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AUSTIN WILLIAMS GRABS PERRIS “GLENN HOWARD MEMORIAL” VICTORY

PERRIS, CA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2019… Charging from ninth, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) took the lead from “The Demon” Damion Gardner on the 22nd lap and claimed the “12th Annual Glenn Howard Memorial” at Perris Auto Speedway. Driving Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams claimed a hard fought main event and scored his ninth career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car victory. Jake Swanson, fast qualifier Gardner, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, and Brody Roa rounded out the top-five drivers.

Matt Stewart earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to seventh place run. Chris Bonneau claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the feature.

Earlier in the program, Gardner posted his 90th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 16.269 over the 21-car roster.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and R.J. Johnson (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will travel to Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley Arizona on Saturday, September 28th, for the “Hall of Fame Classic” with the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars.

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 21, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “12th Annual Glenn Howard Classic”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.269; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.522; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.563; 4. Matt Mitchell, 37, Mitchell-16.656; 5. Brody Roa, 42, Cheney-16.705; 6. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.748; 7. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.761; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-16.793; 9. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.830; 10. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-16.863; 11. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-16.933; 12. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.067; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.088; 14. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.101; 15. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.287; 16. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.299; 17. Matt Stewart, 55, Everhart-17.437; 18. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-17.797; 19. Chris Tramel, 58, Everhart-17.954; 20. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-23.700; 21. Will Perkins, 50P, Perkins-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. C.Williams, 3. Tafoya, 4. Mitchell, 5. T.Williams, 6. Hix, 7. Tramel. 2:53.03.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Roa, 3. Stewart, 4. Timmons, 5. Sweeney, 6. Gansen, 7. McCarthy. 2:54.28.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. A.Williams, 3. Malcolm, 4. Rose, 5. Englert, 6. Bonneau, 7. Perkins. 2:58.16.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Williams (9), 2. Jake Swanson (5), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Tommy Malcolm (1), 5. Brody Roa (2), 6. Chris Gansen (8), 7. Matt Stewart (17), 8. Bill Rose (15), 9. Trent Williams (10), 10. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 11. Matt McCarthy (14), 12. Verne Sweeney (11), 13. Chris Bonneau (12), 14. Eric Englert (18), 15. Steve Hix (16), 16. Chris Tramel (19), 17. R.J. Johnson (4), 18. Cody Williams (7), 19. Ryan Timmons (20), 20. Matt Mitchell (3), 21. Will Perkins (21). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Malcolm, Lap 4 Roa, Laps 5-8 Malcolm, Laps 9-10 Johnson, Laps 11-21 Gardner, Laps 22-30 A.Williams.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Matt Stewart (17th to 7th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Bonneau

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1142, 2-A.Williams-1083, 3-Roa-1063, 4-Swanson-975, 5-Gansen-757, 6-Malcolm-666, 7-McCarthy-608, 8-Charles Davis Jr.-592, 9-Danny Faria Jr.-583, 10-Tafoya-549.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 28 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic” – co-sanctioned with Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars

 

 

FATHERS AND SONS PART OF THE FABRIC OF SPRINGFIELD CHAMP CAR HISTORY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 19, 2019).........The lineage of father/son duos who've competed in AAA/USAC Championship Dirt Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for the past eight decades begins right there with the title of this Sunday's race: the Bettenhausen 100.

The family patriarch, 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion Tony Bettenhausen, won the pole twice at the Springfield Mile, both in 1950, and won three times in 10 starts in 1947-50-51. Tony's son Gary followed in a similar path, winning the race named for his father twice, in 1978 and 1983, in 19 starts at the one-mile dirt oval.

Racing is an endeavor with names and venues that connect the past to the current; not many places still in existence have as much overflowing history as does the Springfield Mile.

On this Sunday's driver entry list, Greenfield, Indiana's C.J. Leary is the lone son of a father who competed in a USAC Silver Crown car at Springfield. His father Chuck, the 1995 series Rookie of the Year, made three starts, finishing a best of 7th in 1999. C.J., a 2015 series Rookie of the Year himself, has a best finish of 6th in the first of his three Springfield starts in 2015. They remain the only father/son to date to both win at least one Silver Crown main event.

After a glace at the history of AAA/USAC Champ Car racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, which dates back to 1934, we've found no less than 21 sons who've joined their fathers as Champ Car starters at Springfield.

Johnnie Parsons, the 1950 Indianapolis 500 winner, was impressive at Springfield where he finished in the top-five on four occasions, winning the 1949 100-miler en route to the AAA title. Son Johnny made 27 starts at Springfield in a Champ Car, second only to George Snider. While Johnny never won, he was a three-time pole starter in 1975-94-95 and finished in the runner-up position behind Tom Bigelow.

The Carter family is the only three consecutive generation family of racers at Springfield in a Champ Car. Duane Carter started six, finishing a best of 7th in 1949. Duane's son Pancho made nine starts at Springfield, winning in his final appearance in 1980. Pancho's brother Dana was 12th in 1982, tops among his three starts. Pancho's two sons Dane and Cole each notched starts at Springfield. Dane made four with a 14th place result in 2003 while Cole started 3rd and finished 30th in his only appearance in 2005, his day ending early following a hard crash early on.

Two-time Indianapolis winner Bill Vukovich started 6th and finished 15th in his one Springfield start in 1951. Son Billy was a more frequent visitor, carving out 14 starts and a 3rd place finish in 1969.

Chuck Weyant was an 11th place finisher in both of his Springfield starts in 1954-59. Chuck's son Tony Weyant made a pair of starts, topping out with a 13th in 1980. Chuck is the great uncle of Springfield native Korey Weyant who will be in competition in his green/white No. 99 this Sunday at Springfield.

Eddie Sachs, a two-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner and the 1958 USAC Midwest Sprint Car champion, finished as the runner-up at Springfield in 1960, was 3rd in 1956 and 7th in 1959. Son Eddie Sachs, Jr., made a single appearance in 1991, finishing 35th in the Bettenhausen 100.

Parnelli Jones, the 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner, won the pole at Springfield in 1961 and finished in the runner-up spot in 1962. Son Page's career was tragically cut short due to injury, but he did make one start at Springfield in 1994, starting 19th and finishing 28th, bowing out with an oil tank issue just 16 laps into the 100-lap race.

Texan Jim McElreath made 18 Springfield starts between 1962 and 1992. He won the pole for the race in 1965 and finished inside the top-five on six occasions with a best of 2nd in 1978. Son James made just three starts, starting 6th and finishing 4th during his best performance less than two months before his death in a sprint car crash at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. Jim and James remain the only father/son to compete in the same Champ Car race at Springfield, something they did twice in 1976-77.

In 11 Springfield starts, 1975 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Bill Puterbaugh finished in the top-five twice, 5th in 1972 followed up by a best of 3rd in 1973. Son Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. was a top-five runner himself in 1998, finishing 5th, the best performance in his three starts.

Mike Mosely, a three-time Milwaukee Indy Car winner, started in the top-ten in both of his Springfield appearances with a best finish of 10th in 1970. His son, Mike Mosley, Jr. took home a 27th place result in his first and only Bettenhausen 100 run in 1998.

Eastern superstar Dick "Toby" Tobias came west to Springfield twice in the early 1970s, finishing 12th in 1972. His son, Rich Tobias, Jr., started the 100-miler seven times, finishing in the runner-up spot in 2004.

Arizonian Ron Shuman had three top-fives in his Springfield career, including a second-place result in 1983. Son Casey Shuman, the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year, has made two starts with a best result of 7th in 2015.

Shorty Templeman, who won the first three National Midget driving titles under the USAC banner in 1956-57-58, appeared twice at Springfield in a Champ Car, taking a 5th in 1961. Shorty's son Clark Templeman crossed the stripe in 8th in 1978 for his best run at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

USAC Hall of Famer Bob East made a pair of starts during his driving career with a 15th in 1978 as his top result. Son Bobby East went on to become a USAC National Midget champ in 2004 and twice a Silver Crown titlist in 2012-13. In four Springfield Champ Car starts, Bobby was at his best in his final start there, a 3rd, in 2014.

An 8th was Illinoisan Jerry Russell's best in eight Springfield starts, which came in his first try in 1984. Son Steven Russell took his shot at the Mile twice, earning a 14th in 2014.

Indy Car, NASCAR and drag racing veteran John Andretti had a solid debut in his lone Springfield start in 1985, scoring a 7th place finish. Jarett Andretti joined his father as a Springfield starter in 2013, racing home to a 12th place result.

West Coast Sprint Car racing legend Brent Kaeding came to the Midwest to tackle the Springfield Mile on three different occasions, taking 7th in 1986. His son, Bud Kaeding, was excellent in the Crown cars during his career, winning the series title in 2007. The Californian's best afternoon at Springfield came in the first of his nine starts, starting 4th and finishing 2nd in 2000.

Blake Hollingsworth made a pair of starts at Springfield, his 12th place start and 22nd place finish in 1993 was the better of the two. Son Shane Hollingsworth, the 2009 Hoosier Hundred victor, entered his name into the Bettenhausen 100 record book, winning the pole for the 2008 race and finishing 3rd.

Not often does the son make his debut at a racetrack before his father, but that's just the case with three-time NASCAR champ and four-time USAC National titlist Tony Stewart. Tony made four Springfield Silver Crown starts with a finish of 10th serving as his best, which came during his 1995 Triple Crown season. Tony's father Nelson Stewart dabbled in Silver Crown racing beginning in 2004, failing to qualify for the big show after missing the transfer in the qualifying race.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

FATHER AND SONS TO COMPETE IN A AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR EVENT AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS: John & Jarett Andretti Tony & Gary Bettenhausen Duane & Pancho/Dana Carter Pancho Carter & Dane/Cole Carter Bob & Bobby East Blake & Shane Hollingsworth Parnelli & Page Jones Brent & Bud Kaeding Chuck & C.J. Leary Jim & James McElreath Mike Sr. & Mike Mosley, Jr. Johnnie & Johnny Parsons Bill Sr. & Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. Jerry & Steven Russell Eddie & Eddie Sachs, Jr. Ron & Casey Shuman Nelson & Tony Stewart Shorty & Clark Templeman Dick & Rich Tobias, Jr. Bill & Billy Vukovich Chuck & Tony Weyant

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA SPRINT CARS RETURN TO PERRIS FOR “12TH ANNUAL GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC”
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019... This Saturday, September 21st, the chase for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship returns to Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "12th Annual Glenn Howard Classic” will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. 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/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series 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.

Saturday's event honors Glenn Howard who is considered by many in the industry as a "racer's racer." Throughout his involvement in racing, Glenn had served as a crew member, driver, car owner, sponsor, official, and businessman. Howard's So-Cal Performance was recognized as a major parts supplier to racers across the globe for many years. In 1993, Glenn became the first president of the Sprint Car Racing Association (SCRA) and helped to build the foundation of the nationally respected club. After his term was over, Howard remained active in motorsports until his passing in September 2007. Kazarian, Perris Auto Speedway, and the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series are proud to honor Glenn's memory with the annual event and the winner’s list is at the end of the release.

To date, there have been 219 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Since March 6, 2004, 40 different drivers claimed victory at Perris, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 46 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last six visits, Richard Vander Weerd has two triumphs with other wins scored by Gardner, Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Jake Swanson. The series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the seventeenth point race, there have been ten different winners. “The Demon” Damion Gardner has three victories, while Roa, Schuerenberg, Swanson, and Vander Weerd are tied with two wins. Josh Hodges, Chase Johnson, Austin Liggett, Troy Rutherford, and Austin Williams have one triumph on the season.

After winning at Santa Maria on September 7th and claiming the “California Sprint Week” crown by 1-point, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has a 62-point lead. Racing Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner has three feature wins, eight Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, six heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main Win, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, thirteen top-10 finishes, and 70 feature laps led on the year. The seven-time champion leads all drivers with 83 USAC/CRA wins and will be looking for his fifth “Glenn Howard Classic” victory.

After running second to Gardner during “California Sprint Week” and at Santa Maria, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) has climbed to second in the USAC/CRA point standings. Piloting Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, fourteen top-10 finishes, and 18 feature laps led in the campaign. The 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year is tied with Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt, Brody Roa, and Danny Sheridan with eight series wins and will have his sights on his second “Glenn Howard Classic” triumph.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks third in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Driving the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa was third in “California Sprint Week” points and finished sixteenth at Santa Maria. The 2016 USAC West Coast champion has two feature wins, three heat race victories, twelve top-10 finishes, and 104 feature laps led to his credit. It was recently announced that the #91R car was parked and Brody raced to last Saturday’s Peoria USAC SouthWest Sprint Car win in Tanner Grau’s #34 Maxim. Currently tied with Dave Darland, Rickie Gaunt, Danny Sheridan, and Austin Williams with eight USAC/CRA wins, Roa is a threat to win his first “Glenn Howard Classic.”

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson scored third at Santa Maria and placed fifth in “California Sprint Week” standings. To date, the Louie Vermeil Classic winner has two feature wins, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one dash win, four heat race victories, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, ten top-10 finishes, and 43 feature laps led to his credit. Jake is tied with Darren Hagen, Kevin Swindell, and Chris Windom with four series wins and will be looking to add the “Glenn Howard Classic” to his resume.

Chris Gansen (Verdemont Heights, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point chase. Racing the family owned #4G Trench Shoring / Circle Track Performance Maxim, Gansen ran ninth at Santa Maria and placed tenth in the “California Sprint Week” standings. At press time, Chris has posted two Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Awards, six top-10 finishes, and 15 feature laps led in the campaign. This Saturday night, Gansen will have his sights on his first USAC/CRA triumph at Perris Auto Speedway.

Currently ranked eleventh 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 “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Matt McCarthy, Richard Vander Weerd, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, R.J. Johnson, Austin Liggett, Jace Vander Weerd, Stevie Sussex, Verne Sweeney, Joel Rayborne, Trent Williams, and more.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at 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. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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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.

GLENN HOWARD CLASSIC/MEMORIAL WINNERS: 2008-Tony Jones, 2009-Bryan Clauson, 2010-Cory Kruseman, 2011-Nic Faas, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Nic Faas, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Austin Williams, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

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-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, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 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-1064, 2. Austin Williams-1006, 3. Brody Roa-996, 4. Jake Swanson-895, 5. Chris Gansen-699, 6. Tommy Malcolm-598, 7. Charles Davis Jr.-592, 8. Danny Faria Jr.-583, 9. Matt McCarthy-565, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-508, 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-500, 12. Mike Martin-477, 13. Steve Hix ®-469, 14. Cody Williams-461, 15. R.J. Johnson-458, 16. Austin Liggett-453, 17. Jace Vander Weerd-351, 18. Stevie Sussex-350, 19. Verne Sweeney-348, 20. A.J. Bender-307.

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 (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

WILSON GOES FOR ILLINOIS DIRT MILE SWEEP SUNDAY AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 17, 2019).........Once you win one, you just can't stop. That's been the mantra for several drivers over the years who've tamed both the Du Quoin and Springfield miles in a single year.

This Sunday, September 22, in the 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Jacob Wilson aims to join an illustrious group of drivers who've scored AAA/USAC Champ Car victories within a single calendar year at both Illinois venues.

Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) dominated the Ted Horn 100 at Du Quoin at the beginning of September, leading the final 59 laps to capture his first career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victory.

Prior to that, the feat of doubling up in the Land of Lincoln has been accomplished on 22 occasions by 15 different drivers and was done as recently as 2018 when Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) conquered both, leading a total of just 15 laps combined in his winning efforts.

Tony Bettenhausen was the first to win at both Springfield and Du Quoin back in 1951. He has the unique aspect of winning three between the two tracks that year, winning once at Springfield in August, then swept the Labor Day Champ Car weekend at Du Quoin, winning both Saturday's Ted Horn Memorial and Monday's Du Quoin 100. Tony's son, Gary, followed his father's footsteps to an Illinois mile track sweep in 1983.

Bettenhausen was one of four drivers to achieve the Springfield/Du Quoin sweep in the 1950s, followed by Sam Hanks (1953), Jimmy Bryan (1955-56) and Johnny Thomson (1958).

Supertex A.J. Foyt carried the torch into the decade of the 1960s and, like Bryan, did the deed twice in both 1964 and 1967, the same seasons he earned his second and third Indianapolis 500 victories, respectively.

Al Unser won Indy, Springfield and Du Quoin all within the same year in 1970 aboard Vel's Parnelli Jones' striking Johnny Lightning Special.

Mario Andretti went back-to-back as Unser's Vel's Parnelli Jones teammate in 1973 and 1974 at Springfield and Du Quoin. Just three weeks following his champ car victory at Du Quoin, Andretti, the eventual World Driving Champion in 1978, finished 7th in the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport in Formula One Grand Prix competition.

Only two drivers have swept Springfield and Du Quoin in the same season on three different occasions. Jack Hewitt went back-to-back at both in 1986-87 where he put a stranglehold on the dirt, winning eight of 13 across a two-year span on the dirt portion of the Silver Crown schedule in his two championship seasons.

Chuck Gurney notched three seasons of one-mile Illinois sweeps, first during his championship year of 1989 in the meticulous Junior Kurtz owned machine, followed by two more years of Illinoisan domination by the Californian in 1994 and 1996.

Paul White and J.J. Yeley swept Springfield and Du Quoin during their Silver Crown championship years as well in 2001 and 2002, respectively. Tracy Hines, who, like Yeley, went on to become a USAC Triple Crown champion, celebrated in victory lane at both venues in 2006.

Brian Tyler has five combined triumphs at Springfield (4) and Du Quoin (1). In 2008, his Bettenhausen 100 score at Springfield came in tandem with his lone win at Du Quoin two weeks later.

Wilson's opportunity awaits this Sunday. Some may have seen his Du Quoin performance as a startling revelation. However, he's shown year-after-year his growth into a sure-footed competitor on the dirt miles. He started 10th and finished 4th last year at Springfield, stormed from 31st to 11th in 2017, started 5th in 2015 and began the 100-miler from the front row in 2014.

By winning at Du Quoin, Wilson joined an amazing list of some of the who's who of Champ Car racing going back six decades. The same can be said for Springfield, whose heritage dates to 1934 with AAA. Getting both in one year would elevate him into a stratosphere known only to a few individuals. That opportunity awaits him this Sunday.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

WON AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR RACES AT BOTH SPRINGFIELD AND Du QUOIN IN SAME SEASON: 1951: Tony Bettenhausen 1953: Sam Hanks 1955: Jimmy Bryan 1956: Jimmy Bryan 1958: Johnny Thomson 1964: A.J. Foyt 1967: A.J. Foyt 1970: Al Unser 1973: Mario Andretti 1974: Mario Andretti 1983: Gary Bettenhausen 1986: Jack Hewitt 1987: Jack Hewitt 1989: Chuck Gurney 1993: Jack Hewitt 1994: Chuck Gurney 1996: Chuck Gurney 2001: Paul White 2002: J.J. Yeley 2006: Tracy Hines 2008: Brian Tyler 2018: Chris Windom

 

 

38 ENTRIES FOR SUNDAY'S BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 17, 2019).........The entry list for Sunday's 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt has been revealed with 38 USAC Silver Crown Champ Car drivers and teams ready to take on the legendary Springfield mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Five past Bettenhausen 100 winners are entered for the Sunday afternoon race. Among them is Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), who enters as the defending winner of the Bettenhausen 100 en route to a sweep of both Illinois dirt mile races on the schedule in 2018.

The two most recent drivers to go back-to-back at Springfield include A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.) won consecutive runnings of the Bettenhausen 100 in both 2012-13 just as point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) did in 2014-15. Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) prepares for his 26th career start in the race, which ranks 3rd all-time and includes a triumph in 1998. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the first of his two career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victories in 2017 at Springfield.

A handful of drivers have gotten the job done on the Land of Lincoln's other dirt mile, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, but are seeking their first Springfield victories. Two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), plus another pair of past Du Quoin Mile winners in Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) are up to the task. Jeff Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) is a three-time Silver Crown winner on dirt miles, twice at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and once at Du Quoin, but Springfield has eluded him thus far despite three 3rd place finishes in 1992-1993-2017.

Springfieldian Korey Weyant wowed fans with a high-wire ride on the cushion in the qualifying race at Springfield a year ago and joined by fellow Illinoisans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), a 29th place finisher in 2018, and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.), who took 31st in 2018, are ready to make an impression for the home crowd.

On the two occasions the Silver Crown cars graced a one-mile dirt oval this year, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the victor in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He led a race-high 49 laps last year at Springfield. Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the most recent dirt event in a stellar performance for his first career series win at Du Quoin. He came home a strong 4th at Springfield a year ago.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has also won on the dirt this year, taking a wild last-lap victory at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in June for his first career win in a Crown car. His Klatt Enterprises team holds a slim 15-point lead over Nolen Racing in the owner standings for the season.

Veteran Silver Crown winners seeking their first mile dirt victories on Sunday include C.J. Leary Greenfield, Ind., a two-time series winner seeking his first dirt mile victory. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) finished 10th at Springfield a year ago. John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) will each return to Springfield after lengthy absences, Heydenreich (2007) and Gordon (2003).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps and finished 2nd in 2018 at Springfield. Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) finished 5th at Springfield in 2015. Those veterans are joined by 2018 Bettenhausen 100 top-ten finishers, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (6th) and Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (8th), all of whom are gunning for their first career Silver Crown wins.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is 8th in the standings and enters his second Bettenhausen 100 run after starting 20th and finishing 12th a year ago. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) stands 12th in points and is coming off his best run of the year in the most recent dirt race, a 10th at Du Quoin.

Ohio's Matt Westfall will make his Silver Crown season debut Sunday at Springfield, which will mark the 2005 Eldora USAC Sprint winner's first start at Springfield since 2009 and his first Silver Crown appearance anywhere since 2013.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 100 ENTRY LIST (38 DRIVERS)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
18 TRAVIS WELPOTT/Pendleton, IN (Welpott/Gorman Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
23 TERRY JAMES/St. Louis, MO (Todd Satterthwaite)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Westfall Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
66 BILL ROSE/Plainfield, IN (Bill Rose Racing)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender


 

HARD-CHARGERS HAVE DICED IT UP AT THE BETTENHAUSEN 100

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 16, 2019).........Over the course of 100 miles, there's seemingly ample time for a driver to make a charge to the front even if he didn't quite qualify where he necessarily wanted to, especially at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, host of this Sunday afternoon's Bettenhausen 100 on September 22.

However, starting in front of the field gives that driver a theoretical head start on those in the thick of the pack - those who are trying to meet the pace instead of setting the pace themselves.

That scenario makes it a strain on driver, crew and equipment alike. Having to be in a constant chase mode requires running a race that is not wholly dictated by yourself compared to being the front runner. Many a Silver Crown driver will play it conservatively, only turning up the wick in the last 30 laps or so to make it a spring race.

Nonetheless, even at a conservative pace, tires can be used up throughout the course of 100 miles under the daylight if you're not careful.

One year ago at the Bettenhausen 100, Chris Windom feathered the limits of aggressiveness and restraint by working his way from the 13th starting spot in the 31-car field to win on the Springfield Mile, making the winning pass with just nine laps remaining.

It marked the tenth time in the 57 runnings of the Bettenhausen that a winning driver started outside the top-ten - 1964: A.J. Foyt (16), 1979: Bobby Olivero (13), 1987: Jack Hewitt (16), 1988: Steve Chassey (20), 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (28), 2004: Brian Tyler (21), 2005: Brian Tyler (16), 2011: Brian Tyler (14) and 2015: Kody Swanson (16).

Irwin's impressive charge from 28th to 1st is the furthest back any winning driver has started in the 49-year history of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series.

That means only one less winning driver has started outside the top-ten (10) than has a driver starting from the pole (11) in the history of the Bettenhausen 100 - a pole winner hasn't won at Springfield since Kody Swanson in 2014. Swanson won again in 2015 after setting fast qualifying time but was forced to start from 16th due to missing his place in the qualifying line.

It took until the sixth running of the Bettenhausen 100 before a driver won from the pole at Springfield - Don Branson in 1966, followed by 1976: Tom Bigelow, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Chuck Gurney, 1992: Jimmy Sills, 1998: Russ Gamester, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: Dave Darland, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2013: A.J. Fike and 2014: Kody Swanson.

Hines was untouchable in 2006, setting the still-standing track record mark of 29.305 sec. around the mile, which translates to a 122.846 mph average lap. He proceeded to lead all 100 laps that afternoon according to the record books, notching the victory following a failed post-race technical inspection of Dave Steele's car after he led the final 36 laps.

Is it better to start from the pole or to play the role of the chaser? It depends on the situation and the comfort level of the driver. On the dirt, Silver Crown winners this year have started 3rd (Tyler Courtney at the Indy Mile), 3rd (Brady Bacon at Williams Grove) and 6th (Jacob Wilson at Du Quoin). In fact, on dirt, a driver hasn't won from the pole since Swanson at the May 2018 Hoosier Hundred.

In that span, pole sitters have finished 5th (Jerry Coons, Jr. at Springfield 2018), 17th (Jacob Wilson at Du Quoin 2018), 3rd (Shane Cottle at Eldora 2018), 2nd (Kevin Thomas, Jr. at the Indy Mile 2019), 3rd (Justin Grant at Williams Grove 2019) and 3rd (Tyler Courtney at Du Quoin 2019).

Being on the pole is great and all with a nice clean start waiting for you without any traffic stacked in your path. But even, say starting from 28th, doesn't necessarily put you out of the game. That's what makes it entertaining, as the Springfield Mile has been resurgent in the last several years, producing unpredictability and a allotment of hard-chargers storming their way to the front to dice it up.

That unpredictability is what keeps us coming back and it's something you can predict come this Sunday.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 FAST QUALIFIERS: 1961: Parnelli Jones - 34.17 1962: Roger McCluskey - 36.53 1963: A.J. Foyt - 33.75 1964: Rodger Ward - 33.82 1965: Jim McElreath - 32.89 1966: Don Branson - 33.04 1967: Larry Dickson - 33.82 1968: Al Unser - 34.96 1969: Greg Weld - 34.11 1971: Greg Weld - 34.86 1972: Lee Kunzman - 33.91 1973: Al Unser - 33.31 1974: Greg Weld - 34.20 1975: Johnny Parsons - 33.324 1976: Tom Bigelow - 34.798 1977: Thad Dosher - 34.847 1978: Bubby Jones - 35.570 1979: Steve Chassey - 33.773 1980: Larry Rice - 32.828 1981: Tom Bigelow - 32.660 1982: Sheldon Kinser - 32.449 1983: Steve Chassey - 31.932 1985: Joe Saldana - 31.144 1986: George Snider - 31.894 1987: Jeff Swindell - 30.919 1988: George Snider - 32.044 1989: Chuck Gurney - 31.711 1990: Chuck Gurney - 32.457 1991: Stan Fox - 31.559 1992: Jimmy Sills - 31.523 1993: Larry Dickson - 30.767 1995: Johnny Parsons - 31.936 1996: Robby Flock - 29.988 1997: Russ Gamester - 31.287 1998: Russ Gamester - 112.757 1999: Bill Rose - 31.768 2000: Tony Elliot - 30.221 2001: J.J. Yeley - 31.363 2002: J.J. Yeley - 30.534 2003: Dave Darland - 30.240 2004: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 30.362 2005: Josh Wise - 29.776 2006: Tracy Hines - 29.305 2007: Levi Jones - 30.316 (A) 2008: Shane Hollingsworth - 30.286 2009: A.J. Fike - 29.618 (B) 2011: Tracy Hines - 31.373 2012: Brian Tyler - 30.948 (C) 2013: A.J. Fike - 32.125 2014: Kody Swanson - 31.999 2015: Kody Swanson - 30.532 (D) 2017: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 29.988 2018: Jerry Coons, Jr. - 30.875

(A) Time set during practice, field lined up from practice times due to rain.

(B) A.J. Fike set fast time, but due to an invert procedure, Cole Whitt started in the first position.

(C) Brian Tyler set fast time, but due to an invert procedure, Kody Swanson started in the first position.

(D) Kody Swanson set fast time, but due to penalty, started 16th.

BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINNERS (Starting Position in Parentheses) 1961: Jim Hurtubise (4) 1962: Jim Hurtubise (2) 1963: Rodger Ward (4) 1964: A.J. Foyt (16) 1965: A.J. Foyt (5) 1966: Don Branson (1) 1967: A.J. Foyt (2) 1968: Roger McCluskey (4) 1969: Mario Andretti (2) 1970: Al Unser (6) 1971: A.J. Foyt (10) 1972: Al Unser (7) 1973: Mario Andretti (4) 1974: Mario Andretti (2) 1975: Al Unser (6) 1976: Tom Bigelow (1) 1977: Larry Rice (7) 1978: Gary Bettenhausen (5) 1979: Bobby Olivero (13) 1980: Pancho Carter (4) 1981: George Snider (9) 1982: Bobby Olivero (12) 1983: Gary Bettenhausen (2) 1984: Chuck Gurney (1) 1985: Chuck Gurney (3) 1986: Jack Hewitt (10) 1987: Jack Hewitt (16) 1988: Steve Chassey (20) 1989: Chuck Gurney (1) 1990: Chuck Gurney (1) 1991: Chuck Gurney (3) 1992: Jimmy Sills (1) 1993: Jack Hewitt (7) 1994: Chuck Gurney (7) 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (28) 1996: Chuck Gurney (3) 1997: Dave Darland (3) 1998: Russ Gamester (1) 1999: Dave Darland (3) 2000: Jack Hewitt (8) 2001: Paul White (2) 2002: J.J. Yeley (1) 2003: Dave Darland (1) 2004: Brian Tyler (21) 2005: Brian Tyler (16) 2006: Tracy Hines (1) 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (3) 2008: Brian Tyler (2) 2009: Cole Whitt (1) 2011: Brian Tyler (14) 2012: A.J. Fike (5) 2013: A.J. Fike (1) 2014: Kody Swanson (1) 2015: Kody Swanson (16) 2017: Justin Grant (2) 2018: Chris Windom (13)

BETTENHAUSEN 100 WINNERS BY STARTING POSITION:

1ST: (11 Times) 1966: Don Branson, 1976: Tom Bigelow, 1984: Chuck Gurney, 1989: Chuck Gurney, 1990: Chuck Gurney, 1992: Jimmy Sills, 1998: Russ Gamester, 2002: J.J. Yeley, 2003: Dave Darland, 2006: Tracy Hines, 2009: Cole Whitt, 2013: A.J. Fike & 2014: Kody Swanson.

2ND: (8 Times) 1962: Jim Hurtubise, 1967: A.J. Foyt, 1969: Mario Andretti, 1974: Mario Andretti, 1983: Gary Bettenhausen, 2001: Paul White, 2008: Brian Tyler & 2017: Justin Grant

3RD: (6 Times) 1985: Chuck Gurney, 1991: Chuck Gurney, 1996: Chuck Gurney, 1997: Dave Darland, 1999: Dave Darland & 2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

4TH: (5 Times) 1961: Jim Hurtubise, 1963: Rodger Ward, 1968: Roger McCluskey, 1973: Mario Andretti & 1980: Pancho Carter

5TH: (3 Times) 1965: A.J. Foyt, 1978: Gary Bettenhausen & 2012: A.J. Fike

6TH: (6 Times) 1970: Al Unser & 1975: Al Unser

7TH: (4 Times) 1972: Al Unser, 1977: Larry Rice, 1993: Jack Hewitt & 1994: Chuck Gurney

8TH: (1 Time) 2000: Jack Hewitt

9TH: (1 Time) 1981: George Snider

10TH: (2 Times) 1971: A.J. Foyt & 1986: Jack Hewitt

12TH: (1 Time) 1982: Bobby Olivero

13TH: (2 Times) 1979: Bobby Olivero & 2018: Chris Windom

14TH: (1 Time) 2011: Brian Tyler

16TH: (4 Times) 1964: A.J. Foyt, 1987: Jack Hewitt, 2005: Brian Tyler & 2015: Kody Swanson

20TH (1 Time) 1988: Steve Chassey

21ST: (1 Time) 2004: Brian Tyler

28TH: (1 Time) 1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr.

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 REFIRES ON THE DIRT SUNDAY IN SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (September 16, 2019).........The glorious roar of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series returns to the iconic Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield this Sunday, September 22, for the 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt, honoring the great racing family based out of Tinley Park, Ill.

Following August's washout, the date marks just the third time the Bettenhausen 100 will have been held in the month of September, following Chuck Gurney's victory in 1996 and Kody Swanson's triumph in 2014. Tony Bettenhausen, the 1951 AAA and 1958 USAC National Champion, won the first National Championship race held during September at the Springfield Mile in 1947 under AAA sanction.

This Sunday, look for a field chock full of talented veterans and hungry young lions prepared to make their mark in the 100-miler at the famed one-mile dirt oval.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) enters as the defending winner of the Bettenhausen 100 en route to a sweep of both Illinois dirt mile races on the schedule in 2018. Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, NC) leads all drivers in the lineup with four Bettenhausen 100 victories in 2004-05-08-11. A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.) won back-to-back Bettenhausen 100 races in 2012-13 just as Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) did in 2014-15. Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.) prepares for his 26th career start in the race, which ranks 3rd all-time and includes a triumph in 1998. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) captured the first of his two career USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series victories in 2017 at Springfield.

A handful of drivers have gotten the job done on the Land of Lincoln's other dirt mile, the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, but are seeking their first Springfield victories. Two-time Du Quoin Silver Crown winner Shane Cockrum (Benton, Ill.), plus another pair of past Du Quoin Mile winners in Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) and Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) are up to the task. Jeff Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) is a three-time Silver Crown winner on dirt miles, twice at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and once at Du Quoin, but Springfield has eluded him thus far despite three 3rd place finishes in 1992-1993-2017.

Springfieldian Korey Weyant wowed fans with a high-wire ride on the cushion in the qualifying race at Springfield a year ago and joined by fellow Illinoisans Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), a 29th place finisher in 2018, and Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.), who took 31st in 2018, are ready to make an impression for the home crowd.

On the two occasions the Silver Crown cars graced a one-mile dirt oval this year, Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the victor in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. He led a race-high 49 laps last year at Springfield. Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the most recent dirt event in a stellar performance for his first career series win at Du Quoin. He came home a strong 4th at Springfield a year ago.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has also won on the dirt this year, taking a wild last-lap victory at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway in June for his first career win in a Crown car. His Klatt Enterprises team holds a slim 15-point lead over Nolen Racing in the owner standings for the season.

Veteran Silver Crown winners seeking their first mile dirt victories on Sunday include C.J. Leary Greenfield, Ind., a two-time series winner seeking his first dirt mile victory. David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) finished 10th at Springfield a year ago. John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) will each return to Springfield after lengthy absences, Heydenreich (2007) and Gordon (2003).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) led 42 laps and finished 2nd in 2018 at Springfield. Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.) finished 5th at Springfield in 2015. Those veterans are joined by 2018 Bettenhausen 100 top-ten finishers, New Castle, Indiana's Kyle Robbins (6th) and Sylvania, Ohio's Austin Nemire (8th), all of whom are gunning for their first career Silver Crown wins.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) is 8th in the standings and enters his second Bettenhausen 100 run after starting 20th and finishing 12th a year ago. Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) stands 12th in points and is coming off his best run of the year in the most recent dirt race, a 10th at Du Quoin.

Sunday's Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, DIRTcar Modified hot laps at 11:15am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:35am, Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Modified feature at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

This Sunday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

AAA / USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIRGROUNDS:
1934: Billy Winn
1935: Billy Winn
1936: Wilbur Shaw
1937: Mauri Rose
1938: Tony Willman
1939: Emil Andres
1940: Rex Mays
1947: Tony Bettenhausen
1948: Ted Horn & Myron Fohr
1949: Mel Hansen & Johnnie Parsons
1950: Paul Russo & Tony Bettenhausen
1951: Tony Bettenhausen
1952: Bill Schindler
1953: Rodger Ward & Sam Hanks
1954: Jimmy Davies
1955: Jimmy Bryan
1956: Jimmy Bryan
1957: Rodger Ward
1958: Johnny Thomson
1959: Len Sutton
1960: Jim Packard
1961: Jim Hurtubise
1962: Jim Hurtubise
1963: Rodger Ward
1964: A.J. Foyt
1965: A.J. Foyt
1966: Don Branson
1967: A.J. Foyt
1968: Roger McCluskey
1969: Mario Andretti
1970: Al Unser
1971: A.J. Foyt
1972: Al Unser
1973: Mario Andretti
1974: Mario Andretti
1975: Al Unser
1976: Tom Bigelow
1977: Larry Rice
1978: Gary Bettenhausen
1979: Bobby Olivero
1980: Pancho Carter
1981: George Snider
1982: Larry Dickson & Bobby Olivero
1983: Gary Bettenhausen
1984: Chuck Gurney
1985: Chuck Gurney
1986: Jack Hewitt
1987: Jack Hewitt
1988: Steve Chassey
1989: Chuck Gurney
1990: Chuck Gurney
1991: Chuck Gurney
1992: Jimmy Sills
1993: Jack Hewitt
1994: Chuck Gurney
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr.
1996: Chuck Gurney
1997: Dave Darland
1998: Russ Gamester
1999: Dave Darland
2000: Jack Hewitt
2001: Paul White
2002: J.J. Yeley
2003: Dave Darland
2004: Brian Tyler
2005: Brian Tyler
2006: Tracy Hines
2007: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
2008: Brian Tyler
2009: Cole Whitt
2011: Brian Tyler
2012: A.J. Fike
2013: A.J. Fike
2014: Kody Swanson
2015: Kody Swanson
2017: Justin Grant
2018: Chris Windom

 

ROA SPRINTS TO “SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS” WIN AT PEORIA

PEORIA, AZ – SEPTEMBER 14, 2019… Starting on the pole position, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) emerged victorious at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Southwest Championships.” Racing Tanner Grau’s #34 Westin Diversified / Western Premier Hauling Maxim, Roa claimed his second Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car main event of the season over R.J. Johnson, fast qualifier Hunter Schuerenberg, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., and Dennis Gile.

Matt Lundy scored the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a ninth place run from fourteenth. In addition, Lundy earned the AAA Car Buying 360 bonus at Canyon Speedway Park.

Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg had top honors in Beaver Stripes Qualifying by posting a time of 14.38 over the 17-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Schuerenberg (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat) and Davis (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat).

The USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, September 28th at Arizona Speedway in the AMSOIL USAC/CRA co-sanctioned “Hall of Fame Classic.”.

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: September 14, 2019 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “Southwest Championships”

BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19, Reinbold/Underwood-14.38; 2. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-14.46; 3. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-14.53; 4. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.56; 5. Zach Madrid, 15X, Johnson-14.77; 6. Brody Roa, 34, Grau-14.82, 7. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-15.01; 8. Dennis Gile, 13, Gile-15.08; 9. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-15.20; 10. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-15.27; 11. Bruce St. James, 7K, St. James-15.30; 12. Dustin Burkhart, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-15.33; 13. Stephen Sanchez, 7, Sanchez-15.63; 14. Matt Lundy, 98, Lundy-15.68; 15. Daylin Perreira, 21, Perreira-15.83; 16. Kyle Shipley, OG, Shipley-NT; 17. Michael Curtis, 11C, Turner/Wheeler-NT.

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schuerenberg, 2. Sussex, 3. Johnson, 4. Madrid, 5. Perreira, 6. St. James, 7. Sanchez, 8. Bonneau. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Martin, 3. Roa, 4. Gile, 5. Burkhart, 6. Lundy, 7. Kierce. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Brody Roa (1), 2. R.J. Johnson (4), 3. Hunter Schuerenberg (6), 4. Charles Davis Jr. (5), 5. Dennis Gile (8), 6. Stevie Sussex (7), 7. Zach Madrid (2), 8. Mike Martin (3), 9. Matt Lundy (14), 10. Bruce St. James (11), 11. Stephen Sanchez (13), 12. Daylin Perreira (15), 13. Dustin Burkhart (12), 14. Chris Bonneau (9), 15. Justin Kierce (10). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: N/A
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Matt Lundy (14th to 9th)
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-775, 2-Johnson-743, 3-Sussex-701, 4-Davis-658, 5-Martin-613, 6-Jake Swanson-470, 7-Lundy-427, 8-Matt Rossi-413, 9-Bonneau-362, 10-Curtis-357.

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 28 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, Arizona – “Hall of Fame Classic” - co-sanctioned with USAC/CRA

 

 

ROBERT DALBY STAYS HOT AT VENTURA

VENTURA, CA – SEPTEMBER 14, 2019… Taking command from Cory Elliott on the tenth lap, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) led the rest of the way to claim the Saturday night win at Ventura Raceway. Racing the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby sailed to his third straight USAC Western States Midget victory over Elliott, rookie contender Ben Worth, polesitter Cody Swanson, and Kyle Beilman.

For the second race in a row, C.J. Sarna earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from nineteenth. In his first start of the campaign, Josh Lakatos scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Shannon McQueen posted her first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season with a time of 12.201 over the 21-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Jake Swanson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Cody Swanson (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Dalby (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

On Saturday, October 26th, the USAC Western States Midgets will return to action at Ventura Raceway.

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: September 14, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-12.201; 2. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.301; 3. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.332; 4. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-12.363; 5. Josh Lakatos, 68, Six8-12.420; 6. Robby Josett, 73X, 12.439; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, 12.504; 8. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-12.557; 9. David Prickett, 15DJ, Neverlift-12.597; 10. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-12.781; 11. Johnathon Henry, 1X, LKK-12.879; 12. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-12.888; 13. Anthony Lopiccolo, 21, Lopiccolo-13.021; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-13.106; 15. Bryan Drollinger, 71D, Drollinger-13.151; 16. Tyler Slay, 1P, Nichols-13.163; 17. Mike Leach Jr., 33P, Leach-13.204; 18. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.482; 19. Gage Rucker, 16K, Kruseman-13.556; 20. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-13.940; 21. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.148.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. J.Swanson, 2. Elliott, 3. McQueen, 4. Lopiccolo, 5. Slay, 6. Rucker, 7. Beilman. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Henry, 3. Worth, 4. Pankratz, 5. Lakatos, 6. Sarna, 7. Leach. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Prickett, 3. Ito, 4. Hazelton, 5. Mitchell, 6. Drollinger, 7. Josett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Robert Dalby (4), 2. Cory Elliott (2), 3. Ben Worth (5), 4. Cody Swanson (1), 5. Kyle Beilman (10), 6. Johnathon Henry (11), 7. Robby Josett (8), 8. Anthony Lopiccolo (13), 9. Randi Pankratz (14), 10. C.J. Sarna (19), 11. Jake Swanson (3), 12. Dylan Ito (12), 13. Josh Lakatos (7), 14. Ron Hazelton (18), 15. Mike Leach Jr. (17), 16. Bryan Drollinger (15), 17. Tyler Slay (16), 18. David Prickett (9), 19. Marvin Mitchell (20), 20. Shannon McQueen (6). NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 C.Swanson, Laps 2-9 Elliott, Laps 10-30 Dalby SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (19th to 10th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Josh Lakatos

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dalby-557, 2-Elliott-499, 3-Austin Liggett-458, 4-Prickett-410, 5-McQueen-407, 6-Worth-376, 7-Sarna-348, 8-J.Swanson-348, 9-Beilman-326, 10-Mitchell-310.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: October 26 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

GRANT GAINS THE UPPER HAND AT HURTUBISE CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 13, 2019).........Justin Grant remembers going a long way in his first visit to the Terre Haute Action Track in 2010.

Friday night, the Ione, Calif. native showed he's come a long way in another aspect since his humbling introduction to the famed western Indiana half-mile nearly a decade earlier, winning the 20th running of the Jim Hurtubise Classic for USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, his first Sprint Car win of any kind at the track.

"In my first race here in 2010, I sailed it out of the park in turn one and I smashed a guy's Buick or Plymouth, or something, whatever it was," Grant recalled. "I made it a long way out there too. Terre Haute had my number for quite a while and it's taken me nine years to finally get a win here, but we did it, and it feels really good. At one point, it was probably my worst track on the tour. To come here and win, it means a lot to me personally."

Grant, a 2018 Sumar Classic Silver Crown winner at Terre Haute, had a topsy-turvy turn of events to begin his night. Shortly after racing from 5th to 1st to win the first heat race, on his cooldown lap, Grant encountered trouble, without warning, that nearly spelled complete disaster.

"We had a left front radius rod come apart, and you can't steer," Grant explained. "The axle rolls back and falls off the arm. I lifted off of (turn) two, and halfway down the back stretch, it started squirrelling all around and I thought 'Whoa, we got a problem here.' I knew the front end was falling out, and when you get on the brakes, it just folds them up. I was just trying to coast it to a stop; I got it whoa'd down pretty slow, then it dropped, and the frame rail dug in and it just turned me right into the inside wall. Luckily, it just front-bumpered into it. No harm, no foul. We brought it back, put a bolt in it and we were ready for the feature."

If the incident would've occurred one lap earlier, the outcome and the progression of the night could've been disastrously different. However, on this particular night, in the first ever USAC National event held simultaneously on Friday the 13th and with a full moon hovering overhead, perhaps good fortune was on his side.

Grant rolled off for the 30-lap feature from the third position, but it took no time flat for him to race his way into the lead, grooving the bottom past pole sitter Nick Bilbee in the first turn to secure the lead while 7th starting Jason McDougal charged all the way to 2nd by the conclusion of the opening lap, but a full second behind Grant.

In the ensuing laps, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Brady Bacon and Tyler Courtney had worked their way around McDougal to occupy positions 2-3-4 and formed a triumvirate in their pursuit to run down Grant with seven laps completed.

Grant was introduced to lapped traffic by the tenth lap, allowing Thomas to close the gap to under a second. The lapped cars of Dustin Christie and Aric Gentry battled for position in their own right, but Grant escaped from Thomas for the time being, maneuvering around the outside of Christie off turn four, then dove low, sliding by Gentry at the entrance of turn one.

Thomas kept Grant in check, and as Grant slid into the fluff on the outside of turn two on the 11th lap, Thomas used a massive run to drive by Gentry and charge into turn three side-by-side momentarily to the inside of Grant. Grant withheld the challenge and remained in control past halfway, until lap 18, when Thomas went on the attack once again, throwing a monster slider on Grant who was able to stand his ground and firm his grip of the lead as he split the lapped cars of Steve Thomas and Dustin Smith to sneak away and increase the interval to 2.5 seconds.

From that point forward, the crystal clear message was sent to Grant. There was no more time to be conservative and ride around as Grant stood up in the seat and regularly entered above the cushion as he began to assert his authority and rebuild his advantage.

Courtney, who had won three of the last five USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car features at Terre Haute entering the night, had carved his way into second under Thomas on the 21st lap. Meanwhile, Grant was sitting pretty up front with a comfortable lead in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy.

With just five laps remaining, however, Grant's two-plus second lead was deleted when two-time Jim Hurtubise Classic winner and 4th running Brady Bacon encountered trouble and heavy right-side damage, coming to a rest against the turn one wall.

"I didn't want to see that," Grant said of the yellow flag. "I knew I had gotten through lapped traffic pretty quickly for as thick it was. We were honestly in a pretty good rhythm. Here, you never want to see a yellow when you're leading. The front stretch is so long and so slick, and if you slide yourself, there's nothing off of two and you're a sitting duck. You can't block the slider; you just hope you get a good enough restart and you can beat the slider to the center."

Justin Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.
(David Nearpass Photo)

Grant was fully prepared for the challenge that was going to be presented to him at the drop of the green flag from Courtney, the defending series champion. Courtney reared back on the start and fired his machine to the bottom in hope to slide up in front of Grant by turn two. Grant never wavered, kept his right foot on the throttle and squeezed through to the miniscule peak of daylight between Courtney to his inside and the concrete wall to his outside.

Courtney took his shot and sold out for the lead in the process, as Grant shot back out to a half-second advantage while Thomas took advantage of Courtney's loss of momentum exiting the second turn to move back to second. In the final laps, Thomas utilized a line lower than Grant's top side ride but wasn't able to get close enough to fire off a slide job for the top spot.

Grant, meanwhile, raced to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car points win of the season by 0.925 of a second over Thomas, Courtney, Fatheadz Eyewear fast qualifier Chris Windom and series point leader C.J. Leary.

Grant's 16th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature victory moved him into a tie with Damion Gardner for 33rd on the all-time win list. The victory vaulted Grant past Bobby East, Cory Kruseman, Jud Larson and Brian Tyler on the same list.

Chase Stockon, who started 2nd and finished 7th in Friday's feature, reached a milestone by making his record 285th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start since the 2012 season, surpassing the previous record of 284 set by Levi Jones.

Contingency award winners Friday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Chris Windom (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Carson Short (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Bill Rose (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Dustin Smith (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Eric Perrott (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 13, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 20th Jim Hurtubise Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-20.094; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.175; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.176; 4. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-20.230; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.233; 6. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-20.275; 7. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-20.288; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-20.302; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.437; 10. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-20.458; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-20.520; 12. Bill Rose, 6, Rose-20.528; 13. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-20.652; 14. Mitch Wissmiller, 29, Barker-20.703; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-20.835; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-20.889; 17. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-20.957; 18. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-21.117; 19. Kyle Robbins, 17R, KR-21.134; 20. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-21.532; 21. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-21.913; 22. Jake Simmons, 3, Simmons-21.932; 23. Paul May, 71m, May-21.978; 24. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-22.026; 25. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-23.370; 26. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-NT; 27. Patrick Budde, 90, Budde-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Brian VanMeveren, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Jake Simmons, 8. Dustin Smith. 2:46.85

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Mitch Wissmiller, 6. Max Adams, 7. Aric Gentry, 8. Tye Mihocko. 2:48.36

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Nick Bilbee, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (10 laps, top-7 transfer to the feature) 1. Bill Rose, 2. Dustin Smith, 3. Aric Gentry, 4. Max Adams, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Kyle Robbins, 7. Steve Thomas, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Jake Simmons. 3:41.71

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (3), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 3. Tyler Courtney (9), 4. Chris Windom (6), 5. C.J. Leary (4), 6. Jason McDougal (7), 7. Chase Stockon (2), 8. Nick Bilbee (1), 9. Josh Hodges (11), 10. Carson Short (8), 11. Max Adams (17), 12. Isaac Chapple (15), 13. Dustin Smith (13), 14. Kyle Robbins (19), 15. Dustin Christie (18), 16. Aric Gentry (22), 17. Steve Thomas (21), 18. Brady Bacon (10), 19. Tye Mihocko (20), 20. Brian VanMeveren (16), 21. Mitch Wissmiller (14), 22. Bill Rose (12). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (9th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dustin Smith

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Eric Perrott

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dustin Smith

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,771, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,653, 3-Justin Grant-1,606, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,602, 5-Brady Bacon-1,598, 6-Chris Windom-1,568, 7-Chase Stockon-1,533, 8-Jason McDougal-1,354, 9-Carson Short-1,324, 10-Isaac Chapple-1,035.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 14, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - "Haubstadt Hustler" - Co-Sanctioned by the Midwest Sprint Car Series

 

 


J.J. RINGO IS FIRST SPRINT CAR ENTRY FOR 79TH TURKEY NIGHT GRAND PRIX
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019... The first sprint car entry for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” at Ventura Raceway has arrived. USAC West Coast Sprint Car Rookie of the Year contender J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA) is the first entry of the prestigious event set for November 27th and 28th.

At press time, the driver of the Keller Motorsports’ #2 Firestone Brewery / Crown Limousine Triple X ranks seventh in championship points and second to Hannah Mayhew in the rookie standings. Mayhew, the 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion, leads Ringo by fifteen points with two point races left on the schedule.

Despite missing four races, Ringo has posted one heat race victory, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, three top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in West Coast 360 action. On August 24th, Ringo had his best outing at Ventura, where he led 22 laps before running second to Jake Swanson at the checkered flags. The Morgan Hill driver is also a regular with Watsonville’s winged Taco Bravo 360 Ocean Sprints, where he ranks second to Bud Kaeding by one point.

The 360 Sprint Car Entry Form for the “79th Running of the Turkey Night Grand Prix” can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com/2019/tn19.pdf. The entry fee is $50 if received on or before October 31st. After October 31st, the entry fee is $100. USAC West Coast series rules will apply and the rule book can be found at westcoastsprintcars.com or usacracing.com.

Also featuring the NOS Energy Drink USAC National and Western States Midgets, advance tickets for the Thanksgiving classic 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 Cars will return to action on Saturday, October 5th at Santa Maria Raceway. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

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.

TURKEY NIGHT 360 DIRT SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2016-Geoff Ensign, 2017-Tyler Courtney, 2018-Carson Macedo.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-739, 2. Ryan Timmons-598, 3. Koen Shaw-509, 4. T.J. Smith-435, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-408, 6. Jake Swanson 400, 7. J.J. Ringo ®-393, 8. Austin Liggett-390, 9. Austin Ervine-361, 10. Slater Helt ®-356, 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. Ryan Bernal-206, 20. Kyle Edwards-179.

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
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
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.

 

 

USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINTS CLASH AT CANYON SPEEDWAY PARK
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are ready to battle this Saturday, September 14th, at Canyon Speedway Park. Promoted by Doug Gabbard, the “Southwest Championships” will be the last visit of the year at the Peoria, Arizona oval. The event will also feature the Askrens Trucking / Flexi Flyer Sport Mods, Allscapes Stock Cars, Modlites, and non-winged Micro Sprints. The Front Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event and ticket information, visit canyonspeedwaypark.com or call 602.258.7223.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- The Schoenfeld 14272735-78 Muffler is MANDATORY for Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest competition at Canyon Speedway Park. 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.

Since January 26, 2013, Canyon Speedway Park has hosted sixty-eight Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events and R.J. Johnson leads all drivers with nineteen victories. In the four previous visits, New Mexico’s Josh Hodges, Missouri’s Hunter Schuerenberg, and California’s Brody Roa, and Arizona’s “The Magic Man” Mike Martin claimed victory at the 1/3-mile oval. “The Demon” Damion Gardner set the 1-lap track record of 13.469 on March 9th and the Peoria win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the eleventh point race, there have been ten different winners. Gardner, Hodges, R.J. Johnson, C.J. Leary, Martin, Brody Roa, Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, Jake Swanson, and Stevie Sussex have claimed victory.

Heading to Peoria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 32-point lead over the competition. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led nine laps before scoring fourth at the August 17th “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” at Perris. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, nine top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led on the season. Fresh off running the USAC/CRA “California Sprint Week,” Roa will pilot Tanner Grau’s #34 Western Premier Hauling Maxim at CSP and will be looking to add the “Southwest Championships” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / AME Electrical Contracting Sherman, Johnson placed ninth in the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” At press time, the five-time champion has one feature win, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led in the campaign. R.J. has fifty-six career SouthWest victories as he sets his sights on another win at Canyon Speedway Park.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the chase for the USAC SouthWest championship. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged from twelfth to sixth at the Lake Perris 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, nine top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led to his credit. Stevie has 13 career SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the “Southwest Championships.”

Returning from “California Sprint Week,” “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis finished seventeenth at Perris on August 17th. At press time, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the year. The 2018 “SouthWest Championships” Winner has 30 career SouthWest triumphs and will have his sights on his first victory of the year

After racing in California, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin placed sixteenth at Perris Auto Speedway. To date, the 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led in the campaign. “The Magic Man” has seven career SouthWest wins and will be looking to earn a nice payday at Canyon Speedway Park.

Currently ranked twenty-third in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, Daylin Perreira, Justin Kierce 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.

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.

SOUTHWEST CHAMPIONSHIPS WINNERS: 2018-Charles Davis Jr.

2019 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 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, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Tye Mihocko, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Mike Spencer, 1-Richard Vander Weerd.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-698, 2. R.J. Johnson-666, 3. Stevie Sussex-639, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-584, 5. Mike Martin-554, 6. Jake Swanson-470, 7. Matt Rossi-413, 8. Matt Lundy-378, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-326, 11. Austin Williams-324, 12. Damion Gardner-269, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Tommy Malcolm-190, 17. Matt McCarthy-152, 18. Daylin Perreira-151, 19. Chris Gansen-149, 20. Dennis Gile-136.

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 (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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 MIDGETS HEADLINE AT VENTURA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019... The quest for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, September 14th, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the eighth point race is the second of four appearances at the seaside 1/5-mile oval. Saturday’s event will also showcase the VRA Dwarf Cars, VRA Senior Sprints, and IMCA Modifieds. 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, 146 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. When the series last visited the 1/5-mile oval on June 22nd, Robby Josett was victorious over Jake Swanson, Robert Dalby, Cody Swanson, and Michael Faccinto. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the eighth point race, there have been five different winners with four earning their first triumph. 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. New point leader Robert Dalby joined the winner’s list at the Merced on June 27th and was back on top at Santa Maria on August 10th.

After winning Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 10th, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has a 17-point lead over the competition. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby has two feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, six top-10 finishes, and 25 feature laps led to his credit. Robert will be looking for his third win in a row this Saturday night at Ventura.

Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) is second in the chase for the championship. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett finished eighth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” At press time, the leading rookie contender 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 defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion will have his sights on regaining the point lead with a win at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks third in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott led fourteen laps at Santa Maria before scoring third at the checkered flags. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 22 feature laps led in the campaign. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at Ventura Raceway.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) sits fourth in the Western States Midget point standings. Piloting the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q NP Motorsports / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Prickett ran twelfth in the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” after starting fifteenth. 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 be looking to claim his first win of the season.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) is fifth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen charged to second in the Santa Maria feature after starting fifth. To date, the 2012 Champion has six top-10 finishes and will have his sights on her first win on the year 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), 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, Marvin Mitchell, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Dylan Ito, “The Panda” Terry Nichols, Ron Hazelton, Bryan Drollinger, 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 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: 2-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-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-475, 2. Austin Liggett ®-458, 3. Cory Elliott-425, 4. David Prickett-376, 5. Shannon McQueen-372, 6. C.J. Sarna-302, 7. Ben Worth ®-301, 8. Jake Swanson-296, 9. Marvin Mitchell-281, 10. Kyle Beilman-266, 11. Alex Schutte-257, 12. Cody Swanson-240, 13. Randi Pankratz-238, 14. Michael Faccinto-207, 15. Maria Cofer-204, 16. Gage Rucker ®-186, 17. Troy Morris III ®-174, 18. Dylan Ito-164, 19. Terry Nichols-157, 20. Mike Leach Jr. ®-107.

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
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.

 

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (September 9, 2019).........$10 Grand and 40 laps await this Saturday's field at Tri-State Speedway's Haubstadt Hustler, co-sanctioned by the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the Midwest Sprint Car Series.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) has earned Haubstadt Hustler glory in each of the past two seasons and eyes his fourth win in the event. Last year, Thomas became the first three-time winner of the race, following his first triumph in 2013. In the 2018 "Hustler," Thomas went to the front with just four laps remaining to capture the big check in victory lane - an unusual ride to victory lane that came via a four-wheeler after being involved in a turn one pile up following the checkered flag.

With a single victory, Thomas would also rise to the top as the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver of all-time at Tri-State Speedway. He currently ranks tied for first at five wins apiece with Daron Clayton, a 2014 Haubstadt Hustler winner himself.

Like Clayton, a driver and track that have become synonymous with each other are Kyle Cummins and Tri-State Speedway. The Princeton, Ind. driver is six-for-six at the quarter-mile dirt oval this season in USAC and MSCS competition. The undefeated Cummins grabbed the number one spot with just four laps remaining from Stephen Schnapf in July's Indiana Sprint Week A-Main to claim his third USAC Sprint Car victory at Tri-State, one of which was the Haubstadt Hustler in 2016.

Brady Short (Bedford, Ind.) collected his Haubstadt Hustler victory in 2015, taking the lead from Cummins with just five laps remaining to score his second USAC Tri-State triumph, both of which came in 2015. In the first score that year, Short set a 30-lap track record in the caution-free feature that stands to this day - 7 minutes and 31.5 seconds.

Chase Stockon, whose residence is just right down the road from the track in Fort Branch, Ind., won with USAC at Tri-State in 2016 and set fast time in the rained out June event. He finished 8th in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and was 4th this July during Indiana Sprint Week. He's also twice won in IMCA RaceSaver competition this year at Tri-State, going back-to-back with feature victories in July and August.

Two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was victorious with USAC at Tri-State in 2015. He was 5th this past July at Indiana Sprint Week and is also a former winner in a USAC Midget at The Class Track, capturing the Hut 100 in 2012, leading only the final two laps.

The driver finishing 2nd in the 2012 Hut 100 behind Bacon in a Wilke-Pak Racing sweep was Chris Windom. The 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ from Canton, Ill. won his first visit of that season to Tri-State en route to the title.

2016 Indiana Sprint Week was not only a milestone for USAC, it was also for Carson Short who scored his first and, to date, only career AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win in the 10,000th USAC-sanctioned race. The Marion, Ill. driver was 5th in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler.

Series point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) came within four laps of his first USAC Tri-State victory in last year's Haubstadt Hustler, leading a race-high 35 of the 40 laps before Thomas got by for the victory. Leary was victorious three times with MSCS in 2018 at Tri-State, capturing the Sprint Stampede, the Hoosier Sprint Nationals and the Harvest Cup.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) was 6th in the Haubstadt Hustler a year ago. His best showing in the event came in the 2016 race where he led 12 laps and finished in the runner-up spot behind Cummins. He remains on the hunt for his first career Tri-State victory.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) was the fastest qualifier in July's USAC round at Haubstadt en route to a solid 3rd place result in the night's feature. Like Courtney, he's seeking his first Tri-State victory, as is Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 3rd place finisher in the 2018 Haubstadt Hustler and 9th in July, as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) who stands 10th in series points.

Stephen Schnapf, who's third in MSCS points entering Saturday, was impressive in his last USAC outing in July at Tri-State, leading 26 laps and finishing 2nd to Cummins, the best career USAC finish for the 2018 Midwest Madness victor at Tri-State.

Saturday's Haubstadt Hustler will have the UMP Modifieds in action as well. Pits open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 4pm and cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, students (ages 13-18) are $20 and 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The Haubstadt Hustler will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

2018 HAUBSTADT HUSTLER FINISH: (Starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Jason McDougal (8), 4. Dave Darland (7), 5. Carson Short (15), 6. Tyler Courtney (16), 7. Robert Ballou (10), 8. Chase Stockon (11), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Donny Brackett (13), 11. Stephen Schnapf (5), 12. Isaac Chapple (14), 13. Chet Williams (19), 14. Brady Bacon (6), 15. Critter Malone (21), 16. Kendall Ruble (20), 17. Chris Windom (4), 18. Daron Clayton (17), 19. Justin Grant (12), 20. Tony DiMattia (22), 21. Brandon Mattox (23), 22. Kent Schmidt (1), 23. Aric Gentry (18). NT

HAUBSTADT HUSTLER WINNERS: 2008: Jeff Bland, Jr., 2009: Bryan Clauson, 2010: Jon Stanbrough, 2011: Casey Riggs, 2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2014: Daron Clayton, 2015: Brady Short, 2016: Kyle Cummins, 2017: Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:
1. (5) Daron Clayton & Kevin Thomas, Jr.
3. (4) Cory Kruseman
4. (3) Kyle Cummins & Rick Hood
6. (2) Hunter Schuerenberg, Brady Short & Jon Stanbrough
9. (1) Brady Bacon, Robert Ballou, Steve Butler, Dave Darland, Jay Drake, Tony Elliott, Blake Fitzpatrick, Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Kenny Jacobs, Levi Jones, Casey Riggs, Carson Short, Chase Stockon, Chris Windom & J.J. Yeley

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS:
1983: Rick Hood (9/4)
1984: Steve Butler (5/28) & Rick Hood (9/2)
1988: Kenny Jacobs (8/7)
1989: Rick Hood (6/3)
2000: Cory Kruseman (7/30)
2001: Tony Elliott (5/13) & Jay Drake (7/22)
2002: Tracy Hines (5/19) & Cory Kruseman (7/21)
2003: J.J. Yeley (7/20)
2004: Cory Kruseman (7/18)
2005: Cory Kruseman (7/17)
2006: Jon Stanbrough (7/15) & Daron Clayton (9/2)
2007: Daron Clayton (7/21)
2008: Hunter Schuerenberg (7/19)
2009: Levi Jones (7/18)
2010: Blake Fitzpatrick (7/17)
2011: Damion Gardner (7/16) & Casey Riggs (9/17)
2012: Hunter Schuerenberg (5/12), Jon Stanbrough (7/21) & Daron Clayton (9/15)
2013: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5/11) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/14)
2014: Daron Clayton (4/26), Robert Ballou (7/19) & Daron Clayton (9/13)
2015: Brady Bacon (4/18), Brady Short (7/18) & Brady Short (9/19)
2016: Chase Stockon (4/16), Carson Short (7/16) & Kyle Cummins (9/17)
2017: Chris Windom (4/15), Kyle Cummins (7/15) & Kevin Thomas, Jr., (9/16)
2018: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4/28), Dave Darland (7/28) & Kevin Thomas, Jr. (9/15)
2019: Kyle Cummins (7/27)

 

 

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (September 9, 2019).........Friday's Jim Hurtubise Classic begins a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car doubleheader weekend in the Hoosier state this Friday, September 13, at one of USAC's longest-tenured venues, the Terre Haute Action Track, which hosted its first USAC Sprint Car event more than six decades ago, in 1957.

Friday's race honors the most successful USAC Sprint Car driver in those early years at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds half-mile, Jim Hurtubise, who won five-straight between 1960 and 1962. "Herk," a 1993 inductee into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame, first had an event in his name at the Terre Haute Action Track in 1990, less than a year following his passing, a race won by Jack Hewitt.

This year, the event enters its 20th running with two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Brady Bacon scoring the most recent victory at the Hurtubise Classic last September. Bacon has had a notable run of success in the event as one of three drivers to win the Hurtubise Classic on multiple occasions, first winning in the Fall of 2014 aboard the Dynamics, Inc. No. 69. The Terre Haute USAC one-lap track record holder from Broken Arrow, Okla. aims to become the first driver to pilot the Dynamics, Inc. to victory lane at Terre Haute twice following previous singular victories by Robbie Stanley (1993), Tracy Hines (2003) and Jerry Coons, Jr. (2010).

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) is one of the three multiple-time Hurtubise Classic winners alongside Hewitt and Bacon, capturing three in 2011-2016-2017. With one more victory on Friday, he would surpass Hewitt as the winningest Hurtubise Classic driver of all-time. Windom has won four times overall in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition at Terre Haute and once in Silver Crown, plus his latest triumph there at the western Indiana dirt oval, scoring an MSCS win in August.

The very first win of Chase Stockon's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career came right at Terre Haute during the 2012 Jim Hurtubise Classic. The current Fort Branch, Ind. resident who grew up in nearby Sullivan, Ind., has three USAC Sprint wins overall at Terre Haute, including the Tony Hulman Classic in May of this year. This Friday, he hopes to become USAC's ultimate ironman. One more start would be his 285th consecutive with the USAC National Sprint Car division, surpassing Levi Jones for the longest such streak in series history.

Tyler Courtney was the victor in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division's most recent visit to Terre Haute in July during Indiana Sprint Week where he led the final nine laps for the victory. In fact, the Indianapolis, Ind. native swept the event, earning quick time in qualifying, winning his heat and pulling off the trifecta in the A-Main. Courtney has won three of the last five at Terre Haute and is the most recent winner in the series, in August at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

The last driver to win at Terre Haute before Courtney began his run of three out of five at the beginning of the 2018 season is Kevin Thomas, Jr. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) has won twice at the Action Track in USAC National Sprint competition. He emerged victorious after a scintillating battle with Dave Darland during the final laps of the ISW round in 2013, then reigned supreme near the end of 2017. Like Courtney, he's gunning for his first Hurtubise Classic win, where he finished 5th a year ago.

So is C.J. Leary, who's stood in victory lane once before with USAC at Terre Haute after scoring his first career National series win in a Silver Crown car at the Sumar Classic in 2016. Leary was 9th and 6th in his two Terre Haute starts this year en route to the 121-point lead in the series standings he holds entering Friday's race. The Greenfield, Ind. driver was quick time in qualifying at Terre Haute in May, one of his series-leading eight this year. He led the first five laps and finished 4th in the 2018 Hurtubise Classic.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) led 21 laps and finished 2nd in the series appearance at Terre Haute in July. He took 5th in May and is 4th in the series standings entering Friday's event at Terre Haute where he has not yet won at in USAC competition. He owns two USAC National Sprint points-paying wins this season as well as a special event at Kokomo in August.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a winner in both USAC's National Sprint Car and Midget series in 2019, earned a 7th place finish in his Terre Haute USAC Sprint Car debut in 2018. He was 10th in his first Hurtubise Classic appearance last Fall and took 7th again in his return to Terre Haute this past May.

Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) took 13th in his most recent Hurtubise Classic ride last September. The 2016 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year was the hard charger at Terre Haute back in May, finishing 10th. He was 12th during the series return in July and resides 10th in the series standings.

The 163rd USAC Sprint Car event at the Terre Haute Action Track will also have the DIRTcar Modifieds on hand. Pits open at 3pm Eastern, grandstands at 4pm and cars on track at 6:30pm. Adult grandstand tickets are $25 while adult infield tickets are $15. Kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The Jim Hurtubise Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

JIM HURTUBISE CLASSIC WINS:
1. (3) Jack Hewitt (1990-91-95) & Chris Windom (2011-16-17)

3. (2) Brady Bacon (2014-18)

4. (1) Robert Ballou (2015), Jerry Coons, Jr. (2013), Tony Elliott (1998), Tray House (1994), Tony Jones (1999), Rusty McClure (1992), Jon Stanbrough (2010), Robbie Stanley (1993), Chase Stockon (2012), Kevin Thomas (1996) & J.J. Yeley (1997)

TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS:
(161 Points Races)
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, 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

**J.J. Yeley = 1 Non-Points Special Event Win

 

 

DAMION GARDNER WINS SANTA MARIA MAIN & CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CROWN

SANTA MARIA, CA – SEPTEMBER 7, 2019… When the checkered flag waved at Santa Maria Raceway, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) emerged victorious and topped the 5-race “California Sprint Week” championship by one point. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner took command from Chris Gansen on the tenth lap and recorded his third AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the campaign (83rd career) over fast qualifier “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Max Adams, and “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr.

Ryan Bernal earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eleventh to sixth place run. Troy Rutherford claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” and James Herrera scored the USAC 360 Bonus with a fourteenth place finish in the feature.

Williams also posted his fifth career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 13.388 over the 19-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to rookie contender Steve Hix (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Bernal (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Davis (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, September 21st, for the “Glenn Howard Classic.”

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “California Sprint Week Finale”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-13.388; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-13.579; 3. Max Adams, 42X, Cheney-13.619; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-13.708; 5. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-13.761; 6. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-13.809; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.831; 8. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-13.847; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-13.856; 10. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-13.864; 11. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-13.993; 12. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-14.061; 13. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-14.226; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-14.237; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-14.312; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-14.339; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.431; 18. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-14.487; Brandon Wiley, Team 33-14.445.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Hix, 2. Roa, 3. A.Williams, 4. Gardner, 5. C.Williams, 6. Herrera, 7. Martin. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Bernal, 2. Johnson, 3. Faria, 4. Swanson, 5. Sweeney. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Tafoya, 3. Adams, 4. Gansen, 5. Wiley, 6. Rutherford. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (3), 2. Austin Williams (6), 3. Jake Swanson (5), 4. Max Adams (4), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 6. Ryan Bernal (11), 7. Cody Williams (10), 8. Chase Johnson (2), 9. Chris Gansen (1), 10. Steve Hix (13), 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (15), 12. Verne Sweeney (14), 13. Troy Rutherford (12), 14. James Herrera (19), 15. Danny Faria Jr. (8), 16. Brody Roa (7), 17. Mike Martin (16), 18. Brandon Wiley (18), 19. Austin Ervine (17). NT ---------------------------- **Wiley flipped on lap 5 of the third heat. Faria flipped on lap 26 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-9 Gansen, Laps 10-30 Gardner, SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (11th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Troy Rutherford USAC 360 BONUS: James Herrera

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-1064, 2-A.Williams-1006, 3-Roa-996, 4-Swanson-895, 5-Gansen-699, 6-Malcolm-598, 7-Davis-592, 8-Faria-583, 9-Matt McCarthy-565, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-508.

FINAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Gardner-328, 2-A.Williams-327, 3-Faria-306, 4-Johnson-306, 5-Swanson-301, 6-Roa-280, 7-Davis-267, 8-Bernal-246, 9-Austin Liggett-223, 10-Gansen-219.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 21 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “Glenn Howard Classic”

 

 

KODY SWANSON A SMOOTH OPERATOR
AT RICH VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 7, 2019).........In a championship race that Kody Swanson has led since day one, it seems inconceivable the number of peaks and valleys he and Nolen Racing have endured and overcome throughout the season.

Six days earlier at Du Quoin, the team had not one, but two engines go south on them in practice and qualifying, forcing Swanson into another team's car that he had never set foot in prior to the green flag, riding to a 14th place finish.

Six days later, the story was written in reverse as Swanson and Nolen executed their smoothest night of the year. No backup cars, no engine changes, just back to the basics - racing and winning, which they did again for the fifth time this year in nine races, Saturday night under the lights of Lucas Oil Raceway at the Rich Vogler Classic.

"It's tough, on top of a short week to do it. It would've been a tough week anyway, let alone when you're down and trying to get going," Kody explained. "You can either wait for something good to happen to you or you can put the work in and try to help. I haven't been to my day job since Wednesday morning, gutting it out with the guys in the shop. Everyone who's a part of it has continued to give everything they could."

Swanson's victory, the record-extending 29th of his USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series career, came after circumstances with the engine befell the team at Salem less than a month ago in the most recent pavement race. It was at Salem this week where the team made a decisive choice on the package they were going to bring to Lucas Oil Raceway.

"We had to pull (an engine) out from under the bench and put it in the backup car," Swanson said. "I've been part of a gentleman's agreement this year not to test at the places we're going to. We went to Salem, that's close to the shop and we're already done racing there, just to try to shake it down and make sure this one is still good. Afterward, we felt like our backup car was the better choice of the two. It was really good on starts and that's what we needed to try it."

Kody was knocked off the pole position by the final contestant of the Fatheadz Eyewear qualifying session, his younger brother Tanner Swanson, pitting the Kingsburg, Calif. siblings on the front row at the .686-mile paved oval where the two have had many a battle at the front of the pack for the past decade.

"We grew up together, so he knows all my tricks," Kody said of his younger brother. "He doesn't get rattled and everyone knows, when he comes to town, he's going to be a contender and probably the biggest threat."

Kody didn't allow Tanner to get an advantage in edgewise as he drove around Tanner in turns one and two on the opening lap to secure the lead. Back behind the brothers Swanson, May LOR winner Kyle Hamilton slid up in front of Justin Grant in the first urn to snare the third position.

The first and heaviest incident of the night came on the ninth lap when a rear end issue on the car of Cody Gallogly sent him hard into the turn two wall, resulting in his left rear wheel bouncing down the back straightaway without abandon before coming to a rest more than a half-straightaway in front of his damaged machine.

Through much of the first half of the 100-lapper, Tanner and Hamilton were locked down just a few car lengths behind Kody with the trio breaking away from the fourth-place car of Justin Grant by nearly half a lap as the top-three entered the throes of traffic. Swanson was the first to navigate between, under and around the traffic with precision, but Tanner and Hamilton cut through the chase to remain within a stone's throw of Kody.

On the 43rd lap, Annie Breidinger, making her first series start in over two years, spun exiting turn two. With Breidinger stopped, the trailing car of eighth-running Ryan Newman clipped his left front wheel into the left side of Breidinger's tail tank, heavily damaging Newman's front end and tearing off the rear bumper off Breidinger's machine. Breidinger restarted, but Newman, the 1999 Silver Crown champ, 2008 Daytona 500 winner and 2013 Brickyard 400 victor, was finished for the evening.

The most recent occasion Kody was in this exact position, leading a restart near the halfway point at LOR in May, his engine let go on him, putting him out of the race. This time around, Swanson was like match on a fire, extending his lead lap-after-lap from the lap 48 restart onward. Between laps 58 and 60 alone, Kody upped the interval between he and Tanner a half-second as traffic loomed once again. A Breidinger turn one spin resulted in a lap 69 restart for Kody which bunched up the field and would wind up being the closest the competition would get for the remaining 31 laps of the green flag run to the conclusion.

It seemed as if the longer the race went, the more Kody's car was changing and the more on top of it he became.

"Every stint, I drove the car a little bit different, using the throttle and the brake a little different and using the banking of the racetrack a little different, just trying to help my car be the best it could to try to get and keep the lead," Kody said.


Kody's fifth career LOR Silver Crown victory moved him into a three-way tie with Mike Bliss and brother Tanner Swanson for the most wins in series history at the track. It also marked Nolen Racing's third career USAC Silver Crown victory at LOR, and first since 1995 with Jim Keeker as the pilot. Nolen also won with Johnny Parsons in 1991.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Kody opened up the can to two seconds almost immediately, running away as he extended it to over three seconds by lap 84, then four, then five and, finally, 6.165 seconds when the checkered flag flew to score his second career Rich Vogler Classic victory, and first since 2016, over Tanner Swanson, Kyle Hamilton, Jim Anderson and a career-best fifth-place finish for five-time Indianapolis 500 veteran James Davison in his second career series start.

Kody's fifth career LOR Silver Crown victory moved him into a three-way tie with Mike Bliss and brother Tanner Swanson for the most wins in series history at the track. It also marked Nolen Racing's third career USAC Silver Crown victory at LOR, and first since 1995 with Jim Keeker as the pilot. Nolen also won with Johnny Parsons in 1991.

"What a part of history in the United States Auto Club this track has played, let alone to tie someone like Mike Bliss, who had the ultimate stranglehold on this place for so long and Tanner did too for a number of years," Kody exclaimed. I finally had to get better or (Tanner) was just going to continue to beat me all the time. I'm thankful to pick off a few whenever we could to make it up. To tie them with five is pretty special."

It's the ninth time the Swanson brothers have finished first and second in a USAC Silver Crown event, eight of which have come at LOR. Tanner won the first six of the Swanson one-two sweeps, while Kody has owned the upper hand in the last three.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lucas Oil Raceway included Tanner Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kyle Robbins (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Annie Breidinger (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 7, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - Rich Vogler Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tanner Swanson, 02, Bowman-20.574; 2. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-20.633; 3. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-20.668; 4. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-20.805; 5. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-20.818; 6. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-20.860; 7. Ryan Newman, 2v, Bowman/Vance-20.876; 8. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-20.908; 9. James Davison, 11, DHR/Byrd-21.059; 10. Jim Anderson, 92, Kazmark-21.218; 11. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-21.268; 12. Joe Liguori, 32, Williams & Wright-21.323; 13. Brian Gerster, 94, Ram-21.350; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-21.591; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-21.605; 16. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-21.621; 17. Cameron Dodson, 25, Pierce-21.722; 18. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-21.781; 19. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-21.852; 20. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-21.926; 21. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-22.668; 22. Annie Breidinger, 80, Breidinger-22.720; 23. Kyle O'Gara, 1, SFHR-NT; 24. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-NT; 25. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (2), 2. Tanner Swanson (1), 3. Kyle Hamilton (6), 4. Jim Anderson (10), 5. James Davison (9), 6. David Byrne (5), 7. Bobby Santos (3), 8. Justin Grant (4), 9. Chris Windom (11), 10. Kyle Robbins (20), 11. Joe Liguori (12), 12. Patrick Lawson (18), 13. Annie Breidinger (22), 14. Austin Nemire (14), 15. Matt Goodnight (15), 16. Eric Gordon (8), 17. Mike Haggenbottom (19), 18. John Heydenreich (21), 19. Ryan Newman (7), 20. Cameron Dodson (17), 21. Derek Bischak (23), 22. Cody Gallogly (16), 23. Brian Gerster (13), 24. Dave Berkheimer (24). 50:56.46
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-100 Kody Swanson

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kyle Robbins (20th to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Annie Breidinger

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-577, 2-Justin Grant-514, 3-David Byrne-456, 4-Kyle Hamilton-381, 5-Bobby Santos-378, 6-Eric Gordon-375, 7-Chris Windom-342, 8-Mike Haggenbottom-328, 9-Kyle Robbins-320, 10-Austin Nemire-315.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: September 22, 2019 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - Bettenhausen 100

 

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT TOPS MERCED USAC/CRA DEBUT

MERCED, CA - SEPTEMBER 6, 2019... Racing from fifth, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) slipped by Jake Swanson on the eleventh lap and sprinted to the Friday night "California Sprint Week" debut at Merced Speedway. Piloting the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett scored his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph and became the tenth driver to win in fifteen races. The defending USAC West Coast Champion finished ahead of "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Chase Johnson, Brody Roa, and Swanson.

Ryan Bernal earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an twentieth to eighth place run. Koen Shaw claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" and Colby Johnson scored the USAC 360 bonus for the second race in a row.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner also posted his 89th career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and a new track record with a time of 12.085 over the 20-car field.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to Gardner (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

On Saturday, September 7th, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to Santa Maria Raceway for the fifth and final round of "California Sprint Week."

