, 5. Max Adams-513, 6. Austin Williams-512, 7. Tommy Malcolm-444, 8. R.J. Johnson-422, 9. A.J. Bender-406, 10. Chris Gansen-367, 11. Logan Williams-356, 12. Danny Faria Jr.-305, 13. Verne Sweeney-264, 14. Joel Rayborne-240, 15. Matt Rossi-178, 16. Trent Williams-171, 17. Matt McCarthy-167, 18. Austin Ervine-162, 19. Ryan Bernal-152, 20. Tye Mihocko-149.

2018 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 2: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week)
September 3: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma CA (California Sprint Week)
September 6: Silver Dollar Speedway - Chico, CA (Gold Cup Race of Champions / California Sprint Week)
September 7: Ocean Speedway - Watsonville, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 8: Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds - Hanford, CA (California Sprint Week)
September 22: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
September 29: Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 20: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
November 2: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 3: *Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 8: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 9: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
November 10: *Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprints.
This schedule is subject to change.

 



USAC SILVER CROWN MAGIC RETURNS TO Du QUOIN THIS SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois.........Simply put. The one-mile dirt oval at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds is magical.

The view of the moonlight dancing off the water in the infield and the thunderous roar of a full field of USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars reverberating off the covered grandstand is enough to make the hair on your neck stand up straight.

Du Quoin has been a staple of the USAC schedule since the club's founding in 1956, and, prior to that, with AAA dating to 1948, has routinely produced magic when it comes to the on-track action as well.

This Sunday, September 2, the series makes its third and final visit of the year to a classic one-mile dirt oval. The legendary Southern Illinois track known as the "Magic Mile" always seems to pull a barnburner out of its hat at the "Ted Horn 100."

Last year's race definitely fit into that category with Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson flipped on the figurative switch in his patented style with ten laps remaining, passing Jeff Swindell in traffic to win his second career "Ted Horn 100," and first since his first career series victory in 2010.

This year, Swanson is among eight past "Ted Horn 100" winners in the 42-car field, the largest car count since 2002. In fact, last year's top-three all included past race winners. Runner-up finisher Shane Cockrum of nearby Benton, Ill. was a popular winner back in 2014 and 2015. Germantown, Tennessee's Jeff Swindell may have finished third in 2017, but he was the show for a good portion, leading 68 laps and nearly pulling off his first win at the track in 27 years.

Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. was victorious on the most recent one-mile dirt race back in August at the Illinois State Fairgrounds where he also guided Gene Nolen's car to its first win on the Springfield mile. Nolen's cars have won at Du Quoin twice, but not since the 1990s with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and Tony Elliott in 1999. Windom captured his lone Du Quoin score in 2016 aboard RPM/Fred Gormly's machine.

Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester is back in the familiar No. 51, which is the same combo that won at Du Quoin in the daylight back in 1997. Shane Cottle of Kansas, Ill. won in a white and red colored car for Contos Racing in 2007 and will sport the same colors this Sunday in Curtis Williams' No. 81.

It's been a decade since Brian Tyler won at Du Quoin, but the Pleasant Garden, North Carolina driver is hungrier than ever in the Galas Racing No. 12 in which he led in until midway at this year's "Hoosier Hundred" at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Elkhart, Illinois driver Chris Urish led only three laps in the 2013 Du Quoin race, but those were the ones that counted the most as he earned his lone Silver Crown victory.

Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. finished sixth last year and owns the second spot in the series points heading into Du Quoin, 79 behind leader Swanson. David Byrne is fourth in the standings behind Windom in third. Byrne had a 28th place result in last year's 100-miler, dropping out after 41 laps with engine trouble.

USAC Triple Crown champs Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (5th in points) and Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland (15th in points) have both had a victory at Du Quoin elude them over their legendary careers. Coons ran fifth last year after winning the pole position. Darland, meanwhile, started 12th and finished 12th.

A tight Rookie points race has emerged following Kyle Robbins strong sixth place run at the Springfield mile. The New Castle, Ind. racer is now only 26 behind Pendleton, Indiana's Travis Welpott is the battle. Veteran Matt Goodnight of Winchester, Ind. is sandwiched between the two in points in the eighth spot.

Windom, Cockrum, Urish and Cottle are all Illinois natives who've struck gold at Du Quoin over the years and are among the 10 from the Land of Lincoln to enter along with Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville), J.C. Bland (Springfield), Joey Moughan (Springfield), Terry Babb (Decatur), A.J. Fike (Galesburg) and Korey Weyant (Springfield).

Pits and registration open at 1pm. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5pm to 6:10pm. Qualifying is set for 6:30pm. The Qualifying race is scheduled for 7:15pm. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 7:45pm with the 100-mile "Ted Horn 100" green flag set for 8:15pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advanced children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Adult pit passes are $35 apiece. Pit passes for children 11 and under are $20.

If you miss it live or want to watch all the action again, catch it one http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ with on-demand coverage the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

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"TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST: (42 Cars Entered)
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) represents a USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

TED HORN 100 Du QUOIN SILVER CROWN ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Du Quoin, Illinois.........The entry list for Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' "Ted Horn 100" at the one-mile Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt oval has been released with 41 cars filling up the sheet!

Pits and registration open at 1pm on raceday, Sunday, September 2. The ticket office and grandstands open at 4pm. Silver Crown practice runs from 5pm to 6:10pm.

Qualifying is set for 6:30pm. The Qualifying race is scheduled for 7:15pm. Pre-race ceremonies begin at 7:45pm with the 100-mile "Ted Horn 100" green flag set for 8:15pm.

Advance adult tickets are $25. Advanced children 11 and under are $10. On the day of the race, adult are $30. Children 11 and under are $10. Adult pit passes are $35 apiece. Pit passes for children 11 and under are $20.

If you miss it live or want to watch all the action again, catch it on http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ with on-demand coverage the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

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"TED HORN 100" ENTRY LIST:
04 (R) NEIL SHEPHERD/Warsaw, IN (Shepherd Racing)
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
4 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Liguori Racing)
5 J.C. BLAND/Springfield, IL (Bland Brothers Enterprises)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 (R) KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
8 (R) JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Cornell-Petrozelle Racing)
9 (R) CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Mickey Meyer)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 KEN SCHRADER/Fenton, MO (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Gene Nolen Racing)
18 (R) TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott Racing)
20 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Swanson Racing)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 (R) KEITH BURCH/Farmington, MO (Keith Burch)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 (R) DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 JACKIE BURKE/Houston, TX (Jackie Burke)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
41 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dave & Dennis McQuinn)
47 (R) AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Les Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
56 (R) KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
63 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (DePalma Motorsports)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Racing)
75 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Fetter Racing)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Gene Kazmark)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 (R) KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
124 (R) MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (Haggenbottom Racing)
(R) = USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

USAC SPRINTS GO TO THE RIVER FOR SHOWDOWN AT GRANITE CITY AND PEVELY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Two-hundred and fourteen years following Lewis and Clark's departure from the eastern edge of the Mississippi River where they began their expedition of the newly-acquired land to the west, a new crop of adventurers is eager to make their mark on their march to the Arch.

Names such as Thomas, Windom, Courtney, Leary, Stockon, Ballou, Darland, Bacon, Grant and Chapple are among the explorers of today in search of a path that will take them to victory lane in this weekend's "River Town Showdown" presented by Brandt, a two-night rendezvous taking place at a pair of venues not seen before by the stars of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing: the 3/8-mile version of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. on Friday, August 31 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. on Saturday, September 1.

The first stop of the "River Town Showdown" brings the Sprint Cars to Tri-City for the first time since 2006, which was also the last time the series made its way to the state of Illinois. However, this is the first stop for the series on the newer 3/8-mile configuration. All 19 previous visits by the series came on the old half-mile track between 1967 and 2006 with winners Greg Weld, Ralph Liguori, Rick Hood, Randy Standridge, Kelly Kinser, Steve Butler, Sammy Swindell, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Doug Wolfgang, Tony Stewart, Jay Drake, Troy Rutherford and Josh Wise.

