USAC Race Results & Press Releases

INDOOR RACING ROUTINELY PRODUCES FIRST-TIME USAC MIDGET WINNERS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 27, 2020).........What's the deal with indoor races producing new winners in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget ranks over the last six-and-a-half decades?

Is it based mainly on the fact that the tracks are usually on the smallish side, which produces tight racing where the variables for trouble are more prevalent? Is it because passing opportunities are more inopportune on such close quarters? Is it because most indoor races occur early in the year when most teams have yet to hit their stride, thus opening the door for several different teams and drivers to thrive? Or is just pure happenstance?

The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle of all those theories, as it's never easy to win a USAC National Midget race. But one thing for certain is that over the first four years of the Shamrock Classic, four first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winners have emerged in Shane Golobic (2016), Justin Grant (2017), Logan Seavey (2018) and Cannon McIntosh (2019), all of whom are talented wheelmen who have earned their victories at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, where the series returns Saturday, March 7, for the fifth annual edition of the event.

While the outdoor Indianapolis Raceway Park / O'Reilly Raceway Park / Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. has produced the most first-time winners in USAC National Midget competition over the years with 21 different drivers reaching victory lane for the first time, by sheer percentage, the most often spot you'll witness a first-time winner is at an indoor facility.

Twenty-seven drivers have won their first USAC National Midget feature event indoors, which have come at nine different venues. Ft. Wayne, Indiana's Memorial Coliseum has hosted the most with 11, followed by Southern Illinois Center (4), Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum (3), Cincinnati Gardens (2), Louisville's Freedom Hall (2), Chicago's Rosemont Horizon (2), Chicago's International Amphitheatre (1), Seattle's Kingdome (1) and the Mecca in Milwaukee (1).

The very first race in USAC's history took place 64 years ago indoors at Ft. Wayne, and quite obviously, the event found a new USAC Midget winner in Gene Hartley. The most recent indoor USAC Midget race produced the same result with Cannon McIntosh becoming the 27th different indoor winner with the series in just 148 indoor points race opportunities, meaning that nearly one out every five times USAC National Midgets race indoors, there's a new winner.

Thus far, the Shamrock Classic is batting 1.000 in the new winner department. There's several names out there set to keep the streak alive coming up, namely Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid, who is driving the same Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports No. 67 that Logan Seavey raced to a "Shamrock" win in 2018. His teammate Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) has been fast in the early going of the 2020 season as has 2019 series Rookie of the Year and Ocala 3rd place finisher Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Like Kofoid, Rossville, Indiana's Cole Bodine is set to pilot a car for a team (Clauson-Marshall Racing) and number (39BC) that has been to Shamrock Classic victory lane once before, in 2017 with Justin Grant. Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), the reigning USAC Western States Midget champ, is looking for a breakthrough National win as is five-time Western States Midget titlist Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.)

Indoor midget racing has forever been unpredictable, and unpredictability has been the theme since the dawn of the Shamrock Classic in 2016. You can predict that to be the motto once again on March 7, 2020.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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LOCATIONS OF FIRST-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS: (1956-2019)

**Tracks that are bolded and italicized are indoor venues.

(21 Times) Indianapolis Raceway Park / O'Reilly Raceway Park - Brownsburg, IN

(17) Ascot Park / Ascot Stadium - Gardena, CA

(12) Springfield Speedway - Springfield, IL

(11) Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum - Ft. Wayne, IN

(8) Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN

(7) Santa Fe Speedway - Hinsdale, IL

(6) Angell Park Speedway - Sun Prairie, WI

(6) Gardena Stadium - Gardena, CA

(5) Belleville High Banks - Belleville, KS

(5) Hales Corners Speedway - Hales Corners, WI

(5) Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, IN

(4) Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA

(4) Indianapolis Speedrome - Indianapolis, IN

(4) Olympic Stadium - Kansas City, MO

(4) Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, IL

(4) Sportsdrome - Jeffersonville, IN

(3) 16th Street Speedway (Paved) - Indianapolis, IN

(3) Anderson Speedway - Anderson, IN

(3) Berlin Raceway - Marne, MI

(3) Cloverleaf Speedway - Valley View, OH

(3) Columbus Motor Speedway - Columbus, OH

(3) Eagle Raceway - Eagle, NE

(3) Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, IN

(3) Illiana Motor Speedway - Schererville, IN

(3) Lakeside Speedway - Kansas City, KS

(3) Limaland Motor Speedway - Lima, OH

(3) Macon Speedway - Macon, IL

(3) Motor City Speedway - Detroit, MI

(3) Orange Show Stadium - San Bernardino, CA

(3) South Bend Motor Speedway - South Bend, IN

(3) Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum - Indianapolis, IN

(2) 16th Street Speedway (Dirt) - Indianapolis, IN

(2) 81 Speedway - Wichita, KS

(2) Airport Speedway - Fresno, CA

(2) All-American Speedway - Roseville, CA

(2) Auto City Speedway - Flint, MI

(2) Cincinnati Gardens - Cincinnati, OH

(2) Colorado National Speedway - Erie, CO

(2) Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH

(2) Fairbury Fairgrounds - Fairbury, IL

(2) Flemington Fairgrounds - Flemington, NJ

(2) Freedom Hall - Louisville, KY

(2) Galesburg Speedway - Galesburg, MI

(2) Imperial Raceway - El Centro, CA

(2) Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, NE

(2) Kearney Bowl - Fresno, CA

(2) Kings Speedway - Hanford, CA

(2) Knoxville Raceway - Knoxville, IA

(2) Lafayette Speedway - Lafayette, IN

(2) Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN

(2) Louisville Motor Speedway - Louisville, KY

(2) Manzanita Speedway - Phoenix, AZ

(2) Milwaukee Mile - West Allis, WI

(2) New Jersey State Fairgrounds - Trenton, NJ

(2) Raceway Park - Blue Island, IL

(2) Rivergrade Speedway - Irwindale, CA

(2) Rockford Speedway - Rockford, IL

(2) Rocky Mountain Speedway - Denver, CO

(2) Rosemont Horizon - Chicago, IL

(2) Salem Speedway - Salem, IN

(2) San Jose Speedway - San Jose, CA

(2) Soldier Field - Chicago, IL

(2) South Mountain Speedway - Phoenix, AZ

(2) St. Charles Speedway - St. Charles, MO

(1) 34 Raceway Park - West Burlington, IA

(1) Attica Raceway Park - Attica, OH

(1) South Boston Speedway - South Boston, VA

(1) Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN

(1) Bonelli Stadium - Saugus, CA

(1) Broadway Speedway - Knoxville, TN

(1) C.N.E. Fairgrounds - Toronto, ON

(1) Cajon Speedway - El Cajon, CA

(1) Capital Speedway - Jefferson City, MO

(1) Century 21 Speedway - Denver, CO

(1) Champaign-Urbana Fairgrounds - Champaign, IL

(1) Charleston Speedway - Charleston, IL

(1) International Amphitheater - Chicago, IL

(1) Cincinnati Race Bowl - Cincinnati, OH

(1) Concord Motorsports Park - Concord, NC

(1) Crystal Speedway - Crystal, MI

(1) Dayton Speedway - Dayton, OH

(1) Debo Speedway - Steubenville, OH

(1) Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, TX

(1) Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway - Beaver Dam, WI

(1) Dundee Raceway Park - Dundee, NY

(1) Engelwood Speedway - Engelwood, CO

(1) Fairfield Fairgrounds - Fairfield, IL

(1) Five Mile Point Speedway - Binghamton, NY

(1) Flat Rock Speedway - Flat Rock, MI

(1) Grand Rapids Speedrome - Grand Rapids, MI

(1) Grand Rapids Stadium - Grand Rapids, MI

(1) Grundy County Speedway - Morris, IL

(1) Henry's Speedway - Boswell, IN

(1) Hershey Arena - Hershey, PA

(1) Hickory Motor Speedway - Hickory, NC

(1) Hudson Speedway - Hudson, NH

(1) Iowa State Fairgrounds - Des Moines, IA

(1) Islip Motor Speedway - Islip, NY

(1) Joliet Memorial Stadium - Joliet, IL

(1) Kingdome - Seattle, WA

(1) Lake Geneva Speed Center - Lake Geneva, WI

(1) Lakeside Speedway - Denver, CO

(1) Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, PA

(1) Langhorne Speedway - Langhorne, PA

(1) Lanier Raceway - Gainesville, GA

(1) Las Vegas Motor Speedway - Las Vegas, NV

(1) Lee USA Speedway - Lee, NH

(1) Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, IN

(1) Lost Creek Speedway - Lost Creek, KY

(1) Lubbock Speedway - Lubbock, TX

(1) Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI

(1) Mazon Motor Speedway - Mazon, IL

(1) Mecca - Milwaukee, WI

(1) Meyer Speedway - Houston, TX

(1) Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds - Davenport, IA

(1) Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, IN

(1) Nazareth Speedway - Nazareth, PA

(1) New Bremen Speedway - New Bremen, OH

(1) O'Hare Stadium - Chicago, IL

(1) Orange County Fair Speedway - Middletown, NY

(1) Pan-American Speedway - San Antonio, TX

(1) Paragon Speedway - Paragon, IN

(1) Pittsfield Speedway - Pittsfield, IL

(1) Placerville Speedway - Placerville, CA

(1) Plymouth Dirt Track - Plymouth, WI

(1) Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, IN

(1) Portsmouth Raceway Park - Portsmouth, OH

(1) Prairie Capital Convention Center - Springfield, IL

(1) Route 66 Raceway - Joliet, IL

(1) Sacramento Speedway - Sacramento, CA

(1) Santa Maria Speedway - Santa Maria, CA

(1) Slinger Super Speedway - Slinger, WI

(1) Southern National Raceway Park - Kenly, NC

(1) Spanaway Speedway - Spanaway, WA

(1) Spokane Speedway - Spokane, WA

(1) Sportsman Raceway Park - Colorado Springs, CO

(1) Sportsmans Park - Bedford, OH

(1) Stockton 99 Speedway - Stockton, CA

(1) Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, MO

(1) Taft Stadium - Oklahoma City, OK

(1) Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH

 

 

USAC's INDOOR HISTORY GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 26, 2020).........Indoor racing has always had its place within the USAC racing scene. In fact, racing under a roof is where it all began with Gene Hartley's National Midget victory in 1956 at Fort Wayne, Indiana's Memorial Coliseum.

As we enter USAC's next indoor race on Saturday, March 7, at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin featuring the NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, Rich Vogler stands head and shoulders above the rest with 10 career victories at places ranging from Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. to the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum, the Hoosier/RCA Dome and the Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum where he captured half of those ten wins.

Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull and Logan Seavey are among those in recent years who've scored an indoor triumph, all of which have come at the Southern Illinois Center's 1/6-mile dirt oval in recent years.

Indoor USAC Midget racing was heavily prevalent in the early years of USAC with three and four or more events being held each year on mostly concrete surfaces with tight confines that weren't always conducive to side-by-side racing, but more of the beating and banging variety that required patience, and even more patience.

The first dirt indoor USAC race wasn't held until the blockbuster doubleheader in 1969, the Astro Grand Prix, held at the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, the Astrodome, in Houston, Texas. Gary Bettenhausen and Lee Kunzman captured victories in the event which continued with second and third editions during the 1970 and 1972 seasons.

The Ft. Wayne Memorial Coliseum was one of the most prevalent venues in all of USAC Midget racing and has held more indoor USAC events, by far, than any other track with 62 races between 1956 and 1989. That doesn't even include the eight races at the newer Fort Wayne Coliseum Expo Center, which held a slew of events throughout the decade of the 2000s.

An array of interesting venues have provided the stage for USAC Midget racing, including NFL stadiums such as the Hoosier/RCA Dome (17 races), Astrodome (4), Seattle Kingdome (2) as well as several NBA arenas: International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Ill. (11), Cincinnati Gardens (10), Utah's Salt Palace (2), two versions of ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. (2) and once apiece at San Francisco, Calif.'s Cow Palace, Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Mecca Arena and North Carolina's Charlotte Coliseum.

USAC's most recent USAC National Midget race held north of the border came in 1993 at the SkyDome, home of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays. Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. is one of six venues to have hosted a USAC Midget race and an NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four along with the RCA/Hoosier Dome, Astrodome, Kingdome, Cow Palace and Charlotte Coliseum.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday, March 7, at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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ALL-TIME USAC INDOOR FEATURE WINS (1956-2019)

(10) Rich Vogler

(9) Sleepy Tripp

(8) Gary Bettenhausen

(6) Mel Kenyon & Bob Wente

(5) Bob McLean, Tony Stewart & Chuck Weyant

(4) Steve Cannon, Russ Gamester, Gene Hartley, Jim Hettinger & Steve Lotshaw

(3) Bob Hare, Lee Kunzman, Johnny Parsons, Henry Pens & Chuck Rodee

(2) Tom Bigelow, Alan Brown, Dana Carter, Ronnie Duman, Ray Elliott, Sam Isenhower, Michael Lang, Jerry Nuckles, Kevin Olson, Ken Schrader, Les Scott, Leroy Warriner & Jerry Weeks

(1) John Batts, Christopher Bell, Kevin Besecker, Gary Byers, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Roy Caruthers, Rich Corson, Tyler Courtney, Dave Darland, Jimmy Davies, Larry Dickson, Kelly Drake (TQ), Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, A.J. Foyt, Todd Forbes, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro Jr., Blake Fitzpatrick, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Bobby Grim, Bob Hauck, Ted Hines, Blake Hollingsworth, Kenny Irwin Jr., Bill Kollman, Brad Loyet (Ford Focus), Andy Malpocker (SpeeD2), Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, John Meyers, Ken Nichols, Kenneth Nichols, Dick Northam, Larry Patton, Danny Pens, Dick Pole, Robbie Ray (Ford Focus), Barry Reed, Stevie Reeves, Larry Rice, Johnny Roberts, Gary Schroeder (TQ), Logan Seavey, Dick St. John, Tom Steiner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jerry Stone, Mike Streicher, Dale Swaim, Bob Tattersall, Billy Wease, Terry Wente, Chuck West, Johnny White & Tommy White

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USAC INDOOR FEATURE WINNERS

DATE / TRACK / LOCATION / WINNER 1/8/1956: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 2/17/1956: Grand Rapids Stadium / Grand Rapids, MI / Leroy Warriner 1/6/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 1/13/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Hartley 12/29/1957: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/12/1958: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/3/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 1/11/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Leroy Warriner 12/27/1959: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Dale Swaim 1/3/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 1/10/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny White 12/17/1960: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Tattersall 12/30/1960: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Roberts 12/31/1960: Freedom Hall / Louisville, KY / Dick Northam 1/8/1961: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gene Force 1/14/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Wente 2/4/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob McLean 3/25/1961: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob Wente 11/17/1961: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Chuck Weyant 11/18/1961: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 1/7/1962: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 1/13/1962: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Jimmy Davies 1/26/1962: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Gene Hartley 1/27/1962: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Weyant 3/24/1962: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Chuck Weyant 1/12/1963: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Ronnie Duman 3/23/1963: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bobby Grim 11/30/1963: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Wente 3/21/1964: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Bob McLean 3/21/1964: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Ray Elliott 1/1/1965: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Henry Pens 1/10/1965: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 1/31/1965: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Les Scott 3/14/1965: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Ronnie Duman 1/9/1966: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Chuck Rodee 1/8/1967: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Henry Pens 1/22/1967: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Hare 1/29/1967: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 2/12/1967: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Mel Kenyon 1/7/1968: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mel Kenyon 1/28/1968: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob McLean 12/15/1968: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Bob Hare 1/5/1969: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Hauck 1/26/1969: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bill Kollman 3/8/1969: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Gary Bettenhausen 3/9/1969: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Lee Kunzman 1/4/1970: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Ray Elliott 1/25/1970: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Henry Pens 3/14/1970: Astrodome / Houston, TX / A.J. Foyt 1/3/1971: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Jimmy Caruthers 1/24/1971: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Hare 1/9/1972: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Lee Kunzman 1/30/1972: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Lee Kunzman 3/11/1972: Astrodome / Houston, TX / Gary Bettenhausen 1/7/1973: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Parsons 1/28/1973: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Larry Dickson 1/6/1974: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 1/20/1974: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Larry Rice 2/22/1974: Cow Palace / San Francisco, CA / Mel Kenyon 3/9/1974: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Byers 1/5/1975: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 1/19/1975: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 1/25/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Dana Carter 2/8/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 2/14/1975: Oklahoma City Sports Arena / Oklahoma City, OK / John Batts 2/16/1975: Oklahoma City Sports Arena / Oklahoma City, OK / Sleepy Tripp 3/1/1975: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Ken Nichols 1/4/1976: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/18/1976: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/7/1976: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/14/1976: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 8/27/1976: Salt Palace / Salt Lake City, UT / Sleepy Tripp 8/28/1976: Salt Palace / Salt Lake City, UT / Larry Patton 1/2/1977: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Billy Engelhart 1/8/1977: Scope Arena / Norfolk, VA / Rich Vogler 1/16/1977: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 2/12/1977: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Gary Bettenhausen 2/13/1977: Freedom Hall / Louisville, KY / Jerry Nuckles 3/4/1977: Kingdome / Seattle, WA / Jerry Stone 3/12/1977: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Sleepy Tripp 10/22/1977: Kingdome / Seattle, WA / Pancho Carter 1/15/1978: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 2/11/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Cannon 2/11/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Tom Steiner 2/12/1978: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 1/7/1979: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/14/1979: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Les Scott 1/28/1979: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Wente 2/10/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Jerry Weeks 2/10/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Bob Wente 2/11/1979: State Fairgrounds Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Jerry Weeks 2/25/1979: Cincinnati Gardens / Cincinnati, OH / Gary Bettenhausen 1/6/1980: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Terry Wente 1/27/1980: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Lotshaw 1/4/1981: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Steve Cannon 1/25/1981: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Bob Wente 1/3/1982: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Dick Pole 1/17/1982: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Alan Brown 1/2/1983: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Todd Forbes 1/16/1983: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Mike Fedorcak 1/23/1983: Hara Arena / Dayton, OH / Dana Carter 3/5/1983: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Jerry Nuckles 1/8/1984: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/22/1984: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 3/10/1984: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Alan Brown 1/6/1985: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/19/1985: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 1/27/1985: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Vogler 1/4/1986: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Nick Fornoro Jr. 1/19/1986: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Johnny Parsons 3/29/1986: Prairie Capital Convention Center / Springfield, IL / Blake Hollingsworth 12/6/1986: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 12/13/1986: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Ken Schrader 1/4/1987: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Tom Bigelow 1/10/1987: Metro Centre / Rockford, IL / Kevin Olson 1/18/1987: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Barry Reed 2/15/1987: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Chuck West 12/5/1987: Peoria Civic Center / Peoria, IL / Steve Lotshaw 1/3/1988: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Sam Isenhower 1/17/1988: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Sam Isenhower 1/23/1988: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Roy Caruthers 1/24/1988: Nashville Auditorium / Nashville, TN / Ken Schrader 2/14/1988: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Gary Schroeder (TQ) 2/14/1988: Selland Arena / Fresno, CA / Johnny Parsons 2/27/1988: Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Gary Schroeder (TQ) 2/27/1988: Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Sleepy Tripp 3/12/1988: Reno Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Kelly Drake (TQ) 3/12/1988: Reno Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Sleepy Tripp 3/19/1988: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Danny Pens 12/3/1988: Peoria Civic Center / Peoria, IL / Mel Kenyon 12/10/1988: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Kevin Olson 1/8/1989: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Russ Gamester 1/22/1989: Memorial Coliseum / Fort Wayne, IN / Tom Bigelow 1/28/1989: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Rich Vogler 2/25/1989: New Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Tommy White 1/6/1990: Chicago Amphitheater / Chicago, IL / Russ Gamester 1/20/1990: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Mike Streicher 1/27/1990: Mecca Arena / Milwaukee, WI / John Meyers 2/10/1990: Livestock Events Center / Reno, NV / Sleepy Tripp 2/24/1990: New Arco Arena / Sacramento, CA / Sleepy Tripp 12/22/1990: Charlotte Coliseum / Charlotte, NC / Jim Hettinger 1/5/1991: Rosemont Horizon / Chicago, IL / Michael Lang 1/19/1991: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Ted Hines 1/25/1992: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Russ Gamester 1/16/1993: SkyDome / Toronto, Canada / Kenny Irwin Jr. 1/30/1993: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Kenneth Nichols 1/29/1994: Hoosier Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 1/28/1995: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Stevie Reeves 1/20/1996: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Michael Lang 4/6/1996: Pepsi Coliseum / Indianapolis, IN / Dick St. John 1/18/1997: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Russ Gamester 1/17/1998: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 1/30/1999: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Kevin Besecker 3/11/2000: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Johnny Parsons 3/10/2001: RCA Dome / Indianapolis, IN / Jim Hettinger 12/29/2004: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/30/2004: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Dave Darland 1/16/2005: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Robbie Ray (Ford Focus) 2/19/2005: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Brad Loyet (Ford Focus) 12/29/2005: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Rich Corson 12/30/2005: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/29/2006: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/30/2006: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 1/20/2007: State Fairgrounds Expo Center / Columbus, OH / Blake Fitzpatrick 12/28/2007: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Billy Wease 12/29/2007: Expo Center / Fort Wayne, IN / Tony Stewart 12/19/2015: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 3/19/2016: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Shane Golobic 12/17/2016: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Tyler Courtney 2/18/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Andy Malpocker (SpeeD2) 3/18/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Justin Grant 12/16/2017: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Christopher Bell 3/10/2018: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Logan Seavey 12/15/2018: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull 3/9/2019: Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh

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SUMMARY OF TRACKS (29 Tracks, 175 Races)

(62) Memorial Coliseum (Ft. Wayne, IN)

(17) Hoosier/RCA Dome (Indianapolis, IN)

(15) Indiana State Fairgrounds/Pepsi Coliseum (Indianapolis, IN)

(11) Chicago Amphitheater (Chicago, IL)

(11) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)

(10) Cincinnati Gardens (Cincinnati, OH)

(8) Fort Wayne Coliseum Expo Center (Ft. Wayne, IN)

(4) Rosemont Horizon (Chicago, IL)

(4) Astrodome (Houston, TX)

(3) Prairie Capital Convention Center (Springfield, IL)

(3) Selland Arena (Fresno, CA)

(3) Livestock Events Center (Reno, NV)

(2) Freedom Hall (Louisville, KY)

(2) Salt Palace (Salt Lake City, UT)

(2) Peoria Civic Center (Peoria, IL)

(2) ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)

(2) Kingdome (Seattle, WA)

(2) Oklahoma City Sports Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)

(2) New ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)

(1) Grand Rapids Stadium (Grand Rapids, MI)

(1) Cow Palace (San Francisco, CA)

(1) Scope Arena (Norfolk, VA)

(1) Hara Arena (Dayton, OH)

(1) Metro Center (Rockford, IL)

(1) Nashville Auditorium (Nashville, TN)

(1) Mecca Arena (Milwaukee, WI)

(1) Charlotte Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)

(1) SkyDome (Toronto, ON)

(1) Ohio State Fairgrounds Expo Center (Columbus, OH)

 

 

COURTNEY, BACON, WINDOM ENTER SHAMROCK CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (February 25, 2020).........Three past USAC National champions who are all seeking a first Shamrock Classic victory are among those headlining the initial entry list for the 5th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event on March 7 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Competitors can enter the Shamrock Classic presented by Dooling Machine Products Midget event at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-midget-entry until Thursday, March 5th at noon eastern time. After that deadline, entries for the midget division will increase to $100. Early entry is highly suggested as officials prepare to set heat race lineups with a "draft," similar to that used previously at Du Quoin's "Junior Knepper 55" in 2018 and the 2019 "BC39" at the IMS Dirt Track.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the reigning series champion and finished 7th in last year's Shamrock Classic after starting 21st. He is also a past victor in USAC Midget competition at the 1/6-mile indoor dirt oval, capturing the non-points special event Junior Knepper 55 in December of 2016.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), the 2014 and 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, is undefeated thus far in USAC National features in 2020, sweeping both nights in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. in mid-February. He's one of just two drivers to have started in the feature event of all four previous editions of the Shamrock Classic with 4th place finishes in both 2016 and 2017 serving as his best. He also took 14th in 2018 and 18th in his most recent start in 2019.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) leads the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings entering the event following a victory on the second night of the Winter Dirt Games in Ocala. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car champ took 9th in his first career Shamrock Classic start a year ago.

Among the other early Shamrock Classic midget entries include 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), who comes into the event off his best career series result of 3rd in Ocala and finished 8th in his Shamrock debut in 2019.

Tyler Nelson (Olathe, Kans.), a USAC Regional Midget winner at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway in 2019 and a Shamrock Classic starter in 2018 is entered and will be joined by last year's USAC Western States Midget titlist Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Corona, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Gulf Coast Midget champ Kyle Jones, all of whom are eying their first Shamrock Classic starts.

Winged micro-sprints will complete their program on Saturday after competing in preliminary events on Friday night, March 6th. Micro competitors are urged to enter at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-shamrock-micro-entry?fbclid=IwAR3bLKcOlN8E3aUJK8zMTkHLjfX81-4fUwa6p_ABGbeiuOJZfleWzJiq4fg.

Micros will complete the majority of their program on Friday night, starting at 6:30pm Central and culminating with dashes to set up Saturday's events. Only last chance races and the feature will be mixed into a full program for the National Midget Series, which will feature a passing-points format with both heat races and qualifying races.

The "Shamrock Classic" features appearance points only for competitors chasing the NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship, so all eyes will be on the top prize, elevated to $5,000 for the fifth annual event thanks to event sponsors DM Machine, WWT Raceway, and Fast Lane Racing Apparel.

Fans and competitors alike are invited to join the fun on Friday night at the St. Nicholas Brewing Company in Du Quoin for food and drink specials after a night of micro-sprint racing. Midget teams are also welcome to unload and park on Friday night. Gates open on Friday at 4pm Central with cars on track at 6:30pm. Grandstand tickets for Friday are just five dollars, with pit passes at $25.

Shamrock Classic tickets are on sale at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2020-usac-shamrock-classic with reserved seats at $25, while general admission tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up. Children's general admission tickets (Age 6-12) are $10. Kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes for Saturday are $35, and those attending both days can purchase pit passes for $55. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door both days.

Doors open on Saturday at 1pm Central to prepare for hot laps starting at 4pm. More information can be found at http://www.ShamrockClassicDuQuoin.com.

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2020 SHAMROCK CLASSIC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:

(As of February 25, 2020)

4 ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby Motorsports)

5o ANTHONY NICHOLSON/Millington, TN (Hagar-Proctor Racing)

7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

7m RONNIE GARDNER/Corona, CA (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

7R KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Iron Dome/Moonshine Motorsports)

9JR DEREK HAGAR/Marion, AR (Hagar Proctor Racing)

11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin's Motorsports)

13 AUSTIN YARBROUGH/Myrtle Beach, SC (McGee Racing)

21H BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Kelly Hinck)

39BC COLE BODINE/Rossville, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)

56AP RILEY KREISEL/Warsaw, MO (Travis Young)

57D AIDEN PURDUE/Clinton, IL (McCreery Motorsports)

72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Sam Johnson)

82 ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)

89 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)

91 ANDY BISHOP/Harrisburg, IL (Jack Harris Racing)

91x CRAIG OAKES/Marshall, TX (Mounce Motorsports)

95 CHRIS ANDREWS/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing)

 


 


JAKE SWANSON GOES 2-FOR-2 AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 15, 2020… After winning on Friday, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) returned to victory circle at Canyon Speedway Park. Starting third, the pilot of the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC powered by “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams on lap thirteen and sailed to the “Steve Stroud Memorial” win. For Swanson, Saturday’s $2,500 USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph was the fourth series win of his career. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and Williams followed Jake to the checkered flags.

For the second consecutive night, Swanson took top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.054 over the 8-car roster. Also earning the Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third to first place run, the point leader left the 1/3-mile oval with a 9-point advantage.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Sussex and Davis.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Canyon Speedway Park on March 6th and 7th with the USAC/CRA Sprints for the “3rd Annual Spring Showcase.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 15, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-14.054; 2. Austin Williams, 77M, Michael-14.347; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.361; 4. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-14.601; 5. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.642; 6. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.940; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.953, 8. Dustin Burkhart, 34, Grau-14.973.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. Curtis. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Williams, 3. Shipley, 4. Burkhart. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (3), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 3. R.J. Johnson (5), 4. Stevie Sussex (1), 5. Austin Williams (4), 6. Michael Curtis (7), 7. Kyle Shipley (6), 8. Dustin Burkhart (8). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Sussex, Laps 3-12 Williams, Laps 13-30 Swanson.
HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (3rd to 1st)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-166. 2-Davis-157, 3-Johnson-150, 4-Sussex-141, 5-Williams-137, 6-Shipley-121, 7-Curtis-118, 8-Sanchez-54, 9-Burkhart-54.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: March 6&7 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “3rd Annual Spring Showcase” – Co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

BACON DOUBLES UP
WITH SECOND STRAIGHT OCALA SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 15, 2020).........Brady Bacon took no chances on his cool down lap following Saturday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Winter Dirt Games XI victory at Bubba Raceway Park.

Following a mishap during his heat race that saw him drop from a surefire win to having to transfer through the semi in order to qualify for the feature, Bacon was once again the class of the field, driving from 9th to 1st to capture his second consecutive series main event win in as many nights at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track in Ocala, Fla.

All the meanwhile, the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native was adamant to make sure a victory wasn't going to slip through his fingers twice in one night.

"We made an extra lap in the feature. I wasn't going to stop until we knew it was over," Bacon exclaimed.

For you see, earlier Saturday evening during his heat race, Bacon was fully in charge, dominating the preliminary event until the final lap when his car began to slow dramatically. Was something amiss mechanically with his ride, many pondered.

However, as it turned out, Bacon thought he saw the flagman waving the white. As he came around the stripe the next time, he saw another flag waving and assumed it was the checkered. As it turned out, that flag was, in fact, the white. Bacon let off the gas on the actual last lap, assuming the race was over, and dropped from 1st to 8th as his competitors drove by him to knock him out from a potential second row starting spot.

As a result, Bacon was forced to transfer through the semi-feature, which he won, then rolled off from the 9th starting spot in the 30-lap feature - the same position he started from in his victory just 24 hours prior.

On paper, Saturday's results were a carbon copy of Friday's - a mesmerizing charge to the front that began from the inside of the fifth row. However, with the way all the elements transpired for Bacon, he wouldn't have it any other way en route to his 31st career USAC National Sprint Car feature win and his fourth career Winter Dirt Games sprint car score, tying him for second with Bryan Clauson and one behind Damion Gardner.

"It might've been a blessing in disguise running that B-Main because I ran the bottom in one and two once and I thought it was really good, so I just moved off of it," Bacon explained. "I didn't want to show my hand too much and I didn't want people to see that the bottom was fast."

"It was a lot slicker in the feature," Bacon continued. "But we were able to sneak around there and get a little grip down the back straightaway when everyone else was way up by the fence. It didn't feel like it was going to work because I felt like I was going like 2 mph, but then, all of a sudden, at the end of the back straightaway, I'd be beside or ahead of them. It was a little unconventional, especially for here, but it worked."

That's just how it unfolded for Bacon in a two-lap spurt that saw him slip underneath Chris Windom for second on lap 12 in turn three, then repeated the same move the very next lap in the same spot on Chase Stockon, who had commandeered the opening 12 laps from his outside front row starting position.

As Bacon jetted out to a 2.5 second lead in the waning laps, Windom and resurgent pole sitter Logan Seavey were involved in an intense grapple in which Seavey threw multiple sliders at Windom to no avail as Windom staved off the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ for the position.

With three laps remaining, 14th running Katlynn Leer banged her right rear tire off the outside wall and flipped wildly down the front straightaway to bring out the feature event's lone red flag and final stoppage, thus erasing Bacon's advantage and setting up a three-lap dash for the win in which the two-time series champ had one of two ways to go.

"I was kind of torn whether to run the top or bottom," Bacon admitted. "I knew the top was probably a little faster, but I would have left a big window open for someone to slide me, and he did. But I was able to cross him over and survive. Thankfully, we just had a really good car tonight and we're able to overcome any obstacle that was thrown at us."

Windom successfully dove to the bottom and slid by Bacon in turn one on laps 28 and 29, but Bacon lowered the boom and tucked in at the exit of turn four, taking a lower entry into the first turn on the final lap to essentially shut the door on Windom's chances for victory and finish off a three-car-length margin of victory ahead of Windom, Seavey and Stockon with Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.


Brady Bacon's 333rd career USAC National Sprint Car start on Saturday elevated him into the top-ten all-time, equaling Sheldon Kinser for 10th on the list.
(Rich Forman Photo)


After Friday's victory, Bacon was relieved to have shaken the cloud that had hung over his head throughout the past three years at Winter Dirt Games. Saturday served up more of the same despite Bacon initially entering the season with tempered expectations based on recent outings at Ocala. Although. he is quick to credit a possibility that they've got the leg up on the competition so far due to the lack of turnover on the team after a busy offseason which saw a multitude of driver, team and mechanical changes around the pit area.

"I would've been happy with two top-fives after the last few years we've had here," Bacon said. "We ended last year really fast and had a chance to win every single race. Then, we just wanted to refine everything and keep getting better. You've got to keep digging because everyone else is going to do it in the offseason. We probably had the least amount of changes, just the sponsor change, but all the nuts and bolts have been the same. That might be our little advantage. All our personnel is the same. We're just in a lot better spot than we started with last year as far as our equipment goes."

With the victory, Bacon became the ninth driver to win the first two USAC National Sprint Car features of the year, following Jud Larson (1965), Larry Dickson (1970), Pancho Carter (1978), Rich Vogler (1987), Robbie Stanley (1993), Tracy Hines (2002), Jay Drake (2004) and Damion Gardner (2010).

Furthermore, Bacon's 333rd career USAC National Sprint Car start elevated him into the top-ten all-time, equaling Sheldon Kinser for 10th on the list.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear / EPA Fast Qualifier: C.J. Leary

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Logan Seavey

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Dave Darland

AutoMeter Third Heat Winner: Chris Phillips

Indy Race Parts Semi Winner: Brady Bacon

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger:

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher:

Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer: Harley Burns

Hughes Racing / Indiana Mafia / Flamingo Sandy Passing Master:

Prosource Hard Work Award: Anthony D'Alessio


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

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/EPA PHOTOGRAPHY QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 1, Gile-13.845; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.873; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.873; 4. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.877; 5. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.884; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.925; 7. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.925; 8. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-13.933; 9. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.977; 10. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.981; 11. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.076; 12. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.099; 13. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.157; 14. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-14.186; 15. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-14.219; 16. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-14.337; 17. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-14.385; 18. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-14.408; 19. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-14.414; 20. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-14.416; 21. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-14.442; 22. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.459; 23. Tyler Gunn, 68G, Gunn-14.472; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.512; 25. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.514; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.612; 27. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-14.945; 28. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-15.474; 29. Robert Bell, 71, Bell-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Anton Hernandez, 7. Anthony D'Alessio, 8. Dustin Clark, 9. Kent Schmidt, 10. Matt Westfall. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Dave Darland, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kyle Robbins, 5. Dennis Gile, 6. Katlynn Leer, 7. Kory Schudy, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Tyler Gunn, 10. Robert Bell. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Phillips, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Harley Burns. 1:55.355

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Anton Hernandez, 3. Katlynn Leer, 4. Kory Schudy, 5. Stephen Schnapf, 6. Tyler Gunn, 7. Anthony D'Alessio, 8. Harley Burns, 9. Matt Westfall, 10. Matt Goodnight, 11. Brandon Mattox, 12. Dustin Clark. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (9), 2. Chris Windom (3), 3. Logan Seavey (1), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Carson Short (4), 7. C.J. Leary (6), 8. Kevin Thomas Jr. (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (12), 10. Dennis Gile (10), 11. Dave Darland (7), 12. Mario Clouser (17), 13. Stephen Schnapf (19), 14. Anton Hernandez (21), 15. Matt Westfall (24), 16. Kory Schudy (18), 17. Scotty Weir (16), 18. Kyle Robbins (15), 19. Anthony D'Alessio (22), 20. Chris Phillips (8), 21. Sterling Cling (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Tyler Gunn (20), 24. Katlynn Leer (14).
**Kent Schmidt flipped during the first heat. Katlynn Leer flipped on lap 28 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Chase Stockon, Laps 13-30 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (9th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Stephen Schnapf

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Harley Burns

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Anthony D'Alessio

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-155, 2-Chris Windom-146, 3-Justin Grant-140, 4-C.J. Leary-138, 5-Logan Seavey-135, 6-Kyle Cummins-130, 7-Chase Stockon-129, 8-Carson Short-118, 9-Dave Darland-96, 10-Kevin Thomas Jr.-95.

FINAL HUGHES RACING/INDIANA MAFIA/FLAMINGO SANDY WINTER DIRT GAMES PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-18, 2-Anton Hernandez-10, 3-Mario Clouser-10, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-9, 5-Dave Darland-9, 6-Chris Windom-8, 7-Kyle Cummins-8, 8-Chase Stockon-8, 9-C.J. Leary-7, 10-Logan Seavey-10.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-16, 2-Chris Windom-16, 3-Daison Pursley-10, 4-Andrew Layser-9, 5-Mario Clouser-8, 6-Anton Hernandez-7, 7-Dave Darland-7, 8-Zeb Wise-6, 9-Dennis Misuraca-6, 10-Stephen Schnapf-6.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: April 4, 2020 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
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BACON BOLTS TO VALENTINE'S VICTORY AT OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 14, 2020).........Entering Friday night's USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship season opener, the most recent time Brady Bacon left Bubba Raceway Park with a top-five finish was three years ago.

Furthermore, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native's most recent victory at the 3/8-mile tri-oval came five years prior, leaving him more than eager to quash the early season dry spell that lingered over him entering the 2020 season.

On a weekend that's been anything but a dry spell with heavy rain washing out Thursday's intended opener and threatening Friday's second go with persistent afternoon showers, Bacon rid himself of the early-season cloud of recent years by taking the lead with just four laps remaining to score his third career Winter Dirt Games feature victory.

The win for Bacon in his Dynamics, Inc./Longworth Equipment - Fatheadz Eyewear - DriveWFX.com/Triple X/Rider Chevy notched another milestone for the two-time series champion. With the triumph, Bacon became just the 13th driver to reach the 30-win mark in his USAC National Sprint Car career.

"This win is pretty important to me because we've struggled here the past three years," Bacon admitted. "Getting off to a bad start is not easy. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going and not start off at a handicap for the rest of the season."

Bacon had quite a long row to hoe in just 30 laps, starting 9th on the grid on a tricky surface before steadily moving his way through the 22-car field. Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, Kevin Thomas Jr. lunged to the point on the opening lap from his pole position while outside front row starter Kyle Cummins dug in and charged around Thomas to snare the lead off turn four on the opening circuit.

Cummins quickly gapped Thomas by just a tick under a full second during the early stages before encountering lapped traffic on the tenth lap. Cummins met a five-member single-file train of cars at the tail end of the lead lap where he decisively ripped around the outside of traffic as Thomas gave chase, closing up the canyon between the two ever so slightly.

Just one lap later, young Connor Leoffler, making his first career series start and who had just been put a lap down by Cummins, biked hard in turn one before landing on all fours and smacking the right rear against the outer concrete, ending his night.

On the lap 12 resumption, Thomas peeked his nose underneath the ride of Cummins at the exit of turn four, but Cummins slashed away once again and regenerated his advantage at the front, clicking off the fastest lap of the race one lap after the halfway mark.

Just prior to the last 10-lap stanza, Cummins was greeted by a chorus of traffic, allowing Thomas to subtract the interval between he and the lead car of Cummins. On the 20th lap, while exiting turn four, Cummins experienced "a moment" if you will when he and the car of Katlynn Leer collided near the flagstand, sending both into immediate disarray and near disaster. Although, both carried on without issue.

Thomas pounced on the Cummins/Leer mishap and raced to the lead past Cummins a half lap later on the bottom between turns three and four. However, two laps later, Thomas' bid for victory fell into shambles as his right rear tire went flat on the back straightaway on the 24th lap, granting Cummins the lead as Thomas slowed to a crawl to the work area where his crew swapped out for new rubber, ultimately returning for a 16th place finish.

The ensuing restart with seven laps remaining put Bacon on Cummins' tail where he immediately let it be known he was going to be a contender. At the conclusion of lap 24 at the exit of turn four, Bacon clawed off turn four under Cummins, racing to a near dead heat at the line with Cummins clinging to a slight advantage as he disallowed Bacon from taking hold of the low line entering turn one.


JAKE SWANSON MAKES STATEMENT AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK

PEORIA, AZ – FEBRUARY 14, 2020… Starting third, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) took command from R.J. Johnson on the nineteenth circuit and led the rest of the way to claim the opening night of the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial.” Piloting the John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson’s $2,000 victory was the third Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of his career. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Swanson opened the new season with top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 13.616 over the 8-car roster. The 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion also earned the night’s Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third to first place run.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Johnson and Sussex.

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action tomorrow, February 15, at Canyon Speedway Park for the $2,500-to-win finale of the “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: February 14, 2020 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.616; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-13.762; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-13.948; 4. Austin Williams, 77M, Michael-14.357; 5. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-14.617; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-14.869; 7. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-14.960, Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.445.

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Swanson, 3. Curtis, 4. Shipley. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. Davis, 3. Williams, 4. Sanchez, NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (3), 2, Charles Davis Jr. (4), 3. R.J. Johnson (1), 4. Stevie Sussex (2), 5. Austin Williams (6), 6. Kyle Shipley (7), 7. Michael Curtis (5), 8. Stephen Sanchez (8). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Johnson, Laps 19-30 Swanson.
HARD CHARGER: Jake Swanson (3rd to 1st)

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Swanson-83. 2-Davis-79, 3-Johnson-76, 4-Sussex-70, 5-Williams-67, 6-Shipley-62, 7-Curtis-58, 8-Sanchez-54.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: February 15 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial”

 

12-RACE USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (February 13, 2020).........USAC's Midwest Regional Midget series will compete in 12 events at seven different dirt tracks throughout the states of Indiana and Illinois during the 2020 season.

Each event will utilize an open format, allowing both current National and SpeeD2 engines. Each feature race on the schedule will pay $1,200 to win and $125 to start along with tow money for non-qualifiers.

All events on the schedule will pay points toward the USAC Midwest Regional Midget standings and a champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the season. Furthermore, USAC SpeeD2 licensed competitors will be eligible for bonuses and will earn points toward the USAC Midwest Thunder SpeeD2 Midwest Thunder Midget Championship.

The series opens April 17 on the quarter-mile red clay of Indiana's Bloomington Speedway, an event which will be held in conjunction with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event, the first of two dates for the Regional Midgets at the southern Indiana venue along with an additional trip on June 26.

Two visits to Paragon (Ind.) are on the docket on both May 1 and August 14, along with two dates at fellow Indiana tracks Gas City I-69 Speedway on May 22 and October 2, Kokomo Speedway on May 24 and October 16, as well as USAC's first ever trips to Circus City Speedway in Peru, Ind. on August 15 and October 3.

The Regional Midgets are in action on Independence Day night, July 4, at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind., a doubleheader with the USAC National Sprint Cars.

Meanwhile, the series' lone visit outside of the Hoosier State takes them to neighboring Illinois and the Land of Lincoln on May 2 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill.

2020 USAC MIDWEST REGIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE

Apr 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

May 1: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

May 2: Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

May 22: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

May 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jun 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Jul 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Aug 14: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

Aug 15: Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Oct 2: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Oct 3: Circus City Speedway (Peru, IN)

Oct 16: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
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WINDOM FASTEST IN WINTER DIRT GAMES
USAC SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 12, 2020).........Just four days following his latest victory at Bubba Raceway Park, Chris Windom turned the fastest time in Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car practice with a lap of 13.564 seconds around the 3/8-mile D-shaped track.

Windom (Canton, Ill.), who captured the victory in last Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Bubba's, set the fastest time in Wednesday's sprint practice during the second of five sessions. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion also topped session three in his Hayward Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - OILFIRE - B & H Contractors/DRC/Claxton Mopar.

Hayward Motorsports has gotten off to a hot start in USAC competition thus far in 2020. With the midget last weekend at Bubba's, the Hayward team won Friday night's feature with driver Tanner Thorson, then established a new one-lap track record on Saturday, again with Thorson.

Windom was followed in Wednesday's practice by two-time series champ and two-time Bubba's USAC Sprint winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) at 13.683. Kevin Thomas Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who is seeking his first Bubba's win after being the only driver to finish in the top-five in all three series starts last year at the track, was third at 13.731. Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.), a 2018 Bubba's winner, was fourth at 13.737, while Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), who finished on the podium at Bubba's all three nights in 2016, rounded out the top-five at 13.804.

Bacon tested two different cars in Wednesday's practice, the No. 69 and the backup No. 69OT, which he took to eighth fastest overall. USAC Triple Crown champ Dave Darland also competed in two different cars for the EZR/Curb-Agajanian team, timing in 21st out of the 29 drivers that hit the track.

No major incidents occurred during the night. Connor Leoffler (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) spun in turn two but continued on without contact. Evan Mosley (Lapel, Ind.) had flame erupt from the engine compartment of his car, forcing him to stop on the track. Reigning series champion C.J. Leary's new team, Gene Gile Racing, changed engines on their ride, but the Greenfield, Ind. driver returned to compete in the final session of the night, taking the 18th overall best time.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 12, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

PRACTICE: 1. Chris Windom, 19, Hayward-13.564; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.683; 3. Kevin Thomas Jr., 9K, KT-13.731; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.737; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.804; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.821; 7. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.827; 8. Mario Clouser, 6, Clouser-13.857; 9. Carson Short, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.858; 10. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.918; 11. Kory Schudy, 28K, Sawyer-13.920; 12. Chris Phillips, 6p, Phillips-13.962; 13. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-13.979; 14. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio/Parallax-13.990; 15. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.997; 16. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.017; 17. Logan Seavey, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.023; 18. C.J. Leary, 1, Gile-14.074; 19. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.103; 20. Scotty Weir, 22, Goodnight-14.246; 21. Dave Darland, 36d, EZR/Curb-Agajanian-14.299; 22. Anton Hernandez, 5, Baldwin-14.351; 23. Katlynn Leer, 77K, Leer-14.364; 24. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-14.389; 25. Connor Leoffler, 22L, Leoffler-14.422; 26. Tyler Gunn, 68G, Gunn-14.955; 27. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-15.140; 28. Harley Burns, 16, Burns-15.696; 29. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 13-14-15, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI
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“STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SEASON AT CSP
By Lance Jennings

FEBRUARY 10, 2020... The eighth season for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open this Friday, February 14th, at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the two-night “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” will pay $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start on both nights. The event will also feature the MickelsonRay.com Hobby Stocks, Micro Sprints (non-wing), Honest-1 Auto Care IMCA Sport Compacts, and Western Modlites. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 7:10pm, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open at 5:00pm, time trials at 6:40pm, and racing is set for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park, Arizona Speedway, and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,375 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The first point races of 2020 will honor Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. Known for owning Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store, the avid race fan backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and other special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix, which was a popular destination for racers and fans alike until it’s closing last year. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

When the checkered flags flew at San Tan Valley on November 16th, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) clinched his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest championship. Racing for three different teams, Roa posted two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time award, four heat race victories, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led on the season. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, C.J. Leary, and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Brody is looking for a ride to help defend his crown.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) finished second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Primarily driving the Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / BG Chemicals Sherman, Johnson had two feature wins, five heat race victories, two hard charger awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led in the campaign. The five-time champion has fifty-seven wins and will be looking to claim his third consecutive “Steve Stroud Memorial.”

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) finished third in the championship point chase. On the strength of one feature win, two heat race victories, one hard charger award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 32 feature laps led, Sussex earned the 2019 Car Owner’s championship for Robbie and Gaye Allen. With thirteen wins to his credit, Stevie will have his sights on piloting the #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim to victory at Canyon Speedway Park.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) ranked fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #50 and #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis posted one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, eight heat race victories, two hard charger awards, ten top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in 2019. The 2018 champion has thirty series wins and will be looking to add the “Stroud Memorial” to his resume.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) placed fifth in the championship standings. Piloting the John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson had one feature win, two Beaver Stripes Fast Time Awards, one dash win, three heat race victories, two semi-main wins, one hard charger award, eight top-10 finishes, and 38 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has two career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the “Stroud Memorial” victory.

Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) earned the USAC SouthWest Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. Driving the family owned #51T Specialty Fasteners / System One 777, Tafoya tied for twenty-second in points and posted two heat race victories with one top-10 finish on the season. At press time, Tafoya might skip the “Stroud Memorial” to concentrate on the USAC/CRA season.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Chris Bonneau, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Dennis Gile, Stephen Sanchez, 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. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Hoosier Racing Tire, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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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, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2017-Dave Darland, 2018-R.J. Johnson, 2019-R.J. Johnson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Tyler Courtney, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Mike Martin, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

FINAL 2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1083, 2. R.J. Johnson-1065, 3. Stevie Sussex-1018, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-976, 5. Jake Swanson-800, 6. Austin Williams-659, 7. Mike Martin-655, 8. Damion Gardner-616, 9. Chris Bonneau-517, 10. Matt Lundy-500, 11. C.J. Leary-482, 12. Michael Curtis-453, 13. Matt Rossi-423, 14. Tommy Malcolm-411, 15. Logan Seavey-399, 16. Josh Hodges-383, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-358, 18. Tyler Courtney-353, 19. Dennis Gile-305, 20. Chris Gansen-303.

2020 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
February 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
February 15: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Steve Stroud Memorial)
March 6: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
March 7: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Spring Showcase)
April 4: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
April 11: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Hippoty Hoppity Easter)
May 16: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Duel at the Diamond)
May 30: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ
June 20: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Salute to Fathers)
July 25: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
August 22: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 19: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Fall Brawl)
October 3: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
October 17: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
October 31: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 5: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 6: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 13: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 14: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

MUTLIPLE USAC NATIONAL DIVISION WINS
BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2020).........The early part of the season in Florida is noted for being the place to climb out of the cold and dreary months of winter and heat up with both the weather and the racing action on hand.

A few noted individuals have taken to bringing the heat themselves with victories in multiple USAC National divisions prior to the conclusion of the month of February.

At press time, only five drivers have won in at least two USAC National divisions before the end of February in a single season: Billy Vukovich (1968), Tony Stewart (1998), Dave Steele (2006), Darren Hagen (2009) and Levi Jones (2010).

One driver this week, Chris Windom, has an opportunity to join that exclusive group this week with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of Winter Dirt Games XI on February 13-14-15 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Windom captured last Saturday's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory and will compete for Hayward Motorsports in the sprint car this week at Bubba's where he was victorious in last season's series opener.

Very few have accomplished what Windom is facing this week. After all, the Canton, Ill. native has erased one streak thus far in the new year, breaking the 59-year drought for a USAC Midget numbered 89 reaching victory lane.

Looking back, Vukovich, son of the legendary 1953-54 Indianapolis 500 winner, the "Mad Russian" Bill Vukovich. The younger Vukovich, himself, was named top Rookie at Indy in 1968. Just a few months before his first Indianapolis start, the Californian made history as the first driver to win both a USAC National Sprint Car feature and a USAC National Midget feature before the end of February in the same season.

A January sprint win for Vukovich at Rivergrade Speedway in Irwindale, Calif. got the ball rolling, followed by a midget win at El Cajon, Calif. He added another midget win for good measure in mid-February at San Jose, Calif., all three wins coming for car owner Doug Caruthers.

It wasn't until three decades later when the feat was duplicated by Columbus, Indiana's Tony Stewart, who on one afternoon on the first day of February in 1998 at Phoenix International Raceway, swept both ends of the USAC portion of the Copper World Classic with triumphs in both the Silver Crown car, for owner George Snider, and the Midget series, in the famed Steve Lewis-owned machine.

Just eight years later in 2006, pavement master Dave Steele would replicate Stewart's dominance at Phoenix, sweeping both the Midget portion in one of Steve Lewis' "Nine" cars. The National Sprint Car Hall of Famer from Tampa, Fla. then collected the Silver Crown portion of the event for 6R Racing, his fifth consecutive Silver Crown scores at the one-mile paved track.

Darren Hagen became the next, and first to do so on the dirt, when the National Sprint Cars and Midgets ventured west for early season dates. On Feb. 21, the Riverside, Calif. native crossed the stripe first with the sprints at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. for Dustin Morgan Motorsports. To close out the month of February, Hagen notched a midget score at the half-mile Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for RFMS Racing.

The most recent of all drivers to accomplish two National victories before the end of February was seven-time USAC National champion Levi Jones whose successful evening at USA raceway in Tucson, Ariz. in February of 2010 saw him collect both the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown features for Tony Stewart Racing.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes this week, Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

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WON IN MULTIPLE USAC NATIONAL DIVISIONS
BEFORE THE END OF FEBRUARY:

1968: Billy Vukovich (Sprint & Midget)

1998: Tony Stewart (Silver Crown & Midget)

2006: Dave Steele (Silver Crown & Midget)

2009: Darren Hagen (Sprint & Midget)

2010: Levi Jones (Silver Crown & Sprint)

 

 

WINTER DIRT GAMES SUCCESS TRANSLATES TO CHAMPIONSHIPS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (February 10, 2020).........The beginning of a new USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is one in which drivers and teams either resume their cohesiveness or, for new teams, try to meld successful relationships that will ultimately reap their rewards with wins, and if everything works out just right, a championship at season's end.

Five drivers and teams over the past seven seasons have used a Winter Dirt Games victory as a springboard to a championship, a number that seems less coincidental than it does a trend that should not be taken lightly entering this week's slate at Ocala, Florida's Bubba Raceway Park, February 13-14-15.

C.J. Leary debuted with a new team in Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports in 2019, winning the final of the three nights in Ocala, then translated that into a string of consistency throughout the year that saw only one more victory, in November at Perris, Calif., but netted 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts.

The Greenfield, Ind. driver corralled the season title at the end of 2019, and this year will carry the #1 on his ride as he makes his debut for Gene Gile Racing out of Arizona.

Similarly, Tyler Courtney was victorious on the two final nights of the three-race pack at Ocala in 2018. The Indianapolis, ind. driver was strong right out of the box, stamping his winning footprint on 11 occasions during the year for one of the most prolific seasons in the history of the series en route to the title.

Robert Ballou also notched two early season wins in February at Winter Dirt Games in 2015 but did so at two different tracks back when the mini-series spanned two weekends at both Bubba's and East Bay Raceway Park in Gibsonton.

The Rocklin, Calif. native was nearly unbeatable in the 2015 campaign, racking up 13 wins for the second winningest USAC Sprint season in series history behind only Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1977. Ballou aims to make his return to the cockpit as soon as possible in 2020 following an arm injury last summer in a Kokomo Speedway sprint car feature.

Brady Bacon snared a victory at Ocala in February of 2014 during Winter Dirt Games. The win catapulted him into championship contention immediately, and the Broken Arrow, Okla. native cruised to the first of his two USAC National Sprint Car driving titles, also duplicating the feat in 2016. Bacon, the winningest driver for the Hoffman family in USAC competition with 21 triumphs, returns to the team's No. 69 for another championship run in the 2020 season.

The trend of Winter Dirt Games winners to go on to capture the USAC National Sprint Car championship later that same season began in 2013 with Bryan Clauson. Interestingly, like Courtney in 2018 and Leary in 2019, Clauson was in the midst of his debut weekend with a new team. For Clauson, it was Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, for whom he would capture the championship with later in the year.

We very well could see history repeat itself once again this week. It's happened in five of the last seven years with the eventual champ standing in victory lane at Winter Dirt Games. This year could be no different with a driver and team finding the right combination on opening weekend and sustaining that success throughout a whole year - a string of success that ultimately begins right from the first time the car's rolled out of the trailer at Winter Dirt Games.

Winter Dirt Games XI resumes this week, Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Pits open each night at 4pm Eastern, the grandstands open at 5pm, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app as well as on the Race Monitor app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

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WINTER DIRT GAMES WINNERS TO CAPUTRE USAC SPRINT TITLE IN SAME YEAR:

2013: Bryan Clauson 2014: Brady Bacon 2015: Robert Ballou 2018: Tyler Courtney 2019: C.J. Leary

 

 

WINDOM WINS FIRST FOR NEW TEAM IN OCALA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 8, 2020).........Chris Windom's second race as a member of Tucker-Boat Motorsports began much the same as his first the night before by having to quickly make up ground and dig his way into contention after starting behind the eight ball, and the first three rows.

Saturday night in the Winter Dirt Games XI finale for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, Windom immediately shed his starting spot of 10th with the snap of finger, climbing into the top-five by lap two and, ultimately, into the lead with six laps remaining, capitalizing on a golden opportunity that arose following engine trouble for race leader Tanner Thorson.

The victory provided a third career series feature win for the Canton, Ill. driver who joined TBM for the 2020 campaign and admitted to gaining an extra sense of personal motivation for he and his NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I think I was just kind of pissed that I had to start 10th, so I was driving as hard as I could from the start of the race," Windom said. "I knew our cars were good enough to be up there. With the format change this year, it moved us back a row and we had to come from 10th there. We've been good here all week, especially in the features, and (car owner) Chad (Boat) has brought some badass racecars for us this year."

"To get a win the first weekend out, that's what you strive for at the start of the year," Windom added. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling because we're here to win a bunch of races and win the championship."

From the get-go, however, it once again looked like it was going to be Thorson's stage after capturing the prior night's season opener at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track.

The 2016 series champ set a brand new one-lap track record in qualifying, then proceeded to carve his way from sixth to second on the opening lap, splitting between Petry teammates Kevin Thomas Jr. and Tanner Carrick in turn two, then sliced beneath pole sitter Tyler Courtney for second between turns three and four.

Cannon McIntosh controlled the field from the start but was rapidly encroached by Thorson's blitz that carried him into the race lead under McIntosh entering turn one on the fourth circuit.

The first yellow of the night arrived on lap 11 when seventh-running Tanner Carrick clipped an infield tire in turn three while negotiating lapped traffic, causing the car to stall to a stop in turn four. The 2019 USAC National Most Improved Driver restarted from the tail but came back to finish 10th.

The ensuing restart was where Windom turned up the wick, driving by McIntosh for third on the 14th lap, then underneath Courtney for second on the back straightway on lap 15.

Windom's motive was now right in front of his visor and within a reasonable striking distance. However, the gap between the two wasn't about to close at this rate with Thorson ripping several of his fastest laps of the race through the mid-section to construct a 1.5 second advantage with just 10 laps remaining.

However, with six laps remaining, just when you thought Thorson had all but sewn up a weekend sweep of Winter Dirt Games XI, his evening and his ride went up in a cloud of smoke, prematurely ending a superb weekend and handing the lead over to Windom, who felt like his car was just as good as Thorson's but may not have had enough to run him down if the race went clean and green the remainder of the way.

"I knew he was going to be good again," Windom admitted of Thorson. "I felt like we were just as good as him once we got to second. We probably didn't have the speed to run him down and pass him because it's just such a wide-open track. When there's that caliber of cars out there, you're not going to be a lot better than the next guy. You've got to put yourself in position to get there and that's what we did."

From that point forward, Windom was undeterred like a vapor trail in the empty air, distancing himself from Courtney by a 1.134 second margin at the checkered to earn the first USAC National Midget victory for a car numbered 89 since Parnelli Jones' 100-mile triumph at the Milwaukee Mile on August 12, 1961, for car owner Chuck Benda.

"To get a win the first weekend out, that's what you strive for at the start of the year," Windom said. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling because we're here to win a bunch of races and win the championship."

In the process, Windom earned KSE Products/ProSource Hard Charger Award for the night, advancing nine positions from 10th to 1st and also collected the most cumulative passes over the course of the two nights of feature racing with 14, earning a $200 Passing Master bonus from ProSource in the process.

Tyler Courtney came out of Ocala last year with two victories in two nights. Although 2020 didn't find the exact same winning results, the Indianapolis, Ind. driver and his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink - ZMax/Spike/Stanton SR-11x exited Winter Dirt Games XI with a fourth on Friday and a runner-up finish on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, when you start on the pole, you want to win because that's the best place to start," Courtney said. "It just wasn't in the plans this weekend. We came down here and won both races last year but weren't able to get it done this year. We're still learning a bit on the cars and stuff like that. We've got a really good racecar, but there's just a few things to do here and there. I'm really happy with (our car) and our whole Clauson-Marshall team. We're looking forward to the rest of the season."

Fresh off earning 2019 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser stepped up his game to earn his best career series finish Saturday night with a third-place result in his Tucker-Boat Motorsports/Friedman-Schuman - Top To Bottom Solutions/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"I can't thank (my crew) enough for all their hard work," Layser praised. "They're so precise on everything to make sure (teammate) Chris (Windom) and I have great cars every time. It's really exciting to put together my first podium finish and hopefully many more. Last year, I struggled with confidence a lot. To start off the season as well as we have is really huge. It started at the Chili Bowl where we had a lot of speed. I knew we were good last night, and it showed tonight."

In addition to Thorson's new one-lap track record earlier on Saturday night, Zeb Wise established the new standard for eight laps in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget around Bubba Raceway Park at 1:52.636 during the first heat race.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Tanner Thorson

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Zeb Wise

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Cole Bodine

AutoMeter / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger: Chris Windom

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Tanner Thorson

ProSource Passing Master: Chris Windom

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.724 (New Track Record); 2. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.818; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.866; 4. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-13.926; 5. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.930; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.948; 7. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-13.958; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-13.979; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.981; 10. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.028; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.030; 12. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.088; 13. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.139; 14. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.162; 15. Dennis Misuraca, 92, Davis-15.489; 16. Michael Magic, 4m, Magic-15.548; 17. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-15.556; 18. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-15.679; 19. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Michael Magic. 1:52.636 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Cole Bodine, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Mark Cole. 1:54.200

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Dennis Misuraca, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Jerry Coons Jr. 1:53.516

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (10), 2. Tyler Courtney (1), 3. Andrew Layser (9), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 5. Cannon McIntosh (2), 6. Buddy Kofoid (5), 7. Zeb Wise (7), 8. Daison Pursley (12), 9. Jesse Colwell (13), 10. Tanner Carrick (3), 11. Cole Bodine (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Tanner Thorson (6), 14. Oliver Akard (17), 15. Michael Magic (15), 16. Mark Cole (16), 17. Steve Buckwalter (19), 18. Dennis Misuraca (14), 19. Jerry Coons Jr. (18). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 4-24 Tanner Thorson, Laps 25-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (10th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Thorson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-152, 2-Tyler Courtney-146, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-138, 4-Buddy Kofoid-137, 5-Tanner Thorson-132, 6-Cannon McIntosh-128, 7-Zeb Wise-121, 8-Andrew Layser-117, 9-Daison Pursley-108, 10-Tanner Carrick-99.

FINAL WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-14, 2-Daison Pursley-10, 3-Andrew Layser-9, 4-Zeb Wise-6, 5-Dennis Misuraca-6, 6-Steve Buckwalter-6, 7-Oliver Akard-6, 8-Cannon McIntosh-5, 9-Tanner Thorson-4, 10-Jesse Colwell-4.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-14, 2-Daison Pursley-10, 3-Andrew Layser-9, 4-Zeb Wise-6, 5-Dennis Misuraca-6, 6-Steve Buckwalter-6, 7-Oliver Akard-6, 8-Cannon McIntosh-5, 9-Tanner Thorson-4, 10-Jesse Colwell-4.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: March 7, 2020 - Southern Illinois Center - Du Quoin, Illinois - Shamrock Classic

 

 

THORSON THRIVES IN OCALA USAC MIDGET OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 7, 2020).........A new year and a new beginning are just the things Tanner Thorson was seeking with the outset of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

A highway crash last March sidelined the 2016 series champion with serious injuries. His eventual comeback was a mixed bag of highlight reel moments as well as an up-and-down closing to the campaign that left him without a full-time drive.

A Chili Bowl prelim victory in January was just a prelude to Friday night's splendid drive by the Minden, Nev. native that witnessed him zip to the front in spectacular fashion just prior to and following a mid-race restart where he exchanged multiple sliders with series Rookie Buddy Kofoid to snare the lead and control the final 16 laps to score the win in the series season-opening Winter Dirt Games XI feature at Bubba Raceway Park.

Thorson's 14th career USAC National Midget feature win in his Hayward Motorsports/OILFIRE - Factory Kahne - Walker Filtration - Smith Titanium/Spike/Stanton SR-11x moved him into the top-50 and in a four-way tie for 48th on the all-time series win list alongside Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner.

The victory also provided Hayward Motorsports its third career USAC National Midget victory as a team, and first since August of 2016 with driver Bryan Clauson at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kans.

In his third consecutive year of competing in a midget at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track, Thorson finally found his groove. He finished 9th and 7th there in 2019, but this year, made a few small mechanical changes and transitioned to Hayward Motorsports for whom he made two USAC starts at the conclusion of 2019 and was slated to do a part-time schedule for this season.

With a superb beginning to 2020, Thorson hopes that this run of success can translate into something even more.

"We were obviously way better than we were here last year," Thorson recalled. "We've got the same package here, minus a couple little things that don't matter. I've been very fortunate to get with Brodie and Sarah Hayward. They've kind of just let me do whatever I really needed and to get what I needed as far as shocks, motors, cars and just everything. It helps to have people behind me like that and allows me to kind of take my mind off the whole thing that happened last year. This is a good start to the season for us and maybe we can see about talking the car owner into running points."

Thorson began the 30-lapper from fifth and steadily moved his way toward the front of the pack while USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons Jr. held the top spot for the first ten circuits and last season's Ocala sweeper Tyler Courtney gripped his talons on the bottom to inch closer to Coons.

Coons nipped Courtney by a nose at the line at the conclusion of lap four, then gapped the defending series champ by four car lengths. Suddenly, the newcomer on the scene was one of the newcomers to the series in Kofoid who raced around the outside of Courtney off turn four and continued to haul the mail ripping the high line while Coons worked the bottom out front.

On the 11th lap, Kofoid maneuvered around the outside of Coons exiting turn two. Rapidly closing on the lapped car of first-time USAC feature starter Dennis Misuraca, the elusive Kofoid ducked low into turn three to snag the lead for the time being.

Three laps later, Thorson was the man on the move, slipping under Coons at the bottom entry to turn one for second. Coons fought back on the inside and the two touched, forcing Coons sideways at the exit of the second turn.

Moments later, the caution fell for Jesse Colwell who slowed to a stop in turn two while running in the eighth position.

Now lined up right on Kofoid's tail tank for the restart, Thorson used a massive run into turn one to slide up in front of Kofoid for the lead. Proving to be a quick-study, Kofoid answered the bell by turning down and returning the favor with a slider of his own in turn three to reobtain the point. However, as Kofoid slid up across turns three and four, that simply opened the door once more for Thorson to drive under off the fourth turn and slide his way back by Kofoid for good at the entry to turn one.

Thorson credited the formation of his success on the experience factor and a set of equipment that helped make the job a tad easier for him.

"I think a lot of it has to do with just having laps around here," Thorson pointed to. "I've watched a lot of races here and I've been here the last three years. I think that helps a lot and I've watched a lot of non-wing races here as well. It helped to have really good shocks that allowed me to maneuver anywhere I really needed to, and it paid off."

Two laps later, on the 17th trip around, Windom scooted by Kofoid for second and put his plan into place to chase down Thorson in the throes of lapping the tail end of the field.

A yellow flag for 14th running Robert Dalby following an apparent engine issue brought about the final stoppage, thus setting up a seven-lap sprint to the finish. Third place Kofoid split the gap between Thorson and Windom on the restart briefly into turn one before falling back behind Windom and into third.

Meanwhile, all that action did was provide Thorson more breathing room as he steadily built his lead up to a 1.969 sec. margin at the checkered over Windom, Kofoid, Courtney and Cannon McIntosh.

"We have a really good piece and we've had a good piece all the way since the Chili Bowl and even the Gateway race last December," Thorson reiterated. "I just can't thank everybody that's involved enough. It's really made it fun and easy."

Chris Windom took a distant second behind Thorson in the Canton, Ill. driver's USAC debut aboard the Tucker-Boat Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Pristine Auction - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"Obviously, you want to come out and win the first race of the year, but we've been good all week so far," Windom explained. "Tanner was just a little bit better than us there. I could get to him, but it was like we were the same speed after that restart. I just couldn't quite do anything to gain on him and make a move on him. When we got to lapped cars, it would hurt him one car and I'd get hurt the next car. We kind of just stayed in the same spot."

A career best third-place finish was the result for Penngrove, California's Buddy Kofoid, leading four laps in just his fifth career series start piloting the Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Mobil 1 - JBL Audio - TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

"We've come a long way since practice yesterday and qualified well today," Kofoid recapped. "I was okay in the heat race, made some changes and was extremely fast in the main. I think we were really first early, then could hang with those guys. I think I kind of messed myself up on that restart and kind of fell apart a little bit at the end. I was good finding the top early; I just wish we could've went green to checker."

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS:

Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thomas Jr.

Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner: Chris Windom

AutoMeter / Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner: Tyler Courtney

KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger: Zeb Wise

Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher: Steve Buckwalter

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: February 7, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.901; 2. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-13.908; 3. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.971; 4. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.044; 5. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.045; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.099; 7. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-14.103; 8. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-14.119; 9. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.133; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.140; 11. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.143; 12. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.212; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.219; 14. Robert Dalby, 4, Dalby-14.231; 15. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.323; 16. Chase Jones, 7K, Irwin-14.370; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.527; 18. Dennis Misuraca, 92, Davis-16.111; 19. Oliver Akard, 41, Akard-16.191; 20. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-16.816; 21. Mike Magic, 4m, Magic-NT; 22. Ethan Mitchell, 21, Reynolds-NT; 23. Michael Magic, 5m, Magic-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Kevin Thomas Jr., 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Cannon McIntosh, 4. Buddy Kofoid, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Chase Jones, 7. Oliver Akard. 1:55.647

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Steve Buckwalter, 7. Mark Cole. 1:54.193 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Cole Bodine, 6. Michael Magic (#4m), 7. Dennis Misuraca. 1:56.602

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Tanner Thorson (5), 2. Chris Windom (7), 3. Buddy Kofoid (3), 4. Tyler Courtney (1), 5. Cannon McIntosh (10), 6. Zeb Wise (12), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (6), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (2), 9. Daison Pursley (15), 10. Andrew Layser (13), 11. Tanner Carrick (8), 12. Logan Seavey (11), 13. Steve Buckwalter (17), 14. Dennis Misuraca (20), 15. Oliver Akard (18), 16. Mark Cole (19), 17. Michael Magic (21), 18. Chase Jones (16), 19. Robert Dalby (14), 20. Jesse Colwell (9), 21. Cole Bodine (4), 22. Ethan Mitchell (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Jerry Coons, Jr., Laps 11-14 Buddy Kofoid, Laps 15-30 Tanner Thorson

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Zeb Wise (12th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Steve Buckwalter

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tanner Thorson-82, 2-Chris Windom-75, 3-Buddy Kofoid-72, 4-Tyler Courtney-70, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-66, 6-Cannon McIntosh-64, 7-Zeb Wise-61, 8-Jerry Coons Jr.-57, 9-Daison Pursley-53, 10-Tanner Carrick-48.

NEW WINTER DIRT GAMES PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Zeb Wise-6, 2-Daison Pursley-6, 3-Dennis Misuraca-6, 4-Chris Windom-5, 5-Cannon McIntosh-5, 6-Tanner Thorson-4, 7-Steve Buckwalter-4, 8-Michael Magic-4, 9-Andrew Layser-3, 10-Oliver Akard-3.

NEW OVERALL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Zeb Wise-6, 2-Daison Pursley-6, 3-Dennis Misuraca-6, 4-Chris Windom-5, 5-Cannon McIntosh-5, 6-Tanner Thorson-4, 7-Steve Buckwalter-4, 8-Michael Magic-4, 9-Andrew Layser-3, 10-Oliver Akard-3.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: February 8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - Winter Dirt Games XI

 

 

 

THOMAS LEADS THE WAY ON OCALA PRACTICE NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Fla. (February 6, 2020).........Kevin Thomas, Jr., the owner of both the one-lap and eight-lap track records at Bubba Raceway Park in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget, led the way with the fastest practice lap in Thursday night's open session leading into the season openers, February 7-8 at the 3/8-mile D-Shaped track in Ocala, Fla.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., set the pace with a lap of 14.015 in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - Petry Excavating - Keizer Aluminum Wheels/Bullet/Speedway Toyota. Thomas is aiming for his first USAC-sanctioned midget win at Ocala following a pair of wins in a POWRi event there in 2018.

All three Petry Motorsports entries were in the top-seven in overall practice. Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was third while Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) took seventh.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was second in his USAC debut with Tucker/Boat Motorsports at 14.082. Reigning series champion and sweeper of both nights at Ocala one year ago, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was fourth while Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) was fifth in his first USAC ride for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Carrick, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.), Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) rounded out the top-ten.

Twenty cars were in the pits on Thursday night, with 19 taking an official time.

Winter Dirt Games XI officially begins this Friday night, February 7, Pits open at 4pm Eastern, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PRACTICE RESULTS: February 6, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games X"

PRACTICE RESULTS: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. , 5, Petry-14.015; 2. Chris Windom, 89, Tucker/Boat-14.082; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.182; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.187; 5. Zeb Wise, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.201; 6. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-14.209; 7. Tanner Carrick, 35, Petry-14.217; 8. Cole Bodine, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.231; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.376; 10. Cannon McIntosh, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.393; 11. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.424; 12. Logan Seavey, 21KS, Reynolds-14.453; 13. Andrew Layser, 82, Tucker/Boat-14.530; 14. Jesse Colwell, 21K, Reynolds-14.581; 15. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.725; 16. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.737; 17. Chase Jones, 7K, Irwin-14.837; 18. Michael Magic, 5m, Magic-15.832; 19. Mark Cole, 6x, Cole-16.728; 20. Mike Magic, 4m, Magic-NT.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: February 7-8, 2020 - Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida - "Winter Dirt Games XI"
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YOUTH MOVEMENT MAKES WAVES
ENTERING 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2020).........The youth movement is no stranger to USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, especially over the past decade, which has seen just one champion over the age of 28 since the 2008 season.

This year's crop of talent with the series may be young, chronologically speaking. However, the majority of the wheelmen arriving this weekend for the season opening Winter Dirt Games XI on February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. are extensively experienced.

Statistically, midget racing champions and race winners in the early years of USAC was primarily the showcase of individuals in their 30s and 40s. In fact, the USAC National Midget division didn't find its first driver champion under the age of 30 until its 15th year of existence when 25-year-old Jimmy Caruthers captured the crown in 1970.

The run of the twenties continued for a four-year string, followed by Jimmy's 21-year-old brother, Danny Caruthers, in 1971, 22-year-old Pancho Carter in 1972 and 27-year-old Larry Rice in 1973. Veteran Mel Kenyon, at age 41, halted the streak in 1974. Kenyon is the only driver to win USAC National Midget championships in his thirties, forties and fifties with his seventh and final title coming at the age of 52 in 1985.

In contrast, the set of talented shoes set to compete this weekend at Winter Dirt Games have an average age around 22 years old. That number includes two handfuls of racers between the ages of 15 and 18, three of whom are already USAC National Midget feature winners in their careers: Zeb Wise (17), Cannon McIntosh (17) and Tanner Carrick (18).

Angola, Indiana's Wise already owns four career series wins and became the series' youngest ever winner in 2018 at Lanco during Pennsylvania Midget Week at the age of 15 years, 8 months and 21 days. Meanwhile, McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) both became first-time winners with the series a year ago.

McIntosh and Wise are among a four-car Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports lineup that is highlighted by four teenagers with 15-year-old Daison Pursley and 18-year-old Buddy Kofoid joining the fray for the coming season. Funny enough, the combined age of McIntosh, Wise and Pursley is still three years younger than the age of Kenyon when he captured his 1985 title.

Meanwhile, last season's series top Rookie Andrew Layser is still just 18 while Oklahoman Noah Gass and Floridian Oliver Akard are 16.

Five teenagers have previous won the USAC National Midget driving championship, led by eventual four-time NASCAR Cup champ Jeff Gordon in 1990 at the age of 19. Bobby East in 2004 and Spencer Bayston in 2017 were both 19 when they captured their series titles. Christopher Bell was an 18-year-old series Rookie when he snagged the championship in 2013. In 2008, Cole Whitt secured his place in series history as both the winner of the closest championship battle (1 point) while also becoming the youngest champ at 17.

The dynamics of racing are its peak when it pits drivers of various backgrounds, ages and experience against each other in a battle for victory. We've witnessed a plethora of different drivers join victory lane over these past five years, 22 in fact. However, only one of those drivers was over the age of 30 at the time of his victory, Michael Pickens.

Obviously, age isn't the sole reason for success. It's about talent and being in the right position at the right time with the right team on the right day. There's loads of talent among all ages, including past USAC National champions Logan Seavey (22), Tanner Thorson (23), Tyler Courtney (25), Chris Windom (29) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (47) along with series winners Kevin Thomas, Jr. (28) and Steve Buckwalter (42), just to name a few.

Bottom line, there's talent from top to bottom in this year's field. On track excitement and competitive racing is fun for all ages, and you can expect to see that this weekend in the Sunshine State whether your age 8 or 80.

Winter Dirt Games XI begins this Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS:

(Age at time of championship is in parentheses)

1956: Shorty Templeman (37)
1957: Shorty Templeman (38)
1958: Shorty Templeman (39)
1959: Gene Hartley (33)
1960: Jimmy Davies (31)
1961: Jimmy Davies (32)
1962: Jimmy Davies (33)
1963: Bob Wente (30)
1964: Mel Kenyon (31)
1965: Mike McGreevy (39)
1966: Mike McGreevy (40)
1967: Mel Kenyon (34)
1968: Mel Kenyon (35)
1969: Bob Tattersall (45)
1970: Jimmy Caruthers (25)
1971: Danny Caruthers (21)
1972: Pancho Carter (22)
1973: Larry Rice (27)
1974: Mel Kenyon (41)
1975: Sleepy Tripp (22)
1976: Sleepy Tripp (23)
1977: Mel Kenyon (44)
1978: Rich Vogler (28)
1979: Steve Lotshaw (28)
1980: Rich Vogler (30)
1981: Mel Kenyon (48)
1982: Kevin Olson (31)
1983: Rich Vogler (33)
1984: Tom Bigelow (45)
1985: Mel Kenyon (52)
1986: Rich Vogler (36)
1987: Kevin Olson (36)
1988: Rich Vogler (38)
1989: Russ Gamester (24)
1990: Jeff Gordon (19)
1991: Mike Streicher (34)
1992: Stevie Reeves (25)
1993: Stevie Reeves (26)
1994: Tony Stewart (23)
1995: Tony Stewart (24)
1996: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (27)
1997: Jason Leffler (22)
1998: Jason Leffler (23)
1999: Jason Leffler (24)
2000: Kasey Kahne (20)
2001: Dave Darland (35)
2002: Dave Darland (36)
2003: J.J. Yeley (27)
2004: Bobby East (19)
2005: Josh Wise (22)
2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. (34)
2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (35)
2008: Cole Whitt (17)
2009: Brad Kuhn (28)
2010: Bryan Clauson (21)
2011: Bryan Clauson (22)
2012: Darren Hagen (26)
2012: Darren Hagen (26)
2013: Christopher Bell (18)
2014: Rico Abreu (22)
2015: Tracy Hines (43)
2016: Tanner Thorson (20)
2017: Spencer Bayston (19)
2018: Logan Seavey (21)
2019: Tyler Courtney (25)

 

 

FIRST-TIME USAC MIDGET WINNERS
THAT COULD EMERGE IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 5, 2020).........The past season with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets proved to be the most balanced in terms of the variety of winners throughout the season. A total of 14 drivers reached victory lane with the series in 2019, five of which were first-time winners, the most since 2008.

That crew consisted of Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick and Gio Scelzi, a solid mix of talent both new to the series like McIntosh and Scelzi as well as those who've attained extensive experience under their belt like Windom.

That begs the question of who's next to knock down a first career win with the series. There's plenty who are capable, many of whom will be in action in this weekend's series season openers February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XI.

Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports two teenage series Rookies arrive to the series with a winning pedigree. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) was the 2019 Fremont Speedway Sprint Car track champion while teammate Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) captured the 2017 USAC Micro Sprint title.

Both made four USAC National Midget starts at the conclusion of the 2019 season and progressively made strides, Kofoid earning 6th at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif. while Pursley bagged a pair of heat race wins at the speedy Arizona Speedway in his first two series appearances.

Andrew Layser finished within the top-ten on eight occasions in 24 starts during 2019 en route to series Rookie of the Year honors, with best finishes of 7th twice, both coming in his home state of Pennsylvania at Action Track USA and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) enters the National scene full-time in 2020 as the reigning USAC Western States Midget champion with three wins to his credit. He was the best of the full-time western contingent last season, making eight feature starts with the National Midgets in experiencing several venues for the first time, topping it with a top-ten run at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb.

In his first year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019, Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) saw vast improvement the more experience he gained throughout the course of a season. He captured the POWRi Midget crown and earned his first two career top-five finishes with USAC in the final four races, a 3rd at Placerville, Calif. and a 5th at Bakersfield, Calif.

In a limited schedule as a sub for the injured Zeb Wise in 2018, Cole Bodine (Rossville, Ind.) made the most of the opportunity and nearly scored a victory in his first week as a midget driver, leading a race-high 28 laps of the 40-lap feature and took 2nd after being passed by Logan Seavey with only four laps remaining at Sweet Springs, Mo. Bodine returns to the same Clauson/Marshall Racing team he raced for in 2018, the same team that earned a series-best 13 feature wins in 2019.

Furthermore, Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) set fast qualifying time and finished 5th at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Midget Week in 2019. Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) earned a USAC Regional Midget series victory at Bloomington. Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) showed impressive speed in just a handful of USAC appearances one year ago.

Perhaps there's even someone who you don't expect who'll jump to the forefront and become the next to find victory with the series. In racing, there's always things you expect to see that wind up coming to fruition while, other times, the unexpected is the aspect that's expected. That's the beauty of it all, and we're eager to find out who that may be with the beginning of the new season.

This Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FIRST-TIME WINNERS BY YEAR:

1956: (26) Shorty Templeman, Jack Turner, Eddie Sachs, Gays Biro, Gene Force, Johnnie Tolan, Andy Linden, Chuck Rodee, Gene Hartley, George Amick, Jimmy Davies, Jimmy Knight, Leroy Warriner, Rex Easton, Tony Bettenhausen, Al Alpern, Al Herman, Bud Clemons, Chuck Weyant, Earl Motter, Edgar Elder, Forrest Parker, Jimmy Reece, Johnnie Parsons, Mel McGaughy & Rodger Ward

1957: (12) Billy Garrett, Johnny Boyd, Len Sutton, A.J. Foyt, Danny Oakes, Frank Burany, Bill Chennault, Bob Tattersall, Don Branson, Hank Nykaza, Lloyd Ruby & Norm Hall

1958: (10) Bill Homeier, Bob Wente, Eddie Johnson, Joe Garson, Jim Packard, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Roberts, Mauri Wilson, Russ Congdon & Tony Bonadies

1959: (11) Cliff Spalding, Davey Moses, Tommy Copp, Bob McLean, Bob Veith, Dale Swaim, Don Boorse, Jiggs Peters, Johnny Baldwin, Larry McCloskey & Van Johnson

1960: (8) Billy Cantrell, Billy Wood, Bobby Grim, Bud Bogard, Buddy Rackley, Dick Northam, Johnny White & Potsy Goacher

1961: (8) Allen Crowe, Parnelli Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Arnie Knepper, Bobby Marshman, Danny Frye, Joe Walter & Verne Harriman

1962: (8) Roger McCluskey, Mel Kenyon, Ronnie Duman, Dwight Brown, Harry Beck, Jim McElreath, Johnny Riva & Russ Moynagh

1963: (8) Bobby Unser, Don Horvath, Allen Heath, Bob Harkey, Chuck Hulse, Dean Holden, Elmer George & Mike McGreevy

1964: (5) Ray Elliott, Don Meacham, Bob Hogle, George Snider & Lowell Sachs

1965: (6) Les Scott, Dick Atkins, George Benson, Henry Pens, Ned Spath & Sonny Ates

1966: (9) Chuck Arnold, Billy Vukovich, Billy Mehner, Cotton Farmer, Larry Dickson, Dave Strickland, Frank Secrist, Mario Andretti & Tom Sellberg

1967: (7) Gary Bettenhausen, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Bob Richards, Dutch Schaefer, Gene Roehl & Jimmy Caruthers

1968: (10) Sam Sessions, Tom Bigelow, Burt Foland, Gene Pastor, Jigger Sirois, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Paul Bates, Roger West & Steve Troxell

1969: (7) Don Vogler, Billy Engelhart, Bill Kollman, Bruce Walkup, Hank Butcher, Larry Cannon & Larry Rice

1970: (3) Jerry McClung, Mel Cornett & Johnny Parsons

1971: (7) Danny Caruthers, Gary Ponzini, John Batts, Eddie Jackson, Jim McClean, Jimmy Kirk & Steve Cannon

1972: (8) Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Rick Goudy, Danny O'Neill, J.P. Standley, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer & Tony Simon

1973: (7) Bobby Olivero, Billy Shuman, Tommy Astone, Chuck Gurney, Jim Beckley, Leo Tucker & Mike Gregg

1974: (4) Danny McKnight, Gary Byers, Richard Powell & Sleepy Tripp

1975: (3) Dana Carter, Ken Nichols & Larry Patton

1976: (6) Jan Opperman, Bruce Robey, Bubby Jones, Buddy Taylor, Steve Lotshaw & Tom Steiner

1977: (6) Buddy Irwin, Gary Patterson, Jerry Nuckles, Jerry Stone, Ron Shuman & Roy Cook, Jr.