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 6, 2019 - Merced Speedway - Merced, California - "California Sprint Week Round #4"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-12.085 (New Track Record); 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.219; 3. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-12.478; 4. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-12.544; 5. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-12.545; 6. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-12.568; 7. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.580; 8, Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-12.599; 9. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-12.628; 10. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-12.765; 11. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-12.773; 12. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-12.897; 13. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-12.901; 14. Mark Barroso, 78, Barroso-12.984; 15. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-13.086; 16. Sean Watts, 98, Watts-13.169; 17. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.170; 18. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.295; 19. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-13.323; 20. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. Roa, 3. Martin, 4. Faria, 5. McCarthy, 6. Watts, 7. Shaw. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Liggett, 3. Ch.Johnson, 4. Bernal, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Barroso, 7. Ervine. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Davis, 3. Gansen, 4. Hix, 5. Tafoya. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (5), 2. Danny Faria Jr. (3), 3. Chase Johnson (11), 4. Brody Roa (2), 5. Jake Swanson (1), 6. Austin Williams (9), 7. Damion Gardner (6), 8. Ryan Bernal (20), 9. Charles Davis Jr. (4), 10. Colby Johnson (7), 11. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (8), 12. Mike Martin (13), 13. Koen Shaw (19), 14. Steve Hix (18), 15. Chris Gansen (12), 16. Sean Watts (16), 17. Mark Barroso (14), 18. Matt McCarthy (10), 19. Austin Ervine (17). ---------------------------- **McCarthy flipped on lap 4 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Swanson, Laps 11-30 Liggett

SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Ryan Bernal (20th to 8th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Koen Shaw

USAC 360 BONUS: Colby Johnson

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-986, 2-Roa-958, 3-Williams-927, 4-Swanson-821, 5-Gansen-647, 6-Malcolm-598, 7-McCarthy-565, 8-Faria-544, 9-Davis-526, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-508.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1- Faria-267, 2-Gardner-250, 3-Williams-248, 4-Ch.Johnson-248, 5-Roa-242, 6-Swanson-227, 7-Liggett-223, 8-Davis-201, 9-Bernal-183, 10-Gansen-167.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 7 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California - "California Sprint Week Finale"

 

 

WISE BRINGS THE 39BC HOME TO VICTORY AT BC39

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Before he had even laid eyes on The Dirt Track at IMS, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway had already occupied a special place within the heart of Zeb Wise.

He'd been triumphant in a quarter midget at the Battle at the Brickyard and also became the first ever winner on The Dirt Track at IMS in 2018, snagging the Stoops Pursuit.

After Thursday night's victory in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, the track became the showcase for a defining moment in the 16-year-old racer's burgeoning career where he led the final seven laps to score the biggest victory, and the richest payday ($15,000), of his young career.

One of the main influences on The Dirt Track at IMS becoming a reality was Bryan Clauson, the namesake of the BC39. Angola, Indiana's Wise has carried BC's spirit onward, driving for Bryan's father's Clauson/Marshall Racing team and piloting the No. 39BC on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail which he put into victory lane in front of a large throng of spectators on this memorable late summer night.

Wise's IMS story began earlier this decade when competing at The Battle at the Brickyard. It was there where Tim and Bryan Clauson, already a racing star in his own right, noticed Wise. When the time came, he was hand-picked by the Clausons to become a part of the team, leading him on the path to the biggest win of his career thus far.

"A lot of people don't know this, but Bryan and Tim, the first time they noticed me was at the quarter midget track that they run called Little Brickyard," Wise recalled. "That was the first time they ever got in contact with me. To carry over from the first time they saw me here, and now we're out there winning big races, it's very special not only to me, but probably even more special to the team."

Wise was in a hurry to get things done from his fifth starting spot at the drop of the green for the 39-lap main event. He whittled his way to second past Kevin Thomas, Jr. after the two clipped bumper to bumper off turn four when Thomas snagged the curb. Wise set up shop, went to the bottom and slid up in front of Thomas to pocket the runner-up spot.

Pole sitter Thomas Meseraull remained in control up front, keeping Wise in check a handful of car lengths back until the 18th lap. That's when a four-car quagmire ensued with Tucker Klaasmeyer first getting upside down, followed by Jerry Coons, Jr. plowing into Klaasmeyer and getting on his lid as well while Gio Scelzi and Cannon McIntosh also became entangled in the fray.

That's where it nearly came to a premature end for Meseraull, who made a hard left to avoid clipping the stopped car of McIntosh. Wise, just behind Meseraull, took evasive action as well, narrowly missing misfortune.

On the ensuing restart, Wise gained a full head of steam coming downhill off the top of turn two to zip by Meseraull for the race lead as Jason McDougal and Kyle Larson came in tandem to go to second and third as Meseraull slipped to fourth. A three-car chase at the front saw Larson go topside around McDougal for second and pounce when Wise bobbled atop the fourth turn cushion.

Larson instantaneously pointed his nose to the bottom and used a major run to slide across the nose of Wise into turn one, securing the lead off turn two. Moments later, however, Michael Pickens' car came to a stop in turn four, sending Larson back to second and returned Wise to the head of the field for the restart.

As he had done all throughout the night, Wise was a force on restarts, and was able to stretch it out to a half-straight lead by the back stretch on the lap 21 resumption. Nonetheless, Larson leashed Wise back in in no time and was clamped down on the shadow of Wise with less than 15 laps remaining.

On lap 28, Wise biked in turn three atop the cushion, which was basically be an extension of the outside concrete wall at that point. It was seemingly no harm, no foul, as Larson got on the binders to avoid contact with Wise. Both kept their foot in it and put their wills on the razor's edge in turn one as Larson attempted to slide Wise in turn one. With just enough room to fit the width of a midget and the thickness of two dimes between them, Wise never wavered from the top, kept his right foot on the hammer and escaped through the other side of the needle to hang onto the spot just before early race leader Meseraull flipped in turns three and four, concluding a promising run for the high-point man who led a race-high 18 laps.

On the following restart, all broke loose again, with Larson taking his run at Wise with a slider into turn three. By the time the two arrived at the exit of turn four, nowhere was there room to spare. Larson and Wise made contact, sending Wise ramping up the wall and landing on all fours while defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon snuck by on the bottom from fourth to first past McDougal, Larson and Wise to rip the lead away on lap 29.

Larson then slowed with a flat left rear tire to force a yellow flag, putting Wednesday's Stoops Pursuit winner/survivor out of contention for the win, although he did race back to a ninth-place finish. Meanwhile, Wise's mind was racing with concern over whether his race was in jeopardy, admitting he thought his race was over after the contact.

Following a lap 31 red flag for a McIntosh flip between turns three and four, Wise's curiosity grew stronger as he pondered what could be wrong at the moment with his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives - Sundollar Restoration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

"I knew something was wrong," Wise admitted. "Heck, I couldn't even hold it straight down the straightaways. I knew something was going on. We had a red flag there and the push truck driver came to me and I said, 'Dude, what is wrong with the front end?' He looked it over and said, 'Looks like you have a bent steering arm.' At that point, I knew it wasn't something serious, and that I didn't need to pull off the track because it was going to be a hazard or anything."

Experiencing a handful with his steering wheel in addition to the flurry of action surrounding him, Wise overcame and persevered, utilizing a lap 33 slide job to overtake Bacon for the lead and bring CMR teammate Chris Windom along with him on the bottom, who cranked down the shocks and lay in wait to capitalize on any mistake by Wise down the stretch.

In a race that changed its complexion frequently and without hesitation, FMR Racing teammates Bacon and McDougal had drifted back to fifth and sixth where they tangled on the front straightaway on lap 35, ending the team's bid for a repeat BC39 victory.

Racing resumed with Wise and Windom continuing their side-by-side joust as Christopher Bell entered the ring and was challenging both for the lead as he followed Wise on the high side of three where he bounced and buoyed his way atop turn three with three laps to go, bouncing the left side of his roll cage off the track surface before springing back up and landing on all fours, putting a premature end to his bid for a win with front end damage.

Wise used another strong restart to gain separation on the lap 37 restart ahead of CMR teammates Windom and Courtney (who started 20th). Windom on the low line and Courtney up top dug in during their proverbial fist fight for the runner-up spot. Windom began a slow fade as the bottom began to slicken and Courtney found the traction up top to pull ahead coming to the white flag.

Wise put an end to the dramatics, stamping his name in Indianapolis Motor Speedway lore on the final lap as he nailed the entry and exit to each end of the racetrack on the 39th circuit to win by 0.372 sec. over Courtney, Windom, Chad Boat and Logan Seavey.

After a beginning to the season that saw mixed results, Wise has won three of the last five in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition, but none bigger than the one he earned Thursday night at IMS.

"We've been on such a hot streak lately," Wise said. "It doesn't matter where we go, you know we're a factor. When we came off that hot streak in Pennsylvania, I knew this was going to be the one that would really show what we've got, and we got it done."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at The Dirt Track at IMS were Tyler Thomas (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Zeb Wise (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Qualifier Winner), Christopher Bell (AutoMeter Third Heat Qualifier Winner), Dillon Welch (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Qualifier Winner), Tyler Courtney (B & W Auto Mart/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Michael Pickens (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Cannon McIntosh (Duane & Sonja Alexander Last Transfer), Sam Johnson (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Jesse Colwell (Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts Rookie of The Race & ProSource Passing Master).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

FIRST QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Thomas Meseraull (#7x RMS), 3. Kyle Larson (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (#25 Petry), 5. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 6. Holley Hollan (#67K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Ethan Mitchell (#19m Bundy Built), 8. Jonathan Beason (#21FS Reynolds), 9. Tyler Nelson (#88 Nelson), 10. Mark Chisholm (#56x Chisholm), 11. Jeff Wimmenauer (#15J Wimmenauer), 12. Conor Daly (#35 Petry), 13. Luke Howard (#00 Mounce), 14. Carson Garrett (#15x Garrett), 15. Ryan Hall (#2 Bush). NT

SECOND QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Zeb Wise (#39BC Clauson/Marshall), 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer (#27 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 3. C.J. Leary (#21KS Reynolds), 4. Brady Bacon (#76E FMR), 5. Tanner Carrick (#71K Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Cody Swanson (#71s Campbell), 7. Robert Dalby (#4D Dalby), 8. Brent Beauchamp (#43 Arnold), 9. Andrew Layser (#47BC Clauson/Marshall), 10. Alex Bright (#1ST Saucier), 11. Chris Baue (#9 Baue), 12. Ray Seach (#54m Manic), 13. Rich Drangmeister (#3 Drangmeister), 14. Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett). NT

THIRD QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 2. Justin Grant (#4A RAMS), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#5 Petry), 4. Logan Seavey (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 5. Cannon McIntosh (#08 Dave Mac), 6. Ace McCarthy (#28 Neuman), 7. Nick Drake (#55 Cline), 8. David Prickett (#15DJ Neverlift), 9. Colten Cottle (#56AP Young), 10. Chris Jagger, Jr. (#32J Jagger), 11. Kendall Ruble (#11m Martin), 12. Cody Weisensel (#20 Weisensel), 13. Trey Osborne (#61 Kenyon), 14. Jesse Colwell (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian). NT

FOURTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Dillon Welch (#81 Tucker/Boat), 2. Spencer Bayston (#19 Hayward), 3. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker/Boat), 5. Chase Briscoe (#5B Briscoe), 6. David Budres (#23m Manic), 7. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 8. Brayton Lynch (#1K RKR), 9. Karsyn Elledge (#1 Tucker/Boat), 10. Kyle O'Gara (#67F SFHR), 11. Oliver Akard (#41 Akard), 12. Michael Klein (#10A Wallace), 13. Ken Drangmeister (#76 Drangmeister). NT

FIFTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Gio Scelzi (#85 Tucker/Boat), 2. Jason McDougal (#76m FMR), 3. Chris Windom (#17BC Clauson/Marshall), 4. J.J. Yeley (#2J Taylor), 5. Tony DiMattia (#50 TDM), 6. Kyle Jones (#7u Trifecta), 7. Steve Buckwalter (#25B Buckwalter), 8. Russ Gamester (#46 Gamester), 9. Dave Darland (#15 Petry), 10. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 11. Matt Linder (#2x Bush), 12. Kevin Studley (#57K Studley), 13. Randi Pankratz (#8 Pankratz), 14. Blaze Bennett (#77 Bennett). NT

SIXTH QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Michael Pickens (#1NZ RMS), 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (#17 Clauson/Marshall), 3. Chase Jones (#1BR SFHR), 4. Matt Westfall (#54 Bordner), 5. Sam Johnson (#72 Johnson), 6. Critter Malone (#7 Seven), 7. Austin O'Dell (#97A O'Dell), 8. Clinton Boyles (#9B Mounce), 9. Shannon McQueen (#15s Garrett), 10. Tommy Kouns (#11T Taylor), 11. Justin Dickerson (#21D Dickerson), 12. Zach Daum (#5D Daum), 13. Robert Bell (#71B Bell), 14. Billy Wease (#12w Wease). NT

FIRST D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Jonathan Beason, 2. Jesse Colwell, 3. Andrew Layser, 4. Karsyn Elledge, 5. Colten Cottle, 6. Randi Pankratz, 7. Kyle O'Gara, 8. Chris Baue, 9. Justin Dickerson, 10. Kevin Studley, 11. Kendall Ruble, 12. Ryan Hall, 13. Chris Jagger, Jr., 14. Rich Drangmeister, 15. Clinton Boyles, 16. Blaze Bennett, 17. Ray Seach, 18. Oliver Akard, 19. Brayton Lynch. NT

SECOND D-MAIN: (12 laps, top-3 transfer to the C-Main) 1. Brent Beauchamp, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Nelson, 5. David Prickett, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Luke Howard, 8. Carson Garrett, 9. Aaron Leffel, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Cody Weisensel, 12. Lance Bennett, 13. John Heydenreich (#22 Givens), 14. Conor Daly, 15. Matt Linder, 16. Tommy Kouns, 17. Robert Bell, 18. Michael Klein, 19. Jeff Wimmenauer, 20. Ken Drangmeister. NT

C-MAIN: (15 laps, top-6 transfer to the semi) 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Robert Dalby, 3. Kyle Jones, 4. Jesse Colwell, 5. Ace McCarthy, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Holley Hollan, 8. Nick Drake, 9. Dave Darland, 10. Daniel Robinson, 11. Brent Beauchamp, 12. Jonathan Beason, 13. Cody Swanson, 14. Alex Bright, 15. David Budres, 16. Critter Malone, 17. Russ Gamester, 18. Austin O'Dell, 19. Andrew Layser, 20. Ethan Mitchell. NT

SEMI: (20 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Cannon McIntosh, 7. Sam Johnson, 8. Jesse Colwell, 9. C.J. Leary, 10. Tony DiMattia, 11. Tanner Carrick, 12. Jake Neuman, 13. Ace McCarthy, 14. Zach Daum, 15. Kyle Jones, 16. Steve Buckwalter, 17. Robert Dalby, 18. Matt Westfall, 19. Chase Jones, 20. J.J. Yeley. NT

FEATURE: (39 laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (5), 2. Tyler Courtney (20), 3. Chris Windom (6), 4. Chad Boat (16), 5. Logan Seavey (14), 6. Jesse Colwell (24), 7. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (15), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (3), 9. Kyle Larson (12), 10. Justin Grant (11), 11. Dillon Welch (8), 12. Tanner Carrick (23), 13. Michael Pickens (4), 14. Gio Scelzi (9), 15. Christopher Bell (17), 16. Brady Bacon (10), 17. Jason McDougal (7), 18. Cannon McIntosh (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (1), 20. Spencer Bayston (2), 21. Tyler Thomas (13), 22. Tucker Klaasmeyer (18), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (19), 24. Chase Briscoe (21), 25. Jake Neuman (26), 26. C.J. Leary (25). NT
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**Alex Bright flipped during the second qualifying race. Jesse Colwell flipped during the third qualifying race. Robert Dalby flipped during the semi. Tucker Klaasmeyer and Jerry Coons, Jr. flipped on lap 19 of the feature. Thomas Meseraull flipped on lap 28 of the feature. Cannon McIntosh flipped on lap 31 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 19-28 Zeb Wise, Laps 29-32 Brady Bacon, Laps 33-39 Zeb Wise.

ELLIOTT'S CUSTOM TRAILERS & CARTS ROOKIE OF THE RACE: Jesse Colwell

B & W AUTO MART/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (20th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Michael Pickens

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Sam Johnson

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

FINAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Jesse Colwell-34, 2-Tyler Courtney-23, 3-Zach Daum-18, 4-Chad Boat-16, 5-Dave Darland-16, 6-Logan Seavey-15, 7-Cannon McIntosh-13, 8-Sam Johnson-13, 9-Chris Windom-12, 10-Thomas Meseraull-12.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 28, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - 4-Crown Nationals

 

 

RYAN NEWMAN RETURNS
FOR SATURDAY'S RICH VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Ryan Newman will return to the seat of a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car this Saturday night, September 7, in the Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.

Newman, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion, has gone on to have a highly-successful Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career with 51 poles and 18 victories, including wins in the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.

Newman (South Bend, Ind.) will drive the No. 2v for Bowman/Vance Racing on Saturday, a tribute to Johnny Vance, one of the most successful USAC car owners of all-time, earning three National car owner titles and 52 National wins. Newman raced in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series for Vance during the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Newman will race as a teammate to five-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.). Newman himself earned both his first career USAC National Midget victory in 1997 as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999, both of which were televised on ESPN's "Saturday Night Thunder" program.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

ALL-TIME LUCAS OIL RACEWAY USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:
1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson
3. (4) Bobby Santos & Kody Swanson
5. (3) Bobby East
6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

PAST RICH VOGLER CLASSIC WINNERS:
(Winchester Speedway)
1991: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Don Schilling (Midget)
1992: Jim Mahoney (Sprint) & Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Midget)
1993: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Stevie Reeves (Midget)
1994: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1996: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1997: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1998: Chet Fillip (Sprint) & Ricky Shelton (Midget)
1999: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2000: Ryan Newman (Sprint) & Ryan Newman (Midget)
2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (Sprint)
2006: Bryan Clauson (Sprint)
2007: Marc Jessup (Sprint)
2008: Darren Hagen (Sprint)
2009: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
2010: Shane Hmiel (Sprint)
2011: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
(Indianapolis Raceway Park)
2012: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2013: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2014: David Byrne (Silver Crown)
2015: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown)
2016: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)
2017: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown)

 

 

RICH VOGLER CLASSIC ENTRY LIST RELEASED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 5, 2019).........Six past USAC Silver Crown winners at Lucas Oil Raceway are entered for this Saturday's Rich Vogler Classic from the .686-mile paved oval west of Indianapolis.

Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) is a five-time Silver Crown winner at LOR and, with one more victory, would surpass Mike Bliss as the winningest Silver Crown driver in the history of the track, which has hosted Silver Crown racing regularly since 1985. He's a two-time victor of the Rich Vogler Classic 2013 and 2015.

Tanner's older brother, Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), leads the series points and is a four-time LOR Silver Crown winner with a Vogler Classic triumph back in 2016.

Like Kody, Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) is a four-time winner on the LOR oval with two Vogler Classic scores in 2012 and again in the most recent race back in 2017.

Ryan Newman (South Bend, Ind.) returns to make his first Silver Crown appearance in two seasons as a teammate to Tanner Swanson. Newman won his first career USAC National Midget feature (1997) and Silver Crown feature (1999) at LOR, then called Indianapolis Raceway Park. The 1999 Silver Crown champ is the lone driver in Saturday's field to have to won at the Vogler Classic's former home of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, sweeping the NAMARS Sprint/Midget doubleheader in 2000.

The last time Silver Crown visited LOR back in May, Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) raced to his first career Silver Crown victory. He will wheel the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 on Saturday, which took over the Silver Crown owner championship point race following a top-five run with the team's dirt driver, Brady Bacon, last Sunday at Du Quoin.

David Byrne's (Shullsburg, Wisc.) top Silver Crown moment came in the 2014 Rich Vogler Classic at LOR where he raced by Tanner Swanson on the final corner of the final lap to win his first series victory in spectacular fashion.

Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at LOR while Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) tallied a pair of victories with the USAC Midget division at LOR.

Five-time Indianapolis 500 starter James Davison (Melbourne, Australia) aims to make his second Silver Crown series after a 9th place run at Salem (Ind.) Speedway in August.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

RICH VOGLER CLASSIC ENTRY LIST: (24 Drivers)
02 TANNER SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Bowman Racing)
1 KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
2V RYAN NEWMAN/South Bend, IN (Bowman/Vance Racing)
6 KYLE HAMILTON/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
11 ®JAMES DAVISON/Melbourne, AU (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 BOBBY SANTOS/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
32 JOE LIGUORI/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 ®JOHN HEYDENREICH/Riverside, CA (A.J. Felker Racing)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
80 ®ANNIE BREIDINGER/Hillsborough, CA (Breidinger Racing)
81 ®CODY GALLOGLY/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
92 ®JIM ANDERSON/Joliet, IL (Kazmark Motorsports)
94 BRIAN GERSTER 94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®DEREK BISCHAK Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

LARSON THE LAST ONE STANDING IN BC39 STOOPS PURSUIT

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 4, 2019).........Kyle Larson literally became the last man standing on the final lap of the Stoops Pursuit during Wednesday's opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.

On the last lap of the fifth and final segment of the 25-lap event, three drivers remained on track and were in contention for the victory after 22 of the 25 starters had been eliminated from competition in the unique format that sent drivers to the infield if they were passed or were involved in an accident.

Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.), Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) entered the back straightaway off turn two under a proverbial blanket on the last lap. Pickens dove underneath Larson entering turn three on the final lap. As both went for the same piece of real estate at the entrance of turn three, Pickens' right rear tire climbed Larson's left front, sending Pickens flipping wildly and Larson into a 360 spin at the edge of the infield.

Moments later, Grant seemed to have a clear path to victory on the top side, but instead, banged his right rear tire off the turn three wall, sending himself into a series of barrel rolls against the concrete.

Remember Larson? With a cloud of dust kicked up from the infield and his camber askew, he pointed his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Curb Records/Bullet by Spike/Speedway Toyota in the right direction, tip-toed around the bottom of the fourth turn and gassed his way back to the finish line as the winner.

The unpredictable turn of events was reminiscent of a combination of both the 1976 Daytona 500 finish between Richard Petty/David Pearson as well as Danny Sullivan's spin-and-win on the same property at IMS back in 1985, earning Larson $2,100 for his efforts and being a part of one of the wildest moments in the century-plus history of racing on the IMS grounds.

"That was wild," Larson exclaimed. "I didn't know it was going to be that crazy of a race. On the second to last stage, Justin (Grant) got by and then (Jason) McDougal got by, and I knew I needed to get back to second to be able to run that last round."

"I was really good up top," Larson continued. "I knew if I got a good restart, I could get by Pickens. But this track was so racy that sliders were easy to throw. Michael (Pickens) was throwing everything he had at me. We made contact there on the back stretch. He was trying to park it on the bottom, and I was trying to do what I did the lap before, two laps before."

Wednesday marked the first night Larson had been on track in competition at The Dirt Track at IMS after not competing in last year's inaugural BC39 event.

"I was bummed I couldn't make it last year," Larson admitted. "I saw how exciting it was and said, 'screw it, I'm going to try to make it.' I made it to the Indy airport at 4:45 just in time for hot laps. It was worth it, though. I hope we can be up here again tomorrow."

The BC39 continues Thursday, Sept. 5, with the finale. The event will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: September 4, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Robert Dalby, 4. Chase Briscoe, 5. Daniel Robinson, 6. Tyler Nelson, 7. David Prickett, 8. Randi Pankratz, 9. Ken Drangmeister. 2:08.04

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Holley Hollan, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Clinton Boyles, 6. Sam Johnson, 7. Ray Seach, 8. Shannon McQueen. 2:11.03

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Ace McCarthy, 5. Cannon McIntosh, 6. Cody Weisensel, 7. Oliver Akard. 2:10.53

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Dillon Welch, 2. Justin Grant, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Cody Swanson, 6. Brayton Lynch, 7. Justin Dickerson, 8. Chris Jagger, Jr., 9. Trey Osborne. 2:12.21

FIFTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Gio Scelzi, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Steve Buckwalter, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Austin O'Dell, 7. Conor Daly, 8. Robert Bell, 9. Blaze Bennett. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Zach Daum, 2. Tanner Carrick, 3. Billy Wease, 4. Chase Jones, 5. Kyle Jones, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Kendall Ruble, 8. Colten Cottle, 9. Michael Klein. NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Jake Neuman, 2. Michael Pickens, 3. Christopher Bell, 4. Tony DiMattia, 5. J.J. Yeley, 6. Chris Baue, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Jonathan Beason. NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Alex Bright, 4. Tyler Thomas, 5. Russ Gamester, 6. Mark Chisholm, 7. Kevin Studley, 8. Maria Cofer, 9. Critter Malone. NT

NINTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Ethan Mitchell, 4. Nick Drake, 5. Aaron Leffel, 6. David Budres, 7. Ryan Hall, 8. Rich Drangmeister, 9. Carson Garrett. NT

TENTH HEAT: (10 Laps) 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Matt Westfall, 3. Jesse Colwell, 4. Luke Howard, 5. Jeff Wimmenauer, 6. Matt Linder, 7. Tommy Kouns, 8. John Heydenreich. NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Lance Bennett (#10 Bennett)

STOOPS PURSUIT RACE: (25 Laps) 1. Kyle Larson (7), 2. Michael Pickens (3), 3. Justin Grant (12), 4. Tyler Courtney (17), 5. Jason McDougal (15), 6. Tanner Carrick (11), 7. Chris Windom (18), 8. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (16), 9. Chad Boat (2), 10. 19 Spencer Bayston (4), 11. 67 Logan Seavey (5), 12. Zach Daum (14), 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (19), 14. Jesse Colwell (1), 15. Gio Scelzi (10), 16. Jake Neuman (6), 17. Dillon Welch (9), 18. Zeb Wise (13), 19. Brady Bacon (20), 20. Christopher Bell (25), 21. Robert Dalby (24), 22. Kyle O'Gara (21), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (23), 24. Thomas Meseraull (8), 25. Chase Briscoe (22). NT ---------------------------- **Andrew Layser flipped during the sixth heat. Chris Baue flipped during the seventh heat.

STOOPS PURSUIT LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Chad Boat, Laps 6-20 Michael Pickens, Laps 21-22 Kyle Larson, Lap 23 Michael Pickens, Laps 24-25 Kyle Larson.

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,517, 2-Chris Windom-1,403, 3-Logan Seavey-1,350, 4-Zeb Wise-1,286, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,284, 6-Chad Boat-1,208, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,147, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,129, 9-Jason McDougal-1,069, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-1,034.

PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Thomas Meseraull-8, 2-Brady Bacon, Chris Windom, Kevin Thomas, Jr. & Spencer Bayston-6, 6-Jerry Coons, Jr., Tanner Carrick & Logan Seavey-5.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: September 5, 2019 - The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Indiana - Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink

 

 

iRACING USAC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF SEPT. 11

Speedway, Indiana (September 4, 2019).........The inaugural iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing kicks off on Wednesday, September 11. The nine-race schedule will see the non-winged sprint car series visit some of America's most iconic dirt ovals, starting and finishing with iRacing's newest addition, Fairbury Speedway.

"We're looking forward to adding the iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FLORacing to our slate of championship eSports competition," said iRacing.com Motorsport Simulations president Tony Gardner. "Wingless sprint cars produce some of the most exciting racing action anywhere in America, and we can't wait to see how the world's top iRacers will handle them with $10,000 on the line."

$10,000 is on the line for this year's participants, with a top prize of $6,000 to the winner, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third. Alongside the cash prize, the champion will receive a two-day experience at the Cory Kruseman Driving School, and recognition at USAC's end-of-season banquet. The remainder of the top 10 drivers in series points will receive iRacing credits.

The 2019 iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FLORacing schedule is as follows: September 11: Fairbury American Legion Speedway September 18: Kokomo Speedway September 25: Limaland Motorsports Park October 2: Eldora Speedway October 9: Knoxville Raceway October 16: Kokomo Speedway October 23: Williams Grove Speedway October 30: Limaland Motorsports Park November 6: Fairbury American Legion Speedway

All races will be broadcast live on the iRacing eSports Network on Wednesday nights. Be sure to tune in to www.twitch.tv/iracing to watch the broadcasts.

For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iRacing.com. For more information on USAC, visit www.usacracing.com.

 

 

USAC WSO MAKES MONARCH DOUBLEHEADER DEBUT FRI./SAT.

Wichita Falls, Texas.........USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma makes its Monarch Motor Speedway debut this weekend, Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Wichita Falls, Texas track for rounds nine and ten of the 2019 season.

The series has ventured outside its namesake home state once this year, with Danny Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.) taking the checkered flag, one of two drivers to reach victory lane with the series twice this season along with Andrew Deal (Caney, Kans.).

Smith leads the standings by a relatively narrow 17 point margin over reigning USAC WSO champ Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), followed by Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.), Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.).

Larry's Marine Center had added additional sponsorship to the program, which pays $1,000 to win and $200 to start each night.

USAC WSO will be joined this weekend by POWRi West Midgets, RaceSaver 305 Sprints and Lonestar Dwarf Cars. Gates open at 6pm (Central), grandstands at 6:30pm, USAC/WSO drivers meeting at 7:30pm both nights. On Friday, hot laps begin at 8pm with racing at 8:30pm. On Saturday, hot laps are slated to start at 6:30pm.

General admission tickets are $20, Seniors and Military are $12, children age 6-11 are $5 and kids 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,051, 3-Johnny Kent-1,024, 4-Cameron Hagin-1,002, 5-Waylon Weaver-896, 6-Ben Frey-834, 7-J.C. Wilson-804, 8-Tim Kent-713, 9-David Baxter-713, 10-Ryan Dean-646.
(Chad Warner Photo)


EAST COAST SPRINT CHAMP TO BE CROWNED IN DELAWARE FINALE

Delmar, Delaware.........A champion will be crowned at the USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car season finale this Saturday, September 7, at Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, Delaware.

Point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) sits in the driver's seat of the standings with a 67-point lead entering Saturday's race and is gunning for a second consecutive series title.

Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) won the most recent series visit to the track back in April, the lone win of the year for the driver who stands third in the standings behind point leader Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) and Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.), who won the series' most recent event in August at Bedford, Pa., his second victory of the year.

Drevicki won at Delaware in 2018 and ran 4th in April while Strada ran 3rd. Old Bridge, New Jersey's Bill Unglert (10th in points) took the runner up spot behind Allen in April while Carlisle, Pennsylvania's Chandler Leiby (4th in points) rounded out the top-five.

Gates open at 5pm Eastern with hot laps set for 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $20 while kids age 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $25 apiece.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-736, 2-Eddie Strada-669, 3-Chris Allen, Jr.-609, 4-Chandler Leiby-589, 5-Eric Jennings-488, 6-Ryan Quackenbush-471, 7-Timmy Buckwalter-428, 8-Joey Biasi-428, 9-Carmen Perigo-406, 10-Bill Unglert-362.
(John DaDalt Photo)


SPEED2 MIDGETS SLING DIRT IN ILLINOIS AND VERMONT SATURDAY

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........A pair of USAC Speed2 Midget series are in action this Saturday night, September 7, in the states of Illinois and Vermont.

The Engler IMRA series makes its 11th trip of the season to Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. Saturday for the 3rd annual 24-lap Aaron Hull Memorial. Five of point leader Andy Baugh's six season wins have come at Spoon River. Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) won the most recent series event Monday at Spoon River.

Baugh leads the standings in search of a second consecutive IMRA title, entering Saturday's race with a commanding 110-point lead over Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.) with just four races remaining in the 2019 season.

The penultimate round of the USAC DMA Speed2 Midget season comes to Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vermont this Saturday in the series' 10th visit of the year. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.) has captured three of his four DMA victories this season at Bear Ridge but stands third in the standings behind three-time Bear Ridge winner Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) and Joe Krawiec (Granby, Conn.), who remains on the hunt for his first triumph of the year. Hull leads the points by 48 markers heading in.

On Saturday at Spoon River, gates open at 3pm Central, grandstands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. Adult general admission is $25, kids 10 and under are $5 and pit passes are $40. MOWA Sprint Cars, POWRi National Midgets and DirtCar Modifieds are in action along with the IMRA Speed2 Midgets.

Saturday at Bear Ridge, pits open at 3pm Eastern, gates open at 3pm and racing at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $10, students 12-17 are $8, seniors 62+ are $8, kids 11 and under are $2 and pit passes are $25 apiece for members and $30 for non-members. Sabil & Sons DIRTcar Sportsman Modifieds, Wells River Chevrolet DIRTcar Sportsman Coupes, C.A. Miller Limited Late Models and Peanuts Auto Four Cylinders join the DMA Speed2 Midgets.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-846, 2-Tyler Roth-736, 3-Jake Sollenberger-720, 4-Mark McMahill-596, 5-Kevin Battefeld-578, 6-Brent Burrows-537, 7-Russell Johnston-511, 8-John Heitzman-483, 9-Jeff Sparks-483, 10-Patrick Ryan-481.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-1056, 2-Joe Krawiec-1008, 3-Seth Carlson-963, 4-Justin Phillips-804, 5-Adam Whitney-774, 6-Manny Dias-751, 7-Jeff Horn-702, 8-Justin Sheridan-646, 9-Jeff Champagne-554, 10-Dan Douville-552.
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WEDNESDAY'S BC39 HEAT RACE LINEUPS SET

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........Heat race lineups for Wednesday's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink opening night have been set following Tuesday's Draft Party in which drivers and team members chose their heat race positions.

Ten heat races, each set for 10 laps of green flag action, are slated for the 88-car field. Each driver and car will hot lap in a group along with the competitors who are scheduled to start in their heat race. Ten groups will have one round of hot laps to begin the night.

Each car will gain points based on passing, which will determine starting positions for Thursday night's qualifying races. Points for the heats will be accumulated by finishing position and total number of positions gained or lost. Cars will be positioned into qualifying races Thursday based on the passing points accumulated in Wednesday's heats.

The Stoops Pursuit race Wednesday night is a 25-lap race split into five-lap segments. The field will include 24 starters - heat race winners plus the highest point earner in each heat are eligible, along with promoter's options. The starting lineup is inverted by fastest heat race time, with promoter's options starting at the rear. Every five laps, USAC will throw a competition flag, and cars with a net loss in position and the last-place car will be called to exit the track.

A checkered flag ends the final segment, with the winner earning $1,500 plus $100 for each position gained. All Stoops Pursuit participants also receive a free right-rear tire, courtesy of Hoosier.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm Eastern. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm Eastern and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event. Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of the BC39 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

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SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA - 57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL 8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA - 88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS 76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN - 5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN 76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK - 17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL 15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO - 1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC 15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA - 67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK 9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO - 54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI 5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL - 7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK - 28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK 20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI - 10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO 39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN - 17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS 41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL - 25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ 08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN - 81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN 71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA - 21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN 4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA - 21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN 1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL - 32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN 61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps) 35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN - 85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA 43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN - 77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO 27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS - 76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK 71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA - 25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA 97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps) 56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL - 7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX 12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN - 47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA 5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL - 11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN 71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA - 1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN 10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY

SEVENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA - 15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN 21FS JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK-21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK 3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL - 1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ 2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ - 9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN

EIGHTH HEAT: (10 laps) 56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY - 7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN 21mc MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA - 84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ 57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN - 1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA 67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA - 91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK 46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN

NINTH HEAT: (10 laps) 15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO - 23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI 19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC - 2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX 3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN - 97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA 55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC - 11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH 7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA

TENTH HEAT: (10 laps) 54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH - 2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA 00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS - 15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN 11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN - 71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA 19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN - 22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA 31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA

 

 

BC39 FIRST-TIMERS ARE ROOKIES IN NAME ONLY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 3, 2019).........In only its second year of existence, no driver would have what you what call "extensive" experience at The Dirt Track at IMS entering this week's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4-5.
However, of the 90 drivers entered for this year's $15,000-to-win USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event, one-third of the field is a BC39 first-timer. Some of the drivers on the list are well established while some others are young guns just starting to make their name in the sport.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) makes his first BC39 appearance this week. He owns 16 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victories in his career, including one this year in June at Joliet, Ill.

Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) is also a winner on the USAC Midget tour this season, capturing his first career victory in March indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, one of three top-five finishes in six starts this year.

The lone international driver in this year's field, Michael Pickens (Auckland, N.Z.) is a four-time USAC National Midget winner and one of the most successful Midget racing talents to come from New Zealand.

One of Pickens' RMS LLC teammates for the BC39 is Thomas Meseraull, a 10-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner who just recently tallied a win on the opening night of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo Speedway. He's collected two career USAC Midget Special Event wins in his career, most recently at the Southern Illinois Center in December 2018.

Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has 13 wins in his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, including a stop in victory lane at Lincoln Park Speedway in June during Indiana Midget Week where the 2016 series champ started 15th.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Midget champion, has made the long haul from the west coast Bakersfield, Calif. along with two-time USAC Western States Midget feature winner Cody Swanson (Norco, Calif.).

Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.) are on their USAC National Midget Rookie campaigns and are, likewise, on their Rookie run at the BC39 this week for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian.

Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) has a USAC National Sprint Car win on his resume during Indiana Sprint Week in 2016 at Bloomington Speedway. Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was a top-five runner at Red Dirt Raceway in his only USAC Midget start of the year thus far during July's Mid-America Midget Week. Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.) was victorious during a Chili Bowl prelim in January 2017. Clinton Boyles (Greenwood, Mo.) was the 2018 Gas City I-69 Speedway Sprint Car track champion.

This collection of talent are only Rookies by technicality. They can win anytime, anywhere, including this Wednesday and Thursday at IMS. And shhhh....don't tell. But when Brady Bacon won the BC39 last year, he was a Rookie too, as was the rest of the 110-driver field. So, as has been proven, it can be done.

On track action for the BC39 begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

FIRST-TIMERS AT THE 2019 DRIVEN2SAVELIVES BC39 POWERED BY NOS ENERGY DRINK: (30 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21FS JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

 

 


CHASE JOHNSON WINS WILD PETALUMA FEATURE

PETALUMA, CA – SEPTEMBER 2, 2019… Starting seventh, Chase Johnson (Penngrove, CA) took the lead from “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. on the 28th lap and claimed the Monday night “California Sprint Week” feature at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the Thomas Family #68 Fire Suppression Engineering / Pitstop USA Maxim, Johnson earned his second career AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car triumph over Colby Johnson, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Shawn Arriaga, and Brody Roa.

Arriaga earned the Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award with an eighteenth to fourth place run. “The Demon” Damion Gardner claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Chase Johnson also posted his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.471 over the 19-car field.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to “The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Brody Roa (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products Second Heat), and Norm Johns (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to the Merced Speedway for the first time in series history on Friday, September 6th, for the fourth round of “California Sprint Week.”

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 2, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “California Sprint Week Round #3”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-14.471; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-14.660; 3. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-14.767; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-14.770; 5. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-14.806; 6. Colby Johnson, 38, Johnson-14.813; 7. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-14.877; 8. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.891; 9. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-14.895; 10. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-14.974; 11. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-15.026; 12. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-15.204; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-15.327; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-15.347; 15. Norm Johns, 32, Johns-15.412; 16. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-15.625; 17. Ricky Brophy, 3, 15.635; 18. Tommy Malcolm, 5X,, Napier-16.503; 19. Shawn Arriaga, 56J, Arriaga-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Martin, 2. McDougal, 3. Williams, 4. Faria, 5. Tafoya, 6. Ch.Johnson. NT.

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. Swanson, 3. Gansen, 4. Davis, 5. Ensign, 6. Brophy. NT.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johns, 2. Gardner, 3. Hix, 4. McCarthy, 5. Co.Johnson, 6. Arriaga. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Chase Johnson (7), 2. Colby Johnson (9), 3. Austin Williams (4), 4. Shawn Arriaga (18), 5. Brody Roa (2), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (10), 7. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 8. Charles Davis Jr. (11), 9. Steve Hix (12), 10. Chris Gansen (14), 11. Norm Johns (15), 12. Ricky Brophy (17), 13. Damion Gardner (5), 14. Jake Swanson (6), 15. Geoff Ensign (8), 16. Jason McDougal (3), 17. Matt McCarthy (1), 18. Mike Martin (16). NT.
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**Martin flipped on lap 1 of the feature. McCarthy flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-22 Roa, Laps 23-27 Faria, Laps 28-30 Ch.Johnson.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Shawn Arriaga (18th to 4th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Damion Gardner
USAC 360 BONUS: Colby Johnson

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-920, 2-Roa-890, 3-Williams-864, 4-Swanson-755, 5-Gansen-608, 6-Malcolm-588, 7-Richard Vander Weerd-542, 8-McCarthy-500, 9-Davis-469, 10-Faria-469.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Faria-192, 2-Williams-185, 3-Gardner-184, 4-Ch.Johnson-178, 5-Roa-174, 6-Swanson-161, 7-McDougal-159, 8-Davis-144, 9-Austin Liggett-141, 10-Ryan Bernal-129.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 6 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California – “California Sprint Week Round #4”

 

 

CHAMP CARS BACK ON THE PAVEMENT IN VOGLER CLASSIC

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Brownsburg, Indiana (September 2, 2019).........The 26th edition of the Rich Vogler Classic arrives at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. this Saturday, September 7, for the sixth and final appearance of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series on pavement in 2019.

The pavement has been mostly dominated by one driver this season, point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.), who's won the pole and the race at four of the five so far: Memphis, Toledo, Madison and Salem. However, the one missing from Swanson's resume this year is the .686-mile Lucas Oil Raceway where he once again won the pole and led the first 53 laps until dropping to the sideline with an engine issue while leading.

Hamilton took control from that point forward, leading all but one lap to score his first career series victory. It's been a career year in the series for the Danville, Ind. native with four top-five finishes in five starts.

Kody's younger brother Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) was a hard-charger after electing to start from the tail, then pitting, and restarting from the tail, and still managed to drive to second. He's a two-time Rich Vogler Classic winner himself in 2013 and 2015 and a five-time Silver Crown winner at LOR. With one more win at LOR, he would become the winningest Silver Crown driver at the track, breaking a tie with Mike Bliss.

Between Tanner and four-time winners Kody Swanson and Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.), they have won 12 of the 14 Silver Crown races at LOR since 2011. Santos won the first Rich Vogler Classic at LOR with Silver Crown cars after the event moved from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in 2012. He won the most recent as well back in 2017 after last year's event was washed away by Mother Nature.

Since 2011, the only ones to break up the Tanner, Kody, and Santos stranglehold at LOR has been Hamilton and David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), who used a last-lap last corner pass of Tanner to win the 2014 Vogler Classic in dramatic fashion, his first and only series victory thus far.

Finishing behind Hamilton at the line in May's race was Tanner Swanson, Bobby Santos, Justin Grant and Eric Gordon. Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) is a three-time USAC National Sprint Car feature winner at LOR, taking victories in three-straight seasons in 1990-91-92. Gordon's Vogler Classic debut came in the inaugural 1991 edition, finishing 16th in both the sprint and midget features that afternoon at Winchester.

Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) finished 7th in May's race. His first two career USAC National Midget wins came at LOR in 1994-95. Gerster was fast qualifier in a sprint car at the Vogler Classic in 1999. He finished a best of 4th twice in the Vogler Classic, in a midget in 1996 and in a sprint car in 1997.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday, Sept. 7. Grandstands open at 3pm, Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30pm and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45pm.

Advance general admission tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Race day general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (11 & under). Pit passes are $30 for USAC members and $35 for non-members.

Speed51 Super Select joins the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars on the event card.

The Rich Vogler Classic will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

ALL-TIME LUCAS OIL RACEWAY USAC SILVER CROWN WINS:
1. (5) Mike Bliss & Tanner Swanson
3. (4) Bobby Santos & Kody Swanson
5. (3) Bobby East
6. (2) Kenny Irwin, Jr., Jim Keeker, Jason Leffler & Ken Schrader
10. (1) Pat Abold, Jeff Bloom, David Byrne, Bob Cicconi, Jay Drake, Bruce Field, Russ Gamester, Kyle Hamilton, Tracy Hines, Rick Hood, Kasey Kahne, Jason McCord, Ryan Newman, Johnny Parsons, George Snider, Dave Steele, Tony Stewart, Brian Tyler & J.J. Yeley

PAST RICH VOGLER CLASSIC WINNERS:
(Winchester Speedway)
1991: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Don Schilling (Midget)
1992: Jim Mahoney (Sprint) & Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Midget)
1993: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Stevie Reeves (Midget)
1994: Robbie Stanley (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1995: Kenny Irwin, Jr. (Sprint) & Mike Bliss (Midget)
1996: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1997: Andy Michner (Sprint) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
1998: Chet Fillip (Sprint) & Ricky Shelton (Midget)
1999: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2000: Ryan Newman (Sprint) & Ryan Newman (Midget)
2002: Dave Steele (Sprint)
2003: Michael Lewis (Sprint)
2005: Dave Darland (Sprint)
2006: Bryan Clauson (Sprint)
2007: Marc Jessup (Sprint)
2008: Darren Hagen (Sprint)
2009: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
2010: Shane Hmiel (Sprint)
2011: Tracy Hines (Sprint)
(Indianapolis Raceway Park)
2012: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2013: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown) & Tracy Hines (Midget)
2014: David Byrne (Silver Crown)
2015: Tanner Swanson (Silver Crown)
2016: Kody Swanson (Silver Crown)
2017: Bobby Santos (Silver Crown)

90 DRIVERS ON FINAL BC39 ENTRY LIST

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (September 2, 2019).........Ninety, count 'em, 90 drivers are on the final entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS in Speedway, Ind.

The 90 entered drivers marks the third largest field for a USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event in the past three decades, which includes 23 USAC National championships and 208 total USAC National Midget feature wins spread out among the 90 drivers, a stacked field from top-to-bottom who are gunning for the $15,000 prize awarded to the winner of the A-Main on Thursday, Sept. 5.

Among the 90 drivers entered are eight drivers who have extensive experience on the famed 2.5-mile oval surrounding the dirt track located in turn three of the infield.

Conor Daly (Noblesville, Ind.) and J.J. Yeley have each finished in the top-ten at the Indianapolis 500, Daly in this past May's race and Yeley in 1998. Yeley has also made eight Brickyard 400 starts, with fellow Brickyard starters Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.) ready to give the BC39 a go along with NASCAR Xfinity Series race veterans Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) and Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), who finished as the runner-up in the inaugural BC39 in 2018. Meanwhile, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) made a start in this year's Freedom 100 Indy Lights race on Carb Day at IMS.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon is the reigning BC39 race winner from a year ago, leading the final nine laps to score the popular victory. Bacon is a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ in 2014 and 2016 and one of 11 past USAC National champs in the BC39 lineup, in addition to Yeley (2001 & 2003 Silver Crown, 2002-03 Sprint and 2003 Midget), Bell (2013 Midget) and Windom (2016 Silver Crown & 2017 Sprint).

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) is the defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist, while Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) is the reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ. Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland (1997 Silver Crown, 1999 Sprint, 2001-02 Midget) and Tucson, Arizona's Jerry Coons, Jr. (2008 Silver Crown, 2008 Sprint & 2006-07 Midget) are among the three USAC Triple Crown champs, along with Yeley, to have won all three USAC National championships throughout their career.
Lebanon, Indiana's Spencer Bayston (2017), Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson (2016) and Peru, Indiana's Russ Gamester represent three more titles among eight previous USAC National Midget champions represented in the BC39 field.

Nearly one-third of the BC39 field has tallied a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature victory in their career, 28 drivers to be exact, led by Darland (30), Bell (23), Coons (19), Yeley (17), Larson (16), Thorson (13), Gamester (12), Courtney (11), Boat (9), Bacon (7), Seavey (6), Bayston (5), Stenhouse (5), Cullman, Alabama's Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), Ione, California's Justin Grant (4), Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania's John Heydenreich (4), Auckland, New Zealand's Michael Pickens (4), Pocahontas, Illinois's Zach Daum (3), Noblesville, Indiana's Billy Wease (3), Angola, Indiana's Zeb Wise (3), Pittsboro, Indiana's Critter Malone (2), Windom (2), and single-race winners Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) and Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.).

Meanwhile, current USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary and recent Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car Smackdown prelim night winner Thomas Meseraull are seeking their first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget points-paying victories. Meseraull has won a pair of non-points midget races in USAC competition, in 2004 at California's Irwindale Speedway and again in 2018 at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

USAC Regional series champions are well-represented in the BC39 lineup, namely 2018 Eastern Midget titlist Alex Bright (Collegeville, Pa.), 2017 Gulf Coast Speed2 Midget champ Kyle Jones (Kennedale, Texas), 2017-18 Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget champion Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) and 2009 Kenyon Midget champion Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.).

USAC's Western States Midgets have brought a strong contingent, including current series point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.), a two-time winner with the series this year, along with 2012 overall series champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and July Santa Maria winner Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), two of the five female drivers in this year's BC39 field. David Prickett was the 2012 Western States Midget Dirt champ while Cody Swanson (Norco, Calif.) is a two-time winner with the series.

Jake Neuman (New Berlin, Ill.) established the 10-lap track record at The Dirt Track at IMS a year ago at 2:06.99. Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) leads all Rookie drivers in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point standings.

Brady Bacon captured the inaugural BC39 victory one year ago after starting 7th. He was followed in the top-ten by Chad Boat, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Christopher Bell, Alex Bright, Justin Grant, Holly Shelton, Jerry Coons, Jr. and Ryan Robinson. Rounding out the balance of the field were Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chris Windom, Logan Seavey, Zeb Wise, Shane Cottle, Jason McDougal, Maria Cofer, Terry Babb, Brayton Lynch, David Budres, Brian Karraker, Tyler Thomas, Tucker Klaasmeyer, Jake Neuman, Dillon Welch and Dave Darland.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. led the first 30 laps of the event and Bacon the final nine. Zeb Wise captured the 2018 Stoops Pursuit race on the opening night of the BC39.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (90 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
72 SAM JOHNSON/St. Peters, MO (Joe Johnson)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
TBA TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (TBA)

 

 

WILSON WHEELS TO FIRST SILVER CROWN WIN IN Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (September 1, 2019).........For the majority of his career, Jacob Wilson has been deemed a "pavement guy."

While that's certainly a testament to his skills on the asphalt where he's earned victories in the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial once and the Little 500 twice, most notably, it was a label that Wilson was anxious to shed.

Nevermind that he's been consistent on the dirt in recent years and even won the pole in his most recent appearance at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in 2018.

The Crawfordsville, Ind. driver erased the label Sunday night with a dominant victory in the Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, his first career triumph in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in his 53rd career series start, leading the final 59 laps to notch the win 11 years following his lone career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the Salem, Ind. high banks.

"I'm still a pavement guy, right," Wilson said with a grin. "We still joke about that. It became more apparent the last couple years that, if we did get our first win, it was going to be on the dirt, which is kind of weird. The pavement's still what I love but we just don't have as good of runs anymore."

"Man, this one is special," Wilson continued. "There's so many people that put effort into this thing. To get my brother his first win as a crew chief, to get (Matt) Hummel a win on this thing, my entire family and all the guys, it's special, that's for sure."

Wilson started from the seventh position to begin the 100-miler, which at first, became the race that just couldn't get going. Austin Nemire's car refused to turn on the first turn of the opening lap, sending the Sylvania, Ohio native helplessly into the outside wall. On the lap six restart, Levittown, Pennsylvania's Mike Haggenbottom tagged the turn two wall, sending him into a series of flips. Both drivers walked away from their incidents.

The third try was the charm as the race got into full swing with pole winner Tyler Courtney leading the way and Brady Bacon giving chase, both of whom have won with the series on dirt this year and were both in contention to win last year's Ted Horn 100.

Bacon applied constant pressure to Courtney until sailing around the outside of May Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney on the outside of turn two on the 19th lap for the race lead as Wilson pulled along to mount a challenge to Courtney for the runner-up spot before falling back into line in third.

Wilson stuck with Courtney for second, and on lap 26, threw his machine past the reigning USAC Sprint champ in turn one for the spot. Bacon's advantage held at five car lengths ahead of Wilson with a quarter of the race in the history books.

Nearing midway, Bacon and Wilson led a two-car breakaway to separate themselves from the pack. On lap 42, Wilson made his move, riding to the outside of Bacon off the fourth turn as the two went wheel to wheel under the flag stand. It became a case of who was going to be the last one to lift, with Wilson gaining the upper hand up top to drive around Bacon and open up a more than two second lead at the crossed flags as he invaded lap traffic.

"This thing was stuck so good, I knew we were going to be able to drive in deeper than Brady," Wilson explained. "It was just one of those deals where if he'd try to drive it in as well, it was a battle of who could get to the cushion and then who could get through the first corner first."

In the second half, Silver Crown races become a questioning of whether enough was saved on your end and whether others have saved fuel and tire-wise to make a run at you down the stretch. Wilson grappled with that as the field endured a long green flag run. In the midst of it, Courtney came alive on the 65th lap, ripping around Bacon in turns one and two for the second spot and cutting the gap to Wilson nearly in half, down to 2.4 seconds.

Despite that, Wilson was cruising with ease, on rails, with his Wilson Brothers Racing/D.D. Eyes - FK Indy/Maxim/Claxton Chevy whoa'd down to 80 percent of its full capability yet was still pulling away from the field. There's good and there's "too good." It's something which actually caused a bit of stress on the mind of Wilson.

"When you have a car this good, you never win with it," Wilson said. "Something always happens. You run out of fuel, you blow a tire, you lose an engine. There's always something that happens."

However, the team felt they had an ace up their sleeve, which worked in their favor. "(Crew chief and brother) Clint (Wilson) made the call to go with the hard compound, which not a lot people did, I don't think," Wilson explained. "It allowed me to kick it down once we needed to later in the race if I gapped back up. I could kick it down and not have to worry about the tires blowing off of it, just conserve fuel."

But there were several steps along the way to get to that point, namely traffic, where Wilson saw his advantage shrink from nearly three seconds to a second-and-a-half in a two-lap span at the start of the final quarter of the race as he navigated his way by the lapped cars of Chris Urish, Kody Swanson and Austin Mundie.

Wilson was patient, never forcing anything despite the closing deficit and was ultimately able to clear them all as Courtney walked the tightrope on the high line around the traffic, while Wilson gradually reconstructed his lead to three-plus seconds and Courtney became bound up in the throes of gridlock.

Eighth-running Brian Tyler, a 2008 Ted Horn 100 winner, went up in smoke with 14 laps remaining to bring out the yellow, erasing Wilson's gap in a sense, although four lapped cars remained between he and Courtney. With a clear track, Wilson tipped his cap and drove away once again, showing no ill effects from the breaking of his half-race-long stride.

"Once I took back off and (my spotter) had me at 20 car lengths at the end of the first lap, it kind of started to sink in there," Wilson remembered. "Then you start hearing every little noise in it, every little vibration, what's going to let go."

Jacob Wilson's first career triumph in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series camein his 53rd career series start. The win was his second in USAC National competition, 11 years following his lone career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on the Salem, Ind. high banks. (Dallas Breeze Photo)

Behind Wilson, Courtney and Bacon swapped second back-and-forth on laps 92 and 93 before regained the upper hand on lap 94. However, Justin Grant was the man on the move on the final restart, willing himself from eighth to fifth between laps 91 and 95, and an amazing fifth to second run in one fell swoop exiting turn two on lap 96.

Up front, Wilson sealed the deal, running seemingly half-throttle in preservation mode during the final laps, just in case. Yet, the gap widened as all his potential challengers were knee-deep in a scintillating battle for second.

Wilson closed it out to win by 6.330 seconds over Grant, Courtney, 1990 Du Quoin winner Jeff Swindell and Bacon. Wilson became the third first-time winner of the 2019 USAC Silver Crown season following Kyle Hamilton and Bacon.

Meanwhile, the point race tightened up following point leader Kody Swanson's mechanical gremlins throughout the night. His Nolen Racing team lost power to two different engines during practice. Patrick Lawson gave up his ride to Swanson for the main event where the four-time series champ charged from 29th to 14th to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors.

Tanner Thorson, in his first USAC Silver Crown appearance since 2015, walked away from a vicious accident on the back straightway during practice in which his steering broke, sending him into the inside guardrail and practically splitting the car in half from the dash forward. He walked away uninjured.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds included Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Kody Swanson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle Steffens (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 1, 2019 - Du Quoin State Fairgrounds - Du Quoin, Illinois - Ted Horn 100

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 97, Lein-30.627; 2. Brady Bacon, 6, Klatt-30.797; 3. Shane Cockrum, 71, Hardy-30.845; 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 55, Bateman-31.100; 5. Chad Kemenah, 15, Hampshire/Kemenah-31.123; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 56, Foxco-31.182; 7. Jacob Wilson, 07, WBR-31.454; 8. Chris Urish, 77, Urish-31.496; 9. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-31.617; 10. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-31.677; 11. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-31.715; 12. Jimmy Light, 123, Two-Three-31.857; 13. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-31.886; 14. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-31.923; 15. Jeff Swindell, 21, Swanson-31.932; 16. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-32.058; 17. Casey Buckman, 74, C-Buck-32.074; 18. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-32.333; 19. Austin Mundie, 47, Butler-32.365; 20. Travis Welpott, 18, Welpott/Gorman-32.409; 21. Brian Tyler, 12, Galas-32.410; 22. Dallas Hewitt, 57, Hewitt-32.467; 23. Bill Rose, 66, Rose-32.628; 24. A.J. Fike, 14, McQuinn-32.772; 25. Kyle Steffens, 08, Steffens-32.773; 26. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-32.911; 27. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-32.937; 28. Ronnie Wuerdeman, 33, Wuerdeman-33.125; 29. Terry Babb, 34, Morford-33.442; 30. John Heydenreich, 43, Felker-33.624; 31. Danny Long, 44, Long-34.571; 32. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-35.283; 33. Steve Buckwalter, 53, Five Three-NT; 34. C.J. Leary, 10, DMW-NT; 35. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-NT; 36. Korey Weyant, 99, Weyant-NT; 37. Shane Cottle, 81, Williams-NT; 38. Tanner Thorson, 9, Dyson-NT.

FEATURE: (100 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jacob Wilson (6), 2. Justin Grant (8), 3. Tyler Courtney (1), 4. Jeff Swindell (13), 5. Brady Bacon (2), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. David Byrne (10), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 9. Chad Kemenah (4), 10. Matt Goodnight (12), 11. Casey Buckman (15), 12. Jimmy Light (11), 13. Kyle Steffens (22), 14. Kody Swanson (#2 Lawson) (29), 15. Austin Mundie (17), 16. Chris Urish (7), 17. John Heydenreich (25), 18. A.J. Fike (21), 19. Travis Welpott (18), 20. Kyle Robbins (23), 21. Brian Tyler (19), 22. Bill Rose (28), 23. Jerry Coons, Jr. (3), 24. Dallas Hewitt (20), 25. Eric Gordon (16), 26. Ronnie Wuerdeman (31), 27. Mike Haggenbottom (14), 28. Terry Babb (24), 29. Dave Berkheimer (26), 30. C.J. Leary (30), 31. Austin Nemire (27). NT ------------------------------

**Tanner Thorson flipped during practice. Mike Haggenbottom flipped on lap 6 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tyler Courtney, Laps 19-41 Brady Bacon, Laps 42-100 Jacob Wilson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Kody Swanson (29th to 14th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Steffens

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-504, 2-Justin Grant-465, 3-David Byrne-401, 4-Eric Gordon-344, 5-Bobby Santos-326, 6-Kyle Hamilton-317, 7-Mike Haggenbottom-299, 8-Chris Windom-296, 9-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-293, 10-Austin Nemire-280.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: September 7, 2019 - Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, Indiana - Rich Vogler Classic

 

 

JAKE SWANSON REBOUNDS AT CALISTOGA

CALISTOGA, CA – SEPTEMBER 1, 2019… After crashing the previous night, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) reclaimed the lead from Ryan Bernal on lap 23 and won the Sunday “California Sprint Week” feature at Calistoga Speedway. Racing the John Grau and Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson’s “Louie Vermeil Classic” triumph was his second AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car win of the season. Bernal, Jason McDougal, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and fast qualifier Austin Liggett rounded out the top-five drivers.

“The Human Highlight Reel” Geoff Ensign. earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a seventeenth to seventh place run. Mike Martin claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Austin Liggett scored his first career USAC/CRA Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting a time of 19.666 over the 24-car roster.

The night’s 8-lap heat race victories went to “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Austin Williams (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Jace Vander Weerd (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will head to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds as Petaluma Speedway will host the third round of California Sprint Week for a rare Monday event on September 2nd.

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: September 11, 2019 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-19.666; 2. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.739; 3. Ryan Bernal, 24, Copeland-19.974; 4. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.981; 5. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.986; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-19.991; 7. Bud Kaeding, 69, BK-20.093; 8. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-20.120; 9. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-20.327; 10. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-20.360; 11. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-20.479; 12. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-20.489; 13. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.524; 14. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.544; 15. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.554; 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.621; 17. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.625; 18. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-20.743; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-20.755; 20. Terry Schank Jr., 51, Sperry-20.764; 21. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-20.852; 22. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-20.966; 23. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-21.088; 24. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-23.350.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. McCarthy, 3. Kaeding, 4. Liggett, 5. McDougal, 6. Malcolm, 7. Tafoya, 8. Hix. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Williams, 2. Ensign, 3. Swanson, 4. Johnson, 5. Gansen, 6. Schank, 7. Martin, 8. Roa. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. J.Vander Weerd, 2. Faria, 3. Davis, 4. Bernal, 5. Aton, 6. R.Vander Weerd, 7. Faccinto, 8. Morgan. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (2), 2. Ryan Bernal (4), 3. Jason McDougal (10), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (1), 5. Austin Liggett (6), 6. Charles Davis Jr. (12), 7. Geoff Ensign (17), 8. Damion Gardner (3), 9. Chase Johnson (5), 10. Richard Vander Weerd (9), 11. Jace Vander Weerd (15), 12. Brody Roa (11), 13. Mike Martin (23), 14. Matt McCarthy (13) (13), 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (16), 16. Chris Gansen (14), 17. Billy Aton (18), 18. Austin Williams (8), 19. Steve Hix (22), 20. Terry Schank Jr. (20), 21. Tommy Malcolm (19), 22. Jake Morgan (21), 23. Bud Kaeding (7), 24. Michael Faccinto (24). NT ---------------------------- **Malcolm and Schank flipped on lap 9 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-10 Swanson, Laps 11-22 Bernal, Laps 23-30 Swanson. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Geoff Ensign (17th to 7th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Mike Martin USAC 360 BONUS: Billy Aton

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-872, 2-Roa-824, 3-A.Williams-791, 4-Swanson-708, 5-Malcolm-578, 6-Gansen-559, 7-R.Vander Weerd-508, 8-McCarthy-500, 9-R.J. Johnson-458, 10-Davis-415.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Liggett-141, 2-Gardner-136, 3-Faria-132, 4-Bernal-129, 5-McDougal-121, 6-Swanson-14, 7-Williams-112, 8-R.Vander Weerd-111, 9-Roa-108, 10-Johnson-99.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 2 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California – “California Sprint Week”

 

 

BC39 DRAFT PARTY SET TO KICK OFF FESTIVITIES SEPT. 3

Speedway, Indiana (September 1, 2019).........The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the night before the dirt flies at The Dirt Track at IMS with the BC39 Draft Party.

Make your way to USAC headquarters that evening, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night (Sept. 4) of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink.

All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters.

The kickoff event is a fan-friendly celebration with IMS, the Indiana Donor Network, USAC drivers and officials featuring drivers, displays, food and beverages. The party runs from 5:30pm Eastern to 8:30pm with the draft set to begin at 6:30pm.

USAC's headquarters are located at 4910 W 16th Street in Speedway, IN 46224.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Exactly 90 drivers are entered for the BC39, which pays $15,000 to win the Thursday, Sept. 5 A-Main, which was claimed by Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon during the inaugural edition of the BC39 in 2018.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of racing at the BC39 and the USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live on FloRacing.

 

 

USAC HALL OF FAME CEREMONY WEDNESDAY AT BC39

Speedway, Indiana (September 1, 2019).........The eighth USAC Hall of Fame ceremony will be held at The Dirt Track at IMS on the opening night, Wednesday, September 4, of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink between events for the second running of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event.

The Hall of fame ceremonies will coincide with heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race at IMS on September 4, honoring USAC's newest class of inductees for 2019 alongside Johnny Capels, Bryan Clauson, Dick Jordan and Dave Steele.

New Mexico native Capels is a five-time National Championship-winning chief mechanic, winning back-to-back USAC National Championships with driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72, plus USAC Champ Dirt Car titles with Al Unser in 1973, Mario Andretti in 1974 and as a chief mechanic/car owner for Pancho Carter in 1978. He was also victorious as a USAC Sprint Car driver in 1968 and served in the roles of USAC Senior VP and Director of Competition in 1992, USAC President and COO from 1997 to 2001 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for USAC from 2002 to 2010.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind. won 112 USAC races as a driver between 2004 and his 2016 passing and is one of just six drivers to reach the 100-win mark during his career with the club. Clauson ranks seventh on both the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget wins list with 41 and 38 wins, respectively, in each division. He also scored two career USAC Silver Crown victories. He captured the overall USAC National Driver Championship in 2010-11-12, USAC National Midget championships in 2010-11 and USAC National Sprint Car titles in 2012 and 2013.

Jordan, of Brownsburg, Ind., was USAC's public/media relations man for over half a century from 1968 until his death in 2019, and it's safe to say, no individual has witnessed more USAC events than he. Jordan devoted his entire working life to publicizing the club's drivers and events, working with the media, as well as preserving the club's rich history with his thorough race reports, statistics and record-keeping. One of the most respected individuals in all racing media, the recognition Jordan received from around the racing world because of his contributions have been extensive.

Tampa, Fla. native Steele racked up one of the greatest careers in the history of USAC, ultimately becoming a two-time Silver Crown driving champion in 2004 and 2005 and one of the club's most accomplished drivers in the decades of the 1990 and 200s. Steele earned 60 USAC National victories, all of which came on pavement, including 16 Silver Crown, 26 National Sprint Car and 18 Midget. A two-time Little 500 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway where he earned his final USAC win in 2009, Steele passed away in 2017 following a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series event at Florida's Desoto Speedway.

The USAC Hall of Fame began in 2012 and has previously inducted 80 individuals over the past seven years: J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, George Bignotti, Tom Binford, Don Branson, Clint Brawner, Steve Butler, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Russ Clendenen, Donald Davidson, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Frankie Delroy, Mike Devin, Larry Dickson, Bob East, Tony Elliott, A.J. Foyt, Paul Goldsmith, Chuck Gurney, Gene Hartley, Butch Hartman, Jack Hewitt, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Gus Hoffman, Lindsey Hopkins, Tony Hulman, Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones, Don Kenyon, Mel Kenyon, Dick King, Sheldon Kinser, Jud Larson, Jason Leffler, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Bill Lipkey, Fred Lorenzen, Roger McCluskey, Rick Mears, Norm Nelson, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Lloyd Ruby, Johnny Rutherford, Troy Ruttman, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Bob & Gene Shannon, Jimmy Sills, Don Smith, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp, Tony Stewart, Bob Stroud, Bob Tattersall, Shorty Templeman, Johnny Thomson, Sleepy Tripp, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Rich Vogler, Rodger Ward, A.J. Watson, Bob Wente, Don White & Bob Wilke.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Exactly 90 drivers are entered for the BC39, which pays $15,000 to win the Thursday, Sept. 5 A-Main, which was claimed by Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon during the inaugural edition of the BC39 in 2018.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

Both nights of racing at the BC39 and the USAC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live on FloRacing.

 

 

 

AUSTIN WILLIAMS WINS SHORTENED CALISTOGA FEATURE

CALISTOGA, CA – AUGUST 31, 2019… "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) held off a late challenge from Austin Liggett before the curfew ended the main event at Calistoga Speedway. Piloting Tom & Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror DRC, Williams earned his first AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car feature of the year over Liggett, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Brody Roa, and Richard Vander Weerd.

“Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr. earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a sixteenth to sixth place run. Chris Gansen claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Gardner also scored the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a time of 19.240 over the 25-car roster.

The night’s 8-lap heat race victories went to Faria (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Jake Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Michael Faccinto (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars are back for the Sunday finale of the “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic” at Calistoga Speedway

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.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 31, 2019 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-19.240; 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-19.377; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-19.660; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-19.685; 5. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-19.782; 6. Chase Johnson, 68, Thomas-19.880; 7. Bud Kaeding, 69, BK-20.022; 8. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-20.057; 9. Jason McDougal, 56, Phulps-20.059; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-20.084; 11. Geoff Ensign, 3F, Finkenbinder-20.088; 12. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-20.109; 13. Ryan Bernal, 24, Copeland-20.124; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-20.147; 15. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-20.208; 16. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-20.351; 17. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-20.359; 18. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-20.492; 19. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-20.510; 20. Billy Aton, 26, Aton-20.618; 21. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-20.687; 22. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-20.700; 23. Jake Morgan, 45, Morgan-20.730; 24. Terry Schank Jr., 51, Sperry-20.855; 25. Travis Moore, 11T, Moore-22.514.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faria, 2. Bernal, 3. Gardner, 4. Liggett, 5. Williams, 6. Kaeding, 7. Malcolm, 8. Tafoya, 9. Moore. NT

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Gansen, 3. Ensign, 4. R.Vander Weerd, 5. McCarthy, 6. Martin, 7. Morgan, 8. Aton. NT

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. Johnson, 3. Davis, 4. J.Vander Weerd, 5. McDougal, 6. Roa, 7. Schank, 8. Hix. NT

FEATURE: (22 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Williams (8), 2. Austin Liggett (2), 3. Damion Gardner (6), 4. Brody Roa (7), 5. Richard Vander Weerd (4), 6. Danny Faria Jr. (16), 7. Bud Kaeding (9), 8. Jason McDougal (11), 9. Ryan Bernal (13), 10. Jace Vander Weerd (12), 11. Tommy Malcolm (19), 12. Matt McCarthy (10), 13. Chris Gansen (17), 14. Chase Johnson (3), 15. Terry Schank Jr. (24), 16. Billy Aton (20), 17. Steve Hix (21), 18. Mike Martin (14), 19. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (22), 20. Geoff Ensign (1), 21. Jake Swanson (5), 22. Michael Facicnto (15), 23. Charles Davis Jr. (18), 24. Jake Morgan (23), NT ---------------------------- **Swanson and Davis flipped on lap 8 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-13 Ligget, Laps 14-22. SPECIALTY FASTENERS HARD CHARGER: Danny Faria Jr. (16th to 6th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Chris Gansen USAC 360 BONUS: Billy Aton

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-812, 2-Roa-784, 3-A.Williams-756, 4-Swanson-630, 5-Malcolm-552, 6-Gansen-524, 7-R.Vander Weerd-462, 8-R.J. Johnson-458, 9-McCarthy-458, 10-C.Williams-405.

NEW CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Williams-77, 2-Gardner-76, 3-Liggett-72, 4-Roa-68, 5-R.Vander Weerd-65, 6-Faria-63, 7-Kaeding-55, 8-Bernal-53, 9-McDougal-53, 10-J.Vander Weerd-48.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACE: September 1 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

 

 

CONOR DALY MAKES BC39 RETURN WITH PETRY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 30, 2019).........Conor Daly, a top-ten finisher in this past May's 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, has filed his entry to compete in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget in the September 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS.

The 27-year-old Noblesville, Ind. native will take the wheel of the Petry Motorsports No. 35 for the second running of the event. Daly's ride, sponsored by Jonathan Byrd's Racing, FK Rod Ends and Keizer Wheels, will be part of a four-car stable for the Petry team alongside USAC standouts Kevin Thomas, Jr., Dave Darland and Jerry Coons, Jr.
Daly is a veteran of 48 career NTT IndyCar Series starts, including six Indianapolis 500 appearances, starting 11th and finishing 10th in May. Just last weekend, he recorded a season-best finish of sixth in the IndyCar event at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

Daly has made two previous USAC Midget appearances, both in 2018. His first race came in the inaugural BC39 for Landon Simon Racing with the most recent coming in the season finale indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, the Junior Knepper 55, for owner Jody Rosenboom.

Greenfield, Indiana-based Petry Motorsports has two cars and two drivers residing in the top-ten of USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings. Thomas (Cullman, Ala.) is fifth in the standings with one win to his credit, back in April, during the Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo Speedway. Coons, a two-time series champ, sits seventh in the standings with five top-fives and 14 top-ten finishes in 21 starts.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

Spectator tickets and any competitors still looking to buy seats in the competitor section can purchase through www.ims.com/usac.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (89 Drivers)
00 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1K BRAYTON LYNCH/Springfield, IL (Rusty Kunz Racing)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST ALEX BRIGHT/Collegeville, PA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9B CLINTON BOYLES/Greenwood, MO (Jay Mounce)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21KS C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
32J CHRIS JAGGER, JR./Warsaw, IN (Chris Jagger, Jr.)
35 CONOR DALY/Noblesville, IN (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
55 NICK DRAKE/Mooresville, NC (Troy Cline)
56AP COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71B ROBERT BELL/Colfax, IA (Robert Bell)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
TBA TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (TBA)

 

 

BC39 DEGREES OF SEPARATION WITH INDY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 29, 2019).........At a racetrack, everywhere you look, there's someone or something you can find that somehow connects to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

When it comes to IMS and the individuals involved either as a driver, crew member or car owner for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS, there seems to be several links between them, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 or the NTT IndyCar Series.

Starting with the drivers on the BC39 lineup which, as it stands now, is closing on near 90 entries for the second running of the event, USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Rookie Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C) is the granddaughter of 1995 Brickyard 400 winner Dale Earnhardt and the niece of 17-time Brickyard 400 starter Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Elledge competes in the series for Tucker/Boat Motorsports. The Boat part of the team ownership belongs to Billy Boat, who won the pole for the 1998 Indianapolis 500. Billy's son and Elledge's teammate, 2018 BC39 second place finisher Chad Boat, competed in the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at IMS, starting 22nd and finishing 27th.

Making his Rookie start in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 in which Billy Boat started from the pole was J.J. Yeley, who started 13th and finished 9th in his lone Indy run in addition to eight Brickyard 400 starts and six Xfinity appearances at Indy. Yeley was also in the field for Chad Boat's lone Xfinity start at IMS as was Kyle Larson, a five-time Brickyard 400 starter himself who finished 5th in the race in 2016.

That 2016 Brickyard 400 also marked Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.'s best performance thus far in six starts, finishing 12th. Yeley's best Brickyard 400 start of 6th came in 2012, driving for Joe Gibbs. Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.) piloted Gibbs' NASCAR Xfinity Series car to a 7th place finish in his first IMS start.

Finishing just two spots behind him that day at IMS was Chase Briscoe (Mitchell, Ind.), a winner of Eldora's NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway in 2018 after taking race the lead late from defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.).

Seavey drives for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian. Kunz, and brother Rusty (owner of Brayton Lynch's No. 1K), are the nephews of Chuck Weyant, a four-time Indianapolis 500 starter between 1955 and 1959. Curb-Agajanian, meanwhile has been associated with the Indianapolis 500 for more than half a century. Agajanian-owned cars won the 500 with Troy Ruttman in 1952 and Parnelli Jones in 1963. In recent years, the Curb-Agajanian team has been in Indianapolis 500 victory lane twice, with Dan Wheldon in 2011 and Alexander Rossi in 2016, both carrying the famed Agajanian family number of 98.

Keith Kunz Motorsports crewman Jay Drake made two Freedom 100 starts, finishing 4th in 2004 and 3rd in 2005. Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.)'s run during this year's Freedom 100 Indy Lights race ended just three-quarters of a lap into the event after getting collected by a spinning car in front of him. Dave Darland and Russ Gamester, meanwhile, tested for Panther Racing's IRL team in 2000. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) competed on the IMS Road Course in July.

Chase Jones and Kyle O'Gara will compete for Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing Development in the BC39, owned by nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Fisher. The Fisher/Hartman team fielded Josef Newgarden to a 9th place finish in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and three wins on the IndyCar Series circuit. One of the crewmembers on the SFHR team for the BC39 is Greg Beck, whose Beck Motorsports team fielded entries in nine different Indianapolis 500 races with Hideshi Matsuda, Robbie Buhl, Dennis Vitolo, Billy Boat, Shinji Nakano, P.J. Jones, Stephan Gregoire and Alex Barron.

Clauson/Marshall Racing fielded Pippa Mann in this year's Indianapolis 500, starting 30th and finishing 16th. Mel Kenyon, owner of Trey Osborne's No. 61 at the BC39, scored four top-five finishes in his eight Indianapolis 500 starts with brother Don Kenyon as mechanic. Spike Gehlhausen, a crew member for BC39 driver Chris Baue's team, made five Indianapolis 500 starts as driver, finishing a best of 10thin 1979.

Alex Nalon, a Sprint Car racer himself, will be working as a crewman for Justin Dickerson at the BC39. Nalon's great grandfather Duke Nalon wheeled the famed Novi to the pole position at the Indianapolis 500 in 1949 and 1951. Randi Pankratz's father and car owner Wally Pankratz, a past USAC Western States Midget champion himself as a driver, attempted to qualify for a pair of CART races in late 1981 at Riverside, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz., suffering from mechanical trouble and an accident in practice that stifled his lone attempts in an IndyCar.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) made one Indy Lights start at the Nashville Super Speedway, finishing 9th. Dillon Welch has announced from pit road on numerous IndyCar broadcasts this season for NBC Sports, following in the footsteps of his father, Vince Welch, who has been a commentator for racing broadcasts, including the Indianapolis 500, for a number of years, and regularly serves as the host for the Indy 500 Fastest Rookie luncheon.

It all seems to tie in, doesn't it? Everywhere you look, there's a connection to the 2.5-mile oval at Indy. Most importantly, you'll find a racer in the pits and on the track who feels right at home at IMS. That's something you can count on finding at the BC39.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/ until midnight, Thursday, Aug. 29, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.
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TED HORN 100 ENTRY LIST REVEALED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 28, 2019).........Eight past Ted Horn 100 winners are among the 37 drivers prepared for action in this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series race at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) has captured two of the last three Ted Horn 100 victories, both of which he assumed the lead late in the race, just six laps from the end in 2018 and with three to go during the 2016 classic en route to a championship season.

USAC Silver Crown point leader Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) owns a pair of Ted Horn 100 victories. He took the first of his record 28 series wins at Du Quoin in 2010 and raced to victory again in 2017. His team, Nolen Racing, has collected two Du Quoin victories, first with Johnny Parsons in 1992 and in 1999 with Tony Elliott.

Shane Cockrum, from nearby Benton, Ill., is one of two drivers to win back-to-back Champ Car races at Du Quoin and is the most recent to do so back in 2014 and 2015. He's finished in the top-five for six consecutive years at Du Quoin and Sunday's race marks the final event for the Hardy Boys Motorsports team at the Magic Mile, the team with whom Cockrum scored both victories.

Chris Urish (Elkhart, Ill.) stunned the field with a victory in the 2013 Ted Horn 100, going to the lead after running in the third position with just four laps remaining to score his first career victory.

Brian Tyler (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) has been a master of the one-mile dirt ovals in the Land of Lincoln, winning four times at Springfield and once, in 2008, at Du Quoin. He will wheel the Galas Motorsports No. 12, which has direct connections to Delrose/Holt Racing's six Silver Crown victories at Du Quoin with drivers Gary Bettenhausen and Jeff Swindell.

Swindell (Germantown, Tenn.) won for Delrose/Holt in the 1990 race at Du Quoin. Nearly three decades later, he remains a threat to win. In both 2016 and 2017, Swindell led the most laps. He was in control for 55 laps in 2016, finishing 2nd after being passed for the lead with just three laps to go. In 2017, he led 68, finishing 3rd after leading until 10 laps remaining.

The very first of Peru, Indiana native Russ Gamester's six Silver Crown wins came at Du Quoin in 1997 where the 1989 USAC National Midget champion took over the lead with just 14 laps remaining to score the breakthrough victory.

Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) was dominant in his 2007 Du Quoin victory, leading all 100 laps from the pole position en route to his first career series victory. He again won the pole for the event the following year in 2008.

Past Silver Crown Series winners on the hunt for a first Du Quoin triumph include C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.), who has led the race in each of the past two years, including a race-high 53 laps one year ago. He's joined by David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.), John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.), 2017 Springfield Mile winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), May's Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) and two-time Springfield winner A.J. Fike (Galesburg, Ill.).

Nine different Illinois drivers have won at Du Quoin, including Tinley Park's Tony Bettenhausen (1949 & twice in 1951), Rantoul's Don Branson (1965), Danville's Bubby Jones (1976), Tinley Park's Gary Bettenhausen (twice in 1980, 1982, 1983 & 1988), Chicago's Rich Vogler (1981), Kansas' Shane Cottle (2007), Elkhart's Chris Urish (2013), Benton's Shane Cockrum (2014 & 2015) and Canton's Chris Windom (2016 & 2018).

Eight Illinoisans are set for combat Sunday at Du Quoin with the four past Ted Horn 100 winners Cottle, Urish, Cockrum and Windom joining Fike, Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Terry Babb (Decatur, Ill.) and Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.)

Two past USAC National champions in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon (2014 & 16 Sprint) and Minden, Nevada's Tanner Thorson (2016 Midget) are entered. Bacon, a Williams Grove winner in June, led 28 laps a year ago at Du Quoin while Thorson is set to make his second Silver Crown start, and first at Du Quoin. Six-time All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah (Alvada, Ohio) is ready to make his Du Quoin debut.

Jacob Wilson (Crawfordsville, Ind.) won the pole for last year's race while Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) took the runner-up spot in the main event behind Windom and brings a streak of four-straight 2nd place finishes on dirt in Silver Crown competition into Du Quoin.

They are joined by fellow Silver Crown veterans Kyle Steffens (St. Louis, Mo.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.), Danny Long (Bonne Terre, Mo.), Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), Casey Shuman (Tempe, Ariz.) and Chris Fetter (Troy, Mo.).

Robbins (2018) and Shuman (2016) are past series Silver Crown Rookies of the Year, joined by this year's crop of series rookies heading to Du Quoin, including Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Ronnie Wuerdeman (Cincinnati, Ohio), Austin Mundie (Dallas, Texas), Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio), Casey Buckman (Chandler, Ariz.) and Jimmy Light (West Springfield, Pa.). While a series Rookie, Mundie isn't a first-time to Du Quoin, finishing 24th in 2018.