Likewise, it's the 52nd stop for the series in the "Land of Lincoln." The last driver born east of the Mississippi River to win a USAC National Sprint Car points-paying feature in Illinois was Indiana's Derek Davidson who won at Red Hill Raceway in Sumner back in 1998. The last Illinois native to win in his home state was Randy Standridge of Springfield, who won at his home track of Springfield Speedway in 1987.

Saturday's voyage to Pevely, Missouri's Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is the first trip for USAC to the high-banked quarter-mile in 30 years, a late model race won by Willy Kraft. However, no open wheel cars under USAC sanctioning have hit the track there. In fact, this will mark just the 20th visit by the USAC National Sprint Cars to Missouri.

I-55 is one of three first-time venues on the series' calendar this year. In 2017, the Sprints hit two tracks for the first time. Justin Grant won at Plymouth (Ind.) Speedway and Tyler Courtney was victorious at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb. The first two new venues the series hit back in June during "Eastern Storm" were won by Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Brigdeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. and Thomas Meseraull at New York's Weedsport Speedway.

Additionally, Courtney was the winner of the series' last visit to the "Show-Me State" last season at Randolph County Raceway in Moberly.

Current St. Louis, Mo. resident Chris Windom, originally from Canton, Ill., leads a tight-knit, three-driver chase for the title by 15 markers over last Thursday's Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway winner Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind. Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. resides third in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings, 23 points out of the lead, coming into this weekend's races.

Two-time series champ Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. is fourth ahead of Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland, who leads all drivers with 62 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories.

Chase Stockon, the season-opening winner at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., is sixth ahead Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary of Greenfield, Ind., followed by the surging Justin Grant, of Ione, Calif. Ninth is Rocklin, California's Robert Ballou, who possesses 28 career USAC National Sprint Car wins, second only to Darland in terms of wins among active drivers. Ballou is a past winner with USAC in the state of Missouri back in 2012 at Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo. Rounding out the top-ten is 2016 Rookie of the Year Isaac Chapple of Willow Branch, Ind.

Extra cash is up for grabs at both Tri-City and I-55 with the winner's share being bumped up to $6000 and the minimum start money being expanded to $600.

Friday at Tri-City gets underway with pits opening at 3pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Saturday at I-55 gets started with pits opening at 2pm, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 5:30pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25. Pit passes for USAC members are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

If you miss the live show or want to watch again, you're in luck! http://www.Loudpedal.TV/ has you covered with on-demand coverage of all the night's action the very next day. You can also listen to flag-to-flag coverage LIVE on the USAC app.

 

 

USAC RECORD 109 MIDGETS ENTERED FOR BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........The car count for the Driven 2 Save Lives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink has exceeded the century mark and is now flirting with the record books, hitting a whopping 109 cars on the latest tally for the September 5-6 USAC P1 Insurance National Midget spectacular on the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 109 entries received thus far equals the long-standing record of cars for a USAC National Midget event, which was set in 1990 when that same number competed in the final race at the famed Ascot Park half-mile in Gardena, California for the annual "Turkey Night Grand Prix."

The newest entries include those from four-time USAC National Midget feature winner Davey Ray of Davenport, Iowa, three-time USAC National Midget victor Zach Daum of Pocahontas, Illinois and Johnny Petrozelle of Denton, North Carolina, a regular with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series and fifth-place finisher at this year's "Hoosier Hundred."

Previously announced entries include the nine filed by the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which features a loaded lineup of 2013 USAC National Midget and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell of Broken Arrow, Okla. and current series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif. among others.

The Clauson Marsahall Racing team's All-Star cast includes five drivers who've reached USAC National Midget victory lane in their careers. Tyler Courtney of Indianapolis, Ind., Justin Grant of Ione, Calif. and series Rookie Zeb Wise of Angola, Ind. have all won this season. Multi-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. of Olive Branch, Miss. and 2017 "Indiana Midget Week" champ Shane Golobic of Fremont, Calif. round out the lineup along with one to be announced entry.

The Dooling/Hayward two-car lineup includes the only driver to have won multiple races in both a USAC National Midget and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car this season in Kevin Thomas, Jr. of Cullman, Ala. The team also has in its stables the most recent driver to win all three USAC National titles in a single season, J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Arizona, also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400.

The Petry/Goff trio has USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., 2016 USAC Silver Crown/2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom of Canton, Ill. and Rookie sensation Jason McDougal of Broken Arrow, Okla.

As you scroll down through the list of entries, it's a who's who of USAC Midget racing, including 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5.

Last Friday's "Sprint Car Smackdown VII" winner Tyler Thomas of Collinsville, Okla. will be in his familiar No. 91T. Meanwhile, ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Also entered are a couple of drivers who've risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. Shane Cottle of Kansas, Illl. captured titles during the first two editions of "Indiana Midget Week" in 2005 and 2006. Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease, the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner, has signed in to drive the Amanda Wease No. 12w. Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's John Heydenreich will be in the saddle of his own No. 22. "Hot Rod," as he is known, captured victory in the 1987 "Hut 100," held that year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Twenty-two drivers on the list have raced to at least one victory in USAC's National Midget division, including Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Darland, Cottle, Daum, Courtney, Critter Malone (Pittboro, Ind.), Hines, Wease, Grant, Stenhouse, Golobic, Bell, Thorson, Heydenreich, Coons, Ray, Wise, K. Thomas, Yeley, Seavey, Bacon and Boat.

Entries continue to pour in each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39. The cutoff for entering is noon this Wednesday, Aug. 29.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(109 cars as of August 27, 2018)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
5T PRESLEY TRUEDSON/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
8c JOHNNY PETROZELLE/Denton, NC (Curt Cornell)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14J HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Factory BOSS Racing)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
14x JODY ROSENBOOM/Rock Rapids, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
19m ®ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x TBA/TBA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
29J BRIAN KARRAKER/Dongola, IL (Tony Jarrett)
33 DAVEY RAY/Davenport, IA (Team RayPro)
33c CHASE JONES/Indianapolis, IN (Team RayPro)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 ®KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 TBA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
**(R) = a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

 

 

BITNER WINS AT PORT ROYAL; DREVICKI TAKES EAST COAST TITLE

Port Royal, PA........Mark Bitner of Columbus, New Jersey led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's USAC East Coast Sprint finale, but second-place finisher Steven Drevicki polished off the 2018 series championship. Eddie Strada, Chandler and Joey Biasi rounded out the "top-five" at the finish.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 - Port Royal, Pennsylvania - Port Royal Speedway

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Chandler Leiby (#119 Leiby), 2. Steven Drevicki (#19 Drevicki), 3. Bill Unglert (#33B Unglert), 4. Joey Biasi (#B1 Biasi), 5. Eric Jennings (#32 Neiger/Hamilton), 6. Joe Kata (#B1x Biasi), 7. Jason Cherry (#67c Cherry). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Eddie Strada (#5G Gallagher), 2. Mark Bitner (#15 Bitner), 3. Trey Hivner (#7 TH Racing), 4. Chris Allen Jr. (#71 Allen), 5. Trevor Kobylarz (#14B Kobylarz), 6. Ryan Quackenbush (#5Q RQR Racing), 7. Brian Riccio (#09 Riccio). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Mark Bitner, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Eddie Strada, 4. Chandler Leiby, 5. Joey Biasi, 6. Bill Unglert, 7. Chris Allen Jr., 8. Eric Jennings, 9. Ryan Quackenbush, 10. Joe Kata, 11. Trey Hivner, 12. Jason Cherry, 13. Trevor Kobylarz, 14. Brian Riccio. NT ------------------------------ FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Bitner.