1978: (3) Jeff Heywood, Jerry Weeks & Billy Cassella

1979: (4) Lonnie Caruthers, Barry Butterworth, Jeff Nuckles & Stan Fox

1980: (4) Ken Schrader, Dave Ray, Mack McClellan & Terry Wente

1981: (3) Warren Mockler, Dave Strickland, Jr. & Gene Gennetten

1982: (4) Alan Brown, Dick Pole, Doug Wolfgang & Greg Leffler

1983: (6) Kevin Olson, Jim Hines, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Todd Forbes & Tommy White

1984: (2) Bob Cicconi & Rick Hood

1985: (6) Bruce Field, Barry Reed, Brent Kaeding, Drew Fornoro, John Andretti & Russ Gamester

1986: (5) Blake Hollingsworth, John Heydenreich, Kevin Doty, Kevin Koch & Sam Isenhower

1987: (6) Steve Knepper, Dan Boorse, Jack Hewitt, Lee Smith, Mike Appio & Stevie Reeves

1988: (7) Jack Calabrase, Jim Keeker, Danny Pens, Dean Billings, J.R. Miller, Mike Streicher & P.J. Jones

1989: (6) Robby Flock, Don Schilling, Jeff Gordon, Richard Myhre, Steve Gennetten & Terry Farrar

1990: (4) Graham Standring, Jim Hettinger, John Meyers & Keith Rauch

1991: (6) Page Jones, Donnie Beechler, Johnny Cofer, Michael Lang, Tony Elliott & Wally Pankratz

1992: (6) Doug Kalitta, Kenneth Nichols, Dan Drinan, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Eric Wilkins & Joe Gaerte

1993: (7) Andy Michner, Critter Malone, Jimmy Sills, Mike Bliss, Randy Tolsma, Tony Stewart & Tyce Carlson

1994: (3) Brian Gerster, Jordan Hermansader & Ted Hines

1995: (2) Billy Boat & Jack Runyon

1996: (4) Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Randy Koch

1997: (4) Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Dave Darland & Jimmy McCune

1998: (2) Ricky Shelton & Dave Steele

1999: (3) Ed Carpenter, J.J. Yeley & Ron Smoker

2000: (4) Kasey Kahne, Aaron Pollock, Dane Carter & Michael Lewis

2001: (2) Bobby East & A.J. Fike

2002: (4) Aaron Fike, Mike Hess, Ryan Scott & Teddy Beach

2003: (1) Josh Wise

2004: (5) Davey Ray, Billy Wease, David Gough, Ron Gregory & Travis Miniea

2005: (5) Brad Kuhn, Bryan Clauson, Danny Stratton, Johnny Rodriguez & Scott Hatton

2006: (7) Bobby Santos, Brady Bacon, Bud Kaeding, Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, Ryan Durst & Shane Cottle

2007: (4) Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cory Kruseman, Levi Jones & Michael Pickens

2008: (6) Brad Sweet, Cole Whitt, Bradley Galedrige, Brian Olson, Chuck Gurney, Jr. & Kody Swanson

2009: (1) Caleb Armstrong

2010: (3) Shane Hmiel, Steve Buckwalter & Tanner Swanson

2011: (2) Kyle Larson & Zach Daum

2012: (1) Kyle Hamilton

2013: (2) Christopher Bell & Rico Abreu

2014: (0) None

2015: (2) Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2016: (3) Chad Boat, Shane Golobic & Spencer Bayston

2017: (2) Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

2018: (3) Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas & Zeb Wise

2019: (5) Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal, Tanner Carrick & Gio Scelzi

 


 

USAC MIDGET STARS SEEKING MILESTONE WINS IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2020).........While Bubba Raceway Park has produced just a single winner after making its debut on the schedule one year ago, the Ocala, Fla. venue itself will host numerous drivers who, themselves, have produced a chunk of victories throughout their USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget careers.

Nine previous winners are expected to compete in this year's series openers February 7-8 at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track. While Mel Kenyon's 111 career wins are practically insurmountable for any current series driver for the time being, there are current standouts on the win list who can reach their own personal milestones in 2020.

Two-time USAC National Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr. ranks with the most victories among the batch of expected entrants for the 2020 Winter Dirt Games openers in Ocala. The Tucson, Ariz. native currently stands at 19 victories, tied with Stan Fox, Kyle Larson and Jason Leffler for 33rd all-time.

One more win with the series by Coons would equal him with the great A.J. Foyt and would also place him on another exclusive list alongside Bobby Unser as only the second driver to win USAC feature events in five decades, the first of which for Coons came during a USAC Arizona Regional Midget event at Raven Raceway in 1987. Coons has padded his stats with numerous USAC National victories in Midgets, Sprints and Silver Crown cars since the 1996 season.

Two past USAC National Midget champions Tanner Thorson (2016) and 2019 Ocala sweeper Tyler Courtney (2019) are knotted up at 13 series victories apiece. Both Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) can make up substantial ground on the series win list with their next, which would move them into the top-50 all-time if they were to get to win number 14 and equal a trio of names from the early days of USAC - Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner and Leroy Warriner.

Likewise, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Logan Seavey can scale up another story on the all-time series win list with a single victory. Both currently stand at six USAC National Midget feature triumphs apiece. One more would move Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) and Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) over the threshold into the top-100 all-time and into the seven-win club along with the likes of Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton and Johnnie Tolan.

Four additional drivers have all racked up their initial wins with the series in the last year-and-a-half and appear to be capable of quickly rising up to secure more tallies in the win column on any given night. While he only plans on competing with the series on a part-time basis in 2020, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) is always a threat to win and currently stands at four victories, including three in the last year.

Chris Windom earned each of his two victories just this past summer after having to wait until his 102nd career series start at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in June of 2019. It only took about another month-and-a-half to reach win number two and the Canton, Ill. driver shall be a top contender once again this year to add onto his total.

Cannon McIntosh and Tanner Carrick were each first-time USAC National Midget victors a year ago and will be prime contenders, like Windom, to tack on first place finishes in the coming year along with series returnees Jesse Colwell, Cole Bodine and Andrew Layser or newcomers Robert Dalby, Daison Pursley, Buddy Kofoid and several others.

You can't begin to rise up the win list without getting a first one and this group is highly capable. But they'll have some of the series greats, veterans and rising talents to contend with on a nightly basis. Last year proved to be the most balanced season in terms of the different number of winners in over a decade with 14 reaching victory lane. This season appears as if it very well could shake out in the same manner. Only time will tell.

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

(Entering the 2020 season)

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

26. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

28. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

32. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

33. [19 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Stan Fox, Kyle Larson & Jason Leffler

37. [18 wins] Dave Steele

38. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

40. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

46. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

48. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

51. [13 wins] Tyler Courtney, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Tanner Thorson

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Roger West

114. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Jerry Weeks

125. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Justin Grant, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

158. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

189. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

225. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, Cannon McIntosh, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

 

USAC MIDGET DRIVERS SET
26 NEW TRACK RECORDS LAST YEAR

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 4, 2020).........As a frontrunner, when all is said and done at the end of a long season, the most important things in the stat book are wins and championships. Those two things pay the bills and get the most pub from fans and scribes such as myself.

However, when a driver sets a new track record while winning or setting fast qualifying time, that puts the proverbial icing on the cherry, so you could say, for the ultimate dominant performance.

Several of the top combatants from the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget circuit own records themselves at tracks big and small, from east to west and everywhere in between.

When going through the track holders from each of this year's venues on the series schedule, some tracks featured long-standing records while some have been established and/or broken in recent years by the current crop of talent.

The 3/8-mile D-shaped Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., which hosts this weekend's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget openers on February 7-8, had its one and eight-lap records set by the same driver on the same night one year ago with Kevin Thomas, Jr. laying down the times to beat during the inaugural appearance by the series in 2019. They are the lone two track records Thomas holds with the USAC Midget series on the 2020 slate of tracks.

No driver owns more current USAC National Midget track records at this year's venues than Tyler Courtney with six, including the one-lap mark at Pennsylvania's Action Track USA in 2019. He holds 8-lap records at both California's Bakersfield Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway, plus 10-lappers at Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Pa. The reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion from Indianapolis, Ind. nabbed the most difficult record to establish, the 30-lap feature record, in 2017 at Bloomington Speedway during Indiana Midget Week.

When Tanner Carrick gets out front in his heat race, he is adamant about setting the pace. That's proven through the Lincoln, Calif. native's four track records with the series, all of which have come in heat race action, including an 8-lap mark at Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Ill. in 2019 as well as 10-lap triumphs at Fairbury, Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway, Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa., all of which came during the 2019 campaign.

The 2018 series champ, Logan Seavey, owns three total track records on the current series' slate of venues. The Sutter, Calif. pilot topped qualifying for the all-time best USAC Midget laps at Arizona Speedway and Jefferson County in 2019 as well as setting a 12-lap semi-feature track record at Bloomington during Indiana Midget Week.

As a series Rookie in 2019, Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) imprinted his name into the record books at Arizona Speedway by recording the fastest 8-lap heat during the series' second ever visit to the track during the 2019 Western World Championships.

Meanwhile, Tanner Thorson, Zeb Wise and Chris Windom each own a single track record with the series. Thorson (Minden, Nev.) set the standard for a 12-lap semi-feature at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway a year ago, while Wise (Angola, Ind.) ran the fastest one lap at Path Valley Speedway Park in Pa. and Windom (Canton, Ill.) did the same in qualifying last season at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Of course, we'll all be watching the front of the pack this weekend and throughout the entirety of the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season. However, it'll be interesting to see who wins or sets fast time in a quicker fashion than anybody else ever has has done it before them in the history of the series.

A total of 26 new track records were set in 2019. With new venues, a return to past venues and a talent-laden lineup of drivers and teams, make sure to check the timing charts for some new ink in the record books this season.

This Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET TRACK RECORDS
(Only tracks on the 2020 series schedule are listed)

Action Track USA - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Kutztown, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 7/31/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 11.313 - 63.644 mph
10 Laps - 7/31/2019 - Karsyn Elledge - 2:01.97 - 59.031 mph

Arizona Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - San Tan Valley, Arizona
1 Lap - 11/15/2019 - Logan Seavey - 15.426 - 77.713 mph
8 Laps - 11/15/2019 - Jesse Colwell - 2:07.777 - 75.056 mph

Bakersfield Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Bakersfield, California
1 Lap - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 12.349 - 97.077 mph
6 Laps - 11/23/1991 - Lynn Carter - 1:26.46 - 83.192 mph
8 Laps - 11/17/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:43.59 - 92.580 mph
10 Laps - 11/22/1997 - Shane Scully - 2:07.82 - 93.788 mph
12 Laps - 11/18/2017 - Brady Bacon - 2:35.69 - 92.399 mph
15 Laps - 11/25/1993 - Sleepy Tripp - 3:25.91 - 87.678 mph
100 Laps - 11/23/1995 - Billy Boat - 26:58.12 - 74.086 mph

Bloomington Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Bloomington, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/3/2016 - Christopher Bell - 11.301 - 79.639 mph
8 Laps - 6/18/2010 - Dave Darland - 1:36.17 - 74.867 mph
10 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Justin Grant - 2:03.18 - 73.064 mph
12 Laps - 6/7/2019 - Logan Seavey - 2:40.02 - 67.492 mph
30 Laps - 6/9/2017 - Tyler Courtney - 6:57.95 - 64.601 mph

Bridgeport Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Bridgeport, New Jersey
N/A

Bubba Raceway Park - 3/8-Mile Dirt D-Shaped Track - Ocala, Florida
1 Lap - 2/8/2019 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 13.773 - 98.018 mph
8 Laps - 2/8/2019 - Kevin Thomas, Jr. - 1:58.89 - 91.456 mph

Dirt Oval 66 - 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval - Joliet, Illinois
1 Laps - 6/29/2019 - Kyle Larson - 16.667 - 80.999 mph
8 Laps - 6/29/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:21.24 - 76.466 mph

Eldora Speedway - 1/2-Mile Dirt Oval - Rossburg, Ohio
1 Lap - 9/25/2004 - Mike Hess - 15.801 - 113.917 mph
3 Laps - 8/24/1969 - Jimmy Caruthers - 59.070 - 91.417 mph
4 Laps - 6/20/1976 - Sleepy Tripp - 1:19.58 - 90.475 mph
6 Laps - 9/25/1999 - Dean Franklin - 1:47.87 - 100.121 mph
-8 Laps - 9/24/2016 - Rico Abreu - 2:08.94 - 111.680 mph
10 Laps - 9/22/2001 - Donnie Lehmann - 2:53.76 - 103.591 mph
12 Laps - 9/22/2007 - Danny Stratton - 3:28.13 - 103.781 mph
20 Laps - 10/11/1981 - Ken Schrader - 6:26.50 - 93.144 mph
25 Laps - 9/30/2000 - Kasey Kahne - 7:05.68 - 105.713 mph
40 Laps - 8/29/1964 - Bobby Marshman - 12:57.71 - 92.579 mph

Gas City I-69 Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Gas City, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/1/2016 - Rico Abreu - 12.048 - 74.701 mph
8 Laps - 6/10/2011 - Matt Smith - 1:39.76 - 72.173 mph
10 Laps - 6/5/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 2:05.54 - 71.690 mph

Grandview Speedway - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 7/30/2019 - Kyle Larson - 14.310 - 83.019 mph
8 Laps - 7/30/2019 - Tyler Courtney - 1:58.97 - 80.612 mph

Jefferson County Speedway - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Fairbury, Nebraska
1 Lap - 7/12/2019 - Logan Seavey - 10.685 - 67.384 mph
10 Laps - 7/12/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 1:56.27 - 61.925 mph

Kokomo Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Kokomo, Indiana
1 Lap - 4/5/2019 - Dillon Welch - 12.665 - 71.062 mph
8 Laps - 6/20/2010 - Steve Buckwalter - 1:51.62 - 64.505 mph
10 Laps - 4/5/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 2:10.06 - 69.199 mph
12 Laps - 4/13/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:46.01 - 65.056 mph

Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
1 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Spencer Bayston - 10.129 - 44.427 mph
10 Laps - 8/4/2018 - Tyler Courtney - 1:46.75 - 42.155 mph
12 Laps - 8/16/2016 - Holly Shelton - 2:15.80 - 39.764 mph

Lawrenceburg Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
1 Lap - 8/9/2008 - Bobby East - 13.660 - 98.829 mph
8 Laps - 8/9/2008 - Danny Stratton - 1:53.03 - 95.550 mph
12 Laps - 6/13/2009 - Steve Buckwalter - 2:59.60 - 90.200 mph

Lincoln Park Speedway - 5/16-Mile Dirt Oval - Putnamville, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/6/2019 - Kyle Larson - 12.383 - 90.850 mph
4 Laps - 5/5/1979 - Steve Lotshaw - 55.770 - 80.689 mph
8 Laps - 6/9/2011 - Darren Hagen - 1:46.62 - 84.412 mph
10 Laps - 5/29/2018 - Holly Shelton - 2:11.64 - 85.460 mph
30 Laps - 6/12/2014 - Dave Darland - 6:59.80 - 80.395 mph

Paragon Speedway - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Paragon, Indiana
1 Lap - 6/19/1985 - Mel Kenyon - 16.442 - 82.107 mph
8 Laps - 8/13/1977 - Wes Stafford - 2:21.83 - 76.148 mph
10 Laps - 6/19/1985 - Andy Hurtubise - 2:53.15 - 77.967 mph

Path Valley Speedway Park - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Spring Run, Pennsylvania
1 Lap - 8/1/2019 - Zeb Wise - 11.057 - 81.396 mph
10 Laps - 8/1/2019 - Tanner Carrick - 1:57.93 - 76.317 mph

Placerville Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Placerville, California
1 Lap - 11/19/2019 - Dillon Welch - 11.979 - 75.132 mph
10 Laps - 11/19/2019 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:08.680 - 69.941 mph

Port City Raceway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Tulsa, Oklahoma
N/A

Riverside International Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - West Memphis, Arkansas
1 Lap - 6/18/2016 - Spencer Bayston - 13.373 - 67.300 mph
10 Laps - 6/18/2016 - Chad Boat - 2:15.25 - 66.543 mph

Southern Illinois Center - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Du Quoin, Illinois
12 Laps - 3/10/2018 - Matt Moore - 2:18.22 - 52.091 mph

Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Sweet Springs, Mo.
1 Lap - 7/14/2019 - Chris Windom - 11.951 - 50.205 mph
12 Laps - 7/15/2018 - Brady Bacon - 2:05.78 - 47.702 mph

The Dirt Track at IMS - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval - Speedway, Indiana
10 Laps - 9/6/2018 - Jake Neuman - 2:06.99 - 47.248 mph

Tri-State Speedway - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Haubstadt, Indiana
1 Lap - 5/8/2010 - Bryan Clauson - 13.629 - 66.036 mph
3 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Bob Tattersall - 50.000 - 54.000 mph
8 Laps - 6/8/2011 - Hunter Schuerenberg - 1:43.14 - 69.808 mph
10 Laps - 5/21/2011 - Thomas Meseraull - 2:20.38 - 64.112 mph
12 Laps - 10/19/2019 - Tanner Thorson - 2:59.89 - 60.037 mph
40 Laps - 6/15/1979 - Johnny Parsons - 11:07.40 - 53.941 mph
50 Laps - 6/27/1969 - Mike McGreevy - 14:15.27 - 51.563 mph

Ventura Raceway - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Ventura, California
1 Lap - 11/18/1995 - Johnny Cofer - 11.675 - 61.670 mph
8 Laps - 11/18/1995 - J.R. Lawson - 1:40.28 - 57.439 mph
10 Laps - 11/12/1988 - Stan Fox - 2:17.22 - 52.471 mph
12 Laps - 11/12/1988 - Wally Pankratz - 2:24.67 - 59.722 mph

Wayne County Speedway - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Wayne City, Illinois
10 Laps - 10/17/2019 - Justin Grant - 1:51.74 - 40.272 mph
12 Laps - 10/21/2016 - Ryan Robinson - 2:19.19 - 38.796 mph

 

 

FIRST MULTI-TIME WINNERS CAN GAIN EDGE
IN USAC MIDGET TITLE PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........Throughout the span of a season, it can take a little while, or a short while, for one driver to rise above the rest to become the first two-time winner in USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division.

The 64-year history of the series has run the gamut from seasons in which balance has been the staple during the early-going, such as 1956, 1960 and 1977 where it took Shorty Templeman, Jimmy Davies and Rich Vogler, respectively, 11 races to become the first two-time winner. In Templeman and Davies' quests, their second tallies helped elevate them toward becoming the series champion that same year.

In other cases, as recently as last year in 2019, it took Tyler Courtney just two races to become the series' first multi-time winner of the season where he swept both ends of the opening weekend at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the same place where the series meets again this weekend, Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8.

While Courtney's double-dip weekend a year ago set him on a course for a championship-winning season, as well as the winningest campaign by any driver with the series in nearly three decades (Jeff Gordon, 1990) with eight victories, he became just the latest in a line of drivers who've used repeat victories in the first two races to the start of the year as a springboard to a championship: Bryan Clauson (2011), Rico Abreu (2014) & Tyler Courtney (2019).

On average, it has taken 5.2 races for the first multi-time winner to emerge during a USAC National Midget season. On 10 occasions in the history of the series, the first repeat victor came during race number five: Bob Wente (1961), Billy Vukovich (1968), Jimmy Caruthers (1973), Bob Wente (1979), Jeff Nuckles (1981), Dan Drinan (1995), Ricky Shelton (1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Darren Hagen (2009) & Tracy Hines (2012).

Oddly enough, in those "average" years of five races before a driver first reached victory lane twice in a season, not a single USAC National Midget champion arose.

In fact, across the board, it's almost a scattershot of whether a first multi-time winner will eventually become the champion later that year. Sometimes it occurs, sometimes not so much. What isn't accounted for is consistency, which is the ultimate statistic that defines a champion.

One correlation seems to have rung true in most recent years with a driver winning the first two. There's no discounting a hot start, but that hot start must transition into repeatedly finishing within the top-five and top-ten on a night when winning isn't in the cards. The last three to have been down that road, Clauson, Abreu and Courtney, mastered the course of consistency throughout their championship seasons.

And it's a safe bet that a driver and team that win the first two of the year will be one to keep an eye on. However, from night one (and night two) onward, these individuals have already made you sit up and take notice. The opportunity will arise once again this weekend and we'll be certain to have our eyes affixed on who'll quickly make a strong case for what could become the beginning to a possible championship season.

General admission tickets for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.


NUMBER OF RACES UNTIL A FIRST REPEAT USAC MIDGET WINNER:

Race 11: *Shorty Templeman (1956), *Jimmy Davies (1960) & Rich Vogler (1977)

Race 10: Mel Kenyon (1969)

Race 9: Frank Burany (1958), Don Branson (1959), Merle Bettenhausen (1970), Steve Lotshaw (1980), Mel Kenyon (1986), *Kevin Olson (1987)

Race 8: *Mel Kenyon (1974), Ken Schrader (1982) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2018)

Race 7: Doug Kalitta (1992), *Tony Stewart (1994), Michael Lewis (2005), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007), Bobby East (2008), Rico Abreu (2015) & *Tanner Thorson (2016)

Race 6: Chuck Weyant (1962), *Bob Wente (1963), Ken Schrader (1983) & Mike Fedorcak (1989)

Race 5: Bob Wente (1961), Billy Vukovich (1968), Jimmy Caruthers (1973), Bob Wente (1979), Jeff Nuckles (1981), Dan Drinan (1995), Ricky Shelton (1998), Ryan Newman (1999), Darren Hagen (2009) & Tracy Hines (2012)

Race 4: Billy Garrett (1957), Mel Kenyon (1965), Chuck Rodee (1966), *Mel Kenyon (1967), Jimmy Caruthers (1971), *Rich Vogler (1978), *Stevie Reeves (1993), Jay Drake (2000), Kasey Kahne (2001) & Kyle Larson (2013)

Race 3: Parnelli Jones (1964), Gary Bettenhausen (1976), Sam Isenhower (1988), Russ Gamester (1990), Jim Hettinger (1991), Kenneth Nichols (1996), Tracy Hines (1997), *J.J. Yeley (2003), J.J. Yeley (2004), Bobby Santos (2006) & Brady Bacon (2017)

Race 2: Lee Kunzman (1972), Gary Bettenhausen (1975), Rich Vogler (1984), Rich Vogler (1985), Dave Steele (2002), Brad Sweet (2010), *Bryan Clauson (2011), *Rico Abreu (2014) & *Tyler Courtney (2019)

* represents the eventual series champion

 

 

KOFOID AND PURSLEY EYE
USAC MIDGET ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........When you're a member of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, there's an inherent expectation to produce results. That's no exception when it comes to the Rookies on the team as well - Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley - both of whom begin their quests as first-year full-time drivers on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail in 2020.

Both were able to get their feet wet, so to speak, in USAC competition toward the tail end of 2019 with each making four starts on the west coast swing in November. Kofoid, who also captured a 2019 sprint car track championship at Ohio's Fremont Speedway, progressively improved in each start, finished with a 6th place run at the Turkey Night Grand Prix in Ventura, Calif., the second best Rookie finisher in the event behind 2020 KKM teammate Cannon McIntosh who took second.

Meanwhile, 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion Pursley captured heat race victories in his first two nights aboard a KKM midget at Arizona Speedway's Western World Championships in 2019 and earned a top finish of 12th on the second night at Arizona.

As it stands now, Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) appear to be the main contenders for the series' Rookie of the Year award, something of which is not too unfamiliar for a KKM driver to accomplish throughout the past decade-plus.

Eight different KKM drivers have earned their place as USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year since 2005: Darren Hagen (2005), Bryan Clauson (2006), Kyle Larson (2011), Rico Abreu (2012), Christopher Bell (2013), Carson Macedo (2016), Tanner Carrick (2017) and Logan Seavey (2018).

Abreu, Bell and Seavey became series champions for KKM and, in fact, Bell and Seavey each earned their championships in their Rookie years with the series. All but Macedo, a highly successful driver on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit these days, won USAC National Midget feature events for KKM.

Rookies in general have had their share of success in USAC National Midgets during their first full-time year. Since the inception of the RoY honor for the series in 1969, 15 drivers have won a feature event and the Rookie of the Year award in the same season.

Danny Caruthers had the most successful Rookie USAC National Midget season, capturing 12 wins and clinching the title in his one and only full-time year with the series. With just three races remaining, Caruthers was fatally injured at California's Corona Raceway, yet had enough of a cushion in the standings to secure the title posthumously.

Four KKM drivers won in their Rookie USAC National Midget season, including Bryan Clauson in 2006 with one victory. He's also the only driver in the group to win prior to his Rookie of the Year season as well, capturing victory in October of 2005 at Ohio's Columbus Motor Speedway. Kyle Larson won four times in 2011, Christopher Bell seven during his title season and Logan Seavey three on his road to a series championship.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. stepped into the seat of Tony Stewart Racing's No. 21 during the 2007 season and was a heavyweight from the word "go," notching five victories including the Hut 100, the Knoxville Midget Nationals and the 4-Crown Nationals. Larry Patton won three of his seven in his first go-around with the series in 1975 while Bobby East collected three in 2001.

Jim Keeker won his first two on a single weekend in his Rookie year of 1988. A year later, future four-time NASCAR Cup champion Jeff Gordon burst onto the scene with a pair of wins in 1989. Grabbing one victory apiece during their USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year seasons were Billy Engelhart (1969), Mike Gregg (1973), Richard Powell (1974), Barry Butterworth (1979) and Teddy Beach (2002).

Kofoid and Pursley have the combination of winning potential and quality equipment behind them provided by the series' second all-time winningest series team owner, Keith Kunz (110 wins). Perhaps 2020 will be their time to not only add their name to the extensive Kunz win list, but also to the list of winners during their maiden voyage as a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget driver.

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:
(Number of wins during their Rookie season is in parentheses)
1969: Billy Engelhart (1)
1970: Danny Brown (0)
1971: Danny Caruthers (12, Champion)
1972: Tommy Astone (0)
1973: Mike Gregg (1)
1974: Richard Powell (1)
1975: Larry Patton (3)
1976: James McElreath (0)
1977: Lonnie Caruthers (0)
1978: Tommy Thomas (0)
1979: Barry Butterworth (1)
1980: Trevor Boys (0)
1981: Sherman Armstrong, Jr. (0)
1982: Chris Maxson (0)
1983: John Andretti (0)
1984: Russ Gamester (0)
1985: Bobby Allen (0)
1986: Steve Enlow (0)
1987: John Meyers (0)
1988: Jim Keeker (2)
1989: Jeff Gordon (2)
1990: Dan Ford (0)
1991: Doug Kalitta (0)
1992: Brian Gerster (0)
1993: Chuck Leary (0)
1994: David Bridges (0)
1995: Ryan Newman (0)
1996: Carl Olsen (0)
1997: Nick Lundgreen (0)
1998: Michael Lewis (0)
1999: A.J. Fike (0)
2000: Aaron Fike (0)
2001: Bobby East (3)
2002: Teddy Beach (1) & Ron Gregory (0)
2003: Ryan Durst (0)
2004: Todd Beach (0)
2005: Darren Hagen (0)
2006: Bryan Clauson (1)
2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5)
2008: Chad Boat (0)
2009: Zach Daum (0)
2010: Daniel Bedford (0)
2011: Kyle Larson (4)
2012: Rico Abreu (0)
2013: Christopher Bell (7, Champion)
2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (0)
2015: Spencer Bayston (0)
2016: Carson Macedo (0)
2017: Tanner Carrick (0)
2018: Logan Seavey (3, Champion)
2019: Andrew Layser (0)

 

 

DALBY HEADS EASTBOUND AND DOWN
TO TAKE ON USAC MIDGET TRAIL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (February 3, 2020).........Robert Dalby, the 2019 USAC Western States Midget champion, loaded his shop, two cars, two engines and all his belongings to make the cross country trip from his native Anaheim, Calif. to Brownsburg, Ind. with his sights set on competing on the complete USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule in 2020 beginning this weekend, February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

The 20-year Dalby captured three wins on the Western circuit a year ago en route to his first career series title. Following the season, Dalby uprooted and made the first of three moves back-and-forth between California and Indiana.

"I took the first load over in December," Dalby recalled. "It's a 32-hour trip and I've done it three times now. I just completed the last of the three moves on Sunday. Now we turn around and head down to Florida on Wednesday. We're not doing it the easy way. We were driving straight through and getting it done as quickly as possible."

Dalby's 2019 season was his most successful, by far, reaching career highs in all categories which has seen him compete all or part of the past five seasons with the series. He earned his first three career Western States victories all consecutively during a summer stretch with scores at California's Merced Speedway, Santa Maria Raceway and Ventura Raceway.

Following the success out west, Dalby felt the time was right to make the next step in his racing career, making the move to the Midwest to live out a dream and compete full-time with the National series.

"Running a midget in California, you only get to run it once or twice a month, really, so moving out to Indiana just made sense," Dalby said. "There's a lot more racing and a lot more competition out here. If you want to go midget racing, this is where you've got to come."

Dalby made the trek east the past two years to compete with the USAC National Midgets outside of his native California. Last year served as his busiest National schedule to date with eight feature starts and a best finish of 10th at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., which helped him gain experience competing against the drivers he'll be battling this year from coast-to-coast.

"These guys are tough," Dalby said of USAC's National Midget drivers. "They're 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. They're going for it and they're really not sitting back and waiting. They're on the hammer and ready to go."

Dalby won't be on his own in his new venture. He'll have the help of a five-time USAC Western States Midget champion on his crew, leaning on the experience of a winner and champion who has experienced most of the venues on the National schedule and who has also made the move from California to Indiana and vice versa.

"I'm living with Ronnie Gardner," Dalby revealed. "I've been buddies with him for a while, and with him working for Keith Kunz last year, he's gotten to go to all these places. He's going to help me out and travel with me a little bit this year and be there for guidance."

Dalby's goals for the 2020 season are humble as he tackles the entirety of the USAC National Midget schedule for the first time in his career.

"I'm most looking forward to learning and getting better every week," Dalby admitted. "These guys are the best of the best; they're serious. So, if we can come out and get better every time we go to the racetrack, learn something new, and step up our game, hopefully we'll be right there with them at the end of the year."

On Friday night, February 7, the drivers meeting begins at 6pm Eastern with cars getting on track at 6:30pm. The action gets underway an hour earlier on Saturday night, February 8, with the drivers meeting set for 5pm and cars on track at 5:30pm.

General admission tickets both nights for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop or laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Thursday, February 6, from 6-9pm at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

 

 

FRANK MANAFORT, USAC MIDGET CAR OWNER, PASSES AT 78

Speedway, Indiana (February 1, 2020)………Frank Manafort, whose FMR Racing cars drove to victory lane eight times in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition with drivers Brady Bacon and Jason McDougal over the past four seasons, passed away February 1, 2020 at the age of 78.

Manafort, originally from the northeast, but residing in Palm City, Fla., was the owner of the winning car in several marquee events with the series between 2016 and 2019. His first victory came with Brady Bacon behind the wheel for a $20,000 payday at the Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. in 2016.

In fact, Bacon accrued six of Manafort’s eight wins as an owner with the series, including a two-night sweep of the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in 2017 and a win in the penultimate round of the season, the November Classic at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway. FMR and Bacon continued its winning ways in 2018 with a score in the inaugural BC39 at The Dirt Track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

When Bacon stepped back into a part-time role with FMR for 2019, winning remained a constant with driver Jason McDougal capturing his first two career series feature wins at Fairbury, Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway and Haubstadt, Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway. Meanwhile, Bacon collected one final win for FMR in the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway just this last November.

“So sad to hear of the passing of Frank Manafort this morning,” Bacon posted on Twitter Saturday morning. “Racing for FMR has been a highlight of my career. Frank was a great friend and great man. We will miss you my friend.”

FMR Racing was a consistent finisher near the top of the USAC National Midget point standings: 3rd in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and 6th in 2019.

Additionally, Manafort won 39 times as a car owner with the USAC DMA Midget series between 2013 and 2016. His teams swept all 13 races on the schedule in 2016, the first two with Josh Sunn and the final 11 with Adam Pierson. The 11-race win streak by Pierson in Manafort’s car tied the record for the longest winning streak in USAC history with Billy Boat’s 1995 Western States Midget season. Together, Pierson and Manafort won three-straight USAC DMA titles between 2014-15-16.

 

 

USAC SPRINT WINTER DIRT GAMES PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 30, 2020).........On several occasions over the past decade, winning at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. has served as a boon to a driver's championship hopes and dreams.

While it's always pertinent to launch off with a solid start to the season, the rhythm stayed true to the beat one year ago with C.J. Leary. Although he bagged just two wins over the course of the season, one of the eventual 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ's victories came in Ocala, which for the 11th time will host Winter Dirt Games Feb. 13-14-15.

At this time last year, Leary was in a similar position as he is this year - with a new team. This year, he's linked up with Gene Gile Racing for the full tour and is the first driver in five years to sport the No. 1 following a championship season. The Greenfield, Ind. driver won the finale in Ocala one year ago.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finds himself in a similar boat, joining Hayward Motorsports for a run at the title after previously capturing the 2017 series crown. Like Leary, Windom debuted with a new team a year ago and found success right off the bat at Ocala, winning the season opener in dramatic fashion.

Ione, California's Justin Grant returns for a third season in the TOPP Motorsports No. 4, a combo which was victorious on the second night of Winter Dirt Games last year where he took control for the final two circuits following Windom's flat right rear tire. Grant's picked up two victories in Ocala over the last three years after taking the finale in 2017.

Three-time Winter Dirt Games winner Robert Ballou (Rocklin, Calif.) continues to recover following a major arm injury during the 2019 season and aims to return to Ocala in time for the start of the 2020 campaign. Two of the 2015 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion's three Winter Dirt Games victories came at Ocala in 2015 and 2016. He holds the 8-lap and 12-lap USAC Sprint Car track records at Bubba Raceway Park.

Brady Bacon, a two-time Winter Dirt Games winner in 2014 and 2015, has displayed the ability to get the ball rolling on multi-race weekends, which he did on two occasions in the past season. On a two-race weekend at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway last July, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native swept both ends. In November at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway, he took two of the first three for Hoffman Auto Racing.

USAC's winningest National Sprint Car driver (62 wins) and starter (756 starts) Dave Darland is back in the saddle of the Darland/EZR No. 36D at Ocala where he previously won in the 2015 finale at the 3/8-mile D-shaped dirt track. The USAC Triple Crown champ is one of five drivers expected to compete in this year's event who raced in the first ever Winter Dirt Games feature in 2010 along with Grant, Windom, Ballou and Kyle Cummins.

USAC's ironman Chase Stockon has won a USAC National Sprint Car feature in eight consecutive seasons. The Fort Branch, Ind. driver snared the WDG opener in 2018 and collected a pair of 4th place finishes on the first and third nights at Bubba Raceway Park in 2019.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. seems more than primed for victory at Ocala after four 2nd place finishes in five Winter Dirt Games starts in 2019 (2 Midget, 3 Sprint). The Cullman, Ala. native is back the seat of the KT Motorsports No. 9K. He owns the track record in the midgets and won twice in POWRi Midget competition at the track in 2018. His lone Winter Dirt Games victory came at East Bay Raceway Park in 2015.

Carson Short was superb in his qualifying efforts at Ocala one year ago, breaking his own track record on night one, then lowering it once again on the second night to 13.398 sec. The Marion, Ill. driver is set to roll in a new ride in 2020, the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports No. 71p with whom Darland won at Ocala in 2015.

Taking over for Leary in the seat of the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports No. 19AZ is 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.). The six-time USAC Midget winner and 2019 night two Sprint Car Smackdown winner at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway makes his first sprint car appearance at Ocala since 2018 where he finished a best of 9th in the opener. He took 8th and 12th in last year's midget events at Winter Dirt Games.

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins, who won on three occasions in USAC Sprint Car competition in 2019, finished on the podium in all three Winter Dirt Games sprint races at Ocala in 2016 with a 2nd and two 3rd place runs. Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, Ind.) had a career-best 2nd place finish behind Cummins during Indiana Sprint Week at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. last summer. Schnapf will return to Ocala after making his WDG debut in 2019, finishing a best of 16th on the final night.

USAC National Sprint Car winners Matt Westfall of Ludlow Falls, Ohio (2005 Eldora) and Scotty Weir of Marion, Ind. (2016 Gas City) are expected to compete at Ocala along with 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year Dustin Clark of Washington, Ind. and this year's crop of Rookie of the Year hopefuls, Anthony D'Alessio (Apollo Beach, Fla.), Anton Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) and Sterling Cling (Tempe, Ariz.) among several others.

Each night, general admission tickets for adults are $30 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $40 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your desktop/laptop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the sprints opens the second week of Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 12, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Bilstein Modified Lite Stars will also be on the event card with the sprints all three nights.

WINTER DIRT GAMES USAC SPRINT WINS:
1. (5) Damion Gardner
2. (4) Bryan Clauson
3. (3) Robert Ballou
4. (2) Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant & Tracy Hines
8. (1) Dave Darland, Darren Hagen, C.J. Leary, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

 

 

USAC MIDGET WINTER DIRT GAMES XI PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ocala, Florida (January 30, 2020).........A new year beckons, and all the questions for the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season will be answered in due time with the opening of the season nearing, February 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., for the second straight year at Winter Dirt Games XI.

Of course, what's top of mind to many observers are the plethora of new driver/team combos that have amassed throughout the winter months. Much of last year's field remains intact for this year's edition. However, many find themselves in new cars, new colors and new surroundings.

One that remains is the driver and team that captured both nights of last year's Midget events in Ocala, Tyler Courtney and Clauson-Marshall Racing. The defending driver and owner series champs return after a stellar campaign which saw them win on eight occasions during 2019, the most with the series in nearly three decades. Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) also won his heat on night one last year and was fast qualifier on night two. Courtney and CMR also captured two consecutive sprint wins at the track in 2018.

Courtney's CMR teammate is Cole Bodine of Rossville, Ind. who competed on a partial schedule with the series in 2019. His 11th place run on night one at Ocala 12 months ago was his best of the 2020 season. He returns to CMR after last competing with the team in 2018 where he very nearly picked up a victory, finishing 2nd at Sweet Springs (Mo.) Motorsports Complex.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. finished as the runner-up to Courtney both nights at Ocala a year ago. On night one, the Cullman, Ala. driver established the one-lap track record for the series at the 3/8-mile D-shaped track of 13.773 sec. In 2018, Thomas swept both nights of a POWRi Midget event at Ocala, meaning in four midget starts there, he has yet to finish outside of the top-two.

Thomas is back on a Petry Motorsports squad that also includes USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., who took 10th and 16th at Ocala in 2019. Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick, the 2019 USAC Most Improved Driver and a newcomer to Petry Motorsports, finished 6th and 11th at Ocala last season in addition to scoring a heat race win on night two.

Carrick joins Petry following three years at Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports, who has experienced a wholesale driver lineup change from 2019. Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise, a 5th place finisher at Ocala last year for CMR, will take on Winter Dirt Games for a second straight year.

Joining Wise at KKM are 2019 Shamrock Classic and 2020 Chili Bowl prelim night winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), plus 2019 Fremont Speedway Sprint Car champ Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) and 2017 USAC Micro Sprint titlist Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Calif.). The latter two competed for KKM during last year's USAC western swing and will be competing for series Rookie of the Year honors in 2020.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion will team alongside former KKM teammate Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) with Team Ripper for Ocala. Seavey came out of Ocala a year ago with finishes of 12th and 8th while Colwell was 14th and 6th on each of his two nights.

Chris Windom has joined Tucker/Boat Motorsports for 2020. Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champion from Canton, Ill., finished 3rd on the opening night and 9th on the final night last year at Ocala. His 3rd place run came after starting 11th, earning him hard charger honors for the evening. Windom's teammate at TBM for 2020 is last year's USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, Andrew Layser of Collegeville, Pa., a top-10 runner on night two of Ocala in 2019.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) scored a pair of top-ten runs at Ocala in 2019, a 9th and a 7th. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion's run to 7th came after starting from the tail in 24th. He'll race for Hayward Motorsports at Winter Dirt Games, for whom he captured a Chili Bowl prelim night win earlier this month.

Expected returnees from last year's field include Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) who took 19th at one night of Ocala in 2019, along with Noah Gass (Mounds, Okla.) who made his series debuts a year ago there, finishing 20th and 21st in a pair of starts. Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) took 23rd in one Ocala appearance in 2019 while Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, Fla.) aims to make his first feature start with the series in his home state.

Eight previous USAC National Midget points-paying events have been held in the state of Florida. Bob Wente and Tyler Courtney are only drivers to win multiple times with two apiece. Johnny Riva won the first event at Palmetto Speedway in Miami on March 3, 1963, followed by Chuck Rodee at Golden Gate Speedway in Tampa on March 6, 1963. Wente won the final two in 1963 in the Sunshine state at Palmetto on March 8 and Golden Gate on March 10.

Kyle Larson won at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna, Fla. on Feb. 17, 2013 while Bobby Santos took top honors the following night at the same 1/2-mile paved oval.

Additionally, the USAC Midget Tangerine Tournament was held during the 1957 season with Andy Linden taking the crown. Linden notched four of the 11 victories with the series, three at Sunbrock Speedway in Orlando and once at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for car owner Lee Elkins. Al Keller won twice at Hialeah Speedway and West Palm Beach Speedway. Meanwhile, Jimmy Knight (Pensacola Speedway), Sonny McDaniel (Fort Pierce Speedway), Al Alpern (Lakeland Speedway), Leroy Warriner (Fort Pierce) and Len Duncan (Jacksonville Speedway) each collected single wins.

General admission tickets for adults are $25 and $20 for kids age 11-15. Pit passes are $35 apiece. You can watch all the action live on www.FloRacing.com or listen to free audio of the broadcast on the USAC app or on your laptop/desktop at http://mixlr.com/usac-official/. You may also follow along with live timing from the event on the USAC app.

A practice night for the midgets opens the Winter Dirt Games XI festivities on Wednesday, February 6, at Bubba Raceway Park. Grandstand tickets are free while pit passes are $20 apiece. The Sunoco Southern Fuels Gladiators will also be on the event card with the midgets all three nights.

BUBBA RACEWAY PARK USAC MIDGET WINNERS:
2019: Tyler Courtney (2/8) & Tyler Courtney (2/9)

FLORIDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS RACE WINS:
1. (2) Tyler Courtney & Bob Wente
3. (1) Kyle Larson, Johnny Riva, Chuck Rodee & Bobby Santos

 


 

USAC HONORS WESTERN RACERS AT LAS VEGAS AWARDS BANQUET

By Lance Jennings

JANUARY 27, 2020... Last Saturday afternoon, the United States Auto Club (USAC) honored their 2019 western racers at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Competitors with the USAC/CRA Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints, USAC West Coast Sprints, and USAC Western States Midgets were celebrated at the annual Western Awards Banquet.

USAC Western Director Chris Kearns served as master of ceremonies of the event, which featured a roaring 20s theme. Series champions, rookies of the year, top-five in points, and special award winners were recognized at the hotel’s Jubilee Ballroom. The western champions were also celebrated at the December 13th “USAC Night of Champions” in Indianapolis, Indiana.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) was honored for his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Spike, Gardner claimed his fourth “California Sprint Week” crown and posted wins at Bakersfield (May 11), Perris (July 13), and Santa Maria (September 7). In addition, “The Demon” had ten Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one semi-main win, two Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13” Awards, eighteen top-10 finishes, 86 feature laps led on the season.

Racing for three different teams, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) was celebrated for winning his first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car title. On the strength of strong finishes and two victories at Peoria’s Canyon Speedway Park (April 27 & on September 14), Roa outdueled five-time champion R.J. Johnson to claim the title. Switching between the BR Performance #91R Maxim, Tanner Grau’s #34 Maxim, and Dwight Cheney’s #42 Maxim, Roa posted one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, three hard charger awards, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) scored his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car crown in 2019. Piloting the family owned #15T Maxim, Guardino recorded wins at Ventura (March 23), Tulare (June 7), and Santa Maria (June 15). The two-time “Chris & Brian Faria Memorial” winner also recorded two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led in the campaign.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) raced to his first USAC Western States Midget championship. Driving the family owned #4D Spike, Dalby topped three consecutive main events at Merced (July 27), Santa Maria (August 10), and Ventura (September 14). In addition, the young champion had one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the season.

After earning his seventh consecutive (eighth overall) AMSOIL USAC/CRA Entrant crown, Mark Alexander was recognized with his second “Jack Jory Car Owner Championship Trophy.” The remaining top-5 USAC/CRA car owners were honored and Moose Racing’s Tom and Laurie Sertich received their second place trophy. Robbie and Gaye Allen were also celebrated for earning their first Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Entrant championship.

The other top-five drivers in Western States Midget, West Coast Sprint, SouthWest Sprint, and USAC/CRA Sprint points were celebrated for their efforts. Ben Worth, R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, and Chris Gansen were in attendance to claim their trophies.

Rookie of the Year honors were awarded to Eddie Tafoya Jr. (USAC/CRA & USAC SouthWest Sprint), and Ben Worth (Western States Midget). J.J. Ringo was honored for earning rookie honors with the USAC West Coast Sprints.

Sammy Bahr was recognized with the “Evelyn Pratt Award” for his contributions to racing.

The 2020 western campaign opens on February 14th and 15th with the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” with the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).

On March 6th and 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will clash at the “Spring Showcase” at Canyon Speedway Park (Peoria, AZ).

On March 14th, the USAC West Coast Sprints will have their first point race of the year at Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA).

The March 21st season opener for the USAC Western States Midgets will be held at Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA).

For more information on any of the USAC racing divisions, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content for the USAC/CRA Sprints, USAC SouthWest Sprints (southwestsprintcars.com), USAC West Coast Sprints (westcoastsprintcars.com), and the USAC Western States Midgets on their respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

 

 

USAC NATIONAL RULE CHANGES
AND ENFORCEMENTS FOR 2020

Speedway, Indiana (January 23, 2020).........USAC has announced rule changes and enforcements to be utilized beginning with the 2020 season for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car, AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget series.

ALL DIVISIONS:

In Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget competition, lapped cars will be sent to the tail of the field for all restarts during the feature event.

All radius rods must be one piece on cars for the Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget divisions in 2020. No spring rods or shock dampers will be allowed.

SILVER CROWN:

The weight rule for Silver Crown has been increased to 1,675 pound minimum, with driver. Rules regarding added weight for aluminum blocks will remain the same.


AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CARS:

Split qualifying will be retained for 2020. In the event of more than 36 cars in attendance, qualifying will be split into two flights. Cars will only qualify against other cars in their flight and fill heats 1-2 or heats 3-4. For lineup purposes, the fastest qualifier in the slower flight will be considered the #2 seed. That will continue through the field and be used to grid feature lineups. Qualifying points will be awarded to the overall fastest six.

For the feature lineup, positions 7-10 will be filled by the heat race winners in order of heat races. If a car in the top-6 feature invert wins a heat race, the available spots 7-10 are filled by qualification order of cars qualified for the feature event.

If there are 30 cars or less, three heat race events will be conducted. If there are 31 or more cars in attendance, four heat races will be conducted.

The weight rule for Sprints has been increased to 1,375 pound minimum, with driver.

NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP:

In the National Midget division, no split qualifying will be held.

For the feature lineup, positions 7-10 will be filled by the heat race winners in order of heat races. If a car in the top-6 feature invert wins a heat race, the available spots 7-10 are filled by qualification order of cars qualified for the feature event.

If there are 30 cars or less, three heat race events will be conducted. If there are 31 or more cars in attendance, four heat races will be conducted.

 

D'ALESSIO TO CONTEND
FOR USAC SPRINT ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN 2020

Speedway, Indiana (January 10, 2020).........Anthony D'Alessio is stepping up to challenge for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors in the upcoming 2020 season.

D'Alessio, in conjunction with Parallax Motorsports, will field one entry as an owner/driver for the 2020 slate, which features 46 events at 23 different venues, most of which D'Alessio will be experiencing for the first time, beginning in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. for Winter Dirt Games XI.

"I am beyond excited for the upcoming season," D'Alessio exclaimed. "It is a dream come true, and I can't wait to hit the track in February in my home state of Florida. I want to thank everyone who has helped me get this far. We still have plenty of work to do."

The 19-year-old from Apollo Beach, Fla., is approaching the 2020 season with tenacity and drive after relocating to Indiana in 2018 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional race car driver. In preparation, D'Alessio ran Indiana Sprint Week in 2019 along with racing at many local Indiana tracks in his first full year in a non-wing sprint car.

D'Alessio made one USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start in 2019, winning his heat race and finishing 20th at Kokomo Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

He moved from Florida with a plethora of racing experience and several accolades. Starting at a young age in go karts as well as one season in dirt modifieds, he transitioned to sprint car racing in Florida, earning 2016 Top Gun Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year and 2017 Rookie of the Year honors with the Southern Shootout Sprint Car Series in the Sunshine State.

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

COCKRUM TEAMS WITH FIVE-THREE FOR 2020 SILVER CROWN RUN

January 9, 2020 (Joliet, Illinois).........Shane Cockrum, a three-time winner on the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series trail during his career, has joined Five Three Motorsports for the dirt portion of the series schedule for the 2020 season.

Cockrum, of Benton, Ill. and the Joliet, Ill.-based Schuck family's Five-Three Motorsports form a formidable pairing of USAC winning driver and a team who is eager to win its first ever USAC Silver Crown race in the coming season.

"I've had a relationship with the Schuck family since they entered USAC Silver Crown racing as a team and I've watched them steadily grow into a serious contender," Cockrum said. "They work hard, field great equipment and are what's right about Silver Crown racing. I'm looking forward to putting our minds together for a celebration in victory lane."

The FTM team had fielded Steve Buckwalter in the No. 53 since 2015, but the combo announced it had parted ways one week ago. FTM and Buckwalter nearly reached victory lane in 2019 at Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, Pa.

With the combo of a proven race winner and a hungry race team seeking its initial victory, FTM feels they have the pilot to get the job done in Cockrum, a two-time Ted Horn 100 winner at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014-2015 and at the Terre Haute Action Track's Sumar Classic in 2015.

"Five Three Motorsports looks forward to the addition of Shane to the team," an FTM spokesperson stated. "He brings with him a race winning pedigree that is unrivaled."

The series' newest combo will make its debut on Thursday, May 21 at Terre Haute for the Sumar Classic, which comes nearly five years following Cockrum's most recent Silver Crown victory at the western Indiana dirt half-mile.

 

 

BYRNE REFRESHES FOR 2020
AFTER CAREER-BEST USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 2, 2020).........For David Byrne, 2019 was a season of promise that saw him display the championship and race-winning potential that he has been building toward since becoming a full-time competitor with the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in 2016.

For Byrne, 2019 was also a season that saw a number of coulda, shoulda moments for wins and a position in the championship race that managed to slip through his grip. However, success was still plentiful for Byrne and crew with a career-best third place finish in the standings at season's end.

In 2020, Byrne and crew aim to up their game once more, although Byrne felt the team took a small step backwards in terms of speed on the pavement side of things last year. With a step up in their dirt program, they are bound and determined to get the pavement part of the deal up to snuff and compete for a title with the likes of Kody Swanson and Justin Grant who occupied the top two spots in the series in each of the past two years.

"I actually thought we were down a little bit on speed on pavement which is why we're building a brand-new car and everything for next year," Byrne explained. "I thought we exceeded expectations on the dirt, except for Eldora. I would grade us a B for the season overall."

The team plans to keep last year's primary pavement car as a spare, and put a newer, lighter Beast chassis with newer parts, plus the same popular Pancho Carter/Steve Stapp throwback color scheme and the same goals.

"If we're not battling for the championship this year, it would be a bit of a disappointment," Byrne stated. "Obviously, running stronger on the half-mile dirt tracks would be great and we're right there on the dirt miles. We just maybe need a little more experience and more patience on that."

Byrne's start to the 2019 season had its share of challenges. He led 20 laps in the opener at Memphis and was at the front before a power steering failure dropped him to 10th, a similar issue that reared its ugly head while running second later in August at the Salem high banks.

Following up Memphis was a 19th on the pavement of Toledo following late-race engine woes which saw him running as high as third two-thirds of the way in. From there, the team dug in and performed strong on what had previously served as their Achilles Heel - the dirt.

Byrne qualified for the outside of row three and ran in the top-five for the first 95 laps of the Hoosier Hundred on the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile, dropping back to a still-solid 7th at race's end. The following night on pavement, it was a 6th at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and a 7th three weeks later on the half-mile dirt oval of Williams Grove.

A late June stop at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway provided Byrne his lone shot to compete in front of his home crowd. Byrne shined in his best result of the year, a front row start, 12 laps led and a 3rd place finish in which he performed in front of an impressive throng of supporters, and where the series returns in 2020, on Friday, June 19.

"It means a lot to do well there," Byrne admitted. "I think we had 60 people up there this year, so it's always nice because you talk about all these good things you're doing and how great you did, and finally, people can lay eyes on how good you are how steep the competition is."

The second of Byrne's two top-fives came at Salem where he was in contention throughout despite a power steering fault late in the game. Another top-ten start and a seventh-place finish came to Byrne on the magic mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds dirt track. He rounded out the pavement portion of the schedule at LOR in September with a 6th, the place where he retains fond memories of a last lap, last corner pass to win at during July of 2014.

Byrne, admittedly, struggled at Eldora in the season finale on the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval where he started 13th and finished 15th in the 27-car field.

At the end of the campaign, Byrne and crew had plenty to reminisce fondly over. The Shullsburg, Wisc. native's eighth season of USAC Silver Crown competition was his best overall, a season in which he churned out a stretch of seven consecutive top-seven finishes throughout the spring and summer months en route to a career-best third-place overall standing in the final points.

That achievement put Byrne up on the stage for USAC's Night of Champions in December of 2019 for the first-time, an experience in which he relishes, never forgetting just how far he's come since making his first USAC appearance, in a midget, at the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway in 2002.

"It was pretty awesome," Byrne exclaimed. "I didn't know what the length of the speeches consisted of because I had never even been to (the USAC banquet) before. For myself, my family and the race team, before (crew chief "Chuy" Sandberg) and even with Chuy, I think we had been to something like ten Night Before the 500s and never even made the race. To get third in the Silver Crown points, I think it's my family's will and persistence and getting with somebody of Chuy's caliber that's stuck with us for this many years. It's finally kind of taken this long to click."

Byrne and company will open the 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season with the series' debut at Tennessee's Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 3.

 

 

SHORT TEAMS UP WITH DAIGH/PHILLIPS FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT CAMPAIGN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (January 2, 2020).........Marion, Ill. pilot Carson Short will compete on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020 for Daigh/Phillips Motorsports beginning with the season openers on February 13-14-15 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

Short, a one-time winner with the series during the 2016 Indiana Sprint Week round at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., has driven his family-owned No. 21 on the circuit since 2014. For 2020, the ninth-place driver in last season's standings will be back in black, this time with the No. 71p for the team which has won 19 series events since 2013 with drivers Dave Darland (17) and Jason McDougal (2).

McDougal vacated the Daigh/Phillips Motorsports seat during the offseason, allowing Short the opportunity to jump in the seat for 2020.

"I got word that Jason was going to do something else this year and not run the sprint car, so I called them up," Short recalled. "I try to keep a good close relationship with everybody, but I related more to them just because they're a smaller team, a family team per se, and just good, dedicated racers. I kind of based my stuff off that as well. They're family owned and they're there to race and not much else, and they're strongly passionate about it."

Short, whose offseason job throughout this winter involves laying pipeline in North Carolina, is proud to join a team whose 19 career wins with the series rank them within the 25 in USAC National Sprint Car history. Short's three top-fives and 14 top-tens in 26 starts during the 2019 season ranked him within the top-ten in all three categories, and he feels the transition to Daigh/Phillips should be a match, considering their passion, talent and both having regularly competed utilizing the DRC chassis.

"(Steve Phillips) isn't there for any BS," Short stated. "He's there to win races and contend for a championship because that's what pays the bills. I can relate a lot to that. When I race my car, that race dictates what race I'm going to after that. With him setting up the cars for as many different drivers as he has, I don't think there'll be a problem with him and I mending well."

The debut of the Short and Daigh/Phillips combo will begins in February in Ocala, Fla. where Short recorded fast qualifying time and established new one-lap USAC Sprint Car track records on successive nights to open the year.

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

FEBRUARY 14&15 “STROUD MEMORIAL” OPENS USAC SOUTHWEST SEASON AT CANYON

By Lance Jennings

DECEMBER 18, 2019... The 2020 campaign for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will open at Peoria, Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park on February 14th and 15th. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “4th Annual Steve Stroud Memorial” will pay $2,000-to-win and $250-to-start on both nights. The event will also feature Hobby Stocks, Micro Sprints (non-wing), Sport Compacts, and Modlites. The Friday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. The Saturday spectator gates will open at 5:00pm with racing scheduled at 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

OPEN PRACTICE: The festivities will start on Thursday, February 13th at 6:30pm with an open practice for all divisions.

NOTICE TO RACERS: - The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park, Arizona Speedway, and Central Arizona Speedway. Failure to comply will be disqualified from the events. - FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY. - FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY. - Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars. - Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED. - USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors. - The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com. - USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

The first point races of 2020 will honor Steve Stroud, a respected sponsor and friend of the racing community. Known for owning Parker Store, Hose Advantage Store, and the Racers Advantage Store, the avid race fan backed several racers in Arizona and the Midwest. In addition, he supported the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series, Canyon Speedway Park, and other special events in Arizona. To share his love for racing, Stroud founded the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum in Phoenix, which was a popular destination for racers and fans alike until it’s closing in 2019. Steve’s passing was a great loss and Gabbard, Canyon Speedway Park, and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series are proud to honor his memory with the annual event.

Starting eleventh, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland raced to victory at the inaugural “Steve Stroud Memorial” and five-time USAC SouthWest Champion R.J. Johnson has topped the last two memorials. Johnson leads all series drivers with 57 victories and 19 feature wins at Canyon Speedway Park.

Driving for three different teams, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) won the 2019 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Championship by 18 points over Johnson. Stevie Sussex, defending champion “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Chris Bonneau, and Matt Lundy rounded out the top-10 drivers.

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. Adult Tickets are $20, Seniors (60 and over) and Military Tickets are $15, and Children (11 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.RACE (7223).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support in 2019. 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages. ----------------------------------------------- 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, 2018-Charles Davis Jr., 2019-Brody Roa.

STEVE STROUD MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2017-Dave Darland, 2018-R.J. Johnson, 2019-R.J. Johnson.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Tyler Courtney, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PEORIA SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 19-R.J. Johnson, 10-Charles Davis Jr., 8-Bryan Clauson, 4-Ryan Bernal, 4-Dave Darland, 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Josh Hodges, 3-Mike Martin, 3-Matt Rossi, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Josh Pelkey, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

FINAL 2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-1083, 2. R.J. Johnson-1065, 3. Stevie Sussex-1018, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-976, 5. Jake Swanson-800, 6. Austin Williams-659, 7. Mike Martin-655, 8. Damion Gardner-616, 9. Chris Bonneau-517, 10. Matt Lundy-500, 11. C.J. Leary-482, 12. Michael Curtis-453, 13. Matt Rossi-423, 14. Tommy Malcolm-411, 15. Logan Seavey-399, 16. Josh Hodges-383, 17. Hunter Schuerenberg-358, 18. Tyler Courtney-353, 19. Dennis Gile-305, 20. Chris Gansen-303.

 

 

WISE AND HOLLAN TO RUN PART-TIME
MIDGET SCHEDULE FOR KUNZ IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 17, 2019).........Zeb Wise and Holley Hollan will compete on a part-time basis for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian throughout the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

Angola, Indiana's Wise will hit a handful of USAC Midget events on the schedule with Kunz that don't conflict with his recently announced deal to compete on the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions tour. Wise has tentative plans to run a partial Indiana Midget Week schedule, BC39 and assorted November events on the west coast.

Eighteen-year-old Hollan, meanwhile, will take on a similar part-time USAC Midget role with Kunz to coincide with her plans to compete in a stock car this year. The exact midget schedule for the Broken Arrow, Okla. native is yet to be determined for the driver who, in 2019, competed as a Rookie with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship.

She finished 16th in points, fourth best among all Rookies, with two heat race wins and a top finish of 11th in March at the Shamrock Classic.

Wise, who just recently turned 17 years old, became USAC's youngest ever National series winner at the age of 15 in 2018 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway during Pennsylvania Midget Week. Racing out of the Clauson/Marshall Racing stable, Wise finished 5th in the final USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings for 2019 with three wins at Action Track USA, Linda's Speedway (both in Pennsylvania) and snagged the BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS in September.

Wise's capability to step in the car, even on a part-time basis, has Kunz elated to bring him into the fold for the car owner who has captured 10 previous USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget owner titles and the second most wins in USAC National Midget history with 109.

"I'm really excited to have Zeb because he went toe-to-toe with Kyle (Larson) there a few times and came out on top," Kunz recalled. "I've been watching him for the last couple of years and he's come a long way. He's definitely one of the major players in midget racing right now and with him coming to our team, I'm just really looking forward to it."

Wise and Hollan join previously announced full-time teammates Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Okla.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) on the 2020 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail.

 

 

SEAVEY JOINS REINBOLD-UNDERWOOD FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT TITLE CHASE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 15, 2019).........A pairing between a USAC National championship winning driver and team will greet the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour as Logan Seavey has agreed to partner up with Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports for a full-time run with the series in 2020.

Seavey, of Sutter, Calif. captured the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title and finished as the runner-up to Tyler Courtney during this year's campaign with three victories and an Indiana Midget Week title under his belt.

The 22-year-old driver joins Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, who snagged the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car owner championship with driver C.J. Leary in 2019. Last week, Leary announced his plans to race for Gene Gile Racing for 2020.

In turn, Seavey steps into the championship-ready seat as the new driver for the team, although he has plenty of previous experience with the Arizona-based operation.

In 2019, Seavey's eight starts all came in a second Reinbold/Underwood car, resulting in his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the second night of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in August where he led all 30 laps.

Seavey was 5th the following night during the Smackdown finale and was the fastest qualifier during the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in November. Seavey was also victorious in USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car competition with Reinbold/Underwood in April of 2019 at Arizona Speedway.

Through the bevy of offseason shuffling, Seavey and Reinbold/Underwood feel their previous experience will allow them to hit the ground running to start the 2020 season in pursuit of a series title.

"Our team chemistry is good," Seavey relayed. "I've been racing with the team for a little over a year and we've run 20 or so races together, so that's a big start. I've already run a couple of USAC seasons, so I've been to a lot of the racetracks we're going to and raced against pretty much every guy we're going to be racing against next year. We're definitely not starting from scratch by any means. I think we'll come out of the gate good and compete for a championship."

Seavey's made just 21 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts but has been impressive in limited appearances. His efforts in 2018 resulted in being named the series co-Rookie of the Year along with Timmy Buckwalter. It's those intangibles that Seavey possesses that team co-owner Andy Reinbold sought in his decision to put the talented driver in the seat of his No. 19AZ.

"He brings a lot of qualities, but the best is the car control that he has," Reinbold said of Seavey. "He understands what it takes to win a championship, but our primary goal is to win races. We ran limited sprint car races together in the big scheme of things compared to what I have back west with other people, myself, with C.J. and Davey Jones. That experience is what it takes to win championships and we're both like-minded in wanting to win races. That's our primary goal. Every race, we want to be there to compete."

"We're thrilled to provide Logan his first opportunity to chase a USAC National Sprint Car title," Reinbold continued. "We're into the development of racecar drivers and can't wait to see first-hand how Logan develops throughout this coming season."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

KOFOID & PURSLEY GO FULL-TIME FOR KUNZ IN 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 14, 2019).........Buddy Kofoid and Daison Pursley will fill two slots on the full-time driver roster for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian as the pair pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship in 2020.

Penngrove, California's Kofoid came aboard to pilot a midget for KKM on the November western swing in 2019 where he made four feature starts, topping out with a 6th place result in the season finale at California's Ventura Raceway, finishing as the second-best Rookie at the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

The 17-year-old versatile 2019 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway wing sprint car champion is pumped for his opportunity to join a legendary team which has produced 11 USAC National Midget owner titles between team principles Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby with drivers Jason Leffler, Cole Whitt, Bryan Clauson, Christopher Bell, Rico Abreu, Tanner Thorson, Spencer Bayston and Logan Seavey over the past two-plus decades.

"I'm really excited to run for Keith and Pete next year with Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian," Kofoid said. "I've always wanted to drive for them, and it's been a fun experience so far this year. I'm looking forward to doing a lot more next year. They have a great reputation and have had some of the best drivers, so I know I will learn a lot."

Pursley, of Locust Grove, Okla., also made four series starts for KKM on the 2019 western trip, finishing a best of 12th on the final night of the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

The 15-year-old 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion got off to a fast start in his USAC Midget career, winning his heat race in each of his first two career series appearances in November at Arizona.

"Everybody races really clean," Pursley observed. "There's a lot of respect on the USAC tour and there's a bunch of good guys out there. I need to work on things to get better because they've got more experience than I do. USAC's been around a long time and this is where you want to be if you want to be the best in dirt racing."

As Rookie hopefuls Kofoid and Pursley take their turn behind the wheel, they aim to follow in the footsteps of previous USAC National Midget ROY's out of the KKM fleet such as Darren Hagen, Clauson, Kyle Larson, Abreu, Bell, Carson Macedo, Tanner Carrick and Seavey.

 

 

2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SEASON TO OPEN AT NASHVILLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Nashville, Tennessee (December 14, 2019).........The 2020 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car season will open with the series' debut at Tennessee's Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Sunday afternoon, May 3.

The half-mile, high-banked pavement oval has hosted six previous USAC National events, but none yet thus far with USAC's Silver Crown division. The last visit came during the 2004 season with Sprint Cars, a twin bill of 77-lap main events won by Bobby East and Dave Steele.

USAC National Midgets have raced on the famed track three times. The first such meeting came in a 100-lap event won by three-time series champ Jimmy Davies in 1960. Dale Swaim captured the Nashville victory the following year in 1961 while 2017 National Midget Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Copp took the final series visit there in 1963.

Ken Schrader took a victory in the city of Nashville in 1988, winning indoors at the Municipal Auditorium in a 100-lap midget feature on the concrete surface.

Silver Crown cars tested at nearby Nashville Superspeedway in 2001, but not yet has a Silver Crown car made a lap in competition in the Music City.

The Silver Crown Champ Cars have made five previous appearances in the state of Tennessee, all of which have occurred in Memphis. Dave Steele won the first in 1998, followed by Brad Noffsinger in 1999, Brian Tyler in 2000, Steele again in 2004 and Kody Swanson just last year during the 2019 season opener.

Kingsburg, California's Swanson, a five-time Silver Crown champion who is the series all-time leader in wins and poles with 29 in each category, is among the expected entries along with 2019 series runner-up Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), May 2019 Lucas Oil Raceway winner Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), 10-time Silver Crown winner Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) and 2019 third-place driver David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) among many others.

 

 

LAYSER JOINS TUCKER-BOAT FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SLATE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 14, 2019).........Andrew Layser, who on Friday was named Rookie of the Year for the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season, has teamed up with Tucker-Boat Motorsports to tackle the entire series schedule in his sophomore season of 2020.

After serving as a regular in the midgets out east in 2017-18, the Collegeville, Pa. native made the leap to the National trail this past year for Clauson/Marshall Racing where he recorded eight top-ten finishes in 24 starts, including leading his first laps in July at Sweet Springs, Mo.

The three-time winner in USAC's Eastern Speed2 Midget division finished 11th in USAC National Midget points for 2019, but the 18-year old gasser is eager to up his game this coming season with a full season now under his belt.

"I think it's a great opportunity for me," Layser exclaimed. "(Team owner) Chad (Boat) is a great driver, a great crew chief and a great mentor, and I'm really looking forward to working with him for the whole 2020 season. They have a great foundation for a team, and I think that showed with how strong they were this past year."

Tucker-Boat Motorsports captured two victories in 2019 with team owner Boat behind the wheel at Pennsylvania's Path Valley Speedway Park and with Gio Scelzi at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. Layser will be paired as a teammate alongside Chris Windom, a two-time USAC National Champion who scored a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget wins himself in 2019.

"Seeing the results that Chad's had over the years, and with the others who've driven for him, it's obvious his cars are top notch," Layser relayed. "On any given night, you can win, and that's the goal for me this year, to go out there and have good runs, and hopefully, the wins will fall into place. I see what he's doing not only as a team, but what he does for his drivers. That really appealed to me and I really couldn't be more excited to be working with him."

Boat has observed Layser both on-track and off in recent years and is confident in what he's witnessed, a driver who is continually growing and can very well develop into a premier contender as he gains more experience.

"I think Andrew has a great foundation," Boat said. "Obviously, he's worked with some good teams and I think that foundation will carry him into next year. I believe that by him going to these tracks for a second time, he'll be able to pick up right where he left off. When somebody gains experience then has a little bit of an offseason to think about, you see them excel. I think you saw that with Zeb (Wise) last year and I think there's no reason Andrew can't put up the same results."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

SWANSON, LEARY AND COURTNEY
SHARE SPOTLIGHT AT 2019 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2019).........USAC National driving champions Kody Swanson, C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney shared the spotlight along with other 2019 USAC champions and special award recipients at Friday night's 64th USAC Night of Champions celebration at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS:

The record books were rewritten once again by Kingsburg, California's Kody Swanson who, it seems, is able to withstand and thrive in every challenging situation thrown at him. After joining a new team and fighting through mechanical woes at certain points throughout the season, he won five times and led a staggering 404 laps, just under half of all laps run in the series this year, en route to an unprecedented fifth Silver Crown driving title.

With a combo of pavement specialist Kyle Hamilton and dirt guru Brady Bacon, the white No. 6 of Klatt Enterprises out of Hastings, Neb. was a mainstay at the front of the field on both surfaces with both drivers, each of whom collected their first Silver Crown victories for the team in 2019, with Bacon adding one more in the finale at Eldora to clinch the Silver Crown owner title for longtime entrant Terry Klatt.

After teaming up during last year's offseason, C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports immediately found a winning groove during their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season 2019 on their journey to a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and owner title. They won their third race out of the box in Ocala, Fla. and took the lead for good in May and held it for the remainder of the season. The team's first finish outside the top-ten didn't come until August, leading to an extreme knack for consistency that saw them finish in the top-ten 32 times in 34 starts. Along the way, they captured both the Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week title and the Oval National in Perris, Calif. Their 11 fast qualifying times rank as the third most ever in a single USAC National Sprint Car season.

Becoming a National Sprint Car entrant champion is an incredible achievement that is the ultimate reward for a car owner at the conclusion of a hard-fought year. This year's award carried an extra special meaning after Richard Hoffman's passing this past April. Hoffman was the most prolific car owner in USAC National Sprint Car history whose teams have earned more victories and more championships than any other team in the history of the series. This year, and forever more, the National Sprint Car entrant champion trophy will be named in honor of Richard Hoffman, and its first recipient was Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports.

A banner year in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition for Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing saw the combo claim their second USAC National title in as many years following a 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title. Their eight feature wins in 30 starts were the most victories by any team/driver combo in a single USAC National Midget season since Jeff Gordon and Rollie Helmling in 1990. In addition, they led the series in all major categories with 175 laps led, 20 top-fives, 26 top-tens, 8 fast qualifying times and 9 heat race wins to win the title by 179 points.

REGIONAL SERIES:

USAC's Regional Sprint Car and Midget series hit dirt tracks from coast-to-coast throughout 2019, leading to a total of 103 races being contested and producing six different champions across the six series.

With domination over the series for much of the past decade, Damion Gardner, of Concord, Calif., earned his seventh consecutive AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car title and eighth overall, grabbing three wins at Bakersfield, Perris and Santa Maria along with 11 top-fives, 18 top-tens and a remarkable 10 fast times in 23 starts.

A nearly perfect campaign in the Rapid Tire Service East Coast Sprints saw Reading, Pennsylvania's Steven Drevicki driver earn a series-leading 5 victories and 11 top-five finishes in all 11 starts, please welcome to the stage for a second straight year.

Another driver reaching the big stage again with his second Wingless Sprints Oklahoma driving title in as many years was Brett Wilson of Coweta, Okla., who accumulated a series best in every statistical category with three wins and 11 top-fives in 12 starts.

Knocking out three wins in 2019 at California's Ventura, Tulare and Santa Maria Raceways, Tristan Guardino, of Fremont, Calif., took an early season point lead in March that he never relinquished, picking up 3 feature scores, 9 top-fives and 11 top-tens and a pair of fast times in 13 starts.

Garden Grove, California's utilized three different teams en route to the 2019 Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car title. Despite that, he managed wins in two of those rides at Canyon Speedway in April and September, and connected on 10 top-fives, 13 top-tens and one quick time in 18 starts for his third career USAC championship in three different divisions (2009 Western Focus Midget & 2017 West Coast Sprint).

In a championship battle that came down to the final event, Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. emerged with his first career USAC Western States Midget title after clicking off a trio of consecutive victories at Merced, Santa Maria and Ventura during a summer stretch which also saw him garner 6 top-fives, 8 top-tens and a single fast qualifying time among his 13 starts.

DEVELOPMENTAL SERIES:

The four Speed2 Midget series, plus the Midwest Mini Sprint Association took part in a total of 76 events spanning 11 different states in 2019 from the Northeast to the East Coast to the Midwest, producing five champions.
On the strength of 3 wins, 11 top-fives and a top-ten finish in all 12 of his starts throughout the season, Springfield, Ohio's Aaron Leffel won his third consecutive Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget championship by a 22-point margin over Stratton Briggs.

No driver has won more often and won as many titles in Engler Machine IMRA Midget competition under the USAC banner as Mason City, Illinois driver Andy Baugh who notched his second consecutive series crown 8 wins, 13 top-fives and 14 top-tens in 16 series starts.

Five victories and 11 top-three finishes in 13 starts were more than enough to secure a first career USAC DMA Speed2 Midget title for Will Hull of Plainfield, Vermont.

No female driver has ever won three USAC championships, let alone three-in-a-row, which Jessica Bean did this year with the USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget series, closing out strong with victories in the final three races of the year to win the title by a comfortable 185-point margin.

Continuing a theme, the Midwest Mini Sprint Association crowned a back-to-back champ after Cody Trammell of Bloomington, Ind. secured a series-high six victories during his 2019 campaign.

ACTION TRACK USA CHAMPIONS:

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pennsylvania served as host to a myriad of events throughout the summer events, culminating with its 2019 champions, Billy Pauch, Jr., Kenny Miller and Dylan Hoch.

SpeedSTR champion Billy Pauch, Jr. of Milford, N.J. is the all-time leader in victories at Action Track USA with 18, and this year, he earned his fourth career SpeedSTR championship and second in a row following three wins and an 85-point margin.

Kenny Miller, of Morgantown, Pa., a Millersville University sophomore, captured his first Action Track USA championship on the strength of one victory and consistent top-ten finishes throughout the year to capture the title in the final race of the year by 81 markers to capture the Hyper Racing EVO Injection 600 Sprint championship.

Mertztown, Pennsylvania's Dylan Hoch recorded his third All Star Slingshots title on the basis of four feature wins in six races and dominated the division in 2019, defeating his nearest competitor by a whopping 195 points at season's end.

The state of Oklahoma has been a hotbed of USAC racing talent over the past several seasons, and a track where many of them cut their teeth - Port City Raceway - celebrated their first season under the USAC banner in 2019 with seven different division championships being crowned.

PORT CITY RACEWAY CHAMPIONS:

Brody McClelland, of Broken Arrow, Okla., scoring a pair of wins, 18 top-fives and 23 top-tens in 28 feature starts to claim the Port City Junior Sprint title.

Shawn Mahaffey, of Tulsa, Okla., doubled up as both the A-Class and Non-Wing division champion at Port City, picking up just one victory, but was the mark of consistency with 41 top-ten finishes in 50 combined starts.

In the restricted class, there was nothing holding back Rees Moran, of Tulsa, Okla., with three wins, 17 top-fives and 22 top-tens in 26 starts to edge out the title by 19 points.

Domination is the one word to describe Broken Arrow, Oklahoma native Ryan Cody's season in the Port City Sportsman division, with a series-high 13 wins, 24 top-fives and 26 top-tens in 28 starts.

Prevailing in a close battle throughout the 2019 season, Joel Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., scrapped his way back into title contention and ultimately triumphed by a mere 13 points to capture the Port City Outlaw championship.

A series-leading 4 wins, 17 top-fives and a top-ten finish in all 23 starts netted Matt Cash of Sperry, Okla. the Port City Masters driver championship for 2019.

.25 NATIONAL MIDGETS

Honored as USAC .25 Midget National Champions as a result of their accomplishments were multiple series titlists Gavin Miller (Sr. Honda Dirt, Sr. Animal Dirt, Light World Formula Dirt & Sr. Honda Pavement), Hunter Wise (Unrestricted Animal Dirt, Heavy World Formula Dirt & Heavy 160 Pavement), Jacob Denney (Unrestricted Animal Pavement & Heavy World Formula Pavement) and Collin Mitchell (Light World Formula Pavement & Light Formula Mod Pavement).

USAC .25 Dirt Midget champions for 2019 included Paul Hartwig III (Jr. Honda Dirt), Carson Dillion (Heavy Honda Dirt), Gunnar Pio (Light 160 Dirt), Thomas Prychka (Heavy 160 Dirt), Chase Schott (Jr. Animal Dirt) and Alex Ruppert (Light Formula Mod Dirt).

Pavement USAC .25 Midget champions included Case James (Jr. Honda Pavement), Holly Clark (Heavy Honda Pavement), Jackson White (Light 160 Pavement), Emory Johnson (Jr. Animal Pavement), Gavan Boschele (Sr. Animal Pavement) and Chase Spicola (Heavy Formula Mod Pavement).

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS:

Levi Jones earned a trio of major honors during the night, being named winner of the Roger McCluskey award as well as the inaugural Bryan Clauson Heart of a Hero Award presented by Driven2SaveLives. During USAC president Kevin Miller's presentation of the McCluskey Award, he named Jones as USAC's Executive Vice President beginning with the 2020 season. Following Taylor McClean's Heart of a Hero Award presentation, Jones announced he would award the $1,000 prize to the first driver during the 2020 USAC National season to record fast time and win the feature on the same night.

This year, USAC presented a new award, the Dick Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of an individual who's displayed tireless dedication and commitment to the betterment of USAC, photographer, USAC official, race promoter and car owner, John Mahoney. He's one who has had a profound positive impact within the USAC family and has earned the ultimate respect of his or her peers within the sport and whose legacy will persist for generations to follow. One who's set the standard for a lifetime of devotion to USAC as Dick Jordan did throughout his 50-year career and who was so integral to this Night of Champions. Mahoney is a man who's spent decades by D.J.'s side, traveling to races together and experiencing probably more D.J. adventures than all others combined. Like D.J., Mahoney's passion for racing is infectious and his dedication is solely based on his love for the sport, and in particular, USAC racing.

The Jason Leffler award exudes intense appreciation of the sport's history reflected in his professionalism and outstanding representation as an ambassador of the United States Auto Club, exhibiting the same standard of ideals upheld by the late Jason Leffler during his USAC racing career. Chase Stockon, of Fort Branch, Ind., is one who's stood among those giants and whose dedication to the sport and conduct has been exemplary and has set a high standard for other drivers to follow. We're talking about a man who, for eight straight year, and nearly 300 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races, has rolled the car into the trailer, headed out onto the highway and qualified for the feature, setting a new standard among his peers and in the history books.

Dedicated to the memory of three-time USAC National Drivers Champion Bryan Clauson, the Mike Curb Super License went to Tyler Courtney by virtue of amassing the most total points between USAC's three National divisions throughout the year: Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget. This year, for the second year in a row, the $5,000 award was awarded to Courtney following an 18-win season on the USAC National trail in 2019 to equal A.J. Foyt and Parnelli Jones, who both had 18 in 1964, as the third most prolific season in the club's 64-year history

Along with the driver and car owner, there is a crew chief who works long hours in the trenches. These individuals don't usually get the limelight or the glory that drivers experience, but they're a key component to what it takes to make a racecar go fast, get to the front, win races, and ultimately a championship. For Davey Jones, a USAC National championship had eluded him until this season. You can call him a champion, but now you can also call him the USAC Chief Mechanic of the Year for 2019.

For their overall support of USAC racing and the contributions made to the series, teams, drivers, tracks and fans throughout the 2019 season, USAC recognized NOS Energy Drink as the winner of the Corporate Special Appreciation Award after going above and beyond to help elevate USAC racing to greater levels, providing an extra boost of energy to USAC and in establishing the BC39 event as well as activation of the series across all platforms, which has made NOS Energy Drink an outstanding addition to the USAC family.

Throughout the 2019 USAC National season, there've been drivers who've made an impact with their respective series that stood above their peers in their first season while one driver, in particular, has made impressive strides in becoming a regular contender at the front of the pack.

A pavement specialist by trade, Derek Bischak of Angola, Ind. was certainly special in his Rookie campaign on the Silver Crown in 2019, earning 4 top-tens in 6 starts, with a best of 7th at Wisconsin's Madison International Speedway and a 14th place finish in the standings to collect Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors. Bischak will also be presented with a custom ear mold courtesy of Racing Electronics.

After a regular stint in the midgets out east the past couple of seasons, Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser made the leap the National trail in 2019 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, recording 8 top-ten finishes in 24 starts, including leading his first laps in July at Sweet Springs, Mo. Finishing 11th in points and collecting the Bob Stroud National Midget Rookie of the Year.

A true Rookie of sprint car racing in 2019, Dustin Clark, of Washington, Ind., made his first career sprint car start of any kind during the USAC season opener in Ocala, Fla. in February of this year. Ten months later, he's standing on the stage after collecting four heat race wins, 18 feature starts and an 14th place finish in the standings.

In his third full year on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget trail, Tanner Carrick upped his game to a career-best 6th place finish in the standings and was one of only three drivers to start all 31 feature events during the 2019 season. The Lincoln, California native's six top-five finishes were highlighted by his first career series victory in July at Sweet Springs, Missouri.

In 2019, the legendary Knoxville Raceway brought to life what has already become one of the marquee events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar with the inaugural Corn Belt Nationals. The individuals at Knoxville have an unwavering support of sprint car racing, its teams and its drivers and have dedicated themselves to preserving history and, at the same time, creating new history. USAC is grateful to be a part of history in the making at Knoxville, and proudly presented this year's Race Organizer of the Year to Knoxville Raceway, who was represented by track promoter John McCoy.

Stacie Girard is an individual who's gone the extra yard in all aspects for the benefit of racers, teams, the events and the USAC community. She's sacrificed her time behind the scenes, in addition to working a full-time job, and is willing to step in to take on any task big or small without hesitation at the racetrack. With unmatched energy and enthusiasm, few have been as integral to the success of USAC and its events than her, the 2019 USAC Individual Special Appreciation award recipient.

Wilwood showed their continual support throughout the 2019 season and, they in turn have shown their support for USAC National drivers Tanner Carrick, Dustin Clark and Kyle Robbins with racing supplies heading into the 2020 season.

IRACING USAC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP:

Meanwhile, USAC's newest series made its debut in a virtual way in 2019. With a three-race win streak in September and October, David Heileman locked up the iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing championship a week early to claim a two-day Cory Kruseman Driving School experience and a nice payday.

 

 

WINDOM SIGNS WITH TUCKER-BOAT
FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2019).........Two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom will compete for Tucker-Boat Motorsports on the full USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship schedule during the 2020 season.

Windom's 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car titles have him just one USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship shy of becoming the seventh USAC Triple Crown champion to have won all three National series titles in his career, which would join him with Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley, Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Tracy Hines.

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., believes Tucker-Boat Motorsports provides him with an opportunity to become the next in that group.

"They run a top-notch operation," Windom said. "They pay close attention to detail, as does everyone at the top of the midget standings, but I just felt like I've always gotten along great with Chad, and at this point I'm at in my career, this is the right move for me."