Pits and registration open at 1pm, grandstands open at 4pm, practice at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30 with the Ted Horn 100 scheduled for an 8:15pm start. All times central.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On the day of the race, adults are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

Sunday's Ted Horn 100 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

TED HORN 100 ENTRY LIST (37 Drivers)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 ®CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
55 CASEY SHUMAN/Tempe, AZ (Patty Bateman)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
74 ®CASEY BUCKMAN/Chandler, AZ (C-Buck Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
89 CHRIS FETTER/Troy, MO (Sammy Fetter)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

THORSON TABBED FOR DYSON'S RIDE AT Du QUOIN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 28, 2019).........Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion, has been named the driver of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Ted Horn 100 at the Du Quoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds on September 1.

Thorson has made just one career start in his Silver Crown career, back in 2015 at Eldora Speedway's 4-Crown Nationals. The drive came in a last-minute substitute role for Michael Dutcher Motorsports, starting 19th and finishing 17th.

Thorson does have previous experience at the one-mile dirt oval in Du Quoin, starting 3rd and finishing 17th in ARCA Stock Car start in 2017.

Dyson's car has appeared in four Silver Crown events this season, all with team owner and driver Chris Dyson behind the wheel. Dyson finished a best of 9th in the opener on the pavement at Memphis in March. He was also 19th on the dirt mile at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in May after riding out a wild turn two accident late in the 100-miler. One year ago at Du Quoin, the CDR No. 9 charged from 26th to 13th with Dyson in the seat.

Dyson, a two time American Le Mans Series titlist who sits second in the Trans Am Series standings with two victories, is unable to compete at Du Quoin due to a racing conflict. Dyson maintains his support of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series by entering his car in as many races as possible this season even when not driving himself.

Thorson, of Minden, Nev., has made his name with USAC in the midget division where he owns 13 career NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins including the Turkey Night Grand Prix in 2015 and the Gold Crown Nationals in back-to-back years in 2015-16.

The latest of his USAC Midget victories came in spectacular fashion this past June during Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park Speedway where he charged from 15th to 1st to grab the win. The triumph came just three months following a serious multi-car highway accident in California that left him with a broken left arm and right foot, a cracked sternum, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Pits and registration open at 1pm, grandstands open at 4pm, practice at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30 with the Ted Horn 100 scheduled for an 8:15pm start. All times central.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On the day of the race, adults are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

Sunday's Ted Horn 100 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates
on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

 

 

USAC DOUBLEHEADER HISTORY COMES ALIVE FRIDAY AT TRI-CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (August 27, 2019).........The USAC doubleheader. An opportunity for a racer to showcase his or her versatile skills in multiple disciplines on one track in a single night. The chance for a rare breed to accomplish what so few individuals have done before them by succeeding and winning in both.

The stage awaits this Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway for the Brandt River Town Showdown, where both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars occupy the 3/8-mile dirt oval in Granite City, Ill. for a twin bill worth salivating over.

One such event has already been held at Tri-City earlier this year, with Tyler Courtney scoring the Midget portion and Chris Windom capturing 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, as well as handful of others, are highly capable of doubling-up and winning both in one night, including the likes of Windom, Courtney, C.J. Leary, Jason McDougal, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Zach Daum, just to name a few, this Friday night.

How likely are the odds a driver can win both in a single night? Well, it's been done before and can, and will, be done again. Is this Friday the night it happens once again when one can stand tall on center stage at the end of the night, claiming sole possession of victory lane for an entire night, their night.

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 on that night, there have certainly been their fair share of them over the years, 23 to be exact, including last Fall at the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora by Tyler Courtney.
It wasn't exactly a clean sweep of all USAC events with Courtney not winning the Silver Crown portion, a three-tier sweep which has only been done twice. Kyle Larson not only got the Midget and Sprint glory that particular evening, 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 both in one night, in 2011 at Eldora.
Doubling-up hasn't been achieved since Larson eight years ago, but the opportunities haven't been as prevalent to achieve the feat outside of the 4-Crown since that time. That is, until this year.

One doubleheader at Tri-City has already been held back in May, while four more await both the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets and AMSOIL National Sprint Cars, starting this Friday, Aug. 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill, followed by Eldora Speedway on Sept. 28 (with USAC Silver Crown), plus a back-to-back nights for the Western World Championships Nov. 15-16 at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley, Ariz.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Reserved Top 2 Rows: $30 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the Track Enterprises website at http://www.trackenterprises.com/, the series website at http://www.usacracing.com/ and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ 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
9/22/2018: Eldora Speedway - Tyler Courtney

 

 

J.J. YELEY, USAC TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP, ENTERS BC39

Speedway, Indiana (August 27, 2019).........J.J. Yeley, a veteran of the Indianapolis 500, an eight-time Brickyard 400 starter and six-time NASCAR Xfinity Series starter at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has filed his entry to compete in the Sept. 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink.

Yeley and car owner Jeff Taylor become the 87th team entered for the $15,000-to-win event with the deadline for BC39 team entries looming on Thursday, August 29, at https://www.thebc39.com/.

Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) is one of USAC's most prolific drivers, earning 60 National series wins in his career (28 Sprint, 17 Midget and 15 Silver Crown). He became the second driver in USAC history to earn all three National titles within the same season in 2003, matching the feat accomplished by Tony Stewart in 1995. Along the way, Yeley collected five USAC National titles (2001 & 2003 Sprint, 2002 & 2003 Silver Crown and 2003 Midget).

Yeley finished a best of 9th at IMS in the 1998 Indianapolis 500 and is, thus far, the only driver to have competed in the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, the Xfinity race at IMS and the BC39 in his career.

Yeley joins John Heydenreich on the latest update of the entry list. The Bloomsburg, Pa. native won the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in 1990 and the Hut 100 in 1987. He's also one of 19 drivers to have accumulated over 100 starts in his USAC Silver Crown career.

The BC39 entry list is immensely talented from top to bottom, headlined by the likes of three past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champs in Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) leading an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), a veteran of just under 250 starts on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, has an extensive background in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2015, he won again indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Stenhouse started 11th and finished 11th in last year's BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, with who he'll be competing for again, joined alongside CMR's full-time combatants, series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), two-time winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2011-12, has two career wins at the Cup level, both of which came in 2017 at Talladega and Daytona. He's also made starts in each of the last six editions of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, finishing a best of 12th in 2016.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Chase Briscoe, who'll pilot his own No. 5B in the event, has extensive experience in midget and sprint car racing, including an appearance at the BC39 in the inaugural event a year ago. Of late, however, the Mitchell, Ind. native has made a big name for himself in NASCAR's Truck and Stock Car divisions. The 2016 ARCA champion was a recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Iowa Speedway in July and was also victorious with the series in the debut on the "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018.

Briscoe made his debut on 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the series' stop in 2018, charging from his 22nd starting position to finish 9th in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Briscoe also owns a pair of victories in NASCAR's Gander Outdoors Truck Series, winning the finale at Homestead in 2017, then winning the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2018.

Two-time series champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports cast that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

Among the newest entries for the event are a four-car team for Tucker/Boat Motorsports, led by last year's BC39 runner-up finisher Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Billy Boat. He's joined by Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), whose resume includes becoming the youngest ever winner with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as well as at both Knoxville Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Talented racer/motorsports announcer Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) is entered for Tucker/Boat, with whom he set a new one lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget track record at Kokomo Speedway this past April and finished 25th in last year's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink. Series Rookie Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.) is set to make her second BC39 appearance this year. She is the granddaughter of 1995 Brickyard 400 winner Dale Earnhardt.

Elledge is one of five female drivers entered thus far for the BC39 along with Hollan, west coast drivers Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) and newly-entered Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a recent USAC Western States Midget feature winner at California's Petaluma Speedway and 17th place finisher in last year's inaugural BC39 main event. She's on a three-car Team Ripper effort also featuring USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 5th place finisher in his lone USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start this season in July at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), a 2011 Hut 100 winner, has entered along with 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix victor Billy Wease (Noblesville, Ind.).

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), a winner in all three of USAC's National divisions throughout his career with 12 National Midget wins, 6 Silver Crown victories and a single National Sprint Car triumph.

Making his BC39 debut is Cannon McIntosh, who burst onto the USAC scene in a big way this past March where he scored his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In just six starts this season, the Bixby, Okla. driver has finished in the top-five on three occasions, including a runner-up finish at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week.

Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 & 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. This past July, he emerged victorious on the final lap in one of the closest races in USAC history in a photo finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.
Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (87 cars as of 8/27/2019)
0 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J J.J. YELEY/Phoenix, AZ (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3 RICH DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Rich Drangmeister)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7s JON STEED/Rushville, IN (Steed Motorsports)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
9x TBA (Jay Mounce)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
10A MICHAEL KLEIN/Elsmere, KY (Mike Wallace)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21K C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
22 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (John Givens)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
25B STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Steve Buckwalter)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

“6TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK” OPENS AT CALISTOGA
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 26, 2019... Starting this Saturday, August 31st, the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will battle at the “6th Annual California Sprint Week.” The five-race mini-series at four different tracks over eight days will open with Calistoga’s two-day “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” From there, the traditional 410 sprints will tackle the Petaluma, Merced, and Santa Maria clay ovals. As this writing goes to press, the Calistoga events will pay a minimum of $6,000-to-win ($600-to-start, with bonuses) and the other shows will pay $3,000-to-win ($400-to-start). All five “California Sprint Week” races will have a $200 bonus to the highest finishing 360 from USAC. With valuable points up for grabs, the “California Sprint Week” will play a major role in the chase for the championship.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: (Calistoga, Merced, Santa Maria Legal) 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.
- PETALUMA LEGAL MUFFLERS: The Flowmaster “Suitcase” 53545-10 and the Spin Tech 1545P Super Stock ARE THE ONLY MUFFLERS ALLOWED AT PETALUMA SPEEDWAY.
- FRONT AXLE TETHER SYSTEMS (2-Chassis, 1-King Pin to King Pin) ARE MANDATORY.
- DRIVER FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS ARE MANDATORY.
- TIRE RULE: 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/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series rule book can be found online at usacracing.com.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- 360 SPRINT WEEK BONUS: There is a $200 bonus to the highest finishing 360 from USAC at all five “Sprint Week” races.
- PETALUMA PITS TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. Tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.
- MERCED OPEN PRACTICE: There will be an OPEN PRACTICE on Thursday, September 5th from 6-9PM. Pit Passes are $20 and the Pits will open at 4pm.
- 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.

Heading to the “Louie Vermeil Classic,” there have been seven different winners and four drivers have claimed fast time honors. The point chase is heating up as “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) holds 20-point advantage over the competition. 2018 California Sprint Week Champion Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, “Thunder” Tommy Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers.

Currently ranked sixteenth 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.

On August 31st and September 2nd, Calistoga Speedway will host the “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.” Promoted by HMC Promotions, the highly anticipated event honors the former NARC director and will also have a vintage car show, driver autograph session, raffle, wine tasting, silent auction, and a beer garden for fans to enjoy. Since August 30, 2008, twenty-two USAC/CRA races have been held at the Napa County Fairgrounds with Rico Abreu, Ryan Bernal, and Damion Gardner leading all drivers with 3 wins. On September 3, 2017, Ryan Bernal broke the 19-second barrier (18.869) for non-winged sprints and set the 1-lap track record at the scenic half-mile. The winged King of the West NARC 410 Sprint Cars and Vintage Cars will share the spotlight. Calistoga Speedway is located at 1435 North Oak Street in Calistoga, California and for more information, visit calistogaspeedway.org or call 916.773.7225.

LOUIE VERMEIL CLASSIC SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2008-Kevin Swindell; 2009-Mike Spencer; 2010-Damion Gardner; 2011-Mike Spencer; 2012-Kyle Hirst, 2013-Kyle Larson, 2014-Rico Abreu, 2015-Rico Abreu, 2016-Thomas Meseraull, 2017-Rico Abreu, 2018-Colby Copeland.

CALISTOGA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Rico Abreu, 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Damion Gardner, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Kevin Swindell, 1-Robert Ballou, 1-Christopher Bell, 1-Colby Copeland, 1-Kyle Hirst, 1-Bud Kaeding, 1-Tim Kaeding, 1-Kyle Larson, 1-Thomas Meseraull, 1-Kevin Thomas Jr.

On Monday, September 2nd, the “California Sprint Week” will shift to Rick Faeth’s Petaluma Speedway. Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, the “The Fastest 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” has showcased seven USAC/CRA events. Mike Spencer leads all drivers with two victories and Jake Swanson set the 1-lap qualifying track record of 13.457 on September 7, 2015. The action packed card will also feature Modifieds and Super Stocks. The front gates will open at 4:00pm and Racing is set for 6:00pm. Petaluma Speedway is located at 100 Fairgrounds Drive in Petaluma, California and for more details, visit petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223.

PETALUMA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Mike Spencer, 1-Ryan Bernal, 1-David Cardey, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Austin Williams.

After a break, the USAC/CRA Sprints will make their debut at Merced Speedway on Friday, September 6th. Promoted by Chris Shannon and Paul Stone, the 1/3-mile oval at the Merced County Fairgrounds will also feature Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, and Mini Late Models. There will be an OPEN PRACTICE on Thursday, September 5th from 6-9PM. Pit Passes are $20 and the Pits will open at 4pm. On raceday, the Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. Merced Speedway is located at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Merced, California and for more information, visit mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

The following night, Saturday, September 7th, Santa Maria Raceway will host the fifth and final round of the tour. Promoted by Nick Duggan, "The West's Best Short Track" oval has held twenty-six USAC/CRA events with Ryan Bernal and Brody Roa leading all drivers with three triumphs. “The Bullet” Blake Miller set the 1-lap qualifying record of 13.230 on June 14, 2008. American Stocks, Mini Stocks, Dwarf Cars, and the NMRA TQ Midgets will join the action as qualifying starts at 5:00pm and Racing at 5:30pm. Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California and for more details, visit santamariaraceway.com or call 805.710.4407.

SANTA MARIA AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Ryan Bernal, 3-Brody Roa, 2-Max Adams, 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Rickie Gaunt, 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Mike Spencer, 2-Austin Williams, 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Nic Faas, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Mike Kirby, 1-Blake Miller, 1-Danny Sheridan, 1-Cody Williams, 1-Rip Williams.

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, 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.

CALIFORNIA SPRINT WEEK CHAMPIONS: 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Ryan Bernal, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Brody Roa.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-736, 2. Brody Roa-716, 3. Austin Williams-679, 4. Jake Swanson-594, 5. Tommy Malcolm-509, 6. Chris Gansen-480, 7. R.J. Johnson-458, 8. Matt McCarthy-415, 9. Cody Williams-405, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-397, 11. Stevie Sussex-350, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-325, 13. A.J. Bender-307, 14. Verne Sweeney-305, 15. Mike Martin-297, 16. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-289, 17. Danny Faria Jr.-277, 18. Steve Hix ®-270, 19. Jace Vander Weerd- 254, 20. Joel Rayborne-238.

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 (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win, $600-to-start)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win, $400-to-start)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

USAC MIDGETS ROCK GRANITE CITY THIS FRIDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (August 26, 2019).........USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division has a history with Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. that goes back nearly six decades, dating to Danny Frye's win in 1961 to Tyler Courtney's triumph in May of this year.

Yes, the names have changed since then, the cars have changed, and even the track has changed from a half-mile to its current 3/8-mile iteration. But, the spirit, the drive, and the will to win remain the same as it ever has entering this Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown on Aug. 30, a doubleheader that also features the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Courtney was a dominant force in May's race at Tri-City where he recorded the fastest lap in qualifying, then took the lead with nine laps remaining to capture the victory, one of a series-leading six this year for the point leader from Indianapolis, Ind. The following night, he was quick time again before the cancellation of the event. He also was victorious in a visit to Tri-City by the USAC Sprint Cars back in 2018.

Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) was 12th in May but took that night's USAC Sprint Car portion of the event. This year has been a breakout USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season for the Silver Crown and National Sprint champ, earning his first two career victories with the series at Lawrenceburg, Ind. and at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway.

No driver has won more USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget races at Tri-City Speedway than has Tanner Thorson. The Minden, Nev. Driver won five-straight between 2015 and 2016, which mark his five most recent appearances at the track after missing May's race while he was recovering from injuries sustained in a March highway accident. The 2016 series champ won in miraculous fashion in June after starting 15th in the Indiana Midget Week round at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.

Third in points is Logan Seavey, who finished second behind Courtney in May, after leading a race-high 13 laps. The three-time series winner in 2019 and reigning series champion won the series' most recent race at Lanco in Pennsylvania. Just last Friday, the Sutter, Calif. picked up his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on night two of Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) arrives at Tri-City coming off a recent string of success during Pennsylvania Midget Week in which he scored his first two wins of the season, first at Action Track USA, then again at Linda's Speedway, both of which came in dramatic fashion. He took fourth in his first trek to Tri-City in May and now resides fourth in the series standings.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) rounded out the top-ten in May's Midget run after leading the initial three laps at Tri-City but has run 2ndand 3rd in his two career USAC Sprint starts in 2018 and 2019, respectively, including leading six laps this year. He's 10th in the standings with a last-lap victory at Kokomo as his best run of the campaign.

Chad Boat is sixth in the points and took fifth back in May's event. The Phoenix, Ariz. driver broke through on the first of August for his first win of the season during Pennsylvania Midget Week at Path Valley Speedway Park and aims to close out a month in the same manner, a month in which he's garnered eight of his nine career series victories.

Aside from Courtney, Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) is the only other driver to reach victory lane in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget event at Tri-City Speedway, doing so in 2008. He finished 6th in May, one his 14 top-ten finishes in 21 starts this season, which sees him 7th in the latest standings.

Windom, along with Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.) are a trio of drivers who've each earned their first career series victories this season, Carrick in July at Sweet Springs, Mo., McDougal in July at Fairbury, Neb. and McIntosh in March at Du Quoin, Ill. McIntosh led all drivers as a 7th place finisher in May at Tri-City, earning hard charger honors after starting 18th. Meanwhile, Carrick took 13th as McDougal came home with a 17th.

C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) is one a handful of drivers set to pull double-duty Friday night in both a midget and sprint car. Leary was 8thin May's midget main and 4th in the sprint A, earning the best average finish among the double-duty set with an average result of 6th.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Reserved Top 2 Rows: $30 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the Track Enterprises website at http://www.trackenterprises.com/, the series website at http://www.usacracing.com/ and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Friday's Brandt River Town Showdown will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,467, 2-Chris Windom-1,353, 3-Logan Seavey-1,300, 4-Zeb Wise-1,236, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,234, 6-Chad Boat-1,158, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,097, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,079, 9-Jason McDougal-1,019, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-984.

PAST USAC NATIONAL MIDGET FEATURE WINNERS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY:

1961: Danny Frye (8/17)

1966: Billy Mehner (7/17), Bob Tattersall (7/31) & Don Meacham (9/11)

1967: Mel Kenyon (6/11) & Bob Tattersall (7/30)

1968: Bob Tattersall (7/7) & Bob Tattersall (9/28)

1969: Bob Wente (7/6), Mel Kenyon (7/20) & Les Scott (9/14)

1970: Larry Rice (7/5) & Jimmy Caruthers (9/20)

1971: Merle Bettenhausen (6/20)

1972: Pancho Carter (9/30)

1984: Tom Bigelow (9/1)

1985: Mel Kenyon (8/31)

1990: Russ Gamester (5/5), Jeff Gordon (7/3) & Jeff Gordon (9/1)

1991: Steve Knepper (4/27), Steve Knepper (7/3) & Jack Hewitt (8/31)

2000: J.J. Yeley (8/24)

2003: Tracy Hines (6/4)

2005: Josh Wise (8/24)

2008: Brad Sweet (Special Event on 10/9), Brad Sweet (Special Event on 10/10) & Jerry Coons, Jr. (10/11)

2010: Bryan Clauson (6/11), Darren Hagen (9/30), Darren Hagen (10/1) & Darren Hagen (10/2)

2011: Darren Hagen (10/6), Kyle Larson (10/7) & Levi Jones (10/8)

2012: Tracy Hines (10/4) & Kyle Larson (10/6)

2013: Rico Abreu (10/3), Bryan Clauson (10/4) & Christopher Bell (10/6)

2015: Tanner Thorson (9/4) & Tanner Thorson (9/5)

2016: Tanner Thorson (10/6), Tanner Thorson (10/7) & Tanner Thorson (10/8)

2019: Tyler Courtney (5/17)

ALL-TIME USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WINS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY:

1. (5) Tanner Thorson

2. (4) Darren Hagen & Bob Tattersall

4. (3) Mel Kenyon

5. (2) Bryan Clauson, Jeff Gordon, Tracy Hines, Steve Knepper & Kyle Larson

10. (1) Rico Abreu, Christopher Bell, Merle Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Jerry Coons, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Danny Frye, Russ Gamester, Jack Hewitt, Levi Jones, Don Meacham, Billy Mehner, Larry Rice, Les Scott, Bob Wente, Josh Wise, J.J. Yeley

 

 

NEARLY 200 WINS REPRESENTED IN BC39 LINEUP THUS FAR

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 26, 2019).........There's no questioning the difficulty of winning a feature event on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail.

One must be at the top of your game, up in the seat, and prepared for anything thrown in your direction, situationally or slider-wise.

There's no slouching on this year's 87-car, and growing, entry list for the Sept. 4-5 Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS. Nearly one-third of the field possesses a feature victory in the series, totaling 194 wins amongst 27 drivers.

Thirty of those 194 wins are held by 26th place BC39 finisher Dave Darland, which ranks the Lincoln, Ind. driver 11th all-time with the likes of Mick McGreevy and 12-time Indianapolis 500 starter Johnny Parsons.

Fifth place BC39 finisher in 2018, Christopher Bell owns 23 wins in the series and has been a constant of sustained success for much of the decade despite limited appearances over the past half-decade, winning nine of 26 starts since becoming a part-time USAC Midget competitor in 2015 following a championship run in 2013.

Jerry Coons, Jr. has routinely knocked out top-tens and top-fives with the series for more than two decades. The two-time series champion from Tucson, Ariz. finished 9th in the BC39 last year and possesses 19 series victories, most among all full-time series competitors.

Like Bell, Kyle Larson has been a semi-regular competitor on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget tour for much of the decade, but their talent supersedes the limited amount of seat time in a midget they have each year. The Elk Grove, Calif. native has been in position to win in three of his six series starts this season, winning once at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in June for the 16th of his career, and was challenging for the victory on the final lap at both Putnamville, Ind. and Kutztown, Pa.

Tanner Thorson made a miraculous comeback from injuries suffered in a road accident in March of this year. With the scars remaining visible and the determination burning inside of him, the 2016 series champ from Minden, Nevada, charged from 15th to 1st in Putnamville's round of Indiana Midget Week in June, the furthest back any driver has started and won from this year, his 13th in the series.

Russ Gamester's long and distinguished and career has seen wins in all three of USAC's National divisions, including 12 in the Midget series where he collected the 1984 series Rookie of the Year and the 1989 driver championship. Gamester (Peru, Ind.), along with Coons, completed IndyCar tests with Panther Racing in 2000 at Texas Motor Speedway, but never quite got their shot on the 2.5-mile oval.

Tyler Courtney has more than doubled his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget win tally in just half a season in 2019, jumping from five to 11 victories in search of a first series title, leading the points as it stands now, just one year removed from claiming the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car championship.

Phoenix, Arizona's Chad Boat, son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole sitter and 1998 Texas Indy Racing League winner Billy Boat, could be the next to reach the double-digit win club with the series after finishing second in the inaugural BC39, which would break a tie he holds with his father where they both stand at nine wins.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) earned his seventh and most recent series victory at IMS last summer. Reigning series champ Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), 13th in 2018, has six while 2017 champ Spencer Bayston (Lebanon, Ind.) has five alongside two-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup winner Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), 11th in 2018, and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.), who led the first 30 laps of last year's BC39 before finishing 3rd.

The group of four-time winners is an eclectic bunch with 7th place BC39 finisher Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), 1990 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals victor John Heydenreich (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Auckland, New Zealand's racing hero, Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from outside of the USA in USAC National Midget history.

Two-time Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), 15th in 2018, is a part of the three-win club with 2013 Hut 100 winner Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix winner Billy Wease and last year's Stoops Pursuit winner at the BC39, Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.), 14th in 2018.

Pittsboro's Critter Malone, whose father Shim was a long-time chief starter for USAC, has two National Midget victories to his credit, as does Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), 12th in 2018, who earned his first pair of wins this year after making more than 100-plus starts over the past decade before finally breaking through.

Those with just a single piece of USAC National Midget hardware in their trophy case are versatile Sprint Car, Midget and Silver Crown standout Steve Buckwalter (Royersford, Pa.), 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), 22nd in 2018, and three drivers who've each tallied victory number one this calendar year, Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.), Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.), 16th in 2018, and Cannon McIntosh (Bixby, Okla.).

With all that said, it takes just one win to put your name into the record book. And if that one just so happens to be the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, that's one that will not soon be forgotten by the driver, the team, the fans and, yes, the record book.

Teams can file their entry for the event at www.TheBC39.com, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands. Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BY THE NUMBERS: (194 total USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Wins represented in the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink Lineup) 1. [30 wins] Dave Darland 2. [23 wins] Christopher Bell 3. [19 wins] Jerry Coons Jr. 4. [16 wins] Kyle Larson 5. [13 wins] Tanner Thorson 6. [12 wins] Russ Gamester 7. [11 wins] Tyler Courtney 8. [9 wins] Chad Boat 9. [7 wins] Brady Bacon 10. [6 wins] Logan Seavey 11. [5 wins] Spencer Bayston, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. & Kevin Thomas, Jr. 14. [4 wins] Justin Grant, John Heydenreich, Michael Pickens 17. [3 wins] Shane Cottle, Zach Daum, Billy Wease & Zeb Wise 21. [2 wins] Critter Malone & Chris Windom 23. [1 win] Steve Buckwalter, Tanner Carrick, Jason McDougal, Cannon McIntosh & Tyler Thomas

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET DRIVER CHAMPIONS IN THE BC39: 1989: Russ Gamester 2001: Dave Darland 2002: Dave Darland 2006: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2007: Jerry Coons, Jr. 2013: Christopher Bell 2016: Tanner Thorson 2017: Spencer Bayston 2018: Logan Seavey

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET ROOKIES OF THE YEAR IN THE BC39: 1984: Russ Gamester 2007: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2008: Chad Boat 2009: Zach Daum 2011: Kyle Larson 2013: Christopher Bell 2014: Kevin Thomas, Jr. 2015: Spencer Bayston 2017: Tanner Carrick 2018: Logan Seavey

 

 

TED HORN 100 BRINGS MAGIC
TO THE Du QUOIN MILE SUNDAY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Du Quoin, Illinois (August 26, 2019).........The Du Quoin State Fairgrounds have been a staple on the AAA and USAC Championship Car racing trail since 1948. Seven decades later, the spectacular sight of a full field of USAC Silver Crown cars rumbling down the front stretch of the one-mile dirt oval in southern Illinois sends a chill down the spine.

The chill, and the roar, returns this Sunday night, September 1, with the Ted Horn 100, honoring the late, great three-time AAA National Champion, National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 1947 Indianapolis 500 pole winner who finished in the top-four at the Brickyard in nine consecutive races between 1936 and 1948. He lost his life in the peak of his career in a racing accident at Du Quoin in October of 1948 at the age of 38.
Horn's legacy remains today as the namesake of the grand event where two-time race winner Chris Windom led only six laps in the 2018 edition, preserving his machinery down the stretch to win and complete the sweep of both Illinois dirt miles after winning at Springfield just weeks before. The Canton, Ill. driver won his first at Du Quoin in 2016 en route to the series title.

Local favorite Shane Cockrum of Benton, Ill. finished 3rd in last year's Ted Horn 100 to earn his sixth-straight top-five finish at Magic Mile. The race will mark his final appearance for Hardy Boys Motorsports at Du Quoin where, together, they've earned two victories in 2014 and 2015, plus a 4th (2013), 5th (2016), 2nd (2017) and a 3rd (2018).

Point leader Kody Swanson has won the Ted Horn 100 twice in his unparalleled Silver Crown career. In 2010, he captured the first of his record 28 career series victories at Du Quoin. In 2017, the Kingsburg, Calif. driver netted his second in the event. The four-time series champion enters his 101st start Sunday night following wins in the two most recent races at Salem, Ind. and Madison, Wisc., two of his series-leading four scores this season. The Nolen Racing No. 20 in which he competes with this year led the first six laps of last year's contest with driver Jerry Coons, Jr.

The field is expected to possess five additional one-time Du Quoin winners in Jeff Swindell (1990), Russ Gamester (1997), Shane Cottle (2007), Brian Tyler (2008) and Chris Urish (2013).

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) finished second in last year's Ted Horn 100 behind Windom and enters Sunday's race with four-straight top-two finishes on the dirt with the series. Williams Grove winner Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) paced the field for 28 laps in the 2018 100-miler before dropping out with a clutch problem while leading. USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led a race-high 53 laps in 2018, running out of fuel while leading, but soldiering on to a 9th place finish. Hoosier Hundred winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) led seven laps late in the going, but ran out of fuel, settling for a 14th place finish.

No driver owns more Champ Car wins under AAA and USAC sanction at Du Quoin than A.J. Foyt with six. Gary Bettenhausen has been victorious in five while Mario Andretti, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Chuck Gurney and Jack Hewitt each have three. Those with a pair of Du Quoin wins include Jimmy Bryan, Shane Cockrum, Sam Hanks, Tracy Hines, Johnny Parsons, Kody Swanson, Al Unser and Chris Windom.

1951 Indianapolis 500 winner Lee Wallard won the first appearance of AAA National Championship cars at Du Quoin in 1948. Ted Horn finished third behind Wallard and Myron Fohr.

Nine different Illinois drivers have won at Du Quoin, including Tinley Park's Tony Bettenhausen (1949 & twice in 1951), Rantoul's Don Branson (1965), Danville's Bubby Jones (1976), Tinley Park's Gary Bettenhausen (twice in 1980, 1982, 1983 & 1988), Chicago's Rich Vogler (1981), Kansas' Shane Cottle (2007), Elkhart's Chris Urish (2013), Benton's Shane Cockrum (2014 & 2015) and Canton's Chris Windom (2016 & 2018).

Pits and registration open at 1pm, grandstands open at 4pm, practice at 5pm, qualifying at 6:30 with the Ted Horn 100 scheduled for an 8:15pm start. All times central.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the Du Quoin Fair office at 618-542-1535. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200.

Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On the day of the race, adults are $30 and children 11 and under are $10. Pit passes are $35 apiece for adults and $20 for children 11 and under.

Sunday's Ted Horn 100 will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR WINNERS AT Du QUOIN:
1948: Lee Wallard & Johnnie Parsons
1949: Tony Bettenhausen
1951: Tony Bettenhausen & Tony Bettenhausen
1952: Chuck Stevenson
1953: Sam Hanks
1954: Sam Hanks
1955: Jimmy Bryan
1956: Jimmy Bryan
1957: Jud Larson
1958: Johnny Thomson
1959: Rodger Ward
1960: A.J. Foyt
1961: A.J. Foyt
1963: A.J. Foyt
1964: A.J. Foyt
1965: Don Branson
1966: Bud Tingelstad
1967: A.J. Foyt
1968: Mario Andretti
1969: Al Unser
1970: Al Unser
1971: George Snider
1972: Tom Bigelow & A.J. Foyt
1973: Mario Andretti
1974: Mario Andretti
1975: Tom Bigelow
1976: Bubby Jones
1977: Tom Bigelow
1978: Pancho Carter
1979: Bill Vukovich
1980: Gary Bettenhausen & Gary Bettenhausen
1981: Rich Vogler
1982: Gary Bettenhausen
1983: Gary Bettenhausen
1984: Joe Saldana
1985: Rick Hood
1986: Jack Hewitt
1987: Jack Hewitt
1988: Gary Bettenhausen
1989: Chuck Gurney
1990: Jeff Swindell
1991: Stevie Reeves
1992: Johnny Parsons
1993: Jack Hewitt
1994: Chuck Gurney
1995: Johnny Parsons
1996: Chuck Gurney
1997: Russ Gamester
1998: Jimmy Sills
1999: Tony Elliott
2000: Kasey Kahne
2001: Paul White
2002: J.J. Yeley
2003: Rich Tobias, Jr.
2004: Tyler Walker
2005: Tracy Hines
2006: Tracy Hines
2007: Shane Cottle
2008: Brian Tyler
2010: Kody Swanson
2011: Kyle Larson
2013: Chris Urish
2014: Shane Cockrum
2015: Shane Cockrum
2016: Chris Windom
2017: Kody Swanson
2018: Chris Windom

AAA/USAC CHAMP CAR WINS AT Du QUOIN:
1. (6) A.J. Foyt

2. (5) Gary Bettenhausen

3. (3) Mario Andretti, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, Chuck Gurney & Jack Hewitt

8. (2) Jimmy Bryan, Shane Cockrum, Sam Hanks, Tracy Hines, Johnny Parsons, Kody Swanson, Al Unser & Chris Windom

16. (1) Don Branson, Pancho Carter, Shane Cottle, Tony Elliott, Russ Gamester, Rick Hood, Bubby Jones, Kasey Kahne, Jud Larson, Kyle Larson, Johnnie Parsons, Stevie Reeves, Joe Saldana, Jimmy Sills, George Snider, Chuck Stevenson, Jeff Swindell, Johnny Thomson, Bud Tingelstad, Rich Tobias, Jr., Brian Tyler, Chris Urish, Rich Vogler, Bill Vukovich, Tyler Walker, Lee Wallard, Rodger Ward, Paul White & J.J. Yeley

 

 

USAC SPRINT CAR SHOWDOWN FRIDAY IN GRANITE CITY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Granite City, Illinois (August 26, 2019).........Just a little over three months since the series' last visit, the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship makes its return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Illinois this Friday night, August 30, for the Brandt River Town Showdown.

Chris Windom won the first round of the Showdown at Tri-City back in May, leading the final ten laps to score the victory after starting fifth. The Canton, Ill. native was a force all night, qualifying second overall and winning his heat from the sixth spot. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car titlist finished sixth in his first appearance there in 2018.

Tyler Courtney, who was fast qualifier twice in a USAC Sprint Car at Tri-City this year, including the rain-abbreviated second night in May, biked and pirouetted against the outside turn four wall while running fourth with seven laps to go in the feature, putting him out for the remainder of the race, resulting in a 14th place finish. Last Saturday's Sprint Car Smackdown champ at Kokomo Speedway also won last year's Labor Day Weekend USAC Sprint show at Tri-City and was victorious in this past May's USAC Midget round at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) has one career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory back in 2016 at another "Tri" track at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. He came oh-so-close to picking up his second at Tri-City in May, leading nine laps and finishing second behind Windom after charging from eighth.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. finished third behind Short in May after leading six laps early in the going. The Cullman, Ala. driver was the fastest qualifier at Tri-City a year ago and was charging hard at the end before coming up just short to Courtney, finishing second. He's won once this season on the red clay of Bloomington and is eager to get back to victory lane this Friday.

Chase Stockon started on the outside of the front row and finished eighth in May after leading the first five laps of the feature. Friday could very well be a milestone night for Fort Branch, Indiana's Stockon if he starts Friday's main event. He made his 284th consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature start last Saturday at Kokomo, tying the mark set by five-time series champ Levi Jones. One more would set the new standard, making Stockon the ultimate ironman for the series.

Series point leader C.J. Leary won his heat and took fourth in May's Sprint feature at Tri-City after charging from ninth. In 2018 at Tri-City, Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) led the first nine laps before encountering trouble and dropping back to a 20th place finish. There hasn't been much trouble from Leary this season with 23 top-ten finishes in 24 series starts, which has helped push him to a 121-point lead in the standings entering Friday's race.

Isaac Chapple has one top-five coming into Friday, and it came at Tri-City in May where he bolted from the 15th starting spot to finish fifth right at the line on the final lap. The year prior, in 2018, the Willow Branch, Ind. native captured a heat race triumph and ran 11th in the feature.

Only Courtney has won more often in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition this year than Brady Bacon, a four-time victor on the trail in 2019. Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was ninth in May in the Sprint Car at Tri-City and he also led five laps in that night's Midget feature. The two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion was third in the USAC Sprint stop at Tri-City in 2018.

Bacon's Broken Arrow brethren Jason McDougal dropped a driveshaft while hovering around the top-ten in May, ultimately finishing 17th. The one-time winner in both the USAC National Sprint and Midget divisions this year, McDougal won his heat and finished 18th in his Sprint debut at Tri-City in 2018.

Justin Grant was involved in a second lap accident in May's go at Tri-City that knocked him out of contention after starting third, finishing 19th in the end. He took home an eighth-place result in 2018. In the Midget this past Spring at Tri-City was a better story in which he finished third after starting on the front row. The Ione, Calif. driver was victorious in last Wednesday's #GYATK Night USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car special event.

Those individuals and a whole host of others are ready to give Tri-City another try for the 22nd time in series history. Jay Drake, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Greg Weld and Doug Wolfgang each have scored two victories at Tri-City while Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Troy Rutherford (a Special Event win), Randy Standridge, Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell, Chris Windom and Josh Wise have one each.

The "River Town Showdown" features complete shows for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship and B-Mods on Friday night, August 30, at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

Registration and pit gates open at 3pm (Central). Grandstands and ticket office open at 5pm. Cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $25 while children 12 and under are FREE. Reserved Top 2 Rows: $30 for adults, $5 for children 12 & under. Pit passes are $30 apiece for members and $35 for non-members.

Tri-City Speedway is located at 5100 Nameoki Rd, Granite City, IL 62040. You can reach the promotion team of Track Enterprises at (217) 764-3200 and Tri-City Speedway at (618) 931-7836. For more information, visit the Track Enterprises website at http://www.trackenterprises.com/, the series website at http://www.usacracing.com/ and the track website at http://www.tricityspeedway.net/.

Both nights of action will have live, flag-to-flag coverage on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of the broadcast for free on the USAC app or follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation/ with live timing and scoring available on both the USAC and Race-Monitor apps.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

PAST USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY: 1967: Greg Weld (6/24) & Ralph Liguori (9/1) 1968: Greg Weld (8/19) 1984: Rick Hood (9/1) 1985: Randy Standridge (8/31) 1988: Kelly Kinser (9/3) 1989: Steve Butler (9/2) 1990: Sammy Swindell (5/5) & Jack Hewitt (9/1) 1991: Danny Smith (4/1 & 5/26), Doug Wolfgang (6/12 & 6/12) and Jack Hewitt (8/31) 1995: Tony Stewart (9/3) 2000: Jay Drake (5/6) 2003: Troy Rutherford (Special Event on 8/16) 2005: Jay Drake (8/24) 2006: Josh Wise (8/6) 2018: Tyler Courtney (8/31) 2019: Chris Windom (5/17)

USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WINS AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY: 1. (2) Jay Drake, Jack Hewitt, Danny Smith, Greg Weld & Doug Wolfgang 6. (1) Steve Butler, Tyler Courtney, Rick Hood, Kelly Kinser, Ralph Liguori, Randy Standridge, Tony Stewart, Sammy Swindell, Chris Windom & Josh Wise

 

 

JAKE SWANSON TOPS VENTURA "BATTLE AT THE BEACH"

By: Lance Jennings

VENTURA, CA - AUGUST 24, 2019... Starting fifth, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) raced past J.J. Ringo on the 24th lap and took the checkered flags at Ventura Raceway's "ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3."

Piloting Keith Ford's #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson earned his second USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season over Ringo, T.J. Smith, point leader Tristan Guardino, and fast qualifier Ryan Timmons.

Tom Hendricks claimed the night's Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from nineteenth. Rookie contender Hannah Mayhew scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish.

Ryan Timmons posted his third career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 12.673 over the 20-car USAC and VRA roster of drivers.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Smith (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Troy Rutherford (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Swanson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

With two point races remaining, the traditional 360 sprints will return to action on Saturday, October 5th, at Santa Maria Raceway.

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, 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.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2019 - Ventura Raceway - Ventura, California - "ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3" - co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Timmons, 29T Timmons-12.673; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.703; 3. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-12.847; 4. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-13.039; 5. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-13.047; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-13.134; 7. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-13.143; 8. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-13.162; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.207; 10. Brent Owens, 74, Martin-13.385; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.391; 12. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.504; 13. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.515; 14. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-13.524; 15. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.562; 16. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.587; 17. Tyler Most, 3, Most-13.710; 18. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-13.789; 19. Tom Hendricks, 14. Hendricks-13.828; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.957.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Hendrix, 3. Boul, 4. Owens, 5. Helt, 6. Timmons, 7. Hendricks. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Lewis, 3. Hix, 4. Reynolds, 5. Shaw, 6. Ervine, 7. Most. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Ringo, 3. Mayhew, 4. Ito, 5. Rucker, 6. Guardino. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (5), 2. J.J. Ringo (2), 3. T.J. Smith (4), 4. Tristan Guardino (10), 5. Ryan Timmons (7), 6. Slater Helt (8), 7. Steve Hix (11), 8. Brent Owens (1), 9. Tanner Boul (13), 10. Tom Hendricks (19), 11. Rick Hendrix (16), 12. Koen Shaw (9), 13. Hannah Mayhew (12), 14. Dylan Ito (15), 15. Tyler Most (17), 16. Jonas Reynolds (14), 17. Ricky Lewis (3), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Troy Rutherford (6), 20. Gage Rucker (18). ---------------------------- **Hendricks flipped on lap 9 of the first heat. Rutherford flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Owens, Laps 2-23 Ringo, Laps 24-30 Swanson.

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Hendricks (19th to 10th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Hannah Mayhew

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-739, 2-Timmons-598, 3-Shaw-509, 4-Smith-435, 5-Mayhew-408, 6-Swanson-400, 7-Ringo-393, 8-Austin Liggett-390, 9-Ervine-361, 10-Helt-356.

NEW ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINTS: 1-Rutherford-595, 2-Guardino-550, 3-Timmons-510, 4-Hix-495, 5-Swanson-495, 6-Hendrix-485, 7-Shaw-480, 8-Helt-450, 9-Boul-385, 10-Ervine-360, 11-Cody Majors-360.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 5 - Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, California Winner Bryan Stanfill (Brea, Calif.) (Joe Putnam Photo)

STANFILL STANDS TALL AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, Illinois (August 24, 2019).........Bryan Stanfill led the final seven laps in a back-and-forth battle with Tyler Roth to win his first career USAC Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget feature event Saturday at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

Stanfill, originally from Brea, Calif. but now residing in Brownsburg, Ind., led the opening two laps before Roth took control until lap six. Stanfill stood up in the seat and back by Roth to lead the field for laps seven through nine. Roth didn't go away quietly, though, striking back to assume the point on the tenth lap before Stanfill took a stranglehold of the top spot on lap 14.

For Stanfill, a two-time USAC Western States Midget feature winner, it was his first USAC-sanctioned win in nearly two decades. Stanfill's two career Western States wins came in 1998 in Ventura, Calif. and in 2000 in Santa Maria, Calif.

Stanfill was followed to the line by Roth, point leader Andy Baugh, Kevin Battefeld and Jake Sollenberger.

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USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 2. Karter Sarff (#27 Raymond), 3. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 4. Andy Baugh (#6B Baugh), 5. Will Armitage (#51R Johnson), 6. Robby McQuinn (#09 McQuinn). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Roth (#7x Mahan), 2. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 3. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 4. Russell Johnston (#0 Johnston), 5. Dave Baugh (#7B Baugh), 6. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman). NT

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Stanfill (#24 Hull), 2. Scott Koerner (#1 Koerner), 3. Christopher Adrien (#24 Spencer), 4. Jace Sparks (#40s Sparks). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Bryan Stanfill, 2. Tyler Roth, 3. Andy Baugh, 4. Kevin Battefeld, 5. Jake Sollenberger, 6. Brent Burrows, 7. Scott Koerner, 8. Dave Baugh, 9. Robby McQuinn, 10. John Heitzman, 11. Christopher Adrien, 12. Will Armitage, 13. Mark McMahill, 14. Karter Sarff, 15. Jace Sparks, 16. Russell Johnston, 17. Jeff Sparks, NT -------------------------------- **Jace Sparks flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-2 Bryan Stanfill, Laps 3-6 Tyler Roth, Laps 7-9 Bryan Stanfill, Laps 10-13 Tyler Roth, Laps 14-20 Bryan Stanfill.

NEW USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-768, 2-Tyler Roth-674, 3-Jake Sollenberger-666, 4-Mark McMahill-570, 5-Kevin Battefeld-516, 6-Brent Burrows-502, 7-Patrick Ryan-481, 8-Russell Johnston-461, 9-John Heitzman-450, 10-Jeff Sparks-437.

NEXT USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 31 - Peoria Speedway - Peoria, Illinois Winner Seth Carlson (left) (Buzz Fisher Photo)

CARLSON SCORES FOURTH DMA WIN AT BEAR RIDGE

By: Mark Hann

Bradford, Vermont (August 24, 2019).........Seth Carlson of Stafford, CT dominated the night at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT driving a backup car owned by friend and fellow competitor Tim Gallant. Carlson, who would normally be driving his #2 Seals-it sponsored USAC DMA midget, has been having mechanical issues so getting behind the wheel of Galant's 33 gave Carlson a chance to stay in the points hunt.

Heat race one (8 laps) had the 23 of Tim West from Vernon, CT on pole and Owen Carbee of Groton, VT in the 50 starting second. Competing this night was the 26, normally driven by TJ Foster, now driven by past Bear Ridge Speedway Champion Josh Constantine of Corinth, VT.

Green flag waived and before the pack got to turn one Seth Carlson of Stafford, CT piloting the 33 owned by Tim Gallant, took to the lead and command of the race. The top three would now be held by Carlson in the 33, the 5 driven this night by Manny Dias of Danielson, CT for second and West in the 23 for third. The lineup would hold the same until lap seven when the 23 of West would take over second and Carbee in the 50 moved into third. The field could not catch Carlson in the 33 as he would take the win for heat race one. Following Seth Carlson was Tim West in the 23 and Owen Carbee in the 50 for third.

Heat race two (8 laps) started with the 17 piloted by Justin Sheridan of Suffield, CT on pole and Adam Whitney of Warren, VT in the 12 starting outside row one. Under green the 12 of Whitney took the lead with the 1B driven by Joe Krawiec of Granby, CT now second and Sheridan's 17 back to third. By lap three the 3 of Will Hull of Plainfield, VT moved into third pushing the 17 of Sheridan back to fourth.

On lap six the 1B of Krawiec would take over the first position with Whitney in the 12 now to second and Hull's number 3 for third. The top three would stay the same as the laps went by and in the end, it was the 1B of Joe Krawiec winning heat race two followed by the 12 of Adam Whitney for second and the 3 of Will Hull rounding out the top three.

The 25-lap feature would begin with Tim West in the 23 from Vernon, CT starting pole position and the 50 with Owen Carbee of Groton, VT starting outside row one. With the green flag displayed, Manny Dias of Danielson, CT driving the 5 would jump to the lead before the end of lap one with the 1B of Joe Krawiec of Granby, CT now second followed by the 17 of Justin Sheridan of Suffield, CT in third.

Lap two and caution would be displayed for the spinning number 3 of Will Hull from Plainfield, VT and Adam Whitney of Warren, VT both coming to a stop in turn two.

Quick caution and back to green with the 5 of Dias, 1B of Krawiec and 17 with Sheridan still running nose to tail. Lap five and Krawiec in the 1B took over the lead with Dias number 5 back to second and now the 33 of Seth Carlson from Stafford, CT had moved from eighth to third.

Caution would once again come out on lap six for the 3 of Hull and 23 of West getting together in turn four. Back to green and the 1B with Krawiec still holding point but now the 33 with Carlson had moved into second and Dias in the 5 now to third.

Red flag was displayed to the field on lap eight when the 23 of West had slowed in turn four and the 91 of Wayne Koehler from Jewett, NY who could not avoid West and hit the left front of West racecar causing Koehler to flip. Both drivers would walk away but unable to finish the event because of damage done to each racecar.

With the track clean up completed the green would be displayed once again with Krawiec's 1B still leading the field followed by the 33 of Carlson and now the 12 of Whitney in third as the 5 with Dias was slowing for mechanical issues. The top three of Krawiec, Carlson and Whitney would stay locked together until lap twelve when the 33 piloted by Carlson would get around the 1B of Krawiec and set sail in the lead spot.

From this point on, first and second would be held by Carlson and Krawiec with the battle for third heating up between the 12 of Whitney and the 3 of Hull who had driven up from last position after his spin to now being fourth and challenging Whitney for third.

The last lap had fans standing as the top four of Carlson, Krawiec, Whitney and Hull fought for every position with Hull's 3 getting around Whitney's 12 only a few feet from the finish line. Under the checker flag it would be the 33 of Seth Carlson for the win followed by the 1B of Joe Krawiec for second and in third was the 3 of Will Hull.

The series will be back in action on Saturday night September 7th at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, VT.

To learn more about the USAC Dirt Midget Association, please visit the series website at www.usacdma.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DirtMidgetAssociation.

For additional information regarding this press release please contact Mark J. Hann, USAC DMA Series Director, at usacdma@usacdma.com.

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USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2019 - Bear Ridge Speedway - Bradford, Vermont

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Seth Carlson (#33 Gallant), 2. Tim West (#23 West), 3. Owen Carbee (#50 Carbee), 4. Josh Constantine (#26 Foster), 5. Manny Dias (#5 Matczak), 6. Wayne Kohler (#91 Kohler). 2:01.00

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 2. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney), 3. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 4. Justin Sheridan (#17 Miller), 5. Jeff Horn (#A1 Horn). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Jeff Champagne (#77 Champagne)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Seth Carlson, 2. Joe Krawiec, 3. Will Hull, 4. Adam Whitney, 5. Jeff Horn, 6. Justin Sheridan, 7. Josh Constantine (26), 8. Owen Carbee, 9. Manny Dias, 10. Tim West, 11. Wayne Kohler. NT ---------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Manny Dias, Laps 5-11 Joe Krawiec, Laps 12-25 Seth Carlson.

NEXT USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS 1-Will Hull-1056, 2-Joe Krawiec-1008, 3-Seth Carlson-963, 4-Justin Phillips-804, 5-Adam Whitney-774, 6-Manny Dias-751, 7-Jeff Horn-702, 8-Justin Sheridan-646, 9-Jeff Champagne-554, 10-Dan Douville-552.

NEXT USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE: September 7, 2019 - Bear Ridge Speedway - Bradford, Vermont

 


 

COURTNEY THE KING OF SMACKDOWN VIII AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 24, 2019).........After positioning himself as King of the Hill earlier in the evening to earn a starting spot on the pole position for the feature, Tyler Courtney emerged as king of the mountaintop with his Smackdown VIII victory Saturday night, leading all 40 laps to join three-time winner Dave Darland in becoming the second multi-time victor of the event at Kokomo Speedway.

The win was Courtney's series-leading sixth USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win of the season. Yet, it came with its share of peaks and valleys throughout the weekend after Courtney and the Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing crew endured a nasty qualifying flip in Friday's program that damaged the frame. The team weathered the storm with a fourth place finish that evening but were hopeful for so much more in Saturday's $11,000-to-win finale.

"The crew was welding on it this morning," Courtney recalled. "These guys haven't stopped since they brought the car back in from qualifying (on Friday). We had a moment in hot laps today and were scrambling for a bit. We kind of thought that maybe we were doing something wrong. We got it going pretty good there in the King of the Hill and put ourselves in the cat bird seat to where we could run our own race in the feature."

It was the Indianapolis, Indiana native's 23rd career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph, tying him for 23rd all-time alongside A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey to go along with his fourth career win during "Smackdown" and second overall during the main event on the final night. While the previous triumph in 2017 was certainly sweet in so many ways for it being his first, to Courtney, Saturday's night's score had a little extra kick to its sweetness after how the team persevered following trying circumstances.

"I think this one's even more special just because of what we've had to overcome," Courtney explained. "But we don't let it get us down. It seems like when we get down, we come out and win. To get a win like this is huge. These guys have been working their tails off all weekend, really all year, and we got it done."

Courtney emerged as the leader on the opening lap, after sliding to the top as a four-wide scramble for the lead involving he, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary and Kyle Cummins ensued in turn two. Courtney maintained his advantage at the head of the field to lead lap one while Cummins flexed his muscle, splitting between Leary and Grant to slide from fourth to second and begin his race-long pursuit of Courtney.

Cummins, who won his first career USAC feature at Kokomo during the Indiana Sprint Week round of 2016, hounded Courtney relentlessly for the duration of the 40-lapper, the second race of such distance so far this year.

By lap 15, the leaders were working lapped traffic with a three-wide conundrum awaiting just ahead. With Cummins within earshot, Courtney broke through the pack as Isaac Chapple, Thomas Meseraull and Dustin Smith battled for position, briefly pausing Cummins' pursuit before he too broke through between turns one and two a lap leader all while Courtney constructed a one second advantage up front after the two cut through the thick of the traffic.

Following a turn two spin by 10th running Carson Short on the 24th lap, the yellow took away Courtney's advantage and bunched Cummins up right behind the reigning USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ for the restart. Courtney wasn't frazzled by any means, for he knew the longer race and having the open road lying ahead of him played into his hands just as long as he didn't let Cummins' pressure press him into troubled waters.

"I feel like I'm pretty good at managing a race the longer they are," Courtney said. "I can get out and do my own thing that I was wanting to do. Kyle showed me a nose a couple of times. I just tried to not let it push me too hard to where I made a mistake."

That was put into fruition immediately as Cummins appeared to underneath, side-by-side with Cummins in turns one and two on the ensuing restart. Yet, Courtney never made a false move and kept on trekking his course ahead as Cummins remained in his shadow two to three car lengths behind.

It was the Indianapolis, Indiana native's 23rd career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph, tying him for 23rd alongside A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


The song remained the same following a caution for debris between turns one and two with eight laps remaining. However, this time, Courtney got a much better restart, initially jumping out to a five car length lead ahead of Cummins. Although starts and restarts are part of the game, it doesn't necessarily mean it's something a driver looks forward to, especially when sitting in the precarious position of the lead and not knowing what's going down behind you.

"I don't like restarts," Courtney admitted. "I'm not very good at them. I'd like things to go green to checkered if possible. But you've got to be ready for them and you've got to be good at all of it. That's one of my weaker points that I'm working on. I didn't know how many laps we had to go either, so I was just running as hard as I could because that's what you've got to do in these races. Everyone's so close and you can't slouch any lap. You have to be full speed ahead for 40 laps in tonight's case."

Cummins remained on the chase, scraping the front straightway and turn two walls as he squeezed every ounce he could out of his Rock Steady Racing No. 3R. Yet, Courtney just wasn't going to be deterred en route to victory on this night aboard his Clauson-Marshall-Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy as he closed out a wire-to-wire victory by 0.758 of a second over Cummins, Leary, Grant and Friday night's winner Logan Seavey.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway were Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Hunter Schuerenberg (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Indy Race Parts Semi Winner), Chris Windom (Crume Evans Insurance/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tyler Courtney (B & W Auto Mart King of the Hill Winner), Tyler Courtney (Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts/Tony Elliott Foundation Winning Bonus), Landon Simon (ProSource Hard Work Award), Josh Hodges (American Racing Ministries Final Semi Transfer), Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Matt Goodnight (Saldana Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tire First Non-Transfer), Thomas Meseraull (Weld Cool Move of the Race), Kyle Cummins (Weld Cool Move of the Race) and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports (Weld Cool Move of the Race) and Dustin Smith (Smackdown Rookie of the Year).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 24, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon (#69 Dynamics), 2. Carson Short (#21 RCM), 3. Dave Darland (#36D Darland/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Cole Ketcham (#41 Ketcham), 5. Max Adams (#5m Adams), 6. Tye Mihocko (#5 Mihocko), 7. Brian VanMeveren (#24 VanMeveren). 2:14.56

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal (#71p Daigh/Phillips), 2. Scotty Weir (#4p Pedersen), 3. Timmy Buckwalter (#7 LNB), 4. Isaac Chapple (#52 LNR/Chapple), 5. Josh Hodges (#74x Hodges), 6. Anthony D'Alessio (#01 D'Alessio), 7. Dustin Christie (#75 Christie), 8. Steve Thomas (#20 Thomas). 2:16.08

AUTOMETER THIRD QUALIFYING RACE: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (#19BS Reinbold/Underwood), 2. Dustin Smith (#77 Smith), 3. Landon Simon (#23s Simon), 4. Corey Smith (#66s CS), 5. Matt Goodnight (#39 Goodnight), 6. Chris Windom (#5G Parallax/Goacher), 7. Shane Cottle (#2E Epperson), 8. Clinton Boyles (#57 Hazen). NT

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL: (First Round) #8 Kyle Cummins (#3R Rock Steady) defeats #1 Justin Grant (#4 TOPP) 41.99. #4 C.J. Leary (#19AZ Reinbold/Underwood) defeats #5 Chase Stockon (#32 32 TBI) 42.02. #3 Thomas Meseraull (#47 Eades) defeats #6 Logan Seavey (#19s Reinbold/Underwood) 41.58. #2 Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson/Marshall/Newman) defeats #7 Kevin Thomas, Jr. (#19 Hayward/Thomas) 42.67.

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL: (Semifinals) #4 Leary defeats #8 Cummins 40.98 (New Track Record). #2 Courtney defeats #3 Meseraull 41.11.

B & W AUTO MART KING OF THE HILL: (Finals) #2 Courtney defeats #4 Leary 41.56.
SEMI: (12 laps, top-5 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Cole Ketcham, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. Corey Smith, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Matt Goodnight, 7. Max Adams, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Brian VanMeveren, 10. Steve Thomas, 11. Tye Mihocko, 12. Dustin Christie. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kyle Cummins (4), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Justin Grant (5), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8), 7. Brady Bacon (9), 8. Chris Windom (18), 9. Jason McDougal (10), 10. Chase Stockon (6), 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (11), 12. Scotty Weir (13), 13. Josh Hodges (22), 14. Max Adams (23), 15. Isaac Chapple (20), 16. Dustin Smith (14), 17. Corey Smith (21), 18. Carson Short (12), 19. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 20. Dave Darland (15), 21. Thomas Meseraull (3), 22. Cole Ketcham (19), 23. Landon Simon (17). NT
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**Clinton Boyles and Shane Cottle flipped during the third heat. Thomas Meseraull flipped during King of the Hill.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-40 Tyler Courtney.

CRUME EVANS INSURANCE/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (18th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Matt Goodnight

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Landon Simon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,702, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,581, 3-Brady Bacon-1,564, 4-Justin Grant-1,525, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,524, 6-Chris Windom-1,495, 7-Chase Stockon-1,472, 8-Jason McDougal-1,294, 9-Carson Short-1,273, 10-Isaac Chapple-991.

FINAL PROSOURCE SMACKDOWN VIII PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-23, 2-Brady Bacon-14, 3-Josh Hodges-9, 4-Jason McDougal-8, 5-Carson Short-8, 6-Tyler Courtney-7, 7-Scotty Weir-5, 8-Isaac Chapple-5, 9-Hunter Schuerenberg-4, 10-Corey Smith-4.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 29, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - BRANDT River Town Showdown

 

JAKE SWANSON TOPS VENTURA “BATTLE AT THE BEACH”

VENTURA, CA – AUGUST 24, 2019… Starting fifth, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) raced past J.J. Ringo on the 24th lap and took the checkered flags at Ventura Raceway’s “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3.” Piloting Keith Ford’s #73T Edgewater Construction / Sun Valley AG Transport Triple X, Swanson earned his second USAC West Coast Sprint Car triumph of the season over Ringo, T.J. Smith, point leader Tristan Guardino, and fast qualifier Ryan Timmons.

Tom Hendricks claimed the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a tenth place run from nineteenth. Rookie contender Hannah Mayhew scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Ryan Timmons posted his third career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 12.673 over the 20-car USAC and VRA roster of drivers.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Smith (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Troy Rutherford (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Swanson (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

With two point races remaining, the traditional 360 sprints will return to action on Saturday, October 5th, at Santa Maria Raceway.

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, 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: August 24, 2019 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” – co-sanctioned with VRA

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Ryan Timmons, 29T Timmons-12.673; 2. Troy Rutherford, 11, Rutherford-12.703; 3. Jake Swanson, 73T, Ford-12.847; 4. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-13.039; 5. Ricky Lewis, 81, Watt-13.047; 6. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-13.134; 7. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-13.143; 8. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-13.162; 9. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-13.207; 10. Brent Owens, 74, Martin-13.385; 11. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-13.391; 12. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-13.504; 13. Tanner Boul, 99T, Boul-13.515; 14. Jonas Reynolds, 0, Reynolds-13.524; 15. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-13.562; 16. Rick Hendrix, 15, Hendrix-13.587; 17. Tyler Most, 3, Most-13.710; 18. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-13.789; 19. Tom Hendricks, 14. Hendricks-13.828; 20. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-13.957.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Hendrix, 3. Boul, 4. Owens, 5. Helt, 6. Timmons, 7. Hendricks. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Rutherford, 2. Lewis, 3. Hix, 4. Reynolds, 5. Shaw, 6. Ervine, 7. Most. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Ringo, 3. Mayhew, 4. Ito, 5. Rucker, 6. Guardino. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (5), 2. J.J. Ringo (2), 3. T.J. Smith (4), 4. Tristan Guardino (10), 5. Ryan Timmons (7), 6. Slater Helt (8), 7. Steve Hix (11), 8. Brent Owens (1), 9. Tanner Boul (13), 10. Tom Hendricks (19), 11. Rick Hendrix (16), 12. Koen Shaw (9), 13. Hannah Mayhew (12), 14. Dylan Ito (15), 15. Tyler Most (17), 16. Jonas Reynolds (14), 17. Ricky Lewis (3), 18. Austin Ervine (20), 19. Troy Rutherford (6), 20. Gage Rucker (18).
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**Hendricks flipped on lap 9 of the first heat. Rutherford flipped on lap 3 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Owens, Laps 2-23 Ringo, Laps 24-30 Swanson.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Hendricks (19th to 10th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Hannah Mayhew

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-739, 2-Timmons-598, 3-Shaw-509, 4-Smith-435, 5-Mayhew-408, 6-Swanson-400, 7-Ringo-393, 8-Austin Liggett-390, 9-Ervine-361, 10-Helt-356.

NEW ARP BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINTS: 1-Rutherford-595, 2-Guardino-550, 3-Timmons-510, 4-Hix-495, 5-Swanson-495, 6-Hendrix-485, 7-Shaw-480, 8-Helt-450, 9-Boul-385, 10-Ervine-360, 11-Cody Majors-360.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: October 5 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California

 

 

SEAVEY SINGS A WINNING TUNE
AT SMACKDOWN NIGHT TWO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 23, 2019).........One night after claiming a victory in Sprint Car Smackdown's annual karaoke contest, Logan Seavey was singing a different tune Friday night on the track at Kokomo Speedway, ending it on a high note in victory lane following his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car triumph.

The reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion used his voice to win karaoke hardware with Garth Brooks' "That Summer" after a broken wheel cover ended a solid run on track on Thursday. For the Sutter, Calif. native, however, tomorrow would come, and he'd use his right foot to capture an even bigger trophy, a bigger payday and the prestige of becoming the series' first "first-time" winner of the 2019 season.

Along the way, Seavey cut a new record, ripping 30 laps around Kokomo Speedway 33 seconds quicker than the previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car track record for that distance at the quarter-mile, a record formerly held by Bryan Clauson set during Smackdown in 2013, at six minutes and 48.92 seconds.

Seavey is emerging as a jack of all trades following three wins thus far on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget tour, then recently winning the pole and finishing fourth in last Sunday's ARCA Stock Car race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, and now jumping into a sprint car and taking it right to the front with limited seat time. Despite all the accolades, Seavey remains humble and appreciative of the opportunity, and the fun that comes along with it.

"Just to be racing Sprint Cars with USAC and to get to run good racecars with a family like this, is pretty crazy for me," Seavey admitted. "We just race and have fun. We normally end up pretty good and, the more fun we're having, the better we run. Finally, it all came together tonight. We've had that speed the last two nights, and it all finally came together."

Perhaps, most impressively, was that Seavey was making just his second start of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint car points season, the first of which came just 24 hours earlier. Seavey picked up a win behind the wheel of a Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports machine in USAC Southwest Sprint Car competition in April at Arizona Speedway. And, as it turns out, Friday of Smackdown has a special significance to Seavey, as this is the same night in which he first met team co-owner Andy Reinbold a year ago, kicking off a winning connection that certainly paid its dividends on this night.

"Friday night of Smackdown last year was the first time I met Andy," Seavey remembered. "We got together and ran a few races last year together out west. We came into this year knowing he had a full-time USAC car and that was going to take up a lot of his time. He told me early in the year that, in the big races, he wanted to bring out another car from Arizona to run Smackdown, Western World and the Oval Nationals."

Seavey made it all look relatively easy, comparatively, Friday night, although it's certainly never the case. With teammate and USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary trying to hunt him down for the entire duration of the event, Seavey had to be flawless - flawless on the start, flawless on the cushion and flawless through traffic to ace the 30-lap test and become the second-straight first-time winner on the second night of Smackdown following Tyler Thomas' victory in 2018.

"For me, I feel like running a sprint car is a little bit harder than running a midget," Seavey explained. "These guys are so good that you have to adapt quickly. Luckily, I've been here a few times and I've been here in a sprint car a couple times. Even racing midgets, it seems to be one of the most technical racetracks we go to and it seems like the guys with a lot of experience do really well here. It's pretty crazy to think that I'd win my first USAC National Sprint Car race here. I definitely wasn't expecting that and didn't know if I would even ever win one."

Seavey began the main event from the pole and led a trio of nineteens on the opening lap aboard his No. 19s while leading the 19 of Kevin Thomas, Jr. and the 19AZ of Leary. Leary made quick work from his fourth starting spot, rushing into second by lap three past Thomas and began the hunt to track down Seavey.

Leary tried high, sought the middle, looked low, and even cut a diamond groove off turns one and three. Leary chopped into Seavey's advantage and gained ground off the corners on each go-around, pulling side-by-side in turns two and four each lap for several laps early on before Seavey utilized the topside momentum to surge ahead and maintain his lead.

By the 10th lap, Leary's exit plan on the low line became stifled with a bevy of traffic occupying the bottom, hindering his path as he pursued Seavey. At the halfway mark, Seavey maintained a three car length lead as he seemingly ran his own race up top and, with no cautions in sight, kept traffic as part of the equation and allowed the top lane to be wide open for Seavey all by his lonesome where he was most comfortable running, up against the cushion.

Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports' one-two finish between Logan Seavey and C.J. Leary was the first time teammates have occupied the top-two positions in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on dirt since July of 2008 when Keith Kunz Motorsports' stable of Cole Whitt and Darren Hagen finished first and second, respectively, during the Indiana Sprint Week round at Gas City.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


Seavey had to be perfect and execute flawlessly as a hungry Leary sought his first series victory in 20 starts. Yet, Seavey managed to up the interval in the final ten laps, from a half-second, to three quarters of a second, to more than a second on the final lap, closing out a superb performance with a 1.114 second win over Leary, Tyler Courtney, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Justin Grant.

Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports' one-two finish was the first time teammates have occupied the top-two positions in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature on dirt since July of 2008 when Keith Kunz Motorsports' stable of Cole Whitt and Darren Hagen finished first and second, respectively, during the Indiana Sprint Week round at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Justin Grant leads the Sprint Car Smackdown VIII points entering Saturday's finale. Grant (Ione, Calif.), the defending Smackdown main event feature winner, is one of eight drivers locked into Saturday night's feature as well as the King of the Hill, along with fellow drivers Tyler Courtney, Thomas Meseraull, C.J. Leary, Chase Stockon, Logan Seavey, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Kyle Cummins.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Kokomo Speedway were Thomas Meseraull (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Jason McDougal (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Josh Hodges (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Chase Stockon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Crume Evans Insurance/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger & Brady Bacon (ProSource Hard Work Award), Hunter Schuerenberg (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Jarett Andretti (Saldana Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tire First Non-Transfer), Scotty Weir (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Logan Seavey (Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts/Tony Elliott Foundation Winning Bonus) and Matt Westfall (American Racing Ministries Final Semi Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 23, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.549; 2. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland/Curb-Agajanian-12.572; 3. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.645; 4. Logan Seavey, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-12.695; 5. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.732; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-12.783; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.927; 8. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.966; 9. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.008; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.042; 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.054; 12. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.063; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.088; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.117; 15. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.184; 16. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.277; 17. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-13.326; 18. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.494; 19. Brad Wyatt, 41w, Wyatt-13.888.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-12.549; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.652; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.656; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-12.669; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.797; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.853; 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19BS, Reinbold/Underwood-12.919; 8. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.956; 9. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.091; 10. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.199; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.209; 12. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.269; 13. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.362; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.502; 15. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.521; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.579; 17. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-13.602; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.825; 19. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-13.829.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Max Adams, 6. Carson Short, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Anthony D'Alessio, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Brad Wyatt. 2:12.73

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Tye Mihocko. 2:12.97

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Kyle Cummins, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Travis Hery, 9. Ty Tilton, 10. Lee Underwood. 2:13.60

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Dustin Smith, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Dustin Christie, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Brian VanMeveren.

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Corey Smith, 2. Carmen Perigo, 3. Tye Mihocko, 4. Matt Goodnight, 5. Brian VanMeveren, 6. Lee Underwood, 7. Brad Wyatt. 2:20.57

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Clinton Boyles, 10. Max Adams, 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 12. Dustin Christie, 13. Tye Mihocko, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Carmen Perigo, 16. Corey Smith, 17. Travis Hery, 18. Sterling Cling. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (1), 2. C.J. Leary (4), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 4. Tyler Courtney (7), 5. Justin Grant (5), 6. Jason McDougal (10), 7. Thomas Meseraull (6), 8. Chris Windom (12), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Brady Bacon (22), 11. Chase Stockon (11), 12. Carson Short (8), 13. Scotty Weir (16), 14. Dave Darland (3), 15. Isaac Chapple (14), 16. Shane Cottle (19), 17. Cole Ketcham (18), 18. Matt Westfall (15), 19. Timmy Buckwalter (17), 20. Josh Hodges (20), 21. Hunter Schuerenberg (13), 22. Brandon Mattox (23), 23. Dustin Smith (21). 6:48.92 (New Track Record)
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**Tyler Courtney flipped during qualifying. Sterling Cling flipped during the semi.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Logan Seavey.

CRUME EVANS INSURANCE/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (22nd to 10th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Scotty Weir

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Jarett Andretti

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Hunter Schuerenberg

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Brady Bacon

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,638, 2-Brady Bacon-1,512, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,511, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,469, 5-Justin Grant-1,464, 6-Chris Windom-1,446, 7-Chase Stockon-1,429, 8-Jason McDougal-1,248, 9-Carson Short-1,246, 10-Isaac Chapple-958.

NEW PROSOURCE SMACKDOWN VIII PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-13, 2-Brady Bacon-12, 3-Carson Short-8, 4-Tyler Courtney-7, 5-Jason McDougal-7, 6-Hunter Schuerenberg-4, 7-Scotty Weir-4, 8-Shane Cottle-3, 9-C.J. Leary-2, 10-Justin Grant-2.

NEW SMACKDOWN VIII POINTS (TOP-8 LOCKED INTO SATURDAY'S FEATURE): 1-Justin Grant-324, 2-Tyler Courtney-323, 3-Thomas Meseraull-320, 4-C.J Leary-301, 5-Chase Stockon-295, 6-Logan Seavey-294, 7-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-293, 8-Kyle Cummins-290.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 24, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII

 

 

T-MEZ TURNS IT UP AT SMACKDOWN VIII OPENER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 22, 2019).........Time after time, Thomas Meseraull has proven every time he straps into a racecar, he's a threat to win.

One night after leading 12 laps in Simon Racing's No. 23s at #GYATK Night, the San Jose, Calif. native stepped into Tom Eades' No. 47 Thursday night for the Sprint Car Smackdown VIII opener and never skipped a beat, racing to his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year, and first for Eades, a Kokomo, Ind. native in his first year of owning a sprint car.

The win was a sense of redemption for Meseraull who had a particularly rough showing in the car during the series' most recent visit to Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week in July where he started 13th and finished 21st. Meseraull knew he had to put together a complete night to provide himself his best shot to collect a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win for the fifth-straight year, something accomplished only by five other drivers: Brady Bacon, Justin Grant, Chase Stockon, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom over the same time span since 2015.

"After (Indiana) Sprint Week, we got our ass handed to us, flat out," Meseraull admitted. "We just got beat. It was a little unexpected. I had to qualify a little better tonight, and I did, which put us up front. Track position in these deals is everything. It's everything."

Meseraull began his journey from the outside of the front row, but it was Bacon who took control early on, sliding from his pole starting position to the top in turn one to lead the opening seven circuits with Meseraull in tow, trailing the two-time series champ a couple car lengths behind.

The first stoppage of the night came on lap seven when the night's ProSource Hard Work Award winner and 19th running Josh Hodges flipped upside down in turn four. He'd walk away uninjured but was finished for the evening.

Once racing resumed, Meseraull stuck right with Bacon, and on the ninth lap, made his bid for the lead, dipping to the bottom of turn one and sliding up in front of Bacon for the top spot. With tension high and the competition at a peak level, Meseraull knew there was no time to putt around in second.

"It was so slick to the curb, and the curb was on the wall. It was as tall as me, I swear," Meseraull recalled. "It was so big out there, I knew I couldn't waste any time. After the red flag, we ended up parking there right off of three and realized that it wasn't slick to the curb. It had a big hole before the curb, like the track had gotten ate up and it had this big dip and my car was evil up there. I'd hit it and it'd get up on two wheels. I just started going in above it in three and cheating across it and driving to the slick. That hole got Brady one lap, and I knew I had to just bomb it in there and hope to God that it would stick, and it stuck."

Meanwhile, as the battle for the lead switched hands, fourth-running C.J. Leary biked entering on the bottom of turn one. The series point leader miraculously saved his mount without flipping or making contact, but the landing is what got him, flattening his left rear tire before slowing to bring out the yellow. Leary restarted from the tail after getting fresh rubber in the work area, and, ultimately, finished 14th, ending his streak of 21 consecutive top-tens to begin the season.

On the tenth lap restart, Bacon went to work on the bottom underneath Meseraull for the lead in turn one, however Meseraull retained the momentum on the high side as did Courtney back in third. While Bacon trekked the low line, Courtney stuck to the top and raced around the outside to nip Bacon at the line for second and nail down the position exiting turn two.

The victory was the 10th of Meseraull's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him past Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley on the list and into a tie with Tony Stewart for 49th all-time. Three of Meseraull's 10 wins have come at Kokomo.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


Courtney put the chase on Meseraull, diamonding off the third turn as well as following him on the top shelf to find a way to close the gap. On the 12th lap, though, Courtney got in above the cushion a bit off turn four, allowing Meseraull to jump away and build his lead to nearly a full straightaway (2.729 seconds) just after the midway point.

On the 17th lap, 7th running Logan Seavey slowed to a stop on the bottom of turn one, erasing Meseraull's substantial advantage just prior to hitting lapped traffic.

It hardly seemed to make a difference to Meseraull once the green flag dropped on the restart with 13 to go where he once again utilized the high line to break away from Courtney, holding a half-straightaway advantage down the stretch with only lapped traffic to contend with in the final five-lap push.

Meseraull skimmed the outside concrete in turn two with two to go, with no tiptoeing around the outside of the lappers occurring whatsoever, as he closed out a sterling performance in his Tom Eades Racing/Physical Medicine Consultants - 1-Way Technologies/DRC/Stensland Chevy with a 1.339 second victory over Courtney, Justin Grant, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon.

The victory was the 10th of Meseraull's USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, moving him past Mario Andretti, Hunter Schuerenberg and Robbie Stanley on the list and into a tie with Tony Stewart for 49th all-time.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Kokomo Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Isaac Chapple (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Carson Short (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Chris Windom (Crume Evans Insurance/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (ProSource Hard Work Award), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Brandon Mattox (Saldana Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tire First Non-Transfer), Dave Darland (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Thomas Meseraull (Elliott's Custom Trailers and Carts/Tony Elliott Foundation Winning Bonus) and Cole Ketcham (American Racing Ministries Final Semi Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 22, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.635; 2. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.706; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.815; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.820; 5. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.825; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-12.834; 7. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.837; 8. Logan Seavey, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-12.882; 9. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.918; 10. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19BS, Reinbold/Underwood-12.928; 11. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland-13.038; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.073; 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.175; 14. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.187; 15. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.193; 16. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.204; 17. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.284; 18. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.304; 19. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.329; 20. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-13.416; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.447; 22. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.468; 23. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.535; 24. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.549; 25. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-13.780; 26. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.950; 27. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.955; 28. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.959; 29. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.996; 30. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.061; 31. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.080; 32. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.251; 33. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.258; 34. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-14.448; 35. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-14.455; 36. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Scotty Weir, 5. Tye Mihocko, 6. Chris Windom, 7. Dustin Christie, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Corey Smith. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Isaac Chapple, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Thomas Meseraull, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Dustin Smith, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Travis Hery. 2:12.79

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Max Adams, 7. Jarett Andretti, 8. Cole Ketcham, 9. Brad Greenup. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Matt Westfall, 6. Ty Tilton, 7. Brian VanMeveren, 8. Timmy Buckwalter. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Dustin Smith, 4. Max Adams, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Jarett Andretti, 10. Tye Mihocko, 11. Timmy Buckwalter, 12. Sterling Cling, 13. Ty Tilton, 14. Brian VanMeveren, 15. Matt Westfall, 16. Matt Goodnight, 17. Dustin Christie, 18. Travis Hery, 19. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Thomas Meseraull (2), 2. Tyler Courtney (6), 3. Justin Grant (5), 4. Brady Bacon (1), 5. Chase Stockon (7), 6. Hunter Schuerenberg (10), 7. Chris Windom (16), 8. Scotty Weir (9), 9. Kyle Cummins (4), 10. Carson Short (18), 11. Jason McDougal (14), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12), 13. Dave Darland (11), 14. C.J. Leary (3), 15. Logan Seavey (8), 16. Dustin Smith (13), 17. Isaac Chapple (17), 18. Max Adams (20), 19. Shane Cottle (15), 20. Carmen Perigo (19), 21. Dustin Christie (24), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Josh Hodges (22), 24. Cole Ketcham (21). NT
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**Corey Smith flipped during the first heat. Brad Greenup flipped during the third heat. Josh Hodges flipped on lap 7 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Brady Bacon, Laps 9-30 Thomas Meseraull.

CRUME EVANS INSURANCE/KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (16th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dave Darland

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brandon Mattox

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Josh Hodges

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,563, 2-Brady Bacon-1,464, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,445, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,398, 5-Justin Grant-1,394, 6-Chris Windom-1,390, 7-Chase Stockon-1,380, 8-Carson Short-1,202, 9-Jason McDougal-1,185, 10-Isaac Chapple-920.

NEW PROSOURCE SMACKDOWN VIII PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Chris Windom-9, 2-Carson Short-8, 3-Tyler Courtney-4, 4-Hunter Schuerenberg-4, 5-Jason McDougal-3, 6-Justin Grant-2, 7-Chase Stockon-2, 8-Max Adams-2, 9-Thomas Meseraull-1, 10-Scotty Weir-1.

NEW SMACKDOWN VIII POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-168, 2-Justin Grant-164, 3-Thomas Meseraull-163, 4-Brady Bacon-156, 5-Chase Stockon-156, 6-Kyle Cummins-151, 7-Hunter Schuerenberg-148, 8-Scotty Weir-145, 9-C.J Leary-139, 10-Chris Windom-137.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 23-24, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII

 

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST RISES TO 83
FOR THE SEPT. 4-5 SPECTACULAR AT IMS

Speedway, Indiana (August 22, 2019).........The entry list for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink continues to grow by leaps and bounds and now stands at 83 cars for the September 4-5 event at The Dirt Track at IMS. Just one week remains until the entry cutoff on Thursday night, August 29 at https://www.thebc39.com/.

Among the newest entries for the event are a four-car team for Tucker/Boat Motorsports, led by last year's BC39 runner-up finisher Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.), son of 1998 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Billy Boat. He's joined by Gio Scelzi (Fresno, Calif.), whose resume includes becoming the youngest ever winner with the NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series as well as at both Knoxville Raceway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Talented racer/motorsports announcer Dillon Welch (Carmel, Ind.) is entered for Tucker/Boat, with whom he set a new one lap USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget track record at Kokomo Speedway this past April and finished 25th in last year's Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink. Series Rookie Karsyn Elledge (Mooresville, N.C.) is set to make her second BC39 appearance this year. She is the granddaughter of 1995 Brickyard 400 winner Dale Earnhardt.

Elledge is one of five female drivers entered thus far for the BC39 along with Hollan, west coast drivers Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Randi Pankratz (Atascadero, Calif.) and newly-entered Maria Cofer (Macdoel, Calif.), a recent USAC Western States Midget feature winner at California's Petaluma Speedway and 17th place finisher in last year's inaugural BC39 main event. She's on a three-car Team Ripper effort also featuring USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) and Jonathan Beason (Broken Arrow, Okla.), a 5th place finisher in his lone USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget start this season in July at Oklahoma's Red Dirt Raceway.

Zach Daum (Pocahontas, Ill.), a 2011 Hut 100 winner, has entered along with 2006 Turkey Night Grand Prix victor Billy Wease (Noblesville, Ind.).

The newest group of entries joins an impressively-talented field from top to bottom, headlined by the likes of three past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champs in Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) leading an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), a veteran of 243 starts on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, has an extensive background in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2015, he won again indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Stenhouse started 11th and finished 11th in last year's BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, with who he'll be competing for again, joined alongside CMR's full-time combatants, series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), two-time winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2011-12, has two career wins at the Cup level, both of which came in 2017 at Talladega and Daytona. He's also made starts in each of the last six editions of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, finishing a best of 12th in 2016.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Chase Briscoe, who'll pilot his own No. 5B in the event, has extensive experience in midget and sprint car racing, including an appearance at the BC39 in the inaugural event a year ago. Of late, however, the Mitchell, Ind. native has made a big name for himself in NASCAR's Truck and Stock Car divisions. The 2016 ARCA champion was a recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Iowa Speedway in July and was also victorious with the series in the debut on the "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018.