FINAL USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Drevicki-512, 2-Biasi-468, 3-Strada-452, 4-Leiby-439, 5-Ryan Godown-347, 6-Bitner-323, 7-Kobylarz-320, 8-Quackenbush-316, 9-Unglert-283, 10-Jennings-273.

 

 

NOLAN ALLISON TOPS EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGETS AT DILLON

Dillon, SC........Nolan Allison of Greensboro, North Carolina led all 35 laps to win Saturday night's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget race at Dillon Motor Speedway. Sam Hatfield took second ahead of Jessica Bean, Connor Gross and Alex Murray.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 25, 2018 - Dillon, South Carolina - Dillon Motor Speedway

QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Sam Hatfield, 9, Hatfield-16.618; 2. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-16.639; 3. Alex Murray, 8, Hatfield-16.657; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-16.686; 5. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-16,696; 6. Nolan Allison, 16, Allison-16.721; 7. Eric Lewis, 28, Lewis-16.792; 8. Jordan Empie, 3, Empie-16,905; 9. Levi Riffle, 75, Riffle-17.321,

FEATURE: (35 laps) 1. Nolan Allison, 2. Sam Hatfield, 3. Jessica Bean, 4. Connor Gross, 5. Alex Murray, 6. Neal Allison, 7. Jordan Empie, 8. Levi Riffle, 9. Eric Lewis. NT -------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-35 Nolan Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Bean-570, 2-Nolan Allison-532, 3-Neal Allison-515, 4-Hatfield-481, 5-Empie-428, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Gross-235, 9-Riffle-160, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 31 - Altamahaw, NC - Ace Speedway

 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS:

August 25, 2018 – Ventura, California – Ventura Raceway – “Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-11.983 (New Track Record); 2. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-12.077; 3. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.091; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-12.155; 5. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-12.161; 6. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-12.170; 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 98, Ellertson-12.286; 8. Charlie Butcher, 96, Butcher-12.405; 9. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-12.623; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-12.627; 11. Britton Bock, 67, Bock-12.670; 12. Kyle Edwards, 39E, Edwards-12.674; 13. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-12.682; 14. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-12.725; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-12.736; 16. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-12.818; 17. Joey Bishop, 45, Bishop-14.926; 18. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Ellertson, 3. Smith, 4. Vander Weerd, 5. Hendricks, 6. McQueen. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Guardino, 2. Hix, 3. Hendrix, 4. Bock, 5. Butcher, 6. Bishop. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Edwards, 2. Rutherford, 3. Swanson, 4. Timmons, 5. Stolz, 6. Ervine. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Tristan Guardino, 2. Ryan Timmons, 3. Kyle Smith, 4. Steve Hix, 5. Charlie Butcher, 6. Tom Hendricks, 7. Austin Ervine, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. Ryan Stolz, 10. Joey Bishop, 11. Jake Swanson, 12. Austin Liggett, 13. Jeremy Ellertson, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Kyle Edwards, 16. Rick Hendrix, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Britton Bock. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Guardino, Laps 8-16 Liggett, Laps 17-24 Swanson, Laps 25-30 Guardino SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / RACING OPTICS HARD CHARGER: Austin Ervine (18th to 7th)

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS:

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 6 – Santa Maria (CA) Raceway – “Championship Night”

 

 

TYLER THOMAS FINDS SMACKDOWN REDEMPTION AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana........."Smackdown" can find a way to toy with one's emotions from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows on occasion.

Tyler Thomas has lived on both ends of the spectrum within the last calendar year, seeing near-certain victory slip from his grasp at the last moment in 2017. But the Collinsville, Okla. native decided to place fate into his own hands Friday, leading the final half of night two of "Smackdown VII" to earn his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. Meanwhile, his victory was also the first USAC score for longtime series car owner and sponsor Epperson Racing.

"I don't even know what to say; I'm kind of scatterbrained right now," a stunned T. Thomas exclaimed. "Thank you, Tony Epperson, Millie and their entire family for giving me a shot. Our first outing was Indiana Sprint Week and we kind of had a rough week. It hasn't been that easy this week either, but we sure as hell got the job done tonight."

The combination had shown speed in their limited appearances together over the last month, but luck never seemed to find its way to them until Friday where he launched his 30-lap assault from the outside of the second row.

Robert Ballou owned the first lap, riding the cushion to a 10-car-length advantage by the conclusion of lap one and would own the first half of the feature as well, occupying the top spot for the first 15 laps. Meanwhile, T. Thomas worked his way up to second on the opening lap, getting around Justin Grant and Jarett Andretti to slot into the runner-up position behind Ballou.

"I was just trying to follow Robert there for the first half of the race and maybe wait until the end to make a move," Thomas explained. "I really just wanted to finish and lock it in for tomorrow. (The track) was tricky and I about turned it over myself in (turns) one and two."

It was a true test of skill and bravery in turn two, which sucked in a number of victims throughout the night. Clinton Boyles flipped on his lid on the tenth lap. Then, just three laps later, Andretti tagged the turn two concrete while running third and began flipping wildly. Fourth-place runner Kevin Thomas, Jr. had no time to react and mashed into Andretti's ride mid-tumble and began flipping as well. Both drivers walked away unharmed. Thomas actually restarted following repairs in the work area and finished with a 14th place result.

When action resumed, Ballou appeared unfazed up front, riding by his lonesome until the 16th circuit when he too gnashed the turn two wall of voodoo and flipped. He walked away uninjured. By virtue, T. Thomas inherited the lead for the lap 16 restart, but he assumed control with none other than Tyler Courtney on his tail tank. He being the winner of the past three "Smackdown" features dating to 2017, not to mention last year's Saturday night finale in which he defeated T. Thomas for the win on the final restart.

T. Thomas' and his new Maxim chassis were determined to not let history repeat itself down the stretch as Courtney inched forward ever closer in the final laps until 2017 series Rookie of the Year Stevie Sussex became the fourth and final flipper of the feature within the confines of the turn two concrete from which he walked away.

T. Thomas was keen on making patience and focus his mantra in the latter stages, easier to say than to do in a pressurized environment, with a first victory cooling on the window sill, just within sight and with all five senses stimulated.

"For the last half, I really focused on calming down and maybe enter slower and not hit the wall as hard," T. Thomas said. "It's really hard to do when you're leading, and you haven't won yet."

On the final lap with Courtney in hot pursuit, T. Thomas banged the turn two wall on exit, thrusting his machine forward with a bit of bite down the back straightaway. However, the rubber to concrete meeting for Courtney in turn two was just a little too much, knocking his car slightly askew on exit, thus allowing T. Thomas a sliver of separation that he utilized to complete his arduous task of finally, finally breaking into victory lane in USAC National competition after numerous heartbreaks.

Coming off his victory a night earlier, Courtney was second ahead of Grant, Brady Bacon and Dave Darland.