Windom arrives at Tucker-Boat Motorsports following a successful 2019 campaign with Clauson/Marshall Racing with whom he collected his first two career series wins at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. Following the season, Windom and CMR parted ways. The free agent driver then scoped out the possible landing spots and a deal was made with Tucker-Boat to step into a full-time ride.

"I have nothing bad to say about anybody at CMR," Windom stated. "We had a great year, and without Tyler having a record setting season, I think we would've been battling for a championship. I have nothing but good things to say about all those guys there. They definitely worked their butts off to give me a great car all year, but once I left there, I felt this was the best opportunity out there to go to."

With primary sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink, Windom takes on the role for a team which won two events in 2019 with two different drivers, team owner Chad Boat at Pennsylvania's Path Valley Speedway Park and with Gio Scelzi at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.

"I've had the opportunity to race with Chris for a long time," Boat recalled. "We've both been around USAC and done other types of racing and I think we'll complement each other very well. I think, as a driver, I have an understanding of what he'll need in the car. We definitely have high expectations for the team that we can go out and compete for wins every night."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

2020 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE IS LARGEST SINCE 1988

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will embark on their largest schedule of events in over three decades when the series hits the trail for the start of their 65th season on Feb. 7-8 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., the opening night of Winter Dirt Games XI.

The series schedule has grown to 39 events for the 2020 campaign, the most events on the slate since 1988. It's a schedule which includes a mix of first-time venues and returns to tracks after lengthy absences along with traditional, annual events which have seen a tweak for the coming year.

March 7 marks the season's lone indoor event, the fifth running of the Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. April roars like a lion with two nights at "The Ditch" on April 10-11 for the series' return to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas for the first time since 2016. Meanwhile, back-to-back nights at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway for the Kokomo Grand Prix fill the calendar on April 24-25.

The 1/8-mile bullring of Port City Raceway in Tulsa, Okla. debuts on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget stage in 2020 with consecutive nights of racing on May 15-16.

Thirty-four years ago, John Andretti scored his first and only career USAC National Midget feature win at Paragon Speedway. It's been absent from the series schedule ever since, but this year on June 2, that all changes when the 1/4-mile paperclip-shaped oval welcomes the series as the opener to the 16th edition of Indiana Midget Week. Indiana Midget Week continues to groove for each of the following five nights with Gas City I-69 Speedway on June 3, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 4, Bloomington Speedway on June 5, Lawrenceburg Speedway on June 6 and Kokomo on June 7.

Dirt Oval 66 in Joliet, Ill. is back on the tour again on June 20, leading into the third edition of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, Ind. which will be showcased on a brand-new summertime slot, July 1-2. Mid-America USA is the next stop for the Midwest Midget Championships on July 17-18 at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., followed by a yet-to-be-announced event on July 19 and Tuesday Night Thunder at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

The newly-christened Eastern Midget Week has expanded beyond the state of Pennsylvania for the first time in its six-year existence, although the Keystone state still possesses four of the five nights beginning at Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville) on August 4, Action Track USA (Kutztown) on August 5, New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway debuts on August 6, with the last pair of nights going back to Pennsylvania for Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run) on August 7 and Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown) on August 8.

Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex has expanded to back-to-back nights on Labor Day weekend, September 4-5, as has Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, which has added a full midget show to Friday night's 4-Crown Nationals festivities, followed by another round on Saturday at the famed half-mile dirt oval.

October takes the series to two tracks which witnessed two barnburner shows in 2019, Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the Jason Leffler Memorial on October 9, followed by the Harvest Cup on October 10 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

November of 2019 was the busiest stretch out west in the history of USAC National Midget racing. In 2020, the schedule gets even busier beginning with two nights of the 53rd Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway on November 13-14. Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway moves to a new Tuesday night slot on November 17 while the Hangtown 100, which debuted with much fanfare last month at California's Placerville Speedway, has expanded from two to three nights for 2020 on November 19-20-21. The 80th edition of the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix returns to the seaside oval of California's Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving night on November 26.

2020 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET SCHEDULE

Feb 7: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Mar 7: (A) Southern Illinois Center (Du Quoin, IL)

Apr 10: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)

Apr 11: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, AR)

Apr 24: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Apr 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

May 15: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)

May 16: Port City Raceway (Tulsa, OK)

Jun 2: Paragon Speedway (Paragon, IN)

Jun 3: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jun 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jun 5: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Jun 6: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Jun 7: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jun 20: Dirt Oval 66 (Joliet, IL)

Jul 1-2: (A) The Dirt Track at IMS (Speedway, IN)

Jul 17: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)

Jul 18: Jefferson County Speedway (Fairbury, NE)

Jul 19: TBA

Jul 21: Red Dirt Raceway (Meeker, OK)

Aug 4: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)

Aug 5: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)

Aug 6: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)

Aug 7: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)

Aug 8: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

Sep 4: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)

Sep 5: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex (Sweet Springs, MO)

Sep 25: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 9: (A) Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL)

Oct 10: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Nov 13: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 14: Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 17: Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, CA)

Nov 19: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 20: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 21: (A) Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)

Nov 25-26: Ventura Raceway (Ventura, CA)

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(A) = Appearance Points Only

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN SLATED FOR 12 RACES IN 2020; ADDS SELINSGROVE DEBUT & GATEWAY RETURN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........The 50th season of USAC Silver Crown racing features the versatile talent in the series tackling both dirt and pavement throughout its 12 race docket during the 2020 campaign, which includes a first-time venue in Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway dirt half-mile and a return visit to the ultra-fast paved 1.25-mile World Wide Technology Raceway in southern Illinois for the first time in four years.

The series gets underway on May 3 with a yet-to-be-announced event before moving onto the dirt for the 19th running of the Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on May 21, the second of two consecutive nights of USAC racing at the western Indiana half-mile dirt oval following the May 20 Tony Hulman Classic for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars.

One night following the Sumar, the series hits the pavement of Brownsburg, Indiana's Lucas Oil Raceway for the Dave Steele Carb Night Classic on May 22. The event will mark just the seventh time the series has competed on back-to-back nights.

Williams Grove Speedway welcomes the series on June 12 to the famed half-mile whose history with the champ cars dates to the AAA era in 1946. The race falls on the Friday amidst the five-night Eastern Storm series for the AMSOIL National Sprint Cars through Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. It's back to the pavement exactly one week later on June 19 for the third running of the Dairyland 100 at Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc.

World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Ill. returns to the series fold for the first time since 2016 when the track formerly known as Gateway Motorsports Park brings the series to the largest track on the schedule at 1.25 miles in length.

August 9 will mark the first occasion since 1983 that the Keystone state of Pennsylvania will serve as host to two Silver Crown events within the same season. That night arrives at the tail end of the previous five nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget action August 4-8 during Eastern Midget Week. For Silver Crown, it will mark its debut at the half-mile dirt oval of Selinsgrove Speedway, which will also be USAC's first trip to the track since Mitch Smith's National Sprint Car victory there in 1971.

The Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial has been a staple of Salem (Ind.) Speedway's event calendar for nearly seven decades. The venerable paved .555-mile high banks bring the big cars to the hills on August 15. The following weekend, on August 22, features another classic of the Silver Crown schedule, the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt mile in Springfield.

The second of the two remaining dirt miles resides in southern Illinois on the Magic Mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds where the Silver Crown series treks to on its traditional Labor Day weekend date on September 6 for the Ted Horn 100. The month of September winds down with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year, the 39th 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Ohio's Toledo Speedway will serve as the season finale for 2020, just as it was in both 2010 and 2011, on October 4 for the Rollie Beale Classic, honoring the 1973 USAC National Sprint Car champ, USAC official and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee who hailed from the Glass City.

2020 USAC SILVER CROWN SCHEDULE

May 3: TBA (TBA)

May 21: (D) Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

May 22: (P) Lucas Oil Raceway (Brownsburg, IN)

Jun 12: (D) Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Jun 19: (P) Madison International Speedway (Oregon, WI)

Aug 2: (P#) World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, IL)

Aug 9: (D) Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA)

Aug 15: (P) Salem Speedway (Salem, IN)

Aug 22: (D#) Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, IL)

Sep 6: (D) Du Quoin State Fairgrounds (Du Quoin, IL)

Sep 25-26: (D) Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 4: (P#) Toledo Speedway (Toledo, OH)

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(P) = Pavement Race

(D) = Dirt Race

# = Daytime Race

 

 

CHAMP LEARY TO RUN #1 FOR GILE ON 2020 USAC SPRINT TRAIL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 12, 2019).........Recently crowned champion C.J. Leary is on the move to Gene Gile Racing where he will pilot car No. 1 on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020.

Leary makes the move to the Phoenix, Arizona-based GGR team following a single season at Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports in 2019, which resulted in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title following two victories and series best 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts.

However, the GGR team, led by Gene and his son, USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car driver Dennis Gile, have had an eye on putting a program in place for Leary of Greenfield, Ind.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to drive for these guys," Leary said. "Dennis has been trying to get me to run for him this whole past year. He had been hinting to me that he's been wanting to do something. Finally, everything came together."

Leary's exodus from Reinbold/Underwood came just days following their championship celebration at Arizona Speedway in mid-November. The team moved forward with other plans, leaving Leary with the opportunity to team up with Gile this next season.

"Andy (Reinbold) let me go at the end of the season," Leary explained. "He just said he couldn't make a commitment to me. He did everything he said he was going to. We set out to win a championship and that's what we did. There's no hard feelings there."

Along with Leary, his championship winning crew chief Davey Jones has made the migration to GGR as well. With two months remaining until the season opener, the combo now has a team to put together basically from scratch and they're up to the task.
"We've got a long two months ahead of us before Florida," Leary reiterates. "I'm really looking forward to getting started. I don't really like the offseason with the down time and what not. The biggest part is the waiting game. We ordered four new motors from 1-Way Technology, ordered six new DRC cars from Joe Devin and six new rear ends from DMI. This stuff just doesn't happen overnight. Until we get all the parts to assemble the cars, we're just going to sit around and wait. When we get everything, it'll only take a couple days to build the cars. We've got a truck and trailer and a new mule on order. It's an all new team and it's going to be top notch. We're going to come out of the gate swinging."

With the switch to No. 1 for 2020, Leary becomes the first reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion to sport the number since Robert Ballou in 2016, something of which the 23-year-old driver has yet to do in his career.

"I've never run the No. 1 before," Leary admitted. "I figured, after winning the biggest title I've ever won, it's probably the best time to do it. Being No. 1, you unload with some clout, you could say, and maybe a little pressure. Everybody knows you're the past champion. My dad thinks it might be cursed, but I think it's going to be a really good year."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15 where, along with Leary, his GGR teammate Dennis Gile will be competing in car No. 13.

 


 

2020 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT SCHEDULE RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 11, 2019).........Forty-six events at 23 different venues across 14 states dot the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar for the 2020 season with many of the familiar favorites joining a bevy of racetracks making their return to the schedule.

For the 11th consecutive season, the series begins the campaign with three-straight events in Florida, at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala on Feb. 13-14-15. From there, the season kicks into gear in the Midwest springtime with an April 4 visit to Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, followed by a southern Indiana doubleheader weekend at Bloomington Speedway on April 17 and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on April 18.

Seven races are slated for the Month of May with a double-dip weekend on May 1 and May 2 at Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, Kans.) and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.). The banks of Eldora Speedway welcome the series on May 8-9 for #LetsRaceTwo along with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws. The Week of Indy commences with the 50th running of the Tony Hulman Classic at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on May 20. May rounds up with two consecutive nights at Minnesota's Jackson Motorplex, the series' first trip to the track since 2016.

The 14th edition of Eastern Storm takes the series eastbound to Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey for five sprint races in a six-night span, June 9 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., June 10 at the newly-reconfigured Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J., June 11 at BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Pa., June 13 at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania and the finale, June 14 at New York's Weedsport Speedway. June comes to a close with a northern two-fer, first at Indiana's Plymouth Speedway on June 26 and a return to the state of Michigan and I-96 Speedway for the first time since 2013 on June 27.

Putnamville, Indiana's Lincoln Park Speedway celebrates Independence Day in style with the Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 4, followed a week later by the series' lone visit to Nebraska and I-80 Speedway on July 9. The second edition of the Corn Belt Nationals arrives on July 10-11 at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway. From one fabled half-mile dirt track to another goes the series on July 15 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Late July brings about the 33rd installment of Indiana Sprint Week for seven races in nine days across the Hoosier state, opening with Gas City I-69 Speedway on July 24, before heading to Kokomo Speedway on July 25 and Lawrenceburg on July 26. The series hits the road again for the second half of ISW at Terre Haute on July 29, Lincoln Park on July 30, Bloomington on July 31 and Tri-State on August 1, the first time the ISW series has ventured into the month of August since 1993.

The lone non-points, special event of the year, #GYATK Night, takes place at Kokomo on August 26, leading into the ninth running of Sprint Car Smackdown at the quarter mile dirt oval for three nights in a row on August 27-28-29.

Terre Haute's Jim Hurtubise Classic has the series back at the Action Track for the third time on Sep. 18 as will the Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State on September 19. Gas City's James Dean Classic brings the USAC Sprints East of Eden and North on I-69 on September 24, followed by the 39th edition of the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway. The Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg wind down the Midwest portion of the season on October 3.

For USAC, November signals the time to head west for a pair of prestigious events in California and Arizona. First up is the 25th running of the Oval Nationals at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway for three nights on Nov. 5-6-7. The following week is set for the series' finale along with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprints on Nov. 13-14 at Arizona Speedway for the 53rd Western World Championship in San Tan Valley.

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2020 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE

Feb 13: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 14: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Feb 15: Bubba Raceway Park (Ocala, FL)

Apr 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Apr 17: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Apr 18: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

May 1: Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)

May 2: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)

May 8: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

May 9: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

May 20: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

May 29: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)

May 30: Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)

Jun 9: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)

Jun 10: Bridgeport Speedway (Swedesboro, NJ)

Jun 11: BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)

Jun 13: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)

Jun 14: Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Jun 26: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)

Jun 27: I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI)

Jul 4: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jul 9: I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, NE)

Jul 10: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)

Jul 11: (A) (W) Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)

Jul 15: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Jul 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Jul 25: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Jul 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Jul 29: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Jul 30: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jul 31: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Aug 1: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Aug 26: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) (SE)

Aug 27: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Aug 28: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Aug 29: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Sep 18: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Sep 19: (M) Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Sep 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Sep 26: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)

Oct 3: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Nov 5: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 6: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 7: (C) (S) Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA)

Nov 13: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

Nov 14: (C) (S) Arizona Speedway (San Tan Valley, AZ)

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(M) = Co-sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

(A) = Event awards appearance points only

(W) = Co-sanctioned by WAR

(C) = Co-sanctioned by USAC/CRA

(S) = Co-sanctioned by the USAC Southwest

 

Bruce Buckwalter to USAC East Coast in 2020

Nick Fillman/USAC ECSCS

Bruce Buckwalter Jr will take his talents behind the wheel on tour with the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series for the 2020 campaign up and down the East Coast.

Buckwalter, a former regular with the ARDC midget series posted 9 wins behind the wheel the powerful non-winged midgets during some of the series most competitive years. More recently, with a move to Mechanicsburg the Buckwalter team made the move to the super sportsman ranks at the BAPS Motor Speedway over the last fours seasons. The team was able to garner multiple top 5’s and top 10’s, and were inside the top 10 in points before selling out with a handful of events left on the 2019 season.

When asked about why the team decided to switch to USAC East Coast in 2020, Buckwalter chalked it up to a number of different reasons. Among the top priorities were spending more time with his young family. Buckwalter is a father to a young daughter and the grind of weekly competition, began to be a bit much for the family owned and operated team.

Speaking of family, I was able to ask Bruce about what its like coming from a family with such a rich racing background: “Oh there’s definitely added pressure because of my cousins Tim, and Steve” Buckwalter expressed, “But I’m used to it” he added.

Bruce explained that he’s looking forward to the opportunity to race with his cousins whether it be in the USAC wingless division, or in any of the number of different classes that his cousins compete in. One event that will for sure have that feeling for the family, is when the USAC East Coast Series makes their inaugural visit to the Selinsgrove Speedway along side the USAC Silver Crown Series, where cousin Steve is a regular competitor. Bruce also hopes that perhaps all three of the Buckwalter cousins can compete on the same night of action like they used to in the ARDC midget days.

When I spoke with Bruce about what he is excited about for the upcoming season, he mentioned that he’s most excited to travel to more new tracks and meet new fans. He is glad to see double race weekends on the schedule in 2020, and most importantly off weekends to spend time with his wife and growing daughter.

The Buckwalter team was initially looking into utilizing Maxim Chassis for the upcoming tour, but after some conversations with shock supplier Scott Benic, they decided to go with a DRC Chassis. The predominant chassis choice among many of the top drivers on the USAC National Sprint Car Series. The team also has a freshened Doug Meyers bullet under the hood that they purchased from Chandler Leiby.

Bruce Buckwalter would like to thank his dad Bruce Sr. for everything he’s done in his racing career and for allowing the team to make this move in 2020. He would also like to thank his mom, and his in-laws for their help and sacrifices. Most of all he would like to thank his wife for everything she has done and for allowing him to race and support him in is his endeavors. Finally long time friend and crewmen Tristian Gilliland-Kunkle, Fastener Specialties, and BDB Construction for their continued support.

Keep up with Bruce and his team as they tour with the series on Facebook by giving their page a like at: Bruce Buckwalter Racing.

 

 

CARRICK CATCHES RIDE WITH PETRY FOR 2020 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2019).........Tanner Carrick, who this past year became one of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division's five first-time winners, has found a new home with Petry Motorsports to chase a USAC Midget championship in 2020.

The 17-year-old Carrick, of Lincoln, Calif., will join the Petry Motorsports team after spending the past three seasons behind the wheel for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, for whom he captured 2017 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year honors as well as his first career series victory in July of 2019 at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Major strides were made during Carrick's 2019 season where he garnered career highs in top-fives (6) and top-tens (18) while making all 31 feature events. Carrick aims to take his game to another level in 2020 with a team that itself won twice this past year in the series with driver Kevin Thomas, Jr.

"I'm super excited," Carrick exclaimed. "How it all sounds and from everything I've watched them do, it seems like it's going to be a better fit for me. I feel like it'll be really good, starting out with something new and starting out fresh for a new season and getting the opportunity to work with (teammates) Kevin Thomas, Jr., Jerry Coons, Jr. and (car owner) Scott (Petry)."

Carrick's initial plans for 2020 were to head back to the west coast for a schedule made up primarily of sprint car races near his California home. However, a deal was worked out between he and team owner Scott Petry for Carrick to join a surging team that also features Thomas and Coons, the former of which won in 2019 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, while Coons is a USAC Triple Crown champion.

"Tanner is a young gun with a lot of talent," Petry was quick to acknowledge. "Obviously, he proved a lot with Keith. He really came on at the end of this year. It's a perfect opportunity for us to bring in the young kid with talent that we've always wanted with a couple veterans that we know can help mentor and coach the younger kids. That's been our goal from day one, to bring in young talent and help build them up."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

WINDOM ONWARD WITH HAYWARD
FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 9, 2019).........Two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom will suit up for Hayward Motorsports to drive car No. 19 on the full USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail in 2020.

Along with Windom, his longtime sidekick and crew chief Derek Claxton will be turning the wrenches on the machine that will carry sponsorship from NOS Energy Drink. Additional corporate sponsors will be announced by the team during the Performance Racing Industry show this week in Indianapolis.

Windom, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car champion, began the 2019 AMSOIL National Sprint Car campaign in similar fashion with a new team, Parallax Group/Goacher Racing. Their first race out of the box, they won at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Windom aims for a similar grand opening in his new digs with Hayward.

"It came together, I guess you could say, last minute." Windom explained. "It was Sunday night (on Thanksgiving weekend) that he gave me a call and we chatted for a while. I was at a point right now to where I was unsure with what I had for a sprint car deal next year. I could've stayed with the same deal, but all the logistics weren't really put together yet. Brody called me and basically offered me the full-time deal and to bring Derek along full-time as well. That was something I couldn't really turn down. I know they want to run a top-notch situation over there too. I think it's going to be a good deal."

The Canton, Ill. native, who now resides in St. Louis, Mo., is the owner of 25 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victories, tied for 21st all-time with Steve Butler and Jay Drake. In 2019, with Parallax/Goacher, Windom notched four victories, 22 top-fives and 29 top-tens in 34 starts.

Ironically, in last year's season debut victory, Windom passed the Hayward Motorsports car driven by Kevin Thomas, Jr. on the final lap to score the win. Windom gained additional victories at Granite City, Ill., Kokomo, Ind. and Gas City, Ind. to round out a year that saw him finish sixth in the final standings.

Hayward Motorsports, meanwhile, had Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the controls in 2019, and together, the combo captured a pair of victories during the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season at Bloomington, Ind. and Lawrenceburg, Ind. Last week, Thomas announced his return to the KT Motorsports No. 9K for the 2020 USAC season.

Since 2015, Hayward Motorsports has won 13 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature events as a team, nine with Bryan Clauson and two with Brady Bacon came under the Dooling/Hayward Motorsports banner while Thomas won a pair with Hayward a year ago. Hayward expects the success to continue with Windom starting in February of 2020 in the Sunshine State.

We're very excited to bring Chris on board," Hayward exclaimed. "Chris is a USAC champion and he ran really well this past year, is always a front runner and we're glad to have him at Hayward Motorsports in 2020."

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 


 

2019 USAC NATIONAL MIDGET SEASON IN REVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 5, 2019).........With the 64th USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season in the books, we reflect on the most balanced season in recent times in terms of the variety of venues and the number of teams and drivers who stepped to the forefront to compete at an elite level throughout the duration of the most expansive schedule of events in more than two decades.

Firstly, Tyler Courtney and Clauson/Marshall Racing earned their first driver and owner championship, respectively, in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget ranks just one year following their 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship. They're only the second driver/team combo to accomplish winning each of the titles in USAC's National Midget and National Sprint divisions in consecutive years following Josh Wise and Tony Stewart Racing's reign during 2005-06.

Courtney led nearly every statistical category with the series in 2019, including feature wins (8), laps led (175), top-fives (20), top-tens (26), fast qualifying times (8) and heat race wins (9). Courtney was the first USAC National Midget champion driver since Cole Whitt in 2008 to win the title without starting every feature run during the season after missing the transfer in late November's Hangtown 100 opener.

The Indianapolis, Ind. native's eight series victories this year were the most by any one driver since Jeff Gordon won nine in 1990. Courtney's 18 overall USAC National series wins in 2019 (8 Midget, 9 Sprint & 1 Silver Crown) are tied for the third most in a single season alongside A.J. Foyt's and Parneilli Jones' 1964 seasons and trail only J.J. Yeley's 23 National wins in 2003 and Foyt's 19 in 1961.

Courtney led the championship from start to finish following victories in the first two races of the season in Ocala, Fla., the first driver to lead the standings for the entire USAC National Midget season since Rico Abreu in 2014. He's also just the ninth driver to win two in a row to start the season with the series since 1956.

His two victories in the Sunshine State during February made him just the eighth driver to win the season opener and the series championship in the same season, and the second in a row following Logan Seavey in 2018.

In only his sixth start of the season, Courtney picked up his fourth win of the 2019 campaign in May at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., making him the fastest driver ever to reach the four-win mark with the series.

Courtney's 179-point final margin of victory in the standings was the largest since Darren Hagen's 201-point advantage to conclude the 2012 USAC National Midget season.

Five first time USAC National Midget winners took the checkered flag this season with Cannon McIntosh (Southern Illinois Center), Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg Speedway), Jason McDougal (Jefferson County Speedway), Tanner Carrick (Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex) and Gio Scelzi (Placerville Speedway) capturing their initial series scores, the most in a single year since 2008.

The number of race winners with the series this year totaled 14, which is the most in a USAC National Midget season since 17 reached victory lane in 2008.

Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. won twice, first with a last lap, lap corner pass to win April's Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, then scored again in November during Western World at Arizona Speedway.

Logan Seavey's Indiana Midget Week opening night victory catapulted him into the 2019 IMW title and served as the first of his three wins on the season which was the most by a reigning series champion since Rico Abreu in 2015. The Sutter, Calif. driver took additional wins during Mid-America Midget Week at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway and Pennsylvania Midget Week at Lanco.

Ione, California's Justin Grant took RAMS Racing to its first USAC National Midget victory in June at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. The following night, Tanner Thorson capped off one of the most incredible comebacks in USAC history, with wounds and scars still readily evident on his body after sustaining a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung following a multi-car incident just three months earlier, the Minden, Nevada native delivered the victory at Lincoln Park Speedway during IMW, after starting 15th, the furthest back any winner started in the series in 2019.

In minimal appearances, Kyle Larson was second behind Courtney amongst all drivers with four wins. The Elk Grove, Calif. driver won in June for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian in the series' return to the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. following a 15-year hiatus.

Larson then brought out his own car for the final four races during the western swing. He pocketed a $32,000 payday in the richest USAC Midget event ever held, in November at Placerville. He followed up with two more victories at Bakersfield, Calif. and in the finale at Ventura, Calif. to become the fourth ever driver to win at least three Turkey Night Grands Prix.

That Thanksgiving night win marked just the third occasion in USAC National Midget history that a driver won the final three races to conclude the season (Billy Boat 1995 and Larson in 2012). Larson also became the first driver in 24 years to win three-straight USAC National Midget races in the state of California (also Boat in 1995).

Zeb Wise earned his second and third career victories in the Keystone State in July and August at Action Track USA and Linda's Speedway after capturing his first a year prior at Lanco in the same state. He finally broke through in the Hoosier state with a major triumph in the BC39 in September at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Chad Boat saw victory lane from both sides, first as a driver in August during Pennsylvania Midget Week at Path Valley Speedway Park, then again as a car owner/crew chief for Scelzi's win at Placerville. Brady Bacon, who scaled back to a part-time role with FMR Racing after three full seasons for the team between 2016-18, returned to his winning ways with the team in the Western World finale at Arizona.

In the end, with eight victories between Courtney and his Clauson/Marshall Racing team at Ocala, Fla. twice, Kokomo, Ind., Granite City, Ill., Bloomington, Ind., Fairbury, Neb., Rossburg, Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Wayne City, Ill., CMR snapped Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian's seven year run of consecutive series owner championships.

Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) finished as the top Rookie in the standings (11th). Carrick, Seavey and Thomas were the lone three drivers to start all 31 series events. The most positions advanced by any one driver in a feature event throughout the series season was 19 by Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th) on the opening night of the Hangtown 100 at Placerville.


USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET STAT LEADERS:

Driver Champion: Tyler Courtney

Owner Champion: Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC

Rookie of the Year: Andrew Layser

Most Feature Wins: (8) Tyler Courtney

Laps Led: (175) Tyler Courtney

Top-Fives: (20) Tyler Courtney

Top-Tens: (26) Tyler Courtney

Fast Qualifying Times: (8) Tyler Courtney

Heat Race Wins: (9) Tyler Courtney

Feature Starts: (31) Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Most Positions Gained in a Feature: (19) Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th on Nov. 19 at Placerville Speedway)

2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

Feb 8: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Feb 9: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Mar 9: &&& Du Quoin, IL - Southern Illinois Center
WINNER: Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac Motorsports #08)

Apr 5: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Apr 6: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Petry Motorsports #5)

May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jun 4: @@@ Montpelier, IN - Montpelier Motor Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Jun 5: @@@ Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (RAMS Racing #4A)

Jun 6: @@@ Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Tanner Thorson (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #98)

Jun 7: @@@ Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jun 8: @@@ Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC)

Jun 29: Joliet, IL - Dirt Oval at Route 66
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #97)

Jul 9: Meeker, OK - Red Dirt Raceway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Jul 12: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (FMR Racing #76m)

Jul 13: Fairbury, NE - Jefferson County Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Jul 14: Sweet Springs, MO - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex
WINNER: Tanner Carrick (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71K)

Jul 30: *** Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC)

Jul 31: *** Kutztown, PA - Action Track USA
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Aug 1: *** Spring Run, PA - Path Valley Speedway Park
WINNER: Chad Boat (Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84)

Aug 2: *** Jonestown, PA - Linda's Speedway
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Aug 3: *** Newmanstown, PA - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67)

Sep 5: Speedway, IN - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
WINNER: Zeb Wise (Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC)

Sep 28: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Oct 17: Wayne City, IL - Wayne County Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC)

Oct 19: Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (FMR Racing #76m)

Nov 15: ### San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Petry Motorsports #5)

Nov 16: ### San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (FMR Racing #76E)

Nov 19: ### Placerville, CA - Placerville Speedway
WINNER: Gio Scelzi (Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84)

Nov 20: ### Placerville, CA - Placerville Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

Nov 23: ### Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

Nov 28: ### Ventura, CA - Ventura Raceway
WINNER: Kyle Larson (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K)

------------------------ KEY DEFINITIONS -------------------------

Races noted with &&& represent an indoor race.

Races noted with @@@ represent Indiana Midget Week.

Races noted with *** represent a race with the USAC Eastern Midgets presented by ARDC.

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

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
1. (2,040) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)
2. (1,861) Logan Seavey (Sutter, CA)
3. (1,853) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)
4. (1,784) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)
5. (1,749) Zeb Wise (Angola, IN)
6. (1,605) Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA)
7. (1,581) Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, AZ)
8. (1,531) Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK)
9. (1,421) Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, KS)
10. (1,255) Chad Boat (Phoenix, AZ)
11. (1,188) ®Andrew Layser (Collegeville, PA)
12. (1,056) Tanner Thorson (Minden, NV)
13. (979) ®Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, CA)
14. (896) ®Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, NC)
15. (768) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)
16. (756) ®Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK)
17. (702) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)
18. (665) ®Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, NC)
19. (634) ®C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
20. (631) Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, OK)
21. (448) Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)
22. (447) Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ)
23. (422) Shane Golobic (Fremont, CA)
24. (388) ®Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)
25. (348) Sam Johnson (St. Peters, MO)
26. (301) ®Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)
27. (176) ®Sterling Cling (Tempe, AZ)
28. (170) ®Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, FL)
29. (141) Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, PA)
30. (130) Tyler Nelson (Olathe, KS)
31. (124) Tony DiMattia (Malvern, PA)
32. (104) ®Steve Craig (Levittown, PA)
33. (93) ®Curtis Spicer (Marysville, KS)
34. (71) ®Karter Sarff (Mason City, IL)
35. (49) Adam Pierson (East Corinth, VT)
36. (10) ®Kenney Johnson (Bethany, CT)
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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS
1. (2,040) Clauson/Marshall Racing #7BC (Fishers, IN)
2. (1,861) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67 (Columbus, IN)
3. (1,853) Clauson/Marshall Racing #17BC (Fishers, IN)
4. (1,784) Petry Motorsports #5 (Greenfield, IN)
5. (1,749) Clauson/Marshall Racing #39BC (Fishers, IN)
6. (1,708) FMR Racing #76m (Palm City, FL)
7. (1,613) Tucker/Boat Motorsports #84 (Mooresville, NC)
8. (1,605) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71K (Columbus, IN)
9. (1,581) Petry Motorsports #25 (Greenfield, IN)
10. (1,421) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #27 (Columbus, IN)
11. (1,188) Clauson/Marshall Racing #47BC (Fishers, IN)
12. (979) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #71 (Columbus, IN)
13. (975) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #98 (Columbus, IN)
14. (896) Tucker/Boat Motorsports #1 (Mooresville, NC)
15. (815) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #97 (Columbus, IN)
16. (768) RAMS Racing #4A (Lees Summit, MO)
17. (756) Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #67K (Columbus, IN)
18. (672) RMS LLC #7x (Western Springs, IL)
19. (631) Tyler Thomas Motorsports #91T (Collinsville, OK)
20. (622) Steve Reynolds #21KS (Springfield, IL)
21. (518) Bundy Built Motorsports #19m (Mooresville, NC)
22. (493) Petry Motorsports #15 (Greenfield, IN)
23. (448) Daum Motorsports #5D (Pocahontas, IL)
24. (432) Matt Wood Racing #17w (Elk Grove, CA)
25. (376) FMR Racing #76E (Palm City, FL)
26. (301) Zane Hendricks Racing #27z (Stillwater, OK)
27. (275) Petry Motorsports #35 (Greenfield, IN)
28. (275) RMS LLC #36 (Western Springs, IL)
29. (170) Dan & Shellie Akard #41 (Fort Myers, FL)
30. (130) Tyler Nelson Racing #88 (Indianapolis, IN)
31. (124) Tony DiMattia Motorsports #50 (Malvern, PA)
32. (111) Tri-C Motorsports #3c (West Sacramento, CA)
33. (104) Steve Craig #55 (Levittown, PA)
34. (102) Brian Buckwalter #0 (Douglassville, PA)
35. (93) Spicer Racecraft #4 (Marysville, KS)
36. (84) Bus Racing Team #17 (Prescott, AZ)
37. (70) Steve Reynolds/Jetson Motorsports #19J (Springfield, IL)
38. (49) Mancini/Manafort Racing #74m (Plainville, CT)
39. (10) Jeff Johnson #46 (Bethany, CT)
40. (10) Cornell Racing Stables #8 (Monee, IL)

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS
1. (1,188) Andrew Layser (Collegeville, PA)
2. (979) Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, CA)
3. (896) Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, NC)
4. (756) Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, OK)
5. (665) Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, NC)
6. (634) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)
7. (388) Cole Bodine (Rossville, IN)
8. (301) Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)
9. (176) Sterling Cling (Tempe, AZ)
10. (170) Oliver Akard (Ft. Myers, FL)
11. (104) Steve Craig (Levittown, PA)
12. (93) Curtis Spicer (Marysville, KS)
13. (71) Karter Sarff (Mason City, IL)
14. (10) Kenney Johnson (Bethany, CT)

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2019 USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FEATURE WINS:

1. (8) Tyler Courtney (Feb 8 at Bubba Raceway Park, Feb 9 at Bubba Raceway Park, Apr 5 at Kokomo Speedway, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway, Jun 7 at Bloomington Speedway, Jul 13 at Jefferson County Speedway, Sep 28 at Eldora Speedway & Oct 17 at Wayne County Speedway)

2. (4) Kyle Larson (Jun 29 at Dirt Oval at Route 66, Nov 20 at Placerville Speedway, Nov 23 at Bakersfield Speedway & Nov 29 at Ventura Raceway)

3. (3) Logan Seavey (Jun 4 at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Jul 9 at Red Dirt Raceway & Aug 3 at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway)

(3) Zeb Wise (Jul 31 at Action Track USA, Aug 2 at Linda's Speedway & Sep 5 The Dirt Track at IMS)

5. (2) Jason McDougal (Jul 12 at Jefferson County Speedway & Oct 19 at Tri-State Speedway)

(2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Apr 6 at Kokomo Speedway & Nov 15 at Arizona Speedway)

(2) Chris Windom (Jun 8 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Jul 30 at Grandview Speedway)

8. (1) Brady Bacon (Nov 16 at Arizona Speedway)
(1) Chad Boat (Aug 1 at Path Valley Speedway Park)
(1) Tanner Carrick (Jul 14 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex)
(1) Justin Grant (Jun 5 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)
(1) Cannon McIntosh (Mar 9 at the Southern Illinois Center)
(1) Gio Scelzi (Nov 19 at Placerville Speedway)
(1) Tanner Thorson (Jun 6 at Lincoln Park Speedway)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:
1. (175) Tyler Courtney
2. (129) Logan Seavey
3. (124) Kyle Larson
4. (107) Cannon McIntosh
5. (98) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
6. (71) Justin Grant
7. (55) Chris Windom
8. (48) Zeb Wise
9. (41) Brady Bacon
10. (40) Jason McDougal
11. (38) Chad Boat
12. (37) Tyler Thomas
13. (36) Tanner Thorson
14. (30) Gio Scelzi
15. (25) Tucker Klaasmeyer
16. (24) Tanner Carrick
17. (21) Thomas Meseraull
18. (15) Aaron Reutzel
19. (10) Michael Pickens
20. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr.
21. (2) Jesse Colwell & Andrew Layser

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (20) Tyler Courtney

2. (15) Logan Seavey

3. (14) Chris Windom

4. (13) Zeb Wise

5. (12) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6. (10) Chad Boat & Jason McDougal

8. (7) Kyle Larson & Tanner Thorson

10. (6) Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Justin Grant

13. (4) Cannon McIntosh

14. (3) Rico Abreu & C.J. Leary

16. (2) Jesse Colwell, Carson Macedo & Tyler Thomas

19. (1) Brady Bacon, Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Kyle Cummins, Zach Daum, Shane Golobic, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Ethan Mitchell, Michael Pickens, Gio Scelzi & Dillon Welch

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (26) Tyler Courtney

2. (25) Logan Seavey & Chris Windom

4. (20) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

5. (18) Tanner Carrick, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Zeb Wise

8. (17) Jason McDougal

9. (14) Chad Boat & Tanner Thorson

11. (13) Tucker Klaasmeyer

12. (9) Kyle Larson

13. (8) Justin Grant & Andrew Layser

15. (6) Shane Golobic

16. (5) Brady Bacon, Jesse Colwell, Zach Daum, C.J. Leary, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull & Tyler Thomas

23. (4) Rico Abreu & Gio Scelzi

25. (3) Spencer Bayston, Michael Pickens & Dillon Welch

28. (2) Ryan Bernal, Carson Macedo & Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

31. (1) Jonathan Beason, Christopher Bell, Steve Buckwalter, Timmy Buckwalter, Kyle Cummins, Robert Dalby, Sam Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Ethan Mitchell, Daryn Pittman, Aaron Reutzel, Daniel Robinson & Matt Sherrell

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. (8) Tyler Courtney

2. (4) Kyle Larson & Zeb Wise

4. (3) Logan Seavey

5. (2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Dillon Welch

7. (1) Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, Ethan Mitchell, Gio Scelzi & Chris Windom

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HEAT RACE WINS: (Presented by Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., AutoMeter & Indy Race Parts)

1. (9) Tyler Courtney

2. (8) Chad Boat & Tanner Carrick

4. (7) Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Zeb Wise

6. (6) Jason McDougal

7. (5) Tucker Klaasmeyer, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey & Tyler Thomas

11. (4) Brady Bacon, Jesse Colwell & Chris Windom

14. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Andrew Layser & Cannon McIntosh

18. (2) Zach Daum, Karsyn Elledge, Justin Grant, Holley Hollan, Ethan Mitchell, Jake Neuman, Daison Pursley & Tanner Thorson

26. (1) Rico Abreu, Spencer Bayston, Jonathan Beason, Cole Bodine, Colby Copeland, Robert Dalby, Colton Heath, Chase Johnson, Sam Johnson, Kyle Larson, Ace McCarthy, Daniel Robinson, Gio Scelzi, Jake Swanson & Dillon Welch

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C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Brady Bacon, Michael Faccinto, Sam Johnson, Buddy Kofoid & Michael Pickens

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D-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Jonathan Beason & Brent Beauchamp

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (2) Jesse Colwell, Tyler Courtney & Tyler Thomas

4. (1) Christopher Bell, Tanner Carrick, Colten Cottle, Dave Darland, Zach Daum, Kyle Larson, Michael Pickens, Daniel Robinson, Gio Scelzi, Dillon Welch & Zeb Wise

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DASH/PURSUIT WINS:

1. (1) Kyle Larson & Jason McDougal

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SEMI WINS:

1. (3) Tanner Thorson

2. (2) Christopher Bell & Logan Seavey

4. (1) Brady Bacon, Ryan Bernal, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Justin Grant, Sam Johnson, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, Cannon McIntosh, Thomas Meseraull, Jake Neuman, Aaron Reutzel, Gio Scelzi, Brad Sweet, Chris Windom & Zeb Wise

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FEATURE STARTS:

1. (31) Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

4. (30) Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom & Zeb Wise

8. (29) Tucker Klaasmeyer

9. (28) Jason McDougal

10. (24) Andrew Layser

11. (23) Chad Boat

12. (22) Jesse Colwell

13. (18) Tanner Thorson

14. (17) Karsyn Elledge

15. (16) Holley Hollan & Thomas Meseraull

17. (14) Justin Grant

18. (13) Brady Bacon

19. (12) Tyler Thomas

20. (11) Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary & Cannon McIntosh

23. (10) Cole Bodine & Michael Pickens

25. (9) Dave Darland, Ethan Mitchell & Gio Scelzi

28. (8) Robert Dalby, Zach Daum & Shane Golobic

31. (7) Rico Abreu, Zane Hendricks, Sam Johnson & Dillon Welch

35. (5) Spencer Bayston & Steven Drevicki

37. (4) Bobby Butler, Kyle Cummins, Noah Gass, Buddy Kofoid, Shannon McQueen, Jake Neuman Daison Pursley, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Jake Swanson

46. (3) Christopher Bell, Ryan Bernal, Colby Copeland, Steve Craig, Zach Curtis, Cory Elliott, Shawn Jackson, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Daniel Robinson & Curtis Spicer

57. (2) Lance Bennett, Olivia Bennett, Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., Steve Buckwalter, Timmy Buckwalter, Sterling Cling, Brett Conkling, Conor Daly, Ryan Greth, Chase Johnson, Ace McCarthy, Adam Pierson, Karter Sarff, C.J. Sarna, Tyler Seavey, Brad Sweet, A.J. Valim, Kevin Woody, Jr. & Alex Yankowski

76. (1) Jonathan Beason, Clinton Boyles, Joe Boyles, Alex Bright, Chase Briscoe, Colten Cottle, Hank Davis, Andrew Deal, Tony DiMattia, Chad Frewaldt, Russ Gamester, Casey Hicks, Chase Jones, Tommy Kunsman, Austin Liggett, Critter Malone, Marvin Mitchell, Kameron Morral, Kyle O'Gara, Billy Pauch, Jr., Justin Peck, Daryn Pittman, Kendall Ruble, Matt Sherrell, Jamie Speers, Presley Truedson, Matt Veatch, Chad Winfrey, Ben Worth & J.J. Yeley

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Chris Windom (11th to 3rd)

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park - Tanner Thorson (24th to 7th)

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Dave Darland (21st to 11th)

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Andrew Layser (22nd to 16th)

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Cannon McIntosh (18th to 7th)

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr. (20th to 11th)

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Tyler Courtney (15th to 6th)

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Tanner Thorson (15th to 1st)

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Chris Windom (22nd to 4th)

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Chad Boat (15th to 2nd)

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Jason McDougal (19th to 9th)

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Jonathan Beason (17th to 5th)

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway - Tyler Courtney (12th to 2nd)

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway - Tyler Thomas (11th to 5th)

Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Daniel Robinson (23rd to 8th)

Jul 30: Grandview Speedway - Tanner Thorson (15th to 4th)

Jul 31: Action Track USA - Chris Windom (12th to 3rd)

Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park - Timmy Buckwalter (16th to 9th)

Aug 2: Linda's Speedway - Zeb Wise (8th to 1st)

Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Jason McDougal (12th to 3rd)

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Tyler Courtney (20th to 2nd)

Sep 28: Eldora Speedway - Tucker Klaasmeyer (18th to 9th)

Oct 17: Wayne County Speedway - Logan Seavey (19th to 4th)

Oct 19: Tri-State Speedway - Justin Grant (16th to 5th)

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Kyle Cummins (21st to 14th)

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Rico Abreu (18th to 5th)

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th)

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Tyler Courtney (24th to 8th)

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Thomas Meseraull (20th to 8th)

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Shane Golobic (24th to 9th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHERS:

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Thomas

Feb 9: Bubba Raceway Park - Zane Hendricks

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Tanner Carrick

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Tyler Thomas

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Jake Neuman

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Tanner Carrick

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Michael Pickens

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Andrew Layser

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Holley Hollan

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Jesse Colwell

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Zach Daum

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Shannon McQueen

Jul 12: Jefferson County Speedway - Tanner Thorson

Jul 13: Jefferson County Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Jul 14: Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Joe Boyles

Jul 30: Grandview Speedway - Jason McDougal

Jul 31: Action Track USA - Tucker Klaasmeyer

Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park - Kyle Larson

Aug 2: Linda's Speedway - Steven Drevicki

Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Zeb Wise

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Michael Pickens

Sep 28: Eldora Speedway - Dave Darland

Oct. 17: Wayne County Speedway - Gio Scelzi

Oct. 19: Tri-State Speedway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Tucker Klaasmeyer

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Brady Bacon

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Chris Windom

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Buddy Kofoid

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Jerry Coons, Jr.

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS:

Feb 8: Bubba Raceway Park - Ethan Mitchell

Mar 9: Southern Illinois Center - Zane Hendricks & Jake Neuman

Apr 5: Kokomo Speedway - Jake Neuman

Apr 6: Kokomo Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

May 17: Tri-City Speedway - Andrew Layser

Jun 4: Montpelier Motor Speedway - Noah Gass

Jun 5: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Ethan Mitchell

Jun 6: Lincoln Park Speedway - Kyle Cummins

Jun 7: Bloomington Speedway - Cannon McIntosh

Jun 8: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Sterling Cling

Jun 29: Dirt Oval at Route 66 - Jake Neuman

Jul 9: Red Dirt Raceway - Andrew Layser

Sep 5: The Dirt Track at IMS - Sam Johnson

Oct. 17: Wayne County Speedway - Holley Hollan

Oct. 19: Tri-State Speedway - Sam Johnson

Nov 15: Arizona Speedway - Shannon McQueen

Nov 16: Arizona Speedway - Robert Dalby

Nov 19: Placerville Speedway - Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise & Cory Elliott

Nov 20: Placerville Speedway - Zeb Wise

Nov 23: Bakersfield Speedway - Andrew Layser

Nov 29: Ventura Raceway - Andrew Layser

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER ROSTER:

A

Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97)

®Oliver Akard/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan & Shellie Akard #41)

Chris Andrews/Tulsa, OK (Miller Racing #95)

B

Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Daryl Saucier #1ST, TKH Motorsports #21H, Keith Ford #73T, FMR Racing #76, FMR Racing #76E, FMR Racing #76m & Central Motorsports #85)

Tyler Baran/Joliet, IL (B-Boyz Motorsports #11)

Chris Baue/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue #9)

Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Hayward Motorsports #19)

Cody Beard/Huntingburg, IN (Cody Beard #7)

Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Hard Eight Racing #8J, Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21FS & Six8 Motorsports #68)

Brent Beauchamp/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold #43)

Brett Becker/Odessa, TX (Brett Becker Racing #2B)

Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports #31B)

Christopher Bell/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #21 & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84x)

Robert Bell/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71B)

Blaze Bennett/Parker, CO (Blaze Bennett #10B & Olivia Bennett #77B)

Lance Bennett/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett #10)

Olivia Bennett/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett #77)

Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing #77w)

Travis Berryhill/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing #31)

Chad Boat/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84)

®Cole Bodine/Rossville, IN (Petry Motorsports #15 & Petry Motorsports #35)

Blake Bower/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci & Chris Walker #10B)

Clinton Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Mounce Motorsports #9)

Joe Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Joe Boyles #98B)

Alex Bright/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier #1ST & Seymour Performance #29A)

Chase Briscoe/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing #5B)

Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing #97w)

Kaylee Bryson/Muskogee, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #11B)

Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke #27B)

Bruce Buckwalter, Jr./Mechanicsburg, PA (Bruce Buckwalter, Sr. #83)

Steve Buckwalter/Royersford, PA (Brian Buckwalter #0 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

Timmy Buckwalter/Douglassville, PA (Seymour Performance #29B)

David Budres/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #23m)

Bobby Butler/Bridgeport, NJ (Rusty Myers #5B)

C

Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #71K)

Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur #99x)

Grady Chandler/Piedmont, OK (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Thomas Chandler/Festus, MO (Rich Roney #1T)

Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm #56x)

®Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ (Petry Motorsports #35)

Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21m, Johnny Cofer #57 & Marcie Campbell #71s)

®Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #71)

Brett Conkling/Westwood, NJ (Brett Conkling #0NJ)

Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports #25)

Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Travis Young #56AP)

Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

®Steve Craig/Levittown, PA (Steve Craig #55)

Tim Crawley/Benton, AR (Tim Crawley #4J)

Braydon Cromwell/Lone Jack, MO (Mounce Motorsports #9)

Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley & Glenn Styres #1G, Jack Yeley, Glenn Styres #2G & RMS LLC #71x)

Zach Curtis/Spring City, PA (Jack Curtis #75)

D

Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby #4D & Tucker-Boat Motorsports #85)

Conor Daly/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports #15 & Petry Motorsports #35)

Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports #15, RMS LLC #36 & Del Morris #71R)

Zach Daum/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5D)

Hank Davis/Sand Springs, OK (Dean Franklin #42)

Andrew Deal/Caney, KS (Mike & Karen Deal #15D)

Justin Dickerson/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson #21D)

Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia #50)

Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (CR Motorsports #7R & Troy Cline #55)

Ken Drangmeister/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister #76)

Rich Drangmeister/Hobart, IN (#3 Rich Drangmeister)

Steven Drevicki/Reading, PA (Randy Heckman #12)

Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing #71D)

E

Tyler Edwards/Salina, OK (Jake Swanson #17s)

®Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #1)

Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott #11E)

F

Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Mitch Elliott #11F & Del Morris #47m)

Andrew Felker/Carl Junction, MO (Chad Shields #44)

Frank Flud/Pryor, OK (Bobby Springer #25s)

Chad Frewaldt/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt #4F)


G

Russ Gamester/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing #46)

Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises #4)

Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports #68)

Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett #15x)

Noah Gass/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

Dustin Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing #17w)

Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing #4A)

Ryan Greth/Newport, PA (Mullet Racing #4)

Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Kruseman Motorsports #18K)

H

Derek Hagar/Marion, AR (Hagar-Proctor Racing #9JR)

Ryan Hall/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush #2)

Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton #15H)

Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart #99)

®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Zane Hendricks Racing #27z)

Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing #1K)

Anton Hernandez/Arlington, TX (Bear Wood #8JR)

John Heydenreich/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens #22)

Casey Hicks/Platt City, MO (Casey Hicks #5H)

®Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #67K)

Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover #9H)

Luke Howard (Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce #00)

I

Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford #73)

J

Dakota Jackson/Elizabethtown, IN (Kevin Arnold #43)

Shawn Jackson/Bear, DE (Shawn Jackson #7J)

Chris Jagger, Jr./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr. #32J)

Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy #25x)

Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris #71m)

Kenney Johnson/Bethany, CT (Jeff Johnson #46)

Sam Johnson/St. Peters, MO (Steve Reynolds-Jetson Motorsports #19J & Joe Johnson #72)

Chase Jones/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development #1BR, Bill Ecker #57B & SFH Racing Development #68)

Curtis Jones/Sand Springs, OK (Wayne Simmons #77s)

Kyle Jones/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports #7u)

Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford #73x)

K

Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #27)

Michael Klein/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace #10A)

Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97K & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

Michael Koontz/Bloomington, IN (Michael Koontz #17x)

Tommy Kouns/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor #11T)

Tommy Kunsman/Bethlehem, PA (Tommy Kunsman #21)

L
Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel #1K, Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #24 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #97)

®Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing #47BC)

Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr. #33p)

®C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile Racing #13, Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS & FMR Racing #76m)

Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor #11L)

Matt Linder/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush #2x)

Anthony Lopiccolo/Yorba Linda, CA (Anthony Lopiccolo #21)

Brayton Lynch/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz #1K)

M

Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports #21)

Critter Malone/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC #7)

Ace McCarthy/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman #28)

Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS & FMR Racing #76m)

Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports #08)

Shannon McQueen/Bakersfield, CA (McQueen Racing #7 & Broc Garrett #15s)

Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (#7x RMS LLC & Gene Gile Racing #13)

Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports #08m & Bundy Built Motorsports #19m)

Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell #78)

Mitchel Moles/Fresno, CA (Matt Wood Racing #27w)

Howard Moore/Memphis, TN (Chris Chappue #41)

Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala #19w & Gary Morgan #45)

Shane Morgan/Morton, IL (Shane Morgan #15m)

Kameron Morral/Hagerstown, MD (Mullet Racing #4)

Chance Morton/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #7m)

Kade Morton/Coweta, OK (Blane Morton #8m)

Johnny Murdock/Dallas, TX (Zero Moto #0)

N

Tyler Nelson/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson Racing #88)

Jake Neuman/New Berlin, IN (Jim Neuman #3N)

Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (Kelly Nichols #1NP)

O

Austin O'Dell/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell #97A)

Kyle O'Gara/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development #67F)

Trey Osborne/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon #61)

P

Ryan Padgett/Anadarko, OK (Wayne Crow #98p)

Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz #8)

Billy Pauch, Jr./Frenchtown, NJ (Heffner Racing Enterprises #72)

Justin Peck/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team #17)

James Picardi/Mapleton, IL (James Picardi #127)

Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC #1NZ)

Adam Pierson/East Corinth, VT (Mancini-Manafort Racing #74m)

Daryn Pittman/Owasso, OK (Pittman Motorsports #21)

David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports #15DJ)

Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #9 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

R

Gunner Ramey/Sedalia, MO (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Davey Ray/Davenport, IA (Cornell Racing Stables #8)

Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #87)

Kiely Ricardo/Hollister, CA (Ted Finkenbinder #3F)

Tyler Robbins/Collinsville, IL (Tyler Robbins #35T)

Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (Harris Racing #11 & McCreery Motorsports #57D)

Kendall Ruble/Vincennes, IN (Brian Martin #11m)

Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Kruseman Motorsports #11K & Amati Racing #45L)

S

®Karter Sarff/Mason City, IL (Steve Reynolds Motorsports #21KS)

C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna #20)

Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (Kelly Nichols #1p)

Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #84 & Tucker/Boat Motorsports #85)

Aaron Schuck/Joliet, IL (Five-Three Motorsports #53)

Ray Seach/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing #54m)

Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #67)

Tyler Seavey/Sutter, CA (Randy Washburn #117)

Shaun Shapel/Wichita, KS (Phil Shapel #84s)

Steven Shebester/Mustang, OK (Ray Williams #22x)

Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason #91)

Matt Sherrell/Owasso, OK (Bubba Hunt #10)

Carson Sousa/Red Bluff, CA (Ken Dalby #01)

Jamie Speers/New Holland, PA (Jamie Speers #00)

Curtis Spicer/Marysville, KS (Spicer Racecraft #4)

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC)

Matt Streeter/Napa, CA (Ted Finkenbinder #3F)

Kevin Studley/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley #57K)

Cody Swanson/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell #71s)

Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Broc Garrett #15s & Keith Ford #73K)

Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne #67z)

T

Adam Taylor/Dwight, IL (Taylor Motorsports #7T)

Garrett Thomas/Highland, IL (Mark Chisholm #56x)

Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports #5)

Tyler Thomas/Collinsville, OK (Tyler Thomas Motorsports #91T)

Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Tri-C Motorsports #3c, Hayward Motorsports #19 & Keith Kunz Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #98)

Presley Truedson/Kennedy, MN (Daum Motorsports #5T)

V

A.J. Valim/Monument, CO (A.J. Valim #4T)

Matt Veatch/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports #57D)

W

Brent Watson/Daleville, IN (Brent Watson #17K)

Billy Wease/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease #12w)

Cody Weisensel/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel #20)

Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports #81)

Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner #54)

Garet Williamson/Columbia, MO (Mounce Motorsports #19s)

Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports #c27)

Jeff Wimmenauer/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer #15J)

Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing #17BC)

Chad Winfrey/Gladstone, MO (Chad Winfrey #321)

Joe Wirth/Waterloo, IL (Joe Wirth #77w)

Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing #39BC)

Kevin Woody, Jr./Victor, NY (Brian Buckwalter #0 & Brian Buckwalter #25B)

Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander #5G)

Y

Alex Yankowski/Covington Township, PA (Brian Buckwalter #0)

J.J. Yeley/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor #2J & RMS LLC 36)

® = USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie

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ALL-TIME USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FEATURE WINS

1. [111 wins] Mel Kenyon

2. [95 wins] Rich Vogler

3. [78 wins] Bob Wente

4. [63 wins] Bob Tattersall

5. [59 wins] Sleepy Tripp

6. [48 wins] Jimmy Davies

7. [38 wins] Bryan Clauson

8. [35 wins] Tracy Hines

9. [31 wins] Gene Hartley & Chuck Rodee

11. [30 wins] Dave Darland, Mike McGreevy & Johnny Parsons

14. [27 wins] Gary Bettenhausen & Tony Stewart

16. [25 wins] Darren Hagen, Parnelli Jones & Dave Strickland

19. [24 wins] Billy Engelhart

20. [23 wins] Christopher Bell, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, Kevin Olson & Billy Vukovich

26. [22 wins] Bobby East & Shorty Templeman

28. [21 wins] Steve Cannon, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton & Ken Schrader

32. [20 wins] A.J. Foyt

33. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox, Kyle Larson & Jason Leffler

37. [18 wins] Dave Steele

38. [17 wins] Jay Drake & J.J. Yeley

40. [16 wins] Rico Abreu, George Amick, Billy Cantrell, Lee Kunzman, Bobby Olivero & Henry Pens

46. [15 wins] Don Branson & Larry Rice

48. [14 wins] Chuck Arnold, Jack Turner & Leroy Warriner

51. [13 wins] Tyler Courtney, Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves & Tanner Thorson

57. [12 wins] Danny Caruthers, Gene Force, Russ Gamester, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Grim & Ron Shuman

63. [11 wins] Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos & Brad Sweet

69. [10 wins] Allen Heath, Doug Kalitta, Brad Kuhn, Steve Lotshaw, Jerry McClung & Chuck Weyant

75. [9 wins] Billy Boat, Chad Boat, Tony Elliott & Chuck Gurney

79. [8 wins] Brady Bacon, Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner & Josh Wise

92. [7 wins] Tommy Astone, Jack Hewitt, Don Horvath, Page Jones, Kenneth Nichols, Larry Patton, Les Scott, Len Sutton & Johnnie Tolan

101. [6 wins] Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Logan Seavey, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr., Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Roger West

114. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Mike Bliss, Lonnie Caruthers, Larry Dickson, Mike Fedorcak, Burt Foland, Mack McClellan, Danny McKnight, Cliff Spalding, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Jerry Weeks

125. [4 wins] Caleb Armstrong, Teddy Beach, Johnny Boyd, Frank Burany, Russ Congdon, Ray Elliott, Aaron Fike, Danny Frye, Billy Garrett, Justin Grant, Mike Gregg, Jim Hettinger, John Heydenreich, Bubby Jones, Levi Jones, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Roger McCluskey, Billy Mehner, Ken Nichols, Jeff Nuckles, Jan Opperman, Michael Pickens, Gary Ponzini, Davey Ray, Eddie Sachs, Don Schilling, Sam Sessions, George Snider, Dale Swaim, Kevin Swindell, Rodger Ward & Zeb Wise

158. [3 wins] John Batts, Gays Biro, Shane Cottle, Allen Crowe, Zach Daum, Bruce Field, A.J. Fike, Drew Fornoro, Gene Gennetten, Rick Goudy, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Jeff Heywood, Bill Homeier, Sam Isenhower, Jim Keeker, Jim McClean, Warren Mockler, Dave Moses, Earl Motter, Jerry Nuckles, Danny Oakes, Johnnie Parsons, Porky Rachwitz, Johnny Riva, Johnny Roberts, Lowell Sachs, Billy Shuman, Tom Steiner, Bobby Unser & Billy Wease

189. [2 wins] Al Alpern, Sonny Ates, Johnny Baldwin, Jim Beckley, Dean Billings, Alan Brown, Jack Calabrase, Johnny Cofer, Mel Cornett, Cotton Farmer, Terry Farrar, Joe Garson, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Kyle Hamilton, Bob Hogle, Rick Hood, P.J. Jones, Critter Malone, Jimmy McCune, Jason McDougal, Aaron Pollock, Barry Reed, Lloyd Ruby, Joe Saldana, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Danny Stratton, Kody Swanson, Steve Troxell, Don Vogler, Bruce Walkup, Terry Wente, Johnny White, Tommy White, Cole Whitt & Chris Windom

225. [1 win] John Andretti, Mario Andretti, Mike Appio, Dick Atkins, Paul Bates, Harry Beck, Bud Bogard, Tony Bonadies, Dan Boorse, Don Boorse, Dwight Brown, Steve Buckwalter, Barry Butterworth, Gary Byers, Larry Cannon, Tyce Carlson, Ed Carpenter, Tanner Carrick, Dane Carter, Billy Cassella, Bill Chennault, Bill Clemons, Roy Cook, Jr., Ryan Durst, Edgar Elder, Todd Forbes, Joe Gaerte, Bradley Galedrige, Steve Gennetten, Elmer George, Potsy Goacher, Shane Golobic, David Gough, Ron Gregory, Norm Hall, Bob Harkey, Vern Harriman, Scott Hatton, Al Herman, Jordan Hermansader, Mike Hess, Jim Hines, Ted Hines, Shane Hmiel, Dean Holden, Blake Hollingsworth, Chuck Hulse, Buddy Irwin, Eddie Jackson, Van Johnson, Brent Kaeding, Bud Kaeding, Jimmy Kirk, Kevin Koch, Randy Koch, Bill Kollman, Cory Kruseman, Michael Lang, Greg Leffler, Larry McCloskey, Jim McElreath, Mel McGaughy, Cannon McIntosh, John Meyers, J.R. Miller, Travis Miniea, Russ Moynagh, Richard Myhre, Dick Northam, Hank Nykaza, Brian Olson, Danny O'Neill, Jim Packard, Wally Pankratz, Forrest Parker, Gene Pastor, Gary Patterson, Danny Pens, Jiggs Peters, Dick Pole, Richard Powell, Buddy Rackley, Keith Rauch, Dave Ray, Jimmy Reece, Bob Richards, Bruce Robey, Johnny Rodriguez, Gene Roehl, Jack Runyon, Sam Sauer, Gio Scelzi, Dutch Schaefer, Ryan Scott, Frank Secrist, Jimmy Sills, Jigger Sirois, Lee Smith, Ron Smoker, Ned Spath, J.P. Standley, Graham Standring, Jerry Stone, Tanner Swanson, Buddy Taylor, Tyler Thomas, Randy Tolsma, Leo Tucker, Bob Veith, Joe Walter, Eric Wilkins, Mauri Wilson, Doug Wolfgang & Billy Wood

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS
1956: Shorty Templeman, 1957: Shorty Templeman, 1958: Shorty Templeman, 1959: Gene Hartley, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Jimmy Davies, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Bob Wente, 1964: Mel Kenyon, 1965: Mike McGreevy, 1966: Mike McGreevy, 1967: Mel Kenyon, 1968: Mel Kenyon, 1969: Bob Tattersall, 1970: Jimmy Caruthers, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Pancho Carter, 1973: Larry Rice, 1974: Mel Kenyon, 1975: Sleepy Tripp, 1976: Sleepy Tripp, 1977: Mel Kenyon, 1978: Rich Vogler, 1979: Steve Lotshaw, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Mel Kenyon, 1982: Kevin Olson, 1983: Rich Vogler, 1984: Tom Bigelow, 1985: Mel Kenyon, 1986: Rich Vogler, 1987: Kevin Olson, 1988: Rich Vogler, 1989: Russ Gamester, 1990: Jeff Gordon, 1991: Mike Streicher, 1992: Stevie Reeves, 1993: Stevie Reeves, 1994: Tony Stewart, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Kenny Irwin Jr., 1997: Jason Leffler, 1998: Jason Leffler, 1999: Jason Leffler, 2000: Kasey Kahne, 2001: Dave Darland, 2002: Dave Darland, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Bobby East, 2005: Josh Wise, 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2008: Cole Whitt, 2009: Brad Kuhn, 2010: Bryan Clauson, 2011: Bryan Clauson, 2012: Darren Hagen, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Rico Abreu, 2015: Tracy Hines, 2016: Tanner Thorson, 2017: Spencer Bayston, 2018: Logan Seavey, 2019: Tyler Courtney

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OWNER CHAMPIONS
1956: Ashley Wright, 1957: Lloyd Rahn, 1958: Lloyd Rahn, 1959: Ray Bolander, 1960: Jimmy Davies, 1961: Howard Linne, 1962: Jimmy Davies, 1963: Robert Shadday, 1964: Willard Coil, 1965: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1966: Don Kenyon, 1967: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1968: Mel & Don Kenyon, 1969: Jack Stroud, 1970: Doug Caruthers, 1971: Doug Caruthers, 1972: Shannon Buick Company, 1973: Doug Caruthers, 1974: Don Kenyon, 1975: Ron Tripp, 1976: Ron Tripp, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Doug & Dana Caruthers, 1979: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1980: Don Kenyon, 1981: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1982: Nick Gojmeric, 1983: Streicher Racing, 1984: Wilke Racing, 1985: 3-K Racing Enterprises, 1986: Jonathan Byrd, 1987: Jonathan Byrd, 1988: Wilke Racers, 1989: George & Gary Gamester, 1990: Streicher Racing, 1991: Streicher Racing, 1992: Ralph Potter, 1993: Steve Lewis, 1994: Ralph Potter, 1995: Steve Lewis, 1996: Steve Lewis, 1997: Pete Willoughby, 1998: Steve Lewis, 1999: Steve Lewis, 2000: Steve Lewis, 2001: Steve Lewis, 2002: Steve Lewis, 2003: Steve Lewis, 2004: Steve Lewis, 2005: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2006: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2007: Wilke-Pak Racers, 2008: Keith Kunz Motorsports, 2009: RW Motorsports, 2010: Corey Tucker Racing/Keith Kunz Motorsports/BCI, 2011: Corey Tucker Racing/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2012: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2015: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2016: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2017: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2018: Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, 2019: Clauson/Marshall Racing

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1969: Billy Engelhart, 1970: Danny Brown, 1971: Danny Caruthers, 1972: Tommy Astone, 1973: Mike Gregg, 1974: Richard Powell, 1975: Larry Patton, 1976: James McElreath, 1977: Lonnie Caruthers, 1978: Tommy Thomas, 1979: Barry Butterworth, 1980: Trevor Boys, 1981: Sherman Armstrong, 1982: Chris Maxson, 1983: John Andretti, 1984: Russ Gamester, 1985: Bobby Allen, 1986: Steve Enlow, 1987: John Meyers, 1988: Jim Keeker, 1989: Jeff Gordon, 1990: Dan Ford, 1991: Doug Kalitta, 1992: Brian Gerster, 1993: Chuck Leary, 1994: David Bridges, 1995: Ryan Newman, 1996: Carl Olsen, 1997: Nick Lundgreen, 1998: Michael Lewis, 1999: A.J. Fike, 2000: Aaron Fike, 2001: Bobby East, 2002: Teddy Beach & Ron Gregory, 2003: Ryan Durst, 2004: Todd Beach, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Bryan Clauson, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Zach Daum, 2010: Daniel Bedford, 2011: Kyle Larson, 2012: Rico Abreu, 2013: Christopher Bell, 2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2015: Spencer Bayston, 2016: Carson Macedo, 2017: Tanner Carrick, 2018: Logan Seavey. 2019: Andrew Layser

 

 

2019 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR YEAR IN REVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 5, 2019).........In his eighth full season with the series, youthful C.J. Leary became USAC's newest first-time champion as well as the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones, who were both just slightly younger at the same age of 23.

In 2016, Leary became the first son of a past USAC Silver Crown winner (Chuck Leary) to win a race himself in that series. In 2019, C.J. also became the first ever son of a former USAC National Rookie of the Year (all series) to win a USAC National title. C.J.'s father claimed the 1993 Midget and 1995 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year honors.

Leary was also the second consecutive past USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year (2012) to eventually capture the series championship following Tyler Courtney (2013). Overall, Leary is just the fifth ever driver to collect both USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors and win the series title in his career along with J.J. Yeley, Tracy Hines, Josh Wise and Courtney.

The beginning of the year marked a changeup for Leary, who joined Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports for their first foray as a team on the entire National trail. It's the second consecutive season that a driver and team's first USAC National Sprint Car race together came during their championship season, following Courtney and Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing in 2018.

With a second victory coming in November's Oval Nationals at Perris, Calif., Leary's two victories are the fewest by a USAC National Sprint Car champ since Brady Bacon also had two in 2016. However, Leary was a stalwart of consistency, rattling off 21 straight top-tens to open the season and 32 top-tens in 34 starts. He also gained a myriad of points through qualifying where his 11 overall fast times were the third most in a single season in series history behind only Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1978.

En route to the series crown, Leary took over the point lead for good following a runner-up finish at Eldora Speedway on May 10, the earliest in a season any driver in the series has taken over the championship lead and held onto it for the remainder of the season since Levi Jones in 2011.

Despite taking the point lead that early in the going, Leary's 18-point final margin of victory was the eighth closest in the 59 previous years of the series, trailing only 2018, 1965, 2012, 2017, 1967, 2002 and 2005. Each of the three past championship races have been decided by 18 points or less following the 2018 "tie," awarded to Tyler Courtney over Kevin Thomas, Jr. based on a tiebreaker of most wins, and 2017 when Chris Windom defeated Justin Grant by six points.

Leary's first victory of 2019 came on the first weekend of the season during Winter Dirt Games X at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He's the third consecutive driver, and fifth in the last seven years to win the championship after winning at Ocala.

Windom won the season opener, providing Goacher Racing its first USAC National Sprint Car win in 27 years, the first since Danny Smith's triumph at the Eldora 4-Crown in 1992. It was the first of four victories for Windom and the team with additional wins gathered at Granite City, Ill., Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week and at Gas City, Ind.

Grant took the second night in Ocala on the way to four total wins, three points-paying, which included an ISW score at Lawrenceburg, Ind., his fourth career USAC triumph at the track, along with the Jim Hurtubise Classic at Terre Haute, Ind.. The Ione, Calif. driver also captured the 27-lap #GYATK Night non-points special event at Kokomo in August.

Courtney, meanwhile, led the series in wins for the second consecutive season. He's the first driver to do that since J.J. Yeley in 2002-2003. Courtney's 20 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature wins over the past two seasons equaled Yeley's mark in those two years, which trails only Pancho Carter's record 22 wins over a two-year span in 1976-77.

Courtney produced two "sweeps" with the series in 2019 in July at Terre Haute, Ind. and at Eldora where he recorded fast qualifying time, won his heat and captured the feature all within the same night. He's the first driver to perform two sweeps with the series in a single year since Yeley in 2003.

Courtney swept all three events at Eldora in 2019, and four-straight dating back to 2018, which marked the most consecutive USAC National Sprint Car wins by a driver in the history of the famed half-mile. He became the first driver to go undefeated in USAC National Sprint Car competition at Eldora since Jerry Coons, Jr. in 2009. Throughout 2019, he added wins at Port Royal, Pa., Plymouth, Ind., Smackdown at Kokomo, and back-to-back wins at Arizona Speedway's Western World to conclude the campaign with two-straight wins, the first to achieve that feat since Kevin Swindell at Manzanita Speedway in 2008.

Two-time series champ Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, Okla. earned six victories in his return to the Dynamics, Inc. in 2019. He captured the Midwest opener at Bloomington in April, then proved to be the big money man following a $10,000 win at Grandview Speedway during Eastern Storm in June, then collected $25,000 with a two-night domination of Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway's inaugural Corn Belt Nationals, then opened the Oval Nationals with two successive victories during the first two nights at Perris in November.

Princeton, Indiana's Kyle Cummins' undefeated sprint car season at Tri-State Speedway included the Indiana Sprint Week and Haubstadt Hustler rounds at the track in addition to an ISW score at Putnamville, Ind. during the summer. Kevin Thomas, Jr., Cullman, Ala., also won a pair with a spectacular drive to a last-lap victory at Bloomington during ISW as well as the Fall Nationals in the Midwest finale at Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Kansas, Ill. driver Shane Cottle led only one lap this season, but it came on the final lap of a photo finish in the ISW opener at Gas City, his first series victory since 2013. Jason McDougal, Broken Arrow, Okla., notched his lone win of the series this year during Eastern Storm at Bridgeport, N.J. Thomas Meseraull provided car owner Tom Eades with his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory during the Smackdown opener at Kokomo. The following night, Logan Seavey, earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature win at Kokomo.

In May, Chase Stockon completed the Terre Haute trifecta with his first Tony Hulman Classic win in May following a Jim Hurtubise Classic victory in 2012 and a Don Smith Classic score in 2016. The Fort Branch, Indiana resident's September visit to Terre Haute was a milestone event as Stockon reached his 285th consecutive USAC National Sprint Car start dating to the 2012 season, breaking the record previously held by Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Dustin Clark's first night ever behind the wheel of a sprint car in competition came during the USAC National Sprint Car season opener in Ocala, Fla. The Washington, Ind. native made 18 starts and led the opening lap of September's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State. He was one of two Rookies to lead a lap with the series this season along with Evansville, Indiana's Stephen Schnapf, which also came at Tri-State, during his runner up finish during ISW in July.

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STAT LEADERS:

Most Wins: (9) Tyler Courtney

Driver Champion: C.J. Leary

Owner Champion: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ

Rookie of the Year: Dustin Clark

Most Laps Led: (223) Brady Bacon

Most Top-Fives: (25) Tyler Courtney

Most Top-Tens: (32) C.J. Leary

Most Fast Qualifying Times: (11) C.J. Leary

Most Heat Race Wins: (17) Tyler Courtney

Most Feature Starts: 7 drivers with 34

Most Times as Hard Charger (6) Brady Bacon

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE & RESULTS:

Feb 14: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Feb 15: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Feb 16: Ocala, FL - Bubba Raceway Park
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Apr 12: Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

May 10: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

May 17: Granite City, IL - Tri-City Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

May 22: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Chase Stockon (32 TBI Racing #32)

Jun 11: (E) Bechtelsville, PA - Grandview Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jun 12: (E) Swedesboro, NJ - Bridgeport Speedway
WINNER: Jason McDougal (Daigh/Phillips #71p)

Jun 15: (E) Port Royal, PA - Port Royal Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 5: Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 6: Knoxville, IA - Knoxville Raceway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Jul 17: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 18: (I) Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Shane Cottle (Epperson Racing #2E)

Jul 19: (I) Plymouth, IN - Plymouth Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 20: (I) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Jul 21: (I) Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Jul 24: (I) Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Jul 25: (I) Putnamville, IN - Lincoln Park Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Jul 26: (I) Bloomington, IN - Bloomington Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19)

Jul 27: (I) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Aug 21: (SE) Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Aug 22: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Thomas Meseraull (Tom Eades Racing #47)

Aug 23: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Logan Seavey (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Aug 24: Kokomo, IN - Kokomo Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Sep 13: Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute Action Track
WINNER: Justin Grant (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Sep 14: (M) Haubstadt, IN - Tri-State Speedway
WINNER: Kyle Cummins (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Sep 26: Gas City, IN - Gas City I-69 Speedway
WINNER: Chris Windom (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G)

Sep 28: Rossburg, OH - Eldora Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Oct 5: Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Speedway
WINNER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19)

Nov 7: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 8: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: Brady Bacon (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Nov 9: © Perris, CA - Perris Auto Speedway
WINNER: C.J. Leary (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Nov 15: © San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

Nov 16: © San Tan Valley, AZ - Arizona Speedway
WINNER: Tyler Courtney (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC)

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Races noted with (M) represent a race co-sanctioned by MSCS.

Races noted with (SE) represent a non-points-paying "Special Event"

Races noted with (E) represent Eastern Storm

Races noted with (I) represent Indiana Sprint Week

Races noted with © represent a race with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars

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2019 FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (2,327) C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN)

2. (2,309) Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, IN)

3. (2,136) Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK)

4. (2,136) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, AL)

5. (2,116) Justin Grant (Ione, CA)

6. (2,115) Chris Windom (Canton, IL)

7. (2,032) Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, IN)

8. (1,588) Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, OK)

9. (1,361) Carson Short (Marion, IL)

10. (1,193) Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, IN)

11. (907) Josh Hodges (Tijeras, NM)

12. (899) Kyle Cummins (Princeton, IN)

13. (866) Dave Darland (Lincoln, IN)

14. (739) ®Dustin Clark (Washington, IN)

15. (704) Max Adams (Loomis, CA)

16. (669) Chad Boespflug (Hanford, CA)

17. (619) Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, CA)

18. (568) Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA)

19. (549) ®Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, MN)

20. (512) Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, OH)

21. (435) Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, PA)

22. (432) Damion Gardner (Concord, CA)

23. (395) Dakota Jackson (Elizabethtown, IN)

24. (376) Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, NC)

25. (334) Mario Clouser (Auburn, IL)

26. (318) Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, IN)

27. (259) Matt Goodnight (Winchester, IN)

28. (250) Steve Thomas (Ludlow, IL)

29. (229) ®Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, IN)

30. (215) ®T.J. Artz (Lincoln, NE)

31. (212) ®Terry Richards (Denton, NE)

32. (200) Carmen Perigo (Stoystown, PA)

33. (147) ®Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)

34. (133) ®Dustin Ingle (Lima, OH)

35. (109) ®Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)

36. (95) ®Tom Harris (Oxfordshire, UK)

37. (94) ®Ty Tilton (Lima, OH)

38. (87) Zach Daum (Pocahontas, IL)

39. (56) ®Noah Gass (Mounds, OK)

40. (54) Patrick Budde (Bartelso, IL)

41. (50) ®Doug Schenck (Cottage Grove, WI)

42. (50) Robert Bell (Colfax, IA)

43. (40) ®Gage Etgen (Celina, OH)

44. (36) Kyle Robbins (New Castle, IN)

45. (20) ®Mike Burkin (Clyde, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OWNER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (2,327) Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ (Gilbert, AZ)

2. (2,309) Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing #7BC (Fishers, IN)

3. (2,136) Dynamics, Inc. #69 (Milford, OH)

4. (2,136) Hayward/Thomas Motorsports #19 (Avon, IN)

5. (2,116) TOPP Motorsports #4 (Rochester, IN)

6. (2,115) Parallax Group/Goacher Racing #5G (Anderson, IN)

7. (2,032) 32 TBI Racing #32 (Fort Branch, IN)

8. (1,483) Daigh/Phillips Motorsports #71p (Indianapolis, IN)

9. (1,203) RCM Motorsports #21 (Marion, IL)

10. (1,193) LNR/Isaac Chapple Racing #52 (Fortville, IN)

11. (907) Hodges Motorsports #74x (Albuquerque, NM)

12. (899) Rock Steady Racing #3R (Dupont, IN)

13. (739) Dustin Clark #75 (Washington, IN)

14. (669) Eberhardt/Zirzow Racing #98e (Lebanon, IN)

15. (568) Ballou Motorsports #12 (Tipton, IN)

16. (549) VanMeveren Racing #24 (Woodbury, MN)

17. (520) Scott Adams #5m (Loomis, CA)

18. (512) Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m (Forest, OH)

19. (483) Dwight Cheney #42 (Glendora, CA)

20. (435) LNB Motorsports #7 (Douglassville, PA)

21. (394) Brandon Mattox Racing #28 (Cory, IN)

22. (376) Andretti Autosport Short Track #18 (Mooresville, NC)

23. (334) Mario Clouser Motorsports #6 (Chatham, IL)

24. (323) Epperson Racing #2E (Indianapolis, IN)

25. (322) Goodnight Racing #39 (Hartford City, IN)

26. (318) Bilbee Motorsports #17 (Indianapolis, IN)

27. (316) Chris Dyson Racing #20 (Coplay, PA)

28. (257) Jackson Racing #3 (Elizabethtown, IN)

29. (250) Steve Thomas Racing #20T (Ludlow, IL)

30. (229) Randy Edwards #61m (Evansville, IN)

31. (226) Tom Eades #47 (Sharpsville, IN)

32. (215) Artz & Sons #57x (Hickman, NE)

33. (212) Terry Richards #18m (Denton, NE)

34. (200) Carmen Perigo #21p (Stoystown, PA)

35. (147) KO Motorsports #5K (Owensville, IN)

36. (138) On The Gass Racing #17G (Brownsburg, IN)

37. (134) Todd Keen #18H (Union City, OH)

38. (133) Dustin Ingle #2DI (Lima, OH)

39. (132) Chase Briscoe/Curb-Agajanian Racing #5 (Mitchell, IN)

40. (112) Hurst Brothers Motorsports #70 (Salem, IN)

41. (112) Tim Hogue Racing #39x (Woodbury, NJ)

42. (110) Paul Hazen #57 (Columbia City, IN)

43. (109) Goodnight Racing #27 (Hartford City, IN)

44. (104) 4J Motorsports #4J (Mooresville, IN)

45. (95) Tom Harris Motorsport #84 (Tipton, IN)

46. (94) Ty Tilton #42 (Lima, OH)

47. (87) Daum Motorsports #5D (Pocahontas, IL)

48. (75) Karl Freyer #4F (Ringoes, NJ)

49. (72) Jerry Burton #04 (Bloomington, IN)

50. (70) Mark Hery #21H (Piqua, OH)

51. (57) Lee Underwood Racing #24L (Cornelius, NC)

52. (56) Randy Gass #20G (Mounds, OK)

53. (54) Patrick Budde #90 (Bartelso, IL)

54. (50) Robert Bell #71 (Colfax, IA)

55. (50) Final Effort Racing #71s (Cottage Grove, WI)

56. (47) Paul May #71m (Terre Haute, IN)

57. (40) Gage Etgen #99 (Celina, OH)

58. (36) KR Racing #17R (Greenfield, IN)

59. (29) Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian #17GP (Cicero, IN)

60. (20) Dues Racing #87 (Minster, OH)

61. (20) Dick Mahoney #79 (Brechin, ON)

62. (10) Mike Miller #82 (Wapakoneta, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROOKIE DRIVER POINT STANDINGS:

1. (739) Dustin Clark (Washington, IN)

2. (549) Brian VanMeveren (Woodbury, MN)

3. (229) Stephen Schnapf (Evansville, IN)

4. (215) T.J. Artz (Lincoln, NE)

5. (212) Terry Richards (Denton, NE)

6. (147) Kent Schmidt (Owensville, IN)

7. (133) Dustin Ingle (Lima, OH)

8. (109) Zane Hendricks (Stillwater, OK)

9. (95) Tom Harris (Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK)

10. (94) Ty Tilton (Lima, OH)

11. (56) Noah Gass (Mounds, OK)

12. (50) Doug Schenck (Cottage Grove, WI)

13. (40) Gage Etgen (Celina, OH)

14. (20) Mike Burkin (Clyde, OH)

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2019 USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:

FEATURE WINS:

(9) Tyler Courtney (May 10 at Eldora Speedway, Jun 15 at Port Royal Speedway, Jul 17 at Eldora Speedway, Jul 19 at Plymouth Speedway, Jul 24 at the Terre Haute Action Track, Aug 24 at Kokomo Speedway, Sep 28 at Eldora Speedway & Nov 15 at Arizona Speedway & Nov 16 at Arizona Speedway)

(6) Brady Bacon (Apr 12 at Bloomington Speedway, Jun 11 at Grandview Speedway, Jul 5 at Knoxville Raceway, Jul 6 at Knoxville Raceway, Nov 7 at Perris Auto Speedway & Nov 8 at Perris Auto Speedway)

(4) Chris Windom (Feb 14 at Bubba Raceway Park, May 17 at Tri-City Speedway, Jul 20 at Kokomo Speedway & Sep 26 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

(3) Kyle Cummins (Jul 25 at Lincoln Park Speedway, Jul 27 at Tri-State Speedway Sep 14 at Tri-State Speedway)

(3) Justin Grant (Feb 15 at Bubba Raceway Park, Jul 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway & Sep 13 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

(2) C.J. Leary (Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park & Nov 9 at Perris Auto Speedway)

(2) Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Jul 26 at Bloomington Speedway & Oct 5 at Lawrenceburg Speedway)

(1) Shane Cottle (Jul 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway)

(1) Jason McDougal (Jun 12 at Bridgeport Speedway)

(1) Thomas Meseraull (Aug 22 at Kokomo Speedway)

(1) Logan Seavey (Aug 23 at Kokomo Speedway)

(1) Chase Stockon (May 22 at the Terre Haute Action Track)

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FEATURE LAPS LED:

1. (223) Brady Bacon

2. (171) Tyler Courtney

3. (102) C.J. Leary

4. (100) Chris Windom

5. (86) Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

7. (65) Kyle Cummins

8. (52) Chase Stockon

9. (40) Jason McDougal

10. (30) Logan Seavey

11. (26) Stephen Schnapf

12. (22) Thomas Meseraull

13. (19) Scotty Weir

14. (11) Robert Ballou

15. (9) Carson Short

16. (6) Jarett Andretti

17. (4) Austin Williams

18. (1) Dustin Clark, Shane Cottle & Josh Hodges

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TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (25) Tyler Courtney

2. (24) C.J. Leary

3. (22) Chris Windom

4. (20) Justin Grant & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

6. (17) Brady Bacon

7. (11) Chase Stockon

8. (5) Kyle Cummins & Jason McDougal

10. (3) Carson Short

11. (2) Robert Ballou, Damion Gardner & Logan Seavey

14. (1) Chad Boespflug, Isaac Chapple, Shane Cottle, Charles Davis, Jr., Brandon Mattox, Thomas Meseraull, Kendall Ruble, Stephen Schnapf, Stevie Sussex, Richard Vander Weerd, Scotty Weir & Austin Williams

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TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES:

1. (32) C.J. Leary

2. (30) Tyler Courtney

3. (29) Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

6. (28) Justin Grant

7. (27) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8. (19) Jason McDougal

9. (14) Carson Short

10. (13) Kyle Cummins

11. (7) Robert Ballou

12. (6) Isaac Chapple

13. (5) Damion Gardner & Josh Hodges

15. (4) Chad Boespflug, Logan Seavey & Austin Williams

18. (3) Jarett Andretti, Nick Bilbee, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Richard Vander Weerd, Scotty Weir & Matt Westfall

25. (2) Max Adams, Ryan Bernal, Timmy Buckwalter, Shane Cottle, Dakota Jackson, Bud Kaeding, Brandon Mattox, Brody Roa, Kendall Ruble & Jake Swanson

35. (1) Brent Beauchamp, Joey Biasi, Mario Clouser, Charles Davis, Jr., Tom Harris, Zane Hendricks, Dallas Hewitt, Tommy Malcolm, Critter Malone, Stephen Schnapf, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short, Stevie Sussex & Jace Vander Weerd

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FATHEADZ EYEWEAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES:

1. (11) C.J. Leary

2. (7) Tyler Courtney

3. (4) Justin Grant

4. (3) Carson Short & Chase Stockon

6. (2) Chris Windom

7. (1) Brady Bacon, Timmy Buckwalter, Damion Gardner, Thomas Meseraull, Logan Seavey & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

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

1. (17) Tyler Courtney

2. (12) C.J. Leary

3. (10) Justin Grant

4. (8) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

7. (6) Carson Short

8. (4) Dustin Clark & Kyle Cummins

10. (3) Chad Boespflug, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Chase Stockon, Scotty Weir & Chris Windom

16. (2) Shane Cottle, Charles Davis, Jr., Damion Gardner & Josh Hodges

20. (1) Max Adams, Nick Bilbee, Timmy Buckwalter, Isaac Chapple, Anthony D'Alessio, Dave Darland, Matt Goodnight, Chayse Hayhurst, A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, R.J. Johnson, Bud Kaeding, Cole Ketcham, Austin Liggett, Brody Roa, Bill Rose, Stephen Schnapf, Logan Seavey, Brady Short, Wesley Smith, Richard Vander Weerd & Matt Westfall

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QUALIFYING RACE WINS:

1. (2) Brady Bacon

2. (1) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Austin Liggett, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chase Stockon & Jace Vander Weerd

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SEMI WINS:

1. (4) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2. (3) Chase Stockon & Chris Windom

4. (2) Max Adams, Tyler Courtney & Jason McDougal

7. (1) Brady Bacon, Nick Bilbee, Chad Boespflug, Timmy Buckwalter, Mario Clouser, Shane Cottle, Dave Darland, Josh Hodges, A.J. Hopkins, Dakota Jackson, C.J. Leary, Bill Rose, Carson Short, Jake Swanson, Matt Westfall & Austin Williams

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C-MAIN WINS:

1. (1) Max Adams, Donny Brackett, Shane Cottle, Trey Gropp, Chris Morgan, Kory Schudy & Corey Smith

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FEATURE STARTS:

1. (34) Brady Bacon, Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Chris Windom

8. (30) Jason McDougal

9. (27) Isaac Chapple

10. (26) Carson Short

11. (24) Josh Hodges

12. (21) Dave Darland

13. (18) Max Adams & Dustin Clark

15. (16) Kyle Cummins

16. (15) Thomas Meseraull

17. (14) Chad Boespflug

18. (12) Brian VanMeveren

19. (11) Brody Roa, Scotty Weir & Matt Westfall

22. (10) Robert Ballou & Timmy Buckwalter

24. (9) Dakota Jackson & Brandon Mattox

26. (8) Jarett Andretti, Shane Cottle, Damion Gardner, Hunter Schuerenberg, Dustin Smith & Logan Seavey

32. (6) Joey Biasi, Nick Bilbee, Mario Clouser, Matt Goodnight & Stephen Schnapf

37. (5) Charles Davis, Jr., R.J. Johnson, Cole Ketcham, Carmen Perigo, Kent Schmidt, Stevie Sussex, Jake Swanson & Austin Williams

45. (4) Chris Gansen, Tommy Malcolm, Corey Smith & Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

49. (3) Bill Balog, Steven Drevicki, A.J. Hopkins, Dustin Ingle, Bud Kaeding, Jordan Kinser, Austin Liggett, Tye Mihocko, Brady Short, Jace Vander Weerd, Richard Vander Weerd & Korey Weyant

61. (2) T.J. Artz, Ryan Bernal, Chris Bonneau, Donny Brackett, Wyatt Burks, Zach Daum, Mitchell Davis, Aric Gentry, Ryan Godown, Tom Harris, Chayse Hayhurst, Zane Hendricks, Dallas Hewitt, Riley Kreisel, Critter Malone, Nate McMillin, Anthony Nicholson, Terry Richards, Bill Rose, Kendall Ruble, Landon Simon, Wesley Smith, Steve Thomas, Cody Williams & Mitch Wissmiller

86. (1) Garrett Abrams, Collin Ambrose, Koby Barksdale, Brent Beauchamp, Clinton Boyles, Dominick Buffalino, Harley Burns, Shane Cockrum, Kory Crabtree, Anthony D'Alessio, Tony DiMattia, Don Droud, Jr., Jared Esh, Logan Faucon, Michael Fischesser, Dickie Gaines, Noah Gass, Dennis Gile, Travis Hery, Steve Hix, J.J. Hughes, Steve Irwin, Brian Karraker, Tyler Kendall, Trevor Kobylarz, Kyle Lick, Paul May, Justin Owen, Craig Pellegrini, Jr., Eric Perrott, Chris Phillips, Kyle Robbins, Jadon Rogers, Kory Schudy, Kyle Shipley, Justin Standridge, John Stehman, Joe Stornetta, Kody Swanson, Ty Tilton, Lee Underwood, Cody White & Eric Wilkins

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP:

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Tyler Courtney

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

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KSE RACING PRODUCTS "HARD CHARGER" OF THE RACE:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Chad Boespflug (22nd to 12th)

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (22nd to 3rd)

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Tyler Courtney (9th to 4th)

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple (18th to 10th)

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Isaac Chapple (15th to 5th)

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Isaac Chapple (16th to 10th)

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Ryan Godown (18th to 11th)

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Brady Bacon (12th to 7th)

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Brady Bacon (17th to 7th)

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Jason McDougal (20th to 8th)

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Korey Weyant (23rd to 12th)

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Shane Cottle (18th to 1st)

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Matt Westfall (19th to 11th)

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Justin Grant (18th to 8th)

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dave Darland (22nd to 11th)

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Shane Cottle (22nd to 9th)

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Brady Bacon (15th to 5th)

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (16th to 7th)

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Brady Bacon (22nd to 10th)

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Brady Bacon (19th to 8th)

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Jason McDougal (17th to 8th)

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Matt Westfall (16th to 7th)

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Jarett Andretti (13th to 8th)

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Hunter Schuerenberg (23rd to 12th)

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Richard Vander Weerd (19th to 8th)

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16th to 6th)

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Charles Davis, Jr. (16th to 4th)

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Brody Roa (22nd to 10th)

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WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Dakota Jackson

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Chad Boespflug

4/12: Bloomington Speedway - Dakota Jackson

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Matt Westfall

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Mitchell Davis

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Brandon Mattox

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Steven Drevicki

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Chad Boespflug

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Dustin Clark

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Don Droud, Jr.