Briscoe made his debut on 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the series' stop in 2018, charging from his 22nd starting position to finish 9th in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Briscoe also owns a pair of victories in NASCAR's Gander Outdoors Truck Series, winning the finale at Homestead in 2017, then winning the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2018.

Two-time series champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports cast that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), a winner in all three of USAC's National divisions throughout his career with 12 National Midget wins, 6 Silver Crown victories and a single National Sprint Car triumph.

Making his BC39 debut is Cannon McIntosh, who burst onto the USAC scene in a big way this past March where he scored his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In just six starts this season, the Bixby, Okla. driver has finished in the top-five on three occasions, including a runner-up finish at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week.

Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 & 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. This past July, he emerged victorious on the final lap in one of the closest races in USAC history in a photo finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

Teams can file their entry for the event at www.TheBC39.com, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes. Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, for the BC39 Draft Party from 5:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern where drivers will draw for their heat race positions. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (83 cars as of 8/22/2019)
0 LUKE HOWARD/Overland Park, KS (Jay Mounce)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1 KARSYN ELLEDGE/Mooresville, NC (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2J TBA (Jeff Taylor)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
5D ZACH DAUM/Pocahontas, IL (Daum Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
9x TBA (Jay Mounce)
10 LANCE BENNETT/Aurora, CO (Olivia Bennett)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11m KENDALL RUBLE/Vincennes, IN (Martin Motorsports)
11T TOMMY KOUNS/Lebanon, IN (Chuck Taylor)
12 BILLY WEASE/Noblesville, IN (Amanda Wease)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15DJ DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
21F JONATHAN BEASON/Broken Arrow, OK (Team Ripper)
21K C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (Team Ripper)
21m MARIA COFER/Macdoel, CA (Team Ripper)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
56x MARK CHISHOLM/Cheyenne, WY (Mark Chisholm)
57A SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
77B BLAZE BENNETT/Parker, CO (Olivia Bennett)
81 DILLON WELCH/Carmel, IN (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
84 CHAD BOAT/Phoenix, AZ (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
85 GIO SCELZI/Fresno, CA (Tucker/Boat Motorsports)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

GRANT GASSES TO #GYATK NIGHT TRIUMPH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 21, 2019).........Sprint Car Smackdown week began just as it left off the year before with Justin Grant racing to victory Wednesday in #GYATK Night following the Ione, California driver's victory in the Smackdown finale in 2018.

Grant emerged from a mid-race tussle with Brady Bacon and Thomas Meseraull, then slid by Bacon with eight laps remaining to score the victory in the non-points special event, a 27-lap feature race which Grant described as feeling like "slick track go-kart racing" around the quarter-mile dirt oval where one has to "figure out how big of a slider you can throw, then throw it and see if it sticks."

"Man, that was a heck of a race," Grant exclaimed. "It was an absolute blast to run. Maybe the only thing more fun than running it would've been watching it."

Grant had a good seat to watch early on as he went to work in his TOPP Motorsports/NOS Energy Drink - Bow Foundation - Challenger Construction/Maxim/Claxton Chevy, starting fifth in the 22-car field while Meseraull and Bacon occupied the front row where the two went toe-to-toe into turn one on the opening lap before Bacon blasted around the outside of Meseraull in turn two to occupy the lead.

Near the completion of the second lap, third-running Carson Short walked away uninjured after tangling with C.J. Leary off turn four and barrel-rolled twice down the front straightaway. Despite the incident, the Marion, Ill. driver's crew made repairs and he rejoined the field for the restart, ultimately racing to a 12th place finish at the checkered.

Once racing resumed, Meseraull was on the attack from the second position, sliding Bacon into turn one on lap four. Bacon countered underneath off turn and raced back to the point into turn three. Meseraull kept his foot in it and, with four wheels above the turn four cushion, managed to drive around Bacon to snare the race lead.

After a Max Adams tangle with the turn two wall on the fifth lap, Meseraull rode the rim out front, nearly dancing with the concrete in turns one and two on lap nine as he kept Bacon at arm's length distance behind in second.

Just before the halfway mark, the battle at the front became a three-way affair with Bacon applying pressure underneath Meseraull between turns three and four. That opened the door for Grant to slide under Bacon for second in turn one with 14 circuits remaining.

The trio went three-deep on the other end of the speedway in turn three, but Grant snagged the turn four cushion, popping the front wheels up, thus allowing Bacon to slide back by Grant into turn one. Grant was prepared and cut back underneath Bacon to retake second off two. Bacon wasn't ready to give in and drove back underneath Grant for second off turns three and four, nipping Grant by a car length at the line with Meseraull just two lengths ahead out front.

Grant got up on the wheel and drove around the outside of Bacon off turn two for second, then went for broke, throwing a slider into turn three by Meseraull as Bacon poked underneath both drivers to make it three-wide off turn four. Meseraull beat Grant to the line by a half-car length with Bacon a car length behind Grant.

Meseraull attempted to move up to the top line entering turn one with 11 to go, nearly making contact with Grant as Bacon shot underneath both to go to the point. Both Grant and Meseraull raced to the bottom entering turn three side-by-side with just micrometers separating the two while Bacon exited the fray with the lead on top by two car lengths at the line with 10 to go.

Grant entered turn one on the bottom, sliding up and nearly picking off two positions in one fell swoop, pulling even with Bacon in turn two while Meseraull found a rocky road atop the cushion, enduring a half-spin, but managed to keep going and avoid contact from the evasive actions of USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary, putting him out of contention to battle for the win down the stretch.

Now, with two-thirds of the race in the book, it became a one-on-one contest between Bacon and Grant. Grant had a feeling he would be good to go once the chaos of a three-car war cleared. Easier said then done, but Grant made it happen with just eight to go.

"I knew we were pretty good if I could get those guys cleared," Grant explained. "It got so ledgy off of four, guys would hit that and get messed up. Fortunately, it wasn't upsetting us much. We could get a big run on guys and I could slide them into one and two and make enough grip there to not get crossed over."

There'd be no crossing over by the competition on the 20th lap as Bacon went to the middle line in turn one. Grant ventured lower and slid up in front of Bacon for the lead. Bacon nearly came to a complete stop in the process, almost killing the engine, but kept it fired and continued on, albeit two-and-a-half seconds now behind Grant.

Down the stretch, Grant ripped around lapped traffic, opening up a 3.398 second advantage at the checkered to capture the victory in the third edition of #GYATK Night over Bacon, Leary, Meseraull and Logan Seavey.

Grant and TOPP Motorsports form a formidable combo at Kokomo where Grant has won quite often and where TOPP has won the last two Smackdown finales with Grant (2018) and Tyler Courtney (2017). A non-points special event, such as Wednesday night's, allowed the team to try a few new things, and by all accounts, everything seemed to pan out excellently.

"Tonight, we had some stuff we've been thinking would work," Grant explained. "But it's been kind of a dice roll whether to do it or not. We threw it at it and boy did it work! We've been sketching out stuff on paper trying to figure out how to come up with the best mousetrap we can, and it makes you feel good when you hit it. A lot of the things we've been working on and trying and we're finally getting them to come together. I felt like during Indiana Sprint Week, we had a lot of speed, and we kind of found our legs again.

Meanwhile, Anton Hernandez earned $1,539 for capturing the #GYATK Challenge, rewarding the best finisher among the group of drivers making their first appearance in a sprint car without a wing at Kokomo Speedway. Hernandez (Arlington, Texas) finished one spot out of the final transfer spot in the semi-feature.

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR SPECIAL EVENT RACE RESULTS: August 21, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - #GYATK Night

QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.057; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.089; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.127; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.210; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.218; 6. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.240; 7. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland-13.281; 8. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.281; 9. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.328; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.330; 11. Hunter Schuerenberg, 19BS, Reinbold/Underwood-13.337; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.347; 13. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-13.365; 14. Timmy Buckwalter, 7, LNB-13.404; 15. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.411; 16. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.413; 17. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.428; 18. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.441; 19. Logan Seavey, 19s, Reinbold/Underwood-13.528; 20. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.549; 21. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.549; 22. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.563; 23. Anton Hernandez, 19c, Cooley-13.575; 24. David Hair, 44, Hair-13.586; 25. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.595; 26. Thomas Meseraull, 23s, Simon-13.598; 27. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.602; 28. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-13.626; 29. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-13.632; 30. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.657; 31. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.664; 32. Carmen Perigo, 21p, Perigo-13.672; 33. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.678; 34. Paul Nienhiser, 9x, Nienhiser-13.728; 35. Scott Hampton, 59, Powell-13.771; 36. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.784; 37. Travis Hery, 21H, Hery-13.805; 38. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.812; 39. Andrew Prather, 16K, Knight-13.908; 40. Aaron Leffel, 12L, Taylor-14.028; 41. Evan Mosley, 27, Mosley-14.100; 42. Brayden Clark, 42G, Jackson-14.118; 43. Parker Frederickson, wee34, Frederickson-14.150; 44. Ty Tilton, 42, Tilton-14.178; 45. Aaron Davis, 11, Davis-14.295; 46. Cooper Welch, 2, Welch-14.550; 47. Steve Thomas, 20, Thomas-14.613; 48. Jack James, 99, James-14.690; 49. Zack Pretorius, 39x, Goodnight-14.697; 50. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-14.968.

FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Logan Seavey, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Hunter Schuerenberg, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Carmen Perigo, 8. Zack Pretorius. 2:12.18

SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Cole Ketcham, 3. Timmy Buckwalter, 4. Corey Smith, 5. Dustin Smith, 6. Travis Hery, 7. Paul Nienhiser, 8. Brayden Clark. NT

THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Andrew Prather, 5. Aaron Davis, 6. Cooper Welch, 7. Dave Darland. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Anthony D'Alessio, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. David Hair, 7. Aaron Leffel, 8. Jarett Andretti. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Shane Cottle, 3. Max Adams, 4. Anton Hernandez, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Parker Frederickson, 7. Evan Mosley, 8. Matt Westfall, 9. Sterling Cling. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-3 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Ty Tilton, 5. Brad Greenup, 6. Steve Thomas, 7. Jack James, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Brian VanMeveren. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Carmen Perigo, 2. Paul Nienhiser, 3. Evan Mosley, 4. Aaron Leffel, 5. Brayden Clark, 6. Zack Pretorius, 7. Jack James, 8. Eric Perrott. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Clinton Boyles, 4. Hunter Schuerenberg, 5. Anton Hernandez, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Andrew Prather, 8. Ty Tilton, 9. Carmen Perigo, 10. Travis Hery, 11. Paul Nienhiser, 12. Aaron Leffel, 13. Parker Frederickson, 14. Evan Mosley, 15. Dustin Christie, 16. Steve Thomas, 17. Cooper Welch, 18. Brad Greenup, 19. Aaron Davis, 20. David Hair, 21. Corey Smith, 22. Brayden Fox. NT

FEATURE: (27 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (5), 2. Brady Bacon (2), 3. C.J. Leary (4), 4. Thomas Meseraull (1), 5. Logan Seavey (7), 6. Scotty Weir (9), 7. Chase Stockon (12), 8. Tyler Courtney (13), 9. Shane Cottle (11), 10. Chris Windom (19), 11. Jason McDougal (6), 12. Carson Short (3), 13. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (20), 14. Cole Ketcham (8), 15. Timmy Buckwalter (14), 16. Brandon Mattox (15), 17. Anthony D'Alessio (16), 18. Matt Goodnight (18), 19. Hunter Schuerenberg (22), 20. Isaac Chapple (10), 21. Max Adams (17), 22. Clinton Boyles (21). NT ------------------------------- **Jarett Andretti flipped during the fourth heat. Sterling Cling flipped at the start of the fifth heat. Brian VanMeveren flipped during the sixth heat. Carson Short flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Brady Bacon, Laps 4-16 Thomas Meseraull, Laps 17-19 Brady Bacon, Laps 20-27 Justin Grant.

#GYATK CHALLENGE WINNER: Anton Hernandez

CRUME EVANS INSURANCE HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (19th to 10th)

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: August 22-23-24, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - Sprint Car Smackdown VIII


 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

VENTURA HOSTS SATURDAY’S USAC VS. VRA SPRINT CAR “BATTLE AT THE BEACH”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 21, 2019... With three point races left, the chase for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship resumes this Saturday, August 24th, at Ventura Raceway. Promoted by Jim Naylor, the “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3” is co-sanctioned with the VRA Sprints and marks the third of five appearances at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also feature the California Lightning Sprints, IMCA Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, and the NMRA TQ Midgets. The Pit Gates will open at Noon, the Front Gates open at 3:00pm, with Racing scheduled for 5:30pm at “The Best Little Dirt Track in America.” For more event information, visit the track’s website at venturaraceway.com or call 805.648.RACE.

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.
- 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.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Since April 4, 2009, the Ventura County Fairgrounds has held fourteen West Coast 360 events and ten different drivers have claimed victory. Led by Tristan Guardino with three wins, the point leader also set a new 1-lap track record of 11.958 on March 23rd. Former VRA champion Troy Rutherford won the last visit on June 1st and Guardino raced to victory on March 23rd. A complete series win list at Ventura is at the end of this release.

Entering the eleventh point race, there have been six different winners. Tristan Guardino and Austin Liggett are tied for the series with three triumphs. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have posted one victory, while rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Ventura with a stout 144-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino ran second to Austin Liggett at Santa Maria’s “Bud Stanfield Memorial” on August 10th. At press time, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 87 feature laps led. Tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the West Coast win list, Tristan is second in “Battle of the Beach” points and will be looking for another Ventura triumph.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons scored third at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and seven top-10 finishes to his credit. Ryan is tied for sixth in “Battle of the Beach” points and will have his sights on his third career West Coast win.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) is third in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw scored a tenth place finish at Santa Maria. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one heat race victory and five top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen ranks fourth in “Battle of the Beach” points and will be looking to earn his first USAC victory.

After winning the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) has climbed to fourth in the point chase. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Maxim, Liggett has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 65 feature laps led. The defending champion is tied with Bryan Clauson for fifth in series wins and will have his sights on the “Battle of the Beach” victory.

Leading rookie contender Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) sits fifth in the USAC West Coast point standings. Driving the family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew has one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and two top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday, the 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion is 29th in “Battle of the Beach” points and will be looking for her first USAC win.

While Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are T.J. Smith, Austin Ervine, Jake Swanson, Troy Rutherford, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Tom Hendricks, Ryan Stolz, Kaleb Montgomery, Charlie Butcher, Rick Hendrix, and more.

Rick Hendrix (Palmdale, CA) leads a strong contingent of racers with the Ventura Racing Association. Charlie Butcher, Kyle Smith, Gage Rucker, Chris Meredith, Joey Bishop, Brent Owens, Kenny Perkins, Ricky Lewis, and Tyler Edwards round out the top-10 drivers.

Ventura Raceway is located on the Ventura County Fairgrounds at 10 West Harbor Blvd. in Ventura, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets (60 and older) are $11, Active Military tickets (ID Required) are $11, Student tickets (with ID) are $11, and Kid’s 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 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, 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 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

VENTURA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Ryan Bernal, 2-Jake Swanson, 1-Brady Bacon, 1-Tyler Courtney, 1-Geoff Ensign, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Carson Macedo, 1-Troy Rutherford.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-675, 2. Ryan Timmons-531, 3. Koen Shaw-466, 4. Austin Liggett-390, 5. Hannah Mayhew ®-365, 6. T.J. Smith-360, 7. Austin Ervine-331, 8. Jake Swanson-318, 9. J.J. Ringo ®-318, 10. Slater Helt ®-297, 11. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 12. Troy Rutherford-290, 13. Michael Faccinto-275, 14. Cody Majors-266, 15. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 16. Steve Hix-250, 17. Ryan Bernal-206, 18. Tanner Boul ®-191, 19. Tom Hendricks-183, 20. Kyle Edwards-179.

2019 VRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Rick Hendrix-2290, 2. Charlie Butcher-1675, 3. Kyle Smith-900, 4. Gage Rucker-700, 5. Chris Meredith-690, 6. Joey Bishop-655, 7. Brent Owens-575, 8. Kenny Perkins-535, 9. Ricky Lewis-510, 10. Tyler Edwards-460, 11. Jeff Fillingame-450, 12. Tom Hendricks-445, 13. Brandon Wiley-425, 14. Tyler Hatzikian-420, 15. Bruce Douglass-405, 16. Ryan Stolz-375, 17. Tyler Williams-365, 18. Evan Jonker-350, 19. Will Perkins-335, 20. Troy Rutherford-260.

2019 BATTLE AT THE BEACH POINT STANDINGS: 1. Troy Rutherford-470, 2. Tristan Guardino-360, 3. Cody Majors-360, 4. Koen Shaw-340, 5. Charlie Butcher-330, 6. Ryan Timmons-330, 7. Rick Hendrix-325, 8. Steve Hix-320, 9. Slater Helt-275, 10. Austin Ervine-255, 11. Brandon Wiley-240, 12. Jake Swanson-235, 13. Gage Rucker-225, 14. Tanner Boul-220, 15. Carson Macedo-215, 16. Kyle Edwards-185, 17. Bruce Douglass-175, 18. Will Perkins-155, 19. Jeff Fillingame-155, 20. Ricky Kirkbride-140.

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 (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
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.

 

 

#GYATK NIGHT FIRES OFF BIG WEEK FOR USAC SPRINTS AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 20, 2019).........#GYATK Night comes to life this Wednesday night, August 21, at Kokomo Speedway, igniting a stacked weeklong racing docket at the quarter-mile oval leading into Sprint Car Smackdown VIII Aug. 22-23-24.

#GYATK Night enters its fourth year and concludes with a 27-lap feature celebrating each year of Bryan Clauson's life as well as the number of feature wins he earned during his final season in 2016.

The #GYATK acronym has become synonymous with Clauson after he proudly displayed the decal on his ride in the Indianapolis 500 each year and, since 2016, the BC Victory Lane now awaits each race winner who captures a win at Kokomo.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. is the first driver to hold that distinction when, in 2016, he won the opening night of Smackdown. A week later that year, he went on to win the first #GYATK Night, then won the event again in 2017. The Cullman, Ala. driver finished 9th a year ago.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) captured the victory in the most recent #GYATK Night a year ago in 2018 when the 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ led all 27 laps in a non-stop feature that took roughly six minutes and 10 seconds to complete. Windom was 12th at #GYATK Night in 2016 and 2nd in 2017.

Both Thomas and Windom have been victorious at Kokomo this season, Thomas on a last lap, last corner pass to win the Kokomo Grand Prix in April while Windom captured the Indiana Sprint Week round in July.

Reigning Smackdown finale winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) could be prime for a victory after finishing 2nd in 2016 and 3rd at #GYATK Night in 2018. Kokomo Speedway's winningest driver Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) is the only driver to finish in the top-five in all three of his #GYATK Night starts, a 3rd in 2016, and 4th place finishes in both 2017 and 2018.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) nearly captured July's ISW feature. He's finished in the top-five twice during #GYATK Night, a 4th in 2016 and 5th in 2018. Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.), a photo finish winner during ISW at Gas City in July, has finished 5th and 8th in his two #GYATK starts in 2016 and 2018, respectively.

Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), a Smackdown final night victor in 2017, has finished in the top-ten of all three of his #GYATK starts, an 8th in 2016, 5th in 2017 and 2nd in 2018. Jarett Andretti (Mooresville, N.C.) has done likewise, finishing 7th in both 2016 and 2017 as well as 10th in 2018. USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has competed in the feature of the last two #GYATK Night events, finishing 6th in 2017 and 7th in 2018.

Several prizes are up for grabs in the event. The #GYATK Challenge Award and $1,539.00 will go to the highest-finishing driver who is making his or her first appearance at Kokomo Speedway behind the wheel of a sprint car. The second-best first timer will receive $300 and an MPD full torsion bar set valued at $520.00; the third-best first timer will receive $100 and a QuickCar gauge set; while the 4th and 5th best first-timers will receive a Chalk Stix Torsion Bar.

The first non-transfer in the B Main & C Main with Hoosier Tires on all four corners will receive a brand-new Hoosier right rear tire. The second non-transfer in the B Main & C Main will receive $69 from Gas City I-69 Speedway. Two mystery money spots in the A-Main and B-Main will receive $69 from Gas City I-69 Speedway.

All drivers will pill draw for their groups for hot laps and group qualifying (heat inversion will be 4). All heat races will be 8 laps. The C-Main will be 10 laps (if needed). The B-Main will be 12 laps. The A-Main feature event will be 27 laps.

Right rear tires must be Hoosier Medium or American Racer MC3. The other three corners are open. There is no minimum weight requirement. General safety rules apply. No registration or membership fees needed.

Admission is FREE for all race fans! Allstar Performance will be once again sponsoring all the drivers who will be competing on this night with a FREE pit pass!

All gates open at 3pm. Pill draw closes at the USAC trailer at 6:15pm Eastern before all drivers will head to the front of the grandstands at 6:20pm for the official drivers meeting. At 6:45pm, cars get on track as wheel packing begins, which leads straight into qualifying. Heat races begin at 7:30pm. Pit passes for non-competitors are $30.

Wednesday night's #GYATK Night will be broadcast for FREE on FloRacing. LIVE broadcast coverage fires off at 6:30pm Eastern. Current paid subscribers will be able to watch Smackdown VIII Aug. 22-24.

 

 

SMACKDOWN VIII RACE PREVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 20, 2019).........Sprint Car Smackdown VIII arrives with a bang this week as one of the most prestigious events on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car calendar gets underway for its eighth edition Aug. 22-24 with the kickoff companion event, #GYATK Night, beginning the racing feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Seven drivers expected to compete in this year's Smackdown have won a feature in the event - preliminary or final night. Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) arrives as the reigning final night winner of Smackdown in 2018, leading all 40 laps to score his first win in the event. He's won twice thus far in 2019 in Ocala, Fla. and Lawrenceburg, Ind. His TOPP Motorsports team has won each of the past two Smackdown finales, and three total, getting the first with Tyler Courtney in 2017.

Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the Smackdown opener in 2018, which at the time, was his third consecutive Smackdown victory after winning the final two nights in 2017, including a dramatic late-race pass for the final night win that year. Courtney led all drivers with 11 wins last year en route to the series title. He leads all this year in the series with five feature victories but remains third in the standings.

Atop the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings is C.J. Leary, who earned his first career USAC National Sprint Car victory in 2016 on the second night of Smackdown. He returned in 2017 to score the win on the opening night of Smackdown. Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) has just one victory thus far, back in February in Ocala, but has been the model of consistency throughout, with 21 top-ten finishes in 21 starts, plus bagging both the Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week crowns along the way.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won at Kokomo a year ago on #GYATK Night, the night prior to the beginning of Smackdown. The 2016 USAC Silver Crown and 2017 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion won the second-ever Smackdown feature event held in the inaugural edition in 2012. This summer, he raced to victory again on the quarter-mile during Indiana Sprint Week.

Another driver who has won both #GYATK Night and in Smackdown competition is Kevin Thomas, Jr. The Cullman, Ala. driver was dominant in 2016, winning opening night, the final night as well as #GYATK Night. He was celebrating again this past April at Kokomo when he won following a last-lap, last corner pass for the win on the second of two nights at the USAC NOS Energy Drink Kokomo Grand Prix.

No driver has won more often at Kokomo, or as often during Smackdown, than has four-time Kokomo track champion Dave Darland. The USAC Triple Crown champ won three-straight Smackdown finales in 2013-14-15, and also triumphed on "prelim" nights in 2013 and 2014 for an all-time-leading five wins during the event.

Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) broke through for his first Kokomo victory during the second night of Smackdown during 2015. Stockon has made 281 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts since 2012. If all were to go in accordance with his plans and he qualifies for the feature on all three nights of Smackdown, he would tie the mark on Saturday of 284-straight starts in the series, set by five-time series champ Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012.

Second in series standings, Brady Bacon, has yet to win a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car race at Kokomo but has come oh-so-close in recent years, including a runner-up finish this past July in a toe-to-toe last-lap battle with Windom. He's had three top-five finishes in Smackdown finales: 5th (2012), 4th (2014) and 5th (2018). However, the two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champ has won three times in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget competition at Kokomo, including his first USAC National win in 2006 and a sweep of the Kokomo Grand Prix in 2017.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) each made their Smackdown debuts a year ago, with McDougal taking 4th and Short 16th in the finale. McDougal was 2nd on the opening night of the Kokomo Midget Grand Prix in April while Short led eight laps and finished 2nd during the Kokomo Indiana Sprint Week round in 2017. Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.), meanwhile, has made two previous Smackdown finales starts, a 21st in 2017 and a 17th in 2018.

Kyle Cummins (Princeton, Ind.) is seeking his first Smackdown win after scoring the Indiana Sprint Week round at Kokomo in 2016. He's finished 3rd and 5th on the final night of Smackdown in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.) is a two-time Kokomo USAC Sprint winner in 2017 and 2018. His lone top-ten finish at Smackdown on the final night came in the inaugural edition in 2012, a 10th.

Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) won the ISW stop at Kokomo in 2011. His best finish in a Smackdown finale came in 2012, a 9th. But he did finish in the top-five of both prelim nights during his last Smackdown appearance in 2017. He joins an expanded Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports lineup to three cars alongside Leary and reigning USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) who is making his series debut this week after finishing 13th in the Smackdown finale in 2018.

The racing festivities at Kokomo first get underway on Wednesday, August 21, with #GYATK Night, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car non-points Special Event in honor of the late, great Bryan Clauson, winner of the first Smackdown in 2012. Admission is FREE for all racefans. Driver pit passes are also all FREE courtesy of AllStar Performance. All gates open at 3pm Eastern, draw closes at USAC trailer at 6:10pm, drivers meeting in front grandstands at 6:15pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

For the first two nights of Smackdown on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, all gates open at 3pm Eastern with cars on track at 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. 3-day advance reserved: $80.00, call 815-468-8690 for tickets. Advanced tickets sales will end on 8/19, after 8/19 3-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on race night for $85.00.

On the final night of Smackdown on Saturday, August 24, all gates open at 3pm Easter with cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $35 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $45 apiece. The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will also be on the event card.

All three nights of Smackdown, in addition to #GYATK Night, will be shown live and on-demand on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of each night on the USAC app and follow along with live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor app as well as the USAC app.

USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,519, 2-Brady Bacon-1,397, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,364, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,353, 5-Chris Windom-1,335, 6-Justin Grant-1,318, 7-Chase Stockon-1,314, 8-Carson Short-1,151, 9-Jason McDougal-1,139, 10-Isaac Chapple-883.

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ALL-TIME SPRINT CAR SMACKDOWN WINNERS: 2012: Bryan Clauson (8/23 & 8/25) and Chris Windom (8/24) 2013: Bryan Clauson (8/22) and Dave Darland (8/23 & 8/24) 2014: Jon Stanbrough (8/22) and Dave Darland (8/23 & 8/24) 2015: Robert Ballou (8/27), Chase Stockon (8/28) & Dave Darland (8/29) 2016: Kevin Thomas, Jr. (8/25 & 8/27) and C.J. Leary (8/26) 2017: C.J. Leary (8/24) and Tyler Courtney (8/25 & 8/26) 2018: Tyler Courtney (8/23), Tyler Thomas (8/24) and Justin Grant (9/27)

 

 

STOCKON IN LINE TO EQUAL CONSECUTIVE USAC SPRINT START RECORD AT KOKOMO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 20, 2019).........One of the ultimate ironman streaks is on the line for Chase Stockon as he prepares to equal the series' most consecutive starts streaks this week during Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Aug. 22-24 at Kokomo Speedway.

Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) has made 281 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts since 2012. If all were to go in accordance with his plans and he qualifies for the feature on all three nights of Smackdown, he would tie the mark on Saturday of 284-straight starts in the series, set by five-time series champ Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012.

Stockon would then be in line to set the new standard of 285-straight feature starts with the series on Friday, Aug. 30, in the River Town Showdown at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

During Stockon's streak, he's accumulated 12 feature victories, which are tied with Eric Gordon for 45th all-time. Stockon's 27 fast qualifying times during the streak rank 12th all-time, tied with Dave Steele.

To put Stockon's consecutive starts streak into perspective, only eight times in the 64-year history of USAC has a driver put together 100 or more starts in a row. Jones, of course, right now is tops with 284, followed by Stockon at 281. Dave Darland has done it twice, putting together 204 consecutive starts between 2012-17 and 106 between 2004-2008. Brady Bacon had 147 from 2013-17. Damion Gardner had 126 between 2008 and 2012. Tracy Hines made feature starts in 123-straight between 2009 and 2012.

Chris Windom is one of those eight occasions as well, accumulating 132-straight starts since the 2016 season to hold the second longest active streak of starts. Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney stand at 98 starts in-a-row since the beginning of the 2017 season and would become the newest members of the exclusive 100-club if they compete in both Thursday and Friday night's feature events at Kokomo. Kevin Thomas, Jr. stands at 96 and could hit the 100-straight start mark in Granite City at the end of August.

The racing festivities at Kokomo first get underway on Wednesday, August 21, with #GYATK Night, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car non-points Special Event in honor of the late, great Bryan Clauson, winner of the first Smackdown in 2012. Admission is FREE for all racefans. Driver pit passes are also all FREE courtesy of AllStar Performance. All gates open at 3pm Eastern, draw closes at USAC trailer at 6:10pm, drivers meeting in front grandstands at 6:15pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

For the first two nights of Smackdown on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, all gates open at 3pm Eastern with cars on track at 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. 3-day advance reserved: $80.00, call 815-468-8690 for tickets. Advanced tickets sales will end on 8/19, after 8/19 3-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on race night for $85.00.

On the final night of Smackdown on Saturday, August 24, all gates open at 3pm Easter with cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $35 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $45 apiece. The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will also be on the event card.

All three nights of Smackdown, in addition to #GYATK Night, will be shown live and on-demand on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of each night on the USAC app and follow along with live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor app as well as the USAC app.

ALL-TIME CONSECUTIVE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR FEATURE STARTS: (Drivers with 100 or more) 1. (284) Levi Jones / 2004-2012 2. (281) Chase Stockon / 2012-Present 3. (204) Dave Darland / 2012-2017 4. (147) Brady Bacon / 2013-2017 5. (132) Chris Windom / 2016-Present 6. (126) Damion Gardner / 2008-2012 7. (123) Tracy Hines / 2009-2012 8. (106) Dave Darland / 2004-2008

TOP CURRENT CONSECUTIVE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR STARTS: (Drivers with 50 or more) 1. (281) Chase Stockon / 2012-Present 2. (132) Chris Windom / 2016-Present 3. (98) Tyler Courtney / 2017-Present 4. (98) Justin Grant / 2017-Present 5. (96) Kevin Thomas, Jr. / 2017-Present 6. (68) Brady Bacon / 2017-Present 7. (64) C.J. Leary / 2017-Present

 

 

DRAFT PARTY SET TO KICK OFF BC39 FESTIVITIES SEPT. 3

Speedway, Indiana (August 19, 2019).........The Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink gets amped up on Tuesday, Sept. 3, the night before the dirt flies at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Make your way to USAC headquarters that evening, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will choose their heat race positions for the opening night of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on Sept. 4.

All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters.

The kickoff event is a fan-friendly celebration with IMS, the Indiana Donor Network, USAC drivers and officials featuring drivers, displays, food and beverages. The party runs from 5:30pm Eastern to 8:30pm with the draft set to begin at 6:30pm.

USAC's headquarters are located at 4910 W 16th Street in Speedway, IN 46224.

Raceday action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, starting with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 5pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4:30pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5:30pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains, the C-Main, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.
For tickets, pit passes and car entry, please visit www.TheBC39.com.


BRISCOE SIGNS ON FOR BC39 AS RACE CLOSES IN ON 70 ENTRIES

Speedway, Indiana (August 19, 2019).........Chase Briscoe, who currently ranks sixth in NASCAR Xfinity Series standings, has filed his entry for the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink on September 4-5 at The Dirt Track at IMS, as the list of cars for the mega event has risen to 69 with less than two weeks remaining until the entry cutoff on Thursday night, August 29 at https://www.thebc39.com/.

Briscoe, who'll pilot his own No. 5B in the event, has extensive experience in midget and sprint car racing, including an appearance at the BC39 in the inaugural event a year ago. Of late, however, the Mitchell, Ind. native has made a big name for himself in NASCAR's Truck and Stock Car divisions. The 2016 ARCA champion was a recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner at Iowa Speedway in July, and was also victorious with the series in the debut on the "Roval" at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018.

He made his debut on 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the series' stop in 2018, charging from his 22nd starting position to finish 9th in the Lilly Diabetes 250. Briscoe also owns a pair of victories in NASCAR's Gander Outdoors Truck Series, winning the finale at Homestead in 2017, then winning the Eldora Dirt Derby in 2018.

Among the newest entries joining Briscoe is 1989 USAC National Midget champion Russ Gamester (Peru, Ind.), a winner in all three of USAC's National divisions throughout his career with 12 National Midget wins, 6 Silver Crown victories and a single National Sprint Car triumph.

Making his BC39 debut is Cannon McIntosh, who burst onto the USAC scene in a big way this past March where he scored his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. In just six starts this season, the Bixby, Okla. driver has finished in the top-five on three occasions, including a runner-up finish at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week.

Travis Berryhill (American Canyon, Calif.), a 2017 Chili Bowl prelim night feature winner, is teamed with Ray Seach (Beloit, Wisc.) and David Budres (Beloit, Wisc.) for a three-car Manic Racing effort. Budres finished 20th in last year's BC39 feature event. Meanwhile, series regular Ethan Mitchell (Mooresville, N.C.) has signed on for his second BC39 appearance.

Previously entered drivers for the Driven2SaveLives powered by NOS Energy Drink are headline by the likes of Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, Miss.), a veteran of 243 starts on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, has an extensive background in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2015, he won again indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Stenhouse started 11th and finished 11th in last year's BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, with who he'll be competing for again, joined alongside CMR's full-time combatants, series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), two-time winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2011-12, has two career wins at the Cup level, both of which came in 2017 at Talladega and Daytona. He's also made starts in each of the last six editions of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, finishing a best of 12th in 2016.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Three past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champs in Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) lead an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), plus series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Two-time series champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports cast that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 & 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. This past July, he emerged victorious on the final lap in one of the closest races in USAC history in a photo finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

Critter Malone possesses one of the best names in all of racing. He's also a two-time USAC National Midget feature winner as he aims to make his first BC39 main event start in his own Seven LLC ride. He's joined by SFH Racing Development's two-car lineup of recent Bloomington Regional Midget winner Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) and Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), brother-in-law to nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) returns for his second BC39 appearance. Dalby has won each of the last two USAC Western States Midget feature events at Merced Speedway and Santa Maria Raceway in California, the first two series victories for him in his career.

David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Dirt Midget champ, will drive for Neverlift Motorsports in his second BC39 appearance. Meanwhile, Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio), a veteran of Kenyon Midget racing and the Little 500 at Anderson, will drive the famed yellow No. 61 for Mel Kenyon, USAC's winningest National Midget driver with 111 career victories and a four-time top-five finisher at the Indianapolis 500 between 1966 and 1973.

Teams can file their entry for the event at www.TheBC39.com, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Competitors and crews have two options: 1) Purchase reserved seats at www.IMS.com/BC39 and upgrade to a pit pass there or... 2) Purchase a reserved 2-day pit pass at www.usacracing.ticketspice.com2019-bc39 and upgrade to include a seat in the general seating section for crews/competitors only.

Additionally, parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. >From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will draw for their heat race positions at the BC39 opening night races. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (69 cars as of 8/19/2019)
08 CANNON McINTOSH/Bixby, OK (Dave Mac Motorsports)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2B MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
2x TBA (Jeff Taylor)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
5B CHASE BRISCOE/Mitchell, IN (Chase Briscoe Racing)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TBA (Chuck Taylor)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
19m ETHAN MITCHELL/Mooresville, NC (Bundy Built Motorsports)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
23m DAVID BUDRES/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
31 TRAVIS BERRYHILL/American Canyon, CA (Manic Racing)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
46 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
54m RAY SEACH/Beloit, WI (Manic Racing)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
57A SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, OH (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

JAKE SWANSON SLICES HIS WAY TO FIRST PERRIS WIN

By: Lance Jennings

PERRIS, CA - AUGUST 17, 2019... After a first lap tangle sent him to the back, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) sliced his way to the lead on lap twenty-four and earned his first win at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson topped the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., and "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Thanks to Janet and Lealand McSpadden, Austin Liggett took home $2,700 for claiming the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products "Ellen Ellis" Hard Charger Award with a twenty-second to eighth place run. Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish. Matt Lundy earned his third AAA Car Buying 360 Bonus of the season with a ninth place finish in the semi-main.

Vander Weerd began the night by posting the night's Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes "Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award" with a new SouthWest track record of 16.411 over the 30-car roster. Swanson won the special "Junior Kurtz No Bozos Trophy Dash" over Vander Weerd, Williams, and Roa.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), Roa (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat), and Stevie Sussex (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Fourth Heat). "The Demon" Damion Gardner won the 12-Lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Main.

Thanks to Chris Holt and all of the contributors for raising over $6,000 in bonuses and lap money for the night's action. The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" has grown into one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will kickoff their "California Sprint Week" on Saturday, August 31st, at Calistoga Speedway's "12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic."

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, September 14th, at Canyon Speedway Park's "Southwest Championships."

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 17, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "California Racers Hall of Fame Night"

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES "BILLY WILKERSON" QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.411 (New SouthWest Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.530; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.627; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.645; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.658; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.693; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.896; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.061; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.062; 10. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.068; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.160; 12. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.217; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.244; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.336; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.430; 16. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.458; 17. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.492; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.602; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.606; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.650; 21. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-17.659; 22. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.693; 23. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.708; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.830; 25. Daylin Perreira, 21X, Perreira-17.898; 26. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-18.016; 27. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.102; 28. Matt Lundy, 98L, Lundy-18.218; 29. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-18.654; 30. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ "NO BOZOS" TROPHY DASH: (Four 3 lap dashes) 1. Jake Swanson, 2. Richard Vander Weerd, 2. Austin Williams, 4. Brody Roa. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Davis, 3. Faria, 4. Rose, 5. Shipley, 6. Perreira, 7. Gardner. 2:57.77

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Liggett, 5. Gansen, 6. Bonneau, 7. Martin. 2:55.34

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. T.Williams, 3. McCarthy, 4. Malcolm, 5. Hix, 6. Tafoya, 7. Lundy. 2:57.46
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. A.Williams, 3. Rossi, 4. Sweeney, 5. Dyer, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Kierce. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Martin, 4. Bonneau, 5. Gansen, 6. Shipley, 7. Tafoya, 8. Hix, 9. Lundy, 10. Dyer, 11. Perreira, 12. Kierce. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (5), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 3. Brody Roa (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (13), 5. Austin Williams (3), 6. Stevie Sussex (12), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (8), 8. Austin Liggett (22), 9. R.J. Johnson (10), 10. Cody Williams (2), 11. Damion Gardner (7), 12. Bill Rose (16), 13. Tommy Malcolm (1), 14. Matt McCarthy (11), 15. Trent Williams (21), 16. Mike Martin (14), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 18. Chris Gansen (17), 19. Chris Bonneau (20), 20. Kyle Shipley (19), 21. Verne Sweeney (18), 22. Matt Rossi (15). NT
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**Bender and Rayborne flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 C.Williams, Lap 9 Gardner, Laps 10-14 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 15-23 Roa, Laps 24-30 Swanson.

SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS "ELLEN ELLIS" HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (22nd to 8th)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tommy Malcolm

AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-736, 2-Roa-716, 3-A.Williams-679, 4-Swanson-594, 5-Malcolm-509, 6-Gansen-480, 7-Johnson-458, 8-McCarthy-415, 9-C.Williams-405, 10. R.Vander Weerd-397.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-698, 2-Johnson-666, 3-Sussex-639, 4-Davis-584, 5-Martin-554, 6-Swanson-470, 7-Rossi-413, 8-Lundy-378, 9-Michael Curtis-347, 10-Bonneau-326.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: August 31 & September 1 - Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, California - "12th Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week"

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 14 - Canyon Speedway Park - Peoria, Arizona - "Southwest Championships"
Winner Sam Hatfield


HATFIELD STRUMS A WINNING TUNE AT HIGHLAND RIM

Greenbrier, Tennessee (August 17, 2019).........Sam Hatfield led the final 32 laps of Saturday's USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget feature at Highland Rim Speedway to capture his second series victory of the season, and first since the opener in April.

Hatfield (Mooresville, N.C.) took over the lead from Connor Gross on the fourth lap after Gross controlled the first three. Gross went on to finish second behind Hatfield. Fast Qualifier Neal Allison took third while Jessica Bean and Hunter Wise rounded out the top-five.

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USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 17, 2019 - Highland Rim Speedway - Greenbrier, Tennessee

QUALIFYING: 1. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-12.912; 2. Hunter Wise, 28, Lewis-12.943; 3. Sam Hatfield, 9, Lamb-12.988; 4. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-13.086; 5. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-13.113; 6. Daytona Spicola, 8, Radical-13.406; 7. Mason Hoskins, 12, Hoskins-13.651; 8. Sam Mazzo, 31, Mazzo-13.712; 9. Brady Allum, 87, Allum-13.933.

FEATURE (35 laps): 1. Sam Hatfield, 2. Connor Gross, 3. Neal Allison, 4. Jessica Bean, 5. Hunter Wise, 6. Daytona Spicola, 7. Mason Hoskins, 8. Brady Allum, 9. Sam Mazzo. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 Connor Gross, Laps 4-35 Sam Hatfield.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-597, 2-Connor Gross-580, 3-Nolan Allison-528, 4-Alex Murray-457, 5-Preston Lattomus-406, 6-Neal Allison-401, 7-Sam Hatfield-321, 8-Levi Riffle-273, 9-Eric Lewis-237, 10-Daytona Spicola-201.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 18, 2019 - Kentucky Motor Speedway - Whitesville, Kentucky
Winner Adam Taylor and crew.
(Joe Putnam Photo)


TAYLOR GOES BACK-TO-BACK AT SPOON RIVER

Canton, Illinois (August 17, 2019).........Adam Taylor captured his second-straight USAC Engler IMRA Speed2 Midget victory Saturday night at Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill.

Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) won his heat and led all 20 laps of the main event over point leader Andy Baugh, Tyler Roth, Tori Smith and Bryan Stanfill.

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USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2019 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Bryan Stanfill (#24 Hull), 2. Mitchell Davis (#7x Mahan), 3. Tori Smith (#18 Canham), 4. Mark McMahill (#57 McMahill), 5. Shane Morgan (#15 Morgan), 6. Jason Allen (#28 Allen), 7. Jace Sparks (#40s Sparks). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Adam Taylor (#7T Taylor), 2. Jake Sollenberger (#5 Utsinger), 3. Barry Trone (#69 Trone), 4. Kevin Battefeld (#42 Battefeld), 5. Jeff Sparks (#55 Sparks), 6. James Picardi (#127 Picardi). 2:48.00

THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Andy Baugh (#37 Raymond), 2. Tyler Roth (#51R Johnson), 3. Sean Murphy (#5m Murphy), 4. Brent Burrows (#51 Terry), 5. John Heitzman (#43 Heitzman), 6. Russell Johnston (#0 Johnston). NT

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Adam Taylor, 2. Andy Baugh, 3. Tyler Roth, 4. Tori Smith, 5. Bryan Stanfill, 6. Kevin Battefeld, 7. Jake Sollenberger, 8. Barry Trone, 9. Mark McMahill, 10. Sean Murphy, 11. James Picardi, 12. Jason Allen, 13. John Heitzman, 14. Russell Johnston, 15. Jace Sparks, 16. Mitchell Davis, 17. Shane Morgan, 18. Jeff Sparks, 19. Brent Burrows. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Adam Taylor.

NEW USAC IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-699, 2-Jake Sollenberger-602, 3-Tyler Roth-599, 4-Mark McMahill-525, 5-Patrick Ryan-481, 6-Kevin Battefeld-448, 7-Brent Burrows-441, 8-Russell Johnston-425, 9-Shane Morgan-422, 10-Jeff Sparks-408.

NEXT USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 24 - Spoon River Speedway - Canton, Illinois
Winner Jason Goff


GOFF GRABS FIRST DMA WIN OF SEASON AT MALTA

Malta, New York (August 16, 2019).........Reigning USAC DMA Speed2 Midget champion Jason Goff (Preston Hollow, N.Y.) scored his first series victory of the 2019 season Friday night at Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta, N.Y.

Goff took the checkered ahead of Justin Phillips, Joe Krawiec, Jeff Horn and Tim West.

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USAC SPEED2 DMA MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2019 - Albany-Saratoga Speedway - Malta, New York

FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Owen Carbee (#50 Carbee), 2. Jeff Horn (#A1 Horn), 3. David Moniz (#9 Moniz), 4. Wayne Kohler (#91 Kohler), 5. Tim West (#23 West). NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Will Hull (#3 Matczak), 2. Joe Krawiec (#1B Miller), 3. Jason Goff (#19 Goff), 4. Justin Phillips (#16 Miller), 5. Manny Dias (#42 Dias), 6. Adam Whitney (#12 Whitney). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Justin Sheridan (#17 Miller)

FEATURE: (25 laps) 1. Jason Goff, 2. Justin Phillips, 3. Joe Krawiec, 4. Jeff Horn, 5. Tim West, 6. David Moniz, 7. Wayne Kohler, 8. Will Hull, 9. Seth Carlson (#2 Matczak), 10. Adam Whitney. NT
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NEW USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-986, 2-Joe Krawiec-933, 3-Seth Carlson-885, 4-Justin Phillips-804, 5-Adam Whitney-706, 6-Manny Dias-701, 7-Jeff Horn-640, 8-Justin Sheridan-572, 9-Dan Douville-552, 10-Mike Chaffee-550.

NEXT USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 24 - Bear Ridge Speedway - Bradford, Vermont
Winner Brad Strunk


STRUNK WINS WITH MMSA AT THUNDER VALLEY

By: Kevin Bayer

Salem, Indiana (August 17, 2019).........Brad Strunk turned a bad night into another yet another MMSA win. Brad would have mechanical issues in his preliminary event Friday night at Thunder Valley. These issues would make Strunk's night a bit of a more hurdle to overcome.

Heat one would be all Brandon Coffey as he would lead all 8 laps ahead of Ethan Rutherford and Cody Beard.

Heat two would be one to just finish the race to move on. Couple mini sprints would find themselves upside down in this event. Casey Meyer and Jason Mills got together, and both ended up on their sides. Both uprighted and would walk away from their cars. Cody Trammel would win heat two over Travis Stickels and the ailing car of Strunk.

Heat three Brandon Deputy set pace over Jake Hesson and Keith Langley to the checkers.

Completion of heat races would now set feature starting field. Row one would be Stickels and Hesson, row two Deputy and Coffey, row three with highest passing points would be Jeff Schindler and Trammel.

The 19-car field would race into turn one, Tim light would get into the Haas car and start a series of rolls and twists. Tim would be fine but dejected. The restart would see Stickels jump out front for a lap, Trammel would make quick work to get his machine to the front. Trammel would lead several circuits before his engine would expire. This left Stickels at the point for the next several laps before he experienced fuel pick up issues.

Now upfront would be Ethan Rutherford he would lead several laps before he started to experience engines problems also. The aforementioned bad night for Brad Strunk just gotten a lot brighter as he, from the 9th starting position would put his entry out front for the last 3 laps of the feature event to claim yet another MMSA feature event.

The top ten were; Strunk, Coffey, Rutherford, Langley, Parker, Beard, Haas, Chambers, Schindler, and Meyer.

Next MMSA event will be at Bloomington Speedway of Friday night August 30th, followed by August 31st at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Illinois.
Winner Neal Allison (Greensboro, N.C.)


KENTUCKY AN ALLISON WONDERLAND FOR EASTERN MIDGETS

Whitesville, Kentucky (August 18, 2019).........Neal Allison set quick time and led the final 30 circuits to claim second USAC Eastern Speed2 Midget victory of the season Sunday night at Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville, Ky.

Allison (Greensboro, N.C.) took over the top spot after Daytona Spicola led the first five laps in the 35-lap main event. Allison closed out the victory ahead of Jessica Bean, Saturday's Highland Rim winner Sam Hatfield, Connor Gross and Hunter Wise. Early leader Spicola dropped back to sixth at the checkered.

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USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: August 18, 2019 - Kentucky Motor Speedway - Whitesville, Kentucky

QUALIFYING: 1. Neal Allison, 15, Allison-15.873; 2. Jessica Bean, 5, Radical-15.893; 3. Sam Hatfield, 9, Lamb-15.905; 4. Connor Gross, 14, Gross-15.935; 5. Hunter Wise, 28, Lewis-15.988; 6. Daytona Spicola, 8, Radical-16.230; 7. Sam Mazzo, 31, Mazzo-16.394; 8. Brady Allum, 87, Allum-16.546, 9. Mason Hoskins, 12, Hoskins-16.693.
FEATURE (35 laps): 1. Neal Allison, 2. Jessica Bean, 3. Sam Hatfield, 4. Connor Gross, 5. Hunter Wise, 6. Daytona Spicola, 7. Sam Mazzo, 8. Mason Hoskins, 9. Brady Allum. NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Daytona Spicola, Laps 6-35 Neal Allison.

NEW USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-669, 2-Connor Gross-644, 3-Nolan Allison-528, 4-Neal Allison-477, 5-Alex Murray-457, 6-Preston Lattomus-406, 7-Sam Hatfield-389, 8-Levi Riffle-273, 9-Daytona Spicola-257, 10-Eric Lewis-237.

NEXT USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: August 18, 2019 - Kentucky Motor Speedway - Whitesville, Kentucky

 

 

DARLAND A SMACKDOWN MASTER OVER THE PAST DECADE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 19, 2019).........To be a consistent front runner on a race-by-race basis is a task that drivers and teams are constantly faced with in pursuit of feature wins and season championships.

To be consistent year-after-year-after is taking it to another level. When faced with different challenges and facing off with stout competition from one season to the next, it can become a chore to get the job done for three, five, 10 or even 20-plus straight years. The best of the best are those who can thrive repeatedly and deliver results.

No single driver has had as much consistent success throughout the history of Sprint Car Smackdown at Kokomo Speedway than has Dave Darland. Of course, he's the winningest driver in the history of the track and the owner of four sprint car titles at the quarter-mile dirt oval, but his "Smackdown" success has been something to behold entering this week's eighth annual edition of the event, Aug. 22-23-24.

No driver has earned more total Smackdown wins than Darland, of Lincoln, Ind., with five. Likewise, no other driver has won more Smackdown finales than Darland, which he achieved consecutively in 2013-2014-2015.

A deeper dig into the numbers shows that, in the seven previous editions of Smackdown, only four drivers have started each and every feature on the final night: Chris Windom, Chase Stockon, Shane Cottle and Darland. Darland's average feature finish over that seven-race span is an eye-popping 3.3, ahead of Windom (9.4), Stockon (10.4) and Cottle (11.7).

In fact, Darland's "worst" finish in his seven Smackdown starts came last year with a seventh-place result, a solid run for many driver's measuring stick. Just one driver has as good of a record in terms of average finish at Smackdown than does Darland with a 3.3 average - Bryan Clauson, winner of the inaugural edition of the event who achieved the same average in just three starts.

It's pretty incredible that Darland has been able sustain the success he's had over the years with seven top-seven finishes in seven starts. There's only one driver who's started at least four of the seven main events and finished in the top-ten in all - defending Smackdown winner Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.), who's started each of the last five finales with finishes of 6th (2014-16-17), 7th (2015), and 1st (2018).

Darland's finishes throughout his Smackdown run have been superb with three victories (2013-14-15), and finishes of 4th (2012-16), 5th(2017) and 7th (2018). A similar run this week would be a boon for Darland, who's had three top-ten finishes in 16 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts this season. It's a place the USAC Triple Crown champion has been around and won at more than any other driver; where the home track and the home crowd are always a welcoming sight to the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer.

The racing festivities at Kokomo first get underway on Wednesday, August 21, with #GYATK Night, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car non-points Special Event in honor of the late, great Bryan Clauson, winner of the first Smackdown in 2012. Admission is FREE for all racefans. Driver pit passes are also all FREE courtesy of AllStar Performance. All gates open at 3pm Eastern, draw closes at USAC trailer at 6:10pm, drivers meeting in front grandstands at 6:15pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

For the first two nights of Smackdown on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, all gates open at 3pm Eastern with cars on track at 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. 3-day advance reserved: $80.00, call 815-468-8690 for tickets. Advanced tickets sales will end on 8/19, after 8/19 3-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on race night for $85.00.

On the final night of Smackdown on Saturday, August 24, all gates open at 3pm Easter with cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $35 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $45 apiece. The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will also be on the event card.

All three nights of Smackdown, in addition to #GYATK Night, will be shown live and on-demand on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of each night on the USAC app and follow along with live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor app as well as the USAC app.

AVERAGE SMACKDOWN FINAL NIGHT FINISH (3 or More Starts) 1. (3.3) Bryan Clauson & Dave Darland 3. (5.2) Justin Grant 4. (6.7) Tyler Thomas 5. (7.7) Kevin Thomas Jr. 6. (8.8) Tracy Hines 7. (9.2) C.J. Leary 8. (9.3) Brady Bacon 9. (9.4) Chris Windom 10. (9.6) Kyle Cummins 11. (9.7) Tyler Courtney 12. (10.4) Chase Stockon 13. (10.8) Robert Ballou & Jon Stanbrough 15. (11.2) Scotty Weir 16. (11.7) Shane Cottle 17. (12.0) Jarett Andretti 18. (12.8) Chad Boespflug 19. (13.7) Hunter Schuerenberg 20. (14.0) Casey Shuman 21. (15.0) Logan Jarrett 22. (15.8) Jerry Coons, Jr. 23. (18.0) Thomas Meseraull 24. (19.3) Kyle Robbins

 

JAKE SWANSON SLICES HIS WAY TO FIRST PERRIS WIN

PERRIS, CA – AUGUST 17, 2019… After a first lap tangle sent him to the back, Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) sliced his way to the lead on lap twenty-four and earned his first win at Perris Auto Speedway. Racing John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / Team AZ Racing DRC, Swanson topped the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series. Fast qualifier Richard Vander Weerd, Brody Roa, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., and “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams rounded out the top-five drivers.

Thanks to Janet and Lealand McSpadden, Austin Liggett took home $2,700 for claiming the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products “Ellen Ellis” Hard Charger Award with a twenty-second to eighth place run. Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish. Matt Lundy earned his third AAA Car Buying 360 Bonus of the season with a ninth place finish in the semi-main.

Vander Weerd began the night by posting the night’s Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” with a new SouthWest track record of 16.411 over the 30-car roster. Swanson won the special “Junior Kurtz No Bozos Trophy Dash” over Vander Weerd, Williams, and Roa.

The night’s 10-lap heat race victories went to Vander Weerd (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Swanson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), Roa (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat), and Stevie Sussex (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Fourth Heat). “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the 12-Lap Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi Main.

Thanks to Chris Holt and all of the contributors for raising over $6,000 in bonuses and lap money for the night’s action. The “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” has grown into one of the most anticipated dates on the schedule.

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars will kickoff their “California Sprint Week” on Saturday, August 31st, at Calistoga Speedway’s “12th Annual Louie Vermeil Classic.”

The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to action on Saturday, September 14th, at Canyon Speedway Park’s “Southwest Championships.”

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, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

For more information on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car 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.

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

AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 17, 2019 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, California – “California Racers Hall of Fame Night”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES “BILLY WILKERSON” QUALIFYING: 1. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.411 (New SouthWest Record); 2. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.530; 3. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.627; 4. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.645; 5. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.658; 6. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-16.693; 7. Tommy Malcolm, 5X, Napier-16.896; 8. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.061; 9. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.062; 10. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-17.068; 11. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-17.160; 12. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-17.217; 13. Danny Faria Jr., 42, Cheney-17.244; 14. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.336; 15. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.430; 16. Matt Rossi, 02, Rossi-17.458; 17. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.492; 18. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.602; 19. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.606; 20. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.650; 21. Kyle Shipley, 34, Grau-17.659; 22. Chris Bonneau, 15, Bonneau-17.693; 23. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.708; 24. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-17.830; 25. Daylin Perreira, 21X, Perreira-17.898; 26. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-18.016; 27. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-18.102; 28. Matt Lundy, 98L, Lundy-18.218; 29. Justin Kierce, 43, Kierce-18.654; 30. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-NT.

JUNIOR KURTZ “NO BOZOS” TROPHY DASH: (Four 3 lap dashes) 1. Jake Swanson-10 points, 2. Richard Vander Weerd-5 points, 2. Austin Williams-5 points, 4. Brody Roa-4 points. NT

EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. R.Vander Weerd, 2. Davis, 3. Faria, 4. Rose, 5. Shipley, 6. Perreira, 7. Gardner. 2:57.77

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Johnson, 3. C.Williams, 4. Liggett, 5. Gansen, 6. Bonneau, 7. Martin. 2:55.34

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Roa, 2. T.Williams, 3. McCarthy, 4. Malcolm, 5. Hix, 6. Tafoya, 7. Lundy. 2:57.46

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Sussex, 2. A.Williams, 3. Rossi, 4. Sweeney, 5. Dyer, 6. J.Vander Weerd, 7. Kierce. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / PYROTECT RACING CELLS SEMI: (12 laps) 1. Gardner, 2. J.Vander Weerd, 3. Martin, 4. Bonneau, 5. Gansen, 6. Shipley, 7. Tafoya, 8. Hix, 9. Lundy, 10. Dyer, 11. Perreira, 12. Kierce. NT.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Jake Swanson (5), 2. Richard Vander Weerd (6), 3. Brody Roa (4), 4. Danny Faria Jr. (13), 5. Austin Williams (3), 6. Stevie Sussex (12), 7. Jace Vander Weerd (8), 8. Austin Liggett (22), 9. R.J. Johnson (10), 10. Cody Williams (2), 11. Damion Gardner (7), 12. Bill Rose (16), 13. Tommy Malcolm (1), 14. Matt McCarthy (11), 15. Trent Williams (21), 16. Mike Martin (14), 17. Charles Davis Jr. (9), 18. Chris Gansen (17), 19. Chris Bonneau (20), 20. Kyle Shipley (19), 21. Verne Sweeney (18), 22. Matt Rossi (15). NT
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**Bender and Rayborne flipped during qualifying.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 C.Williams, Lap 9 Gardner, Laps 10-14 R.Vander Weerd, Laps 15-23 Roa, Laps 24-30 Swanson.
SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS “ELLEN ELLIS” HARD CHARGER: Austin Liggett (22nd to 8th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Tommy Malcolm
AAA CAR BUYING 360 BONUS: Matt Lundy

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner-736, 2-Roa-716, 3-A.Williams-679, 4-Swanson-594, 5-Malcolm-509, 6-Gansen-480, 7-Johnson-458, 8-McCarthy-415, 9-C.Williams-405, 10. R.Vander Weerd-397.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-698, 2-Johnson-666, 3-Sussex-639, 4-Davis-584, 5-Martin-554, 6-Swanson-470, 7-Rossi-410, 8-Lundy-378, 9-Michael Curtis-347, 10-Bonneau-326.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR RACES: August 31 & September 1 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, California – “12th Louie Vermeil Classic / California Sprint Week”

NEXT SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: September 14 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Arizona – “Southwest Championships”

 

 

DEAL COMES UP ALL ACES AT CREEK COUNTY

Sapulpa, Oklahoma (August 16, 2019).........Andrew Deal captured his second USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature victory of the year Friday night at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, Oklahoma in the Grady Chandler Benefit race.

Deal (Caney, Kans.), who also won at Creek County in April, led all 30 laps en route to the triumph over Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Okla.), Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.), Noah Harris (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.).

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2019 - Creek County Speedway - Sapulpa, Oklahoma

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps): 1. 55-Johnny Kent, [4]; 2. 79-Tim Kent, [2]; 3. 5$-Danny Smith, [3]; 4. 5-Cameron Hagin, [6]; 5. 98-Dane Fields, [1]; 6. 18J-Cody Jarvis, [5]; 7. 911-Waylon Weaver, [7]

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps): 1. 7F-Noah Harris, [1]; 2. 15D-Andrew Deal, [6]; 3. 55H-Blake Hahn, [4]; 4. 53-Brett Wilson, [5]; 5. 54-Will Scribner, [3]; 6. 77-J.C. Wilson, [2]

THIRD HEAT: (8 Laps): 1. 31-Casey Wills, [2]; 2. 24-Ben Frey, [1]; 3. 94-Matt Sherrell, 6]; 4. 9$-Kyle Clark, [5]; 5. 22-David Stephenson, [4]; 6. 50-Brandon James, [3]

FEATURE: (30 Laps, starting position in brackets): 1. Andrew Deal, [2]; 2. Blake Hahn, [8]; 3. Brett Wilson, [11]; 4. Noah Harris, [5]; 5. Cameron Hagin, [9]; 6. Danny Smith, [10]; 7. Dane Fields, [15]; 8. Will Scribner, [14]; 9. Waylon Weaver, [19]; 10. Cody Jarvis, [16]; 11. Ben Frey, [7]; 12. Brandon James, [17]; 13. Kyle Clark, [12]; 14. Matt Sherrell, [4]; 15. David Stephenson, [13]; 16. J.C. Wilson, [18]; 17. Johnny Kent, [1]; 18. Casey Wills, [3]; 19. Tim Kent, [6].
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**Tim Kent flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Andrew Deal.

NEW USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA POINTS: 1-Danny Smith-1,068, 2-Brett Wilson-1,051, 3-Johnny Kent-1,024, 4-Cameron Hagin-1,002, 5-Waylon Weaver-896, 6-Ben Frey-834, 7-J.C. Wilson-804, 8-Tim Kent-713, 9-David Baxter-713, 10-Ryan Dean-646.

NEXT USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE: August 24, 2019 - Red Dirt Raceway - Meeker, Oklahoma
Winner Eddie Strada
(Chad Warner Photo)


STRADA CONQUERS BEDFORD FOR USAC EAST COAST VICTORY

By: Nick Fillman - USAC East Coast Sprint Cars

Bedford, Pennsylvania (August 16, 2019).........Eddie Strada of Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania was able to collect his first career win at the Bedford Speedway and his second win on the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car series season.

The Bedford Speedway has not been so kind to Strada over the past few events. Last year Strada had a crash in warm-ups during the USAC event in hot laps in this primary ride. Strada would run the family car as a backup car, and would take the checkers first, but would come up light on the scales.

Strada's night would be off to a great start this year however, on the pole of his heat race and taking the win. In the redraw Strada would draw the pole for the feature event and never look back. Strada would jump out to the early race lead with Steven Drevicki quickly moving into second by lap two.

The first and only caution flag would fly on lap two as John Stehman and Lee Kauffman would make contact in turns one and two, leaving both drivers unable to continue the feature event. On the ensuing restart, Strada would again jump out to the early race lead with Drevicki, Perigo, Allen and Jennings in tow. The field, for the most part, would run the high side of the speedway on the cushion trying their hardest to make moves for position.

By the halfway point the top five would remain the same, with Drevicki only a few car-lengths behind Strada as the two leaders would begin to encounter lapped traffic at the back of the field. Perigo, Allen, and Jennings were all settled into their own positions inside the top five with the most contested position being for the lead.

After a few tense moments maneuvering through the lapped traffic, Eddie Strada would go on to collect his second feature event win of the season. Drevicki would come home second, with Carmen Perigo, Chris Allen and Eric Jennings rounding out the top five.

As the series moves into the final event at the Delaware International Speedway, Steven Drevicki and Eddie Strada will battle it out for the series championship in what will be a close race to the finish.

Ryan Quackenbush would have another solid night of competition collecting the heat one victory and having a solid finish in the feature event coming home in the 7th place position in the teams second ever start in their back up car.

Series rookie point leader, Connor Leoffler would also have another consistent night as he would come home in the 8th place spot at features end.

Rookie Mike Thompson would have an unfortunate accident as he would go for a big tumble in turns one and two. Thompson would be finished for the rest of the evening.

The next event for the Rapid Tire, USAC East Coast Sprint Car Series is the season finale at the Delaware International Speedway on September 7th.

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USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: August 16, 2019 - Bedford Speedway - Bedford, Pennsylvania

FIRST HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top-3 Redraw): 1. #5Q Ryan Quackenbush, 2. #71 Chris Allen, Jr., 3. #32 Eric Jennings, 4. #22 Connor Leoffler, 5. #23 John Stehman, 6. #86 Ron Aurand, 7. #96 Lee Kauffman, 8. #39 Mike Thompson. NT

SECOND HEAT: (8 Laps, All Qualify, Top-3 Redraw): 1. #42E Eddie Strada, 2. #21 Carmen Perigo, 3. #19 Steven Drevicki, 4. #B1 Joey Biasi, 5. #11 Austin Bishop, 6. #15 Mark Bitner, 7. #11A Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 8. #3H Heidi Hedin. NT

FEATURE: (25 Laps) 1. Eddie Strada, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Carmen Perigo, 4. Chris Allen, Jr., 5. Eric Jennings, 6. Joey Biasi, 7. Ryan Quackenbush, 8. Connor Leoffler, 9. Austin Bishop, 10. Mark Bitner, 11. Craig Pellegrini, Jr., 12. Heidi Hedin, 13. Ron Aurand, 14. John Stehman, 15. Lee Kauffman.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-25 Eddie Strada.

Scotty Signs Hard Charger $100: Craig Pellegrini, Jr. (14th to 11th) +3

KSE Racing Products Hard Charger $50 Certificate: Craig Pellegrini, Jr.

Vahlco Wheels Hard Charger $50 Certificate: Craig Pellegrini, Jr.

Ultra-Shield Race Products 2nd Place $50 Certificate: Steven Drevicki

Keizer Wheels 3rd Place $50 Certificate: Carmen Perigo

Wilwood Brakes 4th Place $50 Certificate: Chris Allen, Jr.

ATL Fuel Cells 5th Place $100 Certificate: Eric Jennings

King Racing Products 6th Place $25 Certificate: Joey Biasi

Ultra-Shield Race Products 8th Place $50 Certificate: Connor Leoffler
Winner Chett Gehrke (Broken Arrow, Okla.)
(Bill Miller Photo)


GEHRKE GRABS 3RD STRAIGHT GAS CITY MTM WIN

Gas City, Indiana (August 16, 2019).........The last three times Chett Gehrke has brought his USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget to Gas City I-69 Speedway this season, the end result was a celebration in victory lane.

The Broken Arrow, Okla. native once again took control at the Indiana quarter-mile dirt oval, leading all 20 laps en route to victory, over Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio), Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio), Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) and Thomas Briggs (Anna, Ohio).

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USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: - August 16, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

FEATURE: 1. Chett Gehrke (#93c Gehrke) 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 4. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 5. Thomas Briggs (#2 Briggs), 6. Ryan Moran (#01 Moran), 7. Chris Bounds (#65 Bounds), 8. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 9. Zane Briggs (#10 Briggs), 10. Anton Hernandez (#8JR Wood), 11. Tommy Kouns (#11T Taylor), 12. Bryce Dues (#23D Dues), 13. Mark Nieft, Jr. (#20N Nieft), 14. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 15. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 16. Zach Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 17. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 18. Tim Key (#6K Key), 19. Leonard Foster (#57 Foster), 20. Chuck White (#C4 White), 21. Cory Guingrich (#42 Guingrich), 22. Adam Schmenk (#6s Schmenk). NT

ALSO AT THE TRACK: Brandon Watson (#29 Watson)
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-20 Chett Gehrke.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: September 13 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana

 

 

BETTENHAUSEN 100 POSTPONED TO SEPT. 22

Springfield, Illinois (August 17, 2019).........Steady morning rainfall has forced the postponement of Saturday afternoon's racing program at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, IL. On schedule was the Bettenhausen 100 presented by Brandt for the USAC Silver Crown Series. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon, September 22.

Track Enterprises promoter Bob Sargent stated, "Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn't cooperate with us this morning. We know that fans and teams alike really look forward to this event, so we have rescheduled the Bettenhausen 100 on an available date. We hope that everyone comes back to support the event."

The Sunday portion of the State Fair race weekend is still on as scheduled. On track action will include the ARCA Menards Series in the Allen Crowe Memorial 100 presented by Lucas Oil and the Sportsman Nationals. Sportsman Feature is set for 12:00, while the ARCA Menards Series event is scheduled for 1:30.

Tickets for Sunday's event are available at the State Fair box office or at the gate or raceday.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.TrackEnterprises.com/ or http://www.USACracing.com/.

 

 

LEARY, SEAVEY, SCHUERENBERG FORM SMACKDOWN TRIO FOR REINBOLD/UNDERWOOD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (August 16, 2019).........C.J. Leary, Logan Seavey and Hunter Schuerenberg will make up a three-driver lineup for Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports during the upcoming Sprint Car Smackdown VIII at Indiana's Kokomo Speedway August 22-23-24.

The Arizona-based team has led the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car driver and owner points since May with Leary (Greenfield, Ind.) as the sole pilot of the No. 19AZ, picking up a February victory in Ocala, Fla. as well as multiple mini-series titles at Eastern Storm and NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week. Along the way, Leary and team have earned an astounding 21 top-ten finishes in 21 starts this year. Leary owns two career USAC National Sprint Car wins at Kokomo, both of which have come during the opening nights of Smackdown, in 2016 and 2017.

Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports has run a single car in each of their 21 National series starts in 2019, but the team is upping the ante for Smackdown with three talented drivers and three cars for the three-night event.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Co-Rookie of the Year will compete in the straight No. 19. The defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champ, who's won three times in that series and stands 3rd in points, has yet to make a USAC National Sprint start this season. However, he did set quick time and win a USAC Southwest Sprint Car feature in April at Arizona Speedway aboard a Reinbold/Underwood car. In his Smackdown debut in 2018, he ran 15th and 11th on the first two nights and finished up with a 13th place result in the finale.

Hunter Schuerenberg (Sikeston, Mo.) hasn't appeared in a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event since 2017 but will be in the house for Smackdown and in the seat of Reinbold/Underwood's No. 19BS. With that said, he did compete and win for Reinbold/Underwood this past March in USAC CRA/Southwest Sprint Car competition at Arizona's Canyon Speedway Park.

Schuerenberg owns nine career USAC National Sprint victories, one of which came at Kokomo during Indiana Sprint Week in 2011. In his most recent Smackdown appearance in 2017, Schuerenberg finished 5th on each of the first two nights before taking 11th in the finale, driving for Reinbold/Underwood.

Past winners of #GYATK Night include Chris Windom (2015 & 2018) and Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2016 & 2017). Past winners of Sprint Car Smackdown are Bryan Clauson (2012), Dave Darland (2013-14-15), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2016), Tyler Courtney (2017) and Justin Grant (2018).

The racing festivities at Kokomo first get underway on Wednesday, August 21, with #GYATK Night, a USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car non-points Special Event in honor of the late, great Bryan Clauson, winner of the first Smackdown in 2012. Admission is FREE for all racefans. Driver pit passes are also all FREE courtesy of AllStar Performance. All gates open at 3pm Eastern, draw closes at USAC trailer at 6:10pm, drivers meeting in front grandstands at 6:15pm and cars on track at 6:30pm.

For the first two nights of Smackdown on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23, all gates open at 3pm Eastern with cars on track at 6:45pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $35 apiece. 3-day advance reserved: $80.00, call 815-468-8690 for tickets. Advanced tickets sales will end on 8/19, after 8/19 3-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket window on race night for $85.00.

On the final night of Smackdown on Saturday, August 24, all gates open at 3pm Easter with cars on track at 6pm. Adult general admission tickets are $35 and children age 12 and under free. Pit passes are $45 apiece. The Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series will also be on the event card.

All three nights of Smackdown, in addition to #GYATK Night, will be shown live and on-demand on FloRacing. You can listen to live audio of each night on the USAC app and follow along with live timing and scoring on the Race-Monitor app as well as the USAC app.

 

 

STENHOUSE JOINS BC39 FIELD AS ENTRY LIST SKYROCKETS PAST 60

Speedway, Indiana (August 15, 2019).........Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. headlines the newest group of drivers for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink with the entry list for the September 4-5 event at The Dirt Track at IMS surging to 62 cars with still two weeks remaining until the entry cutoff on Thursday night, August 29 at https://www.thebc39.com/.

Stenhouse (Olive Branch, Miss.), a veteran of 243 starts on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tour, has an extensive background in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing, earning five wins and Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. In 2015, he won again indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin. Stenhouse started 11th and finished 11th in last year's BC39 for Clauson/Marshall Racing, with who he'll be competing for again, joined alongside CMR's full-time combatants, series point leader and six-time winner Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.), two-time winners Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) and Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) along with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.).

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion in 2011-12, has two career wins at the Cup level, both of which came in 2017 at Talladega and Daytona. He's also made starts in each of the last six editions of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard powered by Florida Georgia Line, finishing a best of 12th in 2016.

Also joining the list of BC39 entries is 2005 & 2006 Indiana Midget Week champion Shane Cottle (Kansas, Ill.) for car owner Bill Ecker. Cottle is a multi-time winner in all three of USAC's National divisions in his career and owns three career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins. This past July, he emerged victorious on the final lap in one of the closest races in USAC history in a photo finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Sprint Week.

Critter Malone possesses one of the best names in all of racing. He's also a two-time USAC National Midget feature winner as he aims to make his first BC39 main event start in his own Seven LLC ride. He's joined by SFH Racing Development's two-car lineup of recent Bloomington Regional Midget winner Chase Jones (Greenwood, Ind.) and Kyle O'Gara (Beech Grove, Ind.), brother-in-law to nine-time Indianapolis 500 starter Sarah Fisher.

Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Three past USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champs in Christopher Bell (Norman, Okla.), Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) lead an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), plus series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Two-time series champs Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) and Dave Darland (Lincoln, Ind.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports cast that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) returns for his second BC39 appearance. Dalby has won each of the last two USAC Western States Midget feature events at Merced Speedway and Santa Maria Raceway in California, the first two series victories for him in his career.

David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Dirt Midget champ, will drive for Neverlift Motorsports in his second BC39 appearance. Meanwhile, Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio), a veteran of Kenyon Midget racing and the Little 500 at Anderson, will drive the famed yellow No. 61 for Mel Kenyon, USAC's winningest National Midget driver with 111 career victories and a four-time top-five finisher at the Indianapolis 500 between 1966 and 1973.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.

Competitors and crews have two options: 1) Purchase reserved seats at http://www.IMS.com/BC39 and upgrade to a pit pass there or... 2) Purchase a reserved 2-day pit pass at http://www.usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-bc39 and upgrade to include a seat in the general seating section for crews/competitors only.

Additionally, parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will draw for their heat race positions at the BC39 opening night races. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (62 cars as of 8/15/2019)
1BR CHASE JONES/Greenwood, IN (SFH Racing Development)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2B MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
2x TBA (Jeff Taylor)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7 CRITTER MALONE/Pittsboro, IN (Seven LLC)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TBA (Chuck Taylor)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
17s RICKY STENHOUSE, JR./Olive Branch, MS (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
57A SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, Ohio (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67F KYLE O'GARA/Beech Grove, IN (SFH Racing Development)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76 KEN DRANGMEISTER/Hobart, IN (Ken Drangmeister)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
TBA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)

 

 

McDOUGAL TAKES THE WHEEL FOR DYSON AT SPRINGFIELD

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 15, 2019).........Jason McDougal will be in the seat of the Chris Dyson Racing No. 9 for this Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 17.

McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has made just two previous starts in his Silver Crown career and was spectacular in both. His debut came in the Fall of 2018 aboard Dyson's machine in the 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway where he started 7th and finished 4th.

This season, in one start for Daigh/Phillips Motorsports on the Indy Mile at the "Hoosier Hundred" in May, McDougal was the hard charger of the 100-miler, racing from his 25thstarting spot to a 6th place finish, and was the top Rookie finisher in both races.

McDougal has been a standout on both the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget trails this season. He's one of five drivers to win a feature event in both series this year alongside Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Chris Windom.

McDougal won during June's Eastern Storm round at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway, his second career USAC Sprint win. He followed the victory up with his first career triumph in USAC's Midget division during Mid-America Midget Week at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway in July. He stands 9th in both the Sprint and Midget points.

Meanwhile, Dyson's car competed at Springfield in 2018 with Chris Dyson himself behind the wheel. The Pleasant Valley, N.Y. pilot charged from the 28th starting spot to finish 13th.

The Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, the Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Discount tickets for Sunday also available at Menards. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under. Infield parking is $5 for those parking in the infield with no infield or pit passes.

This Saturday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

2019 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST (37 Drivers)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 CHAD KEMENAH/Alvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender

 

 

KTJ AIMS TO RUN UP FRONT AT SPRINGFIELD
AND END RUNNER-UP STREAK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 14, 2019).........No driver has finished as consistently well on the dirt tracks of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series over the past calendar year than has Kevin Thomas, Jr., as he prepares for this Saturday's 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 presented by BRANDT at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

There's been a consistent theme in each of the Cullman, Alabama native's last four starts: a 2nd at Springfield, a 2nd at Du Quoin, and a 2nd at Eldora to close out 2018, followed by another 2nd place result in his only start on the dirt this season in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Mile.

Four-straight top-two finishes is an impressive statistic regardless of which aspect you choose to look at it. In a championship race, in most cases, that puts a driver right in the thick of the hunt. But Thomas is in the business of winning races at this point after missing two starts on the Silver Crown schedule, and that's his sole focus heading into Springfield.

Thomas is now among a group of four drivers who've ran second at least four times in their Silver Crown careers without getting a win thus far: Arnie Knepper, 1984 series champion Dave Blaney, Pablo Donoso and himself.

The difference being that Thomas is in the midst of the run and seems more than ready to punch open the door to victory lane at this point. There's been no riding around, no war of attrition that's put him up front and no luck. Thomas has been a force on the dirt and there's no doubt he's game for a winning run once again. Over those past four races, he's led three of them for 138 of the 250 total laps (55.2%) and was in the lead entering the final 10-lap stretch in all three of the races at Springfield, Eldora and the Indy Mile.

With 25 career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car wins to go along with 5 victories in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget division, Thomas is more than poised to end that with that elusive W at a place where the famed Gohr/Foxco No. 56 has won three poles with Tom Bigelow in 1981, Steve Chassey in 1983 and Dave Darland in 1999, along with four 100-mile victories by Chuck Gurney in 1994 and Dave Darland in 1997, 1999 and 2003. Thomas very well could be next in line this Saturday to join that prestigious group in both categories.

A win Saturday would also move Thomas into a select group of drivers who've earned their first career Champ Car wins in the Silver Crown era at the Springfield Mile, following Larry Rice (1977), Gary Bettenhausen (1978), Bobby Olivero (1979), Cole Whitt (2009) and Justin Grant (2017).

MOST 2ND PLACE FINISHES WITHOUT A SILVER CROWN WIN:
1. (4) Dave Blaney, Pablo Donoso, Arnie Knepper & Kevin Thomas, Jr.
5. (3) Randy Tolsma
6. (2) Jimmy Caruthers, Jac Haudenschild & Jon Stanbrough
9. (1) Robert Ballou, Tim Barber, Mike Brecht, Barry Camp, Tom Capie, Ed Carpenter, Jim Childers, Bob Cicconi, Carl Edwards, Bob Ewell, Robby Flock, Stan Fox, Damion Gardner, Gene Lee Gibson, Jesse Hockett, Jon Johnson, P.J. Jones, Michael Lewis, Warren Mockler, Bill Puterbaugh, Pete Shepherd III, Bentley Warren, Greg Weld, Kramer Williamson & Jacob Wilson

DRIVERS WHO'VE EARNED FIRST CHAMP CAR WIN AT SPRINGFIELD:
(Silver Crown Era 1971-Present)
1977: Larry Rice
1978: Gary Bettenhausen
1979: Bobby Olivero
2009: Cole Whitt
2017: Justin Grant

The Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, the Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Discount tickets for Sunday also available at Menards. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under. Infield parking is $5 for those parking in the infield with no infield or pit passes.