Those five, incidentally, are also the top-five in cumulative "Smackdown VII" points, locking them into Saturday night's feature and King of the Hill Qualifying session along with K. Thomas, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (ProSource Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charger), Shane Cottle (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), C.J. Leary (Saldana Racing Products/High Side Designs First Non-Transfer) and Scotty Weir (Hoosier Racing Tire Perseverance Award).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.740; 2. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-12.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.036; 4. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.058; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.079; 6. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.117; 7. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.130; 8. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-13.133; 9. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-13.146; 10. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.147; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-13.148; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.171; 13. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.178; 14. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.204; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.269; 16. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-13.369; 17. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.369; 18. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.370; 19. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.394; 20. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.451; 21. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.503; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.568; 23. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.577; 24. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.580; 25. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.596; 26. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-13.613; 27. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.685; 28. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.703; 29. Dallas Hewitt, 18x, Keen-13.754; 30. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.756; 31. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.832; 32. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.013; 33. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-14.146; 34. Joe Liguori, 44, Liguori-14.245; 35. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.375; 36. Gabe Griffith, 37, Griffith-14.943.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. S. Cottle, 3. Grant, 4. Windom, 5. Cummins, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Hewitt, 8. Dues, 9. Jackson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Ballou, 3. Chapple, 4. Short, 5. Boyles, 6. Seavey, 7. Weir, 8. Ketcham, 9. Liguori. 2:15.36

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Andretti, 4. Mattox, 5. Buckwalter, 6. Westfall, 7. Williams, 8. VanMeveren, 9. Smith. 2:18.24

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. McDougal, 2. Sussex, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Stockon, 5. Karraker, 6. DiMattia, 7. Perigo, 8. Griffith, 9. Leary. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Boyles, 2. Seavey, 3. Cummins, 4. Weir, 5. Westfall, 6. Jackson, 7. Leary, 8. C. Cottle, 9. Buckwalter, 10. Hewitt, 11. Williams, 12. Smith, 13. Ketcham, 14. Perigo, 15. Dues, 16. DiMattia, 17. Karraker, 18. Liguori, 19. VanMeveren, 20. Griffith. 2:56.50

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Thomas (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Brady Bacon (9), 5. Dave Darland (10), 6. C.J. Leary (22), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Chris Windom (12), 9. Chase Stockon (17), 10. Carson Short (16), 11. Logan Seavey (7), 12. Matt Westfall (14), 13. Shane Cottle (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 15. Kyle Cummins (8), 16. Scotty Weir (21), 17. Dakota Jackson (18), 18. Isaac Chapple (19), 19. Stevie Sussex (24), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (23), 21. Robert Ballou (2), 22. Jarett Andretti (1), 23. Clinton Boyles (13), 24. Brandon Mattox (20). NT ---------------------------- **Jackson flipped during the first heat. Boyles flipped on lap 10 of the feature. Andretti and K. Thomas flipped on lap 13 of the feature. Sussex flipped on lap 27 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Ballou, Laps 16-30 T. Thomas.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: Chase Stockon (17th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/HIGH SIDE DESIGNS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: C.J. Leary

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Chris Windom

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1861, 2-Courtney-1846, 3-K. Thomas-1838, 4-Bacon-1630, 5-Darland-1615, 6-Stockon-1599, 7-Leary-1560, 8-Grant-1531, 9-Ballou-1464, 10-Chad Boespflug-1084.

NEW "SMACKDOWN VII" POINTS: 1-Courtney-332, 2-Grant-321, 3-T. Thomas-313, 4-Bacon-312, 5-Darland-308, 6-K. Thomas-295, 7-Windom-293, 8-McDougal-292, 9-Cummins-277, 10-Stockon-270.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 25 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

 

 

COURTNEY CHARGES TO SMACKDOWN NIGHT 1
VICTORY AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Throughout the 2018 season, it almost seems as if Tyler Courtney owns a share of land down in the infield at the start/finish line. With eight USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories to his credit, his footprint has already been imprinted on several different victory lanes this year.

However, the one victory lane he seems to have a stranglehold of lately is Kokomo Speedway on "Smackdown" weekend.

In Thursday night's "Smackdown VII" opener, the Indianapolis, Indiana driver became the first to win three consecutive "Smackdown" features, winning the final two nights of last year's edition before capturing his latest, leading the final 11 laps after sliding past last year's opening night victor C.J. Leary on the way to his 14th career series victory, tying him with the likes of Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup on the all-time list aboard the Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/Priority Aviation - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

Leary slid up to the lead on the opening lap from his pole starting position, while Courtney slotted into the fourth spot. By lap four, though, Courtney was applying the pressure on the winningest "Smackdown" driver of all-time, Dave Darland, for second. After swapping the spot with Darland multiple times, Courtney reemerged with the second position, clearing Darland off turn four.

However, Courtney immediately found himself having to overcome a substantial deficit as Leary set the tone up front. By the time Leary reached lapped traffic, Courtney remained a half-straightaway back, ripping the top along with Leary as lapped traffic tethered themselves to the bottom of the racetrack.

Little by little, Courtney found his rhythm and began to close the gap on Leary just a few ticks at a time when seventh-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. slowed to a stop in turn three with a flat right rear tire. At the time, Leary and Courtney were separated by less than a second, but those two held an advantage in excess of 7.5 seconds over third when the yellow flew.

When you're mired in lapped traffic, a yellow flag can go one of two ways: it can either clear out the traffic that's holding you up or it can clear up the traffic that your opponent could've gotten caught behind. Either way, Courtney feels like it this was his race to win.

"I didn't really need a caution," Courtney admits. "You get in a rhythm there and you don't know if you're going to be able to get back in that rhythm. You just kind of hit and miss, especially when it's tricky like it was on the top. I felt like we were better, and we could've gotten him without a caution, but the caution definitely didn't hurt, and I was able to get back into my rhythm."

On the lap 20 restart, some may have expected Courtney to deliver his slider on the entry into turn one, but instead, he waited patiently and saved his for the next go-around after he built his momentum through three and four, ultimately pulling the trigger entering turn one on the 21st circuit, sliding up the top past Leary for the race lead.

"I couldn't really get a good restart off four," Courtney explained. "I just couldn't get enough grip off the bottom and he could always pull me a little bit. I knew if I could maintain it through one and two, I was really good through three and four, so I maintained through one and two and I got a run through three and four and felt like I was going to have a good enough run to clear him by what I felt was a fair enough amount, and we did. I expected a slider; he threw one and I stayed in it and drove around him. From there, I just got to run my own race there for the last ten laps."

Thursday night "Smackdown VII" winner Tyler Courtney. (Travis Branch Photo)

Nonetheless, Leary remained in hot pursuit of Courtney as he tried to get himself back in the game, but while exiting turn four, Leary's right rear tire kissed the concrete wall. As he ramped up the wall and the fence, it appeared certain he was going on his lid, but that was not the case as he miraculously landed back on all fours and kept on going, albeit two spots further behind the leader with the lap counter melting away.

Down the stretch, Courtney underwent a couple of challenges that he successfully overcame following his ricochet off the turn two wall on lap 23. From that point, he withstood a restart that saw Justin Grant and Brady Bacon enter the fray, thought they were not able to hang as Courtney who drove away for a 3.656 second margin of victory over Leary, who made a miraculous comeback to move from fourth to second in the final four laps past Grant and Bacon. Bacon was third ahead of Grant and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Chris Windom.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Justin Grant (ProSource Fast Qualifier), Shane Cottle (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Dave Darland (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Hard Charger), Scotty Weir (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dakota Jackson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Matt Westfall (Saldana Racing Products/High Side Designs First Non-Transfer), Josh Hodges (Hoosier Racing Tire Perseverance Award) and Chad Boespflug (High Side Designs First Flipper).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 23, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.643; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.699; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.738; 4. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.826; 5. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-12.842; 6. Kyle Cummins, 3c, EZR/Cummins-12.866; 7. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.900; 8. Chad Boespflug, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-12.909; 9. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-12.963; 10. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.988; 11. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.022; 12. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.060; 13. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.065; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.069; 15. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-13.111; 16. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-13.136; 17. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.157; 18. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-13.174; 19. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.218; 20. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.270; 21. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.307; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.310; 23. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.318; 24. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-13.345; 25. Dallas Hewitt, 2, Hewitt-13.388; 26. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.436; 27. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.439; 28. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.470; 29. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.488; 30. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.548; 31. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-13.593; 32. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-13.710; 33. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.911; 34. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-13.926; 35. Chad Wilson, 14, Wilson-14.362.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Bacon, 3. T. Thomas, 4. Grant, 5. Hodges, 6. Westfall, 7. Jackson, 8. Hewitt, 9. VanMeveren. 2:13.69

COMPETITION SUSPENSION, INC. (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Weir, 3. Chapple, 4. Stockon, 5. Cummins, 6. DiMattia, 7. Andretti, 8. Williams, 9. Dues. NT