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Wyatt Burks

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Carson Short

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Max Adams

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Max Adams

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Shane Cottle

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Dickie Gaines

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Jason McDougal

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Josh Hodges

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Critter Malone

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Dave Darland

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Scotty Weir

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Josh Hodges

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Carson Short

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Tye Mihocko

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Scotty Weir

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Mario Clouser

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Brody Roa

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Damion Gardner

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Austin Williams

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ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Travis Hery

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Dakota Jackson

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Joey Biasi

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Robert Ballou

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Chad Boespflug

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - Jason McDougal

5/22: Terre Haute Action Track - Brandon Mattox

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Dave Darland

6/12: Bridgeport Speedway - Joey Biasi

6/15: Port Royal Speedway - Chad Boespflug

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Matt Westfall

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - C.J. Leary

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Kyle Cummins

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Dakota Jackson

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Kyle Cummins

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Josh Hodges

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dakota Jackson

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Thomas Meseraull

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Brandon Mattox

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Tony DiMattia

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Hunter Schuerenberg

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Dustin Smith

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Chris Windom

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Harley Burns

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Isaac Chapple

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Kyle Cummins

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Max Adams

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Logan Seavey

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Austin Liggett

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Jason McDougal

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SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER:

2/14: Bubba Raceway Park - Matt Westfall

2/15: Bubba Raceway Park - Travis Hery

2/16: Bubba Raceway Park - Ty Tilton

4/12: Bubba Raceway Park - Michael Koontz

5/10: Eldora Speedway - Dallas Hewitt

5/17: Tri-City Speedway - James Lyerla

6/11: Grandview Speedway - Brian VanMeveren

7/5: Knoxville Raceway - Steve Irwin

7/6: Knoxville Raceway - Glen Saville

7/17: Eldora Speedway - Gage Etgen

7/18: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Brody Roa

7/19: Plymouth Speedway - Dave Darland

7/20: Kokomo Speedway - Max Adams

7/21: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Tom Harris

7/24: Terre Haute Action Track - Dakota Jackson

7/25: Lincoln Park Speedway - Isaac Chapple

7/26: Bloomington Speedway - Lee Underwood

7/27: Tri-State Speedway - Kevin Thomas, Jr.

8/22: Kokomo Speedway - Brandon Mattox

8/23: Kokomo Speedway - Jarett Andretti

8/24: Kokomo Speedway - Matt Goodnight

9/13: Terre Haute Action Track - Eric Perrott

9/14: Tri-State Speedway - Stephen Schnapf

9/26: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Dustin Smith

9/28: Eldora Speedway - Matt Goodnight

10/5: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Steve Thomas

11/7: Perris Auto Speedway - Chris Gansen

11/8: Perris Auto Speedway - Josh Hodges

11/9: Perris Auto Speedway - Bill Rose & Chris Bonneau

11/15: Arizona Speedway - Chris Bonneau

11/16: Arizona Speedway - Dennis Gile

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER ROSTER:

A

Garrett Abrams/Rushville, IN (Garrett Abrams #32A)

Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Scott Adams #5m, Dwight Cheney #42, Paul Hazen #57 & Keith Ford #73T)

Garrett Aitken/Paris, IL (Greg Aitken #32A)

Collin Ambrose/Owensboro, KY (Collin Ambrose #2 & Collin Ambrose #36)

Jarett Andretti/Mooresville, NC (Andretti Autosport Short Track #18)

T.J. Artz/Lincoln, NE (Artz & Sons #57)

B

Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc. #69)

Robert Ballou/Rocklin, CA (Ballou Motorsports #12)

Bill Balog/Hartland, WI (Hans Lein #2)

Koby Barksdale/Norman, OK (Koby Barksdale #22)

Brent Beauchamp/Avon, IN (Jeff Olson #34)

Robert Bell/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell #71)

Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports #17B)

Travis Berryhill/American Canyon, CA (Tyler Sturgeon Racing #77s)

Joey Biasi/Mary D, PA (Joey Biasi #B1)

Nick Bilbee/Indianapolis, IN (Bilbee Motorsports #17)

Chad Boespflug/Hanford, CA (Eberhardt-Zirzow Racing #98e)

Ryan Bond/Haubstadt, IN (Ryan Bond #7R)

Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau #15)

Clinton Boyles/Greenwood, MO (Paul Hazen #57)

Donny Brackett/Fort Branch, IN (Tony Brackett #4B)

Timmy Buckwalter/Douglassville, PA (LNB Motorsports #7)

Patrick Budde/Bartelso, IL (Budde Racing #90)

Dominick Buffalino/Sayreville, NJ (Wasitowski Motorsports #3x)

®Mike Burkin/Clyde, OH (Dick Mahoney #79)

Wyatt Burks/Topeka, KS (Wyatt Burks #11w)

Harley Burns/Brazil, IN (Harley Burns #12 & Tom Knight #16K)

C

Rob Caho, Jr./Wyoming, MN (Rob Caho Motorsports #78)

Craig Campton/Pardeeville, WI (Final Effort Racing #7s)

Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Carrick Motorsports #83T)

Isaac Chapple/Willow Branch, IN (LNR-Isaac Chapple Racing #52)

Brayden Clark/Tipton, IN (Roy Jackson #42G)

®Dustin Clark/Washington, IN (Dustin Clark #75)

Daron Clayton/Sikeston, MO (KO Motorsports #5o)

Sterling Cling/Tempe, AZ (Sterling Cling Racing #34)

Mario Clouser/Auburn, IL (Mario Clouser Motorsports #6)

Shane Cockrum/Benton, IL (JP Motorsports #24p)

Matt Cooley/Greenville, OH (Cooley Racing #19c)

Colten Cottle/Kansas, IL (Rick Cottle #5c)

Shane Cottle/Kansas, IL (Epperson Racing #2E, Cooley Racing #19c & Chet Williams #38)

Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing #7BC)

Kory Crabtree/West Jefferson, OH (Lou Gagliardi #60)

Tim Creech II/Indianapolis, IN (Tim Creech II #2c)

Braydon Cromwell/Lone Jack, MO (Mike Cromwell #4A)

Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Rock Steady Racing #3R)

Josh Cunningham/Spencer, IN (Josh Cunningham #3JC)

Michael Curtis/Cottonwood, AZ (Kevin Turner & Greg Wheeler #11c)

D

Anthony D'Alessio/Apollo Beach, FL (Anthony D'Alessio #01)

Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Epperson Racing #2E, Chase Briscoe-Curb-Agajanian Racing #5, Buddy Cunningham #17c, Michael Dutcher Motorsports-Curb-Agajanian #17GP, Dave Darland-Curb-Agajanian #36D, Tim Hogue Racing #39, Dwight Cheney #42 & Barry Tibbits #43m

Zach Daum/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports #5D)

Aaron Davis/Windfall, IN (Jeff Davis #11)

Charles Davis, Jr./Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr. #47)

Mitchell Davis/Auburn, IL (Mitchell Davis #56)

Tony DiMattia/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports #50)

Steven Drevicki/Reading, PA (Drevicki Racing #19s)

Don Droud, Jr./Lincoln, NE (Mark Burch Motorsports #1m)

Paul Dues/Minster, OH (Dues Racing #87)


E

Jared Esh/Lancaster, PA (Brian Ehrenzeller #33)

Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson #98J)

®Gage Etgen/Celina, OH (Gage Etgen #99)


F

Logan Faucon/Elkhart, IL (Logan Faucon #52F)

Michael Fischesser/Cincinnati, OH (Michael Fischesser #44)

Brayden Fox/Avon, IN (Fox Brothers Racing #53)

Parker Frederickson/Kokomo, IN (Frederickson Racing #34w)

G

Dickie Gaines/Mitchell, IN (Jason Soudrette Racing #44)

Chris Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis & Christol Gansen #4G)

Don Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis & Christol Gansen #4D)

Cody Gardner/Milford, OH (Appco Racing #9G)

Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander #4x & Chris Dyson Racing #20)

®Noah Gass/Mounds, OK (Randy Gass #20G)

Aric Gentry/Robards, KY (Larry Gentry #10)

Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile #13G)

Ryan Godown/Ringoes, NJ (Karl Freyer #4F)

Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing #39)

Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports #4)

Brad Greenup/Channahon, IL (Al Greenup #4G)

Bobby Griffitts/Bloomington, IN (Bobby Griffitts #9)

Scottie Gretzmacher/Farmington, MO (Scottie Gretzmacher #16G)

Trey Gropp/Lincoln, NE (Trey Gropp #54)

H

David Hair/Indianapolis, IN (David Hair #44)

Brandon Halverson/Jackson, MN (Brandon Halverson #13MJ)

Scott Hampton/New Palestine, IN (Ted Slinkard #51 & Jerry Powell #59)

Luke Harbison/Fishers, IN (Luke Harbison #40)

®Tom Harris/Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK (Tom Harris Motorsport #84)

Kyle Hathaway/Ayrshire, IN (Kyle Hathaway #7H)

Chayse Hayhurst/Evansville, IN (Chayse Hayhurst #20)

Korbyn Hayslett/Troy, OH (Kim & Dave Hayslett #1H)

Heidi Hedin/Doylestown, PA (Hedin Racing #3H)

Slater Helt/Harrisonville, MO (Shawn Helt #22s)

®Zane Hendricks/Stillwater, OK (Goodnight Racing #27)

Anton Hernandez/Arlington, TX (Cooley Racing #19c)

Travis Hery/Piqua, OH (Mark Hery #21H)

Dallas Hewitt/Troy, OH (Todd Keen #18)

Tyler Hewitt/Marion, IN (RL Motorsports #1)

Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix #57)

Josh Hodges/Tijeras, NM (Hodges Motorsports #74x)

A.J. Hopkins/Brownsburg, IN (4J Motorsports)

J.J. Hughes/Indianapolis, IN (Hughes Autotech #76)

Jori Hughes/Tower, MN (Rhys Layton #19x)


I

®Dustin Ingle/Lima, OH (Dustin Ingle #2DI)

Steve Irwin/Fenton, MI (Flying Zero Racing #0s)

J

Dakota Jackson/Elizabethtown, IN (Jackson Racing #3 & On The Gass Racing #17)

Jack James/Harlan, IN (Jack James #99)

Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas #68)

R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson #51)

K

Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams #0)

Brian Karraker/Dongola, IL (Denny Karraker #23)

Tyler Kendall/Connersville, IN (Matt Kendall #20K)

Cole Ketcham/Muncie, IN (John Ketcham #41)

Jordan Kinser/Bedford, IN (Hurst Bros. Motorsports #70)

Trevor Kobylarz/Reading, PA (RT Racing #14)

Michael Koontz/Bloomington, IN (Michael Koontz #17K)

Riley Kreisel/Warsaw, MO (Deb & Rick Smith #90)

L

C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)

Katlynn Leer/Moulton, IA (Joe Leer #77K)

Aaron Leffel/Springfield, OH (Team Taylor Racing #12L)

Kyle Lick/Lehighton, PA (Terry Lick Racing #8)

Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett #83)

Joe Liguori/Tampa, FL (Barry Tibbits #43JR)

Steve Little/Waynesfield, OH (Steve & Melissa Little #53)

Brandon Long/Wichita Falls, TX (Brandon Long #02)

James Lyerla/Hillsboro, IL (James Lyerla #11)

M

Zack Madrid/Phoenix, AZ (Ricky Johnson #15m & Ricky Johnson #51m)

Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier #5x)

Critter Malone/Pittsboro, IN (KO Motorsports #5s)

Brandon Mattox/Terre Haute, IN (Brandon Mattox Racing #28)

Paul May/Terre Haute, IN (Paul May #71m)

Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy #28m)

Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Tanner Grau #34, Dwight Cheney #42x & Daigh-Phillips Motorsports #71p)

Nate McMillin/Rosedale, IN (Kenny McMillin #24)

Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Don Whitney Racing #00, Gene Gile #13m, Simon Racing #23s, RNS Motorsports #41w & Tom Eades Racing #47)

Tye Mihocko/Phoenix, AZ (Tye Mihocko #5)

Mike Miller/Wapakoneta, OH (Mike Miller #82)

Joss Moffatt/Columbus, IN (Moffatt-Wright Racing #5J)

Brandon Moore/Clyde, OH (Brandon Moore #7m)

Matt Moore/Bethany, OK (Greg Moore #9)

Chris Morgan/Topeka, KS (Bruce Williams #7c)

Evan Mosley/Lapel, IN (Aaron Mosley #27)

N

Anthony Nicholson/Millington, TN (Nicholson Motorsports)

Paul Nienhiser/Chapin, IL (Paul Nienhiser #9x)

O

Justin Owen/Harrison, OH (Justin Owen #4J)

P

Chris Parkinson/Gladstone, MO (Chris Parkinson #65)

Craig Pellegrini, Jr./Buena, NJ (Pellegrini Motorsports #11)

Carmen Perigo/Stoystown, PA (Carmen Perigo #21p)

Will Perkins/Oxnard, CA (Will Perkins #50)

Eric Perrott/Sumner, IL (Eric Perrott #45)

Chris Phillips/Plainfield, IN (Chris & Ben Phillips #6p)

Andrew Prather/Martinsville, IN (Tom Knight #16K)

Zack Pretorius/Yorktown, IN (Goodnight Racing #39x)

R

Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne #12B)

®Terry Richards/Denton, NE (Terry Richards #18)

Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney #42 & BR Performance #91R)

Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing #17R)

Frank Rodgers III/Lucas, IA (Frank Rodgers III #6R)

Jadon Rogers/Worthington, IN (Kyle Rogers #14)

Bill Rose/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing #6)

Matt Rossi/Glendale, AZ (Phil Rossi #02)

Kendall Ruble/Vincennes, IN (Kendall Ruble Racing #17)

Brian Ruhlman/Clarklake, MI (Brian Ruhlman #49)

S

Glen Saville/Razorback, NSW, AU (Glen Saville #75x)

Doug Schenck/Cottage Grove, WI (Final Effort Racing #71)

®Kent Schmidt/Owensville, IN (KO Motorsports #5K)

®Stephen Schnapf/Evansville, IN (Randy Edwards #61m)

Kory Schudy/Battlefield, MO (Jon Sawyer #28)

Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19BS & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Sam Scott/Patoka, IN (Sam Scott #7)

Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19L & Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports #19s)

Kyle Shipley/Sun City, AZ (Kyle Shipley #0G)

Brady Short/Bedford, IN (Short-Pottorff Racing #11p)

Carson Short/Marion, IL (Chris Dyson Racing #20 & RCM Motorsports #21)

Jake Simmons/New Palestine, IN (Tim Simmons #3)

Landon Simon/Tipp City, OH (Jerry Burton #04, Simon Racing #23s & Landon Simon Racing #24s)

Alec Sipes/Bloomfield, IN (Alec Sipes #99)

Corey Smith/Russiaville, IN (CS Motorsports #66s)

Dustin Smith/Russiaville, IN (Smith Racing #77)

Wesley Smith/Nixa, MO (John Helm #12)

Justin Standridge/Athens, IL (KCBJ Motorsports #8J)

John Stehman/Halifax, PA (Treyco Motorsports #23)

Brandon Stevenson/Holstein, IA (Brandon Stevenson #0)

Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing #32)

Lane Stone/Concordia, MO (Terry Stone #73)

Joe Stornetta/Napa, CA (Jerry Burton #04)

Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (Robbie & Gaye Allen #12)

Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau-Mike Burkhart #34AZ)

Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Nolen Racing #20N)

Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy #98)

Doug Sylvester/Ottumwa, IL (Doug Sylvester #12x)

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Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr. #51T)

Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward Thomas Motorsports #19)

Steve Thomas/Ludlow, IL (Steve Thomas Racing #20)

®Ty Tilton/Lima, OH (Ty Tilton #42)

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Lee Underwood/Troy, OH (Lee Underwood Racing #24L)

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Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd #88)

Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd #10)

®Brian VanMeveren/Woodbury, MN (VanMeveren Racing #24)

Jesse Vermillion/Greencastle, IN (Vermillion Racing #5)

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Scotty Weir/Marion, IN (Scott Pedersen #4p, Simon Racing #23s, Goodnight Racing #39, Goodnight Racing #39G & Dwight Cheney #42)

Cooper Welch/Sheridan, IN (Chris Welch #2)

Travis Welpott/Pendleton, IN (Travis Welpott-Ernie Gorman Racing #18T)

Matt Westfall/Pleasant Hill, OH (Ray Marshall Motorsports #33m)

Korey Weyant/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant #99)

Cody White/Fremont, OH (Jerry White #26w)

Eric Wilkins/El Mirage, AZ (John Grau-Mike Burkhart #34w)

Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom & Laurie Sertich #92)

Chet Williams/Newburg, IN (Chet Williams #38)

Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams #44)

Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group-Goacher Racing #5G)

Mitch Wissmiller/Saybrook, IL (Mitch Wissmiller #1 & Matt & Ruthy Barker #29)

Callie Wolsiffer/New Palestine, IN (Barry Tibbits #43w)

Brad Wyatt/Kearney, MO (RNS Motorsports #41)

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS:


ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVER FEATURE WINS:

1. [62 wins] Dave Darland

2. [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. [29 wins] Brady Bacon & Robert Ballou

15. [28 wins] Levi Jones & J.J. Yeley

17. [27 wins] Kevin Thomas, Jr.

18. [26 wins] Tyler Courtney, Tony Elliott & Dave Steele

21. [25 wins] Steve Butler, Jay Drake & Chris Windom

24. [23 wins] A.J. Foyt & Roger McCluskey

26. [22 wins] Rick Hood, Bubby Jones & Sam Sessions

29. [21 wins] Greg Weld

30. [17 wins] Jerry Coons, Jr., Parnelli Jones & Bud Kaeding

33. [16 wins] Damion Gardner & Justin Grant

35. [15 wins] Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson & Brian Tyler

39. [14 wins] Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman & Bruce Walkup

43. [13 wins] Don Branson & Steve Chassey

45. [12 wins] Eric Gordon & Chase Stockon

47. [11 wins] Daron Clayton & Greg Leffler

49. [10 wins] Thomas Meseraull & Tony Stewart

51. [9 wins] Mario Andretti, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg & Robbie Stanley

55. [8 wins] Mike Bliss, Chet Fillip, Johnny Rutherford & Joe Saldana

59. [7 wins] Kevin Doty, Darren Hagen, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Doug Kalitta, Jim Keeker, Bobby Santos, Brady Short, Kevin Thomas, Bobby Unser & Josh Wise

69. [6 wins] Chad Boespflug, Kevin Briscoe, Kyle Cummins, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider & Dick Tobias

78. [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

94. [4 wins] Rob Chaney, Shane Cottle, 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, 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, Jason McDougal, 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

156. [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, Billy 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, 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, Logan Seavey, 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

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ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FAST QUALIFYING TIMES

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. (33) Brady Bacon

9. (31) Sheldon Kinser

10. (30) Pancho Carter

11. (28) Kevin Thomas, Jr.

12. (27) Dave Steele & Chase Stockon

14. (26) Jay Drake

15. (24) Gary Bettenhausen, Justin Grant & J.J. Yeley

18. (23) C.J. Leary & Jon Stanbrough

20. (22) Steve Butler

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

24. (19) Greg Weld

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

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

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

33. (14) Billy Cassella & Parnelli Jones

35. (13) Bobby East, Damion Gardner & Bruce Walkup

38. (12) Steve Chassey, Rick Hood, Bill Puterbaugh & Joe Saldana

42. (11) Tyler Courtney & George Snider

44. (10) Sonny Ates & Chris Windom

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

51. (8) Robert Ballou, Bubby Jones, Kelly Kinser & Thomas Meseraull

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

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

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

89. (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, 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., Timmy Buckwalter, 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, Logan Seavey, 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

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR DRIVER CHAMPIONS:
1956: Pat O'Connor (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1957: Elmer George (Midwest) & Bill Randall (Eastern), 1958: Eddie Sachs (Midwest) & Johnny Thomson (Eastern), 1959: Don Branson (Midwest) & Tommy Hinnershitz (Eastern), 1960: Parnelli Jones (Midwest) & A.J. Foyt (Eastern), 1961: Parnelli Jones, 1962: Parnelli Jones, 1963: Roger McCluskey, 1964: Don Branson, 1965: Johnny Rutherford, 1966: Roger McCluskey, 1967: Greg Weld, 1968: Larry Dickson, 1969: Gary Bettenhausen, 1970: Larry Dickson, 1971: Gary Bettenhausen, 1972: Sam Sessions, 1973: Rollie Beale, 1974: Pancho Carter, 1975: Larry Dickson, 1976: Pancho Carter, 1977: Sheldon Kinser, 1978: Tom Bigelow, 1979: Greg Leffler, 1980: Rich Vogler, 1981: Sheldon Kinser, 1982: Sheldon Kinser, 1983: Ken Schrader, 1984: Rick Hood, 1985: Rick Hood, 1986: Steve Butler, 1987: Steve Butler, 1988: Steve Butler, 1989: Rich Vogler, 1990: Steve Butler, 1991: Robbie Stanley, 1992: Robbie Stanley, 1993: Robbie Stanley, 1994: Doug Kalitta, 1995: Tony Stewart, 1996: Brian Tyler, 1997: Brian Tyler, 1998: Tony Elliott, 1999: Dave Darland, 2000: Tony Elliott, 2001: J.J. Yeley, 2002: Tracy Hines, 2003: J.J. Yeley, 2004: Jay Drake, 2005: Levi Jones, 2006: Josh Wise, 2007: Levi Jones, 2008: Jerry Coons, Jr., 2009: Levi Jones, 2010: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Shane Hmiel (Pavement), 2011: Levi Jones (Dirt) & Bobby Santos (Pavement), 2012: Bryan Clauson, 2013: Bryan Clauson, 2014: Brady Bacon, 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Brady Bacon, 2017: Chris Windom, 2018: Tyler Courtney, 2019: C.J. Leary

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR OWNER CHAMPIONS:
1961: Sterling Plumbing & Heating, 1962: Bruce Homeyer, 1963: Bruce Homeyer, 1964: Jud Phillips, 1965: Jack Colvin, 1966: Anderson Products, 1967: Rufus Gray, 1968: Ray Smith, 1969: Willie Davis, 1970: Kenny Lay, 1971: Willie Davis, 1972: Mauri Amerling, 1973: R-B Racing Associates, 1974: Conger & Stapp Racing, 1975: Ernie Ensign, 1976: Steve Stapp Racing, 1977: Sherman Armstrong, 1978: Sherman Armstrong, 1979: Lloyd Weaver, 1980: Gohr Distributing Co., 1981: Ben Leyba, 1982: Ben Leyba, 1983: Damon Fortune, 1984: Damon Fortune, 1985: Damon Fortune, 1986: Phil Poor, 1987: Jeff Stoops, 1988: Jeff Stoops, 1989: Dynamics, Inc., 1990: Johnny Vance Racing Team, Inc., 1991: Ron Stanley, 1992: Dynamics, Inc., 1993: Dynamics, Inc., 1994: Utopia Services, Inc., 1995: Niebel Engines, Inc., 1996: Dynamics, Inc., 1997: Dynamics, Inc., 1998: Vance/Walker Racing, 1999: Dynamics, Inc., 2000: Walker/Lamers Racing, 2001: Walker/Gratton Racing, 2002: Dynamics, Inc., 2003: Tony Stewart Racing, 2004: Dynamics, Inc., 2005: 2B Racing, 2006: Tony Stewart Racing, 2007: Tony Stewart Racing, 2008: Dynamics, Inc., 2009: Tony Stewart Racing, 2010: Tony Stewart Racing, 2011: Tony Stewart Racing, 2012: CTR/BCI/Curb-Agajanian, 2013: Tony Stewart Racing/Curb-Agajanian, 2014: Dynamics, Inc., 2015: Robert Ballou, 2016: Dynamics, Inc., 2017: Baldwin Brothers Racing, 2018: Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing, 2019: Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports

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ALL-TIME USAC SPRINT CAR ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
1971: Darl Harrison, 1972: Billy Cassella, 1973: Rich Leavell, 1974: Lee Osborne, 1975: Marvin Carman, 1976: Roger Rager, 1977: Eddie Leavitt, 1978: Tim Richmond, 1979: Jerry Carman, 1980: Frank Riddle, 1981: Steve Long & Johnny Coogan, 1982: Danny Milburn, 1983: Dean Shirley, 1984: Jerry Russell, 1985: Terry Shepherd, 1986: Kenny Jacobs, 1987: Rick Ungar, 1988: Dean Jacobs, 1989: Eric Gordon, 1990: Rick Howerton, 1991: Tony Stewart, 1992: Gary Cameron II, 1993: Kenny Irwin, Jr., 1994: Bobby Smith, 1995: Mark Cassella, 1996: Gus Wasson, 1997: J.J. Yeley, 1998: Tracy Hines, 1999: Ryan Newman, 2000: Bud Kaeding, 2001: Ed Carpenter, 2002: Boston Reid, 2003: Michael Lewis & Mat Neely, 2004: Josh Ford & Josh Wise, 2005: Darren Hagen, 2006: Scotty Weir, 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2008: Chad Boat, 2009: Henry Clarke, 2010: Justin Grant, 2011: Coleman Gulick, 2012: C.J. Leary, 2013: Tyler Courtney, 2014: Jarett Andretti, 2015: Aaron Farney, 2016: Isaac Chapple, 2017: Stevie Sussex, 2018: Timmy Buckwalter & Logan Seavey, 2019: Dustin Clark

 

 

KEVIN THOMAS, JR. BACK IN THE #9K
FOR 2020 USAC SPRINT SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 4, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. will return to the KT Motorsports No. 9K for the full 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car campaign with sponsorship from McDonald's and Dr. Pepper.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., made his USAC National Sprint Car debut aboard the No. 9K in 2009, won his first career USAC Sprint race in the car in 2012, and reeled off five victories during a strong 2017 campaign with the team.

The 2018 series runner-up and 28-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner, which ranks 11th all-time in series history, is excited to be back with the family-owned team to kick off the new decade of the 2020s.

"I kind of feel like when we run under our own banner, that's where we get our best results," Thomas said. "We're going to go with what got us here and do things on our own. It was a decent season last year, but I think we can build off of it."

Thomas' 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season consisted of a pair of wins, including a thrilling last lap victory during Indiana Sprint Week in July at Bloomington Speedway, plus a triumph in the Midwest season finale in October during the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway en route to a fourth place finish in the final standings.

Thomas is aiming to up that to a title run this year following three top-four finishes in the final series standings in each of the past three years: a 3rd in 2017, a 2nd in 2018 and a 4th in 2019.

"We want to run for a championship and for as many wins as we can," Thomas stated. "Under our family name, with my dad as car owner and me as a driver, we have a lot of pride in what we do with this race team."

Also, Thomas announced he will return to the Petry Motorsports team for a full run at the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship in 2020 as well, with whom he captured two victories in 2019 at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway and Arizona Speedway.

The 2020 season openers for the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship begin in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. Midgets hit the track for practice on Feb. 6 with two full nights of racing to follow on Feb. 7-8. The sprints take their turn the following week with practice on Feb. 12 and three-straight nights of full racing programs on Feb. 13-14-15.

 

 

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SLATE SET

Speedway, Indiana.........Indiana Midget Week enters its 15th year in 2020 with a new look with the addition of Paragon Speedway as the opener to the star studded six-straight nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing June 2-7.

On Tuesday, June 2, the tricky quarter mile of Paragon, located just a little less than an hour southwest of Indianapolis, will make its debut on the Indiana Midget Week schedule by hosting its first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget race since 1985 and its first USAC-sanctioned race of any kind since 1998.

Paragon Speedway has hosted USAC Midgets only three times in its existence, a 1977 event won by Johnny Parsons, a 1978 victory by Mel Kenyon and the 1985 race, which served as the only career USAC National win for John Andretti.

Following the opener at Paragon, on Wednesday, June 3, the series travels northbound to the quarter-mile Gas City I-69 Speedway, whose origins with the IMW series date to the inaugural year in 2005. Next, on Thursday, June 4, the 5/16 Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is back on the IMW docket for the 11th straight year.

The quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway provides the surface as IMW enters the weekend on Friday, June 5. The three-eighths of a mile Lawrenceburg Speedway, which hosted the very first IMW event in 2005, serves as the penultimate race of the mini-series on Saturday, June 6. The 2020 IMW finale at Kokomo Speedway comes to the quarter mile venue on Sunday, June 7, which first hosted USAC Midget racing in USAC's inaugural season of 1956.

Indiana Midget Week debuted in 2005, and throughout the past decade and a half, has developed into one of the ultimate racing destination weeks of the year. It's a racer's delight with each night providing a salivating offering of both USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and local sprint car racing where several drivers will pull double duty in each type of car throughout the week for six consecutive nights.

"Indiana Midget Week is annually one of the most thrilling weeks of the USAC season," USAC National Series Director Levi Jones said. "USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing right now is the most intense and unpredictable it's ever been as proven by nine different winners in nine races during Indiana Midget Week over the past two seasons. Witnessing that over six nights in 2020 will be something you won't want to miss."

Logan Seavey is the reigning IMW champion after capturing the 2019 title. Bryan Clauson owns the most IMW career feature victories with nine. Additional past champions of IMW include Shane Cottle (2005-06), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2007), Tracy Hines (2008-10), Clauson (2009-11-16), Brad Kuhn (2010), Darren Hagen (2012), Christopher Bell (2013), Rico Abreu (2014-15), Shane Golobic (2017) and Spencer Bayston (2018).

2020 INDIANA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE: Tue., June 2: Paragon Speedway - Paragon, Indiana Wed., June 3: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana Thu., June 4: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana Fri., June 5: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana Sat., June 6: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana Sun., June 7: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana

 

 

2020 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK DATES REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (December 2, 2019).........The 33rd annual Indiana Sprint Week schedule will feature seven races in a nine-night span between July 24 and August 1 at seven familiar Hoosier-state venues on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail.

The 2020 ISW schedule includes seven distinct tracks with a rich history and unique characteristics each their own, ranging from quarter-miles to three-eighths to half-miles, with degrees of banking both flat and high throughout the mini-series, offering a unique challenge to both driver and machine throughout a rigorous week of racing.

"Indiana Sprint Week has been an annual cornerstone of USAC's summer schedule for the past quarter century and we look forward to continue building upon its great legacy as we enter the decade of the 2020s," USAC series coordinator Levi Jones said.

For the eighth time overall, and first time since 2016, Gas City I-69 Speedway will host the ISW opener on Friday, July 24. The quarter mile has previously hosted the ISW opener in 2002 and each year between 2011-16. From there, the series travels due west the following day, Saturday, July 25, to the quarter-mile Kokomo Speedway, whose ISW origins date to the inaugural year of 1988. The first weekend concludes Sunday, July 26. in the southeastern part of the state at the high-banked, 3/8-mile of Lawrenceburg Speedway.

After a two-day hiatus, the series returns for a final four-day stretch beginning at the famed half-mile Terre Haute Action Track on Wednesday, July 29. Then, it's off to the world's fastest 5/16-mile, Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 30. Working southbound and down, the quarter-mile red clay of Bloomington Speedway hosts ISW for the 33rd consecutive year on Friday, July 31 and concludes with the ISW finale Saturday, August 1 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, the first time ISW will have reached into the month of August since 1993.

Indiana Sprint Week debuted in 1988, but first became USAC-sanctioned in 1996. Since then, the event has grown from a single weekend to seven races over a week-and-a-half span and has become one of the marquee events, and most sought after tickets, on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule 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. Newly crowned 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion C.J. Leary captured the most recent Indiana Sprint Week title this past summer.

2020 INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE:
Fri., July 24: Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana
Sat., July 25: Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana
Sun., July 26: Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wed., July 29: Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana
Thu., July 30: Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana
Fri., July 31: Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana
Sat., August 1: Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana


 

LARSON LOGS 3RD TURKEY NIGHT GP WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 29 2019).........Nearing halfway of Friday night's 98-lap feature at California's Ventura Raceway while running fifth, Kyle Larson nearly saw his Turkey Night Grand Prix end in shambles after biking hard into turn one.

Somehow, someway, the Elk Grove, Calif. native regained his footing, kept his foot on the throttle and carried on as if it was just part of the game plan.

Obviously, it wasn't, but Larson welcomes a challenge and responded to it in kind throughout the night, beginning with his qualifying run. After being a favorite to win the pole, Larson uncharacteristically spun on his second qualifying lap, relegating him to 16th fastest and forcing him to carve through the field if he was to reach the pinnacle once again.

Larson seemingly took it all in stride, even on a racing surface that had been deluged by heavy rain over the past three days that made the 1/5-mile oceanside bullring a giddy-up, bucking bronco style ride from the word go.

With all those challenges facing him, and even a lengthy precipitation delay during the night's qualifying races, it still seemed inevitable that Larson was going to be a factor regardless if he started mid-pack, on the tail or in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with one arm tied behind his back. That's just how good Larson has been of late behind the wheel of a midget.

None of these things could prove a hindrance to Larson who won the prestigious race for a third time, joining Ron Shuman (8), Billy Boat (3) and Christopher Bell (3) as one of the Mt. Rushmore figures to win the event on at least three occasions following previous victories in 2012 and 2016.

"I've always run well at the Turkey Night Grand Prix," Larson admitted. "To get another one feels great. I had to work hard for that one, everybody did, just to get to the checkered flag. It was extremely rough, but fun too because it was challenging, and the ruts changed all throughout the race."

However, with all those challenges aside, Larson's largest thorn was teenage sensation Cannon McIntosh, who was making his first Turkey Night Grand Prix appearance and was a prime contender to become the first driver since Warren Mockler in 1986 to win in his very first Turkey Night appearance.

McIntosh led the field for a race-high 67 laps until Larson went full bore to the topside of McIntosh in turn three following a restart with 11 laps remaining to lock down his 19th career USAC National Midget win, equaling him with Jerry Coons Jr., Stan Fox and Jason Leffler for 33rd all-time, a list of wins that includes previous Turkey Night triumphs in 2012 and 2016.

"Cannon, I feel, definitely had the best car. He was really fast," Larson said. "I noticed during the caution right before I got by him, his right rear radius rod had broken. I knew that would affect his balance some. I was able to get around one and two good, and then get around him in three and four."

The key for most was to avoid the pervasive perilousness that had entrenched so many on this night with 98 physically and mentally demanding laps that were a test of endurance. Pole winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the enforcer early on, leading the first 20 circuits of the A-Main until a lap 21 restart that saw McIntosh hang ten on the topside of turn two to drive past both Spencer Bayston for second and Thomas for the lead in the blink of an eye.

Moments later, two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. endured the first of two Maalox moments, first flipping on lap 22 in turn one and again on lap 28 in turn three. Thomas himself flipped on the 70th lap while running fourth amidst a tussle with lapped traffic.

Following the red for Thomas, it became just a common core sprint race with 29 laps to go and third-running Larson beginning to surge. With 22 laps remaining, second place Bayston hit a hole in between turns three and four, knocking him sideways in his saddle as he fought to regain control. Larson immediately pounced to the inside of Bayston to rip second away, with the two banging wheels and passing like two ships in the night as Larson scooted past and now lie three quarters of a second behind leader McIntosh.

That gap closed rapidly, and Larson was on McIntosh like white on rice, painting the 08 on McIntosh's tail tank with a hint of chrome from his front bumper midway down the back straight with 12 laps remaining. Meanwhile, McIntosh did his best imitation of Amerigo Vespucci as he explored new land in front of C.J. Sarna, eventually diving under the Western States Midget regular with Larson climbing the turn three berm hot on his tracks.

Just as traffic began to play a starring role, that bit part was cut from the ending when eighth running Jesse Colwell stopped on the front straightaway on lap 87 to bring out the yellow flag. McIntosh was routinely high-quality on restarts in clean air while Larson seemingly made gains in traffic, but that didn't hinder Larson from driving around McIntosh in a one-on-one match on the 88th lap in turn three to secure the lead.

As Larson extended the interval to two seconds over McIntosh, 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Tyler Courtney flipped wildly on the front straight to necessitate a red flag and an ensuing green-white-checkered restart and finish. It took two attempts for the GWC, but Larson was in control throughout, though McIntosh's wounded machine put up a fighting effort at the end, that was just not enough to run down Larson.

Larson closed out his fourth series victory of the season by 0.893 sec. over McIntosh, Bayston, Jason McDougal and Carson Macedo in his Kyle Larson Open Wheel/Lucas Oil - iRacing - Finley Farms/King/Speedway Toyota.

Three seems to be a magic number for Kyle Larson. The win marked just the third occasion in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget history that a driver won the final three races to conclude the season (Billy Boat 1995 & Larson in 2012). Larson also became the first driver in 24 years to win three-straight USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in the state of California (also Boat in 1995).

For McIntosh, a native of Bixby, Okla., a second-place run was much needed after a succession of peaks and valleys that saw the 16-year-old win his first career USAC National Midget race in March at the Southern Illinois Center to go along with several bits of bad luck and incidents that plagued the team throughout 2019. But it was a solid run nonetheless although, like their season as a whole, they had to fight tooth-and-nail to score their hard-earned runner up result to earn Don Basile Rookie of the Race honors.

"My legs, I couldn't really feel them there at the end," said the driver after the initial 98-lap race of his young career. "I was just trying to maintain a good pace because you can't really just run out and go your hardest for the first 30, so I was just trying to be patient and smooth. I knew something was wrong toward the end, I just didn't know what it was. It wasn't affecting it too bad, but it happens, it's part of racing."

Meanwhile, Robert Dalby of Anaheim, Calif. wrapped up the 2019 USAC Western States Midget championship following a 26th place finish on Friday night to win by a final margin of 29 points over Cory Elliott. Dalby then announced his intentions to move himself and his racing operation to Indiana to chase the National trail in 2020.

Friday's race marked just the sixth occasion during the USAC era, 1956-present, that the Turkey Night Grand Prix had not been run on Thanksgiving night. It had been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Ventura Raceway were:

Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Kyle Larson (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display Fast Qualifier)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 29, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: (Top-10 Locked into the Feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.409; 2. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-12.464; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.477; 4. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-12.520; 5. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.549; 6. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.631; 7. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.634; 8. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.645; 9. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.673; 10. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-12.737; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.752; 12. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.757; 13. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.774; 14. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.776; 15. Jason McDougal, 71m, FMR-12.787; 16. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.796; 17. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-12.803; 18. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.831; 19. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.851; 20. Daison Pursley, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.862; 21. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-12.888; 22. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.923; 23. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.930; 24. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.932; 25. Carson Sousa, 01, Dalby-12.932; 26. C.J. Leary, 13, Gile-12.951; 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.983; 28. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-12.987; 29. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.018; 30. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.018; 31. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.059; 32. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-13.062; 33. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.108; 34. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-13.134; 35. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.137; 36. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-13.143; 37. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.147; 38. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-13.161; 39. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.165; 40. Brady Bacon, 73T, Ford-13.194; 41. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.197; 42. Maria Cofer, 71s, Campbell-13.234; 43. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.244; 44. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.272; 45. Robby Josett, 73x, Ford-13.273; 46. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.284; 47. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-13.294; 48. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-13.304; 49. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.310; 50. Nick Drake, 7R, Ruston-13.328; 51. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.476; 52. Johnathon Henry, 1x, LKK-13.511; 53. Terry Nichols, 1p, Nichols-13.555; 54. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.566; 55. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Chisholm-13.580; 56. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-13.580; 57. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.590; 58. Matt Streeter, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.615; 59. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.618; 60. Tyler Edwards, 17s, Swanson-13.638; 61. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-13.780; 62. Mike Leach, Jr., 33, Leach-14.188; 63. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.195; 64. Ron Hazelton, 15ws, Hazelton-14.368; 65. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-14.507; 66. Audra Sasselli, 1p, Nichols-17.696; 67. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-NT; 68. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS / EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Colby Copeland, 3. Daison Pursley, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Dillon Welch, 11. Kyle Beilman, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Chris Sheil, 14. Karsyn Elledge, 15. Mike Leach, Jr., 16. C.J Leary, 17. Ethan Mitchell, 18. Daniel Robinson, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Bryan Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Ben Worth, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ronnie Gardner, 8. Aaron Reutzel, 9. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 10. Damion Gardner, 11. Carson Garrett, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Robby Josett, 14. C.J. Sarna, 15. Randi Pankratz, 16. Chad Frewaldt, 17. Audra Sasselli, 18. Casey Hicks, 19. Tyler Edwards. NT

AUTOMETER / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Larson, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 5. Carson Sousa, 6. Jake Swanson, 7. Justin Grant, 8. Kaidon Brown, 9. Jake Bubak, 10. Brady Bacon, 11. Johnathon Henry, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Dylan Ito, 14. David Prickett, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Jake Morgan, 17. Mark Chisholm, 18. Ron Hazelton, 19. Emilio Hoover. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ryan Bernal, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Ben Worth, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Jake Bubak, 8. Kaidon Brown, 9. Aaron Reutzel, 10. Nick Drake, 11. Holley Hollan, 12. Brady Bacon, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14. Carson Sousa, 15. Ronnie Gardner, 16. Robert Dalby. NT

FEATURE: (98 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (13), 2. Cannon McIntosh (8), 3. Spencer Bayston (4), 4. Jason McDougal (15), 5. Carson Macedo (10), 6. Buddy Kofoid (19), 7. Logan Seavey (16), 8. Tanner Carrick (12), 9. Shane Golobic (24), 10. Ryan Bernal (23), 11. Jake Swanson (26), 12. Zeb Wise (27), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (3), 14. Chris Windom (28), 15. Ben Worth (25), 16. Jesse Colwell (20), 17. Rico Abreu (5), 18. Tyler Courtney (11), 19. Daison Pursley (17), 20. Colby Copeland (14), 21. C.J. Sarna (30), 22. Michael Pickens (6), 23. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 24. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (22), 25. Thomas Meseraull (21), 26. Robert Dalby (29), 27. Gio Scelzi (7), 28. Cory Elliott (18), 29. Chase Johnson (2), 30. Austin Liggett (9). NT

**Zeb Wise flipped during the first qualifying race. C.J. Leary flipped during the first qualifying race. Carson Sousa flipped during the semi. Chase Johnson flipped on lap 11 of the feature. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. flipped on laps 22 & 28 of the feature. Gio Scelzi flipped on lap 35 of the feature. Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped on lap 70 of the feature. Tyler Courtney flipped on lap 98 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 21-87 Cannon McIntosh, Laps 88-98 Kyle Larson.

DON BASILE ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Cannon McIntosh

KSE RACING PRODUCTS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (24th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser

FINAL USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-2,040, 2-Logan Seavey-1,861, 3-Chris Windom-1,853, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,784, 5-Zeb Wise-1,749, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,605, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,581, 8-Jason McDougal-1,531, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,421, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

FINAL USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-793, 2-Cory Elliott-764, 3-Ben Worth-593, 4-David Prickett-586, 5-C.J. Sarna-566, 6-Shannon McQueen-534, 7-Jake Swanson-499, 8-Austin Liggett-481, 9-Randi Pankratz-438, 10-Kyle Beilman-392.


 

 

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS:

November 29, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

FEATURE: (41 laps, with starting positions) 1. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson / 2), 2. Geoff Ensign (#44 Ensign / 3), 3. Tyler Courtney (#81T Watt / 1), 4. Brady Bacon (#73T Ford / 5), 5. Tyler Edwards (#57 Hix / 8), 6. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton / 21), 7. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford / 4), 8. Austin Liggett (#83 Liggett / 6), 9. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick / 7), 10. Max Adams (#73 Ford / 10), 11. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller / 13), 12. Michael Pickens (#81S Watt / 11), 13. T.J. Smith (#8M May / 9), 14. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons / 17), 15. Jarrett Soares (#12 Soares / 25), 16. Ricky Lewis (#81 Watt / 18), 17. Chris Windom (#81X Watt / 14), 18. Blake Carrick (#38B Carrick / 16), 19. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix / 12), 20. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole / 24), 21. Bruno Bianchi (#17 Phillips / 20), 22. Trent Williams (#52V Stanford / 15), 23. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino / 19), 24. Slater Helt (#81M Watt / 23), 25. Kaleb Montgomery (#3 Montgomery / 22). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-41 Johnson
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Carson Macedo (21st to 6th)

 

 

USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUTS AT SELINSGROVE ON AUG. 9 2020

Speedway, Indiana (November 29, 2019).........Pennsylvania's Selinsgrove Speedway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) will present the Bill Holland Classic for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in what promises to be a must-see event 74 years in the making!

The first-ever visit by the Silver Crown Champ Cars to the historic half-mile oval will feature the wingless warriors in a 74-lap race that will not only honor the memory of the late Hall-of-Fame driver Bill Holland but also commemorate the speedway's 74th anniversary.

Holland, of Reading, Pa., won the first race at Selinsgrove Speedway on July 20, 1946, and went on to win the 1949 Indianapolis 500. Although Holland never won a race with USAC, his career was legendary in AAA competition, the predecessor to the formation of USAC in 1955. He died in 1984 from complications of Alzheimer's disease, and was inducted posthumously into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2005.

The elite Silver Crown Champ Car Series drivers will race for $8,000 to win and the inaugural Holland Classic trophy out of the $33,000 purse.

"A Silver Crown Champ Car race at Selinsgrove will be the perfect homage to one of auto racing's most accomplished drivers," said speedway general manager Steve Inch. "Several Silver Crown drivers visited the speedway last summer and noted the track's size and sweeping turns will make it an ideal venue for a Champ Car event."

Similarly, USAC series director Levi Jones, a two-time USAC Silver Crown champion driver himself, is honored to have the series makes its debut at the central Pennsylvania track.

"Pennsylvania is a hotbed of dirt track auto racing and it's a thrill to bring USAC's brand of racing to Selinsgrove Speedway," Jones stated. "The Silver Crown series has a legendary legacy with many of the greatest names in the sport winning races and championships that continues to this day. It will be exciting for all of us to see the kind of show that the Silver Crown cars and the drivers will put on at Selinsgrove for the first time."

With the pit area moved outside of the track in 2018, fans will have an unobstructed view of the wingless open wheelers on the "Superspeedway of Dirt Track Racing" Aug. 9.

In its storied history, USAC has sanctioned only one previous event at Selinsgrove, a wingless sprint car race won by Hall-of-Famer Mitch Smith of Linglestown, Pa., in 1971.
Additional details on this marquee event and supporting divisions will be released as they become finalized.

For additional information on Selinsgrove Speedway and the United States Auto Club, please visit www.selinsgrovespeedway.com and www.usacracing.com.

 

TYLER COURTNEY WINS VENTURA TURKEY NIGHT DASH

VENTURA, CA – NOVEMBER 27, 2019… Taking lead from Chase Johnson, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney (Indianapoils, IN) won the opening 15-lap USAC West Coast Sprint Car dash of the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Racing Steve Watt’s potent #81T Automotive Racing Products / Maxwell Industries entry, Courtney earned $1,000 for his efforts and finished ahead of Johnson, “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign, Troy Rutherford and Brady Bacon at Ventura Raceway.

Johnson topped the 28-car roster in passing points to earn the night’s Woodland Auto Display Top Qualifier honors.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Max Adams (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Johnson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), Courtney (Competition Suspension Incorporated Third Heat), and Tyler Edwards (Ultra Shield Race Products Fourth Heat).

The twelve-lap qualifying races were claimed by Johnson (Butlerbuilt Seats First Qualifier), Troy Rutherford (Saldana Racing Products Second Qualifier), Tanner Carrick (Wilwood Disc Brakes Third Qualifier), and Brady Bacon (Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Qualifier).

The USAC West Coast Sprint Cars are back in action on Thursday, November 28th, for the final night of Ventura Raceway’s “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix / ARP Battle of the Beach Race #4.” The special 41-lap feature will close the curtain on the 2019 campaign.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SPECIAL EVENT RESULTS: November 27, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” – co-sanctioned with VRA

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Max Adams (#73 Ford), 2. Geoff Ensign (#44 Ensign), 3. T.J. Smith (#8M May). 4. Carson Macedo (#21 Tarlton), 5. Troy Rutherford (#11 Rutherford), 6. Bruno Bianchi (#17 Phillips), 7. Geoffrey Strole (#09S Strole). NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (#24 Johnson), 2. Michael Pickens (#81S Watt), 3. J.J. Ringo (#2 Keller), 4. Ricky Lewis (#81 Watt), 5. Rick Hendrix (#15 Hendrix), 6. Ryan Timmons (#29T Timmons), 7. Kaleb Montgomery (#3 Montgomery). NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INCORPORATED THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Courtney (#81T Watt), 2. Chris Windom (#81X Watt), 3. Dominci Scelzi (#41S Scelzi), 4. Tristan Guardino (#15T Guardino), 5. Austin Liggett (#81 Liggett), 6. Trent Williams (#52V Stanford), 7. Slater Helt (#81M Watt). NT

ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Edwards (#57 Hix), 2. Jeff Fillingame (#17R Fillingame), 3. Tanner Carrick (#83T Carrick), 4. Brady Bacon (#73T Ford), 5. Blake Carrick (#38B Carrick), 6. Colby Johnson (#38 Johnson). NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Ch.Johnson, 2. Ensign, 3. Ringo, 4. Scelzi, 5. Timmons, 6. Montgomery, 7. Guardino. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Smith, 3. Pickens, 4. Adams, 5. B.Carrick, 6. Bianchi. NT

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. T.Carrick, 2. Courtney, 3. Hendrix, 4. Williams, 5. Windom, 6. Helt, 7. Macedo. NT

SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Liggett, 3. Edwards, 4. Soares, 5. Fillingame, 6. Lewis, 7. Co.Johnson. NT

DASH: (15 laps, with starting positions) 1. Tyler Courtney (2), 2. Chase Johnson (1), 3. Geoff Ensign (3), 4. Troy Rutherford (7), 5. Brady Bacon (6), 6. Austin Liggett (8), 7. Tanner Carrick (5), 8. Tyler Edwards (4), 9. T.J. Smith (10), 10. Max Adams (9).
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WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY TOP QUALIFIER: Chase Johnson

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT: November 28 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” / “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #4” – co-sanctioned with VRA

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT POSTPONED TO FRIDAY

Ventura, California (November 28, 2019).........Overnight rain mixed with a heavy downpour around 10am Pacific time on Thursday has forced postponement of the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix to Friday, November 29, at California's Ventura Raceway.

The famed event will feature season finales for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National/Western States Midgets plus the USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars.

On Friday, the same schedule is in effect. Pits open at 11am Pacific with the drivers meeting taking place at 2:45pm, grandstands opening at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events.

All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

This marks just the sixth occasion during the USAC era, 1956-present, that the Turkey Night Grand Prix has not been run on Thanksgiving night. It's been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is the lone former Turkey Night Grand Prix midget winner (2012 & 2016) entered for the prestigious event. Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell was the fastest of the 59 cars that took part in Wednesday night's midget practice session.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was victorious in Wednesday night's sprint dash. Lemoore, California's Carson Macedo is the reigning winner of last year's sprint feature.

All the racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

COLWELL FASTEST IN TURKEY NIGHT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2019).........Jesse Colwell made his very first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start at Ventura Raceway one year ago.

One year later, he's gotten his 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix off to a hot start by recording the fastest time in Wednesday's practice at the 1/5-mile southern California dirt oval in preparation for Thursday's 98-lap event.

Colwell, of Red Bluff, Calif., who finished 12th in the 2019 Turkey Night Grand Prix midget feature, set the fast time during the first of three practice sessions on Wednesday at a lap of 12.912 sec. in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/IWX - TRD - Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota.

USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) was second in practice. He leads the standings by 29 points entering Thursday's finale. Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was third, 2012 and 2016 Turkey Night winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) was fourth and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) rounded out the top-five.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

All the racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRACTICE RESULTS: November 27, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.912; 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.919; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.933; 4. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.994; 5. Jason McDougal, 71m, FMR-13.067; 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-13.115; 7. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-13.141; 8. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-13.142; 9. Carson Sousa, 01, Dalby-13.163; 10. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.176; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-13.228; 12. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-13.231; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.232; 14. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-13.245; 15. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.250; 16. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.251; 17. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-13.253; 18. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.280; 19. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-13.301; 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.312; 21. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-13.318; 22. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-13.323; 23. Daison Pursley, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.323; 24. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-13.345; 25. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-13.363; 26. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.377; 27. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.377; 28. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.394; 29. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-13.395; 30. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.427; 31. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.438; 32. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-13.454; 33. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-13.456; 34. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.474; 35. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.493; 36. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-13.508; 37. Maria Cofer, 71s, Campbell-13.523; 38. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.535; 39. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.536; 40. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-13.566; 41. Brady Bacon, 73T, Ford-13.669; 42. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-13.683; 43. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.683; 44. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.696; 45. C.J. Leary, 13, Gile-13.702; 46. Troy Rutherford, F5, Simmons-13.714; 47. Robby Josett, 73x, Ford-13.827; 48. Chris Sheil, 91, Mason-13.831; 49. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-13.844; 50. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.931; 51. Chad Frewaldt, 4F, Frewaldt-13.952; 52. Emilio Hoover, 9H, Hoover-13.962; 53. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Chisholm-13.972; 54. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-13.977; 55. Nick Drake, 7R, Ruston-14.071; 56. Casey Hicks, 5H, Hicks-14.081; 57. Alex Grigroeas, 1x, LKK-14.084; 58. Jessie Finkenbinder, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.907; 59. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-NT.
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COURTNEY AIMS FOR WALK OFF PERFORMANCE
AT TURKEY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2019).........There aren't too many better ways for a champion to celebrate a title than in victory lane after winning the season finale. It's akin to a walk-off homer to win the World Series ala Bill Mazeroski or Joe Carter. Nothing could be finer.

Tyler Courtney has already wrapped up the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget title. A cherry on top, in more ways than one, would be a win in this Thursday night's Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

Firstly, he'd win the Turkey Night Grand Prix, the premier midget event on the west coast and the longest, most tradition-race in the entire sport which dates to the infancy of midget racing in 1934.

Secondly, it would put the 18-time USAC National feature winner in 2019 into yet another exclusive category of drivers who've won the season finale and the title in the same season.

To date, it's occurred five times over the course of the past six-plus decades with Shorty Templeman as the first individual to accomplish the feat in 1957, walking out of Bonelli Stadium in Saugus, Calif. with multiple pieces of hardware after winning for car owners Ashley and Kathryn Wright. Bob Wente was the next to do so in 1963 for Bob Higman indoors at Ohio's Cincinnati Gardens.

In most recent years, the final sendoff to the season has been Turkey Night in a variety of California locations. Jason Leffler is the lone driver to win both the season opener (Phoenix, Ariz.), the season finale (Irwindale, Calif.) and the series championship all within the same year. Courtney is in line to become the second to pull off the trifecta with a February win in the first race at Ocala, Fla. and a title already in his possession. An elusive Turkey Night crown, where he finished a career best 5th last year, awaits.

The two most recent drivers to pull off the racing "walk off" were Bobby East in 2004 who, like Leffler, pulled off the feat in the famed Steve Lewis No. 9 while Bryan Clauson got the job done in 2010 aboard Corey Tucker/BCI/Keith Kunz's No. 39. Both East and Clauson won their closers at Irwindale.

There've been a number of drivers who've started their season on the right foot and used the early season momentum to propel them to a USAC National Midget title. Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., could become the second consecutive driver to win the season opening race and cruise to a championship following Logan Seavey's run starting at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin in 2018.

Fellow drivers who've done it include Mel Kenyon (1968), Rich Vogler (1978) and Steve Lotshaw (1979) who all were victorious in cool January events at the unpredictable indoor concrete bullring of the Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Leffler, of course, got the job done at Phoenix International Raceway in 1999 followed by Bryan Clauson at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas to kick off 2011 and Rico Abreu at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway in 2014.

Championship or otherwise, it's been nearly two decades since a driver has won both the season opener and finale within the same year. Tony Stewart was the most recent in 2000, winning both February's Copper World at Phoenix and Turkey Night at Irwindale at November.

Parnelli Jones bookended the 1964 campaign with wins at Ascot Park. Rich Vogler won indoors to open 1984 and ended it in victory lane under the sunshine of Phoenix. Billy Boat ramped up a spectacular year in 1996 with a February Copper World triumph and wound it down with his second of three-straight Turkey Night wins at Perris, Calif. Leffler scored both ends of the 1999 season at Phoenix and Irwindale.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Both nights of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS WHO WON SEASON FINALE
1957: Shorty Templeman
1963: Bob Wente
1999: Jason Leffler
2004: Bobby East
2010: Bryan Clauson

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CHAMPIONS WHO WON SEASON OPENER
1968: Mel Kenyon
1978: Rich Vogler
1979: Steve Lotshaw
1999: Jason Leffler
2011: Bryan Clauson
2014: Rico Abreu
2018: Logan Seavey
2019: Tyler Courtney

WON USAC NATIONAL MIDGET OPENER & FINALE IN SAME SEASON
1964: Parnelli Jones
1984: Rich Vogler
1996: Billy Boat
1999: Jason Leffler
2000: Tony Stewart

 


 

USAC Western States Midget Series

DALBY-ELLIOTT BATTLE HEADS TO VENTURA’S “79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX”
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 26, 2019... After hard fought battles at Placerville and Bakersfield, the USAC Western States Midget championship will be decided at Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway. Set for Thursday, November 28th, the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” is one of the most prestigious and longest running motorsports events in the country. The NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets will also battle for their crown in a special 98-lap main event and the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will join the card. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 3515-3030, 3615-3030, 3515-3030-8, 3615-3030-8, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375-S, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, FLOWMASTER: 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272530-78. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- The weight rule is 1,035 lbs. with driver and the USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Sleepy Tripp & Gary Zarounian.

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

The festivities for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” will start on Wednesday, November 27th. 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 “ARP 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.

The Wednesday 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 3:15pm. On Thursday, the Pit Gates will open at 11:00am and the other times will be the same.

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX-VIEW 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2019).........It's been nearly three decades since the Turkey Night Grand Prix has reached the levels of enormity in car count and buzz than it has entering this Thursday's 79th edition of the prestigious event, but that's certainly the case in 2019.

More than 70 cars are expected to compete in the event at California's seaside oval of Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving night, November 28, which would be the most USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets in attendance for the race since 1992.

A little more than half of the expected lineup owns a previous Turkey Night Grand Prix midget feature start. Kyle Larson arrives as the lone past winner of Turkey Night, having won in both 2012 and 2016. He's finished 2nd in each of the last two years and, in fact, has never finished worse than 4th in seven starts. Christopher Bell, the 2017-18 winner of TNGP, is not expected to compete this year.

Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., has finished within the top-two in each of the last four years, and was also 3rd in 2014 and 4th in his Rookie year of 2011. He recently picked up a big payday with the series last Wednesday at Placerville, Calif., taking home $32,000 following his victory in the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100.

Following last Saturday's victory at Bakersfield, at Turkey Night, Larson aims to become the first driver since Billy Boat to win three consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget features in the state of California. Boat won four-in-a-row in the Golden State spanning the 1995-96 seasons.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) enters TNGP as having already clinched the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship following eight series wins this season. In two previous starts in the event, he earned a career-best 5th in 2018 after claiming 22nd in his Rookie campaign of 2017.

Two-time USAC National Midget champion (2007-08), Jerry Coons, Jr., is the most experienced Turkey Night Grand Prix driver in the field with nine previous starts dating back to the final edition held at Ascot Park in 1990 where he finished 8th. The Tucson, Ariz. native was a DNQ in his first Turkey Night appearance in 1989 but has secured six top-ten finishes since that point with a runner-up finish in 2012 and a 3rd in 1998 as his best.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is one of 10 drivers in this year's lineup to have started TNGP midget feature events on both pavement and dirt, along with Larson, Coons, Chris Windom, Thomas Meseraull, Shane Golobic, Dillon Welch, Robby Josett, David Prickett and Michael Faccinto. Bacon's 2nd in 2016 was his best in seven starts and was 7th a year ago.

Courtney's Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Chris Windom's most recent TNGP appearance came six years ago in 2013. USAC's 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has made four feature starts in the event dating to 2007. His 7th place run in 2011 has been his best thus far.

Likewise, San Jose, California native Thomas Meseraull's last TNGP start came in 2013. The Kokomo Sprint Car Smackdown opening night winner this past August and 2004 BCRA Midget champion has five career TNGP starts with an 11th as his top finish thus far.

Racing commentator and part-time racer Dillon Welch definitely doesn't look the part of an occasional midget racer with two new track records established with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019 at both Kokomo, Ind. and Placerville, Calif. It's been quite awhile since he's made a TNGP start, in 2012. His best TNGP performance thus far was an 8th in 2011.

Reigning USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto's four starts have resulted in a best of 10th in 2017 and an 18th in 2018 for the Hanford, Calif. driver. 2012 Western States Dirt Midget and 2009 BCRA champion David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.) has finished 17th place in all three of his TNGP starts in 2011-12-17. Santa Clarita, California's Robby Josett won his fourth career Western States feature at Ventura this past June, and has five career TNGP starts with a top of 15th in 2011.

Rico Abreu is one of the best to have never captured a TNGP crown in six starts, finishing a best of 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2014. The St. Helena, Calif. and 16-time USAC National Midget feature winner was 22nd in the 2018 TNGP and enters the event after a 3rd place finish last Saturday at Bakersfield.

Kevin Thomas, Jr., a two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner earlier in the season at Kokomo and just less than two weeks ago on the opening night of the Western World Championships, is back for his sixth TNGP start. He did not compete in last year's event, but did have a 5th place run in 2015, which serves as the Cullman, Ala. driver's best.

Five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner has won six times in USAC Western States Midget competition at Ventura between 2013 and 2018. The Riverside, Calif. native has six previous TNGP starts with a best of 5th in 2013. Fellow west coaster and 2018 Ventura Western States Midget winner Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. possesses five TNGP starts, topping thus far with a 7th in 2013.

Multi-time World of Outlaws winner and 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic has made five previous TNGP Midget starts, finishing 19th last year, and a best of 3rd in 2017 to go along with two other top-ten finishes, a 5th in 2012 and a 7th in 2016.

Eight-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner nearly won the 2013 Turkey Night Grand Prix, losing a left rear wheel while leading with five laps remaining. Outside of the heartbreak, the Concord, Calif. driver has been solid with results of 5th in his most recent start in 2016 and a best of 3rd in 2015.

Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) has made four starts at TNGP over the years, with a 19th place result in 2015 serving as her best. She's one of five female drivers in the field, joining Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), Audra Sasselli (Selma, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.). While Elledge and Sasselli are Rookies, Hollan and Cofer have each made one TNGP start. Hollan was 30th in 2018 while Cofer, a Western States Midget winner and 2017 BCRA champ, was 19th in 2016.

The TNGP three start club includes an eclectic mix of veterans. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) had a career-best 4th in 2018; USAC Western States Midget point leader and September Ventura Western States Midget victor Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) ran 14th in both 2015 and 2018; 2017 USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) took 9th in 2016; New Zealand Midget champ and last Saturday's runner-up at Bakersfield, Michael Pickens (Auckland), notched a top result of 16th in the 2012 TNGP; Hollister, California's Ryan Bernal, a two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint champion and recent 4th place finisher at the Hangtown 100, was 3rd in his Rookie run of 2012.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), the 2017 series USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and July winner at Sweet Springs, Mo., has been solid in a pair of TNGP starts with a best of 6th in the 2018 race. Fellow two-time TNGP starter and 2007 BCRA champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished in the top-ten in each of his two TNGP starts, a 7th in 2017 and 10th in 2018.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, finished a best of 15th in his first TNGP and first career series start in 2017. 2016 series Rookie of the Year and 2019 World of Outlaws top Rookie Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) was 3rd in 2016 and 6th in 2017 and won a Ventura Western States race in 2017. Western States Midget standout Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 10th in the first of his two TNGP starts in 2016. Three-time Ventura Western States Midget winner Johnathon Henry (Stockton, Calif.) finished a best of 9th in 2014, his second and most recent TNGP start. Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) won the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award in 2017, finishing 5th, in the first of his two TNGP starts.

One-time TNGP starters expected to gun for a second start this year are Greenfield, Indiana's 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, Roseland, California's Colby Copeland (13th in 2018), Mooresville, North Carolina's Nick Drake (16th in 2013), Tracy, California's Austin Liggett (27th in 2018), Littleton, Colorado's Carson Garrett (28th in 2018) and Ojai, California's Troy Rutherford (21st in 2012), a 2007 Western States Midget winner at Ventura. Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell (12th in 2018), made his first career USAC National Midget start at the TNGP a year ago.

Chatsworth, California's Ron Hazelton (11th in 1993) is the driver in the lineup whose Turkey Night Grand Prix experience dates back the furthest, having made his debut in the race in 1987 at Ascot Park. In fact, the most recent year that didn't include a 2019 expected entrant in its feature lineup was 2002.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal (8th in 2018) was awarded last year's Don Basile Rookie of the Race, which has a number of contenders this year ready to become the next to capture the top first year driver honors, including Fresno, California's Gio Scelzi, a recent winner at the opening night of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif., his Tucker/Boat Motorsports teammate Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas, who has claimed each of the last two Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titles.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser is the top Rookie in USAC's National Midget series who's making his first TNGP run along with Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Okla. who, like Scelzi, is one of the five first-time winners with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets this season. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) won the most recent USAC Western States Midget round at Ventura in October, his first career win with the series. Ben Worth of Coalinga, Calif., likewise, joined Johnson as a first-time winner with the Western series in the opener at California's Bakersfield Speedway.

Johnson's Penngrove, Calif. neighbor, Buddy Kofoid, attempted to make the Turkey Night field a year ago, but didn't quite make the cut. He's back again this year as one of eight cars out of the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable along with fellow Turkey Night Rookie, 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla.

Sydney, Australia's Kaidon Brown is the 2018 Australian Speedcar Champion and won the New South Wales title in 2019. The 18-year-old recent high school graduate is one of two international drivers in the field along with Pickens.

Twelve states are represented with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented with Pickens (New Zealand) and Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Wednesday's timetable is the same except for pits opening at 11:45am. The slate features West Coast/VRA Sprint Car practice, qualifying, heat races and a fast dash along with USAC Midget practice. General admission tickets are $20 for adults on Wednesday, $15 for seniors/military/students and free for ages 12 and under with an accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

However, Ventura Raceway and USAC officials have announced contingency plans in the event that Mother Nature interferes with this week's 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

Officials will evaluate the weather situation on Tuesday. If weather appears to be strongly imminent on each of the race days, the event will move to a Friday/Saturday schedule to be held on November 29-30.

On five occasions during the USAC era, 1956-present, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has not been run on Thanksgiving night. It's been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Both nights of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.


TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 25, 2019)
01 Carson Sousa/Red Bluff, CA (Ken Dalby)
07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (NP Motorsports)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F Jessie Finkenbinder/Napa, CA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
4F Chad Frewaldt/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
F5 Troy Rutherford/Ojai, CA (Wayne Simmons)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
5H Casey Hicks/Platt City, MO (Casey Hicks)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7R Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (CR Motorsports)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
9H Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11F Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Mitch Elliott)
13 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
c27 Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frank Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73T Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
73x Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
98 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

 

 

STENHOUSE JOINS STACKED TURKEY NIGHT FIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 26, 2019).........Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., a five-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner and 2007 series Rookie of the Year, has filed an entry to become the latest addition to the massive field for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thursday, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Stenhouse, also a two-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup winner and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ, will drive the No. 17JR for Clauson/Marshall Racing, a fifth entry for the team alongside 2019 series champ Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser.

The Olive Branch, Mississippi native has made three USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in 2019, finishing 7th in September's BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS and 6th on the opening night of the Hangtown 100 one week ago at California's Placerville Speedway.

On the second night of the Hangtown 100, Stenhouse was running 2nd when he pulled off with a problem just prior to the halfway mark of the 100-lapper.

Stenhouse has made one previous Turkey Night Grand Prix midget start, in 2007, where he finished 3rd in his qualifying race and 29th in the feature event. The 2007 race was held on the pavement of Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. This year's race will mark Stenhouse's first TNGP appearance on dirt.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Wednesday's timetable is the same except for pits opening at 11:45am. The slate features West Coast/VRA Sprint Car practice, qualifying, heat races and a fast dash along with USAC Midget practice. General admission tickets are $20 for adults on Wednesday, $15 for seniors/military/students and free for ages 12 and under with an accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

However, Ventura Raceway and USAC officials have announced contingency plans in the event that Mother Nature interferes with this week's 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

Officials will evaluate the weather situation on Tuesday. If weather appears to be strongly imminent on each of the race days, the event will move to a Friday/Saturday schedule to be held on November 29-30.

On five occasions during the USAC era, 1956-present, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has not been run on Thanksgiving night. It's been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Both nights of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

LARSON BIDS FOR RARE
SEASON-ENDING HAT TRICK AT TURKEY NIGHT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 27, 2019).........It always seems imperative to end on a high note, to conclude the season in as successful fashion as possible to bring good fortune and cheer heading into the winter months of the racing season.

Kyle Larson has an opportunity standing before him to reach the highest of notes this coming Thursday during the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

Only two drivers in the history of the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship have won three-in-a-row to conclude the season, Billy Boat in 1995, and Larson himself was the last to accomplish the feat in 2012.

In that 2012 campaign, Larson notched a victory in Granite City, Ill. before heading west to score another win in Peoria, Ariz. and concluded the season at Perris, Calif. with the first of his two Turkey Night victories for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian. Leading into Thursday's Turkey Night race, the Elk Grove, Calif. native has a $32,000 Hangtown 100 win at Placerville, Calif. under his belt as well as a November Classic triumph at Bakersfield, Calif.

Boat, meanwhile, during that 1995 season of wizardry, saw him net an astounding 18 USAC Western States Midget wins in John Lawson's No. 15, including a record 11 straight, and a series title. He took three-straight at Ventura, Bakersfield and Perris to wrap up the year and is the most recent driver to win three consecutive USAC National Midget features in the state of California, something Larson is also hoping to achieve Thursday at Ventura.

The rare three-peat feat has only occurred once in the history of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, in 2000, when USAC Triple Crown champion Tracy Hines captured the final three, first on the .686-mile paved oval of Indianapolis Raceway Park in the Gratton Motorsports No. 19, followed by another on the high banks of Ohio's Eldora Speedway at the 4-Crown Nationals aboard the BWB Racing No. 62 and rounding out the year with one final show of dominance at the Sammy Sessions Memorial just across the border at Indiana's skyscraper steep asphalt of Winchester Speedway in the GMS ride.

In Silver Crown competition, twice it's happened with Tom Bigelow being the first to run off three-straight in the division behind the wheel of the Leader Card No. 2 on the magic mile of the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois, followed by a historic victory in the first ever pavement race held under the Silver Crown banner at the Minnesota Fairgrounds in St. Paul, a 200-lapper mind you. The USAC and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer closed it out with another sterling performance at the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt mile.

Jack Hewitt one-upped everybody else in his scorching 1986 season that saw him dominate the dirt tracks on the schedule, winning six of seven on the clay, including the final four at the one-mile dirt ovals of Springfield, Ill., Du Quoin, Ill. and Indianapolis, with one final tally for good measure on his home turf of Eldora in the Bob Hampshire No. 63.

While winning three or more in a row to conclude a season is a rarity itself, so is just winning two-straight. In USAC National Midgets, you can only count on three other instances: Parnelli Jones at San Jose and Ascot Park in 1964; Gary Bettenhausen at Manzanita and Ascot Park in 1967 and Bobby East at Tucson. Ariz. and Irwindale, Calif. in 2004.

It's happened slightly more in USAC's National Sprint Car series, first with Roger McCluskey at Ascot on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 of 1962. Twenty years later, Sheldon Kinser swept the final two legs of the series' tripleheader at 311 Speedway in Madison, N.C. in 1982. Jack Hewitt finished his legendary run in the Hampshire No. 63 sprinter in a flurry with a pair at Eldora and Terre Haute at the end of 1997.

Three years running between 2006 and 2008, three different drivers established year-end dominance on the Sprint circuit, all coming during the Western World Championships at Manzanita: Josh Wise for Tony Stewart Racing in 2006, Jerry Coons, Jr. for Dynamics, Inc. in 2007 and Kevin Swindell for Tom Rolfe in 2008. The feat didn't occur again until a week-and-a-half ago when Tyler Courtney locked down victories in the final two of the year at Western World's new home, Arizona Speedway.

Silver Crown year-end history was made just two more times in addition to Bigelow and Hewitt with consecutive season-ending triumphs in the Zarounian Motorsports No. 67 by J.J. Yeley on the dirt of Cal Expo and the pavement of Gateway in 1998 for the first two series victories of the future two-time series champ's Silver Crown career. Chris Windom, likewise, took control of the final two in 2016 at Du Quoin and Eldora en route to a championship season for car owner Fred Gormly.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Wednesday's timetable is the same except for pits opening at 11:45am. The slate features West Coast/VRA Sprint Car practice, qualifying, heat races and a fast dash along with USAC Midget practice. General admission tickets are $20 for adults on Wednesday, $15 for seniors/military/students and free for ages 12 and under with an accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Both nights of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA’S “79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX” STARTS WEDNESDAY
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 25, 2019... Starting Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprints will clash at Ventura Raceway for two nights of action. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the prestigious “79th 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 “ARP Battle of the Beach” finale along with the complete midget show. The Wednesday 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 3:15pm. On Thursday, the Pit Gates will open at 11:00am and the other times will be the same. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTE: In case of bad weather, Ventura Raceway and the United States Auto Club (USAC) have a contingency program that can be found online at: www.venturaraceway.com/uncategorized/turkey-night-weather-contingency-plans/

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, was the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. The entry fee is now $100, including entries submitted on raceday. The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.
- USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

GRAND MARSHALLS: Sleepy Tripp & Gary Zarounian.

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

ARP BONUS: $5,000 in ARP bucks will be handed out during driver introductions for Thursday’s sprint car main event. All twenty-two (22) positions will get a random envelope with a check from ARP.

THURSDAY FEATURE: Thursday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach” main event will be 41 laps in honor of Jason Johnson. Lap 40 will pay an additional $141 in lap money and Bobbi Johnson will be sending a care package of giveaways for racers & fans.

PROVISIONALS: There will be 2 ARP provisionals for the Thursday night feature.

WEDNESDAY FORMAT:
- PILL DRAW: Racers will pill draw for heat race lineups.
- HEAT RACES: There will be no more than 10 cars per heat race for ten (10) laps each.
- QUALIFYING RACES: Depending on car count, there will be 4 or 5 twelve (12) lap qualifying races with a four (4) car inversion.
- A PASSING POINTS SYSTEM WILL BE USED FOR HEAT RACES AND QUALIFIERS.
- DASH: The top-10 cars in points will make the fifteen (15) lap dash. The lineup will be straight up by points and the finish will set the first five rows of Thursday’s 41-lap main event.
- WEDNESDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1000, 2-$600, 3-$400, 4-$300, 5-$250, 6-$225, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

THURSDAY FORMAT:
- SEMI-MAINS: Depending on car count, there will be 2 or 3 twelve (12) lap semi-mains.
- SEMI-MAIN TRANSFERS: The top 3 or 4 finishers will transfer to the feature, which also depends on car count.
- SEMI-MAIN LINEUP: The lineup is based on total passing points from the Wednesday heat races and qualifiers. The lineup will be straight up by points.
- FEATURE: The main event will have twenty-two (22) cars with two possible ARP provisionals.
- THURSDAY PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$2000, 3-$1500, 4-$1000, 5-$800, 6-$700, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$200. All non-transfers = $75.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held fifteen West Coast 360 events and ten different drivers have claimed victory. Led by newly crowned champion Tristan Guardino and Jake Swanson with three wins, Guardino also set a new 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23rd. Swanson won the last visit on August 24th, while Troy Rutherford claimed the June 1st feature and Guardino raced to victory on March 23rd. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

When the checkered flags flew on October 12th at Petaluma, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) clinched his first USAC West Coast Sprint Car Championship. Piloting the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino won by 150 points on the strength of three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the win list and will be looking to add the “Turkey Night Grand Prix” to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) finished second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons Year had two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led to his credit. At Ventura, Ryan will have his sights on his third career USAC West Coast victory.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranked third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw posted one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, and seven top-10 finishes in the campaign. At press time, the versatile driver has not pre-entered the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) placed fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith posted four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the season. The former Santa Maria track champion will be looking for the fifth series win of his career.

After claiming the winged Ocean Sprint Car Championship at Watsonville, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) ran fifth in the USAC West Coast points and earned rookie of the year honors. Racing the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple X, Ringo posted one heat race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. Ringo will have his sights on his first USAC win at Ventura Raceway.

Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong contingent of racers with the Ventura Racing Association. Charlie Butcher, Chris Meredith, Kyle Smith, Brent Owens, Gage Rucker, Joey Bishop, Kenny Perkins, Ricky Lewis, and Trent Williams round out the top-10 drivers.