This Saturday's Springfield race can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

2019 BETTENHAUSEN 100 ENTRY LIST (37 Drivers)
# / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / TEAM
07 JACOB WILSON/Crawfordsville, IN (Wilson Brothers Racing)
08 KYLE STEFFENS/St. Louis, MO (Kyle Steffens)
2 PATRICK LAWSON/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (Klatt Enterprises)
7 KYLE ROBBINS/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
9 ®CHRIS DYSON/Pleasant Valley, NY (Chris Dyson Racing)
10 C.J. LEARY/Greenfield, IN (DMW Motorsports)
12 BRIAN TYLER/Mt. Pleasant, NC (Galas Motorsports)
14 A.J. FIKE/Galesburg, IL (Dennis & Dave McQuinn)
15 CHAD KEMENAH/Arvada, OH (Hampshire/Kemenah Racing)
16 AUSTIN NEMIRE/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 KODY SWANSON/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
21 JEFF SWINDELL/Germantown, TN (Mark Swanson Encore Team)
24 MIKE HAGGENBOTTOM/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
26 AARON PIERCE/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
29 JOEY MOUGHAN/Springfield, IL (Joey Moughan)
31 ®DAVE BERKHEIMER/Mechanicsburg, PA (Berkheimer Racing)
33 ®RONNIE WUERDEMAN/Cincinnati, OH (Ronnie Wuerdeman)
34 TERRY BABB/Decatur, IL (Ken Morford)
39 MATT GOODNIGHT/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 DAVID BYRNE/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 JOHN HEYDENREICH/Bloomsburg, PA (A.J. Felker)
44 DANNY LONG/Bonne Terre, MO (Danny Long)
47 ®AUSTIN MUNDIE/Dallas, TX (Patty Butler)
51 RUSS GAMESTER/Peru, IN (Gamester Racing)
53 STEVE BUCKWALTER/Royersford, PA (Five Three Motorsports)
56 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Foxco Racing)
57 ®DALLAS HEWITT/Troy, OH (Dallas Hewitt)
71 SHANE COCKRUM/Benton, IL (Hardy Boys Motorsports)
77 CHRIS URISH/Elkhart, IL (Chris Urish)
78 ERIC GORDON/Fortville, IN (Armstrong/Slinkard Racing)
81 SHANE COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Curtis Williams)
91 JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
97 TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Hans Lein)
99 ®KOREY WEYANT/Springfield, IL (Scott Weyant)
123 ®JIMMY LIGHT/West Springfield, PA (Two-Three Motorsports)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie of the Year contender
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USAC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019:
CAPELS, CLAUSON, JORDAN, STEELE

Speedway, Indiana (August 14, 2019).........USAC's newest Hall of Fame class members have been named for 2019 with Johnny Capels, Bryan Clauson, Dick Jordan and Dave Steele receiving the votes to make up the eighth class of inductees, who will be formally inducted on Wednesday, September 4, during the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

New Mexico native Capels is a five-time National Championship-winning chief mechanic, winning back-to-back USAC National Championships with driver Joe Leonard in 1971-72, plus USAC Champ Dirt Car titles with Al Unser in 1973, Mario Andretti in 1974 and as a chief mechanic/car owner for Pancho Carter in 1978. He was also victorious as a USAC Sprint Car driver in 1968 and served in the roles of USAC Senior VP and Director of Competition in 1992, USAC President and COO from 1997 to 2001 and as Chairman of the Board of Directors for USAC from 2002 to 2010.

Clauson, of Noblesville, Ind. won 112 USAC races as a driver between 2004 and his 2016 passing and is one of just six drivers to reach the 100-win mark during his career with the club. Clauson ranks seventh on both the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget wins list with 41 and 38 wins, respectively, in each division. He also scored two career USAC Silver Crown victories. He captured the overall USAC National Driver Championship in 2010-11-12, USAC National Midget championships in 2010-11 and USAC National Sprint Car titles in 2012 and 2013.

Jordan, of Brownsburg, Ind., was USAC's public/media relations man for over half a century from 1968 until his death in 2019, and it's safe to say, no individual has witnessed more USAC events than he. Jordan devoted his entire working life to publicizing the club's drivers and events, working with the media, as well as preserving the club's rich history with his thorough race reports, statistics and record-keeping. One of the most respected individuals in all racing media, the recognition Jordan received from around the racing world because of his contributions have been extensive.

Tampa, Fla. native Steele racked up one of the greatest careers in the history of USAC, ultimately becoming a two-time Silver Crown driving champion in 2004 and 2005 and one of the club's most accomplished drivers in the decades of the 1990 and 200s. Steele earned 60 USAC National victories, all of which came on pavement, including 16 Silver Crown, 26 National Sprint Car and 18 Midget. A two-time Little 500 winner at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway where he earned his final USAC win in 2009, Steele passed away in 2017 following a crash on the opening lap of a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series event at Florida's Desoto Speedway.

The USAC Hall of Fame began in 2012 and has previously inducted 80 individuals over the past seven years: J.C. Agajanian, Mario Andretti, Earl Baltes, Henry Banks, Rollie Beale, Gary Bettenhausen, Tony Bettenhausen, Tom Bigelow, George Bignotti, Tom Binford, Don Branson, Clint Brawner, Steve Butler, Jimmy Bryan, Duane Carter, Pancho Carter, Jimmy Caruthers, Russ Clendenen, Donald Davidson, Jimmy Davies, Willie Davis, Frankie Delroy, Mike Devin, Larry Dickson, Bob East, Tony Elliott, A.J. Foyt, Paul Goldsmith, Chuck Gurney, Gene Hartley, Butch Hartman, Jack Hewitt, Bob Higman, Tommy Hinnershitz, Gus Hoffman, Lindsey Hopkins, Tony Hulman, Jim Hurtubise, Parnelli Jones, Don Kenyon, Mel Kenyon, Dick King, Sheldon Kinser, Jud Larson, Jason Leffler, Steve Lewis, Howard Linne, Bill Lipkey, Fred Lorenzen, Roger McCluskey, Rick Mears, Norm Nelson, Pat O'Connor, Kevin Olson, Roger Penske, Larry Rice, Lloyd Ruby, Johnny Rutherford, Troy Ruttman, Eddie Sachs, Ken Schrader, Bob & Gene Shannon, Jimmy Sills, Don Smith, Robbie Stanley, Steve Stapp, Tony Stewart, Bob Stroud, Bob Tattersall, Shorty Templeman, Johnny Thomson, Sleepy Tripp, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Rich Vogler, Rodger Ward, A.J. Watson, Bob Wente, Don White & Bob Wilke.

 

 

BC39 FIELD SOARS PAST 50
WITH BACON, BELL, LARSON AND OTHER TOP STARS ENTERED

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (August 14, 2019).........Defending BC39 winner Brady Bacon, along with USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champions Christopher Bell, Jerry Coons, Jr. Dave Darland, Logan Seavey and Tanner Thorson, as well as NASCAR Monster Energy Cup winner Kyle Larson and a host of others, are among the latest drivers entered for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink, as the field has now grown to 55 cars for the September 4-5 event at The Dirt Track at IMS.

Bacon, along with July Fairbury, Neb. winner Jason McDougal, are a part of the Broken Arrow, Okla. connection teamed with FMR Racing for the race. Bacon, a two-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion, led the final nine laps to capture the inaugural event a year ago.

Three series champs in Bell (Norman, Okla.), Seavey (Sutter, Calif.) and Thorson (Minden, Nev.) lead an eight-car assault from the Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian stable, which also features May's NASCAR Monster Energy All-Star Race winner Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.), plus July Sweet Springs, Mo. winner Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, CA), plus series Rookie Jesse Colwell (Red Bluff, Calif.), Holley Hollan (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.).

Two-time series champs Coons (Tucson, Ariz.) and Darland (Lincoln, Calif.) are part of an all-star Petry Motorsports contingent that also features Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) who led a race-high 30 laps and finished 3rd in last year's BC39 main event.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) took 7th in the 2018 BC39 and has already won once this season at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week, one of 12 different winners in the first 21 events of this season.

USAC Western States Midget point leader Robert Dalby (Anaheim, Calif.) returns for his second BC39 appearance. Dalby has won each of the last two USAC Western States Midget feature events at Merced Speedway and Santa Maria Raceway in California, the first two series victories for him in his career.

Clauson/Marshall Racing has entered their core group of four full-time USAC competitors for the event: Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser.
Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) leads all drivers with six USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins in 2019 and has led the standings since the start of the season. His CMR teammate, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), runs second in the standings behind Courtney. Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car titlist, has won his first two National Midget races over the past two months.

Wise (Angola, Ind.) runs fourth in the standings with two recent victories to his credit during Pennsylvania Midget Week. He was victorious in last year's opening night Stoops Pursuit Race at the BC39. Andrew Layser is in his first year for CMR and tops the series' Rookie points by a commanding margin as he seeks to make his first BC39 feature start.

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.

David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Dirt Midget champ, will drive for Neverlift Motorsports in his second BC39 appearance. Meanwhile, Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio), a veteran of Kenyon Midget racing and the Little 500 at Anderson, will drive the famed yellow No. 61 for Mel Kenyon, USAC's winningest National Midget driver with 111 career victories and a four-time top-five finisher at the Indianapolis 500 between 1966 and 1973.

Spencer Bayston, the 2017 USAC National Midget champion from Lebanon, Ind. is entered, along with 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

Competitor/crew seating has been added as a special general admission-only section in the main grandstand for the upcoming Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5. Pits are located outside turns three and four this year, giving competitors and crews direct access to the grandstands.
Competitors and crews have two options: 1) Purchase reserved seats at IMS.com/BC39 and upgrade to a pit pass there or... 2) Purchase a reserved 2-day pit pass at usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-bc39 and upgrade to include a seat in the general seating section for crews/competitors only.

Additionally, parking will also be available on both ends of the track for those with infield parking passes.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of the 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will draw for their heat race positions at the BC39 opening night races. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (55 cars as of 8/14/2019)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
4A JUSTIN GRANT/Ione, CA (RAMS Racing)
4D ROBERT DALBY/Anaheim, CA (Ken Dalby)
5 KEVIN THOMAS, JR./Cullman, AL (Petry Motorsports)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
9H EMILIO HOOVER/Broken Arrow, OK (James Hoover)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TBA (Chuck Taylor)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15 DAVE DARLAND/Lincoln, IN (Petry Motorsports)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21 CHRISTOPHER BELL/Norman, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
25 JERRY COONS, JR./Tucson, AZ (Petry Motorsports)
27 TUCKER KLAASMEYER/Paola, KS (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
35 TBA (Petry Motorsports)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
57A TBA (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, Ohio (Mel Kenyon)
67 LOGAN SEAVEY/Sutter, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
67K HOLLEY HOLLAN/Broken Arrow, OK (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71 JESSE COLWELL/Red Bluff, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71K TANNER CARRICK/Lincoln, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
76E BRADY BACON/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
76m JASON McDOUGAL/Broken Arrow, OK (FMR Racing)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97 KYLE LARSON/Elk Grove, CA (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)
98 TANNER THORSON/Minden, NV (Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian)

 

 

Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car Series

PERRIS HOSTS USAC SOUTHWEST VS. USAC/CRA “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 13, 2019... The Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars are back in action this Saturday, August 17th at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with California’s AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Cars. The PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars (Display) will join the open wheel showcase. Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track’s website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 PERRIS 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.
- 360 BONUS / AAA Car Buying is offering a $100 bonus to the highest finishing 360.
- 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 and the series 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 Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest and AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car schedules will have their entry fees reimbursed at the end of the year.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Southern California Sprint Car Racing. The popular event began in 1996 as the “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Jimmy Oskie, Brad Noffsinger, Eddie Wirth, Shane Carson, John Redican, Mike Sweeney, and “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Thanks to the Wilkerson Family and the Woodland Auto Display, Saturday’s “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” winner will earn $600. For the fastest four qualifiers that accept the challenge, the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” will pay $1,000 to the winner. The feature winner will take home an extra $1,600 and an extra $500 will go to the main event runner up. The “Ellen Ellis Hard Charger Award” winner will pocket $1,000 and Holt has gathered extra lap money and other bonuses. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the event.

To date, there have been three USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Since October 31, 2013, Mike Spencer, C.J. Leary, and “The Demon” Damion Gardner have claimed victory at the half-mile oval. Gardner established the Beaver Stripes 410 series record of 16.526 on July 13th and Leary set the 360 standard of 16.416 on November 6, 2014. Gardner topped the July 13th “grudge race” with USAC/CRA.

Entering the tenth point race, there have been nine different winners. Gardner, Josh Hodges, R.J. Johnson, Leary, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Brody Roa, Hunter Schuerenberg, Logan Seavey, and Stevie Sussex

Heading to Perris, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a slim 9-point lead over the competition. Racing the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored eighteenth at the July 13th Perris feature after a driveline problem ended his night. At press time, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the season. Currently running second in USAC/CRA points, Brody is tied with “The Real Deal” Rick Ziehl with three SouthWest triumphs and will be looking to add the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the chase for the USAC SouthWest championship. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson ran second to Damion Gardner on July 13th. To date, the five-time champion has posted one feature win, four heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. Ranked seventh in USAC/CRA points, R.J. has 56 career SouthWest victories as he sets his sights on the Perris Auto Speedway win.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Piloting Robbie and Gaye Allen’s #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged to a third place finish from twenty-fourth at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, eight top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently running thirteenth in USAC/CRA points, Stevie has 13 SouthWest victories and will be looking to win the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.”

“Chargin” Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the championship point chase. Racing his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis placed fifth at Perris on July 13th. To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, five heat race victories, six top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. Ranked twelfth in USAC/CRA points, “Chargin” Charles has 30 SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019.

“The Magic Man” Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the SouthWest point standings. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin raced from eleventh to eighth in the hard fought July 13th main event. At press time, Arizona’s 2012 “Hall of Fame Classic” winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. Currently running sixteenth in USAC/CRA points, “The Magic Man” has seven SouthWest wins and will be looking to earn a nice Perris payday this Saturday night.

Currently ranked twenty-first in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Jake Swanson, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, “The Demon” Damion Gardner, Justin Kierce and more.

“The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Brody Roa, “The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers.

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

FloSports will have live streaming coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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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.

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS: 1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Austin Williams.

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

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 1-Damion Gardner, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-622, 2. R.J. Johnson-613, 3. Stevie Sussex-576, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-548, 5. Mike Martin-521, 6. Jake Swanson-387, 7. Matt Rossi-381, 8. Matt Lundy-368, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Austin Williams-256, 12. Damion Gardner-222, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Tommy Malcolm-148, 17. Daylin Perreira-141, 18. Dennis Gile-136, 19. Logan Seavey-127, 20. Jason McDougal-124.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-689, 2. Brody Roa-640, 3. Austin Williams-611, 4. Jake Swanson-511, 5. Tommy Malcolm-467, 6. Chris Gansen-452, 7. R.J. Johnson-405, 8. Matt McCarthy-374, 9. Cody Williams-355, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-297, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-289, 13. Stevie Sussex-287, 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-279, 15. Verne Sweeney-277, 16. Mike Martin-264, 17. Steve Hix ®-260, 18. Joel Rayborne-228, 19. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 20. Jace Vander Weerd-199.

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 (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
September 14: Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, AZ (Southwest Championships)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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.

 

 

AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series

USAC/CRA & SOUTHWEST SPRINTS CLASH AT PERRIS “CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 12, 2019... This Saturday, August 17th, the battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship resumes at Perris Auto Speedway. Promoted by Don Kazarian, the "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with Arizona’s Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars. The open wheel showcase will also feature the PAS Senior Sprints, PAS Young Gun Sprints, and the Western Racing Association Vintage Cars (Display). Located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.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/CRA charges a $25 entry fee to all competitors and the series 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.

The "California Racers Hall of Fame Night" continues the rich tradition of honoring those that have contributed to Southern California Sprint Car Racing. The popular event began in 1996 as the “Jack Kindoll Classic” and when the gates open at 5:00pm, there will be a special autograph session at the PAS Sports Bar. At press time, legends Jimmy Oskie, Brad Noffsinger, Eddie Wirth, Shane Carson, John Redican, Mike Sweeney, and “The Tempe Tornado” Lealand McSpadden have confirmed that they will be in attendance. There are rumors of more surprise guests for fans to meet and greet at the autograph session.

Led by Perris and Ascot infield announcer Chris Holt, additional prize money has been raised for Saturday’s “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.” Thanks to the Wilkerson Family and the Woodland Auto Display, Saturday’s “Billy Wilkerson Fast Time Award” winner will earn $600. For the fastest four qualifiers that accept the challenge, the “Junior Kurtz Trophy Dash” will pay $1,000 to the winner. The feature winner will take home an extra $1,600 and an extra $500 will go to the main event runner up. The “Ellen Ellis Hard Charger Award” winner will pocket $1,000 and Holt has gathered extra lap money and other bonuses. A special thanks goes out to Chris Holt and everyone that contributed to the event.

To date, there have been 218 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Since March 6, 2004, 39 different drivers claimed victory at Perris, led by “The Demon” Damion Gardner with 46 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last five visits, Richard Vander Weerd has two triumphs with other wins scored by Gardner, Brody Roa and Hunter Schuerenberg. The series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

Entering the eleventh point race, there have been six different winners. Gardner, Roa, Schuerenberg, and Vander Weerd are tied with two victories, while Josh Hodges and Troy Rutherford have one win on the season.

After winning the July 13th race at Perris, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) has regained the point lead and heads to Saturday’s event with a 49 point advantage. Driving Mark Alexander’s #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner has two feature wins, six Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, nine top-10 finishes, and 48 feature laps led on the year. Also ranked twelfth in SouthWest points, the seven-time champion leads all drivers with 82 USAC/CRA wins and will be looking for his fifth “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” victory.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) ranks second in the chase for the USAC/CRA championship. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa scored eighteenth at Perris after a driveline problem ended his night. To date, the 2016 USAC West Coast champion has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led to his credit. Also leading the USAC SouthWest point standings, Brody is currently tied with “The People’s Champion” Dave Darland, “Super” Rickie Gaunt, and “Showtime” Danny Sheridan with eight career USAC/CRA wins. This Saturday, Roa will have his sights on adding the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” to his resume.

“The Big Game Hunter” Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich’s #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams scored sixth in the July 13th main event. At press time, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one heat race victory, Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award, nine top-10 finishes, and 10 feature laps led in the campaign. Currently sitting eleventh in SouthWest points, Austin is tied with Matt Mitchell with seven career USAC/CRA triumphs and will be looking to repeat as the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night” winner.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart’s #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson scored twentieth at Perris after an early exit. To date, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Jake ranks sixth in USAC SouthWest points and is tied with Max Adams, Tyler Brown, Tyler Courtney, Josh Hodges, Kyle Larson, Troy Rutherford, and Hunter Schuerenberg with two career USAC/CRA victories. This Saturday, Swanson will have his sights on his first win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Tommy “Thunder” Malcolm (Corona, CA) ranks fifth in the point chase. Driving Dino Napier’s #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm continues to impress after scoring a fourth place finish at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. At press time, the young driver has posted two heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins, and five top-10 finishes on the season. Tommy “Thunder” will be looking to earn the first sprint car win of his career at the “California Racers Hall of Fame Night.”

Currently sitting fourteenth 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 Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, “The Cadillac” Cody Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, “Chargin” Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, Verne Sweeney, “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Joel Rayborne, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, Austin Liggett, Matt Stewart, 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., “The Magic Man” Mike Martin, Jake Swanson, “The Real American” Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Michael Curtis, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children’s tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at 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, 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. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.
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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.

CALIFORNIA RACERS HALL OF FAME NIGHT / JACK KINDOLL CLASSIC WINNERS: 1996-Lee Brewer Jr., 1997-Rip Williams, 1998-Cory Kruseman, 1999-Richard Griffin, 2000-Cory Kruseman, 2001-Cory Kruseman, 2002-Steve Ostling, 2003-Lance Gremett, 2004-Rickie Gaunt, 2005-Cory Kruseman, 2006-Tony Jones, 2007-Cory Kruseman, 2008-Damion Gardner, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Cory Kruseman, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-R.J. Johnson, 2018-Austin Williams.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Damion Gardner, 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

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, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 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-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Damion Gardner-689, 2. Brody Roa-640, 3. Austin Williams-611, 4. Jake Swanson-511, 5. Tommy Malcolm-467, 6. Chris Gansen-452, 7. R.J. Johnson-405, 8. Matt McCarthy-374, 9. Cody Williams-355, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-297, 12. Charles Davis Jr.-289, 13. Stevie Sussex-287, 14. Eddie Tafoya Jr. ®-279, 15. Verne Sweeney-277, 16. Mike Martin-264, 17. Steve Hix ®-260, 18. Joel Rayborne-228, 19. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 20. Jace Vander Weerd-199.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-622, 2. R.J. Johnson-613, 3. Stevie Sussex-576, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-548, 5. Mike Martin-521, 6. Jake Swanson-387, 7. Matt Rossi-381, 8. Matt Lundy-368, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Austin Williams-256, 12. Damion Gardner-222, 13. Josh Hodges-202, 14. Jonas Reynolds-201, 15. Isaac Chapple-200, 16. Tommy Malcolm-148, 17. Daylin Perreira-141, 18. Dennis Gile-136, 19. Logan Seavey-127, 20. Jason McDougal-124.

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 (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW / $6,000-to-win)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win)
September 6: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (CSW / $3,000-to-win)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.

 

 

KLATT'S DUAL-THREAT HAS TEAM 2ND IN OWNER POINTS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 12, 2019).........Within the realm of USAC racing, there are two separate categories in which a National championship season can be claimed: driver and owner.

In most cases, the champion driver corresponds with the champion owner, such as it is at the moment with driver Kody Swanson and his Nolen Racing No. 20 leading the way in both standings.

However, while Swanson holds a commanding 71-point lead on the driver side of things, lurking closely behind Nolen in the owner column just 24 behind is the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 coming into this Saturday's 58th running of the Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

They've reached that level by virtue of a dual-threat lineup consisting of Brady Bacon at the wheel at all the dirt races and Kyle Hamilton in the seat for the pavement shows.

The level of success comes following a year of struggles in which the team was plagued by mechanical issues on both surfaces. Bacon topped out with an 8th in the finale at Eldora for his lone top-ten in five starts while Hamilton earned a 10th and a best of 5th at Salem a year ago, the best among his five appearances.

In 2019, it's been a completely different story. Hamilton has been consistently excellent with five top-six finishes in four starts and earned his first career Silver Crown win in May at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind., Klatt's first as a team since 2011. Meanwhile, Bacon took 5th in May's Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, then captured his first Silver Crown victory, and Klatt's first ever on the dirt with the series, on a topsy-turvy final lap in which Bacon passed a reeling Chris Windom who'd had a right rear tire go flat.

The back-to-back wins at LOR and The Grove by Hamilton and Bacon, respectively, marked the fourth occasion in Silver Crown history in which the same team/car number won two consecutive races with two different drivers, following Rick Hood and Doug Wolfgang in the Bill King #75 in 1982; Tracy Hines and Bobby East as well as J.J. Yeley and East both during the 2007 season for A.J. Foyt Enterprises; and Tanner Swanson and Kody Swanson for Six-R Racing in 2010.

The Klatt team has turned the corner, and with four races to go, appear to be a prime threat to Nolen Racing's quest of their own first owner title.

First up for Bacon and Klatt the Springfield Mile this Saturday where both have endured a mixed bag of results. Bacon has qualified well in each of his past visits. The Broken Arrow, Okla. driver made his first start at Springfield in 2014, starting 3rd and finishing 10th for McQuinn Racing. In 2015, he qualified 7th and ran 23rd for owner Paul Martens, dropping out with a fuel leak just before halfway.

After the 2016 rainout, Bacon was fast again during practice in 2017, but was a scratch after engine trouble sidelined the he and the Martens team prior to qualifying. In 2018, with Klatt, Bacon qualified 8th and finished with an 11th place result as the last car on the lead lap.

Entrant Klatt Enterprises had only one other Silver Crown appearance at Springfield prior to 2018, an 18th place start and 17th place finish by driver Damion Gardner. Interestingly, in Klatt's USAC Midget appearances at Springfield, Dean Ward finished 10th at Springfield in 1990 while Dave Strickland, Jr. drove Klatt's ride to 6th in 1996.

Meanwhile, USAC Hall of Fame car builder and Klatt team member Bob East has had substantial success at Springfield, with cars he constructed or turned the wrenches on, winning on numerous occasions in both the Midget and Silver Crown series.

Only five times in the USAC Silver Crown division's 48-year history has a driver champion emerged from a team other than the owner championship team: 1981, 1982, 1999, 2012 and 2016. With the combination of Bacon/Hamilton/Klatt playing to their strength and clicking off top-flight runs, they will remain in the hunt down to the wire with Nolen Racing No. 20 as the prime target.

The Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, the Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

Tickets will be available on raceday or by calling the State Fair office at 217-782-1979. Info and tickets can also be obtained by calling the Track Enterprises office at 217-764-3200. Discount tickets for Sunday also available at Menards. Advance Tickets (Presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. On race day, tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 11 and under. Infield tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults and $20 for children 11 and under. Infield parking is $5 for those parking in the infield with no infield or pit passes.

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SPRINGFIELD WINNER WINDOM HOPES BETTENHAUSEN 100 JUMP STARTS SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Springfield, Illinois (August 12, 2019).........The ups and downs involved in auto racing are undeniable. Defending Bettenhausen 100 winner Chris Windom has certainly had his share of obstacles this season as he prepares for this Saturday's 58th running of the "Bettenhausen 100" at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

It's been a rocky road thus far that's included crashes and mechanical gremlins among final results that don't indicate how fast they've actually been before misfortune arose.

Last Saturday at Salem Speedway, Windom's right rear shock broke in half while running 8th, putting another damper on a season that sees him 11th in the standings with only one top-five finish entering this weekend's event on the Springfield Mile, a place that's a welcoming sight to the Canton, Ill. native who's earned three of his eight career Silver Crown wins on Illinois soil following victories in 2016 and 2018 at Du Quoin and last year at Springfield where a repeat victory this Saturday would be a God-send in more ways than one.

"It would be huge," Windom admitted. "We've had our fair share of struggles with the car, but we've definitely had the speed at every dirt race. We've led both dirt races so far and fell out. I know we've got the car to do it, but we've just got to keep all the components together and I know we can repeat and get another win there."

In his last trip to a one-mile dirt oval, Windom started from the outside of the front row and led the opening five laps before enduring a terrifying incident down the front straightaway that saw him flip several times. In June at Williams Grove Speedway, Windom led 48 laps from the outside of the front row before a controversial moment with Steve Buckwalter ensued on the final lap. Windom picked up the lead and appeared headed for victory on the last lap when his right rear tire went flat.

His two most recent series victories both came in Illinois a year ago, but his first at Springfield was particularly special as he became the second Illinois native to repeat his victory at Springfield and first since A.J. Fike in 2012-13.

"It was awesome," Windom remembers. "A lot of my family and friends were there. The miles feel a little cooler winning for whatever reason. I don't know if it's the attrition of the long races, but it always feels more rewarding when you can run a full 100 laps and win like that. I love the Crown cars on the mile tracks. It's one of my favorite types of racing to do. I'm definitely looking forward to this one; I look forward to it every year on the schedule. I'm so ready to get back there."

Windom has gotten the proverbial ball rolling in USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car and NOS Energy Drink National Midget divisions this year, winning three times in the Sprint and resides 5th in the standings while winning twice in the midget where he stands runner-up in the points at the moment.

Without question, he still knows how to get to the front, which can prove to be a different animal in Silver Crown racing on a dirt mile where the fine line of patience and when to "go" face off. Last year, Windom started 13th at Springfield and only worked his way into the lead with eight laps remaining past Kevin Thomas, Jr. for the win. With changing track conditions, starting further back and having to concentrate on running your own race with 30 or more cars surrounding yourself, that can be a tricky proposition, but Windom's 66 starts in the series have helped him immensely in figuring out this puzzle.

"You kind of pick and choose," Windom explained. "Sometimes, it depends on the track's state, obviously. I've had my fair share of being on the other end of the spectrum, running out of fuel or running too hard the first half of the race and not being there at the end and I've learned how to pass pretty well on the miles. If I know I have the car, I can just drive around and hang out for the first half of the race, really the first three quarters of the race, so I'm in a position to be there in the end. That's just huge in these cars. It takes experience and seat time in order to learn how to do that. You've seen guys who go out and lead the first half of the race and you're able to get them there at the end. That' s what I've learned how to do over the last few years in the mile races."

That experience is what helped him reach victory lane at Springfield in 2018. It's also the type of strategy that can help propel him to better fortune and better days ahead beginning Saturday at Springfield.

The Bettenhausen 100 in Springfield gets underway with pits opening and registration starting at 7am (Central), the ticket office and grandstands opening at 9am, the drivers meeting at 9:30am, Silver Crown practice from 10am to 11:10am, Fatheadz Silver Crown Qualifying at 11:30am, Sportsman hot laps at noon, the Silver Crown Qualifying Race at 12:30pm, Sportsman heats at 1pm, pre-race ceremonies at 1:30pm and the Bettenhausen 100-mile race at 2pm.

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2-IN-A-ROW FOR ROBERT DALBY AT SANTA MARIA

SANTA MARIA, CA – AUGUST 10, 2019… Taking the lead from Cory Elliott on lap 15, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) claimed his second straight USAC Western States Midget victory. Driving the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby topped Saturday’s “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway. Shannon McQueen, Elliott, Michael Faccinto, and Jake Swanson followed Dalby to the checkered flags.

C.J. Sarna earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with an eleventh place run from eighteenth. Marvin Mitchell claimed his fourth Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Alex Schutte recorded his second Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of 2019 with a time of 14.001 over the 21-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Elliott (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Faccinto (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Cody Swanson (Competition Suspension Inc. / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

The “mighty midgets” of the USAC Western States series are back in action on Saturday, September 14th at Ventura Raceway.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 10, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.001; 2. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-14.002; 3. Cody Swanson, 71S, Campbell-14.002; 4. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-14.033; 5. Jake Swanson, 73K, Ford-14.107; 6. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-14.169; 7. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.177; 8. Michael Faccinto, 68, Six8-14.333; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-14.458; 10. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.459; 11. Koen Shaw, 15DJ, Neverlift-14.658; 12. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-14.664; 13. Dylan Ito, 73, Ford-14.693; 14. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-14.817; 15. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-15.027; 16. Anthony Lopiccolo, 21, Lopiccolo-15.040; 17. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-15.119; 18. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-16.363; 19. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-17.724; 20. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-NT; 21. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Elliott, 2. Dalby, 3. Liggett, 4. Schutte. 5. Ito, 6. Lopiccolo, 7. Rucker. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Faccinto, 2. McQueen, 3. Nichols, 4. Hazelton, 5. Pankratz, 6. J.Swanson, 7. Shaw. NT.

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. C.Swanson, 2. Worth, 3. Prickett, 4. Beilman, 5. Sarna, 6. Mitchell, 7. Morris. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Robert Dalby (3), 2. Shannon McQueen (5), 3. Cory Elliott (1), 4. Michael Faccinto (8), 5. Jake Swanson (7), 6. Cody Swanson (4), 7. Ben Worth (2), 8. Austin Liggett (10), 9. Dylan Ito (13), 10. Alex Schutte (6), 11. C.J. Sarna (18), 12. David Prickett (15), 13. Marvin Mitchell (20), 14. Terry Nichols (19), 15. Anthony Lopiccolo (16), 16. Troy Morris III (12), 17. Ron Hazelton (17), 18. Randi Pankratz (14), 19. Kyle Beilman (9). NT ---------------------------- **Shaw flipped on lap 9 of second heat. Morris flipped on lap 10 of the feature. FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-14 Elliott, Laps 15-30 Dalby SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: C.J. Sarna (18th to 11th) WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Marvin Mitchell

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Dalby-475, 2-Liggett-458, 3-Elliott-425, 4-Prickett-376, 5-McQueen-372, 6-Sarna-302, 7-Worth-301, 8-J.Swanson-296, 9-Mitchell-281, 10-Beilman-266.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: September 14 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California

 

 

SWANSON SCORES 4TH STRAIGHT
JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 10, 2019).........Time and time again, it seems that whenever Kody Swanson comes face-to-face with adversity, it's a near guarantee that adversity has no fighting chance.

Twas the case Saturday night in round seven of the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series season at Salem Speedway where the Kingsburg, Calif. native had to jump into his backup car early after engine issues befell his primary Nolen Racing ride during practice. Swanson jumped into the secondary car, promptly put it on the pole and led wire-to-wire to capture his fourth consecutive Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial victory, equaling a feat previously only accomplished by Pancho Carter in 1974-75-76-77.

In fact, it's the second time this year Swanson was thrust into this scenario. He encountered mechanical trouble with the primary in the opener at Memphis before sitting on the pole and winning the main event.

It's not an easy scenario for any individual to overcome, but Swanson just makes it appear easy. The reality is, without the amount of preparation they put into it, their night could've been toast before it even began. Instead, Swanson and Nolen get to once again enjoy the spoils of victory for the fourth time in seven races in 2019.

"Obviously, it was not part of the plan," Swanson admitted. "We practiced with the primary car, I picked out my best shocks and springs and did all the homework I could on that one and was really happy with where we were for running on used tires."

Right before the second round of practice started, crew member Chris Phillips noticed that water was coming through one of the nozzle filters. Engine builder Bill Tranter noticed it was a big issue as well, and Swanson was forced to hop out of the primary while the team quickly retrieved the backup car. Crew members Rick Laughlin and Dale Latty had worked on the backup car leading up to the event to make sure it was ready just in case it was needed.

In a matter of minutes, the backup car went from having travel tires on it to race tires that could be scuffed for qualifying. The time that was left only allowed for two laps of practice, which proved pivotal for Swanson to diagnose what needed to be done.

"In those two laps, I was able to find the things I didn't like about the racecar and what made me uncomfortable from the cockpit," Swanson explained. "Immediately, we came in and there was no 'hey, we're tired. You figure it out.' They all jumped in and continued to just battle it out to make it better."

Swanson described his qualifying run as an uncomfortable two laps. Yet, it was good enough for the four-time series champ to win the pole by more than three tenths of a second. Despite all that, Swanson had the hunger for more.

"After we qualified, I came in and wanted to change four shocks and four springs," Swanson recalled. "Not once did any of the guys give me any grief, like 'hey, don't be greedy.' They just kept after it."

Swanson edged ahead at the start of the 75-lap race with outside front row starter Bobby Santos delivering a challenge to the right rear hip pocket of Swanson exiting the second turn, which would develop into a five car breakaway led by Swanson, followed by Santos, David Byrne, Aaron Pierce and Kyle Hamilton in the opening five laps.

Austin Nemire slowed to bring out the first yellow flag on lap 8, pouring smoke and then fluid on the surface to force an early conclusion to his night.

On the lap 14 restart, Byrne used a big run on the front straightaway to slip underneath Santos for second, then began to hustle to present a challenge toward Swanson. By lap 20, however, Swanson had broken away from Byrne to nearly a second as Byrne fronted a conga line ahead of Santos, Pierce and Hamilton.

Following a yellow flag for 2016 series champ Chris Windom who slowed before pulling into the pits and climbing out on lap 32, Swanson was stopped by race officials to see if he was leaking fluid. Everything checked out in order and Swanson resumed his race from the head of the pack.

Once racing returned to green, Swanson went into full decimation mode, opening up a half-straightaway lead by lap 40 and then a full-straightaway advantage by lap 50. As Swanson entered the clear, he was cruising as much as one possibly car at a place like Salem with its daunting 33-degree banking.

Behind him, though, a tight scramble for position ensued, allowing Swanson to open up the interval even more as second-running Byrne encountered the lapped car of Mike Haggenbottom. Byrne drifted high in turn two on lap 55, allowing Santos to rip by underneath to return to second. Hamilton slid up in front of Byrne in turn one three laps later for third while Pierce followed suit on the next lap in turn one by Byrne for fourth.

With ten laps remaining and tussling in traffic, Hamilton got hung up behind a lapped car, forcing him high at the exit of turn four, which Pierce took full advantage of, diving to the inside of Hamilton to take third.

With six laps remaining, five-time Indianapolis 500 starter James Davison tagged the turn four wall, slowing briefly to bring out the final caution period of the night. He continued on to finish an impressive ninth in his USAC Silver Crown debut.

Kody Swanson's victory Saturday at Salem arrived on the same night he became the 19th driver to join the 100-start club in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, and in the process, equaled a mark set by USAC Hall of Famer Pancho Carter by winning four-straight in the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial.
(Rich Forman Photo)


The yellow erased a seven-plus second lead for Swanson who now had to endure a two-lap rendezvous to secure the win. Santos took a peek under Swanson as soon as the green flag appeared on lap 74. Swanson answered the challenge, protecting his line into turn one, before stretching his lead to 0.914 of a second by race's end, closing out his record-extending 28th career series victory over Santos, Pierce, Hamilton and Byrne.

The victory arrived on the same night Swanson became the 19th driver to join the 100-start club in the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series, and in the process, equaled a mark set by USAC Hall of Famer Pancho Carter by winning four-straight in the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial.

"Pancho is legendary in our sport," Swanson admired. "It's just plain cool to share the torch with Pancho at one of the toughest places we tackle. To come out on top, you've got to beat the racetrack and everybody else and there are countless great competitors here."

Swanson's victory in his Nolen Racing/KECO Coatings - Goodridge - K & N Filters/Beast/Tranter Chevy was reminiscent of the arrival of the Silver Crown division to Salem in 1988 where a strikingly similar-appearing yellow No. 20 was victorious with driver Bob Frey.

Swanson dedicated his win to the memory of USAC Media/Public Relations/Vice President Dick Jordan, who passed away the day before, on Friday, August 9.

"I'm thinking of our friend, D.J., Swanson said. "I shared the race with him today from qualifying through all 75 laps. He's been riding along with me since Wednesday. For whatever reason, I had "50s on 5" on the radio. I can't explain why, but it all makes sense. Certainly, I'll miss him, but I'm certainly glad to win this one in his memory."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Salem Speedway included Kody Swanson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Patrick Lawson (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Joe Liguori (WIlwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 10, 2019 - Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery - Salem, Indiana - Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kody Swanson, 20, Nolen-16.001; 2. Bobby Santos, 22, DJ-16.322; 3. Aaron Pierce, 26, Pierce-16.392; 4. David Byrne, 40, Byrne-16.450; 5. Justin Grant, 91, Hemelgarn-16.451; 6. Kyle Hamilton, 6, Klatt-16.488; 7. Chris Windom, 17, Goodnight/Byrd-16.617; 8. Eric Gordon, 78, Armstrong/Slinkard-16.681; 9. Derek Bischak, 131, Bischak-16.856; 10. Kyle Robbins, 7, KR-16.904; 11. Joe Liguori, 32, Williams/Wright-17.074; 12. James Davison, 11, DHR/Byrd-17.108; 13. Cody Gallogly, 81, Williams-17.184; 14. Austin Nemire, 16, Nemire/Lesko-17.222; 15. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.295; 16. Patrick Lawson, 2, Lawson-17.536; 17. Mike Haggenbottom, 24, Haggenbottom-17.684; 18. Ronnie Gardner, 43, Felker-18.433; 19. Dave Berkheimer, 31, Berkheimer-21.348.

FEATURE: (75 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kody Swanson (1), 2. Bobby Santos (2), 3. Aaron Pierce (3), 4. Kyle Hamilton (6), 5. David Byrne (4), 6. Justin Grant (5), 7. Eric Gordon (8), 8. Derek Bischak (9), 9. James Davison (12), 10. Kyle Robbins (10), 11. Cody Gallogly (13), 12. Patrick Lawson (16), 13. Joe Liguori (11), 14. Mike Haggenbottom (17), 15. Matt Goodnight (15), 16. Chris Windom (7), 17. Ronnie Gardner (18), 18. Austin Nemire (14), 19. Dave Berkheimer (19). 28:21.258

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-75 Kody Swanson.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Patrick Lawson (16th to 12th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Joe Liguori

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES POINTS: 1-Kody Swanson-469, 2-Justin Grant-398, 3-David Byrne-349, 4-Bobby Santos-326, 5-Eric Gordon-326, 6-Kyle Hamilton-317, 7-Mike Haggenbottom-283, 8-Austin Nemire-267, 9-Kyle Robbins-254, 10-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-244.

NEXT USAC SILVER CROWN CHAMP CAR SERIES RACE: August 17, 2019 - Illinois State Fairgrounds - Springfield, Illinois - Bettenhausen 100

 

AUSTIN LIGGETT ADDS STANFIELD MEMORIAL TO WIN LIST

SANTA MARIA, CA – AUGUST 10, 2019… Powering past Tristan Guardino on the seventh lap, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) led the rest of the way to earn the “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” win at Santa Maria Raceway. Racing the family owned #83 Excel Environmental / Liggett Trucking Maxim, the defending champion scored his third USAC West Coast Sprint Car victory of the year over Guardino, Ryan Timmons, T.J. Smith, and Kaleb Montgomery.

J.J. Ringo earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a sixth place run from thirteenth. Matt Day scored the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

Earlier in the program, defending USAC Western States Midget Champion Michael Faccinto posted his second career Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award with a time of 14.092 over the 19-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Ringo (Extreme Mufflers First Heat), Smith (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat), and Liggett (Competition Suspension Incorporated / Ultra Shield Race Products Third Heat).

On Saturday, August 24th, the USAC West Coast and VRA Sprint Cars will clash at Ventura Raceway for the “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3.”

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, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: August 10, 2019 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial”

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Michael Faccinto, 8, Richardson-14.092; 2. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-14.171; 3. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-14.179; 4. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-14.213; 5. T.J. Smith, 8M, May-14.229; 6. Austin Ervine, 51, AJ-14.325; 7. Slater Helt, 81M, Watt-14.368; 8. Brent Owens, 71, Martin-14.372; 9. Tom Hendricks, 14, Hendricks-14.499; 10. Kaleb Montgomery, 3, Montgomery-14.521; 11. Koen Shaw, 88, Shaw-14.549; 12. Tyler Most, 3T, Most-14.714; 13. J.J. Ringo, 2, Keller-14.805; 14. Hannah Mayhew, 43, Mayhew-14.814; 15. Ryan Stolz, 72, Ford-14.914; 16. Gage Rucker, 21K, Kruseman-15.141; 17. Matt Day, 97, Day-15.159; 18. James Herrera, 5J, Herrera-15.213; 19. Nick Diani, 17S, Diani-16.006.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Ringo, 2. Guardino, 3. Montgomery, 4. Faccinto, 5. Helt, 6. Rucker, 7. Diani. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Smith, 2. Timmons, 3. Owens, 4. Mayhew, 5. Day, 6. Shaw. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Liggett, 2. Most, 3. Hendricks, 4. Stolz, 5. Ervine, 6. Herrera. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Austin Liggett (4), 2. Tristan Guardino (3), 3. Ryan Timmons (5), 4. T.J. Smith (2), 5. Kaleb Montgomery (10), 6. J.J. Ringo (13), 7. Slater Helt (8), 8. Tom Hendricks (9), 9. Tyler Most (12), 10. Koen Shaw (11), 11. Ryan Stolz (15), 12. Hannah Mayhew (14), 13. Matt Day (17), 14. James Herrera (18), 15. Michael Faccinto (6), 16. Austin Ervine (7), 17. Nick Diani (19), 18. Brent Owens (1), 19. Gage Rucker (16). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Smith, Laps 2-6 Guardino, Laps 7-30 Liggett.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: J.J. Ringo (13th to 6th)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Matt Day

NEW USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Guardino-675, 2-Timmons-531, 3-Shaw-466, 4-Liggett-390, 5-Mayhew-364, 6-Smith-360, 7-Ervine-329, 8-Ringo-318, 9-Jake Swanson-318, 10-Helt-297.

NEXT USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 24 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, California – “ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3”

 

 

USAC’S DICK JORDAN PASSES AWAY AT 74

Speedway, Indiana (August 9, 2019)………Dick Jordan, USAC’s tireless public/media relations man for over half a century, passed away Friday morning, August 9. He was 74 years old.

“We are saddened by the passing of our friend, Dick Jordan,” USAC President Kevin Miller said. “His career in racing was unparalleled and his devotion to USAC was second to none. More than that, he was a devoted friend to everyone he ever met. It is a very sad day at USAC, and he will be greatly missed.”

Jordan began his career with USAC in December of 1968 and, since that day, has devoted his entire working life to publicizing the club’s drivers and events, working with the media throughout the country and the world, as well as preserving the club’s history with his thorough race reports, statistics and record-keeping.

No individual has witnessed more USAC events than Jordan from his time as a child attending AAA and USAC racing events with his parents in the 1950s all the way until 2019.

A friend to all, the recognition from around the racing world because of Jordan's contributions have been extensive. The lifelong native of central Indiana is an inductee into both the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, and recently received the Jim Chapman Award for excellence in motorsports public relations, just to name a few.

One of the most respected individuals in all racing media, Jordan was also honored for his contributions to the series at USAC’s Night of Champions in 2018 with the announcement of an award named after him. Recipients of the award will have to meet the criteria of one who has dedicated his or her life to the betterment of USAC racing.

Services will be held on Monday, August 12, at Conkle Funeral Home, located at 4925 W. 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46224. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm Eastern with a celebration of life at 7pm.

 

 

RACE PREVIEW: JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 8, 2019).........The fifth appearance for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series at Salem Speedway arrives this Saturday night, August 10, on the 33-degree banked paved oval that began its association with USAC in the year of the club's inception in 1956.

The Silver Crown cars made their debut at Salem in 1988 with Bob Frey capturing the victory aboard a yellow No. 20. More than three decades later, the same scheme remains at the forefront of the series, where Kody Swanson has taken his yellow No. 20, owned by Nolen Racing, to three victories and the points lead entering the series' seventh event of the season.

Swanson is one of three past Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial winners ready to suit up for Saturday's round at Salem along with Brian Gerster and Eric Gordon, who make up six total James/O'Connor victories. Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has won each of the last three since the Silver Crown cars returned to Salem in 2016-17-18. The four-time champ became the series' winningest driver in last year's race at Salem and aims, this Saturday, to equal Pancho Carter's mark of four-straight wins in the James/O'Connor Classic between 1974-77.

Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) won two-straight in 2014-15 when the race was under the Must See Racing Xtreme Sprint Series banner, ripping around the .555-mile high-banked paved oval to victory in a winged sprint car in both years. He'll wheel a car for Ram Engineering this Saturday, the same team with which he won each of those two races.

Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) captured his James/O'Connor victory in 2000, dominating from start to finish in that night's USAC National Sprint Car event. His current Silver Crown car owner, Brad Armstrong, has extensive experience himself behind the wheel at Salem, recording a fourth-place finish in the 1996 event.

Swanson and Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) are among the two past Silver Crown champions in the field. Windom has finished second in each of the last three series' Silver Crown races at Salem.

Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.) was victorious in the series most recent visit to the Hoosier state in May at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind. Hamilton has upped his game in 2019 after earning a career-best, at the time, 5th place finish last year at Salem. In four starts this year, the 2012 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year hasn't finished outside the top-six, taking home 4th, 6th, 1st and 2nd place finishes.

Five series Rookies are set to strap in this Saturday on the .555-mile, high-banked paved oval, including a pair of first-time series starters. Australian James Davison is a five-time Indianapolis 500 starter who earned a career best 12th place finish this past May at IMS. He aims to become the first driver since Jack Hewitt in 1998 to start both the Indianapolis 500 and the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial in the same year.

Also making his first series start is five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.). Gardner, the grandson of two-time Little 500 winner and five-time Indianapolis 500 starter Ronnie Duman, ranks fourth all-time in terms of USAC Western States Midget victories with 23.

Dave Berkheimer (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) has made all five of his previous Silver Crown series starts on the dirt, including a 16th place finish at his hometown track of Williams Grove Speedway in June, but Saturday, he plans to make his pavement debut.

Another series Rookie, Cody Gallogly (Pataskala, Ohio) has made continuous strides in Curtis Williams' No. 81 on the pavement. In each of his last two series starts, he's earned his first two career top-ten finishes, a 10th at Lucas Oil Raceway in May and a best of 8th at Madison International Speedway in June. He started 18th and finished 18th a year ago at Salem.

Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) leads all Rookie drivers in terms of points, residing 12th in the standings. The former Rumble in Fort Wayne Midget winner has finished in the top-eight in three of his four starts this year, with intentions to make a strong showing in his first go-around at Salem.

Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.) will make his first Salem appearance in two seasons this Saturday. Outside of Swanson, no driver has led more laps than Pierce, who led 80 laps combined in 2016 and 2017. In 2017, he led the first 30 circuits from his starting position from outside the front row before ultimately finishing 4th. In 2016, he took the lead on lap 11 and led a race-high 50 laps before spinning while leading. He came back to finish 6th.

Bobby Santos (Franklin, Mass.) has been a perennial front runner at Salem, finishing 4th in 2016 and 3rd in both 2017 and 2018. This season has been more of the same for the consistent Santos with finishes of 2nd twice, a 3rd and a 4th in four starts.

Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.) is another who's been consistent at Salem with three top-ten finishes in three starts, a 5th in 2016, a 7th in 2017 and a 6th in 2018. The 2019 Silver Crown season had been similarly kind to Grant, a winner on USAC's National Sprint and Midget trails this year, finishing in the top-four in each of his first five starts until mechanical trouble befell him in the most recent race at Madison.

With his throwback color scheme in tribute to Pancho Carter's 1970s-era ride with car owner Steve Stapp, David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) is hoping that some of the same success that those two achieved, with four-straight Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial wins, will rub off on them this Saturday. Byrne has started a high of 4th in each of the last two seasons and finished 7th in 2016 and 8th in 2018.

Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.) will make his Silver Crown season debut this Saturday at Salem as will his Williams & Wright Racing No. 32. Liguori has made one Salem Silver Crown start in his career, starting 8th and finishing 8th for the RPM/Fred Gormly team in 2016.

Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.) strives for his third Salem Silver Crown start after starting 12th and finishing 9th in 2016, his personal bests on the .555-mile southern Indiana high-banked paved oval. Last year, he started 14th and finished 13th in his Salem return. He finished 19th in his only Silver Crown start this season at Madison.

Kyle Robbins' (New Castle, Ind.) first time at Salem last year saw him start 11th and finish 17th, bowing out after five laps with steering issues. The 2018 Silver Crown Rookie of the Year's two best finishes this season have come on pavement, an 11th in the opener at Memphis and an 11th again in May at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio) aims to make his second Salem Silver Crown start, and first since 2016, where he started 11th and finished 13th. Austin's grandfather, Jerry Nemire, competed twice in the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial, finishing 7th in 1988 and 10th in 1989.

Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.) has a new car and brand-new red colors to sport for his second Salem appearance following a 16th place start and 12th place finish in the 2018 race. Haggenbottom is having a solid sophomore season, running 7th in points with a best finish of 4th on the dirt at Williams Grove.

Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.) enters his third Salem Silver Crown experience on Saturday after competing in both the 2017 and 2018 events. In 2017, he started 13th and finished 11th. He began the 75-lapper from 13th again in 2018 before finishing 15th after experiencing handling problems a third of the way through the race. He earned a best finish of 10th this year at Williams Grove.

Silver Crown pits open at 1pm Eastern, spectator gates open at 3pm, vintage car warm-ups at 3pm, Silver Crown drivers meeting at 3:15pm, stock car practice from 3:30-3:50pm, first Silver Crown practice from 3:55-4:25pm, stock car practice from 4:30pm-4:45pm, final Silver Crown practice from 4:50-5:20pm, Qualifying at 5:45pm, opening ceremonies at 6:55pm followed by stock car and Silver Crown main events.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $23 for adults/teens and $5 for ages 7-12. Advance reserved tickets are $28.

Saturday's prestigious event can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL ENTRY LIST
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
11 ®James Davison/Melbourne, AU (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Dave Berkheimer/Mechanicsburg, PA (Dave Berkheimer)
32 Joe Liguori/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 ®Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (A.J. Felker Racing)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
131 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

ENTRY LIST RELEASED FOR
JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 7, 2019).........Three past former winners are a part of the lineup for this Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series' Discover Scott County Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers at Indiana's Salem Speedway on August 10.

Kody Swanson (Kingsburg, Calif.) has captured each of the last three runnings of the James/O'Connor and is gunning to join Pancho Carter (1974-77) as the second driver to win the event in four consecutive years. Brian Gerster (Fishers, Ind.) won two-straight in 2014-15 when it was a winged sprint car event, while Eric Gordon (Fortville, Ind.) raced to victory lane in 2000 in USAC National Sprint Car competition.

Swanson and Gordon are among the seven past Silver Crown winners in the field, along with May Lucas Oil Raceway winner Kyle Hamilton (Danville, Ind.), Bobby Santos Franklin, Mass., Aaron Pierce (Muncie, Ind.), David Byrne (Shullsburg, Wisc.) and Justin Grant (Ione, Calif.).

Four series Rookies are set to strap in this Saturday on the .555-mile, high-banked paved oval, including a pair of first-time series starters in Australian James Davison, a five-time Indianapolis 500 starter, as well as five-time USAC Western States Midget champion Ronnie Gardner (Riverside, Calif.). Additionally, leading series Rookie Derek Bischak (Angola, Ind.) and second-time Salem Silver Crown starter Cody Gallogly (Pataskala, Ohio) are entered.

A mix of Silver Crown veterans and Salem-experienced wheelmen dot the lineup, including Patrick Lawson (Edwardsville, Ill.), Kyle Robbins (New Castle, Ind.), Austin Nemire (Sylvania, Ohio), Mike Haggenbottom (Levittown, Pa.), Joe Liguori (Tampa, Fla.) and Matt Goodnight (Winchester, Ind.).

Silver Crown pits open at 1pm Eastern on Saturday. Spectator gates open at 3pm, vintage car warm-ups at 3pm, Silver Crown drivers meeting at 3:15pm, stock car practice from 3:30-3:50pm, first Silver Crown practice from 3:55-4:25pm, stock car practice from 4:30pm-4:45pm, final Silver Crown practice from 4:50-5:20pm, Qualifying at 5:45pm, opening ceremonies at 6:55pm followed by stock car and Silver Crown main events.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $23 for adults/teens and $5 for ages 7-12. Advance reserved tickets are $28.

Saturday's prestigious event can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL ENTRY LIST
NO. / DRIVER / HOMETOWN / ENTRANT
2 Patrick Lawson/Edwardsville, IL (Patrick Lawson)
6 Kyle Hamilton/Danville, IN (Klatt Enterprises)
7 Kyle Robbins/New Castle, IN (KR Racing)
11 ®James Davison/Melbourne, AU (DHR-Byrd Racing)
16 Austin Nemire/Sylvania, OH (Nemire-Lesko Racing)
17 Chris Windom/Canton, IL (Goodnight-Byrd Racing)
20 Kody Swanson/Kingsburg, CA (Gene Nolen Racing)
22 Bobby Santos/Franklin, MA (DJ Racing)
24 Mike Haggenbottom/Levittown, PA (John Haggenbottom)
26 Aaron Pierce/Muncie, IN (Sam Pierce)
31 ®Derek Bischak/Angola, IN (Derek Bischak)
32 Joe Liguori/Tampa, FL (Williams & Wright Racing)
39 Matt Goodnight/Winchester, IN (Goodnight Racing)
40 David Byrne/Shullsburg, WI (Byrne Racing)
43 ®Ronnie Gardner/Riverside, CA (A.J. Felker Racing)
78 Eric Gordon/Fortville, IN (Armstrong-Slinkard Racing)
81 ®Cody Gallogly/Pataskala, OH (Curtis Williams)
91 Justin Grant/Ione, CA (Hemelgarn Racing)
94 Brian Gerster/Fishers, IN (Ram Engineering)
® = USAC Silver Crown Rookie

 

 

BC39 ENTRY LIST CONTINUES TO CLIMB

Speedway, Indiana (August 7, 2019).........The point leading and winningest team in the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship this season, plus an international racing star, an electrifying talent, a Western States Midget champion and a car owned by the winningest driver in the history of the series, headline the latest group of entries for the second running of the Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink at the Dirt Track at IMS on Sept. 4-5.

Clauson/Marshall Racing has entered their core group of four full-time USAC competitors for the event: Tyler Courtney, Chris Windom, Zeb Wise and Andrew Layser.
Defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) leads all drivers with six USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins in 2019 and has led the standings since the start of the season. His CMR teammate, Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.), runs second in the standings behind Courtney. Windom, the 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 National Sprint Car titlist, has won his first two National Midget races over the past two months.

Wise (Angola, Ind.) runs fourth in the standings with two recent victories to his credit during Pennsylvania Midget Week. He was victorious in last year's opening night Stoops Pursuit Race at the BC39. Andrew Layser is in his first year for CMR and tops the series' Rookie points by a commanding margin as he seeks to make his first BC39 feature start.

Michael Pickens, the winningest driver from New Zealand in the history of USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing with four series wins, will roll with the RMS LLC team at the BC39 alongside teammate Thomas Meseraull (San Jose, Calif.), a nine-time winner on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail and a winner of last December's Junior Knepper 55 Midget race at the Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin.
David Prickett (Fresno, Calif.), the 2012 USAC Western States Dirt Midget champ, will drive for Neverlift Motorsports in his second BC39 appearance. Meanwhile, Trey Osborne (Columbus, Ohio), a veteran of Kenyon Midget racing and the Little 500 at Anderson, will drive the famed yellow No. 61 for Mel Kenyon, USAC's winningest National Midget driver with 111 career victories and a four-time top-five finisher at the Indianapolis 500 between 1966 and 1973.

Those drivers join a talented list of entries, which also includes 2017 USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston from Lebanon, Ind., 2018 Jason Leffler Memorial winner Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.), USAC National Sprint Car feature winners Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio), plus past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) among many others.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

You may also purchase a grandstand seat from IMS with a pit pass upgrade, which is available at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon was victorious in the inaugural BC39 in 2018, collecting $15,000 for the victory, which featured a USAC National Midget single event record 110 entries.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16th Street, where drivers will draw for their heat race positions at the BC39 opening night races. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (38 cars as of 8/7/2019)
1NZ MICHAEL PICKENS/Auckland, NZ (RMS LLC)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
7BC TYLER COURTNEY/Indianapolis, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
7x THOMAS MESERAULL/San Jose, CA (RMS LLC)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
9 CHRIS BAUE/Indianapolis, IN (Chris Baue)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TBA (Chuck Taylor)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15J JEFF WIMMENAUER/Indianapolis, IN (Jeff Wimmenauer)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
17BC CHRIS WINDOM/Canton, IL (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
22Q DAVID PRICKETT/Fresno, CA (Neverlift Motorsports)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
39BC ZEB WISE/Angola, IN (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
47BC ANDREW LAYSER/Collegeville, PA (Clauson/Marshall Racing)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
57A TBA (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
57K KEVIN STUDLEY/Plainfield, IN (Kevin Studley)
61 TREY OSBORNE/Columbus, Ohio (Mel Kenyon)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)
97A AUSTIN O'DELL/Rochester, IL (Patrick O'Dell)

 

 

USAC WESTERN MIDGETS EYE SANTA MARIA’S “BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 6, 2019... This Saturday, August 10th, the USAC Western States Midgets will invade Santa Maria Raceway for their final appearance of the season. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” will also showcase the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and WRA Vintage Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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 & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Raceway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.

Saturday's event will be the 40th appearance of the “mighty midgets” at Santa Maria Raceway. Ron “Sleepy” Tripp won the Santa Maria debut on May 11, 1985 and leads all drivers with six wins. On August 26, 1995, J.R. Lawson set the 1-lap track record of 13.667 and the series win list at Santa Maria is at the bottom of this release.

Entering the seventh point race, there have been five different winners with four earning their first triumph. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the April 6th Bakersfield season opener with point leader and rookie contender 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. The following Saturday, Robert Dalby joined the winner’s list at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

Heading to Santa Maria, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a slim 8-point lead over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett scored thirteenth at Merced on July 27th after an early exit. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, five top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to return to victory circle at Santa Maria.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) ranks second in the championship point chase. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike, Dalby gained valuable points with his victory at Merced. At press time, the young driver has one feature win, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led on the season. This Saturday night, Robert will have his sights on adding the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) sits third in the USAC Western States point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott charged from eleventh to third at the Merced County Fairgrounds. To date, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led in the campaign. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on another victory at Santa Maria.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) is fourth in the chase for the championship. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q NP Motorsports / Masters Design & Construction Spike, Prickett sliced his way to fourth after starting tenth at Merced. 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 to his credit. David will be looking for his first win of the year at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) ranks fifth in the USAC Western States Midget point chase. The driver of the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet had to skip the action at Merced for work but has posted five top-10 finishes. At Santa Maria, the 2012 Champion will have her sights on her first win of the campaign.

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), Robert Carson (Concord, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), and Beau Lemire (Placerville, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Marvin Mitchell, Kyle Beilman, Jake Swanson, Randi Pankratz, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Alex Schutte, Cody Swanson, Terry Nichols, Dylan Ito, Ron Hazelton, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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 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.

BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL MIDGET WINNERS: 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Robert Dalby, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

SANTA MARIA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 6-Sleepy Tripp, 3-Rusty Rasmussen, 2-Billy Boat, 2-Michael Faccinto, 1-Mario Bringetto Jr., 1-Tyler Brown, 1-Johnny Cofer, 1-Cory Elliott, 1-Tommie Estes Jr., 1-Nic Faas, 1-Terry Farrar, 1-Robby Flock, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Ronnie Gardner, 1-Frankie Guerrini, 1-Garrett Hansen, 1-Johnathon Henry, 1-Cory Kruseman, 1-Brad Kuhn, 1-Austin Liggett, 1-Jeff Meyer, 1-Wally Pankratz, 1-Bryan Stanfill, 1-Chase Stockon, 1-Danny Stratton, 1-Cody Swanson, 1-Jake Swanson, 1-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Tommy White, 1-Josh Wise.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. Austin Liggett (R)-403, 2. Robert Dalby-395, 3. Cory Elliott-353, 4. David Prickett-331, 5. Shannon McQueen-293, 6. C.J. Sarna-257, 7. Marvin Mitchell-241, -. Ben Worth (R)-241, 9. Kyle Beilman-236, 10. Jake Swanson-233, 11. Randi Pankratz-207, 12. Maria Cofer-204, 13. Alex Schutte-203, 14. Gage Rucker (R)-174, 15. Cody Swanson-173, 16. Troy Morris III (R)-141, 17. Michael Faccinto-138, 18. Terry Nichols-115, 19. Dylan Ito-114, 20. Mike Leach Jr. (R)-107.

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 (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
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.

 

 

GUARDINO LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S “33RD BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 6, 2019... The chase for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship resumes this Saturday, August 10th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is the third of four appearances at "The West's Best Short Track." The action packed card will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and the WRA Vintage Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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 TETHERS & 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Raceway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-nine West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Defending champion Austin Liggett topped the April 28th main event and current point leader Tristan Guardino was victorious on June 15th. The series wins list at Santa Maria is at the end of this release.

Entering the tenth point race, there have been six different winners. Tristan Guardino leads the series with three triumphs while Austin Liggett has two victories on the season. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have posted one win as rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Santa Maria with a stout 143-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has won the last two races, including Santa Maria’s “Ron Otto Memorial” on June 15th. At press time, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the series win list and will be looking to add the “Stanfield Memorial” to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed sixth in the “Otto Memorial.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and six top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw finished ninth in the Santa Maria feature on June 15th. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking to earn his first USAC victory at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”

After charging from nineteenth to tenth at Santa Maria, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew is the leading rookie contender on the strength of one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and two top-10 finishes. The 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion will have her sights on her first USAC win this Saturday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fifth in the West Coast point standings. Piloting the Arizona based John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson briefly led at Santa Maria before running second to Guardino. To date, the 2017 Champion has posted one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit. Jake is tied with Davey Pombo and Jake Swanson for thirteenth in series wins and will be a favorite to claim the victory at Santa Maria.

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Brandon Wiley, Ryan Stolz, Tom Hendricks, James Herrera, Brent Owens, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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, 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.

BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Jace Vander Weerd, 2017-Max Adams, 2008-Ryan Bernal.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-598, 2. Ryan Timmons-455, 3. Koen Shaw-420, 4. Hannah Mayhew-320, 5. Jake Swanson-318, 6. Austin Liggett-308, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 8. Austin Ervine-293, 9. Troy Rutherford-290, 10. T.J. Smith-289, 11. Cody Majors-266, 12. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 13. J.J. Ringo-255, 14. Steve Hix-250, 15. Slater Helt-241, 16. Michael Faccinto-231, 17. Ryan Bernal-206, 18. Tanner Boul-191, 19. Kyle Edwards-178, 20. Brandon Wiley-172.

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 (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
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.

 

 

USAC West Coast Sprint Car Series

GUARDINO LEADS USAC WEST COAST SPRINTS TO SANTA MARIA’S “33RD BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL”
By Lance Jennings

AUGUST 6, 2019... The chase for the USAC West Coast Sprint Car championship resumes this Saturday, August 10th, at Santa Maria Raceway. Promoted by Nick Duggan, the “33rd Annual Bud Stanfield Memorial” is the third of four appearances at "The West's Best Short Track." The action packed card will also feature the USAC Western States Midgets, IMCA Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, American Stocks, and the WRA Vintage Cars. Located in Nipomo, California, the front gates at Santa Maria Raceway will open at 4:00pm, time trials at 5:00pm, and racing will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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 TETHERS & 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. USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Saturday's event honors Bud Stanfield, a former driver, race car builder, and crew chief at Santa Maria. After serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, Bud built Stock Cars in the late 1950s and wrenched for Al Smith's Super Modified. When the Santa Maria track opened in 1964, Stanfield served as crew chief for several teams and later drove in the Limited Stock Car division. In 1978, Bud started a family owned Modified and Sprint Car team for his sons Ed and Allen. The low budget team built their own cars for several years and enjoyed moderate success. Unable to find the sponsorship needed to rebuild the team's equipment, Stanfield became the crew chief for Mike Knopf. Driving the Larabee Brothers Coors Racing Sprint Car, Knopf had immediate results with several fast times and strong finishes. Unfortunately, on July 14, 1984, Bud was struck by an out of control sprinter that came off the track. After having brain surgery and spending a month in a coma, Stanfield would later succumb to his injuries. Since then, Santa Maria Raceway continues to honor the memory of a racer's racer- Bud Stanfield.

To date, Santa Maria Raceway has held thirty-nine West Coast Sprint Car events and Ryan Bernal leads all drivers with six victories. On August 12, 2017, Max Adams lowered the series track record to 13.384, just above the all-time 360 record of 13.354 by “Showtime” Danny Sheridan on September 11, 2004. Defending champion Austin Liggett topped the April 28th main event and current point leader Tristan Guardino was victorious on June 15th. The series wins list at Santa Maria is at the end of this release.

Entering the tenth point race, there have been six different winners. Tristan Guardino leads the series with three triumphs while Austin Liggett has two victories on the season. Brody Roa, Jake Swanson, Chase Johnson, and Troy Rutherford have posted one win as rain claimed the May 18th show at Petaluma.

Tristan Guardino (Fremont, CA) heads to Santa Maria with a stout 143-point lead over the competition. Driving the family owned #15T Dorso’s Automotive / Allied Auto Stores Maxim, Guardino has won the last two races, including Santa Maria’s “Ron Otto Memorial” on June 15th. At press time, the point leader has three feature wins, one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, seven top-10 finishes, and 82 feature laps led. Tristan is tied with Peter Murphy and Jace Vander Weerd for seventh on the series win list and will be looking to add the “Stanfield Memorial” to his resume.

Ryan Timmons (Pleasant Hill, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Piloting the family owned #29T Timmons Auto & Truck Repair / Evergood Fine Foods Maxim, Timmons placed sixth in the “Otto Memorial.” To date, the 2016 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, one heat race victory, one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award, and six top-10 finishes to his credit. This Saturday, Ryan will have his sights on the third USAC West Coast victory of his career.

Koen Shaw (Fresno, CA) sits third in the USAC West Coast point chase. Racing the family owned #88 Shaw Structures Unlimited / PMS Investments KPC, Shaw finished ninth in the Santa Maria feature on June 15th. At press time, the versatile driver has recorded one heat race victory and four top-10 finishes in the campaign. Koen will be looking to earn his first USAC victory at the “Bud Stanfield Memorial.”

After charging from nineteenth to tenth at Santa Maria, Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) has climbed to fourth in the chase for the championship. Driving the family owned #43 C&G Farms / Fabwerx Maxim, Mayhew is the leading rookie contender on the strength of one Wilwood Disc Brakes Lucky 13 Award and two top-10 finishes. The 2017 Perris Young Gun Sprint Car Champion will have her sights on her first USAC win this Saturday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fifth in the West Coast point standings. Piloting the Arizona based John Grau / Mike Burkhart owned #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson briefly led at Santa Maria before running second to Guardino. To date, the 2017 Champion has posted one feature win, two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, four top-10 finishes, and 9 feature laps led to his credit. Jake is tied with Davey Pombo and Jake Swanson for thirteenth in series wins and will be a favorite to claim the victory at Santa Maria.

Hannah Mayhew (Acton, CA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. J.J. Ringo (Morgan Hill, CA), Slater Helt (Harrisonville, MO), Tanner Boul (Auberry, CA), and Gage Rucker (Truxton, MO) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are Austin Liggett, “Hollywood” Danny Faria Jr., Austin Ervine, Troy Rutherford, T.J. Smith, Cody Majors, “The Rickster” Ricky Kirkbride, Steve Hix, Brandon Wiley, Ryan Stolz, Tom Hendricks, James Herrera, Brent Owens, and more.

Santa Maria Raceway is located 1/4-mile north of the 101/166 interchange at 1900 Hutton Road in Nipomo, California. Adult tickets are $17, Kids Tickets (6-12) are $6, and Kids (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at santamariaraceway.com or call 310.493.4900.

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, 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.

BUD STANFIELD MEMORIAL SPRINT CAR WINNERS: 2000-Greg Porte, 2004-Danny Sheridan, 2005-Peter Murphy, 2006-Davey Pombo, 2007-Greg Porte, 2008-Danny Faria Jr., 2009-Peter Murphy, 2010-T.J. Smith, 2011-Danny Sheridan, 2012-Ryan Bernal, 2013-Richard Vander Weerd, 2015-Danny Faria Jr., 2016-Jace Vander Weerd, 2017-Max Adams, 2008-Ryan Bernal.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: 3-Tristan Guardino, 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Chase Johnson, 1-Brody Roa, 1- Troy Rutherford, 1-Jake Swanson.

SANTA MARIA USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes Non-Point Races) 6-Ryan Bernal, 5-Richard Vander Weerd, 3-Tristan Guardino, 3-Peter Murphy, 3-Danny Sheridan, 3-Jace Vander Weerd, 2-Danny Faria Jr., 2-Cory Kruseman, 2-Austin Liggett, 2-T.J. Smith, 1-Max Adams, 1-Greg Alexander, 1-Wes Gutierrez, 1-Davey Pombo, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Troy Rutherford, 1-Craig Stidham, 1-Ryan Timmons.

2019 USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Tristan Guardino-598, 2. Ryan Timmons-455, 3. Koen Shaw-420, 4. Hannah Mayhew-320, 5. Jake Swanson-318, 6. Austin Liggett-308, 7. Danny Faria Jr.-294, 8. Austin Ervine-293, 9. Troy Rutherford-290, 10. T.J. Smith-289, 11. Cody Majors-266, 12. Ricky Kirkbride-255, 13. J.J. Ringo-255, 14. Steve Hix-250, 15. Slater Helt-241, 16. Michael Faccinto-231, 17. Ryan Bernal-206, 18. Tanner Boul-191, 19. Kyle Edwards-178, 20. Brandon Wiley-172.

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 (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
August 24: *Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA (ARP Battle at the Beach Race #3)
October 5: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA
October 12: Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, CA
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.

 

 

INDY 500 VET DAVISON
TO MAKE USAC SILVER CROWN DEBUT AT SALEM

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 6, 2019).........It's been 21 years since a driver competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial in the same season.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia's James Davison plans on becoming the next to accomplish the feat this Saturday when the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series hits the 33-degree high banks of Indiana's Salem Speedway.

Davison started 15th and finished 12th in this past May's 500-mile race for Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi. Ironically, the last driver to compete in both races in the same year was Jack Hewitt, who also finished 12th in his one and only Indianapolis 500 start in 1998 before coming home 15th at Salem three months later.

With regular driver Kevin Thomas, Jr. competing in this weekend's Knoxville Nationals, David Byrd, who supported Davison's Indy effort and whose family has long bridged the connection between IMS and USAC, got the ball rolling and made a deal with the 32-year-old Davison to make his USAC debut in the DHR/Byrd Racing No. 11 at Salem.

"David just called me and said that he has a deal with Davey Hamilton and asked me if I wanted to drive it," Davison said. "I gave it some thought and said, 'let's give it a try,' and here we are."

Davison's knowledge of Silver Crown racing goes back about a decade and he's aware of three-time Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ed Carpenter's exploits in USAC racing, which includes a pair of National Sprint Car wins at Salem, including the 2002 Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial.

Davison's racing career has taken him to all corners of the earth in a wide variety of machines. He's made four career NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, all on road courses, earning a best finish of 4th place at Mid-Ohio for Joe Gibbs Racing, along with a front row start and 11 laps led at Road America that same season.

He's made seven NTT IndyCar Series starts since 2013, five of which have come in the Indianapolis 500. He led laps 166 and 167 of the 2017 race and earned his best finish of 12th this past May.

Davison's also been a two-time Indy Lights Series race winner, going back-to-back at Mid-Ohio in 2008 and 2009, plus winning four poles, twice on ovals at Nashville and Homestead as well as a pair on the road courses of Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio. He finished second in series points in 2009 behind champion J.R. Hildebrand. He also made a foray into sports car racing, making three starts in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in addition to a number of starts in both IMSA and Grand-Am.

He admits he's not sure what to expect at Salem, but his love for high horsepower cars has him pumped to take on the challenge.

"I love horsepower and high power-to-weight ratio cars like a shifter kart or a Formula One car, and I've been fortunate to drive both," Davison explained. "Silver Crown and Sprint Cars' power-to-weight ratio is pretty high. Hopefully, we can run competitively and finish in one piece. Half the battle is just wheeling the car back to the trailer and getting the result. It'll be a tall order with tire management and with it being a 75-lap race, and I've never done it before, so I'll just have to give it my best shot with no experience."

Davison's yet to set foot on the grounds of Salem, or in a Silver Crown car for that matter, but has studied what he can from videos and the knowledge of those surrounding him, including car owner Hamilton who started 10th and finished 8th in the race back in 2017.

"I'll be going in cold turkey," Davison said. "I've looked at YouTube videos of the races, but it's not like you can learn too much until you actually drive. The track looks pretty serious, pretty high speed and bumpy, and not for the faint of heart. I'm prepared to take it on. I'd like to run competitively and finish in one piece both mechanically and physically."

For now, it's a one-race deal for Davison. His diversified racing portfolio includes quite a fascinating array, and he's more than ready to experience everything the American short track world has to offer on and off the track.

"I've been so fortunate to drive so many different racecars in so many different series across IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA GT Racing, and racing historic Formula One cars," Davison detailed. "I did a late model stock car race down in Myrtle Beach in 2012. I've experienced quite a lot in racing and pretty much the American short track stuff and rally is about the only thing that's left to go, and probably motorcycle racing for me. I'm so excited to see it and experience it all."

Silver Crown pits open at 1pm Eastern on Saturday, August 10. Spectator gates open at 3pm, vintage car warm-ups at 3pm, Silver Crown drivers meeting at 3:15pm, stock car practice from 3:30-3:50pm, first Silver Crown practice from 3:55-4:25pm, stock car practice from 4:30pm-4:45pm, final Silver Crown practice from 4:50-5:20pm, Qualifying at 5:45pm, opening ceremonies at 6:55pm followed by stock car and Silver Crown main events.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $23 for adults/teens and $5 for ages 7-12. Advance reserved tickets are $28.

Saturday's prestigious event can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.
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LIGUORI GETS DRIVE FOR JOE JAMES/PAT O'CONNOR MEMORIAL

Salem, Indiana (August 5, 2019).........Joe Liguori has been tabbed as the driver of the Williams & Wright Racing No. 32 for this Saturday's Discover Scott County "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial" presented by the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers USAC Silver Crown event at Salem Speedway on August 10.

Liguori, of Tampa, Fla., has made 22 Silver Crown starts in his career, one of which came on the .555-mile Salem high banks during the 2016 season where he started and finished 8th. His two best career Silver Crown results have both come on the pavement, a 5th at Gateway Motorsports Park in 2016 and a 5th at Toledo Speedway in 2017. Liguori has made a multitude of starts during 2019 in a pavement sprint car, including a start on the similarly high-banked Winchester Speedway in eastern Indiana. Liguori made an appearance on the dirt with the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division at Lawrenceburg Speedway during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week in July. However, Saturday will mark his first entry into a Silver Crown event this year, as it will be also for Williams & Wright.

Williams & Wright has fielded an entry in the past two runnings of the "Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial," a 10th place result with Joss Moffatt in 2017 and 9th with Dave Darland in 2018.

Joe's grandfather, Ralph Liguori, finished 4th in a 100-lap USAC National Sprint Car race at Salem in October of 1966, finishing just behind the trio of winner Mario Andretti, Roger McCluskey and Bobby Unser.

Silver Crown pits open at 1pm Eastern, spectator gates open at 3pm, vintage car warm-ups at 3pm, Silver Crown drivers meeting at 3:15pm, stock car practice from 3:30-3:50pm, first Silver Crown practice from 3:55-4:25pm, stock car practice from 4:30pm-4:45pm, final Silver Crown practice from 4:50-5:20pm, Qualifying at 5:45pm, opening ceremonies at 6:55pm followed by stock car and Silver Crown main events.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $23 for adults/teens and $5 for ages 7-12. Advance reserved tickets are $28.

Saturday's prestigious event can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing.

 

 

SWANSON TO MAKE 100TH SILVER CROWN START AT SALEM

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Salem, Indiana (August 6, 2019).........Kody Swanson is just a single start away from reaching a milestone mark in his racing career as the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series heads into the August 10 Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial at Indiana's Salem Speedway this Saturday.

The Kingsburg, Calif. native stands at 99 career USAC Silver Crown starts, and with one more, would join the exclusive 100 start club for the series, a mark achieved by only 18 previous drivers: Dave Darland (201 starts), Russ Gamester & Brian Tyler (197), Jerry Coons, Jr. (175), Tracy Hines (172), Jack Hewitt (163), Johnny Parsons (151), Tony Elliott (147), Eric Gordon (136), George Snider (128), Gary Hieber (125), Chuck Gurney (114), Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills (113), Dave Steele (111), John Heydenreich (104), A.J. Fike (102) and Larry Rice (100).

It's safe to say that no driver has accomplished more in those his first 100 than Swanson has. In that span, he's won the pole position a record 28 times, reached victory lane on an all-time best 27 occasions and finished as the runner-up 20 times, giving him a remarkable mark of top-two finishes in 47 of his 99 starts thus far, just a tick under 50 percent!

He's also added four Silver Crown driver titles (2014-15-17-18) and helped his team to five consecutive car owner championships in the past five years, another unprecedented mark that he's added to his resume.

Salem Speedway has been the home of a slew of Swanson milestones since the Silver Crown series began revisiting the .555-mile high banks in the summer of 2016. That year, Swanson broke Rich Vogler's long-standing one-lap track record in a Champ Car at Salem en route to victory. The following year in 2017, his 18th career victory moved him into second all-time on Silver Crown's win list. In 2018, the ante was upped as Swanson became the series' winningest driver following his Salem triumph, the 24th of his career.

We might also mention that Swanson's Salem win a year ago was his fifth-straight at the time, another record for the books, if you're keeping track at home.

This year, Swanson has tacked even more on to his resume with three victories (Memphis, Toledo & Madison), plus a second-place run at Williams Grove, and leads the series points entering Saturday's Joe James/Pat O'Connor Memorial where he aims to join another exclusive club, as a winner of the prestigious event for the fourth-straight year, something only accomplished once before, by the great Pancho Carter between 1974 and 1977.

It's a far cry from his first credited Silver Crown start at Iowa Speedway in 2008 where he suffered mechanical trouble, finishing last and the box score reading "0 laps competed." Since that time, Swanson has rewritten seemingly every stat in the record books or reached what once seemed like a distant dream that's now become a reality. For Swanson, another of those realities awaits this Saturday.

Silver Crown pits open at 1pm Eastern on Saturday, August 10. Spectator gates open at 3pm, vintage car warm-ups at 3pm, Silver Crown drivers meeting at 3:15pm, stock car practice from 3:30-3:50pm, first Silver Crown practice from 3:55-4:25pm, stock car practice from 4:30pm-4:45pm, final Silver Crown practice from 4:50-5:20pm, Qualifying at 5:45pm, opening ceremonies at 6:55pm followed by stock car and Silver Crown main events.

Advance adult general admission tickets are $23 for adults/teens and $5 for ages 7-12. Advance reserved tickets are $28.

Saturday's prestigious event can be watched LIVE and on-demand on FloRacing, listened to via live audio on the USAC app as well as live timing and scoring on both the USAC app and the Race-Monitor app.

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ALL-TIME USAC SILVER CROWN STARTS:

1. [201] Dave Darland

2. [197] Russ Gamester & Brian Tyler

4. [175] Jerry Coons, Jr.

5. [172] Tracy Hines

6. [163] Jack Hewitt

7. [151] Johnny Parsons

8. [147] Tony Elliott

9. [136] Eric Gordon

10. [128] George Snider

11. [125] Gary Hieber

12. [114] Chuck Gurney

13. [113] Bud Kaeding & Jimmy Sills

15. [111] Dave Steele

16. [104] John Heydenreich

17. [102] A.J. Fike

18. [100] Larry Rice

19. [99] Kody Swanson

20. [95] Aaron Pierce

21. [94] Jay Drake & Paul White

23. [91] J.J. Yeley

24. [90] Tom Bigelow

25. [88] Mark Alderson

26. [84] Jason McCord

27. [83] Gary Bettenhausen

28. [79] Donnie Beechler & Levi Jones

30. [77] Rich Vogler

31. [76] Larry Dickson

32. [74] Steve Chassey

33. [73] Rich Tobias, Jr.