CHALK STIX THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Leary, 3. Courtney, 4. Short, 5. Sussex, 6. C. Cottle, 7. Karraker, 8. Wilson, 9. Ballou. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Darland, 2. Buckwalter, 3. McDougal, 4. Perigo, 5. Boyles 6. Mattox, 7. Seavey, 8. Boespflug. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Cummins, 2. Ballou, 3. Seavey, 4. Jackson, 5. Andretti, 6. Hodges, 7. Westfall, 8. Boyles, 9. C. Cottle, 10. DiMattia, 11. Mattox, 12. Karraker, 13. Sussex, 14. Hewitt, 15. Wilson, 16. Williams, 17. Dues, 18. VanMeveren. 2:47.54

FEATURE: (30 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (1), 3. Brady Bacon (8), 4. Justin Grant (6), 5. Chris Windom (10), 6. Dave Darland (3), 7. Jason McDougal (11), 8. Kyle Cummins (7), 9. Tyler Thomas (2), 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 11. Chase Stockon (9), 12. Jarett Andretti (13), 13. Scotty Weir (17), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Logan Seavey (15), 16. Tony DiMattia (24), 17. Dakota Jackson (12), 18. Isaac Chapple (20), 19. Carmen Perigo (21), 20. Robert Ballou (14), 21. Timmy Buckwalter (19), 22. Shane Cottle (16), 23. Josh Hodges (22), 24. Matt Westfall (23). NT
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**Boespflug flipped during the fourth heat. Buckwalter flipped after the checkered flag in the fourth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Leary, Laps 21-30 Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (8th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Scotty Weir

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/HIGH SIDE DESIGNS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Matt Westfall

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Windom-1807, 2-K. Thomas-1789, 3-Courtney-1767, 4-Bacon-1561, 5-Darland-1550, 6-Stockon-1548, 7-Leary-1505, 8-Grant-1459, 9-Ballou-1433, 10-Boespflug-1084.

NEW "SMACKDOWN VII" POINTS: 1-Courtney-166, 2-Leary-161, 3-Grant-161, 4-Bacon-157, 5-Darland-157, 6-Windom-152, 7-K. Thomas-151, 8-T. Thomas-148, 9-Cummins-147, 10-McDougal-145.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 24-25 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "Sprint Car Smackdown VII"

 

 

EASTERN & DMA SPEED2s COMPETE THIS WEEK IN S.C. & VT

Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. (DMA) and Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina (Eastern) are the two venues hosting USAC Speed2 Midget racing this Saturday, August 25.

Jason Goff (DMA) and Jessica Bean (Eastern) will lead their respective series to this Saturday's action.

Korey Weyant of Springfield, Ill. led all 20 laps to win Saturday night's Engler USAC IMRA Speed2 Midget race at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. He was trailed by Mitchell Davis, Shane Morgan, Sean Murphy and Brent Burrows. The series continues September 2 at Spoon River.

Will Hull of Plainfield, Conn. is now 4-For-5 after winning Friday night's 20-lap USAC DMA Speed2 Midget feature at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta N.Y. Derek O'Hearn was second ahead of Jason Goff, Adam Whitney and Joe Krawiec.

USAC LAQUERRE'S SPORTS SPEED2 DMA MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jason Goff-680, 2-Seth Carlson-666, 3-Joe Krawiec-654, 4-Will Hull-648, 5-Derek O'Hearn-617, 6-Justin Phillips-543, 7-Adam Whitney-514, 8-Mike Chaffee-468, 9-Brandon Emerson-443, 10-Randy Higginson-421.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-503, 2-Nolan Allison-461, 3-Neal Allison-455, 4-Sam Hatfield-408, 5-Jordan Empie-376, 6-Chris Lamb-286, 7-Dameron Taylor-245, 8-Connor Gross-172, 9-Levi Riffle-111, 10-Johnny Bridges-81.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-855, 2-Shane Morgan-668, 3-Robby McQuinn-662, 4-Kurt Mueller-572, 5-Jake Sollenberger-510, 6-Brent Burrows-498, 7-Daltyn England-479, 8-Blake Buchholz-432, 9-Kevin Battefeld-424, 10-Gedd Ross-410.

 

 

DREVICKI-BIASI-STRADA SHOOTOUT AT PORT ROYAL FINALE SATURDAY

Port Royal, Pennsylvania.........Steven Drevicki, Joey Biasi and Eddie Strada will square off for the 2018 USAC East Coast Sprint Car championship this Saturday, August 25, at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway.

Drevicki is the only repeat winner this season, taking the opener at Delaware International Speedway and the June 8 race at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway. Biasi is the most recent winner, at Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. on July 20. Strada won at New Egypt, N.J. July 7.

Drevicki's lead over Biasi stands at 33 points, while Strada is a distant 58 points back.

Open Wheel Madness II/Locust Grove Retirement Senior Citizens Night/$1 Hot Dog Night gets underway with racing starting at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15, students are $7 and pit passes are $30 each.

Rain claimed Saturday night's scheduled race at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Del.

USAC EAST COAST SPRINT POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-438, 2-Joey Biasi-405, 3-Eddie Strada-380, 4-Chandler Leiby-370, 5-Ryan Godown-347, 6-Trevor Kobylarz-279, 7-Ryan Quackenbush-267, 8-Mark Bitner-246, 9-Bill Unglert-222, 10-Eric Jennings-220.

 

 

BC39 CAR COUNT HITS 100 FOR SEPT. 5-6 EPIC AT IMS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana.........One-hundred cars form the epic pre-entry list for the September 5-6 Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink on the new dirt track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featuring the USAC P1 Insurance National Midgets.

Among the latest entries are the nine filed by the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team, which features a loaded lineup that includes 2013 USAC National Midget and 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champ Christopher Bell of Broken Arrow, Okla., 2017 USAC National Midget titlist Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, Ind. and current series point leader Logan Seavey of Sutter, Calif.

The remainder of the KKM lineup includes females Holly Shelton (Sacramento, Calif.) and Mario Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as 2017 series Rookie of the Year Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Ryan Robinson (Foresthill, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) and Sam Johnson (St. Peters, Mo.).

Also entered are a couple of drivers who've risen to the occasion on the biggest of stages. Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease, the 2006 "Turkey Night Grand Prix" winner, has signed in to drive the Amanda Wease No. 12w. Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's will be in the saddle of his own No. 22. "Hot Rod," as he is known, captured victory in the 1987 "Hut 100," held that year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa's Landon Cassil has started the last eight runnings of the Brickyard 400, but will now take his talent to the dirt track located inside turn three of IMS aboard a midget owned by Brooke Shuman.

The number of entries is rapidly closing in on the record car count for USAC National Midgets set in 1990 when 109 drivers competed in the "Turkey Night Grand Prix," which was the final race held at California's Ascot Park. The all-time record of cars for any USAC National event is 138 Sprint Cars, set in the 2003 "Mopar Million" at Eldora Speedway.

Among the others entered previously include a venerable who's who of USAC Midget racing, including 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year Chase Briscoe, USAC Triple Crown champ Tracy Hines, Jerry Coons, Jr. and J.J. Yeley, who is also a veteran of both the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400, plus Monster Energy NASCAR Cup multi-time winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car titlist Chris Windom, two-time USAC National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon and 2016 USAC National Midget champion Tanner Thorson.

Nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher will field a car for Dave Darland, the winningest USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver of all-time. Reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner champion Baldwin Brothers Racing will field Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary, a recent "Indiana Sprint Week" winner at Bloomington Speedway, in their familiar orange No. 5. ARDC Midget champion and current USAC Eastern Midget point leader Alex Bright of Collegeville, Pa. has entered his own No. 77 in which he recently raced to 2nd and 4th place finishes during "Pennsylvania Midget Week."