A pre-entry list of drivers is at the bottom of the release with over 30 sprint car drivers expected to be in action at Ventura Raceway. In addition, an estimated over 70 cars will compete in the midget portion of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Advance tickets are on sale and for more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR PRE-ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Rosa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
3- Kaleb Montgomery / Templeton, CA / Jason Montgomery
8- Danny Faria Jr. / Tipton, CA / Jim Richardson
12- Stevie Sussex / Tempe, AZ / Robbie & Gaye Allen
15- Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, CA / Rick Hendrix
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
17R- Jeff Fillingame / Fillmore, CA / Jeff Fillingame
21- Carson Macedo / Lemoore, CA / Tom Tarlton Sr.
24- Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
29T- Ryan Timmons / Pleasant Hill, CA / Dave Timmons
34AZ- Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / John Grau & Mike Burkhart
38- Colby Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
39- Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, CA / Gordon Edwards
52V- Trent Williams / Apple Valley, CA / Toby & Linda Stanford
57- Tyler Edwards / Salina, OK / Steve Hix
71- Brent Owens / Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Russell & Jean Martin
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Chris Windom / Canton, IL / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
87- Ricky Kirkbride / Bakersfield, CA / Bob & Toni Van Meter
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
09S- Geoffrey Strole / Laton, CA / Mark Strole
TBA- Dominic Scelzi / Fresno, CA

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Jake Swanson, 2-Ryan Bernal, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2019 BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy Rutherford-595, 2. Tristan Guardino-550, 3. Ryan Timmons-510, 4. Steve Hix-495, =. Jake Swanson-495, 6. Rick Hendrix-485, 7. Koen Shaw-480, 8. Slater Helt-450, 9. Tanner Boul-385, 10. Austin Ervine-360, -. Cody Majors-360, -. J.J. Ringo-350, 14. Charlie Butcher-330, 14. Gage Rucker-352, 15. Tom Hendricks-265, -. Ricky Lewis-265, 17. Brandon Wiley-240, 18. Hannah Mayhew-235, 19. T.J. Smith-555, 20. Carson Macedo-215.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *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.

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX-VIEW 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 25, 2019).........It's been nearly three decades since the Turkey Night Grand Prix has reached the levels of enormity in car count and buzz than it has entering this Thursday's 79th edition of the prestigious event, but that's certainly the case in 2019.

More than 70 cars are expected to compete in the event at California's seaside oval of Ventura Raceway on Thanksgiving night, November 28, which would be the most USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets in attendance for the race since 1992.

A little more than half of the expected lineup owns a previous Turkey Night Grand Prix midget feature start. Kyle Larson arrives as the lone past winner of Turkey Night, having won in both 2012 and 2016. He's finished 2nd in each of the last two years and, in fact, has never finished worse than 4th in seven starts. Christopher Bell, the 2017-18 winner of TNGP, is not expected to compete this year.

Larson, of Elk Grove, Calif., has finished within the top-two in each of the last four years, and was also 3rd in 2014 and 4th in his Rookie year of 2011. He recently picked up a big payday with the series last Wednesday at Placerville, Calif., taking home $32,000 following his victory in the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100.

Following last Saturday's victory at Bakersfield, at Turkey Night, Larson aims to become the first driver since Billy Boat to win three consecutive USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget features in the state of California. Boat won four-in-a-row in the Golden State spanning the 1995-96 seasons.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) enters TNGP as having already clinched the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget championship following eight series wins this season. In two previous starts in the event, he earned a career-best 5th in 2018 after claiming 22nd in his Rookie campaign of 2017.

Two-time USAC National Midget champion (2007-08), Jerry Coons, Jr., is the most experienced Turkey Night Grand Prix driver in the field with nine previous starts dating back to the final edition held at Ascot Park in 1990 where he finished 8th. The Tucson, Ariz. native was a DNQ in his first Turkey Night appearance in 1989 but has secured six top-ten finishes since that point with a runner-up finish in 2012 and a 3rd in 1998 as his best.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is one of 10 drivers in this year's lineup to have started TNGP midget feature events on both pavement and dirt, along with Larson, Coons, Chris Windom, Thomas Meseraull, Shane Golobic, Dillon Welch, Robby Josett, David Prickett and Michael Faccinto. Bacon's 2nd in 2016 was his best in seven starts and was 7th a year ago.

Courtney's Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Chris Windom's most recent TNGP appearance came six years ago in 2013. USAC's 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has made four feature starts in the event dating to 2007. His 7th place run in 2011 has been his best thus far.

Likewise, San Jose, California native Thomas Meseraull's last TNGP start came in 2013. The Kokomo Sprint Car Smackdown opening night winner this past August and 2004 BCRA Midget champion has five career TNGP starts with an 11th as his top finish thus far.

Racing commentator and part-time racer Dillon Welch definitely doesn't look the part of an occasional midget racer with two new track records established with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets in 2019 at both Kokomo, Ind. and Placerville, Calif. It's been quite awhile since he's made a TNGP start, in 2012. His best TNGP performance thus far was an 8th in 2011.

Reigning USAC Western States Midget champion Michael Faccinto's four starts have resulted in a best of 10th in 2017 and an 18th in 2018 for the Hanford, Calif. driver. 2012 Western States Dirt Midget and 2009 BCRA champion David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.) has finished 17th place in all three of his TNGP starts in 2011-12-17. Santa Clarita, California's Robby Josett won his fourth career Western States feature at Ventura this past June, and has five career TNGP starts with a top of 15th in 2011.

Rico Abreu is one of the best to have never captured a TNGP crown in six starts, finishing a best of 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2014. The St. Helena, Calif. and 16-time USAC National Midget feature winner was 22nd in the 2018 TNGP and enters the event after a 3rd place finish last Saturday at Bakersfield.

Kevin Thomas, Jr., a two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner earlier in the season at Kokomo and just less than two weeks ago on the opening night of the Western World Championships, is back for his sixth TNGP start. He did not compete in last year's event, but did have a 5th place run in 2015, which serves as the Cullman, Ala. driver's best.

Five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner has won six times in USAC Western States Midget competition at Ventura between 2013 and 2018. The Riverside, Calif. native has six previous TNGP starts with a best of 5th in 2013. Fellow west coaster and 2018 Ventura Western States Midget winner Jake Swanson of Anaheim, Calif. possesses five TNGP starts, topping thus far with a 7th in 2013.

Multi-time World of Outlaws winner and 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic has made five previous TNGP Midget starts, finishing 19th last year, and a best of 3rd in 2017 to go along with two other top-ten finishes, a 5th in 2012 and a 7th in 2016.

Eight-time AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner nearly won the 2013 Turkey Night Grand Prix, losing a left rear wheel while leading with five laps remaining. Outside of the heartbreak, the Concord, Calif. driver has been solid with results of 5th in his most recent start in 2016 and a best of 3rd in 2015.

Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) has made four starts at TNGP over the years, with a 19th place result in 2015 serving as her best. She's one of five female drivers in the field, joining Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), Audra Sasselli (Selma, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.). While Elledge and Sasselli are Rookies, Hollan and Cofer have each made one TNGP start. Hollan was 30th in 2018 while Cofer, a Western States Midget winner and 2017 BCRA champ, was 19th in 2016.

The TNGP three start club includes an eclectic mix of veterans. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) had a career-best 4th in 2018; USAC Western States Midget point leader and September Ventura Western States Midget victor Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) ran 14th in both 2015 and 2018; 2017 USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) took 9th in 2016; New Zealand Midget champ and last Saturday's runner-up at Bakersfield, Michael Pickens (Auckland), notched a top result of 16th in the 2012 TNGP; Hollister, California's Ryan Bernal, a two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint champion and recent 4th place finisher at the Hangtown 100, was 3rd in his Rookie run of 2012.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), the 2017 series USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year and July winner at Sweet Springs, Mo., has been solid in a pair of TNGP starts with a best of 6th in the 2018 race. Fellow two-time TNGP starter and 2007 BCRA champ Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) has finished in the top-ten in each of his two TNGP starts, a 7th in 2017 and 10th in 2018.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC National Midget champ, finished a best of 15th in his first TNGP and first career series start in 2017. 2016 series Rookie of the Year and 2019 World of Outlaws top Rookie Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) was 3rd in 2016 and 6th in 2017 and won a Ventura Western States race in 2017. Western States Midget standout Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) finished 10th in the first of his two TNGP starts in 2016. Three-time Ventura Western States Midget winner Johnathon Henry (Stockton, Calif.) finished a best of 9th in 2014, his second and most recent TNGP start. Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) won the Don Basile Rookie of the Race award in 2017, finishing 5th, in the first of his two TNGP starts.

One-time TNGP starters expected to gun for a second start this year are Greenfield, Indiana's 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, Roseland, California's Colby Copeland (13th in 2018), Mooresville, North Carolina's Nick Drake (16th in 2013), Tracy, California's Austin Liggett (27th in 2018), Littleton, Colorado's Carson Garrett (28th in 2018) and Ojai, California's Troy Rutherford (21st in 2012), a 2007 Western States Midget winner at Ventura. Red Bluff, California's Jesse Colwell (12th in 2018), made his first career USAC National Midget start at the TNGP a year ago.

Chatsworth, California's Ron Hazelton (11th in 1993) is the driver in the lineup whose Turkey Night Grand Prix experience dates back the furthest, having made his debut in the race in 1987 at Ascot Park. In fact, the most recent year that didn't include a 2019 expected entrant in its feature lineup was 2002.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Jason McDougal (8th in 2018) was awarded last year's Don Basile Rookie of the Race, which has a number of contenders this year ready to become the next to capture the top first year driver honors, including Fresno, California's Gio Scelzi, a recent winner at the opening night of the Hangtown 100 in Placerville, Calif., his Tucker/Boat Motorsports teammate Aaron Reutzel of Clute, Texas, who has claimed each of the last two Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titles.

Collegeville, Pennsylvania's Andrew Layser is the top Rookie in USAC's National Midget series who's making his first TNGP run along with Cannon McIntosh of Bixby, Okla. who, like Scelzi, is one of the five first-time winners with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets this season. Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) won the most recent USAC Western States Midget round at Ventura in October, his first career win with the series. Ben Worth of Coalinga, Calif., likewise, joined Johnson as a first-time winner with the Western series in the opener at California's Bakersfield Speedway.

Johnson's Penngrove, Calif. neighbor, Buddy Kofoid, attempted to make the Turkey Night field a year ago, but didn't quite make the cut. He's back again this year as one of eight cars out of the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable along with fellow Turkey Night Rookie, 2017 USAC Micro Sprint champion Daison Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla.

Sydney, Australia's Kaidon Brown is the 2018 Australian Speedcar Champion and won the New South Wales title in 2019. The 18-year-old recent high school graduate is one of two international drivers in the field along with Pickens.

Twelve states are represented with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented with Pickens (New Zealand) and Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

On Thursday, pits open at 11am Pacific, drivers meeting at 2:45pm, grandstands open at 3pm, hot laps at 3:15pm, immediately followed by qualifying and racing events. All tickets that are not reserved are $35. Reserved seats are $45 for ages 13 and older and $20 for ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $50 each.

Wednesday's timetable is the same except for pits opening at 11:45am. The slate features West Coast/VRA Sprint Car practice, qualifying, heat races and a fast dash along with USAC Midget practice. General admission tickets are $20 for adults on Wednesday, $15 for seniors/military/students and free for ages 12 and under with an accompanying adult. Pit passes are $40 apiece.

However, Ventura Raceway and USAC officials have announced contingency plans in the event that Mother Nature interferes with this week's 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway.

Officials will evaluate the weather situation on Tuesday. If weather appears to be strongly imminent on each of the race days, the event will move to a Friday/Saturday schedule to be held on November 29-30.

On five occasions during the USAC era, 1956-present, the Turkey Night Grand Prix has not been run on Thanksgiving night. It's been 36 years since the last time it occurred back in 1983, when it was run on Friday. Other similar occurrences came in 1965 when it was run on Saturday of the same weekend, in 1973 when it was contested on Friday, in 1975 on Sunday and in 1981 when it was held nine days later on Saturday of the following weekend, the only time the race has been held in December during the USAC era.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

Both nights of racing action at Ventura can be watched live and on-demand on FloRacing and listened to live via the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.


TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 25, 2019)
01 Carson Sousa/Red Bluff, CA (Ken Dalby)
07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (NP Motorsports)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F Jessie Finkenbinder/Napa, CA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
4F Chad Frewaldt/Kansas City, KS (Chad Frewaldt)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
F5 Troy Rutherford/Ojai, CA (Wayne Simmons)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
5H Casey Hicks/Platt City, MO (Casey Hicks)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7R Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (CR Motorsports)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
9H Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11F Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Mitch Elliott)
13 C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Gene Gile)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
c27 Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frank Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73T Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
73x Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
98 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)

 

 

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM FOR LARSON AT BAKERSFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 23, 2019).........Kyle Larson became the first driver in 16 years to win back-to-back USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget features in the state of California on Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway, picking off Michael Pickens for good on the 11th lap and commanding the final 20 laps to score his third series victory of the year.

J.J. Yeley was the last to pull off the Cali double with two consecutive wins in the Golden State in 2003 at Stockton and Madera. Larson's latest triumph came just three days following his big payday in Placerville, Calif.

However, it took three tries for Larson to assume the top spot after twice passing Pickens for the lead on laps six and 10, both of which were negated by yellow flags that reverted the running order to the last completed lap.

The third time turned out to be the charm for Larson one lap following the 10th lap restart as he raced to victory and moved past Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley with his 18th career USAC National Midget victory and into a tie with Dave Steele for 36th all-time.

After turning to his own team to compete last Tuesday at Placerville, the Elk Grove, Calif. native and 2011 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year is now batting two-for-three in his Kyle Larson Open Wheel/Lucas Oil - iRacing - Finley Farms/King/Speedway Toyota.

"Once again, my car just felt really good up against the cushion," Larson beamed. "I knew I was quite a bit better than he was when I was behind him. I kept thinking he'd move up in front of me, so my entry speed was a little bit slow, but we were able to get by him and run some really good laps out in the lead."

Pickens took the early advantage from his pole starting position while a three-wide scramble for second ensued involving Jesse Colwell and Jason McDougal, with a rapidly-surging and surgical Larson knifing his way to the front from the outside of row three after having set Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifying time earlier in the evening.

A lap two red flag slowed the proceedings to a halt nearly instantaneously when heat three winner Chris Windom flipped in turn one. USAC Western States Midget regular Cory Elliott was also caught in the kerfuffle. Both restarted with Windom getting to 16th and Elliott 20th in the end results.

Meanwhile, Larson restarted fourth behind McDougal and immediately grabbed his lunch pail and went to work on the top side, racing around the outside of McDougal in turn four, then diving to the inside of turn one under Colwell for second, then beginning his descent on Pickens.

Now with clean air and just Pickens standing in his way, Larson ringed the top of turns one and two to construct his momentum, then aimed for the bottom of three. On the sixth lap, Larson tried the move once again in three, sliding by Pickens for the race lead.

Simultaneously, though, Zeb Wise got upside down in between turns one and two while Carson Macedo was also involved, suffering from a flat tire. For Wise, it was his second consecutive race with a flip early in the feature.

Larson was up on the wheel for the restart, but Pickens was briefly able to stifle Larson's relentless attacks by shutting the door on Larson on the bottom of turn three during the sixth lap. Larson tried again in turn three on the following lap, sliding past Pickens who then cut back under to reclaim the throne.

The top was where Larson stuck to in turns three and four the next three trips around, but on lap nine, Pickens was able to fence off Larson's high-riding line off the fourth turn to cling to the advantage. One lap later, Cannon McIntosh slowed a stop to bring out the yellow.

On the ensuing restart, Larson stayed tried and true to the top of one and two, using a major run to power by Pickens on the outside midway down the back straightaway before cutting across the nose of Pickens and stealing the bottom away in the third turn. However, just as that occurred, 8th running Spencer Bayston performed a 360-degree spin, forcing a yellow and forcing Larson to give the lead back to Pickens once more.

It would be the last time that happened. Although, Pickens changed the game up by moving a bit higher on his entry into turn one on the lap 10 restart. Larson tried to go under Pickens to no avail, but stayed in formation with Pickens, building his momentum and setting up his moment to strike.

That moment came on lap 11 when Larson again ringed the high line in turns one and two, pulling ahead of Pickens on the back straight, then locked down the bottom line in turn three and began to distance himself from Pickens. Nonetheless, as Larson distanced himself from Pickens, he closed the distance between himself and lapped traffic, which caused a brief jam that allowed Pickens to keep Larson within reach about eight tenths of a second back.

"When I got to traffic, I didn't do the best job," Larson admitted. "But I felt like maybe I had a good enough lead, I didn't have to worry about him as much."

On lap 22, sixth running Logan Seavey stopped on the back straight to bring out the yellow, thus bunching up Pickens to Larson and clearing the path that lie in front of him. Pickens shot his shot in turn one with a slider attempt on the high-flying Larson, but came up short, losing substantial ground to Larson who hammered out a two-plus second lead in the ensuing laps.

The night's semi-feature winner, Aaron Reutzel, slowed with three laps remaining, necessitating a yellow that restacked the field for a final three-lap dash to the finish.

"On the restarts, my engine was stumbling pretty bad," Larson explained. "(Pickens) showed his nose there the second to last restart. I tried to change it up (on the last restart), but I didn't see his nose the second time, so it must've been a little better."

Larson displayed no signs of weariness or any sort of stumble, burying his nearest contenders as he distanced himself from Pickens and third-running Rico Abreu who were left to duke it out for second. Abreu slid under Pickens entering the third turn coming the white flag, but Pickens countered the move by cutting back underneath the 2014 series champ off four to secure second.

Up front, it was all Larson on the "far-away side" as he put a stamp on a 1.978 second victory at the checker over Pickens in a one-two finish for the New Zealand-based King Chassis. Abreu finished 3rd with Tyler Courtney and Jesse Colwell rounding out the top-five.

Auckland, New Zealand's Pickens took a season best 2nd place finish in his RMS LLC/CRC - EnviroFab - Guess Performance Parts/King/Speedway Toyota and considers his run on this night as sort of a moral victory considering the competition he faced.

"We were just talking, a second to Kyle Larson is like a win. He's so damn good," Pickens said with a laugh. "These guys have worked their butts off. Matt and Dave (Estep), my car owners, they just said go with whatever you want, whatever you guys need, do it, and they haven't let us down. It's a (shame) we couldn't get them a win. Second's pretty neat and I just got to thank them once again for the opportunity."

Likewise, for Rico, it was his best USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget finish of 2019 in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/SafeLite AutoGlass - Curb/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota. Yet, though he considers it a quality run, he's left to fret what could've been had he only started a little bit closer to the front.

"We just should've qualified better and put ourselves in a better position," Abreu laid it out. "Twelfth to third is good for this team. (This team) works really hard and they've had a rough couple weeks out here on the west coast. It's good to get them some good finishes."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Bakersfield Speedway were:

Buddy Kofoid (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Kyle Larson (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Aloha Pools Fast Qualifier)

Andrew Layser (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Thomas Meseraull (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Ethan Mitchell (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Chris Windom (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Zeb Wise (Indy Race Parts/Ultra Shield Race Products Fourth Heat Winner)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 23, 2019 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - November Classic - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/ALOHA POOLS QUALIFYING GROUP A: 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.590; 2. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.689; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.693; 4. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.693; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.726; 6. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.744; 7. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.768; 8. Carson Macedo, 21x, Tarlton-12.770; 9. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.784; 10. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-12.800; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.841; 12. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.858; 13. Mitchell Moles, 27w, Wood-12.890; 14. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.891; 15. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-12.905; 16. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.910; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.975; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 68, Six8-13.032; 19. Maria Cofer, 71s, Campbell-13.083; 20. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-13.097; 21. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-13.148; 22. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-13.172; 23. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-13.278; 24. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-13.297; 25. Daniel Robinson, 57D, McCreery-13.336; 26. Blake Bower, 10B, Boscacci/Walker-13.516; 27. Anthony Lopiccolo, 21, Lopiccolo-NT.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING/ALOHA POOLS GROUP B: 1. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.571; 2. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.658; 3. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.670; 4. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-12.710; 5. Daison Pursley, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.741; 6. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-12.751; 7. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.757; 8. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-12.786; 9. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.796; 10. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.799; 11. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.830; 12. Damion Gardner, 4, Klatt-12.843; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.923; 14. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.935; 15. C.J. Leary, 13, Gile-12.970; 16. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-12.976; 17. Michael Faccinto, 11F, Elliott-13.040; 18. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-13.089; 19. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.150; 20. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.169; 21. Mark Chisholm, 56x, Chisholm-13.211; 22. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.272; 23. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.355; 24. Dustin Golobic, 17w, Wood-13.411; 25. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-13.442; 26. Audra Sasselli, 1p, Nichols-14.254; 27. Clint Wilson, c27, Mounce-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Gio Scelzi, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Mitchel Moles, 10. Robert Dalby, 11. Terry Nichols, 12. Carson Garrett, 13. Daniel Robinson, 14. Anthony Lopiccolo. 2:09.245

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Ethan Mitchell, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Blake Bower, 6. Ronnie Gardner, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Jake Bubak, 9. Cannon McIntosh, 10. Tyler Courtney, 11. Holley Hollan, 12. Colton Heath, 13. Shannon McQueen. NT

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Buddy Kofoid, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Kyle Larson, 5. Daison Pursley, 6. Logan Seavey, 7. C.J. Leary, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Kyle Beilman, 11. David Prickett, 12. Gage Rucker. 2:08.846

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Chase Johnson, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Spencer Bayston, 5. Aaron Reutzel, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Kaidon Brown, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Dustin Golobic, 10. Cory Elliott, 11. C.J. Sarna, 12. Mark Chisholm, 13. Audra Sasselli. 2:11.027

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Michael Faccinto, 2. Kaidon Brown, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Dustin Golobic, 5. Kyle Beilman, 6. Jake Bubak, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Blake Bower, 10. Terry Nichols, 11. David Prickett, 12. C.J. Sarna, 13. Gage Rucker, 14. Anthony Lopiccolo. 2:13.676

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Aaron Reutzel, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Daison Pursley, 10. Ben Worth, 11. Mitchel Moles, 12. C.J. Leary, 13. Ryan Bernal, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Michael Faccinto, 16. Dustin Golobic, 17. Kaidon Brown, 18. Shannon McQueen. 2:38.948

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (6), 2. Michael Pickens (1), 3. Rico Abreu (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (10), 5. Jesse Colwell (4), 6. Jason McDougal (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (9), 8. Thomas Meseraull (20), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (5), 10. Tanner Carrick (16), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (21), 12. Chase Johnson (13), 13. Buddy Kofoid (15), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 15. Carson Macedo (14), 16. Chris Windom (19), 17. Ethan Mitchell (18), 18. Spencer Bayston (3), 19. Daison Pursley (23), 20. Cory Elliott (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Aaron Reutzel (7), 23. Logan Seavey (8), 24. Cannon McIntosh (22), 25. Zeb Wise (17). NT

**Holley Hollan and Jake Bubak flipped during the second heat. Shannon McQueen flipped while lining up for the semi. Chris Windom flipped on lap 2 of the feature. Zeb Wise flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Michael Pickens, Laps 11-30 Kyle Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Thomas Meseraull (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Buddy Kofoid

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Andrew Layser

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-2,014, 2-Chris Windom-1,818, 3-Logan Seavey-1,809, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,755, 5-Zeb Wise-1,710, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,556, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,540, 8-Jason McDougal-1,470, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,411, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-770, 2-Cory Elliott-741, 3-David Prickett-576, 4-Ben Worth-560, 5-C.J. Sarna-543, 6-Shannon McQueen-534, 7-Austin Liggett-458, 8-Jake Swanson-458, 9-Randi Pankratz-428, 10-Kyle Beilman-382.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 28, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - 79th Turkey Night Grand Prix - 1/5-mile dirt oval

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR FORMAT, PURSE & UPDATES
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 22, 2019... Officials with the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series have announced the format and purse for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. As the entry list continues to grow for the November 27th and 28th non-point USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Car events, extra bonuses will be up for grabs from Automotive Racing Products (ARP). Thursday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach” mini-series finale will also feature the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midget Series.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, was the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. The entry fee is now $100, including entries submitted on raceday. The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.
- USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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 westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

ARP BONUS: $5,000 in ARP bucks will be handed out during driver introductions for Thursday’s sprint car main event. All twenty-two (22) positions will get a random envelope with a check from ARP.

THURSDAY FEATURE: Thursday’s “ARP Battle at the Beach” main event will be 41 laps in honor of Jason Johnson. Lap 40 will pay an additional $141 in lap money and Bobbi Johnson will be sending a care package of giveaways for racers & fans.

PROVISIONALS: There will be 2 ARP provisionals for the Thursday night feature.

WEDNESDAY FORMAT:
- PILL DRAW: Racers will pill draw for heat race lineups.
- HEAT RACES: There will be no more than 10 cars per heat race for ten (10) laps each.
- QUALIFYING RACES: Depending on car count, there will be 4 or 5 twelve (12) lap qualifying races with a four (4) car inversion.
- A PASSING POINTS SYSTEM WILL BE USED FOR HEAT RACES AND QUALIFIERS.
- DASH: The top-10 cars in points will make the fifteen (15) lap dash. The lineup will be straight up by points and the finish will set the first five rows of Thursday’s 41-lap main event.
- WEDNESDAY DASH PURSE: 1-$1000, 2-$600, 3-$400, 4-$300, 5-$250, 6-$225, 7-$200, 8-$150, 9-$150, 10-$150.

THURSDAY FORMAT:
- SEMI-MAINS: Depending on car count, there will be 2 or 3 twelve (12) lap semi-mains.
- SEMI-MAIN TRANSFERS: The top 3 or 4 finishers will transfer to the feature, which also depends on car count.
- SEMI-MAIN LINEUP: The lineup is based on total passing points from the Wednesday heat races and qualifiers. The lineup will be straight up by points.
- FEATURE: The main event will have twenty-two (22) cars with two possible ARP provisionals.
- THURSDAY PURSE: 1-$3000, 2-$2000, 3-$1500, 4-$1000, 5-$800, 6-$700, 7-$600, 8-$500, 9-$400, 10-$300, 11-22-$200. All non-transfers = $75.

As this writing goes to press, it has been announced that Chris Windom (Canton, IL) will replace Cody Majors in Steve Watt’s potent #81X Maxwell Industries machine. Windom captured the USAC National Sprint Car Championship in 2017 and topped the Budweiser Oval Nationals in 2010.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, CA) will be at the helm of the famed black #21 Tarlton Motorsports entry. Macedo won last year’s sprint car portion of the Turkey Night Grand Prix and claimed the King of the West Sprint Car Championship in 2015.

Dominic Scelzi (Fresno, CA) will make a rare non-wing start at Ventura Raceway. The young standout earned rookie of the year honors with the King of the West Sprint Car Series in 2013.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Rosa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
3- Kaleb Montgomery / Templeton, CA / Jason Montgomery
8- Danny Faria Jr. / Tipton, CA / Jim Richardson
12- Stevie Sussex / Tempe, AZ / Robbie & Gaye Allen
15- Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, CA / Rick Hendrix
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
17R- Jeff Fillingame / Fillmore, CA / Jeff Fillingame
21- Carson Macedo / Lemoore, CA / Tom Tarlton Sr.
24- Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
29T- Ryan Timmons / Pleasant Hill, CA / Dave Timmons
34AZ- Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / John Grau & Mike Burkhart
38- Colby Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
39- Kyle Edwards / Fountain Valley, CA / Gordon Edwards
52V- Trent Williams / Apple Valley, CA / Toby & Linda Stanford
57- Tyler Edwards / Salina, OK / Steve Hix
71- Brent Owens / Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Russell & Jean Martin
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Chris Windom / Canton, IL / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
87- Ricky Kirkbride / Bakersfield, CA / Bob & Toni Van Meter
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
09S- Geoffrey Strole / Laton, CA / Mark Strole
TBA- Dominic Scelzi / Fresno, CA

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy Rutherford-595, 2. Tristan Guardino-550, 3. Ryan Timmons-510, 4. Steve Hix-495, =. Jake Swanson-495, 6. Rick Hendrix-485, 7. Koen Shaw-480, 8. Slater Helt-450, 9. Tanner Boul-385, 10. Austin Ervine-360, -. Cody Majors-360, -. J.J. Ringo-350, 14. Charlie Butcher-330, 14. Gage Rucker-352, 15. Tom Hendricks-265, -. Ricky Lewis-265, 17. Brandon Wiley-240, 18. Hannah Mayhew-235, 19. T.J. Smith-555, 20. Carson Macedo-215.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *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.


 

LARSON LOOTS $32,000 PAYDAY AT HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 20, 2019).........Placerville Speedway is the home to some of Kyle Larson's most cherished racing moments.

It's the place he made his first sprint car start. It's the place he won his first sprint car race. It's the place he describes as his "home track."

Now, he can chalk up another memorable moment at the northern California 1/4-mile dirt oval and lay claim as the winner of the richest event in USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget history, earning $20,000 for the 100-lap feature victory and an extra $12,000 bonus as the overall points champion of the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 for a whopping $32,000 in total earnings for the evening.

Larson's 17th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win moved into a tie for 37th all-time with Jay Drake and J.J. Yeley, but this was the first in his own Kyle Larson Open Wheel/Lucas Oil - iRacing - Finley Farms/King/Speedway Toyota after winning 15 of his previous 16 for the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian team between 2011 June of 2019.

It's a car he shook down in a pair of midget events at Placerville earlier this season, both of which he was victorious in. Wednesday night was just the beginning in one way, but also the culmination of what he and crew chief Paul Silva had their goals set on with the creation of the team to best a field of 56 other determined individuals.

"Paul put a lot of work into this car throughout the last handful of months," Larson explained. "We ran out here a couple times and the car counts haven't been big, so I didn't know how good we were. But I think we proved that we were really, really good, and good in the slick, which was nice."

Larson started 10th in the 28-car field and instantly became a factor, charging to 7th on the initial lap, then into the top-five by the second go-around. Meanwhile, up front, Brady Bacon jetted out to the early lead for the first two circuits before two-time and defending Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel blitzed to the lead with a turn three slider on the third lap, making waves in just his second career series start.

On lap five, the first incident of the feature occurred when provisional starter Zeb Wise got upside down in turn one. Damage was minimal and the 2019 BC39 champ ultimately returned to finish 24th.

Tanner Carrick made moves on the 12th lap to slip past Bacon for second and began to close in on leader Reutzel. Carrick's KKM teammate Logan Seavey was on a mission to supplant Bacon from third two laps later, then by Carrick for second on the 17th lap and Reutzel on lap 18 for the lead by utilizing the diamond maneuver from the top of turn three to drive by Reutzel off the bottom of turn four.

A hectic sequence saw Carrick rip second away again, this time from Reutzel, off turn two before finally squeezing by on the bottom for the spot off the fourth turn on lap 20. Seavey amassed control at the head of the field after starting all the way back on the outside of the sixth row and opened up a sizable near one-second advantage a quarter of the way through.

Larson, who was passed early on by Seavey, regained his perspicacity and began trotting a methodical course toward the front, first picking off Reutzel for third on the 24th lap, then snuck under Carrick for second at the exit of turn two within the eye of traffic.

On the 30th lap, Seavey went wide over the cushion between turns three and four. Larson feasted at the opportunity and drastically closed in on Seavey as the two scythed under, between and around the tail end of the field. On the 35th lap, Larson was there to swoop in under Seavey on the bottom of turn three. The two smacked sidewalls at the entrance of turn three and Larson ably ducked under to lead at the stripe with a third of the race in the archives.

Seavey remained within earshot of Larson until the 40th lap when he nearly parked it in between turns one and two, losing three positions in the process and allowing Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. into second before he, himself, dropped out on lap 43.

A hellacious 42-lap green flag run came to a halt when series Rookie Jesse Colwell spun to a stop at the top of turns one and two, thus erasing Larson's 4.318 second lead prior to a lap 50 red flag, where several teams took the opportunity to refuel and readjust for a second half run.

Right off the bat, when racing resumed, a melee ensued between turns three and four with September Placerville World of Outlaws winner and fourth-running Shane Golobic and Rico Abreu contacting each other in the third turn, causing both to flip. Early leaders Seavey and Reutzel were stacked deep on the bottom along with 2019 WoO champ Brad Sweet and 2017 USAC Midget champion Spencer Bayston.

Reutzel's turn of luck took continued on the 52nd lap when he toppled over in turn two but restarted and finished 12th. Kevin Thomas, Jr., took a nasty tumble off turn two following contact with another car. Thomas walked to the ambulance under his own power following the incident.

The storyline of the latter 50 laps was simply the domination displayed by Larson right from the start of the second half when he set the fastest overall lap of the race on lap 51. In fact, his seven fastest laps of the race came in rapid succession between laps 51-57. All the while, everybody else was trying to play catchup with Larson, battling it out amongst themselves for second as Larson slipped into the distance.

Over the final 25-lap sprint, Bell and Carrick swapped the second position five different times before Bell prevailed, albeit a staggering 8.152 seconds behind Larson at the checkered. Carrick took home third while hard-charging Ryan Bernal took fourth after starting 19th, his best run with the series since a 5th place, 16 laps-led run in the most recent 100-lapper in 2012 at Haubstadt, Ind. USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. rounded out the top-five.

Interestingly, it's the fifth time that Larson and Bell have finished first and second in a USAC National Midget feature. However, Wednesday at Placerville marked the first occasion in which Larson got the upper hand with a win. Bell won the previous four at Putnamville, Ind. and Kokomo, Ind. in 2013, plus each of the last two years at Ventura, Calif. in 2017 and 2018.

CONTINGENCY AWARD WINNERS WEDNESDAY AT PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY:

Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Chase Johnson (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Tucker Klaasmeyer (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Kyle Larson (Indy Race Parts/Ultra Shield Race Products Fourth Heat Winner)

Chris Windom (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Chris Windom (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Zeb Wise (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 20, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Johnson (#25x Malloy), 2. Ben Worth (#5G Alexander), 3. Daison Pursley (#9 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Jake Swanson (#73K Ford), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 8. Dave Darland (#71R Morris), 9. Jonathan Beason (#68 Six8), 10. Blake Bower (#10B Boscacci/Walker). 2:03.401 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS), 3. Gio Scelzi (#84 Tucker/Boat), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 5. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 7. Cory Elliott (#11E Elliott), 8. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 9. Robert Carson (#99x Segur). 2:05.773

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Michael Faccinto (#47m Morris), 4. Ryan Bernal (#77w Wood), 5. Spencer Bayston (#19 Hayward), 6. Dillon Welch (#81 Tucker/Boat), 7. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 8. C.J. Sarna (#20 Sarna), 9. Dylan Ito (#73 Ford). NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Larson (#1K Larson), 2. Christopher Bell (#84x Tucker/Boat), 3. Ethan Mitchell (#08m Dave Mac), 4. Colby Copeland (#27w Wood), 5. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Tony Gualda (#18K Kruseman), 8. Kaidon Brown (#97w Wood), 9. Colby Johnson (#71m Morris). NT

NOS ENERGY DRINK/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Colton Heath (#99 Stewart), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Buddy Kofoid (#98 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Brad Sweet (#67z Kahne), 5. Rico Abreu (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17JR Clauson/Marshall), 7. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 8. Jake Morgan (#19w Sala), 9. David Prickett (#15DJ Neverlift). 2:04.469

AMSOIL/SALDANA RACING PROUCTS SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-20 overall in points after heats transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Aaron Reutzel (#87 Tucker/Boat), 3. Kyle Cummins (#2G Yeley/Styres), 4. Shane Golobic (#17w Wood), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 6. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 7. Gage Rucker (#11K Kruseman), 8. Kiely Ricardo (#3F Finkenbinder), 9. Jake Bubak (#27B Bourke). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat)

EXTREME MUFFLERS C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Ben Worth, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Colby Johnson, 6. C.J. Sarna, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Randi Pankratz, Blake Bower, Gage Rucker, Kiely Ricardo, Robert Carson, Tony Gualda, Kaidon Brown, Jake Bubak, Kyle Cummins, Jake Morgan, Dylan Ito, David Prickett. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (20 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brad Sweet, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Robert Dalby, 8. Daison Pursley, 9. Andrew Layser, 10. Chase Johnson, 11. Michael Faccinto, 12. Colton Heath, 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14. Buddy Kofoid, 15. Holley Hollan, 16. Ben Worth, 17. Ethan Mitchell, 18. Dave Darland, 19. Cory Elliott, 20. Justin Grant. NT

ROYAL TRUCK BODY FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Larson (10), 2. Christopher Bell (13), 3. Tanner Carrick (6), 4. Ryan Bernal (19), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 6. Dillon Welch (2), 7. Gio Scelzi (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (24), 9. Spencer Bayston (9), 10. Michael Pickens (16), 11. Logan Seavey (12), 12. Aaron Reutzel (4), 13. Chris Windom (23), 14. Colby Copeland (20), 15. Jason McDougal (3), 16. Brady Bacon (1), 17. Thomas Meseraull (17), 18. Buddy Kofoid (28), 19. Jake Swanson (22), 20. Justin Grant (27), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (15), 22. Jesse Colwell (8), 23. Shane Golobic (7), 24. Zeb Wise (25), 25. Brad Sweet (21), 26. Rico Abreu (18), 27. Tucker Klaasmeyer (26), 28. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5). NT

**Jake Morgan flipped during the semi. Zeb Wise flipped on lap 4 of the feature. Rico Abreu and Shane Golobic flipped on lap 51 of the feature. Aaron Reutzel flipped on lap 52 of the feature. Kevin Thomas, Jr. flipped on lap 55 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Brady Bacon, Laps 3-17 Aaron Reutzel, Laps 18-34 Logan Seavey, Laps 35-100 Kyle Larson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (24th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Chris Windom

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Zeb Wise

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,951, 2-Logan Seavey-1,780, 3-Chris Windom-1,779, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,719, 5-Zeb Wise-1,679, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,506, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,484, 8-Jason McDougal-1,409, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,363, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-747, 2-Cory Elliott-718, 3-David Prickett-566, 4-Ben Worth-550, 5-C.J. Sarna-533, 6-Shannon McQueen-524, 7-Austin Liggett-458, 8-Jake Swanson-448, 9-Randi Pankratz-428, 10-Kyle Beilman-372.

FINAL HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-161, 2-Gio Scelzi-157, 3-Spencer Bayston-154, 4-Jesse Colwell-153, 5-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.-150, 6-Shane Golobic-149, 7-Tanner Carrick-149, 8-Jason McDougal-147, 9-Dillon Welch-146, 10-Kyle Larson-142.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 23, 2019 - Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, California - November Classic - 1/3-mile dirt oval

GIO CASHES IN ON NIGHT #1 OF HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 19, 2019).........It was easy to see the strides Gio Scelzi had made in his recent outings aboard a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget.

Just last weekend, the Fresno, Calif. native broke into the top-10 for the first time with the series in his fifth start, a ninth-place finish, and admitted that it's a different kind racing than he's used to and that it will take time to compete with the best drivers of this discipline.

In his sixth start Tuesday night at California's Placerville Speedway, Scelzi took a giant step up in his midget game, leading all 30 laps en route to victory on night one of the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 in the series debut at the 1/4-mile dirt oval.

It was just four races ago that Scelzi assumed the seat of the potent Tucker-Boat Motorsports/PristineAuction.com - K & C Drywall/Spike/Speedway Toyota that had been a front runner on the USAC Midget trail for the past four seasons with Chad Boat at the controls before he stepped out of the seat and into the role of mechanic and car owner.

It appears Scelzi had finally found the comfort zone in a midget, joining Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal and Tanner Carrick to become the fifth first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner of 2019, the most in a single season since 2008 when there were six.

Scelzi also became the 14th different series winner of the season, the most in a year since that same 2008 season.

"It's pretty humbling to run just a handful of these races and win," Scelzi said. "It's taken awhile to get comfortable in these cars and I'm still not very comfortable."

Scelzi is used to being ahead of the curve. At the age of 17, he's already become the youngest sprint car winner in the history of the World of Outlaws, Williams Grove Speedway and Knoxville Raceway. Two years ago, in 2017, he became the youngest winner in King of the West/NARC history right at Placerville.

Scelzi seemed at home right from the start as he took control from the onset of the feature event from his outside front row starting position. Meanwhile, nearing midway, a two-pack of Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian pilots, Jesse Colwell and eighth-starting Logan Seavey tussled for second as Scelzi held strong up front.

On a lap 14 restart, Seavey was in a hurry to get things done as he hounded Colwell, trying everything in the book to get a run on Colwell to no avail until lap 19 when Seavey slipped by his teammate for the runner-up spot with full intentions now set on reeling Scelzi in. Seavey sought avenues high, low and middle to find his way by Scelzi, but the son of the four-time NHRA champ was smooth as silk on the top side.

A number of cautions slowed the activity down the stretch, including a four-car incident that found Cannon McIntosh tipped on his side on the 21st lap. Following the incident, Scelzi blitzed away from Seavey on the ensuing restart to construct a half-straightaway lead of more than eight-tenths of a second with a surefire victory within his grasp until Michael Pickens' car came to a rest backwards in turn one.

In turn, that bunched up the field and allowed Seavey, a driver with a year's worth of past sprint car racing experience at Placerville under his belt, a few more shots at the race leader. Three perfect laps were all that it was going to take for Scelzi to defeat the 2018 series champ.

Seavey tried with all his might a slider into the first turn on Scelzi without success but found a diamond in the rough in turn three. Seavey drove it high to the top of three, then turned down toward the bottom of turn four to "diamond" the corner and gain ground on Scelzi to help propel him past in turn one.

"I was kind of searching all race," Seavey admitted. "I started on the top, then went to the bottom in one and two. I kind of found that the diamond off four was good. I just tried everything I could, but I think I needed a little bit of a longer run there. Our cars normally get better and better as they go. We never really got a run longer than three or four laps."

On the 30th and final circuit, Seavey fired his last Bullet by Spike in the chamber toward Scelzi, coming up short, and allowing Scelzi to break away for good to score a 0.647 second victory over Seavey, Colwell, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Kyle Larson (from 23rd) with Shane Golobic rounding out the top-five.

"Track position was big for me," Scelzi explained. "Seavey's really good and all the guys behind me were really good. I made so many mistakes off four, I saw someone on the bottom and I just didn't know where to go. I just tried to keep doing what I was doing."

Though Seavey came up just a tad short in the winner's column, he leads the overall Hangtown 100 standings heading into Wednesday's $20,000-to-win finale at Placerville, which also pays $12,000 to the driver who accumulates the most points over the two nights. For Seavey, Tuesday's run was just setting up for Wednesday.

"Overall, a good night," Seavey said. "I would've loved to win this thing, but at the end of the day, this race is about tomorrow and that's our goal."

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Placerville Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Tyler Courtney (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Cory Elliott (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Kyle Larson (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Thomas Meseraull (Indy Race Parts/Ultra Shield Race Products Fourth Heat Winner)

Jake Swanson (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Dillon Welch (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

Zeb Wise (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 19, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Dillon Welch, 81, Tucker/Boat-11.979 (New Track Record); 2. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.998; 3. Kyle Larson, 1K, Larson-12.028; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.064; 5. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-12.078; 6. Spencer Bayston, 19, Hayward-12.120; 7. Christopher Bell, 84x, Tucker/Boat-12.162; 8. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.165; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-12.178; 10. Ryan Bernal, 77w, Wood-12.212; 11. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-12.232; 12. Shane Golobic, 17w, Wood-12.244; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-12.254; 14. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 17JR, Clauson/Marshall-12.269; 15. Chase Johnson, 25x, Malloy-12.270; 16. Aaron Reutzel, 87, Tucker/Boat-12.279; 17. Brad Sweet, 67z, Kahne-12.285; 18. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.289; 19. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.297; 20. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.302; 21. Cannon McIntosh, 08, Dave Mac-12.336; 22. Michael Pickens, 1NZ, RMS-12.338; 23. Buddy Kofoid, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.366; 24. Colton Heath, 99, Stewart-12.377; 25. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-12.380; 26. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.389; 27. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.401; 28. Michael Faccinto, 47m, Morris-12.403; 29. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-12.416; 30. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-12.421; 31. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.428; 32. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.481; 33. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-12.488; 34. Jake Bubak, 27B, Bourke-12.507; 35. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.510; 36. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-12.520; 37. Kaidon Brown, 97w, Wood-12.527; 38. Jake Morgan, 19w, Sala-12.540; 39. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-12.564; 40. Colby Copeland, 27w, Wood-12.571; 41. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.579; 42. Dave Darland, 71R, Morris-12.589; 43. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-12.675; 44. Colby Johnson, 71m, Morris-12.687; 45. Ethan Mitchell, 08m, Dave Mac-12.688; 46. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-12.768; 47. Jonathan Beason, 68, Six8-12.779; 48. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-12.829; 49. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.915; 50. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-12.946; 51. Tony Gualda, 18K, Kruseman-12.996; 52. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-13.145; 53. Kiely Ricardo, 3F, Finkenbinder-13.447; 54. Robert Carson, 99x, Segur-13.520; 55. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-NT; 56. Blake Bower, 10B, Boscacci/Walker-NT; 57. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature, * represents a transfer) 1. *Brady Bacon, 2. Daison Pursley, 3. *Dillon Welch, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Colton Heath, 6. *Rico Abreu, 7. Ryan Bernal, 8. Dylan Ito, 9. Gage Rucker. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Kaidon Brown, 3. *Jason McDougal, 4. *Cannon McIntosh, 5. Randi Pankratz, 6. C.J. Sarna, 7. Jake Morgan, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Chase Johnson, 10. Zeb Wise. NT

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Jake Swanson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. *Tanner Carrick, 4. Cory Elliott, 5. *Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 6. Jonathan Beason, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Kiely Ricardo, 9. Maria Cofer, 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Thomas Meseraull, 2. Jake Bubak, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. *Jesse Colwell, 5. *Shane Golobic, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Christopher Bell, 8. David Prickett, 9. Tony Gualda. 2:08.680 (New Track Record)

NOS ENERGY DRINK/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Robert Dalby, 2. *Spencer Bayston, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. *Aaron Reutzel, 6. Robert Carson, 7. Colby Johnson, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Kyle Larson. NT

AMSOIL/SALDANA RACING PROUCTS SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, winner plus top-2 in points transfer to the feature) 1. *Colby Copeland, 2. *Michael Pickens, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. *Logan Seavey, 5. Gio Scelzi, 6. Brad Sweet, 7. Chris Windom, 8. Buddy Kofoid, 9. Blake Bower. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS FIRST LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Daison Pursley, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Buddy Kofoid, 8. Holley Hollan, 9. Ethan Mitchell, 10. Robert Carson, 11. Dylan Ito, 12. Jonathan Beason, 13. Blake Bower. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS SECOND LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Michael Faccinto, 5. Chase Johnson, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Ben Worth, 9. Kaidon Brown, 10. Kiely Ricardo, 11. Jake Morgan, 12. Randi Pankratz, 13. David Prickett. NT

PYROTECT RACING CELLS THIRD LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Ryan Bernal, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Colton Heath, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Jake Bubak, 8. Tony Gualda, 9. C.J. Sarna, 10. Gage Rucker, 11. Colby Johnson, 12. Maria Cofer. NT

PURE CROP 1 FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Gio Scelzi (2), 2. Logan Seavey (8), 3. Jesse Colwell (1), 4. Kyle Larson (23), 5. Shane Golobic (3), 6. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5), 7. Spencer Bayston (11), 8. Tanner Carrick (6), 9. Jason McDougal (7), 10. Aaron Reutzel (17), 11. Dillon Welch (12), 12. Jerry Coons, Jr. (18), 13. Brady Bacon (10), 14. Thomas Meseraull (13), 15. Christopher Bell (15), 16. Ryan Bernal (24), 17. Rico Abreu (16), 18. Dave Darland (25), 19. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 20. Jake Swanson (19), 21. Robert Dalby (14), 22. Colby Copeland (20), 23. Brad Sweet (21), 24. Michael Pickens (4), 25. Justin Grant (26), 26. Cannon McIntosh (22). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during qualifying. Jason McDougal, Zeb Wise and C.J. Sarna flipped during the second heat. Mario Cofer flipped during the third heat. Colby Johnson flipped during the fifth heat. Buddy Kofoid flipped during the fifth heat. Randi Pankratz and David Prickett flipped during the second last chance qualifier. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 21 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Gio Scelzi.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Larson (23rd to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brady Bacon

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise & Cory Elliott

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,901, 2-Logan Seavey-1,730, 3-Chris Windom-1,729, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,669, 5-Zeb Wise-1,629, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,456, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,434, 8-Jason McDougal-1,359, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,313, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-697, 2-Cory Elliott-668, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-516, 5-Ben Worth-500, 6-C.J. Sarna-483, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 8-Jake Swanson-398, 9-Randi Pankratz-378, 10-Kyle Beilman-372.

NEW HANGTOWN 100 POINTS: 1-Logan Seavey-161, 2-Gio Scelzi-157, 3-Spencer Bayston-154, 4-Jesse Colwell-153, 5-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.-150, 6-Shane Golobic-149, 7-Tanner Carrick-149, 8-Jason McDougal-147, 9-Dillon Welch-146, 10-Kyle Larson-142.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 20, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-mile dirt oval

 

 

BAKERSFIELD NOVEMBER CLASSIC RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bakersfield, California (November 18, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and California's Bakersfield Speedway have a history that dates back six decades. The history between the two roars back to life this coming Saturday, November 23, for the third-straight autumn to contest the November Classic, co-sanctioned by the USAC Western States Midgets.

Davey Moses won the first trip by the USAC National Midgets in the summer of 1959. Over that period, 20 series races have been held at the lightning-quick 1/3-mile dirt oval with Jay Drake and Billy Vukovich serving as the winningest drivers with the series at Bakersfield.

This Saturday's driver roster for the event features the defending November Classic winner at Bakersfield, Logan Seavey. Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) won last year in grand style by driving around Rico Abreu in the fourth turn on the 30th and final lap to score the victory and lock up the series title in one fell swoop in his first start with the series at the track.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) has a large 171-point lead in the standings entering the final four-race stretch which begins earlier this week, November 19-20, at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway. The 2018 USAC National Sprint Car champ and 2019 runner-up was 4th at Bakersfield in 2017, then won his heat and took 22nd in 2018.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) made his first career USAC National Midget appearance in 2017 at Bakersfield where he won his heat and finished 19th. He took 20th in 2018 but is entering Bakersfield coming off two impressive runs at Western World, a 2nd on the first night and 3rd in the finale.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) made his debut midget run in 2017 a solid one with a 10th place finish. He upped his result to a 6th at Bakersfield in 2018 and is one of three expected entrants for Saturday's race who've finished within the top-10 in each of the last two years along with Shane Golobic and Spencer Bayston.

Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) was 3rd at Bako in 2018 and 6th in 2017. The 2017 USAC National Midget points runner-up, one-time series winner and 2017 Indiana Midget Week champion is versatile, with a recent World of Outlaws win in September at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway to his credit.

Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) the 2017 USAC National Midget champion, returns with Hayward Motorsports for the entirety of the California Midget swing this month. He collected a runner-up finish in 2017 and a 4th in 2018 in his two Bakersfield visits with the series.

Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champ, took 2nd a year ago in heartbreaking fashion at Bakersfield after leading 29 and ¾ circuits of the 30-lap main event.

NASCAR and dirt track racing star Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is one of 13 different winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget campaign in 2019, the most since 2010, and is among those looking to return to victory lane after picking up his 16th career series win earlier this June in Joliet, Ill.

Newly-crowned eight-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champ Damion Gardner is entered for Bakersfield aboard Terry Klatt's No. 4. The Concord, Calif. driver has won each of the last two USAC/CRA Sprint Car features at Bakersfield in 2017 and 2019.

Like Golobic, Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) is a winner on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car trail this year. His ride, the Tucker/Boat Motorsports No. 84, set fast time in qualifying at Bakersfield a year ago and finished 5th. Scelzi recorded his first top-ten USAC National Midget run last Saturday at Arizona, a 9th.

Seventh in series points, Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) has extensive experience at Bakersfield, topping off with a 3rd place run there in 1998. The USAC Triple Crown champ was also 15th in 1999 and 11th in 2018. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was a top-ten runner with the USAC National Midgets at Bakersfield in 2000, finishing 7th, and was 25th the year prior in 1999.

Two-time 2019 USAC National Midget winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), a winner last Friday at Arizona Speedway, will make their Bakersfield USAC Midget debuts. Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) each finished in the top-ten in their first visits to the track in 2018 with McDougal taking 9th and Klaasmeyer 10th.

Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) captured his first, and to date, only career USAC Western States Midget win earlier this April at Bakersfield, leading the final nine laps en route to victory.

The Western States Midget championship battle is tight with only 29 points separating point leader Robert Dalby and Cory Elliott. Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) finished 16th in 2018 and 20th in 2017 against National competition. Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) is a four-time USAC Ford Focus Midget feature winner at Bakersfield between 2012-2014 while Randi Pankratz won there in a Focus Midget in 2015.

On Saturday, California Lightning Sprints and Hobby Stocks join the Midgets. Pits open at 2pm Pacific, gates at 3pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $16. Seniors 65+ and Military are $14. Kids 6-12 are $8. Kids 5 and under are free.

Watch all the action LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing and listen to LIVE audio on the USAC app. Follow along with live timing and scoring on the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS:
1. (3) Jay Drake & Billy Vukovich
3. (2) Ron Shuman & Sleepy Tripp
5. (1) Brady Bacon, Billy Boat, Dave Darland, Terry Farrar, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones, Davey Moses, Logan Seavey, Frank Secrist & Rich Vogler

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS:
1959: Davey Moses (8/2)
1966: Frank Secrist (8/14) & Billy Vukovich (9/11)
1967: Billy Vukovich (7/2) & Billy Vukovich (7/16)
1974: Sleepy Tripp (11/24)
1988: Rich Vogler (11/11)
1989: Sleepy Tripp (11/18)
1990: Terry Farrar (11/17)
1991: Page Jones (11/23)
1992: Ron Shuman (11/26)
1993: Ron Shuman (11/25)
1994: Jordan Hermansader (11/24)
1995: Billy Boat (11/23)
1997: Jay Drake (11/22)
1998: Jay Drake (11/26)
1999: Dave Darland (11/20)
2000: Jay Drake (11/18)
2017: Brady Bacon (11/18)
2018: Logan Seavey (11/17)

BAKERSFIELD USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS: (2017-2018)

2017: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Spencer Bayston, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Shane Golobic, 7. Ryan Robinson, 8. Alex Schutte, 9. Michael Faccinto, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Frankie Guerrini, 12. Chad Boat, 13. Courtney Crone, 14. Matt Mitchell, 15. David Prickett, 16. Ronnie Gardner, 17. Michael Pickens, 18. Cory Elliott, 19. Zeb Wise, 20. Robert Dalby, 21. Mason Daniel, 22. Holly Shelton, 23. Dustin Golobic, 24. Shannon McQueen.

2018: 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).

BAKERSFIELD USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RESULTS: (2019)
APRIL 6, 2019: 1. Ben Worth (1), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Michael Faccinto (2), 4. Austin Liggett (4), 5. David Prickett (15), 6. Cory Elliott (11), 7. Alex Schutte (10), 8. Shannon McQueen (7), 9. C.J. Sarna (14), 10. Kyle Beilman (8), 11. Dylan Ito (18), 12. Ricky Lewis (12), 13. Marvin Mitchell (21), 14. Bryan Drollinger (16), 15. Randi Pankratz (17), 16. Cody Swanson (6), 17. Terry Nichols (13), 18. Mike Leach Jr. (19), 19. Robert Dalby (3), 20. Kyle Heckman (20).

 

 

TURKEY NIGHT GP ENTRY LIST SURGES PAST 70 ENTRIES

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 19, 2019).........The driver lineup for the Nov. 28th Turkey Night Grand Prix at California's Ventura Raceway has surged above 70 entrants for the 79th running of the famed event featuring the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets.

The car count hasn't exceeded 70 since 1992, and this year's class of entries is not only stocked with quantity, but immense quality.

The lone past Turkey Night Midget winner in the field is 2012 and 2016 victor Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.). He's joined by a slew of USAC National champions who have filed their entries, including Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.).

In addition to that bunch, a number of recent winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car trails are gunning for glory at Ventura: Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) have all won on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign in 2019.

Leading the USAC Western contingent in the event are newly-crowned eight-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.), Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), plus 2019 series winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), Robby Josett (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as USAC Western Regional champions Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.), David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) and Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.).

Thirteen states are represented with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented with Michael Pickens (New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

Advance tickets for the 79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 19, 2019)
07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (NP Motorsports)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Audra Sasselli/Selma, CA (NP Motorsports)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F TBA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4 Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Klatt Enterprises)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
F5 Troy Rutherford/Ojai, CA (Wayne Simmons)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
9H Emilio Hoover/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
c27 Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
55T Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Johnny Cofer)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frank Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73T Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
73x Robby Josett/Santa Clarita, CA (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
85 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
98 Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 IS FIRST 100-LAP USAC MIDGET RACE IN 7 YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 18, 2019).........One-hundred lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races are a rarity these days. In fact, this week's inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 from California's Placerville Speedway is the first such event in seven seasons, a race won by Brady Bacon at Indiana's Tri-State Speedway in 2012.
Races of that length can create a completely different aspect to the event that you don't see in standard 30 or even 40 lap events. There's the patience part of it, the concentration throughout the duration of 100 laps, the ever-changing track conditions and the preservation of equipment.

Of course, those particular things go hand-in-hand with any event on any track, but you can multiply the impact of each aspect when it comes to 100 laps.

One-hundred lappers used to be commonplace in USAC National Midget racing. For instance, in the first year of the club in 1956 alone, 30 such races of that distance were held, including the very first USAC event ever held, at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. and won by Gene Hartley.

Between 1956 and 1959, at least 16 100-lap races were held each year from indoor bullrings to dirt half-miles such as Williams Grove and Terre Haute and even to one-mile pavement venues such as the Milwaukee Mile.

By the decade of the 1970s, the 100-lappers began to gradually fade and became mostly confined to early season indoor events, the Hut 100 and the Turkey Night Grand Prix, which remained traditions into the new century until the demise of the Hut 100 and the alteration of Turkey Night's length to 98 laps in honor of J.C. Agajanian and family whose No. 98 cars were legendary both at Indianapolis and on the short tracks of the west coast throughout the mid-20th century.

The 1990s never had a year in which there were more than four 100-lap races, with only a 1992 event at Wisconsin's Hales Corners Speedway won by Page Jones breaking the mold as an outlier long-distance race outside of the norm of indoor, Hut and TNGP events, and wouldn't happen again at an outlier venue until 2003 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway, won by J.J. Yeley.

The Indiana short paved tracks of Anderson and the Speedrome held their own 100 lap events in the mid-to-late 2000s. When the Hut 100 moved to the quarter-mile dirt oval of Indiana's Tri-State Speedway between 2010-2012, it served as the last event of the distance until this week.

Brady Bacon, a recent winner in the series last Saturday at Arizona Speedway and an entrant for the Hangtown 100, won the last 100-lap USAC National Midget race, held at Tri-State seven years ago and will be a contender once more at Placerville.

After 381 100-lap USAC National Midget races between 1956-2018, Rich Vogler has the most in the category with 16 during his illustrious USAC career. Perhaps Bacon, perhaps somebody new will join a lengthy list of winners of a tradition renewed.

On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm.

On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors.

Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINS:
1. (16) Rich Vogler

2. (15) Mel Kenyon

3. (13) Gary Bettenhausen

4. (12) Jimmy Davies

5. (9) Gene Hartley, Ron Shuman & Shorty Templeman

8. (8) Mike McGreevy & Bob Wente

10. (7) Chuck Rodee, Bob Tattersall, Sleepy Tripp & Jack Turner

14. (6) Tony Bettenhausen & Jimmy Knight

16. (5) Ronnie Duman, Billy Engelhart, Gene Force, Bobby Grim, Eddie Johnson & Johnnie Tolan

22. (4) George Amick, Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Tommy Copp, A.J. Foyt, Bob McLean, Bobby Olivero, Kevin Olson, Johnny Parsons, Larry Rice & Leroy Warriner

33. (3) Chuck Arnold, George Benson, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Frank Burany, Hank Butcher, Jimmy Caruthers, Bobby East, Burt Foland, Billy Garrett, Parnelli Jones, Jason Leffler, Steve Lotshaw, Johnnie Parsons, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Les Scott, Tony Stewart & Rodger Ward

52. (2) Alan Brown, Barry Reed, Bill Homeier, Billy Cantrell, Billy Mehner, Billy Vukovich, Billy Wease, Bob Hare, Bubby Jones, Chuck Gurney, Chuck Weyant, Cliff Spalding, Dana Carter, Dave Darland, Dave Steele, Davey Moses, Don Meacham, Earl Motter, Jay Drake, Jerry Nuckles, Johnny Baldwin, Johnny Boyd, Lee Kunzman, Len Sutton, Rex Easton, Russ Gamester, Sam Isenhower, Stan Fox, Teddy Beach, Tracy Hines & Warren Mockler

83. (1) Bill Chennault, Bill Kollman, Blake Hollingsworth, Bob Harkey, Bob Veith, Bobby Marshman, Brady Bacon, Brent Kaeding, Bruce Walkup, Bryan Clauson, Bud Clemons, Cole Whitt, Dale Swaim, Danny McKnight, Danny Oakes, Danny Pens, Darren Hagen, Don Horvath, Donnie Beechler, Forrest Parker, Gary Byers, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, George Snider, Harry Beck, Henry Pens, J.J. Yeley, Jeff Gordon, Jerry McClung, Jerry Stone, Jerry Weeks, Jimmy Kirk, Jimmy Reece, Joe Garson, John Meyers, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny White, Jordan Hermansader, Ken Nichols, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Kevin Doty, Larry Dickson, Larry Patton, Lloyd Ruby, Michael Lang, Michael Lewis, Mike Fedorcak, Mike Hess, Ned Spath, Page Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Rick Goudy, Steve Cannon, Steve Knepper, Stevie Reeves, Tom Sellberg, Tony Simon, Verne Harriman & Zach Daum


NUMBER OF 100-LAP USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS RACES:
(381 between 1956-2018)
1956 (30)
1957 (22)
1958 (19)
1959 (16)
1960 (19)
1961 (9)
1963 (12)
1964 (14)
1965 (23)
1966 (11)
1967 (8)
1968 (5)
1969 (13)
1970 (13)
1971 (10)
1972 (8)
1973 (6)
1974 (6)
1975 (10)
1976 (9)
1977 (11)
1978 (3)
1979 (6)
1980 (3)
1981 (3)
1982 (4)
1983 (6)
1984 (5)
1985 (7)
1986 (4)
1987 (5)
1988 (6)
1989 (6)
1990 (4)
1991 (3)
1992 (3)
1993 (3)
1994 (2)
1995 (2)
1996 (2)
1997 (2)
1998 (2)
1999 (2)
2000 (2)
2001 (2)
2002 (2)
2003 (3)
2004 (4)
2005 (3)
2006 (2)
2007 (0)
2008 (2)
2009 (0)
2010 (2)
2011 (1)
2012 (1)
2013 (0)
2014 (0)
2015 (0)
2016 (0)
2017 (0)

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 17, 2019).........If you're going to make a first impression, make it a big one! The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets make their debut at California's Placerville Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 19-20, for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, the richest event in the history of the series with a total purse of over $150,000 for the two-night spectacular.

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will pay $5,000 to the 30-lap main event winner and features the top-12 cars in combined points throughout the night, starting inverted on the grid.

Wednesday night's 100-lap Royal Truck Body feature on November 20 will pay a whopping $20,000 to the victor on the 1/4-mile red clay oval. The overall points champion throughout the two nights will take home a $12,000 bonus.

Sixty (60) USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets are on the entry list for the event, many of whom have never competed in a USAC-sanctioned midget event at Placerville.

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.) has won in both a midget and sprint car at Placerville, wining most recently with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in September. He also was a victor with the USAC Western States Midgets at Placerville in 2013 and 2017. He had a 2nd place Western States run in 2016 with an additional midget win this past June at his self-described "favorite racetrack in the world."

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) has won twice in a midget at Placerville this year alone in both August and September, and finished 7th with WoO in September. He picked up his 16th career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory this past June at The Dirt Oval at Route 66.

Eleven-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner and 2019 World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion, Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.), won the WoO round at Placerville in 2018 and, in September, picked up wins in his dash and heat race.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) captured last Saturday's Western World Championships midget race at Arizona Speedway. He took 7th in a USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville in 2016.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie of the Year and 2019 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year, led a race-high 23 laps in September's WoO feature at Placerville before finishing 2nd behind Golobic.

Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, ran 8th in September with WoO at Placerville. Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), who picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in July at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex, finished 19th with WoO at Placerville in September.

The top-nine in the NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings will all be making their USAC debuts at Placerville this week, including point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), who carries a hefty 171-point lead into the event ahead of 2018 series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) and 2019 BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), all of whom are within the top-five in series points.

Carrick, along with USAC Triple Crown champ Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), two-time 2019 series winner Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and ninth-place points holder Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) will join top series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), 2016 USAC National Midget titlist Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) and 2007 BCRA Midget champ Justin Grant among those making USAC Midget debuts at Placerville.

Furthermore, first-time Placerville USAC Midget combatants include 2019 Shamrock Classic winner Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), 2019 Hoosier Auto Racing Fans Driver of the Year Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), international racing stars Michael Pickens (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, Australia), plus USAC National champions Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) and Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), USAC Sprint and Midget winner Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), two-time NASCAR Cup winner and two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champ Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 2019 WoO Sprint winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and two-time Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car titlist Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas), as well as 2019 USAC Western States Midget feature winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.) and Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.).

Several of the West Coast contingent have extensive experience at Placerville behind the wheel of a midget, including Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a BCRA winner at the track in 2018. Her father, 1994 Western States Midget champion Johnny Cofer finished 6th in the first USAC Western States Midget event at Placerville in 1996.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) took home a 5th place result in the Western States Midget stop at Placerville in 2013 and was 5th again this past August with BCRA. Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) was 19th with Western States in 2013, 6th in 2016 and 14th in 2017. Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), the 2018 USAC Western States Midget champion, has been a consistent front runner at Placerville with the series, earning finishes of 5th in 2016 and 6th in 2017. He's had finishes of 4th in August and 5th in September in a pair of 2019 Placerville midget starts.

Current USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) leads the standings over Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) by just 29 markers entering the event, which will pay appearance points only, 50 each night. Dalby took 19th in 2016 USAC action at Placerville and 9th in 2017. He was 2nd in June of this year in a midget at the track. Elliott, meanwhile, was 17th in 2016, a solid 3rd in 2017, and was 4th in June and 3rd in August of this year.

Frankie Guerrini (San Rafael, Calif.) finished 10th in both 2016 and 2017 with the USAC Western States Midgets. Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) the 2019 Fremont (Ohio) Speedway Sprint Car track champion who made his USAC National Midget debut this past weekend at Arizona, finished 11th in a 2017 USAC Western States Midget race at Placerville. Two-time USAC Western Classic Sprint Car champion (2013-14) Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) took 18th in that 2017 round. Jake Morgan (Fair Oaks, Calif.), meanwhile, earned a 3rd place result in a midget at Placerville in June. The versatile Colby Copeland (Roseville, Calif.) competed in both a midget and with WoO in September, scoring a 3rd in the midget and 20th in the sprint car.

On Tuesday, drivers will draw for qualifying placement at the VIP tent at 1:30pm Pacific, drivers/car owner meeting at 3:30pm, autograph session at 4pm behind grandstands, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 5:45pm.

On Wednesday, an autograph session will take place at 3:30pm behind the grandstands, drivers/car owner meeting at 4:30pm, engine heat and track pack at 5pm and USAC Midget hot laps at 6pm.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather.

Also competing both nights and rounding out the card will be the Wicked Energy Gum Northwest Focus Midgets presented by Cognitive Warriors.

Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party in the concession area with burritos, drinks, music and a lot of fun to be had. All fans and racers are encouraged to attend.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST:
(60 Entries)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
08m Ethan Mitchell/Mooresville, NC (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
10B Blake Bower/Brentwood, CA (Tony Boscacci & Chris Walker)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17JR Ricky Stenhouse, Jr./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
TBA (Matt Wood Racing)

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

PAST PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RESULTS:

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills, 2. Shane Scully, 3. John Starks, 4. Terry Tarditi, 5. Brian Tuey, 6. Johnny Cofer, 7. Scott Hansen, 8. Joey Tynan, 9. Tom DuPont, Jr., 10. Pat Bliss, 11. Tom Boune.

2013: 1. Shane Golobic, 2. Sean Dodenhoff, 3. Ronnie Gardner, 4. Matt Streeter, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Greg Bragg, 7. Taylor Simas, 8. Gary Conterno, 9. David Prickett, 10. Richard Vander Weerd, 11. Brett Felkins, 12. Scott Pierovich, 13. Nick Foster Jr., 14. Pete Davis, 15. Bill Lindsey, 16. Nick Chivello, 17. Jonathan Grinell, 18. Jace Vander Weerd, 19. Randi Pankratz, 20. Shannon McQueen, 21. Terry Nichols.

2016: 1. Ronnie Gardner, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Cody Swanson, 4. Sean Dodenhoff, 5. Michael Faccinto, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Brady Bacon, 8. Britton Bock, 9. Taylor Simas, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Tyler Dolacki, 12. Terry Nichols, 13. Brian Gard, 14. Maria Cofer, 15. Matt Streeter, 16. Bryan Clauson, 17. Cory Elliott, 18. Courtney Crone, 19. Robert Dalby, 20. Nate Wait, 21. Danny Carroll, 22. Dustin Golobic.

2017: Shane Golobic, 2. Ronnie Gardner, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Courtney Crone, 5. Alex Schutte, 6. Michael Faccinto, 7. Mason Daniel, 8. David Prickett, 9. Robert Dalby, 10. Frankie Guerrini, 11. Buddy Kofoid, 12. Maria Cofer, 13. Terry Nichols, 14. Randi Pankratz, 15. Dustin Golobic, 16. Geoff Ensign, 17. Nate Wait, 18. Ryan Bernal.

 

 

LEARY'S LANDMARK SEASON NETS USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........Was there any more indicative way of how C.J. Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports achieved their USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship than how they performed in Saturday night's season finale at Arizona Speedway?

The team rolled off the trailer for the second night of Western World and clicked off fast time during qualifying, then won their heat race from the third row and finished off with a solid top-five run. Night-after-night, track-after-track, Leary and crew chiseled the competition with their unrelenting consistency.

Their 11 fast qualifying times rank as the third most ever in a single USAC National Sprint Car season behind only Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s 15 in 2018 and Tom Bigelow's 14 in 1978. Along the way, the team accrued a series-high 32 top-ten finishes in 34 starts and series-high-equaling 25 top-five finishes.

It's an astonishing stat line for a team and driver of any caliber in any particular year, let alone by a team that had never run the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car schedule prior to 2019 and a team who's core players were not a cohesive unit at this point one calendar year ago.

A deal was struck late last year which brought the youthful and talented Leary on board to take the wheel along with highly successful winning crew chief Davey Jones turning the wrenches. At that point, a winning combination was born.

"We've just been really consistent all year long," Leary explained. "Davey's given me a fast hot rod night in and night out. I just felt like if we got through Pennsylvania, we'd have a good shot at getting the championship because Pennsylvania's always been my weak link."

Leary steam rolled through the first part of the season when all the bugs and kinks are yet to be ironed out and the working relationships between driver, crew and owner are still in the development process. Fairly quickly, a team can tell if they'll eventually sink or swim with what they have. From its initial appearances, the team could've swam the entire Atlantic Ocean with as good as they were right out of the box.

The team won their third night out in Ocala, Fla. in February, then took over a point lead they wouldn't relinquish following the first night of #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora in May. The team powered through the aforementioned Eastern Storm swing through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, finishing 2nd, 5th and 3rd to collect the mini-series title.

The magic continued through the eight-race stretch in July through the Hoosier State to earn an Indiana Sprint Week title, the third driver to win both Eastern Storm, ISW and the USAC National Sprint title within a single year after Bryan Clauson (2013) and Robert Ballou (2015). Through the summer heat in Indiana, Leary and company took six top-fives and eight top-tens and reached a season-high 134-point lead following the Bloomington round of ISW in July.

The team's first finish outside the top ten didn't arrive until late August at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway when Leary biked it while running fourth on the first night of Sprint Car Smackdown. However, the team was able to withstand the minor setback and continued their flourishing ways with a firm grip of a 100-plus point lead for two months of the season.

That is, until late September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora where Leary was involved in a tangle with Chris Windom while running fourth, which relegated him to a 22nd place finish while Courtney earned max points with a sweep of the night, narrowing the canyon in the championship race to 58, the closest margin seen since June, three months earlier.

From there, the pressurized race was switched on with the reigning titlist in Courtney beaming with confidence as he chased the rabbit in Leary that hadn't been rattled points-wise in quite some time. But Leary responded enviably with a 4th in the Midwest finale at Lawrenceburg, before grabbing a 5th in the opener at Perris, followed by a 10th there the following night and a much-needed sigh of relief victory on the final night of the Oval Nationals to close out the penultimate weekend.

Once the page was turned for the final race set at Arizona Speedway, Courtney solidified his contention for a title on the first night of Western World by picking up qualifying points, then racing from the tail to win his heat. Leary checked mate and collected eight points of his own for a heat win after a ho-hum sub-top-10 qualifying run by his standards. Courtney raced to victory in the night's main event while Leary managed a 6th. A solid run in most cases, but in this instance, it was a net 15-point loss for Leary, who took a 26-point interval into Saturday's last call.

Locked-in Leary snared fast time for six points and nabbed a heat win for eight points while Courtney earned three qualifying points but was forced to swap the engine from his ride following mechanical trouble during his time trial run. Courtney took second in his own heat race, setting up a final showcase between the two Indiana born and bred racers.

Courtney went all in, exclaiming to his crew before the start that he was either going to bring back a trophy or a steering wheel, implying he was going for broke with an oath to take care of the factors he was in control of while Leary just had to manage 11th or better to lock up the crown.

Leary hung right there comfortably smack dab in the middle of the top-ten for the duration of the 30 laps, never once falling out of the hunt and below the Mendoza line. Meanwhile, Courtney delivered on his promise, bringing home the Western World trophy. All the while, Leary was like clockwork. When the clock struck midnight on the season, he was right there where he needed to be.

As a result, Leary became USAC's newest first-time champion, as did crew chief Davey Jones and the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team. At the age of 23, Leary became the third youngest USAC National Sprint Car driver champion behind only Bryan Clauson and Levi Jones and, at age 23, has realized a life-long dream of becoming a USAC championship.

"The pressure coming into tonight was eating at me, so I'll take a breather and let this sink in," Leary exhaled. "It's definitely something to be proud of. It's something I've been wanting since I was a little kid. It definitely didn't happen overnight. This is my eighth year on the USAC National tour and to be standing up here means the world to me."

Also fitting is how it all came full circle. The discussion of the formation of the Arizona-based team began a year ago in Perris, Calif., and one year later, Leary became a first-time Oval Nationals winner at Perris and a first-time championship right in his car owner's homeland in the Grand Canyon State.

"We've toured all over the United States, and to end here in (car owner) Andy's (Reinbold) backyard, I think it's pretty special," Leary said. "He has all his friends, family, his co-workers, everybody's out here supporting him as a race team. Andy and his whole family have taken us in like family and have put us up in their house and just went racing. It's pretty cool, I think I can relate a lot to my own race team. It's a family affair and I'm just glad to get it done for Andy, his dad Rex, and the whole AME crew. I can't say enough for these guys. They've made this year pretty special for me."

For Reinbold, despite his team's relative lack of experience on the National trail, he had full confidence in the team he surrounded himself with. One that he expected, back in December, January and February, would be standing on the podium just as they were Saturday night at Arizona Speedway.

"Honestly, absolutely," Reinbold deadpanned when asked whether he expected to be standing on the stage as a champion. "The team that we put together, all of our partners, all of our sponsors, our family, everybody believed from the beginning. It was a little tough at the very beginning down in Florida with the new cars, the Spike cars. They were used to the DRC. But once we all bought into it, we got rolling and C.J. was just wonderful in driving and hitting his marks all year long. It was amazing."

2019 C.J. LEARY USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STATS:

FEATURE WINS: 2 - Feb 16 at Bubba Raceway Park & Nov 9 at Perris Auto Speedway

FEATURE LAPS LED: 102

TOP-FIVE FEATURE FINISHES: 25

TOP-TEN FEATURE FINISHES: 32

FAST QUALIFYING TIMES: 11

HEAT RACE WINS: 12

FEATURE STARTS: 34

CAREER FEATURE WINS: 9


 

COURTNEY SPRINTS TO BACK-TO-BACK WESTERN WORLD WINS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........One year ago, Tyler Courtney had a view from the other side of the spectrum at the season finale. There, his nearest combatant in the title chase collected a feature win while he celebrated a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

Saturday's 2019 season finale at Arizona Speedway found the Indianapolis, Ind. in the polar opposite position where he was the one standing in victory lane with a tinge of bittersweetness surrounding him. He earned a second-straight Western World Championships Sprint Car crown, and second victory in as many nights, but in the end, came up 18 points shy of a second-straight series crown behind C.J. Leary.

While Courtney was elated in one sense by picking up his series-leading ninth victory of the 2019 season and the 26th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Tony Elliott and Dave Steele for 18th all-time, he couldn't help but have the end result of the championship weigh on his mind before a celebration of victory came to mind.

"What's going through my mind is that we lost the championship," Courtney said. "These guys worked their tails off all year to put us in contention for it. For the year, we just didn't get it there. We know what it's like to be the champions and especially for the first time, it's truly something special and I hope they get to enjoy it."

Entering the 30-lap feature, that landscape had been laid out. If Leary finished 11th or better, the championship would be his regardless of where Courtney finished. With that on his mind, Courtney took care of the aspect he was fully in control of.

"I told (the crew) before the feature pushed off that I was going to bring back either the trophy or the steering wheel," Courtney explained. "We brought home the trophy. To sweep the weekend in a sprint car is really cool. To win Western World in back-to-back years is pretty cool too. But second in the championship sucks. We did all we could do. We came out here and we won the race tonight. That's nothing to hang our head on. For the season, nine wins on the year is pretty special. Winning any USAC race is tough with the competition we have year-in and year-out. It's incredible."

Courtney started fifth and worked his way into third by the opening lap and into the runner-up spot by lap five while pole sitter Josh Hodges, then the evening's midget feature winner Brady Bacon, exchanged control at the front of the field.

On the 13th lap, Bacon ripped into traffic, threading needles as he scooted around the outside of Chris Gansen off turn four to escape a rapidly closing Courtney who, just moments before, had trailed by 1.5 sec., but had whittled it down to breadcrumbs by the halfway mark.

Courtney ran down Bacon in traffic, sliding underneath the two-time series champ between turns three and four to nab the position. Bacon immediately went back to work on the bottom of turn one under Courtney and emerged as the new leader at the exit of turn two.

Courtney had momentum in his back pocket, catching up to race side-by-side with Bacon into turn three on lap 17 where the two touched wheels - Bacon's right rear and Courtney's left rear - popping Courtney airborne before landing on all fours and continuing on, albeit while watching Bacon drive back by to the lead.

Courtney immediately jumped back on the bull and made a beeline from the top of turn four to the middle of turn one where the two nearly made contact again as Bacon slid above the cushion. However, Bacon made a quick recovery and turned down off two to dart back under Courtney and into the lead by turn three. The following lap was a rinse and repeat situation as Courtney slid Bacon in one while Bacon ducked back under and reassumed the top spot off two.

On the 20th lap, Bacon raced into one with Courtney a half car length behind. This time, the last car on the lead lap, Charles Davis, Jr., was to the outside of Bacon between turns one and two. As Bacon drifted to the inside of Davis, he wasn't able to slide all the way to the curb in order to propel him down the back straightaway. As Bacon slid through the middle, Courtney stuck the line under Bacon and opened up an eight-car-length advantage with ten laps remaining.

By lap 25, however, Bacon had reeled in Courtney to within a couple car lengths distance when Justin Grant and Jason McDougal found trouble in turn two. Grant landed upside down and walked to the ambulance under his own power for further observation.

During the red flag period, steam began to pour from Courtney's resting car, which was revealed to be a result of a hole in the radiator. Earlier in the night, Courtney and the team qualified fourth, but were forced to swap out the engine before their heat race in the Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy.

Friday night's Western World midget winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. was the man on the move on the lap 25 restart, sliding past Bacon in turn one for the second position as Bacon faded into a distant third. Meanwhile, Courtney had gapped Thomas and Bacon to the tune of two seconds until a last lap yellow for a flat left rear tire on Chase Stockon necessitated a yellow flag.

A green-white-checkered finish wasn't enough to knock Courtney off his game as he utilized a solid restart to distance himself from the pack once and for all, taking the checkered by a 1.299 sec. margin over Thomas, Bacon, Chris Windom and C.J. Leary, whose fifth place finish secured himself a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver championship.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-a-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner)

Dustin Clark (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Second Heat Winner)

Dennis Gile (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

R.J. Johnson (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Winner)

C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner)

Jason McDougal (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier)

Brody Roa (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Jake Swanson (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner)

Austin Williams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.007; 2. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.007; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.010; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.020; 5. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.073; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.079; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-15.089; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.093; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.100; 10. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-15.105; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-15.153; 12. Eric Wilkins, 34w, Grau/Burkhart-15.182; 13. Jason McDougal, 34, Grau-15.233; 14. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-15.271; 15. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.290; 16. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.329; 17. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.366; 18. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.378; 19. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.420; 20. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.422; 21. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.440; 22. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.502; 23. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.502; 24. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.543; 25. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.596; 26. Zack Madrid, 51m, Johnson-15.607; 27. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.610; 28. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.721; 29. Michael Curtis, 11c, Turner/Wheeler-15.744; 30. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.795; 31. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.014; 32. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-16.472.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Austin Williams, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Charles Davis, Jr., 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 8. Michael Curtis. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Clark, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Zack Madrid. 8. Tanner Carrick. 2:07.366

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. R.J. Johnson, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Justin Grant, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Stevie Sussex, 8. Noah Gass. 2:07.655

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Eric Wilkins, 4. Chris Bonneau, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Frank Rodgers III. 2:08.698

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brody Roa, 4. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Charles Davis, Jr., 9. Zack Madrid, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Tommy Malcolm, 12. Kyle Shipley, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Michael Curtis, 15. Frank Rodgers III, 16. Stevie Sussex. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 3. Brady Bacon (2), 4. Chris Windom (10), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Damion Gardner (4), 7. Josh Hodges (1), 8. Jake Swanson (8), 9. Logan Seavey (9), 10. Brody Roa (22), 11. Stevie Sussex (23), 12. R.J. Johnson (18), 13. Austin Williams (20), 14. Chase Stockon (13), 15. Thomas Meseraull (21), 16. Eric Wilkins (11), 17. Dustin Clark (17), 18. Chris Gansen (14), 19. Chris Bonneau (19), 20. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (15), 21. Justin Grant (7), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Charles Davis, Jr. (24), 24. Hunter Schuerenberg (12). NT

**Justin Grant flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Josh Hodges, Laps 2-15 Brady Bacon, Lap 16 Tyler Courtney, Laps 17-19 Brady Bacon, Laps 20-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brody Roa (22nd to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Austin Williams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dennis Gile

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Jason McDougal

FINAL USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,327, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,309, 3-Brady Bacon-2,136, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,136, 5-Justin Grant-2,116, 6-Chris Windom-2,115, 7-Chase Stockon-2,032, 8-Jason McDougal-1,588, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

FINAL AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,489, 2-Austin Williams-1,418, 3-Brody Roa-1,302, 4-Jake Swanson-1,234, 5-Chris Gansen-911, 6-Tommy Malcolm-887, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-837, 8-R.J. Johnson-753, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-706, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-683.

FINAL SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,083, 2-R.J. Johnson-1,065, 3-Stevie Sussex-1018, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-976, 5-Jake Swanson-800, 6-Austin Williams-659, 7-Mike Martin-655, 8-Damion Gardner-616, 9-Chris Bonneau-517, 10-Matt Lundy-500.

 

BACON IS WESTERN WORLD MIDGET KING

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 16, 2019).........Regardless of the type of car or the venue, Brady Bacon has a knack for winning at the Western World Championships.

Entering Saturday night's 52nd Western World finale at Arizona Speedway, the Broken Arrow, Okla. native had previously earned four final night victories in a 360 c.i. sprint car, first in 2009 and 2010 in Tucson, then again in 2016 and 2018 at Arizona.

Now you can add a victory in a midget to his Western World resume after leading all 30 laps of the feature to earn his fifth overall final night win in the event and his first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory since the inaugural BC39 in Indianapolis during the 2018 season.

While waiting to be pushed off for the feature, Bacon did a last-minute check of his surroundings and keyed in on some of the tire setups he saw on the competitors around him. The observation gave him a second thought and an 11th hour decision was made and put into action just prior to the start.

"The guys gave me a good car," Bacon praised. "We made a last-minute decision there in staging. I was checking everybody else's tires out and I'm like, I got to make a change here because they didn't quite do as much track work as we were expecting. Western World has always been good to me at several different racetracks. It was good to me again tonight."

Bacon launched from the outside of the front row in his FMR Racing/TRD - Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1/Beast/Speedway Toyota, taking the lead on the opening lap while a scramble for position ensued among the balance of the top-five.

Outside second row starter Logan Seavey slotted into second on the first lap and engaged in his race-long pursuit of Bacon. Seavey trekked through the middle in one and two and the top side of three and four in his chase toward Bacon. Seavey attempted to slide Bacon multiple times in turn one during the first third of the race to no avail as Bacon smoothly rode the cushion to fend off the Seavey challenge.