34. [72] Bobby East & Ryan Newman

36. [71] Robby Flock & Sheldon Kinser

38. [70] Steve Butler

39. [68] Billy Engelhart

40. [67] Joe Saldana

41. [66] Brad Noffsinger

42. [65] Jerry Nemire & Chris Windom

44. [62] Ron Shuman

45. [60] Randy Bateman & Wally Pankratz

47. [58] Rick Hood

48. [57] Bill Rose

49. [55] David Byrne & Gary Irvin

51. [54] Tom Capie & Shane Hollingsworth

53. [53] Chet Fillip, Jason Leffler & Bobby Santos

56. [52] Shane Cottle, Wayne Reutimann, Jr. & Jacob Wilson

59. [49] Tony Stewart

60. [48] Mike Bliss

61. [47] Bob Cicconi & Ken Schrader

63. [46] Jim Keeker & Bentley Warren

65. [45] Derek Davidson & Billy Vukovich

67. [44] Justin Grant & Jeff Swindell

69. [43] Kenny Irwin, Jr. & Tyler Walker

71. [42] Jon Stanbrough

72. [41] Dane Carter & Danny Milburn

74. [40] Aaron Fike, Andy Hillenburg, Warren Mockler & Chip Thomas

78. [39] Tray House, Jim McElreath & Tanner Swanson

81. [38] Shane Cockrum, Austin Nemire & Bobby Olivero

84. [37] Pancho Carter, Duke Cook, Todd Kane, Chuck Leary, Rusty McClure, Billy Puterbaugh, Jr. & Roger Rager

91. [36] Ed Carpenter, Ron Dunstan & Patrick Lawson

94. [35] Chris Urish

95. [34] Ronnie Burke, Davey Hamilton, Kevin Huntley, Greg Staab & Kevin Thomas

100. [33] Cary Faas, Jimmy Kite & Josh Wise

103. [32] Brent Kaeding & C.J. Leary

105. [31] Steve Cannon, Ron Gregory, Arnie Knepper, Jim Mahoney, Mat Neely & Stevie Reeves

111. [30] Tim Barber, Teddy Beach, Jeff Bloom, Zach Daum, Stan Fox, Manny Rockhold & Jerry Russell

118. [29] Rocky Hodges & Michael Lewis

120. [28] Dave Blaney & Bill Puterbaugh

122. [27] Brad Armstrong, Bryan Clauson & Matt Westfall

125. [26] Dan Drinan

126. [25] Steve Buckwalter, Kasey Kahne & Nick Lundgreen

129. [24] Pat Abold, Derek Hagar, Kenny Jacobs & Jerry Miller

133. [23] Brady Bacon & Matt Goodnight

135. [22] Terry Babb, Billy Cassella, Cameron Dodson, Kevin Doty, Bob Frey & Joe Liguori

141. [21] Walt Kennedy & Davey Ray

143. [20] Bill Baue, Dave Feese, John Starks & Randy Tolsma

147. [19] Bruce Field, Gene Lee Gibson, Shane Hmiel, Jimmy McCune & Lealand McSpadden

152. [18] Rollie Beale, Jackie Burke, Mike Murgoitio, Casey Shuman, Al Unser & Jonathan Vennard

158. [17] Jimmy Caruthers, A.J. Foyt, Brian Gerster, Kyle Hamilton, Sammy Sessions & Kramer Williamson

164. [16] Pablo Donoso & Kyle Robbins

166. [15] Paul Clark, P.J. Jones & Bruce Walkup

169. [14] Jarett Andretti, Billy Boat, Carl Edwards, Chris Fetter, Jeff Gordon, Mike Haggenbottom, Bubby Jones, Keith Kauffman, Ralph Liguori, Boston Reid, Danny Smith, Smokey Snellbaker, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. & Jerry Weeks

183. [13] Robert Ballou, Patrick Bruns, Tyce Carlson, Dana Carter, Jim Childers, Tyler Courtney, Jac Haudenschild, Jackie Howerton, Jon Johnson, Greg Leffler, Andy Michner, Brian Paulus, Billy Wease, Bud Wilmot & Rodney Weesner

198. [12] Brad Fox, Mike Gregg, Mike Hess, Billy Pauch, Ricky Shelton & Bill Tyler

204. [11] Mario Andretti, J.C. Bland, Justin Carver, Hud Cone, Craig Dori, Taylor Ferns, Dickie Gaines, David Gough, Steve Kinser, Cory Kruseman, Lee Kunzman, James McElreath, Bobby McMahan, Joey Moughan, Rex Norris III, Mike Peters, Tad Roach, Kevin Thomas, Jr. Greg Weld, Greg Wilson & Travis Welpott

225. [10] Ronnie Day, Gary Gray, Richard Griffin, Coleman Gulick, Bob Harkey, Terry James, Page Jones, Terry Kawell, Jim Moughan, Kenneth Nichols, Terry Pletch, Jack Runyon, Robert Smith, Robbie Stanley,

239. [9] Bobby Adkins, Chuck Amati, Caleb Armstrong, Karl Busson, Bob Evans, Bryn Gohn, Wayne Hammond, Jim Hurtubise, Rebel Jackson, Jr., Chappy Knaack, Kyle Larson, Eddie Leavitt, Larry Martin, Joss Moffatt, Johnny Petrozelle, Paul Pitzer & Johnny Rutherford

256. [8] Joe Axsom, Christopher Bell, Toni Breidinger, Cole Carter, Mel Cornett, Chris Cumberworth, Doug Didero, Paul Durant, Ray Joe Fager, Larry Gates, Ken Hamilton, Darl Harrison, Roy Hicks, Rod Holshouser, Dakota Jackson, Mike Johnson, Frankie Kerr, Danny Long, Thiago Medeiros, Jan Opperman, Lee Osborne, Junior Parkinson, Greg Peterson, Aaron Pollock, Tracy Potter, Steve Siegel, Ryan Smith, Sammy Swindell, Rick Treadway, Lennie Waldo, Carl Williams & Doug Wolfgang

288. [7] John Andretti, Eric Butze, Rob Chaney, Lou Cicconi, Jr., Chris Dyson, Bob East, Perry Ferrell, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Joe Gaerte, Damion Gardner, Cody Gerhardt, Brian Hayden, Jesse Hockett, Blake Hollingsworth, Tony Hunt, Paul Huntington, Paul Koch, Joe McCarthy, Michael Roselli, Jr., Hunter Schuerenberg, Alex Shanks, Pete Shepherd III, Mark Smith, Kyle Steffens, Mike Thomas, Billy Whitaker & Mitch Wissmiller

315. [6] Justin Allgaier, Michael Annett, Derek Bischak, Mike Brooks, Bill Burks, Jr., Kellen Conover, Palmer Crowell, Ryan Durst, Bob Ewell, Spike Gehlhausen, Kenny Gentry, Darren Hagen, Tom Hessert III, Larry Hoppes, John Hubbard, Marc Jessup, Doug Kalitta, Kevin Koch, Bill Kojis, Mike Lichty, Jeff Mitrisin, Don Nordhorn, Brian Seidel, Jimmy Stinson, Jerry Stone & Mike Winblad

341. [5] Sport Allen, Todd Beach, Dave Berkheimer, Barry Camp, Larry Cannon, Mark Cassella, Cody Gallogly, Davey Hamilton, Jr., John Hunt, Brad Kuhn, Rich Leavell, Donnie Lehmann, Mario Marietta, Brad Marvel, Mack McClellan, Kevin Olson, Steven Russell, Red Stauffer, Mike Stroehle, Neil Shepherd, Sleepy Tripp, Terry Uehling, Cole Whitt & Rip Williams

365. [4] Jim Anderson, Tony Armstrong, Steve Arpin, John Batts, Jr., Mike Brecht, Jimmy Brewer, David Bridges, Ray Bull, Keith Burch, Keith Butler, Shane Carson, Herb Copeland, Casey Diemert, Lee Dunn, Danny Ebberts, Murray Erickson, Ray Evans, Scott Hansen, Don Hawley, Steve Kent, Dereck King, Steve Knepper, Mike Larrison, Mike Ling, Bobby Marcum, Von McGee, Wes Miller, David Mirk, Austin Mundie, Rodney Ritter, Jr., Billy Shuman, Dean Shirley, Donny Schatz, Jake Simmons, Tim Siner, Billy Vukovich III, Clark Templeman, Kevin Whitesides, Leon Thickstun & Miranda Throckmorton

405. [3] Steve Adams, Johnny Anderson, Ed Angle, Robin Bank, Justin Barger, John Barrick, Kipp Beard, Doug Berryman, Merle Bettenhausen, Art Bisch, Jr., Kevin Bloomstran, Lee Brewer, Jr., Rick Brown, Dave Burns, Gary Cameron II, Keith Campbell, Marv Carman, Roy Caruthers, Wayne Chinn, Bill Compton, Tim Cox, Erin Crocker, Troy DeCaire, Thad Dosher, Tommie Estes, Jr., Dean Franklin, Jeff Gardner, Emmett Hahn, Darryl Haugh, Dallas Hewitt, Kelly Kinser, Lance Kobusch, Red Kunstbeck, Ricky Logan, Steve Long, Jim Malloy, Mike Martin, Zach Martini, Bob Meli, Larry Moore, Ryan Moore, Aaron Mosley, Mike Ordway, Gary Patterson, Gary Ponzini, Rusty Rasmussen, Wayne Reutimann, Robbie Rice, Travis Rilat, A.J. Russell, Zach Schiff, Frankie Schneider, Ryan Scott, Terry Shepherd, Ron Smoker, Chase Stockon, Kevin Studley, Brad Sweet, Buz Tapply, Cale Thomas, Dick Tobias, Rick Ungar, Korey Weyant, Tony Weyant, George White, Jim Whiteside & Greg Wooley

472. [2] Michael Adkins, Mike Andreeta, Tommy Astone, Todd Bammer, Randy Bauer, Dave Baumgartner, Dean Billings, Austin Blair, Dan Boorse, Annie Breidinger, Ken Brewer, Shane Butler, Steve Carithers, Tim Clark, Jason Conn, Stan Constant, Johnny Coogan, Frank D'Alonso, Daryl Daugherty, Tom Davies, Greg DeCaires, Duke DeRosa, Scott Edmiston, Dean Erfurth, Jay Ervine, Mike Fedorcak, Billy Felts, A.J. Foyt IV, Stewart Friesen, Greg Furlong, Leon Gentry, Mike Gigot, Joe Gosek, Rick Goudy, Chuck Gurney, Jr., Randy Hannagan, Scott Hatton, Jon Herb, Jordan Hermansader, Sparky Howard, Bill Hudson, Bruce Jennings, Jerry Karl, Chad Kemenah, Kevin Kierce, Mike Lauterborn, Steve Lotshaw, Ed Lynch, Garry Lee Maier, Troy Matchen, Jay Maupin, Randy Mausteller, Van May, Roger McCluskey, Mike McCreary, Frank McDaniel, Jason McDougal, Lyn McIntosh, Dustin Morgan, Mike Mosley, Jr., Larry Neighbors, John Nervo, Kyle O'Gara, Lynn Paxton, Chris Phillips, Scott Pierovich, Troy Regier, Rick Salem, Joey Schmidt, Howie Sewell, David Shain, Rick Sipes, Jigger Sirois, Mark Sokola, Randy Standridge, Nelson Stewart, Rodney Stone, Rob Summers, Kevin Swindell, Al Thomas, Troy Thompson, Troy Vaccaro, Butch Wilkerson, Charlie Workman, Salt Walther & Jack Ziegler

559. [1] Bobby Allen, Taylor Andrews, Dakoda Armstrong, Jon Backlund, Tom Ball, Steve Barnett, Steve Barth, Jarid Blondel, Chad Boat, Ray Bragg, Jerry Bruce, Bob Brutto, Will Cagle, Daryl Campbell, Don Carr, Kent Christian, Drew Church, Henry Clarke, Troy Cline, Kevin Conway, Donnie Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Bobby Davis, Jr., Brad Davis, Charles Davis, Jr., Bob Davison, Brian DeFord, Terry Doss, Brad Doty, Rodney Duncan, Jesse Dunham, Sondi Eden, Andrew Felker, Elvin Felty, Dan Ford, Michael Ford, Andy Forsberg, Jeff Forshee, Ronnie Franklin, Pete Frazier, Danny Frye, Jr., Jeff Galas, Rickie Gaunt, Cheryl Glass, Gary Griffith, Brett Hearn, JoJo Helberg, Jim Hettinger, Nathan High, Larry Hillerud, Ted Hines, Jimmy Horton, Brian Hosford, Rick Howerton, Steve Irwin, Jim Jackson, Earnest Jennings, Rickey Jennings, Matt Jewell, Kraig Kinser, Dana Laliberte, Harold Leep, Jeff Leka, Jimmy Light, Ryan Litt, Ed Lynch, Jr., Pepi Marchese, David McCreary, Dave McGough, Paul McMahan, Joe Melnick, Thomas Meseraull, Curt Michael, Jim Mills, Mark Monico, Mike Mosley, Jack Moulton, Jr., Peter Murphy, Rick Muther, Fred Neighbors, Greg Nelson, Kevin Newton, Kyle Nicholas, Don O'Keefe, Jimmy Parsons, Billy Pauch, Jr., Dave Peperak, Stan Ploski, Art Pollard, Jerry Potter, Richard Powell, Patrick Quinn, Ron Rae, Fred Rahmer, Robbie Ray, Byron Reed, David Reutimann, Jim Reynard, Randy Roberts, Joe Roush, John Ryals, Eddie Sachs, Jr., Doug Saunier, Bill Schemonia, Shane Scully, Jon Sciscoe, Ron Semelka, Steve Sheppard, Jr., Danny Shouse, Grant Simpson, Anthony Simone, Carl Smith, Steve Smith, Mike Spencer, Darren Spiers, Greg Stephens, Robert Stout, Charlie Swartz, Fred Tegarden, Jr., Todd Thomas, Tanner Thorson, Bud Tingelstad, Eric Todd, Rick Tomasik, Eric Trousdale, LeRoy Van Conett, Kaylene Verville, Todd Wanless, Curt Waters, Jeff West, Brent Whited, Bryan Whited, Eddie Wirth, Kyle Wissmiller, Kent Wolters, Mike Woodring, Ken Woolley & Tiffany Wyzard

 

 

VIRAL SENSATION TO WINNING SENSATION: SEAVEY SCORES AT LANCO

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Newmanstown, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2019).........In Logan Seavey's last visit to Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, he was the star of the show, putting four wheels on the fence to escape unscathed around a stopped car.

The viral video, the Sports Center top play, the T-shirts and all the notoriety followed. However, the Sutter, Calif. native still had a score to settle. Overshadowed by the fence climb was the fact that he finished third. Seavey was cool with all the accolades, but more than that, the defending USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Champion just wants to win.

And he did just exactly that on Saturday night in the Pennsylvania Midget Week finale at Lanco, with all four wheels firmly planted on the 1/8-mile dirt bullring's victory lane.

"It's pretty cool what happened last year," Seavey reminisced. "I got a lot of publicity and sold a lot of T-shirts this year. That's pretty cool because it's going to Grady (Chandler) and his family. But yeah, I'd much rather be in victory lane than third like last year. It's just a good way to end the week. We've struggled the first four nights, but I knew coming here, our cars would be really good. It's the kind of track our car excels at. I knew this is the racetrack I'd get around well. I knew if there was a place this week, we were going to be good, it was here. I just had to do my job and put together 40 laps."

Seavey began his race from the third spot and engaged in a slider session with leading series Rookie Andrew Layser for second in the early going. Seavey slid past Layser in turn one on lap four, but Layser cut back under to return the favor to Seavey entering turn three. Seavey finally made the move stick on lap five in the first turn to slot into second while Chad Boat held a healthy full-straightaway three second lead over Seavey and point leader Courtney, who drifted into third past Layser.

Two-time ARDC Midget champ Steven Drevicki came to a stop in turn four on the fifth lap to bring out the first yellow of the night, erasing Boat's substantial advantage. With Seavey right on his tail tank, Boat was immediately put to the test. Seavey slid his way to the front multiple times, but Boat was able to fend him off for the time being. That is, until lap nine, when Seavey finally slid and stuck the position ahead of Boat for the race lead.

Wednesday's Action Track USA and Friday's Linda's Speedway winner Zeb Wise slowed to a stop on the 11th lap while running fifth, putting an end to his bid to pick up a third Pennsylvania Midget Week victory in the past four nights.

Seavey ringed the top side as Courtney put on the chase. On the 14th lap, Seavey stumbled ever so slightly on the turn four cushion, allowing Courtney to close in and open up the door for a turn one slider, but with his attention piqued, Seavey was prepared and drove back downhill off turn two to resume his place atop the leaderboard.

A yellow on lap 25 fell following Kevin Thomas, Jr.'s version of a fence ride between turns three and four which flattened his right rear while running third. After a stop for new rubber, Thomas drove his way back to a solid fourth-place finish.

On the restart, Courtney was ready to pounce at any inkling of a mistake by Seavey. On a small track in which a single lap clicks off just a shy over ten seconds, there's not much of a place where a driver can sustain one little bobble here or a jumped cushion there, which can make all the difference. Courtney hung close to Seavey when racing resumed but snagged the cushion twice with ten and nine laps to go, turning what once was a couple car lengths into a two second disadvantage.

"I knew, especially the first few laps after restarts, I had to not make any mistakes," Seavey said. "I felt like once I got a few clean laps in, I felt good enough to where I could distance myself a little. As a racer, you kind of know when you're making good laps and when you're not. I know when our cars are good and I'm making good laps, it's going to be really hard to be better than that."

Twelfth-running Steve Craig took a hard tumble in turn one on the 33rd lap to bring out the red and the final stop of the evening. Craig climbed from the wreckage under his own power.

Seavey led the path up top with Courtney in his shadow on the resumption with seven laps remaining. Any slight misstep by Seavey would result in Courtney gaining the upper hand, and that moment nearly arrived with five to go.

"I got tight in the center with four to go in one and two," Seavey recalled. "I got in too low and slid up to the cushion. Anytime you slide up to it like that, you're going to get tight. It's just one of those deals where the easier you try to run and try to pace yourself to not make a mistake, the more mistakes you're going to make."

Logan Seavey's triumph Saturday at Lanco gave him the distinction of being the only driver to claim a victory during Indiana Midget Week, Mid-America Midget Week and Pennsylvania Midget Week in 2019. (Michael Fry Photo)

Courtney raced to the inside of Seavey entering turn three and the two went toe-to-toe through the corner, with Seavey bouncing his right rear tire off the outside turn four guardrail and surging back ahead at the exit of four, gaining enough steam through turns one and two to lead by five car lengths by the time the top-two hit the back straight with the laps dwindling. This gave Seavey at no point a chance to just ride it out. Instead, he put himself in the mindset of a driver doing the chasing instead of being chased.

"I committed to running as hard as I could and acted like there was somebody ahead of me that I had to run down," Seavey explained. "That's normally when I'm at my best, when I'm running as hard as I can. Everybody on the USAC tour is so fast, you have to be at 100 percent every lap or they're going to eat you up."

After nearly seeing the win slip away, Seavey nailed down his third victory of the year by 0.785 sec. over Courtney, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Jason McDougal (from 12th), Thomas and Jerry Coons, Jr.

Seavey's victory was the sixth of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career, tying him with Donnie Beechler, George Benson, Dana Carter, Bob Cicconi, Robby Flock, Nick Fornoro, Jr., Arnie Knepper, Ricky Shelton, Mike Streicher, Dave Strickland, Jr. and Roger West for 101st all-time.

The triumph also gave Seavey the distinction of being the only driver to claim a victory during Indiana Midget Week, Mid-America Midget Week and Pennsylvania Midget Week in 2019.

McDougal captured the victory in the six-lap Dash for Cash, which pit the top-two finishers in each heat race plus the two fastest qualifiers who finished outside the top-two in the heats. McDougal took home $300 for his win, Coons $150 for second and Chris Windom $100 for finishing third. Drevicki collected $50 courtesy of Low Down & Dirty for finishing sixth.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway were Zeb Wise (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Chris Windom (Simpson Race Products/Competition Suspension, Inc. First Heat Winner) and Jason McDougal (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Second Heat Winner, Dash for Cash Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 3, 2019 - Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway - Newmanstown, Pennsylvania - 1/8-Mile Dirt Oval - Pennsylvania Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.248; 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-10.270; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.340; 4. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.342; 5. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.361; 6. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.389; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.525; 8. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-10.565; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.595; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-10.607; 11. Steven Drevicki, 12, Heckman-10.647; 12. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-10.670; 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.805; 14. Bobby Butler, 5B, Myers-10.972; 15. Steve Craig, 55, Craig-11.417; 16. Jamie Speers, 00, Speers-12.074.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS/COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chris Windom, 2. Steven Drevicki, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Chad Boat, 6. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 7. Tanner Carrick, 8. Steve Craig. 1:46.10 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Karsyn Elledge, 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Bobby Butler, 8. Jamie Speers. NT

DASH FOR CASH: (6 laps) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Jerry Coons, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Steven Drevicki. NT

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Logan Seavey (3), 2. Tyler Courtney (4), 3. Jason McDougal (12), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Chris Windom (9), 7. Andrew Layser (1), 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer (13), 9. Tanner Carrick (7), 10. Chad Boat (2), 11. Karsyn Elledge (8), 12. Steve Craig (14), 13. Zeb Wise (6), 14. Steven Drevicki (11), 15. Jamie Speers (15). NT -------------------------- **Steve Craig flipped on lap 33 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Chad Boat, Laps 9-40 Logan Seavey.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Jason McDougal (12th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Zeb Wise

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,467, 2-Chris Windom-1,353, 3-Logan Seavey-1,300, 4-Zeb Wise-1,236, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,234, 6-Chad Boat-1,158, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-1,097, 8-Tanner Carrick-1,079, 9-Jason McDougal-1,019, 10-Tucker Klaasmeyer-984.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 30, 2019 - Tri-City Speedway - Granite City, Illinois - River Town Showdown - 3/8-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

WISE MAKES ALL THE RIGHT MOVES AT LINDA'S

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Jonestown, Pennsylvania (August 2, 2019).........In six Pennsylvania Midget Week starts over the past two seasons, Zeb Wise has accumulated three victories and a runner-up finish. In fact, all three of his USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget wins have come in the Keystone State.

Just two days earlier, the 16-year-old Angola, Ind. driver won a furious battle with Kyle Larson. The night prior, he was fast qualifier and led late in the going. Friday night, in the series' second-ever visit to Linda's Speedway, Wise returned to the win column with a late-race pass of teammate Tyler Courtney, sneaking by on the white flag lap to capture the victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven2SaveLives - Sundollar Restoration/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Safe to say, Wise has taken a liking to Pennsylvania soil in his young career.

"Pennsylvania's been really nice to me," Wise exclaimed. "Tonight was a really good night. We qualified a little badly and weren't sure where we were going to end up. These little bullrings are kind of my forte and we got it done."

Wise had his work cut out for him, lining up eighth on the grid for the 30-lap main event. Early on, however, Tanner Thorson appeared to be the class of the field, racing from the outside of the front row to gain a half-straightaway lead by lap five over leading series Rookie contender and Pennsylvania native Andrew Layser, who started fourth.

On the eighth lap, pole sitter Kevin Thomas, Jr. reemerged into contention, exchanging sliders on both ends of the racetrack with Layser for the runner-up spot until Layser slid sideways to a stop between the middle of turns three and four to bring out the first yellow of the night.

When racing resumed, Thomas was on the hunt to run down Thorson as he sought his first series win since a last-lap Kokomo Grand Prix triumph in April. Thomas made gains through the middle to pull side-by-side with Thorson for the race lead nearing the midway point.

As the pair came off turn four wheel-to-wheel and headed for the crossed flags signaling the midway point, Thorson's right rear tire went flat before coming to a halt in turn one. Thorson ran three more laps before pulling in, taking an 18th place result.

Thorson's misfortune was to the benefit of Thomas who now occupied the lead as well as series point leader Tyler Courtney who now slotted into second. From the get-go at the start of the second half of the event, Thomas took the high road as Courtney clamped down on the bottom. Both remained even throughout the corners on both ends of the quarter-mile dirt oval, but Thomas had enough momentum in his back pocket to blitz by Courtney to lead by a half car length at the stripe on laps 17 and 18.

The two stuck to their guns on the following laps, but Courtney was able to get a better pull off the exit of turn two to charge into turns three and four with just enough gusto to nip Courtney at the line. The song remained the same on laps 21 and 22 as the two battled side-by-side on each entire lap with Courtney slowly able to gain bits and pieces of ground to distance himself from Thomas, finally grabbing some semblance of breathing room on lap 24 by three car lengths.

Just further back, third-running Wise was playing the role of a keen observer, watching his competition, then adjusting his plan of attack to see how it would play out in the ensuing laps.

"For the longest time, I was just up ripping the top," Wise recalled. "On that last restart, Sunshine started working the bottom under KT and I saw it working. I figured it was just going to get better and better as the top went away. So, I dropped down there and felt it out for a few laps."

With a mere five laps remaining, Wise, who had been running third since the halfway mark, began a sudden surge on the bottom, first by the rim-riding Thomas on the 26th lap, then had CMR teammate and race leader Courtney next in the pecking order.

Two laps were left on the board and Wise was closing on Courtney. Entering turn three, the two encountered the lapped car of Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. on the bottom. Courtney took a quick scan and opted to go to the top to maneuver around the outside while Wise followed Buckwalter down low and crossed under the white flag a car length ahead of Courtney.


 

 

BOAT FINDS THE PATH TO FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Spring Run, Pennsylvania (August 1, 2019).........Chad Boat may have been Arizonian-born and bred, but his Pennsylvania Midget prowess of late has made the Keystone State sort of another adopted state when the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship arrives in the late summer.

Thursday night at Path Valley Speedway Park, Boat, who now actually resides in Mooresville, North Carolina, endured a lap-after-lap attack from Zeb Wise for much of the middle of the 30-lapper to win his first of the year. In fact, it was his first victory with the series since the Pennsylvania Midget Week finale almost exactly one year earlier following an up-and-down first half of 2019.

"It definitely feels good," Boat exclaimed. "We've kind of been just mediocre since the end of Indiana Midget Week. We ended that week strong with a third, a second, and we're knocking on the door. Then we went to Joliet and were decent but blew a tire. We ran fifth the first night out here and had a good run going last night, but it feels good to close one out. When you put yourself in a position to win races, you'll eventually win them."

The victory was Boat's second-straight at the quarter-mile dirt oval dating back to his last visit in 2017. His all-time leading fourth career Pennsylvania Midget Week triumph elevated him past Mel Kenyon as the winningest USAC National Midget driver in the state of Pennsylvania.

The victory was extra special due to the fact that Chad equaled his father, Billy, on the all-time USAC NOS Energy Drink feature win list with nine. It's an impressive accomplishment no matter which way you slice it, but Chad is quick to give credit to pops, a three-time "Turkey Night Grand Prix" Midget winner and Indianapolis 500 pole winner.

"He's got a lot more west coast wins than I do and a lot more overall," Chad said. "To have nine national wins, there's not a lot of people who have that many, and we're still going."

Boat began the feature from the third position, but immediately married himself to the bottom and drove by both pole sitter Tanner Thorson and outside front row starter Chris Windom, with Boat emerging from a three-wide tussle off turn two with the lead.

Boat was the lone occupant in the top-four utilizing the bottom. Second-running Thorson tried to follow suit in turns three and four, but previous night's Kutztown winner Zeb Wise ripped the top around Thorson to gain second as Boat stood tall 1.3 seconds ahead of the fray.

"I really wasn't sure if the bottom was going to be that good when we rolled out there," Boat admitted. "The top didn't look great; it was kind of dusty, but in one and two, there was a little bit of a lip to run on. I was pretty tight and thought I could run anywhere, then I got a good start and got by those guys on the first lap."

By lap ten, Boat cut through lapped traffic to build his advantage to over two seconds before the yellow fell for the stopped car of Bobby Butler in turn four, forcing a restart with 16 to go and the path now clear of traffic.

On the restart, Boat retook his chosen place on the bottom as Wise jumped back up top, resuming an early mid-race battle from the previous night when Wise took the lead from Boat in the same time frame, just before halfway. Tonight, Boat aimed to mold that narrative in his favor, although Wise pasted himself right to Boat about a car length behind and a car width to the right.

Wise kept after it, gaining closer and closer with a sweet run against the rail through turns three and four to nip Boat at the line by a sliver of chrome. The two remained wheel-to-wheel throughout the duration of the following three laps with Boat on the bottom and Wise up top, Wise eke-ing out the lead at the line again on the 18th lap.

The victory was Boat's second-straight at Path Valley. His fourth career Pennsylvania triumph elevated him past Mel Kenyon as the winningest USAC National Midget driver in the state. He also tied his father, Billy, as a nine-time winner with the series. (Michael Fry Photo)

Boat proved the low line still had everything he desired, returning to the lead with authority to beat Wise by inches at the line on lap 19. However, Wise was game, and surged back to the front on lap 20 by the narrowest of margins at the stripe. Boat got a run on the bottom going again between turns one and two as Wise bobbled atop the cushion, losing valuable real estate to Boat. Just behind, though, in fifth, Kyle Larson biked at the top of one before coming a to a rest. His car was towed back to the work area where repairs were made, and he returned for a 13th place finish.

The yellow reverted Wise to the head of the pack in front of Boat for the lap 21 restart. Rinse and repeat as the two stayed in their lanes and waged war once again. On the 23rd lap, Boat moved back ahead for good, beating Wise to the line by a car length.

Two laps later, 14th running Karsyn Elledge tipped over on the bottom of turn two, an incident which also collected both Larson and Steven Drevicki. That left one final restart for Boat to fend off Wise.

Boat trekked back to the bottom as Wise went to the top, bouncing off the curb, thus allowing both Windom and Thorson by on the bottom. The front of the field followed Boat on the bottom as he built a one second advantage over second in the final laps to carry onward to a victory by 1.079 sec. over Windom, Tyler Courtney, Thorson and Logan Seavey.

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Path Valley Speedway Park were Zeb Wise (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Logan Seavey (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tanner Carrick (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jerry Coons, Jr. (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Timmy Buckwalter (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Kyle Larson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: August 1, 2019 - Path Valley Speedway Park - Spring Run, Pennsylvania - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval - Pennsylvania Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.057 (New Track Record); 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.080; 3. Kyle Larson, 24, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.115; 4. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.124; 5. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.150; 6. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.217; 7. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.239; 8. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.256; 9. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.277; 10. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.286; 11. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.318; 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.341; 13. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-11.352; 14. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.548; 15. Ryan Greth, 4, Mullet-11.572; 16. Timmy Buckwalter, 29B, Seymour-11.670; 17. Steven Drevicki, 12, Heckman-11.743; 18. Bobby Butler, 5B, Myers-11.981; 19. Shawn Jackson, 7J, Jackson-12.003; 20. Kevin Woody, Jr., 25B, Buckwalter-12.012; 21. Alex Yankowski, 0, Buckwalter-12.085; 22. Zach Curtis, 75, Curtis-12.212; 23. Steve Craig, 55, Craig-12.266; 24. Alex Bright, 29A, Seymour-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Chad Boat, 5. Karsyn Elledge, 6. Timmy Buckwalter, 7. Shawn Jackson, 8. Zach Curtis. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Chris Windom, 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Kevin Woody, Jr., 8. Steve Craig. 1:57.93 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jerry Coons, Jr., 2. Kyle Larson, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Ryan Greth, 6. Alex Yankowski, 7. Bobby Butler. 1:58.52

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chad Boat (3), 2. Chris Windom (2), 3. Tyler Courtney (7), 4. Tanner Thorson (1), 5. Logan Seavey (10), 6. Zeb Wise (6), 7. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9), 8. Tanner Carrick (8), 9. Timmy Buckwalter (16), 10. Andrew Layser (11), 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer (5), 12. Jason McDougal (14), 13. Kyle Larson (4), 14. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (12), 15. Alex Yankowski (21), 16. Steven Drevicki (17), 17. Kevin Woody, Jr. (20), 18. Steve Craig (23), 19. Zach Curtis (22), 20. Karsyn Elledge (13), 21. Ryan Greth (15), 22. Bobby Butler (18), 23. Shawn Jackson (19). NT
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**Karsyn Elledge flipped on lap 25 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-16 Chad Boat, Laps 17-18 Zeb Wise, Lap 19 Chad Boat, Laps 20-22 Zeb Wise, Laps 23-30 Chad Boat.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Timmy Buckwalter (16th to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Kyle Larson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,309, 2-Chris Windom-1,222, 3-Logan Seavey-1,162, 4-Zeb Wise-1,112, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,089, 6-Chad Boat-1,057, 7-Tanner Carrick-974, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-972, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-901, 10-Jason McDougal-877.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 2, 2019 - Linda's Speedway - Jonestown, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval

 

 

WISE OUTDUELS LARSON DOWN TO THE WIRE AT KUTZTOWN

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kutztown, Pennsylvania (July 31, 2019).........Zeb Wise is becoming accustomed to logging his most memorable USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget moments in the state of Pennsylvania.

After bagging his first career series win after a two-month layoff due to injury and becoming the youngest winner in series history to boot, last August at Lanco, Wise might've one-upped himself in his second act in Wednesday's series debut at Action Track USA for round two of Pennsylvania Midget Week.

In this one, the 16-year-old Angola, Ind. native looked the part of a savvy, seasoned veteran having to hold off a relentless attack from Kyle Larson lap-after-lap-after-lap, down to the final corner.

"I told (Kyle) I literally closed my eyes about halfway through it when we were side-by-side because I didn't know what was going to happen," Wise admitted. "As I drove it into three, I saw him on the bottom throwing a slider. I knew it was coming regardless. He just kept going and I got to the middle and I'm like, 'I'm going to win or we're going to junk a racecar here.' I just put my foot to the floor and prayed to God that he stayed down and left me an inch or two up top and he gave me just enough room."

An inch or two was all Wise needed to fend off the hard-charging Larson on the final corner, bouncing off the outside concrete to break free on the outside and beat Larson to the line by a half-car length at the finish line, 0.078 of a second to be exact, for his second career series win in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Stanton SR-11x.

Wise started fourth but occupied the third position from the opening lap for the first nine laps as he watched outside front row starter Logan Seavey lead the first seven circuits, then polesitter Chad Boat take over up front on the eighth lap. Wise ripped his way to the second spot past Seavey on the tenth go-around.

On the 11th lap, Larson began his charge toward the front, clearing teammates Tanner Thorson and Seavey in turn three to move from fifth to third.

"Those guys got to sliding each other early and I was able to sneak by a couple on the bottom," Larson said. "People just kept committing coming off two, then they'd fall off the shelf and I was able to get by. I was hoping Zeb would do that eventually."

The following lap, Wise utilized the high line off turn four as leader Boat took the middle road down the front straight. Wise crossed over from the top of turn four to the bottom of turn one where he slid by for the race lead with 18 to go.

After riding by Boat at the midway point for the runner-up spot, Larson made gains on Wise as he rolled the bottom in turns one and two while taking the high road in turns three and four. As the laps ticked away around the tight 1/5-mile dirt oval, Larson inched closer to Wise just as traffic began to factor in.

As the white streak of Larson ducked underneath Wise time-after-time off turn two, Wise's attention was piqued, and he decided to put his fate into his own hands. With eight laps remaining, Wise switched lanes and locked up the bottom line in turns one and two.

With traffic occupying the bottom line on the following lap, Wise was forced back to the top of one and two. Larson tried the middle in one and two with three to go, pulling even with Wise at the exit of turn two as the lapped car of Karsyn Elledge clung to the bottom, briefly making it three-wide. Wise stuck to the top in three and four while Larson rode through the middle wheel-to-wheel through the exit of four.

Moments later, Boat spun to a stop in turn two while battling for fourth with Thorson, forcing a yellow flag and a restart with Wise leading and Larson right on his tail in second.

On the restart, Wise knew he had to throw a changeup in order to prevent Larson from continuing his continuous lurch toward him on the bottom of turns one and two, so he went with his intuition.

"Through lapped traffic, I was running the top in one and two and I could see Kyle on the bottom peeking," Wise recalled. "I felt like I held my speed through three and four really well, so I didn't want to change anything there. I made the decision to stick to the bottom in one and two and still run the top in three and four."

When racing resumed, Larson fired another slider toward Wise in turn three, only to pull even at the exit of four with Wise holding on. Wise shot to the bottom of one and two, but Larson decided not to follow, instead, moving up a lane to the middle which briefly allowed Wise to gain a car length on his lead.

Coming to the white flag, entering turn three, Larson successfully slid past the nose of Wise for the race lead. However, Wise was prepared, and immediately crossed over downhill off turn four to beat Larson to the line by a single car length.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) earned his second career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win, both of which have come during Pennsylvania Midget Week. (Dave Biro Photo)

On the final lap, Larson had Wise lined up to make one last final slider attempt on Wise. Larson slid his car in deep from the bottom of three to the top of four. Instead of crossing over, Wise kept his foot in it, with no room to spare on either side, bouncing his right rear tire off the outside wall, but keeping the car straight as they raced to the line with Wise emerging as the victor by less than a half a car length.

Previous night's Pennsylvania Midget Week opener winner at Grandview, Chris Windom, finished third after starting 12th to earn KSE Racing Products Hard Charger honors. Tanner Thorson was fourth ahead of series point leader Tyler Courtney to round out the top-five.

Larson came up just short in his bid for victory on what was his 27th birthday. The Elk Grove, Calif. native thought he had squeezed Wise just enough off the final corner to stifle his momentum toward the checkered, but it was not to be, instead taking second place for his third top-three finish in five series starts this season.

"On that restart, he did a good job changing his lane," a complimentary Larson said. "I thought he would stay running it all the way up there, but he shut it down and ran the bottom in one and two and I had to try to roll a lane up just do everything I could to try to throw something at him in three and four. (On the last lap) I left him about a quarter of a lane off of four and he somehow squeezed through it."

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Action Track USA were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Andrew Layser (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Karsyn Elledge (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Chris Windom (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger) and Tucker Klaasmeyer (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 31, 2019 - Action Track USA - Kutztown, Pennsylvania - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval - Pennsylvania Midget Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.313 (New Track Record); 2. Kyle Larson, 24, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.357; 3. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.380; 4. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.381; 5. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.436; 6. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.481; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.509; 8. Timmy Buckwalter, 29B, Seymour-11.545; 9. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.548; 10. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.576; 11. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.588; 12. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.601; 13. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.645; 14. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.669; 15. Steven Drevicki, 12, Heckman-11.751; 16. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.775; 17. Billy Pauch, Jr., 72, Heffner-11.783; 18. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-12.024; 19. Kameron Morral, 4, Mullet-12.031; 20. Bobby Butler, 5B, Myers-12.033; 21. Alex Yankowski, 0, Buckwalter-12.076; 22. Brett Conkling, 0NJ, Conkling-12.409; 23. Shawn Jackson, 7J, Jackson-NT; 24. Alex Bright, 29A, Seymour-(Time of 11.892 disallowed).

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Tanner Carrick, 5. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 6. Kameron Morral, 7. Brett Conkling, 8. Ethan Mitchell. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Andrew Layser, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Billy Pauch, Jr., 7. Bobby Butler, 8. Shawn Jackson. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Karsyn Elledge, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Zeb Wise, 5. Chad Boat, 6. Steven Drevicki, 7. Alex Bright, 8. Alex Yankowski. 2:01.97 (New Track Record)

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Zeb Wise (4), 2. Kyle Larson (5), 3. Chris Windom (12), 4. Tanner Thorson (3), 5. Tyler Courtney (6), 6. Logan Seavey (2), 7. Andrew Layser (14), 8. Jason McDougal (9), 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 10. Jerry Coons, Jr. (11), 11. Tanner Carrick (10), 12. Billy Pauch, Jr. (17), 13. Tucker Klaasmeyer (16), 14. Chad Boat (1), 15. Steven Drevicki (15), 16. Karsyn Elledge (18), 17. Alex Yankowski (21), 18. Bobby Butler (20), 19. Brett Conkling (22), 20. Timmy Buckwalter (8), 21. Alex Bright (24), 22. Ethan Mitchell (13), 23. Kameron Morral (19), 24. Shawn Jackson (23). NT -------------------------- FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-7 Logan Seavey, Laps 8-12 Chad Boat, Laps 13-30 Zeb Wise.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Chris Windom (12th to 3rd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tucker Klaasmeyer

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,238, 2-Chris Windom-1,148, 3-Logan Seavey-1,096, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,049, 5-Zeb Wise-1,045, 6-Chad Boat-979, 7-Tanner Carrick-917, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-912, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-849, 10-Jason McDougal-831.

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WINDOM PREVAILS IN LAST LAP DUEL AT GRANDVIEW

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania (July 30, 2019).........It took 102 starts for Chris Windom to reach USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory lane for the first time in his career this past June.

It took just six more for the Canton, Illinois native to get there for the second time Tuesday night in the Pennsylvania Midget Week opener at Grandview Speedway. There, he fought Clauson/Marshall Racing teammate Tyler Courtney for the win on the final lap, losing the lead via a Courtney slider in turn one, then outracing him into turn three to retake the position before sealing the deal to win in the series' first visit to the 1/3-mile dirt oval in three decades.

"Honestly, it took me a little while this year," Windom admitted. "I raced midgets quite a bit in 2011 and 2012, but I felt like I never really ran a lot. Being off six years, these things have changed quite a bit. Most of these guys have gotten to do it two or three years straight. It took me a little bit to get back into the rhythm of it. CMR and (crew chief Tyler Ransbottom) and everybody gives us cars to go out and compete first and second with. You know you have a car to win, so you've got to go figure out how to do it."

Windom was slotted into the pole position for the start of the 30-lapper after originally scheduled pole starter Zeb Wise had to go to a backup car after his engine expired at the finish of his heat race. Wise's misfortune moved him to the tail of the field and fortuitously gave Windom the pole.

Windom slid past outside front row starter Kevin Thomas, Jr. into turn one on the opening lap, with Thomas maintaining a one to two car length distance behind Windom's rear bumper for most of the first third of the race. Windom utilized the higher line between turns one and two but found comfort on the bottom of turns three and four until the ninth lap when he was forced into taking the high road around the lappers hugging the bottom rail.

As Thomas attempted to close on Windom a couple car lengths back, the bottom was no longer an option as a stack of traffic hung to the low side in the ensuing laps. As it turned out, it forced Windom out of the comfort zone and into the track position it turns out he needed to occupy.

"Before I caught lapped traffic, I felt like the bottom was starting to get slower," Windom recalled. "I was actually kind of glad to see lapped traffic because it forced me to go up there and then it just felt like I was gaining more and more momentum, so that's where I stayed. I felt like the only way anyone was going to get us running there was on a caution and a slide job."

With 12 laps remaining, 11th running Karsyn Elledge spun to a stop between turns three and four, putting a lid on the traffic game for the leaders and bringing a resumption of the battle up front which encapsulated the top-five under a blanket just prior to the yellow.

The see-saw battle between Thomas and Courtney picked up the lap 19 restart where Courtney slid by Thomas into turn one. Thomas countered underneath to retake the runner-up spot in turn three. On lap 25, Courtney returned the favor, sliding by Thomas again in turn one. Thomas tapped Courtney on the rear bumper as the pair exited turn two, with Courtney securing the position.

Moments later, Zeb Wise and Steve Buckwalter got together in turn one while racing for 12th, sending Buckwalter flipping. Both drivers were okay. Wise drove back to an 11th place finish after restarting from the tail.

A wild scramble for second on back behind Windom allowed Windom to distance himself from the pack following the restart, building a 1.2 second lead prior to the stoppage with three to go due to a spin by USAC East Coast Sprint Car champ and 16th running Steven Drevicki between turns one and two.

Courtney was now right Windom's tail tank once again for the three-lap sprint to the finish. Though he didn't initially attempt a slider, Courtney began the stint with a decent restart, staying within a couple car lengths of Windom throughout the first lap. A lap later, Windom escaped Courtney, who now appeared to not be close enough to make another last-ditch run at Windom as the leaders passed under the white flag.

Further back in the pack, eighth-running Jason McDougal spun sideways to a stop in turn four to bring a halt to the event, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

When leading in this situation, a driver is fully aware that they are ripe for the picking and a slide job is most likely going to be delivered. Windom was cognizant of that fact and had readied himself for Courtney.

"He's on top of his game in a midget right now and he's a really aggressive driver, so I wasn't just expecting him to sit back and run second on a restart," Windom said. "I knew whatever line I went to, he was going to the opposite."

Courtney remained a car length back on the first lap following the restart, shadowing Windom and anticipating when he, himself, would shoot his shot while a hard-charging Kyle Larson raced side-by-side with Tanner Carrick for third midway down the back straight.

Courtney took his shot in turn one on the final lap and Windom already had the next half a lap planned out before Courtney even made his move.

"I felt like, at some point, it had to be coming," Windom expected. "I was trying to get as good of a restart as I could, but when guys running second get two and three opportunities at you in the last three laps, they're going to figure out something normally. He was able to get in front of me there and I knew my only option was to cross him over and beat him to turn three. So, that was my plan when I saw him come across my front end there. I knew I had to cross him over and just hope we got to turns three and four smoothly."

Windom did just that, after turning his car down at the exit of two to sneak back under Courtney, drive past him on the back straight and clear him high into turn three. Courtney ducked low off turn four underneath Windom, but it wasn't enough as Windom closed out the victory by a car length (0.191 sec.) over Courtney, Carrick, KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tanner Thorson (from 15th) and Chad Boat.

Windom's victory was a breakthrough for him at Grandview where he'd been a frontrunner year-after-year in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car competition during Eastern Storm, with runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011, third-place finishes in 2016-17-18-19 and fourth place runs in 2010 and 2012.

Contingency award winners Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway were Kyle Larson (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tanner Thorson (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Tyler Courtney (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner & (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 30, 2019 - Grandview Speedway - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania - 1/3-Mile Dirt Oval - Pennsylvania Midget Week / Ken Brenn Midget Masters

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Kyle Larson, 24, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.310 (New Track Record); 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.323; 3. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-14.344; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.422; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-14.441; 6. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.469; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.469; 8. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-14.520; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-14.534; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-14.554; 11. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.623; 12. Steven Drevicki, 12, Heckman-14.633; 13. Karsyn Elledge, 1, Tucker/Boat-14.640; 14. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-14.653; 15. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.671; 16. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-14.708; 17. Steve Buckwalter, 25B, Buckwalter-14.877; 18. Shawn Jackson, 7J, Jackson-15.227; 19. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 83, Buckwalter-15.327; 20. Ryan Greth, 4, Mullet-15.365; 21. Bobby Butler, 5B, Myers-15.408; 22. Kevin Woody, Jr., 0, Buckwalter-15.660; 23. Steve Craig, 55, Craig-15.981; 24. Brett Conkling, 0NJ, Conkling-16.109; 25. Zach Curtis, 75, Curtis-16.456.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Thorson, 2. Karsyn Elledge, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. Kyle Larson, 6. Tanner Carrick, 7. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr., 8. Kevin Woody, Jr., 9. Zach Curtis. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Steve Buckwalter, 3. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Andrew Layser, 6. Ryan Greth, 7. Ethan Mitchell, 8. Steve Craig. 1:58.97 (New Track Record)

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Zeb Wise, 3. Logan Seavey, 4. Steven Drevicki, 5. Shawn Jackson, 6. Brett Conkling, 7. Chad Boat, 8. Bobby Butler. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Tyler Courtney (5), 3. Tanner Carrick (7), 4. Tanner Thorson (15), 5. Chad Boat (8), 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 7. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 8. Kyle Larson (6), 9. Jerry Coons, Jr. (9), 10. Logan Seavey (14), 11. Zeb Wise (1), 12. Andrew Layser (13), 13. Jason McDougal (4), 14. Karsyn Elledge (12), 15. Shawn Jackson (17), 16. Zach Curtis (24), 17. Steven Drevicki (11), 18. Steve Buckwalter (16), 19. Kevin Woody, Jr. (21), 20. Bruce Buckwalter, Jr. (18), 21. Steve Craig (22), 22. Brett Conkling (23), 23. Bobby Butler (20), 24. Ryan Greth (19). NT
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**Steve Buckwalter flipped on lap 24 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tanner Thorson (15th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jason McDougal

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1,166, 2-Chris Windom-1,078, 3-Logan Seavey-1,033, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-996, 5-Zeb Wise-966, 6-Chad Boat-939, 7-Tanner Carrick-871, 8-Jerry Coons, Jr.-864, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-808, 10-Jason McDougal-775.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 31, 2019 - Action Track USA - Kutztown, Pennsylvania - "Pennsylvania Midget Week" - 1/4-Mile Dirt Oval
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FIRST BC39 ENTRY LIST RELEASED

Speedway, Indiana (July 29, 2019).........The first edition of the official entry list for the second annual Driven2SaveLives BC39 powered by NOS Energy Drink has been released, with 26 cars already entered for the mega event on The Dirt Track at IMS on September 4-5.

Among those entered for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget extravaganza include 2017 USAC National Midget champion Spencer Bayston from Lebanon, Ind. aboard a car for owner Brodie Hayward. He and Tyler Thomas (Collinsville, Okla.) are among the two past series feature winners signed up for the event thus far.

Thomas has shown his prowess in USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division as well, capturing a victory at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in September of 2018. He's joined by a pair of drivers who've won in a USAC Sprint Car but are still seeking their first National Midget wins under USAC sanction, namely Brent Beauchamp (Avon, Ind.) and Matt Westfall (Pleasant Hill, Ohio).

Past USAC Western States Midget champion Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, Calif.) is entered along with West Coast wheelman Cody Swanson, a two-time USAC Western States Midget winner in his career, while Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) is a two-time champ on the USAC Speed2 Midwest Thunder Midget trail. Justin Peck (Monrovia, Ind.) has won in midgets and has also been a victor with the Ollie's Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car series.

Teams can file their entry for the event at https://www.thebc39.com/, where they may also purchase pit and parking passes for the two-night USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship event.

With the expansion of grandstand seating around the quarter-mile dirt oval, teams purchasing pit passes for the BC39 will be able to add a grandstand seat. Five-hundred reserved seats in Tier 3 (lower level) have been made available for purchase at a discounted rate until August 15. Unsold tickets as of August 15 will be made available at public prices and may sell out.

There are three options for viewing the racing action and also having pit pass access. You can purchase a competitor pit pass only where no seat is included with limited viewing of the track. Secondly, you can purchase a competitor pit pass with reserved seating included, which are available in the lower level of the main grandstands. Both options are available on https://www.thebc39.com/.

You may also purchase a grandstand seat from IMS with a pit pass upgrade, which is available at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/.

Each entry filed will come with two VIP parking passes for inside parking at IMS. All others must either purchase inside parking or park outside of turns three and four of 2.5-mile paved oval track.

Spectator tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at https://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/events/usac/buy-tickets.

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Brady Bacon was victorious in the inaugural BC39 in 2018, collecting $15,000 for the victory, which featured a USAC National Midget single event record 110 entries.

The BC39 officially gets underway on Tuesday, Sept. 3 with team parking at noon. From 4-6pm, catch five USAC icons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum's USAC Stars: From the Dirt Track to the Brickyard series. The event will feature legends Don and Mel Kenyon, and current drivers Michael Pickens, Chris Windom and Chad Boat. Pat Sullivan, longtime USAC public address announcer, historian, and author, will emcee this evening of entertaining banter and thrilling stories.

Tickets are available to Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum members for $15 and non-members for $20. Limited seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Kelly Hartman at khartman@brickyard.com.

Following the event, make your way to USAC headquarters, just across the street from the IMS Administration office at 4910 W. 16thStreet, where drivers will draw for their heat race positions at the BC39 opening night races. All cars entered will be randomized into a draft order for the heat race draft. Teams will be able to pick their heat race spot, either in person with a representative, or remotely through USAC officials. Any unrepresented team will be given the first available spot. The heat race position draft is open to the public with team members getting priority into the new USAC worldwide headquarters. Food and beverages will be available.

On track action begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning with the drivers meeting in the IMS Media Room at 2pm. Public gates open at 3pm with cars hitting the track for practice at 4pm, followed by opening ceremonies at 7pm. Heat races and the Stoops Pursuit race will conclude the night's racing action.

The finale, on Thursday, Sept. 5, will have the public gates opening at 3pm and cars on track for practice at 4pm, with qualifying races to follow at 5pm. Opening ceremonies are slated for 7:30pm and immediately followed by the main feature events, starting with multiple D-Mains and C-Mains, the semi-feature and the 39-lap main event.

BC39 ENTRY LIST (26 cars as of 7/29/2019)
1ST TBA (Daryl Saucier)
2 RYAN HALL/Midlothian, TX (Mark Bush)
2x MATT LINDER/Hoschton, GA (Mark Bush)
3N JAKE NEUMAN/New Berlin, IL (Jim Neuman)
7u KYLE JONES/Kennedale, TX (Trifecta Motorsports)
8 RANDI PANKRATZ/Atascadero, CA (Wally Pankratz)
11L AARON LEFFEL/Springfield, OH (Chuck Taylor)
11T TBA (Chuck Taylor)
14H TBA (Mike Dickerson)
15s SHANNON McQUEEN/Bakersfield, CA (Broc Garrett)
15x CARSON GARRETT/Littleton, CO (Broc Garrett)
17 JUSTIN PECK/Monrovia, IN (Bus Racing Team)
19 SPENCER BAYSTON/Lebanon, IN (Brodie Hayward)
20 CODY WEISENSEL/Sun Prairie, WI (Kevin Weisensel)
21D JUSTIN DICKERSON/Pittsboro, IN (Mike Dickerson)
28 ACE McCARTHY/Tahlequah, OK (Jim Neuman)
41 OLIVER AKARD/Ft. Myers, FL (Dan Akard)
43 BRENT BEAUCHAMP/Avon, IN (Kevin Arnold)
50 TONY DiMATTIA/Malvern, PA (Tony DiMattia Motorsports)
54 MATT WESTFALL/Pleasant Hill, OH (Steve Bordner)
56A COLTEN COTTLE/Kansas, IL (Travis Young)
57A TBA (Bill Ecker)
57D DANIEL ROBINSON/Ewing, IL (McCreery Motorsports)
71s CODY SWANSON/Norco, CA (Marcie Campbell)
88 TYLER NELSON/Olathe, KS (Tyler Nelson)
91T TYLER THOMAS/Collinsville, OK (Brian Thomas)

 

ROBERT DALBY DELIVERS AT MERCED

MERCED, CA – JULY 27, 2019… For the fourth time in six races, the USAC Western States Midget Series have a brand new winner. This time, it was Robert Dalby, (Anaheim, CA) who took control from Jake Swanson on lap 22 and led the rest of the way to earn the victory at Merced Speedway. Originally slated to start sixth, the pilot of the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Lucas Oil Spike was penalized for using an unapproved muffler earlier in the night. Charging from sixteenth in the main event, Dalby finished ahead of Swanson, Cory Elliott, David Prickett, and Maria Cofer.

Based on original starting positions, Cory Elliott earned the night’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors with a third place run from eleventh. Point leader and leading rookie Austin Liggett claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish.

With temperatures reaching 105 degrees, five drivers broke Dustin Golobic’s track record at the Merced County Fairgrounds. Alex Schutte emerged with the Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award by posting the new standard of 12.421 over the 17-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Swanson (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Dalby (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

The “mighty midgets” will return to action on August 10th for the “Bud Stanfield Memorial” at Santa Maria Raceway, along with the USAC West Coast Sprint Cars.

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: July 27, 2019 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-12.421 (New Track Record); 2. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-12.438; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-12.478; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-12.480; 5. Jake Swanson, 73, Ford-12.537; 6. Ben Worth, 5G, Alexander-12.697; 7. Terry Nichols, 1P, Nichols-12.887; 8. Troy Morris III, 07X, Trinity-12.920; 9. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-13.034; 10. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-13.059; 11. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-13.075; 12. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-13.390; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-13.520; 14. Ron Hazelton, 15, Hazelton-13.783; 15. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-13.796; 16. Cameron Beard, 15DJ, Neverlift-NT; 17. Ryan Shupe, 10X, Walker-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Swanson, 2. Beilman, 3. Elliott, 4. Cofer, 5. Schutte, 6. Nichols, 7. Carson, 8. Mitchell. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Dalby, 2. Worth, 3. Liggett, 4. Prickett, 5. Morris, 6. Hazelton, 7. Rucker. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Robert Dalby (6), 2. Jake Swanson (3), 3. Cory Elliott (11), 4. David Prickett (10), 5. Maria Cofer (5), 6. Alex Schutte (7), 7. Ben Worth (2), 8. Troy Morris III (9), 9. Terry Nichols (8), 10. Marvin Mitchell (13), 11. Cameron Beard (16), 12. Robert Carson (15), 13. Austin Liggett (4), 14. Ron Hazelton (14), 15. Gage Rucker (12), 16. Kyle Beilman (1). NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Swanson, Laps 6-7 Cofer, Laps 8-21 Swanson, Laps 22-30 Dalby.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Cory Elliott (11th to 3rd)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Austin Liggett

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-403, 2-Dalby-396, 3-Elliott-353, 4-Prickett-331, 5-Shannon McQueen-293, 6-C.J. Sarna-257, 7-Mitchell-241, 8-Worth-241, 9-Beilman-236, 10-Swanson-233.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: August 10 – Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, California – “Bud Stanfield Memorial”

 

 

LEARY LANDS TITLE OF INDIANA SPRINT WEEK CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (July 27, 2019).........C.J. Leary's 2019 NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week championship run was indicative of how his entire USAC AMSOIL National Sprint campaign has unfolded thus far.

An ancient proverb states "Go forth, win races, and the points will follow." Leary is proving that to be untrue - about as untrue as the statement that the quote above is actually an ancient proverb.

Winning Indiana Sprint Week is one of the marquees, one of those items that will stand out on a racer's resume for eternity. What makes it so special is the constant challenge of overcoming adversity throughout the eight-races in ten-day trail, enduring late nights of repairs and maintenance, the camaraderie and, yes, the accomplishment, which makes it all worthwhile.

"This is the crown jewel," Leary exclaimed. "This is the one everyone wants to win. It's the hardest two weeks a racecar driver can have. It's a lot of late nights. My crew and I stayed up 2, 3, 4 o'clock in the morning every night getting the 19AZ prepped and prepared. We got the trophy and that's all I care about."

Leary reeled off top-flight performances night after night throughout ISW, starting from the part of the program that sets the tone, qualifying. Not once did the Greenfield, Ind. driver set overall fast time twice during ISW. Not once did he qualify outside the top-three in his qualifying group on a particular night. Only once did he not transfer through his heat race, at Plymouth, where he proceeded to capture the victory in the semi-feature.

Leary never had to start lower than seventh in any of the events, putting him in position to run at the front by virtue of rolling off the feature ready to compete at a high level. From there, his results were a staggering smattering of consistency in eight starts with a pair of 2nd place finishes at Gas City and Plymouth, three 3rd's at Kokomo, Lawrenceburg and Lincoln Park, a 4th at Bloomington, a 6th at Terre Haute and a 10th the final race at Tri-State that gave him a 12-point cushion over Brady Bacon in the final tally.

Now the owner of 21 consecutive top-ten finishes to begin the 2019 season, ever the perfectionist, Leary is not one to simply rest on his laurels. His strive to become a champ has him refusing to cut any corners or being accepting of an "off-night" every now and then. All that means in his book is a missed opportunity to gain points toward a title whether it's Eastern Storm, Indiana Sprint Week of even the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title on the line.

"I knew that if we ran on the podium every night, we'd have a good shot at winning the deal," Leary acknowledged. "We started off strong and did everything we could every night. We qualified well, we ran well in the heat races and we've only run one B-Main all year. That's a good accomplishment on its own, but I really wanted to win. What we're here to do is win races and we didn't get it done this week, so we'll have to do a little more homework and if we can get this thing to victory lane, we'll be a bit happier."

Leary's ISW title run began in heartbreaking fashion, leading the first 29 laps of the opening night feature at Gas City before winding up as the runner-up finisher behind Shane Cottle in one of the closest finishes in series history. A moment was given to vent, then it was onward to Plymouth where they'd rebound nicely with another second-place run.

Far from the finish line, but more than halfway there, this year has already proven to be a dream season for Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports. It's a combination that didn't even exist until just a handful of months ago, combining an emerging gasser from the Hoosier state with an Arizona-based team who had never competed on the full USAC National trail.

"The first time I talked to (car owner) Andy (Reinbold) was last November at the Oval Nationals (in Perris, Calif.)," Leary recalled. The next weekend, I was sitting on the beach in Ventura, Calif. waiting for Turkey Night to roll around. Andy gave me a ring and said he was interested in putting something together for the 2019 sprint car season. We got everything worked out to where we were happy. I got to bring Davy Jones along with me with me, which I think is where a lot of my success comes from, getting to bring my crew chief from last year on board. We just mesh so well together, and we have fun on and off the racetrack."

With a pair of "mini" series championships in his bank for 2019, Leary's next step is to capture a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title, which is much in the realm of possibility as he continues to knock down top-rate finishes, which is continuously adding to a 122-point lead.

"(Car owner) Andy (Reinbold) assembled a championship winning team and that's what we set out to do," Leary stated. "We won Eastern Storm and we won Indiana Sprint Week. I feel whoever can win one, if not both, ends up winning the championship. I feel pretty confident rolling into the rest of the year with our championship hopes."

History has proven Leary correct in recent years. All three drivers who've won Eastern Storm and Indiana Sprint Week in the same season have gone on to win the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car title that year.

From start to finish at Eastern Storm, Leary bumped his National point lead from 32 to 59, and during Indiana Sprint Week from 57 to 122. They say ISW can make or break a team, but Leary and Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports, by all indications, are making it. Car and driver swaps have taken place in some pit areas over the past week, but this combo keeps digging their way to joining that exclusive crew of Clauson, Ballou and Windom with their methodical manner of knocking out top-fives on a near-nightly basis, and keeping it within the top-ten on an "off" night.

If an off-night and a season-worst finish by the end of July is only a 10th with already two titles under their belt, this season is shaping up to be magical for Leary and company.

FINAL 2019 NOS ENERGY INDIANA SPRINT WEEK STANDINGS:
1. (564) C.J. Leary
2. (552) Brady Bacon
3. (541) Justin Grant
4. (479) Kevin Thomas, Jr.
5. (471) Kyle Cummins
6. (466) Tyler Courtney
7. (461) Chris Windom
8. (435) Chase Stockon
9. (422) Jason McDougal
10. (392) Carson Short
11. (300) Max Adams
12. (299) Josh Hodges
13. (268) Brandon Mattox
14. (226) Isaac Chapple
15. (224) Brody Roa
16. (223) Dave Darland
17. (217) Thomas Meseraull
18. (210) Shane Cottle
19. (206) Jarett Andretti
20. (199) Scotty Weir
21. (195) Dakota Jackson
22. (147) Dustin Christie
23. (140) Brian VanMeveren
24. (112) Terry Richards
25. (104) A.J. Hopkins
26. (98) Dickie Gaines
27. (85) Stephen Schnapf
28. (85) Brady Short
29. (81) Anthony D'Alessio
30. (69) Matt Westfall
31. (64) Mario Clouser
32. (64) Jordan Kinser
33. (63) Koby Barksdale
34. (61) Brent Beauchamp
35. (54) Mitchell Davis
36. (53) Kendall Ruble
37. (52) Cole Ketcham
38. (50) Jadon Rogers
39. (50) Eric Perrott
40. (48) Dustin Smith
41. (47) Dustin Ingle & Chayse Hayhurst
43. (44) Clinton Boyles
44. (42) Critter Malone
45. (41) Corey Smith
46. (40) Matt Moore
47. (39) Nate McMillin
48. (39) Zane Hendricks
49. (39) Tony DiMattia
50. (38) Tom Harris
51. (34) Shane Cockrum
52. (30) Matt Goodnight, Matt McCarthy & Joe Stornetta
55. (28) Donny Brackett
56. (24) Kent Schmidt
57. (20) Chad Boespflug, Brandon Long, Harley Burns, Brayden Fox, Kyle Hathaway, Steve Thomas, Sterling Cling & Trey Gropp
65. (10) Dallas Hewitt, Andrew Prather, Joe Liguori, Callie Wolsiffer, Garrett Abrams, Travis Berryhill, Colten Cottle, Alec Sipes, Jesse Vermillion, Lee Underwood, Landon Simon, Josh Cunningham, Bobby Griffitts, Brad Greenup, Ryan Bond, Collin Ambrose & Aric Gentry

 

 

CUMMINS COLLECTS TRI-STATE FINALE;
LEARY THE ISW CHAMP

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Haubstadt, Indiana (July 27, 2019).........In a year's time, Kyle Cummins and crew have come along way. In last year's NOS Energy Sprint Week, the Princeton, Ind. driver qualified for only four of the seven features and finished in the top-ten just once.

In 2019, the storyline was redemption with Cummins qualifying for all eight features, finishing in the top-ten in seven and in contention night-after-night, finishing with a flourish after a victory Thursday at Lincoln Park, a near win Friday at Bloomington and closing out the week-plus series with a triumph in Saturday's ISW finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

At Tri-State, Cummins trailed for 26 laps, working his way from the fifth starting spot to track down race-long leader Stephen Schnapf in traffic with four laps remaining to snare the win, the fourth of his ISW career and fifth ever in USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, one which was worth savoring every second.

"Two in one week feels pretty good," Cummins exclaimed. "I don't know if it's really sunk in yet. I took my helmet off and drove around there one time and watched everyone yell and scream. I just tried to take it in a little bit more than just one and done. To keep winning USAC races, that's what means something to me. When you win one or two, okay. If you keep winning them, it proves you can run with them."

Cummins came into the night's event literally unbeatable at the quarter-mile dirt paperclip with three victories in three tries thus far in 2019. He started fifth, but the initial green had was put on hold following multiple opening lap stackups, first between turns three and four involving Kevin Thomas, Jr., Donny Brackett, Carson Short and Kent Schmidt. On the next try, a melee ensued in the first turn involving Short, Schmidt, Tony DiMattia and Critter Malone.

The third try was the charm as Schnapf, making just his ninth career USAC start, shot to the lead from the outside of the front row, occupying the middle line as he passed pole sitter and west coast star Brody Roa into turn one. Meanwhile, Chase Stockon, a 2016 Tri-State USAC winner, slid under Roa for second in turn four on the opening lap.

By the tenth lap, Schnapf was already working in traffic while, in the distance 2.2 seconds behind him, Cummins utilized the low line to sprint past Stockon for second. Schnapf, a one-time MSCS winner at Tri-State in 2018, was seeking his first USAC win, but now had one of the all-time masters of the southwestern Indiana track sizing him up.

As the race crossed the halfway point, the interval between Schnapf and Cummins dropped from 1.4 sec. on lap 18 to 1.0 on lap 19 and to less than nine tenths with ten laps remaining. Once clearing the lapped car of Malone with seven to go, Cummins' runway was cleared for takeoff.

When Schnapf raced underneath the lapped car of Isaac Chapple in turns three and four with seven laps to go, Cummins was a mere single car length behind. Schnapf maintained the advantage for another full lap until, with just five laps remaining, Cummins gained ground off the bottom of turn two, sticking with Schnapf around turns three and four and missing out on the lead at the stripe by less than a wheel.

The two ran side-by-side, just feet apart for three-quarters of the following lap with four to go, with Cummins using his veteran savviness to slide off the bottom in front of Schnapf off the fourth corner to possess the lead at the line by a single car length.

Massive traffic lie ahead, but Cummins navigated through the gridlock with relative ease, sticking the bottom to roll past both Tyler Courtney and C.J. Leary with two laps remaining, lapping up to tenth, as he pulled away from Schnapf, ultimately winning by a 1.604 margin over Schnapf, Justin Grant, Stockon and KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger Brady Bacon, rounding out the top-five after starting 15th.

Cummins and Rock Steady Racing clicked at the right time during Indiana Sprint Week. The team was able to adjust and adapt when any situation arose, such as when they discovered they had a broken shock from the first four races of ISW. They were already tough at that point but took it to another level in the second half of the week, putting themselves into contention to win in each of the last three nights, culminating with a victory that may have just outdone his most recent.

"Winning Putnamville was big," Cummins explained. "I thought it was the biggest until this one tonight, being able to run (Schnapf) down and pass him without a yellow. He's a buddy of mine and I won one already, so I was thinking I'm actually going to be happy for him if he wins. The last ten laps, I just had to take it up a notch and make sure I hit every mark."

Saturday at Tri-State, the team ran a different set up than they had all year, and the same situation was at hand at Putnamville during Thursday's victory. The team is in sync and their Midas touch has car and driver's cohesiveness working like clockwork.

"When you have a bad car, you cannot be aggressive," Cummins pointed out. "When you get a good car and you can actually run with them, it sticks, and you can make moves. It just picks your confidence up. Right now, the confidence is pretty high.

Although he was a lap down at the finish, Leary's tenth place run was solid enough to earn him another crown jewel on his 2019 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car campaign just a little more than a month after capturing the Eastern Storm title and in the midst of a USAC title run in which he currently holds a commanding lead.

Always the competitor, Greenfield, Indiana's Leary was kind of perplexed by their results at Tri-State. A consistent ISW performance that saw a pair of 2nd place finishes, three 3rd's, a 4th and a 6th in eight starts sent him into the finale with a 24-point buffer ahead of Bacon, enough to check out of the Hoosier state tour with all the loot and the hardware.

"I think the first seven nights allowed us to have one bad night here," Leary pointed out. "It really wasn't all too terrible, it just wasn't what we'd hoped for. We wanted to cap off the week with a win, but we have the rocking chair, we have the check and we have the trophy. Everybody's happy!"

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Stephen Schnapf (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Chayse Hayhurst (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Donny Brackett (ProSource Hard Work Award), Tony DiMattia (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Critter Malone (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 27, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.539; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.863; 3. Kendall Ruble, 17, Ruble-13.875; 4. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-13.939; 5. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.992; 6. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.000; 7. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.180; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.218; 9. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.331; 10. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-14.356; 11. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-14.361; 12. Critter Malone, 7, Seven-14.365; 13. Aric Gentry, 10, Gentry-14.383; 14. Collin Ambrose, 36, Ambrose-14.385; 15. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.407; 16. Donny Brackett, 4B, Brackett-14.561; 17. Trey Gropp, 54, Gropp-15.104; 18. Kyle Hathaway, 7H, Hathaway-15.253; 19. Steve Thomas, 20T, Thomas-15.530; 20. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-15.824.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.561; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.573; 3. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.847; 4. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.977; 5. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.983; 6. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.983; 7. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-14.018; 8. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.077; 9. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.139; 10. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.139; 11. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-14.165; 12. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-14.168; 13. Kent Schmidt, 5K, KO-14.302; 14. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.371; 15. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-14.410; 16. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-14.483; 17. Dave Darland, 17c, Cunningham-14.491; 18. Scotty Weir, 42, Cheney-14.820; 19. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.939; 20. Ryan Bond, 7R, Bond-15.367.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Brody Roa, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Dustin Christie, 5. Aric Gentry, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Carson Short, 8. Trey Gropp, 9. Steve Thomas, 10. Kendall Ruble. 2:21.92

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Stephen Schnapf, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Critter Malone, 5. Terry Richards, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Donny Brackett, 8. Kyle Hathaway, 9. Eric Perrott, 10. Collin Ambrose. 2:20.56

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Tony DiMattia, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Kent Schmidt, 6. Anthony D'Alessio, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Sterling Cling, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Max Adams. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Chayse Hayhurst, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Josh Hodges, 7. Mario Clouser, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Scotty Weir, 10. Ryan Bond. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Donny Brackett, 2. Mario Clouser, 3. Trey Gropp, 4. Dave Darland, 5. Anthony D'Alessio, 6. Kyle Hathaway, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Steve Thomas, 9. Eric Perrott, 10. Ryan Bond. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Kendall Ruble, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. Kent Schmidt, 5. Max Adams, 6. Donny Brackett, 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 8. Terry Richards, 9. Thomas Meseraull, 10. Jadon Rogers, 11. Collin Ambrose, 12. Brian VanMeveren, 13. Mario Clouser, 14. Trey Gropp, 15. Sterling Cling, 16. Dave Darland, 17. Aric Gentry, 18. Carson Short. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (5), 2. Stephen Schnapf (2), 3. Justin Grant (6), 4. Chase Stockon (4), 5. Brady Bacon (15), 6. Jarett Andretti (10), 7. Brody Roa (1), 8. Kendall Ruble (7), 9. Jason McDougal (12), 10. C.J. Leary (3), 11. Tyler Courtney (17), 12. Max Adams (8), 13. Critter Malone (18), 14. Isaac Chapple (11), 15. Carson Short (24), 16. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (23), 17. Chayse Hayhurst (19), 18. Donny Brackett (22), 19. Brandon Mattox (16), 20. Josh Hodges (9), 21. Chris Windom (14), 22. Kent Schmidt (20), 23. Tony DiMattia (13), 24. Dustin Christie (21). NT
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**Ryan Bond flipped during heat four.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-26 Stephen Schnapf, Laps 27-30 Kyle Cummins.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (15th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Critter Malone

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Kevin Thomas, Jr.

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Tony DiMattia

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Donny Brackett

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,519, 2-Brady Bacon-1,397, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,364, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,353, 5-Chris Windom-1,335, 6-Justin Grant-1,318, 7-Chase Stockon-1,314, 8-Carson Short-1,151, 9-Jason McDougal-1,139, 10-Isaac Chapple-883.

FINAL NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-564, 2-Brady Bacon-552, 3-Justin Grant-541, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-479, 5-Kyle Cummins-471, 6-Tyler Courtney-466, 7-Chris Windom-461, 8-Chase Stockon-435, 9-Jason McDougal-422, 10-Carson Short-392.

FINAL PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-41, 2-Shane Cottle-30, 3-Brady Bacon-24, 4-Justin Grant-21, 5-Dave Darland-21, 6-Max Adams-17, 7-Kyle Cummins-16, 8-Jarett Andretti-16, 9-Chris Windom-14, 10-Jason McDougal-13.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: August 21, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - #GYATK Night (Non-Points Special Event)
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KEVIN THOMAS, JR.'S LAST LAP HEROCS
GET IT DONE AT BLOOMINGTON

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Bloomington, Indiana (July 26, 2019).........Kevin Thomas, Jr. led three different times for a total of 13 laps in Friday's Sheldon Kinser Memorial, round seven of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week from Bloomington Speedway, but it was one final lap that decided his fate.

After swapping the lead multiple times down the stretch, on the final lap, the Cullman, Ala. native rocketed around the outside of Jason McDougal in turns one and two, locked up the bottom in three and four and raced to his third Bloomington ISW victory following triumphs in 2012 and 2017.

In 19 previous USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car starts this season, Thomas had finished as the runner-up on four occasions. On this night, he flat out refused to run second, put it all on the line and came away with his first victory since the 2018 season finale in Perris, Calif.

"I didn't think that was ever going to happen," Thomas admitted. "It's been a trying year. I think we've finally overcome our things that have gone wrong and our bad luck. You just have to be in a position to win all the time. You're not going to win every race, but you've got to be there and then things will start going your way."

Thomas began the 30-lapper from the fifth spot, but the early-going was marred by a three-car accident involving a flipping Chris Windom with Carson Short and Jordan Kinser also involved. All were okay, but only Short restarted.

On the restart, Thomas went to the rail, riding the outside line to move into the top-three on lap six underneath Justin Grant. Up front, outside front row starter McDougal was working on race leader Jarett Andretti, pulling even on the outside before clearing Andretti off turn four to grab the race lead. Thomas followed suit and worked inside past Andretti for second on the bottom of turn one.

After working his way to third by lap 11, Brady Bacon encountered trouble as he slid to a stop on the back straightaway with a little bit of flame being thrown from the car. Though he'd restart from the tail, he worked his way back to a seventh-place finish by race end.

McDougal led Thomas into turn one but left the bottom open for Thomas. Thomas took hold of the advantage and cruised underneath McDougal exiting turn two with the lead. Following an incident in which early race leader Jarett Andretti slid to a stop on the front straightaway, the man on the move was Kyle Cummins.

The previous night's winner at Lincoln Park put his ride up top and methodically picked his way past Grant for third on lap 14, by McDougal for second on lap 15 and was literally on the edge for the lead on lap 16. Thomas moved up to protect up top at the exit of turn four. However, Cummins found a line even higher than Thomas and the two banged wheels at the stripe, with Cummins nipping the line mere inches ahead of Thomas. Thomas cut down into one and reclaimed the lead with a slider on Cummins, who ended up getting hung up on the turn four cushion, losing second to McDougal.

"From the start of the race, we were pretty decent on the bottom," Thomas explained. "I tightened myself up with the shocks. I think it was the wrong move for going down there. When I finally got to the lead, my pace was slowing down and I heard a guy up around the top, so I tried to move to the top, and I'm pretty sure it was Kyle Cummins. I didn't think anybody could get any higher, then he tried going around me down the front stretch and we made a little contact. I didn't know anybody could even go up there without running off the track."

With seven laps remaining, second-running McDougal and third-running Cummins began to hunt down Thomas once again. McDougal pulled even to the inside of Thomas between turns one and two on lap 23, but on the 24th circuit, McDougal kept the momentum rolling on the bottom off turn two, edging ahead of Thomas in turn three, then letting his car float to the top, pushing Thomas wide to secure the top spot before pulling ahead by five car lengths into turn one with just five laps to go and a bit of traffic now on the horizon.

With four to go, Thomas began to inch closer to McDougal on the top as McDougal closed in rapidly on the lapped car of Brody Roa between turns three and four with the two nearly making nose-to-tail contact. McDougal was in a sort of no-man's land sliding through the middle, allowing Thomas to close within a car length at the line.

Thomas kept digging, pulling even with McDougal into turn one, and took the outside line into turn three, which nearly proved disastrous, hopping the rear wheels airborne. A rapidly closing Cummins tried to avoid ramming Thomas and spun himself into a 360 over the berm in turn three before coming to a rest.

Now it was down to a duel between just McDougal and Thomas, and only three laps remaining. Thomas knew he needed to turn up the wick, making adjustments and making plans on how he was going to tackle the task.

"I made a little bit more of a shock adjustment on that last restart," Thomas remembered. "I knew I couldn't go to the bottom because you're going to run second. It was either going to stick or I was going to drive right off the end of the track."

McDougal initially had a fine restart and was leading by four car lengths going into turn one on the final lap, but Thomas devoured the high line and ate up the interval in no time flat to take the lead, cut down to the bottom in front of McDougal in turn three, nailed his marks to a T, and drove to victory by 0.388 of a second over McDougal, Grant, ISW point leader C.J. Leary and a career-best fifth-place finish for Brandon Mattox.

For Thomas, it was his 26th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, moving him ahead of past series champs Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 17th on the all-time list. Furthermore, his sixth Indiana Sprint Week win moved him ahead of Kevin Briscoe, Tony Elliott, Brady Short and Kevin Thomas (no relation) for sixth all-time.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)


Thomas and his Hayward/Thomas Motorsports team have upped their performances over the past week, finishing in the top-five in each of their past four starts just after finishing outside the top-five in three of their previous four prior to that.

For Thomas, it was his 26th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory, moving him ahead of past series champs Steve Butler and Jay Drake for 17th on the all-time list. Furthermore, his sixth Indiana Sprint Week win moved him ahead of Kevin Briscoe, Tony Elliott, Brady Short and Kevin Thomas (no relation) for sixth all-time.

"I think the driver just finally showed up," Thomas said. "There's a few little things like
to make somebody comfortable and with everybody being new to the way I like to do things and how I drive, that's just the way it is. It's a learning curve. When everybody's this tough night-in, night-out, that's the way it goes. We haven't been terrible, we've been running top-five, but it just wasn't quite there, but now we're there."

Contingency award winners Friday night at Bloomington Speedway were Brady Bacon (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Justin Grant (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brady Short (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Carson Short (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work Award), Brandon Mattox (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Lee Underwood (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Josh Hodges (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 26, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week - Sheldon Kinser Memorial

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-11.057; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-11.289; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-11.359; 4. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-11.465; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-11.489; 6. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-11.522; 7. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-11.579; 8. Dave Darland, 17c, Cunningham-11.670; 9. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-11.713; 10. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-11.757; 11. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-11.795; 12. Sterling Cling, 34, Cling-11.860; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-11.902; 14. Lee Underwood, 24L, Underwood-11.993; 15. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-12.019; 16. Stephen Schnapf, 61m, Edwards-12.041; 17. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-12.165; 18. Landon Simon, 04, Burton-12.247; 19. Josh Cunningham, 3JC, Cunningham-12.334; 20. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-12.743; 21. Bobby Griffitts, 9, Griffitts-12.975.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-11.207; 2. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J-11.493; 3. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-11.495; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-11.500; 5. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-11.555; 6. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-11.667; 7. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-11.683; 8. Carson Short, 21, RCM-11.687; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-11.701; 10. Tony DiMattia, 50, TDM-11.716; 11. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-11.757; 12. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-11.759; 13. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-11.843; 14. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-11.846; 15. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-11.946; 16. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-11.947; 17. Trey Gropp, 54, Gropp-12.018; 18. Scotty Weir, 42, Cheney-12.422; 19. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.427; 20. Brad Greenup, 4G, Greenup-12.589.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Shane Cottle, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Jadon Rogers, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Terry Richards, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. Bobby Griffitts. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Max Adams, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Landon Simon, 6. Stephen Schnapf, 7. Sterling Cling, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Lee Underwood, 10. Dustin Christie. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Short, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Tyler Courtney, 7. Mario Clouser, 8. Thomas Meseraull, 9. Trey Gropp, 10. Brian VanMeveren. 2:06.68

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Carson Short, 2. Jordan Kinser, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Brandon Mattox, 6. A.J. Hopkins, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Tony DiMattia, 9. Brad Greenup, 10. Brayden Fox. 2:10.67

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Trey Gropp, 2. Landon Simon, 3. Brayden Fox, 4. Dickie Gaines, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Brad Greenup, 7. Brian VanMeveren, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Bobby Griffitts. 2:11.93

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Tyler Courtney, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Lee Underwood, 8. Dickie Gaines, 9. Jadon Rogers, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Trey Gropp, 12. Landon Simon, 13. Sterling Cling, 14. Mario Clouser, 15. Brayden Fox, 16. Anthony D'Alessio, 17. Tony DiMattia, 18. Stephen Schnapf. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 2. Jason McDougal (2), 3. Justin Grant (3), 4. C.J. Leary (4), 5. Brandon Mattox (11), 6. Chase Stockon (9), 7. Brady Bacon (6), 8. Dave Darland (13), 9. Tyler Courtney (22), 10. Thomas Meseraull (20), 11. A.J. Hopkins (7), 12. Isaac Chapple (21), 13. Josh Hodges (12), 14. Carson Short (14), 15. Brady Short (17), 16. Kyle Cummins (8), 17. Shane Cottle (16), 18. Max Adams (10), 19. Brody Roa (19), 20. Jarett Andretti (1), 21. Chris Windom (15), 22. Jordan Kinser (18). NT
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**Dustin Christie flipped through the turn one fence during the second heat. Sterling Cling flipped at the start of the semi. Chris Windom flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Jarett Andretti, Laps 7-11 Jason McDougal, Laps 12-15 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Lap 16 Kyle Cummins, Laps 17-24 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 25-29 Jason McDougal, Lap 30 Kevin Thomas, Jr.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (22nd to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Josh Hodges

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Lee Underwood

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Brandon Mattox

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,466, 2-Brady Bacon-1,332, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,322, 4-Tyler Courtney-1,315, 5-Chris Windom-1,306, 6-Chase Stockon-1,244, 7-Justin Grant-1,240, 8-Carson Short-1,118, 9-Jason McDougal-1,088, 10-Isaac Chapple-846.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-511, 2-Brady Bacon-487, 3-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-469, 4-Justin Grant-463, 5-Chris Windom-432, 6-Tyler Courtney-417, 7-Kyle Cummins-389, 8-Carson Short-382, 9-Jason McDougal-371, 10-Chase Stockon-365.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-35, 2-Shane Cottle-30, 3-Dave Darland-21, 4-Justin Grant-18, 5-Max Adams-17, 6-Chris Windom-14, 7-Brady Bacon-14, 8-Brandon Mattox-13, 9-Isaac Chapple-13, 10-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-12.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 27, 2019 - Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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CUMMINS LIGHTS OUT AT PUTNAMVILLE ISW ROUND 6

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Putnamville, Indiana (July 25, 2019).........On a night when the lights went out around Lincoln Park Speedway, Kyle Cummins was "lights out" in his NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week round six performance Thursday at the 5/16-mile dirt oval in Putnamville, Ind.