Entries are continuing to be filed each and every day. Drivers and teams can enter the event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2018-bc39 until the cutoff on Wednesday, August 29 at noon eastern.

The Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink kicks off the week of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leading up to the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line on Sunday, September 9.

The race will take place at the new quarter-mile dirt oval located inside turn three of the famed 2.5-mile oval and will include a unique format that concludes with a 39-lap feature Sept. 6 in the richest Midget racing event in recent history. The event will feature more than $70,000 in purse and incentives, including a $15,000 winner's purse - the largest in Midget racing.

For the first night of action on Wednesday, September 5, will feature hot laps, heat races and a pursuit race. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6:30pm.

On Thursday, September 6, on-track action will begin with hot laps, as all cars will practice with their respective qualifying races, before getting into the qualifying races and the alphabet mains, concluding with the A-Main event. The public gates open at 3pm with cars set to get on track at 6pm.

Tickets are now on sale for the Driven2SaveLives "BC39" presented by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 5-6 featuring the USAC P1 Insurance Midget National Championship.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac or via phone at the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-8500.

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DRIVEN2SAVELIVES "BC39" PRES. BY NOS ENERGY DRINK ENTRY LIST
(100 cars as of August 23, 2018)

0 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
1BR DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1c BRANDON STEVENSON/Holstein, IA (Jody Rosenboom)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1ST SHANE COTTLE/Kokomo, IN (Daryl Saucier)
1T TYLER SHOEMAKER/Bloomington, IL (Jay Mounce)
2D MATT SHERRELL/Owasso, OK (Dan & Patricia Harris)
2ND JEB SESSUMS/Burleson, TX (Dan & Patricia Harris)
3 TBA (Ray Racing)
3D RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 ®C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Baldwin Brothers Racing)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Briscoe Racing)
5v JESSE VERMILLION/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing)
5x ROY CARUTHERS/Indianapolis, IN (Boyle Racing Headquarters)
7 GAGE WALKER/Fairland, IN (Brian Walker)
7B AUSTIN BROWN/Belleville, IL (Factory BOSS Racing)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7CG TBA (Seven, LLC)
7CH CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven, LLC)
7p BRIAN PETERSON/Mukwonago, WI (Brian Peterson)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
11 TRACY HINES/New Castle, IN (Leader Card Racers)
11A ANTON HERNANDEZ/Arlington, TX (Brandon Gray)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11Y TRAVIS YOUNG/Casey, IL (Travis Young)
12 J.B. GILBERT/Charleston, IL (J.B. Gilbert)
12w BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14s McKENNA HAASE/Des Moines, IA (RAMS Racing)
15 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Petry Motorsports)
15c CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing - Matt Wood)
17D DAKOTA JACKSON/Elizabethtown, IN (Koontz Racing)
17K MICHAEL KOONTZ/Bloomington, IN (Koontz Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w SHANE GOLOBIC/Fremont, CA (Clauson-Marshall Racing/Matt Wood)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Justin Dickerson)
21K KARTER SARFF/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds)
21T TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Steve Reynolds/Rip Jetson)
21x LANDON CASSILL/Cedar Rapids, IA (Brooke Shuman)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Heydenreich)
24 LANDON SIMON/Tipp City, OH (Landon Simon Racing)
24x DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25p DYLAN PETERSON/Sioux Falls, SD (Vance Peterson)
25s ALEX SCHRIEVER/Sioux Falls, SD (Jeff Davis)
25x GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27z ®ZANE HENDRICKS/Stillwater, OK (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
29 JOEY MOUGAN/Springfield, IL (Tom Casson)
35 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Petry Motorsports)
35L ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
35x CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
39 KYLE MAY/New Palestine, IN (Kyle May)
39BC ®ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
43 LOGAN ARNOLD/Franklin, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 KENNEY JOHNSON/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson)
46x ROBBY SPINO/Wallingford, CT (Robby Spino)
49 ANDY BRADLEY/Bloomington, IN (Andy Bradley)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
57A ANDREW FELKER/Carl Junction, MO (Bill Ecker)
57B CHASE McDERMAND/Springfield, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57F NATE FOSTER/Greenwood, IN (Nate Foster)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Brownsburg, IN (Kevin Studley)
63 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Joe Dooling)
63D J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Joe Dooling)
67 ®LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLY SHELTON/Sacramento, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67R RYAN SMITH/Kunkletown, PA (SFH Racing Development)
71 RYAN ROBINSON/Foresthill, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71x BRYAN DROLLINGER/Lomita, CA (Drollinger Racing)
72 ®SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
76E TBA (FMR Racing)
76m BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77 ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Alex Bright Racing)
77u CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Tom Casson)
77x OLIVIA BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Bennett Motorsports)
83 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 KYLE CRAKER/Lewisberry, PA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing)
89 BRAYDAN WILLMINGTON/Marulan, New South Wales, Australia (Team RayPro)
91 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Harris Racing)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
93K RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (DKR Motorsports)
97 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Springfield, IL (Pat O'Dell)
99p DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Kami Ronk)
99w KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Jay Mounce)
TBA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
**(R) represents a USAC P1 Insurance National Midget Rookie of the Year contender.

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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC VS. VRA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH #3” AT VENTURA

By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 22, 2018... With two point races left on the schedule, the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, August 25th, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “Automotive Racing Products (ARP) Battle at the Beach Race #3” is the third of five appearances at Ventura and the final tune-up for November’s “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Co-sanctioned with the VRA 360 Sprint Cars, the action packed card will also showcase VRA Senior Sprint Cars, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.”

NOTICE TO RACERS: FRONT AXLE TETHERS ARE MANDATORY. The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier. Cockpit adjustable shocks are NOT allowed and engine restrictor rules are 1-7/8” with open heads and 2-3/16” with ASCS cylinder heads. The weight rule is 1,475 lbs. with driver and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at www.westcoastsprintcars.com and www.usacracing.com. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at https://usacracing.redpodium.com/2018-usac-sprint-midget-sc.

2018 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535 SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78 FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101 COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S B&B: FRAC-0375S SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held ten West Coast 360 Sprint Car races. Eight different drivers have claimed victory, led by defending champion Jake Swanson and Ryan Bernal with two main event wins. Swanson set a new 1-lap track record of 12.007 on June 30th and point leader Austin Liggett won the 30-lap feature. Bernal topped the July 14th main event and a complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Heading to the thirteenth point race, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is within reach of his first series championship with a 93-point advantage and sits third in ARP points. Driving the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Lucas Oil Maxim, Liggett charged from seventeenth to score fifth at Santa Maria on August 11th. To date, the 2012 Rookie of the Year has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Austin has seven career triumphs and will be looking to add another $1,500 Ventura win to his resume.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) ranks second in the USAC West Coast and eighth in the ARP point standings. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran third in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the young driver has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 36 feature laps led on the season. With four career wins, Tristan will have his sights on gaining valuable points with another victory this Saturday night.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) sits third in the chase for the championship and third in ARP points. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons scored sixteenth at Santa Maria after mechanical issues forced an early exit. To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one feature win, three heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. Ryan will be looking to claim the second win of his career at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is tied for fourth in championship point chase and sits tenth in ARP points. Racing Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Maxim, McQueen placed sixth in Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the 2011 USAC Western States Midget Champion has ten top-10 finishes and four laps led on the year. This Saturday night, Shannon will have her sights on her first sprint car win at Ventura Raceway.

After scoring eighth at Santa Maria, Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) has moved into a tie for fourth in the point standings and eleventh in the ARP chase. Driving the family owned #88K Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw has two Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Awards and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. The versatile driver will be looking to breakthrough at Ventura and claim his first series triumph.