Just before midway, the top-four of Bacon, Seavey, Zeb Wise and Tyler Courtney ran in close-quarters nose-to-tail when a series of accidents slowed the action. Series Rookie Jesse Colwell was the first to take a tumble in turn two on the 15th lap. On the ensuing restart, Colwell's Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian teammate Tucker Klaasmeyer was the next to find trouble, flipping in the same area of the second turn.

Rookie Karsyn Elledge took the most serious spill of the event, flipping high and violently down the front straightway several times on the 17th lap. Colwell, Klaasmeyer and Elledge all walked away from their respective incidents under their own power.

The cushion was building up, and the path to victory was narrowing with rubber on the entry into the corners. Seavey consistently cut through the middle and was able to steer his car up to the cushion where it worked just as well. Seavey was able to drive up right to the tail of Bacon but was unable to faze the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion.

"We biked up a couple times," Bacon recalled. "That cushion was getting really big. It was so slick up to it, you could hit it really easy, then I almost didn't catch the rubber there at the end. I moved down, I think, just in time. I don't know how close he was getting to me, but if he found it first, he was probably catching me pretty quickly."

Seavey needed either a really good run into the corner or needed Bacon to make a mistake, both of which seemed to be just out of reach. Bacon held smooth and steady and closed out his first series victory of the year to become just the second driver in 2019 to win main events in all three of USAC's National series, joining Tyler Courtney.

Bacon triumphed with a 0.482 sec. margin at the checkered over Seavey, Wise, Courtney and KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Rico Abreu who started 18th.

Bacon's eighth career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win tied him for 79th all-time alongside Merle Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Hank Butcher, Kevin Doty, Dan Drinan, Ronnie Duman, Brian Gerster, Kenny Irwin Jr, Eddie Johnson, Michael Lewis, Andy Michner and Josh Wise.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Rico Abreu (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Jerry Coons, Jr. (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

Robert Dalby (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Shannon McQueen (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Daison Pursley (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts/Butlerbuilt Seats Semi Winner)

Zeb Wise (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.725; 2. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-15.742; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.751; 4. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.765; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.771; 6. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.776; 7. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.780; 8. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.783; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.811; 10. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.821; 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.823; 12. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.853; 13. Buddy Kofoid, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.864; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.871; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.899; 16. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.914; 17. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.932; 18. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-15.943; 19. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.974; 20. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.007; 21. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.016; 22. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-16.025; 23. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-16.065; 24. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-16.072; 25. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-16.177; 26. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.352; 27. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.535; 28. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Rico Abreu, 6. Thomas Meseraull, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Brett Becker, 10. Chris Windom. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Carson Macedo, 7. Cory Elliott, 8. Conor Daly, 9. Holley Hollan. NT

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Gio Scelzi, 7. Noah Gass, 8. Shannon McQueen, 9. C.J. Sarna. 2:10.938

INDY RACE PARTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Gio Scelzi, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Conor Daly, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Robert Dalby, 9. Cory Elliott, 10. Noah Gass, 11. Brett Becker, 12. C.J. Sarna, 13. Shannon McQueen. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (2), 2. Logan Seavey (4), 3. Zeb Wise (1), 4. Tyler Courtney (6), 5. Rico Abreu (18), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 7. Chris Windom (9), 8. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 9. Gio Scelzi (8), 10. Tanner Carrick (13), 11. Andrew Layser (11), 12. Daison Pursley (16), 13. Shannon McQueen (22), 14. Holley Hollan (19), 15. Kyle Cummins (17), 16. Noah Gass (23), 17. Conor Daly (20), 18. Karsyn Elledge (7), 19. Jason McDougal (15), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 21. Jesse Colwell (3), 22. Buddy Kofoid (12), 23. Thomas Meseraull (21). NT

**Holley Hollan flipped during the second heat. Jesse Colwell flipped on lap 15 of the feature. Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped on the lap 15 restart. Karsyn Elledge flipped on lap 17 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Rico Abreu (18th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Robert Dalby

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,851, 2-Logan Seavey-1,680, 3-Chris Windom-1,679, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,619, 5-Zeb Wise-1,579, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,406, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,384, 8-Jason McDougal-1,309, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,263, 10-Chad Boat-1,255.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-647, 2-Cory Elliott-618, 3-Shannon McQueen-524, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-433, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 19-20, 2019 - Placerville Speedway - Placerville, California - Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 - 1/4-mile dirt oval

 

 

THOMAS STEERS TO WESTERN WORLD NIGHT #1 MIDGET SCORE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Since his car first rolled off the trailer for practice one night earlier, Kevin Thomas, Jr. has had the propensity to be quick in a midget around Arizona Speedway.

That tendency carried into Friday night's Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford where Thomas led all 30 laps and fought off a hard-charging Zeb Wise who nearly ripped away the victory in the final laps of first ever visit for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets to the 1/3-mile dirt oval.

Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) found the groove to become the fastest driver in practice on Thursday, then admits his lackluster (by his standards) qualifying run put him in position to capitalize for his second series victory of the year and the sixth of his career in his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

"We've been working so hard with our team all year. Everything kind of aligned tonight," Thomas explained. "We've been fast right out of the box, but I screwed up there in qualifying. I screwed up just good enough to get us on the front row."

Thomas was 10th quickest in qualifying, and by virtue of four different drivers missing the transfer through their heat races, that moved Thomas up to the pole position for the 30-lap A-Main, a fortuitous circumstance that Thomas took full advantage of.

From the get-go, Thomas utilized the bottom to lead early while Wise, celebrating his 17th birthday on this day, drove under outside front row starter Gio Scelzi on the bottom of turn two to take second. All the while, Thomas had constructed a one-plus second lead, which he had to rebuild no less than four times in the first half of the race following a bevy of yellows.

Thomas commanded the race for the bottom with much of the top-five aligned in formation behind him while a couple of takers at the back end of the top-ten took the high road to no avail.

The lead for Thomas had grown to 1.438 seconds with 10 laps remaining when traffic loomed on the bottom, creating a possible scenario which could've forced the leaders off the bottom and into the unknown during the latter stages of the race.

The possible consternation subsided as 21st running Thomas Meseraull slowed to bring about a caution, erasing Thomas' advantage, but put him in position with the lead, a clear track and the lapped car of C.J. Sarna between he and second-running Zeb Wise for the lap 21 restart.

Wise disposed of Sarna and quickly went to work on Thomas, this time sticking with and roping in the leader with the laps waning. Wise was just a half car length back and to the left of Thomas as the two raced side-by-side across the stripe on lap 28. Thomas zipped back to the bottom line to slam the door on Wise entering turn one.

September's BC39 winner, Wise, stayed right within touch of Thomas, quite literally, with Wise's front bumper making slight contact with the left side of Thomas' rear bumper at the exit of two.

On the final lap, Wise entered the first turn right on the rear chrome of Thomas. However, at the exit of the second turn, Thomas found the grip to propel away from Wise by roughly four car lengths getting into turn three. Thomas rounded the corner and headed for home with a 0.656 second victory in hand over Wise while Tanner Carrick, Logan Seavey and Carson Macedo occupied the remainder of the top-five.

In victory lane, Thomas was greeted by a steer, and eagerly accepted a ride from the animal in victory lane to the delight of the sizable crowd on hand.

"I know Zeb wanted to win on his birthday," Thomas admitted. "But he raced me clean and he had a chance right there to probably stuff it in on me getting into one, I think. It was just good hard racing by everybody."

For Wise, it was a valiant effort that saw him come just shy of picking up his fourth series win of the year.

"We'd been about the same speed the whole race," Wise said. "There at the end, I tried some stuff with my shocks. We were good enough; I just think I showed him the line in three and four and he moved down. I had a chance there, but Kevin and I always race each other clean, so I wasn't going to try anything there."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Brady Bacon (AutoMeter/Competition Suspension, Inc./Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat Winner)

Jesse Colwell (Competition Suspension, Inc./Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat Winner)

Kyle Cummins (KSE Racing Products/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Tucker Klaasmeyer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

Andrew Layser (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers First Heat Winner)

Carson Macedo (Butlerbuilt Seats Semi Winner)

Shannon McQueen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Daison Pursley (Indy Race Parts/Pyrotech Racing Cells Fourth Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier)

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.426 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.456; 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.472; 4. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.543; 5. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.549; 6. Carson Macedo, 21, Tarlton-15.556; 7. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.578; 8. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-15.605; 9. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.628; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.643; 11. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.656; 12. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.680; 13. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.692; 14. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.692; 15. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.706; 16. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.707; 17. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.772; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.837; 19. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-15.879; 20. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.898; 21. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-15.944; 22. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.005; 23. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.058; 24. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-16.112; 25. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.286; 26. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Styres/Yeley-16.334; 27. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-16.454; 28. Ron Hazelton, 15H, Hazelton-16.748; 29. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-21.095; 30. Brett Becker, 2B, Becker-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. C.J. Sarna, 8. Marvin Mitchell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Colwell, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. Brett Becker. 2:07.777 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Conor Daly, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Noah Gass, 6. Cory Elliott, 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Daison Pursley, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Holley Hollan, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Ron Hazelton. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS SEMI: (10 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Cory Elliott, 4. Robert Dalby, 5. Thomas Meseraull, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Shannon McQueen, 8. C.J. Sarna, 9. Marvin Mitchell, 10. Ron Hazelton. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 2. Zeb Wise (3), 3. Tanner Carrick (4), 4. Logan Seavey (6), 5. Carson Macedo (8), 6. Rico Abreu (7), 7. Chris Windom (11), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (14), 10. Brady Bacon (10), 11. Jason McDougal (15), 12. Gio Scelzi (2), 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer (23), 14. Kyle Cummins (21), 15. Jesse Colwell (19), 16. Cory Elliott (22), 17. Andrew Layser (12), 18. Holley Hollan (20), 19. Robert Dalby (9), 20. Daison Pursley (17), 21. Conor Daly (16), 22. C.J. Sarna (24), 23. Thomas Meseraull (18), 24. Karsyn Elledge (13), 25. Marvin Mitchell (23). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Cummins (21st to 14th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tucker Klaasmeyer

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Shannon McQueen

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,779, 2-Chris Windom-1,623, 3-Logan Seavey-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,554, 5-Zeb Wise-1,507, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,359, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,327, 8-Jason McDougal-1,277, 9-Chad Boat-1,255, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,234.

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-637, 2-Cory Elliott-608, 3-Shannon McQueen-487, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-423, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Marvin Mitchell-370, 10-Jake Swanson-348

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

SUNSHINE SURVIVES AND THRIVES IN WESTERN WORLD SPRINT OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 15, 2019).........Entering the final weekend of the year trailing by 44 points in the USAC AMSOIL National standings, Tyler Courtney's goal was simple. Win a championship.

Simple enough. But to do that, you've got to persevere under pressure and tense situations that may arise around you. You've also got to avoid catastrophe whether it's by your own doing or avoiding the calamities around you in order to maximize your points.

Courtney checked all those boxes on Friday night in the opener for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway to win his eighth series feature of 2019 and the 25th of his career, tying him with Steve Butler, Jay Drake and Chris Windom for 20th all-time.

"We came here this weekend to do one thing, and that's win a championship," Courtney reiterated. "You've got to do that by winning races. We may have fallen into one a little bit here, but you've got to be lucky just as much as you've got to be good."

Courtney, the defending Western World champion, started the feature from 5th, where he had a front row seat for a 30-lap war of attrition that plagued many of the front runners for a variety of reasons.

Chris Windom mostly dominated from the pole position for much of the first half of the event following a lap one stoppage for fast qualifier and heat race one winner Logan Seavey who slowed with a mechanical issue on the opening circuit and was sidelined for the remainder of the evening.

In reverse of the midget race that proceeded the sprint feature, the groove was up on the fence where Windom led the charge around the 1/3-mile dirt oval while National championship contenders Courtney and point leader C.J. Leary ran 6th and 11th, respectively, with Courtney throwing a shower of sparks from brakes in the turns for the time being.

Just before midway, second-running Justin Grant had caught Windom, taking a peek underneath Windom on both ends of the track just as the ring of rubber began to take hold on the top side.

Grant successfully made the pass of Windom stick in turn one on the 17th lap with the two making contact, Grant's rear to Windom's front bumper. Windom fell back behind Grant, but it didn't take long for him to fire his next shot in turn one two laps later to reclaim the lead.

On the 21st lap, Grant brought the heat once again with a turn one slider across the nose of Windom to secure the top spot with less than 10 to go. Grant became the locomotive pulling the train with Windom and midget feature winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. now closing in rapidly in third.

On the very next lap, the unthinkable happened. As the top-three entered the middle of turns one and two, they approached the lapped car of Kyle Shipley, whose right rear tire was pouring smoke off the corners. As Shipley rounded turn two, he drifted high off the rubber, half-spinning right into the path of not only Grant, but also second-running Windom, third-place Thomas and fourth place Schuerenberg, who all plowed into Shipley's stopped car.

Just behind, resting near the outside turn two wall was 10th running Chase Stockon and point leader Leary. With only nine laps remaining, Leary's pursuit of a championship seemed to be in peril. However, he restarted and managed to wheel back to 6th at the checkered following a slew of attrition and tire wear that developed down the stretch.

Windom and Schuerenberg were out, and Thomas dropped out a few laps later, while Grant, Leary, Stockon rejoined the fray. USAC/CRA Sprint standout Austin Williams inherited the lead with Brady Bacon and Courtney now residing in his shadow.

However, Williams bid for a first career USAC National feature win came to a bitter end with just five laps to go as his right rear tire gave way in turn 4 while a melee involving the cars of Jake Swanson, Thomas Meseraull, Max Adams, Brody Roa and a helicoptering R.J. Johnson ensued behind him.

The restart put Bacon up front ahead of Courtney. Bacon assumed control, setting the pace until three laps to go when 19th running Chris Gansen slowed to a stop in turn four with a flat right rear of his own. When racing resumed, 4th running Damion Gardner and 12th place Kevin Thomas, Jr. were the next to fall to the wayside with flat tires. Under caution, the cords on Bacon's right rear became readily apparent, thus placing him in the unenviable role of sitting duck on the lap 29 restart.

Courtney smelled blood in the water and went on the offensive, sliding underneath Bacon in turn one to grab the lead. Just mere moments later, Bacon slowed to a crawl with the plodding sound of flat right rear rubber entering his ear.

Courtney was now in his Shangri-La for the final restart and where he'd stay for good, encountering no trouble at the end en route to victory over a hard-charging Justin Grant, who returned from the earlier incident to finish 2nd. Jason McDougal was 3rd ahead of KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Charles Davis, Jr. in 4th (from 16th) and Stevie Sussex rounding out the top-five.

With the victory, Courtney has now closed the gap to 26 entering Saturday's finale in the race for the 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

"Our team hasn't given up all year," Courtney praised the crew of his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy. "We've been behind the eight ball ever since the first race in Florida when we ran 18th, but these guys never give up and they gave me a great racecar again. One more night to try and seal this deal up and we're just excited about the momentum we've got."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Arizona Speedway were:

Chris Bonneau (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer)

Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-a-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner)

Charles Davis, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger)

Damion Gardner (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher)

C.J. Leary (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Winner)

Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products/Extreme Mufflers/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner)

Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier)

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 15, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-14.763; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.881; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.960; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.967; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.008; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-15.057; 7. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-15.064; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-15.072; 9. Jason McDougal, 34, Grau-15.105; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.113; 11. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.157; 12. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-15.182; 13. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.191; 14. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-15.205; 15. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-15.217; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.252; 17. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.259; 18. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.266; 19. Dustin Clark, 75, Clark-15.266; 20. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.281; 21. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.286; 22. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.332; 23. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-15.339; 24. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.446; 25. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.447; 26. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.540; 27. Sterling Cling, 34c, Cling-15.541; 28. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-15.628; 29. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.696; 30. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.698; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-15.816; 32. Michael Curtis, 11c, Turner/Wheeler-15.867; 33. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-16.957; 34. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-NT; 35. Zack Madrid, 15m, Madrid-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Gansen, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Stevie Sussex, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Frank Rodgers III, 8. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis, Jr., 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Kyle Shipley, 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Noah Gass. 2:06.413

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Max Adams, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Dustin Clark, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:04.285 (New Track Record)

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Chris Windom, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Tommy Malcolm, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Michael Curtis. 2:05.195

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. R.J. Johnson, 5. Dustin Clark, 6. Kyle Shipley, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Stevie Sussex, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Tanner Carrick, 11. Michael Curtis, 12. Tye Mihocko, 13. Noah Gass, 14. Frank Rodgers III, 15. Tommy Malcolm, 16. Sterling Cling, 17. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (5), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Jason McDougal (9), 4. Charles Davis, Jr. (16), 5. Stevie Sussex (24), 6. C.J. Leary (11), 7. Josh Hodges (13), 8. Chase Stockon (3), 9. Austin Williams (2), 10. Tommy Malcolm (23), 11. Jake Swanson (10), 12. Thomas Meseraull (18), 13. Damion Gardner (14), 14. R.J. Johnson (15), 15. Max Adams (21), 16. Chris Gansen (19), 17. Brady Bacon (12), 18. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 19. Brody Roa (20), 20. Chris Windom (1), 21. Hunter Schuerenberg (7), 22. Kyle Shipley (22), 23. Dustin Clark (17), 24. Logan Seavey (6). NT

**Justin Grant flipped during the first heat. Sterling Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chris Windom, Laps 17-18 Justin Grant, Laps 19-20 Chris Windom, Lap 21 Justin Grant, Laps 22-25 Austin Williams, Laps 26-28 Brady Bacon, Laps 29-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis, Jr. (16th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Damion Gardner

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Bonneau

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Eddie Tafoya, Jr.

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,255, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,229, 3-Justin Grant-2,086, 4-Brady Bacon-2,064, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,062, 6-Chris Windom-2,048, 7-Chase Stockon-1,992, 8-Jason McDougal-1,564, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,426. 2-Austin Williams-1,374, 3-Brody Roa-1,257, 4-Jake Swanson-1,180, 5-Chris Gansen-883, 6-Tommy Malcolm-872, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-814, 8-R.J. Johnson-706, 9-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 10-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-682.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,038, 2-R.J. Johnson-1,018, 3-Stevie Sussex-977, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-953, 5-Jake Swanson-746, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-615, 8-Damion Gardner-553, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-487.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

THOMAS LEADS MIDGETS IN WESTERN WORLD PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. recorded the fastest lap during USAC NOS Energy Drink National/Western States Midget open practice Wednesday night at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas set the standard of 15.073 around the 1/3-mile dirt oval in the first ever visit for the series to Arizona Speedway aboard his Petry Motorsports/FK Rod Ends - McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/Bullet/Speedway Toyota.

Last year's USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), was second fastest at 15.157, followed by 2014 series champ Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) at 15.190, 2016 USAC Silver Crown/2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Chris Windom was fourth at 15.206 while 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint champ and current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the top-five at 15.252.

Notables throughout the field include Jason McDougal (6th), Zeb Wise (8th), Brady Bacon (9th), Buddy Kofoid (10th), Jerry Coons, Jr. (11th) and Tanner Carrick (13th). USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby was 16th while 10th place 2019 Indianapolis 500 finisher Conor Daly was 18th.

Both this Friday and Saturday night, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATION & WESTERN STATES MIDGET PRACTICE RESULTS: November 14, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-15.073; 2. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.157; 3. Rico Abreu, 97, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.190; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.206; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.252; 6. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-15.261; 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.262; 8. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.295; 9. Brady Bacon, 76E, FMR-15.315; 10. Buddy Kofoid, 97K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.391; 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-15.437; 12. Daison Pursley, 9, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.443; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.498; 14. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-15.519; 15. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-15.539; 16. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.572; 17. Jesse Colwell, 71, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.721; 18. Conor Daly, 15, Petry-15.799; 19. Holley Hollan, 67K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-15.818; 20. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-15.879; 21. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.938; 22. Noah Gass, 20G, Gass-16.351; 23. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.511; 24. Thomas Meseraull, 13, Gile-17.006; 25. Kyle Cummins, 2G, Yeley/Styres-19.504.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATION & WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

LEARY TOPS WESTERN WORLD SPRINT PRACTICE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 14, 2019).........USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary got his weekend off on the right foot by setting the top lap during Wednesday night's USAC AMSOIL National/CRA/Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car open practice at Arizona Speedway in preparation for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16.

Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) ripped around the 1/3-mile dirt oval with a top lap of 14.682 in his Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Foxco Chevy, just less than six-hundredths off the one-lap track record of 14.625 set by Chad Boespflug in 2016. Leary leads Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) by 44 points in the standings entering the weekend's final two-race set. Courtney was 4th in practice at 15.175.

Leary's teammate Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) was second at 14.791, while Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) was third and Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) rounded out the top-five.

Both this Friday and Saturday night, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 14, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

PRACTICE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.682; 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-14.791; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-15.056; 4. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-15.175; 5. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-15.239; 6. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.289; 7. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.315; 8. Tanner Carrick, 83T, Carrick-15.348; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-15.349; 10. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-15.370; 11. Max Adams, 42, Cheney-15.400; 12. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-15.441; 13. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-15.502; 14. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-15.571; 15. Zack Madrid, 15m, Madrid-15.756; 16. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-15.809.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

MASSIVE TURKEY NIGHT MIDGET ENTRY LIST AWAITS VENTURA

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (November 13, 2019).........As it stands now, the entry list for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix is stacked to the gills with the number of cars, drivers and the amount of talent that will be on display for the prestigious event on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Entries are still rolling in at press time, but at the moment, the lone past Turkey Night Midget winner in the field is 2012 and 2016 victor Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.). He's joined by a slew of USAC National champions who have filed their entries, including Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.).

In addition to that bunch, a number of recent winners on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car trails are gunning for glory at Ventura: Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) have all won on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign in 2019.

Leading the USAC Western contingent in the event are Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), plus 2019 series winners Ben Worth (Coalinga, Calif.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.) as well as USAC Western Regional champions Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.), David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.) and Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.).

Thirteen states are represented thus far with Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wyoming presenting drivers. Three different countries are represented so far with Michael Pickens (New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Australia) making the trip to the states for the event.

USAC Midget practice and USAC West Coast/VRA Sprint Cars will kick off the Turkey Night festivities on Wednesday, November 27 and conclude Thursday night, November 28 with the finales for the West Coast/VRA Sprints and the 98-lap main event for the midgets.

Advance tickets for the "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix" are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

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TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX USAC MIDGET ENTRY LIST:
(Updated November 13, 2019)

07x Troy Morris III/Bakersfield, CA (Trinity Motorsports)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NP TBA (Kelly Nichols)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1p Terry Nichols/Delano, CA (Kelly Nichols)
1x Johnathon Henry/Stockton, CA (LKK Racing)
3F TBA (Ted Finkenbinder)
4A Justin Grant/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
15 Ron Hazelton/Chatsworth, CA (Ron Hazelton)
15DJ David Prickett/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15x Carson Garrett/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Mike Sala)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
20AZ Shon Deskins/Waddell, AZ (Shon Deskins Racing)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
27x Clint Wilson/Paradise, CA (Mounce Motorsports)
31B Kyle Beilman/Mar Vista, CA (Beilman Motorsports)
33p Mike Leach, Jr./Orange, CA (Mike Leach, Sr.)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson-Marshall Racing)
55 Nick Drake/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
55T Tony Everhart/El Cajon, CA (Tony Everhart)
56x Mark Chisholm/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Johnny Cofer)
57D Daniel Robinson/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
67x Britton Bock/Fresno, CA (Mike Bock)
68 Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71D Bryan Drollinger/San Pedro, CA (Drollinger Bros. Racing)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
71s Cody Swanson/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
73x Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Ford)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
78 Marvin Mitchell/Madera, CA (Marvin Mitchell)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Mona Liggett)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
85 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker-Boat Motorsports)
91 Chris Sheil/Aurora, CO (Cappy Mason)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)

 

 

TALENTED CROP TO DOUBLE UP AT WESTERN WORLD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 12, 2019).........This weekend's 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford at Arizona Speedway presents a unique opportunity. An opportunity to showcase versatility in both a Sprint Car and a Midget on the same track on the same evening for two consecutive nights.

It's a rare breed who've been able to tame both beasts on the same night by winning both a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature and a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget A-Main event in the same show.

Each of the past two instances in which the double-dip sweep occurred, it was Tyler Courtney getting the job done, with both coming at Eldora's 4-Crown Nationals in September 2018 and again in September 2019.

Back in May of this year, Courtney was fast qualifier in both divisions and scored the Midget feature win while Chris Windom captured the Sprint Car leg of the night. Neither had the same fortune in the other feature that night; Courtney was 14th in the Sprint Car and Windom 12th in the Midget.

Both those two, as well as handful of others, are highly capable of doubling-up and winning both in one night, in addition to the likes of Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon, Jason McDougal, Thomas Meseraull and Logan Seavey this weekend.

The sweep has been accomplished 24 times to date in USAC National Sprint and National Midget doubleheaders and this crop of talent is certainly up to challenge to become the next. The first such USAC National Midget/National Sprint doubleheader came 43 years ago, in 1976, on the high banks of Eldora Speedway. Dana Carter took the Midget end of the deal while Clark Templeman scored the Sprint Car feature.

While no such USAC National Midget/Sprint sweeps occurred that particular night, there have certainly been their fair share of them over the years, including just a month and a half ago Eldora by Courtney. It wasn't exactly a clean sweep of all USAC events with Courtney not winning the Silver Crown portion and securing a three-tier sweep with the Silver Crown car included, which has only been done twice.

Kyle Larson not only got the Midget and Sprint glory that particular evening in 2011, he also capped off the night with a Silver Crown victory, same as Jack Hewitt did in 1998 at the same event, the only two times in which all three have been "swept" in the same night.

As far as USAC National/Sprint Midget sweeps go, the first one wasn't so much a sweep, but is recognized as one of the greatest feats in USAC history, at Indiana's Salem Speedway in 1977. Double features for both the Midgets and Sprint Cars were on tap that Memorial Day afternoon. Pancho Carter nailed down wins in both midget features, won the first Sprint Car feature, and came up just short in the second Sprint A-Main, finishing second to Tom Bigelow.

Ron Shuman did the deed a year later in 1978 at Reading, Pa., an Independence Day event which was televised on NBC. Just two sweeps occurred in the decade of the 1980s with Ken Schrader doubling up at Beaver Dam, Wisc. in 1982 and Rich Vogler getting a two-fer in 1986 at Eldora.

Jeff Gordon's shooting star was at peak levels in 1990 when he took both on the high banks of Salem in June, then finished up the year with another sweep at the similarly shaped and banked Winchester Speedway in November on his way to superstardom.

National Sprint Car Hall of Famers Hewitt and Dave Steele lead all drivers with three occasions in which they won both a USAC National Midget and National Sprint event at the same locale on the same day. Hewitt got his first right at Tri-City, host of this Friday's race, in 1991, then did it again in 1997 at Terre Haute, inheriting the Midget win following original winner Kevin Thomas' car failing post-race technical inspection. Hewitt's third and final came in the never-to-be-forgotten 4-Crown in 1998.

While Hewitt garnered all three on the dirt, Steele collected all of his three on the pavement, all within a calendar year, first at the one-mile track Nazareth, Pa. in 2003, again on a mile at Pikes Peak International Raceway in 2004, and for the last time, just one month later, at Salem.

USAC Triple Crown champ, and Indy Racing League/NASCAR Cup Series titlist Tony Stewart took two at Eldora in 1995, as did future NHRA star Doug Kalitta in the season-ender at Winchester that same year. Dave Darland cashed in for two at Eldora in 1999.

Jay Drake got the first sweep of the new millennium, in 2001, during the Buckeye Nationals at Eldora, shown on ESPN2. J.J. Yeley added a pair of sweeps to his name within a month in 2002 on the pavement of Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, then again on the dirt at Fremont, Ohio, where he flipped his Sprint Car in turn four while celebrating his big night.

Jerry Coons, Jr. landed both wins at Missouri's Lake Ozark Speedway in 2006. Bryan Clauson became the youngest to sweep, shortly after turning 17 years old, at Salem in 2006. Larson, meanwhile, became the latest to get three in one night along with Silver Crown, in 2011 at Eldora.

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

DRIVERS TO WIN A USAC NATIONAL MIDGET AND SPRINT FEATURE IN SAME DAY AT SAME TRACK:
5/30/1977: Salem Speedway - Pancho Carter
7/4/1978: Reading Fairgrounds - Ron Shuman
7/31/1982: Beaver Dam Raceway - Ken Schrader
9/28/1986: Eldora Speedway - Rich Vogler
6/17/1990: Salem Speedway - Jeff Gordon
11/4/1990: Winchester Speedway - Jeff Gordon
8/31/1991: Tri-City Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/23/1995: Eldora Speedway - Tony Stewart
10/22/1995: Winchester Speedway - Doug Kalitta
10/4/1997: Terre Haute Action Track - Jack Hewitt
9/26/1998: Eldora Speedway - Jack Hewitt
9/25/1999: Eldora Speedway - Dave Darland
6/22/2001: Eldora Speedway - Jay Drake
5/3/2002: Hawkeye Downs Speedway - J.J. Yeley
6/20/2002: Fremont Speedway - J.J. Yeley
8/23/2003: Nazareth Speedway - Dave Steele
7/4/2004: Pikes Peak International Raceway - Dave Steele
8/14/2004: Salem Speedway - Dave Steele
6/9/2006: Lake Ozark Speedway - Jerry Coons Jr.
8/12/2006: Salem Speedway - Bryan Clauson
9/23/2006: Eldora Speedway - Tracy Hines
9/24/2011: Eldora Speedway - Kyle Larson
9/21/2018: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney
9/28/2019: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED AT 52ND WESTERN WORLD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 12, 2019... After a hard fought Perris Oval Nationals, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA, USAC National, and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Champions will be crowned at Arizona Speedway’s “52nd Annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the prestigious event opens with a practice session on Thursday, November 14th (6:00pm), followed by two nights (November 15 & 16) of intense racing that also features the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets and USAC Western States Midgets. Located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the spectator gates on Friday and Saturday will open at 3:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 14th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. Adult pit passes are $30 and Kids (7-12) pit passes are $10.

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, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney added his name to the winner’s list and Justin Grant won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.

To date, there have been nine USAC/CRA events at the fast 1/3-mile clay oval. Since November 4, 2016, eight different drivers claimed victory, led by Chris Windom with two triumphs. R.J. Johnson win the “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 28th and “The Hanford Hornet” Chad Boespflug set the 1-lap track record of 14.625 on November 5, 2016. The track’s series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the twenty-second point race, there have been thirteen different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while “The Macho” Man Brady Bacon, Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Austin Liggett, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season.

Heading to Arizona Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 59-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner finished third at last Saturday’s finale of the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the seven-time USAC/CRA champion has three feature wins, ten Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, eight heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, seventeen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. “The Demon” leads all drivers with 83 series wins and will be looking for his first Western World triumph.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored eighth in the Oval Nationals finale. At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, nineteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Ryan Bernal, David Cardey, and Richard Vander Weerd with nine triumphs and will have his sights on taking the championship from Gardner.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa had a twenty-sixth place finish last Saturday night. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader will be looking to claim the Western World Championships.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson placed seventh at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, twelve top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four victories and will be looking add the “Western World” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen scored a twenty-third place finish at the Perris Oval Nationals. To date, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Gansen will have his sights on his first career USAC/CRA victory at Arizona Speedway.

Currently ranked ninth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Stevie Sussex, Hunter Schuerenberg, Joel Rayborne, and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Matt Lundy, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, 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 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Advance Tickets are available and for more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, 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 the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brady Bacon, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Austin Williams.

SAN TAN VALLEY AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Chris Windom, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Justin Grant, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1382, 2. Austin Williams-1323, 3. Brody Roa-1227, 4. Jake Swanson-1133, 5. Chris Gansen-846, 6. Tommy Malcolm-829, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-745, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-672, 10. R.J. Johnson-670, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Steve Hix ®-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 14. Cody Williams-562, 15. Austin Liggett-545, 16. Mike Martin-519, 17. Stevie Sussex-517, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Chase Johnson-326.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1 Brody Roa-1008, 2. R.J. Johnson-982, 3. Stevie Sussex-919, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-884, 5. Jake Swanson-699, 6. Mike Martin-655, 7. Austin Williams-564, 8. Damion Gardner-509, 9. Matt Lundy-500, 10. Chris Bonneau-477, 11. Michael Curtis-433, 12. Matt Rossi-413, 13. Tommy Malcolm-353, 14. C.J. Leary-347, 15. Logan Seavey-309, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg-299, 17. Dennis Gile-285, 18. Josh Hodges-271
19. Richard Vander Weerd-256, 20. Matt McCarthy-243.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2192, 2. Tyler Courtney-2148, 3. Brady Bacon-2029, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2027, 5. Chris Windom-2020, 6. Justin Grant-2012, 7. Chase Stockon-1935, 8. Jason McDougal-1493, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-795, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Max Adams-665, 17. Robert Ballou-568, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Thomas Meseraull-535, 20. Matt Westfall-512.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ROA-JOHNSON CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE TO BE SETTLED AT WESTERN WORLD
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 12, 2019... The championships for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest, AMSOIL USAC/CRA, and USAC National Sprint Cars will be settled at Arizona Speedway’s “52nd Annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.” Promoted by Jonah Trussel, the prestigious event opens with a practice session on Thursday, November 14th (6:00pm), followed by two nights (November 15 & 16) of intense racing that also features the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets and USAC Western States Midgets. Located at 47800 N. Ironwood Road in San Tan Valley, Arizona, the spectator gates on Friday and Saturday will open at 3:00pm with racing scheduled for 6:00pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 USAC/CRA APPROVED MUFFLERS ARE LEGAL AT THE WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Thursday, November 14th with a special practice session. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 6:00pm. Adult pit passes are $30 and Kids (7-12) pit passes are $10.

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, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney added his name to the winner’s list and Justin Grant won the opening night. The winner’s list of the Western World Championships is posted at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, there have been eleven different winners. Indiana’s C.J. Leary leads all drivers with three victories, while “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, point leader Brody Roa and R.J. Johnson have two wins. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one triumph in the campaign.

Heading to the “Western World,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 26-point lead over the competition. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa scored a twenty-sixth place finish in last Saturday’s Perris Oval Nationals finale. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to win the SouthWest crown in victory circle.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson charged to a fourteenth place run at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on adding the “Western World” 410 trophy to his collection.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex placed twentieth in the Oval Nationals finale. To date, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing his #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis ran sixteenth in last Saturday’s main event. At press time, the multi-time Arizona champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, seven heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Western World triumph.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to fifth in the championship points. Piloting the John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson scored a seventh place finish at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has one feature win, two Beaver Stripes Fast Time Awards, one dash win, three heat race victories, one Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finish, and 38 feature laps led in the campaign. Jake has two career SouthWest wins and will be looking to score the Western World victory.

Currently ranked twenty-first in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, C.J. Leary, Dennis Gile, Sterling Cling, and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Richard Vander Weerd, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and R.J. Johnson round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, “KTJ” Kevin Thomas Jr., “The Bear” Chris Windom, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, 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 minutes from Mesa, Arizona. To get to the track, exit Ironwood Drive on US 60, then head four miles south. Advance Tickets are available and for more event and ticket information, visit arizonaspeedway.net or call 480.926.6688.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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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, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 1968-Bob Cleberg; 1969-Bob Huebner; 1970-Jerry McClung; 1971-Jan Opperman; 1972-Jan Opperman; 1973-Earl Wagner; 1974-Rick Ferkel; 1975-Ron Shuman; 1976-Bubby Jones; 1977-Ron Shuman; 1978-Lealand McSpadden; 1979-Tim Green; 1980-Sammy Swindell; 1981-Ron Shuman; 1982-Steve Kinser; 1983-Steve Kinser; 1984-Ron Shuman; 1985-Steve Kinser; 1986-Bobby Davis Jr.; 1987-Steve Kinser; 1988-Mark Kinser; 1989-Sammy Swindell; 1990-Steve Kinser; 1991-Danny Lasoski; 1992-Steve Kinser; 1993-Lealand McSpadden; 1994-Ron Shuman; 1995-Lealand McSpadden; 1996-Steve Kinser; 1997-Mark Kinser; 1998-Tyler Walker; 1999-Donny Schatz; 2000-Jay Drake; 2001-Jeremy Sherman; 2002- Bud Kaeding; 2003-Tony Elliott; 2004-Bud Kaeding; 2005-Dave Darland; 2006-Josh Wise; 2007-Jerry Coons Jr.; 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Sammy Swindell; 2010-Donny Schatz; 2011-Donny Schatz; 2012-Wayne Johnson; 2013-Bryan Clauson; 2014-Matt Rossi, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Chris Windom, 2017-Chase Stockon, 2018-Tyler Courtney.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-C.J. Leary, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

SAN TAN VALLEY SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 19-R.J. Johnson, 8-Charles Davis Jr., 4-Stevie Sussex, 3-Brady Bacon, 2-Chris Windom, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1 Brody Roa-1008, 2. R.J. Johnson-982, 3. Stevie Sussex-919, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-884, 5. Jake Swanson-699, 6. Mike Martin-655, 7. Austin Williams-564, 8. Damion Gardner-509, 9. Matt Lundy-500, 10. Chris Bonneau-477, 11. Michael Curtis-433, 12. Matt Rossi-413, 13. Tommy Malcolm-353, 14. C.J. Leary-347, 15. Logan Seavey-309, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg-299, 17. Dennis Gile-285, 18. Josh Hodges-271
19. Richard Vander Weerd-256, 20. Matt McCarthy-243.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1382, 2. Austin Williams-1323, 3. Brody Roa-1227, 4. Jake Swanson-1133, 5. Chris Gansen-846, 6. Tommy Malcolm-829, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-745, 8. Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-672, 10. R.J. Johnson-670, 11. Matt McCarthy-655, 12. Steve Hix ®-589, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 14. Cody Williams-562, 15. Austin Liggett-545, 16. Mike Martin-519, 17. Stevie Sussex-517, 18. Jace Vander Weerd-483, 19. Verne Sweeney-421, 20. Chase Johnson-326.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2192, 2. Tyler Courtney-2148, 3. Brady Bacon-2029, 4-Kevin Thomas Jr.-2027, 5. Chris Windom-2020, 6. Justin Grant-2012, 7. Chase Stockon-1935, 8. Jason McDougal-1493, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-795, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Max Adams-665, 17. Robert Ballou-568, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Thomas Meseraull-535, 20. Matt Westfall-512.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brady Bacon)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR WESTERN WORLD PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2019).........The 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title comes down to this: two events in two nights at Arizona Speedway where C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney are engaged in a battle separated by a mere 44 points entering this Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th's 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford.

C.J. Leary enters the ring this weekend with the advantage after capturing the victory in last Saturday's Oval Nationals at California's Perris Auto Speedway following a 29-race winless streak. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has been the mark of consistency throughout 2019 with 30 top-ten finishes in 32 starts. In 2018, Leary was 6th on his prelim night and 3rd on the final night of Western World, the type of consistency it very well may require in order to lock up his first USAC title.

Tyler Courtney resides in the shadow of Leary in the points race. The reigning series champ from Indianapolis, Ind. comes in as the defending Western World Sprint Car winner where he led the final 13 laps en route to victory. He also finished as the runner-up in the prelude to the final the night before in 2018 behind Justin Grant. He has four-straight top-five runs at the Western World in a sprint car with a pair of 5th place finishes in 2017.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) won last year's prelim feature event in a decisive battle with Courtney in which the pair swapped the lead twice, and for the last time with five laps remaining. Grant led a total of 22 laps that night for his lone top-five USAC National Sprint Car run at Arizona Speedway during Western World. Grant won his first Western World feature in 360 competition on a prelim night in Tucson in 2015.

Brady Bacon dominated the first two rounds of the Oval Nationals last weekend at Perris, leading all 60 laps between the two nights. The Broken Arrow, Okla. native is a four-time Western World Sprint Car winner. He captured the non-wing sprint car portion of the event in 2009 and 2010 at Manzanita, then scored a pair of 360 Sprint wins in both 2016 and 2018 at Arizona, plus a prelim night in 2015 with the USAC Sprints at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) was the fastest qualifier for the final night of the 2017 Western World USAC National Sprint car event. One year ago, he took 5th on his prelim night for his best career result at the track, then followed up with an 8th place result in his most recent appearance on the final night.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) nearly swept all of Western World in 2016 after collecting both nights in the 410, a prelim win in the 360 and a 3rd on the final night. The 2017 USAC National Sprint Car champ also won the 360 Sprint final of Western World in 2017. He led the first four of last year's USAC National Sprint Car race at Arizona before finishing 4th.

Ironman Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) enters Western World with 292 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts. He possesses two career USAC Sprint wins in the state of Arizona, including a Hall of Fame Classic win at Canyon in 2013 and the biggie, the Western World Crown in 2017 where he controlled the final 18 laps on the road to victory.

Leary's Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team is not a stranger to victory lane at Arizona Speedway. The team collected its first USAC National Sprint Car feature victory on the prelim night of 2017 with driver Thomas Meseraull, who also earned fast time on the opening night of Western World in 2018. Meseraull has had several high-quality runs at Arizona with 3rd in the 2016 prelim and a runner-up finish on the final night of 2017.

Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports also scored a USAC Southwest Sprint Car victory earlier this April with Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ. Seavey also finished 10th and 5th in his Western World debut for the team in 2018.

Seven-time USAC/CRA Sprint Car champion Damion Gardner is on the verge of an 8th crown in 2019 with a 59-point lead in the standings. The Concord, Californian won the second of three nights at Western World in 2005 when it was held at Manzanita. In recent years at the 3/8-mile Arizona Speedway, Gardner earned two 2nd place results in two successive nights at the 2016 Western World and was 3rd on the opening night last year along with fast qualifier honors on the first night of 2017.

Tijeras, New Mexico's Josh Hodges collected a prelim victory in the Western World 360 Sprint feature in 2015. One night later, current USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) celebrated a 2015 Western World win in the 360 Sprint division in 2015 at Tucson.

Arizona Speedway has been a mainstay for the USAC Southwest Sprint Car series with 41 events held since the 2013 season. No driver has won more times in a sprint car at the track than R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) who's taken the checkered 19 times in his career at the track, including twice this year in USAC CRA and Southwest competition. He scored a 360 prelim win during Western World at Canyon in 2013 and notched his top USAC National finish of 3rd on the final night in 2017.

Fellow expected entrants for this weekend's Western World, Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, Ariz.) is next in line with eight Southwest triumphs at Arizona, followed by Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.) at four, and Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.), Tye Mihocko (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Mike Martin (Yuma, Ariz.) with one apiece with the Southwest series. Martin pulled off a major feat in 2012 at Canyon by winning a USAC National Sprint car race with a 360 engine under the hood.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who was out of action last weekend following a turn one flip on the opening night of the Oval Nationals on Thursday, is expected to return. He was plagued by a bit of bad luck in his Rookie Western World run in 2018, finishing 24th in the prelim, then missing the show on the final night. McDougal is a two-time winner this year with the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and once in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division where he'll be one of several drivers performing double-duty at Western World.

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.
If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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2018 WESTERN WORLD RESULTS

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

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

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,192, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,148, 3-Brady Bacon-2,029, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,027, 5-Chris Windom-2,020, 6-Justin Grant-2,012, 7-Chase Stockon-1,935, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,382, 2-Austin Williams-1,323, 3-Brody Roa-1,227, 4-Jake Swanson-1,138, 5-Chris Gansen-846, 6-Tommy Malcolm-829, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-745, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-672, 10-R.J. Johnson-670.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,008, 2-R.J. Johnson-982, 3-Stevie Sussex-919, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-884, 5-Jake Swanson-699, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-564, 8-Damion Gardner-509, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-477.

WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS:
1968: Bob Cleberg
1969: Bob Huebner
1970: Jerry McClung
1971: Jan Opperman
1972: Jan Opperman
1973: Earl Wagner
1974: Rick Ferkel
1975: Ron Shuman
1976: Bubby Jones
1977: Ron Shuman
1978: Lealand McSpadden
1979: Tim Green
1980: Jeff Swindell
1981: Ron Shuman
1982: Steve Kinser
1983: Steve Kinser
1984: Ron Shuman
1985: Steve Kinser
1986: Bobby Davis, Jr.
1987: Steve Kinser
1988: Mark Kinser
1989: Sammy Swindell
1990: Steve Kinser
1991: Danny Lasoski & Wayne Bennet (360 Sprint)
1992: Steve Kinser & Bob Ream, Jr. (360 Sprint)
1993: Lealand McSpadden
1994: Ron Shuman
1995: Lealand McSpadden & Ricky Johnson (360 Sprint)
1996: Steve Kinser
1997: Mark Kinser
1998: Tyler Walker
1999: Donny Schatz
2000: Jay Drake
2001: Jeremy Sherman
2002: Bud Kaeding (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)
2003: Tony Elliott (SCRA Sprint) & Jeremy Sherman (360 Sprint)
2004: Bud Kaeding (USAC Sprint) & Josh Ford (360 Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2006: Josh Wise (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. (USAC Sprint) & Cory Kruseman (360 Sprint)
2008: Kevin Swindell (USAC Sprint) & Jesse Hockett (360 Sprint)
2009: Brady Bacon (360 Sprint) & Sammy Swindell (Winged)
2010: Brady Bacon (410 Sprint), R.J. Johnson (360 Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)
2011: Tracy Hines (USAC Sprint) & Donny Schatz (Winged)
2012: Bryan Clauson & Wayne Johnson (Winged)
2013: Bryan Clauson (Sprint Car & Midget)
2014: Matt Rossi (360 Sprint) & Darren Hagen (Midget)
2015: Bryan Clauson (USAC Sprint) & Brody Roa (360 Sprint)
2016: Chris Windom (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)
2017: Chase Stockon (USAC Sprint) & Chris Windom (360 Sprint)
2018: Tyler Courtney (USAC Sprint) & Brady Bacon (360 Sprint)

USAC SPRINT CAR POINTS RACE WINS IN ARIZONA:
1. (5) Bryan Clauson

2. (3) Jerry Coons, Jr.

3. (2) Dave Darland, Bud Kaeding, Chase Stockon, Kevin Swindell, Chris Windom & Josh Wise

4. (1) Mario Andretti, Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Don Branson, Tyler Courtney, Bob East, Chet Fillip, A.J. Foyt, Damion Gardner, Justin Grant, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Levi Jones, Mike Martin, Lealand McSpadden, Thomas Meseraull, Andy Michner & Brian Tyler

 

 

 

HANGTOWN 100 DEADLINE LOOMING;
57 CARS ALREADY ENTERED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 11, 2019).........Last call has arrived for teams to register for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20 at California's Placerville Speedway at https://www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

Fifty-seven entries have already been received for the event, which features a $130,000 purse over two nights of USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget racing which concludes with a $20,000 to win 100-lap feature on the final night while the overall points champion receives a $12,000 bonus.

Among the entries thus far in the absolutely stacked lineup are recently-crowned World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.) and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standout and dirt track ace Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.).

USAC National champions Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.), Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.), Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.), Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.) have all entered into the fray.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, NZ) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, AU) are international midget champs who'll take on the task along with 2019 World of Outlaws feature winners Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) and Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), just to name a few of the heavy hitters featuring race winners and champions from coast-to-coast.

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19th will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party on the fairgrounds with food, drinks, a live band and a lot of fun to be had.

Wednesday night's Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20th will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.com and follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST
(Updated November 11, 2019)
08 Cannon McIntosh/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS, LLC)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5G Ben Worth/Coalinga, CA (Dean Alexander)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS, LLC)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
9 Daison Pursley/Locust Grove, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Mitch Elliott)
11K Gage Rucker/Truxton, MO (Cory Kruseman)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
18K Tony Gualda/Hollister, CA (Cory Kruseman)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27 Tucker Klaasmeyer/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Cofer Racing)
63 Frankie Guerrini/San Rafael, CA (Frankie Guerrini)
67 Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K Holley Hollan/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71 Jesse Colwell/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K Tanner Carrick/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71m Colby Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Del Morris)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBA/TBA (RMS, LLC)
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97 Rico Abreu/St. Helena, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97K Buddy Kofoid/Penngrove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood Racing)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99x Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
TBA (Matt Wood Racing)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

WESTERN WORLD USAC MIDGET PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

San Tan Valley, Arizona (November 11, 2019).........It's been five years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets have graced the Grand Canyon State of Arizona where they return this weekend, Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 for the 52nd annual Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford, a two-night doubleheader with the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

This weekend's trip to the Southwest will mark the first ever visit for midgets to the 3/8-mile dirt oval in San Tan Valley. Seventy-nine previous USAC National Midget events have been held in the state of Arizona, most recently won by Darren Hagen at Canyon Speedway Park in 2014. Mel Kenyon owns the most Arizona USAC National Midget feature victories with 7 between 1964-1980.

USAC National Midget racing in Arizona dates back to the inaugural season of USAC in 1956, and in fact, was the host of the fourth series race ever held, a 100-lapper won by Johnnie Tolan at South Mountain Speedway in Phoenix.

None of the expected entrants for this weekend's Arizona foray have ever won a USAC National Midget race in the state, including Arizonian Jerry Coons, Jr., who won his very first USAC-sanctioned feature in an Arizona Regional Midget event at Raven Raceway in his hometown of Tucson in 1987. He has won three times in USAC National Sprint Car competition in Arizona, all at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway, including the 2007 Western World.

Coons will be joined by fellow Petry teammates Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Conor Daly at Western World. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is looking to return to victory lane for the first time with the series since a last-lap victory at the Kokomo (Ind.) Grand Prix in April. Daly (Noblesville, Ind.), meanwhile, was a top-ten finisher in this past May's 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500. Daly has made three previous USAC Midget appearances, most recently at September's BC39 at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Rico Abreu (St. Helena, Calif.), the 2014 USAC National Midget champion, recently finished 4th in his lone series appearance of the season in September at Eldora Speedway. He had a 4th place run at Western World, at Canyon, in 2013 and was fast qualifier on the second night of the event in 2014. His Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian lineup is stacked with eight entries in the stable, alongside 2018 series champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), an April USAC Southwest Sprint Car series winner at Arizona Speedway.

July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) and sprint car standout and KKM newcomers Daison Pursley (Locust Grove, Calif.) and Buddy Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) who will both make their USAC debuts with the KKM team.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) holds a nearly insurmountable lead in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings with a 154-point advantage entering Western World. Courtney is in line to become just the third driver to capture his first career National Midget and National Sprint championships in consecutive years following Tony Stewart (1994-95) and Josh Wise (2005-06). Courtney captured the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car portion of the 2018 Western World.

Courtney will be joined on the Clauson/Marshall Racing team by two-time series winner and past Silver Crown and National Sprint champion Chris Windom who resides second in the standings behind Courtney and swept both nights in a USAC National Sprint Car at Western World in 2016. Three-time 2019 series winner and BC39 victor Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) will join along with top series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) won the last time the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets were in action back in mid-October at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., his second series victory of the season. His FMR Racing teammate in the midget for Western World is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in his own right in 2014 and 2016 and a four-time Western World winner, three times in a 360 Sprint in 2009-16-18 and in a USAC National Sprint Car in 2010.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) will be debuting a new Gene Gile-owned midget at Western World after competing in the team's sprint car throughout last weekend's Oval Nationals at Perris, Calif. Meseraull was victorious in a USAC National Sprint Car on the opening night of Western World in 2017.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) has been spectacular this year in the Hoosier state, most notably at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. where he went 8-for-8 in a sprint car this season. He was tremendous in a midget there as well in October, finishing 3rd in just his third career USAC National Midget start. He'll drive a midget for car owner Jack Yeley at Western World.

Also joining on the fray are a pair of drivers who've found success on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series trail this season, including 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.) for Tarlton Motorsports, a four-time winner with WoO in 2019 as well as one-time WoO winner Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.) who'll once again take the wheel for Tucker/Boat Motorsports.

The Western States Midget contingent will be in force with point leader and three-time winner Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) leading the charge along with second-running Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, Calif.) and third-place Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.).

Both nights, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20, kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

A practice night begins the festivities on Thursday, November 14. Adult pit passes are $30, kids 7-12 pit passes are $10 and kids 6 and under pit passes are free.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,718, 2-Chris Windom-1,564, 3-Logan Seavey-1,534, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,478, 5-Zeb Wise-1,435, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,287, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,274, 8-Chad Boat-1,255, 9-Jason McDougal-1,229, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,193.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Robert Dalby-611, 2-Cory Elliott-575, 3-Shannon McQueen-477, 4-David Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Ben Worth-450, 7-C.J. Sarna-400, 8-Kyle Beilman-372, 9-Jake Swanson-348, 10-Marvin Mitchell-347.

PAST WESTERN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS USAC MIDGET WINNERS: 2013: Bryan Clauson 2014: Darren Hagen

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS IN ARIZONA: 1. (7) Mel Kenyon

2. (3) Gary Bettenhausen, Bobby East, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Dave Steele & Tony Stewart

8. (2) Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Jimmy Caruthers, Rex Easton, Chuck Gurney, Jason Leffler, Roger McCluskey, Chuck Rodee, Brad Sweet, Johnnie Tolan, Sleepy Tripp & J.J. Yeley

20. (1) Chuck Arnold, Tom Bigelow, Billy Boat, Billy Cantrell, Bryan Clauson, Larry Dickson, Dan Drinan, Billy Engelhart, Robby Flock, Stan Fox, A.J. Foyt, Billy Garrett, Rick Goudy, Allen Heath, Parnelli Jones, Cory Kruseman, Kyle Larson, Michael Lewis, Jerry McClung, Bobby Olivero, Aaron Pollock, Larry Rice, Bobby Santos, Les Scott, Tom Sellberg, Bob Tattersall, Rich Vogler, Billy Vukovich, Bruce Walkup & Bob Wente


 

LEARY LANDS OVAL NATIONALS VICTORY AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 9, 2019).........In his seven previous Oval Nationals final night starts entering Saturday, C.J. Leary had never managed a finish better than 13th, a result hardly indicative of his performances throughout the years which have been plagued by the lack of Lady Luck's presence, including a mechanical issue that sidelined him while leading with 14 laps remaining one year ago.

The 2019 edition unfolded quite differently for the Greenfield, Ind. native on this particular evening, a story void of heartache, a story filled with triumph and joy.

Leary took over the lead with 24 laps remaining and mastered a rash of late-race restarts to capture the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at southern California's Perris Auto Speedway.

It was a much-needed win for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship point leader and the crew of the Reinbold-Underwood Motorsports/AME Electrical - Mesilla Valley Transportation/Spike/Foxco Chevy in a myriad of ways.

For one, almost inconceivably, it had been nearly nine months and 29 races since his most recent USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory. Ironically, Leary's first win of the season came in the third race of the year in Ocala, Fla. Saturday's victory at Perris came in the third race from the conclusion of the series campaign.

Secondly, it provided a boon to a team in the midst of a close championship battle where every position means everything. Leary took care of that, earning max points with the win and gained 12 points on second-place Tyler Courtney in the title pursuit, 44 up, with two races remaining on the docket.

While Leary had experienced victory lane on Oval Nationals weekend prior to Saturday, that came during the 360 sprint portion in 2014. This one is special, however, considering how close he has come since then to notching a first 410 win at The PAS.

"Man, this is awesome," Leary exclaimed. "This race, I feel like, has escaped me three or four times in the past. I got the 360 Oval Nationals deal done a long time ago, but this definitely takes the cake. The white eagle is my favorite trophy to win."

Earlier in the evening, Leary captured victory in the six lap, six-car Super Six dash to claim the pole position for the 40-lap main event. However, outside front row occupant Chase Stockon ripped the top of turns one and two to take the lead on the opening circuit where he'd remain for the first 16 trips around the ½-mile until Leary utilized a drive off the bottom of turn two to grab the lead from Stockon on lap 17.

Leary opened up a three-car-length advantage over Stockon who was now involved in a tussle for second with Courtney, Brady Bacon and Chris Windom all under a proverbial blanket. Courtney dipped into turn three underneath Stockon to gain the second spot on the 23rd go-around and set forth toward Leary.

Leary and Courtney, who swapped the lead between them four times in last year's Oval Nationals final night feature, resumed their wrestling match in traffic for the top spot. On the 26th lap, Courtney almost parked it as he closed abruptly on Leary's tail tank at the entrance of turn three. Courtney slid sideways above the cushion, losing the 2nd and 3rd positions in the ensuing two laps to Stockon, then Bacon.

Thursday and Friday Perris winner Bacon was suddenly the man on the move as he began to track down Stockon for the second position until lap 29 when, unrelatedly, Max Adams came to a stop in turn two, necessitating a yellow flag. As Stockon slowed for the yellow, the trailing Bacon ramped over Stockon's left rear wheel and slid backwards to a stop without making wall contact. However, his bid for an Oval Nationals sweep was denied. He restarted from the tail, and eventually, worked his way back to a 12th place result at the checkered.

Down the stretch, several cautions wreaked havoc on Leary's flow with a flat right rear on teammate Logan Seavey's ride on lap 31, an Austin Liggett turn four flip on the 35th lap, a Justin Grant turn four spin on lap 37 and a debris caution for the exodus of bodywork on the nose of Damion Gardner's silver bullet. However, each time a stoppage occurred, Leary was superb on the restart, jaunting out to a three to four car length advantage each time, which no other seemed to have an answer for.

Chris Windom had worked his way underneath Stockon on the 33rd lap to get into contention with Leary, yet had to contend with preserving his second spot from the onslaught of attacks from both Stockon and Gardner in the waning laps, which went all to Leary's benefit as he closed out his ninth career series victory with a 1.624 second interval over Windom, Gardner, Stockon and Courtney.

Leary's ninth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory tied him with Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley for 51st on the all-time series win list while also supplying Davey Jones with his sixth career Oval Nationals feature score as a crew chief.

"I never really thought we would've just run the bottom the whole time, but figured we'd make the switch to the top and I just kept pulling away. Davey was giving some good hand signals from the trailer," Leary recalled. "He and I put a lot of time into these racecars and to come out here and win this one is (sweet)."

A roller coaster Oval Nationals for Windom (Canton, Ill.) saw him finishing 2nd twice this weekend following Thursday and Saturday's runner-up results while a 25th place run is sandwiched between the two nights that wound up with a seemingly successful, yet bittersweet night for the 2010 Oval Nationals winner.

"We're definitely happy, but it's a little frustrating," Windom admitted. "I feel like we run second or third every year and have some sort of issue that puts us starting in the fourth or fifth row. Overall, we've overcame a lot in the last 24 hours. Everybody on this team has done a phenomenal job all weekend to get us here."

"I didn't have anything for C.J., obviously, at the end," Windom added. "I felt like I did in the middle part of the race when I was passing guys. One of those late race cautions, I don't know if our right rear tire sealed over or what happened for sure, but I had no grip to the center of the corner anymore and he could just pull through three and four so much better. I just couldn't get there."

Three-time Oval Nationals victor Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) came away with a third-place run, continuing his streak of top-ten finishes on Saturday night of the event to 11 years running that came one night after an uncharacteristic early race incident took him out of contention while running second.

"It's points, it's winning the Oval Nationals, all the cautions and running out of fuel is always a concern, then the hood blew off. I was really worried that would be the two laps I needed to finish the race," Gardner said. "Last year, we literally sputtered to the checkered and that was a lot of drama there, so I was worried about that."

"We were just really good the whole race," Gardner continued. "It was kind of tacky early, but at the end, we were really making ground. I got hung up behind a couple guys at the beginning and they were just kind of all over and it took me awhile to break free. Once I broke free, I ran those guys down from pretty far back. I knew they would be tough, there were five of them, so I just had to be patient, but that was all I had, that was it, I gave it all I had. I just didn't need the cautions at the end."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Damion Gardner (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier), Austin Liggett (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner & (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Max Adams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jace Vander Weerd (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Austin Williams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner & Tony Jones KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Cody Williams (ProSource Hard Work Award), Bill Rose (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Chris Bonneau (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and C.J. Leary (Sway-A-Way Racing Super Six Dash Winner & Jack Jory Halfway Leader).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.362; 2. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.406; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.491; 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.527; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.543; 6. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.553; 7. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.560; 8. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-16.684; 9. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.720; 10. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-16.752; 11. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.777; 12. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-16.782; 13. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.827; 14. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.853; 15. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.908; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.914; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-16.919; 18. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-16.929; 19. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-16.959; 20. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-16.992; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.015; 22. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.070; 23. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.077; 24. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.151; 25. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.153; 26. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.160; 27. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.399; 28. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.643; 29. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.818; 30. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.902; 31. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Sterling Cling, 6. Steve Hix, 7. Verne Sweeney, 8. Joel Rayborne. 2:56.98

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Jake Swanson, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Bill Rose, 8. Will Perkins. 2:54.48

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Chris Windom, 3. R.J. Johnson, 4. Austin Williams, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. 2:56.65

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Jace Vander Weerd, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Josh Hodges, 4. Charles Davis, Jr., 5. Cody Williams, 6. Dennis Gile. 2:56.28

SWAY-A-WAY RACING SUPER SIX DASH: (6 laps, finishing order sets first three rows of the feature) 1. C.J. Leary (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI), 3. Justin Grant (#4 TOPP), 4. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 5. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall/Newman), 6. Richard Vander Weerd (#10 Vander Weerd). 1:43.99

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS FIRST SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Williams, 2. Charles Davis, Jr., 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. R.J. Johnson, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 9. Verne Sweeney, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Will Perkins. 3:30.37

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SECOND SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brody Roa, 3. Stevie Sussex, 4. Cody Williams, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Chris Gansen, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Joel Rayborne, 10. Josh Hodges. 3:29.16

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. C.J. Leary (1), 2. Chris Windom (8), 3. Damion Gardner (7), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Tyler Courtney (5), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16), 7. Jake Swanson (13), 8. Austin Williams (15), 9. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 10. Bud Kaeding (17), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (9), 12. Brady Bacon (4), 13. Thomas Meseraull (11), 14. R.J. Johnson (21), 15. Tommy Malcolm (22), 16. Charles Davis, Jr. (19), 17. Max Adams (12), 18. Logan Seavey (10), 19. Justin Grant (3), 20. Stevie Sussex (20), 21. Josh Hodges (23), 22. Cody Williams (24), 23. Chris Gansen (25), 24. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (26), 25. Austin Liggett (14), 26. Brody Roa (18), 27. Chris Bonneau (28), 28. Hunter Schuerenberg (27). NT

**Austin Liggett flipped on lap 35 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chase Stockon, Laps 17-40 C.J. Leary.

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Cody Williams

TONY JONES/KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (16th to 6th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFERS: Bill Rose & Chris Bonneau

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Austin Liggett

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,192, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,148, 3-Brady Bacon-2,029, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-2,027, 5-Chris Windom-2,020, 6-Justin Grant-2,012, 7-Chase Stockon-1,935, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,382, 2-Austin Williams-1,323, 3-Brody Roa-1,227, 4-Jake Swanson-1,138, 5-Chris Gansen-846, 6-Tommy Malcolm-829, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-745, 8-Richard Vander Weerd-683, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-672, 10-R.J. Johnson-670.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-1,008, 2-R.J. Johnson-982, 3-Stevie Sussex-919, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-884, 5-Jake Swanson-699, 6-Mike Martin-655, 7-Austin Williams-564, 8-Damion Gardner-509, 9-Matt Lundy-500, 10-Chris Bonneau-477.

FINAL PROSOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Bud Kaeding-17, 2-Austin Williams-15, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4-Damion Gardner-14, 5-Richard Vander Weerd-14, 6-Jake Swanson-14, 7-Justin Grant-13, 8-Brody Roa-13, 9-Chris Bonneau-13, 10-Chris Windom-12.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships presented by San Tan Ford

 

 

BACK-TO-BACK BACON DOES IT AGAIN AT PERRIS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 8, 2019).........It took Brady Bacon 27 starts over a span of 13 years to reach victory lane for the first time at California's Perris Auto Speedway on Thursday night.

It took just 24 hours for him to capture his second on Friday at night two of the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native delivered again on the southern California half-mile dirt oval for the second-straight night and became the first driver to repeat a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on back-to-back nights since himself in July at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway - the only driver to accomplish the feat this season.

The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion in 2014 and 2016 had to do it in a different style with a changed racing surface from the previous night, yet still preserved and persevered, leading all 30 laps in the process to score his sixth series win of 2019 and the 29th of his career, moving him past Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley and into a tie with Robert Ballou for 13th all-time.

"Last night was more my style of track than the one tonight which was something I don't necessarily excel at," Bacon admitted. "It was really rewarding, so I believe we're prepared for whatever tomorrow night throws at us. I'm proud of my guys for working hard. We weren't very good the last time we came here last year. We put our heads together and remembered as much as we could and put it with what we learned this year and it's obviously a pretty good package."

Bacon was originally slated to start 3rd on the grid, but a wild opening lap sequence would ultimately play into his favor. After the initial start was called back, the ensuing complete restart saw outside front row starter Tyler Courtney rip to the lead while pole sitter Damion Gardner slotted into second.

Exiting turn two, seven-time USAC/CRA champ Gardner ramped the K-Rail, up to the billboards, landed on his left side wheels, then bounced backward to a stop on the back straightaway. Steve Hix clipped Gardner's front end with his right rear wheel, signaling an end to the night for Hix and forced Gardner to the work area where repairs were made before sending him back into the fray, albeit four laps down when he returned.

The outside front row spot vacated by Gardner moved Bacon to the outside of the front row. Bacon got the upper hand of Courtney on the first try before a three-car melee between turns three and four involved fast qualifier Chris Windom, National point leader C.J. Leary and Jace Vander Weerd. Vander Weerd restarted while Leary took on new left rear rubber on his damaged mount in the work area. Windom, however, was not able to resume.

The third complete restart was the charm with Grant diving to the bottom and going three-wide alongside Courtney and Bacon down the front straight with Grant poking ahead into one briefly before Bacon blasted off the top to secure the lead exiting the second turn.

Grant was Bacon's closest pursuant throughout the 30-lapper where he maintained a presence about 2-3 car lengths back of Bacon on the topside. Bacon ably pushed forward to a near one-second advantage at the halfway point with lapped traffic drawing nearer and nearer.

On the 18th lap, an opportunity presented itself for Grant as Bacon installed his navigational tactics on the lapped car of Bill Rose. Bacon was briefly caught up, and while Grant was able to reel in and catch Bacon, he wasn't in the position to perform the pick and roll past both.

The track was quickening down the stretch with both Bacon and Grant reeling off their fastest laps of the race on the white flag lap. Bacon corralled the lapped car of Hunter Schuerenberg in the waning laps but could only stay stride-for-stride with him as Schuerenberg logged his fastest laps as well. The narrow strip of rubber right through the middle proved succulent and any mistake that pushed a driver out of the groove could prove costly track position wise.

"I tried to start feeling around, but the rubber was getting so heavy," Bacon explained. "I figured if I couldn't pass a lapped car, they probably couldn't pass me, and I just tried not to slip up out of the rubber or anything. I tried entering above it and turning down to try and get a run, but it was just so narrow, you had to stay in the rubber the whole time. We took care of our tires and our car was hooked up, so I wasn't spinning (the tires). We had plenty left, which is a testament to how hard they've been working and hopefully we can continue this the rest of the year."

Bacon finished it off flawlessly, leading laps 1 through 30 for the second night in a row en route to a 0.649 second victory over Grant, Courtney, Chase Stockon and top USAC/CRA finisher Austin Williams in fifth.

Bacon, along with Courtney, Grant, Richard Vander Weerd, C.J. Leary and Chase Stockon accumulated enough points over the first two nights to lock themselves into Saturday night's feature event where they will occupy the first three rows in the starting lineup. The lineup will be determined following the Super Six Dash - a six lap shootout involving the six drivers to determine the first six starting spots for the 40-lap finale.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Perris Auto Speedway were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier & Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner), Richard Vander Weerd (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner & Richard Vander Weerd (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Bill Rose (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Austin Liggett (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner & ProSource Hard Work Award), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Bud Kaeding (Sway-A-Way Racing Fifth Heat Winner), Logan Seavey (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Josh Hodges (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Brady Bacon (Jack Jory Halfway Leader)

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 8, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.835; 2. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.930; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.955; 4. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.964; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-17.121; 6. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.136; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-17.146; 8. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-17.172; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-17.184; 10. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.199; 11. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.222; 12. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-17.264; 13. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-17.300; 14. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-17.361; 15. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-17.406; 16. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.428; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-17.445; 18. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.470; 19. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-17.518; 20. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.594; 21. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-17.612; 22. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-17.615; 23. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-17.631; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-17.656; 25. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.674; 26. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.690; 27. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-17.766; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.784; 29. Donnie Gansen, 4D, Gansen-17.790; 30. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.793; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.864; 32. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.865; 33. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.888; 34. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-18.024; 35. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.082; 36. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-18.149; 37. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-18.328; 38. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-18.383; 39. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-18.515; 40. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.824; 41. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-19.449.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 6. Chris Bonneau, 7. Tye Mihocko, 8. Frank Rodgers III, 9. Chris Windom. 2:52.87

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bill Rose, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Jace Vander Weerd, 5. Tommy Malcolm, 6. Sterling Cling, 7. Verne Sweeney. 2.53.45

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Austin Liggett, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Max Adams, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Jeremy Ellertson. NT

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Charles Davis, Jr., 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Donnie Gansen, 7. Matt McCarthy, 8. Cody Williams. NT

SWAY-A-WAY RACING FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Hunter Schuerenberg, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Joel Rayborne, 7. Will Perkins, 8. Dennis Gile. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Max Adams, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Cody Williams, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 8. Dennis Gile, 9. Chris Gansen, 10. Steve Hix, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Chris Bonneau, 13. Sterling Cling, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Verne Sweeney, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Frank Rodgers III, 18. Will Perkins. 3:41.72

EVELYN PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (3), 2. Justin Grant (4), 3. Tyler Courtney (2), 4. Chase Stockon (5), 5. Austin Williams (6), 6. Logan Seavey (13), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 8. Richard Vander Weerd (19), 9. Bud Kaeding (14), 10. C.J. Leary (12), 11. Max Adams (9), 12. Brody Roa (17), 13. Thomas Meseraull (20), 14. Stevie Sussex (22), 15. Austin Liggett (24), 16. Jace Vander Weerd (11), 17. Jake Swanson (10), 18. Hunter Schuerenberg (18), 19. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (26), 20. Damion Gardner (1), 21. Bill Rose (23), 22. Josh Hodges (25), 23. Charles Davis, Jr. (21), 24. Tommy Malcolm (16), 25. Chris Windom (7), 26. Steve Hix (27), 27. R.J. Johnson (15). NT

**Chase Johnson flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon.

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Austin Liggett

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Richard Vander Weerd (19th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Thomas Meseraull

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Josh Hodges

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Logan Seavey

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,198, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,090, 3-Brady Bacon-1,990, 4-Justin Grant-1,987, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,973, 6-Chris Windom-1,947, 7-Chase Stockon-1,873, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,318, 2-Austin Williams-1,274, 3-Brody Roa-1,204, 4-Jake Swanson-1,081, 5-Chris Gansen-823, 6-Tommy Malcolm-796, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-714, 8-Matt McCarthy-655, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-649, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-637.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-985, 2-R.J. Johnson-947, 3-Stevie Sussex-896, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-853, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Jake Swanson-647, 7-Austin Williams-515, 8-Matt Lundy-500, 9-Chris Bonneau-454, 10-Damion Gardner-445.

NEW PROSOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Richard Vander Weerd-14, 2-Brody Roa-13, 3-Justin Grant-12, 4-Chris Bonneau-12, 5-Hunter Schuerenberg-11, 6-Austin Liggett-11, 7-Logan Seavey-10, 8-Bud Kaeding-10, 9-Tyler Courtney-9, 10-Damion Gardner-8.

NEW OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Brady Bacon-283, 2-Tyler Courtney-266, 3-Justin Grant-264, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-256, 5-C.J. Leary-245, 6-Chase Stockon-242, 7-Austin Williams-239, 8-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-239, 9-Damion Gardner-233, 10-Chris Windom-231.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: November 9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

 

PERRIS ELUSIVE NO MORE
FOR BACON AT OVAL NATS NIGHT #1

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (November 7, 2019).........In 26 previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts at Perris Auto Speedway, Brady Bacon was in contention in the majority of them, garnering 17 top-tens and nine top-fives between 2006 and 2018.

However, in start 27 on Thursday, Bacon finally tasted the sweet nectar of victory at the southern California ½-mile, leading all 30 laps from the pole position to capture opening night of the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.
"I think we've run second on prelim nights probably five or six times and been in the top-five a couple times on the final night, so this is awesome to get this monkey off our back," a relieved Bacon said. "Now, we can just go ahead and win a couple more this weekend."

The long-awaited victory couldn't have come a moment too soon for the 2014 and 2016 series champ from Broken Arrow, Okla., who hadn't scored a triumph with the series since a two-night sweep of Iowa's Knoxville Raceway in July, four months ago in his Dynamics, Inc./Mean Green - Fatheadz Eyewear - Tel-Star/Triple X/Rider Chevy.

"This late in the year, this win definitely helps going into the winter," Bacon admitted. "We had a dry spell, a little bit of bad luck, led at Lawrenceburg and stuff like that. Hopefully, we can kind of get that momentum we had earlier this summer and carry it on for the rest of the year."

Bacon started up front and was rarely challenged throughout the duration of the 30-lapper, save for a few instances in traffic later in the battle. However, at the start, Bacon slipped under outside front row starter Chris Windom and led the charge by a car-length by the time the pair hit the back straightaway.

The first stoppage came early when the two USAC National Sprint Car title contenders, C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney, collided in turn two on the fourth lap while battling for the fifth spot. The contact between Leary's right rear and the left side of Courtney's ride flattened Courtney's left rear-tire. As Courtney scrambled to regain control of his car, Leary's teammate, Logan Seavey, came upon the scene and struck Courtney, heavily damaging the front end of Seavey.

Both Courtney and Seavey returned to action following time in the work area. Seavey struggled to a 21st place result while Courtney charged back through the pack to take 8th, a night Courtney would soon rather forget after enduring a wild flip in turn three on the second lap of his qualifying run. Courtney's Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing team made extensive repairs to the car and returned with the very same car to win their heat a short time later.

When action resumed, Bacon jumped back out to a one-plus second lead while seven-time USAC/CRA champ Damion Gardner began to close on Windom for the runner-up position.

Nearing the midway point, and in the throes of lapped traffic, Gardner made the move to second with an inside pass of Windom in turns one and two, but was stifled after encountering the lapped car of Chris Gansen on the low line of three, forcing Gardner to throttle back and allowing Windom to surge ahead on the top side for the position.

Once Windom cleared Gardner, he began to rapidly reel in Bacon as the leader surfed inside the green room of a barrel wave, trying to keep unfazed with a heavy task on his horizon.

However, just as Windom sensed the smell of blood in the water, a spin by Dennis Gile in turn three removed traffic from the equation for the time being and supplied Bacon with room to maneuver, a clear mind and a clear track ahead with the lapped car of Eddie Tafoya, Jr. separating the top-two of Bacon and Windom on the restart.

Under yellow, Windom signaled for Tafoya to stay low on the track surface so the top shelf would be wide open for himself on the high line while in pursuit of Bacon. Windom resumed his chase of Bacon who held the advantage once again, but just as lapped traffic loomed, the yellow for the stopped car of three-time Oval Nationals winner and 10th running Bud Kaeding who rested backwards on the bottom berm of turn two with eight laps to go.

On lap 24, Windom came as close as he'd get all night to Bacon, pulling within a half-car length of Bacon on the bottom between turns one and two. Bacon held onto a firm Kung Fu grip of the lead exiting the second turn and began to inchworm away from Windom down the stretch.

Windom relentlessly tried to gain any ground he could to pounce on a possible Bacon misstep. But none were to be had by Bacon as Windom got above the cushion between turns three and four with four laps to go, disallowing another shot at Bacon.

Bacon finished off the deal with a 0.974 second victory, the fifth of his 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season and the 28th of his career with the series, moving him into a tie for 14th all-time with Levi Jones and J.J. Yeley.

"I thought we had a pretty good balance there," Bacon said. "We were good at the beginning, and still pretty good at the end. I felt like we were fading a little bit with those yellows at the end, but we'll make some adjustments and be ready (for Friday and Saturday)."

Windom (Canton, Ill.) had a solid 2nd place run in his Parallax Group-Goacher Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Parallax Power Supply/Twister/Claxton Mopar, earning his sixth consecutive top-five finish, which is the longest current active streak in the series.

"Overall, it was a really solid night," Windom stated. "Brady (Bacon) was better than us early on. I think, once we moved up there, we were just as good as him, but he was probably just a little better than us overall tonight. I was hoping we would stay in lapped traffic there and we could race with those guys, but he got the restarts right when he needed them. (My crew) has been working hard all night to get us in this position and I think we've got a good car for the rest of the weekend."

Third-place finisher Richard Vander Weerd (Visalia, Calif.) may run a limited schedule, but he showed no inkling of any rust as he recorded his best USAC National Sprint Car feature finish since a 3rd place run on the final night of the Oval Nationals in 2016 in his Ron Vander Weerd/Vander Weerd Construction - Maxwell Industries/DRC/Shark Chevy.

"These guys run 60 races a year or more, but I've run probably about 15 to 20 this year so far," Vander Weerd explained. "But I run this track a lot more. Them racing a lot more is an advantage, but me running here more is an advantage too. (The car) was good at the end; we were a little too snug down in (turns) one and two, but it made up for it over in three and four where it was dry slick. Bacon and Windom are tough guys, so I can't complain about finishing 3rd behind them."

Gardner finished fourth while Leary rounded out the top-five and, in the process, upped his lead in the National standings from 47 to 55 over Courtney with four races remaining. Gardner, likewise, extended his CRA lead as did Brody Roa in the Southwest tally.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Perris Auto Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear/Woodland Auto Display/Beaver Stripes Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products/Extreme Muffler/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc./Circle Track Performance/Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat Winner), Damion Gardner (AutoMeter/Saldana Racing Products/ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat Winner), Charles Davis, Jr. (Indy Race Parts/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions/Sway-A-Way Racing Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Sway-A-Way Racing Fifth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Competition Suspension, Inc./Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Austin Liggett (ProSource Hard Work Award), Brody Roa (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Hunter Schuerenberg (KSE Racing Products/Specialty Fasteners/Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger), Chris Gansen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Brady Bacon (Jack Jory Lap 15 Leader).

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: November 7, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction - ½-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY/BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.362; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.407; 3. Damion Gardner, 4x, Alexander-16.512; 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.519; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.560; 6. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.591; 7. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.602; 8. Logan Seavey, 19L, Reinbold/Underwood-16.639; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.643; 10. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.659; 11. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.734; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.740; 13. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.745; 14. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.820; 15. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.829; 16. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.884; 17. Tommy Malcolm, 5x, Napier-16.909; 18. Donnie Gansen, 4D, Gansen-16.949; 19. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-17.052; 20. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.057; 21. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.057; 22. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.060; 23. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-17.063; 24. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-17.084; 25. Jason McDougal, 42x, Cheney-17.087; 26. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.107; 27. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.145; 28. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-17.181; 29. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-17.252; 30. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-17.311; 31. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.408; 32. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-17.498; 33. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.610; 34. Jeremy Ellertson, 98J, Ellertson-17.654; 35. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.656; 36. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.671; 37. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.794; 38. Will Perkins, 50, Perkins-18.034; 39. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.715; 40. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-NT; 41. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-NT; 42. Frank Rodgers III, 6R, Rodgers-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/EXTREME MUFFLERS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Hunter Schuerenberg, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Austin Williams, 6. Chris Gansen, 7. Dennis Gile, 8. Matt McCarthy. 2:51.31

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE/ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. R.J. Johnson, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Tommy Malcolm, 5. Jace Vander Weerd, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Steve Hix, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:52.85

AUTOMETER/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS/BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Austin Liggett, 5. Max Adams, 6. Donnie Gansen, 7. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. 2:51.35

INDY RACE PARTS/BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS/SWAY-A-WAY RACING FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Charles Davis, Jr., 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Richard Vander Weerd, 5. Jake Swanson, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Jeremy Ellertson, 8. Joel Rayborne. NT

SWAY-A-WAY RACING FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cody Williams, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Stevie Sussex, 5. Chris Bonneau, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Chase Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI)/PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Jace Vander Weerd, 3. Austin Williams, 4. Jake Swanson, 5. Chris Gansen, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Chris Bonneau, 8. Donnie Gansen, 9. Dennis Gile, 10. Jeremy Ellertson, 11. Steve Hix, 12. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 13. Bill Rose, 14. Matt McCarthy, 15. Tye Mihocko, 16. Joel Rayborne, 17. Frank Rodgers, 18. Verne Sweeney. NT

BILL PRATT FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Brady Bacon (1), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Richard Vander Weerd (3), 4. Damion Gardner (4), 5. C.J. Leary (6), 6. Justin Grant (11), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (7), 8. Tyler Courtney (5), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9), 10. Austin Williams (16), 11. Chase Stockon (14), 12. Hunter Schuerenberg (23), 13. Brody Roa (21), 14. Tommy Malcolm (17), 15. Jake Swanson (18), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Bud Kaeding (10), 18. Cody Williams (15), 19. Charles Davis, Jr. (22), 20. Max Adams (13), 21. Logan Seavey (8), 22. Austin Liggett (24), 23. Stevie Sussex (19), 24. R.J. Johnson (20), 25. Josh Hodges (25), 26. Eddie Tafoya, Jr. (28), 27. Chris Gansen (26), 28. Dennis Gile (27). NT

**Chase Johnson flipped during practice. Tyler Courtney flipped during qualifying. Jason McDougal and Sterling Cling flipped at the start of the fifth heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Brady Bacon

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Austin Liggett

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/SPECIALTY FASTENERS/SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Hunter Schuerenberg (23rd to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Brody Roa

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Chris Gansen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,073, 2-Tyler Courtney-2,018, 3-Chris Windom-1,920, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,914, 5-Brady Bacon-1,913, 6-Justin Grant-1,913, 7-Chase Stockon-1,804, 8-Jason McDougal-1,493, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193.

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Damion Gardner-1,288, 2-Austin Williams-1,205, 3-Brody Roa-1,160, 4-Jake Swanson-1,046, 5-Chris Gansen-813, 6-Tommy Malcolm-772, 7-Charles Davis, Jr.-684, 8-Matt McCarthy-645, 9-Eddie Tafoya, Jr.-623, 10-R.J. Johnson-605.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Brody Roa-941, 2-R.J. Johnson-917, 3-Stevie Sussex-856, 4-Charles Davis, Jr.-823, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Jake Swanson-612, 7-Matt Lundy-500, 8-Austin Williams-446, 9-Chris Bonneau-444, 10-Michael Curtis-433.

NEW PRO SOURCE OVAL NATIONALS PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Hunter Schuerenberg-11, 2-Justin Grant-8, 3-Brody Roa-8, 4-Chris Bonneau-8, 5-Austin Williams-6, 6-Chris Windom-5, 7-Damion Gardner-5, 8-Tyler Courtney-5, 9-Josh Hodges-5, 10-C.J. Leary-4.

NEW OVAL NATIONALS POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-144, 2-Brady Bacon-140, 3-Damion Gardner-140, 4-Richard Vander Weerd-136, 5-C.J. Leary-135, 6-Tyler Courtney-129, 7-Justin Grant-126, 8-Jace Vander Weerd-119, 9-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-117, 10-Chase Stockon-108.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 8-9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

 

 

THOMAS TOPS OVAL NATIONALS PRACTICE NIGHT

Perris, California (November 6, 2019).........Two-time and defending Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. picked up right where he left off the year before by recording the fastest overall lap during Wednesday night's practice session at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Cullman, Alabama's Thomas, the 2017-2018 Oval Nationals winner, circled the ½-mile southern California clay with a lap of 16.214 seconds in his Hayward-Thomas Motorsports/McDonald's - Dr. Pepper/DRC/Speedway Chevy. Second quickest was 2010 "Ovals" winner Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) at 16.330, followed by Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) at 16.373, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) at 16.384, with Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounding out the top-five at 16.417.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) led the CRA contingent in sixth with a lap of 16.467. Two-time 2018 prelim night winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was eighth while three-time Oval Nationals winners Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) and Bud Kaeding (Campbell, Calif.) were 10th and 15th, respectively, out of the 31 cars that were in attendance Wednesday night.