Kyle Cummins led from start to finish, wiring all 30 laps from the pole to win his third career Indiana Sprint Week feature and fourth in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car division, returning to victory lane following a two-year hiatus.

The veteran racer from Princeton, Ind. has a slew of meaningful victories in his career. His first USAC victory at Kokomo in 2016 was a long-awaited breakthrough while his 2017 triumph came in dramatic fashion on a last lap, last corner pass for the win at Tri-State Speedway.

Thursday night's performance didn't include quite the same drama that came with the other two on the final laps, yet he freely admits that winning at Lincoln Park is bigger than each of those two, signaling just how far he'd come after a tough 2018 season.

"Kokomo was tough, and Haubstadt was a last lap kind of thing," Cummins recalled. "I feel like running here, it's a lot more technical. You can't just throw it in there and get grip. You've got to hit your lines and, if you miss your lines, it can really set you back. Winning here, I feel, is definitely bigger than the other ones I've won before. Kokomo was cool because it was the first one and Haubstadt was good, but this one...we kind of had a year there where we just weren't up there. This year, we got a new car and everywhere we've gone, this thing has been really good."

The evening got off to a peculiar start as, prior to the main event, a transformer blew, knocking out power to several lights around the racetrack. After a delay, the track was lit, and Cummins led the field to the green, wheelstanding his way into turn one with outside front row starter and ISW point leader C.J. Leary to his right on the topside.

Cummins was committed to the lowest of lines even, at moments, kicking up infield dirt as he scratched the surface with his front wheels through the corners.

By lap four, the most competitive battle on the racetrack was for second. Brady Bacon dug his way on the bottom underneath Leary lap-after-lap on both ends of the speedway. Leary utilized a unique line, backing into the turn one curb and cutting a straight, 45-degree angle line toward turn two, keeping Bacon from being able to slide him and allowing himself to carry maximum momentum and drive the shortest distance between two points from turn one to two.

On the 13th lap, Bacon was close enough to push Leary up a tad between turns one and two. Leary lost the momentum and Bacon gained the position of second with Cummins in front of him by six car lengths. One lap later, Isaac Chapple walked away uninjured after flipping atop the cushion between turns three and four while running 22nd.

For Cummins, it was all about repetition from that point onward, getting in a groove and hitting the same exact spot lap-after-lap. But, sometimes, even the slightest change can alter those plans.

"I was slowly moving the shocks, nothing crazy, on the restart there," Cummins remembered. "I probably untied the shock a little bit too much and got a big ol' wheelie. When you bounce the front end, you miss your lines, so I just had to be patient and calm and hit my marks."

Meanwhile, behind Cummins, Leary was able to slip back by under Bacon on the lap 14 restart, momentarily, but Bacon briskly worked his way back around for the spot in three and four while Cummins snapped away to a five-car-length advantage where he would remain for most of the final stretch.

With six laps to go, Bacon was on a scavenger hunt for the raciest line to reel in Cummins. Bacon searched high in turns three and four on lap 24, and the bottom of one, two, three and four on the ensuing trip as the front two encountered lapped traffic.

Kyle Cummins fourth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway was also his third career NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week feature win.
(Ryan Sellers Photo)

With Brian VanMeveren low and Jadon Rogers high, Cummins stuck to his guns, never wavered from the bottom and followed VanMeveren before clearing him entering turn three with four to go. Cummins gained some emancipation from Bacon as he dealt with traffic while Cummins frolicked freely from Bacon for the final two laps, scoring the victory by 0.940 sec. over Bacon, Leary, Tyler Courtney and Kevin Thomas, Jr.

Cummins was near perfection on the bottom line although he admits there were times when he thought he might've cost himself. With a past two-time champ in Bacon and the current championship leader in Leary on his trail, you can't be much less than perfect if you're expecting to win an Indiana Sprint Week feature.

"I felt like they were right on me the whole time," Cummins explained. "When they said Brady was there, I know he's good around the bottom. A couple times, I thought I missed the bottom, so I decided I was going to make them have to pass me around the top. If I get tight, I'd just make sure to stay on the bottom. The car was actually fairly loose, which let me kind of get in there and not get tight."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Lincoln Park Speedway were Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Max Adams (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), A.J. Hopkins (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger & ProSource Hard Work Award), Thomas Meseraull (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Isaac Chapple (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) & Jason McDougal (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 25, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-12.558; 2. Jordan Kinser, 70, Hurst-12.570; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.712; 4. Mario Clouser, 6, MCM-12.774; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.872; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.885; 7. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.911; 8. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J-12.919; 9. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-12.948; 10. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-13.021; 11. Brayden Fox, 53, Fox-13.027; 12. Jadon Rogers, 14, Rogers-13.030; 13. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.059; 14. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-13.082; 15. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.117; 16. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.182; 17. Dustin Smith, 77, Smith-13.200; 18. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-13.299; 19. Scotty Weir, 42, Cheney-13.339; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.523.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.662; 2. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.749; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.782; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.813; 5. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-12.878; 6. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-12.913; 7. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.068; 8. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.085; 9. Dave Darland, 17c, Cunningham-13.089; 10. Travis Berryhill, 77s, Sturgeon-13.114; 11. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-13.136; 12. Colten Cottle, 5c, Cottle-13.277; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.311; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.313; 15. Brady Short, 11p, Short/Pottorff-13.413; 16. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-13.474; 17. Alec Sipes, 99, Sipes-13.494; 18. Jesse Vermillion, 5, Vermillion-13.549; 19. Harley Burns, 12w, Burns-13.847; 20. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-14.102.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Max Adams, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Brayden Fox, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Scotty Weir, 8. Dustin Smith, 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 10. Dickie Gaines. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. A.J. Hopkins, 2. Jadon Rogers, 3. Jordan Kinser, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Nate McMillin, 7. Joe Stornetta, 8. Shane Cottle, 9. Brody Roa, 10. Terry Richards. 2:11.02

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dave Darland, 4. Brady Short, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Alec Sipes, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Brandon Mattox, 10. Harley Burns. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Thomas Meseraull, 5. Travis Berryhill, 6. Colten Cottle, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Dustin Christie, 9. Jesse Vermillion, 10. Eric Perrott. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the semi) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Alec Sipes, 3. Dustin Smith, 4. Terry Richards, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Jesse Vermillion, 7. Harley Burns, 8. Eric Perrott, 9. Dakota Jackson. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Nate McMillin, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Brayden Fox, 11. Terry Richards, 12. Dustin Christie, 13. Alec Sipes, 14. Dustin Smith, 15. Travis Berryhill, 16. Brent Beauchamp, 17. Colten Cottle. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Kyle Cummins (1), 2. Brady Bacon (3), 3. C.J. Leary (2), 4. Tyler Courtney (4), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (7), 6. Carson Short (6), 7. Brandon Mattox (10), 8. Justin Grant (9), 9. Shane Cottle (22), 10. Chris Windom (16), 11. Mario Clouser (8), 12. Brady Short (21), 13. Jason McDougal (20), 14. Chase Stockon (11), 15. Thomas Meseraull (12), 16. Josh Hodges (13), 17. Max Adams (17), 18. A.J. Hopkins (15), 19. Dave Darland (18), 20. Brian VanMeveren (14), 21. Jadon Rogers (19), 22. Jordan Kinser (5), 23. Isaac Chapple (23), 24. Dustin Christie (24). NT
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**Travis Berryhill flipped during the semi. Isaac Chapple flipped on lap 14 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Kyle Cummins

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (22nd to 9th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Jason McDougal

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Isaac Chapple

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Thomas Meseraull

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Shane Cottle

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,393, 2-Chris Windom-1,276, 3-Brady Bacon-1,268, 4-Tyler Courtney-1,267, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,241, 6-Chase Stockon-1,181, 7-Justin Grant-1,165, 8-Carson Short-1,075, 9-Jason McDougal-1,016, 10-Isaac Chapple-801.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-438, 2-Brady Bacon-423, 3-Chris Windom-402, 4-Justin Grant-388, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-388, 6-Tyler Courtney-369, 7-Kyle Cummins-353, 8-Carson Short-339, 9-Chase Stockon-302, 10-Jason McDougal-299.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-30, 2-Tyler Courtney-22, 3-Justin Grant-18, 4-Max Adams-17, 5-Dave Darland-16, 6-Chris Windom-14, 7-Brady Bacon-14, 8-Kyle Cummins-12, 9-Jarett Andretti-12, 10-C.J. Leary-11.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 26, 2019 - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Sheldon Kinser Memorial
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SUNSHINE SWEEPS TERRE HAUTE ISW ROUND 5

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Terre Haute, Indiana (July 24, 2019).........Tyler Courtney's roller coaster ride of a week can just about be summed up by his eventful 30-lap adventure during Wednesday's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week round five at the Terre Haute Action Track.

During his pursuit of race leader Justin Grant on a restart with 14 laps remaining, Courtney drove around the outside of Grant and held a slight advantage heading into turn three. Grant fought back on the inside where the two banged wheels, popping Courtney airborne at the exit of turn four.

Amazingly enough, Courtney lost very little ground once he landed on all fours. With no time to waste, Courtney got back on the gas and went for broke on the bottom a straightaway later in turn one, biking the car and showing the belly pan to the crowd before coming back down to earth, somehow, someway, avoiding the outside concrete wall as he blasted it with dirt-filled rooster tails. All this without losing a single spot.

Two near calamities that could've taken its toll on Courtney were quickly rebounded from. And there he was once again in a position to win eight laps from the end, lining Grant up in his crosshairs off turn four and sliding past in turn one with mere inches to spare from his rear bumper to Grant's nose.

From there, Courtney spurted away for a near full straightaway victory, becoming the first driver in USAC National competition this year to collect the Saldana Racing Products "Clean Sweep" with fast qualifying time, a heat race win and a feature victory all in one night. It's another peak in a week for the Indianapolis, Ind. native that's had its share of valleys.

Exactly one week earlier, Courtney began a stretch of nine USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races in an 11-day span with a win at Eldora, followed by being collected in a crash that resulted in a DNF and a 23rd place finish in the ISW opener at Gas City. The night after that, he was back in victory lane at Plymouth. Saturday at Kokomo was a mid-pack ninth place finish followed up with a crash at Lawrenceburg that the team managed to return to and carve out a 10th place finish.

Courtney takes it all in stride as part of the travails, trials and tribulations of auto racing. To keep it together over a stretch of the season, or throughout a single 30-lap race, isn't an easy thing to accomplish, especially when you're involved in two near-catastrophic events that could've served as yet another deep valley to climb out of. Instead, it resulted in him becoming the first two-time winner of ISW in 2019.

"That's racing, with the highs and lows," Courtney deadpanned. "Although, we might be tied in highs and lows with our week now. It's a good rebound from the kind of lackluster second part of last week that we had. We know we're good at tracks like this, so we've got to take advantage of it."

Courtney started sixth and was in third by the end of lap one. Pole sitter Chris Windom led the opening lap on the bottom, but Lawrenceburg ISW winner Grant was on the pursuit and snagged the lead from Windom on the back straightaway on the second lap.

Following a yellow for the stopped car of Tom Harris, on the lap three restart, Courtney got underneath Windom in turn and was shot out of a cannon down the back straight into the second position behind Grant. Grant occupied the middle line as the cushion gradually began to push wider where he maintained a three-quarters of a second lead for much of the of the first half of the 30-lapper until reaching lapped traffic just before the halfway point.

Courtney was able to pull even with Grant on the back straight, but Grant was able to maintain, splitting between the lapped cars of Nate McMillin and Dustin Christie in turn three on lap 15 with Courtney just behind. On the 16th lap, Courtney showed a nose to the outside of Grant midway down the back straightaway. As Grant weaved his way through the forest of machinery, he and Courtney nearly made contact.

A lap later, and still trailing by just a few car lengths, Courtney nearly found trouble in turn one, making slight contact with the slowing car of Isaac Chapple, costing him valuable time and track position. He regained it all less than a lap later as leading series Rookie Brian VanMeveren stopped at the exit of turn four to bring out the caution.

Once reracked, that's where it initially looked like Courtney had made the deciding move, taking command and driving around Grant in turn two. Grant fought back heading into turn three where the two made contact. Courtney became airborne at the exit of turn four, but both continued on. Courtney remained right within striking distance and set up for a slider into one, but, instead, just about dumped it, somehow avoiding the mishap and wall contact to race onward.

"You want to win these races as badly as he does," Courtney explained. "But you don't want to do anything dumb at the same time. Unfortunately, I almost did something dumb and about cost myself the whole race."

Moments later, May Terre Haute winner and sixth-running Chase Stockon slowed on the back straightaway. Courtney used the opportunity to take a breath and regroup. Initially, Grant commanded the restart while Windom jumped back in to challenge Courtney for second until eighth-place Jason McDougal slowed on the backstretch to bring out the night's final caution.


Tyler Courtney's fifth Indiana Sprint Week win was also the third career series win for him at Terre Haute. It was also his 22nd career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win which moved him past 1967 series champ Greg Weld and into a tie for 25th place all-time alongside Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sammy Sessions.
(David Nearpass Photo)


Once racing resumed, Courtney was back in the zone, and stayed right with Grant until making the winning move on the 23rd lap with a slide job into turn one. Grant tried a slider of his own on the opposite end in turn three but came up just short. In turn one on lap 24, Grant saw his bid for a win come to a close as he biked himself in turn one, which expanded the gap between the two from three-tenths of a second to near 1.3 sec. in a mere moment's notice.

"I knew I had been a lot better off of four than he was," Courtney realized. "So, I made sure I got it good that lap. I knew I couldn't go too low down in turn one or I'd end up biking again, so I tried to make sure I got a good enough run to where I could get close to him and try to clear him by the middle of the corner and get to the top where I needed to be. Once I got to the lead, I made sure to run as hard as I could to get away from all that."

By race's end, Courtney had bumped the advantage to 4.093 seconds, winning by that margin over Grant, Kevin Thomas, Jr., ProSource/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Brady Bacon (from 14th) and Chris Windom rounding out the top-five.

Courtney's third career series win at Terre Haute was also his 22nd career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car win which moved him past 1967 series champ Greg Weld and into a tie for 25th place all-time alongside Rick Hood, Bubby Jones and Sammy Sessions.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at the Terre Haute Action Track were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tyler Courtney (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), C.J. Leary (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Brady Bacon (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Dakota Jackson (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier & Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer), Dustin Smith (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Nate McMillin (ProSource Hard Work Award).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 24, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week / Dorsett Automotive Don Smith Classic

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-20.329; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-20.342; 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-20.462; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-20.872; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-21.133; 6. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-21.312; 7. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-21.315; 8. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-21.324; 9. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-21.435; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-21.463; 11. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-21.550; 12. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-21.605; 13. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-21.762; 14. Carson Short, 21, RCM-21.804; 15. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-21.806; 16. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-21.942; 17. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-21.945; 18. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-21.966; 19. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-22.019; 20. Dave Darland, 36D, Darland-22.061; 21. Dustin Smith, 77s, Smith-22.130; 22. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-22.191; 23. Scotty Weir, 42, Cheney-22.223; 24. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-22.278; 25. Nate McMillin, 24m, McMillin-22.337; 26. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-22.557; 27. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-22.793; 28. Harley Burns, 12, Burns-22.797; 29. Steve Thomas, 20T, Thomas-22.850; 30. Chayse Hayhurst, 20, Hayhurst-23.263; 31. Kyle Hathaway, 7H, Hathaway-23.863; 32. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-23.924.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Brandon Mattox, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. Dustin Smith, 7. Nate McMillin, 8. Steve Thomas. 2:48.83

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Carson Short, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Max Adams, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Chayse Hayhurst. 2:49.21

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brody Roa, 3. Josh Hodges, 4. Brian VanMeveren, 5. Scotty Weir, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Terry Richards. 2:54.46

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Isaac Chapple, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Eric Perrott, 7. Harley Burns. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Nate McMillin, 4. Dustin Christie, 5. Dustin Smith, 6. Terry Richards, 7. Dakota Jackson, 8. Dickie Gaines, 9. Chayse Hayhurst, 10. Steve Thomas, 11. Eric Perrott, 12. Jarett Andretti, 13. Harley Burns. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. Justin Grant (2), 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (4), 4. Brady Bacon (14), 5. Chris Windom (1), 6. C.J. Leary (5), 7. Carson Short (12), 8. Max Adams (16), 9. Chase Stockon (8), 10. Kyle Cummins (3), 11. Josh Hodges (10), 12. Isaac Chapple (11), 13. Dustin Smith (18), 14. Scotty Weir (20), 15. Brandon Mattox (15), 16. Brian VanMeveren (7), 17. Brody Roa (17), 18. Nate McMillin (22), 19. Dustin Christie (21), 20. Jason McDougal (19), 21. Terry Richards (13), 22. Tom Harris (9). NT

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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chris Windom, Laps 2-22 Justin Grant, Laps 23-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Brady Bacon (14th to 4th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dustin Smith

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dakota Jackson

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Nate McMillin

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS CLEAN SWEEP: Tyler Courtney

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,321, 2-Chris Windom-1,226, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,196, 4-Brady Bacon-1,191, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,173, 6-Chase Stockon-1,141, 7-Justin Grant-1,110, 8-Carson Short-1,009, 9-Jason McDougal-978, 10-Isaac Chapple-778.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-366, 2-Chris Windom-352, 3-Brady Bacon-346, 4-Justin Grant-333, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-320, 6-Tyler Courtney-298, 7-Kyle Cummins-277, 8-Carson Short-273, 9-Chase Stockon-262, 10-Jason McDougal-261.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-22, 2-Justin Grant-17, 3-Shane Cottle-17, 4-Max Adams-17, 5-Dave Darland-16, 6-Brady Bacon-13, 7-Kyle Cummins-12, 8-Jarett Andretti-12, 9-C.J. Leary-11, 10-Dakota Jackson-11.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 25, 2019 - Lincoln Park Speedway - Putnamville, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK PREVIEW 2019

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 24, 2019).........USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing returns to the east July 30-August 3 for the fifth edition of Pennsylvania Midget Week at five different venues in five-straight nights.

The series begins Tuesday, July 30, at Grandview Speedway for the first series visit to the 1/3-mile track in Bechtelsville since Russ Gamester's win in 1989. Wednesday, July 31, marks the debut by the series at Action Track USA in Kutztown. Thursday, Aug. 1, marks a return to Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, the lone track that's been on the PA Midget Week schedule all five years. On Friday, Aug. 2, it's off to Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, with the finale set for Saturday, Aug. 3. At Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown.

No driver has won more often in Pennsylvania Midget Week than Chad Boat (Phoenix, Ariz.) with three triumphs in the past two seasons. His debut victory came at Path Valley in 2017. He followed that up three nights later with his second win in the series debut at Linda's Speedway. In the PA Midget Week finale in 2018, Boat once again raced to victory lane, this time at BAPS Motor Speedway. Made his PA Midget Week debut in 2016, winning his heat race at Lanco, one his three PA Midget Week heat wins. Has led 45 total laps with the series. Looking for first USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory in 2019 after finishing a career-high 2nd in the standings in 2018.

Tanner Carrick (Lincoln, Calif.) picked up his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature win in dramatic fashion in the series' most recent race in Sweet Springs, Mo. on July 14. It was the 2017 series Rookie of the Year's 54th career start. He's been solid at Pennsylvania Midget Week, finishing inside the top-ten in all six of his starts. He scored a best finish of 5th at BAPS in his first start in 2017 where he was hard charger after starting 14th. He was 5th again in his most recent PA Midget Week race at BAPS in 2018. He's also earned a 6th at Lanco in 2018, plus a 7th at Path Valley, 8th at Lanco and 9th at Linda's in 2017 where he also was the victor in his heat race that night.

Jerry Coons, Jr. (Tucson, Ariz.) aims to make his first Pennsylvania Midget Week appearance since 2015 where he earned top results of 5th and 6th in starts at Path Valley and Lincoln, respectively. He won his heat race and led 23 of the 30 laps at Lincoln. The two-time USAC National Midget champion (2006-2007) has had a resurgent season, sitting 7th in the standings following three top-five finishes in his four most recent starts. Owns 19 career USAC National Midget wins, which ranks 33rd all-time. One of six USAC Triple Crown winners to have won Silver Crown, National Sprint and National Midget titles in his career.

Current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) tops all drivers with six feature victories through the first 16 races of the year. He made his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2016 and has been highly successful, although the first victory still awaits for the 2018 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion. Among his top-five finishes in the series, Courtney took 2nd at Path Valley, 3rd at Lincoln and 4th at Linda's, all of which came in 2017. Owns one fast qualifying time and three heat wins in his PA Midget Week career. He recently won in PA in a USAC Sprint Car, taking the Eastern Storm finale at Port Royal.

Tucker Klaasmeyer (Paola, Kans.) is another driver making his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2019. Is 9th in the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings with eight top-tens and a single top-five finish to his credit thus far in 12 series starts during his 2019 campaign. Finishes a season-best 5th in Ocala, Fla. back in February after leading the first 21 laps of the 30-lap feature. Has been victorious in three heat races this year in his second-full-time season with USAC. Still looking for USAC victory number one in a season which has already seen four first-time winners, the most since the 2008 season.

Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, Calif.) is one of the most versatile drivers in all of motorsports, doesn't jump into a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget very often, but when he does, he makes it count. In three appearances this year, he's won once at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill. back at the end of June. In qualifying, the 2011 USAC National Midget Rookie of the Year established a new track record there, just as he did during Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park a few weeks earlier. He finished 3rd in his season debut at Gas City during Indiana Midget Week and was battling for the victory on the final lap at Lincoln Park when he flipped wildly. He recently finished 2nd and 7th in two Pennsylvania Sprint Speedweek features to open up the month of July.

The top Pennsylvania prospect running full-time in USAC's NOS Energy Drink National Midget division this season is Andrew Layser (Collegeville, Pa.) who's aiming for Rookie of the Year with the series. However, his Pennsylvania Midget Week experience dates back to 2017. He had superb results in 2018 with an 8th at Lanco, picking up hard charger honors after starting 19th, and a USAC career-best 6th at BAPS the following night where he also won his heat. He's finished 8th on two occasions this year with the series, indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in March and again at Nebraska's Jefferson County Speedway in July.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) is one of three drivers in the top-ten of the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget standings who's making his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2019. McDougal just collected his first career USAC Midget victory in mid-July at Jefferson County Speedway in Nebraska, just three races after switching over to the FMR Racing team whose car won an USAC Eastern/ARDC Midget race at Williams Grove with Brady Bacon in 2017. McDougal has found success in the east this season with USAC, taking the victory in the Eastern Storm round at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway. Has finished in the top-five on five occasions thus far, including a 4th in the most recent race in Sweet Springs, Mo.

Logan Seavey (Sutter, Calif.), the defending USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget champion made his debut last and made a lasting impression. It wasn't solely due his results, which were solid with a 3rd at Lanco and 9th at BAPS in two appearances. You've heard of "ripping the fence" in relation to dirt track racing, but no so much "riding the fence," which he did by putting all four wheels on the catch fence at Lanco to avoid hitting a stopped car, the video of which went viral. Seavey also won his heat at Lanco a year ago. He's won twice this year with the series and is third in points after capturing the Indiana Midget Week title.

Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.) won the second-ever Pennsylvania Midget Week heat race held at Path Valley in 2015. The best finish of his PA Midget Week career came that very same night, a 3rd place result. He took 4th at Lincoln the following night. In 2018, he led the first 16 laps at Lanco before being caught up in an accident. In 2019 thus far, he's won once on the USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship trail, winning with a last lap, last corner pass to capture the final night of the "Kokomo Grand Prix."

Though he's making his first appearance since 2017, Tanner Thorson (Minden, Nev.) has had much success in his Pennsylvania Midget Week career dating to its beginnings in 2015. He was the fast qualifier for the first race held at Path Valley in 2015. He's won twice in its history, both victories coming at Lanco in 2016 and 2017. During the 2016 race, he made a last lap charge to win the race on a final corner pass for the win. The 2016 USAC National Midget champion has led 86 PA Midget Week laps in his career, been fast time twice and won a heat race. Made a miraculous return from devastating injuries suffered in a California highway accident in March of 2019. Won in his third race back from injury with a 15th to 1st charge at Lincoln Park Speedway during Indiana Midget Week in June.

Two-time USAC National champion Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) makes his Pennsylvania Midget Week debut in 2019. The 2016 Silver Crown and 2017 AMSOIL National Sprint Car champion has had a multitude of USAC success on Pennsylvania soil throughout his career. In 2016, he won in a Silver Crown car at Williams Grove. He's a two-time Eastern Storm champ is tied atop the list for most wins in the series with six. Recently won his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Lawrenceburg at the Indiana Midget Week finale in his 102nd career series start. Just moved into the runner-up position in points after setting a new one-lap track record and a 3rd place finish in the most recent race at Sweet Springs, Mo.

Zeb Wise (Angola, Ind.) became the youngest driver ever to win a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature during the Pennsylvania Midget Week round at Lanco in 2018, leading the final 12 laps to take the victory at the age of 15 years, 8 months and 21 days old. Perhaps even more impressive is that the win came in his first race back from injury after breaking his collarbone two months earlier. The following night, he issued a prime performance as well with a runner-up finish at BAPS where he won his heat and was hard charger after starting 8th. He's on the hunt for his first win this season after earning three 2nd place results in 2019.

"Pennsylvania Midget Week" kicks off Tuesday, July 30, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. 358 Modifieds are also in action. Gates open at 5pm Eastern with racing at 7:30pm.

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. makes its debut on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule on Wednesday, July 31. 600 Micros and Slingshots are also on the card. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm. Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. is next up on Thursday, August 1. Wingless Super Sportsman and 600cc Micros join the Midges. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. serves as the penultimate round for PA Midget Week on Friday, August 2 along with Wingless 600 Micros. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

The finale at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. arrives on Saturday, August 3. Wingless Micros will once also be on tap. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Watch all of Pennsylvania Midget Week live and on-demand on FloRacing. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on both the USAC and Race Monitor apps.

2019 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE: Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA) Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA) Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA) Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA) Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK WINNERS: 2015: Rico Abreu at Path Valley (8/18) and Rico Abreu at Lincoln (8/19) 2016: Tanner Thorson at Lanco (8/16) 2017: Justin Grant at Susquehanna (8/13), Chad Boat at Path Valley (8/14), Tanner Thorson at Lanco (8/15) and Chad Boat (8/17) 2018: Zeb Wise at Lanco (8/4) and Chad Boat at BAPS (8/5)

ALL-TIME PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK WINS: (3) Chad Boat (2) Rico Abreu & Tanner Thorson (1) Justin Grant & Zeb Wise

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS RETURN TO MERCED SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 23, 2019... After a hard fought clash at Petaluma, the chase for the USAC Western States Midget championship heads to Merced Speedway this Saturday, July 27th. Promoted by Chris Shannon and Paul Stone, the sixth point race is the last chance to catch the “mighty midgets” at the Merced County Fairgrounds. The event will also spotlight the IMCA Modifieds, Mini Stocks, and Valley Sportsman. The Spectator Gates will open at 5:00pm and Racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.

Saturday’s event will mark the second appearance of the USAC Western States Midgets at the Merced County Fairgrounds. On April 20th, point leader Austin Liggett topped the 30-lap feature and Dustin Golobic set the 1-lap track record of 12.622.

Entering the sixth point race, there have been four different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the Bakersfield season opener on April 6th. Point leader and rookie contender Austin Liggett topped the April 20th Merced debut and the Santa Maria feature on April 27th. Robby Josett claimed the Ventura checkered flags on June 22nd and Maria Cofer earned her first victory last Saturday at Petaluma.

Heading to Merced, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a 45-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett led the first eight laps before scoring fourth at Petaluma last Saturday night. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, five top-10 finishes, and 21 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to add another Merced triumph to his resume.

After finishing third at Petaluma, Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) has climbed to second in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, the young driver will have his sights on his first series win at Merced.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) has risen to third in the USAC Western States Midget point standings. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen raced from ninth to sixth in last Saturday’s feature at Petaluma. At press time, the 2012 Champion has five top-10 finishes and will miss this Saturday’s action at the Merced County Fairgrounds.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) sits fourth in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott set fast time at Petaluma before engine problems ended his night. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award, two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first Merced triumph.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the Western States point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett scored fourteenth at Petaluma after an early exit. To date, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. David will be looking for his first win of the year this Saturday night.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Randi Pankratz, Kyle Beilman, Marvin Mitchell, Cody Swanson, Gage Rucker, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Beau Lemire, Frankie Guerrini, and more.

Merced Speedway is located on the Merced County Fairgrounds at 900 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Merced, California. Adult tickets are $15, Senior tickets are $13, Kids tickets (6-12) are $5, and Children (5 & Under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track’s website at mercedspeedway.net or call 209.600.8382.

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 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: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Maria Cofer, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

MERCED USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 1-Austin Liggett.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. (R) Austin Liggett-357, 2. Robert Dalby-312, 3. Shannon McQueen-293, 4. Cory Elliott-283, 5. David Prickett-265, 6. C.J. Sarna-257, 7. Randi Pankratz-207, 8. Kyle Beilman-198, 9. Marvin Mitchell-197, 10. (R) Ben Worth-181, 11. Cody Swanson-173, 12. Jake Swanson-156, 13. Gage Rucker-139, 14. Michael Faccinto-138, --. Alex Schutte-138, 16. Maria Cofer-137, 17. Dylan Ito-114, 18. (R) Mike Leach Jr.-107, 19. (R) Troy Morris III-88, 20. (R) Jackson Dukes-85.

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
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
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.

 

 

LARSON TO RUN FIRST THREE OF PA MIDGET WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 23, 2019).........Kyle Larson, a 16-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget winner, will compete in the first three events of the 5th annual Pennsylvania Midget Week, beginning at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. on Tuesday, July 30.

Larson will also compete the two following nights in a midget on Wednesday, July 31, at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. and on Thursday, August 1, at Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa.

Elk Grove, California's Larson will compete for Keith Kunz Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian in the three events, the same team with whom he's won all but one of his USAC Midget races with, including this past June at the Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill.

However, the car will have a different look to it as the team honors Ken Brenn, a five-time winning USAC National Midget car owner, five-time ARDC Midget champion car owner (1963-64, 68-69 & 71), ARDC president, safety innovator, racing promoter and namesake of the Grandview opener, the "Ken Brenn Midget Masters."

Elk Grove's Larson, a five-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series winner, has made three USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget starts in 2019, including the June win at Joliet. The other two came during "Indiana Midget Week." He finished 3rd in his first outing at Gas City I-69 Speedway, then proceeded to set a new one-lap track record the following night at Lincoln Park Speedway. There, he was contending for the win on the final lap when he flipped over the turn two cushion.

"Pennsylvania Midget Week" kicks off Tuesday, July 30, at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. 358 Modifieds are also in action. Gates open at 5pm Eastern with racing at 7:30pm.

Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa. makes its debut on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget schedule on Wednesday, July 31. 600 Micros and Slingshots are also on the card. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps at 6:15pm.
Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa. is next up on Thursday, August 1. Wingless Super Sportsman and 600cc Micros join the Midges. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

Linda's Speedway in Jonestown, Pa. serves as the penultimate round for PA Midget Week on Friday, August 2 along with Wingless 600 Micros. Gates open at 5pm Eastern, hot laps at 7pm and racing at 7:30pm.

The finale at Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa. arrives on Saturday, August 3. Wingless Micros will once also be on tap. Gates open at 4pm Eastern, grandstands open at 5pm and hot laps at 6:30pm.

Watch all of Pennsylvania Midget Week live and on-demand on FloRacing. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on both the USAC and Race Monitor apps.

2019 PENNSYLVANIA MIDGET WEEK SCHEDULE:
Jul 30: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, PA)
Jul 31: Action Track USA (Kutztown, PA)
Aug 1: Path Valley Speedway Park (Spring Run, PA)
Aug 2: Linda's Speedway (Jonestown, PA)
Aug 3: Lanco's Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway (Newmanstown, PA)

 


 

GRANT GLIDES TO ISW GLORY AT THE BURG

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Lawrenceburg, Indiana (July 21, 2019).........For Justin Grant, Lawrenceburg Speedway is akin to a second home.

For it was the track where Grant earned his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory and his lone previous Indiana Sprint Week win seven years earlier. It's the place in which he won with USAC in 2014 and again in the fall of 2018. And it's where he earned his latest triumph, Sunday in round four of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

"I've had a lot of special wins here at Lawrenceburg," Grant said. "I really like it. I raced down here a ton back when I was driving the 40 car for Mark Hery. It was our Saturday night venue. We raced 10-15 Saturday nights a year here for a few years. It's just a place I've always loved coming to."

In fact, coming into Sunday's event, Grant had led just two laps in his entire ISW career, both of which came at the conclusion of that 2012 ISW race at the very same track. It's an ISW career for Grant which includes 12 top-five finishes in 45 starts.

Grant left no doubt on this night, leading all 30 laps from start to finish to win his 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature, passing Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.

In addition, he became the speedway's winningest sprint car driver on its reconfiguration into its current 3/8-mile, high banked state.

What had been a flurry of five victories in an eight-race span for Grant and TOPP Motorsports to close out the 2018 season, started off strong with a win in their second start of 2019 in Ocala, Fla. The wait for a return trip to victory lane took five months, but Grant feels the pieces to the puzzle were always there, the pieces just had to fit together.

"It's been awhile," Grant acknowledged. "I felt like we've had speed here and there early in the night, then we've had speed late in the night and just struggled to put a whole night together. We were finally good early and late and we're able to put all the pieces together. Lawrenceburg was pretty hammer down tonight and the car was screaming around there. It was a lot of fun to drive and I was just kind of hanging on to it trying to keep it out of the fence."

Although Grant began the 30-lapper from the outside of the front row, at the start, he made a beeline for the bottom, racing to the front of the line and shutting the door on Kokomo ISW winner Chris Windom to be the first to get to turn one. Grant then slid up to the top and broke out to a five-car-length lead.

Trouble ensued on the second lap as ninth-running Max Adams slipped sideways in turn four. Josh Hodges, the 2016 Lawrenceburg Fall Nationals winner, plowed sideways into Adams. Jarett Andretti clipped Hodges' left front wheel and flipped over. Meanwhile, leading series Rookie driver Brian VanMeveren ramped over the right rear tire of Adams, sending him into a set of barrel rolls toward the outside concrete which also entangled 2018 Lawrenceburg ISW winner Tyler Courtney.

VanMeveren and Andretti were both finished for the evening. Courtney, Adams and Hodges each restarted with Courtney actually racing back to a 10th place finish at the checkered.

Multiple times within the first ten laps, Windom was able to get a nose under Grant in between turns three and four as the pair ran two distinctive grooves, Grant up on top and Windom working the bottom.

But, as was the case, as such throughout the middle portion of the race, Windom was able to pull even with Grant as he slid to the exit of the corner. Each time, Grant had the momentum from the top to carry him back in front of Windom, no harm, no foul, no muss, no fuss, where Grant maintained an advantage of a tick under a second over Windom.

Justin Grant's 15th career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win moved him past Billy Cassella, Jim Hurtubise, Lee Kunzman and Bruce Walkup to move to 34th on the all-time list.
(Dallas Breeze Photo)

With five to go, Grant greeted lapped traffic, but all heeded the courtesy flag and ventured to the bottom, allowing Grant to graze freely by his lonesome without much in the terms of pressure and the lap count dwindling while possessing a healthy advantage over Windom as light sprinkles began to fall.

Beyond the two at the front, C.J. Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short all ran nose-to-tail for third, fourth and fifth. With six to go, Short made an impressive bid for third, sliding up the hill in turn four to grab the spot from Leary. Leary then turned his nose left at the exit of four, hustling into turn one to return the favor and reclaim third.

There wasn't as much drama the further up front you glanced as Grant had them covered from flag-to-flag, winning by a relatively comfortable 1.63 second margin over Windom, Leary, Kevin Thomas, Jr. and Carson Short. A victory shower not made up of champagne, but actual precipitation greeted Indiana Sprint Week's fourth different feature winner in as many races in victory lane.

Contingency award winners Sunday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Dustin Christie (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Brody Roa (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Dave Darland (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Dickie Gaines (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Dave Darland (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Tom Harris (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-14.112; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-14.150; 3. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-14.161; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-14.253; 5. Carson Short, 21, RCM-14.258; 6. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-14.274; 7. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-14.280; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-14.327; 9. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-14.344; 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.351; 11. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-14.356; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.426; 13. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-14.467; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.514; 15. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-14.544; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.570; 17. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-14.597; 18. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-14.604; 19. Joe Liguori, 43JR, Tibbits-14.610; 20. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.641; 21. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-14.648; 22. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.712; 23. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.720; 24. Dakota Jackson, 3, Jackson-14.772; 25. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-14.854; 26. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-15.053; 27. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-15.088; 28. Garrett Abrams, 32A, Abrams-15.205; 29. Callie Wolsiffer, 43w, Tibbits-16.071; 30. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Jarett Andretti, 7. Tom Harris. 2:28.33

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Dustin Christie, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Scotty Weir, 4. Max Adams, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Matt Moore, 7. Joe Liguori. 2:27.42

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Brody Roa, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Dakota Jackson, 4. Brian VanMeveren, 5. Dickie Gaines, 6. Garrett Abrams, 7. Brady Bacon. 2:28.50

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Brandon Mattox, 7. Callie Wolsiffer. 2:28.91

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Chase Stockon, 3. Kyle Cummins, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Jarett Andretti, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Tom Harris, 8. Brandon Mattox, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Garrett Abrams, 12. Callie Wolsiffer, 13. Joe Liguori. 3:00.09

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Justin Grant (2), 2. Chris Windom (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 5. Carson Short (4), 6. Brady Bacon (8), 7. Jason McDougal (10), 8. Chase Stockon (7), 9. Kyle Cummins (9), 10. Tyler Courtney (16), 11. Dave Darland (22), 12. Max Adams (3), 13. Dickie Gaines (15), 14. Dustin Christie (20), 15. Isaac Chapple (19), 16. Dakota Jackson (21), 17. Scotty Weir (14), 18. Josh Hodges (12), 19. Brian VanMeveren (11), 20. Jarett Andretti (13), 21. Brody Roa (18), 22. Thomas Meseraull (17). NT
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**Jarett Andretti and Brian VanMeveren flipped on lap 2 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Justin Grant.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Dave Darland (22nd to 11th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Dickie Gaines

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Tom Harris

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Josh Hodges

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Dave Darland

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,253, 2-Chris Windom-1,161, 3-Brady Bacon-1,122, 4-Tyler Courtney-1,112, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,097, 6-Chase Stockon-1,089, 7-Justin Grant-1,034, 8-Jason McDougal-951, 9-Carson Short-950, 10-Isaac Chapple-734.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-298, 2-Chris Windom-287, 3-Brady Bacon-277, 4-Justin Grant-257, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-244, 6-Jason McDougal-234, 7-Kyle Cummins-224, 8-Tyler Courtney-214, 9-Carson Short-214, 10-Chase Stockon-210.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Justin Grant-17, 2-Tyler Courtney, 3-Shane Cottle-17, 4-Dave Darland-16, 5-Kyle Cummins-12, 6-Jarett Andretti-12, 7-C.J. Leary-11, 8-Brent Beauchamp-11, 9-Max Adams-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 24, 2019 - Terre Haute Action Track - Terre Haute, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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MARIA COFER EARNS FIRST WIN AT PETALUMA

PETALUMA, CA – JULY 20, 2019… Maria Cofer (Macdoel, CA) powered by Austin Liggett on the ninth lap and led the rest of the way to claim the 30-lap victory at Petaluma Speedway. Racing the family owned #57 Tule Vista Ranches / Bell Helmets Spike, Cofer earned her first career USAC Western States Midget triumph over Alex Schutte, Robert Dalby, Liggett, and Kyle Beilman.

Cofer scored Petaluma’s Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award / Best Passing Job honors after starting fifth. Randi Pankratz claimed his third Wilwood Disc Brakes “Lucky 13 Award” with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Cory Elliott earned his first Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award of the season by posting a time of 14.968 over the 15-car roster.

The ten-lap heat race victories went to Cofer (Extreme Mufflers First Heat) and Schutte (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions Second Heat).

Next Saturday, July 27th, the USAC Western States Midgets will make their second appearance at Merced Speedway.

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.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2019 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFYING: 1. Cory Elliott, 11E, Elliott-14.968; 2. Alex Schutte, 28, Schutte/McElwee-14.988; 3. Maria Cofer, 57, Cofer-15.110; 4. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-15.111; 5. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-15.115; 6. Kyle Beilman, 31B, Beilman-15.359; 7. Randi Pankratz, 8, Pankratz-15.569; 8. C.J. Sarna, 20, Sarna-15.781; 9. Britton Bock, 15DJ, Neverlift-15.801; 10. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-15.942; 11. David Prickett, 22Q, Neverlift-15.982; 12. Gage Rucker, 11K, Kruseman-16.204; 13. Marvin Mitchell, 78, Mitchell-16.395; 14. Beau Lemire, 14, Lemire-17.117; 15. Robert Carson, 99, Segur-17.922.

EXTREME MUFFLERS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Cofer, 2. Bock, 3. Pankratz, 4. Carson, 5. Mitchell, 6. Dalby, 7. Elliott, 8. Prickett. NT

BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Schutte, 2. McQueen, 3. Liggett, 4. Beilman, 5. Sarna, 6. Rucker, 7. Lemire. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Maria Cofer (5), 2. Alex Schutte (6), 3. Robert Dalby (7), 4. Austin Liggett (4), 5. Kyle Beilman (3), 6. Shannon McQueen (9), 7. C.J. Sarna (8), 8. Gage Rucker (11), 9. Beau Lemire (13), 10. Marvin Mitchell (12), 11. Robert Carson (14), 12. Britton Bock (1), 13. Randi Pankratz (2), 14. David Prickett (10). NT
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**Dalby flipped on lap 9 of the first heat. Sarna flipped on lap 1 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-8 Liggett, Laps 9-30 Cofer.
SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Maria Cofer (5th to 1st)
WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Randi Pankratz

NEW USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINTS: 1-Liggett-357, 2-Dalby-312, 3-McQueen-293, 4-Elliott-283, 5-Prickett-265, 6-Sarna-257, 7-Pankratz-207, 8-Beilman-198, 9-Mitchell-197, 10-Ben Worth-181.

NEXT USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET RACE: July 27 – Merced Speedway – Merced, California

 


WINDOM REIGNS AT KOKOMO
FOR FIRST ISW WIN IN 8 YEARS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Kokomo, Indiana (July 20, 2019).........When compiling statistics prior to the start of this year's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, one of the tidbits that stood out, and was hard to fathom, was the fact that it had been eight years since Chris Windom had won a feature event during ISW.

In that time span, Windom had become a two-time USAC National champion, added another Indiana Sprint Week title to his resume as well as multiple Eastern Storm championships all while developing into one of the top stars of his era. But, year-after-year, Windom's ISW win record had remained stagnant despite being in contention for the victory in a multitude of races throughout that span.

Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, the Canton, Ill. native stuffed that stat in the garbage bin after leading the final 12 laps, which included a tight green-white-checkered tussle with Brady Bacon from which Windom prevailed, for his second career ISW victory and the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey on the all-time list.

"After winning Sprint Week last year, I honestly kind of forgot that I hadn't had won one since 2011," Windom admitted. "I heard that stat this week and it kind of pissed me off. So, I really wanted to get one this week. Like I told my guys, I wasn't going to lose that for them after busting balls above the cushion for 28 laps like that."

That he did, after starting third in the main event which, at first, began much as it started. Windom and pole sitter Bacon battled for the position on the opening lap while Scotty Weir crashed the party, splitting between the two with an impressive move entering turn three to take the lead.

After nipping both at the line as they remained nearly three-wide coming off turn four, Weir secured the position around Bacon off turn two and began to build a gap of nearly two seconds while the battle raged behind him. C.J. Leary entered the fray, slipping by Windom on the bottom momentarily off turn four on the second lap. A lap later, the two swapped positions on both ends of the racetrack, one diving in and the other countering underneath.

Windom used the diamond move off the top of turn three to run down Leary and drive past the ISW point leader into turn one the following lap. Bacon utilized the same diamond maneuver in turn three on lap five. Meanwhile, Windom threw a massive slider into three in front of Bacon. As Bacon was rolling downhill off the top of turn three, his momentum was stifled as Windom drove past to beat Bacon to the line by a car length.

Less than a lap later, Dakota Jackson flipped at the exit of turn four while running 19th. He walked away under his own power.

With 12 to go, Windom began to pressure Weir into turns one and two. Weir hopped on the curb in turn two, opening the door for Windom to drive underneath for the lead entering the back straightaway. Weir went back into attack mode, sliding across the nose of Windom for the lead entering turn three. Windom was quick on his feet as he put four wheels above the turn three cushion, drove under Weir once again off four to take the point by a mere car length as the two frontrunners passed under Tom Hansing's flags.

"I watched the B-Main and I actually watched Dave Darland come from the tail," Windom explained. "He was running that same line, so I knew it would probably end up working in the race. This place, after a few laps, it just seems like momentum always wins here. You've got to find out how you can generate the most speed around the track and that's what I figured out. Once I could get my momentum and run that diamond line the way I needed to, we ran Scotty down. Once he bobbled a little bit, we got by him.

With seven to go, 2016 ISW champ Bacon maneuvered around the outside of Weir in the second turn for the second spot. At that moment in time, Windom's advantage was roughly 10 car lengths, but Bacon chopped it up to narrow the distance little-by-little by the time Anthony D'Alessio, making his first career USAC start, spun in turn four to necessitate a yellow with just two laps to go.

Chris Windom's second career ISW victory was also the 24th of his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, surpassing A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for 22nd on the all-time list.
(Rich Forman Photo)


After a 23-lap green flag run, Windom was in the zone and certainly didn't need a caution for any reason whatsoever at that point. The benefit was all to Bacon who now had a chance to take a run at Windom, starting directly from behind his rear bumper with two to go.

Windom had a pleasant restart, tearing away to a four-car-length margin midway down the back straight on the 29th lap. Windom had been using the patented diamond move in turn three lap-after-lap, but as soon as he saw Bacon to his left, Windom changed course mid-stream, aborting the line to move into defense mode, and shifted downward in front of Bacon on the bottom to secure the spot.

"It's tough to run that line on a restart because you have to slow down on entry," Windom explained. "It makes it easy for a guy to do what he did and sneak under you. I kind of cheated it some, and ran below it, and lost a little bit of speed on that restart. That's how he got next to us there. I knew I had to hit the bottom because he wasn't going to miss the bottom in three and four. I had to hit the bottom to get back by him."

Entering turns one and two on the final lap, Bacon surged ahead by a half-car length on the low line. Windom used the momentum from two lanes higher to pull dead-even midway down the back straight. Windom flatly denied Bacon the opportunity to take the bottom line into turn three. As the two nearly collided entering turn three, Windom ripped the bottom line from Bacon for his sole possession.

Rounding turns three and four on the bottom and headed for home, Windom closed out his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the season just a tick under a half second over Bacon, Leary, Kyle Cummins and Weir, who led the first 19 laps.

The victory marked Windom's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory at Kokomo following wins in both 2012 and 2015.

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway were C.J. Leary (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Thomas Meseraull (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Anthony D'Alessio (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Shane Cottle (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Brandon Mattox (ProSource Hard Work Award), Max Adams (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer) and Dakota Jackson (American Racing Ministries Redemption Hoosier Tire).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.001; 2. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.008; 3. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.176; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.177; 5. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.191; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.196; 7. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-13.233; 8. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.256; 9. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-13.316; 10. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.342; 11. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.350; 12. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-13.464; 13. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.489; 14. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.537; 15. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.596; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-13.634; 17. Brandon Long, 02, Long-13.736; 18. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.749; 19. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.749; 20. Andrew Prather, 16K, Knight-13.806.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.041; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.145; 3. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-13.195; 4. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-13.241; 5. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.282; 6. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-13.297; 7. Shane Cockrum, 24p, JP-13.309; 8. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.348; 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-13.399; 10. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-13.421; 11. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.463; 12. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-13.487; 13. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-13.518; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.578; 15. Garrett Aitken, 32A, Aitken-13.661; 16. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-13.723; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-13.844; 18. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-13.934; 19. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.373; 20. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Brody Roa, 3. C.J. Leary, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Josh Hodges, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Mitchell Davis, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Brandon Long. 2:11.40

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Chase Stockon, 6. Dave Darland, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Andrew Prather, 9. Dickie Gaines, 10. Matt Westfall. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Anthony D'Alessio, 2. Kyle Cummins, 3. Carson Short, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Shane Cockrum, 6. Garrett Aitken, 7. Matt Goodnight, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt Moore. 2:13.56

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Scotty Weir, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Brandon Mattox, 5. Joe Stornetta, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Terry Richards, 9. T.J. Artz, 10. Clinton Boyles. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Chase Stockon, 2. Josh Hodges, 3. Koby Barksdale, 4. Shane Cockrum, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Dakota Jackson, 7. Max Adams, 8. Corey Smith, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Mitchell Davis, 11. Isaac Chapple, 12. Garrett Aitken, 13. Brian VanMeveren, 14. Andrew Prather, 15. Dustin Christie, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brandon Long, 18. Matt McCarthy, 19. Matt Goodnight, 20. T.J. Artz. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Chris Windom (3), 2. Brady Bacon (1), 3. C.J. Leary (6), 4. Kyle Cummins (10), 5. Scotty Weir (2), 6. Carson Short (5), 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 8. Justin Grant (18), 9. Tyler Courtney (15), 10. Chase Stockon (7), 11. Jason McDougal (4), 12. Jarett Andretti (20), 13. Shane Cottle (12), 14. Brody Roa (16), 15. Shane Cockrum (14), 16. Koby Barksdale (9), 17. Dave Darland (21), 18. Brandon Mattox (22), 19. Brian VanMeveren (24), 20. Anthony D'Alessio (17), 21. Thomas Meseraull (13), 22. Isaac Chapple (23), 23. Dakota Jackson (19), 24. Josh Hodges (8). NT

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**Matt Westfall flipped during heat 2. Clinton Boyles flipped during heat 4. Dakota Jackson flipped on lap 5 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-19 Scotty Weir, Laps 20-30 Chris Windom.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Justin Grant (18th to 8th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shane Cottle

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Max Adams

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Brandon Mattox

AMERICAN RACING MINISTRIES REDEMPTION HOOSIER TIRE: Dakota Jackson

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,178, 2-Chris Windom-1,087, 3-Tyler Courtney-1,061, 4-Brady Bacon-1,059, 5-Chase Stockon-1,032, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-1,027, 7-Justin Grant-957, 8-Jason McDougal-898, 9-Carson Short-883, 10-Isaac Chapple-695.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-223, 2-Brady Bacon-214, 3-Chris Windom-213, 4-Jason McDougal-181, 5-Justin Grant-180, 6-Kyle Cummins-176, 7-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-174, 8-Tyler Courtney-163, 9-Chase Stockon-153, 10-Carson Short-147.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Justin Grant-16, 3-Kyle Cummins-12, 4-Jarett Andretti-12, 5-Tyler Courtney-11, 6-Brent Beauchamp-11, 7-Max Adams-9, 8-C.J. Leary-8, 9-Chris Windom-8, 10-Matt Westfall-8.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 21, 2019 - Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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COURTNEY GETS BACK ON TRACK AT PLYMOUTH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Plymouth, Indiana (July 19, 2019).........The ups and downs of racing night-after-night can take a toll on driver and team alike. It can also afford driver and team an opportunity to get back on the horse, so to speak, to find redemption in the face of adversity.

Tyler Courtney has seen all ends of the spectrum in just the last three nights alone, from the peak of winning Wednesday at Eldora to the valley of being collected in an incident on Thursday at Gas City that resulted in a 23rd place result.

Courtney and his Clauson/Marshall/Newman Racing team persevered in Friday's NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week stop at Plymouth Speedway, riding the wave back to the top of the totem pole to become the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship's second four-time winner of the season alongside Brady Bacon.

The team's high success rate, now with Courtney and CMNR scoring 15 wins in 55 USAC Sprint Car races together since the beginning of their championship campaign in 2018, a winning rate of over 27% a clip, hasn't provided them much of an opportunity to be in a "bounce back" situation, all to their credit. But, when they've been put in that situation, they've prospered and did so again Friday night.

"That's what makes our team so good," Courtney explained. "We don't dwell on the night before. We just go back the next night and try to do our job. That's win races. We haven't won as much as we did at this point last year, but we're not going to give up. We have one heck of a team right now. (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom) is really working his tail off to make this thing perfect and make my job easy. I'm just getting back in the swing of running a sprint car again. I think I've been more of a midget guy here lately. If we're going to get into the swing, this is the week to do it."

Courtney started the 30-lap feature sixth after garnering quick time earlier in the evening during Fatheadz Eyewear Qualifying. Up front, however, front row occupiers Chris Windom and Chase Stockon raced side-by-side for the duration of the first lap with Stockon taking the advantage by a half car length at the stripe.

Windom immediately slid Stockon into turn one on the second lap to grab the position where he would stake claim for the first third of the race while Brady Bacon rolled the bottom in second behind the high-riding Windom.

Bacon continued to eat up ground, bottom-feeding to within a car length of Windom at the start/finish line at the conclusion of lap 12. Bacon tickled the infield tires and used a run off turn two to pull ahead of Windom just in time to greet lapped traffic in the third turn.

A red flag just one lap later brought the race to a halt when 18th running Brandon Mattox hopped in turn one, landed on the left side wheels and barrel-rolled. Mattox was uninjured.

On the ensuing restart, Bacon spurted away on the bottom while Windom and Courtney engaged in a side-by-side battle for the runner up spot. Courtney worked the top to race around Windom for second as the crossed flags were displayed for the halfway mark.

Courtney was charging, eating up the gap and appeared to have a run on Bacon around the outside for the lead at the exit of turn two on lap 18. Bacon drifted wide on exit, stifling Courtney's momentum, stealing his line momentarily, and forcing him to check up.

"I knew he was good on the bottom," Courtney recalled. "I could run down there, but I wasn't as good as him, so I needed to go do something else. That's the advantage of running second or third midway through the race. I got by Chris around the top, so I knew there was something there. I showed (Bacon) a little bit, but he did what he needed to do to maintain."

Courtney gathered himself and went back to work on Bacon. Moments later, 17th running series Rookie Zane Hendricks tagged the front straightaway wall with his right rear tire, then proceeded to go into turn one with a full head of steam, tagging the turn one wall and flipping wildly along the topside of the 3/8-mile dirt oval. He walked away under his own power.

During the red flag period, second-running Courtney and team made a couple of shock adjustments, but agreed they had a pretty good racecar and shouldn't have to do too much.

On the lap 19 restart, Courtney wasted no time putting himself back into contention, switching the game plan up when Bacon slid from the bottom of turn three to the top of turn four. Courtney anticipated the move and had his NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy locked and loaded to diamond off the top of three toward the bottom of turn four to win the race to the line by a car length


Tyler Courtney knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.


"When we got that red there, I got a good restart," Courtney remembered. "He slid a little high in four, I got underneath him and cleared him at the line right before the yellow. That played in our favor. If I could just stick the bottom in one and two, I could get out and run my own race. These races are tough to win, especially when everybody's as close as they are right now."

Moments later, Thomas Meseraull, who was running 13th, spun around in turn four, forcing out the yellow. Courtney secured the lead with 12 to go, and there wasn't much that was going to alter that as a gaggle of cars led by Justin Grant, Windom, Bacon, Leary, Jason McDougal and a whole host of others battled for second as Courtney disappeared into the nighttime horizon, expanding his lead to more than a second in the dwindling laps.

Leary, who finished a heartbroken second the night prior at Gas City, was a rocket during the final laps, utilizing the topside to drive around the outside of Grant for the second spot at the finish line. But, crossing that same line three-quarters of a second earlier was Courtney, who knocked out the 21st USAC National Sprint Car win of his career, equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for 28th all-time. The victory also marked Courtney's fourth career ISW win, and first at Plymouth.

Behind Courtney, Leary and Grant at the checkered were fourth-place finisher Bacon and Jason McDougal who rounded out the top-five.

Contingency award winners Friday night at Plymouth Speedway were Tyler Courtney (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Matt Westfall (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Josh Hodges (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Thomas Meseraull (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Kyle Cummins (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner & Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Jarett Andretti (ProSource Hard Work Award) and Dave Darland (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 19, 2019 - Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-13.485; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-13.531; 3. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-13.548; 4. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-13.643; 5. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-13.656; 6. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-13.702; 7. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.848; 8. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.868; 9. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-14.018; 10. Brandon Long, 02, Long-14.116; 11. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-14.133; 12. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-14.151; 13. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-14.158; 14. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-14.176; 15. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-14.208; 16. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-14.274; 17. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-14.394; 18. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-14.450; 19. T.J. Artz, 57x, Artz-14.495.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-13.358; 2. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-13.396; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-13.462; 4. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-13.507; 5. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-13.599; 6. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-13.746; 7. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-13.804; 8. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-13.837; 9. Thomas Meseraull, 00, Whitney-13.854; 10. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-13.865; 11. Carson Short, 21, RCM-13.871; 12. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.894; 13. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-13.969; 14. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-14.032; 15. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-14.122; 16. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-14.133; 17. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-14.158; 18. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-14.247; 19. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-14.307.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Brandon Mattox, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Dustin Ingle, 5. Max Adams, 6. Dustin Christie, 7. Koby Barksdale, 8. Matt Moore, 9. Anthony D'Alessio, 10. T.J. Artz. 2:19.84

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Josh Hodges, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Zane Hendricks, 4. Terry Richards, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Isaac Chapple, 7. Brandon Long, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis. 2:20.87

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Thomas Meseraull, 2. Carson Short, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. Dakota Jackson, 6. C.J. Leary, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Cole Ketcham, 10. Matt McCarthy. 2:20.37

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kyle Cummins, 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Dave Darland, 6. Brian VanMeveren, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Brody Roa, 9. Chad Boespflug. NT

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. C.J. Leary, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Max Adams, 4. Jarett Andretti, 5. Mitchell Davis, 6. Clinton Boyles, 7. Dave Darland, 8. Brandon Long, 9. Dustin Christie, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. T.J. Artz, 12. Dickie Gaines, 13. Cole Ketcham, 14. Matt Goodnight, 15. Isaac Chapple, 16. Matt Moore, 17. Koby Barksdale, 18. Shane Cottle, 19. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (6), 2. C.J. Leary (7), 3. Justin Grant (9), 4. Brady Bacon (3), 5. Jason McDougal (4), 6. Chris Windom (1), 7. Dakota Jackson (13), 8. Chase Stockon (2), 9. Kyle Cummins (15), 10. Josh Hodges (8), 11. Matt Westfall (19), 12. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (11), 13. Max Adams (10), 14. Carson Short (18), 15. Mitchell Davis (16), 16. Isaac Chapple (23), 17. Dustin Ingle (5), 18. Jarett Andretti (22), 19. Thomas Meseraull (17), 20. Zane Hendricks (20), 21. Clinton Boyles (21), 22. Brandon Mattox (14), 23. Terry Richards (12), 24. Dustin Christie (24). NT

**Brody Roa and Chad Boespflug flipped during the fourth heat. Brandon Mattox flipped on lap 14 of the feature. Zane Hendricks flipped on lap 19 of the feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Chase Stockon, Laps 2-12 Chris Windom, Laps 13-18 Brady Bacon, Laps 19-30 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Matt Westfall

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Dave Darland

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Dakota Jackson

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Jarett Andretti
NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,102, 2-Tyler Courtney-1,010, 3-Chris Windom-1,010, 4-Brady Bacon-987, 5-Chase Stockon-980, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-968, 7-Justin Grant-900, 8-Jason McDougal-848, 9-Carson Short-818, 10-Isaac Chapple-672.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-147, 2-Brady Bacon-142, 3-Chris Windom-136, 4-Jason McDougal-131, 5-Justin Grant-123, 6-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-115, 7-Dakota Jackson-114, 8-Tyler Courtney-112, 9-Kyle Cummins-108, 10-Chase Stockon-101.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Matt Westfall-8, 5-Chris Windom-6, 6-Justin Grant-6, 7-Dakota Jackson-6, 8-Kyle Cummins-6, 9-Cole Ketcham-6, 10-Tyler Courtney-5.

NEXT USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 20, 2019 - Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week
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COTTLE RACES TO FIRST ISW WIN
IN GAS CITY PHOTO FINISH

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Gas City, Indiana (July 18, 2019).........No longer will Shane Cottle have to answer the question of when his day will come during NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

It took 72 ISW feature starts for the Kansas, Ill. native to get his long-awaited breakthrough, and the way it all unfolded in Thursday night's opener at Gas City I-69 Speedway will be one that won't be forgotten anytime soon.

Starting 18th, Cottle picked his way through the field and positioned himself second with five laps remaining. Cottle worked the bottom as Leary operated up top and, on the final corner of the lap, Cottle surged ahead to beat Leary to the stripe for the win in one of the closest finishes in USAC racing history.

A glance at the timing showed Leary on top of the leaderboard as Cottle celebrated his triumph in victory lane. However, the transponder on the rear bumper of Leary's car crossed the timing loop prior to the transponder on the tail of Cottle's car, positioning Leary in front of Cottle on timing.

However, per USAC rule Part VI 9.4.C, a car will be officially credited with a lap only when its front wheels cross the start/finish line after completing one entire circuit of the course. The USAC chief scorer and race director unanimously agreed that Cottle's front wheels crossed the start/finish line before Leary's.

According to Cottle, his feelings following the dramatic final lap heroics were only comparable to his 2008 victory at Anderson Speedway's Little 500. Cottle's third career USAC National Sprint Car victory is the first series win for him since 2008, which also came at Gas City. In fact, all three of his wins have come on the quarter mile at Gas City dating back to his first career USAC victory in 2006.

Mired on the outside of the ninth row for the start of the 30-lap feature, it didn't take long for Cottle to realize he had something special on this night with a car that could take him to the front. He moved up three positions on the opening lap to 15th, then hovered around the edge of the top-ten for the remainder of the first half.

"I knew pretty quickly," Cottle said when asked when he knew he had a winning car. "I just knew that if I got to the bottom, we were going to be good as long as we could just pick them off one at a time. We got the right yellows at the right time; a lapped car helped us out one time. I tried wrecking it a couple times on those infield tires. The car was really good, and it was fun to drive."

On the 17th lap, ninth-running Thomas Meseraull got sideways at the entrance of turn three. Eleventh place driver Tyler Courtney had nowhere to go and plowed into the side of Meseraull, sending both to the sidelines for the remainder of the night.

When racing resumed, a pair of lapped cars separated leader Leary from the second-place car of Kevin Thomas, Jr. Leary had a near-perfect restart to open up his lead to 1.5 sec. as Thomas tried to keep tabs. As the pair of 19s broke away from the field, a scramble for third ensued involving the balance of the top-ten all under a figurative blanket. Defending ISW champ Chris Windom was riding high, splitting his way through traffic from ninth to break into the top-three with seven laps remaining while Cottle quietly, but methodically, snuck around the infield tires to move to third by Windom just before the caution.

Twelfth-place Isaac Chapple spun in turn one on the 25th lap, setting up a six-lap race to the finish with race-long dominator Leary out front ahead of Thomas while Cottle raised curiosity if he could continue his upward trajectory through the field in the final laps.

On the restart, Cottle stuck to his guns on the low line and pulled even with Thomas off the bottom of turn two before finally clearing him with a drive off the bottom of four to secure second. Now, the test was administered to see whose strategy would prevail, if Leary could continue to rip the top or if Cottle could breeze the infield tires to the front. It takes a virtue of patience to stay the course, to stuck with what got you there, to go low and slow into the corner as the driver beside you gasses it up and pulls away, momentarily, entering the corner.

"I could see him up there," Cottle recalled. "When they're out there in front of you, you just want to push the gas harder and harder, but you can't. You just have to roll around there and keep the wheels under you. I messed up a couple times during the last six laps and I thought I gave it away."

When Cottle initially slipped into second on the 25th lap, he was about five car lengths behind Leary. The same scenario played out lap-after-lap with Leary moving ahead in the corner, and Cottle seeming like his car was pulled by a chain off the corners, quickly erasing Leary's advantage.

Coming to the white flag, the interval seemingly never wavered between a car length in either direction between the two where they remained side-by-side for the entire duration of the 30th and final lap. Coming off four, with Cottle low and Leary high, the two hit the line nearly simultaneously with Cottle taking the victory over Leary, Windom, Brady Bacon and Thomas.

It was a monumental win for Cottle in many ways, but it was even more special coming with Epperson Racing, the team for which Cottle was associated with for several seasons in the decade of the 2010s and hadn't driven for in USAC competition since the beginning of the 2016 season in Ocala, Fla. It marked Tony Epperson's second USAC National Sprint Car victory as an owner following last August's win at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway with driver Tyler Thomas.

"I wanted to be the first to get him his USAC win, but Tyler Thomas got it last year," Cottle remembered. "I was so happy for (Tony) because he's one of the greatest car owners ever. We got him one tonight and I appreciate everything he does for me."

Contingency award winners Thursday night at Gas City I-69 Speedway were Carson Short (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Scotty Weir (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Jason McDougal (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Max Adams (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher & ProSource Hard Work Award), Shane Cottle (KSE Racing Products/B & W Auto Mart Hard Charger), Kyle Cummins (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) & Brody Roa (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 18, 2019 - Gas City I-69 Speedway - Gas City, Indiana - 32nd NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP ONE: 1. Carson Short, 21, RCM-12.046; 2. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-12.050; 3. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-12.058; 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-12.111; 5. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-12.113; 6. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-12.126; 7. Scotty Weir, 4p, Pedersen-12.133; 8. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-12.191; 9. Josh Hodges, 74x, Hodges-12.289; 10. Shane Cottle, 2E, Epperson-12.313; 11. Chad Boespflug, 98e, EZR-12.345; 12. Brent Beauchamp, 34, Olson-12.416; 13. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-12.425; 14. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-12.426; 15. Clinton Boyles, 57, Hazen-12.430; 16. Max Adams, 5m, Adams-12.562; 17. Koby Barksdale, 22, Barksdale-12.573; 18. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-12.599; 19. Terry Richards, 18m, Richards-12.679; 20. Matt Moore, 9, Moore-12.731; 21. Joe Stornetta, 04, Burton-12.732; 22. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-12.820.

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING GROUP TWO: 1. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-12.199; 2. Dakota Jackson, 17, On The Gass-12.269; 3. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-12.300; 4. Kyle Cummins, 3R, Rock Steady-12.310; 5. Thomas Meseraull, 47, Eades-12.338; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-12.367; 7. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-12.671; 8. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-12.673; 9. Cole Ketcham, 41, Ketcham-12.694; 10. A.J. Hopkins, 4J, 4J-12.715; 11. Anthony D'Alessio, 01, D'Alessio-12.797; 12. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-12.813; 13. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-13.040; 14. Brandon Mattox, 28, Mattox-13.050; 15. Dallas Hewitt, 18H, Keen-13.056; 16. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-13.061; 17. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-13.167; 18. Dickie Gaines, 44, Soudrette-13.178; 19. Matt McCarthy, 28m, McCarthy-13.209; 20. Mitchell Davis, 56, Davis-13.275; 21. Eric Perrott, 45, Perrott-14.010.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. Chris Windom, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Josh Hodges, 5. Chad Boespflug, 6. Brody Roa, 7. Clinton Boyles, 8. Koby Barksdale, 9. Joe Stornetta, 10. Terry Richards, 11. Carson Short. NT

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 2. Brady Bacon, 3. Chase Stockon, 4. Brent Beauchamp, 5. Shane Cottle, 6. Dustin Ingle, 7. Matt Westfall, 8. Jarett Andretti, 9. Max Adams, 10. Zane Hendricks, 11. Matt Moore. NT

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Jason McDougal, 2. Thomas Meseraull, 3. Dave Darland, 4. C.J. Leary, 5. Dallas Hewitt, 6. Cole Ketcham, 7. Isaac Chapple, 8. Dustin Christie, 9. Matt McCarthy, 10. Anthony D'Alessio, 11. Eric Perrott. NT

INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH HEAT: (10 laps, top-4 transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dakota Jackson, 3. Corey Smith, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. A.J. Hopkins, 6. Dickie Gaines, 7. Brandon Mattox, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Mitchell Davis, 10. Brian VanMeveren. NT

C-MAIN: (10 laps, top-4 to the semi) 1. Max Adams, 2. Terry Richards, 3. Matt Goodnight, 4. Mitchell Davis, 5. Dustin Christie, 6. Koby Barksdale, 7. Dickie Gaines, 8. Zane Hendricks, 9. Matt Moore, 10. Matt McCarthy, 11. Eric Perrott. 2:18.56

SEMI: (12 laps, top-6 transfer to the feature) 1. Shane Cottle, 2. Carson Short, 3. Isaac Chapple, 4. A.J. Hopkins, 5. Cole Ketcham, 6. Max Adams, 7. Brody Roa, 8. Chad Boespflug, 9. Dallas Hewitt, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Jarett Andretti, 12. Clinton Boyles, 13. Mitchell Davis, 14. Brandon Mattox, 15. Matt Goodnight, 16. Terry Richards, 17. Brian VanMeveren, 18. Anthony D'Alessio. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Shane Cottle (18), 2. C.J. Leary (2), 3. Chris Windom (9), 4. Brady Bacon (5), 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 6. Jason McDougal (6), 7. Dakota Jackson (4), 8. Kyle Cummins (8), 9. Brent Beauchamp (20), 10. Justin Grant (3), 11. Cole Ketcham (17), 12. Chase Stockon (11), 13. Max Adams (22), 14. Josh Hodges (16), 15. Chad Boespflug (23), 16. Carson Short (7), 17. Isaac Chapple (14), 18. Brian VanMeveren (24), 19. Corey Smith (15), 20. Dave Darland (21), 21. A.J. Hopkins (19), 22. Thomas Meseraull (10), 23. Tyler Courtney (12), 24. Scotty Weir (13). NT

**Corey Smith flipped during qualifying. Carson Short flipped during the first heat.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-29 C.J. Leary, Lap 30 Shane Cottle.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/B & W AUTO MART HARD CHARGER: Shane Cottle (18th to 1st)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Max Adams

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Brody Roa

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Kyle Cummins

PROSOURCE HARD WORK AWARD: Max Adams

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-1,027, 2-Chris Windom-947, 3-Tyler Courtney-929, 4-Chase Stockon-925, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-922, 6-Brady Bacon-918, 7-Justin Grant-830, 8-Jason McDougal-780, 9-Carson Short-776, 10-Isaac Chapple-641.

NEW NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-74, 2-Chris Windom-73, 3-Brady Bacon-73, 4-C.J. Leary-72, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-69, 6-Jason McDougal-63, 7-Dakota Jackson-59, 8-Kyle Cummins-54, 9-Justin Grant-53, 10-Brent Beauchamp-51.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Shane Cottle-17, 2-Brent Beauchamp-11, 3-Max Adams-9, 4-Chris Windom-6, 5-Cole Ketcham-6, 6-Josh Hodges-2, 7-Brady Bacon-1, 8-Dave Darland-1.

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SUNSHINE SCOOPS $10 GRAND IN ELDORA'S 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 17, 2019).........Throughout the past 199 USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car races held at Eldora Speedway, there are just a few who've displayed the kind of sustained dominance on the western Ohio half-mile that Tyler Courtney has shown over the past 10 months.

In the 200th series race Wednesday at the "Big E," Courtney put one in the record books as just the fourth driver to win three-straight USAC National Sprint Car features at Eldora. Jud Larson was the first to do it in 1964-65, followed by Bubby Jones in 1978-79 and Jack Hewitt, who put together two sets of back-to-back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1990-91, already putting Courtney in exclusive company in his young career.

Not to mention, the victory was worth $10,000, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder.

"It seems like we win every race that doesn't pay any money," #LetsRaceTwo winner Courtney said with a laugh. "It's really cool to win $10,000. Thank you to Roger Slack, Tony Stewart and everybody here at Eldora for putting up the money. It's really cool to win the 200thUSAC (Sprint Car) race here. For people who appreciate history, like myself, that's pretty neat to put my name in the record book."

Courtney started third and, for all intents and purposes, on this particular night, it was over by the end of the first lap. Kevin Thomas, Jr. began the race from the pole and took a run for the lead, sliding side-by-side alongside outside front row starter Chase Stockon through turns one and two.

Courtney rode it high around the outside of Thomas exiting turn two, cut across and dove to the bottom to slide past Stockon entering turn three. Courtney glided up to the exit of turn four as Stockon mounted a charge underneath. Courtney, though, got the upper hand, and the momentum, to lead by a car length at the line.

That was as close as it ever got.

As C.J. Leary, Brady Bacon and Chase Stockon battled for second, going three-wide at times, Courtney was in another zip code, building up his lead to a half-straight by lap six and a full-straightaway by the 10th lap.

Just before midway, Courtney began to navigate lapped traffic. There, his lead wasn't exactly shrinking by any means, but it had stagnated at about a 4.8 second interval. When the caution fell with 14 laps remaining, on paper, it would initially appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel for the likes of Leary and Bacon who were trying to chase Courtney down in traffic.

In reality, with four lapped cars separating first and second, all it did was provide an open track for Courtney to run a qualifying simulation for much of the second half of the 30-lapper. All four lapped cars hopped on the bottom heading to turn one on the lap 17 restart, allowing Leary and Bacon to roam free unhindered up top. Courtney checked out once again, putting up a 2.5 second lead on the board within just three laps of the restart, never missing a beat.

With five to go, it was back to a full-straight lead for Courtney again. Back behind him, recent Knoxville $20K winner Bacon dug deep to find something to get around Leary for second. Instead, he found the concrete between turns three and four, subsequently bending the front axle. He drove it into one with quite different handling characteristics this time around, smacking the outside wall on the opposite end of the track where he rode wall for a ways before landing on all fours and soldiering on.

Leary snapped away from Bacon to close the door on that battle for position, putting the top-three from first to third a half-lap apart from each other with four to go.

Tyler Courtney, of Indianapolis, Ind., became the 29th driver to join the 20-win club with the series and now stands just one win behind equaling 1967 champ Greg Weld for the next rung on the ladder at 21. (Rich Forman Photo)

All Courtney had to wonder on the final lap was whether lapped traffic would become any type of hindrance to his blistering five-plus second margin. Courtney split the lapped cars of Jason McDougal and Matt Goodnight into turn one and put the right rear up on the rim to ride home to his third USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory of the year, and third on a half-mile track, 5.336 seconds ahead of Leary, Bacon, Stockon and Chris Windom.

Right now, Courtney, his team and his Clauson Marshall Newman Racing/NOS Energy Drink - Competition Suspension, Inc./Spike/Rider Chevy are in unison. It's quite important heading into the portion of the season which comprises one-fourth of the entire year's schedule in a span of 11 days.

"When you put all the right things together, usually good things happen," Courtney said. "We've got a really good team right now. Rizzy (Crew Chief Tyler Ransbottom)'s on his game right now. We kind of messed up a little bit in Knoxville, but he was determined to make right on that, and I think we did tonight. It's nice to get a momentum boost going into Indiana Sprint Week here the next few nights. Hopefully we can keep going."

If you're wondering, yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you. The top-three of Courtney, Leary and Bacon is the same exact top-three from the series' first visit to the track in May.

Meanwhile, in qualifying, Justin Grant set Fatheadz Eyewear fast time for the 22nd time in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career, tying him with Steve Butler with 18th all-time. He collected a total of $300 for his qualifying efforts courtesy of ProSource and Fatheadz Eyewear.

Contingency award winners Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway were Justin Grant (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Brady Bacon (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Scotty Weir (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Tyler Courtney (AutoMeter Third Heat Winner), Matt Westfall (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Carson Short (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher), Tom Harris (KSE Racing Products Hard Charger), Isaac Chapple (Roger & Barb Tapy 13th Fastest Qualifier) and Gage Etgen (Saldana Racing Products First Non-Transfer).

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USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 17, 2019 - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, Ohio - #LetsRaceTwo

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR/PROSOURCE QUALIFYING: 1. Justin Grant, 4, TOPP-15.957; 2. C.J. Leary, 19AZ, Reinbold/Underwood-15.988; 3. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall/Newman-16.040; 4. Brady Bacon, 69, Dynamics-16.210; 5. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-16.241; 6. Carson Short, 21, RCM-16.265; 7. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 19, Hayward/Thomas-16.391; 8. Zane Hendricks, 27, Goodnight-16.459; 9. Chris Windom, 5G, Goacher-16.471; 10. Matt Westfall, 33m, Marshall-16.526; 11. Jason McDougal, 71p, Daigh/Phillips-16.585; 12. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-16.593; 13. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-16.670; 14. Dustin Christie, 75, Christie-16.726; 15. Dave Darland, 42, Cheney-16.729; 16. Kody Swanson, 20N, Nolen-16.843; 17. Scotty Weir, 23s, Simon-16.849; 18. Tom Harris, 84, Harris-16.900; 19. Dallas Hewitt, 18, Keen-16.926; 20. Dustin Ingle, 2DI, Ingle-16.931; 21. Corey Smith, 66s, CS-17.042; 22. Brian VanMeveren, 24, VanMeveren-17.081; 23. Paul Dues, 87, Dues-17.159; 24. Matt Goodnight, 39, Goodnight-17.190; 25. Matt Cooley, 19c, Cooley-17.358; 26. Michael Fischesser, 44, Fischesser-17.484; 27. Gage Etgen, 99, Etgen-17.775; 28. Nick Bilbee, 17, Bilbee-NT.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Brady Bacon, 2. Isaac Chapple, 3. Justin Grant, 4. Kody Swanson, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Matt Westfall, 7. Dallas Hewitt, 8. Brian VanMeveren, 9. Matt Cooley. 02:17.50

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Scotty Weir, 2. C.J. Leary, 3. Dustin Christie, 4. Chase Stockon, 5. Zane Hendricks, 6. Jason McDougal, 7. Dustin Ingle, 8. Michael Fischesser, 9. Paul Dues. 02:18.90

AUTOMETER THIRD HEAT: (8 laps, top-5 transfer) 1. Tyler Courtney, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Tom Harris, 5. Brody Roa, 6. Carson Short, 7. Corey Smith, 8. Matt Goodnight, 9. Gage Etgen. 02:17.80

INDY RACE PARTS SEMI: (12 laps, top-7 transfer) 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Carson Short, 3. Dallas Hewitt, 4. Jason McDougal, 5. Matt Goodnight, 6. Corey Smith, 7. Michael Fischesser, 8. Gage Etgen, 9. Matt Cooley, 10. Dustin Ingle, 11. Brian VanMeveren. 3:38.17

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (4), 2. C.J. Leary (5), 3. Brady Bacon (3), 4. Chase Stockon (2), 5. Chris Windom (9), 6. Matt Westfall (10), 7. Tom Harris (18), 8. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (1), 9. Zane Hendricks (8), 10. Isaac Chapple (13), 11. Dallas Hewitt (19), 12. Scotty Weir (17), 13. Carson Short (7), 14. Jason McDougal (11), 15. Dustin Christie (14), 16. Dave Darland (15), 17. Brody Roa (12), 18. Matt Goodnight (21), 19. Michael Fischesser (22), 20. Corey Smith (20), 21. Justin Grant (6), 22. Brian VanMeveren (23), 23. Kody Swanson (16). NT

**Nick Bilbee flipped during practice.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Tyler Courtney

KSE RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Tom Harris (18th to 7th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Carson Short

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS FIRST NON-TRANSFER: Gage Etgen

ROGER & BARB TAPY 13TH FASTEST QUALIFIER: Isaac Chapple

NEW USAC AMSOIL SPRINT CAR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-C.J. Leary-955, 2-Tyler Courtney-898, 3-Chase Stockon-879, 4-Chris Windom-874, 5-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-853, 6-Brady Bacon-845, 7-Justin Grant-777, 8-Carson Short-736, 9-Jason McDougal-717, 10-Isaac Chapple-610.