Currently eighth in points, Britton Bock (Calistoga, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Austin Ervine (Bakersfield, CA), Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA), Brent Owens (Covina, CA), and Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Steve Hix, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Ryan Bernal, Ryan Stolz, Brandon Wiley, Troy Rutherford, Kyle Edwards, Hobie Conway, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, and more.

Kyle Smith (Moorpark, CA) leads the VRA Sprint Car point standings. “The Bear” Jeremy Ellertson, Rick Hendrix, Charlie Butcher, Jake Swanson, Ryan Timmons, Joey Bishop, Austin Liggett, Brandon Wiley, and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. round out the top-10 in points.

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

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

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

Loudpedal Productions has USAC West Coast Sprint Car DVDs and videos on demand available for purchase at www.loudpedal.tv and 805.407.7229. ----------------------------------------------- USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Danny Faria Jr., 1-Dennis Gile, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Ryan Timmons.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Tristan Guardino, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1-Austin Liggett-842, 2-Tristan Guardino-749, 3-Ryan Timmons-690, 4-Koen Shaw-632, -Shannon McQueen-632, 6-Steve Hix-587, 7-Danny Faria Jr.-546, 8-Britton Bock-530, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-441, 10-Ryan Bernal-437, 11-Austin Ervine-431, 12-Jace Vander Weerd-390, 13-Ryan Stolz-378, 14-Brandon Wiley-311, 15-Troy Rutherford-298, 16-Jake Swanson-265, 17-Trent Carter-225, 18-Kaleb Montgomery-213, 19-James Herrera-170, 20-Kyle Edwards-139.

VRA 360 SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Kyle Smith-1110, 2. Jeremy Ellertson-990, 3. Rick Hendrix-680, 4. Charlie Butcher-630, 5. Jake Swanson-455, 6. Ryan Timmons-445, 7. Joey Bishop-430, 8. Austin Liggett-420, 9. Brandon Wiley-410, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-345, 11. Troy Rutherford-340, 12. Tristan Guardino-315, 13. Ryan Stolz-305, 14. Tom Hendricks-305, 15. Kyle Edwards-295, --. Shannon McQueen-295, 17. Koen Shaw-285, 18. Ryan Bernal-260, --. Brody Roa-260, --. Guy Woodward-260.

ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Jake Swanson-455, 2. Ryan Timmons-445, 3. Austin Liggett-420, 4. Kyle Smith-360, 5. Danny Faria Jr.-345, 6. Troy Rutherford-340, 7. Rick Hendrix-330, 8. Tristan Guardino-315, 9. Jeremy Ellertson-300, 10. Shannon McQueen-295, 11. Koen Shaw-285, 12. Ryan Bernal-260, 13. Charlie Butcher-250, 14. Brandon Wiley-240, 15. Britton Bock-230, 16. Kaleb Montgomery-220, 17. Tyler Edwards-205, 18. Matt Stewart-175, 19. Slater Helt-160, 20. Tom Hendricks-155.

2018 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE August 25: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3) October 6: #Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Championship Night) November 21: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points) November 22: **Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4 / Non-Points) ----------------------------------------------- ** = Co-Sanctioned Event with VRA Sprints. # = Co-Sanctioned Event with Santa Maria 360 Sprints. This schedule is subject to change.


 

WINDOM WAXES FIELD IN #GYATK NIGHT AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana.........Fresh off his win at the Springfield Mile, Chris Windom turned up the wick Wednesday, leading all 27 laps to win #GYATK Night at Kokomo Speedway, the kickoff to "Sprint Car Smackdown VII."

It was the Canton, Illinois native's third career win during "Smackdown" week, following victories in 2012 and 2015. He came into the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car "Special Event" leading both the USAC and Kokomo point standings. Though USAC points were not up for grabs on this night, Windom made it a point to grab a victory as he hits his stride coming into the late-summer stretch.

Windom snagged the lead right from the start from the pole position aboard his Baldwin Brothers Racing/Fox Paving - AMSOIL/DRC/Claxton Mopar. Brady Bacon swiftly followed suit, splitting between Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant in turn three to move from fourth to second before being shuffled back to sixth.

Nearing halfway, Windom was glued to the bottom of the racing surface as he led a two-car breakaway in front of Courtney as third-place Grant and fourth-running Dave Darland challenged each other on the topside a half-straightaway back.

By the 13th lap, Windom had reached lapped traffic. However, with the lappers occupying the low line, Windom took the bull by the horns and took his orange No. 5 to the top to drive around the gridlock.

Courtney remained on the bottom and was able to pull within a wheel of Windom at the line at the conclusion of lap 14. Courtney seemed poised to rip the spot away, but snagged a hole on the bottom of turn two that disrupted his momentum and allowed Windom to break away.

Anywhere Windom saw a gap between lapped machinery, he was eager to get back to the bottom ASAP. Yet, Windom appeared comfortable running the fence as he's done so many times before at the Kokomo bullring. During the final laps, the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ was forced to the top again as he swung around the trio of Scotty Weir, Stevie Sussex and Carson Short with relative ease.

The intense pace saw Windom lap half the field in a caution-free feature, leading all 27 circuits on his way to victory over Courtney, Grant, Darland and Bacon.

"That was a lot of fun," Windom exclaimed. "This track was so good, you could run top and bottom. I wasn't sure the top would work when I got to lapped traffic, but I was able to get it working. I saw Tyler's nose down there a few times, so I knew I had to stay up on the wheel. It's awesome to be able to win this race in honor of Bryan Clauson. I've had so many good battles with him here and I ran second to him a lot."

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP "SPECIAL EVENT" RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2018 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - "#GYATK Night"

QUALIFYING: 1. Dave Darland, 36D, Goodnight/Curb-Agajanian-12.843; 2. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.918; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 69, Dynamics-12.936; 4. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-12.976; 5. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-13.149; 6. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.191; 7. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.198; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.237; 9. Dakota Jackson, 3R, Rock Steady-13.247; 10. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.255; 11. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.260; 12. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.279; 13. Chad Boespflug, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-13.291; 14. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-13.327; 15. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.372; 16. Tyler Hewitt, 97x, One More Time-13.427; 17. Brady Bacon, 99, Bacon-13.450; 18. Carson Short, 5CB, Briscoe-13.555; 19. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-13.560; 20. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-13.615; 21. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.637; 22. Jake Scott, 1, Thickstun-13.661; 23. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.692; 24. Braxton Cummings, 71B, Cummings-13.787; 25. Chet Williams, 38, Fortune-13.803; 26. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.840; 27. Dallas Hewitt, 2, Hewitt-13.849; 28. Logan Seavey, 5B, Briscoe-13.855; 29. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-13.856; 30. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Meseraull-13.886; 31. Dustin Webber, 9, Webber-13.938; 32. Josh Cunningham, 63, Cunningham-13.943; 33. Tyler Thomas, 2E, Epperson-13.983; 34. Scotty Weir, 22s, Simon-14.019; 35. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-14.023; 36. Korey Weyant, 44w, Liguori-14.071; 37. Brian Karraker, 23, Karraker-14.216; 38. Pat Giddens, 26, Giddens-14.242; 39. Cap Henry, 14, Wilson-14.294; 40. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-14.321; 41. Adam Wilfong, 45, Wilfong-14.392; 42. Brandon Spencer, 22, Spencer-14.403; 43. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox/Nigg-14.447; 44. Buddy Lowther, 31, Lowther-14.493; 45. Colin Parker, 33, Scott-14.564; 46. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-14.663; 47. Jackson Slone, 16, Slone-14.769; 48. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-14.774; 49. Luke Harbison, 40, Harbison-14.809; 50. Bryar Schroeter, 21s, Schroeter-14.876; 51. Jeff Nanny, 60, Cunningham-15.024; 52. David Hair, 44, Hair-15.156; 53. Parker Frederickson, 34, Frederickson-15.893; 54. Rick Rhodes, 58, Frederickson-16.004.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Bacon, 2. Weir, 3. Chapple, 4. Karraker, 5. Perigo, 6. Mattox, 7. Frederickson, 8. Harbison, 9. Rhodes. NT