More than 40 cars are entered for this year's Oval Nationals with three complete nights of racing action over the next three nights, November 7-8-9 at Perris. Cars hit the track at 5:30pm Pacific.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR PRACTICE RESULTS: November 6, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction

PRACTICE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.214; 2. Chris Windom, 5G, Parallax/Goacher-16.330; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.373; 4. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-16.384; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.417; 6. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.467; 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.470; 8. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-16.485; 9. Max Adams, 73T, Ford-16.534; 10. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.553; 11. Logan Seavey, 19x, Reinbold/Underwood-16.582; 12. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.616; 13. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-16.653; 14. Thomas Meseraull, 13m, Gile-16.656; 15. Bud Kaeding, 0, Williams-16.660; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.728; 17. Charles Davis, Jr., 47, Davis-16.731; 18. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.775; 19. Jason McDougal, 42x, Cheney-16.777; 20. Eddie Tafoya, Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.835; 21. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-16.900; 22. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-16.992; 23. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.999; 24. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-17.018; 25. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.028; 26. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-17.111; 27. Dennis Gile, 13G, Gile-17.197; 28. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.308; 29. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.727; 30. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-NT; 31. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-NT.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL, CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-8-9, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - 24th Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction


 


HERNANDEZ TO RUN USAC SPRINT TRAIL
WITH BALDWIN IN 2020

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 6, 2019).........Driver Anton Hernandez will team up with car owner Ken Baldwin to chase the full 2020 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour and pursue Rookie of the Year honors with the series.

Hernandez, a native of Arlington, Texas, is a veteran of midgets and sprint cars with and without the wing, but this will mark his first foray into the realm of USAC Sprint Car racing, a culmination of a dream for the 21-year-old.

"On a scale from 1-10, I'm at 11," Hernandez exclaimed. "It's a dream come true. When I was little, running micros and go-karts, I always dreamed of running USAC. Now, it's come true. I'm excited and can't wait to get at it in February."

Baldwin has been one of the most successful car owners through the decade of the 2010s, most notably with driver Chris Windom. The Windom/Baldwin pairing won 16 USAC National Sprint Car feature races together as well as the 2017 series driver and owner championships.

At the end of the 2018 season, Baldwin sold all his equipment and exited racing altogether.

"I sold everything and said I'm never racing again. That didn't last," Baldwin admitted. "I just couldn't stand it. I had to get back in. We were sitting around the house one weekend and looked at each other and said, 'we shouldn't have quit.' So, here we go."

The combination of Hernandez and Baldwin sort of came out of left field, in a sense. It was a suggestion from another that got the ball rolling. Baldwin acknowledged he had never heard of Hernandez just months ago. The two got in contact with each other, but Baldwin said he couldn't put a driver in his car without seeing him run. In turn, Hernandez sent Baldwin about 30 videos of himself racing.

Baldwin, along with sponsor and friend, Bob Fox, watched the videos and said, "This kid can drive. We've got to get him in a car." Baldwin flew Hernandez to his Lafayette, Ind. shop and a deal was made to tackle the full USAC campaign next season.

The cars and engines for the team were recently ordered to prep for next season's run, which will include a full slate of USAC racing complimented by several local Indiana shows. Having championship caliber equipment right off the bat has Hernandez both thrilled and comforted.

"Knowing that you can trust the car 100% and being able to focus more as a driver than about what's going to happen to the car, that takes a lot of stress off," Hernandez said. "I'm going to be seeing a bunch of new tracks and a bunch of new faces next year and I'm ready for it."

Hernandez, a 2017 Tulsa Shootout winner in the 1200cc Mini Sprint division and multi-time 305 RaceSaver Sprint Car winner at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, joins the USAC tour beginning with the first weekend of action in 2020 at Bubba Raceway Park. Practice night starts it all on Wednesday, February 12, followed by three nights in a row of racing on Thursday, February 13, on Friday, February 14, and the finale on Saturday, February 15.

 

 

1991 USAC MIDGET CHAMP STREICHER PASSES

Speedway, Indiana (November 6, 2019).........Mike Streicher, the 1991 USAC National Midget driving champion, passed away Wednesday morning, November 6 from a heart attack. He was 62 years old.

Streicher was a success in nearly all facets of midget racing. The Findlay, Ohio native captured USAC National Midget championships on both the driver and team side as a mechanic and car builder.

In 1983, Streicher, with his father Jim, captured their first USAC National Midget owner title as mechanic for driver Rich Vogler. In 1988, at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway, Mike won the first of his seven (six points-paying) career USAC National Midget features.

Mike was victorious once again in 1989 in home state of Ohio at Barberton Speedway in Norton, Ohio, winding up 4th in the final standings. He then scored three more wins in 1990 with a major victory at the Hoosier Dome Invitational in Indianapolis, Ind., at Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kentucky's Florence Speedway, finishing 3rd in the series' driver points while the team notched its second owner title.

The following season, in 1991, Streicher had his breakout year, racing to victory at Kentucky's Richmond Raceway en route to the USAC National Midget driving title and the family's third owner championship. By doing so, he remains the most recent USAC National champion from the state of Ohio.

He won once more in 1992, fittingly, in the Buckeye state at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Mike constructed the Hawk Chassis, which raced to countless Midget feature wins in USAC, NAMARS, ARCA, NEMA, ARDC, and other series. Streicher also served as a professor at University of Northwestern Ohio's motorsports program to educate future racers and mechanics and was instrumental in the development of the USAC .25 Midget program.


 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

ROA LEADS USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS TO PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 4, 2019... The championship point chase for the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will head to Perris Auto Speedway for the "24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 6th, followed by three nights (November 7, 8, 9) of intense racing with the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. "America's Premier Dirt Track" is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 USAC/CRA APPROVED MUFFLERS ARE LEGAL AT THE OVAL NATIONALS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC/CRA, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 6th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers. The fairgrounds will not charge for parking on practice night.

SPECTATOR GATES: The Front gates will open at 5:00pm on Thursday & Friday with Racing at 7:00pm. On Saturday, the front gates will open and 4:00pm, with Racing at 7:10pm.

DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION: An autograph session will be held on Saturday on the front straightaway from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

GRAND MARSHALS: Tom and Laurie Sertich, owners of the Moose Racing #92, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 24th Annual Oval Nationals. Currently in their 25th year as car owners, the team is enjoying a successful campaign with “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams behind the wheel. At press time, Williams ranks second in USAC/CRA points and eleventh in the SouthWest standings. The “Moose mobile” scored wins at the August 31st opening night of Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and the September 21st “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris. In addition, Williams has posted two USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Times, with the last award coming at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

ENTRY LIST: Over 40 cars have entered the event, with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural event and there have been fifteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. has claimed the last two Oval Nationals and has a chance to become the only driver with three consecutive victories. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fourteenth point race, there have been ten different winners. Point leader Brody Roa, R.J. Johnson, and C.J. Leary lead all drivers with two feature victories. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one win on the season.

Heading to the “Oval Nationals,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a slim 10-point lead over the competition. Racing Tanner Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling / Westin Diversified Maxim, Roa led six laps before scoring a fourth place finish at the October 26th “Howl-O-Ween Bash” at Central Arizona Speedway. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 109 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins, Roa will be looking to win the Oval Nationals aboard Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson placed fifth at Casa Grande’s “Howl-O-Ween Bash.” At press time, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, twelve top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on adding the “Oval Nationals” to his resume.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in championship point standings. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex had a tenth place finish at the Pinal County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, twelve top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Honoring his father aboard the renumbered #47 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis charged from eleventh to second at Central Arizona Speedway. At press time, the multi-time Arizona champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on the Oval Nationals victory.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the championship points. The pilot of the #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim skipped Casa Grande to regroup for the Oval Nationals and Western World Championships. To date, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to add the eagle trophy to his collection.

Currently ranked sixteenth in points, Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chris Gansen, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Matt McCarthy, Eddie Tafoya Jr., and “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, “The Bear” Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are available online and for more information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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2019 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway)
4-Damion Gardner, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5G-Chris Windom, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 7G-Don Gansen, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Stevie Sussex, 12B-Joel Rayborne, 13G-Dennis Gile, 13M-Thomas Meseraull, 15-Chris Bonneau, 16-Mike Martin, 19-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19-Logan Seavey, 19AZ-C.J. Leary, 19S-Hunter Schuerenberg, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 32-Chase Stockon, 34AZ-Jake Swanson, 42-Brody Roa, 42X-Jason McDougal, 44-Cody Williams, 44-Jake Helsel, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®, 57-Steve Hix ®, 68-Chase Johnson, 69-Brady Bacon, 73T-Max Adams, 74X-Josh Hodges, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Austin Williams, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98X-Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson, 0-Bud Kaeding, Y69-Randy Waitman.

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, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-C.J. Leary, 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 1-Damion Gardner, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-897, 2. R.J. Johnson-887, 3. Stevie Sussex-828, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-790, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-578, 7. Matt Lundy-500, 8. Chris Bonneau-434, 9. Michael Curtis-433, 10. Matt Rossi-413, 11. Austin Williams-401, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Matt McCarthy-223, 16. Stephen Sanchez ®-208, 17. Josh Hodges-202, 18. Jonas Reynolds-201, 19. Isaac Chapple-200, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg-197.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1215, 2. Austin Williams-1160, 3. Brody Roa-1116, 4. Jake Swanson-1012, 5. Chris Gansen-790, 6. Tommy Malcolm-732, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-651, 8. Matt McCarthy-635, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-600, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 11. R.J. Johnson-575, 12. Steve Hix ®-546, 13. Mike Martin-519, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 15. Cody Williams-495, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Stevie Sussex-426, 18. Verne Sweeney-391, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2003, 2. Tyler Courtney-1956, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1861, 4. Justin Grant-1850, 5. Chris Windom-1843, 6. Brady Bacon-1837, 7. Chase Stockon-1757, 8. Jason McDougal-1483, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-726, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Robert Ballou-568, 17. Max Adams-566, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Matt Westfall-512, 20. Timmy Buckwalter-435.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2019).........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 been set for the next two weeks as the National teams head west to face off with CRA as well as the Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars for the Nov. 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

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 82 times. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 15 years, including in two of the past three years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Bryan Clauson holds the record for most wins in head-to-head USAC National vs. CRA clashes with eight victories. Damion Gardner, Tony Jones and Mike Spencer lead the CRA contingent with three wins apiece in a battle that stands at 75 total victories for USAC National drivers over 29 for the CRA.

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. However, five of those eight wins for Gardner came when he was a National regular.

USAC vs. the CRA 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 defeated the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win proved 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 by 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 eventually were both 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 1985 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 that in '85, 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 SCRA star 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 in 1999 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 down his first series victory 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 candidates lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson Richard Vander Weerd already winning this year at Perris, the latter three of which are seeking their first National win.

Meanwhile, R.J. Johnson has sealed the deal at Arizona in Southwest competition at Arizona. Mix in Roa, Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin, Charles Davis, Jr., Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Cody Williams and a whole host of 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 Oval Nationals at Perris begin with practice this Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at Perris at 5pm Pacific. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2 pizza, soda and beer. Three full nights of racing follow on Nov. 7-8-9.

Western World kicks off with practice night, Thursday night Nov. 14 at Arizona. For both nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC vs. CRA WINS:
USAC Regulars: (75 wins)
1. (8) Bryan Clauson
2. (6) Dave Darland
3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner
5. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr., Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom
9. (3) Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell
13. (2) Jay Drake, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Jesse Hockett, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Josh Wise
19. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tyler Courtney, Frankie Kerr, Sheldon Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Cole Whitt & J.J. Yeley

CRA Regulars: (29 wins)
1. (3) Damion Gardner, Tony Jones & Mike Spencer
4. (2) Nic Faas, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden & Rip Williams
8. (1) David Cardey, Bob East, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Ron Shuman, Mike Sweeney & Eddie Wirth

 

LARSON, COURTNEY, SWEET, WINDOM ENTER HANGTOWN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Placerville, California (November 5, 2019).........Two weeks remain until the start of the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100, and already, the lineup is absolutely stacked with a multitude of talent from various disciplines throughout the racing world.

All are gunning for the top prize at California's Placerville Speedway which features over $130,000 in total prize money for the co-sanctioned USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midget event on November 19-20.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup star and versatile dirt track pilot Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) will debut his own No. 1K for the first time in USAC National competition. The 2011 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year captured a non-sanctioned midget victory in the car at Placerville in September.

Larson is joined by a host of others who are planning to make rare outdoor midget starts at the event, including 2017 Indiana Midget Week champ Shane Golobic (Fremont, Calif.), 2016 USAC National Midget Rookie of the year Carson Macedo (Lemoore, Calif.), 11-time USAC National Midget winner Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, Calif.), two-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas) and Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), all of whom have been winners on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car circuit in 2019.

What makes the event unique is that the talented bunch listed above gets the opportunity to face off against competitors who've been in the seat of a midget all year, including USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), plus series winners Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) and Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and against past series champs Spencer Bayston (2017) of Lebanon, Ind., Tanner Thorson of Minden, Nev. (2016), Jerry Coons, Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. (2006-07) and Dave Darland of Lincoln, Ind. (2001-02).

Not to mention, the bucket of talent infused throughout the field continues to overflow with 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car winners Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.), Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) and Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) versus top international midget racing stars Michael Pickens (Auckland, New Zealand) and Kaidon Brown (Sydney, Australia).

The USAC Western States Midget contingent is prepared to defend its home turf with the likes of series point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), 2018 champion Michael Faccinto (Hanford, Calif.), recent Ventura winner Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.), and regional USAC Sprint champs Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) and Ryan Bernal (Hollister, Calif.).

Tuesday's PureCrop1 main event on November 19 will be 30-laps, $5,000-to-win and features the top-12 cars in combined points inverted. Following the action on opening night there will be a post-race party on the fairgrounds with food, drinks, a live band and a lot of fun to be had.

Wednesday night's Royal Truck Body A-main on November 20 will be 100-laps around the famed red clay oval with the winner picking up a $20,000 payday. The overall points champion for the two nights will pocket a $12,000 bonus.

Reserved seating continues to be on sale for the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 and can be purchased by visiting www.hangtown100.com/tickets.

A rain date has also been established for Thursday November 21st in case of inclement weather. To stay up to date with event news be sure and visit www.hangtown100.comand follow along on Twitter https://twitter.com/hangtown100.

The Placerville Speedway is located on the beautiful El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. Take Hwy US-50 to Forni Road/Placerville Drive exit. Then go north on Placerville Drive to the Fairgrounds. The physical address is 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville, CA 95667. For more information on the Placerville Speedway log onto www.placervillespeedway.com.

HANGTOWN 100 ENTRY LIST: (As of Nov. 5, 2019)
1 Karsyn Elledge/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1G Kyle Cummins/Princeton, IN (Jack Yeley)
1K Kyle Larson/Elk Grove, CA (Kyle Larson Open Wheel)
1NZ Michael Pickens/Auckland, NZ (RMS)
4D Robert Dalby/Anaheim, CA (Robert Dalby)
5 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
7x Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (RMS)
8 Randi Pankratz/Atascadero, CA (Randi Pankratz)
11E Cory Elliott/Bakersfield, CA (Cory Elliott)
15 TBA/TBA (Petry Motorsports)
17BC Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Clauson Marshall Racing)
17w Shane Golobic/Fremont, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
19 Spencer Bayston/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19T Tanner Thorson/Minden, NV (Brodie Hayward)
19w Jake Morgan/Fair Oaks, CA (Sala Racing)
20 C.J. Sarna/Palm Desert, CA (C.J. Sarna)
21 Carson Macedo/Lemoore, CA (Tarlton Motorsports)
25 Jerry Coons, Jr./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25x Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Tom Malloy)
27B Jake Bubak/Arvada, CO (Patrick Bourke)
27w Colby Copeland/Roseville, CA (Matt Wood)
39BC Zeb Wise/Angola, IN (Clauson Marshall Racing)
47BC Andrew Layser/Collegeville, PA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
47m Michael Faccinto/Hanford, CA (Del Morris)
57 Maria Cofer/Macdoel, CA (Maria Cofer)
67z Brad Sweet/Grass Valley, CA (Willie Kahne)
68 Jonathan Beason/Broken Arrow, OK (Six8 Motorsports)
71R Dave Darland/Lincoln, IN (Del Morris)
71x TBD
73 Dylan Ito/Ventura, CA (Keith Ford)
73K Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (Keith Ford)
76E Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77w Ryan Bernal/Hollister, CA (Matt Wood Racing)
81 Dillon Welch/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 Gio Scelzi/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
87 Aaron Reutzel/Clute, TX (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
97w Kaidon Brown/Sydney, AU (Matt Wood)
99 Colton Heath/Marysville, WA (Carla & Gaylon Stewart)
99 Robert Carson/Concord, CA (Howard & Karen Segur)
TBA TBA/TBA (Clauson Marshall Racing)
TBA TBA/TBA (Matt Wood Racing)

 

 

USAC NATIONAL VS. CRA SPRINTS - A HISTORY OVERVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (November 4, 2019).........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 been set for the next two weeks as the National teams head west to face off with CRA as well as the Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Cars for the Nov. 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

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 82 times. The CRA has held their own on occasion and have been victorious against National competition 17 times over the past 15 years, including in two of the past three years with drivers Damion Gardner (2016) and Brody Roa (2017) having the upper hand at Perris.

Bryan Clauson holds the record for most wins in head-to-head USAC National vs. CRA clashes with eight victories. Damion Gardner, Tony Jones and Mike Spencer lead the CRA contingent with three wins apiece in a battle that stands at 75 total victories for USAC National drivers over 29 for the CRA.

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. However, five of those eight wins for Gardner came when he was a National regular.

USAC vs. the CRA 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 defeated the USAC regulars that day in the D.K. Purvis No. 3 en route to that year's California Roadster Association title. The win proved 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 by 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 eventually were both 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 1985 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 that in '85, 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 SCRA star 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 in 1999 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 down his first series victory 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 candidates lie in waiting everywhere you look with Gardner, Austin Williams, Jake Swanson Richard Vander Weerd already winning this year at Perris, the latter three of which are seeking their first National win.

Meanwhile, R.J. Johnson has sealed the deal at Arizona in Southwest competition at Arizona. Mix in Roa, Stevie Sussex, Mike Martin, Charles Davis, Jr., Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Cody Williams and a whole host of 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 Oval Nationals at Perris begin with practice this Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at Perris at 5pm Pacific. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2 pizza, soda and beer. Three full nights of racing follow on Nov. 7-8-9.

Western World kicks off with practice night, Thursday night Nov. 14 at Arizona. For both nights of racing on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, pits open at 2pm Mountain, grandstands at 3pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm, and cars on track at 5:30pm. Adult tickets are $30-$35, seniors are $30-$35, kids 11 and under are $15, adult pit passes are $40, kids 7-12 pit passes are $20 and kids 6 and under pit passes are $10.

If you are unable to make it to the track, all the action can be watched live on FloRacing, listened to live on the USAC app with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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USAC vs. CRA WINS: USAC Regulars: (75 wins) 1. (8) Bryan Clauson 2. (6) Dave Darland 3. (5) Robert Ballou & Damion Gardner 5. (4) Jerry Coons, Jr., Levi Jones, Bud Kaeding & Chris Windom 9. (3) Justin Grant, Rick Hood, Chase Stockon & Kevin Swindell 13. (2) Jay Drake, Darren Hagen, Tracy Hines, Jesse Hockett, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Josh Wise 19. (1) Brady Bacon, Chad Boespflug, Daron Clayton, Tyler Courtney, Frankie Kerr, Sheldon Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Thomas Meseraull, Jon Stanbrough, Cole Whitt & J.J. Yeley

CRA Regulars: (29 wins) 1. (3) Damion Gardner, Tony Jones & Mike Spencer 4. (2) Nic Faas, Bubby Jones, Lealand McSpadden & Rip Williams 8. (1) David Cardey, Bob East, Rickie Gaunt, Richard Griffin, Garrett Hansen, Mike Kirby, Mike Martin, Brody Roa, Troy Rutherford, Ron Shuman, Mike Sweeney & Eddie Wirth

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA, SOUTHWEST & NATIONAL SPRINTS CLASH AT PERRIS OVAL NATIONALS
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Championship heads to Perris Auto Speedway for the "24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction." Promoted by Don Kazarian, the prestigious event opens with a special practice session on Wednesday, November 6th, followed by three nights (November 7, 8, 9) of intense racing that also features the AMSOIL USAC National and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. "America's Premier Dirt Track" is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California and for more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- WEIGHT RULE: 1,325 lbs. with driver.
- The USAC National, USAC/CRA, and USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

PRACTICE SESSION: The festivities will begin on Wednesday, November 6th with a special practice session for cars that are only entered in the Oval Nationals. Admission to the grandstands is FREE and cars will be on the track around 5:00pm. The concession stands will be open with $2 pizza, $2 soda, and $2 beers. The fairgrounds will not charge for parking on practice night.

GRAND MARSHALS: Tom and Laurie Sertich, owners of the Moose Racing #92, will serve as Grand Marshals of the 24th Annual Oval Nationals. Currently in their 25th year as car owners, the team is enjoying a successful campaign with “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams behind the wheel. At press time, Williams ranks second in points and the “Moose mobile” scored wins at the August 31st opening night of Calistoga’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” and the September 21st “Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris. In addition, Williams has posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, with the last award coming at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

ENTRY LIST: Over 40 cars have entered the event, with more entries expected on race day. The current Oval Nationals pre-entry list is at the end of this release, courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway.

Since 1996, the Budweiser Oval Nationals has been one of the most prestigious events for non-wing sprint car racing across the country. “The Professor” Jimmy Sills won the inaugural event and there have been fifteen different drivers that have claimed the checkered flags. Bud Kaeding, “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner lead all drivers with three Oval National wins. Alabama’s Kevin Thomas Jr. has claimed the last two Oval Nationals and has a chance to become the only driver with three consecutive victories. The winner’s list is at the end of this release.

Entering the nineteenth point race, there have been eleven different winners with USAC/CRA. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jake Swanson, Richard Vander Weerd, and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season.

Heading to Perris Auto Speedway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 55-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner led five laps at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” before scoring fourth at Arizona Speedway. To date, the seven-time USAC/CRA champion has three feature wins, nine Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, seven heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, fifteen top-10 finishes, and 86 feature laps led to his credit. The three-time Oval Nationals winner (2009, 2011, 2016) leads all drivers with 83 series wins and will be looking to add another eagle trophy to his collection.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored a third place finish at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, “The Big Game Hunter” has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, three heat race victories, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, sixteen top-10 finishes, and 27 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 USAC/CRA Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Ryan Bernal, David Cardey, and Richard Vander Weerd with nine triumphs and will have his sights on joining his father (“The Ripper” Rip Williams”) on the Oval Nationals winner’s list.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) sits third in the championship point standings. Racing Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa had a ninth place finish at Arizona Speedway’s “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 105 feature laps led to his credit. Currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight USAC/CRA wins, the USAC SouthWest point leader will have his sights on the “Oval Nationals” victory.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson led sixteen laps at San Tan Valley before a flip resulted in an eighteenth place finish at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, eleven top-10 finishes, and 59 feature laps led on the year. The 2012 USAC/CRA Rookie of the Year is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four victories and will be looking add the “Oval Nationals” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Driving the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen scored a sixteenth place finish at the September 28th main event at San Tan Valley. To date, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, seven top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. Gansen is tied with Sterling Cling for twenty-third in SouthWest points and will have his sights on his first career USAC/CRA victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently ranked ninth in points, Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Steve Hix (Ventura, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) leads a strong contingent with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. R.J. Johnson, Stevie Sussex, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Jake Swanson, Matt Lundy, Chris Bonneau, Michael Curtis, and “The Real American” Matt Rossi round out the top-10 drivers.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) leads the AMSOIL USAC National point chase. “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas Jr., Justin Grant, “The Bear” Chris Windom, “The Macho Man” Brady Bacon, Chase Stockon, Jason McDougal, Carson Short, and Isaac Chapple round out the top-10 in points.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Advance tickets are available online and for more information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series thanks All Coast Construction, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Circle Track Performance, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Flowdynamics, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Specialty Fasteners, surfNsprint.com, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, 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 the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC/CRA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

FloSports has USAC/CRA Sprint Car live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at floracing.com.
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2019 OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: (courtesy of Perris Auto Speedway) 4-Damion Gardner, 4-Justin Grant, 4G-Chris Gansen, 5-Tye Mihocko, 5G-Chris Windom, 5X-Tommy Malcolm, 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 7G-Don Gansen, 10-Richard Vander Weerd, 12-Stevie Sussex, 12B-Joel Rayborne, 13G-Dennis Gile, 13M-Thomas Meseraull, 15-Chris Bonneau, 16-Mike Martin, 19-Kevin Thomas Jr., 19-Logan Seavey, 19AZ-C.J. Leary, 19S-Hunter Schuerenberg, 28M-Matt McCarthy, 32-Chase Stockon, 34AZ-Jake Swanson, 42-Brody Roa, 42X-Jason McDougal, 44-Cody Williams, 44-Jake Helsel, 47-Charles Davis Jr., 51-R.J. Johnson, 51T-Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®, 57-Steve Hix ®, 68-Chase Johnson, 69-Brady Bacon, 73T-Max Adams, 74X-Josh Hodges, 83-Austin Liggett, 88-Jace Vander Weerd, 91R-Brody Roa, 92-Austin Williams, 98-Verne Sweeney, 98X-Jeremy Ellertson / Lawndale, CA / Jeremy Ellertson, 0-Bud Kaeding, Y69-Randy Waitman.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS WINNERS: 1996-Jimmy Sills, 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Rodney Argo, 1999-Rickie Gaunt, 2000-Tony Jones, 2001-Bud Kaeding, 2002-Bud Kaeding, 2003-Cory Kruseman, 2004-Cory Kruseman, 2005-Dave Darland, 2006-Dave Darland, 2007-Bud Kaeding, 2008-Jesse Hockett, 2009-Damion Gardner, 2010-Chris Windom, 2011-Damion Gardner, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Dave Darland, 2014-Robert Ballou, 2015-Bryan Clauson, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Kevin Thomas Jr., 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Jake Swanson, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Austin Williams.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 46-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 8-Richard Vander Weerd, 7-Rip Williams, 6-Bryan Clauson, 6-Mike Kirby, 6-Matt Mitchell, 6-Danny Sheridan, 5-Rickie Gaunt, 5-Justin Grant, 5-Austin Williams, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 3-Garrett Hansen, 2-Darren Hagen, 2-Jesse Hockett, 2-Levi Jones, 2-Blake Miller, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 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-Johnny Rodriguez, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-1215, 2. Austin Williams-1160, 3. Brody Roa-1116, 4. Jake Swanson-1012, 5. Chris Gansen-790, 6. Tommy Malcolm-732, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-651, 8. Matt McCarthy-635, 9. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-600, 10. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 11. R.J. Johnson-575, 12. Steve Hix ®-546, 13. Mike Martin-519, 14. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 15. Cody Williams-495, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Stevie Sussex-426, 18. Verne Sweeney-391, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-897, 2. R.J. Johnson-887, 3. Stevie Sussex-828, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-790, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-578, 7. Matt Lundy-500, 8. Chris Bonneau-434, 9. Michael Curtis-433, 10. Matt Rossi-413, 11. Austin Williams-401, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Matt McCarthy-223, 16. Stephen Sanchez ®-208, 17. Josh Hodges-202, 18. Jonas Reynolds-201, 19. Isaac Chapple-200, 20. Hunter Schuerenberg-197.

AMSOIL USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. C.J. Leary-2003, 2. Tyler Courtney-1956, 3. Kevin Thomas Jr.-1861, 4. Justin Grant-1850, 5. Chris Windom-1843, 6. Brady Bacon-1837, 7. Chase Stockon-1757, 8. Jason McDougal-1483, 9. Carson Short-1361, 10. Isaac Chapple-1193, 11. Kyle Cummins-899, 12. Dave Darland-866, 13. Josh Hodges-726, 14. Dustin Clark ®-678, 15. Chad Boespflug-669, 16. Robert Ballou-568, 17. Max Adams-566, 18. Brian VanMeveren ®-549, 19. Matt Westfall-512, 20. Timmy Buckwalter-435.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
March 30: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
April 13: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
May 4: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
May 11: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
May 25: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
June 29: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Richard Vander Weerd)
July 6: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Brody Roa)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Austin Williams)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.
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USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

12 MORE SPRINT CAR ENTRIES FOR VENTURA TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

NOVEMBER 2, 2019... The competition continues to grow for the upcoming “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. Just before the early entry deadline for 360 Sprint Cars, twelve more drivers have officially entered the November 27th and 28th “Thanksgiving Classic.” The special non-point USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Car events will close with the “ARP Battle at the Beach” mini-series finale and extra prize money will be up for grabs. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midget Series, the prestigious event will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the nation.

Two-time (2013 & 2015) USAC West Coast Champion, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. (Tipton, CA) will pilot Jim Richardson’s red #8 Wiesz Racing Engines DRC. Currently tied for third with Bud Kaeding and Austin Liggett with eleven West Coast wins, “Hollywood” ran a limited schedule in 2019 and finished thirteenth in points.

2017 USAC West Coast Champion, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) ran tenth in points and will be at the helm of John Grau and Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction DRC. Swanson has had a successful year by winning the February 28th West Coast “Las Vegas Showdown,” the Perris USAC/CRA & SouthWest “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” on August 17th, the Ventura West Coast & VRA “Battle at the Beach” on August 24th, and Calistoga’s USAC/CRA “Louie Vermeil Classic” on September 1st. Currently ranked thirteenth with five West Coast wins, Jake sits fourth in USAC/CRA and sixth in USAC SouthWest point standings.

2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) will drive Robbie and Gaye Allen’s orange #12 ABC Body Shop Maxim. At press time, Sussex is third in the USAC SouthWest point chase and scored his third “Hank Arnold Memorial” win at Casa Grande on May 18th. Stevie ranks third with thirteen SouthWest feature wins and has one West Coast triumph to his credit.

Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) has had an impressive season. Regularly competing with a wing in Northern California, Johnson won the March 16th Bakersfield West Coast feature, the September 2nd Petaluma USAC/CRA main event, and the October 26th USAC Western States Midget feature at Ventura. Johnson will pilot the family owned #24 Johnny Franklin Muffler Maxim at Ventura.

Fresh off his second VRA Championship (2016 & 2019), Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) will be in action in his familiar black #15 Rick’s Gate Works Maxim. The veteran driver has also earned championships with the USAC TQ Midgets (1992), USAC Western States Midgets (1998), USAC Western Pavement Sprints (2002), and the Perris Senior Sprints (2013).

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) will race the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair Maxim at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. With two career USAC West Coast wins to his credit, the 2016 Rookie of the Year finished second to Tristan Guardino in the point standings.

Driving the family owned #3 Mission Country Properties Maxim, Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) split his season between winged and non-winged racing. The young driver tied for twentieth in West Coast points and earned his first win at Santa Maria on October 5th.

“The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride (Bakersfield, CA) will pilot Bob and Toni Van Meter’s #87 American Fabrication Spike at Ventura. Running a limited schedule after a few seasons away from racing, Kirkbride placed sixteenth in points. “The Rickster” has one career West Coast victory to his credit, coming at Bakersfield on June 19, 2010.

Racing a limited schedule, Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga) tied for twentieth with Kaleb Montgomery in the USAC West Coast point chase. Driving Jean and Russell Martin’s #71 Brea Towing Maxim, the rookie contender was running in fifth overall in VRA point standings.

Colby Johnson (Penngrove, CA) will be at the helm of the family owned #38 Johnny Franklin Muffler Maxim at the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Regularly competing with a wing, Johnson shed the airfoils with USAC/CRA at Petaluma on September 2nd and ran second to his brother Chase in his 360 powered car.

Salina, Oklahoma driver Tyler Edwards will pilot the Steve Hix owned #57 No Limit Powder Coating Triple X. Over the last few seasons, Edwards has made selected starts with the USAC West Coast Sprints and Western States Midgets.

Geoffrey Stole (Laton, CA) will return to USAC West Coast action at Ventura Raceway. Driving the family owned #09S Strole Farms Maxim, Stole finished second in 2010 rookie points (13th overall) before racing with a wing. Over the last few seasons, Geoffrey has run selected wing shows and without a wing with VRA, USAC West Coast, Santa Maria, and USAC/CRA.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, was the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. The entry fee for later entries is $100, including entries submitted on raceday. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Roa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
3- Kaleb Montgomery / Templeton, CA / Jason Montgomery
8- Danny Faria Jr. / Tipton, CA / Jim Richardson
12- Stevie Sussex / Tempe, AZ / Robbie & Gaye Allen
15- Rick Hendrix / Palmdale, CA / Rick Hendrix
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
24- Chase Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
34AZ- Jake Swanson / Anaheim, CA / John Grau & Mike Burkhart
38- Colby Johnson / Penngrove, CA / Don Johnson
57- Tyler Edwards / Salina, OK / Steve Hix
71- Brent Owens / Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Russell & Jean Martin
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Cody Majors / Simi Valley, CA / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
87- Ricky Kirkbride / Bakersfield, CA / Bob & Toni Van Meter
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing
09S- Geoffrey Strole / Laton, CA / Mark Strole

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *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.

 

 

OVAL NATIONALS RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 31, 2019).........Made up our minds to make a new start, going to California with racing in our heart.

Golden state, here we come! The best of USAC's AMSOIL National, CRA and Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint divisions make the voyage to southern California's Perris Auto Speedway November 7-8-9 for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) enters as the two-time and defending champion of the Oval Nationals and aims to become the first driver to reach three consecutive victories in the event. He's seen both ends of the spectrum in terms of Oval Nationals success with two wins and two finishes outside the top-20, despite leading numerous laps. He makes his return to Perris coming off a win in the most recent series event at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in early October.

Justin Grant swept both prelim nights during the 2018 Oval Nationals, leading a total of only four laps in the process before taking 8th in the Saturday night finale. The Ione, Calif. native and 2007 BCRA Midget champion also owns three standalone Perris CRA feature victories, once in 2017 and twice in 2018. He owns six final night starts at the Oval Nationals with a best finish of 2nd in 2017.

C.J. Leary enters as the National point leader with just one win to his credit thus far, back in February at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. He's looking for a hot streak to close out the year just as he opened up the season. He's won at Perris before, capturing the 360 Sprint portion of the Oval Nationals in 2014. In seven career Saturday night Oval Nationals 410 sprint starts, the Greenfield, Ind. driver has managed a best Saturday night result of 13th, which is not indicative of his performances to date, which included 11 laps led before experiencing mechanical trouble with 14 laps remaining in 2018.

USAC/CRA point leader Damion Gardner (Concord, Calif.) owns more starts, more championships and more USAC/CRA wins than any other driver. No driver has won more Oval Nationals final night main events than the three-time winner (2009-11-16) whose tally equals that of three-time event winners Dave Darland and Bud Kaeding. In 2016, the seven-time USAC/CRA champ became the most recent CRA series regular to notch a victory at the final night A-Main and owns the longest streak of top-ten finishes in the Saturday night finale with 10 dating back to 2009. He's already tasted victory at Perris this year with a win in July.

Brody Roa, a 2017 Oval Nationals prelim night winner, is the most recent non-USAC National series regular to capture a victory at the event. The 2009 USAC California Ford Focus Dirt Midget and 2016 West Coast Sprint Car champ from Garden Grove, Calif. leads the Southwest Sprint points by a slim 10-point margin over R.J. Johnson. Roa, who also resides 3rd in the CRA standings, won at Perris this past March. He has four-straight top-ten finishes in the Saturday night Oval Nationals finale, topping out with a 4th in 2016.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) had a topsy-turvy Oval Nationals last year, leading 66 of the 100 laps run throughout the three nights, with two 2nd place finishes in the prelims and a 4th on the final night. Despite the disappointment, Courtney was all smiles in the end, celebrating with champagne as the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion. He remains 47 points behind Leary in this year's point race with five events remaining. The only driver to win in all three USAC National divisions in 2019 has two career final night Oval Nationals starts, which have both come in each of the past two years, a 9th in 2017 and a 4th in 2018.

Along with Gardner and Darland, Bud Kaeding has earned three final night Oval Nationals victories in his career in 2001-02-07. The three-time USAC Silver Crown champ from Campbell, Calif. is one of the most-tenured of all Oval Nationals participants with 16 starts to his credit. Kaeding, also a 1999 USAC Western States Sprint Car and 2012 West Coast Sprint champion pilot, has reeled off seven top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes dating to his most recent start during the 2018 edition where he finished 19th.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters this year's event with the longest streak of top-five finishes on the final night of the Oval Nationals with three. The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ took 2nd in 2016, followed by a 4th in 2017 and a 3rd in 2018. A veteran of nine starts, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown titlist won his first Oval Nationals main event in 2010 to become the youngest winner in race history at the age of 19.

Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) returns to the west coast and Perris Auto Speedway where he earned a USAC Western States Midget feature win in 2001. His four Oval Nationals final night starts produced a best of 8th in 2008 and fast qualifying time on Saturday night a year ago. The 2019 Gas City I-69 Speedway Sprint Car track champ has had a career year with 18 total wins in sprints with and without the wing and in midgets.

Ironman Chase Stockon has 289 consecutive series starts dating to 2012, seven of which include the Saturday night portion of the Oval Nationals. In his career at the Oval Nationals finale, he's had just one finish outside top-10. He was 2nd in last year's feature and was challenging for the victory on the final lap. The Fort Branch, Ind. native won the opening prelim night of the Oval Nationals in 2017.

A 10-start veteran of the Oval Nationals, Brady Bacon has scored four top-fives in those 10 appearances, including a best of 3rd in his second showing in 2007. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion from Broken Arrow, Okla. has a trio of 5th place finishes on the final night, first in his Rookie year of 2006, then again in 2013 and 2016.

Two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget and AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner Jason McDougal came through the talent pipeline of Broken Arrow, Okla. His debut run at the "Ovals" last year resulted in a 22nd place finish on Saturday night. He's, thus far, tallied USAC National victories in the East (New Jersey), Midwest (Indiana) and the Great Plains (Nebraska), and seeks his first on the upcoming western swing.

Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) has four Saturday night starts at the Oval Nationals in his career with a best of 12th in 2008 and 2011. Despite this year marking his first Oval Nationals appearance in three years, Schuerenberg has been no stranger to victory lane at Perris this season after capturing CRA's Salute to Indy main on the half-mile in May.

Schuerenberg, along with Leary and reigning USAC National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), form a stout three-driver lineup for the Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports team at the Oval Nationals. Seavey made his debut last year, topping all race Rookies with a 6th place finish en route to co-USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year honors. Seavey mastered Indiana's Kokomo Speedway this past August for his first career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory.

Visalia, California's Richard Vander Weerd notched two CRA feature triumphs at Perris this past April and June. In seven Oval Nationals Saturday starts, he took a best of 3rd in 2016. Fellow Californian Jake Swanson of Anaheim won at Perris in August CRA competition. His four starts have produced a best of 15th in 2017 and a fast qualifying time on a 2016 prelim night.

Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, Calif.) was standing in victory lane the last time CRA made the trek to Perris in September. The son of 1997 Oval Nationals winner Rip Williams was quick time on the final night of the Oval Nationals in 2015 and had a 7th place run last year, his best result in nine starts. Five-time USAC Southwest Sprint champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) had a 10th place finish in 2016, his best in ten starts.

They'll be joined by 2019 CRA feature winners Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.), Chase Johnson (Penngrove, Calif.) and 2018 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion Austin Liggett (Tracy, Calif.), along with Southwest series victor Stevie Sussex (Tempe, Ariz.), the 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST:
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
Y69 Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

 

 

4 PAST WINNERS SET FOR OVAL NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 29, 2019).........Four previous champions of the Oval Nationals are lasered-in on collecting another coveted eagle trophy for their mantle in the 24th annual running of the event November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

Two drivers, Bud Kaeding and Damion Gardner aim to become the first four-time winners in Oval Nationals history. Kaeding (Campbell, Calif.) won his three in 2001-2002-2007. The 2006-2007 USAC Silver Crown champ is one of the most-tenured of all Oval Nationals participants with 16 starts to his credit. Kaeding has reeled off seven top-fives and 12 top-ten finishes dating to his most recent start during the 2018 edition where he finished 19th.

No driver has made more starts in the Oval Nationals (17) than Damion Gardner, whose appearances in the event have all come in consecutive fashion since his Rookie campaign of 2002. The Concord, Calif. native accumulated Oval Nationals wins in 2009-2011-2016 where he became the most recent CRA series regular to notch a victory at the final night A-Main.

In addition to his most consecutive starts streak, Gardner owns the longest streak of top-ten finishes in the Saturday night finale with 10 dating back to 2009. He has nine top-five finishes and 12 overall top-ten finishes and arrives as leader of the CRA standings where he's in the midst of pursuing his eighth CRA driving title and seventh-straight.

Chris Windom, meanwhile, enters with the longest streak of top-five finishes on the final night of the Oval Nationals with three. The 2017 USAC National Sprint champ took 2nd in 2016, followed by a 4th in 2017 and a 3rd in 2018. A veteran of nine starts, Windom won his first in the event in 2010 to become the youngest winner in race history at the age of 19.

Three drivers have won two-straight on the final night of the Oval Nationals. However, none have three consecutive victories, which is the task that lies ahead for Kevin Thomas, Jr. at Perris. He's had his share of luck both good and bad at the Ovals over the years, but the last two years have gone just about to perfection during the dwindling laps with the Cullman, Ala. driver making the winning move during the final circuits of the 40-lapper.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRY LIST: 0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams) 4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports) 4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander) 4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen) 5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko) 5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing) 5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier) 7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing) 7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen) 10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd) 12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop) 12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne) 13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile) 13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile) 15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau) 19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports) 19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports) 28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy) 32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing) 34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart) 42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney) 42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney) 44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams) 44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel) 47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.) 51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson) 51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.) 57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix) 68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas) 69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.) 69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman) 73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports) 74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports) 83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett) 88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd) 92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich) 98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy) 98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

PAST OVAL NATIONALS FINAL NIGHT FEATURE RESULTS:

1996: 1. Jimmy Sills

1997: 1. Rip Williams

1998: 1. Rodney Argo

1999: 1. Rickie Gaunt, 2. Cory Kruseman, 3. Tony Jones, 4. Troy Rutherford, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Mike English, 7. Steve Ostling, 8. Brent Kaeding, 9. Marc Hart, 10. Mike Boat, 11. John Scott, 12. Richard Griffin, 13. Rodney Argo, 14. Mike Kirby, 15. Jimmy Sills, 16. Alex Grigoreas, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Jay Drake, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. Larry Brown, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Jeremy Sherman, 23. Rusty McClure, 24. Rip Williams.

2000: 1. Tony Jones, 2. Mike Kirby, 3. Richard Griffin, 4. Rip Williams, 5, John Scott, 6. Brent Kaeding, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Jay Drake, 11. Tracy Hines, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Troy Rutherford, 14. Derek Davidson, 15. Bud Kaeding, 16. Casey Shuman, 17. Jarrett Chaney, 18. Mike English, 19. Jimmy May, 20. Robby Flock, 21. Brad Noffsinger, 22. Danny Sheridan, 23. Tony Elliott, 24. Cary Faas.

2001: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Tony Jones, 3. Brent Kaeding, 4. J.J, Yeley, 5. Cory Kruseman, 6. John Scott, 7. Charles Davis, Jr., 8. Richard Griffin, 9. Jeremy Sherman, 10. Mike Kirby, 11. Troy Cline, 12. Steve Ostling, 13. Michael Hinrichsen, 14. Brian Venard, 15. Gary W. Howard, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Rip Williams, 19. Rodney Argo, 20. Jarrett Chaney, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Jerry Coons, Jr., 23. Danny Sheridan, 24. Tony Elliott.

2002: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Troy Rutherford, 3. J.J. Yeley, 4. Tony Elliott, 5. Mike Spencer, 6. Rip Williams, 7. Mike English, 8. Richard Griffin, 9. Mike Faria, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Charles Davis, Jr., 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Verne Sweeney, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Danny Faria, Jr., 16. Steve Ostling, 17. Dave Darland, 18. John Scott, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. Levi Jones, 21. Josh Wise, 22. Tony Jones, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Mike Kirby, 25. Adam Mitchell, 26. Cary Faas.

2003: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Jeremy Sherman, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Richard Griffin, 6. Rickie Gaunt, 7. Mike Spencer, 8. J.J. Yeley, 9. Brent Kaeding, 10. Bill Rose, 11. Josh Wise, 12. John Scott, 13. Steve Ostling, 14. Andy Forsberg, 15. Brian Venard, 16. Jac Haudenschild, 17. Troy Rutherford, 18. Levi Jones, 19. Tracy Hines, 20. Cary Faas, 21. Tony Elliott, 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Adam Mitchell, 24. Rip Williams, 25. Troy Cline.

2004: 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Josh Ford, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Tony Elliott, 6. Mike Spencer, 7. Charles Davis, Jr., 8. Rip Williams, 9. Steve Ostling, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Danny Sheridan, 13. Brian Venard, 14. Brent Kaeding, 15. Jay Drake, 16. Troy Rutherford, 17. Greg Bragg, 18. Mike Kirby, 19. Damion Gardner, 20. Tracy Hines, 21. Troy Cline, 22. Tom Hessert, 23. Brad Sweet, 24. Dickie Gaines, 25. Bobby Cody.

2005: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Rip Williams, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Mike Kirby, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Mat Neely, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Brad Sweet, 10. Josh Ford, 11. Levi Jones, 12. Jerry Coons Jr., 13. Josh Wise, 14. Jason York, 15. Rick Williams, 16. Tom Hessert III, 17. Jordan Hermansader, 18. Charles Davis Jr., 19. Seth Wilson, 20. Bryan Clauson, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Jay Drake, 23. Alan Ballard, 24. Rickie Gaunt, 25. Dickie Gaines, 26. Danny Sheridan, 27. Cory Kruseman

2006: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Levi Jones, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Cory Kruseman, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Shane Cottle, 7. Josh Wise, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Bud Kaeding, 11. Jon Stanbrough, 12. Darren Hagen, 13. Charles Davis Jr., 14. Tony Jones, 15. Damion Gardner, 16. Rickie Gaunt, 17. Casey Shuman, 18. R.J. Johnson, 19. Mat Neely, 20. Danny Sheridan, 21. Garrett Hansen, 22. Alan Ballard, 23. Seth Wilson, 24. Greg Taylor, 25. Critter Malone, 26. Rip Williams, 27. Bobby Cody.

2007: 1. Bud Kaeding, 2. Casey Shuman, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jesse Hockett, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Danny Sheridan, 7. Cory Kruseman, 8. Jerry Coons Jr., 9. Tony Jones, 10. Cole Whitt, 11. Darren Hagen, 12. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 13. Blake Miller, 14. Charles Davis Jr., 15. Dustin Morgan, 16. Levi Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Josh Ford, 19. R.J. Johnson, 20. Tim Kaeding, 21. Damion Gardner, 22. Rip Williams, 23. Kevin Swindell, 24. Mike Spencer, 25. Rickie Gaunt, 26. Daron Clayton, 27. Dave Darland, 28. Troy Rutherford.

2008: 1. Jesse Hockett, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Kevin Swindell, 4. Brad Sweet, 5. Darren Hagen, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Mike Spencer, 11. Tony Jones, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Brady Bacon, 15. Josh Ford, 16. Damion Gardner, 17. Tyler Brown, 18. Blake Miller, 19. David Cardey, 20. Rickie Gaunt, 21. Tracy Hines, 22. Levi Jones, 23. Cole Whitt, 24. Chris Windom, 25. R.J. Johnson, 26. Dustin Morgan, 27. Daron Clayton, 28. Shane Cottle.

2009: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Bud Kaeding, 6. Garrett Hansen, 7. Rip Williams, 8. Cory Kruseman, 9. Henry Clarke, 10. Brady Short, 11. Greg Bragg, 12. Keith Bloom Jr., 13. Danny Sheridan, 14. Ronnie Gardner, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Tony Jones, 17. David Cardey, 18. Blake Miller, 19. Kevin Swindell, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Cole Whitt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Chad Boat, 24. Jon Stanbrough, 25. Matt Mitchell, 26. Darren Hagen.

2010: 1. Chris Windom, 2. Damion Gardner, 3. Bobby East, 4. Mike Spencer, 5. Jon Stanbrough, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Levi Jones, 8. Matt Mitchell, 9. Danny Sheridan, 10. Dave Darland, 11. Bryan Clauson, 12. Casey Shuman, 13. Keith Bloom, 14. Jace Vander Weerd, 15. Casey Riggs, 16. Justin Grant, 17. Jerry Coons Jr., 18. Henry Clarke, 19. Kyle Larson, 20. Blake Fitzpatrick, 21. Rickie Gaunt, 22. Tracy Hines, 23. Johnathon Henry, 24. Cody Williams, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Cory Kruseman, 27. Austin Williams.

2011: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bud Kaeding, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Nic Faas, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Bryan Clauson, 9. Bobby East, 10. Cory Kruseman, 11. Casey Shuman, 12. Hunter Schuerenberg, 13. Kyle Larson, 14. Ryan Bernal, 15. Cody Williams, 16. R.J. Johnson, 17. Dave Darland, 18. Ronnie Gardner, 19. Danny Sheridan, 20. John Aden, 21. Keith Bloom Jr., 22. Jon Stanbrough, 23. Matt Mitchell, 24. Richard Vander Weerd, 25. Brady Bacon, 26. Rip Williams.

2012: 1. Mike Spencer, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Jon Stanbrough, 4. Damion Gardner, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Rickie Gaunt, 8. Robert Ballou, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Ronnie Gardner, 11. Austin Williams, 12. Chris Windom, 13. Brody Roa, 14. Rip Williams, 15. Wes McIntyre, 16. Hunter Schuerenberg, 17. Bud Kaeding, 18. David Bezio, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Nic Faas, 21. Thomas Meseraull, 22. Johnathon Henry, 23. Richard Vander Weerd, 24. Troy Rutherford, 25. C.J. Leary, 26. David Cardey.

2013: 1. Dave Darland, 2. Bryan Clauson, 3. Mike Spencer, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Kevin Thomas Jr., 7. Damion Gardner, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Tracy Hines, 11. Cory Kruseman, 12. Austin Williams, 13. Richard Vander Weerd, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Brody Roa, 16. Bud Kaeding, 17. Nic Faas, 18. Matt Mitchell, 19. Robert Ballou, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Jace Vander Weerd, 22. David Cardey, 23. Cody Williams, 24. Justin Grant, 25. Ronnie Gardner, 26. Nick Drake, 27. Jake Swanson.

2014: 1. Robert Ballou, 2. Mike Spencer, 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Damion Gardner, 7. Richard Vander Weerd, 8. Brady Bacon, 9. Jon Stanbrough, 10. Chad Boespflug, 11. Chase Stockon, 12. Christopher Bell, 13. Darren Hagen, 14. C.J. Leary, 15. Austin Williams, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. Tracy Hines, 18. Cody Williams, 19. Rickie Gaunt, 20. R.J. Johnson, 21. Josh Pelkey, 22. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 23. Garrett Hansen, 24. Geoff Ensign, 25. Nic Faas, 26. Justin Grant. NT

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Damion Gardner, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jon Stanbrough, 8. Chris Windom, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. Brody Roa, 11. Justin Grant, 12. Richard Vander Weerd, 13. C.J. Leary, 14. Chad Boespflug, 15. R.J. Johnson, 16. Mike Spencer, 17. Austin Williams, 18. Jake Swanson, 19. Cody Williams, 20. Logan Williams, 21. Matt Mitchell, 22. Kevin Thomas Jr., 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Ryan Bernal, 25. Aaron Farney, 26. Josh Hodges.

2016: 1. Damion Gardner, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 4. Brody Roa, 5. Brady Bacon, 6. Bud Kaeding, 7. Chad Boespflug, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Chase Stockon, 10. R.J. Johnson, 11. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 12. Austin Williams, 13. Joe Stornetta, 14. Jon Stanbrough, 15. Mike Spencer, 16. Austin Liggett, 17. Jake Swanson, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19. Isaac Chapple, 20. Chris Gansen, 21. Aaron Farney, 22. C.J. Leary, 23. Thomas Meseraull, 24. Logan Williams, 25. Max Adams, 26. Josh Hodges, 27. Ryan Bernal.

2017: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Chad Boespflug, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Robert Ballou, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Chase Stockon, 8. Damion Gardner, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Logan Williams, 11. Mike Spencer, 12. Austin Williams, 13. R.J. Johnson, 14. Cody Williams, 15. Jake Swanson, 16. Danny Faria, Jr., 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. Mike Martin, 19. Chris Gansen, 20. Dennis Gile, 21. C.J. Leary, 22. Brady Bacon, 23. Max Adams, 24. Jace Vander Weerd, 25. Tommy Malcolm, 26. Richard Vander Weerd.

2018: (starting positions in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. Chase Stockon (4), 3. Chris Windom (8), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Damion Gardner (6), 6. Logan Seavey (15), 7. Austin Williams (14), 8. Justin Grant (5), 9. Brody Roa (10), 10. Chase Johnson (13), 11. Brady Bacon (7), 12. Danny Faria, Jr. (26), 13. Isaac Chapple (19), 14. Jace Vander Weerd (23), 15. C.J. Leary (1), 16. Logan Williams (25), 17. Chris Gansen (20), 18. Max Adams (11), 19. Bud Kaeding (18), 20. R.J. Johnson (12), 21. Cody Williams (22), 22. Jason McDougal (16), 23. Josh Hodges (17), 24. A.J. Bender (24), 25. Austin Liggett (21), 26. Dave Darland (9).

 

 

YOUTHFUL AND EXPERIENCED:
LEARY AND COURTNEY CHASE USAC SPRINT TITLE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 29, 2019).........When it comes to thinking about this year's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship contenders - C.J. Leary and Tyler Courtney, you most certainly wouldn't think of either of them as newcomers to the scene or flashes in the pan, would you?

Absolutely not. In fact, both drivers' first career series starts came during the 2012 season, giving each individual nearly eight years of experience apiece while racking up numerous starts with the division. Leary's 253 starts rank him 26th all-time while Courtney's 172 place him right on the cusp of breaking into the top-50 in all-time feature starts.

However, in the grand scope of the history of USAC's National Sprint Car division, in terms of age, both Leary and Courtney are on a rare track.

Series point leader Leary, at age 23, could become the sixth member of "Club 23," the exclusive group of drivers who've earned a USAC National Sprint Car driving title at 23 years old. Bryan Clauson remains the youngest champ of all-time at 23 years, 4 months and 19 days old in 2012.

Levi Jones was just 13 days older than Clauson when he won his first in 2005. Leary, at 23 years, 6 months and 30 days, would slot in third in terms of youngest series champs if he were to secure the title out west in the Nov. 7-8-9 Oval Nationals at California's Perris Auto Speedway and the Nov. 15-16 Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway.

Greg Weld (23 years, 8 months, 7 days) held the crown as the youngest champ from 1967 to 2005 before Jones took over the top spot. Jones' Tony Stewart Racing teammate Josh Wise (23 years, 9 months, 4 days) won the title in 2006 while Robbie Stanley collected the first of his three consecutive USAC Sprint titles in 1991 at 23 years, 10 months, 26 days old.

Courtney, meanwhile, became one of the youngest champions in his own right in 2018 at the age of 24. He trails Leary by 47 markers entering the five-race swing out west. But if he were to successfully complete the comeback, he'd become the fourth youngest driver to win his second career USAC National Sprint Car title after Clauson (2012-2013), Stanley (1991-1992) and Jones (2005 & 2007).

The youth movement in the USAC National Sprint Car division has been at the forefront for the past decade. Every single driving champion with the series since 2008 has been under the age of 30, making it 10 straight years thus far of a champion in his 20s.
It's a marked change from the past when only one driver under the age of 30 (28-year-old Ken Schrader in 1982) celebrated a championship between the years of 1980 and 1990.

On the flip side, only two drivers over the age of 40 have captured a USAC National Sprint Car driving championship: 44-year-old Don Branson in 1964 and 43-year-old Rollie Beale in 1973.

The USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car road trip to the west begins November 7-8-9 at California's Perris Auto Speedway for the 24th annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction. The season finale is set for Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz. for the 52nd running of the Western World Championships. All the action will be shown LIVE on FloRacing.

YOUNGEST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVING CHAMPIONS:
23: Greg Weld (1967), Robbie Stanley (1991), Levi Jones (2005), Josh Wise (2006) & Bryan Clauson (2012)
24: Pancho Carter (1974), Robbie Stanley (1992), Tony Stewart (1995), Bryan Clauson (2013), Brady Bacon (2014) & Tyler Courtney (2018)
25: Robbie Stanley (1993), J.J. Yeley (2001) & Levi Jones (2007)
26: Pancho Carter (1976), Robert Ballou (2015), Brady Bacon (2016) & Chris Windom (2017)
27: Johnny Rutherford (1965), Gary Bettenhausen (1969), Greg Leffler (1979), J.J. Yeley (2003) & Levi Jones (2009)
28: Parnelli Jones (1961), Ken Schrader (1983) & Levi Jones (2010)
29: Parnelli Jones (1962), Gary Bettenhausen (1971), Brian Tyler (1996 & 1997) & Levi Jones (2011)
30: Larry Dickson (1968), Rich Vogler (1980), Steve Butler (1986), Doug Kalitta (1994) & Tracy Hines (2002)
31: Steve Butler (1987)
32: Larry Dickson (1970), Rick Hood (1984) & Steve Butler (1988)
33: Roger McCluskey (1963), Rick Hood (1985) & Dave Darland (1999)
34: Sheldon Kinser (1977) & Steve Butler (1990)
35: Jay Drake (2004)
36: Roger McCluskey (1966) & Jerry Coons Jr. (2008)
37: Sam Sessions (1972), Larry Dickson (1975) & Tony Elliott (1998)
38: Sheldon Kinser (1981)
39: Tom Bigelow (1978), Sheldon Kinser (1982), Rich Vogler (1989) & Tony Elliott (2000)
43: Rollie Beale (1973)
44: Don Branson (1964)


USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR DRIVING CHAMPIONS BY YEAR (WITH AGE):
1961: Parnelli Jones (28)
1962: Parnelli Jones (29)
1963: Roger McCluskey (33)
1964: Don Branson (44)
1965: Johnny Rutherford (27)
1966: Roger McCluskey (36)
1967: Greg Weld (23)
1968: Larry Dickson (30)
1969: Gary Bettenhausen (27)
1970: Larry Dickson (32)
1971: Gary Bettenhausen (29)
1972: Sam Sessions (37)
1973: Rollie Beale (43)
1974: Pancho Carter (24)
1975: Larry Dickson (37)
1976: Pancho Carter (26)
1977: Sheldon Kinser (34)
1978: Tom Bigelow (39)
1979: Greg Leffler (27)
1980: Rich Vogler (30)
1981: Sheldon Kinser (38)
1982: Sheldon Kinser (39)
1983: Ken Schrader (28)
1984: Rick Hood (32)
1985: Rick Hood (33)
1986: Steve Butler (30)
1987: Steve Butler (31)
1988: Steve Butler (32)
1989: Rich Vogler (39)
1990: Steve Butler (34)
1991: Robbie Stanley (23)
1992: Robbie Stanley (24)
1993: Robbie Stanley (25)
1994: Doug Kalitta (30)
1995: Tony Stewart (24)
1996: Brian Tyler (29)
1997: Brian Tyler (29)
1998: Tony Elliott (37)
1999: Dave Darland (33)
2000: Tony Elliott (39)
2001: J.J. Yeley (25)
2002: Tracy Hines (30)
2003: J.J. Yeley (27)
2004: Jay Drake (35)
2005: Levi Jones (23)
2006: Josh Wise (23)
2007: Levi Jones (25)
2008: Jerry Coons Jr. (36)
2009: Levi Jones (27)
2010: Levi Jones (28)
2011: Levi Jones (29)
2012: Bryan Clauson (23)
2013: Bryan Clauson (24)
2014: Brady Bacon (24)
2015: Robert Ballou (26)
2016: Brady Bacon (26)
2017: Chris Windom (26)
2018: Tyler Courtney (24)

 



McDOUGAL TEAMS WITH CHENEY FOR OVAL NATIONALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 28, 2019).........Jason McDougal has teamed up with Dwight Cheney to compete for the Glendora, Calif. based car owner in the November 7-8-9 Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) will drive Cheney's No. 42x alongside teammate and current USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car point leader Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.).

McDougal is one of six drivers this season to win a feature in both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions. McDougal won his second career USAC National Sprint Car feature victory earlier this June during Eastern Storm at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway.

McDougal has also won his first two career USAC National Midget feature events in 2019, capturing July's Mid-America Midget Week round at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., then putting on a spectacular show in his drive to victory just two weeks ago at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

McDougal has made two appearances in Cheney's sprint car this season in USAC/CRA and Southwest Sprint competition. He was 6th at Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park on March 8, then charged from his 13th starting spot to a 5th place finish the following night at Canyon.

In USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this year, multiple drivers have been in the seat of Cheney's No. 42, namely Dave Darland and Scotty Weir. Danny Faria, Jr. and Jake Swanson have also wheeled Cheney's ride on the west coast this year with Swanson driving the car to fast time during qualifying and a third-place finish at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway in May.

Cheney's No. 42 currently resides fourth in USAC/CRA owner points. Cheney owns two USAC/CRA victories as a car owner, with Darland in 2005 and with Max Adams in 2017.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session at the track on November 6th beginning at 5:00 P.M. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.ti

 

 

THOMAS PURSUES 3RD CONSECUTIVE OVAL NATS WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Perris, California (October 28, 2019).........In the 23-year history of the Oval Nationals, four drivers have been able to score two consecutive victories in the event at California's Perris Auto Speedway.

No driver, however, has found victory lane in three-straight years on the final night. Kevin Thomas, Jr. faces that opportunity on November 7-8-9 as the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction arrives at the southern California half-mile dirt oval for the 24th time.

Thomas, of Cullman, Ala., joined the likes of Bud Kaeding (2001-02), Cory Kruseman (2003-04) and Dave Darland (2005-06) as the winner of two consecutive Oval Nationals final nights a year ago at Perris, leading the final eight laps en route to victory. In 2017, Thomas captured the first of his two Oval Nationals triumphs, leading the final six circuits to get the big win.

Three-straight wins in the event would be an enormous accomplishment for Thomas, something of which Kaeding, Kruseman and Darland each took their shot at during the early to mid-2000s.

Kaeding, who guns for his fourth overall final night win in this year's Oval Nationals, won his first two in 2001 and 2002. He came the closest to accomplishing the feat in 2003, finishing 3rd behind winner Cory Kruseman on the final night. However, he did win the second preliminary night feature in 2003 to capture Oval Nationals victories, prelim or otherwise, three years running.

The 2003 score for Kruseman was the first of two-straight Oval Nationals wins for himself after another win the following year in 2004. He wound up 10th in 2002 prior to his pair of wins and 27th in 2005 as he pursued his third.

The all-time winningest driver in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car history, Dave Darland, went back-to-back in 2005 and 2006. He was 10th in 2004 and 27th in 2007 at the bookends of his two wins.

Thomas has made a late-season surge in recent times with a win in his latest series outing at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway in early October and has finished in the top-six in six of his last eight starts. The team he's equipped with is an Oval Nationals winning combination that's gotten the job done before with team owner Brodie Hayward the entrant for Bryan Clauson's winning performance on the final night in 2015, a race in which Thomas led the opening 22 laps of the 40-lap event.

OVAL NATIONALS ENTRIES
0 Bud Kaeding/Campbell, CA (Morrison Williams)
4 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (TOPP Motorsports)
4x Damion Gardner/Concord, CA (Mark Alexander)
4G Chris Gansen/Verdemont Heights, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
5 Tye Mihocko/Peoria, AZ (Tye Mihocko)
5G Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Parallax Group/Goacher Racing)
5x Tommy Malcolm/Corona, CA (Dino Napier)
7BC Tyler Courtney/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing)
7G Donnie Gansen/San Bernardino, CA (Dennis and Christol Gansen)
10 Richard Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
12 Stevie Sussex/Tempe, AZ (ABC Body Shop)
12B Joel Rayborne/West Covina, CA (Rodney Rayborne)
13G Dennis Gile/Phoenix, AZ (Gene Gile)
13m Thomas Meseraull/San Jose, CA (Gene Gile)
15 Chris Bonneau/Peoria, AZ (Chris Bonneau)
19 Kevin Thomas, Jr./Cullman, AL (Hayward/Thomas Motorsports)
19AZ C.J. Leary/Greenfield, IN (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19BS Hunter Schuerenberg/Sikeston, MO (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
19s Logan Seavey/Sutter, CA (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports)
28m Matt McCarthy/Riverside, CA (John McCarthy)
32 Chase Stockon/Fort Branch, IN (32 TBI Racing)
34 Jake Swanson/Anaheim, CA (John Grau/Mike Burkhart)
42 Brody Roa/Garden Grove, CA (Dwight Cheney)
42x Jason McDougal/Broken Arrow, OK (Dwight Cheney)
44 Cody Williams/Norco, CA (Cody Williams)
44H Jake Helsel/Monroe, WA (Tony Helsel)
47 Charles Davis, Jr. Buckeye, AZ (Charles Davis, Jr.)
51 R.J. Johnson/Laveen, AZ (Ricky Johnson)
51T Eddie Tafoya, Jr./Chino Hills, CA (Eddie Tafoya, Sr.)
57 Steve Hix/Ventura, CA (Steve Hix)
68 Chase Johnson/Penngrove, CA (Shawn Thomas)
69 Brady Bacon/Broken Arrow, OK (Dynamics, Inc.)
69Y Randy Waitman/Ramona, CA (Randy Waitman)
73T Max Adams/Loomis, CA (Josh Ford Motorsports)
74x Josh Hodges/Albuquerque, NM (Hodges Motorsports)
83 Austin Liggett/Tracy, CA (Tim Liggett)
88 Jace Vander Weerd/Visalia, CA (Ron Vander Weerd)
92 Austin Williams/Corona, CA (Tom and Laurie Sertich)
98 Verne Sweeney/Lomita, CA (Ken Tracy)
98x Jeremy Ellertson/Lawndale, CA (Jeremy Ellertson)

In addition to the three nights of racing, there will be a practice session at the track on November 6th beginning at 5:00 P.M. Fans will be admitted free in the grandstands for the practice and the track will be serving $2.00 pizza, soda and beer.

Tickets for the 24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals are available 24-hours a day by calling 1-800-595-4849 or online at https://pas.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=7.


 


C.J. LEARY ADDS CASA GRANDE “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH” TO RESUME

CASA GRANDE, AZ – OCTOBER 26, 2019… Starting sixth, C.J. Leary (Greenfield, IN) charged to Saturday’s 25-lap “Howl-O-Ween Bash” victory at Central Arizona Speedway. Driving Andy Reinbold and Todd Underwood’s #19S AME Electrical / Mesilla Valley Transportation Spike, Leary earned his second $2,000 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win of the campaign. “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Jake Swanson, point leader Brody Roa, and R.J. Johnson followed C.J. to the checkered flags.

Davis scored the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a second place run from eleventh. Matt Lundy pocketed an extra $100 for the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus at Pinal County Fairgrounds.

Earlier in the program, Logan Seavey set a new track record in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.948 over the 18-car roster.

The eight-lap heat race victories went to Zach Madrid (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Eddie Tafoya Jr., (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and “The Bull” Tye Mihocko (Butlerbuilt Seats Third Heat Race).

Starting November 7th, the USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will battle the AMSOIL USAC National and USAC/CRA Sprints at the 3-day “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” at Perris Auto Speedway (Perris, CA).

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, ButlerBuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on southwessprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2019 – Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, Arizona – “Howl-O-Ween Bash”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.948 (New Track Record); 2. C.J. Leary, 19S, Reinbold/Underwood-15.073; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-15.207; 4. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.465; 5. Sterling Cling, 34X, Cling-15.572; 6. Brody Roa, Grau-15.721; 7. Zach Madrid, 15M, Johnson-15.727; 8. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.794; 9. Eric Wilkins, 4AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.835; 10. Charles Davis Jr., 47, Davis-15.895; 11. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-16.072; 12. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.092; 13. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.175; 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-16.330; 15. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-16.363; 16. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-16.524; 17. Kyle Shipley, 0G, Shipley-16.825; 18. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-17.496.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Madrid, 2. Roa, 3. Davis, 4. Sussex, 5. Seavey, 6. Lundy. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tafoya, 2. Shipley, 3. Leary, 4. Bonneau, 5. Cling, 6. Curtis. NT

BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mihocko, 2. Swanson, 3. Johnson, 4. McCarthy, 5. Sanchez, 6. Wilkins. NT

FEATURE: (25 laps, with starting positions) 1. C.J. Leary (6), 2. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 3. Jake Swanson (3), 4. Brody Roa (2), 5. R.J. Johnson (5), 6. Logan Seavey (7), 7. Tye Mihocko (15), 8. Eric Wilkins (10), 9. Zach Madrid (1), 10. Stevie Sussex (4), 11. Chris Bonneau (9), 12. Matt McCarthy (13), 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (14), 14. Matt Lundy (16), 15. Sterling Cling (8), 16. Stephen Sanchez (18), 17. Michael Curtis (12), 18. Kyle Shipley (17). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Madrid, Laps 11-16 Roa, Laps 17-18 Swanson, Laps 19-25 Leary.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Charles Davis Jr. (11th to 2nd)
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-897, 2-Johnson-887, 3-Sussex-828, 4-Davis-790, 5-Mike Martin-655, 6-Swanson-578, 7-Lundy-500, 8-Bonneau-434, 9-Curtis-433, 10-Matt Rossi-413.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACES: November 7-9 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “24th Annual Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction” - co-sanctioned with AMSOIL USAC National & USAC/CRA Sprint Cars

 

CHASE JOHNSON GETS 1ST USAC MIDGET WIN AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – OCTOBER 26, 2019… Taking advantage of slower traffic, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) earned his first USAC Western States Midget win at Ventura Raceway. Racing Tom Malloy’s #25 Trench Shoring / Ed Pink Racing Engines King, Johnson slipped by Ben Worth on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to become the fifth first time winner in nine races. Worth, fast qualifier Cory Elliott, Shannon McQueen, and Josh Lakatos rounded out the top-five drivers.

Kyle Beilman earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from eighteenth. Randi Pankratz claimed her second Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Elliott posted his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the year with a time of 13.112 over the 20-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Johnson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), point leader Robert Dalby (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Lakatos (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The USAC Western States Midgets will battle the NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets at the November 15th and 16th “52nd Annual Western World Championships” at Arizona Speedway. The AMSOIL USAC National, USAC/CRA, and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will join the action packed card at San Tan Valley, Arizona.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on the USAC Western States Midget Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 26, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.112; 2. Robby Josett, 73K, Ford-13.137; 3. Josh Lakatos, 68, Six8-13.161; 4. Chase Johnson, 25, Malloy-13.306; 5. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-13.340; 6. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.342; 7. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-13.427; 8. Brennan Rogers, 4, Dalby-13.538; 9. Shon Deskins, 20AZ, Deskins-13.545; 10. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.717; 11. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-13.745; 12. Terry Nichols, 1NP, Nichols-13.835; 13. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.848; 14. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.974; 15. Alex Grigoreas, 1X, LKK-14.188; 16. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-14.624; 17. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-21.151; 18. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-NT; 19. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-NT; 20. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Worth, 3. Elliott, 4. Hazelton, 5. Mitchell, 6. Sarna. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby (#4 Dalby), 2. McQueen, 3. Leach, 4. Josett, 5. Prickett, 6. Drollinger. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Lakatos, 2. Nichols, 3. Grigoreas, 4. Beilman, 5. Deskins, 6. Pankratz, 7. Ito. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Chase Johnson (3), 2. Ben Worth (1), 3. Cory Elliott (6), 4. Shannon McQueen (2), 5. Josh Lakatos (4), 6. Robby Josett (5), 7. David Prickett (10), 8. C.J. Sarna (9), 9. Terry Nichols (11), 10. Kyle Beilman (18), 11. Dylan Ito (19), 12. Shon Deskins (8), 13. Randi Pankratz (7), 14. Robert Dalby (17), 15. Marvin Mitchell (15), 16. Mike Leach Jr. (13), 17. Ron Hazelton (12), 18. Alex Grigoreas (14), 19. Bryan Drollinger (16). NT
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**Sarna flipped on lap 5 of the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-12 Worth, Laps 13-30 Johnson.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Beilman (18th to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Randi Pankratz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dalby-600, 2-Elliott-575, 3-McQueen-477, 4-Prickett-466, 5-Austin Liggett-458, 6-Worth-450, 7-Sarna-400, 8-Beilman-374, 9-Jake Swanson-348, 10-Mitchell-347.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACES: November 15 & 16 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “52nd Western World Championships” – co-sanctioned with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO & LIGGETT AMONG LATEST TURKEY NIGHT SPRINT CAR ENTRIES
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 24, 2019... Four more sprint car entries have arrived for the November 27th and 28th “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway. The non-point races for the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars will close with the finale of the “ARP Battle of the Beach” mini-series. Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midget Series, the prestigious event will draw a talented roster of drivers from across the country.

Newly crowned USAC West Coast Champion, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) will be in action at the “Thanksgiving Classic.” Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino scored wins at Ventura (March 23rd), Tulare (June 7th), and Santa Maria (June 15th). In addition, he posted two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eleven top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led on the season.

Running a part time schedule, 2018 Champion Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) finished seventh in the USAC West Coast point standings. In six starts, Liggett posted four wins and two second place finishes in the campaign. With eleven victories to his credit, Austin is tied for third with former champions “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. and Bud Kaeding in series wins.

Northern California drivers Nate Schank (Santa Rosa) and Bruno Bianchi (Petaluma) have also entered the “Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Schank finished eleventh and Bianchi placed seventeenth at Petaluma on October 12th.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- TURKEY NIGHT ENTRIES: Thursday, October 31st, is the deadline for the $50 early entry fee. Any entry postmarked or received after October 31st will have a $100 entry fee. Entries submitted on raceday will be $100. USAC West Coast Sprint Car series rules will apply.
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 6014-3535, 3615-3535, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375S, COAST FABRICATION: 350x625x17-2S, FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, 13516100, 13516101, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272735-78, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.

Advance tickets for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” are available online through venturaraceway.com or by calling 805.648.7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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2019 TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX SPRINT CAR ENTRIES:
Car # - Driver – Hometown – Car Owner
1S- Nate Schank / Santa Roa, CA / Janis Schank
2- J.J. Ringo / Morgan Hill, CA / Keller Motorsports
15T- Tristan Guardino / Fremont, CA / Rick Guardino
17- Bruno Bianchi / Petaluma, CA / Dan Phillips
81- Ricky Lewis / Oxnard, CA / Steve Watt
81M- Slater Helt / Harrisonville, MO / Steve Watt
81S- Michael Pickens / Auckland, NZ / Steve Watt
81T- Tyler Courtney / Indianapolis, IN / Steve Watt
81X- Cody Majors / Simi Valley, CA / Steve Watt
83- Austin Liggett / Tracy, CA / Tim Liggett
99T- Tanner Boul / Auberry, CA / Boul Racing

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 4-Austin Liggett, 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

FINAL 2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-860, 2. Ryan Timmons-710, 3. Koen Shaw-622, 4. T.J. Smith-550, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-539, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-497, 7. Austin Liggett-468, 8. Austin Ervine-458, 9. Slater Helt ®-428, 10. Jake Swanson-400, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210, --. Kaleb Montgomery-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *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.

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS HEADLINE CASA GRANDE’S “HOWL-O-WEEN BASH”
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 23, 2019... This Saturday, October 26th, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will headline the action at Central Arizona Speedway. Promoted by Dave Ellis, the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” is the last chance to catch the traditional 410 sprints at the Casa Grande, Arizona oval. The IMCA Modifieds, Modlites, and Power 600 Micro Sprints will join the action packed card. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled to start at 7:00pm. In addition, the young fans can “trick or treat” at the races. The track will host an Open Practice on Friday, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 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.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- USAC BONUS / Any racer who enters every event for both the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- Hoosier Tires are required on all four corners with the 105/16 Medium, 105/18 Hard, and 105/18 F85A as the only approved right rear tires. The “Medium” is also legal with the USAC National, USAC SouthWest, USAC West Coast, and VRA Sprint Cars.
- Cockpit adjustable shocks ARE ALLOWED.
- USAC SouthWest charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors.
- The weight rule is 1,325 lbs. with driver and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Located on the Pinal County Fairgrounds, Central Arizona Speedway has hosted sixteen USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Defending champion, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. leads all drivers with seven USAC victories at the 3/8-mile oval and Brody Roa set the 410 1-lap track record of 15.133 on May 18th. At the last two visits, Indiana’s C.J. Leary topped the March 2nd feature and Steve Sussex claimed the May 18th main event. The series Casa Grande win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the thirteenth point race, there have been ten different winners. Point leader Brody Roa and R.J. Johnson lead all drivers with two feature victories. “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Josh Hodges, C.J. Leary, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have one win on the season.

Heading to the “Howl-O-Ween Bash,” Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a slim 9-point lead over the competition. Switching to Dwight Cheney’s #42 Racing Optics / Sander Engineering Maxim, Roa finished ninth at the September 28th “Hall of Fame Classic” at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 103 feature laps led to his credit. Roa is tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland and “The Real American” Matt Rossi with four SouthWest wins and will be looking to add a Casa Grande victory to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) is second in the USAC SouthWest championship standings. Piloting the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson won the “Hall of Fame Classic” on September 28th. To date, the five-time champion has two feature wins, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eleven top-10 finishes, and 35 feature laps led on the season. R.J. has fifty-seven USAC SouthWest victories and will have his sights on his first “Howl-O-Ween Bash” triumph.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) ranks third in the chase for the championship. Driving Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex ran second to Johnson at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, two heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eleven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led on the year. Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win at Central Arizona Speedway.

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the SouthWest point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis raced from twelfth to seventh at the “Hall of Fame Classic.” To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, six heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led in the campaign. “Chargin” Charles has 30 USAC SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the season.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the championship points. Piloting his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin finished thirteenth at Arizona Speedway. At press time, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” champion has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to claim his first triumph at the Pinal County Fairgrounds

Currently ranked twenty-second in points, Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), Ryan Cully (Alger, WA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Matt Lundy, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Dennis Gile, Sterling Cling, Zach Madrid, C.J. Leary, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, 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 seven miles to the fairgrounds. Adult Tickets are $20, Senior/Military tickets are $17, and Kids (11 and under) are FREE. For more event and ticket information, visit centralarizonaspeedway.com or call 520.709.0718.

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series thanks AAA Car Buying, AMSOIL, Beaver Stripes, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Hoosier Racing Tire, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, and Ultra Shield Race Products 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 the series, visit the United States Auto Club (USAC) website at usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at southwestsprintcars.com and the USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Facebook and Twitter pages.
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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, 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

HOWL-O-WEEN BASH WINNERS: 2018-Kevin Thomas Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-R.J. Johnson, 2-Brody Roa, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex, 1-Jake Swanson.

CASA GRANDE SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows): 7-Charles Davis Jr., 3-R.J. Johnson, 2-Kevin Thomas Jr., 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Josh Pelkey, 1-Matt Rossi, 1-Stevie Sussex.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-828, 2. R.J. Johnson-819, 3. Stevie Sussex-777, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-717, 5. Mike Martin-655, 6. Jake Swanson-507, 7. Matt Lundy-462, 8. Matt Rossi-413, 9. Michael Curtis-401, --. Austin Williams-401, 11. Chris Bonneau-388, 12. Damion Gardner-342, 13. Tommy Malcolm-256, 14. Dennis Gile-242, 15. Josh Hodges-202, 16. Jonas Reynolds-201, 17. Isaac Chapple-200, 18. Hunter Schuerenberg-197, 19. Daylin Perreira-194, 20. Chris Gansen-182.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE
DATE – TRACK – LOCATION
March 2: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: C.J. Leary)
March 8: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Josh Hodges)
March 9: #Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Hunter Schuerenberg)
April 20: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: Logan Seavey)
April 27: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
May 18: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Winner: Stevie Sussex)
June 1: Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
June 8: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Mike Martin)
July 13: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Damion Gardner)
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Winner: Brody Roa)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Winner: R.J. Johnson)
October 26: Central Arizona Speedway – Casa Grande, AZ (Howl-O-Ween Bash)
November 7: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 8: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 9: *#Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Oval Nationals)
November 15: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *#Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Cars.
# = Co-Sanctioned Event with AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC Western States Midget Series

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 23, 2019... This Saturday, October 26th, the stars and cars of the USAC Western States Midget Series will battle at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the ninth point race is a tune-up for the upcoming “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.” Saturday’s event at the seaside 1/5-mile oval will also showcase VRA 360 Sprint Cars, VRA Dwarf Cars, California Lightning Sprints, and Focus/WMR Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates will open at 3:00pm, and Racing at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America” is set for 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: EXTREME: 3515-3030, 3615-3030, 3515-3030-8, 3615-3030-8, BILLY BOAT: FRAC-0375-S, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, FLOWMASTER: 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535, 14272530-78. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- The weight rule is 1,035 lbs. with driver and the USAC Western States Midget Rule Book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since May 24, 1986, 147 USAC Western States Midget events have been held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. On that night, Sleepy Tripp claimed the first of his series leading eighteen Ventura wins and Johnny Cofer set the 1-lap qualifying record (11.675) on November 18, 1995. This season, Robby Josett claimed the June 22nd feature and Robert Dalby earned his third consecutive victory on September 14th. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

To date, there have been five different winners with four earning their first triumph in 2019. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the April 6th Bakersfield season opener with Austin Liggett topping the April 20th Merced and April 27th Santa Maria features. Robby Josett claimed the June 22nd Ventura win and Maria Cofer earned her first victory at Petaluma on July 20th. Robert Dalby joined the winner’s list at Merced on June 27th and topped the last two point races (Santa Maria on August 10th and Ventura on September 14th.)

Heading to Ventura, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has a 58-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 46 feature laps led on the year. This Saturday night, Robert will be looking for his fourth win in a row.

After running second to Dalby on September 14th at Ventura, Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) has climbed to second in the point chase. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 30 feature laps led to his credit. The 2015 Rookie of the Year has two career wins and will have his sights on his first triumph at Ventura Raceway.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) ranks third in the chase for the championship. The pilot of the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike skipped the last race but has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, six top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led on the season. The leading rookie contender will be looking to gain valuable points with a win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the Western States Midget point standings. Driving the Neverlift Motorsports’ #15DJ Monster Seal Tire Sealant / Western Performance Spike, Prickett finished 18th at Ventura after an early exit. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and five top-10 finishes on the year. This Saturday night, David will have his sights on his first win of the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the championship point standings. Piloting the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen was Ventura’s fast qualifier and scored twentieth in the September 14th main event. To date, the 2012 Champion has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. Shannon will have her sights on her first win of the season at Ventura.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), Anthony Lopiccolo (Yorba Linda), Robert Carson (Concord, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Beau Lemire (Placerville, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Jake Swanson, Kyle Beilman, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Alex Schutte, Dylan Ito, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Ron Hazelton, Robby Josett, Bryan Drollinger, Alex Grigoreas, 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 venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

The USAC Western States Midget Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

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

FloSports has USAC Western States Midget live videos and on demand coverage available for purchase at www.floracing.com.
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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET CHAMPIONS: *1982-Jeff Heywood, 1983-Sleepy Tripp, 1984-Tommy White, 1985-Sleepy Tripp, 1986-Robby Flock, 1987-Sleepy Tripp, 1988-Sleepy Tripp, 1989-Robby Flock, 1990-Sleepy Tripp, 1991-Sleepy Tripp, 1992-Sleepy Tripp, 1993-Robby Flock, 1994-Johnny Cofer, 1995-Billy Boat, 1996-Jay Drake, 1997-Ricky Shelton, 1998-Rick Hendrix, 1999-Marc DeBeaumont, 2000-Wally Pankratz, 2001-Danny Ebberts, 2002-Robby Flock, 2003-Steve Paden, 2004-Johnny Rodriguez, 2005-Jerome Rodela, 2006-Jerome Rodela, 2007-Johnny Rodriguez, 2008-Nic Faas, 2009-Garrett Hansen, 2010-Alex Schutte, 2011-Cory Kruseman, 2012-Shannon McQueen, 2013-Ronnie Gardner, 2014- Ronnie Gardner, 2015-Ronnie Gardner, 2016-Ronnie Gardner, 2017-Ronnie Gardner, 2018-Michael Faccinto.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Robert Dalby, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

VENTURA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET 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, 4-Robby Josett, 3-Jay Drake, 3-Chris Rahe, 3-Tony Stewart, 2-Tommy Astone, 2-Christopher Bell, 2-Tyler Brown, 2-Josh Ford, 2-Dennis Hart, 2-Johnathon Henry, 2-Brad Kuhn, 2-Frank Pedregon, 2-Jerome Rodela, 2-Chuck West, 1-Mike Appio, 1-Wayne Bennet, 1-Chad Boat, 1-Bobby Boone, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Hank Butcher, 1-Keith Chrisco, 1-Robert Dalby, 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.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Robert Dalby-557, 2. Cory Elliott-499, 3. Austin Liggett ®458, 4. David Prickett-410, 5. Shannon McQueen-407, 6. Ben Worth ®-376, 7. C.J. Sarna-348, -. Jake Swanson-348, 9. Kyle Beilman-326, 10. Marvin Mitchell-310, 11. Cody Swanson-309, 12. Randi Pankratz-289, 13. Alex Schutte-257, 14. Dylan Ito-209, 15. Michael Faccinto-207, 16. Maria Cofer-204, 17. Gage Rucker ®-199, 18. Troy Morris III ®-174, 19. Terry Nichols-157, 20. Mike Leach Jr. ®-142.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
April 6: Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Ben Worth)
April 20: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
June 22: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robby Josett)
July 20: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Winner: Maria Cofer)
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Robert Dalby)
October 26: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
November 15: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 16: *Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Western World Championships)
November 19: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 20: *Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA (Hangtown Hundred)
November 23: *Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, CA (November Classic)
November 28: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix)
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* = Co-Sanctioned Event with NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midgets.
This schedule is subject to change.