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USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2019... The battle for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, July 20th, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race is the only appearance of the year for USAC's "mighty midgets" at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The event also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at "The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California" will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and holds the 1-lap track record of 14.200 that was set on October 5, 2013. A complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, there have been three different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Point leader and rookie contender Austin Liggett topped the April 20th Merced debut and the Santa Maria feature on April 27th. Robby Josett claimed the Ventura checkered flags on June 22nd.

Heading to Petaluma, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a 22-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett's #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett placed ninth at the June 22nd main event at Ventura. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to add Petaluma Speedway to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott scored sixth at Ventura after starting ninth. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.

Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby charged from eighth to third in the June 22nd main event. To date, the young driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Petaluma, Robert will be looking to earn his first career win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen finished seventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes and will have her sights on her first win of the season at Petaluma.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the Western States point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports' #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett charged to an eighth place finish after starting fourteenth at Ventura. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. David will pilot the NP Motorsports #1P Spike this Saturday night and will have his sights on his first win of the year.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Michael Faccinto, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, "Fireball" Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Frankie Guerrini, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (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 2content 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 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: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Shane Golobic.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. ®Austin Liggett-287, 2. Cory Elliott-265, 3. Robert Dalby-243, 4. Shannon McQueen-231, 5. David Prickett-229, 6. C.J. Sarna-201, 7. ®Ben Worth-181, 8. Cody Swanson-173, 9. Randi Pankratz-164, 10. Jake Swanson-156, 11. Marvin Mitchell-150, 12. Michael Faccinto-138, 13. Kyle Beilman-134, 14. Dylan Ito-114, 15. ®Mike Leach Jr.-107, 16. ®Troy Morris III-88, 17. Gage Rucker-87, 18. ®Jackson Dukes-85, 19. Shane Golobic-80, 20. Robby Josett-79.

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
July 27: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway - Ventura, CA
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.
USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car action from Big Diamond Speedway.
(Steve Koletar Photo)


USAC EAST COAST SPRINTS SHINE AT BIG DIAMOND FRIDAY

Pottsville, Pennsylvania (July 17, 2019).........The USAC Rapid Tire East Coast Sprint Car Series hits Big Diamond Speedway in Pottsville, Pa. for the third time this season on Friday, July 19.

Series point leader and defending champion Steven Drevicki (Reading, Pa.) won at Big Diamond back in May and finished second in the ensuing trip to the track in June. Interestingly, the top-four in the May race reside in the top-four, in the same order, of the series standings coming into this weekend's race.

Chandler Leiby (Carlisle, Pa.) ran second in May and lies 37 points out of the lead behind Drevicki. Leiby followed up with a 5th in June. Eddie Strada (Lake Ariel, Pa.) comes into the Big Diamond race third in the standings (-44) after finishing 3rd at Big Diamond in May and 6th in June. Strada won the most recent series race at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park in Fultonville, N.Y.

Chris Allen, Jr. (Wrightstown, N.J.) is 4th in the standings following 4th and 7th place finishes at Big Diamond in May and June, respectively. Bill Unglert (Old Bridge, N.J.) rounds out the top-five in the points with finishes of 9th and 8th in two Big Diamond starts this season.

Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.) won the most recent series' visit to Big Diamond in June.

This Friday night, Modifieds, Sportsman and Roadrunners are also in action with the USAC East Coast Sprints. Adult general admission is $25, seniors $23, kids 11-12 $10 and children 10 and under plus active military with valid ID are free.

USAC RAPID TIRE EAST COAST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Steven Drevicki-508, 2-Chandler Leiby-471, 3-Eddie Strada-464, 4-Chris Allen, Jr.-416, 5-Bill Unglert-366, 6-Timmy Buckwalter-363, 7-Ryan Quackenbush-324, 8-Eric Jennings-312, 9-Carmen Perigo-266, 10-Mark Bitner-230.
Midwest Thunder winner Alex Watson (Columbus, Ohio)
(Bill Miller Photo)


BUSY USAC SPEED2 MIDGET WEEK LIES AHEAD

Speedway, Indiana (July 17, 2019).........Summer is a bevy of racing activity with all four of USAC's Speed2 Midget series in action this weekend in the states of New Hampshire, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.

The USAC DMA Midgets make their debut at the The Flat Track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon this Friday, July 19. Seth Carlson (Brimfield, Mass.) captured the series' most recent race last Saturday at Bear Ridge Speedway in Bradford, Vt. He also won the season opener back in May. Will Hull (Plainfield, Vt.) leads the series with four wins this season and holds the advantage in the standings with exactly half the season in the books.

Friday at New Hampshire, the U.S. Legend Cars International series is in action as well. Heat races start at 7:30pm (Eastern) with gates opening and practice starting at 6pm. Tickets, which include open garage and pit access, are $10 for adults with kids 12 and under free.

The USAC Eastern Midgets return to Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C. for the first time this season on Saturday, July 20. Jake Garcia won the most recent visit in 2018. Connor Gross (Asbury, N.J.) and Preston Lattomus (Landenberg, Pa.) each scored victories last weekend at North Carolina's Wake County Speedway and South Carolina's Dillon Motor Speedway, respectively. Two-time series champ Jessica Bean (Farmland, Ind.) leads the standings. She finished 5th at Southern National last year.

Spoon River Speedway in Canton, Ill. welcomes back the USAC Engler Machine IMRA series for the seventh time this season on Saturday. Andy Baugh (Mason City, Ill.) returned to victory lane at the 3/8-mile for the fourth time this season in six starts. Korey Weyant (Springfield, Ill.) and Patrick Bruns (Champaign, Ill.) have each won at Spoon River this year as well. Baugh leads the standings with a commanding 56-point lead as he seeks a second consecutive title.

Midwest Thunder Midgets rumble again this Saturday at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway. Alex Watson, the 2015 USAC Midwest HPD Midget champ, picked up victory number one of the season last Saturday at the quarter mile. Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio) also won at Montpelier at the tail end of June. Aaron Leffel (Springfield, Ohio), a two-time and defending series champ and two-time 2019 winner, leads the standings.

Saturday at Southern National Motorsports Park, the Allison Legacy, Super Late Model and SELLM Challenger series will be on hand alongside the Eastern Midgets. Pits open at 2pm (Eastern) with practice at 3:30pm, qualifying at 5:45pm and racing at 7:15pm. Adults tickets are $20, youths age 7-14 are $5 and kids 6 and under free.

Saturday at Spoon River, the DirtCar Modifieds, E-Mods and DirtCar Pro Late Models and DirtCar Hornets are on hand. Pits open at 4pm (Central), grandstands at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm. General admission tickets are $10 with kids age 4-10 $3. Adult pit passes are $30 and kids 10 and under pit passes are $20.

Saturday at Montpelier, UMP Modifieds, Super Streets, Thunder Cars and FWD Compacts join the Midgets. Gates open at 3pm (Eastern), hot laps at 5pm and racing at 6:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $15, kids (12 and under) are free (with paid adult). Pit passes are $30.

USAC DMA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Will Hull-600, 2-Joe Krawiec-544, 3-Seth Carlson-506, 4-Justin Phillips-506, 5-Manny Dias-449, 6-Dean Christensen-416, 7-Jeff Horn-389, 8-Adam Whitney-378, 9-T.J. Foster-344, 10-Justin Sheridan-337.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-462, 2-Nolan Allison-455, 3-Connor Gross-451, 4-Preston Lattomus-406, 5-Alex Murray-405, 6-Neal Allison-264, 7-Sam Hatfield-247, 8-Eric Lewis-227, 9-Levi Riffle-217, 10-Daytona Spicola-135.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-434, 2-Tyler Roth-378, 3-Jake Sollenberger-331, 4-Mark McMahill-325, 5-Daltyn England-297, 6-Patrick Ryan-295, 7-Brent Burrows-276, 8-Russell Johnston-258, 9-Shane Morgan-253, 10-Jeff Sparks-250.

USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Aaron Leffel-338, 2-Stratton Briggs-292, 3-Alex Watson-265, 4-Cory Guingrich-261, 5-Gunnar Lucius-260, 6-Ian Creager-233, 7-Jacob Denney-220, 8-Kyle Kriegbaum-217, 9-Zane Briggs-198, 10-Tommy Bigelow-168.

 

 

USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGETS CLASH AT PETALUMA SATURDAY
By Lance Jennings

JULY 16, 2019... The battle for the USAC Western States Midget championship resumes this Saturday, July 20th, at Petaluma Speedway. Promoted by Rick Faeth, the fifth point race is the only appearance of the year for USAC’s “mighty midgets” at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The event also features Winged 360 Sprint Cars, 600 Micro Sprints, and Mini Stocks. The Pit Gates will open at noon, the Front Gates open at 4:00pm, Practice starts at 4:00pm, and Racing at “The Fastest 3/8 Mile Dirt Oval in Northern California” will begin at 6:00pm. For event information, visit the track’s website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (RACE).

NOTICE TO RACERS:
- 2019 APPROVED/LEGAL MUFFLERS: B&B: FRAC-0375-S w/side outlet, COAST FABRICATION: 300x625x17-2s, 350x625x17-2s, 400x625x17-2s, EXTREME: 3515-3030 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet), 3615-3030 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet), 3515-3030-8 (15” Long 5” round shell with 3”inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), 3615-3030-8 (15” Long 6” round shell with 3” inlet & 3” outlet with turnout), FLOWMASTER: (BCRA Approved) 13009130, 13509130, 13509135, SCHOENFELD: 14272535 *Failure to comply with the muffler rule will risk disqualification from the event.
- FULL CONTAINMENT SEATS & DRAG LINK STRAPS ARE MANDATORY.
- USAC MEMBERSHIPS can be purchased at the track or online at usaclicense.com.
- PETALUMA TARP RULE: Tarps are mandatory at Petaluma under all race cars in the pit area. The tarps must stick out at least one foot on each side.

Since October 6, 2012, the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds has hosted eight USAC Western States Midget races and four different drivers have claimed victory. Ronnie Gardner leads all drivers with three wins and holds the 1-lap track record of 14.200 that was set on October 5, 2013. A complete Petaluma series win list is at the end of this release.

Entering the fifth point race, there have been three different winners. Making his first career start, Ben Worth won the season opener at Bakersfield on April 6th. Point leader and rookie contender Austin Liggett topped the April 20th Merced debut and the Santa Maria feature on April 27th. Robby Josett claimed the Ventura checkered flags on June 22nd.

Heading to Petaluma, Austin Liggett (Tracy, CA) holds a 22-point advantage over the competition. Racing the family owned Liggett’s #83 Excel Environmental Services / Liggett Trucking Spike, Liggett placed ninth at the June 22nd main event at Ventura. To date, the defending USAC West Coast Sprint Car Champion has two feature wins, one heat race victory, four top-10 finishes, and 13 feature laps led to his credit. The rookie point leader will be looking to add Petaluma Speedway to his win list.

Cory Elliott (Bakersfield, CA) ranks second in the championship point standings. Driving the family owned #11E Capital E Trucking / Nagel Earthworks Spike, Elliott scored sixth at Ventura after starting ninth. At press time, the 2015 Rookie of the Year has two heat race victories, four top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led on the season. Cory has two career wins and will have his sights on his first victory at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds.


Robert Dalby (Anaheim, CA) is third in the chase for the championship. Piloting the family owned #4D R-D Spring & Stamping / Monster Seal Spike, Dalby charged from eighth to third in the June 22nd main event. To date, the young driver has one Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Award and three top-10 finishes in the campaign. At Petaluma, Robert will be looking to earn his first career win this Saturday night.

Shannon McQueen (Bakersfield, CA) sits fourth in the USAC Western Midget point chase. Driving the McQueen Racing #7 Simpson Race Products / Lucas Oil Bullet, McQueen finished seventh at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. At press time, the 2012 Champion has four top-10 finishes and will have her sights on her first win of the season at Petaluma.

David Prickett (Fresno, CA) ranks fifth in the Western States point standings. Racing the Neverlift Motorsports’ #22Q Crysalli Artesian Water / Western Performance Spike, Prickett charged to an eighth place finish after starting fourteenth at Ventura. At press time, the 2012 Dirt Series Champion has two heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, and four top-10 finishes to his credit. David will pilot the NP Motorsports #1P Spike this Saturday night and will have his sights on his first win of the year.

While Liggett leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors, Ben Worth (Coalinga, CA), Jackson Dukes (Clovis, CA), Troy Morris III (Bakersfield, CA), Mike Leach Jr. (Orange, CA), and Ricky Lewis (Oxnard, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are C.J. Sarna, Ben Worth, Cody Swanson, Randi Pankratz, Marvin Mitchell, Michael Faccinto, Kyle Beilman, Alex Schutte, “Fireball” Maria Cofer, Clayton Ruston, Frankie Guerrini, and more.

Petaluma Speedway is located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California at 100 Fairgrounds Drive. Adult Tickets (64-12) are $16, Senior Tickets (65 and over) are $12, Junior Tickets (11-6) are $12, and Children (5 and under) are FREE. For more information, visit the track's website at petaluma-speedway.com or call 707.763.7223 (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 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: 2-Austin Liggett, 1-Robby Josett, 1-Ben Worth.

PETALUMA USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET WINS: 3-Ronnie Gardner, 2-Michael Faccinto, 2-Alex Schutte, 1-Shane Golobic.

2019 USAC WESTERN STATES MIDGET POINT STANDINGS: 1. ®Austin Liggett-287, 2. Cory Elliott-265, 3. Robert Dalby-243, 4. Shannon McQueen-231, 5. David Prickett-229, 6. C.J. Sarna-201, 7. ®Ben Worth-181, 8. Cody Swanson-173, 9. Randi Pankratz-164, 10. Jake Swanson-156, 11. Marvin Mitchell-150, 12. Michael Faccinto-138, 13. Kyle Beilman-134, 14. Dylan Ito-114, 15. ®Mike Leach Jr.-107, 16. ®Troy Morris III-88, 17. Gage Rucker-87, 18. ®Jackson Dukes-85, 19. Shane Golobic-80, 20. Robby Josett-79.

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
July 27: Merced Speedway – Merced, CA
August 10: Santa Maria Raceway – Santa Maria, CA (Bud Stanfield Memorial)
September 14: Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA
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.

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK BONUS MONEY ADDED

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2019).........Extra bonus money has been thrown into the pot for the 32nd annual edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week July 18-27 for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

ProSource, out of Grand Saline, Texas, has added "Hard Work" and "Passing Master" awards to the festivities totaling $2,000. The Hard Work award will pay $200 per night to the slowest qualifying driver who transfers into the night's feature event.

At the conclusion of the week, the points will be tallied up and the overall Passing Master who accumulates the most positions gained from his or her original starting spot during each feature event throughout the course of Indiana Sprint Week will earn $400 courtesy of ProSource. Provisional feature starters each night are excluded from gaining points toward the Passing Master standings.

B & W Auto Mart from Bloomington, Ind. has added a $100 "Hard Charger" bonus to the driver advancing the most positions from his or her starting spot during each night's feature event throughout the eight-race series.

These bonuses will be added to the season-long sponsors for USAC National competition in 2019, including NOS Energy Drink, the title sponsor of Indiana Sprint Week as well as the USAC Midget National Championship, and AMSOIL, the title sponsor of the USAC Sprint Car National Championship.

Fatheadz Eyewear awards each fast qualifier with $100 throughout the entire 2019 season while Simpson Race Products, Competition Suspension, Inc., Auto Meter and Indy Race Parts are on-board throughout the entire season as heat race sponsors.

Wilwood Brakes sponsors the driver who finishes 13th in each National feature event. Saldana Racing Products will boost the spirits of the first non-transfer each night (the driver finishing one position out of the final transfer spot during the night's semi-feature. In addition, Saldana will reward any National Sprint and National Midget driver who performs a "sweep" of all the racing events for the night. The driver must record the fastest qualifying time during time trials, win his or her heat race, then conclude the night with a feature victory.

KSE Racing Products will run through the pack to honor each event's hard charger (the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot during the night's main event). Hoosier Tire serves as the official tire of USAC while VP Racing Fuels returns as the official fuel and Racing Electronics is the official communications provider. iRacing is the official motorsport simulation of USAC. Elliott's Custom Trailers & Carts is the official trailer of USAC. Roger and Barb Tapy / R & B Truckers will supply a Hoosier Right Rear tire to the driver who qualifies 13th quickest during time trials of every USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car event.

Watch all eight races from "Indiana Sprint Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.

ISW gets underway this Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway where pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. 600cc Non-Wing Micros will be in action.

On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, reserved adult tickets are $30 and kids 12 and under are free. Reserved tickets can be purchased at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-indiana-sprint-week. Non-Wing Micros will be on hand.

On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free. Reserved seating is $30 for the top-three rows in the front and backstretch grandstands. Front rows are 19-21 and back rows are 26-28. Seats in the top-three rows can be reserved in advance by calling 815-468-8690. Pit passes are $30. King of the TQ's are on the docket as well.

On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds are on the agenda as well.

After a couple days off from racing, the second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission grandstand tickets are $25, adult infield tickets are $15 in the infield, children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. DIRTcar Modifieds will be racing as well on the half-mile.

Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is next up on Thursday, July 25 where the drivers meeting begins at 6:30pm Eastern and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30pm. Indiana Super Stocks will also be in attendance.

The "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" on Friday, July 26 at Bloomington Speedway will have the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:40pm. Adult tickets are $25, students (with valid I.D.) are $10, children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also on the event card.

For the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27, qualifying is slated to begin at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm Central. Adult tickets are $25, students 13-18 are $20 and children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Modifieds will also be racing.

Watch all eight races from "Indiana Sprint Week" live and on-demand at http://www.FloRacing.com/. Listen live on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation, plus live timing and scoring on the Race Monitor app.


2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SOUVENIR PROGRAM AVAILABLE

Speedway, Indiana (July 16, 2019).........The official program for the 32nd edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week is being printed today and will be available at the USAC Merchandise trailer all throughout the week-plus tour, July 18-27, for the biggest week of sprint car racing in the Hoosier state.

The program is just $5 and features profile stories, statistics, photos from the archives, plus recaps and an inside look at the colorful history of Indiana Sprint Week, which began in 1988 and has been sanctioned by USAC since 1996.

ISW gets underway this Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway where pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25 and kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. 600cc Non-Wing Micros will be in action. On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, reserved adult tickets are $30 and kids 12 and under are free. Reserved tickets can be purchased at https://usacracing.ticketspice.com/2019-indiana-sprint-week. Non-Wing Micros will be on hand.

On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, children age 12 and under free. Reserved seating is $30 for the top-three rows in the front and backstretch grandstands. Front rows are 19-21 and back rows are 26-28. Seats in the top-three rows can be reserved in advance by calling 815-468-8690. Pit passes are $30. King of the TQ's are on the docket as well.

On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm Eastern, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. Adult general admission tickets are $25, kids 7-12 are $7, children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. KOI Auto Parts UMP Modifieds are on the agenda as well.

After a couple days off from racing, the second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track. Pits open at 3pm, front gates at 4pm and hot laps at 6:30pm. Adult general admission grandstand tickets are $25, adult infield tickets are $15 in the infield, children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a parent. DIRTcar Modifieds will be racing as well on the half-mile.

Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville is next up on Thursday, July 25 where the drivers meeting begins at 6:30pm Eastern and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30pm. Indiana Super Stocks will also be in attendance.

The "Sheldon Kinser Memorial" on Friday, July 26 at Bloomington Speedway will have the pits open at 3pm Eastern, front gates at 5pm, drivers meeting at 6pm and hot laps at 6:40pm. Adult tickets are $25, students (with valid I.D.) are $10, children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30 apiece. RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also on the event card.

For the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27, qualifying is slated to begin at 6:30pm and racing at 7:30pm Central. Adult tickets are $25, students 13-18 are $20 and children 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $30. Modifieds will also be racing.

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN) Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN) Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN) Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN) Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN) Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN) Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN) Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

INDIANA SPRINT WEEK START TIMES SHIFTED

Speedway, Indiana (July 15, 2019).........The opening weekend of the 32nd annual NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week tour will have a cooler start with this Thursday through Sunday's event times pushed back to later in the evening.

On Thursday, July 18 at Gas City I-69 Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps begin at 7:30pm. On Friday, July 19 at Plymouth Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get on track at 7:30pm. On Saturday, July 20 at Kokomo Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 4pm, and hot laps start at 7:30pm. On Sunday, July 21 at Lawrenceburg Speedway, pits open at 4pm, front gates open at 5pm and hot laps get underway at 7pm. All times Eastern.

USAC is committed to running an efficient program each night with only two divisions on the event card.

Following the first four events, NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week continues with more USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship racing. The second half of ISW kicks off Wednesday, July 24, at the Terre Haute Action Track before heading to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, July 25, Bloomington Speedway on Friday, July 26, and the finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt on Saturday, July 27.

 



USAC SPRINTS TACKLE ELDORA WEDNESDAY FOR $10 GRAND

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (July 15, 2019).........The kickoff to one of the busiest stretches in the history of USAC's AMSOIL National Sprint Car division begins this Wednesday, July 17, on the high banks of "The Big E," Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo in which the winner will take home $10,000!

The event is also the 200th for the series at Eldora dating back to Stan Bowman's triumph at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile in 1962. The race begins a stretch of nine races in 11 nights for the series with NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week set to follow on July 18-27.

Defending series champion Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) won the first the first go-around at Eldora back in May, leading the final 25 laps after taking over the lead from Kevin Thomas, Jr.. In fact, he's won the last two there dating back to last Fall's "4-Crown Nationals." He's been victorious in all three USAC National divisions over the last couple of seasons at Eldora, winning in a Silver Crown car there in 2017 and again in a Midget in 2018. The current USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget point leader stands second in the standings with two wins, the other of which also came on a half-mile, at Pennsylvania's Port Royal Speedway in June.

Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has been the money man on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car trail this year with a $10,000 win at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway to open up Eastern Storm plus a $20,000 score at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa to ring in the month of July. He's also doubled up on the field as the winningest driver in the series this year, tallying four wins, two more than his closest competitor. The two-time series champ in 2014 and 2016 won Eldora USAC Sprint Car events in both 2014 and 2018 and ran 3rd there in the Spring.

Chris Windom (Canton, Ill.) won the #LetsRaceTwo finale at Eldora in the Spring of 2018. It was his second career Sprint victory at Eldora following a win there in 2013. His Eldora record includes a pair of Silver Crown wins as well in 2013 and 2016. He ran 4th in the series visit to Eldora back in May. Windom's already won twice with the series this season, at the opener in Ocala, Fla. as well as a May trip to Granite City, Ill. and stands fourth in the standings.

With two #LetsRaceTwo scores to his name, Californian Justin Grant (Ione) is the winningest driver in the history of the event among those expected to compete on Wednesday. The injured Robert Ballou has two apiece as well. The odd numbered years of 2015 and 2017 have been kind to Grant at Eldora in recent times at #LetsRaceTwo. Grant has won on three occasions total at Eldora, in 2015-16-17. He took an 8th this Spring at Eldora there. Grant's latest capture of victory came in the second race of the season in Ocala in February.

Of all the entries for Wednesday's event, no driver has more Eldora USAC victories than Lincoln, Indiana's Dave Darland. The 1999 series champ has won in USAC Sprint Car competition at the "Big E" in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2012 and 2014, not to mention his five USAC Midget wins and four USAC Silver Crown victories. Darland flipped on the 3rd lap of the feature this Spring, finishing 23rd. He will compete for California-based car owner Dwight Cheney for the pairing's first venture to Eldora.

USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader C.J. Leary came oh-so-close to winning the first ever #LetsRaceTwo event in 2015, leading until the final lap when Grant got by to snare the win. The Greenfield, Ind. driver has more than redeemed himself over the years at Eldora, winning his first there in a USAC Sprint Car in the Fall of 2017, then drove to a spectacular victory in the Silver Crown division last September. He's won just once this season, picking up the finale in Ocala back in February, but his consistency has been off the charts with 12 top-ten finishes in as many starts. He was the Fatheadz Eyewear fastest qualifier in both appearances at Eldora this year, finishing 2ndon the first night before being washed out by rain the following night.

Among those looking for their initial Eldora win are Kevin Thomas, Jr. (Cullman, Ala.). He led the first five circuits before being passed by eventual winner Courtney in May at Eldora. Despite a successive run of consistency that's positioned him in the 5th spot in the standings, Thomas remains on the hunt for his first win of the season.

Another driver looking for his first taste of Eldora victory lane is Chase Stockon (Fort Branch, Ind.) who ran 7th in May, one his 12 top-ten finishes in 12 starts, joining Leary in that exclusive club which hadn't been achieved by any driver in the series in the previous 15 seasons. The one-time winner this season is third in the standings.

Jason McDougal (Broken Arrow, Okla.) has two career USAC Sprint starts at Eldora, last Fall and this May where he finished 9th. Over the past month, he's become a winner in the Sprints (Swedesboro, N.J.) and Midgets (Fairbury, Neb.). He's shown his prowess for taking on the high banks in his Silver Crown debut in late 2018 where the driver who stands 9th in points collected a 4th place finish.

Pleasant Hill, Ohio's Matt Westfall was the Eldora hero in 2006 when he won his first and, so far, only career USAC National Sprint Car feature. The versatile driver finished 13th in the Spring at Eldora and recently had a solid top-ten effort on the half-mile at Knoxville, Iowa.

Fifth-place in May at Eldora, Carson Short (Marion, Ill.) looks for his first win with the series in three years while past Rookies of the Year Timmy Buckwalter (Douglassville, Pa.), 20th in May, as well as Isaac Chapple (Willow Branch, Ind.) are out to get their first series wins. Chapple grabbed a career-best 3rd place finish last Fall at Eldora and was 10th in the Spring. Dallas Hewitt (Troy, Ohio) nearly pulled off his first career USAC Sprint win during #LetsRaceTwo in 2017, finishing 2nd behind Grant.

Add to the mix Brody Roa (Garden Grove, Calif.) who will make his Eldora debut Wednesday. Roa, the 2016 USAC West Coast Sprint Car champion, currently leads the USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car standings with a single victory and runs second in AMSOIL USAC/CRA points with a pair of victories.

Tickets sales begin at the main gate and turn four for this Wednesday's #LetsRaceTwo at 1:30pm Eastern both days. The turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm with cars set to hit the track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29 and $34 for reserved. For children ages 12 and under, general admission tickets are FREE and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

Eldora Speedway is located at 13929 OH-118, New Weston, OH 45348. You can reach the track via phone at (937) 338-3815. The track's website can be found at http://www.eldoraspeedway.com/.

You can watch the USAC portion of the event LIVE on FloRacing or listen LIVE on the USAC app. Follow along with live updates on https://www.facebook.com/usacracing/ and https://twitter.com/USACNation with live timing and scoring available on the USAC and Race Monitor apps.

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#LETSRACETWO USAC WINNERS
2015: Robert Ballou & Justin Grant
2016: Bryan Clauson & Chad Boespflug
2017: Justin Grant & Robert Ballou
2018: Brady Bacon & Chris Windom
2019: Tyler Courtney

 

 

IT'S SWEET, SWEET SPRINGS VICTORY FOR CARRICK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Sweet Springs, Missouri (July 14, 2019).........Most times, it seems the only thing predictable in USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget racing is unpredictability. And sometimes when you think you know what's about to transpire, that's when everything turns on its head. At times, literally.

Lincoln, California's Tanner Carrick found that out in Sunday's trip to Missouri's Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex where he became the fourth first-time series winner this year, following Cannon McIntosh, Chris Windom and Jason McDougal. It's the first time the series has produced four first-time winners in a single season since 2008, and it's still only mid-July.

Carrick ran fifth with five laps remaining as point leader and race leader Tyler Courtney and defending champ Logan Seavey waged their battle for the lead. Seavey mustered a big, bold slider for the lead entering turn three. Courtney quickly countered underneath to steal the spot back from Seavey off turn four.

Seavey remained just about three car-lengths back on the following lap until his car got a bit tight on the cushion in between turns three and four, allowing Courtney to open up a roughly eight car-length lead despite catching the lapped car of Brady Bacon in traffic as he worked turns one and two.

Traffic parted the seas for Courtney with a free path on the high side entering turn three. With seemingly everything in check, Courtney snagged the turn three cushion, flipping him over. On Courtney's rebound, second-running Logan Seavey clipped his own right front wheel against Courtney's tail tank, giving terminal damage to Seavey's car and eliminating him from a repeat Sweet Springs victory. Courtney restarted, albeit from the tail and out of contention for his seventh series win of the year.

That slotted Carrick into third on the final restart behind McDougal and Windom. Throughout much of the duration of the 40-lapper, Carrick had been waging in a see-saw slider session behind Courtney and Seavey, battling the likes of McDougal, Windom and Kevin Thomas, Jr., just to name a few, for what, at the time, seemed to be for "best in class" for third as the front two checked out.

On the lap 38 restart, McDougal went topside as Windom headed to the bottom to toss a slider at McDougal. Windom appeared to not have enough mustard on the slide to get up in front of McDougal but was content to fall in line and chase him into the next corner. Before all that could even play out, McDougal's right rear snagged the turn two cushion, turning him to the right and pushing him into the outside wall.

Windom ducked under McDougal to take the lead momentarily heading down the back straightaway. Yet, even lower on the track was Carrick, who used the bottom to pull ahead of Windom at the entrance to turn three. Carrick slid up in front of Windom to the top, while Windom charged to the bottom as Carrick nipped Windom at the stripe by three-quarters of a car length.

"I just wanted to be there at the end," Seavey said. "I saved my stuff. I kind of figured (Windom) was going to try to slide McDougal (on the restart). My only odds were rolling the bottom on the last restart and getting to the lead. and it worked out."

Carrick was on a mission to take away Windom's line and prevent the slider into the first turn as he dove across the nose of Windom to secure the bottom before sliding up to the top in turn two as Windom had the front left wheel kicking up a little dust on the inner berm.

Carrick was meticulous in sliding himself into each corner from bottom to top, leaving Windom and hard-charging Zeb Wise a narrow window of opportunity that Carrick had no intentions of relinquishing.

Carrick, the 2017 series Rookie of the Year in his 54th career start, finished it out with authority for his first career series win. Wise, who returned from an opening lap flip, rode the rim around Windom on the final lap to take second by two car-lengths over Windom, while McDougal fell to fourth and Chad Boat rounded out the top-five after starting 15th.

 

 

THE DEMON STRIKES AT PERRIS

PERRIS, CA - JULY 13, 2019... After temperatures reached triple digits, fast qualifier "The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) raced to victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

Piloting Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner reclaimed the lead for good on lap 24 from "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams to earn the AMSOIL USAC/CRA & Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car triumph. For Gardner, the win marked his second triumph of the season (82nd career USAC/CRA / 1st career USAC SouthWest) over R.J. Johnson, hard charger Stevie Sussex, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, and "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr.

Sussex earned the Specialty Fasteners / Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award with a twenty-fourth to third place run. "T-Dub" Trent Williams claimed the Wilwood Disc Brakes "Lucky 13 Award" with a thirteenth place finish in the main event.

Gardner also scored the night's Woodland Auto Display / Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award by posting a time of 16.526 over the 25-car roster.

The night's 10-lap heat race victories went to Davis (Extreme Mufflers / Brown & Miller Racing Solutions First Heat), Johnson (Circle Track Performance / Ultra Shield Race Products / Competition Suspension Inc. Second Heat), and Austin Williams (Saldana Racing Products / ButlerBuilt Seats Third Heat).

The AMSOIL USAC/CRA and Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will return to Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday, August 10th, for the annual "California Racers Hall of Fame Night."

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, Ultra Shield Race Products, Wilwood Disc Brakes, and Woodland Auto Display for their support.

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, and Ultra Shield Race Products for their support.

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

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR SERIES RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY / BEAVER STRIPES QUALIFYING: 1. Damion Gardner, 4, Alexander-16.526; 2. Tommy Malcom, 5X, Napier-16.636; 3. Austin Williams, 92, Sertich-16.643; 4. Jake Swanson, 34AZ, Grau/Burkhart-16.724; 5. R.J. Johnson, 51, Martin-16.953; 6. Matt McCarthy, 28M, McCarthy-16.971; 7. Charles Davis Jr., 50, Davis-17.014; 8. Chris Gansen, 4G, Gansen-17.219; 9. A.J. Bender, 21, Bender-17.253; 10. Brody Roa, 91R, BR-17.287; 11. Mike Martin, 16, Martin-17.340; 12. Matt Stewart, 90, Waitman-17.431; 13. Eddie Tafoya Jr., 51T, Tafoya-17.473; 14. Verne Sweeney, 98, Tracy-17.536; 15. Randy Waitman, Y69, Waitman-17.580; 16. Cody Williams, 44, Williams-17.586; 17. Joel Rayborne, 12B, Blair-17.753; 18. Ryan Timmons, 29T, Timmons-17.815; 19. Bill Rose, 6, Rose/Miller-17.817; 20. Trent Williams, 52V, Williams-17.929; 21. Eric Englert, 35, Englert-17.978; 22. Jeff Dyer, 39, Cal-Sun-18.203; 23. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-18.399; 24. Stevie Sussex, 12, Allen-NT; 25. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-NT.

EXTREME MUFFLERS / BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Davis, 2. Gardner, 3. Roa, 4. Tafoya, 5. Swanson, 6. Dyer, 7. C.Williams. 2:56.35

CIRCLE TRACK PERFORMANCE / ULTRA SHIELD RACE PRODUCTS / COMPETITION SUSPENSION INC. SECOND HEAT: (10 laps) 1. Johnson, 2. Gansen, 3. Sweeney, 4. Martin, 5. Malcolm, 6. T.Williams, 7. Hix, 8. Rayborne. 3:00.46

SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS / BUTLERBUILT SEATS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps) 1. A.Williams, 2. Bender, 3. Stewart, 4. McCarthy, 5. Timmons, 6. Waitman, 7. Englert, 8. Sussex. 3:03.32.

FEATURE: (30 laps, with starting positions) 1. Damion Gardner (6), 2. R.J. Johnson (4), 3. Stevie Sussex (24), 4. Tommy Malcolm (7), 5. Charles Davis Jr. (2), 6. Austin Williams (5), 7. Chris Gansen (1), 8. Mike Martin (11), 9. Matt McCarthy (3), 10. Ryan Timmons (18), 11. Steve Hix (23), 12. Joel Rayborne (17), 13. Trent Williams (20), 14. Cody Williams (16), 15. Bill Rose (19), 16. Eric Englert (21), 17. Randy Waitman (15), 18. Brody Roa (10), 19. Verne Sweeney (14), 20. Jake Swanson (8), 21. Eddie Tafoya Jr. (13), 22. Matt Stewart (12), 23. A.J. Bender (9), 24. Jeff Dyer (22). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-5 Gansen, Laps 6-13 Gardner, Laps 14-23 A.Williams, Laps 24-30 Gardner.

SPECIALTY FASTENERS / SALDANA RACING PRODUCTS HARD CHARGER: Stevie Sussex (24th to 3rd)

WILWOOD DISC BRAKES LUCKY 13 AWARD: Trent Williams

NEW AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Gardner, 2-Roa-640, 3-A.Williams-611, 4-Swanson-511, 5-Malcolm-467, 6-Gansen-452, 7-Johnson-405, 8-McCarthy-374, 9-C.Williams-355, 10-Richard Vander Weerd-316.

NEW SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINTS: 1-Roa-622, 2-Johnson-613, 3-Sussex-576, 4-Davis-548, 5-Martin-521, 6-Swanson-387, 7-Matt Rossi-381, 8-Matt Lundy-368, 9-Michael Curtis-347, 10-Chris Bonneau-300.

NEXT AMSOIL USAC/CRA & SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR RACE: August 13 - Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, California - "California Racers Hall of Fame Night"
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WATSON'S LAST-LAP PASS NETS VICTORY AT MONTPELIER

Montpelier, Indiana (July 13, 2019).........Past USAC champion Alex Watson used a last lap pass to get by two-time and defending series champ Aaron Leffel and win Saturday's USAC Midwest Thunder Speed2 Midget feature at Indiana's Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Columbus, Ohio's Watson, the 2015 USAC Midwest HPD Midget champ, earned his first series win of the year by leading one lap, but it was most important one of all. Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.) led the first six laps before falling back to 12th at the checkered. Leffel (Springfield, Ohio) assumed the lead on the seventh circuit, leading a race-high 13 laps until Watson got by on the 20th and final lap.

Leffel took second ahead of Stratton Briggs (Anna, Ohio), Gunnar Lucius (Delphos, Ohio) and Ohio's Jacob Denney who rounded out the top-five at the checkered.

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USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE RESULTS: - July 13, 2019 - Montpelier, Indiana - Montpelier Motor Speedway

FEATURE: (20 laps) 1. Alex Watson (#3 Watson), 2. Aaron Leffel (#11L Taylor), 3. Stratton Briggs (#71 Briggs), 4. Gunnar Lucius (#22 Lucius), 5. Jacob Denney (#11T Taylor), 6. Jon Steed (#7 Steed), 7. Cory Guingrich (#62 Guingrich), 8. Adam Schmenk (#6 Schmenck), 9. Ian Creager (#36 Creager), 10. Nate Foster (#57F Foster), 11. Kyle Kriegbaum (#12 Kriegbaum), 12. Adam Taylor (#7A Taylor), 13. Zane Briggs (#10 Briggs), 14. Don Bigelow (#4B Bigelow), 15. Bryce Dues (#23B Dues), 16. Tim Key (#6K Key), 17. Tom Hessel (#7T Hessel), 18. Tommy Bigelow (#2B Bigelow), 19. Mark Neift Jr. (#20N Neift). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Adam Taylor, Laps 7-19 Aaron Leffel, Lap 20 Alex Watson.

NEXT USAC MIDWEST THUNDER SPEED2 MIDGET RACE: July 20 - Montpelier Motor Speedway - Montpelier, Indiana
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SMITH SCORES SECOND USAC WSO WIN OF THE YEAR AT 81

Park City, Kansas (July 13, 2019).........Danny Smith raced to victory for the second time in his last three USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma starts, winning Saturday night's series visit to 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas.

Smith (Sand Springs, Okla.) took over the lead on the seventh lap and never looked back to earn the 20-lap victory, leading the final 14 circuits for the win in the first trip by the series outside the state of Oklahoma this season.

Johnny Kent (Kiefer, Okla.) finished second ahead of Waylon Weaver (Claremore, Okla.), Cameron Hagin (Broken Arrow, Okla.) with Brett Wilson (Coweta, Okla.) rounding out the top-five.

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USAC WINGLESS SPRINTS OKLAHOMA RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - 81 Speedway - Park City, Kansas

FIRST HEAT (6 Laps) 1. Waylon Weaver (#911 Weaver), 2. Brett Wilson (#53 Wilson), 3. Grady Chandler (#22 Barksdale), 4. J.C. Wilson (#32x Wilson), 5. David Baxter (#7D Baxter). NT

SECOND HEAT: (6 Laps) 1. Danny Smith (#5$ Smith), [1]; 2. Johnny Kent (#55 Kent), 3. Cameron Hagin (#5 Hagin), 4. Ryan Dean (#51 Dean), 5. Ben Frey (#24 Frey). NT

FEATURE: (20 Laps, starting positions in parentheses) 1. Danny Smith [4], 2. Johnny Kent [6], 3. Waylon Weaver [5], 4. Cameron Hagin [1], 5. Brett Wilson [3], 6. J.C. Wilson [8], 7. Ryan Dean [7], 8. Ben Frey [10], 9. David Baxter [9]. (Original third place finisher Grady Chandler [2] disqualified after weighing in light in post-race tech).

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-6 Cameron Hagin, Laps 7-20 Danny Smith.

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COURTNEY GETS WIN #6 AT JEFF CO.

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 13, 2019).........Only one driver has reached the six-win mark in a single USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget season faster than Tyler Courtney has this season. That was none other than Rich Vogler who reached six in his 13th race in 1978 and in his 14th race in 1988.

If there's a driver to run second to in the annals of USAC history, Vogler isn't a bad one to be looking up to.

Thus far, through 15 races of the season, Courtney hasn't had to look up to much of anybody. Nor did he in Saturday night's Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway where he fended off a pesky Kevin Thomas, Jr. on a late-race restart to win the 40-lapper.

To put the season into perspective, Courtney came into this season with just five USAC National Midget feature wins to his credit. It took him less than half a season to outdo that mark on the 1/5-mile bullring in Fairbury, Neb. By doing so, he maintained his 90-point lead in the standings and inched closer to becoming the first driver to reach double-digit wins in the series since Vogler in 1988.

Though it appeared mostly stress-free for Courtney through much of the middle portion of the feature as he cut through traffic, that wasn't the case in the end, as the Indianapolis, Ind. native had to endure a late-race restart versus Thomas after the yellow flag flew with four laps remaining.

"I didn't want to see that," Courtney admitted. "I hadn't been on the bottom since the beginning of the race. I knew on restarts, it might be alright, but I was committed to running the top. I saw (Kevin Thomas, Jr.) race me on the last restart, and I knew I just needed to hit my marks there on the top. I messed up a couple times, and luckily, I think he may have messed up too. It worked out tonight and we're standing here in victory lane."

Courtney started from the pole, but it was outside front row starter Thomas who got the jump initially, riding the top to the lead as Courtney got shuffled back to 4th on the opening lap while Tanner Thorson and Jerry Coons, Jr. snuck by for 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

Courtney instantly worked his way back to the front, and quickly got returned to 3rd on the second lap and to the runner-up spot during a mad scramble behind race leader Thomas.

Following ninth-running Chad Boat's stoppage in between turns 3 and 4 on the fourth lap, Courtney took control on the ensuing restart as Thomas pulled the wheels up exiting the turn two cushion. Courtney drove by off the bottom to the lead.

Thomas ably reeled in Courtney by the halfway mark in traffic as the lappers went two and, at times, three-wide, forcing Courtney to split the cars of Lance Bennett and Shannon McQueen in turn one to find separation. He was successful and broke away, while Coons, Thomas and Seavey raced three-wide for fourth.

Although Brady Bacon's stop with 14 to go on the other side of the turn two banking tightened up the gap, the three lapped cars of Curtis Spicer, McQueen and Sam Johnson lie between Courtney and Thomas for the restart. On the tight bullring, Thomas got hung up behind the traffic and Courtney once again shot away to a one second advantage.

With four to go and a near-certain victory in sight for Courtney, Ethan Mitchell found himself spun backwards in turn three, setting up a last ditch, trophy dash for the win. With under five to go, lapped cars are sent to the tail by rule, putting Thomas and Tuesday night's Red Dirt winner Seavey right on Courtney's tail tank for the restart.

Tyler Courtney's 11th victory moved him into 62nd on the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget career win list alongside Kasey Kahne, Jimmy Knight, Bob McLean, Johnny Moorhouse, Bobby Santos and Brad Sweet.
(Rich Forman Photo)


"Racing with these guys is tough," Courtney said. "Especially when you've got (Kevin Thomas, Jr.) and Logan behind you. Really, everybody in the field is tough right now. We're on our game now and we've got to capitalize on nights like this when we start up front like that. You can't give up positions. You don't have any to give up."

Thomas put the challenge right on Courtney as he utilized the bottom to pull even with high-riding Courtney exiting turn two. With two laps remaining, Thomas got a surge off turn two to edge ahead of Courtney midway down the back straightaway. Courtney showed no wavering, riding the top back around Thomas to secure the spot off turn four. Thomas stayed within striking distance throughout the final lap, but Courtney was flawless, finishing out the victory by 0.365 sec. over K. Thomas, Seavey, Coons and ProSource/KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Tyler Thomas, from 11th.

For Kevin Thomas, Jr., despite the win eluding him on Saturday night, a second is a welcome gift after front-running efforts during the first two "Mid-America Midget Week" events were all for naught after getting caught up in a pair of wrecks that were not of his doing.

"We had a good racecar," K. Thomas said. "If only I just didn't screw up there at the beginning of the race; track position's everything. We had pretty equal cars there and he got through lapped traffic a little bit better. It was a little greasy down and was hard to maneuver around down there, but it was a really good racetrack. I tried to get cute there by running the bottom and trying to sneak by. It worked until I hit the grease down there. I think if I wouldn't have pushed, I could've won that race, but I did push, and we didn't win the race."

Contingency award winners Saturday night at Jefferson County Speedway were Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier & Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tyler Thomas (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner & KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger), Zeb Wise (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner) and Shannon McQueen (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 13, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.412; 2. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-11.422; 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-11.454; 4. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.476; 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-11.530; 6. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.550; 7. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.584; 8. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-11.588; 9. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.651; 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.652; 11. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.700; 12. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.746; 13. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.749; 14. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.768; 15. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.794; 16. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.891; 17. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-11.973; 18. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-11.982; 19. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-12.139; 20. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-12.373; 21. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-12.572; 22. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-12.693; 23. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-12.919.

SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Logan Seavey, 2. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 3. Tanner Thorson, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Tanner Carrick, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett, 8. Curtis Spicer. 2:04.92

COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tyler Thomas, 2. Jason McDougal, 3. Brady Bacon, 4. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5. Chad Boat, 6. Robert Dalby, 7. Olivia Bennett. NT

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Zeb Wise, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Chris Windom, 4. Jerry Coons, Jr., 5. A.J. Valim, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. Andrew Layser. 2:03.04

FEATURE: (40 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Tyler Courtney (1), 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (2), 3. Logan Seavey (6), 4. Jerry Coons, Jr. (4), 5. Tyler Thomas (11), 6. Jason McDougal (8), 7. Tanner Carrick (7), 8. Tanner Thorson (3), 9. Chris Windom (9), 10. Tucker Klaasmeyer (10), 11. Zeb Wise (15), 12. Chad Boat (5), 13. Shannon McQueen (13), 14. Andrew Layser (18), 15. Sam Johnson (16), 16. Ethan Mitchell (12), 17. Curtis Spicer (22), 18. Brady Bacon (14), 19. Robert Dalby (17), 20. Lance Bennett (19), 21. Tyler Seavey (20), 22. Olivia Bennett (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-4 Kevin Thomas, Jr., Laps 5-40 Tyler Courtney.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Thomas (11th to 5th)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Shannon McQueen

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-1039, 2-Logan Seavey-949, 3-Chris Windom-926, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-872, 5-Zeb Wise-842, 6-Chad Boat-814, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-754, 8-Tanner Carrick-724, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-699, 10-Jason McDougal-657.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Thomas-23, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-16, 3-Jonathan Beason-12, 4-Logan Seavey-11, 5-Chad Boat-11, 6-Zeb Wise-11, 7-Tyler Courtney-10, 8-Matt Sherrell-10, 9-Curtis Spicer-9, 10-Chris Windom-8.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 14, 2019 - Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex - Sweet Springs, Missouri - 1/6-Mile Dirt Oval
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WINDOM'S APPROACH HAS BEEN KEY TO ISW SUCCESS

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 13, 2019)........."Winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." It's a creed you hear repeated all throughout the sports world. However, what the quote doesn't tell you is that, more often than not, it's consistency that wins championships.

If an athlete's final product of results is "boom or bust," and met with the unpredictability of highs and lows throughout the duration of the campaign, the short-term reward may pay its dividends, but the ultimate result will find you behind the one who's always in the hunt, always has a chance, and never, seemingly, has a night off.

Over the past decade, that's been the mantra of Chris Windom. Yes, of course, he's won his fair share of feature events in his USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car career. His 23 series victories equal that of A.J. Foyt and Roger McCluskey for 22nd all-time entering the 32nd edition of NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week July 18-27.

The beginning of his 2019 season came with a different set of circumstances. After two highly successful tenures at Baldwin Brothers Racing, which resulted in a pair of ISW titles in 2011 and 2018, plus a USAC National title in 2017, the team unexpectedly shuttered its doors. Although this could've proven to be a major setback, at least in the short term, for Windom, the core of the group, namely Windom and crew chief Derek Claxton stuck together when they signed on with Goacher Racing, winning the first race out of the box in February of 2019 at Ocala, Fla.

Throughout the season, the team has been consistent, rattling off 11 finishes inside the top-ten through the first 12 races of the season, including becoming the first team to reach multiple wins with a May triumph at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. Consistency is of utmost importance in winning a title, and Windom has done just that during ISW with 45 top-ten finishes in 68 starts, a percentage of 66%. He's also finished in the top-five on 24 of 68 occasions, or 35% of the time.

Those are pretty solid numbers considering his most recent Indiana Sprint Week win came eight years ago, in 2011, at the Terre Haute Action Track. But, to win a title, it takes more than victories alone. In fact, it takes more than consistency too. You've got to have driver, crew chief and all facets of the team in perfect harmony.

"It's a week of consistency, that's for sure, between driver, crews, owner, everything," Windom explained. "You've got to be on point that week. It seems the last few years that (Crew Chief) Derek Claxton and I have jelled together during those long, grueling weeks whether it's Indiana Sprint Week, Eastern Storm, or anytime we have a long stretch, we seem to enjoy it. So far, we've had success with it. You have to have a little luck thrown into it too."

To illustrate the fact of how tough it is to succeed on the national tour, or in a shorter spurt such as ISW, consider this. Windom's two wins and nine top-fives in 12 season starts only have him fourth in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car standings. The standards have changed on what is considered a "good" or "bad" night at the track in recent times. Riding out an ill-handling car, having a driver error or getting caught up in something not of your doing and finishing mid-pack on just one of the eight nights of ISW, could prove to be the fly in the ointment. Driver and team have to be engaged and locked down to get every spot and point possible.

"The competition is so tough right now," Windom pointed out. "A bad night at Sprint Week may be a 10th place. Anymore, you've got to be in the top-five every night, I feel like, to be in contention. That's a tough feat when you're running against 10-12 guys who can win every night. We seemed to have capitalized on it the last few years. So far, I've been really happy with our speed this year. I think we're going to be in good shape to get another one this year."

The difference between a team sport and auto racing is start. The main ingredient in team sports, or even individual sports like tennis and golf, the objective is clear. Do the best you can, beat the competition and tally up the score in the end. In auto racing, drivers are in competition with the track, themselves, drivers who are aiming to win a title as well as those who are out there just to simply win the race without any points connotations. Yet, in Windom's eyes, it doesn't change his perspective much, but there is a balance you have to possess from the start of the week to the end of the week.

"You definitely go out to win races every night," Windom reiterated. "You're not going to go out and just set a mark you think you need to be at; you're still going to try to win the race. I would say, toward the end of the week, if you're in a tight battle for the points come Saturday feature time at Haubstadt, you race a little bit differently than you would if you're going out to win and nothing else mattered. I would say there's a happy medium between that. When it comes down to that final night, you might approach it differently. But you're still running as hard as you can and they're still running as hard as they can too. You're going to be competing with guys who are racing for wins and guys who are running for the championship. You got to beat both of them."

When Windom won his first ISW title in 2011, he was the new kid on the block, just making a name for himself. By the second title in 2018, he was the established championship-winning veteran, the one every driver is gunning to defeat. Yet, the contrast is much the same despite the seven years between the ISW championships. It still takes a ton of work, dedication and, yes, even a little luck on your side every now and then.

"The first one was really cool," Windom remembered. "I was 20 years old and Derek was a young crew chief then too. It was pretty cool for us kids to go out there and beat all those who we'd been racing against since we came into the sport. We really kind of put our names on the map after that."

"We had a few off years between the first one and the second one," Windom continued. "But I think when we came back and won the second, we felt just as good as we did the first time because it's a lot of work to get one of those. I wouldn't say it's as hard as winning a national championship, but it's definitely right up there. There's stiff competition for eight days straight against guys who have just as good of equipment and a good crew and you have to go out there and figure out how you're going to beat them every night."

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

 

 

$10,000 ON THE LINE FOR 200TH USAC SPRINT RACE AT ELDORA

Rossburg, Ohio (July 13, 2019).........Ten-thousand dollars are on the line for the winner of this Wednesday's 200th USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Eldora Speedway on July 17.

#LetsRaceTwo #TakeTwo features both the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship and the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on the same event card. Tyler Courtney (Indianapolis, Ind.) has won each of the last two most recent USAC Sprint Car visits to the western Ohio high-banked, half-mile oval, including this past May where he led the final 25 laps to score the win.

The event becomes one of seven on the USAC Sprint Car schedule paying at least $10,000 to win this season. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, Okla.), twice a USAC Sprint Car winner at Eldora in his career in 2014 and 2018, has won each of the largest-paying races this season, winning $10,000 in the June Eastern Storm opener at Pennsylvania's Grandview Speedway. Just one week ago, to open up the month of July, the two-time USAC National Sprint Car champion swept both nights of the Brandt "Corn Belt Nationals" at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway, taking home $20,000 on the final night.

The $10,000 to win race is the 200th USAC Sprint Car event held at Eldora, a tradition that dates back to Stan Bowman's only career series victory in the Spring of 1962. Jack Hewitt leads all drivers with 13 victories in that category.

Among the drivers to have competed in a 2019 USAC National Sprint Car event to have taken a USAC Sprint Car checkered flag with the series at Eldora include Dave Darland and Robert Ballou (5), Justin Grant (3), Brady Bacon and Chris Windom (2) and C.J. Leary, Chad Boespflug, Dickie Gaines, Matt Westfall, Thomas Meseraull and Tyler Courtney with one.

Wednesday's race at Eldora kickstarts a wildly busy nine race stretch in 11 nights. Following Eldora, the series begins NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week, which runs July 18-27 at eight different racetracks in the Hoosier state.

On raceday at Eldora, ticket sales begin (main gate and turn 4) at 1:30pm (Eastern), the turn 3 pit gate opens at 2pm, spectator gates open at 2pm, drivers meeting begins at 5pm and cars on track at 6pm.

Adult general admission tickets are $29, and $34 for reserved. Children ages 12 and under general admission tickets are free, and $9 for reserved. Pit passes are $34 apiece.

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McDOUGAL CHECKS OFF FIRST USAC MIDGET WIN AT JEFFERSON COUNTY

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Fairbury, Nebraska (July 12, 2019).........Just three races into their new relationship, Jason McDougal and FMR Racing appear to be the perfect match.

McDougal joined the team in late June, and by mid-July, the pair hit paydirt in Friday's Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt's Sanitation at Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb., round two of "Mid-America Midget Week."

Just this past Tuesday, McDougal was running up front in the "MAMW" opener at Red Dirt Raceway until a melee at the halfway point put the Broken Arrow, Okla. native on his lid and forced him out of contention for his first career USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget victory.

Three days later, the roles were reversed as, this time, it was McDougal who took advantage of a melee just after midway and was the only driver running in the top-four to avoid the carnage. McDougal seized the moment and powered to his first win in the series aboard the Black Watch Farms - Mobil 1 - Pro Shocks/Beast/Speedway Toyota.

McDougal has been strong on the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car tour this season, particularly at New Jersey's Bridgeport Speedway during "Eastern Storm," where he picked up his second career sprint win exactly one month prior to his first midget win with USAC.

Although it's no easy task to win in any of USAC National divisions, McDougal relays the difficulty that is winning a USAC National Midget feature. He chalks it up to being in the right spot at the right time with the right people, making his part of the equation infinitely easier on him when he gets behind the wheel.

"I've been telling people for a while that I feel like I should be able to win a midget race," McDougal explained. "But, like I tell everyone that tries to go USAC Midget racing, the midgets are ten times harder than a sprint car. To be in the position I'm in with the team that I'm with, I have a lot of great guys supporting me now. Everything's just clicking at the right time."

The key elements in the string that helped guide McDougal to victory lane is a great crew, including Brad Noffsinger and USAC Hall of Fame car builder and crew chief Bob East. McDougal's first Silver Crown start, which resulted in a 4th at Eldora last Fall, had the East touch as did his midget ride in Friday's victory. Familiarity creates comfort, and McDougal seems right at home in the No. 76m.

"I've run Silver Crown for Chris Dyson and Sean Michael, and Bob helped us on the setup a little bit," McDougal revealed. "I've always gotten along with Bob. I've always looked up to the Klatt cars when they had Damion Gardner in them at the Chili Bowl and Turkey Night. They're some of my favorite cars in midget racing. To be able to be a part of this is spectacular, but I get along with these guys so great, it's making everything easy."

From the 4th starting spot, McDougal was in the thick of the battle from the word "go," moving to third around Chris Windom at the start and to 2nd on lap seven with a turn four run off the bottom past USAC Western States Midget standout Robert Dalby.

Thirty laps can breeze by in a blur on the southeastern Nebraska bullring, which also means lapped traffic can come up in a hurry. Tanner Thorson, whose last appearance at the track resulted in a victory back in 2017, found that out the hard way as he held a one second lead over McDougal on the 19th lap of the 30-lapper.

Coming off turn four, the lapped car of Olivia Bennett got sideways on the top side, sliding right into the path of oncoming race leader, Thorson. Thorson, plus third-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. and fourth place Tucker Klaasmeyer all saw their winning hopes dashed in a split second as McDougal escaped through the fray and with the race lead only 12 laps from the finish.

Jason McDougal became the third first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner in 2019, joining Cannon McIntosh (Du Quoin, Ill.) and Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
(Rich Forman Photo)

Klaasmeyer's hopeful night went from bad to worse two laps later, escaping injury after flipping on the back straightaway.

On the restart with ten to go, the top-six were all suctioned to the bottom, momentarily, until Courtney bolted to the outside of CMR teammate Windom in a tussle for second with six lap remaining. The pair battled wheel-to-wheel for the next handful of laps while McDougal held steady at the head of the field.

On the final stretch, Courtney, who started 12th, finally cleared Windom and made a run on the high line at McDougal on the final lap. McDougal could hear somebody behind him, but wasn't exactly certain if it was a lapper or the second-place car. Courtney's charge halted short of the line as McDougal let his car float to the outside wall off turn four, up in front of Courtney's by a mere one tenth of a second.

McDougal was followed to the line by Courtney, Windom, 2016 Jefferson County winner Chad Boat and Jerry Coons, Jr., the two-time series champ, who finished in the top-five for the second consecutive race.

In victory lane, McDougal hoisted a sign reading "Get well soon, Frank," for FMR Racing owner Frank Manafort. McDougal became the third first-time USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature winner in 2019, joining Cannon McIntosh (Du Quoin, Ill.) and Chris Windom (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)

Contingency award winners Friday night at Jefferson County Speedway were Logan Seavey (Fatheadz Eyewear Fast Qualifier), Tanner Carrick (Simpson Race Products First Heat Winner), Tucker Klaasmeyer (Competition Suspension, Inc. Second Heat Winner), Chad Boat (AutoMeter/Indy Race Parts Third Heat Winner), Tanner Thorson (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher) and Tyler Courtney (KSE Racing Products/ProSource Hard Charger).

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USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: July 12, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval

FATHEADZ EYEWEAR QUALIFYING: 1. Logan Seavey, 67, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.685 (New Track Record); 2. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 5, Petry-10.758; 3. Jason McDougal, 76m, FMR-10.842; 4. Chris Windom, 17BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.898; 5. Andrew Layser, 47BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.910; 6. Robert Dalby, 4D, Dalby-10.939; 7. Tanner Thorson, 98, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.947; 8. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 27, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-10.951; 9. Chad Boat, 84, Tucker/Boat-10.962; 10. Jerry Coons, Jr., 25, Petry-10.984; 11. Zeb Wise, 39BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.984; 12. Tyler Courtney, 7BC, Clauson/Marshall-10.985; 13. Tanner Carrick, 71K, Kunz/Curb-Agajanian-11.036; 14. Tyler Thomas, 91T, Thomas-11.059; 15. Sam Johnson, 72, Johnson-11.097; 16. Ethan Mitchell, 19m, Bundy Built-11.141; 17. Brady Bacon, 85, Central-11.176; 18. Shannon McQueen, 7, McQueen-11.301; 19. A.J. Valim, 4T, Valim-11.930; 20. Curtis Spicer, 4, Spicer-11.944; 21. Lance Bennett, 10, Bennett-11.976; 22. Olivia Bennett, 77, Bennett-11.993; 23. Tyler Seavey, 117, Washburn-NT; 24. Blaze Bennett, 10B, Bennett-NT.
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tanner Carrick, 2. Tanner Thorson, 3. Jerry Coons, Jr., 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ethan Mitchell, 7. A.J. Valim, 8. Olivia Bennett. 1:56.27 (New Track Record)
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Tucker Klaasmeyer, 2. Tyler Thomas, 3. Zeb Wise, 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 6. Andrew Layser, 7. Tyler Seavey, 8. Curtis Spicer. 1:56.73

AUTOMETER/INDY RACE PARTS THIRD HEAT: (10 laps, all transfer to the feature) 1. Chad Boat, 2. Tyler Courtney, 3. Jason McDougal, 4. Sam Johnson, 5. Robert Dalby, 6. Shannon McQueen, 7. Lance Bennett. NT

FEATURE: (30 laps, starting position in parentheses) 1. Jason McDougal (4), 2. Tyler Courtney (12), 3. Chris Windom (3), 4. Chad Boat (9), 5. Jerry Coons, Jr. (10), 6. Tyler Thomas (14), 7. Logan Seavey (6), 8. Andrew Layser (7), 9. Zeb Wise (11), 10. Robert Dalby (2), 11. Brady Bacon (16), 12. Tanner Carrick (13), 13. Tanner Thorson (1), 14. Ethan Mitchell (18), 15. Sam Johnson (15), 16. Shannon McQueen (17), 17. Lance Bennett (19), 18. Curtis Spicer (22), 19. Olivia Bennett (20), 20. Tucker Klaasmeyer (8), 21. Kevin Thomas, Jr. (5), 22. Tyler Seavey (23), 23. A.J. Valim (21). NT

**Tucker Klaasmeyer flipped in turn 3 on lap 20.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-18 Tanner Thorson, Laps 19-30 Jason McDougal.

KSE RACING PRODUCTS/PROSOURCE HARD CHARGER: Tyler Courtney (12th to 2nd)

WILWOOD BRAKES 13TH PLACE FINISHER: Tanner Thorson

NEW USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: 1-Tyler Courtney-961, 2-Chris Windom-874, 3-Logan Seavey-871, 4-Kevin Thomas, Jr.-798, 5-Zeb Wise-793, 6-Chad Boat-766, 7-Jerry Coons, Jr.-684, 8-Tanner Carrick-668, 9-Tucker Klaasmeyer-649, 10-Jason McDougal-595.

NEW PROSOURCE PASSING MASTER POINTS: 1-Tyler Thomas-17, 2-Jerry Coons, Jr.-16, 3-Jonathan Beason-12, 4-Chad Boat-11, 5-Tyler Courtney-10, 6-Matt Sherrell-10, 7-Logan Seavey-8, 8-Chris Windom-8, 9-Hank Davis-8, 10-Zeb Wise-7.

NEXT USAC NOS ENERGY DRINK MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE: July 13, 2019 - Jefferson County Speedway - Fairbury, Nebraska - Riverside Chevrolet "Midwest Midget Championship" presented by Westin Packaged Meats & Schmidt's Sanitation - 1/5-Mile Dirt Oval
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THE ROCKER:
AN INDIANA SPRINT WEEK TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 12, 2019).........There are a number of Indiana Sprint Week traditions that have become staples of the mid-summer Hoosier state tour of the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship.

Perhaps none have become as significant and more meaningful than the hand-crafted Bridgeport rocking chair awarded to the NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week owner champion each year.

The tradition began more than a decade ago by Air Force veteran John Youngs and his wife Terri of Vincennes, Ind. The upcoming installment of ISW marks the 10th year of the tradition, but the process began several years before that as John discovered and learned the craft.

"I started making rocking chairs in 2000," John recalled. "I took a seminar when I was in Texas and got the know-how on how to do it. I started making them and thought they were pretty cool."

John began making his custom rocking chairs for his family members and even a pen-pal he had in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s.

But, in the mid-2000s, an idea came to, John, an avid sprint car racing fan, when he saw a legend of the sport receive a gift that caught his attention. At that point, an idea was born, and a new tradition began to be put into motion.

"We were at Eldora Speedway when (track owner and promoter) Earl (Baltes) retired," John remembered. "They gave him a rocking chair for a retirement gift, but it was one of the Cracker Barrel ones. I looked at my boys and said, 'man, I could've done better than that!' Greg Staab, who worked for USAC at the time, I went up to him and showed him my pictures and said, 'I can do this. I can make a rocking chair for Indiana Sprint Week.' It turned out to be a pretty good deal. We figured, let's just give it to the car owner because he puts a lot of effort into it and it gives him something to strive for too."

John spends approximately 200 hours crafting his rockers. The sculpted joints and countless hours of sanding and shaping produces a flow of smooth lines that can be viewed from any angle. A finish of five coats of Tung Oil is applied by hand to highlight the beauty of the wood. Each rocker is signed and numbered for authenticity under the right arm.

Each chair is made from Indiana Ash with Walnut highlights in the back slats and incorporated into the rocker, which is valued at $4,000. Ash was chosen again because of the declining numbers of Ash trees due to the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that threatens thousands of Indiana trees.

With all the effort put into it, the main reward for John is the satisfaction the recipients get from receiving the unique "trophy." One of the memories that sticks out is how much the chair meant to car owner Richard Hoffman of the famed Hoffman Auto Racing team, who won a record 11 USAC National Sprint Car titles and more than 100 series races before his passing earlier this April.

"One of the best things to ever happen was when the Hoffmans won it up in Terre Haute," John said. "I didn't make the chair that year because I was working too much and couldn't get to it. So, I gave him one of my chairs and I said he could have this one or you can have whatever you want, and I'll make you another one. He saw that one that Kevin Thomas, Jr. got (in 2017) and said, 'I want a walnut one.' I said, 'you got it.' We went ahead and made him one and took it over to him. He told me, 'you know, this is one of my most prized possessions right here.' That meant a lot to me coming from Richard."

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2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)

Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)

Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)

Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)

Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
LINKS
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ROA TREKS TO THE HOOSIER STATE FOR INDIANA SPRINT WEEK

By: Richie Murray - USAC Media

Speedway, Indiana (July 11, 2019).........Brody Roa continues a long tradition of top-shelf western U.S. Sprint Car racing talent who packs his things up, loads the hauler, and migrates to the Hoosier state for the summer to tackle NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week.

The Garden Grove, Calif. native is poised to make his fourth appearance, and third-straight, in the week-long summer tradition in the Hoosier state July 18-27 at venues such as Gas City, Plymouth, Kokomo, Lawrenceburg, Terre Haute, Putnamville, Bloomington and Haubstadt.

Roa, who leads both the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and USAC Sands Chevrolet Southwest Sprint Car standings coming into Indiana Sprint Week, has already notched a pair of wins in CRA competition at Perris and Santa Maria, Calif. and once in the Southwest series at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

But Indiana Sprint Week presents an entirely different challenge. Not only in terms of the competition side side of things and the mostly-unique tracks, to him, on the slate, but also in terms of the workload. The USAC/CRA schedule consists of only two occasions where the series races three-straight nights. At Indiana Sprint Week, right off the bat, it's five races in a row when you factor in Roa's Eldora Speedway debut the night before ISW begins. After two nights off in mid-Sprint Week, it's time to get back after it for four more consecutive nights to close out the event.

Roa's game for it and has shown continuous improvement in each of his previous three visits. His first year at ISW in 2014 saw results of 19th at Terre Haute and 12th at Bloomington in six appearances, both starts coming after utilizing a USAC/CRA provisional. He finished 31st in the standings.

After a couple years of retooling and picking up a USAC West Coast Sprint Car title in 2016, Roa returned to ISW in 2017, making a steady climb to 17th in the standings after making all five features he competed in. He showed flashes with an 8th at Lawrenceburg, but step one of making the show was complete, a tall task in this rough and tumble event.

Roa had a slight uptick in the 2018 ISW standings, earning 16th in the final tally, earning more at the top end with two top-ten runs, a 9that Lawrenceburg and a 10th at Putnamville serving as his best.

This year lies the hope for Roa to take one step further and begin competing for top-fives on a consistent basis at ISW. Roa continues a long line of west coast contingent who have made their mark in the Midwest over the years, which began in earnest during the 1997 season when SCRA regular J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, Ariz.) took the racing world by storm, winning two races and the ISW title in his first try. Meanwhile, that same week, five-time SCRA champ Richard Griffin (Silver City, N.M.) was six-for-six on fast qualifying runs. The only race Griffin didn't record fast time, he was absent after returning to the west coast to compete in an SCRA event at Perris. Fellow west coaster Cory Kruseman (Ventura, Calif.) filled in the role nicely as fast qualifier that night.

The following year, in 1998, was the highwater mark for western representation at ISW, with drivers Griffin, Yeley, Rodney Argo, Gary Howard, Jeremy Sherman, Troy Cline, Josh Pelkey, Rickie Gaunt, Rip Williams, Cary Faas, Mike Boat and Scotty Burns, just to name a few, making the long tow to Indiana. The group had their way in qualifying with Sherman picking up fast time at Kokomo, Gaunt at Bloomington and Williams at Paragon, but, ultimately, USAC regulars owned the feature events and the title, won by Dave Darland.

That changed a bit in 1999 with the western invasion in full swing. Kruseman stepped up to the plate with a pair of victories at Bloomington and Kokomo, the first two of his USAC career. Kruseman went on to become one of ISW's most accomplished drivers, winning 12 in total to rank third all-time while also collecting a pair of titles in 2002 and 2005. Yeley's prowess on the trail in 1997, meanwhile, opened eyes that vaulted him into the starting field for the 1998 Indianapolis 500 where he finished 9th, recovering after a first-lap spin.

Since then, the number of west coast drivers visiting ISW has been whittled down to a few per year, with Roa, plus five-time USAC Southwest Sprint Car champion R.J. Johnson (Laveen, Ariz.) and 2017 USAC West Coast Sprint Car titlist Jake Swanson (Anaheim, Calif.) making the tow.

Like many of those great names who have made the venture before him, Roa has dreams of becoming the next western driver to make a splash at Indiana Sprint Week. He's already been making a name for himself on the west coast over the past decade and stands atop two different point standings. Next, his aim is to make a name for himself at Indiana Sprint Week.

2019 NOS ENERGY DRINK INDIANA SPRINT WEEK SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 18: Gas City I-69 Speedway (Gas City, IN)
Friday, July 19: Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN)
Saturday, July 20: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, IN)
Sunday, July 21: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)
Wednesday, July 24: Terre Haute Action Track (Terre Haute, IN)
Thursday, July 25: Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)
Friday, July 26: Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)
Saturday, July 27: Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)
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ROA-GARDNER USAC/CRA POINT BATTLE
HEADS TO PERRIS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 9, 2019... The battle for the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car championship heats up this Saturday, July 13th, at Perris Auto Speedway.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the tenth point event is also a co-sanctioned grudge race with the Arizona based Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest 410 Sprint Car Series. The PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars will join the action packed card at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since March 6, 2004, there have been 217 USAC/CRA events at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. There have been 39 different winners at Perris, led by "The Demon" Damion Gardner with 45 victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap track record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. During the last four visits, Richard Vander Weerd has claimed two wins with other wins scored by Brody Roa and Hunter Schuerenberg. A complete series win list at Perris is at the end of this release.

After winning last Saturday's "Doug Fort Memorial" at Santa Maria, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) has reclaimed the point lead by a slim 1-point margin. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa has posted two feature wins, one heat race victory, eight top-10 finishes, and 73 feature laps led to his credit. Also leading the USAC SouthWest point chase, the 2016 USAC West Coast Champion will be looking to grow his point lead with another victory at Perris Auto Speedway.

"The Demon" Damion Gardner (Concord, CA) enters Saturday's event ranked second in the chase for the championship. Driving Mark Alexander's #4 Trench Shoring / All Coast Construction Spike, Gardner placed eighth at Santa Maria after a flat tire ended his chance at the podium. At press time, the seven-time champion has one feature win, five Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, four heat race victories, eight top-10 finishes, and 33 feature laps led on the year. Also ranked sixteenth in SouthWest points, "The Demon" leads all drivers with 81 USAC/CRA wins and will have his sights on adding another trophy to his collection.

"The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams (Yorba Linda, CA) sits third in the USAC/CRA point standings. Racing Tom and Laurie Sertich's #92 Huntington Beach Glass & Mirror / Lucas Oil DRC, Williams raced from seventh to fourth at the "Doug Fort Memorial." To date, the 2009 Co-Rookie of the Year has one Specialty Fasteners Hard Charger Award and eight top-10 finishes in the campaign. Currently sitting fourteenth in SouthWest points, Austin will be looking for his eighth USAC/CRA triumph this Saturday night.

Jake Swanson (Anaheim, CA) is fourth in the championship point chase. Piloting John Grau & Mike Burkhart's #34AZ Stratis Construction / KSE Custom Drywall DRC, Swanson raced from sixth to third at Santa Maria Raceway. At press time, the 2017 USAC West Coast Champion has two Woodland Auto Display Fast Time Awards, one heat race victory, one Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main win, six top-10 finishes, and 8 feature laps led to his credit. Jake sits eighth in USAC SouthWest points and will have his sights on his first Perris victory.

After running second to Brody Roa at Santa Maria. Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm (Corona, CA) has climbed to fifth in the USAC/CRA point standings. Driving Dino Napier's #5X Indiana Truck Salvage / Rockstar Coatings Maxim, Malcolm has posted two heat race victories, two Competition Suspension Inc. / Pyrotect Racing Cells Semi-Main wins, and four top-10 finishes on the season. This Saturday night, Tommy "Thunder" will be looking to earn the first USAC/CRA victory of his career.

Currently twelfth 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 Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, Richard Vander Weerd, A.J. Bender, Verne Sweeney, "Chargin" Charles Davis Jr., Stevie Sussex, "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "Hollywood" Danny Faria Jr., Jace Vander Weerd, Matt Mitchell, Joel Rayborne, Austin Liggett, Matt Stewart, 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., "The Magic Man" Mike Martin, "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, and Chris Bonneau round out the top-10 drivers.

Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds at 18700 Lake Perris Drive in Perris, California. Adult tickets are $25, Senior tickets (65 and over) are $20, Active Military (with ID), Students (13-18), and Kids tickets (6-12) are $5. Children's tickets (5 and under) are FREE. For more event information, visit the track's website at 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, 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 atlwjennings@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. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR CHAMPIONS: 2004-Rip Williams, 2005-Damion Gardner, 2006-Cory Kruseman, 2007-Tony Jones, 2008-Mike Spencer, 2009-Mike Spencer, 2010-Mike Spencer, 2011-Mike Spencer, 2012-Mike Spencer, 2013-Damion Gardner, 2014-Damion Gardner, 2015-Damion Gardner, 2016-Damion Gardner, 2017-Damion Gardner, 2018-Damion Gardner.

2019 AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 2-Brody Roa, 2-Hunter Schuerenberg, 2-Richard Vander Weerd, 1-Damion Gardner, 1-Josh Hodges, 1-Troy Rutherford.

PERRIS AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR WINS: 45-Damion Gardner, 24-Mike Spencer, 19-Tony Jones, 17-Cory Kruseman, 9-Nic Faas, 8-David Cardey, 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, 4-Robert Ballou, 4-Dave Darland, 4-R.J. Johnson, 4-Austin Williams, 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-Scotty Weir, 1-Jason York.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-393, 7. R.J. Johnson-328, 8. Matt McCarthy-322, 9. Cody Williams-318, 10. Richard Vander Weerd-316, 11. A.J. Bender-267, 12. ®Eddie Tafoya Jr.-251, 13. Verne Sweeney-246, 14. Charles Davis Jr.-223, 15. Stevie Sussex-222, 16. ®Steve Hix-217, 17. Mike Martin-210, 18. Danny Faria Jr.-210, 19. Jace Vander Weerd-199, 20. Matt Mitchell-198.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

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
August 17: #Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (California Racers Hall of Fame Night)
August 31: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 1: Calistoga Speedway - Calistoga, CA (Louie Vermeil Classic / CSW)
September 2: Petaluma Speedway - Petaluma, CA (CSW)
September 5: TBA
September 6: Merced Speedway - Merced, CA (CSW)
September 7: Santa Maria Raceway - Santa Maria, CA (CSW)
September 21: Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA (Glenn Howard Classic)
September 28: #Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ (Hall of Fame Classic)
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.
CSW = California Sprint Week.
This schedule is subject to change.
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USAC SOUTHWEST & USAC/CRA SPRINTS CLASH AT THE PAS SATURDAY

By Lance Jennings

JULY 10, 2019... After a break in the schedule, the Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Cars will travel to Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 13th.

Promoted by Don Kazarian, the ninth point race is a co-sanctioned grudge event with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprints and the first of five appearances at the Lake Perris Fairgrounds. The action packed card will also showcase the PAS Senior Sprint Cars and Young Gun Sprint Cars. Located in Perris, California, the spectator gates at "America's Premier Dirt Track" will open at 5:00pm and racing is scheduled for 7:00pm. At intermission, there will be a candy giveaway for kids and a meet and greet with the fans on the front straightaway. For more event information, visit the track's website at perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.

Since October 31, 2013, Perris Auto Speedway has hosted two Sands Chevrolet USAC SouthWest Sprint Car events. Mike Spencer and C.J. Leary scored victories at the "360 Oval Nationals" that were co-sanctioned with the USAC West Coast Sprints. Leary set the 1-lap track record of 16.416 on November 6, 2014.

Heading to the Saturday's race, Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) holds a 53-point lead over the competition. Piloting the BR Performance #91R HD Industries / Burris Racing Maxim, Roa led the first 26 laps of the June 8th "Canyon Speedway Park Birthday Bash" before finishing second to Mike Martin. At press time, the point leader has one feature win, one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, three heat race victories, two Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Awards, eight top-10 finishes, and 64 feature laps led on the season. Also leading the USAC/CRA points, Brody will be looking to continue his championship bid with a win at Perris Auto Speedway.

R.J. Johnson (Laveen, AZ) ranks second in the championship point chase. Driving the Bobby Martin Racing #51 Martin Family Auto Museum / Pro Flyer Race Engines Sherman, Johnson earned the June 8th hard charger award with a fifth place run from ninth. To date, the five-time USAC SouthWest Champion has posted one feature win, three heat race victories, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, seven top-10 finishes, and 26 feature laps led to his credit. R.J. is currently seventh in USAC/CRA points and will have his sights on his fifty-seventh USAC SouthWest victory.

Stevie Sussex (Tempe, AZ) is third in the USAC SouthWest point standings. Racing Robbie and Gaye Allen's #12 ABC Body Shop / PPG Automotive Finishes Maxim, Sussex charged to a third place finish at the "CSP Birthday Bash." At press time, the 2017 USAC National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year has one feature win, one heat race victory, seven top-10 finishes and 32 feature laps led in the campaign. At Perris, Stevie will be looking to claim his fourteenth career win.

"Chargin" Charles Davis Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) sits fourth in the chase for the championship. Piloting his #50 RSS Industries / MP Environmental RSS, Davis was the fast qualifier and scored third at Canyon Speedway Park. To date, the defending champion has one Beaver Stripes Fast Time Award, four heat race victories, five top-10 finishes, and 11 feature laps led on the season. "Chargin" Charles has thirty career SouthWest wins and will have his sights on his first victory of 2019.

"The Magic Man" Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) ranks fifth in the USAC SouthWest point chase. Driving his #16 Naquin Precision Earth Moving / American FlowTech Maxim, Martin raced to victory at the June 8th "CSP Birthday Bash." At press time, the 2012 "Hall of Fame Classic" Winner has one feature win, one heat race victory, one Saldana Racing Products Hard Charger Award, six top-10 finishes, and 4 feature laps led on the year. "The Magic Man" will be looking to earn his seventh series win this Saturday night.

Currently ranked nineteenth in points, Ryan Cully (Alger, WA) leads the chase for Rookie of the Year honors. Stephen Sanchez (Flagstaff, AZ), Eddie Tafoya Jr. (Chino Hills, CA), and Jeff Dyer (Bermuda Dunes, CA) are also in contention.

Among the other drivers expected to be in action are "The Real American" Matt Rossi, Matt Lundy, Jake Swanson, Michael Curtis, Chris Bonneau, Jonas Reynolds, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, "The Demon" Damion Gardner, Tyler Most, Kyle Shipley and more.

Brody Roa (Garden Grove, CA) also leads a strong contingent with the AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. "The Demon" Damion Gardner, "The Big Game Hunter" Austin Williams, Jake Swanson, Tommy "Thunder" Malcolm, Chris Gansen, R.J. Johnson, Matt McCarthy, "The Cadillac" Cody Williams, and Richard Vander Weerd round out the top-10 drivers.

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

FloSports will have live streaming coverage available for purchase at floracing.com. A 250-mile blackout from Perris Auto Speedway will be in effect.

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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 SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: 1-Josh Hodges, 1-R.J. Johnson, 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Martin, 1-Brody Roa, 1-Hunter Schuerenberg, 1-Logan Seavey, 1-Stevie Sussex.

PERRIS SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR WINS: (Includes non-point shows) 1-C.J. Leary, 1-Mike Spencer.

SANDS CHEVROLET USAC SOUTHWEST SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-589, 2. R.J. Johnson-536, 3. Stevie Sussex-511, 4. Charles Davis Jr.-482, 5. Mike Martin-467, 6. Matt Rossi-381, 7. Matt Lundy-368, 8. Jake Swanson-357, 9. Michael Curtis-347, 10. Chris Bonneau-300, 11. Josh Hodges-202, 12. Jonas Reynolds-201, 13. Isaac Chapple-200, 14. Austin Williams-189, 15. Daylin Perreira-141, 16. Damion Gardner-139, 17. Dennis Gile-136, 18. Jason McDougal-124, 19. ®Ryan Cully-122, --. Logan Seavey-122.

AMSOIL USAC/CRA SPRINT CAR POINT STANDINGS: 1. Brody Roa-607, 2. Damion Gardner-606, 3. Austin Williams-544, 4. Jake Swanson-481, 5. Tommy Malcolm-397, 6. Chris Gansen-3