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Grant, 2. T. Thomas, 3. Meseraull, 4. DiMattia, 5. Weyant, 6. Seavey, 7. Cunningham, 8. Spencer, 9. Nanny. 2:11.81

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Windom, 2. Ballou, 3. Buckwalter, 4. McDougal, 5. T. Hewitt, 6. Cooley, 7. Hery, 8. Henry, 9. C. Short. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Courtney, 2. Darland, 3. Stockon, 4. Sussex, 5. D. Hewitt, 6. Cummings, 7. Lowther, 8. Slone, 9. Hair. 2:08.99

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. S. Cottle, 2. Andretti, 3. Boyles, 4. Williams, 5. Scott, 6. Mosley, 7. Wilfong, 8. Parker, 9. Dues. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. K. Thomas, 2. Leary, 3. Boespflug, 4. Jackson, 5. C. Cottle, 6. Webber, 7. Giddens, 8. Schroeter, 9. Westfall. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Short, 2. Hery, 3. Henry, 4. Cunningham, 5. Giddens, 6. Spencer, 7. Frederickson, 8. Wilfong, 9. Parker, 10. Nanny, 11. Lowther, 12. Dues, 13. Rhodes, 14. Schroeter, 15. Hair, 16. Harbison, 17. Slone. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Sussex, 2. Short, 3. Jackson, 4. Williams, 5. DiMattia, 6. McDougal, 7. C. Cottle, 8. Karraker, 9. Hery, 10. Seavey, 11. Mattox, 12. D. Hewitt, 13. Cummings, 14. T. Hewitt, 15. Henry, 16. Webber, 17. Weyant, 18. Perigo, 19. Scott, 20. Mosley, 21. Cooley, 22. Cunningham. NT

FEATURE: (27 laps - starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (1), 2. Tyler Courtney (2), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. Dave Darland (9), 5. Brady Bacon (4), 6. Robert Ballou (8), 7. C.J. Leary (11), 8. Shane Cottle (5), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 10. Jarett Andretti (10), 11. Clinton Boyles (15), 12. Carson Short (19), 13. Stevie Sussex (18), 14. Scotty Weir (7), 15. Chase Stockon (14), 16. Isaac Chapple (12), 17. Timmy Buckwalter (13), 18. Dakota Jackson (20), 19. Chad Boespflug (16), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Chet Williams (21), 22. Thomas Meseraull (17). 6:10.53
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**Westfall flipped during the sixth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-27 Windom

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

AUSTIN WILLIAMS MAKES MOST OF PERRIS RETURN
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 20, 2018... Inheriting the lead with five laps remaining, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) held off all challengers to win last Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris Auto Speedway. Debuting Jack Jory’s brand new #2 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics DRC, Williams earned $4,000 by claiming his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign. Max Adams, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, hard charger “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and new point leader Brody Roa chased Austin to the checkered flags.

August 4th Santa Maria winner Max Adams took the early lead from the outside front row starting spot. Looking for his first win at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, Adams’ hopes were dashed when “The Demon” Damion Gardner took command on the fourth lap. Starting sixth, Gardner was poised to sweep the night’s action and set a torrid pace. As the laps counted down and lapped traffic was becoming a factor, Brody Roa mounted a charge and powered to the lead on lap twenty-four. Roa began to inch away but Gardner rallied on the next circuit and closed the gap.

Now within striking distance, Gardner executed a “slide job” in the north corners for the lead that resulted in series of flips for his machine and collected the second running Roa. All drivers were ok, Roa returned to action, and “The Demon’s” mount could not be repaired in time. Third running Austin Williams became the new leader and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan had to give up his second starting spot with a flat tire. Once out front, “The Big Game Hunter” was not to be denied and scored the seventh series win of his career.

Thanks to Perris Auto Speedway infield announcer Chris Holt and supporters, there were extra cash bonuses up for grabs throughout the night. Through Holt’s efforts, Austin Williams earned an extra $1,500 by topping the Perris 30-lap main event. Williams began the night by qualifying fourth out of twenty-two racers, scoring fourth in the special dash, and placed third in his heat race. The second generation driver ranks sixth in the point standings with two feature wins, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led.

After leading the first three laps, Max Adams (Loomis, CA) scored one of his best finishes at Perris with a second place run. Piloting his #5M ART Speed Equipment / Ken Imler Diesel Performance ART, Adams was seventh fast in time trials and won the 10-lap Keizer Aluminum Wheels / Rod End Supply Heat Race #3. The 2016 Rookie of the Year sits fifth in the point chase with one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the season.

Starting seventh, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams (Corona, CA) returned to the Perris podium with a third place finish at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Driving Jack Jory’s #44 John Jory Corporation / AMA Plastics Spike, Williams qualified third overall, place third in the special dash, and scored sixth in his heat race. The former Victorville Champion has climbed to third in the standings with two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes, and 24 feature laps led in the campaign.

For the second race in a row, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) earned the Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics “Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job” honors with fourth place run from twelfth. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Faria was fourteenth quick in time trials and ran second to Max Adams in his heat race. The two-time USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Car Champion is currently twelfth in USAC/CRA points with two heat race victories and four top-10 finishes.

After being involved in the lap 25 tangle, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) rebounded from the back to score fifth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa qualified second overall, placed second in the special dash, and won the Circle Track Performance / Rod End Supply Heat Race #2. The new point leader heads to Northern California with a slim 3-point lead on the strength of two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Incorporated / Rod End Supply Semi-Main, one Saldana Racing Products / Racing Optics Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 39 feature laps led on the season.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) began the night by earning his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2018 and pocketed the extra $500 Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Honors. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner won three of the four phases of the Junior Kurtz Memorial Trophy Dash, won the Extreme Mufflers Heat Race #1, and scored seventeenth in the feature. Now second in points, the six-time champion has two feature wins, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 97 feature laps led on the year.

On Saturday, September 1st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series will kickoff the fifth “California Sprint Week” at Calistoga Speedway. Located on the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga, California, the “11th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” will also feature the Light Up The World Beverages USAC Western States Midgets presented by CBD Living Water, and Vintage cars. More event information can be found at www.calistogaspeedway.org or calling 916.773.7225.

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2018 – Perris, California – Perris Auto Speedway – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.662; 2. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.764; 3. Cody Williams, 44, Jory-16.885; 4. Austin Williams, 2, Jory-17.104; 5. Danny Sheridan, 12, Allen-17.118; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.165; 7. Max Adams, 5M, Adams-17.310; 8. Tye Mihocko, 5T, Mihocko-17.496; 9. R.J. Johnson, 92, Sertich-17.500; 10. Logan Williams, 5. Jory-17.541; 11. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.584; 12. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-17.613; 13. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.635; 14. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.660; 15. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.733; 16. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.894; 17. Matt Stewart, 23, Bellegante-18.259; 18. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.939; 19. Gary Marshall Jr., 72, Marshall-19.431; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-19.756; 21. Randy Waitman, 90, Waitman-NT, 22. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ MEMORIAL TROPHY DASH: (4 3-lap dashes) 1. Gardner-11pts, 2. Roa-7pts, 3. C.Williams-4pts, 4. A.Williams-2pts.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Malcolm, 3. A.Williams, 4. Mihocko, 5. Gansen, 6. Rayborne. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ROD END SUPPLY SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Johnson, 3. Sheridan, 4. Sweeney, 5. Marshall, 6. Rossi, 7. Bender. NT

KEIZER ALUMINUM WHEELS / ROD END SUPPLY THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Adams, 2. Faria, 3. T.Williams, 4. Ervine, 5. Stewart, 6. C.Williams. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps – With Starting Positions) 1. Austin Williams (4th), 2. Max Adams (2nd), 3. Cody