 

 

HANGTOWN 100 FORMAT REVEALED

Placerville, California (October 21, 2019).........The format for the inaugural Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 on November 19-20, 2019, at California's Placerville Speedway has been announced.

The debut appearance for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will feature a Trophy Cup style format that has been slightly modified. The number one theme, however, will be larger than normal inverts and points on the line each time a driver hits the speedway.

On opening night drivers will draw randomly in a draft style format and then get to select which heat race to participate in and what order they will qualify in among that heat race. The qualifying draft will be available on Facebook Live by visiting the Placerville Speedway page. Drivers will have a 60-second time clock to decide where they want to be placed.

Heat races will feature an invert of eight with the winner and top-two in points transferring to the A-main, with all others heading into three Last Chance Qualifiers. The top-two finishers in each LCQ will transfer into the 30-lap Pure Crop 1 A-main, which will showcase the top-12 in points inverted.

During the final night there will be no qualifying held, as heat race lineups will be determined by points from night one. The top 20 in points after heats go to the A-main, positions 21-36 in points go to the B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to the C-Main, and all others to the D-Main. To cap the evening the 100-lap Royal Truck Body main event will feature 24-cars with the top-12 in points inverted, followed by next eight in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

The driver with the most total points after the night two A-Main will be the overall point champion. The overall Hangtown 100 points titlist will take home a $12,000 bonus, while the final nights A-main winner receives $20,000.

"We felt like an event such as the Elk Grove Ford Hangtown 100 deserved a format that separated it from other shows around the country," commented Elk Grove Ford President Matt Wood. "Our format was designed with the fans in mind. Every time a driver hits the track, he or she is earning points. Our unique format makes every lap important and every race finish even more important."

2019 PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY HANGTOWN 100 USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK NATIONAL MIDGETS FORMAT

PURE CROP 1 NIGHT ONE

Pill draw draft to determine order of heat race selection.

Heat race placement selection (driver picks which heat to participate in and the order to qualify in during a draft style event shown on Facebook Live).

Qualifying: All cars qualify - 6 groups determined by heat race. Cars will qualify in the order picked by drivers. 36 points will be given for fast time in each group, and minus three points per position thereafter.

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by qualifying points/time. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter. Three cars - first place (regardless of point total), and the two highest in total points (total points include qualifying and heat points) in each heat - transfer to Night One A-Main. All others to Night One Last Chance Qualifiers.

Three 12 lap Last Chance Qualifiers: Total points from qualifying and heat race finishes will be used to line up LCQ's. Lineups will be straight up based on points. The top 3 in total points will start on the pole in each respective LCQ. The next 3 in total points will start outside pole in each respective LCQ, and so on. The top 2 from each LCQ will transfer to the Night One A-Main, but will not earn LCQ points. 50 points awarded for 3rd place minus 2 points for each position thereafter.

A-Main: 30 Laps, 24 Cars - 1st place and 2 highest in points from heat races plus 2 transfers from each LCQ. All cars, including LCQ transfers, will use total points to determine A-Main lineup. Top 12 in total points will line up inverted. The lowest 12 in total points will be lined straight up behind the 12 inverted cars. 100 points awarded to A-Main first place and minus 2 points per position thereafter.

ROYAL TRUCK BODY NIGHT TWO

No Qualifying. Lineups based on total points from night one.

Six 10 lap Heat Races: Top 8 cars inverted in heats by total points from night one. 36 points will be given for first place, and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

Total points will then be tallied to line up D, C, B, and A-Mains. Top 20 in points go to A-Main, positions 21-36 in points go to B-Main, positions 37-52 in points go to C-Main, and all others to D-Main.

D-Main: 10 Laps. Top 2 transfer to tail of C-Main. No points awarded.

C-Main: 15 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of B-Main. No points awarded.

B-Main: 20 Laps, 20 Cars. Top 4 transfer to tail of A-Main. No points awarded.

A-Main: 100 Laps, 24 Cars. Top 12 inverted by points, followed by next 8 in points lined straight up, followed by B-Main transfers 1-4. 150 points awarded for first place and minus 3 points per position thereafter.

The driver with the most total points after the Night Two A-Main will be the overall point champion.

Ties in overall points will revert to qualifying times.

Promoter reserves the right to add provisionals to the Night Two A-Main.

Possible mandatory fuel stop between laps 40-50 of Night Two A-Main.

USAC Midgets have visited Placerville on four previous occasions, all coming under the Western States banner. Jimmy Sills, a Placerville native, won in 1996. Ronnie Gardner captured the victory in 2016. Shane Golobic is the lone two-time Placerville winner, racing to victory lane in 2013 and in the most recent event in 2017.

The "Hangtown 100" is part of an expanded western swing for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets, which concludes the season with six events in Arizona and California during the month of November, all in conjunction with the USAC Western States Midgets.

The midgets return to the "Western World Championships" at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley on November 15-16 before the back-to-back nights at Placerville on November 19-20. The weekend finishes up at Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway on the 23rd for the "November Classic," which leads into the 79th running of the "Turkey Night Grand Prix" on Thanksgiving night, November 28 at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway.

Tickets for the Hangtown 100 can be reserved at https://www.hangtown100.com/.

Online registration utilizing Pay Pal is also now available by visiting https://www.hangtown100.com/register-online.

 

 

J-MAC MASTERS HAUBSTADT'S HARVEST CUP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 19, 2019).........As friends and former roommates, Jason McDougal and Kevin Thomas, Jr. have a bond that extends further than the racetrack. On the racetrack, though, each are routinely tough customers regularly waging battle against one another, giving no quarter in pursuit of triumph.

Yet even friends have their battles every now and again. Especially when you're among that special breed of individual who climbs behind the wheel of a racecar and is driven to succeed at the highest level.

Nowhere was that more evident than Saturday night's Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. where the series made its return following a seven-year absence. The stage allowed the two to slug it out for a majority of the 30-lap main event, exchanging the lead seemingly every single lap on both ends of the track, delivering slider after slider until the final bell tolled.

The baton for the lead was passed between Logan Seavey, Thomas, McDougal and Thomas Meseraull officially speaking, six times at the line (26 times unofficially) until McDougal emerged with the lead for good 10 laps from the finish to score his second career series win and the second of the 2019 season.

"Midget racing is a blast here. I don't know why we don't come here more," McDougal exclaimed. "Racing with KTJ like that, you've got to be able to trust someone you know you can go back and forth with."

The feast of sliders began right from the initial green when reigning series champ Logan Seavey bolted to the lead from the pole position into turn one. Fourth-starting Thomas made his initial bid for the lead in turn three on the opening lap before Seavey cut back under off the fourth turn to lead the opening lap.

Meanwhile, back in the pack, Tucker Klaasmeyer endured a Tommy Tipover in turn four that brought out the night's only red flag. Klaasmeyer restarted after changing a flat left rear tire and made an impressive charge from 22nd to a 7th place finish at the checkered.

Following the restart, Seavey commanded the lead up front while Thomas and the emerging McDougal, who started 5th, began swapping the runner-up spot by lap five when McDougal moved into the spot. Two laps later, McDougal steered it deep into turn three, sliding past Seavey on the bottom and riding up over the cushion. That allowed Seavey to drive back by under McDougal while Thomas got past McDougal then took over the spot from Seavey on the eighth lap.

McDougal raced back to 2nd on lap nine, then turned up the wick on Thomas with a run off turn 4 under Thomas that moved him back to the lead by a half-car length on the 10th lap, but only momentarily, as Thomas powered back to the lead with a pair of crossovers of McDougal in turns one and three to sustain his grasp of the top spot.

Back and forth, the two attacked the quarter-mile dirt oval throughout the middle portion of the feature with McDougal repetitively diving to the bottom in turn three to nab the lead, but each time, Thomas answered by driving underneath McDougal exiting four and leading into turn one.

McDougal brought the hammer into the first turn each time, arching his car above the cushion before driving straight as an arrow down off the turn two banking with a run to the inside of Thomas in turn four. A lap 17 caution for Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier and 8th running Gio Scelzi, who slowed to a stop in turn one, put a brief hiatus to the chaos ensuing at the head of the pack.

On the restart with 13 to go, a new contender emerged in 12th starting Thomas Meseraull, himself a 3rd place finisher in the 2011 Hut 100 at Tri-State. Meseraull was in position to capitalize when Thomas slid by McDougal in turn two. McDougal and Thomas made slight bumper to bumper contact, both chocked it up, and Meseraull drove underneath both down the back straightaway and into the lead.

Meseraull withstood McDougal's relentless pursuit over the next few laps, countering each turn three slider delivered to him on laps 18-19-20 to retain the lead at the stripe. On the 21st lap, McDougal went into action with a slider under Meseraull in turn one. This time, Meseraull launched off turn two and entered turn three side-by-side under McDougal. The two aimed to occupy the same piece of ground at the same moment at the top of turn four with Meseraull's right front tire and McDougal's left rear meeting face-to-face, sending Meseraull backwards into the outside wall, thus ending his bid for victory, although he did return to finish 8th after restarting from the tail.

"T-Mez was a little upset with me for how I drove around him in three and four, but I didn't see anything wrong with it. He hit my left rear," McDougal said.

On the lap 21 restart, McDougal was gone, opening up a full-straightaway lead over Thomas and, for all intents and purposes, putting this one on ice as he ran his preferred line in the middle. With a clear track in his sight, McDougal set the fastest lap of the race on the 24th circuit and all was right in his world.

"Entering one is a little tricky, had a little hole getting into it, but once I got to racing with KTJ, every time he slid me, he pulled away and never got to the cushion. So, I pulled down the last few restarts and was actually better right through the middle."

However, a caution on lap 25 involving Karsyn Elledge and Jerry Coons, Jr. erased McDougal's advantage and put him in the position of having to deliver the same restart performance once again and avoid a potential race-changing slider from Thomas and now 3rd running Kyle Cummins who, earlier in the night, wrapped up his undefeated Tri-State season with his 8th sprint car win in as many appearances at the track in 2019.

The next try saw McDougal escape with an eight car length lead on the restart, but only briefly as Elledge spun to a stop on the bottom of turn four on the 26th lap, forcing yet another restart and putting him in a slightly precarious position, but he knew his FMR Racing/Panther Graphics South - TRD - Mobil 1 - FK Rod Ends/Beast/Speedway Toyota was working solidly, giving him the utmost confidence to finish the job.

"(Crew chief) Bob (East) always gives me a good car," McDougal complimented. "It's usually a little tight at the beginning, but we're always pretty hot the last 10-15 laps. I got a little nervous with the yellows we had going there. You always get nervous when you get three yellows like that. You don't want to restart the same like that, but obviously it was working. I switched up the entry on the restart a little bit, but other than that, I felt like I was pretty good."

The final, final restart was just as peachy for McDougal as he pulled away once, twice and third and for all, pulling out to a half-straight advantage on initial lap following the restart and securing the victory by a 2.752 second margin over Thomas, Cummins, point leader Tyler Courtney and Justin Grant.

Of note, Tanner Thorson's time of 2:59.89 set during the night's semi-feature, established a new 12-lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget track record at Tri-State, eclipsing the mark set by Jerry Weeks 40 years earlier, in 1979, by nearly 17 seconds.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Gio Scelzi (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jerry Coons, Jr. (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Sam Johnson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) & Justin Grant (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 19, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Gio Scelzi, 84, Tucker/Boat-13.951; 2. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-13.967; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-13.985; 4. Robert Dalby, 85, Tucker/Boat-14.020; 5. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.148; 6. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.177; 7. Kyle Cummins, 71x, RMS-14.207; 8. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-14.226; 9. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.242; 10. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.250; 11. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.287; 12. Thomas Meseraull, 7x, RMS-14.291; 13. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.302; 14. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.307; 15. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.342; 16. Justin Grant, 4A, RAMS-14.367; 17. Tanner Thorson, 19, Hayward-14.377; 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.460; 19. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.524; 20. Kendall Ruble, 11m, Martin-14.636; 21. Tyler Nelson, 88, Nelson-14.658; 22. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-14.770; 23. Dakota Jackson, 43, Arnold-14.864; 24. C.J. Leary, 21KS, Reynolds-14.891; 25. Jake Swanson, 15s, Garrett-15.043; 26. Carson Garrett, 15x, Garrett-15.108; 27. Cody Beard, 7, Beard-16.091.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Justin Grant, 3. Gio Scelzi, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Zeb Wise, 7. Jake Swanson, 8. Andrew Layser, 9. Sam Johnson. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Tanner Thorson, 7. Kendall Ruble, 8. Dakota Jackson, 9. Carson Garrett. 2:22.30

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Critter Malone, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Karsyn Elledge, 8. Tyler Nelson, 9. Cody Beard. 2:24.26

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Jake Swanson, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Zeb Wise, 6. Kendall Ruble, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Sam Johnson, 9. Tyler Nelson, 10. Carson Garrett, 11. Dakota Jackson. 2:59.89 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (5), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 3. Kyle Cummins (7), 4. Tyler Courtney (2), 5. Justin Grant (16), 6. Logan Seavey (1), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 8. Thomas Meseraull (12), 9. Tanner Thorson (17), 10. Zeb Wise (19), 11. Chris Windom (11), 12. Tyler Thomas (8), 13. Jerry Coons, Jr. (13), 14. Robert Dalby (3), 15. Andrew Layser (10), 16. C.J. Leary (21), 17. Tanner Carrick (14), 18. Karsyn Elledge (9), 19. Critter Malone (15), 20. Jake Swanson (22), 21. Gio Scelzi (6), 22. Kendall Ruble (20). NT

**Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Logan Seavey, Laps 8-9 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Lap 10 Jason McDougal, Laps 11-16 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Lap 17 Jason McDougal, Laps 18-20 Thomas Meseraull, Lap 21-30 Jason McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (16th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jerry Coons, Jr.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sam Johnson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,718, 2-Chris Windom-1,564, 3-Logan Seavey-1,534, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,478, 5-Zeb Wise-1,435, 6-Tanner Carrick-1,287, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,274, 8-Chad Boat-1,255, 9-Jason McDougal-1,229, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,193.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: November 15-16, 2019 - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, Arizona - 52nd Western World Championships - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

LATE-RACE HEROICS NET COURTNEY LEFFLER MEMORIAL WIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Wayne City, Illinois (October 17, 2019).........Big track or small track, Tyler Courtney has seemingly excelled at venues of all dimensions throughout the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season.

Thursday night at the smallest track on the campaign, the 1/8-mile Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois, Courtney delivered his second-straight late-race heroic effort, just weeks following his victory on the circuit's largest track, the 1/2-mile Eldora Speedway, where he emerged victorious in much the same manner.

Courtney chased defending Wayne City winner Tyler Thomas for 37 of the 40 laps before making the winning move with just three laps remaining to become the sixth different winner of the Jason Leffler Memorial in the six years of the event that honors the late, four-time USAC National champion.

"This is a big race. This is the Jason Leffler Memorial," Courtney exclaimed. "A lot of good guys have won this, and to add our name to the list, to go along with the rest of our season, it's been incredible."

And what a season it's been thus far. Courtney's Wayne City score was his eighth of the season, a number which makes him the first driver since Jeff Gordon in 1990 to win at least that many races in a single USAC National Midget season. His 13th career win with the series also elevated him to 51st on the all-time list alongside Steve Knepper, Don Meacham, Ryan Newman, Stevie Reeves and Tanner Thorson.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) started the main from the third position behind front row combatants Tyler Thomas and Jason McDougal who, oddly enough, occupied the front row in last year's Leffler Memorial as well.

Thomas burst out to the lead on the opening lap while Courtney ducked underneath McDougal in turn two to take over the second position. Courtney stalked Thomas around the bottom for the first six laps until Thomas went topside and Courtney followed suit.

Nearing the halfway point, heavy traffic lie in wait for Thomas who went on the offensive, aggressively attacking and gaining track position at will as Courtney became mired in his own jam in the distance.

A red flag on lap 24 for September BC39 winner Zeb Wise's flip in turn four, that also involved Gio Scelzi and Thomas Meseraull while battling for 9th, restocked and cleared the path of the frontrunners, namely Thomas, much to his chagrin.

"I tend to go better when we're in traffic," Thomas explained. "I can kind of be a little bit more aggressive. I've got a good enough car and feel comfortable being aggressive in traffic. I was hoping we'd get there, we did just a little bit, but for those last 16 laps, we didn't really have any lapped cars to throw a wrench in the mix."

Meanwhile, the stoppage came to the benefit of Courtney after being stuck and spinning his figurative wheels in the thick of gridlock.

"The red flag helped me a lot because I was struggling to get by those guys to lap them," Courtney admitted. "He got by them but couldn't quite get clear of them. But it was hard for me to clear those guys and I was starting to race Jesse Colwell as (Thomas) got away."

The lapped car of top series Rookie Andrew Layser separated Thomas and Courtney on the lap 25 restart, and he quickly went to the bottom. Jason McDougal took the new beginnings to heart and charged from 4th and grabbed 2nd from Courtney. Layser was good enough on the bottom on his own, disallowing Courtney a slider opportunity for the time being as he followed in line.

"I went to the bottom on the restart and followed my teammate, Layser," Courtney recalled. "I got by the first lapped car and went back to the top where I needed to be. I thought we were going to clear Layser for a while, but he held his ground there. It was kind of hard to get a run to slide and get the right angle and not take us both out."

Courtney drove it deep into turn four on the 28th lap, sliding up in front of McDougal to retake the second spot and set forth on the trail toward Thomas. Courtney inched closer and closer to Thomas, trailing by one to two car lengths in the waning laps with less than five to go.

On the 38th lap, Courtney saw his opportunity, cutting down off turn four to rip between Layser and Thomas entering turn one. Courtney slid up in front of Thomas by the exit of two where the three briefly went three-wide midway down the back straightaway. Thomas cut through the middle and threw it in deep into turn four, nearly touching wheels with Courtney, as they jostled for the same real estate. Courtney never blinked, stayed on the throttle and hit the stripe with the lead in his clutches.

"That allowed us to get a run and I could get enough space to clear (Thomas)," Courtney said. "We slid back and forth a couple times and I was able to use Layser as a pick down the backstretch to make sure (Thomas) didn't slide me back, and all of a sudden, the white's flying."

Thomas took swings at Courtney on both ends of the racetrack coming to the white flag, to no avail, as he couldn't quite stifle Courtney's momentum on the high line with McDougal just behind in 3rd, ready to pounce at an opportune time to steal one away. "I'm so disappointed in myself for being too cautious those last five laps, trying not to mess up," Thomas said. "(Courtney) was right there and did a great job capitalizing on what I couldn't do. It was a great night; anytime you can be on the podium with USAC, it's always a good night."

Courtney embraced the challenge and embraced victory once again for a 0.972 victory over Thomas, McDougal, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Logan Seavey (from 19th) and Justin Grant rounding out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Wayne County Speedway were Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Cannon McIntosh (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Gio Scelzi (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Logan Seavey (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: October 17, 2019 - Wayne County Speedway - Wayne City, Illinois - Jason Leffler Memorial - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 2. Tanner Carrick #71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25, Petry), 5. Chase Jones (#68 SFHR), 6. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 8. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman). 1:51.74 (New Track Record)

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tanner Thorson (#19 Hayward), 2. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 3. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 4. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 6. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 7. Kyle Cummins (#71x RMS), 8. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard). NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 3. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 4. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 7. Garrett Thomas (#56 Chisholm), 8. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built). NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 3. Daryn Pittman (#21 Pittman), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Gio Scelzi (#84 Tucker/Boat), 6. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 7. Michael Klein (#10A Wallace), 8. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat). 1:56.56

FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Gio Scelzi, 3. Jake Neuman, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Holley Hollan, 6. Chase Jones, 7. Tanner Thorson, 8. Brady Bacon. NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 5. Logan Seavey, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Andrew Layser, 8. Oliver Akard. 2:20.77

THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Jesse Colwell, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Garrett Thomas. NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps, top-16 in total passing points transfer to the feature) 1. Daniel Robinson, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Tanner Carrick, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Daryn Pittman, 6. Karsyn Elledge, 7. Kyle Cummins, 8. Michael Klein. NT

SEMI: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Zeb Wise, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Russ Gamester, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Kyle Cummins, 9. Kyle O'Gara, 10. Karsyn Elledge, 11. Chase Jones, 12. Michael Klein, 13. Oliver Akard, 14. Tanner Thorson, 15. Garrett Thomas. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (3), 2. Tyler Thomas (1), 3. Jason McDougal (2), 4. Logan Seavey (19), 5. Justin Grant (6), 6. Chris Windom (10), 7. Brady Bacon (16), 8. Daryn Pittman (15), 9. Sam Johnson (13), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 11. Jesse Colwell (4), 12. Russ Gamester (21), 13. Gio Scelzi (11), 14. Daniel Robinson (8), 15. Zeb Wise (17), 16. Thomas Meseraull (12), 17. Tanner Carrick (7), 18. Jake Neuman (14), 19. Cannon McIntosh (22), 20. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 21. Andrew Layser (20), 22. Holley Hollan (23), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9). NT

**Cannon McIntosh flipped during the third qualifier. Zeb Wise flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-37 Tyler Thomas, Laps 38-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Logan Seavey (19th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Gio Scelzi

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,651, 2-Chris Windom-1,515, 3-Logan Seavey-1,474, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,401, 5-Zeb Wise-1,391, 6-Chad Boat-1,255, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,253, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,229, 9-Jason McDougal-1,147, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,134.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: October 19, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - Harvest Cup - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

FIRST-TIME WINNERS MAKE MARK
ON 2019 USAC MIDGET SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (October 16, 2019).........Everybody has to start somewhere. The same rings true for everybody who's ever won a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature. They've all earned that first win somewhere, some place.

Entering this weekend's double-dip over a three-night span, this season has already produced four first-time winners with the series, the most in any single year since 2008: Cannon McIntosh (Southern Illinois Center), Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg), Jason McDougal (Jefferson County) and Tanner Carrick (Sweet Springs).

This Thursday, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets enter the 1/8-mile bullring of Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. for the 6th running of the Jason Leffler Memorial, a race which was won by a first-time winner in Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) in 2018.

The namesake of the event, Leffler, was the winner of the second-ever race held at the "new" 16th Street Speedway, which was constructed inside the former Bush Stadium, home of AAA Baseball's Indianapolis Indians. That night in May of 1997 served as Leffler's first career series win, which was also the first for car owner Pete Willoughby, a team which has thrived since that night more than two decades ago, a team now known as Keith Kunz Motorsports.

Leffler's black No. 71 from his 1997 championship season remains relatively cosmetically unchanged from the cars campaigned by the team to this day for series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), who is on the lookout for his first series win. The team's No. 71, with a K, was victorious this year with another first-time USAC winner, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) at Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Windom (Canton, Ill.) joined an interesting and exclusive club of drivers who've won a USAC National Sprint Championship prior to winning their first career USAC National Midget feature race, along with Greg Leffler and Levi Jones.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, the series heads across the border over to Haubstadt, Indiana's Tri-State Speedway for 10th ever appearance by the mighty midgets of USAC. Three of the first nine of those events have produced first-time USAC National Midget feature winners: New Zealand's Barry Butterworth (1979), Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (2007) and Zach Daum (2011).

Many contenders lie in wait for their turn to live out their aspirations of joining the list of USAC National Midget winners. Among them are USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.), Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) and yes, 2013 World of Outlaws champ Daryn Pittman (Owasso, Okla.), who'll make his annual appearance at Thursday's Leffler Memorial.

On Thursday at Wayne City, pits open at 4pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship are Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints.

Saturday's Harvest Cup at Tri-State will also feature the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series and MMSA Mini Sprints. Pits open at 2:30pm central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of both races on FloRacing. Live audio of the events can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FIRST TIME WINNERS

1956: Shorty Templeman, Jack Turner, Eddie Sachs, Gays Biro, Gene Force, Johnnie Tolan, Andy Linden, Chuck Rodee, Gene Hartley, George Amick, Jimmy Davies, Jimmy Knight, Leroy Warriner, Rex Easton, Tony Bettenhausen, Al Alpern, Al Herman, Bud Clemons, Chuck Weyant, Earl Motter, Edgar Elder, Forrest Parker, Jimmy Reece, Johnnie Parsons, Mel McGaughy & Rodger Ward

1957: Billy Garrett, Johnny Boyd, Len Sutton, A.J. Foyt, Danny Oakes, Frank Burany, Bill Chennault, Bob Tattersall, Don Branson, Hank Nykaza, Lloyd Ruby & Norm Hall

1958: Bill Homeier, Bob Wente, Eddie Johnson, Joe Garson, Jim Packard, Johnny Moorhouse, Johnny Roberts, Mauri Wilson, Russ Congdon & Tony Bonadies

1959: Cliff Spalding, Davey Moses, Tommy Copp, Bob McLean, Bob Veith, Dale Swaim, Don Boorse, Jiggs Peters, Johnny Baldwin, Larry McCloskey & Van Johnson

1960: Billy Cantrell, Billy Wood, Bobby Grim, Bud Bogard, Buddy Rackley, Dick Northam, Johnny White & Potsy Goacher

1961: Allen Crowe, Parnelli Jones, Porky Rachwitz, Arnie Knepper, Bobby Marshman, Danny Frye, Joe Walter & Verne Harriman

1962: Roger McCluskey, Mel Kenyon, Ronnie Duman, Dwight Brown, Harry Beck, Jim McElreath, Johnny Riva & Russ Moynagh

1963: Bobby Unser, Don Horvath, Allen Heath, Bob Harkey, Chuck Hulse, Dean Holden, Elmer George & Mike McGreevy

1964: Ray Elliott, Don Meacham, Bob Hogle, George Snider & Lowell Sachs

1965: Les Scott, Dick Atkins, George Benson, Henry Pens, Ned Spath & Sonny Ates

1966: Chuck Arnold, Billy Vukovich, Billy Mehner, Cotton Farmer, Larry Dickson, Dave Strickland, Frank Secrist, Mario Andretti & Tom Sellberg

1967: Gary Bettenhausen, Bob Hare, Bob Hauck, Bob Richards, Dutch Schaefer, Gene Roehl & Jimmy Caruthers

1968: Sam Sessions, Tom Bigelow, Burt Foland, Gene Pastor, Jigger Sirois, Lee Kunzman, Merle Bettenhausen, Paul Bates, Roger West & Steve Troxell

1969: Don Vogler, Billy Engelhart, Bill Kollman, Bruce Walkup, Hank Butcher, Larry Cannon & Larry Rice

1970: Jerry McClung, Mel Cornett & Johnny Parsons

1971: Danny Caruthers, Gary Ponzini, John Batts, Eddie Jackson, Jim McClean, Jimmy Kirk & Steve Cannon

1972: Pancho Carter, Rich Vogler, Rick Goudy, Danny O'Neill, J.P. Standley, Joe Saldana, Sam Sauer & Tony Simon

1973: Bobby Olivero, Billy Shuman, Tommy Astone, Chuck Gurney, Jim Beckley, Leo Tucker & Mike Gregg

1974: Danny McKnight, Gary Byers, Richard Powell & Sleepy Tripp

1975: Dana Carter, Ken Nichols & Larry Patton

1976: Jan Opperman, Bruce Robey, Bubby Jones, Buddy Taylor, Steve Lotshaw & Tom Steiner

1977: Buddy Irwin, Gary Patterson, Jerry Nuckles, Jerry Stone, Ron Shuman & Roy Cook, Jr.

1978: Jeff Heywood, Jerry Weeks & Billy Cassella

1979: Lonnie Caruthers, Barry Butterworth, Jeff Nuckles & Stan Fox

1980: Ken Schrader, Dave Ray, Mack McClellan & Terry Wente

1981: Warren Mockler, Dave Strickland, Jr. & Gene Gennetten

1982: Alan Brown, Dick Pole, Doug Wolfgang & Greg Leffler

1983: Kevin Olson, Jim Hines, Mike Fedorcak, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Todd Forbes & Tommy White

1984: Bob Cicconi & Rick Hood

1985: Bruce Field, Barry Reed, Brent Kaeding, Drew Fornoro, John Andretti & Russ Gamester

1986: Blake Hollingsworth, John Heydenreich, Kevin Doty, Kevin Koch & Sam Isenhower

1987: Steve Knepper, Dan Boorse, Jack Hewitt, Lee Smith, Mike Appio & Stevie Reeves

1988: Jack Calabrase, Jim Keeker, Danny Pens, Dean Billings, J.R. Miller, Mike Streicher & P.J. Jones

1989: Robby Flock, Don Schilling, Jeff Gordon, Richard Myhre, Steve Gennetten & Terry Farrar

1990: Graham Standring, Jim Hettinger, John Meyers & Keith Rauch

1991: Page Jones, Donnie Beechler, Johnny Cofer, Michael Lang, Tony Elliott & Wally Pankratz

1992: Doug Kalitta, Kenneth Nichols, Dan Drinan, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Eric Wilkins & Joe Gaerte

1993: Andy Michner, Critter Malone, Jimmy Sills, Mike Bliss, Randy Tolsma, Tony Stewart & Tyce Carlson

1994: Brian Gerster, Jordan Hermansader, Page Jones & Ted Hines

1995: Billy Boat & Jack Runyon

1996: Tracy Hines, Jay Drake, Jerry Coons, Jr. & Randy Koch

1997: Jason Leffler, Ryan Newman, Dave Darland & Jimmy McCune

1998: Ricky Shelton & Dave Steele

1999: Ed Carpenter, J.J. Yeley & Ron Smoker

2000: Kasey Kahne, Aaron Pollock, Dane Carter & Michael Lewis

2001: Bobby East & A.J. Fike

2002: Aaron Fike, Mike Hess, Ryan Scott & Teddy Beach

2003: Josh Wise

2004: Davey Ray, Billy Wease, David Gough, Ron Gregory & Travis Miniea

2005: Brad Kuhn, Bryan Clauson, Danny Stratton, Johnny Rodriguez & Scott Hatton

2006: Bobby Santos, Brady Bacon, Bud Kaeding, Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, Ryan Durst & Shane Cottle

2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Cory Kruseman, Levi Jones & Michael Pickens

2008: Brad Sweet, Cole Whitt, Bradley Galedrige, Brian Olson, Chuck Gurney, Jr. & Kody Swanson

2009: Caleb Armstrong

2010: Shane Hmiel, Steve Buckwalter & Tanner Swanson

2011: Kyle Larson & Zach Daum

2012: Kyle Hamilton

2013: Christopher Bell & Rico Abreu

2014: None

2015: Tanner Thorson & Kevin Thomas, Jr.

2016: Chad Boat, Shane Golobic & Spencer Bayston

2017: Tyler Courtney & Justin Grant

2018: Logan Seavey, Tyler Thomas & Zeb Wise

2019: Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom, Jason McDougal & Tanner Carrick

 

 

 

TRI-STATE HARVEST CUP USAC MIDGET RACE PREVIEW

Haubstadt, Indiana (October 14, 2019).........It's been seven years since the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship graced the quarter-mile dirt of Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., but this Saturday, October 19, the series is back at the racy southern Indiana oval as part of the Harvest Cup.

In nine previous appearances by the series dating back to its debut at Tri-State in 1969, no driver has repeated their USAC Midget victory. A new winner will likely emerge this Saturday night in the tenth trip to the track. Many others, meanwhile, will be making their midget debut at the tricky paperclip-shaped track.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is among those contenders. He has won in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car in each of the past two seasons at Tri-State but has not reached victory lane there yet this year. Thomas is currently tied for first with Daron Clayton in terms of all-time USAC Sprint wins at Tri-State with five. Thomas, the 2014 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year, ran 4th in POWRi Midget event at Tri-State in 2014.

The man with the lockdown on Tri-State Speedway in 2019 is Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.). He is 7-for-7 thus far this year in a Sprint Car at Tri-State, including two-for-two in the USAC rounds in July and September. Cummins, who made his first career USAC National Midget start in June at Montpelier, Ind., will make a rare Midget appearance and will pilot an RMS team car alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull.

Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is a 10-time USAC National Sprint winner and a midget victor indoors last December at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In three Tri-State midget races, he's finished 10th in 2010, 3rd in 2011 and 12th in 2012. He holds the Tri-State Speedway 10-lap track record of 2:20.38, set on May 21, 2011.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) finished 2nd in USAC's most recent midget appearance at Tri-State in 2012. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ is a winner at Tri-State in a sprint car, winning in the spring of 2017 en route to the series title. Windom, who's won his first two career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races in 2019 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway and Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway, was 5th in September's Haubstadt Hustler sprint race at Tri-State.

USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) recently took 2nd at the same Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State after earlier winning his heat, equaling his best career showing at the track after leading 12 laps and finishing as the runner-up spot in the 2016 edition of the event. He recently won both the USAC Midget and Sprint portion of September's 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora coming into his first midget try at Tri-State on Saturday.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has had a high rate of success in a sprint car over the years at Tri-State, but Saturday marks just his second midget race there. In fact, that first start in 2012 at Tri-State was Leary's first career USAC National Midget feature start, finishing 33rd. He won his heat and finished third in the recent Haubstadt Hustler sprint race in September. Leary was victorious three times with MSCS in 2018 at Tri-State, capturing the Sprint Stampede, the Hoosier Sprint Nationals and the Harvest Cup.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier in both July's Indiana Sprint Week and September's Haubstadt Hustler at Tri-State. He finished 3rd in July and was running 4th in September when he ramped over the infield tire off turn four. Grant was perfect in June at Gas City during June's Indiana Midget Week, leading all 30 laps on the way to his lone midget victory of the season.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was charging hard in September's Haubstadt Hustler until, with three laps to go, heartbreak befell him while running 4th after starting 21st, as he slowed to a stop in turn two, ending his night. McDougal was a 3rd place finisher at the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and 9th in July in his two other previous USAC starts, all of which came in a sprint car for July's USAC Midget winner in Fairbury, Neb.

Two-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was the fastest qualifier for the 2012 Hut 100 at Tri-State Speedway. He led 82 of the 100 laps and was in front on the white flag lap when a suspension piece on the left-rear went awry, relegating him to 6th at the finish. He's been strong in each of his other three USAC Midget starts at Tri-State with a 5th in 2007, 2nd in 2010 and 5th in 2011.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) has made three previous appearances at Tri-State in a sprint car and twice in a midget. He took 17th in the last USAC Midget event at Tri-State in 2012 and was 5th in a run with POWRi there in 2014. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) made a pair of POWRi starts at Tri-State in 2015, a 13th and a 9th.

Reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) was superb in his USAC Sprint Car debut at Tri-State in the spring of 2018, qualifying 2nd and finishing 3rd. September BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) had a solid run in his NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws debut last Sunday at Tri-State, finishing 14th. In Chad Boat's (Phoenix, Ariz.) two previous Tri-State USAC Sprint appearances, he qualified 2nd and 1st, and collected a 3rd place feature finish during the Indiana Sprint Week round in 2009.

Several drivers will be making their first trek to Tri-State this Saturday night, including July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), top Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) among others.

Prior to Saturday's race at Tri-State, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets will be in action on Thursday night, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Saturday's Harvest Cup will also feature the Brandeis Midwest Sprint Car Series and MMSA Mini Sprints. Pits open at 2:30pm central, grandstands at 3:30pm, drivers meeting at 4:30pm and hot laps at 5pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students are $20 and age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the Jason Leffler Memorial on FloRacing. Live audio of the event can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,601, 2-Chris Windom-1,465, 3-Logan Seavey-1,424, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,351, 5-Zeb Wise-1,341, 6-Chad Boat-1,255, 7-Tanner Carrick-1,203, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,179, 9-Jason McDougal-1,097, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,084.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS: 1. (1) Brady Bacon, Barry Butterworth, Lonnie Caruthers, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Mike McGreevy, Johnny Parsons, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Sleepy Tripp

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINNERS: 1969: Mike McGreevy (6/27) 1978: Sleepy Tripp (5/5) 1979: Johnny Parsons (6/15) & Barry Butterworth (8/24) 1980: Lonnie Caruthers (5/2) 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (5/12) 2010: Bryan Clauson (5/8) 2011: Zach Daum (5/21) 2012: Brady Bacon (6/2)

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET RESULTS AT TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY:

2012: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Bryan Clauson, 5. Ryan Bernal, 6. Jerry Coons, Jr., 7. Darren Hagen, 8. Brett Anderson, 9. Levi Roberts, 10. Steve Buckwalter, 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Thomas Meseraull, 13. Davey Ray, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Bobby East, 16. Caleb Armstrong, 17. Tyler Thomas, 18. Rico Abreu, 19. Cameron Hagin, 20. Dalton Armstrong, 21. Zach Daum, 22. Austin Brown, 23. Bubba Altig, 24. Chett Gehrke, 25. Colten Cottle, 26. Andy Malpocker, 27. Ryan Criswell, 28. Ted Hines, 29. Tyler Robbins, 30. Daniel Robinson, 31. Tracy Hines, 32. Mike Hess, 33. C.J. Leary, 34. Jimmy Simpson.

2011: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Darren Hagen, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Bryan Clauson, 7. Caleb Armstrong, 8. Davey Ray, 9. Bobby East, 10. Kyle Larson, 11. Kellen Conover, 12. Levi Jones, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Travis Berryhill, 15. John Campbell, 16. Levi Roberts, 17. Bubba Altig, 18. Shane Cockrum, 19. Tanner Swanson, 20. Kody Aldrich, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Kody Swanson, 23. Jimmy Simpson, 24. Seth Motsinger, 25. Kent Schmidt, 26. Chase Barber, 27. Michael Koontz, 28. Tyler Robbins, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Mike Hess, 31. Brad Kuhn, 32. Doug Day, 33. Dalton Armstrong.

2010: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Jerry Coons Jr., 3. Caleb Armstrong, 4. Shane Hmiel, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Dereck King, 7. Nick Knepper, 8. Dave Darland, 9. Brad Loyet, 10. Thomas Meseraull, 11. Henry Clarke, 12. Brad Kuhn, 13. Tim Siner, 14. Daniel Adler, 15. Shane Cockrum, 16. Kyle Hamilton, 17. Mario Clouser, 18. Tyler Robbins, 19. Levi Jones, 20. Kent Schmidt, 21. Hud Cone, 22. Bobby East, 23. Tracy Hines, 24. Austin Brown, 25. Davey Ray, 26. Evan Lents, 27. Alex Bowman, 28. Darren Hagen, 29. Gavin Galbraith, 30. Kellen Conover, 31. Andrew Felker, 32. Levi Roberts, 33. Travis Berryhill.

2007: 1. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2. Hud Cone, 3. Darren Hagen, 4. Brad Kuhn, 5. Jerry Coons Jr., 6. Cole Carter, 7. Davey Ray, 8. Tom Hessert III, 9. Brady Bacon, 10. Danny Stratton, 11. Kevin Swindell, 12. Shane Cottle, 13. Mike Hess, 14. Bobby East, 15. Levi Jones, 16. Brad Loyet, 17. Zach Daum, 18. Mat Neely, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Donnie Lehmann, 21. A.J. Felker, 22. Nick Knepper, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Josh Wise, 25. Dave Darland.

1980: 1. Lonnie Caruthers, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Johnny Parsons, 4. Sleepy Tripp, 5. Steve Lotshaw, 6. Jeff Heywood, 7. Mel Kenyon, 8. Bob Wente, 9. Nick Gojmeric, 10. Marty Davis, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Dave Keith, 13. Bob Bennett, 14. Kenneth Nichols, 15. Alan Brown, 16. Jerry Nuckles, 17. Tracy Potter, 18. Bob Carey, 19. Bobby Grim, Jr., 20. Jerry Harris.

1979: (8/24) 1. Barry Butterworth, 2. Sleepy Tripp, 3. Rich Vogler, 4. Bob Wente, 5. Mel Kenyon, 6. Steve Lotshaw, 7. Lonnie Caruthers, 8. Chuck Gurney, 9. Ken Schrader, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Warren Mockler, 12. Nick Gojmeric, 13. Chris Cumberworth, 14. Jerry Weeks, 15. Kenneth Nichols, 16. Bob Bennett, 17. Bill Renshaw, 18. Stan Fox, 19. Dave Ray, 20. Danny Frye, Jr.

1979: (6/15) 1. Johnny Parsons, 2. Jerry Weeks, 3. Steve Lotshaw, 4. Dana Carter, 5. Rick Goudy, 6. Rich Vogler, 7. Wes Stafford, 8. Barry Butterworth, 9. Stan Fox, 10. Lonnie Caruthers, 11. Lee Carey, 12. Ken Schrader, 13. Terry Wente, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Steve Cannon, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Ron Mullen, 18. Bob Wente, 19. Jerry Nuckles, 20. Chuck Gurney.

1978: 1. Sleepy Tripp, 2. Ron Shuman, 3. Lonnie Caruthers, 4. Mel Kenyon, 5. Steve Cannon, 6. Larry Gates, 7. Jeff Heywood, 8. Mack McClellan, 9. Steve Lotshaw, 10. Jeff Nuckles, 11. Ron Eden, 12. Dave Stoltz, 13. Bubby Jones, 14. Tim Pangborn, 15. Rich Vogler, 16. Jerry Weeks, 17. Stan Fox, 18. Chris Cumberworth, 19. Kevin Olson, 20. Wes Stafford.

1969: 1. Mike McGreevy, 2. Dave Strickland, 3. Roger West, 4. Les Scott, 5. Clark Templeman, 6. George McBeath, 7. Gary Irvin, 8. Dave Ward, 9. Bill Renshaw, 10. Sonny Ates, 11. Mel Cornett, 12. Rob Greentree, 13. Merle Bettenhausen, 14. Bob Tattersall, 15. Larry Kirkpatrick, 16. Mel Kenyon, 17. Jack Fitzpatrick, 18. Steve Troxell.

 

 

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RACE PREVIEW

Wayne City, Illinois (October 14, 2019).........Four past winners are in this year's lineup for the sixth running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Jason Leffler Memorial this Thursday night, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.

Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) enters as the reigning race winner at 1/8-mile dirt bullring in southern Illinois. He led the final 37 laps of the 40-lap main event to score his first and, still only, career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win. Thomas earned an non-traditional sweep of sorts last year, winning his heat, his qualifying race and the feature in the same night.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) jumps back into the seat of a second FMR Racing car, which he has done on four occasions thus far this season. Bacon earned FMR's first career USAC win during the 2016 Leffler Memorial at Wayne City, leading the final 33 laps. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ also finished 6th in 2015 and won his heat in 2018 where he garnered a 16th place result.

Daryn Pittman (Owasso, Okla.) owns 85 wins on the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Circuit in addition to his 2013 series championship. He's been stellar behind the wheel of a midget in a brief number of appearances throughout his career, which includes a win in the 2014 Leffler Memorial. He won his qualifier and finished 4th in 2015.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.) captured victory in the first Leffler Memorial in 2013. He followed up his winning performance with a 5th in 2014 and a 3rd place result in 2015. He took 23rd in last year's race after being involved in an incident on the 16th lap of the feature.

Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), a winner in August at Path Valley during Pennsylvania Midget Week, finished in the runner-up spot to T. Thomas a year ago. The nine-time USAC National Midget feature winner was a victor of his qualifier in 2016 and his heat race in 2018 at Wayne City.

Series point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) took 3rd behind T. Thomas and Boat in last season's Leffler Memorial feature. Courtney is fresh off his season-leading 7th victory of the season last month at Eldora. He was 26th in his debut run in the event in 2015 and last year, won both his heat and qualifying race leading into the main.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif) notched a 4th place Leffler Memorial result in 2014 and repeated his 4th place performance again in 2018. This year's Gas City Indiana Midget Week winner captured the semi-feature win in 2018 and finished 13th in the inaugural Leffler Memorial in 2013.

BC39 winner Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) made his first start in the Leffler Memorial in 2018, finishing 8th ahead of fellow first-timers, Sutter, California's defending USAC National Midget champ Logan Seavey (9th), Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick (17th) and St. Peters, Missouri's Sam Johnson (13th). Johnson scored a victory in a USAC Midget Midwest Special Event at Wayne City in August, dominating all 20 laps for his first win aboard a Midget.

April's Kokomo Grand Prix winner Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has finished 10th in both of his Leffler Memorial starts in 2015 and 2018. Petry Motorsports teammate and two-time USAC National Midget titlist Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) was 10th in 2016 and 15th in 2018. Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.), a 2nd place finisher in this past June's USAC Midget Midwest Special event at Wayne City, won his heat in both 2015 and 2018, and finished 19th in the 2018 feature event.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led the opening three laps of the 2018 Leffler Memorial. He experienced contact and spun to a stop while battling for 2nd midway through the 40-lapper. Like McDougal, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) paced the opening laps of the 2016 Leffler Memorial where he led the opening 7 laps, ultimately taking home a 4th place result. Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) plans to make his fourth Leffler Memorial start this Thursday after leading the opening 4 laps of the 2019 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season down in Ocala, Fla. in February.

Among those primed for their first Leffler Memorial starts include leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.), Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.), C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.).

On Thursday, pits open at 4pm Central, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20, age 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. Along with the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship are Non-Wing 600 Outlaws, Non-Wing Restrictors & Non-Wing Jr. Sprints.

You can watch LIVE flag-to-flag coverage of the Jason Leffler Memorial on FloRacing. Live audio of the event can be heard on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on www.facebook.com/usacracing & www.twitter.com/USACNation and live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

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JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2013: Zach Daum (8/28) 2014: Daryn Pittman (8/26) 2015: Bryan Clauson (10/23) 2016: Brady Bacon (10/20) 2018: Tyler Thomas (10/21)

JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL WINS: 1. (1) Brady Bacon, Bryan Clauson, Zach Daum, Daryn Pittman & Tyler Thomas

PAST JASON LEFFLER MEMORIAL RESULTS:

2013: 1. Zach Daum, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Bryan Clauson, 6. Chett Gehrke, 7. Dereck King, 8, Andrew Felker, 9. Hud Cone, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Bobby East, 12. Parker Price-Miller, 13. Tyler Robbins, 14. Justin Grant, 15. Jake Blackhurst, 16. Austin Brown, 17. Chris Bell, 18. Darren Hagen, 19. Tim Siner, 20. Colten Cottle, 21.Tyler Robbins, 22. Seth Motsinger.

2014: 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Christopher Bell. 3. Bryan Clauson, 4. Justin Grant, 5. Zach Daum, 6. Spencer Bayston, 7. Andrew Felker, 8. Darren Hagen, 9. Rico Abreu, 10. Tanner Thorson, 11. Chris Windom, 12. Tyler Thomas, 13. Dave Darland, 14. Daniel Robinson, 15. Garrett Aitken, 16. Nick Knepper, 17. Shane Cockrum, 18. Colten Cottle, 19. Chett Gehrke, 20. Austin Brown, 21. Brady Bacon, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Seth Motsinger.

2015: 1. Bryan Clauson, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Zach Daum, 4. Daryn Pittman, 5. Payton Pierce, 6. Brady Bacon, 7. Jonathan Beason, 8. Danny Stratton, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Kevin Thomas Jr., 11. Andrew Felker, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. Kyle Schuett, 14. Anton Hernandez, 15. Ryan Robinson, 16. Tanner Thorson, 17. Isaac Chapple, 18. C.J. Leary, 19. Dereck King, 20. Tyler Thomas, 21. Darren Hagen, 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 23. Austin Brown, 24. Spencer Bayston, 25. Justin Peck, 26. Tyler Courtney.

2016: 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Felker, 6. Alex Bright, 7. Chett Gehrke, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Jerry Coons Jr., 11. Shane Cottle, 12. Justin Peck, 13. Grady Chandler, 14. Jonathan Beason, 15. Chad Boat, 16. Riley Kreisel, 17. Ryan Robinson, 18. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 19. Andy Malpocker, 20. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 21. Jake Neuman, 22. Brayton Lynch, 23. Damion Gardner, 24. Colten Cottle, 25. Holly Shelton, 26. Jason McDougal, 27. Rico Abreu, 28. Gage Walker. NT

2018: 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).

 

 


 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETALUMA'S ADOBE CUP II

By: Lance Jennings

Petaluma, California (October 12, 2019).........Regaining the lead from T.J. Smith on lap 24, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) raced to victory at Petaluma Speedway's "Adobe Cup II."

Piloting a brand new family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking CS9, the 2018 champion earned his fourth USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Billy Aton, rookie of the year J.J. Ringo, Caden Sarale, and newly crowned champion Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Koen Shaw earned the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Bradley Terrell scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson's #8 Wiesz Race Engines DRC, Terrell also posted his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.728 over the 22-car roster.

The night's ten-lap heat race victories went to Cody Fendley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Aton (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Ryan Timmons (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Starting Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash for two nights at Ventura Raceway's non-point "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix."

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 - Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, California - "Adobe Cup II"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Bradley Terrell, 8, Richardson-14.728; 2. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-14.783; 3. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.811; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.844; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.878; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.892; 7. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-14.909; 8. Norm Johns, 32N, Johns-14.957; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.997; 10. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-15.024; 11. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.052; 12. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-15.075; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.108; 14. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-15.139; 15. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-15.369; 16. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-15.391; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.405; 18. Bruno Bianchi, 17, Phillips-15.497; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-15.603; 20. Danny Wagner, 32X, Johnson-15.698; 21. Roberto Kirby, 28, Kirby-15.909; 22. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-17.636.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fendley, 2. Mayhew, 3. Terrell, 4. Guardino, 5. Helt, 6. Schank, 7. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Lewis, 3. Liggett, 4. Brophy, 5. Ervine, 6. Kirby, 7. Johns. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Ringo, 3. Smith, 4. Sarale, 5. Arriaga, 6. Bianchi, 7. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Billy Aton (5), 3. J.J. Ringo (1), 4. Caden Sarale (15), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Koen Shaw (19), 7. Austin Ervine (17), 8. Ricky Brophy (11), 9. Norm Johns (8), 10. Hannah Mayhew (13), 11. Nate Schank (16), 12. Cody Fendley (7), 13. Bradley Terrell (6), 14. Ryan Timmons (9), 15. T.J. Smith (4), 16. Ricky Lewis (14), 17. Bruno Bianchi (18), 18. Shawn Arriaga (12), 19. Roberto Kirby (20), 20. Glenn Bryan (21), 21. Slater Helt (10). NT

**Lewis and Smith flipped on lap 25.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Lap 23 Smith, Laps 24-30 Liggett.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (19th to 6th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Bradley Terrell

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-860, 2-Timmons-710, 3-Shaw-622, 4-Smith-550, 6-Mayhew-497, 7-Liggett-468, 8-Ervine-458, 9-Helt-428, 10-Jake Swanson-400.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 27 & 28 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - "79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix"
Creek County winner Craig Carroll.
(Richard Bales)

CARROLL CORRALS WSO FINALE; WILSON REPEATS AS CHAMP

Sapulpa, Oklahoma (October 12, 2019).........Craig Carroll won the finale while Brett Wilson wrapped up his second consecutive USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma driver championship Saturday night at Creek County Speedway.

Carroll (Collinsville, Okla.) drove to the front of the pack at the midway point of the 30-lap feature after Jeffrey Newell (Thunder Bay, Ontario) paced the opening 15 laps. Carroll carried on to his first WSO victory of the season over Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), Newell, Ty Hulsey (Owasso, Okla.) and Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.).

With his 2nd place result, Wilson collected the series title by a 118-point margin over Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma - Fall Fling

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 7F-Brian McClelland, [1]; 2. 23A-Travis Ashwood, [3]; 3. 53-Brett Wilson, [4]; 4. 3C-Roy Larkin, [2]; 5. 24H-Ty Hulsey, [6]; 6. 77-J.C. Wilson, [7]; 7. 22Z-Zach Campbell, [5]

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 23X-Ross Moore, [2]; 2. 54-Jeffery Newell, [6]; 3. 5$-Danny Smith, [4]; 4. 24-Ben Frey, [3]; 5. 911-Waylon Weaver, [7]; 6. 25-Kyle Admire, [1]; 7. 13$-Len Larkin, [5]

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. 7D-David Baxter, [1]; 2. 24C-Craig Carroll, [5]; 3. 6-Alison Slaton, [4]; 4. 55-Johnny Kent, [2]; 5. 97-Kevin Cummings, [3]; (DNS) 96-Taylor Peterson,

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in brackets): 1. Craig Carroll, [2]; 2. Brett Wilson, [7]; 3. Jeffery Newell, [1]; 4. Ty Hulsey, [12]; 5. Danny Smith, [8]; 6. Brian McClelland, [4]; 7. Alison Slaton, [9]; 8. Ben Frey, [11]; 9. Johnny Kent, [14]; 10. David Baxter, [5]; 11. Waylon Weaver, [10]; 12. Kevin Cummings, [16]; 13. Kyle Admire, [17]; 14. Len Larkin, [19]; 15. Ross Moore, [3]; 16. Roy Larkin, [13]; 17. J.C. Wilson, [15]; 18. Zach Campbell, [18]; 19. Travis Ashwood, [6]; 20. Taylor Peterson [20]

**Roy Larkin flipped on lap 9 of the feature. Ross Moore flipped on lap 23 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-15 Jeffery Newell, Laps 16-30 Craig Carroll.

FINAL USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Brett Wilson-1,623, 2-Johnny Kent-1,505, 3-Cameron Hagin-1,354, 4-Waylon Weaver-1,354, 5-Danny Smith-1,335, 6-Ben Frey-1,302, 7-J.C. Wilson-1,219, 8-David Baxter-818, 9-Ryan Dean-736, 10-Tim Kent-713.
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AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS PETALUMA’S ADOBE CUP II

PETALUMA, CA – OCTOBER 12, 2019… Regaining the lead from T.J. Smith on lap 24, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) raced to victory at Petaluma Speedway’s “Adobe Cup II.” Piloting a brand new family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking CS9, the 2018 champion earned his fourth USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the campaign. Billy Aton, rookie of the year J.J. Ringo, Caden Sarale, and newly crowned champion Tristan Guardino rounded out the top-five drivers.

Koen Shaw earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from nineteenth. Bradley Terrell scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Making his first start in Jim Richardson’s #8 Wiesz Race Engines DRC, Terrell also posted his first career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.728 over the 22-car roster.

The night’s ten-lap heat race victories went to Cody Fendley (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Aton (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Ryan Timmons (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

Starting Wednesday, November 27th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash for two nights at Ventura Raceway’s non-point “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix.”

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content on westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: October 12, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “Adobe Cup II”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Bradley Terrell, 8, Richardson-14.728; 2. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-14.783; 3. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.811; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.844; 5. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.878; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.892; 7. Cody Fendley, 73C, Russell-14.909; 8. Norm Johns, 32N, Johns-14.957; 9. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.997; 10. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-15.024; 11. Ricky Brophy, 3, Brophy-15.052; 12. Shawn Arriaga, 56, Arriaga-15.075; 13. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-15.108; 14. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-15.139; 15. Caden Sarale, 32, Sarale-15.369; 16. Nate Schank, 1S, Schank-15.391; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-15.405; 18. Bruno Bianchi, 17, Phillips-15.497; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-15.603; 20. Danny Wagner, 32X, Johnson-15.698; 21. Roberto Kirby, 28, Kirby-15.909; 22. Glenn Bryan, 34B, Bryan-17.636.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Fendley, 2. Mayhew, 3. Terrell, 4. Guardino, 5. Helt, 6. Schank, 7. Shaw. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Aton, 2. Lewis, 3. Liggett, 4. Brophy, 5. Ervine, 6. Kirby, 7. Johns. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Timmons, 2. Ringo, 3. Smith, 4. Sarale, 5. Arriaga, 6. Bianchi, 7. Bryan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (2), 2. Billy Aton (5), 3. J.J. Ringo (1), 4. Caden Sarale (15), 5. Tristan Guardino (3), 6. Koen Shaw (19), 7. Austin Ervine (17), 8. Ricky Brophy (11), 9. Norm Johns (8), 10. Hannah Mayhew (13), 11. Nate Schank (16), 12. Cody Fendley (7), 13. Bradley Terrell (6), 14. Ryan Timmons (9), 15. T.J. Smith (4), 16. Ricky Lewis (14), 17. Bruno Bianchi (18), 18. Shawn Arriaga (12), 19. Roberto Kirby (20), 20. Glenn Bryan (21), 21. Slater Helt (10). NT ---------------------------- **Lewis and Smith flipped on lap 25.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Liggett, Lap 23 Smith, Laps 24-30 Liggett. SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Koen Shaw (19th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Bradley Terrell

FINAL USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-860, 2-Timmons-710, 3-Shaw-622, 4-Smith-550, 6-Mayhew-497, 7-Liggett-468, 8-Ervine-458, 9-Helt-428, 10-Jake Swanson-400.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENTS: November 27 & 28 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix”

 

WABASH CLASH USAC SPRINTS RAINED OUT;
SATURDAY'S WOO RACE STILL ON

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 11, 2019).........For the second year in-a-row, Mother Nature has nixed the Friday night portion of the Wabash Clash at the Terre Haute Action Track.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and the DIRTcar Modifieds were scheduled to be on track. The Saturday portion, featuring the World of Outlaw NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and DIRTcar Modifieds, is still on as scheduled.

Rainfall moved into the Terre Haute area during the early morning hours on Friday and is expected to continue into the early evening. Dry and cooler conditions are expected to set in overnight into Saturday. With sunshine and highs expected to be around 60 on Saturday, the World of Outlaw portion of the event is still on as scheduled.

On Saturday, the pits will open at 2:00, grandstands at 3:00, hotlaps at 6:30, and racing will take the green at 7:30. Tickets are available online at www.worldofoutlaws.com, by calling 844-DIRT-TIX, or at the gate on raceday.

For full information on Saturday's portion of the event, visit www.terrehauteactiontrack.net or www.worldofoutlaws.com.

USAC National action continues next week with a pair of USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship events beginning with the Jason Leffler Memorial on Thursday, October 17, at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill. and again on Saturday, October 19, with The Harvest Cup at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

Meanwhile, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship now makes its way out west for the final five events of the year, the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction at California's Perris Auto Speedway on Nov. 7-8-9 and the Western World Championships at Arizona Speedway on Nov. 15-16.

 

 

LAST DANCE FOR USAC SPRINTS IN THE MIDWEST AT TERRE HAUTE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 9, 2019).........The last dance. The last chance. One more time for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing in the Midwest before heading westward bound comes to Indiana's Terre Haute Action Track this Friday night, October 11.

Finishing the season out west has been a tradition for the series since the CRA Sprint Car division came under the USAC banner in 2004. This year's swing brings the club to California's Perris Auto Speedway for the Budweiser Oval Nationals presented by All Coast Construction on Nov. 7-8-9 and to Arizona Speedway for the Western World Championships on Nov. 15-16.

Since that point 15 years ago, several drivers have been able to ride the wave of momentum from east of the Mississippi to the west at the end of the year. This Friday's contest at Terre Haute could be the boon a team and driver are seeking to give them the extra boost on their haul to west.

In 2005, Dave Darland won the final Midwest race of the season on the paved high banks of Indiana's Winchester Speedway. The USAC Triple Crown champ carried the "mo" to the west immediately after where he won the final night of both the Oval Nationals and Western World, which was then held at the now-defunct Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.

Levi Jones was the most consistent driver of his era, owning the Midwest finales in both 2010 and 2011 at Ohio's Eldora Speedway and Indiana's Lawrenceburg Speedway, respectively. Following his Eldora triumph in 2010, Jones captured the first night of Perris en route to the series title. In 2011, Jones followed up with a victory in the season finale, at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., which resulted in a second consecutive championship for the Olney, Ill. native.

Bryan Clauson controlled the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg in 2013, then set forth with another win in the Western World opener at Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park to start off the western trail. The end result was a second consecutive USAC National Sprint Car driving title. The ensuing year, in 2014, saw BC rack up a second-straight Fall Nationals score followed by a win in the finale at Canyon. Although, he'd settle for a second-place finish in the final series standings.

In recent years, Terre Haute has served as the Midwest season finale where, in 2016, Chris Windom snared a wild victory on the half-mile, then immediately swept the first two nights of Western World at the event's new home, Arizona Speedway.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. won at Terre Haute in October of 2017, then went on to capture the finale at Perris Auto Speedway's Oval Nationals. After a rain out at Terre Haute in 2018, in retrospect, Lawrenceburg served as the final showcase in the Midwest, where Justin Grant was in the midst of one of the hottest streaks of success in recent years. After The Burg, Grant won three of the next four out west, notching the opener at Arizona and doubling-up at Perris.

While success in the Midwest season finale isn't necessarily a make-or-break deal among the competitors, it certainly doesn't hurt to have good vibes as you stare through the windshield of the hauler on the trek to the west. And, of course, the alternative feeling isn't as ideal.

The warmer weather isn't merely an exclusive attribute of the west during this time of the year. The warm fuzzy feelings of success carried by a driver and team with them on the road almost makes one feel like they're already there, a notion that can very well begin this Friday at Terre Haute.

The Wabash Clash featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and DIRTcar Modifieds is this Friday, October 11, at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25, adult reserved grandstands are $30. Children 11 and under general admission tickets are free, and $10 for reserved grandstand. Adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Friday's Wabash Clash can be watched LIVE exclusively on FloRacing. Fans can also listen to live audio on the USAC app and follow along with live time and scoring on both the Race-Monitor and USAC apps.

FINAL USAC SPRINT WINNERS BEFORE HEADING WEST:
(Since 2004)
2004: Jon Stanbrough (Dixie Speedway / Woodstock, Ga.)
2005: Dave Darland (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2006: Daron Clayton (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2007: Robert Ballou (Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio)
2008: Brady Bacon (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2009: Dave Darland (Winchester Speedway / Winchester, Ind.)
2010: Levi Jones (Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio)
2011: Levi Jones (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2012: Chase Stockon (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2013: Bryan Clauson (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2014: Bryan Clauson (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2015: Thomas Meseraull (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
2016: Chris Windom (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, Ind.)
2018: Justin Grant (Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, Ind.)

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS CLASH AT PETALUMA’S “ADOBE CUP II"
By Lance Jennings

OCTOBER 8, 2019... This Saturday, October 12th, the USAC West Coast 360 Sprint Cars will battle at Petaluma Speedway for their final point race of the season. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the “Adobe Cup II” will also showcase Dwarf Cars (Twin 25s) and 600 Micro Sprints. The Pit Gates at “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00PM, and Racing will start at 6:00PM. For more details, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.RACE (7223).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- PETALUMA MANDATORY MUFFLERS: FLOWMASTER: 53545-10, SPINTECH: 1545P SUPER STOCK. *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory under all racecars in the pit area and must stick out at least one foot at each side.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- COCKPIT ADJUSTABLE SHOCKS ARE ALLOWED.
- The Hoosier 105/16 Medium is the ONLY legal right rear tire and all four corners must be Hoosier.
- 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.
- The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rule Book can be found online at westcoastsprintcars.com and usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

To date, Petaluma Speedway has held one USAC West Coast Sprint Car event and “The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign scored the win and set the track record of 13.728 on July 29, 2017. Unfortunately, the May 18th race scheduled at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds was rained out.

Entering the thirteenth point race, there have been seven different winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett lead the series with three triumphs while Jake Swanson has two victories on the season. Chase Johnson, Kaleb Montgomery, Brody Roa, and Troy Rutherford have posted one win.

After finishing tenth last Saturday at Santa Maria, Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) has clinched the championship. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has three feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, ten top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led to his credit. With eight victories, Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the win list and will be looking to add Petaluma to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons led the first eleven laps before scoring fourth at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, two heat race victories, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and nine top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third career USAC West Coast victory.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) ranks third in the USAC West Coast point standings. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw placed seventh at Santa Maria after starting eleventh. To date, the versatile driver has one heat race victory and six top-10 finishes in the campaign. This Saturday night, Koen will be looking to earn his first career USAC victory at Petaluma Speedway.

T.J. Smith (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Driving the May Motorsports’ #8M Salmon Motorsports / Coopers Propane Maxim, Smith raced to second at Santa Maria after starting eighth. At press time, the former Santa Maria track champion has four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. T.J. has four career wins and will have his sights on his first victory of the campaign.

After his third place finish at Santa Maria, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) has climbed to fifth in the West Coast point standings. Racing the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery 805 / Crown Limousine Triple X, Ringo has one heat race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led on the season. The leading rookie contender will be looking for his first USAC win this Saturday night.

While Ringo leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), Brent Owens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Austin Liggett, Steve Hix, Michael Faccinto, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Brandon Wiley, Kaleb Montgomery, Ricky Lewis, Shawn Arriaga, Ricky Brophy, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located at the Sonoma-Marin County Fairgrounds at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California. Adult Grandstand Tickets are $18, Senior Grandstand Tickets are $14, Junior (6-11) Grandstand Tickets are $14 and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. Advance tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling the track office at 707.763.RACE (7223). For more event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com.

The USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series thanks AMSOIL, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Butlerbuilt Professional Seat Systems, Chris Kearns Presents, Competition Suspension Incorporated, Extreme Mufflers, Five Star Grafix, Hoosier Racing Tire, Loudpedal Productions, Pyrotect Racing Cells, Saldana Racing Products, Sway-A-Way Racing Technology, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support. If you or your company would like to become part of the series, email PR Director Lance Jennings at lwjennings@earthlink.net.

For more information on the series, visit usacracing.com and the social media for USAC Racing. You can also find exclusive content at westcoastsprintcars.com and the USAC West Coast Sprint Car Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2009-Justyne Hamblin, 2010-Craig Stidham, 2011-Richard Vander Weerd, 2012-Bud Kaeding, 2013-Danny Faria Jr., 2014-Matt Mitchell, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Brody Roa, 2017-Jake Swanson, 2018-Austin Liggett, 2019-Tristan Guardino.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Kaleb Montgomery, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

PETALUMA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Geoff Ensign.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-794, 2. Ryan Timmons-667, 3. Koen Shaw-565, 4. T.J. Smith-507, 5. J.J. Ringo ®-467, 6. Hannah Mayhew ®-447, 7. Austin Ervine-402, 8. Slater Helt ®-401, 9. Jake Swanson-400, 10. Austin Liggett-390, 11. Troy Rutherford-328, 12. Steve Hix-308, 13. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 14. Michael Faccinto-275, 15. Cody Majors-266, 16. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 17. Tanner Boul ®-243, 18. Tom Hendricks-228, 19. Brandon Wiley-213, 20. Brent Owens ®-210.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES SCHEDULE
DATE-TRACK-LOCATION
February 27: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Brody Roa)
February 28: The Dirt Track at LVMS - Las Vegas, NV (Winner: Jake Swanson)
March 16: Bakersfield Speedway - Bakersfield, CA (Winner: Chase Johnson)
March 23: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
April 27: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 17: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
May 18: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (RAINED OUT)
June 1: *Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA (Winner: Troy Rutherford)
June 7: Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
June 15: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Tristan Guardino)
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Austin Liggett)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Winner: Jake Swanson)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Winner: Kaleb Montgomery)
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (Adobe Cup II)
November 27: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (Turkey Night Grand Prix / Non-Points)
November 28: *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.

 


 

TRIPP AND ZAROUNIAN NAMED TURKEY NIGHT GRAND MARSHALS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Ventura, California (October 8, 2019).........USAC West Coast Midget racing legends Sleepy Tripp and Gary Zarounian have been named co-grand marshals for the 79th running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix on Thanksgiving Night, November 28, at California's Ventura Raceway.

Tripp, of Costa Mesa, Calif., scored more USAC Midget victories (total National and Regional) than anyone in history. His total of 161 lists him third on the all-time USAC win list (all series) behind Rich Vogler (171) and A.J. Foyt (162). The 1986 National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame inductee won a pair of USAC National Midget titles (1975 and 1976) and seven championships in USAC's Western Midget Series.

Tripp also earned notoriety for his exploits in New Zealand, which resulted in numerous major race victories and championships, including an amazing nine wins in the prestigious 50-Lap Classic at Auckland. In 1985 and 1987, he also won the Belleville Midget Nationals in Kansas. In addition to his United States and New Zealand successes, his career also included victories in Australia and Canada.

Zarounian, of Visalia, Calif., whose family owned and operated car dealerships throughout central California, immersed himself in not only auto racing but also in numerous business ventures. The Zarounian team hired the best drivers in the business and their success was immense. In addition to eight USAC Silver Crown victories and 11 in the USAC National Midget wars, the team fielded cars for drivers like Tripp.

During the 1980s and 1990s the Tripp-Zarounian Western team was nearly unbeatable. Tripp won 78 USAC Western States Midget races aboard Zarounian's immaculately-prepared No. 67. In all, Zarounian cars won 88 total Western States Midget features between 1983 and 2000 with drivers Tripp, Ken Nichols, Jeff Gordon, Donnie Beechler, Pat Bliss and Tony Hunt. Nine of Zarounian's 88 victories came at Ventura Raceway, all with Tripp. Zarounian was previously inducted into the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

The 2019 edition of the Turkey Night Grand Prix begins Wednesday, November 27 and closes out on Thursday, November 28, the 98-lap main event for the USAC NOS Energy Drink National and Western States Midgets. Also in action both nights are the USAC West Coast and VRA 360 Sprint Cars, who'll clash in special non-point races and the finale of the ARP Battle of the Beach mini-series.

Advance tickets for the Turkey Night Grand Prix are available online through www.venturaraceway.com or by calling (805) 648-7223. Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California.

 

 

WABASH CLASH USAC SPRINT RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (October 7, 2019).........The final stretch of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season is about to commence, but first things first, it's time for one more round at western Indiana's legendary Terre Haute Action Track this Friday, October 11, for the Wabash Clash as the series bids adieu to the Midwest before heading west. in for the season closers in November.

The last time out at Terre Haute, Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led all 30 laps to win September's Jim Hurtubise Classic for his first career sprint car score on the half-mile. In fact, he's won twice at Terre Haute under the USAC banner, capturing his first main event victory there in 2018's Sumar Classic Silver Crown 100-lapper. He's been a force at Terre Haute this year in USAC Sprint Car competition, finishing 5th in May, then leading a race-high 21 laps en route to a 2nd place finish in July.

Like Grant, series point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has won once at Terre Haute before in a Silver Crown car, doing so in the 2016 Sumar Classic. He's still seeking his first USAC Sprint win at Terre Haute, however, after setting quick time in May where he finished 9th after encountering late-race trouble. He won his heat and took 6th in July followed by a 5th place run in September.

Three-time Terre Haute USAC Sprint winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) stands a mere 47 points behind Leary in the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship race with six events remaining. Courtney swept the night in July at Terre Haute by recording fast time, winning his heat race, then scoring the feature win where he led the final eight laps en route to the checkered. He also collected 3rd place results at Terre Haute in both May and September of this year, the latter of which he won his heat and was the night's hard charger after starting 9th.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) is the series' most recent winner, connecting on his second USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season last Saturday at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. He's a two-time USAC Sprint winner at Terre Haute, first finding victory lane in 2013 and again in 2017 during the most recent October race at the track. He won his heats in both May and July and took home a 3rd place finish during July's feature and a 2nd in September.

Of Friday's expected entrants for the Wabash Clash, no driver owns more USAC Sprint victories at Terre Haute than Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) with four. He won twice in 2011, once again in October of 2016 and for the fourth time in the Fall of 2017. He also was victorious in a Silver Crown car at Terre Haute in 2017. He was 2nd in May at Terre Haute and 5th in July where he led the opening lap of the main. In September, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 Sprint champ was the Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier and finished 4th.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) had his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph occur right at Terre Haute in October of 2012. He's won twice since then at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds racetrack with the second coming in the summer of 2016 and, most recently, this past May where he led all 30 laps on his way to victory. In fact, he's led all 30 laps in all three of his Terre Haute USAC victories. He's already won the other three Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car races on the schedule - the Tony Hulman Classic, Jim Hurtubise Classic and Don Smith Classic, and a first Wabash Clash win on Friday would make him the first driver to accomplish the feat of winning all four.

Twice a winner at the Action Track with the USAC Sprint Cars is Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who won the final USAC Sprint races held at Terre Haute in both 2014 and 2018. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 was 6th in May and 4th in July, where he collected hard charger honors after starting from the 14th position.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 7th in May and 6th in September at Terre Haute. Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) was the hard charger in May's Hulman Classic, finishing 10th after starting 16th. Max Adams (Loomis, Calif.) collected an 8th in July in an impressive series debut at the track. Likewise, Nick Bilbee (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 8th in September at Terre Haute, beginning a stretch of three-straight top-ten finishes with the series that remains active coming into Friday's race. Josh Hodges (Tijeras, N.M.) notched a 9th in September with the series. Leading series Rookie Dustin Clark (Washington, Ind.) was 19th in July and 15th in September during his first two career appearances at Terre Haute.

Of note, it's been 20 years since at least four different drivers have claimed USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victories at Terre Haute in a single season. Stockon, Courtney and Grant have already won this year entering Friday's race. In 1999, there were five different winners: Tracy Hines, Tony Jones, Jerry Coons, Jr., Frankie Kerr and Terry Pletch.

The Wabash Clash featuring the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and DIRTcar Modifieds is this Friday, October 11, at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, adult reserved grandstands are $30. Children 11 and under general admission tickets are free, and $10 for reserved grandstand. Adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-2,003, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,956, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,861, 4-Justin Grant-1,850, 5-Chris Windom-1,843, 6-Brady Bacon-1,837, 7-Chase Stockon-1,757, 8-Jason McDougal-1,483, 9-Carson Short-1,361, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,193


TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINS:
(162 Points Races & 1 Special Event)

1. (8) Gary Bettenhausen & Jack Hewitt

3. (6) Bubby Jones, Sheldon Kinser & J.J. Yeley

6. (5) Jim Hurtubise, Levi Jones, Jon Stanbrough & Rich Vogler

10. (4) Bud Kaeding, Roger McCluskey & Chris Windom

13. (3) Don Branson, Steve Butler, Pancho Carter, Daron Clayton, Jerry Coons, Jr, Tyler Courtney, Jay Drake, Cary Faas, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Joe Saldana & Chase Stockon

25. (2) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Rollie Beale, Tom Bigelow, Dave Darland, Cory Kruseman, Johnny Rutherford, Dick Tobias, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Bruce Walkup & Greg Weld

36. (1) Billy Cassella, Steve Chassey, Bryan Clauson, Mel Cornett, Larry Dickson, Ed Elisian, Tony Elliott, Aaron Farney, A.J. Foyt, Justin Grant, Richard Griffin, Chuck Gurney, Tommy Hinnershitz, Tray House, Chet Johnson, Tony Jones, Doug Kalitta, Frankie Kerr, Steve Kinser, Eddie Leavitt, Andy Linden, Bobby Marshman, Charlie Masters, Rusty McClure, James McElreath, Jim McElreath, Jim McWithey, Jan Opperman, Terry Pletch, Larry Rice, Eddie Sachs, Sam Sessions, Ron Shuman, George Snider, Robbie Stanley, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas & Bobby Unser


TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1957: Ed Elisian (6/16) & Andy Linden (8/18)
1958: Eddie Sachs (6/22) & Tommy Hinnershitz (8/17)
1959: Don Branson (6/21) & Jim McWithey (8/16)
1960: Don Branson (6/12) & Jim Hurtubise (8/21)
1961: Jim Hurtubise (6/11) & Jim Hurtubise (8/13)
1962: Jim Hurtubise (6/17) & Jim Hurtubise (8/12)
1963: Roger McCluskey (6/16) & Bobby Marshman (8/11)
1964: A.J. Foyt (6/14) & Don Branson (8/9)
1965: Johnny Rutherford (6/13) & Johnny Rutherford (8/15)
1966: Roger McCluskey (6/19), Roger McCluskey (6/19) & Roger McCluskey (9/14)
1967: Bobby Unser (6/11), Greg Weld (6/11), Rollie Beale (8/13) & Greg Weld (9/10)
1968: Gary Bettenhausen (6/16), Larry Dickson (8/11) & Gary Bettenhausen (9/8)
1969: Gary Bettenhausen (8/10) & Gary Bettenhausen (10/19)
1970: Jim McElreath (6/21), Dick Tobias (8/9) & Bruce Walkup (9/13)
1971: George Snider (5/1) & Gary Bettenhausen (8/8)
1972: Bruce Walkup (4/30), Charlie Masters (6/11) & Rollie Beale (8/19)
1973: Joe Saldana (5/5), Mel Cornett (6/9) 7 Sammy Sessions (8/5)
1974: Gary Bettenhausen (4/14) & Sheldon Kinser (8/4)
1975: Pancho Carter (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/1), Gary Bettenhausen (8/3) & Tom Bigelow (9/21)
1976: Jan Opperman (5/1), Tom Bigelow (6/6), Gary Bettenhausen (8/1) & Chuck Gurney (10/31)
1977: James McElreath (5/7), Sheldon Kinser (6/5), Bubby Jones (7/31) & Pancho Carter (9/25)
1978: Dick Tobias (5/6), Billy Cassella (6/4) & Bubby Jones (9/24)
1979: Pancho Carter (5/5), Bubby Jones (5/6), Bubby Jones (6/3), Bubby Jones (8/5) & Bubby Jones (9/23)
1980: Eddie Leavitt (5/3), Steve Chassey (5/4), Joe Saldana (6/29), Rich Vogler (8/3) & Rich Vogler (9/21)
1981: Sheldon Kinser (5/3), Rich Vogler (8/9) & Sheldon Kinser (9/7)
1982: Chet Johnson (5/9), Sheldon Kinser (6/20), Steve Kinser (8/8) & Larry Rice (9/5)
1983: Jack Hewitt (5/8), Rich Vogler (6/19) & Jack Hewitt (8/28)
1984: Rick Hood (6/10) & Steve Butler (8/26)
1985: Ron Shuman (5/5), Rick Hood (6/9) & Rick Hood (8/25)
1986: Rich Vogler (5/4) & Sheldon Kinser (8/3)
1987: Steve Butler (5/3) & Steve Butler (5/23)
1990: Jack Hewitt (7/8)
1991: Jack Hewitt (7/7)
1992: Rusty McClure (7/12) & Cary Faas (10/11)
1993: Dave Darland (5/2) & Robbie Stanley (7/11)
1994: Cary Faas (5/1) & Tray House (7/17)
1995: Jack Hewitt (4/30) & Jack Hewitt (7/16)
1996: Doug Kalitta (5/12), Kevin Thomas (7/12) & Jack Hewitt (10/5)
1997: J.J. Yeley (6/27), J.J. Yeley (7/23) & Jack Hewitt (10/4)
1998: Cary Faas (5/29) & Tony Elliott (8/14)
1999: Tracy Hines (5/8), Tony Jones (6/17), Jerry Coons, Jr. (6/18), Frankie Kerr (6/19) & Terry Pletch (7/21)
2000: Jay Drake (6/15), Richard Griffin (6/16), Jay Drake (6/18) & Jay Drake (7/28)
2001: Tracy Hines (5/19), Bud Kaeding (10/20) & Bud Kaeding (10/20)
2002: Jon Stanbrough (5/11), Cory Kruseman (7/27) & J.J. Yeley (10/5)
2003: J.J. Yeley (5/17), Tracy Hines (7/26), J.J. Yeley (8/14 Special Event) & J.J. Yeley (10/4)
2004: Cory Kruseman (5/22), J.J. Yeley (7/24) & Bud Kaeding (9/4)
2005: Levi Jones (7/22), Levi Jones (9/30) & Levi Jones (10/1)
2006: Daron Clayton (10/6) & Daron Clayton (10/7)
2007: Jon Stanbrough (5/19)
2008: Levi Jones (5/22)
2009: Levi Jones (5/21), Brad Sweet (7/15) & Jon Stanbrough (9/12)
2010: Jerry Coons, Jr. (5/27), Jon Stanbrough (7/14) & Jon Stanbrough (9/11)
2011: Chris Windom (7/13) & Chris Windom (9/10)
2012: Bud Kaeding (5/24), Daron Clayton (7/18) & Chase Stockon (10/12)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7/17) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (8/31)
2014: Dave Darland (5/21), Bryan Clauson (7/16) & Brady Bacon (9/18)
2015: Aaron Farney (7/15) & Robert Ballou (9/18)
2016: Robert Ballou (5/25), Chase Stockon (7/17) & Chris Windom (10/15)
2017: Chris Windom (9/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (10/14)
2018: Tyler Courtney (5/23), Tyler Courtney (7/25) & Brady Bacon (9/14)
2019: Chase Stockon (5/22), Tyler Courtney (7/24) & Justin Grant (9/13)



GAMESTER GETS IT DONE AT GAS CITY

Gas City, Indiana (October 5, 2019).........Russ Gamester controlled Saturday night's Fall Festival of Speed from start to finish, leading all 25 laps to win the final USAC Midget Midwest Special Event of the season at Indiana's Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Gamester, the 1989 USAC National Midget champion from Peru, Ind., started from the pole position and ran away to a full-straightaway lead at the checkered over Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Kendall Ruble (Vincennes, Ind.), Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio) and Cody Beard (Huntingburg, Ind.).

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USAC MIDGET MIDWEST SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - Fall Festival of Speed

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chett Gehrke (#10 Moore), 2. Cole Ketcham (#3E Martini/Ketcham), 3. Cody Beard (#7B Beard), 4. Jeff Beasley (#83B Beasley), 5. Zane Briggs (#10B Briggs), 6. Mark Nieft, Jr. (#20N Nieft), 7. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 8. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 9. Jon Steed (#7 Steed). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 2. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 3. Kyle Dager (#2 Briggs), 4. Jon Watson (#25 Watson), 5. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 6. Brent Watson (#17K Watson), 7. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 8. Kevin Blue (#5T Blue), 9. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 10. Tim Key (#6 Key). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 2. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 3. Cory Guingrich (#42 Guingrich), 4. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 5. Chris Baue (#9 Baue), 6. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 7. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 8. Ryan Thomas (#17 Thomas), 9. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard), 10. Ian Creager (#36 Creager). NT

FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Emerson Axsom (#15 Petry), 2. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 3. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 4. Drew Rader (#74 Rader), 5. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 6. Ryan Irwin (#38 Irwin), 7. Bryce Dues (#23D Dues), 8. Zach Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 9. Denny Smith (#66 Smith). NT

FIRST SEMI: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Baue, 2. Jacob Denney, 3. Zane Briggs, 4. Jeff Wimmenauer, 5. Oliver Akard, 6. Mark Nieft, Jr., 7. Ryan Thomas, 8. Tommy Bigelow, 9. Don Bigelow, 10. Ian Creager. NT

SECOND SEMI: (10 laps, top-2 transfer to the feature) 1. Nate Foster, 2. Gunnar Lucius, 3. Kevin Blue, 4. Brent Watson, 5. Chris Bounds, 6. Kyle Kriegbaum, 7. Zach Guingrich, 8. Bryce Dues, 9. Ryan Irwin, 10. Denny Smith, 11. Tim Key. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Nick Spiedel (#21 Spiedel)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Russ Gamester, 2. Chett Gehrke, 3. Kendall Ruble, 4. Alex Watson, 5. Cody Beard, 6. Aaron Leffel, 7. Tyler Nelson, 8. Chis Baue, 9. Drew Rader, 10. Cole Ketcham, 11. Justin Dickerson, 12. Stratton Briggs, 13. Nate Foster, 14. Cory Guingrich, 15. Jon Watson, 16. Gunner Lucius, 17. Jacob Denney, 18. Jeff Beasley, 19. Emerson Axsom, 20. Kyle Dager.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Russ Gamester.
Winner Brett Wilson
(Jeff Taylor Photo)

WILSON JETS TO RED DIRT VICTORY

Meeker, Oklahoma (October 5, 2019).........Brett Wilson became the first driver to reach three victories on the 2019 USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma season after capturing the victory in Saturday night's 50-lap feature event at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla.

Series point leader and defending champ Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) started from the outside of the front row and followed early leader and pole sitter Jeffrey Newell for the first two circuits. Wilson went to the point on the third lap and held control for the remaining 48 laps to take the win over Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.), Tanner Conn (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.) and Alison Slaton (Edmond, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: October 5, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 5$-Danny Smith, [2]; 2. 24X-T.J. Herrell, [4]; 3. 78-Tanner Conn, [7]; 4. 77-J.C. Wilson, [3]; 5. 13$-Len Larkin, [8]; 6. 62-James Shoun, [6]; 7. 7D-David Baxter, [1]; 8. 25-Kyle Admire, [5]

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, starting position in brackets) 1. 55-Johnny Kent, [4]; 2. 54-Jeffrey Newe